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UCSD literature majors — why they exist

I read. And I know things.

As a sophomore at UC San Diego, I went home for the summer to get a cavity filled in at the dentist’s. I lay there, saliva ejector hanging out the side of my mouth like ...

Reply to Missionary Cram of the Boston Missionary School

From Red Jacket of the Seneca tribe

Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, ...

A funny and fascinating glimpse of mating habits

Do you know what an epigyne is?

Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live (USA, 2015, Ovation) is an ultimately educational but undeniably funny and fascinating glimpse into the mating habits of numerous species. Rossellini proves that she can tackle any acting role, even ...

Ex-con’s party

Nathan Fletcher keeps ramping up

Ex-Republican assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who turned independent and then Democrat while placing third in two bids to become San Diego’s mayor, continues to ramp up an apparent try for the county supervisor’s seat being vacated ...

Brian Karscig helps launch Instagram of music

"I had a great video of my friend drunkenly eating cupcakes at a party."

“My business partner Nick Venti and I set out to make a music social app called BLKBOX that allows friends to share music and images with the moments of their lives,” says Brian Karscig (Louis ...

No man is an island or sky except maybe Daniel Isle Sky

“I didn’t smoke and didn’t drink enough to keep up with my bandmates.”

In the early days of Daniel Isle Sky’s music career, which essentially started by playing piano for church functions, he still managed to make time to earn a degree in aerospace engineering. Soon, however, he ...

Extreme cinema

La Mesa gets Titan XC, Reading Cinema’s large-screen exhibition

“Stub me,” I asked while stopping to split my ticket with the usher on duty at Reading Cinemas Grossmont Center. My left hand was preoccupied with notebook and silo of Coke, so I extended my ...

New shows in San Diego

Black Lips, Dopapod, Blues Traveler, more...

Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013, and the song they wrote together the next morning, “You’re the One for Me,” went on to hit number one on Hype Machine ...

Noir with a twist

A jaw-dropping, cameo-stuffed, hilarious joyride

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (USA, 1988, Touchstone Pictures) and Shutter Island(USA, 2010, Paramount Pictures) — noir with a twist! After taking the ride at Disneyland, what better to do than finally watch Who Framed Roger ...

Summer’s Roe boat

Conflict-of-interest questions arise

With what some are referring to as the pending anointment of Summer Stephan as successor to Republican district attorney Bonnie Dumanis comes conflict-of-interest questions involving at least one member of the county board of supervisors. ...

A Quiet Passion actress Catherine Bailey on Emily Dickinson

Very funny, very serious

Terence Davies’s slow and sumptuous A Quiet Passion turns the famously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson (played mostly and hauntedly by Cynthia Nixon) into an unenthusiastic but unshakable martyr for her sex. It’s not that she ...

Everything Mother’s Day

Wine, beer, brunch, and tractor rides in San Diego

Mom is coming for Mother’s Day, so I need to find things we’ll both enjoy. The Rose Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in South Park (619-281-0718) will be offering a mother-daughter flower-crown workshop on May ...

Silent Sky: Henrietta Leavitt goes beyond the Milky Way

Harvard Observatory at Lamb's Players

Sean Fanning has done it again. The Designer of the Year for 2016 converted Lamb’s Players’ stage into the Harvard Observatory. Laura Gunderson’s Silent Sky begins early in the 20th Century. Harvard has the state-of-the-art ...

Eat here, live longer

The idea of fig, gruyere, and sweet onion gets me.

"Shiny beans,” says Dave. “Sure sign.” He’s talking coffee beans. And he should know. He’s managing this new coffee place-café here kitty-corner to the Firehouse museum at Cedar and Columbia in Little Italy. “Uh, sure ...

Batman and Rodin — welcome to Perry Vásquez's world

"Today, the meaning of corruption hasn’t changed but there is a new cast of villains."

Artist and musician Perry Vásquez recently released a concept album designed to prod at the listener’s sense of morality, justice, and personal responsibility. The Gates of Heck began as a visual arts project in 2008, ...

The San Diego hipster constantly threatens to move to Portland but doesn’t

The Portland hipster keeps threatening to move to Detroit/Baltimore/Tallahassee.

Dear Hipster: I think you can probably guess where this is going, but, how about the difference, if any, between San Diego hipsters and Portland hipsters. — Janelle Portland hipsters have acquired some legendary statues ...

Random DNA created the Oxen of rock

“I was gung ho to find a band but nothing shook out."

Drummer Matt Nelson says his band the Oxen (which has been likened to the Breeders, Love and Rockets, or “a less drugged-out Spiritualized”) has quite the random DNA. “I was a pop-punk drummer from Cleveland, ...

Del Rey Canyon: a lesser known Chula Vista pocket canyon

South of East H Street, walk along the north-facing slope.

The Rancho del Rey community in Chula Vista is home to several urban canyons. Sometimes referred to as “pocket canyons” due to their relatively small size and the fact that they are tucked between more ...

Being young, I knew I’d never die

Time is just the fast before the feast

On Receiving a Death’s Head Rosary Some twenty years ago, I was eighteen And being young, I knew I’d never die And came to Rome, the oldest place I’d seen And in St. Mary’s church, ...

The value of Stanford vs. UCSD

Silicon Valley far ahead of San Diego in every way except biotech

What makes the Silicon Valley economy tick and other California metro areas — San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — lag behind? One factor is that Silicon Valley recruited engineering talent as a result ...

Enjoy the days of May with these events

Mexican wrestlers, Jewish food, and Wookiee trivia

Thursday | 4 Art of the Ancients In the first of the series “30,000 Years of Art History in Four Nights,” art professor Robin Douglas will cover the ritual, reverence, and relevance of prehistoric, Egyptian, ...

Swimming in Copley cash

Slurped up by managers of his foundation

The salary of Dean Dwyer, chief executive of the David C. Copley Foundation, has been holding steady, from $228,960, plus benefits of $29,629 in 2014, to $230,000 in pay and $29,677 in benefits as of ...

Not your typical supernatural horror movie

Better at twists than M. Night Shyamalan

The House at the End of Time (Venezuela, 2013) is not your typical supernatural horror movie. It focuses on Dulce, who is unjustly imprisoned for killing her son. Excellent writing, directing, and acting make you ...

Read something, say something

This week's batch of letters to the editor

No Pier to Surf While George Freeth may have coached Duke Kahanamoku while in San Diego in 1916, it is very doubtful “Kahanamouku surfed the O.B. Pier,” according to John Elwell. There was no pier ...

San Diego record roundup (May)

Mayor Taco Ghost couldn't wait for April to be through

Experimental pop group Mayor Taco Ghost and drone/doom vocal duo Vas Hermeticum both released new albums at the Black Cat on April 29. Acoustic songstress Elise Trouw will celebrate both her 18th birthday and the ...

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