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Michael Schmid’s postmortem jokes

“Finding comedy in tragedy is what comedians do best.”

This is for you, Michael It’s Saturday night at the Comedy Palace, Kearny Mesa. “You’ve got it easy.” “Oh. Do you mean the wheelchair, or the diaper?” The audience laughs. They’re tuned in to what’s ...

Henry Vaughan: a 17th-century England “metaphysical poet”

Best known for his George Herbert-inspired religious poems

Christ’s Nativity Awake, glad heart! get up and sing! It is the birth-day of thy King. Awake! awake! The Sun doth shake Light from his locks, and all the way Breathing perfumes, doth spice the ...

Madeleine Cafe & Bakery: the French Starbucks

Everything from France

First order of the day: Do. Not. Look. In. The. Mirror. Bit too much celebrating lately. So, second order of the day: belly up for a cup of real French coffee at Madeleine’s. Because, well, ...

Like a carpet of stingrays in David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash

“When they withdraw, it’s like pulling a Christmas tree backwards”

Aggressive stingrays The morning beach looks pristine and empty, except for the white teeth of the waves, like David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash. But something has changed. Ah, yes. At the lifeguard tower, the purple ...

Uncut Gems: Adam Sandler plays a bad man with a plan

His day consumed with robbing Peter to pawn to Paul

Who says television isn’t educational? Ever hear of African Jews? Diamond man (14 carat, not baseball) Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) hadn’t, not until the night a documentary introduced him to a tribe of landlocked nomads ...

SAYMYNAME: The Godfather of Hardtrap

“I thought that remixing a child’s song like Barney could harm my career”

On December 11, I called BASSMNT to see if they’d permit our preschooler to access their club in two weeks; nobody answered and I left a message. Our preschooler and his playground homies love SAYMYNAME, ...

Grossmont College’s Raul Sandelin releases short film on Gary Heffern

“When hardcore kicked in, the innocence and joy of just being yourself became lost.”

Heffern’s a hugger. “The best times were the early days. People don’t realize the hours of rehearsal and also how many parties and benefits we did… Country Dick Montana and I were on our usual ...