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Redbeard carries a backpack and a sacred calling

He ministers to the Sweetwater jungle

I once saw Redbeard riding his skateboard along Otay Lakes Road. It was close to midnight, there were only a few cars on the road, and the light from the streetlamps was dim. As he ...

Sitting by a Rivulet: An Image of Eternity

Ah lovely stream, how fitly may’st thou be, By thy immutability, Thy gentle motion and perennity, To us the emblem of eternity: And to us thou do’st no less A kind of omnipresence too express. ...

Meals and wheels

...and Sempra Energy spends on politicos

California assemblyman Adam Gray picked up a free meal worth $160.23 at the Barona gambling tribe’s resort in Lakeside on June 30. Fellow Democrat Marc Berman settled for a $14.87 meal and a free $137.50 ...

Al Howard fertilizes the Redwoods

“We have five records right now that we have started."

The Redwoods collective started its musical journey in 2015. Designed akin to a modern-day Muscle Shoals or Stax, the Redwoods use an in-house collection of session players that back the label’s individual artists. The label ...

Reckless Brewing slaughters sacred cows

Like something your precocious punk friends pulled together

A metal ball rolls down a ramp, launching an RC car into a series of homemade 2˝x4˝ dominoes. Clack, clack, slam! A stuffed bunny hangs from a noose, a baseball glove drops, and a jug ...

The politics and image of real punk

The Widows can't care about "likes"

Things were different when the Widows started playing punk rock 12 years ago. Singer/guitarist Aaron Pores liked it better when things were more DIY. “I love making physical flyers,” says Pores. “The visual art on ...

Kettner's grape pushback

A tangy English cow cheese, an Italian goat cheese, a Spanish “grassy” goat cheese, and a Manchego Spanish sheep cheese

"Stop and smell the rosé,” says the sidewalk sign. Huh. Are we seeing the start of a wine pushback, after all these glorious beer years? This is happening quite a ways up Kettner, Little Italy’s ...

Good Time, a soundtrack in search of a movie

An honest portrait, if an unattractive one

My first thought upon leaving co-directors Benny and Josh Safdie’s Good Time (Josh co-wrote, while Benny co-stars alongside an intense, controlled Robert Pattinson) was: A soundtrack in search of a movie. That’s not altogether fair, ...

San Diego concert stops

See XX, Dustbowl Revival, Paul Cauthen, and Gwar

They used to be considered wannabe vampire rockers, but the mumbling English minimalists known as the XX have taken the dual-vocal sound that earned them their goth bones and applied an indie electro-pop patina that ...

Rock city’s hard cash

Big changes to the Carroll Canyon Master Plan

Hanson Aggregates, the San Diego cement giant owned by a giant British-based multinational, has been trying to up its lucrative real estate development game with big changes to Mira Mesa’s Carroll Canyon Master Plan. “The ...

Thanks for the Grys-Grys, Loons

Locals pull French band across the ocean

“We actually love them so much, we got them a whole tour in California, so that people can see them,” says Anja Stax, who can be thanked for bringing Les Grys-Grys, often billed as “the ...

Hamlet — infinite tragedy

Grantham Coleman flaps his arms chicken-wing, he bobble-heads

You could say that Shakespeare’s Hamlet wakes up in the ultimate actor’s nightmare. He’s thrust onstage with no training. He’ll perform without rehearsals, or even peeking at the text. He must find out the play ...

Get close to sagebrush, toyon, lemonadeberry, laurel sumac, and black sage — in a wheelchair

Trail for All People open one year now

The Trail for All People is one of the few trails in the county that is wheelchair accessible, built to ADA requirements. The trail was created for people with mobility issues within Black Mountain Open ...

Escapes, a docu-biography

Who knew that Blade Runner was financed in part by Flipper’s TV dad?

Contemporary documentarians, adrift without historical recordings to help illustrate their case, too often try and pass off stock shots from vintage black-and-white studio releases as the emmes. Michael Almereyda’s docu-biography Escapes never once attempts to ...

U.S. Bombs target Soda Bar

The less you have to say about this band, the better

If there is any truth to the rumor, the last thing Joey Ramone heard in this life was U2’s In a Little While. He died in a New York hospital in 2001. But, there are ...

What to do on Labor Day

There’s the Mega-Yacht Party, the Festival of Sail, the Julian Grape Stomp...

Rich Uncle Max is coming for Labor Day. He’s always been one of those old dudes who can hang around young people and somehow not come off as creepy or embarrassing. So we’re a little ...

Polish horseshoes — DIY good clean fun

Capitalizing on ingenuity is lowest of the low

Dear Hipster, I just learned how to play Polish horseshoes this last weekend, and I have to say it’s super fun. Basically, you just hammer some four-foot garden stakes into the ground with about 25 ...

Penny pinchers and pikers rarely do well at the track

I wouldn't have asked Bob Hope for advice

I want to bet on Summer Buddha in the first race and Packin Heat in the third. Call it a lukewarm tip from a half-baked pal back in Jersey. But if his hunches are right ...

This week the Avengers are in town, film goes underground, and Ira Glass shares life lessons

Or ride your bike across the Coronado Bay Bridge

Thursday | 24 Marvel Universe Live The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket, and Drax, in a battle to defend the universe from evil. “Spider-Man and Wasp’s ...

Eyes are the best bullet proof vests

Two poems by Alex Simand

My Armenian Neighbor Argues about Mushrooms Eta ni lisitchka, my neighbor bellows, words through the threshold — the best place for argument, they say, and the timefield through which he will not pass. I hold ...

She claims to be matchmaker for the rich

But she wouldn’t qualify — she is poor

Rancho Santa Fe’s Irene Valenti runs Valenti International, a matchmaking and relationship counseling service that claims it puts together “educated, cultured, successful men and women with a strong desire for a relationship”…that is, she puts ...

Heartbreaka: no gangsta he

“You won’t hear me rap about gold chains and Ferraris."

Rapper Heartbreaka got no support from his family. “They hated it,” says the 23-year-old hip-hop artist who grew up in Southeast San Diego as Brandon Nambounmy. “They thought it was something Asians just did not ...

Fake news, real attrition

“Digital Agency Launches in San Diego”

The Union-Tribune broke exclusive word on its front business page last week of a smart new online advertising player in town. “Stats Digital is part of the tronc family of companies, which includes the San ...

Unabashed Nazism?

Readers chime in on last week’s cover story

No Person Is Illegal I’m disappointed that you chose to use the word “illegals” in your cover story for your August 16 issue [“You left water in the desert for illegals?”]. No person is illegal. ...

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