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Content for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

News & Stories

How San Diego comedians got their start

Jocose journeymen offer counsel.

December 23, 2015
San Diego bands kicking off 2016 with new music

This week, Nathan Williams’s Ghost Ramp Records is launching a monthly subscription service featuring exclusive vinyl releases, starting with a Wavves/Best Coast 7-inch, a Wavves/Cloud Nothings 7-inch, and a Sweet Valley 12-inch, with more to ...

December 23, 2015
Weatherbox on tour with Satan

Weatherbox founder Brian Warren explains why his fans would appreciate Entertainment Law, one of the three bands opening for him Sunday at the Ché Café. “They have three ex-Boxists.” There are three ex-members of Weatherbox, ...

December 23, 2015
While I.B. is still I.B.

“Name’s Ken,” says the guy on the right. “As in ‘Ken, still looking for Barbie.’"

December 23, 2015
Mr. Tube's a big band with a big backstory

Fans of the Black Heart Procession or anything that hometown singer/guitarist/composer/producer Pall Jenkins has ever done will love Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects. Their story begins in the 1950s when a failed stuntman named ...

December 23, 2015
Cops on bikes

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to join the bicycle age in high-priced style, with an order for six “high quality fully assembled police patrol bicycles with lighting systems, gear bag rack, gear bag ...

December 23, 2015
The show can't go on

Past San Diego shows that turned serious as a coronary.

December 23, 2015
Bible in one hand, newspaper in the other

Clairemont Lutheran Church Membership: 800 Pastor: Jonathan Doolittle Age: 50 Born: Columbus, OH Formation: Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL Years Ordained: 21 San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

December 23, 2015
Siri, are the Chargers moving to L.A.?

I clamber out of bed, make for the kitchen and coffee. While passing through the living room a thought arises, “There’s too much Apple dreck in my life.” I have a second-generation iTouch with a ...

December 23, 2015
One of the last free-flowing rivers in Southern California

The Santa Margarita River Trails are managed by the newly merged Live Oak Coalition and the Fallbrook Trails Council. Through an agreement with the Fallbrook Public Utility District, which owns the property, the nonprofit group ...

December 23, 2015
I don’t know why I’m a musician, because I don’t really care about music

Joe Garrison is a musical survivalist. The 64-year-old jazz and new music composer has shaped his artistic life to favor more beginnings than ends. Like his hero, Igor Stravinsky, he’s learned that to reinvent himself ...

December 23, 2015
The best of 2015’s year-end events

Friday | 25 Jungle Bells A chance to see exotic animals at night makes an evening visit worth a trip, and through January 3 the zoo is also decked out with holiday lights and special ...

December 23, 2015
Tarantino opens wide

No sooner was it announced that 100 theaters across America would be screening Ultra Panavision 70mm prints of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight than images of a big hulking thingamajig from another era, lying dormant ...

December 23, 2015
Cracker, Camper, and the Sharknado debate

David Lowery’s dueling musical outfits, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, are in town to play their annual year-end concert at Belly Up on Sunday. The decade-long tradition, however, features a twist this year. Lowery tells ...

December 23, 2015
Get the place next door and have an acre in La Jolla

Current Owner: Geranium Limited | Beds: 8 | Baths: 9 | List Price: $12,500,000 This edition’s “spectacular custom estate” is “located in The Shores, a highly desired La Jolla neighborhood” less than a quarter-mile from ...

December 23, 2015
Zine lovers laugh in the face of print’s death

Maybe the multiple breakfast beers deserve some credit, but when I arrive at the third annual San Diego Zine Fest at Bread & Salt community center on an early October afternoon, the place feels brimming ...

December 23, 2015
Scripps, the mother of diving

A biologist from China and graduate student at Scripps Institute during World War II, C.K. Tseng was the institute’s first scientific diver. In 1944 he used Japanese equipment, which pumped air to him from the ...

December 23, 2015
The Sess' seven-year itch

The Sess was burnt out when they disbanded in 2008. However, they’re feeling inspired again while rehearsing for their reunion show at Soda Bar on New Year’s Eve. Soda Bar talent-buyer Cory Stier said it ...

December 23, 2015
Two Christmas Poems

Native Scene The beasts of Jerusalem will murder him, but in the meantime the beasts of Bethlehem warm him with their breath. — Giovanni Papini Nights are still cold on the starry hillside; Dew still ...

December 23, 2015
San Diego won’t be any more affordable next year

"The weakest recovery in history will not become the longest in history.” Thus speaks Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy Research. From late 2007 to early 2009, the United States ...

December 23, 2015
Attempt to print something of quality

One-Sided and Prejudiced I am an American who is a Roman by blood and a Roman Catholic by religion. Your one-sided and prejudiced statement about Charles Chiniquy does you no credit. In fact, you have ...

December 23, 2015
Turn on the Faucett

An ex–Kevin Faulconer assistant, whose most recent gig for the Republican San Diego mayor was as a member of his ill-starred Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group, has bagged a mayoral appointment to the board of the ...

December 23, 2015
A very Casbah Christmas

Thursday 24Happy hols, y’all. The clubbety crawler’s going to be understandably low on quantity this holiday week, but bulging with big-Q Quality. For inst., Thursday night rings in the Casbah’s annual Exile on Kettner, where ...

December 23, 2015
Camper Van Cracker, OFF!, Luna, Tijuana Panthers

Sunday 27There are two kinds of alt-rock fans: Cracker fans and Camper Van Beethoven fans, so the frontman for both bands, David Lowery, has got you covered. In advance of their split bill at Belly ...

December 23, 2015
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