Content for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

News & Stories

College is kind of scary to think about

Middle school is not too early to think about it.

Last year, when my 16-year-old was a freshman in high school, we attended his school’s open house. I was interested in meeting his teachers and getting an idea of what his school day was like. ...

You used to care. Now you don’t give a whit

Two poems by Jane Blanchard

Condo This property is absolutely ideal Because of the incredible view. The design might be a bit dated, But the price is totally appropriate. The incredible view of the ocean Beyond the easily accessible beach ...

Cash rains on supe

Ron Roberts spends his political money

A termed-out San Diego county supervisor who last month voted himself a $19,000 raise and a comparable hike in benefits is also tapping in to a five-figure campaign bank account left over from his final ...

Revivalists or revitalists?

Indie rockers who have discovered soul and R&B and, in their own DIY way, have revitalized that music

The Revivalists (no, they don’t live up to their name, but we’ll get to that later) are among the crop of indie rockers who have discovered soul and R&B and in their own DIY way, ...

Home & Away surpasses Old Town average

A neighborhood pub in a touristy area

If ever there were a compelling reason for San Diegans to hang out in Old Town, it’s Home & Away at the former location of Kelly’s Pub. For about two years now, locals and tourists ...

Record-release roundup for February

San Diego bands with new music coming out this month

Two years after their debut full-length, Hideout’s sophomore album, So Many Hoops, So Little Time, is due February 3 via Small Plates Records, preceded by singles for “Doctor” and “I Got Your Message.” 500 vinyl ...

James Baldwin’s notebook

I Am Not Your Negro makes San Diego premiere at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

I was sorry when my interview with I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck was cancelled at the last minute, in part because I wanted to ask him — out of genuine curiosity as ...

Go Biga downtown, mop the plate

“He keeps that batch of ‘live’ dough from one day to the next. It’s the life of the bread.”

I look at my chunk of bread. Just think, Napoleon ate this. Could have. Really. This bread. That’s how long it’s been going. Back in 1815, Battle of Waterloo and all that, this exact same ...

Fought-over Fourth

Omar Passons files for spot on the Board of Supervisors

While Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher continues to mull his options regarding running next year for the board seat being vacated by Ron Roberts, another supervisorial hopeful has jumped into the race ahead of him. Lawyer Omar ...

Stories from NAMM

Music Merchants madness

The annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention just wrapped in Anaheim, and San Diego musicians were well represented, as performers, consumers, and product endorsers. Guitarist Wayne Riker has been attending the convention for ...

Three films to see at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Seventh annual festival at MOPA through Sunday

The Museum of Photographic Arts Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre once again plays home to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival which runs Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5. For more information and a ...

Check-box blacksmiths and the Black Smiths

Either way, rest assured, contemporary blacksmithing is a thing.

Dear Hipster: I was reading that column you did a while back about hipster baby names, and I had an idea. You know how some names are basically supergeneric white-guy names? I mean, here’s looking ...

Viva Las Vegas

Three days of trade-group freebies

While North County Republican congressman Darrell Issa has been jousting with critics and backers of president Donald Trump who gathered outside his Vista office, a top aide has drawn lighter duty. For three days beginning ...

Big wall realities

Mexican-American artist Cruz Radical on thumping Trump with punk

The October record-release show for Cruz Radical’s self-titled album at the Whistle Stop had one snafu: no vinyl. “We held out hope until the last minute they would show up. Part of it was our ...

Mission Bay marsh opens the chain-link fence — for a day

Love your wetlands on February 4

What is now the Kendall-Frost marsh reserve at the northeast corner of Mission Bay Park was acquired by the city and set aside in 1965. Since then, the De Anza Cove trailer park, Campland on ...

Punk-rock Patriots

Dave Smalley and Down By Law will rock Soda Bar on Super Bowl Sunday

Dave Smalley is about to roll through San Diego with the same line-up of Down by Law that played on 1994’s Punkrockacademyfightsong. The band has gone through its fair share of membership fluctuations over the ...

$45 mil gets you in Rancho Santa Fe

Third-highest asking price in San Diego County

Current Owner: Sunranch LLC Listing Price: $45,000,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 10 House Size: 20,408 square feet The 22-acre estate at 17111 El Vuelo in Rancho Santa Fe “is located on one of the most coveted ...

Downsize the NFL?

Maybe after the Super Bowl

Here’s a fun fact: the Los Angeles Chargers might sell out some games in 2017. They are likely to pull off this seemingly impossible feat by aiming small — as in 30,000 fans small. That’s ...

Views of Mount Woodson and Iron Mountain among the rewards

A gorgeous summit view of Poway and the surrounding mountains awaits the adventurous soul.

The Twin Peaks trailhead begins at Silverset Park, which is an ideal spot to park and head out onto the trail. For the adventurous souls who seek the summit, the trip is well worth the ...

Former lieutenant guns for Goldsmith

“All that seemed to matter to him were politics.”

Jan Goldsmith completed his eight-year term as San Diego’s city attorney on December 13, 2016. His legacy will remain present at San Diego city hall for years to come, possibly not as much for major ...

Fill your weekend with fermentation and ballet

Unique events to kick off February

Thursday | 2 Lotus The Philly-based “jamtronica” band last year released their most stripped set yet in Eat the Light, the album’s name and rhythmic dance vibe a nod to new-wave icons the Talking Heads. ...

Travel light and fast to heaven

Pastor Mel Svendsen on how to become a true Christian

Riverview Church Membership: 900 Pastor: Mel Svendsen Age: 59 Born: Brooklyn, NY Formation: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago; Northeastern Bible College, Essex Fells, NJ Years Ordained: 35 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on ...

Just how real is news purveyed by the U-T?

Getting pushy

“Conquer your fear of sharing fake news by keeping it real,” goes a recent email pitch for bargain online subscription rates from the financially flagging San Diego Union-Tribune. “148 years of trusted journalism is a ...

Down by Law, Revivalists, the Nots

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 5Dave Smalley and his Beantown punk band Down By Law set up at Soda Bar after Pulley, Skipjack, and Hurricane Kate blow through the Normal Heights nightspot. Smalley had a chat with the Reader’s ...

Lotus and El Ten Eleven, Metalachi, Sweet and Tender Hooligans

...plus the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 2The Philly-based “jamtronica” band Lotus last year released their most stripped set yet in Eat the Light, the album’s name and rhythmic dance vibe a nod to new-wave icons the Talking Heads’ Remain in ...

Inbox of feedback

This week's batch of letters to the editor

Alleged Sex Offender Elicits Laughter Your cover story about the alleged sex offender was funny. The guy didn’t really try to prove his innocence at all! After four embarrassing accusations, he resorted to Google. LOL! ...

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