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Grunioneers

I'm in a rush. It's Ocean Beach. The grunion are running.

It’s 11:40 p.m. on a Thursday night in Ocean Beach. I’m wolfing down a burrito from Roberto’s while padding across Dog Beach to the river. Salsa and greasy frijoles ooze between my fingers into the ...

So bizarre yet you can’t look away

Deliciously bad

3 Women is truly avant-garde. It concerns the socially awkward Millie as she incessantly narrates her every thought and action to an adoring and naïve Pinky, and Willie, an eerie mute pregnant woman who paints ...

Mission Valley money

“GOAL: Soccer Fans Moving San Diego Forward”

They’ve already dumped a total of at least $2,891,599 into a contentious bid to privatize the city’s Qualcomm Stadium and surrounding property with a campaign committee called “GOAL: San Diegans for a River Park, School ...

Piano-tuner blues

Bud Fisher recounts the raccoon in the upright story and other tales

Bud Fisher has been tuning pianos on the professional level since 1984, when he made the transition from full-time musician to keyboard technician. “I still play, but not as well as when it was my ...

There’s always a full moon over the Caliph

It was bizarre then, and it’s bizarre now

One day in 1957, Philadelphia disc jockey Hy Lit fell asleep listening to a stack of new releases. The last single played repeatedly until Lit awoke, leading him to include it in his rotation at ...

Director Nick Hamm on his Journey

The road less troubled?

The historical understructure of Nick Hamm’s The Journey came as news to me. Your humble correspondent Mr. Ugly American must have been at the movies the week Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) ...

Daniel Holden after his release from death row

Mockumentary of one of England’s loudest bands

Rectify is a wonderfully slow-paced four-season drama. I’m impressed when a show successfully portrays a variety of perspectives that you might not agree with but you grow to understand. Set in Paulie, Georgia, it explores ...

On the water, planning taco brasserie on Champs Elysées

King and Queen of Pork set up on Embarcadero

"Elvis? He stole Roy Orbison’s thunder.” John’s serious. “Roy was the bigger talent. Just because Elvis had the looks, all the girls went for him. But Roy was the great one.” John is kinda qualified ...

The Roots' inventory of sounds

They'll take Observatory stage in service of the groove

Hip-hop, yes, but with a tuba player. Not many acts working the genre use live instruments like the Roots do, but then again, I love bands that focus more on groove than form. The main ...

We are forming teams of Paracletes to help homeless

Living Water Church of the Nazarene called to East Village

Living Water Church of the Nazarene Contact: 403 13th St #100, downtown San Diego; 619-942-3692; livingwaternazarene.com Membership: 45 Pastor: Chris Nafis Age: 33 Born: Santa Monica Formation: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa; Duke Divinity School, Durham, ...

Hear ye! Hear ye! New San Diego concerts

Together Pangea, Boris, Shakira, lots more

“This show may have set a record for me in terms of fewest days between booking and show date,” says AMSDconcerts honcho Carey Driscoll of the John Jorgenson Quintet event happening July 29 at host ...

Zucchini is the poké restaurant of the vegetable world

Next year, stuff and fry the blossoms

Dear Hipster: What should I do with all this zucchini that grew in my garden? I don’t think I can eat any more. — Diane Oh, man, it’s totes that time of year, isn’t it? ...

City hall’s mystery fraud

Who’s committing the crimes?

The odds of discovering who is committing crimes against the taxpayers at San Diego’s city hall often seem tilted against the citizenry, as demonstrated by a June 26 fraud-hotline report by city auditor Eduardo Luna. ...

Maintenance assessment fee fight flares up

“The assumption is everyone in Del Cerro is wealthy. Well, that’s just not true.”

After 15 years of trying, residents of San Diego’s Del Cerro neighborhood may finally have a maintenance assessment district to call their own. Maintenance assessment districts are mechanisms wherein property owners within a certain area ...

Music publishers' police on duty

ASCAP, BMI, and, "like, four of five of these scum suckers out there."

Called scum suckers and worse. In January it was announced that ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) had sued Jolt’n Joes in La Mesa and the Ramona Mainstage because they hosted musicians without ...

Stuff for summer that will last

Sandals, beach wagons, and Sport-Brellas

It seems like every year, I buy a new round of beach equipment: flip-flops, bags for carrying stuff, folding chairs — even new covers for the collapsible awning. This year, I’m looking for stuff that ...

Peña Spring — a cool spot in Anza-Borrego

3500 feet above desert floor

If your route into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park takes you on S-22, sometimes known as Montezuma Grade, and past the hamlet of Ranchita, then you are well aware of the inspiring vistas as you wind ...

Space Time to poke hole in San Diego bubble?

"We want the major art mags to talk about what is happening here."

There’s a time and a space for everything. At least, that’s the idea behind art-and-music collective Space Time, which held its first of many events at Barrio Logan’s Bread & Salt in July of 2016. ...

Famous Greek speakers sell Bird Rock cliff home

Rolls-Royce convertible included

Villa de Fuego y Agua, or “the house of fire and water,” is the moniker bestowed upon a blufftop estate in southern La Jolla’s Bird Rock neighborhood. “Soaring high above the sea and sailing into ...

Why we hate the '70s

Short shorts for everyone

Dear Hipster: Why do hipsters like the ’60s and the ’80s but not the ’70s? — Lance Because nobody likes the ’70s. Even if people like stuff from the ’70s — such as Blondie, “Stairway ...

This week: outrigger canoes, Over the Line, and lichen at Mission Trails Regional Park

Sounds like San Diego

Friday | 7 BOX LACROSSE PICK-UP The game originated in Canada, where it is more popular than field lacrosse. It is played between two teams of five players and one goalie each. Show up and ...

Melvins' walk with love and death

"Heat? The cops usually leave me alone."

Here comes Buzz Osborne, leader of the Melvins, back with drummer Dale Crover and Redd Kross’ Steven McDonald on bass. On July 5th they hit the Casbah, far enough from the beach for Osborne, who ...

Another David Ross (Waterman) story

Struck out twice in San Diego

David Ross is full of stories. Gaunt yet sprightly at 82, Ross, known to his many friends on the streets of downtown San Diego as “Water Man Dave” or “Water Man,” has spent more than ...

Local musicians could've done better at San Diego County Fair

Outsiders clinched two of three top spots in battle-of-bands competition

There’s good news and not-so-good news for local musicians regarding talent shows. Local alt-rockers Creature Canyon say they will use the $2000 second-place prize they won in the San Diego County Fair’s June 16 battle-of-the ...

La Jolla’s unsaintly mogul

Douglas Manchester, low-budget Tinseltown player

He had nothing to do with the surprise Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea, but ex–Union-Tribune owner and San Diego Republican kingpin Douglas Manchester, awaiting senate confirmation as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the Bahamas, has long ...

Shocked and amused by a young paparazzi

Performances do not have to be loud to be riveting

The documentary Teenage Paparazzo starts with Adrian Grenier of Entourage being shocked and amused by a young paparazzi who is terrifying good at his job. Their awkward friendship springboards into an exploration of the young ...

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