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No curtain call for Anthology

"Nothing has changed from your company's article a few weeks ago. Just a careful reminder: I won't hesitate to slap the Reader with a defamation lawsuit should you write untruths... There is no additional news here."

That was what Anthology owner Howard Berkson told this reporter on Wednesday, January 2.

As is now widely known through various local music-news outlets, such as Owl&Bear, SD:Dialed In, NBC 7 San Diego, and George Varga of the U-T, Anthology was not being remodeled, as Mr. Berkson originally told the Reader, and it will not reopen.

On December 12, Ken Leighton posted in Blurt that Anthology was temporarily postponing its concert schedule and that no acts had been booked for 2013.

“We’re spending a few days in January to close to assess the scope of work and cost of refurbishment upgrades and repairs," Berkson had said at that time. "As soon as we do that, we will reopen.”

On Wednesday, January 2, Anthology talent-buyer Michael Pritchard confirmed by phone that he had accepted a similar position at Yoshi's nightclub in Oakland and was planning to move his family to the Bay Area. "There's a meeting taking place [at Anthology] tomorrow. After that," Pritchard said, "I'll be able to answer questions."

Subsequent calls made to Pritchard on Jan 3 and Jan 4 were not returned.

"I think that most of us that book shows there didn't believe the cover story," said a concert promoter under terms that his identity not be revealed. In response to rumors that alleged silent partners were pushing out co-owner/founder Howard Berkson, the promoter said, "It doesn't make sense. There would be bookings in the second quarter. They wouldn't want to lose that money. As it stands, the Anthology concert calendar is empty."

Anthology first opened its doors in Little Italy in June of 2007. From the beginning, the swank multimillion-dollar trilevel venue was compared favorably to such venues as New York's Blue Note.

Known for coaxing previously elusive national jazz acts to come to San Diego, the supper club also hosted a full complement of tribute, rock, Latin, R&B, and blues acts during their years of operation.

Anthology is said to have been the vision of Howard Berkson, a real estate developer and Chicago transplant now home-based in Carmel Valley, and his wife and Anthology co-owner Marsha.

On January 4, the U-T reported that the Berksons were filing for divorce. Neither Howard nor Marsha returned subsequent email requests for interviews.

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"Nothing has changed from your company's article a few weeks ago. Just a careful reminder: I won't hesitate to slap the Reader with a defamation lawsuit should you write untruths... There is no additional news here."

That was what Anthology owner Howard Berkson told this reporter on Wednesday, January 2.

As is now widely known through various local music-news outlets, such as Owl&Bear, SD:Dialed In, NBC 7 San Diego, and George Varga of the U-T, Anthology was not being remodeled, as Mr. Berkson originally told the Reader, and it will not reopen.

On December 12, Ken Leighton posted in Blurt that Anthology was temporarily postponing its concert schedule and that no acts had been booked for 2013.

“We’re spending a few days in January to close to assess the scope of work and cost of refurbishment upgrades and repairs," Berkson had said at that time. "As soon as we do that, we will reopen.”

On Wednesday, January 2, Anthology talent-buyer Michael Pritchard confirmed by phone that he had accepted a similar position at Yoshi's nightclub in Oakland and was planning to move his family to the Bay Area. "There's a meeting taking place [at Anthology] tomorrow. After that," Pritchard said, "I'll be able to answer questions."

Subsequent calls made to Pritchard on Jan 3 and Jan 4 were not returned.

"I think that most of us that book shows there didn't believe the cover story," said a concert promoter under terms that his identity not be revealed. In response to rumors that alleged silent partners were pushing out co-owner/founder Howard Berkson, the promoter said, "It doesn't make sense. There would be bookings in the second quarter. They wouldn't want to lose that money. As it stands, the Anthology concert calendar is empty."

Anthology first opened its doors in Little Italy in June of 2007. From the beginning, the swank multimillion-dollar trilevel venue was compared favorably to such venues as New York's Blue Note.

Known for coaxing previously elusive national jazz acts to come to San Diego, the supper club also hosted a full complement of tribute, rock, Latin, R&B, and blues acts during their years of operation.

Anthology is said to have been the vision of Howard Berkson, a real estate developer and Chicago transplant now home-based in Carmel Valley, and his wife and Anthology co-owner Marsha.

On January 4, the U-T reported that the Berksons were filing for divorce. Neither Howard nor Marsha returned subsequent email requests for interviews.

http://sandiegoreader.com/photos/2013/jan/06/37940/

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Really a shame, Anthology was a great venue, offering many shows that otherwise would not have happened in San Diego. I hope someone picks up the baton and does something to revive the locale - I'd hate to see it join 4th & B and the California Theater as mere ghosts of downtown's concert-going heydayz -

Jan. 5, 2013

Surefire ticket for divorce: Invite a bunch of out-of-town musicians to come to your place for one night only, and have your wife working at that place.

Jan. 7, 2013

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