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Stories for May 2018

Thursday, May 31

The Bitter word is out

Last week, a pilsner made by Bitter Brothers Brewing Co. won the first annual Pilsner Blind Tasting Championships, held at O’Brien’s Pub. This style, once a rarity in San Diego, has become a prestige beer ...

May 31, 2018
Last sandwich standing

The Quiznos sandwich shop in El Cajon at Main Street and Magnolia Avenue closed down Saturday. The last San Diego area Quiznos standing is in Ramona at Main Street and Ramona Street. Quiznos shops have ...

Luscious living high up in a downtown penthouse

This week we visit the top floor of Sapphire Tower at 1262 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego’s 17th-tallest skyscraper at 32 stories and a height of 380 feet above street level, where penthouse suite 3802 occupies ...

May 31, 2018
Two poems

The Salton Sea I am standing here at the end of the world the end of everything and you are not here I walk through the rain as droplets cut and jab at my eyes ...

May 31, 2018
A beautiful, free lunch

“You need to take your shoes off and put a covering on your hair.” He says it in the kindest possible way. Vikash Kumar. He ties a triangular orange scarf over my head. Because this ...

May 31, 2018
Seats and screens and sci-fi spectaculars

As a fan of both the Saw franchise and the two big houses at the Reading Grossmont, I reasoned that there was no better multiplex in the country to watch an opening-day showing of Jigsaw. ...

May 31, 2018
May 24 Sudoku Contenders

Randy Paddock, San Diego, 16. Elliot Rosenberg, La Jolla, 16. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 15. Jerry Noser, San Diego, 15. Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, 14. Dennis Taplin, Chula Vista, 14. Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 13. ...

May 31, 2018
May 24 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 18. (winner!) K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 4. John Strauch, San Diego, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Mark Burton, San Diego, 3. Holly Kennelley, San Diego, 3. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 3. ...

May 31, 2018
May 24 Crossword Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 16. (winner!) Richard Hutchings, Santee, 15. Martin Soblick, Del Mar, 15. Orville Brown, San Diego, 14. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 14. Ron Meyer, Santee, 14. Evelyn Bowser, San Diego, 13. Robert McQuay, ...

May 31, 2018
President pardons San Diegan D’Souza

President Donald Trump today (May 31) pardoned San Diegan Dinesh D’Souza, author and filmmaker, who pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2014. He was indicted that year for illegally using straw donors to ...

May 31, 2018
Maybe don't eff the police

After 32 years, San Diego County’s second oldest live music venue (after the Belly Up Tavern) is making a major change to its format. SOMA owner Len Paul says hip-hop matters more to his underage ...

May 31, 2018
"Music that's made for having fun," plus other stuff

In an age where major labels seem the last and least likely place for new talent to develop, it’s a surprise when a big concern like EMI Nashville actually backs a winner that nobody saw ...

May 31, 2018
Congratulations, you got a gig at the Che

Congratulations, you got a gig at the Che - Indie/surf rockers Fashion Jackson headlined the first show at UCSD’s Che Café following its 14-month closed-for-remodeling dark period. “It went off,” says the band’s Sterling Gietzen ...

May 31, 2018
Las Rosas - straight out of the '60s

In 1964, the Kinks invented garage rock. Even though garage was more or less finished by 1968, the concept never really went away. Las Rosas, a Brooklyn trio, knows this. The heart of that ancient ...

May 31, 2018
My Taylor and Telecaster remain friends

“Before the recent eruption, when the trade winds would die down, the smoke from the volcano would wrap around the island, and eventually make it to Kona,” says one-time O.D. Corral guitarist Dusty Best of ...

May 31, 2018
James Supercave's San Diego roots

Don’t get rid of all the guitars - Andrés Villalobos grew-up in Chula Vista. He has memories his mothers “cleaning the house with Bee Gees just blaring in the kitchen.” The first show he ever ...

May 31, 2018
Vaping's Wild West

Manufacturers and sellers of flavored nicotine liquid products got a warning earlier this month from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change packaging that mimics food products like candy, cookies, and juice boxes. The ...

Wednesday, May 30

From Chargers to Game of Thrones

This was my first time dining at OB Noodle House Bar 1502, but I’d seen it on multiple occasions from the patio of Raglan Public House across the street. Had I known they had a ...

Adams Avenue Theater to host music again

After over three decades without music, a legendary part of San Diego’s pop music history is on track to be resurrected as a music venue. Opened in 1930 as a movie house, by the late ...

Regret is useless, and yet...

Every year I make a big deal of the upcoming Mainly Mozart Festival, and I do this because it actually is a big deal. I had been writing about classical music for about five years ...

May 30, 2018
Who shall overcome this earth?

Who shall overcome this earth?

An adventure in geology

A couple of very good slot canyons make for an interesting add-on to the impressive geology hike at the upper portion of this canyon. The Roam-O-Rama write up “The pull-apart basin” from 11/22/17 describes the ...

May 30, 2018
Boom for Real, Lord Huron, Les Miserables, Che Cafe, Beer Can Racing

Thursday | 31 LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Boom for Real documents the artist’s pre-fame, and how New York City, the people, and the surrounding movements formed him. Interviews with other artists who emerged ...

May 30, 2018
San Diego benches of note

At 11:30 on a coolish Saturday morning in April, I have the bench to myself. Sometimes when I pass by, a woman with a shopping cart stuffed and piled with her belongings occupies the far ...

May 30, 2018
How to stop the lemmings

Is an upstairs office in downtown Coronado going to save the world? Out of his modest headquarters on Orange Avenue, Marshall Saunders founded Citizens’ Climate Lobby back in 2007. His idea was that we had ...

May 30, 2018
Pool Party!

Swimming season is nearing full swing now. Every year, I try to get a new fun float toy. Unfortunately, most only last a few months, if that. So I polled a few pool aficionados to ...

May 30, 2018
Draw the dog

Lyla sits still like a pro. Which is a miracle here in the middle of flailing dogs and foamy beers and baby strollers. The little black and tan pooch obviously doesn’t know what’s happening, because ...

May 30, 2018
The voluble Carl DeMaio on his gas tax revolt

There’s a showdown looming down at the gas pump, and Carl DeMaio will be there on Election Day to confront the man he views as the chief bandit, Governor Jerry Brown. As for the preliminary ...

May 30, 2018
Tech, you were my brother, and I loved you

Dear Hipster: What was your favorite hipster moment during the royal wedding? — Erin Not watching it. Dear Hipster: Did you hear Yanny or Laurel? — Derek I don’t get what all the fuss is ...

May 30, 2018
Hueso's fat bank account, county bureaucrats like Apple

Doing fundraising time State Senate Democrat Ben Hueso, running for reelection in next month’s primary against retired Republican Superior Court Judge Luis Vargas, is seen as the likely winner in the majority Democratic 40th district, ...

May 30, 2018

Tuesday, May 29

Somewhere between pasta and salad

It’s not a dish that typically makes or breaks a restaurant. You won’t find it in competition at the county fair. It’s not the subject of magazine top ten lists, the way pizza is, nor ...

City workers cheat and lie for disabled spaces

Hot on the tail of San Diego's meter-reading scandal comes word that at least two city Public Utilities Department workers have illegally used Disabled Person Placards to park in handicapped spaces, and similar abuse may ...

May 29, 2018
Thirsty for sunshine

Long summer days mean opportunities for drinking outdoors. Here are the top five brewery destinations to catch fresh air and sunshine with your craft beers this summer Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten 2817 Dickens Street, Shelter ...

The bunkers of Point Loma

During World War II, anti-motor torpedo boat guns at Point Loma protected San Diego harbor from attack. Capable of downing enemy vessels or aircraft over four miles distant, the more accurate and rapid-firing 90mm guns ...

Munched it at San Onofre

Name: Rick Dyer From: Fallbrook Location: Imperial Beach Pier On May 20th, I saw Rick Dyer and his wife Lynne hanging out by their 1972 Volkswagen Combi van on Seacoast Drive. “The surf out at ...

Monday, May 28

One marlin equals five yellowtail

Head: Over limits in Mexico? The math ain’t that hard. Dock Totals May 20 – May 26: 2,227 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 24 bluefin tuna, 645 ...

Water polluted by tossed bikes

On May 21, Paul Proctor pulled up four dockless bikes that were strewn off the Ocean Beach cliffs into the waters. “That’s a reef shelf at Sunset Cliffs and Hill Street,” Proctor said. “The area ...

So how's the beer?

It’s been a year since Anheuser-Busch subsidiary 10 Barrel Brewing Co. opened its controversial, multimillion dollar, East Village brewpub amid an epic troll battle with local craft breweries, beer media, and fans. That made me ...

Birds vs. dogs

On May 20, Brandon and his buddy Raul, could’ve been fined $100 apiece, if they walked their two labrador-mix dogs past the jetties in Imperial Beach. “The fact that the sign is posted up there,” ...

Sunday, May 27

I forge a Virginia ham trail

When you visit a region, its cuisine says as much about its culture as paintings in an art museum. Travelers rush to Napa Valley for wine, Wisconsin for cheese, Maine for lobster... but there’s just ...

Mostly military heroes

Somewhere Between Death and the Border “I ran over to pick the suitcase up and, yeah, Eddie was laying there, face down in this pool of blood in the sand about a foot across, laying ...

May 27, 2018

Saturday, May 26

Trade jobs with them?

Like your road widened, Mister? Roads like Old Highway 80, east of San Diego, were paved with concrete; but after the war, asphalt paving was perfected. Asphalt is cheaper to lay down, which is why ...

May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25

Breaking local music news

Newest happenings in the local music scene

May 25, 2018
Those are really rice noodles?

“What do you recommend?” I asked my server at Rice Noodle King, a small casual restaurant that opened a couple of months ago in Kearny Mesa. Given that every one of the seventeen entrées on ...

San Diego, America's Finest Drone Zone

NO, NOT REALLY: Your daughter, shielding her face from a peeping drone (shadow in upper left corner). “Soon, this sort of thing will be a thing of the past,” says Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “The ...

The Kardashian Konundrum

NO, NOT REALLY — Interim DA Summer Stephan: “People should rise through their chain from deputy public defender to becoming a trusted team leader and making reforms that way, rather than really what is the ...

Win/Loss, Gwynn/Gloss

NO, NOT REALLY: What’s in a name? “Some people are calling it an act of vandalism that dishonors the memory of a champion,” says Padres General Manager B.J. Stellar. “But it’s important not to get ...

Boat busted

On May 22, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife posted on their Facebook page that read in part that in September of 2017, their officers made a “significant over-limit bust on the captain of ...

May 25, 2018
God's not going to force himself on you

Membership: 150 Pastor: Erik Borlaug Age: 29 Born: Forrest Lake, MN Formation: Winona State University, Winona, MN Years Ordained: 7 San Diego Reader: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy? Pastor Erik ...

May 25, 2018
99 Cent Only gets green light for booze

Where else can you get such far-flung gems as 1000-piece bags of cotton swabs, pregnancy test strips, and paperback copies of O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It quasi-confessional for less than a buck? It’s tempting ...

Video of Punta Bandera sewage explodes

A video of slightly treated sewage flowing like a waterfall from a southwestern Tijuana treatment plant as it arrives at the beach at Punta Bandera has gone viral, with more than a half million views ...

May 25, 2018
Fairgrounds pulls plug on concert venue

Plans for a new 1,900-capacity venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds have unraveled due to spiraling construction costs and questions about whether the fair should be in the concert promoting business in the first place. ...

May 25, 2018

Thursday, May 24

El Cajon shrink gives up practice

On May 15, El Cajon psychiatrist Leon Fajerman surrendered his license to practice medicine in California. A month earlier, on April 11, the state medical board had accused him of sexual misconduct with seven patients ...

May 24, 2018
Texas oil funds San Diego hit spots

With San Diego's nastiest race of primary season 2018 hitting new lows almost daily, a political committee funded by Sacramento's oil lobby checked into the contest with $35,000 on May 18 to help pay for ...

May 24, 2018
A new place to dim sum

It wasn’t until I entered Fung Fung Yuen that I realized I’d never set foot in a dim sum restaurant that was this new. The carpet was spotless, there were no nicks on the back ...

Two poems

Over the Town Chagall looks down at the work he’s done, 1918 In Liozna— the town at the end of the world— blossoms spread to the edge of heaven, the little River Moshna weeps over ...

May 24, 2018
Concepto's Essencia: essentially ill-conceived?

Nestled into the side of Mt. Soledad about a half-mile from the coast in what listing materials describe as “the Hollywood Hills of La Jolla” sits the residence dubbed “Essencia.” With six bedrooms and seven ...

May 24, 2018
May 17 Crossword Contenders

Orville Brown, San Diego, 14. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 14. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 14. Martin Soblick, Del Mar, 14. Evelyn Bowser, San Diego, 13. (winner!) Robert McQuay, San Diego, 13. Ron Meyer, Santee, 13. (winner!) ...

May 24, 2018
May 17 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 16. K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 4. John Strauch, San Diego, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Mark Burton, San Diego, 3. Holly Kennelley, San Diego, 3. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 3. ...

May 24, 2018
"Watch this." (Or maybe don't)

I played an awful lot of Star Wars when I was a kid. My snowy backyard in upstate New York was the ice planet Hoth. My jungle gym was The Millennium Falcon. And my best ...

May 24, 2018
May 17 Sudoku Contenders

Randy Paddock, San Diego, 16. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 15. Dennis Taplin, Chula Vista, 14. Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, 13. Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 13. George Cooper, El Cajon, 13. Jerry Noser, San Diego, 13. ...

May 24, 2018
You can't toss off the Adagio for Strings

The San Diego Symphony gave a concert on May 11, 12, and 13 with music director emeritus Jahja Ling conducting the music of Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The programming was puzzling. ...

May 24, 2018
Right time, right place, right friends

When Madeleine Peyroux comes around this time, she’ll be travelling light. It’s a trio gig with guitar, acoustic bass, and her voice to support the jazz-and-blues singer’s 20 years of recordings. I think her own ...

May 24, 2018
Spice Girls songs Sex Pistols-style

“Sppike” Mike Muellenberg has been a musician in Southern California for nearly his entire life. He has played in bands for most of that time period, and knows first-hand how difficult it is to draw ...

May 24, 2018
What does KOD mean to you?

J. Cole’s KOD Tour pulls into Viejas Arena on August 22, promoting a same-named full-length released in April with a title said to either stand for Kill Our Demons, Kids on Drugs, or King Overdosed, ...

May 24, 2018
Meet ten-year-old rocker/actor Tommy Ragen

Tommy Ragen has nothing against public school. In fact, he loved his last principal. “Miss Tripi was really nice to me,” says Ragen of La Jolla Elementary’s Donna Tripi. “She was really supportive of Tommy ...

May 24, 2018
Düüns played for tweakers and random desert people

New band pages are added each week to the Reader's Local Music Database. It now numbers over 4900 entries, each with custom written bios, discographies, a local Video Jukebox, over 1,300 playable MP3s, more than ...

May 24, 2018

Wednesday, May 23

Being the Change, Firefly Dreams, California's Fallen Soldiers, Vista Strawberry Festival, Poe Ballantine

Thursday | 24 BEING THE CHANGE Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution is written by Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The book delves into ...

May 23, 2018
Korean cuisine and conversation on Convoy

Almost didn’t make it out of Kearny Mesa Friday night. Caught the last bus by a hair. I blame the Koreans. Came up here looking for Korean food. BBQ. And conversation. Because I’m kinda curious ...

May 23, 2018
The quest for silky smooth legs

We Kellys are constantly running out of certain items, near-essentials of life: coffee, chocolate, toilet paper, and razors. That last item is especially true, as the number of face and leg shavers in the house ...

May 23, 2018
Dome on the range

The Coyote Mountains are part of a larger area known as the Colorado region of the Sonoran Desert. Here two plates meet, the Pacific Plate to the west and the North American Plate to the ...

May 23, 2018
Bless your little heart

I went to college in Dallas, which is not really in the South, but is a sort of first cousin. We had our share of Southern Belles on campus, including one of my roommates. One ...

May 23, 2018
How I learned to stop worrying about the Chargers and love rugby

When the Chargers followed that red ribbon of brakelights leading to Los Angeles, our city’s abandoned football fans responded by burning jerseys and searching for clever ways to repurpose their bolt tattoos. After an ugly ...

May 23, 2018
Cherchez la femme in Afghanistan

When they first meet, Mariam can’t stand young Laila. With good reason: in her early 30s, Mariam’s the dutiful wife of Rasheed, an abusive control freak. To him, she’s lower than a house cat. Now ...

May 23, 2018
A burlesque extension of the Star Wars universe

Pulitzer-nominated political cartoonist Jeff Danziger once wrote that he wanted his panels to work like an icicle slipped down your back — funny in a way, but also discomfiting. Laughter tinged with the twinge that ...

May 23, 2018
Why isn't there Amerivision?

Dear Hipster: I have no opinion on the chicken song, but I sort of wonder, why doesn’t the US have something like the Eurovision Song Contest? — Denny Beats the heck outta me. I would ...

May 23, 2018
Dressing the part, from Atlanta to Vegas to here

There’s an elevator at the Pendry hotel on Fifth that runs from the underground Oxford Social Club, with its $1500 Saturday night bottle service, up to the ground-floor Lionfish restaurant, home to Eater “Top-50 Young ...

May 23, 2018
Atkins's money counters DeMaio's recall efforts

Gassed-up recall San Diego’s Toni Atkins, leader of the state senate, has been digging deep into one of her campaign kitties in a rough-and-tumble effort to save the seat of fellow senate Democrat Josh Newman ...

May 23, 2018
Lestat's West may rise from its coffin

John Husler admits his much-loved acoustic showcase in Normal Heights called Lestat’s West has not been profitable for six years. “We’ve been losing from $50,000 to $80,000 a year,” says co-owner Husler about the fifteen-year-old ...

May 23, 2018
Fiercely anti-Christ

Got your goat, and sheep In the last 3 times of the articles of “Sheep and Goats” it seems that you are getting into the religious cultic things that are all fiercely anti-Christ in the ...

May 23, 2018

Tuesday, May 22

Stopping fights and starting hearts

Apr 29 10:15 Medical: Multiple lifeguard units and vessel respond to a report of a 50 year-old male, conscious and breathing. Call upgraded to CPR in progress, three shocks given with defibrillator. Medical unit transports ...

Georgia Street Bridge — now promised for September

Back in 2011, the city got things moving to begin the Georgia Street Bridge reconstruction in North Park. Simon Wong Engineering, now Kleinfelder, received an amended agreement from the San Diego City Council, boosting their ...

No Angel

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday (May 21) charged San Diegan Aaron “Angel” Stanz and his company, Bud Genius, with securities fraud. The complaint was filed in federal court. Stanz and Bud Genius, a penny ...

May 22, 2018
Cleaning up at Parks and Rec

San Diego city auditor Eduardo Luna has gotten to the bottom of a case involving some long-missing cleaning supplies and water theft: the custodian did it. "Our Office received an allegation that a Parks and ...

May 22, 2018
Despite Jack in the Box's hypnotic tacos

Since its founding in San Diego in 1951, Jack in the Box has sold tacos. Indeed, the Jack taco has consistently been the chain’s most popular product, even though one customer tweeted that it was ...

May 22, 2018
Tasty brews tie the room together

A couple of young children run past as I walk in the door, chasing each other around the window bar counter where their parents sit, waving, laughing over beers. Inside Thr3e Punk Ales, a Thursday ...

Dead Baja whale headed for pit

On May 20th at about noon, Adrian Urenda saw a dead whale on the beach by Las Olas Hotel in Calafia (about seven miles south of Rosarito). “There were about ten others around the carcass,” ...

May 22, 2018
Still not typical

Wow Wow Waffle never occupied a typical location. Its kitchen is built into a freestanding two-car garage that sits behind the 30th Street Laundry coin-op wash and dry. It’s easy to miss, because there’s not ...

The Cardiff creakers

In the 1970s and early 80s, they were the movers and shakers in Cardiff by the Sea. “Now we’re just creakers and crawlers,” joked Meg Kleeb. A group of 16 longtime Cardiff residents met in ...

Black's felt like being in a prism

Name: Johnny V. From: Pacific Beach Location: Mission Beach Jetty Occupation: Photographer/Videographer Johnny V. was coming out of the water by the Mission Beach Jetty when I saw him. He had the waves all to ...

Monday, May 21

Rainbow dumplings

I love the name of this restaurant: "Steamy Piggy" is adorable and appalling. How dare they use an endearment such as “piggy” to describe the food I’m about to eat? On an instinctive, American level, ...

What Windansea surfers said about Tom Wolfe

The following story appeared in the July 19, 1973 Reader. Tom Wolfe died a week ago, May 14, in New York City. Beach People say old surfers never die. They dry up like some sunbaked ...

Follow the grunion to get the 'buts

Dock Totals May 13 – May 19: 1,947 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 111 bluefin tuna, 442 yellowtail, 205 calico bass (1,003 released), 36 sand bass, 2,808 ...

Knife-wielding attorney threatens spouse

On December 5, 2016, the San Diego County District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against personal injury attorney David Thaddeus Achord for, among several things, threatening his wife with a knife and resisting an officer ...

May 21, 2018
One million dollar houses atop San Pasqual Valley

When Charlie Jancic thinks about wildfire in the San Pasqual Valley, it’s from real life. In 2007, the Witch Fire and Guejito Fire took his house. “The roads aren’t great — they’re mostly two lanes, ...

Everyone's dream — to catch sailboat out of San Diego

Skippers seeking crew The following come from sandiegosailing.com: May 14 Name: Jeff Phone: (858) 270-1689 Email: [email protected] Crew Type: Racing Details: F18 Catamaran May 4 Name: Micheal Hardin Phone: (714) 614-0285 Email: [email protected] Crew Type: ...

May 21, 2018
The swimming tongue

Channel catfish are the most commonly caught freshwater fish in the country. As a hardy species they can survive in brackish water and are easy to farm. That their firm flesh prepares well baked or ...

Sunday, May 20

Springtime Mammoth Lakes: a travel guide

Springtime in the Western United States generally means snow melt and a lot of muddy conditions. It may seem like an odd time to visit a mountain town... but it's just the opposite for the ...

Local surfing hall of fame

Tom Morey In the beginning Morey and Faivor sold the Boogie Board through ads in surfing magazines, mail order, cash in advance. The money that came in with the first orders enabled them to buy ...

May 20, 2018

Saturday, May 19

San Diego's cowboys — a varied lot

Cowboys, cattle, and time Jim Kemp is the largest cattle rancher in San Diego County, but the few thousand animals he keeps in the East County are only a whisper of the huge herds that ...

May 19, 2018

Friday, May 18

Too ugly

“They were considered ugly and too expensive,” says Bob Meigs, of his rare 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Meigs, a Solana Beach collector of classic cars, is the car show coordinator for the San Diego County Fair. ...

San Diego's nine hot spots for illegal dumping

At about 1:30 am on Saturday, April 28th Lizzie Rodriguez heard noises coming from outside her casita in Memorial Park. The next morning, she found an old couch and a bike dumped along the sidewalk ...

County unemployment dips below 3 percent

County unemployment broke below 3 percent in April, coming in at 2.9 percent, down from a revised 3.2 percent in March. The April rate was down from 3.9 percent a year ago, and down from ...

May 18, 2018
"You're tearing me apart!"

I've been on about this before, but one of the things that make so many superhero punch-ups so deadly dull is the Toughness Inconsistency Index, which states that the amount of punishment a hero can ...

May 18, 2018
City board to SDG&E: Drop dead

Recommendations from an advisory board to San Diego's city council and Mayor Kevin Faulconer that a clean energy plan from San Diego Gas & Electric be rejected could clear the way for the city to ...

May 18, 2018
Fletcher couple rumbles over spousal support

The public persona of Nathan Fletcher, Republican-turned-Independent running for county supervisor as a Democrat, is embodied in the photo atop his Facebook page as a portrait of a happily blended family: he and second wife, ...

May 18, 2018
Triple-X entertainment

John Badham’s Project X (1987) What is an inordinately intelligent baby chimp like Virgil to do when, in the great tradition of Walt Disney, we open with the removal of not one, but two of ...

May 18, 2018
Shimmer happens

If you’ve never heard of glitter beer, the internet sure has. A March Vice Munchies story reported that female brewers in the craft beer business had innovated the process of infusing beer with food grade ...

May 18, 2018
Eight haiku

Slashed samurai gills on a hooked quivering fish resigned to the air *** Cold cup of coffee poinsettia by the window winter hugs April *** Half a carrot by the knife and teakettle... spring storm ...

May 18, 2018
Garrison the man

Garrison the man

Brine, smoke, and peppery crust

Among the snappier lines to come out of the Old Testament story about Israelites eating manna from heaven is, “man does not live by bread alone.” It’s always been taken to mean: food is important, ...

Reality TV show plans to mine gold in Nome

You can go online and bring down all kinds of information on Rivers of Gold, a limited partnership which intends to mine for gold in Nome, Alaska and put on a reality TV show about ...

May 18, 2018

Thursday, May 17

Out-of-town money cascades into supervisor race

Whether settling past scores or anticipating future favorable votes from the county board of supervisors, a host of well-heeled special interests funded from outside county borders are pouring big money into the race to replace ...

May 17, 2018
One Amazing Night at the San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera closed their 2017/18 season on May 5 with a concert billed as One Amazing Night. They weren’t lying. The concert starred Greer Grimsley and Lise Lindstrom accompanied by the San Diego Symphony ...

May 17, 2018
Between the covers, between the sheets

Tale of the Tape: Book Club, Famed Dames Awards Edition — Jane Fonda (7 Oscar noms, 5 Emmy noms, 2 Oscars, 1 Emmy); Diane Keaton (4 Oscar noms, 1 Emmy nom, 1 Oscar); Mary Steenburgen ...

May 17, 2018
Booze held her back

Hitting rock bottom isn’t what got singer/multi-instrumentalist Rhythm Turner to get sober in September 2015. “I felt like I had hit rock bottom a number of times before that,” says Turner who was raised in ...

May 17, 2018
Three decades of liquor, women, drugs, and killing

It’ll be a few months before Chicago-based doom metal band the Skull releases their sophomore album, The Endless Road Turns Dark, so your first chance to hear a selection of tracks may be when they ...

May 17, 2018
Vokab Kompany dreams of live format EDM

Although he hasn’t officially been told, Charles Mitchell, also known as rapper Mitchy Slick, says he now proudly plays in public. Mitchell says he was never arrested for anything (although he was arrested in Marin ...

May 17, 2018
The Surfaris know you want to feel good

“Our career was a skyrocket.” It’s Bob Berryhill, the last original member of the Surfaris, phoning the Reader from his home in Laguna Beach. “We started in December of 1962.” The band was Jim Fuller, ...

May 17, 2018
May 10 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Randy Paddock, San Diego, 15. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 14. Dennis Taplin, Chula Vista, 14. Jerry Noser, San Diego, 13. Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 12. George Cooper, El Cajon, 12. Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, ...

May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16

Argentinians ascendant on C Street

“All the Argentinian children thought I was Brazilian,” says Brandon, “because I was black, and they’d never seen a black American before. They all wanted to take pictures with me.” Brandon, his buddy Matt, and ...

May 16, 2018
Rough beauty on Ocotillo Ridge

Three geothermal natural springs once flowed freely from the northern face of the Tierra Blanca Mountains, creating a desert oasis that was known to the Kumeyaay people. The abundant water now fills swimming pools and ...

May 16, 2018
Creation vs. consumption

“I wonder if they will forgive me?” painter Mark Rothko asks towards the end of Red. “They” are his paintings, and what he needs forgiveness for is hanging them in the posh Four Seasons restaurant ...

May 16, 2018
The Wind and the Breeze, grunion runs, Embrace of the Serpent, Little Red Riding Hood, Life of Agony

Thursday | 17 THE WIND AND THE BREEZE What happens when “you stand your ground on shifting sands”? Sam, the greatest hip-hop emcee in Rockford, Illinois, is about to find out, since friends have “challenged ...

May 16, 2018
San Diego Reader 2018 taco issue

Great atmosphere, better tacos Baja Oyster, Border X, Carnitas, Canteen at Quartyard, Candelas, Señor Taquero By Ed Bedford Shrimpquest 2018 City Tacos. Lolita's, Oscar's, Mariscos Alex, Blue Water By Ambrose Martin Year-round taco festival Corazon ...

Every taco tells a tale

Some speak of ancient Aztec pit cooking. Some recall distant coastal villages and the catch of the day. Some crow about the possibilities when price is not an object (you may have heard murmurs of ...

May 16, 2018
#tijuana tacolife

Yes, I’m one of those people — when presented with an amazing plate, I’ll take out my cell phone. Hell, I’ll even take out my DSLR and take dozens of photos before having a bite. ...

May 16, 2018
The perfect canvas

The main reason San Diego is better than LA comes down to the fast food of choice: San Diegans have so many options for tacos, they never have to eat the same place twice. Los ...

May 16, 2018
Tacos de Barbarella

Tacos may have been designed to be eaten on the go, but I prefer to take my time toggling between tacos and tequila, ideally a nice añejo. While I enjoy a compact street taco from ...

May 16, 2018
Jimmy Ovadia's concert art

“Highway 70, Utah, miles from anywhere, Jimmy [Ovadia, performance artist] driving and me taking sleep break, and there goes the back left tire blow,” says tour consultant Chris Warner of the May 7 mishap on ...

May 16, 2018
Year-round taco festival

When attending a taco festival, I become a short attention span eater. I usually just bounce from booth to booth, drawn by the mere suggestion of anything I might crave. Succulent meats such as lamb, ...

May 16, 2018
Tacos to feed your body and soul

One of my favorite taco shops is El Rey Del Taco in Loreto, B.C.S., a charming little town about two thirds of the way down the Gulf of California coast. It has no posted hours, ...

May 16, 2018
Shrimpquest 2018

For pure evocative force, it’s hard to beat the Germanic. “Shrimp” — taken from schrimpfen, “to contract” — works well in this way: the thing is basically a shrunken lobster. But for culinary loveliness, it’s ...

May 16, 2018
Great atmosphere, better tacos

Most of these taco joints you just wanna be at, anyway. Some, it’s their fun, or their music, others, it’s the incredible eye candy they give away for the price of a taco – fabulous ...

May 16, 2018
Ben Franklin, Kim Kardashian, and me

“What do Ben Franklin and Kim Kardashian have in common with me?” asks Cristy Boisvert. “Psoriasis.” I’ve just met Cristy here, on Silver Strand beach, soaking up the morning sun in today’s cold wind. Behind ...

May 16, 2018
Dance like everybody's watching

Another lunchtime, another sandwich and coffee in the park. Horton Plaza, where the sunken space is now strewn with Parisian-style park tables and chairs. It feels oddly underemployed, even though lots of folks are out ...

May 16, 2018
Teen girl fights off possible kidnapper

We saw him when we were going in, he was just standing out there.” The pretty 16-year-old girl described the man outside the Vista library that Saturday in February as scruffy. “I didn’t think anything ...

May 16, 2018
Voice needs an editor; Chula Vista mayor needs hotelier cash

Job of Voice The Voice of San Diego news and opinion website is seeking “an investigative reporter to dig into issues of education quality, inequity, youth issues and related criminal justice storylines.” Adds the online ...

May 16, 2018
And the winner is...

Dear Hipster: What are the five most hipster things that have ever happened? — Derek I guess this is it. Number one. The hipsterest thing of all. We began this journey by learning about some ...

May 16, 2018
Reader contributor Adam Parfrey dies at 61

Adam Parfrey published a semiautobiographical novel by Joseph Goebbels, the ramblings of Charles Manson and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski plus analyses from the Aryan Nations of Don McLean's American Pie. Works he cultivated inspired Tim Burton's ...

Tuesday, May 15

Will University Ave. west of 30th catch up?

While the commercial area of University Avenue on both sides of 30th Street has prospered over the past several years, the west end of North Park has not. University Avenue from Florida Street to Arizona ...

Small sailboat rams Californian

May 8 Harbor Police issued a citation to a boater that was in a slip at the Harbor Police guest slips without a valid permit or reservation. Harbor Police responded to National City Pier 32 ...

Just a Lo Jack recovery at Michaels

At about 5:20 p.m., on Mothers Day (May 13), four San Diego Police Department patrol vehicles pulled up in front of Michael’s at the Westfield Mission Valley mall. The police officers exited their vehicles, passed ...

Never the same spirit twice

When I walk into the Miramar warehouse home of Seven Cave Spirits, I find owner and distiller Geoff Longenecker celebrating a Eureka moment. After much experimenting, he’d just figured out a new method he will ...

Surfboard left a horseshoe flap

Name: Eric Elmore From: Clairemont Location: Mission Beach jetty Occupation: Water Resources Engineer Eric Elmore has been surfing at the Mission Beach jetty for about 20 years. “It’s ridiculously territorial here,” he said, “a guy ...

Maybe you can use lead sinkers

San Diego anglers are sharing a sigh of relief over the change in a ban on the use of lead in fishing sinker and tackle. On April 24, the bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), ...

May 15, 2018

Monday, May 14

Anglers are never crabbin’ for nothing

Dock Totals May 6 – May 12: 2,144 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 58 bluefin tuna, 1,814 yellowtail, 114 calico bass, 25 sand bass, 3,199 rockfish, 336 ...

May 14, 2018
Cursed Encinitas bluff

Early last fall, a developer named Weston Harmer hosted a meet-and-greet with neighbors who live adjacent to a bluff known as The Gateway to Encinitas. The property is just south of La Costa Avenue and ...

Thank the waves

“Would love awesome anything but esp sushi,” read the text. L.A. friends had come to see Carlsbad’s Flower Fields and wanted to meet for dinner in La Jolla. I can rattle off a list of ...

Chargettes urged to be sexy

According to ESPN.com,the Chargers’ cheeerleaders of the late 1970s got double-crossed. Sidelined, a movie about the episode, was shown late last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The gist of the film is that the ...

May 14, 2018
Not your normal (yawn) grass soccer

Soccer is a game of running, lots of running, and we who enjoy the beach know that running in the soft sand above the tideline is not easy. That’s why the beach runs for runners ...

Sunday, May 13

San Diego's political animals

The vote is in the mail “Willie Brown is my number-one customer in politics, but I’m a Republican through and through. I’m also a businessman with 45 families to feed, and I think that anyone ...

May 13, 2018

Saturday, May 12

Private prisons back con center measure

So far short of sufficient cash to pay the seven-figure price of the average San Diego initiative drive, the group seeking to raise the city's hotel tax to fund a convention center expansion and accompanying ...

May 12, 2018
High drama in the Reader

The unlikely rescue Shane heard a noise and stopped. It was a voice, unintelligible. Mike stopped too. “Tony!” they called together. They heard an answer and followed it up to where the hunter had come ...

May 12, 2018

Friday, May 11

The Benadryl did it

“This is not a whodunnit,” the defense attorney told the jury yesterday, May 10. “This was in fact a killing that was done by David McGee.” David Noel McGee Jr., 26, is facing one charge ...

Beware fake Apple pop-ups

“My husband got a pop-up on our Mac computer with a phone number to call about a virus on our computer,” said CZ. “The caller tried their best to convince him that the Mac was ...

May 11, 2018
Where the wild ales are

It feels sort of like walking into a microbrewery fifteen years ago, when some of us still called them that. California Wild Ales is a bit of warehouse space, inside an old Sorrento Valley business ...

To dispel the rumors

Some Leucadia residents have been wondering for years, what’s up with the Fulano’s Restaurant. The restaurant appears never to be open. But a look through the windows shows a clean, well kept, and comfortable establishment. ...

That call was always there

Membership: 150 (Attendance: 80). Pastor: Guy Williams Age: 64 Born: Cornell, CA Formation: San Diego State University; Holmes Institute, Golden, CO Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

May 11, 2018
Oceanside's civic freak flag

In the last six years, the Oceanside city clerk says he can only remember one other time when anyone blurted out “recall” from a city council meeting audience. “It was when the council approved district ...

Instagram — perfect medium for tattoos

On Cinco de Mayo weekend, a handful of tattoo collectors from around the country received complimentary tattoos at the Golden Hall (inside the San Diego Concourse) on C Street downtown. “We had three winners,” said ...

Thursday, May 10

IB wavers on pot

Smoking lounges, neighborhood grows, and pot dispensaries won't go on the ballot in Imperial Beach, but where exactly will they go? Anywhere? On April 27, a judge upheld the city's decision to deny a petition ...

Two poems

Pot-Bound Roots strangled reaching out suffocating every several years all plants need repotting their nutrients depleted larger pot, richer potting mix untangle roots gently, water deep am I pot-bound needing replanting too how long has ...

May 10, 2018
Onslow, lost in the onslaught

Beethoven and Schubert admired him. Mendelssohn and Schumann thought his string quartets were as good as those by Mozart and Beethoven. Schubert fashioned his cello sonatas after this composer’s cello sonatas. He was George Onslow ...

May 10, 2018
May 3 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 15. K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Mark Burton, San Diego, 3. Holly Kennelley, San Diego, 3. (winner!) Randy Paddock, San Diego, 3. John Strauch, San Diego, ...

May 10, 2018
May 3 Crossword Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 13. Orville Brown, San Diego, 12. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 12. Ron Meyer, Santee, 12. Evelyn Bowser, San Diego, 11. Robert McQuay, San Diego, 11. Carol Georges, Poway, 8. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, ...

May 10, 2018
May 3 Sudoku Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 14. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 14. Dennis Taplin, Chula Vista, 13. Jerry Noser, San Diego, 12. (winner!) Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 11. George Cooper, El Cajon, 11. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, ...

May 10, 2018
Mainstage midget wrestling

In 2002, Ramona contractor Orrin Day bought his home town’s only movie theater, built in 1946. Ten years ago, after spending what he says was over $1 million, Day reopened it as Ramona Mainstage, a ...

May 10, 2018
Not conned

Headquartered in Sweden, but sporting two British members, Hillbilly Moon Explosion is celebrating 20 years of playing jump blues, swing, and barroom rock ‘n’ roll with a tour that hits Soda Bar on June 9. ...

May 10, 2018
Miss New Buddha’s elder statesman

Though their name was inspired by the title of the Bubba Sparxxx single “Ms. New Booty,” Miss New Buddha are a far cry from mid-2000s, sugar-shaker rap. Instead, the band traffics in a sound reminiscent ...

May 10, 2018
Hot Snakes slither back to San Diego

“Hot Snakes?” my pal said. “I totally loved that band. Are you going?” That’s been the standard comeback among friends who were club-age back during the 1980s and 90s, when San Diego’s indie punk scene ...

May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9

What is the sound of one Monroe clapping?

The Monroes are back - well, one of them, anyway

May 9, 2018
Tom kha in the desert

So ’t’other day my buddy Ernesto — Neto — and I met at this corner liquor store over the summit in Golden Hill for lunch. His idea. “Uh, likker store?” “Wait till you get inside,” ...

May 9, 2018
Sixth-level drama geek

Stage backdrops exist in the same way Newton’s Laws exist. They establish which direction is up, and remind us two solid objects cannot occupy the same space. However, once we understand the basic framework, they’re ...

May 9, 2018
Controlled chaos

Noises from backstage during a performance — i.e. “noises off” — are one of the great bugaboos of live theater. They could be anything: flubbed costume changes, microphone left on, missing prop. They yank us ...

May 9, 2018
The Canyoneers walk two cleaned-up canyons

Manzanita and Hollywood Canyons demonstrate the ability of nature to thrive in disturbed areas and neighborhoods. Not only are these canyons necessary habitats for native flora and fauna, they also act as windows into San ...

May 9, 2018
Mountain View backyard lies six miles east of downtown San Diego

Often found sporting a waistcoat and a woolen flat cap, James Gielow is a self-described “Neo-Rennaisance man — an artist at heart and hand, with the soul of a scientist and a philosopher.” He spends ...

Post-movie problems

Avengers: Infinity War was a long movie: 160 minutes or so. After a long movie, there is often a general rush to the rest room, followed by an increasingly uncomfortable wait among a crowd of ...

May 9, 2018
The keening whine and thrilling drone of the bagpipes

Bagpipes are mostly synthetic nowadays — reeds, chanters, drones; even the bags are rarely fashioned from animal hide any more. But the sound is still primitive, primal: a single octave plus one, the keening whine ...

Country music was a bad word

“When we started Rank and File, nobody was blending country with anything remotely hip or alternative,” according to Chip Kinman, who says the band he formed with his brother Tony after their punk group the ...

Eat everything in your house

Dear Hipster: What are the five most hipster things that have ever happened? — Derek I’ve already plumbed the depths of my knowledge and summoned the three most hipster things ever. Based on completely objective, ...

May 9, 2018
858 S.D. County educators collect pensions of $100,000+

Ten years ago, the world narrowly averted a financial disaster. It began with an explosion of low-quality mortgages bundled into putrid-quality financial paper that was awarded the highest-quality rating (AAA). Financial institutions began to collapse. ...

May 9, 2018
Rooftop movies, Red, Tacotopia, Gator by the Bay, Shaper Fest, Nada Surf

Thursday | 10 MOVIES ON HYATT ROOFTOP We’ll always have drive-ins, but for years, Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills was the main urban alternative to hardtop movie houses. Digital projection and inflatable screens ...

May 9, 2018
Billie Joe Armstrong chose Tijuana

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong launched his side project the Longshot on Thursday, May 3 at Moustache Bar. “We sold out all 300 tickets within three hours when they went on sale last Frday ...

SDSU errors hit taxpayers, Cox flips on net neutrality, UT stories for sale

SDSU’s costly Confucius Officials at San Diego State University have had to address negative findings made by state university system auditors about cost overruns plaguing campus construction projects. “We found that although one of the ...

May 9, 2018

Tuesday, May 8

Nathan's spousal support

It helps to have a political spouse with clout, and plenty of special interest money. So, it appears with the political pairing of one-time Republican Assemblyman, now Democrat, Nathan Fletcher and his wife, current 80th ...

May 8, 2018
Happy hour for dinner, the French way

I like making a dinner out of happy hour or, as the French would say, making un apéro dînatoire. That is, to sip, socialize, graze on a variety of offerings over time, and leave content ...

Seal molesters slip away

Apr 15 08:24 Enforcement: SDPD requests Lifeguards to stop traffic under Ventura Bridge while they diffuse an M80 found on rocks. 11:22 Boating: Person calls Lifeguards reporting two PWCs speeding in the Ski Beach area. ...

New Zealand joins UTC glitz

Westfield UTC Shopping Center was once a typical Southern California mall, but is becoming a small city geared toward the one percent. Soon there will be luxury condos on premises, so that people can walk ...

Surprising pretzels

Driving down El Cajon Boulevard, going about my business, I had no intention to get a snack. But passing by the Boulevard Wine and Spirits, I spotted a new sign: “Boulevard Pretzels — Now Open.” ...

We don't kiss and tell

Name: RB Age: 56 From: Ocean Beach Location: Ocean Beach Occupation: Counselor for mental health and substance abuse I saw RB on the north side of the Ocean Beach Pier on Feb 3. He just ...

Monday, May 7

Luis Miguel caught in traffic for his own concert

On May 4th, the Chula Vista Police Department posted a warning-tweet on their Twitter account. “REMINDER concert @MattressFirmAmphitheatre this evening w/@LuisMiguel: starts at 8pm expect significant traffic delays well in advance! #StaySafeCV” Fans from both ...

If this bus is smoking...

It was a warm, partly cloudy April afternoon in North Park, and Pariah Brewing Company had opened its loading bay doors to let in a cooling breeze. From behind the bar, the beertender watched as ...

May 7, 2018
Bluefin stubborn

Dock Totals Apr 29 – May 5: 1,592 anglers aboard 60 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 64 bluefin tuna, 955 yellowtail, 13 calico bass, 34 sand bass, 2,149 rockfish, 519 ...

Happy hour with the world's best chef

San Diego has a world-famous chef, and I don't mean any of the usual Food Network suspects, who are known for their TV personalities. Last year, Chef Accursio Lotà of Solare Ristorante snagged Best Chef ...

DeMaio looking beyond the gas tax repeal

Led by San Diego’s AM600 KOGO’s Carl DeMaio, conservatives have caused a political earthquake in Sacramento. Some pundits say it may be the largest political shakeup since Howard Jarvis’ 1978 Prop. 13 initiative. "The outpouring ...

May 7, 2018
Laguna always ready for power shut-off

“They are putting underground [cables] in, which means that they shut the power off periodically,” said John M. “Literally, like ten minutes ago, a guy from SDG&E was giving out handouts to everybody …. but ...

Ex-Merrill Lynch broker booted from business

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday (May 3) that former Merrill Lynch broker Gary Yin has been permanently barred from the brokerage business. Yin helped a customer, Jing Wang, a former senior vice president ...

May 7, 2018

Sunday, May 6

More San Diegans who suffer

Breathless I woke Barbara, my girlfriend. She had never seen a major asthma attack before; I knew that it would probably be more frightening for her than for me. From the outside, the sufferer of ...

May 6, 2018

Saturday, May 5

San Diegans who suffer

Why men hit their wives "She was following me around the house nagging, shrieking. You could have heard her a mile away. I was going, ‘What do you want from me?’ She stood in front ...

May 5, 2018

Friday, May 4

Spoiler Alert

The Supergoose that Laid the Golden Eggs?

May 4, 2018
Marks madness

For a while there, Ye Olde new release schedule seemed to be waving a blank white flag of surrender: "Oh, Avengers: Infinity War, we know better than to try to compete with your awesome earning ...

May 4, 2018
Quiz time!

a) Sauron’s orcish horde storming Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? b) Victims of the Zombie Plague swarming up the walls of Jerusalem in World War Z? c) The White ...

RIP Tony Kinman of the Dils

Local music scene in mourning for cowpunk pioneer

May 4, 2018
Science: girls have cooties

NO, NOT REALLY — The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla confirmed what everybody already knows today when it revealed that boys are genetically superior to girls. “And not just genetically,” says gene ...

GOP's Facebook king boosts Cate and Zapf

Britain's Cambridge Analytical is shutting down in the wake of its Facebook privacy scandal and German justice minister Katarina Barley is calling for the social media site to crack down on personal data abuse. But ...

May 4, 2018
We're not L.A.

Every Thursday night at the La Costa Town Square shopping center, a scene from the 1950s and 60s boulevard car cruses repeats itself. Instead of slow street cruising, 200 car enthusiasts park, hang out, talk ...

Fly away home(less)

NO, NOT REALLY — Last February , the City of San Diego bought a defunct downtown indoor skydiving facility for $7 million. Critics were quick to criticize the move, saying that the building was totally ...

What is non-consciousness?

What is non-consciousness?

Comic dealers want C-notes and benjies

On April 28, John purchased a Howard the Duck comic book at the San Diego Rocket-Con. For the month of April, this was the third comic book and toy show in San Diego County. Like ...

Diving into gumbo

I’d already started eating the gumbo before one of the owners of the place explained to me how it was made, but hearing about it still made me hungry. The key to the roux, she ...

Thursday, May 3

The brewery collectors

An estimated 150 breweries operate in San Diego, but it’s hard to understand what that number really means until you’ve tried to visit them all. A small number of San Diegans speak from experience. Take ...

May 3, 2018
Officer was injured deploying spike strip

A 44-year-old man who was out on bail led officers on a 45 minute pursuit in a stolen car, and caused injury to multiple persons, a prosecutor alleged in court yesterday, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. ...

Three poems

The Merry Month of May O the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! O, and then did I unto my true love ...

May 3, 2018
Good eats at Gillespie Field

First time I see the sign, I think hot diggity: A pie café on an airfield! So I walk in off Marshall Avenue to where all the hangars with the apartments above form a little ...

May 3, 2018
Our cup bubbleth over

Watching Bel Powley break free from her single-room existence in the coming-of-age werewolf drama Wildling brought to mind this trio of trapped teen tales. Randal Kleiser’s The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) Your basic ...

May 3, 2018
April 26 Sudoku Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 13. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 13. Dennis Taplin, Chula Vista, 12. Jerry Noser, San Diego, 11. Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 10. George Cooper, El Cajon, 10. Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 9. ...

May 3, 2018
April 26 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 14. K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 4. (winner!) Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. (winner!) Mark Burton, San Diego, 3. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 3. (winner!) John Strauch, San Diego, 3. Richard Hutchings, ...

May 3, 2018
April 26 Crossword Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 12. Orville Brown, San Diego, 11. (winner!) Richard Hutchings, Santee, 11. Robert McQuay, San Diego, 11. Ron Meyer, Santee, 11. Evelyn Bowser, San Diego, 10. Carol Georges, Poway, 7. Ron Hootman, ...

May 3, 2018
Andrew McKeag "sh!t-canned" upcoming shows

In early April, Andrew McKeag (Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver) was hanging out with some friends in Santa Paula. The crew were working on motorcycles all day, and, on a whim, decided to fire up ...

May 3, 2018
The British Breakthrough Act of 2007 is back

Just as Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, and Tommy were not really Ramones, Jon, Barry, and Mince Fratelli aren’t related, and they aren’t Fratellis. It’s an inside joke. Remember the bad guys in The Goonies? That’s ...

May 3, 2018
Record roundup

Panama 66 in Balboa Park will host the release party for jazz pianist Danny Green’s fifth studio album, One Day It Will, which includes contributions from both his jazz trio and a string ensemble. To ...

May 3, 2018
Never mind the songs, it's the lineups that are on shuffle

Even the most die-hard Yes fans are probably confused about two different bands hitting the road this summer with productions billed as Yes 50th Anniversary celebrations. Having hosted dozens of members over the years since ...

May 3, 2018
Then there's Squarecrow

To help create some kind of a music scene in his backcountry town, music store owner Jon Hasz released four compilation albums featuring Ramona bands. Hasz admits the series had promo value: it helped bring ...

May 3, 2018
Turned out to be a jazz guy

Guitarist Nate Jarrell is used to dealing with duality in his professional life. His day job teaching music at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley keeps him busy, but he still has enough energy to ...

May 3, 2018
Mike Schaefer, 80, running for office again

Mike Schaefer, who was on the city council for two terms, 1965-1971, is running for office again. The perennial candidate in San Diego, Los Angeles, Nevada and elsewhere, is running for the Board of Equalization. ...

May 3, 2018

Wednesday, May 2

Mother's Day mud

Many a Mother’s Day has found me spending the afternoon running my kids around town so they could get me a gift. Once or twice, I’ve even lent them the money to pay for it. ...

May 2, 2018
There are more than 30 palms at 17 Palms Oasis

Seventeen Palms Oasis is one of the popular places to visit in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It has been a desert watering stop for over 100 years. A good way to experience early desert travel ...

May 2, 2018
Cards Against Humanity, Beyond Bollywood, Passage into Fear, Rock Art Along the Border, The Dwarves

Thursday | 3 CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY TOURNAMENT Our host Jasper wants to hear your funniest, most ducked-up CAH card plays, so invite your funniest friends (only) for the chance to win a $50 Duck Foot ...

May 2, 2018
The tragedy of Peter Pan

Peter and the Starcatcher! was inspired by Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, a narrative that has inspired 25 fiction books, 22 plays, 16 movies, 11 television shows, 9 comics, 7 video games, and a radio ...

May 2, 2018
The Wanderers: a play that unfolds like a book

A divorced friend on a collision course with #2 confessed: “I don’t choose well. Maybe someone should pick ex- #3 for me, like an arranged marriage.” Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers, in a world premiere at ...

May 2, 2018
"This is how it should be."

“You see this? This is how it should be,” says David Sanchez III. He’s leaning over and pointing to the exaggerated solid chrome wheel rim of a black 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air that’s sitting on ...

May 2, 2018
City Heights' freeway-friendly bus stop

Ramon Garcia used to board the bus right before El Cajon Boulevard as it came up the off-ramp from the 15 freeway. After picking up its passengers, Rapid 235 waited for a green light to ...

The best minds of my generation destroyed by madness

Dear Hipster: What are the five most hipster things that have ever happened? — Derek As we enter the third part of my efforts at cataloguing the five hipsterest things of all time, I’ll briefly ...

May 2, 2018
"You can eat this?"

“Watch out for rattlers,” says Will. Which is a problem, because my mycological friend Kim and I are down on our knees in the thick, soft, untrodden leaf loam they call oak duff. We’re looking ...

May 2, 2018
Circulate San Diego: Planning groups kill needed housing

The affordable housing crisis has been tough on community planning groups. Developers, city officials, and housing advocates blame these volunteer groups for slowing or blocking construction of the homes that everyone seems to agree the ...

May 2, 2018
Grandpa Irwin’s TV money

As next month’s primary election grows near, it’s open season for political advertising at San Diego television stations. Early off the blocks has been Sheriff Bill Gore with a $9100 purchase of 47 spots from ...

May 2, 2018
Cox, LimeBike, Monsanto, and more paying the influence peddlers

Following news earlier this month that Cox Communications has filed to lobby against the issue of so-called network neutrality, its cable competitor AT&T has joined the cause, disclosing in an April 19 statement that it ...

May 2, 2018

Tuesday, May 1

Skewers a la carte

When I think about Brazilian skewers, my first thought is always of all you can eat churrascarias, such as downtown restaurants Rei Do Gado and Fogo de Chão, where you pay a flat rate to ...

This Beard's on fire

It’s nearing 5 o’clock on a Friday afternoon in El Cajon, and the energy is building at Burning Beard Brewing. The two-year-old beer company sits in an industrial zone due south of the small airstrip ...

May 1, 2018
Manter’s rays costly to con-center ballot bid

Word on the street has it that the current effort by labor unions and downtown hotels to qualify a tourist tax measure for the November ballot has hit a funding wall, with a paltry $630,531 ...

BofI Federal has ties to Jared Kushner

San Diego-based BofI Federal, formerly known as Bank of the Internet, appears to have ties to Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, according to a study by ProPublica, the group chasing business and banking fraud. The ...

May 1, 2018
Small San Diegans conquer Sierra lakes

Two San Diego kids slaughtered hundreds of anglers at the April 28 opening of the Eastern Sierra trout season. At June Lake’s Monster Trout contest, El Cajon’s Silas Stoll, age 7, took the overall grand ...

May 1, 2018
Dockless scooters tossed from docks

Apr 19 Harbor Police were dispatched to a female who was observed swimming in the bay around the Marriott Marina. HP located the subject as she was already out of the water, extremely cold and ...

Solar picks up after 2017 dip

After a decline in new solar system installations in 2017, numbers are back on the rise in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released by industry data firm OhmHome. California, which accounts for ...

May 1, 2018
Secret surf spot in Ensenada

Name: Alfredo Ramirez Age: 44 From: Mission Valley Location: Ocean Beach Occupation: Mortgage advisor Alfredo Ramirez was surfing out at Avalanche in Ocean Beach riding his 5’9″ Sub-Driver performance board made by Lost/Mayhem Surfboards. “It’s ...

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