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Maggie Rogers, Pink Talking Fish, Beartooth, Film School

I was hearing about “Give a Little,” the poppy new hand-clapping earworm by 24-year-old Maggie Rogers, for several days before I finally gave it a spin. Fearing another Meghan Trainor/Cher Lloyd knockoff like “Dog Years,” ...

Love can't exist without goofy jokes

Obviously, my child brain didn’t think in terms of production values

Though I’d never attended a live performance of Barefoot in the Park before this week, in a way, Neil Simon’s 1963 comedy provided my first-ever theatrical experience. I viewed it as a small child, sitting ...

Ace Frehley, Idomeneo, Ripcord, Burning Man at USD, Reefer Madness, the Musical

Events August 9-August 15, 2018

Thursday | 9 Ace Frehley Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has spent around a decade living in San Diego, where he teamed up with local singer Rachael Gordon (they got a condo together near Balboa ...

Luelf Pond County Preserve

The cycle of fire and renewal can be seen here

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Ramona is a seldom-visited picturesque spot known as Luelf Pond. The pond and County Preserve were most likely named after Oscar Luelf, who was a member of the ...

Expanding the dancefloor boundaries

Thievery Corporation, Jerry Paper, Prophet, Yndi Halda

For over 20 years, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have been expanding the dancefloor boundaries of EDM as Thievery Corporation. Though early efforts were paint-by-number exercises in straight dub and acid jazz, their evolution toward ...

Morrison Pond

Visit a partially-secluded and quiet spot in Sweetwater Regional Summit Park.

Once the site of a sand and gravel quarry, Morrison Pond is now a partially-secluded spot within the Sweetwater Regional Summit Park that is great for nature watching. It is an open preserve with multiple ...

Escape from Plato’s cave

Freedom from the constraints of perception is necessary in the pursuit of knowledge and truth

According to Greek mythology, humankind can credit the knowledge and inspiration behind any artful act of creation to the nine muses. These daughters of Zeus represented tragedy, comedy, epic poetry, music, and other media available ...

Mya, Bon Odori Festival, Scootercon, Farm to bottle kombucha, Who was Atticus Finch?

Events August 2-August 8, 2018

Thursday | 2 Mya Mya is an old-fashioned R&B singer in the tradition of the female frontwomen of the Mary Jane Girls and TLC, who also infuses the more contemporary sounds of acts such as ...

Giggling and gurgling as they frolic

Shonen Knife, Escape the Fate, Dia de los Deftones, Goblin

The very first description I ever heard of Shonen Knife, back in the mid-80s when they were still a cult-ish underground sensation, is the one that remains for me the most accurate. I was working ...

Burgled secrecies

The shots are exposures of exposure, sometimes detailed with bite marks, scars, bruises, and burns.

The first photograph I saw by Brassaï, many years ago, was a 1948 portrait of Jean Genet. Hands in pockets, slight of form, his face an ambiguous index of skittishness and cunning, Genet offers and ...

Stonebridge Trail: San Elijo Lagoon

Enjoy the diverse natural environments of the eastern portion of the San Elijo Ecological Reserve.

The San Elijo Ecological Reserve protects one of the largest remaining wetlands in Southern California as well as the bordering hills containing dense stands of maritime chaparral and coastal sage scrub. The Stonebridge Trail takes ...

Something about vulnerability

No second takes, no do-overs.

When I saw A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, I was reminded me how much I prefer anything live to anything recorded. As in, I might really enjoy a live music ...

Hunting Charles Manson, Roadkill on the digital highway, Pine Valley parade, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Adam Ant

Events July 26-August 1, 2018

Thursday | 26 Roadkill on the digital highway On May 31, 2017, Bay City Television (XETV channel 6) closed its doors for good. Bay City was the U.S. arm of the world’s only bi-national television ...

Cosplay at Comic-Con

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Models of make-believe

Long before American Idol, X-Factor, and So You Think You Can Dance

Swingin’ Utters, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dance With the Dead and Paula Abdul

For a while, it didn’t look like San Francisco punk rockers Swingin’ Utters would survive into the new century. Founded in the late 80s (though not named Swingin’ Utters until 1994), their glory days included ...

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