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Welcome to you, Haitian woman

Magalita Bordes discovers a Mexican dream

Rogeste Mercy, 36, and his wife Magalita Bordes, 37, lost their apparel business and their livelihood in Port au Prince, Haiti, to an earthquake that jarred the island nation in 2010. “We lost everything,” Bordes ...

DC comics films with superheroes, super-villains, and meta-humans

Legends of Tomorrow and Suicide Squad

Legends of Tomorrow serves up a band of unlikely would-be superheroes and villains that are unwillingly thrown together to travel through space and time saving the world. The story line is continuous; fellow superheroes in ...

Pradeep’s raise

The amount may sound generous...

UCSD chancellor Pradeep Khosla got a 3 percent pay hike from University of California regents at their September 14 meeting here, boosting his annual base salary to $462,684, retroactively effective as of this past July ...

Under the U Heights sign

Assaulted by sun, starlight dims

i loathe your neighborhood see the ghosts of myself on its streets — there! under the U Heights sign collapsed on grafittied bus stop bench, weeping. lamppost-leaning, sobbing. we shared our first kiss in that ...

Cattle Decapitation rolls through Deathfest

“It’s a mellow community based on a brotherhood or sisterhood.”

It’s unusual that a local band can share stories about their latest tour to Europe. Cattle Decapitation, the extreme metal band that goes whole hog to support animal rights and other environmental issues, did its ...

Jewel, Jason Mraz, Steve Poltz started at Java Joe’s

Too late I discover that I could’ve had a quiche for $4.95.

Sixties time-warp! I’m sitting in the friendly gloom, watching Lisa Sanders and Karen Hayes sing personal songs in dreamy harmonies. Acoustic, coffee-bar singing, outside. It feels time-warpy in more ways than one. This space is ...

Walter TV channels ABBA

But the haunted-house version of the ’70s Swedish pop quartet

I’m going out on a limb to say this, but I hear echoes of ABBA here and there in Walter TV. Which is not meant as a bad thing. In fact, it’s the haunted-house version ...

John Carroll Lynch's new film, Harry Dean Stanton’s last

Lucky’s actor-turned-director on Stanton’s last stand

“You’re not likely to get a one-word answer out of me,” laughed the as-a-rule loquacious John Carroll Lynch. Lucky marks the actor’s first time behind the camera — directing Harry Dean Stanton in what turned ...

The struggle of 50 hours at the office

Make that avocado toast in the day-job lunchroom

Dear Hipster: Is it possible to hold down a 9-to-5 professional career, say, as an accountant with a major international financial services firm, but still be a hipster? — Andy Of course. Nothing’s impossible in ...

Newspaper union battles tronc's L.A. Times

Bitter labor skirmish could have unpredictable impact on U-T

The last time the Newspaper Guild was heard from in San Diego, the once-mighty union was quietly leaving town, evicted by a narrow vote of Union-Tribune employees after a rough-and-tumble decertification campaign waged by the ...

Seems any band can work with Joe Troutman

"They had to remove their swastika belt buckles before we let them back in.”

Joe Troutman, one of the few local independent music promoters, has outlasted most the venues he’s booked over 16 years. North County’s Jumping Turtle, Royal Dive (formerly owned by this reporter), Metaphor Café, Del Dios ...

Common man Scott

Peters has lately attempted to cultivate a common-man image

Democratic congressman Scott Peters, who has fought off a series of GOP challengers for his La Jolla district seat, is behind a new effort to divert San Diego Democrats from policies favored by the left. ...

Will Ferrell in a semi-serious role and an interesting premise

Stranger Than Fiction and Stranger Things

Stranger Than Fiction serves up a rare glimpse at Will Ferrell in a semi-serious role. Ferrell is hilarious as Harold Crick, a man who finds his life being “narrated” by an author that only he ...

New shows for your consideration

Psychostick, Judah & the Lion, Willie Watson, and the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience among them

What do you get when you cross Green Jelly, Kid Rock, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse? Probably something very much like Psychostick, whose four albums and two EPs are very much in the tradition of comedic ...

Favorite thrift-shop spots

Bitten by the bargain bug

Eve Kelly comes from a sturdy stock of thrift shoppers and upcyclers. As a child, I had two brand-new items: a dress for my confirmation and a pair of church shoes. Everything else was a ...

Look low in Switzer Canyon for the dusky-footed woodrat

Scrub oaks, ice plant, wild cucumber, toyon berry, laurel sumac, and endangered California gnatcatchers

Switzer Canyon offers a hike for those with short legs and short attention spans — a kid-friendly urban walk that can be either a 30-minute or a one-hour hike. This is an example of a ...

Endless Mittens

Pop-rock through a ’50s-’90s filter

“I consider Mittens to be pop rock,” says guitarist Paul Ryu. “When we started, we were mostly indie pop, but then we absorbed a lot of other styles, too. We tend to process a lot ...

Shakespeare of the Arabic language

al-Hariri of Basrah

Praise be to Allah, the exalted of names, the praised for His bounties, the abundant in gifts, the called upon for the rescinding of calamity; —king of the nations, restorer of rotten bones, honorer of ...

Click on this for Zex allegations

Pitchfork punked by Oceanside label's Canadian band?

A bizarre rift between Oceanside-based Magic Bullet Records and one of its bands, a Canadian four-piece punk band named Zex, makes one wonder if there was a real label-versus-band issue or if the beef was ...

Hipster-millennial overlap

Those people who name their children Patterson, Admiral, Dillinger

Dear Hipster: Well, I got a sell-out day-job again — having graduated from occupying reclaimed wood seats in North Park avocado toast & fair trade dens of day-time slack — but I just can’t stop ...

Purgatory for suicides and viral outbreak

Wristcutters: A Love Story and The Strain

Wristcutters: A Love Story takes place in a purgatory reserved for people who’ve committed suicide. No one smiles, everyone strolls through the monotony of having no future, and nothing works properly. It’s a boy-meets-girl story ...

Mex med-metal Thanatology gets the gig

"They come out wearing scrubs and then they bust out with ripping grindcore."

Although they’ve dressed up like doctors onstage during their 18 years as a band, don’t expect any messy Gwar-like antics from Thanatology. “We try and set ourselves apart from that cliché that many bands have ...

Faires and festivals for foodies, film buffs, and do-it-yourselfers

Fall frolic opportunites for the weekend ahead

Thursday | 5 San Diego Film Festival The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, offers over 100 films from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, and independent filmmaking ...

Breeders’ Cup comes to Del Mar

Track regulars shut out

I’m at my usual spot in the corner next to the winner’s circle, where the yellow fire hydrant sits against the rail, right across from the finish line. If I reach out, I can pet ...

Carlsbad’s rainmaker for the right

“Matt [Hoskins] is in it for whatever Matt can get out of it. It’s not anything more than that.”

The victory of Roy Moore over Donald Trump–backed Luther Strange in last week’s bitterly fought Senate Republican primary in Alabama spelled good news for Republican fundraiser Matt Hoskins of Carlsbad. Thus far this year, his ...

An avid (and observant) reader has a small problem

Comments on burgers, excessive bail, and growlers

Letters mishmash I just picked up my copy of the Reader, September 28, with Burt Reynolds on the cover. What is going on at your company? You have letters to the editor, and it says ...

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