Out & About

Deafheaven, Deerhunter, and a tribute to Weller

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 21I’m told black-metal purists consider Deafheaven “hipster metal.” I don’t know any black-metal purists, but I think I get where they’re coming from. Deafheaven’s sonic blasts and scream-singing come with humanized, earthbound lyrics and ...

Bowie's band

Holy Holy comes to Music Box and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 24Longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti and his band Holy Holy (named for an old Bowie single) hit the Music Box Sunday night. Visconti had been with Bowie as producer/player since his 1969 self-titled ...

When Victorian propriety fell apart

Notes for The Elephant Man

I won’t be able to review, and therefore shouldn’t comment, on Backyard Renaissance/Oceanside Theatre Company’s production of The Elephant Man. I dramaturged the play twice before and, when asked, did a talk for the cast ...

Tropical Maugham

Better served not to mention Somerset Maugham

The Old Globe has created a new musical based on the short story, Rain, by Somerset Maugham. Transferring the stark characters of Maugham’s story into a musical theater setting is a daunting task. Maugham’s characters ...

Tunnel of shrubs and countless species in the Cuyamacas

Take this short hike to view wildflowers, insects, and post-fire habitat recovery.

This short walk has such an array of habitats, insects, and plant species that a longer trek may not reveal much more of nature’s palette in the Cuyamaca Mountains. The loop is a triangle of ...

Rain falls on the Old Globe stage

We all want new lives

“She’ll be starved and tortured...I want her to accept the punishment of man as a sacrifice to God.”

Taste Hillcrest, Point Loma, and Fallbrook

Or go to Coachella

Thursday | 14 This group of eleven performers from Colorado combines ballet and modern dance. The Boston Herald called them the “classically trained company of the future.” Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping...for everybody but ...

Yay: No festibro at Waterfront Park’s anti-rave

The crowd looked like understated Parrotheads dabbling in seapunk.

Coachella 2004 was kind of a big deal for me. Having no idea what we were getting into, a carload of friends and I drove 13 hours from the Humboldt State dorms to the desert ...

Enjoy the Coachella spoils

...plus recent Rock Hall of Famer Steve Miller, Frankie Cosmos, and the El Vez Punk Rock Revue

Thursday 14Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping...for everybody but Steve Miller, apparently, who railed at a Rock Hall of Fame press officer Friday night, just minutes after being inducted: “No, we’re not going to wrap ...

Acid Mothers, Sheer Mag, the Damned

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 17Soda Bar stages Japanese noise-rock pioneers Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. on Sunday. Freakout guitarist Kawabata Makoto has been the only constant in the collective’s 20-year career, which this year saw ...

All about that bass

National Bass West is a tournament series in California and Arizona. In the San Diego region, the tournaments are usually held at Lake Hodges, Lower Otay, and El Capitan. This Saturday, April 16, will be ...

Wallow in the awkwardness

Skin Deep at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Jon Lonoff’s comedy is scoring many laughs at Scripps Ranch. The play has one of the simplest plots ever. An overweight, insecure woman meets a rough-cut but sweet guy. They fall for each other. Then ...

The nut of consciousness

I was expecting a TED Talk. What I got was an intimate chat.

Does anyone remember who R. Buckminster Fuller was? I must admit that my knowledge of him was limited to remembering that he was something of an innovative thinker from the past. Just the other evening ...

Zigzag, climb, and loop for miles in Crestridge eco reserve

Take your choice of trails and explore a multitude of preserved habitats.

The Crestridge Ecological Reserve is one of 16 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ecological Reserves in San Diego County. The current 136 statewide ecological reserves provide habitat for a wide diversity of plant and ...

Kid-friendly runs through mud and foam and for yogurt

Your little peeps could be running every month, sometimes twice

My teens participated in the Color in Motion 5K chalk run last month with a bunch of their friends. They returned triumphant after the jaunt around Qualcomm Stadium, looking as if they had returned from ...

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