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New Year's Eve is a job

"We just go through it. People fall down in front of us all the time."

After spending time performing with Cape May and the Swedish Models, local bassist Mark Wiskowski joined the Jones Revival in the late 2000s. The cover band plays all over town, but perhaps most often at ...

The Province of History by James Garfield

Every nation is a canto, and every man a word

The world’s history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have ...

Perpetual spin machine

Kevin Faulconer has added another member to his public relations team

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, struggling to right his political boat after the departure of the Chargers and the downtown hepatitis outbreak, has acquired another member for his public relations team. Marketing consultant and graphic ...

2018 concerts: Money Chicha, Charlie Puth, Dave Alvin, Flogging Molly

Shows coming to San Diego in the new year

Imagine that ’60s acid rockers Strawberry Alarm Clock were actually a South American cumbia band based in the epicenter of weird, Austin, Texas, and you either just imbibed a mind-expanding drug or you’re listening to ...

Spontaneous food on PB seawall

The bird of time is on the wing

It’s smack on 4:44. “Yea. Yeah! Yea!” “Good jaa-ob!” “Hasta la mañana, baby! Woo-hoo!” The voices just keep on rising to a roar. The setting sun flares on the horizon, then glows angrily like a ...

Brown-chicken brown-cow tunes had to go

Aaron Thompson traded bass-rocker life for porn and whiskey

Last we heard from Aaron Thompson he was playing about 100 dates a year in Stranger's Six. After over six years, Stranger's Six folded in 2009. Members Tommy Garcia and Evan Ehrich went on to ...

All the Money in the World lacks vision

But Plummer does unclog the Spacey role

Even with Christopher Plummer’s superb job of bottom-of-the-ninth, out-of-the-park pinch-hitting, Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World needed more than just a Kevin Spacey substitute to keep it from drifting off into the land ...

Chinese bicycle torture

The outfit that is seeking “permission to initiate bike sharing within City limits”

Another San Diego influence-peddler has entered the fray over the controversial case for so-called dockless bike rentals, picking up a Beijing-based client by the name of ofo (lower case intentional). The outfit is seeking “permission ...

Cheesy-yet-earnest ’80s music became cool again

Don't try to pinpoint the date

Dear Hipster: I was listening to 91X the other day and I heard “Everything Now,” by Arcade Fire, and I thought for a second there was some previously unreleased Duran Duran tune. In a way ...

UCSD composer's opera a light amid the hate

Anthony Davis: "I believe the country is in peril."

“I’m very concerned about the future,” says composer and UCSD professor Anthony Davis, who has never shied away from controversial subjects. “That’s why it’s important for me to continue to write about political events because ...

Best way to see Sandstone Canyon, Red Narrows, and Mud Palisades

A delightful surprise in the Anza-Borrego

Hike up to a spectacular red narrow gorge at the head of June Wash on the ridge of Whale Peak.

Triglycerides with your coffee?

Best of San Diego cold brews

At the end of September, a new coffee roaster opened shop in Imperial Beach. However, customers won’t find an espresso machine, pour-over gear, or even a drip coffeemaker. Trident Coffee specializes in one type of ...

Dinettes reopen 40 years later

New-wave riders of SoCal punk scene catch 21st-century swell

Before the Go-Go’s became famous, there was the Dinettes, San Diego’s first (and only) all-female new-wave band that was there right alongside San Diego’s first-generation punksters the Zeros, Dils, and Hitmakers. “We weren’t really punk, ...

Be your best self in 2018

But how? Time for New Year’s resolutions.

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” — Brad Paisley I’m ready to rock 2018, write a fabulous 365-page book. So ahead of the celebrations ringing in the ...

San Diego's debt to Bob Filner

An almost factual review of 2017

[Walter Mencken stands at a podium in the basement conference room of Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club in Kearny Mesa and addresses his audience, a group of men reclining at table.] Good evening, gentlemen! Well, men, anyway. ...

R.I.P. San Diego 2017

Local musicians who gravitated toward the harp sound

The grim reaper took its toll on the music world in a major way this year and San Diego was no exception. Here’s a look back at those we lost in 2017. ➢March 22, Bob ...

Cringey and wincey go head to head

Beyond awkward

Dear Hipster: Why do people say “cringe-y” when they so clearly mean “wince-y”? One doesn’t cringe when one hears something awkward or embarrassing, one winces. One cringes when one is afraid. Am I missing something? ...

Best ways to spend the end of 2017

Holiday Bowl, Holiday Food Truck Festival, New Year's parties, and more

Thursday | 28 Holiday Bowl Parade 2017 The largest balloon parade in America starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 spectators will line Harbor ...

The Croce vision

Stride-piano weaponry defines the man and his sound

Alas, the public imprint from having notable parents. I’d resolved not to make mention of mother Ingrid, the famous restaurateur, nor Jim, the famous singer who died in his prime. But in the end, I ...

City okays USD plans to build on three sides of widow’s home

USD to neighbor: Sell us your house or we’ll build a six-story parking garage next door

The Spanish villa that Virginia LaGuardia and her husband built in the 1970s may soon be nestled against a massive parking garage, student housing, and an administrative building that the University of San Diego intends ...

The gulls and white face coots have as much of an inner life as I

Two poems by Christopher Buckley

Looking West from Montecito, Late Afternoon Beneath hills of agave and eucalyptus, beneath the Spanish palms and walled estates, I look across the bird refuge to East Beach . . . mist in the channel ...

Sempra’s marital conflicts

It isn’t the first time a Sempra employee has faced conflict-of-interest questions

The deputy director of San Diego’s Purchasing and Contracting department has agreed to fork over a $3000 penalty to the city’s ethics commission for failing to disclose that his spouse works for San Diego Gas ...

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are not heroes

“They are using my culture to present their dumb ideology of Aztlán”

Chicanos go into Mexico and violate Mexican laws Re: “Who does Chicano Park belong to?” Neighborhood News. An embarrassment of Chicano park and the Anti-American sentiment: I feel sad for Chicanos and immigrants who participate ...

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