Content for Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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A poem for July

July I and July II

July I Blue July, bright July, Month of storms and gorgeous blue; Violet lightnings o’er thy sky, Heavy falls of drenching dew; Summer crown! o’er glen and glade Shrinking hyacinths in their shade; I welcome ...

Nighttime spreads its cloak

Shibuya Nights is a virtuoso of distilled contradictions

The Cloak & Petal’s bar manager Faisal Asseri explains that the name for Little Italy’s Japanese-inspired restaurant blends opposites to form a new whole. “Cloak” communicates mystery and intrigue, and “Petal” is a rough English ...

Was I losing my marbles?

A posthumous interview with Merlin Carothers

Foundations of Praise Contact: P.O. Box 2518, Escondido, CA 92033 760-741-2755 www.foundationofpraise.org Mailing List Members: 30,000 Founder: Merlin Carothers (1924-2013) Born: Coal Country in Pennsylvania Formation: Marion College, Marion, IN; Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, KY Years ...

Tom Hom used to live in what is now unreal estate

Letters from our readers

Fleas of Horton P. When The plaza was completed (“The Fall of Horton Plaza,” Cover Stories, June 27), I went through it and judged it to be an insult to San Diego, in that it ...

Mortality Report

Have sex while I skydive and eat lots of fried chicken

The west-facing exterior wall of the Alibi bar on University Avenue in Hillcrest asks people to consider their eventual and certain death, and to share their desires for the interim. The bartender says they are ...

Celso Piña, The Lorax, Drone-Con, Reading of Titus Andronicus, Japanese-Americans in the Gaslamp

Events July 5-July 11, 2018

Thursday | 5 King of Nortena Since 1996, Celso Piña has earned his crown as the king of modern musica norteña, bringing folk sounds into the 21st century with touches of reggae, ska, and hip-hop. ...

Goodbye Adams Avenue Bookstore

Another temple gone

The Adams Avenue Bookstore in Normal Heights is closing after 53 years of operation. I stopped in at the Store Closing sale, and overheard one fellow tell another that he had 16,000 books in his ...

I'd like to buy the world a stout

...or send you to Once

Drink a few pints in a Dublin pub, and there’s a better than even chance you’ll be asked to sing. Drink a fourth and you’ll probably comply. As if there weren’t enough of a musical ...

Soft and dangerous

In This Moment, Shortly, Birdtalker, Todd Rundgren

Few metal bands take their theatrics as seriously as LA’s In This Moment, who have been known to wear costumes themed to the music, with masked guests onstage enacting bits of scene-setting that make performances ...

Mortality report

Faced with the eternal, some turn to the temporal

The west-facing exterior wall of the Alibi bar on University Avenue in Hillcrest (Reader Best Of winner, Best Gay Bar For Heterosexuals) asks people to consider their eventual and certain death, and to share their ...

The decision resonates like few in Shakespeare

Caught between avenging “high wrongs” or choosing the “rarer action” of virtue

Prospero has every reason to be furious. When he was Duke of Milan, he was a passive ruler, one who would much rather study “white magic” than enact an edict. Then, twelve years before Shakespeare’s ...

La Mesa’s secret stairs to peak of Mount Nebo

Get a cardio workout on staircases that date back to 1912.

For those looking for stair stepping exercise in San Diego County, there are actually several options for a cardio workout: The San Diego Convention Center has about 100 steps; the “Catwalks” of Rolando Village are ...

A Hip Hopera

“Slicker than a porpoise and thicker than a horse is”

Dear Hipster: What kind of music is best for working out? — La Jolla Spin Class Junkie I wouldn’t know. We hipsters prefer to remain thin by smoking cigarettes and eating kale. Dear Hipster: I ...

Adventures with Sheila E.

It was cool in more than one way, as in five degrees outside.

San Diego vocalist Rebecca Jade has been performing internationally as a member of “smooth-jazz” saxophonist Dave Koz’s Cruise. That’s where she met pop icon Sheila E. who approached her about filling in for one of ...

Luxury Airbnb hustler sought

And someone to dun those chamber of commerce delinquents

County’s nepotism An investigation by San Diego County’s Chief of Audits Juan Perez has found that certain unnamed key employees have failed to disclose their financial holdings, as required by state conflict of interest law. ...

Cheech and Chong doing Big Hair-era covers

Anything that goofs metal’s inherent lies is funny

Heavy metal hasn’t been this much fun since Van Halen made it music that a person could sing along to. In general, the genre takes itself far too seriously. Metal music comes couched in grand ...

Marijuan X

Bones doesn’t mind working the graveyard shift he’s held down for three decades

The Ramones and Talking Heads drew him into radio. Rush Limbaugh and Carl DeMaio pushed him out. Billy Bones worked continuously in San Diego radio for 37 years until he quit Friday, June 29. He ...

July's local record roundup

“There’s not going to be as many big, jammy guitar solos"

The Donkeys will play a two-night record release party at the Casbah on July 6 and 7 for their album Sun Damaged Youth, produced by Jason Quever, who worked on their debut full-length and covered ...

Goodbye Adams Avenue Bookstore

Another temple gone

The Adams Avenue Bookstore in Normal Heights is closing after 53 years of operation. I stopped in at the Store Closing sale, and overheard one fellow tell another that he had 16,000 books in his ...

Nakedly yourself at Black's Beach

Why most nude sunbathers are male

For the record, I’m not a nudist. I feel too fat, am too vain; and in my mind, way too hairy. Besides, like most Americans, I’ve got a secret puritan lurking deep inside my liberal ...

Edison, SDG&E, lies, and double dealing

A marriage between the falsehearted and the fraudulent

In the summer of 1987, San Diego Gas & Electric sent its employees a document declaring that its board “has an obligation and responsibility to serve the best interests of its shareholders while maintaining reliability ...

I'm still grabbing the rails

Not going to be nose riding

Name: Kris Manske Age: 43 Location: Ocean Beach Kris Manske was pulling a potato chip wrapper out of her wetsuit pocket right by the large lifeguard tower. “I found that out in the ocean”. Manske’s ...

Colombian carbs

Usually, plantains are kind of like unsweet bananas. Not this luscious baby.

Are we too hung up on spicy? On hot habanero burns to make our eating life sexy? The question came up the day Colombia beat — no, thrashed — Poland in the World Cup, 3 ...

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