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Bonkers for bonobos

The superfans devoted to the zoo's once forgotten apes

In late April of 1960, the San Diego Zoo’s curator of mammals, George Pournelle, traveled to one of the most inaccessible parts of the African rainforest on a collecting expedition. His goal was to acquire ...

E-cigs sail in from China

Smoking fiends

So-called e-cigarettes have been increasingly making their way into San Diego from foreign ports, according to a May 24 audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, raising possible dangers for unwary users. “E-cigarette liquid — ...

From the X-rated Jolar Arcade to the Belly Up

Gary Wilson will be rolling around in flour, paint, and duct tape

He may not be a native, but Gary Wilson — singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, collector of alien sunglasses, secret-agent lounge musician fetishist of flour and paint — must rank at the top of San Diego music ...

So like Thessaloniki

I gobbled Groovy Greek grub before the Quartyard closed

"No-o! Not Quartyard! Say it’s not so-o!” The guy with the wailing voice was, uh, me. This was last week. I was staring down the line of lights of the bar near the doggy park ...

Banzai! Dollar Bud drafts when the Pads win

Equal parts tiki lounge, sports bar, and surfer haunt

Cousins Chad Cline and Jason “Rocky” Nichols come from a long lineage of dives. Their great-grandfather purchased the Waterfront Bar (whose liquor license dates back to the end of Prohibition) around the late ‘60s. While ...

Let’s get younger females to see a movie about war

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and producer Pete Shilaimon discuss Megan Leavey

Read the review and enjoy a few words about Megan Leavey (and Blackfish) from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and producer Pete Shilaimon. Scott Marks: You got a lot of nerve, sister, showing your face in this ...

Hipsters love public transit

Just don't expect to see them on a bus at 7 a.m.

Dear Hipster: I just started a new internship downtown, and I ride the bus every day to get there. It’s actually a pretty good deal at $2.25 each way. I can’t help but notice that ...

Queen of the double-dippers

Roush collects from San Diego State University

As a retiree, San Diego State University’s former vice president of business and financial affairs Sally Roush has done well by the taxpayer-funded state university system. After stepping down from her $301,957 a year position ...

At UCSD William Morris discovers the smallest band they've dealt with

Lightning Cola — via an obscure Vietnamese music blog

As major record labels decline in relevance, getting well-connected managers and agents on your side has become more important for so-called “baby bands” that are struggling to get a national foothold. Consider the plight of ...

North Mississippi Allstars at Belly Up — a prayer for peace

More dead in the Tallahatchie?

In 1996, when Luther and Cody Dickinson started the North Mississippi Allstars, blues-festival promoters and record-label hacks alike saw the band as the potential salvation of a very stale blues scene (i.e., better ticket and ...

For missionaries, ministers...also candlestick makers

Pastor Brian Tallman has concerns about the ignorance among clergy

New Life Presbyterian Church of La Mesa Membership: 437 Pastor: Brian Tallman Age: 39 Born: San Diego Formation: Southern California Bible College, El Cajon; the Masters Seminary, Sun Valley; Bethel Seminary, San Diego Years Ordained: ...

Megan Leavey, a damn fine little combat picture

Her and Rex. Bring Kleenex.

According to the TV spot, Elle and People magazines are going slug-nutty over Megan Leavey, proclaiming the fact-based girl-and-her-dog war drama both “inspiring” and “heartfelt.” Do I heed the advice of these venerated strongholds of ...

Civita Park’s a work-in-progress

New public park in MIssion Valley opened on April 29

Built on a 70-year old sand-and-gravel quarry, Civita Park is a work-in-progress that will total 14.3 park acres centrally located in a 230-acre residential development. The top and bottom sections opened during Arbor Day weekend ...

Hot concert tickets

The Del Mar Summer Concert Series, Shaggy, and Lauryn Hill

The outdoor Del Mar Summer Concert Series at the Racetrack can always be relied on for the usual reggae-flavored bro-tation of festival acts like this year’s season opener Tribal Seeds (July 21), as well as ...

Songs appear like far-off islands in Escape to Margaritaville

Rachel slams the same door on Tully that he’s been slamming on his conquests.

Times change. When Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” came out in 1977, the singer couldn’t find his salt shaker for said beverage. One might have thought, Poor dude, it won’t be the same. Today, the health-conscious would ...

Superunloader back with album after 20 years

Lost one member to a yurt in Big Sur

“We’ve been a band since the early ’90s and are probably up on the list as one of the longest running San Diego bands,” says drummer Chad Farran of Superunloader. “We started playing shows as ...

Investing for Dummies goes into a lot of depth

Investing can be very overwhelming, so being able to simplify it is good.

Name: Taylor Whitworth Age: 25 Occupation: Entrepreneur Neighborhood: Mission Valley Interviewed at: Barnes & Noble, Hazard Center What are you reading? “Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest In, That the Poor and ...

Doubled initials are a mixed bag as to whether or not they’re cool

Who’s really inspired by the Kardashians?

Dear Hipster: I have two questions for you. They may or may not be questions that only a hipster could answer, but I figured your guess would be as good as mine. First, why do ...

When Your Head Went Through the Windshield...

Two poems by Vincent Trimboli

When Your Head Went Through the Windshield It Reminded Me That Grief Sounds Like Whip-Poor-Wills We bury you a little more each Tuesday. The sky today is carnival-glass. The way the wind blows. Your destruction ...

Got to get to the fashion first

I could imagine a star wearing them

Twenty-five-year-old Maurice DJ Ayodam is wearing a white tank top, a midnight-blue velour Adidas track suit, and a custom Breitling watch — custom because he took it to a jeweler and had the face ringed ...

The Routine flits between genres with bass

To share stage with Chali 2na's funk at Music Box

About seven years ago, Jamie Minotti of the Madero Group management outfit teamed up with several promoters throughout town to produce the Ocean Beats series, a forum for electronic bass music that had hitherto been ...

On the sand in Del Mar for only $6864* (*per square foot)

"Built to withstand any type of weather."

The Del Mar beach house at 2606 Ocean Front promises “one of the most unique homes on the market” that “just finished a complete rebuild using the finest materials.” According to the listing, there are ...

Scripps Ranch median and/or pot smoker led to tragedy

Paralyzed man sues city over accident. But was a stoned driver the real cause?

Hyun Jeong Choi’s glass marijuana pipe rested inside the center console of her 2015 gray Toyota Corolla. The pipe was still hot to the touch on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, when traffic accident investigator ...

Let the fests begin!

Oysterfest, X-Fest, and San Diego Festival of the Arts come to town

Thursday | 8 Czech Marionettes In Balboa Park Big Joe uses traditional Czech marionettes to tell the story of Princess Phoebe’s Birthday Present. Czech puppetry was imported in the late 17th Century by itinerant puppeteers ...

Mike and Nick’s Aussie adventure

Stones’ stock slipping

The jury is still out on the ultimate fate of La Jolla hedge-fund maven Mike Stone’s attempt to wrest Qualcomm Stadium and its acreage away from public ownership, but the stock price of another of ...

Who Plays Who outrage

Friends of Jess Robles come to his defense

Murder Is Not a Joke Our friend was tragically murdered. Do you think this is funny to us? A joke? Do you think that Jess Robles or his friends and family find your “Who Plays ...

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