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An unlikely Christmas story: The Man Who Invented Christmas

The velveteen costumes and production design are sumptuous

One month before Christmas, it’s The Man Who Invented Christmas. With three flops in a row and a string of creditors stretching around the block, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) floats the idea of a Christmas ...

Mozart's Requiem at the San Diego Symphony

I'm going to get persnickety, because no one else will

On Saturday, November 18th, The San Diego Symphony performed Mozart’s Requiem. They pushed the concert hard on social media and it appears to have paid off. I was only using eyeball metrics but the house ...

SDG&E and AT&T’s turkey times

“To strengthen the relationship between neighborhood residents and civic leaders”

Political handout day, otherwise known as Thanksgiving, came two weeks early for embattled San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, whose One San Diego nonprofit threw its annual turkey giveaway on Saturday, November 11 in Oak Park. ...

Eleven kinds of patties at Burgerim

Beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, dry aged, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef (chorizo), wagyu beef, and merguez

Merguez. Never quite knew what it was. A North African region? No. That’s the Maghreb. Some organization in a James Bond movie? Nuh-uh. It took me coming to the squirty fountain in the new Horton ...

Fly by Night: almost a metaphysical musical.

The "I don't know bro" of all things

When I see a title which includes “metaphysical musical” I’m expecting souls connecting on the astral plane based on the residue of previous lives which then stains future iterations of the same souls. You might ...

Punk Yacht Club's silly sailors

"We wanted the goofball approach of the Bloodhound Gang or Blink-182.”

Punk Yacht Club happened after Connecticut-raised Jesse Goodwick and ex-Bostonian Greg Marsh moved out here from the East Coast. For a while, Goodwick had a real job that used his mechanical engineering degree. “Then I ...

Omit the 21st century

Best albums for us

Dear Hipster: Top five desert-island album choices? — Hannah (listening to My Bloody Valentine in Talmadge) I’ve been sitting on this one for a while now, not afraid per se, but reticent to meet this ...

Mr. Halfright

The wheelchair encyclopedia of Normal Heights

It’s not his real name, but the name he gave me wasn’t real, either. He’s navigated his dual wheelchairs, one for his luggage and one for himself, with impressive efficiency — and even agility, despite ...

El Mezcalito — attempt to bring mescal into the fold

Agave-based avatar of San Diego’s cocktails

There are as many flavors to mescal as there are Ramirezes or Smiths in the San Diego County phone book — but only Del Maguey Vida Mescal is best suited for Puesto’s mescal cocktail, El ...

Bad Kids on reverb

South Bay four-piece doesn't hesitate to respect the word of law

After four and a half years, two albums, and two EPs, Bad Kids are finally getting a buzz. The poppy surf punkers from Imperial Beach played to a standing-room-only audience at the House of Blues’ ...

The pull-apart basin

Best way to see Canyon Sin Nombre is on foot

Canyon Sin Nombre is located in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, an area known for its driving tectonic forces and awe-inspiring geologic structures. Geologists refer to this region as the Salton Trough, as it is ...

Diversionary's Falling: rarely happy

Autistics lack internal brain map

InnerMission Theatres’ starkly realistic, deeply moving production of Deanna Jent’s Falling closes this Sunday. It deserves a much longer run. About halfway into the 80-minute piece, teenaged Lisa Martin tells her mother, Tami, she wants ...

Chula Vista book seller left church for Plato

Claims C.S. Lewis agrees with him

Name: Jerry Dell Ehrlich Age: 81 Occupation: Author/bookstore owner Neighborhood: National City Where interviewed: Postmodern Bookstore, Chula Vista What are you reading? “I keep certain books around. I try to have every third book I ...

American Carnage in City Heights

Choose your own apocalypse

When the world as we know it ends, will it be our fault? Broadly speaking, dystopian sagas diverge into two camps. On the one hand, you have your bleak future in the vein of Fahrenheit ...

Concert tickets make great stocking stuffers

Deep Dark Woods, Grace Mitchell, X Ambassadors, and more

Blame the Lumineers and Alabama Shakes for pop music’s sudden and unlikely fascination for turned-on-bluegrass, that blend of prairie folk and electric Appalachian blues that nowadays turns up everywhere from top-40 radio to the soundtrack ...

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