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Comic-Con – 50 years in San Diego

The cosplayers, homeless at the Con, Balboa Park's shrine to Comic-Con

The real stars of Comic-Con By Jay Allen Sanford Not long ago, few had ever heard the word “cosplay.” Nowadays, pretty much any pop culture convention will be overflowing with costumed role-players posing for snapshots ...

Ryan Burch and Carl Eckstrom – outlier surfboard designers

The asymmetricals all clicked

While the world seems geared toward breeding out individuality, surfing celebrates those who successfully break predetermined boundaries. Still, in a time not long ago, fog shrouded our tribe’s favorite activity, and we tumbled into what ...

American movies and the 4th of July

Superman II ruined comic book movies for me

The old man was never one for fireworks. It had something to do with his surviving the Invasion of Normandy. Friends and relatives would take me to see displays of fire-flowers (as my maternal grandpa ...

Now in Balboa Park: Secrets that take your breath away

One can never feel certain these are from San Diegans

“Having feelings for my best friend isn't (sic) romantic - it’s terrifying.” So reads a recent postcard sent to the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. It is posted on the San Diego wall of ...

The unsolved case of La Mesa's Jamie Peters

Maybe those bones are my son

Nearly 31 years ago, Jamie Peters walked into his mother’s home in La Mesa and dropped off his house keys. It was a brief nighttime visit. He paused long enough to look around the familiar ...

Reader writer concludes he is his father's son

A man he calls Pop

All my friends have settled down/ Become their mothers and their fathers without a sound… — Cowboy Junkies, “A Horse in the Country” I saved the audiobook of Michael Brendan Daugherty’s memoir My Father Left ...

San Diego Reader Fun things to do issue

Pump tracks, waterfalls, footgolf, Stonewall Peak, geocaching, ukelele jams, Cameron Crowe, circus center, Otay Lake kayaking

Drew Keltz Discs, balls, and hidden gems Pacific Highlands Ranch Pump Track 5992 Village Center Loop Road Carmel Valley 1970s-era concrete skateparks often included snake-runs. These were, basically, winding trenches with smooth walls that riders ...

San Diego cool coworking spots – do they work?

I got so little done, but I like the way I feel

A mile east of all the beer Stacy Keck tells me she can’t function at 6 am. So we decide to meet instead at 8:30, and she gives me an access code so I can ...

On a VW Bus south of the border

Woodstock 2019

On March 18, Tom Summers posted a Facebook photo of himself and his 1962 Volkswagen Bus at a crossroad more than 1161 kilometers south of his Imperial Beach homebase. Summers is a 72-year-old retired marine ...

San Diego Reader taco issue

San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Old Town, Pacific Beach, El Cajon, Gaslamp, Linda Vista, East Village, Kensington, Del Mar, La Mesa, Tecate, Tijuana

Mary Beth Abate No one knows the true origins of the taco One noted taco historian dates it back to the 19th century based on references to “taco de minero,” or miner’s tacos, alluding to ...

Donovan prisoners taught manners

What if they don't wash their hands?

Coming from Mission Hills, it’s a 25-mile drive south and then east on Highway 905 out to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. After the highway ends, it’s still several miles along dusty, ...

Monica’s black bangs and bell sleeves ensemble from Forever 21, Aldo, Topshop and Target

Casual enough for downtown errands, but also very sophisticated

One sunny Friday morning on the way to work, I decided to stop and get an iced latte from one of my favorite coffee shops, Copa Vida in East Village, just north of Petco Park. ...

San Diego purveyors of hip-hop gear

Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Tribal Clothing, Snoop Dog, Writerz Block, Wild Style

Local sports team gear — an SD hip-hop first Word on the South Bay streets is much of the 619-based hip-hop movement started at the Vista Terrace Hills apartments in San Ysidro. “We’ve been repping ...

Surfing owes a lot to Baja

Ensenada a mecca for board builders

The Baja Peninsula is a Rorschach test. Visitors see heaven or hell in an arid landscape. Three million-plus citizens see a homeland free of the congestion of their northern neighbors. Surfers see a crooked finger ...

Homo riot hardcore punk outfit plays La Escalera Fest

Gay Agenda, Hey, Chels, Squarecrow, Micah Schnabel, Scott Worthington

This year’s La Escalera Fest takes place over four days (April 11–14), at six locales in San Diego and Tijuana, with over fifty band performances, many of them local acts. Host venues include Tower Bar, ...

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