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Linda Vista is San Diego's cucuy room

People here just do and just are

Comedian George Lopez jokes that every Mexican family has a haunted room somewhere on the premises — “the cucuy room.” It’s the one you sprint past on your way to the commode in the middle ...

Parsing Parsky’s billions

The California Hedge Clippers get to work

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident and Cayman Islands tax-haven figure Gerald Parsky, who in 2006 bitterly battled a new school in the wealthy enclave north of San Diego, is now in the crosshairs of a ...

When grizzlies walked upright

Before there were people on the earth, the Chief of the Sky Spirits grew tired of his home in the Above World, because the air was always brittle with an icy cold. So he carved ...

Top top-ten San Diegan

Gary Puckett comes home with the Happy Together tour

“Even today I’ll meet a 15-, 16-year-old girl who will tell me, ‘You wrote that song for me.’ That puts a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart.” Former San Diegan Gary Puckett is talking about ...

Hillcrest Cinema's summer remodel

Complete with electric leather recliners

Changes are in the offing at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas that include the addition of electronic seats, a lobby makeover, reserved seating, alcohol, and even newly designed finishes and fixtures to make every bathroom encounter feel ...

Tender is the meat at Center Cut Steakhouse

“Chef Ramon ages each steak for two weeks and slow roasts it for six hours.”

At first, I’m thinking Tacos El Gordo, because it’s near Chula Vista’s H Street trolley. Then I go in. Wall-to-wall! Three lines stretching right to the doors. Fuggedaboutit. And, actually, a steak’s what I’ve got ...

Stadium crashers

“Jobs and Streets First!”

The political committee set up to defeat the Chargers drive to build a downtown, taxpayer-subsidized stadium and meeting complex finally has a name: “No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First!” More interesting to local ...

Build your own hipster stereo

But beware of the thrift-store falcon

Dear Hipster: Since it’s becoming pretty mainstream these days, I want to start spinning vinyl at home, but I don’t know where to begin. I don’t necessarily trust the guys at Fry’s because I think ...

Edgartronic's transition

San Diego DJ finds his/her true self in San Francisco

“Being able to DJ at this year’s Pride Festival is a surreal kind of homecoming. I get to come home and do what I love to do in front of my hometown crowd...but as my ...

Audiences eat up cutesy pie

But critics call shenanigans on Every Night’s a Show Night

Last month, New York–based dance troupe, Monica Bill Barnes & Company put on a single performance of Every Night’s a Show Night, a self-styled work-in-progress, at San Diego Dance Theatre. To the tune of excellent ...

Nation and God piped-in as afterthought

“July 5th” and two other poems by Marjorie Maddox

July 5th All the flag-clad oohs and ahhs fizzle just past midnight, a slight singe of burn hovering over today: patriotic hangover with stars and stripes banging about in brains that never OK’d reciting names ...

Permanent makeup doesn’t last forever

“I cannot legally say that it is pain-free because sensitivity varies.”

My friend Sophie’s eyeliner is permanently perfect — because it’s permanent. “Permanent makeup is a tattoo,” explained Jeanee Lusby, owner of Natural Look of Permanent Cosmetics in La Jolla (866-550-LOOK), “but it isn’t really permanent ...

Concert artist brings energy and hair

Artist Jimmy Ovadia creates a new gig

Most jobs associated with concerts have been around for years — musician, roadie, sound tech, merch guy. Jimmy Ovadia created a new job description, and he says it’s been his primary means of support for ...

Strollers, botanizers, and runners on Broken Hill Trail

Emerge from the chaparral to spectacular ocean views

The Broken Hill Trail is the longest and one of the most scenic trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, winding through a thicket of chaparral until the trail opens up to reveal spectacular ocean ...

Daring and daunting authenticity in The Last Tiger in Haiti

Haitian folklore

In French, “rester avec” sounds pleasant. It means to “stay with.” In Haiti, a “restavek” is a child from a family so poor they cannot support it. Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean ...

These leopards don't bite

They don’t eat us, but we do eat them.

Someone hollering “Shark!” at the beach is akin to a person yelling “Fire!” in a theater. Folks react whether or not they see a fin rising out of the water or smoke filling the room. ...

Two to view: Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Captain Fantastic

Idyll in the bush

This week sees two films that feature adventures on the fringe of civilization, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Captain Fantastic. Wilderpeople — which zigs and zags from silly to somber (retaining perfect emotional frankness throughout) ...

What to do between Game of Thrones seasons

Must we just wait patiently?

Dear Hipster: It’s once again that saddest time of year, when Game of Thrones goes off the air, and I’m left with nothing to look forward to every week. I know it’s summer, and I ...

Queen Mother

Her helping me was really me helping her

When Mom “joked” about working for me, I called her bluff. “Don’t say it if you don’t mean it, because I could use some help,” I said. Instead of the “gotcha” laugh I expected, Mom’s face lit up.

Bad Suns rise on the Open Air stage

Los Angeles alt-pop four piece drops Disappear Here this year

“Superstars in the making,” is what Los Angeles tastemakers KROQ radio once called them. Bad Suns is a young band (ages range from 20 to 23), and they started in a garage in a Los ...

Shocks for sale

Only the delicate go early

Clickety-clink-clack. Toques! Toques! A man wearing polished shoes, a zoot suit, and a fancy hat walks through a bar with a decorated electric box attached to his hip. Two metal tubes that he smashes together ...

Trawling for locals-only discounts in PB and MB

You don't have to be a good guy.

There is a This American Life podcast called “Good Guys.” It is about always asking when you buy something if you can get the “good-guy” discount. As Ira Glass says, “You know, you’re a good ...

Erg-onomics

Mikey Erg gets back to writing and rocking his own music

For eight years Mikey Erg played drums and wrote a bunch of songs for the Ergs!, a hyperactive punk band born and bred in New Jersey. Since their breakup in 2008, he has spent most ...

Brexit — what do San Diego analysts think?

And what will it do to us?

Throughout Britain in the month of June, anti-Brexit propaganda was ubiquitous. Brexit, the vote on Britain dropping out of the European Union, or EU, “was dismissed, mocked and ridiculed. It was for lunatics and madmen,” ...

A week of classics at the Ken

Blue Velvet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Breakfast at Tiffany’s...

Far be it from me to deride any exhibition chain that’s okay with showcasing repertoire fare a few weeks out of the year, but have we not heard the chimes at midnight? The last time ...

Smartphones smuggled into prison

Can you hear me now?

Gone is the era when hacksaws were smuggled into prisons via cakes and other baked goods produced by wives and grandmothers. These days, the contraband items of choice are smartphones and the tiny subscriber identification ...

Deerhoof, Screeching Weasel, Boss Hog

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

Thursday 14Casbah serves up avant-delicacy Deerhoof on Thursday. The SanFran experimental band will headline sets by Skating Polly and Weird Night (and if you know anything about Deerhoof, “weird night” is right, but in a ...

Advice for ENS sufferers

Plus commentary on the rest of the Reader

Soak Your Feet Re: “Like Trying to Come up for Air,” July 7 cover story I am a lifetime holistic chiropodist foot specialist. I’m 75 years old. I am a therapist and a holistic dietician. ...

Dickies and Queers, Yoni and Geti

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

Sunday 17The Dickies and Queers split a fun-punk bill at Casbah on Sunday night. The Dickies’ “bubblegum punk” stylings reimagine popular tunes such as the “Banana Splits (Tra La La Song),” “Nights in White Satin,” ...

July 7 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 12. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 12. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 12. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 12. Don Ganoe, San Diego, 12. Terry ...

July 7 Crossword Contenders

L. Barling, El Cajon, 12. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 12. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 12. Chris Byzewski, San Diego, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. (winner!) Annette Coppede, San Diego, 12. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 12. ...

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