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Stories for January 2017

Tuesday, January 31

Mexican beer, craft beer, and the Trump effect

The 2017 Beer Industry Summit took place at the Hotel del Coronado January 29 and 30, bringing together brewing company executives, distributors, financiers, and media for a series of panel discussions and networking opportunities. Among ...

January 31, 2017
January Harbor Patrol highlights

January 1 HP responded to a subject who had a dizzy spell and crashed his bicycle into the bay next to the Star of India Ship. A HP diver and vessel unit retrieved him from ...

Feeling the sunshine tax squeeze

According to the federal government, 13.8 percent of San Diego County residents are living in poverty. But according to a study released today (January 31) by the Center on Policy Initiatives, that federal figure is ...

January 31, 2017
Marx Brothers ballyhoo

Return to a time when movie promotion meant something more than web page banners or a lone poster fastened before an auditorium door. It began by googling “Mary Tyler Moore” in search of a memorial ...

January 31, 2017
Who will drive the trout to Escondido next season?

Unfortunately, this may be the last year for large, record-setting Nebraska Tailwalker trout at three local lakes. The three-year contract with the Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch hatchery in Bridgeport, Nebraska, ends April 19, the last ...

January 31, 2017
Groundhog Day meaningless in San Diego

Groundhog Day arrives Thursday, February 2. If the sleepy woodchuck sees his shadow, so the story goes, he’ll hole up for another six weeks of winter cold. None of this means much in San Diego, ...

January 31, 2017
Pasta your way

I wouldn’t imagine a little pasta restaurant in Miramar could be the start to a chain of restaurants, but it could happen. Pastalini is offering franchise opportunities. The shop has been around eight years, and ...

Electric companies seek taxpayer cash in the desert

Though the project is still failing its main mission, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric last month asked for consumer rate increases for the cost of building a 150-acre reef to make ...

Monday, January 30

My Fair Lady at Welk Resort Theatre

With lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, My Fair Lady has frequently been called “the perfect musical.” The well-known story of the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, may bring a “ho-hum” ...

January 30, 2017
Peak performance on the horizon at San Diego Symphony

Have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself, “What the hell are we all doing?” It’s a legitimate question. What are we all doing and who decided gold is valuable? Every morning when we ...

Immigrant prison cash flows to SD politicos

San Diego politicos and business types have been unsympathetic to president Donald Trump, but one major border enterprise that has been a big campaign provider to legislators of both parties here could be in line ...

January 30, 2017
Green Elementary assault trial starts today

A civil trial begins today (January 30) in a molestation case of a special-needs student who was allegedly assaulted by three older students inside a bathroom at Green Elementary School in San Carlos. The lawsuit ...

January 30, 2017
Post-rain O.B. bluff crumble

Two properties just south of the Ocean Beach Pier lost their bluffs over the weekend, dropping large boulders, wooden planks, and debris on the sandstone below. Pelican Point apartment complex, located at 5107 Narragansett Avenue, ...

January 30, 2017
Dessert still Heavenly in North Park

It wasn’t much more than a year ago that longstanding North Park dessert spot Heaven Sent moved from its 30th and University corner location into a smaller space two doors down. So I was surprised ...

Sunday, January 29

Near East County

Loser’s Guide to Lakeside Most of Lindo Lake is nice, with grass and ducks, but on the north side of the lake is a small ditch where future generations of white trash like to hangout, ...

January 29, 2017
A tough day of bass fishing

Dock Totals January 25-28: 293 anglers aboard 19 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 36 yellowtail, 39 calico bass, 73 sand bass, 145 rockfish, 122 sanddab, 2 halfmoon, 3 halibut, 43 ...

January 29, 2017
New Orleans saxman Donald Harrison blows into the Athenaeum

Monday 30Start off the jazz week with a free solo piano concert featuring Joshua White at the Lyceum Westfield Horton Plaza from noon to 1 p.m…. Trumpeter Stephanie Richards plus Phantom Station present Conduction for ...

January 29, 2017
Council Brewing's kiss of tartness

Council Brewing Company is set to launch a spin-off sour brand. The Magic Factory was initially the name given to Council's second production suite, which sits across the industrial park from its main Kearny Mesa ...

January 29, 2017
Trump goes swamp fishing

Kenneth Juster, a partner and managing director of Wall Street's Warburg Pincus, has been named deputy assistant to the president for international economic affairs. He has resigned as a boardmember of San Diego's troubled Bridgepoint ...

January 29, 2017

Saturday, January 28

San Diego immigrants

Home Before Dark “Part of the procedure before praying is washing their feet in the sinks. That was another problem. This was going on in the restrooms, creating water on the floor. It was not ...

January 28, 2017
Intrepidly visiting hotspot Israel

Just as I last left Israel, the bodies of three missing young men had turned up. The week before I was to return, there were two young men murdered in front of Old Jerusalem’s Jaffa ...

Trump border-wall project begins on beach

The morning after Trump signed the executive order to build a wall (January 25), a couple of workers in a white van installed a 60-yard section section of chain-link fence on the existing barrier that ...

Friday, January 27

McDonald's sauce hunters swoop on local restaurants

McDonald’s pulled off a nationwide marketing stunt on January 26, releasing 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac “secret sauce.” The free 11.4-ounce bottles could only be obtained at few undisclosed restaurant locations and by stating ...

What’s in a name?

Adam Driver is a bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, New Jersey in Paterson, the new Jim Jarmusch film that earned a whopping five stars from Scott this week. Me, I’m holding out for Miles ...

January 27, 2017
Hirshman hit for ducking ex-Soviet deal signoffs

San Diego State University president Elliot Hirshman — also called the $492,000 man in honor of his salary, the highest of all state university presidents — has by some accounts been busy behind closed doors, ...

January 27, 2017
SEAL appeal on the Silver Strand

If all goes well, sailors will be able to ride the bus into the billion-dollar Special Warfare Command campus being constructed on the Silver Strand between Imperial Beach and Coronado, according to Navy officials at ...

Our Great Tchaikovsky at San Diego Rep

Hershey Felder portrays famed composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and others in Our Great Tchaikovsky. Combining a piano concert, a one-man show, and political theater, Felder creates a performance that both entertains and makes audiences think. ...

January 27, 2017
Classic Emerald Isle pub in the middle of Normal Heights

“God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world,” as Ed McMahon once said, but that hasn’t stopped them from exerting a considerable influence over Normal Heights nightlife. A Guinness-branded butcher board along ...

January 27, 2017
Trader Joe narrowly avoids disaster

Around 3:00 p.m. on January 26, a woman in her late 80s backed into the Trader Joe’s in Encinitas, injuring four people. Two victims were transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, one to ...

January 27, 2017
Canna-business beachhead established

Hundreds gathered at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park Wednesday night (January 25) to celebrate the completion of San Diego's first cannabis-focused business accelerator program. "We're taking entrepreneurs just starting a company ...

January 27, 2017

Thursday, January 26

Trump goes to trade war with Mexico

President Donald Trump wants a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, according to his press secretary, Sean Spicer, speaking today (January 26). The charge could bring in $10 billion a year and pay for ...

January 26, 2017
Drought is over (says local water authority)

The San Diego County Water Authority's board of directors today (January 26) declared that the drought is over. The board urged governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board to rescind statewide emergency ...

January 26, 2017
Bad Jews at Cygnet Theatre

The title screams for attention. And through most of Joshua Harmon’s 90-minute comedy/drama, two cousins scream at each other. To each, the other deserves the play’s title. Liam Haber says his cousin Daphna has a ...

January 26, 2017
More pressure on Mickey Kasparian

In a lawsuit filed in December, United Food and Commercial Workers Union president Mickey Kasparian was accused of sexual harassment and denigrating employees. Demands for him to step down are increasing, and the protests continue. ...

January 26, 2017
Saturday night in San Diego

Tonight in San Diego, a Tonight Show-type variety show that has appeared on various cable outlets over its two-year history, has just been picked up by CW6, which will air it Saturdays at 11 p.m. ...

January 26, 2017
Kindergarten sexual harassment case continues

New details have emerged regarding an alleged sexual assault by an elementary-school student on another student at San Diego Unified School District's Green Elementary School. On August 18, 2016, San Diego Unified School District superintendent ...

January 26, 2017
Madison’s Mediterranean brunch

Madison in University Heights has been open for about a year. My wife and I dined there in February and liked the cocktails, but we felt the food needed more seasoning. Then my wife said ...

Bay's plastic pollution — it's in the fish

San Diego Bay’s fish are ending up with plastics in their systems from trash that washes downstream — and the fish are fed more plastic with every rainstorm. That’s the conclusion of the first comprehensive ...

Wednesday, January 25

Customs stopped me in San Ysidro as a sex offender

I stood silently as the customs official swiped my passport through the card reader at his station. He swiped it again then lifted his head and stared at me judgmentally. Turning to his terminal, he ...

January 25, 2017
Paterson’s hometown pride

Paterson refers both to the film’s New Jersey locale and lead character (Adam Driver), a married bus driver who fancies himself a poet. Imagine The Honeymooners’ Ralph Kramden as the Bard of Bensonhurst: Cook me ...

January 25, 2017
John Cotton explains his mission

To exhort all that are planted at home, or intend to plant abroad, to look well to your plantation, as you desire that the sons of wickedness may not afflict you at home, nor enemies ...

Sprinkle Stephen Pearcy over Southern California

Back to work on Ratt and related projects, singer Stephen Pearcy celebrates the release of a new solo album, Smash, on January 27. The former San Diegan took some questions from L.A. Been back to ...

January 25, 2017
NFL’s nastiest word

Sports media were atwitter last week after new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn made a couple of verbal faux pas. “I am so proud to be the new coach of the San Dieg — ugh, L.A. ...

January 25, 2017
San Diego mead boom ahead?

The success of craft beer has inspired new local ventures into cider and even sake in the past year, but it's a third beer alternative that is suddenly exploding in San Diego: mead. Oceanside's award-winning ...

January 25, 2017
Numbers aren't lion at 91X

After “Shotgun” Tom Kelly, Mike Halloran may be San Diego’s best known rock-radio DJ. According to one friend, Halloran is doing now what he usually does when he loses a radio gig. “He’s out riding ...

January 25, 2017
Fill your piehole Japanese style

"Hi! Welcome! Yókoso!” It’s this lady at the cashier desk. Love that about Japanese eateries. I know it’s just business, but welcomes like this kinda make you feel good. I had just hopped off the ...

Electronic moth

“We were thinking about ‘Big Moth’ as a name,” says saxophonist Ian Tordella, referring to the search for identity on a new project and recording. “But we decided on ‘Moth & Sons’ because it’s a ...

January 25, 2017
Nathan, hot dog

Twice-defeated San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher has taken to the news and opinion website financed by his political godfather — La Jolla billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs — to castigate the county board of supervisors ...

January 25, 2017
New year, new hairstyle

“It’s a new year, I need a new ’do,” I told Patrick. “A new what?” He looked up from his book. “A new ’do, doofus. You know, a hairdo.” “Well,” his eyes got that sexy ...

January 25, 2017
Order this Swedish pizza in the name of hipster science

Dear Hipster: Why do some people hate pineapple on pizza so much? — Diane I don’t know, but I can speculate. Personally, I think that Hawaiian burrito at JV’s Mexican is a straight-up delight, and ...

January 25, 2017
Paul W.S. Anderson puts an end to Resident Evil

I became aware of Paul W.S. Anderson while teaching film classes at Chicago’s Columbia College. It was around the time Anderson’s Mortal Kombat was released on home video and one of my students couldn’t wait ...

January 25, 2017
Muslim no more

Ten years ago the Muslims were one San Diego’s most promising bands. Founders Matt Lamkin and Matty McLoughlin renamed themselves the Soft Pack and moved to L.A. The stripped-down indie-rock band put out two records ...

January 25, 2017
Imagine eating woodrat stew in Felicita Park

Felicita Park provides a nice mix of easy-walking loop trails with negligible elevation conducive for young children in strollers and any fitness level. The ancient towering oaks provide shade, making this 53-acre fenced county park ...

January 25, 2017
Schizophonic freak-out

The Schizophonics’ appreciation of different musical styles comes through in everything they do. Led by husband and wife Pat (guitar, vocals) and Lety (drums) Beers, the band offers a potent blend of punk, rock, and ...

January 25, 2017
Where surfing pros come from

Southern California’s Scholastic Surf league is divided into three areas: San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Each high school team consists of six to nine shortboard men, three longboard men, two ...

Mexico: Just another place to get a dog

Dear Hipster: Why does it seem all the hipsters go to Mexico to get their dogs? Not to sound too Trump-y, but what’s wrong with our local dogs? — Ed Till recently, a run-of-the-puppy-mill mongrel ...

January 25, 2017
The Bank of Internet had a good year

People wanting stocks to go up are called “longs.” People wanting stocks — or a particular stock — to go down are called “shorts.” Shorts borrow a stock, sell it, and hope to make a ...

January 25, 2017
Lemuria — violence with a smile

The word “lemuria” can mean many things. Lemuria is a Belgian band, for example, or was a religious holiday celebrated in ancient Rome, or is a song title recorded by a Swedish symphonic metal band ...

January 25, 2017
Faulconer’s marauders

With the Chargers safely out of town, Kevin Faulconer’s allies have been upping their post-game attack on team owner Dean Spanos and special counsel Mark Fabiani for setting up the mayor for political failure. “Throughout ...

January 25, 2017
Double Portraits

Double Portrait All those times I said “forever” as in, “Will you love me forever?” then waited for you to say, “Yes, I will love you forever,” while you drained your glass and said instead, ...

January 25, 2017
Our First Amendment rights

Lights Out Re: News Ticker, January 19: “Spanos’s Sweetheart Chargers Park Deal” Good riddance to the Chargers and to Spanos. The NFL and Spanos do not pay taxes on any profit they make. Yet, he ...

January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24

Mexican photojournalist recalls Pemex arrest

Gas prices in Mexico have jumped since January 1. Coupled with the decline of the peso, the situation has caused a great deal of unrest throughout Baja California. On the morning of Saturday, January 7, ...

January 24, 2017
Mayor's staff chief getting campaign cash

San Diego's Republican mayor has been into plenty of denial lately regarding his future political intentions, but a series of expenses recently disclosed by his 2016 reelection committee suggests a different story. After pledging he ...

January 24, 2017
More changes at FM-94/9

It’s been a bad month for San Diego radio veterans. Mike Halloran, who started at 91X in 1986 and went on to work at four other local alt-rock stations, was dismissed as afternoon DJ and ...

January 24, 2017
New Fortune Theatre risks epic revenge with Les Liaisons Dangereuses

At the beginning of Shakespeare’s soaring tragedy, Marc Antony tells Cleopatra: “Now, for the love of Love and her soft hours, let’s not confound the time with conference harsh. There’s not a minute of our ...

January 24, 2017
14-year-old threatened into having sex

Dylan Wayne Cawdrey, 23, was sentenced January 23 to 46 months in prison for getting a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him by threatening to do harm to those in her family. He had ...

January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23

Art meets jazz

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and his manager Arlene Damasco are ready to begin a collaboration with Bread & Salt, the multi-arts venue in Logan Heights that combines a jazz concert with an art showing on Saturday, ...

Trump cutout lugged to Potato Chip Rock

At about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (January 21), some hikers spotted a muscular young man in running shorts carrying a large wrapped package up Mount Woodson. The rainy weather seemed to make the almost-two-mile trip ...

January 23, 2017
San Diego college students

I Don’t Need This Aggregation Reggae (the music played by impoverished Jamaican blacks, often revolutionary in nature) blasts from the back yard of a nearby fraternity party. Young men holler, wiggle their behinds, and wave ...

January 23, 2017
Itzhak Perlman sold out Symphony Hall

Symphony CEO Martha Gilmore made some lovely statements before Saturday night’s symphony concert. She also made a sly remark about the house being sold out for the music of Erich Korngold. Of course, the house ...

The last days of Anthony’s

A couple of weeks before Anthony’s Fish Grotto closes its doors on Harbor Drive for the last time (January 31 is the scheduled date), I decided to stop in and have one final meal. Anthony’s ...

Big Fletcher donors behind MLS venue grab

When it comes to disposing of city-owned Qualcomm Stadium, it appears that San Diego taxpayers are the last to know. As reported late Sunday (January 22) by KNSD’s Derek Togerson and others, an "investment group" ...

January 23, 2017

Sunday, January 22

Weather puts a damper on fishing

Dock Totals 1/15 -1/21 675 anglers aboard31 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 72 yellowtail, 22 calico bass, 65 sand bass, 10 bonito, 1 barracuda, 1,779 rockfish, 1 sheephead, 3 sanddab, ...

January 22, 2017
Remembering Daniel Jackson at Dizzy's

Monday 23Start the jazz week off with a free solo piano concert featuring Joshua White at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) starting at noon. Wednesday 25Vocalist Leonard Patton performs in duo ...

January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21

Qualcomm accused of illegal scheme

Apple has sued Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the market for chips for wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities, according to Bloomberg News. "Apple is demanding ...

January 21, 2017
SD institutions: small business

Don’t Bust That Bottle on My Account “The last real trouble he had was when bikers — predominately members of the Mongols, a particularly tough East County outfit — would frequent the hotel and often ...

January 21, 2017
Goldsmith loses, Briggs wins

The legal fight over city-related emails that former San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith sent over his private server during his time in public office has concluded, almost three years to the date that watchdog ...

January 21, 2017
What's brewing in the local bean scene

Coffee Barons With the opening of its seventh store in North Park last month, regional grocery chain Barons Market introduced a new concept it calls the Local Coffee Corner. A dedicated display at the end ...

January 21, 2017
NFL supposedly upset with Chargers' move

ESPN.com is reporting that "pretty much everyone in the [National Football League] hates the idea of the Chargers in L.A." The league office is said to be "beside itself" over the move and, says ESPN, ...

January 21, 2017
San Diego winters bring yellow acacias, frost-bite, and a low-lying Jupiter

Acacias, festooned with myriads of fluffy yellow blossoms, are brightening streetsides, freeway embankments, and backyard gardens throughout the San Diego area this month. Although many acacias are native to subtropical regions, nearly all we see ...

January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20

County labor report

San Diego County's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in December, down from a revised 4.3 percent in November, and less than the state's 5 percent and nation's 4.5 percent during the same period, according to ...

January 20, 2017
Interview with a dreamcatcher maker

Before heading out of O.B. to a gem show in Arizona, Christian Fischer explained how he became a fabricator of dreamcatchers. “I moved out here from Wisconsin and there was a point where I felt ...

Making yeast in Beer City USA

This spring, local yeast purveyor White Labs will join the ranks of San Diego breweries producing beer on the east coast when it builds a brewhouse in prominent craft beer destination, Asheville, North Carolina. Of ...

January 20, 2017
Ten extinct conductors you should know

There are certain names one should know when it comes to conductors. Not just names but their contributions. Here are 10 dead conductors whom everyone should know of. I have limited to conductors of whom ...

Border Patrol audit: 45 percent San Diego “recidivism”

How much does it cost to deport the thousands of undocumented immigrants intercepted each year by the Border Patrol along San Diego's frontier with Mexico, and what is the true "recidivism" rate of illegal border ...

January 20, 2017
Family values on the big screen

Scott’s big (and mostly positive) review this week is 20th Century Women, Mike Mills’s memory of growing up surrounded by strong feminine figures of all sorts. (Greta Gerwig strikes again!) It’s one more example of ...

January 20, 2017
Inadvertent off-roader vanishes from crash scene

A La Mesa motorist expressed surprise on Wednesday (January 18) when he saw a burgundy-colored truck on the side of a hill on the south side of Parkway Drive. The truck had crashed through a ...

January 20, 2017
Happy lasagna

My friend Mary suggested we meet at Fresco Trattoria in Carlsbad, and I agreed. My husband doesn’t like to spend money on pasta. After working in the grocery industry for 40 years, he claims that ...

Midge Ure remembers Bowie during Casbah concert

Midge Ure, at 63 years of age, can still rock the house. The former member of Ultravox, Visage, and Thin Lizzy brought his three-piece band to the Casbah, where they played songs spanning his career. ...

January 20, 2017
Ex-Marine hid camera to ogle naked women

Former Marine Kory Nathan Brower, after pleading guilty to video voyeurism, was sentenced yesterday (January 19) to two years of probation. Brower admitted that between July and November of 2015, he placed a video recording ...

January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19

Mission Beach Plunge down to its skeleton

“They can do it fast or they can do it right,” says Dawn Reilly as she looks at the skeletal framing that remains from the Belmont Park building that holds the Plunge swimming pool. “It’s ...

A small batch experiment every week from Mikkeller SD

Speaking to a sales rep from Mikkeller Brewing in 2014, one stat line he was quick to point out was that brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø had produced 600 beers in eight years since founding the ...

January 19, 2017
My directing/choreographing bucket list: Javier Velasco

Says Javier Velasco: “Bucket list. Hmmm... At this point in my life, I would rather do new pieces I create with my collaborators, but there are some existing pieces I would love to explore.” Pajama ...

January 19, 2017
Whoa, Mexico, that water clean?

Four South Bay cities have signed off on a letter that calls on the North American Development Bank to pay attention to the sewage-tainted seawater that may go into the Rosarito desalination plant the bank ...

Glasses aren’t just for drinking

The email subject heading read: “A United Kingtdom Press Screening and Phoners.” Great! And who is Fox Searchlight pitching for a possible phone interview? None other than durable leading man Armand Assante who, according to ...

January 19, 2017
La Jolla crosswalk horror story

A New Jersey man on vacation in San Diego who was hit by a truck while using a crosswalk in La Jolla is suing the City of San Diego. Attorneys for Santo Bencivenni, 72, filed ...

Beer, sports, and toddlers

Over the summer a new sports bar and restaurant opened in North Park, across from the Lafayette Hotel at the original corner location of Pomegranate, the Georgian restaurant that has since moved into a larger ...

South Park mainstay says it's time to go

Maureen Ceccarelli has decided to retire. At the end of January, the longtime pillar of South Park's business and arts community will close the doors of her adjacent Beech Street storefronts, Studio Maureen & The ...

January 19, 2017
Escondido residents resist water-treatment plant

Escondido farms need affordable water. Though the city plans to build a recycled-water treatment plant, many residents drawn to a recent city-council meeting were not in favor of living near a “membrane filtration/ reverse osmosis ...

January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18

Coast to Cactus: The genesis of San Diego's definitive hiking guide

Since Afoot and Afield in San Diego County first appeared in 1986, Jerry Schad’s comprehensive guide to local hiking trails has been considered the definitive resource. But Schad’s death from liver cancer in 2011 sent ...

January 18, 2017
Flingin' Swingin'

“Relampago-go Records is releasing Songs 4 Swingin’ Sinners on marble blue vinyl,” reports Andy Rasmussen of the upcoming EP from Action Andy & the Hi-Tones. It’s the latest wax offering from the band, which also ...

January 18, 2017
Yes! A hamburger! A mustard grin! Ketchup smiles!

ATTENDANCE: A CATALOGUE: my car broke down, my mother became someone I didn’t recognize, I had a relapse, my sister got beat up, I felt the tremendous anxiety of living, do you remember me, no ...

January 18, 2017
Putting the new in Newport

Keeping the O.B. vibe intact was a priority when Noodle House owner Steve Yeng bought the beach bar Gallagher’s and renamed it the Holding Company last May. After all, that was the name of the ...

January 18, 2017
Engulf the Garlic Shack

"Soju!” says my buddy Ernesto. “Au jus?” “No, soju. What’ve you been talking about, on and on? Soju? Korean sake? Then it clicks. ’Cause I have been going on about soju and how it’s gonna ...

January 18, 2017
City council self-fulfillment

Republican San Diego city councilman Scott Sherman, chief promoter of a Mission Valley land giveaway to benefit the Chargers — along with a bevy of local developers hoping to grab pieces of the city-owned Qualcomm ...

January 18, 2017
The Wright stuff

“I wanted to have musicians who’ve played here before,” says music promoter Bonnie Wright. She’s on the verge of celebrating 20 years of her Fresh Sound music series. “And our very first concert featured Steve ...

January 18, 2017
That ’70s movie

The characters in Mike Mills’s third feature, 20th Century Women, can’t wait to share their writer-director’s sketchy reminiscences of life in Santa Barbara, 1979. Mills calls it “the time before America lost its individuality,” but ...

January 18, 2017
Plenty of options on the trail to Hellhole Canyon

This 8-mile spur of the California Riding and Hiking Trail (CRHT) rewards hikers with a variety of desert habitats, providing exceptional views of the San Ysidro Mountains, Borrego Valley, Santa Rosa Mountains, and Salton Sea. ...

Tequila tubbing

if you paid any attention to the reductive echo chamber of social media last year, you’d know that 2016 was without a doubt the most merciless hope-strangler in all recorded history. For one thing, just ...

January 18, 2017
Children's Pool was just for kids

Ask an adult who grew up in the San Diego area about his hometown and he’ll say something akin to, “It’s a great place to be a kid.” Our weather, beaches, and the ocean provide ...

Glass elevator with mosaics that change on every floor

Current owner: Leonard M. Okun Listing price: $13,500,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 5-1/2 House size: 5540 sq ft The “Venetian Villa” located at 828 Neptune Drive on a quarter-acre oceanfront lot, according to listing materials, “offers ...

January 18, 2017
Monster Trucks and the marvel of confounded expectations

I’m not sure which is a more salient critical experience: disappointed expectations (The Nice Guys), fulfilled expectations (Mad Max: Fury Road), or confounded expectations (John Wick). I’m thinking the second, just because it’s so rarefied ...

January 18, 2017
Why David Bowie and not Justin Bieber?

Dear Hipster: It’s said that a catastrophic event (nuclear war, the volcano under Yellowstone erupting, a meteor strike) would kill off the more advanced creatures, like us, but leave less evolved beings, like cockroaches. 2016 ...

January 18, 2017
Come on in, Daring Greatly, now go home

For their Whisky a Go-Go show January 7, Daring Greatly brought along two busloads of fans. “They brought 100 people who each paid $50 to go up and see them play in Hollywood,” says promoter ...

January 18, 2017
Tried taking Highway 94 east off the 125 south lately?

High-priority project at the 125/94 interchange never gets done.

January 18, 2017
A lot of people who assume they’re going to heaven are not

Generation Church Contact: 1106 Whaley St., Oceanside; 760-439-8411; gotogeneration.com Membership: 110 Pastor: Jared Osselaer Age: 41 Born: Tacoma, WA Formation: U.S. Navy (bodyguard for Navy chaplains), Golden Gate University-Gateway Seminary (attending) Years Ordained: 4 San ...

January 18, 2017
County board members vote themselves a $19,000 raise

Besieged by editorialists and irate citizens, the county board of supervisors maintained their resolve last week, approving a 12.5 percent boost in their own pay in a 4-1 vote, with newly elected Kristin Gaspar the ...

January 18, 2017
Kensington controversy

Outstanding Example of San Diego The January 12 article, “Kensington: The Only Real Neighborhood in San Diego” is an outstanding example — dynamic, well-researched, as well as effective writing style — of San Diego. It’s ...

January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17

Coronado Shores to fight public restroom

Coronado’s plan to build a plaza and restrooms at the ocean end of Avenida del Sol is being challenged by Coronado Shores residents — and two California Coastal Commission members. “You don’t build a bathroom ...

Case of the secretly freed mink

Animal rights activist Nicole Kissane was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today (January 17) for participating in a cross-country spree freeing mink from fur farms. Her fellow activist, Joseph Buddenberg, was sentenced to ...

January 17, 2017
Little Miss Brewing moving into Normal Heights and O.B.

Since before Little Miss Brewing began churning out beers from its Miramar brewhouse in August, the plan was to open a satellite tasting room in a San Diego urban neighborhood. Now, as the business hits ...

Relative hate

If I were a member of the Feygenbaum/Haber extended family circle that figures so prominently in Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, I would dread get-togethers (funereal or otherwise) at least as much as Daphna (Danielle Frimer) ...

January 17, 2017
They don’t care if their picture sucks

Critics and fans alike are calling 2016 a terrible year for movies. That would be the case if all one took in were the blockbusters and the well-intentioned message pictures that round out the list ...

January 17, 2017
What Martin Luther King Day was all about

While a parade drew thousands of spectators to San Diego Bay on Sunday (January 15) the hundreds who rallied at City College before marching on city hall Monday afternoon said their event reflected the true ...

January 17, 2017
Will an early Alvarez get the political cash?

If they can't be mayor of San Diego, maybe races for county supervisor will work out, keeping two well-known San Diego politicos in the good financial graces of La Jolla Democratic billionaire Irwin Jacobs. Jacobs-backed ...

January 17, 2017
Marjorie Prime at North Coast Rep

We try to remember…we imperceptibly edit, ruthlessly censor, select, and reshape until memories become more like myths. All of this plays in your mind and takes root during Marjorie Prime, Jordan Harrison’s quietly unsettling drama ...

January 17, 2017
Sunset Cliff edge road repair

City of San Diego work crews began repairs today (January 17) on a sinkhole in the 1000 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The hole has been a concern of the neighborhood and the Sunset Cliffs ...

Goodbye Terrible Youth, hello American Wrestlers

“A few steps behind the times” is how one reviewer describes the band American Wrestlers; the comment is spot-on. Who uses a drum machine anymore, right? Or, a timeworn tape recorder? There are a few ...

January 17, 2017
Farmers return to Clairemont

A new farmers' market is opening up in Clairemont. The community repeatedly says they want one but once it appears, they don’t seem to support it in numbers big enough to make it viable for ...

January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16

Rach docs on a Sunday night

I spent Sunday night “doc-ing out” on YouTube. Surrounded by the puddles of a mediocre culture obsessed with any number of transient concerns, I found it necessary to bathe in something more permanent — admittedly ...

Trust her, she’s been to Paris

My husband and I experienced an extravagant dinner more than a decade ago in a tiny village in the French countryside. We are still talking about how delicious and entertaining the food was, and we ...

U-T's stadium love affair with John Moores

With the blood of the Chargers stadium massacre barely crusted over, is the Union-Tribune in an unseemly hurry to serve up yet another public money development scheme for the 166-acre chunk of city-owned real estate ...

January 16, 2017
Beau Jest at Lamb's Players Theatre

Bob Schroeder is an actor. Have we seen him in a movie? “That depends on where you sit.” Bob has done shows, even Fiddler. Plus, his new part-time job’s a bit like theater. He works ...

January 16, 2017
Grossmont school district sued

The fight over public employees' use of private devices to send emails and texts and the refusal from agencies they work for to turn over those missives has landed Grossmont Union High School District in ...

January 16, 2017
San Vicente Reservoir considers hydroelectric project

As the world gradually shifts its energy focus to renewable sources such as solar and wind, utilities are faced with a demand for secondary sources — those that are available when the sun isn't shining ...

January 16, 2017
Friday the 13th good-luck tattoo

Local tattoo artists and clients celebrated Friday the 13th with tattoos meant to mark the day in a better light. “Superstition runs so heavy, so we set out to take away the stigma,” said Dom ...

January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15

Colinet producing decent yellowtail and lingcod

Inshore: The half-day boats have been fishing the midcolumn off the kelp for sculpin and calico bass, and the flats for sand bass and halibut with mixed success. The closure on rockfishing and the weather ...

January 15, 2017
Matt Hall's Handlery Happy Hour

Tuesday 17Vocalist Rebecca Jade performs at Café 21 (802 Fifth Avenue) in a trio with pianist David Owen and bassist Michael Kennedy from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday 18Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos begins ...

January 15, 2017
Downtown L.A.: trashy to trendy

In the 90s and early 00s, despite its impressively tall high-rise skyline, downtown Los Angeles was generally NOT somewhere you would go by choice. Maybe once in awhile for a museum or a convention. Or ...

Ambitious slack-liners under O.B. Pier

Last week, what looked like red "caution" tape was strung up between two pilings at the far end of the Ocean Beach Pier, a few feet above the water line. “No there wasn’t any danger…someone ...

Car-creeper suspect disrupted

On Wednesday morning (January 10), "Jane" went outside to her car in Point Loma and found it had been ransacked — and the perpetrator was still inside. “She was just sitting there, with the window ...

January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14

San Diego Brewing Co. cranks up for realsies

The latest brewery to open in North Park represents one of the city's oldest brewing companies. San Diego Brewing Co. has been operating as a brewpub in Grantville since 1993, and its sister restaurant, Mira ...

Gentler sports

SD’s Tennis Curse San Diego has played its own role. Great weather, ample facilities, and the region’s heavily middle-class economy depolarize tennis, blunting country club snobbery, and turning tennis instead into just another California outdoor ...

January 14, 2017
Soup scenario

Driving along the main drag through downtown Escondido this week, I spotted a sign I’d never seen before: Vegan Soup Bar. I’d been planning on a burger, but it was raining and my feet were ...

Report of layoffs at Green Flash

Reports emerged this week that roughly two dozen employees were let go by San Diego's fourth largest beer company, Green Flash Brewing. Los Angeles–based craft-beer website TheFullPint.com reported on Wednesday (January 11) that "Green Flash ...

January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13

Movies can make you feel things

A lot of critics liked Patriots Day — The Boston Globe‘s Ty Burr being a notable exception. I didn’t much care for it. Peter Berg’s dramatization of the Boston Marathon bombing and ensuing manhunt started ...

January 13, 2017
Tour Italy with Keith Jarrett

“Over the Rainbow” would be the last piece he’d play in public for a few years. As he remarks in his liner notes, he was already sick when he did these concerts. He didn’t know ...

January 13, 2017
Bowie's birthday bash

Have you ever had a magic night involving music? This was one of those nights. Led by my psychedelic bolo tie, I walked into the Casbah with no expectations. Ziggy Shuffledust started us off. Having ...

January 13, 2017
Healthy but still “breakfasty”

My wife and I enjoy going to Trust in Hillcrest before going to a play at the Old Globe, and we thought we’d check out the brunch. Trust has been around a little less than ...

The unliking of the SD-LA Chargers

Many social-media users switched their profile picture yesterday (January 12) to the new LA Chargers logo that's been modified to read "LAME." This was in response to team owner Dean Spanos's breakup letter and updated ...

January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12

Farewell, elder statesman

Sam Williamson, 80, passed away on January 8. Back in the early 1980s, when Oceanside’s downtown was a crumbling, rough-and-tumble military town, the former Marine and longtime resident stepped up to help start the city’s ...

January 12, 2017
Paradise Hills school field to open to public

Nearly 100 Paradise Hills residents came to a Wednesday-night meeting (January 11) about how to turn the Paradise Hills Elementary School lot into a part-time park. Neighbors, parents and coaches from the Paradise Hills Pony ...

Spanos and SD's sweetheart Chargers Park deal

The year was 1995, and the distinctive voice of a noted elected official was on the line, insisting on going deep, deep background. "You can’t let anybody know I’m talking, I’d be crucified. But I ...

January 12, 2017
Hershey Felder's latest in a string of successful one-man shows

The music of Tchaikovsky has long been a favorite of everybody except the most obtuse of emotional constitution. He, along with Puccini, is the master emoter. Whereas Puccini was almost exclusively a composer of opera, ...

City to block mayor's testimony in accident case?

The City of San Diego doesn't want mayor Kevin Faulconer to testify in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a seven-month-old girl who was struck by a car and died while crossing Catalina ...

January 12, 2017
Korean tacos?

A Caucasian American and a Korean opened a taco shop in Tijuana in late November. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there is no punchline. KoMe is situated downtown on 7th Street ...

My acting bucket list: Ron Choularton

I’m asking actors and designers to name five dream roles/projects and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices ...

January 12, 2017
Today the saddest day ever for Chargers fans

San Diego Chargers chairman Dean Spanos made it official this morning: the team is moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. Spanos met with employees this morning. Spanos handed out a statement: "After much ...

January 12, 2017
No news is bad news in North County

The upper-middle income areas of coastal North County, a desirable region for media advertisers, recently lost two print newspapers; another has cut back publication. The monthly Seaside Courier did not print a January edition. Reportedly, ...

Trump’s new trade appointee Peter Navarro wrote four long Reader cover stories

Part 1: San Diego Confidential It’s clear that I came on far too strong and too early with Bilbray on this primary election night. It was still eight months before the general election, and I ...

January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 11

Thank You Scientist's lab rock

You could possibly generate earthquakes with this band’s music cranked at high volume. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard, unless you listen to the Beatles and Kansas and Genesis and the Mars Volta and Frank ...

January 11, 2017
New Zealand in Little Italy, Spain in the Gaslamp

Water. Adam’s Ale. Hobo cocktail. Sky juice. Call it whatever, it’s one of the few things around that’s still actually free. And — hey hey! — today, water made it possible for me to finagle ...

Chargers get an extra 48 hours

The Chargers today (January 11) got a two-day extension to decide whether or not they will move to Los Angeles. The cutoff date was January 15, but owners, meeting in New York, decided that since ...

January 11, 2017
Definitely hold on to the Tubthumper LP

Hey, Mr. Hipster, dude: As you can see, I have quite a few albums, including a few by the Soft Machine but none from the Tragically Hip. What’s up with that? Or is it down ...

January 11, 2017
Rob's ride

“I’ve been going out to Otay Lakes to train,” says local jazz bassist and bicycle aficionado Rob Thorsen. “Just riding up and down the trails, getting muddy and testing the limits of my bike.” On ...

January 11, 2017
Ever-changing gun laws

California’s tight new gun restrictions have created a job opening for a new “social media coordinator” at Poway Weapons and Gear, a range and training center best known for its popular ladies’ nights and a ...

January 11, 2017
In-a-gadda-Sinatra

I first caught Jose Sinatra and the Troy Dante Inferno back at one of those mid-1980s Comic-Cons, doing a raucous lounge act that veered somewhere between Bill Murray and Tom Jones, with a touch of ...

January 11, 2017
Soot on your pants, the price of entry to Oasis Spring

Perennial water, even in the form of a seep, is a rarity in San Diego County in a biological zone generally adapted to drought. Add to this a steep east-west canyon in a north-south mountain ...

January 11, 2017
Modern Me scores a direct hit

Adam Lamah is the frontman for Modern Me, a six-piece indie-rock band from Fallbrook that’s been compared to the 1975. In an attempt to get radio play for Modern Me’s new single, “Waters,” Lamah called ...

Artifacts of the cult

Tension between Death and the woman is as wiry and volatile as the religious tension of the times.

January 11, 2017
Patriots Day, a net cast wide but with little care

Based on Peter Berg’s sprawling Boston Marathon bombing drama Patriots Day, here is what I know about Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers who planted pressure cooker bombs near the marathon’s finish line ...

January 11, 2017
Bell curve

“It was a labor of love, that album,” said flutist Lori Bell, speaking from the second floor of her North Park studio. That album is Brooklyn Dreaming, which has earned a place in the top ...

January 11, 2017
Day-Glo in a sea of black pea coats

Dear Hipster: Please explain why Californians fear bright colors in their clothing. In San Diego; on the trolley; in the long lines crossing the border; everywhere you go, 98 percent of people are wearing drab ...

January 11, 2017
No lunch for Lenny Morris

“Now that my son has grown older, I’m reinserting myself into the local restaurant and bar scene,” says singer-songwriter Lenny Morris, who’s kept a low profile since his 2012 release No Secret. Up until his ...

January 11, 2017
Mid-January gut check

“I feel like that Onion headline,” moaned Patrick. “Man who stopped dieting two weeks ago can already see results.” We were doing so well, and then the holidays came. Exercise time. “Fitness boot camps are ...

January 11, 2017
It's bootie time

It usually happens around this time of year, when the ocean water temperature drops below 60 degrees. Some surfers refuse to wear booties no matter what the water temperature might be, but most surfers are ...

January 11, 2017
Wells Fargo’s wheels are falling off the stagecoach

In early September of 2016, the shocking news broke: thousands of employees of Wells Fargo Bank — generally considered a relatively pure institution — had secretly opened millions of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts ...

January 11, 2017
No doubt the rent includes electricity

Death of Edward Lucas White author of Lukundoo Not while the stars shine on Lake Ponchartrain Will She forgive — he hears it in all dreams While feeling the howling heads root through his brain ...

January 11, 2017
Costs and dangers of public art

The City of San Diego has picked yet another controversy-prone artist from out of town to create a public work of art, this time for downtown’s forthcoming East Village Park. “I think that public art ...

Letters on the dump, porn, and Spanglish

Like an Outhouse Knocked Over in 100-Degree Sun I’ve lived in this house for 38 years and I know the differences in the smell of the dump. This has happened probably within the last year ...

January 11, 2017

Tuesday, January 10

Dry-hopped sake — oh yeah, it's a thing

When Setting Sun Sake launched in August, founders Josh Hembree and Keldon Warwick Premuda started with five fermentation vessels — enough to brew 100 gallons of sake per month — and a business model predicting ...

January 10, 2017
In defense of Cardiff beach parking lot

It's nearly an annual event — a big storm tears up the riprap that protects the turn-around for emergency vehicles in the Cardiff State Beach parking lot. "It got eaten away again last year," said ...

No affordable housing on Tavara Ridge

Fifty-two mini-mansions are planned for a recently demolished 17.5-acre elementary-school site (4520 Pocahontas Avenue). The new neighborhood (being sold as Tavara Ridge) of two-story homes will have two- to three-car garages with up to five ...

January 10, 2017
Lord of the wind

Los Barriles sits on the Sea of Cortez halfway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. Known mostly for its fishery, this area enjoys wintertime winds that funnel down the Gulf of California from the ...

Low tide reveals Marine's remains at Sunset Cliffs

You never know what you’re going to find at low tide along the coast — sea-glass, coins, wallets, and sunglasses aren't so out of the ordinary. On Sunday afternoon, Frank Gaffney found something rather unique. ...

Downtown protest of Trump cabinet picks

As many as 100 climate activists gathered downtown on Monday evening (January 9), joining in a nationwide day of protest calling on senators across the country to vote against several of president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet ...

January 10, 2017

Monday, January 9

SDG&E again asks for 2007 fire cost reimbursement

San Diego Gas & Electric in 2012 tried to get ratepayers to pick up the tab for uninsured costs of the 2007 fires, for which a unit of the California Public Utilities Commission blamed SDG&E's ...

January 9, 2017
American Hero at Different Stages

Three recruits train for a new job. Brash Jamie’s in a custody battle for her three children; timid Sheri works the night shift at El Taco but needs a day-job, too, and sleeps at most ...

January 9, 2017
County claims no record of Chargers stadium subsidy offer

With the Chargers on the brink of departing San Diego for Los Angeles, some local politicos have reportedly been busy proffering sizable gifts of public money to entice the team to stay in town. But ...

January 9, 2017
Grabby doctors

The executive director of the Medical Board of California has recommended discipline for five county doctors. The board has recommended that the license of Del B. Dalton of Chula Vista be revoked or suspended. The ...

January 9, 2017
Mid-project tour of City College

“Part of the project is to remove all of the concrete here and redo it,” said City College project manager Tom Fine last week during a construction-zone tour of the campus. “And I don’t know ...

Architecture as covered by Peter Jensen

Read about San Diego architecture by Susan Vaughn. Tower Envy San Diego’s least successful tower aesthetically is Sea World’s 320-foot Skytower. Unlike the 984-foot Eiffel or many other towers throughout the world, where you ascend ...

Regents Road bridge, deleted

A group of San Diego residents is suing the City of San Diego for deleting long-term plans to build the Regents Road bridge from the University City Community Plan. The proposed bridge, in discussion for ...

January 9, 2017
One-stop vote and Kasparian protest

It was hard to tell if the local Democrat celebrities outside the Chula Vista Machinists Hall Saturday afternoon (January 7) were taking part in the protest or just there to vote. About 150 people stood ...

January 9, 2017

Sunday, January 8

Mark Dresser digs deep at City College

Monday 9Bassist Gunnar Biggs kicks off the jazz week with a Tribute to Mose Allison at Dizzy’s (1717 Morena Boulevard) at 8 p.m. with Tripp Sprague, John Opferkuch, Duncan Moore, Ruby Etoire, and Robin Henkel. ...

January 8, 2017
One of those fish that would not give up

Inshore: With the water temp just below 60 degrees and rockfishing closed in U.S. waters until March 1, the local boats have been concentrating their efforts toward sculpin and sand bass. A few flurries of ...

January 8, 2017
Gas-price hike protests in Tijuana

Gas prices went up more than 20 percent in Mexico on the first Monday of 2017 (January 2). Protests and highway blockades started the same day over what is being referred to as "El Gasolinazo." ...

January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7

Former DA's office attorney suspended for conspiracy

According to the January California Bar Journal, the following San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined by the state bar. Allison Christine Worden of San Diego was suspended for 60 days and placed on two ...

January 7, 2017
Stories from the South Bay

National City Confidential DeForest pointed out that 90% of NC businessmen, who are primarily Anglo, live outside the city and “therefore don’t elect city officials and don’t contribute to officials’ campaigns.'’ He asserted that he ...

January 7, 2017
You gotta use your noodle

Once found mostly on Convoy Boulevard in Kearny Mesa, noodle spots have lately popped up in hipster neighborhoods such as Little Italy, North Park, Hillcrest, and University Heights. Tajima started as a small restaurant in ...

How theater folk memorize their lines

Actors get asked one question more than all the others. Not about a favorite play or character, or actor. Not how they played a certain scene so effectively. It’s much more basic. "How do you ...

January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6

Portland is a tough beer market

If there's a city that rivals San Diego in fondness for craft beer, it's Portland, Oregon. More than 100 breweries active in the greater metro area contribute to a $4.5 billion economic impact in the ...

January 6, 2017
Dog welfare law in effect

Before you bust that stranger's car window to rescue a dog, you'd better be sure it's necessary, according to San Diego County Animal Control officials. "In 15 years on the job, I've probably pulled ten ...

Choral Consortium hosts a screening of Robert Shaw documentary

I found myself listening to the Robert Shaw Chorale over the holidays. It was a bit of a nostalgic journey as this was the soundtrack for Christmas at my grandparents' house. I also remembered that ...

Uptown preservationists sue city

On January 4, 2017, preservationist groups Save Our Heritage Organisation and Mission Hills Heritage filed suit against the City of San Diego for allowing last-minute changes to Uptown's community-plan update. The revised plan would include ...

January 6, 2017
The best isn’t Silence

Hmph. Happy New Year, indeed. All y’all out there in movie-pass land had a chance to win tickets via the Reader to see an advance screening of Underworld: Blood Wars. But not us critics. Like ...

January 6, 2017
Allegedly drunk sailor collides with several moored vessels on Christmas Day

December 26 HP was contacted regarding two vessels that were not permitted and illegally anchored in the A-5 Anchorage, Glorietta Bay. Both owners were contacted and issued citations. December 25 HP were dispatched to the ...

Childish Gambino gets funked up

These days, Donald Glover is known more for his acting (in the critically-acclaimed FX series Atlanta, and before that, Community) than his musical endeavors as alter-ego Childish Gambino. But he’s about to even the score ...

January 6, 2017
Working class stiffed in Barrio Logan project?

Brent Beltran has one problem with Los Patios, a four-story development planned for Barrio Logan that will have 20 living units — 2 of which will rent to people who earn 30 percent to 50 ...

Thursday, January 5

Demolition plans for Town and Country hotel

On December 30, Bill Earl was admiring the woody surfing murals on the walls of the Terrace Café in the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center when he found out it was set to ...

San Diego Symphony starts its month of the American composer

What does it mean to be an American composer? This is the question that the San Diego Symphony will be answering all month. January is dedicated to the American composer and the symphony is kicking ...

Digital Gym and the NAT team for Reel Science

The little theater that could and the best screening venue in Balboa Park — sorry, MoPA, you’ve been outclassed — and a group known only as Film Geeks SD are joining together for a month-long ...

January 5, 2017
General Atomics gets extension to remedy radioactive faults

General Atomics, one of San Diego’s most controversial military contractors and maker of the Predator drone, says it needs more time to respond to a federal inspection report blasting the questionable quality of the company’s ...

January 5, 2017
After the Goldsmith, his politics on trial

The politicization of San Diego's city attorney's office under Jan Goldsmith's lead has landed the city in court again. On December 3, Goldsmith's former assistant city attorney, Marlea Dell'Anno, sued the city and Goldsmith, alleging ...

January 5, 2017
A different kind of breakfast burrito

Burritos salesmen walk the streets toting coolers in many corners of Tijuana. You can find them while waiting in line to cross the border, in small stores, or outside popular dive bars. The coolers contain ...

Robot ready for border duty

A San Diego State University professor has developed a robotic customs agent he says "is fully ready for implementation" at border crossings worldwide. The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), according ...

January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 4

San Diego's porn studios

The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter wants to make you feel like a star. Adhered to the wall behind the front desk is a colorful photo looking out at a raucous crowd ...

January 4, 2017
One of the funnest movies of the year was overlooked by audiences

Locke A man driving the same direction for two hours. There are no car chases or big set pieces just one person taking phone calls as he drives along the freeway. The setup sounds boring ...

January 4, 2017
No comment on restaurant surcharges

Kevin Vasquez dines out a lot. He expects to pay tax and feels good about tipping. But the 6.9 percent surcharge a local restaurant added to his bill after January 1, well, that was hard ...

January 4, 2017
Vinyl in the pink

Will Castro lives and dies by the pressing plants that make the vinyl releases for his local label La Escalera Records. Demand for vinyl keeps increasing. But turnaround time is getting worse. Castro says it ...

January 4, 2017
O.B. graffiti queen not too Sharpie

In early October 2016, residents in Ocean Beach began complaining on Facebook about graffiti that started appearing everywhere around town. “Has anyone been noticing this 'Mama Bear' person tagging up the seawall and memorial benches ...

January 4, 2017
Chargers leave, Chargers pay

With San Diego facing a torrent of red ink for years to come, city officials have been scrambling for extra cash to plug their ever-growing deficit holes. “Expenditures will outpace annual growth in revenues in ...

January 4, 2017
Healthy happy hour in La Jolla

New year resolution time: gonna eat healthy. Gonna eat less. Gonna live on nuts and twigs. Or...eat Thai? ’Cause I keep seeing Thai cuisine on lists of the world’s healthiest diets. And especially my all-time ...

The many sides of Ariel Levine

“We’re gonna do the album from start to finish,” Ariel Levine tells me by phone from his Middletown apartment. Levine is a singer/composer/guitarist transplant from New York. “I’ve lived here for five years now.” The ...

January 4, 2017
San Diego’s priciest condo, a block west of Horton Plaza

Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Current Owner: Raskin Family List Price: $4,750,000 The region’s priciest condo, a 26th-floor corner unit in the Meridian building at 700 Front Street, promises prospective buyers “exclusive living style in the ...

Life and death and statistics

There are many statistics in the big city, and the San Diego County medical examiner’s office is seemingly on top of them all. Notes the office’s annual report: “With San Diego County’s land area of ...

January 4, 2017
Boresese

Silence isn’t golden. He may not be the hardest working man in show business — not with just one theatrical release every two years — but at 74, and with almost 60 features, shorts, and ...

January 4, 2017
Beach volleyball — a San Diego thing

One gray winter morning in 1997, about this time of year, I was working on the old Federal Building in Balboa Park. We were beginning the demo for the new Hall of Champions project. As ...

Dinner-party vegan means no harm

Dear Hipster: You hipsters and your crazy food predilections are killing me. I had my sister over for the holidays. She brought her new hipster boyfriend, who won’t eat corn, milk, and (obviously) gluten. If ...

January 4, 2017
A city canyon with a great variety of native plants

Along with ease of access and walkability, a unique feature of 32nd Street Open Space is the breadth of variety of the most common chaparral plants found across the county, which include California sagebrush, laurel ...

January 4, 2017
Mingus and poul fri among newest Tijuana residents

Cue the upright bass solo in G minor. Enter trombones. Enter drums. Enter saxophones. All in a long crescendo. “My solo in it is a deeply concentrated one,” said jazz man Charles Mingus about “Haitian ...

January 4, 2017
Is “Zero Waste” making a stink at the Miramar landfill?

The smell of turkey wasn’t the only thing in the air Thanksgiving morning in Kim Bustos’s University City neighborhood. Bustos called the city at 7:30 a.m. to report a really bad smell coming out of ...

January 4, 2017
Doctor of politics

Former San Diego mayoral, congressional, and supervisorial candidate Peter Navarro isn’t the only local making national news during the presidential transition. The University of California Irvine economics professor will serve as head of the newly ...

January 4, 2017
An interesting time at Alpine Community Church

Alpine Community Church Membership: 110 (with 30–40 friends) Pastor: Thomas Truscott Age: 76 Born: Detroit, MI Formation: Simpson College, Indianola, IA; San Francisco Seminary (Presbyterian), San Anselmo, CA; McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL Years Ordained: ...

January 4, 2017
A Hitchcock protégé + a kissing cousin to Gone Baby Gone

The Tall Man I love a convincing scare. Jessica Biel delivers as Julia in The Tall Man (Canada/France, 2012, Cold Rock Productions). Desperate conditions and small-town lore underscore an unknown menace snatching local children. The ...

January 4, 2017
Macabre content

They Don’t Speak Spanish at All I would like to comment on this week’s article regarding people speaking Spanglish in the Tijuana area. I used to live in Mexico, and a lot of Americans on ...

January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3

Adventures in Tokyo

Japan had been on our vacation destination list for decades, but it always seemed too far away and too expensive. This year, noticing a substantial drop in airfare prices and the introduction of an 11½ ...

January 3, 2017
San Diego music news year in review

Arriving in 2016: Local gypsy rockers Quel Bordel launched a 35-artist, four-stage Gypsy Fest at the Jacumba Hot Springs nudist colony in August. It returns June 10. Maybe the most unlikely of venues debuted when ...

January 3, 2017
Stop ticketing the homeless, Mayor Faulconer

Advocates for San Diego's homeless population gathered downtown Tuesday morning (January 3) to rally and present mayor Kevin Faulconer's office with a petition calling on police to cease ticketing and arresting individuals living on the ...

Costly backstory of a big-money political power couple

As a California assemblywoman ties the knot with an ex-member of the state's lower house who is a part-time "professor of practice" at UCSD, the cost to state taxpayers of funding the political power couple ...

January 3, 2017
Moments in time from the Gaslamp

South of Broadway: The Pigeons in Horton Plaza He used to own the Off-Broadway Theater next door, the last burlesque house on the West Coast, “I paid $5 a week rent, and I took in ...

January 3, 2017
Philippines' violence may spare UCSD grad

Nearly two decades after receiving his initial deportation orders, a UC San Diego grad will have his immigration case reopened. Mark Farrales first came to the United States in 1990 after his father, a lawyer ...

January 3, 2017

Monday, January 2

Likely the first new suds center to open in 2017

A new brewery in Escondido is newly licensed and ready to brew. Guided by the motto "Brew drink relax repeat," Jacked Up Brewery (800 W Grand Ave.) has a conditional use permit to operate in ...

January 2, 2017
Three classical concerts from 2016

The three performances that mattered most in 2016: Great Scott at San Diego Opera; Madama Butterfly at San Diego Opera; Holst The Planets at San Diego Symphony. Jake Heggie has been prolific by modern standards ...

Many a long and joyless year have I

To the Nightingale, Which the Author Heard Sing on New Year’s Day Whence it is, that amazed I hear From yonder withered spray, This foremost morn of all the year, The melody of May? And ...

January 2, 2017
Former Poway schools chief claims innocence

The civil trial against former Poway Unified School District superintendent John Collins — accused of collecting $345,263 in unauthorized vacation pay over the course of a three-year period — continues in San Diego Superior Court. ...

January 2, 2017
Sandwiches + hospitality

A new sandwich shop opened in La Jolla last month. Despite the Northern California reference in the name, Mendocino Farms is a small chain of fast-casual farm-to-table restaurants based in Los Angeles. They have been ...

Craig Noel Award Nominees for 2016

Musical Direction Charlie Alterman, October Sky, Old Globe Theatre Mark Danisovsky, Sunday in the Park with George, Ion Theatre Tony Houck, Oklahoma! New Village Arts Don LeMaster, Ragtime, San Diego Musical Theatre Elan McMahan, Titanic: ...

January 2, 2017
Disabilities act a shakedown vehicle?

On December 29, San Diegan Chris Langer filed a suit against the Cotter Company and Cotter Church Supplies of Los Angeles. In the suit, Langer complained that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ...

January 2, 2017

Sunday, January 1

The Reader's longest stories

The Derek, Frieda, and Abbe Chronicles At the corner of Magnolia, the only area on Renette Avenue where apartment buildings now stood, I spoke with the managers of each of the four apartment complexes, all ...

January 1, 2017
A night for the Young Lionesses

Wednesday 4Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos begins a double-header evening at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) when he hosts the Young Lions Series this week featuring high-school bassist Angelica Yume Pruitt at 6 p.m. At 8:30, he ...

January 1, 2017
SMARTS Farm gives nearby apartment-dwellers an opportunity to grow their own produce

Green, leafy vegetables will be plentiful in January, and leading the way is California’s ubiquitous winter mainstay: kale. Many organic farmers’ market stands offer great-looking bunches, including both the familiar curly variety and the dark ...

January 1, 2017
A pile of egged-up ingredients

Obviously omelettes are front and center at The Omelette Factory, but when I rolled into the large restaurant late on a bustling Saturday morning I toyed with the idea of ordering one of the Southern ...

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