Content for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

News & Stories

Why not City Heights?

Not quite like North Park, yet

The large picture windows at Lotus Garden Seafood and Noodles restaurant in City Heights overlook the corner of Euclid and University. Over a heaping plate of chicken chow fun, one can observe the comings and ...

Black-metal punks

“It’s unfortunate, but a lot of the local bands play for free or for beer."

Patrick Erhard is the lead singer/bassist of Ash Williams, the punk band that one reviewer said “wishes it was a black metal band.” The SDSU grad started booking his own punk shows two years ago. ...

New job posting at the U/T

Computers may apply

The new face of reporting at tronc belongs to a computer, based on the latest online help-wanted ad posted for a “content specialist” by the Chicago-based newspaper chain with a strange name that just agreed ...

Unlimited toppings for $10!

Aspirations for that 30-story East Village tower

"J ó étvágyat!” says Zorka. It means “Bon appetit,” in Hungarian, she says. She’s from Budapest. We’re sitting in this brand-new, two-week-old pizza-and-salad joint, in East Village. Man, I’ve been waiting for this place to ...

Grails not nearly as shape-shifty as prog rock

Concert experience a bit like trying to learn a foreign language

Right about the point when you’re thinking this is a band that should have never left the garage, Grails delivers. The band has a sound that is its own: in this case, nuanced, shadowy, ominous ...

Where it's always 1997

Full House reruns 24 hours a day

Dear Hipster: Why can I not divide by zero? I feel like there’s some Illuminati conspiracy to cover up the truth. — Z. Math has nothing to do with it. As anyone with an ounce ...

S&M (smut & moronity) with Fifty Shades Freed

Laughably consensual tawdriness and corresponding bad acting

Fifty Shades Freed at last, that is, as moviedom’s favorite boy-beats-girl franchise draws to a halting climax. This viewer needed closure after having survived the first two, so it just makes sense that I cast ...

Material witnesses at Adams Avenue Theater

As fabric store winds down the biz, punk heydays surface at former venue

The Reader recently reported that Discount Fabrics on Adams Avenue will be shutting down due to the sale of their building. The story mentioned that the establishment (located at 3325 Adams Avenue) was once a ...

Wintry Sisyphus

25 years in Southern California can make a body forget to check the weather

It doesn’t much matter how I came to be in my recent predicament — stranded in the Evanston, Wyoming, Comfort Inn, just over the Utah border, staring out of the second-story window at the parking ...

Immigrants welcomed at Ascension Lutheran Church

Our refugee banner was slashed and vandalized

Membership: 70 Pastor: Rick Fry Age: 43 Born: Springfield, OH Formation: Wittenberg University, Springfield OH; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Hyde Park Years Ordained: 6 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which ...

Three short hikes in high part of Anza Borrego

No wonder the Kumeyaay liked Culp Valley

At an elevation of 3400 feet, Culp Valley not only provides relief from scorching desert temperatures in the months when it is too hot to hike at lower elevations in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, but ...

Ladera Street stairs closed. Too dangerous.

Sunset Cliffs surfers out of luck

On February 13th, San Diego city officials closed the beach access stairway at the western end of Ladera Street. An adjacent bluff failure that landed at the base of the stairway is the cause of ...

S.D. marijuana merchants pour cash into political action committee

High-dollar pot

With marijuana sales finally legalized in California, local pot merchants have been pouring cash into a political action committee known as Citizens for Public Safety and Safe Access, sponsored by the Association of Cannabis Professionals. ...

Academy Award–nominated short films at the Ken

How many of the past winners do you consider to be a great movie?

Ten years ago, the Academy Award for Best Picture went to No Country for Old Men — a solid choice, even though I would have gone with There Will Be Blood. (Not that you asked.) ...

The Wasteland Weekend guys

Authentic Sellout finds their place under the sun

When Authentic Sellout guitarist Christian Borja pens songs, he tends to envision images that correlate with the lyrics. While he was writing “Radiate,” many of these images were post-apocalyptic. Vocalist Sulo King landing the band ...

February 8 Brainstorm

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 3. Mark Burton, San Diego, 2. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 2. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 2. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 1. Sandy Carpenter, Lakeside, 1. Gia Consoli, San Diego, 1. Monty Davis, Santee, ...

February 8 Sudoku

Claiborne Alford, San Diego, 2. Frank Barnes, San Diego, 2. (winner!) Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, 2. Mark Burton, San Diego, 2. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 2. Roger Coutinho, San Diego, 2. Kelly Cunningham, Del Mar, ...

February 8 Crossword

Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Orville Brown, San Diego, 3. Mark Burton, San Diego, 3. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 3. Ron Hootman, Santee, 3. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 3. Robert McQuay, San Diego, 3. Thomas McVeagh, ...

It was a bus stop, and past midnight

Four poems by Anthony Seidman

Border Town Graduates Although we’re closer to feeling the grass pulled over our lips forever, we still bare our dirty teeth and laugh. We managed to look twice our age, and now our wrinkles won’t ...

175 hours of yoga instruction brings LP to light

“When you pay for it yourself, you can be more creative."

“I think there’s a benefit to not being with a label and self-financing, because I have a lot more freedom,” says musician Sharon DuBois, who just completed her latest album (Into Light) after almost three ...

Seller is willing to accept Bitcoin

The value is in the land, 290 acres of it

“Welcome to Rancho Escondido Groves, your very own private 290.95-acre luxury mountain top estate.” So begins the sales pitch for the property at 1830 Rincon Avenue, in equal parts a development opportunity and potential paradise ...

Thanks for the chops, School of Rock

Elise Trouw also credits jazz band at Bishop's School for musicianship

San Diego’s Elise Trouw got bumped from Jimmy Kimmel Live January 30. Was the local 18-year-old multi-instrumentalist bummed because porno actress Stormy Daniels hogged all her time? “I wasn’t worried about it,” says Trouw. “These ...

Talk of the occasional guava pastry leads to a physics lesson

Ironic heat death of the hipsterverse caused by a gradual loss of potential coolness

Dear Hipster: Why is there never any parking near hipster coffee shops (especially ones that contain guava pastries)? — Janelle Khaleesi There’s a simple answer and a hard answer. I’ll give you the easy one ...

No more tears: Ozzy Osbourne will play Mattress Firm

38 Special, Xylouris White, and King Tuff also coming to town

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 17, for Ozzy Osbourne at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on October 9. The occasional Black Sabbath frontman says he’s quitting the road after his upcoming solo trek around the world, ...

What use UTC has of books

Anyone ever read these?

Books do furnish a room, but not at Pottery Barn in University Town Center. Even the writing desk is piled high with leather travel cases instead of readables. The only exception — the John Derian ...

Comic-hoarder’s hell is a Poway picker’s heaven

“It’s hard for me to get excited, but I got excited with this comic deal.”

Recently, a Poway thrift-store owner made what’s being called the biggest score in local comics trading history when he bought the collection of a deceased L.A.-area hoarder. “The house is an extreme case [of a] ...

Have fun in February

With the Harlem Globetrotters, the San Diego Tết Festival, and a Black Panther Experience

Thursday | 15 Black Panther Experience A private screening of Marvel’s new superhero film, Black Panther. This is a Black Carpet experience, so make sure you are picture-perfect in your African-inspired attire. Happy-hour gathering at ...

Border czar Alan Bersin sets up BorderWorks Group

Anti-Trump bump

Clinton administration border czar Alan Bersin, who subsequently ran San Diego city schools before becoming Barack Obama’s Customs commissioner until failing to get Senate confirmation, could soon be cleaning up as the new anti-Trump of ...

My 14-year-old niece is the reason I saw Hamilton?

“Did you know Hamilton started the New York Post to badmouth his political enemies?”

Sitting in a sold out Civic Theater, 15 minutes til showtime of the undisputed theatrical event of the season, and as the seats begin to fill it dawns on me: I’m not the only one ...

More on the casino in Jamul

A reader has to contain her disgust

Re: “The casino’s been built — Jamul is still fighting it,” cover story. As I was reading the article about the Jamul Indian Village, I had to contain my disgust at the statement that Erica ...