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Content for Wednesday, August 3, 2016

News & Stories

San Diego Reader 2016 guide to restaurants

Restaurants worth treating as occasions — Where going out is still a treat. By Ian Pike It’s not news, but it’s love — Critics have to eat even when they’re not critiquing. By Ambrose Martin ...

August 3, 2016
Chastity blog

Guitarist/singer Julia Shapiro, guitarist Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm formed Chastity Belt mostly for laughs at Whitman College, then moved to Seattle and got serious. They visit the Casbah on Wednesday, ...

August 3, 2016
Objections to last week's cover story

Retraction The July 28 Neighborhood News column included an article (“Tasting Rooms, Breweries Blamed for Problems”) that misinterpreted last year’s data and erroneously concluded that a 400-percent increase in alcohol-related crime in Ocean Beach was ...

August 3, 2016
PG&E gets big break in San Bruno disaster fine

Mysteriously, prosecutors who were seeking a $562 million fine against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in the 2010 San Bruno explosion, yesterday (August 2) backed away while the jury was still deliberating. Hours ...

August 3, 2016
PB surfer departs for Texas

Kelsey Gonzalez Age: 25 Hometown: Point Loma Favorite Surf Spot: Old Man’s, Pacific Beach Kelsey Gonzalez is moving to Texas in one week. She is trying to get into the water as much as possible. ...

August 3, 2016
Small Culture in the famine spot

Jerik Centeno of Small Culture moved to San Diego three years ago to pursue a career in audio production. “All through high school [in Kau’i] all I wanted to do was record and mix bands. ...

Influence peddling

San Diego’s ethics commission, its enforcement count already falling like a rock, has come under fire by the county grand jury for being overly subject to political influence. In 2012, according to the grand jury’s ...

August 3, 2016
Eat your torta

"Where are we?” I really want to know. Lord knows I’ve bounced by here often enough in the #30 bus. Mike and his lady Rachel and me and a dozen other people are sitting on ...

He come up to the house the other day

APGAR When you were born, you didn’t make a sound until they put you on the warming table, cold chick, bluish and mute. The reddened gowns the nurses wore were soaked as in some fable ...

August 3, 2016
Big Bang dreams

“The album took over eight years to complete,” says Matt Rhea of the Manganista’s upcoming full-length, Shooting at the Big Bang Seams. “What seemed like a good idea four or five years ago didn’t always ...

August 3, 2016
To die for every note

Hershey Felder plays Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, a one-man show about music and love told through the life events of the composer/conductor. I had heard of Mr. Felder’s one-man shows based on Beethoven, Gershwin, Chopin, ...

August 3, 2016
The beauty of holiness, plus organ concerts

All Souls’ Episcopal Church Membership: 400 Pastor: Father Joseph Dirbas Age: 49 Born: Lavonia, MI Formation: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, NY Years Ordained: 6 San ...

August 3, 2016
Getting indignant

In 2013, James Schamus was given, as he puts it, “the privilege and the luxury of being fired from my studio job in late middle age.” (The job was CEO of Focus Features.) “So I ...

August 3, 2016
Korean melons and Hungarian peppers

August produce isn’t looking a lot different from July, but that’s great news, since San Diego’s in peak season for some of our region’s best loved fruits and vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes, chili peppers, melons ...

August 3, 2016
Restaurants worth treating as occasions

Amid a vibrant social dining scene like ours, it’s easy to take restaurants for granted. Their very existence becomes a matter of convenience. We are either too busy or too lazy to cook, and keeping ...

August 3, 2016
Nipple of the month

Guitarist Bill Reynolds of the garage-surf band Lo-Fi Nipple describes how they prepared for this Saturday's show at Strangers in El Centro. “We sent them a box of CDs to give out before we got ...

August 3, 2016
189 avocado trees and 10,000 palms

Beds: 7 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Burma Bigz Ranch LLC List Price: $10,000,000 The amenities at 230 Burma Road in the inland North County community of Fallbrook, listing materials promise, make up “one of the ...

August 3, 2016
A well-meaning gringo in Tijuana

A few months teaching English in Colombia did little to prepare me for the elaborate linguistic pozole that stews in the streets of Tijuana. When I moved south of the fence three years ago, I ...

August 3, 2016
The mountain forest as it appeared before the 2003 Cedar Fire

Unlike most of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, the trees that enhanced the beauty of this park were not heavily damaged or destroyed on the peninsula in Lake Cuyamaca by the 2003 Cedar Fire. As a ...

August 3, 2016
Mo and Jo coast-walk from Oregon to Mexico

A 1972 state proposition mandated a public walking path spanning the California coast, but to this day the trail has not been finished. To raise awareness of the need for improvements, marine scientists and trail ...

This human thing going on

Could there be classier places than the ones on this list? For sure. Cheaper? Yes. Cooler? Of course. But the places I find myself going back to have this human thing going on. They’re small, ...

August 3, 2016
Frisbee, Olympics, car alarms — no, no, no, thanks

Dear Hipster:How stoked are you for the Olympics?— Seth The only thing that would make me happier than the extinction of the Olympics would be the simultaneous extinction of the Olympics and the Kings of ...

August 3, 2016
Not just warm fuzzies

I’ve moved around my entire life, so my memories are loaded with the kind of special meal you associate with a meaningful person, place, or time. Some of the special meals I’ve chosen remind me ...

August 3, 2016
A dollar and six cents for access to perch

For the initial southward migration of anglers into Baja, those in search of trophy fish usually bypassed San Quintín, known as a windy and coolish place with sand dunes between rocky escarpments dotted with shallow ...

Crushes evolve

I love crushes. I get crushes on television shows, on singers, on colors, cookbooks, chefs, and, of course, food. My longest food crushes are enduring passions for buttered popcorn and marshmallow Peeps (nobody’s perfect), and ...

August 3, 2016
Folk Violator Kurt Vile

Yeah, that’s his real name. Kurt Samuel Vile, from Philadelphia, fronts a psych-pop band called the Violators and he plays his guitar with banjo-like sincerity. That was his first stringed instrument, the banjo, and he ...

August 3, 2016
San Diego’s pension investments tied to luxury trips?

Take an all-expenses paid trip to Shanghai and stay in the 307-room state-of-the-art Hyatt Andaz overlooking the city’s skyline. Follow it up with a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel perched above Boston’s Public ...

August 3, 2016
It’s not news, but it’s love

As a critic, you eat for your readers. It’s not enough to enjoy, say, a burger and tell folks, “It was yummy!” You have to judge the grind, the pack, the cooking, the seasoning, the ...

August 3, 2016
Chamber of politics

The revolving door between San Diego’s city hall and big business spins on under mayor Kevin Faulconer, with Republican aide Jaymie Bradford heading off to become vice president of public policy and economic research for ...

August 3, 2016
Bizarre life, delicious food at the border

Being both Mexican and American did nothing to prepare me for the bizarre life at the border. Mastery of Spanish did little to help understand the complexities of Tijuana. In this city, cultures clash, streets ...

Witch Fingers, soul fires

Thursday 4One of the catchier psych-pop throwback acts we’ve heard in the recent spate of psych-pop throwback acts would be L.A.’s flower-power four-piece Frankie & the Witch Fingers, which is touring in support of last ...

August 3, 2016
Taste of the familiar

While I enjoy trying new places, I still tend to gravitate toward the familiar. I don’t want to have to guess whether a restaurant will have friendly service, a comfortable space, and satisfying food — ...

August 3, 2016
Nightowls, Schizos, Violators, and Maniacs

Sunday 7Luigipalooza hits Golden Hill Sunday afternoon at Luigi’s pizzeria on 25th. Bands include Gloomies, Take Offense, Tiltwheel, Drug Wars, and more...walk off all that pizza and beer afterward by strolling up 30th to Whistle ...

August 3, 2016
Where dress flip-flops are a thing

San Diego has always had the makings of a food mecca, but it’s only been in, say, the past decade that a majority of citizens have decided they don’t want to settle for an average ...

August 3, 2016
July 28 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 3. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 3. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 3. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 3. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 3. Larry ...

August 3, 2016
July 28 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. L. Barling, El Cajon, 3. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 3. (winner!) John Bruno, Escondido, 3. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 3. Chris Byzewski, San Diego, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Allan Dorfman, ...

August 3, 2016
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