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Stories for August 2021

Tuesday, August 31

Paddle Like There is a Shark Behind You

How long have you been surfing? “7 years now. The first time I ever surfed I hated it. My dad got me out on a surfboard for the fist time at Doheny State Beach. It ...

August 31, 2021
Ackee Tree and the real national dish of Jamaica

Jerk chicken, goat curry, oxtail, brown stew. Having spent fifteen years sampling dishes from at least that many Jamaican restaurants, I’ve come to view these as staples of the island cuisine built upon the pleasures ...

Plan to save bungalow courts stirs suspicion

A report that could affect thousands of property owners in San Diego by bringing historic designation to some bungalow and apartment courts has sparked strong opposition and support. What began as an informational item at ...

August 31, 2021
Private train car "The America" broken into last week

Over a week ago, a man broke into a private train car, which former President John F. Kennedy allegedly traveled in. It was parked at the Santa Fe Depot train station. "We attempted to speak ...

Monday, August 30

Smoked meat sandwiches overflow at Valley Farm's BBQ Shack

There’s an aisle of shelves in Spring Valley grocery Valley Farm Market almost entirely devoted to barbecue. It carries sauces, seasonings, wood chips, pellets, and a litany of accessories for the wannabe backyard smoker. I’ve ...

San Diego, North Island, & The Birth Of Naval Aviation, Little Hurricane, 1904 FC vs. Los Angeles Force FC

Thursday | 2 San Diego, North Island, & The Birth Of Naval Aviation 110 years ago, North Island became the birthplace of Naval aviation. Join Larry Croll, a volunteer at the San Diego Air and ...

August 30, 2021
Four-year sentence for attempted rape of Carlsbad woman

Carlsbad police were contacted early the morning of February 4, 2020, alerted to an attack on a bed-ridden woman in a senior facility. The alleged incident happened at the Elmcroft Senior Living facility at 1088 ...

August 30, 2021
Beautiful chaparral on San Diego's lower mountains

Chaparral, the tangled assortment of low-growing, drought-resistant, native shrubs covering most of San Diego County’s lower mountain slopes, has managed to remain fairly attractive this summer. Unlike many of the scrubby natives near the coast, ...

August 30, 2021
The historical Saint Diego, A-12 spy plane, ABS brakes

The real Saint Diego If he’d stayed on the islands, our city now would probably be called San Miguel, the name originally given to the area by Juan Cabrillo. But around 1450, Diego went to ...

August 30, 2021

Sunday, August 29

Guitars on the Beach

Saltwater: The full moon phase at the beginning of the week coupled with breezy conditions slowed the bite across the board for the fleet. That said, fishing was spotty for some trips yet still very ...

August 29, 2021
Army-Navy Academy, wine experts behind doors, castrated man's life

An unhampered look at Carlsbad's Army Navy Academy "Unlike the upper-school cadets, these boys will break down and cry, a lot. They don’t want other boys to see ’em cry, ’cause it’s not macho. But ...

August 29, 2021

Saturday, August 28

Cave Couts, Old Town loveletters, San Diego's first school

Cave Johnson Couts Ysidora's brother-in-law, Don Abel Stearns, gave her the Guajome land grant surrounding Mission San Luis Rey. Couts resigned his commission with the Army and built a ranch on land that “had neither ...

August 28, 2021

Friday, August 27

To thrive, opera needs more Ryan Speedo Greens

Opera singer Ryan Speedo Green proved a very important point during his performance at The Rady Shell during the opening night concert on August 7. Mr. Green proved that opera, when done well, appeals to ...

August 27, 2021
Seaport Fudge Factory has kept dentists in business for 30 years

I’ve photographed burritos, dumplings, and egg rolls, but probably the most challenging photo I’ve ever tried to take centered on a lump of fudge. I’d ordered the rocky road flavor, hoping that the large, white ...

In wake of scrutiny, San Diego Sheriffs offer alternate explanation for deputy’s collapse.

“We had a great story,” says San Diego Sheriff Bill Bore. “We had body cam video — you know, the stuff that’s supposed to clear up confusion about police business — showing Deputy David Faviiae ...

Airport ’77 : the spirit is willing, but the script is weak

What’s bigger, more exciting, and two years older than Airport 1975? Airport ‘77! Airport ’77 (1977) In Airport, the Arthur Hailey original, disaster struck in the form of mad bomber Van Heflin, while the 747 ...

August 27, 2021
Former member of Padres’ Bod Pad Squad may have deep-sixed Dodgers ace.

“Love is blind,” said baseball great Yoga Berry, “but it still knows which team its rooting for.” Which makes it all the more mysterious how Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, recipient of maybe the ...

Bathhouse Row back in the spotlight following city call for Hillcrest historical landmarks to honor

“Everybody talks about how gay bars are disappearing all over America,” says Dan Butterman, self-appointed historian of Hillcrest’s history as San Diego’s gay district. “But what’s less discussed is the disappearance of an even more ...

Bathtubs, Booze, and Ballyhoo

Circa 200 B.C., the Greek physicist Archimedes of Syracuse is said to have jumped out of his bathtub and run through the city streets naked, shouting, “Eureka! Eureka!” —”I have found it!” The ancient scientist ...

August 27, 2021

Thursday, August 26

Stevie Smith: unsentimental, dark humor

Not Waving but Drowning Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning: I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larking And ...

August 26, 2021
Reopening the Self-Styled Sing-Along Super Buffet

Super Buffet smorgasbord: After teasing two songs as a single on Big Stir Records this past spring, North County’s Super Buffet self-released their debut full-length, Self Styled, in July. The majority of the recording was ...

August 26, 2021
Hash House A Go Go: waffle tower rolled in Andy’s Secret Spices

My two friends Erik and Chris said I had to do this. “It’s not that cheap, but you get so much, you have two meals for the price of one, guaranteed,” said Chris. He was ...

August 26, 2021
Sweet Girl: Jason Momoa’s howlingly enjoyable nonsense with a twist

It’s been a fertile period of late for adventure films that pair tough burly movie stars opposite young unknowns — Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman in My Spy, Liam Neeson and Jacob Perez in The ...

August 26, 2021
Infected and Contagious demo of doom

Founded during the 2020-2021 pandemic, cinematic throwback rockers Superweapon cite among their influences Queen, Styx, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Zak Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch, Rush, Journey, Muse, and Rammstein. The band ...

August 26, 2021
Noah Lekas turns Sage into Sounds

Poet and performer Noah Lekas, late of Wisconsin, more lately of North Park and Vista, says that the work of combining his poetry with the sound from local musicians just flowed naturally. “I’ve always been ...

August 26, 2021

Wednesday, August 25

Architect Frank L. Hope’s Del Mar Art Deco home

Frank Hope Sr. was a World War I veteran and UC Berkeley dropout when he came to San Diego to work for the esteemed architectural firm Requa & Jackson. By 1928, he had struck out ...

August 25, 2021
Rendon vs. Atkins on mandatory Capitol shots

Depending on whose ox is vaxxed It’s Democrat versus Democrat in Sacramento’s latest battle over whether to mandate vaccinations for employees, at least in the state capitol. After state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon ordered lower ...

August 25, 2021
The unintended Baja Med escapade

I met “Border Chef” Andrea Aguari — the title is her own — a decade ago when she was cooking for the short-lived Taberna Etxeverri on Calle Sexta. We hadn’t spoken in years when I ...

August 25, 2021
Vaccine-hesitant comes forward

Discriminating intelligence I am NOT going to take the Covid vaccine (“City expands outreach to vaccine-hesitant communities,” SD on the QT: Almost Factual News, June 18). There is no proof that it works. There seems ...

August 25, 2021
Hot times at the Honeysuckle

Okay, I’ll tell you about how I almost went to jail dressed as Tonto the Indian. But fair warnings: it’s the most 1970s tale you’re likely to hear this week, and it’s definitely NSFW (for ...

August 25, 2021
Everything will be fine at Coachella

Dear Hipster: For many years, faithful readers have come to you for help in identifying hipsters and their hipster behaviors. But nothing lasts forever, and even the coolest hipster may one day wake up, look ...

August 25, 2021

Tuesday, August 24

Sticks to North PB reefs

Darian Alexandra moved to Pacific Beach from northern Indiana on Christmas day 2014 with the sole purpose of learning to surf. She was stung by a stingray her first day in the water. But she ...

August 24, 2021
Roberto Flores' phone call behind his illegal weapon charge

Roberto made a collect call to his girlfriend Lizzie in Oceanside, from the jail in Vista, on March 27, 2017. The call cost her about twelve dollars, they talked more than 20 minutes. As is ...

August 24, 2021
Santa Clara anti-lead petition includes Montgomery Field neighbors

Efforts to bring unleaded fuel to Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport haven't gotten far, but a study of an airport less than half its size is raising new concerns about lead exposure in children. Today {Aug. 24}, ...

Monday, August 23

The gray yet vibrant Hoxton Manor

Out in search of a romantic dinner, we approached a rather nondescript, gray storefront on University Avenue. The place didn’t even have a sign up — were it not for a handful of diners enjoying ...

Catalytic converter thief pinned under car in Mission Valley

On August 15, before 6:30 a.m. Cindy Morton said she heard a man screaming "help, help, help" from the tandem parking spots underneath their Mission Heights apartment complex in Mission Valley. "I ran down, came ...

Smell the true jasmine of late summer

Jasmine’s Thick, Sweet Odor wafts on the night breezes this time of year, especially throughout the older, well-landscaped neighborhoods of San Diego. The exotic odor is produced by the flowers of true jasmines (genus Jasminum), ...

August 23, 2021
Mission Bay Cruise on the Bahia Belle, Taste of San Diego East

Saturday | 28 Mission Bay Cruise On The Bahia Belle Operating seasonally, the Bahia Belle is a turn-of-the-century, Mississippi-style boat that provides a 45-minute sightseeing cruise of Mission Bay. The 74-foot, three-story sternwheeler boat offers ...

August 23, 2021
Where to park downtown San Diego, loiterers at the library, high-rise top floors

Adult Orphans A Wednesday afternoon, hot. Half the stools at the State Hotel Deli are taken. Talk is quiet, desultory. Mama Sofia perches on her stool near the cash register, her daughter — mending again ...

Sunday, August 22

Author Talk with David Philipps, Dierks Bentley, Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra

Thursday | 26 Author Talk With David Philipps Hosted by Warwick’s, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter David Philipps discusses his new book, ALPHA: Eddie Gallagher and the War for the Soul of the ...

August 22, 2021
A Rare Abundance of Golden Treasure for Local Anglers

Dock Totals 8/15 – 8/21: 5,486 anglers aboard 247 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 84 barracuda, 1,322 bluefin tuna (up to 75 pounds), 1 bocaccio, 694 bonito, 2,761 calico bass ...

August 22, 2021
He-man cooks dinner, fairness of O.J.Simpson trial

Just Relax and I'll Get Dinner I am stepping through the front door of Andronico’s, my countenance set to grim purpose. Andronico’s is a grocery store, the kind that doesn’t carry 1 variety of pear, ...

August 22, 2021

Saturday, August 21

Alexander Theroux's father and brothers, Amy Chu's mother, Matt Lickona's grandparents

Decent Life Led by the Ordinary Man I will never forget the time a monsignor from our church, favoring our simple household with a visit, stopped by and in the course of dinner, sat back, ...

August 21, 2021

Friday, August 20

Ring the bell for vegan pastries at Split Bakehouse

The past couple years have brought plenty of changes to Split Bakehouse. When Vanessa Corrales launched the brand in 2018 with acclaimed pastry chef Kristianna Zabala, the idea was to offer a wholesale pastry menu ...

Airport 1975: credits read like a Love Boat passenger manifest

If this dive into Airport 1975 were any deeper, it would have crashed! Airport 1975 (1974) It was the first of three officially sanctioned sequels to Airport, the obscenely successful air-disaster soap opera based on ...

August 20, 2021
Adelaide Crapsey: inventor of the cinquain

Adventure Sun and wind and beat of sea, Great lands stretching endlessly… Where be bonds to bind the free? All the world was made for me! Doom Peter stands by the gate, And Michael by ...

August 20, 2021
The inspiration of St. John Vianney at Church of the Resurrection Parish

Church of the Resurrection Parish Contact: 1445 Conway Drive, Escondido 760-747-2322 www.resurrectionchurch.org Membership: 3,000+ families Neighborhood: North County Pastor: Father Eduardo Bernardino Age: 60 Born: Bulacan Province, Philippines Formation: Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila; Our ...

August 20, 2021
MS-13 gang rules Tijuana migrant camp

What started as a refugee camp close to El Chaparral Port of Entry in Tijuana has ended up as a sort of shelter for criminals and gang members from Central America. According to Paty (not ...

August 20, 2021

Thursday, August 19

Gaslamp Breakfast Company’s signature perky pink drink

Erick Zenteno Gaslamp Breakfast Company 551 J Street Gaslamp ”The pink is kind of our signature color here,” says Gaslamp Breakfast Company’s bartender Erick Zenteno. One glance at the restaurant’s perky pink decor and bright ...

August 19, 2021
Crhymes lets the government pay for his next record

“I was able to secure a PPP loan with the SBA to support my music career,” says southeast San Diego rapper Cesar “Crhymes” Tellez. Despite losing 15 months of career traction to Covid, “the blessing ...

What Oscar Wilde and The Lion’s Share have in common: absinthe

The blue flame dances in and out of focus. The Green Fairy sparkles in front of my eyes. I can feel her hypnotizing me. I’m seeing seven veils, I’m thinking “Scheherazade,” “Salome.” My eyelids are ...

August 19, 2021
Habit: guns, nuns, and jump cuts

There was a time in the mid-’90s when it seemed like every other indie release owed a debt of originality to Quentin Tarantino. Hell, he produced half of them! The studio press release for Habit, ...

August 19, 2021
Geza’s got 3 million bucks and nothing to lose

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza Keller is a physicist by day whose Infinite Optics company earns $3 million in annual sales. He was three years old when he and his Canadian-born Hungarian mother fled the ...

August 19, 2021
Leonard Patton’s army marches on La Mesa

There’s an old joke that says the only way to make a million dollars in jazz is start out with two million. Given that, and given the reality of post-pandemic life, it seems like opening ...

August 19, 2021

Wednesday, August 18

Vista loosens regs on medical pot

The City of Vista is rolling in weed money, and it's only going to increase. Vista became the only city in North County to allow cannabis dispensaries when the citizen-sponsored Measure Z passed in 2018. ...

August 18, 2021
His Girl Friday: the fastest-talking movie in the world?

I have always loved the word “loquacious.” I also love the word “screwball.” And I especially love when the two come together in screwball comedies. If ever a rash of movies was by definition loquacious, ...

August 18, 2021
San Diego County wants social equity in pot regs

UCSD’s moonlighting abuse It’s an open secret that some already richly paid UCSD academic staffers have been taking advantage of lax enforcement of the school’s limits on overtime, moonlighting, and other off-the-job activity to make ...

August 18, 2021
Murder brings down price of some San Diego homes

The house at 2719 Chestnut Avenue in northeast Carlsbad sits on a tract of land once used for tomato farming. The tract is a neat, well-kept neighborhood that is home to a mix of young ...

Missing detail on the Tamara Rand murder

Sunday night knockoff This is the lady cab driver who got kinda messed over when we had the articles on the Gaslamp and LiMandri called for a bunch of meetings over it, and its long ...

August 18, 2021
The Chauffeur’s Tale

“Limo driving?” says Corb. “It’s not all bad.” The guy should know. He has been driving execs around for 25 years. “I started in 1996, when the Republican Convention was on. I never left. I ...

August 18, 2021

Tuesday, August 17

Picking colleges based on surf spots

Favorite Surf spot?: PB Point How long have you been surfing? “Since I was 7 yeas old. I’m on the Mission Bay High School surf team, and I’ve been competing in surf competitions for a ...

August 17, 2021
Encinitas casts a cold eye on helium balloons

Next month, the city of Encinitas will consider a ban on helium-filled balloons, a proposal that has garnered more support letters than any topic ever heard by the environmental commission. Some balloon businesses, however, are ...

August 17, 2021
Los Sushi Lovers makes sense of Mexican fusion

Other than the word sushi itself, there’s usually not much to learn about a sushi restaurant by looking at its name. Sometimes, if there’s a Japanese word, you can run it through an online translator ...

Monday, August 16

San Diego in books - Cross-border escape, Jedediah Smith, Charles Bukowski

I HAVE THE 1953 PLAYBOY magazine with Marilyn Monroe's famous nude centerfold. I purchased this copy new in the 1950s. What is its value today? A.R. Evans Billings, Mont. The price of your Playboy, which ...

August 16, 2021
City Fest: Yoga, Djs, Bouncehouses, Bike The Bay

Saturday | 21 City Fest: Yoga, DJs, Bounce houses DDR Sanctuary hosts an experiential free festival. Live bands, yoga and acro-yoga classes, connection and breathwork workshops, DJs, bounce houses, interactive art exhibits, circus performances, vendors, ...

August 16, 2021
Why would Talmadge neighbor fire BBs at a small dog?

Beth Smith noticed her terrier-and-chihuahua mix, Pebbles, barking and yelping more than usual last week. On August 12, she reached out to us on our mid-city neighborhood online forum: "My neighbors have been shooting my ...

August 16, 2021
San Diego lobbyists got record $5.5 million in 2020

The year of the big Covid-19 shutdown was San Diego city hall's most lucrative year for behind-the-scenes influence peddling. "In 2020, a total of 57 lobbying firms and 61 organization lobbyists registered a total of ...

August 16, 2021
Thunderstorms can make ocotillos crazy

Thunderstorms have visited the Imperial Valley and parts of eastern San Diego County over the past several weeks. The seasonal arrival of moisture from the east and south, more or less typical for late summer, ...

August 16, 2021
All San Diegans now: Koreans on Convoy Street, Africans driving cabs, Saddam Hussein's bodyguard

Happy Endings on Convoy Street In all the years I lived in and visited Korea, almost always staying in some relative’s household, I went to countless parties. When they were outside the household, they were ...

August 16, 2021

Sunday, August 15

Conditions Point to Great Fall Fishing in the San Diego Area

Dock Totals 8/8 – 8/14: 5,585 anglers aboard 256 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 78 barracuda, 4,133 bluefin tuna (up to 80 pounds), 13 bocaccio, 517 bonito, 2,134 calico bass ...

August 15, 2021
Surprises, Milestones, & Disasters On The U.S.S. Midway, Descendents, Sacha Boutros Quartet

Thursday | 19 Surprises, Milestones, & Disasters On The U.S.S. Midway A U.S.S. Midway volunteer will deliver a lecture about life on the U.S.S. Midway and the unexpected missions that came its way. Captain Ralph ...

August 15, 2021
Tijuana through white eyes: the bus from Mexico City, where margaritas came from, the La Mesa prison

Destination Tijuana “Don’t let them tell me the bus is new. Of course, we always get there on time; it’s just on the way there are, well, complications. It’s in the nature of the route. ...

August 15, 2021

Saturday, August 14

San Diego's weasels, squirrels, worms, rats

I Wanted to Own Him Until He Opened His Mouth Six days later, on a morning when the air was light blue, the weasel left his kill on the driveway, a young opossum so dead ...

August 14, 2021

Friday, August 13

Chicago Not Dogs, not for purists

Plant-based eateries aren’t as tough a sell as they used to be in San Diego, but they’re still part of the volatile restaurant business, so even some of the good ones close before their time. ...

The grand opening of the Rady Shell

I came to San Diego in the fall of 1990. All through the decade, I took advantage of the chance to buy student tickets for the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera. However, ...

August 13, 2021
Battle of the Bartenders, Tiki Style

San Diego’s Tiki Oasis festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this year after postponing the celebration and being forced to go virtual in 2020. This year also marked the first Tiki Oasis in its new home, ...

Three of Jean Arthur’s Columbia comedies

Many performers lost their careers during Hollywood’s transition to sound, but Jean Arthur literally found her voice in talkies. And don’t let the pink and squishy sounds it radiates fool you: Ms. Arthur was a ...

August 13, 2021
In previously unheard-of crime, some unvaccinated Californians are dealing in so-called “Fake IDs”

Yesterday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria spoke out against a plague of faked vaccination cards that seems to be spreading among the unvaccinated community in San Diego even faster than covid-19. “Even as San Diego’s ...

The Falcon Can Hear the Faulconer

Last week, a SurveyUSA poll revealed that more than half of likely voters would vote to recall Governor Gavin Newsom from office, a clear sign that many Californians are unhappy with Toothsome Newsom’s handling of ...

Once-dismissed “Lin-Leak Theory” gains traction following covid outbreak among Zoo’s big cats

“When I first suggested that China’s decision to share its pandas with the San Diego Zoo might be a fur-op, everybody said I was crazy,” says local conspiracy theorist Saul Openmind. “That was what, 27 ...

Thursday, August 12

Martial: Roman epigrams to satirize his acquaintances

Epigram I.90 Bassa, I never saw you hang with guys— Nobody whispered that you had a beau. Girls surrounded you at every turn; They did your errands, with no attendant males. And so, I guess ...

August 12, 2021
Hemlock spins off a book and new alt-club event

Javi Nunez was into gothic metal and punk before he dove into deathrock, a subgenre of punk and goth that originated on the west coast circa 1980. The crossover act for him was Rudimentary Peni, ...

Fleshy follies at the Bullpen

‘OORAH!” This is Kevin, popping his head through the window. He’s an ex-Marine. Also a neighbor. We’ve started these five o’clock follies, always involving grog, arguments, and lots of snacks, from peanuts to carrot sticks ...

August 12, 2021
Hitler, baby, one more time

There should never be another fictionalized account of the Holocaust put to film. The temptation to sentimentalize the atrocities too often proves impossible to resist. (As Prof. Deborah Lipstadt points out, “The minute you’re trying ...

August 12, 2021
Demons & Angels & Doves, oh my!

Birth is a new psychedelic band featuring members from retro rockers Astra, along with current or former members of Joy, Silver Sunshine, and Radio Moscow. The lineup includes Conor Riley (Astra, Silver Sunshine) on keyboards, ...

August 12, 2021
Katie Ladubz credits the late Black Hesher

“I didn’t want to throw it all away, and I wanted to actually do something with it and not just be getting high and rapping in my car and not ever recording anything.” So says ...

August 12, 2021

Wednesday, August 11

The accidental killing at San Diego’s 10th and J

On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Taylor Kahle and her date had dinner at Basic Bar & Pizza in East Village — just “Basic” to locals. They ordered Mashed Potato Bacon pizza and a couple of ...

Nancy Worlie cleans house at KPBS

Adela’s changing of the guard When San Diego State president Adela de la Torre took charge back in August of 2018, some questioned her $441,504 salary, while others wondered how much change the campus’s first ...

August 11, 2021
Find whitewater and wood on Del Mar’s Bellaire Street

355 Bellaire Street | Del Mar, 92014 Current owner: DMG | Listing price: $13,595,000 | Beds: 7 | Baths: 6.5 | House size: 6600 The median house price in San Diego County jumped to $865,000 ...

August 11, 2021
What SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and Spotify don't have

Dear Hipster: Given that SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and Spotify make it relatively simple for musicians (myself included) to put their tracks, mixtapes, EPs, and albums out in front of an internet audience, it’s almost as if ...

August 11, 2021

Tuesday, August 10

Deported nine times, Esther Morales takes things into her own hands

“On this side, there are also dreams,” she says constantly to the people she helps out – migrants and deported persons. She was more than once in the same situation, but now she owns a ...

August 10, 2021
What’s that bloomin’ at Westerly Public House?

I’m not sure what spurred an interest when I learned that an Australia-styled gastropub had opened in Shelter Island. Probably, I’d be just as keen for the arrival of a gastropub claiming any national character. ...

“The guy who got snaked, stole the other one’s board and tried to kill him.”

Favorite surf spot? “The OB Jetty. The waves are really good! How long have you been surfing? I started surfing about 8 years ago. In the beginning, my dad would take me out surfing and ...

August 10, 2021
Truck spills in Mira Mesa and Rosarito

On July 28, a truck full of Aroma-brand rice cookers overturned a couple of blocks north of Mira Mesa Boulevard. "We were confused how that freaking big thing happened," an employee of a nearby business ...

Oceanside comes down hard on plastic

It's a day many have worked and waited for: when Oceanside restaurants get stingy about straws and other single-use plastics. On August 4, a once reluctant city council finally agreed to require the businesses to ...

August 10, 2021

Monday, August 9

Find Sindi’s Snack Shack for bánh mì and street toast

There’s a new snack shack in Solana Beach, even if the physical shack itself is anything but new. Sindi’s Snack Shack recently opened within the “Detached Garage of Witmer Residence and Drug Store,” built in ...

Dollface Club Hip-Hop Party, Meet The Breeds

Saturday | 14 Dollface Club Hip-Hop Party Hip-hop party, DJ, dancing, 2021 San Diego Music Awards nominees, and a freestyle rap battle ending with a prize winner. Headliner Katie Ladubz and performers Sloat Dixon, Bloodstone ...

August 9, 2021
Perseid meteor shower, Jupiter’s Io, Guardians of the Pole

The Perseid Meteor Shower, the best known of the many meteor displays that return annually, will take place under optimum conditions this year because there’s no moonlight to interfere. Peak viewing nights are Wednesday, August ...

August 9, 2021
Steve Soderberg, Mike Doyle, Rusty Preisendorfer, Tom Morey

Of Wave and Camera Shaun Tomson, Larry Bertlemann, Terry Fitzgerald. Gerry Lopez, and Donald Takayama are special because of their boundless optimism, a character trait he feels is infectious. “Good surfers are the most positive ...

August 9, 2021

Sunday, August 8

Amid Great Fishing the Taxman Cometh – Great Whites Take Their Cut at Guadalupe

Dock Totals 8/1 – 8/7: 4,882 anglers aboard 215 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 120 barracuda, 1,921 (up from302) bluefin tuna (up to 138 pounds), 85 bonito, 1,387 calico bass ...

August 8, 2021
Ancient and alluring Athens

Athens, Greece, is the antidote for the bland. I was inspired by it all – the cultural sites, museums, cuisine, and congenial residents. Athenians are guardians of a rich heritage. Over two thousand years of ...

Pestos Around The World Workshop, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cheap Trick

Thursday | 12 Pestos Around The World Workshop Explore bright, herby green sauces like chimichurri, pistou, gremolata, and make summertime pesto. Enjoy a summertime garden, homemade flatbreads, a farm-inspired beverage, and take home a jar ...

August 8, 2021
Kate Sessions' tree man, C. Arnholt Smith's repairman

Beneath the Bunya Bunya They lived on the ranch [Scripps Ranch] for six years. He supervised teams of men in planting thousands of eucalyptuses, all together about forty percent of those that were set out ...

August 8, 2021

Saturday, August 7

Richard Meltzer reviews Mexican beers, soundtracks for listening to O.J. Simpson trial

Meltzer Family Christmas Beer Bust Carta Blanca's the best. I would stand behind Carta Blanca. It's the first one that's given me any sense of, you know, where I have conviction about it. Its taste ...

August 7, 2021

Friday, August 6

The sometimes spectacular Giuseppe Giacomini

On July 28, 2021, the classical music and opera worlds celebrated conductor Riccardo Muti’s 80th birthday. The next day, I found out that one of my opera heroes had died on the same day. Giuseppe ...

August 6, 2021
Goodbye, Columbus: this critic's first R rated film

What was the first film to receive an R rating from the MPAA? Not The Graduate, which was classified Adults Only, but The Split, a crime drama starring Jim Brown and Diahann Carroll. Do you ...

August 6, 2021
Oceanside replaces Huntington Beach

The surf industry is dropping in on Oceanside. The city that once billed itself as "California's best kept secret" may now be better suited for the "Surf City" handle long used by Huntington Beach. Because ...

August 6, 2021
Trinity Fellowship: making the invisible God visible

Trinity Fellowship Church Contact: 4110 Palm Ave., San Diego 619-690-5286 www.trinityfellowshipcrc.com Membership: 30 Neighborhood: South Bay Pastor: Patrick Guarracino Age: 60 Born: North Bergen, NJ Formation: Rutgers University, Newark; Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Years Ordained: ...

August 6, 2021
Allen Glick and the killing of Tamara Rand

Allen Glick, a key figure in San Diego's bloodiest and arguably most famous Mafia hit, has died, his passing marked by a paid Union-Tribune obituary making no reference to its subject's colorful and deadly past ...

August 6, 2021

Thursday, August 5

Callimachus: a lasting influence on Catullus, Vergil, Horace, Propertius and Ovid

Hymn to Jupiter What force, what sudden impulse thus can make The laurel-branch, and all the temple shake! Depart ye souls profane; hence, hence! O fly Far from this holy place! Apollo’s nigh; He knocks ...

August 5, 2021
For Glass Spells’ Shattered, isolation equals inspiration

Synth-pop group Glass Spells has released a music video for “Shattered,” the title track of the album that drops this week via Negative Gain; the band says it was “inspired by nostalgic synth-driven classics. The ...

August 5, 2021
Communal Coffee’s tempting toast bar

How many times have I potholed my way up University, juddering past this place and watching it transform from a lamp store, think it was, to this so-cool coffee, food, cool-merch emporium, right next to ...

August 5, 2021
Electronic illusions of nocturnal wonderlands

San Diego native Christian Ariza, aka Rad Cat, is a 25 year-old Mexican American DJ and producer turned solo artist. He began writing songs as a teenager, first learning guitar and then studying production techniques, ...

August 5, 2021
Jungle Cruise: 127 minutes to nowhere

There have been movies based on 45 rpm singles (Ode to Billy Joe, Harper Valley P.T.A.) T.V. shows (Downton Abbey, Barney’s Great Adventure), toys (Ouija, The LEGO Movie), and comic books too numerous to mention, ...

August 5, 2021
Sacha Boutros partners with Il Sogno Italiano venue

Three years ago, jazz-vocal chanteuse (and native San Diegan) Sacha Boutros pulled up stakes and moved to Paris, France, frustrated by the lack of opportunity for performance in her hometown. Now she’s back, at least ...

August 5, 2021

Wednesday, August 4

The La Jolla fish named after Giuseppe Garibaldi

We’re here for the leopard sharks. They are supposed to be the friendliest sharks in the ocean, and this is the time of year they come close to the shore around La Jolla and raise ...

August 4, 2021
San Diego showers money on homeless

Seven-figure overrun San Diego city officials have gotten a splash of cold water over their handling of last year’s showers-for-the-homeless program, called Operation Shelter to Home, in a July 21 report by City Auditor Andy ...

August 4, 2021
San Diego tacos – from the beginning to now

It’s just after noon on a Thursday at Escondido’s TJ Tacos. The place is surprisingly uncrowded, with only about six people in line for the taco stand’s signature adobada tacos, a spicy blend of marinated ...

Did Torrey Pines go all-white?

Pathetically satirical Satire articles are pathetic attempt to copy The Onion (“Torrey Pines High School becomes all-white campus in effort to combat racism,” SD on the QT: Almost Factual News, July 30). It is confusing ...

August 4, 2021
Scientific American’s 5G prediction

“I’m a node worker,” says Josh Montes. He’s in the alley, sitting on a makeshift work bench, fiddling with metal brackets. Jeff, his buddy — supervisor actually — is up in a bucket, attaching cable ...

August 4, 2021
Nostalgia without anguish or disappointment

Dear Hipster: Here’s an obviously non-controversial premise for you: hipsters are very nostalgic, and they love old-fashioned stuff so much that they’re constantly imitating past trends in an effort to color modern life with the ...

August 4, 2021

Tuesday, August 3

You can’t really name the spots because they are on a need-to-know basis.

A native of San Diego, 21-year-old Ryan Filds talks about the surf around Sunset Cliffs. He says he enjoys surfing up and down the coast, and at Sunset Cliffs specifically, but can’t really name the ...

August 3, 2021
The Bench, Gladys Knight

Sunday | 8 The Bench San Diego mime and movement artist Jerry Hager presents Red: Man, Rascal, Clown. For The Bench, Hager joins with his daughter, Los Angeles theater artist Valerie Hager-Slavin, and director Scott ...

August 3, 2021
San Diego skate parks rule Tokyo

North County athletes are sendin' it from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games — including Bryce Wettstein, Jordyn Barratt, Cory Juneau, and Heimana Reynolds. Per their Olympic Games' profiles, Bryce Wettstein, who is 17, was born ...

Del Mar bluffs cause heartache

Propping up Del Mar's failing bluffs with piles, plants and seawalls is a temporary fix until the railway can be relocated. But many see the work causing lasting changes. A skinnier beach. Industrial looking bluffs. ...

August 3, 2021

Monday, August 2

The Magic Underground, La Rumorosa Rock Art, DAY.MVS XI

Thursday | 5 The Magic Underground Enjoy magic and stand-up comedy. Arrive early and sample Amplified Ale Works’ full menu (pizzas, burgers, kebabs, beers, and mixed drinks) before the show in The Acid Vault. This ...

August 2, 2021
Escondido's hidden gems of influence

Huell Howser, the folksy host of public television's California's Gold, who died in 2014, may be spinning in his grave, but a top North County politico wants to emulate him on YouTube, courtesy of a ...

August 2, 2021
Thunderheads in the east, flea season

Towering Thunderheads have been seen hovering over the mountains east of San Diego in recent weeks. Afternoon rainshowers have already dampened Palomar, Cuyamaca, and Mount Laguna, with more of the same expected at times during ...

August 2, 2021
Mira Mesa man captured first giant panda in 1936

I Need Time to Recuperate A snowstorm trapped the porter on the other side of a pass, and he couldn’t get back for three days. Quentin had matches and lit a fire. He had a ...

August 2, 2021

Sunday, August 1

Best Catch of the Season? Ocean Odyssey Crew Finds Missing Free Diver.

Saltwater: Though today’s sportfishing vessels are equipped with the latest fish-finding and scanning technology, captains and crews often rely on ‘old school’ methods to give their passengers the best odds of putting fish on the ...

August 1, 2021
Carlsbad flower fields, Mission Bay, Coronado bridge

God’s Dirt “It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s pretty high-risk because they’re very, very, very, very perishable. When the flowers are bloomed, you have to pick ’em. And you have to sell ’em. Otherwise you ...

August 1, 2021
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