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Where karaoke is a dirty word and rap is “crap”

Sometimes "Piano Man" is all they want

Scott Skinner — the Godfather There’s an iron man caressing the ivories over on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, and if you miss his act this weekend, don’t worry; he may still be playing there 40 years ...

When June comes dancing o’er the death of May

Three poems by Claude McKay

A Memory of June When June comes dancing o’er the death of May, With scarlet roses tinting her green breast, And mating thrushes ushering in her day, And Earth on tiptoe for her golden guest, ...

San Diego Chamber dinged for Robert Hickey donation

Plus Luiseno Indians not allowed to repair roads

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has agreed to fork over a $5000 penalty to settle charges by the city’s ethics commission that it failed to report big money spent on a befuddling political ...

Chris Potter will toy with you

He'd transcribed and memorized Parker's work by age 13

Imagine the world Chris Potter saw when he stepped into the role of Next New Jazz Tenor Saxophonist. He was 18 when he broke out in New York and by then there was virtually no ...

This way to the Donkey Show in North Park

Tamarindo gives shout-outs to the flavors and aromas one finds anywhere from Tijuana to San Juan to Buenos Aires and beyond.

Everyone knows that gringos going gaga for Cinco de Mayo is stupid, but new North Park neighbor Tamarindo takes it in stride, cheekily dubbing the day’s drink special “The Donkey Show.” It’s a nod to ...

Heavy Guilt's declaration of disagreement with everything Donald

"At a time like this, not raising your voice feels like a cop-out.”

Co-founded by Redwoods Music impresario Al Howard and keyboardist Josh Rice in 2009, the Heavy Guilt hung things up after their third and arguably best album, Heavy Guilt, in 2014. So why come back now, ...

Steve Puetz and Jason Roe are busy guys

Used by Chamber of Commerce, local GOP, and other councilmembers

With the approach of a city-council vote on whether to stage a $5 million special election this coming November for SoccerCity developers and mayor Kevin Faulconer’s hotel-tax hike, his honor’s top political brains are said ...

A talk with Bambi and Thumper

On the occasion of Walt Disney’s Bambi turning 75

Walt Disney’s Bambi turns 75 this year. To mark the June 6 release of its Signature Collection Blu-ray combo pack, the studio made available for interviews the original voices of young Bambi and Thumper, Donnie ...

Opposing views of American history, from Jim Crow to the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights

The Delaney Sisters don’t like to be called “African-Americans.”

New Village Arts’ Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years is one of that company’s best shows in its 16 seasons. Sarah L. “Sadie” and Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany don’t like to be called ...

Shades McCool, lighthearted nihilist, at your service

"I have little interest in trying to be deep or poetic."

Bob Baker’s Auto Group, Mossy Nissan, Drew Ford, Toyota of Escondido... The manic anthems of San Diego auto commerce are forever seared into the brains of anyone who spent time near a radio in the ...

Octagrape still willing to do it in front of people

"The last time we played live, everybody loved it."

Octagrape drummer Ely Moyal distilled the band’s spirit, as singer/songwriter Glen Galloway recalls: “We were planning a tour up the coast, and he goes, ‘You know, I just don’t think the juice is worth the ...

Topped with a twang

He plops a slice of swiss cheese on top. It sits stiffly, then folds over in the heat.

You can hear his laugh from all the way out in the corridor. It sounds like he’s having some rip-roaring conversation with Jimmy Kimmel and a live audience. This is Ernest. He’s the chef here ...

What to give grads and dads

Pizza? Noise-canceling headphones? Let’s brainstorm...

Dads and grads, dads and grads, dads and grads. What to give them? Food, preferably pizza. Where to go? “Pieology,” said my friend Janice. Four locations in San Diego: Hillcrest (619-241-2881), Clairemont Mesa (858-565-0600), Sports ...

Boulder Park builder allegedly paid a buck a day

Imagine climbing the 30% grade to reach this outpost along an old emigrant trail

The sculptures of Boulder Park have amused and surprised people for more than 80 years. W.T. Ratcliffe, an unemployed engineer during the Depression years, carved the stone sculptures in the 1930s where the natural shapes ...

Chris Cornell didn't forget Soundgarden's TJ show

"The lawlessness didn’t seem to benefit any of us or our fans."

All four Seattle grunge frontmen (Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley) played Iguana’s, the three-story Tijuana rock mecca that hosted major headliners during its 1989–’94 run. ...

16th annual iVIE Film Festival plays this weekend in Coronado

“With politics right now, we wanted to show the diversity of America.”

This year, the Media Arts Center San Diego has taken over production of the iVIE Awards & Student Film Festival, a program started in 2001 “to encourage and reward teachers who utilize video as a ...

PigPen’s doozy about the end of the world

Chaos or wife?

The Old Globe’s multileveled set for The Old Man and the Old Moon — pilings, planks, and wooden boxes — suggests an ancient wharf. Downstage footlights and roughhewn boards say a 19th-century theater. As the ...

Veronica May's sweetest 30 seconds

"It’s dirty and trashy and condescending."

"I’m a big fat lesbian,” says singer/songwriter Veronica May, never one to dance around any topic. “I’m the youngest child of the oldest children, there are seven of us. I was the youngest for a ...

San Diego, where the West is fun

Start your summer with Wonderspaces, wine, and the good ol’ Del Mar Fair

Friday | 2 Where the West Is Fun: San Diego County Fair This year we have a Western theme, merging the history of the region from the 1880s to pop-culture elements of today. That means ...

Kerry James Marshall addresses the absence of blackness

We’re the violators of their culture of leisure.

Slinky, unfurling forms run around and through many of Kerry James Marshall’s paintings. They frame individual pictures’ contents and rope together serial canvasses into a narrative of styles and scenes. In his 1993 De Style, ...

The next über-hip locus will be in the South or the North

Nature abhors a hipster vacuum

Dear Hipster: I’ve been enjoying the hipster town comparisons to San Diego. Now I’m curious: if you didn’t live here, what hipsterville would you call home? Please don’t answer Austin, Brooklyn, or Portland. — G. ...

New shows, just announced

See Holly Hofmann, Dead Cross, Penny and Sparrow, Marshall Crenshaw...

The Westgate Hotel Rooftop Jazz series runs June 1 through August 31, featuring 13 poolside concerts with the cream of our local crop playing outdoors amid a skyscraper backdrop. Highlights include Coral MacFarland Thuet, who’s ...

San Diego Junior Theatre keeps up the Oz-like curtain

Tragicomedy on San Diego stages: Junior Theatre sad, opera happy

A tragicomedy is a stage production that contains both tragedy and comedy. The local stage scene is a bit like that: the San Diego Junior Theatre for youngsters may be foundering close to a tragedy, ...

Russians welcome in San Diego

Take them to your child’s sporting event

With Washington abuzz over charges that Russian agents mucked about in American politics during last year’s presidential election, the San Diego Diplomacy Council is going straight to the horse’s mouth for another take on the ...

Mary Ward on Retreat at Liege in October 1619

The nun who laid the groundwork for active modern women’s religious orders

He was very near me and within me, which I never perceived Him to be before. I was moved to ask Him with great confidence and humility, what I came to know to whit, what ...

Everyone's got an opinion on the Reader

From "I really like everything in the Reader" to "Honestly, your publication is about as low as a National Enquirer rag."

14 Games Back I couldn’t help laughing when I read that FM-94/9 took a ratings hit when they started broadcasting the Padres games this season (Blurt: “Sportscasting Now the ‘Real’ Alternative Radio?”). They are 14 ...

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