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Comic-Con starts July 17 and while tickets for the event are sold out, it is actually quite easy to enjoy the event without having a pass. During the main days of the five-day “Con,” people who walk down Fifth and Sixth avenues towards the Convention Center will be inundated with all sorts of freebies – from stickers, to movie passes and even free ice cream novelties. In addition, it’s common for local businesses to be rented out by media outlets like Cartoon Network and turned into special

Con-only boutiques. Exact details were still being worked out at press time but here is a list of what some local Gaslamp businesses are doing during the Con. RA Sushi on Broadway is offering a special themed menu during Comic-Con weekend with specialty rolls like the “How I Met You Maki,” the “Tuna Takei” and the “Zombie Roll.” On July 17, the Con’s preview night, the restaurant will feature discounted drinks and a pop-up art exhibit by GMONIK, a self-described trash pop artist whose work is inspired by iconic characters from anime and pop culture. Spike Africa’s will be hosting a

costume contest July 19 starting at 7:30 p.m., and the first place winner gets $150. In addition, the seafood restaurant is offering Liquid Kryptonite cocktails and a burger named after Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark that is topped with soft shell crab. On July 20, LOUNGEsix at Hotel Solamar will being holding its annual “Odd Ball” party for those who don’t have a Comic-Con pass, an invite or don’t care to stand in hour-long lines. There’s no cover or long lines, but it’s not uncommon for celebrities from movies like “Twilight” to show up and

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According to the San Diego Police Officer’s Association (POA), which represents over 98 percent of the more than 1,850 sworn members of the SDPD, 300 officers have left the Department in the past decade, increasing their take-home pay in some cases by as

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Bill Conti to fill Hamlisch’s July 4 shoes To coincide with Comic-Con on July 18, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy will showcase music from one of the most popular video games of all time. For animated movie enthusiasts, Pixar in Concert will bring to life some of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved characters with film clips and popular musical scores. “Summer Pops is a San Diego tradition,” said Stephen Kougias, director of public relations. “It’s a quintessential thing to do when you’re Downtown on the waterfront. “We don’t have to contend with the weather here,” he said. “With our consistent climate, we can count on these 11 weeks.”

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Members of the San Diego City Council led by Kevin Faulconer held a press conference outside of City Hall on June 18, calling for a Budget and Finance Committee meeting to discuss ways to appropriate $2 million set aside in next year’s budget to address the San Diego Police Department’s growing recruitment and retention problems. Faulconer urged the meeting be held ahead of the month-long August legislative recess. “We passed the budget last week and we don’t want to wait months on a retention plan,” Faulconer said. “I want to get it going immediately.” Council President and Budget Committee Chairman Todd Gloria later scheduled a budget hearing on the matter, set for July 17.

The San Diego Symphony has taken over the Embarcadero once again with its Summer Pops concert series, set against the backdrop of San Diego Bay. Constructing its summer venue each year from the ground up, the symphony has delivered alfresco musical performances to San Diegans for over 30 years. Special guest performers vary annually, with music genres ranging from pop, Broadway and rock, to rhythm and blues, disco and classical. Kicking the season off with KC and the Sunshine Band on June 27 with their Tux ‘N Tennies Summer Bash, the Summer Pops lineup includes guest performers En Vogue, Amy Grant, Michael Bolton, Debbie Gibson, Sam Harris and more.

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For some, the Mid-City Bus Rapid Transit Project is all about interconnectivity, but for others, it will cause lots of congestion and other problems for the Downtown area. According to the project’s description on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) website, two rapid transit lines will service Mid-City and the Interstate 15 corridor, with termination points Downtown along Broadway, starting in 2014. Several new stations will be built on Park Boulevard and along Broadway to service these lines and many Downtown residents and business people have strong opinions about the project. Eric Adams, SANDAG project manager, emphasized the interconnectivity objective of the project between San Diego State University (SDSU) and Downtown at a June 10 open house, held at the Grace Lutheran Church at 3967 Park Blvd. A second meeting, hosted by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, was held three days later, on June 13. On June 19, SANDAG held another open house at their seventh-floor offices at 401 B St., this time to address the concerns of Downtown residents. “You’ll have a really good rapid bus transit system that ties SDSU into Downtown San Diego via El Cajon and Park boulevards,” said Adams at the June 10 meeting, regarding the project’s outcome. Explaining how rapid buses differ from regular Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) buses, Adams said the rapid system will have “express, limited stops with higher-level amenities at stations offering more of a trolley-type feel.” The $44.5 million project, scheduled to begin construction by the end of June, includes building bus-only lanes on a portion of Park Boulevard, new stations with customized shelters and “next bus arrival” signs, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, and new landscaping, street lights and traffic signals, and a fleet of new low-floor, natural gas powered buses will serve the route. When the rapid transit project is complete it will interconnect with other freeway systems providing direct access to employment and shopping centers in North and South County. Adams characterized the Mid-City project as one “piece in the puzzle” to future long-term transit improvements, creating a seamless countywide transit network. Adams told residents during the June 10 presentation that SANDAG’s goal was to “come back to the community before construction and present our project team, and get feedback on any concerns [residents] have about construction impacts to the

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much as $1,500 monthly, and about half of the current force is eligible for retirement in the next four years. Brian Marvel, president of the SDPOA, had previously stated that officers are forced to pay for their own uniforms and some equipment such as shotguns and long rifles. “We spend over $100,000 to train a new officer and we need to make sure that we keep them and that they are not lured away by other agencies offering more incentives,” Faulconer said after the press conference. “We’ve asked the Department to come with their best ideas to make this happen.” Councilmember Laurie Zapf pointed out that among the top 20 metropolitan areas in California, San Diego is next to last in the ratio of sworn police officers in proportion to the population. Councilmembers in attendance at the presser said the challenges being faced by the SDPD include the practice of nearby police agencies attracting young recruits away with signing bonuses of up to $5,000. The recruitment and retention plan is part of a two-pronged effort

neighborhood or the community at large.” At the June 10 briefing, Gary Bosse of Simon Wong Engineering, a go-between with SANDAG and contractor West Coast General Corporation on the transit improvement project, talked about how the project will be delivered. Noting that his company will coordinate with the City via public outreach through Katz and Associates, Bosse said, “Anything we can do to mitigate construction impacts we will absolutely do it. … We need to build this project and keep it on schedule.” Overall plans for the transportation plan include approximately 38 minutes of travel from SDSU to Downtown, running from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Prior to the June 19 meeting, Little Italy Resident Association (LIRA) President Annie Reichman rallied LIRA members and other Core/Columbia residents to appear and address their concerns about the plan. She said 30-40 people attended the meeting. Reichman, a longstanding and active opponent of the plans to terminate bus rapid transit lines Downtown, said she feels as though resident feedback has been presented to the transportation committee as “unanimously glowing” when that is just not the case. “For almost two years, we have provided SANDAG with valuable input and viable alternatives,” Reichman said in an email to Downtown News. “We have focused on solutions that would not adversely affect thousands of residents who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their Downtown neighborhood homes,” she wrote. “Sadly, our efforts have been summarily ignored. But we shall continue to encourage collaboration with SANDAG, since millions of our tax dollars are on the line and we do not want to see them wasted.” LIRA board member Veronica D’Annibale said she was disappointed with the June 19 open house. “SANDAG and MTS representatives were on hand to explain charts posted throughout the room,” D’Annibale said in an email. “In answer to questions about the information presented, we received contradictory information.” D’Annibale said residents – concerned about congestion along Broadway and in their residential neighborhoods where layovers and turnarounds are planned – have suggested smaller shuttles and use of the existing trolley lines one block north of Broadway as simple solutions, but they don’t feel like they are being heard. “[SANDAG reps] could not answer simple questions about [bus] turnarounds and routes after proposed layovers on India and Kettner,” she said. “Perhaps a traffic study, which we have requested and which has been ignored, would help.” For more information about the Mid-City Project call 877-379-0110 or visit keepsandiegomoving.com/ midcityrapid/.v

according to Faulconer. The first was the ratification of a five-year labor agreement between the POA and the city of San Diego. The agreed-upon contract includes a two percent raise in POA member’s pay the upcoming fiscal year, with a total of seven percent in increases over the next five years. This represents a gradual restoration of the six percent pay cut that has been in effect since 2009. “Taxpayers have already made a huge investment in these officers’ training and we need to nurture that investment and keep them on the police force by making sure we have competitive wages,” Faulconer said. “Our officers do a phenomenal job out there and we need more of them, but that takes political will.” Faulconer stated that as a council member, he has represented

the beach areas and Downtown, which have some of the city’s highest impacts and traffic areas. He added that in the summertime over 100,000 people make their way daily to San Diego beaches and the bay. “We need to always insure that we have adequate police staffing levels,” Faulconer said, adding, “I feel a need for a strong police presence and making sure that we give officers the tools they need to be successful.” For more information on the POA, visit sdpoa.org. A native New Yorker, Manny Lopez is a freelance journalist and photographer who started his writing career in La Jolla. He now covers San Diego and Southwest-Riverside counties penning news, features and business profiles. Manny can be reached at lopezmanny@gmail.com.v

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COMICCON mingle with the fans. Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar will be offering drink specials and free cover to the jazz bar to all those with Comic-Con badge. Pinzimini at the Westin Gaslamp has introduced a quartet of Super Hero pizzas including the Wolverine (barbecue chicken, grilled red onions, mozzarella); The Hunger Games (bacon, chicken, pepperoni, sausage); The Robo Cop (jalapenos, pork carnitas, asiago sauce, black beans, mozzarella); and the SpiderMan (pesto, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, artichokes, mozzarella). Meanwhile, Katsuya has created a special menu in honor of “Catching Fire,” the second book in the “Hunger Games” series, to ensure the odds will be in any Comic-Con guest’s flavor. Menu items include Catching Fire Robata Wings; Peeta’s Shishito and Edamame Tasting; Quarter Quell Roll; Katniss Evergreen Fizz cocktail, and the Capital cocktail, which blends three muddled blackberries with Plymouth gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and a splash of lemonade, garnished with Lemon Disk and halfway covered with pop rocks. The Sidebar is adding a special touch for people who order bottle service – the booze will be delivered by a super hero – while the Grant Grill has created the Green Goblin, a cocktail made from London gin, Midori, and fresh pressed apple juice. The Sheraton San Diego has created a cocktail menu with an “Anchorman” theme cocktail menu to help Comic-Con fans stay classy, even after the “Scotchy-ScotchScotch” cocktail, which blends Dewar’s Highlander honey-flavored

scotch whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and varnished with a lemon wheel and honeycomb. The W San Diego will also be serving Comic-Con cocktails including “The Hobbit”-inspired Shire Flower, which has vodka, Elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and apricot schnapps. On July 20, San Diego’s “hopheads” should have a super time with the Heroes Brew Fest, a craft beer festival benefitting the San Diego Coast Keeper and Surfrider Foundation. Beer-loving guests are encouraged to dress up in super hero costumes and enjoy live music and local craft beers from breweries like Karl Strauss, Coronado Brewing Co., Aztec Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing, Stone, Iron Fist, Butcher’s Brewing, Ballast Point, Mission, Monkey Paw and Green Flash. All the suds and fun take place behind the Convention Center, at Embarcadero Marina Park North from noon to 5 p.m. For more info, visit heroesbrewfest.com. Of course, if you really want to get into the Comic-Con spirit but can’t get into the Con (the guards and volunteers are notorious sticklers about checking passes), the next best thing will be to participate in the Seventh Annual SDCC Zombie Walk, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on July 20 at Children’s Park, located on Island Avenue between Front and First streets, Downtown. Aspiring zombies are asked not to bring extra blood or anything messy and are forbidden to leave blood on the ground in or near the meeting location. As the SDZombieWalk.com website puts it: Being a “zombie” does not excuse you from common courtesy. Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v

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SUMMERPOPS Embarcadero Marina Park South is located behind the San Diego Convention Center, near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The Summer Pops venue holds close to 2,700 people with a variety of seating options beginning at approximately $20 for single ticket purchases. “Each year we select new guest performers who we feel would appeal to our demographic of San Diegans and tourists,” said Kougias. “It’s a night out for a variety of people, so we make sure it’s a mix that appeals to a wide audience.” This is the first year that Summer Pops will begin without legendary composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch at the helm. After his untimely death in August 2012, the symphony paid tribute to the legendary composer and conductor, and will undoubtedly note his absence once again as the series gets underway this year. Replacing Hamlisch is famed composer Bill Conti, best known for composing theme music for the “Rocky” film series. Conti, an Oscarand Emmy-award winner, has also served as the music director during Academy Awards ceremonies. Conti promises to bring his own taste and individuality to the stage during the Star Spangled Pops performances July 4-6. “I’ll have my own selection and interpretation of music,” Conti said. “Other than the expected patriotic music, we’re

www.sdcnn.com going to bring some unexpected things and different arrangements.” As with all Friday and Saturday night Summer Pops performances, there will be a fireworks display at the conclusion of every Star Spangled Pops and 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular shows during the Independence Day and Labor Day weekends, respectively. “We’ll bring everything except the apple pie,” Conti said. “If Marvin was known for Broadway, my work will be mostly from film.” Leading the symphony for the remainder of other Summer Pops performances is principal conductor Matthew Garbutt who has been with the symphony for over 30 years. Ever the showman, Garbutt moonlights as the symphony’s principal tuba player when not conducting. Also hitting the stage this season is vocalist Nathan Pacheco, who combines the genres of pop and opera; Burt Bacharach performing Top 40 hits; and the Latin group Ozomatli. Other performances include tributes to the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees, Les Miserables and other Broadway favorites, A Night on the Blue Danube for the classical music fans, and a blend of music and acrobatics from Cirque Musica. The 2013 Summer Pops series is sponsored by Ashford University. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and last for two hours, including intermission. Gates open at 6 p.m. with pre-concert entertainment. Attendees are

permitted to bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages, but no glassware is allowed. Concessions may also be purchased inside the food court from Behind the Scenes Catering. Reserved parking, table service and family pack tickets are also available. Parking for a fee can be found in several nearby surface lots, below the Convention Center and at the Hilton, with shuttles making drop-offs at the park. For more information and the entire calendar of events, visit sandiegosymphony.org or call the box office at 619-235-0804. Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.sdnews@gmail.comv

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Nearly 100 years of comics, all featuring and written by women, sit behind the doors of the Women’s Museum of California, located at 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., #104 at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Running until Sept. 1, “Wonder Women: On Paper and Off” is an extensive collection of flappers, super heroines, mischievous teenage girls and other bold women from across the decades. In addition to the exhibit, the museum will hold two, two-hour panel discussions in which industry professionals will discuss their experiences as women working in the comic industry, according to the website. The exhibit, in line with the museum’s overall goal, looks at the work of women of the past and present and explores their connection. “Our mission is to preserve the past and inspire the future … This show looks at women in the comic industry starting in about 1900 and going until today, and it’s kind of reinstating this idea of preserving what has been done and how it has inspired what we have today,” said Kathleen Adam, art and programs director and exhibit curator. The exhibit occupies the majority of the museum, leading viewers through a timeline of comics from newspapers and books that address and reflect social and political issues of their period. However, the women who wrote and illustrated these comics struggled against a strong gender bias for decades. “Women really had a hard time

breaking through the glass ceiling within the comic industry, just like in the majority of the industries, and it’s another example of women having to break through barriers and they did that by perseverance,” Adam said, adding, “We want it to be open and kind of more organic so that people can ask questions and kind of explore.”

“Smile” from Ms. Magazine (1980) by “The Simpson’s” writer Mimi Pond (Photo by Anna Frost)

Though all of the comics in the exhibit tell the story of women’s journey across the decades, several starkly reflect the struggles and triumphs of specific eras. The first piece displayed, a newspaper comic from 1914 titled “Dimples,” was discovered in a thrift shop. Artist Grace Drayton’s comic features a little girl scolding her puppy as it knocks her wagon over in pursuit of a well-spoken rabbit. Not only is the comic printed in color, but illustrations of women and girls fill the margins of the full page, including a little girl holding a suffragette sign.

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Only a decade later, the comics of Ethel Hays portray the glamorous, independent flapper woman of the 1920s. The main character, wearing a drop-waist dress and a short bob cut, quips about partying and her inability to cook, breaking the mold of the traditional woman of the time. The women of the 1940s continued to challenge the role of women. Crime-fighting, fiery heroines appeared in the form of Señorita Rio, a nightclub entertainer by day and Nazi-fighter by night; Glory Forbes, known as “The Woman in Red”; and a slew of other brave women who fought for justice – and often saved men. Yet they weren’t the only fiery females of their time – the women who wrote and illustrated their stories broke down gender barriers with just as much spunk. A spirited letter from the Committee for Women Cartoonists addressing the men of the National Cartoonists Society, an organization that barred women from joining their professional society, is displayed in the exhibit as an example of their fearless trailblazing. Another “sign of the times” is seen in the romance comics of the 1950s, which supported the woman’s role in the home in that post-World War II era. As male

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The panels will be open to audicartoonists returned from war, ence questions and input, which is they pushed women into what they deemed as a gender-appropri- why the topic is very general, Adam said. With the exhibit and panels, ate job, according to an explanathe museum is full of ways to gain tion posted in the exhibit. insight on the history and present One such comic, titled, “You Can’t Fool Love,” depicts a woman state of comics while beating the summer heat. For more information agonizing over why her lover has not proposed and at the same time about the exhibit, visit the Women’s Museum of California’s website at reflecting how she never thought womensmuseumca.org.v she would want to be married. Modern comics from the mid1990s to the present returned to challenging social issues by addressing topics such as body image, acceptance of same-sex relationships, and domestic abuse. Some of the women are illustrated to have more realistic body types, as opposed to the idealized female body portrayed in most comics. Part of the exhibit acknowledges and discusses the hyper-sexualization of women in comics as well. For those looking for further insight into the exhibit, the panel discussions will be held this summer at the museum. The first will be held July 18 at 7:30 p.m., and features comic artists Trina Robbins, Ramona Fradon, Mary Fleener, and Carol Lay. Fleener, an Encinitas cubic artist, and Lay’s work can be found in the exhibit, while many of the comics exhibited are from Robbins’ personal collection. Jackie Estrada, who has been the administrator of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 23 years, along with two women from the game industry are set to appear at a second panel on August 15 at 7 p.m. Senior Artist Laurie Fuller and Senior Character Artist Kacey Helms, both of Sony Online Entertainment, will join The exhibit’s greeter is Estrada on the panel. Wonder Woman (Photo by Anna Frost)


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3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 519-7775 PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 david@sdcnn.com EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961–1960 morgan@sdcnn.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Anthony King (619) 961-1952 anthony@sdcnn.com EDITORIAL INTERN Anna Frost REPORTERS & COLUMNISTS Charlene Baldridge Will Bowen Logan Broyles Diana Cavagnaro Jennifer DeCarlo Dave Fidlin Manny Lopez Johnny McDonald Kai Oliver-Kurtin Alex Owens Frank Sabatini Jr.

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Time to Look in the Mirror Jeffrey Meyer, SanDiego350.org The American public is addicted to carbon products for its energy needs and despite overwhelming evidence that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is a credible threat to everyone, we lack the will to act. We are quick to place blame for this morass, but perhaps it is time to look in the mirror. There is finger pointing enough for everyone, from conflicting media reports, paralysis of our political system and corporate greed from the carbon industry. But is it really about them or is it about us, immobilized by a simple lack of effort to check out the facts? It is true that some of our media just doesn’t understand the worldwide carbon industry, the eventual cost of its products both environmentally and to our bank accounts and admittedly this lack of knowledge can create a listless public. As for politicians, it is an uncomfortable reality that their will to act seems more connected to the latest opinion poll than new data from climate scientists. And the carbon industry, well those corporations are created to produce profits and that is simply why they exist. This is all reason enough to point at them. Isn’t it? Our local media in San Diego seem to counter almost every single news item about global warming with caveats about why that might not be our fault. We complain that they allow a stage for uninformed skeptics and industry lobbyists to sow public doubt about the causes and dangers of global warming. But wait, a short internet search reveals that 97 percent of climate scientists know that global warming is caused by our consumption of carbon products and they are in agreement that this has disastrous consequences for our planet. Showing a little initiative, almost anyone can ferret out the truth about climate science and global warm-

ing. How hard is it to take responsibility for doing a little research? A similar effort in regard to fracking for natural gas in our San Joaquin Valley shows that each well can take up to a million gallons of water that is unrecoverable because of a mix of about 30 different chemicals that are hidden from public access by state law. This carcinogenic slop is not supposed to be a problem according to the carbon industry because we are going to pump it back in the ground, below the water table that is critical to this farmland. Yet, it is well known that the valley is crisscrossed with earthquake faults and the risk of extreme pressure on this deep wastewater is poorly understood. The disturbing truth is there are no laws in California concerning fracking. Oil and gas companies are not required to disclose the source and amounts of water used in production, nor disclose how and where that water is disposed. Digging a little deeper, we find that valley farmers, cities in southern California and the carbon industry will be competing for the same water from the California aqueduct. Who has deeper pockets? In the past few weeks, we all learned that the world atmospheric CO2 level has reached almost 400 parts per million, a level that climate scientists say has not been reached for more than 3 million years. When it did, scientists say the ocean level was 16 to 131 feet higher than today and they are projecting an increase of 1 to 13 feet by the end of this century depending on how fast glaciers melt. New reports recently released say the average temperature will increase an average of 7.2 degrees F by the year 2100. The last time it was that hot on earth they say it was 14 million years ago. This week, New York City responded with a bold $20 billion proposal to protect its coastline. In San Diego we are still bickering about the causes of climate change. Climate scientists explain that CO2 is not like other greenhouse gases that dissipate over time. A short internet search shows that it stays around for

centuries, creating acidic oceans that destroy reefs and marine life, causes worldwide melting of permafrost releasing billions of tons of methane and CO2, and intensifies terrible storms and drought that bring firestorms to areas like San Diego. Coastal commissions throughout the U.S. are preparing for a rising ocean. So is the military. Again, this information is also widely available. There really aren’t any excuses for a public failure to act on this problem. Research the arguments. Follow the money. If a billion dollar corporation is making a huge effort to discredit a few scientists who are allegedly after grant money for research then it is pretty obvious you might want to listen to what those scientists are trying to tell you. So, whom should we blame for this crisis? We are heavily dependent on carbon products for our every day needs, like transportation and maintaining a temperate work and home life. Right now “new renewables” like small hydro, biomass, solar, biofuels, wind and geothermal just aren’t sufficient to cut our use of carbon products and maintain the life style we need. Nuclear power is no longer an option for San Diego. So even if all of us were on board with climate scientists, we just don’t have many options. Whose fault is that? And that brings me back to our collective failure to understand climate science and our ineffective efforts to act on this problem. The information is out there and there are solutions, but we cannot afford lethargy of will to deal with climate change. Who to blame? Look in the mirror. SanDiego350.org, an all-volunteer San Diego County organization, is concerned about climate change and its very real effects on our livelihoods, wellbeing, and the future for our children. They work to increase awareness of climate change and advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit their website at sandiego350.org.v

Local veterans helping homeless vets are reaching out to community San Diego Veterans For Peace (SDVFP), the local chapter of the national 501(c)3 veteran’s educational organization, has been raising money and buying sleeping bags sets for homeless veterans and others on the streets of Downtown San Diego since 2010. As the homeless population Downtown continues to grow (now at least 1000 people each night), chapter veterans from all five services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) head Downtown late at night in teams with sleeping bags sets (a sleeping bag, a nylon stuff sack, and a poncho) and find those most in need who have no sleeping gear. Called the “Campaign for Compassion,” already 1700 sets to date have been purchased and personally delivered by these veterans, who verify the specific need of each person, although the overall need in Downtown remains great, even in the summer months. Just last week, on Wednesday, June 19, a three-veteran team representing SDVFP gave out 16 sleeping bag sets to homeless in need throughout Downtown. An excerpt from the team’s After Action Report: Most noticeable tonight ... a young couple sleeping on Commercial Avenue under the overpass had been homeless only 11 days and were sleeping on the pave-

ment on a blanket and sheet; another young couple over by Petco Park had arrived today from Vermont and were in their first day in San Diego. They had two pillows but only one thin sleeping bag; two men, each sleeping within 100 yards of Petco Park and the new library, each covered by a thin blanket, were very grateful. A third man sleeping nearby declined our offer even though he too lacked decent sleeping gear; three men sleeping on 16th Street around the corner from Father Joe’s were also in need of our bags and were very grateful. It was a distinct honor to be able to represent SDVFP in our outreach tonight. A donation of $33 buys one set, in bulk, and below wholesale cost from the Coleman Company who also graciously charges no taxes or shipping fees to SDVFP. One hundred percent of donations go to purchase gear, as there is no overhead or administrative expenses. Donations are tax deductible and each donor receives a card of thanks and a receipt for tax purposes. Donations can be made online at the website or checks may be mailed to SDVFP, 12932 Sunderland St., Poway, CA 92064. For additional information, please call Director of Communications Gil Field at 858-342-1964 or visit SDVFP.org.v

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DowntownBriefs PORT OF SAN DIEGO OFFERING SHUTTLES TO HELP VIEWERS SEE FIREWORKS Shuttles and other public transit will be available as alternative transportation to the Big Bay Boom fireworks on July 4. The popular annual fireworks spectacular, which drew international attention last year after a malfunction caused all 7,000 of the fireworks to launch in less than 30 seconds, is expected to draw crowds of 300,000 to 500,000 viewers, according to a Port of San Diego press release. The 17-minute show, will have four simultaneous launch locations around San Diego Bay, is set to begin at 9 p.m., though many areas could reach parking capacity several hours before the start time, according to the release. Recommended viewing areas include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village and the Coronado Ferr y Landing. As a result of limited parking in these areas, the Port’s Harbor Police will close off vehicle access to both Shelter and Harbor Islands once full. However, free shuttles will run from 6 – 11 p.m. The Shelter Island shuttle will leave from the corner of Carleton and Rosecrans streets in Point Loma, where only street parking is available. For the Harbor Island Shuttle, viewers are instructed to park at either the Port of San Diego Administration building at 3165 Pacific Highway, or the Port’s employee lot on the southwest corner of Pacific Highway and Sassafras Street. The shuttle will pick up passengers from the entrance of the employee lot. For more information about public transportation to the viewing areas, visit bigbayboom.com/locations/ parkingbuses/. CABRILLO BRIDGE TO RECEIVE A FACELIFT Plans to retrofit the Laurel Street overcrossing in time for the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration are under way. The project plans to adapt the bridge for seismic strength, improve structural integrity and replace aged steel and concrete. Also known as the Cabrillo Bridge, the life of the overcrossing that carries vehicles and pedestrians over State Route 163 and into Balboa Park will be extended for 50 years. CalTrans announced on June 19 that Disney Construction, a Burlingame, Calif. company, is the apparent low bidder for the project, according to a press release. After the bid is awarded, construction is expected to begin this fall and continue until summer of 2014. Interruption to traffic on State Route 163 will be minimal, according to the release. Vehicle access to the bridge will close for four months, beginning on Januar y 2014, though pedestrian access will not be interrupted. DEL MAR “HATS PARADE” KICKS OFF 2014 RACING SEASON For the 76th year in a row, the Del Mar Race Track, located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar, will host their 37 days of annual horse racing season, staring July 17 and running through Sept. 4. This year’s annual hat contest, sponsored by Village Hat Shop and presented by Studio Savvy Salon, is an opening day tradition. Signups are from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a hat parade immediately following in the Plaza de Mexico, just inside the Stretch Run admission gates. Five different hat categories will be available to competitors, with prizes for first, second and third place in each categor y and a grand prize, which will include a roundtrip vacation and a $500 Studio Savvy gift basket. Also on opening day this year is the Coors Light Opening Day Party, which offers wagering, a giant video board, live music, food, a craft beer garden, and

NEWS more in a private trackside area, all for $30. Gates open two hours before the first post, which is at 2 p.m. daily, except on Fridays due to their summer concert series, when the first post is at 4 p.m., and on Aug. 25 for the Pacific Classic, which is 1 p.m. The track is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the season with the exception of Labor Day. For more information visit dmrc.com.

PIXAR PROFESSIONALS TO TEACH MASTER CLASS A two-day workshop taught by instructors from Pixar Animation studios will finish its tour in Downtown San Diego on July 26 and 27 at the Horton Grand Theatre. The Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) runs the Stor y Development & Animation Master class, which previously stopped in New York City, Australia and New Zealand. Matthew Luhn, stor y super visor, and Andrew Gordon, directing animator, will share their knowledge, experience and passion gained from working at Pixar for a collective 33 years. The class is geared toward industr y professionals such as animators or cartoonists, screenwriters, game designers, stor y-boarders, film editors and producers, and other creative professionals. Students, educators and enthusiasts are encouraged to attend as well. The $499 fee includes the full class, a free T-shirt, a workbook for notes, and prizes, according to a press release from VanArts. For more information, visit vanarts.com/events. FILM CON APPEARS ON THE SCENE A new film festival is set to emerge on July 19 in San Diego’s East Village. Presented by Film Consortium San Diego, Space 4 Art, and So Say We All, FILM CON will host celebrity guests, short films from local festivals, cosplay costumes, an art exhibition, networking opportunities and more, according to a press release. The event will be held at Space 4 Art, at 325 15th St., from 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door; student discounts are also available. For more information or to register, visit filmconsortiumsd.com. CHARGER HOLDS FIRST CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The first Ryan Mathews Charity Golf Tournament will take place on July 22 at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. The Chargers running back will host the event to benefit the Trish and Ryan Matthews Door of Hope Chest, Rady Children’s Hospital and Strikes 4 Kids, according to a press release. Twenty of Mathew’s fellow Chargers will also attend the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and includes a gift bag from sponsors, a photo opportunity, golf polo shirt, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to 18 holes of golf and a golf cart. Participants can also win prizes at a raffle during the event. Registration is $225 per golfer, or $800 for four. Spectator tickets are also sold for $20. For more information or to register, visit r yanmathewsgolftournament.org. WI-FI RETURNS TO THE COASTER As of June 19, free Wi-Fi in all 28 COASTER cars has been re-enabled after months of testing. The internet connection, provided by T-Mobile, is now 100 percent, according to a North County Transit District press release. However, the connection is not meant for heavy usage. “This free Wi-Fi ser vice is only intended for light internet usage such as checking email and browsing the internet. In order to provide a good experience for all of our passengers, we request users to refrain from streaming music or video or downloading large files,” NCTD Chief Technical Officer Ryan Cashin said in the release. For more information, visit gonctd.com/wifi_policy.v

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From WWII aircraft carrier to futuristic classroom U.S.S. Midway Museum among organizations recognized for innovation Dave Fidlin Downtown News

While his organization’s roots represent a bygone era, the leader of the U.S.S. Midway Museum was honored recently for his forward-thinking efforts. Mac McLaughlin, president and CEO of the museum, located at 910 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown, was among the 2013 recipients of Classroom of the Future Foundation’s 10th annual Innovation in Education Awards ceremony, which was held in late May. Since its inception, the nonprofit Classroom of the Future Foundation has been working to link San Diego businesses with educational facilities in an effort to help local students thrive in the competitive global society. Heightened use of technology has frequently been cited as one means of achieving this goal. Bruce Braciszewski, executive director of the foundation, said McLaughlin and his staff have managed to usher the museum into modern times. More than 40,000 students visit the site annually by taking part in hands-on activities in a number of curricular areas, including math, science and social studies. In recent years, McLaughlin and his staff have begun working with officials in a number of neighboring public school systems, including the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). McLaughlin likens the relationship as “the perfect marriage.” “We view education as a very important program here at the museum,” he said. “We want this to be a true asset to the community with an engaging environment.” A key, tangible part of the museum’s relationship with educators has been the addition of classrooms. Portions of the Midway aircraft carrier have been converted into learning spaces. Teachers and students visit the facility through-

Two students perform an exercise on the flight deck after doing classroom work down below. (Courtesy U.S.S. Midway Museum)

U.S.S. Midway Museum educator John Weckerly shown during program’s recent debut. (Courtesy U.S.S. Midway Museum)

out the school year for field trips. To accommodate the interest, the number of classrooms was increased from two to eight in recent years. The museum primarily serves students in grades two to eight. McLaughlin said students taking part in the classroom series receive instruction that is consistent with California teaching standards. Fourth-grade students, for example, are given hands-on lessons in electricity by learning about the Midway’s emergency generator and similar components. “We want this to be a captivating classroom,” McLaughlin said. “By being receptive to the needs of students and teachers, our success has been assured. This is a program that continues to grow.” With school out, high school teachers have been invited to take part in training activities at the

museum this summer. The goal is to incorporate the training into curriculum taught directly in high school classrooms. Separately, the SDUSD received its own recognition at the awards ceremony. District leaders were presented with the foundation’s Impact Award and a $10,000 grant that will go toward classroom technology. Members of the foundation

lauded SDUSD for incorporating 21st century technology into the classroom. The district’s efforts in recent years have included implementation of interactive whiteboards, notebooks and iPads for all district students. Cindy Marten, the newly installed superintendent of SDUSD, said she views technological implementation as one of her top priorities. The district is in the midst of a rigorous five-year plan that entails revamping all of the district’s 7,000 classrooms. SDUSD just completed its third year of the so-called i21 Interactive Classroom initiative. Marten credits voters with helping bring the program to fruition through Proposition Z. Putting digital devices into the hands of students is just one step in the process, Marten said. “This is also about preparing a robust program so our students are college and career ready,” she said. “We want to do what we can to close the digital divide.”

While Classroom of the Future has been holding awards ceremonies for a decade, the foundation itself has roots going back more than 15 years. Braciszewski helped establish the organization by building relationships with San Diego County officials and local business leaders. “As we look forward, the foundation will continue to foster innovation through teaching and learning activities with business partners and educational organizations,” Braciszewski said. For more information on the Classroom of the Future Foundation, call 858-292-3685, or visit the organization’s website at classroomofthefuture.org. Dave Fidlin has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation. He has a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@thinkpost.net.v


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Particpants can also engage in old-school table top games. (Courtesy Gam3rCon) Alex Owens Downtown News

As the Comic-Con keeps getting bigger each year, longtime attendees can’t help but look back at the early days when the event was held in one or two rooms of the El Cortez Hotel. Those days aren’t coming back, but gamers and geeks can get the next best thing with Gam3rCon, a convention held July 18-21 at the 10th Avenue Theatre (930 10th Ave.) Now in its fourth year, Gam3rCon offers an affordable alternative to the “Con,” where people can play their favorite role-playing games, compete in video game tournaments on a 40-foot screen, and even reminisce in the Retrocade, a room dedicated to the classic systems of the past where

people can play old-school Atari, Sega, and other games they – or their parents – played as kids. Gam3rCon spokesman Brian Bielawski estimates 5,000 people will attend the four-day convention, which, he admits, is a far cry from the 50,000 expected each day at Comic-Con. However, each year, Gam3rCon has grown exponentially larger. “We hope this is the year we finally outgrow the 10th Avenue Theatre,” said Bielawski, who started Gam3rCon back in 2009, in part, to promote the play, “GAM3RS,” he’d written with fellow organizer Walter Meyer. “It started out to get people to the play,” Bielawski said. “With so much going on at the Con, we figured people wouldn’t walk that far to go to the play.” And there was another reason:

Center has closed its doors. panels on topics like how to break “Some people think there is not “We tell people, ‘Go to the Con into doing video game voiceovers enough gaming at Comic-Con,” during the day and come to us at or how gaming affects parenting. Bielawski said. night,’” Bielawski said. Although Gam3rCon takes As part of the festivities, Day passes for Gam3rCon place during the same days as “Gam3rs,” which has been prestart at $20 and four-day passes Comic-Con, it keeps different sented all over the country, will are $50. For more information, have four performances at Gam3r- hours – between 2 p.m. and 2 check out gam3rcon.com. a.m. – and that means there will Con, and there is also a new play be rooftop parties in the evenings contest. Alex Owens is a San Diego and other events that will be go“From a writing standpoint, based freelance writer.v ing on long after the Convention gaming offers a lot of possibilities for storytellers,” Bielawski said. “It’s a long story, between 10 to 50 hours of play are needed to win a game. It’s beyond a mini series. There’s a lot of plot and themes that you can do on a large scale, but then putting the player in the driver’s seat is just mind-blowing.” There will also be an exhibition of fine art paintings by some of the gaming industry’s top artists, performances by a variety of musical artists whose songs will focus on gaming and/or the characters featured in the games, and also Co-founder Brian Bielawski as Steve Smolinski in GAM3RS (Photo by Walter Meyer)

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(l-r) Cheesecake made famous by Frank Sinatra; Oysters and a Peruvian scallop from the raw bar; and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

‘Steaking’ out in the Gaslamp carte complements. Both were pleasing and The first sight of food you encounter at Lou generously portioned. The sautéed fresh corn and Mickey’s is in the foyer, several feet betossed with diced red bell peppers, however, fore reaching the host station. Displayed like was overcooked and lacked the sweet, delicate jewels are Cherr ystone clams, Maine lobsters white kernels that we won’t start seeing until and a variety of oysters plucked from warm late summer. and cold waters. From there, customers enter At the meal’s end, my companion paired into the kind of classic turf you’d expect from a dainty glass of Grgich Hills Cioletta Late a bygone Chicago-style chophouse. 224 Fifth Ave. (Gaslamp Quarter) | 619-237-4900 Har vest White Blend dessert wine to a tall hunk of The sprawling restaurant, accented with dark wood, a handsome bar lounge and a large outdoor J.M. Rosen’s New York cheesecake, made famous by Prices: Appetizers, soups and salads, $8 to $25; fapatio pointed at the San Diego Convention Center, is Frank Sinatra after he began requesting it in his fa entrees, $16 to $49; ala carte sides, $7 to $10 the brainchild of cousins Sam and Jeff King, who also vorite West Coast hangouts. My dessert was equally founded King’s Seafood Company. They opened the memorable. At last, a slice of key lime pie containing hotspot more than 10 years ago as a tribute to their drew us here, we imbibed on a rum-banana based enough citrus to pucker my lips. restaurateur dads, Lou and Mickey. The family’s heritage “witch doctor” ser ved in a ceramic tiki statuette, plus Lou & Mickey’s happy hour deals (4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) a “Coronado cosmopolitan” mingling ghostly blue is captured through photographs on a gallery wall that also include famous San Diego athletes from past decades. Hpnotiq with vodka and white cranberr y juice. are sure to attract both locals Both drinks were tropical-fruity sans the offSeafood comprises about half the menu. From the and conventioneers alike, as the putting saccharine aftertaste of others. raw bar that greeted us, my companion ordered a menu features fresh oysters for $1 apiece, along with flameThe steaks hail from corn-fed Midwest couple of ala carte oysters; a Mermaid Cove from Prince grilled burgers for $6, white cattle. They’re finished off with seasoned Edward Island retaining discernible oceanic flavor and sangria for $6 and Moscow butter, just as they have been for nearly a a Kumamoto from Baja (considered the “Chardonnay of mules for $8. Hot dogs, beer centur y in top American restaurants. My oysters”) that she said tasted creamier. and cosmopolitans are also companion chose the 18-ounce Kansas We both tried the raw Peruvian scallops, which I in the offing at reduced combined with two wild Pacific shrimp that were cooked, City New York strip, a bone-in cut that she prices, assuming you can challenged the kitchen to cook between chilled and divinely sweet. But the scallops, known for resist splurging instead on a medium-rare and medium. Bingo! The meat their delicate texture and graceful flavor, were mired fine steak or whole Maine was charr y on the outside yet juicy and in ponzu sauce, which stole the show with its citrus lobster. reddish-pink inside. and soy-sauce overtones. I would have preferred them Note: Lou & Mickey’s My 12-ounce filet mignon appeased the unadulterated. will be closed to the public red meat craving that has been plaguing me Proceeding to soup, the French onion was ser ved in from July 17 to 20 for private due to the fact that steaks this plump and a hefty metal crock and topped thinly with a tantalizing Comic Con events. velvety are not the specialties of restaurants blend of Gruyere and Comte cheeses, while New England clam chowder was chunky and not overly flour y like I’ve visited in the past several months. Indeed, Frank Sabatini Jr. is the some. Within a minute after we noticed that the chowder it lived up to those mouthwatering pictures of author of Secret San Diego (ECW arrived tepid, our astute waitress replaced it with an filet that you see in restaurant advertisements Press), and began writing about order that was steamy hot. on the pages of in-flight magazines. The only dif diffood two decades ago as a staf fer for Our next course involved baked goat cheese plated ference was that I got to eat the thing rather than the former San Diego Tribune. He settle for peanuts. alongside a head of perfectly roasted garlic and thick has since covered the culinary scene From a list of warm scratch-made steak sauces, Texas-style toast. The bread became mops for another extensively for NBC; Pacific San appetizer of skillet shrimp bathed in a warm pond of sauce we ordered on the side brandy-peppercorn, which Diego Magazine; San Diego Uptown wasn’t so peppery, plus a robust Danish blue constructed from juicy tomatoes, lemons and apple cider News; Gay San Diego; Living in vinegar. They call it New Orleans BBQ on the menu, thus cheese sauce that was delicious, but still not someStyle Magazine and The Gay & thing I’d want conquering my entire steak. the piquant spices in the liquid that make it much differLesbian Times. You can reach him Dishes such as grilled jumbo asparagus and ent and far better than established barbecue sauces. A cocktail with a tiki theme at fsabatini@san.rr.com.v cheesy scalloped potatoes are among the ala While gearing our fangs for the beefy main event that (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


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Summer tour celebrates the past decade for RX Bandits

Logan Broyles Downtown News

After two years out of the spotlight, the RX Bandits are back, hitting the road to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their groundbreaking album, “The Resignation.” The national summer tour includes a Sunday, July 7 stop at the House of Blues, located at 1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The four-piece band is known for incorporating Ska and Punk into their music and they have put out six albums and numerous compilations and re-releases over the years. Each band member has a wide range of musical talent and lead singer Matt Embree and guitarist Steve Choi both play multiple instruments. Embree takes turns playing the guitar, drums and keyboards, while Choi sings and plays keyboard. Rounding out the quartet are bassist Joseph Troy and drummer Christopher Tsagakis. In recent years the band has been on something of a hiatus after deciding to take a break from touring in mid-2011. This current national summer tour marks their first live performance in two years, and they haven’t released a new album in almost four. “We only wanted to come back when it felt right,” explained Choi. “There had to be a moment when we could take stock in everything, get on the same page and see RX for what it was. So it could have been a

six-month break. Or eight years. It just happened to be about two.” The beloved Ska band broke out in the late 1990s and rode a wave of success through the early 2000s, releasing numerous albums and playing in a variety of music festivals all over the country, ranging from Coachella, Bonnaroo, and the Vans Warped Tour. The RX Bandits are often grouped in with other bands of their era as part of a Ska revival that happened in the 1990s, with bands like Goldfinger, Buck-O-Nine and Less Than Jake. Lead singer Matt Embree even attended Los Alamitos High School, the same school where other prominent Ska bands originated like Reel Big Fish and The Scholars. The crew originally hails from Seal Beach, Calif., up in Orange County and first got together in 1995 under the name The Pharmaceutical Bandits, but didn’t release their first album, “Those Damn Bandits,” until two years later. In 1998 they put out “Halfway Between Here and There,” and a year later they re-released it as the first album under their current name, RX Bandits. The group’s lineup has gone through some changes over the years and added a lot of new members, but the current group have been together since 2002 and made “The Resignation” together in 2003. To help commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their most popular album, the

The RX Bandits are back. (l-r) Matt Embree, Chris Tsagakis, Joe Troy, and Steve Choi (Photo by Raymond Camero)

band will be re-releasing it in stores and playing the entire album from beginning to end during their live shows. “The album was a definite turning point in what we wanted to accomplish musically,” reflects Choi. “It was an important first step in our evolution. We quickly learned how many music fans like the convention of familiarity, and we sought to evolve and alienate those who didn’t like our progression.” There will also be a covers EP being released in the near future, which will be the first recorded work that the RX Bandits have released in four years. The five-song release will feature them playing covers of some of their favorite and most influential musicians, including covers of songs by The Police, Weezer, and Blonde Redhead. “It was important to get comfortable playing music together again and really just do something for fun,” Choi said. “It was like being a teenager playing your favorite songs and having a blast with the best pos-

sible band any of us could be in.” Choi said the songs were chosen because they were favorites of the band personally and they knew they could do something special with them. “We wanted to do the songs we love, whether they were obscure or popular,” he said. “We would need to do about 20 covers to truly represent all of our influences, so we just picked five songs that we felt represented our style and would be a lot of fun to play around with and mix our style into.” After the tour and releasing the EP, the future remains up in the air for the RX Bandits, so catch them while you can because there’s no telling when they might roll through town again. 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 broyles@gmail.com.v


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Waste reuse with a purpose Local construction expert crafts wood creations on the side turns into an eco-friendly craftsman who constructs fashionably rustic wine bottle racks, planters, gift and flower boxes, and even coffee tables, all out of wood waste. “Recycle, reuse, repurpose” – “The “I saw a lot of wood going to waste at Three R’s” – it’s a good motto and one that different job sites,” Behncke explained. everyone should try to embody. Better to protect and use precious natural resources “Although almost everything else that was left over from building was being put to more wisely than clutter the environment some use, wood was not. I wanted to do with unused waste materials that may take something about that, so I came up with decades to deteriorate. the idea of using scrap or old wood to craft Besides, there are many creative and a line of new and original products.” moneymaking things we can do with Jules Lavalle, a female entrepreneur, waste. Waste can be transformed into art philanthropist and wine connoisseur projects, or even used to create a new infrom Boston who used to write high-tech dustry or product line, which in turn could educate people and lead to more jobs and a articles for a magazine, now works with Behncke to help market his product line. better economy. “I teamed up with Brian Behncke Brian Behncke of Briven Construction because he is a hardworking construcCompany is an environmentally conscious tion man who cares about the builder who is doing just that. During environment,” she said. the day, Behncke works with his Lavalle has served on the business partner Kevin Marty reboard of Big Sisters in her namodeling homes na tive Boston and volunteered in or building courts soup kitchens when she could. and decks; but Now in San Diego, she at night, he is continuing the trend. “I see a big need to help the homehome less in San Diego,” she said. “I have held fundraisers for Urban Angels, Mama’s Kitchen, and San Diego Big Brothers and Big Sisters. My goal A six-pot planter box with wooden carrying tray made from recycled cedar. is to give back and to (Photo by Amy Behncke)

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encourage other entrepreneurs to help those in need in the community.” Behncke and Marty, friends since they were teenagers back in Davenport, Iowa, liked Lavalle’s approach to conscious-caring business. Their award-winning Briven Construction is run with similar values, which Behncke attributes to their Midwestern upbringing. Together, Lavalle and Behncke formed “Thinkeco2,” an online company they use to market Behncke’s recycled wood products through Etsy, a popular home crafters website. “Besides selling useful and artistic products made from waste wood, our vision is to educate people on how to build their own businesses from recycled materials and to create jobs locally,” Lavalle said. Behncke gets his materials, usually discarded cedar and redwood, for free from the various construction companies he works with. He then sands it down, shapes it and cuts it to size to fit his project. “The wood from old fences that are being replaced is especially good … [it] already has that aged, weathered, and rustic look you are after,” he said. “People have been reusing old wood for years, but usually just for single projects, like building a bird house. I wanted to turn out a whole line of original products … production style. That way I could cut a whole bunch of pieces the same size, then fit them together later.” Behncke said business is good, with

A wine rack Behncke made from 100 percent reclaimed/recycled cedar. (Photo by Amy Behncke)

orders coming in from all over the country and he hopes to soon add Cal Recycling, a government agency that handles recyclable materials, to his list of sources. Always looking for new things to create, Behncke has plans to expand his product line, and maybe supply wine companies with the wood boxes they use to ship wine in. “I send out a lot of free products to bloggers – people who will write about [them],” he said. “It’s the new way of using social media to help with advertising and marketing. The trick is to come up with unconventional and original products that people want.” To see more of Behncke’s craftsmanship, visit his Etsy page at etsy.com/shop/ thinkeco2. Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at wbowen1@netzero.com. Anna Frost, San Diego Downtown News editorial intern, contributed to this article.v


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‘ ream of a D Dream’

A “sexy and fascinating” midsummer night Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

Krystel Lucas as Titania and Miles Anderson as Bottom in The Old Globe’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Photo by Jim Cox)

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This summer the eucalyptus grove behind the Old Globe’s outdoor stage is filled with fairies – at least 12 of them. That is, unless one also counts Titania, the fairy queen, her vengeful consort Oberon, and Oberon’s quickquick silver factotum, Puck, who seems to straddle two worlds – human and fairy – in guest director Ian Talbot’s production of William ShakeShake speare’s “A MidsumMidsum mer Night’s Dream.” In fact, the producproduc tion seems to indicate that Puck could be the

unseen Changeling Boy about whom Oberon and Titania are at loggerheads; and furthermore, that Oberon’s herbal magic, which causes Titania to love an ass, may have taken place eons ago and has been repeating over the course of millennia. As Puck declares, “… what fools these mortals be,” the mortals are indeed foolish. Their enchantment or intoxication, as provided by a purple flower, causes the comedy. They are the adorable Hermia (Winslow Corbett), who is in love with Lysander (Adam Gerber). Hermia’s father, Egeus (Sherman Howard), would have her wed Demetrius (Nic Few), who is in love with the bookish Helena (Ryman Sneed). Hermia and Lysander run away into the forest, followed by Demetrius, pursued by Helena. Enchanted by magic (drugged) the kids become terribly mixed up. The young actors are appealing, able and fun to watch, especially when Talbot uses the real forest for some unexpected and inventive mayhem that

“Titania” surrounded by the “Midsummer Night’s” cast. (Photo by Jim Cox)

elicits scream of laughter. He’s been directing outdoor Shakespeare productions in Great Britain for years, so it’s no wonder he’s got a bag full of tricks. The rest of the company is wondrous, beginning with Jay Whittaker, who plays both Theseus, ruler of Athens, and Oberon, who rules the fairy realm. For Theseus, Whittaker affects an anal retentive persona and a high, whiney voice that drives his fiancée, Hippolyta (Lucas), to flee in the opposite direction. Whittaker is the most physical and overtly sexy Oberon ever seen. In cahoots with Hall’s horn-dog

Puck, they are quite a pair. Miles Anderson, remembered as Salieri in last season’s “Amadeus,” plays Bottom the Weaver, who is transformed into an ass and whose bubble bath is a delight. Bottom is one of six working-class commoners that enact “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a crudely written tragedy by Peter Quince (Charles Janasz). It is performed to celebrate the nuptials of Theseus and Hippolyta and the now sorted out young people. Whatever critters the fascinating fairies may be and however foolish the mortals are, Talbot serves up one of the sexiest, most fascinating, most musical and magical productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ever witnessed in long experience of the play. Bound to be a huge hit with audiences, the work bears repeat visits ere it vanishes into thin air Sept. 29. The first of the three Old Globe Shakespeare Festival productions to open in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” continues in rotating repertory with “The Merchant of Venice” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” Many in the repertory company play in all three works. More information and tickets at theoldglobe.org or phone 619-23-GLOBE. 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 charb81@gmail.com.v

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First San Diego Fringe Festival unearths Downtown Manny Lopez Downtown News

When the first ever San Diego Fringe Festival comes to town July 1 – 7, a smorgasbord of theatrical visions by a delegation of 50 different avant-garde theater and performance companies from around the world will be exhibited at eight diverse venues. The event kicks off at Seaport Village in Downtown with street performers known as “Huskers” performing acts of strength, acrobatics, sword swallowing, escapology, comedy, fire breathing, magic and extreme stunt pogo by a Guinness World Record holder. Presented in the spirit of the outlandish Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, organizers described the San Diego Fringe as a low-cost, unjuried and uncensored showcase of live performances by new and emerging talent in the fields of theatre, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and poetry. “It’s called a Fringe festival because it’s on the outside and not mainstream,” said Kevin Charles Patterson, executive producer and director of the San Diego festival. “We put the call out and wound up with imaginative and cutting-edge submissions that would probably otherwise not be seen by the general public.” Patterson said the Fringe platform presents a rare opportunity for artists and theaters to take risks and dare to push new ideas to the forefront. With a large pool of talented artists hungry to get on stage, he also said the festival could help take the careers of writers and performers to a whole new level. “I knew immediately that

The San Diego festival was inspired by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, shown above. (Courtesy San Diego Fringe Festival) this would be a solid and fruitful partnership,” said choreographer Michael Mizerany, whose maturethemed dance piece “INFAMOUS” plays on the main stage at the 10th Avenue Theatre July 5 – 7. Mizerany, the resident choreographer for Visionary Dance Theater, described “INFAMOUS” as six dances inspired by notorious couples, incorporating rousing leaps, moments of male nudity and heavy breathing, which culminate in a violent, sexual acquisition and acquiescence. “I love the idea of a week-long festival where patrons can walk around and experience a myriad of artists presenting their work in new and unique ways,” he said. “Diapers, Dishes, and Dreams,” written, directed and starring Mark C. Reis, is a oneman comedy set in Los Angeles about an aging Broadway dancer and father, whose wish to return to the stage must be balanced with his life as a parent and partner. Patterson said the inaugural

event has garnered strong support from the local arts community and businesses, with a mutual desire to produce a high-quality event. Venues for the week’s performances are the 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Center, Space 4 Art, Seaport Village, Searsucker bar and NewSchool of Architecture + Design in Downtown, and the Whistle Stop bar in South Park. The roof of the 10th Avenue Theater has also been deemed “Fringe Central,” with a series of parties, free entertainment and open mics each day of the festival. The theater is located at 930 10th Ave. General admission tickets for all performances are $10 plus a processing fee if purchased online. Discounted multiple show tickets are also available. For the complete schedule and tickets, visit sdfringe.org. Manny Lopez can be reached at lopezmanny@gmail.com.v

Touching ‘Warriors’ Duet’ to see Fringe Fest debut Anthony King Assistant Editor Downtown News

Presented as part of the inaugural San Diego Fringe Festival, Circle Circle dot dot’s production of “The Warriors’ Duet,” directed by Anne Gehman and Katherine Harroff, will see three shows only: Friday, July 5 at 11 a.m., July 6 at 12:30 p.m. and July 7 at 5 p.m. The performances are at the 10th Avenue Theatre’s cabaret space, located at 930 10th Ave. “‘The Warriors’ Duet’ is a celebration of love, life and language,” the theater company said in press material, and features the poetic words of Laura Jeanne Morefield coupled with Gehman’s choreography. The play, however, was written by Morefield’s mother, theater critic and word-lover Charlene Baldridge. After Morefield died of complications from cancer, Baldridge edited and published “The Warrior’s Stance,” a collection of her daughter’s poetry that dealt primarily with the cancer diagnosis. The Fringe Festival production stems from that collection, based on both Morefield’s and Baldridge’s work. As the play unfolds, a mother is searching for her missing daughter. The piece incorporates music and dance to tell the story of their relationship, one that is “fraught” and “competitive,” the theater company said. “‘The Warriors’ Duet’ is the act they never performed [and] the book they didn’t have time to write,” the company said, and if rehearsal pictures posted on the Circle Circle dot dot website are any indication, the final production will be an incredibly emotional and artistic show. “We are thrilled and honored to have the great opportunity to produce this beautiful piece with Charlene’s blessing and encouragement,” Harroff said in the press material. Harroff is Circle Circle dot dot artistic director, and is also serving as associate director for the Fringe Festival. “Taking our lead from the fluid poetic text, codirector and choreographer Anne Gehman and I are

creating a whimsical dance-theatre dream backdrop to explore the enchanting bond between a mother and daughter that is unhinged … but never wavers, following the diagnosis and ultimate outcome of a terminal illness,” Harroff said. Baldrige said when she was approached by Harroff about bringing her work to the stage, she was “honored.” “I had no idea what she planned,” Baldridge said. “I knew only that she loved the piece and that I trusted her as an artist and a director. I’m thrilled at her casting … and curious … about everything else including the use of the male presences she felt hovering over the work. “After meeting with all four women, including choreographer Anne Gehman, to discuss the piece and answer questions, I set them free to become acquainted with Laura through her words. I think [Laura has] captivated everyone through her legacy of humor and love of life,” Baldridge said. Circle Circle dot dot representatives said they are proud to be a part of the first Fringe Festival in San Diego, joining “amazing organizations from all over the globe” to present a number of “innovative shows.” “The Warriors’ Duet” features actors Kathi Copeland, Samantha Ginn, Shaun Tuazon, Soroya Rowley, Matt Carney, Stephanie Smith, Maria Juan and Desiree Cuizon. Ginn, Tuazon and Rowley are Circle Circle dot dot company members. Tuazon said the whole company was moved by both the poetry and the experience of bringing it to the stage. “Charlene has said that she connects with her daughter in her dream world ... we hope that [she] is able to connect with Laura in this world – her theatre world – that she loves so much,” he said. Organizers said tickets for the three shows are selling fast, and anticipate at least one show to sell out before the festival itself opens Monday, July 1. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at sdfringe.org or by calling 619460-4500. For more information visit circle2dot2.com.v

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619-233-4355. Painting and Vino: Every Tuesday, local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino.com.

FRIDAY – JUNE 28 DSDP Walkabout: Join the Clean & Safe program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership as they embark on their weekly trek through a different area of Downtown. This week, Marina – meet at SE corner of First & G streets at 10 a.m. For more info visit downtownsandiego.org/clean-safe/ clean-streets/ Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619-294-74 Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego every Fri & Sat in JULY. Boarding 5:30 p.m., cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Hornblower.com, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero

MONDAY – JULY 1 Senior Monday at the Fleet: 12:30 lecture “The Juno Mission to Jupiter,” followed by planetarium show “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. Science Center exhibits included. $7 for seniors 65+. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit rhfkeet.org or call 619-238-1233. City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE

SATURDAY – JUNE 29 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Summer Concert Series: Velvet Cafe, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Live Music – Emily Marie: sultry jazz in the style of Marilyn Monroe. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE

TUESDAY – JULY 2 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/ visit/Tuesdays. San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – “King Lear (continued)” – anyone can join in or just listen. Some texts are provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE

SUNDAY – JUNE 30 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Elliott Lawrence. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call

WEDNESDAY – JULY 3 Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tue, Wed and Thur through August 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Red Headed Stranger – A Willie Nelson Tribute from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit balboarpark.org/visit/summer-events. Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355.

THURSDAY – JULY 4 Big Bay Boom: Port of San Diego’s fireworks extravaganza on San Diego Bay. Starts at 9 p.m. and simulcast on 105.7 FM. For more info and best viewing locations, visit bigbayboom.com Live Music – Soul Jazz: Jazz with cool melodies and funky rhythms. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – JULY 5 DSDP Walkabout: Join the Clean & Safe program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership as they on their weekly walkabout through a different area of Downtown. This week, East Village. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego.org/cleansafe/clean-streets/ Mad House Comedy: San Diego’s Funniest Person of 2012 Zoltan Kaszas. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Free parking. Tickets $15, no minimum. For more info: madhousecomedyclub.com. SATURDAY – JULY 6 Downtown Scavenger Hunt: Join the Menkins of Where You Want to Be Tours for an exciting and fun trek around Downtown. 10 a.m. in the Gaslamp. Advance reservations required. For more info and to register, visit wheretours.com. Live Music – Emily Marie: sultry jazz in the style of Marilyn Monroe. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE SUNDAY – JULY 7 Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Irving Flores. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. Summer Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., Coro-

nado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE

MONDAY – JULY 8 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – JULY 9 PBID Advisory Board: Second Tuesday of every month except December and August. Discuss issues pertinent to Downtown Property Business Improvement District. 3 p.m., 401 B St., Suite 100, Downtown. Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Real Jazz Big Band from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit balboarpark.org/ visit/summer-events. WEDNESDAY – JULY 10 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE THURSDAY – JULY 11 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – JULY 12 DSDP Walkabout: Join the Clean & Safe program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership as they embark on their weekly trek through a different area of Downtown. This week, upper East Village. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/clean-streets/

Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6-8 p.m. – FREE

SATURDAY – JULY 13 Live Music – Stacey & The Stimulators: Soul rocking jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE The Rainmaker: A classic romantic comedy by N. Richard Nash. Previews start tonight Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 8 p.m. Tickets call 619-23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org. SUNDAY – JULY 14 Summer Concert Series: Swamp Critters, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Candye Kane: Special dance floor show. 8 p.m., Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $10-18, call 858-481-8140 or visit Bellyup.com MONDAY – JULY 15 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Upstart Crow Book Club: Meets third Monday of each month at 7 p.m.. This month’s book is the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Paula McLaine. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit upstartcrowtrading.com TUESDAY – JULY 16 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/ visit/Tuesdays.

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CALENDAR WEDNESDAY – JULY 17 Open Mic Poetry: Alchemy poetry series organized by author, editor and poet, Seretta Martin. Featured poet is Lisa Hoffman. Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-2324855 or upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. THURSDAY – JULY 18 The Rainmaker: A classic romantic comedy by N. Richard Nash. Opening night through Aug. 11. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29, call 619-23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org FRIDAY – JULY 19 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619-294-7461 SATURDAY – JULY 20 Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concert Series: Dixi Jazz Katz, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Live Music: Local Americana sensation Eve Selis. 8:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-2334355. SUNDAY – JULY 21 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE Summer Concert Series: Cool Fever, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – JULY 22 Mad House Comedy: UP Comedy Mondays. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 8:00 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. 21+. $8, no minimum. For more info: madhousecomedyclub.com. TUESDAY – JULY 23 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and depen-

dents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/ visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE

WEDNESDAY – JULY 24 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE The Rainmaker: A classic romantic comedy by N. Richard Nash. Performance includes postshow forum Q&A with cast. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29, call 619-23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org. THURSDAY – JULY 25 Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, San Diego Civic Dance Arts – an elite dance company, from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit balboarpark.org/ visit/summer-events. FRIDAY – JULY 26 DSDP Walkabout: Join the Clean & Safe program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership on their weekly walkabout through a different area of Downtown. Help them with your eyes and ears. This week, Core / Columbia. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego.org/clean-safe/ clean-streets/. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 4 – 7 p.m. Village 631, 631 Ninth Ave., East Village. For more info visit paintingandvino.com. SATURDAY – JULY 27 Summer Movie in Balboa Park: Bring your blanket, pillow or beach chair to see Madagascar 3 (rated PG) up on a big screen at Morley Field, 2221 Morley Field Dr., arrive early for activities. Movie starts at dusk. More info summermoviesinthepark.com. – FREE

Double Indemity: Classic crime novel and film noir masterpiece by James M. Cain. Preview starts tonight through July 31, show opens Aug. 1. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Old Globe Theatre 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29, call 619-23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org.

SUNDAY – JULY 28 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE MONDAY – JULY 29 Mad House Comedy: UP Comedy Mondays. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 8:00 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. 21+. $8, no minimum. For more info: madhousecomedyclub.com. TUESDAY – JULY 30 Twilight in the Park: Summer concerts in Balboa Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 29 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Tonight, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. For more info, visit balboarpark.org/visit/summer-events Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 - 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino. com. WEDNESDAY – JULY 31 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE THURSDAY – AUG 1 Live Music – Soul Jazz: Jazz with cool melodies and funky rhythms. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355 —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com.v

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Bubbles and cocktail trends Business Bits

Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans Any good alcoholic beverage consumer is familiar with champagne and we all recognize how natural it is to begin an evening of festivities with a glass of the bubbly stuff. Something about that extra zip in the glass and a crisp wine profile just starts off the evening in the right direction, every time. Now cocktails are adapting some of the same characteristics right here in Downtown San Diego – bubbles, less alcohol, and a little bit of an edge to the cocktail that makes your mouth water and your mind want to get the evening moving forward. In fact, this is what you call an aperitif. An aperitif is simply a cocktail that was designed to start off a meal or an evening. Try some of these apertifs below right here in SD! Noble Experiment was the first bar to start serving cocktails on tap here in San Diego. Their recipes change as all good drink menus should, but you can almost always count on some Campari in there somewhere. Their latest addition to the family – Polite Provisions – also serves straight apertifs like Lillet Rose as well as kegged cocktails. Sangria is a classic aperitif choice and the Bartender’s Whim Sangria at Saltbox is a great alternative to start a night out on the town in an often overlooked bar inside the Palomar Hotel. Personally I love a good cava Sangria so put the bartender to the test and see what suits you before that next Journey cover band concert you go see at HOB next door. The Grant Grill inside the historic US Grant Hotel has truly taken the champagne approach in a literal sense – by being the first bar in the country to actually create bubbles – in a pre-mixed, bottle-fermented cocktail using champagne yeast. This is called the Methode Champenoise and this is how all champagne is made, as well as any decent spar-

kling wine. The Grill currently has two cocktails of this type available, branded as their Cocktails Sur Lie category: the La Grenade (a blend of Cognac, hibiscus, pomegranate juice, pepper and bay leaf) and The Mule (a take on the popular Moscow Mule). It’s literally an aperitif in a champagne bottle and must be tried. “Sur lie” means “rested on lees” in French and is a classic winemaking term used in Champagne production, as well as other whites primarily. Lees are the dead yeast cells that literally die in the bottle after eating all of the sugar from the grape yeast. The bi-product of this process is CO2, which is how bubbles are created in champagne production. These “cocktails in a bottle” are the result of much tinkering in the cocktail lab and a desire to push the creative envelope, not only here in the San Diego but across the nation. Aside from the seasonal line of these libations listed above, they have a variation of the legendary Cosmopolitan coming this summer. You can also order the Mule product online at muleatthegrant.com. It’s summer people. Apertifs were pretty much designed to start out a fantastic summer evening. Get out to these spots right in your backyard and try some! In just three years, level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill Downtown from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Taking the kitchen’s “Farm to Table” philosophy to the bar, he has developed a seasonal cocktail program based largely on the hotel’s rooftop garden. He can be reached at jeff.josenhans@ luxurycollection.com.v

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Leah Goodwin, Reginald Jones and Victoria Hamilton of JCNI (Courtesy jacobscenter.org) Leaders in the arts field join Jacobs Center project: The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) has added two leaders to implement an Art & Design Plan at the Village at Market Creek Plaza. Victoria Hamilton, JCNI’s first director of arts and community development, and Leah Goodwin, director of visual and performing arts programs, were appointed into their respective positions to move forward the vibrant cultural center JCNI has created in partnership with southeast San Diego neighborhoods, according to a press release. Previously, Hamilton served as the founding executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, where she oversaw the city’s $8 million arts and culture program for 24 years. Her work included securing the National Endowment for the Arts grant that helps develop the Art & Design Plan for the Village at Market Creek. Goodwin has spent over 25 years working to develop visual and performing arts, arts education, festivals, fundraising programs as a gateway in creating community partnerships. At JCNI she will focus on developing gallery programming and music, dance, and theater performances that is accessible to the community, as well as creating institutional partnerships and arts education programs. Cavignac & Associates news: San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm Cavignac & Associates has acquired former BH Gold Insurance Agency customer service representative Claire Owens, according to a press release from the firm. Owens will serve as the service team account administrator and provide support to each team at the firm, which specializes in the building industry. Luxur y eyewear company chooses Downtown: Alexander Daas luxury eyewear opened its first retail showroom in the Gaslamp District at 431 J St. The brand is handmade in Japan and designed in California. Alexander Daas specializes in prescription and nonprescription optics and sunglasses, as well as a line of eyewear for petite faces. The showroom also carries other independent eyewear brands. Nominations for philanthropy awards sought: The Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego chapter, is still accepting nomination submissions for outstanding philanthropists, volunteers and non-profit organizations. The organization will recognize eight recipients at an awards luncheon on November 7 in celebration of the 41st National Philanthropy Day. The deadline for nominations is July 15, at 5 p.m. For more information, visit NPD2013.org. Bang Bang gets representation: J Public Relations has added Bang Bang, a new Gaslamp Quarter social destination, to their client list, according to a press release from the firm. Bang Bang, an Asian street market style restaurant and live entertainment venue, is scheduled to open this July at 526 Market St.v

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Teaching children about money

These F inancial T imes Taylor Schulte “The more you learn, the more you’ll earn.” – Warren Buffett Some experts suggest that many students lose more than two months of knowledge over the summer. In an effort to help keep their minds sharp, we think summer break could be a great opportunity to help teach your children about money. Here are some ideas to get you started. Open a bank account. A bank account is the foundation of financial education. Helping your child open their first account creates an opportunity to begin teaching them about saving, fees, and interest. Rather than just opening an account at your current bank, ask them to help you do research on finding the right bank for them. One suggestion is to choose a bank with a physical location that you can bring your child to. It might not seem important but it can make a big impact on the lessons you are trying to enforce. Taking a special trip to the bank to deposit their money creates a memorable and rewarding experience. Develop a savings plan. Saving money can often be as difficult as earning it. Consider offering a matching program for every dollar deposited to help incentivize your children to start funding their account. Additionally, you might make saving a condition of their allowance and mutually agree on a percentage that will be saved each month.

Teach them about investing. Prospective retirees are now forced to plan for 20-30 years of retirement. Waiting for that first full-time job to start investing for retirement isn’t enough anymore. For teens, discuss opening a custodial account or Roth IRA (if applicable). This is a great opportunity to talk to them about taxes, investments, and compounding returns. For an initial investment, consider a broadly diversified, low cost index fund. For younger children, online games or websites can be useful in teaching kids the basic concepts of investing. Consider Warren Buffet’s recent business venture, Secret Millionaires Club. The online program teaches valuable lessons about money management through a fun, animated series that kids can relate to. Discuss giving. We don’t just save, spend, and invest money. For varying reasons, sometimes we choose to give it away. Don’t hesitate to include your children in this process and teach them about the concepts of charitable giving. Consider having them research charities on charitynavigator.org, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, and provide you with their suggestions. It’s never too early to begin. Kids are exposed to the concept of money at a young age. Helping them to understand it and develop good habits early on can be very beneficial to their financial future. For a financial workbook that you and your children can work through together, please contact my office at taylor.schulte@bhwm.com or 619-881-0388. Taylor Schulte is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional for Beverly Hills Wealth Management in Downtown San Diego. Schulte specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses. He can be reached at 619-881-0388 or taylor.schulte@bhwm.com.v

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Another market shift The San Diego real estate market is about to shift again! About a year ago, we saw our housing inventory start to decline and when that coupled with buyers who wanted to take advantage of unprecedented low mortgage rates, we very quickly shifted into a “seller’s market.” We saw the return of multiple offers, buyers willing to pay cash over appraised values, and sellers reaping profits they didn’t dare dream they would ever see. The average days on market plummeted and it created a perfect storm for sellers. Now, however, we are seeing the very subtle signs of another shift. What is the root cause of this shift? Mortgage rates. In the last few weeks the unprecedented low rates are starting to climb. Instead of rates in the low three percent, we are now starting to see rates as high as five percent. There are three ways this shows up in the market: 1. Buyers begin to slow down. Some realize that their purchasing power has been reduced and must now adjust their thinking in terms of the amount of house they can afford. Others falsely believe that rates will come back down. I do not believe that to be the case, as you will see. 2. Housing inventor y begins to rise. The result of fewer buyers means that we will see the “average days on market” start to increase. Naturally, with more homes to choose from, buyers will be a little more discriminating in their selection. With homes staying on the market a little longer the inventory will begin to rise. 3. Without the buying frenzy driving prices up, sellers will wait a little longer to get the price they think they should be getting. With more homes on the market we will see a dip in home prices, but

Real Estate Corner Maggie Clemens this is not a bubble that will bust and cause home prices to plummet. This is a small correction that is normal and expected. I have been advising my clients of this day for a while now. As the economy builds steam we are seeing the government backing out of purchasing Mortgage Backed Securities. This means we will be relying on the private sector to purchase these securities and this will drive rates up. Many economists believe that rates will move up to the mid-to-high fives by the end of the year. So, what to do when the market shifts? First of all, do not panic. This is a normal part of our economy recovering, and that is a good thing. But now is the time to take action.

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If you are considering selling your property, do it now! Again, home prices will not plummet, but homes will take just a little longer to sell, and with more competition your home will have to be the best of the best in that price range to sell quickly. Do not wait to talk to a real estate professional – get your home on the market now. If you are a buyer, buy now! The rates are not going to go back down anytime soon, if ever. Talk to your lender and get preapproved, then talk with a real estate professional to start your home search. Mortgage rates will eventually stabilize, but where that point is no one knows right now. If you want to keep your property, consider refinancing now before rates get higher. If you were waiting, don’t. Contact your lender and get the process going. Remember, this market shift is a normal correction. We will start to see a normal supply of homes on the market, which will mean fewer offers on those houses, which will in turn stabilize prices. This is a good thing for the economy, real estate, and the country as a whole. Maggie Clemens served her customers with distinction for over 25 years in the local auto industry and for the last several years has been a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams San Diego Metro. She can be reached at maggieclemens1@gmail.com or at maggieclemens.com.v

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How can my beach booty look better? BY TAYLOR ROBBINS, CSCS, Personal Trainer We all want a nice “rear end,” “backyard,” “caboose,” and every other nickname for that area that is actually called the glutes; however, it doesn’t always get shaped the way we want. I’m about to unfold some of my secret techniques that have enabled my clients to develop amazing glute muscles that both function well and look good! First of all, none of this will work if you aren’t right with your nutrition. It would take an entire book for me to explain that side of this dilemma, just know that you can’t workout and then eat Big Macs and drink beer hoping your booty will become more appealing. With that said, let me get on to the secret to your butt success. The first element to getting your butt in shape is your warm-up process. There are three stages to an appropriate warm-up: general, dynamic, and specific. Not only does a proper warm-up increase heart rate, decrease muscle viscosity (making your muscles warm and pliable), and increase blood flow, it also stimulates the central nervous system (CNS) to innervate all the muscle fibers within every plane of motion. This is the key to muscle tone and growth: only muscles that are stimulated will adapt. The reason many people aren’t getting their butts into shape is because those fibers are never being activated. The human body has three planes of motion, (sagittal, frontal, and transverse). If one of those planes lacks stability, a muscular imbalance occurs, inhibiting the proper activation and growth of the glutes. First, do a general warm-up to awaken all the major energy systems: the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, and CNS. This can be done at a low intensity for five to fifteen minutes on a non-impact, simple movement cardio machine such as an elliptical or a rowing machine. Next is the dynamic (in movement) warm-up. This is where you need to put the body through movement patterns such as lunges and squats adding rotation and lateral movement. Remember, you need to move your body through all planes of motion. Now the CNS has stimulated all muscle fibers and the body has created a sense of stability in those planes. Lastly, you would complete the specific

warm-up. This is a warm-up of the specific movements you are about to do in your workout. For example, if you are going to do some squats, like you should be doing to grow those glutes, you would complete a set or two with very low weight. You may even want to add a hip dip to each side at the bottom of the squat with this light-weight. Boom! You have completed the threestage warm-up that I passionately practice and preach to my clients for TR Fitness and at Fit Athletic. For a more in-depth description of the warm-up process or for more fitness advice, go to taylorrobbinsfitness.com and sign up for my newsletter. This warm-up will take your leg workouts to a new level and you will begin to see your glutes grow and shape and look fantastic in those board shorts and bikinis. This may even be the year you bring out the Speedo or Brazilian bikini!

I have some amazing exercise programs to do after these warm-ups, but that beckons more individual attention. You can come see me at Fit Athletic, located at 310 10th Ave. Downtown, or email me at taylor@ taylorrobbinsfitness.com.


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Hugo Crosthwaite Word Play

Jennifer DeCarlo “Verano” 1999, pencil, graphite with glaze, 48 x 48 (Courtesy of Noel-Baza Fine Art)

This show marks Noel-Baza’s celebration of Hugo Crosthwaite’s selection for inclusion in the 2013 California Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art – and is a must-see. To say the show works like a retrospective would be going too far, but the works included span time and reveal process and evolution. Two early paintings from the 1990s are included, as are paintings from 2009 that were made after a move (to NYC), and finally a selection of recent sketchbook drawings. The work of Crosthwaite is unmistakable and unique, and like Rodin’s Gates of Hell, it takes us to the edge of the abyss. Figures and flesh tangle, bodies twist and

morph to moments unimaginable. His favorite implements, graphite and charcoal, seem like liquid and with them he melds academically rendered drawings and the visual language of street art. Handling, subject, and at times scale of the work act to compress the ages. The figures in the 1990s paintings are pretty, even regal, and appear to us as statuesque Greco-Roman idols disappearing in the haze. Though much more tame than current works, we find that even in these pieces there was a darkness – one features a maimed youth who leans on crutches. The work has at times achieved massive scale and grand narrative into what has amounted in battles between

“Death of Argos” 1999, charcoal & graphite on canvas, 48 x 48 (Courtesy of Noel-Baza Fine Art) good and evil, as in Death March, a commission for the 2012 exhibition Morbid Curiosity – The Richard Harris Collection at the Chicago Cultural Center – often match the monumentality of size. The work was a graphite, charcoal, and white ink drawing on archival museum board and reached 25 x 10 feet (not on view). Works like this prove that the artist has entered into a territory that could be described as contemporary genre painting. Crosthwaite’s are the stories, warnings, truths, and myths, even nightmares of our time. In Abu Ghraib we find two hooded figures and a strange cartoonish

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Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald “Scream” 2009, graphite, charcoal on canvas, 24 x 24 (Courtesy of Noel-Baza Fine Art)

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PUNTODIVISTA smiley face, and it is hard not to think of the military scandal; in Stock a shackled youth may make us think to the most recent crash of the stock market, so a cynical wit charges the work. Other pieces are harder to tie to specifics, but their ambiguity makes them all the more fluid. We make connections to our own daily narratives – they may remind us of the homeless woman we passed on the street, the story of a murder, a fire, a peep-show, or a political joke. While much of the work on view are small drawings torn from notepads, there is enough meat to dig into and we leave as satisfied as we do curious for what next big piece will come from this work and these studies. Jennifer DeCarlo is the owner/director of jdc Fine Art, a contemporary photography gallery in Little Italy. She can be reached at Jennifer.decarlo@yahoo.com.v

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Centennial Update Balboa Park remains the centerpiece of the 2015 Centennial Celebration but the city planners have broadened the entertainment menu to include spectaculars in other locations to lure tourists to San Diego. This was among proposals made by Los Angeles-based Autonomy, the firm enlisted to produce what Mayor Bob Filner joyfully described as a “365-day party.” Adam Burke, co-owner of Autonomy, explained these ambitious plans before a standing-room-only audience sprinkled with city officials, interested citizens and media in The Old Globe’s Hattox Hall on June 18. To a question about the price tag, Filner answered optimistically: “$25 million, $50 million, $100 million ... that’s the range ... whatever it takes. “There will be all kinds of sponsorships, philanthropic involvement and corporate money in kind,” he said. Filner envisions an “international powerhouse” that will draw millions of people to establish San Diego’s reputation as one of the great cities of the world.

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“Balboa Park is one of the greatest urban parks in America with an emphasis on education and the city with its business opportunities,” Burke said. Still to be addressed are issues of handling large numbers of people, parking and hotel tax money. An example of potential problems, a half hour before the 3 p.m. meeting, visitors were waiting in a long line to enter the Museum of Man, others spilled into streets, dodging motorists who toured the area looking for parking spaces. In the summer, San Diegans flock to the park. Burke said their planning approach stemmed from the inspirational efforts made in 1915 and again in 1935. Two events will kick off the celebration. A major water and light show over San Diego Bay and a presentation by the Japanese Friendship Garden in the Park. Burke said the water spectacular will focus attention on the Port’s importance to the area and the military. In addition, Burke proposed an internationally televised conference in Tijuana’s Friendship Park near the bullring. “Something that honors the relationship of the United States and Mexico,” he said. Burke also discussed increasing the seating capacity of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion for major entertainment and suggested museum involvement with occasional featured displays to be paraded around the park. “It will be up to the museums to promote what they will be featuring,” he concluded, adding there would be no additional funding for the museums. And elsewhere around the Park – At the meeting, Julie Dubick, one-time chief of staff for former Mayor Jerry Sanders, was introduced as the new CEO of the Centennial ... In a roundabout way, the cars are gone in the Plaza de Panama. A

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California Tower, a 100-year old reminder of the park’s first exhibition. (Photo by Linda Hite) resurfacing, with potted trees, shading tables and chairs will change the scene. Traffic will eventually resume through the park but valet service for The Prado restaurant may be affected ... in another CEO change, Dr. Steven Snyder will take office July 1 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, replacing Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch, who retired last month. Dr. Snyder comes to the Fleet from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where he served as vice president of exhibit and program development ... Hunter Schwartz of Canyon Crest Academy and Annika Gullahorn of Pacific Ridge School, winners of The Old Globe’s high school musical competition in May, will participate in the July 1 National High School Musical Theater Awards competition held at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at johnny23@cox.net.v


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Plaza de Panama gets new look Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

Plaza concept plan, which is subject to change (Courtesy of City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department)

Mayor Bob Filner made good on his promise to remove cars from Plaza de Panama the week of June 17, when the plaza was cleared of cars and painted to allow for a large open pedestrian-only space and limit the through traffic and cars to one lane in each direction. The Cabrillo Bridge was closed for a time so the City’s contractor could apply a “tan/buff color” to the pedestrian areas and the solo traffic lanes of a “bedrock” color. During an awards luncheon with the Greater San Diego Business Association on June 20, Filner mentioned the changes to the Plaza as one of his accomplishments of the last six months. “I didn’t need $40 million, I needed six traffic cones,” he said. According to the Park’s Facebook page, a new red Balboa Park Tram has begun free service, which will have pick-up points at Inspiration Point, the Organ Pavilion, Air & Space Museum, Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street, and Upas Street every half hour. Benches will be installed at various locations for the tram, and new trees, café style tables and chairs will be installed throughout the plaza to encourage pedestrian traffic and offer places for visitors to eat or relax.v

Plaza Improvements (Courtesy Balboa Park Central)


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www.sdcnn.com Girls & Pearls Collection Lizz Russell showcased her Girls & Pearls ColCol lection at the Cocktails & Couture series on May 24, presented by the Westgate Hotel, located at 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. Kaushal Patel, co-anchor of 10 News This Morning, was “Mistress of Ceremonies” for this upscale evening. Russell is a celebrity designer known for her high-end eveningwear and exclusive Rose Handbags. The latest collection delighted the audience with one glamorous design after another. Also coming down the runway were hats by Diana CavagnaroCouture Millinery and accessories by Jenee Dionne and April Star Davies. Russell thanked everyone for supportsupport ing her charity GBS/CIDP Foundation InIn ternational (Guillan Barre Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating PolyneuropaPolyneuropa thy). GBS/CIDP is an important cause for Russell, as she herself has been stricken with both GBS and Bells Palsy. Coming out of this debilitating disorder she decided to co-author “Smiling on the Inside” to uplift and encourage other GBS patients. For more information visit: gbs-cidp.org. Look for details on the next Cocktail and Couture evening in November at WestgateWestgate Hotel.com. The Lizz Russell Collection has also been selected as part of the wardrobe for a TV Pilot, “Diva Dairies,” produced by Tangi Miller of Los Angeles. Check local listings for release dates and times. The “IT” Fashion Show San Diego’s Fifth Annual “IT” Fashion Show was held May 30 at the U.S.S. MidMid way Museum, located at 910 N Harbor Dr., Downtown. This event featured BFA Fashion Design Students from The Art Institute of California-San Diego. The prestigious judges included San Diego Fashion Week producer AlAl lison Andrews, celebrity stylist and Fox 5 San Diego style expert Dean Hall, and Joe Vecchiarelli, producer of NBC Fashion Star and founder of Fashion Supplies. The runway was on the

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro flight deck of the Midway, surrounded by incredible, restored aircraft dating back from WWII through Operation Desert Storm. This ship was the longestserving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. The U.S.S. Midway Museum was the perfect location for this fast-paced runway show with the lights of the San Diego skyline in the background. After this knockout show, the following awards were presented: the Trendsetter Award went to Carolina Rios, most creative to Karen Bernal, and the “IT” Designer (which is the Best in Show) went to Karlene Keller. For more information contact Campus Academic Director Darlene C. Ritz at artinstitutes. edu/san-diego/ Upcoming Events July 10 – La Jolla Hat Fashion Show: This event is located at Eddie V’s, 1270 Prospect St., and will include a three-course luncheon on the oceanview floor from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Best hat will receive two tickets to the Del Mar Races. Tickets are $55 and can be reserved at 858-459-5500. July 13 – Upcycled Fashion Show: Sew Loka’s Handmade Artisan Collective, 1821 Fifth Ave., from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Call 619-870-9420. July 26 & 27 – La Jolla Fashion Film Festival: Located at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art at 700 Prospect St., this event is home to the International Fashion Film Awards and will have a line up of short fashion films, starting Friday

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at 12:00 p.m. and running through Saturday at 11:30 p.m. For tickets visit lajollafashionfilmfestival.com. July 27 – Pre-Fashion Week Tips: Join William Williams for ‘Building Your Portfolio the Right Way’ at EQ Culture Studios at 2001 Main St. in Barrio Logan near Downtown, from 6 – 8 p.m. For reservations email: info@fashionweeksd.com. The actual FWSD 2013 will be Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 this year. For more information on FWSD, visit: fashionweeksd.com. July 29 – Summer Bridal Bazaar: Includes fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr. Three shows presented throughout the day. For more info call 760-334-5500. Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at diana@aheadproductions.com.v

(left) A model shows off a Lizz Russell design; (above) Karen Bernal walks runway with a model; a model wears the “IT” Award. (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)


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