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became fast friends; they provide balance to each other and are committed to effecting change across the globe — together. Kavanaugh and VanDiver are the co-chairs of the local chapter of the Truman National Security Project, a community of likeminded, progressive individuals
Walking up and down the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter at 9 p.m. on a Saturday, it is hard to not become encompassed by the fast-paced nightlife. It is a scene of thrilling chaos, with tourists intoxicated by the bright lights of the city walking aimlessly around, overly-excited 20-something club-goers skipping in-and-out of bars, congested streets with creeping cars looking to find that “needle-in-the-haystack” parking spot. In an effort to increase public safety and reduce traffic along Fifth Avenue between Broadway and Harbor Drive, the Gaslamp Quarter Association — in conjunction with the San Diego Police Department and the Downtown Community Parking District — is launching the “Fifth Avenue Nighttime Active Loading Zone,” a tow away zone that will restrict parking Friday and Saturday evenings between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Spearheading the project is Michael Trimble, executive director for Gaslamp Quarter Association, and he is thrilled that
see Truman, pg 11
see Parking, pg 4
A magical exhibition in the park
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Members of the local chapter of the Truman National Security Project stand on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, along with other local officials. (Courtesy Shawn VanDiver) Fleet Week events all month
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Truman wants YOU Changing the world, one idea at a time Morgan M. Hurley | Editor On the surface, Shawn VanDiver and Kristen Kavanaugh couldn’t be more different; VanDiver is a straight, white, animated and often
An Italian makeover from Vegas
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raucous former enlisted Navy sailor and a single dad; Kavanaugh is a lesbian of color, a calm, cool and collected former Marine Corps finance officer, and married. When you scratch that surface, however, you find they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Serendipitously thrown together as colleagues, the two
A circus of fun Nonprofit to celebrate a decade with 'Wacky Wingding' By Margie M. Palmer
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Chef Julie Darling was born into a family who believed in giving back. Throughout the years, Darling, who owns Just Call Us Catering and Kitchen Rental, has served on countless committees, chaired numerous fundraising events and has donated her catering services to Helen Woodward’s Spring Fling, Mama’s Kitchen and Rady Children’s Hospital, to name a few. Her volunteerism reached its peak in 2005, when she founded Just Call Us Volunteers (JCUV). Since that time, JCUV has worked with a number of local nonprofits to help feed San Diego’s homeless fresh and nutritious meals. On Sept. 16, the organization will celebrate more than a decade of volunteerism with The Wacky Wingding party and fundraiser.
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Chef Julie Darling (center) has been at the helm of her nonprofit for 10 years and is ready to celebrate with a circus. (Courtesy JCUV)
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In an era of social media and technological saturation, Veronica Murphy is on a back-to-basics mission. Murphy, artistic director with the Balboa Park-based organization Write Out Loud, said she believes appreciation toward literature has waned for a large portion of the population — particularly today’s youth. Artwork for the “Magic Finger” “It just seems like reading books has fallen out (Courtesy Larry and Debby Kline) of favor,” Murphy said. “It’s become a lost art.” With this philosophy at the forefront of her was planted early this year when she received word mind, Murphy is shepherding a collaborative effort of a series of similar events across the globe. this month, paying homage to renowned author The Roald Dahl Literary Estate, which is comRoald Dahl. mitted to keeping Dahl’s legacy alive, has been conThe British native, who died in 1990, was born tacting organizations such as Write Out Loud about 100 years ago this month. events. Estate officials on the other side of the pond Dahl’s imagination-laced books have been known have christened September Roald Dahl Month to to generations of readers. His repertoire of authored amplify his influence. pieces include “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie When planning for the upcoming local event and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Matilda.” got underway, Murphy said she sent overtures to Write Out Loud, which is arts groups throughout Balboa entering its 10th season of storyPark. telling activities at Balboa Park, “I’m very passionate about is honoring Dahl’s influence on Roald Dahl and have read all of the literary world on Sunday, his stories,” she said. “I wanted Sept. 18, through its StoryBox to partner with a bunch of difTheatre Program. ferent groups so we could make Annually, the organization a real impact.” attempts to bring the pages of Ginger Shulick Porcella, literary works to life through executive director with the San re-enactments on stage. Murphy Diego Art Institute, said she said Write Out Loud’s inspirajumped at the opportunity to tion for the program is a Japatake part in the festivities. The nese storytelling tradition known SDAI is holding a screening of as kamishibai. “The Witches,” the film based “I’m hoping parents and kids on Dahl’s book of the same will see the value in these stoname. ries,” Murphy said when asked “It’s an interesting story what she hopes participants that is dark and weird,” Portake home after experiencing cella said of “The Witches.” “It the Dahl-themed event. “I want Roald Dahl in his study (Courtesy Roald Dahl has a lot of twists and turns to people to come away from here Literary Estate) it. I’m hoping we can expose loving literature.” a whole new audience to some of his work. I love Murphy has commissioned two San Diegosharing films I enjoy, and this is a film I enjoy.” based artists to create designs for the two Dahl From Porcella’s vantage point, Dahl is an ideal stories being performed for the StoryBox program. novelist to spotlight across Balboa Park. Samantha Jean Wilson has created artwork for “His works appeal to people of all ages,” Porcella “The Enormous Crocodile,” while Deborah Kline said. “While he wrote children’s books, he also wrote and Larry Kline have assembled imagery for “The stories for adults. There’s something for everyone.” Magic Finger.” The events honoring Dahl at the eight groups While Write Out Loud is helming the Dahl day within Balboa Park are taking place from 10 a.m. to on Sept. 18, several neighboring organizations 5 p.m. on Sept. 18. Most of the events are free. within Balboa Park’s grounds are also partnering For a full itinerary of what is taking place with related activities. within each organization, visit Write Out Loud’s The partnering groups include the House of website, writeoutloudsd.com, or browse Balboa England, Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei Park’s calendar of events at balboapark.org. International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Art Institute, Save Starlight and —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a the Spreckels Organ Society. special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact Murphy said the seed for a Dahl-themed day him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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PARKING the parking restriction is finally being implemented. In development for more than a year, the tow away zone went through many phases before finally being slated to start Friday, Sept. 2 trough Aug. 30, 2018. “One of the major elements that creates traffic congestion along Fifth Avenue in Gaslamp Quarter is the parking,” Trimble said. “The active loading zone will help streamline staggering traffic.” “It will eliminate the need for patrons to circulate the block looking for that magical parking spot,” Trimble continued. “On average, people wait in traffic for 30 minutes to move up one block due to people double-parked next to parked cars when dropping or picking someone up.” The active loading zone will be similar to what is found at an airport. The removal of 125 parking spaces will be replaced with three-minute active passenger loading zones. Besides creating an ef-
ficient passenger loading and unloading zone, the new tow away zone will help to improve pedestrian safety by clearing the streets of vehicles, which will increase visibility, space and reduce public safety and law enforcement response time to incidents. Mary Micale, a promoter for one of the bars on Fifth Avenue, is excited about the parking restriction in the name of safety. “I’ve been working down here for a while as a promoter and I often see encounters of people almost getting hit by cars because they are so distracted,” she said. “There definitely is a safety issue, so I hope the ban will help with that.” The parking restriction will be based on a two-year trial with a 30-day grace period once the signage goes up, so citizens can get accustomed to the change. “I will regularly check every week, or six months if I have to, to make sure the restriction is actually working and benefiting the community,” Trimble said. While some are excited about the plan, Downtown resident Megan Kane is indifferent about the parking restriction. “I don’t see the benefit of how
removing 125 parking spaces will decrease traffic and increase safety,” Kane said. “It takes 45 minutes to find a parking spot now, so taking away available parking will only make it worse, unless they decided to build another parking garage.” The tow away zone is one step in resolving mobility in the Gaslamp Quarter, Trimble said. “We are reallocating those 125 less parking spaces and creating other ways to improve parking,” he said. “Future plans consist of parking spots for employees, a universal valet program and diagonal parking, to name a few. “In addition, the overall plan will help promote alternative forms of transportation, such as public transit and ridesharing options.” To learn more about the pilot program, or to submit questions, comments, and concerns, contact the Gaslamp Quarter Association at email@example.com or 619-2335227. —Desirae Holland is a local freelance writer. You can reach her at d7holland@hotmail. com or follow her on Twitter @ desirae_h_.v
Pride for our LGBT caucus Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins Every year in June, the state Assembly holds an LGBT Pride ceremony on the Assembly floor. This year, a visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama pushed our ceremony to Aug. 8, when we celebrated the formation of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. California’s LGBT Caucus was the first of its kind in the nation, founded in June 2002 by legislators Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg and Christine Kehoe. I am currently a proud member of the caucus, along with Assemblymembers Susan Eggman (the caucus chair), Rich Gordon, and Evan Low and Senators Mark Leno, Cathleen Galgiani, and Ricardo Lara. For this year’s ceremony, I had the privilege of honoring Chris Kehoe, my political mentor. I worked on her staff when she was on the San Diego City Council. From there, she went on to serve in both the Assembly and the Senate. It was she who pushed me to run to replace her on the council in 2000. I owe my political career to her. I was filled with pride during the ceremony as I watched a video chronicling the history of the LGBT Caucus. If it’s possible to be prouder than I already was about having been the first lesbian Speaker of the Assembly, that video — and the whole ceremony — made me more so. I stand on the shoulders of those openly LGBT legislators who came before me — they were such brave and effective leaders. They helped shape my approach to leadership and it’s partly to honor them that I have fought as hard as I have for justice and equality for California’s LGBT community. Around the district: The National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 is a day near and dear to all of us who watched as terror-
ists attacked us in 2001. All Americans are encouraged to pay tribute to the memories of the 2,977 victims and heroes lost that day by volunteering for service projects in their communities. If you would like to get involved, you can find local opportunities in San Diego by visiting 911day.org/volunteer and entering your zip code. Many local groups hold events in honor of the 9/11 victims, which included many San Diegans. For instance, the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park will again hold its Patriots Day Blood Drive, at 10 a.m. In another local tradition, on Sept. 10, firefighters will invite the public to help them honor the 403 emergency responders who died in the attacks by taking part in the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. As always, we will not forget the loss of these precious lives. As everyone knows, firefighting is a difficult, yet rewarding and often-heroic career, and we must remind women that it is a profession available to them. I am happy to report that there soon will be an opportunity to learn more about a career in firefighting. The California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service will hold one of its annual Firefighter Career Expos in San Diego from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 24, at the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center, 10440 Black Mountain Road in Mira Mesa. Attendees can talk to representatives from departments throughout California, try a physical-ability test, see firefighting equipment up close and enjoy free barbecue. The expo is open to everyone, but there’s a special emphasis on recruiting women and other underrepresented candidates. —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker Emeritus of the California State Assembly. For more information, visit her website, asmdc. org/members/a78, sign up for her e-newsletter or follow her on Twitter, @toniatkins.v
Trumping Issa Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Election Day 2016 is just over two months away, and for the first time since being elected to Congress in 2000, Darrell Issa (R-49) might face real difficulty in keeping his job. The millionaire Issa, the richest member of Congress for the third year running, is facing a challenge from Doug Applegate, an attorney and former Marine from San Clemente. Issa has enjoyed solid support in the district since initially winning his seat in 2000 by 28 points. From 2002 through the 2010 general elections, Issa never failed to emerge victorious by less than 29 points; but his popularity seems to have waned since the Tea Party wave of 2010. Although
Rep. Darrell Issa (File photo) he won his 2012 primary by 37 points, the general election was a much narrower 10-point victory. In 2014, he defeated his nearest primary challenger by 29 points, 15 points in the general. This past June, however, was a different story. Newcomer Doug Applegate, a Democrat, has presented an unusually strong challenge for the controversial Republican, where Issa squeaked out a primary win 48.45 percent to 47.85 percent, less than a full percentage point in the San Diego County portion of the district. Including the Orange County portion, Issa won by a mere 5.7 percentage points. You might recall that beginning in 2012, California switched to a voter-approved open primary system, where the top two vote winners advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation. And Issa has never faced a serious electoral challenge from any party — until now. So why is a safe seat suddenly not so safe anymore? It may have something to do with the top of the Republican ticket in the presidential election, Donald J. Trump. After initially supporting Marco Rubio in the Republican presidential primary, Issa has enthusiastically jumped aboard the Trump Train, going so far as to introduce Trump at a San Diego rally in May. He also attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as a Trump delegate. Turns out that’s not such a popular position, particularly in areas with a lot of moderate Republicans and independents, and nearly a quarter of the voters in the 49th District are registered
San Diego Downtown News | September 2016 as independents. It could also be that Issa’s challenger, Doug Applegate, holds a unique appeal in a district that surrounds Camp Pendleton. A Marine for 32 years, Applegate actually served at Pendleton and has deep ties to the district. Or it could be an indication that Issa’s years of controversial statements and fruitless investigations as chairman of the House Oversight Committee between 2011 and 2014, costing the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, may have caught up to him. Whatever the case, Applegate’s performance in the primary and his subsequent fundraising prowess has caused the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to take notice of a district that until now had been viewed as a lost cause. According to the Orange County Register, DCCC polling has indicated a tied race between the candidates, with Issa and Applegate each drawing 43 percent. And after spending a mere $50,000 in the primary compared with Issa’s $740,000, Applegate managed to raise an additional $128,000 since the end of the primary through June. Still, Issa has a massive money advantage, with $3.7 million cash on hand in his campaign coffers compared with $136,000 for Applegate as of the end of June. But in an election year such as this, money may not be all that much of an advantage. And Issa isn’t the only one who could be dragged down by Trump’s candidacy. The New York Times (a publication that according to Trump is “failing” despite its status as the nation’s publication of record, with apologies to the Washington Post), Republican candidates across the country are running as fast as they can away from Trump in order to save their jobs. And Trump may have already cost one Republican San Diego City Council candidate his shot at election and ensured that the City Council will remain in Democratic majority hands for at least two more years. Ray Ellis, the District 1 candidate running against Democrat Barbara Bry cited Trump’s toxicity in his decision to concede the race months before Election Day. Issa appears to be taking this challenge seriously, unlike his former colleague Eric Cantor, the arch conservative former House Majority Leader who lost a primary in 2014 to an even more hard right conservative Republican challenger. Issa has been making himself visible within his district, visiting local startup businesses and listening to concerns about how government has been a hindrance or a help for local small business owners (here’s a hint: Echoing Ronald Reagan, “government is the problem, not the solution.”). Issa even manned
Rep. Susan Davis, D-53 2700 Adams Ave. #102 San Diego, CA 92116 Local: 619-280-5353 Washington: 202-225-2040 house.gov/susandavis Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-50 1611 N. Magnolia Ave. #310 El Cajon, CA 92019 619-448-5201 202-225-5672 hunter.house.gov Rep. Darrell Issa, R-49 1800 Thibodo Road #310 Vista, CA 92081 760-599-5000 202-225-3906 issa.house.gov Rep. Scott Peters, D-52 4350 Executive Dr. #105 San Diego, CA 92122 858-455-5550 202-225-0508 scottpeters.house.gov Rep. Juan Vargas, D-51 333 F St. #A Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-422-5963 202-225-8045 vargas.house.gov a cash register at a local Oceanside gas station in an effort to connect with the little people. (It should also be noted that according to the San Diego Union Tribune, Scott Peters (D-52) also spent time at an affiliated gas station to discuss the same regulatory issues that Issa was exploring.) With the Nov. 8 Election Day fast approaching, it remains to be seen whether Applegate is truly poised to do what was once considered impossible. After all, uprooting an incumbent is rare enough, but uprooting an incumbent who has been so entrenched as Issa is virtually unheard of. But in a highly unusual and polarizing election, it is possible that Issa’s vociferous support of all things Trump combined with a challenger whose background uniquely reflects the district he seeks to serve could bring to an end a long and often controversial congressional career. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@ sbcglobal.net.v
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Stronger voter protections mean a stronger democracy By Rep. Susan A. Davis On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation — the Voting Rights Act (VRA) — into law. It knocked down barriers many states had put in place that disenfranchised minority voters. The impact of the new law was immediate. Nearly a million AfricanAmericans registered to vote in the first four years after the VRA was signed into law. It was a watershed moment in the history of our nation that meant millions of Americans who were previously denied the right to have a say in the direction of their country finally had a seat at the table. The protections provided in the VRA were hard fought. The new voting rights law was the culmination of many acts of civil disobedience and numerous marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, it was the March on Selma, led by my colleague U.S. Rep. John Lewis, in March 1965 that finally spurred Congress into action. As 600 peaceful marchers attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, state troopers blocked their path and ordered them to disperse. Movement leaders attempted to engage in a dialogue with the commanders of the state troopers. But words were met with tear gas. Officers with billy clubs moved into the crowd beating nonviolent protesters, all of which was televised. In years past, I’ve had the honor of joining John in commemorating the sacrifice of the marchers in Selma. The most moving of the memorials was last year marking the 50th anniversary of the march. Yet more than 50 years later, the struggle continues. Many states are enacting laws to make voting harder when governments have an obligation to protect the rights of citizens. Early voting in many states is being rolled back. States are cutting funding for holding elections resulting in fewer polling places available to voters. We are also seeing instances of racial gerrymandering. Voter ID laws are being implement-
Proponents of voter ID laws claim the need to stop voter fraud. But facts say otherwise. A professor at Loyola Law School looked at elections from 2000-14. In that time frame, there were just 31 incidents of voter fraud in more than 1 billion ballots cast.
eligible voter’s ability to vote absentee. In San Diego, we enjoy “no excuse” voting by mail. But voters in many other states are required to provide an excuse to election officials in order to vote absentee. These requirements can be a doctor’s note, the details of a religious obligation, latest pregnancy status or details of a vacation destination. My second bill, the Federal Election Integrity Act, would prohibit a chief election official of a state from serving on federal campaign committees or engaging in other political activity on behalf of federal candidates in any election over which the official has supervisory authority. Recent elections have brought examples of leading state election officials with disturbing conflicts of interest. In some of these cases, chief state election officials have held official positions on the campaign committees of federal candidates, such as state committee chair. Both these bills are included in the comprehensive legislation, the Voter Empowerment Act, which I am co-sponsoring. To ensure equal access to the ballot and modernize our voter registration, the Voter Empowerment Act would: • Ensure online voter registration — San Diego County recently allowed online registration with successful results.
Rep. Susan Davis (File photo) ed in states across the country. These laws severely impact minority, senior, and young voters. Proponents of voter ID laws claim the need to stop voter fraud. But facts say otherwise. A professor at Loyola Law School looked at elections from 2000-14. In that time frame, there were just 31 incidents of voter fraud in more than 1 billion ballots cast. Fortunately, federal courts are striking down many of these voter ID laws. But Congress needs to step up and pass a restoration of the VRA. There is legislation waiting in the wings, including two bills that I have introduced. My Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act would end restrictions many states impose on a person’s ability to vote absentee. Currently, 21 states restrict an
• Allow same-day registration. • Encourage young people to vote with access to voter registration at universities. • Ensure military and overseas Americans’ ballots are counted. This used to be a bipartisan issue. In 2006, I voted for the last reauthorization of the VRA signed by President George W. Bush. His father signed a renewal of the VRA on Aug. 26, 1992. It can and should be a bipartisan issue again. It’s time we restore the scope and integrity of the Voting Rights Act. The more people who participate the stronger our democracy will be. —Rep. Susan A. Davis represents Congressional District 53 and various communities of San Diego.v
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I work over in Balboa Park and I thought I’d give you a little heads up about some misinformation on the front page. Interesting article about the electriquettes; Mr. Alex Owens put out an interesting piece but there’s some error there, I’m afraid. He mentioned methods of transportation that became more popular in the park — two of the items of which are outlawed in Balboa Park. There’s no skateboarding and no rollerblading allowed. So that was a little uncomfortable to read. But otherwise, I enjoy your paper very much. Keep up the good work. —Jay Torrence, Balboa Park Explorer Staff, via voicemail
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Editor’s Note: The author was referring to various methods of transportation since the electriquettes were first used, and though banned from Balboa Park today, all were at one time alternatives to walking in the park.
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From leeches to lunches Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Whilhoit The McGurck Block Building, popularly known as the Ferris and Ferris Drugstore Building, was built on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street in 1887. Although the original owner, Col. Edward McGurck, acquired the property in 1876 for $50, he elected not to develop it until several years later. John T. Burkett, architect, designed the building, which is a stately, three-story Italianate Revival structure featuring an impressive skylight from the third floor down through to the second floor, segmented arch windows and 11 chimneys used for heating the upstairs rooms. The ground floor housed commercial spaces, while the upper floors served as a hotel. Early maps also indicate the existence of a three-story wooden structure behind the building, which probably served as an outhouse. Throughout the years, this prominent edifice has housed a number of prestigious businesses. In 1893, the Blochman Banking
The McGurck Block Building also known as the Ferris and Ferris Drugstore (second from right) has an interesting history. (Courtesy GQHF) Company opened their offices in the McGurck Building. They listed their offices as “handsome headquarters.” Abraham Blochman went on to serve as the French Consul for San Diego for over 30 years, and his son, Lucien, was elected to the City Council in 1897 and 1905. As the years progressed, many of the upstairs rooms became medical and law offices. One notable resident was the pet mynah bird of Dr. Bernard Gildea, who was supposedly one of only three such feathered friends on the Pacific Coast. Perhaps the most notable of all occupants was the Ferris and Ferris Drugstore, which occupied the ground floor from 1903 until 1984. Alda and Claire Ferris were the proprietors of this well-known pharmacy, which boasted many innovative features. It was the first drugstore to be open 24 hours a day, the first drugstore to offer home delivery, and the last drugstore to sell live leeches. These slimy fellows were a necessity in an area frequented by sailors, newly in from long deployments at sea and looking for a good time before shipping out again. If they were to become involved in fisticuffs after a night of drinking and carousing in the Stingaree, and perhaps sported a black eye or two, they only had to stop at Ferris and Ferris, purchase a few leeches, and by the time they returned to their ship, the black eyes would be neatly taken care of. Thus, they
would have no indication of their misbehavior and would not suffer punishment from their superiors. And, to further expedite a safe return to a ship or base, Ferris and Ferris also served as ticket offices for the Coronado Ferry. As to the home deliveries, they were usually taken care of by the son of the night pharmacist, Dr. Peck. This young man’s name was Eldred and his after-school job was to deliver these medications by bicycle. Dr. Peck had high hopes that his son would follow in his footsteps as a pharmacist. However, young Eldred had other ideas and wanted to be an actor. Much to his dear father’s dismay, he went to Hollywood, changed his name to his father’s first name and became Gregory Peck. Like most buildings of this era, the outside of the McGurck fared fairly well, but by the latter part of the 20th century, the interior was sorely in need of restoration and renovation. In 1996, the building was restored by Zeiden Properties at a cost of $3.4 million and then housed Z Gallerie, home furnishings. After their departure in 2010, the venue became Seersucker, a trendy restaurant owned and operated by celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey, where it continues to proudly preside today. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Reach her at swilhoit@gaslampfoundation. org.v
Recognizing our Navy Fleet Week San Diego brings a month of events to the Bay and beyond By Kai Oliver-Kurtin The local community can meet members of the U.S. military and experience them in action during Fleet Week San Diego, with various events taking place between Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. As the site of the inaugural Fleet Week event, San Diego held the first program in the nation dedicated to honoring and celebrating servicemembers with entertaining public events. Returning as part of Fleet Week San Diego for the first time in eight years, the Sea & Air Parade will take over the San Diego Bay on Sept. 10. “Although San Diego held the very first Fleet Week in 1935, it has not run continuously,” said Dennis DuBard, president of Fleet Week San Diego. “That said, we do have the Sea & Air Parade returning with great fanfare after it was cut from Fleet Week in 2008 due to sequestration.” Typically more than 100,000 people line the San Diego waterfront to view the Sea & Air Parade, which will showcase amphibious ships, destroyers, submarines and cutters, as well as ships from the Royal Canadian Navy. The parade will begin at Shelter Island at noon and transit the San Diego Bay until 2 p.m. to allow spectators to view the large fleet of ships. View locations include South Bay, the Embarcadero, Harbor Island, Coronado and Shelter Island. Those wishing for a front row seat on the deck of the USS Midway Museum can purchase VIP tickets for $150. There will also be demonstrations of amphibious landing craft; Navy SEAL capabilities; the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue team; and flyovers of Navy aircraft, including the Marine Corps’ stealth F-35 fighter jet. On Sept. 10 and 11, the Broadway and B Street piers will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, food, static displays and a kids’ zone. Public ship tours will be available Sept. 10–14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on B Street Pier. “The public will have the opportunity to tour Navy ships USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Kidd (DDG 100),” DuBard said. “From the Coast Guard, the USCGC Sherman (WHEC 720) will be open for touring, as well as the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338). Expect each ship tour to last about 25 to 30 minutes.” New this year, the Launch Party at the Pier is open to the public and free to attend, kicking off Fleet Week festivities Sept. 9 on the B Street Pier from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Expect live music,
entertainment, food trucks and a beer garden. Fleet Week is an opportunity for servicemembers to show their work environment to family and friends, with most events being family-friendly and free for active duty military members to attend. “San Diego has the highest concentration of military in the world, with over 100,000 stationed here year-round,” DuBard said. “These men and women serve tirelessly day after day — not only in their jobs — but also in our community as volunteers and coaches, in classrooms, for community cleanups, and so much more. They are our neighbors, parents, children and friends.” Another popular Fleet Week San Diego event is the Coronado Speed Festival on Sept. 17, which draws more than 25,000 people to Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). A live auto race event originally sponsored by the Holiday Bowl, the festival eventually transitioned to be part of Fleet Week festivities. During the festival, more
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than 250 historic racecars compete on a specially constructed track. This year’s festival grand marshal is actor, musician and philanthropist Gary Sinise. His band, the Lt. Dan Band, will perform in concert at noon, which is free with event admission. “Vintage cars from around the country race at NASNI on a track that is created in days — a spectator-friendly 1.7-mile course,” DuBard said. “It’s constructed on a busy runway and taxiway at an active military base.” The event also features 1,500 classic cars on display, a Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE) cooking contest, kids’ zone, and a military pit crew challenge where teams of 10 complete in a stock car-style pit stop competition. The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show Sept. 23-25 is also open to the public, featuring military aircraft flyovers, demonstrations and static displays. For more information and a full lineup of events, visit fleetweeksandiego.org. —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The “Mine-A-Lisa” painting, comprised of 1,600 painted squares, by Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School’s students. (Courtesy Little Italy Association)
Welcoming visitors with a ‘Mona Lisa smile’ Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Little Italy’s very own Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School students, under the direction of instructor Jayne Barnett, are making Little Italy slightly more colorful this September with a new public art installation — a 20-by-20-foot “Mine-A-Lisa” painting mural. The masterpiece will be displayed on the corner of West Grape and State streets, giving residents and visitors a friendly salutation — “Ciao!” as they depart from San Diego’s Italian neighborhood. Washington Elementary School’s “Mine-A-Lisa” mural will be displayed where local artist Catherine Becker’s Tuna Mural once hung. Becker’s masterpiece was removed in March of 2015 due to the mural becoming weathered and deemed a potential hazard. The Little Italy Association wanted to replace
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the public art and the students of Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School came up with an idea to create a collaborative piece of art to engage with the community. The STEAM students dreamed up a Mona Lisa mural — modeled after the very popular children’s video game, Minecraft, a game where you can build virtually anything with bricks. The mural was named “Mine-ALisa” and was constructed out of 1,600 painted squares to emulate the bricks in Minecraft that come together to create a 20-by-20-foot masterpiece. The modern Mona Lisa took 188 hours to complete. There are 12 wood panels, composed of 6-by-6-inch painted squares, which come together to create the mural. Local San Diego State graphics major, Jess Kowalski, created the graphics for the students to use as a guide. The semi-gloss exterior paint layer and anti-graffiti coat will protect the mural from weather and damage. All materials used to create the mural were donated to
the school by Dixieline Lumber. One of Little Italy San Diego’s goals is to beautify the community and public art installations are one way it does just that. As often as possible, the Little Italy Association works to integrate its community school into all the events and activities that are happening in the neighborhood. The “Mine-A-Lisa” mural — which we expect to be installed at the end of September — is proudly dedicated to the residents of Little Italy from Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and the students hope it brings good wishes to the community. For more updates on the mural and the Little Italy neighborhood, visit littleitalysd.com or follow the neighborhood on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at chris@ littleitalysd.com.v
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TRUMAN focused on innovative policies and political advocacy with the overall goal of “a safer, more prosperous world.” The Truman Project is currently in the midst of a nationwide membership drive that will last through Sept. 26, and VanDiver and Kavanaugh are looking for kindred spirits to join them. According to its website, Truman membership consists of veterans, policy experts, front-line civilians and political professionals with a shared worldview: “America is strongest when we utilize all of our tools — defense, diplomacy, development, and democracy — to engage the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.” Truman members call it the “4Ds.” Launched in 2004, the Truman Project is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., established after John Kerry lost the presidential election, “in order to close the security gap that the Democrats had lost on,” Van Diver said. It was the brainchild of Rachel Kleinfeld and Matt Spence — “two really smart people who understand the nuts and bolts of national defense” — who Van Diver said recognized that we need to take a more “holistic approach” to national security, which is where the 4Ds come in. “We believe that to have true national security you have to have all four of those,” he said. “If you are missing even one, everything falls apart.” The name “Truman,” obviously came from President Harry S. Truman. “Yes, he was a humble guy from Missouri, but it’s about his work,” Van Diver said. “It’s about the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan — it’s about that whole worldview that we’re not alone and we can’t be. We can pick up our cell phones and we can connect to a resistance fighter on the ground in Syria who needs a car. We can get on Twitter and find one. The idea that we can be [an] isolationist country, America first, that just doesn’t work.” While membership — currently at 1,500 nationally — is the heart and soul of the Truman Project, it is extremely competitive to get accepted and though there is no age requirement, applicants tend to be between the ages of 27 and 40. “We’re looking for mid-career professionals who kick ass and take names, who want to continue changing the world, and are looking for an outlet to do that,“ Van Diver said. “And they should have a national security bent. Whether it’s working in national security, they are in the military or were in the military, or interested in national security. Van Diver emphasized that an “interest in national security” includes clean energy, transportation, cyber security, border and immigration, and even human rights. The local chapter, launched two years ago by Kavanaugh, VanDiver and Matti Miranda, who now lives in Washington, D.C., is 21 strong and currently recruiting its third class. After an extensive application process, those selected must attend an orientation and annual
Kristen Kavanaugh and Shawn VanDiver (foreground, right) address attendees at Truman’s second annual Memorial Day “Rose Drop” (Courtesy Shawn VanDiver) conference in D.C. before fully being vested in their membership. VanDiver and Kavanaugh said the Truman Project has provided them a valuable and necessary outlet for their personal aspirations. “If an individual has a specific focus either in their professional career or their personal lives or something like that, Truman is a vehicle by which people can go out and make change,” Kavanaugh said. “I don’t do politics in my professional life, but there are things that I am interested in and through Truman, I can work on these things or connect with people who can effect change or help me effect change if I’m not doing it on my own. “That is the special part for me,” she continued. “You don’t have to be sitting on Capitol Hill or in the White House or something like that in order to make a difference.” While VanDiver had spent several years in the public relations, media and political arena, his exploits hadn’t gotten him into the circles he yearned for. “I got out of the military; I didn’t know anyone in D.C.,” he said. “I have a masters degree in homeland security and I’ve been teaching and I’ve been engaged politically, but I certainly had no business running around the Pentagon or doing anything like that. Truman has given me the opportunity to get in the room and have those discussions. As a former enlisted man in the Navy, that [enlisted] perspective is important when generals and admirals are the only ones giving input. It’s offered me a voice.” Other local members include Councilmember David Alvarez, Councilmember-elect Chris Ward and attorney Gil Cabrera. The group conducts closed meetings attended by members only — such as a recent roundtable with U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth who is running for a Senate seat in Illinois; open meetings that consist of various activities and allow others to learn more about Truman; and what VanDiver calls “public-facing events,” such as their annual “Memorial Day Rose Drop,” which in just one year went from 1,000 roses and about 25 attendees to 6,500 roses and 120 attendees. On a national scale, VanDiver said two of the largest initiatives the Truman Project has had a measurable impact were on are
women in combat and the Iran deal. Truman members get together, discuss the issues, devise plans of action and then go out into the world — writing articles, talking to people at the Pentagon, knocking on doors of members of Congress, and reaching out to the public — to gain consensus. They also act as a resource for elected or government officials; like when Rep. Duckworth recently needed some veterans of Afghanistan to go on record. The San Diego Chapter delivered five names to her within a few hours. Kavanaugh’s connections with Truman helped get her a coveted prime time position on stage at the recent Democratic National Convention, just before former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. “It was pretty cool; I approached it from a very Marine Corps perspective,” the Naval Academy graduate said of the experience. “I was there to do a mission; I didn’t have time to go hang out with my friends and go schmooze like everyone else was doing, which looked like a lot of fun. I was there to deliver a message. Once I deliver the message, then I can hang out with my friends and enjoy the moment.” The application fee for Truman is $35 and annual dues are $250, but VanDiver is quick to dispel any concerns, stating that scholarships are available and they also offer donated airline miles to the convention. “Money should never be a reason not to apply,” he said. As for Kavanaugh and VanDiver’s differing personalities and backgrounds, the former Marine and the former sailor appear to have many more years ahead. “That’s why it works,” Kavanaugh said. “He makes me do things that make me uncomfortable and I reel him in when I need to.” “The major tenet [of Truman] is that everyone is wiling to give more than they get,” VanDiver said. “We’re a community and we all very much care about each other.” To learn more, visit trumanproject.org. If you have questions about the local chapter or the application process, contact VanDiver at shawn.vandiver@gmail. com or Kavanaugh at email@example.com. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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EVA launches pilot pre-paid parking card program East Village Biz News Sunny Lee The East Village Association (EVA) is launching a six-month pilot “pre-paid parking card program” using the city of San Diego’s pre-paid parking card. (See photo of sample card) The goals of the pre-paid card pilot program are: 1. Provide information on how to use and where to purchase the cards;. 2. Make parking easier for locals and visitors. 3. Create awareness about local businesses and restaurants in East Village. The pre-paid parking cards work in the city of San Diego’s electronic parking meters and Port of San Diego parking meters. The cards are sold in two increments, $10 and $45. The parking cards are beneficial to residents, commuters and visitors because they offer the
ability to have leftover meter funds returned to the card after use and don’t require the user to carry change in their car or wallet. It works similar to a gift card. Some users prefer the prepaid parking cards as it discourages identify theft of credit cards. Note: Multi-space pay or display stations do not refund unused time to the parking cards. During the pilot, EVA will sell the pre-paid parking cards through three different venues, including the EVA office in the Moniker Warehouse (705 16th St.) and at San Diego Restaurant Supply (1202 Market St.).
The third location is yet to be determined. Card purchasers receive a 10 percent discount offer from San Diego Restaurant Supply for purchasing the pre-paid card. For more information about the EVA Pilot Pre-Paid Parking card program and other parking and initiatives, please visit EastVillageSanDiego.com —Sunny Lee is the program manager of the East Village Association, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that manages the East Village business improvement district. To learn more visit the eastvillagesandiego. com.v
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East Village News Get involved with other East Village residents The next meeting of the East Village Residents Group (EVRG) is Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will be held at the East Village Community Church, located at 1374 Island Ave., and hosted by Dr. Hubbard. Agenda and list of speakers for Sept. 15: • Brian Elliott, representative to Rep. Scott Peters. • Joyce Temporal, deputy director to State Senator Marty Block. • John Ly, director of outreach, Mayor Faulconer’s office. • Brad Richter, vice chair of Civic San Diego, to discuss updates to E.V. • Mario Woods, new police liaison, SDPD • Alonso Vivas, new executive director of Clean & Safe • Special guest speaker (7 p.m.) Councilmemberelect Chris Ward, introduction to East Village. • Social issues committee guest speakers • Bob McElroy, CEO of Alpha Project, discussion on homeless take-in centers • Mary Baum, program manager, utilizing local control as a means to manage alcohol outlets • Member’s Forum The next meeting will be held Nov. 17, at the East Village Community Church. For more information and to learn about events in East Village, visit evrgsd.org.
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Join the East Village Association for a take over of Rob Nelson Parklet, located at 705 16th St., Friday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Presented by the East Village Association, and sponsored by Buca di Beppo, Herbert’s Lemonade, cycle, Z, Do the Ride Thing. Enjoy live music, snacks, games and networking with your community. Attendance is free. For more information visit eastvillagesandiego.com.
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Second annual EVA Awards at the UN-Gala
The East Village Association (EVA) is celebrating its second annual EVA Awards at the UN-Gala. The non-gala style event will celebrate the “unique vibe that defines San Diego’s largest urban neighborhood.” The East Village community will be showcased at the UN-Gala, with comedienne/emcee Mal Hall, live entertainment, a silent auction, food samplings beverages, an awards presentation and more. Organizers say, “No suit or tie and no chicken dinner. Find out who snags the EVA award for ‘most pet-friendly business.’” There will also be a social media competition, @EastVillageSD caught on Instagram,” or “social media champ.” The EVA Awards at the UN-Gala will take place Oct. 20, at Fault Line Park, located at 1433 Island Ave., in East Village. Check in begins at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for EVA members and early birds and $35 for non-members and at the door. Make sure you take “Do the Ride Thing” to the 2016 EVA Awards. Do the Ride Thing launched on June 18 at an EVA event at SILO in Makers Quarter. The campaign is focused on creating solutions for mobility and parking in East Village by encouraging locals and visitors to try a different method of transit when traveling to the Downtown neighborhood. East Village Association, Inc., is the nonprofit corporation that manages the East Village Business Improvement District. EVA’s mission is to support and promote East Village businesses by establishing our community as San Diego’s livable urban village. The East Village Business Improvement District is partially funded by the City of San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program. For more information about the EVA, the Do The Ride Thing campaign or East Village, visit eastvillagesandiego.com.v
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Italian dining, Las Vegas style Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. As the name implies, you can bet Flour & Barley is loaded with gluten. And beer. The sleekly designed restaurant, located in The Headquarters at Seaport, replaced Pizzeria Mozza earlier this year with a complete makeover commissioned by Block 16 Hospitality. The Las Vegas enterprise operates several high profile eating and drinking venues in Sin City, including Flour & Barley’s flagship kitchen at The LINQ Promenade. With a slate of tempting brick-oven pizzas in place, the dough is made with high-gluten All Trumps flour favored by East Coast pizzerias. And the “grandma-style” meatballs derive their suppleness from pieces of bread in the meat mix — exactly how my grandmother made them religiously for Sunday dinners. There are also several pasta dishes, plus sandwiches using chubby ciabatta bread, and a humungous beer selection spanning 12 taps and more than 130 bottled choices. It’s a celebration of wheat and grains that becomes obvious the moment you unfold your red-and-white checkered napkin at a marble-top table while gazing at the open kitchen and dizzying beer list. In spite of its sleek design,
Flour & Barley’s bill of fare mimics that of mom-and-pop Italian restaurants, where dishes such as chicken parmesan and bucatini alla Bolognese join forces with classic pizzas flaunting pepperoni or fennel sausage or fresh basil. The menu, however, flirts with modern times, as in the “Biancastyle” pizzas capturing ingredients like Fontina cheese, Brussels sprouts, broccolini and pancetta bedded over garlic cream sauce rather than traditional red sauce. In addition, a bit of solace is provided to gluten-intolerant patrons in the form of sprightly salads, such as the “autumn greens” that titillated us with the lovely inclusion of roasted butternut squash. There’s also an appetizer of artichokes fried in chickpea batter, which was satisfying thanks mostly to a hunk of prized Robiola cheese centered on the plate. The soft, buttery curd is imported from Italy’s Lombardy region and combines the milk of cows, goats and sheep. Outside of those gluten-free choices, patrons can opt for the house burger without a bun or caponata-style salmon sans the lemon-caper sauce. After the salad and artichokes, we directed our appetites to the meatballs, served three to an order in a pond of tomato sauce that was bright, but a little too clean for my taste since the meatballs aren’t braised in it for any extended period of time after baking in the oven.
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(clockwise from top) Flour & Barley’s “Grandma-style” meatballs; ziti alla vodka; mushroom pizza with garliccream sauce (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)
The pizzas are 11 inches in diameter and yield six slices. We chose the mushroom pie from the Bianca category with the expectation it would taste wildly earthy, given its crowning of truffle cheese, truffle oil, and roasted mushrooms. The fungi flavor was actually tame, but we weren’t let down after factoring in the fresh arugula on top, the roasted tomatoes embedded into the smoothly melted cheese, and the desirable elasticity of the pizza crust, which sported a thin, crispy veneer. Our favorite in the meal (aside from dessert) was ziti alla vodka, even though I’ve yet to ever taste the vodka in this common dish. The pasta tubes were
cooked a notch past al dente, exactly how they should be. And the sauce wasn’t overly creamy, thus giving a voice to the fennel sausage and red bell peppers strewn throughout. A few dashes of crushed red pepper made it all the better. Gelatos are made in-house. And they’re fabulous if you like Mexican chocolate or pistachio or the combination of lemon and olive oil. But the winning dessert after we sampled them was the chocolate tart flecked with pine nuts and dried cherries, which were juicier than they were dry. Whoever in the corporate kitchen came up with this dense, chocolate creation deserves a high-
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The Cohn Restaurant Group is celebrating California Wine Month through September with various classes, winemaker dinners and tastings at more than a dozen restaurants within its portfolio. Those in the Downtown vicinity include a tasting of 20-plus California wines from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 10, at Coasterra. The event coincides with the Sea & Air Parade honoring Fleet Week. The cost is $40 per person. A four-course Sunday brunch paired to wines from Stehleon Vineyards and Orfila Vineyards will be held at noon at Indigo Grill in Little Italy. The cost is $59.95 per person. And from noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 24 at Island Prime, the company’s sommelier Maurice DiMarino will conduct a sipping class titled “Oenology 101” that focuses on California’s major wine regions. The cost is $40 per person, which includes assorted hors d’oeuvres. For reservations and more information, visit DineCRG.com.
Fast ravioli at The Westgate Hotel (Courtesy Chemistry PR) An upscale lunch that gets you in and out in 45 minutes or less? The concept was recently introduced by Chef Fabrice Hardel of The Westgate Hotel for busy working professionals who prefer a gourmet two-course meal in a comfy setting over burgers and tacos from Downtown’s fast-food eateries. Termed “the power lunch,” customers begin with asparagus vichyssoise soup accented by Hackleback caviar and crème fraiche. They proceed to a choice of two different main courses: seafood Cobb salad constructed with scallops, prawns and king crab with miso-mango dressing; or ricotta cheese ravioli in sage butter with baby spinach, dried apricots and pine nuts. Guest orders, says a rep at the hotel, are taken within five minutes of being seated, and the check arrives to the table within 45 minutes of arriving. Priced at $28, the lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily in the hotel’s Westgate Room. 1055 Second Ave., 619-557-3650, westgatehotel.com. Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa has debuted a Baja-inspired happy hour, held from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to coconut margaritas, seaside spritzers and other tropical libations priced at $8 each, patrons can indulge in authentic south-of-the-border dishes such as tacos filled with crispy avocado or chili-braised beef ($3.50 each) as well as several small plates like Mexican shrimp cocktail and grilled corn with chipotle crema, ranging from $6 to $10. 2000 Second St., 619-435-3000, marriott.com/sanci.
Laura Johnson joins the local distillery scene (Courtesy J Public Relations)
Ranking as one of the country’s few female distillers, Laura Johnson is planning an October opening of You & Yours Distilling Co. in the East Village. The 2,300-square-foot facility, located in the Form 15 Building, will feature a tasting room and lounge to spotlight Johnson’s flagship vodka and gin made in custom hybrid eau de vie stills. The spirits will be sold in straight-up pours, cocktails and bottles. Johnson, a former employee at The Flight Path wine bar in Little Italy, earned a Level 2 award through Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s sommelier program and has immersed herself in distilling programs around the country. She also maintains a blog, Distillerista.com. 1495 15th St., youandyours.com. The search continues in Downtown, Little Italy and Point Loma for a replacement location of Karina’s Mexican Seafood at 10th Avenue and B Street, which permanently shut down after water pipes on the floor above it burst and caused significant damage. The family-owned restaurant, which has locations in Bonita, Otay Ranch, National City, El Cajon and Encinitas, operated in the Downtown space for nearly two years. karinasseafood.com.
Like this Detroit location, Punch Bowl in East Village will feature bowling lanes, an arcade and other games. (Punch Bowl Social) The Denver-based Punch Bowl Social is coming to East Village’s developing urban sector, Makers Quarter, in the summer-fall of 2017. A one-stop establishment for food, drink and games such as bowling, shuffle board and ping pong, the venture will move into the 20,000-square-foot Coliseum Federal Athletic Club, a historic structure dating back to 1924 that was home to high-profile boxing matches over several decades. Punch Bowl has six locations throughout the country. 1485 E St. punchbowlsocial.com. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at email@example.com
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Darling hopes the circus-themed event will raise upward of $50,000. “We’re a 100 percent volunteer organization and we’ve never had any payroll,” Darling said, estimating that JCUV serves between 7,000 and 10,000 meals to homeless San Diegans each year. And while she admits the organization has certainly expanded their meal service in the past decade, their mission to help feed the homeless has not wavered. “About 10 years ago, one Christmas, I realized I didn’t have anything to do, and instead of sitting at home doing nothing I found someone who was going to make food and serve it down on the streets,” Darling said. “I called and asked if they needed help.” With this, the idea to start a nonprofit that would work to feed San Diego’s homeless community fresh and nutritious meals was born. “It started out with Christmas but then we started doing Thanksgiving,” she said. “Now we do Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.” Partnering with the nonprofit community Veteran’s Village of San Diego’s (VVSD) is among the many nonprofits that JCUV has collaborated with; Darling said that JCUV volunteers also serve the last meal at Stand Down, an annual event hosted by VVSD that assists homeless veterans in accessing VA benefits, employment, job counseling and other key services. VVSD Development Manager Joe Perucca said were it not for the support of volunteers, including those working with JCUV, Stand Down wouldn’t be able to happen. “We thank them for participating and for donating their time to helping us feed San Diego’s homeless veterans,” he said. In addition to working with Veteran’s Village, JCUV also collaborates with a number of other nonprofit groups including the Alpha Project, Rachel’s Women’s Shelter, the Monarch School and San Diego Center for Children. “Alpha Project is extremely grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Just Call Us Volunteers,” said Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy. “For the past 10 years, especially on holidays, they have provided nutritious meals to thousands of our clients, making a big difference in their day.” Life skills manager for San Diego Center for Children Tina Reyes-Magnanelli, M.A., said
SDCC has been working with Darling and her team of volunteers for approximately five years. “Julie and her group of wonderful volunteers come on the last Sunday of each month to provide a beautifully catered meal for our Family Day Luncheons,” Reyes-Magnanelli said. “[They] always arrive on time, with a smile and are eager to interact positively with our kids and their families. The experience of eating a delicious cuisine is always enhanced by their desire to make our kids feel special and cared for — and nothing brightens their day more than to know others care about them.” JCUV is also actively involved with Mama’s Kitchen. Each year, volunteers prepare 300 pecan pies for their Pie in the Sky bake sale, which helps provide thousands of meals for local San Diegans who are affected by AIDS or cancer.
JCUV’s Wacky Wingding, A 10th Anniversary Celebration, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Francis W. Parker School, upper school campus, 6501 Linda Vista Road, in Linda Vista. The event will begin at 4 p.m. for families with children of all ages and include strolling and staged entertainment such as acrobats, stilt-walkers and clowns. At 7 p.m., the night will evolve into a party that’s more geared toward adults, with burlesque, fire twirling and more. A delicious selection of bites and tastes prepared by local chefs will accompany the entertainment all day and evening long. Participating chefs from Cardamom, Chinitas Pies, Cupcakes Squared, California Table, Dobson’s, Fishbone, High Dive, Mess Hall, Super Natural Sandwiches, Sundra, Wrench & Rodent, Woo Bar and others will be lending their culinary expertise to help prepare the night’s food selections. Entertainment for the circusthemed celebratory fundraiser will be provided by Fern Street Circus, Drop Dead Dames Burlesque, Fiora Firefly, and others. Advance tickets are available online. The cost to attend is $120 for couples, $90 for single tickets and $10 for children ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and younger can attend for free. For more information about JCUV, the Wacky Wingding and/ or how to make a tax-deductible donation, visit justcallusvolunteers.org. —Margie M. Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of news publications for the past 10 years. You can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Irving J. Gill, architect Preservation Matters Ann Jarmusch If you don’t know who Irving J. Gill was — and many San Diegans don’t —prepare to be impressed. He was a mostly self-taught architect who helped launch the modern movement here in San Diego County around 1907. Eleven museums and cultural organizations in the county and at UC Santa Barbara will be celebrating his influential legacy for six months beginning in late September. Gill’s early-20th-century modernist buildings simplified architecture according to the architect’s own language of pure geometry — line, arch, circle and square — while embodying the essence of San Diego culture and
climate, sunlight and shadows. His earthbound assemblages of boxes with plain walls and flat roofs are derived from traditional adobe buildings and relate to cubism, which was taking off in Europe at the same time Gill hit his stride. Gill loved San Diego and it loved him, judging by the number of wealthy and progressive clients who hired him (sometimes with his partners William Hebbard or Frank Mead) to design their homes. Among them were George W. and Anna Gunn Marston, whose 1905 Arts and Crafts home in Balboa Park is now a house museum that will host the exhibition “Irving Gill: Progress and Poetry in Architecture” (Sept. 24 – March 26, 2017). On Sept. 23, former California state historic preservation offi-
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ARCHITECT cer and architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, will give a talk titled “Irving Gill: Architect, Poet & Humanist” at the Gill-designed First Church of Christ, Scientist in Bankers Hill. Tours of the 1910 church and light refreshments are included in the ticket price. In October, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) will launch three architecture tours focused on Gill. “SOHO wanted to do something special and lasting with our exhibition, so we’re producing a catalog with original essays on Gill, a compendium of the most important period articles by and about Gill, and many rare photographs taken for his professional use,” said Alana Coons, SOHO’s director of education and communications. “We think it will appeal to people new to Gill as well as those who already consider him a favorite and that they will want to add the catalog to their architecture libraries.” The exhibition, lecture and tours are the group’s contribution to “Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country,” a collaborative project with 10 other museums and cultural institutions. They include the La Jolla Historical Society, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Oceanside Museum of Art and the San Diego History Center. More surprising to some, perhaps, is the participation of the Barona Cultural Center and Museum. One of Gill’s last significant commissions came during the 1930s Depression, when he was asked by the federal government
COMMUNITY VOICES / FASHION to live among and help tribal members build their own adobe homes and a chapel. “Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great County” came into being more than a year ago after San Diego architect James B. Guthrie, AIA, learned about a Gill exhibition being organized at UC Santa Barbara, where most of Gill’s slim archives reside. When he talked to heads of San Diego institutions who might host the show here, the universal response was “Let’s do our own Gill exhibition!” So the San Diego Gill collaborative was born. Guthrie, the collaborative’s self-described wrangler, also established the nonprofit Irving J. Gill Foundation and launched the website, IrvingJGill.org, with full program information. “Each of the 11 museums or organizations is presenting something totally different,” Guthrie said, so visitors who make even some of the rounds will come away with a deep and broad understanding of the man and his work. “There are so many ways you can look at Gill,” Guthrie said. “He was a social progressive, a member of the Arts and Crafts movement, a modernist, a great technician and an innovator.” An important San Diego architect who should be better known is about to become so. —Ann Jarmusch, the former architecture critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune, writes for national and regional publications. For information and tickets to SOHO’s Irving Gill exhibition and events, visit sohosandiego.orgv
San Diego Downtown News | September 2016
Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Celebrating couture
The Globe Guilders and Neiman Marcus presented “Celebrating Couture 2016” Aug. 22 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis. This annual luncheon and fashion show began with a Champagne reception and silent auction in the new grand ballroom. The chair for the event was Linda Van Vark, with honorary chairs Barbara and Dick Enberg, and Stacey and Robert Foxworth. During the luncheon, it was announced that Peggy Matthews was including in her estate plans the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund to benefit the students of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theater Program, and the Globe’s Endowment Fund to benefit the Costume Shop. The theme for this 26th year of runway shows was the Art of Fashion Fall 2016. This year they featured collections of selected celebrated couture and pret-a-porter designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, and Naeem Khan. One of the trends on the runway was gorgeous floral prints. Red was a predominant color used by many designers. One red evening gown by Monique Lhuillier was breathtaking and a red ball gown by Naeem Khan was a must have. Many designers paid great attention to details such as embroidery, appliques, beading, and other lavish embellishments. One standout trim was tassels and fringe. The tassels were on garments, jewelry and earrings
At Celebrating Courture 2016, (l to r) a Jovani floral dress with Fendi handbag and Christian Louboutin shoes; a Monique Lhuillier gown (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro) and the fringe was on jackets. Another direction on the runway was capes, a current trend. This year, they featured shoes and handbags on the catwalk. Models also showed off jewelry by Lulu Frost that was fashioned with beautiful vintage pieces. After the show, Neiman Marcus had a room where all the items were available for purchase. The Globe Guilders support the Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs. This wonderful nonprofit program has countless volunteers dedicated to benefit the Old Globe Theatre. For more information, visit globeguilders.org.
Haute with Heart
The 39th Haute with Heart fashion show and luncheon was presented on Aug. 13 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) presented this heartwarming event. This year, the theme was “Empowerment is Golden.” This was based on the art piece “Geisha” by John Agostini, who has been the featured artist for the past five years. The emcee for the afternoon was KUSI anchor Brandi Williams, and auctioneer Steve Hamann. The
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RECURRING EVENTS TUESDAY
FEATURED EVENTS FLEET WEEK 2016 PARTY ON THE PIER FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
Celebrate our naval forces (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) with a fun-filled evening on the waterfront. There will be live music, entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and more. 4:30 p.m. B Street Pier, Downtown. Visit fleetweeksandiego.org.
FLEET WEEK SEA & AIR PARADE SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
This event is returning to San Diego with a display of U.S. military cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft and much more. Attendees can observe the action all along the San Diego region waterfront, from the South Bay to Coronado, the Embarcadero, Harbor and Shelter Islands from noon–2 p.m. There is also VIP viewing aboard the Midway from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. including food, drinks, seating and more for $150 per person. Also on the B Street Pier there will be ship tours (Sept. 10–14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.), a STEM fair (Sept. 10–11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.), and more static displays — all free to the public. Visit fleetweeksandiego.org.
SECOND ANNUAL AIMLOAN.COM SD BLUES FESTIVAL SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will host the sixth annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival along the Downtown San Diego waterfront. The family-friendly event will feature nine musical acts on two stages with Los Lobos headlining. Festival attendees can partake in local craft beer, food vendors, specialty cocktails and wine, while perusing arts and crafts vendors. Tickets start at $25 with free admission for children 12 and under. Attendees are asked to bring two cans of food for donation. All proceeds and food drive donations will benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Noon–8 p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., Downtown.Visit sdbluesfest.com.
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/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com.
SECOND ANNUAL GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 18
This film festival will feature films for, about and by service men and women, from around the U.S. including San Diego, and they range from shorts to feature-length films. Twentyeight films will be screened in themed film blocks including nine West Coast premieres and one world premiere. Venues for the event include the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley (7450 Hazard Center Drive), Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado, Balboa Park), the Village Theatre Coronado (820 Orange Ave.), and UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Drive, #100). Visit gifilmfestivalsd.org/2016 for specific showtimes and tickets.
U.S. SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE AND DIMENSIONAL ART EXPOSITION FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 – MONDAY, SEPT. 5
This annual four-day event attracts sculptors from around the world and results in sandcastles and art that stretches out into the bay. The B Street Pier (1140 N. Harbor Drive, Downtown) is home to the Labor Day weekend event. Tickets start at $11 for one-day admission with two-day and VIP packages available. Ticket prices increase on Aug. 16. Visit ussandsculpting. com for more information and to purchase tickets.
borhoods will be serving up samples during the Taste of Downtown. A free shuttle will be available throughout the participating areas. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Will call will be located at Rustic Root, 535 Fifth Ave. Visit downtownsandiego.org.
KNOTTY BREWING GRAND OPENING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14
This grand opening will also serve as a fundraiser for the East Village Association Landmark Sign. The event will feature happy hour special from 4–7 p.m., $3 pints after 7 p.m., free admission and more. 10 percent of food and drink purchases from 4–8 p.m. will benefit the Landmark Sign. 844 Market St., East Village. Visit knottybrewing.com and eastvillagesandiego.com.
DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO 15 PARTNERSHIP’S ANNUAL TASTE OF DOWNTOWN THURSDAY, SEPT. 15 More than 40 restaurants from the Gaslamp Quarter, Headquarters, Core District and East Village neigh-
TASTE OF THE PORT THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
The Port of San Diego and San Diego Magazine are presenting the inaugural event featuring sustainable and local food and beer samples. There will be live music along with views of San Diego Bay to enjoy. Tickets start at $40. 6–9 p.m. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive. Visit bit.ly/2bVGOBJ.
‘IRVING J. GILL: NEW ARCHITECTURE FOR A GREAT COUNTRY’ EXHIBITION OPENING SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
This new exhibition will give attendees a chance to learn about a fascinating, and sometimes misunderstood, individual who helped create a new style of architecture right here in San
Diego which is now revered throughout the world. Exhibition continues through March 31, 2017. Open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, #3, Balboa Park. Visit sandiegohistory.org.
IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28
LANDLUBBERS DAY SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Seaport Village is hosting the second annual Landlubbers Day, a festive celebration of all things pirate. The free event will feature live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s very own pirate-themed band; costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contests; arts and crafts; and pirate’s booty food and drink specials from Seaport Village eateries. Festivities will take place from 1–4 p.m. Visit seaportvillage.com.
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 619-234-8900, 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 $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego.com/ index.php.
The San Diego chapter of this Japanese floral arrangement organization meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Meetings are free and begin at 10 a.m. This month’s subject will be a teacher’s showcase featuring floral displays by teachers from various teachers. Casa Del Prado, Room #101, Balboa Park. Email Yuko Burkett with questions at email@example.com.
THE ART GLASS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRESENTS ITS 35TH ANNUAL SHOW THURSDAY, SEPT. 29 – MONDAY, OCT. 10
The art glass will be on display daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Studio 21 in the Spanish Village Arts Center in Balboa Park and the public is invited to come see this exhibition free of charge. A reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 4–7 p.m. Members of the Art Glass Association sponsor workshops, teach techniques, and offer educational trips to studios and businesses related to all aspects of the glass arts industry. Visit agasc.org.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org. Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7–9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit 98bottlessd.com.
AUTISM SPEAKS WALK SATURDAY, OCT. 1
This annual walk will feature a 3.1-mile rolling start walk, kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, a resource fair with community vendors and more. Little Tommy of KyXy will be on hand and over 4,000 participants are expected to raise funds for Autism Speaks. Registration starts at 8 a.m., opening ceremonies are from 9:30–10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. Visit autismspeakswalk.org/ sandiego. FOR DOWNTOWN LIVE MUSIC LISTINGS, VISIT DOWNTOWNSANDIEGOLIVE.COM
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, William Heath Davis House Museum 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 hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegolibrary.org. Outdoor organ concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with a wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Dr. Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit balboapark.org. —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Steve Poltz: Kaaboo ‘will be a hoot’ By Dustin Lothspeich
“There are a lot of big-name acts and a lot of different genres. It’s quite an undertaking. I’m honored they asked me to play. Maybe they thought they were booking Steel Pulse and they got Steve Poltz.” When you’re talking with Poltz, the world-renowned San Diego singer/songwriter perhaps most famous for penning the No. 1 hit “You Were Meant for Me” with Jewel, the conversation is always a blitz of hilarity, wit and good ol’ fashioned self-deprecation. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the organizers at the Kaaboo Del Mar music and arts festival booked him for this year’s incarnation: he’s kind of irresistible — both onstage and off. “They booked me and then they felt guilty, or were contractually obligated,” he continued, joking. “So then they called Steel Pulse like they originally intended and booked them, too. I’m not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth, I’ll leave that to the veterinarians.” If you’ve followed Poltz’s career with The Rugburns or his solo endeavors over the last 25-odd years and countless tours, you’ll know this is the kind of thing he’s known for. Incredibly down to earth for a guy that hits the road to a loyal worldwide fanbase, he’s a veritable wordsmith when it comes to satirical song lyrics; a spellbinding performer with a knack for both storytelling and a catchy melody — and boy, does he got jokes. When I asked him how he ended up on Kaaboo’s hefty, genre-spanning lineup, he had me rolling. “They reached out and made an offer to my booking agent,” Poltz said. “They said ‘2 dollars.’ I said ‘2 dollars and 50 cents.’ They held out and I didn’t budge. Finally they said, ‘We’ll throw in six rolled tacos with guacamole.’ So I said, ‘Make it seven rolled tacos and 2 dollars and 25 cents.’ They relented and said ‘Fine.’ I’m a really good negotiator. I know a lot of good words. I’m a fantastic businessman.” Drumpf-isms aside, Kaaboo done good by signing up Poltz. The massive three-day art, music and comedy event (now in its second year) that takes over Del Mar Sept. 16 – 18 is peppered with a few standout local acts (like The Verigolds, Bang Pow, and Nancarrow) and more than 80 huge music names including Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Jack Johnson, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Aoki, Cold War Kids — oh, and one Jimmy Buffett. “I’m looking forward to seeing [Buffett],” Poltz told me. “I love the song ‘Son of a Sailor,’ I hope he plays it. I’ve never seen him before. I’d love to meet him. He’s probably so excited to see me. I’ll try to make time for him backstage. He must be freaking out that I’m on the bill.” Like I said: dude’s got jokes. Could we possibly see an impromptu onstage Poltz cameo during “Margaritaville”? Stranger things have happened. Especially
Steve Poltz is one of many local performers participating at Kaaboo, Sept. 16-18. (Courtesy Steve Poltz)
if you knew what he had in mind for his own set on Friday, Sept. 16. “I need to play naked and put a lighted sparkler in my butt crack,” Poltz joked when asked if he felt the need to ‘represent’ San Diego since he’s the biggest local name on the Kaaboo marquee. “Lately, it’s really been going over in some circles. The other night, I stood on a table at Denny’s and tried it — and I got my French toast for free.” Moons over my hammy, indeed. Seriously though, the troubadour couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved with the hometown festival. Poltz explained that when
it comes to the prospect of playing a huge stage like Kaaboo or a small stage like Java Joe’s, size really doesn’t matter — he’ll rock ’em all. “I love them all, I really do,” Poltz said. “I’m always surprised that people show up. I’m grateful for the work. It’s weird that they pay me for doing something I’d do for free.” Even the singer/songwriter will admit though (in typical Poltz story form) that Kaaboo’s bright lights are a tad more intimidating. “I remember one time Jewel opened up for Neil Young at
San Diego Downtown News | September 2016 Madison Square Garden and Neil popped in to her dressing room before the show and said, ‘How ya doin’ Jewel?’ ‘I’m kinda nervous,’ she replied. And then Neil said, ‘Ahh, it’s just another hash house on the road to success. Show ’em no respect.’ Then he walked out. I think that’s wonderful advice if you’re Neil Young. I’m Steve Poltz, I have to try harder. So yes, I will definitely show them a modicum of respect. It’s gonna be a hoot I tell you. A hoot.” And for those on the fence about plopping down the $119 single-day pass price (or $279 for a three-day ticket) to this year’s Kaaboo’s “mix-perience” —their self-coined term for the festival’s music, comedy, food, libations, art, relaxation areas, etc. — Poltz has some rather, uh, convincing words. “Where else can you see Steel Pulse and Steve Poltz on the same bill?” he said. “Just do it. You’ll have fun. I’ll even do one of my songs in the reggaemon style. You’re losing money by not going. You may as well take a hundred dollar bill and light it on fire. You will meet nice people. I’ll be there and I’ll introduce you to Jimmy Buffett. Maybe I’ll meet him backstage at the line for dinner and then I can write a song called ‘Jimmy Buffett at the Buffet.’” Kaaboo Del Mar takes place Sept. 16 – 18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information, including the entire line-up, visit kaaboodelmar.com. —Dustin Lothspeich is a local music writer. He can be reached at email@example.com
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FASHION honorary chair for the event was Kristi Pieper. Desiree Pemberton, SMSC student, gave a terrific rendition of the National Anthem. One of my favorite segments of the afternoon was when the SMSC students modeled in the fashion show. This always receives a huge response from the audience. TV personality, Leonard Simpson and his production company Fashion Forward, presented the fashion show. This year Simpson showcased two celebrity designers — the first was Vietnamese designer Vo Viet Chung, who presented his 2016 collection with the theme “Royals.” His designs reflect a mixture of glamour with his traditional Vietnamese culture and he was named the Fashion International Designer of the Year. The second celebrity designer was Andre Soriano, who specializes in beautiful wedding and couture gowns. His designs bring back old Hollywood glamour. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. Proceeds from the event go to support individuals with disabilities at SMSC. They are making empowerment for life through innovation and education. For more information 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.comv
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Dr. Edward Greene from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group conducts an in-home patient consultation via web conferencing. Dr. Edward Greene from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group conducts an in-home patient consultation via web conferencing.
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