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The Bitter word is out

And the outlook is sour

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 ...

Last sandwich standing

Quiznos and the El Cajon alternatives

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

Selling the view at Sapphire Tower

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 ...

Two poems

"The Salton Sea" and "Connections in the Digital Age, Or, One Hundred and Forty-Three Words"

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 ...

A beautiful, free lunch

King and poor man are treated equally at Sikh "kitchen for all."

“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 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 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 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, ...

Seats and screens and sci-fi spectaculars

A moviegoer's reserved behavior

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. ...

President pardons San Diegan D’Souza

He was “treated unfairly,” says Trump

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 ...

Maybe don't eff the police

SOMA embraces hip-hop

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 ...

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

Eric Paslay, Daedalus, Anderson East, Honne, Shannon & The Clams

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 ...

Congratulations, you got a gig at the Che

Venue named after murderous communist reopens at UCSD

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 ...

Las Rosas - straight out of the '60s

About as intellectual as a Facebook meme

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 ...

My Taylor and Telecaster remain friends

Dusty Best still playing the hell out of it

“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 ...

James Supercave's San Diego roots

Big in LA, playing in SD

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 ...

Vaping's Wild West

Is the Marlboro Man going after unicorn pancakes and juice boxes?

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 ...

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