Content for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Global worming

No eyes, two lungs, five hearts, $25 a bucket.

The road to Sharon’s Worm World is in turn blacktop, gravel, then finally Ramona dirt. Sharon McLaughlan, the worm farm’s founder and namesake, is waiting at the crest of the dusty lane that ends at ...

Super-charged

It isn’t the first time Sempra has anted up for a Roberts cause

Termed-out Republican San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts continues to rake in so-called behests to charity on his behalf by big-money special interests. Latest to tithe is utility giant Sempra Energy, currently fighting locals who ...

Reggae-ready for 2018

Longtime President's Day concert rebranded "Boomshaka"

As noted in a September 6 “Blurt” article, the popularity of reggae was pointing to a resurrection of the all-day reggae festival that had been held at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) every ...

The lines go clear to Sixth Avenue

Donuts versus salad — vice and virtue — guess who wins

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll; The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist, the hole. — Oscar Wilde I can’t help thinking of Oscar. Because in the heat of this Santa ...

Guess who Impeachmint cocktail refers to

Peach, mint, bourbon at Madison on Park

Since everything from scoops of ice cream to the NFL has become politicized, it was only a matter of time before San Diego’s cocktail scene stepped into the arena. Thus, Madison on Parks’ Impeachmint. Bar ...

Boom — new music fest in I.B.

P.O.D. partners with Mike Halloran for summer concert pierside

P.O.D., the South Bay rap-metal band that broke out 25 years ago with radio hits such as “Alive” and “Youth of the Nation,” was on the radio recently to announce its Lower Left Fest, a ...

Fake it till you make it

It’s not like life hands out certificates.

Dear Hipster: I like to think of myself as an expert on certain topics. For example, I know more about DC wiring than most electricians, at least, the ones who primarily do residential AC work. ...

Wonderstruck, a near-deaf experience

Haynes and happenstance

Two deaf children, separated by five decades and both searching for the same thing, are flattened by a train of coincidence in Wonderstruck, the latest period(s) melodrama from director Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, Carol). ...

Big lobbyist is watching

Verizon pushes Smart Cities

Verizon Wireless has paid the San Diego lobbying firm of MJE Marketing Services $30,000 to push for “approval of a public-private partnership for implementation of Verizon’s Smart Cities and Communities programs,” according to an October ...

Record-release roundup

Mittens, Parker Meridien, and Astra Kelly want to party with you

Singing airline pilot Sluka drops his 11th full-length, Colorful Radiation, on November 3, in a “visual album” combination of 3D, 4K, and Blu-Ray releases, with the first single, “Rise,” streaming online. “‘Rise’ is my reaction ...

Taste? Nuance? — Too last century

Hand to God will make you squirm

In this era of manic video games and computer graphics, everything is all in. Used to be, when someone fell in a movie, they’d clear the window, or whatever, free-fall for a spell, and you’d ...

A lesson in pine cones

San Jacinto Peak in neighbor Riverside County

Mount San Jacinto State Park in neighboring Riverside County has plenty of hiking trails to satisfy those looking for a full-day adventure within a mountain setting. The hike to San Jacinto Summit (10,834 feet) is ...

Readers talk about Reader movie reviews

Plus comments on Neighborhood News

Hollywood version of a soldier’s experience Scott Marks review of Thank You for Your Service [Movie section] was obviously written by a non-Veteran who prefers highly dramatized military movies to reality. His opinion that you ...

And the alt-rock-radio war raged on

Big shows, longtime DJs, and Art Laboe cram into the 94/9 vs. 91X picture frame

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Timothy Joseph never imagined his band playing the Sports Arena, which over 50 years has also hosted everyone from Bowie to Zeppelin. The Buckfast Superbee indie-rock quartet launched in 1997 and went dormant eight ...

Operation Scar-Be-Gone

Scars are like tattoos but with better stories.

Doesn’t everybody have a scar or two? My mother found me “shaving like Daddy” in the bathroom when I was three years old. I have an inch-long scar on my chin to remind me of ...

Don't confuse hipsters with Hells Angels

The two are very different things

Hey DJ: Yesterday my girls — 8 and 10 — asked me, “What is a hipster?” I was unable to provide a description they could connect with, as they have no historical framework. They don’t ...

Longtime busker in the house

Lena Evans isn’t done playing the street — she’s done living there

Homelessness tormented singer/songwriter Lena Evans for much of the past two decades. “I grew up in San Diego. I’ve been homeless on and off since I was 14 by simple choices and mistakes I made ...

Owned by philanthropists and racehorse owners

This one used to have the highest asking price in San Diego County

“Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe,” listing materials boast of the sprawling 61-acre estate. Beds: 4 Baths: 9 Current Owner: Sahm ...

Son Little's 21st-century blues

Electronica, loops, and beats partner with dated reverberations

Blues for millennials. Which is another way of saying blues for an audience that doesn’t necessarily dig the blues. Or gospel either, for that matter. No bad on millennials. Blues, gospel, and soul is not ...

Fall back into the Gaslamp, go on the Color Run, judge vegan tacos

Top events for the start of November

Thursday | 2 Charissa Noble: Music/Art Lectures This series of three lectures offers a look at controversial art and music in the 20th Century, “the intersecting lives and artistic ideologies of artists and composers, posing ...

Organ grinders show up in Tijuana

“I never had a chance to use a real monkey.”

Downtown Tijuana is a constant cacophony. Taxis, calafias (tricked-out short buses), and other vehicles never stop honking. Sirens from police cars, fire trucks, car alarms, and ambulances seem to always distract one’s attention. And with ...

I howl, you whisper

Reinvent your wings — spread them out

Plum Tree I devour, You gnaw I stomp, You glide I howl, You whisper I fight You embrace I close, You open I dream, You exist I tear, You reconcile I war, You peace I ...

Boling for airport dollars

Big-money history dates back to Faulconer’s February 2014 election as mayor

The lobbying shop founded by San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer’s top political guru is again at the center of conflict-of-interest questions, this time regarding ace GOP campaign treasurer and onetime city-council candidate April Boling. ...

Coming to a venue near you

Buckethead, Cake, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Boomshaka Music Festival, Eric Johnson, and more

The first time you heard about the guy who plays guitar while wearing a Michael Meyers mask and an empty KFC bucket on his head, you probably thought someone was either pulling your leg or ...

al-Ghazzali — the most influential Muslim after Muhammad

His faith in God, the prophet, and the Last Day

Now from the sciences I had labored at, and the paths I had traveled in my investigation of the revelational and rational sciences (that is, theology and philosophy), there had come to me a sure ...

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