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Content for Wednesday, January 20, 2016

News & Stories

Paige Howorth, San Diego Zoo's spider lady

She probably likes snakes too.

January 20, 2016
Zaraguey is the cat

Eight years ago Cuban musicians who played bars and restaurants in Ensenada told me that while they enjoyed playing for visiting gringos, they were forbidden from crossing the border and playing for them in the ...

January 20, 2016
Wiggling fish wig

Running into the god of fertility and foxes in the Gaslamp.

Vanessa Carlton navigating parenthood while on tour

Singer, songwriter, keyboardist Vanessa Carlton brings her new stark tunes from her album Liberman to the Casbah on Sunday, January 24. She took questions over email on working with producer Steve Osborne (New Order, U2), ...

January 20, 2016
From the stage to the page — San Diego rockers like to write

“At this time, I’m on an indefinite hiatus from writing and performing music, to focus all creative energies on the new book release,” says Itai Faierman (Speaker in Reverse). “Doing Nothing: Confessions of a Nondual ...

Langtry Comes to San Diego

The first time her acting company toured the West Coast, Lillie Langtry skipped San Diego. That flea-bit Podunk wasn’t up to snuff. In 1888, she booked May 4 and 5, at the Louis Opera House, ...

Newbreak pastor sees God surfing all the time

Membership: 2600 (on five campuses: Tierrasanta, East County, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Scripps Mesa) Pastor: Mike Quinn Age: 62 Born: Great Lakes, Illinois Formation: Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma; Bethel West University Seminary, San ...

January 20, 2016
Itchy, scratchy, catchy Glasmus

Itchy, scratchy techno-tronica that makes my eardrums feel mistreated. Glasmus has that, along with the capacity to re-create the sounds of a ’90s Tijuana disco band. Or weird polit-tronica: “New World Odor,” for example, is ...

January 20, 2016
Return of the devilfish

Once known as Devilfish by whalers due to their defending themselves and their young when attacked, the Eastern Pacific gray whales are migrating again off the San Diego coast. In the Arctic feeding grounds, where ...

January 20, 2016
Behold the roses, beware the bees at Otay Valley Delta

The Otay Delta Habitat Restoration Project is part of a much larger management plan to restore ecosystems and provide necessary habitat corridors for wildlife between San Diego Bay and Otay Mountain along the Otay River ...

January 20, 2016
General Atomics: bad welds

General Atomics, the big La Jolla–based military contractor most noted for its Predator killer drones, is in hot water over a bunch of bad welds at a new federal weapons destruction plant in Kentucky. As ...

January 20, 2016
Jamie Shadowlight — hired gun

In a town full of virtuoso violinists and fiddlers, Jamie Shadowlight cuts a unique figure as she bears the bow down on her five-string NS WAV electric violin, feeding the resulting sounds through various processors ...

January 20, 2016
Who are these drifters?

Every day under the Scripps pier in La Jolla, two cameras capture thousands of images of the weird and wonderful organisms called plankton. “Plankton,” a Greek adjective that can mean “drifter,” is a diverse group ...

January 20, 2016
You bought her a new stadium

Your girl, wooed away by the Swaggering Beast of the Midwest.

January 20, 2016
A rare chance to own history

Current Owner: Richard & Laura Anderson Beds: 7 Baths: 10 List: $15.5 million Promotional materials for the estate listed for sale at 7400 Hillside in La Jolla promise to deliver “one of the most amazing ...

January 20, 2016
No to weather systems, yes to Beefheart

Hipster: When it comes to the highly anticipated unveiling of the 2016 Hipster Hall of Fame class, the name we are all waiting to hear is, in fact, “tropical storm El Niño.” Getting two weeks ...

January 20, 2016
Play-acting, maybe

With hat in hand, farewell.

January 20, 2016
Iggy did it...

Two years ago it may have seemed that Europe, the metal band that gave the world “The Final Countdown,” was down for the count. But a Geico car insurance ad has changed things in ways ...

January 20, 2016
SneakPeek says it can determine the sex of an unborn child

On March 21 of 2014, a San Diego–based company named Gateway Genomics applied for incorporation in Delaware. Ten days later, the company filed for a trademark for its product, called SneakPeek. I found that “SneakPeek” ...

January 20, 2016
Three poems by Gail Wawrzyniak

An Insomniac’s Prayer I should have listened when they said it was unlucky to point at the moon and count the stars. But while at the mountain, I was foolish. Too close, I invaded their ...

January 20, 2016
Marco Rubio hits up Californians

With the presidential campaign of Florida GOP senator Marco Rubio gaining traction among some big money San Diego Republican elites, it was only a matter of time, insiders predicted, before Kevin Faulconer would be rolled ...

January 20, 2016
Trump incites variety of responses

A Map Would Help Re: “Maple Canyon Conundrum,” January 7, City Lights Interesting, but I think a map might have helped. I lived here as a child during the war from 1943 through 1945, going ...

January 20, 2016
Ms. Carlton, Mr. Cross, Mustard Plug

Sunday 24There’s always a “final countdown” somewhere, and the band Europe will be there — including your office lunchroom — planting that ’80s earworm in your head. It’s clogging up my brain as I type ...

January 20, 2016
Adicts, Kings, and All Them Witches

Thursday 21I always get nostalgic for the ’90s when I see Mike Doughty’s name pop up. Back then downtown had some substantive bars, like the Green Circle, where you could catch out-of-town up-and-comers such as ...

January 20, 2016
Should I surf today?

The surf is big today, scary big. Surfline.com says it is six to eight feet at Tourmaline Cove, with some sets double overhead. At P.B. Point (False Point) the projections are for over 10 feet, ...

January 14 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 11. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 11. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 11. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 11. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 11. Larry Lewis, Poway, 11. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 11. (winner!) Jim ...

January 20, 2016
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