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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 14

July 5–18, 2013

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Old Town • Mission Hills • Bankers Hill

Hillcrest • University Heights • Normal Heights • North Park • South Park • Golden Hill • Kensington • Talmadge

New Cosmopolitan operator takes over

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Owner Chuck Ross welcomes hotel and restaurant into Fiesta de Reyes family By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

Expressive Arts for all

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Shakespeare in repertory: The Old Globe Theatre has three different productions currently on stage for their summer Shakespeare Festival. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare, and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom Stoppard run in repertory through Sept. 29. Theater critic Charlene Baldridge reviews two for this issue – including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” pictured above – starting on page 12. (Photo by Jim Cox) A growing Salt & Cleaver

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Golden Hill addresses additional park space Planning Committee says ‘super deck’ over SR 94 is high priority By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Quiet Company unites

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Fringe Fest ‘Warrior’

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One of San Diego’s most deeply entrenched historic sites has shifted management, and a few changes are on the horizon, the new operator said. Chuck Ross, owner of Old Town Family Hospitality Corp., has assumed operation of the Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Hotel, located at 2660 Calhoun St. in Old Town. Four years ago, Ross held the concession for the Cosmopolitan, but different operators had been running the business. As he takes over the day-to-day management, Ross said there will be some fine-tuning to their operations plan. It is all an effort, he said, designed to springboard off recent success. The entire facility will remain open as the transition is taking place.

At a June 26 special meeting, the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee (GGHPC) evaluated numerous candidate park sites as part of the Golden Hill and Sherman Heights community plan updates, as well as discussed the need to include a “super deck” over state Route 94 as an update priority. San Diego is embarking on an update to the 1988 Golden Hill Community Plan concurrently with updates to similar plans for North Park and Uptown. The Greater Golden Hill plan area is bounded by Interstate 5 on the west, SR 94 on the south and state Route 15 on the east. The area also includes South Park. GGHPC chair Ruchell Alvarez led community planners in a spirited discussion of the region’s potential park inventory, debating the merits of likely – and not so likely – park-site candidates. GGHPC’s review followed San Diego staff’s assessment of future park opportunities identified in previous public workshops, said Lynda Pfeifer, a senior public information officer for the City. “The sites were ranked loosely in categories by park planning staff based upon a set of criteria and

presented to the Planning Committee at previous meetings,” Pfeifer said. “At last Wednesday’s meeting, the Planning Committee made some adjustments to the rankings of several sites.” Pfeifer said the information was provided to park planning staff in order to assist with drafting the Recreation Element for the update to the Golden Hill Community Plan, which will be released at a later date. One potential GGHPC park site – the Gala Supermarket at 3030 Grape St. between 31st and Fern streets – did not make the grade. In fact, some GGHPC planners objected to its being included on the potential park list at all. “It’s sort of an asphalt wasteland,” said GGHPC planner Susan Bugbee about the location, which includes the supermarket, a paved parking lot, recycling center, coffee cart and food wagon. One community planner pointed out the privately owned supermarket site would have to be acquired by the City before any consideration could even be given to turning it into a park. For that and other reasons, planner Pat Shield

see GoldenHill, page 5

Chuck Ross (Courtesy San Diego PR)

“This is a place that offers a niche with its style and level of service,” Ross said. “We’re just looking to build on that.” At the moment, Ross and his staff are in the process of creating new menus that should be unveiled in early August. A few minor touch-ups – including work on the patio – are also in the works. “We are very excited to push the boundaries of what people expect to find when they come to Old Town,” Ross said. “We want to provide a

see Cosmopolitan, page 8

Freedom to love and marry Supreme Court decisions spark celebrations in Hillcrest; LGBT Pride Festival set for July 12 – 14 By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Celebrations surrounding the July 26 Supreme Court decisions that struck down key aspects of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and upheld a lower court’s ruiling against Proposition 8 will continue in San Diego throughout July, highlighting the 39th annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival July 12 – 14. This year’s theme is Freedom to Love and Marry. Starting with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally and flag raising Friday,

July 12 at 6 p.m., official Pride events include the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party that evening from 7 – 11 p.m. and the Pride Parade the following morning, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on July 13. The Parade route ends at Balboa Park, where the Pride Festival occurs: July 13 from 12 – 10 p.m. and July 14 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Participants at the Festival include a number of local, national and international businesses and nonprofits, support groups, health care service organizations, and entertainment. The 2013 headliners

Supporters at the June 26 rally in Hillcrest (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat) are DJ-producer Morgan Page and singer Monica. George Takei and his husband Brad, along with philanthropist La Toya Jackson, will serve as Parade grand marshals, and Takei will also be the keynote speaker at

the Stonewall Rally, which in part serves as a kickoff to the weekend. After the rally yet before the Block Party – both are held at the base of the Hillcrest Pride flag pole,

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Fun nights at Trolley Barn Park Annual concert series returns for 17th year, bringing in new bands and old favorites By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Five “fun-filled” Friday nights are returning to Trolley Barn Park in University Heights, with the start of the 17th annual Summer in The Park concert series Friday, July 5. Staged weekly through Aug. 2, the free shows bring together residents, visitors and businesses for a relaxing – and community-building – time. Ernie Bonn of the University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC), the organization primarily responsible for staging the concerts, said they started the series as a way to “bring back the community’s enjoyment of the park,” calling the effort grassroots. “We originally started with a street fair, and we felt it didn’t help the businesses,” Bonn said. “By moving everything into the park, we got greater support.” Referencing Jane Jacobs’ “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” – a classic text criticizing urban-planning policy that brings decline to city neighborhoods – Bonn said they wanted to both be responsible for and have a stake in University Heights. The 2013 concert series will feature a different band each Friday through Aug. 2 for two hours starting at 6 p.m. Bonn said they have almost 20 bands contact them each year to be a part of the series, though they can not accommodate all. Opening the 17th annual series is Rodello’s Machine on July 5, followed by the Stoney B Blues Band, by popular demand Friday, July 12. “Stony B was so popular at last year’s concert, that we had to ask him back,” the UHCDC said in a press release. Rodello’s Machine is made up of Nate Donnis and Kolby Knickerbocker, and their sound has been compared to Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, and Wilco. They have a unique style of indie folk-rock, and formed in early 2010. “Once we met and learned we shared similar skill sets, common interest in song creating and [a] willingness to go the mile in the music industry, we saw an opportunity to create great music,” Donnis said on the band’s website. Donnis is a native of New York who moved to Southern Califor-

nia, and Knickerbocker hails from Georgia. They released their self-titled debut album March 2012, and Knickerbocker said they hoped to use it as a way to increase their fan base. The release party was held at the Griffin, off Morena Boulevard. Following Stoney B July 12, the July 19 concert features Theo & the Zydeco Patrol, a Southwestern Cajun-music band. On July 26, the Bill Magee Blues Band will take the stage, and a “perennial” favorite, the UHCDC said, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra will close out this year’s series Aug. 2. While sponsored by the UHCDC and the San Diego County Enhancement Program – in a partnership with the San Diego Park and Recreation Department and the University Heights Recreation Council – event cosponsors and individual donations help support the series, making it possible to return year after year. Bonn and the UHCDC said

Rodello’s Machine (Courtesy Knickerbocker Productions) community involvement is a key component to the series, and they are encouraging everyone to give back by partaking in a “pass the hat” donation each night. Attendees can also give back by frequenting the neighborhood businesses. “Pick up a pizza at our local pizzeria, order takeout for your picnic dinner or eat beforehand at one of our great UH restaurants for a short walk back to the park,” the UHCD said. Bonn said businesses can expect to be busy both before and after the shows, which end at 8 p.m. “There’s a lot of activity on the street,” she said, and the UHCDC is asking everyone to be responsible and safe.

Recognizing that parking is difficult in University Heights on a regular Friday night, the UHCDC said it is “tougher still” to find street parking during the concert season. They recommend walking, biking or taking public transportation to the events. Metro San Diego bus route 11 serves Adams Avenue. Bonn also said using the carshare program car2go, an event sponsor, was a good option for getting to the park. The company will have information available before

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and after the shows, and Bonn said they may bring a vehicle to show. There will be additional portable bathrooms onsite, as well as plenty of trash and recycling containers, and organizers are asking that people take out what they bring into the park. Glass containers, alcohol and smoking are all restricted, due to City regulations. Pets are allowed during the concerts. “Fans of our Friends of the UH Library book sales can also rejoice,” the UHCDC said, as the library group will be returning to sell books to attendees. All proceeds from the book sales go back to the University Heights Branch Library. Both Brooklyn Dogs Mobile Cart and Mrs. Frostie will also be returning to sell treats. Old Trolley Barn Park is located at 1998 Adams Ave., near the intersection of Adams Avenue and Florida Street and two blocks east of Park Boulevard. To become a sponsor or for more information on the series, visit uhsd.org or call 619-297-3166.u


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Cultivating your artistic self Expressive Arts @32nd & Thorn provides respite to a hectic life By Jessica Dearborn SDUN Reporter

When the opportunity presented itself nearly three years ago, Tish McAllise Sjoberg said she quickly rented an available corner shop in North Park to open Expressive Arts @32nd & Thorn. In a short time, Sjoberg transformed the space into a safe haven for people – with or without art skills – to empty their stresses and immerse themselves in a new, transforming experience. A North Park resident, Sjoberg has a certificate of advanced graduate studies and is an Expressive Arts Therapist. She said she believes in building community, selfenrichment and expression, and works with people both one on one or in groups, using art for helping and healing. “I have personally experienced the power of Expressive Arts in my life when I grieved the death of my parents, as well as to support me to create major changes in my life,” she said on the studio’s website, expressiveartssandiego.com. “A fabulous byproduct has been the cultivation of my artist self.” Sjoberg is a graduate of the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego, and works with women who are or have been homeless, people with eating disorders and adults with developmental disabilities, among many others. The studio, located at 3201 Thorn St., also serves as an exhibition space. In the most recent exhibition, “The

Inside/Out Project: Art in Response to the Prison System and Incarceration,” the studio features works from inmates in the California Prison system. The exhibition is being held in part to “challenge the public’s perception of those who are incarcerated, and shine light on the dire effects of incarceration on families and our communities,” the website states. For July – the monthly schedule is posted well in advance, and changes slightly – offered programs include Open Studios on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; Art Aerobics on Wednesdays; Art Happy Hour the last Friday of the month; Women’s Expression sessions each Tuesday; an Open Mic night, Friday July 12; and two Art Church days, on Sunday. Additionally, Expressive Arts is heavily involved with the T-32 neighborhood walkabouts. In July, the studio will be hosting a free exhibit reception and artist talk for “The Inside/Out Project” from 4 – 8 p.m. during the walkabout on July 20. The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 9. My own experience during a recent Art Happy Hour was exhilarating, while I lost myself into artistic creativity during a warm summer night. I had only intended on staying an hour or two, however my intention was swayed when I found that in spite of my limited art skill, it didn’t matter. It was about the experience. Sjoberg was supportive and explained all the different mediums she had available

for use. She walked me to a small room that housed magazines so I could cut out images for a collage. I sat alone for a while and imagined what the end result would be and Artists at a recent Art Happy Hour show off their what it was I wanted to express. work. (Courtesy Trish Sjoberg) I sifted through the pages and cut out what I needed. After I glued the images to my blank canvass, I proceeded to another room where I taped it to the wall and finished my piece with splashes of paint. When I walked home that night, I felt lighter than I had in weeks. For a few hours on a Friday night, I was able to stop thinking about anything other than my artistic focus. A sense of freedom and fulfillment swept through me. Expressive Arts is a safe, imaginative and welcoming place to free ourselves from our daily stressors, and to free that artistic side of us that we otherwise may not have thought about. For more information on Sjoberg, Expressive Arts and their programs visit expressiveartssandiego.com Attendees created collages from photographs, then added paint. or call 619-251-8474.u (Courtesy Trish Sjoberg)

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Planting Peace in Normal Heights Bob Filner attends tree-planting ceremony, calls for sense of justice and peace By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Mayor Bob Filner planted a tree for peace Saturday, June 29, at a small ceremony held in the Sri Chinmoy Peace Garden, located at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Arizona Street in Normal Heights. The peace tree, a symbol of the teachings of the philosopher Sri Chinmoy, was donated by local businesses Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga and Jyoti Bihanga Vegetarian Restaurant, as well as the World Harmony Run, which Chinmoy founded. “As we progress as a city and we talk about tourism, and we talk about the Navy and we talk about high tech,” Filner said at the ceremony, a press release stated, “what about our souls? What about who we are as human beings? What about how we relate to each other?” Uptown residents built the garden in the name of Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual philosopher who promoted the tenants of peace, selflessness and meditation. It sits on private property, with full support of the owner. A dedication ceremony was held in January once the garden was complete. “Hopefully we can spread this sense of justice and peace to all our city and state, and then, of course, our nation,” Filner said. Sujantra McKeever, founder of Pilgrimage Yoga, welcomed Filner and attendees. “Only the peace dreamers, peace lovers and peace servers can transform the world,” McKeever said, reciting an aphorism, or principle, of Chinmoy. “Each one of us can, in our own unique way, be a part of creating a world of peace.” Mahiyan Savage, owner of Jyoti Bihanga, said the importance in having the peace garden was to provide inspiration. McKeever moved to Normal Heights to help Savage at his restaurant in 1985, and then traveled the world offering free meditation workshops as a part of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Pilgrimage Yoga was founded in 1999. “Sri Chinmoy himself was a man who dedicated his life to inspiring people,” Savage said in the release. “The statue and the park are an inspiration.” Chinmoy was an author, poet, musician and athlete, who dedicated his life to “fostering the growth of peace inside the hearts of human beings from all nationalities and faiths,” the release said. He died in October of 2007. “The presence of this peace tree will allow indi-

viduals visiting the peace garden to reflect on bringing peace into the world,” Savage said. “It reminds us that peace must start with each of us and then branch off to others.”u

Mayor Bob Filner plants the Peace Tree in Normal Heights June 29. (Courtesy Santiva Morrison)

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GOLDENHILL questioned the Gala site’s inclusion on the park list. “In the past, the owners have been hounded by various special interests who’ve wanted to develop it,” she said. “I think it taints the property if we target it. By considering it as a park, this community is saying, ‘Get out. Move out.’” But most other potential park sites considered by the group met with a great deal less opposition. Community planners pointed out many of the sites being considered are already being used informally as such. Other potential sites that might be amenable to being turned into parks were eventually given lower priority by the group because of geographic constraints like small or uneven size, or lack of accessibility. A notice sent out by Alvarez encouraging local residents to attend the special planning group meeting

Golden Hill community planners debated the merits of potential park sites in their area at a recent special meeting. (Photo by Dave Schwab) said “residents along the SR 94 corridor are overwhelmingly in support of a super deck,” or lid over the existing highway. Alvarez was citing a June 1 public meeting held by transportation officials to discuss the expansion of the highway. The super-deck concept envisions creation of park space built over the highway, which could offer recreational alternatives in the Golden Hill area. Some believe the neighborhood presently suffers from a lack of adequate park space. Such development, besides providing additional recreational space, could also offer views of

San Diego’s Downtown, with some saying it has the potential to become a future tourist destination. “The super deck over SR 94 was presented [by the City] as a site to be included in the Plan Update as a moderate priority,” Alvarez wrote in the notice. “To ensure its inclusion in the GGHPC Community Plan Update, the priority for this park site must be elevated to high.” The GGHPC meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Balboa Park Golf Clubhouse, 2600 Golf Course Drive. For more information visit sandiego.gov/planning/community/.u

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Letters Destruction of Park Boulevard by Express Bus Lanes

This plan is five years old and there are no designated bike lanes [see “Rapid Bus Project to start,” Vol. 5, Issue 13]. The express bus route could have continued down Washington Street to Route 163 north and south, instead of Park Boulevard. This is a travesty for our beloved Park Boulevard. —Steven Greenwald, via mailu

Editorial Free summer meals around the corner

By Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon Children need access to healthy food all year long, because good nutrition provides the sound foundation they need to learn, grow and thrive. As USDA’s Un-

der Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, it pleases me to say that during the regular school year, America’s schoolchildren can depend on the sciencebased nutrition provided by National School Lunch Program meals and the healthy choices now available at school. But when school is out during the summer months, it’s another story. Many kids don’t have access to even one nutritious meal a day. USDA’s summer meals programs work to reach those children by providing free, nutritious meals at sites throughout the nation. Unfortunately, millions of eligible low-income children are still missing out. That’s pretty clear when you stop to consider that although about 21 million children nationwide receive free and reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program during the regular school

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

year, only about 3.5 million kids are reached through our summer meals programs. Job one is to make sure that eligible children get information about the program. Summer feeding sites are located in many communities across the country, especially in low-income areas. USDA needs your help to get the word out and connect eligible kids with summer meals. Schools, community groups, and religious organizations can help with this effort. To find a summer meal site serving children in your community, call 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-Hambre, or visit the National Hunger Clearinghouse resource directory. If you or your organization is interested in helping us get the word out about summer meals, please visit the Food and Nutrition Service Summer Food website, summerfood.usda.gov, for more information and resources. The SFSP toolkit, available in both English and Spanish, includes

and they are in agreement that this has disastrous consequences for our planet. Showing a little initiative, almost anyone can ferret out the truth about climate science and global warming. How hard is it to take responsibility for doing a little research? A similar effort in regard to fracking for natural gas in our San Joaquin Valley shows that each well can take up to a million gallons of water that is unrecoverable because of a mix of about 30 different chemicals that are hidden from public access by state law. This carcinogenic slop is not supposed to be a problem according to the carbon industry, because we are going to pump it back in the ground, below the water table that is critical to this farmland. Yet, it is well known that the valley is crisscrossed with earthquake faults and the risk of extreme pressure on this deep wastewater is poorly understood. The disturbing truth is there are no laws in California concerning fracking. Oil and gas companies are not required to disclose the source and amounts of water used in production, nor disclose how and where that water is disposed. Digging a little deeper, we find that valley farmers, cities in southern California and the carbon industry will be competing for the same water from the California aqueduct. Who has deeper pockets? In the past few weeks, we all learned that the world atmospheric CO2 level has reached almost 400 parts per million, a level that climate scientists say has not been reached for more than 3 million years. When it did, scientists say the ocean level was 16 to 131 feet higher than today and they are projecting an increase of 1 to 13 feet by the end of this century depending on how fast glaciers melt. New reports recently released say the average temperature will increase an average of 7.2 degrees F by the year 2100. The last time it

templates, customizable flyers, door hangers, letters to parents, activity sheets for children, and attendance certificates. Promising practices and tips for success are also available on the website. You can help other ways, too. While providing children with nutritious meals is our top priority, the key to success is keeping kids coming back to the sites throughout the summer. Offering fun, age-appropriate physical activity at summer meal sites is a proven way to ensure attendance and encourage healthy habits. And that takes volunteers – lots of them – especially in June, July and August. Volunteers can help with basics, like transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site. Volunteers can also plan and lead educational or recreational activities with the children. Go to serve.gov/endhunger to find an opportunity to volunteer in your community or to post a volunteer opportunity if you operate a summer meal program.

was that hot on earth they say it was 14 million years ago. New York City responded with a bold $20 billion proposal to protect its coastline. In San Diego we are still bickering about the causes of climate change. Climate scientists explain that CO2 is not like other greenhouse gases that dissipate over time. A short internet search shows that it stays around for centuries, creating acidic oceans that destroy reefs and marine life, causes worldwide melting of permafrost releasing billions of tons of methane and CO2, and intensifies terrible storms and drought that bring firestorms to areas like San Diego. Coastal commissions throughout the U.S. are preparing for a rising ocean. So is the military. Again, this information is also widely available. There really aren’t any excuses for a public failure to act on this problem. Research the arguments. Follow the money. If a billion dollar corporation is making a huge effort to discredit a few scientists who are allegedly “after grant money for research” then it is pretty obvious you might want to listen to what those scientists are trying to tell you. … So even if all of us were on board with climate scientists, we just don’t have many options. Whose fault is that? And that brings me back to our collective failure to understand climate science and our ineffective efforts to act on this problem. The information is out there and there are solutions, but we cannot afford lethargy of will to deal with climate change. Who to blame? Look in the mirror. SanDiego350.org, an all-volunteer San Diego County organization, works to increase awareness of climate change and advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit their website sandiego350.org.u

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UptownBriefs HISTORIC CANNON REDISCOVERED The Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) picked up a heavy donation that turned out to be a cannon used in San Diego’s celebration of America’s centennial in 1876, a press release said. Cast at the San Diego Foundry 137 years ago, it was regularly used for important affairs after the centennial celebration, including the approval of California’s new state constitution in 1879. However, the cannon was lost until July 2. SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons matched it to the long-lost cannon upon further inspection of a similar one that had been used as a lawn ornament at the late freemason John Zink’s home. “It clicked all at once for me; this may just be the Horton Plaza cannon,” Coons said in the release. SOHO is currently seeking donations to restore the cannon, which would enable them to use it at future city events. For more information, visit SOHOsandiego.org. COMMUNITY GROUPS PLAN NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUPS The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) and Bankers Hill Residents Group (BHRG) are inviting everyone to take to the streets the morning of July 15, the Monday following the San Diego LGBT Pride weekend, to help clean up after the festivities. San Diego Pride will be donating $10 per volunteer hour to each neighborhood group for cleanup efforts. Brooms, trash cans and bags will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom to help. The HTC will be meeting at 7 a.m. at Park Boulevard just south of University Avenue. Volunteers that meet that morning will receive orange Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. shirts, and the HTC is asking volunteers to report their hours when they leave the cleanup. BHRG volunteers received yellow BHRG shirts at their last monthly meeting for the cleanup, and additional shirts will be offered at their July 15, 6:30 p.m. meeting to those who participate in the cleanup. In Bankers Hill, volunteers can meet at either Thorn Street and Fifth Avenue or Ivy Street and Sixth Avenue, also at 7 a.m. They are asked to record their hours at the July 15 meeting. For more information call 619-260-1929. FILM FESTIVAL AT THE SCIENCE CENTER REVIVES OLD FAVORITES As part of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th anniversary celebration, a film festival of popular films of the past begins Friday, July 5 and continues through Sept. 5. Driven by popular demand, the science center chose the nine films based on 569 surveys of top-three favorite films. The films will run a week at

a time, Friday through Thursday, and show twice each day. Admission includes one film and access to the entire center’s exhibit galleries and is $15.75 for adults, and $12.75 for children and seniors. The festival will kick off with an exploration of space with “Hubble” on July 5, then switch to “Yellowstone” on July 12. The Academy Award-nominated film “Dolphins” opens July 19, followed by “Adventures in Wild California” July 26. “Mysteries of Egypt” opens Aug. 1, followed by the true story of one team’s trek up Mount Everest in “Everest” on Aug. 9. “Coral Reef Adventure” shows off Fiji on Aug. 16, “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” starts Aug. 23, in the film that recreates the adventure that shaped our nation, and the festival’s finale, “Grand Canyon Adventure” opens Aug. 30. For show times call 619-2381233 or visit rhfleet.org/shows.

OLD GLOBE TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS JULY 21 FOR SEPT PRODUCTION The Old Globe Theatre will hold open-call auditions for Samuel D. Hunter’s comedy “The Few” on July 21 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. at The Globe’s Copley Plaza. The characters are men and women aged 40 and over from across the United States that call a local northern Idaho newspaper to place personal ads via voicemail. Those without prior experience are encouraged to participate in the audition on a first-come, firstserved basis. No reservations are needed and scripts will be provided. Recordings from 17 members of the public will be selected for the performance and those chosen will be notified in August. The people selected will receive $150, two tickets to “The Few” and the opportunity to hear their voices featured in the show throughout its run. The world premiere of “The Few,” directed by Davis McCallum, will run Sept. 28 – Oct. 27 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. For more information visit theoldglobe.org/aboutus/jobs/ auditions.aspx or email casting@ theoldglobe.org. HILLCREST DESIGNER RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD As president of Bast/Wright Interiors, Inc. of San Diego, Robert Wright was honored as the 2013 Designer of Distinction at the American Society of Interior Designers’ National Conference in Los Angeles on June 21, a press release said. The first San Diegan to receive the award, Wright has been a professional interior designer for over 30 years and previously served as national president of ASID and as president of the San Diego chapter. He is a Hillcrest resident and his commitment to the industry stems to involvement in interior design education for 20 years. The award recognizes a designer with an extraordinary body of work, as well

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a commitment to social concerns and has significantly advanced in the industry. Wright’s community work includes active involvement with Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the San Diego Humane Society. “Robert is a brilliant designer who generously shares his creative vision and passion for design with clients, students, and the less fortunate. His work demonstrates the power of design to change lives,” ASID San Diego chapter President Robin Carrier said in the release.

CABRILLO BRIDGE TO RECEIVE A FACELIFT BEFORE CENTENNIAL Plans to retrofit the Laurel Street overcrossing in time for the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration are underway. The project plans to adapt the bridge for seismic strength, improve structural integrity and replace aged steel and concrete. Also known as the Cabrillo Bridge, the life of the overcrossing that carries vehicles and pedestrians over state Route 163 and into Balboa Park will be extended for 50 years. CalTrans announced June 19 that Disney Construction, a Burlingame, Calif. company, is the low bidder for the project, a press release said. After the bid is awarded, construction is expected to begin this fall and continue until summer of 2014. Interruption to traffic on SR 163 will be minimal, the release said. Vehicle access to the bridge will close for four months beginning January 2014, though pedestrian access will not be interrupted.

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DEL MAR “HATS PARADE” KICKS OFF 2014 RACING SEASON For the 76th year in a row, the Del Mar Race Track located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar, will host their 37 days of annual horse racing season, staring July 17 and running through Sept. 4. This year’s annual hat contest, sponsored by Village Hat Shop and presented by Studio Savvy Salon, is an opening-day tradition. Signups are from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a hat parade immediately following in the Plaza de Mexico, just inside the Stretch Run admission gates. Five different hat categories will be available to competitors, with prizes for first, second and third place in each category and a grand prize, which will include a round-trip vacation and a $500 Studio Savvy gift basket. Also this year is the Coors Light Opening Day Party, which offers wagering, a giant video board, live music, food, a craft beer garden, and more in a private trackside area, all for $30. Gates open two hours before the first post, which is at 2 p.m. daily, except on Fridays due to their summer concert series, when the first post is at 4 p.m., and on Aug. 25 for the Pacific Classic, which is 1 p.m. For more information visit dmrc.com.u

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Kids love a Pride Parade

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COSMOPOLITAN complete fine dining experience.” Ross said the change in business strategy came to fruition for a number of reasons. The former operators are moving on to new business pursuits, and Ross said he wanted to add the Cosmopolitan to his Fiesta de Reyes portfolio of restaurants and shops that already exist within the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Cosmopolitan underwent a well-publicized multimillion-dollar restoration that spanned three years. When it reopened July 2010, the facility mirrored its appearance in 1869 with a mixture of indoor and outdoor seating, saloons, hotel rooms and an area for private dining. More recently, Ross has also been focusing his efforts on rebuilding his two additional restaurants – Casa de Reyes and the Barra Barra Saloon – and 19 shops within the park. He said this was part of the reason he opted to have other professionals operate the Cosmopolitan in recent years. Fred Grand, president of the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, said he was pleased with the recent announcement concerning the Cosmopolitan. “I have a very high opinion of Chuck Ross,” Grand said. “[The Cosmopolitan] is a very important part of Old Town. The ambitious renovation work has been amazing. I think it’s the gold standard of historic preservation.” Grand said all of the venues within the Old Town Historic Park serve an important function to residents and visitors alike. “It’s a 50-50 kind of thing, where it needs to appeal to locals and visitors,” Grand said. “You have to make sure you don’t ignore either group. Chuck is very aware of that.” The Cosmopolitan’s roots go back more than 175 years. When construction began in 1827, the building originally served as the home of San Diego pioneer Juan Bandini. The building is one of the few in the state representing a 19th century commercial space intermingling Mexican adobe and American wood-framing techniques. For more information, visit oldtowncosmopolitan.com, fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-1874.u

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Andy Hinds Parenting

My wife and I have been living in North Park for almost 10 years now, and I’ve lost track of how many San Diego LGBT Pride Parades and other Pride Festival events we’ve attended. We can easily walk or bike to Hillcrest so, unless we’re out of town, it’s really hot or we just don’t feel like being in a mob scene, we at least go to the Parade. Why not, right? Now that we have kids – our twin girls just turned 4 – we are probably even more likely to go to the Parade. The only one they’ve missed so far was in 2009, when they were a month old. Not because they wouldn’t have enjoyed it, mind you. It’s just that when you have month-old twins, you rarely leave the house. We probably didn’t even realize that Pride was happening. Or that it was July. Or that there were still grownup people out in the world, doing fun grown-up stuff. So we have taken our kids to the Parade for years, and they love it, but it’s not quite the same as it was before we had them. In the old days, we would often go to some ancillary parties, both small ones thrown by friends and the

more-or-less official ones. One year for example, a friend of ours had a bunch of his friends visiting from out of town for Pride weekend. There was some kind of party every night, but the big one was the “Zoo Party.” My wife and I knew vaguely what the Zoo Party was, and when our friends asked if we wanted tickets, we were all, “Sure. What’s not to like about a dance party at the zoo?” First of all, the ticket price was not to like. They were around $80 a piece, as I recall, and, looking at the promoter’s website, I see that they now run as high as $125. I had not asked how much they cost when my friend offered to pick a pair up for us, and probably would have demurred had I known. I’m sure a lot of people are happy to pay that much for what to them is an amazing party experience; but if anything costs more than a nice dinner out, it better be life altering for me or I will be severely disappointed. When I found out the price of admission, first I hyper ventilated a little, then I thought, “OK, if I don’t get to ride on a dancing giraffe, I’m gonna demand my money back.” In retrospect, I should have known what I was getting into. I had been to Rich’s and The Brass Rail before, and other gay clubs in other cities. But this was like one of those clubs on steroids. Literally. It was a cross between a rave and a bodybuilding tournament. There must have been close to 1,000 men there, and maybe eight or nine shirts in the whole crowd. Those shirts were worn by me and the seven or eight women present. Someone in our group asked me why I didn’t take mine off. “If I had known about the posedown,” I told him, “I would have trained

for a couple months in advance, gotten a spray-tan, and painted a six-pack onto my belly.” As usual, a couple overpriced mixed drinks dulled the sting of the sticker shock and the sense of inadequacy I felt from being a mere mortal at this Dance Party of the Titans. I grooved awkwardly with my wife and our friends, and enjoyed the spectacle while trying not to be trampled. Nowadays, the most we do to celebrate Pride is to find a shady spot and watch the Parade go by with our kids and maybe another family or two. Sometimes it’s a little bawdy, what with the floats full of guys in Speedos shaking what their mamas gave them, but whatever. Four year olds don’t see anything unusual about that. Grownups do inexplicable things all the time. They might ask why those guys are dancing in their undies, if anything. Of course, I might have to reevaluate my blasé attitude about these matters by the time the kids are tweens; we’ll see. At this point, to our kids, the Pride Parade is just a lot of dancing, music, glittery costumes and free trinkets (which are some of their favorite things). Someday we’ll probably explain the social and historical context of Pride celebrations, but growing up around here, I kind of expect our kids will pick up on it by osmosis. —Andy Hinds is a stay-at-home dad, blogger, freelance writer, carpenter and sometimes-adjunct writing professor. He is known on the internet as Beta Dad, but you might know him as that guy in North Park whose kids ride in a dog-drawn wagon. Read his personal blog at betadadblog.com. Reach him at betadad@gmail. com or @betadad on Twitter.u


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When restaurateur Joe Busalacchi opened A Modo Mio a couple years ago, he veered from standard American-Italian dishes and declared he’d be doing things “my way,” just as the restaurant’s name translates into English. This isn’t to say the menu lacks in wine and pasta. It simply offers brighter and more top-quality choices. If you haven’t yet dined at A Modo Mio, daily happy hour provides a candid introduction to the experience, beginning with wines by the glass available for half off.

The house Malbec (Photo by Dr. Ink)

As Busalacchi’s affable son Joey explained, “We don’t offer the crap stuff,” referring to those bulk wines we oftentimes see listed as “select” on other discounted menus around town. Here, you can dabble in an uncommon Riesling from Australia or a richly textured Cabernet produced by family growers in California’s Knights Valley Appellation for $4 and $6 respectively during happy hour. My companion, who walks out of places serving labels such as Yellowtail or Beringer, chose Chianti Riserva by Frescobaldi Nippozanno, discounted to $6.50 a glass. He rated it as “fruitier than most, and with good tannins.” An equally generous pour of houselabeled Malbec ($4.50) for me was mildly fruity in comparison, but with a food-friendly dryness that struck a solid marriage to our food. Appetizers on the regular dinner menu are also half off during happy hour, which extends to closing time (around 9 p.m.) on Thursdays and Sundays, opposed to ending at 6:30 p.m. on all other days. From a dozen listed, the Juliettes pesto crepes in an Alfredolike cream sauce are ridiculously delicious. “These Italians are giving the French a good run for their money,” said my companion when biting into the cotton-soft crepes blanketing thin layers of vibrant green pesto inside. I was a couple plates away, still forking through juicy, sun-kissed heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese and potato cakes crowned with shredded rib meat and crème fraiche. From my first taste of the crepes, to washing them down with

red wine and then scraping the smooth sauce off the plate at the end, I completely concurred. The three dishes we chose were substantial, well-presented and each priced below $7. And the good part about happy hour at A Modo Mio is that you can plant your caboose anywhere in the restaurant, which includes a stylish patio, cozy bar and a two-section dining room. Additional deals include halfprice wines by the bottle on Mondays; three-course pasta dinners for $25 on Tuesdays; and halfprice martinis on Wednesdays.u

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Happy hour features just over a dozen worthy wines by the glass, none of which you’ll find flooding commercial store shelves.

Food:

The discounted appetizers we tried were excellent enough to prompt us into returning for dinner. If you choose only one, go with either the pesto crepes or the potato cakes with short rib meat.

Value:

Wines by the glass and appetizers are half off, meaning that anything you order is $8 or less.

Service:

The suited wait staff is professional and never in short supply.

Duration:

Daily happy hour includes all-night bonus days on Thursdays and Sundays.

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Sausage sandwiches and plates take center stage. (Photo by Annie Hobbs)

ince opening almost two months ago, the sausage-centric Salt & Cleaver recently transitioned from dress rehearsal to show time. If you ate at the stylishly industrial restaurant prior to last week, you likely came away yearning for longer and plumper links. As of now, the sausages have grown, weighing in at a thirdpound each instead of a quarterpound. “People wanted them bigger and for less cost,” said Chef Carlos San Martano, who earned his culinary chops at Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker and Gabardine, as well as at a couple of Napa Valley kitchens. The size upgrades also mean larger house buns and pretzel rolls fitted evenly to their meaty occupants from end to end. Supplied by local artisan bakeries, gluten-free rolls are also available. In an effort to bring down prices a notch, the young, ambitious chef plans to eliminate some of the specialty ingredients involved with certain recipes, such as the crispy duck confit topping duck-bacon sausage. With orange marmalade and creamy “bacon-aze” already adding verve to the scheme, it’s doubtful that the missing confit will spark public outcry. Visiting with a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, we sampled an array of sausages that included the bigger version of the spicy Polish. By far the juiciest in our lineup, the link is available from the menu’s “create your own” section, allowing you to doctor it up with such recommended fixings as sauerkraut,

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619-756-6677 Prices: Sides, $4; sandwiches and plates, $7 to $12 grilled onions, house pickles and homemade mustards. Most of the sausages are made at Europa Specialty Sausages, an acclaimed family operation in Orange County. But San Martano proves equally adept at the craft with a variety of raw-cured sausages he makes onsite. Among the most intriguing in his repertoire is leek-spiked lobster roulade, for which he uses shrimp mousse as a binder. We ordered it in plate form, but with the same condiments that come with it on a sandwich. As my companion accurately pointed out, the pleasant seafood flavor takes several seconds to register on the palate in the face of tarragon aioli and zesty pickled mustard seed. Admittedly, I was a little impatient at first waiting for it to kick in. Also from the chef’s recipe box are sausages made with whole loin of rib eye and another using pork belly. The lean rib-eye link served with Brussels sprouts was the least juicy, though not hope-

lessly dry. Its fine texture resembled meatloaf, which is perhaps why the chef pairs it expertly with S&C sauce, a house-made ketchup that tastes zippier than the bottled stuff. The “chicken mango madness” with Serrano puree and pork belly sausage strewn with sambal vinaigrette were the spiciest, more so that the aforementioned Polish link. For the pork belly, lemongrass-ginger relish also came into play, adding a riot of compatible flavors from the very first bite. It ranked among our favorites. Other choices include IPA bratwurst, Nuremberg bratwurst (made with veal and pork), mild or spicy Italian and a “faceless” sausage constructed with grilled veggies. In all, there are about 20 varieties to choose from. Side dishes are limited to three choices. We passed up the German-style potato salad in lieu of cool, refreshing cucumber fries dusted gently with paprika and house-made chili powder as well as the labor-intensive S&C fries. The spuds are initially soaked in potato liquid, and then fried and flash frozen before undergoing a second frying. The process actually seals out excess grease absorption while adding depth and richness to the flavor. Salt & Cleaver’s central bar and open façade make it an inviting place to hang out and imbibe from a sturdy collection of whiskeys, gins and rums. A globetrotting list of draft and bottled beers obliges to the craft-brew crowd, while classic and newfangled cocktails adhere to urban trends. Or if you’re popping in merely for a sugar fix, the chef offers oldfashion apple pie, a peanut butter brownie set on peanut brittle crust and one of the best versions of grilled pineapple east of Hawaii. His magical ingredients for elevating the fruit are cayenne pepper and a thin glaze of cinnamon and brown sugar. As the owners and chef continue tweaking the menu and overall operation based on customer feedback, look for a grand opening celebration in the coming weeks.u


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Passing through San Diego by way of Austin, Texas, pop-rock band Quiet Company plays the Soda Bar on Monday, July 8 for their first show in Uptown. The band formed in 2005, and has become a staple of the Texas indie-music scene. Front-man Taylor Muse leads the way on guitar and vocals, and is backed by Tommy Blank on guitar and keyboards, Matt Parmenter on bass, Jeff Weathers on drums, and Cody Ackors on trombone. “We’re a pop-rock band that is very influenced by melodic bands like the Beatles and Beach Boys,” Muse said. “We try to make the best songs possible and keep things interesting, with a lot of different instrumentation and switching around with a lot of different vibes. Something we’re always hearing is how high energy our shows are.” The band’s first live shows were at the South by Southwest music festival, held in the heart of downtown Austin every spring. Muse and his band mates have also played at the Austin City Limits and appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” The group has won a record 10 Austin Music Awards. “Our first show ever was at South by Southwest 2006, and it

Indie rockers Quiet Company hit up Soda Bar July 8

Quiet Company (Photo by Leah Muse) was one of those kind of makeshift venues,” Muse said. “I think it was actually a church at the time that they had turned into a stage.” Muse, Weathers and Ackors are all from Texas originally, and the group gradually formed over a period of years after Muse, who initially set out on his own solo career, realized he wanted other musicians on the stage with him. “I’d already made the first record by myself as a solo thing, and then I put a band together to

play live shows,” he said. “I found Tommy [Blank] on Craigslist, and years later I found Matt [Parmenter] there as well. Cody [Ackors ] was a fan of ours that came to our shows, and once we found out he played the trombone, we wanted him to join the group. We had been looking for some kind of horn player.” Quiet Company’s last fulllength album, “We Are All Where We Belong,” came out in late 2011, and they put out a Christ-

mas-themed EP in December 2012. After being unavailable for purchase for nearly three years, the band has just rereleased it’s debut album “Shine Honesty,” along with two bonus tracks. Now called “A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited,” this and all others can be found on the group’s website, quietcompanymusic.com. They said they have more music on the way, with the group currently putting together the

pieces of a new album, and are set to return to the recording studio in the near future. “We’ve made three full-length records and I like to think that there’s a progression with each one,” Muse said. “We’re writing for a new album right now and we’re really excited to be doing that. We’re trying to make it different from what we’ve done in the past, and so far we’re really happy with what we’ve come up with.” While their previous work has all been self-produced, Muse said they were looking to work with a producer who could potentially shop it out to various labels. But they want to take their time, and Muse clearly has a deep love and respect for music. “I would say, especially when you’re young, there’s something about music that lets you know you can get through the discovery of how things really are. It makes it feel like the world is open to you,” he said. “The real power of music is it unites people in a real way. There’s always kind of [the] overall message that you aren’t alone; we’re all experiencing similar things in life.” The bands Rainbow Jackson and Orange Anima lead off for Quiet Company, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, and Soda Bar is located at 3615 El Cajon Blvd. For more information visit sodabarmusic.com.u


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Dreaming of a ‘Dream’ Fascinating, musical & magical production is full of wondrous tricks By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

This summer the eucalyptus grove behind the Old Globe’s outdoor stage is filled with fairies: at least 12 of them. That is, unless one also counts Titania the fairy queen, her vengeful consort Oberon, and Oberon’s quicksilver factotum named Puck, who all seem to straddle two worlds – human and fairy – in guest director Ian Talbot’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. In fact, the production seems to indicate that Puck could be the unseen Changeling Boy about whom Oberon and Titania are at loggerheads; and furthermore, that Oberon’s herbal magic, which causes Titania to love an ass, may have taken place eons ago and has been repeating over the course of millennia. Just as Puck declares, “What fools these mortals be,” one realizes the mortals are indeed foolish. Their enchantment – or intoxication, as provided by a purple flower – causes the comedy. They are the adorable Hermia (played by Winslow Corbett), who is in love with Lysander (Adam Gerber). Hermia’s father Egeus (Sherman Howard) would have her wed Demetrius (Nic Few), who is in love with the bookish Helena (Ryman Sneed). Hermia and Lysander run away into the forest, followed by Demetrius, pursued by Helena. Enchanted by magic (drugged) the kids become terribly mixed up. The young actors are appealing, able and fun to watch, especially when Talbot uses the real forest for some unexpected and inventive mayhem that elicits scream of laughter.

(l to r) Charles Janasz, John Lavelle, Donald Carrier, Sean-Michael Wilkinson, Triney Sandoval and Miles Anderson (Photo by Jim Cox) He’s been directing outdoor Shakespeare productions in Great Britain for years, so it’s no wonder he’s got a bag full of tricks. The rest of the company is wondrous, beginning with Jay Whittaker, who plays both Theseus, the ruler of Athens, and Oberon, who rules the fairy realm. For Theseus, Whittaker affects an anal-retentive persona and a high, whiney voice that drives his fiancée, Hippolyta (Krystal Lucas, who also plays Titania), to flee in the opposite direction. Whittaker is the most physical and overtly sexy Oberon ever seen. In cahoots with Hall’s horn-dog Puck, they are quite a pair. Miles Anderson, remembered as Salieri in last season’s “Amadeus,” plays Bottom the Weaver, who is transformed into an ass and whose bubble bath is a delight. Bottom is one of six working-class commoners that enact “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a crudely written tragedy by Peter Quince

(Charles Janasz). It is performed to celebrate the nuptials of Theseus and Hippolyta and the now sorted out young people. Whatever critters the fascinating fairies may be and however foolish the mortals are, Talbot serves up one of the sexiest, most fascinating, most musical and magical productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ever witnessed in long experience of the play. Bound to be a huge hit with audiences, the work bears repeat visits ere it vanishes into thin air Sept. 29. The first of the three Old Globe Shakespeare Festival productions to open in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” continues in rotating repertory with “The Merchant of Venice” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” Many in the repertory company play in all three works.u

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” WHERE: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way (Balboa Park) WHEN: In rotating repertory through Sept. 29 INFO: 619-234-5623 WEB: theoldglobe.org


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A watery ‘Merchant’ Infinitely interpreted, The Globe production is both satisfying and frustrating By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

The Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Adrian Noble sets his production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” on raised, platform “land” above the canals of Venice, setting up a spatial constriction that causes anxiety in the viewer, who fears tables, chairs and denizens will tumble into Mylar waters (scenic design by Ralph Funicello). No mishaps occurred opening night June 29. The mechanics of important other scenes – Portia’s palace in Belmont and a Venetian courtroom in which the moneylender Shylock (played by Miles Anderson) sues the merchant Antonio (Donald Carrier) for his bond – are eased by sliding the land back and forth. The palace belonging to Portia (Krystel Lucas, Hippolyta in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) is especially opulent and sensuous, first appearing far upstage and gliding downstage like an exotic moveable harem. Here the princes of Morocco (Nic Few) and Arragon (Christopher Salazar) vie for Portia’s hand in marriage by selecting one of three caskets: gold, silver or lead. The winning box contains Portia’s portrait. Each selects the wrong box, much to her relief. Then comes Bassanio (Lucas Hall), who wins the wealthy woman. In order to woo Portia, Bassanio seeks to borrow a substantial sum from his older friend Antonio, who’s been feeling melancholy, perhaps because he fears he will lose Bassanio’s companionship when he marries (more is implied here). Antonio’s merchant ships are all at sea. Cash flow is nil. Bassanio and his clownish friend Gra-

Krystel Lucas as Portia (Photo by Michael Lamont) tiano (Triney Sandoval) go to the wealthy Jew, Shylock, for the needed funds. Antonio guarantees the loan. Shylock hates Antonio and stipulates that should the bond be “forfeit” – unpaid within stipulated time – he will exact a pound of the merchant’s flesh. Meanwhile, Shylock’s daughter Jessica (Winslow Corbett) elopes with Bassanio’s friend Lorenzo (Adam Gerber), having stolen jewels and ducats from her father and forsaking her religion. Jessica and Lorenzo flee to Belmont. About the time Bassanio wins Portia’s hand, and Gratiano gets a “yes” from her lady-in-waiting Nerissa (Ryman Sneed), all of Antonio’s ships are reported lost. Word comes to Belmont that Shylock is demanding his pound of flesh in court. As soon as Bassanio and Gratiano leave for Venice, Portia and Nerissa disguise themselves as young lawyers. In the famous “Quality of Mercy” scene, Portia defends

Shylock’s right to take the pound of flesh but says that nowhere in the law has he the right to shed the blood of a Christian, and furthermore if he does his life will be forfeit. Thus the women save the day. Instead of sentencing Shylock to death, the Duke of Venice (the solid Charles Janasz), strips him of his wealth and commands he become a Christian. Clouds hang over the apparently joyous ending, in which all live happily ever after with the exception of Antonio and Shylock. This play, having been experienced several times over the past decade-plus has become one of the writer’s favorite Shakespeare works because of its infinite possibilities of interpretation. The Globe’s company is mixed: the production, satisfying in many aspects and frustrating in others. Anderson’s Shylock is fine and touching, though his voice stays mostly in treble range. As Antonio, Carrier

was oddly disappointing, his melancholy overwhelming his juice. I loved Lucas’ commanding performance in “Dream” but feel her Portia lacks wisdom and tenderness. Thus, Hall’s Bassanio seems all the more callow, but it’s a thankless role anyway. Of all the Lancelot Gobbos I’ve seen, John Lavelle’s was the least defined. Sandoval’s clown almost stole the show. Others gave little sense of who their characters are and what they are doing in this Shakespeare play. Sound designer Dan Moses Schreier effectively employs the music of Gustav Mahler throughout. Deirdre Clancy is costume designer, Alan Burett the lighting designer. “The Merchant of Venice” continues in rotating repertory with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” through September 28.u

“The Merchant of Venice” WHERE: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way (Balboa Park) WHEN: In rotating repertory through Sept. 28 INFO: 619-234-5623 WEB: theoldglobe.org


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Presented as part of the inaugural San Diego Fringe Festival, Circle Circle dot dot’s production of “The Warriors’ Duet,” directed by Anne Gehman and Katherine Harroff, will see three shows only: Friday, July 5 at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 6 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 7 at 5 p.m. The performances are at the 10th Avenue Theatre’s cabaret space, located at 930 10th Ave. “‘The Warriors’ Duet’ is a celebration of love, life and language,”

the theater company said in press material, and features the poetic words of Laura Jeanne Morefield coupled with Gehman’s choreography. The play, however, was written by Morefield’s mother, theater critic and word-lover Charlene Baldridge. After Morefield died of complications from cancer, Baldridge edited and published “The Warrior’s Stance,” a collection of her daughter’s poetry that primarily deals with the cancer diagnosis. The Fringe Festival production stems from that collection, based

on both Morefield’s and Baldridge’s work. As the play unfolds, a mother is searching for her missing daughter. The piece incorporates music and dance to tell the story of their relationship, one that is “fraught” and “competitive,” the theater company said. “‘The Warriors’ Duet’ is the act they never performed [and] the book they didn’t have time to write,” they said, and if rehearsal pictures posted on the Circle Circle dot dot website are any indication, the final production will be an incredibly

“The Warriors’ Duet” cast in rehearsal (Photo by Rich Soublet) emotional and artistic show. Baldridge said when she was asked to have “The Warrior’ Duet” in the Fringe Festival, she was honored but had no idea what the directors had planned. “I knew only that [Harroff] loved the piece and that I trusted her as an artist and a director,” Baldridge said. “After meeting with [the company] to discuss the piece and answer questions, I set them free to become acquainted with Laura through her words. I think she’s captivated everyone through her legacy of humor and love of life.” Harroff, Circle Circle dot dot’s artistic director and associate director for the Fringe Festival, said they are “thrilled” and “honored” to produce the play with Charlene’s blessing. “Taking our lead from the fluid poetic text, co-director and choreographer Anne Gehman and I are creating a whimsical dance-theatre dream backdrop to explore the enchanting bond between a mother and daughter that is unhinged … but never wavers, following the diagnosis and ultimate outcome of a terminal illness,” Harroff said in the release. Circle Circle dot dot representatives said they are proud to be a part

of the first Fringe Festival in San Diego, joining “amazing organizations from all over the globe” to present a number of “innovative shows.” “The Warriors’ Duet” features actors Kathi Copeland, Samantha Ginn, Shaun Tuazon, Soroya Rowley, Matt Carney, Stephanie Smith, Maria Juan and Desiree Cuizon. Ginn, Tuazon and Rowley are Circle Circle dot dot company members, and Tuazon said working on the production has been a “beautiful” experience, in part because of Baldridge’s work as well as watching Gehman bring the text to life. “The poetry by Charlene and Laura is so touching that it has left me and the cast in tears during rehearsal,” he said. “Knowing Charlene personally has definitely added to the beauty of rehearsing. … It has made us all work so hard to make sure we honor her and her daughter Laura’s words and relationship.” Tickets for the three shows are selling fast, and the Sunday show sold out before the festival opened Monday, July 1. The Fringe Festival closes Sunday, July 7. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at sdfringe.org or by calling 619-4604500. For more information visit circle2dot2.com.u


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Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Trolley Barn concerts: 6 – 8 p.m., Rodello’s Machine performs tonight for the Summer Concerts in Trolley Barn Park, Adams Avenue near Park Blvd., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Big Lebowski,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Family Movie Night: 8 – 9:30 p.m., Normal Heights Family Movie Night series features “Despicable Me” in Adams Avenue Park, hosted by the Normal Heights United Methodist Church, Mansfield Street and Adams Avenue, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Big Lebowski,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

SUNDAY, JULY 7

21K Poker Ride: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., charity bike ride of 13 miles through Normal Heights, North Park, Seaport Village and Balboa Park, with stops along the way, ending at Blind Lady Ale House, ride starts at House of Imago, 3585 Adams Ave., $35 with registration at21kpokerride. blogspot.com Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Big Lebowski,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

MONDAY, JULY 8

Krypton Yvonne: 10:30 a.m., part of the Summer Reading Program, Krypton Yvonne will present a wacky science show for kids of all ages, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Uptown Parking: 5 – 7 p.m., monthly meeting of the Uptown Community Parking District, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. International Summer Organ Festival: 7:30 p.m., featuring tonight’s guest Golden Hill Business Group: 7 – 9 p.m., regular meeting of the business group, Postal Express, 2801 B St.

TUESDAY, JULY 9

HBA board: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly board meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Twilight in the Park: 6:15 – 7:15, live music throughout the summer with tonight’s guest Real Jazz Big Band, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, free Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest community group,

Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama story time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Normal Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Normal Heights Community Association including pot luck, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Old Town Community Planning: 3:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the planning group, Whaley House, 2746 San Diego Ave. Alakazam Magic: 4 p.m., Summer Reading Program event featuring Alakazam Magic, University Heights Branch Library, 4193 Park Blvd. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Uptown Regional Bike Corridor: 5 – 8 p.m., latest meeting of the Community Advisory Group for the Corridor Project where they will review input and discuss routes, facilities and design concepts, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, Balboa Park Twilight in the Park: 6:15 – 7:15, live music throughout the summer with tonight’s guest Rick Robledo & The Working Cowboy, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, free

THURSDAY, JULY 11

North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Adams Avenue business

mixer: 5:30 – 7 p.m., Adams Avenue Business Mixer with guest Council President Todd Gloria, Sycamore Den, 3391 Adams Ave. Twilight in the Park: 6:15 – 7:15, live music throughout the summer with tonight’s guest 145th Street Band, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, free North Park Plan Update: 6:30 p.m., Community Plan Update workshop meeting sponsored by the North Park Planning Committee, note new location: North Park Rec. Center, 4044 Idaho St., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

FRIDAY, JULY 12

Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Mission Hills Summer Concerts: 6 – 8 p.m., weekly Friday night concerts with tonight’s performance by Ballad Mongers, Pioneer Park near Grant Elementary, free Trolley Barn Park concerts: 6 – 8 p.m., Stoney B Blues Band performs tonight for the Summer Concerts in Trolley Barn Park, Adams Avenue near Park Blvd., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $12 Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th

San Diego Uptown News | July 5–18, 2013 and 28th streets, free Mission Hills book sale: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friends of Mission Hills Branch Library monthly sale, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Bird Park Concerts: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., tonight’s guest for the North Park Community Association summer concert series is Latin jazz band Todo Mundo, Bird Park at 28th and Upas streets, free Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., monthly art walk featuring over 25 galleries and businesses, Ray Street in North Park, free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Tectonic Shakedown, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $10 Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Easy Rider,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

SUNDAY, JULY 14

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Ken-Tal Planning Group: 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary, 4481

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Copeland Ave. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Easy Rider,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

MONDAY, JULY 15

Broccoli Band: 10:30 a.m., part of the Summer Reading Program, Raggle Taggle’s “Enchanted Broccoli Forest Band” will perform children’s music, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Bankers Hill Residents: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly residents meeting, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St., free International Summer Organ Festival: 7:30 p.m., featuring tonight’s guest Daryl Robinson, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free

TUESDAY, JULY 16

Twilight in the Park: 6:15 – 7:15, live music throughout the summer with tonight’s guest Screamin’ Primas, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, free North Park Planning: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the North Park Planning Committee, North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

Old Town Chamber board meeting: 8:30 a.m., regular monthly meeting, Mormon Battalion Historic Site, 2510 Juan St. North Park BID Collaborative: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m, El Cajon Boulevard BID office, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Spirit Wind Music: 4 p.m., Summer Reading Program event featuring Spirit Wind Music, University Heights Branch Library,

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LGBTPRIDE at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street – the Hillcrest LGBT historical monument will be unveiled and the rainbow flag raised. The monument details the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Hillcrest from the early 1900s to the present, and will rest at the base of the flag pole. The Hillcrest Business Association serves as steward of the Pride Flag Monument, and partners with San Diego LGBT Pride to produce the Block Party, now in its second year. Last year, thousands were in attendance and the Parade typically brings over 200,000 spectators to the neighborhood. Hillcrest was the center of cel-

ebrations following the Supreme Court decisions June 26, with two separate rallies and people taking to the streets in solidarity and a renewed goal to fight for full equality. In anticipation of the Court’s rulings, community members and activists began planning “Day of Decision” events weeks in advance. There was a political rally at the Hillcrest Pride flag, followed by a march along University Avenue and a gathering at The LGBT Center. All guest speakers were excited by the day’s outcome, and The Center CEO Delores Jacobs called the evening a “community celebration” for all. “What a great day to be Californian, what a great day for America and what a great day for love and equality,” said Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, who flew from

NEWS Sacramento, Calif. earlier in the day to be at The Center by 7 p.m. The standing-room only auditorium was decorated in rainbow colors, and The Center staff and volunteers were offering appetizers, drinks and a celebratory cake for attendees. “It has been a long five years since our right to marry was taken away from us at the ballot box. All of us can remember our summer of love, when we stood with our gay and lesbian friends as they married the person that they loved … and received the full dignity and recognition that comes with marriage,” Atkins said. The Assemblymember said she and her wife “treasure” the feeling of inclusion and equality being married gave them, before Prop 8 took away the right to marry. “It’s been a long wait, but

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Hillcrest-based Canvass for a Cause helped organize one rally. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

today the United States Supreme Court gave it back,” she said. Both Atkins and Council President Todd Gloria thanked the Court justices who stood in favor of helping to striking down DOMA and Prop 8, and Gloria echoed Atkins’ sentiment of the power of all individuals working together for one cause. “The fact of the matter is all of you are the ones that made this happen, by living your lives just as you are,” Gloria said to the packed house. “Never again are we going to have our rights stolen from us at the ballot box.” Kevin Keenan, the executive director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, also spoke at The Center, giving a brief outline of the two decisions. Keenan, as did most speakers that evening, recognized the continual fight for full marriage equality through a “state-by-state campaign,” he said. “We have a fight ahead of us, and the fight is not only for LGBT equality,” he said, “but the equality for all people.” The continual fight for rights –

ranging from nationwide marriage equality to immigration and women’s rights, among others – was the theme for the earlier rally at the flag monument. A selection of community activists and church leaders each spoke on the importance of full equality. “We celebrate today, but tomorrow we must continue to fight,” said Christina Griffin, an organizer for the NAACP and United Domestic Workers of America. Griffin is a straight ally and urged everyone to come out to show support. Pride festivities are not relegated to the weekend only, as many private and public events are scheduled throughout the entire week to help everyone celebrate the LGBT community. For complete coverage of this year’s LGBT Pride, including Parade and Festival information, parking and shuttle tips, Pride honorees, and community members’ feelings on the Supreme Court decisions, see our special San Diego LGBT Pride Guide 2013 insert in this issue.u


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The anatomy of a perfect day As a personal trainer, I am consistently asked about what to do throughout the day in order to hit your goals. What foods do I eat? When should I exercise? How much TV should I watch? When should I go to sleep? The questions are endless. Of course, in outlining “the anatomy of a perfect day,” I am using the word perfect loosely because I understand that a perfect day is going to be different for ever yone. But I do want to give you a template so you have a starting point from which to build. Here goes, and as always, I welcome comments and feedback. 5 a.m. – Wake up with no “snooze button” because you are well rested and had a full sleep. Immediately, you drink 20 ounces of water to replenish the water you lost throughout the night 5:15 a.m. – Enjoy 20 ounces of organic green juice, preferably prepared with your own juicer. A favorite green juice of mine is kale, lemon, apple, ginger and cucumber, with parsley and cayenne pepper. 5:40 a.m. – Foam roll out your back, hips, legs and glutes, and do a couple of corrective stretches to get the blood flowing. 6 a.m. – Workout with weights. Go to a gym, do a boot camp or perform a well-planned workout at home. Drink water throughout your exercise routine. 7 a.m. – Shower. You better be sweaty. 7:30 a.m. – Post workout breakfast could include an omelet with one whole pasture-raised

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CALENDAR 4193 Park Blvd. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Historical Walking Tour: 6 – 8 p.m., North Park Historical Society-led walking tour of areas surrounding Morley Field, Bud Kearns Pool, 2229 Morley Field Drive, free Twilight in the Park: 6:15 – 7:15, live music throughout the summer with tonight’s guest Breezn’, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, free

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El Cajon BIA board: 9 – 10:30 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association at new time, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Twilight in the Park: 6:15 – 7:15, live music throughout the summer with tonight’s guest Uncle Bob and the Earth Movers, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, free North Park Historical Society: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly board meeting, Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd. Golden Hill CDC: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation, Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Indiscreet,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14u

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egg and some organic egg whites, mixed with a little spinach and mushrooms. Also, have half a grapefruit and a half an avocado. Drink another glass of water. 8 a.m. – A few minutes of alone, quiet time to set some intentions and goals for the day. Also use this time to read over your BHAG’s – Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals – for your life and work. 10 a.m. – Quick snack could include a handful of raw almonds and a small apple. Get up from your desk and get a few minutes of movement or, even better, a few minutes of fresh air and sun. 12 p.m. – Lunch. Have a salad with all kinds of veggies, a little bit of protein and an olive-oil dressing. This is also a perfect time to enjoy a kombucha tea, green tea or an organic coffee. Drink two big glasses of water to stave off the mid-afternoon slump too. 1:45 p.m. – Go for a 10-minute

brisk walk for energy and stress relief. 3 p.m. – Snack, again. Cut up celery and carrots with some sprouted hummus and a mineral water. 6 p.m. – The second you walk through the door at home, drink two big glasses of water before you do anything else. This time of day is where a lot of people will snack even when they aren’t hungry. By quenching your thirst you will be more equipped to deal with imaginary cravings. 6:30 p.m. – Dinner. Dominate your plates with vegetables, enjoy a little protein and a half cup of a starch, such as quinoa. 8 p.m. – Turn off all computers and TVs. Read a book, write or enjoy some conversation. Watching TV or a computer screen actually wires our brain to be stimulated, which will result in less sleep and a poorer quality of sleep, too. 9 p.m. – Sleep well. There you have it. That would be a pretty ideal day for many people. I know we all have different responsibilities and schedules, so adapt this template to what will work for you. Now go drink some water. —Brian White owns BWF, San Diego’s Premier Training Service located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients in Diverge Gym. Go to youshouldbedoingit. com to read his blog, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at brianpwhite@gmail.com or on his website.u

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