Stories for July 2015

Friday, July 31

The music is the music

The Romantic German wrote a choral symphony... or did he?

I’m feeling a tad sheepish here about my classical music knowledge. I did not realized that Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 was written for orchestra, chorus and soloists. I was listening along on Spotify to Mendelssohn ...

Opponentless mayor backed by $1.2 million

Cash flows to San Diego's Faulconer from many wealthy directions.

On the heels of a report from the University of Southern California chiding San Diego's wealthy establishment for running the town as an "exclusionary enterprise" for big money special interests, campaign reporting season has arrived, ...

Two Oktoberfest weekends possible for La Mesa

Downtown permit conditional on payment of fees

People who enjoy October celebrations featuring a beer garden and entertainment could have two weekends for celebrating in La Mesa. The La Mesa City Council on July 28 voted 4-1 to approve the La Mesa ...

Going beyond BBQ at Blue Korea

New dishes to feed the Korean habit

It’s easy for me to get into a rut when eating ethnic food. Once I’ve tried a couple of dishes that capture my imagination, I tend to go back to them. Especially since I usually ...

Notorious drug house goes up in flames

Home on Rancho Encinitas Drive has history of search warrants and arrests

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at 3:45 a.m. yesterday at a home located at 1507 Rancho Encinitas Drive. The home was known to law enforcement as the target of search warrants and ...

Another One by Mac DeMarco

Indie hit's mini-LP burbles with drowning keys

Short and sweet is Mac Demarco’s Another One. Recorded in his New York apartment, you feel at home with melodic songwriting and romantic forget-me-nots. The eight-song “mini-LP” owns the typical joyful quirkiness of its predecessors, ...

San Salvador finally touches water

Finally, after almost six years and over 500 volunteers, the full-scale replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship, the San Salvador, touched water for the first time on July 29. It’s the same water that touched ...

Last Call: The Quality of Life & Fringe Fest best

The Fringe Festival ends this Sunday. As does one of San Diego’s best dramatic productions in years. The Quality of Life. Intrepid Theatre Company mounted Jane Anderson’s heart-wrenching, gut-busting play at the Carlsbad Village Theatre, ...

Burglars rifle cars for remotes

Cash, iPods, and other valuables left behind

A few weeks ago, eight houses on Black Mountain Road in Mira Mesa were all hit on the same day. A garage door opener previously stolen from one Black Mountain resident's car was used to ...

Adolescents full of fire

Skate-punk mainstays run the 35-year gamut of hits

Orange County skate-punk band the Adolescents always puts on an energetic show, even after 35 years of running the gamut of punk hits. The band was full of fire as they played tune after tune ...

Edison hikes San Onofre payoff demand

Claimed losses due to Mitsubishi generator failure rise from $4 to $7.6 billion.

Southern California Edison, operator of the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is doubling down on warranty claims against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese manufacturer of four steam turbine generators that failed prematurely and ultimately ...

Vinyl ruins

There may be some gold records to be found in Thrift Trader's giveaways

As previously reported by the Reader, the mezzanine in the Hillcrest location of Thrift Trader collapsed early in the morning (around 4 a.m.) on June 22. The collapse was due to the weight of vinyl ...

Dock ticker

July 30 dock report The Chubasco II 1/2 day am run with 39 anglers aboard returned to the dock with 5 yellowtail and 31 calico bass in the gunnysacks. The Dolphin 1/2 day morning run ...

Thursday, July 30

California State Fair shows SD (just) a little love

Two new breweries place alongside longtime favorites

San Diego breweries took 13 awards and two Honorable Mentions in this month's California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition. 1086 Beers were judged in 34 Categories overall, with locals recognized in 10 of them. ...

Bombs away from USC against San Diego insiders

L.A. report calls San Diego establishment an “exclusionary enterprise.”

Call it the University of Southern California's revenge. The wealthy and politically powerful school to the north has lately been hitting some setbacks to its advance on San Diego. The most prominent of which, the ...

Showbiz splash in Solana

Side by Side by Sondheim at North Coast Repertory Theatre

The musical revue has long been a staple of the American musical theater scene. From “Lend an Ear,” which gave Carol Channing her big break, to “New Faces of 1952,” which introduced Eartha Kitt and ...

Coronado toll booths give way to fantasizing

“It would be so awesome.”

Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka said that since the removal of the tolls that paid off the Coronado bridge’s construction in 2002, “there have been many complaints about how the entryway into the city was becoming ...

Beijing & the Great Wall explored

Derek Ray's bucket-list stops in northeastern China.

Check out Derek's e-book How to Travel On the Cheap (...and Even for Free!): Turn Your Travel Dreams Into Reality, available in the Amazon Kindle store. “We Chinese people eat everything. Everything in the sky ...

Wednesday, July 29

I depend on an angel on the San Diego Transit info line

We finally meet in East Village

“My family were dairy people from the Azores. We adore things like cheeses and anchovies.”

He who puts his lips to it would wish them never to be removed

From “Travels” by Ibn Jubayr

The blessed Black Stone is encased in the corner [of the Kabah] facing east. The depth to which it penetrates it is not known, but it is said to extend two cubits into the wall. ...

Product coming in August from San Diego bands

Record-release roundup

The band formerly known as Ed Ghost Tucker will release a final EP under that name while debuting their new incarnation, the Lulls, at the Soda Bar on August 1. Now a trio since the ...

Putting faces to the Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Web-hit psychedelic rock trio sells out Casbah

In 2010 a singer/songwriter and guitarist named Ruban Nielson posted an original track to his Bandcamp site. Pop music bloggers got their hands on it, reposted it all over the internet, and due to the ...

Four poems

On a Pair of Dice We are little brethren twain, Arbiters of loss and gain, Many to our counters run, Some are made, and some undone: But men find it to their cost, Few are ...

Readers' thoughts on the Reader

Babies Having Babies Your cover story of a child who, at age 16, delivered a baby (“Child No More,” July 23) portrays her as a heroine. Your heroine is a fortunate exception. This piece is ...

Summertime’s cold coffee culture

Hot coffee may be a year-round drink, but with summer temperatures rising, cold brew becomes a greater focus for local shops. At Coffee & Tea Collective, they’re experimenting with longer steep times, taking a standard ...

A drink that is not a pick-me-up so much as a wind-me-down

Perfect home for the Quick Fix

Like New Yorker Tony Bennett singing his heart out for San Francisco, Counterpoint bartender Ryan Andrews has made the East Coast cocktail known as the Quick Fix his own — and in the process a ...

Lucy's drenched in sweat

Lucy's Fur Coat reunites for two nights at Casbah

The promise of San Diego as “the next Seattle” was never fulfilled. But that creatively fertile time was saluted with the release of the feature film It’s Gonna Blow: San Diego’s Music Underground 1986–’96. Many ...

Will CivicSD approve Trump-like sign for old Sempra HQ?

Manchester Financial Group seeks vanity sign

Manchester Financial Group now owns 49 percent of the downtown building that formerly housed Sempra Energy, at 101 Ash Street. It bought the minority share in the property for $20 million, reported the San Diego ...

The Producers

They bring out the best in you.

“The producer is an ego booster, a cheer leader, and a critic. It’s all about getting them to do their best work.”

Political DIY money

As next year’s election season looms ever closer, a couple of local politicos are lining up to place substantial cash bets on themselves. San Diego Republican city councilman Mark Kersey, who didn’t have an opponent ...

Hydrate your hair for the summer

Summer of Love. That’s what my hubby Patrick is calling it. We’ve been invited to eight weddings of friends and family. Eight. Love is in the air. But my poor hair, it’s not feeling the ...

The Strange Case of Mr. Wallace Leach

Part One: “Circular Insanity”

The sun over Coronado said 3 p.m. Wallace Leach bumbled out the side door of the Horton House bar and shielded his eyes from the glare. Though a snappy dresser — he was one of ...

Onward, to flyover country!

What do we call hipster pioneers who strike out to middle-tier cities for cheaper rent?

Dear Hipster: I know you were mostly joking about moving to Austin because moving to Portland is too mainstream, but it got me thinking. The Y2K years saw widespread gentrification of major urban centers, but ...

Procrastination nation

Read this important advice and all related links before you procrastinate one more minute

Dear Hipster: I’m an independent contractor with a handful of small design clients. It’s not a huge amount of work, but it pays the bills. Sometimes, especially when I work at home, I procrastinate for ...

Kensington Video prepares to enter the digital age

Keeping up with the Hanfords

The sign on the front window now reads, “Kensington Video and Vidajuice Smoothie Bar,” as our town’s august video store inches one step closer to its projected October 1 grand reopening. If things go as ...

Sacri Monti skate, but they’re no skate band

Stoke for krautrock

“The only fans that come up to you after the show are music nerds or prog-rock dads.”

Lifeguard-Harbor Patrol Blotter

07-26-15 Possible 1145 (suicide) threat. 19 yo male in the PB area threatening 1145. LGs search along with SDPD. Unable to locate. N. channel Jetty. Boat showing smoke and near jetty. Resc, LG respond. Vessel ...

L.A.'s Aggrolites take the stage at Belly Up Friday night

Dirty reggae

A couple of years after forming in 2002, the Aggrolites put the pedal to the metal. They commenced a grueling concert schedule that would take up nearly a decade of their lives. “We were constantly ...

Is that a skunk in your pocket?

Little stinker

“Holding a baby skunk is on my bucket list,” I said. Bob shot David an Is she for real? look, and David assured him of my sincerity.

Original San Diego punk band regroups and re-energizes

First-wave Executives

The first time I saw the Executives play was when I hired them to open for a Penetrators show I was promoting at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. Lead singer Mike Jenks explains 35 ...

Casa Mira View — city of villages or mecca for crime?

Two views of a housing project

Will Mira Mesa mega-development become a slum?

The Look of Silence makes it personal

The past isn’t

There’s a quote from Jean­-Luc Godard — the source of which has escaped me — in which the greatest living filmmaker suggests that the future of well-­balanced cinema is subject to a need for documentary ...

It’s raining PR

With San Diego’s water rates set to rise and supply cuts ever growing, that $1.6 million, off-again, on-again public relations contract being issued by Kevin Faulconer to hype his status as the anti-drought mayor is ...

Welcome to rock and roll heaven...

with Coliseum, Delta Saints, Tame Impala, and Hurray for the Riff Raff

Sunday 2Welcome to Rock and Roll Heaven, Steve Rodriguez. The Dragons/Saint Shameless bassist passed away last week leaving a gaping hole in the San Diego music scene, and he will be memorialized as he should, ...

Stiff Little Fingers, Lucy's Fur Coat, Yeah Buddy!

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 30From Northern Ireland, ca. 1977, Stiff Little Fingers were a Clash-grabbing lot that played punk through their homeland’s “troubles.” Over the years, the Fingers held onto the Irish but tossed the punk for power-pop ...

A small marlin, juvenile mako and a big bluefin

A smallish striped marlin was caught near San Diego last Saturday on a trolled tuna feather. It took the angler 11/2 hours to land the 95 lb fish. (on trolling gear??) No story on why ...

Tuesday, July 28

Full disclosure

Brace yourself for a gratuitous personal plug. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, Jeff Smith, I thought my “review” of Kiss Me, Kate would mark a first and last move away from cinema. ...

More on the fake Uber drivers in Carlsbad

“When you call for a limo, you don’t expect to get picked up in a Prius.”

A story was published here on July 24, where a vacationing Uber driver from Augusta, Georgia, Rob Noel, outted a fake Uber driver in Carlsbad. Over the weekend of July 25, I attempted to find ...

San Diego Fringe: Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical

Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical. San Diego should confer the equivalent of knighthood on its special ones — those who have devoted decades to making some part of “America’s Finest City” approach that inflated ...

New regulations for bluefin tuna

Must be filleted properly by deckhands

Beginning July 30, there are new Pacific bluefin tuna regulations for San Diego anglers, and rules on how fish can be filleted onboard boats. The regulations call for a reduction in bag limits, from ten ...

San Diego Fringe: The Other Don Quixote and 120 Years

The Other Don Quixote. Three clowns – replete with red noses – represent three after-hours workers at a film studio. The set, like most at the Fringe, is rudimentary, made up of bare bone essentials: ...

SeaWorld cash, the U-T, and Gloria's endorsement

Beutner-backed Orca park funds Democrat's Assembly bid

Running for the California Assembly from a San Diego city council seat has its advantages, including being up close and personal with the wealthy tenants of a raft of city-owned real estate. In the case ...

San Diego Fringe: Yellow Heaven and A Date with Death: Hollywood Confidential

Yellow Heaven. “One performer’s journey” — that’s the way, according to the old joke, you refer to a show about which you’re uncertain of the specifics. Yellow Heaven, performed by author Debi Ham, has sympathy ...

San Diego Fringe: Scenes From Mars One: Now With 68% Less Gravity! and Los Dorados (The Golden Ones)

Scenes From Mars One: Now With 68% Less Gravity!. Mars One Productions’ Scenes From Mars One is an irreverent spoof of disastrous theatrical experiences. A depressed director puts on a never-before-produced show, written by his ...

Papa Doug buys Rhode Island estate

Price: $15 million. Location: on ocean

Manchester Financial Group, a limited partnership belonging to former Union-Tribune owner Papa Doug Manchester, has purchased an historic home on the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, for $15 million, according to the Providence Journal. The ...

Monday, July 27

Neighborhoods

Otay Ranch, North Park vs. South Park, City Heights, De Anza Cove, Eastlake, La Jolla Cove and its sea lions

Block Party In 8 years, home prices went from $320,000 to $750,000 and back. How to build an old-fashioned neighborhood. By Matthew Lickona, Nov. 10, 2010 | Read full article North Park vs South Park ...

San Diego Fringe: Falling Man and Hikari

Falling Man. In his one-man, completely improvised dance/theater piece, Leonard Cruz tackles topics that range from 9/11 to his own days as a troubled frat guy searching for acceptance at UCLA. Wildly different themes? Sure. ...

San Diego Fringe: Blamed: An Established Fiction and Work Schmerk

Blamed: An Established Fiction. In Rose & Rue Theatre Company and the La Habra Theatre Guild’s new play, a troupe of ladies, dressed as if fresh off the boat at the turn of the 20th ...

San Diego Fringe: ¿Y Tú Qué?

¿Y Tú Qué? When the prima ballerina couldn’t use her legs, she created a “dance on wheels.” Rossana Penaloza performed in Peru (her home country), Havana, Cuba, and Mexico City, always to robust applause. For ...

Pacific Beach revolt against Deco Bikes

Faulconer and Zapf scorned on Grand Avenue

Late Thursday afternoon (July 23) Deco Bike Racks were installed in two prime locations on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Recommendations by the Pacific Beach Town Council and the Pacific Beach Planning Group were apparently ...

Fat arena subsidy good news for Qualcomm chief

Sacramento billboard law "carve-outs" to keep Kings ruled legal by judge

If Kevin Faulconer's Mission Valley stadium environmental impact report case ever gets to court, the mayor may want to consider having it heard in Sacramento. Those still following the Republican's tortured struggle with the Chargers ...

How kayaks have changed

From the early 1970s through the mid 1990s, few souls hopped aboard kayaks with fishing gear and ventured out to ocean fishing grounds. After the advent of roto-molded plastic sit-on-top kayaks in 1973 this began ...

San Diego Fringe: So Small a Thing and Breaking Waves Festival

So Small a Thing. Even tragedy can be played for comedy. Dominique Salerno’s scripts opens years following the gruesome events in Euripides’ Medea. Stuck together on an elevator for the deceased, the angry Medea (Jennie ...

Yellowfin top the counts

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The calico bass bite is in full force off the kelp in 20 to 80 feet of water and the sand bass are on the chew in ...

Dr. Seuss gets posthumous front page

"What Pet" is lead review in New York Times

At last, the pseudo-controversy over Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" — was it a draft of "To Kill a Mockingbird?" — may move over for a genuine undiscovered book that reveals the author's greatness. ...

July 26 dock totals

47 sportfishing boats from 1/2 day runs to 3-day trips turned in a report for either fishing or returning Sunday. The 1/2 days are getting a mix of bass, rockfish, barracuda and a handful or ...

Sunday, July 26

San Diego Fringe: Bodies Are Not Borders and Men and Juliette

Bodies Are Not Borders. A woman and two men sit with their backs against a stark orange fence patched by sheets of corrugated steel. A second woman, on her back, slides out from a doggy-door-like ...

San Diego Fringe: The Hustle, A True Historie of Prince Prospero, and The Golden Age of Burlesque

The Hustle. Lion Fludd, from Las Vegas, Nevada, may start out nervous in his one-man magic act. But he eases into his most impressive skill, his humor. His concept is street-style hustling magic, from card ...

Fastest beer in the west

Chasing a whale to Rancho Bernardo

At 11 a.m. on July 20, 450 bottles of Velvet Speedway Stout became available for purchase on the website BrownPaperTickets.com at $35 apiece, with a two-bottle limit. According to multiple sources involved with the beer, ...

A weekend to remember at Casbah

Lucy's Fur Coat cancels Friday and Saturday, Dragons host rock and roll memorial on Sunday

The long awaited return of Lucy’s Fur Coat planned for this Friday and Saturday at the Casbah has been postponed. The first Lucy's show in seven years featuring all original members has been canceled due ...

San Diego Fringe: Put Your Face On and Train of Thought

Put Your Face On. Touted as a parade into the complex human psyche, Put Your Face On is The Great Borealis & Pisces Dance Project’s two-part modern dance expose of the dark emotions that bubble ...

A pro-handicapper’s guide to betting at Del Mar

Sure bet? It’s always a horse race.

At the Del Mar track, there is a way to lose your money scientifically, rather than the way most of us do. So says Frank Scatoni, every day. Scatoni is a handicapper for the Thoroughbred ...

Rewriting Southeast San Diego

Hip-hop collective sings the praises of another side of the notorious neighborhood

Google search "Southeast San Diego" and the first three links will be Wikipedia, SanDiego.gov, and UrbanDictionary.com. But then the tone changes — "Just HOW Dangerous is Southeast San Diego?"…"It's A War Zone Down Here"…"Detectives Probe ...

San Diego Public Utilities Officials seek to impose financial penalty on gross water-savers

Group asks Independent Rates Oversight Committee for 17% rate hike to cover costs brought on by lower usage.

FILE UNDER: ALMOST COMPLETELY FACTUAL NEWS — "If they save water, we don't sell water," said SDPU Associate Bastard Craig Greedhead. "And if we don't sell water, we don't make money. And that shit just ...

Lake Lindo Grill brings kabobs to Lakeside

Mediterranean discovered inland

“99.99% of our customers love our food,” says the blurb. “It is known that Lakeside and Santee have many kinds of restaurants…but there was a shortage of Mediterranean (Greek) food.” This is from Lake Lindo ...

Saturday, July 25

Barn Brewing nearly in full swing on the Boulevard

Poor House sister spot serving beer all day, every day

The team behind Poor House brewing have opened a second nanobrewery in North Park. Barn Brewery sits just around the corner from the 30th Street brewhouse, adding its name to the growing number of young ...

More '60s homes in Del Cerro

Future residents stuck going north on College Avenue

Traffic was the primary concern of residents attending a July 23 presentation about a proposal to build 26 single-family homes on a 5.6-acre vacant site located south of the Del Cerro Boulevard/College Avenue intersection and ...

San Diego Fringe: 84 Gradini and Jay & Charlie Get Drunk

84 Gradini. Kinetic Giuseppi Mortelliti tells his story as much with his body as his words. His character, Fabrizio, learns that “life is made of stairs, of obstacles, of ups and downs.” But he has ...

Small businesses lead roster of Liberty Public Market vendors

A look at what will be available come November

The under-construction Liberty Public Market announced its vendors on July 23rd, with an event showcasing an assortment of food purveyors specializing in foods ranging from lobster rolls to a natural meats butcher shop. The 22,000-square-foot ...

295 homicides in first six months this year in Tijuana

"The numbers have to go down."

Compared to the same period last year, homicides in Tijuana have increased by 19 percent, according to a citizen's group. From January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, there were 295 homicides in the city, ...

Marines warn bikers to stay off Miramar

The confusion over who's allowed in the area where the northwest part of Mission Trails meets the east end of U.S Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will now be cleared up by armed Marines taking ...

Humo’s hot dogs

Revisiting the undeniable paradise for carnivores

Humo Avenida Ocampo between Boulevard Agua Caliente and Calle 11, Tijuana In his vegetarian days, Reader reviewer Chad Deal visited the Telefónica Gastro Park, didn’t try any meat, and still called the location an undeniable ...

Well-known market manipulator Anthony Elgindy is dead

Spent years in prison for activities

Anthony Elgindy, 48, who was famous as a short-seller who claimed to be reforming the penny stock market, is dead. He died Thursday, July 23, although the county medical examiner and the sheriff's office have ...

Supreme Court Justice speaks at local judicial conference

Justice Kennedy: "I love booze, guns, and porn."*

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who penned the majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark decision which cleared the way for legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, recently participated in a moderated ...

Park Station plans on hold

The decisions of South Baltimore, LLC, to put on hold its plan for Park Station at the Crossroads of La Mesa means there will be no hearing at the July 28 La Mesa City Council ...

Friday, July 24

Pay for Dallas Buyers Club or get sued

Two San Diego residents included in spate of lawsuits over file sharing

The company that owns the rights to Academy Award-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club is continuing to target online pirates who have downloaded and shared the movie via peer-to-peer filing websites. In recent months, Dallas Buyers ...

Animal rights activists arrested for terrorizing fur farms

They released thousands of mink from farms

Animal rights activists Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane were arrested today (July 24) and charged with conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The government seeks their removal to face charges in federal court ...

San Diego Fringe: Tears of the Knife and My Mother’s in the Audience

Tears of the Knife. Ah, the Fringe Festival! Where else in San Diego can you walk into a theater and see a hanged man, his head in a gunny sack, looming above the stage? And ...

Blackalicious bounce into Belly Up

Gift of Gab kept the crowd hyped, showed how he earned his moniker

DJ Artistic and Sleeping Giant Music are known for high-quality hip-hop artists they hand select. Tonight was no different, as veteran hip-hop duo Blackalicious rocked an enthusiastic crowd in Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. Emcee ...

Faulconer's political guru out as stadium lobbyist

Hit by Chargers on ethics grounds, Roe delisted as influence peddler.

Kevin Faulconer's political brain has left the torrid kitchen of city hall influence peddling, but he may not have gone far, based on a July 23 filing with the city clerk's office. As first reported ...

Fake Uber driver outed

A fake Uber driver has been outted in Carlsbad, thanks to the same social media that makes the driving service so popular. Rob Noel was recently visiting his Oceanside family for nine days. The 27-year-old ...

Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves

Country singer follows up her Grammy winning debut with wit and wisdom

Despite her sweet melodies, Kacey Musgraves wrote about one bleak way of life on her 2013 record Same Trailer, Different Park. The record brought her Grammy awards and with them the pressure to be the ...

Businessmen, public defender, and college professor humiliate a homeless man

Las Ladies y Gentlemen of Ensenada

The image of a businessman holding a cord tied around a homeless man's neck outside a bar in Ensenada's tourist district while his friends laugh was published on Wednesday, July 22. A clear abuse of ...

Your Power is 100 percent analog

The Reader catches up with local hardcore quartet Crime Desire

Crime Desire has returned from a tour with fellow cave-dwelling hardcore outfit Head Wound City, which features members of the Locust, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Blood Brothers. Crime Desire had been on quasi-hiatus since ...

Beach Plum looks nice

I spotted the buttermilk fried chicken & waffles

I found Beach Plum in a shopping center off El Camino Real and picked it over a few other unfamiliar restaurants in the same center because it looked nice. Or because I like plums and ...

SANDAG to consider design modifications to Alvarado Creek

Vote comes on the heels of heavy flooding in the area

Today the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board will consider whether to approve the City of San Diego's application for a $400,000 Smart-Growth grant to be used for design modifications to Alvarado Creek north ...

Thursday, July 23

Exercise creates a better brain

Want to be 50 and loving it?

Here's an interesting theory about exercise: if you exercise regularly then you have less anger. It might not make you a better person, but it releases the mental and emotional energy that can accumulate in ...

The Baja bucket list

Road tripping on Highway 1 – Ensenada, Loreto, Todos Santos and more.

If someone handed you a travel itinerary that included crossing a dangerous Mexican border town to jump in the ocean with 30-foot-long beasts and wander a graveyard at night, what would you do? I mean, ...

Brewing Class of 2010

Three breweries turning 5 years old in 2015

The craft beer landscape looked a lot different in 2009. Yes, by all accounts this was still an objectively great beer city, but we had about a quarter of the number of breweries we do ...

San Diego Planned Parenthood addresses fetal organ controversy through updated board game

"Get 'em while they're young."

Kate Bradshaw, President of Planned Parenthood San Diego, is angry. "Everybody knows that if a woman wants to donate her kidney to someone who needs a kidney, she is free to do that. It's a ...

Hillary Clinton: Irwin Jacobs's home companion

Qualcomm billionaire and Sempra board member to cohost Clinton bash

It's official. Hillary Clinton is coming to town again — more specifically to the La Jolla manse of billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan, whose son Paul, Qualcomm's executive chairman, is fresh ...

His radio show was on wealth; now he will pay $1 million

George Charles Cody Price settles with SEC

Up until 2011, La Jolla's George Charles Cody Price had a radio show on KFMB called "The Wealth Weekend Hour." In 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged that on the radio and in ...

Kraken's still makin' noise

Cardiff club's band schedule has been reinstated

Today’s U-T full-page-headline: LIVE MUSIC SILENCED AT KRAKEN NIGHTCLUB. Bands booked to play the seaside nightspot were told on Tuesday that their shows were cancelled indefinitely because the owner was “worried that a series a ...

Sending a message from 60 feet up

Neighborhood rallies behind red balloon

Though the activists in Bay Park have fended off a plan to build 60' high buildings in their neighborhood — using a 10'-diameter red helium balloon suspended 60' up so people could see just how ...

Computer bandit strikes La Mesa Starbucks

Mind your Mac

La Mesa residents need to guard their computers more carefully. On July 21, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., activity at the La Mesa Starbucks (located on the corner of Kiowa Drive ...

Rare Form’s pastrami sandwich

Would I step over other pastramis to get to this one?

Whenever I mouth off about what makes a good pastrami sandwich, somebody’s around to chime in about one restaurant’s in particular: Rare Form, Consortium Holdings’ take on a Jewish deli. Now, I’m almost as big ...

Wednesday, July 22

Before 16, Sherry Sotelo became adult in San Diego's juvenile court

Pregnant at 15, she says she was “hopping from couch to couch”

Emancipation is designed to support kids, not to relieve parents.

Poems of Catullus: Four Classic Translations

Catullus: LVIII by R. C. Trevelyan My Lesbia, that Lesbia, who alone Catullus loved More than himself and all who are most dear to him, Now in cross-roads and alleys trading her charms Fleeces the ...

Qualcomm traveling Wall Street's road

Workforce slash will be 15 percent

Qualcomm, San Diego's largest for-profit, private sector employer, said today it will have a 15-percent company-wide reduction in employment, but it hasn't said how many of those cuts will be in San Diego. The rumor ...

Battle of the bulges

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but does the same hold true for movies and their posters? One look at the accompanying image gives pause for reflection (and gales of unexpected chuckles). Was ...

Junior G-Persons

Being an FBI agent can involve dangerous work, but can the same be said about attending the bureau’s annual one-day Teen Academy? “Due to the vast diversity in our workforce, any student with an interest ...

Sidecar doesn't ride shotgun

Linda Vista bar has dialed in the obscure location in a way that none of its predecessors had

Blame the humidity, but my first instinct upon entering Sidecar was to draw a cynical correlation between the place’s name and the thought that they were more or less riding shotgun to the passing fancies ...

San Pedro psicodélico

Border band talks about the difficulty of breaking out of TJ

“I played All My Friends three times,” says guitarist Aris Chagoya of Tijuana-based San Pedro El Cortez about the annual music fest, which was held in June near Rosarito. “Usually, it was half electronic and ...

Pokey LaFarge beats the street

Busker makes old-time rags new again

Ragtime bluesman Pokey LaFarge is the creation of Andrew Heissler. Pokey, he maintains, is what his mother called him as a child; LaFarge is his own invention. He grew up in Normal, Illinois, and the ...

South Park stomach vibe

Bacon cooked with brown sugar? Oh, yes.

‘Listen,” says Wayne. He holds two tuning forks up to my ears. Silence. He brings them closer. Suddenly, OmmmmmmMMMMMMMmmmmm. They’re the most crazy-beautiful bell tones, in two different keys, like musical humming birds hovering right ...

Depot dreams come true

Tommy DeCarlo launches rock and roll career from the tool corral

Tommy DeCarlo is not a believer in transferable skills. At least, he doesn’t think the skills he learned working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina, have carried over to his current gig — ...

Walk the river

Stroll through tree-shaded walkways in Mission Valley

Although located in the midst of metropolitan San Diego, this trail segment meanders along a lush wooded watercourse that winds its way to the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the San Diego River Park ...

Now you know: Little Dove

Vanja James finds her voice in a muscle-rock trio

Bassist Trips Jurado and drummer Ryan Badabing mesh like a rocking monster truck, cut through by Vanja James’s power chords and piercing vocals. James’s second San Diego show as Little Dove wouldn’t be laughed out ...

A pimp stands between a prostitute and Jesus

Membership: 250 Pastor: Stephen Phelan Age: 40 Born: Montgomery, AL Formation: University of Virginia & University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA; Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL. Years Ordained: 10 SDR: Why did you become ...

After 130 years, Daily Transcript going dark

Business, legal, real estate daily had a niche

The San Diego Daily Transcript/San Diego Source newspaper is going out of business after almost 130 years. The last paper will be printed September 1 and the company will cease operations three weeks later, according ...

Jules Verne was here

UCSD is out to change the world, the tax-funded university says on a recent job posting, but it will take more than a few more dollars to get there. “Professionals working within University Development at ...

The 12-foot board

On the beach they’d be anxious; paddling out, scared

In 1980, Seagull surf shop was across the street from the beach in O.B. I’d hit the dawn patrol with all the locs and go change in back of the shop to get ready for ...

Hotel del Coronado expels prince

Embarrassing to honor Hitler friends Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

It was 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 1920. Britain's prince of Wales stood at the entrance to the Crown Room in the Hotel del Coronado. He had come for a dinner-dance in his honor. He ...

Carlsbad or bust

Annual music festival turns to Kickstarter for support

The simple math works like this: another $8000 needs to be pledged this week or the Carlsbad Music Festival gets a big fat zero. At the time of writing, 32 potential donors have thus far ...

To all the like-bombers out there

Don't be a creep.

Dear Hipster: One of my friends follows me on Instagram. He periodically goes through and likes everything I post, no matter what it is. I don’t know why, but it freaks me out a little ...

Take a ride on the Reading hard hat tour

The newly affixed Angelika Film Center sign is visible from the 15. It’s the tour guides who are nowhere in sight. A padlock and cyclone fence bar an entryway sealed tighter than Xanadu during Charlie ...

Books are my movies

The Girl from Montana is a favorite

Do you read much? “I read all the time. Books are my movies.” Who are your favorite authors? “I love Catherine Coulter’s Legacy series, especially the first one, The Wyndham Legacy. She does romance mixed ...

The onetime estate of Pete Rozelle

Beds: 5 Baths: 9 Current Owner: Duyane and Michelle Weinger Asking Price: $14,995,000 This week we visit the onetime estate of Pete Rozelle, credited by the property’s listing agent as being “the Commissioner known for ...

Golf is a full-time job

One month in

I’m sitting on a large, rust-flaked rock next to the VIP parking lot behind the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward. One rock over is Xander Schauffele, 21, born and raised in San Diego. He starred ...

She beat the local chiefs

There are modern surfing legends such as Sarah Gerhardt, Mary Ann Hawkins, and Lisa Andersen, and there are ancient legends of female surfers from Hawaii. Kelea, who is believed to have lived during the 14th ...

Ales Spanos – beneficiary of public largesse

Subsidies to billionaires lead to civic indigestion

The billionaires who get governments to subsidize sports stadiums induce billiousness.

Carlsbad, another parking place to shop

Post Title: Duped! The signature campaign for a Strawberry Fields Mall Post Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 My afternoon nap was disturbed last Thursday by the sound of a man’s cheery voice from behind the ...

Congressional spill

The deepening drought and increasing talk of using recycled sewage for drinking water has been very good of late for city hall lobbyists. Latest to profit is Southwest Strategies, founded by ex-Tribune reporter Alan Ziegaus, ...

Boston Melt Banana, Cymbals Eat Guitars

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week, July 26-29

Sunday 26On Sunday, South Sudanese soul-rapper (and former child soldier) Emmanuel Jal’s at Soda Bar. Jal raps in Arabic, English, Swahili, Dinka, and Nuer, and he is touring in support of his new joint, The ...

The way of the shred

What's happening in San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, July 23 through 25

Thursday 23Double double trouble. No, I don’t have that In-N-Out urge, there’re a couple double bills in town Thursday night, and as of this typing I haven’t decided which one to rock. Sticking with the ...

Disappointed with the Reader as a whole

Overtly Belittling Walter Mencken’s July 17, 2015 article regarding Del Mar’s opening day is sexist and degrading to women, with no purpose but to objectify and criticize those featured in the photograph. While the objectification ...

July 21 dock report

The Red Rooster III, with 30 anglers aboard, returned from their 4 day trip to Cedros Island with 262 yellowfin tuna, 70 yellowtail and 11 lingcod in the hold. 10 anglers aboard the Pronto 1/2 ...

Tuesday, July 21

Duet for organ and canine

Summer Organ Festival brings a true outdoor flavor to Balboa Park

I try to make it down to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at least once during summer. There is a concert at the Organ Pavilion every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. through August 31. On Monday ...

One sum-sum-summery beer

The Orange Roughy lives up to its Creamsicle billing

I can think of a lot of flavors to look for in a summer beer and, frankly, chocolate's not one of them. Still, that's one of the flavors associated with the Orange Roughy, a South ...

Federal audit blasts DEA for informant mishandling

Seventeen confidential sources got $1 million of snitch pay in single year

The raft of San Diego drug-trade snitches used by the Drug Enforcement Agency may not be up to snuff, and that could be bad news for the public's safety and the policing of the region’s ...

No fun to be Qualcomm right now

Third-quarter earnings expected to be grim

Possible subhead: Company must announce something tomorrow (Wednesday) Stock of Qualcomm rose 2.12 percent to $65.14 today (July 21) as national media and securities analysts discussed what the company will announce in its conference call ...

Nuke storage by the sea

Aguirre equates Southern California Edison to "drunken frat boys"

Concerns over nuclear waste generated by the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station expressed by environmental activists for years took another turn in the spotlight on Monday (July 20), as local activist attorney Mike Aguirre ...

Annual Shame parade attracts record number of participants, but no spectators

Parade organizer: "Frankly, we'd prefer to keep it that way."

SOMETIME AFTER PRIDE, HILLCREST — There are no banners at the Shame parade. No floats. No music. No smiling politicians, eager to latch on to the general good feeling. And no spectators, save for the ...

What part of "Do Not Call" is confusing?

Consumer complacency gets a kick in the head

At 7:15 p.m. last Monday (July 13) we were finishing dinner and watching baseball’s Home Run Derby when the telephone rang. Upon answering, I was greeted by, “This is Maggie Clemens of Keller Williams.” Before ...

July 20 dock totals

18 anglers aboard 1 boat out of Chubasco 2 Sportfishing caught 9 sand bass, and 48 calico bass. Fisherman's Landing sent 167 anglers out to the briny aboard 4 boats and reported a total catch ...

Monday, July 20

Hurlers and the behind in Lockling Square

Boys of summer, 1880 edition

Bay City’s taking on The Resolutes today at Lockling Square. As the players warm up, some shout encouragement, but most stand stiff. They toss and catch the ball with affected grace, as if posing for ...

Is SDSU chief really hurting for a fatter raise?

Hirshman pay nudged to $420,000 with more possible

San Diego State president Eliot Hirshman, formerly known as the $400,000 man, is likely about to get yet another bump in his annual base pay, making him the newly minted $420,000 man. According to an ...

Heavy ship, matey

San Salvador replica inches toward the brine

For the past couple of days there has been a flurry of activity at the Spanish Landing build site of the San Salvador replica. It’s ready to be floated, but getting it into the water ...

Elegant and unimportant

Faure's Pavane not that revolutionary

Let’s get a little crazy and combine a summer piece of music with the esoteric pick of the week. The power of this concept is overwhelming me. It’s the perfect summer storm. Faure composed his ...

Liquid loophole?

Lawyer files suit rejecting tiered water rates that affect heavy users

Heavy water users opposed to statewide conservation efforts are using California's Proposition 218 as a tool to undermine water agencies' pricing tiers, which charge more to higher-consumption customers. The measure, passed in 1996, requires voter ...

UCSD Professor petitions APA to Remove Narcissism from DSM

Prominent UCSD Professor of Psychology Rafe Lection announced today that he is formally petitioning the American Psychological Association to remove Narcisssitc Personality Disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, or DSM. "Times ...

Putting the cart before the homeless

Libraries prohibit people from bringing in their voluminous possessions

Over the course of several months, librarians at Mission Valley, San Ysidro, and downtown libraries have grappled with the problem of some patrons bringing large carts inside. Staff say the carts, often as high as ...

Laid-back struggle

Moxie presents world-premiere musical Eternally Bad

Although Moxie Theatre has produced shows ranging from intense dramas to thoughtful comedies, the company has not staged many musicals. Writer/director Javier Velasco is giving audience members a song-filled production with the world premiere of ...

Massive layoffs rumored for Qualcomm

Could be 4000 — 13 percent of employees

San Diego communications giant Qualcomm could announce coming layoffs of 4000 people on Wednesday, according to rumors racing around the internet. July 22 is the date of the company's release of its third-quarter earnings. It ...

Voice of reason at the Union-Tribune

Editorial notes unfairness of utilities commission's stance on San Onofre

In an editorial this morning (July 20), the Union-Tribune says that the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC's) San Onofre decision, socking ratepayers with 70 percent of the costs of the nuclear plant's closure, should be ...

In pursuit of calm in La Mesa

Revamp of Harbinson Avenue after traffic circles fail

Three months after the La Mesa City Council voted to remove two traffic circles on Harbinson Avenue, lawmakers on July 14 unanimously approved a plan to slow traffic through an estimated $41,000 worth of traffic-calming ...

Churning out the catfish

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The inshore fishing has been as good as ever, if not better. Schools of large bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna just off the beach are adding to ...

Sunday, July 19

Purer but not better

Voices versus instruments in the classical setting

The importance of human voices coming together has become less and less valued. There was a time when voices coming together was much more important to society. There is a coming together in a choir ...

Moonlight's delight

Tradition cuts both ways for The Music Man in North County

There is something magical about the open-air setting of Moonlight Stage Productions’ The Music Man: a perfect spot for the classic American musical. Taking place in River City, Iowa, the story centers around the interactions ...

Water-leak warfare

Property owner contests readings from digital water meter

On February 14, 2015, the City of San Diego installed a new digital water meter at a University Avenue property belonging to Edwin Widjojo. The installation took place in the middle of a bill period, ...

Leonard Patton, Lizzi Trumbore do Jazz Live

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 21–26

Tuesday 21 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Free… Jazz Live presents Lizzi Trumbore, Leonard Patton, Justin Grinnell, and Peter Sprague at the ...

Punjabi Tandoor neither surprises nor disappoints

A quick workday lunch in Miramar

Business park restaurants don’t play by the same rules as other food businesses. They serve a calculated need — to provide a quick, convenient lunch to nearby professionals. They don’t worry about decorating because something ...

Saturday, July 18

Seoul bump

San Diego brewers tap South Korea craft market

The second week of July, members of the Facebook group Seoul Brew Club started posting photos of Stone IPA and Ruination 2.0 to their community page. In this way, the group of homebrewers and beer ...

Chun kun!

Popular Tijuana spring roll vendor stops for an interview

“Chun kun!... Chun kun!” A Chinese woman yells as she pushes a stroller that holds a greasy cardboard box through the streets of downtown Tijuana. She stops as soon as someone shows interest and says ...

Absorbed in history-rich Berlin

The city's chock-full of culture, monuments and off-the-beaten-path finds.

Berlin was always on our list of places to go someday, but the timing just never seemed right for one reason or another. As it turned out, May 2015 was the 70th anniversary of the ...

America's Finest Sh***y?

HBO Funnyman John Oliver calls San Diego "a solid Number Two."

On a recent episode of his popular comedic commentary program Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took time to tackle the issue of publicly financed stadiums for privately owned sports teams. Not surprisingly, San Diego was ...

Hillary's $335,000 Qualcomm speech

Company paid Clinton more than Bernie Sanders's recent net worth

Freebeacon.com has reported that just one of Hillary Clinton's speeches last year provided her with more money than the total net worth of her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, in 2013. The numbers: Hillary got $335,000 ...

Nature

San Diego cactus and iris fans, county bird survey, bees and their keepers, pit bulls good and bad, San Diego's beloved seagulls

The World Is a Cactus The dramatic evolution of evolution. “A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.” By Geoff ...

Friday, July 17

Bring back the court composer, part two

Just a day dream....

Concerning the court composer or orchestral organization composer and compensation. Almost every orchestra has a donor or 20 with guest houses somewhere in the city. The composer would receive housing. The donor gets to possibly ...

Where time, nature, and rush hour collide

Backcountry study on where and how wildlife can safely cross Highway 67

As dangerous as Highway 67 is for drivers, it is even trickier for the wildlife that live in the rich habitat on either side, so when Caltrans looked at placing barriers down the middle for ...

The girl comes and goes as she pleases

Former stripper files class-action lawsuit against Goldfingers

A former dancer at Goldfingers Gentlemen’s Club on Miramar Road has filed a class-action lawsuit faulting her ex-employer of failing to pay a living wage. It is the second class-action lawsuit filed against strip clubs ...

Bust those eyeballs!

11 days, 430 events: the third-annual San Diego International Fringe Festival is here

There’s that eyeball-buster logo again! The third annual San Diego International Fringe Festival begins Thursday, July 23 and runs through August 2. That’s eleven days. As fans of the first two found out, they go ...

Iran treaty trashers spending big on San Diego TV

Newly emerged dark-money group with ties to Israel lobby knock Obama's anti-nuke plan

A newly minted dark-money group opposed to the nuclear treaty with Iran worked out by president Barack Obama has opened its campaign with a national barrage of television commercials, including a hefty buy in San ...

Scene Not Heard

A second compilation from San Diego's unsung punks

“All these people said they would use our music on their comps. The problem is, those comps never came out.” That’s why longtime punker Ugly Lenny of Inciting Riots became Ugly Lenny record producer when ...

Tick-borne illness spreads to TJ

Cut the grass, scrub the dog, this could be deadly

A second case of rickettsiosis, a potentially fatal tick-borne bacterial illness, has been reported in Tijuana, state health officials announced on Wednesday, July 15. Earlier reports of the disease had been confined mostly to Mexicali, ...

Thanks anyway on the clean energy option

Imperial Irrigation sues independent system operator, claims antitrust violations

Imperial Irrigation District yesterday (July 16) sued the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on antitrust grounds. The suit was filed in federal court in San Diego. The suit says that CAISO "is a monopolist. It ...

Tame Impala's new Currents

Australian psych-rockers squeeze fresh juice from synths

Back with John Lennon-esque vocals and dreamy, psychedelic overtones, Tame Impala returns with their third LP, Currents. The Australian natives have a knack for creating music that is both retro and remarkably modern and relevant. ...

One hat picture, none of Caitlyn

Opening day of summer racing season at Del Mar

Highlighted by a new dirt track and Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club started its 76th meet on July 16 with a reported 45,000+ fans in attendance, many wearing big hats, tight dresses, ...

Rocket men

Astronauts, etc launch at Seven Grand

Anthony Ferraro deserves a mighty high-five for coming up with a band name so perfectly representative of the music he creates. His five-piece band, Astronauts, etc, specializes in the mellow, spaced-out pop that AIR has ...

Hawaiian plate lunch at Homestyle Hawaiian

The siren call of macaroni salad in Clairemont

Macaroni salad is a guilty pleasure of mine. Here I write about all kinds of food, and I demand some semblance of quality. But apparently I’m easily won over by a little cold pasta and ...

The skipjack are here

The fishing is so good in the local waters that a lot of operators in Baja are not seeing as many anglers as they usually do. Places like San Quintin, not so far from the ...

Del Mar Opening Day 2015: Deep Cleavage Leads an Outstanding and Crowded Field

Del Mare?

Opening Day 2015 at the Del Mar Racetrack had it all: high-stepping pageantry, fierce competition, desperate gambles, brutal jockeying for position, and the mysterious combination of effortless grace and hard-won physical excellence that is the ...

Thursday, July 16

Folks, your Ponzi scheme will always surface

Paul Moore IV conned investors out of $2.8 million, spent most of it

Paul Moore IV pleaded guilty in federal court today (July 16) to running a Ponzi scheme and spending most of the money he took in. Moore was a complete fraud, according to his admission. He ...

Hops and spouse in the house

Husband and wife open brewery and supply shop north of the border

A little outside Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe has a reputation as Baja's wine country. For a couple of years it was also home to a small brewery with a loyal following and key restaurant placements. ...

Bring back the court composer

With no new symphonies to speak of, what's to be done?

Why not bring back the court composer? Way back when, aristocrats used to have their own orchestras and composers who wrote music for those orchestras. Why not bring that model back? What if the San ...

Meanwhile, USD allegedly awakens rape perps

Two lawsuits charge school with discouraging sexual assault reports

A lawsuit alleging that administrators and faculty at the University of San Diego dissuaded a female law student from reporting a rape to police will move forward, said superior court judge Joel Pressman in a ...

UCSD flunks sex crime disclosure 101

California universities audited for Clery Act compliance faulted for errors and omissions

The University of California at San Diego, already beset by myriad high-profile troubles, has another black mark to deal with, although this time the taxpayer-funded school isn't alone. "Our review of six California institutions found ...

Green people infiltrate San Diego Unified schools

District adopts City of San Diego's draft Climate Action Plan

Environmental activists are cheering the decision Tuesday (July 14) by the San Diego Unified School District to adopt a climate action plan modeled after the one commissioned by the City of San Diego. "We applaud ...

Showered with nothing

Freshwater rinse-offs at the beach are over until the drought is

On Wednesday, July 15, the outdoor showers at San Diego’s four state-park beaches were scheduled to be shut off, in compliance with the governor’s mandated 25 percent reduction in water usage. The cold-water shower towers ...

Supermarket slump?

North Park Haggen store affected by layoffs

The staffing cutbacks announced July 14 for Haggen supermarkets throughout Southern California have included San Diego. A conversation July 15 with two North Park Haggen employees (who had to remain anonymous) revealed that the store ...

January 15 dock totals

24 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 3/4 day run boated 3 bluefin tuna, 48 yellowfin tuna and 3 yellowtail. The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 31 anglers aboard reported 33 bonito, 3 sheephead, 1 ...

Wednesday, July 15

San Diego Reader 2015 guide to craft cocktails

Margaritas, breakfast cocktails, mescal, Hotel Del

If San Diego had an official drink, it would almost certainly be a beer. Something hoppy. (How is there not an America’s Finest Brewery in town yet?) Which leaves San Diego cocktails free to represent ...

When I used to enter the Aqsa Mosque

Whenever I visited Jerusalem I always entered the Aqsa Mosque, beside which stood a small mosque which the Franks had converted into a church. When I used to enter the Asqa Mosque…the Templars would evacuate ...

"Horace: Ode I.25" and "Atalanta and Hippomenes"

Horace: Ode I.25 How infrequent now the insistent tap Of bold young fingers at your well-latched sash. No sleepless nights for you: the door that once Rocked loose and lively on an easy hinge Clings ...

Epicentre cuts the cord

All-ages venue calls it quits in Mira Mesa

“You’re killin’ me,” says Brian Witkin, founder of Pacific Records, about the news that the venue that gave him his break in the music business was ending live shows. “I met my wife when we ...

No to Starbucks, yes to Calabria

Calabria expands in leisurely Italian style

Later this summer, longtime North Park coffee roaster Caffé Calabria will launch its first offsite expansion in 15 years, opening a satellite coffee bar in a ground-floor storefront at the 1 Columbia Place high-rise in ...

Fabiani’s Cabrera money love

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has been deftly fielding the brickbats of mayor Kevin Faulconer’s stadium task force while launching more than a few of his own in the battle over keeping the team ...

Young Goodman Gano

Violent Femmes frontman talks religion and rock with the Reader

If you don’t know of the Violent Femmes, you surely know “Blister in the Sun,” so popular I once heard a frat-boy chug-a-lug singalong with it at my college — which doesn’t have frat boys. ...

Sparky, hectic, unmediated inventiveness on display

This way to Radium Girl!

The Self-Taught Genius exhibit at the Mingei, artifacts from their conversation with the world

Kiss Me, Kate's brassy, unfettered swagger

Wunderbar!

When Patricia Morrison and Alfred Drake began rehearsing Cole Porter’s latest effort, they weren’t impressed. “We were using just a piano,” she recalled. “It was so disjointed we didn’t think we had a hit.” Then ...

Chappo's call to action

East Coast rock-rollers explore black holes, time warps, and parallel universes

There’s this band called Chappo, and the opening 16 bars of their song “5-0” are a call to action for the generation of us who grew up in the midst of the first wave of ...

Girl in the Middle of Italy

Local Americana act finds listeners in European markets

Since Carol Rider is the lead singer and guitarist of local Americana rock quartet Girl in the Middle, you might assume the name is referring to her. You’d be wrong. “The name is a concept ...

David Thorpe finds his voice with Do I Sound Gay?

Title tells all in David Thorpe’s highly personal and frequently hilarious digital confessional, Do I Sound Gay?, opening July 24 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema. To flame-down one’s voice or proudly reclaim the sibilant “s”? — ...

Agewise

I learned that Frank was the first reporter at the scene of that horrific PSA plane crash in 1978, the one I grew up hearing about. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. How had I not known that?

Peckish, bookish

I go for the Jane Austen. Man, so glad I did. It has bacon, sautéed garlic, plus cream, gruyère, swiss...

As much as I love the new Central Library and kinda go “Wow!” every time the bus or trolley I’m in rolls under its beautiful dome, I’ve never gone inside. And the reason is just ...

At the Loveland Dam, on the Sweetwater River

Shorebirds and chaparral abound at Alpine’s manmade lake.

Loveland Dam, also known as Sweetwater Falls Dam, is a thin arch design of concrete built in 1945. Loveland Reservoir is one of the two manmade lakes made by dams along the Sweetwater River. It ...

You’ll never get a drink made from this recipe in any bar, anywhere

There will be a reckoning

Just six years ago, Reader legend Ollie laid out an Old Fashioned recipe that, stripped of its existential and romantic trappings, involved dissolving a sugar cube in a splash of water, adding two dashes of ...

Goes great with Mexican food

Mezcal is not just a cheap version of tequila

I first met Mark Broadfoot back when we were Scouts in middle school, and ever since then I’ve known him to be fond of sharing. The first time it caught my attention was on a ...

Rock-and-roll food CHON

North County prog rockers launch European tour at the all-ages Irenic

Progressive rock, the complex, jazzy instrumental music that flourished with King Crimson and Return to Forever didn’t weather as well as other genres from the ’70s and ’80s. “I think those bands got hit with ...

The original family band

"Bubblegum pop" group the Cowsills come to town on the Happy Together tour

“We were around when there was lots of acid rock and we filled a niche that was being ignored,” says singer Paul Cowsill of his 1960s pop group the Cowsills. “Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone ...

Coronado’s crowned king of cocktails

Try to find a cocktail Jose Palma doesn't know.

“Every cocktail has a story,” says Jose Palma. And the man ought to know. He’s been creating, serving, and keeping up with cocktails for 26 years. And always here at the Hotel Del, where patrons ...

The Diva’s rye humor

In my 20s, whiskey sounded like an old-person’s drink — a sophisticated liquid imbibed mostly by men in suits who took it in the form of a two-finger pour in a short and wide glass ...

Doctors are the enemy

Perhaps you have Three Stooges Syndrome?

Mr. Hipster: My sister complains to me constantly of nebulous ailments, but she never actually gets a satisfying diagnosis for anything. I grow weary of her hypochondria, since she doesn’t trust most doctors, and so ...

The alcoholic version of the Slurpee

In 1947 Albert Hernandez changed the cocktail world when he added crushed ice to the Margarita.

Of all the cocktails featured in this issue, the Margarita is the one with the closest ties to San Diego. Specifically, the frozen kind; the alcoholic version of the Slurpee. In 1947, Albert Hernandez, a ...

Ten reasons to be grateful after my hernia operation

Post Title: The Joy of Aging Post Date: June 4, 2014 Yesterday I got an email message from my newly retired brother Jim. He attached a photo of my niece setting a school record in ...

Mother’s Ruin gets a makeover

It might not be that you don’t like gin.

Gin has always been a drink of dubious repute.

How Airbnb is ruining Pacific Beach

Ten years ago, most of the housing on the boardwalk in Mission Beach was old apartment complexes filled with college students. When the locals took a bike ride on the boardwalk we would stop along ...

Breakfast cocktails and brunch shots

People will drink anything in the morning if you present the option.

It’s five o’clock somewhere. Or so day-drinkers like to say, usually while ordering a stiff pour of bourbon. Prohibition may have failed, but the lasting legacy of the temperance movement is this notion that hitting ...

San Diego Metro transit reluctant to give bus passes to inner-city students

Will the free rides resume?

For five months in 2014, Lincoln High School student Alexis Guzman didn’t have to walk the three miles from his parents’ National City apartment to school. More importantly, he didn’t have to walk the three ...

Editor's letters

Reducing Contagion On behalf of the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council, we are writing in response to your June 18 article, “Coronado Bridge to Eternity” (City Lights). We encourage you to review and use ...

Your inner child needs a cocktail

But what if your taste buds never developed an appreciation for distilled spirits?

Lately, mixologists have been advancing a trend that favors the unadulterated flavor of a liquor over its peripheral ingredients. It’s called “spirit-forward,” and it’s redefining the way we experience cocktails. But what if our taste ...

I want you to understand the spirit

Cervantes Magaña has a bigger bar at home than most bars in San Diego

“The way I approach cocktails is like sailing the most difficult route, because I know how to navigate the waters, and I take pleasure in turbulent seas,” says Cervantes Magaña, beverage consultant with Medicine Show ...

$500,000 terminal art backstory

It’s a big month for art at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, which over the years has spent millions on a controversial collection of creative adornments to distract travelers from long lines, prying TSA agents, and ...

Built to be awesome

Monk's crunks for the weekend of Thursday, July 16 through Saturday the 18th

Thursday 16We haven’t been out to the beach in a few weeks, so how about a night at O.B. rock spot Winstons and a trip to the “Fro Zone,” where local five-piece AJ Froman rock ...

Gab goes ham

Blackalicious, the Femmes, Corey and the Castaways, and Wildhoney hit San Diego this week

Sunday 19Sunday-night splits, I hate ’em. Anyway, easy pickins as Cheap Trick sold out the Belly Up, so if you didn’t get tix to that, the Violent Femmes is the call. They play the Open ...

Big bluefin!

The yellowtail bite has pretty much shut down at the Coronados though the boats are finding them in numbers offshore on kelps along with some decent dorado. The yellowfin tuna are charging into San Diego ...

Tuesday, July 14

Madman truck driver on the loose

Goateed gray-hair yanks phone from teen, throws it at her

Sheriff's deputies are looking for an unknown Santee man in connection with a recent sexual harassment, robbery, and assault case. Last Friday afternoon (July 11), the male suspect, believed to be 40 to 50 years ...

Chula Vista University, anyone?

With land secured for school, city looks to Mexico for partnerships

Chula Vista wants a four-year university and they're looking to Mexico to find one. "It took years, but we've assembled the land," Chula Vista city manager Gary Halbert said in an interview on July 14. ...

He's got horsinality

American Pharaoh mingles with the press in Del Mar

Even though he arrived at 4:00 a.m. today (July 14), so calm was the move down from the Santa Anita track that Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh got out on the track at Del Mar ...

UCSD's costly ad switch: Chargers to Trolley

$1.3 million football deal eclipsed by $27.7 million MTS contract

With the Chargers appearing on the brink of leaving town, the University of California at San Diego is casting about for a new way to spend its prodigious pile of promotional cash. As first reported ...

Drat. Indicted again.

B.J. Gallison charged with pump 'n dumps

Harold Bailey (B.J.) Gallison II and several of his cohorts from Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York have been charged with running an international stock scam, according to the FBI in a news ...

RentMomsBasement.com rakes in record profits over Comic-Con 2015

Comic-Con High Council says room-renting service may provide solution to hotel-block impasse.

Comic-Con has come and gone, and the good news is, San Diego will host the popular pop-culture convention at least through 2018. But after that, the Con’s future here is unclear, thanks in part to ...

Paddle with the mayor

First developed in the 1880s and incorporated on July 18, 1956, Imperial Beach became the tenth city in San Diego County. The I.B. Pier was originally built around 1909; one purpose was to attract crowds, ...

Monday, July 13

Do great singers ever really die?

The recent death of Jon Vickers is part of a strange phenomenon

Jon Vickers died on July 10, 2015. He had been retired since 1988 and had a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s. It’s a strange phenomenon when an artist of his stature dies. The first reaction, if ...

Judge says "regret" at root of rape case

UCSD student exonerated of sexual assault charges

Administrators at the University of California San Diego failed to properly investigate sexual assault allegations against a male student and increased sanctions against him for appealing their decision, ruled superior court judge Joel Pressman on ...

Can Ché stay?

UCSD chancellor agrees to meet with Ché Collective on Wednesday

In what could be a major development in keeping the Ché Café alive, UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla has for the first time agreed to meet with key members of the Ché Collective 2 p.m. Wednesday. ...

Sloppy money handling plagues San Diego Unified

$7.6 million in student funds could be at risk of theft, district auditors say

No names are named, but there appears to be plenty of blame to go around in the mishandling of Associated Student Body money at two dozen campuses in the San Diego Unified School District, according ...

Steal big, young thug

Oceanside burglary spree yields 109 calls to police and caught suspects

Here’s a tip to Oceanside criminals: Don’t try to rob numerous houses, in the same neighborhood, on the same day, in broad daylight. On the afternoon of July 7, Oceanside police started receiving 911 calls ...

Sunday, July 12

Fate of Chargers predicted

Worst case: they fail to relocate and have to return home

Sam Farmer, who has followed the NFL drama in Los Angeles for the LA Times, has some predictions in today's (July 12) edition. Writes Farmer, "Think of L.A. as a game of musical chairs, with ...

Ben Wanicur jams at 3rd Space

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 13-19

Monday 13 Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez presents the Music of Blue Note at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. Tuesday 14 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session ...

SDG&E explains new billing system

Fewer tiers, more tears

San Diego Gas & Electric recently voted to implement a new billing system, one that raised the per-kilowatt rate for the lightest consumers while lowering the rate for the highest consumers. "I know it looks ...

Argentinean empanadas, straight from Tucumán

When you’re short on cash and tired of tacos

Since my brother married a Tijuana local, most of the recommendations I receive on where to eat in Tijuana have come from the two of them. When I was short on cash and tired of ...

Time to tuna up your gear

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The ½ and ¾ day boats are mostly working the schools of tuna following the warm water into San Diego’s near-shore waters with mixed results. There are ...

Saturday, July 11

Pernicano's out

Hotel likely to fill space now occupied by longtime-closed restaurants

If all goes according to plan, a new hotel will eventually rise on the Hillcrest property where once stood Pernicano's and Casa di Baffi restaurants. The property fronts on both Fifth and Sixth avenues in ...

That rattling sound is the food chain

Sardine fishing ban aims to help out sea lion food crisis

A ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that took effect July 1 will mean more food for starving sea lions, pelicans, and other creatures. But there’s no shutting down the other forces rattling the food ...

Thousands of thirsty customers in Santee

Pacific Islander Beer Company already running low on beer

Following a year of buildup and private tasting events, Pacific Islander Brewing Company (PIB) became the latest craft entity to open in Santee, opening the doors of its Polynesian-style tasting room and patio to the ...

Ashford University to close its doors

One more year for Iowa-based campus, then it's online only

After spending recent years facing enrollment declines and fighting to retain accredited status , Ashford University, a tiny Iowa-based college owned and operated by San Diego's Bridgepoint Education, announced it will be closing its doors ...

(Over)cast your vote

San Diego Department of Weather seeks public comment on new terms for cloud season.

“San Diego’s beaches were expecting over a million visitors for the July 4 holiday,” says San Diego Dept. of Weather chief Sunny Fair. “Thanks to the unseasonal cloud cover, we managed less than half of ...

Religion

San Diego Sikhs, Christmas without Jesus, Pacific Beach Hare Krishnas, why go to church, Christmas in the movies, Vista's Twelve Tribes

There Is One God We’re not Arabs or Hindus or Muslims, we’re Sikhs. "The equality of all people and all religions is central to our faith. We didn't want to seem as though we were ...

The worst kind of American

Guilty of embezzling funds that would have benefited returning soldiers

A married Georgia couple, Judith Paixao and Kevin Lombard, were convicted by a San Diego federal jury yesterday afternoon (July 10) of embezzling federal funds that were intended to provide job training, benefits, and equipment ...

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant serves it all

It’s a sports bar! It’s a family restaurant! It’s an ice cream parlor!

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant in La Mesa offers not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but a full bar, handmade chocolates and pastries, and homemade gelato. I don’t know exactly what category this family-owned restaurant falls ...

Fisherman's dream of a year

Talk about spoiled... Tuna on the 1/2 day. Tuna on the kayak. What will happen when the crazy-good fishing returns to the normal good San Diego fishing? I have never seen a year like last ...

Friday, July 10

Classical... karaoke?

Faure's Requiem draws a participiatory crowd in Mission Valley, Vivaldi's next

There is a series of "summer sings" at Mission Valley Methodist Church over the next several weeks. I went to the first one on Wednesday, July 8. The piece for the concert was Gabriel Faure's ...

Table Beer gets canned

Benchmark beers now available in bottle shops

Benchmark Brewing Company started canning last month, releasing four-packs of 16-ounce tallboys to all the usual craft bottle shops and liquor stores. The shiny silver cans feature simple bold lettering and the company brand, with ...

Pet-, anarchist-, and women-friendly

Tijuana publication fair hits all the notes of DIY

As the 33rd annual book fair in Tijuana was coming to an end, a completely different book fair was starting up. The first fair of independent publications hosted by Raices Infoshop, Food Not Bombs, Publicaciones ...

My acting bucket list: Randall Dodge

The Craig Noel Award-winning actor talks about roles he can't wait to take on

I’m asking veteran local actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices ...

Expect a gas-price hike of at least 30¢

Because “West Coast gasoline inventory declined..." blah blah blah yeah right

After weeks of lowering gas prices, on July 9 at 2:00 p.m., the gas-price website gasbuddy.com sent its San Diego subscribers a text alert: “Gas prices expected to rise 15–30 cents. Fill up now.” By ...

Wild Nights by Pins

British female band Pins pines for love lost by rocking a second solid studio effort

The British band Pins works the smooth and jagged angles that intersect dream-pop, shoegaze, and garage punk to create a stylized sophomore record. Wild Nights thematically glorifies universal moments of lust and danger; later, when ...

Hot pot!

Thermal imaging of building leads to weed bust and trial

On February 12, 2012, police executed a search warrant at a commercial building at 2953 Imperial Avenue in Grant Hill. "Numerous items" were seized related to a marijuana-growing operation said to belong to Howard Maurice ...

Borderland Noise

Keeping Tijuana weird

The second installment of Borderland Noisefest landed at La Caja Fuerte, a newer venue in the art and culture passageway of Pasaje Rodriguez, Tijuana. Featuring bands and projects from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana, ...

Summer in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Regional food picks and outdoor fun – minus the snow – near the Canadian border.

Vermont’s storied "Northeast Kingdom" was given its name by former Governor and U.S. Senator George D. Aiken in 1949 for its special beauty. While lots of people think of Vermont in terms of a snow-covered ...

Production ceases at lab by the lake

Meth and honey-oil operation allegedly involved ten people

An early-morning raid on a house in the 9000 block of Creekford Drive in Lakeside resulted in ten arrests connected to the production and distribution of narcotics, sheriffs' deputies are reporting. According to a report ...

Late night sandwiches at Burnside

Around the time the food arrived, so did a hungry friend, fresh from the party

Last weekend I found myself drinking canned craft beer at an underground synth-pop show in an apartment upstairs from a fabric store on Adams. People at the party seemed pretty energized and were just starting ...

Thursday, July 9

Because one opera company isn't enough

San Diego City Opera to launch its season in October

Last year, San Diego almost had no opera company. Now it has two. This is a feat New York City couldn't pull off. New York City Opera closed down in 2013, leaving that city with ...

Saint Archer getting into cider business

The median between beer and wine

Since its debut in spring 2013, Miramar brewer Saint Archer has expanded square footage, distribution range, production volume, and its roster of beers. Pending approval of a winemaking license, the craft beer company aims to ...

Viviano abruptly departs UCSD in turmoil’s midst

$10 million in Las Vegas losses, body parts audit, and researcher rebellion hit university

The announced departure of Paul Viviano, who currently enjoys the lengthy title of chief executive officer for the University of California, San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences, ...

New judge for accused murderer

No reason given by attorney for Christopher Brandon Lee

Tuesday (July 7), news broke that a three-judge panel has unanimously decided to allow Christopher Brandon Lee to change judges before the start of his murder trial. Lee, 25, is accused of lying-in-wait and murder ...

Mexicali's Hotel of the Deported Migrant closes

Baja governor blamed for lack of financial support

Since January of 2010, El Hotel del Migrante Deportado (Hotel of the Deported Migrant) in downtown Mexicali gave free shelter, food, access to showers, clean clothes, and general support to over 300,000 deported people and ...

They think differently in L.A.

USC "surprised" that UCSD would sue for conspiracy

Regents at the University of California, acting on behalf of UC San Diego's Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study unit (ADCS), have filed a lawsuit accusing the University of Southern California and a former UCSD researcher of ...

On a [tuna] roll

Looks as though the tuna are going to stick around a bit. I have heard two unconfirmed reports of bluefin caught from a kayak launching out of La Jolla. Sure would like to get the ...

Wednesday, July 8

SDSU , UCSD students, others tell worst roommate stories

Cohabitation frustration

No fun with mushroom girls and those on China time.

From “Echo and Narcissus,” Metamorphoses 3.351-399

When Narcissus had just turned sixteen he looked as much a young man as a boy. Many girls, many boys wanted him badly, but (in his lean body was such cold pride) that no girls, ...

Jazz 'toons

There was always music in Forrest Westbrook's house

When local jazz pianist Forrest Westbrook passed away last year, his daughters Leslie and Yvonne had to clean out his City Heights apartment. “We had the daunting task of clearing out 10,000 LPs, 4000 CDs, ...

These are trotters!

Reaching for the banana ketchup in National City

Stop me if I’ve blurted this before, but I’ve always had a good feeling about the Philippines since I came across the Mangyan people. They live on the island of Occidental Mindoro, south of Manila. ...

Dick-rated

Television station KFMB, run by wealthy La Jolla Republican Elisabeth Kimmel, has been having X-rated issues with federal regulators of late. According to a June 1 letter from the station’s Washington lawyers to the Federal ...

Bleu Bohème's Basil Martini: So fresh, so green

Spring sprang a few months ago, but over at Kensington’s Bleu Bohème, things are still looking — and tasting — pretty fresh and green. “It’s a really fresh, delicious, and easy-drinking martini,” bartender Sarah Proctor ...

A new look for jazz: Natalie Cressman

Trombone vocalist slides into Dizzy's P.B. digs

The new face of jazz (or at least one of them) has tattoos and wears yoga pants. Raised on Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, with straight-ahead instrumental chops worthy of a Wycliffe Gordon and yet equally ...

To pro golf’s horror, Zombie Tiger stays on the tour

97 weeks and counting

He’s interesting again. Which is a giant step up from embarrassment to humankind. Tiger Woods was the World Number 1 rated golfer for an unbelievable 683 weeks during his career. On July 5, 2015, Woods ...

Girls will be boys in the Old Globe's Twelfth Night

Energy's external

Production takes Shakespeare’s night of revels out of doors.

No bully pulpit

Cholo-goth duo Prayers make Pet Shop Boys tough

“I’ve been stabbed. I’ve been shot. I’ve stabbed people. People have stabbed me.” Rafa Reyes says he proudly claims the Sherman Grant Hills Park gang he joined at age 13. His street-savvy tattooed choloness mixed ...

God is out to save everyone he can

He might destroy you, but God won’t torture you.

Membership: 600 Pastor: Eddie Dopp Age: 63 Born: Seattle, WA Formation: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 25 SDR: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy? PD: ...

Hysteria won't build a stadium

Face it: the Chargers have coveted L.A. for a dozen years

The hysteria level is growing, and it will only blind San Diegans to reality. Nick Canepa, sports columnist for the Union-Tribune, hallucinated in this morning's (July 8) column that "If the Chargers leave, we lose ...

Views of wildfire recovery

See how it grows on the once-scorched Pine Ridge Trail

A hike in the Cuyamacas with views in a wilderness setting.

Lost art of urban direction-finding

How to find the true north that isn’t a bar

Dear Hipster: How do I find true north? It’s not like I think I actually need survival skills for my occasional camping trips in East County, but it would be cool to know. Obviously, I ...

Comic-Con rocks!

The Reader breaks down the Con's companion concerts

Comic-Con-themed music events around town on Thursday include Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions at Embarcadero Marina Park South, with orchestral arrangements performed to visuals drawn from video games. The House of Blues will host its annual musical ...

Interview with Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman

The excellent documentary Cartel Land gives an embedded view of two vigilante group leaders, one on each side of the US-Mexico border: Tim “Nailer” Foley of Arizona Border Recon, and Dr. Jose “El Doctor” Mireles ...

Swanky 22nd-floor loft in the heart of downtown

Beds: 3 Baths: 5 Current Owner: Eleanor Jaffe Asking Price: $4,900,000 On the block this week is an “alluring, stylish, and swank” 22nd-floor loft in the heart of downtown, featuring three bedrooms, five baths, and ...

Reggae on the Coast canceled

What's high-definition radio?

Does reggae not matter in San Diego or should the folks who run modern-rock station FM 94/9 stay out of the reggae concert business? Those were the questions being raised on June 29 when Lincoln ...

Kiss Me, Kates

Screen and stage

The Con is on, the one week of the summer where Hollywood backs away from a major release to play wet nurse to a bunch of duded-up fanboys in celebration of everything that’s wrong with ...

Stunning but remote physicality in Essaydi’s women

The poses matter.

Essaydi’s women don’t “present” to the viewer: each has an inner life made visible but unavailable to us.

Triple Crown dreams from $2000 to $230,000

Triple Crown dreams begin with two-year-olds, and some of those dreams were for sale in Del Mar on May 28. If you want to buy a horse, specifically a thoroughbred, the action’s at the auction, ...

The fishing license gap

Why your annual license won't last 12 months

Many San Diego area anglers seem to get ticked off this time of year. Often we wait until summertime to buy our annual fishing licenses, knowing that our $47.01 will only last until December 31. ...

Florida biotech subsidies not working

Though Florida is a biotech backwater, Scripps had to go there.

Jeb Bush, who wants to be president, claims he rejuvenated Florida's economy. But his subsidization of San Diego biotech research operations proves otherwise.

The age of quasi-ironic movie remakes

Hollywood’s equivalent of an Instagram filter

Dear Hipster: Look at your local movie theater and coming attractions. Terminator!? Jurassic Park!? Mad Max!? Star Wars!? What year is it? What does this all mean, and why am I so excited? — Danny ...

Doug and Kevin’s Balboa bash

Veteran political observers call it Douglas Manchester’s last laugh. Just before the voluble real estate developer from La Jolla sold what he called U-T San Diego to Tribune Publishing of Chicago in May, he gave ...

Carefully crafted comments

Luthier Laud I am happy to see my old friend Sam Radding on the cover (“Guitars, Banjos, and the American Dream”). He’s a one-of-kind guy, an important figure in San Diego’s musical history, and he ...

Oh my, whatta bigeye you have!

July 7 dock totals 41 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 1 bonito, 120 calico bass, 5 yellowtail and 12 rockfish. 100 calico bass were released. 30 yellowfin tuna were caught ...

One negative remark kills the aloha spirit

It has been said that any day you go into the ocean is a good day. Getting down to the beach, putting on a wetsuit, and watching all of the surfers in the parking lot ...

Trans Am and Chrome, Rosalyns and Chinese Rocks

...plus the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 12Post-rock pioneers Trans Am pull into Casbah Sunday night after likeminded locals Sleeping People. Life Coach (Phil Manley of Trans Am) and CBOT and the Paperwork are also on the bill. Trans Am is ...

Talk nerdy to me...

Comic-Con's on you, San Diego, recalibrate your cool at Casbah, Soda Bar, Hideout, and Brick by Brick

Thursday 9Aquabats frontman Christian Jacobs is also co-creator of The Aquabats! Super Show!, an Emmy-winning cable TV show that “follows a musical group of amateur superheroes as they haphazardly defend the world from villains and ...

Tuesday, July 7

Pump 'n dump? Nope. Forge 'n dump

Real estate swindlers preyed on internet buyers and others in a hurry

San Diego has its variation on the stock-market swindle of pump 'n' dump; it's forge 'n' dump. Between 2012 and 2014, a ring of schemers would forge false deeds indicating that they owned certain homes. ...

Child beggars of Point Loma

Median walkers and parking-lot strollers under a watchful eye

Leaving the Sprouts Market in Clairemont last week, I saw a young blonde woman standing at the parking-lot exit with a cardboard sign and a stroller. As I approached the exit, she leaned into the ...

North Island repair shop busts Navy's budget

Audit targets $1 billion backlog of costly fixes for aging aircraft

A big backlog of unrepaired fighter jets has been growing at the Navy's Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on North Island, and the cost of fixing the issue is likely to be steep. So shows a ...

Star-spangled drunk

Real talk about the national anthem

Let us talk "Star-Spangled Banner." First, the tune is a British drinking song — people would sing this while they got drunk and nobody had a problem with making this the national anthem of the ...

Destruction continues before the groundbreaking

Former AT&T bldg, site of future housing, also target of arson and graffiti

A July 5 fire at the long-vacant former AT&T building at 4220 Arizona Street (off the intersection of Texas Street and Howard Avenue) caused minor damage to the structure, which was already scheduled for demolition. ...

Theft a testament to soccer's popularity?

Crusaders' signs stolen — "This was not a prank"

Between the evening of June 23 and the morning of June 24, a Crusaders banner and 70 signs for the youth-soccer organization were stolen, primarily from locations on Navajo Road in San Carlos and Waring ...

Awesome and awful times at the fair

During last hour, workers are happy and ready to be done

The 2015 San Diego County Fair ended its almost four-week run at 11:00 p.m. of July 5. Just after the entry gates closed at 10:00 p.m., attendance for the 26 days was pegged at 1,503,538 ...

Two terrifying notes cue this Friday's Flix by the Bay feature

The Port of San Diego is hosting Friday Flix by the Bay this summer, a free film series held every other Friday evening at different waterfront parks. As the steward of San Diego Bay, the ...

Pornographer's Comic-Con press release

Little Italy–based company offers eyefuls of chicks and naked pictures

As entertainment promoters around the world gear up for San Diego's Comic-Con and begin firing off press releases, one from a Little Italy-based pornography purveyor stands out by promising 'Con attendees a sneak peek at ...

Nicolosi’s torpedos the competition

I can’t remember if the Aztecs won, but I’ll never forget that sandwich

It was almost 40 years ago that my boyfriend Ralph introduced me to a Nicolosi’s Torpedo Special Sandwich. I ate it while standing in the parking lot at San Diego Stadium before an Aztec football ...

Monday, July 6

You wish we'd shut up, Peevey

Attorney general seeks documents from Edison executive, CPUC official

On June 5, the attorney general's office demanded documents from the California Public Utilities Commission related to the so-called settlement when it was decided that ratepayers would pick up the tab for more than $3 ...

Hold nothing back

The Quality of Life amazes at Intrepid Theatre Company

Intrepid Theatre’s casting is so spot on, it’s as if Jane Anderson wrote her four-hander, The Quality of Life, for Jeffrey Jones (Neil), Deanna Driscoll (Jeanette), Tom Stephenson (Bill), and Maggie Carney (Dinah). Even their ...

Chance encounter with a Wallaby Hunter

Pacific Brewing dials up a peachy stone-fruit vibe

Sometimes, being in the neighborhood is all it takes to discover a tasty new beer. That's how I wound up dropping by Pacific Brewing Company (PBC) in Miramar. A constant flood of beer news out ...

Chariot of fire

Jeep collected debris, led to destruction of Shriners camp, says lawsuit

Members of a Shriners community located near Mount Laguna, where cabins and buildings were destroyed in the 2013 Chariot Fire, have added the Chrysler Group to the list of entities it is suing for damages. ...

Mayor wins big in spin and dollar wars

Chargers departure might boost Faulconer's political future after all

Skeptics who predicted that the takeover of the Union-Tribune by Chicago's Tribune Publishing wouldn't really change San Diego's big-money media and political culture may turn out to be right, judging from the latest proclamation by ...

Mexicans honor America — Trump be damned!

July 4th fireworks soar from strip-club roof in Tijuana

On Saturday night, July 4th, a fireworks show erupted at approximately ten o'clock in the Zona Norte area of Tijuana. Fireworks displays in Mexico are usually reserved for occasions such as Mexican Independence Day on ...

White nights, summer romance

Soundtracks for the sunny season

When considering classical music with a summer theme, sometimes the title gives a clue — as in Frank Bridge's Summer. There is also Summer by Glazunov and Vivaldi. See there? Now, what do all three ...

Young, black, and...hassled?

Beaten and jailed 20-year-old woman sues city, cops

Christina Dorsey, a 20-year-old African-American woman, filed suit July 1 in federal court against the City of San Diego, the police department, and several police officers. In the early morning of July 20, 2014, she ...

Whatfer over wet fur leads to fisticuffs

Four Tijuana residents arrested after hose-down of family cat

An argument over a wet cat turned into a brawl that ended with the arrest of four people in Tijuana last week. Neighbors called police to Colonia Villas de Alcázar at around 11 a.m. on ...

Old Globe defends use of Victoria's Secret models in summer production of Twelfth Night

What a piece of work is (wo)man; in action, how like an Angel, in apprehension, how like a god!

"It's common knowledge that in Shakespeare's time, even the women's roles were played by men," says Old Globe artistic director Bart Delistein. "It's 2015. Frankly, we feel it's high time the ladies got a little ...

Iron Chef Vietnam comes to San Diego

The fancy and flavorful at Sovereign Kitchen & Bar

I’ve tasted my way around gỏi cuốn (salad rolls), phở (rice noodle soup), and lemongrass chicken; I’ve sampled “classic dishes” such as ca kho to (fish in a clay pot), and several versions of bánh ...

Sunday, July 5

Jazz Live featuring Nathan Hubbard

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 7–12

Tuesday 7 Nathan Hubbard is the featured artist at KSDS Jazz Live (City College, 14th & C Street) with Molly Whitaker, Nina Deering, Shannon Perkins, Ed Kornhauser, Branson NeJame, Harley Magsino, and Jerome Salazar at ...

Our bodies, our clothes

Breasts and bras, men's swimsuit issue, what's with blondes, mustache survey, tattoo saga, San Diego fashion mistakes

More Than Support Breasts and bras. “I first started to notice breasts when I was ten years old. Not my own, because I didn’t have any yet, but my mother’s. I had seen my mother ...

Vinyl record market collapses

A local thrift store is under investigation by the Dept. of HUD (Hipster Underground Dwellings) after suffering a second-story collapse brought on by the weight of thousands of vinyl records being stored there. No one ...

Red, white, and bluefin

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The fishing has been red-hot, even if the weather hasn’t. There are still bluefin tuna within ½ day range, the bass bite has been steady and yellowtail ...

Saturday, July 4

San Diego Flag Girl, 1921

Everyone was in a patriotic mood 94 years ago...

My paternal grandmother Elizabeth Long was San Diego's Flag Girl in 1921 for a Daughters of the American Revolution event. San Diego had recently decided to preserve Balboa Park after the Panama–California Exposition of 1915. ...

Neighborhood hood gets a new look

Uptick in Clairemont crimes prompts resurgence of vigilance program

Due to an escalation of criminal and suspicious activity in Clairemont, there has been renewed interest in Neighborhood Watch, a nationwide program introduced by the National Sheriff’s Association in 1972. A press conference was held ...

"Legal Baller" suspended two years

Bar charges Raymundo Pacello with moral turpitude

The California State Bar has suspended Raymundo Pacello Jr., who practiced law in San Diego but is now in Baja California, for two years. The flamboyant Pacello was written up in abovethelaw.com in 2012 for ...

Delivery.com needs more restaurants

The service works, but it’s short on options

I’m amazed how many restaurant delivery apps and web sites have sprung up in San Diego the past few years. Read about some of them here, here, and here. As I dig deeper into available ...

Friday, July 3

Beer-geek pilgrims rejoice

Alpine Beer Company adds 50 jobs and 160 seats at new location

June 26th marked the official opening of the new Alpine Beer Company Pub (1347 Tavern Road), a long-overdue expansion of the restaurant and taphouse affiliated with increasingly popular Alpine Beer Company. The new location sits ...

Who's giving injections at Planned Parenthood?

Court case pits nurse practitioner against former employer

There’s a showdown downtown scheduled for Friday, August 14, when the case of Murray v. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest goes to trial in superior court. Carla M. Murray, a nurse practitioner, had worked ...

Dave Roberts hand-slapped for hidden $5000

California political watchdog lets county supervisor off for unrevealed union payment

As reported here June 10, Democratic county supervisor Dave Roberts was more than a little tardy in reporting a contribution made last year on his behalf by the United Domestic Workers of America. According to ...

My Acting Bucket List: Jessica John Gercke

The Craig Noel Award-winner has an affinity for deep, complex characters

I’m asking veteran local actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices ...

Welcome aboard, citizen

Swearing-in ceremony on U.S.S. Midway

Boniface Anoje was a proud dad when his son, Navy serviceman Nick Anoje, received his American citizenship on July 1. In the special citizenship ceremony, planned to coincide with Independence Day celebrations, the former Nigerian ...

Must...get...uranium...now

General Atomics seeks control of Australian mine

Following a precipitous drop in worldwide uranium prices as countries across the globe reconsider the promise of nuclear energy, San Diego's General Atomics is seeking to gain full ownership of an Australian mine in which ...

Ladies and gentlemen, Leon Bridges

Debut Coming Home is a triumph of Soul

Soul to soothe the soul. That’s what Coming Home, the debut album of 25-year-old Leon Bridges, is and does. When you listen to this album you can appreciate the sound of actual instruments being keenly ...

Money Pit builds a burger cheap

In-N-Out it’s not

Drive-thru burger joints hold a distinct place in Southern California lore, but this being the 21st Century, the only burger I’m willing to eat in my car anymore starts and ends with the word “double.” ...

La guerra de la cerveza empezó

Council in Mexicali suggests moratorium on craft-beer permits

The Mexicali craft-beer industry is in hot water after a Tuesday, June 30, meeting of the Consejo de Alcoholes de Mexicali: the regional alcohol council's members expressed opposition to issuing new permits to artisanal brewers. ...

Fresh fish for the Fourth

July 2 dock totals The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 76 anglers aboard reported 1 lingcod and 170 rockfish caught. 62 anglers aboard their 1/2 day pm run put 1 sheephead, 206 rockfish and ...

Thursday, July 2

In fact, there's not a doctor in the house

Kaiser psychiatrist claims constructive termination

Laura Wakil, M.D., a psychiatrist, has sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and related Kaiser organizations for violation of the state health and safety code, retaliation, negligent supervision, and wrongful constructive termination. (Constructive termination is a ...

Vet-clinic signage considered rude to some, funny to others

Just add funk

For the past several weeks, Coast Highway 101’s Coastal Animal Hospital, has created a brouhaha over its comedic signage. Currently, Dr. Brian Evans’s 4´ x 8´ highway frontage sign reads, “In Leucadia, stinky hippies are ...

California's farm economy "ruined"

Unemployment rates in El Centro and Yuma — over 20% — blamed on drought

June unemployment rates for the nation came out today (July 2), showing there are only two metropolitan areas out of 387 with unemployment rates of more than 20 percent. Both are agricultural areas within San ...

Sloppy cops and robbers

After caught casing a bank, thieves continued with spree

According to documents filed in federal court, two men, Thomas Ferguson of La Mesa and Duane Bowen of Chula Vista, are responsible for a spate of bank robberies in San Diego and Riverside counties. Also, ...

Summer of nothing

Beethoven sits us down by the stream and does... nothing

Our recent little thunderstorm reminded me of what is probably the best piece of summer music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. There are fives sections of the symphony, one of which is a thunderstorm which passes ...

Faulconer’s planning director is a nobody

Long-lingering vacancy in key city role looms over Chargers stadium deal

It's been almost a year since the departure of city planning director Bill Fulton was announced by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer Fulton's two-sentence August 1, 2014, resignation letter to Faulconer, obtained from the city ...

SDG&E about to go Robin Hood

Utility to squeeze more money out of 75% of their customers

A proposed decision issued Wednesday (July 1) from the California Public Utilities Commission won't do much to quiet critics who argue that changes to San Diego Gas & Electric rate schedules will hurt low-income consumers ...

Tattletale rattles I.B. RV owners

Residents receive warning letters about off-street parking

Imperial Beach city officials are trying to deal with residents’ anger and frustration after they received letters that warned them about unauthorized driveway parking of recreational vehicles. Unlike the City of San Diego, which doesn’t ...

Distant connections

Theater about letters about books makes for a slow, repetitive 84 Charing Cross Road at Lamplighters Community

Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 78th season opens with a drama, based on Helene Hanff’s autobiography, which has been adapted several times for the screen, television, and radio. What makes the material challenging to produce is that ...

Torrey pine down

Sadness among botanic garden staff over loss of historic tree

On Tuesday, June 30, the last of a 100-foot-tall Torrey pine was cut down at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. It took six workers 35 hours to remove the tree, one of four ...

Maybe they come for the low hotel taxes?

Occupancy growth tops other major state metro areas

The San Diego hotel business had a booming May compared with a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research. The occupancy rate in May rose 1.9 percent to 76.3 percent — topping growth of San ...

Here come the dodos!

The mahi-mahi, also known as the dolphin fish on the East Coast, and the dorado in Latin America, is a highly-prized gamefish. Its brilliant display of color and frantic leaping fight will raise the excitement ...

Wednesday, July 1

This agent could not be perceived by any of the senses

From Alive, Son of Awake

If the world would be produced anew, it must needs have a producer or creator; and if so, why did this creator create the world now and not before? Was it because some motive supervened ...

The strangest chicken sex scene you’ll ever see

What’s there not to love about Pink Flamingos? It’s pure John Water’s B-movie gold with bad acting, horrible (but oh-so-good) dialogue, the late and fabulous Divine, the egg lady, and the strangest chicken sex scene ...

South Bay serenade

The Bassics bring the San Diego music scene to their neighborhood in Imperial Beach

What is Imperial Beach famous for? “I don’t know, [HBO’s] John from Cincinnati...Lords of Dogtown was shot at the pier,” says Bassics lead singer Sam Martinez about his hometown. “Sand Castles, I guess. But there’s ...

Dog days of bummer

Duo in Tijuana post torture video on Facebook

Tijuana police have arrested two men who allegedly videotaped their torture of a dog and posted it on Facebook. The video, which appeared on Facebook over the weekend, led to widespread expressions of outrage among ...

Delicious bad stuff

Duska, who’s slim and svelte, says she doesn’t eat this kind of dish so much.

‘We could see the blizzard coming,” says John. “I was ten. Our school was small. Five students. Winnie, my pony, was waiting outside. This was winter, Wyoming. Had to get home ahead of it. It ...

Wasn't me...it was my brother

Michael J. Conrad produced false documents to keep getting federal contracts

In 2012, Asgard Associates, a company owned by Michael J. Conrad and his wife, pleaded guilty to storing hazardous waste at its facility on Roselle Street in Sorrento Valley. On June 30, Conrad pleaded guilty ...

G Burns: the screaming red Ferrari of jug bands

Local folkies will take you waaaaaaay back at the Black Cat

“Jug band — the term refers to a specific style of music and a specific historical period,” Clinton Davis tells the Reader. “And most of those bands were in the 1930s and ’40s, and they ...

Bye bye Broke Girls, hello Backyard Café

Normal Heights lost a coffee shop in June, then promptly gained a replacement, as the owners of Broke Girls Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave) sold their business, brewing equipment and all, and moved on to ...

Mako my day

A couple of mako sharks have hit the deck this week on 1.5 day trips. Like the thresher shark, makos are good fare for the dinner table. It is one of the fastest fish in ...

Lake Jennings is a hidden gem for wildlife sightings close to urban areas

Begin from any starting point you choose

Lake Jennings is a manmade 9800-acre-foot capacity reservoir owned by the Helix Water District. In 1962 the Helix Irrigation District built Chet Harritt Dam, which forms the reservoir, storing water that is treated and used ...

Down to Cow

Hanging in an O.B. record shop, Al and Birdy hatch a album

A couple of years ago, Birdy Bardot went on a cross-country road trip but eventually found her way back to Ocean Beach. Upon her return, she began trekking down to Cow Records on Newport Avenue, ...

Put on your vintage Freedom Trousers

Allegations of hipster indifference toward the Fourth.

Dear Hipster: With Independence Day just around the corner, I have to know why you hipsters hate America so much. You’re all so quick to blame the government when you can’t find a job, but ...

Cetacean collisions

Yield the right of way for whales

As the human population and oceangoing traffic expand, interactions with whales increase. Southern California’s waters have a cetacean community with potential for problems. On March 11 off Cabo San Lucas, a tour boat out for ...

Party like its 2016

With next year’s June primaries less than a year away and campaigns growing ever costlier, local politicos have been throwing a record number of parties to attract well-heeled donors. Democratic congressman Scott Peters, whose campaign ...

Willie, Johnny, and Patsy Were Here

Rough and rocky travelin’ led them to Bostonia Ballroom

“Jerry Lee Lewis just beat the hell out of the piano. He used his feet on it. He broke three keys.”

Yellow bricks and rain-slicked asphalt

Tired of fireworks and the ever-looming promise of spending a lifetime using three fingers to order five beers they bring? Do you moan at the thought of having your Doodle yanked by another look at ...

Blowing up the Baja stigma

Glasmus goads gringos into coming south of the border for the Fourth

As Mousiky, guitarist for Tijuana’s Glasmus, sees it, there are a couple reasons gringos should consider spending the Fourth of July in Mexico. “I hear [fireworks] all the time down here. In September, when we ...

Vamos a Baja Sur's Todos Santos

Make the hour drive from Cabo to see what this pueblo magico's all about.

“Be careful,” said the sixtyish snowy-haired gentleman with a matching white beard, weather-beaten face, gray twinkling eyes, and a wry smile hinting at some private little secret. “Before you know it, you’ll be looking to ...

San Diego guitar and banjo makers

American Dream, Deering Banjos, Taylor Guitars, Go Guitars

At Sam Radding’s shop, the twang was destined to meet.

Unstoppable spoiler force

Spoil your shows? Spoil his life.

Dear Hipster: I have one friend who is an unstoppable force of TV and movie spoiling. He even spoiled the Game of Thrones finale for me! Unacceptable! He claims that he is powerless in the ...

Mr. Monster Truck

Disappointed by a less-than-honorable Marine

“It’s just — who does that? What kind of person smashes up someone’s parked car and then leaves without making any attempt to find out who owns it?”

Learn how to cook

Date night gets cooking

“Our ‘Endless Main Course Salads’ class contains a solid hour of knifing skills.”

Mommy, look, a pirate!

Like dust in the wind, them wayward sons of Topeka, Kansas, blow into the San Diego Fair

Kansas, the wayward sons of Topeka, carry on at the San Diego County Fair on Friday, July 3. And we’re told to watch for a new album in 2016. Founding guitarist Rich Williams took some ...

It’s a co-op, not a cult, in Ocean Beach

My favorite cousin lives in nearby Ocean Beach in a large home with ten other people (kids and adults). It’s something I might call a co-op, but it’s also referred to as shared living. Each ...

Big bust at the Grape 'Street dog park

Neighbors prompt crackdown on pet owners

A failed plea to city officials to install a new fence to enclose the Grape Street off-leash dog park in South Park led to a crackdown that resulted in more than two dozen dog-owners receiving ...

Thanks and admonishments

Three Comments Re: “Nico Tried to Get Out,” June 25 cover story. First comment: It should be one vertebra. Vertbrae is the plural. It should be: “Doctors informed Nico that one bullet bounced off his ...

Portland unlikely...maybe Austin

Yo DJ: I don’t believe you that there is a world hipster conference. — Max D., Hillcrest It’s in a pretty obscure location, so I’m not surprised you’ve never heard about it before.

Juan’s foreign affairs, cont’d

Fresh from an April junket with his wife in the Bavarian Alps paid for by nonprofit foundations backed by German industrialists, House Democrat Juan Vargas embarked alone on another free foreign journey in May, thanks ...

Whibley, Woods, Wauters

...plus Picturebooks, Fairy Bones, and Veruca Salt in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 5The ex–Mr. Avril Levigne, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley is back with the living, apparently, after an alcohol-related near-death experience last year, and the “underclass hero” is now plugged into the Happiness Machines, a new ...

Sannhet gets me

Plus holiday hoodoo from Redwoods Records, Operation: Mindblow, and Don't Tread on the Tower Bar

Thursday 2Brooklyn-based post-metal band Sannhet gets me. Not lyrically, there are none. I mean rhythmically. The instrumental trio just happens to play in my circadian rhythmn. The tones on this year’s very recommendable Revisionist (for ...

A Memory of Manaus

— For Loren and Janie Slye We’ve come by boat upriver some nine hundred miles along the Amazon, and reached its origins, the meeting of the Solimões and Negro waters, confluent but not commingled, flowing ...

Monsters and swingers

The Monster Squad is Goonies meets every Universal Monster movie, and it doesn’t apologize for how it deals with it. It’s a combination of the macabre and the genre of kids getting shit done, with ...

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