Content for Wednesday, March 23, 2016

News & Stories

Quick survey of San Diego primary voters

Trump is a farce, Bernie is a farce, Hillary is a farce

When a presidential election season rolls around, my husband and I make an effort to avoid voicing our opinions. Our political views have been in contrast for the past 18 years. In the beginning of ...

Corn mother

The origin of maize

When Kloskurbeh, the All-maker, lived on earth, there were no people yet. But one day when the sun was high, a youth appeared and called him “Uncle, brother of my mother.” This young man was ...

I know when it’s my turn

Surfing Cardiff

Sixteen-year-old Julie Schuman, a Cardiff native, ranks among the top three spots in the lady longboarders 18-and-under-category. She has been surfing since she was six years old. “There were always a bunch of kids out ...

Dark Bleached

Los Angeles garage-rock sister act sets up at Casbah on Wednesday

Jennifer Clavin of Bleached was sitting in a park in her hometown of Los Angeles when a couple handed her a cut-and-paste religious pamphlet. “In it there was a collage they had made of all ...

Copley doles it out

Former executives who gave away the money were paid big

While he lived, one-time Union-Tribune owner David Copley wasn’t shy about dipping into the funds of the nonprofit foundation created by his adopted father Jim Copley, distributing big money to an array of his favorite ...

Who's afraid of Grampy Pike?

George could step right in whenever my grandfather needed a break

“I didn’t know there was so much humor,” said audience member Kim during the first intermission, an hour into Intrepid Theater Company’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She remembered the story from watching the 1966 ...

Surf-punk Chuck

Label startup Chuck Records rides a trendy wave

Erica Buenconsejo’s father died when she was a baby. But his rock ’n’ roll spirit drives San Diego’s newest record label. “My dad had a great punk-record collection,” says Erica about her dad, Chuck Petrowsky. ...

Nolen's Bee's Knees

Barman Robert Yumul makes a clean-drinking cocktail with honey and lemon

If you intend to go to the Nolen Rooftop, you’ll figure out pretty quickly that the only way is up — and Nolen’s lead barman Robert Yumul is leading the way by upping the ante ...

Cuckoo for cucarachas at Mariscos El Pulpo

“You’ve got to eat the whole thing: head, legs, shell, and all, except the tail.”

Cucarachas? Never thought I’d be eating them tonight. But, Barrio Logan is full of surprises. This new Baja bar-eatery, El Pulpo, has sprouted up in what’s becoming “downtown” Barrio Logan. Tonight, Friday, sunset’s glowering over ...

Does Trump speak for you?

A voter’s view doesn’t really matter

There is no place in America for any of this — vote Trump.

Cat pop

“The album is a 100 percent DIY effort from start to finish"

Mittens started in 2009 as a duo featuring longtime friends Lia Dearborn and Ramona McCarthy, eventually joined by guitarist Paul Ryu and drummer Tyler Shimkus. After making their live debut as a quartet in May ...

Look but don’t touch at Doane Valley’s stinging nettle station

This interesting trail winds through riparian, grassland, and a wooded hillside with views of meadows and mountainsides

The Doane Valley Nature Trail provides a sampling of the many plants and shrubs that can be found at Palomar Mountain State Park. Taking a hike on this trail is a great way to learn ...

Guinea Pig Bucky: Truth speaker, future seer

R. Buckminster Fuller revisited at San Diego Rep

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.”

Home of the fairy shrimp

Only 13 percent of California's vernal pools remain

I remember seeing tiny fish in a shallow pool of water no more than a couple inches deep. My dad said that they must’ve been left there a by a wading bird that transported the ...

Don’t forget Remember

A talk with the director, Atom Egoyan

Opening Remember opposite Batman vs. Superman appeared to be a brilliant stroke of counter-programming. Alas, a superhero-sized need for screen domination dictated otherwise, and the edge-of-your-seat modern-dress Holocaust thriller starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau ...

Mr. Crow needs a nap

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place wraps a month-long tour at Casbah on Sunday

“My wife works full-time as a labor-and-delivery nurse, and I have the kids,” Rob Crow explains. “Our daughter is too young to go to school, so she naps all day, and there are piles of ...

Are hipsters too jaded for healing crystals?

Win a a mystical, metaphorical high-five from the astral plane

Dear Hipster: I’m loyal to the Reader, but I also peruse the NYT. One recent story about culturally relevant pop music in the 21st Century asserts that there has been a revival of New Age ...

Palomar picnic

There’re no electrical outlets in the woods

While driving, there is absolutely no expectation in any corner of my mind that I should or could be doing anything else but enjoying the ride. And there are no electrical outlets in the woods.

Party with bunnies and chicks to pat

Let’s get out of the house on Easter

“Our big, gentle bunny will provide a great photo op and hand out small bubble bottles.”

The buoy report has the last word

What the buoys all do

It’s another day of El Niño surf: the waves are 10 feet at 20 seconds, occasionally larger. I like solid surf but I’m not a big-wave surfer. This is kind of pushing it. I’m in ...

The far-from-fragile Glassjaw

New York's post-core four-piece plays the Observatory Thursday night

No, Glassjaw didn’t invent post-hardcore, but neither did they damage it any during the two decades they’ve been around. If anything, the band’s impact has been dazzling but infrequent, due for the most part to ...

Civic San Diego sued by its own boardmember

The agency illegally performs government functions, suit alleges

To pay salaries and stay afloat, Civic San Diego relies on the revenues it receives from issuing permits and approving development projects in downtown San Diego. The nonprofit oversees the dissolution of San Diego’s former ...

Two poems by John Motoviloff

“Dreams of the Prairie” and “Garden Plot”

Dreams of the Prairie The last night in Dakota, bird hunting on the butcher’s land, you see rows of burning hedge, pages of prairie illuminated. You will remember this: smell of James River sedge borne ...

Minimum wage, maximum campaign

San Diego decides in June

A political committee belonging to ex–Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, running for the state senate seat now occupied by fellow Democrat Marty Block (who recently left the race), has come up with $25,000 for the minimum-wage ...

Letters about stories and letters

North Should Be on Top Re: “Big Beer Invades East Village” Sprawled across pages 18 and 19 is a good picture that shows all sorts of detail, but the way you have it shown is ...

Melvins + Napalm Death + Melt Banana

Two nights of noggin bobbin at Casbah and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 24Casbah’s throwing a punk’d one-two punch this week, as the Middletown mainstay stages Seattle sludge rockers the Melvins on Thursday night and UK grindcore speed demons Napalm Death on Friday. These appear to be ...

Crow, Bieber, Night Beats, Bleached

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

Sunday 27“Business Interruptus,” the lead single from Rob Crow’s new album, You’re Doomed. Be Nice, could be a metaphor for the indie artist’s recent life. With bill collectors at the door, a family to feed, ...

March 17 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 8. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 8. Leslie Chase, Campo, 8. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 8. Chad Griffith, Poway, 8. Susan Haley, Chula Vista, 8. Ron Hootman, Santee, 8. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 8. ...

March 17 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 8. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 8. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 8. (winner!) Don Ganoe, San Diego, 8. (winner!) Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 8. Richard Johnson, La Jolla, 8. Larry Lewis, Poway, ...