Page 1


Oct. 2014 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Local hero on page 10 Columbia • Core/Civic • Cortez Hill • East Village • Gaslamp/Horton Plaza • Little Italy • Marina





Logo Design






Barrio art in Downtown Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

➤➤ THEATER P. 14

(Courtesy The Old Globe Theatre)

Bringing the Bard to the masses Chalk artists of all ages work on a project together at Little Italy’s FESTA! (Courtesy Little Italy Association)

A shining new musical

w DINING P. 21

Chalk dust in the wind

Festa’s Gesso Italiano blends visual and performance arts Hutton Marshall | Contributing Editor Watch where you step at this year’s Festa! You may end up with some fine art on your shoe. Now a regular feature at the Italian-themed festival in Little Italy which will be celebrating its 20th anniversar y this year, chalk art paying tribute to the mother countr y will take over

Rooftop goodness


our dependence on imported seafood, reduce the carbon footprint of the seafood we eat, and support the local fishing industry,” Cox said. “The market will also turn what was a quiet, unused pier into a vibrant, attraction for local

see Market, page 9

see Bard, page 12

instead, which has Italian roots tracing back to the 14th Centur y. At least in this urban village powered by Italian eateries, Gesso Italiano does appear to have an organic following behind it. Before being absorbed by Festa! fifteen years ago, Gesso Italiano was its own yearly hap-

see Festa, page 12

Tuna Harbor comes back to life New dockside market nets renewed interest in local fishing industry By Cynthia Robertson

Memorials abound

Index Briefs…..........………7 Opinion…..............……8 Little Italy….........18 Gaslamp..........……22 Calendar…….….….….25

Contact Us Editorial/Letters 619-961-1960



San Diego Community News Network

By Alex Owens “Bard” means “poet,” and in his day, William Shakespeare was named “The Bard of Avon” and known as the national poet of England. In the centuries since, his name has become arguably and inexplicably linked with the nickname “the Bard.” This fall, The Old Globe is turning the Bard into a bargain with a new program called “Globe for All.” Between Oct. 28 and Nov. 5, the Balboa Park-based theater company will perform free versions of the classic comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well” at seven different locations that might be considered unconventional by normal theatrical standards, including homeless shelters, detention centers, military bases and senior centers. The idea, according to Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, is to bring Shakespeare and live theater to people and places that may have never experienced it. “We will be using available lighting, but no sets,” Edelstein said. “We’re just bringing costumes, props and live musical instruments.” It might seem low-tech, but it actually harkens back to the Elizabethan era when the performers at the original Globe Theatre in England didn’t have the advantages of modern theaters — they just had good material. Edelstein is excited about taking Shakespeare to people who haven’t had the opportunity to see the work in a live setting. He believes audiences will respond to the universal themes in the works.

four city blocks during Festa!, which takes place from morning to night on Sunday Oct. 12. The Little Italy Association (LIA), the event’s organizers, dubbed the Italian chalk art form “Gesso Italiano” — with a soft “g” — a contrived phrase nonexistent in Italy. If you find yourself abroad in Europe looking for chalk art, ask for “Modannari”

Every Saturday morning just beyond the south end of the Embarcadero in San Diego, local fishermen literally tie up their boats at the Fish Harbor Pier in Tuna Harbor and sell what they caught that week at the new open-air Tuna Harbor Dockside Market. Open since the first Saturday in August, the venue has been welcomed by everyone from customers, to fishermen, and the Port of San Diego. The new Dockside Market has netted a renewed interest in San Diego’s fishing industry, and people crowd in to buy everything from albacore to razor crabs to wavy turban-top snails. On the day the market launched, County Supervisor Gregory Cox welcomed the new enterprise. “For consumers, this market will bring food straight from the ocean to their table. That’s good, because by promoting locally caught fresh seafood, we can reduce

Shakespeare’s works to be performed in unconventional venues

Eager shoppers gather at the new Dockside Market. (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


Sleepless San Diego participants get a cot and a box. (Courtesy San Diego Rescue Mission)

Withstanding the comforts of home Sleepless San Diego to return for 8th year By Dave Fidlin The statistics remain startling. On any given night, around 8,500 men, women and children seek refuge across San Diego in cardboard boxes and other makeshift devices. Organizers behind an annual event are hoping to keep the reality of homelessness at the forefront of San Diegans’ minds. The San Diego Rescue Mission’s Sleepless San Diego event returns for its eighth consecutive year in mid-October. As has been the case in prior years,

the crux of the event is an optional, overnight activity that gives participants an opportunity to sample homelessness — albeit in a sanitized environment that still provides such comforts as security, portable restrooms and an opportunity to partake in morning coffee. “This is not the real deal, and we know this,” said Herb Johnson, president and CEO of SDRM. “But we are asking people to give up a night from the comforts of their own home.” Johnson said there are a few surprises in store during this year’s event, including a video shot by a sister organization in New York City that

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


he almost guarantees will bring tears to participants’ eyes. Other planned festivities include an art galler y and an opportunity to create care packages for people in need. Additionally, experts will be on hand to discuss the homeless epidemic and how San Diegans can pitch in and assist. This year’s Sleepless San Diego program will again be held at Liberty Station within NTC Park College students show up in droves to participate. (Courtesy San Diego Rescue Mission) in Point Loma. In prior years, the event numbers from the San Diego Unified was held in mid-September, but Johnson School District, the number of reported said a variety of factors — including homeless children has nearly doubled in cooler weather conditions — played into year-to-year comparisons. In the 2013 – the decision to push it back a month. 14 school year, SDUSD hosted upwards The 2014 Sleepless San Diego proof 3,000 children who were classified as gram officially kicks off at 4:30 p.m. homeless. This year, the number has Saturday, Oct. 11, with an assortment of musical acts and educational videos. At 11 risen to 5,448. “This obviously is a ver y dramatic p.m., participants will be asked to unroll increase,” Johnson said. “We’re going to their sleeping bags and find a spot within talk with the students about this. We’ll be a cordoned off area at Liberty Station. saying, ‘[Homeless children] are just like While Sleepless San Diego has been you. They just don’t have a place to live.’” an intergenerational event since its Recognizing the growth of homeless inception, Johnson said it has historifamilies, earlier this month SDRM opened cally drawn a large youth population. a new children’s center at the organizaHe estimates about 75 percent of the tion’s Elm Street facility Downtown. participants who take SDRM up on “It’s not a daycare center,” Johnson its offer to sleep outside are youth said. “It’s an educational facility for chiland college-age students. dren in need.” For this reason, he said a Proceeds from Sleepless San Diego recurring theme this year will be benefit SDRM’s ongoing initiatives and the growth in the city’s homeless new programs, such as the children’s student population. center. With a swell in participation in According to just-released recent years, Sleepless San Diego has turned out to be SDRM’s largest annual Herb Johnson, president and CEO of SDRM . (Courtesy San Diego Rescue Mission) see Sleepless, page 15


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

NEWS “I think we’ve actually been very pleasantly surprised at the amount of people we’ve had,” Hubbard said. “The interest level has actually exceeded our expectations.” Book club meetings, author talks, concerts, film screenings, a small business fair and other programs have altogether brought in almost 36,000 adults and more than 23,000 youth in the first year, according to library estimates. People are also checking out books and other materials at much higher rates. Library staff estimate more than 757,000 materials were checked out in the Central Library’s first year in operation, which represents a 100

(above) A giant chess board on the library’s ground floor; A library patron uses one of the hundreds of WiFi-connected computers (Photos by Jeremy Ogul)

One year under the dome New Central Library celebrates first anniversary Jeremy Ogul | Contributing Editor One year after it opened to the public, the metallic dome of the new Central Library already feels like an indispensable part of the Downtown San Diego landscape. What happens underneath that iconic and award-winning dome, however, is the real story. Far more than a warehouse for books, the new Central

Library has become a genuine community center, offering everything from career training to after-school tutoring to opera concerts. As the sun set on a recent Monday evening, for example, approximately 50 people gathered on the library’s ninth-floor patio for a free swing dance lesson with local instructor Jackie O’Neil Plys. This particular lesson fo-

cused on the six-count jitterbug. At the same time, a dozen people sprawled across yoga mats in the Jaffe Mountain View Reading Room on the library’s fifth floor for the weekly “Yoga with Craig” program. With 497,652 square feet of space across nine floors, the library has created space for all sorts of educational and social programming that was not possible at the old building, said

Marion Hubbard, senior public information officer for the San Diego Public Library system. The spectacular spaces and diverse programs have attracted significantly more people to the library over the past year, she said. Approximately 3,000 people a day visit the Central Library, which adds up to over 1 million visitors for the first year of operation, according to figures maintained by library administrators.

The new library and its nine floors has more research possibilities than most people could probably imagine. Many come to just relax, read, or take it all in. (Photos by Jeremy Ogul)

percent increase in circulation over the first nine months of the previous year. (The comparison is not exact because the library was closed for three months during the move to the new building last summer.) The library’s 3-D printers on the eighth floor have also attracted substantial attention from entrepreneurs, hobbyists and those involved in the “maker” movement. The public is welcome to use the printers for free, and the room stays open with the help of dozens of enthusiastic volunteers, said Emerging Technologies Librarian Uyen Tran. “We’ve learned that the most expensive thing about 3-D printing is time,” Tran said. A donation jar helps offset the cost of the filament the printers use, but items such as custom cell phone cases can take up to two hours to print, she said.

see Library, page 9

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014




San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

(l to r) Kearny Real Estate partner John V. Bragg and Vice President Jeffrey Givens (Photo by Will Bowen)

“Inceptions Reflection” was the work of four muralists, led by Maxx Moses. (Photo by Will Bowen)

A park in the sky Downtown agency brings barrio artistry to the financial district By Will Bowen The colorful and vibrant graffitiinspired mural art of the barrio has moved into Downtown. A new mural, 30 feet by 105 feet, sprayed-painted by a team of four local graffiti artists has gone up as the first step in the renovation of the third floor outside Sky Terrace of the Union Bank building located at

539 B St. in the financial district of Downtown San Diego. It’s all part of the re-invention of the classic 1967 pedestal-style skyscraper, now owned by Kearny Real Estate Development Company. Kearny is spending upward of $14 million to spruce up their building and attract the new breed of business professionals — those who like their work life and their social life to

go hand in hand — as tenants. The mural, which can be partially seen from the street below, faces southward toward Horton Plaza and livens up an outside terrace that offers a superb scenic view of the surrounding buildings. In addition to the mural, the terrace will have plants, gardens, a walking trail, and other amenities that will render it a relaxing and inspiring place for business people to worwk, reflect and socialize. The mural is on the adjacent outside wall of the abandoned cityowned parking garage of the World Trade Center building, which was converted to a housing area for the homeless. The artists spent nearly two weeks and $6,000 worth of materials painting from a scaffold they themselves constructed. Called “jazz-like and organic,” the mural consists of a swirl of geometric objects, lines, and shapes painted with a wide spectrum of bright colors. There is a hint of Aztec, low-rider car grills, and the 1950s diner, plus some other recognizable features such as a human eye and two plump “boogie birds.” The mural, entitled “Inceptions Reflection” is meant to be an object of introspection — stimulating the viewer to go inward and contemplate inner change, new beginnings, and the creative aspects of business development. John V. Bragg, a partner at the firm that conceived the mural, is the manager of the building. Bragg is also in charge of a 311-acre border project that aims at developing the land around a new proposed border crossing meant to speed the flow of commercial big rig truck traffic between Mexico and the U.S. “We observed that the mural

art had a very positive effect in the barrio region of the city, and we wanted to bring some of that type of art [to Downtown],” Bragg said. “It worked down there and we think it will work here. Kearny Real Estate is pouring $15 million into their building, with improvements that include new elevator cabs that boast rich burgundy-colored wood paneling, an 11th floor conference room with work from sculptor Matt Devine, and the Sky Terrace, with the new mural as its centerpiece. “We want to make the terrace our ‘park in the sky’ — a place where our tenants feel comfortable and inspired,” Bragg said. “We have also been working with our neighbors and the city, who have been very supportive, to help beautify and brighten up our neighborhood and

His team of collaborators included “Werc,” a Mexican-American graffiti artist from El Paso, Texas; CHorBoogie, from Oceanside; and Isiasis Crow, also from El Paso. Crow, whose real name is Gebron Isiasis, has been doing vandalistic graffiti art since he was a kid. “I became involved in graffiti art because it helped me express my emotions and stay sane in the difficult world of my childhood,” Crow said. Crow moved out to San Diego after a relationship breakup and to be close to his beloved Comic Con. He said the artists all worked together on the mural, each taking a portion they were personally responsible for, while all contributing to the mural as a whole. “Basically, this is a work of energy and possibility,” he said. “The

Isiasis Crow, originally from El Paso, Texas, was one of the muralists. (Photo by Will Bowen)

give it a safe and attractive night life. The international architecture firm of Gensler has been advising us.” When first planning the mural, Kearny sent word out to a selective group of artist and interviewed them all. They chose a team head up by Maxx Moses because they felt Moses had the background and expertise to complete such a largescale project. Raised in Yonkers, New York, Moses grew up doing graffiti art in the NYC subway system. His current work is characterized by a fusion of fine art and graffiti, with the goal of “uplifting, enlivening and inspiring” his viewers.

idea is to encourage the viewer toward introspection; to prompt him to look within and see the power within him or herself.” Like much of Victor Ochoa’s work in Barrio Logan, the new Kearny mural is not overtly political. “Ochoa asked me where the politics were in my art,” Crow said. “I told him that I believed that the individual has got to become or create within the change that they want to see happen out there in society. It has to happen inside you first. “Our team works together to inspire each other and then we paint and with our painting we hope to collectively inspire the people.” Crow thinks the new mural is a perfect fit for B Street. “It adds a splash of color to the surrounding uniformly colored dull grey buildings,” he said. “It enlivens the neighborhood with creative potential. Just look out there — you can even see the colors of the mural reflected in the window glass of the surrounding skyscrapers!” For further information on the Kearny Real Estate building, see The work of lead artist Maxx Moses can be viewed at maxxmoses. com or he reached by phone at 619-278-1735 or email at Daniel. You can see more of Isaias Crow’s work at or contact him at —Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at


DowntownBriefs 5K RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT INJURED VETERANS Now in its 12th year the Run for Our Troops 5K will take place on Shelter Island on Nov. 9. The 5k run/walk benefits Home for Our Troops, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted mortgage-free homes for severely injured veterans who sustained their injuries in combat since Sept. 11, 2001. The homes are built at no cost to veterans utilizing donated funds. This year the 5K will be co-hosted by CertaPro Painters, one of many businesses that work closely with Home for Our Troops supporting their fundraising efforts. Participants in the race will receive a champagne breakfast after the event and an event t-shirt. For details and to register for the race visit ‘EDGERS’ TO RAPPEL DOWN SAN DIEGO’S TALLEST WATERFRONT BUILDING TO RAISE MONEY FOR BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego will host a unique fundraising challenge, Over the Edge for Brain Cancer, on Nov. 1. Participants or “edgers” commit to the event by reaching a fundraising minimum of $1,500 and in exchange get the opportunity to rappel 365 ft. down the hotel. Out of 82 participants this year, two courageous VIP “edgers” Hannah and Susie Nancarrow, the daughter and wife of beloved Fox 5 News anchor Loren Nancarrow, will participate. Loren lost his battle with brain cancer in December 2013 and his family continues to honor him with their participation in events such as Over the Edge. Funds raised this year will go to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure to be directed to San Diego-based brain cancer research. To learn more, including how to donate and how to rappel

watch on the day of the event visit

UNIQUE GALA IN DEL MAR TO BENEFIT HUNGER-RELIEF ORGANIZATION On Oct. 11 the Del Mar Paddock and Turf Club will host Sunset Soiree, a gala to raise funds for Feeding America San Diego (FASD). The event will include handcrafted cocktails, dining under the stars and a one-of-a-kind concert experience with legendary rockers Chicago. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, made with local organic and sustainable fare, and a live auction. Starting at 9 p.m. will be the musical performance by Chicago to finish the night. The gala will raise money for FASD’s hunger-relief and nutrition programs in San Diego County. To purchase tickets visit HALLOWEEN-THEMED FUNDRAISING BRUNCH CRUISE TO HOST DOGS AND PET PARENTS Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Sixth annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise will set sail Oct. 19 with dogs and owners onboard. Each year the special cruise raises funds for Helen Woodward Animal Center, a local nonprofit that cares for orphaned and injured animals. For human cruisers the brunch buffet will include seasonal favorites and free-flowing sparkling wine and mimosas. For canine cruisers a doggie treat bar, sponsored by Petco, will satisfy hunger. There will also be a costume contest and dog trick competition for prizes. The cruise boards at 11:30 a.m. and departs from the Grape Street Pier at 12 p.m. For tickets and more information visit CHARGERS GEAR UP FOR BLOOD DRIVE XXXVI The day-long Chargers blood drive will take over the Town & Countr y Convention Center in Mission Valley on Nov. 25. The

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


event benefiting the San Diego Blood Bank is one of the longest-running and most successful life-saving events all year. Festivities include entertainment, food, refreshments and the chance to collect autographs from Chargers players and Chargers cheerleaders. Entr y to the event is $5 ($1 for children over 2, free for children under 2); blood donors will have their entr y fee refunded after donation. Parking is also free for donors. Those interested in obtaining the Chargers Blood Drive XXXVI t-shirt can donate a week prior to the event during Chargers Mania at all San Diego Blood Bank donor centers and bloodmobiles. Those donors will receive a voucher to receive their t-shirt and a wristband for the autograph line at the blood drive on Nov. 25. For more information and to schedule your donation appointment visit

ART EXHIBIT FEATURES MASTERPIECES FROM OVER 40 MODERN ARTISTS Opening Oct. 4 Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons brings modern art from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in New York to The San Diego Museum of Art through Jan. 27, 2015. Masterpieces on display include works by the titular artists as well as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and many others. Related events will take place throughout the exhibition’s run, including “Culture & Cocktails” on Oct. 16. This event is free for museum members and $20 for nonmembers. The Pop-art themed party is inspired by Andy Warhol and the exhibition. Entertainment at “Culture & Cocktails” will include music by DJ Scott Roberts along with a go-go dance troupe and a take home pop-art-in-your-pocket project. For more information on Gauguin to Warhol and related events visit

Downtown’s Sudoku Puzzle DIRECTIONS:

EMCOR/Dynalectric San Diego, UC San Diego Health System, Kitchell and several local elected officials joined forces on Sept. 30 to form a 650 person Pink Hard Hat Ribbon — the largest human ribbon formed in California — and kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and call to action for EMCOR’s “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today” campaign. Local officials participating in the human ribbon were Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, and Rep. Scott Peters. The event was held at the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center. (Courtesy EMCOR)

Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square.

Sudoku Solution Answer Key, page 26


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


Letters It takes a village East Village is probably one of the most livable and beautiful urban environments anywhere, but the streets sometimes get a little trashy. I have a suggestion. The number of dog walkers in East Village is legion. What if every dog-walker bent down and picked up one piece of trash and deposited it in the myriad of trash containers provided on the streets, just like we all do with the blue doggy poop bags? What if every pedestrian did the same? It would save the city a lot of money and enhance our neighborhoods … and we’d feel good about ourselves as taking pride in and contributing to our remarkable community. Cleanliness suffers from the inattention of the clean. —Calmeismael, via emailv


Be someone’s hero By Michael Murphy Want to save someone’s life? Well, now there’s an app for that. Thanks to a partnership between the county and city of San Diego and emergency responders — including American Medical Response — a new app is now available to San Diego County residents that will undoubtedly save lives, perhaps even someone you know. The app, known as PulsePoint, is designed to help keep those who suffer a cardiac emergency alive. Have you ever been to a restaurant or somewhere else and you hear a siren off in the distance, and then it gets louder and louder, closer and closer, and then you see an ambulance pull up outside? Paramedics are usually responding to someone who’s gone into cardiac arrest.

But often there are people nearby — across the street or next door — who are trained in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but unaware of the emergency and unable to help. Here’s how it works: Using the PulsePoint app, which features the latest GPS technology, 911 dispatchers will now be able to send a text message to citizens who are trained in CPR alerting them to a nearby cardiac emergency — at the same time they dispatch an ambulance. Those who sign up for the app and receive the notification will be able to respond quickly if they are available. They can begin administering life-saving techniques and keep the victim’s heart beating until paramedics arrive. Without question, those first few minutes after someone goes into cardiac arrest are critical: A person’s chance of survival skyrockets when CPR is administered right then and there. In fact, CPR almost triples one’s chances of

A fresh approach to helping veterans By Ben Aguilar, Esq. San Diego County is known for its well-established military traditions and presence, and not surprisingly, has one of the highest concentration of veterans in the country. Many of these veterans are suffering — physically and mentally — as a direct result of the sacrifices they made for us. According to national studies, between 22 – 50 veterans commit suicide every day. The suicide rate among veterans has doubled in the past 10 years and is twice that of the civilian population. Our veterans face serious issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, amnesia and substance abuse. Sadly, many veterans feel a sense of isolation due to lack of social support. Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs was the subject of a national scandal after it was reported that veterans were experiencing unreasonably long wait-times to see primary providers at VA hospitals, and more seriously, that records were being fabricated to hide that reality. As I reflected on the plight of those who have served our nation, my thoughts were drawn to what I might do to help them. Usually my end-of-the-year reflections are triggered by the aroma of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes; but this year, they have been inspired by a recent meeting I had with a gentleman who happens to share my gym, former California State Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher. He told me about his passion to help veterans and a new organization he formed for that purpose, The Three Wise Men Foundation, and I think it’s such a great thing I want to share it with others, too. When I learned about the foundation, I was intrigued by the fact that its main fundraising effort was an athletic competition — not the standard “rubber chicken gala” with a silent auction. When I asked Fletcher what the rationale was behind hosting an event with an athletic component, he simply stated the obvious: Our bodies and minds benefit from physical activity and having an athletic event and fundraiser made sense in light of the alarming statistics surrounding the health and wellbeing of our nation’s veterans. Fletcher founded The Three Wise Men Foundation as a tribute to his cousins who lost their lives during armed conflict, along with a

survival. Unfortunately, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR, meaning only 8 percent are likely to survive. The PulsePoint app will undoubtedly improve these numbers. Our message is clear: Get trained in CPR, sign up for the PulsePoint app, and be a hero. AMR offers free CPR training yearround. It’s easy to learn and takes only about 15 minutes. Once you’re trained, you can sign up for the PulsePoint app by going to This is just one way we as a community are working together to save lives in San Diego County. Please get trained in CPR and sign up for the PulsePoint app today. For more information about our training, go to —Michael Murphy is the general manager of American Medical Response in San Diego County.v

desire to bring awareness to the issues that returning veterans face. The Three Wise Men Foundation and various Crossfit gyms across the nation are now spearheading what they hope will be the first of many fundraisers to raise support for veterans. As a veteran, politician, educator, businessman and Crossfit enthusiast himself, Fletcher believes this is a good opportunity for everyone to “support a good cause and gain something out of it.” On Oct. 18, you can participate in a tribute workout honoring combat veterans who are struggling with “surviving the peace” upon their return. The tribute fundraiser will consist of a CrossFit-style athletic competition at the U.S.S. Midway Museum. The proceeds of your efforts will go directly towards organizations that directly help our returning veterans, including Courage to Call, a 24-hour hotline that provides resources and support to veterans and families of veterans. Most workers today lead stressful, sedentary lives. It’s easy to neglect our physical and mental health. I urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity that will not only give back to our veterans but also benefit your overall health. Think about it: You will get to be outdoors, bask in the beautiful San Diego sun, bond with your friends, family, or colleagues, and most importantly, support those who have supported us through their sacrifice and bravery. You will also have an opportunity to meet veterans and their families, hear their stories, support them in their struggles and personally thank them for their service. And, whether you participate in the competition, come to cheer someone else on, sponsor the event or purchase tickets to give as gifts, you will receive a free day-pass to the U.S.S. Midway Museum. It’s a win all the way around. Over the past couple of weeks, I have encouraged my professional network of attorney friends to help The Three Wise Men Foundation transition into non-profit status and to help by providing pro bono or low bono legal representation to our veterans. I want to encourage you to do the same with your time, talent and treasure. If you are moved to do so, please visit to see how you can help. —Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in Downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on family law and immigration law. Mr. Aguilar may be reached at info@

123 Camino De La Reina Ste. 202 East San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 519-7775 Twitter: @sddowntownnews

PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Hutton Marshall, x102 Jeremy Ogul, x119 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Will Bowen Charlene Baldridge Diana Cavagnaro Dave Fidlin Frank Sabatini Jr. Kai Oliver-Kurtin Scott Markey Johnny McDonald Monica Medina Alex Owens Cynthia Robertson Delle Willett WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA Jen Van Tieghem, x118 ART DIRECTOR Vincent Meehan (619) 961-1961

PRODUCTION ARTISTS Arielle Jay, x111 Todd Kammer, x115 SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958 ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Andrew Bagley 619-961-1956 Yana Shayne (619) 961-1963 Karen Davis, x105 Sloan Gomez, x104 Lisa Hamel, x107 ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962 accounting@sdcnn. com WEB DESIGNER Kim Espinoza

OPINIONS/LETTERS: San Diego Downtown News encourages letters to the editor and guest editorials. Please email either to morgan@ and include your phone number and address for verification. We reserve the right to edit letters for brevity and accuracy. Letters and guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or staff. SUBMISSIONS/NEWS TIPS: Press releases and story ideas are welcomed. Send press releases, tips, photos or story ideas to morgan@ For breaking news and investigative story ideas contact the editor by phone or email. DISTRIBUTION: San Diego Downtown News is distributed free on the first Friday of every month. COPYRIGHT 2014. All rights reserved


Massachusetts. There his father continued his career of commercial fishing, which he had begun when he was just 12 years old. He fished as a dory man off the Grand Banks residents and tourists,” he said. Cox has championed the region’s in the North Atlantic until, like many other Portuguese fishermen Blue Economy, a phrase used to Fernandes said, he moved to escape refer to maritime related industries. the ruthless weather on the North A 2012 study sponsored by the Atlantic. San Diego Workforce Partnership, “My family moved to San Diego the San Diego Regional Economic in 1926 when I was only two years Development Corporation, and The old, where we continued fishing, and Maritime Alliance showed that the Blue Economy in San Diego is worth building boats up until the late ‘70s,” he said. $14 billion in direct revenue and inWith regard to the new open-air cludes more than 46,000 jobs across fish market, Fernandes said that 1,400 companies. he thinks it is a great idea both for the fishermen and consumers. “I don›t think that I or my children will ever see the tuna industry come back to San Fishermen pull right up to the pier to sell their catch of the day. Diego, which once was the tuna capital of (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) the world,” Fernandes said. “All top canners like Chicken Commercial fishing is just one of of the Sea, Bumble Bee, and Starkist several sectors in the Blue Economy have gone foreign due to environthat Cox supports. mental pressure, rising costs, and “The opening of the new seafood foreign competition.” market on Fish Harbor Pier is a mileBut the fresh fish industry will stone that our fishing community, the survive, he believes, as do other Port of San Diego and the County of currently working fishermen, due to San Diego have worked very hard to demand by residents, markets, and achieve,” said Jennifer Windle, director of marketing and communications restaurants for fresh seafood.  One such local restaurant is for the Port of San Diego. Puesto, a modern Mexican restauA $550,000 study commisrant located two blocks from the sioned by the Port and funded by Dockside Market at the new Headthe Coastal Conservancy pointed quarters at Seaport District. Luisteen to a revitalization of the fishing Gonzalez, Puesto’s executive chef, industry. Direct marketing and improvements in fishing infrastruc- is partnering with the fishermen ture were the two most important and offering a special Mercado Fish issues related to revitalization, acTaco, featuring catch straight from cording to Peter Halmay, member the boats. Each Saturday, Gonzalez of the San Diego Fishermen’s finds out what kind of fish will be Working Group (SDFWG), a nonbrought in and then orders up to 30 profit organization comprised of lo- pounds to create the special tacos. cal fishermen. SDFWG represents Some recent catches have included trap, dive, net, and experimental, yellow fin, dorado and red snapper. as well as hook and line fishing, San Diego fisherman Dan Major and was established to protect the said that the new Dockside Market interests and traditions of commerhas made his fishing ventures much cial and local fishing. more interesting. “A key element of the Port of “It used to be a grind to have to San Diego’s mission is to promote catch tonnage to satisfy the wholesalour working waterfront industries ers, enduring all sorts of weather that provide 11,000 direct local jobs,” for days on end,” said Major, who Windle said. spends as much as five days a week Halmay, a San Diego-based comout in the Pacific on his boat, Plan B. mercial fisherman for more than 40 “Now we can bring in 200 years, said the new market helps inpounds of this or that, a whole varicrease awareness of the long history ety. The market has brought the fun of San Diego’s thriving commercial back to fishing,” he said. fishing industry. People moving to The Tuna Harbor Dockside MarSan Diego from across the world all ket is open every Saturday from 8 helped build the fishing community. a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, Arnold Fernandes, who is more go to than 90 years old now, was just a baby when his family emigrated —Cynthia Robertson is a freelance from Portugal at the end of the First writer. She can be reached at c1g2robWorld War and settled in Gloucester,


HELP WANTED We are seeking an experienced, motivated advertising sales consultant for our six community newspapers. Must be knowledgeable of these areas and have a minimum of one year advertising sales experience. The ideal candidate is energetic, bright, positive, creative, personable and relates to small business owners and can assess their advertising needs. Fulltime, base plus commission. Our office is located in Mission Valley at 123 Camino de la Reina, Suite 202. For more information about our newspapers, visit us at

Send resume to David Mannis: • 619-961-1951

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014



LIBRARY The creative ways people are using the new library has inspired donors to support the library even further, said Charlie Goldberg, marketing director of the San Diego Library Foundation. “We see the Central Library as kind of spurring a Renaissance in the entire library system, and we’ve seen the donors agree with that,” Goldberg said. Despite the overwhelming successes, there are some areas where the new library has fallen short. The ground-floor café, for example, has not yet opened for business, leaving the courtyard space less active and inviting than it could be. Mel Katz, former chair of the Library Foundation, told U-T San Diego last month that the space would be open by Dec. 1. The Hervey Rare Books Room, a 1400-square-foot space on the ninth floor, has also gotten off to a slow start. Hubbard said the shelves are still being finished and will be ready for books and other holdings of the Wangenheim Collection soon. Budget monitoring reports from earlier in 2014 showed lower than anticipated revenues from the underground parking structure and from room rentals for special events. Thanks to changes in the budget the city approved for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Central Library will be open for an additional five hours a week beginning later this fall. Library managers have not yet determined the new hours of operation and are still working to finalize staffing changes necessary for the longer hours. The shift to the new facility has left the old Main Library on E Street without a purpose. The city’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year includes a $75,000 transfer to Civic San Diego to find an alternative use for the old Main Library. The San Diego Public Library Foundation will hold its first fundraising gala, “Celebration Under the Dome,” at the library on Oct. 10. For a $300 donation, guests of the event will enjoy an evening full of literary-themed food, drink and entertainment throughout the library. For more information on that celebration, visit —Jeremy Ogul can be reached at

(above) A recent Monday evening, some 50 people gathered on the library’s ninth-floor patio under the dome for a free swing dance lesson with local instructor Jackie O’Neil Plys. (below) Books, books and more books are available on almost every floor of the new library. (Photos by Jeremy Ogul)


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


Montoya and his coworkers at Petco Park (Courtesy Alex Montoya)

(above) Alex Montoya is the manager for Latino Affairs for the San Diego Padres. (inset) Montoya and his mother (Courtesy Alex Montoya)

Alex Montoya ‘swings for the fences’ Padres staffer honored as Disability Awareness Month Local Hero By Monica Medina | KPBS Editor’s note: Through the Local Heroes program, KPBS and Union Bank annually recognize and pay tribute to 16 San Diegans — called community heroes — who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world. Honorees are selected based upon 12 different “heritage” months, which also celebrate diversity throughout the San Diego community. It began with a simple twist of fate: a chance encounter between Alex Montoya’s uncle, Frank Callahan, and Harvey Fitzhugh, a man wearing a red fez. The two had never met before that weekend in 1978, when Callahan, an active-duty Marine moonlighting as a security guard in Vallejo, California, bumped into Fitzhugh and shared a cigarette. Callahan inquired about Fitzhugh’s “funny hat” and soon discovered that Fitzhugh was a member of the Shriners, an organization best known for its hospitals that help children with orthopedic health issues. “My uncle then said, ‘I have a two-year-old nephew in Medellín, Colombia, who is a triple amputee and really needs help,’” Montoya explained. “Har vey arranged for me to visit the United

States with my mother and get fit for prosthetics on both my arms and my right leg. By the time I reached age four, my parents made the decision that I should live in the U.S. with my aunt and uncle, in order to receive ongoing medical care and go to school. I’ve been here ever since.” Thanks to that fortuitous meeting 38 years ago, today Montoya, a 2014 Disability Awareness Month Local Hero, is a thriving member of the San Diego community. He is the Manager of Latino Affairs for the San Diego Padres and a published author, blogger and motivational speaker. He also is a sharp, upbeat kind of guy who, more than anything, considers himself blessed. “My faith is the cornerstone of who I am and drives everything else,” he said. “Helping me overcome my tough times, it really changed my perspective and outlook. I’m just very enthusiastic about life.” Montoya has lived all his life as a triple amputee, a result of his mother taking Thalidomide while pregnant. Thalidomide is a medication known for causing birth defects in thousands of babies around the world. Yet, Montoya has never been one to succumb to self-pity and lives by a simple rule.

“Focus on what you have and not on what you’re missing,” he said. “It’s true for me physically and for everything I have in my life. You need to believe that the best is yet to come, and that good things are going to happen. It’s easy for me to believe

that because I’ve seen all my life when things look bleak, things turn around and get better. I’m a firm believer that none of these things would’ve happened in my life if it was for naught, and I believe that everything, including my uncle’s encounter with Harvey, happens for a purpose.” Since childhood, Montoya’s goal has been to work in baseball, particularly for the San Diego Padres. Fifteen years ago, that dream came to fruition. “I started out as an usher, just out of college, escorting people to their seats,” he said. “After eight years, they invited me to work in the front office in a full-time position. When they were later looking for someone to really help them engage with the Hispanic community, they looked to me. I love my job and where I’m at today.” Montoya, who loves to write, has shared his stor y through the publication of two books, “Swinging for the Fences: Choosing to Live an Extraordinar y Life” and “The Finish Line.”

“‘Swinging for the fences’ is a major phrase I live by, a metaphor for going for it all, having high goals,” Montoya explained. “It was my first book, published in 2008, and is an autobiographical story in which I share lessons that I’ve learned and hurdles I’ve overcome. The second book is about doing the 2010 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon and what it took as a triple amputee to accomplish that.” Montoya has a weekly blog he calls “AMOtivational Mondays.” In it, he encourages readers to set high goals, fight doubts, dream the impossible “and always keep swinging!” One of Montoya’s proudest achievements occurred in 1996 when he was a student at UniverUniver sity of Notre Dame. He had the opportunity to carry the OlymOlym pic Torch for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. “The United Way was given the right by the Olympic ComCom mittee to choose the torchbeartorchbear

Montoya has written two books and run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (Courtesy Alex Montoya

ers, and the Shriners nominated me,” he said. “There were 10,000 torches in all, but only one flame. I carried my torch in my college town in Indiana. It’s a very elaborate process, and for someone like me, they assigned a helper because the torch is heavy, about 10 lbs. I’ll never forget the experience.” Montoya recognizes it takes great strength to push yourself to live your best life, particularly when you’re living with disabilities. “What many people with disabilities lose sight of is how

much they’ve overcome, and how much it’s taken just to live a normal ever yday life,” he obser ved. “You remind them, ‘Look, you’ve come this far, don’t stop now.’ They can do whatever they set their minds to. It really is key for them to have someone in front of them who has done that. They really need to see it’s possible. That’s why I go out. I say that with all humility and humbleness. My stor y can be a good example.” Recently, Montoya shared his message at the Monarch School with children who are homeless. A few days later, while walking Downtown, a girl approached him and mentioned having heard his presentation. “She couldn’t have been older than eighth grade,” Montoya recalled. “She reached into her bag and pulled out a picture on canvas that she had drawn. The caption read, ‘Alex Montoya, Big and Strong.’ I was moved, as no one had ever said that to me before. “She explained, ‘You came and spoke at my school, and I was really touched. I want to say thank you.’ I hugged her, for it struck me that this is a girl who’s at the Monarch School, she’s got all these challenges and probably feels beat up about life,” he said. “The fact that she’s homeless and has so much she has to deal with, yet she took time to thank me. To me, that said I motivated her to keep going, and know that things are going to be okay, and that she is going to be able to overcome her challenges.” Montoya seems most in his element when talking about baseball. He even uses the sport to explain his philosophy on life. “If a guy is at home plate and he’s a batter, if he strikes out, he has to come back the ver y next day and keep swinging,” he explained. “If he hits a home run, he still has to come up the ver y next time and swing again. I like the fact that it’s ver y comparable to life. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had a great day or a horrible day, you’ve got to come back tomorrow and give it all you’ve got. “That speaks to the American spirit, and why baseball is America’s pastime. No matter what, you’ve got to keep swinging and proving yourself over and over again.” —Monica Medina is the director of diversity, engagement and grants at KPBS. She can be reached at

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014






• Gift certificates available! • One-time and move-in/move-out services • Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly recurring services

$25 off 3 FREE

(619) 281-2532 •

Any housecleaning service New customers only


your 5th, 9th, and 13th recurring service

With this coupon. Not valid with any other offers. Good for services only. Offer expires 4-18-14.

Jim Greer - Top Producer for Metro San Diego’s Highest Volume Real Estate Company

Jim Greer 6 1 9 . 9 8 5 . 1 6 2 8 CA BRE Lic. 01240616

Visit My New Downtown Office!

Call Yana at 619-565-4454 or Andrew at 619-961-1956

1202 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 103


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014




pening, “Chalk La Strada,” which is another name of American invention. Since then, the medium blending visual and performance arts has become one of the main components separating Festa! from other neighborhood street fairs. This year, about 175 artists will work on 68 different works of Gesso Italiano, each with recognizable Italian subject matter. “The only thing that separates us from other Italian chalk festivals in the United States is that we request or actually require that all of our artists do something Italian inspired, seeing as it’s an Italian-themed event,” said LIA District Director Chris Gomez. The flagship of this year’s Gesso Italiano fleet will be a monolithic 20-by-30-foot paint-

ing of the Virgin Mar y as seen on a stained glass window in the Duomo di Milano. Gaslampbased artist Cevilia Linayao will lead the multi-artist effort, which will result in the largest chalked-up art piece Festa! has ever seen. Although she’s not Italian, Linayao is passionate about this fleeting art form. Part of it, she said, is the beauty of getting lost in the moment and enjoying the process of creation, rather than relishing in the product. This is partially due to the fact that, at any given moment, the painstaking work can be washed away by rain in a matter of minutes. Even if the skies stay clear, the finished piece is gone in a week. “I’ve got a whole slew of pictures of ever y time I’ve gotten rained out or when the forces of nature are against you,” she said. “When I knew going into it

that it was going to be temporar y, that part never bothered me, because it puts you in the Zen of it, that when you’re doing it, you can’t think of ever ything you’ve got to do tomorrow, you can’t think of ever ything you left yesterday. “You need to be at that moment right in that creative zone, because if you’re not, your art is going to reflect that.” However, Linayao’s skill and dedication to the chalk will be truly tested this year. Although she coordinated a giant recreation of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling in 2011, this year’s creation will be her greatest undertaking yet. She’ll be racing the clock from the minute the streets are closed off on Friday. “That’s the challenge as the artist in this medium,” Linayao said. “You’re either burning the midnight oil, or sometimes, if

the streets have to be closed, you can get a jump on them. In this instance, I think I’m going to get a jump on it because they’ll close them at 5 p.m., so as soon as the barriers go up and all the cops leave — the crazy person with all the chalk, that will be me.” But not all artists share her love for the medium. In fact, Linayao said that out of the 49 other artists in her building of art studios, only a few have seriously given street chalking a go. But the sentiments of her contemporaries don’t surprise her. “One, it’s temporar y; two, it’s so physically demanding and three, it’s temporar y, and some people just can’t get over that,” Linayao said. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to watch the art form fade away completely. This year, her


Read us online at


“We at the Globe realized we needed to do more community outreach,” he said. “Our audience that attends the shows and the community demographics don’t match. We have an obligation to be more inventive and serve more San Diegans. “Some people don’t come to the Globe because they don’t know what it is.” Edelstein did a similar program when he was director of The Public Theater in New York City between 2008 and 2012. The theater’s “Mobile Shakespeare” brought the Bard to residents of homeless shelters, rehab centers, prisons, and other underser ved audiences. “It’s transformative,” he said. “In many cases, [audience members] have bigger concerns than watching a play, but these people’s lives can be dark and this can bring light. We did a show and one woman, a senior citizen, said it was the first time she’d seen a live performance.” Edelstein believes “All’s Well That Ends Well” is a good choice as the first play in what he hopes to be an ongoing series. “First off, I like the play,” he said. “It’s a comedy and a romance, and it’s easy to follow. Later on, we may experiment with tragedies. Or doing shows in Spanish.” The performances on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 are open to the public. The others are for special audiences. The “Globe for All” tour will wrap up with three low-cost live performances available to the general public at the Globe’s Hattox Hall, Nov. 7 – 9. Tickets will be $10. Edelstein is looking forward to reaching these new audiences. “The military is a big part of San

team collaborating on the Virgin Mar y piece is primarily comprised of students. She hopes to inspire a new generation to pick up the chalk-covered torch after her. “It’s such a beautiful art form, I don’t want it to die, and so I’m taking an active part to make sure I teach it and hand down anything and ever ything I’ve learned in order to keep it going,” Linayao said. Fortunately, her efforts to keep the art alive don’t seem to be desperately needed yet. This year’s turnout of Gesso artists is Festa!’s largest to date. Check out Date Street between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 12 to see it for yourself. For more information visit little-italy-festa. —Contact Hutton Marshall at Diego that is underserved by the arts,” he said. In addition to the performances for active duty members at the naval base, one of the shows will be performed for homeless veterans at Veterans’ Village of San Diego. “It’s a marvelous opportunity to experience live theater,” said Marilyn Cornell, clinical director of Veterans’ Village. “Many of our veterans are interested in the arts, and this will be a sober [alcohol free] experience.” Edelstein said that while “All’s Well That Ends Well” is easy to follow, he will go the extra step to make sure his audience understands the play and the context in which it was written. An hour before each show, there will be one-hour pre-show workshop, where the Globe’s teaching artists introduce Shakespeare to the audience. “We introduce the characters and the plot and the language and offer ideas how to listen to it,” Edelstein said. Although the current audience for Shakespeare tends to lean more on the wealthy side, Edelstein hopes the “Globe for All” program reminds people that, in his day, Shakespeare was as mainstream as you could get. “The original audiences for these plays was from the whole social spectrum,” he said. “Theaters were controversial because of that. Some people have this sense that its overblown poetry, but very little is high-falutin.” The Globe is looking for other organizations to partner with for the “Globe for All” program. If interested, contact Roberta Wells-Famula at or call 619-231-1941 x 2144. For more information visit —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at v

“Globe For All” schedule OCT. 28 | Naval Base San Diego — 5 p.m. OCT. 29 | YWCA of San Diego County — 6 p.m. OCT. 30 | Veterans’ Village of San Diego — 6:30 p.m. OCT. 31 | George L. Stevens Senior Center — 1:30 p.m. NOV. 2 | Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Celebration Hall — 2 p.m. NOV. 4 | San Diego Central Library — 6:30 p.m. NOV. 5 | Father Joe’s Villages — 2 p.m. NOV. 6 | Centinela State Prison — 1 p.m. NOV. 7 | Old Globe’s Hattox Hall — 7 p.m. NOV. 8 | Old Globe’s Hattox Hall — 7 p.m. NOV. 9 | Old Globe’s Hattox Hall — 2 p.m.

Coronado Coronado Oils • 954 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 619 522-0098 | Spicy Red Apple Balsamic Salmon Ingredients: 4 salmon fillets (4oz each) 3 Tablespoons Spicy Apple Garlic Jam* 2 Tablespoons Red Apple Balsamic ¾ cup thin strips unpeeled Granny Smith Apple ¾ cup thin strips unpeeled red apple 1 leek, thinly sliced

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS Art & Frames 936 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 619 435-5212 | artcoronado. com Art & Frames is dedicated to the promoting a wide variety of artists, from traditional to contemporary. We represent local, national and international artists working in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and much more.  Our framing objective is to create brilliant designs while adhering to the highest standards in service, conservation and quality. This passion has resulted in award-winning custom frame designs since 1975.  All of our art restoration and cleaning work is done using the latest techniques and highest quality materials. Our goal is an end result that is as original as possible with an emphasis on conservation for years of enjoyment and value. Our gallery specializes in highquality conservation framing, art restoration and fine art. We offer inhome consultations that bring you a rare and special touch of personal service to ensure your art truly fits your lifestyle. Shorelines Gallery 918 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 619-727-4080 | slsdgallery. com    “Originally located in the Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown San Diego for five years, in 2012 Shorelines made the move just four miles over the San Diego — Coronado Bridge to the beautiful city of Coronado. Heading in to our third year in Coronado, we continue to bring affordable, unique and limitededition jewelry, glass works, metal art, bronze and more to our clients. We carry the ever popular Spiritiles by Houston Llew and specialize in custom STICKS Furniture; continuing our commitment to keeping everything in our gallery American made, supporting our local economy and the special relationships we share with our artists and everyone who walks through our door. We are a family-owned small business and are very passionate about what we do. Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone else, we have a little bit of everything for everyone!”


Preheat oven to 450. Tear off 4 sheets of foil. Place 1 fillet in center of each piece of foil. Combine Jam and Balsamic and spoon over fillets. Combine apples and leeks and spread evenly over salmon. Fold foil seal tightly. Place foil packets on baking sheet and bake 8 – 10 minutes (until fish flakes easily). Transfer to plates and ser ve over rice. *Jam available in our store Our new deluxe cookbook is in! Over 365 recipes!

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014



San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

Carmen Cusack as Alice Murphy and Wayne Alan Wilcox as Jimmy Ray Dobbs in the world premiere of Bright Star. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Martin and Brickell’s bright and charming star Charlene Baldridge The Old Globe assembles a solid company directed by Walter Bobbie for the world premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s original musical, “Bright Star.”

The production plays through Nov. 2 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, best known as the Old Globe Theatre. This review is based on the invited press performance of Sept. 27. Martin’s heartfelt book is based

THEATER on a true incident, and as they say, truth is stranger than fiction. The co-written music is awash in country and bluegrass, so much so that at the evening’s end one feels as if one had been to Branson or the Grand Ole Opry. Part of Eugene Lee’s facile set is a rustic, rolling bandstand containing most of the nine-member orchestra, dressed as citizens and led by Music Director Bob Berman, who is also the vocal arranger. The sweet story’s drawback (one might call it treacle if one enjoyed it less) is its transparency. Once the first act’s set up, numerous intertwined characters in two separate decades (1923 – 24 and 1945 – 46) is delivered, it’s likely that the astute onlooker has guessed the rest. All that remains is to poke one’s seatmate and say, “See? I told you so.” This is not to say the show should be coy about its denouement or should be changed. Its unsophistication is part of its charm, but will it survive Broadway? Perhaps the story is as honest and refreshing, as dark and light as its engagingly earnest, mostly fully fleshed characters steeped in the world of Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers. This is a land where villains are unusually devious and one’s social improprieties are public knowledge. This is especially true in Hays Creek and Ashville, North Carolina, where the action is set. A brief chamber music prelude, brilliantly written, sets up the possibility this could be a tragedy. Debarking the train at Ashville in his unadorned WWII private’s uniform, 22-year-old Billy Cane (A.J. Shively) has miles to go before he arrives home to reunite with his father (Stephen Bogardus), to tell him of his decision to become a writer. Beloved of Margo Crawford (Hannah Elless), who runs the local bookstore, Billy soon departs for Ashville, where he aspires to be published in the prestigious Ashville Southern Journal, run by the no-nonsense Alice Murphy (Carmen Cusack). The 1923 – 24 plot involves Alice’s romance with Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Wayne Alan Wilcox), son of corrupt and over-protective Zebulon mayor Josiah Dobbs (Wayne Duvall), who thinks he knows what is best for everyone. Five additional actors — Jeff Hiller, Kate Loprest, Stephen Lee Anderson, Patti Cohenour and Libby Winters — portray magazine staff and family members, all of whom are given full character and in some cases even a song. These, plus an ensemble of 11 and the two-era action provide a complex situation and a dizzying array of characters whose motivations are not always clear. It’s almost “The Winter’s Tale” of musical theater. Virtues: the singing, particularly that of Cusack, who moves easily from uptight, demanding boss to girl in love. Her voice has a slight country bleat, excellent tone and diction. The others are all better than adequate, with Hiller providing needed comic relief. The drawback: Most of the 17 songs, which include solos, duets and ensembles, sound alike. Nonetheless, the show’s got heart. In addition to Lee’s ingenious set, other assets include Jane Greenwood’s costumes, Japhy Weideman’s lighting, Nevin Steinberg’s coherent sound design, and Josh Rhodes’s choreography. Despite their frequent travels

A.J. Shively as Billy Cane in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star, a new American musical. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

the orchestra apparently has a great time. Peter Asher is musical supervisor and August Eriksmoen orchestrator. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at

World premiere of

“Bright Star”

By Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Tuesdays-Sundays through Nov. 2 The Old Globe Theatre Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park Tickets start at $49 or 619 23-GLOBE FROM PAGE 1

SLEEPLESS fundraising effort. The main program offered by SDRM, founded nearly 60 years ago, is an intensive rehabilitation program that lasts from 12 to 16 months. About 400 people are part of the program at any given time. In addition to the children’s center, SDRM has also recently begun a transformation housing center that includes 28 beds for women and 20 beds for men. “It’s designed to serve a much broader need for people who need shelter,” Johnson said, pointing out that the transformation housing center differs from the intensive rehabilitation program. While he and other SDRM organizers have witnessed a number of triumphs in participants’ lives, Johnson readily realizes there is still a significant amount of work needed.

Cots await sleepers . (Courtesy SDRM)

“It’s been ver y difficult because people can’t live in this city on minimum wages,” Johnson said. “We no longer have much of a manufacturing sector. There are people working two or three jobs and are still not making ends meet.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently revealed San Diego moved down a ranking — from third to fourth — for homelessness. But the overall numbers continue to hold steady. The city trails New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. The local rescue mission continues to evolve, Johnson said, but the overall mission statement remains the same. “We want to help bring creative solutions through meaningful programs,” he said. The eighth annual Sleepless in San Diego will be held Saturday, Oct. 11 from 4:30 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m. Participants will sleep outside in the elements at NTC Park, located at 2455 Cushing Rd. at Liberty Station. For more information visit, sdrescue. org or call 619-687-3720. —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 af finity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@ v


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


News | Oct. 2014 SanDiego DiegoDowntown Downtown News | Oct. 2014 16 San


Little Italy Resident’s Group News: Cinema Little Italy and Convivio want you to attend their Saturday Italian Movie Nights, beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. These films will be shown at the fabulous Convivio Center on India St., and they might help you learn a little Italian, or you may just opt to read the subtitles. In addition to the list of films, Cinema Italy will also be showing

“Mediterraneo” – winner of the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 1992, on Saturday, Oct. 11, outdoors, at the Amici Park Amphitheater. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, our Mayor Kevin Faulconer is hosting a Free Workshop to encourage business owners to hire Veterans.

Italy Nails and Spa 1970 Columbia St. 619-764-5321 We are newly opened nail salon located in Little Italy offering spa pedicure/gel manicure, waxing, facials, eyelash extensions, and foot and body massage. We carry the highest quality brand-name products, offer great customer service and have over 200 gel colors to choose from. All services come with a small beverage. As a grand opening special, we are offering 20 percent off of all services. Your beauty is very important to us, so your satisfaction is guaranteed. Come join us for this special offer and enjoy a relaxing spa pedicure on a new infinity spa chair. Once again we appreciate everyone›s business and hope to see you soon.

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


BENVENUTO! The Little Italy Association (LIA) is the only district management corporation of its kind in any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States. LIA deals with a variety of livability issues that range from sidewalk cleanliness to new building design review; from community schools to no-leash dog run parks. The Association pledges to advocate on behalf of its members’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion, and economic development while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the community.

Space San Diego Multifunctional. Flexible. Transformable. These are terms we hear all the time from customers coming into SPACE san diego. Most downsizing from larger homes, asking HOW to make living in a smaller space possible?Others looking to furnish a second bedroom, with sleeping space for visitors, but utilizing the space for themselves the majority of the time. TRANSFOMABLE furniture is our specialty and we’re excited to introduce new and exciting product coming this fall. Coffee tables that adjust in height and expand, as well as beautiful consoles that expand into full size dining tables when you need to serve the whole family, or just need to spread out! We know HOW to maximize living space AND give it the wow factor that you envision. We’ve been designing for the Downtown public for 13 years Come visit us to see our newly arrived electric wall mounted and built-in fireplaces with LED colored lighting! Ooh la la! 
1531 Pacific Hwy. San Diego, CA 92101
 Tel: 619.237.0727 Cell: 619.309.9203 
 web site:


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


Little Italy events coming up in October Oct. 5 – Our Lady of the Rosary mass & procession: Come watch parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish march from the Church, down India Street, to the San Diego Harbor with the statue of the Madonna hoisted on their shoulders. This event has been going on since the early 1950s, when the parishioners would march down and bless the Tuna Boats. So join us in a small part of Little Italy history. Contact the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church for more information at 619-234-4820. Oct. 7 – Little Italy board of directors’ meeting: The Little Italy Association Board of Directors’ Meetings are open to the general public to discuss the Little Italy Association’s general business, upcoming events and issues. This meeting will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall (1654 State St.) from 8:30 – 10 a.m. If you would like to be added to the reminder list, please email: Chris@LittleItalySD. com Oct. 12 – 20th annual Little Italy FESTA! Little Italy Association is proud to make the Little Italy District come alive. Come and enjoy over 180 Italian Food & Crafter Booths, 3 stages of entertainment, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk): Little Italy’s Chalk Painting Event, a Stickball Tournament and a Beer & Wine Garden. Load up the family, friends & pets and come to the Largest Italian Festival on the West Coast. This event is held on India Street between Ash and Grape streets from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit little-italy-festa.

bb meme hair salon 937 E St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-6811 | bb meme hair salon is owned and operated by two skilled hair stylists, Oanh and Koji. Both have a great career history, dating back to Koji’s native Japan and she trained at a popular salon in San Diego as well. Oanh got her start with a well-known and popular salon in Downtown San Diego too.

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

Our keratin treatment restores and protects, maintaining your hair’s natural properties by creating a shield over each strand, restoring it from the inside out while protecting it against harmful UV rays, pollutants, chemical treatments and the rigors of shampooing and styling. This is a healthy, all natural procedure that helps to strengthen, revitalize and add body and life to all different types of hair. The keratin complex solution will leave your tresses feeling soft, silky smooth and most of all, controllable. Perhaps best of all, the cost for the service is about half of what you would pay at another salon.


We use a special keratin protein procedure called GK Resistance treatment system, which normally costs $300. GK is excellent at helping to make frizzy, damaged and unruly hair more manageable, shiny and silky. It will also bring back the overall health of the hair by thoroughly and deeply conditioning the locks all the way to the follicles. And process is quicker than other keratin treatments. It’s time to take care of your hair that has been exposed to the harsh summer sun. Come in during the month of September and receive a 20% discount on the Keratin treatment.

Call Yana Today to Advertise!


Yana Shayne (619) 565-4454


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


A mondo vegan restaurant named Café Gratitude is coming to the mixed-use Broadstone Little Italy building early next year. Born out of the Bay Area more than a decade ago, the popular eatery will crank out an array of vegan cuisine made with organic, seasonally driven ingredients. Construction to the 9,000-square-foot space begins this fall. 1980 Kettner Blvd., Another newcomer to Little Italy opens in mid-October with a menu specializing in South American seafood dishes. Named Sirena (the Spanish word for mermaid), the restaurant is the first commercial tenant to move into the Villa Cusma apartment structure. The restaurant is being launched by Arhe Cuisine Corporation in San Diego. 1901 Columbia St., 619-564-8970.

Traditional clambakes at Spike Africa’s throughout October (Courtesy The Nth Element)

Forget forks and knives. Diners visiting Spike Africa’s during October’s National Seafood Month need only don a bib and ready their hands for a messy, mouthwatering clambake that ser vers dump directly onto the tables. The meal includes a medley of shellfish, seasonal veggies and potatoes cooked in seasoned broth. Garlic bread, Old Bay Seasoning and hot sauce clench the deal. The clambakes are available for dinner throughout the month and cost $35 per person. Minimum parties of two are required. 411 Broadway, 619-795-3800.

Executive Chef Luisteen Gonzalez of Puesto at The Headquarters has partnered with fishermen from the new Tuna Harbor Dockside Market to create fresh-fish tacos based on what comes in on the boats. The various tacos, priced between $5 and $7, are available in limited quantities every Saturday and have so far included yellowtail, dorado and red snapper. 789 W. Harbor Drive, 619-233-8880. A yellowtail for Puesto (Courtesy Katalyst PR)

Prime steaks + Coronado (Courtesy Blue Bridge Hospitality)

The much-anticipated Stake Chophouse and Bar opens in mid-October in Coronado by Blue Bridge Hospitality, bringing to the island a bevy of share-friendly filets, individual chops and various dryaged cuts along with a selection of fresh, iced shellfish. Located in the former Ristorante La Terrazza, the 4,600-square-foot space received a complete makeover to achieve an upscale, modern-masculine feel as well as a large outdoor deck. Blue Bridge operates several other restaurants in Coronado, including Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q and Village Pizzeria. The company’s executive chef, Tim Kolanko, will oversee the menu at Stake. 1309 Orange Ave.

Look for a refreshed menu at 1500 Ocean in the coming weeks as new Chef de Cuisine Meredith Manee comes onboard with her “eclectic seasonal inspirations” culled from overseeing culinary operations at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver and other cities around the nation. Located within the Hotel Del Coronado, Manee will utilize the property’s on-site herb garden for introducing new dishes that are yet to be announced. Also occurring at the hotel is the upcoming Sea + Food Festival to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research. The event, which features a raw bar, clambake station and other seafood offerings, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Oct. 18, on the hotel’s beachfront Windsor Lawn. Craft beer, wines and spirits are also in the offing. Tickets are $125 and include parking. Guests must be 21 years or over to attend. 1500 Ocean Ave., 619-435-6611.

A quintet of San Diego chefs will showoff their body art at a unique culinary event titled, “Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo Dinner,” to be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at Saltbox Dining & Drinking. The five-course dinner allows each chef to create a dish based on one of their tattoos as they explain the inspiration behind them. In addition, each chef will pair Kitchen Ink’s culinary crew their plates to a particular beer, wine (Photo by Mike Regala) or cocktail. The kitchen lineup features Jeremiah Bryant of Saltbox, Jarle Saupstad of Table No. 10, Elliott Townsend of The Pearl, Rose Peyron of Counterpoint and Johnny Duran of Prepkitchen. Tickets are $50 (plus $15 for beverage pairings). Reservations are required. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003.v —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at


Eggs with a view

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


RoofTop600 at Andaz

600 F St. (Gaslamp District) 619-849-1234 Prices: breakfast, lunch and brunch entrees $9 to $16

B Y F R A N K S A B AT I N I J R .


nmarked and somewhat hidden from sight is an open-air dining area incorporated into RoofTop600 at Andaz San Diego, which operates mainly as a sun deck, evening bar lounge and special-events venue. Yet for those ascending to the hotel’s seventh floor for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch, some lovable culinary surprises await. Heading the kitchen is Chef Laura De Martin Fabbro, a northern-Italian transplant who worked previously at nearby Sally’s Seafood on the Water. Her rooftop fare, constructed with elegant sauces and wholesome ingredients, is deserving of the sweeping urban views that come with it. Conversely, star-quality dishes like Jidori chicken hash accented by chili-lime Hollandaise or “green omelets” laced with kale and spinach puree are served within a section of the roof that doesn’t quite feel like a restaurant. The makeshift arrangement of tables is fronted by linen-draped couches resembling king-size beds, with no partitions separating sun worshippers from diners. A wall behind the dining area bluntly conceals the kitchen, except for a small row of windows looking in. And there is no host station or signage indicating that you’ve arrived to an establishment ser ving food when disembarking from the elevator.

Wandering accidentally over to the pool at first, a friend and I came for breakfast, which is served daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. (A similar brunch menu is available until 2:30 p.m. on weekends.) We began with muesli, a dish we would have likely skipped until learning that it’s house-made. The bowl of goodness featured steel-cut oats roasted with cocoa, brown sugar and maple syrup. Almonds and malt powder are also used in the recipe, qualifying it as one of the least vapid and darkest-color versions of muesli I’ve ever crunched through. It comes with plain Greek yogurt or milk. We chose the former, which added the perfect tang, although when dousing it later with milk, its gravel-y texture softened more to my liking. The chef does wonders with eggs and potatoes. My companion’s “So-Cal” Benedict featured two jig jiggly poached eggs set atop avocado, smoked turkey and English muffins. A draping of creamy chili-spiked Hollandaise, garnished with micro purple basil, raised the dish to superior status. An oh-my-God moment ensued when my friend took his first bite

(clockwise from bottom left) Blueberry and chai seed pancakes; So-Cal eggs Benedict; Potato and chicken hash with eggs (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

into a couple of small Yukon Gold potatoes that came alongside. For good reason, he insisted I taste them immediately. The chef roasts the spuds in herb oil, salt and pepper, and then partially breaks their skins before giving them a fast deep-fry. Served plainly, they tasted better than any baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream. Juicy and flavorful Jidori chicken that is raised free-range on deluxe vegetarian diets was a bonus in the hash I ordered. The pulled meat teamed up with diced cuts of the aforementioned potatoes, fresh soft-cooked kale and two poached eggs crowned with spicy lime Hollandaise sauce. The medley was further propelled by mushrooms that many chefs tend to avoid because of their expense: shimejis, oysters and criminis. This was breakfast hash at its earthiest. butBlueberry but

termilk pancakes with chia seeds were also stellar, leading us to believe at first that the ultra-fluffy disks contained some type of rising agent. But apparently not, as the chef later explained that it boils down to methodically mixing the ingredients together until the batter is smooth and glossy – an art that I’ve yet to master in my own kitchen. Other items on the breakfast menu include “eggs in a pot” with kale, bacon and smoky tomato puree; a carnivore’s omelet with turkey chorizo, chicken and bacon; and a tempting version of huevos rancheros elevated by avocado and tomato-chili sauce. Lunch patrons are afforded such choices as goat cheese terrine with roasted beets, shrimp mac-and-cheese with Poblano chilies and seared local halibut served with a fried egg, roasted corn and quinoa. While meal service on this rooftop remains relatively unknown, it serves as an affordable and secret alternative to other breakfast spots on the streets below, provided you don’t mind the occasional waft of suntan oil crossing your table. —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. You can reach him at

22 22


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

The GASLAMP Quarter 3 2


Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation 410 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-4692 |

SATURDAY, OCT. 4, 11 A.M. Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 5:30 P.M. Guided Gaslamp and Ghosts Walking Tour Reserve now

The tour includes architecturally significant structures of the period from Old City Hall (1874), to the Romanesque-style Keating Building (1890), to the Baroque Revival Louis Bank of Commerce (1888), along with fascinating stories of the people who shaped the destiny of the Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes the William Heath Davis House Museum.

Take a stroll through the Gaslamp›s haunted history with Davis House Historian, Sandee Wilhoit, who will recount ghostly happenings of the past . . . and of the present. Visit hotels, saloons, brothels, and a long-ago funeral parlor. End your tour inside «the most haunted house in the Gaslamp»: The William Heath Davis House. Cost: $15 | Duration: 1 hour | Distance:1/2 mile Reservations must be made, please call to confirm: 619-233-4692.

Our historically accurate walking tour takes place every Saturday at 11 a.m. starting at the Gaslamp Museum at 410 Island Ave.

Cost: $15 for adults, and $12 for those 55 and older, military, and students. Children under 12 are always FREE. Duration: 90 minutes The tour takes place rain or shine, and reservations are strongly suggested.

The tour takes place regardless of weather conditions: NO REFUNDS.

Rev your engines down Fifth Avenue


Calling all automotive enthusiasts! Join us on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the heart of the Downtown for the sixth annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase! FREE to the public, this traffic-stopping show will draw the eye as Fifth Avenue is taken over once again from E Street to K Street. This well-known event is notorious for miles around as an exquisite display of unique and superb vehicles are exhibited in the historic Gaslamp Quarter! During your visit, you will have the chance to peruse everything from European Luxury to

pure American Legends. While you’re admiring the numerous automobiles, take advantage of all Fifth Avenue has to offer by browsing the charming shops and dining at the many delectable eateries. There is endless fun to be had on this beautiful October Sunday! As tradition goes, the Mopar Club of San Diego will be back to display Mopar-powered vehicles in all their glory. This group is full of car enthusiasts that are dedicated to preservation, restoration, modification and having fun with Chryslers, Dodges, Plymouths, DeSotos, and AMC’s. You’ll also want to stop by the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance block and visit the classes that will be on display in anticipation of the upcoming 2015 show. This showcase will surely rev your engines so make sure to check out this one-of-a-kind event! All of the proceeds from the Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase will go towards the Gaslamp Quarter Association’s ongoing efforts to enhance and protect the National Historic District. The Gaslamp Quarter Association would like to thank the following partners for making this event possible: car2go San Diego, American Collectors Insurance, Henry’s Pub, Rockin’ Baja Lobster, Dick’s Last Resort, Mopar Club of San Diego, La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, Sports Car Market, San Diego CityBeat, Easy 98.1, KSON-FM, and KISS-FM 95.7. The Gaslamp Quarter Association is the official 501(c)6 non-profit trade organization of the Gaslamp Quarter, and is partially funded by The City of San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program. For more information or to register for this top-notch show, please visit fifth-avenue-auto-showcase.


Scar Tissue Adhesions

Cutting edge chiropractic clinic using Rapid Release Technology for scar tissue adhesions






San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

Downtown becoming a happening place for live music

Kris Bradley performing at the Tin Roof (Courtesy Tin Roof)

Kai Oliver-Kurtin Since Downtown is a prime destination for San Diego nightlife, more businesses are incorporating live music into their offerings, to attract customers and give them a more substantial experience during a night out. Depending on preference of vibe, music lovers may strike a chord with one of the following neighborhood venues that have recently added to the music scene. Tin Roof Downtown’s newest live music joint, Tin Roof, took over the space formerly occupied by Rock Bottom Brewery on the corner of Fourth Avenue and G Street. With its original location in Nashville, Tennessee, Tin Roof has expanded to other popular cities across the South, and finally made its way west when the Gaslamp location opened in early June. Tin Roof supports all genres of music from country to pop and 80s to reggae, among others. A local talent booker helps scout for bands within San Diego, as well as regional and national bands, but Tin Roof has also brought popular bands from its Nashville stage out to its new San Diego location. “There are lots of places Downtown with expensive covers and DJs playing music from laptops,” said Bob Franklin, Tin Roof’s president and partner. “Tin Roof is a place to hang out with friends, have drinks, and enjoy a night out with live music.” When Tin Roof took over the 11,000-square-foot space, they built a stage where bands can perform and topped all three of the bars with their namesake tin roofs. Unique to the San Diego location, an upstairs mezzanine level provides an additional viewing and seating area. Outdoor patio seating is also available for those there strictly for a meal. Tin Roof’s original Southerninspired menu brings flavors from both Tennessee and Mexico, including their signature chicken ‘n waffle nuggets. As for the alcohol, all shots are served in disposable medicine cups to keep things easy. “We have amazing music in a unique vibe,” said Franklin. “It’s relaxed and casual, but still busy and upbeat.” Franklin lived in San Diego before heading to Nashville, and said Tin Roof is somewhere he would’ve enjoyed going as a resident. So far business is off to a great start, he said. “The community is eager to support live music played by

real live people in the Gaslamp,” Franklin said. Tin Roof has early, extended happy hour drink specials Monday through Friday, as well as nightly specials to coincide with entertainment such as full-band karaoke and singer/songwriter nights, and live music nightly except Sundays during football season. To view upcoming music and events, visit Moonshine Flats For a good old-fashioned honkytonk bar, boogie on over to Moonshine Flats on Seventh Avenue in East Village, adjacent to Petco Park. Open for business Thursday through Saturday, Moonshine Flats has a large stage for its house band, The Jonathan Lee Band; a spacious dance floor; a floor-to-ceiling LED screen; and two raised platforms for dance exhibitionists. The 10,000-squarefoot venue also houses the longest bar on the West Coast at 80 feet. Moonshine Flats opened in mid-February, but recently expanded to include The Deck, an indoor/outdoor space that resembles a Southern backyard barbeque with popular tailgating games such as cornhole, flip cup, ping pong, foosball and beer pong. While playing, guests can order peel and eat shrimp, baby back ribs and chicken wings by the bucket. “We spend a lot of time and effort to create a high level of entertainment and production to make a fun environment,” said Ty Hauter, owner. “Now with The Deck open, there’s something for everyone.” On Thursdays, Moonshine Flats offers drink specials, free line dancing lessons, live music with their house band playing a mix of country and rock, and deejays playing high-energy country, throwing in some pop songs and other popular dance music. Fridays and Saturdays at Moonshine Flats have a similar format starting with happy hour, line dancing, and then live music from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, followed by a deejay and dancing until close. Hauter said the environment attracts people with more traditional values, making for a friendlier atmosphere with fewer problems in the crowd. In other words, there won’t be a lot of “bumping and grinding” or fighting found here; it’s more old school and chivalry. “I think the format is ver y female-friendly,” said Hauter. “The dance floor tends to draw them in,” he said, adding that men aren’t always as comfortable rushing out to the dance

floor, but the women tend to take to it right away. Hauter handpicked The Jonathan Lee Band and has worked with them to tweak the format and create a consistent level of entertainment at Moonshine Flats. Up-and-coming country acts and regional talent passing through town have made guest appearances alongside the band. “It’s not a straight-on country bar,” Hauter said. “We try to cast a wide net.” Moonshine Flats houses five bars with unique elements like the barber “shot” chairs and alcohol slushie machines. Harley Davidson motorcycles hang from the walls, and truck tailgates can be pulled down to provide seating in the lounge area. For line dancers who work up an appetite, a pick-up window from the adjoining kitchen of Lucky’s Lunch Counter serves up late night bar food until 1 a.m. For more information, visit Spike Africa’s For dinner and a show, Spike Africa’s fits the bill with its fresh seafood menu and recently added live music program on Friday and Saturday nights and during brunch on Sunday. “We started doing a jazz brunch since Croce’s left and no one else was doing it Downtown,” said general manager Alex Fernandez. Genres of music vary, but typically the Friday and Saturday night bands play blues, classic rock, R&B and Top 40 hit covers. Live music kicks off on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 p.m., and lasts for three hours each night. On Sundays, a jazz band plays for the brunch crowd starting at 11 a.m. Since opening last year, Spike Africa’s has fielded questions from customers seeking recommendations for live music venues Downtown. This year the restaurant was able to amend its liquor license to include live music of its own. To help ensure the music doesn’t compete with dinner conversation, they also offer seating in a separate dining room or outside on their elevated sidewalk patio. “There seems to be a lack of live music Downtown, which encouraged us to amend the license,” Fernandez said. “But we don’t charge a cover like some of the other bars.” Spike Africa’s offers daily food and drink happy hour specials, including $1 oysters, late night happy hours Monday through Thursday, hosted small bites and desserts on Mondays, and Taco Tuesdays. They also have a clambake planned and offer monthly beer pairing dinners, including one with The Lost Abbey on Oct. 10. “We’re the only moderatelypriced seafood restaurant Downtown,” Fernandez said. “Spike Africa’s has a casual, fun environment, and the bar lends itself to an upbeat atmosphere.” Spike Africa’s is located at 411 Broadway Ave. 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. Contact her at


undoubtedly have the dance floor full. Equally enthralling, The Burning of Rome will certainly break out some of their spooky tunes for this one. Check out their song “Norman Bates” for a taste and axe any other plans for the night. 8:30 p.m. $20 advance/$22 door.

Humphreys by the Bay

Tunes About Town Jen Van Tieghem 98 Bottles Oct. 11 – Gilbert Castellanos This special performance dubbed “Noche de Boleros: The Romantic Side of Gilbert Castellanos” will feature the renowned jazz trumpeter along with several other talented musicians: Kamua Kenyata, Carlos Vasquez and Mackenzie Leighton. On upright bass, Leighton is a deft performer bringing a youthful energy to the classic instrument. Castellanos and his support talents always give a rousing performance laced with Latin and soul influences. If you need a date night with musical accompaniment this month, this is your best bet. 8 p.m. $20 advance/$25 door. Oct. 30 – Tiffany Jane and The Kicks with special guest Rebecca Jade Jane and her band are no strangers to the Back Room at 98 Bottles. The emotive singer slays on original tunes blending funk, jazz, pop, soul and other genres. She also brings a repertoire of covers, which get the band’s — and Jane’s — own spin, and they are instant crowd-pleasers. For this show, they’ll be joined by the multi-talented Rebecca Jade, whose vocals are full of enchanting soul. The opportunity to see these two songstresses share the stage should not be missed. 8 p.m. $10 advance/$13 door.

Casbah Oct. 9 – Old Tiger; Oh, Spirit; The New Kinetics; and Second Cousins Old Tiger hasn’t hit the stage since last year’s San Diego Music Awards (where they took home the award for Best Pop Album). With this long-awaited return the retro rockers will be reintroduced into the wild in a big way. The lineup of rad local talent includes openers Oh, Spirit, who conjure up the spirit of The Beatles with a modern alternative. Also playing are The New Kinetics, who fire off high-energy on garage rock anthems. Rounding it out in the Atari Lounge, Second Cousins will bring their folk rock harmonies between main stage sets. 8:30 p.m. $6. Oct. 31 – The Creepy Creeps, The Burning of Rome, Cramped and Schitzophonics Each year our classic rock club puts together a great Halloween party. This year All Hallows Eve falls on a Friday, giving ghouls and ghosts one more reason to get out and enjoy some great tunes. Besides having the perfect name for this occasion, The Creepy Creeps bring a space-rock madness to the stage. Their trippy tunes will

Oct. 6 – San Diego Music Awards This celebration of local music will include lots of elbow-rubbing for musicians and fans alike – and the event couldn’t be at a better venue. The outdoor acoustics and waterfront locale of Humphreys make it the ideal host. Each year the awards also showcase a handful of bands representing our diverse music community with live performances. This year jazz pianist Joshua White, psychedelic rockers The Donkeys and ethereal folk darlings The Midnight Pine (all of whom are also nominated this year) are just a few highlights. The event is also the primary fundraising vehicle for the Guitars for Schools program by the San Diego Music Foundation. 7 p.m. $35. Oct. 31 – Citizen Cope This show promises to be a very special occasion for fans of the soulful singer-songwriter, who will be accompanied by a full band. In honor of its 10th anniversary, Citizen Cope (aka Clarence Greenwood) will perform his 2004 breakout album The Clarence Greenwood Recordings in in its entirety. The disc’s emotionallycharged rock tunes include the powerful “Son’s Gonna Rise” featuring Carlos Santana. A second set of other Citizen Cope tunes will be an added bonus to their one-of-a-kind concert. 7:30 p.m. $41.

Kona Kai Resort and Marina Oct. 9 and Nov. 1 – Whitney Shay The Vessel restaurant at Kona Kai will present this sexy siren twice in the next month. Shay’s classic beauty matches her vocal chops, which lend themselves to big band numbers and jazzy standards. Whether she’s bringing sultry blues or upbeat peppiness she’s mesmerizing to watch and always has local talents to accompany her sets. 6 p.m. Free. Oct. 16 – Missy Andersen Andersen is known for her passionate vocals, which she uses to blend soul, R&B, blues and other genres. The smokiness to her style is powerful and reminiscent of classic singers of the past. Andersen is nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Blues performer — a stop by this set or any other by this active songstress will easily showcase why. 6 p.m. Free. —Jen Van Tieghem can be reached at


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


Water, the fundamental nutrient There is a much-underrated nutrient that can suppress the appetite naturally, help the body metabolize stored fat, combat water retention, help rid the body of waste, and help maintain muscle tone. Is it some exotic expensive supplement or herb? No, it’s plain old water. How does the adequate intake of water help metabolize fat? By letting the kidneys function properly, which lets the liver function properly and metabolize stored fat into usable energy. How does water combat water retention? As paradoxical as it seems, the best way to overcome a water retention problem is to drink more water. Whether you are retaining water because you don’t drink enough and your body perceives a shortage — and therefore goes into a fight or flight mode and actually stores water — or because you consume excess salt, drinking more water will alleviate all of these problems and more. Remember: 70 percent of your muscle cells are comprised of water. Getting enough water reinforces your muscles’ natural ability to contract, and it prevents dehydration.

Fitness Scott Markey How much water do you need? That depends on your physical activity, or what athletics, training or sports you might be engaging in. In my opinion, the average person should drink around two quarts a day, more if you are overweight, and even more if you are a competitor in any sport. The men and women I coach compete in a wide variety of sports, from football, to fitness, bodybuilding, soccer, cycling, triathletes, etc. All

of these athletes consume quite a lot of water, as it is a necessity. I am constantly asked whether my clients should take this supplement or that, or jump on the latest marketing fad, as they are inundated with product and supplement ads, ranging from those that just flat out don’t work and those that do. My point is, before you even think about adding different supplements to your daily routine, you should be most concerned about your water intake and your vitamin-mineral supplementation. Also, let’s not forget that not only is water the most essential nutrient for your body, in most cases it is free. So stay healthy and make it a priority to consume more water. Even if that means taking it around with you wherever you go. Some may look at you strangely as you carry your water around with you all the time, but it is your body, and you are doing what is necessary to keep it healthy.

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Taking flight and making histor y Spanning the skies at 4.71 Mach speeds in the experimental X-15, space shuttle explorations, and piloting a 65-horsepower Piper Cub have all been career contrasts for retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Joe Engle.

—Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at Maj. Gen. Engle with his X-15 (Courtesy Joe Engle).

He’s logged more than 14,700 hours of flight time. That’s a sampling of more than 185 different types of aircraft, including 25 fighters, where his fingers have been at the controls. Solid credentials for him to join seven other inductees into the International Air and Space Hall of Fame, planned for the Museum’s Pavilion of Flight on Nov. 1. Since 1963, the Hall has honored more than 200 of the world’s most significant pilots, crewmembers, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space pioneers. This year’s class also includes Fitz Fulton, test pilot on the XB-70 Supersonic Bomber/B-58 Hustler; Bill Boeing, Jr., influential preservationist of air and space history; retired Marine General and aviator John (Jack) R. Dailey, director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: The Ninety-Nines, an international women’s pilot fraternity whose first president was Amelia Earhart; WD-40, a company that played a significant role in the quest to protect the Atlas Rocket, and a world renowned name in lubricants; Roger Schaufele, innovative aircraft engineer/designer and stunt pilot Bessie Coleman. Engle, the eighth pilot to fly the X-15, reached Mach 4.71 and an altitude of 77,000 feet on Oct. 7, 1963. He entered the history books on June 29, 1965, when he flew the X-15 to an altitude of 280,600 feet. Twice more before that year ended, he would pilot the rocketpowered aerospace plane more than 50 miles above the Earth’s surface. “We’re especially pleased to honor this exemplary class of 2014 because these pioneers have not only pushed back the

frontiers of air and space exploration, they’ve also become strong positive role models for today’s youth,” said Jim Kidrick, San Diego Air and Space Museum president and CEO. Milestones are something Engle understands, as he frequently reached them during his experiences with the X-15 as a pilot of the prototype space shuttle Enterprise during 1977 approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, and as commander of two space shuttle orbital missions. “It was the ultimate flying machine,” he said. “No airplane can live up to what the X-15 did.” A key contribution of the X-15 flight research program was to help engineers develop confidence that an unpowered spacecraft could glide to a safe landing on earth. Also, the maneuvers used to slow the X-15 were nearly identical to those of the space shuttle from Mach 6 to landing. Launched from beneath the wing of a modified B-52, the X-15 was the first piloted aircraft to exceed Mach 4, 5 and 6. “My first flight was a highlight,” he commented in a telephone interview from his Houston NASA office. “It was a relatively benign profile as far as speed and altitude, but benign in the X-15 was several orders of magnitude faster and higher than I’d ever been. Altitude flights were the ones I enjoyed. “All X-15 flights were as exciting and busy as can be,” he said. “There just wasn’t time to sit and look around much.” Emgle is currently an engineering consultant and technical advisor on space vehicles and space operations and is serving as technical advisor to NASA’s International Space Station Advisory Committee. “The only plane I personally owned was the Piper Cub, but that was just to teach my son to fly,” Engle said. At 32, Engle was the youngest test pilot. Now, 50 years later, he’s the only one still alive. Elsewhere in the Park — Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will host the West Coast premiere of “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.” Visitors can explore what the genome is, its scale and structure, and how genomics plays a role in modern life. The exhibition shows how genomics has added to archaeological and fossil evidence, not only increasing knowledge of human origins but also helping to answer questions about recent ancestr y ... San Diego Auto Museum’s Research Director Kenn Colclasure wondered why people wanted to chop up cars — vintage 1950s — as an expression of some art. So he’ll parade 12  “lead sleds” onto the floor of the Museum for the next three months. Colclasure is calling it Art on Wheels. “If I can get a couple more show stoppers, I’m going to crowd them in,” he said. “I’ve got ‘50 Mercs, dropped way down and painted primer black.” —After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. You can reach him at


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014



FRIDAY – OCT. 3 First 5 First Fridays – Nightingale Music: Recommended for ages 4 and under. Introduce children to a variety of music types. 10:30 a.m. Main Level – Lounge, New Children’s Museum, 200 W. Island Ave., Marina District. Visit Public opening of “Exposing Scars”: Free admission to see this new exhibit by photographer Jennifer George with wine and snacks served. Show runs through Nov. 30. 5 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit Blue Man Group: The popular and unique entertainment of the Blue Man Group opens tonight and runs through Oct. 5. 7:30 p.m. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1199 Third Ave., Downtown. Tickets start $28. Visit SATURDAY – OCT. 4 The Royale: Previews begin tonight for a new play by Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black) loosely based on real events. Opens Oct. 9, closes Nov. 2. 8 p.m. Sheryl and Harvey White Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $29. Visit or call 619-234-5623. SUNDAY – OCT. 5 2014 Good Food Community Fair: Informational booths, culinary demonstrations, interactive activities for kids and more highlight this event with a focus on good, clean and fair food communities. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit MONDAY – OCT. 6 Writers Networking: Network with other writers and enjoy happy hour by the pool with this San Diego Writers, Ink event. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. Visit Film Forum: Free film screening of “Trust Me” with an all-star cast including Allsion Janney, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit TUESDAY – OCT. 7 Mobile office hours for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins: Residents are given a chance to meet Atkins’ staff and receive information on state services and obtain assistance with any staterelated agency. 4 – 5:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit speaker. Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan Community Workshop #2: Workshop to learn more about the plan and latest developments. 6 – 8 p.m. Civic San Diego Board Room, 401 B St., Fourth Floor, Downtown. Visit Taco Fights: Four-week taco competition kicks off. Six local chefs will face off — two per week

— with a champion being named on Oct. 28. Admission is free, taco tasting and voting is $6 ($10 with beer pairing). 7 – 9 p.m. The Blind Burro, 639 J St., Gaslamp. Visit

WEDNESDAY – OCT. 8 Turn It Up For Change: W Hotels Worldwide’s monthly mixer, featuring live music, kicks off in San Diego with a percentage of proceeds benefitting Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality initiative. 6 – 9 p.m. W San Diego, 421 West B St., Downtown. Visit Bright Star: American musical based on an original story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Tonight’s show featured a post-show forum to discuss the play with members of the cast. Showing through Nov. 2. 7 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $60. Visit or call 619-234-5623. THURSDAY – OCT. 9 Downtown Parking Management Group Meeting: Discuss monthly reports, suggested changes to various parking structures, and give public comment. 11:30 a.m. Civic San Diego, 401 B Street, Suite 400 (boardroom), Downtown. For more information contact Jodi Haley, or at 619-235-2200. Annual Alonzo Awards Dinner: Awards to honor the people, places and projects that contributed to the advancement of Downtown in the preceding year. 5:30 p.m. San Diego Marriot Marquis and Marina, 333 West Harbor Dr., Downtown. Visit San Diego Design Film Festival: A four-day festival featuring films touching upon architecture, design and planning themes starts today. Opening night celebration at 7 p.m. 1 Columbia Place Building, 401 W. A St., Little Italy. Visit Live Comedy: Well-known film, television and theater actor David Alan Grier will perform standup for three nights. 8 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $20

Club for Girls: “Genetic Journey” — journey to the center of your cells to find out what makes you, you! Noon – 2 p.m. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Members $12, nonmembers $14. Visit or pre-register 619-238-1233 x806.

SUNDAY – OCT. 12 Little Italy Festa!: For 20 years the Little Italy community has opened its streets to welcome guests to celebrate all things Italian. Food, art and a Kids Fun Zone are just a few highlights. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase: Get up close and personal with some of the most iconic automobiles in history at this free event. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Along Fifth Avenue between E and K streets. Visit Bike Clinic: Hosted by the San Diego Public Library in partnership with BikeSD and Bikes Del Pueblo. 1 – 4 p.m. At the bike racks of the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit MONDAY – OCT. 13 Film Forum: Free film screening of “They Came Together” starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit freelibrarymovies.

FRIDAY – OCT. 10 Celebration Under the Dome: A special event by the San Diego Public Library Foundation featuring literary-themed food, drinks and entertainment. 6 – 11 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit Wine and Canvas: Step-bystep instruction and materials are included in this event to create a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas painting to take home. Tonight’s painting: “Autumn Silence.” No outside food or drinks — both available for purchase. $35 per person. 6 – 9 p.m. Fabrison’s French Creperie, 1425 India St., Little Italy. Visit

TUESDAY – OCT. 14 Free Hugs Day: Students of Paul Mitchell the School will be roaming the Gaslamp’s plazas, parks and other popular spots offering free hugs to brighten people’s days. Day students 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., night students 5 – 7 p.m. Starting at Paul Mitchell School San Diego campus, 410 A St., Downtown. Visit pmtssandiego. com. PBID Advisory Board: Every second Tuesday the Downtown Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Advisory Board offers the public an opportunity for comment at beginning of meeting. 3 p.m. 401 B St., Suite 100. For more info visit downtownsandiego. org Health and Happiness Series: “Depression vs. Sadness … Learning to Know the Difference” with Dr. Christina Zampitella, FT, Psy. D is a free presentation to help recognize and manage sadness and/or depression. 5 – 7:30 p.m. The McMillin Center, 2875 Dewey Rd., Libery Station. Registration required at or 858-412-5250. The Royale: A new play by Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black) loosely based on real events. A post-show forum is included after tonight’s show (additional forums on Oct. 21 and 29.) Closes Nov. 2. 7 p.m. Sheryl and Harvey White Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $29. Visit or call 619-234-5623.

SATURDAY – OCT. 11 Second Saturday Science

WEDNESDAY – OCT. 15 HireLive Sales and Manage-

ment Career Fair: Free event for job seekers with opportunities for inside and outside sales reps, account executives, retail managers, customer service and much more. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Embassy Suites Hotel, 601 Pacific Hwy, Marina. Visit Open Mic Poetry: Alchemy Poetry Series organized by Seretta Martin. Featured guest poets Perie Longo and Chryss Yost. Participate in discussion and share your own poetry. Each meeting features an open mic segment. Third Wednesday of the month. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Visit

THURSDAY – OCT. 16 OUT at the Globe: A pre-play mixer for LGBT theater lovers featuring a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. $20 plus cost of a ticket to Bright Star or The Royale. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For more information visit or call 619-234-5623. FRIDAY – OCT. 17 Small Business Advisory Board’s annual Community Outreach Meeting: A special event to share ideas, resources and strategies to grow small businesses and brainstorm how city officials can better support small businesses. 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. War Memorial Building Auditorium, 3325 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park. RSVP to or call 619-533-6474. SATURDAY – OCT. 18 Three Wise Men Foundation Fundraiser: The foundation’s first fundraiser will include a special workout and the launch of their “Give the Change” card. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Visit Big Bay Bash: Free event for Fleet Week San Diego with free entertainment and games. First 500 military and dependents (with military ID) will also receive free food and a USS Midway Museum pass. 200 paid tickets for food/ Midway available at $15 each. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Visit An Evening with Jane Lynch: Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch debuts her West Coast solo concert. Special guest Kate Flannery. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit SUNDAY – OCT. 19 Coronado concert series: Free concert with Nardo John, 1 – 4 p.m. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. MONDAY – OCT. 20 Film Forum: Free film screening of “The Signal” starring Laurence Fishbourne and Olivia Cooke. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook. com/freelibrarymovies.

TUESDAY – OCT. 21 Jersey Boys: The musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons returns to San Diego and runs through Oct. 26. 7 p.m. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1199 Third Ave., Downtown. Tickets start $43. Visit WEDNESDAY – OCT. 22 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight — Picasso’s “The Nude.” 6 – 9 p.m. and is 21+ up. Cost is $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. You may bring your own wine for a $15 corkage fee. Limited $10 discount 98BOT14. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit paintingandvino. com. THURSDAY – OCT. 23 Live Comedy: Comedian and improve specialist Bruce Bruce will appear for four nights. 8 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $22 FRIDAY – OCT. 24 Wine and Canvas: Step-bystep instruction and materials are included in this event to create a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas painting to take home. Tonight’s painting: “Wildflowers.” No outside food or drinks — both available for purchase. $35 per person. 6 – 9 p.m. Fabrison’s French Creperie, 1425 India St., Little Italy. Visit SATURDAY – OCT. 25 Wacky Wonky Walk and Kid’s Festival: A Willy Wonka-themed walk and festival for kids host by and benefiting San Diego Center for Children. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., Downtown. Visit SUNDAY – OCT. 26 Coronado Concert Series: Free concert with Teagan Taylor Band, 1 – 4 p.m. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. MONDAY – OCT. 27 Film Forum: Free film screening of “The Girl on the Train” starring Henry Ian Cusick. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit freelibrarymovies. TUESDAY – OCT. 28 Film: The House of Spain, San Diego presents a monthly Films of Spain series. This month “The Mexican Suitcase (La Maleta Mexicana)” will be shown. 7 p.m. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit or filmsfromspainsd. WEDNESDAY – OCT. 29 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Jack-o-Lanterns.” 6 – 9 p.m. and is 21+ up. Cost is $45, all

see Calendar, page 31



San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

The bronze replica of a B-24 Liberator Bomber keeps watch over Veteran’s Memorial Garden. (Photo by Delle Willett)

Founder’s Plaza in Balboa Park was dedicated in 2001. (Photo by Delle Willett)

Landscapes for honoring The joy of being a landscape architect is having opportunities to do so many different types of projects, from private homes to entire communities. San Diego is filled with gardens and parks designed to commemorate veterans, fishermen, cancer-survivors, and city founders. Here are three examples in the heart of San Diego. Founders’ Plaza Situated near the corner of Laurel and Sixth, Founders’ Plaza is a generous gift to the citizens of San Diego from a local family who wanted to pay tribute to Alonzo Horton, Ephraim Morse, and George W. Marston, the three visionary men who dreamed of a city park that would provide enjoyment and recreation for its citizens.

Art on the Land Delle Willett

The plaza serves as an entrance feature to Balboa Park, located so that the majority of

park visitors would have direct access to its use, and it provides interpretive opportunities to learn about the accomplishments of these three individuals who gave of their time and money to establish this great park, initially called “City Park.” KTU+A’s Michael Theilacker (FASLA) designed Founders’ Plaza. Now retired, he was challenged to find the most suitable site for a plaza that would meet the project’s objectives. He was also responsible for the creative site design and layout of the founders’ sculptures in a setting that placed these men in an intimate relationship with the visitors and the park. Theilacker’s additional assignments were the creation of a quiet, reflective lily pond, contemplative seating, and selection of natural materials and special graphics. His leadership role was a significant contribution toward the promotion of creativity and education in the public’s interest.

The sculptures are the creative work of local sculptor, Ruth Hayward, who intensively researched the subjects to assure their historic accuracy. The posing of her sculptures adds an interactive element into the life of the plaza. The landscape planting was organized to represent the various time periods that the founders were involved in establishing Balboa Park. The plant arrangement begins with the native plant materials that were found in the area at the time Horton and Morse were initiating their work, and progresses to the later time of Marston and the many unique and colorful plants that were introduced into the park throughout his life. About the Founders: In 1868, Alonzo Horton and Ephraim Morse were assigned the responsibility of identifying lots for a suitable public park. They identified nine vacant pueblo lots (1,400 acres) on the outskirts of town to be established for the


park. This was a remarkable action, since only 2,300 people lived in San Diego at the time. George Marston was appointed to the Park Improvement Committee in 1902, along with Kate Sessions, the “mother of Balboa Park.” Ephraim Morse held a variety of public offices, but his support and commitment to the parklands he identified are his greatest and most enduring legacy. In 1871, when local landgrabbers produced a state bill to reduce the size of public parklands to establish more land for private use, Alonzo Horton traveled to Sacramento to defend a petition signed by 366 prominent San Diego citizens demanding protection and preservation of the park. This action merits his identification as one of Balboa Park’s first founders and one of its greatest protectors. His commitment and protection of the park continued throughout his life. George Marston personally funded the park design and hired the former superintendent of Central Park, Samuel Parsons, Jr. This action allowed the funds raised by the public to be used for park improvements and provided

see Memerials, page 27






H R Tactics Strategic Planning, Tactical Training Joe Whitaker operates H.R. Tactics, a full-service human resource consulting firm in Mission Hills, providing a broad range of human resource support, products and solutions for small to midsized companies with fees designed to put affordable human resources in reach. He can be contacted at 804-4551 or e-mail at


302 Washington St., Suite 112 San Diego, CA 92103




San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014 to be careful set around seven, large existing Podocarpus trees, all over 70 years old.

Piazza Basilone in Little Italy remembers not only GSGT John Bailone, but all those lost in Korea and WWII. (Photos by Delle Willett)


MEMORIALS the impetus needed to make the park a reality. In July 1903, park construction began at Sixth Avenue and Date Street. George Marston was there to provide leadership and direction. His devotion, vision, leadership and financial support were an inspiration to those who followed to continue his legacy into the future. Veteran’s Memorial Garden Designed by David Reed, Landscape Architects with AVRP Studio, this 1.1-acre garden in Balboa Park celebrates the contributions to our freedom made by

local cobble and concrete, can seat up to 50 visitors for docent talks. A row of flags representing all branches of service and POW/ MIAs flies high above the walk that joins the Veterans Center to the garden. Accessible routes were designed from three directions. Five bronze plaques tell the story of the garden, its donors and the B-24s and bomb groups who donated to the garden. Visitors are greeted by rows of red and white border roses, accented by cobalt blue Agapanthus in waves resembling our national flag. The poppy garden, designed with Flanders Poppies, the symbol of veterans’ organizations, brings a sense of annual renewal. The design required landscaping

our veterans. The design is comprised of three components: land, air and sea gardens, united by a central gathering place and a small amphitheater. The design of the Veteran’s Circle represents the principles of honor, duty and country. Quotes from past presidents are inlaid with bronze letters in colored terrazzo paving. An 18-foot bronze replica of the B-24 Liberator Bomber hovers above a reflecting pool, which mirrors the night sky often used by navigators during nighttime bombing runs. During the height of WWII, San Diego was churning out 100 of these bombers a week. The amphitheater, made from

Piazza Basilone Designed by landscape architect Marty Schmidt, ENVIRONS, the Piazza Basilone was designed Assofor the Little Italy Asso ciation 10 years ago. The piazza is one of the first urban plazas or parklets to be implemented in California, where streets and small right-of-way areas are converted into public spaces or parklets. Piazza Basilone is a war memorial to the residents of Little Italy who served or lost their lives during both World War II and the Korean War.  It’s also a personal memorial, named after the highest-decorated Italian-American from WWII, Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone. Basilone was a member of the United States Marine Corps who received the nation’s highest militar y award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal in WWII. He was the only Marine enlisted man to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross in WWII. The piazza is at the intersection of Fir and India streets. It was created by first narrowing Fir Street into a one-way street between India and Columbia streets, and then adding additional parking for the neighborhood.


Challenges included relocating some utilities and working with the fire department to be sure fire trucks and other safety vehicles had access through the streets if needed. Approvals through the city took 18 months to pass muster. It took another 12 months to get it constructed. Plantings around the piazza include Mediterranean-climate plant material, including an olive tree (a symbol of peace), grape vines, and roses. Throughout the piazza, Italian hardscape materials were incorporated into the design. Pride of the community, the piazza functions as the centerpiece for the association’s Festa! — an Oct. 12 celebration — as well as Art Walk, and other major events. On any day, residents and visitors to Little Italy find a place to sit and watch the world go by in the piazza’s amphitheater or on the café seating. The Little Italy Association recently completed a renovation on the piazza and rededicated the park. It also has plans for more parklets throughout Little Italy. “When we did this project, it was the first of its kind to develop a public roadway into a ‘parklet’, which is now in vogue, and numerous municipalities are following suit to create green opportunities wherever possible for the public,” says Schmidt. —Delle Willett has a 30-year history of designing, writing, and marketing. She is currently PR advisor to the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego chapter. She can be reached at




• • • • •

Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery ARTonage Dallmann Fine Chocolates Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Gelato Paradiso

• • • • • •

Geppetto’s Toys Kitson Life Is Good Lolo Madison Pizzeria Mozza

• • • • • •

preFAB Puesto Seaside Paper / Home Seasons 52 Simply Local Starbucks

• • • • •

Sunglass Hut The Cheesecake Factory Urban Beach House Venissimo Cheese Verde

789 West Harbor Drive | San Diego | CA | 92101 | 619.235.4014 |

Open: MON–SAT 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; SUN 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Restaurant hours may vary The Headquarters Events Oct. 2014

Italian Formaggio

Free Mat Pilates Class Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 6 – 7 p.m. Pop Up Studio San Diego

Buongiorno from the land of the world’s most popular cheese - Italy! Which one is it? You’ll have to come to find out. Take a tasting tour around the country that modernized production of cheese & boasts some of the most creative variations on the planet. Taste generous samples of the finest formaggio & sip complimentary Italian wine in a fun & intimate setting. Class $50. Get tickets at

Join The Headquarters at its new Pop Up Fitness Studio every Friday evening at 6 pm for an hour of FREE Mat Pilates sponsored by California Exercise. Bring your smile, yoga mat, towel and water. Rise Up (fitness event) Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Headquarters’ courtyard Join The Headquarters every Saturday in October at 8:30 am for 30 minutes of conditioning and 30 minutes of yoga as Fitness Experts from California Exercise help move us into a better body. Bring your smile, yoga mat, towel and water. Event to take place in our outdoor center courtyard. Drop in rate: $10.

Oct. 15 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Venissimo Cheese

Chocolate & Cheese Oct. 23 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dallmann Chocolates Chocolate is one of those foods that are purported to pair well with just about everything, and cheese is no exception. Decadent and creamy, these two foods are undeniably, sinfully, perfect together! Try them for yourself with our

carefully selected cheeses and world-class confections in this night of sweet and savory delights. Limited seating available. Class $25. Get tickets at

Truffles & Cheese Oct. 29 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Venissimo Cheese Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen ... Learn all about black and white truffles, summer and winter truffles, all CAPELLA considered the+“diamonds of SOLAZZO the earth.” Sample cheeses with truffles, plus truffle salt, truffle oil and much more. A complimentary glass of wine is included & you can enjoy a 10 percent discount off any in-store purchases the night of the class! Class $50. Get tickets at

Power of Pink All month long Madison San Diego Madison San Diego is pairing up with Brighton and Alex and Ani to raise money for several benevolent foundations that support breast cancer research and awareness. Shop Brighton’s collectible 2014 Power of Pink and Coachella Breast Cancer bracelets and the ‘Arms of Strength’ starfish bangle with pink crystal (while supplies last) and a portion of the proceeds | The Headquarters Color will be donated by Madison and our designer partners. Additionally, Madison San Diego will donate 25% of the profits on all prettily pink products from their specially created Brighton Your True Color collection and the entire Pandora charm collection in store. For extra sweetness and a show of support, come in on Booby Tuesdays (yes really!) where pink lemonade and pink cupcakes and sweet treats will be served all day!


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014



FeeLit Music –Art–Fashion 909 E St. Downtown Do you FeeLit? FeeLit is a music boutique dedicated to showcasing independent musicians, artists, and designers in a unique space located Downtown in the East Village. The unique store primarily features a wide array of recorded music, including thousands of vinyl records and cd’s. But FeeLit also carries locally designed apparel for both men and women, original hand-made jewelry, and other accessories. But FeeLit is not just limited to music, they also carry original art and prints from local artists, a wide selection of unique books, and collectible vinyl/ plush art toys. With artist supplies and DJ gear also available, there is truly something for everyone at FeeLit!

Dieter’s 1633 Market St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-4884 Dieter’s is an independent, AAA-rated, family-owned Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Mini Cooper service facility servicing San Diego with integrity since 1960. Our certified technicians have over 160 years of experience and share our mission to provide the best quality service to our clients. Being located in Downtown San Diego allows us to provide convenient service to car owners living and/or working Downtown. Come in Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and meet Traci Castle, manager and service writer, dedicated to providing excellent customer service.


There’s an app for that

San Diego resident Ana Bermudez shows off her app. (Courtesy Ana Bermudez)

Local ‘numbers’ woman leaves corporate life to pursue a dream By Alex Owens A love of shoes and statistics led to Ana Bermudez becoming a burgeoning Internet mogul. Bermudez, 29, a native of Logan Heights who now lives in San Carlos, is the creator of TAGit, a new app that allows iPhone users to tag cute clothes they see being worn by their favorite TV personalities and buy them. She calls it a “social wishlist” and “a social-registry for discovering, ‘favoriting,’ buying or gifting products from your favorite TV shows.” In just a few months, the app has grown in leaps and bounds. Bermudez is confident enough in the product’s future viability that she stepped down as CFO from AWM Global

Advisors, a wealth management company in Cortez Hill that she co-founded, in order to pursue her dream. It was a dream that started with a pair of shoes. “I was working 14- to 16-hour days and would fall asleep watching TV shows I prerecorded,” Bermudez said. “I saw a character selling a pair of shoes. I can’t tell you the show, but I loved the shoes.” Getting ahold of the shoes in real life was a challenge, but Bermudez noticed many blogs where women were asking the same questions about similar products. “I thought to myself, ‘How can I make easy to buy what I see on TV?’” she said. So far, the app allows users to tag the clothes seen in shows like “Pretty Little Liars,” “Big Bang Theor y,” “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” “Scandal,” “Modern

San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014


Family” and “True Blood” — shows that are popular with women ages 13-35 — the demo she believes is most likely to use the app. Although people can also purchase items through the site, Bermudez doesn’t see TAGit as an ecommerce site. “I’m more interested in big data, and selling that to designers, retailers, and ultimately, the networks,” she said. Bermudez said the information from a TV ratings ser vice like the A.C. Nielsen Company works by aggregating a small amount of data and extrapolating findings based on that data. TAGit’s approach is different: Not only can Bermudez tell what viewers are watching based on the items they tag, but the social network aspect allows users to promote a product they like to other people — even those who may not watch a show like “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Right now, Bermudez and staff match up items on the shows with similar items they find through research, but greater technology is planned. “We will have image recognition — where people can hold their phone up to the TV and tag the outfit then and there — in the future,” she said. Bermudez also hopes to partner with production crews and networks to make sure items are easily available; especially if she can show a new revenue stream through the data she is collecting. At a time when audiences for network shows are getting smaller, Bermudez believes networks and studios can make up the loss of income by marketing and selling the clothes worn by the characters. “I thought there might be privacy concerns, but the people who are using the app aren’t as concerned about privacy,” she said. “If they get something like a T-shir t worn by Sheldon on ‘Big Bang Theor y,’ they want to show it of f. That markets the show as well as the product. “And you don’t have to watch the show to buy the product if you see it tagged by a friend.” The app uses Facebook accounts for sign in and has coined the term “TAGging” as the method by which users identify their favorite items. The application is currently only available from the Apple App Store and compatible with the following products: iPhones, iPods and iPads. To learn more about TAGit, visit Bermudez’ blog at or —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Strut for Sobriety! Strut for Sobriety celebrated their 10th year at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Grande Ballroom on Sept. 13. This luncheon, awards ceremony and fashion show was hosted by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing). The event began with a shopping boutique in the Harbor Ballroom before adjoining to the luncheon. Each table was beautifully decorated with a cake from the San Diego Cake Club. Mistress of Ceremonies Rory Devine (NBC 7/39) and Geni Cavitt (TV meteorologist) began the festivities. This year Dianna Feeley was the honorary chair and Annette Bening was the celebrity honorary chair. Liz Crocker and Collen Ruis Ince were co-chairs. The 2014 PATH to Recovery honorees were San Diego Sheriff William Gore; Ethan Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance; Caroline Stewart, L.C.S.W. at A New PATH; Congressmember Susan Davis; and Alice Huffman of the NAACP. These honorees were recognized for their efforts to

reduce the stigma associated with addictive illnesses. The guest speaker was radio producer Little Tommy Sablan followed by a live auction by radio personality Joe Bauer who was also the guest auctioneer. The Junior Crew and San Diego Soccer Girls entertained the audience. The much-anticipated fashion show began with fashions from Macy’s Horton Plaza and eveningwear by PreVue. Gretchen Productions choreographed and produced this upbeat show, which had singers and dancers interspersed between the segments creating a unique event. Proceeds benefitted A New PATH, which helps reduce the stigma of addictive illness and works toward drug addiction treatment services. For more information visit Fashion through the ages The Angels of Aseltine Auxiliary presented Fashion Through the Ages on Sept. 17 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. Emcee for the event was KUSI meteorologist and feature reporter Dave Scott. Yvonne Silva was chair of the event committee. The luncheon and costume parade raised funds for local charities, including A New PATH, German American Societies, Globe Guilders, The GOLD Diggers, Moxie Theatre, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Women’s Museum of California and Write Out Loud. Each one of these

FASHION organizations entered a model dressed as one of the characters from the PBS series Downton Abbey or from that era. The audience voted for their favorite character. The winning organizations received cash prizes. First place was given to the GOLD (Gifts of Loving Donors) Diggers entry modeled by Leslie Zwail. Zwail wore a “dress for dinner” gown perfect for Lady Cora Crawley at a ball. They were awarded the Angel Halo prize worth $1,500. Second Place went to the Globe Guilders. Bonnie Wright modeled this ensemble in the style of Lady Mary Crawley in the 1020s. They were awarded the Angel Wings prize for $1,000. Scripps Ranch Theatre took third place. Jill Crexler’s red ball gown dated from the 1920s. They were awarded the Angel Harp prize for $750. There was a drawing for runners-up. The German American Societies won this Lucky Angel prize for $500. Gitta Kalker modeled a dress she made from a 1924 Mary Brooks Picken pattern with a drop-waisted frock for the afternoon teas. The event benefitted the Aseltine School that was formed in 1968. This innovative program works with San Diego’s K-12 students whose needs are not met in traditional settings. For more information about the Aseltine School visit Upcoming Events Oct. 18 | Freedom by Fashion — This white party charity event will be at Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe at 5 p.m. hosted by Hidden Treasure Foundation, which rescues and restores women and children victimized by human trafficking. For tickets visit freedom-by-fashion-white-partytickets-12020901841 Oct. 26 | From the White House to your house: Fashions inspired by our First Lady — at the Christian Fellowship Congregational Church from 4 – 7 p.m. This fashion show will be located at 1601 Kelton Rd. For more information call 619-262-8095. Nov. 8 | Fashion Gala — Presented by Heels2Heal, this exclusive runway show with designer Nicole Miller will be held at the private Estate of Alex and Laleh Roudi in La Jolla at 5:30 – 11 p.m. The event benefits the San Diego Youth Services. For tickets visit Nov. 13 |10 Best Dressed Award — Presented by Leonard Simpson of Fashion Forward and Dress for Success San Diego, this event will feature awards ceremony, formal seated dinner, theatrical show and dancing. The auction will be located at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines beginning at 5:30 p.m. For tickets visit —Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. She can be reached at

Several models on the runway for Strut for Sobriety are shown. (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014



CALENDAR Weekly Events TUESDAY 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. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m. First and B streets at Ferry Landing. Visit WEDNESDAY Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. Visitfacebook. com/FishermensFarmersMarket. Young Lions Music Series: A “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit THURSDAY Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit FRIDAY Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. Noon – 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. index.php. SATURDAY Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Over 100 booths, Date & India streets. Visitlittleitalysd. com/mercato. The Gaslamp Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Explore hidden areas of the Gaslamp Quarter & East Village and learn the unique history behind the Stingaree District. There are NO “Fear factor” tasks in this adventure. It’s all about having fun and seeing secret San Diego. 3 p.m. Visit SUNDAY Outdoor Organ Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit Live Music: Sunday jam with The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio. 2 – 5 p.m., 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Littly Italy. Visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at

FUN AND FESTIVE HALLOWEEN EVENTS Gaslamp Ghosts Walking Tour: Every Friday Davis House historian Sanee Wilhoit takes brave souls on a walking tour of ghostly sites Downtown. The tour includes hotels, saloons and more and ends inside the “most haunted edifice” of the Gaslamp — the William Heath Davis House. 5:30 p.m. Visit Oct. 8, 15 & 22: Silent Screams The Whaley House will screen horror and suspense films from the Silent Era. Showings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include the Whaley House Tour. Oct. 8: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Oct. 15: “The Cat and the Canary” and Oct. 22: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town. Visit Oct. 10, 11, 17 & 18: Ghost Hunting Tour A 90-minute paranormal investigation of San Diego’s most famous haunted site. Hear the history of the spirits of the house, learn how to use investigation tools and more. 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town. Visit Oct. 26: Halloween Family Day More than two-dozen participating locations in Balboa Park will present tours, storytelling, parades and contests with Halloween themes. Kids in costume (ac-


CALENDAR supplies included, but registration is required. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit

THURSDAY – OCT. 30 Live Comedy: Dan St. Germain, a regular on VH1’s Best Week Ever who has an upcoming special on Comedy Central, will perform standup for four nights. 8 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $18 FRIDAY – OCT. 31 See our Halloween Sidebar SATURDAY – NOV. 1 Over the Edge for Brain

Cancer: Participants, a.k.a. edgers, will raise $200,000 for San Diegobased brain cancer research by rappelling down the Grand Hyatt San Diego — the tallest building on the waterfront. Edgers raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1 Market Place, Downtown. Visit California Ballet Company presents Giselle: A classical ballet repertoire performed to pre-recorded music. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Sunday). Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. Tickets start at $40. Visit

SUNDAY – NOV. 2 Bright Star: American musical based on an original story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell closes. 2 & 7 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park.

companied by an adult) will receive a free give a the Balboa Park Visitors Center. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit Oct. 30: Halloween Reading A special reading of Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” The collection from 1981 includes Schwartz’s adaptations of folklore and urban legends. 6:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Free. Visit or call 619-333-0141. Oct. 31: Monster Bash This annual event takes over Gaslamp and East Village with eight blocks of festivities. A costume contest for $5,000 cash, 17 DJs and more highlight this event. VIP and general admission tickets available. 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Visit Oct. 31: San Diego Zombie Crawl 2014 Tickets include entrance to 20 Halloween Parties in Downtown with an opening part at A.D. Nightclub (905 4th Ave.) and a closing celebration at Stingaree (454 6th Ave.). Drink specials, welcome shots, extended happy hours and more will be available at various stops within walking distance. Visit for tickets, use promo code “EVA14” for $10 off and no service fees.

Tickets start $79. Visit or call 619-234-5623.

MONDAY – NOV. 3 Writers Networking: Network with other writers and enjoy happy hour by the pool with this San Diego Writers, Ink event. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. Visit TUESDAY – NOV. 4 Mobile office hours for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins: Residents are given a chance to meet Atkins’ staff and receive information on state services and obtain assistance with any state-related agency. 4 – 5:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit WEDNESDAY – NOV. 5 The Sky Tonight: A monthly

astronomer-led planetarium show touring the solar system with a new topic each month. This month is “Celestial Illusions.” 7 p.m. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit rhfleet. org.

THURSDAY – NOV. 6 Art San Diego: Four-day annual contemporary art show kicks off today and runs through the weekend. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Preview starts at 5 p.m. Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd. Visit East Village Association Board Meeting: Monthly board meeting for the East Village Association. All meetings are open to the public. 5 p.m. Room 219, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave. For more info visit eastvillagesandiego.comv


San Diego Downtown News | Oct. 2014

San Diego Downtown News - October 2014  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you