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Bike sharing on its way to San Diego Manny Lopez Downtown News

At home with Salazar

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2012 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge winner, “Home is Where the Heart Is,” by World Master Rusty Croft (below) of Carmel, Calif. (Photo by John Gebhart)

Labor Day weekend to make way for SANDiego 300 tons of sand will turn B Street Pier into a “beach” Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

Mouthwatering dishes

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A swill of a good time

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For over 30 years, Imperial Beach was king of California sand sculpting. For various reasons associated with security and funding, the annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition came to a close after 2011. Many of the artists didn’t want the event to end, so Gordon and Joyce Summer, longtime Downtown residents who had acted as the “sponsor agency” for the Imperial Beach event for a number of years, decided to take it over. They launched 3D Art Expo LLC, renamed the event

the “U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo,” and quickly began searching for a new venue. After scouting and considering locations along The Strand, around Mission Bay and on Fiesta Island, negotiations eventually began with the Port of San Diego to bring the event to the B Street Pier, adjacent to the cruise ship terminal, and it’s kickoff was set for Labor Day weekend, 2012. Although the new location seemed an unusual choice to some, the organizers say the inaugural event along the

already bustling Embarcadero attracted an audience of over 200,000, with over 25,000 paid customers walking through the turnstiles. Now in its second year at the new location, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo will be open to the public from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The Summers said they are looking forward to another successful weekend and again plan to donate a portion of their proceeds to three different local children’s charities: Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning, It’s All About the Kids Foundation, and the Maritime Museum’s Children’s Educational Program.

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Junk ships in San Diego Bay Will Bowen

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There is a little known, quaint and colorful dirtpacked walking trail that winds around the northwest part of San Diego Bay behind Shelter Island called the La Playa Trail. It’s a unique place which makes you think you might be somewhere in Europe, with sailboats bobbing in the sunlit bay below and houses perched merrily high on the hill above. At the foot of the trail there is a memorial bench made of boulders and metal dedicated to the Chinese fishing community that existed here from 1860 – 1890. On these sandy shores, where Chinese fishermen

DecoBike bike-share riders enjoy Miami. (Courtesy DecoBike LLC)

lived in redwood shanties and dried fish out in the sun, the Sun Yun Lee – considered to be the finest Chinese “junk” boat in all of California – was built and launched in 1884. The bench was installed in 2012 due to the efforts of Murray Lee, a former Merchant Marine and author of “In Search of Gold Mountain: A History of the Chinese in San Diego.” Lee worked alongside the La

According to DecoBike, residents and visitors will have access to a network that will stretch from La Jolla to Barrio Logan through Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Hillcrest, Balboa Park, Old Town and Downtown. DecoBike will soon begin the process of designing the network and selecting bike-share station sites based on community input. “Imagine, people will be able to take the trolley, Coaster or Bus Rapid Transit from other areas of the County into Downtown, and use bike-sharing to explore areas or get to meetings and events that aren’t within easy walking distance from transit,” said Council President Todd Gloria in a press release. The agreement represents a capital investment of $7.2 mil-

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La Playa Trail offers a peek into region’s fishing past Downtown News

Beginning early in 2014, San Diego will host a privately-funded, self-service bicycle-sharing program with a fleet of at least 1,800 custom bikes made available at approximately 180 environmentally friendly solar-powered kiosks city-wide. On July 9, the City Council voted 7-0 to enter into a corporate partnership agreement with Miami-based DecoBike, LLC, to finance, implement, manage and operate a bike-share system for a term of 10 years with two five-year options.

The Chinese Fishing Memorial at the foot of La Playa Trail in Point Loma. (Photo by Will Bowen)


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The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition took a contingent, led by Executive Director Andy Hanshaw (center), to April’s CicLAvia event in Los Angeles. (Courtesy SDCBC)

It’s a ‘movement and a journey’ ‘Cycle Days’ to take over San Diego city streets Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

Over five miles of San Diego city streets will be closed to motor vehicles and only open to foot traffic and bicycles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11. Called “CicloSDias,” the car-free event is a first for San Diego, but the city will be joining other major cities across the country and throughout Latin America when it hosts the “cycle days” that focus on bike- and walk-friendly neighborhoods. Organized by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC), CicloSDias is being fashioned after those other events, including Los Angeles, which is now in its fourth year and saw an attendance of 180,000 last April. The SDCBC was launched by the Sierra Club in 1987, and has since grown into an official 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy group, acting not only as the voice of bicyclists, but a protector of their rights. “We needed to evolve to reflect the changing bicycle movement and who’s bicycling and why,” said Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “We’ve always been a recreational hub here, we’ve got the coast, we’ve got the bay, we’ve got trails, and things like that, but we’ve also got a growing population of transportation riders and commuters. … So our organization needed to evolve to serve both of those populations.” Hanshaw credits Bogota, Columbia, with starting the CicloSDias movement. “They shut down certain parts of the city to cars and opened it up to active movements, biking, walking – any sort of activity – playing in the streets, for a certain amount of time so people could get the idea that our streets are really about all modes of travel and all types of users,” he said. SDCBC worked with city

officials on the CicloSDias map, which consists of a 5.2-mile route that begins in City Heights and makes its way down 30th St. all the way to Logan Heights, with a short loop at Fern Street. “We think the communities that the route showcases were probably the primary motivation for [the route],” he said. “These

are great urban San Diego communities representing a wide range of people and a lot of areas where people like to bicycle, too.” SDCBC is encouraging all businesses along the route to actively participate in the sixhour event. Pedestrians, their children and even their animals are also invited to attend. “The key goal is to patronize the businesses,” Hanshaw explained. “There are no official vendors for this event; the point is the movement and the journey. The businesses are the ones we hope will benefit.” One thing Hanshaw said they want everyone to understand is that CicloSDias is not a race. There is no official starting point and no finish line; it is just five miles of open road to do whatever you wish outside of motor vehicle activity. Traffic will still be two direc-

tional and four hubs will serve as rest-stop areas. Although there will be no parking allowed on any of the streets involved during the six-hour period, Hanshaw said periodic crossing points will exist along the route so drivers can pass through the area into their own neighborhood. Parking alternatives will also be offered to those inconvenienced. To help fund the expenses for its San Diego debut, SDCBC has established a crowd-funding page and hopes to raise $15,000. Visit fundly. com/ciclosdias for more information. DecoBikes of Florida, the company recently awarded the bike-share contract for San Diego which begins its installation in 2014, will also be on hand for the Aug. 11 event. “We are very excited about participating in CicloSDias where we will be displaying our new bike share system,” said Colby Reese, chief marketing officer. “It’s going to be a great communitydriven event for San Diego that enables residents to enjoy cycling, rollerblading, and walking in an open-street format while having fun shopping, dining and enjoying the outdoors without worrying about cars and trucks trying to dominate the roadways.” Hanshaw feels the growing popularity of these events demonstrates that people want to move about in a car-free and safe environment. “It’s a bold statement if you really think about it,” he said, adding that he hopes to grow the event to several days per year, the way Los Angeles and San Francisco currently operate. “These types of things are popping up all over the country and it’s nice to see [San Diego] embrace the idea that we should get on board with this,” he said. For more information, visit the event website, ciclosdias. com or

A bike-share rental station in Miami Beach. San Diego’s 180 stations will be similar but will have their own unique design. (Courtesy DecoBike LLC)


BIKESHARE lion along with potential revenue of $2.6 million over the 10-year period. This figure does not reflect a potential revenue loss of up to $2,500 monthly per metered parking space required by maintenance vehicles for upkeep and repairs at bike-sharing stations. A total of 60-70 new jobs are expected to be created by the program. “Whatever revenue we’re going to lose off of that one meter I think will be more than offset by the number of people who would choose to come to those communities on bikes as opposed to cars,” Gloria said. “It’s a bargain. It’s worth the exchange.” The program will also create advertising and sponsorship revenue, eliminating the need for City subsidies. The City’s share will be deposited in the transportation division’s budget for reinvestment back into bicycle programs. Revenue from rentals will also be split and deposited into the general fund. Increased concerns over greenhouse gases, climate change and the cost of fuel have led many to seek out other ways to commute, such as bike-sharing. The first bike-sharing program was launched in the Netherlands in 1965 with 50 bicycles that anyone could use free of charge. According to the Earth Policy Institute, as of April 2013, more than 500 cities in 49 countries host bikesharing programs with over 500,000 bicycles in use. “Bike-share programs provide an alternative to motorized public transportation, which reduces traffic congestion, noise, pollution and provides a last mile and first mile solution for commuters,” said Natasha Collura, director of strategic partnerships for the City of San Diego. “Bike-

sharing makes bicycling a viable option for people without bikes or a place to store their bikes and encourages new bicycle commuters. More bikes on the road increases safety for other cyclists and promotes commerce by enhancing access to businesses, shopping and entertainment, and encourages physical exercise for users.” Initial designs are expected in August, and call for a one-size-fitsall bicycle made of a sturdy material, with proprietary components, three gears, antitheft devices, front and rear lighting for high visibility and space for advertising on handlebar placards, baskets and fenders. A distinct paint scheme will make the bikes recognizable as bike share bicycles. “I’m the owner of an electric bike store that specializes in bike rentals in Little Italy,” said Gary Stewart, owner of Ivan Stewart’s Electric Bike Center in Little Italy. “I completely support this. When people ride our bikes they come back and say this is the best thing that they have ever done on any vacation. As a business owner I cannot see anything but wonderful things coming out of it.” “Bike-sharing has found a great new home in the for wardthinking city of San Diego – a city whose residents and visitors embrace life outdoors and value sustainability in their transportation options,” said Colby Reese, chief marketing officer for DecoBike. “We look for ward to pedaling San Diego for ward and delivering a world-class bikeshare program.” 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



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Passion with no prejudice Downtown art dealer thrives through philanthropy

Entrance to the 2012 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge.

Kids take over the sandbox at last year’s event.

(Photo by Bob Koveleski)

(Photo by Bob Koveleski)



Approximately 300 tons of sand will be trucked in for 23 different sculptures that themselves will weigh close to 10-15 tons a piece. Each sculpture will be in it’s own “box,” so despite all that sand, attendees will be able to move about the pier and in between the sculptures on a clean, concrete surface, rather than worry about the challenges of sand under their feet. Summer said they are spending $60,000 on the event, which consists of appearance, prize money for three different classes of competition, and other expenses. It costs a lot of money to bring the best of the best to America’s Finest City. The 2012 grand-prize winner was Master Sand Sculptor Rusty Croft, of Carmel, Calif., who also won the people’s choice award with his “Home is where the heart is.” Second and third place went to master sculptors who came all the way from Ireland and Italy, respectively. Like last year, world masters from all over the globe – United States, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Canada and even Latvia – will descend upon the B Street Pier and begin crafting their masterpiece entries starting on the Wednesday

before Labor Day. This gives them a total of four days to perfect their sculptures and two full days to focus on them before crowds arrive. The masters will present their completed works to the crowd and the judges late Saturday and then on Sunday, they plan to offer children in attendance some tips and tricks to sand sculpting. “World sand sculptors are the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Summer said. “Not only are they talented, we really enjoyed working with them last year.” Meanwhile on Saturday and Sunday, three different threeperson teams who took turns tying up the top awards at the Imperial Beach event for its last decade, will be pitting their team sculpting skills against each other in the “I.B. Challenge,” a special sand carving competition that honors its Imperial Beach predecessor. In addition, another competition will be taking place across the pier, and consists of the Cool California Carvers, consisting of 10 teams of two, also sculpting for prizes. “The most exciting thing about the event is that it is a wholesome family event for San Diego, and if it’s not already, it’s going to be one of the signature events in this city for years to come,” Summer said. “There’s no alcohol and no beer garden – it’s a family event – and

that’s why the Port loves it and the city council loves it.” Since sand sculpting is threedimensional, Summer saw a way to expand the event by opening it up to artists of other three-dimensional mediums and the move was very successful. Types of this style of art to be showcased will include glass, gemstones, fabric and metal, and much of it will also be for sale. Musical and visual artists will also be performing all weekend long and there will be a sandbox, water bubble ride and other options for children to enjoy. In addition there will be eight different food trucks and an exhibitor section. Downtown residents may walk to the event others are encouraged to take public transportation due to some of the construction still going on along Harbor Dr. Tickets for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition are $9., with active duty military, children and seniors $6. Those who show their MTS passes or COASTER tickets will receive a $3 discount. Check this paper for a coupon, as well. The Sofia, a boutique hotel located at 150 W. Broadway, is acting as the event’s host hotel and will be offering special room rates to attendees. Parking is at a premium but available within walking distance. For more information, visit

“The Arrangement” by Erica Ryan Stallones (Courtesy White Box Contemporary) Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

When local art dealer Alexander Salazar finally opened up his own business in January 2010 after nearly two decades in the industry, choosing the right name was something he put a lot of thought into. Motivated by an article that said those who go into business using their own name tend to be more committed and successful, Salazar found himself conflicted by the idea of using his given name, “Alejandro,” because it was hard to say. “I wanted [my business name] to be something people would remember, not struggle with,” he explained. Shortly after inking the deal using the American transla-

tion of “Alexander,” Lady Gaga released a song that would introduce “Alejandro” to the world, and although he admits to initially mourning a lost opportunity, he quickly took the news in stride, gleefully playing the song on repeat during the grand opening of Alexander Salazar Fine Art, located at the corner of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Downtown. Just under four years later, the openly gay art dealer is thriving. “The one thing that runs a gallery business is art sales,” he said. “In the beginning, it was really awesome. People were really excited and very supportive. Then there was an in-between lull that got me a little worried, but then there was a big ‘wow.’”

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SALAZAR His magic recipe seems to be his marketing endeavors – opening long-term mini-exhibitions at the Hilton Bayfront and Palomar, installing “pop-up” galleries in neighboring businesses, and hosting lots of charity events – which have all begun to pay off. One of his most successful pop-ups has been a two-year exhibition at FIT Athletic Club on 10th Avenue. The FIT installation, like another at Downtown’s Zanzibar Café, are offered free of charge by Salazar, and offer those who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do so, a snapshot of the vast collection of artists he represents. “People have said, ‘Why would you put art into a gym?’ but it is a [high end] gym and executives go there,” he said. These exhibits resonate with art enthusiasts, especially when they become part of their daily routine. Salazar calls them “no pressure” exhibits, since sales only occur if someone sees something they like and then calls or visits his gallery, but it works. Salazar was born the youngest of seven to Catholic, MexicanAmerican parents in Houston. He spent his undergraduate years at Colorado College before heading east to Boston College for a master’s in art history. Not satisfied with just one master’s, he went on to attend Harvard University for theology and sociology, and later lived abroad in London and Italy before arriving in San Diego in 2001. His unique educational journey not only helped shaped his taste and style, but also taught him important lessons for the career path he chose. “[I learned] to be honest and have a conscience,” Salazar said. “The art world is very malnutritioned; it’s a hard business. A lot of people are jaded because they get ripped off. Some people do it for a few minutes and some do it for a lifetime. I plan to do this until I’m dead.” His diverse and ever-expanding line of clients eventually caused him to separate his artists under

Alexander Salazar sits at home along with several giant works adorning the 40-foot high wall of his Church lofts residence. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) differing brands. Aside from Alexander Salazar Fine Art, he also produces and curates under the names White Box Contemporary, Salazar – Contemporary Art Exhibits, and Salazar AIR. Now in its third year, the AIR project occupies a small, 250-squarefoot space just adjacent to Salazar’s main gallery on Broadway [see sidebar]. There, on a three-month rotational basis, he offers struggling artisans a studio of their own and lets them loose to create their art. It is an exercise in philanthropy for the 40-year-old art entrepreneur, since none of the artists pay him a dime to use the space. “I’ve been an educator all my life, so I wanted to continue that by helping young artists. All I have to do is pay the bills and be patient,” he said, adding that those who create enough inventory are also promised a solo show in his gallery. The artists he selects for AIR are by invitation only and there is no application process, but there is one requirement. “They have to be hungry,” he said. White Box Contemporary, located at 1040 Seventh Ave., is an exhibit space Salazar describes as “smart” and “academic,” located just steps from his main gallery. From Aug. 10 – 30, Salazar will host “The Forest From the Trees,” there, an exhibit curated by Chris Trueman and Joshua Dildine showcasing the “intimate and extremely personal” work of four figurative painters from Los Angeles, Kimberly Brooks,

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Kathleen Melian and Erica Ryan Stallones. On a personal level, Salazar is living his dream in an oversized loft in Trilogy’s repurposed Church Lofts building on 10th Avenue, where he combines his two favorite things: rare and unique furniture in a historical setting. He said he’s always wanted to convert a church into a house and this dwelling is about as close as you can get. Its 40-foot ceiling offers ample space on the walls to display as much art as he chooses, and his goal is to hang them floor to ceiling. Currently included are a pair of extremely large portrait photos of his adopted dogs – Lucky, a cocker spaniel-poodle mix and Mick, a schnauzer – that flank an equally large portrait of himself. A half dozen other massive paintings and sketches of his own likeness are mixed with those of other people’s and adorn the expansive walls along with various other works, but it doesn’t even put a dent in his 1,000 piece personal collection. “My passion is giant paintings – something about the enormity – I could fall into them,” he said. “I think I have a piece from every artist I’ve ever represented, too.” From Aug. 10 – 30, Salazar will host “The Forest From the Trees,” at his White Box Contemporary gallery, at 1040 Seventh Ave. Curated by Chris Trueman and Joshua Dildine, the exhibit showcases the work of four figurative painters from Los Angeles, Kimberly Brooks, Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Kathleen Melian and Erica Ryan Stallones. For more information about Alexander Salazar Fine Ar t visit his galler y at 640 Broadway, Downtown, or his website alexandersalazar finear v

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Matty Davis at work in the AIR studio. (Photo by Anna Frost)

Local artist creates beauty out of AIR Alexander Salazar’s invitation for local artist Matty Davis to move his creative spirit into the ArtistIn-Residence (A.I.R.) studio was a welcome change. According to Davis, he and Salazar lived in the same Downtown loft building for about a year. Hoping to catch Salazar’s attention, he often left daily drawings in the lobby, but it wasn’t until he donated a piece to an open show that Salazar saw his work. The Massachusetts native moved to San Diego in 2001. He said his woodworking is “dirty but awesome,” and the sawdust doesn’t make it easy to produce at home. Enter Salazar, who says he launched A.I.R three years ago with the goal of supporting young artists by temporarily removing the stress and distractions that come with working at home. “I can see how their focus and their attention to their art is ten times more and it comes out in the art,” Salazar explained, adding, “I want good art in the world.” Davis has been working diligently on his wood art, the best of which Salazar says will eventually receive a solo exhibition at his gallery next door. The 32-year-old Davis said that his collection was inspired by the beauty that comes with age,

mingled with his own childhood memories. As a child, Davis hated the frequent fishing trips his father brought him on, but now fishing is one of his favorite activities. Drawing from those experiences, some of his hanging pieces feature driftwood attached to a mason jar with live beta fish inside and most of the wood in the whole collection comes from his favorite beach spots, though he won’t disclose the exact locations. For Davis, his art is about an escape from the world while expressing himself. “You just go out, you don’t have to think about too much, it’s basically for yourself,” he said. The small studio is a perfect place for Davis to retreat and create. If you see the door closed, however, he probably needs a break from the daily bustle and distraction of visitors, though you can still watch from the window. Despite battles with termites and the hazards of sawdust inhalation, Davis loves working with wood but sees himself changing mediums for his next collection. Like the ebb and flow of ocean tides, change is a part of who he is. Connect with Matty Davis on, or Twitter at @mattyartworld.v


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Letters Dear Editor, I love the new issue of Downtown! Thought I would just send over quick correction in the cocktail trends piece on page 18 [Drink Shrink, Vol. 14, Issue7]. Noble Experiment was not the first bar in San Diego to serve cocktails on tap, in fact they don’t even have a tap system. Neighborhood was. – Carissa O’Connor, via emailv

Editorial Jack Shu, president Cleveland National Forest Foundation For anyone who has traveled to other modern cities whether in the United States or abroad, they would know that San Diego rates poorly when it comes to having an effective transit system. This hurts our region’s economy and our health. As we grow with more residents and jobs Downtown, any delay in developing a vital transit system will only increase its cost. Yet the SANDAG board, consisting of our political leaders and who is responsible for regional transportation planning, are continuing to invest most of our tax dollars on additional freeway lanes. Such a policy will only give us traffic relief for a few years, not to mention that we don’t have parking spaces for all the cars that these roads will bring to the city. We know this because we, along with other cities, have and are experiencing it. Transit experts know that a light rail system connecting all our city centers has the capacity we need to make major transit routes work far better than bus lines. When there is a Padres game or a major event at Qualcomm, what’s the transit system that is helping most people get there without driving? Trolley lines, not buses. Cities throughout the world are investing in rail and abandoning failed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines for major routes. SANDAG’s own Urban Transit Strategy also calls for more rail lines; only their plan does not have them completed until 2040 or 2050.

Courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition What are Sharrows? Sharrows, shorthand for Shared Lane Markings, are state-approved, forty-inch-wide, white bicycle images with two forward pointing arrows painted on some streets. Where are Sharrows? • Sharrows are painted on streets primarily where a travel lane is too narrow for side-by-side sharing – too narrow for motorists to safely drive next to bicyclists within the same lane. • Sharrows were recently installed all the way down 30th Street, from Normal Heights into Golden Hill, in advance of CicloSDias and can now also be found in Encinitas, Leucadia, Solana Beach, and Oceanside in North County, as well as the San Diego communities of Ocean Beach, Point Loma, and Downtown. As need arises sharrows will be used in more places. Why are there Sharrows? • Sharrows recommend where it is generally safest for bicyclists to ride, positioned toward the middle of a lane. This position reminds bicyclists to ride far enough away from parked vehicles to

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In the next few weeks and months, SANDAG plans to commit billions of dollars implementing its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan. This is a plan which has been ruled a planning failure by the Superior Court. The plan calls for substantial expenditures on expanded freeway/BRT systems which will ultimately clog our Downtown communities with buses – starting next year – without delivering a real mobility answer to commuters, businesses and pedestrians. It’s time to stop investing in a system that no longer meets the mobility challenges of a changing economic and social world. Since we don’t produce gas or cars in San Diego, additional auto commuters will cause more capital to leave our region. On the other hand, investment in an effective transit network that connects our region’s urban centers will provide real economic returns for Downtown businesses as well as improve the quality of life for everyone in the region. At the very least, our elected officials who govern SANDAG need to assess more viable alternatives. Residents, restaurant owners, retailers and anyone who works in Downtown need to get involved now. Regardless of which city you live in, contact your mayor and city councilmember and ask what their position is on upcoming transportation projects. Ask them if they will stop these projects so that better investments in our transportation systems can be considered and implemented. Act now so that we can have a vibrant San Diego. The Urban Transit Strategy can be found at: Information comparing light rail to BRT and the economic benefits of transit development can be found at: transitsandiego.orgv

avoid being struck by suddenly opened car doors. • Sharrows also guide bicyclists toward the center of the lane to discourage unsafe passing within the same lane by motor vehicles. • Sharrows serve to alert motorists that bicyclists may be using the full travel lane. To pass a bicyclist who is using a full lane or a lane with sharrows, a motorist should wait for a safe opportunity to move entirely into an adjacent lane. • Additionally, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signs remind all of us that people have the right to use the full travel lane, using a bicycle or a vehicle. What is a Bike Lane? A Bike Lane is a part of a roadway marked by a solid white line and frequent bicycle symbols and arrows painted along many streets. Bike Lanes are usually accompanied by “Bike Lane” signs. Where are Bike Lanes? Bike Lanes are usually to the right of travel lanes, but sometimes between the rightmost through-only lane and a right-turn-only lane. How should we use Bike Lanes? • Vehicles may not normally be driven or parked in Bike Lanes, however, motorists are to yield to bicyclists before entering or making a turn across a Bike Lane. • Bicyclists must normally use a Bike Lane

when traveling slower than other traffic, but may leave the Bike Lane to avoid hazards such as to get away from the right hook zone, when approaching an intersection with a road, alley or driveway, or to prepare for a left turn. • Bicyclists must yield to overtaking traffic in the next lane before leaving the Bike Lane. • Bike Lanes are dashed or terminated before intersections so that bicyclists and motorists are reminded to merge into the appropriate lanes and lane positions for their respective destinations. Ride and share safely! For more information about the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, visit

A “sharrows” installed on 30th Street in South Park. (Photo by SDCNN)

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The Manchester Grand Hyatt, located at 1 Market Place, Downtown and now owned by Host Hotels, is undergoing a topto-bottom transformation. Phase one of the “inspired Grand redesign” – started in May 2012 – took just over a year to complete and comprised a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the property’s 1,628 guestrooms and suites. Changes included a carpet design reminiscent of the many stanchions supporting the nearby Coronado Bridge. The “Corner King” guestroom shown above offers sweeping views of San Diego Bay. A full story about the hotel’s multimillion-dollar upgrade will be explored in the September issue of Downtown News. (Courtesy Manchester Grand Hyatt)

DowntownBriefs ‘ART WALK ON THE BAY’ CHANGES NAME, VENUE AND DATES Mission Federal’s “Art Walk on the Bay,” which for the last seven years has been held in September on the grass straddling the Convention Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, has found a new home. Now called “ArtWalk @NTC” the popular art and music festival has moved to Liberty Station and will take place August 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A “sister” event to the annual Mission Federal ArtWalk held in Little Italy each spring, ArtWalk @NTC will remain free to all ages but promises “an even higher caliber of artists in a more intimate setting,” said a press release. Attendees can expect more than 100 local and internationally known visual artists, a dozen musicians performing more than16 hours of live music, and a variety of interactive art exhibitions all converging upon the new NTC Art & Culture district located at 2645 Historic Decatur Rd. at Liberty Station in Point Loma. KidsWalk will also return, as well as a large variety of unique cuisine and parking will also be free. For more information, visit RELAY FOR LIFE TO RUN THROUGH DOWNTOWN The American Cancer Society’s 24-hour fundraiser for cancer research is returning to Downtown San Diego this month at the Seaport Village’s North Embarcadero, located at 849 West Harbor Dr. The annual event allows participants to celebrate their own survival, connect with others, honor those who are currently fighting the battle or have been lost, and at the same time, raise money to help fight the disease moving forward. Started in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash., Relay For Life is now a worldwide event happening in communities across the world. San Diego’s event will kick off on Aug. 17 with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. which will be followed by a “survivor’s lap” at 9:30 a.m. The overnight community fundraising walk, which will end at 9 a.m. Aug. 18, will consist of various teams camping out next to the Relay For Life track whose members each take turns walking around the track during the 24-hour period. Food, games and activities will be provided for participants. A candlelit procession, called the “Luminaria Ceremony” at 8:30 p.m. will allow participants to honor loved ones who have lost their battle or are currently fighting the disease. A previous Relay for Life was held in Coronado on July 13 and 14. For more information or to sign up, call 619-318-1330 or visit and enter 92101. SUPPORT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH BY DINING OUT IN AUGUST San Diego’s first annual Dine Out for the Cure, which will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, launches on Aug. 28 and 29. Participating restaurants from all over San Diego County will donate a percentage of their proceeds to support local breast health and cancer programs and research, according to a press release. Downtown restaurants participating in the benefit include Chaplos, Croce’s, Café 21, The Rooftop at W San Diego, and Isola Pizza Bar, among others. “With this event all we want is for you to have a nice meal and know that you are making a difference at the same time,” said Laura Sherman, executive director of Komen San Diego in the release. “With your help we can make a huge impact in someone’s life. The money raised from this event could mean saving a life.” For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, visit MOTORIST AID PROGRAM EXPANDS COVERAGE The San Diego Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) has expanded its operation throughout San Diego County. Working in conjunction with the freeway call box

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program, FSP uses 25 tow trucks and 13 pick-up trucks to provide stranded motorists with gas, a jump-start, radiator water, or a tire change while on patrol around the region. The SANDAG publicly funded service will now include midday hours in addition to its normal rush hour coverage, according to a press release. FSP’s extended hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to rush hour coverage between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m., as long as funding remains available. Patrol coverage hours on the weekend remain the same, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “The Freeway Service Patrol plays a critical role in congestion relief and traffic safety,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said in the release. “In the past year alone, the program assisted nearly 58,000 motorists, the vast majority of them during rush hour, when just one disabled vehicle can cause havoc for thousands of commuters.” The patrol covers approximately 242 miles of San Diego freeways and state routes. For more information, visit

UNSUNG HEROES OF COMIC-CON KEEP DOWNTOWN CLEAN The Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team worked around the clock during the recent Comic-Con festivities to provide trash pick-up and safety patrols throughout the long weekend, according to a press release. Over 100 employees collected nearly 20 tons of trash and over 17,000 flyers during the three-day period. Additionally, trashcans in the Gaslamp Quarter were emptied 3,268 times, according to the release. The volume of trash was approximately three times the amount that Clean & Safe usually collects over a sevenday period on an average week. “Once again, our Clean & Safe team did an impeccable job to ensure the streets of Downtown were properly maintained and patrolled,” said Ryan Loofbourrow, executive director of the Clean & Safe program in the release. “They maneuvered through hundreds of thousands of Comic-Con attendees and spectators to pick up trash, stickers, and other debris left behind. Immediately following the festivities, the Gaslamp Quarter and the event areas were found immaculate and back to order.” The Clean & Safe program is a property and business improvement district that provides the Downtown area with social outreach and maintenance and safety patrols, offered 24 hours per day, seven days a week, supplementing services provided by the City of San Diego. For more information about Clean & Safe, visit HOMELESS OUTREACH CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY, ACHIEVEMENT The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego is celebrating their third anniversary, as well as their recent membership to the 2.5 Percent Club, according to a press release from the organization. The Campaign, which focuses on creating permanent housing and providing supportive services with the goal of ending homelessness Downtown, was recognized for their significant progress by the membership to 2.5 Percent Club. Part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, the 2.5 Percent Club is exclusive to high-performing organizations that are “on track to end homelessness,” according to the release. Most notably, The Campaign has been able to house an average of 2.5 percent of the homeless population for the last four months. “This is the difference between talking about ending homelessness and actually doing it,” Becky Kanis, 100,000 Homes Campaign Director said in the release. “We are thrilled to welcome San Diego into the 2.5 Percent Club as one of the highest performing communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, and we’re counting on their leadership and expertise to help more communities make it in.” For more information about The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego, visit

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Donuts, waffles and seating, oh my! Downtown’s newest sensation reveals expansion plans Anna Frost Downtown News

Donut Bar is moving fast. Though the Downtown artisan donut shop opened a mere four months ago, it has already expanded both its physical and culinary realms by adding seating and new menu items. After extensive redecoration, coowners Santiago Campa and Wendy Bartels are welcoming customers to relax and indulge in an upstairs seating area. Previously, fans of Donut Bar’s unique creations had to take to the streets once purchasing their morning treat. With the new seating, however, one climbs the stairs to donut heaven. They planned to use the upstairs space from the beginning, but it needed a lot of work before it was ready for the public. The white walls and harsh fluorescent lighting felt too “commissary” for the atmosphere that they wanted their shop to project, Campa explained. Starting with a blank canvas, Campa and Bartels poured the same creative energy and love that make the donuts fantastic into the seating area. “Vanilla donuts sell good, but a vanilla dining room does not. So I got to pull upon my artistic abilities and say ‘what do we do up here to make this place cool?’” Campa said. The new color scheme of bright robin-egg blue and warm

The new upstairs lounge has ample seating and chalkboards for donut suggestions and comments. (Photo by Anna Frost) brown, paired with comfortable furniture, provides a space to meet, eat, and breathe before going off to the daily grind. A blend of new and old music wafts through the room and a wideangle window offers a view of bustling B Street below. Soon Campa will be replacing the sealed bay-style window with one that opens out to the street, for a more open vibe. Guests can draw, write favorite quotes, and even suggest new donut flavors on three large chalkboards that occupy the walls. Your flavor suggestions just might end up for sale downstairs – the staff pulls flavors ideas from the chalkboards at least once a week, according to Campa. Just don’t

get too out there. “There’s this one guy [who] keeps on requesting … a cucumber-lime donut … it’s like an ongoing joke, hashtag cucumber-lime donut. We’ll never do it, we can’t be too weird,” Campa said, laughing. Something different, and scrumptious, has found its way on to Donut Bar’s menu however – the waffle. Though Campa does not want waffles to overshadow Donut Bar’s original concept, he has created a menu of five different waffles topped with fruit, Nutella, and even bacon, for customers craving an alternative to donuts. The waffles are rapidly growing in popularity, the most notable item being a hybrid of donut and waffle

– the D-Waffle. Made by pressing their Saigon cinnamon and sugar raised donut into the Belgian waffle iron, Donut Bar takes breakfast to the next level, yet again. “The outside is super crunchy but the inside is still doughy, and you get the caramelized sugar and the cinnamon all mixed in,” Campa explained. “It’s like the best French toast you’ve ever had in your life.” The waffles can be ordered to-go downstairs and are also served upstairs from a quaint wooden counter, with the menu printed on a small chalkboard that hangs from the ceiling. Arrive earlier rather than lat later if you desire a crisp Belgian or a decadent D-Waffle – the waffle iron turns off at noon sharp. If things go their way though, Donut Bar won’t be the only place waffle fans can get these creations. Despite the pair’s already full plate at Donut Bar, Campa and Bartels are scouting out a spot in the Gaslamp Quarter for another shop that will feature their waffles exclusively. While the happy co-owners keep busy with the new additions, social media and planning the next genius donut flavor, their hard work is paying off. Though Donut Bar was an overnight sensation – doing the unthinkable by turning a profit after just one month – their success is still


rising at an exponential rate. San Diego Magazine not only named Donut Bar the number one spot to visit Downtown in their July issue, they went on to dub them the “Best Non-Surfing Reason to Get Up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday” in their Best of San Diego 2013. Last, but certainly not least, the two newfound local celebrities are currently in negotiations for a reality television show, though Campa is not able to disclose the network at this time. Now that’s just the icing on the donut. Anna Frost, a full-time journalism student at BIOLA University, is a summer intern for San Diego Downtown News.v

Co-owner Wendy Bartels shares their new waffle options (Photo by Anna Frost)


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friend who works at the southern edge of Little Italy considers the café by Waters Fine Foods & Catering a godsend. Prior to opening earlier this year, his lunch options were limited to sinful burritos and burgers from nearby eateries. Now he can eat quinoa salad and pole-caught tuna before returning to the office with a renewed spring in his step. Located at ground level of a glassy high rise along the C 555 West C St. (Core/Columbia) | 619-696-7555 Street trolley tracks, the craze for Waters’ wholesome sandPrices: Soups and salads, $3 to $9; sandwiches, wraps and wiches, salads and deli-case specialties is evident with lines burgers, $7 to $9; deli case specialties, prices vary out the door during the weekday lunch rush. So with the same friend in tow, we encroached around 1:30 p.m., when tables inside and on the roomy front patio were for the taking. base cheese sauces this glossy and flavorful. It’s the best Owner Mary Kay Waters prides herself on using construct I’ve encountered in a decade. organic and sustainable ingredients from local purveyors. Since launching her catering company more than 20 Breads, sauces and stocks are made from scratch, while years ago, plus two other cafés in Bay Park and Solana the plates, cups and to-go boxes are all biodegradable. Big Beach, Waters has assembled a team of chefs that collabofront windows suck in the daylight, which compliments the rate on the recipes. Their dishes extend also to items on interior’s mossy green accents and deli case, which houses the regular menu and daily specials posted on craft paper. sparkling displays of everything from kale and quinoa The plate presentations are fairly plain, given that the food salads to braised salmon and chicken enchiladas cloaked in is served on disposable paper ware. But the clean, gourmet fresh tomatillo sauce. quality of the food duly compensates. Yet despite the café’s healthy, low-fat credo, items such From the panini category, the caprese was voted among as buttermilk-battered Jidori chicken and luxurious mac-nthe “top three favorite foods” by visitors at this summer’s cheese find their way into the deli arrangement and play on Taste of Little Italy. Just when you’ve had your fill our weaknesses, as they did to us. of mozzarella and tomatoes appearing on The super-tender chicken breast every menu in the universe, along was richly encased in crisp, tangy come these two ingredients Southern goodness, though pressed between rosemary curiously greaseless. As bread and layered with for the panko-topped lemon aioli and pesto. mac-n-cheese com-The outcome is stimubining Jarlsberg, stimu lating and overdue. white cheddar In addition to and Parmesan, hand-formed Brandt every kitchen in Beef burgers, there America could is a veggie burger stand to learn made with du Puy the tricks for Greek salad with French feta (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) lentils, sweet potatoes keeping their

Turkey burger with lemon aioli and crispy onions (Courtesy Waters Fine Foods & Catering)

and quinoa. But with a serving of herby quinoa already on our table along with a standard Greek salad kicked up with creamy French feta cheese, we opted for the turkey burger. The white-dark meat patty meets its ideal condiment with the aforementioned lemon aioli. Crispy onions and red leaf lettuce add lively texture while the house-made bun (used for all of the burgers) adds a wisp of bakery freshness to the scheme. Other options from the regular menu include tuna salad sandwiches made from pole-caught albacore; grilled Portobello on focaccia; BLT and vegetable wraps; handcrafted pizzas; and a variety of quiche that starts diminishing by late afternoon. Homemade desserts such as Valrhona chocolate cookies and superbly tart lemon bars are perched at the counter. The café also sells boxed meals, should you decide to munch at your desk or residence or on the steps of a nearby office building. And for motorists who might shrug off eating here because of parking challenges, the aboveground lot is free for the first hour with validation. It’s accessible from Columbia and India streets. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine; San Diego Uptown News; Gay San Diego; Living in Style Magazine and The Gay & Lesbian Times. You can reach him at

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San Diego author Maria Desiderata Montana spares us the hassle of begging local restaurants for the recipes of their signature dishes, the ones that we love of course. In her latest book, “San Diego Chef’s Table” (Globe Pequot Press), she snags the precise specs for making whole sea bass from Christian Graves of Jsix; quiche Basquaise by Katie Grebow of Café Chloe; pumpkin waffles from Terr yl Gavre of Café 222; and Mexican chocolate cake from Dustin Beckner at Quality Social. Several other Downtown restaurants are featured, along with dozens more from kitchens across San Diego County. The 207-page book – due to release on Aug. 6 – is loaded with chefrestaurant profiles and luscious photography by John Dole. The cost is $24.95.

Meat yakitori from the new “omakase” menu at Gaijin Noodle + Sake House. (Courtesy Gaijin Noodle + Sake House)

An exotic culinar y journey through Japan awaits at Gaijin Noodle + Sake House, where Chefs Antonio Friscia and Fern Tran have introduced a $45 “omakase” menu, which in Japanese means, “I’ll leave it to you.” For guests who surrender their palates to the kitchen, the chefs will oblige with six or seven courses of fresh and creative dishes that have included various sashimi, oxtail noodles made with humanely raised beef and vegetable or meat yakitori from the white charcoal grill. 627 Fourth Ave., 619-238-0567.

What do you get when you cross a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a chandelier made of Jack Daniels bottles and a former Playboy playmate? The answer is Lucky Bastard Saloon, the Gaslamp District’s newest high-profile establishment launched by model-turnedrestaurateur Nicole Dahm Kelly. Amid naughty-named cocktails and casual grub that includes battered cheese curds and burgers with peanut butter are 38 bigscreen televisions, billiards and shuffleboards. 840 Fifth Ave., 619-233-0023. Guests enter through a tunneled staircase reminiscent of a Tokyo subway at the new Bang Bang, which showcases a full slate of Asian cuisine and what the promoters are calling “the largest disco ball on the West Coast.” The 7,000-squarefoot space, which formerly housed Airr Supper Club, was launched by Mauricio Couturier of El Camino in Little Italy and Johnny Shockey of Voyeur. Video projections and oversized Japanese lanterns set the stage inside for sushi, “bang mi” sandwiches and flaming punch bowls. 526 Market St., 619-677-2264. Farm-fresh salads, hormonefree meats and line-caught fish rule the day at Tender Greens, which recently opened its third San Diego location in the former Greyhound Bus station on Broadway. Chef Bradley Austin, a deep-sea fisher and graduate of the Culinar y Institute of America, heads a menu that includes “backyard” marinated steak, herb-brushed albacore and tons of big, leafy salads. In addition, a concept version of the environmentally friendly restaurant is slated to open in late August in the Commuter Terminal at San Diego International Airport. 110 W. Broadway, 619-795-2353. The Dallas-based Fogo de Chao makes its San Diego debut on Aug. 22 in the mondo brick structure that previously housed Border’s. The Brazilian steakhouse features gaucho chefs slicing and ser ving 14 different cuts of meats tableside. Customers will be supplied with the customar y discs revealing a red side to stop the flow of meat, and the green side to bring more on. Options include top and bottom sirloin, lamb, rib eye, pork loin, linguica and more. 668 Sixth Ave., 619-338-0500. Frank Sabatini has been a food critic for over 20 years. He can be reached at fsabatini@


(above) The Chinese “junk” Sun Yun Lee seen anchored in San Diego Bay and (below) its memorial plaque embedded in concrete near the bench. (Photo by Will Bowen)


JUNKSHIPS Playa Trail Association, the Port District, and the local Chinese community, to bring the monument into being – quite an accomplishment given the City’s hesitancy to construct and maintain memorials of any sort these days. On June 25, Lee gave a talk at the Point Loma Assembly building at 3035 Talbot St., commemorating the one-year anniversary of the memorial. Linda Benz, a graduate student in the history department at San Diego State University, also spoke about the history of Chinese fishing on the Channel Islands. “The erection of the Chinese Fishermen’s Memorial here in Point Loma, in the area where they had a fishing village and a ship building facility, as well as having a fishing village in the harbor at the foot of Chinatown, is a long overdue recognition of this important part of San Diego history,” Lee said at the ceremony. Roy Ashley, the president and CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego agrees. “[It is] a worthy effort that speaks to the diverse origins of our community,” he said. The significance of the Chinese fishermen’s presence in San Diego was first noted years ago by San Diego historian John Davidson, who once wrote, ‘The Chinese were the first to take fishing vessels out of the harbor, thus founding the great fishing business now flourishing thereabouts!” According to Lee, Chinese fishing began in California in the San Francisco/Monterey region the early 1850s when Chinese junks, which sailed all the way from the Canton area of South China, arrived in California. They called their new home “Gold Mountain” and had come here to seek their fortune. Within 10 years, the fishermen had moved their base of operations south to San Diego because of the better quality of fishing. From 1860–1890, Chinese fishing was an important part of the San Diego economy. The Chinese supplied all of the marine resources for the entire city. They peddled fish door to door and sold them at fish stands at Ballast Point, Roseville, and Chinatown. When in 1880, the Chinese shut down their fishing operations for a time, the San Diego Union newspaper lamented, “A fresh fish cannot be had in this town for love or money!” The Chinese fished for rock cod, sheephead and yellowtail. They trolled abalone lures for barracuda and seined for bait fish, such as anchovies and sardines, inside San Diego Bay. But their most important fishing was for black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii), which they pried off the rocks at low tide, then boiled in salt water and dried on flat rocks or platforms in the sun. Typically, the junks fished in pairs when they went after abalone. One boat was used for sleeping, the other for holding cargo. Small row boat-like sampans, launched from the anchored mother ship,

were rowed in toward shore to maneuver around in the intertidal zone exposed at low tide, which is the habitat of the black abalone. The Chinese had the abalone (a staple food in China) all to themselves because no one else wanted them. At first they gathered only the meat and threw away the shells, as research has indicated. “We found many Chinese sites on the south side of San Clemente Island, characterized by large piles of abalone shells, as well as cooking hearths,” Benz said. Eventually, the fishermen also began collecting the shells, once they recognized there was a worldwide demand for them in the jewelry trade. They bundled up their dried fish, abalone meat, and shells, then shipped them out of San Diego Bay on the steamship Oriziba to San Francisco, where the fish and abalone were then distributed to Chinese settlers working in the mining camps and railroads, or back to mainland China. The shells, in turn, were shipped throughout the United States and Europe. The wooden junks that the Chinese fished in measured from 40 to 50 feet in length, were 10 to 16 feet wide, had two to three masts, and had eyes painted on the bow, which helped them “see their way.” They sailed as far north as the ChanChan nel Islands and some 400 miles south down the coast of Baja, California. The Chinese fishermen lived at two sites along San Diego Bay. One village, comcom posed of 12 redwood shanties, some built on stilts in the water, was located in New Town at the foot of the Stingaree District and ChiChi natown, approximately where the modern day Convention Center sits. Another, consisting of 10 shacks, plus numerous pens for chickens, which were fed fish scraps, was at La Playa Beach in Roseville. At the height of Chinese fishing in 1880, there were 53 Chinese fishermen (some with families), 22 shacks, and 18 junks working out of San Diego Bay. Then came the discriminatory Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Scott Act of 1888, and the Geary Act of 1892, which shut down the Chinese presence in the fishing industry. The fishermen were forced to sell their junks to “anglos,” who used them for hauling guano up from the islands of Baja for fertilizer. Some days, you will find Lee down at the fishing memorial. He sweeps it, keeps it clean, and heads off any canines that might view it as a pit stop. Recently he anchored some of the memorial’s cobblestones with earth because he feared people were throwing them into the water. Often he looks out onto the Bay. “The Maritime Museum has promised to build a replica of a Chinese junk after they have finished construction of the San Salvador sailing ship,” he said with a gleam in his eye. “Some day soon we will again see a Chinese junk sailing these waters.” Lee can be reached at Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at

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(l-r) Sean Allan Krill, Zoe Chao, Nadia Bowers and Patrick Breen in “Sideways” at La Jolla Playhouse. (Photo by Kevin Berne)

Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

Designed to tickle oenophiles and the overly romantic, Rex Pickett’s “Sideways” is now a play. Based on his own wildly popular 2004 novel and Oscar-winning film and directed by former Playhouse artistic director Des McAnuff, the piece had its critical opening July 21 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre and continues in an extended run through Aug. 25. Let’s say it’s light and appealing summer entertainment with a fruity appeal and a bitter aftertaste. The bitter aftertaste is due to the cavalier treatment a wine-country beauty named Terra (lovely, likeable Zoë Chao) receives from Jack (tall,

appealingly awkward Sean Alan Krill) in a somewhat mutual seduction – like the old saw, he was only poking fun but she took it seriously. The freewheeling Jack, a film director who knows nothing of wine and little of women, is having a last fling in California wine country prior to settling down as a married man. One wonders if such men ever settle down even after submitting to the nuptial ceremony. Jack’s friend, a depressed novelist named Miles (Patrick Breen), is the protagonist, oenophile and tour guide. Miles becomes involved with Maya (Nadia Bowers) in a relationship that may go the distance, or at least the novelist/playwright leaves us with that hope in the play. The trip through Santa Ynez

Valley vines, loins, restaurants and wineries is memory lane for some, and though a working knowledge of grape varieties and their qualities is helpful, it is not necessary. The tale is largely autobiographical in nature, based on a similar trip involving Pickett (a graduate of UCSD) and a friend. Pickett has self-published a sequel titled “Vertical,” which depicts another Miles and Jack road trip. Those who loved the dark comedy of the film may find the play’s male characters less likeable and therefore less forgivable than the movie’s. One of the play’s best scenes involves a wacky, selfappointed lawman named Brad (Tom Patterson) who instead of killing local varmints turns his

shotgun on Miles and Jack. Overall, the play’s emphasis on comedy brings it a brittleness and lack of profundity when it comes to human insight into depression’s despair and palpable pain. It’s lightness as opposed to the terror of darkness. Terra’s rejection and pain are given short shrift as well. Perhaps after Jack marries and Miles sells his book, she and Maya will start the winery of which they dream. The Playhouse production is enhanced with original music by Michael Roth, performed by guitarist Peter Sprague and recorded at Encinitas’ Spragueland Studios. Robert Brill’s scenic design lends itself well to quick scene changes. Paul Tazewell is costume designer, Michael Walton the lighting designer, Cricket S. Myers the sound

designer, and Sean Nieuwenhuis the video and projection designer. The choreographer is Lisa Shriver and fight director is Steve Rankin. Sideways has just been extended through Sept. 1 at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tue. & Wed., 8 p.m. Thur. – Sat., 7 p.m. Sun, and at 2 p.m. Sat & Sun. For tickets, call 858-550-1010 or visit Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. She can be reached at


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Independence Day After a year off, IndieFest is back and better than ever Logan Broyles Downtown News

For the better part of the last decade, Danielle Lopresti and Alicia Champion have been the face of San Diego’s Independent culture with their creation, IndieFest. But all of that almost came to an end when Lopresti was diagnosed with a rare form of stage-three cancer in seven different places throughout her body this past winter. With Lopresti now in remission and things looking clear, IndieFest is ready for its triumphant return after a one-year hiatus. The three-day festival comes to the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station on August 16-18. This will be the eighth time that the festival has been held in the last nine years, with 2011 being its first year at Liberty Station after previously taking over the streets of Bankers Hill and North Park. Considering the new loca location was six times bigger than the previous one, Champion and Lopresti decided to take 2012 off to give them extra time to reorganize for the next time around. After fighting through some serious trials and tribulations, the pair has come back with full steam and are ready to pull off what has become the largest local festival that focuses on all things Indie. It will also be the biggest IndieFest to date, with six different stages spread through-

Rapper Talib-Kweli is also a headliner. (Photo by Anna Sian)

out Liberty Station. The popular event does more than just promote lesser known bands and filmmakers; it aims to touch on everything it can within the Indie culture, from Independent artists, music, and film, as well as businesses and nonprofits. “We feel really passionate about turning people on to the truly remarkable art and revolutionary ideas that are happening in their own city that they just don’t know about because these entities are usually totally underfunded,” Lopresti said. “There’s no money plastering what they’re doing on billboards or making sure their products are right in front of you in line at the grocery store so they go relatively unknown and are relatively broke, even though the art and the work that they’re doing is fantastic and

really important to the local community,” she said. With over 1500 submissions for this year’s festival, Champion and Lopresti had their hands full sorting through it all, and they’re very proud of the final lineup of over seventy-five artists that they came up with. The schedule features a broad spectrum of musical acts, from headliners Cake and rapper Talib Kweli, to groundbreaking, out artist and YouTube sensation Steve Grand, and bands like Best Coast, The Heavy Guilt, Ferron, and even a group called Saucy Monkey. Everything from country and folk, to poetry will be included, and there is even a night dedicated solely to EDM and electronica music on Friday, with a headlining performance by noted DJ PhuturePrimitive. Lopresti said their goal is to have a couple bands on the bill “that really excite you” along with 20 other indie bands, artists or nonprofits that you’ll walk away “totally stoked about.” IndieFest started back in 2004 as only a one-day event. The original mission – which still holds true today – was to create a sense of community among Independent artists and help them share their resources so that they could get their work out to the public. “The idea that if you’ve heard of a band they’re god and if you

CAKE headlines this year’s Indie Fest at Liberty Station Aug. 16-18. (Photo by Robert McNight)

haven’t heard of them then they aren’t that good is totally false and it’s one of our biggest goals to prove that at IndieFest,” Lopresti said. For Champion and Lopresti, IndieFest is part of a larger struggle to preserve the local arts and culture of the city. They want to do their part to support the features that make this city unique. “I think most people generally love and appreciate a sense of culture [where they live],” Lopresti said. “All of that is more important than having the same corporations and the same bands in every city across the country. There’s something special that only exists in San Diego, and if we don’t support the Independent arts and culture, it’s going to go away.” The promoters said they fully appreciate the diversity of the event and the crowd it attracts and that is reflected in their headliners. Champion and Lopresti are full-time musicians, themselves,

and their band Danielle Lopresti and the Masses will be playing on Saturday night on the main stage, right after Kweli and before Cake. “IndieFest is going to be our band’s big return to the stage since Danielle’s diagnosis back in January,” Champion said. “She’s only very recently been in remission, she’s been out of treatment for about five weeks. On a personal level pulling this off was really hard but we’ve got a lot going on this year that we’re really proud of.” Lopresti said she plans to do the best she can and hopes her voice holds out. “It’s going to be kind of a spiritual experience for me,” she said. Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at


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FRIDAY – AUG 2 Cortez walkabout: Join the Clean & Safe program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership on their weekly walkabout through an area of Downtown. This week, a section of Cortez Hill. For more info and meet-up location, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. 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 619-294-7461. SATURDAY – AUG 3 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Live Music – Emily Marie: sultry jazz in the style of Marilyn Monroe. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – AUG 4 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration required. 21+. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit: Fab Live Music: Abbey Road’s 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Invasion of America Show – Beatles tribute band performs 1963 – 66 chart toppers. 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $12-21, call 858-4818140 or visit MONDAY – AUG 5 Senior Monday at The Fleet:

12:30 lecture “Draining the Mighty Colorado: San Diego’s insatiable thirst and how you can quench it,” by SD Coastkeepers, followed by IMAX film, “Living Sea,” at 2 p.m. Science Center exhibits included. $7 for seniors 65+. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE

TUESDAY – AUG 6 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 visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – Shakespeare’s great roles for women – anyone can join in or just listen. Informal caféstyle seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE WEDNESDAY – AUG 7 Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tue., Wed. and Thurs. through Aug. 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Coolrays. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit summer-events. Live Planetarium Show: “The Sky Tonight: One year since Curiosity” Lunar landing on Mars and local August night sky featured, followed by Astronomy Assn telescope viewing on Prado (separate, free). 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. Tickets members $10-12, non-members $1214. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. THURSDAY – AUG 8 Live Music– Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: combines contemporary and

classical jazz with Latin and hard bop influences. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. Village 631, 631 Ninth Ave., East Village. More info visit

FRIDAY – AUG 9 Core/Columbia walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, a section of Core/Columbia. For more info and meet-up location, visit clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. 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 619-294-7461. USO Harley Ride: Meet at SD Harley Davidson, 5600 Kearny Mesa Rd. at 5:30 p.m. for food & drinks, then ride to Mad House Comedy Club, 520 Horton Plaza, Downtown to see Jimmy Shubert, where you can enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 p.m. Free parking. Tickets $15, all proceeds benefit USO. Active Duty & spouses half off with ID. Reserve tickets: promo@ Live Music: Kenny Loggins with Blue Sky Riders, soft rock 9 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $79-139, call 858-481-8140 or visit Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6-8 p.m. – FREE SATURDAY – AUG 10 Live Music – Sounds of Brasil: Bossa Nova, Pagode, popular Brazilian music and Samba. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE Live Music: Kenny Loggins

with Blue Sky Riders, soft rock 9 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $79-139, call 858-481-8140 or visit Hounds for Hope: Annual canine cancer awareness walk and wellness festival. Mile walk, vendors, pet products & adoptions, doggie games, and prizes. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Follow signs. Preble Field on Cushing Dr., Liberty Station. For more info, visit

SUNDAY – AUG 11 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Elliott Lawrence. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. MONDAY – AUG 12 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – AUG 13 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – AUG 14 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Oompah! – El Cajon German Band. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit balboapark.


THURSDAY – AUG 15 Live Music: – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tues., Wed. and Thurs. through Aug. 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Graceland –Elvis tribute. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit summer-events. FRIDAY – AUG 16 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 619-294-7461. Gaslamp walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, a section of the Gaslamp. For more info and meet-up location, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – AUG 17 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. Advance reservations required. For more info and to register, visit Live Music – Stacey & The Stimulators: Soul rocking jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego every Fri & Sat in AUG. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Hornblower Cruises, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. For more info:

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CALENDAR SUNDAY – AUG 18 Mad House Comedy: New comics talent night. Want to perform? Call them. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:00 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. 21+. No cost, no minimum. For more info: IMAX in Español: Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. IMAX film and exhibit galleries included. 4 p.m. Tickets members $10-13, non-members $14-17. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit MONDAY – AUG 19 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Upstart Crow Book Club: Meets third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. This month’s book is “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. To join, speak to a clerk or email upstartcrow@gmail. com. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit TUESDAY – AUG 20 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 visit/Tuesdays. Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tues., Wed. and Thurs. through Aug. 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Stoney B Blues Band. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit Midsummer Play + Q&A: Part of the Shakespeare Festival, Midsummer Night’s Dream is filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle. 7 p.m. Post-show informal forum with cast members. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.. Tickets start at $29, call 619-23-GLOBE or visit WEDNESDAY – AUG 21 Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every

Tues., Wed. and Thurs. through Aug. 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Afrotuka – Salsa Orquestra. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit visit/summer-events. Open Mic Poetry: Charles Trumbull, former editor of Modern Haiku Anthology presents his new book, “A Five-Balloon Morning: New Mexico Haiku.” Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355.

THURSDAY – AUG 22 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – AUG 23 Marina walkabout: Join the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, a section of Marina. For more info and meet-up location, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. 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 619-294-7461. Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 8:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. SATURDAY – AUG 24 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. Advance reservations required. For more info and to register, visit Live Music – Jonathan Valverde: Ballads and Spanish pop. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-2324855 or visit upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego every Fri & Sat in AUG. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. 970 N. Hornblower Cruises, Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.

For more info:

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SUNDAY – AUG 25 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Live Music: Courtney Love and musical guest rock. 9 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $39-69, call 858-4818140 or visit

TUESDAY – AUG 27 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE

MONDAY – AUG 26 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY – AUG 28 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woo-


gie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit

THURSDAY – AUG 29 Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Legends – Oldies show band. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit balboarpark. org/visit/summer-events. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at



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Business Bits Co-Merge Downtown offers shared work spaces (Photo by John Durant)

Working outside the box Local company gives telecommuters a place to call home Dave Fidlin Downtown News

Recent advancements in technology have changed conditions for professionals – inside and outside the traditional workplace. The working world has grown progressively global, and the number of remote workers – or telecommuters – has grown exponentially. As an increasing number of employees and independent workers perform their tasks from home offices, coffee shops and even their cars, the scenario of renting out professional workspace has followed suit as a growing trend in recent years. Downtown San Diego hosts one such option, Co-Merge Workplace, a venue geared toward telecommuting professionals in a wide variety of industries. A year-and-a-half ago, business partners Robert Conrad and Michael Kenny opened Co-Merge after renovating vacant office space at 330 A St. The location, Conrad said, was strategic – it is in the midst of San Diego’s financial district. “We also liked it because it’s very close to the Civic Center, the courthouse, Little Italy and Cortez Hill,” Conrad said. “We found that there are a lot of young, remote workers in the Downtown area, and we felt [Co-Merge] could be a good resource.” Co-Merge features both indoor and outdoor amenities and offers private offices, conference rooms, a dedicated area for video conferencing and a rooftop space for networking events.

Since opening in early 2012, Conrad said he has discovered workers use the spaces for a variety of reasons, and the mix of independent, entrepreneurial people compared to employees who work remotely for a company is close to evenly split. “What we’re offering highlights the urban lifestyle that a lot of people are longing for,” Conrad said. “For employees working remotely, this gives employers an added level of accountability. There are companies who like this because it takes care of the real estate burden. There’s a reduction in the amount of space that’s needed.” While some professionals use Co-Merge as a place for peace and quiet – and to get away from the voluminous distractions within their home – Conrad said others have benefited by networking with fellow professionals inside and outside of their industry. “We’ve had a true cross section of people working out of here,” he said. “You don’t have to look too far outside Co-Merge to find what you need, in terms of expertise.” Conrad said he and Kenny have deliberately created a wide-ranging price structure, with flexibility in mind. Those looking for a one-time, drop-in visit of one hour can pay $8, while monthly users pay between $450 and $500, depending on whether a dedicated desk or open work space is selected. Regardless of the package and price plan selected, CoMerge offers such amenities as high-speed wireless internet, networking opportunities

and coffee, tea and snacks as standard. Since the company’s inception, Co-Merge has partnered with a national company, LiquidSpace, in recruiting professionals to work out of the facility. Palo Alto, Calif., based LiquidSpace touts itself as an online marketplace that offers professionals more than 2,000 workspaces in more than 250 cities across the United States. At the moment, LiquidSpace has relationships with 157 California companies that offer remote workspace. A recent study by the International Data Corporation, an intelligence and advisory organization, revealed there are currently more than 1 billion professionals working remotely across the world. “Business professionals of today are more empowered to choose how, where and when they work,” said Mark Gilbreath, CEO and co-founder of LiquidSpace, explaining the rationale behind his company. For more information about Co-Merge Workplace, visit, call 619-255-9040 or email For more information about LiquidSpace and its partnerships with other workspace companies, visit 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

Top of the Market gains new executive chef Award-winning San Diego Bay restaurant Top of the Market welcomes Ivan Flowers as their new executive chef, according to a press release. Chef Flowers has a collective 25 years of fine dining experience, previously owning Fournos restaurant in Arizona. He also recently won the Meals on Wheels Gala appetizer chef challenge, in which he competed against other local chefs. “We’re honored and excited to have Chef Flowers lead the Top of The Market team, and to share his creative mind and passion for food with our guests,” said Dwight Colton, vice president of operations at Fish Market Restaurants in the release. Nation’s best ballpark food is at Petco Park Phil’s BBQ and the San Diego Padres have been voted as the best ballpark food nationwide in a recent “Stadium Food King” social media challenge run by USA Today Sports, according to a press release. The Phil’s BBQ El Toro tri-tip sandwich first beat out the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Sonoran Dog, the Milwaukee Brewers’ pull pork parfait and in the final, the Kansas City Royals’ Cheesy Corn Brisket-acho, to win the national title. “Anytime you can beat out a great BBQ state like Kansas, it’s a good day,” said Phil’s BBQ owner Phil Pace in the release. “Being located inside the ballpark has been a lot of fun for our BBQrew, and we look forward to serving many more fans at Petco.” Phil’s’ opened at Petco last year and will continue to expand its brand at the San Diego International Airport Aug. 13. “The Padres are committed to showcasing the best food San Diego has to offer, and having Phil’s in the ballpark this season has been a fantastic addition to our concessions lineup,” said Scott Marshall, vice president for concessions and retail in the release. Wine Spectator recognizes Marina Kitchen Marina Kitchen, located Downtown adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, has announced it has received the Award of Excellence in Wine Spectator’s 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards. Given to restaurants with a wine list featuring a well-chosen selection of quality producers that match the dinner menu’s theme, the Award of Excellence is an honor to receive. “This award is a testament to the effort that both our staff and myself have put into developing, executing and constantly improving our wine program,” said Joshua Orr, in-house sommelier and bar manager in the release. “We look forward to continuing to share our passion for great wine and food with our customers by offering them the best possible wine and food selections.” Marina Kitchen’s wine program aims to make wine accessible for everyone, offering a selection of quality wines that fit any budget, according to the release. Chef Deborah Scott announces new executive chefs Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG) recently announced that partner and local chef Deborah Scott has named three new executive chefs for Indigo Grill, C Level/Island Prime, and Vintana. Scott will partner with the chefs to create new dishes as well as maintain her popular classics in each restaurant. Executive Chef Mike Suttles, who has worked with CRG for 11 years, will lead the group’s premier waterfront dining destination C Level/Island Prime, while Jason Maitland, formerly of Red Light District Dining Room & Social House, will be the executive chef at Little Italy’s Indigo Grill. Vintana, located in Escondido, Calif., will be managed by Executive Chef Greg Stillman. According to the release, Scott’s creation of this elite team of chefs comes on the heels of a bigger partnership role for herself within CRG. Local agents honored in WSJ “Top 1000” Two local realty agents were recently honored among the “Top Thousand” national award ranking system featured by the Wall Street Journal and measured by The Top 250 agents and teams are identified in both sales volume and transaction sides. Prudential California has more than 3,200 sales associates across Southern California and the Central Coast. Of those 3,200 realty professionals, 17 made the WSJ list, including San Diegans Gregg and Debbie Neuman. For 2012, the Neumans had a combined sales volume of $101,514,279, ranking them 82 of the Top 250 in their category. Their local agency, Neuman & Neuman, which is affiliated with Prudential California, is located at 516 Fifth Ave., Downtown.v






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Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Not many who visit Balboa Park are aware of a small theater located in the Palisades area, west of the Intentional settlement. But young impressionable children know the place well. Front rows in the 262-seat theater are reserved for the 2, 3, and 4 year olds. Marie Hitchcock, for whom the theater is named, began there in 1947 with her marionettes and continued performing almost up to her death in 1994.


The Automobile Museum changes exhibits several times per year. (Photo by Linda Hite) Enid Bartnicki, Eva Kvaas, Millie Patterson, Gaston Morineau, Julie Otto and a nationally acclaimed 14-year-old youngster, named Zachary Crook. “Zachary, who has been with us since he was 8, received a scholarship to the National Convention of Puppeteers in Atlanta last year,” Fitzpatrick said. “Patterson performed as a mine in San Francisco, Gaston is a teacher in South Bay and is our best puppet maker,” he continued. “Otto likes to do big life-sized

14-year-old Zachary Crook recently received a scholarship to the National Convention of Puppeteers in Atlanta. (Courtesy Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater) Now, Joe Fitzpatrick, a former educator and entertainer from Manhattan, continues the legacy as manager/board president and one of several talented puppeteers. Their midday performances are Wednesday through Sunday and the puppets used vary by performance, and include full stage marionettes, “muppet” style and hand puppets. This month you can bring the kids to see Millie Patterson’s string puppets performing in “Something’s Fishy,” Aug. 7-11 and 14-18. You can also catch Fitzpatrick’s Big Joe Productions’ hand puppet show, “King Midas: The Golden Touch,” from Aug 21-25. The Puppet Theater was originally part of a single, large unit erected for the 1935-36 Exposition. Ten years later it became a home for family type entertainment and is considered to be the longestrunning puppet theater in the country. Fitzpatrick is a busy guy, if he’s not on stage – and that’s several times a year – he’s sweeping out the place, painting sets, posting changes of upcoming attractions, and marketing and publishing their newsletter, all things he’s done for 12 years. Other performers include

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puppets and Kvaas is from the Peter Kid’s workshop. Crook, who has three shows this summer, has taken classes in Los Angeles.” The University of Connecticut at one time was the only school where you could get a degree in puppetry, but Fitzpatrick said now there are numerous schools. “When I hear someone say they came here as a child and now they’re bringing their children, that makes my heart sing,” Fitzpatrick said. Does anyone still do Punch and Judy, I wondered? According to Fitzpatrick, the popular puppet show of decades past is no longer performed in the United States. “It’s too violent,” he said. For more information, visit A museum it is A few years ago Lord Montegu, founder of the London Motor Museum, visited the San Diego Auto Museum and made the observation that it was just a car collection and not a museum. Not so, says current Executive Director Paula Brandes, pointing out the educational features and the three yearly floor changes that comply with visitors’ wishes. They recently featured Latino cultural modifications with low

riders, currently the attraction is car toys and soon they will honor the 60th anniversary of GM’s Corvette, starting Oct. 4. “Definitely something for everyone with car toys,” Brandes said. “We have pedal cars, a junior dragster, Soap Box Derby cars (featuring San Diego’s Derby racing legend, Gil Klecan), bumper cars made street legal and all sorts of bikes. “[Research Director] Kenn Colclasure is the point of contact for most of this and works with exhibitors to acquire what we need [vehicles, memorabilia, etc.],” she said. “He also writes the narratives.” For more info visit Elsewhere around the Park – Old Globe Artistic Director Barr y Edelstein’s 90-minute presentation exploring the language of Shakespeare this past June was so successful, he’s rescheduled another on Aug. 10 starting at 11 a.m. It’s a how-to guide for student actors, directors and anyone who wants to feel more comfortable with the Bard ... Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age will put these local fossils into a broader historical context at the Natural Histor y Museum that includes global climate changes and dramatic pulses of extinction. One of the highlights is a replica of a 40,000-year-old, frozen baby mammoth specimen ... the Nighttime Zoo’s artistic, acrobatic and musical performances bring attention to their newest exhibit, the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback ... On Aug. 14, the Veterans Memorial Museum will celebrate the end of World War II with Spirit of ‘45. After an award winning, 38year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald can be reached at

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A couple takes a cruise through the Coronado Cays on a Gondola.

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga is a full-body workout that is growing in popularity.

(Courtesy The Gondola Company)

(Courtesy Katherine Alfredo)

While it’s true that San Diego’s weather is pretty awesome year round, it’s the summer months that we especially enjoy. The days are longer, the weather is warmer and everyone seems to be in a good mood. It’s also a great time to be on the water. Whether you crave high-speed adventure or a relaxing cruise on the bay, San Diego offers all sorts of cool water activities. Just last month, Speed Boat Adventures launched a brand new thrill ride that we wanted to try out the moment we heard about it. The Sea Rocket ride is a 45-minute narrated tour that departs from Cabrillo Isle Marina on Harbor Island. From there, it makes its way into the Bay and ocean. There were nine people on our tour but the boat can carry up to 14 passengers. Our boat reached speeds of up to 35 miles-per-hour and we even caught some air. Jamie, our guide,

said if the boat had fewer passengers, it could have easily gone up to 50 miles-per-hour. When we weren’t zipping around the bay, Captain Charles slowed down so we could take in the views and hear all about San Diego’s rich history. Looking at the City’s skyline and Coronado from a boat is such a unique experience and it’s a great reminder just how breathtaking our city really is. For those who prefer to navigate their own boat, they have another tour that puts you in the driver’s seat, literally. The twoseater mini speedboat adventure allows guests to captain their own boat while following a tour guide around San Diego Bay. Guests are able to hear the guide through a two-way communication system that is mounted in each boat. At first, we were skeptical about driving the boat but after a while, we got comfortable and

It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin were having a blast in no time. Our guide Nathan not only pointed out some of the local landmarks, he was good at giving

us the freedom to race around the bay. Longtime resident Julie Dysart said the tour is a wonderful way to rediscover your city. “We’ve lived here our whole life and we saw new sights we’ve never seen. Being able to get that close to the U.S.S. Midway Museum was something else,” she said. For more information on pricing and tour schedules, visit It’s no secret that yoga has become extremely popular over the years. But for those who want to kick it up a notch, why not take your practice from the yoga mat onto a Stand Up Paddle board? This form of yoga has just caught on in San Diego within the last three years. Katherine Alfredo, a longtime yoga advocate who teaches a number of classes in Coronado, says SUP yoga sculpts every inch of your body but it also has an amazing calming effect. “Just

being out on the water, having the waves underneath you, can be very relaxing and beneficial for the mind and body,” she said. For a complete list of Alfredo’s classes, visit And finally, if you’re looking for something that’s romantic, the Coronado Gondola rides is the way to go. It has all the magic and charm of Venice but it’s right here in our own backyard. The Gondola Company has been around since June 1999. The gondolas can fit up to six people but if a couple wants to be alone, that’s fine. That’s something we really appreciated because the company doesn’t mix and match different groups. Guests also have a choice between a complimentary appetizer or dessert plate and if a group wants to bring their own wine or beverage, the Gondola Company will provide ice buckets, glasses and a bottle opener. The cruises depart from Loews Crown Isle Marina (near Loews Coronado Bay Resort) and travel through the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays. If you haven’t explored this quaint community, it’s an adventure that is truly off the beaten path. Owner Sean Jamieson says his cruises have been used as the backdrop for many creative wedding proposals over the years. “We’ve had everything from scuba divers unexpectedly popping out of the water to sky writing. It’s really cool when we get to be part of a person’s special day,” Jamieson said. For more info, visit We want to hear from you – Seeing a live band rock out on a summer night is a fun way to spend the evening. One of our favorite places to see an outdoor concert is the Kona Kai Resort. They now do free beach concerts and the scenery with the hills of Point Loma and the bay are very cool. Take a photo with you and a friend doing a freeze frame air guitar or dance pose in front of a band at one of their outdoor concerts. The most creative picture wins four tickets to an Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt and four tickets to a Rent-a-Local Biking Adventure in Coronado. Email the photo by Aug 29 to For more info on Kona Kai Resort’s Outdoor Concerts, visit Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit

Powerful, honest & intimate


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Photograph exhibit explores identity, sexuality

Jennifer DeCarlo Remember when I moved in you The holy dove was moving too And every breath we drew was Hallelujah The words of Leonard Cohen are an echo for many of us, and give fitting tone to the work of Jess T. Dugan, a queer photographer working out of the Chicago area. Dugan’s work, now on view at jdc Fine Art as “Every breath we drew,” is also included in the San Diego Museum of Art’s “Double Portraits” exhibition, currently on display through Sept. 8. It is powerful and engaging, exploratory and substantive, honest and, above all, intimate. Dugan uses portraiture to explore constructions of identity and sexuality. Her sitters come from all walks of life: some part of the LGBT community and others are allies. Dugan has often focused on transgender individuals on the female-to-male spectrum, and also highlights herself in the work through several selfportraits. While we all take it for granted that identity is a construction – an ever-evolving result of our own personal history – Dugan seeks to show how sexuality too is constructed. The work explores how identity is formed, sexuality and desire is expressed, and personal connections are made, but at its heart is humanity: that common denominator that unifies us all, and that obvious yet illusive reality for which we struggle. June 26 marked a major victory for humankind; the Supreme Court struck key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act down. The date is eerily close to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, honored July 3, and 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, his words again ring with fresh meaning. Our nation

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Jess T. Dugan’s “Erica and Krista,” 2012 (Courtesy jdc Fine Art)

Jess T. Dugan’s “Self-portrait (muscle shirt),” 2013 (Courtesy jdc Fine Art)

has remembered its “dedication to the proposition that all … are created equal.” With as far as we have come toward total equality – as individuals, as a community and as a nation – there remain barriers to overcome and hearts to win. Enter Dugan’s work. It is poignant, it is critical and it is real. It belongs to our time, and its greatest strength is its ability to use a language of intimacy to put

us into a position to recognize and celebrate an almost spiritual unity. The work itself is quiet and seductive. A warm glow of light washes over figures in shallow-ground. The figures are very close to us, and they often look directly at us out of the frame, inviting us to engage with them on a highly personal

level. We are brought to the most intimate of places, as Dugan often photographs her subjects in their homes or bedrooms. Intimacy is not just felt; it is also understood. We share not only a space, but also a moment with Dugan’s figures. The works are rich and charged, lush and full, and her palate is so vivid you think if you touched it, it would leave its mark on your hands.

These works reveal as much about us as they do about the people depicted within the frame. We become aware of our own learned, almost automatic desire to make assumptions about the people around us. For some, this may involve judgments, but for many it is simply an effort to position our self in a relational way. We do look into the faces of Dugan’s subjects and may wonder male or female, and straight or gay, but by the time we are aware of our own questioning, we are already seduced into the unique humanity of the person before us. This is where the power in the work exists. We lose our desire and ability to categorize people

based on gender or sexuality, and instead find ourselves enchanted by the simple beauty of a gaze and the feeling of being close to another person. In this space we can only bask in the celebration of our plurality and our commonality: Hallelujah. “Every breath we drew” is currently on display at jdc Fine Art, located at 2400 Kettner Blvd. #208, through Aug. 31. “Double Potraits,” is also now on display at the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park through Sept. 8. Editor’s note: Jennifer DeCarlo is the director of jdc Fine Art, which is hosting the exhibit “Every breath we drew.”v


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they begin to waste their lean body muscle tissue away. They end up losing large amounts of fluid and muscle and only a relatively small amount of fat, so even though their diets produce a loss of overall body mass, most of this weight loss actually comes at the expense of skeletal muscle. Once the diet is over, it is hard to put that lost muscle mass back on and relatively easy to regain fat weight, so crash dieters end up in the “yo-yo” syndrome, losing more muscle and replacing it with more fat after each successive diet. At the end of several diet attempts, the result is usually that they weigh about the same but the relative amount of fat on their bodies is much higher. Crash dieting, in other words, ends up making you fatter than you were before the diet! Another problem is that a limited intake of calories convinces the body that it’s faced with





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A major problem I see all too frequently these days is with the way people decide to diet. Too many people think of dieting as a matter of “all or nothing.” But when it comes to losing the maximum body fat in the minimum time and in the safest way possible, this is not the proper way to go about it. Losing unwanted fat involves restricting caloric intake (dieting) or increasing your caloric expenditure through physical activity (exercise), or preferably, a combination of both. It is important to note that dieting works effectively only within certain limits. Taken past those limits – as in the nearstar vation crash diets that many frustrated dieters resort to – the results are probably going to be disappointing and the overall affect on the health and metabolic processes of the body potentially harmful and even dangerous. The most frequent problem I see with crash dieters today is that they take in so little protein


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Fitness Scott Markey star vation. Throughout human existence, when food was scarce, the human metabolism evolved to cope with this limited food situation and the body shifted into a mode where the absolute minimum amount of energy was expended. In this case, achieving any significant fat loss becomes difficult if not impossible when the body refuses to burn up fat stored in the tissue for energy. This can also be referred to as the “fight or flight” mode, a self-protective mode that occurs when the human body is not getting enough quality nutrition

and resorts to living off of itself and the ability to expend energy shuts down. In cases of severe caloric and nutritional deprivation, the body goes into a star vation mode in which the metabolism is extremely suppressed, ever ything slows down, and your body goes into a relative metabolic hypothyroid state. This is exactly what you do not want! If this deficit of caloric intake continues long enough, the body becomes lethargic and fatigued. There is also muscle-wasting as the body begins to obtain more of its energy from its own lean body mass. There are a host of other health-related problems that also go along with this. Just as the lack of protein can accelerate the process of muscle wasting, lack of adequate amounts of carbohydrates can also have serious, detrimental affects on the body, especially for the proper functioning of the brain and ner vous system. Remember that the energy to fuel your workouts either comes from carbohydrates or fats. Dieters who have lowered their carbohydrate intake below a minimum level, or who have cut carbohydrates entirely out of their diets, go into a state of deep ketosis, which can make you feel ill and nauseous and contribute to a number of potentially serious medical complications. For example, the primar y

energy source for brain function is carbohydrates and without adequate amounts available, this can bring on some mental impairment. I can tell you this from personal experience when I myself have dieted to extremely low body fat levels, and my carbohydrates were severely restricted, it would affect my mood level as well as make me extremely forgetful. I can remember times I would leave the gym and forget where I even parked my car! Needless to say, you cannot restrict your fat or carbohydrates too much. Your goal should be a loss of around two pounds a week. This way you will be burning mostly fat and you will not be burning up your hard-earned muscle. You will also feel so much healthier. By doing it this way you are also less prone to yo-yo dieting, as your body can slowly adjust to your caloric restrictions. So take it slow. “Baby Steps” I always say. Your mind as well as your body will thank you for it later. Feel free to e-mail me some of your success stories. Scott Markey has over 25 years in the Fitness and Health industry. He has graced dozens of magazines covers and specializes in physique management, training, and nutritional consultation. You can find him at PureFitness Downtown, on Facebook or reach him at


(l-r) Jen Vandersanden and Mahjuba Levine with their hats on opening day. Cool As Ever The largest fashion show of the year is always Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The season started on July 17 with a crowd of over 40,000. Everyone arrived decked out in their best fashions, coming for the hats and the horses. It has been a tradition to wear hats on opening day since the track began in 1937. Bing Crosby brought his friends down, such as Dorothy Lamour and Ava Gardner, who in turn brought Hollywood glamour to the track. Another tradition is now the annual One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest. Contestants come not only from San Diego but also from all over the country to enter this fun contest. This year’s first prize for the Funniest/Most Outrageous category went to Katy Helen Stockinger. The Best Flowers category was won by Amber Thorne of Costa Mesa, the Most Glamorous went to Kayla Carnevale, Best Fascinator was Kristi Courtois, and the Best Racing Theme and Grand Prize winner went to Chris Banner. Banner received $300 and the top prize of two American Airlines travel vouchers good for travel anywhere in the continental United States. As a hat designer, I have made beautiful hats for women to wear to the races for 20 years. This year Alexis Del Chiaro – who is Good Morning San Diego’s news anchor from KUSI – wore a different one of my hats every hour and had the viewer’s vote on which one was their favorite. The most popular was a luscious pink fascinator. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s season will run this year through Wednesday, Sept. 4. The track will be dark on Mondays (except Labor Day) and Tuesdays , leaving 37 racing days. For more information call: 858-755-1141 or visit Alexander Daas Alexander Daas opened a new eyewear showroom Downtown. Daas is the new kid on the block in the Gaslamp Quarter featuring high-end optics and sunglasses. These eyeglasses are handmade in Japan with quality acetate for both men and women. This upscale boutique opened in June and specializes in glasses for the petite or hard-to-fit face. Another specialty for clients is decorative hinges that are the signature of the collection. Two other unique items are a fold up eyeglass case which will lay flat and a hexagon cut-out at the end of each tip. Each client receives a chain and pendant to put their glasses on when they aren’t

Alexander Daas holds Czar Pupticion at his eyewear boutique. (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro wearing them. This is a great way to keep them from falling off or being lost. Another option is to attach the chain to the hexagonal holes and wear around your neck as an eyewear retainer. Since releasing his first line in 2011, Alexander Daas has had many celebrities wearing these stylish eyeglasses. Some of his clients include Jenny McCarthy who is the new co-host for “The View,” Forest Whitaker, star of the new movie “Enemy Way,” Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Malcolm McCowell from the hit series, “Franklin & Bash.” The store mascot is a cute pup named Czar Pupticion and a visit here is a must for all you fashionistas. Stop by at 431 J St. and say hi to Czar. Hours are Tues thru Fri, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Upcoming Events Aug 11 – Health & Fitness for Models: Starting at 11 a.m. at the W Hotel at 421 West B St. and includes an advisory panel workshop with Chelsea Casey of Three Sisters Wellness. This panel is part of Fashion Week San Diego. RSVP to to attend. Aug 17 – Haute with Heart Fashion Show: Sophisticated Rhythms from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This event benefits programs at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. For more info call 619-442-5129. Aug 25 – Go Red for Women Strut Fashion Show: This raises awareness of heart disease in women and will start at 12:30 p.m. at the San Diego Polo Club. For more info, call 858-410-3834. Aug 29 – Blogging 101 Seminar: Presented by

Fashion Group International at the San Diego History Center from 6:30 – 8: 30 p.m. RSVP: events/595464573827880/ Aug 30 – Kenneth Barlis Fashion Show: Featuring the 2014 spring/summer collection of Kenneth Barlis and several international designers, this fashion show will be presented at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: 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

KUSI’s Alexis Del Chiaro wearing the author’s crowd-pleasing fascinator. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

San Diego Downtown News | August 2013



San Diego Downtown News | August 2013

San Diego Downtown News  

August 2013 edition

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