Craft beer and Craftsman architecture come together at North Park Beer Company
By Michael Good | House Calls
There are do it yourselfers. And there are DO IT YOURSELFERS. Kelsey McNair is the all-caps kind of DIY guy.
When I first met him four years ago, he was looking for advice about the woodwork in his Craftsman bungalow in North Park. Most of the wood trim was intact — bookcases, china cabinet, fireplace mantle — but a small piece of picture rail molding had been painted. We talked about what needed to be done to restore it, and the next time I saw him, he’d done it. Himself. Read More
Get the most out of Comic-Con, even without a coveted pass
By Alex Owens
The hottest ticket this month is definitely a four-day pass to Comic-Con, which officially starts July 20. But if you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, you’re out of luck.
All the available tickets for Comic-Con have been sold, and new security measures using RFID codes will keep people from sharing passes the way they have in previous years. Read More
By Dr. Ink
Don’t be deceived by the rope lines that often form outside of Café Coyote in Old Town, at least when they’re small.
The wait time to be seated is generally brief if you’re not picky about taking a table in the main dining room, the courtyard patio or the roomy cantina, which features a modest-size bar. And until gaining entry, there’s plenty of tortilla-making to watch at the front of the building to help kill the time. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Ralph’s Grocery & Pharmacy at the HUB shopping center in Hillcrest is nearing completion of a major remodel that has already included an extensive olive bar and a section devoted to hundreds of different cheeses from Murray’s, a company established in Greenwich Village more than 75 years ago that recently partnered with Ralph’s. Read More
The Symphony’s fantastical adventures with live music
By David Dixon
Last summer, the San Diego Symphony got a lot of worldwide attention for performing unannounced live music from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for 6,500 fans during Comic-Con International.
This year during the annual convention, the Symphony has even more on its plate, contributing to an open-air movie premiere and two video-game-related evenings at Copley Symphony Hall. Read More
By Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget June 27. It is good news for Californians because it continues to invest in our future and our people. Gone are the stressful days of late budgets, borrowing, and IOUs. This budget is on time, fiscally prudent, and forward thinking.
It bolsters our reserves and restores programs that help Californians who are struggling to make ends meet. We also are adding $2 billion for the rainy-day fund that was proposed by the Assembly and approved by the voters of California in 2014. We will have $8.6 billion set aside to help withstand the economic downturn. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
June 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress — both the House and the Senate — after Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. Read More
‘Rabbi Laurie’ praised
[Re: “Meet ‘Rabbi Laurie’ — North Park resident to head United Way,” Volume 8, Issue 14 or bit.ly/29Oc6Yd]
Congratulations to a wonderful neighbor! All of us at The Studio Door wish Rabbi Laurie great success in her latest venture with United Way.
—Patric Sillman via sduptownnews.com Read More
Mission Hills pitcher drafted by Minnesota Twins credits gym for focus on strengthening his arm
By Dave Schwab
Major League Baseball prospect Alex Schick, 21, of Mission Hills tips his hat to Gill’s Fitness, where he participated in strength and flexibility training as a student athlete.
A 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound pitcher who played for the University of California Bears, Schick said he is convinced that the Mission Valley fitness facility has made a real difference in his sports training, his baseball career and his life. Read More
one photovoltaic cell at a time
By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor
Back in the early 2000s, young San Diego resident and journeyman electrician Daniel Sullivan said he’d grown frustrated and even angry with California’s energy crisis and the country’s “unwarranted drum beat” towards a second war in Iraq. The recent birth of his son had also made him realize that he could no longer stand by and be complacent; he wanted to actively make the world a better place, and set himself on a path to do so. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
After a 10-year run, The Tractor Room in Hillcrest is closing with a final Sunday brunch from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10.
Co-owner Johnny Rivera put the business up for sale several months ago with the hopes of finding a buyer “that would enhance the neighborhood.” But that didn’t pan out, he said. So he and business partner Andy Beardslee decided to close the cocktail-centric restaurant rather than wait any longer. Read More
By Dr. Ink
There are normally two reasons why I go to malls. Those being when my iPhone needs repair at the Apple Store, and on fewer occasions, to shop for things I don’t need with gift certificates given to me for Christmas. Neither provides social or spiritual fulfillment. Read More
By Ken Williams | Editor
A film noir murder mystery set in West Hollywood, a dark and brooding thriller from Australia, and a heart-wrenching documentary about a 1973 mass murder in New Orleans dominated FilmOut’s 18th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival awards this year.
“Kiss Me, Kill Me,” the Opening Night movie directed by Casper Andreas, won a total of six awards. Although the plot was set in contemporary WeHo, the mood harkened back to the film noir era of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. “Kiss Me, Kill Me” won four Audience Awards and two Festival Awards. Read More
By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review
Opened June 25 at the Old Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, Brian Kulick’s production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is set in a World War I psychiatric hospital for PTSD wounded (Kulick is longtime artistic director of New York’s Classic Stage Company).
Somewhere in Scotland, the pristine, white ward contains eight beds in which patients sleep, suffering both physical wounds and what was then, I believe, termed battle fatigue. Perhaps they sleep, perhaps they dream their war experiences as well as the entire tragedy that Kulick unfolds. It’s a clever concept and a challenge for him to sustain over the evening, and for this audience member to fully embrace. Nonetheless, the play’s the thing, the language is excellent and well spoken and the familiar speeches are gripping and poetic Read More
By Katherine Hon | PastMatters
You may not know what it is called or why, but you can tell when you are in West End. This historic subdivision lies between University Avenue and Upas Street on the north and south, and between 28th and Ray streets on the west and east.
Subdivision map No. 590 for West End was filed May 17, 1873, long before cars or formal city planning for San Diego existed. The 80-foot-wide streets, 200-by-300-foot blocks, and 50-by-100-foot lots in West End gave the subdivision a different configuration from the typical 60-foot-wide streets and 25-by-125-foot lots in the surrounding subdivision of Park Villas to the west and east. But this was of no concern. Neither was the fact that two extra east-west streets in West End created multiple dog-leg intersections and dead ends. Read More
By SDCNN Staff
Imagine San Diego’s regional parks being preserved and enhanced for generations to come. That’s the goal of an ambitious plan Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday.
One part of the plan includes the revival of a controversial Balboa Park project that proposes to transform Plaza de Panama into San Diego’s premier public space and construct a three-level underground garage behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Opponents sued to stop the project, but lost in a lower court; and the California Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling upon appeal. Read More