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as viewed from Point Loma, with Humphreys By the Bay on Shelter Island in the foreground, has a vibrant tourism business, fostered and managed for over 60 years by the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, also known as ConVis. As of January first of this year, ConVis has changed its name. See our interview with President and CEO Joe Terzi regarding the new name change, how it affects both the Bureau and the region, as well as what upcoming changes to the Downtown area Terzi is most looking forward to, starting on page four. (Photo Joanne Dibona/SDTA)

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It may come as news to some that San Diego Opera (SDO) General and Artistic Director Ian Campbell knows how to play his cards. Throughout his long career in grand opera (30 years of it devoted to the city’s well-run 48-year-old institution) Campbell has kept three-by-five cards on each singer he’s heard on stages in the U.S. and abroad. Speaking of abroad, Campbell’s frequent European sojourns to discover new talent and his penchant

for introducing new singers on their way up are legendary (sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Latonia Moore, this season’s Aida, are but two examples). When he hears someone with extraordinary talent, he’s been known to rush backstage after the performance and offer a contract on the spot. Occasionally, Campbell plays a card that is trumped by circumstance, but that doesn’t happen often. The opera network, comprising singers, managers, conductors and artisans, tells enquiring potential debutants that San Diego is a lovely city, SDO treats its artists well, the music-making is of high quality, and the audiences enthusiastic and informed. The 2013 season, four performances each of four operas plus two performances of another (January 26-April 28), is especially pleasing to Campbell. He’s staging the West Coast premiere of an opera he much admires (Idelbrando Pizzetti’s “Murder in the Cathedral,” March 30-April 7) and championing a special engagement of the first Mariachi opera (José “Pepe” Martinez and Leonard Foglia’s “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,” March 13). Other operas in the repertory are Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” (January 26-February 3), Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah” (February 16-24), and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” (April 20-28). All are performed in their original languages with English supertitles. The bilingual “Cruzar” has both English and Spanish supertitles. “The Daughter of the Regiment” features the return of two extraordinary singers, soprano L’ubica Vargicová as the regiment’s tomboy darling, Marie, and tenor Stephen Costello as Tonio, the peasant

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The New Year kicked off harmoniously this year at City Hall, as Mayor Bob Filner welcomed an exhibition of color prints from the late, world-renown artist, Sri Chinmoy on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Called “Paintings for World Harmony,” the 22 prints are duplicates of a similar exhibition of Chinmoy’s real paintings that have been on display at the United Nations, the Louvre and other galleries around the world. The prints will be on exhibition through Jan. 16. Born in Bengal, India, Chinmoy spent much of his adult life in New York City, and over his life painted over 140,000 works of art dedicated to fostering peace and harmony around the world. “Many of the paintings are inscribed with messages such as ‘hope,’ ‘world harmony,’ ‘dream’ … and other inspiring phrases that the artist utilized to convey a climate of peace,” said a press release. “The viewer is drawn into a world far from the stress induced environment that surrounds our day to day lives and is embraced by a brilliant display of creative inspiration.” Ms. Ranjana Ghose, curator of Chinmoy’s huge catalog of art, spoke at length at the ceremony, offering insight to the artist, his dream for peace, his art work, and

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Sri Chinmoy painted for peace and world harmony. (Photo by Bijoy Imhof)


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HARMONY also named a large number of well known supporters of both his art and his wish to instill peace around the world. Chinmoy is also known for founding the World Harmony Run in 1987, which, according to its website, is the “world’s largest global torch relay,” and that it seeks “to strengthen international friendship and understanding.” In the relay, participants from all over the world pass a flaming torch from hand to hand as a symbol of harmony, while running through over 100 nations around the globe, including the 48 contiguous United States. The relay rotates back to the United States ever y two years and is currently next scheduled to pass through San Diego in June of 2014. Runners from more than a dozen countries were present at the exhibition opening, greeting Mayor Filner individually at the microphone and stating which countr y they represented. Filner was then presented with a “Torch Bearer Award” by Salil Wilson, executive director of the World Harmony Run. The mayor began his remarks by greeting the overflowing crowd in several languages, which was met by cheers in the audience.

Mayor Filner is accepts a Sri Chinmoy print on behalf of the City. (Photo by Bijoy Imhof)

“Thank you for bringing this incredible exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s beautiful artworks to us,” Mayor Filner said at the event. “The prospect for world peace and world harmony come from individuals … we all have to feel in our minds, our hearts and our souls to work for these goals. As you know, it is art and music [that] allow us to bring words of peace into our souls, into our beings.” The City of San Diego was also presented with a signed and numbered, 19” x 25” framed print, called “Soul Birds / Aspiration Birds.” The mayor said it would be the first thing to be hung up in his new office. “We all have a common objective, and that is what this art represents,” Mayor Filner said after receiving the print. He then presented a proclamation to the group. “I want to present you with this proclamation from the City of San Diego to thank Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the WorldHarmony Run, and all of you for bringing this exhibition to us,” he said. “We are proclaiming today in the City of San Diego World-Harmony Run day to thank you for the privilege of being able to show Sri Chinmoy’s paintings here in our City Hall.” The exhibition of Chinmoy’s work will be on display in the main lobby of City Hall through Jan. 16, located at the Civic Center Downtown, at 202 C Street #10. For more information about the World Harmony Run, visit To learn more about Sri Chinmoy and his life and work, visit

Clinton Forbis as Samson in San Diego Opera’s Samson and Delilah. Performances start Feb 16. (Photo by Ken Howard)


OPERA who loves her. Kevin Burdette portrays Sergeant Sulpice, Tonio’s rival, and divas Ewa Podleś and Carol Vaness make cameo performances as the Marquise de Birkenfeld and the Duchess of Krakenthorp respectively. Campbell wanted to go beyond the Tyrol and lederhosen, so he went with this production from Italy’s Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which moves the time and setting to France in the waning days of World War II. French-Canadian conductor Yves Abel makes his SDO debut. Based on the biblical story and blessed with Saint-Saëns’ voluptuous score, “Samson and Delilah” features Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva in her company debut as Delilah. She is paired with renowned tenor Clifton Forbes as the heroic Samson, dependent upon his unshorn locks for his strength. The production is known for its dance, costumes and of course, the collapse of the temple. Campbell has been fascinated by “Murder in the Cathedral” (based on T.S. Eliot’s verse drama) since the 1970s, when he laid hands on a pirated reel-to-reel tape of the opera’s 1958 La Scala debut. “We have a lot of information about Sir Thomas Becket, even though he was assassinated at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170,” says Campbell. “I also wanted a vehicle for Ferruccio [Furlanetto, a renowned Italian bass who sings here frequently], who loves the role and has performed it twice.” Because there is no production in America, where it’s never been performed in a fully staged professional production, SDO created its own, with production design by the renowned Ralph Funicello. La Scala’s Donato Renzetti makes his SDO debut as conductor. One of the most popular, spectacular and aria-laden operas in the repertoire, “Aida” concerns an Ethiopian slave (Moore) in the ancient Egyptian court, who is in love with the battle hero Radames (tenor Walter Fraccaro). Radames is betrothed to Aida’s mistress, Amneris (mezzo Jill Grove). As part of his battle spoils, Radames has captured Aida’s father, Amonasro (Mark S. Doss), and brings him to court along with other enslaved Ethiopians (the famous Triumphal March). Having been discovered in an attempt

to escape, Aida and Radames die together, proclaiming their love in one of grand opera’s unforgettable scenes. Italian conductor Daniele Callegari makes his SDO debut in the pit. Renowned designer Zandra Rhodes, who began her opera career at SDO, creates sets and costumes. Featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitián, the semi-staged “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon)” concerns the Mexican-American Mark Velasquez (Brian Shircliffe) who questions his place in a bicultural world that sweeps him from Michoacán to Texas. Broadway director Leonard Foglia (“MobyDick”) stages the Mariachi opera, which has been acclaimed in Houston and Paris. Jeff Nevin, well-known Southwestern College Mariachi teacher, says that Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitián is the most important ensemble in the history of mariachi music and is considered the best mariachi in the world. “Pepe Martinez has been their onstage music director,” he says, “the face of Mariachi Vargas for about 40 years. He’s a legend as a performer and composer.” Campbell expects the two performances to sell out. In addition to three conductor debuts this season, Campbell’s deck also includes eye-catching opera posters created by artist R. Black, a San Diego native who got his start here 12 years ago with flyers and posters for local underground clubs. They are stunning. Artist in residence at Shotgun Players in the San Francisco Bay Area, Black created the poster for actor/playwright Woody Harrelson’s recent off-Broadway play, “A Bullet for Adolf.” Tickets for SDO’s 2013 season are available now. There is no rise in prices this year, and some tickets are being sold at substantial discounts. Three and four-opera season tickets are still available. Not part of the subscription packages, tickets for “Cruzar” are affordably priced. For specific dates and times, further information, or tickets, visit or phone 619-533-7000. Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at

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ConVis gets an authority make-over Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

The San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (known as “ConVis”) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization established in 1954 to foster and manage tourism for the City of San Diego. They were funded directly by the City through the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) until 2008, when the financial crises of the time sapped more and more of that money to pay infrastructure bills. In 2008 the City created the Tourism Marketing District (TMD) and established a twopercent assessment on transient occupancy not associated with the

Interview with CEO Joe Terzi tax, which not only guaranteed a funding stream for the struggling nonprofit, it also allowed ConVis to operate completely independent of the City for the first time since its inception. In 2009, longtime local resident and hospitality titan Joe Terzi took the helm, ushering in a new age for the Bureau. Under his leadership, and with a locked-in assessment and the added income of annual membership dues, the Bureau has thrived and is currently operating within a $29 million budget. This year, Terzi is rolling out a name change for the Bureau and Downtown News Editor Morgan M. Hurley interviewed him to learn more. Downtown News: I understand ConVis recently changed to San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA). Tell me what this means to the organization and to San Diego. Joe Terzi: We’ve contemplated this over the last year or so, and really it has a lot to do with what we had prior to the change. San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is a long name and really is an old name that has existed in the industry for a lot of years. I’ve looked at a lot of destination marketing companies over the years, which is the pot we really fall into, and looked at name changes that relate more general to the tourism economy. For us it was first of all shortening the name – there had been a lot of confusion for a while between what we do and what the actual Convention Center does – the building. We would always get, “I was just at the car show and I really liked it.” Well, we don’t do the car show. So we wanted to clarify who we were and at the same time … tourism is the international common word that relates to what organizations do to promote their destinations. So for us it was shortening the name, it was getting the name tourism in there, and we use the name authority because what we want to be known as – is not necessarily authority meaning a public entity because we’re not – the authority means we’re the authority on everything that relates to tourism in the region. We are the official destination marketing organization and we want to be seen as the authority in anything that has to do with tourism in San Diego. So I said simple change, cleaner, more contemporary, more international in recognition and one of the things that we’re committed to, one of our key objectives has been over the last couple years and will continue to be, is to develop a more international presence for San Diego. DTN: Looking back at 2012, what were some of the high points of San Diego tourism? JT: In 2012 we continued to rebound, we saw about an eight percent increase in what we as an industry use to measure performance and that’s REVPAR (revenue per available room), which is a combination of occupancy increases and average rate increases. So we continue to see sig-

nificant increase at about eight percent and that was a little stronger than we expected in ’12, and citywide occupancy is now above the 70 percent mark, which is [healthier] than … a few years ago, so we are on a strong recovery curve. We still expect 2013 to be a good year but we are projecting anywhere between a 4 and 6 percent increase, so again continued improvement over 2012. We’re optimistic but cautious. We’ve [also] seen a significant increase in our marketing funding. We have an overall budget of about $28 million – the majority of which gets spent in consumer advertising and marketing. We are very fortunate … that we have funding necessary to go out and be competitive in the tourism space. Two of the things we are most proud over the last couple years is supporting and helping to get the [direct] British Airways (BA) flight which started a year and a half ago in the summer and then the recent Japan Airlines (JA) flight, direct from Tokyo to San Diego, that just started December 2, 2012. We’ve been integrally involved in getting those flights to San Diego and we’re working hard [to give] San Diego more of a presence internationally. We’ve continued to enjoy success in the traditional markets – Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Sacramento – the West Coast markets have always been very strong for San Diego, obviously because they are close in and there is a huge population base. This last year we branched out and spent advertising dollars in Denver and Salt Lake because we have good air service in those destinations and we’ve seen some good improvement out of those markets. The BA flight … has also been very successful and opened up the door a little bit more to some international traffic and we’ve benefitted greatly by that and we expect to see the same thing with the JA flight. And we’ve had some domestic air service improvement, too, year over year, so one of the key objectives we have is to continue to work with the airport authority – that’s doing a great job not just in [expanding] the airport but in continuing to attract new air service into San Diego – and it’s critical that we continue to be competitive in that area. DTN: So the Tourism Authority, Airport Authority, and Port Authority work very closely together? JT: Yes, absolutely, and another partner really is EDC (economic development corporation). A good example is, we’re working hard to get people from Japan out of Tokyo to get on the plane and come over here, and that’s my role, but we also have to get San Diegans and San Diego companies to use that service and to make it successful to travel to Asia. So we get a lot of help and support from the economic development people who work to get San Diego-based travel onto that flight to make sure it is full. DTN: Tell me more about your “meeting planners.”

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The Role of Council President

By Councilmember Todd Gloria December 3, 2012 was a big day. I was sworn in for my second term as the Councilmember for District Three, started representing new communities and I was also unani-

mously elected Council President by my colleagues. The role of Council President is relatively new to San Diego, and I am only the fourth in the City to hold the position. My predecessors, Scott Peters, Ben Hueso, and Tony Young all helped shape the position, and I hope to further refine the role during my tenure. I would like to further strengthen the City Council as a legislative body and use my experience as the Budget and Finance Committee Chair to guide the Council in making fiscally responsible decisions. The position of Council President was added in 2006 with the implementation of the voter-approved Mayor-Council form of government. For most of the City’s history prior

to that point, San Diego functioned under a Council-Manager form of government, with the Mayor presiding over City Council meetings and a City Manager overseeing City operations and City staff. Under the Mayor-Council structure, the Mayor became the City’s Chief Executive Officer and assumed the authority and responsibility previously held by the City Manager. The City Council now acts as the legislative body and provides checks and balances to the Mayor. The City Council elects a Council President annually. As the Council President, I am the Council’s presiding officer, meaning I run the City Council meetings and set our agenda. I also oversee Council Committees. One of my first acts was to reorganize the Council Committee structure. I proposed creation of an

Infrastructure Committee to deal with the condition of our streets, sidewalks, and public facilities. This critical issue was previously split between three committees, making significant progress difficult. I am confident that the new Infrastructure Committee, which is being chaired by Councilmember Mark Kersey, will greatly enhance the City’s approach to this challenging concern. Further, I proposed combining two committees with overlapping responsibilities to create the new Rules and Economic Development Committee, which is being chaired by Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner. I am honored to be the Council President and love my job representing District Three. I believe the additional responsibilities of the presidency only strengthen my ability to serve my district.v

Ending homelessness in San Diego: not a one-size-fits-all solution By Robin Madaffer, and Kris Michell, Downtown San Diego Partnership The Downtown San Diego Partnership, a 501(c)6 nonprofit, is the leading advocate for the revitalization, economic growth, and branding of San Diego’s Downtown community. In addition, the Partnership manages the Clean & Safe program, which provides maintenance and safety patrols for Downtown neighborhoods. The Downtown San Diego Partnership is glad to also be included in the conversation to end homelessness in San Diego. As we continue to work toward the goal of ending homelessness, it’s important to remember that there is no “onesize-fits-all” solution. There are several programs and organizations that are providing positive results for ending homelessness in San Diego—one person at a time. Among these are the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s “Movin’ Home” and “Work Your Way Home” programs. Not every individual chooses to be homeless. Due to the downturn in the economy, many homeless individuals and families in San Diego turn to the streets and shelters because it’s their only option. As we work to provide more jobs and more educational opportunities for San Diegans, we are also working on solutions to get those displaced back on their feet. Nearly one year ago, the Downtown San Diego Partnership launched a new program designed to discourage panhandling by providing the public an opportunity to donate directly to programs and services to end homelessness. A total of nine red meters, also known as ‘donation

stations,’ were placed throughout the neighborhoods of Downtown, allowing the public to make donations directly to help fund move-in kits and vouchers for services as part of the Ending Homelessness Downtown Campaign. In addition, we launched the Work Your Way Home program, providing people the opportunity to work with our Clean and Safe maintenance program in exchange for travel services back home to their loved ones. To date, we have housed over 250 of the most vulnerable homeless individuals and reconnected 35 more with their families all over the country. Through these efforts, we are providing responsible solutions to those displaced, and in turn, reducing the need for panhandling on our streets. Simultaneously, the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean and Safe program, in collaboration with our community partners, works 24/7 to keep our Downtown neighborhoods maintained and safe for all to enjoy—especially during the holiday season as residents and visitors shop, dine, and play. Downtown San Diego is committed to working together to sustain a vibrant and world-class urban center. That is why the success of our common goal to end homelessness could not be possible without the partnerships which make up the Ending Leadership Homelessness Team and the residents, businesses, and organizations which make up Downtown. We look forward to continuing these efforts with San Diego’s new mayor, Bob Filner, First Lady Bronwyn Ingram, and Downtown’s new representative, Council President Todd Gloria.

We are also appreciative of the ongoing support and leadership of former Mayor Jerry Sanders and Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, who have both served as strong advocates for Downtown neighborhoods. So the next time you see a red donation station while walking around Downtown, please feed the meter with the assurance that your donation will go directly to programs that will help put San Diego’s homeless into warm homes. With your generosity and through these partnerships, we will continue to make great strides in ending homelessness in San Diego. Robin Madaffer is an executive committee member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and co-chair of the Ending Homeless Leadership Team. Kris Michell is the CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a leading advocate for the economic and revitalization of the Downtown neighborhood. To learn more about the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean and Safe program, please visit

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A DSDP “donation station” to support homeless services. (Courtesy DSDP)


DowntownBriefs MIDWAY MUSEUM SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD OVER HOLIDAYS Despite the rain and cold weather, visitors turned out in record numbers to climb aboard the USS Midway Museum over the holidays, according to Scott McGaugh, USS Midway Museum’s director of marketing. According to numbers McGaugh prepared for the membership’s newsletter, the venue set a new record of 6,687 guests on Saturday, Dec. 29, a 20 percent increase over the previous previous single day attendance record of 5,529 on July 3, 2011. Overall attendance for 2012 at the museum was 1.048 million, which showed an increase of 11 percent over the previous year. The USS Midway Museum is located at the Navy Pier, 910 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. For more information visit ANTHOLOGY CLOSES DOORS FOR GOOD Amid weeks of rumors and confusion, Anthology, the popular music and supper club located at 1337 India St. on the edge of Little Italy, has permanently shuttered its doors as of the start of the New Year. Though the Anthology website still states the venue is “postponing our concert schedule due to refurbishment upgrades and repairs” and still directs visitors to “check again later when we reopen,” a statement issued by Casey Pukl, the venue’s marketing manager said other wise. “It is with great sadness that I send this email today to inform you that owner, Howard Berkson announced today that Anthology has officially closed its doors and will not be reopening.” Berkson himself was contacted but declined to comment at this time. Open just over five years, the venue known for “fine tuned music and cuisine” had reached iconic status among visitors and musical artists. The venue boasted rock, jazz, blues and other musical greats, as well as comedic geniuses on its critically acclaimed and acoustically-sound stage over the years. In addition the venue often ser ved as a site for private events and the owners also graciously offered up the space for dozens of nonprofit fundraising events over the years. Anthology’s closing came quickly on the heels of another celebrated music venue’s closing nearby, 4th and B. HOMELESS SERVICES RESTORED The state’s Department of Finance (DOF) issued a letter to the City of San Diego on Dec. 27, reversing its previous decision to deny $4.3 million worth of funding previously allocated for the Connections Housing project, after the City filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court on Dec. 21. Connections Housing was under redevelopment and is currently about two weeks away from opening. Its initial budget of $32 had been increased due to asbestos and structural issues were uncovered, but developers had secured alternative funding to support the increases. After local redevelopment agencies were dissolved earlier

this year, the DOF had assumed control of redevelopment funds in the region, and issued funding cuts to both the Connections Housing and an affordable housing project at Ninth Avenue and Broadway. After two months of “exhaustive” meetings with the DOF and no change in stance, the City filed the lawsuit. “We are heartened that the DOF has since reversed its decision which would have placed the City’s homeless population – the third-highest of any city in the country – in jeopardy,” Goldsmith said in a press release. The lawsuit will now be dismissed “without prejudice” by the City Attorney’s Office, as a result of the reversal. The affordable housing project funding cut was also reversed.

ARTS TIX MOVES TO LYCEUM THEATRE Due to the redevelopment of Horton Plaza, the Arts Tix Box Office has moved to the L yceum Theatre, located in the basement level of Horton Plaza, near the mall’s entrance from Broadway Circle. This will be only temporar y until its permanent location in the southeast corner of the new Horton Plaza Park, which is scheduled for opening in spring 2014. A discount same-day ticket booth fashioned on a similar offering in New York City’s Times Square, Arts Tix first launched in 1986 in the lobby of the Spreckels Theatre on Broadway. Arts Tix is operated by the San Diego Performing Arts League, a nonprofit arts-ser vice umbrella organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the region’s performing arts. The Arts Tix kiosk is now located down the stairs and directly to the right of the L yceum Theatre’s entrance. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 858-381-5595, or online at NEW GALLERY OPENS IN LITTLE ITALY A new art space opened on the “premise that artists should have more control over their art” opened last month on Kettner Nights, Little Italy’s monthly artist event. The 800-square-foot space, designed to offer both studio and a galler y space to several artists, was opened by Christian Michaels and will be staffed by Michaels and studio manager Ginger Louise. They will also promote and maintain the galler y. “The business model was inspired by the collapse of the big record companies, who seemed to control the career of their artists in ways not to their advantage … and that’s if they were even willing to sign you,” Michael said of his concept in a press release. “Instead, member artists keep 100 percent of their sale proceeds while having a home base to create, market, sell, and even teach their art. Kettner Arts is an ideal home for committed or established artists. The sale of one piece or less per month easily covers a fee for membership, not to mention the opportunity for representation and feedback.” Kettner Arts is located in a high profile street-level location just one block west of Blick Art Supply, at 1722 Kettner Blvd. For more information call 619-269-6900.

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Former TV journalist Mikel Bohi in her Gaslamp salon. (Photo by Nick Milo)

Former TV news producer blows it all away Mickel Bohi cuts off journalism career to start Downtown salon David Moye Downtown News

During a 16-year career in TV news, Mickel Bohi had some hair-raising experiences trying to get scoops and deal with breaking news stories, so maybe it makes sense that hair would be involved when the 36-year-old former news producer decided to switch careers last year. Bohi is the owner of the BlowPop Dry Bar in Horton Plaza, a salon where women can get a $30 blowout before a big evening in the Gaslamp District. The salon is only a few months old, but Bohi has big dreams for the business, including some that play on her former line of work. “I definitely see a reality show,” she said. Bohi has been into hair and fashion since her youth in Idaho Falls, Idaho, but the road to the Dry Bar wasn’t nearly as straight as the locks that have been through a flat iron. “I was actually a live truck operator at a TV news station when I was 17,” she said. “I heard they were looking for employees and I kept calling the station asking for a chance. I told the producer, ‘You won’t be disappointed.’ “The producer was a big grouch. He was Ann Curry’s news director and told her she’d never make it and she sent him a postcard at every station she went to after him.” Bohi’s experience wasn’t as tough as Curry’s. She worked her way through Oregon State and Idaho State working in TV news, before working her way up through the ranks in Seattle, Denver and, finally, San Diego, where she moved in 2005 to work at KNSD. Though San Diego’s TV news industry was the setting to the popular comedy, “Anchorman,” Bohi said it’s not a completely accurate depiction. “[The film] is similar, but not as goofy,” she laughed. While she was here, Bohi married

Charles Davenport, the owner of Voyeur, and decided to change careers. “I loved it, but decided to quit because it was draining and I wanted to take this idea in a different area,” Bohi said. That idea was the BlowPop Dry Bar, which is both modern and timeless at the same time, providing shampoos and stylings in between cuts. “Back in the day, women wouldn’t get their hair cut, they’d go get their hair styled,” she said. “We charge $30 and make women feel good -- like a pedicure.” BlowPop is working the affordable luxury angle by including amenities such as a private VIP area hidden from public view; a “to go” service that dispatches a stylist to any location within 20 miles; and free monthly classes to the public on how to achieve the perfect blow out at home. She is also offering military discounts and is planning to offer visits to retirement homes as well. It seems to be paying off for Bohi, who said business was especially good before New Year’s Eve. She expects a similar boost before Valentine’s Day. “It’s becoming a new thing – guys buying their girl a blowout for Valentine’s Day,” she said. Bohi is marketing the business to visitors through ads she did herself that air on hotel-only television channels, but she sees the growing number of Downtown residents as crucial to her success. “The Gaslamp is growing, but there isn’t a business like this here,” she said. “People used to tell me they were scared of coming Downtown, but, to me, that’s even more of a reason to do it.” BlowPop Dry Bar is located in Horton Plaza. For more information, call 619-2412569 or visit San Diego native David Moye writes Weird News for the Huffington Post. You can learn more about him at huffingtonpost. com/David-Moye.v

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Culinary predictions through the crystal ball of local chefs Frank Sabatini Jr. Downtown News

Dining trends over the past decade have been paradoxical, with some changing faster than it takes to consume a pork slider and others displaying the tenacity of an under-ripe artichoke. In regards to the food and drink offerings we encounter as well as the types of restaurants that fill our landscape, we asked several chefs what culinary fads lurk on the horizon and which ones they feel should be left behind in 2012.

They repurposed an old warehouse into an alehouse, and are currently using a rotation of food trucks to keep the menu fresh. Outgoing: “Fancy techniques and crazy avant garde stuff.” Sam the Cooking Guy (Sam Zien) Television personality

Jon Mangini URBN Coal Fired Pizza, BASIC and Gang Kitchen Upcoming: “It’s gotta be Asian because ever since I started the project for Gang Kitchen (now open in the Gaslamp Quarter), I’ve seen more Asian places opening up. Everything’s about noodles, so I think I’m on the right trend. I’m also hopeful that we’ll see more fine dining restaurants opposed to fast and casual.” Outgoing: “Please, no more restaurants that make you feel like you’re in a forest of repurposed wood the second you walk through the door.”

(Courtesy Sam Zien)

Upcoming: “I think we’ll see quite a few restaurants start carrying interesting, less-expensive cuts of meat like skirt steak, flat-iron steak and rib eye cap. They’re super delicious and you don’t have to play $20 a pound for them like aged steaks. I’d also like to see more butchers come back and more sustainable fish on menus.” Outgoing: “I’m a fan of pork belly, but enough already. I’d also like to see the term ‘farm-to-table’ go away. Isn’t everything ultimately farm-to-table? And … cake pops. Blow them off the map.”

Elijah Freebairn Uptown Tavern Upcoming: “I’m a big fan of off-cut types of protein such as pork or beef cheeks and short ribs instead of filet mignon. We’ll continue seeing slow-braising techniques for these meats because they turn out way more flavorful.” Outgoing: “I’d like to do away with tapas-style menus, which doesn’t seem so cost-friendly to consumers. I’d rather see it go more toward appetizers, entrees and desserts for a complete experience.”

Karen Krasne Extraordinary Desserts

Sam Zien

Chef Deborah Scott (Courtesy Cohn Restaurant Group)

Upcoming: “More small restaurants and bars are using food trucks to supply their menus, bringing the cost of build-out down. Thorn Street Brewery in North Park is a great example.

cookies and layered mousses in a glass (trifle style). Desserts can be just as delicious and decadent without gluten. Even brides want their cakes as such.” Outgoing: “I’d like to see the trend of mixing odd things like bacon and veggies with chocolate go away.” Joe Busalacchi Po Pazzo, Zia’s Bistro, Café Zucchero, Trattoria Fantastica, A Modo Mio Upcoming: “I think we are going to see smaller portions served at restaurants. People aren’t eating as much as they used to so creating smaller portions with more options to choose from will be essential to pleasing the customer. We’re already seeing a trend towards using less flour and switching to organic, gluten-free options.” Outgoing: “Oversized entrees.”

Deborah Scott Cohn Restaurant Group: Indigo Grill, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Analog, Prado, Gaslamp Strip Club

Karen Krasne (Courtesy Extraordinary Desserts)

Upcoming: “Gluten-free will continue to grow. Customers’ enthusiastic feedback keeps me developing more layer cakes,

Joe Magnanelli CUCINA urbana

Joe Magnanelli (Courtesy h2 public relations)

Upcoming: “Recently on the East Coast we’ve noticed a lot of in-house distilling where bars have oak barrels and are making their own whiskey. But I was inspired to bring the concept to the heart of the house with barrel-aged balsamic and red wine vinegars. I think it’s something totally unique for 2013.” Outgoing: “I recently saw someone post a picture of a caprese salad with a mozzarella balloon, parmesan powder and balsamic caviar -- all on top of a poor-quality Roma tomato. The tomato is supposed to be the star of the dish. You don’t need to manipulate ingredients to the point of non-recognition. Let’s get back to basics.” Ricardo Heredia Alchemy Upcoming: “I see more chefs getting involved with cocktail making and pairing them to their foods. I’m also seeing Scandinavian food slowly emerging, with chefs using indigenous Scandinavian ingredients with modern cooking techniques.” Outgoing: “I’m sick of seeing menus beat down and over use the term ‘sustainability’ when it may not be 100 percent true. 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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Morning kick-start in the Gaslamp

Banana pancakes sprinkled with candied walnuts. (Photo by

B Y F R A N K S A B AT I N I J R . Late American journalist John Gunther would have raised his thumbs to Toscana Café & Wine Bar when he said, “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” For anyone combing the Gaslamp Quarter for a morning meal, the pleasure begins with Toscana’s early-day quietude over a wide cup of mocha-style Peerless Coffee. Though located on one of San Diego’s busiest urban streets, if you get there between 6 and 11 a.m., you can proceed onto a hearty, white-linen breakfast without cattle lines. Perhaps Gunther would have enjoyed wine with his omelet after settling into a cozy banquette or while savoring the sunrise from the café’s east-facing outdoor patio. For us, coffee and orange juice hit the spot, but those tempted by the bottles poking out from numerous wall shelves can get a jumpstart on the Chianti before lunch and dinner service begins.

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Toscana Café and Wine Bar 238 Fifth Ave. (GASLAMP QUARTER)

619-231-5788 Prices: Breakfast, $8.95 to $15.95; lunch, $12.95 to $15.95; dinner entrees, $12.95 to $33.95

“Travelers on different time zones occasionally ask for wine,” said our waitress, while pointing out other available libations such as Bloody Marys and Greyhounds. NorweAs a bleary-eyed twosome, we kicked off with Norwe gian salmon carpaccio, plated with tomatoes, red onions Parand capers. Crostini and a few shavings of strong Par mesan cheese rounded off the dish, which reminded me of the pretty ensembles served at daybreak on overseas flights, when airline food in both coach and business class used to rouse the senses. Omelets and wraps are made with three eggs, although you’d bet there are four. Our Florentine omelet was mondo, stuffed generously with juicy sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, crimini mushrooms and Fontina cheese. The eggs were spongy like a frittata, but kept moist from the organics. Fresh fruit sealed the deal, along with rosemary potato salad bounded with olive oil rather than mayo. Norwegian The Italian wrap packed with eggs and salmon carpaccio potatoes was also hefty. Without warning, it (Photo by Frank contained semi-sweet Hawaiian sausage inside Sabatini Jr.) in lieu of the spicy, fennel-laced meat my taste


Florentine omelet with rosemary potato salad. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

buds anticipated. We were told afterward that the kitchen had temporarily run out of Italian sausage, which left the broccolini and Roma tomatoes searching for their Italian connection. Needless to say, the flavors merged favorably, especially when applying Toscana’s ravishing hot sauce to it, made with white wine vinegar, fresh peaches and chili peppers. We couldn’t resist ordering the four-stack of caramelized banana pancakes flanked by candied walnuts. Compared to hotcakes served elsewhere, which often absorb the flavors of other foods cooked on the same grill, these were remarkably clean tasting. Also, the menu touts the maple syrup as housemade, and it indeed tasted less sugary than most. Butter, however, went missing in action until we asked for it. Given the Gaslamp’s shortage of breakfast spots, Toscana fills a niche for locals and tourists alike with other dishes that include brioche French toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese, a variety of omelets with bacon or apple wood chicken sausage as side options and other Italianinspired wraps, all boasting substantial weight. During lunch and dinner, when wine and spirits flow with greater ease, the bill of fare verges into paninis, pastas, seafood and meats. Although when it comes to the most important meal of the day, the café hits the high notes to start your engine purring. 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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Restaurant Week returns Over 50 Downtown eateries set to participate Jan. 13 – 18 Anthony King Downtown Assistant Editor

Sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association (CRA), the City’s biannual Restaurant Week returns this month. For one week, Sunday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 18, over 140,000 people are expected to participate by visiting numerous restaurants, including several in Downtown. Restaurants will be offering three-course prixfixe dinner menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person. There are over 180 eateries scheduled to offer the special prices. In addition, several restaurants will be offering two-course lunch menus, starting at $10 per person. “San Diego Restaurant Week is the best time to relax at the newest tapas bar one night, dine al fresco by the bay the next and then end the week with an indulgent dessert at one of the city’s most remarkable five-star restaurants,” organizers said in a press release. Additionally, Restaurant Week organizers have chosen the San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank as the official 2013 charity partners. The partnership, which includes $5,000 for each organization, was announced at a press conference held Wednesday, Jan. 9. Among those in attendance were Mayor Bob Filner, Andrea Waldron of the American Red Cross and James Floros of the Food Bank. A quick search online shows over 50 restaurants in Downtown slated to offer discounts to patrons, including Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar in the Gaslamp, Zanzibar Café in the East Village and Sally’s Seafood

on the Water in the Marina District, among others. Organizers said participating is easy, with no need to buy tickets or bring coupons. “There are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry and no cards to punch, only a quick call to the restaurant of your choice to make reservations,” they said. The complete list of restaurants, including prices, cuisine offered and location, is available on the official website, where individuals can search the database by a number of criteria. For instance, Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy is searchable by Italian cuisine, as well as those offering lunch for $15 and dinner for $30. Alternately, the CRA is offering a Restaurant Week “app” for smartphones, where patrons can find details on all participating restaurants, compare menus and make reservations. The app details were announced at the Jan. 9 press conference, and include an opportunity for users who download the app to enter to win a VIP package from La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. The giveaway includes a two-night stay at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla and a $200 dining card to a La Jolla restaurant, among others. Organizers are recommending advance reservations for all diners, including lunch and dinner. “San Diego is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated culinary destinations,” the release stated. “Restaurant Week … brings the city’s vibrant food scene to life for one week of delicious dining, showcasing the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes and tastiest culinary gems that San Diego has to offer.” For more information, including a complete list of participating locations in Downtown, visit or call 619-233-5008.v

A whimsical painting on an inside wall of Funky Garcia’s animates the two owners and a chef. (Photo by SDCNN)

Getting Funky in the Gaslamp A diversity of food offerings catering to the local palette Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

Longtime San Diego resident Moe Sadighian has been in the restaurant business for decades, operating many in and around Downtown, but he is about to become a super-power presence in the Gaslamp Quarter in 2013. Though he still consults for many restaurants on both sides of the border, right now his time is focused primarily on growing the three establishments that extend from a coveted southeast Downtown corner at Market Street and Fourth Avenue, as well as developing a couple more surprises he has up his sleeve for this new year. His current three properties – The Reef, La Pulpa and Funky Garcia’s – all nestle around that one busy corner of the Gaslamp, offering casual eats and drinks at great quality and value. The Reef Bar, anchoring the trio at 556 Fourth Ave., offers a surfer / beach bar style scheme, with surfboards and kayaks mounted on the walls and hanging from the ceiling, LCD screens with videos and music playing from open to close, 16 beer taps, and at 67 feet boasts the longest bar in San Diego, according to Sadighian. Around the corner is La Pulpa, Sadighian’s latest endeavor, a Mexican seafood restaurant at 415 Market St. “We are the first restaurant to bring authentic Mexican seafood to the Gaslamp,” Sadighian said, and when he brags that his food is fresh, he means it. “We have no freezers in house,” he said. “We don’t believe in freezers. “ La Pulpa is also the kitchen that supports hungry Reef dwellers with a full menu at their table. Reef happy hour or late night customers can also satisfy their hunger pangs by a quick trip through that secret passage to the neon lights of La Pulpa’s, where they can grab a stool at the bar and watch the chefs go to work or take over a nearby table with friends. “We take pride in our food, our freshness, taste, authenticity – all our fish is wild caught and brought in from Baja.” Sticking local for the shellfish since it can’t be imported, Sadighian said despite the exceptionally low prices, the oysters they serve come from Blue Point Coastal Cuisine. One of the things on La Pulpa’s menu you don’t often find stateside is a whole fried fish, which takes 15 minutes to make, and also comes charbroiled with an adobo marinade. Ceviche and fish burritos are popular menu items, as well. Next to La Pulpa at 421 Market St. in the historic Sun Café building

is Funky Garcia’s, Sadighian’s traditional Mexican restaurant and bar, now in its fourth year of operation. You can’t find $1.50 beers anywhere else, according to Sadighian. “We want to blend into the community,” Sadighian said. “We are more hip to the regulars than the tourists. People come in for lunch or after work dressed in suits, jeans and even flip-flops. Casual is the big thing over here. Sadighisian shares ownership of the restaurants with Alberto Macias, owner of A&M Rehab Construction, although the hand-on, “boots on the ground” day-to-day management member of the team while Macias takes on other roles. Their likenesses are emblazoned on the wall at Funky’s and in the secret passage, which shows the fun they put into their jobs. Having these restaurants in such close proximity is not seen as a problem to them, especially since they offer such different menus and environments. “The people that go to Funky’s don’t come to The Reef,” Sadighisian said. “Funky’s is not that big and is home for a lot of people. We have the best happy hour Downtown. “Funky’s was originally geared towards locals, which includes distant locals not just those that live Downtown,” he continued. “The economy has changed. People can’t afford the one tablecloth dinner restaurant anymore. We offer affordable quality food and make it available to the bar-hopping crowds that enjoy the Gaslamp.” Sadighian’s previous venture, Tabule on Fifth Avenue, was also popular but he said that property (currently closed) is reopening in February as the “New Yorker,” a New York style pizza restaurant with a full bar. A little further down the road Sadighian et al will be opening The Standard at 536 Fifth Ave., next to Burger Lounge and under the Lincoln Hotel. “Consider Barleymash meets Side Bar,” he said when describing the new venue that will take a leap from typical bar food scene, offering instead an American contemporary menu that he hasn’t released yet. He expects the Standard to open in late March or early April, making his five-property diversity of dining and drinking options within the popular Gaslamp Quarter complete. To learn more about La Pulpo, The Reef, and Funky Garcia’s, including their fresh food options, standard and late night happy hours, nightly specials and more, visit and scroll to the bottom to reach the other locations’ websites.v


TOURISM JT: We have two major components when it comes to meetings in San Diego. One is individual hotel meetings – not large citywide, but small meetings to midsize to large meetings that fit into an individual hotel – we book over 700,000 rooms a year of meetings into the San Diego hotel community. I have a staff of 18 sales people around the country that are just out there trying to find people and events and convince them come to San Diego, so that is a big component of what we do. Then there is the Convention Center – the large citywide conventions that we are now responsible for booking, as well – and that number is somewhere about 850,000 rooms that we will book in a year for people coming to San Diego in the future. So a major component of what we do is booking group meetings whether they be small individual property meetings to large citywide conferences like ComicCon and some of the other well known ones that we do. DTN: Is it fee for service? JT: Nope. We’re funded by the TMD assessment principally and then through membership. So any of the services we provide are supported by either [of those]. DTN: San Diego is undergoing a lot of changes, what are you most exicted about? JT The Convention Center expansion, of course! Projections are that it will allow us to book somewhere between 300,000 – 400,000 more room nights a year. So let’s say we book 800,000 room nights, with the new building, that number can move to a milliontwo or a million-three. The value of that to the economic stability and growth of San Diego can’t be understated and certainly for the Downtown community, from a retail / restaurant / anything else [perspective], all of those establishments benefit greatly from the activity Downtown. So that is the number one objective from our standpoint, but I also can tell you that everything else that is happening adds to the attractiveness of the destination. The North Embarcadero work that’s being done along Harbor Drive and the County work that is being done adjacent to it, that’s long overdue. I think unfortunately, it should be the front door to San Diego and it really is not very attractive

Joe Terzi, president and CEO of San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) (Courtesy SDTA)

right now, but once it gets finished, its going to make a major difference in the Downtown community being able connect almost all the way to the airport, down through the waterfront all the way past the Convention Center and down south. It is fitting for the destination we have. Regarding the stadium – first of all, it would be a travesty if the Chargers leave San Diego, but personally I am not sure why we couldn’t renovate the current stadium … think about New Orleans after Katrina. They were going to have to tear that building down but they put a lot less money into it than they would have to build a new stadium and its fine. I would love to see [our stadium] Downtown, because selfishly it continues to make Downtown a more attractive place and if it were a multi-use entertainment facility not just eight or 10 football games per year … could it get done? Yes, but it should be done in a way that it

has more value than just to support a football team. It should be used for other things that draw people into the Downtown community … used more effectively as a driver of economic value for the community. I’m on the [Balboa Park] Centennial committee so I’m very positive about that, [too], but we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re now kind of in the concept stages and hoping we can raise the support necessary to really put on a world-class event starting on Dec, 31, 2014 or Jan. 1, 2015, all the way through the year – and have this be as impactful as the original event was in 1915. A future issue will address membership and its upcoming infrastructure changes. To learn more about the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) visit their website at, follow them on twitter and Facebook at @visitsandiego.v

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San Diego Downtown News | January 2013

Back to the root

Noel-Baza Fine Art celebrates five years with their debuting artist

Jennifer DeCarlo In celebration of their fiveyear anniversary, Noel-Baza Fine Art is hosting a dual-portioned exhibition of work by Marianela de la Hoz, the artist they first opened with back in February of 2008. New Drawings includes studies for Heaven and Earth, the Determined Freedom of an Undetermined Life, an altarpiece now on view at SDMA and small, similarly themed jewelry pieces (through January 12). The second segment of the exhibition to include miniature paintings, three

dimensional works, and drawings runs January 30 – March 2. A fleshy connectivity runs like blood through all the works of this Mexican artist. The sentiment is fitting, as de la Hoz embraces the literary and visual traditions of “Hemofiction,” a trend created by her uncle in which “blood, consciousness, irony, time and space, are its structural axes,” de la Hoz has said. Through characters, situations, and extended fables, we find unfolding drama and are shaken with urgency to see, to feel, to know and to understand. There is an ever-present sense of familiarity to the work of de la Hoz that is both comforting and provocative. It is on this level that we begin to engage. We embrace the known as we endeavor to detect its source and uncover its root. Perhaps the work is familiar because the artist has been known to borrow from biblical iconography, symbols, or personage; perhaps because her vignettes remind us of a story we once heard, or a picture

we once saw as a child; or perhaps because de la Hoz seeks most directly to stir that total being within us. To engage her work fully we must let go of judgment and allow ourselves to be vulnerable, for to see the work’s depth and uncover the problems of mankind that de la Hoz has raised, we must wade through our own understanding. One of the objects to be exhibited later this month is “What is the Title of the Radio,” a piece that incorporates more than the painting and radio of which it is made. The work becomes symbol realized and abstracted- the painting comes off the wall and into our space. Implicated by the work, will we listen for that music or cover our own ears to silence it?v

Noel-Baza Fine Art 2165 India St (619) 876-4165 Tues. – Sat. Noon-6 p.m. “I cannot turn off the stubborn voice of my brain” by Marianela de la Hoz. (Courtesy NoelBaza Fine Art)

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FRIDAY – JANUARY 11 Kettner Nights: 6 – 8 p.m., Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. – FREE Lady Dottie and the Diamonds: 8:30 pm., Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces. com or call 619-233-4355 John Caparulo: Comedian’s sharp wit, unique delivery and brilliant affinity for words make him a crowd favorite. $22 presale, $26 at door. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter Downtown. Call 619-795-3858 or visit SATURDAY – JANUARY 12 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. FREE. Champagne Jazz Brunch

with Daniel Jackson: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355 Live Music: Stacey & the Stimulators, soul rocking jazz & blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE 91X 30th Birthday Bash: Slightly Stoopid, P.O.D., celebrity DJs. House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets only available through 91X. Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw: is a charming classic of wit and humor. 100th anniversary production. Preview Jan. 12-16, opens Jan. 17, closes Feb. 17. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at Old Globe Theatre; 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary. visit –

SUNDAY – JANUARY 13 Third Ave. Farmers’

Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Cool Fever, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Restaurant Week: Starting tonight dozens of restaurants are offering $20, $30, $40 prix fixe menu options through Jan. 18. Visit sandiegorestaurantweek. com. The Archtones: 7:30 p.m., Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355

MONDAY – JANUARY 14 Senior Monday at the Fleet: Lecture plus IMAX film, plus Science Center exhibits are only $7 for seniors 65 and older. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233 Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: 7:30 p.m., Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355

TUESDAY – JANUARY 15 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Every Tuesday, hours vary by museum, participating museums include Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Model Railroad Museum, Natural History Museum. Free for San Diego residents with ID, active military and dependents. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE State of the City: Join Mayor Bob Filner and the City Council for the live annual State of the City address, 6-7 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre, located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Reception immediately following at Westin Gaslamp. More info visit Social Distortion presented by 91X: House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets at box office or sandiego/ WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 16 San Diego Public Certified Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Poetr y Reading: Alchemy Poetry Series presents Elizabeth Hoffman reading Joyce Nower’s poetry. Each session also has an open mic. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE Social Distortion presented by 94.9: House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets at box office or sandiego/ Sue Palmer: 7:30 pm., Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355 THURSDAY – JANUARY 17 Special Author Event: Alex Boese reads from his book, Electrified Sheep: Glass-Eating

Scientists Nuking the Moon and more Bizarre Experiments, soul rocking jazz & blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Hannibal Buress: Cool, confident and intelligent comedy. $24 presale, $28 at door. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown. Call 619-795-3858 or visit

FRIDAY – JANUARY 18 Friday Morning Lecture Series: “The Power of Relics and the Art of Reliquaries in Buddhist Traditions,” a lecture and tour series sponsored by the Museum Docent Council every third Friday. Presented by Dr. Sonya Quintanilla, curator, Asian art, The San Diego Museum of Art. 10 a.m. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. For more info contact Ruth Broudy at or call 619-696-1353. DSB: America’s favorite tribute to Journey. House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets at box office or sandiego/ Hannibal Buress: Cool, confiendent and intelligent comedy. $24 presale, $28 at door. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown. Call 619-795-3858 or visit Clybourne Park: Opening night of 2012 Tony Award winning play about an unforgettable story about race, class and real estate in America on the L yceum Stage. 8 p.m. L yceum Theatre 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Tickets vary call 619-544-1000 or call Brian Stokes Mitchell: Tony Award winning vocalist (Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha) performs, 8 p.m. Tickets $20-85. Copley Sympho-

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CALENDAR ny Hall, 750 B St., Downtown. For more info call 619-235-0804.

SATURDAY – JANUARY 19 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets – FREE. Live Music: The Teagan Taylor Trio, Swing, standards & jazz. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Artist Reception: Meet Joshua Dildine 7 – 9 p.m. at White Box Contemporary, 1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown. Cosmic Collisions: a spectacular immersive theater experience narrated by Robert Redford inside the Giant Heikoff Dome Theater. Tickets vary. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-1233 Orchid Show and Sale: Orchids on display and available for purchase. Submissions for judging are encouraged. 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Casa del Prado, 1800 El Prado Balboa Park. For more info visit html – FREE SUNDAY – JANUARY 20 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE. San Diego Public Certified Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Coronado Big Band, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE 103 Years of Broadway: Neil Berg’s highly acclaimed annual musical review. 2:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Horton Plaza, Downtown. Tickets vary, visit, or call 619-570-1100. Orchid Show and Sale: Orchids on display and available for purchase. Submissions for judging are encouraged. 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Casa del Prado, 1800 El Prado Balboa Park. For more info visit – FREE MONDAY – JANUARY 21 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. TUESDAY – JANUARY 22 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: hours vary by museum, participating museums include Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum. Free for San Diego Residents with

CALENDAR/NEWS ID, active military and dependents. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE. Science Talk: The origin of life in the Universe. Retired scientist Dr. Richard Albert, PhD lecture in Wangeheim Room, 6:30 – 8 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 820 E Street, Downtown. For more info call 619-236-5800.

WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 23 Horton Square Certified Market: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Wednesday, 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE San Diego Public Certified Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE THURSDAY – JANUARY 24 OUT at The Globe: an evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine bar, appetizers and door prizes. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tickets $20 (Pygmalion show ticket sold separately). Visit or call (619) 23-GLOBE. Brent Weinbach: Weird, stupid, smart and physical stand-up comedy. Tickets, $16. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown. Call 619-795-3858 or visit FRIDAY – JANUARY 25 The Art of Brew: presented by Science on the Rocks. Join local breweries (Hillcrest Brewing Co., Helm’s Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., and more) as well as many local restaurants for a night of suds, tasty temptations and the art of brewing. Tickets are $25 (but discounts available online for students, military and Fleet members) and includes a glass beer mug. No discounts at door. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-1233. For more info or tickets visit SATURDAY – JANUARY 26 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE. Live Music: Bela Vida Brasileira, Brazilian fusion duo. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE The Brothers Size: a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, an emotional and theatrical tour-de-force. Preview Jan 26-30, opens Jan 31, closes Feb 24. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre; 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary. Visit – SUNDAY – JANUARY 27 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9

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a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J St. – FREE San Diego Public Certified Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Ben Folds Five: with Nataly Dawn, House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets at box office or Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Teagan Taylor Trio, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE

MONDAY – JANUARY 28 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE The Science of Aliens: San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2100 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Tickets vary, call 619-234-8291 x140 or visit TUESDAY – JANUARY 29 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: hours vary by museum, participating museums include Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum. Free for San Diego Residents with ID, active military and dependents. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 30 Horton Square Certified Market: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Wednesday, 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE San Diego Public Certified Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Clybourne Park: 2012 Tony Award winning play about an unforgettable story about race, class and real estate in America on the Lyceum Stage. 8 p.m. Lyceum Theatre 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Tickets vary call 619-544-1000 or call THURSDAY – JANUARY 31 The Science of Aliens: San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2100 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Tickets vary, call 619-234-8291 x140 or visit Jared Logan: Comedian from Comedy Central 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Tickets vary, call 619-795-3858 or visit San Diego Black Film Festival: Opening reception 6 p.m., films begin at 8 p.m. through Feb. 3, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, For more information call 619-685-7215 or visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at

Lighthouses turned into weathervanes by NY artist, Spencher Finch, alight atop two buildings in the Columbia District, Downtown. (Photos by Jessie Fleming)


BRIEFS ART INSTALLATION DOWNTOWN FORECASTS WEATHER In order to satisfy a Centre City Development Corporation requirement for public art in the Santa Fe Depot precinct, Bosa Development California, Inc decided to get crafty. “Painting in the Sky” is a new Downtown art installation lighting up the top of the two buildings that make up Grande North and South tower condominiums, located at 1199 and 1205 Pacific Highway, respectively. Spencer Finch, the Brooklyn, New York-based artist selected for the installation, chose to conceptualize a ‘modern day lighthouse’ to convey information about the following day’s weather. He and his design team utilized the two lighthouses that existed on top of the Grande buildings to facilitate the concept, creating a “red sky” and a “blue sky” composition that would indicate bad or good weather, a play on the old saying, “Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” The artist hopes local residents will use the installation for their own viewing pleasure as well as forecasting their daily weather. “My vision was to create watercolors of the skies that would become a project of light and shadow in the sky at an enormous scale, thereby making the connection between the picture, the idea and the weather forecast,” said Finch of the installation in a press release. His premise was to metaphorically link San Diego’s longstanding maritime and seafaring traditions with the neighborhood. “The mechanics of the programming and technology are complicated but the fixtures are simple. A daily RSS weather feed from Yahoo weather signals the representation of the following day’s weather.  This triggers the 150 fluorescent tubes and color gels in the lighthouses atop the Grande structures to signal Finch’s red or blue sunset pictures in the architecture of the buildings to make the connection into indicators of weather information,” said the press release. Finch’s light-based works have been also been exhibited at MCASD La Jolla in the past.v



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East Village Association Upcoming Events EVA Member Mixer at Knotty Barrell January 23, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 844 Market St. Free Admission to EVA members. Only $5 for non-members at the door. Complimentary appetizers – Knotty Barrel is refreshing their menu, come and taste their new flavors for 2013. Happy Hour Drink Specials.

East Village Wild Wednesdays January 16, 2013 to April 3, 2013. Participating EVA members provide 20% discount to San Diego County residents. Show your ID and save. EVA members providing 20% off at time of press are:, Bootlegger, Bub’s at the Ballpark, The Blind Burro, Dragon’s Den, East Village Tavern & Bowl, 5 & a Dime, Fox Sports Grill, Knotty Barrel, La Mirage, Lotus Thai, Lucky’s Lunch Counter, Massage Envy East Village, Monkey Paw, Salad Style, Salon Identity, San Diego Restaurant Supply, and TheVillage@631.

EVA Board Meeting at San Diego City College February 7, 2013 at 5pm Career Technology Building Auditorium. All meetings are open to the public.

EVA Quarterly Business Breakfast February 21, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. At the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 350 Tenth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 “Comic-Con 101” The City of San Diego Special Events Department and EVA present information on the do’s and don’ts during Comic-Con.

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It’s pure fitness: Shape up in the New Year Scott Markey Guest Columnist

With the year now upon us, let’s talk about a fitness plan to accommodate all fitness levels. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or in an advanced fitness program, or even just looking to revamp your current training routine, here are some helpful guidelines to make the most of your new years’ fitness plan. Set goals. Usually our fitness goals fall into three categories: Fat Loss: If you’re a beginner, start with a circuit routine in which you do 8-10 exercises, one after the other, 10-15 repetitions per set, with little rest in between. Try to do two to three circuits. If you are intermediate or advanced, try to do “supersets” two back-to-back exercises, resting for 60 seconds, then repeat once or twice. An example of a superset might include squats and a rowing movement. This way you are pairing exercises that are working different muscle groups. As far as cardio goes, make sure you do this after your weight training and not before, or you can just do it on your off days. Everyone has different goals, but 30 minutes of cardio per session (not including your warm up) at a pace that gets your heart rate up should be enough. I know a lot of people love to run, but running for long periods of time will burn up your hard earned muscle. Try to limit it. In my experience, nothing burns fat better than getting your heart rate up by walking briskly on the treadmill, where your pace and heart rate remain constant. Build Muscle: I would recommend exercises that allow you to do 6-10 repetitions per set. You can do them as straight sets: complete a set, rest about 90 seconds, do the next set of the same thing and keep going until you have finished all your sets and are ready to move on to your next set. If you are more advanced try doing a compound exercise along with a smaller ancillary muscle

group. What I mean by this is pair synergistic exercises – two moves that work the same muscles. Usually, the first is a compound movement that involves a lot of the muscles in that group, the second a single joint exercise to focus on one larger specific muscle. Gain Strength: Here is the secret to this – lower repetitions (usually from 5-8). For the more important moves, such as dead lifts, squats, bench presses, etc., remember to always warm Scott up properly before you do Markey all your lower repetitions. I (Courtesy want all women to take note Scott Markey) of this as well. Lower repetition and heavier weight is not just for the guys. I train workouts to target individual women of all fitness levels includmuscle groups. Four days a week ing competitors and they get their is usually the norm for the most best results following this training protocol from time to time. Do not elite and advanced athletes, but any more than that for most people usube afraid of the heavier weights, ally results in overtraining. (I am as you will not get bigger, women talking about weight training/ redo not have the natural testossistance training in particular here terone levels as men do. You will burn more body fat, however and – cardio can be done as needed.) get harder and tighter due to the Try to remember that muscle muscles thermogenic effects it grows and fat loss occurs when you has on the body. are recovering from your workouts. The more muscle your body The workout itself is the stimulus. possesses, the more body fat is When you work out you are actually burned at rest. Just think – the less tearing down your muscles. It is cardio you will have to do! rest, sleep, and proper nutrition afNow let’s talk about your ter training that is what is essential available time. The amount of time for optimal results. and days you can spend on your Once again, with new year at workout varies from person to hand, try to stay on track, as consisperson. Try your best to get 40-60 tency is the key to success. Starting minutes per session on average. a routine one or two months before The big variable here is how many summer will never be as effective as days a week you are willing or able sticking to your program from now to work out. until then. Let’s make that change At the least, you must try to this year and stay focused and get two days per week. With this consistent. You can do it! program you can focus on your upper body muscle groups one day, Scott Markey has over 25 and your lower body the next day of years in the Fitness and Health the week. industry. He has graced dozens of If you have the time, do magazines covers, and specializes your cardio on your off days or in physique management, training, after each workout. If you are and nutritional consultation. He a little more advanced and can currently trains with Pure Fitness do three days a week, you can Downtown. You can reach him at focus more on breaking up your

Gospel Brunch performers belt out a tune at San Diego House of Blues. (Courtesy House of Blues)

impromptu lesson. It was an unThis is a great time of the year. Whenever a new year kicks expected surprise! Although the classes are held only in Bankin, we like to indulge our curiosers Hill, Marty’s art creations ity by shaking things up and exploring new territory. Sometimes can be seen at Studio #24 at the Spanish Art Village in Balboa we uncover something totally Park, Coronado’s Art in the Park new and off-the-beaten path, and event, held on the first and third other times we re-discover speSundays of every month, and the cial places that we forgot about. Royal Food Mart That was at 3401 First Avthe case a enue. (Side note: few weeks Romy owns this ago when we deli and is known were roaming for creating around Bankdelicious gourmet ers Hill, a quiet sandwiches) One charming thing to keep in neighborhood mind – Marty that actually likes to keep the inspired us to classes small – start our tour four people max, company back which makes for in 2003. We a more intimate love this area experience. because it’s For more info, got a great It’s All visit marshallartsvibe and Happening whenever Marc and Darlynne Menkin Downtown is we’re here, we another area we love to wanalways meet the most interestder around and get lost in our ing people. Take for example thoughts, especially after a long Marshall Arts Glass. This is a day of running back-to-back cool glassblowing studio run Scavenger Hunts. During one by a friendly guy named Marty of our recent casual strolls, we Marshall. He’s been blowing found ourselves at Level 9, Hotel glass for 18 years so he’s like a Indigo’s cool rooftop bar. If you’ve walking encyclopedia filled with never been here, now is a perfect all sorts of unusual stories. His time to check it out. The rooftop studio is a hidden gem because lounge just got a makeover and it’s tucked away behind his the upgrades are amazing. For house so it’s understated. The those of you who are familiar last time we stopped by, Marty was conducting a glass blowing class so our tour group got an see Happening, page 26


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The art of the brew

RH Fleet ‘geeks out’ over science of making a great beer

A line up of Helm’s Brewing Company tasters (Courtesy Helms Brewing Company) Logan Broyles Downtown News

In a town famous for both the quality and quantity of craft brew choices available is it any surprise that even our museum exhibits showcase our mutual love of beer? Beer aficionados, amateur brewers and people simply looking to have some sudssoaked fun will be flocking to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on Thursday, Jan. 24 for Tap This: The Art of the Brew. This 21-and-up beer-centric event will feature six local craft breweries and will each be showcasing two of their best brews. Guests will get a chance to taste some of the best that Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Helm’s Brewing, Mad Lab Craft Brewing and Monkey Paw have to offer. There will also be a full bar for those that want more than just beer. A lineup of San Diego’s best and brightest brew-masters from those six

establishments will also be in attendance to host panel discussions and give tips and tricks of the trade for how to make the best brews. There will also be interactive demonstrations with individual attendees so that they can try some of the techniques for themselves. To complement the selection of beer samples there will also be food available from some great local restaurants; Stone Catering, Slaters 50/50, West Coast Tavern, Brazen BBQ, D Bar and Neighborhood. “We have discovered the scientific formula for a perfect night out,” says Andrea Decker, executive assistant and Head of the Science on the Rocks Planning Committee. “Take one part fun with friends,

two parts intriguing interaction, a scoop of nibbles and a cup of libations. Cover all ingredients with music and laughter and voila! You have Science on the Rocks, a delightful evening of unexpected activities, delicious tastes, and indulgent experiences for adults ages 21 and up.“ Science on the Rocks is held on select Thursday evenings, and each event features a unique theme. Tap This: The Art of the Brew marks the second event of the series. Science on the Rocks debuted in October with The Sweet Science of Chocolate, which featured local chocolatier Eclipse and featured a beer and chocolate pairing hosted by Eclipse and Stone Brewing. The event sold out weeks before opening. Attendees will get to test more than their brew IQ at the Art of the Brew thanks to an exhibit on the Physics of Beer Pong, complete with an actual Beer Pong table that guests can play on to make sure the lesson really takes. Or they can try out an obstacle course that they can only attempt while wearing “beer goggles,” a fun and potentially embarrassing way to learn firsthand the effects of alcohol on perception and balance. There will also be a raffle and a soundscape set up for dancing, with music by DJ Joey Jimenez. In addi-


Think back to December 31, 2012. Were you one of the 21 percent of Americans who resolved to lose weight this year? Now look down. Is your stomach as flat as you wanted it to be by this point? Don’t feel too bad if you don’t have the abs you dreamed of last year, you are not alone. According to a 2007 study by the University of Bristol, 88 percent of people who set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight fail. One of the primary reasons for failure is loss of motivation. Changing your lifestyle and getting that body you have always wanted is not a process that just happens overnight. To be successful you must find a way to stay motivated throughout your journey to become the healthy and fit person you have always wanted to be. Former San Diego Charger Michael London, owner of PureFitness Sports Clubs, is building a premier sport club and day spa in the heart of Downtown San Diego that will make sure you have all the variety and motivation you will need to stay on your path now and for years to come. Located in the beautiful Westgate Hotel, London’s 37,000

square foot PureFitness will change all your perceptions of the gym experience. No expense has been spared to bring the finest equipment, the widest variety and the most luxurious surroundings. From the marble tiled entryway to the walnut finished lockers, you will find no detail overlooked. The crown jewel of the facility is the 16,000 square foot Sports Sky Deck that sits atop the Westgate Hotel. The Sports Sky Deck is built around a 25m Jr. Olympic lap pool designed by the Natare Corporation. The Natare Corporation is known around the world for their innovative designs including the infinity edged Sky Park pools that sit 57 stories up on top of the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore. The Sports Sky Deck also features a 1/6 mile rubberized running track, basketball court, free weight areas, a cardio deck, spa, cycle studio and lounge area. To provide a wide variety of class formats and class times, PureFitness will also feature four unique fitness studios: a full yoga studio which will also be able to offer heated yoga classes, an indoor and an outdoor cycle studio

and a large group exercise studio. No matter what you fitness level or what your interests are, you will have no problem finding a class you will love at a time that is convenient for you. With on site validated parking, over 180 cardio pieces with TV and internet access, a full service day spa, chiropractor, physical therapy, towel service, laundry and dry cleaning and much more PureFitness at The Westgate Hotel is truly redefining luxury fitness in San Diego. Motivation is the key to success. How many times have you started an exercise program only to find yourself bored out of your mind with it after a couple months? You will never have a problem finding something new and fun to do at PureFitness to keep your program fresh and keep you motivated to achieve your goals. With all the great equipment and amenities along with a wide variety of classes in the yoga, indoor and outdoor cycle and group exercise studios, you will feel like you are in your own urban oasis. PureFitness at The Westgate Hotel will be your home away from home where you can rejuvenate and refocus.

PureFitness at The Westgate Hotel is scheduled to open soon. Special pre-opening rates are available now.

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tion, guests will have access to the Reuben H. Space Fleet’s more than 100 interactive exhibits, including the latest installment, Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Meteors, Asteroids. “Everyone who grows up in San Diego has fun memories of visiting the Fleet as a kid, but as we get older and life gets busier, we sometimes forget about these local gems,” notes Decker. “Science on the Rocks is an excellent reminder that the Fleet is a fun place to go whether you are seven or seventy.” For more information go to: 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

Hillcrest Brewing Company (HBC) offerings (Courtesy HBC)

A pint of Helms (Courtesy Helms Brewing Company)

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The Plaza del Panama saga approaches a final hearing Feb. 1 over the ebb and flow of reconstruction plans for Balboa Park. Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs and his committee originally pledged $25 million to make Laurel Street Bridge alterations, reroute a road and return the park’s centerpiece to solemnity. Waiting in the wings is a construction company with shovels and tools to begin work on Feb. 15, a needed start for a projected completion by October, 2014, and in time for the Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration. But discussions won’t alter the fact that a suit filed by the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) has been posted to disrupt these ambitious proceedings. The Jacobs group’s plan would be to eliminate car parking in the Plaza but their plan to add a new road would also reduce spaces in the Alcazar lot. The ball has since been placed in the city’s court to come up with $14 million to build an underground parking lot near the organ pavilion to help absorb the need for that lost parking. A car parking charge will eventually go toward repayment of the city’s cost. When Bob Filner was a mayoral candidate he ridiculed the Plaza plan but now that he’s in office he’s hopped aboard the bandwagon. “We expect to prevail again, because the new violations of law that threaten Balboa Park are again blatant,” said SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons in a release. “The City of San Diego concedes that the Plaza de Panama project would cause significant adverse impacts to the iconic architecture and cultural landscapes of Balboa Park, a national historic landmark,” states the

BALBOA PARK one will consist of professionals and advanced participants and Group two, garden enthusiasts. Each day will feature a lecture and a hands-on session. The three days will encompass stone arranging (techniques and design principles), planting shrubs, and a presentation on pine pruning by members of the Aesthetic Pruning Association (APA). Featured lecturers and instructors will be Takeo Uesugi, a Japanese-American landscape architect, Keiji Uesugi, Senior Associate TUA, Inc., and Bill Castellon, owner Bill Castellon Landscape Inc.

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald petition filed by the group’s lawyer. SOHO also contended in the press release there are other ways to resolve the situation that will have fewer impacts on the natural and built environment and that the California Environmental Quality Act requires the city to instead pursue these alternatives. Friendship Garden Seminar Want to gain insight into the process of pine pruning and stone setting? You can at the Japanese Friendship Garden where its society has scheduled a seminar, March 1-3. This seminar will be limited to 40 participants divided into two groups of 20. Group

Let’s call it EDGE2015 It sorta comes in the “what’s in a name?” department, but the Centennial committee had to come up with one. So, they decided to call the 2015 Balboa Park celebration EDGE2015. The theme is to highlight San Diego’s edginess in technology, commerce and to showcase the arts. Leading community Centennial supporters are Colette Carson Royston, past chair of the San Diego Foundation and the City Commission for Arts and Culture; Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President, and Frank Urtasun, Regional V.P. of External Relations for SDG&E. After an award winning, 38-year sportswriting career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at

Earth Day 2013 in peril City denies permits for April’s upcoming EarthFest

Atendees at a previous EarthFest relax at Balboa Park. (Courtesy EarthWorks) Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

The City of San Diego, represented by the office of Mayor Bob Filner, denied a permit application from San Diego Earth Works for their 24th annual EarthFair, which takes place each spring in Balboa Park on Earth Day, which this year will be April 22. According to the Earth Works website, the City’s issue stems from upcoming changes to Balboa Park’s structure in advance of the park’s centennial celebration and the liability issues that would create. On Jan. 7, Earth Works CEO Carolyn Chase, CFO Chris Klein and board member Ahouva Steinhaus, were able to secure a meeting with the mayor and his deputy chief of staff to address the future of the popular EarthFair. After the meeting, which an update on the Earth Works website called “productive,” the mayor issued a statement through the media, saying “the City is making every effort to accommodate the event and at the same time provide a safe environment for attendees.” With “liability” deemed the main reason for the denial, Chase said they already carry “the standard $2 million of liability required for special events all over the city,” and she is confident they can get more if the City outlines the specifics so they can get a proper assessment. I’m doing everything I can think of to move it forward,” Chase said in a phone call. “If it’s really about liability we can manage that. They want us to move to the west side of Balboa Park … but how does that improve the liability?” Filner was asked about the debate this week at the Hillcrest Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9. “The Earth Day event is a great thing … I went to the first one … I have a long history with it and they have a long history in San Diego,” he said. The mayor then told the group that prior to him taking office a decision was made that would affect all large events in the park due to the “incredibly large construction project” that the bridge and parking changes would create. Since a challenge to that construction will be heard in early February, the status is currently halted. “[Earth Works] were offered the west side, the Sixth Avenue side … a 25 acre site that has a different configuration, a different amount of grass and concrete, but they said no,” the mayor said. “If the liability is real, they will have to adapt.” He promised to look closely at the situation one more time before making a final decision. Stay tuned. For more information, visit the website.v

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LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC HEART OF SAN DIEGO Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp – Unmasks New Look for 2013

19th Annual Mardi Grasin the Gaslamp Fat Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 5 PM to 11 PM

San Diego, CA, Gaslamp Quarter – After nearly twenty years, San Diego’s longest running Mardi Gras street festival, Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, is shaking things up to debut an all new Fat Tuesday extravaganza unlike any that came before it. The 19th Annual Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, taking place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 5–11 p.m., will embrace the musical traditions that have been part of the Gaslamp Quarter story since the early 1900’s in the heart of Downtown San Diego, elevating the event to the next level in 2013, while continuing to give event-goers lasting memories with new experiences. Envision an immersive Mardi Gras celebration with an emphasis on a diverse live entertainment menu, featuring an electrifying talent lineup ranging from local, regional and national zydeco, blues and rock bands, electronic and house music DJs, dance crews, acrobats and visual artists on four captivating stages. The Gaslamp Quarter Association is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the highly respected Belly Up Productions and Peter Oliver Productions (Gator by the Bay) to assist us in creating the new musical format that eclipses anything offered on the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter in many years. In an effort to have greater sensitivity to the community and traffic impacts, Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp will be opening and closing its gates an hour earlier in a more intimate setting at the south end of the Gaslamp Quarter from Market to L Streets. There will be light and art projections in elaborate and outrageous themes to create a whimsical atmosphere throughout the venue to plunge Mardi Gras revelers into a wonderland of surprises at every twist and turn. Tickets into this fantasy world of masks, illusions, entertainment and beads will be $40.00 in advance and $50.00 at the gates; attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID to enter. For the first time since its inception, guests will be granted in and out privileges throughout the evening, allowing guests to craft their own Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras experience, including the wildly popular Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Dinner Packages featured in establishments inside and outside of the event footprint. The 2013 Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp has created a venue that is a more intimate experience for its event goers and encourages its revelers to purchase tickets in advance before it sells out. Stay tuned for exciting new details and updates on this festive celebration. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Gaslamp Quarter Association’s ongoing promotional programs and efforts to enhance and protect this National Historic District. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, “like” us on or call 619.233.5227.

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Style Land Gala The 10 Best Dressed Awards celebrated its fifth annual gala on Nov. 30 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Pavilion. Sally B. Thornton was on hand as founding member along with celebrity Mary Murphy as honorary chair with the awards presented to 10 women and 10 men each year. Murphy is from Champion Ballroom Academy on Fifth Avenue, a former U.S. ballroom champion and judge on the Fox television show, “So You Think You Can Dance?” Paul Hernandez, FIDM graduate was also on hand during the social hour, draping beautiful creations on three mannequins. The evening included a fabulous sit-down dinner followed by a fashion show produced by Leonard Simpson’s Fashion Forward. The theme for the show was Style Land. Singing and dancing was interspersed in-between the fashions creating a great Broad-

way type Show. The singing was by Chad & Lisa Frisque and the dance performances were by Darcy & Shane and Amelia & Will. The runway rocked the audience with the latest fashions from GSB Men’s Clothier, Mia Bella Boutique, Better Deal Tuxedos and Furs by Graf. The finale showcased the Couture Collection by FIDM designer Kenneth Barlis. The audience was thrilled by this marvelous collection. Proceeds from the evening benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, PAWS, The Arc of San Diego, Home Start, and the San Diego Police Historical Association. For information on the next Gala visit: Fur y Critters take over the Gaslamp The fifth annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware took over the Gaslamp Quarter on


Winner of Best of Show Leo the Driving Pomeranian

Leslie du Roure shows loulou Bijoux chic jewelry (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Dec. 9. The pet parade started at the Gaslamp Hilton Park with a procession through the famous Archway and along the streets of the Gaslamp. This fun-filled day with all the critters included a Pet Expo, complimentary goodie bags, and discounts to local petfriendly restaurants. Prizes were given and contestants included critters and their owners. Winner of Best Original Costume Made Out of Duct Tape was Bob Moyer’s Stella (Lab/ Hound Mix); winner of Ugliest Christmas Sweater: Debby Steele’s Ivan (Miniature Dachshund); winner of Cutest Critter: Tiffiney Welles’ Lunchbox (French Bulldog); winner of Best Pet Holiday Costume: Tommy Marino’s Queen Mz. Halle (Great Dane); winner of Best Costumed Group: Justin Peverley, Shalara & Kitty (Great Dane) (aka Kitty’s Shark Attack); winner of Best

(Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Costumed Duo: Noel Wenger & Jiffy (Chihuahua) (aka Grinch & Max); winner of Best Pet Costume: Catherine Fisher’s Belmont (Domestic Short Hair Cat), and winner of Best Canine Costume: Michael Quidor’s Sussie (Alaskan Malamute) (aka Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing). The winner of Best of Show: Linda Sukay’s Leo (the Driving Pomeranian), who will be back as Grand Marshall next year. Make sure that you put next year’s sixth annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade on your calendar for Dec. 8, 2013. For more information visit:

eco-friendly material shoppers Kandals had their 100% Green Certified European cotton shoes there. Leslie du Roure showed off the chic jewelry of Loulou Bijoux. Andre Soriano who is known for his beautiful gowns inspired by old Hollywood glamour was on hand to showcase his luxurious bridal collection. The Keating Hotel is a premiere boutique hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. This historic building with its modern Italian design was the perfect place for a fun filled evening called Fashionable Indulgence.

Fashionable Indulgence Fashion 5.0 magazine hosted The Keating Experience: Fashionable Indulgence at the Keating Hotel on Dec. 12. Guests were able to enjoy a great shopping experience for the holidays. The second floor was transformed into pop-up boutiques with a onestop shopping experience. Shoppers were able to enjoy cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres along with complimentary manicures, chair massages and hair styling offered by Fresca Spa. The evening included over 20 fashion retailers and one of my favorites was Devotion Diva. Elle Chaseton creates devotion jewelry that includes rosaries and accessories for baptism, communions, and bridal. Tease Boutique, located Downtown on Island Avenue, was also there, selling their trendy clothes. The stylish on-line boutiques of Moderne and Street Chic were there with their latest line and Molly Beard showed off her modern jewelry line, b.mookie. For the

Upcoming Events Januar y 20, 2013 | Winter Bridal Bazaar: with fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the San Diego Convention Center. Three shows presented throughout the day. For more info, call 760-334-5500. Februar y 8, 2013 | Go Red: Fashion & Luncheon Show by Zandra Rhodes at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel to help fight heart disease in women. 10:30 a.m. Expo & Silent Auction 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Fashion Show. For information call 858.410.3834 Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at


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Turns 30

Some of the station’s most iconic DJs look back on three decades that shaped San Diego

Logan Broyles Downtown News

The iconic local station that encapsulates the spirit of San Diego culture is about to celebrate its “dirty thirties” in style. The 91X 30th Birthday Bash is being held this month on January 12 at the House of Blues in Downtown, with performances by local boys Slightly Stoopid, P.O.D. (Payment on Death), Buck-O-Nine, and Vokab Company. Longtime listeners will get a chance to reflect on so many great and influential memories that the station has brought to this city, from Reggae Makossa to the 91X Block Party (four songs in a row by the same artist), to the shortlived 91X Morning Show. Whether taking a “pause for a cause” or listening to the daily surf report (a San Diego staple since 1983), chances are 91X has had an impact on the lives of generations of San Diegans. What role has 91X played in the local music scene? Some of the greatest local bands to ever go through this city have gotten their start through 91X. “You would have to ask Jewel, Blink 182, Rocket From the Crypt, Slightly Stoopid, P.O.D., Steve Poltz, the Rugburns, Little Hurricane, Buck-O-Nine and countless others that question,” points out DJ Michael Halloran, listing

in rapid fire some of the more successful bands that in some way got their start through 91X over the years. Longtime morning host Chis Cantore, who left the station in 2008 after 11 years, still has fond memories of the station and is proud it is still running strong. “In an industry that is shutting down multiple alternative rock stations every year [in places like] New York, Chicago and Boston, it certainly is an accomplisment and a win for San Diego,” Cantore said. “[91X] played a big role in the 80s and 90s launching the careers of Blink 182, Jewel, Jackson and others, while helping shape San Diego as a kick-back, music-loving beach town. Today, there’s a lot more competition out there and it’s harder to influence an attentive, loyal audience.” “I am proud and honored to be part of 30 years of 91X history in San Diego,” beamed Robin Roth, longtime Disc Jockey and current Music Director of the station. “The Cure is one of my favorite bands of all time, so meeting Robert Smith was a definite highlight of my radio career.” 91X has had an even greater impact on the city’s culture than just music. After all it was the original affiliate of Howard Stern broadcasts in San Diego and the

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Slightly Stoopid will be honoring 91X (Courtesy Silver Black Music)

91X’s Music Director Robin Roth (Photo by Jennifer Fox Armour) longtime home of Loveline. “One may as well get a 91X tattoo across your face when one works here,” reflected Halloran, who’s been affiliated with the station since the mid-80s.“No matter how many other stations I worked on in San Diego, they all remember 91X.” The Mexican-owned station got off to a rough start back in 1978. Originally programming was recorded at a studio in Downtown San Diego and then driven across the border to the 91X transmitter on Mount San Antonio in Tijuana. When that became too expensive, disc jockeys commuted across the border from San Diego to Tijuana just to get to work everyday. The transformation into the

station we all know and love today began in 1983, when it switched its platform to focus on modern rock and became a haven for emerging alternative musicians. By the time the 90s rolled around, 91X had grown into one of the top-rated alternative stations in the country. Along the way the station hit some bumps and managed to maintain it’s authenticity and reputation for independence despite brief ownership stints by larger corporations like Clear Channel Communications and Finest City Broadcasting. “It means a ton to me to see the station turn thirty,” Halloran said. “I arrived in 1986 after the third birthday, I was here for the fifth the 10th and left when Clear

Channel came in and nearly killed the radio station. I am super stoked to see that it survived the corporate era and now is back to its former glory.” No tickets are actually being sold to the 91X 30th Birthday Bash. Instead the only way to get your hands on a pair is to win them through one of three 91X promotions. People can sign up for 91X’s Will Call list on the station’s website and then will need to tune in to the broadcast in case their name is called, giving them an hour to call the station to claim their prize. The second option is to become the Loyal Listener of the Day by submitting a photo that tells a story and shows why you deserve a pair of tickets. The third way to win is to be the ninth caller to the station anytime a song by one of the band playing at the 91X’s Birthday Bash is played on air. Aside from reconnecting with old friends and hanging out with Slightly Stoopid, Cantore said there is yet another reason he’s looking forward to the party. “To pull on Steve West’s hair,” he said. Go to for more info or call 619-570-191X for a chance to win tickets.v


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Level 9’s Rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo (Courtesy Hotel Indigo)


HAPPENING with Level 9, they did away with the grassy area and fountain and replaced it with a hip looking bar, swanky furniture, outdoor fire pits (it feels wonderful on a chilly night) and high definition flat screen TVs. And oh yeah, don’t forget about that incredible views of Petco Park and Downtown. Dog lovers will be happy to hear that the hotel’s popular “Canine Cocktails” event will continue through the winter months. This monthly event is a cool way for dog owners to meet and mingle while getting their Happy Hour fix. Special doggy snacks are provided for your four-legged guests and several dog-friendly vendors are usually on the scene offering everything from diamond-studded leashes to outrageous outfits for your pooch. The next Canine Cocktails events are Jan. 17 and Feb. 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Raise the woof! On the other side of Downtown is something we’ve wanted to check out for the longest time but for some reason, could never make happen. Until now that is. The House of Blues Gospel Brunch is a wonderful way to kick off a Sunday. The two-hour live show is uplifting, energetic and highly entertaining. Guests are encouraged to get out

of their seats and groove to the music. The all-you-can-eat buffet features Southern specialties like Creole chicken, shrimp jambalaya, grits, homemade macaroni and cheese and prime rib of beef. Make sure you come hungry and don’t forget your dancing shoes. We love hearing from you! Over the years, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse has hosted countless weddings, reunions & other special events. It also has one of the finest downtown views. This long time locals’ favorite is undergoing a major renovation and will be closed for the next several months. Share a memorable story (photos are encouraged) about this restaurant for a chance to win four tickets to a Saturday Downtown Scavenger Hunt. Email entries should be sent to tours@ and must be received by February 28, 2013. We are excited to see this popular restaurant reopen! Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego visit


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San Diego Downtown News | January 2013

San Diego Downtown News  

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

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