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Karen Olea’s thrift scores from Salvation Army and AMVETS

The San Diego native documents all of her shopping trips to local shops

I was headed to my car on the top level of a busy downtown parking structure when I caught a glimpse of Karen Olea mid-photoshoot. Karen wasn’t a stranger. I actually recognized her because I ...

Sofia Catalina: abstract scenes with vivid imagery

Do her poems seem like nonsense, or hidden meaning?

Swollen Land Fingers crack beneath the soles of my feet Delicate bliss seeps out from the tips. The cactus taunts me. There will be no running. My lips will splinter and bleed, But I will ...

Glam meets feral for Michael Peterson and the Natives

Meet San Diego’s smart-casual punk drummer

It’s hard to look “edgy” and “nice” at the same time. In fact, it’s almost impossible. Which is why it’s so impressive when someone pulls it off consistently. Michael Peterson, member of the San Diego-based ...

The best Croque Madame I can remember

Part of it has to be the rosemary thing

One day in Prague, in the Czech Republic, Mary Frese decided to explore a cobblestone alley. She came across a rustic hole-in-the-wall bakery. “It was a place where you leaned in through the window to ...

Leonard Cohen’s “So Long Marianne” muse

Credit the acid, speed, and sunshine for helping to fuel his “spiritual search.”

There’s no mention of Robert Altman’s breathtakingly grimy McCabe and Mrs. Miller in Nick Broomfield’s (Lily Tomlin, Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam, Whitney: Can I Be Me) latest celebrity biodoc, Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love. ...

Westgate Hotel’s rooftop Sunset Poolside Jazz Series

Steph Johnson Band, Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins, Roky Erickson Tribute, A.J. Croce Plays Croce, The Drums

Gilbert Castellanos curates the Sunset Poolside Jazz Series on the rooftop of the Westgate Hotel, where colorful sundowns more than make up for blighted views of the nearby all-but-abandoned Horton Plaza. This edition features singer/songwriter ...

Bassist Omar Lopez’s good fortune with the Wailers and the B-Side Players

“The bass is like the foundation — you are the glue between the harmony and the rhythm.”

Local bassist Omar Lopez (Áfrojazziacs, Juice Box) came to San Diego in 2006, to study at San Diego State. He’s originally from Calipatria, down in the Imperial Valley. Lopez just turned 31, and he’s been ...

Saxophonist Robert Dove’s Blind Lady Ale House ally

He’s pumped about his new Thursday night jam session

“I came out here six years ago from Columbus, Ohio because of an ex-girlfriend,” says saxophonist Robert Dove. “But San Diego is one of the world’s best kept secrets, musically, and I fell in love ...

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