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Nervous San Diegans try to share houses

“Single mom seeks same to share my home,” Christine Bevilacqua’s Craigslist ad reads. “$700 includes all utilities, laundry, internet, [satellite] TV, master bedroom and bathroom. Depressed, uptight, or lazy women need not apply.” Bevilacqua isn’t ...

June 10, 2009
Pt. Loma activists skeptical of methane gas

If ever a scheme needs a good euphemism, it’s the Beneficial Use of Digester Gas. Nevertheless, the plan passed its first smell test. The City presented it to the local planning board at its July ...

June 10, 2009
Instant Groove

Incomplete Neighbor’s debut album, Suspended Electric Coma, hit the streets May 9 featuring ten original pieces of art on the cover and inside the CD sleeve. Each band member painted several canvases which were compiled ...

June 10, 2009
Guevara with a Guitar

It’s awkward when Joaquin McWhinney’s students recognize him as Quino, lead singer of Big Mountain, the local reggae band that had a top-ten hit 15 years ago with single “Baby I Love Your Way.” “They ...

June 10, 2009
Online Politics

GOP gubernatorial hopeful and former eBay honcho Meg Whitman has been tapping San Diego Republicans for big money lately. On May 18, former savings and loan mogul Kim Fletcher gave $25,900, as did Jamul developer ...

June 10, 2009
A Different Kind of Homecoming

Thirty Years AgoWe rode the number 3 district school bus, my brother and I, from our Del Mar Heights neighborhood up to Encinitas, and San Dieguito High, each morning. We were spirited and energetic, acceptable ...

June 10, 2009
Letters

Amateur? Delicious! I was taken aback by Wendy Cryingwolf’s letter (June 4) saying how much she loathed Thomas Lux’s article about the Zirk Ubu Circus: “Bless this crew of visionaries, joy-bringers, and nutcakes!” (June 20). ...

June 10, 2009
Love Is Not Enough

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. — Erica Jong As Karen chronicled her first few dates with a new guy, I couldn’t help thinking how ...

June 10, 2009
Escondido by Night

I am staying in Escondido. I am unfamiliar with this town (which is called a city) and so I set out to explore on a Friday night and a Saturday afternoon. For purists who demand ...

June 10, 2009
The French Get It

“This is on me,” says Carla. “I’ve been saving. True! Ever since you didn’t take me out on my birthday. You forgot, remember?” Sigh. Yes, I remember. I forgot. “Where?” I say. “And how much?” ...

June 10, 2009
Interfaith Service of Consolation and Determination

“If you are visiting for just a few moments or a few hours, please know that you are granted immunity from the painful ravages of religious bigotry and intolerance. St. Paul’s...is a place where a ...

Hanging On

The WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) is starting its 13th year in business, which makes it the longest-running women’s professional sports league (team-based subdivision) in America over the past 400 years, give or take. That’s ...

June 10, 2009
Mind and Hand Together

How did Shakespeare do it? How did the author of King Lear, Henry IV, Part One, and The Winter’s Tale compose two plays a year for almost two decades? A comparative look at the writing ...

June 10, 2009
Smoking or Non?

Is it myth or truth that white men can’t “Q”? (Got your attention? Kickle kickle.) Barbecue — meaning Southern-style barbecue — is a black art indeed, requiring a magical confluence of technique, timing, and taste-buds ...

Zebra Riding, More on Odd Door Closings

Matt: I like horseback riding but I’ve been thinking that I’d like to try riding a zebra. They’re related to horses and they look like you could ride them. Actually I’d like to own a ...

June 10, 2009
A Chihuahua Named Wanda

Nothing better than an afternoon party on a sunny day with barbecue and a live band. At this house in Kensington, they were cooking up chicken, burgers, and bacon-wrapped asparagus and artichoke hearts. I walked ...

June 10, 2009
Belgian Endive Soup with Hoegaarden Beer

Recipe by Nathan Coulon, executive chef, Quarter Kitchen. I started cooking before I can remember. My grandparents owned the Belgian Lion in Ocean Beach and my mom is a pastry chef, so it definitely runs ...

June 10, 2009
Homegrown Gooseflesh

“I was just given the history of the Homegrown brand yesterday by Jeff Berkley,” says Cathryn Beeks, new host of Saturday night’s Homegrown Hour on KPRI 102.1. “He broke out original Homegrown vinyl...I got goosebumps.” ...

June 10, 2009
The search for convention center money in San Diego

The sugar daddies that could be expected to bankroll the convention center expansion are on the sidelines. But watch out: the backers of the proposed expansion are likely to twist statistics and distort reality to ...

Un-cowed

La Jolla’s Scripps Research Institute, which has built a $187 million branch on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, has become a target of students there opposing animal research. “We’re protesting the relationship ...

June 10, 2009
Quid pro cash

Leave it to Jerry Brown to round up the key players in two of San Diego’s ongoing sporting dramas. The state attorney general and ex-governor, now eyeing yet another run at the governorship next year, ...

June 10, 2009
White Rabbits

When White Rabbits hit the scene in 2007 they were a burst of sonic energy, slightly disorganized but with enough collective animation to rival powerhouse acts like Arcade Fire. Fort Nightly sounded like the work ...

June 10, 2009
"Same James" by Jimmy Powers

“Same James,” by Jimmy Powers, was the most-downloaded MP3 from SDReader.com during May. Below is an interview with the songwriter. The theme of the song is about how you’ve stayed true to your roots. What ...

June 10, 2009
Chillin' with the Shins

Delta Spirit’s next full-length, set to come out in 2010, will be titled Natalie Portman Says This Album Will Change Your Life, riffing on a line from the 2004 movie Garden State. In the movie, ...

June 10, 2009
Marshall Crenshaw

We tend to think of the ’80s as a time of synthesizers and performance-enhancing hair products, but the decade was also a time of musical revival. Record companies began reissuing their old vinyl releases on ...

June 10, 2009
Free-for-All

“When I did a short tour of New York City a couple of years ago, this guy at Verve Records told me that I’m going to die in obscurity in San Diego,” says Brazilian jazz ...

June 10, 2009
Odor Concealment

“With all of my boys,” said my sis Meg, surfacing from her boys’ messy bedroom, “I really should be refreshing our home more often. Between odiferous shoes and sweaty bodies, it’s a true blessing my ...

June 10, 2009
More Ugly Stats

When the Arizona Diamondbacks were in town on May 6, 2009, the Padres and D’backs drew an announced crowd of 13,646 — a record low for Petco Park (capacity is 42,445). The average for this ...

Permission to Demolish Granted

At its meeting on Wednesday, June 3, the Ocean Beach Planning Board recommended approval of the demolition of two units on a property on the 4900 block of Cape May Avenue. An architect representing the ...

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