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The mayor of local music At the “Rabbitville Public Art Project” unveiling May 24. (l to r) Matt Forderer with “Willabee”; “Against All Odds, We Thrive!” and artist Sarah Soward; “Diego” and Monty Montgomery; and Erin Liddell, of the Gaslamp Quarter Association. (Courtesy GQA)
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Celebrating the days of ‘Rabbitville’ Downtown’s 150th anniversary gets artists and the public involved Morgan M. Hurley | Editor As the story goes, William Heath Horton failed to develop what is now known as Downtown when he had the opportunity. But when Alonzo Horton later sailed into San Diego Bay, stepped foot onto the “New Town” area and decided to develop it himself, the place was crawling with rabbits. “Everyone said, ‘You’re crazy, you’re never going to be able to build a city in
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Rabbitville,’” said Michael Trimble, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA). “Because that’s all that was here, a few shanties and a ton of rabbits. So historically they call Downtown ‘Rabbitville.’” Now, 150 years later, the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) and the GQA are using the anniversary of Horton’s arrival as a way to promote Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter to
locals and visitors; and they launched their first public art project to help that along. The Rabbitville Public Art Project was unveiled on May 24, with Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Joe Terzi of the San Diego Visitor’s Bureau, Councilmember Chris Ward and others in attendance to commemorate the 150th anniversary. The unveiling took place at the corner of Fifth Avenue and L Street, near the Gaslamp trolley stop and just steps from the Gaslamp Quarter sign.
see Rabbitville, pg 15
New development offers a ‘step up’ to those in need By Dave Schwab The recent opening of Atmosphere, a 12-story, 205-unit affordable housing project in Downtown, was a small step for San Diego. Hopefully, it will turn out to be a giant leap for the homeless — and the city — with regard to helping alleviate its affordable-housing crunch. The new high-rise, located in the Cortez Hill neighborhood, is making affordable rent a reality for hundreds of San Diegans in need – including those who’ve experienced homelessness. On May 31, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation held the grand opening ceremony for the Atmosphere complex, located at 1453-1457 Fourth Ave., with monthly rents ranging from $525 to $1,250. While 154 of those affordable homes are designed for qualifying individuals and families earning $17,000 to $48,000 per year, 51 are permanent supportive housing apartments designed specifically for people who
see Atmosphere, pg 18
Where the girls run the show
House of Blues sets stage for another Rock ‘n’ Roll camp for girls
Nothing to be afraid of
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By Joyell Nevins S-A-N Diego, wuh oh! Where the rock meets the roll S-A-N Diego, wuh oh! Where the girls run the show Damn right. As a girl, I might be slightly biased. As an aunt, though, and a female member of society, I am justifiably ecstatic by the presence of a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls” in San Diego, of which the above is part of their theme song. Melissa Grove and her dedicated team of volunteers have taken a concept started by Girls Rock Camp Alliance and made it thrive in San Diego.
New owners for park staple
see Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, pg 17
A band from last year’s camp, Strange November (l to r) Audri Castelli, electric bass guitar; Sydney Palmer, drums; Parys Townsend, vocals; Charlotte Coppo, electric guitar (Courtesy Melissa Grove)
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The mayor of San Diego music Tim Pyles elevates local music one band at a time By Jen Lothspeich He can be heard on local radio airwaves, he can be seen Saturday nights on television, and he can be encountered at rock venues nearly every night of the week; and he is arguably, the most interesting man in San Diego. Local music guru Tim Pyles is essentially a native, having lived in San Diego since age 4 and growing up as what he calls a “Mod Ska kid” of the ’80s and a raver in the ’90s. He said his love of live music reignited in the late ’90s while his radio career began in 1997. Fast-forward 20 years and this long-time passion for live music has translated to a position as honorary mayor of the San Diego rock scene. “I’ve always supported the local music scene, from [the time I saw] Johnny Kat at the Presbyterian Church on the top of Mount Soledad in junior high, to the show I saw last week,” Pyles said. “I just want us to be all we can be, not what people expect.” The support Pyles provides comes in myriad ways — from hosting 91X’s Loudspeaker radio show, to booking bands at the Casbah and contributing to NBC’s music platform, SoundDiego. The radio show hosted by Pyles dedicates three hours to San Diego music both old and new. In addition to playing music by bands he has a history with (like The Loons and Buckfast Superbee for instance) and the newest in town (Sights and Sages and Creature Canyon, among others), he also interviews other notable figures in the local scene. Pyles and his co-hosts, of course, invite bands on to promote new releases and upcoming shows; but other guests he’s hosted in the last month have included everyone from the owner of the new Re-Animated Records shop in La Mesa to local brewers who have a craft beer, “Rock the Pale,” dedicated to San Diego’s quintessential rock club, the Casbah. The latter are the people behind Thorn Brewing Company in North Park — also the new sponsor for Loudspeaker — who are an ideal fit for Pyles’ audience, many who may have already tried the beer on tap at the Casbah or at the brewery’s Thorn Street tasting room. “It’s a tasty beer,” Pyles said. “[July will be] the first time they get their beers in cans and the cans [of Rock the Pale] will be instantly recognizable as an homage to the Casbah ... the metal flames that adorn the Casbah are on the can.”
The same bands that Pyles is quick to share his airwaves with also undoubtedly turn up at that aforementioned metal-flamed Middletown club. While San Diego has its share of recognizable bands, Pyles seems to most enjoy giving stage time to those that fly under the radar or are even in their formative years. “The thing that keeps me going is finding that next great band,” he said. He referenced a South Bay band too young to actually get in the club and whose members have to wait outside before and after playing the venue. Leave it to Pyles to name-drop an underage band with a following of 50 people on Facebook. “You have to check out Ignant Benches!” he insisted. Thankfully, the most interesting man in San Diego is also a man of his word; he’s booked the band of teens to play the Casbah on July 11 with other locals, Noble War and Nite Lapse. Just one instance of how, for as much visibility
The crew from 91X's Loudspeaker radio show: (l to r) Lou Niles, Tim Pyles, Andrew Rowley and Al Guerra (Courtesy Tim Pyles)
as Pyles has promoting bands on Loudspeaker and SoundDiego, he does an equal amount of behindthe-scenes work shining a spotlight on artists he believes in. Credit or none, it all ref lects on his genuine dedication to San Diego music. For a man who has so many gigs, Pyles has created a career with a unified goal of
exposing local bands to the masses. And the San Diego music scene has certainly reaped the rewards of having Mayor Pyles to back it. —Jen Lothspeich is a wine-drinking, cat-cuddling native San Diegan who dreams of writing a best-selling true crime novel. Find her on Twitter at @Jen_Evel.v
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By Rep. Susan A. Davis If asked, most people could probably explain what the First Amendment or the Second Amendment does. Very few could probably explain the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The recent debate about emoluments may have had a number of people running for their dictionaries. In essence, the emoluments clause is designed to prevent corruption, and President Donald J. Trump is violating it. The clause simply states: “No person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” The key to this section is “without the consent of the Congress.” There is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits the president, and other federal office holders, from conducting business with foreign governments. However, the Constitution is clear that they are required to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting any gifts, benefits, or payments from foreign nations. The president must come before Congress and identify the emoluments he wants to accept and get Congress’s approval. So far, Trump has refused to do so while he continues to reap financial benefits from numerous foreign nations. As the result of his refusal, I have joined with nearly 200 senators and representatives
[Ref: “The bird is (still) the word(nerd),” Vol. 18, Issue 5, or online at tinyurl.com/ycvptw6o] A very pleasant bookstore and gathering spot for visitors and locals. San Diego needs more venues like Upstart Crow —Ted Burke, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
Swift Boat memories
[Ref: “Swift boats and fire fights,” Vol. 18, Issue 5, or online at bit.ly/2szQ1bJ]
U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis in filing a lawsuit to compel the president to seek such an approval. The complaint filed just last month states: “because defendant is not coming to Congress and identifying the emoluments he wishes to accept, the American people will have no way of knowing whether his actions as president reflect only his beliefs about what is best for the country, or whether they are partly motivated by personal financial considerations.” We know that Trump receives monies from foreign governments. Disclosure forms recently showed that the government of Saudi Arabia spent $270,000 at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. Did this play a role in the decision for President Trump’s first foreign trip to be to Saudi Arabia? We may never know. On the day this lawsuit was filed, the Chinese government
see Guest Editorial, pg 8
I met Bob Bolger shortly after I joined the Swift Boat Sailors Association in 2007. We’re both from Brooklyn and were involved in Swift Boat Ops in Vietnam. The S.B.S.A. has a reunion every-other year and we were in San Diego last month. A good time was had by all; an absolutely great crew. Very fun, dedicated group. If you check out the exhibit at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, take a look at a narrow wall area to the left/outside of the display. You will see the cover of a Sea Classics magazine that features a Swift Boat photo and below that is the first two pages (of 14) of an article I wrote about the PCF 816 restoration project. I’m currently working on a PBS-TV/Vietnam project. Thanks for a great article about Bob and his support of Swift Boat history. From the start of the war until the end there were about 3,500 Swift Boat sailors. I understand about 1,000 of us are still alive. —Tom Edwards, via our website
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Hearing from our veterans Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Too often the articles we read — in general, but about politics specifically — can be considered entirely negative in nature. In this column I have often highlighted the negative actions/ positions/ statements of San Diego’s members of Congress — usually our Republican members of Congress, but occasionally our Democratic members as well. And while I try to find more positive events to discuss, the unfavorable tends to be far more common. Happily, this month is different. On June 24, U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-53) hosted a Veterans Town Hall at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. This was not your typical town-hall format, where constituents are offered the opportunity to directly hear from and ask questions of their member of Congress. This event was entirely geared toward active and former members of San Diego’s extensive military community. What also made this event different was that rather than Davis, the veterans were the center of attention. It was billed as “a chance to hear, firsthand, from someone who has served in a combat role,” and an “opportunity to hear how that has affected them and how they relate to their family, friends, and
community differently in some cases after those experiences,” according to press releases announcing the event. Serving in a combat arena changes a person, sometimes for the worse; but, as some of the stories indicated, often for the better. However, it not only affects those who serve, it also impacts the families and friends who are left behind during deployments. And as one vet pointed out, the more recent conflicts are vastly different than the nation’s efforts during World War II: Back then, everyone had “skin in the game,” as a large section of the national economy was dedicated to supporting the war effort. Today, with an all-volunteer military and only 1 percent of the population serving, it is easy for the average American to go about their daily lives without giving much thought to those serving in combat zones. This was an opportunity for the public to hear some of their stories. Several discussed the horrors of war and the difficulties of transitioning back home; how a soldier in a combat zone is expected to kill the enemy, whereas once they return home they are expected flip a switch and not kill, and the kind of toll the adjustment to “normal society” can take psychologically. But there is also some beauty in war, as one speaker noted. He told of the unconditional love that members of a unit have for one another, being “willing to lay down your life for the man
on the right and on the left of you, often someone you may not know very well.” One active servicemember told a story of a mission in Afghanistan. As his convoy passed by a village, they encountered a boy who decided to attack his truck with a rock. This servicemember, a former minor-league baseball player who asked not to be identified, watched as the boy wound up and fired the rock right into a heavily fortified windshield, cracking it. Impressed with the boy’s form and arm strength, he decided to do something about it. Upon returning to base, he gathered up all the baseball equipment he could find, including a bucket of balls he happened to have. The unit members climbed back into their trucks and returned to the village. Approaching at high speed, the convoy turned suddenly off the road and screeched loudly to a halt, terrifying some of the villagers. Village elders approached the soldiers, furious at the seemingly violent disruption. As the men climbed out of their vehicles carrying the baseball equipment with them, they calmed the villagers down, saying that they only wanted to get their attention. As soon as the men set the gear on the ground to speak to the elders, it disappeared into the hands of the growing crowd of boys who had rushed out to see what was going on. The next thing you know, baseballs were flying through the air, gloves adorning heads, laughter surrounding them.
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San Diego Downtown News | July 2017 Then there was the story of Air Force 2nd Lt. Christina Prejean, who served for a year as a security escort for visiting NATO VIPs in Afghanistan. She had a command role for a unit of 50 servicemembers, but was one of only two women in the unit. Prejean noted the importance of her just being there, carrying out her duties and giving orders, especially to men. Her mere presence, she said, provided an example and gave hope to local Afghan women for whom female authority figures are non-existent. Her presence, she said, made a difference for those women. And while women in the military have made enormous advances, with increased stature and authority throughout the ranks, the reality is that the military is still not a completely safe place for women. While she felt she had the respect of those around her, she said that while in that country, she was afraid to get up and go to the bathroom at night for fear of being raped by a fellow servicemember. Military sexual assault victims, she said, are not getting the care and attention they need. We’ve come a long way from the days when Vietnam veterans returned home to jeers and derision for their role in that protracted conflict. Today, our military are welcomed home with gratitude for their service and sacrifice, despite what the populace thinks of their mission. Today people are able to separate the individual service man or woman from the orders they are directed to carry out. But the burdens of war today are carried by so few, it can
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be a very lonely and isolating experience upon return home. Events like these, Rep. Davis said, allow these men and women to share their experiences with the entire community so that they do not have to bear those burdens alone. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@ sbcglobal.net.v
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San Diego Downtown News | July 2017
Authors put a positive spin on divorce By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Divorce is increasingly common in the United States and the indicators are plentiful. Each year, the number of divorces is about half the number of marriages. San Diego’s Family Law Bar Association lists more than 575 members. Even Amazon has ample evidence of the incidence of divorce: The site lists in excess of 7,500 English-language books on the subject. That’s a lot of divorce, but what the numbers do not reflect is the individual heartache inherent in marriage dissolution or the challenge of recovering from it.
Hence a new book by Robin Sassi, a Downtown resident, and Leah Scott, of Carlsbad, called, “Charmed Divorce: A Positive Twist on the D-Word.” Those who’ve been through the legal process might find the thought of its being “charmed” a bit preposterous. Not so, Sassi and Scott say. Sassi, an attorney and music shop owner, was divorced in 2012 and became a confidant and sounding board for Scott, whose divorce is still in process. Despite differing
see Divorce, pg 23
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approved nine new trademarks for the Trump Organization that it had previously rejected. After a lot of tough talk on China, we now see a kinder and gentler approach to China from Trump. Coincidence? These instances raise the concerns about corruption and influence that our country’s Founding Fathers were trying to address. In fact, preventing corruption was keen on the minds of the founders. According to the notes James Madison kept during the Constitutional Convention in 1787, 15 delegates used the word “corruption” 54 times. About one quarter of the days that the Constitutional Convention was in session was dedicated to the issue of corruption. Past presidents have had no problem complying with the Foreign Emoluments Clause. In 1830, Colombian President Simon Bolivar offered President Andrew Jackson, who Trump reportedly reveres, a commemorative gold coin. Jackson sent it to Congress, which directed him to deposit the medal to the Department of State. In 1963, the government of Ireland offered to grant President John F. Kennedy an honorary citizenship. The Office of White House Counsel advised that it would violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause and President Kennedy declined to accept it.
Most recently, President George W. Bush was presented with a puppy by the president of Bulgaria. Since it was a gift from a foreign government, it fell under the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the puppy was eventually placed with a family. It is safe to say that a puppy probably would not have had a corrupting influence on a president, but the law is the law. The problem with our current president is that he thinks he is above the law and that the Foreign Emoluments Clause does not apply to him. He, as well as members of Congress, swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Congress also has a responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch. By his refusal to come to Congress, Trump is denying members of Congress their right to cast a binding vote that either gives or withholds consent. Our lawsuit asks the court to restore that right. The American people have the right to know that their president has their best interest in mind when making decisions on their behalf. Until President Trump either adheres to the Foreign Emoluments Clause or fully divests himself from his businesses, the American people will never get the transparency they deserve about Trump’s business dealings and how that might influence his decisions. —Rep. Susan A. Davis represents Congressional District 53. Reach her through her website at susandavis.house.gov.v
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A blast from the past Blacksmith guild recognized for restoring cannon, other historical artifacts By Dave Fidlin In an era marked by instantaneousness and availability at the touch of a button, the care and craftsmanship that have long been hallmarks of blacksmithing might seem out of touch with reality as it is known today. Jim Richmond, president of the Bandy Blacksmith Guild, would beg to differ at any such assertion, however. Blacksmithing, which has origins going back centuries, is alive and well, as evidenced by the six-month wait list of people interested in taking a class out of Bandy’s small facility within the Escondido History Center at Grape Day Park. “The whole crafts movement is being revitalized right now,” Richmond said. “Most blacksmiths have a little bit of an artist in them.” The role the guild plays in historic preservation also has not gone unnoticed by the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which recently named the guild to its annual list of People in Preservation awards. The guild is one of ten of this year’s recipients. SOHO singled out the guild for keeping the artisan movement active in San Diego, bestowing it with its Historic Arts Restoration and Education award. “We like to recognize people who keep lost arts alive,” said Bruce Coons, executive director of SOHO. “[The guild is] very meticulous and they’re helping keep history alive.” Richmond said the SOHO recognition was surprising, yet gratifying. “Volunteer work is sometimes not as appreciated as it should be,” he said. “Our group was very delighted. It showed a lot of class on SOHO’s part.” Although the guild is based in Escondido, the work of its 25 members can be felt throughout San Diego, including Downtown. The guild has worked closely with SOHO in recent years in restoring an 1876 iron cannon, which was discovered four years ago — ironically, just days before Independence Day — after long sitting idle
Jim Richmond, president of the Bandy Blacksmith Guild (Photo by Sande Lollis)
(l to r) Bandy Blacksmith guild members James Thayer, Earl Brown, Rich Thorpe, Eric Lunde, Philip Ewing and Paul Page; not shown Jim Richmond (Photo by Sande Lollis)
outside a Pacific Beach home as yard art. The cannon, which was created to mark the centennial anniversary of the U.S., includes the embossed phrase, “1776 San Diego 1876.” William Augustus Begole, who operated a hardware store in the Gaslamp Quarter, is credited with ordering the cannon from the San Diego Foundry. Coons said the blacksmiths, wheelwrights and carpenters within the guild played an important role in restoring the cannon. A new carriage was created so the 141-year-old artifact can be used for ceremonial purposes. In its second, revitalized rebirth, the cannon has already been loaded with black powder and shot during a special demonstration event. “Everything turned out very well,” Richmond said of the project. “To me, it made for a really fascinating story.” The guild’s handiwork is prominently on display Downtown at the San Diego Maritime Museum, where the skilled craftsmen played an important role in building a replica of San Salvador, the flagship vessel that resulted in Juan Cabrillo’s landing in San Diego Bay in 1542. The four-and-a-half-year project was painstaking, Richmond said, but it was a worthwhile labor of love. The blacksmiths made a long list of specialized parts for the ship, which had to be created by hand. The items
not readily available at your local hardware store included steel and bronze bolts, staple dogs and marlinspikes. Richmond, who has been with the guild about 20 years, said he grew to love it — warts and all — after taking his first class. “It’s hot, it’s dirty, it’s frustrating,” he said. “But there’s something about heating up the iron, hitting it with the hammer and seeing it move.” In today’s technology-soaked world, Richmond said the growing interest in the artisan movement could,
Bandy Blacksmith Guild was very involved with the construction of the San Salvador, now a resident of the San Diego Maritime Museum. (Courtesy Bandy Blacksmith Guild)
perhaps, be attributed to people seeking diversions from their computers, tablets and smart phones. But blacksmithing, he said, is not for everyone. While interest in enrolling in the class is strong, only a small percentage of people actually complete it. Richmond likened the scenario to a pyramid, with the bottom representing the enrollees and the top signifying the people who reach the pinnacle of mastery. That scarcity is part of the reason Coons said SOHO was
ready and willing to place a spotlight on the work the guild does, year after year. “They’re the only group to go to around here,” Coons said. “It’s very much a needed skill.” For more details on the guild, visit bandyblacksmith. org or call the Escondido History Center office at 760-743-8207. —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Back-esto in time district.Dr. Backesto, a physician from San Jose, secured the property for $300 and thus became one of San Diego’s first absentee landlords. He appointed his nephew, George On Dec. 23, 1867, Dr. John W. Hazzard, as manager of the Pierre Backesto bought himself properties, as it was Hazzard a Christmas present: a large who had introduced his uncle portion of Block 88 belonging to to San Diego.Within two years, Alonzo Horton. Backesto and Hazzard began to The property was located parcel out the lots, including lot at Fifth Avenue and H Street J, which was sold to Backesto’s (now Market Street), and albrother, David H. Backesto. so bordered parts of Fourth Hazzard ultimately beAvenue and G Street. It was came quite influential in local subdivided into lots D, E, F, G, Republican Party politics and H, I, J and K, and comprised business in the area. an admirable portion of what In 1873, Dr. Backesto was to become the heart of secured a loan from the San Diego’s growing business Commercial Bank of San Diego and erected his first “fine brick building.” However, in April 1884, he hired G.T. Burgett, an architect from San Jose, to design a replacement for the remaining wooden structures on the property and to enlarge the original building. The wood from An original Backesto brick (Photos courtesy GQHF) those buildings
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The Backesto Building, 1873 and 1887; architects: Burgett and Osgood; architectural style: Classical Revival was later used in the construction of the new Backesto brick building.According to his instructions, the building incorporated skylights in the upstairs rooms, “good ventilating apparatus” and seven chimneys for heating. It featured a series of pedimented window columns with cornices, which were repeated across the great length of the building and served to give it a majestic appearance.The original structure also incorporated a balustrade along the top story, which was later removed. All foundation walls were of brick. The entire building had a frontage of 100 feet on Market Street and 224 feet along Fifth Avenue. The first estimate for the project was in excess of $20,000, which ran over budget.
Upon completion, it was said to be the finest mercantile structure in all of San Diego, and some said, in all of California. The first tenants of this impressive structure included clothiers, milliners, jewelers, a liquor store, general merchandisers, a hardware store, real estate offices, a photographer’s studio, ship chandlers and steamship companies. The upper floors housed 39 sleeping rooms. Klauber and Levi, San Diego’s pioneer grocer and general merchandise firms, occupied the building until 1886, and the famous San Diego Hardware opened in this building in 1892. In 1923, San Diego Hardware moved to a building further up Fifth Avenue. Dr. Backesto died on March 17, 1890. His estate, San Diego
Realty, was valued at $715,600. The Backesto/Hazzard family retained control of this extensive property until 1930. The Backesto Building was one of the fi rst in the Gaslamp Quarter to be restored to its original splendor. The upstairs rooms, now offices, retain the original flavor of the 1880s, while the fi rst floor buildings are now largely restaurants. The newest tenant of the Backesto block is American Junkie, which opened in late March. This bar/restaurant features American bar food, a DJ and a lively atmosphere. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com
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The perfect summer days Little Italy News Christopher Gomez The midst of summer is upon us and it’s time to soak it all in. Come fall, you’ll want to carry some sweet summer memories with you. What better way to celebrate the warmest season than to spend the perfect day in Little Italy? Take advantage of all of the simple pleasures Little Italy has to offer, from the warm bay breeze to the smell of fresh produce on a Saturday morning. Here’s how to make the best of your summer days and nights in the Little Italy neighborhood.
Make connections that will last long after summer ends
Meet new people and mingle with Little Italy business owners, residents and honored dignitaries at the annual State of the Neighborhood rooftop dinner. Chat it up with the people of Little Italy as you enjoy an Italian family-style dinner of several tasty dishes
Hundreds of Little Italy residents joined together last year for the "State of the Neighborhood" event. (Courtesy LIA) on Wednesday, July 26, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the County of San Diego parking structure on Cedar Street. Tickets are $45 for a delicious dinner with a scenic view, great company and live music — the perfect night for the whole family.
the day. With more than 130 vendors selling fresh produce and artisan-made goods, you’ll be sure to pack the perfect picnic basket for the film festival. Little Italy Mercato happens every Saturday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. and is celebrating its ninth year of being open!
Watch a great movie under the stars
Listen to the sounds of summer and bring your family along
The Little Italy Summer Film Festival makes for the perfect date night. Every
The State of the Neighborhood event takes place on the rooftop of the County parking structure on Cedar Street. (Courtesy LIA) donated by multiple Little Italy restaurants. Marco LiMandri, Little Italy Association’s chief executive administrator, will spark conversation and give a presentation about the happenings of Little Italy. Guests are invited to enjoy this summer evening
Saturday evening at 8 p.m., through August, take your loved one to Little Italy’s Amici Park outdoor amphitheater for an Italian film with English subtitles under the stars.Create the perfect ambience by planning ahead and stopping by the Little Italy Mercato during
San Diego residents, members of the military and their families are all invited to The Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. to dusk. Dance until the sun goes down to live music by the 45-piece Marine Band, the Party Band and the Jazz Band. This event is located in the heart of the neighborhood by the Piazza Basilone on West Fir Street between India Street and Kettner Boulevard and it’s free. To find out more information on how to spend your summer days and nights in Little Italy, please visit littleitalysd. com. To stay connected with us during the summer season, check out what’s going on in our neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/ San Diego Little Italy.
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Restaurateur Frankie Terzoli, a former contestant of Bravo’s “Top Chef” (season two), will open a seafood-centric restaurant within 57 Degrees wine and craft-beer bar by mid-fall. Tentatively named Fish Mongers Market, the leased venture will occupy a front section and back patio of the sprawling structure and serve lunch and dinner. Terzoli also plans on utilizing an existing deli area inside the Chef Frankie Terzoli is opening a seafood bar for selling grabrestaurant in a wine bar near Downtown. and-go chowders and (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) vacuumed-packed meals. According to 57 Degrees sale of more than 500 bottles owner, Russ Kindom, the proj- of wine from 6 to 8 p.m. July ect could potentially soft-open 14. The sale coincides with a in late August with the introtasting of four select wines duction of seafood cocktails originating from France, and raw-bar items. Spain, Italy and Napa Valley. In the meantime, Kindom The cost for the tasting is is using the opportunity to $25 and $15 for wine locker refresh 57’s main space. He’ll holders. 1735 Hancock St., start repurposing some1 of his 2:12:36 619-234-5757, fiftysevendeNINE-TEN June Ad.pdf 05/31/2017 PM vast retail area by holding a gress.com.
DINING Chicken has made an uncharted landing in the kitchens of Dog Haus Biergarten, the Pasadena-based chain with a location in the East Village that’s known for its hormone-free burgers, sausages and all-beef hot dogs. The early-July debut of the “bad mutha clucka” adds to the menu a brined, battered and fried breast filet tucked into a King’s Hawaiian roll with lettuce, pickles and
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A culinary team is taking shape for Born & Raised, the $6.5 million steakhouse from locally based CH Projects that’s projected to open in late August. The restaurant will feature food and cocktail carts for providing tableside service. Menu items will include prime cuts of beef, dry-aged duck and meatballs, private-label caviars and vegan steaks. Joining the company’s executive chef, Jason McLeod, is pastry chef Elizabeth Olson, who previously worked at Nine-Ten and for CH’s Ironside Fish & Oyster. She plans on resurrecting classic desserts such as baked Alaska and cherries jubilee. Also onboard is certified sommelier Rafael Peterson, who worked as dining caption at Addison, and most recently as wine director at Bracero Cocina. 1909 India St., consortiumholdings.com.
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Finding a vegan breakfast Downtown can be tough. Although the search just got a little easier with the newly introduced vegan madras curry scramble at Breakfast Republic in the East Village. Available at all othVegan breakfast lovers are in luck at Breakfast er locations as well, Republic. (Courtesy Alternative Strategies) the dish features a mélange of soft tofu, vegan sausage, carrots, broccoof bread, and marks the first li, snap peas, onions and cilanvegan dish introduced by the tro. Priced at $12, it’s served local chain. 707 G St., 619-501with house potatoes and choice 8280, breakfastrepublic.com. Look for the staggered opening this month and in late August of a bi-level cocktail bar and eatery as the San Diegobased Brethren Collective aims to capture a 1920s feel of Queens, New York in a 7,800-square-foot space named Queensborough. Formerly Maloney’s Tavern, the venture encompasses an elegant street-level bar and dining area replete with tufted leather booths, a large marble bar and an authentic subway turnstile. That section is due to open in mid-July.
Its subterranean lounge will open next month with plush booths and subway handles dropping from the ceiling. Other design details are still in the planning. Queensborough’s spirits program will spotlight rare bourbons and ryes while showcasing products from local distilleries such as Old Harbor and Malahat Spirits. Heading the culinary operation with scratchmade dishes is Taylor Houseman, formerly of Lionﬁsh, Comun Kitchen & Tavern and Bobeau Kitchen + Bar. 777 Fifth Ave., queensborough.com.
The iconic Ida Bailey’s Restaurant and Palace Bar inside the historic Horton Grand Hotel will turn into a seamless dining and drinking establishment later this month with the arChanges are coming this month to the Horton Grand rival of Salt & Hotel’s bar and restaurant. (Courtesy Baybird) Whiskey. The redesign ushers in darker paint tones and a new menu featuring pork three doorway connecting the bar to ways; pan-seared scallops the restaurant. Elements such with orange-parsnip puree as the mahogany bar and marand a contemporary take on ble fireplace will be retained. fish and chips. 311 Island Welsh-born chef Aaron Ave., 619-544-1886, hortonThomas will introduce a new grand.com. Looking for brunch with a solid French twist? The ultra-cozy La Bonne Table in Hillcrest, lauded over the past few years for its rustic suppers, has introduced brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The menu features $6 bloody marys as well as sweet or savory crepes, steak burgers with Morbier cheese, omelets with goat cheese, and a classic croque madame sandwich. In celebration of San Diego
LGBT Pride, the restaurant will also offer brunch service on Saturday, July 15. 3696 Fifth Ave., 619-260-8039. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. Reach him at fsabatini@san. rr.com.v
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DON’T FEAR THE ‘WEREW LF’ Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. We expected a gimmicky themed establishment replete with images of hirsute men and silver daggers when entering Werewolf. But we were greeted instead just outside the entrance with an enlarged, vintage photograph of writer Hunter S. Thompson, of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” fame.
Bulgogi beef wonton nachos Inside, the aesthetics turned even more curious, ranging from portraits of Chuck Norris and Tom Hanks to incongruous artwork and an obsessive number of beer labels plastering a large booth against the back wall. Combined with an impressively large bar and colored party lights hanging from the high ceiling, you quickly realize this is a joint where good times roll. Werewolf is first and foremost a party bar that happens to serve contemporary, and in some cases, complex food. It’s co-owned by Chad Cline, who also has stakes in Little Italy’s historic Waterfront Bar & Grill, Banzai Bar in Loma Portal, Harbor Town Pub in Point Loma and the Morena Club near Bay Park. His wife, Maja, is the author of Werewolf’s menu as well as those for some of the other places Cline runs. Her artichoke tacos, for example, are also available at Banzai. “We came up with the name Werewolf based on our customers at The Waterfront; they’re normal during the day and kind of go crazy at night,” Cline said with a chuckle.
A friend and I visited for lunch several hours before the howling started, which is often fueled by karaoke from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Friday. He began with a whiskey sour and chased it enthusiastically with a second one, rating it among the top 10 he’s had all over the country. The froth was elegantly creamy, the whiskey was discernible and the overall flavor was somewhat buttery, probably from the addition of walnut bitters.
An appetizer named “papas balls” sounded too kooky to pass up. They turned out to be seriously delicious orbs of mashed potatoes, cotija cheese, bacon, scallions and cilantro with semi-spicy house sauce drizzled on top. We loved the contrast of textures as well — irresistibly crisp on the outside, moist and squishy on the inside. The aforementioned artichoke
627 Fourth Ave. (Gaslamp Quarter) 619-234-0094, thewerewolf.net Prices: Salads and appetizers, $10 to $15; burgers and sandwiches, $10 to $16; tacos and bowls, $10 to $13 fair food. I’d vote for grilled chokes over fried in this experiment. We braced ourselves for a riot of flavors when trying the bulgogi beef nachos, which were non-greasy wontons strewn also with kimchi, julienne veggies, Sriracha and Dojo sauces. The latter is a puree of carrots, ginger and plums. To our delight, the ingredients were brilliantly cohesive, leaving us to believe a lot of taste-testing must have occurred before this dish and others were approved for public consumption. My chicken sandwich, called The Foghorn, was no exception. Somehow the flavors of the scallion cream gelled with chimichurri sauce, crispy onions, cheddar, tomatoes and whatever marinade so thoroughly tenderized the breast filet. From the burger list, which includes a mushroom melt and
A party bar with hip food in the Gaslamp Quarter (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) compote, garlic aioli, jack cheese, wild greens and pickles — enough garnishments to quell the gamy essence but
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requisite grilled onions, the menu offers them as sliders. Werewolf’s environment provides a casual escape from many of the chic and trendy establishments dominating the Gaslamp Quarter. It also serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. “We’re fun and whimsical — not trying to have a theme. We just want to make our customers smile,” said Cline. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at email@example.com
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RABBITVILLE Joining the distinguished guests that day were six colorful rabbit sculptures and a local artist accompanying each one: “Diego,” with Monty Montgomery; “Nelly Ghiradelli” with Lee Sie; Sarah Soward, “Honoring the Disdained ,” with Tasha Hobbs; “Ordinate,” with Rebecca Nuvoletta; and Matt Forderer with “Willabee.: Planning for this unveiling was a year in the making. Public art is in many large U.S. cities; Seattle has pigs, San Francisco has hearts, and Chicago has cows. So first the DSDP and GQA contacted the creators of “Cows on Parade,” a public art project in Chicago that has also been installed in Australia. They came up with the concept of the three-foot fiberglass rabbit to be used as a blank canvas for potential artists and planned for 15 of them, one to represent each decade of the anniversary. Then an artist prospectus was sent out, explaining that this was to debut Downtown’s public art program, that it would celebrate Horton’s arrival, and requesting interested artists to participate. The prospectus included a template of the rabbit and asked artists to provide feedback on how they would design the rabbit, what medium would be used, and asked them to explain how the design would represent the 150th anniversary theme. Ironically, they received 150 completed prospectuses in return. “We got a lot of incredible submissions,” said Erin Liddell, the GQA’s marketing and communications manager. “A lot of them were extremely detailed and exciting. What was neat is that [we sought help from] Jessica Amaya from Sparks Gallery — they specialize in local artists — she pulled in and asked a lot of their featured artists to participate and several were chosen.” The GQA put together a public art subcommittee — which included staff members of the GQA and the Downtown Partnership, as well as Amaya and historian Marsha Sewell — and took on the painstaking but highly enjoyable process of reviewing the 150 submissions and tailoring them down to 15. The first five artists chosen — Montgomery, Soward, Hobbs,
Rabbit name: Diego Artist: Monty Montgomery
Michael Trimble, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, speaks at the unveiling of “Rabbitville Public Arts Project May 24. (Courtesy GQA) Nuvoletta and Forderer — got to see their visions come to life. A sixth artist, Sie, a photographer, was one of the first artists to have a sponsor. Ghiradelli Chocolatier, with a retail store and restaurant on Fifth Avenue, saw Sie’s prospectus, which included photos of the Gaslamp store and more of the Ghiradelli location in San Francisco, and chose him to create “Nelly Ghiradelli.” Another early sponsor was Councilmember Ward’s office. The plan is to get all the rabbits sponsored, with some of the proceeds going to the Gaslamp’s new LED lighting project, which will replace the five-yearold Christmas-style lights that were binding the trees and had to be removed. The new technology will run along the sidewalks between the gaslamps, to keep the streets lit and festive for nighttime visitors. “So we’re trying to use this project not only to bring awareness to public art and the Gaslamp Quarter, but also to raise money for everyone who comes down to visit and also benefit the community,” Trimble said. While all rabbits are open to sponsorships, they will spend the next year traveling throughout Downtown neighborhoods. Once the promotional phase is over, the rabbits will then become permanent property of the sponsor and they can either display the rabbit at their business or a location of their choice. While each artist submitted a specific idea for a rabbit design, they were chosen based on various criteria — most importantly, their potential. Each sponsor may have their own idea of what the Gaslamp Quarter or Downtown means to them. Based on input, the subcommittee will match potential sponsors with a prospectus submitted by one of the chosen artists and
Born and raised in Virginia, Monty Montgomery loved black lines and bright colors at a very young age and was influenced by his mother who was a kindergarten teacher. Through “Diego,” Monty wanted to express the energy created by our amazing city. The colors and shapes covering the rabbit are visual impressions of experiences on the streets and through the sites of San Diego. The lines and angles represent architecture and the color relationships utilized represent the natural beauty we are surrounded with daily.
they can work together to come up with their own collaboration. The San Diego Padres have shown interest in becoming a sponsor, and are also planning to hold a “Gaslamp 150” at Petco Park. The GQA has lots of ideas for such an event, including Alonzo Horton re-enactors and rabbit-matching giveaways, but details for such an event are still pending. With a very heavy and custom-made steel stand and clear-coat to protect the rabbit’s artistry, the rabbits are designed for public display. Custom Rabbitville Public Art Project plaques have also been designed and created for each sculpture, denoting the name of the rabbit, the artist and the rabbit’s sponsor. The six sculptures and their stands have made their way to a number of different locations for public viewing purposes and recently spent a period of time in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. “They are all becoming these little celebrities,” Liddell said. Trimble said he is hoping to get a high profile spot for ComicCon and would like to see them in the Convention Center’s main lobby during the four-day event to get them in front of as many people as possible. “The selfie opportunities for these rabbits are huge,” he said. GQA staff are keeping their website updated on a regular basis so that those interested can track the location of the rabbits on any given day. For more information about the Rabbitville Public Art Project — including the rabbits and the artists involved — and the 150 Celebration and its many events and promotions, visit gaslamp.org/150. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.v
Rabbit name: Nelly Ghiradelli Artist: Lee Sie
Photographer Lee Sie’s rabbit was the first sculpture sponsored and he collaborated with Ghirardelli Chocolatier on its design. The chocolatier thought it would be great to take his photographs of the Fifth Avenue Ghirardelli location in the Gaslamp Quarter and of Ghirardelli’s headquarters in San Francisco, along with their chocolate wrappers, and “Nelly Ghiradelli” was born. Sie photographed each color of the chocolate wrappers then printed them along with other images onto a vinyl adhesive laminate. Over 1,000 pieces were cut out by hand (with the help of his wife) and then placed one at a time onto the rabbit creating a collage.
The Rabbitville plaque, which adorns each rabbit sculpture, identifying the project, the artist, and the sponsor, if known. Five of the first six rabbits (more details on these artists and all the rabbits, including
their current location on display around Downtown, can be found at gaslamp.org)
Rabbit name: Ordinate Artist: Rebecca Nuvoletta
One of the first artist prospectuses the public arts subcommittee received back in January was for artist Rebecca Nuvoletta’s “Ordinate” design. The committee was very impressed by the creativity of the medium and the design Nuvoletta presented and it has now has come to life. “Ordinate,” treated in a prismatic array of color, celebrates Alonzo Horton’s vision to gaze into the future beyond the existing rabbits are memorialized in the fantastical play of future holographic colors. The sculpture sparkles with San Diego’s signature energy interface of the sun and sea.
Rabbit name: Honoring the Disdained Artist: Tasha Hobbs
Tasha Hobbs has enjoyed participating in solo and group exhibitions, primarily around Texas, and has painted murals in Texas, San Diego and Rota, Spain. She works at the Chinese Historical Museum in the Asian Pacific Thematic District and has been fascinated by the history and plight of the Chinese people. She dedicated her rabbit, “Honoring the Disdained,” to this section of the community through Chinese symbolism of a carp over scales, representative of the Carp Jumping Dragon Gate proverb, accompanied with its title in traditional Chinese calligraphy.
Rabbit name: Against All Odds, We Thrive! Artist: Sarah Soward
Sarah Soward just moved to San Diego a little over a year ago, but art has always been a part of her life. Soward’s work has been shown and published as early as grade school and her version of contemporary surrealism is characterized by expressive brush strokes and an impressionistic sense of light. Her rabbit sculpture, “Against All Odds, We Thrive!,” speaks to Alonzo Horton’s passion and vision for San Diego changing from a wilderness of rabbits — surviving regardless of their predator — into a thriving port town home to gorgeous architecture, thriving business, and sunny skies. For more information about the 150th anniversary of Alonzo Horton’s arrival in what is now known as
Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter, and the Rabbitville Public Art Project, visit gaslamp.org/150.v
San Diego Downtown News | July 2017
Crooning about the Seven Kingdoms
Musical based on popular HBO show to premier Comic-Con weekend By David Dixon George RR Martin fans can’t complain about a lack of fantasy experiences in July. Not only is season seven of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” starting July 16, but a panel on the show will be taking place at Comic-Con International on July 21. And as the annual comic festival gets underway Downtown, the comedy titled “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will be playing at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. As in the television series, the story is about the different families who want to rule the fictional continent of Westeros. Many of the major TV characters play important roles in the staging. These include the heroic Eddard Stark, the “Mother of Dragons” Daenerys Targaryen and everyone’s favorite cunningly intelligent dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, played by actor Drew Bordeau during certain performances. Non-viewers of the HBO series are welcome. “A lot of people who don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones’ can’t get past learning about so many different plots and relationships,” said Stephen Parker, the popular TV show’s co-producer, co-writer
The cast of “Game of Thrones: The Musical," which will be performed at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown, during Comic-Con (Photo by Todd Leykamp) and director. “This is a very fun and comedic way to learn about the world of Westeros.” Helping theatergoers follow events is a fictitious version of Martin himself.
Drew Bordeau as Tyrion Lannister “Game of Thrones: The Musical” (Photo by Todd Leykamp)
“He sits in the balcony and tells you what’s going on in the narrative,” Parker said. While the plot focuses on the first 10 episodes, Parker promises that there are plenty of references to later adventures. “We are constantly revising it based on what’s happening on television,” he said. “There are going to be rewrites after the season premiere with at least several new jokes.” Prior to this latest spoof, Parker and his producing partner, Steven Brandon, worked on the parody, “Lost: The Musical.” Sometime after that run, the producing duo realized that they wanted to create a musical adaptation of the “Thrones” TV series, based on the first novel in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga, also called, “A Game of Thrones.” Their collaboration led to them working with Erin Stegeman and Ace Marrero. Stegeman is the music writer, while Marrero is the music producer. In addition, they are the music directors, and are both featured in select performances. Two groups of performers, the House Targaryen cast (which is their group) and the House Lannister cast, rotate throughout the four major festival days. Stegeman gets to be the conniving Cersei Lannister and Marrero portrays the complex Dothraki chieftain, Khal Drogo.
According to Parker, the most difficult part to cast was Tyrion, given his short height. After Bordeau’s audition, he realized that the comedic thespian would do justice to the role. Bordeau is a part of the House Lannister cast. On another, quite random note, Parker was featured in a pilot, “Testing Bob,” with the Emmy-winning star Stephen Parker, writer, co-producer and director of who plays Tyrion on the small screen, the popular TV show (Photo by Todd Leykamp) Peter Dinklage. Something that Bordeau what will be a highly enjoyable originally wanted to avoid summer journey. Since the run as Tyrion was a Dinklage is getting more publicity, let’s impersonation. hope that cast members such as “There is a lot of freedom Dinklage show up for potentialin the way I can portray him,” ly hilarious visits to the Seven he said. “I’m able to break Kingdoms. the fourth wall a lot, which “Game of Thrones: The fits Tyrion’s rule-breaking Musical” will be performed at personality.” the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, One of Bordeau’s favorite located at 930 10th Ave., musical numbers is Tyrion’s Downtown, July 20-23. For song, “You Can’t Kill Me,” tickets or more information, which pokes fun at how visit gotthemusical.com or call Tyrion’s popularity will contin818-314-0947. ue to keep him on the air, even though plenty of other heroes —David Dixon has written and villains are notoriously reviews and features for various eliminated. print and online publications. Tongue-in-cheek humor and You can reach him at daviddixirreverent melodies are key to firstname.lastname@example.org
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sdcnn.com Because while music is the vehicle — and what a rockin’ vehicle it is — the point Grove and the volunteers are driving home is one of strength and Forty girls from the ages confidence. The camp also inof 8 to 17 come to the camp cludes workshops about self-defor one week. With the help fense, image and identity, and of band coaches, mentors and even a female music course “roadies” (the camp support called, “Herstory.” team), they get an instrument, “This is an empowerment form a band, get a name, a logo camp using music as a strucand a song. Then at the end of ture,” Grove said. “I want to camp, they get to perform that show the girls that anything is song live on stage at the House possible.” of Blues, located Downtown, Check out the song titles just one block north of the from last year’s camp — bands Gaslamp Quarter. such as Funky Munkies, The Seeing the power of music Flaming Pop Rocks Sunset and and how it moves and changes Xtreme 5 wrote songs called, the girls is one of the reasons “Stay Strong,” “Capable,” band coach Laura Payne “Super heroes,” and “Take a signed up. Chance.” “I started learning music at In “Stay Strong,” the lead age 7 and found it to really fill sang, “They push you down, I my heart and soul like nothing get back up. They do it again, else,” Payne said. “I was a shy I fight for the love. I will stay kid, so music was my preferred strong. Even when it’s tough, I way to express myself. To this get back up. I know who I am, day, I simply could not live without a doubt. Baby, make without it in my life.” the sun come out.” Payne — who plays bass “Take a Chance” has now with four local bands, includbeen adopted as one of the ing The Resizters, Ingenue, band members’ fight songs, Rhythm and the Method, and with lyrics like “I want to be Big Band Ambassadors — is who I am, don’t want to be grateful that her employer, afraid” and “I am unbreakable, Live Nation, also sees the valnothing can get on my mind.” ue of the camp, and gives her The camper’s mother, Melissa the time off to mentor the girls. Mitchell, blogged about her “Knowing how powerful this daughter’s transformation over type of inspiration can be, I’d the week: like to pay that forward to the For her to go all day — all next generation of female musi- those days — without being cians as best I can,” Payne said. sick, anxious or having to But it’s more than simply call mom was a true miracle… teaching chords and stage Friday night, after the last day, presence. I took her to dinner. She told “I am a dream pusher,” me she got to write her own Grove explained. fight song. She told me she’s
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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CAMP
Melissa Grove, founder of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, on guitar
Another photo of Strange November (l to r) Sydney Palmer, drums; Charlotte Coppo, electric guitar; Audri Castelli, electric bass guitar; Parys Townsend, vocals
This band’s name is Sunset; (l to r) Jessica Bell, band coach; Chanel Davis, electric guitar (behind); Kaitlyn Castelli, drums; Galilea Gomez, vocals; Jadyn Spiwak, electric bass guitar; Dawnielle Davis, keyboard; Dawn Mitschele, band coach (Photos courtesy Melissa Grove) brave now. She’s strong now. She won’t be scared of school now, and if she is, she knows she can get through it. —threefixedhearts.blogspot.com That metamorphosis is what first gave Grove the drive to found San Diego’s Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls. She took part in a “Ladies Camp” version up in Los Angeles through her friends in the band Raining Jane. “I walked in there, never having played more than three notes in my life,” Grove said. “I was all uncomfortable and insecure, but by [the end] I’m on stage rocking those three notes in an original song in front of 200 people. It was transformational.” She came back to San Diego and for several years kept bringing up the idea of a camp here to her friends who work in nonprofit — Grove herself works in the marketing and nonprofit field. Being the aunt of seven girls who are now women, and the great-aunty of 12 still growing girls, Grove could see the value in such a camp. “I see what challenges they have and what they’re going through,” Grove said. “I wanted to shift that.” Finally, those same friends turned it back on Grove. “They said, ‘who’s going to start a San Diego version? Why, you are!’” Grove recalled. Once Grove made the decision to go for it, people came out of the woodwork to help. Parents, both mothers and fathers, friends, family — she said the support she’s received has been “overwhelming.” Grove recruited San Diego musicians Megan Combs, Veronica May, Jessica Bell and Angela Trone to come up with the aforementioned theme song. The women spent two days in a room to create something remarkable — and they did it without catfights or egos. “That [session] set the tone for the camp,” Grove said. “There’s really no room for drama in this camp. We learn to be advocates for ourselves and advocates for each other.” Although the camp is pushing capacity, Grove is still looking for female-identified volunteers to help with set-up, food, check-ins and other camp
activities. Plus, the public is welcome to the Rock n’ Roll Camp Showcase at noon on Saturday, July 29 at the House of Blues. For tickets or more information, visit rockcampforgirlssd. org or email email@example.com. Go to the “Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls
San Diego” YouTube channel to see performances from last year’s camp. —Joyell Nevins is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find her blog “Small World, Big God” at swbgblog.wordpress.com.v
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‘Friends’ acquire historic carousel Growing Balboa Park Reema Makani Boccia The Friends of Balboa Park organization is acquiring the historic Balboa Park Carousel that has entertained native San Diegans and visitors since 1922. The sale closed escrow on June 30 and will allow the nonprofit to maintain uninterrupted operation of the Balboa Park Carousel, located off the San Diego Zoo’s parking lot entrance, at Park Boulevard and Zoo Way. “The carousel was one of very few privately owned assets in Balboa Park,” said John Bolthouse, executive director of Friends of Balboa Park. “Our taking over its ownership aligns perfectly with Friends’ mission to preserve and maintain the park for future generations to come. “Since 1999, Friends has partnered with the City Parks & Recreation Department to help fund projects throughout the park and the carousel is our largest undertaking yet,” Bolthouse continued. “We need the public’s support in funding
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ATMOSPHERE have recently been homeless — including individuals with mental disabilities. These safe, secure homes include wraparound resident services that promote stability and allow them to thrive. At the high-rise’s dedication, new Atmosphere tenant Vikki Lozano, speaking for herself and her husband Ted, talked about the journey they took to becoming tenants, which included being homeless for a period time. “Until about 10 years ago we had a good life, working hard to build up a chain of four interior design stores, a nice house and enough money to take care of our family,” Lozano said. “But when the economy dropped in 2008 we lost everything — the home, the business, and eventually, our sense of hope for our future. “I can’t put into words how hard it was to go through all
the endeavor and are looking forward to continuing to have the carousel be in the spotlight, just as was intended more than a century ago.”
Capital campaign kick-oﬀ
Friends of Balboa Park will kick off a capital campaign to raise money for the ongoing support and maintenance of the carousel on July 25, National Carousel Day. San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward, County Supervisor Ron Roberts and numerous other elected officials and community leaders will be on hand to help celebrate the momentous occasion. A news conference will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a public event from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free carousel rides will be offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The public event will entail children’s music and carnival activities, face painting and more. To support the capital campaign, visit BalboaParkCarousel.org.
History of the Balboa Park Carousel
The carousel has been privately owned for more than of that … the stress of losing everything we had took a great toll on both of us,” Lozano continued. “Ted developed Parkinsons. I ended up on disability with a heart condition.” Things are now looking up for the couple, who have now been residents of Atmosphere since April 1, “It has been a life saver for us,” Lozano said. “Living here, we can finally breathe again. The first day I went down to the leasing office and paid rent, I felt so good; like, I’m on top of my life again — instead of my life being on top of me. Now, I have hope that things will get better for us — finally.” Atmosphere is Wakeland’s largest development so far, as well as its most unique, according to Wakeland’s president/ CEO Ken Sauder. “Atmosphere is really special because the homes here serve the broad spectrum of people who need affordable homes,” Sauder said. “In particular, Wakeland is gratified that Atmosphere addresses San
(l to r) Wakeland’s CEO Kevin Sauder with Mayor Kevin Faulconer on opening night (Photo by Bob Ross)
100 years by several different families. Since its relocation to Balboa Park in 1922, the Balboa Park Carousel has brought countless smiles and memories to all who’ve ridden its animal menagerie and reached for the prized brass ring. The carousel still runs on the original General Electric motor built in 1910 and requires an elevator/ roller coaster certification to operate. The current owner is Bill Steen; the Steen family has owned the carousel for more than 40 years. Carousel timeline: ● 1910 — Built by Herschell-Spillman Co. and erected in Luna Park in Los Angeles. ● 1913 — Carousel and building moved to Coronado’s Tent City by new owner H.D. Simpson. ● 1915 — Carousel and building moved to Balboa Park for the Exposition. ● 1917 — Carousel and building moved back to Coronado’s Tent City. ● 1922 — Carousel and building return to Balboa Park, Diego’s growing need for permanent supportive housing and will help some of our most vulnerable neighbors find stability.” Sauder said the key to making Atmosphere a reality was in “… being able to put together the financing to make the rents affordable.” He characterized the property that became Atmosphere as a “Failed condo project left to become a big hole in the ground.” Noting the need to development more affordable housing options are always needed, the Wakeland CEO added, “The real issue with affordable housing is you need to find a way to ‘buy down rents’ so people can afford it.” “Atmosphere is an outstanding example of the type of partnership development that is needed to address San Diego’s shortage of affordable housing for low-income families and homeless San Diegans,” said San Diego Housing Commission board chairman Frank Urtasun. “The SDHC’s commitment of 51 federal housing vouchers to provide rental assistance for homeless San Diegans here at Atmosphere is an important part of ‘Housing First — San Diego,’ our homelessness action plan.” The $79.3 million Atmosphere development was completed on time and on budget. Financing drew on a unique mix of sources including both 9 percent and 4 percent state tax credits, state infill funding, vouchers from the San Diego Housing Commission and former redevelopment funds from Civic San Diego, which has worked for many years with Wakeland to bring the Atmosphere community to life. “Civic San Diego is proud to be a funding partner in the Atmosphere project,” said Reese A. Jarrett, CivicSD’s president. “This project is a testament of the city’s commitment to
San Diego families have enjoyed the Balboa Park Carousel for nearly 100 years. (Courtesy Friends of Balboa Park) where the Fleet Science Center now stands. ● 1968 — Carousel and building moved to current location; some structural and aesthetic updates are made. ● 1977 — Bill Steen family purchases carousel. ● 2017 — Friends of Balboa Park purchase carousel. Friends of Balboa Park is an affinity group that enhances and maintains Balboa Park through donations and park programs. The group has spearheaded major capital improvement
initiatives throughout the park, including information kiosks; restoration of the historic gate houses and lily pond; and managing Adopt-A-Plot, bench tributes, tree dedications and other programs that facilitate the community’s direct involvement in the enhancement of Balboa Park. —Reema Makani Boccia is a local public relations professional who serves as a communications consultant for Friends of Balboa Park. For more information, visit FriendsOfBalboaPark.org.v
(l to r) Atmosphere new resident Vikki Lozano, Wakeland CEO Kevin Sauder, and new resident Malaka Moore with her mother and daughter on opening night (Photo by Bob Ross) continue the development of affordable housing projects in this post-redevelopment era and is a prime example of what can happen through public-private partnerships.” Elaine Camuso, Wakeland’s communications director, said there are many levels of verification and qualification that perspective tenants must meet to be approved for an affordable housing development. She added that tenant selection and leasing must comply with all rules and regulations for fair housing. “For Atmosphere, Wakeland is working with FPI Management Inc., which is leading the lease up process and providing on-site property management for the building,” Camuso said, adding that FPI began accepting pre-applications for the property in September 2016. “Pre-applications were put in a pool and applicants were randomly selected to begin the tenant qualification process in early October,” she said. “This process includes income and asset verification as well as background and credit checks to ensure the candidate meets the property’s regulatory criteria.”
Camuso said the Atmosphere community completed its construction March 31 and tenants began moving in the next day. “We will be completely leased up by mid-summer, with a current waiting list of more than 700 people,” she said. Atmosphere was also built to ensure longevity. With 205 units, it could potentially provide affordable homes to more than 10,000 San Diegans over its expected 55-year life span, as residents get back on their feet and move out, making room for other neighbors in need. According to the 2017 San Diego homeless Point-in-Time count, there are currently 9,116 people experiencing homelessness in San Diego County, up 5 percent from last year. In the Cortez neighborhood near the Atmosphere complex, those numbers are rising even faster, with an increase of 27 percent since last year. For more information about Atmosphere and other Wakefield properties, their vacancies or waitlists, visit wakelandhdc.com. — Dave Schwab can be reached at email@example.com
San Diego Downtown News | July 2017
Increasing awareness in the sanctity of life Art on the land Delle Willett “Our creativity and innovative applications continue to result in award-winning landscapes with a genuine ‘spirit of place,’” said San Diego landscape architect David Reed. Reed’s fi rst year studying engineering at Rutgers was very difficult; while he managed to survive, he became very disenchanted. “Then I met some bohemian-type guys who were doing fascinating drawings,” Reed recalled. “I said, ‘What is this?’ and the most bohemian one of them said, ‘Hey man, this is landscape architecture.’ “I was hooked,” he said. “What I didn’t realize at the time was that, since I grew up spending most of my youthful time in a park designed by the Olmsted Brothers, I had already been greatly influenced by the magic of landscape.” Reed changed his major at Rutgers to landscape architecture, and graduated cum laude in 1972. Forty-five years later, he still believes the landscape can be a very special and powerful place. “I view my art and profession of landscape architecture as a vehicle for improving not just the quality of life, but increasing the awareness of its sanctity,” he said. Reed has been practicing landscape architecture in San Diego since 1980 and founded his own fi rm — David Reed, Landscape Architects (drasla. com) — in 1982. He started his company at the height of the “stagflation” era when he was laid off with the rest of the staff.
David Reed, principal of David Reed Landcape Architects “I had a little ‘side job’ of my own,” he said. “One thing led to another and here we are.” Now, with seven full-time employees, the award-winning fi rm has gained a reputation for excellence in all aspects of the landscape architecture profession, and is known for their high-end creative design for difficult projects, custom hardscape, parks, and habitat re-vegetation, highly detailed construction documents, extensive knowledge of masonry and horticulture. In the early days, Reed spent several years as an apprentice to master carpenters and stone masons, working under Eleanor Pedersen, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. His extensive construction experience helps facilitate the implementation process on every project. “Careful site planning and the command of elements, such as stone, water, wood and plant life collaborate to evoke that sense of unique spirit in each landscape,” he said. He also spent time as an apprentice at Pacific Beach Gardens and worked as a gardener in La Jolla; his
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Veterans Memorial Garden, Balboa Park (Photos courtesy David Reed Landscape Architects)
Casa del Rey Moro Gardens historic reconstruction, Balboa Park horticulture experience is often sought after by colleagues and even nursery personnel. Reed studies the natural environment wherever he fi nds it and has become well versed in both the native and
cultivated flora of California. For over three and a half decades, his fi rm has created beautiful landscapes that continue to thrive. The fi rm’s reputation has earned them design projects in prestigious venues like San Diego’s Crown Jewel, Balboa Park — including the successful completion of the new plaza for the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at the Old Globe; the Veterans Memorial Garden; the historic reconstruction of the Casa del Rey Moro Gardens; and most recently, work at the Mingei International Museum. “Our work runs the entire gamut of the built works, from large-scale habitat restoration and re-vegetation to research facilities, streetscapes, parks and plazas, ecclesiastical work, HOA renovations, and custom residential projects,” he said. Reed remains the sole principal of his fi rm, though
he is looking to expand. For 32 years, his offices were in Little Italy, but two years ago he moved the business to 3585 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. Hid long-range goals are to work on his company’s succession plan, start on his “bucket list” and toil in his own garden at his home in San Carlos near Lake Murray, where he lives with his wife, Carolyn. He has also been editing his book, “Uphill and into the Wind,” chronicled in journals, from his 5,420-mile bicycle ride across the U. S. to study its natural history and flora fi rst hand. Watch for it on the New York Times best-seller list. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at dellewillett@ gmail.com.v
San Diego Downtown News | July 2017
Find your summer with us Downtown Partnership News Kris Michell Summer is upon us, and it’s a great time to be Downtown. From catching a baseball game, to hanging with your favorite superheroes during Comic-Con, summer Downtown is full of opportunities to experience the city life. Here at the Downtown Partnership, we are doing our part to make Downtown a vibrant place to be this summer. Once again, we are working with GigTown and Pacific Records to bring the best local artists to the streets with the fourth annual “Sounds of Summer” pop-up concert series. To celebrate the summer, this series offers free concerts every Friday throughout Downtown at various locations. Grab some food and spend your lunch hour soaking up the sun and listening to local artists perform in Downtown’s premier outdoor spaces or enjoy an evening concert at Fault Line Park. Over the summer, there will be 33 concerts! To learn more about this fun series, visit bit. ly/2stitfy. Need something to do with the kids during Comic-Con? Bring your favorite superhero outfit, pick up dinner and
Before you reﬁnance student loans, read this Are your monthly student loan payments eating up a lot of money that prevents you from doing other things you need to save for, like getting married, starting a business, buying a house or having a family? If yes, refinancing your student loans can look like an attractive option. Refinancing does make sense for some people and it can save money or make debt more manageable, but it’s not a cure-all for everyone with student debt. Understand what happens when you refinance student loans and know the potential consequences before you start the process.
programs to help you repay student debt. That includes the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. That might be OK, especially if you don’t qualify for federal programs, use a repayment plan, or refinancing offers a way to save more on repayment than a federal plan does. Need help running through the various scenarios? Consider working with a fee-only financial planner who can help design a comprehensive financial plan that considers all aspects of your life — including student loans — so you can maximize the money available to you. Just make sure that any financial professional you work with is a fiduciary. You can find a list of other important questions to ask before hiring a planner here bit.ly/2twwyZf.
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Sam Bybee at the June 30 “Sounds of Summer” launch (Photos courtesy DSDP)
a brew from Stella Public House, and go enjoy a free movie at Fault Line Park on July 22. Ready to get in shape and enjoy that San Diego sun? Join us for one of our free yoga sessions every Saturday in July at 9 a.m. at Headquarters’ courtyard, or come to one of our neighborhood workout sessions. The Partnership team and hundreds of Downtown residents will shut down the streets of East Village for a community workout on Aug. 12. East Village Sessions, as we love to call it, is a one-day
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fitness event designed to encourage the health and wellness of Downtown residents, workers and visitors. Join us for any of the free classes offered during this event. There is something for everyone and all levels are welcome! From 8 a.m. to noon, you can enjoy a variety of classes including: spin, yoga, boot camp, and circuit training. Over the past year, our team has been working diligently to streamline the permitting process at the city, so that we can do even more and we are continually working to enhance our public spaces with dynamic urban experiences. We are committed to creating a stronger, more vibrant urban core, and our program of summer activities is just the start. Over the next year, our team will help organize over 69 park activations, popup craft markets, Downtown workout sessions, and public art projects. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. To learn more about the Downtown Partnership and the Clean & Safe program, visit downtownsandiego.org.v
Here’s what happens when you refinance student loans: You apply for a new loan with a new lender, asking to borrow the sum of all your existing student loan balances. The lender approves your loan application and underwrites a loan which includes new terms and interest rate. The money from the new loan is used to pay off all your existing student loan debt. You repay the new loan. Say your existing student loans had 10-year terms and you were four years into paying them off. Your refinance loan could come with a 10-year term. You’ll be paying on that debt for 10 more years, rather than just the six you’d pay on your existing loans. Extending the time it takes to repay debt could negate savings from a lower interest rate. Before you refinance student loans, do the math. Is the interest rate you can get from a lender low enough to make paying off loans over more months worthwhile?
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If you have federal loans now, you can currently enroll in one of the Department of Education’s many repayment plans or programs. But if you refinance? Your new loan isn’t a federal loan. It’s private — which means you won’t be eligible for
Federal student loans offer certain protections to borrowers. Those include options for forbearance and deferment. It also includes the ability to discharge the debt if you were to pass away or become disabled. Along with losing access to repayment plans and programs, you lose these benefits when you refinance. If something happened to you, your debt would not be discharged after your death. The lack of protections could leave you (or your family) in a bad spot in the future. And if you had a cosigner on your original student loans, you need to ask your new lender for a cosigner release form before you refinance. Without that form, your cosigner gets stuck with the remaining balance of your refinanced loan — which they’ll owe immediately — if you were to die.
Refinancing does seem appealing. But it’s not the only way to make your student debt easier to manage and pay off. If you’re struggling to make your payments and want to get them under control, look at other aspects of your financial situation first. Are you overspending? Could saving more money in your everyday expenses help you come up with the money you need to comfortably make your student loan payment? If you’re doing your best to save but still can’t manage your student loan payments, it might be time to learn how to make more money. From side hustles to a switch in your full-time job, you have more options — and more control over your income — than you might think. To see the original version of this article, visit bit. ly/2ubUGy3. —Taylor Schulte, CFP, is the CEO of Define Financial and the founder of StayWealthySanDiego.com and is passionate about helping people make smart decisions with their money. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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DOWNTOWN CALENDAR SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY’S BAYSIDE SUMMER NIGHTS Friday through Sunday
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Experience an evening of music, drinks and scenery along the San Diego Bay. Various concerts will take place throughout the summer, some with accompanied by a popular full-length feature film. Musical guests include Herb Albert, Lani Hall, Leslie Odom Jr., Tony Bennett and Air Supply. Most performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way. Visit bit. ly/2tpYqM6.
SAN DIEGO FAT TIRE TOUR DE FAT Saturday
The Tour de Fat presented by Fat Tire returns to San Diego — with expanded offerings and a new venue — including rock music, improv comedy and more. Enjoy live entertainment from various performers including headliner The Naked and Famous. Costumes strongly encouraged. This event is 21 years and older. Tickets $25 at bit.ly/2sADvsz. 4–9 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Coast Highway. Visit bit. ly/2sAjHFW
PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE Saturday
Grab your purple paintbrush and promote Relay For Life. To get the word out about August’s event, Relay For Life needs volunteers to give a hand distributing flyers, hanging posters and fostering conversations about Relay. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Drive. Contact kyle. email@example.com or visit bit.ly/2sAvDqX.
HOSTEL TAKEOVER ART SHOW Sunday
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30 artists will be featured in the show. Free. 4–10 p.m. at 521 Market St. Visit bit. ly/2sAcSUT.
PRIDE POOCH PARADE Thursday
Grab your pooch and walk with pride. The Pride Pooch Parade starts at City Dog grooming, marches to Fit Athletic Club and ends at Hotel Indigo with some $7 canine cocktails. 5–6 p.m. City Dog Grooming, 550 Park Blvd., Downtown. Fit Athletic, 350 Tenth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2sADuVv.
DOWNTOWN CLEAN UP Saturday
KarmaHope will host a cleanup to beautify Imperial Avenue. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Backpacks encouraged for water bottle distribution to the homeless. Gloves, trash bags, trash pickers, hand sanitizer, water and a light breakfast will be provided. Meet behind Rescue Towing, 1640 Logan Ave., Logan Heights. 9–11:30 a.m. Visit bit. ly/2sArGms.
MCASD’S DOWNTOWN AT SUNDOWN Thursday
Join MCASD after hours for a visual and performing arts experience, including free exhibition tours, DJ-spun tours and short film screenings from SDSU Downtown Gallery. 5–8 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2sAmQW0.
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“GAME OF THRONES: THE
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A comedy musical parody of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” is hitting the stage at 10th Avenue Arts Center, Downtown. Visit gotthemusical. com or see Page 16 in this issue for more information.
MICHELLE BRANCH AT MUSIC BOX Saturday
Pop singer/songwriter Michelle Branch will perform at 9 p.m. at Music Box, 1337 India St. This is a 21-and-older show. Tickets $27-$29 (without fees) at fgtix.to/2szZNe2. Visit bit.ly/2sArwLu.
“RAIDERS, REBELS AND SUPERMEN: THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS” Saturday
Listen to the iconic sounds of John Williams conducted by Gemma New. Williams, a famous soundtrack composer, is known for the music of “E.T.,” “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars.” Tickets $25-$40 at bit.ly/2sGQj0v. 7:30 p.m. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St. Visit bit.ly/2sGKeRU.
MYSTERY 21 22 SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE TOUR Friday and Saturday
See the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” come to life. Enjoy a live and interactive rendition of the comic science fiction TV series. Tickets start at $39 (without fees). 7 p.m. at Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2sGWt0G.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY BASEBALL Tuesday
Cheer the San Diego Padres when the New York Mets come to town. Experience Christmas-themed entertainment in the park and get a special “Christmas in July” ugly-sweater themed Padres cap. Note — this special give away is only for the first 500 who purchase the special event ticket. It is also Taco Tuesday at the ballpark. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $20 with options available in Field Level, Terrace Level and Upper Level. To purchase the special tickets, visit bit.ly/2tiTQ3Y.
LITTLE ITALY ‘STATE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD’ DINNER Wednesday
Experience a community dinner full of the flavors of Little Italy. This annual event includes a networking cocktail reception, dinner service from local eateries and a presentation on Little Italy’s culture. Tickets $45 (without fees) at bit.ly/2tpWLX9. 5:30 p.m. at Rooftop of County parking structure, 715 W. Cedar St. Visit bit.ly/2tpNG0q.
PADRES HAT GIVEAWAY Saturday
Come see the San Diego Padres take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and get a special Padres baseball hat, presented by National University. Stay for the post-game fireworks show, presented by T-Mobile, after the game. First pitch is at 5:40 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2tKB5r3.v
RECURRING EVENTS TUESDAY
Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/residents-free. Coronado Certiﬁed Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com.
Food Truck Wednesdays: Up to seven different food trucks converge for your dining pleasure very Wednesday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., hosted by Curbside Bites. B and India Streets. For a list of which Food Trucks will be on hand any given week, visit bit.ly/2srT55E.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.
Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org or sign up for their newsletter. Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $50-65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego.com/private tours.
Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit littleitalysd.com/mercato. Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.
Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for handson learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegolibrary.org. —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org
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DIVORCE experiences with their former spouses and the courts, they are adamant that there’s an upside to divorce, and friends often make the difference. Picture girlfriends meeting regularly for coffee — or an occasional adult beverage — sharing their marital woes, being supportive when one or another’s marriage struggles and fails, offering suggestions and comfort, and finding the humor in it all, whenever possible. This is how “Charmed Divorce” reads, and a similar scenario actually provided the genesis of the book. “At one of our bi-weekly coffee dates, we were talking about all the crazy stuff we were encountering with our divorces,” the authors wrote. “We shared stories of court dates, child custody issues and all the insanity that surrounds a divorce. … We discovered that keeping our minds, bodies and spirits aligned played a crucial role in maintaining our sanity through the difficulties of divorce and recovery. … We felt it was important to share this information for those who may be contemplating divorce.” And that’s what “Charmed Divorce” sets out to do. The book provides a reality check — a sort of road map for what to expect. Yes, divorce is excruciatingly difficult, full of “trials and tribulations.” Yet the book is also a chatty and chipper self-help guide, with “101 Things to Do When Getting Divorced,” from “Get laid” to “Throw out something old” to “Dance!” Yes, divorce happens, but it is survivable. “You will get through this process and even find some things to laugh about,” the authors say. “You will become a stronger, more confident person in the end.” “The book is not promoting divorce,” Sassi said in a recent interview with San Diego Downtown News. “It’s promoting turning a terrible thing into a positive one.” Sassi and Scott have managed to find numerous positive twists — the silver linings among the gray clouds of divorce. Can’t afford a vacation, but desperately need one? “Sleep on a friend’s couch,” Scott suggested. Feeling crushed by your ex’s hostility? “Appreciate the small things,” the authors wrote, “the sunrise or sunset … the joy a child has when playing in the park.” They also enthusiastically encourage rolls in the hay and even include body hair landscaping guidance for women and men. “It’s always nice to be in fashion — even down there!” The self-published book has plenty of humor and lots of references to self-care, some more touchy-feely than others. There is no legal advice, no sage counsel about becoming best buddies with your ex, no sterling prose. What Sassi and Scott set out to do was gather their
personal experiences and lessons learned, and share them with people who don’t have an experienced sounding board. And this they’ve achieved — almost to their surprise. “We wrote the book really quickly,” Scott explained. “Our editor reviewed it for us. Then we almost had to start from scratch. It was fun at first and then it felt like a second job, but we powered through it — because the whole intent was to help women out. There are a lot of women who don’t have a friend to go through the divorce with. Sometimes you’re the first person in your group of friends to be divorced.” The authors plan to extend that help outline in the book via a series of conversational podcasts, due to launch in early July at CharmedDivorce.com. The podcasts and the book share an underlying theme: “Learn to love yourself again,” Scott said, “because a lot of times when you’re in a marriage for a long time, you forget who you are as an individual. We’re trying to get people to remember who they are and to love themselves.” —Kit-Bacon Gressitt writes narrative nonfiction and commentary on her blog ExcuseMeImWriting. com and is a founding editor of WritersResist.com. She formerly wrote for the North County Times. She also hosts Fallbrook monthly Writers Read authors series and open mic for poetry and prose, and can be reached at kbgressitt@ gmail.com.v
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The Epilepsy Foundation presented Atlantis Fashion Show and luncheon on June 1 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The afternoon began with a Champagne and boutique shopping spree and chairs for the day were Dottie Stanley, Maria Stanley and Darlene Davies. County Supervisor Ron Roberts gave a proclamation honoring the Atlantis Fashion Show and its honoree Betty Beyster and family for their support of programs such as the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. The award is called the Light of Hope. Co-chairs of the event were Aimee Fuller and Patricia Baetz. Elizabeth Eshoo was introduced to the audience to talk about her journey with her daughter Emily’s epilepsy and the audience was spellbound by her story. Emily danced down the runway with Lucie Roche to the delight of the audience. The fashion show was produced by Leonard Simpson and co-produced by Brittany Noelle. Simpson gave a stellar lineup of designers for the runway. The show opened with designer Debbie Nghiem showing off models wearing her glamorous gowns. Debbie Solan made intricate mermaid crowns for the models. Next down the runway were stylish menswear fashions by Los Angeles-based designer Perry Jones 11. San
About the book “Charmed Divorce: A Positive Twist on the D-Word” By Robin Sassi and Leah Scott Publisher: Balboa Press 190 pages, paperback and e-book CharmedDivorce.com Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, book’s website
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San Diego Downtown News | July 2017 Diegan Oseas Villatoro showcased his womens and mens ready-to-wear collection on the catwalk. Gladis Pleita lit up the runway with her creations. The finale highlighted the elegant collection by Nolan Dean Le. Auctioneer Graham Sterling held a live auction with incredible items for all.Proceeds for Atlantis went to the Epilepsy Foundation San Diego County. There are 50,000 people in San Diego living with re-occurring seizure disorders. This nonprofit organization fights to stop seizures and works to find a cure by research, advocacy, and education. For more information about the Epilepsy Foundation, visit epilepsysandiego.org.
Bubbles on Fifth
Bubbles Boutique in the Gaslamp held a Hat Party on June 24 in its eclectic store. Gearing up for the upcoming Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, on Wednesday, July 19, Bubbles Boutique threw this fun party with Champagne and nibbles. Customers could come and make their own fascinator with milliner Diana Cavagnaro. All supplies were included with trims such as feathers, beads, flowers and ribbons. Gayleen Nichols, the owner of Bubbles Boutique, helped coordinate garments with the customers finished hats. This trendy boutique on Fifth Avenue has been in the Gaslamp for 15 years now and carries an array of must-have items. Stop by and take a peek at 226 Fifth Ave.
July 16 | Designers at the Del — This free fashion show and brunch at Hotel del Coronado features Baza and VaughnBerry. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Sit and enjoy a special cocktail and brunch menu available for purchase. July 20 | Fourth Annual Her Universe — A fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con, where designers compete for a chance to design a collection for Hot Topic. Located at Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and hosted by Ashley Eckstein, the competition features a panel of celebrity judges. Need a Comic-Con badge to attend. July 22 | Avant Garde Costume Gala — This event features Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) designers with a fashion show, costume contest, live performances, art installations and 12 amazing chefs. 6:30–10:30 p.m. Park6, 590 Fir St. For more information, visit vanguardculture. com.Aug. 19 | 40th Haute with Heart — The annual St. Madeleine Sophie’s fashion show event, located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., with luncheon fashion show, boutique shopping, live and silent auction. For tickets, visit stmsc.org —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.v
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