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Leonardo: Emergence of Realism, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Marie and Rosetta, Tu B’shvat Festival, The Posies

Events January 17-January 23, 2019

Thursday | 17 Leonardo: Emergence of Realism How can we account for Leonardo da Vinci’s genius in so many areas — engineering, mathematics, optics, geology, anatomy? Attentive parenting in a stimulating environment? Education (or lack ...

You are shedding lights for San Diego

Most of us drive like crazy

Homelessly mental Hey John Kitchin (“Not laziness, not mental illness, not alcoholism, and not mental illness,” Letters, December 12), I have been living in San Diego, CA at least 10 yrs now. I have to ...

The Pre-16,000 BP Archaeological Record, WOOD X furniture show, Mission Trails walk, Moon Over Buffalo, AJ Croce

Events January 10-January 16, 2019

Thursday | 10 The Pre-16,000 BP Archaeological Record The Anza Borrego Foundation and California State Parks announce New Discoveries in the American Paleolithic: The Pre-16,000 BP Archaeological Record. The conference will present evidence from throughout ...

San Diego homeless, mercifully, do not live very long.

I have written and called Todd Gloria and Chris Ward

Mentally homeless Tearing Down the House (Letters, Dec. 13) and a response to Teri Siciliani (Letters, Dec. 20): Thanks to the Reader for publishing my letter and responses. I admire its features “City Lights”, “Under ...

The impossible railroad

Alabama reader does not want 2017 story to die

Off the rails I once lived in San Diego as a Navy man. I so enjoyed the city and all it had to offer. Being a native of California then moving to Alabama I do ...

San Diego voices more than 40 years ago

High society, marijuana advocates, Zumwalt's Navy, downtown and Mt. Helix developers, condo conversion freak-out

How easy it is to penetrate San Diego high society Being a Marston or a Burnham is surely a social plus, but not being one won’t be held against you.“They don’t reach out to newcomers; ...

Some things in San Diego will never be the same

YMCA, Lawrence Welk Village, Folk Arts, community T.V., Del Mar racetrack, San Diego Rowing Club

A nice clean place for a lonely sailor The U.S.O.’s new, clean building and its superior organizational skills seem to give it an overwhelming advantage over the Y. The Y seems old and pockmarked by ...

Secret art of Dr. Seuss, Scavanger hunt: A Puzzling Drive, Donavon Frankenreiter, Hay ride and local wine, Smooth Jazz Festival

Events December 27, 2018-January 2, 2019

Thursday | 27 Secret art of Dr. Seuss Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculptures which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate. This whimsical exhibit will share ...

Six-figure incompetence at Lincoln High

Myeshia Etia Whigham earned $124,829 in pay and benefits; principal Jose Soto Ramos, $182,307

According to TransparentCalifornia.com, Myeshia Etia Whigham earned $124,829 in pay and benefits in 2017. Meanwhile, principal Jose Soto Ramos was at the taxpayer trough for $182,307 just last year alone. Are we getting our money’s ...

San Diego politics in the 1970s

Colleen O'Connor, Bob Wilson, libertarians, Jim Ellis, Tom Hayden

Could SeaWorld buy a San Diego council seat? Ellis maintains a belief in a floor space ratio requirement rather than strict height limitation. “What good would it have done to restrict buildings on the east ...

Aren't you glad you weren't alive in the 70s

New Age confab, drive-in church, folk music, the bump, and computer dating as it was

For women only Ms. Hernandez has not spent her whole life in this Las Hermanas setting. Her lifestyles have run the gamut from three houses and an engineer husband to the women's collective where she ...

Gray Whales, Spaceman of Ocean Beach Art Show, Ice Slides and Giant Gingerbread House, Always... Patsy Cline, El Vez

Events December 20-December 26, 2018

Thursday | 20 Can you spot a Gray? Gray whales, known for migrating the longest distance of any mammal on earth, travel winter to spring,­ from feeding grounds in Alaskan waters to calving lagoons in ...

Tijuana's deadliest year

2300 murders so far

Sexta and violence The article (“Tijuana desensitized to violence”, Neighborhood News, December 4) stated there were more than 2176 murders in Tijuana. From when to when? I assume from the start of the year until ...

The San Diego animals worth watching for

Dolphins, wild pets, migrating birds, DDT and local pelicans, local sharks, impounded dogs, the difference between man and beasts

How much is that bobcat in the window? “And if these animals are so happy and so tame, then why are they kept in cages?" asks Martha Hall, who runs a wildlife rescue center in ...

Life on the edge in San Diego

Rescue mission, bounty hunters, boat live-aboards, runaways, process servers, knights in Balboa Park

Rescue mission After supper we lined up by bed number and were marched upstairs where we stripped, stepped under a scalding hot shower for a few seconds, and climbed into our nightgowns. I got a ...

Discussion on Commonwealth, Devil at Nativity Scene, Search for Tri-Colored Blackbird, Pets in Costumes, Roosevelt

Events December 13-December 19, 2018

Thursday | 13 Don't need to read the book Discussion on Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, the story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s ...

Not laziness, not mental illness, not alcoholism, and not mental illness

But the city tearing down 22,000 low-income housing rentals

Tearing down the house I enjoyed reading Elizabeth Salaam’s article in City Lights, “Homeless invade, pollute, ignite Fox Canyon” (City Lights, December 5) and do not dispute it whatsoever. It is the job of an ...

How San Diegans spend free time

Motorcycles, girl beauty contests, bingo, painting vans, polo, fox hunting

Heck on wheels Of the large registered bikes, an unspecified number belong to “outlaw" clubs, the local variants of which include the Hell’s Angels, the Mongols, the Axemen, and the semi-outlaw Nuggets. There are also ...

Less lying by politicians 40 years ago?

Pete Wilson, Roger Hedgecock, Maureen O'Connor, Lee Hubbard, Ann Watson, North City West

Thorn in the mayor's side When Hubbard and Wilson squared off in the 1974 mayoral campaign. Hubbard's big donors were land developers. construction engineers, realtors, building material suppliers, and builders: Wilson's contributors were primarily business ...

The Year to Come, Giant Snow Globe, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Parade of Lights on the Bay, All about Normandy, France

Events December 6-December 12, 2018

Thursday | 6 The Year to Come This world premiere narrows in on a family gathering on New Year’s Eve. It seemed normal at the time – politically incorrect banter, splashing each other in the ...

McMillin's Frankenstein, blood boiling over Oceanside

Low density not good for Clairemont

Corky’s Frankenstein As they go off into the sunset with their $71M, Scott McMillin (son of Corky) remains behind to develop the Liberty Station Arts District’s last four undeveloped barracks into a boutique hotel! (“Liberty ...

Maybe not the career you were looking for

Coffin sales, animal stuffing, security guard, used cars, detective, border agent

Sales of a death man “You bet it’s an emotional decision. I wouldn't want to argue that for a minute. But you tell me how much emotion you’re going to feel when you see the ...

You wouldn't have imagined these Reader stories

Tic Tac Dough contestant, concert ticket scam, Hare Krishnas, how pound kills Fido, writing porn, fixing knees

Just grin and hit the buzzer The group of twenty-nine had been narrowed down to eighteen, she said, and she thought the chances of our all getting on were now excellent. We had to do ...

Not done with Clairemont and strong mayor

Letter writers don't forget – thank God

Welcome to south L.A Dense, crowded, gridlock, haphazard - all these things describe how Los Angeles has chosen to develop their city. This is the result of decades of a spoils system style of development ...

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, A Doll’s House (Part 2), Tree lighting and ice skating, Coast to Crest hike, All About Lapland, Sweden

Events November 29-December 5, 2018

Thursday | 29 Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus Memphis folk singer-guitarist Julien Baker was already forging a successful career with Forrister when she took left turn with a couple of well-received solo releases. So ...

Pomegranate Day with the camels, Full moon night hike, Heathers: The Musical, SoCal Turkey Paddle, Pat Travers Band

Events November 22-November 28, 2018

Friday | 23 Pomegranate Day with the camels Feed a herd of camels one of their favorite foods, pomegranates. Enjoy camel rides, circus acts under the colorful big-top, Wild West turkey stampede, mini sheep petting ...

The Reader plays your heartstrings

Abortion, Tijuana torture, Windansea's fun hog, criminal sister, Betty Broderick tells all

One woman, one man, no baby I was in Los Angeles when Kelly called. My decision was made: I wanted the abortion. However, I wouldn’t tell her what to do, not because I’m benevolent, but ...

Finally the Reader makes you smile

Revenge, men's swimsuit issue, dating age gap, dumpster diving, women think men are hairy women

Revenge We both worked for a now-defunct trucking company that was based in San Diego. He was definitely a strange bird. He talked in CB lingo when he was talking to people in person and ...

The sensual pleasures of print

Sitting by the sea while perusing the Reader events section

Painfully uneventful One of my favorite mid-week pick-me-ups is walking to our local La Jolla coffee shop, picking up a hot-off-the-press Reader, and sitting by the sea while perusing the events section. Imagining all the ...

Billy Gibbons, Lifeguards to the Rescue, Antiques and Appraisals, Mother Courage and Her Children, Daybreak at Del Mar

Events November 15-November 21, 2018

Thursday | 15 HELP! San Diego Lifeguards to the Rescue Michael Martino, author and lifegaurd, presents the evolution of lifeguard services in San Diego. The book chronicles the early pre-lifeguard years, when citizens provided aquatic ...

Unexpected American influence in Tijuana

Baseball, school, journalism, rehab

Baja's tough-love drug rehab I’ve heard there are Americans down here kicking drugs the tough Mexican way, because the more coddling, more expensive American clinics didn’t work. As soon as you got out, you went ...

To farm in San Diego County

Avocados, marijuana, eggs, bees, ostriches, end of the farm

40 percent of U.S. avocados come from San Diego Alternate bearing is particularly pronounced in the Fuerte variety, and for this reason North County growers are increasingly planting the Hass. The Hass is a relatively ...

This Beautiful City, Chili Cook-Off, Coast to Cactus, Walk from Rim to Creek, Joni Mitchell Throwback

November 8-November 14, 2018

Thursday | 8 This Beautiful City Colorado Springs, home of the Air Force Academy and located at foot of Pike’s Peak, was transformed into the “capital of the Evangelical movement” when Ted Haggard and New ...

Obscenely delayed police response

Native New Yorker never felt unsafe before San Diego

What is Faulconer doing? I love San Diego. Your perfect weather, friendly people and exceptional natural amenities are forcing me to consider keeping a vacation home in SD County. Nevertheless, Mr. Faulconer’s feckless policing policies ...

The Reader gets snarky

La Jolla's Bohemian rhapsody Isn’t that a little-known Renoir sitting there coyly in a comer all by itself? An unfamiliar one to be sure. but. well, there is the poppy field, and there is the ...

San Diego politics in a less cynical era

Maureen O'Connor, Si Casady, right-left rent control debate, Pueblo land, convention center, district elections

The Cinderella story of Maureen O'Connor Maureen’s twin, Mavoumeen, reacted to the idea dubiously. ‘‘Oh God, Maureen,” she told her sister. ‘‘We don’t know anything about government.” Yet Mavoumeen promised to think about it and ...

What San Diegans do with spare time

Jogging, sculpture, cooking, silverware collecting, electronic bulletin board, and ballet

Father of Fitness It is possible one or two other “lone nuts” might also have been jogging somewhere in the county back then. But he knew of none, and the common wisdom in 1948, he ...

Poignant San Diego stories

Big Bear stick-up, mother-son suicide, ousting of Eros, TJ children working, El Cajon Blvd scuz motels,Poway teen tweaker

Stick-up on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Fear rolled in and swept away his jumble of thoughts. Derek forced calm upon himself. “He’s not going to hurt us if we cooperate. He only wants the money. He’ll ...

Metamorphoses, Fleet Week, Filamfest, UK Subs and Agent Orange, Halloween at Liberty Station

Events October 25-October 31, 2018

Friday | 26 Metamorphoses Tales from Ovid, Roman poet and one of Shakespeare’s favorites, include: Midas, whose touch turned things into gold; Alcyone and Ceyx, who, reunited after his death, became seabirds; Orpheus, god of ...

San Diego subcultures

Moonies, Asian refugees, boxing aspirants, craftsmen, Chabad Jews, future ballet dancers

Reverend Moon Wants You The van was ready to leave at exactly eleven o’clock. This time, the load was considerably smaller — just myself, two drivers, several cases of vegetables and other foodstuffs, and a ...

Actually, Edgar Allan Poe Fest, Hike and Harvest Santa Ysabel Indian Mission, Dia de los Muertos, KT Tunstall

Events October 18-October 24, 2018

Thursday | 18 Actually Amber Cohen and Tom Anthony are freshmen at Princeton University. They flirt after class and find themselves at the same raucous kegger party. Although the connection seems innocent at first, the ...

Without DST — I am confined to my condominium.

School begins too early for the good of the students

Don’t turn back the clock I am writing to oppose Prop 7, the proposition that Daylight Saving Time (DST) be abandoned for the state of California (“Daylight Saving Time: Deal with it,” Ask a Hipster, ...

Little known San Diego history

The Marstons, movies, the earliest man, American TV from Mexico, North City West, and San Diego's most unusual neighborhood

The Marstons of San Diego In early 1974 he went to the city council and told them that he and his aunt, Mary Marston, would put up $10,000 to cover the cost of having an ...

Persuasion, Kate Morgan ghost tour, Kumeyaay lakes campground, Serbian food and dancing, Sting and Shaggy

Events October 11-October 17, 2018

Thursday | 11 Persuasion Seven years ago, Anne Elliot of Kellynch Hall was engaged to Captain Frederick Wentworth, but was persuaded to break the engagement because of his low status. Now he is back from ...

Gas tax, Bauder retirement, Duncan Hunter, Mike Schaefer, Matthew Philbin

Letters to the editor

Gas tax invasion In connection with gas tax initiatives on ballots (“GOP gov. candidate Cox was major donor of gas tax repeal,” News Ticker, July 13), who recalls the time when California had a multi-billion ...

San Diego characters 38 years ago

Raoul Marquis, Larry Remer, Ted Leitner, Ted Kastrubala, Highlander man, the man who started greyhound racing

Raoul Marquis – mayor of India Street Marquis was into the “penicillin culture’’ of theater, in which theater thrives on itself and expands; the more it is produced, the more it will be produced. And ...

Gas tax repeal, Koch Bros as pretenders, Golden Age of Debt

Squandered taxes Why am I supporting Proposition 6, the gas tax Repeal initiative (“GOP gov. candidate Cox was major donor of gas tax repeal,” News Ticker, July 13)? It galls me that the state government ...

HIR, Music Hall of Fame, Maker Faire, Pumpkins and farm animals, Jigsaw puzzle competition

Events October 4-October 10, 2018

Thursday | 4 From Afghanistan to California Hir: For three years while serving in Afghanistan, Isaac worked for the mortuary affairs department. He bagged body parts, labeling them when possible. Along the way, he became ...

Take a deep breath

San Diego's saddest stories, part II

The blood upon his hands In May of 1979, while he was a teaching assistant at UCSD’s drama department, he won the role of Agamemnon in Orestes! Orestes!, an adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy. ...

What were Reader editors thinking?

Funny San Diego, part II

Men's summer swimsuit issue "I feel really good in a swimsuit. I could look better. I used to look a little better, more in shape. But then, you know, kids, job, the passage of time. ...

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