Content for Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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A whiskey-fueled front porch rant

The allure of TJ is a double-headed snake.

Whenever I tell someone I’m from the South, his mind — with his mouth in hot pursuit — scurries straight to assumptions about racism, deep fried fill-in-the-blanks, Paula Deen, and Confederate flags. Whenever I mention ...

Creation of the Animal People

Indian legends of the Pacific Northwest

The earth was once a human being: Old One made her out of a woman. “You will be the mother of all people,” he said. Earth is alive yet, but she has been changed. The ...

The nut of consciousness

I was expecting a TED Talk. What I got was an intimate chat.

Does anyone remember who R. Buckminster Fuller was? I must admit that my knowledge of him was limited to remembering that he was something of an innovative thinker from the past. Just the other evening ...

Sick seal saga goes on

SeaWorld overwhelmed with rescue calls

While paddling offshore a couple miles outside of La Jolla a decade or so ago, I came across a large pregnant female sea lion that seemed to be struggling to keep her head up and ...

The most devastating film about divorce ever made

Dramatic gems

At Play in the Fields of the Lord (USA/Brazil, 1991, Universal) is a probing drama about the arrogance of American missionaries in the Amazon. Two couples — Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates, and Darryl Hannah ...

Parker and the jazzmen

Hip-hop poet Parker Edison joins a couple of local jazz cats on his new project

“I’m doing performances in a trio with me on vocals, jazz drummer Nathan Hubbard, and jazz bassist Harley Magsino,” says Jack King, aka Parker Edison of hip-hop trio Parker & the Numberman. “We’ve definitely had ...

Physical therapy business has become a thorny issue

Therapeutic conflict

The Republican mayor of Encinitas, currently challenging incumbent Democratic county supervisor Dave Roberts, runs a physical therapy business on the side. What to do when a lawyer for DCM Properties, a real estate developer suing ...

Gaslamp prices, but Lazy Hippo is still a find

In deepest Stingaree for brekky

Mary Smith sat here. So did a lot of her ladies of the night. So did the mayor of San Diego. They say he was a client. But that was the Gilded Age. It was ...

India Street "speedway" under consideration

Airport authority and city plan for a fourth lane

Residents and business owners from Middletown (south of Mission Hills) showed up angry and worried at a neighborhood meeting held at Joyce Beers Community Center Tuesday night (April 5) to ask why no one told ...

Movie picks from Down Under

Immerse yourself in the ’70s Aussie new-wave film movement

A dark, uneasy and all too-real journey into a remote corner of the Australian outback, Wake in Fright (Australia/USA, 1971, United Artists) is the film that left Martin Scorsese speechless. Singer-songwriter Nick Cave calls it ...

From the “General Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales

Rhyme and verse from the Father of English literature

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote, The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licóur Of which vertú engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his ...

Zigzag, climb, and loop for miles in Crestridge eco reserve

Take your choice of trails and explore a multitude of preserved habitats.

The Crestridge Ecological Reserve is one of 16 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ecological Reserves in San Diego County. The current 136 statewide ecological reserves provide habitat for a wide diversity of plant and ...

America's finest variety show

Tonight in San Diego kicks off season 4 on Monday, April 11

Local talk show Tonight in San Diego kicks off its fourth season on Monday, April 11, in a new location, the Raw Space Theatre on First Avenue downtown. Organizers recently concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign, ...

Kid-friendly runs through mud and foam and for yogurt

Your little peeps could be running every month, sometimes twice

My teens participated in the Color in Motion 5K chalk run last month with a bunch of their friends. They returned triumphant after the jaunt around Qualcomm Stadium, looking as if they had returned from ...

Funny openers

San Diego comic Steven Briggs discusses the comedy/music connection

Making fun of hip-hop is part of Steven Briggs’s act. “Rappers are proof that freedom of speech exists. Most of them just talk about booty...over and over. If they didn’t have a beat behind them, ...

Weird, wonderful Weerasethakul

Cemetery of Splendour: The less we’re told, the more we’re sucked in

If there is indeed only one chance at making a good first impression, then an impeccable introductory shot is as essential to a film’s narrative as a lashed Windsor knot and highly reflective pair of ...

Swordfish dig California

But you'll rarely seen one caught on a rod and reel

Little do most anglers know there are scientists in Oceanside who provide fish resource information to agencies such as National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the state’s Department of Fish ...

Dinner party two-step

The old implications of “not owning a TV” are as obsolete as VHS tapes

The guy with the beard further demonstrated his grace: “So, tell us about you,” he said to the girl, politely indicating it would be nice if she talked about what she did, rather than what she did not.

Third Eye open

Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins overcomes his writer's block

Third Eye Blind took six years between their last album, Ursa Major, and their new platter, Dopamine, owing in large part to leader Stephan Jenkins’s struggles with writer’s block, a problem he tried to cure, ...

Batman v. Superman, Hydrox v. Oreo

Dear Hipster: If everybody — and I really mean everybody, because I do not know a single person who liked it — unequivocally hates Batman v. Superman, wouldn’t it be the most hipster thing ever ...

Four all-usable acres

Prepare to be stunned in Rancho Del Lago

Current Owners: Gregorio & Vanessa Reyes Beds: 7 Baths: 11 List Price: $8,995,000 The “magnificient” Summerhill Estate is a 15,000-square-foot estate “sited on four all-usable acres atop a private knoll” in the “high end luxury ...

The Music Band from Music City

Nashville-based classic-rock trio wakes up laughing

If all goes according to plan, by the time Music Band plays here in April, their debut full-length will be a couple of weeks old. For reasons unknown, the band picked April Fools’ Day as ...

Pellet-gun parrot popper perplexes police

Residents rattled. Big rewards offered. Killer remains at large.

Who’s killing the great parrots of Ocean Beach/Point Loma?

Assessing the three farces

More opinions on the presidential candidates

Product of Affirmative Action Stealing jobs from qualified white men is part of the system. H-1B is only a small addition (City Lights, March 31, “Engineers Get Axed, Then Train Foreign Replacements”) In 1959, the ...

Sleep doctor no more

Implicated as a user of prescription and recreational drugs

A drug-plagued La Jolla psychiatrist specializing in sleep disorders has agreed to permanently surrender his license to practice medicine in California, according to a stipulation with the state’s medical board. On November 5, 2014, the ...

The cult of Barbra Streisand

Oh, to be alive during the Ziegfeld Follies era!

I never understood the cult of Barbra Streisand until seeing her play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (USA, 1968, Columbia Pictures). Fanny is a rising star who thinks she’s made it because of her humor, ...

Operators, Peelanderz, Music Band, and Moody

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

Sunday 10Soda Bar sets up Dan Boekner’s (Wolf Parade/Divine Fits) Operators on Sunday night. Formed in 2013 with New Bomb Turks/Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown and multi-instrumentalist Devojka, the Operators last week released their debut ...

Elvis, Hunx, Vinyl Junkies

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

Thursday 7Grammy-winner, Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer, and memoirist (with the release last year of Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink) Elvis Costello embarks on his “Detour” this week, a string of dates in the Western states in which the ...

In search of the unwanted

This land is mine: The Cupeño removal of 1903, part two of four

U.S. government didn’t fool Cecilio Blacktooth.

March 31 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 10. (winner!) Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 10. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 10. Leslie Chase, Campo, 10. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 10. Chad Griffith, Poway, 10. Susan Haley, Chula ...

March 31 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 10. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 10. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 10. Don Ganoe, San Diego, 10. Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 10. Richard Johnson, La Jolla, 10. Larry Lewis, Poway, 10. Terry ...

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