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Forbes eyed SD for Amazon and got it wrong

Article made flawed case for The Retailer settling here

Preceding today's news that Amazon has narrowed down the list of potential cities for establishing a second headquarters — and San Diego is not among them — Forbes magazine had an astonishing item in its ...

Cat on a wet tile roof rescued 10 days later

Rotisserie chicken bait on edge, tuna water on ramp, fish feast in trap

Melaney and her sister heard a cat meowing atop their roof on Saturday, January 6th. “[My sister] looked up and saw the cat’s head peeking over the ledge.” The gray cat was stuck on the ...

The Segerstrom Concert Hall siren calls to me

Magnificent acoustics at the Orange County auditorium

I had never been to Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, but now it calls to me: “Come this way, honored Odysseus, great glory of the Achaeans, and stay your ship, so that you can ...

Hidden gems: Life of Pi and In Bruges

Under the public radar

People always dread when their favorite novel gets adapted into another medium. So you can imagine how I felt when I heard Ang Lee was going to direct Life of Pi. But I was never ...

A reason to break from the corporate state

Valentine's Day perfect for you

Dear Hipster: Why does the Valentine’s Day stuff come out the day after Christmas? — S. Commerce, bruh! Sometimes, I actually think we are headed toward a future straight out of a George Saunders story, ...

Labels come and go, John Hiatt stays

Belly Up show with the Goners features Sonny Landreth

You can’t make this stuff up. John Hiatt, from Indianapolis, left home as a teen troublemaker in a rock band. He landed work in Nashville — not as a dishwasher or a grocery bagger, but ...

Cháo, one of the great porridges of the world

Slurp it like an emperor

There ain’t nothin’ in this whole wide world as comforting and warming and tastebud-caressing as Asian porridge. Known as jok in Thailand, baw baw in Cambodia, cháo in Vietnam. At this very moment, I’m chowing ...

Trump’s local ambassadors

Douglas Manchester and Ric Grennell have longtime San Diego ties

Two Californians on president Donald Trump’s list of administration nominees submitted to the Senate this week for confirmation have longtime San Diego ties. Most famous is ex–Union-Tribune publisher Douglas Manchester, whose 2017 nomination by Trump ...

Not Yo' Mama's gin and tonic

Ryan Jones makes lemon work with cucumber

Co-owner of Pillbox Tavern, Ryan Jones has something preposterous. He’s messed with that bit of perfection known as the gin and tonic. And what he’s come up with — well, it’s not your dad’s gin ...

Shot in one 90-minute take

Like walking through a museum of emotion

The Witch is a supernatural horror story that is wonderfully menacing and draws a gloomy, sinister picture of a Puritan family living on the edge of the woods in 17th-century New England after being banished ...

That cruise-ship show-band gig

Gabriel Sundy developed his sea legs while playing sax

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Sundy came to an important insight four years ago. “I had been performing in San Diego for a long time, but I wasn’t making enough money, even though I was doing a lot ...

Is small-batch bread necessarily good?

Watch for the bandwagon jumpers

Dear Hipster: Is “craft” beer more authentic than “artisan” bread? Am I better off with hand- or homemade? Is small batch better or worse than limited edition? I am lost in a sea of hipster ...

Astronomy led to Judaism

Rabbi Michael Samuel likes preaching on ethical monotheism

Membership: 60 Rabbi: Michael Samuel Age: 64 Born: San Francisco Formation: Tomthei Temmimim, Israel; San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo Years Ordained: 41 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Rabbi ...

They said they’d only reunite “When Hell freezes over.”

Catch shows by the Eagles, Psychedelic Furs, Kyle Craft, Pale Waves, and Lido Pimienta this year

For most locals who spent time in our cars listening to the radio in the ’80s, one could almost guarantee that any skip across the dial would find the Psychedelic Furs oozing out the back ...

Faulconer takes care of the humble business

City seeks to rent trailer-borne mobile shower units

It’s been a downward trip for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer from touting a new taxpayer-subsidized NFL stadium to taking care of the humble business of cleaning up downtown’s homeless hepatitis epidemic, as evidenced by ...

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