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Content for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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St. John of the Cross

Besides the usual loincloth, the crucified Christ hanging in the front of the church was draped with a purple stole, which draped over His chest as it ran from one arm to the other, and ...

February 20, 2008
David Westerfield's New Neighborhood

Thirty Years AgoIt’s 1:30 a.m. Standing beside a pair of pay phones and a silver train of piggybacked carts, you figure you’re ready for Mayfair Market’s morning crowd. The store lights up a quiet section ...

February 20, 2008
Tale of Two Brothers

Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long. — ...

February 20, 2008
Before Tamed Fire

“In case I haven’t mentioned it lately,” says Debbie the bus driver through her microphone, “I love my passengers. Yee-haw!” Hey, it’s okay. This is the 35, the O.B. bus. People are allowed to be ...

An Excellent Look

Annoying clock buzz. It’s 3:30 a.m. and hunting-trip dark outside. Get up, shower, make lunch, make coffee for the thermos, pack gear. This is my second birding trip. Regulars will recall last November’s jaunt to ...

February 20, 2008
Regents Road bridge over Rose Canyon puts permitting last

You want to construct an addition to your house that requires a building permit. Wouldn’t it be wise to get the permit before buying a detailed architectural plan? The San Diego City Council is proceeding ...

February 20, 2008
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

What are you currently reading? “I’m reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, by Chuck Klosterman.” Tell me about it. “It’s not really based on anything — it’s, like, pop culture compared ...

February 20, 2008
Marilyn Manson

“I don’t mean to be nosey,” says David Letterman during an interview with Marilyn Manson, nonplussed by the vampirish figure seated before him, “but do you have chrome teeth?” Marilyn Manson, a stage name combining ...

February 20, 2008
From England with Love by Heather Lee

I had just seen the movie Across the Universe about an English guy who falls in love with an American girl. It brought back all my memories of visiting England when I was 18. That ...

February 20, 2008
Knock Knock

I went to North Park for a Super Bowl party. Getting there an hour before the game started scored me seats in front of the big screen. They had another TV set up in the ...

February 20, 2008
So Much Comedy, So Little in My Life

San Diego Theatresports: The Funhouse (6822 El Cajon Boulevard) When: Fridays at 7:45 p.m. Saturdays at 7:45 p.m. Saturdays at 9:45 p.m. “A cross between improvisational comedy and Family Feud, the Funhouse combines improv with ...

February 20, 2008
Tat Removal

I’m not too many years shy of 40, and the anchor tattoo on my ankle has been with me since I was 21. The guy and that ship sailed many years ago, and I’ve reached ...

February 20, 2008
The Kokeshi Project

Post Date: September 17, 2007Post Title: Kokeshi 101Kokeshi is the name for a traditional Japanese doll usually representing a woman or girl. Made from wood, they are originally believed to have been created for tourists ...

February 20, 2008
Riskiest Money

J. Todd Harris is a movie producer. That means that he gets films made. “I’m just like any other guy that goes and tries to find projects and tries to find financing and a director ...

February 20, 2008
Hell-Bent Voracity

Why is it that the most intimate, mysterious performance photographs are of jazz musicians? Maybe because two things get exposed at once: the expressiveness of the body (Mingus knitting his brow, Charlie Parker sweating, Roy ...

February 20, 2008
Requisite Chops

Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Hello, Dolly! had the requisite chops for a long Broadway run. Add in the Hall of Famers who eventually played the lead, including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, and Ethel Merman ...

February 20, 2008
The Devil in the Details

Among the many new restaurants opening along the formerly starved 30th Street corridor, the one that’s generated the most buzz is Urban Solace, a giant hit with all the local food blogs. When it had ...

February 20, 2008
The Way It Was

Scouring the upcoming schedule for Landmark Theatres, from now through May, I find no mention of the current reissue of Alain Resnais’s 1961 Last Year at Marienbad, one of the smallest handful of films that ...

February 20, 2008
The Ass Beating List

There’s that old sentiment that the world would be monumentally better off if a list of people received a hefty ass beating. You know what I mean. Everyone has their own list. Your list might ...

February 20, 2008
Queensrÿche in the '90s

I saw Queensrÿche at the Sports Arena in the early ’90s, when Operation: Mindcrime came out. I wasn’t even in radio back then. There were two things I noticed about the crowd: a lot of ...

February 20, 2008
When Stevie Wonder Was Good

Album: The Bankhead Press (2007) Artist: The Bankhead Press Label: Timeless Takeover Where available/price: CDBaby.com for $8, M-Theory in Mission Hills for $6, or at live shows for $5. Songs: 1) Searchin 2) Shame 3) ...

February 20, 2008
Hard Case

“There is no single person who has the juice to book major acts [at 4th&B],” says an insider who suggests that the 1500-capacity venue has created the best business plan it could, considering the competition; ...

February 20, 2008
Schmoozing with Sanders

A big new raft of San Diego city lobbyist registrations are in, and not surprisingly many of the most prosperous influence peddlers also happen to be big financial backers of GOP Mayor Jerry Sanders’s re-election ...

February 20, 2008
Message Music

Artist: Jeff Bloom Song: “Peace on Earth” (from the CD New Style) Heard By: Robert Jaquez, Skyland Hills I thought the overall message of the song was pretty positive: “peace on Earth.” As far as ...

February 20, 2008
San Diegans for City Hall Reform pushes more authority for mayor

San Diego’s ruling class has no class — and worse, no shame. The well-heeled developers, hoteliers, and casinos that manipulate the mayor and his fellow puppets do so in broad daylight. The overlords collect slush ...

February 20, 2008
Letters

Fantastic Artwork Dear Reader, The cover artwork for “Ollie’s Big Bike Ride” (February 7) was fantastic! Very, very well done! Kudos to the artist. I hope to see more of this person’s work. Perry Wright ...

February 20, 2008
Name This Place

Clue: Holding up well Describe this location, name the nearest cross-streets, and win a Reader T-shirt. Click here to e-mail us your answer — include your name and address. (Deadline, Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 9 ...

February 20, 2008
Out of the lobby

Back in November, we reported here that San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis spent a total of $35,680 in the second quarter of last year lobbying the state legislature on various bills, including those ...

February 20, 2008
Dreamy

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has lately been picking up big pieces of change from San Diego County fat cats. The governor’s “Dream Team” committee collected a bunch of large checks here on the first week ...

February 20, 2008
Poway Mint Under Threat

“People who camp out there are not wilderness people, they’re more like transients and drug addicts,” says city ranger John Garwood. “We’ve found needles and pipes. The most common [items found] are plastic bottles, vegetable ...

February 20, 2008
Pride, Lean on Me, Why Did I Get Married?

Karen Huff-WillisDirector, San Diego Black Film Festival, sandiegoblackfilmfestival.com For Black History Month I would like people to see something by Oscar Micheaux, like Within Our Gates. He’s from the 1920s, and he made wonderful films. ...

February 20, 2008
Manky

Manky is when something is exceptionally unpleasant or gross. It can be applied to just about anything, like telling someone their feet smell manky or saying you had a really manky day. You can yell ...

February 20, 2008
Liars

Last week I interviewed Stan Ridgway of Wall of Voodoo, and something he said has been nagging at me: “The music that I always found to be most valuable to me when I was younger ...

February 20, 2008
Matt Laughs

Name: Matt West Age: 20 Surfing: Mission Beach Pre-surf music: Dave Matthews, reggae After-surf food: California burrito with pollo asada “Girls in the water is probably the sexiest thing ever; it’s hot,” says Matt. His ...

February 20, 2008
Disowned Bicycles, 1960

Abandoned bicycles in police possession, 1960. That year, the police began a drive to get owners to license their bikes — to “thwart thefts,” according to our local daily. “Owners of unlicensed bicycles may be ...

February 20, 2008
San Felipe Hills

The 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which was intended to hit as many high points as possible along its mountainous route between the Mexican and Canadian borders, takes an anomalous detour into the Anza-Borrego Desert ...

February 20, 2008
Samoans live and die in Oceanside

The Back Gate The area around the Oceanside pier and boardwalk glistens, picture perfect: palm trees, silver sand, blue water, and crowds of people. It’s easy to see how this town got its name. But ...

February 20, 2008
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