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Dangerous bike spots + safer routes

Cycling out of harm’s way

There's nothing wrong with taking the long way home.

Film recommendations from a trash aficionado

Despite the salacious title of A Virgin Among the Living Dead ((France/Italy, 1973, Wizard Video), this Jess Franco film is actually quite artsy and unnerving. A young woman returns from boarding school after her father’s ...

Jackson Boone's hippie heart

Portlandian touring through town with his second set of psych-folk, Natural Changes

Starlit has been called one of the best new releases to come out of Portland in the past year. The song collection centers around Jackson Boone’s new-found sobriety, they say. Whatever. Here is a singer/songwriter ...

The best gin and vermouth for a Negroni

Process: First, we did 5 rounds of 5, keeping the gin constant and doing 5 different vermouths. Victoria and I silently rated them, then shared when we were done. Then, we did 5 more rounds, ...

McDonald's out, well-being in — but some treats remain

Barely moving the needle on the sin meter in Coronado

Did you see how Cleveland Clinic (5 million patients a year, 3000 doctors) has kicked McDonald’s out of its hospitals as of September 18? They want to put their money where their mouth is in ...

Alice in Wonderland on acid

Chinatown (USA, 1974, Paramount), set in the mid-1930s, is reminiscent of today’s issues of the rich and powerful. Inspired by real people and events, it’s Polanski’s homage to the golden age of film noir and ...

Coconut & Canoe

TikiTronic plays bachelor pad lounge you can dance to

“We are fans of the tiki culture,” says Andy Tolley, who as Captain Coconut plays with Freddy Canoe (Rick Roessler) in TikiTronic. “We’re very retro culture. Bachelor-pad lounge mixed with space age.” It’s not Nick ...

Passionate energy just this side of anarchy at San Diego Museum of Art

Coney Island was designed to overcome

Coney Island: Visions of the American Dreamland, 1861–2008 is a game, splashy exhibition.

Find a return to yesterday in the heart of the city

150 acres of coastal sage scrub provide an important habitat for wildlife

That dropped Ping-Pong ball song would be the wrentit.

Pick an apple, any apple

Galas are sweet, Jonagolds are a little tart, and Grannies are really tart

It's not a bit like fall, but pick apples and pretend.

Stickles's march to the sea

"If the guitar is not loud enough, then my brain is louder, and it’s not gonna work”

"Tell the world my story. Nobody believes me. They think I’m bullshitting them.” The story Titus Andronicus mastermind Patrick Stickles is referring to is a complicated one. Much of it is peeled away within the ...

Usernames are a vestigial organ

Online you can be anyone, so just be yourself

Dear Hipster: I want to get Instagram on my phone, but I am not so good at naming things, and I can’t bring myself to install the app till I have a good username in ...

The "joy" thing

Ponder the act of stopping to think how lucky we are

“The less you have, the easier it is to get dressed and ready. You only keep things you actually like, or as KonMari says, things that bring you joy.”

"Cholo goth" duo gets ripped off at Riot Fest in Chicago

Stolen Prayers

“We are mostly a San Diego/L.A./New York band,” says Rafa Reyes, half of cholo goth duo Prayers. The release of their Young Gods album took them on a 14-city, three-week tour, which ended September 11 ...

The soul force of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

Successful world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse gives a hero his due

Roll the credits! Bayard Rustin (1912–1987) performed on Broadway with Paul Robeson in John Henry. As a student, his rich tenor sang blues and gospel in nightclubs to make ends meet. An exceptional athlete, he ...

Juan Vargas passes the contribution hat again

Leadership amok

Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has been passing his campaign-contribution hat again. An invitation circulated to Washington lobbyists for an hourlong 8:30 a.m. September 18 breakfast event at Johnny’s Half Shell on North Capitol Street Northwest ...

Hollywood, please call us

Why won’t Hollywood look to San Diego as its backlot?

Though it served as a major filming hub during the silent era, of late our town can’t buy a decent production. Anchorman was 2004. Before that, Traffic and Titanic. The statute of limitations has long ...

Three poems by David Middleton

Poet-in-Residence at Nicholls State University

Self-Examination: Reflections in a Mirror Time once again for my six-months’ exam I stand before a mirror to assess This aging body’s state, each troubling sign I’ll need to show my doctor — lumps or ...

You are what you eat

...says Gateway Drugs, who have dad's "knack" for rock

When you think of family bands, groups such as the Osmonds, the Bee Gees, and the Jackson 5 come to mind. A young quartet from Los Angeles has emerged on the sibling band scene, though, ...

Barlow-fi

Lou Barlow talks about Brace the Wave and this week's gig at his beloved Casbah

Lou Barlow grew up in Massachusetts and stumbled into Dinosaur Jr., which helped define an era of alternative rock when they weren’t marinating in backstage passive-aggression. Solo, Barlow started Sebadoh, pioneered the entire “lo-fi” thing, ...

It is now practical to get rid of the VCR

Vinyl has a certain "warmth" but the concept is not transferrable

Dear Hipster: I’m trying to part ways with some of the old things around the house that I don’t use, including a substantial collection of movies on VHS. I’ve got about 300 titles, mostly from ...

Vista’s beer buzz

Breweries propel North County city’s makeover

Some residents like that Vista is still sketchy in parts.

Landslide at Tourmaline

On Friday afternoon, September 11, 2015, there was a cliff collapse inside the cove at Tourmaline Surfing Park. Normally this type of landslide is a clear reminder to the locals to not sit up close ...

Who you callin' Kevin?

Distinction among Kevins I’m looking at the cover of your September 17 issue. Hey — this ain’t cool, man. My name’s Kevin. You should have put the knucklehead’s picture on there so that people I’m ...

Joan Kroc gets the Hollywood treatment

Her big fat Faberge film

With Dean Spanos and the rest of his extended Chargers-owning family possibly poised to pull the plug on San Diego, the eccentric history of another super-rich local team owner is about to get the Hollywood ...

Five Big Rock Shows

...and 24 regular size ones, this week in music

Thursday 24“Specializing in punk solutions since 2005,” alt-rock Jersey boys Titus Andronicus are touring through town in support of this year’s 29-track, 93-minute rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy. The Reader’s Dryw Keltz had a ...

Little and little, the soul in prayer quits discoursing

From Sancta Sophia

Now when by means of such exercises the soul is become well eased from remorse and begins to be moved to the resistance and hatred of sin by the love of God rather than fear ...

The Durans, the Kennedys, and the Van freaking Halens

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

Sunday 27Tennis System, out of Echo Park via DC, is one of L.A.’s bands ready to break, according to L.A. Weekly, for their “thick-reverb mélange of jangling guitars and ’90s shoegaze.” Sounds yummy. Take a ...

An anti–Silver Linings Playbook

Straight Time (USA, 1978, Warner Brothers), directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Dustin Hoffman, is a quintessential ’70s movie of the New Hollywood, a period I regard as the best in film history. I love ...

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