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Stories for September 2016

Friday, September 30

Belly up to the kombucha bar

Tasting rooms have become a dime a dozen in San Diego, but beer is not on the menu of one that opened on Pacific Highway in May. Bootstrap Kombucha offers free tasters and fills growlers ...

September 30, 2016
Cheetahs strip club faces closure

The City of San Diego's decision to revoke a popular strip club's permit stands, ruled an appellate court. On September 28, California's Fourth District Appellate Court found that the Kearny Mesa all-nude club had a ...

September 30, 2016
Serotinal dismay

Monday was the hottest day of the year, so I was forced to turn toward some autumnal music to keep from falling into an Indian Summer depression. I went to two different pieces of music, ...

September 30, 2016
Deepwater Horizon, tronc, and other disasters

Last week I mentioned the Reader‘s original and longtime film critic, Duncan Shepherd. I arrived at the paper back in the mid-’90s, and often as not when I told people where I worked they’d reply, ...

September 30, 2016
Cate's Corn Hole stuffed by SDG&E's hard cash

The money-stuffed fists of San Diego Gas & Electric, subsidiary of utility giant Sempra, have once against demonstrated the company's formidable political punch by injecting a sizable dose of corporate cash into an event accruing ...

September 30, 2016
Joe Grifasi on The Deer Hunter and No Pay, Nudity

This came about thanks to the kindness of Jean Walcher, public relations sage and President of J. Walcher Communications. Jean’s cousin is the executive producer of No Pay, Nudity, a delightful Broadway Danny Rose-ish comedy ...

September 30, 2016
Vote for Gary Ernst (R.I.P.)

In Oceanside, a campaign has been mounted to encourage people to vote for a deceased candidate. City treasurer Gary Ernst passed away on September 22. The 61-year-old had reportedly been battling diabetes. Oceanside police found ...

September 30, 2016
Atmosphere casts its line at the Observatory

Atmosphere's tour began with a broken down van just outside of Saskatoon, but smoothed out quickly with a string of sold-out shows leading into Friday night's gig at Observatory North Park, which sold out weeks ...

September 30, 2016
Tijuana Big Boy

My friend Dan from San Diego matched with a Tijuana girl through Tinder. They agreed to meet on a Monday night on a double date, accompanied by my roommate and his girlfriend who was celebrating ...

Phone use and beverages now allowed in library

Phone use and covered beverages are now allowed in the Central Library and the 35 branches in the City of San Diego system, according to the revised version of the San Diego Public Library “Rules ...

Romp with the Pixies

From forming in Boston in 1986 to being one of the chief influences on Kurt Cobain and scoring that last shot in David Fincher’s Fight Club, the Pixies have come a long way. Head Carrier, ...

September 30, 2016
Mission Bay Campland to become marsh land

After months of poring over notes gathered after consulting with community members in June the San Diego Audubon Society, tasked with developing a plan to restore wildlife habitat in the northeastern corner of Mission Bay ...

September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29

Navy gets go-ahead to use sonar harmful to sealife

Despite a federal court's ruling that the National Marine Fisheries got it wrong when the agency decided that the U.S. Navy could use sonar known to harm whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals, the Navy ...

September 29, 2016
Thunderhawk HO!

Thunderhawk Alements officially joined Miramar's growing Miralani Drive brewing scene in mid-September, opening its small tasting room and drinking patio to weekend crowds. It sits in just across the street from the recently opened Setting ...

September 29, 2016
What happened to Meyerbeer?

What happened to Giacomo Meyerbeer? After seeing Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, Chopin proclaimed him to be immortal. His opera Les Huguenots was the first opera to be performed more than 1000 times at the Paris ...

September 29, 2016
Secret meetings banned for public utilities regulator

Governor Jerry Brown today (September 29) signed legislation that bans secret meetings between utilities and regulators at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) In October of last year, Brown vetoed a package of bills that ...

September 29, 2016
Paul Gaspar is not a medical doctor

Some Encinitas residents are accusing mayoral candidate Paul Gaspar of misleading voters by using the "Dr." title without attaching the appropriate suffix in campaign brochures and on his website. Also on his website are pictures ...

September 29, 2016
Man on the run

Leo bikes 4000 miles from Seattle to his grandmother’s Manhattan apartment. In Amy Herzog’s 95-minute piece, Leo doesn’t get along with his mother, whom we never see, but has more to share with a generation ...

September 29, 2016
Medical Life: Doctors

Man vs MD Every patient, as well as every dog, has his day, and mine came. It occurred in the local hospital ward during my recovery from a rather serious illness. In this environment our ...

September 29, 2016
Fifty most dangerous intersections for pedestrians

If you're crossing the street at an intersection on University Avenue, watch out! Because 11 of the city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians are on University in the five or so miles between Fourth Avenue ...

Encinitas battle lines drawn

In Encinitas, in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan race for city council, the battle lines are now clearly drawn for November’s elections, with a slate of three candidates on both the conservative and ...

September 29, 2016

Wednesday, September 28

Meet the Filthy Rich Spanos Clan

How rich are members of the Spanos family, the NFL owners asking San Diego city voters to hike the tax on hotel visits and hand it over to subsidize a $1.8 billion professional football and ...

September 28, 2016
Ella Wheeler Wilcox on smoking, love, and autumn

Smoke Last summer, lazing by the sea, I met a most entrancing creature, Her black eyes quite bewildered me — She had a Spanish cast of feature. She often smoked a cigarette, And did it ...

September 28, 2016
Fall record releases from San Diego bands

Punk rockers Just In Case will release Prior Knowledge via Rdub Recordings on September 27, with a single for “Profiles” now available. The debut self-titled full-length from Oceanside prog-reggae quintet Fluid Foundation premieres October 8 ...

September 28, 2016
At last, a cold-brew coffee with zing and no sting

My kids love visiting Starbucks for their cold-coffee sweet treats, but I’ve found myself preferring the bitter side of things as I get older. When a friend praised local roaster Dark Horse Coffee’s cold brew, ...

September 28, 2016
Steph circus

“It’s a record I would listen to,” says musician Steph Johnson, speaking of her new album, Music is Art, adding, “Sometimes you make an album and you’re, like, ‘Okay, cool,’ but you don’t want to ...

September 28, 2016
Big on jork

The Eight Immortals are Crossing the Seas. They float by, riding paper mules, lotus flowers, flower baskets, aboard feather fans, storks, even a discarded crutch. People love the Eight Immortals. They represent prosperity and long ...

September 28, 2016
SDSU’s digital humans

San Diego State University may be more noted for sports than the humanities, but school higher-ups are currently looking to hire what they call a Digital Humanist. Not a robot, but “a humanities scholar who ...

September 28, 2016
Police killing of Alfred Olango protested

Protests continued Wednesday morning (September 28) outside the El Cajon Police Department, after officers shot and killed an unarmed black man they say was "not only endangering himself, but motorists." On Tuesday afternoon, Alfred Olango's ...

September 28, 2016
Leave the fear behind, dare to love

They do say there are only two or three sermons, of course, other than “send money.”

September 28, 2016
Quartyard concept

Good news: you get a 30,000-square-foot lot of prime downtown real estate to hold events. Bad news: the East Village property is so in demand that plans are afoot to plop a highrise on the ...

Bug season

This October first, a lot of divers and boaters will enter the ocean in the dark during the first hours of the month with one thing in mind: lobster. When you hear “lobster,” most think ...

September 28, 2016
Tuna casserole made funny in Manifest Destinitis

San Diego sees many world premieres in various stages of readiness. The San Diego Rep’s opening night for Manifest Destinitis didn’t feel new at all. To a person the cast and designers performed as if ...

September 28, 2016
Listen for the “wacka-wacka” in Live Oak Park

Live Oak County Park is one of the area’s oldest parks where Fallbrook is said to have begun. It is a sprawling 27-acre tract in the middle of an old-growth grove of coast live oaks, ...

September 28, 2016
Fifty years of Kurt Russell puts him in Deepwater

From Disney to Elvis(es) to Plissken and now Jimmy Harrell in Deepwater Horizon, opening Friday at a multiplex near you, those of a certain age would be hard-pressed to recall a period when they didn’t ...

September 28, 2016
In Cousteau’s slipstream

Commercial fishing boats near Scripps Pier must stay out of the adjoining areas, but La Jolla visitors might have noticed a ship recently prowling around the underwater reserve: the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul. During the ...

September 28, 2016
It’s a dubious privilege to be a hipster

Dear Hipster: As one of my friends recently noted on Facebook, “Part of being a Hipster is pretending you aren’t a Hipster, and in fact insisting you don’t like Hipsters. But, what science is still ...

September 28, 2016
Not just a home — a soaring tour de force

Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 | Current Owner: Robert Wright | List Price: $5,900,000 The Harbor Club condominium complex, comprising two towers at the foot of Harbor Drive across from the convention center and blocks ...

September 28, 2016
Y’all are rude

I still get all red-faced and flummoxed when I think back to the first time I ever made the mistake of holding the door open for someone in San Diego. I cannot for the life ...

September 28, 2016
Cosmonauts launch A-Ok!

As a recording unit, Cosmonauts are so tied in to pop culture’s past that they sound like many eras and genres all at once. The dudes can shift around from jam-band stuff not unlike demos ...

September 28, 2016
Steve Martin has no point

Why do we say what we say? It’s not always a clear choice. Sometimes we just say stuff. Where do the words come from? Who’s in there calling the shots? It could be a single ...

September 28, 2016
Cyndi always sang

Cyndi Lauper’s sung R&B, electronica, classics, obscurities, and picked up a Grammy and a Tony for writing the Kinky Boots musical. She brings her new country album, Detour, to Humphreys by the Bay October 3 ...

September 28, 2016
Spectator sports walloping the arts except in San Diego

There is a battle in our society: jockstraps versus aesthetes; violence versus violins. The struggle is between lovers of sports and lovers of the arts. Sorry to say, but nationwide, sports are winning big over ...

September 28, 2016
Chick bait and the big-money merry-go-round

Yet another turn of the San Diego City Council staff’s rapidly revolving high-dollar door has landed former Chris Cate aide Julianna Chick in the offices of California Strategies, the influential lobbying and government affairs outfit ...

September 28, 2016
Bunnymen, Cosmonauts, Shonen Knife, and Sia!

Sunday 2Formed in Liverpool in 1978 by singer/guitarist Ian McCulloch and guitarist/programmer Will Sergeant, Echo & the Bunnymen list toward the darker end of the new-wave spectrum. Their signature track, “Killing Moon,” off of 1984’s ...

September 28, 2016
Cosmos, Okkervil, El Ten Eleven

Thursday 29Actors Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline made a baby, Greta Kline, aka Ingrid Superstar, aka Frankie Cosmos, a talented singer/songwriter of the NYC anti-folk variety. Lyrically charmingly verbose but musically concise, Cosmos writes poetry ...

September 28, 2016
This week's mailbag

Beach Butts I saw your article about beach cleanups, and that the biggest culprit was cigarette butts in the sand. That’s nothing. I lived in Kona for 20 years. The beaches are filled with thousands ...

September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27

Beer mapping Sorrento Valley

In September, Sorrento Valley got new neighborhood signs from the city. Three signs mark the western Sorrento border along the 805 freeway. The fourth designates a northeastern border, on Calle Cristobal, just east of Camino ...

September 27, 2016
Georgia is on wandering Hunter’s mind

San Diego congressman Duncan Hunter, who took sustained political fire earlier this year for personal use of campaign funds and since hired a lawyer to deal with the legal and regulatory fallout, took advantage of ...

September 27, 2016
Who won debate? Peso soars.

The Mexican peso began moving up sharply in Asian markets as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated last night, and the rally continued throughout the scrum. "The dollar declined from 20.1 to 19.58 so the ...

September 27, 2016
Stars come out for this year's San Diego International Film Festival

“Putting on a festival is kinda like having a baby,” writes Tonya Mantooth, executive and artistic director at the San Diego International Film Festival. “You don't remember the pain until you go into labor, aka ...

September 27, 2016
Mustang hate

“Prepare for some repair bills to that Mustang bud … your s-its gonna be scratched the f-ck up, people know where you live,” read one of the instant message threats sent to Danny Diaz at ...

September 27, 2016
A food truck saves the day at a brewery, again

Leave it to me to order fried chicken from a food truck with the word braise in its name. I promise there was beer involved. Toolbox Brewing was pouring a few rare beers for its ...

Act two, scene five alone is worth the money

After he screened a rough cut of A History of the World, Part One to friends, Mel Brooks ran down the aisle yelling, “I can fix it! I can fix it!” He didn’t fix The ...

September 27, 2016
Larger financial institutions receive lion's share of complaints, study finds

In the wake of the housing crisis of the late 2000s, a host of fraud and misconduct charges against big banks alleging everything from illegal manipulation of financial markets to the latest scandal involving customers ...

September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26

Imperial Beach pulls in its horns

The mayor of Imperial Beach has retracted the Welcoming City proclamation that the city council issued in mid-August after protests at council meetings. "I am retracting the Welcoming City proclamation due to its policy directive ...

September 26, 2016
Poor, no job

I tell them my name is Ernie Klein, I'm 42 years old, and I'm unemployed Finally, after tapping her forehead with a pencil and then looking through a pile of papers on her desk, she ...

September 26, 2016
A new moon and smoggy days

The Smoggiest Days of the year are most likely to occur during the next several weeks. Persistent temperature inversions (warmer air overlying cool marine air) are frequent this time of year. These inversions conspire with ...

September 26, 2016

Sunday, September 25

Donburi Kitchen misses the concept

Donburi is all about the bowl. The word basically means a bowlful of rice, and usually connotes a dish topped with some kind of protein. It's not anything fancy, but there are dozens of donburi ...

Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey make Fresh Sound

Tuesday 27 The Steph Johnson Trio with Rob Thorsen on bass and Fernando Gomez on drums play Café 21 (802 Fifth Avenue) from 7 to 10 p.m. Free… The Natural Sounds Trio with Jake Najor, ...

September 25, 2016
Yellowfin still smokin’ hot

Inshore: Half-day trips are targeting the local kelps and bumps for rockfish, sheephead and calico bass and the occasional yellowtail or halibut. ¾ day boats are mostly looking for yellowfin tuna with mixed success, some ...

September 25, 2016
Ex-grid star to lose law license Monday

According to the State Bar Court of California, Ronald Jack Mix, former star Chargers lineman, will lose his law license Monday. Bar records state that as of September 26, Mix, a Hall of Famer, goes ...

September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24

Large animals in the wild

Mystery of the Beaked Whales By the time they arrived the tide had gone out and the animal lay dead on the sand. “There was a guy from the Navy already there. He was asking ...

September 24, 2016
Former SeaWorld manager sentenced for embezzlement

Former SeaWorld San Diego manager Wilfred David Joseph Jobin-Reyes, called "Sebastian John," was sentenced yesterday (September 23) to 30 months in prison for embezzling $818,000 while he worked at the park. According to court records, ...

September 24, 2016
Camp Colorado

The Centennial State is drowning in natural beauty, and the best way to see it is to pitch a tent right in the heart of it all. Given the opportunity, most Coloradans (or are they ...

Thunder or students jumping?

“Tower of Terror” is what some City College students are calling the elevators in the MS building on their campus. Since early morning on Sept. 19, three of the five elevators in the MS building ...

September 24, 2016
Reader comments prompt a return to Poma’s

When I moved to OB way back whenever, a friend brought me to Poma's for the first time and ordered me a meatball sub. He told me I'd love it, and I loved it. I've ...

Kilowatt amped to bring groovy brew thing to O.B.

Kearny Mesa brewery Kilowatt Brewing has announced it will bring its colorful, black-lit tasting room style to a satellite tasting room in Ocean Beach. Kilowatt joins a suddenly surging O.B. beer scene, which in the ...

September 24, 2016
Time for a visit from the Santa Anas

Late September signals the beginning of Santa Ana winds, which may continue intermittently through the winter. Early Santa Anas are often responsible for coastal San Diego’s hottest and driest days of the year. Records show ...

September 24, 2016

Friday, September 23

Sandag members checking phones, whispering to each other

On September 9, the Sandag board voted to take a high-profile corner lot, directly above Mission Bay Park and off the I-5, by eminent domain. The former shopping center on Clairemont Drive between Morena Boulevard ...

Opus Pops Gala: San Diego Symphony breaks with tradition

September feels as though it is taking forever. It feels that way every year. Football starts, school starts, summer ends, and I’m still waiting for the symphony season to begin. This year the San Diego ...

September 23, 2016
Renewed calls for rent control

Advocates for the implementation of a rent control policy joined the like-minded in 45 other cities nationwide, taking to the streets of downtown as part of a national day of action on Thursday, September 22. ...

September 23, 2016
Chula Vista sued over Third and K residential tower

A well-heeled Chula Vista landlord known for funneling millions of dollars towards city ballot measures and city councilmembers is now suing the city over a controversial development on Third Avenue and K Street in downtown ...

September 23, 2016
I'll never know if Storks delivers

Aaaand we're back! Eight, count 'em, eight piping hot reviews of new releases — but alas, Storks is not one of them. Our proprietary Reader review algorithm (affectionately dubbed the the Duncanizer), which calculates the ...

September 23, 2016
Fresh picks at the Red Door

My friend Rosa convinced me — with an arsenal of photos she’d taken of dishes, including her favorite mac ’n’ cheese — to go to the Red Door for happy hour. “The vegetables are always ...

Alpine’s Islamic fashionista antes up for Clinton

Democrat Hillary Clinton bumped up her San Diego county fundraising game last month, collecting a total of $520,590 from county residents, compared to a July take of $435,595, according to a computer analysis of the ...

September 23, 2016
Bad Suns return with Disappear Here

Some bands have the talent, drive, and luck to build a fan base and media presence early in their careers. Such is the case with Bad Suns. Formed in Los Angeles in 2012, the four-piece ...

September 23, 2016
Grand Daddy Purp will be protected

Oceanside attorney David Branfman has no doubt that marijuana will become legal for recreational use statewide in November. He is so sure that he has already reconfigured his four-person law practice anticipating what seems to ...

September 23, 2016
Everything but the kitchen sink from Stanley Clarke

Jazz-fusion bass man Stanley Clarke, fronting a well-oiled band that included a second bassist (Cameroonian Armand Sabal-Lecco), Ruslan Sirota and Lincoln Cleary on keyboards, and 21-year-old drum prodigy Mike Mitchell, delivered an incendiary set to ...

September 23, 2016
5000 monitos on his van

There is a lot of quirky nonsense in Tijuana. There is the three-story house that has a naked lady sculpted around. There are several cars and motorbikes modified beyond imagination. Cars are more than just ...

September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22

Sales tax linked to pollution

A coalition including environmentalists, organized labor, local chambers of commerce, and politicians gathered this afternoon outside Kimball Elementary in National City to launch a campaign against a proposal to enact a half-cent sales tax across ...

September 22, 2016
The best seafood tacos in Playas de Tijuana

The partnership between La Cerve and Alga Bien is a welcome addition to an area of Tijuana that has seen too many failed attempts at new restaurants and bars.

Judy Davis is a stitch as The Dressmaker's mad mom

Judy Davis had a bad cold, her normally husky voice pitched a few octaves lower. After a couple of postnasal one-word answers, the interview appeared destined to be the shortest on record. One mention of ...

September 22, 2016
Time standing still in the East Village

What time is it anyway? For commuters whose travels include a stop or a transfer at 12th Street and Imperial Avenue, time either stood still or twelve hours went by awfully fast. The clock tower ...

September 22, 2016
San Diego architecture as covered by Susan Vaughn in the '90s

Read about San Diego architecture by Peter Jensen. When the Bungalows Came to Town I drive down East Plaza Boulevard and at first pass a series of contemporary commercial buildings — a red Monterey-style Boll ...

September 22, 2016
North Park finds room for one more coffee shop

I didn't think North Park needed another coffee shop, particularly along 30th Street. But when I walked into the newly opened Torque Moto Café, I immediately felt as though it scratched a neighborhood itch that's ...

Wednesday, September 21

San Diego's gardeners in the drought age

Drought cost him 20 percent “Here? I do the trimming, the fertilizing, watering, and so on. This client, a commercial storefront on Herschel in La Jolla Village, wanted to save on watering, so they had ...

September 21, 2016
Congress of Massachusetts

We think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before God on account of their sins, for He hath been pleased in His righteous judgment to suffer a great calamity to befall us, ...

September 21, 2016
Poison Headache's feel-good Phil

"It’s aggressive and energetic music,” says Wovenwar’s Phil Sgrosso of his new side band Poison Headache. “Something your parents would think is total crap, but that’s sort of the point.” The busy singer/guitarist/bassist has had ...

Märzen on the menu

Over in Munich, Oktoberfest started on Saturday, September 17th, and will continue until October 3rd, attracting an estimated six million thirsty souls to drink more than two million gallons of beer. As big as beer ...

September 21, 2016
Will the U-T go to Gannett?

As closed-door talks continue over a possible takeover of Chicago-based tronc, owner of the Union-Tribune, by giant newspaper chain Gannett Co., some are hoping for yet another fresh start for the San Diego daily, hobbled ...

September 21, 2016
Comic joys and boy-toys

According to Christopher Durang, author of Vanya and Sonia and Masha, and Spike, “My play is not a Chekhov parody. I take Chekhov scenes and characters and put them in a blender.” Although his characters ...

September 21, 2016
Something fat and juicy from the El Rorro taco truck

"My latest review?” says Justin, “I got — see here? — 71,816 views.” OMG. He’s right. I’m staring at his phone. It shows stats from Yelp. He’s a Yelper. Has reviewed about 200 places he’s ...

September 21, 2016
Punk-rock stable Milo Aukerman

When most people go to college it’s not a huge deal. When Milo went to college it changed the world of punk rock forever. His institution of choice was our own UCSD. Besides hitting the ...

September 21, 2016
Three poems about the end of summer

September’s Baccalaureate A combination is Of Crickets — Crows — and Retrospects And a dissembling Breeze That hints without assuming — An Innuendo sear That makes the Heart put up its Fun And turn Philosopher. ...

September 21, 2016
Politicians backed by Brady campaign

Some county gun owners are said to be irate about a recent local political endorsement by the Washington DC–based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but whether they will be loosening their campaign purse strings ...

September 21, 2016
Swami’s with 100 guys — not so fun

Names: Justin Mendhan, Walter Graen, and Mikial Tolmosoff Location: Tijuana Slough Mikial Tolmosoff, a visual artist, and Justin Mendhan, construction worker, both 28, have been riding waves together in Imperial Beach since they were 10 ...

September 21, 2016
The King is dead

In 1966, Craig Smith was friends with Beach Boy Mike Love and Monkee Mike Nesmith. Smith was a successful songwriter and singer marked as a potential pop star. By 1969, he believed he was the ...

September 21, 2016
Jeff Feuerzeig on creating a character

Matthew Lickona: When the scandal breaks about author Laura Albert having created the author JT LeRoy, you give us several phone messages from Laura’s answering machine, urging her to get a huge book deal right ...

September 21, 2016
Chinese achievers, American idiots — La Jolla Playhouse stages Tiger Style!

Mike Lew’s Tiger Style! is a kind of 21st-century bildungsroman for sibling protagonists, Jennifer (Jackie Chung) and Albert Chen (Raymond J. Lee), and it tells its story largely by holding popular stereotypes up to the ...

September 21, 2016
The maddening inconsistency of Balboa Park busking

“As long as the buskers are getting along with each other and not fighting…everything is fine,” said Chet Harrison, a guitarist and fiddle player who makes his living as a busker in San Diego. “The ...

September 21, 2016
A flamenco twist

Jimmy Patton plays a nylon-stringed guitar. Enrique Platas handles percussion (cajon and bongos) and while the duo is primarily instrumental, when Platas sings, he sings in Spanish. Their seven-year-old flamenco White Stripes act has served ...

September 21, 2016
Secret Canyon: Pine Valley Creek Wilderness Trail

Pine Valley Creek flows from the Laguna Mountains into Barrett Reservoir, passing through Secret Canyon on its descent. Most of the trail (about 14 miles) traverses the 13,000-acre Pine Creek Wilderness in the Cleveland National ...

September 21, 2016
Professional rookies

Jennifer Chen sees a therapist for the first time. And she comes prepared: a list of her phobias, one of her shortcomings, another with her attributes. She can’t simply explore personal issues. She must be ...

September 21, 2016
Mekons in the woods

San Diego is in for a treat when cow-punk band the Mekons plays in Escondido on September 25 at the new home of arts collective A Ship in the Woods. Mekons singer/guitarist Jon Langford figures ...

September 21, 2016
How long can a culture built on insincerity last?

Dear DJ, I’m an admirer of many aspects of Hipster Culture — craft, style, literacy, simplicity, girls in pleasant dresses, for instance. But I worry that it’s a culture doomed to failure, because it’s built ...

September 21, 2016
Birds on the brain, in the sky, and, thirdly, up close

My ten-year-old has birds on the brain ever since she got a pet parakeet, and she’s eager to see some that don’t live in cages. Natalie at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar ...

September 21, 2016
It’s tough to spot a drunk boater

California’s waters can get crowded. Just ask any sportfishing captain chasing yellowfin these days. The sportfishing fleet electronics and chumming only inspires private boaters to shadow them. A few of the sportfishers have been known ...

September 21, 2016
Raiders want eternal flame for Al Davis

“You know, when I came into the National Football League, many of our owners owned horses, owned dog tracks, owned all the familiar habitats of gamblers and gambling. We have learned to accept this in ...

September 21, 2016
The Naked and Famous streak through town

When that whole indietronica thing broke big, it was everywhere. It seemed oddly familiar, and friendly, as if it had always been around. It hadn’t, of course. Part of it was media push: during the ...

September 21, 2016
Details scarce in death of Nobel Prize–winner

UCSD’s big-budget public relations department, charged with playing up good news at the taxpayer-financed school, doesn’t always do as well relaying the solemn aspects of university life and death. Such was the case last month ...

September 21, 2016
Contents of the Reader: Discuss

The Fries Alone Overall, I enjoyed the article, “Burgers” (September 15 cover story). But, wow, a list of the burgers of San Diego and no mention of Canada Steakburger in lovely City Heights? It’s worth ...

September 21, 2016
Sebadoh hits Adams Ave. and Cymbals Eat Guitars

Sunday 25Adams Avenue will see a set by indie-rock mainstays Sebadoh on Sunday. It’s about 20 years since their lo-fi goodies Bake Sale and Harmacy came out, so I expect/hope we’ll be hearing a lot ...

September 21, 2016
Trail of Dead at Soda Bar, Keith Morris and Peter Case at Whistle Stop

Thursday 22Source Tags & Codes is one of those records that inflates your perception of the rock album. It’s a living, breathing thing that its creators, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of ...

September 21, 2016
The awkward and dangerous Tourmaline crosswalk

A couple of years ago the city put in a crosswalk at the entrance to the parking lot at Tourmaline Surfing Park. That is at the intersection of La Jolla Boulevard and Tourmaline Street. When ...

Tuesday, September 20

Historic houses still for sale — assembly required

Though they have been deconstructed into enormous puzzle pieces and are partly wrapped in tarps with the windows boarded up, the two stucco houses on the back lot at the city's Chollas Operations Center remain ...

Trump attorneys told no again

Donald Trump's attorneys have been denied a request as they go about defending their client from charges related to the Trump University case. According to a ruling posted on the federal court's website today (September ...

September 20, 2016
Instead of floating daggers...

Mike Lew’s Tiger Style! at La Jolla Playhouse shows the effects of super-strict parenting on two Chinese-Americans. Jennifer and Albert dove through every academic hoop cum laude but find themselves a few years later without ...

September 20, 2016
Look for Betelgeuse on Thursday

This year's fall equinox will occur at about 7:20 a.m. on September 22 for San Diego. The day of equal amounts of day and night sees the sun rise due east and set due west. ...

September 20, 2016
Benefit screening helps retired racehorses

It’s funny the way fate has a habit of yanking the reins when it’s least expected. An Amish plow horse named Snowman was but a few laps away from the glue factory until Dutch immigrant ...

September 20, 2016
Pork knuckles and duck necks?

Everyone has that one friend. You know the one. The guy who likes to nibble at pickled duck feet. The girl who crunches slices of cold pig ear and offers to take yours “if you’re ...

Gun-shop opening garners councilman's proclamation

On September 17, over 800 people turned out for the grand opening of the GS Glockstore in Kearny Mesa. The event raised over $6000 for fallen San Diego police officer John DeGuzman. Representing the Clairemont/Kearny ...

September 20, 2016
Annals of San Diego gardens

The Julia Child of gardening “Chickweed is the main winter weed of my garden, and in a way I don’t mind because it’s edible.” She pulls up the tiny plant, its leaves not so feathery ...

Monday, September 19

California's big labor backs San Diego sales-tax hike

Don't call them building-industry special interests — they'd rather be known as "a coalition of construction professionals to repair San Diego's roads," according to campaign disclosure filings. But by any name, Yes on A forces, ...

September 19, 2016
A plan for the College Area mini-dorm glut

Originally built in 1951, the house on 5545 Hardy Avenue has been in the possession of the SDSU Delta Upsilon Fraternity since 1998. In May, the fraternity applied to demolish their one-story fraternity house and ...

September 19, 2016
Politicians stand up for deported veterans

A group of advocates for veterans and local politicians gathered in Balboa Park on Monday morning (September 19) to call attention to the plight of servicemembers who, after receiving honorable discharges following their military service, ...

September 19, 2016
Dine like a revolutionary

On the rare occasion David and I make a trek to Carlsbad, it’s usually to go to the European restaurant and store Tip Top Meats (primarily for products by the Hungarian brand, Bende, which is ...

Dog tossed off Sunset Cliffs

The photos were posted at approximately 7:40 p.m. Saturday evening (September 17) on the Ocean Beach Facebook group page — well, the screen shot of the photo was posted, due to the original photo being ...

September 19, 2016
Máncora, not Monaco

Máncora, not Monaco, is the destination for the jet-setting crowd of Peru. This beachside resort town is on the Pacific Ocean, near the country’s northernmost border that it shares with Ecuador. Think sun, surf, and ...

September 19, 2016
Chula Vista attorney goes after movie pirates

This summer, a movie titled Cell came out. It is based on a 2006 novel by Stephen King. Plot: cell-phone users are immediately and maddeningly re-programmed into rabid killers. Sounds grim. (Critics weren't enthusiastic.) On ...

September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18

Best of Judith Moore Reading interviews 1997-98

Czeslaw Milosz on Anna Swir Milosz explained that he set about translating Swir’s poems, “in order to repair injustice, because she was underestimated. I consider her a very important poet. But she was somehow in ...

September 18, 2016
A handful of bigeye show

Inshore: Half-day boats are fishing inside again with the occasional extended trip looking for those yellowfin tuna in close. A few yellowtail and white seabass are being caught off Point Loma and the La Jolla ...

September 18, 2016
Geoffrey Keezer plays hometown gig

Monday 19 The Danny Green Trio with Justin Grinnell and Julien Cantelm play the Lyceum Theater (79 Horton Plaza) from Noon to 1 p.m. No cover charge… The Bob Boss Quartet with Gilbert Castellanos, Dean ...

September 18, 2016
Ascending Mt. Bard

Carla Nell, artistic director of InnerMission Productions, directed Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, performed last month. It was her initial attempt at the Bard. I asked her how it feels to climb that mountain for ...

September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17

Craft beer burgeoning in Carlsbad

The city of Carlsbad hasn't historically made it easy for breweries to open, requiring new businesses to goes through a series of committee meetings in order to obtain a conditional use permit. Case in point ...

September 17, 2016
San Diego's $2.27 billion pension hole

There is still another reason to vote against the so-called convadium in November. This reason is the huge and growing pension deficit. Former city attorney Mike Aguirre says the city's pension plan has $8.859 billion ...

September 17, 2016
San Diego characters in education and book publishing

What Greater Curse Than Life Without Verse Theobald opened a correspondence with Ezra Pound that lasted for years. Throughout this time, the poet was an inmate at St. Elizabeth’s mental hospital in Washington, D.C., having ...

Muslim woman sues prison guards for discrimination

A Muslim woman is suing guards at San Diego's Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for discriminating against her and her inmate husband over their religious beliefs. The ...

September 17, 2016
The Surreal McCoy

For several seasons now, the San Diego art world has held its breath in anticipation, waiting to see how Chargers coach Mike McCoy would seek to differentiate his approach from the performance art antics of ...

Friday, September 16

Oceanside Blade press runs again

Former Oceanside publisher Tom Missett, 75, couldn’t stay away from print journalism. After being out of the daily newspaper business for 19 years, he’s brought back a familiar North County newspaper: the Oceanside Blade issued ...

September 16, 2016
County loses 700 jobs in August

The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in August, down from a revised 5.3 percent in July, according to the California Employment Development Department. However, the county lost 700 non-agricultural jobs in ...

September 16, 2016
Missing kangaroo pelt recovered in O.B.

On Monday (September 12), Buck sent out an SOS on the O.B. Facebook group page asking if anyone had found his missing kangaroo pelt. By the end of the day, owner and pelt were reunited, ...

September 16, 2016
A rare win over the state utilities commission

Late Wednesday (September 14), the Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity won a battle against the California Public Utilities Commission: the state First District Court of Appeals granted the groups their ...

September 16, 2016
Hollywood bets there’s gold in them thar woods! (Also, the womb.)

Apple founder Steve Jobs once said, “People don’t know what they want until you give it to them.” Maybe he’s right. I never dreamed people would want threequels to The Blair Witch Project and Bridget ...

September 16, 2016
Savory smoked selections

The San Diego restaurant scene is vast in terms of dining options, but in its own way it is also small and many chefs and restaurateurs are friends in what is, for the most part, ...

Mira Mesa braces for mega population growth

The decades-old Vulcan mining operation on nearly 300 acres of Carroll Canyon will be a huge housing project if developers' lobbying efforts are successful. Bordered by Mira Mesa Boulevard, Miramar Road, Camino Santa Fe, and ...

September 16, 2016
Last Call: Love's Labor's Lost at Old Globe

One of the year’s better productions must close this Sunday. Even with the play’s disturbing, though fully justified, un-comic ending, the Old Globe’s Love’s Labor’s Lost is a keeper. Two things: 1) People watch the ...

September 16, 2016
Padres brass tarnished

Major League Baseball suspended San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller yesterday (September 15) for 30 days without pay following an investigation into the trade of pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox. The ...

September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15

San Diego U-T, brought to you by SDG&E

San Diego's big shark in a small pond, otherwise known as Sempra Energy — long noted for having a hand in behind-the-scenes major money doings of local politicos and media outlets — is currently flexing ...

September 15, 2016
Other than arias drama

The concertate from act III of Otello has long been a favorite scene in the history of opera. With that in mind, I’m shocked at the disparity of views on YouTube between this and the ...

September 15, 2016
What's going on at San Diego Global Vision Academies?

With the sudden departure of its founder Dena Harris — who took her four children with her — parents of students at the San Diego Global Vision Academies in Normal Heights say they are worried ...

September 15, 2016
Local actor scores first-class accommodations on Eastwood’s Sully

A call came in from Shane P. Allen, a 53-year-old Tierrasanta resident and realtor by day, eager to talk about his performance in Clint Eastwood’s Sully. Here’s how the happily married father of three (“my ...

September 15, 2016
Original ideas

If I’d been born a woman Ask any man you know if he’d like to be a woman, you get an automatic “No.” Too messy. Too emotional. Too hard. Most men can’t imagine going through ...

September 15, 2016
Born poor in San Diego

Last year, 15.6 percent of the City of San Diego's population was living below the poverty rate, almost unchanged from 15.7 percent in 2014, according to United States Census Bureau numbers released today (September 15). ...

September 15, 2016
Downtown protest against Dakota pipeline

Over 100 climate activists gathered downtown on Tuesday evening (September 13) as part of a national day of action aimed at convincing President Obama to put a stop to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. ...

September 15, 2016
The salads here are tasty

It had been years since I’d been to the Pappalecco in Little Italy, so my expectations were neutral when I walked into their most recent location in Kensington. The first thing I noticed was how ...

Wednesday, September 14

San Diego Reader guide to local burgers

That Sacred Union of Beef, Bun, and Other Junk — Chad Deal The Sort of Meat You'd Expect to Find at an Upper-Tier Butcher Shop — Ambrose Martin Gateway garnishes — Mary Beth Abate Football, ...

Wandering weapons

San Diego cops are having trouble keeping track of their weapons stash, based on an inventory of lost or missing firearms recently released by the city after a request under the California public records act. ...

September 14, 2016
With apologies to Emily Dickinson

“Soap” is the thing that lathers — with apologies to Emily Dickinson “Soap” is the thing that lathers — The Dial I exalt — A bobbing bird of Ivory — That never sinks — at ...

September 14, 2016
Elizabeth Wood on sexuality in films

First-time writer/director Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl sets out to be a Great Gatsby for the 21st Century — and perhaps in the process, to depict the orgastic future that Fitzgerald mentioned at the story’s end. ...

September 14, 2016
Life as meat

In the years following World War II, the biggest art conversation was about abstraction and what to do with it. The critical center was New York and the artists in question were Pollock, Rothko, de ...

September 14, 2016
A variety of letters to the editor

Catering to Nitwits At last, the Reader published an article that has historical and geopolitical importance — the 9/11 article by H.G. Reza. It seems hard to believe that the Reader continues to cater to ...

September 14, 2016
The price of music promo

Debora Galan’s new full-length All About Love was originally planned for release as an EP in 2013. However, “I had to make changes in the production team after investing considerable funds and re-do some of ...

September 14, 2016
Empowering young Muslims

A group of Muslim students from high schools around the county have set up a campaign committee to gather cash for political causes, according to an August 12 filing with the county registrar of voters. ...

September 14, 2016
It’s not about floating around on a cloud playing harp

College Avenue Baptist Church Pastor: Carlton Harris Age: 59 Born: St. Louis, MO Formation: Dallas Bible College, Dallas, TX; Dallas Seminary Years Ordained: 33 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

September 14, 2016
Jazzed on the mango sauce at Bourré Southern Bistro

“This is the downtown of your dreams. All of the music and food, none of the parking hell.”

September 14, 2016
Noah’s Ark in Pacific Beach

Sure, we know that things are changing in North Pacific Beach. Every time a house is sold it is torn down (except for one small wall so it can be called a “remodel” instead of ...

Manual plan

“This is the one that officially makes me feel old,” Bart Mendoza says. Manual Scan, the band he started right out of high school with a few of his friends, will play their 40th anniversary ...

September 14, 2016
Sizable chest

San Diego City Council Democrat David Alvarez, who collected a sizable war chest to back his June bid and those of his allies to obtain spots on the party’s central committee, is deploying the leftovers ...

September 14, 2016
Fiddler jumps off the roof

I saw a Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof on Thursday, August 18. The set and lighting were perfect. The orchestra glimmered with the polish of a thousand and one performances. Dancers executed modern ...

September 14, 2016
A climb up sacred Tecate Peak

Tecate Peak is a 3885-foot border sentinel, visible from both Baja California, Mexico, and from Southern California. The actual summit is less than a mile north of the border in California, with a service road ...

September 14, 2016
Sheila E. and her own drum

Latin percussionist/bandleader Sheila E.’s local connections are deep. Uncle Javier helped bring punk to San Diego when he launched the Zeroes in 1976. Uncle Mario has long been a vital part of the rock scene ...

September 14, 2016
Amphibious assault in Oceanside

The U.S. military developed their amphibious vehicle known as the Landing Vehicle Tracked, or LVT, in the 1930s. The first two LVT prototypes were dubbed the Alligator and the Crocodile (even though neither is an ...

San Diego’s most overrated burgers

Salt separates the bland patties from the ones that sing hymns of meaty goodness. Thus, in the salty spirit, while my brilliant colleagues (each one infinitely more well mannered, and supremely more qualified than me) ...

September 14, 2016
Adam Nimoy on being the son of a famous Vulcan

Adam Nimoy is the son of Leonard Nimoy, a man who became so thoroughly associated with the character he played on Star Trek that he wrote a book titled I Am Not Spock, and then ...

September 14, 2016
Beach Boys, burgers, and the good life

At its best, the hamburger is an affordable luxury, a piece of pleasure available to one and all. As important as Mexican food is to local culture, San Diego is still a burger town. The ...

September 14, 2016
La Jolla snuffs out its 33-year-old Concerts by the Sea series

Having La Jolla in your name can choke your bottom line. “They think that everyone in La Jolla is rich and they can charge us whatever they want.” Ron Jones was one of the ten ...

September 14, 2016
About to get meaty

My favorite burger of all time is still Starlite’s (see Mary Beth’s note about it) primarily for its classic perfection (Brandt beef, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, brioche bun). But having a go-to doesn’t preclude me ...

September 14, 2016
Oh...braying neighbors

Dear Hipster: Ugh. My neighbors on Nextdoor are such pricks sometimes. I’m obviously not going to say where I live, but it suffices to say that any issue related to parking or pets (among other ...

September 14, 2016
Making a good burger isn’t rocket science

I take burgers a little too seriously. I’m the guy who gets all up in your grill at a summer barbecue: critiquing patty formation, warning to only flip it once. I preach salt and pepper ...

September 14, 2016
Untouched property on Neptune Drive

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Leonard Okun List Price: $11,995,000 The newly constructed oceanfront estate at 824 Neptune Avenue in Encinitas is billed as “an exquisite masterpiece” that is “sophisticated and inspiring” as it ...

September 14, 2016
The sort of meat you’d expect to find at an upper-tier butcher shop

When I’m having folks over for burgers, I like to buy the premade ground-chuck patties at Iowa Meat Farms ($4.99/lb). The pack and portion are perfectly consistent, the price is close to supermarket ground beef, ...

September 14, 2016
Feed your need for speed this week

Thursday | 15 Hit restaurants, bistros, and take-outs on a tour of 40 esteemed eateries and new hot spots throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, and East Village. Free shuttle service. Will call at Rustic ...

September 14, 2016
Football, hamburgers, and Oreos

Much as football replaced baseball, I believe hamburgers long ago ousted hot dogs from the traditional trinity of Americana: baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. Apple pie has probably been replaced by Oreos. Lamentably, we ...

September 14, 2016
An injection of Seratones

The Seratones, from Shreveport, Louisiana, are touring now in support of their debut album Get Gone. Each of the bandmembers has managed, in their short lifetime as a functioning unit, to incorporate at least half ...

September 14, 2016
That sacred union of beef, bun, and other junk

The hamburger’s toothsome alchemy has enchanted appetites everywhere since first materializing during the late 1800s in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, New York, San Francisco, or Germany, depending on whose historical account one is to believe. ...

September 14, 2016
Clairemont’s home day-care shuffle

On August 10, a day-care center at 6816 Boxford Drive was closed after being open for less than four months. Two days later, it opened up again under a new name. Janet Lancaster lives next ...

September 14, 2016
Happy hamburgers

Hey, all this talk about how the rich are shutting out the rest of us? How come in the past ten years happy hour has increased by, oh, 3 zillion percent? No self-respecting luxury eatery ...

No homeless, please, we’re catering

In an effort to brand the new downtown library as a high-dollar private event venue, the city is searching for a bevy of exclusive gourmet caterers. “Since its opening in September 2013, the Library has ...

September 14, 2016
Dinosaur Jr., Animal Collective, Cold War Kids

Sunday 18From Norway, indie-pop quintet Highasakite visits the Soda Bar Sunday night behind this year’s Camp Echo record, which Pop Matters says “would be a largely forgettable collection of mood-heavy, danceable synth-rock,” if not for ...

September 14, 2016
Guerilla Toss, Kraftwerk, Bob Log III

Thursday 15I’ve got a funk-punk itch that can only be scratched by Guerilla Toss. The Brooklyn-via-Boston band’s label, DFA, describes their sound as “new age rage.” I’m listening now, and a-yup. So visceral, so good. ...

September 14, 2016
Gateway burger garnishes

Burgers. I love them. I’m a traditional sort. Acceptable toppings are lettuce, tomato, raw onion, American or cheddar cheese, and a smear of mayo. At least that’s what I told myself. Somewhere along the line, ...

September 14, 2016
Danger dog’s burger brother

The “danger dog” was born in the streets of Tijuana, then spread to Los Angeles (and beyond). Usually sold by unlicensed street vendors on improvised dirty grills, the weiner is typically a bacon-wrapped and deep-fried ...

Tuesday, September 13

A useless insight

I want to discuss the term “insightful.” It's a word which is thrown around the halls of music with some frequency. “The performance was insightful,” “Beethoven's music is insightful,” etc. We've all heard comments along ...

September 13, 2016
Imperial Beach right-wing backlashed

The Imperial Beach city government's passage of a Welcoming Cities Proclamation in mid August was a positive and benevolent occasion, but it is has generated a backlash among local right-wing voices recently. "This means a ...

September 13, 2016
A list of San Diego beers brewed with fresh hops

It's wet hop season in San Diego, when rare beers made from fresh, locally grown hops appear in tasting rooms and tap houses. The availability of locally farmed hops is still relatively new, but the ...

September 13, 2016
Run over in Balboa Park

A 52-year-old man who was sleeping in Balboa Park when a park ranger drove over him will receive a $1 million settlement from the city, it was decided Tuesday (September 13). Derrick Marable was sleeping ...

September 13, 2016
The essays of John Brizzolara

Stand by your Buddy That men lead lopsided personal lives is possibly not an original observation but something worth mentioning. During my last excursion into romantic folly, I would turn down opportunities to spend time ...

September 13, 2016
More beds for the homeless

Local homeless services provider Father Joe’s Villages is pushing to expand its capacity of permanent housing for homeless individuals to a total of 947 beds, the group announced on Monday (September 12). "A growing part ...

September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12

Loose hose nearly sinks ship

September 7 — HP located a vessel that was adrift near the A-1 Anchorage off of Shelter Island. The vessel was impounded and later returned to the owner. — HP impounded a small vessel that ...

East Village's latest brewery isn't about IPAs

The growing East Village beer scene gains another micro with the official opening of Knotty Brewing Co. on September 15. Knotty's small tasting room and five-barrel brewhouse are part of an overall expansion of the ...

September 12, 2016
Labor and capital pick their pre-election poison

San Diego's big-money campaign money-raising merry-go-round has shifted into high gear, with cash from both big business and big labor pouring in for local political causes. Among the heaviest hitters so far is the International ...

September 12, 2016
Hitler goes Hollywood: Top 10 movie Führers

Let’s start the week with a smile and a “heil!” with this video assemblage of Tinseltown’s Ten Best Fascist Dictators. Here they are arranged in order of rank. 10) Considering the variety of top-shelf candidates ...

September 12, 2016
Former SEAL sues for police brutality

On Tuesday, September 13, San Diego city councilmembers will consider whether to agree to settle a lawsuit from a former Navy SEAL who sued the city and two San Diego police officers for excessive force ...

September 12, 2016
Brother of ISIL fighter pleads guilty to lying to FBI

In federal court today (September 12), Marchello Dsaun McCain pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI to cover for his brother, Douglas McCain, an American believed killed while fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq ...

September 12, 2016
Sacred Brahmins

A dying tradition. Like the old New England dining rooms, which A. R. Gurney, Jr., also wrote about, the cocktail hour was a special time for East Coast Brahmins at day’s end. They could unwind, ...

September 12, 2016
Peppers, masa, coconuts, prickly pears

I cannot claim to be an expert in chile peppers. Even as I type this, I am stuck on the spelling — is it chile or chili or chilli? Apparently all three are used interchangeably ...

City slack on preventing sediment pollution

The City of San Diego hopes to settle a $4.6 million complaint from the regional water board for allowing construction companies to bypass sediment-control measures at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, Tijuana River Estuary, and San Diego ...

Sunday, September 11

San Diegans fighting radical Islam

Triumph of the Swill “Schwarzkopf’s got a hard-on for special ops. He and General Stiner, who commands SEALS and Special Forces, can’t stand each other. Then there’s the rivalry between Army line officers —artillery, infantry, ...

September 11, 2016
Pat Metheny returns to San Diego

Tuesday 13 KSDS presents Jazz Live featuring the Gordon Goodwin Little Phat Band at the Saville Theatre (14th & C Streets) at 8 p.m. The concert is sold out. Wednesday 14 Gilbert Castellanos has two ...

September 11, 2016
Anglers are sensitive folks

Inshore: Some of the half-day boats are passing up the kelp and are running extended trips out to hunt for the school-sized yellowfin tuna just off the 9 Mile and 182 banks. For those staying ...

September 11, 2016
Sleeping Tiger, hidden in winery

Sleeping Tiger Coffee launched what may well be the first café sitting inside an active winery. Last year, Paon wine bar owner Mayur Pavagadhi bought Witch Creek Winery, an urban winery operating out of north ...

September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10

First brewery with a café on site

Since launching three years ago, Modern Times Beer has been one of the few breweries on the planet to roast its own coffee. During most of that time, it's been selling cold brew and fresh ...

September 10, 2016
$8.50 for toast?

The restaurant Trust has garnered fans and sparked a bit of conversation since launching a few months ago. But it’s not the only eatery to open on the ground floor of the city’s latest mixed-use ...

Life after 9/11

Where We Were “Tell them there’s been a terrible tragedy and lots of people have died and that we need to pray for the victims and for their families and for the horrible people who ...

September 10, 2016

Friday, September 9

Tenor Johan Botha dead at 51

Johan Botha was one of the great tenors of the early 21st Century. He died September 8 in Vienna at the age of 51. The cause has not been made official, but it is known ...

September 9, 2016
The Disappointments Room appears

So here’s a spooky horror movie mystery: whatever happened to Before I Wake, a film Wikipedia says is opening today and which features an adorable moppet whose dreams manifest in reality? It seems to have ...

September 9, 2016
Nick Cave's latest a gothic ode from a father to a son

Sometimes the most beautiful of art is created under the most tragic of circumstances. Such is the case with Nick Cave and his latest album with the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree. During the recording of ...

September 9, 2016
Out of the Redwoods, into the Midnight Pine

The local Redwoods music collective merges the creative energy of the Elephant Six movement with the hired-gun musicianship of the Wrecking Crew. All the Redwoods projects, however, are anchored by the words of percussionist/lyrical scribe ...

September 9, 2016
Del Mar train-track crossers being ticketed

It used to be easier to get to the beach in Del Mar, and most residents wish they could turn back the clock. All they want is a convenient way to cross the railroad tracks ...

Thursday, September 8

What North Park's future will look like

The North Park Planning Committee on Tuesday (September 6) approved the area's draft community plan update — the roadmap for long-term growth and preservation for a neighborhood deemed one of America's hippest hipster neighborhoods in ...

September 8, 2016
San Diego Characters: Outliers

Josie Scripps She reports that the county, for its size, is second only to an area in Africa. Larger areas like Brazil and Ceylon contain greater quantities of gems, she says, but none has the ...

Moneyman down

Richard Medina Jr., an attorney with a law degree from the University of San Diego, was sentenced on September 6 to five years in prison for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. He had been ...

September 8, 2016
No thanks to heaven for 7-Eleven beer and wine sales

A City Heights planning group meeting ended loudly and abruptly Wednesday night (September 7) when the group chairman substitute could not control an angry crowd and shut down the meeting. A member of the mayor's ...

September 8, 2016
Pretty dang Jamaican

In the past few years, San Diego has experienced a bit of a Jamaican restaurant switcheroo. Last year Island Spice, a favorite of mine, moved from its longtime Grant Hill location up to Rolando. A ...

Chargers offer "cheapest ticket" in NFL this year

TicketIQ is a ticket search engine that provides ticket-buying options from different markets, including the National Football League games. This morning (September 8), the founder and chief executive of the company, Jesse Lawrence, appeared on ...

September 8, 2016
SeaWorld slapped for plastic litter

The curiosity of a North County artist and beachcomber recently resulted in a slap on the wrist for SeaWorld, San Diego Coastkeeper is reporting. Janis Selby Jones has long walked the beaches of North County, ...

September 8, 2016

Wednesday, September 7

9/11 could have been stopped in San Diego

The 9/11 attacks could have been derailed in San Diego, had the CIA not spiked a memo alerting the FBI about an Al Qaeda terrorist who was coming to the United States and ended up ...

Creation of the world

In the beginning of the world, all was water. Whee-me-me-ow-ah, the Great Chief Above, lived up in the sky all alone. When he decided to make the world, he went down to the shallow places ...

Elephants at rest

“Sean Davenport and I decided to move to New York.” Michael Alan Hams offers this as the main reason behind Hills Like Elephants’ recent disbanding. Two days after the August 25 release of Tacet, the ...

September 7, 2016
Cloudy, juicy, with a chance of bitterness

West Coast IPAs famously established San Diego breweries as major players in the American — and eventually global — craft-beer scene. But lately another regional IPA style has emerged as the contemporary favorite. Some call ...

September 7, 2016
Giving back to the GOP

Republican Ray Ellis has bowed out of his runoff race against Democrat Barbara Bry, who bested him by a sizable margin in the June primary to succeed La Jolla city councilwoman Sherri Lightner. Now a ...

September 7, 2016
Latin America's "Gringo Trail"

The "Gringo Trail" refers to the well-trodden backpacker route within Latin America, encompassing Mexico and Central & South America. In 2015 I spent 3 months on "the trail." This region of the world is so ...

Donna and Cory go after Jan

Former councilmember Donna Frye is asking that a judge order the San Diego city clerk to correct misleading and biased statements the city attorney's office made in describing a ballot initiative that, if passed, would ...

September 7, 2016
Ypsitucky — goes with everything but hip-hop and reggae

‘We came together while playing in El Monte Slim, and when that was put on hold almost two years ago, we just decided to keep it going with Heather Vorwerck on fiddle full-time,” says Ypsitucky ...

September 7, 2016
Interesting fall vegetables

September enters what Suzie’s Farm likes to call “shoulder season.” “The ground is hot, the air is dry, and plants hate this just as much as we do.” In other words, the fruits of the ...

September 7, 2016
I do not know that “all things will be well”

The Abandoned Garden The grass has grown so long it’s gone to seed. Azaleas blossom in the untamed hedge. The side lawn is a wilderness of weeds, And ivy tumbles in the flower beds. They ...

September 7, 2016
Allison's shock factor

“Wanderlust was created to be a musical travel postcard of sounds and images from around the world in six languages,” says Allison Adams Tucker of her third full-length, which debuts September 16 at North Park’s ...

September 7, 2016
Where endangered species thrive

The Manchester Preserve is an island in an urban-suburban setting where endangered species such as the Del Mar manzanita, Orcutt’s hazardia, San Diego thornmint, and California gnatcatcher can thrive. Since the Center for Natural Lands ...

September 7, 2016
Date night suggestions

Bills need to be paid, the kids need to eat, and the bank account is light after a round of expensive dentistry for the family. (If booze is the number-one curse of the Irish, bad ...

September 7, 2016
Screaming down the plains

If you have half a heart, you’ll leave New Village Arts’ Oklahoma! happily humming “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” while visions of scurrying chicks and ducks paint a picture of pastoral grandeur second to none. ...

September 7, 2016
Rise above plastics

Since the mid-1980s, we have read of plastics in the ocean. Most of the plastics found are tiny particles that are consumed and passed through the food chain. Larger pieces of plastic, such as grocery ...

September 7, 2016
Retro Attaboys

Frontwoman Tiffany Christie of Fanny and the Attaboys knows her old-timey quintet may have gotten more attention if they were around 20 years ago when retro-swingers like the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo ...

September 7, 2016
Let the $13 Fiery Jackal happen

Dear Hipster: I have one of #lifeslittlemysteries for you. Why is it that whenever I don’t need a drink at the bar, the hipster bartender comes over to check on me with that little, “You ...

September 7, 2016
Does Sully sink or swim?

The title of Clint Eastwood’s latest, Sully, works as a two-edged nod to both titular hero and what the National Transportation Safety Board wanted to do to his reputation. There isn’t an American alive who ...

September 7, 2016
Where Gandhi and C-3PO converse

SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY’S DESIGN would fit better amid the incohesive architecture of Tijuana than the square sterility of Southern California, where rows of beige-and-white dwellings and office buildings cloak themselves in the camouflage of each ...

September 7, 2016
Kalabash turns one

“I’m a songwriter,” Natasha Kozaily explains. “And when I teach music to my private students, I encourage them to write songs.” Not so much the method-book approach, the 30-year-old says about the curriculum at the ...

September 7, 2016
Louis Schooler hit with $150 million fraud fine

As the owner of San Diego’s Western Financial Planning Corporation, Louis Schooler hoodwinked a lot of people over three decades. Early this year, following a legal struggle that went on for four years, Schooler was ...

September 7, 2016
Sam Outlaw's crooked country

Sam Outlaw, the country singer from Los Angeles, presents something of a cultural paradox. Country-music haters complain that their music’s lost whatever authenticity it may have had back when Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline and ...

September 7, 2016
Beloved Egg Nazi

“Now I have taken over this place. And that will soon be my mobile kebab business.”

September 7, 2016
Faulconer’s free Frisco

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has pledged not to seek higher office during his current term, but his best backers can always hope. Last October, email recovered from San Diego’s ethics commission shows, the mayor took off ...

September 7, 2016
Zombies, Blondie, Midnight Pine

Thursday 8The English psychedelic-pop group the Zombies, best known for ’60s radio hits “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” last year released the warmly received Still Got That Hunger record. ...

September 7, 2016
Letters about bike lanes continue to roll in

Tens Would Suffer Your crossword is a little messed up this week. I know crosswords are getting meta-tricky, but really? It looks like they didn’t quite finish, and you just went ahead and printed it. ...

September 7, 2016
Spotlights shine on the Casbah stage

Sunday 11Brooklyn’s “sludgegaze” trio Spotlights will be the gig to see this week. Touring in support of this year’s very recommendable set of slow-core heaviosity (think Hum, Melvins, Bloody Valentines), Tidals, is the husband-wife team ...

September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6

30-foot coastal height limit slips a peg in Point Loma

On August 24, a public notice for a September 8 hearing at San Diego's planning commission was posted online. (Update 9/8, 7:55 a.m.: On September 7, the notice was removed and the hearing postponed until ...

The feminine future of classical music

I remember stating that it was time for balance between the feminine and the masculine in classical music. It appears I was not alone in that conviction. Maybe observation is a better word than conviction. ...

September 6, 2016
Everyone else in Tijuana seems to love this place

“If you don’t have anything to nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s an English proverb that I tend not to follow. Family, friends, and strangers are always recommending places for me. I ...

Mystery stunt plane over I.B.

A stunt plane performing loops and leaving trails of smoke in the sky off of Imperial Beach has attracted attention and some grumbling by locals. Most recently seen on Tuesday (September 6th), the small green ...

September 6, 2016
Dig a hole: Hugh O’Brian

Hugh O’Brian, the lantern-jawed cowboy star who apprenticed at the hands of several Hollywood mavericks and later rose to stardom as TV’s Wyatt Earp, has died. Born Hugh Charles Krampe, O’Brian dropped out of college ...

September 6, 2016
A day in the life of a lifeguard

August 21 — HP responded to a fully engulfed vessel fire in La Playa Cove A— 1 Anchorage. HP found that the owner/occupant was aboard the sailboat when it exploded into flames. He jumped into ...

Unsafe Encanto intersection has predictable results

“They put these new stop signs up yesterday [Sunday, September 4] and within a half an hour while I was there, there were two fender-benders,” said David Abbott, who lives in the Encanto area by ...

September 6, 2016

Monday, September 5

Peachnote app for classical music

Peachnote could change everything. At least everything about studying a score. In the past people would follow a recording or even a live performance with the score in hand. It's similar to keeping a score ...

September 5, 2016
Pence set to raise lots of cents in La Jolla

With the November election swiftly approaching, the campaigns of the two major party contenders are going about the business of raising California cash, including a La Jolla appearance by Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence. Set ...

September 5, 2016
Central San Diego before 1930

Clang, clang, clang In the summer you could get a fifty-cent pass for the whole week. ” She recalls passing her ticket out the window to a friend to squeeze two rides for the price ...

Normal Heights' Chutes Park would've been fun

In January of 1907, the Venice Construction Company optioned from D.C. Collier's Ralston Realty 50 acres of land in a canyon on the northeast end of Adams Avenue overlooking Ward Road in Normal Heights. Water ...

September 5, 2016

Sunday, September 4

One year to replace Clairemont grocery store

After 26 years, Keil’s grocery store is leaving the Clairemont Village shopping center in mid-October. Clairemont residents have been waiting for some sort of written-in-stone news since January when Keil’s lease ran out. A teary-eyed ...

September 4, 2016
Black and Blue warm-up almost all blue

Inshore: The barracuda seemed to disappear this past week while bonito numbers held steady. The calico bass bite is still pretty good, but the average size is going back down, judging by the kept/release ratio ...

September 4, 2016
Gilbert C and the Hammond B-3

Tuesday 6 The Jonathan Karrant Quartet with Joshua White on piano, Ben Wanicur on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums play 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) at 8 p.m. for a $10 cover. Wednesday 7 ...

September 4, 2016
Manual labor: I sweat right in front of you

Here to Clean Up Bruce’s departed tenant had left telltale signs of the "young bachelor" — a floor so encrusted with dirt in places that I had to chisel it off with a knife, a ...

Zoothanasia? Animal coalition applauds California’s aid-in-dying act

Last Tuesday, the San Diego Zoo announced that it had made the difficult decision to euthanize Ranchipur, a 50-year-old male Asian elephant who was suffering from multiple ailments associated with old age. The news was ...

Saturday, September 3

Karl Strauss opens its tenth brewery

San Diego's oldest craft beer enterprise just opened its tenth brewing location, and its eleventh should be online before the end of the year. August 22 marked the official opening date of Karl Strauss Brewing ...

September 3, 2016
Kumeyaay Cemetery, No Bulldozer Welcome

Protests are promised if authorities do not change their plans for the proposed Navy SEAL training center in Imperial Beach. At issue is the preservation of ancient Native American burial grounds at the site, said ...

September 3, 2016
City's Get It Done app not getting it done

Get it done? Hell, the city apparently can't even count the number of reports coming into the Get It Done app and its companion online complaint system launched barely three months ago. Dozens of reports ...

Near desert places

A Quiet Street and an Old Hotel He smeared my whole body and face with mineral oil and began rubbing it around with a machine that whined and felt warm. A cord led from his ...

Polo Fields land battle on simmer

The preservation group known as Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley is suing the City of San Diego and a youth-soccer league over a long-term lease at the city-owned Polo Fields east of Del ...

September 3, 2016
What is the most dangerous game?

"Man, Achilles heels really seem to be our Achilles heel this season,” lamented Chargers coach Mike McCoy after losing his second player of the season, running back Brandon Oliver, to an injured Achilles tendon last ...

Friday, September 2

Try eating healthy on $4.27 a day

Advocates from San Diego Hunger Coalition gathered in Point Loma on Friday (September 2) to begin a monthlong campaign to call awareness to the difficulty many San Diegans face in feeding their families. "Hunger is ...

September 2, 2016
Dying to learn about Imperial Beach/border currents

The results from the pink dye dropped into the surf between Imperial Beach and the border last year are in, and they're set to color the way we think about how sewage spills and dumped ...

Back to scholasticism

Now that it is September I feel as though some solemnity is required. The start of the school year will forever imbue this month with scholasticism. For as long as I have revelled in the ...

September 2, 2016
A fact of life: We’re going to die

That title reads better — or gets read better, anyway — with Orson Welles’s voice. So here’s a little snippet on mortality from F for Fake that I pretty much adore in this video. Go ...

September 2, 2016
Sluka releases his Introversions

Christopher Sluka, a San Diego resident and a singer/songwriter/musician most commonly cast as a goth rocker, has released an album, Introversions, that seems to be an effort to expand his horizons beyond a half-melodic philosophy ...

September 2, 2016
Mystery lurks behind Chargers latest $1 million campaign cash

While San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer continues to dally about whether he will support or oppose a new tax-subsidized stadium for the Chargers, the team is upping the ante for the politically ambitious Republican by ...

September 2, 2016
Where does that meat come from?

I’m already on record as being in favor of the reemergence of the dedicated butcher shop. Since Sepulveda Meats and Provisions opened in my neighborhood, I’m even more enthusiastic. At one point, standalone butcher shops ...

Demolition of historic Little Italy house likely

Architect/developer Jonathan Segal has applied to Civic San Diego to construct a 36-unit, 87-foot-tall, eight-story, all-studio apartment complex at a presumed historic site, at 320 W. Cedar Street in Little Italy. It would also include ...

September 2, 2016
Was Guns 'N Roses worth the wait?

“Do you know where the fuck you are? You’re in the jungle, San Diego!” Axl Rose screamed as he and his Guns N’ Roses bandmates launched into “Welcome to the Jungle” at Qualcomm Stadium, the ...

September 2, 2016
Thoroughbred “Trophy Wife” has to be put away after mishap at racetrack

Trophy Wife, one of the entrants expected to make a strong showing at this year’s Del Mar races, has been forced to withdraw from competition following a season-ending — and possibly worse — injury to ...

Thursday, September 1

One percent of a San Diego brewery for sale

When Magnetic Brewing opened to customers for the first time last August, it started about as small and low budget as a brewery gets. Morgan McCarty worked alone on the same 1.5-barrel system he'd assembled ...

September 1, 2016
Trolley tracks and Tchaikovsky

As we enter the final days of summer the Symphony Pops is completing its run at the Embarcadero while San Diego Opera brings some culture to the other side of the tracks. It’s Tchaikovsky time ...

September 1, 2016
Pot dispensary draws stars to Point Loma

"We gave Snoop Dogg some Tokyo OG [a marijuana strain] and he enjoyed it,” says Heidi Rising, the general manager of the Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-Op. On August 27, the Grammy-nominated rap star dropped ...

September 1, 2016
Reader calls for Wiseman retrospective to play San Diego

A Frances O’Neill Zimmerman of La Jolla writes: “The first ten films (from 1967 to 1976) of famed aging documentarist Frederick Wiseman are being screened in Los Angeles at Cinefamily on North Fairfax beginning August ...

September 1, 2016
Something's fishy about dismal San Diego seafood sales

San Diegans could be eating more locally caught fresh fish, snails, squid, and lobsters, says a new study by academics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and USD, but globalization and a lack of reliable ...

September 1, 2016
Oh, those free-range birds

David and I finally made it to Encontro, in that magical empty hour between lunch and dinner. The restaurant is positioned at the corner of University Avenue and 30th Street, which puts it right in ...

Red Sails Inn takes sunset cruise

The Red Sails Inn served its last diners last night (August 31). A staple in San Diego since the 1920s, the restaurant was first located at the Embarcadero on G Street and then in its ...

Doctor charged with distributing drugs for sex

Physician Naga Raja Thota, who specializes in pain treatment, was arrested yesterday (August 31) and charged with distributing oxycodone and other addictive drugs in exchange for sex acts. He was taken into custody by San ...

September 1, 2016
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