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Move over cupcakes, there is a whole new game in town. On March 23, Donut Bar opened for business at 631 B Street and not only is it the only known donut shop in Downtown San Diego, it sells “artisan donuts.” The modest new enterprise, situated on a busy Downtown street directly across from Copley

Symphony Hall, opened to much anticipation and fan fare on its first day the owners say, simply because this is not any ordinary old donut shop. In fact, the methods used by co-owners Santiago Campa and Wendy Bartels are quite the antithesis of traditional donut making. Starting at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturdays, Sirius radio’s “Coffee-

house” station greets customers, the aroma of San Diego Coffee and spice products fill the air and the donut choices are like those you’ve never seen. The options change daily and range from crème brulee, bacon chocolate maple, Meyer lemon blueberry, chocolate espresso, Julian fritter, and strawberry cheesecake, to name just a few.

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Soon art lovers and potential buyers will be invited to stroll the streets of one of San Diego’s most iconic neighborhoods and enjoy the works of the more than 300 artists that have submitted to this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk, taking place April 27-28. The art on display will primarily be from Southern California-based artists but there will certainly be a strong presence from the international art world as well, with submissions from artists from South America and even Europe. “People have come to expect high quality art and we think it gets better every year,” said Sandi Cottrell, managing director of the Mission Federal ArtWalk. “We really work at the artist selection process to bring different and new artist, and the quality this year is going to be incredible. We have one artist coming from as far away as Sweden (Andreas Hessman) and a large contingent of artists from all over Mexico.” A celebration of art in all forms, this year’s 29th annual festival will fill 17 blocks of Little Italy, San Diego’s “hip and historic” Italian neighborhood, which is located just north of Downtown along the waterfront. “We’re always really excited to single out featured artists that really represent a wide variety of mediums and styles,” Cottrell said. “Hannie Goldgewicht is notable for what she does, it’s a combination of ceramics and basketry woven together. She’s of Costa Rican descent and some of

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“Transformation” has been the buzzword used by a number of San Diego officials when describing the recently completed Connections Housing development. Thirty-five local agencies have pooled resources to bring the development to fruition with the hopes of transforming lives. But the historic building Connections Housing now occupying 1250 Sixth Ave. has also gone through its own transformation, with over a year’s worth of restoration to date. While there has long been discussion of addressing the needs of San Diego’s homeless populations, efforts have picked up steam in recent years through a collaborative effort between elected officials and local agencies. Some of the participants in Connections Housing are Alpha Project for the Homeless, Family Health Centers of San Diego, PATH (People Assisting the

Hundreds turned out for the grand opening on March 11, including Council President Gloria and Assemblymember Akins. (Courtesy PATH) Homeless) San Diego and Solari Enterprise. After intensive planning and refurbishment efforts, hundreds of San Diegans turned out March 11 for a grand opening ceremony that offered reflection on the hard work and an optimistic look to the future. City Council President Todd Gloria is among the local officials who has lent his support and lauded the efforts of the participating organizations. “This is a game-changer in the way we handle homelessness in this city,” Gloria said. “For too long, we decided that two tents in the wintertime was

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“Fish thoughts” by Nikki Sands (Courtesy Mission Federal ArtWalk)


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Earth Day returns to San Diego After months of uncertainty, EarthWorks set to march back into Balboa Park Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

The 24th annual EarthFair celebration will bring over 60,000 people to Balboa Park on April 21, the day preceding internationally recognized Earth Day. Called the “largest, free annual environmental fair in the world” on the EarthWorks website, EarthFair 2013 will focus on this year’s theme, “Add Your Voice,” to encourage action among its attendees. Featuring over 300 exhibitors, EarthFair brings together environmentally friendly organizations and vendors, food, an art show, a children’s parade, alternativefueled cars, entertainment, music, and more. Five stages will feature a range of entertainment, such as songs and storytelling for children, folk music, and a variety of contemporary music from local artists. A children’s parade will take place at 10:30 a.m., starting at Spanish Village and ending at the Children’s area. Participation is encouraged. With 30 percent new vendors added to the lineup annually, new products also surface each year. One new vendor will be offering this year’s attendees a roll of earth-friendly toilet paper to take home. “Lots of small businesses get their start at EarthFair,” said Carolyn Chase, CEO of San Diego EarthWorks. “[This includes] clothing designers, food vendors and eco-friendly cleaners.”


ARTWALK this relates back to artistry that’s done in her home country.” Cottrell said they’ve used the work of Los Angeles-based contemporary metal sculptor James Hill in their ArtWalk magazines and on all of their marketing posters for years. Another ArtWalk staple is multimedia artist Richard Curtner. “[He] creates all of his artwork out of printed words that he pulls from magazines and newspapers and uses those to outline very intricate scenes,” Cottrell said. This year’s ArtWalk will also feature some up-and-coming young artists, including SDSU Fine Arts major and Business of Art Scholarship winner Jennifer Cerutti. The promising young painter will have her work on display at booth # 567. “It’s called the Business of Art Scholarship, so while they’re learning how to make art at SDSU this program teaches them how to make a living as artists,” Cottrell said. “We partnered with the San Diego Visual Arts Network, who offers them mentoring on all the things that it really takes to be in business as an artist.” “Along with that we’re also sponsoring another artist named Jo-el Tapia, who has been working with one of our sponsors, Cymer, in their digital arts lab to transfer photographs onto wood.” Cottrell added that in addition to the opportunity to browse and shop for fabulous art there are also a lot of other components to the event. A new feature for 2013 is called Art Meets Design, a

With innovation central to the fair, Chase said many businesses have recently been utilizing “upcylcing” – the process of taking waste or a useless product and changing it to create something of value. The eHome exhibit will also offer demonstrations of various sustainable and energy saving products and technologies of interest to home owners. “It’s not about one day;” said Chase, “it’s about what you do the rest of the year. We need to lighten our load on nature.” Earlier this year, event organizers were threatened with the possibility of losing their celebratory day altogether, due to a proposed construction project at their longtime venue within the country’s largest cultural park. The project would have diverted parking from within the heart of Balboa Park to a new underground parking structure, but was halted by the local nonprofit Save Our Heritage Organisation in a court ruling. Event organizers argued EarthFair could be held without any impediment to the proposed construction—work that wouldn’t have taken place on a Sunday, regardless. Though the court ruling put a stop to the project, it’s unclear how future EarthFair events may be affected. Financial support for EarthFair is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the event is run completely by volunteers – about 400 total. Volunteer opportunities are still available in various “virtual home” where people can get tips from interior designers on how they can design their homes and rooms around their artwork. “When people come to the event they often say they might find a piece of art that they really love but they have trouble envisioning it in their own home,” she said. Through Art Meets Design, Cottrell said attendees can see how art can bring a room together. Another new event will be an interactive art encounter called “Grown Up Finger-painting.” Participants will be shown how to use paint and their fingers directly on the canvass to create unique works of art that will make your inner kindergartener proud. “It’s not finger painting as you think of as what you may have done as a kid,” Cottrell said. “There’s actually ways of creating very intricate shadings and portraiture. The artist that we’re working with on that, Gabriela Alvarez, has a really unique take on how to paint with your hands and she’s going to be teaching that to the guests and they’ll be able to take those home with them.” In addition to art displays and workshops, this free outdoor festival will also include live music, dance performances and an entire section called KidsWalk, with 16 different art experiences devoted solely to fostering the creative spirit in budding young Picassos. Cottrell said the KidsWalk area will follow a circus school theme with a central performance stage and tents surrounding it with 16 different art experiences all aimed at fostering a youngster’s inner artist. A map can be found on the event website that shows all the parking

capacities. “EarthFair is a one-stop shop if you want to volunteer or learn to do something to your home or office,” Chase said. “Planet Earth affects everyone and we can all do or change something.” Chase urges people not to drive to EarthFair if they’re arriving after 10 a.m. due to limited parking within Balboa Park. Instead, a free shuttle service from San Diego City College and the County Administration Center is available, in addition to free bike valet parking in two central park locations. EarthFair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to navigate through the various exhibitors online beforehand, for the most beneficial experience. For more information about the fair, costumes for the children’s parade, a list of exhibitors, and parking alternatives, visit Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.sdnews@gmail.comv lots in the area, and event organizers highly recommend people take the trolley which lets out right in the middle of Little Italy. The Little Italy Association will also be offering a valet service at the corner of India and Juniper streets. For more information, visit 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

“Aima” by James Hill (Courtesy Mission Federal ArtWalk)

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(l to r) A sampling of hand-dipped donuts; A large Saigon cinnamon and sugar; The chefs play with a little color. (All courtesy Donut Bar)


DONUTBAR There is no Chinese food, candy or cigarettes here, just great coffee and even greater donuts. They have no set closing time; the “bar” stays open until every last donut is sold, which is usually mid-day. At night in the same small space, there is a different kind of activity happening, when Campa said the staff is busy working the production line. They are zesting lemons, crushing hazelnuts, stirring batter and glazing, among other tasks, in a full-on exhibition kitchen that is visible from the street between the hours of 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. He invites people to come see for themselves. Campa said the couple have dismissed the advice of countless others “in the industry” who’ve all counseled them on what it takes to run a donut business and save both time and money; such as acquiring a glazing table, using larger mixers and weighing each donut. Campa said they flatly refuse to comply and have good reason. “A glazing table is a big metal contraption you stick into a big vat of glaze and within 10 seconds you can glaze 40 donuts. Then you’re done, you walk away from them and they are up on the shelf. Zero percent love.” Campa’s method depends on the donut, but he said the process is the same – individual attention – whether it is hand-dipped or pitcherpoured. “Each [donut] gets that special touch and energy, with 100 percent love,” he said. “I literally get goose bumps just thinking about it. We get the nice effect that we really truly want. If we’re charging $3 for a donut, we better give them the best damn donut we can get.” Not all Donut Bar donuts are $3. Their raised

donuts – which are easily twice the height of standard raised donuts – are much less and Campa said some should probably cost a lot more, like the Bourbon maple bar. An entire quart of Bourbon, heat-condensed down to about 1/3 cup, goes into each batch. “What I’m looking for and what we’ve achieved is a donut where you bite into it and you taste maple, then as you’re chewing it and you’re exhaling, those hints of Bourbon enliven your senses and that’s a good donut,” Campa said. He said their mixing machine is a mere 20 quarts, compared to the industry standard of several 80-quart mixers or larger. Having just one 20-quart mixer ensures small batches and Donut Bar produces between 1,200 and 2,000 donuts per day. Those numbers vary, he said, because the offerings vary and they are still doing lots of experimenting. “We must be doing something right because we are selling out every day,” he said. With the help of social media – the Donut Bar Facebook page already boasts over 1,000 followers – they were able to generate quite a buzz prior to opening by releasing tidbits of information and making the most of photos to generate appeal. A “donut sampling” advertised on Face-

A marbled Ganache cake donut (Courtesy Donut Bar)

book a few days prior to their grand opening turned out such large crowds, Campa said it became an unexpected “crash course” and he was worried it might turn his staff away, but it didn’t. Campa said he could not be more pleased with the five employees he brought on board after an extensive search for baristas and pastry chefs, including one who has done time at several fivestar establishments. “We really got the best of the best,” he said. “They are professionals and they understand the level of service we are trying to ascertain, how to plate something and make it look presentable, and that we’re going for with the quality ingredients.” He and Bartels said they believe in treating their employees well, and have offered them a good salary, creative flexibility, bonuses and lots of appreciation. The couple, who said they only snuck in about 40 hours of sleep their first week of business, also work right alongside their staff every step of the way; in the kitchen all night, doing sales and service all morning, and of course, juggling all the other responsibilities that come with owning a business. They use their Facebook page to advertise the day’s menu items, show off new flavors, field customer feedback and even to ask for new flavor ideas. “The past week has been a whirlwind,” Bartels said. “But we’re already seeing regulars.” Despite the naysayers, both in the industry and in their new neighborhood, Campa and Bartels said if this first week in indicabusiness has been any indica tion, they have a winning product. “Our biggest backlash has been the running out of donuts,” Campa said. That seems to be a pretty good problem to have. Donut Bar is located at 631 B Street in the Core area of Downtown. Follow them on Facebook/DonutBar for daily menu offerings, specials and other surprises.v

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CONNECTIONS enough. I personally believe San Diegans care about our homeless population 52 weeks of the year.” The Connections Housing facility will be offering 223 beds to those in need, and the length of a person’s stay will vary, depending upon his or her circumstances. A total of 73 beds have been made available in a long-term private apartment setting for those in need of the greatest assistance. Additional beds will serve those in a more transitional phase, with stays ranging from 30 to 60 days. Each person’s specific needs are determined after an “on the street” case management is conducted by a professional. Other amenities being offered include a kitchen, health clinic and office areas within the facility. The recent ceremony was the culmination of efforts to get Connections Housing up and running. The health clinic began operations Jan. 21. The housing of applicants began Feb. 4. While many officials within San Diego believe the city’s homeless epidemic is complex, the unveiling of Connections Housing is a step forward in reducing its prevalence. Jessica Wishan, director of PATH San Diego, said the overarching mission of the new development is to reduce street homelessness. “We look at this as a neighborhood asset,” Wishan said. “This is about saving lives and changing lives at both the individual and community level. We want to make an impact, and we want to do so in a strategic way.” Alterations within the Connections Housing development were not an easy task. James Silverwood, president and CEO of Affirmed Housing Group, reflected on the preliminary talks three years ago. “This is an adaptive reuse of a historic building,” Silverwood said. “It had its share of challenges.” But participating agencies, including Affirmed Housing Group, expressed pleasure in the end result of the historic building, which has roots going back to 1928 when it was used for a variety of purposes, including the World Trade Center

and the San Diego Athletic Club. Wishan said great pains were taken to maintain – and, in some instances, restore – the historic character of the building. “It all went very quickly,” Wishan said, reflecting on the refurbishments that began Dec. 17, 2011 and wrapped at the beginning of this year. Financing the Connections Housing development came about through a variety of collaborative efforts. Refurbishing the building carried a $38-million price tag and officials estimate the annual operating costs will be about $3.7 million. Tax credits are funding a portion of the work, but Wishan said private fundraising from each of the 35 participating nonprofits will be used now and into the future. “Each participating organization has its own individual operating budget,” Wishan said. “It’s a rather complex process and it’s all about collaboration.” For more information about Connections Housing and its services, visit the organization’s website at or call 619-810-8600. Dave Fidlin has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation. He has a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@thinkpost.netv


BY THE NUMBERS 85 – age of building $38 million – cost to refurbish building

13 – months to complete refurbishments

223 – beds available 35 – agencies providing services $3.7 million – estimated

annual operating budget

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Mr. A’s to offer the popular weekend meal for first time in 48 years

General Manager Ryan Thorsen (left) and Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler in front of the incredible view from Mr. A’s outside deck (Photo by sdCNN) Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

Bertrand at Mr. A’s will be offering their own take on brunch starting this weekend, something the restaurant has never offered in its 48 years of operation. Brunch will be made available on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting on Sunday, April 7, and will consist of a complete new food and beverage menu and a whole new staff to support it. “Brunch has become a huge thing all over the United States,” said Bertrand Hug, owner of Mr. A’s and the famed Mille Fleurs French restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. “It was time.” Hug said he first approached Mr. A’s original owner John Alessio in 1993 about purchasing the historic Bankers Hill rooftop property, because the restaurant’s “perfect view” was always the first place he took out of town guests. “At that

time, it was the cat’s meow,” he said. Alessio had no interest in giving up even a majority share, but eventually the two reached a verbal agreement. Unfortunately, it never made it to paper before Alessio passed away in 1998. After convincing the family, the sale was final in 2000. Hug said he then closed the restaurant for three months to refurbish the kitchen and interior design. Since then, he’s uncovered all the floor-to-ceiling windows – and the view they offer. He also moved the bar to another wall offering even more viewing options for customers and more recently, opened up the deck that surrounds the outside of the building for dining and drinks. Another important change Hug made in recent years was promoting floor manager Ryan Thorsen to general manager. Thorsen is arguably the youngest GA in the local restaurant industry. “I’m really happy with Ryan,”


Hug said. Thorsen is really happy working at Mr. A’s, too. “Honestly there’s a lot of challenges to it making every day new and fast and that challenge is what makes me want to get up for work and run in every day,” he said. “This place has a certain energy that you can’t find many places in town … it’s got that history … everyone comes here expecting a certain experience and it is our job to make sure that never falters.” Opening for brunch was a dream of Thorsen’s. “It’s kind of like opening up our own little restaurant inside the restaurant because it’s never been here before.” Hug, Thorsen and Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler worked together over several months on the food and drink menus, finally agreeing on draft number 20. Menu options will be ala carte, and vary from standard brunch classics with Voitzwinkler’s specific spin to the types of menu items one would expect from Mr. A’s. “You can piece together your own meal,” Thorsen said. “It’s a good entry way for new customers.” A number of clever Bloody Marys and beer cocktails will take a prominent position on the new drink menu, along with other unique offerings and refills of, not bottomless, mimosas. Thorsen encourages people spending their weekends at Balboa Park to stop in for a drink or check out the new brunch. The weekend day dress code will be the same as their current lunch and happy hour. “We understand it is San Diego but we do want to maintain a certain status … we think that builds the experience for everyone,” he said. Mr. A’s is located at 2550 Fifth Ave., #12.v



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Local Planned Parenthood celebrates 50 years strong By Hilary Watcher, member of PPPSW development department and Bankers Hill resident The year was 1963. John F. Kennedy was president, the Beatles were skyrocketing into fame, and the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique had reawakened the women’s movement in the United States. Here in Southern California, Reverend Arthur G. Elcombe, a San Diego clergyman, gathered a group of people to establish the Planned Parenthood Association of San Diego. They started with a modest booth that offered educational and referral services, and within five years, they’d opened their first medical clinic, which served nearly 1,000 patients in its first year. On January 22, 1973, 10 years after San Diego’s Planned Parenthood affiliate was established, the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling made early abortion legal in all 50 states – an enormous victory for women’s rights and reproductive health. By 1980, the Planned Parenthood Association of San Diego had 26,952 patient visits and a budget of $1.3 million, and would soon change its name to Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties (PPSDRC) to reflect its ever-expanding reach. In 1981, Dr. Katharine Sheehan joined PPSDRC as the affiliate’s medical director and soon became an esteemed leader with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. As the ‘90s came into focus, PPSDRC was thriving with more than 100,000 patient visits at 11 health centers, and a binational partnership in Tijuana provided the region south of the border with much-needed family planning assistance. By 2000, we saw the establishment of the local Action Fund, the purchase of the Mission Valley administration center, the operation of 15 health centers, and the

launch of the Promotores Pro Salud program, which continues to serve low-income migrant communities. In 2006, with the leadership of Rosanne and Joel Holliday, and Drs. Rita and Richard Atkinson, PPSDRC raised over $16 million with its Caring for the Future capital campaign, allowing the organization to increase patient volume by adding, expanding, or moving 13 service sites, as well as remodeling its administration building (now the Holliday Family Administration Center). Further, the Michelle Wagner Center, our flagship medical hub, was purchased and opened with family planning and surgical centers, the Achterkirchen Training Center, and the David V. Karney Lab. That year, we also welcomed Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson as President and CEO. Fast-forward to today. With an annual budget of $60 million, 19 health centers providing more than 300,000 patient visits a year and nearly 500 employees, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW – as of 2010 to reflect expansion into Imperial County) is the second-largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country. Annually, we distribute approximately 700,000 cycles of birth control pills, rings, and patches, preventing hundreds of thousands of unintended pregnancies, and we provide more than 250,000 chlamydia and gonorrhea tests and 70,000 HIV tests. Through partnerships with local agencies, school districts, and organizations, our Community Engagement department reaches 60,000 women, men, and youth with demographically resonant and culturally appropriate information. And we’re advocating like never before for affordable, accessible reproductive and sexual health care locally, statewide, and nationally. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in 50 years – and one can only dream of the advance-

Sequestration will leave seniors hungry By Paul Downey Sometimes I am really glad to live almost 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C. The latest “raging” chest-thumping, finger-pointing debate is whether President

Obama cancelling tours of the White House are politically motivated or a true result of sequestration. This is a bit of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. For me – and more importantly for the lowincome seniors served

ments and progress the next 50 will bring. As we celebrate 50 years strong in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties, we are also honoring the retirement of our beloved Medical Director Dr. Katharine Sheehan, after 32 years of service at PPPSW. With her leadership and expertise, Dr. Sheehan has shepherded medical advances including a resident training program and new methods of contraception, and she has also helped determine Planned Parenthood’s national medical programs by serving on Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national medical committee. We are thrilled to honor Dr. Sheehan with a lifetime achievement award at our 50th anniversary dinner, to be held on May 9 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Dinner co-chairs Kathleen Strauss, Ph.D., and Nora Taylor Jaffe are working to make this our most successful celebration yet. We’ll have three extraordinary women in attendance, including Jessica Valenti, writer at The Nation and founder of; Cecile Richards, current president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; and Sarah Weddington, the winning Roe v. Wade attorney. You won’t want to miss this event! These inspiring leaders are joined by the 50 Strong Honorary Committee, whose Honorary Chairs include K. Andrew Achterkirchen, Joan Jordan Bernstein, Susanna and Michael Flaster, PPPSW Board Chair R. Elaine Hanson, M.D. and her husband Bruce Robbins, M.D., Rosanne and Joel Holliday, Nora Taylor Jaffe, and Christy Walton. For more information about the anniversary dinner or to purchase tickets or tables, please visit or contact the development department at 619-881-4500 or development@

Four million senior meals to be cut nationwide, 100,000 meals in San Diego alone

food by Senior Community Centers – sequestration means a cut of 32,000 meals in the coming year. Throughout San Diego County, the number of meals cut will be close to 100,000. Where is the outrage and hyperbole from our

elected officials over hungry seniors? What about all the other vulnerable Americans hurt by this self-induced “fiscal cliff” and its devastating consequences? Perhaps it is easier

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Dear Editor, With regards to “Unconditional Surrender” article [See Editor’s Analysis: When is a kiss just a kiss? Vol. 14, Issue 3], I cannot resist adding my view to the local debate that is ongoing. As a World War II Battle of the Bulge combat veteran, I returned home to the U.S. in August of 1945, and kissed the ground when my troop ship, Queen Elizabeth, docked in N.Y. That “Kiss” sculpture has an emotional meaning that so called “art critics,” “public art commissions” and others, cannot comprehend, because some of them were not born yet, or were just children at that time in 1945. The “kiss” has nothing to do with lust or romance. The so-called “art critics” do not have a clue as to what the gesture signifies. The City of San Diego is most fortunate to possess this victory symbol. It is a fitting tribute to the military men and women veterans who helped defeat the axis powers during WWII. I am most pleased that the public support defeated the people, who simply see a sailor and a nurse locked in an embrace. – Jerry Kronovet, Architect, artist, sculptor; via email Dear Editor: Hi my name is Tina Kneice, I live in New Lexington, Ohio. I know this may sound like a really odd request but we NEED some help. My boyfriend has a sister who for the last four years or so has been living in San Diego Calif., basically on the streets. Her husband took her there. Her mother receives random phone calls about her being murdered the last was on 3/26/13. We have tried everything to find out something about her and come up with no answers. I was browsing the web and have no clue where to start so I found this news site and figured why not give it a try. We have contacted out local police and San Diego police as well. We have even contacted the FBI. We know she is there but where we have no clue, she’s not good about calling. You can imagine the feeling our family is having when we receive this call. We are asking for as much help as possible. We know that she is wanted in West Virginia and we’d much rather see her in jail then on the streets drugged out and possible killed. If you could help in any way or be able to direct us somewhere to someone who could it would GREATLY be appreciated. My e-mail is vizzolover@ PLEASE we are begging and pleading here for some kind of help and or support. Thank you – Tina Kneice & Gerald Vizzo, via Dear Editor, Interesting story about the Downtown Partnership [See “A 40-year vision lay at their feet,” Vol. 14, Issue 3]. They are paid $72,000 per year for oversight of the Clean and Safe Program that cleans the streets, trims trees, and does safety patrols. Not one cent of these services are paid for by the Downtown Partnership. Tax assessments to Downtown property owners in the amount of over six million dollars are collected to provide these services. … errors in the assessments were discovered almost four years ago. Many more errors were discovered in an audit completed last July. Most citizens don’t know they were overcharged. To date, no one has gotten a refund. – Kathy Casey, via email Editor’s Note: Ms. Casey referenced a link that will be made available on the website.v

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DowntownBriefs SOHO PRESENTS HISTORIC HOME TOUR WEEKEND APRIL 13 – 14 Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) will host their annual Historic Home Tour Weekend April 13 and 14, where participants can get an inside look at five historic Mission Hills homes that feature architectural styles dating from 1914 to 1949. In addition to the early 20th-century Mission Hills home tour on April 14, the nonprofit has organized bicycle and walking tours, as well as an arts and crafts embroidery workshop on April 13. The bicycle tours start at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., and the walking tours are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All tours are 90 minutes and leave from Powers Plumbing, located at 1705 Lewis St. Organizers said there will be no trolley service this year as the homes are all in one area. “Highlighted are many early architects … including Joel L. Brown, William Templeton Johnson, Frank Mead and Richard Requa, and Alexander Schreiber,” they said. Tickets for each tour cost $15. The workshop, also April 13, will be led by Natalie Richards and held at the Marston House, 3525 Seventh Ave. Cost is $95 for SOHO members and $105 for guests. For the five-mansion home tour April 14, the self-guided event will show off home interiors and includes sites by Morris Irvin, Requa and John Lloyd Wright. “Mission Hills is one of our great San Diego neighborhoods where a prolific number of works by locally and nationally significant architects can all be found in one geographic area,” organizers said. The tours run 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A program with maps and background information will be included with each ticket purchase, which range from $30 – $50, depending on date of purchase. There are several locations for ticket purchase and pickup. For full ticket information visit or call 619297-9327. GOLDEN HILL FARMERS MARKET TO HOST ‘GO LOCAL’ EVENT Organized by Brian’s Farmers’ Markets, the Golden Hill Certified Farmers Market will host a Go Local Day at the Market on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Organizers are inviting the community for the free events that will include cooking demos, hot food vendors and local, fresh produce. Families are especially encouraged to attend, as they will also be providing face painting, balloon artists, inflatable bouncy toys and free prize drawings. To help with the go local theme, KPBS will be at the market with a “pop-up” gar-

den and to discuss their upcoming nature and gardening TV series “A Growing Passion.” The local show has been in production since January at locations throughout the region. It is scheduled to be a weekly show focusing on gardening, horticulture and agriculture, and is hosted by Nan Sterman. It is set to air in May. “There are so many ways that San Diego grows and so many wonderful stories to tell,” Sterman said in a press release. “I’m sure viewers will be amazed and inspired to discover what is going on right under noses. Our goal is to tell these stories in ways that help viewers to gain the skills they need to go out and ‘grow’ themselves.” Located on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, the Golden Hill Market is open each Saturday.

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE, MEDIA CENTER Designed to “unleash the world of San Diego’s urban centre via the world wide web,” according to a press release, Downtown San Diego Partnership just launched a new website for Downtown, located at Special features include photos of Downtown neighborhoods along with maps, information on how to establish, build and do business Downtown, an event calendar with Downtown events, parking options, and a “Find a Happy Hour” function. The programs managed by the Downtown Partnership are also covered, including the Clean & Safe program, homeless issues and milestones, Business Improvement District news and more. “We are proud to deliver an interactive, one-stop hub that encompasses all that Downtown San Diego has to offer,” said Kris Michell, President/ CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership in the press release. “It’s designed to be user-friendly for everyone from our baby-boomer generation to our born-mobile generations—and everyone in between.” Emic Media, Inc. and Jacob Tyler Brand Consultants designed the new website with consumer and business needs both in mind. “Building a website today is not like it was ten years ago or even two years ago,” said Lisé Markham, President/Founder of Emic Media, Inc. “Creating content that gets to the point in our mobile device world and in an entertaining way, along with highly stylized visual elements, is challenging. The Downtown San Diego Partnership team knew their vision and that made the process exciting.” A new interactive parking app will be released later in the year. For more information about Downtown San Diego, contact Staci Ingnell at 619-234-0201 or visit the website.

PLAN APPROVED FOR TOURISM MARKETING DISTRICT The San Diego City Council approved a resolution to move forward with an operating agreement with the Tourism Marketing District (TMD). The Council directed the City attorney, mayor, and Council president to work together with the TMD to prepare the necessary agreement to effectuate a first amendment to the operating agreement between the City and the TMD. The amendment will settle the language that was disputed by the Mayor and the TMD and will be considered by the City Council mid-April. “San Diego is well served by today’s action,” Council President Todd Gloria said in a press release. “I am proud that City leaders and the tourism industry were able to come together for the good of our region.” The Council’s action directed the mayor to sign an operating agreement with the TMD, which has been unable to perform its duties attracting visitors in the highly competitive tourism industry. Gloria stressed the importance of the TMD and the need to move forward. “More promotion of San Diego equals more services for San Diegans,” Gloria said. “This Council has worked hard to compromise with Mayor Filner and the TMD to come up with a solution that will protect our general fund and provide certainty to the tourism industry. We will continue to collaborate on amendments if necessary.” The City’s general fund is generated mainly through transient occupancy tax generated when visitors come to San Diego. The fund pays for services such as fire-rescue, police and libraries. Around 160,000 jobs in the region depend on tourism. STRONG COMMUNTIY SUPPORT OF NEW LIBRARY DEMONSTRATED More than 2,000 bricks have been sold at the halfway point of the San Diego Library Foundation’s “Buy-A-Brick” campaign. “We stand behind the philosophy that just as bricks are the foundation of buildings, libraries are the foundation of knowledge,” said Mel Katz, chairman of the San Diego Public Library Foundation in a press release. “The strong community support of our brick campaign and other facility naming opportunities has been wonderful,” he said. “The new Central Library is the hub of our 35-branch system, and San Diegans from all communities have demonstrated their personal commitment to our library system. As people have seen the library taking shape, we have received increased interest from prospective donors.” More than

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EDITORIAL to have mock anger over cancelled tours than to confront the pain caused by the inability to implement lessons most of us learned in pre-school about sharing and compromise. Frankly, I could use some help explaining why the senior nutrition program is being cut when it actually saves tax dollars. There is much documentation that shows feeding seniors nutritionally balanced meals keeps them healthy, independent and significantly reduces healthcare costs. Cutting meals is penny-wise, pound-foolish – something Washington seems to excel at doing. Let me make this real and introduce you to Carol, a former teacher who raised four children as a single mom. Until the recession in 2008, Carol owned a very successful education-related IT consulting company with offices in five states. The recession hit her hard and she was forced to refinance her home to keep the company afloat. Eventually, it wasn’t enough and Carol found herself homeless, living in her car with her disabled adult daughter in a Walmart parking lot. Fortunately, Carol received some assistance to move into an affordable housing complex. Shortly after, she took a nasty fall and broke both of her shoulders. After recovering for three months in a nursing home, Carol was released to go home. She could not dress herself, take a shower, grocery shop or fix herself a meal. She contacted Senior Community Centers’ home-delivered meals program, which resulted in a warm and healthy meal delivered to her the very next day. The continuous visits of our delivery drivers and social workers caused a chain reaction on Carol’s floor: other residents came by to ask how they could help and new friendships were formed. Carol


also lost 45 pounds with our nutritionally balanced meals and never felt more energized. Today, Carol has healed and has become healthy – and confident to face life once again. Having experienced the difference of good nutrition, Carol told me during a recent visit that Senior Community Centers saved her life. Without our meals and other assistance, Carol would have very likely ended up back in the hospital or living out her life in a skilled nursing facility. Her quality of life would have been poor and the expenses to Medicare and possibly Medi-Cal would have been significant. Carol’s story is just one of thousands at Senior Community Center and millions across the country at other senior centers. Seeing how far Carol has come reinforces why Senior Community Centers and the hundreds of organizations around the U.S. committed to senior nutrition do what they do. Our low-income seniors already struggle everyday, why do these real people need to be hungry because our politicians can’t compromise? Please join the fight against sequestration on senior nutrition. Reach our congressional delegation and U.S. senators by any means necessary. Call, write, email, tweet or post to their Facebook pages. Ask them to support senior nutrition and tell them the livelihood of San Diego seniors is in jeopardy. Your voice and actions will make all of the difference to lend a hand and a heart to seniors who deserve dignity and respect. Visit find/ to find your representative and join us in sending them an urgent note today. Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Senior Community Centers, a nonprofit agency dedicated to increasing the quality of life for San Diego seniors living in poverty. Learn more at

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS Alex’s Red Barn Winery and Distillery 39820 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591 951-693-3201 | Red Barn Winery: A craft micro distillery in Temecula There is now a distillery in San Diego’s Wine Country: Alex’s Red Barn is not only a winery but is now also Temecula’s only distillery specializing in fine “estate” brandies. These brandies, a total of four now, are triple-distilled in an artisanal European copper still. They are: (1) Stingagree Pastis, an anise-flavored brandy infused with licorice root and other herbs. Dilute it with four parts water and add ice to enjoy the most seductive, refreshing afternoon drink. (2) White Pastis has only anise added to it. As with the Stingaree Pastis, add water and ice cubes to enjoy with meals. (3) Alex’s Red Barn Brandy is an aged brandy with minimum of two years in oak barrels. It has a velvety smoothness reminiscent of the most expensive French cognacs Brandy is considered one of the most elegant and fashionable after-dinner drinks around the world. (4) Grappa, a uniquely Italian drink, is made of Muscat grapes. Italians drink it after dinner and call it a “digestive,” or add it to their morning espresso, calling it “caffee corretto.”

The Vault auto storage opens in San Diego 2102 Main St., San Diego, CA 92113 619-338-4989 Veloce Motors, an exotic car rental company located in San Diego and at the Hotel Del Coronado, has launched a new venture in San Diego: auto storage. Appropriately named “The Vault,” this hip new auto storage facility has been newly renovated and outfitted with the latest in high-tech security systems, making it feel like the building really is locked down like a vault. The 13,000 square foot warehouse can accommodate up to 110 cars and motorcycles and they offer flexible monthly and yearly rates on storage. Justin Glad and Brian Miller, owners of Veloce Motors and The Vault, selected the location to ensure easy access to Downtown and the freeways. The list of services offered, professional staff, convenient hours and the fact you can use your car at anytime makes this cool new vehicle storage facility the place to go when storing that extra car. The guys at The Vault can be reached at 619-338-4989 or for additional information visit the website at


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San Diego man attempting 30 dates in 30 days offers original date ideas based on a person’s location. It was this app that inspired King to undertake the challenge. Dating one person can be a challenge, but “I believe in promoting originalTim King is adding a difficulty factor beyond what most mortals can handle: He’s going out ity, not doing the same-old, sameold,” King said. “The experiences with 30 women on 30 dates in 30 days. are so much better than just a King, a wedding photographer who dinner or a movie. And a lot of the lives in North Pacific Beach, is currently on ideas on the app are under $100.” a month-long exploration of dating in San Naturally, King will be seeing a Diego that is called, appropriately enough, lot of Downtown during his 30-day “30 Dates In 30 Days.” dating marathon. He will take one It’s a daunting task, so much so that to Venissimo Cheese Academy for King and one of his dates goof around on Mt. Woodson’s King, 27, has put his work on hold for the a cheese-making class, another most part. Still, nothing worth doing is ever “Potato Chip Rock” (Courtesy Tim King Photography) to the Opera and still another to a easy, right? first, but it’s important for me to try new fashion show in Little Italy. Luckily, the easiest part was finding things,” he said. Oh, and one lucky girl will be getting a women willing to go out with him. Some The first date was March 22 and it set a tattoo on her date with King. he already knew and others contacted him very high bar. “The key is finding adventurous girls,” he when they found out about his challenge. “It will be hard to top,” King said. “We said. “I like the ones who are down to go on “One woman is 63 years old and she’s went whale watching and saw a pack of dolany date, not just the one in a hot air balloon.” flying down from Seattle for our date,” King phins, grey whales and a humpback whale Still, King admits that some planned said. “It will be interesting to see how that made a huge splash.” dates sound more appealing than others to one works out.” King said he has no financial interest in him as well. King is also getting help from Details the Details Matter app and is merely doing “A pottery class might seem boring at Matter, a San Diego-based dating app that the experiment because he likes it. That pleases Mark Wills, the man behind the app, because he believes it shows the true breadth of the app, which he hopes to take national, much like Yelp started in San Francisco before going nationwide. “Some of the businesses that Tim is going on have been able to reach tourists, but not locals,” Wills said. “Mobile apps are the future and Details Matter allows people to find dating ideas based on their location.” Wills, who does real estate in Mission Valley, came up with the concept after going on one too many monotonous dates. “Why do dinner and a movie when you can ride jet packs on the ocean or take salsa dancing classes?” he asked rhetorically. King and Wills are hoping the 30-day Enjoying a gondola ride through the Coronado Cays, a hidden gem not many people know about! dating marathon will get national attention (Courtesy Tim King Photography)

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A screen shot of dating options you might find using the Details Matter application. (Courtesy Details Matter)

and attract attention to San Diego as a dating destination and the Details Matter app as the source for ideas. First, King has to complete all the dates. He’s asked people for advice on how to do it and said the best one came from a male escort in Las Vegas. “He recommended limiting each date to two hours, don’t drink on the dates and have no physical encounters with any of them,” King said. For details on “30 Dates in 30 Days” and the Details Matter app, check out or Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer.v

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Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at Make your own tacos with a whole fried bass at SaltBox. (Courtesy SaltBox)

Three restaurants are taking part in Arts Night Downtown, which showcases a variety of works by local artists to the tune of hosted appetizers and drink specials at each venue. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., April 17, at RA Sushi San Diego (474 Broadway), Saltbox Restaurant (1047 Fifth Ave.) and Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar (411 Broadway). Guests can begin at any location and then take part in a complimentar y champagne toast at the end of the evening at Alexander Salazar Fine Art (640 Broadway). Admission is free, although RSVP is required by emailing to

With so few restaurants ser ving head-to-tail fish, SaltBox has stepped up to the plate with a spring special called “whole bass taco Tuesdays.” For $15, you get the entire fish ser ved on a platter, plus black beans, avocado slices and house-made salsas and tortillas. A side of orangecumin slaw is also thrown into the deal. All combined the meal feeds two people and is available from 5:30 p.m. to closing. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003. Chef Aron Schwartz of Marina Kitchen has launched a weekly series of three and five-course pre-fixed dinners that will continue throughout the year. The menus are driven by seasonal ingredients and “whatever comes onto the market.” With an impressive wine cellar on site, customers can opt to have their courses paired with the latest and greatest vintages. Ingredients highlighted during the month of April include Alaskan halibut, Colorado lamb, spring garlic, ramps and morel mushrooms. The cost is $45 for three courses (plus $25 with wine) and $65 for five courses (plus $35 with wine.) 333 W. Harbor Drive, 619-699-8222. A new 60s-style cocktail lounge opened recently in the East Village with an exclusive capacity allowing only 40 to 50 customers in at a time. Named the Cat Eye Club, the entrance is marked by a discrete red-leather door that leads inside to sofas, a fireplace and screens showing old black-and-white movies. The bygone era is further captured by classic cocktails and oldies music, including that of Motown. Patrons that arrive when the lounge is filled are called on their cell phones by staffers as they might decide to grab a bite at the nearby Lucky’s Lunch Counter or The Blind Burro, owned also by Good Time Design. The company plans to open yet another lounge in the vicinity later this year, named Moonshine Flats, which will supposedly boast the longest bar in Southern California. 370 Seventh Ave., 619-330-9509. Cookbook author, restaurateur and reality TV personality Kevin Roberts is slated to open his far-out Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint on April 14. “Think of it as Quentin Tarantino meets sushi,” says Roberts, referring to a motif filled with samurai swords, giant murals and flat screens projecting Godzilla and Japanese fighting movies. Roberts, who also co-owns Gaslamp Tavern and East Village Tavern+Bowl, promises customers full interaction with his sushi chefs and a menu featuring Kobe beef from Japan and over a dozen different “sake bombs.” 411 Market St.,

They’re calling them “cocktails that we’ve never seen before.” In its first revamp of the cocktail list in more than a year, Craft and Commerce in Little Italy has just rolled out 14 new concoctions created by bar manager Ryan Fisher and the champion of the El Dorado Bartender Challenge, Christian Siglin, who also works at Craft. The latest libations include The Good Sinner (St. Germaine, absinthe, pineapple and champagne); The Odd Couple (rye whiskey, pear liqueur, Angostura bitters and mezcal) and the John Birch Fizz (bourbon, Galliano, sweet vermouth, egg whites and lemon). 675 W. Beech St., 619-269-2202.v

Craft & Commerce’s new John Birch Fizz (Courtesy Craft & Commerce)


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commemorate a legendary sailor 411 Broadway (Downtown) | 619-795-3800 | Dinner prices: Appetizers and salads, $5 to $14; entrees, $13 to $27 Ranking among the last schooner captains on the West Coast and known as a weaver of ropes and spinner of tales, the spirit of Philip Marion Africa permeates the heart of Downtown’s newest seafood restaurant, Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar. Designed as a casual tavern with metronautical appointments, tributes to the whitebearded sailor, nicknamed “Spike,” appear on a back wall plastered with photographs and newspaper articles about his life on the seas. By most accounts, Spike was a salty, enigmatic character who enjoyed an illustrious career sailing the West Coast and South Pacific until his death in 1985. Had it not been for the folks at Seafaring Ventures LLC, who knew the captain and developed the restaurant’s concept, the adventures of this novel-worthy sailor may have never come ashore. Spike’s tall tales are combined with the expressive cooking of Chef Paul Rinaudo, who inserts his native Chesapeake Bay roots into various dishes like crab hush puppies and clam chowder while introducing fresh seafood to a host of crafty, house-made sauces. He previously worked at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and was executive chef at FireFly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas. As a prelude to our main courses, a half-pound of peel-and-eat shrimp steamed in Ballast Point Pale Ale rendered us both silent as we ripped through the garlicky dish like machines. A touch of Old Bay Seasoning, used traditionally in shrimp boils along the Eastern seaboard, imparted irresistible hints of cloves and bay leaves. Keep some table

bread handy because you’ll want to mop up every last drop of the broth. Another must-try appetizer that kept our hands moving is the split, char-roasted Globe artichoke. Rinaudo serves the meaty thistle with chipotle aioli and addicting browned butter sweetened with a little balsamic vinegar. Though high in flavor, both sauces flawlessly complimented the delicate choke rather than upstaged it. For a butter lettuce salad speckled with bacon and Point Reyes blue cheese, we were given super-chilled forks, an amenity that generally washed out to sea a few decades ago in most restaurants. Those preferring an oceanic touch in their salads should look no further than the Ceasar draped in white anchovies or a cedar-plank salmon salad dressed in blackberry vinaigrette. My entrée, mustard-glazed salmon, was served in a tin bowl that seemed salvaged from an old tall ship. Beneath the plump, flaky filet sat a medley of par-cooked green beans, luscious roasted red peppers and a few

fingerling potatoes. The tangy glaze on the fish required no additional sauces, although several unadulterated species are found at the top of the menu, such as swordfish, barramundi and yellowtail. For those, the chef offers a choice of enhancements that include citrus butter, parsley-caper pesto and red pepper remoulade. As a fan of tartar sauce, I asked for a side of it as a dip for the green beans in my bowl. Made with celery, chopped dill pickles and fresh tarragon, it superceded all other versions I’ve made at home. In my next visit, I’ll slather it over a bare filet or the beerbattered mahi mahi that has generated raves from fellow diners. My companion set his sights on land, opting for the island pork rib plate. The meat was accented with brown sugar barbecue sauce and chopped cashews. As he had hoped, the sauce was merely a pleasant footnote to the dish, allowing the flavor of the pork to take prominence. Alongside was a mound of fluffy rice and seaweed macaroni, which after a couple forkfuls, didn’t taste as strange as we expected. Dark rum and salted caramel take center stage in the chef’s butterscotch pudding. It’s one of those out-of-this-world desserts that generate moans of ecstasy even by those lacking a sweet tooth. Served in a small glass can-

Mustard-glazed salmon over fresh veggies (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

ning jar, my advice is to order it individually rather than share it among tablemates. As the first restaurant to appear on Broadway in a long while, Spike Africa’s breathes new life into this historic structure, which was built in 1880 and shows off some of the original salvaged wood in various accents. Open for lunch and dinner, and with a full bar to boot, you’ll come away with a memorable meal and an education about a man who they called “president of the Pacific Ocean.” 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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Morgan Ervin: Too Late for Goodbyes McNabb Martin Contemporary Art Jennifer DeCarlo Morgan Ervin’s “Too Late for Goodbyes uses” a visage of celebrities to question, even evaluate, the judgment we pass on others and most importantly on ourselves. The burden of fame is heavy, and to draw text from one of Ervin’s images, “It’s very hard to live up to an icon” (Elvis). For Ervin, the celebrity becomes an entry point for self-discovery. His works come charged as they feature some of contemporary culture’s most celebrated and notorious icons, among them Judy Garland, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Che Guevara, Kurt Cobain, and Marilyn Monroe. Each of these figures are celebrated and mourned; their life’s struggles were known and their ends, tragic. Frames form through a slicing and melding of the images. Visages come fragmented, multiple, enlarged, or overlaid. These techniques create drama

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“Judy” by Morgan Ervin (Courtesy McNabb Martin Contemporary Art)

and tension that references the frenzy of fame and public obsession, and also literally engages the construct of self and identity. The inclusion of text capitalizes on celebrity baggage and works to further invest the work. The text, each a quote by the celebrity depicted, connects the image with humanity. Through simple lines like “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are,” we engage moments of our own life (Cobain).

As we consider their lives and fate, we reevaluate our own battles, our own drive and desire. We confront weakness, feel anxiety from expectations, and worry – as these figures must have – about the heavy tax of judgments passed by others. We freeze for a moment; held in our own fear of stumbling, but when we are let go, we experience a sense of relief that Ervin hopes will allow for a renewed spirit, vigor for life, and an abandonment of judgment. Jennifer DeCarlo is the owner/director of jdc Fine Art, a contemporary photography gallery in Little Italy. She can be reached at Jennifer.decarlo@

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Laugh Out Loud America’s first national laughing championship comes to San Diego

Alex Owens

Downtown News

San Diego is known as America’s Finest City. On Saturday, April 6, it could also be the funniest, when the Westin Gaslamp hosts the country’s first-ever national laughing championship – no joke. Between 10 and 14 of the best chortlers, guffawers and gigglers will be competing against each other to see who has the most contagious laughs, according to contest organizer Albert Nerenberg. “How much you can get an audience laughing is key,” according to Nerenberg, a Montreal-based filmmaker who started organizing laughter contests a few years back while working on “Laughology,” a documentary about the power of laughter. “Doing the film changed my life,” he admitted. “I was a very grim filmmaker, but working on this documentary showed me how serious laughter is.” The contest is being held as part of the 26th Annual Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH), taking place April 4-7 also at the Westin.

The organization promotes how humor and laughter can improve health and happiness, but Nerenberg said one aim of the contest is to demonstrate the very distinct difference between humor and laughter. “Laughter is universal, but humor differs between countries and cultures,” he said. “Comedians are not usually laughers, and are often miserable, but when you laugh at things, things become funny.” Nerenberg actually got the idea for the contest while watching Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts. “Before all these fights, there is a stare-down, and many times, the fighters begin to spontaneously laugh,” he said. “They triggered laughter through eye contact and their proximity to each other. This is not uncommon.” The laughter contest is very serious to Nerenberg, who did a statewide competition two years ago before attempting a national event this time around. Contestants are prequalified and the event is highly structured around some basic laughs, such as the belly laugh, the best Alabama knee-slapper, the maniacal laugh

and the diabolical laugh. The last one is the most challenging to Nerenberg. “It’s a solo laugh that requires a good diaphragm,” he explained. “Whereas the other laugh styles require someone to get the audience laughing, a good diabolical laugh requires the laugher to infect himself and start laughing naturally.” Just like basketball favors the tall, gymnastics the flexible and wrestling the brawny, laughter contests also favor certain types of people. “It does favor people who laugh at everything,” Nerenberg said. Holding a laughter contest at a Humor Therapist Convention is a natural, but Nerenberg believes San Diego is the perfect location for such an event. “A lot of breakthrough phenomenon comes from the area, such as Jason Mraz and the Kony video,” he said, referring to some of San Diego’s newsmakers. The winning guffawer will win bragging rights over lesser laughers and a giant “Cup of America” to take home. “We’re not at the point where

Two laughers duel it out in the Czech Republic (Courtesy

The point of the contest is to get the most laughter from the crowd (Courtesy

we can get cash,” he laughed. Doors open for the laughter contest at 5:30 p.m. in the main ballroom of the Westin Gaslamp Hotel, 910 Broadway Circle, Downtown. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information or presale tickets (it may sell out

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L I T T L E I TA LY APRIL EVENTS Sunday, April 14 Gran Fondo Cycling event starts at 7:15 am

Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28 Mission Federal ArtWalk fills the streets in Little Italy with Southern California’s largest fine art festival from 11 am to 6 pm

Through April 15 La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls - Accomplice: San Diego offers a completely unique theatrical experience with its stage on the streets of Little Italy!

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(l to r) Sandy Campbell, Stewart Calhoun, Jason Maddy, Bryan Banville, Mitzi Michaels, and Andy Collins portray some of the “angry and deranged” characters in Cygnet’s “Assassins” (Photo by Rich Soublet II)

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Stephen Sondheim is an acquired taste. He is the thinking person’s musical theater composer. It helps if one’s thinking is somewhat bizarre. Sometimes even those who are Sondheim fans are brought up short by the composer’s lesser-known works such as the largely neglected 1990 off-Broadway show, “Assassins,” which is playing at Cygnet’s Theatre in Old Town through April 28. As the nation’s leaders struggle to enact stricter gun control legislation, a more appropriate piece cannot be imagined. “Assassins” is an acquired taste, too. There is no protagonist, and because all the characters are angry and deranged, and because Sondheim and book writer John Weidman conceived the piece as a carnival sideshow, it is unsettling and in your face. And why not? That is the intent. The characters are assassins or would-be assassins and their targets, U.S. presidents. Not all the assassins are remembered. Not all were successful. That is also the point. In the show’s final scene Lee Harvey Oswald (Jacob Caltrider, who also portrays the Ballad Singer) must be persuaded to kill Pres. John F. Kennedy because the act will burn the names of all assassins in the public memory. Twisted logic? You bet.

heim (“A Month in the Country,” “Sweeney Todd”). Recently That’s Sondheim, too. Murray announced that the company’s 11th season opens The show gets underway in a gun shop, where the with “Company.” proprietor (Andy Collins, aided by his physical stature and “Assassins” continues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and costume designer Shirley Pierson’s creepy Wild West get Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 & 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 & 7 up) sells firearms. Among the purchasers are Leon Czolgosz p.m. Sundays, through April 28 at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre, (Jason Maddy), who shot William McKinley; John Hinckley, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town San Diego, or Jr. (Kürt Norby), who attempted to kill Ronald Reagan; John Wilkes Booth (Braxton Molinaro), who assassinated Abraham 619-337-1525. Lincoln; Lee Harvey Oswald, who killed John F. Kennedy; and Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (Melissa Fernandes) and Sara area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and Jane Moore (Melinda Gilb), who together separately (17 days has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included apart) sought to kill Gerald Ford. Other killers and would-be in various publications ever since. She just released a chapbook killers are Charles Guiteau (Geno Carr), Giuseppe Zangara of poems by her late daughter, called “The Warrior’s Stance.” She (Jaycob Hunter) and Samuel Byck (Manny Fernandes). The can be reached at program notes include the names of still others, mentioned or not by Sondheim and Weidman. Also in the company, Sandy Campbell provides a finely drawn Emma Goldman, and bystanders are Bryan Banville, Stewart Calhoun and Mitzi Michaels. Musical numbers include “The Ballad of Booth,” “How I Saved Roosevelt,” “Unworthy of Your Love,” “November 22, 1963,” and “Everybody’s Got the Right (to be happy).” Gilb and Melissa Fernandes, who are so extraordinary that someone must write them their own musical, provide moments of extreme black comedy. Aside from uniformly excellent articulation of Sondheim’s outrageous lyrics, the production’s major assets are Sean Murray’s clean direction, Ryan Grossheim’s two-level shooting gallery set, Chris Rynne’s lighting and Matt Lescault-Wood’s sound design. Thanks to Peter Herman’s wigs and makeup and Pierson’s costumes, the actors become ringers for their historical characters. Take your sardonic funny bone. The entire show is a mordant joke. While you’re there, enjoy music director Patrick Marion’s flawless sixmember band. Just as Cygnet intends to deepen its relationship with August Wilson, the theater company Guns in the air, (l-r) Melinda Gilb, Braxton Molinaro, Jason Maddy, Geno Carr of will extend its ongoing reputation for super Sond“Assassins” (Photo by Rich Soublet II)


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Three of Caleb Aero’s many “Galactic Girls,” soon to be on display Downtown along with a live demonstration by the artist. (Courtesy Caleb Aero)

In the basement of a very old, red-brick building in the heart of the Gaslamp District, where outside, the down-and-out crawl the streets like hungry mice – artist Caleb Aero has been formulating the fashions of a far distant future in a series of glittering paintings called Galactic Girls. The story goes that the girls are all beauty queens from different worlds throughout the universe and they are competing to be chosen as Queen Bee at a giant galactic beauty pageant. The girl chosen will then provide half the genetic material for a new yetto-be-discovered planet that will be populated by her offspring. The Galactic Girls are all young, slender and beautiful. They wear exotic and inspiring fashion – a combination of space suit and samurai armor; jewelry – bracelets and necklaces are oversized and intricate; hats and headwear are gaudy but splendid; cloth is colorful, bright, and embolden with abstract patterns; all pour out to create a glamorous “modern primi-

tive” in the Blade Runner style. You could just see them on the fashion runway, and someday you may. In the background of the paintings are gleaming stars and swirling suns, dots, and drops of color that all denote the girls’ worlds of origin. It’s an abstract collage of colors with a defuse light that adds to their mystery and intrigue. Artist Caleb Aero, a self-styled “urban underground artist,” works on his girls with a unique style of painting that involves layering – using spray paint, drawing pens and pencils, and regular paint in different sequential orders to create a collage or mixed media creation. Many of his paintings are made on recycled hip-hop music posters that Aero has designed for concerts – come and gone – and a hint of the lettering is left to peep through the paint. In addition to his Galactic Girl series and countless music posters, Aero has done over 1,000 murals. He has also done commis-

sions for huge corporations, such as Sony and Virgin Airlines, and painted portraits of celebrities, such as Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, and George Clinton. Aero has also designed a line of handmade one-of-a-kind sunglasses and warrior masks, and he has created his own line of eco-friendly spray paints. “For the last eight years since giving up modeling, I have worked on my spray paint line which I call Blubber Colors. There is eight years of my life in one of those cans. I worked with a 92-year-old guy who had been a chemist for Howard Hughes to develop my paints.” Aero, considered a pop icon, and called variously: “the king of graffiti,” “the Tony Hawk of spray paint,” and a “spray paint superstar,” was born and raised in Koloa on the island of Kauai, the son of a Hawaiian father and a hapa-haole mother, who ended up raising him and his two siblings by herself. His first name Caleb is after the Caleb in the Bible, who along with

Joshua, scouted out the Promised Land for Moses. “People wonder if I grew up rich or poor,” Aero said. “Money and status don’t really matter that much on Kauai because at the end of the day, rich and poor are all down at the beach watching the sun go down in equality. “Kauai is not a materialist culture because rich and poor all want the same thing – a nice sunny day and good surf.” Aero’s interest in the arts started early. “I was very influenced by the art of ancient Hawaiian culture which I could see all around me,” he said. “From an early age, I was an artist entrepreneur, making things out of shells and coconuts to sell to tourists.” When Aero was in the 7th grade (that’s as far as he got in school), his family moved to Los Angeles. There, Aero was discovered by a professional photographer, which led to a career as a male fashion model. “As a male model I traveled the

world for 14 years from age 14 to 28,” he said. “I lived in Germany for two and a half years, in Italy for two years, and in Japan for one year. In Europe, I was exposed to fine art at the different museums. My favorite painter was Raphael. But in recent years, I have become more of a recluse, perhaps as a reaction to being a public figure for so long.” An example of Aero’s most recent mural art work can be seen at the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street on the outside wall of Pokez Mexican Restaurant. On the night of April 19, in conjunction with a concert by Slum Village, Aero will give a live demonstration of his painting style at House of Blues in the Gaslamp District Downtown. For further information visit or blubbercolors. com. To contact Aero call 619-2286866 or email Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at


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FRIDAY – APRIL 5 Steph Johnson & Friends: Local favorite with special guests. 8:30 p.m. Tickets $12. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21+. For tickets Contradance: American folk dancing that’s family friendly, social and interactive. Free 30 min dance workshop prior to 8 p.m. performance; calling by Martha Wild, live music Tectonic Shakedown. Soft shoes, comfortable clothes. Trinity Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St. More info at SATURDAY – APRIL 6 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 Artist Reception: Coronado Public Library presents “Art through the Generations” exhibit with work from Esther Painter Hagstrom, a Coronado High School art teacher from 1939-51.

The work of many of her students will also be on display with many in attendance. 3 p.m. Exhibition through May 31. Winn Room. 840 Orange Ave. For more info call Esquevin at 619-522-7395. VinDiego: SoCal Wine & food festival at the Broadway Pier. More than 300 selections from California wineries and showcasing San Diego restaurants. Classes, silent auctions, winery tours, more. Tickets vary GA $30 – VIP $95. For more info visit Art Auction: Celebrate Alexander Salazar’s three year anniversary (and It’s All About the Kids Foundation’s 9th) with 100 original 12x12 paintings. Bids start at $100. Alexander Salazar Fine Art, 640 Broadway, Downtown. For tickets partyingforapurpose.ticketderby. com. Federal Jazz Project: SD REP presents Richard Montoya’s world premiere, a display of San Diego’s jazz and Latin influences, with original jazz score by revered local musician, Gilbert Castellanos. 8 p.m., through May 5. Tickets $31$52, students $18. Lyceum Stage, Horton Plaza. For more info visit

SUNDAY – APRIL 7 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 Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Velvet Cafe, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – 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. Pig Roast: Saltbox’s SummerSalt Rooftop Pool & Lounge. All you can eat meat and first beer (Mission Brewery) for $20. Live entertainment. 1 p.m. 1047 Fifth Ave., Fourth Floor. More info at

MONDAY – APRIL 8 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, be-bop, 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 – APRIL 9 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours vary by museum. First Tuesday includes museums include Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Model Railroad Museum, Natural History Museum (except 3D films). 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 Local Brews Local Grooves: Enjoy Ballast Point brews while listening to five different local bands: Daniel Newheiser, The Mighty Sun, A Mayfield Affair, 321 Stereo and Special Delivery. 7 p.m. House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets at box office or

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 10 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE eAudiobook Clinic: Step-bystep instructions & hints on how to best utilize electronic audio books. Bring your own eReader, tablet, or laptop. 6:00 p.m., Central Library, 820 E St., Downtown. For more info visit Merle Haggard: Country star 8 p.m., Tickets presale $80, reserved $140. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Box office opens at noon 858-481-8140 or visit THURSDAY – APRIL 11 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

FRIDAY – APRIL 12 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 SATURDAY – APRIL 13 Four-legged 4K: Join Canines for a Cause to run, walk, roll and wag along the emBARKadero starting at 8 a.m. Dog festival follows. $25 adults, $10 kids 12 & under. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way. For more info visit Saturday Science Club for Girls: “Amusement Park Physics” for girls in grades 5-8. Noon - 2 p.m. Members $12, nonmembers $14. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park., pre-register at 619-2381233 x806. 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 Live Music – Randi Driscoll: Award-winning singer/songwriter. 8 p.m. in The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21+, only. For more info visit Eve Selis: 8:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. SUNDAY – APRIL 14 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 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. Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Humanist Film: “The Revisionists” – a film study and discussion group. 1 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church, Room 323 4190 Front St., Mission Hills. MONDAY – APRIL 15 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. Upstart Crow Book Club: Meets third Monday of each month, members get 25 percent off selections. This month’s book is The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt. To join, speak to a clerk or email Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit

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CALENDAR TUESDAY – APRIL 16 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. 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 WEDNESDAY – APRIL 17 Art Nights Downtown: Three artists, three “pop-up” galleries and three Downtown restaurants: RA Sushi, Saltbox & Spike Africa’s. Start at any and end up at Salazar Fine Art, 640 Broadway. 6 – 9 p.m. RSVP required Open Mic Poetry: Alchemy poetry series organized by author, editor and poet, Seretta Martin. Special guests Jackleen Holton and Ron Salisbury. 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 THURSDAY – APRIL 18 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 Live Music – Dave Curtis Quartet: tight creative jazz ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – APRIL 19 Friday Morning Lecture Series: “Purchasing Piranesi: Buying Art on the Grand Tour,” a lecture and tour series sponsored by the Museum Docent Council every third Friday. Presented by Dr. John Marciari, Curator, European Art 10 a.m. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. For more info contact Ruth Broudy at or call 619696-1353. Contradance: American folk dancing with two long lines of parallel dancers. Family friendly, social and interactive. Free 30 min dance workshop prior to performance, calling by Steve Barlow, live music More the Merrier. 7:30 p.m. workshop, dance at 8 p.m. Wear soft shoes, comfortable clothes. Trinity Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St. More info at SATURDAY – APRIL 20 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. Ex 4 Vets: Exercising to Support our Veterans on the deck of the USS Midway Museum is a fundraiser for veterans programs. Hour-long kickboxing exercise program followed by an exercise expo with vendors, food and music. 8 – 10 a.m. For more info visit Live Music – Unidentified Fusion Orangement: standards and jazz. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor

Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE

SUNDAY – APRIL 21 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 Ferry Landing Concert Series: Cool Fever, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – APRIL 22 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, be-bop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – APRIL 23 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – APRIL 24 Horton Square Public Market: Every Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE 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. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit THURSDAY – APRIL 25 Live Music – Sue Palmer: 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 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 FRIDAY – APRIL 26 Couples Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+ up. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Village 631, 631 Ninth Ave., East Village. For more info visit Live Music – Mark Fisher Quartet: 8:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Federal Jazz Project & meet the artists: SD REP presents Richard Montoya’s world premiere, a display of San Diego’s jazz and Latin influences, with original jazz score by revered local musician, Gilbert Castellanos. 8 p.m., through May 5. After show discuss work with artists. Tickets $31$52, students $18. Lyceum Stage, Horton Plaza. For more info visit SATURDAY – APRIL 27 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. Live Music – Bela Vida Brasileira: Brazilian fusion duo. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-2324855 or – FREE City College Film Symposium: Join film professionals for a free, day-long film symposium focused on the San Diego Indie Scene. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saville Theater, San Diego City College, 1313 Park Blvd. More info visit NCT Comedy: National Comedy Theatre’s high-octane highlyinteractive comedy shows that are clean and appropriate for all ages. Audience participation. Every Fri and Sat at 7:30, 9:45 & 11:45 p.m., $15, $12 students/senior/military. 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info

SUNDAY – APRIL 28 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 Humanist Film: “What Darwin Didn’t Know” – a film study and discussion group. 1 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church, Room 323 4190 Front St., Mission Hills. MONDAY – APRIL 29 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE TUESDAY – APRIL 30 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Third Tuesday includes museums include San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions, “select” House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Live Music – Mike Wofford/ Holly Hofmann Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. WEDNESDAY – MAY 1 Horton Square Certified Market: Every Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE THURSDAY – MAY 2 Live Music – Fuzzy: Accomplished jazz vocalist and guitarist. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-2334355. 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 —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.comv

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takes a great deal of dedication.” 50 years of Air and Space The storied chapters of flight Sports sell cities have unfolded for 50 years with Cities crave major sports attraccolorful displays, celebrity visits and tions to generate income and to traveling shows at the San Diego acquire recognition, like the Toyota Air and Space Museum. Long Beach Grand Prix, April 19-21. “We’ll have a few special shows, It pulls in over 200,000 fans for a maybe nothing major, to remember Monte Carlo style “happening.” the past,” said President-CEO Jim As a member of the communiKidrick. “However, we do have a cations staff we remember when fantastic exhibit now that has boostLBGP promoters Chris Pook and ed our attendance 40 percent and it Jim Michaelian had their eyes on will be around the entire year. It’s San Diego for a sister event. They Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.” visited the city council with a course The museum hit rock bottom in plan that would circle the conven1978 after February night threetion center and part of the embaralarm fire destroyed it’s Prado cadero, but scheduled expansion Electric building. work on the center negated those It burned to the ground and plans. with it went vintage airplanes, Johnny McDonald This comes to mind mementos and artifacts. because of the efforts of San San Diego’s contributions to Diego’s Sports Commission, the history of aviation from based in the Hall of Chamthe construction of Charles pions building, to undertake Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. tasks of attracting major Louis” by San Diego’s Ryan sports events. Aircraft Company, to rocks Mike McDowell, recent taken from the surface of the head of the Centennial 2015 moon. There was little to be planning group, has been apdone to save the 62-year-old pointed to head the commisstructure, which was made sion, as well as continue his of wood and contained no duties presiding over the Hall sprinkler system. of Champions. Two weeks later, another Commission staffers third alarm fire destroyed travel throughout the counSan Diego’s famous Old try to impress event organizGlobe Theatre. The loss ers. The importance of such estimate in the destruction of a commission is a reminder the 43-year-old building was A peek inside the Space & Air Museum and its vast of another time when city lead$4 million. collection. (Courtesy San Diego Space & Air Museum) ers formed the Sports Council. Mayor Pete Wilson came Spearheaded by San Diego Union the spectacular camera work and to the rescue of the aeronautical sports editor Jack Murphy they locations for a project that took five museum, mustering donors and were able to get Qualcomm Stayears to complete. The railroad maacquiring city funding to start coldium built, to entice the Chargers neuvers around beautiful Canadian lecting and reconstructing aircraft to leave Los Angeles and obtain a mountains, braced by high trestles, replicas for a move in 1980 to the MLB franchise for the Padres. through tunnels and up steep old Ford building. Lindbergh’s grades. Construction came at a high plane replica was rebuilt and can be After an award winning, 38cost of lives. More than a hundred seen now in the entryway. year sports-writing career with the immigrated Chinese were killed in San Diego Union and authoring accidents. Now for Fleet’s 40th three books, Johnny McDonald “It was one of the last IMAX At the other end of the Park, now considers writing a hobby. He productions to use the huge camReuben H. Fleet’s Science Center is enjoys covering aspects of the port eras, twice as big as the digital enjoying its 40th year with premier district, convention center, Balcameras used now,” said Dr Jefattractions at the spacious IMAX boa Park, zoo, and stories with a fery Kirsch, the Fleet’s executive Theater. historical bent. You can reach him director “It is an ode to railroadWe took in the Rocky Mountain at ers. To produce a film like this, it Express film and were struck by

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BRIEFS $500,000 has been generated so far through the campaign. Bricks range in price from $150 to $1,000 and are engraved with personal messages from community members and will be displayed at the new San Diego Public Library. Additional naming opportunities are available for study rooms, computer workstations, auditorium chairs and Garden Courtyard tables and chairs ranging in price from $2,500 to $25,000. For more information visit

PHIL’S TO BBQ SERVE FAN FAVORITES AT PETCO PARK Phil’s BBQ will open a new location on opening day inside the stadium in the Park at the Park, next to the Showley Bros. Candy Factory building. Padres fans will have access to three favorites – the Broham (pulled pork) sandwich, El Toro (tri-tip) sandwich and baby back ribs, all with a side of Phil’s coleslaw. “We’ve loved working with the Padres on a variety of events over the past few years, so becoming the official BBQ of the San Diego Padres is a great honor for our restaurant,” Phil’s BBQ owner Phil Pace said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to the chance to build a long-standing partnership with the Padres organization and their fans.” Phil’s

BBQ will also be hosting the Fifth Annual Phil’s BBQ at the Ballpark on June 24. The large-scale tailgate party is their biggest charity event and will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ military mentoring program, Operation Bigs, where 100 percent of ticket sales go directly into the program. For more information on Phil’s BBQ and Operation Bigs visit or

SELF-HELP LEGAL CLINIC FOR VETERANS OPENS DOWNTOWN The Thomas Jefferson School of Law, located at 495 11th Ave., Downtown, has opened a “selfhelp” legal clinic to support military veterans with their legal needs. Assistance will be offered from 6 - 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month and provided by local volunteer lawyers working alongside TJSL students. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 619-961-4369. Each appointment will include a half-hour consultation. Things such as document assistance and review, computer access and additional resources to assist with moving forward on a case will be offered, but no full or ongoing representation. “San Diego is home to more recently returned veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan than any other city in the country,” said Professor Steve Berenson, the clinic’s director in a press release. “Many of them are grappling with a variety of legal issues without the as-

sistance of counsel. The new clinic is designed to provide as much help as possible to these struggling veterans to represent themselves successfully in their legal matters. The clinic will also provide an additional opportunity to students at TJSL to get hands on legal practice experience, work with established volunteer lawyers, and serve the San Diego community.”

RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOPS FOR GAY, TRANS AND BISEXUAL MEN Psychotherapist and writer Michael Kimmel is partnering with the California Men’s Gatherings to offer a two-part workshop titled, “Monogamy or Open Relationship?” that addresses monogamous relationships within the gay, bisexual and transgender men community. “Here in California, same-sex couples had the ability to get married and hope to have it again. But let’s not assume that everyone in the LGBT world wants to get married,” Kimmel said in a release. For some people, the marriage question is secondary to this question: … Do we believe we can be happy with only one person for the rest of our lives?” The workshops occur April 10 and 12 at The LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St. Cost is $15 at the door for each night, or $25 for both. Participants can attend either or both workshops. For more information contact Kimmel at or 619-955-3311. v


Pure Fitness: Getting great abs If you’ve been diligently working your mid section but are still having trouble achieving the results you want, there may be a simple explanation. You may or may not be doing the correct abdominal (ab) exercises, but regardless of that, without the right diet and cardio/ weight training program you will not be able to burn off the fat covering those great abs. Whether you are looking for that coveted six-pack or you just want a flat stomach, you need to shed the layer of fat covering your abs. Ever y one of us has an abdominal structure under a layer of body fat and subcutaneous water. Genetics, however, determine how your abdominal wall will look when you shed the fat. As you may have seen, some people have that perfect six-pack, but since your abs are genetically predetermined, the only way you will ever see them is to remove that layer of fat. The good news is that ever yone can have great abs. Whether it will be a nice flat stomach (which most women desire), or more of a defined and muscular mid section (which most men desire), this can be achieved by ever y one of us if you are willing to sacrifice and put in a little hard work. Remember, summer is right around the corner “SO LETS GET TO IT”! To make it simple, your abdominals are comprised of four muscle groups: (1) the rectus abdominus (2) the external obliques (3) the internal obliques, and (4) the transverse abdominus. Together these four muscle groups support the torso and assist it in various movements; bending the body to either side, twisting right

Fitness Scott Markey or left, and/or lowering and raising the upper and lower body. Exercises that work the entire abdominal wall are many. Some examples: (a) floor or Romanian chair crunches, (b) cable pull down crunches, (c) leg raises, hanging or seated, (my personal favorite), (d) machine pullovers, (e) twisting crunches on the floor, (f) Swiss-ball stability crunches, etc. After finding the right couple of ab exercises you’ve decided to perform, the next and equally important task is your diet and cardio. Ever y person has a specific body structure and metabolism that is unique to you and you alone. In

general, as far as diet goes, eat clean (keeping sodium, simple sugars, fat, and high glycemic carbohydrates to a minimum). Protein however, should be raised or at least maintained. Protein is what builds our muscle, and therefore shedding fat ever ywhere, including your stomach. All this, even while you sleep!  MORE MUSCLE=LESS BODY FAT! For cardio I would suggest 30 minutes – three days a week. If you are training the rest of your body correctly and eating well, 30 minutes three days a week should suffice. I’m going to give you a little secret to having great abs; combined with abdominal work, leg training or standing free squats is what I personally do for great abs. Your leg muscles are the biggest muscle group you have. By training them hard and intensely you will loose abdominal fat and create the best abs of your life. It is my secret weapon. So good luck and as I said before, summer is almost here, so “LET’S GET TO IT!” 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 on Facebook or reach him at

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How to get your offer accepted in a sea of multiple offers With the shortage of homes on the market and still unprecedented low mortgage rates, buying a home in San Diego County can be quite a challenge in today’s market. Even when you have found that ideal home, the next step is to get your offer accepted. The trick is to make your offer stand out above all of the other offers. Here are some practical steps you can take. Working with a proactive agent is a must in this market, because now more than ever, it can come down to who you know. A lot of properties are sold even before they land on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). If your agent is not a full-time agent who is networking with other professionals in the business, you Maggie could be putting in many offers before finally getting one accepted. Next you must be prepared in several areas: 1. Know the area you want to live in. Once you have narrowed down the area or neighborhood you want to live in, you are better prepared to jump when the right house comes on the market. Also, your agent can contact agents that are well established in that area to see about listings that are coming on the market soon. You should have at least two areas or neighborhoods you would consider living in to widen your options. 2. Be pre-approved with your mortgage lender. It is not enough to be pre-qualified anymore. Pre-approval means that you have actually filled out a loan application and given the lender the required paperwork, such as paystubs, bank account information, etc. Once they have looked at it they are able to give you a “Pre-approval Letter.” I strongly recommend working with a lender that will not only give

you a pre-approval but an “underwritten approval.” That is the next step where the lender’s underwriting department has actually verified all of the information. Having this approval is like walking around with a check in your pocket and you are now able to compete with cash buyers. 3. Sell your home first. If you need to sell your present home before purchasing another, then get it sold with the contingency that you must find suitable housing first. You will be coming from a much stronger position when you can write an offer that states your current home is not only on the market now, but is already sold. With the shortage of inventory in todays’ market, your buyer Clemens will be patient. 4. Have extra cash. If you find a house you really want and you are ready to make an offer you should consider offering extra cash over the appraised value. A lender will only give you a loan for the appraised value, but if you are willing to pay cash over that value your offer will carry a lot more weight. 5. Be on call. When I looked on the MLS today there were only 4,500 active listings in all of San Diego County. In a “normal” market there is anywhere between 20,000 to 25,000 homes on the market. So when your agent calls you, be ready to go! Be patient, be persistent and be prepared. Happy house hunting!

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The magic of a cool looking bridge! It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin When we first moved to San Diego 23 years ago, Route 163 quickly became our favorite way to get Downtown. We’re from the East Coast and had never seen a highway quite like 163. Traveling on this historic parkway, drivers can see two bridges, rows of beautiful swaying palm trees and Balboa Park. Our tour company started 10 years ago when we were inspired by four scenic bridges in the neighborhoods of Balboa Park. It occurred to us recently that some of the most interest-

ing bridges in San Diego are in close perimeter of Downtown. Here are the ones near the 92101 zip code and the hidden gems that surround each one. The scenic blue bridge known as the Coronado Bridge has become a well known landmark around the world. We especially enjoy riding over the bridge in our tour bus because the views are always better than driving in a car. The warmer, spring-like weather is a great time to ride on the bridge. When you do cross over to Coronado, make sure you stop in at the Village Theatre. This is a true Coronado treasure with its stunning wall murals and beautiful craftsmanship. If you go now, you’ll be able to see the hit movie “Oz, the Great and Powerful” which couldn’t be more appropriate since L. Frank Baum who wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” lived in Coronado and got his inspiration from the Hotel Del. Our tip – be sure to peek into all three theaters to check out the detailed artwork. In Bankers Hill, there are two footbridges that overlook

The historic Quince Street Bridge in Bankers Hill, viewed from a nearby resident’s front porch, spans Maple Canyon. (Courtesy beautiful canyons. Our favorite one is a suspension bridge that goes 377 feet from one side of Spruce canyon to the other. We were recently in this neighborhood and noticed the canyons were ver y green and colorful with its exploding wildflowers and cactus plants. If you have a sweet tooth, Extraordinar y

Desserts on Fifth Avenue is within walking distance and you can easily get there by walking over the Quince Street Bridge – another footbridge that overlooks a canyon and has an awesome view of the Bay in the distance. Now that it’s spring, we’ll be offering our “Neighborhoods of Balboa Park Walking

Tour” on select Monday afternoons so if you want to learn more about this area, give us a call. The Cabrillo Bridge, which leads into Balboa Park and also spans the 163, is another favorite. Try parking around Sixth Avenue near Laurel Street to get to this bridge. Nearby is another small bridge, this one hidden. It is located off of Upas Street near Sixth Avenue and just beyond the Marston House. If you follow the cement trail down the hill toward the freeway, you’ll find a unique looking footbridge that goes over 163. We think this would be a cool spot to hang out during the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on June 2, when they include this scenic stretch of the 163. The next time you’re near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, walk over the nearby footbridge that crosses over Park Boulevard and into the Desert and Rose Gardens. The gardens are lovely and rarely crowded, even on a busy weekend. Finally, driving along Harbor Drive near the Hilton Bayfront is another footbridge that looks a lot like a tall ship. Pedestrians love it because it allows direct access from the hotel and the Embarcadero area to Petco Park and Downtown. When you’re half way across, take a photo with Petco Park in the background. We want to hear from you! Go to the Village Theater on Eighth and Orange avenues in Coronado. Check out all three theaters inside, which feature beautiful San Diego wall murals. Select one of the murals and take a photo of you and a friend in a creative dance pose, in front of the mural. Email this photo to The most creative picture will win four tickets to our Neighborhoods of Balboa Park Walking Tour. 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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(l) Marcus Hanish with model wearing one of his designs (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Models show off Zandra Rhodes designs with the sunset in the background (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Salon & Boutique De Marcus A Downtown Media Party was presented on March 9 at Salon and Boutique De Marcus. Founder Marcus Hanish hosted this party and fashion show, which showcased his latest line. Hanish is both a talented hair stylist and fashion designer. These creations included one of a kind vintage along with his couture designs. The fashion show began with a runway that went down the center of the store and a collection of models rocked the catwalk. Both men’s and women’s designs were shown. The finale opened with two men spray painted in gold resembling the academy award statues. Models strutted in-between the two gold statues in Marcus’ glamorous gowns. This media party announced the newest line “De Marcus” which will be available internationally. The idea begins in the U.S.; the fabric is sourced in Turkey, manufactured in France and constructed in Germany. To see these stylish designs up close, stop by 685 Second Ave. An Evening with Zandra Rhodes The University Club is in one of the tallest buildings in San Diego with a fantastic view of the city and it was the perfect location for an Evening with Zandra Rhodes on March 14. As the event began, guests were treated to the beautiful skyline beginning with an awesome sunset. Models wearing marvelous designs by Rhodes strolled through the

crowd showing off her creations. Rhodes gave a presentation of her momentous career beginning with the creation of a garment. First begins the illustration or sketch that is then screen printed on silk chiffon. The shape of the garment is then determined by this textile which was made first. Rhodes designed many collections during her illustrious career and during the evening she gave a potpourri of examples to the audience such as “Indian Feather Collection,” “Chinese Collection,” and the “Conceptual Chic Collection” which the press labeled as punk and named her the “High Princess of Punk.” This international designer has influenced people the world over with her creative genius. The guests were invited to view the giclée prints by Rhodes for the sets and costumes she created for “Aida.” “Aida” is a colorful opera by Giuseppe Verdi about ancient Egypt. It will be at the San Diego Opera from April 20-28. For more information about this stunning production call 619-533-7000. Cherry Blossoms in Springtime Cherry Blossoms in Springtime was a luncheon and fashion show at the US Grant Hotel on March 19. The chairs were Daran Grimm, Sonya Berg and Laura Applegate. Celebrity honorary chair was Mary Murphy from “So You Think You Can Dance” and honorary chair was Ramin A. Pourteymour. The dress code was shades of pink

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro and cherry. The stage was fashioned with cherry blossoms and each table decoration was beautifully done by Applegate to add a perfect touch to the event. Hands of Hope Awards were given to Sally B. Thornton and Susie Spanos. A musical inspiration award was handed out to Wayne Foster. Champion Ballroom Academy and Arts Intra Dance Company entertained the guests as they dined. Leonard Simpson and John Jimenez from Fashion Forward produced the upbeat fashion show. Models came down the runway with a backdrop of a Japanese garden and a stage surrounded with cherry blossoms and pink lanterns. Proceeds from this event benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County that helps individuals and families affected by epilepsy. The highlight of the afternoon was when a young girl, Maria Burritt, spoke about her brother who had epilepsy. Burritt melted the hearts of the audience when she said that she wanted to become a research scientist when she grows up to find a cure for epilepsy. For more information visit: Upcoming Events April 6, 2013 | Fashion with a Passion – Sponsored by Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) from 11 a.m. – 3

(l-r) Celebrity Mary Murphy and Style Guy Leonard Simpson. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) p.m. This is a fabulous ladies event, featuring the ultimate accessories swap. The FIDM in Downtown San Diego is the perfect venue to enjoy cocktails and sumptuous cuisine, shop in vendor village for great fashion finds, and participate in the swap. Tickets are available at April 18, 2013 | Vista Hill Foundation will present a luncheon and fashion show at the Marriott Marquis. For info call 858-854-5152 April 19, 2013 | Fashion Redux 2013 Final Party – Held at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park from 6 to 8 p.m. An annual fashion competition of Mesa College fashion students interpreting Roaring 20s as their inspiration era. Garments will be on display from April 9 – 21. For reservations, email May 10, 2013 | Golden Scissors Fashion Show – The Sheraton Hotel & Marina 5:30 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction, 7:30 p.m., followed by fashion show & awards. For information call: 619-388-2205. Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at diana@

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April 2013 issue. News and events for the downtown San Diego city area.

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