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Coyote presence puts South Park on alert

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Evolution on Adams Buds without a buddy

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Members of the San Diego Junior Theater perform a “spring swing dance” in front of the Adams Avenue Car Wash at Art Around Adams. (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

Growing Adams Avenue art walk signifies a neighborhood’s changing personality Kicking it in North Park

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Cynthia Robertson Uptown News

The business district along Adams Avenue is in a constant state of change. Highlighting the evergrowing vibrancy of the neighborhood, the 11th Annual Art Around Adams, which took place on June 7, provided the perfect opportunity for each business to showcase its eclectic personality. From early afternoon

until well past the sun’s setting, the avenue bustled with art, music and dance performances. Pedestrians moved from block to block to hear the music and see the sights. There was far too much occurring on the sidelines of Adams Avenue for a single bystander to witness, but a few happenings stood out. The Schitzophonics — headlining the Blindspot Records stage at

Smitty’s Service Station — had the audience in the streets moving and grooving. The Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra amused and delighted with their CD release party at the Adams Avenue Car Wash Stage. At Adams Avenue Integrative Health, acrobatic yoga artists fascinated passersby. Art Kids of San Diego painted electrical boxes. At the Book Tree, people stopped to watch artists painting en plaine aire. Jesse Lee Chase particularly admired the “mesmerizing” work

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North Park Theatre hums to a new tune

Ponying up

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The strength to serve

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The idyllic building on University Avenue, just steps from the North Park sign at 30th street, features an ornate façade and eye-catching marquee. Since being acquired by David Cohen, Bobby Jones and The Verant Group last year, the theater now has the means to play the part it is dressed for. In its 85-year history, the theater has given patrons a place for entertainment the times demanded: films, symphonies, and musical and theatrical productions. But as the urban landscape of North Park has shifted in its business makeup and residents, it’s time again for the theater to follow suit.

One way the venue now fits that landscape is with a united front with West Coast Tavern. The popular restaurant, which operates in the lobby area of the building, was once a separate entity, but together they make perfect sense. With Cohen and his partners at the helm of both establishments, they will offer a historic concert venue and a chic restaurant and bar in one place. “I think this is more in line with North Park overall,” Cohen said. “I think it’s bringing in a bit of a different demographic than was here for the [previous owners the L yric] Opera, which brought out an older crowd. … [North

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The historic sign adorning the North Park Theatre (Photo by Marissa Mortati)

The coyote, a common predator seen in California (Courtesy The Fund for Animals) Bonnie Nicholls Uptown News

Community concerns about mid-day coyote sightings and two reported fatal attacks on dogs in South Park are prompting the City of San Diego to place warning signs at the local dog park. The signs will go up on the kiosk at the entrance to the Grape Street Dog Park and near the restroom, according to Bill Harris, spokesman for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. The signs will warn residents that coyotes inhabit surrounding areas and to keep an eye on their pets. They will also instruct residents to report coyote incidents to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. One of the reported attacks took place at the dog park last month. Another occurred more recently while the dog was outside with its owner in the front yard. The coyotes are coming up out of the canyons and are “more visible,” said Melinda Lee, a 35year resident with two large dogs. “They’re up in the streets more.” She’s seen one on her neighbor’s front lawn, and she even saw a coyote near The Big Kitchen. Neighbors who use NextDoor.com regularly report sightings, calling attention to street locations and times of day. Coyotes usually hunt from dusk to dawn, and before this year were rarely spotted in the middle of the day.

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City pushes forward modified minimum wage increase McKenna Aiello Uptown News

San Diego is one step closer to seeing an increase in the minimum wage as City Council voted 6 – 3 on Monday, June 16 to begin negotiations with City employees over Council President Todd Gloria’s proposal to increase the pay rate for minimum wage workers to $11.50 an hour by 2017. The increase, which could either be enacted as a city ordinance or go before voters on November’s ballot, was downsized from Gloria’s initial proposition to increase the minimum wage 64 percent to $13.09. The original proposal was met with backlash from some San Diego business owners who felt the three-year incremental increase came on too fast and too soon. This prompted Gloria to release what he called, a “common sense compromise,” where starting on Jan. 1 for the next three years, the current $9 minimum wage would increase to $9.75 in 2015, $10.50 in 2016 and $11.50 in 2017. Indexing for inflation would begin in 2019, and like the initial proposal would grant five paid sick days to employees. “We must work together. We’re going to take care of both sides of the ledger and make sure that the City moves for ward,” Gloria said. “With 220,000 people that can positively benefit from this proposal, you better believe that this Council President will continue to push to do what it takes to get this done.” And greater opportunities is exactly what supporters of the wage increase believe is in store for the 38 percent of workingage households that cannot afford to meet the basic necessities for living in San Diego, according to a 2014 study by the Center on Policy Initiatives, a left-leaning political think tank in San Diego. “We are struggling day in and day out to be able to sur vive, pay bills and have a roof over our head,” fast food worker and San Diego City College student Stephanie Veraz said during the City’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relation Committee meeting on June 11. “Many of us are forced to be slaves to the one-percenters. This is exactly why we deser ve a livable wage.” Not all see the potential increase as a positive, though, with opponents of the wage hike claiming that raising the city’s minimum wage above the state’s soon-to-be increase to $10 an hour by 2016 would put San Diego at a competitive disadvantage. Patricia Conners, the human resources director for local restaurant Phil’s BBQ, said at the June 11 committee meeting that her employees already earn well above the state’s minimum wage, and wouldn’t be able to absorb any additional increases. Instead, Conners said the increase would cost Phil’s muchneeded dollars in the form of increased payroll and employment taxes. “It’s fundamentally unfair to

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restaurant owners and operators not to acknowledge and consider the financial risks that business owners under take to keep their doors open,” Conners said. Founder and CEO of North Park’s Modern Times Craft Beer Jacob McKean was one of the few business owners at Monday’s City Council meeting in support of the wage proposal though, sharing why he believes his business would prosper from an improved local economy. “The reality is that the average age of a minimum-wage worker in the U.S. is 35-yearsold. The over whelming majority

of people who will benefit from this measure live in low-income households which spend the vast majority of their income locally and spend a higher proportion of it than any other households,” McKean said. “As a small business owner, I know we’ll benefit from a healthier, more prosperous San Diego.” But even with the revised proposal, the majority of those in opposition did not seem wavered by the compromise, with business groups and small business owners continuing to express their clear opposition during the City Council meeting’s nearly two hours of public testimony. Some also of fered fur ther revisions to the potential wage increase, proposing a two-tier system where tipped employees would earn the state-mandated minimum wage and non-tipped employees would earn San Diego’s minimum wage. Others proposed that a wage increase should be enacted ever y other year, giving business owners more time to adapt to the consequences of an increased pay rate.

San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014 The offices of the City Attorney and the Independent Budget Analyst said they will look further into these potential solutions as well as how much the wage hike could cost the city. Gloria says he will also continue to take input from business owners and community stakeholders as the City comes to a final agreement regarding the proposal. “There are components of this that I am willing to further amend, but by and large I think

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what we have here today is a reasonable compromise that willing individuals can support,” Gloria said. “Does it mean ever yone will? No, no they won’t, and I think those are the people who will never support a minimum wage.” The council will now begin the meet and confer process where city officials will meet with labor groups to discuss an ultimate proposition. Any final action from the council is not expected until July.u


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San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014

(l to r) Ian Gladd, Bernadette Gladd, Lily Gladd, John Thurston and Chet Sewell next to Lily's image on the trolley (Photo by Vince Meehan)

Uptown parking district unveils new trolley design

Community celebrates increased parking solutions in Hillcrest Vince Meehan Uptown News

The Uptown Community Parking District (UCPD) held a public ribbon-cutting event on June 6, which included the announcement of its new shared-use agreement with the DMV as well as the unveiling of its new “Park Hillcrest” trolley design. In the long sought-after agreement, the DMV will now make its parking lot — located at 3960 Normal St. and consisting of 158 parking spaces — available for

free when it is closed for business. The trolley is an integral part of the Park Hillcrest project, as visitors who now park in the DMV lot after-hours can also climb aboard the free trolley, which will take them to various destinations along University Avenue as it circles Hillcrest every ten minutes, moving from the DMV parking lot to a $5 valet parking lot at the corner of Fifth and University avenues. Among those in attendance at the ribbon cutting were State Senator Marty Block, Council

NEWS President Todd Gloria,and UCPD COO Elizabeth Hannon. Block’s local San Diego office worked countless hours to help secure the additional free parking spaces for the community. “Christopher [Ward, Block’s local chief of staff] worked diligently negotiating the terms with the DMV, following up and crafting an agreement that is a win-win for the community, the DMV and the parking district,” Hannon said. “I’m really happy I could help in making this unique partnership a success,” Block said at the ribbon cutting. “The way I saw it, this is state property, and I’m a state senator, so who better to see it through?” Block added that in today’s economy, the city needs to make the most of its money and shareduse agreements are the way to go. “As far as I know, this is the first to be initiated by a community group, so that says a lot about the commitment of the people here,” he said. Gloria echoed Block’s statements regarding the commitment of Uptown’s community groups. “Parking is by far the most controversial issue I deal with on the city council,” Gloria said with a chuckle. “I never would have guessed it, but it’s true. Downtown has the same parking concerns and they only dream of having a trolley like this. That’s because outside of funding, community support is the most important thing you need and they just aren’t as organized.” Though the Park Hillcrest trolley had already been in operation for several months, with the impending news of the DMV agreement, it was decided it would get a new design. Thanks to the

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“Lily,” the new Park Hillcrest Trolley

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HBA, which holds a seat on the UPCD, the trolley now features a “wrap” similar to those found on Hillcrest’s street-side electrical boxes. This wrap, comprised of a vinyl printing material from 3M called ControlTac, also includes photos taken by John Thurston Photography. “The trolley is the talk of the town and is truly a work of art,” Hannon said. The new wrap consists of images taken of various people from within the local community, photographed from the knees down and splashed across the sides of the trolley. It also has three full figures on the back end of the trolley. “I wanted to represent motion moving forward and also convey our tagline of ‘get on. get off. everyone is doing it!’” Thurston said, explaining the concept of his design. “Plus, I wanted a variety of people to signify the diversity of Hillcrest.” Those profiled include Thurston’s partner Chet Sewell, drag queen Glitz Glam, and John Magnatta of SoNo Trading Company, among others. The “below the knees” concept created some unintended challenges that had to be solved with

some creative thinking. “I shot my dear friend Andrew Spurgin, who is a well known chef in Hillcrest, but the image didn’t make it clear that he was a chef,” Thurston said. “I put a meat cleaver in his hand as a prop, but with his apron and industrial shoes, he looked more like a mass murderer than a chef!” Thurston said he solved the problem once he remembered he had a chain of sausage links in his fridge, which he had Spurgin drape past his knees for another photo. That did the trick. Gloria said that he hopes the success of the trolley and shared use agreement will serve as an example for other communities to follow. “I’d love to see the day when communities like Downtown, Golden Hill, and South Park all have trolleys that link up,” he said. “That way if someone from the East Village wants to go to Little Italy or Hillcrest for diner and drinks, they can hop on the trolley and not have to worry about driving.” A special guest attending the event was nine-year-old Lily Gladd. “The trolley has a wheel-

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TROLLEY chair ramp in the back and I thought I should feature a disabled person in my design,” Thurston said. “As it turns out, my par tner is a special needs teacher at Gage Elementar y School and he told me about one of his students named Lily, saying she’d be a great model for the shoot.”

side of the trolley with a smile as Thurston beamed. “I just about lost it there,” Thurston said. “I thought for sure I was going to cry.” “Lily’s image will remind everyone that the Park Hillcrest trolley is accessible to all,” Hannon said. “We are most grateful to Lily and her parents, Ian and Bernadette Gladd, for her participation in this community-wide project.” The DMV is available for public parking from 6:30 p.m – 3

(l to r) Uptown Community Parking District COO Elizabeth Hannon, UCPD President Tim Gahagan, State Senator Marty Block, Photographer John Thurston, and Council President Todd Gloria (Photo by Vince Meehan) Thurston said he later learned that Old Town Trolley, operator of the Park Hillcrest Trolley, name each one using a women’s name like a ship. “By chance, they had named our trolley Lily and I just about fell over when I heard that,” he said. “It was just so meant to be.” In a poignant moment during the ceremony, Lily reached out and touched her image on the

a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 7 a.m. – 3 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. The Free trolley operates from 5 – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m on Sundays. For more information, visit parkhillcrest.com —Uptown Assistant Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this repor t. u

San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014

Nicholls returns to HBA Replaces Stauffer as interim executive director Hutton Marshall Uptown Editor

After departing as the Hillcrest Business Association’s executive director last October, Benjamin Nicholls recently returned to temporarily run the nonprofit following its sudden separation with former executive director Sonya Stauffer. Nicholls left the organization last October for a leadership position at McFarlane Promotions, an organization known for putting on several large events in San Diego. While HBA Board President Johnathan Hale announced that Nicholls is returning as the HBA’s interim executive director, Nicholls said whether his return will be permanent or not remains to be seen. Tasked with nurturing the business community, the HBA faced recent controversy after confusion, ambiguity and anger surrounding the separation of Stauffer, who has served as the HBA’s executive director since Nichols’ departure. While Stauffer said her employment was terminated by Hale on June 5 — an act she said was illegal since it was not a boardapproved decision — Nicholls said the circumstances of her leaving are unclear at this point, but that were Stauffer to have been fired by Hale, it would have been within his rights as president to do so without holding a vote on the matter. “It’s still not clear to me whether [Hale] actually fired [Stauffer], or whether they had a discussion

around her getting fired,” Nicholls said of the June 5 meeting. During public comment at a recent HBA board of directors meeting on June 17, Stauffer again questioned the validity of Hale’s alleged termination of her employment, claiming that without a board vote, she was still technically the HBA’s executive director. Nicholls stated that regardless of the circumstances of her departure, Stauffer is clearly no longer an employee and isn’t on the HBA’s payroll. He also stated that had Hale fired Stauffer — something that hasn’t been acknowledged by Hale, Nichols or the HBA — it would not be unusual for a board president to do so. “In this case, as is the case with most nonprofits, the board president has that responsibility for hiring and firing,” Nicholls said. Pat Libby, a professor and the director of the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute, said a board president firing an organization’s staff member without getting explicit direction from the organization’s board was highly unusual for a nonprofit. After reviewing portions of the HBA’s bylaws, Libby said that were Hale to have fired Stauffer, he likely acted beyond his powers as board president, “unless the board said in another document that the president has the authority to hire and fire the executive director, which they may have in a separate document, although that seems highly unlikely.” “The board had to say very specifically that the duties of the

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president would be to oversee the executive director, which would be extremely unusual,” Libby said, adding that she was unaware of any nonprofits where this had occurred. “It’s extremely unusual to have a board member unilaterally fire a staff member.” While Libby couldn’t speak to the specific legal ramifications the HBA may be exposed to in such a situation, she said Stauffer could potentially contact the State Attorney General’s office and ask for the HBA’s actions to be reviewed. Following her appearance at the June 17 HBA meeting, Stauffer emailed its board of directors urging them to call an emergency meeting to resolve the issue. “You represent the businesses, please stand up, hear the information and you as a Board determine what is best for the organization moving forward, not one or two members acting on their own accord,” Stauffer wrote. “Adhering to the bylaws is required for shareholders, directors and officers affected by them. Violating corporate bylaws can lead to various adverse consequences, including removal from office and personal liability.” Nicholls said that no future action needs to be taken on the issue, but that if the board of directors are unhappy with Hale’s performance as board president, they may call a vote for his removal, although Nicholls said no one has made any such motion. “No board member has expressed any concerns in terms of his leadership,” Nicholls said. “Is he a controversial character? Yeah he’s a controversial character, but wallflowers don’t get involved in community organizations.”u


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Editorial San Diego’s Greatest Generation in Normandy for 70th anniversary of D-Day By Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA53) On June 6, I had the honor of attending the 70th anniversary of the D-day invasion in France. What a humbling experience it was to be there. Countless graves marked the landscape where over 155,000 Allied soldiers fought and more than 6,000 died at the site of one of the most significant military operations in modern history. In commemorating this longest day of war on June 6, 1944, we observed a day full of gratitude to those who sacrificed and those who bear witness that day, to say “thank you.” As part of our bipartisan official congressional delegation, it meant so much to me to represent San Diego as we paid tribute. I was also there as the daughter of a World War II veteran. Looking back, it is incredible — incredible that an operation as vast and as complex as the Allied invasion of Normandy could ever succeed. Operation Overlord, as it was

named, was the largest seaborne invasion in history with 155,000 troops, 5,000 vessels, and 30,000 vehicles crossing the English Channel in rough seas to hit the beaches of Normandy just after dawn. The five beaches where the Allies landed were code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. In retrospect, the invasion has come to be seen as a marvel of planning, coordination, engineering feats, a healthy dose of courage and a commitment to stopping the spread of tyranny. Our troops faced setbacks at every turn. Yet against all odds, our brave young men persevered. It is absolutely impossible to fathom what they experienced on those beaches that day. I asked one how he was able to survive that day. He said, “I have no idea.” At the start of the day on the 70th Anniversary, a memorial ceremony honoring American veterans was held at the Normandy American Cemetery (NAC) at Omaha

Beach. More than 93,000 American war dead from WW II are interred at NAC. President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France hosted the gathering of dignitaries from around the globe. Among them were more than 80 American WW II veterans, five being from our area who traveled more than five thousand miles back to the spot where they risked their lives. Speaking with D-day veterans from San Diego like Jack Port, Joe Reilly, Victor Kramer and James Federhart, I was reminded that they were just kids in 1944, many of them still teenagers. It has been said that they went to war as boys and came back heroes. An international ceremony followed in the afternoon at Sword Beach with President Obama and Allied heads of state. President Hollande in his remarks quoted President Eisenhower, who, as a four-star general, commanded the invasion of Normandy: “Americans were not sure what they were fighting for in Europe, but in liberating the concentration camps they knew what they were fighting against.” I wish I could have learned more from my dad about his

Bike vs. auto: the same, but different By Joshua Bonnici San Diego is practically the perfect place to commute via two wheels: The weather is always fantastic, parking is often difficult, gas prices are among the nation’s highest and our public transportation leaves a lot to be desired. So, more and more San Diegans have been dusting off their Schwinns and taking their daily commutes to the street. But what happens when you transition to the two-wheeled commute? For many cyclists, the daily norm is a commute filled with blaring horns, a string of expletives, aggressive driving maneuvers and clearly inappropriate road rage. And while it is understandable that drivers may be frustrated by having to share the road with more cyclists, their frustration doesn’t make it safer to be on the road. Knowing your rights does. Just like Kindergarten, safety on the roads is all about sharing and equality. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the California Vehicle Code (CVC) allows for a cyclist to have the same rights on a roadway as their four wheeled, gas-guzzling counterparts. With that being said, there are a couple of important limitations unique to bike riders. The law requires that a cyclist stay as close to the right side of the street as “practicable” to allow for safe auto passage. However, if the cyclist channels their inner Tour de France racer and can maintain the same speed as the nearby auto traffic — within the posted speed limit, of course — then the rider may choose to ride closer to the center

of the lane. And when the road carries traffic only in just one direction —like many of the streets downtown — the rider may choose either the left or right side of the street to ride on, as long they stay close to the curb. That covers the roadway, but what about the sidewalk? While the curbed and segregated sidewalks seem like a safer alternative then riding in the gutter, riding on the sidewalk is actually prohibited by law in most local San Diego cities. Sidewalks are for pedestrians, wheel chairs and other slower modes of traffic. A weaving, darting bicycle on a crowded sidewalk can pose a danger to pedestrians and cyclists alike (if you’ve ever braved the boardwalks in Mission Beach, you’ll understand). So you have every right to ride in the road, and you need to stay off the sidewalk, but what other laws apply to cyclists? You might be surprised to learn that DUI law applies! We’ve all been there before: brainstorming on the best way to the bar. “Let’s ride to the bar so we don’t have to worry about driving drunk afterwards.” Bars, restaurants and the ever-growing brewery population have created a network of great little San Diego communities (North Park, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach, I’m looking at you). Local watering holes and eateries within pedaling distance seem too good to be true. However, riding your trusty two-wheeled steed home after a drinking escapade can get you in nearly as much trouble as if you got behind the wheel.

experiences. Captain George Alpert served as an Army medic throughout the war. In Europe, mostly in Italy, he saw a lot in that theater. But like so many of his brothers in arms, he did not speak about the war, and it is not hard to imagine why. Many of their comrades never made it home. Thousands of U.S. soldiers fought and died, so that the world might live in freedom and inherit peace. While the numbers of WW II veterans who return to Normandy on these anniversaries dwindle with each passing year, our gratitude and appreciation for what they did for us — for what they did for the world — will never diminish. —Congresswoman Davis represents the 53rd Congressional District, which includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of San Diego, El Cajon, and Chula Vista. She is senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving as the Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee. She also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow @RepSusanDavis on twitter.u

“It goes against common sense, but yes, you can get convicted of bicycling while under the influence,” says attorney Eric Ganci of Galente Ganci, APC. Eric’s practice focuses primarily on DUI defense, and he’s seen it all. “Yes, it is a misdemeanor on your criminal record, and yes, if you are under 21, the DMV will suspend your license for one year.” But is a bicycle DUI handled the same way? No. “What’s interesting is there is no legal limit for a bicycle DUI.” Eric continues, “with driving a vehicle, usually the legal limit is a .08 blood alcohol level. With bicycling, there is no specific BAC. So you can legally get a bicycle DUI well below a .08 BAC.” How do you avoid this legal debacle? Buy a legitimate bike lock or cable, cinch your singlespeed down to a meter and call a cab for a ride after drinking. Or call Uber. Or Lyft. Or your mother. So the next time you’re flying around on your fixie, trekking through town on your tri-bike or caching rays on your cruiser, know the rules of the road. Cycling is a fantastic way to get around town and keep in shape, but there’s no need to donate any more money in the way of fines to the City of San Diego, or take an involuntary tour of our jail system. Ride safe. Know the rules. And have fun! — Joshua Bonnici is a native San Diegan and avid mountain biker. He is also the managing attorney at Bonnici Law Group, APC, where he helps individuals injured in bicycle and car accidents protect their rights and obtain fair compensation. Have a question for him, or want to share your favorite riding trail in San Diego? Feel free to contact him: 619-259-5199, or bonnicilawgroup.com.u

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UptownBriefs MAMA’S KITCHEN ASKS FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT IN HOSTING FOOD DRIVES Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen that provides groceries at no cost for San Diego community members affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer, is asking the public for support in participating in the fourth annual “Independence From Hunger” food drive. Throughout the month of July, individuals, businesses, schools and community groups are encouraged to host food drives to ensure the pantry shelves at Mama’s Pantry are full with nonperishable food items. Mama’s Pantry hopes to collect 100 50-gallon barrels full of food items like canned goods, boxes of cereal, jars of peanut butter and jelly, instant oatmeal packets, cans of tuna or salmon and boxes of pasta among a number of much needed perishable food sources. Founded in 1990, Mama’s Kitchen works to feed over 800 low-income men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer each day at no cost. Statistics from the organization show that one trip alone to the Pantry can provide 19 meals to a family in need. In addition, the Pantry provided 112,366 meals to their clients in 2013 Mama’s Kitchen says the need for this service is projected to increase in the coming years. Those interested can contact Bill Patten at bill@mamaskitchen. org or call 619-233-6262 to schedule a barrel delivery and pick up once the food drive has ended. For more information about the “Independence from Hunger” food drive and to download a toolkit with ideas on how to host a successful food drive, visit mamaskitchen.org/events/ events.php. SMART PARKING METERS APPROVED FOR SAN DIEGO Council President Todd Gloria announced Monday, June 16 the approval of a contract that would replace 97 percent of San Diego’s parking meters in exchange for new meters that would allow customers to pay with credit cards, as well as provide the City with more efficient ways to collect data on parking trends in San Diego. “Smart meters will finally bring San Diego’s parking management infrastructure into the 21st century,” Gloria stated in a press release. “With more user-friendly parking meters, customers will be able to more easily patronize the small businesses throughout Downtown, Uptown and Mid-City, contributing to the economic development of our city.” The five-year agreement between the City of San Diego and parking meter company IPS, Inc. will cost more than $8 million, of which more than $3 million will be funded by the Community Parking District and the rest will be covered by meter revenue throughout the five-year period, which ends in November 2018. Of the 5,700 metered parking spaces managed by the City, the majority are more than 10 years old and only accept coin or the outdated pre-loaded parking cards. The smart meters are expected to be installed this fall. LOCAL ART SHOW BENEFITS ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSE South Park’s Next Door Gallery will feature art advocating for environmental activism from now until July 6. Environmentalist and artist

Amelia Simpson will showcase the world’s environmental issues through a series of collages in her show called “Wilderness Trips.” “The show plays with themes of contamination, rising waters, and our fossil-fueled trips to oblivion,” Simpson stated in a press release. “I wanted to explore our fixations, our folly, and the wonders of nature.” Ten percent of proceeds made during Saturday, June 21’s opening reception from 12 – 3 p.m. will benefit the Environmental Health Coalition, an organization dedicated to educating San Diego and Tijuana families on the importance of fighting toxic pollution. The Next Door Gallery is located at 2963 Beech St. more information on the event can be found at studiomaureen.com/web/ wilderness-trips-collages-by-ameliasimpson.

FAULCONER COMMEMORATES 100TH DAY IN OFFICE WITH RENEWED FOCUS ON RESTORING NEIGHBORHOODS Mayor Kevin Faulconer honored his first 100 days in office as San Diego’s Mayor with the “One San Diego” budget, an initiative he says will strengthen the City’s neighborhood services and increase safety. “We hit the ground running to put that promise into action by aggressively funding infrastructure and neighborhood repairs throughout the City, especially in neighborhoods that needed them the most,” Faulconer stated in a press release. The $2.97 billion budget will direct more money to infrastructure repair and construction; funding police, fire and lifeguard needs; improving libraries and parks; supporting services for the homeless and increasing

San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014 transparency on data initiatives. Faulconer said “One San Diego” will also establish an after-school program for children in academically low-performing regions, double the amount of pothole repairs annually and recruit more police officers and firefighters than in any other year in recent history. Shelley Zimmerman was also appointed as the first female police chief in San Diego history, and renewed focus will be set on strengthening economic ties with Mexico. “I said on day one that we were writing a new chapter in San Diego, a chapter written by and for the people of San Diego,” Faulconer stated in a press release. “That chapter officially begins today with a budget that ensures all residents have equal access to economic prosperity, quality City services and safe neighborhoods. There is something for every San Diegan and every neighborhood in this budget.”

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LA JOLLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS RETURNS Back for its 28th year, the annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts (LIFA) will once again take over UC San Diego’s Warren Field to present over 200 established artists to raise money for adaptive sports, recreation and education programs for people with disabilities. Along with visual art ranging from paintings to sculpture to glass blowing, LIFA will feature several live musicians, including American Idol finalist Casey Abrams. For the last 27 years, Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation has produced the event and donated 100 percent of proceeds to services for the disabled. Attendees may also enjoy LIFA’s “Restaurant Row,” comprised of several San Diego’s

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Dispensing with the dispensaries

Parenting Andy Hinds There are a lot of things I do in my current incarnation as Middle-Aged Dad, at which my 18-year-old self would shake his Robert Smith hairdo in disbelief and distaste. Carr ying an infant in a sling while cleaning the wood floors with a Swiffer Wet Jet (best invention ever). Car-dancing to “I’m a Gummy Bear” while driving a seafoam green minivan littered with goldfish crackers, plastic jewelr y, and half-completed Hello Kitty coloring pages. Knowing not just the names of all the My Little Ponies, but also how to identify them by their cutie marks (please don’t call them “brands.”) Yelling at drivers for going 35 mph in a 25 mph zone. Doing Zumba. But the one thing Young Me would have been utterly confounded and disgusted by is what I’ve been thinking lately: I wish there weren’t so many

places in my neighborhood that sold killer bud at reasonable prices. Cue record-scratch (probably The Replacements). Cue startled reaction from Young Me — as if a seed had just popped midbonghit — followed by wincing, jaw-dropping, and the simple utterance of betrayed disbelief: “Dude!” I’m always watching vacant Uptown buildings, daydreaming about what they might become. I drive down University Avenue, 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard on purpose even when there are much quicker ways to get home, just so I can see what’s happening in those spaces when the construction fencing goes up and the “Future Home of …” signs go in the windows. Restaurant? Awesome. Brew pub? Cof fee shop? Sure, I guess there’s always room for more of those. Ice cream parlor? Sweet. Hookah lounge? Eh, whatever. Sex toy emporium? All right. It’s gonna be awkward to explain that to my kids, but as long as the window display is tasteful, I can deal. At least it’s not another payday loan racket. I was really tr ying to be open-minded when I saw the green cross logo appear on the long-vacant building at University Avenue and Villa Terrace in North Park and realized what it represented. Wait a minute, I thought. Does that mean …? Great. Weed shop. This is when the dialogue in my head started. It wasn’t just Middle-Aged Dad Me vs. Young

Me. There was also another guy: Progressive Grownup Me. Middle-Aged Dad Me: Aw, crap. Why couldn’t it be a puppet theater that sells craft beer? Progressive Grownup Me: Marijuana has been shown to be effective as a painkiller, a seizure preventative, and a treatment for glaucoma. It alleviates anxiety, provides relief from PTSD… Middle-Aged Dad Me: Yeah, yeah, yeah … I’m sure nobody but cancer patients will be shopping here. There won’t be any riff-raff loitering around, smoking blunts right outside the kid’s school. Right. Nothing like that could happen. Young Me: WEED! COOL! Middle-Aged Dad Me and Progressive Grownup Me: SHUT UP! Progressive Grownup Me: Look, it’s absolutely absurd that pot is demonized while “upstanding citizens” manufacture and use powerful psychotropic pharmaceuticals — and prescribe them to children at alarming rates — that are far more dangerous than this virtually innocuous, totally natural product. And don’t get me started about alcohol. We think pot should be legal, remember? Young Me: Yeah, man! You’re nothing but a hypocrite, Middle-Aged Dad Me! Weed is way safer and better for you than alcohol. And you’re always like “Oh goody — a place where I can take the kids and drink beer.” Hah. What do you have to say for yourself now, hypocrite? Middle-Aged Dad Me: SHUT UP!

A medical marijuana dispensary on University Avenue in North Park (Photo by McKenna Aiello)

Progressive Grownup Me: He’s kind of right, you know. Even if they’re not strictly getting it for a medical condition, how is someone picking up an eighth of Platinum Kush or Purple Trainwreck any different than you grabbing a couple bottles of Palate Wrecker from Bottlecraft? Young Me: See, I told you! Hypocrite! Middle-Aged Dad Me and Progressive Grownup Me: Please shut up. Young Me: [Muttering] Nobody listens to me. Middle-Aged Dad Me: But

aren’t dispensaries technically, like, illegal here? Or in some kind of legal limbo where they sort of operate outside the purview of the law? I think there’s something sketchy about them. Wasn’t there a stor y about that on KPBS or in The Reader or something? Progressive Grownup Me: [Embarrassed] I … uh, don’t think I got around to actually reading the stor y. Breaking Bad was on, and, well, you know … [trails off]. I’m definitely going to look into it though.

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Conceptual renderings of the Mission Hills-Hillcrest Library (Courtesy Architects Mosher Drew)

Hillcrest, Mission Hills weigh in on library design Plans for $20 million project move forward Manny Lopez Uptown News

Community update meetings on the Mission Hills-Hillcrest Branch Librar y plan are being held to give residents the opportunity to share comments and ask questions about the $20 million municipal building project scheduled for completion in 2017. Engineers from Architects Mosher Drew of San Diego — the project’s designer — recently unveiled their plan for a new single stor y, 15,000-square-foot librar y complex, built on top of a two-level underground parking structure with roughly 85 parking spaces. The Mission Hills-Hillcrest Branch Librar y will replace the existing 3,850-square-foot Mission Hills facility built in 1961 at the intersection of Washington and Goldfinch streets. The new design relies partially on clean, renewable energy sources, which will earn it LEED Silver Certification, the minimum requirement for newly constructed municipal buildings in the latest draft of the City’s Climate Action Plan. The design also includes such features as community meeting rooms, computer labs, separate areas for children and teens, natural lighting and a

community gardening area. “We’re ver y excited about the librar y project,” said Luke Terpstra, chair of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC). “I’m ready to declare this the perfect building. The presentation was ver y clear and I really wasn’t left with a lot of questions.” While attending the Hillcrest Town Council meeting on June 10, University Heights resident Sol Schumer said that, overall, he was impressed with the librar y project. Schumer added that he hopes designers will adopt some of the features included in the new main librar y facility located Downtown and improve on certain areas such as parking and signage. Kath Rogers, vice chair of the HTC, said she enjoyed the idea of a community garden and the use of natural lighting. “I love that they are working with an environmental consultant

on reducing green house gases and environmental impacts,” she said. “The community meeting space will also be really important to our community.” The new librar y will be located at the vacant International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building north of Florence Elementar y School on the southwest corner of Washington Street between Front and Albatross streets. A $10 million private donation made it possible for the long-awaited librar y branch project to proceed. The City is providing the rest of the funding for the project, primarily through infrastructure bonds, which are the subject of litigation. Council President Todd Gloria said he is confident the matter will be resolved and that construction will begin late in 2015. “It’s an attractive building and it has the components that I think we’re interested in terms of it being 21st centur y technology,” Gloria said. “It hits most of the marks we’re looking for, but if we’ve missed something this is an opportunity for the community to start telling us what we’ve

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missed and hopefully we can find a plan to go for ward with this.” So far, both the HTC and the Mission Hills Town Council have hosted meetings. The next gathering is scheduled for 6 p.m., July 1, at the Joyce Beers Community Center at the monthly Uptown Planners meeting. “We’ve tried to be responsive to the community and we want to provide a facility that this community so badly needs after so many years,” said Larr y Hoeksema, president of Architects Mosher Drew. “We’re here

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to listen to what the community wants and to get their feedback so that we can create something that the community can use and be ver y proud of.” Hoeksema, said that the questions most asked by residents are related to square footage, parking, connections with the neighboring school and the potential for additional gardening space. More information on the Hillcrest-Mission Hills librar y project can be found at ∆10 librar y92103.org.u

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Happy fifth birthday San Diego Uptown News! This issue marks the fifth anniversary since the inaugural issue of San Diego Uptown News. In the many issues we’ve produced since then and now, we’ve cherished the opportunity to tell the stories of Uptown and the communities around it. Pictured above is the staff of San Diego Community News Network, which brings you Uptown News, Gay San Diego and San Diego Downtown News: (l to r) Account Executive Lisa Hamel, Sales and Marketing Director Mike Rosensteel, Account Executive Illisa Fernandez, Publisher David Mannis, Gay San Diego and Downtown News Editor Morgan M. Hurley, Accounting Manager Priscilla Umel-Martinez, Art Director Vince Meehan, Uptown News Editor Hutton Marshall and Account Executive Sloan Gomez. Thanks for reading! (Photo by Jessica Mona Green)

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Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins joined local elected officials in Balboa Park for an unofficial swearing in ceremony. (Courtesy Office of Speaker Atkins)

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With a warmly welcomed homecoming, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) celebrated America’s Finest City during an unofficial swearing-in ceremony held on Friday, June 6 in Balboa Park. As California’s first San Diegan to hold office as Speaker of the Assembly, Atkins ensured fellow community members she would not lose sight of the city in her new role in Sacramento. “We have so much to be proud of in San Diego,” Atkins said during the ceremony. “And, in some respects, I feel it is part of my job as Speaker to tell the San Diego story.” Commending San Diego’s thriving business economy and university institutions paving the way in scientific research, Atkins said she felt proud to hail from San Diego. “I’m grateful that so many of my assembly and senate colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, have joined us today,” Atkins said. “Because, like

our Speaker Emeritus, I want each of you to have a special relationship with San Diego.” Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Council President Todd Gloria and former State Senator Christine Kehoe joined other City officials in congratulating Atkins on her dedication to public service. “She always seems to do the right thing,” Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) said. Atkins looked towards the future as well, acknowledging her commitment to reinvest in California schools, increase Californians’ access to higher education and boost the state’s economy with spending on transportation and housing. “We will also responsibly invest in ways that help us grow our economy and considers the needs of people — of Californians. That is our charge,” Atkins said. “I’m excited about this opportunity at this time in our State’s history … So, clearly, as Speaker, my plate is full.” Atkins was officially sworn in as Speaker of the assembly, California’s lower legislative body, on Monday, May 12.u


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hef Mike Almos’ first solo venture at Circa has taken firm root in University Heights since opening in April, due in part to a few key factors. For starters, he retained the cherished, homelike ambiance established by the former Farm House Café. Modernizing the cozy space in faux-rustic elements or splashy décor would have killed it. Secondly, he chose a succinct, catchy name that has miraculously escaped other local restaurateurs despite its designation for culinary hotspots in San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

More importantly, Almos brings three decades of cooking experience to the table, having worked for numerous restaurants and catering companies throughout San Diego County that included Delicias, the former Vagabond and 150 Grand. “I’ve done haute cuisine, fusion, the whole nine yards,” he said, explaining that his menu at Circa is driven expressly by San Diego’s burgeoning craft-beer scene. “The food here is more blue jeans than slacks,” he added. He’s right, and nobody’s complaining about his use of beer

in many of the dishes. An appetizer of house-made bratwurst receives the pale ale jus it deserves. It’s presented over a bed of excellent sauerkraut with beer-spiked mustard and house pickles parked alongside. Another starter, Baja white shrimp, is bedded on a novel pottage of Belgian blonde ale and farmer’s cheese. We couldn’t detect the beer in this case, but a solid Mediterranean flair is achieved from the additions of tomatoes and fresh basil, leaving behind a thick, tangy sauce that we mopped up gleefully with complimentary

spoon-drop biscuits. The chorizo that’s apparently woven into creamy hominy dip also evaded us, but the bright bursts of lemon oil and cilantro in the puree didn’t. Served with warm corn tortillas, the dish is Mexico’s clever answer to hummus. Skipping over spinach salad incorporating smoked cheddar, green beans and potatoes — and another comprising locally grown butter lettuce, farmer’s cheese and green-tomato dressing — we cut right to the chase with a couple of entrees that we trust won’t disappear from the seasonal menu anytime soon. The “beercan chicken & dumplings” has been a top seller from day one. It packs the medicinal warmth of grandma-style chicken soup but with an herby essence you’d expect if a French chef attempted the all-American recipe. The lightweight dumplings are made to order from flour and cornmeal. They rest in a moat of Pilsner and chicken stock fortified with leeks, fresh sage, celery, carrots, onions and leaves from Brussels sprouts. Chunks of slow-cooked chicken (white and dark meat) pro-

vide generous measures of tender protein. All told, the dish exceeds its Midwest familiarity with nurturing textures and earthier flavors. Red ale gravy and molasses ketchup added luster to “old school meatloaf” made with ground beef and pork. The dish featured two thick slabs of the loaf, accompanied by buttery mashed potatoes and wilted greens, a riveting cut above your everyday diner variety.

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Almos draws from the bar’s four beer taps when constructing most of his meals, which also includes lamb pot roast with fig glaze and hangar steak with succotash and sweet potato mash, both dressed in ale gravies. There’s also achiote-marinated pork shoulder and a half-pound burger crowned with smoked cheddar, along with daily vegetarian and fresh-seafood specials. The draft beer selection changes every couple of weeks. To my delight, Anvil Extra Special Bitter from Alesmith was on tap, offering a stimulating blast of imported English hops and caramel undertones. The bottle selection extends to about a dozen choices mixing locals with imports, and the wine list veers off the beaten path with tantalizing labels mostly from California and Europe. Beer finds its way into a couple of desserts, such as a root beer float with smoked porter and the double chocolate brownie sundae with Brother Thelonius chocolate sauce. Or if you prefer keeping sugar and suds separate, the berries and cream drizzled in fig-balsamic syrup and served over pound cake with house-made pistachio ice cream tastes no less theatrical. Circa opened with a newly installed stereo system that is rigged with a turntable. Customers are welcome to tote in their vinyl records, provided the music fits the jazzy genre that Almos keeps in stock. In other words, leave those old Iron Maiden and AC/DC albums at home. Note: A brunch menu featuring egg skillets, brats and biscuits and other fare is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.u


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ilver tequila margaritas, Mexican craft beers and knockout noshes inspired from below the border are for the taking at about 40 percent off twice a day at Ortega’s Bistro. Separating the two happy hours is regular dinner ser vice, when spiny lobsters and chicken mole dominate the multi-room space and ample front patio. The afternoon and lateevening bargain sessions are offered in the rear cantina and on the patio. I perched on the cantina’s U-shaped bar and wit-

Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k nessed my pomegranate margarita in the making. To anyone who eschews the ubiquitous brown tequila that afflicts so many discounted cocktails in town, these receive a much smoother touch with generous pours of Jose Cuer vo Tradicional. Ser ved in a chalice-sized sugar-rimmed glass, the silver tequila eliminates the sting and

ups the buzz. And with noncloying pomegranate juice sitting on top, the seemingly innocuous margarita goes down like fresh lemonade. Priced regularly at $11, you receive the same loose measure of tequila for only $6 during happy hour. Mango-mint and Grand Marnier-infused Presidio margaritas are also $6, although prices on other libations descend from there. Sangria and Mexican craft beers such as Chupacabras Pale Ale by Cucapa sell for $5; well

San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014 drinks and wines by the glass are $4; and silver tequila shots and big-name beers cost only $3. These are dive-bar prices without the divvy atmosphere. Appetizers and tacos average $4.95 apiece, with a few dishes topping off at $5.95, such as the outstanding poblano-portobello quesadilla, a Mexico City inspiration constructed with corn masa rather than flour tortillas. Ser ved two to an order, the chilies and mushrooms inside are layered with butter y Oaxaca cheese. The dish constitutes as nearly a full meal and tastes awfully good regardless if you dive into it with a booze-induced appetite. Other food options include tableside guacamole, shrimp ceviche and tacos filled with assorted proteins. As with the drinks, portion sizes aren’t slyly punched down when the prices drop. Outside of happy hour, Ortega’s has introduced for the first time in its nine-year histor y live Latin jazz, which features different trios of musicians from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, giving us yet another good reason to swing in more often.u

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At last, we encounter discounted margaritas made with top-shelf silver tequila. Aside from a “Cadillac” version, there’s also mango-mint and a highly refreshing pomegranate concoction, each served in big chalice glasses. The drink list is rounded out with Mexican craft beers, well drinks and wines.

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The prettily plated poblano-portobello quesadillas made with corn masa are sensational. Other fare includes Bajastyle shrimp ceviche, queso fundido with homemade tortillas and a selection of tacos accented with crafty sauces.

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Drinks, appetizers and tacos are reduced in price by a whopping 40 percent. Even better, their volumes and portion sizes are not cut down.

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Staffers are congenial and detailoriented and the front-door hostess was quick to provide a menu specific to happy hour.

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WORLD CUP

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(clockwise from left) True North, Hess Brewing and U-31 are just a few of the North Park venues offering specials throughout the World Cup. (Photos by McKenna Aiello) Kevin Smead Uptown News

The World Cup is a big deal. This holds true even for us Americans, who shrugged with non-outrage at Landon Donovan’s exclusion from the US team. Save the Olympics, the World Cup is the one sporting event that truly earns its “World” moniker (shooting a squinty, sidelong glance at you, World Series). Be it for

national pride, genuine passion, pure curiosity or just to let everyone know you’re intentionally ignoring it, the World Cup is on your radar, like it or not. If nothing else, guessing if the players are actually hurt or just flopping makes for an excellent drinking game. So I posit this to you: Why not go enjoy it? And really, with WCNP2014 — that’s World Cup North Park 2014 if you’re not into that whole

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brevity thing — in full swing, there’s no excuse not to. More than twenty local businesses have come together to not only show the games, but to make this a World Cup to remember. And seriously, there’s not a bad place to watch the World Cup in North Park. There are several, though, that are perfect for specific types of fans. If you’re serious about soccer and intensely passionate about

the game itself, then Bluefoot might be the place for you. Since 2006, they’ve been showing all the World Cup games live and have no intention of stopping. “When the Cup is in Russia in 2018, we’ll see who’s still open for all the games,” co-owner Adam Cook said. “We will be, for sure.” Bluefoot’s serious passion for soccer is highly evident, with both owners active soccer players and the bar sponsoring five local teams. “We were the first people doing this, and it just spread by word of mouth,” Cook said. Packed during games, Bluefoot’s the place to be if you’re a hardcore soccer fan. The bar is also running a generous happy hour, from opening at 11 a.m., all the way until 7:30 p.m. If soccer isn’t necessarily your thing, but you’re just excited because the World Cup is a wild sporting event in which face painting is not only okay but encouraged, then True North is your destination. With 27 TVs — and one 80-incher — you’ll see every player’s cleats pierce the grass and all the small details you’ll be arguing about for weeks to come. Oh, and you won’t be alone. “For the first game, it was standing room only in here,” manager J Klein said. “It was like a football Sunday.” During the games, the bar

will be running various drink specials, as well as offering their full food menu. “We’re totally behind promoting North Park as the premiere and only destination to watch the World Cup,” Klein said. For those looking for something a little different in the beverage department, Coin-Op Game Room is celebrating the World Cup via a wide assortment of themed cocktails and snacks. For games with more popular teams, the bar will offer cocktails featuring an alcohol associated with its respective country. For Britain, they’ll have drinks featuring Gin. For France, cocktails will feature calvados, a sweet and nutty apple brandy. In addition to mescal and tequila, a taco truck will outside the bar for all of Mexico’s games. Perhaps the most interesting of the themed cocktails, however, are the ones featuring cachaça, an alcohol made from distilled sugar cane. Hugely popular in Brazil, Coin-Op currently has four different cocktails they’re serving throughout the cup featuring cachaça. Though they’re $8.50 normally, during Brazil’s games, the cachaça drinks are only $6. Finally, if all of these sound fun, but going to any of them means you’d be going alone for one reason or another, Hess Brewing Company is your answer. Hess is all-ages, pet-friendly, and you’re also welcome to bring outside food. They do have an in-house, sushi team, though, so maybe check that out. Plus, if you’re jazzed about the game but the people you’re with just can’t get into it, there’s a shelf full of board games to keep them entertained while you root for your favorite team. With some mighty tasty beer and an undeniably cool tasting room setup, everybody wins. Like I said before, with so much great stuff going on, there’s really no excuse not to go out and enjoy a World Cup game, especially since there’s a spot for all manner of soccer fans and non-fans alike. Still, if none of these sounded like your thing, be sure to check out the full list of hosts at wcnp2014.com and follow all of your favorite places on social media for updates and daily specials. And of course, go USA!u

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HBC unveils ‘Marriage Equality’ beer Hillcrest brewery toasts to same-sex marriage legislation nationwide Morgan M. Hurley Uptown Assistant Editor

Two years ago, just before San Diego’s 38th annual Pride celebration, MO’s Universe launched its fourth property in the shadow of the new 60’ Pride flag: the Hillcrest Brewing Company (HBC) at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street. Touted as the first LGBT brewer y in the world — a claim that no one has tried to dispute since — HBC has quickly become a gathering place for craft beer-loving locals both gay and straight, with its standard carr y of eight brewed-on-site small batch beers along with a dozen other brands also on tap. Earlier this year, HBC gained mainstream media attention when Interim Mayor Todd Gloria used its beer in a friendly bet with the mayor of Cincinnati during an NFL playoff game between the Chargers and the Bengals. Then just last month, HBC’s U-Hawle Hefe was the featured libation at Linda Perr y’s star-studded event for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, “An Evening With Women.” Last year the brewer y launched its first annual Pride beer, a drinkable, low-alcohol, limited-edition brew meant to commemorate pride season. Called Pride ’13, the inaugural beer was a Session IPA, also called an Extra Pale Ale. “Session stands for ‘multiple in a session,’ so they’re not going to get you too drunk,” said HBC’s head brewmaster Austin Copeland, adding that standard practice for a session beer is 5 percent alcohol or less. Austin Copeland, HBC’s head brewmaster, is excited about the launch of Pride ’14, a recipe he and his assistant James Fox came up with (Courtesy MO’s Universe) “Pride ‘13 was designed so that people that come to visit

San Diego for Pride and came to the brewer y, weren’t bombarded with something dark or too hoppy,” said Eddie Reynoso, MO’s Universe marketing and public relations director. “We also want them to enjoy Pride and not get trashed.” Management at MO’s Universe had long hoped to put this year’s limited-edition pride beer

in the White House later this month, during their LGBT Pride celebration on June 28, just two days after the one-year anniversar y of the Supreme Court’s decision to rescind Prop 8 on June 26. Unfortunately, the powers that be shifted the rules for sending products to the White House, but in this case, San Diego still wins. To celebrate the one-year anniversar y of marriage equality in California, as well as the advances in marriage equality across the nation since that date last year, HBC just released Pride ‘14: Marriage Equality Belgian Session Ale. Another limited edition product, Copeland said 27 kegs of the

Belgian Session Ale have been produced so far, with 27 more on the way. They expect sales to last through the summer. “If it goes well we might have to brew a third,” Copeland said. Copeland and his new assistant James Fox came up with the Pride ’14 recipe, a blend that is easily drinkable, but unique in its style. “I wanted to do something that was nice and light and crisp that had a good finish that would be a perfect summer beer, but also something that was a little different,” he said. “Our Pride ’14 beer is a great way to raise awareness around the countr y with people being more and more on board with marriage equality,” said Joey Arruda, co-owner and general manager of HBC. “The feedback has been awesome. People like it. They like the lightness and the flavor, the sweetness to it.” Joey Arruda, co-owner and general manager of HBC (Courtesy MO’s Universe) Copeland said the beer has a low-hop profile, with all of its noblestyle hops from a region of Germany near Belgium, and a “clean pilsner malt base.” He’s never seen a Belgian session, so this brew is truly unique. On Thursday, June 26, HBC will have an official launch party for the beer, with staff dressed in wedding garb, Pride ’14 t-shirt giveaways while supplies last, and a complimentar y toast to marriage equality. Pride ’14 is currently only available at HBC and other MO’s Universe locations, but after the official launch, the beer will be available to other bars through distribution. The beer’s label was designed to promote all the states where marriage equality has become legal, although according to Eddie Reynoso, MO’s Universe marketing and public relations director, state-wide bans on same-sex marriage are dropping so fast, they’ve had trouble keeping up. Reynoso said a large amount

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“Dog and Pony”

‘Dog and Pony’ no dog Scenes from The Old Globe’s “Dog and Pony” staring Nicole Parker, Heidi Blickenstaff, Eric William Morris and Jon Patrick Walker (Photos by Jim Cox) Charlene Baldridge Theater Review

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xcitement was high. The Sher yl and Har vey White Theatre was packed to the rafters. And judging from opening night response — attendees include many Old Globe employees, who walked in to fill empty seats — the venerable theater nabbed a winner with the world premiere of Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker’s new musical, “Dog and Pony.” Directed by esteemed actor/

director Roger Rees, the show continues through June 29. Grab tickets now. Elice, who is Rees’ longtime partner in life as well as in the realm of creativity, is exceptionally adept with dialogue and character. He co-wrote the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” as well as the play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is recipient of five Tony Awards. Walker pens rapid-fire, word-laden songs (he’s the lyricist, too) and was one of the creators of “Altar Boyz.” His

song lyrics advance plot beautifully, but this listener waited all evening for a full-on ballad. Act One still needs to be trimmed a bit. This is one of those musicals that in early stages has a better Act Two, which is where Elice’s other characters take flight, and as they all collide the comedy becomes intense and the musical takes on fullness and hilarity that is quite unlike any other. With 11 hits in 13 years, the single and driven Mags (Nicole Parker) and the neurotic,

narcissist, married-with-child Andy (Jon Patrick Walker) are an extremely successful filmwriting team. Their relationship (she is the giver; he the taker) is the epitome of codependency. Quite simply, Mags loves Andy and is used to tending his ever y need, sans sex. When Andy’s marriage to the horsey, rifle-toting Jane (Heidi Blickenstaff) ends, Mags is there to pick up the pieces, obviously hoping for the biggest one, Andy. Indeed, he proposes to her, but the marriage (in a

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humor-laced series of aborted scenes) never takes place, and soon Andy announces he’s met Bonnie (also Blickenstaff, who really cuts loose), who turns out to be a modern Ms. Malaprop of the first order. The Bonnie scenes are so blithely delicious one wants to take them home and memorize them. Elice’s additional character conflation includes Beth Leavel’s assignments as both Mags’ and Andy’s mothers. A treasured theatrical moment transpires when Leavel portrays both mothers as they interact with their offspring. The only separation is an imaginar y line in the center of the stage. Appealing and versatile, Jon Patrick Walker plays all the other men in the company, including a host-emcee, Andy’s countr y neighbor, and Joe, a CNN fact checker that Mags and Andy meet on an airplane. Mags finally embraces her feminist self and exits the plane, leaving the flight-phobic Andy to cope on his own. The major device is a framer, which comes and goes with ease. After an acrimonious parting, Mags and Andy have not spoken for 10 months. Each receives an invitation to The Ketchum Komedy Honors, at which they are to be honored for their comic films. Their joint inter view frames the stor y. The beauty of this wellconstructed, splendidly cast, thoroughly entertaining work is its integrity. No character is undeveloped, and no laugh cheaply evoked. The most clever musical moments are Jane and Mags’ “One Less Pony,” Bonnie’s “Bonnie Doesn’t Get It,” and Mags’ “Mags Takes Flight.” Closest to ballads are “One More Moment,” “Be There,” and “Better.” A superb five-piece orchestra is hidden under the floor. The singers see conductor Adam Wachter on TV monitors. The mix is good and the pace amazing.u


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BERNAL ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY Anthony Bernal, long time staffer for Council President Todd Gloria, has announced that he will be running for City Council in 2016. In a message sent to an undisclosed email list, Bernal explained that he had filed his “candidate intention statement” with the Office of the City Clerk and asked that those in receipt of the email support his candidacy and share his website. District Three, which is currently in the hands of Council President Todd Gloria, includes North Park, Hillcrest, South Park, University Heights, Normal Heights, Old Town, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, Middletown, Little Italy, Golden Hill and Downtown San Diego. As director of business and community projects for the last five years, Bernal served as Gloria’s representative to Downtown, focusing on issues related to public utilities, public works, healthcare, and parks and recreation. Gloria, who will term out in 2016, was first elected to District Three in 2008. For more information about Bernal’s candidacy, visit Bernal4All.com.u

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City Council votes to oppose AB2145 Council democrats condemn the SDG&E-backed bill McKenna Aiello Uptown News

Led by Councilmember Ed Harris, the City Council voted 6 – 3 on Monday, June 16 to pass a resolution opposing State Assembly Bill 2145, which would modify the way Community Choice Aggregation programs (CCAs) are regulated in California. Under current California law, when a CCA — a resident-r un utility provider often relying on renewable energy — is established, residents must opt out of it if they wish to remain with their existing utility company, such as SDG&E. The assembly bill would require residents to opt in, rather than opt out, which opponents of the bill say would destroy CCAs and threaten electricity customers’ right to choice. “Community choice is a no

brainer. It allows clean energy, local control, consumer choice and market competition,” Friends of San Diego Clean Energy representative Kath Rogers said at the City Council meeting. “AB 2145 would tie our hands on all the exciting progress we’ve made in exploring community choice energy.” The City is currently creating a feasibility study evaluating the potential impact of CCAs in San Diego. If AB 2145 passes through the State Senate and gets signed into law, Council President Todd Gloria says San Diego would never have the oppor tunity to put the study’s results to the test. “These are concepts and issues we are still exploring, but I don’t want to close the door on these issues prematurely,” Gloria said. “We need to continue to follow this process and the passage of this bill

would prevent that.” As one of the three councilmembers who voted against the Council’s opposition of AB 2145, Councilmember Scott Sherman said that although he suppor ts the formation of CCAs, the current requirement for customers to opt out is the actual mandate eliminating consumer choice. “As it stands having to opt out, to me, that’s not a choice. To me that’s you’re going to be put into something and now if you want you can go through the measurements to get out,” Sherman said. “I dont like the way it’s set up.” San Diego now joins a list of cities across California who have also voted to oppose AB 2145, some of which include Santa Monica, Solana Beach and Chula Vista. AB 2145 is on the agenda for the Senate Energy Committee on June 23.u

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THEATER Park] now has young families that are getting started. [They] want to have some entertainment, some nightlife, some restaurants, some shopping and that 25 – 50 [year old] demo is really where our mixture will play well.” Removing the theater’s permanent seating was another way to make the venue fit the neighbor-

hood and clientele. This renovation was a seemingly easy decision for Cohen and his cohorts as they recognized the need for a convertible and open space. “We need to attract as many artists as possible so we don’t want to be limited,” Cohen explained “Making the space as flexible as possible is really the key to getting it utilized.” The theater now has several possible configurations for events. They can have a seated show with 550 chairs, they can

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PARENTING So I went on about my business for several months, looking askance at the weed shop on University Avenue and promising to read up on the current legal standing of marijuana dispensaries, but never getting around to it. Then, on a Friday in April, in broad daylight, there was an attempted robbery at a dispensary on Ray Street that ended in a shootout between the robbers and the armed security guard, in which one robber was killed and the security guard was wounded. This was four blocks from where my kids will go to kindergarten in September. It was exactly the kind of thing I had always associated with these (legal? illegal? Who knows?) operations. MiddleAged Dad Me was all “What the hell?” On the news, owners of businesses near the pot shop where the shootout occurred were of different minds. One was quoted saying that it could happen anywhere, a 7-11, a drugstore, wherever. Another said that the fears she had when that business opened up had been confirmed. These arguments perfectly reflected my continued ambivalence toward dispensaries. “It’s just like a liquor store — they get held up all the time,” Progressive Grownup Me said. “Except that it’s an especially attractive target for scumbags — full of cash and weed that they can turn around and sell on

accommodate 1,100 guests for a standing only concert or they can set up a combination of both; they can also bring in tables and chairs for corporate events or parties. Of course, an imperative part of the theater’s equation for success is scheduling talent people will pay to see. Lykke Li and The New Pornographers are two upcoming shows Cohen said he’s excited for. The booking has gone notably well thus far, mostly with help from another well-known venue. “It’s an open house but Casbah is our partner,” Cohen said. “[Casbah’s owner] Tim Mays is our head booker and obviously he has a handle on the San Diego music scene.” Mays, along with talent booker and publicist Rosemary Bystrak, have a firm grasp on what artists will suit the theater and fans. “We had no doubt that The Head and The Heart would do well in San Diego,” said Bystrak of Seattle’s indie-folk darlings who will play the theater on August 11. “But the speed in which it sold out was very affirming in that we know San Diegans have wanted the theater activated for some time. We saw similar enthusiasm with Rodriguez, which is why we added the second show.”

the street,” Middle-Aged Dad Me replied. Then on a Monday night in June, there was a drive-by shooting at Villa Terrace and Wightman Street, just behind the dispensar y on University Avenue. MiddleAged Dad Me was like, “Shut them down! Shut all the pot shops down immediately! Not in my back yard!” Then I calmed down a little, duly noting that equidistant from the shooting was the seediest bar in North Park and maybe all of Uptown San Diego, one which I will cross the street in the middle of the day to avoid. And there were no suspects or motives reported: The shootings could have had nothing to do with either the bar or the pot shop. But still. I was finally motivated to read up on medical marijuana dispensar y laws in San Diego, and found out that, indeed, City Council did approve a package of zoning and operating restrictions for medical marijuana dispensaries in early 2014. As of April 24, the city had started taking applications for legal dispensaries, but as far as I could tell, none had yet been z dispensaries still operating? I reached out to some city government types, who, mistaking me for a real journalist, got me in touch with the officials involved in this complicated issue. In a conference call, Mike Richmond, Acting Deputy Director of the medical marijuana project at Development Ser vices, broke it down for me: “Any dispensar y operating currently is technically illegal, because no condi-

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As the first collaboration between the theater and Casbah, the two sold-out Rodriguez shows earlier in June also confirmed that the venue is heading in the right direction. “We had music fans from 21 – 91 years old and ever yone in between,” Cohen noted. “Seeing a wide range of people enjoying a great artist was the best part for me.” The events also garnered heaps of praise from show-goers and musicians. “As performers it was outstanding,” stated Max Plenke, drummer for opening band Rusty Maples. “The sound in there is nuts; easily one of the best systems we’ve gotten to play on. We weren’t given some bologna five-minute sound check as the support — they spent time getting it right.” The band’s singer Blaire Dewane echoed praise for the theater and West Coast’s offerings: “The venue couldn’t have taken better care of us. There was a lot of pressure opening for a legend to a sold out theater, but the staff made it incredibly comfortable for us, and the food … was delicious.” As such a prime spot in North Park, it would seem a daunting

tional use permits have been issued yet,” Richmond told me. “People report these operations to us, and we actively work to investigate and shut them down. That’s our goal. The process can be lengthy because after we investigate a location and issue a violation, if they don’t voluntarily comply and shut down, we refer the cases to the City Attorney for further enforcement actions, and that process has to play out. I can tell you that we have shut down 54 dispensaries, and we currently have a total of 66 open active cases on dispensaries. 36 of those are being handled by the City Attorney, and 30 are active investigations in our Code Enforcement office.” Later in the conversation, Richmond told me that the dispensar y on Ray Street, where the shooting occurred, has closed down and not reopened; and that the dispensar y on University Avenue that I pass by ever y day is under litigation with the City Attorney. Middle-Aged Dad Me was all “Yesss!!” I asked Development Ser vices Project Manager for medical marijuana, Edith Gutierrez, who was also on the conference call, about something I had read saying that under the new zoning laws, dispensaries would essentially be banned in Council District 3. She told me there was nothing specifically banning dispensaries in particular districts, and she spelled out the zoning regulations for me: Dispensaries must not be within 1000 feet of any childcare facility, church, librar y, minorrelated facility, other medical marijuana

task to usher in a new era for the theater but by all accounts things are running smoothly. “We’re ahead of schedule,” Cohen said of their progress. “We’re happy about it. The talent buyers are very excited about it. There’s a great ‘word on the street’ happening, so that’s awesome.” For ticket information and more visit TheNorthParkTheatre.com.u

Upcoming shows at The North Park Theatre (Door times listed): July 3 – Ronnie Spector. 8 p.m. Seated show. 21+ July 11 – The Growlers. 7 p.m. All ages. July 25 – The White Buffalo. 8 p.m. 21+ August 20 – The Naked and Famous. 8 p.m. All ages. August 22 – Lake Street Dive. 8 p.m. All ages.

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Lorraine Hutchinson was born to be a firefighter. Standing at almost 5 feet, 9 inches tall, she’s got the grit and no-nonsense sensibility to get the job done. Add to that, a cool demeanor and a passion for helping people, and she’s a regular Johnny-on-the-spot. The South Carolina native, who moved to San Diego fresh out of high school, didn’t start out to be a firefighter. It wasn’t even on her horizon. Hutchinson was a medical assistant at San Diego State’s health center. While there, someone noticed how calm and reassuring she was during moments of crises, and encouraged her to consider the profession. For Hutchinson, having never seen a female firefighter in action, the idea seemed implausible. Yet once she learned more about the nature of the job and what it took to become one, she was all in. “My original goal was to be a nurse because I’ve always wanted to be in the medical field,” she explained. “Not many know, though, that as firefighters what we do is 85 percent medical. There are 47 engine companies in the city and there are much less than that in ambulances, so we usually get there first. I quickly knew this was the job for me. I get to do medical work that I love and also deal with emergencies.”

That was 28 years ago and today, at 49, Hutchinson is Deputy Chief in the San Diego FireRescue Department, Station 14 in North Park. Despite challenges along the way, Hutchinson, who is one of four female chiefs and the highest ranking among them, has made it in what has been traditionally a man’s world. “When I came on, things were a lot different than they are now,” she obser ved. “There was an old school way of thinking. There were guys still on the job who felt that this was a man’s job. Things have evolved since then, and the department doesn’t tolerate such thinking.” Being a fire fighter is physically demanding work, particularly so for women who, like their male counterparts, must drag water hoses and lift heavy ladders. “Women tend to have less upper body strength than men,” Hutchinson noted. “We have to work on that and compensate in other ways. We also put stresses on ourselves, but I can’t say it’s a bad thing. It’s kept me on my feet my whole career. I am where I am today because I don’t relax or become complacent. I feel I have to be at the top of my game, and that’s how I got to where I got.” In 2012, being at the top of her game became a challenge when Hutchinson was hit with a doublewhammy. First she was diagnosed with diabetes. Soon after, she

was called in for a follow-up to a routine mammogram. Only, she didn’t go at first. Already on a special diet to lose weight because of the diabetes, and with a lot on her mind due to work and other activities, she figured the follow-up visit could wait. After all, her doctor’s office did say it was “nothing to worr y about.” “I was working and going to National University to get my degree,” she explained. “I was really busy and if I didn’t have all that going on in my life, I would’ve gone back sooner. I also had a belief that nothing could be wrong with me since I didn’t have a family history of breast cancer.” When her schedule eased a bit, she decided it was time for that follow-up. “It was several months later,” she recalled, “and that’s all I’m saying. If I had a chance to do it differently, I definitely would.” At the time, Hutchinson didn’t realize that breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. According to Susan G. Komen San Diego, which recently named Hutchinson the 2014 Honorar y Breast Cancer Sur vivor, while incidence rates are lower than they are for white women, mortality rates among African American women are 41 percent higher. When the results came in that Hutchinson had breast cancer, her firefighter instincts kicked in. Only this time, instead of helping others, she’d be helping herself beat the odds. “It would’ve been very easy for me to lay around and be depressed,” she said, “but I knew at the end of the treatment, I wanted to be better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, so I had to take steps to do that. Every day during chemo I walked. I pushed myself, and remember walking down a hill and then trying to walk back, but I couldn’t. I had to call someone to come get me. So I started walking just around my house. Walking helped me get back my strength.” For Hutchinson, having a mastectomy was a no-brainer. “I could keep my breast and die or I could have a mastectomy,” she surmised. “No second thoughts. I really liked having my breasts but it did not weigh into my decision as to whether I was going to have a mastectomy. Not even close.” In explaining why Susan G. Komen San Diego chose to honor Hutchinson, Executive Director Laura Farmer Sherman stated, “Lorraine is so deser ving

San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014 of this honor because her stor y encompasses the stor y we are working to convey. We need to rewrite the African American woman’s stor y about breast cancer and Lorraine is going to help lead the way there.” Through it all, Hutchinson has had the support of friends, family and colleagues, including her husband, Steve Hutchinson, her daughter, two stepdaughters and a granddaughter. But there’s one in particular, whose guidance and encouragement has meant the world. Lorenza “Choker” Carter, her father. Her eyes teared thinking of him, and how he endured a life of hardships, including growing up in an abusive environment. “My father inspires me,” she confided. “He’s been a role model for me and has taught me so many things. He came out here at 16 with his clothes in a paper bag, and then had this amazing career in the Navy with 17 promotions, retiring as a lieutenant commander. That’s where I got my drive to rise through the ranks. When

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I told him I wanted to do this job, he never questioned it. All he did was support me and let me be me. Even when he found out I have cancer, he was ver y sad. He told me I’d get through it. He is my number one fan, besides my husband.” Thanks to a rigorous regimen of walking 20,000 steps every day, mostly on steep hills along Florida and Upas streets by Morley Field, she is now diabetes and cancer free. “I hope to inspire people with my stor y,” she said. “Last year at this time I had just finished my last chemotherapy treatment. I feel good to be back at work. I needed to get back to something normal, back to helping folks and having people need my help. Whatever your challenges are, make it a positive experience. Nobody wants to have cancer but if you can be better than you were, I just see it as a blessing. The fact that I get to help people and share my stor y and hopefully save lives, that’s a bonus.”u

(above) Hutchinson and other women in the San Diego Fire Department; (below) Hutchinson with her station’s team of firefighters (Courtesy Lorraine Hutchinson)

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Scavenger Hunt: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., turn San Diego into a giant game board with this scavenger hunt adventure starting in Old Town, 4002 Wallace St. Tickets available at urbanadventurequest. com. $49 per team. Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Loco for Locals: $10 dinner and margarita specials available to all San Diego County residents at Barra Barra Saloon, 4016 Wallace St. Tribute to Little Richard: 7:30 p.m., the dynamic duo of Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel will pay homage to the soulful, rockin’ music of Little Richard at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd. #110, Tickets are $14 online at lilrich.bpt.me. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “Out of the Past” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Groovy Tunes: 9 p.m., turn it loose at Bar Pink with Mr. Blow and Friends, 3829 29th St. Dancing Queen: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Ikah Love spins reggae and club hits at Bar Dynamite, 1808 Washington St., no cover before 10 p.m. Dinner and Jazz: 7:30 p.m. – midnight, listen to Allison Adams Tucker Quartet at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free.

Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., join fellow cyclists every Saturday morning for a ride through Balboa Park. Meet at the small parking lot on the left-hand side as you enter the park from Sixth Ave. and Upas St., free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., ever y Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conser vator y ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Children’s Craft Time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Emei Qigong Practice: 10 – 11 a.m., “Master Wendy” leads a weekly Wuji Gong practice group at the WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., free. Comedy Heights: 8 p.m., comedy show every Saturday night featuring local comedians, ages 13 and up welcome, Comedy Heights, 4590 Park Blvd., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “From Russia With Love” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22

Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, free. Gospel Brunch: 11 a.m. 1: 30 p.m., join the Sisters of Sequins for bottomless mimosas, champagne, bloody marys and a show every Sunday at Lips Restaurant, 3036 El Cajon Blvd. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del

CALENDAR Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Organ Concert: 2 – 3 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. World Cup Screening: 2:30 p.m., catch USA take on Portugal at West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave. Japanese Drums: 3 – 5 p.m., San Diego Taiko will perform the sounds of traditional Japanese drumming at the North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., tickets at northparktheatre.com. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “From Russia With Love” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.

MONDAY, JUNE 23

Paints Uncorked: 6 – 9 p.m., learn to paint while enjoying music, wine and cocktails at Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India, 3960 Fifth Ave. Buy tickets at paintsuncorked.com. Open Mic Night: 6:30 – 11 p.m., grab a cup of Joe and enjoy open mic night every Monday at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave. Half-Price Wine: 4 p.m. – close, enjoy half-price bottles of wine every Monday at Cafe Bleu, 807 Washington St. Trivia Night: Bring your brain and win cash at Whistle Stop Bar, Call 619-284-6784 for time, 2236 Fern St.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24

Curbside Bites: 5 – 8 p.m., weekly gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park, free. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food

www.sdcnn.com trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, 3442 Adams Ave., free. Pajama Stor y Time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Comedy Night: 11 p.m., put on your chuckle pants at Lestat’s Coffee House every Tuesday night, 3343 Adams Ave. Friends Chill: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., board games and mellow grooves every Tuesday at Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern St. Music and Drinks: 10 p.m., enjoy the music of John Dorman and Iamdustinblackwell, Sycamore Den 3391 Adams Avenue.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25

LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilber t Castellanos ever y Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave, no cover charge. Dynamic Night: 8 – 10 p.m., a weekly open mic night for musicians at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., free.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26

World Cup Screening: 9 a.m., raise a pint and cheer on the boys as USA takes on Germany. 2236 Fern St., $5 donation. Puzzling Adventure: noon – 3 p.m., this adventure takes you on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of Hillcrest, starting at Fifth and University aves. Tickets at puzzlingadventures.com. North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Loco for Locals: $10 dinner and margarita specials available to all San Diego County residents at Barra Barra Saloon, 4016 Wallace St. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Woman in the Window” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. every Thursday chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave., free.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27

Preschool stor y time: Every Friday, 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Brewer y Launch: 5 p.m., Ska Brewery launching their own craft beers at Hamilton’s Tavern, 1521 30th St. Contradancing: 7:30 – 11 p.m., learn to dance or perfect your moves to live music at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3300 Thorn St., Buy tickets at sandiegocontra.org Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Woman in the Window” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.

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CALENDAR Live Music: 8:30 p.m., indierock band Streets of Laredo perform at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., $10. Bonkers! Dance Party: 9 p.m., Get your groove on at Bar Pink, 3829 29th St.

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[See June 21 for reocurring Saturday events.] Canyon Nature Walk: 9 a.m., led by Friends of Switzer Canyon. Meet at the intersection of 28th and Maple streets, free. Read to Speedy, the Therapy Dog: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., every Saturday kids can develop their reading skills in a supportive environment by reading aloud to a therapy dog named Speedy, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Comedy Heights: 8 p.m., com

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

[See June 22 for reocurring Sunday events] Folding Mr. Lincoln: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., enjoy brunch and a drink with Folding Mr. Lincoln at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St. Brunch Specials: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy $20 mule pitchers and $12 mimosa pitchers at West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.

MONDAY, JUNE 30

Signing Stor ytime: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., ever y Monday teach your baby to sign, Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Half-Price Wine: 4 p.m.– closing, Enjoy half-price bottles of wine ever y Monday at Cafe Bleu, 807 W. Washington St. Open Mic Night: 6:30 p.m.- 11 p.m., Grab a cup of joe and enjoy open mic night ever y Monday at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave. Trivia Night: Bring your brain and win cash at Whistle Stop Bar, Call 619-284-6784 for time, 2236 Fern St. Live Music: 8:30 p.m., King Khan & The Shrines play at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., $15.

TUESDAY, JULY 1

Waypoint Stor y Time: 4 – 8 p.m., Waypoint Public has a stor y time with Traveling Stories, donating 10 percent of its sales to the nonprofit, 3794 30th St. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8 p.m., weekly Tuesday night gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., ever y Tuesday night Smitty’s Ser vice Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, 3442 Adams Ave. Pajama Stor ytime: 6:30 – 7 p.m., ever y Tuesday children are invited for stor y time fun with books, singing, and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Comedy Night: 9 p.m.- 11

p.m., Get your laugh on at Lestat’s Coffee House ever y Tuesday night, 3343 Adams Ave. Friends Chill: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., board games and mellow grooves ever y Tuesday at Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern St.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch, 925 W. Washington St., free. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos ever y Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave, no cover charge. Dynamic Night: 8 – 10 p.m., a weekly open mic night for musicians at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., free.

THURSDAY, JULY 3

North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. ever y Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. ever y Thursday chant and sing contemporar y mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.u

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Community organization meetings Bankers Hill Parking Committee 5 – 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave.

North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave.

Old Town Parking Committee 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday The Hacienda Hotel, 4041 Harney St.

Normal Heights Community Association 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd.

Hillcrest Business Association Beautification Committee 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday 1419 University Ave. Suite D.

Hillcrest Town Council 6:30 p.m. on the Second Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.

North Park Main Street Design Committee 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday North Park Main Street Office, 3076 University Ave.

Old Town Community Planning Group 3:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday The Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave.

Uptown Planners 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.

Ken-Tal Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday Franklin Elementary auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave.

Normal Heights Community Planning Group 6 p.m. on first Tuesday Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Mission Hills Business Improvement District 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday Ascent Conference Center, 902 Fort Stockton Dr. University Heights Community Development Corporation 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104 University Heights Community Parking District 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104 University Heights Community Association 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday Alice Bimey Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Ave. Uptown Community Parking District 5 p.m. on second Monday Uptown Community Parking District office, 2720 Fifth Ave. North Park Maintenance Assessment District 6 p.m. on the second Monday

Burlingame Homeowners’ Association 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday Mazara Pizza and Italian Deli, 2302 30th St. Mission Hills Town Council Trustees Meeting 6 p.m. on the second Thursday Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph St. Bankers Hill Residents 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the third Monday San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Ad Hoc Bylaws Subcommittee 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday Adams Recreation Center, 3491 Adams Ave. Hillcrest Business Association Sustainability Committee 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday HBA Office, 3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 202 Hillcrest Business Association Board of Directors 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center,

3900 Vermont St. Greater Golden Hill Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday Balboa Golf Course Clubhouse in Balboa Park El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association 9 – 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday 3727 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Historical Society 6:30 p.m. on third Thursday Masonic Lodge at the intersection of Utah St. and North Park Way Greater Golden Hill Board Community Development Corporation 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the third Thursday Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr. North Park Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way Talmadge Community Council 6:30 p.m. on third Thursday of odd numbered months 4760 Miracle Dr. (residential address) Mission Hills Heritage 7 p.m. on the third Thursday Call 619-497-1193 or email info@ MissionHillsHeritage.org for meeting location. Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday Franklin Elementary Room #2 4481 Copeland Ave. North Park Community Association 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Action Team 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday North Park Community Center, 2711 Howard Ave. Email hutton@sdcnn.com for inclusion of your organization or committee.


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San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014

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Breaking from the norm, artists at Art Around Adams created their craft outdoors for all to see. (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

of Rory Canfield, who was working on an abstract in acrylics. “I can’t really describe my work,” Canfield said. “Some people call it psychedelic art. I paint in the moment. Things develop as I work.” A man with his daughter stopped for a moment to watch him work on the painting. “People in this area enjoy the creative process,” Canfield said. John Tice, owner of Book Tree, had called on event organizer Johnny Tran to locate artists best representing the businesses and personality of the avenue. Tice moved his bookstore to Adams Avenue in 2005. “This event gets better and better ever y year because it is

www.sdcnn.com such a good fit for our street,” Tice said. “Normal Heights attracts businesses that are not mainstream. It’s the same for art. More and more people who think differently find Adams Avenue as a haven.” Event organizer Adam Rosen paired up with Tran in recent years to plan Art Around Adams. “[Tran] seeks out both well established and new artists and curates the art to fit the impromptu galleries that form within the businesses involved in the event,” explained Rosen. At the event, when people had their eye-full of painting delights, they could move on to the palette of music and dance elsewhere. Young dancers from the San Diego Junior Theater entertained ever yone with their swing dance performance in front of the car wash. After wards, Rayme Sciaroni, artistic director of Junior Theater, said it was the first time that the group had performed for the event. “Hopefully it will become a tradition,” Sciaroni said. “This is my own neighborhood.” Laura Hodge of San Diego Creative Arts Project, located on 30th right off of Adams Ave, had several youth groups doing creative performances. Hodge paired up with Lindsey Lawlor’s giant robotic giraffe. Art Around Adams started in 2004 as a much smaller and simpler shadow of its current form, explained Rosen. It has grown from a few blocks to a two-mile stretch. “The event has always focused on getting the public

Several new buildings looked a bit more colorful after Art Around Adams, and many businesses opened their storefronts to local artists (Photos by Cynthia Robertson)

out to explore the community and build a relationship with the businesses that make up that area, through art, music, and whatever other eclectic performance we can throw at it,” Rosen said. As the oldest business district in San Diego, other than Old Town, Adams Avenue has seen the most change of them all. “I like to compare it to the way Greenwich Village used to be in the old days. Our Avenue has become legendar y. And this event really helps it,” Tice said.u

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COYOTES “They’re losing their fear of us. We need to re-instill that fear,” said Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the County Department of Animal Services, adding that coyotes are smart, opportunistic and adaptable. He said the county doesn’t know how many coyotes live in San Diego. His department and the Fund for Animals advocate coyote hazing to discourage coyotes from feeling comfortable around humans. Hazing includes creating noise, such as using whistles or small air horns, yelling at them, anything to scare them off. Other strategies including squirting coyotes with water or installing motion and light sensors in one’s yard. All of that shows coyotes “that you can’t come in my backyard and eat my dogs,” said Kim D’Amico, animal care specialist at the Fund for Animals. Other tips include not feeding coyotes, not leaving dog or cat food outside, picking up fallen fruit (because coyotes will eat that too), keeping trash cans inside or with the lids on, and spraying pepper or ammonia around trash cans. “The issue is it’s easier to eat something out of a bowl than to catch a rabbit,” DeSousa. “They have always been here, and we’re making it very easy for them to survive and thrive.” Coyotes can also jump over a five-foot chain-link fence, so if these wild animals are coming into your yard, DeSousa suggested installing a coyote “roller,” a metal cylinder mounted to the top of your fence to keep coyotes from getting a foothold, which

Sightings of coyotes have been reported throughout South Park, a largely residential neighborhood. (Courtesy The Fund for Animals)

can be made with PVC pipe or something similar. The normal coyote diet is ground squirrels, rabbits, gophers, moles, rats, even lizards, as well fruits and vegetables. They are generally nomadic, and will stay in an area only as long as there’s food. Pupping season was in March and April, even as late as May, and they have babies to feed. They will protect their dens if they feel threatened. “They’re part of the ecosystem. They keep it in check,” D’Amico said. The state will not relocate coyotes, according to Janice Mackey, information officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. If, however, a coyote attacked someone, that would become a public safety issue, and the animal would be immediately trapped and euthanized, she said. “We’ve learned in the past that killing isn’t doing anything for them,” D’Amico said, adding that it is illegal for a member of the public to trap and relocate coyotes. “They’re part of the ecosystem. They keep it in check.” Since relocating coyotes isn’t

an option, it’s up to residents to discourage coyotes from considering local pets a food source. “We have to be smart. We live among canyons,” said Lisa Vella, co-owner of the South Bark Dog Wash. Lee agreed. “If you have a cat or a tiny dog, you need to understand coyotes are right outside your door,” she said “You’re not safe, even if you’re far from the canyon.” When walking a dog, there’s a simple solution to deterring a coyote from running off with your pet. “There’s a reason you walk your dog on a leash,” DeSousa said. “It’s to control your animal.” For more information about coyote hazing and awareness, go to Project Coyote at coyoteproject. com/ or Keep Me Wild at ca.gov/ keepmewild/coyote.html.u

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TIPS FOR HAZING COYOTES: Scare off coyotes by: Using whistles Using air horns Yelling Throwing objects toward (no at) coyotes Banging on metal objects Squirting them with water (garden hoses, large spray guns) Installing motion or light sensors

Keep them from coming back by: Not feeding them Feeding pets indoors Picking up fallen fruit from your trees Covering your trash cans Spraying pepper or ammonia around your trash cans


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San Diego Uptown News | June 20–July 3, 2014

5over2 Five local shows over the next two weeks Kevin Smead Uptown News

Bujwah Bonanza II @ TilTwo Club Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, doors open at noon $10 per day If you’ve always wanted to get into the local music scene but never knew where to star t, I recommend checking out the second annual Bujwah Bonanza. Taking place across

two days at the Til-Two Club, this mini-festival is packed with some of the best talent the region has to of fer. The event is organized by Bujwah Strangers, a local street- and skate-focused brand. Check out the full list of bands for each day (some of my personal favorites being The Nformals, Amerikan Bear and Gloomsday) and buy tickets at tiltwoclub.com/calendar. The Menzingers, Lemuria, Pup, Cayetana @ The Irenic (all ages) Sunday, June 22, 6 p.m. $15 advance, $17 day of show The Menzingers are such a killer band. I saw them open at the Ché a couple years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. Riding a solid line between pop

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and punk (these guys are an Epitaph band, after all), their songs are catchy while chock full of self-loathing and regret. It’s music I cer tainly relate to, as the rad guitar hooks keep ever ything sonically ver y positive. Also, Lemuria’s femalefronted fuzz pop is so excellent they’re alone wor th going for.

pens to also be a great band. Sounding as if it could be par t of the Midwest emo revival at least in style, its songs are full of lo-fi twinkly guitars that put you in the per fect headspace. I’m not as jazzed about posthardcore group Dangers, but they’re still rad and you should still see them.

Pity Sex, Dangers, Solids @ the Ché Café (all ages) Friday, June 27, 7 p.m. $10 advance, $12 day of I’ll leave my opinions about what’s going on with the Ché for another stor y (hint: I’m not super stoked about it) and just say that it’s wor th going to any show there between now and its closure since it’s such a great, historical venue. In this show’s case, Pity Sex just hap-

Transfer, Not in the Face, Shake Before Us, Hong Kong Fuzz @ The Casbah Friday, June 27, 8:30 p.m. $12 advance, $14 day of I’ve always been a fan of Transfer. For me, they occupy the same space as My Morning Jacket in that it’s ostensibly a folk band, but actually way more interesting than that. They have a great range of songs, too, from more guitar

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of the proceeds from the sale of Pride ’14 will go to local and and other nonprofits that support the march for marriage equality. MO’s Universe will be matching up to $20 thousand in cash donations and offering in kind donations to local LGBT events. Copeland, who first joined HBC as brewer y assistant at the company’s launch in July of 2012, took over for former head brewmaster David White this past October. Prior to joining HBC, Copeland was a self-described “beer nerd” and is truly a homebrewer success stor y. “I actually worked at the DA’s office,” he said of his former full-time career. “I traded law for brewing. It’s now long weeks, long days, and a lot of work, but I love ever y minute of it.” Before stepping up to the top spot, Copeland was already putting his personal touches on the beer menu, personally creating recipes for U-Hawle Hefe, the Blond Ale, and the Double IPA Hopsucker. The San Diego native has been a lifelong ally of the community and feels in many ways the opportunity to work at HBC was ver y serendipitous. “I don’t want to say fate or the universe willed it or not, but my dad was gay and grew up in

driven rock, to mellow folk. It’s some seriously good jams. Plus, all the opening bands are great, so just make a night out of the whole show. King Khan and the Shrines, Red Mass @ Soda Bar Monday, June 30, 8:30 p.m. $15 If you’ve never heard of King Khan and the Shrines, it’s best just to look up its videos. There’s an aspect of glam rock, funk, R&B, and good ‘ole rock and roll to its music and it all adds up to a killer time. This is definitely a night for bringing your dancing shoes and not worr ying if people think you look goofy. You’ll be having a better time than them, anyway. u San Diego,” he said. “He owned a salon Downtown and he died of AIDS in the early ‘90s back during the crisis. “One of the big things I’ve wanted to do once I became head brewer was to make Steve’s Imperial Red Ale — a Red Ribbon AIDS beer — for World AIDS Day.” The brewer y has lots of other things planned, mostly after Pride season has come and gone, but expect them to be getting much more interactive with their customers regarding tastings, infusions and experimenting. “We are such a small brewer y but we want to pull back on some of the stuff we have right now and then make certain things seasonal so we can bring in the Pride beers, the Austin’s AIDS beer in December, and other styles that are out there,” Arruda said, citing the Long and Stout as an example. The popular dark beer was recently put on hiatus until the fall since it is not traditionally a summer beer. That frees up their taps for other options but some have missed it. “Its just about getting people used to the idea,” he said. “It keeps people interested.” The Pride ’14 Launch Party will be Thursday, June 26 starting at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Brewing Company, located at 1458 University Ave. For more information, visit hillcrestbrewingcompany.com. u

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establish comfortable, affluent lives — but not without some drama and infidelity thrown in. Save the houseboy, they’re all politically opinionated, but, aside from ideological sympathies, they aren’t tied to the countr y’s growing unrest. While war narratives centered around the well-off routinely ignore poor demographics that are often hit worst in conflict, Yellow Sun demonstrates that the impacts of such conflicts are absolute, as was especially the case in this bloody war, which went down in history for using starvation tactics most effectively. No one, no matter

Screening at Digital Gym “Half of a Yellow Sun” stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as “odenigbo” and Thandie Newton as “Olanna”. (Courtesy Monterey Media)

'Half of a Yellow Sun' shows the inescapable tragedy of war Hutton Marshall Uptown Editor

For the final two and a half years of the 1960s, Nigeria was upheaved by a bloody civil war that took the lives of more than one million civilians and shattered already strained relationships among different ethnic groups in the country. It was the result of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt

by the Igbo, a tribal, ethnic group in the region, to separate from Nigeria and form the Republic of Biafra. Highlighted by the 2013 drama, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” the conflict violently demonstrated the arrogance of colonial-drawn boundaries in countries like Nigeria, where ethnic and tribal identities were often overlooked by the European powers. While the film has a historical perspec-

tive in its illustration of this national tragedy, it tells the tale through an intimate, personal narrative. By focusing on a small, prosperous, but relatable Nigerian demographic, thus resonating with viewers far beyond the region’s borders. Based on a novel of the same name written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the film opens with twin Igbo sisters Olanna and Kainene as they return from university in England to pursue careers in academia and business, respectively. Rich, pretty and intelligent, the twins have a bright future at the film’s opening. Along with Olanna’s live-in boyfriend and outspokenly political academic Odenigbo, their houseboy Ugwu and Kainene’s English lover Richard, the sisters quickly

how cushy their lives were before the war, was exempt from having their lives crumble beneath their feet. The fluid, intentionally chaotic and ultimately ambiguous plot is carried out by leads Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men) and Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness), both of whom flesh out angry and overwhelmed characters that realize the futility of their intellectual prowess in an inhumane conflict. Straying away from the blunt force trauma of this review’s heavy subject matter, Yellow Sun was filmed entirely in Nigeria, weaving the country’s natural beauty into a tranquil backdrop in the happier portions of the movie. The music, too, is culturally authentic without being too alienating to western ears. While the film is far from uplifiting, it provides a well-crafted, poignant look at war off the battlefield, and encourages clinging a little more closely to the constants in our lives. Half of a Yellow Sun plays at the Digital Gym in North Park from June 27 - July 3. Visit digitalgym.org for tickets and showtimes.u


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