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News & Stories

Double rainbows over downtown San Diego

Alexander's band helps

In the last couple of weeks, the elusive “double rainbows” have been spotted throughout San Diego County. “It was surreal,” said Chris Mannerino, “On February 5, I saw it out of my new office and ...

The continuous still of Storyhouse Spirits

East Village's shiny new distillery was made to make whiskey

San Diego’s newest craft spirit maker opened for business in early February, updating a vintage industrial space in East Village. In lieu of tasting room, Storyhouse Spirits offers an appealing bar and restaurant, with a ...

Can Soon-Shiong grab reporters' jewels?

Times Guild attacks billionaire's proposed intellectual property rules

Billionaire physician Patrick Soon-Shiong, who built a pharmaceutical fortune on owning intellectual property, is famous for zealously protecting his lucrative portfolio of patents and cancer cell lines. A year ago, he recruited noted patent guru ...

Paella Sunday

“Saved you the best part. The scrapings.”

‘Paella!” Frank Pazos parades the steaming pan out of the kitchen, down the steps, and into the bar. Eighteen orange langustas (I count them) lie curled up on a yellow bed of saffron rice, green ...

February 7 Sudoku Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 6. Philip Faker, Jamul, 6. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 6. Thomas LaFleur, San Diego, 6. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 6. Hiroshi Miyazaki, San Diego, 6. Jerry Noser, San Diego, 6. (winner!) ...

Valentine’s Day with Richard “Loveless” Lovelace

One of the most prominent “Cavalier Poets” of the 17th century

To His Fairest Valentine, Mrs. A.L. “Come, pretty birds, present your lays, And learn to chaunt a goddess praise; Ye wood-nymphs, let your voices be Employ’d to serve her deity: And warble forth, ye virgins ...

February 7 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 6. Greg Bergeron, Tierrasanta, 6. Jon Christianson, El Cajon, 6. (winner!) Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 6. Carol Georges, Poway, 6. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 6. Robert McQuay, San Diego, 6. Ron Meyer, Santee, ...

Never Look Away: Why not?

Why would anyone paint a yellow sky when the sky is clearly blue?

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s ambitious three-hour pre- and post-WWII epic has the rare and curious distinction of opening with a villain-speech that’s actually supposed to inform your experience of the film: a Nazi docent’s ...

Douglas Kvandal’s Hammond B-3 organ donorship

“They make smaller compact electronic versions now, but it’s not the same thing"

“There is a real organ renaissance happening throughout the country right now,” claims Hammond B-3 specialist Douglas Kvandal, who is gearing up to present the Jazz Organ Summit Concert on February 17 at Dizzy’s (1717 ...

New look for “King Without a Crown” writer & more just announced concerts

Matisyahu, The Faint, the Lemonheads, Billie Eilish

Matthew Paul Miller, aka Matisyahu, earned a lot of early press for being the first widely known Hasidic Jewish reggae performer to incorporate rapping and beat-boxing into his music. You could run down a calculator ...

The influence of Krautrock, Zamrock, Northern soul, blues, and prog on San Diego’s Volcano

“We just wanted to put together heavy bluesy jam bands”

The San Diego all-star band Volcano, who release their debut album The Island on February 15, blend the sounds of Fela Kuti, Can, James Brown, and the Allman Brothers. Asked how a bunch of stoners ...

The loony and chaotic ways of On Drugs

“I always joke and call it flat-Earther rock”

When Derek Housh, Cameron Gates, and Elias Avila started creating music together it was noisy experimentation for the most part. A plan was launched for the trio to relocate to Maryland, but Gates and Avila ...

New and nuanced with Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan

Introspective, but in a blue-collar way

Good plain rock and roll. And that’s no small achievement, considering that by now, every possible note and chord combination has likely been played. Nothing new to be done. And yet, somehow, Pedro the Lion ...