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Meteora, Greece: Monasteries in the Sky

Greece is most often characterized by its idyllic beaches and ancient ruins, which are fantastic and not to be missed. However, on my second trip to Greece we stayed with a friend who showed us ...

Juke and Jive

On May 17, the Padres squared off against their divisional opponents, the San Francisco Giants. In the top of the ninth inning, Padres pitcher Heath Bell took the mound in hopes of scoring a save ...

Barack the Killer

A group of 40 to 50 protestors converged on the headquarters of General Atomics early Wednesday morning, carrying signs, waving model Predator attack drones emblazoned with slogans such as "General Atomics Makes a Killing,” and ...

Hill, Please

Thirty-five-year hang-gliding veteran William Armstrong appeared before the San Diego City Council on May 18 to request that the council consider creating a training hill at the city-owned Glider Port in Torrey Pines. "We don't ...

Truckin'

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity. — Germaine Greer Normally, it would kill me to desecrate a beautiful filet mignon by shredding it with plastic cutlery on a paper plate. But extraordinary circumstances demand extraordinary ...

May 19, 2010
Riddle of the Shadow Martini

Thirty-Five Years AgoI AM GROSSED OUT! My program’s first assembly had no errors at all! That never happens. Wow! Aren’t you excited? - R. LeChevalier, NCR Data Processing Division.— CLASSIFIEDS, May 22, 1975 Thirty Years ...

May 19, 2010
Birds in the House

There’s music floating around our backyard. It comes from a mockingbird perched atop the pecan tree, the phoebe sitting on the sprinkler head, house finches chirping over the bird feeder, and our chickens clucking around ...

May 19, 2010
JesusSanDiego.com

Back in November of 2009, I took note of a billboard ­I’d seen on the 8 West, put up by the San Diego Coalition of Reason. ­“Don’t believe in God?” it read. “You’re not alone.” ...

May 19, 2010
Hillcrest developers want their own little slice of suburban heaven

In May 2009, councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria sent a letter to Carol Schultz, executive director of Uptown Partnership, the agency responsible for increasing the parking supply, enhancing pedestrian use, and easing traffic flow ...

Advance, Retreat

The Meters, a New Orleans funk band, asked in song, “Now that we found love, what’re we gonna do with it?” Terence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune offers contrasting ­answers. Maybe ...

May 19, 2010
Letters

Funny, Cool, Short Re “Nothing Normal About It” (Cover Story, May 13). It’s a good story. Pit bulls will be always brave and strong, and I love pit bulls. They’re really nice dogs. The story’s ...

May 19, 2010
Your Deliverance Is at Hand

Some nights, you don’t want to dress up for a restaurant or, worse yet, keep wearing that same stiff corporate outfit for 14 hours straight. But you don’t want to cook, either. You just want ...

May 19, 2010
Crash Debris

On January 1, 2009, San Diego pop-rockers Crash Encore (nominated for Best New Artist at the SDMAs in 2007) announced that they would post one free song for download every week for the next year. ...

May 19, 2010
The Gooch

“At Humphrey’s, they used to make me hide out back behind the Dumpsters because I was too young to be in the bar,” says 19-year-old Josh Gooch, a working blues guitarist since he was a ...

May 19, 2010
Such a Deal

Blue skies, smiling at me/ Nothing but blue skies do I ­see… It’s an oldie but goodie, and Irving and I launched into it when he mentioned that the guy who wrote it had the ...

Solar Man

Hey, man. Solar Man here. Well, my ­name’s Derek Ensminger, but my friends call me Solar Man. Look around my office and ­you’ll know why. ­There’s a solar-powered video camera over there, a solar charger ...

May 19, 2010
Pee Dance, Fortune Cookies, Saltwater Heals

Dear M.A.: When I really have to pee bad, why do I do that little pee dance? I’m squeezing muscles and shifting my weight back and forth on my feet and sometimes bending over. It ...

May 19, 2010
Here's the Deal: Anthology

Anthology is a three-level restaurant and club just south of Little Italy on India. Inspired by CEO Howard ­Berkson’s roots in Chicago nightlife, the 13,000-square-foot establishment pairs New American fine dining with live music in ...

Keep It Clean

“More and more music videos qualify as ‘short films,’ worthy of screening at the big worldwide film festivals,” says singer-songwriter Scott West, whose video for his song “Keep It Clean” was one of only ten ...

May 19, 2010
Posthumous Bangs

“Lester Bangs attended Grossmont College from 1966 to 1968,” says English professor Raul Sandelin of the late rock critic for Rolling Stone, Creem, and the Village Voice. “The school is honoring its former alum with ...

May 19, 2010
Nada Surf

Every time I read an article about the decline of the record industry, I’m struck by one fact: The peak year for album sales in the history of the recording industry was 1999. It’s not ...

May 19, 2010
Queensrÿche

“We had a fire-breather at first,” says Queensrÿche front man Geoff Tate via telephone from his home in Bellevue, Washington. “That didn’t quite work out. I didn’t really see the point, you know?” Queensrÿche Cabaret ...

May 19, 2010
Casino economy

The California State University system has been beset by scandals, ranging from a defaulted $1.25 million loan made by Sonoma State ­University’s academic foundation to Clem Carinalli, a former board member and developer who is ...

May 19, 2010
Bard-time pay

Balboa ­Park’s Old Globe Theatre escaped the great financial meltdown of 2008 relatively unscathed, at least according to its IRS return covering the 12-month period ending in December 2008 and filed last November 18. The ...

Voice of Frankie

For years, KPBS-FM and TV, the public broadcasting arms of San Diego State University, have been extremely deferential in handling interviews with city officials; the university is dependent on the ­City’s goodwill for getting an ...

May 19, 2010
A Gift

For a long time now I have not been able to listen to Dinu Lipatti’s slender, ascetic fingertips pressing ever so gently firm on the piano keys in his last recorded transcription of Bach’s Cantata ...

May 19, 2010
Problems with San Diego's returning servicemen

On Halloween 2009, around 7:00 p.m., a sugar-crazed group of costumed children and their adult chaperones works its way through one of those North County neighborhoods where the rows of prim two-story homes are painted ...

May 19, 2010
Rockin' Like Debussy

“We are a very modest band and don’t believe too much in putting on stage antics or showboating,” says singer-guitarist Michael Stauffer of post-shoegaze scenesters FMera (“FM era”). “We let the music set the atmosphere ...

May 19, 2010
Pie's the Limit

­it’s 7:30 at the House of Bromance by Lincoln and Washington in University Heights. Childhood friends from Massachusetts Ian and Patrick moved into the second-story house about six months ago, stoked on the large windows ...

Lakeside-Poway Bike Ride

Two of inland San Diego ­County’s most important east-west highways, Scripps-Poway Parkway and the Tierrasanta-to-Santee stretch of the Highway 52 Freeway, have been designed to carry bicycle as well as auto traffic. They can be ...

San Diego, Texas, in May

Good Nephew, Bad Nephew. Marco Garcia resigned from his position as San Diego Animal Control officer two weeks after he was arrested for assaulting his 66-year-old aunt in an incident regarding a dog he brought ...

May 19, 2010
Punk Haiku

Thursday 20Baltimore represents at Tin Can Ale House, where Marylanders Future Islands and Lower Dens (Jana ­Hunter’s new band) join our own Heavy Hawaii and Rafter for a four-layer cake of indie-pop confection. Baked goods ...

May 19, 2010
New Orleans Jazz Fest: A Fest of Smiles

“New Orleans is my spot,” declares Pershall the cabbie en route to my second day at Jazz Fest. Ten minutes away from the famed French Quarter at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the 41st annual ...

Prison State

On May 18, the San Diego County Grand Jury handed down their verdict on San Diego County's public jails as part of the annual review mandated by the California penal code. After inspections at seven ...

May 19, 2010
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