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Scripps Ranch — cows gone, rattlers remain

Safe, dull, quiet, and expensive

Nowadays, while the rattlers remain, steers have been replaced by SUVs, Bambi and his kin are in a witness protection program, and the ranchers have been plowed over by glad-handers who lasso real estate. If ...

Hepburn gleans Cary Grant's inspiration in Holiday

Tom Hanks ignites soliloquies in Joe versus the Volcano

Holiday, starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is a story I count on for inspiration. Grant plays Johnny Case, a finance visionary whose unconventional ideas juxtapose with the socialite family he encounters. Hepburn plays the ...

Goodnight, Irenic

North Park church rumored to be ending band appearances

The Irenic, the 70-year-old North Park church building that for the past six years doubled as a 450-capacity music venue, seemed to be the perfect place for headliners who wanted an all-ages venue but were ...

The fate of San Diego Sports Arena

Hockey players

Besides disposition of the stadium formerly known as Qualcomm, the fate of the San Diego Sports Arena, now called the Valley View Casino Center, hangs in the balance. As usual in the political netherworld of ...

Yes, but will He forgive Mark Wahlberg for this?

Terrible sequels, just in time for the holidays: A Bad Moms Christmas and Daddy’s Home 2

Albert Brooks can’t get arrested in Hollywood, but sequels to star-studded, empty-headed comedies continue to flourish. Back-to-back screenings of A Bad Moms Christmas and the second movement in the Daddy’s Home saga made it a ...

Tal's got serious jazz-fusion chops

Bass prodigy tries on the singer/songwriter hat

Who didn’t see it coming? If you witnessed Tal Wilkenfeld in concert with Jeff Beck in the past couple of years and thought of her as the bass player, you were only partly right. Yes, ...

"It tastes like when I go surfing"

Seaweed Margarita at Open House Asian Kitchen

Located on the 101, within sniffing distance of the shore, Open House features practically every imaginable oceanic edible — including vegetables. So it was that this al fresco eatery’s general manager Matt Handy went deep ...

Dallas oilman’s blessing

Friends of SDSU vs. SoccerCity

Friends of SDSU, a political committee set up to collect signatures for an initiative that would turn the city-owned site formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium over to San Diego State University, is preparing to do ...

Slow autobiography and Korean pseudo reality

One Mississippi and The [email protected]

One Mississippi is Tig Notaro’s lightly fictionalized autobiographical series that pulls no punches when it comes to real-world pain in all its internal and external forms, yet repeatedly shows how pain can be balanced by ...

What’s in a restaurant name?

How Stake, West Pac Noodle Bar, Moo-Time, Leroy's, Lil Piggy's Bar-B-Q came into being

David Spatafore, the “visionary” and “primary owner” at Blue Bridge Hospitality, goofed with the name of his first restaurant. “We called it MooTown Creamery, and the concept was that we were going to make homemade ...

Ordered the lamb, got the goat

Somali hospitality: "You must have it.”

Feel like goat again. Last time I had some was at Mercado Hidalgo in TJ, where a couple of birria joints really deliver on the chivo stew. Before that, the cluster of Somali eateries around ...

Hitler bothers him

"We’re going to be a rock in their shoe."

Membership: 100 families Pastor: David Madsen Age: 65 Born: La Junta, CO Formation: Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI; General Theological Seminary, New York City; New York Theological Seminary, New York City Years ordained: 9 San ...

Spice Pistols aim to entertain

"What was missing was the visual aspect of a live show."

The point of the Spice Pistols — a bunch of middle-aged rocker dudes who sing Spice Girls songs as if they were played by the Sex Pistols — is not just about gender-bending camp. ”It’s ...

Dear God, I hear you knocking

Three Poems by Lydia Ong

A-B-C’s I learned my A-B-C’s at the ripe age of three Letters built words and words breathed life At ten I learned A’s got love from my mother — B’s lowered eyes, C’s a yelling ...

Latest concert announcements in San Diego

Typhoon, Dan Auerbach, Dears, Front Country, more

There have been a few different Al Stewarts through the years. His first few albums were ambitious folk operas with a tendency toward epic historical storytelling. Then producer Alan Parsons helped the Scottish-born troubadour tap ...

San Diego Asian Film Festival: The stench burns

My goal is to encourage audiences to attend more esoteric screenings

It’s time for the San Diego Asian Film Festival to once again take up residence at the UltraStar Mission Valley and the Digital Gym. (Festival #17 runs November 9-18, with the opening night at the ...

Chi Club offers short membership

O.B. band defunct since 2013 to funk it up twice this month

The Chi Club played its first official show at an apartment party in Ocean Beach in 2005. There would be many more gigs and lineup changes before the band called it a day in 2013, ...

Councilman Cate can use campaign cash for legal, PR costs

State watchdog greenlights defense money from reelection committee

Ever since Republican San Diego city councilman Chris Cate got into hot water over leaking a confidential city document to a lobbyist for SoccerCity, the controversial plan to privatize the former Qualcomm Stadium, city hall ...

Natives under your nose

Half-acre of Old Town reclaimed for lemonadeberry and hummingbirds

A half-acre of Old Town State Historic Park, located at the junction of Taylor and Congress streets, is a native plant landscape that focuses on coastal native plant restoration. The San Diego Chapter of the ...

“It’s, like, you know, like....” — maybe this stuttering will disappear

No one predicted the Spanish Inquisition, or neo-swing in the late 1990s

Dear Hipster: A 35-ish man three tables down is talking a great deal to his two table mates. He begins every, and I mean every, sentence with “It’s, like, you know, like....” He repeats the ...

San Diego County Gestapo drove away farmer

Mikhail Baryshnikov poster: "Don't come back"

The House Where Nobody Lives sits out on Fuerte Drive in El Cajon. Kids sometimes visit at night to scare themselves: “Don’t come back” has been scratched into the black-and-white poster of a shirtless and ...

See the Del Mar racetrack from the comfort of your home

Previous owner identified cells responsible for the five basic taste perceptions

Listing materials for the hillside estate at 2116 Balboa Avenue in Del Mar invite prospective buyers to “enjoy spectacular whitewater ocean, sunset & Del Mar racetrack views from this extraordinary seaside Villa in Olde Del ...

Finnegan Blue's conga line starts to move

"We finally clawed our way into the North Park Festival of the Arts.”

Anna Lee Fleming was born and raised in North Park. “I have definitely seen a transition,” says the founder/songwriter/lead singer of Finnegan Blue. “When I was first going to school my parents wouldn’t let me ...

Marching bands in Liberty Station, BBQ at Port Pavilion, and a marathon on the Silver Strand

The weather is lovely — get out and enjoy

Thursday | 9 San Diego Asian Film Festival Pacific Arts Movement presents this 18th-annual event, which they say has grown to become “the largest showcase of Asian American and international films on the West Coast” ...

Consumers tired of utilities’ carelessness and greed

Community Choice Energy programs gaining popularity

For a decade and a half, California’s investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Edison International — have controlled their purported regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission. Legally, it should be ...

Tenth Avenue Art Center’s Evil Dead: the Musical

Even badder badness

My wife and I saw Tenth Avenue Art Center’s Evil Dead: the Musical this year, because Halloween. We did not sit in the front row “splatter zone,” where spectators enjoy periodic soakings in fake blood ...

Solar-powered pot

Continues to be a significant cash generator for local lobbyists

The fight over what San Diego’s marijuana regulations will ultimately look like when pot goes legal in California next year continues to be a significant cash generator for local lobbyists, as evidenced by Lani Lutar’s ...

Last words on “Antonia’s Last Words”

Plus a comment on Only the Brave

Moron Drug User Re: “Antonia’s Last Words,” cover story. Sweet! Made it Las Vegas with no plan to get home. Sweet! Hooked up with her former boyfriend for a couple of days. Sweet! Smoked meth ...

Playboy editor of Elle magazine paralyzed except for one eye

The Skin I Live In, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Thunder Road

Films that push the boundaries of my comfort zone tend to be more memorable and meaningful. I’ve seen these films only once, but they’ve stuck with me. Pedro Almodóvar’s La Piel Que Habito (The Skin ...

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