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Movies to watch on repeat

The theme: dancing

I can watch Paris Is Burning and Frances Ha on repeat but for entirely different reasons. Paris Is Burning (USA, 1990, Academy Entertainment) is a documentary centered on the intricate, underground Ball culture. While the ...

Gram Rabbit's desert space rocktronica

Jesika von Rabbit's band hops into Belly Up on Wednesday

Gram Rabbit, from Joshua Tree, California, has been around for at least a decade and has released several albums, beginning with 2004’s Music to Start a Cult To. An underwear manufacturer broke them out in ...

What in the world is white coffee?

California Bean has an ocean view and a particularly unique offering

White coffee? Pacific Beach got a new coffee shop in July. Actually, it’s more of a shack. California Bean sits in the parking lot of bar/restaurant The Local Pacific Beach, with a partial ocean view ...

Chris Cantore's real man tears

Another jock job gone, the San Diego radio veteran's got a new perspective

Right after his last morning show on modern-rock KPRI September 28, Chris Cantore and 20 co-workers were told their jobs were over. Cantore, an SDSU grad who has been on the local airwaves for two ...

Eli Broad continues to give

Broadly speaking

Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, said to be interested in buying the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune from embattled Tribune Publishing of Chicago, continues to give big to members of the Democratic Party. Latest ...

'Wiches and brew at La Mesa Oktoberfest

Santa Maria-style BBQ from Oceanside and root beer from right-here in the Village

The two old crones stir the vats surrounded by circling bats. Okay, no bats. No quoting from Macbeth. No crones. But these gals really are stirring up brews in vats, with billows of fog coming ...

A psychological thriller and an easy watch

Donnie Darko (USA, 2001, New Market Films) is a psychological thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal is Donnie, a very attractive yet very troubled young man. Donnie has visions of Frank, a large demonic bunny rabbit who guides ...

Roni Lee plays like a girl

...and she wouldn't have it any other way

"I love the live-rock sound, with real guitars, real vocals, and no backing tracks,” says Roni Lee, whose career as a rock guitarist started in Hollywood with Venus and the Razorblades, a cheeky Kim Fowley ...

Mudhoney likes it small

Seattle grunge band plays Casbah behind their new record, Vanishing Point

Steve Turner met Mark Arm in the fall of 1982. They were introduced by a mutual friend (Alex Shumway) at a concert. According to Turner, Shumway said, “Stevie, this is Mark. He’s straight-edge too,” which ...

There’s a unique emphasis which Lutherans have on grace

Jesus will forgive some cruddy things

Pastor Richard Schmidt of Concordia Church in Chula Vista takes our questions.

Back to school surfing

Scholastic Surf Series has pro-event feel

Though the new school year is well underway for Southern California high- and middle-school-aged students, some will wax up their boards for the 2015–2016 Scholastic Surf Series. The series hosts competitions on the Southern California ...

Two by Noël Coward in repertory at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town

Jazz-age behavior

Cygnet Theatre offers a “double bill” of Noël Coward’s The Vortex (1924) and Hay Fever (1925). Staging his early plays in repertory has advantages. The dark, brittle Vortex is almost a photographic negative of the ...

U-T dispute with parent gets ink

New York Times gets ahold of leaked emails

The New York Times has a highly unusual story today (October 14) suggesting that Tribune Publishing, parent of the Union-Tribune, lowered the U-T's revenue forecast for the rest of the year without any good reason. ...

Hiking the Hollenbeck Canyon loop

Discover relics of days gone by

Explore a wildlife area with open grasslands and riparian oak woodlands that once belonged to the last Mexican governor of California.

Who is the hipster bandit?

An authentic, hand-crafted criminal secret identity

Dear Hipster: I have deduced your secret identity. I’ll bet you thought you could hide behind your column inches, but you can fool us no longer. You’re the hipster bandit! It was a good ruse ...

Angelika Film Center debuts in Carmel Mountain

The carpet was red, the crowd awash with anticipation...

For those who don’t relish the thought of paying upwards of $22 for the privilege of having theater mates pierce the darkness by phoning in mid-movie drink orders, there’s the Angelika Film Center. The carpet ...

Saving Ray

New leadership injects life into longstanding event

it’s Saturday night on North Park’s Ray Street and the pavement is humming with life. A dude in zebra tights and a tank top twirls around with a hula hoop while a crowd gathers to ...

Port Commissioner rents yacht berth from Marriot while voting on hotel’s lease

Conflict of interest? Not at all.

Does a San Diego port commissioner’s rental of a luxury yacht berth at the downtown Marriott marina pose a conflict of interest for him when voting on extending the giant hotel’s lease with the port? ...

Australian visitors spotted in San Diego Bay

Invasive white-spotted jellyfish likely hitched a ride here

About 100 yards into an early-morning kayak-fishing excursion on September 28, Steve Piper noticed a plentiful presence on his fish finder. As he paddled out into San Diego Bay from the boat ramp at Pepper ...

Alleged abuse victim faces Carlsbad headmaster

Jeffrey Barton preyed on boy over 20 years ago, says former student

A man from Tennessee said in his pleasant Southern accent that he recognizes Jeffrey Barton as the man who molested him more than 20 years ago. The witness spoke in court yesterday, October 13, 2015. ...

The Stage Room's ready

...for San Diego singer-songwriter Tyson Motsenbocker

A Solana Beach singer-songwriter who just wrapped up a monthlong tour with Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman will be the first local headliner at the Stage Room, the UCSD venue formerly known as Porter’s Pub. Tyson Motsenbocker, ...

The imaginary offseason

Which sports have the shortest and the longest?

Punching the clock with pro athletes.

How to bail from that moving-day promise

Worse than a land war in Asia

If you gotta help someone move, at least set a limit.

The priciest property in Carmel Valley

Is this the ultimate San Diego address?

Property includes a dream of a playhouse and handsome fireplaces.

Drop your unrealistic expectations and stay married

You can recover from sexual boredom

As a marriage counselor, I have spent ten years observing couples try to stay together. The majority of couples work hard to preserve their marriage and family stability. Most relational conflict is everyday run-of-the-mill stuff ...

Year-long La Mesa Village renovation takes its toll

New sidewalks, no customers

Sometime during the final weekend of August, Ari Bejar made a decision that would reverberate throughout the downtown La Mesa Village. He carefully hand-lettered his final message in chalk on a menu board, and come ...

A Phil Woods thing

Charles McPherson remembers the Grammy-winning jazz-sax player

“The last gig I played with Phil Woods was in April, in Newark, New Jersey,” hometown bebop saxophonist Charles McPherson tells the Reader. “It was one of his last shows. It was kind of a ...

All fired up at UCSD

Dorm fires and fraudulent wire-transfer requests cause concern

There haven’t been any deaths yet, but multiple fires in the dorms and residence facilities of UCSD have been dangerous and costly. So says the school’s annual fire-safety report released last week, which includes among ...

The Draconids

Reader staffer shares rhyme and verse

For Norah And especially were we led to cultivate that discipline developed in respect to divine and heavenly things as being the only one concerned with the study of things which are always what they ...

Black and Pink meet at the Observatory Ought, Yacht, and Eagles of Death Metal

Sunday 18Black meets Pink, East meets West, and flower-punk meets art-damaged pop as Atlanta band Black Lips team up with L.A.’s Ariel Pink to co-headline sets at the Observatory North Park on Sunday. Last year ...

Deafheaven, a Heartbreaker, Hinds

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

Thursday 15SanFran metalgaze band Deafheaven deliver New Bermuda to Casbah on Thursday. Yes, metalgaze. You take black metal tones, a singer who — though apparently wordwise and, um, deep — makes every kind of sound ...

Playing with the stars

Reader readers share their own Yelp experiences

Perfection Expected Re: "Yelp Giveth, and Yelp Taketh Away," October 8 cover story I’ll keep this short because I’m sure there will be a lot of people who feel the same way. I’ve been a ...

Dance movie recommendations

Just try to sit still and watch

As with many great artists, Paul Taylor has a lovely eccentricity. Dancemaker (USA, 1998, Artistic License) follows his company through one season from creation of a new dance to performance. Behind-the-scenes clips show Taylor as ...

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