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David Holtzman, new director of communications for the San Diego Padres, is happy to be back home. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

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A ‘lifelong’ fan takes over as Padres director of communcations Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

When native San Diegan David Holtzman was 4 years old, he could recite the starting lineup of the San Diego Padres the way their announcer did it over the public address system. At 5, he got a few lessons on how to swing a bat from none other than Tony Gwynn at the San Diego School of Baseball. “From the [first] moment I remember I was a Padres fan,” he said.

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Fast-forward to just last month, when that same Padres fan hooked at a very young age took over as director of communications for the ballclub. He’s certainly come full circle, but it was far from a direct line getting there. Raised in El Cajon as the youngest of three “sports fanatic” boys, baseball was a huge part of Hotlzman’s life. When the fervent young fan wasn’t attending Padres games or watching them on television, he played Little League and spent some

time with his high school team at Valhalla before graduating in 1996 and setting his sights on a biology degree at the University of Kansas. A long way from the Jack Murphy Stadium but with the Padres never far from his mind, Holtzman managed to make it back home often, landing a job at Jack Murphy in the scoreboard department one year, later doing an internship with the Holiday Bowl, and even return-

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A ‘world class’ front porch Elected officials hail progress of North Embarcadero’s redevelopment

The interior of the Spreckels Theatre (Photo by Sandé Lollis)

The ceremony was attended by Mayor Bob Filner, Council President Todd Gloria, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and Jeff Graham, president of Civic San Diego, the city’s nonprofit redevelopment corporation. “This marks the turning point for this project that’s going to bring this waterfront the acclaim internationally that it well deserves,” Nelson said, adding, “This

Among those honored May 23 were the San Diego Housing Commission for their work in restoring Downtown’s Hotel Sandford and the American Regional Theatre at the Spreckels (ARTS) for three major restoration projects of the Spreckels Theatre. “The historic Hotel Sandford, which was designed by Henry Lord Gay and built in 1914, had been converted to affordable senior housing units in 1989,” SOHO said in the release. “Remodeling done at that time was not kind to the structure and original features were lost.”

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Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) hosted their annual People In Preservation Awards May 23, where the nonprofit honored individuals, families and groups who have preserved historic buildings and sites throughout the region, including two in Downtown. “We are pleased to honor this diverse group of eight winners who persevered in their preservation projects despite unfavorable economic conditions, unexpected discoveries and the necessity for highly skilled craftspeople,” said SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons in a press release.

Public officials drove a golf cart through a red ribbon on May 20, symbolically marking the halfway point in the first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP) to turn Downtown’s waterfront into a public mecca. With construction begun on Jan. 5, 2012, the project is set to beautify North Harbor Drive from Navy Pier to B Street Pier, and West Broadway between Pacific Highway and North Harbor Drive, by improving roadway, creating public gathering spaces and installing new landscaping. Bob Nelson, vice chair of the Board of Port Commissioners, presided over the dedication ceremony conducted mid-street on Harbor Drive, celebrating progress on the plan’s first phase of reclaiming more of the waterfront for public use.

Council President Gloria, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and Mayor Filner arrive at ceremony (Photo by Dave Schwab)


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Local realtors tapping into resources of global company Windermere merges with Pacific Sotheby’s Dave Fidlin Downtown News

By tapping into the resources of an international company, a group of local realtors are hoping to assist in the reshaping of Downtown San Diego’s real estate market. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty – a firm owned by lifelong San Diegans Brian Arrington, Steve Games and Nyda JonesChurch – merged last month with Downtown-based Windermere Signature Properties. Windermere’s office at 560 First Ave., in the Marina District, adopted the Pacific Sotheby’s nameplate April 16 after the merger was completed. As its name suggests, Pacific Sotheby’s, established in 2001 after a series of acquisitions, is a member of Sotheby’s International. The parent company, a luxury real estate brokerage firm, gained its footing in 1976 in the United Kingdom and New York City and has evolved in the past three-anda-half decades. While Pacific Sotheby’s has been present in San Diego County since its founding, Games said the company has made greater strides in representing the city of San Diego in recent years. The move, he said, is in keeping with the company’s growth plans. “We’ve considered ourselves to be a very coastal company,” Games said. “We didn’t think our plans would be complete without being in the metro area of San Diego.” Transitioning the Windermere property into a Pacific Sotheby’s office remains a work in progress.



Downtown Pacific Sotheby’s team: (L-R) Board Chairman Steve Games; COO Nyda Jones-Church; Founding Partner and CEO Brian Arrington; and Principal/Partners Francine Finn and Raye Scott (Courtesy Pacific Sotheby’s) Once the process is complete, Games said he envisions working with local organizations, including the Downtown San Diego Partnership, as efforts are forged in planning the future of the Downtown area. “We want to work with people who are vested and involved in the Downtown area,” Games said. “We’re very excited about coming together and being active participants in this particular market.” Prior to the merger, Windermere was owned by real estate professionals Francine Finn and Raye Scott. Games had previously worked with Finn and Scott in other real estate endeavors. In a statement, Finn expressed enthusiasm for the renewed partnership with Games. She and Scott remain with the company. “Our agents now have access to cutting-edge marketing resources, technology tools and training,” Finn said of Windermere’s transformation into Pacific Sotheby’s. “This strategic alliance will enable us all to better serve our markets by reaching beyond the local level to a global level.” Although the Sotheby’s name reaches a global scale, Games said he and his partners remain committed to investing in San Diego. “All three of us are true San Diego natives; we were born and

raised here,” Games said of himself, Arrington and Jones-Church. Windermere was formed in 2010, and Finn and Scott brought together a combined 40 years of professional experience when they laid a stake in the Downtown real estate market three years ago. Jones-Church said Finn and Scott’s track record was one reason she was on board with the merger. “They have demonstrated a long record of service and commitment to the urban residential market,” Jones-Church said of Finn and Scott. “Their reputation for personal service is consistent with the ideals of this firm, and we are proud to have them represent us in this important San Diego community.” With the Downtown office now added into the mix, Pacific Sotheby’s operates a dozen offices throughout San Diego County. More than 300 agents work for the company. According to its website, Sotheby’s International Realty has about 12,800 sales associates working out of 660 offices in 47 countries and territories across the globe. Pacific Sotheby’s and other offices are each independently owned and operated. For information on Pacific Sotheby’s and its services in the Downtown area, call the local office at 619-481-6300 or visit their website,

fit organizationally, I wasn’t gonna take it.” It was. Gwynn has long since retired, but Holtzman hasn’t forgotten the impact he made on him as a child. Gwynn’s choice to stick with the Padres his entire career meant a lot to him. “It was special,” Holtzman said. “It wouldn’t have meant as much to me as a Padres fan, as a San Diegan, if at some point in his career he had left for more money.”

tion to the next generation of Royals fans and not losing them to the Yankees or to any other clubs.” With San Diego being such a transient city, Holtzman knows it might be a challenge to build a Yankee or Red Sox culture, but he sees things developing. Downtown is becoming much more urban, and the ballpark will attract more and more native fans as the years pass. “We have 81 dates every year within walking distance,” he said. “It really is an entertainment center for Downtown, a really fun place to come if you are young, or if you have a family.” He said community outreach remains equally important to the mission of the ballclub and he and his team plan to expand their reach with social media (@ Padres), focusing on what he calls “fringie” fans who don’t read the sports page or listen to sports radio every day. “The Padres aren’t just a team that plays 162 games a year, it’s a team that is a part of the community,” he said. “We want to get that message out there on top of the fact we’re playing good, exciting baseball and have people come out to support us, support the players and just have a night of enjoyment and know that this is their hometown team. “I’m here to help the Padres organization grow, to help them win on the field, to help them win off the field community-wise and I can see all of those things taking root right now.”v

ing for the 1998 World Series game. But it was the decision to switch his undergrad degree to sports management and tack on a graduate program in sports administration that ensured the path he was on would make a career out of his first love. It just wouldn’t be in San Diego. A seasonal internship in 2004 with the Kansas City Royals turned into a full time coordinator position, and by 2007, Holtzman had moved up to director of communications, settled in and was starting a family. “I was really fond of the city, the fans, a lot of the players and the organization,” he said. Leaving the Royals after nearly 10 years was tough, but the thought of working for his hometown team was definitely a David Holtzman was 5 when he first met dream come true. San Diego Padres left fielder Tony Gwynn. “I never thought I’d possibly (Photo by sdCNN) have the chance to come back Keeping attendance up and home, at least and work in the camaking those types of connecpacity I have been working in,” he tions with young fans was at the said. “So it was a natural fit for me.” top of his list in Kansas City and Surprisingly, Holtzman said now he plans to make those same the decision still wasn’t an autopriorities in San Diego. matic one. “Once a group of young kids “Although this is my dream from age 5-12 become attached to job, I loved Kansas City and I players and a club, as I was, you would not have left unless it was never let that go,” he said. “You not the exact right position,” he are always a fan. To me that was said. “I went into my interview my most important impact [in process being interested, but Kansas City], helping that transiknowing that if it wasn’t the right

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Chicano Park’s mural restoration led to an award for the Steering Committee. (Photo by Sandé Lollis)



The Housing Commission hired preservation architects in 2010 to restore and rehabilitate the building’s interior and exterior. Today, the building has the original exterior colors and a rebuilt wood storefront at the main entrance, 1301 Fifth Ave. Jacquelyn Littlefield, the daughter of Louis B. Metzger, who took over the Spreckels Theatre lease in 1931, founded the non-profit organization ARTS specifically to oversee restoration at Downtown’s Spreckels Theatre

for the building’s 100th birthday. Littlefield purchased the theater in 1962. “For the building’s centennial last year, ARTS ambitiously completed three major restoration projects, for which this award is given,” SOHO said. “The grand lobby has been rehabilitated and polished to a fine glow that provides evening patrons with a glamorous entrance.” Littlefield and ARTS also helped fund new mezzanine-level seating as well as restoration of the iconic neon marquee and blade sign. The sign was restored by Blake Sign Co., located in Stanton, Calif.

The historic Sandford Hotel remodel was overseen by the San Diego Housing Commission, SOHO award winner. (Photo by Sandé Lollis)

The night’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to the Chicano Park Steering Committee for their dedication to the park and murals in Barrio Logan that celebrate the Chicano and Latino civil rights movement. After a 2012 mural restoration project was completed, the committee successfully nominated the park to be designated a National Historic District. Other honorees were the Wilson family, who restored a cottage in Ocean Beach originally built in 1922; Dalia and Gordon Hunt, a Mission Hills couple who restored their 1913 home; Daniel Ramirez, who helped rescue the Univer-

sity Heights “Log Cabin House” from demolition; SOCO, LLC for restoring their theater blade sign at the former Loma Theatre in Point Loma; and historian Diane Welch for her book “Lilian J. Rice: Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California.” The People In Preservation Awards ceremony also serves as the official announcement of SOHO’s 2013 Most Endangered List of Historic Resources, which includes “a call for more responsible historic preservation action” throughout San Diego County, representatives said. “Historic buildings, landscapes and sites contribute to a distinct

sense of place and provide a priceless record of our shared heritage,” SOHO said in a separate press release. “The Most Endangered List, now in its 26th year, has proven to be a valuable tool in encouraging urgently needed preservation action.” The 2013 list includes five new areas and eight remaining sites from previous years, making 13 total in need of attention. “Twelve of the 13 items on the Most Endangered List are buildings and sites that embody the diversity and richness of San Diego County history,” SOHO said. “The 13th item – the municipal trend toward overturning historic designations for the owner’s convenience – could easily become a preservation nightmare, both legally and culturally.” New sites listed this year include Collier Park Spring House in La Mesa, Calif., Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, St. Luke’s Chapel in North Park and the Spreckels Warehouse located Downtown. Built in 1924 on Fourth Avenue near J Street, the building now houses Downtown’s Cost Plus World Market. Due to economic pressure, the owner is considering demolishing the building to construct a residential tower, SOHO said. “So that we have a tangible record and understanding of historic Downtown development, SOHO negotiated fiercely to save warehouses along J Street and nearby for restoration and reuse as shops, restaurants and sports bars,” SOHO said. “We’ve lost a host of simple, vernacular industrial buildings. … These losses make it all the more imperative to recognize the historic socioeconomic and architectural significance of the Spreckels Warehouse, J Street’s western anchor.” The San Diego Historical Resources Board is currently slated to review the property, and SOHO said they are encouraging the group to declare the warehouse a historic landmark and “to steer its owner toward a buyer with preservation and adaptive reuse in mind.” For the complete list and more information visit sohosandiego. org or call 619-297-9327.v

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On women finding 40 Downtown author details the book that took her around the world Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

Downtown resident Aimee Cebulski recently published her first book, “The Finding 40 Project,” a collection of over 30 inter views with women around the world who reflect on what it means to turn 40. This two-year project took Cebulski to 10 countries, and ultimately turned out to be the impetus for her next professional project. Downtown News: What was your inspiration for writing “The Finding 40 Project?” Aimee Cebulski: The idea came about two years ago when I was with a group of my best girlfriends. We were in the car after celebrating my friend’s 40th birthday in wine countr y, and were discussing what we would do for my birthday – which happened to be next out of our group. I realized I didn’t really care about what I was going to be doing, but that I was much more interested in learning what 40 means to other women around the world and whether it was a significant milestone to them. DTN: How did you select and locate the women whose stories are featured in your book? AC: I was really focused on finding women who were right around 40 or who were about to turn 40, because I wanted ever yone to be at the same point in their life. Then I sought out countries or cultures that I was particularly interested in, and looked for travel opportunities that were inexpensive. I also worked with a charity called PCI Global that has offices all over the world. I used their connec-

tions to help find women in other countries who I may not have other wise had access to. Sometimes it was completely by accident – they were staying in our hotel or I met them through a community connection that I made upon arrival. And sometimes it was on-the-ground detective work. I also used social media and connections with friends. DTN: What did you learn about women in other cultures while compiling this book? AC: I’ll tell you what was really reinforced for me – where you are born matters. Although we have a variety of problems in the U.S., our quality of life is unlike any other place. Being an American woman, I won the birth lotter y. I’m afforded rights and freedom … and until you travel to another place where women are under oppression, you don’t truly appreciate it. [But] I also learned that women at 40 around the world face the same kind of pressure – whether it’s me in San Diego or a sommelier in Italy on the other side of the world – we both get pressure because we’re married but don’t have kids. There are a lot of common issues no matter where you are. And ever ybody worries about money. DTN: What did you learn about yourself while completing this project? AC: What I learned about myself at 40 is that there are still so many opportunities available to me. I saw what other women are doing at this point in their life, and I know I still have time to pursue a passion or issue that I feel strongly about. On a personal level, I spent a big portion

of my adult life overcoming my fear of flying. This whole project was a final reassurance that that fear is now behind me. Fear is not going to stop me personally or physically. DTN: What advice would you give women who are approaching 40? AC: Go for it! With many of the women I inter viewed, a common theme was regret. They almost always had a dream that was put aside, or something they didn’t do for themselves that they’d been thinking about. When I first contemplated working for myself, my dad said to give it a tr y and see how it goes. He said if it doesn’t work, then I could always do something else. That was the best advice I’ve ever received in my life. So whatever it is, give it a tr y. DTN: How were you able to fund this travel project? AC: I launched two Kickstarter campaigns to raise funds for the book. After the first campaign flopped, I launched the second specifically to pay for the first print run and production costs. As a result of this experience, when an opportunity came up at Wiley Publishing, my agent suggested that I might be

After turning 40 herself, local novelist Aimee Cebulski traveled all over the world on a budget to tell the story of women turning 40. (Courtesy Amy Cebulski) the best person to author their “Kickstarter for Dummies” book, which I have now finished and will be coming out June 4. My travel for “The Finding 40 Project” was paid for out of pocket. I’ve been running a boutique public relations agency for 15 years, and also do freelance writing. For this project, I traveled with my husband on the cheap. Sometimes we were the only ones in our 40s at the hostels! We also used frequent flier miles and reward points to fund our travel.

port women in empowerment and education programs. The funds are donated directly to the program development teams in various countries.

DTN: Will you be doing anything special with the proceeds from this book?

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AC: Once ever y quarter, I will donate 10 percent of my royalties to PCI Global to sup-

“The Finding 40 Project” is only available online through or at Cebulski’s website, “Kickstarter for Dummies” will be available at all area bookstores and online retailers. For more information about PCI Global and what they do for women around the world, visit


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Letters I really love the journal idea [See “PureFitness: Goal Setting,” Vol. 14, Issue 6]. I have always found writing things down to be quite cathartic. I have been into health and fitness for many years and I know we all get in our “routines” and sometimes need a shift. My journal starts today. Time for some changes. Thanks for the inspiration! – Charise, via Hey Mac, for every one bicyclist who runs a light, there’s like 5K+ car incidents against bicycling every day, to the point that running a red light makes sense b/c at least you’re avoiding the dangers at the corner [See “Editorial: A 360 degree vision to make San Diego the bicycle mecca it should be,” Vol. 14, Issue 6]. There are evil, evil drivers out there which far make up for any rogue bicycling … worry about killer drivers before we worry about the

occasional bicyclist who takes matters into their own hands, how many bad bicyclist cause accidents? Oh yeah like almost none. –John Hagen via via Someone should spend some time around town and observe the bicycle riders lack of knowledge and total disregard of traffic laws [See “Editorial: A 360 degree vision to make San Diego the bicycle mecca it should be,” Vol. 14, Issue 6]. Try Morena Blvd. on any given Saturday or Sunday morning. I see riders breaking laws almost on a daily basis. It is small wonder that more are not involved in accidents. Many of them have no regards for signal lights. Bicycles riders and drivers texting appear to be the greatest hazards on San Diego roads today. – Mac Quinn via sandiegodowntownnews.comv


SDG&E reminds customers to think safety around electricity this summer Safety is a top priority for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and May’s National Electrical Safety Month served as a reminder of the importance of acting safely around power lines. “Safety is our number one priority at SDG&E and we advise our customers to always assume that all power lines are ‘live’ and stay well clear of them at all times,” said David L. Geier, vice president of electric operations. “It’s very important that our community is aware of the dangers of electricity and take the necessary precautions to stay safe.” SDG&E offers the following safety tips for the summer months and year round: Down or broken power lines: • Fallen electric lines are extremely dangerous. Report any downed lines to 9-1-1 and SDG&E immediately at 1-800-611-SDGE (7343). • Stay clear of the line and do not touch it. • Always assume that power lines are energized. If a person has come into contact with a power line, don’t touch the person or any equipment involved or nearby. The line may be still energized and could be extremely dangerous. • Freeing a person or animal from energized power lines or equipment should only be attempted by a qualified electrical worker. If a vehicle is involved: • Sit calmly until help arrives. • Warn others not to touch the vehicle and direct them to call 9-1-1. • If the vehicle is on fire and you must leave it, open the door or window and jump clear without touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Do not allow yourself to become a path of electricity from the vehicle to the ground. • Be careful not to fall back against the vehicle and to avoid any wires on the ground. Overhead electric lines safety tips: • If a Mylar balloon (metallic coated balloon), kite, or any other object becomes entangled in an overhead power line, call 9-1-1 or SDG&E. Do not

remove anything caught in electric lines, not even an animal. When you are working around electric overhead lines, follow these additional rules: • Watch where you are going. • Stay clear of the power line and never touch it. • Keep all machinery, equipment, and materials such as scaffolding tools, boat masts, fruit-picking poles, antennas, satellite dishes, pool skimmers handles, metal ladders, etc., and people at least 10 feet away from the lines. • If it looks like the lines will be in your way, call SDG&E. Depending on the nature of your job, SDG&E might be able to turn off the electricity, cover the lines, or even move them temporarily while you complete your work. Underground electric lines safety tips: • Call Underground Alert Service at 8-1-1 before you dig. SDG&E will send someone to your site for free to show you exactly where our lines are buried. Digging, drilling or blasting can damage these underground lines and cause injury, electrocution or fire. • If you see an open SDG&E transformer or other piece of equipment, call SDG&E and we will investigate. Do not touch the equipment as this could lead to injury or death. For other safety tips, please visit San Diego Gas & Electric s a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 860,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook (

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DowntownBriefs DEMAIO ANNOUNCES RUN FOR CONGRESS Former mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, who narrowly lost his bid to become the CEO of America’s Finest City last November, made an official announcement on May 30 that he will seek the 52nd district. The seat is currently held by Democrat Scott Peters, who also narrowly defeated longtime incumbent, Brian Bilbray, a Republican. In his announcement DeMaio said he is “frustrated with partisan bickering” and intends to bring reform to Washington. “If we want better results from Washington, we have to change the people we send there and impose new rules to govern the way they operate,” DeMaio said in the announcement. “That’s what my reform agenda is all about - making government work again for the people.” The candidate listed four priorities: Balance the budget using his pension reform skills; make government work by addressing long-troubled programs; revitalize the economy by advancing real tax reform; and fix Congress first by imposing accountability and transparency. As an openly-gay and socially moderate Republican, DeMaio is already attracting national attention. “I see myself as a ‘new generation Republican’ who wants to challenge the party to focus on pocket-book, economic and quality of life issues in a more positive and inclusive way, rather than issues that are frankly none of the government’s business in the first place,” DeMaio said. US GRANT HOLDS “CHARITY BOOT CAMP” FOR OKLAHOMA VICTIMS A popular Downtown hotel has found a way to raise funds for the victims of the devastating tornados that recently touched down in Oklahoma. Called “Charity Boot Camp for Oklahoma,” the 90-minute boot camp will involve an “innovative twist” on circuit training, with all fitness levels and ages encouraged to attend. The event will take place at the US Grant on Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. in the Celestial Ballroom, located on the lower level. The US Grant was inspired by a local group of military wives who are gathering clothing for the victims, and are partnering with On Demand Dream Team to conduct the charity fundraiser. There is no cost to attend the June 1 boot camp, but disaster relief donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will go to Oklahoma victims. The On Demand Dream Team is a division of On Demand Lifestyle Staffing. Members participating in the charity event by

conducting the boot camp are Bonnie Jones, Jennie Groom, Lisa Liles, Luke Walton, Chad Yarvitz and Derrick Sobotka. For more information contact the US Grant Hotel at

LARGEST OLD HOUSE FAIR SET FOR JUNE 15 The South Park Business Group’s 15th annual Old House Fair scheduled for June 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. will be the largest yet, with over 75 exhibitors and vendors participating throughout South Park, organizers said. The free, daylong festival includes self-guided walking and biking tours, exhibits by craftspeople, contractors, shops and service organizations, live music and entertainment, and arts and crafts for children. Attendees will have the option of taking an hour-long Trolley Tour for $5, and there will be food vendors selling items as well. “An additional new feature of this year’s Old House Fair is the chance to visit a vintage 1953 camper restored to its mid-century beauty, which will be on display at the Vintage Row,” said Marsha Smelkinson, South Park Scene marketing director. The camper, presented by Urban Holiday Rentals, is available for vacation bookings. “Venders of vintage home décor items, furniture and artwork will also be featured in the Vintage Row on 30th Street, between Cedar and Beech streets,” Smelkinson said. While the Old House Fair is free for attendees, there is a charge for tickets to that day’s Historic Home Tour, which also runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $25 and include five historic homes. Advance purchase tickets are available online and can be picked up via will call at the ticket booth located at 30th and Beech streets starting at 9:30 a.m. the day

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BIG BAY SHUTTLE RETURNS FOR FIRST OFFICIAL SEASON After a limited trial period, which drew more than 20,000 passengers and great response in 2012, the Big Bay Shuttle has returned for service to destination points along the Embarcadero. Operated by Ace Parking Management, the service launched on May 24, and will continue on through Sept. 3. For just $3 per day per rider, locals and visitors may ride the “green” compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttles to eight different destinations along a loop that links Downtown San Diego with the Embarcadero. Stops include Sheraton Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Wyndham San Diego Bayside, the Broadway and Navy Pier, Seaport Village, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, and the Hilton Bayfront San Diego. The shuttle does not stop at the airport, though the Sheraton on Harbor Island could be considered as close enough for some riders. Shuttles are clearly marked and will operate Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit aceparking. com/bigbayshuttle, call 800-925PARK, or email bigbayshuttle@ CENTRAL LIBRARY GETS BOOST FROM LGBT COMMUNITY Members of the local LGBT community are reaching in their pockets and calling on friends with a fundraising goal of $150,000 that will go to the new Downtown Central Library. The funds are being sought to support not only the new Teen

San Diego Downtown News | June 2013 Center and also to help grow and maintain the library’s LGBT collection, which at 8,800 items is one of the largest in the country. Additional library holdings include a large array of online LGBT-specific databases, periodicals, books, periodicals and other items. Statistics show that 40 percent of homeless teens in San Diego are LGBT and many will use the library’s services. Once the $150,000 goal is reached, a large alcove window overlooking Park Blvd. next to the LGBT collection will be named after the community. So far nearly $80,000 has been raised, according to Library Commissioner Susan Atkins, who is overseeing the fundraising “But we still have a way to go and I’ll keep smiling and dialing – with a little help from my friends – until we’re done,” Atkins said in a press release. Prominent members of the local LGBT community who have promised to donate money or support include Susan and Crystal Atkins-Weathers, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Denise Nelsen, Former State Senator Christine Kehoe and Julie Warren, Lambda Archives Board President Maureen Steiner and Camille Davidson, Dr. Delores Jacobs at The LGBT Center, Kay Chandler at the Human Dignity Foundation, and Rescue Social Change Group, among many others. “The Library is a very inclusive place,” Atkins said in the same release. “Rich, poor, homeless, straight, transgender or a racial minority, everyone gets the same tireless service from a dedicated library staff person.” She called it “fitting” for the local LGBT community to make its support for the library known. Atkins said charitable donations are often “invisible” because many donors are private leaders with organizations such as the Port Commission, Airport


Authority, Human Rights Commission and others. “We want the San Diego community to know now and for generations to come that LGBT people are supporters of institutions that serve the best interests of the city,” she said. Once open, the new Central Library will also be home to e3 Civic High School, a charter school set to serve 500 students. Donations for the LGBT initiative can be made by sending checks to Jay Hill, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Public Library Foundation, 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101 with LGBT in the memo line. Donors can also go online at give. Those giving $2500 or more will also receive a brick that will become part of the library’s lobby and be engraved with the message of their choice. “Every donation counts, large and small.” Atkins said.

OLD GLOBE’S EDELSTEIN TO EXPLORE SHAKESPEARE’S LANGUAGE The Old Globe will offer a one-time presentation of “Thinking Shakespeare Live!” on June 15, at 11 a.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Throughout the 90-minute program, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will lead the audience through a performer’s approach to tackling Shakespearean language, according to a press release. Based on Edelstein’s book “Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard,” the show is an introduction to Shakespeare for all audiences. “I’ve put together this program to show

see Briefs, page 12

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Nostalgic ‘Brickyard’ mingles good coffee, tea and people Dean Sage Downtown News

San Diegans are quickly discovering a recently reinvented gem Downtown. Built along the tracks of the original Santa Fe Railroad, Brickyard Coffee & Tea is housed by one of the oldest brick structures in the area. A change of ownership in May of 2012 has imbued the old building with new life. The historic red brick building on the corner of Kettner Boulevard and G Street was once used as a storeroom along the rails, but after more than 30 years as a coffee shop, “The Brickyard” has become an iconic landmark of Downtown San Diego. It is an independently owned and lively coffee house where people eat, drink and enjoy the city as the trolleys whirr by and known for its friendly staff, nostalgic charm, delicious food, and of course, coffee. Inside, the original brick walls are adorned with the latest works of local artists. Outside, the newly expanded dog-friendly patio offers ample outdoor seating in a comfortable setting. During weekend brunch hours, patrons soak up sun on the patio while local musicians serenade them. With a focus on coffee and teas – many of which are organic – from local vendors Café Moto and Café Virtuoso, the Brickyard also offers a full line of espressoinfused and blended beverages. From fresh-brewed drip to handcrafted specialties like authentic Italian macchiatos and Mexican hot chocolate, the Brickyard also serves over a dozen different teas, from

exotic floral blends to traditionally prepared green teas. The Brickyard’s breakfast features bagel melts, served open-faced and piled high with eggs, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and a choice of meat. On the sweeter side, the French toast is served with house-made raspberry mandarin compote instead of maple syrup. The Brickyard’s Acai Bowl should not be missed. Topped with crunchy granola, fresh strawberries, blueberries and banana, the antioxidant-charged concoction makes for the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or nutritious dessert. Recently extending their hours until 3 p.m., the Brickyard has also become a popular lunch spot. The menu offers a host of gourmet sandwiches, salads, healthy wraps, and savory paninis. Made-to-order paninis and sandwiches include a generous green or Caesar salad, or a cup of house soup, which is made fresh daily. The San Diego Panini is a popular pick, with hearty chunks of grilled chicken breast, fresh tomatoes, pesto and garlic aioli, covered in mozzarella and grilled to perfection on sourdough bread. The daily clientele is an energetic and eclectic mix. Located mere steps from the Seaport Village stop on the MTS trolley’s Green Line and just blocks from the City’s waterfront hotels, the steady stream of local residents and business people often mingle with tourists and other travelers, making for fun and lively interactions. The service is fast, sincere, enthupersonal and friendly. The enthu siasm of the staff is refreshing, and by your second or third visit, they’ll have your name and beverage of choice down pat. Brickyard Coffee & Tea is located at 675 W. G St., Downtown. You can follow them on Facebook.

Dean Sage is a local freelance writer who moonlights during the day as a tax and contract attorney. You can contact him at deansage@ The Brickyard’s building was originally used as storage space for the railroad. (Photo by Jennifer Sage)

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Father’s Day special

For Downtown chefs, being a father is the ‘job du jour’ JSix Chef Christian Graves with his children, (l-r) Coby, Collin and Cash. (Courtesy Christian Graves)

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Anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows how hard it is to do it well, but succeeding at it is very gratifying. Fatherhood also has its challenges, but it’s also very rewarding to some of Downtown’s top chefs and restaurateurs, who try to make being a dad a priority even when the hours spent on the job make it difficult. “I’m very involved with my kids,” said JSix chef Christian Graves of his three, Coby, Collin and Cash. “I love them. That’s why I work so hard. I help in their classrooms and go home early to help do homework.” Graves takes pride in reading with them as well. “We’re halfway through ‘Harry Potter,’” he said proudly. He is also teaching his kids a bit of what he does on the job. “We grill a lot and my oldest, Coby, makes a dill sauce and he knows it takes exactly 1½ lemons,” Graves said. Coby is starting to use knives too, but mostly to peel things. Having a chef for a dad has its perks for the kids because Graves is the one who prepares his kids’ lunches. “Sometimes, I will make a version of ‘Lunchables’ using good cheese and salami,” he said. “But I’m not sending them to school with oysters and caviar. We sometimes have that at home, though.” Antonio Frischia, the chef and owner of Gaijin, also takes time to be with his kids, who are 10 and 14 years old, even though he admits the hours of running a restaurant makes it more difficult. “I can’t participate in all the nighttime activities because I’m at work, but I enjoy making their breakfasts and I will leave work to do a practice or a special event,” Frischia said. “We try to fit it all in.” Speaking of those breakfasts: The meals he’s made for his kids have sometimes ended up on the menu at Gaijin. “Sometimes, they want burritos, but I have done rice bowls, like teriyaki beef grilled with a fried egg or, maybe, Chinese sausage,” he said. Some of the rice bowls and noodle dishes have even been done at the restaurant. Frischia said fatherhood has helped him in his job in other ways. “I was probably less patient as a younger chef,” he admitted. “I take


a different approach now and try and be more fatherly to the staff. But that could be because I’m old enough to be their fathers.” Frischia isn’t sure he wants his kids to follow in his footsteps, “They realize the hours are long,” he said, but he is proud that his kids are developing an interest in food. “My little guy, Zane, is definitely a chef’s son. He has a distinct opinion, but I don’t think he’d do it professionally,” he said. “But maybe he can cook for his dates.” Guido Nistri, who runs Monello and Bencotto and Little Italy, isn’t ready to teach his son how to cook for his dates – he’s only 3 – but the kid has already impacted his dad’s way of doing business. “Having a child changes your life,” Nistri said. “He’s inspiring me to be a better person.” One way in particular is that Nistri has more empathy for young parents who are trying to have a nice dinner with their kids. It’s also inspired him to make sure his son knows how to behave in a

restaurant. “We don’t let him do things that are offensive,” he said. “But we don’t want him to be the stupid boy who is just given an iPad, either.” Like Graves and Frischia, Nistri said he wants his son to eat well so he takes pains to give him a good lunch to take to daycare. In his case, he learned those lunches were having an effect on the people who watch his child. “We noticed the teachers started paying close attention to what was in his bag,” Nistri laughed. “They used to ask, ‘What’s for lunch?’ I used to wonder if they gave him all his food or ate some of it themselves.” Nistri came up with a solution that satisfied everyone. “I feed them all once a week,” he said. “After all, they’re taking care of my kids.” San Diego native David Moye writes Weird News for the Huffington Post. You can learn more about him at


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Devotees of the former Tabule Restaurant will be shocked and amazed when they see the dramatic changes the owners made to the space. Now called The New Yorker, the re-established concept is exceedingly more casual with brick walls, a large bar and colorful artworks. Replacing dishes like salmon Wellington and filet mignon is a menu of New York-style pizzas plus versions to appease West Coast palates. The offerings extend also to Yankee Stadium pretzels, baby back ribs and duck rolls. 535 Fourth Ave., 619-238-0048. Five restaurants will be moving into the Marina District’s Old Police Headquarters, located on Harbor Drive at Pacific Highway, just adjacent to Seaport Village. The sprawling historic building is now in its final phase of redevelopment by Terramar Retail Centers in Carlsbad. The Spanish-style plaza, built in 1939, will make way for nearly 30 retail shops and the following kitchens: Season’s 52; the Cheesecake Factor y; Puesto; Eddie V’s and Pizzeria Mozza. The property is expected to open to the public in late October. 789 W. Harbor Drive.

DINING After sitting empty for nearly a year, the former Red Light District restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter will transform into ViVa Bar + Kitchen later this month. Diners will be greeted with a mosaic of Latin specialties from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Spain and Mexico. The venture was launched by ASAN Restaurant Concepts, which also operates Café Lulu, Bite m.e. and Toscana Café & Wine Bar, all also located within the Gaslamp. 409 F St. In the spirit of the San Diego Padres and the fans who dine and drink Downtown on game days, several establishments have begun offering discounts on various menu items and overnight stays now that Petco Park has swung into action. • Receive a free cheeseburger at the Monkey Paw when you present your same-day ticket stub and purchase a beer. 8056 16th St., 619-358-9901. • The “stealing home

Discounts and free peanuts are available throughout this year’s baseball season. (Courtesy Lou & Mickey’s) It isn’t only in Old Town where you can find hot tortillas in the making. Veteran tortilla maker Asela Mendoza arrives from the Acapulco area to La Fiesta to give Downtown denizens a taste of the puffy discs straight off the grill. Mendoza prepares the tortillas at the bar from 2 to 8 p.m. daily. The restaurant also recently introduced weekend brunch featuring lobster Benedict, crepes and specialty margaritas. 628 Fifth Ave., 619-232-4242.

Delve into a treasure chest of restaurants at this month’s Taste of Little Italy, which will showcase the latest and greatest dishes from nearly 30 kitchens from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 19. Newcomers to the event include Monello, Queenstown and Isola Pizza. Participating eateries are divided into north and south routes within the neighborhood. The cost is $28 for either route or $42 for the whole shebang. For more information, call 619-615-1092 or visit

menu” at Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar is available nightly during baseball season, even when the Padres aren’t playing. Customers save about 30 percent on dinner when ordering two courses from the pre-fixed menu for $30. Add another course (an appetizer or dessert) for only $5 extra. 802 Fifth Ave., 619-233-4355. • Pitchers of Bud Light fly for $10 apiece during the games at Nicky Rotten’s, where things like “garlic breath fries” and “bad ass burgers” rule the day. The Padres’ deal extends also to pints, which sell for $3 a glass. 560 Fifth Ave., 619-702-8068. • Daytime games held on Sundays equate to a free beverage at Lucky’s Lunch Counter,, located a stone’s throw from Petco Park. The purchase of a ballparkstyle dog or bratwurst is required. Also, food from Lucky’s is allowed into the stadium. 338 Seventh Ave., 619-2554782. • Padres season ticket holders are

eligible for membership cards at Donovan’s Steakhouse and Donovan’s Prime Seafood, which affords them a 10 percent discount off their entire bills at all locations. The deal is not valid on pre-fixed menus. 570 K. St., 619-237-9700 and 333 Fifth Ave., 619-906-4850. • On home game nights, Katsuya pairs a pint of draft beer with prawn sliders smothered in spicy pineapple coleslaw for $10 a round. 600 F St., 619-814-2000. • Guests who dine at Lou & Mickey’s before the games will receive a plump bag of fresh roasted peanuts. 224 Fifth Ave., 619-237-4900. • The new “beer, brats and baseball” package at Omni San Diego Hotel includes a pair of tickets to a game, deluxe overnight accommodations for two, beer and bratwurst at the hotel’s Terrace Bar & Grill and free valet parking. The cost is $289 per night or $299 for field box seats. 675 L St., 619-231-6664. Frank Sabatini Jr. Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@san.rr.comv


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Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Chaplos Restaurant & Bar | 619-798-3888

925 B St. (East Village on cusp of Core/Columbia & Cortez Hill) Prices: Lunch, $7 to $13; dinner, $13 to $22; brunch $27, $12 for children 12 years & under. In a space where no other kitchens have come before it, the new Chaplos Restaurant & Bar combines nuances of a 1920s supper club with a progression of American cuisine that culminates in vintage dishes with 21st century flair. The restaurant sits at ground level of a six-story office building on the west end of B Street, close to Highway 163. There’s nothing much else around it, except for a couple of freshly built condominium structures across the street. A large silver spoon hanging in the front window confirms you’ve come to the right place. Owners Edwin and Irene Seymour of Coronado have adorned their open layout with Tiffany lights and an expansive wooden bar, all salvaged from the former Fat City on Pacific Highway. Despite the antique elements and a cushioned wall reminiscent of some bygone Hollywood lounge, Chaplos can feel equally modern if you allow it to. Overseeing the menu is Chef Norma Martinez, a Tijuana native who graduated from the Instituto Culinario de Mexico before studying in Belgium and France. When returning to Mexico, she

Eggplant-prosciutto flatbread with arugula (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

worked for Javier Plascencia, a restaurateur credited with sparking the Baja-Mediterranean culinary movement on both sides of the border. Here, her dishes incorporate the comforts of Europe and Mexico without veering too far off U.S. soil. As expected, her seasonal ceviche made with mahi on this particular evening revealed a balanced use of citrus to accurately “cook” the fish without drowning it. Avocado, cucumbers and cilantro were prominent while whispers of chili oil offered a surprise aftertaste. In another appetizer, Martinez cleverly mingles grilled eggplant with Bosc pears on a springy flatbread crust showered with arugula. The organics are tied together with the sweetness of blue cheese and saltiness of prosciutto. Additionally, we started with a plate of crispy shrimp and calamari rings that were lightly floured with paprika and chili powder. The shrimp were in short supply, although the accompanying chipotle aioli spiked with Tabasco was dreamy and abundant. Our favorite starter, however, was season-fresh asparagus wrapped in abnormally thick slices of proscuitto, which Martinez explained is how the Spanish prepare it. The saltiness of the meat is quelled perfectly by the flame grill. Chaplos’ cocktail list is headed by Bek Allen, a community-minded mixologist who showcases signature drinks from places like Brooklyn Girl in Mission Hills, Jayne’s Gastropub in Normal Heights and Prep Kitchen in Little Italy. For her own creation, called The Gaslamp Quarter, she compliments the sweet, woody notes of Knob Creek Bourbon with Amaretto, Benedictine and a giant ice cube. Sipping it to Frank Sinatra music playing in the background seemed a natural fit. Craft beers and wine taps rigged to certain varietals play up to modern times. The selections for either are succinct and well-chosen when you consider flagship offerings by Alesmith, Stone Brewing Co. and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.

Dinner entrees are tightly focused as well, although Martinez plans on getting more experimental after customers become better acquainted with her introduction menu. She cooks only with “all-natural meats” and locally sourced produce. I was immediately taken by her apple-ale pork ribs. The barbecue sauce slathering the supple meat appeared conventional, but it tasted fruity and hoppy instead of smoky and tangy. The plate also featured pleasant apple coleslaw, which reappeared with the addition of avocados alongside my companion’s hanger steak. The entrée costs $11 less than the bone-in rib eye, but it cuts and tastes pretty much the same when cooked medium-rare. From a list of ala carte sides, the “chiles toreados” is a common Mexican enhancement to red meat. A single bite into these whole, roasted jalapenos cooked with onions and Worcestershire sauce had us gripping our water glasses with masochistic delight. They’re extremely salty and blistering hot. Our dinner concluded with piping-hot apple cobbler contrasted by firm vanilla ice cream on top. Given its wet, spongy texture, it reminded me of buttery, blue ribbon bread pudding. If you’re not the evening lounge-lizard type, Chaplos also serves lunch and recently introduced a build-your-own Sunday brunch featuring a ceviche station and boozy milkshakes that could potentially throw your inner child off balance. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine; San Diego Uptown News; Gay San Diego; Living in Style Magazine and The Gay & Lesbian Times. You can reach him at


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Electronic Pop icons They Might Be Giants return for another ‘memorable evening’ Logan Broyles Downtown News

Playing at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach has become something of a yearly tradition for They Might Be Giants (TMBG), the renowned alternative pop group that has been around for the better part of the last three decades. “We’ve had some of the most memorable evenings of our lives at the Belly Up,” said guitarist and co-founder John Flansburgh. “We often end our national tours there so it’s always a big blowout. This time we’ll probably be buying a couple kegs of beer for the audience and it will just be a big party night.” The band will be coming back to the Belly Up, June 16. Flansburgh and John Linnell formed the group in 1982. The two had played music together while attending the same high school in Lincoln, Mass., but never played in a band together until they both moved to Brooklyn back in the early ‘80s after several years apart from each other. “Basically we both moved to New York at the same time without really knowing it,” Flansburgh said. “The previous band that I had been in just played at college dances, but I was doing some home recording with a fourtrack tape recorder and teaching myself how to play guitar, and John had been in a working pop

for their album “Here Come the 123s.” They Might Be Giants are best known for an unconventional and experimental style of alternative music. Their atypical instrumentation and the unique subject matter and lyrics of their songs attracted a strong local following when they first started playing small bars and clubs in Brooklyn. “We’ve been doing this for thirty years so it would be strange not to evolve,” Flansburgh reflected. “We’re really interested in experimenting with the form They Might Be Giants ready for another return to of the song, which is Belly Up Tavern (Photo by Shervin Lainez) different than being experimental musicians. The three children’s music albums, band in Rhode Island. song is a really interesting format “Here Come the ABCs,” “Here “So when we started the band to write in because it’s so flexible Come the 123s,” and “Here we were both kind of getting and it’s kind of unlimited, but it’s Comes Science.” They put out away from more standard ideas also very concise and tidy, so it’s of why to put a band together. We their first release, the self-titled just a great vehicle for ideas. “They Might Be Giants,” back wanted to do something that was “We’ve always had an elecin 1986. Their current tour is to more original and more personal promote the band’s latest release, tronic music basis to what we’re to us.” doing, we’ve always worked with which came out in March. Originally the pair was acdrum machines, we’ve always “We’re already signed on for companied by a drum machine or worked with synthesizers and a couple album projects for 2014 used prerecorded backup audio so our dance card is full and right computers, so there’s something during their shows, but in the very satisfying with seeing tonow we’re just promoting our early 1990s they expanded to inday’s hip hop and electronic munewest album ‘Nanobots.’” clude a backing band. The duo’s sic pushing the limits of what’s The band has won two Gramcurrent backing band consists possible,” he said. my Awards, one in 2002 for their of Marty Beller, Dan Miller and They Might Be Giants will song “Boss of Me,” which served Danny Weinkauf. as the theme to the television TMBG have released 16 perform at the Belly Up Tavshow “Malcolm in the Middle.” studio albums and have sold over ern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana They won their second in 2009 four million records, including Beach, June 16. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. with Moon Hooch opening. Advance tickets start at $27 and are available at bellyup. com or by calling the box office at 858-481-8140. Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at


BRIEFS that with just a few hints and tricks that are easy to learn and apply, Shakespeare’s language can be as immediate and alive as anything in today’s paper,” Edelstein said in the release. “’Thinking Shakespeare Live!’ is a fun way to start a new relationship with my man William, or to learn new ways to spend time with him. ”Edelstein has directed almost half of Shakespeare’s works throughout his career and will demonstrate the techniques and methods he uses with the help of three other actors, giving the audiences a unique peek behind the curtain. Tickets are $10 for Old Globe subscribers and full-time students and $15 for general audiences and can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or at the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

SPACE 4 ART GETS NONPROFIT STATUS A community-designed, volunteer-built art space in East Village that for four years has offered dozens of affordable studios for San Diego artists, was recently accepted for 501(c)3 status. The innovative creative arts center, located at 325 15th Street, consists of three warehouses and an outdoor lot, where artists can both hone and share their craft. “We are thrilled to have received this positive determination from the IRS,” said Executive Director Patric Stillman in a press release. “It will allow SPACE 4 ART to pursue establishing a permanent home, obtaining access to new technologies, improve educational programming and provide artists with fiscal sponsorships.” Stillman is inviting the community to celebrate the announcement with SPACE 4 ART on Saturday, June 8, with a special exhibit with works of art coming from students attending UCSD’s Preuss High School, other local universities and colleges, and the diverse artwork of those others using the 40 open studio spaces at SPACE 4 ART. Normal gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, visit


The Star of the Sea Room, formerly part of Anthony’s dining room, is now a swanky nightclub. (Photo by Will Bowen)

Stars at The Star

Franco Z produces the entertainment and performs (Photo by Will Bowen)

Written, spoken and musical artistry comes to San Diego Bay Will Bowen Downtown News

There is nothing quite like being down at San Diego Bay at night. It’s usually comfortably cool, with a delightful light breeze, and you can watch the multicolored lights of the city reflecting in long lines across the inky darkness of the Bay. Aside from Coronado’s Ferry Landing, another premier spot to view the nighttime reflections of the City on the water is Anthony’s Star of the Sea Room, which is right next to the old time Star of India sailing ship. “The Star of the Sea Room is the most romantic and elegant waterfront venue in the city – it’s a room that offers the San Diego experience like no other,” said Franco Zigarelli (aka Franco Z), the overall entertainment producer of Stars at The Star. The Star of the Sea Room is a lovely candlelit space built on wooden pilings right on the water. Two of the walls are actually very large windows, offering up views of the lights of Point Loma to the west and the Star of India close-up to the north. At one time, the room was a very elegant and expensive restaurant associated with Anthony’s Fish Grotto. Now the space has been transformed into an events center with an attached bar. Tapas-style dishes and desserts are still prepared at Anthony’s, which is right next door. On May 16, a new and promising event was inaugurated at the Star of the Sea Room. Called “Stars at The Star,” the evening features one hour of live poetry reading and four hours of the best in local jazz. It happens every Thursday night from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m., and is the brainchild of Zigarelli, a youthfulvoiced crooner himself whose songs will take you back in time to a more romantic era. There is nothing like this is happening anywhere else on the waterfront and it’s a great place for a romantic date or an intimate night out with friends. During the first hour of Stars at The Star, poets who have been published in the San Diego Poetry Annual read their poems aloud. This yearly anthology is the premier publication for local poetry and features the best of our local poets. It can be found in all San Diego County libraries, and is even used as a textbook at many of the local junior colleges. Next, from 8 to 9 p.m., Franco

Z and Z-Bop! perform classic jazz standards, with an emphasis on vocal ballads. Then from 9 to 11 p.m. a special guest musician or band will entertain, with Z-Bop! returning to close out the evening from 11 p.m. to midnight. A $5 donation is requested to attend the poetr y reading. There is no cover charge to stay for the music, but patrons are asked to spend a minimum of $20 on food and drink throughout the evening.

Navy in 1969 as an aviator and flew combat missions during the Vietnam era. After he left the Navy, Zigarelli began to write fiction and has since published the novels “Rainbow,” “Young Hart,” and “Mill Song,” as well as the children’s book, “Alvin’s Famous No-horse,” under his given name, William Harry Harding. He has been publishing the San Diego Poetry Annual since 2006, originally inspired by the fact his wife and daughter are poets.

All profits go to the San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild with the hopes of raising enough money to help finance workshops in poetry and music for high school and college students. Opening night featured the highly regarded poet Diane Wakoski. On the following Thursday, May 23, the Full Moon poets – Trish Dugger, Jim Babwe, and Swami Bruce Stephens, all from North County – performed. Dugger has held the distinction of poet laureate of Encinitas since 1995. The special musical guest for the evening was the “Queen of Boogie Woogie,” keyboardist Sue Palmer, who was accompanied by vocalist Deejha Marie. Stars of The Star poetry readings are coordinated by Rae Rose, Zigarelli’s daughter and a budding poet in her own right. Two years ago, at age 27, Rose had a stroke but has since made a miraculous recovery. It was while caring for his ailing daughter during this time that Zigarelli came up with the idea of a jazz and poetry club at the Star of the Sea Room. Zigarelli was born in New Jersey and learned to play music in high school. He joined the

Z-Bop! started as an offshoot of the band members’ mutual involvement in “The Sopranos Last Supper,” which was a long running local interactive musical theatre piece. Just Zigarelli and drummer Don Wiseman, a drum instructor at Allan’s Music in La Mesa, remain from the original lineup, but former members often join them on stage. Franco Z and Z-Bop! have played on Hornblower Cruises on the Bay, at The Flying Z in Oceanside, Tommie V’s in Del Mar, and at all the Italian festivals in Little Italy. On Thursdays throughout June, expect to see Franco Z and Z-Bop! joining poets Seretta Martin, Terry Spolin, Olga Garcia, and Steve Kowit, along with local jazz groups Bob Thorsen Duo, Tripp Sprague, and the Manny Cepeda Trio, as well as the return of Sue Palmer & Deejha Marie. For more information visit or You may also email or call 760-458-2704. Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at

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Local chefs compete for

sausage king title David Moye Downtown News

(above) Judging takes place at last year’s Sausage Fest; (below) Two attendees enjoying last year’s festival show off the one-liter mug that comes with admission. (Photos by Nicole Lazar)

One thing you can say for sure about an event called “Sausage Fest”: Everyone’s a weiner. Now in its second year, 2013’s Sausage Fest will heat up June 19 at LOUNGEsix, the rooftop terrace atop Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar. The carne-centric competion pits chefs from 10 top local restaurants to see who will be the “Master of Meat,” or, if you prefer, “Best of the Wurst.” “It’s fun, but chefs are competitive, no matter how you slice it,” Saltbox chef Simon Dolinky said. Besides Saltbox and host restaurant JSix, the Whisknladle, The Linkery, Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Urban Solace, Burlap, Europa Sausage, Cowboy Star and Coronado Brewing Company will all be grilling each other in between grilling sausages made especially for the event. “I’ve run a couple of batches at Saltbox to get into sausage shape,” Dolinky said. “The trick to this is doing something unique, whether it’s in size, shape, or name. Whatever it is, you want people to be able to

remember it after 12-15 sausages.” “I think the winner last year did a curry in lamb sausage, but others might use fois gras,” JSix chef Christian Graves said. “The cool thing about sausages is that it’s beautiful peasant food. There are so many different ways you can do it.” There is an old joke that if you like politics or sausages, don’t watch them being made, but Graves enjoys doing -- by watching sausages anyway. “These sausages are all being made by people who are very into food and where it’s sourced,” he said. Dolinky believes that sausages get a bad wrap. “American hot dogs have ruined the rep of sausages,” he said. “Most good chefs have a theory that stockpots and sausages aren’t the place to put garbage.” A native of Milwaukee, Dolinky said he’s been preparing for Sausage Fest for nearly 30 years. “I grew up around bratwurst and Polish sausage and knew from a young age, that if I wanted to succeed, I’d have to be good at making sausage,” he said. “But I worked in

New Orleans so I’m torn between andouille and bratwurst.” Besides being a real “meat market,” Sausage Fest should be an event that gets local beer geeks hopping because San Marcos brewery Lost Abbey will officially unveil their highly anticipated German lager, “The Road to Helles.” “Sausages really go well with the hoppy craft beers that are popular [in the area],” Dolinky said. Seeing the rise of San Diego’s beer scene makes Dolinky think that a local sausage boom could also happen. “Actually, you’re getting a taste of that now,” he said. “It’s been here since the opening of The Linkery, but there is an underground sausage scene here.” Sausage Fest tickets cost $10 for the sausage, while one-liter take-home steins full of Lost Abbey beer will be available for $20. For more information, check out San Diego native David Moye writes Weird News for the Huffington Post. You can learn more about him at


Lamb’s Player’s production hits the roof Zeller shines in this ‘Fiddler’ Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

Sam Zeller’s performance as Tevye in Lamb’s Player’s Theatre’s “Fiddler on the Roof” is almost too enormous to be contained in the Coronado theater; in fact, it may be too large to be contained by the entire island. In addition to his built-in exuberance, Zeller’s extraordinar y high falsetto adds unexpected interpolations. His Tevye may be poles apart from the subdued performance of Robert Ellenstein in the same role at Moonlight Stage Productions last season; yet each has its virtues and each is memorable. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, the role and the musical itself are unmatched. Lamb’s Players’ physical production of Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s 1964 musical resembles the work of artist Rene Magritte. Most of scenic designer Mike Buckley’s rooftops float off into the sky, a metaphor for thousands of Jews expelled from their Russian villages in the early part of the 20th century pogroms, just like the citizens of Anatevka, who live a simple life governed by religious tradition and think the Tsar’s imposed exile does not apply to them. Tevye is a milkman with a broken down horse, five daughters to marry off (“Matchmaker, Matchmaker”), and a demanding wife, Golde (Deborah Gilmour Smyth). He is a homely philosopher who questions God and, God forbid, even Golde (“If I Were a Rich Man” and “Do You Love Me?”). He tries to uphold tradition, but because he loves his daughters so much he accepts the fact that the world is changing. Anatevka’s matchmaker is Yente (Kerr y Meads), who is eager to provide suitable matches for Tevye’s marriageable daughters, Tzeitel (Charlene Koepf), Hodel (Catie Grady) and Chava (Megan Carmitchel). Despite Yente’s match with the wealthy,

Tevye (Sam Zeller) and two of his daughters enjoy a laugh (Photo by Nathan Peirson) middle-aged butcher, Lazar Wolf (John Rosen), Tzeitel is in love with and marries the penniless tailor, Motel (Brandon Sherman Sunday, May 26). Hodel comes to love Perchik (Charles Evans), an equally penniless student from Kiev who is part of the countr y’s pre-revolutionar y social foment. And despite religious differences, the youngest daughter, Chava, falls in love with a Russian soldier Fyedka (Anton Fero). The appropriately clad company (costumer Jeanne Barnes Reith) is beyond competent musically with such stalwarts as Jesse Abeel, Danny Campbell, Sandy Campbell and Jason Heil aboard in supporting roles and a fine Fiddler (Ernest Saucedo) who sets the poignant tone and plays beautifully. All dance (excellent choreography by Coleen Kollar Smith), including and especially the Russian soldiers, played by

(l-r) Caitie Grady, Charlene Koepf & Megan Carmitchel play Tevye’s three daughters (Photo by Ken Jacques)

Jordan Biller, Apollo Blatchley, Luke Harvey Jacobs and Fero. Among the standout scenes and musical numbers are the company’s “Sabbath Prayer,” “To Life!” and “Tevye’s Dream.” Despite having seen countless productions of “Fiddler,” one cannot resist the poignancy of Tevye and Hodel’s parting (“Far From the Home I Love”) and the departure of the citizens (“Anatevka”) especially when supported by bandleader/accordion Mark Danisovszky, cellist Diana Elledge, percussionist Chuck Elledge, trumpet Melissa Mejia, and clarinet Stefanie Schmitz. Sunday music director G. Scott Lacy stepped in for Brandon Sherman as Avram the bookseller. The transitions were seamless, evidence of the depth of Lamb’s company, directed by Robert Smyth and Deborah Gilmour Smyth. Nathan Peirson is lighting designer, Michael McKeon, properties designer, and Patrick Duffy, sound designer. In addition to the aforementioned Anatevkans, five additional citizens are played by Emlyn Helmbacher, Tess Maretz, Jessica Couto, Christopher Nelson, and Nicole Elledge. One leaves with great affection and compassion for the traditions exemplified by the culture of Anatevka, an idealized world of community and caring that exists forever in the mind, thanks to the genius of this musical. “Fiddler on the Roof” continues Tuesdays-Sundays through July 17 at Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado. Visit lambsplayers. org or call 619-437-6000. Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at

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San Diego Downtown News | June 2013



FRIDAY – MAY 31 Mad House Comedy: Come see three headliners in one show Shawn Pelofsky (Chelsea Lately), Vicki Barbolak (America’s Funniest Mom) & Shayma Tash from MTV’s Punk’d. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Free parking. Tickets $15, no minimum. For more info: Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego every Fri & Sat in June. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Hornblower, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. SATURDAY – JUNE 1 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. FREE. Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Daniel Jackson. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Summer Concert Series: Crown City Jazz Band, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Live Music – Emily Marie: sultry jazz in the style of Marilyn Monroe. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – JUNE 2 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE

Summer Concert Series: Teagan Taylor Trio, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Other Desert Cities: Last chance to see this San Diego premiere play about family tension in Palm Springs. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. For more info or tickets, visit or call 619- 234-5623.

MONDAY – JUNE 3 Senior Monday at the Fleet: Noon lecture,Film and Science Center exhibits included. 2 p.m., $7 for seniors 65+. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – JUNE 4 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Painting and Vino: Every Tuesday, local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – “King Lear” – anyone can join in or just listen. Some texts are provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village)

835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 6 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE THURSDAY – JUNE 6 Trivia: Every Thursday, everyone can play and it’s free. Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m., the Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. More info events. FRIDAY – JUNE 7 Mad House Comedy: It’s Jeff Caldwell from Letterman, Craig Ferguson & Comedy Central. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Free parking. Tickets $15, no minimum. For more info: Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Three day advance reservation required. Hornblower, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. SATURDAY – JUNE 8 Science Club for Girls: The Secrets of Squid gives you an inside look. Grades 5-8, 12 noon – 2 p.m. Pre-registration required at 619-238-1233, x806. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. Live Music – Nadja Nara: Brazilian jazz vocalist. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Live Music – Aqua Dulce: Translated to “sweet water,” Latin Music with jazz, soul and funk influences. 8:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces. com or call 619-233-4355. Technomaina Circus: “Blacklight & Vaudeville” for all ages, includes magic, live music,

comedy, blacklight illusionists, aerial acrobatics, audience interaction, more. Doors open at 7 p.m. for refreshments, art reception, games, with show starting at 8 p.m. $10. Victory Theater, 2558 Imperial Ave., San Diego. For more info, visit or call 619-236-1971.

SUNDAY – JUNE 9 Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Irving Flores. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Summer Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Shakespeare Festival – The Merchant of Venice: The unforgettable tale of mercy & justice, generosity & greed. Full of humor, pathos, suspense & drama. Previews begin tonight, opens June 28 through Sept 28. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. For more info or tickets, visit or call 619-234-5623. MONDAY – JUNE 10 Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Three day advance reservation required. Hornblower, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. TUESDAY – JUNE 11 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Shakespeare in the Garden: Series of informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre-going experience. Part of Shakespeare Festival. 7 p.m. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. For more info or tickets, visit or call 619-234-5623. WEDNESDAY – JUNE 12 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is

required. 21+. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit Open Mic Poetr y: Alchemy poetry series organized by author, editor and poet, Seretta Martin. Special guest award-winning author Brynn Saito. Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE Desert Noises: Recently selected to perform at the Austin City Limits Music Fest, this Provo Utah-based, four-piece indie rock/ Americana group hits the Casbah halfway through their West Coast tour, with Parson Red Heads and Said the Whale. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., on the edge of Little Italy. For more info visit or call 619-2324355.

THURSDAY – JUNE 13 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Trivia: Every Thursday, everyone can play and it’s free. Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m., The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. More info 98bottlessd. Science on the Rocks: RH Fleet’s summer sizzler where rum, beer and sushi join forces – Deadhead rum, Mike Hess Brewing and Sushi on a Roll descend upon the Science Center for fun in the virtual sun. Learn from the experts and explore science at the same time. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Advance prices vary, $25 at door, adults 21+ only. R.H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. More info events/science-rocks. FRIDAY – JUNE 14 Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6-8 p.m. – FREE Mad House Comedy: Come see Darren Carter from Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, Comics Unleashed. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Free parking. Tickets $15, no minimum. For more info: Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. SATURDAY – JUNE 15 Downtown Scavenger Hunt: Join the Menkins of Where You

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CALENDAR Want to Be Tours for an exciting and fun trek around Downtown. 10 a.m. in the Gaslamp. Advance reservations required. For more info and to register, visit Live Music – Stacey & The Stimulators: Soul rocking jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE Technomaina Circus: A variety show for all ages, includes magic, live music, comedy, illusionists, aerial acrobatics, audience interaction, more. 8 p.m. $8. Victory Theater, 2558 Imperial Ave., San Diego. For more info, visit or call 619-236-1971. Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Three day advance reservation required. Hornblower, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.

SUNDAY – JUNE 16 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Elliott Lawrence. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Summer Concert Series: Cool Fever, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Fast-paced, Tony Award-winning play turns Hamlet inside out. Previews begin tonight, opens July 2 through Sept 26. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. For more info or tickets, visit or call 619- 234-5623. MONDAY – JUNE 17 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Upstart Crow Book Club: Meets third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., members get 25 percent off selections. This month’s book is The Paris Wife, by Paula McLaine. To join, speak to a clerk or email upstartcrow@ Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr.

Call 619-232-4855 or visit

TUESDAY – JUNE 18 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – JUNE 19 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. THURSDAY – JUNE 20 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – JUNE 21 Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Hornblower, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. Trolley Extension Public Hearing: One of four open house meetings to offer community members to learn more about the “mid-coast corridor transit project,” extending San Diego Trolley service from Old Town up along Interstate 5 into the UTC area, with eight new stations. The open house will allow attendees to provide feedback on the draft environmental impact report. SANDAG Board Room (7th Floor), 401 B. St., Downtown. For more info, visit, email or call 619595-5620. SATURDAY – JUNE 22 Downtown Scavenger Hunt: Join the Menkins of Where You Want to Be Tours for an exciting and fun trek around Downtown. 10 a.m. in the Gaslamp. Advance reservations required. For more info and to register, visit Coronado Ferr y Landing Summer Concert Series: Dixi Jazz Katz, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Live Music – KEV: Fingerstyle guitarist. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart

Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE

SUNDAY – JUNE 23 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferr y Landing Summer Concert Series: Don Lee, soloist, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – JUNE 24 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – JUNE 25 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – JUNE 26 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE THURSDAY – JUNE 27 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at

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Eat more, weigh less Business Bits Fitness Scott Markey

Eating six meals a day boosts energy, builds muscle, and sheds pounds, but due to our busy lifestyles, not all of us can accomplish this. It can be done, however, or at least you can come close in my opinion, by preparing your meals for the upcoming day. Simply take your meals with you in a cooler or if you work in an office setting, you should have a small kitchen with a refrigerator and a microwave. As you can see, if you really want it, you can do it! You will also be saving money by eating this way, which we can all agree is a good thing. Some things in our lives are sadly predictable; take extra winter poundage, for instance. Or holiday binges … or the 2-3 o’clock carb-crash or slump, which seems to happen every day if your insulin levels do not stay fairly level. Here is a happier prediction or solution: eat more often and you will avoid all of those problems. Spreading out five or six meals

throughout your day operates on the simple principal of satisfaction. Frequent meals control that constant state of hunger, and ward off eating too much in one sitting, which will once again throw off your insulin levels (not good). The Secret? Each mini-meal should blend protein and fiberrich complex carbohydrates. Protein and fiber give you the feeling of satiety and keep you from feeling hungry. Controlling hunger shrinks your stomach. In one controlled study, a group of overweight men and women were given five small meals, then were free to choose a sixth meal. A second group ate a single meal containing the same number of calories as the total of the other group’s first five meals, then later had a free-choice second meal. The six-meal group ate 27 percent less food at their last meal than the two-meal group did at their second. Constant eating will also keep your protein levels high, helping you build muscle and burn fat. The challenge to all of this is to keep your small meals small. It’s critical that at the end of the day, the calorie content of your smaller meals does not exceed what you would eat in three larger meals. On a slightly different topic, and one in which I feel is not written or talked about enough is “fat.” Just the mention of the word sends both women and men running for the hills! Fat, or “good” fats, are vitally important and essential for your body in so many ways. Not just for hair and

skin health, but for body-fat loss, as well. That’s right ... body-fat loss! Some of us are carbohydratesensitive and do not even know it. Throughout my years of experimenting with “good” fats, or non-saturated fats, I have achieved some of my best physical condition and shape for my magazine cover photo shoots. By simply lowering my carbohydrates a little, and raising my good fats, I got leaner than when my good fats were lower. I felt better, too. Here is what I call a performance fact: “Fat that can make you lean” research shows that taking Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), an omega-6 fatty acid, can make a workout more effective. In a study of 37 men and women on a three-day-a-week training program, those who consumed five grams (G) of CLA a day built three pounds of muscle mass, compared with 0.5 pounds for those not taking the supplement. The CLA group also burned more fat. CLA turns on genes that are responsible for elevating metabolic rate and muscle-cell replication. So there you have it. Take your “good” fats for all of the reasons I stated. Most of all, take them for better health. Scott Markey has over 25 years in the Fitness and Health industry. He has graced dozens of magazines covers and specializes in physique management, training, and nutritional consultation. You can find him at PureFitness Downtown, on Facebook or reach him at

Business Bits is a new section in San Diego Downtown News where we will highlight news in the commercial business and nonprofit sector as it applies to the organizations themselves or the business community at large. Please send your “bits” to – Ed. Dress For Success adds new Board Members: The nonprofit organization Dress for Success, whose mission is to “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing career development tools to help women thrive in work and life,” recently expanded their board of directors with two new appointments. Anna Keeve, program manager at Stalwart Communications, and Vanessa Cortez, assistant Vice President-Priority Relationship Advisor at Union Bank have both accepted the positions. Dress for Success ser ves over 8000 low income clients in the region, offering them business attire, career coaching, soft skill training, job readiness and retention programs. The two new board members will operate in specialized functions that will include expanding their sponsorships, social media, promotion, community and referral agency development. “We look for ward to working together for the benefit of disadvantaged women across San Diego County who are committed to gaining employment and

improving the quality of life for their families said Executive Director Sylvia McKinney, in a press release.” More info visit

Executive Chef JC Colón (Courtesy the Nth Element)

New Executive Chef joins Leroy’s: Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge has announced the hiring of Executive Chef JC Colon. Colon spent time at both Kensington Grill and CUCINA urbana before accepting the position at the Coronado restaurant, where he will design and execute a new menu. Leroy’s is known for its eclectic, seasonal cuisine. “We are pleased to have JC Colón join Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge,” said David Spatafore, owner of Blue Bridge Hospitality in a press release. “JC’s hands-on approach, passion and eclectic background match what we do here. He gets Leroy’s; he is Leroy’s.” Before coming to San Diego, Colon began his career in New York City. Colon will first revamp the dinner menu before changing up the brunch

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BUSINESSBITS menu, which is a popular scene for the restaurant. Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge is located at 1015 Orange Ave. For more info, visit or call 619-437-6087. Prudential California Realty news: The Downtown office of Prudential California Realty has welcomed new team members. Stephanie Perone, a native San Diegan who graduated from both Point Loma High School and San Diego State University, joined the team after working as a mortgage processor and lender elsewhere for a number of years. “Stephanie is an educated professional with a broad array of skills pertaining to real estate,” said Nelson White, manager of the Downtown office in a press release. “Working directly with the public is something I really enjoy,” Perone said. “I love helping people understand the real estate transaction process, which can be so beneficial if done properly.” Stephanie Perone may be reached at 619-757-4758, or via email at Another San Diego native, Realtor Evan Campbell, also joined the Downtown team. “Evan brings a vast array of skills pertaining to real estate,” White said. “His experience in the sales arena and commitment to continuously advance his knowledge of real estate will make him a success.” Campbell has a background in sales and is a licensed gemologist and feels the skills his previous career and the integrity it demanded will assist with his transition into the real estate field. Evan Campbell can be reached at 858-229-4079, or at Olive PR celebrates four years: Olive PR Solutions recently celebrated four years in business and an April move

into a new space in Little Italy at 434 W. Cedar St. The May 16 celebration featured fine art, live music, and a fundraiser for Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT). “Last year at this time, there were three of us and now there are nine,” said Jennifer Borba Von Stauffenberg, Olive PR Solutions’ president and owner in a press release. “In Olive fashion, we are celebrating the occasion with what we love: art, music, and making a difference.” Funds raised at the event sponsored a 14-year old Edna Kilusu, a young student from Tanzania. “She dreams of one day becoming a doctor or a teacher and is committed to finishing secondar y school. … Olive PR Solutions hopes to fully fund Kilusu’s year of education and help her achieve her graduation dream,” organizers said in the release. Named after the olive tree as a universal symbol of peace and victor y, Olive PR first launched in 2009 and now has both regional and international clients. For more info visit or call 619-955-5285. New leadership training for executives: San Diego Corporate Training has launched a new training initiative for corporate executives. Called “The World Class Leadership Program,” the two-anda-half day seminar will offer professional developmental training that applies to real-time activities and responsibilities in the corporate world. “Rather than the self-awareness and theoretical learning common in so many leadership development programs, The World Class Leadership Program tasks participants to map their current sphere of influence, perform an analysis of the competition and identify the most critical product and service delivery shortfalls to improve -- and then to make a plan to get busy improving upon return to work,” organizers said in the release. Open enrollment is offered, as well as private sessions for individual companies. For more info, visit


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EMBARCADERO complex project has not always been an easy one to keep moving forward.” Hailing the NEVP as a collaborative effort, Nelson said traffic lanes will be moved approximately 60 feet to the east between the Navy and B Street piers, allowing construction of a 105-foot wide waterfront promenade to begin. “We’re going to create pedestrian walkways, pathways, public art, cafes and places to enjoy and reflect,” Nelson said. “You’re going to see a beautiful line of palm trees running all the way up Broadway for several blocks and a grove of jacarandas that will be greeting visitors.” Nelson also thanked waterfront businesses impacted by construction, noting their patience is going to be rewarded “with a workable, attractive and extremely appealing waterfront.” Mayor Filner cited members of the public and preservation groups for participating in the NEVP. “They spoke up, they demanded things,” Filner said, adding that public officials “… have followed through to make sure there was more space dedicated to the public for openness and parkland, paying attention to the amenities that will truly make it a front porch.” Filner said the NEVP’s first phase is will be done in 2014. “Just in time for our Centennial celebration in Balboa Park,” he said, noting both the North Embarcadero and the park “will be a showplace for the world.” “We’re not done yet,” Council President Gloria pointed out to those assembled. “We want to celebrate every single milestone.” Gloria said “returning public spaces to the public” is a goal being pursued citywide. “This is one infrastructure project that all of us can get behind and get excited about,” Gloria said. “This project, a collaboration between our Port District, Civic San Diego, the City and the public, is emblem-

atic of the cooperation that is so necessary in the 21st century.” Jeff Graham of Civic San Diego said that with the advent of the NEVP, San Diego is joining the ranks of other great cities in the world, like New York, Toronto and Barecelona, in “reuniting their urban waterfronts with city cores and their residents.” Graham said the redevelopment project is a team effort to “create a more inviting experience for our region’s residents and visitors, with parks, promenades, public art and drought-tolerant landscaping.” The North Embarcadero redevelopment, Graham said, should act as a “catalyst” for future developments in the area, since the public’s investment in “quality urban spaces” generally draws private investment. Councilmember Faulconer, who until recently had the waterfront in his council district, said the Embarcadero “is truly coming to life.” He applauded the City’s commitment to seeing this project through and creating “a front porch that will be world class” for residents of San Diego. “Today my message is, we have to keep going,” Faulconer said, adding that once NEVP’s first phase is completed, “… we will be able to see all the possibilities. And that, from the very beginning, has been what this is all about.” Upon completion, the NEVP will include new ticket kiosks, a cafe, a public restroom and a visitor information center, among other publicly accessible attractions. For more information about the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, visit the Port of San Diego’s webpage at Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University. He has worked for numerous dailies and weeklies and now freelances for a variety of regional publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, sports and spending time with friends. He can be reached at dschwabie@ journalist.comv


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Living with it. with furnishings as if to say this is how you bring art into the home. For newcomers to collecting, it can be difficult to make a first move. Lavenu’s style is seductive and easy, but not at all obvious. With tables from Italy, bureaus from Japan, doors from China, and ceramics from Mexico, it is hard to say that anything inherently belongs to each other, and yet it melds. In this space we realize that it is what we do with what we have as we look to incorporate the new works we want, and not the other way around. Reordering may indeed be necessary to get a new acquisition to “fit,” but the results of upturning your home to include a work you love are not to be underestimated. Together these shows dare us to be different, to be bold, and for some of us, even courageous enough to let art come first. Living with art is in itself is life changing; it is an adventure that yields endless discovery and boundless reward.

Jennifer DeCarlo Two neighboring galleries lead the charge for letting art come first Whether it beautifies or challenges, art enriches the quality of our space, and through it our life and mind. Two ongoing exhibitions confront art in the home head-on: Meyer Fine Art uses sarcasm to challenge us to want more from what we choose to hang in our home, and Jacqueline Lavenu Studio & Gallery inspires us to enhance our space through elegant groupings of art, furniture, and objects. “Does it Match My Couch?” on view through June 29 at Meyer Fine Art, was an easy and a brave move. The exhibition of bright and colorful works from the gallery’s collection jabs at the desire in many to overlook substance in artwork in favor of matching a home’s decor. A problem in the marketplace and a disappointment to many in the field, Meyer manages to walk the line with works that are decorative but hit at the meat of his argument for content. Notable artists on view include Kenny Scharf, Alex Katz, Jack Youngerman, and Nicholas Krushenick. Rather than challenge, Lavenu’s new gallery expansion shows us the way. The gallery pairs artwork

Jennifer DeCarlo is the owner/director of jdc Fine Art, a contemporary photography gallery in Little Italy. She can be reached at Jennifer.decarlo@

Meyer Fine Art 2400 Kettner Blvd., #104

Jacqueline Lavenu Studio & Gallery 2400 Kettner Blvd., #103

Jacqueline Lavenu “Pacheco Pass” Oil on canvas, 54” x 60”, 2011

Artist: Dan Christensen, American (1942 - 2007) Title: Chord Progression II Year: circa 1980 Medium: Silkscreen, Signed and numbered in Pencil Edition: 47/150 Size: 43 x 29.5 inches

(Courtesy of Jacqueline Lavenu Studio & Gallery)

(Courtesy of Meyer Fine Art)


Visiting the village of artists

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Be sure to take a look over the shoulder of any talented artist when visiting colorful Spanish Village. Don’t worry, they’re happy to know you’re interested and willing to converse. There are 37 studios managed by 250 juried artists in this friendly colony, celebrating over 78 years in a location sandwiched between the Natural History Museum and the San Diego Zoo. “When you step inside one of our studios, someone should be working on a project or be on the internet showing people what we do,” said ceramic artist Vaughan Nelson. “We encourage people to be a participant.” Quick learning, Nelson is relatively new to the Spanish Village scene, having moved there just three-and-a-half years ago. His pottery achievements, which now go beyond San Diego, began when he took a class at San Diego Mesa College. “Twenty minutes into the class I fell in love with it,” he said, while

unloading some pottery in front of his studio. Pottery work time means 40-plus hours a week. Nelson shares a studio with Chris Stell, who offers diachronic glassware and jewelry, Gail Woods with her polymer clay, Jan Petec’s lamp work glass beads and jewelry and Howard Mosley with objects made in cold glass or metal sculptures. “This is my way of being around people, because I do much of my work at home,” he said. He sells to shops and exhibits in galleries throughout the United States. A few days earlier, he had been in Philadelphia. His price range might run from $34 to $350 ... and involve anything from wedding plates to large urns. Nelson was born in Portugal and raised in England and has been in this country since 1987. Danielle Deaton showcases eye-catching watercolors, as does Sally Bly in another studio that includes Laura Wells’ jewelry and lamp work. You might believe the majority of the residents here are from other countries but Deaton, who was born in Paris, said no. “Maybe only 10 percent here are foreign born,” she said. Deaton is a Village veteran, sharing different studios over 20 years. Her watercolor choices include seascapes and deserts to house portraits. “There’s a great companionship among these sharing artists,” she said. “I came to the United States with my parents when I was 16.” Her side job? She teaches French at the San Diego Oasis, a unique educational program for mature adults who want to

Spanish Village in Balboa Park is home to 250-juried artists (Photo by Linda Hite)

continue to learn. When on commission, Deaton said she paints at home. She proudly held up a copy of a painting of the U.S. Navy destroyer she had done. “I was commissioned to do this and when it was completed, I was invited by its (the ship’s) captain to be a guest for lunch aboard the ship,” she said. Samplings of quality work – oil seascapes created by Carol Foster and Yanush Godlewski, talented artists with over 25 years of experience ... Kay Frances Hubbard’s watercolors, photography by Denise Strahm, and ceramic tiles by Kathy Wailer … Lucy

San Diego Downtown News | June 2013 Wang’s delicate and beautiful watercolor on silk and rice paper. Wang also teaches Chinese brush painting. Then there’s Rebecca Lowell’s hand-woven baskets of palm sheath ... Michelle Gonzalez’ mixed-media watercolor and acrylics, Laura LeMaster’s silk paintings ... Fused glass jewelry handcrafted in gold and silver by Grace Miller and Sandra Davis. And elsewhere around the Park – The San Diego Zoo’s newest exhibit, Australian Outback, is a three-acre home to more than 20 Queensland koalas. It also includes a variety of other pouched mammals, such as wombats and wallabies and also has 23 species of Australian birds ... Featured through Sept. 10 at the Natural History Museum will be a photographic exhibition of the Sea of Cortez’ marine life by


Raul Gonzalez. This exhibit was produced in collaboration with National Geographic and sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc., which has a major research and conservation stake in the museum. Sixty plates will illustrate the magnificent marine life that John Steinbeck and naturalist Edward Ricketts chronicled during their historic journey to the Sea of Cortez (known also known as the Gulf of California) back in 1940. After an award winning, 38year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at


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It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin Whenever we’re enjoying one of our leisurely walks, we often include the footbridge that goes over Harbor Boulevard located

just south of the Convention Center. The architectural design is one-of-a-kind and it provides a great shortcut between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Embarcadero. We had a recent adventure that involved this unique, tall ship-shaped bridge, a fun puppet show and a lot of laughter. At this point, you’re probably scratching your head thinking, “What are they talking about?” We all know how finding a Downtown parking spot at night can sometimes be challenging. Well, if you’re willing to walk, there are usually metered spots available behind the Convention Center, near Joe’s Crab Shack or the Bayfront Hilton. After 6 p.m. it’s free, so that’s even better. On our way to the puppet show, we walked past some amazing boats at the Hilton’s ma-

TOWN VOICES rina, then eventually made our way across the foot bridge and through one of Petco Park’s lots toward 15th and J streets. By the way, when you get to 13th and J, there’s a wonderful view of the new Central Librar y, a portion of the Ballpark and part of Downtown’s skyline. It’s a “Kodak moment.” On this particular evening, an “Adult Puppet Cabaret” was held at the Space 4 Art, an outdoor venue that showcases all types of artwork and music. A live band performed as guests arrived and drank wine and munched on light snacks. Those who arrived early even got to make their own puppet! As we took our seats, we glanced around and saw a lot of shiny happy people and many were holding their new puppet pals. It was a very different experience and it made us feel like kids again.

(l-r) Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree launched the Adult Puppet Cabaret in 2006. (Courtesy Animal Cracker Conspiracy)

The show featured a variety of funny, quirky skits – think Avenue Q but with a hometown flair. In between performances, guests who created their own puppets earlier in the evening got to take part in the “PuppetE-Oke” performances. Produced by Animal Cracker Conspiracy, a company founded in 2006 by Iain Gunn and his fiancée, Bridget Rountree, their website ( “gratefully acknowledges support from The Jim Henson Foundation, the Puppet Slam Network, and The Puffin Foundation.” Gunn anticipates some of the guests who see the show will develop an unexpected passion for puppets. The Adult Puppet Cabaret was created out of the couple’s appreciation of short form puppet theatre, and they wanted to foster and build an adult audience community. The couple is clearly passionate about this unique form of art and it shows during their performance as they banter back and forth and introduce each skit. “We run a business that is somewhat off-center and we are always interested to hear how other couples come up with a bizarre idea and get people to show up,” said Gunn. There were over 100 people at the May 17 show at Space 4 Art. Gunn says his inner artist started at a young age. “I loved to make things when I was a kid,” he said. “I would get the Legos and make what the box showed and then take it apart and make five other things. I also studied science and art, thinking I’d be a painter. When I arrived in San Diego 13 years ago, I met people who were doing puppetr y and combining it with different messages.” The Animal Cracker Conspiracy will be performing their

next two shows on July 5 at 3:30 p.m. and July 6 at 8 p.m., both at the 10th Avenue Theatre. “The show is about humans’ obsession with objects,” Gunn said. It was a Best of Fringe Winner at the Fringe Fest in San Francisco in 2012. It’s good to see quirky and colorful ideas getting support. Gunn also mentioned this at the show. “It’s possible to be a little weird and live in San Diego,” he said. He also had some funny comments encouraging people to not have a real job and do what you love. We want to hear from you Attend the Summer Luau on June 28 at Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden and have your photo taken with one or two hula dancers in the Polynesian dance performance or the Samoan fire knife show. Email your pictures to by June 29. The most creative photo will win four tickets to an Urban Challenge for Couples and four tickets to a Rent a Local Biking Tour to Secret Spots in Coronado! The luau will feature a buffet dinner, with entertainment provided by Mendiola Island Productions, a San Diego-based group that has been providing quality island entertainment for special events for over 20 years. The island style event starts up around dusk at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th. Be there. Aloha! Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit

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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro

Models at the “Leap into Fashion” show wear Lord Wellington bow ties (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Leap into Fashion Leonard Simpson presented Leap Into Fashion at the W Hotel San Diego on May 2. Working with Simpson to introduce this inaugural event was the founder Lee Anne Davis. Kristi Pieper Rossbacher was the event chair and Laura Martella accompanied with the darling Gentleman Norman as honorar y chairs. Attire for the evening was canar y yellow and bronze. The guests arrived all decked out in these colors to support Leap to Success, a charity that helps women overcome the trauma of domestic violence, homelessness, and other challenges. Andrea Naverson was the Mistress of Ceremonies and began the festivities. Fashion Forward presented two fashion shows choreographed by Leonard Simpson during the evening. The models strutted their stuff on the catwalk located on the second floor and then paraded up and down the stairs as all the attendees watched from the first floor. The Resort Collection from Paul Hernandez was featured. The models came out in solid bright colors such as tango tangerine, lemon yellow, and fashion fuchsia. Each outfit was coordinated with matching wide-brimmed hats. Some of the other standouts were the ELEVATION ONE 2013/14 collection from Qadir Hamidi. Hamidi pays close attention to detail with exquisite handwork and beading, and all his designs were adorned with jewelry by Juelerie. Another crowd pleaser was the bowties from Lord Wellington and the hand painted art couture by Jordan. For more information visit: Fashion Movement San Diego Mesa College presented its 32nd annual Golden Scissors Fashion & Awards Gala at the Sheraton San Diego on May 10. This event was coordinated entirely by the Mesa students. Program Director, Professor Susan Lazear, welcomed the crowd and got the festivities started. The theme for the evening was Fashion Movement and the runway was filled with it. There were unique sections such as the Un-fabric and the Retro-Redo sections. In one segment, the students designed outfits from silk donated by Marisa Baratelli. One of the crowd’s favorites is always the children’s dresses

with a lot of oohs and aahs heard coming from the audience. The millinery segment was topped off with Mesa College deans modeling the student’s hats. The finale showed off the advanced students’ designs. President Pamela T. Luster presented the awards to the deserving students: First Place winners were: Liz Davidson in Millinery, Mariah Oelke in Weekend Wear, Jennifer Altomare in Day/ Career Wear, Stephanie Castro in Club Wear, Rita Grindle in Special Occasion Wear, Eva Cadena in Evening Wear, LeVar Johnson in Children’s Dresses, Arturo

Ramirez in Retro Redo, Eva Cadena in Un-Fabric, and Anna Jamtash in Collections. Two more awards were given for Best of Show. Anna Jamtash was given Best Workmanship, and Stephanie Castro was given Most Creative. Yin Yan was awarded the Rising Star Award, for showing the most promise of becoming an award-winning designer. For more information about the Mesa College Fashion Department, call 619-388-2205. Upcoming Events May 30 – San Diego’s Fifth Annual “IT” Fashion Show: featuring fashion designs from students at The Art Institute of California–San Diego on the USS Midway from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. For tickets: June 1 – WIBAC (Women in Business Aiding Community): Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Contact is kristy.

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Young models wear LeVar Johnson, who won First Place for Children’s Wear (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

June 7 thru Aug. 25 – Wearable artists & fashion designers: 24 different pieces have been submitted, constructed around the theme of “parts” of other garments and accessories. The opening reception takes place June 15, with a Walk & Talk with the Curator on July 20. Located at Vision Art Museum in Liberty Station, 2825 Dewey Rd., Suite 100. For more info call 619-546-4872. June 15 – National Charity League’s “Be” Fashion-infused Dinner: Presented by Macy’s Fashion Valley and hosted by the Hyatt Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Dr. Contact 858-459-1685.

June 20 – Raw: San Diego / Kaleidoscope: A combination of art, film, fashion, music, makeup, hair, photography and performing arts, 7:00 – 11 p.m. Block No. 16 Downtown, 344 Seventh Ave. For information call 858-751-6956. Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at


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