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Portraits of San Diego’s homeless seniors will be on display April at a fundraiser for Senior Community Centers. (l to r) “Bird Man,” “My Friend Charles,” and “Thomas” (Photos by Derek Slevin)

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Immersive photography exhibit shows the plight of San Diego’s elderly homeless Hutton Marshall Downtown Assistant Editor

Derek Slevin spent much of the last three years photographing people who spend their days and nights on city streets. In San Diego and beyond, Slevin met more than 1,000 homeless people, getting to know the human side of the faces we hurriedly pass by every day. He found more than 100 subjects for his series “Portraits of the Forgotten,” and listened to the stories of countless others. On April 3, Slevin will show San Diego’s Downtown community what he has discovered, and hopes his nowmassive body of work will do some good for those he has grown so familiar with. A North County business consultant with a recently revived passion for photography, Slevin didn’t predict this project would be so expansive when he first began asking the homeless in Downtown San Diego permission to photograph them. It began casually, or at least as casually as such a

project can. Slevin first began photographing only when he had free time; however, citing his own personal turmoil, Slevin became enthralled by the real, relatable people so often overlooked by society. He took time off to travel along the West Coast and eventually road tripped all the way to his native New York. “My quest really was to look at that understanding of that individual as a human being, and learn where they came from and how they ended up where they’re at,” Slevin said during a phone interview, as he bustled between his busy life balancing childcare, business consulting and an emerging career as a photographer. “My goal after starting this, knowing that I was going to be doing this a little longer than expected, was to really understand and get into the mix with them, really get to know them, which wasn’t easy at times,” he said. The shoots often took place late at night and Slevin said he was usually carrying between $10-20 thousand

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San Diego Opera (SDO) presented a one-time-only, long ago sold-out performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s great “Messa da Requiem” (Latin Mass for the dead) to a capacity crowd at the 3,000-seat Civic Theatre March 20. As it happened, the Requiem became the requiem for the 49-year-old opera company. The previous day’s announcement that SDO will cease operations after its April 13 performance of Jules Massenet’s “Don Quixote” took many by surprise. Soloists for “Requiem” were Moldovan soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, American mezzosoprano Stephanie Blythe, Polish tenor Piotr Beczala (three artists heard in SDO’s stunning production of Verdi’s “A Masked Ball,” which closed Sunday, March 16) and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, who sings the title role in “Don Quixote.” Italian conductor Massimo Zanetti, who made his company debut with “A Masked Ball,” conducted the wondrously

sung Requiem, which featured the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Opera Chorus (chorus masters Dr. Gary McKercher and Charles Prestinari, respectively). San Diego Symphony filled the forestage. Exquisite moments included Stoyanova and Blythe’s “Agnus Dei,” which emanated from an unexpected, celestial place in each. Beczala ardently displayed his burnished voice in the 1874 work. Furlanetto, a frequent artist at SDO, sang gloriously and passionately, consistently elevating the quality of the performance. As for ceasing operations, it’s a pity San Diego Opera’s lifespan falls short of celebrating its 50 years as a cornerstone of cultural arts in Downtown San Diego and beacon of excellence for the entire Southern California region. Prior to its inaugural production of “La Bohème” at the Civic Theatre in 1965, San Diego opera lovers had to content themselves with touring San Francisco Opera productions at the California Theatre and radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Rumors, placement of blame

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and considerable schadenfreude abound now, especially in social media. “Coulda, shoulda” and “if only they woulda” are typed uppercase by the snipers, sniggerers and those who failed or never even tried. Beginning in 2009, when SDO General and Artistic Director CEO Ian Campbell had already cut one complete opera and one performance of each of the remaining four, this writer’s annual Performances Magazine interviews with him took on an increasingly dire tone. In subsequent years additional cuts were made to programming, staff and education. Due to

see Opera, page 7

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San Diego Opera announces its closure Downtown News

April 1 giveaway The Padres are also a smaller-market professional baseball team with considerably less funding to work with than some. They were near the bottom in 2013 — 25th out of the league’s 30 teams — in payroll, with an estimated $71,689,900. By contrast, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers had the two highest payrolls at $228,995,945 and $216,302,909, respectively. The stingiest team was the Houston Astros with $24,328,538. So how does a low-payroll, big-league team like the Padres — with no marquee names — promote itself in major league baseball’s highly competitive market? By aggressive promotion, offering attractive home-game giveaways, and through teamfan interaction and community outreach, answered Padres SVP/Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello. “Every Saturday night, every fan in attendance at the game gets a high-quality giveaway — that’s a lot of giveaways,” noted Partello, who oversees all aspects of Padres’ marketing and content, including its creative services, communications, entertainment and production, and the broadcasting and integrated digital and social media departments.

Requiem for an Opera Company Charlene Baldridge

The San Diego Padres marketing team is promising fans an exciting new season packed with lots of promotions and giveaways to lure them into Downtown’s Petco Park. This year’s team can use some promotional “chatter.” In 2013, the 45-year-old major league club finished 20th (out of 30 teams) in attendance, with 2,166,691 fans passing through its turnstiles, an average of 26,749 per game. By comparison, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the best major league attendance with 3,743,527 averaging 46,216 per game. Lowest attendance was the Tampa Bay Rays, with 1,510,300 fans coming through their gates, an 18,645 per-game average.

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Downtown’s influence on District 2 Park’s 100th in peril City Charter requires adherence to former boundaries Manny Lopez Downtown News

Though Downtown San Diego is no longer part of Council District 2, the possibility exists that a resident from the city center could wind up representing it. Kevin Faulconer resigned his District 2 council seat March 3 to be sworn in as San Diego’s mayor and complete the remainder of Bob Filner’s term. Since the District 2 vacancy did not occur as a consequence of a successful recall election and there is still a year or less left in Faulconer’s term, the City’s charter and municipal code mandate that the full City Council appoint an interim representative within 30 days of the vacancy to complete the four-year term, which ends in December. The rules further state that whoever is appointed must live and be a registered voter within the geographic boundaries of the old District 2, as it was configured before the redistricting that took place in August of 2011. That reconfiguration — which reassigned Downtown neighborhoods to District 3 — was a result of the latest U S. Census report. Potential appointees must also gather nominating signatures from at least 50 qualified registered voters within the old borders. That translates to the voters who selected Faulconer as their councilman in the original election are now the ones helping to

choose his successor. In a report by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to the City Council, the City’s top legal advisor wrote, “If the new boundaries were to be used, courts have held it would unconstitutionally deprive the original District voters of their ability to place someone in the Council seat.” According to Bonnie Stone, deputy director of elections and information services for the San Diego City Clerk’s office, three applicants from the 92101 zip code are among the 19 that have filed application papers and are qualified to be considered for the District 2 appointment. They include Robert C. Coates, former San Diego superior court judge; Ricardo A. Flores, chief of staff for District 9 Councilwoman Marti Emerald; and James McBride, a former small business owner and management consultant. The person chosen will focus on addressing the needs and concerns of the current District 2 neighborhoods of Bay Ho, Bay Park, Linda Vista, Morena, Midway, Mission Beach, North Bay, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and Point Loma. Under city rules, the appointee will not be able to run for the seat in the upcoming November election. Although the City Council itself is a non-partisan body, the recent vacancy has left it with a 5 – 3 Democrat majority. If another Democrat should be selected, they would have a 6 – 3 super-majority,

giving them the ability to override any mayoral veto. “It’s obvious that whoever is appointed is going to be a Democrat,” said Gary Smith, president of the San Diego Downtown Residents Group, a nonprofit that has been involved with community issues in all Downtown neighborhoods. “As far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t matter who is appointed,” Smith said. “The person will be representing the new District 2 and any of our concerns are really immaterial to the councilmember.” Downtown resident Laura Garrett said her hope is that whoever is chosen to fill the seat will be someone who is capable, thoughtful and is not going to be operating with a mindset that is strictly limited to one part of the city. “One way or the other, I think it’s an interesting place we find ourselves in,” Garrett said. “I anticipate that the folks in the running are all just really great candidates that will represent the city well no matter what their address.” A complete list of applicants and more details about the appointment can be obtained at the Office of the City Clerk or by visiting sandiego.gov/city-clerk/ elections/cd2/index.shtml. —A native New Yorker, Manny Lopez is a freelance journalist and photographer who started his writing career in La Jolla. He now covers San Diego and SouthwestRiverside counties penning news, features and business profiles. Manny can be reached at lopezmanny@gmail.com.v

City agreement with disbanded Centennial planning board raises liability questions Margie M. Palmer Downtown News

The 2015 Balboa Park Centennial has been billed as a yearlong celebration designed to captivate visitors from throughout the globe. Recently, the group charged with producing the event disbanded amid allegations of fiscal mismanagement, raising questions about legal liabilities for the lost funding. Planning for the celebration began during Mayor Jerry Sanders’ tenure. He envisioned a Centennial celebration that came with a $30 million price tag; however, when Bob Filner took office, he wanted a production five times that size. The City outsourced its plans for the event to 501(c)(3) nonprofit Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. (BPCI) in 2011. The agreement was that BCPI would organize, promote and implement all aspects of the celebration events. They also agreed to another heavy-lifting task: securing sponsorships. The fundraising, however, didn’t start until just last year. More than $2.6 million was spent by the group prior to the March 4 announcement that BPCI would be turning their operations over to the City. “This decision was the result of long and careful consideration of the obligations spelled out in the BPCI Memorandum of

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Understanding (MOU) with the City of San Diego, and most importantly, our responsibility to the people of San Diego,” wrote BCPI co-chairs Ben and Nikki Clay in a statement. Among the expenses were approximately $8,000 per month in allocations to consulting firm Gerry Braun and Associates and more than $33,000 per month to marketing firm Loma Media Partners. The group’s third

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“Robin” is one of a hundred homeless people the photographer met, interviewed and photographed (Photo by Derek Slevin)

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SENIORCENTERS dollars in photography equipment, in dangerous neighborhoods such as Los Angeles’s Skid Row or San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. He admitted surprise in finding the source of danger wasn’t the homeless themselves, but the environment they called home. He said it made him review his own preconceptions about these people, whom he had been taught were simply lazy and unmotivated. He questioned how a person could enter this lifestyle. “The biggest problem was dealing with choices,” Slevin said. “How do people end up on the street and is it really their choice when they say I want to be there? “Who would want to pick that lifestyle? Because if it’s that easy and that lazy then why aren’t you doing it and why am I not doing it … because life can be pretty challenging at times, so why not take the easy way out because I didn’t find the streets to be easy,” he said. Slevin will soon display what he’s captured to benefit an organization that supports all he has come to appreciate. Senior Community Centers (SCC), a nonprofit that’s dedicated the last 44 years to serving the elderly in need, will host a photography exhibit and reception, “Experience Of A Lifetime,” showcasing more than 35 of Slevin’s prints, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to SCC. The prints will continue to be sold online after the event, with Slevin and SCC then splitting the proceeds. SCC hopes that the event, which acts as a fundraiser for its Homeless Prevention Program, will reach people on an emotional and empathetic level and motivate them to act. “Many don’t realize the prevalence of senior homelessness,” said SCC President and CEO Paul Downey, who has run the nonprofit for the last 17 years. In San Diego, an estimated 25 percent of homeless are over the age of 60. “The idea of this is [the exhibition] highlights it, and it says to people, ‘this is real, these photos can’t be ignored,’” Downey said. “They’re hard to look away from. You look them in the eyes and see

that they’re real people.” Both Slevin and Downey agree that adapting to a life lived outdoors can be brutal even for someone in his or her prime, but those in their later years are even more vulnerable. While SCC provides immediate relief to many seniors by housing them, the organization also goes a step deeper. After providing temporary housing, SCC tries to identify why the person became homeless — whether it be medical, mental, or employment-related — and then seeks to address those issues by placing the individual into one of its two affordable-housing complexes, where they may live as

“Wolf” (Photo by Derek Slevin) autonomously as possible. Common problems like overwhelming medical bills — as well as those who have lost their jobs late in life and struggle to find reemployment — have created a sizable elderly demographic unable to pay for life’s bare necessities. Two out of five seniors living in San Diego must choose between paying for food or rent each month, according to SCC. “So virtually every single person we see on a daily basis is on the cusp of homelessness,” Downey said. “For you and I, it would presumably take a series of cataclysmic events to end up homeless. We’ve got friends, we’ve got family, we’ve got savings, but for most of the folks that we serve, there is no safety net for them besides SCC. One small blip is all it takes and they’re facing

homelessness.” With renewed discussion of a “living wage” in San Diego, many elected officials and community activists have pointed to data showing the difficulty of making ends meet in America’s Finest City. While the information sheds light on the difficulty of providing for a family or just for oneself with a low-wage job, one demographic remains left out in the cold. As organizations like the Center for Policy Initiatives and elected officials like Council President Todd Gloria have pointed out, it takes $30,000 to live comfortably in the City, which a large number of full-time employees don’t make. The average income for a senior that SCC serves is only $830 per month. If they’re paying the median rent price in San Diego, which is $1,100, covering the basics becomes a daunting task. Downey said this is too common of a problem, and consequently, due to a lack of redevelopment funds, there is a lack of affordable housing. “It’s not getting the attention it deserves … we are not even coming close to providing affordable housing for seniors today,” Downey said. Job training, redevelopment funding and senior care need to increase today, he said, otherwise future generations will have a towering problem on their hands when the baby boomers retire. “When you look at the demographics by 2030, a quarter of the population will be over 60, a quarter of the population will be 18 or under, so it’s the people in the middle who will bear large responsibility for taking care of 50 percent of the population on either end,” Downey said. “Experience Of A Lifetime” will take place April 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr. In addition to the exhibition there will be a silent auction, live entertainment, wine and food stations. The event serves as a critical part of SCC’s funding, allowing them to provide crucial services to San Diego’s low-income elderly. It will also honor Mary and Gary West, two philanthropists whose funding dramatically benefit SCC and the issues they are addressing. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit seniorcommunitycenters.org/news-events/experienceof-a-lifetime.v


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Spring madness Gaslamp and East Village eateries give all to Padres fans Alex Owens Downtown News

The San Diego Padres aren’t the only Downtown residents who use Spring Training to get ready for the baseball season. So has the Southpaw Social Club, an East Village eatery at 815 J St., that’s back patio butts-up against Petco Park. Southpaw opened last June, but the menu was recently revamped with a beer garden influence reminiscent of Midwest cities like Milwaukee. The menu becomes official March 30, the opening day of the 2014 baseball season, and just like the Padres have been warming up in Arizona for the past six weeks, so have the chefs and employees of Southpaw Social Club. “We’ve definitely been preparing the employees to get ready for the season,” said Todd Nash, the executive chef of Good Time Design, the company that owns and operates Southpaw as well as other Downtown bars and restaurants like Blind Burro, Moonshine Flats, Bub’s at the Ballpark and Lucky’s Lunch Counter. Part of Nash’s preparation not only includes implementing more ballpark-centric menu items, but also getting staffers up to speed on a lineup that now emphasizes San Diego craft beers. “We are really getting into local craft beers and going with

an Americana beer garden influence,” Nash said. That means options like burgers topped with kielbasa sausage, bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers and, thanks to a new smoker set up in the back, barbeque dishes during every home game. Besides having a wide variety of craft brews now on tap, Nash hopes to use them in new ways. “For instance, Coronado Brewing Company makes a great Orange Wit that we used as the base of a mustard,” Nash said. Good Time Design owner Ty Hauter said the decision to connect Southpaw Social Club more directly with the ballpark was a natural transition based on customer response to existing menu items. “The customers want more sandwiches, finger foods and they really like our homemade pretzel bread,” Hauter said. Southpaw’s close proximity to Petco Park makes it a natural for private events during ballpark season, and Hauter estimates baseball season accounted for 25 percent of business since it opened. “And that’s even though we weren’t open at the beginning of last season,” he said. But making a closer branding connection to baseball isn’t without risk, he admits. “There’s always hope at the beginning of the season and the

Padres are expected to do better this year,” Hauter says. “However, the crowds could dwindle depending on how the team does.” Southpaw Social Club isn’t the only Downtown business that hopes to score points with baseball fans. The San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Hotel, which is just 90 steps from Petco Park at 660 K St., will let game-goers nab free valet parking as long they purchase at least $25 of food or drinks at their street-level Soleil @k restaurant or the rooftop Latitude Lounge. Jsix, located nearby at 616 J St., will be offering a “7th inning Stretch” toast on game days. Diners watching the game at the bar will get a free taste of local beer or wine as part of a community toast. More important for baseballloving boozehounds, Jsix will also offer $3 lagers and $5 craft drafts after the 7th inning, when Petco typically stops selling alcohol. When new Mexican restaurant Don Chido opens at 527 Fifth Ave. in May, Padres season ticket holders will get 20 percent off their bill every time they show their “San Diego Padres Baseball Club Membership” card. Finally, the new Coyote Ugly Saloon, located at 820 Fifth Ave., is offering any slice of pizza and a Pabst Blue Ribbon (better known as “PBR”) beer for $5 during home games, while Moonshine Flats, at 344 Seventh Ave., promises no line wait or cover charge to Padres fans with a same-day game ticket. There’s plenty of fun to be had in America’s Finest City during San Diego Padres major league baseball season. —Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v

Everything imaginable from regular, mesh and floppy hats to long-sleeve T-shirts, beach blankets, sports bags and bobble heads — even pet bandanas — will be passed out to fans on Saturday nights this coming season. “Our most popular giveaway is a fedora [stylized hat] that we’re bringing back this year with a new look,” Partello said, adding that apparel and other gift items selected as giveaways are determined by fan popularity. Also new this year is Petco Park’s sound system, which Partello said has been “much improved for music and public address announcements.” Special nights during the Padres’ home schedule this year will also salute Jackie Robinson, and every branch of the military — even their spouses — as well as honoring police and fire personnel, who will be saluted as “first responders.” In addition, there will be a Beerfest, a WineFest, a KidsFest and a College Night. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Padres at Petco Park. That milestone will be observed the second weekend in May, with a special post-game fireworks show May 9 and a commemorative canvas art collectible May 10. The club will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of its 1984 National League Championship with a Padres “Brownout.” For the first three games of the fourgame series against the Chicago Cubs in May, the Padres will wear throwback brown and orange jerseys from 1984. On May 23 fans are encouraged to break out their old “Cubs Busters” T-shirts and fill Petco Park with Padres brown. On May 24, all fans will receive a retro Padres replica jersey, and on May 25, all fans will receive a pair of sunglasses. Though the Padres may not have many “big name” players to promote this year, Partello

pointed out that the club has lots of rising talent to talk about, and that conversation will be done differently in 2014. “We’re launching a new TVradio show that will take place live before the games airing on Fox Sports San Diego as well as a radio affiliate,” Partello said. “We need to do a better job of letting our fans get to know these guys.” Partello said players will be profiled on the pre-game TV-radio broadcast at Petco Park “81 times this season and hopefully more,” meaning the playoffs, should the Padres go that far. “The more people get to know these guys who are taking the field every night, the more they’re going to want to be there to cheer them on,” he said. Community outreach and connecting with the fan base, wherever it is, is a cornerstone of the ball club’s marketing strategy. “We want to be part of their community and we want them to be part of ours,” Partello said, pointing to two key communities — Hispanics and the military — the team plans to target in its marketing. Above all else, Partello said it’s important to remember that baseball is not only a sport but prime entertainment. “We want to bring the fun back to baseball in San Diego,” he said, adding high-tech is allowing the fan’s game experience to be more interactive than ever. “We’re going to be doing a lot more during the games on our video board with prerecorded stuff from our players,” Partello said. “We think that will be entertaining for our fans.” Partello said the objective is to offer fans a sensory experience that will “get people out of their seats” and enjoy themselves while there. “It’s baseball, it’s fun, it’s entertainment all in one,” he concluded. Padres’ baseball remains one of the most afforable spectator sports anywhere. “The Park in the Park is a lowprice ticket starting at $10 and we have a much larger video screen out there now,” Partello said, adding the team also does lots of charitable promotions. “We donated 15,000 Little League jerseys through San Diego County,” he said. It’s a new season for a new San Diego Padres team. “The team’s ready,” Partello said. Opening Day is Sunday, March 30 when the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park at 5:05 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit padres.com. —Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University and has worked and freelanced for numerous dailies, weeklies and other regional publications. He can be reached at dschwabie@journalist.com.v


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the economy, decreased support (governmental and personal) and decreasing attendance (subscriptions fell by nearly 7,000 between 2010 and 2014, and in the same period total ticket sales dropped dramatically from 41,353 to an anticipated 31,500 this season), Campbell said in published features that unless things changed the opera company would close. Rather than build up tremendous deficits and then declare bankruptcy, as opera companies elsewhere have, Campbell and the opera board decided to close the company now, while the ability to pay creditors is still possible. The quality of the product has never been compromised. Campbell cites “A Masked Ball” as a case in point. “I thought it was a brilliant production in every way, and it sold only 74 percent of capacity, even after rave reviews in every medium,” he said. Campbell cites the loss of several million dollars in foundation money in ’09 and ’10, money that was never replaced. “The budget in 2007 was $17.4 million,” he said. “This year’s will likely end at under $15 million. For the same period other donations declined and so did ticket sales. Eventually it’s make or break time. We knew this three years ago and made the sounds publically. “Looking down the track, with these declines, we believe we would not have enough money to end 2015 if we started it,” Campbell continued. “Then we’d go bankrupt and we’d owe patrons ticket money. That’s immoral. We’re trying to close with dignity and pay the obligations we have. “San Diegans have invested millions through ticket purchases and contributions. I salute every one of them because they believed.” Money already collected for future subscriptions is in escrow and will be refunded. Pensions are held by staff members in individual 403B retirement plans, to which both they and the opera contributed. Much has been banded about in the press in recent days since the announcement, but Campbell remains certain this is the only option. “We don’t have the money to go forward,” he said. “You read in the newspaper ‘They have $16 million in assets.’ Of course we do. The asset is the money you owe us two years down the track that you’ve pledged. We don’t have the cash. It’s an asset. We have the scenic studio. We have this furniture. We have the computers. It’s not workable cash in many cases. People don’t understand what those terms mean.” The majority of the staff will leave April 14 with a skeleton staff remaining to file reports, return orchestra scores, and hopefully sell the scenic studio. Then an assignee will come in. He will own all the physical assets and negotiates their disposal. The opera world on both sides of the Atlantic is shaken. Here are quotes from a few players on this side of the pond: Opera director and Old Globe Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O’Brien, who was slated to direct Jake Heggie’s “Great Scott” in a future season: “The increasingly dire situation of the arts and arts

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A scene from the SDO’s recent “A Masked Ball” (Photo by Ken Howard) support in our country grows to endemic proportions. The loss of the San Diego Opera is incalculable and as such, brings to a close one of the great, enduring, and most valuable sources of civic pride in the country. We’re all in mourning!” Long Beach Opera Artistic/General Director Andreas Mitisek: “How sad to hear that the oldest company in Southern California will be closing. What does that say about us, our communities, and our investment in the arts?” David Gockley, San Francisco Opera (reported by Janos Gereben in San Francisco Classical Voice): San Diego “was one of the best-run companies in the country for decades – it sends shudders through me and my staff that this happens to a good company, not a New York City Opera.” Opera News Editor F. Paul Driscoll: “The closure of San Diego Opera represents a great loss — not only to the people of San Diego and the people of Southern California, but to opera lovers and opera professionals throughout the United States. San Diego Opera was an important company with a distinguished history that was a vital part of the American opera scene. It will be sorely missed.” According to U-T San Diego, ten other once-thriving operas have closed their curtains in the past six years in North America, including: Baltimore Opera in 2008; Opera Pacifica, Orange County, also in 2008; Connecticut Opera in 2009; Cleveland (Oh.) Opera and Spokane (Wash.) Opera in 2010; Opera Boston and L yric Opera of San Diego in 2011; San Antonio Opera in 2012; New York City Opera in 2013; and Opera Hamilton, Canada in 2014. —Between 1965 and the close of this season, Charlene Baldridge saw all but one of San Diego Opera’s productions. She can be reached at charb81@cox.net.v

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Guiseppe Verdi’s “A Masked Ball,” which San Diego Opera recently produced, was described by U-T San Diego as an “exceptional production” that “embodied the values and the aspirations of the San Diego Opera.” It had a budget of more than $2.4 million and was staged for just three performances, March 11, 14 and 16. Here is a snapshot of what it takes to put on such a production. • Cast includes nine principals, a chorus of 61, six dancers, and 16 supers; • A five-person artistic team (conductor, director, choreographer, designers) • Staff and running crew consisted of 39 stagehands (carpenters, electricians, sound, props, flymen); • A 16-member music and production staff (includes asst. designers, stage managers, titles); • A 77-piece orchestra (37 strings, eight winds, 10 brass, percussion and timpani, one harp; plus 17 backstage banda-strings, brass, wood winds, percussion; plus one librarian and a personnel manager); • 2,000 total costume pieces; • A total of 25 wardrobe/dressers (plus 16 costume crew in shop for fittings/alterations/builds); • 120 wigs being used (one half are formal white wigs that must be redressed and touched up); • A wig and make-up crew of 14 (4 principals, 10 chorus/ supers); and, • Three main sets and a couple smaller sets all brought in from San Francisco Opera.

Anyone who has tried to pay rent, a utility bill or simply buy groceries in San Diego knows that minimum wage jobs aren’t paying enough to keep families out of poverty. On March 24, Democrats on the City Council’s economic development committee gave Council President Todd Gloria the thumbs up to collaborate with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith on a ballot proposal that, if approved, will raise the minimum wage and provide at least five earned sick days annually to all employees, regardless of industry or business type. “San Diego needs to stand by its workers and lead in the region by developing a comprehensive policy that responds to the needs of its workers,” Gloria stated in a press release. “I appreciate the action taken by my colleagues today, and ask for feedback and participation from all San Diegans to craft a responsible proposal for the voters to consider in November.” The proposal — presented by the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee — ties pay rates to a cost-of-living index that would be updated annually. No specific dollar amount was discussed and a draft ordinance is expected to go before committee consideration on April 30. If approved, it could then be reviewed by the full City Council for the Nov. 4 ballot. Councilmember Marti Emerald voted to advance the issue and said that a ballot measure is an appropriate step. Prior to the meeting, Emerald said that the sick days provision will create a healthier workforce, since employees would stay home without fear of losing pay or being fired, also reducing the risk of infecting their coworkers. “We need to put it to the voters and let the voters decide about the standard of living we need and expect in the very expensive region,” she said. During the meeting, the Center on Policy Initiatives presented findings of a report by the Institute for Women’s

Policy Research — a labororiented think tank. The report estimated that in San Diego, 433,500 adult employees working in for-profit businesses lack paid sick days. Hispanics, leisure and hospitality, food service and construction workers were among the groups least likely to have access. At $8 per hour, California is one of nearly two-dozen states with laws that call for a minimum wage higher than the federally mandated $7.25 according to the National Association of State Legislatures. On July 1, California’s minimum hourly wage will rise to $9 and then $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. Currently, San Francisco has the highest minimum wage of any United States city at $10.74 an hour. “Almost 40 percent of all working age households in San Diego County cannot afford to meet basic needs without public or private assistance,” Gloria stated in the release. “This figure was 30 percent in pre-recession 2007. We’re going in the wrong direction. “No one who works hard at a full-time job should be unable to pay for their shelter or food,” he stated. While many agree that alleviating poverty is an important goal, there are those who argue that raising the minimum wage will ultimately raise prices, harm employees and drive business away from San Diego. “They’re doing the wrong thing, because when companies go out of business there will be a tax base problem,” said Arne Holt, proprietor of Caffé Calabria in North Park, who employs 33 people in three different companies. “We will survive, but employees will absolutely get laid off and customers will have to pay higher prices.” Joseph Sabia, an associate professor in SDSU’s economics department espoused a similar theory in a March 2014 paper published by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “The minimum wage fails to reduce net poverty because of its adverse effects on employment and poor ability to target workers living in households

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Taking on “Hobby Lobby” By Kelly Culwell On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a pair of cases that challenge the birth control benefit — Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. In each of these cases, employers at forprofit corporations want to deny their employees legally mandated insurance coverage for birth control, based on the bosses’ personal religious beliefs. At Planned Parenthood, we see firsthand every day why these case matters so much. Planned Parenthood health care providers across the country see the benefits of affordable birth control every day. We also hear from women who are forced to choose between groceries or filling their prescription — between paying the rent, or choosing the form of birth con-

trol that’s right for them. Birth control is only a “social issue” if you’ve never had to pay for it. Here are the facts. Ninety-nine percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some point in their lives — and providing access to it is commonsense and mainstream health care. Birth control is tremendously important to women for all kinds of reasons, including to control certain medical conditions including endometriosis and to plan our families. In fact, according to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly 60 percent of birth control pill users cite health benefits a contributing factor for using the birth control pill. We also know that birth control can be expensive — with some of the most effective methods costing upwards of $1,000. But when women have access to the full range of contraception

We make music worth saving The San Diego Opera will close following the last performance on April 13, 2014. The closure of this venerable institution after 49 years was decided by a vote of the board members, 33 to 1. According to the General Director, Ian Campbell, the closure was necessar y to keep the company from going into possible bankruptcy next season. I implore you to look into this. It is our understanding that the company has no debt. If that is the case, the company could have at least tried to rework their financials. There are alternatives: renegotiate contracts with employees, do fewer productions, cut back expenses, seek new leadership, etc. None of these ideas were even considered with respect to any of the employees that have worked so many years with the San Diego Opera. Only one round of voting decided to shut this mar velous company down. There are upwards of 400 people being affected by this decision, which include a combination of full time staff, scenic studios staff, chorus, principal and supporting artists, directors, conductors, designers, productions staff, stagehands, wardrobe, wig and makeup,

methods — without cost barriers — we can actually reduce unintended pregnancy rates and the need for abortion. We also know that access to affordable birth control is just smart for everyone. For every dollar spent on family planning, taxpayers save nearly $6 in public money. That’s why, after decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies and at the recommendation of leading medical groups, the Affordable Care Act requires all insurance policies to cover the full range of FDA approved birth control methods with no out-of-pocket cost to women — because it’s part of preventive care. Yet we still face an ongoing fight over birth control in this country. There are people — politicians, special interest groups, and now bosses — who want to take away access to affordable birth control. Based on nothing more than their personal beliefs, employers at for-profit corporations have gone all the way to the Supreme Court to try to stop their

employees from getting access to this important care they need. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the corporations, it could jeopardize the birth control coverage that millions of women rely on. It could give bosses a free pass to discriminate and create a slippery slope in which employers, based solely on their personal religious beliefs, could deny coverage of any medical treatment or procedure to their employees that they disagree with — including mental health services, vaccines, surgery, blood transfusions, and more. That’s why we’ve seen so many people, including doctors and medical groups speak out against these efforts and why Planned Parenthood, no matter what the court decides, will continue to stand alongside women and their families to ensure they get the health care they need — without interference from their bosses. —Kelly Culwell, M.D., M.P.H. is the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

San Diego Symphony players and others. This doesn’t even include the local businesses, the Civic Theater and its employees, vendors such as music stores, voice teachers, etc. In addition, San Diego Opera offers educational outreach to thousands of students in our schools, both through attending operas, and through having musicians visit their school. San Diego would also be losing one of the top 10 opera companies in the countr y, a company we are all so proud of. It is our fear that if the receivership is allowed to continue at this extremely fast pace, the assets of the company will be lost with no hope of rebuilding. The loss of this institution to San Diego is incalculable, not only to its patrons and its employees, but to the greater community of San Diego. We ask that this situation be brought to the attention of the City Council and hope that you will join us in tr ying to keep this company moving for ward. We are also asking that you go to thepetitionsite.com/827/516/648/save-san-diego-opera/ and join us by signing our petition to SAVE SAN DIEGO OPERA. —A group of concerned patronsv

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Letters The iMayor and his impact Thank you for your stewardship. I’m believing that the city could have really prospered in a full term. Ciao! —David MacCarthy, via sandiegodowntownnews.com Gloria is interested in homeless, affordable housing, green energy, infrastructure, neighborhoods … all things opposed by developers, who are interested in a stadium, Convention Center, SDGE, and parking garages [See “San Diego’s iMayor leaves city better than he found it,” Vol. 15, Issue 3]. Filner did more to save our park, beach, seals, pension, and streets in eight months than Republicans in 18 years. City Council illegally forced Filner’s resignation for a misdemeanor that does not disqualify one for office. How dare you promote another private stadium with public taxes after Republicans stole pension money for Petco Park? There are 8,000 homeless psychiatric patients who need affordable housing and health care. Developers need to build affordable lower and middle class housing for the people of San Diego. Developers need to stop building empty speculative luxury condos with the public taxpayer dollar. Downtown is a horror show of luxury excess and filthy schizophrenics on our tourist trolleys and buses. I am ashamed to show visitors the disgusting developer corruption that make San Diego an ugly place to live. Downtown News, speak for all the people; developers, get your morality back, Developers, have pride in San Diego for all its people, not just what taxes you can steal for the rich. Regards, —Valerie Sanfilippo, SEIU, via sandiegodowntownnews.com I lived in San Diego for 17 years … moved back to Portland in 2001. I am impressed with you and all you have done … my friends and “family” still live there … take care of them for me. —Matthew Eaton, via sandiegodowntownnews.com

Plastic bag rationale I think we need to ration plastic bags [See “Opinion: Bag the bag ban and tax scam,” Vol. 15, Issue 3]. You don’t need to take as many as they too wastefully give away, sometimes you can use canvas bags. I guess there’s no way to do this except voluntarily and so I support a ban and say buy what plastic bags you need. Thank you! —Val Sanfilippo, via sandiegodowntownnews.com

Worth the read As a landscape contractor, I would definitely give my thumbs-up on this article [See “Art on the Land: Reviving Horton Plaza,” Vol. 15, Issue 2]. Thanks! I will be sharing this with my friends. —Jose Pettit, via sandiegodowntownnews.comv

DowntownBriefs NEW MARKET CONCESSION TO OFFER BASEBALL FANS HEALTHY OPTIONS

A new Seaside Market concession joins Petco Park (Courtesy San Diego Padres)

North County grocer “Seaside Market” announced an agreement with the San Diego Padres and Delaware North Companies — the food service manager of Petco Park — to open a location at Petco Park for the 2014 spring baseball season. The new specialty grocer will debut Sunday, March 30, which is Opening Night and the Padres play the Los Angeles Dodgers starting at 5:05 p.m. Cardiff Seaside Market has been family owned and operated since 1985 and its Petco Park location will offer baseball fans a sandwich bar, flatbreads, cold salads, fruit, a hot bar, fresh juice, organic sodas and craft beers. “DNC is very fortunate to have partnered with Seaside Market,” said DNC Sportservice’s Petco Park General Manager Josh Pell in a press release. “Having a market in the ballpark will allow us to serve several new, healthy food options as well as gourmet dishes not commonly found in sports venues.” Fans will be able to make purchases at the market and take them to their seats inside the stadium or to the Park in the Park for a picnic with family and friends. For more info on the San Diego Padres, visit padres.com.

THE HEADQUARTERS LAUNCHES FARMERS’ MARKET Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a new farmer’s market will be in operation at The Headquarters at Seaport District, located at Harbor Drive. Named Brian’s Certified Farmers’ Market after local San Diego Farmers’ Market creator Brian Beevers, the open air market first debuted on March 23. Up to 30 vendors will line up along Harbor Drive between Pacific Highway and Ruocco Park. In addition to a selection of artisan breads, cheeses, fine wine, seafood, herbs and other produce, the market will also include stalls filled with several Headquarters restaurateurs, including Puesto, Gelato Paradiso,

and Venissimo Cheese. Beevers is teaming up with David Klamen of the Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market and they hope the stylized stalls offer a “traditional marketplace feel.” “Strolling through the marketplace on Sunday is a great family outing and sure to be popular with the community,” said Jennifer Gordon, vice president of marketing for Terramar Retail Centers, owner and developer of The Headquarters at Seaport District. The market will also be one of few that offer “electronic transfer” so shoppers who receive public assistance may buy organic and pesticide-free products. For more information, visit facebook.com/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket or visit theheadquarters.com.

NEW CAR FOR VINTAGE TROLLEY’S SILVER LINE

Vintage Trolley #530 arriving at the Trolley’s maintenance facility (Courtesy MTS) MTS recently announced the acquisition of another 1946 Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) car planned for restoration and use with the San Diego Vintage Trolley’s Silver Line. “The addition of another PCC car to our vintage Trolley fleet means that MTS can offer more reliable service to passengers who want to experience a piece of San Diego’s transportation history first-hand,” said Harry Mathis, chairman of the MTS board of directors in a press release. “This PCC car is similar to the ones that provided service in San Diego from 1936 until the last car was retired in 1949. Riding one is like stepping back in time.” Once the trolley car is restored, it will join the local fleet as PCC #530 and offer flexibility in case PCC #529, currently the only vintage trolley in operation, should need service. Restoration of the new vintage trolley car will be performed by MTS personnel and be mostly cosmetic. San Diego Gas & Electric contributed $50,000 toward the restoration and once completed, the interior of the car will display historic SDG&E photos of electric transportation. The trolley car will be named “Centennial,” honoring both the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition that took place at Balboa Park and

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the fact that SDG&E has been powering MTS trolleys for over 100 years. “Thanks to SDG&E’s contribution PCC #530 restoration work is expected to be completed in six to eight months and be included as part of regular Trolley service on the Silver Line,” said Mr. Mathis. San Diego Vintage Trolley, Inc. (SDVTI). The 501(c)(3) nonprofit was created in 2005 as a whollyowned subsidiary of MTS. Once the restoration of PCC #530 is complete, SDVTI will assume operation and maintenance responsibility. For more information about the vintage trolleys and their MTS route through Downtown, visit sdvintagetrolley.com.

SDDP AND EAST VILLAGE ASSN ASK FOR ‘PLACEMAKING’ INPUT

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On the gate of a small parking lot at 13th Avenue and J Street is a large blue and white sign with many small boxes that says, “What do you want here?” The sign begs passersby to share what they’d like to see happen with the parking lot. The San Diego Downtown Partnership in conjunction with the East Village Association, RD Lab and owner of the property HP Investors, is conducting this social experiment, to see what kind of response they can get. It is part of their larger “Urban Placemaking” initiative that plans to take low-use spaces and turn them into lively, engaging spaces. “We need to look at public and private spaces in new ways and find innovative solutions that serve the community and create excitement about the Downtown experience. Where others see asphalt, we see opportunity,” said

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Kris Michell, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership in a press release. “Our firm strives not just to create value for our investors, but also for the communities we invest in,” said Sumeet Parekh, principal of HP Investors in the release. Parekh approached SDDP about the idea of engaging the community. “In evaluating different options to enhance this property, we recognized an opportunity to do something unique and cool that would also create a neighborhood amenity.” The sign, modeled after other open space community engagement signs like “Before I Die,” has so far received responses from a dog park to a children’s play area. “The East Village community is excited about this new space and can’t wait to help make it a reality,” said David Hazan, president of the East Village Association in the release. Community feedback will be sought over the next couple of months, after which HP Investors has agreed to fund the revitalization of the space, while SDDP’s Clean and Safe program will supervise the site. Michell said she and her staff will continue to search out other spaces to further the placemaking initiative. For more about the SDDP, visit downtownsandiego.org.

BALBOA PARK EXPLORER PASS LAUNCHES On March 17, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria joined Balboa Park Cultural Partnership at the San Diego Air and Space Museum to announce the launch of the Balboa Park Explorer Pass program. The first-of-its-kind pass provides general admission to all 17 Balboa Park institutions for an entire year. Participating institutions include Centro Cultural de la Raza, Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Art Institute – Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego

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San Diego sport fishing Moving ahead through tough times Will Bowen Downtown News

For many years, deep sea sportfishing has been a major industry in San Diego — bringing pleasure to fishermen, attracting tourists, contributing to colorfulness of the harbor, adding to the identity of the city, and fueling the local economy. But the last few years have been tough on sportfishing, for many reasons. The economic down turn, a cyclic of sub-par fishing, the closure of marine habitat to form the new Marine Protection Areas, as well as Mexico instituting new get-tough regulations on Americans fishing in their waters, have all contributed. A number of local tackle shops have closed and many boat owners and captains have been fearful of their future. Sportfishing has also had to field the brunt of negativity from the environmentally conscious community, who say they are decimating the fish stocks, when in reality they only account for 3 percent of the overall fish take. More recently, things have started to come back for the industry, due in part to the hard work of organizations like the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC), which is currently skippered by former Harbor Police Field Lieutenant Ken Franke. SAC was first formed in 1972 and is funded by the dues of its many members in the fishing

community. Bob Fletcher was appointed the first president, and he served for close to 20 years. Prior to his retirement, Fletcher choose Ken Franke as his successor. “One day Fletcher waved me over to the roadside while I was riding in my patrol car,” Franke explained. “He says to me, ‘I am going to retire.’ I say, ‘Who’s taking over?’ He says, ‘You are. You got two years to prepare!’” Franke, a native San Diegan, has a long history of ties to the ocean. His grandfather was in charge of the lighthouse on Ballast Point during the 1930s and his father was a Captain in the Coast Guard. After high school Franke joined the Harbor Police and worked his way up to lieutenant during 29 years of service. While still with the Harbor Police, he bought the fishing boat Outer Limits, which runs out of Seaforth Sportfishing on Mission Bay. Franke said the aim of SAC is to promote the fishing industry while keeping in mind the need for sustainability of our natural resources. Under his leadership, SAC has become not only the spokesman for the fishing industry, but also the intermediary between government regulatory agencies, scientists, and public fishermen — all of whom have often been at odds with each other. Franke is proud of the fact that San Diego has one of the finest sportfishing facilities on the whole

Ken Franke, president of Sportfishing Association of California (Photo by Will Bowen)

Statue of Bill Poole, “the grandfather” of local sportfishing (Photo by Will Bowen)

Dr. Nicholas Wegner, NOAA fisheries research biologist, with a rockfish release device on Franke’s boat (Photo by Will Bowen) West Coast, if not the nation or the world, adding that the region boasts 78 larger charter-fishing vessels and 9,000 private fishing boats. “We have the largest live bait sportfishing operation in the whole world and the best tuna fishing in the world, during the spring and summer, when albacore, bluefin, yellowfin, and dorado all come within range of

our fishing boats,” he said. Doug Kern, the co-owner of Fishermen’s Landing Tackle Shop, which is just a short stroll down the Harbor from the SAC office, agrees. “We have the top, most-influential, long-range landing in the world here in San Diego,” he said. “Our captains and boats are of the best quality, operating with the most innovative and progressive methods.” Without a doubt, sportfishing is a major industry for all of California. The National Oceans and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) estimates that sportfishing contributes $1.7 billion to the state’s economy. According to Kern, sportfishing and the related industries anglers use, such as hotels, restaurants, and transportation, also bring millions of dollars a year to the San Diego economy. “The sportfishing landings also contribute a portion of their gross profits each year to the Port District which they use to help beautify the harbor,” Kern said. Fishing industry experts and enthusiasts were upset in recent years with the process that lead to the formation of Marine Protected Areas throughout California, where fishing has been either banned or severely curtailed. “We here at SAC feel that it is time to turn the page and put that process, which we had definite concerns with, behind us and move forward,” Franke said, adding that the industry is adjusting, with recreational fishermen turning more toward the fishfriendly “catch-and-release-style” of angling and sportfishing boats are backing that up. “The industry has diversified and now includes activities such as ecological tours and whale watching,” Franke said. “People aren’t as worried about their future right now.” He said he expects the upcoming season to be a good one. “This morning, I lead a charter on my fishing boat The Outer Limits for the kids of ‘Seacamps,’ showing them whales and dolphins, all of which were feeding on bait, which is indicative of a healthy ocean.” On a regular basis, SAC

provides government regulatory agencies with information so they can make the best decisions when governing local marine resources, some of it coming from the logbooks of local fishing boats. “Everything we do here at SAC has science behind it,” he said. “And if we don’t have the science, we will get it!” SAC also helped map the bottom contour of our shore waters all up and down the coast and worked with NOAA to promote the use of descending devices that private anglers can use to release rockfish back down to the deep depths they come from. Before descending devices, the released rockfish “blew up” from the pressure change (called barotrauma) and just floated on the surface until they died or were eaten by predators. Because of these activities, SAC is hopeful the government will open up the closed but productive zone from 360 feet to 300 feet to public fishing, as well as free some of the shallow waters of the Cow Cod Conservation Zone. “Its is good thing and a win-win situation that we here at NOAA are partnering with SAC, and the recreational fishing industry, so that we all can share data about how the releasing devices are working,” said Dr. Nicholas Wegner, a research fisheries biologist at NOAA. Franke is also working to keep the possibility of fishing in Mexican waters alive. “We must be respectful of Mexico and their regulations,” he said. “Our position is that Alta and Baja California are really one interconnected region and that what benefits the American sportfishing industry also benefits Mexico.” There are things on the horizon that Franke is looking forward to, including additional resources that will help the local industry. “This year we will have an aircraft looking for tuna to help our fleet find the fish,” he said. “We are also anticipating the arrival of a new NOAA ship called the Lasker, which will be coming to San Diego to do marine research along our coast, and a new marina will be opening in Chula Vista which is designed with buffer zones that are environmentally sensitive.” To meet Franke, the captains, top fishermen, and see the sportfishing fleet close up, attend “Day at the Docks” on April 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Harbor Drive and Scott Street in Point Loma. Free parking and shuttle rides from Shelter Island will be available. —Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at wbowen1@netzero.com.v


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DINING From whoever decides what foods we pay tribute to throughout the calendar year, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. And a few area restaurants are showing off their recipes for the occasion. At Neighborhood in the East Village, look for grilled cheese sliders using toasted walnut baguettes and artisan cheese from Venissimo. Also on their menu is a salad topped with mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Cucina Urbana in nearby Bankers Hill ups the curds with buffalo mozzarella and Asiago on Parmesan butter-crusted lemon bread. Over the bridge in Coronado, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge celebrates with truffled grilled cheese layered with spinach and mushrooms and paired with squash soup. Neighborhood, 777 G St., 619-446-0002; Cucina Urbana, 505 Laurel St., 619-2392222; Leroy’s, 1015 Orange Ave., 619-437-6087.

“Craft Beer + Bites” returns to Makers Quarter in East Village (Photo by Chris Brake) Back by popular demand, the open-air event space known as Makers Quarter will host its second edition of Craft Beer + Bites from 4 to 8 p.m., April 5, at SILO. The venue, contained within Makers Quarter, will feature 10 local breweries each doling out four-ounce beer samples, along with chefs from 10 local restaurants pairing food to the suds. Vendors include Green Flash Brewing, Lost Abbey, Societe Brewing, URBN Street and Alchemy Cultural Fare. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, which includes 10 beer and food pairings. 753 15th St., makersquarter.com.

Follow your nose to the fourth-floor pool deck at Hotel Palomar as Saltbox’s chef du cuisine, Jeremiah Br yant, roasts a whole pig on April 13. The barbecue kicks off at 1 p.m. and features “kegs and cans” by Saint Archer Brewer y as well as live entertainment. Yams, potato salad, braised greens and corn bread will augment the meal. Tickets are $20. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003.

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Cucina Urbana’s grilled cheese of a higher order (Courtesy H2 Public Relations) An authentic Santa Maria Argentine Grill will fuel the kitchen at Don Chido, a new Gaslamp restaurant specializing in home-style Mexican cuisine that’s expected to open by early May. Backing the venture is RMD Group, the operators of Fluxx and Sidebar nightclubs, along with Ken Lovi of the Knotty Barrel Gastropub and chefpartner Antonio Friscia. The team has begun fully renovating the 4,000-square-foot space that previously housed Fred’s Mexican Café. The bill of fare will include fire-grilled steaks, smoked shrimp and achiote-marinated pork tacos made with fresh corn tortillas, all served amid star chandeliers and an art wall made entirely of Mexican blankets. Inventive cocktails and wines from Mexico and Spain will also be available. 527 Fifth Ave.; facebook.com/donchidosd.

Chef Bryant of Saltbox throws a whole-pig roast this month. (Courtesy The Nth Element)

San Diego veteran chef Jason McLeod has assembled his kitchen team for the muchanticipated arrival of Fish & Oyster in Little Italy, due to open in early April. For his chef du cuisine, he’s brought on Jose Ruiz, formerly of Searsucker, Herringbone, and The Oceanaire Seafood Room. His pick for pastry chef is the acclaimed Donna Antaloczy, who has accrued years of baking time at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley as well as Nine-Ten and Rancho Valencia in San Diego. Ironside will feature a raw bar, bakery and restaurant under on large roof. 1654 India St.

Dozens of vendors have come on board for Downtown’s new certified farmer’s market, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at The Headquarters at Seaport District. Among them are California Olive, Carlsbad Strawberry, Venissimo Cheese and Puesto. For those shopping with plastic, the market features a credit card system allowing customers to purchase tokens that are accepted by all of the vendors. 789 W. Harbor Drive, 619-235-4014. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@san. rr.com.v


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(l to r) A soul-warming fried chicken dinner (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.); creamy deviled eggs with pimentos and radishes (Courtesy ACME Southern Kitchen); chicken pot pie with a slab of mac-n-cheese; (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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estaurant marketers have over-killed the term “comfort food” about as much as deposed Food Network cook Paula Deen crams “ya’ll” into her vernacular. But finally, a menu of sincere cuisine from below the Mason-Dixon Line has arrived to urban San Diego via the new ACME Southern Kitchen in the East Village. Old Junior League cookbooks from The South guided restaurateur Terryl Gavre into creating a menu that resurrects things like deviled eggs, chipped bologna sandwiches, angel-biscuit potpies and of course, fried chicken. The buns, biscuits and piecrusts that support the meals are baked fresh a few doors away in a space Gavre secured before opening the restaurant. ACME brings a much-needed boon to this otherwise forsaken block of E Street (between Ninth and 10th streets), which derives its edginess from a used record store and the divey Pokez Mexican Restaurant. Basile Studio, a Downtownbased design firm, is responsible for the savvy aesthetics. Copious windows framed in brick show off an inviting interior that cleverly incorporates industrial elements into what feels like the dining room of a Victorian farmhouse in Georgia. The rooster-print wallpaper rising above wainscoting is homey-chic; endearing rather than hokey. My companion, a hobbyist chef, delved into Southern cooking for an underground supper party he threw last year. He was familiar (and approving) of the “comeback sauce” that came with our fried green tomatoes. Known also as “Delta sauce,” it’s a Mississippi staple that blends mayonnaise with mild chili sauce like the kind Heinz makes, plus citrus and paprika. Think Thousand Island dressing but with a welcoming after-heat from the addition of cayenne pepper. The tomatoes were firm and slightly tart as they should be, encased by cornmeal-flour batter that gives them their ultimate, rugged character. A paper tray of deviled eggs followed. They were moist and creamy and adorned with pimentos and radishes for extra zing. Just as well they’re served only four to an order because they would have prompted us into an overdose, a common scenario with this nostalgic party dish that housewives of the 1950s couldn’t do without. Fried chicken appears on the

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PRICES: ENTREES, $11 TO $16; SIDE DISHES, $5 AND $6 regular menu atop buttermilk waffles and inside yeasty angel-biscuit buns. From a short list of dinner specials it stars in a salad with Ranch dressing or in plated form with bacon-kissed white gravy and two side dishes. My companion chose the full dinner. Apparently it’s all about the thighs here; no breasts or drum sticks in sight. But a mondo thigh it was. Bigger than any I’ve seen before. The batter was a little salty, but sported a sturdy, crispy texture from perhaps the addition of cornmeal in the recipe. It tasted cleaner and less greasy compared to some of the more sinful versions I’ve had in The South. Although that isn’t to say I’d turn down a bucket of the stuff. The accompanying buttermilk biscuit was also huge, like a deluxe, warm pillow promising comfy dreams to diehard carb lovers. We liked the jalapeno corn muffin better, especially when drizzling jalapeno honey over each bite. I chose pulled pork on a

house-baked all-American white roll. The “spicy slaw” tucked inside wasn’t all that spicy, but fresh nonetheless and playing well to the moist, tender pork tumbling out from all ends. We also tried the chicken pot pie sealed in puffy angel-biscuit crust. Inside was a sea of sweet peas and carrots interspersed with succulent thigh meat. The milky sauce resting at the bottom was classic and neutral tasting as we scooped it up from the bottom to moisturize the crust’s thick mantel. Main entrees come with at least one side dish. The collard greens rocked. They’re steamed with smoked ham hocks or sometimes smoked turkey legs, along with brown sugar, hot chilies and vinegar. Even those who eschew vegetable matter will love this recipe. The cheesy grits were also blueribbon. They were exceptionally creamier than the slab of mac-ncheese we chose with our potpie, despite the fact it is made with a

base of evaporated milk incorporating sharp cheddar, Jack and American cheeses — soul warming but sans the wow factor we expected. ACME’s recipe for sweet-andspicy baked beans would be the envy at any Yankee picnic. Soft and meaty, they tasted like candy with a delayed hot-and-smoky kick. Other menu items include chipped bologna sandwiches with American cheese on thick white bread, shrimp and grits with tasso gravy and a grilled meatloaf sandwich using a mix of beef, chicken and pork. Gavre has done her homework well on this latest venture, which comes as no surprise when looking at the success of her other restaurants: Café 222 about a mile away and her collaboration with Chef

Carl Schroeder at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant as well as Market Restaurant + Bar in Del Mar. Right down to the icebox lemon pie and chocolate cake with “shiny frosting” for dessert, ACME sends you back in time to when comfort food as we know it originated. —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 Downtown News, San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego, and Living in Style Magazine. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.rr.com.v


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stress of those around them but also help keep the common air cleaner. Technological enhancements were also incorporated throughout the Dave Fidlin development. One such example is a Downtown News check-in pod in the hotel lobby that replaces a traditional hotel check-in Names like the Living desk. The contemporary pods allow Wall and the War Room the concierge team to interact more might sound like a headpersonally with each guest. scratching juxtaposition, Interstate officials also made the but both are prominent feadecision to revamp the 25,000 square tures in Westin San Diego’s feet of indoor and outdoor meeting recently completed $15 and banquet space. All meeting areas million renovation project. have received modern touch-ups, Interstate Hotels and including the integration of power panResorts, operator of Westin els into the multi-use tables and other San Diego, commissioned a infrastructure, so users can readily team of experts to overhaul charge their mobile devices. a number of the property’s In a nod to the hotel’s close amenities. The footprint proximity to the San Diego Superior of the 436-room complex Courthouse, two separate meeting located at 400 W. Broadfacilities have been dubbed “War way remains the same, but Rooms.” Westin San Diego is being Westin officials say many positioned as a property that attorneys of the aesthetics have been and judges can use while presiding freshened. over cases at the courthouse. “There’s been quite a Ferrer said the War Rooms were bit of rejuvenation,” said designed specifically with legal professpokesperson Stephanie sionals in mind. The private spaces Ferrer. “The goal is to have contain amenities for trial preparation, more of a contemporary, dispositions, briefs and other assorted relaxed feel throughout.” types of legal meetings. Work got underway in The new Vertical Garden Wall in the lobby can help relieve stress and But hotel officials are not limitearly September and the keep ambient air cleaner. (Courtesy Westin San Diego) ing their meeting amenities to legal project wrapped in late minds, Ferrer said. Interstate is tapping hotel’s confines. January. into the signature Tangent at Westin fea“It has an organic feel to it,” Ferrer One of the most touted features is a tures that are being integrated into other said. “It’s supposed to improve the indoor so-called “Living Wall,” also known as the Westin properties across the globe. air quality.” “Vertical Garden Wall,” that is prominently Tangent at Westin features are Representatives of the Westin in-house featured in the lobby. Facing in a vertical, designed to optimize the use of smart design team said the wall and its benefits upright position, the garden features a vatechnology and incorporate elements that were inspired by NASA research provriety of plantings and is aimed at creating allow people to communicate amongst ing that indoor plants not only relieve the a natural, relaxing environment within the

www.sdcnn.com one another or across the globe through videoconferencing. Other highlights of the Westin revamp include redesigned dining amenities at the hotel’s restaurant, Coast. Ferrer said the enhancements have both leisure travelers and business people in mind. The hotel rooms themselves — the centerpiece of Westin San Diego — have also been touched-up with upgraded amenities. With all clientele in mind, a new 24-hour workout fitness studio has also been incorporated into the redesign. In a statement, General Manager Alyssa Turowski outlined the overarching goals behind the renovation. She likened the redesign to a “refurbished urban retreat.” “We are delighted by the results of our comprehensive renovation,” Turowski said in the statement. “Travelers will return home feeling even better than when they arrived.” For more details on Westin San Diego and its features, visit westinsandiego.com or call 619-239-4500. —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.net.v

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Encore Champagne bar pops into Gaslamp scene Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

A new champagne bar has settled into the Gaslamp, offering an extensive selection of bubbly and food to share. The first of its kind in San Diego, Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room is already toasting to success after its grand opening in January. Encore’s bar menu offers drinks at ever y price point including champagne, tasting flights, wine, craft beer, champagne cocktails, and a full bar of classic cocktails. “We’re breaking the misperception that champagne has to be really expensive,” said Maija Talikka, Encore’s general manager. “We wanted to create an environment where guests could come

in and tr y champagne in a place that has an approachable, inviting atmosphere, without it being pretentious or overwhelming.” Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and F Street, Encore merged two spaces within the historic Hill building to set up a wraparound bar area and separate dining room, including an open kitchen dining bar and outdoor patio seating. “Downtown there are cozy bar atmospheres and chic clubs, and we’re right in the middle,” Talikka said. “We have a bar atmosphere, but it’s still classy and trendy.” So far, Talikka said the community has responded positively to Encore’s entrance into the Downtown scene. “It’s about time,” she said patrons tell her.

Executive Chef Ryan Studebaker has created a “San Diego-fresh” menu to complement Encore’s champagne-centric bar offerings. “We tr y to use as much local stuff as possible,” he said. “The menu changes as things go in and out of availability.” With many shareable plates on the menu, oysters and caviar are the obvious standouts for champagne pairings. “I’ve been able to incorporate more things into the menu than I expected,” Studebaker said. “I’m still able to use braising and heavier flavors. It’s a style of dining where you can get a lot of different flavors and techniques.” Formerly a chef de cuisine at Prepkitchen Del Mar, Gingham, and Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Studebaker is

enjoying the freedom of developing his own menu and tr ying things outside of his comfort zone at Encore. The hip new space will be hosting a series of champagne tasting events and pairing dinners in May, debuting the concept on April 24 with a champagne and chocolate pairing. Encore is located at 531 F St., and serves dinner daily, a week day happy hour, and brunch on the weekends. For more information, visit encoregaslamp.com. —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.sdnews@gmail.com.v

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Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy Dr. Maria Saltzman & Dr. Crystal Van Lom 2135 Columbia St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-2400 | amicipethospital.com Little Italy now has its own veterinary hospital Dr. Marla Saltzman and Dr. Crystal Van Lom re opened their new animal hospital, Amici Pet Hosp Little Italy. The doctors partnered together, combining ov 30 years of veterinary experience, to open Amici P Hospital›s doors in early 2014 in San Diego. “We are so honored to be a part of Little Italy a great community, and we are working hard to bu hospital based upon the utmost care and trust,” s Marla Saltzman. Dr. Crystal Van Lom adds, “One of the best as of owning a small animal practice is the lifelong relationships that you build with your clients and patients. Amici means ‘friends’ in Italian, which is reflection of the relationships that we foster.” The team at Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy welcomes you to view the new practice. Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy is located at 2135 Columbia St. in San Diego. They can be rea at 619-795-2400. More information is available at AmiciPetHospital.com

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San Diego Indian Motorcycles 2400 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 619-446-0022 | sandiegoindian.com Indian Motorcycle is back ... and three times is the charm! In the late 1990’s the iconoclastic Indian Brand was brought back to a rousing American reception. America was ready for the brand’s return, but not so fast ... the brand wasn’t ready to meet the demand so they sold. The buyers did okay but were not ready either, so in 2014 Polaris took over and the 2014 Indian Motorcycle is ready, willing and most importantly, able to meet the demand and all the expectations the fans have been waiting for. Established in 1901, Indian Motorcycle Co closed in 1953 and is now back in full throttle mode. San Diego Indian and Victory Motorcycle is located at 2400 Kettner Blvd., in Little Italy. They are open six days a week, Tuesday thru Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a full showroom with the Indian Chief model, the Indian Vintage model and Indian Chieftain.They also have a full service garage, plenty of apparel, riding gear and accessories and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. For more information, visit sandiegoindian.com or call 619-446-0022.


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Little Italy Vendor-101 at the Mercato – The Little Italy Mercato is one of the best farmers’ markets in San Diego, thanks to founder Catt White and the Little Italy Association. One of the most remarkable tools for vendors at the Mercato is the Vendor-101 workshop that White and her team put on every five weeks for new vendors coming into the market. In the 6-hour class, new vendors learn the ins and outs of how to run a successful booth — tactics such as marketing, social media, advertising, brand development, logo design, booth design, pricing, outreach support and sales tools are discussed — so that every vendor at Mercato has the highest chance possible of being another Little Italy success story. The Mercato vendor space is in fact, so competitive because of its success rate, that the market team receives an average of 10 new booth requests daily. Home Grown Businesses – Little Italy has a long history of incubating small businesses and helping them grow into successful brick and mortars. Fillippi’s Pizza Grotto started as Fillippi’s Cash & Cary in 1950 on India Street, and today, Fillippi’s Pizza Grotto has grown into one of San Diego’s most iconic Italian restaurants. Still owned by the original family members, Fillippi’s now boasts expansion from the Little Italy area into 13 locations around San Diego County. More recently, Caxao Chocolates began with a booth at the Little Italy Mercato and they now have a one-of-a-kind boutique shop on West Fir Street in Little Italy. Setting Up Shop in Little Italy – Little Italy has long been seen as a sleepy, local urban neighborhood, chalk-full of family-owned restaurants and shops. But, in the last several years, more and more big businesses are calling Little Italy home. For example, one of San Diego’s fastest growing startups is The Control Group. Its flagship product is “Instant Checkmate,” one of the most highly visited websites in America, and The Control Group just built a state-of-the-art office in the MetroWorks building on Columbia and West A Street in Little Italy. The Control Group could have headed to one of the many other big businesscentered areas of town, but they chose Little Italy as their home because they understand the significance of being located in such an iconic and booming neighborhood. Other big-name brands that have called Little Italy their home are Davanti Enoteca and Burger Lounge — national names that are still looking for that small community feel. They get the best of both worlds in Little Italy.v

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For 30 years as of next month, Mission Federal Art Walk has been bringing artist expression, across all media, to the masses. With its highly accessible street-festival format laid out along the interwoven streets of Little Italy, its empowerment of children, and its inclusion of a diverse number of artrelated nonprofits around the county, the two-day celebration draws scores of people to the region annually. This year’s theme, “Creativity Connects,” is appropriate for the event’s 30-year anniversary. “[The theme] reminds us that Art Walk is not just visual art, and it’s not just art for kids, but it’s also music and dance,” said Sandi Cottrell, Art Walk’s managing director. “It’s such a large festival that people come here as a celebration of art of all kinds.” And celebrate they do. Nearly 100,000 will come wander through the 400 vendors that take over 17 full blocks in Little Italy, from Beech to Grape streets and between Kettner and Union streets. This year’s festival takes place April 26 and 27. “This is the one weekend a year that the farmers’ market gets to take the weekend off,” Cottrell said, adding that there will be a mini-mercado at the corner of Date and India streets. It will operate a handful of booths but will mostly be there to talk to people about the farmers’ market. Cottrell, an employee of Art for People — the organization tasked with not only

running Art Walk, but also Little Italy’s Festa! and its Taste of Little Italy — has been at the helm for 10 years. She calls it a “labor of love.” In that decade, the festival has grown a great deal, but not necessarily with regards to total vendor numbers, but Cottrell said that was never the point; it’s more about all the other growth and enhancements, including attendance, the addition of dance performances and an expansion of Kid’s Walk.

“Owl,” by featured artist Darrell Driver of Cathedral City (Courtesy Mission Federal Art Walk) “Art Walk started in vacant office buildings, warehouses, some retail businesses and even banks, and was spread out all through Downtown,” she said. “You had to take a bus or walk or drive to different places where the art was housed.” Since those early days it has morphed into the street festival it is today to make it more cohesive to attendees and donors “Bringing the audience to one central

“Birdrock Blues” by featured artist Jeff Yeoman of San Diego (Courtesy Mission Federal Art Walk) venue makes it more attractive to sponsors,” Cottrell said, adding that Mission Federal has been title sponsor for the past six years. “We couldn’t do everything we do without them or our other major sponsors.” The Kid’s Walk area, currently located at the Washington Elementary School playground located at Union and Dale streets, has grown so much in recent years that Cottrell said it could almost be considered its own festival. “When we first took over, there was a Kid’s Walk area, but it was in a small parking lot,” she said. “Now it’s been expanded into a park and this year it will have 16 different interactive art activities for kids.” Note: See sidebar on page 29. It’s grown in popularity, too, and Cottrell said she encourages attendees to swing by and check the area out, even if they don’t have children. “It’s completely filled with kids and it’s such a happy and amazing space,” she said. Giving children access to art, especially for those who may not have other outlets, is one of the larger missions for those who are directly involved with Art Walk. “We have a very strong commitment to keeping art in elementary schools,” she said. “We operate a program called ArtREACH; it takes art into schools that do not have art, which sadly are many in San Diego.” ArtREACH is an extension of Mission Federal Art Walk; a nonprofit that offers art classes to K-6 schools throughout the Coun-

ty who can afford them and also provides grants for those lacking the budget or other necessary resources to pay. ArtREACH pays for the grants through fundraising and other efforts. “This year we will be in 13 different schools, primarily ‘Title One’ schools that have no resources for art,” Cottrell said. Artists can start applying for the following year’s event approximately two weeks prior to the current year’s event. Cotter expects the 2015 show to be halfway filled by June. Though potential participants are put through a selection process each year, ArtWalk is not a juried art show. A small committee decides who will be selected; and selection is based not only on the artwork, but also their booth layout, with a dose of variety and balance thrown in. This year 350 out of 700 applicants made the cut, and Cottrell said that being accepted one year does not guarantee the next. Booth space selection is another stor y, and is based on seniority and application date. Despite the lack of awards in any category, ArtWalk does choose a set of “featured artists” each year that become part of their marketing and promotional campaign. This year 12 artists were chosen, representing both established and emerging artists and a cross-section of mediums. A new element included this year is the four “grafitti-style” painters. These four

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FRIDAY – MARCH 28 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619294-7461. Cortez walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Third Ave. and A St. (NW corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music – The Used & Taking Back Sunday: two rock bands back-to-back as part of their cross-country rock tour. Doors 6 p.m. Tickets start at $35. More info at houseofblues.com. SATURDAY – MARCH 29 Behind the Scenes: Tour the historic Balboa Theatre from 10 – 11 a.m. 619-570-1100. Bikes & Beer: a 26-mile bike ride split into four legs between breweries. Each participant will receive beer tastings, a t-shirt or tank top, snacks, water and more! $45 registration. 9.30 a.m – 3 p.m. More info at bikesandbeerssd.com.

Live Music – Kenny Metcalf as Elton: EJ tribute that is technically perfect. Costumes, piano, early songs. Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m. Tickets start at $15. HOB, 1055 Fifth Ave. More info at houseofblues.com. Spring Busker Festival: street performers from across the country perform bizarre talents at Seaport Village. Sword swallowers, jugglers, artists, comedians and more. Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. More info at seaportvillage.com – FREE.

SUNDAY – MARCH 30 San Diego Padres: Opening Day against the Los Angeles Dodgers begins at 5:05 p.m. Series ends Wednesday. Schedule magnet giveaway, Petco Park, East Village. Tickets at padres.com. Old Globe Insights Seminar: For “Time and the Conways” identified as a “theatrical gem” set in an English country home in 1919 and 1937. Seminar series features a panel of artists from current show. 7 p.m. FREE. Donald and Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre,1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For more info visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623.

MONDAY – MARCH 31 ** CESAR CHAVEZ DAY ** “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”: Screenings every Monday at 7 p.m in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-2334355 or visit crocesparkwest.com – FREE. TUESDAY – APRIL 1 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays. San Diego Padres: Opening weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers begins at 5:05 p.m. Series ends Wednesday. Ballcap giveaway, Petco Park, East Village. Tickets at padres.com. WEDNESDAY – APRIL 2 Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bank-

ers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com.

THURSDAY – APRIL 3 “Cinderella” Live: Special Girl Scouts Show presented by San Diego Civic Youth Ballet at Balboa Park. Show starts 6 p.m. Tickets $10 – $15. Casa del Prado Theater. More info at sdcyb.org. FRIDAY – APRIL 4 Core/Columbia walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, Core/Columbia. For more info and meet-up location, call 619-234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org/cleansafe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music – Dark Star Orchestra: critically acclaimed show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of touring, a catalog of original songs, as well as covers. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50. More info at houseofblues.com. SATURDAY – APRIL 5 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets

– FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE

SUNDAY – APRIL 6 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook.com/ TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. Coronado Concert Series: Teagan Taylor Trio, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – APRIL 7 “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”: Weekly screenings at 7p.m in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com – FREE. Abba Mania: two-hour show that has toured the world since 1999. Fully live with fantastic staging, lighting and effects. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at bellyup.com. TUESDAY – APRIL 8 PBID Advisor y Board: Every second Tuesday the Downtown Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Advisory Board offers the public an opportunity for comment at beginning of meeting. 3 p.m. 401 B St., Suite 100. For more info visit downtownsandiego.org. Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – APRIL 9 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE

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THURSDAY – APRIL 10 Comedy – Kevin Shea: Born in Seoul, Korea, raised in Bethlehem, Pa. by a middle class Irish family gives Kevin a unique perspective. Buy one entrée, get one free plus other specials. 8 p.m. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $12, americancomedyco.com. FRIDAY – APRIL 11 Gaslamp walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, Gaslamp. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego.org/cleansafe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter.

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CALENDAR 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 Howie Day: indie rock artist best known for chart-toppers “She Says” and “Collide.” Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $17. More info at houseofblues.com.

SATURDAY – APRIL 12 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: How small is a nano? Girls get to explore nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Grades 5 – 8, 12 noon – 2 p.m. Members $12, non-members $14. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit rhfkeet.org or pre-register 619-238-1233 x806. SUNDAY – APRIL 13 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Ever y Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook.com/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. Coronado Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – APRIL 14 Movie Monday: “Almost Famous” semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of a San Diego teen trying to write for Rolling Stone. Starring Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup. 7 p.m. Free with food/ drinks. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. TUESDAY – APRIL 15 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Time and the Conways / Forum: A “theatrical gem” with “sumptuous period scener y, costumes and artistr y.” Set in an English countr y home in 1919 and 1937. Includes post-show informal Q&A with cast members. 7 p.m. Donald and Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. For more info or tickets, visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623. San Diego Padres: Jackie Robinson Day against the Colorado Rockies begins at 7:10 p.m. Petco Park, East Village. Tickets at padres.com WEDNESDAY – APRIL 16 Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. Live Music – Bonobo: British musician Simon Green performs with cutting edge electronics, bass and drums. 21+. Doors 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at bellyup.com.

THURSDAY – APRIL 17 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight – “Sail Into the Sun.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 6 – 9 p.m. Marina Kitchen (Marriott Downtown), 333 W. Harbor Dr. Visit paintingandvino.com. FRIDAY – APRIL 18 Marina District: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. For more info, visit downtownsandiego.org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Drawing in the Galleries: an informal drawing workshop for adults and teens at the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. 2 – 4 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. More info at sdmart.org. SATURDAY – APRIL 19 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Join the Menkins of Where You Want to Be Tours for an exciting and fun trek around Downtown. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Gaslamp. Reservations required, call 619-917-6037. For more info, visit wheretours.com SUNDAY – APRIL 20 San Diego Padres: Kids Fest

day against the SF Giants begins at 1:10 p.m. Run the Bases, signings, military salute. Petco Park, East Village. Tickets at padres.com Easter Dinner Cruise on San Diego Bay: Celebrate Easter Sunday on board a Hornblower yacht. Includes three-hour cruise, private table, three-course dinner, DJ, and more. 6 – 10 p.m. $75 per person. More info at hornblower.com.

MONDAY – APRIL 21 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE TUESDAY – APRIL 22 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego 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 WEDNESDAY – APRIL 23 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE THURSDAY – APRIL 24 Live Music – Sarah Jarosz: Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter performing contemporary folk and Americana. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana

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FRIDAY – APRIL 25 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619294-7461. East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org/ clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Chelsea Handler: best known as the host of E! series “Chelsea Lately,” Handler performs her “Uganda Be Kidding Me” tour one night only at the San Diego Civic Theatre. For mature audiences only. 7 – 8:45 pm. Tickets start at $55.50. For more info, go to sandiegotheatres.com. SATURDAY – APRIL 26 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE SUNDAY – APRIL 27 San Diego Earth Fair: The largest free annual environmental fair in the world takes place in Balboa Park. Averaging 70,000 visitors, there is live entertainment, exhibitors, kids areas, food, and more. 10 a.m – 5 p.m. For more info, go to earthdayweb. org – FREE

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MONDAY – APRIL 28 Movie Monday: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” a parody about a San Diego broadcast journalist. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd. Lots of San Diego scenes. 7 p.m. Free with food/ drinks. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. TUESDAY – APRIL 29 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. Tonight, “Cherry Blossom Sunset.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino.com. WEDNESDAY – APRIL 30 Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest.com. THURSDAY – MAY 1 Horton Square Certified Market: Every Thursday, 11a.m – 3 p.m., 225 Broadway – FREE —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com.v


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Chicken and Steamed BBQ Pork Buns but surprisingly, our favorite entrée was the Honey-Glazed Walnut Shrimp. We probably wouldn’t have ordered it had our waiter not insist we try it. When we took our first bite, we were glad we listened to him. It was out of this world. After we said goodbye to our new friends, we headed to Fifth Avenue, which strolling along is never dull. From the energetic sign twirlers to colorful street performers, we were constantly being entertained. Of course, our favorite character was a cute Pomeranian named Leo who drives a toy convertible. Well actually, his owner is controlling the car using a remote control. Leo is a local celebrity in the Downtown scene and he even has his own Facebook page. He always attracts a huge crowd whenever he drives down the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue. Since we’re Downtown every week, we’ve gotten to know Leo’s owners who say they get the biggest kick out of watching people’s reactions to their dog. As cute as Leo is, he’s not the only cool It’s hard to believe that we started our character in town. Have you ever noticed tour company almost 11 years ago. During those guys in uniform who sweep the that time, Downtown has gone through so streets and strike up friendly conversations many changes, particularly its restaurant with pedestrians? They are Maintenance and bar scene. Just in the last year, there’s Ambassadors and part of San Diego been a major influx of new businesses, Downtown Partnership’s Clean and Safe which is great for us since we enjoy featurProgram. Ken Smith is one of the Ambasing unique places on our tours. sadors whose territory includes Fourth and On a recent Friday night, we were wanFifth avenues in the Gaslamp. He’s a frienddering through the Gaslamp Quarter in ly guy who always has the most interesting search of a new adventure and we couldn’t help but notice all the changes. Not only did stories about Downtown. He enjoys helping people and it shows. Our Scavenger Hunt we meet interesting people along the way, teams love running into him because he’s we discovered some favorite new hangouts. knowledgeable and always up for a little Our first stop was Lucky Liu’s at 332 mischievous fun. J St. This is a fantastic Chinese restaurant After our walk along Fifth Avenue, we that recently opened. Although it looks decided to check out the Headquarters small from the outside, don’t be fooled. The at Seaport District. If you haven’t been vibe inside is eclectic and the décor pops. there, it’s the former San Diego Police We also got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Department Headquarters that is now a kitchen so we met the manager and his staff. All the guys in the kitchen were Asian 100-thousand-square-foot complex featuring four restaurants and 18 shops. We stopped and watching them in action was amazing. We felt like we were watching a live cooking in for happy hour at Puesto, a Mexican restaurant that’s known for its unique tequila show. drinks and street tacos. The restaurant is As for the menu, it’s a good mix of clascasual and has an upbeat, modern vibe. We sic Chinese favorites like handmade pork were indoors near a large picture window and shrimp dumplings and tasty noodle that opened, allowing a nice breeze to pass dishes like Beef Chow Fun and Dan Dan through. You can also sit outside and watch Noodles. We especially liked the Moo-Shu the parade of people walk by. Now that the warmer months are approaching, it’s a perfect location to enjoy the outdoors. Our adventure that night was done around 9 p.m. We woke up early the next day and decided to treat our sore muscles to a relaxing massage at Spa Velia on Harbor Drive along the Martin Luther King Jr. promenade. The day spa recently relocated to Downtown from Leo the Pomeranian in his toy convertible, making friends during a recent Little Italy. When Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt. (Photo by Marc Menkin)

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A red Ferrari on display at Spanish Landing during a previous Bella Italia. This year’s event takes place April 26. (Photo by John Boren)

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Hot stone massages are a perfect way to relieve stress (Courtesy Spa Velia) you enter, the soothing music and tranquil waterfall sounds are a stark contrast to the bustling city noises and you can instantly relax. The Spa offers a complete menu of services including massage and body treatments, nail services and makeup artistry. We signed up for a one-hour massage and one of our therapists was Nadiyah. We typically prefer not to talk during a massage but Nadiyah was so interesting that it was easy to engage in a light conversation. We found she enjoys volunteering and often does complimentary massages at seniorassisted living facilities. Listening to her stories of how she’s helped so many seniors was inspiring. As we got ready to leave, fate had one more intriguing encounter for us. Another guest named Susan had just finished getting a massage and mentioned how great she felt. She talked about her kids and shared how her husband of 33 years had been seriously ill. It was an unusual conversation to have with a stranger but it was not depressing; it was heartfelt and a good reminder to appreciate every day and count your blessings. We want to hear from you – One of our favorite films is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a red Ferrari is part of the movie. If you love seeing sweet Italian cars, the Bella Italia event is for you. It’s April 26 at the Spanish Landing Park, which is south of the airport and just off of Harbor Drive. Take a photo of yourself and a friend with a car and the most creative picture

Clay Facials are a great way to rejuvenate your face (Courtesy Spa Velia) wins two tickets to an Urban Challenge in the Gaslamp Quarter/East Village. Email your fun picture to tours@wheretours.com by April 29 2014. —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 menkin@wheretours. com. For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit wheretours.com.v

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery Award winning local artists aaronchang.com | info@aaronchang.com Fine dining and ocean art: The perfect pairing Just pulled into town? Or are you out on the town with friends or your spouse? Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery is the new must-see destination at The Headquarters in the Seaport District of San Diego. Aaron is a locally based, internationally acclaimed ocean photographer. His flagship gallery, Aaron Chang Ocean Art in Solana Beach, was voted best gallery in 2011 and 2012 and Aaron best artist in 2013 by “Ranch and Coast” magazine. This year, Aaron was chosen by the San Diego Tourism Authority to be the “Ambassador of the Arts.” As a force in visually defining the sport of surfing, Aaron has pursued his photography to the far ends of the earth. For 25 years, as a senior photographer for Surfing magazine, Aaron was at the core of the surfing world, discovering new talent and surf spots on a global scale. Having traveled to over 40 countries in search of the perfect adventure, Aaron’s work has graced the covers of over 100 magazines and was the featured subject in the surf documentary film “Lost and Found,” Fuel TV, PBS and is currently in production with a TV travel reality show called “Captured with Aaron Chang.” Aaron has a gift for the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis. Take his shot San Diego Dusk, for example. At first glance, your initial response may be, “Where is this?” Mountains hover over a golden skyline after sunset on a perfectly clear Santa Ana day. The buzz of commerce and city life comes alive in the details of the piece, yet is settled by the elegant surrounding of mountains, water and the afterglow of a setting sun. It’s not often you come across an artist that can redefine that which we see every day. Amid the buzz of our complicated lives, a photo like this can remind us to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we go. This piece is available as a three-foot panoramic, up to 10 feet long! Fast forward across the International Date Line to Aaron’s latest masterpiece, “Tonga Water.” Shot in the pristine South Pacific waters of Tonga, this abstract triptych of turquoise water on a shallow reef ignites the heart and imagination. Matisse-esque figures come to life in this piece, like clouds taking shape on a lazy summer day. Only 25 of these pieces will be printed in the world. From the first-time collector to the seasoned art veteran, Aaron’s work is an excellent value. 12” pieces start at $149 or four for $495, a choice grab-and-go gift for the out-of-town visitor. Limited Editions begin at $570 for a 16” x 24” piece and go up to $14,000. All images in Aaron’s collection are available in multiple sizes. Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery has two locations. Solana Beach: 415 South Cedros Ave. 858-345-1880. The new Headquarters location: 789 W. Harbor Dr. 619-567-8088. To view Aaron’s imagery online, go to: AaronChang.com. PreFab 619-795-9268 | prefabsd.com From court, to crime to creativity … PreFAB Space provides a unique venue that combines co-working, light manufacturing, pop-up retail, special event, and networking for creative entrepreneurs in San Diego. PreFAB occupies an iconic venue that once served as a courtroom, a center for Naval Intelligence during WWII, and later a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Lab in the historic San Diego Police Headquarters, which is now known as “The Headquarters at Seaport Village.” “As a Downtown resident of 15 years who has worked from both office and home office spaces, I wanted to create a space where Downtown entrepreneurs could develop and craft products, interact with customers and medias including bloggers, and promote and sell through pop-up sales and client visits,” said founder Brian Hawkins. Hawkins is also a professor at UC San Diego, FIDM and CIBU, co-founder of StyleSeek.com and MyTasteBud. com, groundbreaking style recommendation sites for men and women. PreFAB provides a creative work environment and showcase for early stage start-ups, designers and manufacturers looking to build their brand and activate sales. The venue features restored wood floors and cathedral ceilings accented by windows, skylights and marketplace lighting that provide abundant natural and ambient light. The overall aesthetic is inspiring, and extremely flexible for business and community uses. For more information visit prefabsd.com, email brian@prefabsd.com, or call 619-794-2967.

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HOUSE OF BLUES — HouseofBlues.com 3/29 Kenny Metcalf as Elton John and The Early Years Band with Smooth Harbor Yacht Club Pulling off a tribute to one of the most iconic pop rock musicians of the last several decades can be no easy feat; but Kenny Metcalf and his team flawlessly recreate Sir Elton John’s early performances. From the acute costume details to Metcalf’s mannerisms, they work to visually reflect all things Elton. But perhaps the most vital details are Metcalf’s voice and charisma, which are every bit as mesmerizing as Elton’s. This band truly celebrates the musician and his showmanship. $15+, 9 p.m. 4/24 Three of Clubs Tour: Terraplane Sun, Flagship, & Little Daylight The co-headlining bands of the Three of Clubs Tour are sonically diverse, hail from different parts of the country, and are all poised to do big things. San Diego is lucky enough to host the final night of this tour, which put the bands together for over twodozen shows. New York’s Little Daylight has an accessible pop charm integrating strong guitar riffs with heavy synth. Flagship, from Charlotte, NC, is an ethereal rock ensemble whose tunes are laced with hypnotizing rhythms and haunting vocals. Don’t be surprised if Venice Beach’s Terraplane Sun become California’s next golden boys with soulful indie rock that is both catchy and classic. $12–$15, 8 p.m.

Kenny Metcalf and his Early Years Band will perform a technically-perfect tribute to Elton John at House of Blues March 29. (Courtesy Kenny Metcalf) stage performances of post-punk anthems. Rounding it out the electric duo of Gloomsday will rock out with their punk-tinged sound. $10, 9 p.m. 4/20 Leopold and His Fiction and The Soft White Sixties If you’re nostalgic for good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll — this one’s for you. The Soft White Sixties groove with soulful R&B soul and powerful rock hooks. Their mostly upbeat tunes are in aural harmony with headliners Leopold and His Fiction whose sound is rooted in blues and folk with country touches along the way. These stripped-down styles are a refreshing departure from the over-produced sounds common in contemporary music. $8, 9 p.m.

London. Shay will perform songs off London’s debut “Julie is Her Name,” which teamed the songstress with Barney Kessel. The sultry Shay has her own guitar virtuoso in Jaime Valle for this one along with bassist Jodie Hill. $12+, 8 p.m. HUMPHREYS BY THE BAY — HumphreysConcerts.com 4/15 City and Colour Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green, better known by the moniker City and Colour (get it?), manages to consistently exude romance and sentiment without crossing the line into cheesy sappiness. Humphreys’ picturesque setting seems a fitting match for the musician’s poetic lyrics and ethereal melodies. If you’re looking to take a date to a show this month — here’s your best bet. $35+, 7:30 p.m.

4/27 Eric 4/16 Broken Hutchinson with Bells with Au Saints of Valor y Revoir Simone Hutchinson’s Fans of this beguiling songs eclectic duo have range from soulful been chomping at pop to romantic the bit for more ballads. The dimusic since the verse singer plays release of their guitar and piano self-titled debut to accompany the in 2010. Vocalist/ mood of his music. guitarist James Singles released The New Kinetics will reunite at the Casbah on April 5. Mercer (beloved from his upcoming (Photo by Paul Ryu and Kara Peterson) front man for The album, Pure FicShins) and multi-instrumentalist 98 BOTTLES — tion, are already garnering high Danger Mouse (famed producer 98BottlesSD.com praise. If the toe-tapping number of albums by Gnarles Barkley, “A Little More” sounds familiar Beck, The Black Keys, and more) 4/10 Sometimes Julie with you may have caught it in a fun have once again crafted a funky The Bigfellas new Netflix commercial. $17.50, blend of pop and rock, this time Sometimes Julie is anchored 8 p.m. with a psychedelic dance vibe by a singer-songwriter duo that blanketing the tunes. Their live surrounds themselves with CASBAH – performances are known to be other passionate musicians. This CasbahMusic.com visually stimulating as well as performance should be extra fun aurally satisfying. $36+, 7:30 p.m. as the collective celebrates the 4/5 The New Kinetics, release of their debut CD, “Head Gloosmday, The Frights, and —Jen Van Tieghem is a San First.” Their classic rock style, The Nformals Diego native with a healthy obsescrafted by guitarist Rick Walker, When The New Kinetics sion for all things local music. gets a feminine jolt from singer disbanded last summer fans of She has been covering indieMonica Sorenson who is equally local music wept a collective tear. alternative, folk-rock, and more powerful on soft ballads and Lucky for us, they’re back! We — sometimes all within one night bolder songs. $10, 8 p.m. happened to get a sneak listen to — around town for over two years. an unmastered mix of a new TNK Her bucket list includes playing 4/18 Whitney Shay presents song and can’t wait for more. The tambourine on stage with any a tribute to Julie London and ferocious garage-rock foursome band that would have her, creating Barney Kessel will celebrate their reunion by a local music festival called JenerA powerhouse of vocals, Shay sharing the stage with other San ated Sound, and finding the perfect Diego favorites. Both The Frights will put her own tunes on hold moscow mule. Email her at Jen@ for this event, using her pipes and The Nformals embody SoundsinSanDiego.com.v instead to pay homage to Julie youthful enthusiasm with wild


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BRIEFS Automotive Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), Timken Museum of Art, Veterans Museum and Memorial Center and the World Beat Center. The program also offers a special opportunity for San Diegans to get “Charter Explorer” status. Annual Balboa Park Explorer passes purchased by April 17 will receive a threeyear price lock upon renewal along with an exclusive insignia “Charter Explorer” printed on their personalized pass. The Explorer Passes are $129 for adults, $99 for seniors and students, and $199 for families of six or less. For more information, visit balboapark.org/explorer.

CHARITY EVENT FOR MONARCH SCHOOL Andaz San Diego, located at 600 F St., in East Village, is offering a special social event on April 23 called Andaz MBA (music, beer and art) to raise money for Monarch School. Monarch gives Downtown’s homeless children a safe and friendly atmosphere to learn in. For admission to MBA, participants are asked to donate art supplies, all which will go to Monarch School to support art projects. Modern Times Brewery

report and related documents are available online under Item 2 at docs.sandiego.gov/ccagenda_edir/edir140324.pdf. —A native New Yorker, Manny Lopez is a freelance journalist and photographer who started his writing career in La Jolla. He now covers San Diego and Southwest-Riverside counties penning news, features and business profiles. Manny can be reached at lopezmanny@ gmail.com.v will be on hand with their latest craft brews, local artist’s work will be on display, and guests will listen to local music. This event is open to anyone 21+. For more information, call Andaz San Diego at 619-849-1234.

FEDERAL AUDIT OF SDPD TO BE CONDUCTED Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman announced the City plans to open its books to a Department of Justice management practices audit on the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), which is expected to take approximately six months. The audit will look at protocol and practices, especially those meant to detect problem officers, and recommend policies and procedures to improve the department. Faulconer stated he looks forward to hearing and implementing the recommendations, and promised to ensure public access to the recommendations. The audit follows two charges of sexual misconduct by on-duty police officers, with one convicted of demanding sexual favors from women during traffic stops. The other officer is currently under investigation. The mayor stated this audit is key for restoring trust in SDPD. 5K AND EXPO TO SUPPORT PARKINSON’S ASSOCIATION A U.S.A. Track and Fieldsanctioned 5K run/walk will be sponsored by the local Parkinson’s Association on Apr. 12, at

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NTC Park in Liberty Station. Renown sportscaster Dick Enberg will be master of ceremonies for the event, which will open at 7 a.m. for registration. Runners will begin at 8 a.m. and walkers will start at 8:30 a.m. Runners and walkers and their families will also have access to what is being called “the largest neurological medical expo in California.” Researchers and experts from UC San Diego School of Medicine, Scripps Health, the Salk Institute, and many more will be on hand to answer questions or offer information. Next to the expo will be the Parkinson’s Association’s “Life Enhancement” Spring Symposium, featuring speakers from a variety of universities, hospitals, and research clinics discussing cutting-edge treatments and research topics. Health services for those affected by Parkinson’s disease will also be on hand, as well as representatives from Paws for Parkinson’s, a dog adoption and support organization. The day’s events are geared toward families, with a kid’s playground, classic car show, food trucks, a beer garden, live music and drawings. 5K participation fees are $45 adults, $20 children (12/under) and $10 for dogs. For more information or to register visit parkinsonsstepbystep.com or call 858-273-6763.

FAULCONER RESCINDS PROPOSED EMAIL PURGE Soon after taking office on March 3, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced he was suspending a recent policy that would delete City emails more than a year old, pending further review. Faulconer then rescinded the highly criticized Administrative Regulation 90.67 on March 18. Council President Todd Gloria first proposed the policy in his final weeks serving as interim mayor. The proposal came after the City switched to a new email archive system in January, which allowed for the preservation of emails for an unlimited amount of time. Concerns arose regarding how the City would maintain such a large amount of data,

but Faulconer said his office is now working to develop the most cost-effective way to store City email data permanently.

CREEK TO BAY ANNUAL CLEANUP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Registration will open April 1 for volunteers of all ages to help I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) clean up coastal and inland sites around San Diego County on April 26. The event has grown from 2,000 volunteers at 27 cleanup sites 12 years ago to approximately 6,000 volunteers and 90 locations today. At this year’s three-hour Creek to Bay Cleanup, volunteers are expected to remove graffiti and landscaping, and perform storm drain stenciling. Areas of concentration fall between Oceanside and Tijuana and Ocean Beach to Alpine, and include various beaches, bays, canyons, creek beds and other urban areas. “As I Love A Clean San Diego celebrates its 60th anniversary year, it is more important than ever that our events, such as the Creek to Bay Cleanup, work to build the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Pauline Martinson, executive director of I Love A Clean San Diego in a press release. “Through these cleanup efforts, volunteers young and old will be empowered to take action in preserving our local environment.” In all of 2013, volunteers assisted with 219 cleanups, and the removal of 220 tons of debris. For a list of locations or to register, visit CreektoBay.org after April 1. ST. PAUL’S NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED The McColl Health Center, one of St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services locations, recently received a five-star rating in U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes. Senior living facilities in all 50 states were rated and 3,867 have earned an overall rating of five stars; St. Paul’s was rated for their excellence. Areas ranked are health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of care. “On any given morning this year, roughly 1.4

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million individuals will wake up in a U.S. nursing home. That number translates to 1 in 34 people ages 65 and up,” said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor in a press release. “They and their families will want and need a way to find a source of the best possible care. For many, it won›t be easy and we want to help families find a good and caring facility for those they cherish.” Rankings are based on the consumer website Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For more information on St. Paul’s call 619-239-6900 or visit stpaulseniors.org.

FATHER JOE’S VILLAGES RECEIVES $2 MILLION FROM QUALCOMM CO-FOUNDER Franklin Antonio, co-founder, executive vice president and chief scientist at Qualcomm, Inc., recently donated $2 million to Father Joe’s Villages for its lunch program. Father Joe’s serve more than a million meals each year to the fourth largest homeless population in the country, often serving between 700 and 900 at each meal. The gift ensures 300,000 lunches will be served over the next five years. The announcement was made March 14 at the Paul Mirabile Center, located at 1501 Imperial Ave. “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Antonio for this tremendous donation, which will provide so many individuals with their only meal for the day,” said Diane Stumph, president of Father Joe’s Villages. The free lunch program started in the 1950s and was one of the first services offered by Father Joe’s. It serves the homeless and the working poor in nearby communities. “Father Joe’s is a San Diego treasure,” Antonio said March 14. “I’m incredibly impressed by what they accomplish, and I’m honored to be able to help.” The lunch program was renamed “Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Program.” For more information about Father Joe’s Villages and their partner agency, St. Vincent de Paul, visit neighbor.org.v

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CENTENNIAL and final CEO, Julie Dubick, who resigned in February, was compensated at approximately $15,000 per month. A recent article by U-T San Diego found that BCPI exaggerated funding applications regarding key partnerships that didn’t actually exist. It also reported that in January, the City tabled a request for an additional $3.2 million in funding saying the group had not exhibited they could pull off an event of this size. The MOU, which outlined the terms and conditions of BCPI’s working relationship with the City, was signed into agreement on Oct. 25, 2011. The agreement largely protects BPCI board members from liability, but local attorneys

say the board could face legal action if serious misconduct is shown. The crux of the issue relates to the agreement’s “Indemnity Clause and Hold Harmless Agreement,” which legal experts say essentially serves as an immunity clause for BCPI. Unless the City can prove BCPI engaged in embezzlement or fraud, they can’t be held liable. Local criminal defense attorney Alexis Scott said there are a few possible outcomes moving forward. “Indemnity and immunity clauses don’t protect against willful misconduct or negligence of a board member,” Scott said. “As a whole, board members of a nonprofit are typically safe from personal liability, but they could be held liable if they’ve done something that is intentionally fraudu-

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lent, illegal or clearly wrong.” The primary question lies in whether illegal activity, including breach of duty, took place. “In sum a board member’s central purpose is to ensure that the organization’s resources are used to achieve its purposes,” Scott said. “In this situation it is clear that this board did the exact opposite. It looks like a few people and a couple companies made a lot of extra income with nothing to show for it.” The City may also be able to file a lawsuit based on allegations of embezzlement. In this case, Scott said, the question is whether the taking of donations and other funds, and using them as salaries qualifies as embezzlement. If it can be proven that board members acted dishonestly by withholding and/or converting assets that were supposed to be used for one purpose to another — namely, high salaries and consulting fees that were dishonest or unjustified — they could be in a bit of hot water. Issa Abuaita, another criminal defense attorney in San Diego, also stated that legal action could ensue if misconduct is shown with reCentennial and Park update The City will attempt to pick up the pieces for a scaled down version of the Centennial Celebration to remember the efforts of those who built a remarkable Panama-California Exposition in 1915. More amazing is that civic leaders chose such a venture in a city with a population of only 39,000. Much of what those pioneers built in 1915 became the framework for San Diego’s “crown jewel,” Balboa Park. The California Tower and domed Museum of Man, the Cabrillo Bridge, the Prado buildings and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion are all prominent reminders. However, we should also acknowledge civic and public figures who maintained, expanded, rebuilt and beautified the area for decades to follow. The City gambled again, this time during the Great Depression, to produce the 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition and added more buildings in the Palisades area. Those buildings now house the Air & Space, Auto, and Hall of Champions museums as well as a new gymnasium. Because of two devastating arson fires in 1978, the House of Charm and Old Globe had to be rebuilt, thanks to private and

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spect to how the funds were used. “If the board members were taking enormous salaries and paying for things like their trip to Panama as part of the planning for the event, just to benefit themselves, then this would be a pretty big issue and embezzlement comes into play,” Abuaita said. “The District Attorney is going to need to take a look at that and this could become a federal issue, especially if wire fraud comes into play.” Council President Todd Gloria said in an emailed statement that it’s important for the City and the community to better understand “how we ended up in this position,” though Gloria’s spokesperson Katie Keach said she was unaware of any legal action being considered against the BPCI by the City. “I am confident that clarification will come as we delve further into the financial documents and consider the changes of leadership at the City and within the organization since BPCI’s inception,” Gloria stated. “I have been involved throughout the planning process for the 2015 Centennial and was well aware of the difficulties BPCI and its board had securing sponsors. I was not fully aware

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald public support. Unnoticed amongst the attention given Centennial, Inc.’s disbandment is the fact that 14 facilities in the park had already posted schedules with some traveling shows for 2015. They have all been putting on shows in the park for many years and have learned to gauge what works and what doesn’t. The San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) has announced a $25 million expenditure for 10 other events next year in the area and has withheld $2.6 million for the centennial celebration. A transition — the House of Hospitality, built to be the centerpiece of the 1915–16 Exposition, was remodeled to add the inner courtyard for the 1935–36 Expo ... built for the second fair, the Spanish Village Arts Center, which houses 35 working art studios, re-creates the feeling of a town square in Spain. Changes along the way — the Japanese Friendship Garden made its new home between the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and the House of Hospitality in 1990 and in 1996, Mingei International Museum and the San Diego Art Institute museum came to the Park and opened in the newly reconstructed House of Charm. Home is where you find it — the Veterans Memorial Center, Inc. formed in March 1989 to honor the memories of those who have served in the Armed Forces

of how funds were being spent until I reviewed the financials when they became public this week. Further, the City Council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee heard multiple updates on the Centennial planning efforts at its public meetings, where assurances were made and reasonable plans were discussed.” Gloria said he is working closely with Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Special Events staff and organizations within and outside of Balboa Park. “We want to make sure we have a workable plan to extend the legacy of our predecessors and use the 2015 Centennial of the Panama-California Exposition to reinvest in our Park and invite San Diegans back to the park,” Gloria stated. —Margie M. Palmer is an award-winning columnist and part-time editorial dominatrix who has been published extensively in both online and print media. This former Jersey Girl has been a San Diego resident since June 2000 and despite getting way too excited when it comes to reporting on local news, she does not fist-pump. You can reach her at mmpst19@live.com.v and is located in the Naval Hospital’s Chapel. In 1996, the World Beat Center opened in a colorfully painted former water tower. Did you know? — To bring attention to the city’s fair, an auto race was held in Januar y 1915 on a Point Loma road course. The huge field included nationally known Indianapolis drivers Barney Oldfield, Bob Burman and Eddie Rickenbacker. The following year the first La Jolla Rough Water Swim was also used to bring attention to the area. Elsewhere around the Park — The best way to start your time in the Park is a stop at the Visitors Center across from The Prado restaurant in the House of Hospitality to find out what’s going on. It’s open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park and transportation information is available … Close to 120 floral designers will transform famous works of art from San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent collection into exquisite floral displays for the 33rd annual Art Alive, April 11–13. As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a San Diego tradition, Art Alive 2014 will bring works of art to life in a unique way during three days of celebrations. Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals in San Diego has been selected as the Rotunda designer. Inspired by Balboa Park’s Spanish Baroque architecture, Franco’s design will encapsulate sights, sounds, and scents of Spain including fountains, citrus, olive, and palm trees, and cascading gardens of roses, jasmine, and bougainvillea. The floral exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free for members, $20 for nonmembers, and free for children age 6 and under.  —After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at johnny23@cox.net.v


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Fitness Scott Markey Hello Scott, for the past few months I have been doing everything right — training hard, eating a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, even recuperating well, which I was not doing well until I read one of your columns. Even so, I have the right attitude, looking forward to every workout. It seems that lately my results have not been good. What could my problem be? Thank you, J.M. S.D, Ca. Dear J.M., This is not unusual. In fact, it happens too often. Let me identify a few contributing factors, as well as offer some solutions to get you back on track. Lifestyle Factors There are some things you deal with on a daily basis that could cause a catabolic disaster! In basic terms, catabolism acts as the sole energy provider for the proper preservation of nearly all cells. Mental stress. Can the stress of your job, relationships, or even your financial worries affect your training gains? You bet they can! They can play havoc with your results.

Remember your worst enemy, cortisol, is secreted in response to any stressor —mental or physical. Also, understand that the human body works on a priority system. The No. 1 priority is survival, and the body interprets stress as a threat to survival itself. It doesn’t know if you are stressed-out from your job or even something relatively trivial. Believe me, during periods of high stress, not only is growth and body fat loss the last thing your body will take on, but you will have a pretty hard time keeping your muscles from being stripped of proteins through the actions of cortisol. In essence, you are likely to lose muscle and gain body-fat. What to do? Of course, awareness of the stressor and the amount of stress in your life is an important step in the understanding of your potential anabolic (growth or building up) state. You might not be able to eliminate all the stress from your life, but you can learn to manage it. Nutrition. First, caloric intake makes a difference. This should make a lot of sense right off the bat. You know how you feel when you are very hungry? You become irritable, can’t concentrate, have a headache; these are all symptoms of your body handling a stressor. Being on low calories is also a type of stress on your system. It’s no wonder that when you reduce calories — either deliberately when you diet, or when you just haven’t been able to eat as much as normal for a few days — cortisol increases, causing loss of muscle tissue, and body-fat loss slows down as well. Take an in-depth look at how much you are eating (the good food, of course). If you have been training right, but not making gains in the muscle or fat-loss department, it’s a sure bet you are not eating enough, or your calories are coming from the wrong source. Not only does this mean

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your body lacks nutrients to support muscular growth and or fatloss, but it is thrown into a stress response situation that makes it extremely difficult to maintain an anabolic state.

cular growth, or fat-loss is not whether or not you’re doing a few things right, but whether you have created an environment in your body in which all the things you do right will help add up to you seeing gains again in your training and diet. Anti-catabolism and anabolism lead to the exact same result. More muscle mass and less body-fat.

Rest. How many of you get seven to eight hours of sleep a night? Not enough of you, I’m sure. I myself struggle to get half that sometimes. When you are not rested, you put your body into one of its most catabolic states. Just a small change in the amount of sleep you get a night can put you right back on track, as well as putting you back in that coveted anabolic state. Remember, the key to mus-

Stress. Finally, I know working around the stress response can be difficult, but we can start by understanding a few things. First, we can’t escape stress, no one can lead a completely stress free life. We have just got to learn to be physically aware of stress, and then learn how to recognize it and manage it. Now I’m not suggesting quitting your job or getting a divorce. I’m just saying, eliminate those little stresses that

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add up to big stresses! While it is nearly impossible to control every stressful situation that comes along, it is possible to control many of our reactions to stress. With a conscious effort, we can learn to manage stress and reduce its impact on our health. Which, after all, is the most important thing in life we can do for ourselves. Good luck to all of you out there and keep the questions coming. I am glad to help with all of your fitness and health needs and goals. — Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at scottmarkey@yahoo.com.v


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When playwright Frank Wedekind wrote “Spring Awakenings” (plural correct) in 1891, the story stirred up tremendous controversy in contemporary Germany. It was not produced until 1906. No less incendiary, Steven

(l to r) Dave Thomas Brown and Taylor Aldrich (Photo by Daren Scott)

Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 Tony Award-winning musical had a long road to Broadway but not for exactly the same reasons. Their musical, “Spring Awakening,” was based on Wedekind’s play. The creators chose to make it a rock musical, because they believed that rock music best exemplifies teenage angst and frustration. Sater and Sheik were told it would never work. Nonetheless, the piece received six 2007 Tony Awards including best musical, best book and best musical score, assuring further productions, nastarting off with a na tional tour that played San Diego’s Balboa Theatre. As soon as regional rights became available, Cygnet Theatre Company secured them; however, the Cygnet delayed until now thebecause two local youth the aters’ productions intervened. Known for his prowess with musicals, co-founder and artistic director Sean Murray stages the work through April 27 at Cygnet’s Old Town venue. direcTerry O’Donnell is music direc tor, and Michael Mizerany is the choreographer. The result is a kinetic, emotionally moving, prowell-played, well-sung pro duction that will become even more so as the run

The cast of “Spring Awakening” (Photo by Daren Scott)

Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik’s

“Spring Awakening”

Through April 27 at Cygnet Theatre | 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town Wed–Thurs, 7:30 p.m. | Fri, 8 p.m. | Sat, 3 & 8 p.m. | Sun, 2 & 7 p.m.

Tickets $37–$50 | cygnettheatre.com | 619-337-1525 (l to r) Taylor Aldrich and Dave Thomas Brown (Photo by Daren Scott) deepens. There were a few rocky spots, sound imbalances and musical imperfections opening night March 15, but that is to be expected in a work so complicated as performed by youthful singer/actors, most between 15 and 24. A hidden six-person band plays the score with a relentless beat that follows one home, along with songs and lyrics that include “Mama Who Bore Me,” “The Bitch of Living,” “The Word of Your Body,” “Totally Fucked,” and “The Song of Purple Summer.” Matt Lescault-Wood is sound designer. The book revolves around

three teens, Melchior (Dave Thomas Brown), Moritz (Charles Evans, Jr.) and Wendla (Taylor Aldrich). All three are excellent singer/actors possessed of exceptional talent. The chemistry between Brown and Aldrich is palpable and thrilling. Evans presents a deeply conflicted Moritz. Matt Thompson and Debra Wanger ably, sometimes frighteningly, portray all the adult characters — teachers, parents and preachers. Jacob Caltrider, William Corkery, Claire Keefer, Adi Mullen, Dylan Mulvaney, Amy Perkins, and Christopher Ruetter create specific, endearing young people, and Katy Tang is splendid as Ilse, the town’s free-

spirited sexual pariah, who has great heart. Ilse sings the lovely ballad “Blue Wind” and with Perkins and Tang sings “The Dark I Know Well,” which concerns parental sexual abuse. Caltrider and Mulvaney are adorable as budding homosexuals and William Corkery, a 20-year-old student at Grossmont College, is a real find as the gauche Otto. His dance moves are brave. Mizerany asks much of the troupe and they deliver. Melchior is a gifted student, bright and inquisitive about all things, especially the burgeoning of feelings he and his peers experience, the lack of accurate information and suppression of what is known. When Moritz confides he’s troubled over “sticky dreams” of female legs, Melchior provides a handmade sex manual of his own devising. Wendla is not so fully or gently informed. Tired of her mother’s stork stories, she asks for the truth and is put off, and thus goes into relationship with Melchior, whom she loves, uninformed and unprepared. Ensuing events, though tempered with humor, rock ballads and anthems and dance, are truly tragic. The Cygnet production is enhanced by Ryan Grossheim’s scenic design, Shirley Pierson’s period costumes, Peter Herman’s wig and makeup design, Chris Rynne’s lighting, and Angelica Ynfante’s props. Fans of the musical, who’ve seen it on numerous occasions, will no doubt return for another performance, so sensitively directed by Murray.v


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ARTWALK well-known artists, hailing from Los Angeles and San Francisco, will not only have a live performance from 12 – 4 p.m. at the

corner of India and Beech streets, but they will also have their styles showcased live Saturday night at an event sponsored by Empress Contemporary, a branch of EC Galleries Downtown. The special event will be held at the Broker’s Building, located at 402 Market St.

Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

SUNDAY, APRIL 27

Stage 1 | India & Beech streets

Stage 1 | India & Beech streets

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tom Griesgraber

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tom Griesgraber

Stage 2 | India & Cedar streets

Stage 2 | India & Cedar streets

11 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Robin Henkel 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Gra.m.padrew 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. Steph Johnson 3:10 – 4:10 p.m. Dawn Mitschele 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Steven Ybarra

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Robin Henkel 12:45 – 2 p.m. Chad Taggert 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Saba Loo 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Tolan Shaw

Stage 3 | India & Date streets 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jesse La.m.onaca & The Dime Novels 1:30 – 2:45 p.m Sister Speak 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. The Black Sands 5 – 6 p.m Alaina Blair Stage 4 | India & Fir streets 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Evan Bethany 1 – 2:15 p.m. Christopher Dale 2:45 – 4 p.m. Josh Da.m.igo 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Brad Perry

Stage 3 | India & Date streets 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Skyler Lutes 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Midnight Pine 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. The Heavy Guilt 5 – 6 p.m. Todo Mundo Stage 4 | India & Fir streets 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Trent Hancock 1 – 2:15 p.m. Bart Mendoza 2:45 – 4 p.m. Schroeder Kelly 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Vanja Ja.m.es

For the dance performance schedule, visit artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal/performers/dance-on-the-edge

Staff recommends taking public transportation, especially the trolley, to the event as parking is always at a premium. There will be a free shuttle that runs from the ACE lot at Broadway and Pacific Highway. Cottrell said it’s been an honor to watch the event grow and looks forward to what the next 30 years will bring. “The businesses all do very well, and the restaurants are packed,” she said. “I’m sure that it’s a little bit disruptive for people who live here with the closed streets but all of the community seems to embrace it. People have Art Walk parties and invite their friends. They never complain and love having this in their backyard.” ArtWalk in Little Italy takes place April 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit artwalksandiego.org.v

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KID’S WALK (Union and Date streets) 16 PARTICIPANTS, 16 TAKE-HOME PIECES OF ART ArtFORM • Art with recycled materials ArtReach • Kite making activity Art with Larisse • Basics of art and drawing Birch Aquarium • Pledge to environment using recycled crayons and cards Coronado School of the Arts • Fun with art Draw from Within Art Therapy Studio • Pirates and artful fishing Living Coast Discovery Center • Learn about native critters of SD Bay and create a recyclable craft Mission Federal Credit Union • Decorate a bank to start saving for the future

The New Children’s Museum • Colorful chalk drawings, bubbles and free temporary tattoos Rare Hare Studio • Make a rose from recycled materials. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center • Flipsticks craft project RhythmWorx • Drum circles, make an instrument Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts

• Tumbling and juggling

The Cambridge School • Think and reason Villa Musica • Music appreciation Mission Valley YMCA • Arts and crafts


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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro St. Patrick is Fashion Show A fabulous St Paddy’s Day fashion show was hosted by Salon de Marcus and sponsored by San Diego Arts on Feb. 15. Everyone arrived to a green carpet to celebrate a fun filled evening. Owner Marcus Hanish greeted his guests, who were all decked out in green to celebrate this VIP event. The runway traveled through the center of the Salon de Marcus and the show began to a welcoming audience. The first models came down the runway beginning with De Marcus women’s shirts. This was the second collection for these stylish shirts. Next came the first collection for the men’s shirts. Both shirt collections were made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Hanish also designed the glamorous hand-beaded cocktail dresses that were made in India. The cheering crowd greeted long couture dresses designed by Hanish. To see these designs visit Salon de Marcus located at 685 Second Ave.

Fashion Redux! Fashion Redux was a finale party held at the San Diego History Center on March 7. Delicious hors d’oeurvres were served from Creative Catering & Events and music from the San Diego Youth Symphony. Garments from the four finalists at San Diego Mesa College were modeled. The crowd voted on their favorite designer (Viewer’s Choice). Three original 1930s garments found in the San Diego History Center Collection were used for inspiration for these creations. Prizes were award to: 1st Place, Sarah Sisson Christensen; 2nd Place, Colette Lopiccolo; and 3rd Place, Amy Aguirre. Mesa College fashion professor Susan Lazear topped off the evening by giving a lecture on 1930s fashion and explaining how it is still influencing fashion today. The first place prize was a dress form, a $75 gift certificate to Joann Fabrics, and a Gift Family Membership to the San Diego History Center. Christensen’s winning design will be on display at the San Diego History Center for the entire month of December this year. For more information call 619-232-6203. Sassy City Chicks Sassy City Chicks brought a shopping extravaganza to the Andaz Hotel on Feb. 27. The event was planned to be on the rooftop but brought indoors due to rain. Guests came to shop, sip, and socialize. Vendors offered discounts on jewelry, clothing, handbags, skincare, and an array of items. Shoppers were able to see the latest trends in fashion and beauty while they sipped on a signature cocktail from Andaz San

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(above) Purses from Downtown’s Authentic Luxury Goods; (left) Sassy City Chicks designer Sarah Sisson Christensen with a model wearing her winning garment; (below) Long couture dress (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Diego. Stations were set up to give manicures, massages and brow threading from Beauty by Dolly. Amy Rae Boutique in East Village was one of the standouts. The Authentic Luxury Goods located Downtown offered gently used designer handbags. Flox showed stylish aprons and 100 percent recycled chic coasters. I loved the black and white collection from VMT. Lia Sophia had a fun wheel to spin and win prizes. For the next event visit: sassycitychick. com.

Upcoming Events April 27 — Spring Bridal Bazaar: Bridal bazaar and fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the Del Mar FairFair grounds. Three shows presented throughout the day. For more info call 760-334-5500. May 2 — All You Need is Fashion: Vista Hill Foundation will prespres ent a luncheon and fashion show at the Hilton BayBay front. For information call 858-459-1685. May 3 — Gaslight Gathering 4: Gentlemen of Steampunk Fashion Show at the Steam Arena Stage. The Steampunk & Victoriana ConvenConven tion is at the Town & Country Hotel and

will run May 2–4. For tickets visit gaslightgathering.org. May 9 — Celebrating Couture 2014: Lunch and the Fashion Show will present the collection by designer, Naeem Khan. The Globe Guilders and Neiman Marcus present the event at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. For tickets visit globeguilders.org/fashion-show. May 15 — Birds of A Feather: Luncheon and fashion show produced by Fashion Forward at the Hilton Torrey Pines Hotel Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For tickets contact the Epilepsy Society of San Diego at epilepsysandiego.org.v —Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at diana@aheadproductions.com.


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The playground for younger children; the school’s bike track; Monarch’s veggie garden (Photos by Delle Willett)

Offering homeless youth a beautiful place to learn

Art on

the Land Delle Willett Founded in 1988 as the first of its kind in the nation, the Monarch School has continuously served the educational needs of San Diego’s homeless children ranging in age from 4 to 19, attending grades K–12. Its innovative structure as a public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project

Another view of children’s playground (Photos by Delle Willett)

makes it an impressive model for other facilities across the nation. Previously located in Little Italy, the school found a new home in the Barrio District in 2013. Through amazing private contributions, the Monarch School took over a large warehouse space on Newton Street and began the $16 million renovation required to meet the needs of the 350 students who would attend school there. This LEED Gold-awarded school is geared toward eliminating the barriers to education by simultaneously addressing the social, emotional, and nutritional needs of the students and their families. In addition to the educational curriculum, the outdoor spaces offer a beautiful place to call home for a majority of the day. Site amenities focus on supporting the mental and physical health of the students, and include active play courts, a vegetable garden, open play fields, climbing equipment, tricycle paths, an amphitheater for large gatherings, and a peaceful park-like area with native Sycamore trees and granite boulders that allow students to take a break when needed.

This urban oasis features large shade trees, colorful vines, flowering shrubs, and edible plants, all that bring nature into the daily lives of the students, further supporting the school’s mission. “Outdoor play space is imperative for the learning and development of Monarch students,” said CEO Erin Spiewak. “Rarely do our students have the opportunity to run, play, or exercise in a safe and welcoming environment. Monarch’s outdoor design allows them this opportunity.” Marian Marum (Marum Partnership) provided the landscape architectural design for the campus. In addition to her design services, Marum helped coordinate the donation of all site furnishings, including musical play pieces, benches, tables, bike racks, and even garden soil. These donations came from vendor companies that attended the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architecture national conference in San Diego, and help enrich the experience, unify the outdoor spaces, and contribute to a greater sense of school pride. Monarch is a high-performance school in many ways, achieving LEED Gold designation for energy and water conservation. LEED points were achieved by incorporating high-efficiency equipment and fixtures inside the building, as well as low wateruse plants and a high-efficiency irrigation system with a “smart” weather-based controller. Effective storm-water management in the landscape also contributed to the LEED Gold designation. Marum founded Marum Associates in 1984, and transitioned it into Marum Partnership in 2001. She has received numerous awards for design and service excellence over the past 30 years that demonstrate her sense of dedication and professional skill. She has helped shape San Diego’s Downtown environment over the past three decades through her participation in Partners for Livable Places. She earned her LEED AP credential in 2009 and lectures extensively on sustainable design and water conservation. She is the founding chair of the Stewardship Committee for the American Society of Landscape Architects; has participated in the design of numerous LEED building projects; and actively participates in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ASLA. Marum remains focused on striking a balance between protecting San Diego’s natural resources and enhancing the quality of its built environment. Learn more at marumpartnership.com —Delle Willett cut her teeth traveling as the daughter of a career Navy man. A graduate of USD with a BFA in hand, her career in marketing and public relations

has flourished for over 30 years. An active volunteer for various local organizations, she currently works as a freelance publicist and writer when she’s not traveling the world with her husband, a retired airline pilot. Delle can be reached at dellewillett@gmail.com.v

Architect Marian Marum (Photo by Delle Willett)

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