Content for Wednesday, February 17, 2016

News & Stories

Fat Tire Ale: pledge to go a year without a car

Neighborhoods would come alive

“I think of the bike being like a prism ­— the trader is a beam of light going in, and from that they emit a rainbow.”

Two poems by Emily Grosholz

“Uncertain” and “Escondido in the Rain”

Uncertain “Someone who, dreaming, says “I am dreaming,” even if he speaks audibly in doing so, is no more correct than if he said in his dream, “It is raining,” while in fact it was ...

Jimmy Choos now vacant

Pac-Arts’ Lee Ann Kim retires

On a sad note for local film-lovers, Lee Ann Kim, the founder and Queen Mother of the Pacific Arts Movement and the San Diego Asian Film Festival, has decided to “transition out” of her role ...

Mr. Buck's Full Contact bric-a-brac

Davit Buck sets up shop selling rock-and-roll oddities

Some people know Davit Buck for fronting such wild and woolly local bands as Jack Septic, Bad Apples, Mother Russia, Subterranean Horses, Mother Bitch, and John Wayne Gacy Daycare. The only band name that caused ...

Jack in the Box stock plummets

All-day breakfast by McDonald's partially blamed

Stock of San Diego fast-food chain Jack in the Box plunged more than 19 percent in after-hours trading today (February 17). The company missed Wall Street's quarterly revenue and earnings-per-share expectations, and also gave a ...

Joshua Oppenheimer brings The Look of Silence to SDSU

One-night screening on Tuesday, February 23

Award-winning documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer brings his Academy Award–nominated film The Look of Silence to the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre for a one-night screening on February 23. Oppenheimer was gracious enough to speak at ...

Revisiting the flat earth concept

What comes around goes around

Dear Hipster: Is the Earth really flat like B.o.B. says? — Donnie G., Cardiff Dear Hipster: How is it even possible to believe in a Flat Earth? — Evelyn Dear Hipster: Would it be hipster ...

San Diego tube amped over SoundDiego TV

“Daye was just a huge music fan who was out and about and going to shows all the time.”

Note to music fans who want to get on TV: it pays to be seen at shows. Or at least it did for the host of SoundDiego, the weekly half-hour music-and-interview show that is starting ...

Better than Blu-ray

2K Christie Digital Cinema Package comes to Digital Gym

No one has wanted to see the Media Arts Center’s Digital Gym make a bigger name for itself than I. (It’s the only gym you’ll ever see me set foot in.) There’s not enough space ...

Raiding Lucky Liu’s kitchen to say Happy New Year

Dim sum is a big deal in China. Right?

“Shin-nyen kwhy-ler,” says Dong Ha. “Happy New Year! Mandarin. What they’d say in Beijing.”

SDG&E seeks social journalist

Bilingual in Spanish a plus

Beset by attacks and controversies over everything from soaring electric bills to the high costs of closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant and a chronically leaking gas plant up in Los Angeles, San Diego–based ...

God's stormtrooper

Pastor/musician finds fun on the dark side

“My album release will be my first solo CD in 15 years, featuring songs written over that time period,” says pastor Brendan Prout, whose area ministries have included fronting worship bands and choirs. “I play ...

Poem in stone

La Jolla Playhouse stages Guards at the Taj

They must keep their backs to the Taj and not witness the most beautiful object that will ever be.

Barker Valley

Hike in a secluded mountain valley in the shadow of Palomar Mountain

Barker Valley, sitting at the southern end of Palomar Mountain and between the peak of Palomar Mountain to the north and Lake Henshaw to the south, is one of the most remote and least-visited locations ...

Club Mend

Sanctuary for sinners?

Film critic David Elliott introduced me to the Chilean original Pablo Larrain, now on his fifth feature, The Club, which opens Friday at Landmark Hillcrest. A Post-It affixed to a San Diego Film Festival screener ...

State Controller to Douglas Manchester:

We have your $67

Every year the office of California State Controller Betty T. Yee accumulates more millions of dollars that belong to individuals and companies throughout California. These amounts range from as low as 1¢ to five figures. ...

Itai's ah-ha moment

San Diego singer/songwriter hangs up his rock and roll costume

Last summer, San Diego singer/songwriter Itai Faierman had a new band and a new record. Critics called the band (Speaker in Reverse) his best effort yet. The six-piece delivered a lean, stripped-down song collection that ...

Why are we here and what is the meaning of all this?

What is the relevance of the 21st-century church?

Interview with Pastor Tom Sannar of One Heart One Mind Center for Spiritual Living

Still intimate under 12,000 square feet of roof in Roxbury Terrace

East Coast flair + West Coast ambience

Current Owner: Sunwest Builders Development Beds: 7 Baths: 11 List Price: $9,800,000 This week, a visit to “the newest home at Rancho Santa Fe’s intimate gated enclave of Roxbury Estates.” The residence at 14771 Roxbury ...

Fighting monsters with Cave Singers

Seattle act tours through town behind its new record, Banshee

From the residue of Seattle band Pretty Girls Make Graves, the Cave Singers arose in 2007. Now they’re touring their fifth album and first crowd-sourced recording project, Banshee. They play the Casbah on Sunday, February ...

Does Sober February have to end?

Sober Steve seeks advice on his heavy-drinking friends

Dear Hipster: A handful of my friends are in the middle of Sober February, and I couldn’t be happier! Since I don’t drink anymore, I often feel awkward going out. Most of my friends are ...

Dizzy's turns a spotlight on the baritone saxophone

...with the Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio featuring Gabriel Sundy

Sometimes considered the “blue-collar” saxophone for its supporting role as the Great Punctuation Mark in much of pop music, the baritone sax actually has range enough to go from soothing cello to car horn. A ...

Eighteen holes with Chris Berman

Doesn’t seem possible, but he hits the ball consistently

I’m standing in front of the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Here for the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It’s Tuesday. Players, those who are here, have today and tomorrow for practice rounds. The tournament goes off ...

Why half of San Diego’s bees are gone

The success of California farms is at risk

Basta! Enough talk about the potential departure of a greedy billionaire’s professional football team. Let’s talk about something important: relentless departure of bees. Mother Nature has walloped us with her version of The Sting: bee ...

Hammering away on that mall-crazy Carlsbad City Council

If projections are too low, local traffic will be a nightmare

Ten reasons to vote "No on A" in Carlsbad’s Special Election

City attorney’s sex talk

Casey Gwinn’s reputation was rooted in sports, sex, and hell

Endorsements are streaming in for candidates locked in the hotly contested race for San Diego city attorney. Last week Democrat Gil Cabrera announced the backing of Republican ex–city attorney Casey Gwinn. A Cabrera release says ...

Letters to the Reader

A potpourri of subjects

Get Your Latin Straight Matt Potter’s cover story is very interesting. All about how Susan Golding and city hall and the power structure stuck it to us, sold us down the river to Dean Spanos. ...

This week’s calendar: hot sauce, invasive beetles, and death

Or just walk your dog in the botanic garden

Thursday | 18 A discussion group explores questions around death and dying, life and living. It is not grief support or a counseling session. As the promoter puts it, “Chat over coffee, make new acquaintances, ...

Ringo Deathstarr, Reagan Youth, Lake Street Dive

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

Sunday 21Charlie Hilton of Portland band Blouse is at the Hideout Sunday night with Dum Dum Girl Sandra Vu’s SISU. Both ladies specialize in narcotic pop — shoegaze in a haze of lush looping vocals. ...

Toasters, Bag Raiders, Dr. Dog

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

Thursday 18Thirty-five years ago, after attending a Beat concert in New York City, comic-book shopkeeper Robert “Bucket” Hingley started third-wave ska band the Toasters. And though Hingley is the only constant member, the Toasters are ...

February 11 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 3. Chris Byzewski, San Diego, 3. Leslie Chase, Campo, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 3. Chad Griffith, Poway, 3. Susan Haley, Chula ...

February 11 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. (winner!) Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 3. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 3. Don Ganoe, San Diego, 3. Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 3. ...