By Hutton Marshall | Editor
Tomorrow, March 2, residents of Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, University Heights and Five Points/Middletown—which has a nice ring to it—will vote in seven new board members for the all-volunteer Uptown Community Planning Group, more commonly known as the Uptown Planners.
Update: The candidates elected were Jennifer Pesqueira, Ken Tablang, Michael Brennan, Mat Wahlstrom, Kyle Heiskala, Dana Hook and Jay Newington. The will be seated at the April 7 Uptown Planners meeting, where the board will elect its new chair.
By Hutton Marshall
Last year, Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled his draft Climate Action Plan, a legally binding blueprint for creating a more environmentally friendly San Diego over the next 20 years. Environmentalists praised the document as a meaningful way to combat climate change locally. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Restaurateur and aircraft engineer Mayur Vadhwana brings Indian cuisine to areas where people least expect it.
In the late ’90s he introduced to the citizens of Duluth, Minnesota, that city’s first Indian restaurant, which endures today under different ownership. More recently, he opened Indian Grill on Old Town’s main drag, where nut-stuffed naan bread and vindaloo curry are a first in a neighborhood flocked by tacos and burritos. Read More
Ascending the California Tower
By Catherine Spearnak
For the past 80 years, a superb view of San Diego has been limited to philanthropists with hundreds and thousands of dollars to donate to the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
Now anyone with about 20 bucks can see it. Read More
By Dr. Ink
We were overdue to descend on one of my favorite neighborhood hotspots for a sangria bath. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Selina Khan says of her new Pakistani-Indian restaurant in Hillcrest: “It’s a campaign for real curry, the way we make it at home in Pakistan.” Since opening House of Khan in early February in the space formerly occupied by Mama Testa, the full-service restaurant has been serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The big sellers so far are kabob rolls and chicken curry plates. “Everything’s made in-house,” assures Khan, who started the business several years ago as a pop-up eatery in the College Area. In her new space, she’s installed industrial lighting and artwork from the subcontinent. 1417 University Ave., 760-580-9024. Read More
By David Smollar
There was nothing subtle in promotion brochures enticing Americans to venture west for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which opened Jan. 1, 1915, in Balboa Park.
“At least in a thousand ways, it is the greatest of expositions, because it is so original in its conception and execution, so absolutely unique and so different from all other like enterprises that have been heretofore attempted,” began the purple prose of the exposition’s official guide. Read More
By David Espinoza
At the annual trustees retreat on Jan. 24, the Mission Hills Town Council (MHTC) reinstated the research of a full and permanent closure of University Avenue (between Ibis and Front streets) as a top agenda item for 2015. This discussion evolved from a single-lane closure design that was initiated by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) on this same stretch of the University Avenue artery connecting Mission Hills to Hillcrest. Modification to University Avenue is part of SANDAG’s Uptown Bike Corridor Project planning already underway in Bankers Hill and Hillcrest. This is just one of many topics that were discussed. Read More
By Dustin Lothspeich
“She holds up pretty good. Sometimes she likes to give me a lot of shit. And we get in a fight and then we make up. Kiss and make up. Making up is the best part, you know?”
Desert Noises‘ singer/guitarist Kyle Henderson is talking to me on the phone from Boston in the middle of that epic (or not so epic, depending on who you ask) snowstorm they had recently, and he’s not talking about his girlfriend – that comes later. Read More
By Charlene Baldridge
“Wow!” is all one has to say about what might have been. And also, “How fortunate that history has a chance to rectify the wrong that was done.”
Dedicated to women playwrights and theater artists, Moxie Theatre discovered Alice Childress’s 1955 off-Broadway play titled, “Trouble in Mind,” which has an interesting history to say the least. It plays through Feb. 22. Read More
By Dave Schwab
The proposed opening of a TargetExpress store in South Park’s remodeled Gala Food site on the corner of Grape and Fern streets has been delayed from summer until fall.
“We have adjusted our projected opening date to October 2015 in order to ensure the property meets or exceeds governmental codes and regulations,” Target spokesperson Kristen Emmons said. Read More
By Cody Thompson
Ever since I joined this wonderful world of craft beer in San Diego, I have heard a simple quote summing up our entire craft culture: “Craft beer people are good people.” And I have been lucky enough to see it come to life time and time again.
Whether it is recording a podcast, conducting an interview or simply enjoying a beer in each other’s company, I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and befriending many of these “good people” within this industry. A perfect example is the man you are about to meet. He is not only a strong craft beer advocate, but also a true gentleman and innovator within this industry. Read More
By Hutton Marshall
Talmadge residents convened Feb. 11 for what one community planner described beforehand as “the most significant meeting in a generation on the future of Talmadge.”
The monthly meeting of the Kensington-Talmadge Community Planning Group, held in a packed room in the new Copley-Price Family YMCA, centered on a 60-unit, mixed-use development for low-income seniors near El Cajon Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. Read More
Richard Hunter-Rivera on performance, the body, and being alone
By Rutger Rosenborg
Following Richard through the eclectic maze that leads to his creative workspace at Space4Art feels rather like walking through some cosmic junkyard.
You start on 15th Street in East Village, where a homeless man struggles up a barbed wire fence to escape a vacant lot and find his tent amidst the dozens of others surrounding the block. Leaving the man teetering on the top of the fence, you pass through the art gallery — cement floor, two-by-four ceiling, white walls forming their own maze — and out into your own vacant lot of dried grass. There are cottages to the left and a stage to the right that looks like it sprung into existence from nowhere. Read More
The Spoken Word
Biking is different for me now than it was as a kid. Back in the Texas suburbs during the ’90s, I would ride my little Huffy bike around the wide, empty streets of suburbia without bothering to notice which lane I was in or whose driveway I was racing across. The sun was shining every day, even at night. Helmets were for klutzes and “bike infrastructure” was a foreign, unneeded concept.
[Insert ominous “20 years later” cutaway] Read More