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Content for Wednesday, December 3, 2014

News & Stories

San Diego Reader 2014 Holiday Guide

You don’t have to be a movie critic to know the cinematic cliché: you don’t get to choose your relatives, but you do have to spend the holidays with them. And hey-ho whaddya know: every ...

From The English Works of Raja Rammohun Roy

Before “A Christian” indulged in a tirade about persons being “degraded by Asiatic effeminacy,” he should have recollected that almost all the ancient prophets and patriarchs venerated by Christians, nay even Jesus Christ himself, a ...

Laugh, cry, hate yourself

I’m a sucker for character studies of unlikeable people, and Listen Up Philip (USA, 2014, Tribeca Films) pulls no punches. Jason Schwartzman is repellant and yet strangely relatable as a pompous author who alienates everyone ...

December 3, 2014
Bad publicity

Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan raps about gang life, but he had never been to jail until June 19. “I just got out of the shower and was headed to work,” Duncan, 34, tells the Reader ...

December 3, 2014
You try being a lawyer

Two San Diego County lawyers have gotten a public reproval from the California bar, both for drunken driving. According to the report by the bar, Richard James Schneiders of Carlsbad was reported October 4, 2013, ...

December 3, 2014
Barbie dog

Discount retailer Big Lots needs to pay closer attention to its surveillance cameras, and the company's negligence is responsible for failing to prevent an attempted sexual assault at a Clairemont store in March 2014, according ...

December 3, 2014
Bebel Gilberto made bossa nova popular in America

Bebel Gilberto was born in New York in 1966, two years after a jazz record titled Getz/Gilberto made a style of music called bossa nova wildly popular in America. At the Grammy Awards in 1965, ...

December 3, 2014
The detective can’t detect

Aaron Calcagno fit the description: he is white, has sideburns, and is in his 30s. Aside from those similarities, claims Calcagno in a federal lawsuit that he filed against the County of San Diego and ...

December 3, 2014
Funniest blooper reel ever

On a cold, wet night (on the rare occasion we get one in San Diego), my first suggestion is John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (USA, 1994, New Line Cinema). I recommend the Blu-ray ...

December 3, 2014
You have to wonder

Go the Extra Mile Re: “Good Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbors,” November 27 cover story. You have to wonder why Mr. Pastenes hasn’t sued her for defamation of character? I also wonder why he hasn’t ...

December 3, 2014
Coffee & Tea Collective teams with a juicer

East Village continues to attract specialty coffee shops. On November 12, North Park’s third-wave torchbearer Coffee & Tea Collective announced it would be opening a second location in early 2015, at 631 Ninth Ave. Technically, ...

December 3, 2014
MP3s, please

Over 1100 MP3 songs currently grace the 3900-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, playable from the performer pages as well as on their upcoming event pages and via the website playlist at ...

December 3, 2014
Transmogrified

At night, that long walk up from the 8th Street trolley stop to National City Boulevard can get a little spooky. Especially when you’re walking the echoey stretch under the I-5. But then you cross ...

Advice from a Caterpillar

Chew your way into a new world. Munch leaves. Molt. Rest. Molt again. Self-reinvention is everything. Spin many nests. Cultivate stinging bristles. Don’t get sentimental about your discarded skins. Grow quickly. Develop a yen for ...

December 3, 2014
War is hell

Diplomacy employs a brave dramatic premise: as the Allies approach Nazi-occupied Paris, the German military governor of the city prepares to follow his orders and blow up the City of Lights. Notre Dame, the Louvre, ...

December 3, 2014
Fear not the White Elephant

Dear Hipster: My company’s holiday party will feature a White Elephant, and I want to put something cool into the gift pool. I’d rather give people a laugh than a crock pot, if you know ...

December 3, 2014
Decision at the Overlook

You might want trekking poles for that descent into Indian Valley.

Heavy with metal

Sunday 7Weed-centric metal heads Cannabis Corpse light up Soda Bar Sunday night. An obvious spoof on the band name of metal brethren Cannibal Corpse, Cannabis Corpse features members of Municipal Waste, GWAR, and Antietam 1862, ...

December 3, 2014
Mr. Spaghetti and the Yellow Ranger

Thursday 4San Diego’s Acoustic Alliance will celebrate ten years of plucking your heart strings at Brick by Brick Thursday night. The list of locals showing off their coffee-shop chops is prodigious, so I’ll just mention ...

December 3, 2014
Terry's board

I first met Terry Hendricks showering off by the lifeguard tower after a morning surf in Ocean Beach around 1970 or ’71. At the time I was unaware he was a noted scientist and held ...

December 3, 2014
The Grinch to steal Christmas

Either way, Santa Rancho Bernardo The 125-year-old Bernardo Winery keeps a holiday traditions alive at its Rancho Bernardo vineyard, where its Holiday Nights events run December 11th through the 14th, from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Lights and ...

December 3, 2014
Anything chestnut

I cut in to mention that David is an avid amateur cook who loves to “bring it” for any culinary occasion, but that when one of our guests is a professional chef he pulls out the stops.

December 3, 2014
Get your Christmas tree on

You can choose and cut your own tree, or if you are not feeling your inner lumberjack, the farm will cut your tree for you.

December 3, 2014
Let there be nutcracking

Piggy-bank friendly North Park Self-described as a “functional goods, kitchen essentials, tabletop decorations, and gifts” boutique, Kaleidoscope opened in May by two retail mavens with more than 20 years’ experience and whom designed the original, ...

December 3, 2014
Skip the same old gatherings

Handmade holiday at the downtown library From grandparents, moms, and dads to teens and toddlers, there’s something for every member of the family at this holiday fiesta. Enjoy live music presented by Rarefied Recording, and ...

December 3, 2014
Desperate roommate, filthy liar

Dear Hipster: How do I get my roommate to wash more dishes? She always says she will do it “later,” but then the dishes pile up and pile up and she’s “too busy” to clean ...

December 3, 2014
What about those Cayman Islands assets?

J. Douglass Jennings boasts that he knows the tax loopholes. But he and his wife owe more than $7 million in taxes and are charged with embezzlement.

December 3, 2014
Crossborder holiday guide

Let nature provide Hills, valleys, and seaside Let the seasonal bouquet of East County and coastal chaparral inspire homespun holiday treats. A pungent whiff of Cleveland sage on Sycuan Peak or Sycamore Canyon might inspire ...

December 3, 2014
Are you Santa enough?

Gift’s got stamina Hillcrest Craftsmen at the Planet Rooth Design Haus make heirloom-quality furniture out of reclaimed wine and bourbon barrels. Elegant in the way that overstuffed classic American furniture will never be. Sturdy and ...

December 3, 2014
The makings of a gym rat

Post Title: Transformations Post Date: October 17, 2014 As a personal trainer, I encounter a diverse amount of personalities. Introverts, extroverts, people with all the confidence in the world, and people who need help building ...

December 3, 2014
The biggest Christmas show in San Diego

Well-traveled stuffers Solana Beach This shop is a bargain-hunter’s paradise amid the fun (but pricey) shops of the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Stocking stuffers galore, and all with a touch of thoughtfulness ...

December 3, 2014
Stuck in the ’70s

Warren Oates, the great character actor of many Sam Peckinpah films, got to be a star in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (USA, 1974, United Artists). It was made after the commercial failure ...

December 3, 2014
Get metaphysical

Get into the gourd Fallbrook Painting and carving gourds has to be the most fun gift-making hobby in, well, actually, 15,000 years. That’s how long our ancestors have been using and carving gourds. And we ...

December 3, 2014
On the holiday hunt

South Park Walkabout Bundle up and head to the South Park Walkabout on Saturday, December 6, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The tree-lined business district is lit up for the holidays and will lead you ...

December 3, 2014
From Las Posadas in Old Town to ziplining in Wrightwood

Pauseworthy gift paper Fashion Valley, Westfield UTC, Del Mar Highlands Town Center The wrapping paper is your gift’s equivalent of a first impression, its chance to dress up for the party. It doesn’t need to ...

December 3, 2014
Don your red suit

Why not teach the teen to cook? Fashion Valley Practice and prepare for your holiday meals with hands-on cooking classes featuring instruction on classic dishes and treats from prime rib to eggnog, and from snowflake ...

December 3, 2014
Tight lines!

No local reports from the fleet due to weather... From the long-range fleet: The Red Rooster III fishing the first day of their 16 Day trip after arriving at the Clarion Island area south of ...

December 3, 2014
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