Content for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

News & Stories

A shark-sized bite out of the real Coronado

New landlord in, old businesses out

It has that weird feeling, like Dead Man Walking. We’re at the bar. Jimmy has got me my regular Arrogant Bastard. Tiger does a pretend growl. “That Arrogant Bastard.” Miguel the chef sits with his ...

Asanga's path to perfection

A Yogacara Buddhist

What is a person who has only a single interval? It is a person who is a once-returner who reaches the end of suffering by living only among the gods. What is a person who ...

Earthless sings of Black Heaven

Heavy-duty three-piece set to release first album with vocals

“Heaven is thought of as this beautiful paradise in the clouds, which may very well be true, but all I see is black,” says Earthless guitarist Isaiah Mitchell of the title to the band’s upcoming ...

Local journalism may not get the cash

Soon-Shiong: obvious tightwad

As denizens of San Diego and Los Angeles await the pending takeover of their cities’ respective newspapers by wealthy L.A. physician Patrick Soon-Shiong, speculation is rampant regarding the future direction of local journalism. But those ...

The Machine spits out 97-3 DJs

Music programming out, talk-radio featuring The Men's Room in

On March 1st, San Diego’s all-music station known for three years as “Energy 97-3” was “blown up,” as they say in the radio business. The upshot: there is one less local station playing the hits ...

You want more chicken

Carlsbad Mexican broilers — yum

Three armed guys come through the door. They’re all chunky hardbodies, wearing what look like bulletproof vests. Written across their backs, one word: PROBATION. They head for the counter. Maria, Rosana, and Carmen face them ...

Oscar autopsy

Positivity and gripes

Jimmy Kimmel opened by calling for a night for positivity, so I will begin my coverage of the 90th Annual Academy Awards accordingly. (Not surprisingly, threats of controversy never materialized.) Dept. of Happy Memories While ...

Mayor raises big money for One San Diego

Get out of jail, not free

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who appears to have successfully survived the worst of the downtown homeless hepatitis crisis that hit the city last year, has lately been raising big money for his One San ...

Hooked on accordion

Flogging Molly's Matt Hensley skated into his unlikely career

You could call this story “Just Being There.” It’s about how Matt Hensley, from Vista, went from pro skater to being a working member of Flogging Molly. “The only odd thing,” he says by phone, ...

Birdman of East Village

They’re not pets

Has anybody seen the Birdman of East Village lately? Okay, that’s just what I call him. I met Victor Vasquez, 53, taking his three birds: Sydney, 30 years old, a medium sulphur-crested cockatoo from Papua ...

Easy trail near a tough golf course in Carlsbad

Golf-course trail connects to undeveloped habitats and parklands

The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course was designed by Greg Nash with the preservation of habitat and the city’s trail system being an important consideration in creating a challenging course. The holes for this city-owned ...

Clean up after your dog!

Utensils and services that pick up pet poo

My friend Katie paid a visit and brought her beautiful golden retriever Molly — who, confided Katie upon arriving, “leaves mountains of poop. Let me know if you see any in your yard, and I’ll ...

Communal's granola takes place of Rebecca's scones

South Park coffee turnover

When the new year began, South Park found itself trending downward in the coffee department. The end of 2017 brought with it the closing of longtime community hub, Rebecca’s Coffeehouse. For a quarter century, Rebecca’s ...

TV on the music

Local shows featuring local bands diminish by one

The opportunities for local artists to get TV face-time just got slimmer with the news that Tonight in San Diego has suspended production. The Tonight Show–style program was most visible in February and March of ...

Your new mansion has a disco with mirrored ceilings

“The Ultimate La Jolla Family Estate property”

Listing materials for the massive 14,000-square-foot estate at 2681 Idle Hour Lane, one of a small handful of cul-de-sacs tucked away west of the UC San Diego campus between the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and ...

Rick Springfield brings The Snake King to the Embarcadero

Plus new shows from lovelytheband, Prong, Jackson Browne, Joe Bonamassa

Life has been good to “Jessie’s Girl” singer Rick Springfield. So good that, despite not charting a U.S. hit since Ronald Reagan was president, the Australian rocker is headlining a two-night stand at Embarcadero Marina ...

Career as rockin' tattoo artist not recommended

“Right now I’m booked nonstop; other weeks, it’s crickets."

Mike Stobbe of North Park’s Avalon Tattoo started inking San Diego’s most famous rock stamp 25 years ago. “I did at least 100 to 150,” he says of the Rocket From the Crypt rockets he ...

Original Pulp Fiction manuscript found in a Carlsbad garage

I also write introductions for art books

OMG: I’m holding it in my hand. A hand-typed script movie people would kill for. I just ran across it in this rare and ancient bookshop and literati haven, in an alley off Carlsbad Village ...

The good old days that never were

The case for Howard the Duck and “Kyrie” is with the jury

Dear Hipster: I have been thinking about the popularity of retro stuff recently, at least from a pop-culture standpoint. To me, it seems like people remember the past as distinctly better than it actually was. ...

Where the Santa Ana Freeway inherits the Long Beach

Three poems by Patty Seyburn

Ode to My Grecian Urns Fake, faux, ersatz and what’s more, there are two of them. Keats said the sonnet wouldn’t do. Wrong tone. No Pindarics — not the right form for philosophy. The poem ...

Airbnb forcing you out?

If you buy a house in the beach area, what do you expect?

It must be the noise — not higher rents and home prices — that people feel most strongly about. I am referring to public indignation about short-term vacation-housing rentals — Airbnb and the like. People ...

This week: cherry blossoms, daffodils, and lots of beer

Plus a giant “holistic health party,” otherwise known as a yoga festival

Thursday | 8 Taste of Third Sample signature dishes from Chula Vista eateries on Third Avenue. New this year for the 21-and-up crowd, a ticket includes tasters at participating breweries, cocktail lounges, and bar-restaurants. Favorites ...

Robert Chávez of Park and Rec gets fined

Ethical small change

San Diego’s city ethics commission, suspected by many insiders of turning a blind eye to the questionable timing of political contributions given elected officials by lobbyists, has slapped its first fine of 2018 on Robert ...

Letters on Normal and City Heights

The storyline is regrettably familiar

Normal Hts. neon Re: “We the People of Normal Heights,” cover story. An update on the Normal Heights neon sign: Gary Weber and I met with Art Buckel and his sister Joy (Buckel) LeBus in ...

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