Content for Thursday, August 9, 2018

News & Stories

Pleasure Island

Once you go full jackass, it's too late.

Pinocchio just might be the most underrated movie of all time. Watching it as a child is one thing but having it dissected by a psychology professor is something else. I’ve been watching the Maps ...

A sub sandwich joint

Where college kids with the munchies eat

If I didn’t already know the word cheba is slang for marijuana, I figured it out soon after walking through Cheba Hut’s door. It might have been the colorful mural of a surfer smoking a ...

Three poems

A single fruit had clung to leafless limbs

Persimmon A single fruit had clung to leafless limbs The entire month of ice and freezing rain. It split in places round, as though seed comes Out of season anyway and could retain Some power ...

Pure pupusa pleasure

“I’ve always loved their soft squelchiness, and the things you can fill them with.”

Sunday night, seven, 8th Street, up near Highland, National City. Not many places open for a hungry lad like myself. Yes, Cabo Wabo Grill and Bar is blasting out Historia de Un Amor, but I’m ...

August 2 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 27. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 8. John Strauch, San Diego, 8. K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 7. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 6. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 6. Robert Ott, Mira Mesa, 6. Craig ...

Midaq Alley: a big-screen telenovela

For those keeping score at home, Midaq Alley has taken home more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. This bustlingly profane Spanish-language adaptation of Egyptian Nobel prize-winner Naguib Mahfuz’s 1947 ...

August 2 Crossword Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 26. Ron Meyer, Santee, 24. Martin Soblick, Del Mar, 24. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 23. Jon Christianson, El Cajon, 22. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 22. Evelyn Bowser, San Diego, 21. (winner!) Richard ...

August 2 Sudoku Contenders

Elliot Rosenberg, La Jolla, 27. Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 24. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 24. Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, 23. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 23. Thomas LaFleur, San Diego, 23. (winner!) Ralph Levy, La Jolla, ...

This just in

Breaking news on Forest Grove, Little Dove, the Frets, Psychosally, more

“The Dabbers are still here, just on mini-hiatus while we make and record new jams as Forest Grove,” says bassist-singer Shelby Gubba-Reiner of her new band with guitarist Zack Wentz (Kill Me Tomorrow) and drummer ...

Topping the Spotify charts in over 20 countries

Maggie Rogers, Pink Talking Fish, Beartooth, Film School

I was hearing about “Give a Little,” the poppy new hand-clapping earworm by 24-year-old Maggie Rogers, for several days before I finally gave it a spin. Fearing another Meghan Trainor/Cher Lloyd knockoff like “Dog Years,” ...

City leaders don’t mention “convention center”

In plea for convention center expansion vote

Local media are reporting this morning (August 9) that the initiative to raise the hotel tax to expand the convention center and purportedly fix the roads and help the homeless doesn’t have enough valid signatures ...

More time in the practice room

New England seems like a place where you can find your own voice

“I’m excited about the future, I’m getting my college audition videos together to send out,” explains 17-year-old vocalist Zion Dyson, who just returned from a tour of several notable music schools back east with her ...

Darkness as always

Listening to those early songs feels more like eavesdropping

“I don’t want to try to explain my songs,” Lemuria’s Sheena Ozzella sings. Dark, but not hardcore – that’s Lemuria. “Omitting you, I get to brood in Diogenes’ tub,” Diogenes being the ancient Greek cynic ...

People will go nuts

The band imitated a band imitating another band

After a two-year break, the very elderly men of (primarily) Weezer tribute act Geezer are back action. The band’s retirement in Florida did not proceed as smoothly as planned. “Our guitar player [Dylan Martinez Sr.] ...

Underground acoustic jam

We’d disappear from the stage, take an elevator to the top level and then let it zip

Dispatch, founded in the ‘90s, disbanded in the early aughts, and back for more in 2011, takes pride in self-sufficiency as they travel the world without major label money. They bring it to the Cal ...

7-Eleven store in North Park shuts down suddenly

Hard to make it as franchise owner

A 7-Eleven store closed its doors around the end of July, and is now boarded up. It was located on University Avenue at Herman Avenue in North Park, across the street from CVS Pharmacy. Before ...