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Keeping everyone clean and safe through Comic Con Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor
A loving sendoff
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United States Marine Corps Corporal Kyle Carpenter is congratulated on the mound by pitchers Nick Vincent (left) and Andrew Cashner after throwing out a successful ceremonial first pitch (see inset) June 22. (Photos by Morgan M. Hurley) Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 19. (Courtesy Obama.com)
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A moment of valor
Recent Medal of Honor recipient visits Petco Park Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor
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A Savory twist
At the end of an emotional week after news of the death of Padres legend Tony Gwynn and on the same day that the front office fired General Manager Josh Byrnes, there was still reason to celebrate at Petco Park on Sunday, June 22. Down under the seats of the first base line, shortly before the Padres’ final game of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a United States Marine — small in stature but gigantic in terms of courage — stood nervously as he waited to take the field and throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. That nervousness must have been relative, as just three days prior, Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter was at the White House receiving the nation’s highest military honor from the President of the United States.
The award was for the heroism Carpenter displayed while stationed with his squad, part of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, in Afghanistan in 2010. Carpenter, then a Lance Corporal, didn’t think twice before shielding a fellow Marine from a hand grenade that landed next to them during a firefight. He spent two and a half years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, recovering from his injuries. He lost his right eye, and his right arm and much of his face were reconstructed while there. Upon discharge from Wlater Reed in July of 2013 he was medically retired from the Marines. In May of 2014 it was announced Carpenter would receive the military's most prestigious award. He is the eighth living military member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. A spokesperson for the San Di-
July — time for the second annual San Diego International Fringe Festival (sdfringe.org) an 11-day (July 3 – 13) cornucopia of creativity — 400 performances presented by 80 companies and more than 200 artists in 400 performances in five-plus venues in and around Downtown. Ticket revenues go directly to the performing artists. Admission is only $10 a pop, plus a one-time only charge of $5 for a mandatory Fringe Tag that allows access (along with your ticket) to performances and to Fringe Central, a rooftop-gathering place at Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave. Fringe itself has existed and proliferated worldwide since 1947, when a group of artists
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ego Padres said they have a very close relationship with the Marine Corps, and their Senior Vice President of Public Affairs used to work at the Pentagon. Thus, it was just a matter of time before news that Carpenter was on his way to San Diego to speak at Camp Pendleton after receiving his award hit the front office. “We found out he was coming to San Diego and invited him [to the ballpark] to be honored,” said Shana Wilson, manager of communications and broadcasts for the ball club. “Baseball is a great platform for the community to connect with the military.” Prior to the festivities, Carpenter spent time in the Clubhouse with Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner and warmed up his arm with some ball girls. Sundays are “Military Appreciation Day” and June 22 was set aside to honor the Coast Guard. It seemed fitting to have so many military members lining the field prior to Carpenter’s arrival. Carpenter’s first order of business was to speak to the media, who were assembled behind home
Comic Con is right around the corner and the Clean & Safe Program, the property and business improvement district (PBID) for the Downtown San Diego Partnership, is already preparing for five of the busiest days of the year. As the PBID, the Clean & Safe team does exactly what their name says — they keep the Downtown region clean and safe for the property and business owners within their assessment district. Cortez Hill, Civic Columbia, Marina, Gaslamp Quarter and East Village are all included in the 272 blocks made up of 10,606 parcels. With more than 130,000 people expected to attend the 2014 Comic Con event, Clean & Safe’s staff, especially their Maintenance and Safety Ambassadors, will be working overtime. Those visitors are in addition to the normal flock of visitors to the Gaslamp region on weekends. “We know that Comic-Con puts San Diego on the world stage, and every year we put together a plan that ensures Downtown is at its very best,” said Bahija Hamraz, executive director of Clean & Safe. “Even amid all the costumes and craziness, our team works tirelessly to ensure that Downtown remains clean, safe and open for business.” From the five-day period of Wednesday through Sunday, July 23 through July 27, Clean & Safe will have 18 people on the ground from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in what the organization considers the “core grids” impacted by the annual event: 14th Street to Union Street (east to west), and Broadway to L Street (north to south). These employees do not count the others who will be busy in the
excluded from a festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, banded together and created their own festival “on the fringe” of the big one. Fringe affords an inexpensive, uncensored platform upon which artists may strut their stuff and brave audiences may see what would not Bodhi Tree’s “Seven Deadly Sins” will benefit the San Diego Opera (Courtesy Fringe Festival) be seen elsewhere. The Fringe Festival offers possibilities ranging from puppetry feature yet-to-be discovered artists from as far and mime to theater, avant-garde opera, dance, away as England, Finland, France and Italy. and newly minted plays and musicals. Here are Actor Eddie Yaroch presents the West Coast a few eye-catching opportunities created by individuals and companies known locally. Others see FringeFest, page 9
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HONOR plate. He was asked if he was ready for his pitch. “My right arm was pretty badly damaged, but I threw a few about 10 or 15 minutes ago and it went a lot better than expected,” Carpenter said, smiling widely. “So I’m gonna have fun with it and enjoy the day and enjoy the game and hope for the best.” Carpenter then told the media he played second base all through middle school and high school. He was thrown a lot of questions and shared — in his Southern drawl — that he was now enrolled in the University of South Carolina, but recent events have been a whirlwind for the young Marine. “It’s almost like I keep pinching myself,” he said. “I feel like I’m in a dream. He was then asked about his time with the president and what he was thinking during the ceremony. “[President Obama] said he was very proud of me, and he said one of his greatest pleasures as president is being commander in chief, so that meant a lot,” Carpenter said. “I’m very appreciative, I’m very honored and I’m very humbled by the award but at the same time I accepted it with a heavy heart, just knowing that there are so many that
didn’t make it back and there are so many that are more severely injured than I am,” he said, referring to what was going through his mind at the Medal of Honor ceremony. “Those are the sacrifices, since the beginning of our nation, that have gotten us to where we are today and make this country free but it carries a lot of weight and it represents a lot especially to me,” he said. “I understand what I wear and I’m just trying to make whom I wear it for proud.” After his pitch — which made it all the way to relief pitcher Nick Vincent stood in as catcher behind the plate — Carpenter received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. Vincent and Cashner met him at the mound to congratulate him and then escorted Carpenter to the sidelines with his ceremonial baseball. Carpenter later spent time in the Padres broadcast booth and was then hosted — along with a few of his Marine Corps friends — by Padres co-owner Ron Fowler in the Owner’s Suite for the duration of the game. On the following morning, June 23, he spoke at Camp Pendleton as part of a short media tour that would include speaking engagements at New York City and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For more about Cpl Carpenter or the United States Marines, visit usmc.mil. v
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‘The greatest hitter of his generation’
San Diego loses a beloved son Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor
On Thursday, June 26, the San Diego Padres opened up Petco Park for a free, two-hour public memorial service honoring local legendary baseball icon Tony Gwynn. Gwynn died of complications from salivary gland cancer on June 16 after a long battle with the disease. More than 23,000 people, including family, fans, local civic and community leaders, broadcasters, professional baseball and football stars, and staff and students from San Diego State University, flocked through the gates at 100 Park Blvd. (aka 19 Tony Gwynn Dr.) at 5:30 p.m. to pay tribute to the baseball player and coach that belonged to everyone. Seated in a cordoned-off area next to where his number 19 was emblazoned on the grass in right field, the position Gwynn played for most of his career, were distinguished guests and speakers for the evening. Flowers surrounded the podium where one of Gwynn’s framed jerseys also stood, and each speaker was projected up on the Jumbotron so those seated in the stadium could see and hear clearly. An emotional Ted Leightner, who was in the Padres broadcast booth for all of Gwynn’s 20 years as their player, spoke first and emceed for the evening. Other speakers included Reggie Jackson, Gwynn’s agent John Boggs (“he was so much better than the statistics he accumulated” and “he was the greatest hitter of his generaton”); Mayor Kevin Faulconer (“Tony Gwynn represented the best of San Diego”); Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s Chief Operating Officer; Mark Martinez, SDSU executive head coach; Trevor Hoffman, his teammate for nine seasons; and many, many more. Gwynn’s daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones closed out the evening with poignant remarks about both her father and his fans. “On behalf of all the Gwynn family I would like to take the time to thank each and every one of you for all of the support and all of the love,” Gwynn-Jones said to loud applause that later turned into a standing ovation. “Thank you. You guys are why my dad loved San Diego so much. So thank you, good night, God bless and be safe.” Members and coaches of the current Padres team began wearing Gwynn’s retired number 19 on the left side of their jerseys, over the heart, on June 19 when a short tribute was
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Gwynn’s jersey number 19 was painted in right field where he spent his career and earned five Gold Gloves. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) conducted before the Seattle Mariners game. The patch will remain on their jerseys for the remainder of the season. Gwynn, known as “Mr. Padre,” accumulated 3,141 career hits, had a lifetime batting average of .338, and only struck out on average once every 21 at bats. He also won five Gold Glove awards for his work on the field. Gwynn waived the opportunity for higher salary offers to remain in San Diego with the Padres for his entire career. Since his death, hundreds of fans have visited his bronze statue — built in 2007 in Petco’s “Park at the Park” the year he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame leaving flowers, notes, hats, jerseys, newspaper articles and more. San Diego Padres officials said they cleaned up the site last weekend, but fans continue to visit and leave more items. v
Gwynn’s statue has been visited by thousands of mourning fans since his death on June 16. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)
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make sure we’re all in partnership and we’re all synced in and on the same page and that the area is clean and that it is safe,” he said. outer neighborhoods doing mainOne of the biggest things taining the normal operations and Vivas said they deal with during duties of the PBID. the convention is people affixing The Safety Ambassadors stickers and flyers to surfaces are the security arm of Clean & where they don’t belong. Last Safe and they act as an extenyear they removed sion to the San Diego more than 18,000 Police Department. On flyers and stickers any given day on the from sidewalks, streets of Downtown, walls and other the Safety Ambassurfaces. sadors are the first Despite the responders, the “eyes challenges posed to and ears” if you will, his team, Vivas said and if they can’t handle they all look forward the situation, only then to Comic Con and is SDPD called in. he views the largest During Comic Con, convention of the however, the safety amyear like others bassadors step up their would the playoffs or game and are even more finals in any sport, hyper vigilant, according because the Clean to Alonso Vivas, Clean & & Safe team preps Safe’s assistant director for it all year and it is of operations. their time to shine. In addition to a “To be able to constant flow of requests for directions, wayward Assistant Director of Operations Alonso Vivas (center) is flanked keep up the level of sticker removals, idenby a Maintenance Ambassador and a Security Ambassador from service and the level of cleanness [we do] tifying illegal vendors, his Clean & Safe team. (Courtesy Downtown Partnership) with that amount and traffic control, their of people and that continuous safety patrols amount of trash, I think it’s amazhandle the amount of trash and throughout the Gaslamp Quarter ing,” he said. and in and around the event areas debris expected. “I always tell the crew, ‘most of “We want to make sure that has helped keep incidents to a everybody visiting Downtown has the time when there’s a tornado, minimum during Comic Con year most of the clean up is done after a good experience so that they after year. the tornado is gone,’” Vivas said. will come back, but we also want Their Maintenance Ambas“’We’re cleaning up the tornado to make sure that we’re providsadors dispose of trash, remove site while the tornado is still ing the same level of service for graffiti, and perform landscaping going. We’re there for the whole all of the residents in Downtown and other maintenance-related thing.’” who are obviously paying into the duties. program,” Vivas said. During an average week For more information about “We do a good job partnering during 2013, Clean & Safe generthe Clean & Safe Program, up with all the agencies within ally removed approximately visit downtownsandiego.org/ the city, so with SDPD and the seven tons of trash; but during cleansafe. v Gaslamp Quarter Association, we Comic Con in 2013, Clean & Safe
employees collected 19.64 tons of trash in just three days. Still weeks away, Clean & Safe team members have already surveyed and secured all trash cans contained in the Gaslamp Quarter, Marina District and East Village to make sure they are all in good working order and can
No ticket to ‘The Con?’ No problem! Alex Owens Downtown News
Comic Con officially begins July 23 and tickets are sold out — as usual. But even if you can’t get inside the Convention Center, there are plenty of unconventional ways to get your Con fix. Even better, many are free. For instance, just walking down Fifth and Sixth avenues towards the Convention Center on the main Con days (Friday and Saturday) can land you all sorts of freebies, from posters to movie passes for special screenings to free food, like chips or ice cream treats. In addition, the whole area behind the Convention Center is a free fun area featuring exhibits by some of the pop culture purveyors in attendance. Details are still being worked out, but last year, Cartoon Network had all sorts of fun displays. Same with the parking lot nearest to Petco Park, which usually features specially equipped vans promoting certain networks or shows. In addition to those events, Seaport Village will host a free showing of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on July 24, at 8 p.m. The Headquarters Shopping Center is hosting a free event for kids on Friday, July 25 at 4 p.m. It’s called Captain Jam’s Funki World Tour, and is a multi-cultural music
The Blind Burro on J Street is going all Sharknado all the time, with a special shark burrito for people on the go. There is also a new drink, the Shark Bite, a margarita-style drink topped with a shark gummy worm. Spike Africa’s at the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue is getting into the Con spirit by hosting a costume contest on Friday night with a $150 first prize. The restaurant will also have a themed menu including Aqua Man fish and chips and cocktails like the Kryptonite Martini (vodka, pepperoncinis and olive brine) and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cup (gin, lime, cucumber and honey syrup). Kitty corner from Spike’s is RA Sushi, who hopes to attract the Walking Dead Comic-Con hordes with items like the Zombie Roll (spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado and sriracha). The Commons Bar on Fourth Avenue is celebrating Comic Con
Attendees of last year’s Heroes Brew Fest pose for pictures (Courtesy Heroes Brew Fest) event centered around a superhero named Captain Jam. Of course, the highlight of the cheapskate’s version of the Con may be the July 26 Zombie Walk, which is open to undead of all ages. Just meat, er, meet at 5 p.m. at Children’s Park (corner of Island and First avenues). Downtown businesses are taking advantage of the extra visitors during the Con in unique ways as well. The House Of Blues has booked performers designed to appeal to pop culture nerds. Marijuana comedian Doug Benson will tape his popular podcast, “Doug Loves Movies,” onstage July 23, while filmmaker Kevin Smith will tape his podcast there while ukulele comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates perform Friday night. The Suicide Girls, an alt-rock burlesque troupe, will perform Saturday night at midnight. Local restaurants and bars are trying to provide fun for attendees as well. Gaslamp Tavern, 868 Fifth Ave., is offering a 10 percent discount on the first drink to anyone wearing a costume during the Con.
with a Captain America special that consists of the house specialty chicken wings, with a special Captain America cocktail, a blend of citrus and sweet tea vodka, grenadine, curacao and topped off with frozen lemonade. The RoofTop600 bar at Andaz San Diego on F Street is hoping Con lovers trek upstairs to try the “Beam Me Up Scotty” cocktail, which mixes coffee liqueur, crème de banana and Bailey’s. The week’s biggest “brewha-ha” takes place on Comic Con Saturday, July 28. The Heroes Brew Fest, where comic book geeks also geek out on local craft beer while dressed in superhero costumes. Now in its second year, the event showcases more than 40 breweries along with food trucks, a costume contest and live music performed on a solar powered stage. For more on this Con craft brew festival, visit heroesbrewfest.com. Things can change, but to keep up on all your non-Con-related information, check out outsidecomiccon.com. —Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v
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FRINGEFEST premiere of his play titled “Nightbird,” which was written in 1988 and produced as part of a student showcase at the University of Minnesota. “I designed the set, featuring three 8-foot wings,” says Yaroch. “It received full production in New York City when I rented a space off Broadway.” Beloved for numerous, wideranging roles at New Village Arts, most recently “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” Yaroch directs “Nightbird,” which stars Kristin Woodburn Wright, Max Macke and Elliot Vimel Sephus and explores his lifelong concern, why battered women stay with their abusers. Part of the proceeds benefit San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Performances of “Nightbird” will be at Spreckels Theatre, Fringe Off Broadway, 923 First Ave., Downtown. Prolific and peripatetic, San Diego actor/playwright Tim West presents two plays in two venues, one, under the auspices of Scripps
Ranch Theatre’s Out on a Limb Festival is “Ray’s Last Case” at Tenth Avenue Arts Center, and the other is “Olivia Bolivia” by the Trouble Dolls Collective at the Spreckels Theatre. West describes “Olivia,” which he is producing himself, as “a light satire with a slightly paranoid bent.” The play features the youngest festival performer, Maxine Sutton, 10, Betty Matthews and Danny Campbell. “Ray’s Last Case” features San Diego actors Charlie Riendeau and Jill Drexler, for whom their roles were written, and concerns the final days of detective novelist Raymond Chandler, who resided in La Jolla. Dancer Erica Buechner, a resident of North Park who teaches at Malashock Dance, presents “The Red Shoes Revamped and Other Works,” a kinetic look at society’s view of women. Bodhi Tree Concerts presents the San Diego premiere of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s 1930s set satire, “Seven Deadly Sins,” a thenavant-garde one-act chamber opera that in Berlin cabaret style explores the lengths to which Anna 1 and Anna 2 go to provide for family in
Beau and Aero are “A Little Bit Off” at Tenth Avenue Arts Center. (Courtesy Fringe Festival)
straitened circumstances. The biting critique of capitalism stars Laura Bueno, Kylie Young and Walter DuMelle, with musical direction by Mark Danisovszky. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds July 13 go to San Diego Opera. Well known author/composer Rayme Sciaroni collaborates with Margee Forman to present a new musical, “The Gym: Love Lost and Found” presented by San Diego’s Breaking Waves Festival, new plays conceived, created and performed by San Diego actors, playwrights and directors. Among the eye-catching productions sprung from San Diego and from elsewhere: • British actor David Bottomley stars in “The Peacock and the Nightingale” set in 1953. Eccentric English poet, (now Dame) Edith Sitwell is in Hollywood working with director George Cukor on a film script about the Tudors. Marilyn Monroe is desperate to play Anne Boleyn. Will they let her? • Well-known San Diego actor Jason Maddy is “advising director” of “Firsts,” a new work still in incubation. Written, composed and directed by two high school students, Annika Patton and Emily Laliotis, it is the story of two sisters, fascinated by the same cello-playing boy, and told through fable and song. One performance only, in the fifth floor Arts Incubator at Spreckels Theatre, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. • Actor Brian Rickel, recently seen in Diversionary’s “Thrill Me,” who calls it “a parade of life, love, loss and the beauty of it all,” portrays 14 inhabitants of Judevine in his adaptation of David Budbill’s play, “Judevine.” Other artists, with impressive,
Funny and slightly naughty Ray Jessel (Courtesy Fringe Festival)
two-minute presentations at a Fringe preview (36 acts!) Monday night: • Los Angeles storyteller Michael Kass in “Ceremony” playing at Tenth Avenue Cabaret Theatre. • Seventy-something lyricist and songwriter Ray Jessel at the keyboard with “Life Sucks and Then You Die” — sexual content, very funny. Wonder what they’ll think at San Diego Central Library. • “Genie and Audrey’s Dream Show” and Beau and Aero in “A Little Bit Off” are two commediainformed “theatrical circus” acts that make serious physical fun with red noses! Both play at Tenth Avenue Arts Center, “Dream Show” in the cabaret space, and Beau and Aero on the Mainstage. • Into dance? Don’t miss “Nu Bee” presented by Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. Tickets can be found at sdfringe.ticketleap.com/nubee. Stop by Fringe Central to pick up a T-shirt, get your Fringe Tag and a program, with content ratings, genres and a Fringe map. Or, for an almost comprehensive list of shows and artists go to sdfringe.org. There you will find dayby-day schedules, artists and show
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‘Impractical Jokers’ star loves San Diego, Comic-Con and the beer one is working, the others might shout asinine directions to him through an earpiece such as “Turn everything the customer says into For a guy who stars on a show a rhyme” or “Stare at the customcalled “Impractical Jokers,” Brian er’s $20 bill for 45 seconds without Quinn has some practical reasons moving.” for arranging a performance with The live show and the his fellow castmates in San Diego “Jokers” gleefully skirt during July: Comic-Con. lines of bad taste, but “We purposely arranged Quinn said one highour performance around light for fans Comic-Con. It’s my tenth is seeing time,” Quinn said recently challenges by phone outside of a New that were York comic book store. too hardcore “Our friend had his bacheven for cable elor party in New Orleans, TV. so we did a show there.” “We wanted Quinn and his three “Imto show Sal askpractical Jokers” castmates ing for directions — Joe Gatto, James Murwhile holding a sex ray, and Sal Vulcano — are toy in his hand,” he performing improv comedy said. “The network at the Civic Theater on July wouldn’t let us shoot 26 under the name “The it, so we act it out on Tenderloins.” stage.” “We don’t own the name The “Jokers” ‘Impractical Jokers,’ but were all born in 1976 it’s the same guys,” he (l to r) Impractical jokers James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, and have been goofing said. “It’s a mix of stand and Joe Gatto (Courtesy The Tenderloins) around together since up, interactive comedy, For instance, one prank might high school. The Tenderloins name sketches and behind-the-scenes dates back to 1999. Quinn said be set at a fast food restaurant videos about the show.” making money while making fun and each guy takes turns workAh yes, the show. of his friends is the best job of all. ing behind the counter. While Now in its third season on
the TruTV network, “Impractical Jokers” has the foursome — all boyhood pals from New York — forcing each other to do hidden camera pranks on unsuspecting people.
“We’re together six days a week,” he said. “I don’t know how it works so well. We have fights, but we genuinely hang out. We’re grateful that we’re doing this. You can’t make comedy if you’re mad.” Quinn said he is surprised by the TV show’s massive audience. “We’re on TV stations all over the world,” he said. “I was in Costa Rica and people told me they watched the show there.” But fame as a joker can be impractical. Some fans think its funny to prank the prankster. “I was eating dinner once and some guy came up and drank my entire beer,” he said. “That was kind of messed up. He didn’t even replace it.” As much as Quinn is excited about performing in San Diego the week of Comic-Con, the show is part of his master plan. “I’m going to be at the Con from Thursday to Monday,” he said. “I might hang out with the guys from the AMC series ‘Comic Book Men,’ but, basically, I’m going to geek out on comics.” Don’t expect him to dress up though. “One year I went as Hunter S. Thompson, but I won’t be doing
that again,” he said. One thing he’d like to do is network with comic industry types. When Quinn isn’t doing comedy on stage or filming his show, he works on writing superhero scripts with the hopes of selling them to comic book companies. With no success whatsoever, he’s quick to point out. “I’ve been trying so hard to break in,” Quinn said. “But there’s been no interest so far. The comic book industry is a lot more closed than you might think.” If the dream of writing superhero scripts doesn’t take flight at Comic-Con, Quinn has another plan. “I love the beer in San Diego,” he said. “I’d like to get wasted and throw up over some frat dude dressed as Wolverine.” The Impractical Jokers will be performing as “The Tenderloins” at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located at 1100 Third Ave., Downtown, on July 26 at 8 p.m. For more information, check out thetenderloins.com. For tickets, visit sandiegotheatres.org. —Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v
Local techie group facilitates the philanthropic spirit of a 10 year old Vince Meehan Downtown News
Ten floors above Columbia Street in the heart of Downtown, a group of techies were busy stuffing backpacks with hand towels, socks, wet wipes, toothpaste and various other items that a homeless person may need. The men and women of The Control Group — a web-development company whose flagship site is Checkmate.com — are nearly ready to hit the streets for their “I Got Your Back” backpack giveaway. These “web-heads” are planning to fan out across Downtown in search of homeless people and provide them with the backpacks they’ve filled with necessities. Chris Hooley is the director of research and marketing at The Control Group, and he is bouncing off the walls in anticipation of the giveaway. His enthusiasm is contagious; soon the entire staff is loading up and charging out the door in search of the needy. “This is all a part of reKindle, a nonprofit founded by my 10-year old daughter Kaylee,” said
Hooley’s daughter Kaylee came up with the project. (Photo by Vince Meehan)
Hooley as he reached down to muss up his daughter’s hair. “She got the idea by watching a YouTube video where some guys in Phoenix went out to help homeless vets on the streets.” Kaylee said she wants her project to “go viral” and catch on in other cities. “I was inspired by the message in Michael Jackson’s ‘Make a change’ video,” said the younger Hooley. “I want this to rekindle compassion in people’s lives and spread the idea of helping one another.” reKindle is one of many after-hours programs that the crew from The Control Group are involved with. Sean Shahrokhi, director of project management, has also come along to support Kaylee and her foundation. He explained The Control Group’s philosophy, which is to get involved in local projects, thus giving back to the community. “Chris Keyback and Joey Rocco are the cofounders of The Control Group, and they have been active in the community from the get-go,” Shahrokhi said. “Now, the entire company volunteers for things like the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter and I Love A Clean San Diego’s beach clean-ups.” Out on the street, the crew has found a pocket of homeless near the Civic Center and begins to distribute the backpacks. Hooley makes it a point to engage the homeless is conversation and ask them if there is anything specific they need. “The first time I did this, I really didn’t know what they needed outside of cold water and food,” Hooley said. “I found out that many of the homeless asked for socks, so we have plenty of them in our backpacks.” Treating the homeless with respect and dignity is important to Hooley, and he proves it by high-fiving thankful recipients and joking with them in his thick Boston accent. After the 110 backpacks were distributed, he felt bad because several people did not receive one. “I bet these people would love a pizza party,” Hooley said with his Irish grin. “That’s what we’re going to do, let’s go get some pizza for these guys!” With that, Hooley told everybody to stay put and get ready for a party. As he was leaving, he patted one man on the back and asked him, “How’s your day going?” The man smiled and said, “You just made it awesome!” To learn more about Kaylee’s charity organization, “reKindle,” visit rekindle.org.v
Chris Hooley of The Control Group gives a homeless man a backpack full of necessities (Photo by Vince Meehan)
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A new ship in the harbor NOAA’s latest research ship has close ties to San Diego Will Bowen Downtown News
There is a new ship in the harbor. Its name is the Reuben Lasker. It’s 208 feet long, 49 feet wide, and painted all white with some black trim. The Lasker supports a crew of 24 plus 15 research scientists, has a range of 12, 000 miles, and can stay at sea for up to 40 days at a time, cruising at speeds of 12-14 knots. The Lasker is the latest survey ship in National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) fleet of 19 vessels. It was built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Wisconsin, on the shores of the Great Lakes, for a cost of $75 million, the funds of which came from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act —
legislation meant to stimulate the economy. In this critical period of climate change, rising oceans, and global warming, The Lasker — named for the late Scripps Institute of Oceanography professor Reuben Lasker (1929–1988) — has the important task of collecting scientific information about the ocean environment and the species in it, so that we can make the best decisions about how to manage our ocean resources and make them last. The Lasker is a state-of-the-art research ship that makes use of sound as a data collection device. Just as we can use sonar to map the bottom contour of the ocean floor, we now also use acoustics to collect information on types and biomass of schools of fish, using their particular “sound signatures.”
NOAA’s research vessel, the Reuben Lasker (Photo by Will Bowen)
It has a specially designed hull and propeller, shock absorbers on its engines, and insulated hatches, giving it a very low sound signature that will not contaminate the acoustic data being collected. The Lasker replaces the David Starr Jordan which NOAA used for 50 years as a research vessel. The Jordan was sold five years ago and during the interim, NOAA has been without a survey vessel of its own. Before the Jordan, NOAA used a converted sailing schooner, The Black Douglas, to conduct its ocean going research. Lt. Claire Surrey-Marsden is the Operations Officer of the vessel and third in command. She was educated at Florida Tech where she earned a bachelor’s in marine biology and is one of very few female ocean-going officers with NOAA. After working for a time with the Fish and Wildlife Service, she joined the NOAA uniformed service, which along with the U.S. Department of Public Health, are the only two unarmed unformed services in the land. Surrey-Marsden is currently helping gear the Lasker up for its first project, which will be an acoustic and observational survey of whales, dolphins, and marine mammals — such as sea lions — all along the West Coast from California to Washington State. “Whales, dolphins, and marine mammals are an important asset to tourism,” says Surrey-Marsden, “NOAA is charged with the task of
San Diego Downtown News | July 2014 being a steward to the oceans so that we must keep tabs on these and all other species.” Roger Hewitt, Ph.D is the assistant director of the NOAA Science Center in La Jolla. He has worked for NOAA for 45 years, the first 20 as a uniformed officer on NOAA research ships, and he helped design much of the scientific instrumentation on the Lasker. “The Lasker works closely with our ground-based lab in La Jolla,” Hewitt said. “It is our eyes and ears on the water.” Hewitt was educated at Santa Clara University where he earned a degree in civil engineering. He first went to work for NOAA making maps but decided he needed to know more about marine biology so he enrolled at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) in the 1970s, where he earned his doctorate as a student of Reuben Lasker. “It’s not easy to have a ship named after you,” Hewitt said. “Reuben Lasker meant a lot to Scripps and fisheries science in general. He inspired a whole generation of students and was very generous with his time and his ideas. He was the father of the science of studying the factors that lead juvenile marine species to become adults — referred to as ‘recruitment to adulthood.’” Recognizing that if people get too passionate about something a bias can form, Hewitt said it’s impor tant to remain neutral.
“A scientist should strive to collect as much information as he can as fast as he can. And then he can say — ‘This is what the science is telling us.’” Hewitt said we need to have a greater understanding of the role man’s activities have in the impact of long-term environmental fluctuations on the species of the ocean. “You know we have had a ‘Green Revolution’ on the land. Perhaps it is time for a ‘Blue Revolution,’ where we recognize how important the oceans are in feeding the planet.” If you would like to view the Lasker, a good vantage point can be had from walking out on the public pier connected to Cesar Chavez Park, which is just north of the Coronado Bay Bridge. Additional information, including the ability to track the Lasker’s precise location can be found on the NOAA.gov website.v
Roger Hewitt trained under Reuben Lasker at Scripps (Photo by Will Bowen)
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More talk about the primary The American Federation of Teachers did sponsor at least one mailing in support of Props B & C [See “Opinion: Primary election fallout,” Vol. 15, Issue 6]. Community activists, writers and artists DID call the Chamber and their allies out for their lies. Our voices were ignored by the mass media. —Doug Porter via sandiegodowntownnews.com Thank you Doug — I’m an AFT member, so my dues help support these efforts. Educators understand what’s at stake for these communities: sick kids can’t learn as well, polluted neighborhoods are no place to build a strong future. But the message was overwhelmed by chamber et al. Money is speech … with a bullhorn. —Lori Saldana via sandiegodowntownnews.com v
Saving the Cleveland National Forest By Anne MacMillan Eichman Last Wednesday, June 25th, a large group of Activists, Conser vationists, and Environmentalists spoke before the San Diego County Board of Super visors. We were all united in a single cause: To urge the County Super visors to save the Cleveland National Forest by re-adopting the protections that were implemented over 20 years ago by the Forest Conser vation Initiative. Back in 1992, the people of San Diego voted over whelmingly to pass the Forest Conser vation Initiative (FCI) that would protect the Cleveland National Forest and preser ve its grandeur as President Theodore Roosevelt intended. Since the FCI was adopted, the San Diego region has experienced the impacts
of devastating wildfires, and we are only now beginning to understand the impacts of climate change to our local water supply and fire conditions. If the forest is not protected by a readoption of the protections as they were implemented by the FCI, San Diego's growing population will sprawl into newly developed lands within the forest boundary. Furthermore, the increased fire damage, diminishing water supply and impacts to habitat will endanger human life and wildlife. We could anticipate a 34 percent jump in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from Alpine alone. Moreover, we would see development on both sides of the Interstate 8 all the way to East Willows Road, up to 10 – 20 dwellings per acre of commercial on the north side and many more homes of the south side.
At a meeting of the five County Supervisors this past Wednesday, June 25, only one Super visor, Dave Roberts, voted to continue protecting the Cleveland National forest. Let your voice be heard by taking a few minutes to e-mail the County Super visors and share your input. Here are their email addresses: • firstname.lastname@example.org • email@example.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • email@example.com • firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to share this information with your friends and family. —Anne MacMillan Eichman is president of the Little Italy Residents Association, a board member of the Downtown Residents Group, a member of the Little Italy Community Advisory Board and a freelance writer. v
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Long summer days mean more time playing outside for San Diego children. Waste Management of San Diego is encouraging parents to talk with their kids about being safe while playing outside and to watch for the company's waste and recycling trucks from a safe distance. “Summer is a great time to be a kid in San Diego and with many children spending more time outside, ensuring their safety is a top priority for drivers like me,” said Carlos Perez driver of Waste Management of San Diego. “Children can be especially curious about our trucks and are always tempted to take a closer look when the trucks are stopped. But, the trucks have many moving parts that could begin moving again at any moment so we encourage everyone to watch from a distance.” The drivers at Waste Man-
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DowntownBriefs DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS CAN GET HEALTHY WITH SCRIPPS Joining forces with Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), Scripps Health will launch “Healthy Living in the City,” an initiative aimed to help people stay healthy while living in and exploring the urban spaces of Downtown. “‘Healthy Living in the City’ will enrich the Downtown experience and help Downtown workers, residents and visitors see that wellness is around every corner,” stated Kris Michell, president and CEO of DSDP in a press release. Starting on July 10 and lasting for an entire year, Scripps will host free health-conscious cooking classes, lunchtime strolls and yoga open to the public. “Scripps has a well-known commitment to wellness and health, so they are the perfect organization to partner with on this initiative,” Michell said in the release. All events will be held in iconic Downtown locations like the USS Midway Museum, Horton Plaza and Gaslamp Quarter. For a full calendar of events and locations visit downtownsandiego.org/healthyscripps. NIGHTTIME ZOO RETURNS, DINE WITH TIGERS AT SAFARI PARK Zoo-goers and tiger lovers can now enjoy breakfast with the largest of cat species during a new dining experience offered by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Every Saturday until Aug.1, attendees can get an up close view of the Park’s six Sumatran tigers and learn about their daily activities from a tiger keeper, all while eating a traditional hot American breakfast from 8 – 9 a.m. After the breakfast, participants are welcome to explore Tiger Trail and the rest of the Safari Park before it opens to the public. Tickets are $45 and park admission is sold separately. Breakfast with Tigers will be held on Saturdays through Aug. 16. As of July 1, the San Diego Zoo’s annual Nighttime Zoo kicked off, bringing the Australian Outback into focus with a theme of “Koalafornia.” The park’s hours will be extended to 9 p.m. through Sept. 1, offering an alternative environment in which to see the exhibits, new shows such as “Australiana II, Return to the Outback,” “Dr. Zoolittle Explores Australia,” “Kangaroo Crossing,” a trampoline act, and a parade along Front Street called “The Walkabout.” In addition, the new mountain lion habitat will launch just in time for this summertime event. For more information on Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo visit sdzsafaripark.com or sandiegozoo.org/nighttimezoo. SANDAG OFFERS TELEWORK PROGRAMS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has launched a joint initiative with TeleworkSD to offer free consultative services to employers in the region who are interested in implementing telework programs into their business. 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Starting on Monday, July 14, participants will be challenged to walk 30 miles in 30 days at one of the city's 340 parks. Swimmers have also been challenged to complete 20 miles in a City pool. “We hope [the program] encourages our residents to get out and visit our park sites and take advantage of the unique opportunities our parks provide,” City Park and Recreation Director Herman Parker stated in a press release. “Let’s get fit San Diego!” City staff will lead walks and track participant progress, as well as reward finishers with complimentary t-shirts. Those interested can sign up for the program between July 14 and August 1 at any City recreation center. For more information or to find a park near you, visit sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation and click on the Recreation Centers and Pools or My Park button. OVER THE LINE RETURNS FOR 61ST YEAR Though a lawsuit almost caused cancellation of the longstanding tradition last year, the City approved the permit for the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC)’s Over The Line (OTL) permit for 2014. The event, which takes place at Fiesta Island and has every year for six decades, will be held July 12 – 13 and July 19 – 20. Last year’s lawsuit caused OMBAC to consider modified restrictions on the sale of alcohol, but the permit submitted and approved was based on their traditional operations. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and various other City representatives announced the permit approval on Wednesday. “For the past six decades, Over The Line has become part of the fabric of San Diego,” Faulconer said. “This announcement means thousands of San Diegans and visitors from across the world will be playing Over The Line on the sands of Fiesta Island just like they have since 1954.” Goldsmith echoed the mayor’s sentiments and addressed the legal issues. “There was no legal basis for last year’s lawsuit seeking to cancel OTL and we are prepared to defend the City’s permission for the event, again, if necessary,” he said. San Diego Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman said the police department has had a “long standing, collaborative and successful” relationship with the organization. “We appreciate everything OMBAC has done to ensure the Over The Line tournament is enjoyable and safe for all,” she said. For more information visit ombac.org/over-the-line. FUNDS INCREASED FOR YOUNG VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING Starting July 1, children who have been victims of sexual trafficking now have more access to welfare services like housing, healthcare and mental health services under a provision of the 2014 – 2015 state budget. “Too often, these children do not get the help they need,” stated House Speaker Toni Atkins (DSan Diego) in a press release. “We have a responsibility to help these children overcome their traumatic experiences and move forward with their lives.” San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles remain the three major hubs where the sexual exploitation of children occurs at alarming rates and serve as gateways to other regions of the United States. The additional funding, which issues $5 million to welfare agencies in the first year and $14 million more in future years, will provide children with much needed treatment and services. v
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The Voice Tour hits San Diego McKenna Aiello Downtown News
NBC’s breakout singing competition “The Voice” is hitting the road this summer for a 31-stop tour across the U.S. This season’s finalists as well as past contestants will come together to perform in San Diego on July 27 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. San Diego Downtown News spoke with season six finalist Christina Grimmie about life on the road and her musical journey thus far. The 20-year-old pop powerhouse and pianist entered the competition with clear advantages — an already established fan base and experience performing for a live audience caught the judge’s attention early on. After singing covers on YouTube for five years, an endeavor that has since garnered her more than 2.7 million subscribers, and catching the eye of pop artist Selena Gomez, who she opened for during two international tours in 2011 and 2013, Grimmie says she knows these experiences gave her an edge going into the competition. “I don’t think I would have been able to handle ‘The Voice’ if I hadn’t gone through what I went through when I went on tour with Selena [Gomez],” Grimmie said. “I feel like that really guided and helped me so much.” Grimmie acknowledged that although she may have had an upper hand in comparison to
other contestants, she said she never took advantage of her fame to get ahead of the competition. “What I never wanted to do on ‘The Voice’ was utilize YouTube because I didn’t want it to seem unfair,” Grimmie said. “I never went to YouTube to talk with fans or gain fans; I mostly used Facebook and Twitter like ever ybody else.” But regardless of her previous success in the music industr y, it was Grimmie’s version of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” that secured her spot as a fan favorite and landed her on judge Adam Levine’s team; it is also the only performance of the tour she would reveal. “Well I don’t want to give a whole lot of it away,” Grimmie said. “I will say that I’m singing ‘Wrecking Ball’ so that’s going to be fun, but I’m also singing a duet with someone else … I don’t want to say who it is, but it’s really beautiful.” Although the New Jersey-native would not give up too many secrets of the concert, currently making its way through New York and Connecticut, Grimmie could sum up the whole show in two words: “a party.” “The whole thing is super fun, you can expect some big surprise moments and some tear jerking moments,” she said. “We’ve kind of got the whole thing.” And having the “whole thing” is exactly what boosted Grimmie to the finale where she
finished third behind winner Josh Kaufman and countr y artist Jake Worthington, both of whom are also featured on “The Voice” tour. When asked if she has shared any tips for getting through life on the road with fellow tour mates, Grimmie said the adjustment has been a group effort. “We’ve had some people who also have experience touring, but other than that, the bus is kind of new to everyone,” she said. “To be honest, there’s just no real privacy, which is the main issue. There’s a lounge in the back if you want to read or listen to music or talk. In the front, it’s more of a party.” Grimmie also wasn’t shy to share advice for aspiring singers who have chosen what she calls the “new way to go” when breaking into a music career via YouTube. “No one likes to hear the same song sung the same way ... I would say to just change things up. If you think you can arrange songs and music then by all means do it,” said Grimmie, who herself was often praised for singing complex arrangements of popular songs on “The Voice.” Looking towards the future, Grimmie said she will continue to work on her album while on the road and hopes to release a single within the next few months. Joining season six’s finalists on tour are “Voice” alumni Kristen Merlin, Tessanne Chin,
Christina Grimmie of “The Voice Tour” will visit San Diego July 27. (Courtesy NBC The Voice)
Will Champlin, Jacquie Lee and Dia Frampton. “The Voice Tour” will make its way to the San Diego on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located at 1100
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Making up for a deficiency of grocery stores in the Downtown area, some local eateries are stepping up to the plate to provide gourmet, well-balanced carryout meals to Downtown residents and the commuters who spend time there. So, skip the greasy fast food and stop by these neighborhood cafes to pick up a home-cooked meal for the whole family. Waters Fine Foods & Catering Over 2,000 people receive the Waters Fine Foods & Catering daily email newsletter announcing each day’s specials, which many subscribers use to plan their meals. Waters has three San Diego locations: Bay Park, Solana Beach and Downtown near the Santa Fe Train Depot. A popular Downtown lunch spot, Waters offers sandwiches, paninis, salads,
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Take out options line the shelves at Waters (Courtesy Waters Fine Foods & Catering) wraps, burgers, soup, pizzas, quiches, entree specials and sides. Their boxed meals and pre-prepared selections make for quick takeout options. The Marina District location recently extended its operating hours to carr yover into dinnertime, and added a weekday happy hour that includes beer and wine. “People don’t want to go out to dinner every single night,” said owner Mary Kay Waters, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, L’Academie de Cuisine and also holds a degree in nutrition. “Here they can mix-andmatch and put together their own dinner. It’s fun and easy, and great if you’re having people over,” she said. With many customers coming in daily, the cafes have several daily specials to enhance the standard menu. When planning menu specials, the Waters team first considers the weather forecast to gauge what customers will be in the mood to eat. Next they look at a list of available ingredients from farms and food purveyors to come up with fresh meal ideas. Sensitive to dietary restrictions and preferences, Waters offers several vegan, glutenfree and nondairy options. Customer menu requests are welcomed. “I never want to serve food to customers that I wouldn’t feed to my children and my family,” Waters said.
Museum of Art. “When the spaces became available at Symphony Towers it was music to my ears,” said Giuseppe Ciuffa, Sonata Bistro’s owner. “I started my culinary career Downtown, so it was the perfect place for me to go next.” People working in Symphony Towers and the surrounding buildings don’t have to leave their office to enjoy lunch at Sonata. Providing delivery within a two-block radius for orders over $30, Sonata offers soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, street tacos, entree bowls and rotisserie chicken combos. For those feeding a family, whole rotisserie chickens are available to go, and can be made into a complete meal with beans, rice or quinoa, vegetables, tortillas and house sauces. When developing the menu for Sonata, Ciuffa focused on the people who work Downtown, knowing that many get bored eating the same food every day. His goal was to offer a lot of options and let the ingredients shine in simple, flavorful dishes, while sticking to his Italian heritage by giving the menu an international flare. “I love to locate my restaurants within centers of entertainment and culture,” Ciuffa said. “As an avid art and music lover, I believe that every dining experience should be a cultural one.” Sonata also serves breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Its sister cafe, High Note, is a coffee shop located on the 12th floor. Sonata is located on the first floor of the office tower at 750 B St.
For more information and to view the menu, visit sonatabistro.com. Bottega Americano Coming soon to the East Village, Bottega Americano is set to open inside the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in early August. An Italian-inspired restaurant and marketplace, Bottega will have interactive food bars for in-house dining, and sell specialty items and prepared foods for those on the go. “Bottega Americano was inspired by Eataly and The Plaza Food Hall in New York,” said partner Greg Van de Velde. “We wanted to bring that same concept to San Diego — a place where diners could interact with chefs and be part of the cooking process.” Van de Velde has a background in fine dining, most recently at Bertrand at Mister A’s, and hopes to bring that same caliber of service to Bottega but in a more casual atmosphere. Bottega is a partnership between Van de Velde and three other principals — Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering; David Warner, formerly the chef at JRDN; and local investor Chad Ruyle. “We’ll have five open kitchens so people can sit at different culinary bars and watch their food being made,” Van de Velde said. “I also think the grab-and-go option will be popular with the young demographic in that area.” Restaurant of ferings will include pizza, pasta, seafood, meats, cheeses, salads, spreads and desser ts. Bottega is in the process of working out a student meal plan arrangement with the adjacent law school to expand students’ dining options. Bottega is located at 1195 Island Ave. For grand opening announcements, visit bottegaamericano.com. —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at email@example.com. v
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rolling cheese cart, a pianist and fresh roses on every table are among the highfrill elements that kick off a champagne brunch unlike no other in San Diego. Add to the picture a heavy classic interior design that feels part Versailles and part something else and you’ve landed squarely inside The Westgate Hotel. For nearly four decades, the Sunday brunch at Westgate has lavished guests with a cornucopia of dishes that currently total about 100. From caviar and crab claws to leg of lamb and made-to-order crepes, the smorgasbord spans multiple stations throughout the roomy secondfloor lobby of the hotel’s uber-pastel Le Fontainebleau dining room. Wait service is minimal. After you’re seated, an attendant brings around bottomless champagne, bloody Marys, mimosas, margaritas and coffee. Artisan cheese follows, wheeled over on a vintage liquor cart stocked with smoky, aged Gouda and rich Gorgonzola. From there, you wander over to a meticulously arranged food spread that looks like something from the concluding scene of Babette’s Feast. Odds are that a buffet this large, regardless of its panache, will harbor a few imperfect dishes. We found that some of the seafood constructs sitting in ramekins became victims of the heat lamps, such as wahoo over saffron risotto and Pacific rockfish with leeks. Fine concepts, but parched by the time we got to them. From the iced shellshell fish table, marked by a dramatic bouquet, the peeled mediumsized shrimp were irresistibly sweet and tender. Alaskan crab claws took some work with the shell crackers for extracting the meat, which turned
ing had we not fallen into temptation with up wet and icy at so many other dishes. times because In addition to a chocolate fountain the claws weren’t rising above a display of marshmallows, fully thawed. But strawberries and biscotti, a separate desthey were luxurious sert table features a crepe station flanked anyhow. by lemon meringue tarts, orange crème Oysters from Mexico brulee, chocolate mousse pyramids and tasted freshly shucked more. All of the confectionary bases are and appeared also in shootshoot covered with flair. ers. The manila clams, however, So are the overall finer details that showed little signs of recent life. you don’t normally find at big buffets. The table was stocked also with Here, the lemons for decent sushi rolls, seafood are halved fresh sashimi and and wrapped in mesh black caviar accomnets; mint jelly is set panied by mini panout for the lamb; precakes and various 1055 Second Ave. (Downtown) cious jus accompanies garnishments like 619-557-3655 some of the roasts; sour cream, chives Sunday brunch: $45 for adults; and wasabi and fresh and chopped eggs. $25 for children ages 4 through 12; ginger parked alongIf you gorge only free for tots side the sushi are mildly on these contained in decoraoceanic items, the tive Asian boxes. $45 adult admission is easily fulfilled. More appealing is that Salads of every kind winked from the food stations are another table. The greens were crisp and kept clean fresh and the fixings aplenty. We were esand spaced pecially fond of the chilled “summer corn genersalad” speckled with cotija cheese and cilantro. The corn was perfectly par-cooked ously apart and tasted as though it had been cut from so that the cob moments before we dug in. you never Steamed pork dumplings were an feel as though unusual fit to the table, but remarkably you’re caught delicious with their substantial cores of up in an unruly mildly seasoned meat. stampede. Such high Skipping over the omelet station enformality is so rare tirely, we eventually made our way to the these days, but it certainly carving station, where prime rib, Colohas its perks. rado leg of lamb, pork roast and salmon Wellington stood lusciously before a row —Frank Sabatini Jr can be of chaffing pans harboring various side reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. v dishes. Every one of the meats was moist, flavorful and gristle-free, including the end piece of pork I requested because of its crispy, seasoned crust. The salmon was rich and flakey, although their pastry casings were soggy and deflated. Wellington recipes typically fail in that respect unless they’re served immediately from the oven. For a buffet, I’d vote for the fish to be served without the fancy attire. Further down the trod were cheesy (but non-gooey) au gratin potatoes, steamed veggies, tasty pork sliders and grilled beef ribs with chimichurri sauce. There were also oysters Rockefeller that appeared withered. Nearby was an (clockwise from top) Alaskan crab claws; lemon soufflé unexpected heaping of lo mein with tarts (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) and the Sunday brunch chicken breast that looked promis- room (Courtesy The Westgate Hotel)
Follow your nose on July 16 to the rooftop LOUNGEsix at Hotel Solamar for its third annual Sausage Fest, which brings together 10 chefs from local restaurants battling for the honors of making the best sausage in town. The $10 admission allows visitors to taste what’s cooking and then vote on their favorite recipes. Participants include chef teams from Jsix, Cowboy Star, Carnitas Snack Shack, and Salt & Cleaver. In addition to the cookoff, Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos will release its straw-gold lager called “The Road to Helles.” The event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 616 J St., 619-531-8744.
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A smoky sausage competition is planned at LOUNGEsix. w(Courtesy The Nth Element)
Local Chef Chad White is preparing for a mid to late July launch of Comun Kitchen & Tavern in the East Village. The “Baja-inspired gastro bar” will feature an exhibition kitchen, a 10-seat chef’s table and a glass enclosed produce pantry. Rounding out a menu of dishes such as fire-roasted lamb and open-faced tortas are tequilas, mescals and craft beer dispensed from self-serve taps. 935945 J St., comunsd.com. Promoters of the upcoming AD Nightclub are describing it as an “intimate adult playground” replete with custom booths for bottle service as well as “design surprises throughout.” The 300-capacity venue, due to open in midJuly, comes rigged with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and will also operate a kitchen for “sophisticated bites.” AD moves into the space formerly occupied by Red Circle. It is spearheaded by entrepreneurs Bayless Cobb and Chris Martin of Bar West and Stingaree. 420 E St., adnightclub.com.
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FRIDAY – JULY 4 San Diego County Fair: Fourth of July Celebration will feature the Hometown Heroes parade, patriotic contests, pro wrestling, World Memorial 9/11 Exhibit's special guest speakers, other great entertainment and, of course, spectacular fireworks.10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit sdfair.com. Concert Series: Coronado Big Band, 1 – 3 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE San Diego Big Bay Boom: The largest fireworks show on the West Coast starts at 9 p.m. with musical simulcast on WALRUS 105.7 FM. The fireworks are displayed from four barges with the best viewing from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero, and Coronado Ferry Landing. For more info: bigbayboom.com SATURDAY – JULY 5 San Diego Padres giveaway: Padres battle the San Francisco Giants at 4:15 p.m., and get a Padres Beach Bag from National University. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at padres.com. "Rockin' the Boat: Women's Liberation Movement of the 60s and 70s Public Opening Reception. Open to public. 5 – 8 p.m. Women's Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Liberty Station. For more info visit womensmuseumca.org. “Where’s Waldo: An East Village Scavenger Hunt”: The family-friendly scavenger hunt features the famous children’s book character throughout East Village and Downtown. The Central Library will host a kick-off party 10 – 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress as Waldo for a costume parade, and a fun Waldo-themed craft event in the Children’s Library. Library Shop at San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. For more info visit supportmylibrary.org/library-shop. SUNDAY – JULY 6 San Diego Padres Sunday Funday: Come watch our Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 p.m., and participate in Jr. Padres signings, Kids Fest and Marine Salute. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will play a Post-Game Concert. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at padres.com. San Diego County Fair: Closing Day festivities include a concert by Ezequiel Peña. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. sdfair.com. MONDAY – JULY 7 Movie Monday: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is this week’s screening at 7p.m in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-2334355 or visit crocesparkwest.com – FREE with food or drink purchase. TUESDAY – JULY 8 PBID Advisory Board: Every second Tuesday the Downtown Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Advisory Board
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WEDNESDAY – JULY 9 Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Ex-Patriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. Comedy – Breakout Artist Series: With appearances on TOSH.0, The Late Late show, The Smoking Gun Presents, Conan and his own half hour special on Comedy Central Jay Larson has come a long way since he moved to Los Angeles in 2000. 8 p.m. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $20, americancomedyco.com. THURSDAY – JULY 10 East Village Association Board Meeting: Monthly board meeting for the East Village Association. All meetings are open to the public. 5 p.m. Room 219, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave. For more info visit eastvillagesandiego.com. FRIDAY – JULY 11 Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and wino's for a walking tour sampling some of downtown's finest restaurants. 21+. 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $45. Visit bitesandiego.com/index.php. SATURDAY – JULY 12 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: Geocaching Challege — Get ready for a treasure hunt! Learn the basic skills of GPS and navigation. Put your skills to the test by tracking down hidden treasure planted in Balboa Park! Grades 5 – 8, 12 – 2 p.m. Members $12, non-members $14. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit rhfleet.org or preregister 619-238-1233 x806. SUNDAY – JULY 13 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook.com/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. Fringe Festival: The second annual San Diego Fringe Festival ends today, with five stages, 70 companies, 200 artists and nearly 350 performances through July 13. Venues are the Tenth Ave Arts Center, Spreckels Theatre, and Lyceum Theatre. For more info and tickets,
MONDAY – JULY 14 Movie Monday: “Amelie” is this week’s screening at 7 p.m in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com – FREE with food or drink purchase. TUESDAY – JULY 15 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – “Cheers.” 6 – 9 p.m. and 21+ up. Cost $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. You may bring your own wine for a $15 corkage fee. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit paintingandvino.com. WEDNESDAY – JULY 16 Library eReader Clinic: Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer. 5 p.m. San Diego Central Library, Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. For more info visit: sandiegolibrary.org Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE Open Mic Poetry: Alchemy Poetry Series. Featured guest poets Perie Longo and Chryss Jost. Participate in discussion and share your own poetry. Each meeting features an open mic segment. Third Wednesday of the month. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-333-0141 – FREE THURSDAY – JULY 17 Into The Woods: Opening night for “one of the greatest musicals of all time” returning to The Old Globe almost three decades after its world premiere there. 8 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623. Live Music — Pride PreParty featuring special guests: Lady HaHa (Lady Gaga tribute), Kenny Metcalf as Elton John, Murmur (R.E.M. tribute), and more. 21+. Doors at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101. Tickets start at $21. For more info visit: houseofblues.com/sandiego/ FRIDAY – JULY 18 San Diego Pride: Pride kicks off today and runs through Sunday July 20 with festivities including a music festival, block party, parade, and rally. For more info visit: www. sandiegopride.org Live Music – Curtis Taylor Quartet: Enjoy a relaxing Friday with Curtis and company starting at 7 p.m. in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. SATURDAY – JULY 19 San Diego Padres giveaway: Come watch our Padres battle the
New York Met at 5:40 p.m., and get a Camo Replica Cashner Jersey. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at padres.com Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE
SUNDAY – JULY 20 San Diego Padres Sunday Funday: Come watch our Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 p.m., and participate in Jr. Padres signings, Kids Fest and Salute to Veterans presented by Bank of America. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at padres.com. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Beer Camp Across America: More than 170 craft beers from 86 breweries from SoCal, Nevada, Arizona & Texas will be served at the event. Patrons can purchase food from 10 area food carts. The March Fourth Marching Band will play a live set from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd. Visit beercamp. sierranevada.com. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – “Uncorked.” 1 – 4 p.m. and 21+ up. Cost $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. You may bring your own wine for a $15 corkage fee. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit paintingandvino.com. MONDAY – JULY 21 Movie Monday: “The Big Lebowski” is this week’s screening at 7 p.m in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com – FREE with food or drink purchase. Live Music – Moonlight Music's benefit for Paul Kimmbaro: Rock benefit show featuring AJ Croce, the Billy Thompson Band, Ruby and the Red Hots, Talk of the Town, KM 2 and Russell Pompeo. 21+. Doors 7p.m. Tickets start at $12. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Visit bellyup.com. TUESDAY – JULY 22 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – JULY 23 WOSD Free Film Night: “FLOW – For Love of Water” is a documentary about water-related disasters, each a product of human abuse. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Women's Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. For more info visit womensmuseumca.org. Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com.
THURSDAY – JULY 24 Comic-Con International Opens: Running through July 27. This marks the 45th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention. More info at: comiccon.org/cci Ga3erCon Opens: The premier gaming convention in San Diego brings gamers and pop culture fans together to celebrate all things gaming and runs through July 27. It features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theatre, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. More info at: gam3rcon.com. Comedy – Jay & Silent Bob Eat Comic Con: Make your plans to join Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes for a live podcast “Jay & Silent Bob Get Old” celebrating the release of their new book, “Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $20, americancomedyco.com. FRIDAY – JULY 25 Live Music – Teagan Taylor Trio: Enjoy a relaxing Friday with Tegan and company starting at 7 p.m. in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. Book Signing and Costume Contest: Local author Jim Musgrave presents his book Steam City Pirates and a contest for best Steampunk costume will be held. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-333-0141 – FREE SATURDAY – JULY 26 The 2014 Globe Gala: The black-tie event is the premiere fundraising event in support of the theatre’s education and artistic programs. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For tickets contact Eileen Prisby, Events Manager, at 619-231-1941 x2303 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org. Space4Art: Stay Strange presents Seal of Disapproval: Deviancy & Delinquency. This special art event will explore the possibilities that superheros are not all that perfect and display unusual idiosyncrasies in their normally flawless character. $5. 7 p.m. Space 4 Art, 325 15th St., East Village. For more info, visit sdspace4art.org. SUNDAY – JULY 27 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook.com/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. Live Music – Irving Flores: Enjoy a weekend jazz bunch with Irving from Noon – 3 p.m. in the ExPatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com – $5 cover. MONDAY – JULY 28 Movie Monday: “The Simpsons Movie” is this week’s screening at
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Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald A musical beat establishes tempo, meter, rhythm and a groove. It generates the complexities of diverse expression through song and dance. Worldwide, interpretation might be determined by the beat of a drum. Such sounds are a common occurrence in a colorfully draped building known as WorldBeat Cultural Center, located at 2100 Park Blvd just south of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. WorldBeat and neighboring Centro Cultural de la Raza, both members of the Park’s museum family, are housed in old water storage tanks once used by the Naval Hospital during World War II. Makeda “Dread” Cheatom, executive director and founder of WorldBeat, befits her role, costumed in an African style dress and hat, depicting her Ghana heritage. “I have produced programs and presented artists from wide genres — African, Latin Jazz, Cuban, Afro-Beats and Reggae,” she said. “All are currently represented within the Center.” A Worldbeat Center fixture for 19 years, Cheatom is determined to raise world consciousness through
music, dance, and the arts to promote unity within diversity while advocating world peace. Her efforts to create unity among all races stem from her youth when she was denied entry into her playmates homes because she was black. Her credentials: a cultural anthropology major and ethnomusicologist who has traveled worldwide to research ethnic music. She has received numerous awards for her service to the community and even carries her message beyond the center as a radio personality. “I’m the only African-American female on commercial radio in San Diego,” she said with pride. “I’ve been on the air for over 25 years.” She also produces a television show called WorldBeat Live, which is broadcast on community networks. She picked up the nickname Dread because of her dreadlock hair style. “July is a very important month because we’ll celebrate the birthday of (Ethiopian leader) Haile Selassie on the 23rd,” she said. How is the center subsidized? “I work 24 hours,” was her reply. “Fundraising through our concerts, selling food, among other things. We can hold about 600 people in here. We’ll have a great summer program, everything ... with the beat of a big drum.” The center is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info visit worldbeatcenter.org. Meanwhile next door, Centro Cultural de la Raza at 2004 Park Blvd., provides classes and presentations on drama, music, dance, arts and crafts, many of which have origins in Mexico and "Aztlán," a term used by Chicanos to indicate the American Southwest. Programs include Azteca dance, Teatro Chicano, film screenings, exhibits, musical performances, installation art and receptions.
The Centro's resident Ballet Folklorico company also operates a dance academy. It is one of the largest Chicano cultural arts buildings in the Southwest, and is identifiable by a number of murals painted near the building's main entrance. For more info, visit centroculturaldelaraza.com. Elsewhere in the Park — The San Diego Museum of Art is exhibiting “Sorolla and America” through Aug. 26. It is the first retrospective on Spanish postimpressionist Joaquín Sorolla to focus on his impact in the United States. The exhibition features nearly 150 of his works, including more than 40 never-before-displayed. He was internationally acknowledged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as one of the foremost Spanish painters ... Through Sept. 26, the San Diego Auto Museum will display 12 orphaned cars from automobile companies that went out of business. Some of the cars include a 1905 Tourist, 1910 Maxwell, 1932 Auburn, 1960 Rambler and 1958 Packard/ Studebaker ... The Museum of Man’s Border Crossing, a production in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse, has been scheduled for summer 2015. The site-specific theatre program will immerse people in the experience of crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. It will offer a vivid first-person experience, cutting through polarized political debates. Actors will play a range of characters, including coyotes, migrants, Border Patrol agents, landowners and prospective employers ... The kids, pre-K through eighth grade, are taking part in the Fleet Center’s summer camps, keeping scientific exploration fun through full-day camps until Aug. 22.
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BLOTTER In honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 20, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge in Coronado is rolling out flights of boozy ice creams each infused with a shot’s worth of cherry liqueur, Grand Marnier and Pedro Ximenez Sherry from Spain. The adult flights, priced at $10 each, will be available from July 10 through early August. At neighboring MooTime Creamery, owned also by Blue Bridge Hospitality, kids and adults alike can cool down with more than 30 flavors of non-alcoholic choices as well as the 15-scoop “crown jewel sundae.” Leroy’s: 1015 Orange Ave. 619-437-6087; MooTime: 1025 Orange Ave. 619-435-2422.
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Expect some new dishes at The Grant Grill with the arrival of Chef de Cuisine Sam Burman, who previously served as corporate chef for Whisknladle Hospitality and executive chef at Quality Social. The Ohio native will highlight seasonal ingredients while taking advantage of the property’s rooftop garden. His recent dishes include veal sweetbreads with cherries, hamachi with spiced corn and sea asparagus and shaved celery with blue cheese. 326 Broadway, 619-744-2077.
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Despite the grounding of the shuttle and a government clearance delay on the Mars project, NASA continues to sell the virtues of space exploration with a traveling space show called “Destination Station.” The informative and hands-on exhibit makes its next landing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, July 12 through Sept. 2. Visitors will hear what it’s like to live and work in the International Space Station, an orbiting laboratory some 220 miles away with participating crewmembers Steve Swanson and Reid Wisema. “NASA is bringing its Destination Station exhibit to San Diego to show what their human space program is still accomplishing long after the shuttle’s retirement,” said Col. Mike Hopkins, one of the astronauts that will travel to San Diego to support the exhibit. “I’ve lived and worked on the International Space Station, a fully operational scientific laboratory in space created by a partnership of 15 nations. We are doing science that will benefit us here on Earth in terms of health and technology, and we are learning how to enable your kids to explore beyond low earth orbit to destinations like Mars in the near future. Join us and learn about this exciting place in space!” Also on hand at The Fleet to interact with visitors will be astronauts Chris Cassidy and Rex Walheim.
with unprecedented clarity through The International Space Station real images captured by the world’s operates as the result of a peacemost powerful telescopes—seen ful international partnership, and on-screen for the first time. NASA is but one of five agencies NASA's MAVEN mission to representing 15 different countries Mars has been halted by the governthat work together in support of the ment shutdown. But it still has a Space Station. launch window of 20 days in late Hopkins, Cassidy and Walheim November/early December when will explain how space-based rethe Earth and Mars are in an advansearch brings results down to earth tageous alignment. and plays a role in our lives. If MAVEN cannot launch durThe exhibit also includes handsing this window, officials say the on activities, imagery, audios and mission would be delayed until visual technology. 2016, when the next appropriate “We’re excited to be able to alignment occurs. MAVEN has bring NASA's multimedia exhibit been granted an exception to the to San Diego and to provide our government shutdown rules and community with the opportunity to get up close and personal with life in has been cleared to proceed with launch preparations. outer space,” said Dr. Steve Snyder, For more information, visit executive director of the Fleet Scirhfleet.org/exhibitions/destinationence Center. “July marks the 45th station.v anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and we hope that some of our youngest visitors will be inspired to become future astronauts.” To complement the multimedia exhibit, the Fleet will present the giant IMAX adventure “Hidden Universe,” which takes audiences on a journey deep into space. Through IMAX cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe NASA’s mobile exhibit will support its “Destination Station” are brought to life at RH Fleet. (Courtesy NASA)
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The popular Greek-fusion Meze restaurant in the Gaslamp District has opened Meze Express in Mission Valley, offering customers fast, casual takes on filet mignon wraps, kabobs and Greek-style tacos and nachos. The new offshoot operates among several other front-counter service eateries in the Ralph’s shopping plaza at 5618 Mission Center Road, Suite 1002, 619-297-0855.
Incoming Chef de Cuisine Laura de Martin is debuting new breakfast, lunch and brunch menus at Andaz San Diego’s RoofTop600. Hailing from the Manchester Grand Hyatt and Sally’s Seafood on the Water, de Martin originally earned her chops at the prestigious Cesare Ritz culinary arts school in Merano, Italy. She will also manage the wine bar and banquet menus at Andaz. A pre-Summer Pops wine-tasting and barbecue menu is available throughout the summer for $25 at Marina Kitchen. Guests attending the San Diego Symphony concerts at nearby Embarcadero Marina Park South can then return to the restaurant for a complimentary dessert and more live music. 333 W. Harbor Drive, 619-699-8222.v
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www.sdcnn.com pop, his tunes possess depth while remaining catchy and accessible (give his 2009 track “Junebug” a listen for an example of this dreamy combo). His newly released fourth album “Heaven” continues to explore the pop-folk genre with a haunting rawness to Francis’ vocals. This style should fit well in the intimate darkness of the Casbah. 9 p.m. $10
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Casbah – CasbahMusic.com July 12 – Get Back Loretta, The Palace Ballroom, Flaggs, and Neighbors to the North The bands on this lineup are all along the indie-rock spectrum. Get Back Loretta headlines with a retro pop feel. If you recognize the Beatles reference in their name you’ll have an idea of their sound. The Palace Ballroom takes a melodic approach to rock for a post-emo sort of style. The female-fronted group Flaggs will amp things up with fuzzy garage rock. And Neighbors to the North will round out the night with energetic rock jams. 9 p.m. $8+ July 16 – Robert Francis & The Night Tide, Vikesh Kapoor, and Maxim Ludwig Singer-songwriter Robert Francis has covered a lot of emotional ground in his lyrics over the years. Blending indie-folk with tinges of
July 24 – Besos de Coco — part of the “Women in Jazz” series The songs performed by Besos de Coco are as enchantingly beautiful as the trio themselves. Comprised of veteran performers Lorraine Castellanos, Claudia Gomez Vorce and Evona Wascinski, the group performs an eclectic range of music. They draw from Latin and jazz genres along with several other worldly influences. Castellanos’ deft guitar work is perfectly paired with Wascinski’s skillful playing on double bass, and Gomez Vorce’s incredible tap dance percussion completes the triple-threat. 7 p.m. $5 July 31 – Gilbert Castellanos and The Park West Ensemble It seems you can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting something Gilbert Castellanos has a hand in — between his own performances all over town and booking a summer concert series at the Westgate Hotel, he even makes time to attend performances by his lovely wife (Lorraine, of Besos de Coco). The renowned trumpeter is a regular at Croce’s. His spin on jazz and Latin jazz styles is a great fit for the fun atmosphere. 7 p.m. $5
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House of Blues HouseofBlues.com July 12 – La Roux Once a duo, synthpop act La Roux has evolved in to the solo project of Elly Jackson. The redheaded singer boasts an androgynous look with angular features that mirror the sharp and polished sound of her music. Two tracks from La Roux’s new album Trouble in Paradise show a growing range for the artist; “Let Me Down Gently” is a soft, emotionallycharged song while “Uptight Downtown” is beat-driven and dance-ready. 8 p.m. $32+ July 24 – The Aquabats with Koo Koo Kanga Roo Forming in the early 1990s in Orange County, The Aquabats were a fixture of the music scene of Southern California almost immediately. Their ska sound fit the soundscape of the time and the bands theatrical antics and wild costumes garnered them a fanatic following. Their music evolved in later years, as did their lineup. Their current tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of band and their San Diego stop promises to be a fun-filled show for longtime and new fans alike. 8 p.m. $32
This acoustic show marks her 10th time at the spectacular venue. 7:30 p.m. $57+ July 24 – Tori Amos Tori Amos is touring in support of her 14th studio release — an amazing accomplishment in itself. The classically trained musician has been heralded for her innovative sound as well as her raw lyrical content. With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Amos has lots of material to draw from including her latest “Unrepentant Geraldines.” The album has been proclaimed by some as her return to pop and alternative genres. 7:30 p.m. $65+ August 1 – Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horn Tour Some smooth jazz favorites came together with saxophonist
Dave Koz for the album Summer Horns last year. The disc garnered a Grammy nomination and sparked a tour for fans of Koz and friends. The lineup features additional saxophonists Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot with Koz’s band of musicians supporting. The group will play selections from the album along with tunes from their individual catalogues for a diverse night of music. 7:30 p.m $70+ —Jen Van Tieghem is a San Diego native who covers all genres of music around town. Her bucket list includes playing tambourine on stage with any band that would have her, creating a local music festival called Jenerated Sound, and finding the perfect Moscow mule. Email her at Jen@SoundsinSanDiego.com. v
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Two outdoor venues beckon music lovers with a diversity of talent Jen Van Tieghem Downtown News
Summer in San Diego gives locals a multitude of reasons to spend time outside. For music-lovers, summer concert series beckon us into the warm evening air to feed our senses. Two series that are coaxing us this year offer different experiences, both with their merits. The Westgate Hotel in Downtown San Diego has just introduced their Sunset Poolside Jazz Series for the first time and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is hosting their 9th Green Flash Concert Series with local radio station KPRi FM. From the vantage point of Westgate’s rooftop pool, patrons can take in a 360-degree scene of the Downtown skyline. One striking visual here is the “living wall” behind the stage. A rainbow of colorful succulents, flowers, and grasses create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for the performers. The setup for these shows is quite structured. Sit-down tables and belly bars accommodate small groups and couples. While there is no cover, guests are required to meet a $20 minimum in food and drink per person. Attentive wait staff, standalone bars, and a whiskey cart, make this easy to achieve. Their food menu offers appetizers and tapas, and the drink assortment suits a variety of palates. A new addition to the summer cocktail theme — “Tipsy Teas” — are refreshing, yet potent, tea-based cocktails. Attendees of the Westgate series include hotel guests and locals — who can easily fantasize that they too are on vacation in the swanky setting, sipping a fancy drink and nibbling from a cheese board or the like. Westgate’s lineup of musicians — playing nearly every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — includes an eclectic assortment. Many, however, are slanted towards the jazz genre, thanks to local Jazz trumpet virtuoso and 2013 San Diego Music Awards Artist of the Year Gilbert Castellanos booking the talent. Castellanos opened the series himself in June and has a range of talents set to perform in the coming months. Notable shows include San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie Sue Palmer (July 10), rising young pianist Joshua White (July 17), and emerging jazz group the Danny Green Brazilian Trio (July 31). The series continues on through August. So far the response has been positive according to the hotel. “The Westgate Hotel is an iconic hotel in San Diego that for 40 years has supported The Arts in town from Broadway San Diego to La Jolla Music Society or Mainly Mozart,” stated Communications Director Linda Karimi. “Jazz in San Diego has never been that vibrant, so we thought it would be the perfect fit to create a weekly jazz series at the pool featuring our local talents. It has been such a success so far and we
Prices are $31 for general admission and $28 for members and proceeds benefit exhibits and educational programming. A unique feature at Birch is the aquarium itself. The ticket price includes access to the aquarium’s marine life as you make your way to the venue area. “I think people … like that when they buy a ticket or season pass to the concert series, they are helping support Birch Aquarium’s mission of educating the public about our ocean and promoting ocean conservation,” explained Marketing Manager Hallie Johnson. It’s important to note that these shows are standing room only and the areas in front of the stage and those with a good view fill up extremely fast. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with bands starting around 6:45 p.m. The aquarium has some wonderful information and beautiful sea life but if getting your peepers on the performers is important to you — make your way through the exhibits quickly. The performances Scars on 45 opening for Eric Hutchinson at Birch at Birch are more Aquarium's Green Flash Concert series rare than other series (Photo by Jen Van Tieghem) with only one a month on the third Wednesday in May as a pre-packaged Mediterranean through September. The final appetizer plate. are proud that our local clients are enjoying it.” Over at the Birch Aquarium, the shows have a more casual vibe as reflected in the venue’s partnership with KPRi and the pop and rock bands booked for the series. On their Tide-Pool Plaza concertgoers are treated to breathtaking views of the ocean and classic California sunsets, as well as the sparkling lights of La Jolla once the sun goes down. Multiple bars offer select cocktails, a couple beer options from Rock Bottom Brewery, and some wine selections. Food is also available and features light options such
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The stage set up poolside at The Westgate, with a living wall behind the artists. (Photo by Jen Van Tieghem))
shows of this year’s lineup include local favorite singer-songwriters Steve Poltz and Tolan Shaw (July 16), soulful singers Marc Broussard and Tyrone Wells (Aug 20), and indie rockers Augustana returning to their hometown for the finale (Sept. 17). “We work with KPRi to secure fantastic bands and artists who put on a great, really fun show,” Johnson said of the success of the series over the years. “And beyond that, the aquarium provides such a unique venue ... Exhibits are open before and during the show, which you’re not going to get at any other concert venue in town.” Overall you can’t go wrong with spending summer evenings with
great music in outdoor settings. Westgate and Birch as venues offer stunning and diverse views, refreshments that suit the style of the event, and an ongoing lineup fans should be marking their calendars for. For more information on these series visit WestgateHotel.com and Aquarium.UCSD.edu. —Jen Van Tieghem is a San Diego native who covers all genres of music around town. Her bucket list includes playing tambourine on stage with any band that would have her, creating a local music festival called Jenerated Sound, and finding the perfect Moscow mule. Email her at Jen@ SoundsinSanDiego.com. v
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NEWS Kettner Nights Changes to NoLI Nights
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Nelson Photo 1909 India St., S.D., 92101 619-234-6621 | nelsonphotosupplies.com
Nelson Photo is San Diego’s complete camera store and photo lab that lives by the company slogan, “Where cameras, supplies and good service come together.” Combine our experienced sales staff and our products and you will be able to accomplish most anything that involves preserving your photo memories. We do not take photos, but we will provide you with everything you need to take photos and preserve the great memories of your life. Do you need that photo on a phone saved and printed? We do it. Do you
have old photos or movies that need to be digitized? We do it. Do you need film developed? We do it. Do you need those photos of the graduation, wedding, new baby, birthdays and special holidays preserved? We do it. Do you need photo themed gifts or a book? We do it! Nelson Photo has been located in Downtown’s Little Italy district since the 1950s. Our products include cameras, both film and digital, digital video, lenses, filters, microphones, tripods, bags, photo printers, binoculars, books, frames, wedding albums, photo albums, photo paper, darkroom equipment and studio lighting. We also sell used cameras and lenses, and we carry the largest selection of pro and amateur films in San Diego. Nelson Photo provides onsite photo printing, one-hour services and all the latest digital services, including transferring images to CDs & DVDs. You can upload your digital pictures to our website and have them printed at Nelson Photo for either pickup or delivery. Download the free app “Lifepics” and you even can order prints directly from your smart phone or tablet.
North Little Italy is one of the bestkept secrets in San Diego; the burgeoning neighborhood is chock full of culture, arts, entertainment and culinary delights that are making an impact in Downtown San Diego. To celebrate the changing façade of the northern end of the neighborhood, the Little Italy Association has launched a new quarterly event called NoLI Nights. The next edition of NoLI Nights will be held Aug. 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. The quarterly NoLI Nights have replaced the monthly Kettner Nights, and will showcase a more diverse collection of North Little Italy businesses along with community highlights such as art show openings, music at various vignettes and new collections at boutiques. NoLI Nights is designed as a big evening for the North Little Italy businesses to show off what they’ve got. Visitors can stroll down the sidewalks and pop into the various storefronts to explore the many design and culinary highlights in the neighborhood. After all that walking, visitors can stay for dinner at one of North Little Italy’s incredible restaurants, such as Juniper & Ivy, Ballast Point or Mona Lisa. North Little Italy is considered the area between I-5 Freeway and Pacific Hwy, with cross streets at W. Grape Street and W. Laurel Street.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Little Italy Summer Film Festival Every Saturday through Aug 30
Join the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy for the first annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival. The film festival is held at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State streets). It may be chilly, so be sure to bring a light jacket or blanket to keep yourself warm. No alcoholic beverages or animals permitted.
July Movies: July 5 – The Unknown Woman / Giuseppe Tornatore
An internationally acclaimed, Oscarwinning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity An award winning Hitchcock-style thriller keeps you glued to the screen. The suspense is maintained through its sumptuous, dark cinematography, story line twists and turns, and spine-tingling music by Ennio Morricone.
July 12 – The Ideal City / Luigi Lo Cascio
An engineer finds himself in judicial quicksand after he pulls over his borrowed car to help someone lying in the road. He is not sure of what actually happened that rainy night, and he quickly learns the legal system isn’t interested in uncertainties, or the truth.
July 19 – The First Snowfall / Andrea Segre
Dani has arrived from Togo, via wartorn Libya, and ends up in a beautifully filmed pristine Alpine community in the far north of Italy. There he works for a woodsman, his daughter and her wayward 10-year-old son Michele. Dani and Michele, each dealing with personal loss, develop a remarkable friendship.
July 26 – We Can Do That / Giulio Manfredonia
This entertaining film tells of a businessman from Milan who, unexpectedly booted out of his job, ends up managing a collective of ex-mental patients. Sensing their need for renewed purpose, Nello comes up with a new role for each of them – with both humorous and touching results.
Salvador Dali, the Argillet Collection July 25 – Sept. 6
Meyer Fine Art is honored to present the works of Salvador Dali, a rare collection featuring etchings, watercolors and Aubusson tapestries. MFA, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 104
State of the Neighborhood July 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Little Italy Association of San Diego is proud to present our annual State of the Neighborhood dinner reception on the rooftop of Nelson Photo. The evening starts off with a welcoming reception and socializing with business owners, residents and honored dignitaries. Once dinner service begins, sit down and enjoy welcoming remarks by our dignitaries and then Marco Li Mandri, the chief executive administrator for the Association, will walk through a presentation about the past, present and future of Little Italy. Space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets while they last. Tickets available at LittleItalySD.com for $35.
Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert Aug. 2 — 6 p.m. to Dusk
The Little Italy Association of San Diego is proud to present the Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy. Come out for an afternoon of amazing live music by the 40-piece Marine Band, the Party Band and the Jazz Band. These talented Marines will get you pumped with several numbers that will be sure to keep you swaying! Ooh-rah!
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dedication and appreciation for the Victorian era. They hold three major events during the year, including this annual June Tea, a Fall Garden Tea, and the Holiday Christmas Gathering. For more information call Lady Rebecca Morales at 619-248-2134.
Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro June Victorian Ladies’ Tea The annual June Tea and Fashion Show was presented by the Victorian Ladies Society at the San Diego Women’s Club on June 7. The guests arrived in their Victorian regalia for a social hour combined with boutique shopping. The Victorian era was the period from 1837 to 1901 when Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire. Women wore beautiful gowns with petticoats, corsets, and straw hats or bonnets. Men wore frock coats and waistcoats with top hats. David Schluter wore a 104-year-old top hat that belonged to his grandfather. The afternoon tea began with a fare provided by Armstrong Catering and included finger sandwiches, scones, fruit, yummy French pastries, and tea served in lovely teapots. The fashion show highlighted Victorian fashions and this period was huge on accessories. The models showed off lace fans, parasols, gloves, purses, monocles, cameos, and shawls. The Victorian Ladies Society of San Diego was established in 1991 with a
Six2Midnite Six2Midnite hosted Saving Earth’s Elephants at Alexander Salazar’s Fine Art on June 13. The evening abounded with fashion, music, dance, film, and interactive art and was filled with Cirque performers. Acrobats and stilt walkers greeted the guests as they arrived on the Red Carpet in Cirque Fashions. My favorite was the adorable elephant stilt walker who captivated everyone’s heart. Jay Seven performed as a fire-eater and she roamed the event showing off her skill. A screening of the movie “How I Became an Elephant” was shown and co-director Synthian Sharp and producer Alex Pedersen were on hand to talk with the audience about the film and answer questions. This film tells the story of 14 yearold Juliette West, who educates herself about elephants and then goes on to help save the world’s largest mammal. The aim of this documentary is to promote global awareness about the exploitation of elephants which are currently facing extinction. The event rotated musical entertainment that culminated with Breaking Vega and a lightshow. Terrific elephant items were raff led off to the audience. Saving Earth’s Elephants benefits Jane Goodall’s Educational
Outreach Project, Roots, & Shoots, and Rattle the Cage Productions. If you would like to join the stampede, visit howibecameanelephant.com. Upcoming Events July 24-26 | La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla. This is a worldwide gathering of the fashion film community and includes filmmakers from around the world. For tickets visit ljfff.com. July 24 | Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. Her Universe™, the groundbreaking sci-fi fashion apparel line, recently announced that they have joined forces to bring the first-ever full-scale “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition to Comic-Con 2014. For info visit heruniverse.com —Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at diana@ aheadproductions.com.v
(clockwise from left) A very Victorian Dee Monce; Nancy Schulter in a 1910 wedding dress; and Lori Favale and daughter Sophia (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)
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