A familiar address reinvented

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Prior to closing the cherished Tractor Room last year, restaurateur Johnny Rivera assured he would hold out for a buyer committed to “enhancing the neighborhood” before selling it.

He made good on his promise with Concept Two Seven Eight, which opened in early January with a concise menu of “new American” cuisine and a cocktail program that puts things like dragon fruit and pink guavas into your glass.

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Who’s conning whom?

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Here’s a fascinating and disconcerting play — “Sex With Strangers” — that explores love, sex, creativity and con-artistry.

Playwright Laura Eason, director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and two of San Diego’s most capable actors — Lisel Gorell-Getz and Connor Sullivan — illuminate the issues for playgoers who attend the San Diego Repertory Theatre production through March 19 in the Lyceum Space. The play originated at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2009.

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Built by Trepte and built to last

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, News, PastMatters, Top Story | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

Trepte Construction Company has a long history in San Diego extending back more than 120 years.

The company built many San Diego landmarks, including the Park Manor Hotel (Inn at the Park) at 525 Spruce St. in 1927, Ryan Aeronautical’s plant building in 1939, Grossmont Hospital in 1960, and San Diego Sports Arena in 1966.

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2017 ushers in a new era of angst in America

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Welcome to a new era of angst. In 2009, it was the rise of the Tea Party that gave Democrats across the country major headaches, particularly when it came to health care and the soon-to-be-introduced Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Republicans made it known that they would have no hand in crafting the legislation, and took every opportunity to deride the Obama administration and the Democrats’ efforts […]

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ESCAPE if you can!

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, Hillcrest, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

An accountant, a college student and two journalists walk into an art gallery. Within moments, the door locks behind them. The group has been given a mission — find and locate an item that has been intricately hidden within its walls. They have 60 minutes to complete the mission and escape.

This isn’t the plot to a suspense film; it’s just another day at Escapism, a puzzle room in Hillcrest.

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Inspired by nature and animals

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Monica Hui Hekman is an artist who successfully “dabbles” in a myriad of mediums. The painter, sculptor, seamstress, computer graphic artist, silver/metal-smith and poet manipulates everything art for the “challenge of learning what I’m good at.”

Touting a coffee-table book titled “Animals on Land: Portraits & Poetry,” Hui Hekman is on a mission to emulate joy through her artistic endeavors.

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Planners advance 2 projects

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor A family compound that will be built on challenging, uneven terrain in Mission Hills has garnered the blessing of the Uptown Planners. The citizen-elected volunteer board also voted to approve the conversion into condominiums of a designated historic residence in the Bankers Hill/Park West neighborhood.

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