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Guide to holiday fun

No driveway to shovel ... what to do?

A holiday tourist in my own city Tree farms, Nativity scene, gondola and trolley rides, Christmas movies by the pool. By Siobhan Braun Why not a holiday bar crawl? Bike ride, Messiah sing-along, Santacon bar ...

You swan dive into a spoonful of Drāno

Three poems by Kevin Opstedal

Spilling the Kool-Aid You can count your blessings if you have any or shut down in the neon haze that invades the parking lot and changes the way you think about moonlight knocking around at ...

So it goes in the jazz desert

Paris is calling supper-club chanteuse Sacha Boutros

“In some cities, like New York, if you bring the goods they appreciate you for your art,” says homegrown jazz chanteuse Sacha Boutros, who just returned after spending a month in Paris (where she’ll move ...

Airport advertising overload

“The Authority believes that there are many other ways to create interest and enhance revenue”

Get ready for a proliferation of paid plugs at San Diego’s International Airport. “Over the past decade, the Airport’s advertising has been confined to the interior of the passenger terminals and has consisted mainly of ...

Reindeer Monologues at OB Playhouse

The dark, unlovely picture painted by this play

We get the conceit of Santa’s eight reindeer from the reindeer husbandry practiced by the indigenous people of Fennoscandia. In Siberia, the locals shave curlicues of meat from frozen reindeer steaks, which they eat raw ...

Aki Kaurismäki’s wise and gentle comedy, The Other Side of Hope

Neither of our heroes come equipped with a sense of humor

We open inside the dank hull of a coal freighter — only these lumps have eyes. Khaled Ali’s (Sherwan Haji) peepers blink awake as the stowaway sits up in the lumpy bed of black that’s ...

Satellite Amps shop rock

Cowboys in the Campfire tour sparks up the small room

When Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and his buddy Chip Roberts announced their “Cowboys in the Campfire” tour, the idea was that they would play unusual venues — rooms that don’t usually host rock shows. Andrew ...

Oily money

Shell Oil Company and ExxonMobil: charity far and wide

A combination of two of the world’s biggest oil companies has kicked in $50,000 to the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation at the behest of Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher. State disclosure records show that ...

Slow season but "we’re smoking 560 pounds”

Apple and cherry wood give a fruity flavor, pecan a nutty flavor

Hail to the chef! That’s what I’m thinking as Danny lowers two whole racks of pork ribs into the maws of his Smokaroma Bar-B-Q Boss. He says it’s a wood-fired pressure-cooker. No more fuming black ...

Saw suffering Christians in Thailand

Won't be surprised by heaven's big circles

Membership: 400 Pastor: Tim Spivey Age: 41 Born: Long Beach Formation: Pepperdine University, Malibu; Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX Years in ministry: 20 San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a member of ...

Santa sightings in San Diego

Where to find St. Nick in S.D.

“You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town…” I’m ashamed to admit it, but I did pout a little bit for the ...

Why not a holiday bar crawl?

Bike ride, Messiah sing-along, Santacon bar crawl, Vintage flea market

Everybody’s got their own small rituals to enact this time of year. Holiday traditions vary by country, culture, region, and household, and in every instance they’re what make the season special. I’m a nontraditional kind ...

Florida blues behind her

Lindsay Perry's western migration pays off

Although there are some decent surf breaks back home, pro surfer Lindsay Perry says Central Florida is nothing like San Diego. “My dad used to catch alligators with his hands,” she says about her upbringing ...

Spanglish Christmas

Kind bikers, vegan meals given out, posada, shopping in Pasaje Rodríguez, Santa's Red (TJ Christmas beer)

During the holiday season, thousands of Californians head south of the border to join their families for a Mexican Navidad mixed with customary American Christmas traditions. In the Spanglish world, as with the languages, the ...

Stay on the Anderson Canyon trail

Watch for beetles, ants, and our friend the Torrey pine

Del Mar Canyon Preserve, sometimes alternatively known as Anderson Canyon, has two of the best elements of San Diego County hikes: stunning views and unique biodiversity. The trail is short and easy, but take time ...

Winter is God's cocktail hour

Good causes at Holsem Coffee, Tin Roof, Brick Bar, Taste & Thirst, 12 Bars of Charity, and Model Railroad Museum

Winter. It’s the five o’clock of the annum. God’s own cocktail hour. A time to rejoice and be merry and say things you’ll later frown about at family gatherings. New year, new you. This is ...

Decision made on Mission Bay wetlands plan

Campland reduced, golf course intact, ReWild rankled by mere 38-acre allotment

A conflicted, somewhat confused Mission Bay Park Committee voted 5-3 to go forward with a plan for the DeAnza Cove Tuesday night (December 5th) after hours of passionate testimony from people who want different things ...

Slings, arrows, and naming names

Who are Tim Mays, Sam Chammas, Chuck Patton, Paul Horn, Dave Good?

Dear Hipster: Your list of great albums sucks. You suffer from a lack of taste. Go back to making jokes about mustaches and Cap’n Crunch. — Ethan Hipster: Nice work leaving out Paul’s Boutique, hipster. ...

Keep those holiday dollars in town

Barrio Logan market, two kinds of Nutcracker, Ribbon Rush, Full Measure carols, Makers Arcade

Traditionally, December is a month of buying stuff — whether for yourself, family, friends, coworkers, or whomever else is on that list you’re checking twice. So why not flex your spending power and use those ...

A holiday tourist in my own city

Tree farms, Nativity scene, gondola and trolley rides, Christmas movies by the pool

When Christmas season rolls around I like to become a tourist in my own city. My kids are out of school, my husband takes a week or two off of work, and the family and ...

My holiday wish for you

Jive, ice skating, Santee's wondrous Christmas lights, Kwanzaa at WorldBeat Center

For so many of us, favorite holiday memories take root with family and friends, and that certainly holds true for San Diegans. Whether it’s cutting down a tree in the local mountains, dancing the night ...

Broke San Diego musicians

"I owned a Jeep Wrangler, and I had to sell the doors and top to eat."

With paying gigs becoming scarcer, and the economic outlook not too bright, we asked several current and former locals to share their best “I was so broke...” stories. Marcia Claire (Coyote Problem): “In 1986, I ...

Holidays at the big attractions

Legoland, Zoo, Seaworld, Liberty Station, La Mesa Village

San Diego’s mild winter climate makes it an attractive spot for people who don’t want a white Christmas. So that means there is a good chance you’re hosting out-of-towners over the holidays. That means that ...

270 degrees of unobstructed views with no neighbor in sight

Balinese contemporary, next to the Del Mar fairgrounds

“Welcome to the ‘King of the Hill,’” beckons the listing pitch for 5160 Rancho Del Mar Trail, a five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath home boasting more than 9500 square feet of living space situated “within the prestigious, private ...

Make holiday friends of enemies

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, global winter, Baptist concert, Korea’s finest snow ice machine, the Coaster's Christmas ride

This year, the Lickona family is keeping to its Christmas traditions at home: the ancient carols, the crèche, the Christmas lights wrapped around the cactus in the front yard, the works. But also this year, ...

Hot tickets in cold December

Michael Rose, Mammoth Grinder, and Soft Moon, Jinger and Andrea Bocelli

Jamaican singer Michael Rose (or Mikal, as he now prefers to be called) came up in the heartland of the original reggae movement, Kingston, part of the same scene that spawned the Wailers, Sly & ...

San Diego less vulnerable to, but not free of, fracking

We could see effects in food poisoning, earthquakes

Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, or horizontal shooting of water, sand, and chemicals into shale to bring up oil and gas. However, people complain of loud equipment, stealing of water, and widespread pollution through use of ...

Trout Derby drama at Dixon Lake

Boyfriend's fish caught near contest's closing has 1/3 oz. advantage

The City of Escondido’s 39th annual Trout Derby at Dixon Lake attracted hundreds of anglers from around Southern California on December 1–3. Even without the planting of huge Nebraska tailwalkers at this year’s opener, stringers ...

Certain activities that mean Christmas

Snow day in Chula Vista, Holiday train rides in Campo, Nutcracker tea, USD Lessons and Carols, toy giving at Lincoln High

This New England girl has finally adjusted to the warm weather Christmas season. It only took 20 years. During those years, I felt patronized by fake snow painted on windows, manmade snow hills, and ice ...

Hard times for the United Auto Workers

Driving UCSD

The once-mighty United Auto Workers union has faced hard times of late. The most recent sign of the labor organization’s ebbing influence came last month when workers at the Fuyao Glass America plant in Dayton, ...

Tons of Christmasy things to do

Frosty Farm, The Nutcracker, Parade of Lights, Lessons & Carols...

Thursday | 7 Prophets of Rage At first it may seem an unlikely pairing — players from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave teaming up with members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But Rage ...

A reader invites the Reader to Scripps Ranch

Plus some info for the nerdy hiker

Scripps Ranch was a real ranch Re: “Once upon a time: Scripps Ranch,” cover story. Your article is a collection of sarcastic comments that only slash and burn. God forbid you write something positive that ...

Make it a point to spread the love

Botanic Garden, Conservation Garden, Willy Wonka, pet adoption, cooking and baking, read with children

Holiday lights make the early darkness of winter a beautiful thing. One of my favorite displays in San Diego is the simple strings of colorful lights that wind around the railings on the streets above ...

Coco Montoya, the last guy you should copy

Left-handed guitar with a right-handed neck — "I had no idea"

Some years ago I was invited to sit in on a masterclass taught by blues guitarist Coco Montoya. I play blues sax. Possibly the organizer thought I’d gain some new insights. “I bet each of ...

Surfboard Santa

Pet parade, parade of lights on the bay, ugly sweater pub crawl, Grinch at Old Globe, ginger beer and granola at farmers markets

Growing up in the Chicago area, the holidays meant snowy hills and hushed landscapes, warm, woolly scarves and mittens, puffy down coats and sturdy boots. It also meant shoveling two feet of snow off the ...

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