Out & About

Pumpkin patch blooms at Bates

Free family fun in Valley Center

There are many bright blooms and small, pale pumpkins underneath the broad leaves of the pumpkin plants on the 100-acre Bates Nut Farm in August. On a recent weekend, a man who identified himself as ...

Stay weird, Ocean Beach

Eclectic style found on young visitors to the quirkiest beach neighborhood.

While most coastal communities have a defined beachy-boho coastal style, Ocean Beach has always been one-of-a-kind. Known mostly for its peace-and-love, hippie vibe, OB is one of the few San Diego communities where you will ...

Welton's top 10: local show edition

Welton Jones' most vivid show recollections, part two of two

Welton Jones’ top 10 local shows, in chronological order: 1.) Twelfth Night, Old Globe Theatre, directed by Edward Payson Call (1967). “An elegant, legendary stunner.” 2.) Plymouth Rock, written and directed by Scott Busath, Earth ...

Top 10: From a first-hand, encyclopedic knowledge of theater

Welton Jones' most vivid show recollections, part one of two

Welton Jones began writing about theater while a student at Texas A&M, in 1957. He’d been drawn to the arts since childhood, but when he wrote that first review, he’d only seen one play “that ...

Visit House of Spirits with the Fresh & Onlys

...jump the "Arctic Shark" with Quilt, and play Dial-an-Animal with Octagrape

Sunday 17After rocking off the rust opening for the Sonics on Saturday night, local faves Mrs. Magician will headline sets by Viv Vates and Subtropics at Soda Bar Sunday night. From Mrs. M’s website, under ...

Mrs. Magician conjures Sonics and Zombies

...plus a Tiki Oasis in Mission Valley and a Woodsist Festival of our very own

Thursday 14Club Crawler as Gatling Gun of Fun — and this weekend is loaded! Tiki Oasis kicks off Thursday night at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island, a sort of meet-and-greet of Tiki freaks ...

Scenic road through recovery

The oaks still stand, but Margaret’s cabin burned down.

This hike through Oakoasis Open Space Preserve has stunning views and shady riparian areas.

Relative harmony

Old Globe Theater stages retiring Quartet

“It must be dreadful to be famous and applauded and acclaimed and not be able to practice your art.”

Beyond Squaresville

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, August 14-August 20

The San Diego Museum of Man and local breweries host this one-year anniversary of BEERology and the closing of the exhibit Empowering Women. Enjoy tastings from leading local breweries and sample food from women-run businesses. ...

All the girls were ripping

Oceanside's 2014 Supergirl Pro showcased local and international surf talent

“All the girls were ripping,” said 24-year-old Sara Taylor, who won her round during the first day of the 2014 Supergirl Pro, a three-day all-women’s surf competition in Oceanside on August 8, 2014. Taylor, who ...

Short shorts in La Jolla

What the tourists and locals wore

I love La Jolla in early August. The weather has yet to reach the sweltering early-September temperatures and the heavy crowds of June and July have thinned out a bit. There is some terrific shopping ...

Mapping Tijuana

Dancing Intervention from NYC parks to Tijuana parks

A saxophone and an accordion play in unison, one female dancer and two male dancers freeze in a different position while the rest of Parque Teniente continues with its regular busy life. A couple of ...

Last Call: Jade Heart, Les Miserables

One excellent production closes August 10, and the other is the hottest ticket in town.

Long before I became one, a theater critic told me he saw “good productions of good plays, bad productions of bad plays, bad productions of good plays, and good productions of bad plays.” The toughest ...

Nunu's sees the light

Hillcrest mainstay tweaks the vibe but not the essentials.

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of tossing back a few cocktails at this 50-some-year-old Fifth Avenue landmark knows that a large part of the appeal comes from its shadowy interior lined with red Naugahyde booths. ...

Rebels by the Bay, Clap Your Hands Say Casbah, Two-Headed Ken

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

Thursday 7Warm and fuzzy but far from cozy. That’s what it feels like cuddling up to Barbarian, a local beach-goth band that earned an SDMA nomination for Best New Artist last year. Their debut EP, ...

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