Director Des McAnuff has produced plays at the La Jolla Playhouse since 1983 and is one of America’s finest dramatists, in collaboration with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is likely his finest moment. Don’t miss this chance to experience his empathetic vision of life and loss. You won’t regret it.

Tim Barger
via email

Entertain Me

I almost passed on the Hitchcock movie after reading the Scott Marks' review. What a mistake that would have been. It was a way- above-average movie, as are almost all of those starring Anthony Hopkins. It gave a nice history of Hollywood movie-making, ’50s lore, and Alfred Hitchcock as a human being.

We all know his movies, but to see him deal with everyday life, jealousy, and his own foibles, far outweighs any criticism of the star as “encased in a Martin Lawrence fat suit, outfitted with a bad latex nose, and suffering from an oscillating dialect.“ And who among us knows or cares that the movie was “shot in ’Scope, a ratio Hitch despised and never used“? What I want from a movie is entertainment and emotion, and what I want from a reviewer is how likely I am to get that from it. Scott Marks didn’t deliver, but Hitchcock did.

Joe Abbinanti
via email

Just a Hint

In response to “Hispanic Vote Calls Shots in San Diego” by Don Bauder (City Lights, November 21).

The GOP signed their presidential loss, etc. when they sanctioned Alabama and Arizona. There was no way Obama would have won because, up to that point, Republicans had the money and the number of votes, I believe. Even the smallest hint of racism or sexism can have very negative consequences.

Cesar Lopez
Chula Vista

Overzealous Volunteers

We are homeowners in Talmadge since 1968. We would like to respond to your article on the Talmadge Neighborhood Patrol (“Neighborhood Watch”).

Overzealous volunteers continue to patrol our neighborhood under the guise of protection. There have been several incidents where they have crossed the line between safety and intrusion into privacy. We agree with Mr. Simpson and apologize to him for the mistreatment he received from the Talmadge Patrol.

Nancy and Allan Rabin

Unfortunate Ensembles

I was disheartened reading your Style Stalker section (November 21). I am an employee of UCSDMC Hillcrest, and I happened to notice a photo of a young woman with the caption “1 in 3 suffer from pattern blindness”. This young woman, Atale Amare, is actually an employee whom I know, and I feel that she should not have been chosen for this content. She was actually in her work uniform. Anyone who spends time in Hillcrest will notice lots of people wearing this unfortunate ensemble. She is a very pleasant person who works hard every day and I feel it was unfair to include her.

I understand the concept of this, but hardworking people in their uniforms (no matter how god-awful) should not be made fun of. Besides, how many of us have had to wear silly uniforms? I feel Atale deserves an apology and so do numerous other UCSD employees. If not an apology, at least an attempt to not include people like Atale should be made.

Elizabeth Chaney
via email

The More Things Change...

By virtue of a head of grey hair and a grumpy outlook, I, a nonagenarian, retain the privilege to impart my wisdom to the callow youth who subscribe to the Reader. I find a few things in it to arouse me from my lethargy. In the November 21 issue a sentence caused the buzzing in my head to change frequency. It was something about the GOP not winning Hispanics because, in their countries of origin, they are accustomed to big government (City Lights: “Hispanic Vote Calls Shots in San Diego”). It seems to me they used their cabezas to get over, under, or around the fence to leave those countries and come here. Seems they forgot that part of the reason why they left those countries was because of the big, tyrannical governments, and that they wanted to be in America, a place with more freedom to live their lives. So, now they want to change this country to be like what they fled?

My folks escaped — literally — from the old country. They came here, worked hard, made a good living, and gave thanks every day for this citadel of freedom. They had their hopes fulfilled and didn’t want to change things here to be like the place that they left. It didn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that out.

Old White Guy
San Marcos

The Magic of TJ

Just finished reading your magnificent article, “We don’t belong to Mexico and we don’t belong to the U.S.” (November 15 cover story). Wow! I loved it! I was born in L.A. and was raised in Tijuana. This story was magic, very interesting. I liked all the beautiful references. Mostly I liked, “Tijuana should stay raw and eccentric.”

I love that people are scared of TJ, because this is our little magic paradise. I would never change it. This article brought back all the magic and beauty and mysteries of my TJ. Thank you so much.

Chad Deal, great article! I’m going to check you out. It was too short! This article is so cool, it should have been longer. Great job.

Edna Lopez
Spring Valley

Do Something for Yourself

Thank you, Reader, for years of wonderful service. “Life’s Not Easy” (November 8) was a wonderful cover story and I hope young people read it, and how the gentleman turned his life around.

That’s what it’s going to take, people being responsible for their own actions. I feel bad for anyone who has gotten into trouble and now finds themself on the streets. But you have to do something for yourself rather than continue in the same way. It’s pure insanity. I certainly pray for those people. It’s unfortunate that some of them are out of their minds. Life isn’t easy, but we have to make choices and have determination to make change.

I thank God for you, Reader, that you put that out there. We’re not all bad. It takes recovery, and recovering one’s life, every day.


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