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minds, connect people to one another and provide a wealth of knowledge,” Barrow said. “This new library is exactly what San Diego needs.” “As a teacher I know the importance of literacy and libraries can change lives,” said Cindy Marten, San Diego’s superintendent of schools. “This really is a dream come true for many, many children and their families to see the conditions created where all children

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OCTOBER’S MOST CELEBRATED DAY is all the way at the end of the month, but the spirit of Halloween is always enjoyed all month long. It brings with it lots of pumpkins, trick-or-treating, witches, ghosts, and goblins and this year is no exception for Downtown San Diego. There will be several different pub crawls, a couple of zombie walks, dozens of costume parties, haunted houses and trails and even a haunted cruise aboard the Titanic around San Diego Bay. Find out about Little Italy’s Trick-or-Treat on India Street on page 21, everything you wanted to know about Zombies and Monsters on page 25, then check the special side bar on our Calendar page for the scary details of as many ghostly Downtown events as we could fit. Happy Halloween! (Zombie photo courtesy

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Bands played and children sang while politicians and dignitaries extolled the virtues of the new high-tech library at an all-day festival of food, entertainment and fun for the official public dedication of San Diego’s new Downtown Central Library on Saturday, Sept. 28. Following an 11 a.m. ceremony marked by speeches, choirs and a color guard, several hundred celebrants stood in long lines to get a “sneak peek” of the new nine-story, 504,000-squarefoot, $196.7-million library. Afterwards, guests were treated to a family-friendly street festival from 12 to 6 p.m. in Downtown San Diego’s East Village near Petco Park. The fest included food, arts and crafts, interactive children’s activities and a parade, as well as live band performances from Steve Poltz, Hullabaloo, The Heroes, and The Paul Cannon Band, among others. With its gleaming silver dome as a backdrop, City Librarian Deborah Barrow described the

A huge crowd listens to speakers at the grand opening of the new Downtown Central Library on Saturday, Sept. 28. (Photo by Dave Schwab) towering structure as “luminous, inspiring and iconic,” while characterizing the new “flagship” of the municipal library system with its 35 neighborhood branches as “a beacon of knowledge.” “Thirty years in the making, it is a dream come true,” Barrow said, adding that the new facility, which is more than double the size of its predecessor, is centrally located as well, with easy access by freeway, trolley, bus and air. “The San Diego Central Library is poised to nourish hungry

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The Gaslamp Quarter has turned into one of two “festival villages” of the 12th annual San Diego Film Festival this week, acting as a venue for premiere and independent films, red carpets, film panels, and celebratory after parties during the five-day festival, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 6. Arclight Cinema in La Jolla’s University Town Center is the center of the second festival village, creating a balance in the screening of over 100 films in five different categories. Organizers said over 1,200 films were submitted for consideration to this year’s festival, and were eventually pared down to 108 for inclusion, with 65 of those being short films. It was just last year that the festival’s reigns were taken over by Chairman Dale Strack, President Kevin Leap, and vice presidents Tonya Mantooth and Patti Judd, a team with filmmaking and marketing savvy that has infused both renewed life and breadth into the annual event. “The original founders were looking for someone or a group to take over the nonprofit foundation and to grow the festival into what its potential was,” Strack said. “What we discovered was that a film festival, done right, can bring a tremendous amount of economic advantage to the city that hosts it.” Strack said they looked at Tribeca, Sundance in Salt Lake City and festivals in Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. “They all were much larger than what we had here and yet our city is equally as big as the infrastructure Toronto has,” Strack said. “It showed us that the infrastructure San Diego has could warrant a large film festival. We … saw that if we build it, it could bring $70 or $80 million dollars of benefits both tax wise and business wise to San Diego.” As a result, Strack said festival organizers have a five-year goal to expand the event to ten days, add more festival villages around the county, and bring attendance up to 100,000. “San Diego has the footprint for that to happen,” he said. This year’s festival launched on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with the screening of “12 Years as a Slave” to a packed house at Reading Cinemas on Fifth Avenue. The film earned rave reviews at its Toronto Film Festival premiere and is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped away from his wife and children in upstate

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New Fishermen’s Farmers Market baits local seafood lovers

A couple of sea urchins await customer review. (Courtesy SDWeekly Markets) Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

The term “fresh catch” has taken on new meaning with the launch of the Fishermen’s Farmers Market at Driscoll Wharf in Point Loma every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. With a greater emphasis on fish than other SD Weekly Markets – including the San Diego Public Market and Little Italy, North Park and Pacific Beach Farmers’ Markets – the Fishermen’s Farmers Market offers a variety of fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. The fishermen bring their catch of the day straight from their boat to the market, providing an opportunity for patrons to interact with the fishermen like they would with farmers during traditional farmers’ markets.

“It’s a delight to shop, or sit and have a bite to eat, with a beautiful view of the water and boats,” said Catt White, market maestra at SD Weekly Markets. Nearly three years ago, Pete Halmay from the San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group and Cathy Driscoll of Driscoll’s Wharf approached White about establishing a market at the waterfront. With some help from the Port of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission, the first Fishermen’s Farmers Market was held in early September. “With all of San Diego’s amazing coastline and a long history of an active fishing industry,” White said, “we’ve always been missing a way to bring the fishermen and the public together.” According to White, local fishermen

(l-r) Chef Julie Darling and Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products during a demo (Courtesy SDWeekly Markets)

have been cautiously enthusiastic about interacting with shoppers. “They work in a solitary environment and aren’t always outgoing with people who don’t understand the demands of commercial fishing,” she said. “But already they’re finding that the public is receptive to learning more about fish and the local fishing industry, so they’re enjoying sharing their knowledge and experience.” The Driscoll family has worked on the wharf for several generations. Cathy Driscoll, who was an instrumental and driving force behind establishing the Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market, is said to have loved and defended the local fishermen and their place on the waterfront. Since her death earlier this year, many fishermen are now even more determined to see the suc-

cess of the market in her memory. The market includes a variety of fish, as well as many of the well-known farmers, bakers and artisan food vendors seen at other SD Weekly Markets. Local chefs such as Julie Darling, Lhasa Landry and Catalina Offshore Fishmonger Tommy Gomes, are all on hand to provide demonstrations that include cleaning and cooking a variety of seafood. Just like farm produce, available fish species vary by season. Currently, rockfish, sand dabs, Bluefin tuna, shrimp and sea urchins are plentiful. October will bring lobster season, in addition to swordfish and yellowtail. Often a valuable benefit of farmers’ markets, the fishermen at the Fishermen’s Farmers Market are able to keep more of the income from their products when selling directly to the public versus using a processor or distributor. The opportunity to hold on to those extra profits once a week can change the economic outlook for fishermen. Beginning with about 40 farmers, fishermen and vendors, White expects the market to grow over time. Attendance has been steadily building, with local chefs, foodies and Point Loma residents in particular coming out. The market is also drawing the interest of the various local ethnic communities, whose culinary cultures value fresh fish. The Fishermen’s Farmers Market takes place year-round, rain or shine. Driscoll Wharf is located at 4930 N. Harbor Drive. For more information, visit Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at


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The Palace Ballroom is up for Best Rock Album at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. (Photo by Tim Fears)

With a SDMA feather in their caps Local up-and-coming musicians rub elbows with the veterans Logan Broyles Downtown News

It’s that time of year again, time for the city’s annual awards show for the best of the best the local music industry has to offer. The 23rd annual San Diego Music Awards (SDMA) will be held at Humphreys by the Bay, located at 2303 Shelter Island Dr. in Point Loma Wednesday, Oct. 9, with all proceeds going to the Guitars for Schools Program. As always, there will be live performances by several of this

year’s nominees. Sara Watkins, Tristan Prettyman, Sara Petite, The Heavy Guilt, The Palace Ballroom, and Blackout Party will all be taking the stage. “I feel very fortunate to have grown up in San Diego, where the music community is so strong,” said Prettyman, a Song of the Year nominee and headliner. “Anytime there is some sort of acknowledgement from the community, I always take it to heart. As an artist, all we want is someone to connect to our work, so winning this award would be an honor.”

The Silent Comedy leads the pack this year with five nominations, including a bid for Artist of the Year, followed by Wavves and The Heavy Guilt with four each. In addition to these three groups, other Artist of the Year nominees include Family Wagon, Gilbert Castellanos, Little Hurricane, Pinback, and The Burning of Rome. “It’s an honor to be acknowledged among a talented and eclectic group of musicians,” said Alfred Howard of The Heavy Guilt. “I’ve been a Pinback and nees are Barbarian, Chess Wars, Gilbert fan forever, and Little HurFlaggs, Soda Pants, Teenage Burricane, Silent Comedy and Family ritos, The Filthy Violets, The MidWagon are all friends. However night Pine, and The Phantoms. it turns out, we’re proud to be “It’s always nice to get official linked with fine artists in a great recognition for being an artist, music town.” most creative types aren’t exactly There were 28 categories this sure why we need to create but we year and the majority of them sacrifice a lot to put something of were open to public voting until meaning out there,” said Tim LowSept. 16. A new category will be man of Low Volts, the one-man Best Live Band, with nominations going to the Burning of Rome, band up for Best Blues Album. Gilbert Castellanos, Little Hur“I’m not the competitive type, ricane, The Creepy Creeps, The but being nominated for an award Styletones, The Silent Comedy, alongside such great musicians Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, and really proves that people are being The Heavy Guilt. moved and long-lasting impres“The most important recognisions are being made,” Lowman tion we got this year is the new said. ‘best live band’ category. That one This year’s lifetime achievehas a lot of meaning to us because ment award will be presented to we put our bodies on the line Daniel Jackson, a staple of the when we play,” Howard said. “We local San Diego jazz scene for over feel like very deserving under60 years. dogs, we play a lot of shows, write For tickets and a full list of constantly and everyone in the the 2013 SDMA nominees, visit: band has chops.” Local pop-funk band Hills Like Elephants is up for Best Rock Contributing writer Logan Album, while nationally acclaimed Broyles is the former managing edistars P.O.D. are up for Album of tor of Pacific San Diego Magazine the Year and Song of the Year for and editor-in-chief of Construction their hit track “Beautiful” which Digital magazine. He likes to write has been making daily rounds on about music and news, and can be all the local radio stations since its reached at release. The SDMAs serve as a wonderful vehicle for the local music industry, allowing the city to recognize its most successful and influential bands while also giving newer arrivals, like The Palace Ballroom or Barbarian, a chance to take their seat at the table among some of the best local artists. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response our music has received over the past year,” said Timothy Joseph of the Palace Ballroom. The local five-piece band is up for Best Rock Album – their first SDMA nomination ever – for their work on “This is the Plan ...” “To be recognized by our peers for our work is an honor, if the academy feels that we deserve an award for our debut record it would give us a sense of validation,” Joseph said. Tristan Prettyman, up for Song of the Year, The Best New Artist nomiis a headliner. (Courtesy Capitol Music Group)


(clockwise from top) Alex Bosworth lectures from his pulpit; Chris Vannoy is considered the “beat poet laureate”; Vannoy with some of his visual art. (Photos by Will Bowen)

San Diego’s “Beat Street” poets to see the good in them and not just what is wrong with them.” Bosworth’s main concern is man’s fall from grace in the natural The Beat Generation of world. He likes to write about how yesteryear – that literary, rough, we all have become alienated and other-side-of-the-tracks movement disenfranchised from our once associated with San Francisco and deep connection with nature. Big Sur, and included the likes of Bosworth grew up in San CarJack Kerouac (“On The Road”), Allos and later studied literature, film len Ginsberg (“Howl”) and William and media in college. The “cultureS. Burroughs (“Nova Express”) less” neighborhood of his childto name a few – is alive and well in hood is the topic of his current San Diego. The movement flourishes in book project, “The Mayonnaise local coffee houses, youth hostels, Jungle.” He’s also published a and art galleries, where once or book of short stories and amusing twice a month, street poets come antedotes called “Chip Chip Chaw.” out of the woodwork to asFor many years Bosworth sume the stage. They rant said he drank a bottle of bourand rave, and point fingers at bon a day. It finally caught up a desensitized society and its to him, and after a nine-month social ills, just as their forbearhospital stay and a liver transers once did. plant, he now takes 22 pills Their gesture is a mix of per day to keep his body from performance prose poetry and rejecting the new liver. storytelling. It’s theatrical, lyri“I am lucky to be alive and cal, satiric, serious, dark, edgy, grateful that I am,” he said. and confrontational. While Vannoy is generally Chris Vannoy, recognized serious and more of a poet, by his squinched-up face, his co-conspirator is quite talkpiercing eyes and trademark ative and funny and more of a black cowboy fedora, is their storyteller. Bosworth almost leader. He’s also the emcee for always has a story going and their readings and their unofwill tell them to whoever will ficial poet laureate. listen, but is known to go off Vannoy’s sidekick is (l-r) Co-conspirator beat poets, Alex Bosworth and on tangents in a hundred difAlex Bosworth, known for ferent directions. Chris Vannoy (Photo by Will Bowen) telling non-stop stories and “I like confabulation,” BosEncinitas. He was even a vocalist at worth said. “Sure I will take you off being blessed with the energy of one time for the band Wormhole. Kerouac’s hyped-up character Jack track but we will end up in some “I have been famous,” Vannoy Cassidy. Together they steward a interesting places! … I love to get said. “But fame is fleeting. I’d be new Beat movement of social and high off laughter. I used to get even better but I started 20 years artistic provocateurs that has put high off booze but since I stopped too late!” San Diego on the poet’s map. drinking it’s laughter that keeps He is also interested in personal me sane.” “It’s a calling,” Vannoy said. “I relationships – the pangs and pains like performance. I like poetry. I Two years ago Bosworth met like being on stage because it frees and joys of love – and had his own his wife Tracy on Facebook. personal muse for a time. The me. I am generally shy but when I “Alex is incredibly brilliant,” go on stage I come alive, like going woman encouraged him to write she said. “He’s on stage 24/7. He is and even saved and compiled the on automatic pilot.” always creating and it’s contagious. poetry he wrote about her over If you spend time with him and you the years. She recently died and Something wounded me will become a better writer.” he said her passing has caused his with a poet’s scar You can hear these two characinspiration to write to dry up, so Like a werewolf’s bite half healed ters and a whole cast of like-mindhe’s been switching to the visual – Chris Vannoy ed others at the following monthly arts more and more. poetry readings: First Sunday of Born in Kansas, Vannoy grew “I am a cross between Shakethe month from 5–7 p.m. at the up in National City and studied speare, Poe, and Carl Sandburg, Youth Hostel located at 521 Market theater and puppetry but later went St., Downtown, and the third and there are a lot of Biblical referinto computer science. Today he ences in my work,” he said. Tuesday of the month 7–8:30 p.m. is an inspector for Solar Turbines But it isn’t all about the art of at Rebecca’s Coffee House, located by day, a beat poet by night. Raised at 3015 Juniper in South Park. performance for Vannoy. He has a in the First Baptist Church, he besocial agenda, too. lieves that everyone is redeemable. “I want people to hear me,” he Will Bowen writes about arts “I try to listen to people,” he said. “I want them to react. I want and culture. You can reach him at said. “I try not to judge them. I try to make people think. There are a

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lot of things wrong with our society that we need to change.” Vannoy’s chief concern is the homeless. He talks about them often in his poetry and even invites them to stay at his home in South Park, because, “We are supposed to help others.” Vannoy has been recognized for his writing efforts, winning a San Diego Book Award for best book of poetry one year and he took second place another year. He has read for Quincy Troupe’s events and won many poetry contests, including a $500 prize for one at the La Paloma Theater in

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The heartbreak of psoriasis By Mark Parikka, National Psoriasis Foundation volunteer Whether or not you’re old enough to remember that television ad – the heartbreak of psoriasis – you may not be aware how truly heartbreaking this disease is to the estimated 7.5 million Americans who suffer from psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, with nearly 77,000 San Diegans and one million Californians in that total. As a volunteer with the National Psoriasis Foundation and a sufferer of the disease, I know all too well what this disease can do to a person. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin and is linked to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, to name a few. Diagnosed six years ago, I have gone through my share of ups and downs, including a weeklong hospital stay in late 2007 due to a severe psoriasis flare. Recovery was slow, but thanks to heavy-duty medication, my disease is under control. I am actively involved with the National Psoriasis Foundation. Most people don’t understand this disease, the toll it takes on you.

It’s not just the physical manifestation on your skin, but what’s going on under the skin, the very deep psychological and emotional tolls you deal with everyday. I’ve been volunteering for five years. I want to find a cure. That’s my main motivation for volunteering with the foundation and the annual San Diego Walk to Cure Psoriasis. I also want to help raise awareness about the disease, to let people know it is not just a skin disease and it is not contagious. Fortunately people are hearing more about psoriasis now that celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Phil Mickelson are discussing their psoriasis publicly. There are pharmaceutical companies now advertising drugs used to help manage the disease and they use celebrity spokespeople. Kardashian has plaque psoriasis on her skin while pro golfer Mickelson has psoriatic arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints that impacts about 30 percent of those who have psoriasis. In late July, the Psoriasis Foundation held its leadership conference at a downtown Chicago hotel. The conference presented forums and workshops where participants could learn more about psoriasis. Among the workshops was an informative presentation from psoriasis researchers on the latest ac-

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer screening can save lives By Angela Reed-Smith October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month — an important time for women to learn more about how to detect breast cancer early and when to get regular checkups and screenings. It is never too early to take charge of your health, and women of all ages should take steps to know their risks for breast cancer and get screened as appropriate. Planned Parenthood provides breast cancer education and screening to hundreds of thousands of women across the United States, and we recommend that all women take a few simple steps for early detection. First, find out if you’re at risk for breast cancer. Talk to your family. You may be at risk if your mother, sister, or grandmother had breast or ovarian cancer, and you should tell your health care provider about your family history. No matter how old you are or what your family history is, make healthy choices that can reduce your risk of breast cancer. Maintain a healthy weight, and make exercise a part of your life. Breastfeed if you can. Limit alcohol and don’t smoke. We encourage women of all ages to practice breast self-awareness, which means knowing what your breasts normally look and feel like. Talk to a health care provider as soon as possible if you notice any changes. Finally, women should get regular checkups and screenings as appropriate for their age and family history. Planned Parenthood and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend a clinical breast exam as part of a well-woman visit every one to

complishments toward finding a cure, a panel discussion on the opportunities and barriers for those with psoriasis and an advocacy and networking forum. There also was a chance to walk through the exhibit hall and visit with pharmaceutical company representatives and vendors who were present at the conference. And, at a volunteer luncheon, the volunteers were thanked for their many contributions to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Awareness is the key to understanding our disease, and that’s why August’s National Psoriasis Awareness Month was so important. I look forward to the day that a cure is found and no awareness month is needed. I urge everyone to join the seventh annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis on Oct. 12 in Old Town San Diego. There was also an informative workshop being held where individuals can learn more about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This annual, no-cost event – More than Skin Deep – was Sept. 7 in San Diego. Sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation, it includes presentations by local dermatologists and rheumatologists. —More information about San Diego events is available at or on Facebook at Walk to Cure Psoriasis SD.v

three years for women ages 20 to 39, and every year for women 40 and over. If a woman has a family history of breast cancer or other medical conditions, her clinician may recommend more frequent screening. Planned Parenthood and ACOG recommend that most women get yearly mammograms starting at age 40. This year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more women than ever will begin to have access to preventive care and checkups that can help them take control of their breast health. Millions of women are now eligible to enroll in new, more affordable health insurance plans, and will have access to preventive care, including breast exams, without a co-pay. Twenty-seven million currently insured women have already benefited from access to fully covered women’s preventive services, including breast exams and mammograms thanks to health care reform. When the law goes into full effect, 47 million women will benefit from this provision. The new law also means that health insurance plans will no longer be able to deny anyone coverage based on pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. This will help women who have overcome breast cancer continue medical care for a more healthy future without fear of losing insurance coverage or going bankrupt. Early detection is critically important, and the work that Planned Parenthood health center doctors and nurses do helps to identify potential cancers early — when it’s most treatable. Every year, Planned Parenthood health centers provide 640,000 clinical breast exams at health centers across the country, helping women take charge of their health and get the care they need. Angela Reed-Smith is the Senior Vice President of Patient Services at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, which has 19 health centers in the region. For more information visit or call 1-888-743-7526.v

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11 Critical Home Inspection Traps to be Aware of Weeks Before Listing Your Downtown Home for Sale this Fall

The best of the best were crowned at the 2013 Chef Showdown, a fundraiser for Center for Community Solutions (CCS) at Liberty Station in Point Loma on Sept. 26. Chefs and sommeliers from around the county “threw down” to compete for this year’s coveted “iron chef-style” award while raising approximately $150,000 for CCS. This year’s winning team; (l-r) Chef Scotty Wagner (Chi Cuisine), Chef Laurie Sauer (Georges), and Sommelier and Mixologist Jeff Josenhans (Grant Grill). Not pictured is Amy Diabase, executive chef at Paradise Point. (Photo by Katie Wooley)

DowntownBriefs “OUR DOWNTOWN” VISION TO BE UNVEILED OCT. 10 After six months and the input of nearly 6,000 residents of San Diego, the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) is about to unveil “Our Downtown” Vision on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Alonzo Awards, presented at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 W. Harbor Dr. Since early spring and with the vision submitted by the San Diego Foundation in 2012 as a guide, the DSDP engaged each Downtown neighborhood as well as the greater San Diego community at large, seeking input and ideas for what Downtown needs to become over the next 20 years. They have since compiled that information, presented it again to the neighborhoods for feedback, and are now ready to finalize it. “Our Downtown” Vision will be available on the DSDP’s website at the same time it is presented at the awards ceremony. For more information, visit JIMBO’S …NATURALLY TO OPEN AT HORTON PLAZA A new Jimbo’s …Naturally food store will hold its grand opening in Westfield’s Horton Plaza at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 16. The store will be the fifth location for the full service natural food chain, and the first of its kind Downtown. It will also be the first LEED certified grocery store in San Diego. The 28,000 squarefoot store will be located on Horton Plaza’s second floor at the Nordstrom side of the mall, with 85 preferred parking spots specifically reserved for shoppers on Level 4 of the G Street garage. The store’s theme honors the neighborhood it is becoming a part of. “I opened my original store in North Park in 1984 and sold it in 1997,” said Jim “Jimbo” Someck, founder and owner of Jimbo’s … Naturally in a press release. “Since then, I have always wanted to return to that area or Downtown. So it is with great excitement and anticipation that we will open our doors to Downtown San Diego on October 16th. Our entire Jimbo’s team is raring to go and service Downtown’s residents and businesses with the highest quality organic foods.” Someck said the location is partnering with Connections Housing, a homeless service and residential community located at 1250 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Jimbo’s …Naturally will be donating 5 percent of all sales received from all locations on its Oct. 19, as well as all sales from Oct 16-18 to Connections Housing. The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting and several speakers, including Someck, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Councilmember Lori Zapf, among other dignitaries. For more information, visit ‘SNOOPY PLATE’ BILL WILL HELP MUSEUMS A bill that Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins authored to help fund state museums has been sent to the governor for signature. AB 482 “The Snoopy Plate Bill” would not only improve the cost effectiveness of the California Cultural and Historical

According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That’s why it’s critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most

cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and know- ing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help homesellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled “11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800-474-3292 and enter 1303. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home.


Endowment (CCHE) by moving it under the Natural Resources Agency, it would also allow creation of a California automobile license plate bearing an image of the Snoopy character from the “Peanuts” strip created by local icon Charles Schulz. Schulz’s widow recently offered the rights to Snoopy’s likeness to raise money for museums, and funds raised would be allocated through a grant process available to all museums. The Snoopy plate would cost $50 with an additional $48 fee for personalization through the DMV. The governor has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto the bill and if passed, the DMV will require 7,500 prepaid requests before starting production. More than 9,200 Californians have already pledged to buy the plate, according to the California Association of Museums.

CITY COUNCIL PURSUES PLASTIC-BAG BAN The City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee discussed a citywide ban on plastic bags at the committee’s regular meeting, held Sept. 11. Chaired by Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, the committee helped craft a “plastic bag reduction ordinance” to reduce plastic carryout bags at supermarkets and large retail outlets, a press release from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said. In 2013, Senate Bill 405, proposing a similar ban for the entire state, failed by three votes. Currently, Solana Beach, Calif. is the only San Diego County city that enforces a plastic-bag ban. “In [Fiscal Year 2013], the Environmental Services Department spent approximately $160,000 on the abatement of plastic bag litter, including controlling wind-blown plastic bags at the Miramar Landfill and abating plastic bags in rights of way and on city property throughout the city,” the committee report states. Gloria will seek further input from the city’s Environmental Services Department and the City Attorney’s office before the ordinance is presented to the full council. “A plastic bag reduction ordinance simply makes sense,” Gloria said in the release. “Our neighborhoods, our beaches, our waterways, our landfills and our overall environment will benefit from fewer plastic bags.” Lightner’s committee will see a progress report at its Oct. 23 meeting.

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HORTON PLAZA REVERSES END TO VALIDATED PARKING Westfield’s Horton Plaza Downtown recently unveiled a new parking policy, which rolled back the change announced in February that eliminated three hours of free parking with self-validation for visitors to the Downtown area. The new rules required a $10 purchase at any of the mall’s stores to get a three-hour validation. Effective Sept. 16, the rule was reversed and drivers wishing to park in the multilevel garage at Fourth Avenue and F Street or from the G Street side will again get three free hours of parking, with no purchase required. Self-validation is still required through the use of one of six machines located throughout the property. “Reverting to the previous process for validation is only one of the

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The William Heath Davis House, located at 410 Island Ave., houses the Gaslamp Museum (Photo by Dave Fidlin)

Bringing history alive Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation shares Downtown’s storied past Dave Fidlin Downtown News

Tucked away in the heart of Downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter district, the William Heath Davis house could be easily overlooked; but the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, formed more than three decades ago, makes sure it keeps the home and its storied history in the spotlight. Through its Gaslamp Museum, situated within the Davis home at 410 Island Ave., the foundation provides an unabashed glimpse into the Gaslamp Quarter’s rise, fall, and rise, through a period

of time that spans more than a century and a half. “We’re very committed to the historical integrity of this area,” said Bob Marinaccio, executive director of the foundation and museum. “Our goal is to supply the history that brought us to this point.” Supplying that history means not airbrushing certain realities from the past. While the early decades of what today is the Gaslamp Quarter were a positive for the greater San Diego area, a large chunk of the district’s history was a sad reflection of an area in decline.


BRIEFS recent changes Westfield has made in an effort to continuously improve customer service,” Westfield representatives said in a recent press release. Other improvements listed in the press release were upgraded escalators and improved signage inside the center and parking structure. The current validation rules are in place seven days per week, from the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The United Artists movie theater will continue their four hour validation. For more info, visit

CONTINUING EDUCATION TO GET A NEW CAMPUS NEAR DOWNTOWN On Sept. 25, San Diego Continuing Education broke ground for the future home of the Cesar E. Chavez Campus, located at 1901 Main St. in Barrio Logan. The site was once home to the iconic Chuey’s Restaurant and the student lounge of the new campus will pay homage to the former longstanding business. The 67,924 square foot facility will house the Campus of Excellence of Allied Health Career Training, with 22 classrooms for English as a Second Language (ESL), vocational training, Adult Basic Education, General Education Diploma (GED) preparation classes, Business Information Technology, parent education and emeritus programs for students over the age of 55. It will also have a multi-purpose room and administrative offices, as well as a Small Business Incubator space. Underground parking will also be provided. The design of the $50 million project is expected to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and United States Green Building Council (USGBC) certifications and sustainable features include an energy-efficient design exceeding state standards, low-flow and waterless plumbing features, storm water capture and filter devices, and runoffs for storm drain systems. Propositions S and N, which provided construction bonds in the amount of $1.56 billion, allowed for construction of more state of the art teaching facilities, the press release stated. Lead architect is native San Diegan Joe Martinez of Martinez + Cutri. The new building will also house pictures, artifacts and other historical information about Cezar Chavez and the labor movement.v

The Davis home was built in 1850, a decade after the Hawaiian native came to Southern California to start a shipping business. He found the San Diego Bay an attractive area at a time when few others did, because it was barren and desert-like, and lacking any naturally wooded areas. Davis used his shipping prowess to have pre-fabricated homes shipped in from Portland, Maine, and had eight or 10 built, all similar to the one still located on Island Avenue. While he had visions of creating a city in the San Diego Bay area, those plans were squelched when his entire fortune went up in flames in a fire. Alonzo Horton, a far more recognizable name in San Diego and the Downtown area, eventually picked up where Davis left off, creating what became known as New Town by the bay. Horton’s impact was so pronounced that he is frequently known as the father of San Diego. But the success of New Town was short-lived. When the nation’s economy fell into a depression in the 1890s, people and shopkeepers began deserting the burgeoning area. “It became one big brothel,” Marinaccio said. “There were porn shops and other types of establishments all around.” But the seedy image of today’s Gaslamp Quarter was lifted by the 1970s as city officials worked in earnest to redevelop the area. Marinaccio said the efforts brought renewed vigor to an area with deep roots. “It was a huge success. It was a long time coming,” Marinaccio said as he reflected on the efforts. “Block after block was redevel-

San Diego Downtown News | October 2013 oped, and today Gaslamp is known as the center of town. We’ve got a flourishing community.” Marinaccio said enthusiasm spiked as workers removed layers of building materials and stripped structures down to their original architecture. The foundation itself was formed in 1982 as an off-shoot of what had been known as the Gaslamp Association – an organization comprised of historians and business owners. A sister organization, known today as the Gaslamp Quarter Association, promotes the many virtues of the district. The centerpiece of the foundation’s efforts is the Gaslamp Museum, which is open throughout the year. Each room has been furnished to represent some aspect of the Davis home’s history. While the dwelling long served as a residence, it was also a county hospital for a brief period of time, a fact depicted in one of the rooms. The foundation has more recently been known to host a series of annual events, including the upcoming children’s-themed Fall Back Historic Street Faire, designed to mimic some of the ambience of New Town. “We set it up so it looks like 1890,” Marinaccio said. “There are people wearing Victorian outfits, and the kids are treated to carnival rides. There is also a saloon that offers ice cream sundaes.” Fittingly, Fall Back – in its 13th year – is held on the day clocks change for Daylight Savings Time, and this year that day is Nov. 3. The free event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Fifth and Island avenues. “It’s become our signature


piece [and has] become a very important event to us because it gives kids an idea of what life was like. Learning about history can be fun.” Although the foundation and museum subsist solely on donations, the Fall Back festival is not a fundraiser. Its primary fundraising event is the annual shamROCK festival held in the heart of the Gaslamp. “There are between 6,000 and 7,000 people who attend this each year, and we have the party of all parties on St. Patty’s Day,” Marinaccio said. Much like the revitalization of Gaslamp Quarter itself, Marinaccio credits the success of the foundation and museum to strong partnerships with a number of organizations, including the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego Historical Society. And while the foundation has a small staff, Marinaccio said it is a largely a volunteer-driven effort. “These are people who are very hands-on and dedicated,” Marinaccio said of the volunteers. “They’re very interested in making sure this area continues to flourish.” For more information about the Gaslamp Historical Foundation and Museum or its events, visit or call 619-233-4692. 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.



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EAST VILLAGE 701 A St. Sheraton Suites 12th Floor 1110 A St. Brick Hotel Wyndham 750 B St. Symphony Towers 1012 C St. YMCA 820 E St. San Diego Library 900 F St. F St. Apartments 901 F St. Enterprise 1249 F St. Newschool Architecture 113 W G St. Postal Annex 301 W G St. City Walk 660 G St. Comfort Inn Gaslamp 675 W G St. Brickyard Coffee & Tea 100 W Harbor Dr. Harbor Club 330 J St. Pacific Terrace 350 K St. Crown Bay 401 K St. Hilton Gaslamp 412 K St. Cine Café

Alexander Salazar Fine Art 640 Broadway DT Family Health Center 1145 Broadway Studio 15 1475 Imperial Ave. Island Inn 202 Island Ave. Horton Grand Hotel 311 Island Ave. The Cheese Shop 311 Island Ave. Grand Pacific 437 Island Ave. City Mark Realty 1190 Island Ave. San Diego Pet Supply 1490 Island Ave. Ryan Bros Coffee 1894 Main St. Lions Club 310 Market St. KC Barbeque 610 Market St. Valentine’s Mexican 844 Market St. Strata Condo 969 Market St. Blue Street Rack 1542 Market St. Dieter’s 1633 Market St. The Mark 800 The Mark Lane Starbucks Coffee 1 Park Blvd. Petco Park 100 Park Blvd. City Dog 555 Park Blvd. Embassy Hotel 3645 Park Blvd. Heat Kitchen 3797 Park Blvd. Park Center 4009 Park Blvd. LOFT 777 777 6th Ave. Submarina 1071 6th Ave. 7th Near B CafT 601 7th Ave. Diamond Terrace 427 9th Ave. Hotel Indigo 509 9th Ave. Vantage Pointe 1281 9th Ave. Comerica Bank 305 10th Ave. Tilted Kilt 310 10th Ave. Icon Towers 319 10th Ave. FIT Athletic Club 350 10th Ave. Travelodge 1345 10th Ave. City College Admin. 1313 W 12th Ave. City College Bookstore 1313 W 12th Ave. Albertson’s 655 14th St. Potiker Senior Residence 525 14th St. East Village Coffee 1065 14th St. S.D. Furnishings & Acc. 1065 14th St. General Auto 367 15th St. UnD1sputed 320 16th St. City Apartments 845 16th St. City View Apartments 840 17th St.

LITTLE ITALY SDG&E Building 101 Ash St. Best Western 555 W Ash St. La Vida 300 W Beech St. Aqua Vista 425 Beech St. Prescott Company 555 W Beech St. Porta d’Italia 1970 Columbia St. IL Palazzo 2040 Columbia St. La Pensione Lobby 606 W Date St. Doubletree Hotel 1646 Front St. Harbor View Hotel 550 W Grape St. California Rent-A-Car 824 W Grape St. West Coast Rent-A-Car 834 W Grape St. The Big Kitchen 3003 Grape St. Bottle House 3012 Grape St. Solar Turbines 1100 Hawthorn St. Portico 1435 India St. Village Walk 1501 India St. Dancing Dog 1501 India St. Villa Maria 1528 India St. Porto Seina 1601 India St. Solunto 1643 India St. Princess Pub & Grill 1665 India St. Multipocket Metal St. Rack 1665 India St. Café Italia 1704 India St. Anthony Napoli RE 1740 India St. Laura Lhotsky RE Group 2034 India St. French Garden Shop 2307 India St. US Bank 1420 Kettner Blvd. AVIS Car Rental 1670 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1750 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1780 Kettner Blvd. Fox Car Rental 2727 Kettner Blvd. David Zapf Gallery 2400 Kettner Blvd. Art Store 1790 India St. Architechual Salvage 2401 Kettner Blvd. Express Rent-A-Car 2559 Kettner Blvd. Breeza 1431 Pacific Hwy.

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This year’s “game changer” burger series at Burger Lounge began Tuesday, Oct. 1 with grass-fed bison patties ser ved with bleu cheese, pickled onions and garlic aioli. The seasonal lineup changes ever y two months, continuing with wild boar burgers offered throughout December and Januar y, followed by grass-fed elk burgers appearing on the menu during the months of Februar y and March. The locally-based company has seven locations in San Diego, including one in the Gaslamp District at 528 Fifth Ave., and another in Little Italy at 1608 India St.

GASLAMP/ HORTON PLAZA Westin Hotel 9210 Broadway C SBC Office Bldg 101 W Broadway Ass. Technical College 225 W Broadway Long’s Drug & Plaza 475 Broadway Information Cart 475 Broadway Macy’s 475 Broadway United Artists Theatres 475 Broadway San Diego Court House 220 W Broadway Hall of Justice 330 W Broadway Wyndham Emerald Plaza 400 W Broadway YMCA 500 W Broadway UPS Store 501 W Broadway Kids on Broadway 475 W Broadway San Diego Repertory Theatre 1 Horton Plaza Horton News Stand 1 Horton Plaza Market St. Square Apts 606 3rd Ave. Trilogy Property Management 315 4th Ave. World Market 372 4th Ave. Emergence Room 400 4th Ave. Pioneer (Next to Trilogy) 410 4th Ave. William Heath Davis House 410 4th Ave. Hennessey’s Tavern 714 4th Ave. Golden West Hotel 720 4th Ave. Horton 4th Ave. 808 4th Ave. Rei Do Gado 939 4th Ave. Willis Allen Real Estate 360 5th Ave. The Wine Bank 363 5th Ave. Blarney Stone Pub 502 5th Ave. Neuman and Neuman 516 5th Ave. Gaslamp Quarter 614 5th Ave. The Tipsy Crow 770 5th Ave. Maloney’s 777 5th Ave. Louis Bank Lobby 835 5th Ave. Tin Fish 170 6th Ave. Tivoli Bar 505 6th Ave. Union Bank Bldg 530 6th Ave. Ace Hardware 675 6th Ave. Meridian Condos 755 Union St. Marina Park Condos 750 State St. Columbia Towers 904 State St. The Keating Hotel 432 F St. Ralph’s Downtown 101 G St.

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The bison burger at Burger Lounge (Courtesy Burger Lounge) Local breweries and food trucks will converge at Silo in the East Village from 3 to 7 p.m., Oct. 19, for “Craft Beer + Bites” to benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild. The event is hosted by San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies for its craft brewing program. Admission is $35, which includes five sixounce beer pours paired with five sample dishes from the food trucks. Food plates after wards are $3 apiece. The suds will be dispensed by AleSmith, On-the-Tracks and BNS Brewing and Distillation Company. 753 15th St., 619-702-5655. Bao buns, oolong-marinated fish and dim sum are among the comforting Chinese dishes coming to Downtown’s Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District when Lucky Liu’s opens in November. The venture is being launched by Alex Thao, who also owns the nearby Thai restaurant, RAMA. The upcoming menu is inspired by Thao’s grandmother, who years ago cooked meals for employees upstairs from a Downtown photography studio she ran. 332 J St.

The much-anticipated art exhibition, Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food, opens at noon Oct. 13 in The New Children’s Museum. Visitors of all ages can whet their appetites on three floors of food-inspired installations that include an orange grove, kid-sized food trucks and a large bulbous-food jumpy. All of the artworks, many of them interactive, will focus on food as it pertains to health, environment, agriculture and sourcing. The event is free and runs through September of 2014. 200 W. Island Ave., 619-997-3918.

An early 1900s house in the East Village is currently under expansion to make way for the Half Door Brewing Company, slated to open within the next three months. Launched by Donegal Times Inc., the brewpub will spotlight Irish stouts and lagers, along with a bevy of other craft beers and American cuisine. 903 Island Ave. Chef Aron Schwartz of Marina Kitchen has launched a series of intimate, wine dinners that cater to 12 customers from 6 to 9 p.m. ever y Saturday. Guests begin with freshly sliced charcuterie, followed by five courses comprising sustainable proteins and locally sourced organics. Marina’s Advanced Sommelier Josh Orr will oversee the wine pairings with selections from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list. The cost is $80 per person. In addition, Schwartz has added a couple of new smoked-meat dishes to his regular dinner menu such as brisket with peach barbecue sauce and New York strip with roasted steak fries. 333 W. Harbor Drive, 619-699-8222. Those who insist that Italian food isn’t as good outside of New York City and San Francisco are all wrong. With an ever-growing number of noteworthy pasta kitchens in San Diego, there is Davanti Enoteca, which recently made the list for “America’s 20 best Italian restaurants” by the well-respected culinary blog, The Little Italy restaurant, owned by Chicago restaurateur Scott Harris, shares the honors with places like Mario Batali’s Babbo in New York’s Greenwich Village and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. A panel of national food judges cited Davanti for its rustic ambiance, in-house wine shop and dishes such as the “fiendishly delicious” truffled egg toast. 1655 India St., 619-237-9606. Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at

Simon Dolinky, the newest chef at W San Diego, is teaming up with Don Julio for a four-course tequila dinner at 7 p.m., Oct. 25. The event will be held at the hotel’s groundfloor restaurant, Kelvin, which under went remodeling as part of a $5 million renovation to the property last year. Dolinky, lauded for his global kitchen experience, arrived to Kelvin in August after working at Saltbox. The cost is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 421 West B St., 619-398-3082.

Truffle egg toast (Courtesy of Davanti Enoteca)


Flat bread with house-made mozzarella; (below) Bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese. (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


Little Italy 1660 India St. • 619-398-8383

Dinner prices: Appetizers and salads, $5.75 to $17; entrees, $16 to $25.50


here is something about dining above street level that instills such an air of exclusivity to a meal that even a simple burger can taste golden. All the better if the food shines brightly no matter where it’s consumed. Such was the case at Prepkitchen Little Italy, where quaint views of bustling India Street extend all the way to the restroom sinks and nearly everything we ate smacked of homemade excellence. Situated a floor above Yogurtland, a stylish staircase leads into a modernly designed dining room and bar lounge that are separated by old wooden banisters. In the main room, parota wood panels resembling bacon slices hover artistically above the tables. Potted herbs are placed elegantly along the windowsills, while at night the warm glow of an eyelevel streetlight casts an accidental romantic flair into the space. Little Italy marks the third location for Prepkitchen, a sequel to Whisknladle in La Jolla that continues the tradition of house-cured meats along with clean and simple cooking. Since first launching Prepkitchens in La Jolla and Del Mar, founders Arturo Kassel and his chef Ryan Johnston have taken on additional partners for what has become a wildly successful operation rooted squarely in, dare I say, the farm-totable concept. Though ubiquitous, these guys were slightly ahead of the wave when opening Whisknladle in 2008. The menu leans heavily toward European-inspired dishes, encompassing a little of Spain, France and Italy. The latter is evident in a Tuscan-style white bean and arugula salad, which I regretted having to share with my companion. The interplay of fresh arugula, warm beans and wide shavings of Parmesan Reggiano, all dressed in a thickened red wine and Dijon vinaigrette, was downright appetite inducing. After strolling hungrily past several hardcore Italian restaurants to get here, we were happy that the flatbread of the day involved red sauce made with vivid San Marzano tomatoes and house-made mozzarella. The crust was lusciously thin and the spicy salami on top added traditional spark. Switching gears into something sweeter, we proceeded to plump, piping-hot dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with ultra-creamy blue cheese. “These taste almost like dessert,” said my companion as we ignored their heaviness until the bowl was empty. I’d venture to guess it’s the most filling appetizer on the menu outside of the “cutting board” of house-cured meats and artisan cheeses, which ap-

peared substantial when making a flyby past our table. Our waitress paced the courses perfectly, allowing us a breather to further savor berry-forward Sangria made with zinfandel and brandy, and a spin-off of a Hemingway Daiquiri that replaces the customary grapefruit juice with tarragon water. The rum, lime juice and maraschino liqueur remain, resulting in a bewitching drink that isn’t plagued by excessive sweetness. My companion chose Niman Ranch pork porterhouse for his entrée, which didn’t take either of us long to figure out that the meat was brined, given its splendid juiciness. The cut combines the chop and the tenderloin and offers a precious jus that the kitchen enhances with rosemary. Creamed corn, revealing summer freshness and peach salsa were served alongside. When learning that the kitchen makes its own radiatori pasta, which are shaped like little radiators and usually found only in dried form, I couldn’t resist. Here, the pasta is tossed with sweet Baja shrimp, local tomatoes and Fresno chilies that I could taste but couldn’t see. Breadcrumbs toasted in olive oil are sprinkled on top while a puddle of zippy basil pesto remains hidden at the bottom of the bowl until you start pitching your fork around. At this point, my craving for Italian food that evening was joyfully and unexpectedly fulfilled. The only dish we didn’t care for was a pair of whoopie pies for dessert, due to the cloying and abundant butter cream bursting out from between the encasing chocolate cakes. I’d rather the traditional marshmallow filling than this deluxe version. Conversely, the plum upside down cake with ginger gelato ranked among one of the best confections I’ve had in a while. Magic occurred on the tongue when the ginger’s sharpness fused with the caramelized fruit and the buttery cake. Prepkitchen Little Italy also serves weekday lunch, weekend brunch and a late-night bar menu. Its popularity and big windows make it easy to find without using an address. Just look for a cluster of heads and shoulders perched comfortably above the heart of India Street. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC, Pacific San Diego Magazine, San Diego Downtown News, San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego, and Living in Style Magazine. You can reach him at

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Earnestly Yours Stoppard riffs Wilde in Murray’s ‘tasty’ repertory Charlene Baldridge Theater Review

Cygnet Theatre in Old Town is at it again: Artistic Director Sean Murray stages two productions simultaneously – Oscar Wilde’s 1895 “The Importance of Being Earnest” and its companion riff, Tom Stoppard’s 1974 “Travesties.” The two works play in rotating repertor y through Oct. 27. Playgoers may take the Wilde all in fun, exercising as little mind as they will; the Stoppard, however, is another matter. His play requires mental muscle. Both are chaotic. The Wilde play is about two young men in love with frivolous young women who insist that in order to love them, their names must be “Ernest.” The Stoppard play creates an earnest, yet surreal world from elements of Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and dollops of social and political history. Having attended the opening performances of both plays Sept. 28 and having been present at Murray’s original pairing of the two interconnected scripts at North Coast Repertory in 2002, this writer recommends a thorough knowledge of the Wilde play before viewing Stoppard’s send-up. Even then, Stoppard so relishes his own cleverness, it is a challenging intellectual exercise to keep up with “Travesties” – the kind of tasty theatrical nut that dyed-in-thewool theatergoers relish. Some may return to see it again in order to get it more fully, something that may not be possible. (Stoppard’s easier but still rigorous and densely connected “Hamlet” send-up, “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” was seen at The Old Globe this season.)

Both “Earnest” and “Travesties” are sublimely cast, directed and produced – absolutely gorgeous to look at, hear and savor. Only one actor does not appear in both plays. Their production in repertory is another of Cygnet’s exceptional treats and reason to cherish the theater company’s existence even more. Murray and his partner, Bill Schmidt, founded the theater in 2002. Jordan Miller, who has numerous musical theater credits, may be remembered by Cygnet fans as Volodya in the 2009 remounting of “Bed and Sofa.” He may be admired for his musical performances, most recently as Sasha in Lamb’s Player’s “Fiddler on the Roof”; however, his Cygnet portrayals of Algernon Moncrief in “Earnest” and Henr y Carr, the aged and undependable narrator in “Travesties,” prove him an actor of extraordinar y talents beyond anything heretofore experienced. Carr’s befuddled memories of Zurich in 1917 give the playwright license to move forward and back in time and to employ different styles and rhythms throughout the play. Director Murray terms the work “a three-ring circus of ideas, jokes, literary and historical references. Its scope ranges from James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ to the rise of the Soviet Union, to the explosion of modern art by the Dada movement.” The plot defies synopsis. Maggie Carney (Miss Prism in “Earnest”) portrays Nadya, the wife of Vladimir Lenin (Manny Fernandes, the two ser vants in “Earnest”). David Cochran Heath (Rev. Chasuble in “Earnest) plays Bennett, Carr’s manser vant; Brian Mackey (Jack Worthing in “Earnest”) plays Tristan

(l to r) Rachael VanWormer, David Cochran Heath, and Jacque Wilke in “Travesties”; Brian Mackey and Linda Libby in “Earnest” (Photo by Ken Jacques) Tzara, a founding member of the Dada movement; and Jacque Wilke and Rachael VanWormer play Gwendolen and Cecily in both plays. Linda Libby portrays Lady Bracknell (Aunt Augusta) in “Earnest,” and in his welcome Cygnet debut Patrick McBride plays “Ulysses” author James Augustine Aloysius Joyce in “Travesties.” Joyce is a visual delight – just one of the show’s delicious treats. Murray’s direction of both plays is meticulous without being fussy, and physical in many subtle ways. The design work transmutes easily from “The Importance of Being Earnest” to “Travesties.” Sean Fanning designs the sets; Shirley Pierson, the luscious costumes; Peter Herman, the to-die-for wigs; Chris Rynne, lighting; and Kevin Anthenill, sound. Properties designer Angelica Ynfante works overtime on teapots, teacups, topiaries, and lumps of sugar.

Seeing these productions together is a sweet treat in itself. There are several opportunities to see both in one day with dinner in between. “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Travesties” alternate in repertory at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town San Diego, or 619-337-1525. 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 v

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There are only a few stores in San Diego that capture the true essence of what this fine city has to offer, with its wonderfully eclectic culture and unique blend of interior design. A true design jewel that is waiting to be discovered is a showroom in Little Italy called AT HOM Store Design Staging. The store has a wonderful blend of contemporary lines with post-modern accents, sprinkled with eclectic transitional pieces, which are exclusive to the area. AT HOM takes great pride in bringing San Diego home furnishings that will enhance any home. If furnishing your home is overwhelming then ask for some design assistance from one of the highly qualified interior designers on staff. They are able to design your home by creating floor plans and layouts of furniture and color selections that will suit your design needs, at no additional cost to you. AT HOM is an all-inclusive showroom that can assist with everything needed to complete your dream home.

Landini’s Pizzeria | 1827 India St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-3502 |

Landini’s Pizzeria takes pride in being the first and only pizzeria serving “New York style pizza by the slice” in San Diego’s historic Little Italy neighborhood. Since opening in 2009, our vision has been to serve a delicious, affordable meal with the highest standard of quality and service to our customers. Our motto, “It’s more than just pizza,” embraces the fact we not only serve up one of the best thin crust pies, but offer some of the most authentic Italian pastas, paninis and homemade tiramisu in all of San Diego. In fact, our tiramisu is a family recipe all the way from Florence. In addition to our menu offerings, we serve a diverse selection of craft beers and wine for you to enjoy with your meal. On Wednesdays, be sure to check out our newest Happy Hour special, showcasing half-off bottles of wine all day! Every first Tuesday of the month is “Doggies on the Deck!” where canines get free treats on our back patio and their humans can enjoy drink specials while supporting San Diego›s local dog rescues. We are happy to offer catering off-site, as well as on our back patio, where you can enjoy birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. 


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DID YOU KNOW?! San Diego’s Little Italy has: • 2,118 Parcels • 1,775 Property Owners • 1,748 Condos • 1,113 Apartment Units • 476 Business Licenses • 1,092 Hotel Rooms • 166 Motel Rooms • 27 B&B Rooms


Sunday, Oct. 13 |10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Highlights include: - Italian food served al fresco throughout the neighborhood, reflecting a wide variety of specialties; - Music on three stages featuring both the familiar and the new; - Cooking demonstrations and contests; - Gesso Italiano (Italian chalk) art painting done before your eyes; - Chalk art for kids; - Kid’s Fun Zone with inflatables, face painting, balloon art; - Italian Motor Sports exhibit, featuring cars and motorbikes; - Stickball exhibition game; - Bocce Ball tournament and more!

TRICK OR TREAT ON INDIA STREET Friday, Oct. 25 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This year the Little Italy Association is proud to bring Trick-or-Treat on India Street back for its seventh year. Parents – be sure to stop by the Piazza Basilone, on the corner of India and W. Fir streets, for a list of participating businesses. The trick-or-treat maps will be available at 5:30 p.m.


Every Saturday | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Little Italy Mercato, located at W. Date & India streets is the city market for Downtown San Diego residents and visitors with more than 150 booths lining W. Date Street from the cul-de-sac at Kettner Blvd. to Front Street, offering farm fresh produce, artisan foods and specialty items.

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FRIDAY – OCT 4 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 donation. Call 619-294-7461. Marina walkabout: DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. Meet at Fourth Ave. & Market St. at 10 a.m. San Diego Civic Dance Arts: SDCDA is hosting “Free Night Out” designed to increase awareness and introduce the public to the dance arts. 8 p.m. Casa del Prado Theatre, 1800 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit Space 4 Art: Preview of Adjacent Possible II, a fundraiser for the non-profit supporting San Diego’s emerging art scene. Special performances, silent auction, wine tasting, etc. Tickets $75. For more info visit SATURDAY – OCT 5 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Trolley Dances: 15th annual Trolley Dances aboard MTS line, celebrating revitalization of Downtown, East Village and Barrio Logan. Start 1950 Main St. Tours every 45 min 9 a.m. – 12 noon, and 12:30 p.m. Tickets $35, $25, $15., valid for any tour. For more info or tickets, visit Art Above San Diego: Inaugural event showcasing San Diego artists & art galleries presented at the 6,000 sq. ft rooftop of Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St. in Little Italy. 6 – 10 p.m. Free. Visit SUNDAY – OCT 6 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Ave. between Island

Ave. and J St. – FREE Trolley Dances: 15th annual Trolley Dances aboard MTS line, celebrating revitalization of Downtown, East Village and Barrio Logan. Start 1950 Main St. Tours every 45 min 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Tickets $35, $25, $15, valid for any tour. Visit SD Library Fall Concert Series: Ann Moss, Soprano and the Hausmann Quartet “Currents” CD release concert in new auditorium. Affordable parking avail beneath library. 2:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Call 619-236-5800 or visit

MONDAY – OCT 7 Senior Monday at The Fleet: Lecture on Deep Sea Challenge espedition, 10:30 a.m. followed by IMAX film “Deep Sea” at 12 noon. $8 Seniors, $17 adults. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit or call 619-238-1233. Mayoral candidate speaker series: Meet Nathan Fletcher. Five questions, walk, bike, move, connect. 6-7:30 p.m. Mission Brewery, 1441 L St., East Village. RSVP talk@bikesd. org. TUESDAY – OCT 8 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Law Library Series: Presentation – “Immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes.” 12 noon – 1 p.m. Free. To signup, visit Film – Rear Window: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m.

Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Mayoral candidate speaker series: Meet David Alvarez. Five questions, walk, bike, move, connect. 6-7:30 p.m. Mission Brewery, 1441 L St., East Village. RSVP

“Mussel Memory” from Art Above San Diego (Courtesy Lauren Siry) WEDNESDAY – OCT 9 Meditation Workshop: Presented by The Meditation Initiative, free weekly hour-long meditation workshops to assist with mental and emotional health. 6:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. THURSDAY – OCT 10 Italian Film Festival: VERDIthon – “Rigoletto” and “La Traviata” operas in film format. $5 donation. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegoitalianfilmfestival. com. NT LIVE! Othello: National Theatre Live of Shakespeare’s “Othello” captured live and rebroadcast from National Theatre of Great Britain. 7 p.m. Tickets $20. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Visit Film – Frenzy: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp.

FRIDAY – OCT 11 East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. The Amish Project: Fictional one-woman play by Jessica Dickey inspired by 2006 Nickel Mines shooting in Amish Schoolhouse. Presented by Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company at The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. Visit or call 619-3427395. 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 – OCT 12 Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Art Glass Guild: Annual Fall Show Sat & Sun, featuring blown, fused, torch worked, stained glass, cast, etched and mosaic, all for sale. Free, live music, children & pet friendly. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park. Visit or call 619-702-8006. Live Music – Teagan Taylor Trio: Original, standards & contemporary jazz-pop. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – OCT 13 NT LIVE! Othello: National Theatre Live of Shakespeare’s “Othello” captured live and rebroadcast from National Theatre of Great Britain. 7 p.m. Tickets $20. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Feast: The Art of Playing with your Food – Grand opening of exhibition with 13 artists and six projects exploring food through “playful, multi-sensory, immersive experiences.” 12 noon – 6 p.m. Free to public. San Diego Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., Downtown. Call 619-233-8796 or visit thinkplaycreate. org/feast.

Million Dollar “Golden Hill Penthouse” Nestled in Golden Hill with abounding views from the Coronado Bridge to Balboa Park, is this one-of-a-kind three-bedroom, threeand-a-half bathroom penthouse level property. With “old meets new” finishes, this unique residence offers the space of a home within the exclusive 29-unit Axos community. Offering 2,724 square feet of living space and three private terraces approximating 1,000 square feet, you’ll delight in entertaining in this open floor plan. A chef’s kitchen features sleek, white-lacquered cabinetry, quartz countertops with a marble back-splash, Jenn-Air stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook. Gleaming hardwood floors with unique inlays blend seamlessly with modern concrete floors and tray ceilings, giving this urban home richness and warmth. The master retreat will prove to be your own urban sanctuary, complete with jetted soaking tub, dual vanities and a large walk-in closet with built-in organizer. With so much attention to detail, you will want to make this masterpiece property your own. For further information, call Nicole Nevin Broker/Owner Aperture Real Estate Services 619-316-1997 /

MONDAY – OCT 14 Film – North By Northwest: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. TUESDAY – OCT 15 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. Visit Film – The Man Who Knew Too Much: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp.

A glass turtle with fall colors. (Courtesy Art Glass Guild)

WEDNESDAY – OCT 16 Open Mic Poetry: Steve McDonald presents his new book, “House of Mirrors.” Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE THURSDAY – OCT 17 Film – North by Northwest: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. FRIDAY – OCT 18 Upper East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – OCT 19 Scavenger Hunt: Urban challenge throughout Gaslamp and East Village with Where You Want to Be Tours. 3-6 p.m. Visit or call 619-917-6037. Live Music – Sounds of Brasil: Bossa Nova, Pagode and Brasilian. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE SUNDAY – OCT 20 IMAX in Spanish: Flight of the Butterflies presented in Spanish. Admission includes film and exhibit galleries for all ages. 4 p.m. Reuben

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CALENDAR H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit Concert Series: Every Sunday, Dixie Jazz Katz, 1 – 3 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. – FREE

MONDAY – OCT 21 Film – Vertigo: Part of Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. TUESDAY – OCT 22 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. Visit Film – Shadow of a Doubt: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. WEDNESDAY – OCT 23 Just Like My Child: 7th annual dinner for the Just Like My Child Foundation, fundraiser to further their goal of educating 10,000 women in rural Uganda. Performance by Kids Helping Kids, awards, and cocktails and four-course meal prepared by Chef Mario Cassineri. Tickets $125. BiCE Ristorante, 425 Island Ave., Downtown. Visit THURSDAY – OCT 24 Film – Vertigo: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. FRIDAY – OCT 25 Cortez walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – OCT 26 Run to Fight Children’s Cancer: Inaugural 5K run/walk / one-mile family run & quarter-mile Cancer Survivor’s Walk to raise money for The Ronan Thompson Foundation. 8:30 a.m. NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma. Visit

Scavenger Hunt: Urban challenge throughout Gaslamp and East Village with Where You Want to Be Tours. 3-6 p.m. Visit or call 619-917-6037. Live Music – The Rollers: Beatles tribute. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE Film – The Birds: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp.

SUNDAY – OCT 27 Italian Film Festival: “Foreign at Home” documentary program with three foreign films with directors present. $5 donation. 1 – 5 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit Young Children’s Read Aloud: Every last Sunday of the month an hour of fun read aloud stories for children. 1 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE MONDAY – OCT 28 Film – Psycho: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. TUESDAY – OCT 29 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. Visit visit/Tuesdays. WEDNESDAY – OCT 30 Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. 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. Visit THURSDAY – OCT 31 Film – Psycho: Part of “Hitchcocktober” – movies by the master of suspense. $7 at 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at


Hitchcocktober – Classic movies from the master of suspense on the big screen. Films and dates vary, check calendar on this page. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Ave. Haunted Hotel | Mon-Thu 7-11 p.m. / Fri-Sat 6 p.m.-1 a.m. – $15 & $17 gets you through a maze of fear-induced fun. 424 Market St., Gaslamp Quarter. Haunted Trail | Sun-Thu 7 – 11 p.m. / Fri-Sat 7 – 11:30 p.m. – $15 & $17 for San Diego’s only all-outdoor haunted event. Costumes welcome. Marston Point at Balboa Park, Balboa Drive at Juniper Street. Hauntedhotelcom.

OCT 25 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Urban trick-or-treating – Come in costume and go door-to-door through residential and business areas of Little Italy. A fun evening for all Downtown residents and their children. Sponsored by the Little Italy Association. Maps at Piazza Basilone, located at India and Fir streets.

8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Halloween Ghost Ship – Take a haunted cruise around San Diego Bay. Live DJ, cash bar. $30. Hornblower Cruises, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.

2-11 p.m. | Gaslamp Pub Crawl – Costumes, drink specials, shots, crawl map, after party. $10 or buy 3-day pass. 21+. Starts at Taste and Thirst, 715 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp.

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OCT 26 1-5 p.m. | Seaport Halloween Bash – Celebrate fall with your children and enjoy costume contests, scavenger hunts, face painting, games, and more. Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive at Pacific Highway, Downtown.

5:30 p.m. | Zombie Walk – Free, all-age event. Meet at Children’s Park, MLK Promenade between Front and First streets. Facebook/ SDZombieWalk

5 p.m.-2 a.m. | Zombie Pub Crawl – $60. Zombie your way through 19 different nightclubs and enjoy 10 drinks with ticket. Begins at Frauds & Swindlers, 835 Fifth Ave.,

6 p.m.-12 Midnight | Monster Bash – $35 advance, $40 at door. 21+. Sixth Ave. & Market St. to Eighth Ave., between Island Ave. and J St., Gaslamp Quarter & East Village. Music stages, costume contests, drink specials and a ride home is included

9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Titanic Masquerade Party – Party with 500 ghosts from the Titanic, while cruising around San Diego Bay on a yacht. Costumes required, and masks strongly encouraged. Three decks, four DJs. $30, $55 couples, also group rates. 21+. Inspiration Yacht, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.

2-11 p.m. | Gaslamp Pub Crawl – Costumes, drink specials, shots, crawl map,


after party. $10. 21+. Starts at Taste and Thirst, 715 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp.

9 p.m. | Hard Rock The Dead – Legends Ballroom, dance in five venues, 15 DJs. $60. 21+. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp.

9 p.m. | Haunted W San Diego – Costume party with two venues, DJs, glow toys, drink specials. $40 and group rates. 21+. W San Diego Hotel, 421 W. B St., Downtown.

OCT 31 9 p.m. | Hard Rock Halloween Night – Legends Ballroom, dance in two venues, eight DJs. $30 presale/$40 door. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp.

5-10:30 p.m. | Gaslamp Pub Crawl – Costumes, drink specials, shots, crawl map, after party. $10. 21+. Starts at Taste and Thirst, 715 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp.

8-p.m. | Halloween Goes Hollywood Cruise – Take a haunted cruise around San Diego Bay. Live DJ, cash bar. $30. 21+. Hornblower Cruises, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.


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Chargers float their own proposal to get the team Downtown Manny Lopez Downtown News

In their latest attempt at scoring a new football stadium, the San Diego Chargers have put a fresh spin on an old plan and are placing the fate of their newest proposal in the hands of the California Coastal Commission. On Oct. 10, the state regulatory agency, which has the final say on waterfront development, is scheduled to consider a $520 million expansion to the 1.1 million square-foot San Diego Convention Center and construction of an additional 500-room tower to the existing Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The proposed expansion recently received a negative recommendation from Coastal Commission staff, who said it would impact views of the bay and coastal recreation through the loss of already limited waterfront and open space. The Chargers had previously sent a letter urging the Coastal Commission to reject the current expansion proposal and consider their competing plan based around a multi-use stadium, which they say could save millions if combined with the Convention Center expansion. At a price tag of $1.2 billion, the Chargers project incorporates convention space into a Super Bowl quality stadium with a retractable fabric roof that would be erected outside of the coastal zone, therefore not subject to Coastal Commission approval, but parallel to Petco Park and still in close proximity to the Convention Center. Supporters and team officials said that the Chargers plan would give San Diego the ability to host the biggest sporting events in the world from the Super Bowl, World Cup, NCAA Final Four and major conventions that cannot be booked currently, due to space limitations. “We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of support, but none of it has come from the hoteliers, members of the city council who voted for the Convention Center expansion or the Port District,” said Mark Fabiani, special counsel to Chargers President Dean Spanos. “What we hope is that an outside authority and the Coastal Commission will take a fresh look at this and make a decision that there is a better way to do this project.” Fabiani said that construction on the proposed 15-acre site, bounded by Tailgate Park on the west and the Metropolitan Transit System bus yards on the east, would be financed with increased hotel room taxes, proceeds from the sale of Qualcomm Stadium and the Valley View Casino Center, a $200 million loan with favorable terms from the National Football League, another $200 million from the Chargers, bond sales, advertising and naming rights. “While we appreciate the Chargers effort to build a new stadium, we will continue our current efforts to secure the California Coastal Commissions support and work with all San Diegans to ensure the successful expansion of the San Diego Convention Center,”

can operate in absolute harmony. said Carol Wallace, CEO of the Mass pointed out that the Convention Center in a statement difference between the current issued on Sept. 6. Chargers proposal and the one On Sept 16, Interim Mayor put forth in 2011 is the inclusion Todd Gloria met with the Charof Colony Capital LLC, a privatelygers to discuss their proposal. held, independent global real “I had a very positive meeting with Mark Fabiani,” Gloria said via estate firm, as a potential investor email. “As interim mayor, I’m com- and partner. Colony brings their balance mitted to making sure the City sheet and experience in some gets all the necessary approvals of the great and large landmark for the current plan to expand the projects around the world, Maas San Diego Convention Center, a said. vital project that will create 7,000 “Equally, they bring the ability permanent new jobs and have to access capital markets inexan annual economic impact of pensively in ways that very few $700 million. I can’t overstate the players in the real estate industry importance of getting this project can achieve,” Maas said. across the finish line, given all the “The idea that this project years of hard work. is forging ahead full speed is “At the same time, we recogobviously one that its proponents nize the enormous value of the want to create,” Fabiani said. Chargers to San Diego and I ex“The reality is that it’s another pressed my commitment to worktypical project that can be talked ing with the team in its efforts to about and people can pretend get a new stadium,” he said. “We that it’s going to be built, but they are a big enough city that we can never do.” do both projects.” More information on the San Fabiani said that if the coastal Diego Convention Center can be commission invalidates the found at For Convention Center expansion more information on the San Diplan or if the court invalidates the ego Chargers, visit hotelier-approved room tax that A more direct link will be provided is supposed to pay for the expansion, the Chargers plan is the only in the online version of this article. alternative that remains and has A native New Yorker, Manny any real money in it. Lopez is a freelance journalist A surcharge of between one and photographer who started his and three percent of room rates, writing career in La Jolla. He now based on proximity to the convencovers San Diego and Southwesttion center, is pending litigation Riverside counties penning news, and challenging the legality of features and business profiles. the convention center expansion Manny can be reached at lopezfinancing plan. A superior court judge upheld the tax in March setting up what could be a long drawn out battle in appeals court. Opponents contend that the room fee, expected to raise about $30 million a year, should have been put to a public vote. The surcharge is on top of the 10.5 percent room tax already paid by guests and a two-percent tax devoted to promoting tourism in San Diego. Fred Maas, former chairman of the Centre City Development Corporation and point man on Mayor Sanders’ citizen’s task force on the Convention Center expansion, said that Chargers special he unequivocally supcounsel, Mark Fabiani ports both projects (Courtesy Mark Fabiani) and believes they

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It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin Paint your own Picasso When local resident Angela Manning’s friend asked if she wanted to join her for an evening of wine and painting, she quickly turned her down. “I’m one of those people who can only draw stick figures so there was no way I was going to embarrass myself,” Manning said. But that all changed once Angela decided to give in and try it. Now, she’s hooked. If you haven’t heard, these Painting and Vino classes are the latest craze across the nation and San Diego is no exception. “The Painting and Vino instructors have really mastered breaking each painting down step-by-step so that you truly do not need any experience or skill to master what you are being taught,” said Jill Mesaros, owner of 98 Bottles at 2400 Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy. This fun neighborhood bar has been offering the Painting and Vino classes since spring of 2012 and since then, the event has exploded in popularity. “It’s extremely well received,” Mesaros added. “People love it and many return again and again.” While some people may feel intimidated at first, the instructors are good at getting students to relax and unwind. “We want this to be a positive, feel good experience so we take it slow,” said Caitlin Henry, the creative services director at Painting and Vino. “The classes are designed so that anyone can do it.” Henry said the San Diego-based company has been offering the classes around San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles for about a year and a half. Henry, who is also an artist,


pointed out that the classes can be therapeutic, especially after a long, stressful day. “Being able to create something and experience it with perhaps a group of friends while sipping wine is a wonderful way to destress after a tough day.” So who typically is attracted to these events? “We see it all from couples to girlfriend and family outings. It’s extremely social. It’s basically anyone who wants to have fun and try something different and creative,” Henry said. Jennifer Totah is the assistant manager at Jake’s on 6th Wine Bar, at 3755 Sixth Ave., in Hillcrest. The popular wine bar teamed up with Painting and Vino back in March of 2012 and offers the classes several times a month. The classes are always a hit, Totah said, and they fill up fast. As a matter of fact, she’s taken part in the class three times and loved every minute of it. “I’ve painted flower fields, night skies, waves, even attempted a Picasa,” she said. As for Angela Manning, she can’t get enough. “I’ll never be Van Gogh but I’m having fun and that’s all that matters,” she said. That’s the spirit! For more information on Painting and Vino, visit and pick San Diego for a complete list of local venues and class schedules. The classes run $45 per person and include all art supplies. They vary in size depending upon the venue, but can be anywhere from 28 to 55 students. We want to hear from you – Have you ever noticed those large touring bicycles that are pedal-powered entirely by its riders and steered by a driver? Find one of these fun vehicles that have at least 12 people on board and take a creative photo with two to five people doing a freeze frame dance pose. The most creative picture will win two tickets to the San Diego Zoo plus two tickets to a Saturday public Scavenger Hunt and our Discover Coronado Biking Adventure. Email us your photos at tours@ Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit



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FILMFESTIVAL New York before emancipation and sold to slave owners in the South for over a decade, when his true identify was finally revealed and he was set free. After the film, producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner along with screenwriter John Ridley took questions from Festival Host and Honorary Jury President Jeffrey Lyons and the audience. In response to one viewer who asked why films like this still need to be made, Ridley, who called himself a “black man in 2013” said the film and its topic of slavery was “part of our history” and “important,” adding that he wants his own children to be informed. Immediately following was an after party at Bang Bang, a new restaurant and lounge located on Market Street Downtown. “That’s the thing about film that I find so impactful,” said Mantooth. “It really spans … illness … life change … catastrophic situation, it sort of allows you to touch on all of those things … that is the power of film.” One of the many films in the 2013 lineup that addresses lifechanging experiences is “Brave Miss World,” a film by Cecilia Peck, the daughter of legendar y film star and San Diego native, Gregor y Peck. “Brave Miss World” tells the true stor y of Israeli beauty queen Linor Arbargil, who was kidnapped, stabbed and raped just months prior to being crowned Miss World in 1998. She is now a voice for others. The film screens Sunday, Oct. 6 and Peck will be present for a question-and-answer period after wards. There are even a few films of direct relevance to San Diego this year. One is “Fading West,” a documentary about local band Switchfoot, which chronicles the band’s transformation from freewheeling surfers and friends to band mates and then family men. “Fading West” screens Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Reading Cinema. Another film with San Diego ties is “Breaking Through,” about openly LGBT elected officials across the country and the impact that being out through that political process has had on their lives. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis are both profiled in the featurelength documentary and will be present for the screening. Other notables are “August: Osage County” based on a play of the same name and has an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts screens Friday, Oct. 4 at ArcLight Cinemas; “Running from Crazy,” a documentary exploring the personal journey of actor Mariel Hemingway screens Sunday, Oct. 6 in La Jolla and Hemingway will receive a Humanitarian Award from the San Diego Film Festival the night before during a presentation at the Joan Kroc Peace & Justic Institute at University of San Diego; and the West Coast premiere of “The German Doctor,” a foreign film about Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, showing Friday, Oct. 4 at ArcLight Cinemas. The San Diego Film Festival runs through Oct. 6. VIP, Festival and Day passes are available, as well as tickets for individual films and special events. For tickets and more information visit, sdfilmfest.comv


Children and their families are invited to come trick-or-treat again this year. (Courtesy Little Italy Association)

Trick-or-treating comes to Little Italy Alex Owens Downtown News

Halloween is coming a few days early in Little Italy – and that’s no trick. On Oct. 25, the Little Italy Association (LIA) is hosting “Trick or Treat on India Street,” an event designed for the kids who live in the neighborhood, including those who live in East Village, Cortez Hill and other nearby areas. It’s the lucky 13th year of the event, which is designed to ensure that Downtown’s rugrats all get a chance to nab candy from their neighbors and participating businesses. But the event holds greater meaning than just an excuse to dress up and get a sugar high, according to Chris Gomez, district manager of the LIA. “Our intent is make a fun event for families who choose to live in urban neighborhoods like Little Italy,” Gomez said. “You can live in a condo and still raise kids.” Despite the perception that Little Italy, the Gaslamp and East Village are populated by single professionals or empty-nesting oldsters, Gomez said that more and more people are choosing to raise their kids in the city center, as opposed to moving to more residential areas when the kids are old enough to go to school. “About 15 to 20 percent of people in Little Italy have kids, but the demographic is diverse,” Gomez said. As neighborhood redevelopment continues, he expects the number of kids in the area to increase. “The family component is key to Little Italy,” he said. “We have Washington Elementary there and a play area attached. When the Embarcadero Park is built, that will increase the attractiveness to families.” Historically, Little Italy has always had more kids than other areas of Downtown, Gomez said. “We really are more of a

neighborhood than an entertainment area,” he said. “We still have single family dwellings and all the new developments have to have some moderate and lowincome housing.” Events like Trick or Treat on India Street are meant to enhance the neighborhood feeling to the area. The trick-or-treating will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the local businesses and storefronts. Participants can get a map of the places handing out at candy at Piazza Basilone on India and Fir streets. Not only will the kids be dressed up, but so will the adults at the businesses and homes that are participating.

“I have a skeleton T-shirt I’ll be wearing,” Gomez said, adding that Reese’s are his favorite candies. Gomez stressed that anyone who wants to trick-or-treat is welcome – even people from out of the area. They are also welcome to stay in Little Italy for treats afterwards. “We made the hours early for parents who might have small children, but also for families that might want to get a meal down here later,” Gomez said. For more information, visit under “events.” Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v

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(l-r) Michael L. Kirby, David J. Noonan and James R. Lance. (Courtesy Kirby Noonan Lance LLP)

Three Downtown lawyers among America’s “best” - The annual “Best Lawyers in America” recently announced that three Downtown attorneys would be identified in their 2014 list. Michael L. Kirby, David J. Noonan and James R. Lance, all from Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, LLP, were voted on by their peers for inclusion. Lawyers included on the prestigious list are divided into geographic region and practice areas. Both Kirby and Noonan were selected for “Betthe-Company Litigation,” which honors attorneys who engage in complex, high-stakes cases that could put the company at risk. Additionally, Kirby, Noonan and Lance were all selected as “best” under “Commercial Litigation.” Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, located in the Downtown’s Diamond View Tower, was founded in 1976 and specializes in a variety of law, including real estate, intellectual property, among others, and they also handle mediation and arbitration. 350 Tenth Ave., East Village. Visit Downtown resident Joyce Glazer to be honored - The 41st National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon, presented by The Jewish Community Foundation San Diego, is scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, located at Park Blvd. Downtown resident Joyce Glazer will be recognized, along with seven other individual and business honorees for 2013. Glazer will receive “Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer” for her work with the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, among others, and recognized for raising millions of dollars for the “Outstanding” Joyce Glazer organizations. Glazer was nominated (Courtesy Scatena Daniels by the American Cancer Society. Other Communications) honorees include Geoff C. Graham, as “Outstanding Development Professional,” for his adherence to the highest of ethical standards” and his work with the Scripps Research Institute. Susan E. Atkins will be recognized as “Outstanding Organizational Volunteer” for her work with the Victory Fund and the San Diego Library Foundation. Mission Federal Credit Union and The California Endowment will also be honored. Kleinfelder moves corporate headquarters Downtown - Kleinfelder, a 50-year old global architecture, engineering and science consulting firm, recently finalized plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Kearny Mesa to the central business district of Downtown San Diego. The firm, which employs nearly 2,000, signed a long-term lease for 43,000 square-feet of space in the 550 Corporate Center Building, located at 550 West C Street. “We are an energized, growing firm, and wanted to relocate to an area that matched our drive,” said Bill Siegel, president and CEO of Kleinelder. “Although we looked at other exciting areas, each with positive attributes, we believe we made the best choice for our company.” The firm will make the move in March of 2014. “Being Downtown, we will be within walking distance to many of our energy, facilities, government, and transportation clients,” Siegel said. “This will allow us to deepen our established relationships while providing streamlined, faster service. For our people and our clients, Downtown offers a sense of collaboration that is vital to our business.” v

(above) A Shakespeare exhibit greets literature lovers; (top right) A personalized brick near the Library’s entrance; (bottom right) Sun peaking through the Library’s dome (Photos by Morgan M. Hurley)


LIBRARY become actively literate, contributing members of society. We need you – and we need this library.” San Diego Public Library Foundation chair Mel Katz and Foundation members Katie Sullivan, Judith Harris and Jim Dawe were honored for the role they played in making the dream a reality. “We represent so many people who have worked, talked and dreamed about a central library for the people of San Diego for more than 30 years,” Katz said. “This truly is a public-private partnership … Thirty-eight percent of the dollars are here because of 3,000 San Diegans … For all of San Diego, this is your building.” Katz also credited Qualcomm co-founder and philanthropist Irwin Jacobs for his multi-million dollar contributions to the new library, which is now “100 percent paid for,” something that will allow it to operate at the same cost as the previous facility, though double its size. While introducing Jacobs, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria also introduced the full name of the new facility, “The San Diego Central Library @ Joan ^ Irwin Jacobs Common.” “When you see the name spelled out it merges the old with the new,” Gloria said, adding the name is apropos since common means “a communal gathering place.” The nearly 80-year-old Jacobs, who grew up in the Boston area, recalled one of his fondest memories as “my mother taking me on the trolley to the central library and allowing me to take out a stack of books.” Jacobs admitted to looking through the new first floor children’s library to see if he still “recognized any of the

books,” and said the real payoff for the facility will be “seeing it well used.” The library has something else no similar facility has – career development assistance – thanks to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center in Room 555. Made possible through a $400,000 donation, the career center will provide counseling services, resource materials, computer and resume assistance, and training workshops to help San Diegans meet

said its dome recently won a structural engineering award and that in 30 years the building “won’t be out of date, but beginning to achieve the dignity of a patina.” The new library replaces the former facility at 820 E. St., which was built 57 years ago to serve about 15,000 patrons when the city’s population was less than 500,000. Today, the city’s population is 1.25 million and more than 480,000 people use the central library alone.

Rows of Government documents previously housed in the basement of the previous facility, now have their own floor. (Photos by Morgan M. Hurley) the needs of regional employers. Additional tailored resources and specialized veteran services will also be available. The building’s design reflects the input of hundreds of people who participated in a yearlong series of public workshops. Based on this input, the jointventure team of Rob Wellington Quigley FAIA and Tucker Sadler Architects collaborated on the structure, which offers flexible spaces with diverse and accessible public amenities, including bay-view terraces, roof gardens and a public reading room under the landmark lattice dome. Characterizing the design as “uniquely San Diegan,” Quigley

Gloria, who emceed the dedication event, characterized the library as “not only a community unifier but a great equalizer.” He implored citizens to enjoy the new library’s art work in its galleries, its state-of-the-art theater and the incredible views of the city viewable from the reading room at the top of the building. “You’re going to love it,” Gloria said. Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State. He has worked for numerous publications and enjoys freelancing in his spare time. He can be reached at v







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Trevor Hoffman takes the field … again Padres enhance the ex-star pitcher’s role

The Botanical Building in Balboa Park is one of the most photographed. (Photo by Linda Hite)

Trevor Hoffman shown monitoring workouts during Spring Training for the Padres. (Photo Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres) Johnny McDonald Downtown News

The booming sound of those Hell’s Bells bonging in Petco Park may have faded away but not so for the pitcher who caused that commotion when he walked from the bullpen to the pitching mound to register another save. The Padres value Trevor Hoffman’s presence in the organization and recently boosted his responsibilities to the role of “Upper Level Pitching Coordinator and Special Assistant to the General Manager.” General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement of Hoffman’s elevation as the team makes plans to improve its program in monitoring pitchers in the minors and majors. “Trevor will be a key part of finishing the development of our younger pitchers,” Byrnes said. “His expertise, passion and communication skills will undoubtedly impact this critical area for us.” In his career, the seven-time AllStar finished in the top 10 for Cy Young voting and the top 25 for Most Valuable Player voting on four occasions. He compiled 601 saves in 18 seasons. During a press conference call on Sept. 12, Hoffman said he felt he could be a conduit as a communicator, in helping the pitching staffs at all levels. “My work load has gone up, but this

is an area I’m passionate about. This is a great opportunity and it was important for me to take it. I’ve always been comfortable on the field,” he said. Since retiring from the playing field in January of 2011, Hoffman has served the last three seasons in the ball club’s front office, as special assistant to the president and chief executive officer. “I’ve always felt comfortable, particularly in spring training, standing around talking to the guys, picking their brains … and vice versa,” Hoffman told the media, adding that he would need to learn the position, particularly the coordinating aspect. He was asked what he expects to take from the job he has held for the past three years into the new job. “I learned the importance of dialog and the importance of being on the same page,” he said. “We have great people in the minor leagues.” “This is a great thing for us,” said Padres Manager Bud Black of Hoffman’s addition to the team’s coaching and development staff. “It’s great for the minor league and major league pitchers. On the mental side of the game, Trevor can add great insight. “I’m pumped that Trevor wants to do this. All around, there are a lot of positives. It’s going to get the competitive juices flowing.” Byrnes said Hoffman was “the first person we called” when


the decision was made to add another high-level pitching coach, much the same way they added a second hitting coach last year. While on the roster, Hoffman went through various pitching incarnations in San Diego. He once threw in the mid-90s (m.p.h.) but hurt his shoulder in 1994 and learned to do more with less by using the change-up. The change-up puts less strain on the arm than a split or hard slider. A message he might bestow to others. Hoffman has been involved in the local community since first joining the Padres in 1993. He has worked extensively with the National Kidney Foundation and Rady Children’s Hospital, while also donating his time and resources to numerous community and military outreach programs and the youth Traveling Baseball League. In 2011, the Padres retired Hoffman’s No. 51, an honor bestowed upon only four other former Padres: Steve Garvey, Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones and Dave Winfield. After an award winning, 38year 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 v

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald

Hall’s activity, but further attention comes as president of San Diego’s Sports Commission. “This is an exciting challenge for me,” McDowell said. “I obviously bleed Balboa Park, and I have a deep admiration for the Hall of Champions, its founder Bob Brietbard and the role the Hall plays in advancing the many positive ideals of sports throughout our community. “Wearing two hats is a symbolic relationship whether we exhibit or bring sports events into town,” he said. “Cultivating events or representing them ... they’ll be interchangeable for me. Admissions and attendance are something to be addressed with promotional programs for amateur athletics, colleges and high schools.” He agreed that attendance has been lagging, but the Hall picks up the revenue slack with catered luncheons and banquets. A small restaurant is near the entrance and portions of the building have been subleased. Each February, a “Salute to the Champions” donor banquet is held at the Town and Country Hotel. It’s an important fundraiser that serves as an encouragement for major memberships and sponsors.

Nursing the botanticals One of the world’s largest, metal-lathed structures – built for the 1915 Exposition – continues to house some of nature’s most attractive and unusual plant life. Within the walls of the Botanical Building are more than 2,100 interesting and diverse plants that share the comfort of San Diego’s even temperature. Fascinating collections include cicadas, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms. “It was the dream of Alfred G. Robinson during the exposition to show people the sort of plants we can grow in San Diego because of our mild climate,” said building superintendent Ansen Caires. Operated by the City with occasional presentations by Friends of Balboa Park and the San Diego Foundation, this special home makes several transitions during the year and all the work is done by the City gardeners. Plants begin their cycles in the city’s Balboa Park nursery off of Pershing Drive. Some will eventually be planted elsewhere. Florals inside the building rotate. “We do move them in and (Photo by Linda Hite) out, some weekly, according to This has also hit the Sports season, like the tropical plants,” Commission in its efforts to atsaid Caires, whose office is tract major sports events in the located in the nursery. “When not area. Previously, it helped bring in bloom, they go back into the such events, as air races over San nursery.” Diego Bay, America’s Cup series He said they would have a yacht races, international rugby huge display of poinsettias in and World Baseball. December and will feature lilies in “What’s going for us are the late March or early April and good niche markets. So, we’re looking array of orchids. “Because that’s at surfing, skateboarding, martial a big draw,” Caires said. “Every arts and gymnastics,” McDowell week we bring in new plants. said. “They can be lucrative for Two full-time gardeners work in the city and not necessarily as the building and are available to challenging to put on.” answer questions.” It’s free to the public on Friday After an award winning, 38through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. year sports-writing career with the to 4 p.m. (but closed Thursdays San Diego Union and authoring and holidays). three books, Johnny McDonald Juggling a pair of jobs now considers writing a hobby. He Like most museum leaders, enjoys covering aspects of the port Hall of Champions CEO Mike McDowell faces multiple challenges to district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a keep pace and remain competitive. In his case, he doubles the amount, historical bent. You can reach him because not only does he direct the at v


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GoFit: Diet Killers!

Fitness Scott Markey This month I want to address two of the biggest diet killers out there. These are two ingredients that will sneak up on you and rob you of some – if not all – of the progress you have made on your diet and workouts: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and trans fats. These are two things you may not know you are taking in too much of and should not be. HFCS is a man-made sweetener that’s cheaper and sweeter than sugar. Food manufacturers love it because it enhances their profits, so they add it into an unbelievable amount of foods. We are talking about a processed sweetener that didn’t even exist in the food chain until the 1970s. And HFCS is really,

really, bad for you! That is because although it is packed with calories, your body doesn’t recognize them. In fact, HFCS shuts off your body’s natural appetite control switches, so you can eat and eat and eat, far beyond what your body would normally be able to handle. The problem with HFCS is not so much the corn syrup – it’s the fructose – a sugar that occurs naturally in fruit and honey. Corn syrup is primarily made up of glucose, which can be burned as an immediate energy, stored in your liver or muscles for later use, or as a last resort, turned to fat. But corn syrup isn’t as sweet as other sugars, which is why HFCS became so popular. It’s cheap and doubly sweet. Unlike glucose, your body doesn’t use fructose as an immediate source of energy it metabolizes it into fat. Now getting back to what we know about carbohydrates. When you eat any carbohydrate – whether it contains glucose or starch – your body releases insulin to regulate your body weight. First, it tries to push the carbs into your muscle cells to be used as energy and facilitates carb storage in the liver for later use. Then it suppresses your appetite, telling your body that you’ve had enough. Now there are many foods and drinks loaded with HFCS, but too many to list here. Just check your labels on what you

might eat and drink. You can also email me and I will send you a quick chart of foods and drinks that are high in HFCS or fructose, and what you should be eating instead. Trans fats are equally bad for you. They are simply vegetable oil infused with hydrogen. Trans fats are difficult to digest, so they increase the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood and can dramatically boost your risk of heart disease, weaken your immune system, and even cause diabetes. Since trans fats do not exist in nature, your body has a much harder time processing it than it does other types of fats. In the end, trans fats increase your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol. So the next time you go shopping for your food, try to eliminate or reduce both the HFCS and the trans fats in the items you choose. Not just for fitness, but for your overall health. You will feel better, have better workouts, lower your blood pressure, have less chance of adultonset (Type 2) diabetes, and as I mentioned above, you will help lower your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol. I want to thank everyone for all the emails and interest in my health and fitness columns. I love that I have helped so many of you and will continue to provide the most informative information that I can. “Stay Healthy.” Email: v

5 tips for rising interest rates more than 84 percent – one of the most rapid increases on record. During this time period, some bond mutual funds with longer durations experienced losses in the double digits. Although you will be forced to accept a lower yield, consider utilizing shorter duration bond funds to help protect principal in a rising rate environment.


Taylor Schulte “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin The Federal Reserve Board has announced it won’t be ending its bond-buying program just yet, and although they’ll attempt to keep interest rates low, it can’t last forever. In anticipation of higher rates, we think now is a great time for investors to be proactive about their portfolio. Here are five tips to help you prepare: 1) Avoid long-term bond mutual funds. Since May, the 10-year Treasury has soared

2) Don’t chase yield. My father once told me, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” While it’s true some investments will pay you a higher than average yield, don’t think these come without added risk. Like long-term bonds, high yielding investments can be extra sensitive to interest rate moves. For example, the iShares High Dividend ETF (HDV) returned a negative 2.25 percent in May when interest rates spiked. In contrast, the S&P 500 returned a positive 2.34 percent during the same time period. 3) Hold individual bonds to maturity. The general rule of thumb is an increase in interest rates will cause bond prices to fall. While this inverse relationship does exist, holding individual bonds to maturity will combat this problem. For that reason, you might consider working with a professional to build a portfolio of laddered, individual bonds rather than owning mutual funds. 4) Diversify. We prefer stocks to bonds. But if you are a conservative investor with an allocation to bonds, it is more important than ever to be properly diversified. One tip is to consider an unconstrained, “go anywhere” bond fund for a piece of your allocation. These funds give the manager broad flexibility and have historically helped to reduce interest rate risk in a portfolio. 5) Consider dividendpaying stocks. With interest rates trending upwards, income-oriented investors have become war y of bonds due to their sensitivity to interest rates. For investors looking for income that can tolerate some volatility, dividend-paying stocks might be a solution. Rather than buying the highest yielding securities, we prefer companies that have a long histor y of paying dividends and increasing them. Coca-Cola Co. and Johnson & Johnson have increased their dividends for 51 consecutive years, providing a stable income source for investors. We have not seen interest rates this low since the 1940s. With nowhere for rates to go but up, we believe it’s important to be proactive and plan ahead. For a free “Horizon Report,” providing an analysis of how a rise in rates will affect your fixed income holdings, please contact my office. Taylor Schulte is a CFP® 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. v



Oct. 26 promises to be a bloody good time in the Gaslamp Quarter, with three kinds of killer parties happening. First up is the “San Diego Zombie Walk,” a free, all-ages event where the city’s undead will shamble along city streets in the early evening hours. Participants are asked to meet at the Children’s Park at 5:30 p.m. and this year’s theme is “Undead Heroes.” Since its inception in June of 2007, the Zombie Walks – which happen a few times during the year in various locations – have attracted hundreds of zombies to the Gaslamp Quarter Downtown. Zombies of drinking age may want to stay alive after the Walk for slightly more lubricating Halloween experiences: the “San Diego Zombie Crawl” and the “Monster Bash.” The Zombie Crawl gives alcohol-craving undead the opportunity to use their bra-aains to figure their way through a maze leading to 19 different nightclubs where they can kill whatever brain cells they have left. Meanwhile, from 6 p.m. until midnight, the annual “Monster Bash” will take place outside from the area around Sixth Ave. and Market, to Eighth Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street. It will combine three stages, 10 bars, and 50 “toxic dancers” into one giant block party. In the past, the Monster Bash and the Zombie Crawl were included together – sort of like the Thing With Two Heads – but this year, the previously conjoined events have

been surgically separated, according to organizer Sin Bosier. “This year, we decided to branch out and allow people to do one or the other,” she said. Choosing just one could get scary. Monster Bash organizers promise to turn the East Village into, as the website breathlessly puts it, “a world of lust, depravity and madness … where rules can be broken and immorality is welcomed.” Zombie Crawlers, on the other hand, will be admitted into the Gaslamp’s hottest nightclubs without paying cover charges and get 10 welcome shots at the clubs of their choice. In addition, participants will get an official “zombie-hunting permit” and a special map that will walk the zombies through the Gaslamp, with special escape routes along the way. The Crawl, which costs $60 per undead, starts with the “Resurrection Opening Party” at Frauds & Swindlers at 820 Fifth Ave., and ends – for those who survive – with an “Underworld Closing Celebration” at the Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse at 432 F. St. Advance tickets for Monster Bash – which include a free ride home – are $30 until Oct. 14, $35 from Oct. 15-26, and $40 on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. Bosier estimates 1,000 people will participate in the Zombie Crawl, while Monster Bash could see up to 10,000. Both events are 21 and up only. Bosier is especially proud of the plans for this year’s Zombie Crawl. “I enjoy planning the route, and where it opens and closes,” she said. “It will be a progressive experience that locals or visitors

will appreciate. We’ve worked hard to make it drunk-friendly and idiot proof.” That said, zombies are known for being brainless, so the website has offered tips for undead peeps to get the most out of their Walking Dead experience. Some of the advice includes these (lit (literal) no-brainers: • Zombies shuffle and lurch slowly. • Zombies don’t have or use cell phones. • Zombies don’t talk or scream or shriek or howl -- they moan or grunt. • Zombies move in a slow, halted manner and don’t run, skip or cartwheel. Bosier is still picking out her zombie costume, but says she and her crew will do something special. “We’re planning to have airbrush artists paint special effects on our bodies,” she said. For more information, check out, and Facebook. com/SDZombieWalk. Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer. v


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Priscilla, the queen Costumes & a party atmosphere keep this iconic story of acceptance and belonging relevant Anthony King Downtown Assistant Editor

There is something special about Priscilla, the “Queen of the Desert.” Perhaps the LGBT community claims it so strongly because the 1994 film became a commercial and critical hit, launching itself into cult status so quickly upon release. Or perhaps it is because it is inclusive of the often forgotten transgender, gender queer and bisexual identities that make up our LGBT spectrum. What is known, however, is that the story – now a Broadway musical sensation and touring production show – touches on the basic tenants of acceptance and trusting your own nature, whatever that may be. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical” comes to Downtown for eight shows, Oct. 15 – 20, and cast member Wade McCollum – playing Tick, one of the three leads who makes that iconic journey across the Australian Outback – said he loves exactly what he is doing. “The message in the movie and in the play is belonging and overcoming self doubt,” McCollum said. “I think the play does a very good job of partying around those themes.” And what a party this show has been. McCollum and the cast and crew have been touring since January, with San Diego near the end of their yearlong run. He said it is easy to get swept up in the visuals – the costumes alone won the Tony Award for Best Design – and party-like atmosphere of the show, but at its heart, “Priscilla” is topical, even 20 years after the film’s debut. “We’re met with extreme enthusiasm and kind of an uncanny amount of energy return at the end of the show,” he said, calling it “beautiful” to feel as an actor. “What I’ve found in touring the show is we’ve got this

incredible opportunity.” That goal is to entertain, for certain, but McCollum said it was also an opportunity to reach people still not familiar with bisexuality, transgender visibility, or gender queer and intersex. “All those incredibly beautiful spectral gray areas of sexual expression and gender expression are still very topical for almost all communities,” he said. “Just that alone is pretty revolutionary.” During the show’s tour, McCollum said they have taken several opportunities to outreach to local communities, including speaking to a group of queer high school students in Philadelphia about which pronouns they prefer, to visiting a queer youth homeless shelter in San Francisco. Both youth groups came and saw the show as well. “[They are] really on the edge of not having a place to be, and really trying to find a sense of belonging in this crazy world,” he said. He also described a moment at the San Francisco youth shelter where a transgender young woman, reluctant to speak, asked McCollum if there was a place for her “as an artist and a spokesperson,” he said. “The room disappeared, and I was like, ‘Yes, of course. … You’re already starting that conversation just by being in the room,’” he said. Two days later, McCollum and the rest of the cast were in Denver, Colo. being interviewed by Eden Lane, the first out, transgender journalist on national television. McCollum said it was a special moment. “I am drawn to material that is about inciting those conversations so that we can do what I believe theater’s function is, which is to discourse about the issues within the drama and then grow as a society,” he said.

The touring show of “Priscilla” brings the award-winning costumes to San Diego Oct. 15. (Courtesy Broadway San Diego)

He agreed that he was in the exact right moment he needs to be, both personally and professionally. And as an actor who has been in some of the top theatrical productions – “Jersey Boys,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Angels in America” are just a small number of credentials on this actor’s list – that is saying quite a lot. “It’s an honor to be a part of something that is so aesthetically genius and has such whimsy and depth,” McCollum said. He is, of course, talking about those award-winning costumes as well. Wardrobe supervisor Gillian Austin travels with McCollum and the rest of the production, each night organizing an integral aspect of the show: the thousands of shoes, hats, wigs and dresses, that can, she said, appear on stage for mere moments. For Austin, it all started as a love of sewing. “It’s really cool that they let me do this,” she said, laughing. Austin, a Chicago native who now calls Louisiana home, said she is working her “dream job” after living in New York City, taking sewing classes and waiting tables. The attention “Priscilla” has given her this year has made her somewhat of a star. “I’ve been joking that I’m kind of a rock star on this tour, because the costumes are so great,” she said, humbly adding, “It has nothing to do with me.” Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won the Tony Award in 2011, after winning the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for costume design as well. The tricks, Austin said, are making it seamless

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each and every performance. “The most important part is dressing the show, and making sure the show happens the way it’s supposed to,” she said. “We know how to handle certain situations.” From actors who rip through the dresses in a rush to get prepared, to a tricky scene where one actor sticks his legs through the back, pink curtain for a shoe change – the costumes take up the entire backstage area, directly behind the curtain and often, Austin said, strung up in the rafters – she said everything that could have gone wrong has, though nothing too serious. “I think it’s just really lucky,” she said, calling those “a-ha moments” when they figure out how to maneuver those situations with ease and keeping the costumes new each night as satisfying. McCollum said he works hard to keep each night fresh, too, being “fully present” in his mind to retain some of the innocence of the story. They each get a bit of help from those on the other side of the curtain, as well. “Does the audience keep us buoyant and fresh? Absolutely,” he said. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” opens at Downtown’s San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. with seven additional performances through Oct. 20. Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit or call 619-570-1100.v

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(l-r) Fashion bloggers Hackmann, Rosson, Gray, Thomas, and Hackmann (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

(l-r) Ronna May Rivera and Goorin Bros. assistant shopkeeper Chase Nutter with hat collection. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) Feel Cool Jazz Campaign Goorin Bros Inc., located at 631 Fifth Ave., in the Gaslamp, featured a launch party on Sept 21 for their new Feel Cool Jazz Campaign. Jazz from1950s Chicago inspired the designers, who displayed their felt hats in a variety of shapes, including fedoras, trilbies, and cloches. The hat designers chopped up hats like a bebop solo coming up with a two-tone brim and crown, and trumpet notes of color were seen through the hatbands. In October two more hats will be added to the collection named with musical terms: Metronome and Sonata. The store was jumping with music from the Prohibition House Band, the Piano Jo Trio. The trio drew a huge crowd with their smooth jazz. This fourth generation company has the only cut and sew manufacturer in Newark, N.J. Goorin Bros has an array of hat lines in its Downtown store in addition to the Feel Cool Jazz Collection. The Heritage Line is hand-blocked in Pennsylvania. The 1333 Minna Collection is a limited collaboration from artists and graffiti artists. In addition to adult hats they also have a stylish Kids Collection. To learn more, visit gaslamp.

Fashion Blogging 101 The Fashion Group Intl. at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park presented Blogging 101 on Aug. 29. They had a fabulous lineup of panelists: Jackie Thomas, Nacole Gray, Britt & Gretchen Hackmann, and Jennifer Rosson. Brian Hawkins, director of consumer marketing, moderated these distinguished fashion bloggers. Jackie Thomas is a Veteran Fashionista who created Lauderdale Media. Thomas said that it is important to find a niche. With her military veteran experience, she decided to go that direction and can be followed at the She advised the audience to ask themselves, “What do I want to see in print that I don’t see?” and then write about it. Los Angeles-based Nacole Gray created the blog. Gray doesn’t like labels and wants to write about the whole spectrum. She said that it’s not all about being rich, skinny, and pretty but wants to write about the everyday girl. Britt and Gretchen Hackmann are sisters who started, a life through style blog that shows how you should dress. These fashion and style bloggers both have degrees in

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro entrepreneurship and drive sales through e-commerce and content marketing. Jennifer Rosson started the blog. Rosson is a wardrobe stylist with a degree in fashion that has worked with Stacy London and was picked to join the network of stylists at Style for Hire. “If you look better, you will feel better,” she told attendees. Rosson said because her clients have all different budgets, she works with all price points. This seminar gave the audience tips on having a blog and growing their fashion business. The Fashion Group International (FGI) is a non-profit organization, which hosts a variety of fashion events here in San Diego. For more info, visit: fgisandiego. Upcoming Events Oct. 2-6 – San Diego Fashion Week: Port Pavilion at Broad-

way Pier events will begin at 6 p.m. except for the trunk show on Oct. 6, which begins at 11 a.m. For tickets go to: Oct. 19 – Heels2Heal: Fourth annual fashion show gala at the estate of Alex and Laleh Roudi to benefit Miracle Babies, starts at 5:30 p.m. Runway fashion show will be presented by New York designer Yigal Azrouel. Call 858-453-9600. Oct. 19 – Exhibit Ambush Phase 2: Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier at 5:30 p.m. The event will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more info, call 619955-5285. Sept. 24 – California Dreams: Presented by Zandra Rhodes and the Westgate Hotel, and held at the new rooftop pool at 11:30 a.m. For reserva-

tions, visit or call 800-595-4TIX. Oct. 27 – Fall Bridal Bazaar: Presented by Gretchen Productions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Make sure to check out one of the three fashion shows going on 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

Cool Jazz hat collection (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)


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