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Xunantunich Ruins, Belize

Over the river and through the trees lie the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. First unearthed in British Honduras at the turn of the last century, this ancient archeological site is one of the finest in ...

Die, Ralph, Die

Kevin looked more confused than surprised when he found me on his doorstep. “Are you C.C.’s chauffer?” He gestured at my father, who was standing behind me. Though I had indeed done the driving, it ...

November 16, 2011
Wang's North Park Restaurant Plans “Soft” Opening

While a little behind the planned opening date (but said to be right on budget), Wang's North Park restaurant will have a “soft opening” on November 21, said co-owner and operator Joel Herzer in a ...

November 16, 2011
Mellow Out in Topanga, California

When you’re staring at a deer beneath a grove of oak trees, it might be difficult to realize that you’re within the city limits of Los Angeles. Topanga is a hilly, wooded oasis located within ...

Downtown Johnny Brown’s

“We were the first bar to have Arrogant Bastard,” says Downtown Johnny Brown’s owner Todd Alexander. “Stone had their release party here. John Brown really embraced the local beer movement. When I bought the bar ...

Harvest Fests at Your Ease

It’s no longer difficult to find a restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner, in part because, in these hard times, it’s a good opportunity (like Valentine’s Day) for a restaurant to reap a little profit and possibly ...

November 16, 2011
Beautiful Mess of Cheesesteak

If I were more of a man, I’d actually do this. I’m looking at a sign on an artist’s easel: “McGonagle’s Cheesesteak Challenge: Eat 3 and Win $50!...Three double-meat cheesesteaks in 30 minutes.” Hmm…double-meat. Meaning ...

November 16, 2011
The Best Apple Cider

The days are still warm, but the nights are getting cold enough for cider. Patrick and I hail from the Northeast, and this time of year starts us hankering. I didn’t make it up to ...

November 16, 2011
Abstract Swing

As Declan Halloran sees it, the all-age local band scene is easy to sum up. “The bands that play at Soma are either pop-punk, cookie monster [sreamo], or ska. They pretty much come in one ...

November 16, 2011
After Ocean Beach, Santee, our bid was accepted in La Mesa

For my birthday, my husband bought me a house. I like to mention this nonchalantly to strangers because I think it makes us sound like the type of people who might own a yacht or ...

November 16, 2011
X-Ray Eyes

During OnStage Playhouse’s intermissions, the houselights come up, but the actors remain in character onstage. As audience members talk among themselves or scan text messages, the characters play cards and do small tasks in whispers. ...

November 16, 2011
Work Ten Weeks, Take Ten Months Off, Part Two

And what in the fuck is it with me that I can’t roll a straight joint? Todd snorts. “The one from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. The one that’s gonna hire 20,000 people. The one that’s ...

November 16, 2011
Was Penn State a party to pedophilia?

Remembering that even this bastard is presumed innocent, it’s a quick transformation between a breaking news story and a corporate media storyline about said breaking news story. This is how torture becomes enhanced interrogation. You ...

November 16, 2011
Listen Up, Philistines

Thursday 17They Might Be Giants share a crate at my place with Devo, Ridgeway, Pere Ubu, Zevon...the satirists. Witty distractions from too-commercial pop culture, like movies by the Coens or reading Vonnegut. Healthy snacks! Johns ...

November 16, 2011
Chinese Beetles

“We just returned from our 15th trip to China,” says Scott Stephens of Liquid Blue, the first San Diego band to sign with a Chinese record label (Shanghai Audio and Video). “Some of us are ...

November 16, 2011
It Was Supposed to Be a Suicide

This is a true story. This was told to me by a man I’ll call Tom Fuller. The story came to me outside of a meeting hall where an anonymous group meeting had been held. ...

November 16, 2011
The Farmers Plow Ahead

The hellbillies formerly known as the Beat Farmers are no strangers to lineup changes. Their longtime pedigree assures that some folks will find fault with any version of the band, including the omission of those ...

November 16, 2011
I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You

Born in 1960, the African-American artist Glenn Ligon grew up in housing projects in the Bronx but attended the privileged, mostly white Walden School in Manhattan, a one-hour commute each way. Later, after majoring in ...

November 16, 2011
To Market, To Market with San Diego Foodstuff

Tuesday, November 8, 2011: Finding Your “Inner Chef” at Hipcooks I’m a cooking class slut. Okay, that’s pretty dramatic. But, I just love them. You just never know what great little tip you’ll walk out ...

November 16, 2011
Raccoon Newsie Zombie

because Halloween is the greatest holiday of the year, especially when it falls on a Monday and, therefore, begins the previous Thursday, your humble crasher went to about 39 celebrations this All Hallows’ Eve megaweekend. ...

November 16, 2011
The Largest Hole in Earth

Heymatt: As usual, while contemplating my navel I came up with another Matthew Alice question. How big is the biggest hole ever dug in the earth? And please tell us some ridiculous facts about it, ...

November 16, 2011
Petroleum pigs underreporting pipeline decay

Greg Palast is a corporate fraud investigator turned investigative journalist. In his new book, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores, he and his team crisscross the globe in a ...

November 16, 2011
Sharon Jones + the Dap-Kings

The past couple of years have seen a wealth of good records from Raphael Saadiq, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, and others working in the style of ’60s and ’70s soul and funk. But ...

November 16, 2011
How Sempra used cash-balance plans

Forget Occupy Wall Street. Forget Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Diego. The next protest movement should be OccupyTowers Watson. Or Occupy Mercer. Or Occupy International Business Machines or San Diego’s Sempra Energy. Towers Watson and ...

November 16, 2011
All the Influence Money Can Buy

Former city development director Marcela Escobar-Eck, let go along with colleague and land-use chief Jim Waring during 2007’s Sunroad Montgomery Field building fiasco, is now plying the lobbying trade. Her October 19 filing as principal ...

November 16, 2011
Cops Reach the Video Age

Beset by sex scandals, a bad audit, budget cuts, and city hall demonstrators, some good news for the San Diego Police Department seemed last week to have finally arrived in the form of its latest ...

November 16, 2011
Sniffing Out New Marijuana Lobbyists

There’s a new hired gun in town, and it’s smoking. Sacramento lobbying shop California Capitol Solutions has registered to cast its spell on San Diego city hall on behalf of five medical pot shops, including ...

November 16, 2011
The Sounds. Not Blondie.

Comparisons to Blondie, says Jesper Anderberg, are to be forgiven. “I think there’s a slight similarity between us.” Anderberg plays keyboards and guitar in a Swedish indie-rock band called the Sounds. “I mean, we have ...

November 16, 2011
Annual Report (for Doug Lang)

I hate this entire year, the way it stops and starts, dries you out, soaks you, lulls you to sleep, then wakes you up in a cold sweat. Not to mention the pills that are ...

November 16, 2011
Lather, Rinse, Repeat

“I had my moment as a rock star,” says Larry Groupe. “I now equate being on tour with the directions on a bottle of shampoo: lather, rinse, repeat.” When Groupe, a San Diego–based composer/keyboardist chanced ...

November 16, 2011
Not Open-Mouth

Happy Ron Hill’s 1500th performance happens at Lestat’s on Wednesday, November 23. It’ll also be the native San Diegan’s first full show with his “smooth jazz combo,” the Smoothies. “I’ve been saying for years that ...

November 16, 2011
International Christian Center

Membership: 250 Pastor: David Montajes Age: 55 Born: Manila, Philippines Formation: Bethel Bible College, Venezuela City, Philippines Years Ordained: 13 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor David Montajes: ...

November 16, 2011
Letters

Nostalgia Bump I just love that Fred Hardin III’s letter “Chicken-Killing Thursdays” (November 3). It’s just really well written. I enjoyed it. It’s humorous. He should think about writing. It really gave me a bump ...

November 16, 2011
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