Out & About

A Thrill Kill Kult, a Police Club, some Cheap Girls from Michigan

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

Thursday 16Making up some dates they missed on last year’s Electric Messiah Tour, Chicago’s best electro-industrial export, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, will take the stage at Kasbah Thursday night. Groovie Mann and ...

Irenic has Bernie and The Donald, Soda's got Nothing

...while Valley View Casinorena cages the Elephant this week in San Diego shows

Sunday 19I like to leave the politickin’ up to you pros on Facebook and Twitter, but I think this looks like some informative fun for everyone at the all-ages Irenic, where they’ll stage a Trump ...

Retract the talons

Last Call: Stupid F**kin g Bird

Cygnet Theatre’s wacko, over the woods, and through the river Stupid Fking Bird must close this Sunday. It’s a sad comment on these times that usually when one of Anton Chekhov or Henrik Ibsen’s plays ...

Save Starlight

Weed-pulling party June 25

I first went to the Starlight Bowl in 1980 with two pieces of advice: arrive early and try to put up with the planes booming down to Lindbergh Field. I got to Balboa Park early ...

San Diego has super freaks, sumos, and shadowy men

Or taste Little Italy

Thursday | 9 The Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn provides the setting for this gathering of 30 chefs from San Diego and Mexico who will present signature hors d’oeuvres or desserts at individual stations. Judged ...

Noisy Margaret Noble seeks friend not foe

Sound to give back silence

Every scene in a drama, according to the late director Mike Nichols, is either a fight, a seduction, or a negotiation. He added, as a footnote, the same is true in life. The thrill, or ...

Roberts Ranch denied developers and spared from 2003 fires

An easy walk through open grassland meadows and mature oak groves

Roberts Ranch is a hidden jewel nestled on either side of I-8 at the foot of the Cuyamaca Mountains. There is no sign announcing its presence, so this is a hike experienced only by those ...

Islands with Ted Leo, Sadies with Shadowy Men

...plus Dollyrots, Ché Fest, and a Vinyl Junkies afternoon

Thursday 9L.A. pop-punk band the Dollyrots roll into Soda Bar Thursday night. The Dollys possess Joan Jett’s she-punk bratitude and a fair amount of sassy sex appeal thanks to the handsome rock-roll couple at the ...

Dylan and my dinghy

...plus Holy F!!k, Murder Junkies, the Funky Homosapien, and a band called Spruce Bringsteen

Sunday 12Electronic-rock Canada band Holy Fuck hits Casbah Sunday night. I am sifting through this year’s Congrats as I type and am pleasantly surprised to find HF’s trademark electro-punk crunk dialed down to dancey melodicism. ...

Unrest, onstage and off

Woody Guthrie's American Song at Intrepid Theatre

Blocks from the Horton Grand Theatre, home of Intrepid Theatre’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song, police in riot gear formed a blockade outside another Donald Trump rally. Protesters burned Trump hats. Supporters hurled insults ...

Majestic bias

Tokyo Fish Story at Old Globe Theatre

For 35 years, from morning to midnight, Koji has prepared sushi on a “dingy side-street ” in Tokyo. His may have been “the best in a generation,” in fact, and he’s done it without throwing ...

The reviews of Jonathan Saville

The Reader's longtime reviewer of theater, classical music, and art

Why no one don’t know nuthin abut music around here Since a large proportion of current high school students graduate unable to speak or write correct English, and with no effective knowledge of history, it ...

Storm on the horizon

They Don't Talk Back at La Jolla Playhouse

Native Voices at the Autry — aka the Autry Museum of the American West — is the only equity company in America devoted to work by Native Americans. As part of this year’s Resident Theatre ...

No bay at Border Field State Park for about 7000 years

Explore a beach and estuary at the extreme southwest corner of the continental USA

Border Field State Park is where delegations from both the U.S. and Mexico began the survey of the border in 1850 after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending ...

The only fitting approach

Stupid Fucking Bird at Cygnet

About halfway through the first act of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird, after the “showing” of the play-within-the-play, but before the “We need new forms” speech, occurs a brief dialogue between ...

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