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Camp Pendleton: A hell of a place to grow up

In a good way

We were nearing the end of a late-afternoon soccer practice, trying to squeeze in a few more minutes of scrimmage time before the sun set when coach blew his whistle. The long, shrill tweet stopped ...

Actors who move from Lord of the Rings movie to Marvel movie

There is some connection

Dear Hipster: Have you noticed that anyone who plays some sort of elven royalty in a Lord of the Rings movie goes on to play an ugly-ass villain in a Marvel movie? — Dean Lee ...

A cornhole by any other name

Rebranded as “Councilman Chris Cate’s D6 Charity Toss Tournament”

The name may have been changed to shield a city councilman from off-color jokes, but big money is still being provided by a lineup of city hall’s favored corporate special interests. Such is news about ...

The Littlest Hurricane

“Hopefully we’ll find a place to live after the baby arrives.”

“I think it’s safe to say I’ll be the only pregnant drummer playing at Kaaboo,” says C.C. Spina of Little Hurricane. “I will be almost nine months pregnant. That will be our last show of ...

Burger of short rib, chuck, and brisket no longer trending

#speedofinternet, anyone?

Hipster: What’s up the #hipsterbooks hagtash on Twitter? Um... it’s “trending”? Also, if I’m at an arts, crafts, & brew place, and I order a $17 burger of short rib, chuck, and brisket from that ...

Surprised by ceviche in City Heights

Raw fish showing up everywhere

All I wanted was a poke place. Because poke places are popping up like mushrooms. They’re the thing. I mean, raw fish makes it into the cool crowd’s diet? This I gotta see. That’s what ...

Comic-Con sideshows: the $6 million yacht, the preacher, the cigarette bummer

Why follow a fantasy?

Mark came to Comic-Con from Laguna aboard his friend’s 85-foot, $6 million yacht Motown, a sleek gray vessel tied up alongside the Embarcadero just south of the convention center. “I’ve been here every year for ...

Pony Death Ride Realty Co.

“Initially, we didn’t want people to know we were in a band."

“We were surprised how being an agent is so similar to being in a band,” says Joe MacAskill. “Lots of marketing, having a website, maintaining connections, networking.” Along with his wife Jaye, MacAskill brokers real ...

Seize control of that stadium land

The “Friends of SDSU opposing SoccerCity” make their presence known

Wealthy ex–city manager Jack McGrory, who has emerged as a key foe of the SoccerCity plan to privatize the city-owned land now occupied by Qualcomm Stadium, has put some money into the battle, kicking in ...

New shows in San Diego

Babe Rainbow, Thievery Corporation, Cold Specks, and Tera Melos

What do you get when you mix Foghat, Ziggy Marley, and a Mariachi band? What sounds like a sure way to get your DJ beat up is just another day on the bandstand for Tempe, ...

She’s doing the internet troll thing all wrong by mixing pejoratives

What’s the point of being super tough?

Dear Hipster: How did you feel about that reader calling you a “beta male” (at least by implication) a week or so ago? — Joe Unimpressed. She’s doing the internet troll thing all wrong by ...

Blind Mountain Holler, like family

"‘Cheese Sandwich’ is about when Kelley and I were living in the back of a U-Haul."

Scotty Bones’s gritty, plaintive vocals and soul-bearing lyrics remind many of early Tom Waits. Scotty and Amanda Bones’ husband/wife harmonic wailings bring to mind Johnny Cash/June Carter or Southern Culture on the Skids. With cello ...

Part of Cuyamaca spared by 2003 Cedar Fire

East Mesa's grassland is non-native

In 1923, wealthy Beverly Hills residents Ralph and Helen Dyar purchased 20,000 acres of the original 35,500-acre Rancho Cuyamaca Spanish land grant and built their summer home near what is now the Park’s Visitor Center ...

The best part about being a bookstore owner

You buy a book new, and you have a new baby

Name: JUSTINE EPSTEIN Age: 31 Occupation: OWNER, VERBATIM BOOKS Neighborhood: SHERMAN HEIGHTS Where interviewed:: VERBATIM BOOKS What are you reading? “Some Ross MacDonald short stories about the private eye Lew Archer. They’re kind of noirish. ...

Mideast woman and child get baby back ribs and ribeye steaks at Walmart

Immigrant exploitation

Walmart Neighborhood Market carries El Jimador reposado tequila for $15.97 a bottle, which is $4 cheaper than my local liquor store, which is why I went there on the night of July 7th. As I ...

Park Hill — a church on Fir Street planted from Portland

"The gathering on Sunday is the huddle and everything we do all week long is the game"

Membership: 125 Pastor: Evan Wickham Age: 36 Born: San Diego Formation: Western Seminary, Portland, OR Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor Evan Wickham: God is ...

Bobby Cressey hustled to bring the organ to Petco Park

"They kind of stood back while I did a loose, impromptu presentation."

“I heard through a friend that the team was thinking about bringing back a live organist,” muses Bobby Cressey. “They hadn’t had one since they moved to Petco Park. I’ve always been a big baseball ...

Summer, do your worst!

Three poems by Dorothy Parker

August When my eyes are weeds, And my lips are petals, spinning Down the wind that has beginning Where the crumpled beeches start In a fringe of salty reeds; When my arms are elder-bushes, And ...

Your week: Vans Warped, Mata Ortiz, and Farm to Bay tastings

Also, Dancing with the Stars comes to town

Friday | 4 Latin American Festival Mata Ortiz Pottery Market Old Town San Diego’s Bazaar del Mundo shops present three days of folk art, food, and entertainment at this annual event. Artists from Mexico, Guatemala, ...

El Cajon councilman sued over Miss Middle East pageant

Former contestant alleges Ben Kalasho propositioned her

In El Cajon city councilmember Ben Kalasho’s words, he created the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant to “empower” Middle Eastern women and award them the freedom to “wear what you want, marry who you want, ...

Wheeler Walker Jr: consistently revolting and funny

Waylon, Hank Williams Jr, and Kinky Friedman all rolled up into one

Parental advisory: Wheeler Walker Jr is possibly the filthiest country singer on record. “But tonight it’ll do,” sings Walker Jr, about a man facing thin odds and even poorer options on the tail end of ...

Surf Dog at 8:00 p.m., pedestrians going into Mexico, and the issue of Name Withheld

Letter writers go after Reader errors

Obviously Incorrect I was looking at a Reader yesterday and observed that the Surf Dog Competition coming up in Imperial Beach on Saturday was shown in two different places (Your Week and event listings), both ...

Trump’s local lady

Rancho Santa Fe is home to the county’s top donor

President Donald Trump may not be the most popular politico on the Left Coast, but San Diego County’s super-rich enclave known as Rancho Santa Fe is continuing to produce much of his California campaign cash, ...

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