Solana Beach

Adolescents full of fire

Skate-punk mainstays run the 35-year gamut of hits

Orange County skate-punk band the Adolescents always puts on an energetic show, even after 35 years of running the gamut of punk hits. The band was full of fire as they played tune after tune ...

Showbiz splash in Solana

Side by Side by Sondheim at North Coast Repertory Theatre

The musical revue has long been a staple of the American musical theater scene. From “Lend an Ear,” which gave Carol Channing her big break, to “New Faces of 1952,” which introduced Eartha Kitt and ...

L.A.'s Aggrolites take the stage at Belly Up Friday night

Dirty reggae

A couple of years after forming in 2002, the Aggrolites put the pedal to the metal. They commenced a grueling concert schedule that would take up nearly a decade of their lives. “We were constantly ...

Original San Diego punk band regroups and re-energizes

First-wave Executives

The first time I saw the Executives play was when I hired them to open for a Penetrators show I was promoting at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. Lead singer Mike Jenks explains 35 ...

Blackalicious bounce into Belly Up

Gift of Gab kept the crowd hyped, showed how he earned his moniker

DJ Artistic and Sleeping Giant Music are known for high-quality hip-hop artists they hand select. Tonight was no different, as veteran hip-hop duo Blackalicious rocked an enthusiastic crowd in Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. Emcee ...

July is busting out all over!

Theater preview for the month to come

T’is the season. Count some of the ways: NOW PLAYING: La Jolla Playhouse: Come From Away. The world premiere musical, by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creates a comedy within a tragedy. On the morning ...

Memory also betrays

North Coast Rep starts at the end with Pinter's Betrayal

Harold Pinter denies he based his 1978 drama on a seven-year affair he had with a married woman. And that her husband, a friend of his, had affairs all the while — and knew about ...

Lofty’s blend

Encinitas roaster Lofty Coffee has extended its beach-town coffee boutique reach to Solana Beach, setting up a new shop two blocks from the coast on South Cedros Avenue, taking over the property formerly held by ...

Duck quest ends at Similan Thai

Chasing a great Yelp photo

As you might imagine, I spend a fair amount of time searching for place to eat for a Feast story. Sometimes readers email me a recommendation (more of that please), but most of the time ...

Hello it's me: Todd Rundgren

“My idols are players like Tony Bennett and B.B. King."

The news comes before dawn about the passing of B.B. King, making it next to impossible to keep focused on the actual subject of this week’s column. An internet search turns up random scraps of ...

Eh, keep the brass knuckles

Parents of Jack Henry Doshay ask for their computers back

An attorney for Glenn and Karen Doshay is asking a judge to order return of certain items that were seized by deputies while investigating their son as a suspect in a kidnapping case. The property ...

Last Call: Unnecessary Farce at North Coast Rep

Silly and hilarious comedy must close soon

The North Coast Rep’s silly, lunkhead, hilarious Unnecessary Farce must close this Sunday. One of the oddest things about farce: it must as precise as it is frantic. Actors scream “eek,” slam doors, and sprint ...

They Might Be generous Giants

Alt-rock act plays two sets, two encores, and even buys the beer!

Solana Beach got a treat with two full sets and a double-dose of encores from popular alt-rockers They Might Be Giants. The band had no problem filling the extended time by taking a heaping helping ...

Utilities commission flunks another smell test

"[He] said, 'We need to give them a gas plant,' all the while ignoring the record."

Clean energy activists gathered in Solana Beach on Tuesday morning (May 5) to protest a proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric and Texas-based NRG Energy to build a new gas-fired power plant along the ...

Helmet's thinking-man metal enlightens Belly Up

Happy birthday, Betty!

Entering the Belly Up while Helmet performed their classic album Betty was like walking into a ’90s time warp. Front man Page Hamilton, the only original member of the band, has changed very little in ...

Good, whacko, slamming-doors sense

Unnecessary Farce at North Coast Rep is pointless, silly, and delightful

The North Coast Rep’s current show is a farce! But in the good, whacko, slamming-doors sense. Paul Slade Smith’s two-act script has absolutely no redeeming social value, and he goes for silliness where most comic ...

The party house next door

Cities, state debate residential vacation rentals

While local cities continue to seek regulations on short-term vacation rentals, a bill making its way to the state legislature may provide the teeth needed for effective enforcement. Unless, that is, web businesses like Airbnb ...

Girl in Port prepares to ship out

Pizza Port brewer Devon Randall takes the L.A. job

Citra-R-Ama, Whale’s Tails, Gingerbread Chateau, May the Port Be with You, Saisian Persuasion — all are beers birthed from the system at Pizza Port’s Solana Beach brewpub…and I’m going to miss all of them. Devon ...

Hey, Doshay, they got your DNA

Alleged would-be kidnapper's father is not cooperating, says prosecutor

Jack Henry Doshay, 22, is accused of kidnapping a child at a Solana Beach elementary school two weeks ago. “The sheriff’s crime lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was in fact on ...

Asia by way of Belgium

Far East ingredients find their way into a Euro-style farmhouse ale

I may not be a great beer formulator, but when it comes to flavor combinations, I’m no slouch. In fact, it was my ability to cook and create on a culinary level that earned me ...

He lay in wait with packing tape

Solana Beach parents of attempted kidnap victim email urgent warning

The parents of a seven-year-old Solana Beach girl, who was the victim of an attempted kidnapping on March 23, are speaking out to area residents via an email plea. The botched abduction occurred at 3:30 ...

Humor in the tolerance of grief

Dark material and problematic tempo don't derail comedy in Chapter Two at North Coast Repertory Theatre

(When I began this job in 1980, pickings were slim, and I dreamed of a thriving, nationally-acclaimed theater community. Now we have one, and there’s much more theater than one critic can cover. So I ...

Charity begins at home for Solana Beach councilman

SDSU's old boy networking cleared by California political watchdog

The sometimes-controversial role of nonprofit influence in San Diego politics has gained a new level of prominence with word that the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared a Solana Beach councilman to vote on ...

California gnatcatchers should be extremely worried

Removal of birds from endangered list to be seriously considered soon

The California gnatcatcher, the little blue-gray songbird that sounds like a kitten, may come off the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's list of threatened and endangered species — a result of a series of DNA ...

A surprisingly satisfying meatless benedict

Everything we want in a dog-friendly brunch, without the pork

Always on the hunt for dog friendly eateries, I've heard from a number of friends I that need to check out Claire's on Cedros in Solana Beach. I looked into it, and according to Feaster ...

Noir the joint

Fine production for a weak book at North Coast Rep's Gunmetal Blues: The Musical

“The truth you wouldn’t see,” says crusty gumshoe Sam Gallahad, “‘till you finally saw too much.” An attractive woman “had a mouth that would have sent Shakespeare thumbing through a thesaurus.” Hardboiled fiction’s always been ...

Mom killer gets 25 to life

Bryan Chang will be eligible for parole in 20 years

“I think the jury got it wrong, and so we are asking you to sit as the 13th juror,” the defense attorney for Bryan Chenhua Chang said to a judge today, January 13. The attorney ...

Pillbox Tavern's good look, cold beer, and typical eats

Solana Beach bar and grill puts a nice face on a good location, even though the menu's a bit dated.

No big-name design firm attached itself to Solana Beach’s Pillbox Tavern, but the group that opened the bar and grill includes plenty of restaurant industry vets, and their collective expertise turned out a nice looking ...

Maybe crazy, but not insane

Bryan Chang declared sane at the time he killed his mother

After Bryan Chang admitted killing his mother, four years later, the question became: was he crazy when he killed her? This morning, November 6, after a three-week trial, a jury declared that Chang was sane ...

Lost GoPro underwater for a year

John LaGrange was diving off of Solana Beach on October 30, looking for a fish to spear for dinner. Out past the surf, in about twelve feet of clear water, he noticed something lodged on ...

Solana Beach horror story continues

Bryan Chang did things too gruesome to include in a headline (warning)

In the second week of a sanity trial for admitted murderer Bryan Chang, 33, jurors heard testimony from the doctor who performed the autopsy on his mother, a computer expert who gathered email evidence, and ...

OB getting a shot of Culture

Solana Beach’s Culture Brewing Company opening Ocean Beach tasting room

Life’s been a beach for the team at Culture Brewing Company since opening their small but noteworthy brewery and tasting room in Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District in 2012. And it figures to stay that ...

Dueling sanity experts expected

Bryan Chang used a hammer to kill his mother, attorneys say

The young man had delusions that his mother was “destroying him” so he had to “destroy her,” according to a defense attorney who spoke at the beginning of a sanity-murder-trial yesterday afternoon, October 21. Bryan ...

The question of God, carefully

Static but interesting Freud’s Last Session at North Coast Repertory Theatre

On the verge of suicide, Prince Hamlet wonders if he should live or leave. And if he chooses to go, what awaits? Endless sleep? Or the dread of “the undiscovered country,” from where no travelers ...

Someone pleads guilty to first-degree murder

Brian Chang admits killing his mother in Solana Beach in 2010

This morning, October 7, in San Diego Superior Court, a Los Angeles man admitted murdering his mother in her million-dollar Solana Beach home nearly five years ago. Brian Chang, now 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree ...

Coastal clam chowder is perfectly peppery

The Solana Beach Fish House redeems a not-so-scenic strip mall.

The Solana Beach Fish House is located just across the street from the train station in an unassuming strip mall. Not exactly the prime piece of beachfront real estate you might imagine visiting when you’re ...

We must; no, we daren't!

Fallen Angels at North Coast Rep is an apt, skilled Coward performance.

What might seem silly today was deemed “radical” and “obscene” when Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels premiered in 1925. Even T.E. Lawrence — of Arabia — gave it a “humph!” One exchange may sum up what ...

Boom. Just like that

Lightning threat prompts lifeguards to close beaches from Solana to O'side

With locals and tourists trying to grab in a few more days of summer, the beaches in North County were suddenly closed to all activity on August 20. Starting around 4:00 a.m., an incoming weather ...

North County’s prince of skate

Middle-schooler bests mentor, scores gold and $30K at X Games

On June 13, when most eighth-graders at Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach were sitting at their graduation ceremony thinking about summer and what high school might hold in store for them, student Tom ...

Human faces on a rarely told story

Mandate Memories at North Coast Rep

Lionel Goldstein’s world-premiere drama has some creaky dramaturgy and overuses a trick so much that, in the first 30 or so minutes, it was tempting to phase out and do character studies of various spectators. ...

Last Call

Two shows must close this weekend, and that’s a crying shame

The North Coast Rep’s The School for Lies had that rare, mega-hit show feel from the start. David Ives set his take on Moliere’s The Misanthrope in 1666, and the dialogue’s rhymed couplets. So, like, ...

The School for Lies at North Coast Rep

These days, in order to function, theaters must run on tight schedules — open a show, run four weeks, open another — even though word of mouth takes three to four weeks to take hold. ...

Animated Numan

Synthesizer maestro and resident alien of alienation, Gary Numan’s music was, and is, dark, strong, and rich — goth when goth wasn’t cool. He took time from touring behind his new album, Splinter (Songs from ...

Fletcher Cove Community Center open for partying

Voters overturn restrictive regulations with passage of Prop B

The San Diego mayoral race wasn’t the only special election on February 11. The majority of Solana Beach voters passed Proposition B — an initiative brought to the ballot box by citizens. It asked voters ...

Top tier beer in Solana Beach

Pizza Port's eldest brewpub on par with San Diego's finest breweries

I write about beer and food. As anyone who's really invested in these mediums might guess — hell, as anyone who has ever had any good beer and/or food would suppose — I am privy ...

Who Am I This Time? (& other conundrums of love) at North Coast Rep

Tom Newton sounds a lot like the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. He welcomes us to the North Crawford Mask & Wig Club, in Connecticut. With a down-home, folksy voice he says his ...

Restaurant rockers

“A lot of chefs are rebels and punk rockers at heart, and this carries over to music,” says Josh Kopelman, organizer of “Battle of the Chef Bands,” a charity concert taking place January 27 at ...

Venue News: Belly Up loses a talentbuyer; the Griffin offers its 48 license

There are a couple of significant changes afoot on the local music-venue front, as Belly Up in Solana Beach is about to announce a new talent buyer and the Griffin in Bay Park is up ...

Alpine and Culture latest to explore pseudo gluten-free beer

White Labs innovation increasing beer options for the gluten-intolerant

The words Clarity-Ferm won’t mean much to the average beer drinker, but the impact of that product, which was introduced in 2013 by local yeast-production company White Labs, is likely to be so huge that ...

2013’s Best New Brewing Companies

The finest of an unprecedentedly extensive rookie class

As I did last year, I’m calling out the best new brewing operations to debut in 2013 or so late last year that they didn’t qualify for the 2012 rookie of the year race. Last ...

The Humbug Holiday Spectacular at North Coast Rep

Occasional highlights can't raise the Joy-o-Meter for long.

When it is good, Phil Johnson and Omri Schein’s spoof of upbeat, life-affirming Christmas shows is very good. But when it is bad, and it is too often, the the writing flags, the comedy’s too ...

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