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The Walls Are Closing In

I am surrounded by papers and books at 10:30 at night. I am trying to concentrate on writing a rhetorical masterpiece on the financial recession of 2008 that will hopefully get me an A in ...

Does Sweetwater’s Hiring of Greg Vega Constitute Conflict?

Last week the Sweetwater Union High School board voted to have an independent audit of Scott Alevy, a public relations professional. The board's choice of an auditor has raised this question: can an attorney who ...

Oh, Jane

Apparently, one of the other mothers at "drop off" -- where Jane drops her daughter Bella off at school -- was shocked by my sister's two-toned hair. As Jane relays it, her friend said something ...

May 25, 2011
Two Little La Jolla Parks

The La Jolla Heights Open Space clings to a patch of chaparral-clad hillside overlooking the village of La Jolla. Pottery Canyon is essentially a secluded ravine, right off busy Torrey Pines Road. Both are small ...

May 25, 2011
You Never See That on TV

Radio says they’re expecting 10,000 to 15,000 people here ­— here being Livermore, a town of 80,000 known to Bike World as Stage 4 start line in this year’s Tour of California. I’d been birding ...

May 25, 2011
La Gran Tapa

Established in 1984 by restaurateur and bullfighter Paul Dobson, La Gran Tapa was the first dedicated Spanish tapas bar in San Diego. Seven owners later, the Sicilian proprietor of the Turquoise Café in Pacific Beach, ...

Big Flavors at Bayu's Ethiopian

Picking an Ethiopian restaurant presents a draconian choice: you can head for one of the cramped little places in City Heights (Asmara and Red Sea) for authenticity or choose more spacious places (Muzita or the ...

Acrassicauda, Out of Baghdad

You can’t make this stuff up: Acrassicauda, a Saddam-era Iraqi thrash band, survived the war but lost their equipment — and the entire building they practiced in — to a missile strike. They suffered death ...

May 25, 2011
Pirates, Woody, and Keira

We sail into the Sargasso Sea of summer, where movie sequels trawl for box-office kelp. But then, off to Paris! Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Having taken in way over two billion, even ...

May 25, 2011
Same Cult, Different Disciples

Thursday 26<br>Folk-pop Portlandians Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives load into Bar Pink Thursday night. It’s been a rough-and-tumble winter for Grow, who wrecked the band’s van in a January Nor’wester. Back on his feet ...

May 25, 2011
Jet West, Dropping In

“Our music intertwines upbeat reggae riffs with fist-pumping, melodic rock,” says Jet West singer/guitarist Scott Floquet. “We pull influences from blues, funk, country, and we’re even starting to experiment with techno.” Jet West’s debut Dropping ...

May 25, 2011
Bad Blood

“I couldn’t do it anymore.” After eight years, owner Jason Nascimento closed the doors to Portugalia, his Portuguese restaurant on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. The last Live Wednesday was held there on May 18, ...

Fat 'Daddys

San Diego’s Crawdaddys are reforming for a pair of shows this year. On June 10, the band will headline the sixth annual “Go Sinner Go” festival in Spain. Then, on September 2, the band will ...

May 25, 2011
Open mic at South Park Abbey, friendly Grounds, Lestat's, Queen Bee's

South ParkWednesday, February 168:45 p.m. The sign painted on the building reads Delicious Food, Great Beer, Philanthropy, but I won’t notice this until I leave. For now, I dart from my car into South Park ...

The Wiggle Is Back

I’ll never forget the time, probably somewhere in early 2003, when Holy Molar played their first and only show at the Ché Café. Like most present, I was a high school kid whose primary release ...

May 25, 2011
Some of My Favorite Fantasies

One practical use I’ve found for the embarrassing character flaw of romanticism is applying that wrongheaded screwiness to being broke. I’m probably more strapped than I need to be (I’m paid very fairly), as I ...

May 25, 2011
Night-Hunger Dreams Fulfilled at Sunrise Deli

If you’re a squirrel reading this, I have a great restaurant for you: Brent Fogwell’s six-acre macadamia tree farm in Spring Valley. He just lets the nuts drop from his 300 trees. But better hurry. ...

May 25, 2011
Lady Gaga Did Not Invent the Bologna Skirt

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>[Jerry] Brown is viewed as one of the shrewdest, most ambitious politicians of the century, so dedicated to power that some wouldn’t be surprised if, dissatisfied with the mere Philosopher King role, he ...

May 25, 2011
Rereading The Joy Luck Club

What are you reading? “I’ve just been re-reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. It’s about four women from China who are immigrants to America trying to wrap their heads around their American-raised daughters ...

May 25, 2011
Blues School

“I don’t stay in touch with Mike as much as I probably should,” Texas blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh says by phone from Dallas. “You just never know where Mike is,” meaning Mike Judge, UCSD grad ...

May 25, 2011
Requiemme Bags Bug

Former Dragons frontman Mario Escovedo has expanded his Requiemme Management to include a record label of the same name, distributed digitally by music publishing giant Bug Music. On May 24, the label will release its ...

May 25, 2011
Hugo Otto Marcks Memorial to Remain in Lakeside

In 1938, a monument in front of Lakeside Grammar School on Woodside Avenue was dedicated to the memory of Hugo “Otto” Marcks. Marcks was a longtime resident of Lakeside and operated one of the only ...

Point Loma Shopping Center Loses Another Tenant

Loma Square Shopping Center is losing another tenant; in recent years, large spaces leased by Circuit City and a discount shoe store have gone vacant. The Everything a Deal clothing store at the intersection of ...

Scripps Florida gets over $1 million per subsidized job

When subsidizing businesses to move to an area, paying $100,000 per job is generally considered quite high. But in wooing biotech-research facilities and companies, Florida has been paying much more than $1 million — repeat, ...

May 25, 2011
Kevin Faulconer Discloses Finances of Wife's Business

The convention-dependent business of Katherine Stuart, wife of GOP city councilman Kevin Faulconer — said to be interested in running for mayor to succeed termed-out fellow Republican Jerry Sanders — is doing better than ever, ...

The Chirp of Birds, the Buzz of Bikes From the Pala Raceway

"It’s starting now. Do you hear it?” Henry asks. The raspy chirp of a motorcycle engine intrudes upon the morning’s stillness, muffling songbirds in the avocado grove on the slope below Henry’s house in Rainbow. ...

May 25, 2011
Julie Dubick, Bill Lansdowne Disclose Finances

Attorney Julie Dubick, chief of staff to mayor Jerry Sanders, reported a few tourist-related assets of her own, including a tidy stock holding in Hilton Hotels valued at between $2000 and $10,000 and an interest ...

May 25, 2011
Paragliding in S.D.

“Paragliding?” I asked. “Like when they pull you behind a boat?” “No,” replied Patrick. “That’s parasailing. Totally different. This is freedom, man.” John Ryan, owner of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Center in La Mesa ...

May 25, 2011
Letters

Listen, Kids Thank you for the wonderful story about Dep Tuany (“Love Well,” Cover Story, May 19). Wow, what a man. He is to be admired. How do I contribute to his trip to Sudan ...

May 25, 2011
Anonymous

I offer my sacrifice and homage to thee, the Fire, as a good offering, and an offering with our hail of salvation, even as an offering of praise with benedictions to thee, the Fire, O ...

Harbor Presbyterian — Mira Mesa

Contact: Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road, San Diego, 619-699-5950; harborpc.org Membership: 57 (attendance 115) Pastor: Bob Klein Age: 58 Born: Baltimore, Maryland Formation: Hope College-Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, ...

May 25, 2011
"Rosh HaShana" by Aharon Shabtai

Even after the murder of the child Muhammad on Rosh HaShanah, the paper didn’t go black. In the same water in which the snipers wash their uniforms, I prepare my pasta, and over it pour ...

May 25, 2011
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