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Master builder found his calling in Mission Hills

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Six privately owned Nathan Rigdon homes highlight Historic Home Tour

Teaching tequila

➤➤ DINING P. 11 A Mission Hills Box, one of Nathan Rigdon’s cubist creations. (Courtesy Mission Hills Heritage)


Michael Good

Kitchen passion

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A contemporary at ion

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San Diego Uptown News Reader Anthony Colombo submitted this photo, taken on a cell phone Friday, Sept. 6 while on his way to work. “It was absolutely stunning, even though the second rainbow didn’t end up being as prominent in the photo as it was in real life,” he said in his email. Second rainbow or not, we agree it is a stunning image. Thank you for sending our way. (Photo by Anthony Colombo)

Its sounds like the recipe for a headache: first find five wellpreserved, 100-year-old houses by a single, long-dead San Diego master builder. Next, convince the people who own the houses to open their doors on a warm fall afternoon so that a couple hundred enthusiasts in shorts, big hats and comfortable walking shoes can traipse through. And finally – once you’ve found five willing victims – be sure to remind them to dust the windowsills. But when Barry Hager, board president of Mission Hills Heritage, put out the word he was looking for five Nathan Rigdon houses, he was met with

an embarrassment of riches. It seems several proud Mission Hills residents have a lot of well-loved, well-maintained Rigdons they don’t mind sharing with the world. “We actually had more than we needed,” Hager said. It doesn’t hurt that Rigdon was remarkably prolific. In 10 short years he built more than 100 houses in Mission Hills and countless more with various partners. But there’s also something about his houses that engender a sort of pride – even awe – that has made them some of the most coveted and best preserved in San Diego. Maybe it is just good design. Or maybe it is some special magic he built into his homes that makes people think twice before attacking

see HouseCalls, page 21

Bike infrastructure on hold? Uptown Planners vote to integrate Bicycle Corridors Project into Community Plan; buffered bike lanes coming to Bankers Hill By Manny Lopez SDUN Reporter

‘Barging’ in Europe

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Bicycle infrastructure, mobility, bike sharing and multimodal forms of transportation dominated the conversation at the Uptown Planners meeting on Sept. 3 at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest. It was standing room only as an ardent group of residents showed up to hear details of two main bicycle projects: San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG) Uptown Regional Bike Corridors Project and the city-wide automated bicycle-sharing program slated to begin in in the next few months. Beth Robrahn, transportation planner for SANDAG, articulated the first agenda

item, a plan that will modify traffic flow, parking and traffic lanes within Uptown on Washington Street, University Avenue, Fourth and Fifth avenues, India Street and others. As one of the first of a series of highpriority projects outlined in the San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan funded by Transnet – the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for local transportation projects – the objective is to link neighborhoods, improve bicyclist safety and create a link to a larger network being built throughout the region. After the presentation, the Uptown Planners board decided more time was needed to look at the plan and consider how it will affect

see Planners, page 5

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Attendees at last year’s Sleepless event (Courtesy SD Rescue)

Putting the spotlight on homelessness Sleepless San Diego returns for seventh year By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

What would it be like to sleep outside with a cardboard box for shelter? How would it feel not to know when or where you will receive your next meal? For seven years, San Diego Rescue Mission organizers have given people an opportunity to sample homelessness – in a somewhat sanitized environment – through an overnight event known as Sleepless San Diego. Based in Bankers Hill, the Rescue Mission is bring-

see Sleepless, page 8


San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 13–26, 2013


Ray @ Night turns 12 Artist studio tour to launch anniversary night, Sept 14 By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

The very first Ray @ Night was held on 9/11, and as a result, initial attendance was slow, said longtime resident and business owner David Troyan. “[But] a couple hours into the event … slowly but surely people started coming,” he said. “They said, ‘We really needed to get away from the [TV],’ and it just grew from there.” Twelve years later and despite that unfortunate debut date, Ray @ Night is thriving and will see its 12th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 14. Ray @ Night celebrates the diverse arts and culture district located on Ray Street – the short, one-way street that runs between University Avenue and North Park Way – every second Saturday of the month. Not only do the art-related merchants on Ray Street stay open and participate, there is also live entertainment, workshops and demonstrations, more than a dozen arts and crafts vendor booths, and food trucks also on hand. Troyan said the success of Ray @ Night is largely responsible for the “revitalization and re-gentrification” of North Park. “It’s beautiful, it’s wonderful, and it’s still going strong,” he said. A master photographer who runs David Troyan Photography out of his Ray Street apartment, Troyan’s family has owned three buildings that take up two-thirds of the block for over 40 years. A small parking lot sits in the middle of the three buildings, and over the last decade, Troyan has offered up the north and south walls that line the lot to artists as workspace for murals. Currently there are three small inde-

pendent murals on the south wall, and one large 3D mural – that integrates a replica of one of Troyan’s photographs – on the north wall. The larger mural was completed by students from the Art Institute of San Diego, and extends up to the second-floor apartments. Troyan said while the murals add much to the existing art district, paying the artists

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man said about the monthly event. Buckman also teaches private and group sculpting classes in their studio, which doubles as a gallery and is filled with Buckman’s unique sculptures, those of her students, and dozens of Enyedy’s paintings. A couple doors down at 3813 Ray St. is Glimpse, an interior-design store which has a small mixture of jewelry and artwork consignments, but focuses on “mindful products” that are either eco-friendly, handmade or locally made for the home and garden. “I’ve been here for four years and I’ve seen a dramatic increase in people coming to Ray @ Night … which is really wonderful,” said Glimpse owner Lynle Ellis.

A 3D mural on Ray Street was painted by San Diego Art Institute students. (Courtesy David Troyan Photography)

was not possible; however, offering the space and getting the supplies donated from both Frazee Paint and Dunn Edwards was his way of “giving back to the community.” Additionally, during Ray @ Night Troyan divides his small parking lot into spaces for art vendors. Sculptor Mary Buckman has owned a fine-art studio at 3821 Ray St. for almost seven years. She now shares the space with her husband Anthony Enyedy, who was a graphics designer for San Diego Home/ Garden magazine for 17 years before swapping his computer mouse for a paintbrush. “You get all walks of life and a lot of young people that are interested in art, and I think it’s nice that it attracts them,” Buck-

California natives Mike Fish and Tee Taylor are the husband-and-wife team behind Oh My Dog Studio, a pet photography business located at 3824 Ray St. Taylor said the couple “made a lifestyle decision” to move from Encinitas, Calif. to the “urban village” of North Park a few years ago, and since then have become active in the local community, in part donating studio time to local dog-rescue organizations. Taylor is currently chair of North Park For the Arts, which operates Ray @ Night, among other initiatives promoting art. Taylor announced a new event for North Park For the Arts, which will launch in conjunction with the Ray @ Night anniversary


Sept. 14, and then every six months thereafter, called “Inside the Artist Studio Tour.” It is an affordable, artful “walkabout,” she said, that includes meeting local artists, participating in workshops, and sampling various culinary treats that takes place in the hours leading up to Ray @ Night. “We’re trying to create more synergy with the local restaurants and hospitality groups,” Taylor said. During Ray @ Night, Taylor said they have had lots of impromptu groups arrive unannounced over the last few years, including a recycled-art parade, a flea circus, aerial acrobats, fire dancers and even flash mobs. “We never know what’s going to happen,” she said, adding that they also like people to “expect the unexpected” when it comes to the food trucks and bands they sign up for the monthly event. “We’re trying to reach out beyond just the visual arts. That’s our goal,” Taylor said. North Park For the Arts is an all-volunteer organization that meets monthly at the North Park Main Street offices and Taylor said they are always looking for new vendors, entertainers and volunteers for Ray @ Night and their various other projects. “What keeps me going on with the effort – in addition to just promoting the arts – is that I absolutely love seeing so many people outside away from their televisions, interacting with each other, trying different foods, looking at art, talking with each other [and] laughing, just in that interactive community environment,” she said. “I think that anything that brings that, really to me, is the end goal.” Ray @ Night celebrates its 12th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 14, on Ray Street in North Park from 6 – 9 p.m. Ray @ Night is free to the public. The initial artist-studio tour is $15 per person, and will take place from 3:30 – 7 p.m. The tour starts at Claire de Lune, located at 2906 University Ave. For more information about either event and to purchase tickets, visit or call 619-299-4278.u


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1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila Spirits of Mexico Festival founder secretly educates us all, one sip at a time

Dori Bryant, “Tequilier Amabassadeur,” holding a special agave spirit at last year’s festival (Photo by Luis Garcia-Rivera) By Anthony King SDUN Editor

While many people have dubbed her the “Diva of Tequila,” first and foremost, Dori Bryant is a teacher. And as founder of the annual Spirits of Mexico Festival – the largest, most comprehensive gathering of professionals and lovers of everything agave – Bryant uses her role to help educated the masses. Celebrating its 10th year, the Spirits of Mexico Festival returns to Old Town for five days starting Tuesday, Sept. 17. From the newly established “Art of Tequila Exhibition” and ever-popular Tequila Trail, to the private judging, awards dinner, auction and main tasting event, Old Town solidifies itself as the center of all things tequila. “The largest consumption per capita of tequila in the United States is in that little tiny area called Old Town San Diego,” Bryant said, laughing. But she is quick to point out that there is much more to the industry than tequila. Mescals, sotols, bacanoras: Bryant talks about all types of agave spirits, and just how much they have grown in popularity since starting 10 years ago. In fact, she said mescal was the category to watch. “You change and embellish as the industry progresses. Back then, there were really only a handful of 100 portos on the market, and now it’s the biggest and fastest-growing segment of agave spirits,” she said. Once again, Bryant proves to be the eternal teacher. One hundred refers to 100 percent agave – the alternative is “mixtos,” with a minimum of 51 percent agave – and porto references the oak, port-wine barrels used to store the liquor as it ages. For tequila, there are five different types, mostly based on aging: blanco or white; gold; resposado, which is aged between two months and one year; and añejo, aged less than three years, followed by extra añejo. Extra añejo, which is aged for a minimum of three years, was established as an official category in 2005, and Bryant can talk a lot on that, too. “The bottom line with us is

education, but in a festive environment. You don’t know your getting educated,” she said. “We purposefully have experts, aficionados, master distillers [and] authors come to host seminars because education is the bottom line of our platform. It’s been that way since we started.” Bryant is currently the event director at the International Wine & Spirits Competition Group, which oversees the Spirits of Mexico festival among many other wine- and spirits-related events. Her company The Polished Palate was the first to be sanctioned in the United States by the Academia Mexicana del Tequila, and she holds the title of “Tequilier Ambassadeur” from the organization as well. She has organized and overseen several other drink-related professional festivals, including the International Rum Festival in Tampa Bay, Fla., where she currently lives. But by all accounts, it is tequila that she really loves. “When I launched the concept, I launched it because I have a such a passion for these spirits,” Bryant said, calling the Spirits of Mexico Festival’s 10th anniversary special. “It’s funny, I can recall every single year since we started.” Bryant and organizers moved the festival to Old Town in 2010, and events take place at numerous restaurants and businesses in the neighborhood, as well as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Tequila Trail – held Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. at 11 eateries – benefits the Old Town Chamber of Commerce directly. “I call it ‘sympatico.’ I don’t know how else to best talk about Old Town,” Bryant said. “When I get to Old Town, all of a sudden I have this smile on my face. It just feels good.” Bryant credits the “ambiance” and “atmosphere” of one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods as the perfect fit for the festival, and said participating distilleries agreed. “The whole feeling has everything that’s mixed in with Mexican culture, and the festival is not just about the spirits, it’s about the whole culture: where the spirits are produced and where

they come from,” she said. Scheduled events for this year’s festival include the kickoff “Contemporary Cocktails/ Ancient Cuisine” on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Blind Burro, located at 639 J St. in Downtown, and the “Art of Tequila” exhibit at Barros Studio Gallery, 2802 Juan St. back in Old Town. Featuring unique tequila and agave-spirits bottles – an art in and of themselves – the exhibit is open from 1 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Sept. 21. Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 – 10 p.m. is the awards dinner and live auction, where many people search for new, unique brands. The evening’s events are $95, and take place at Old Town’s Barra Barra Saloon, 4016 Wallace St. The auction benefits the Sky Ranch Foundation, on which Bryant is a board member. The final event happens Sept. 21, from 6 – 9 p.m. inside the State Park. Called the Main Tasting Event, VIP ticket holders have the first opportunity to meet master distillers at 6 p.m., followed by general admission at 7 p.m. Free seminars will also be offered. Master distillers at this year’s festival include Guillermo Erickson Sauza of Tequila Fortaleza, German Gonzalez Gorrochotequi of T1 Tequila Uno, Doug French of Scorpion Mezcal and Don Jose Pilar Contreras of Tequila Don Pilar. Bryant said she encourages attendees to meet with them, as well as the numerous brand ambassadors, to learn something new about agave. “Here’s another thing,” she said. “I think it’s one-third … of all the new brands that have come [on the market] in the past 10 years have launched at the Spirits of Mexico Festival San Diego. They’ve used our festival as a launching platform.” Tickets for Thursday’s Tequila Trail are $35, and each of the 11 restaurants will offer tastes of select agave-sprits, as well as food samples. The trail is co-sponsored by Olmeca Altos Tequila, and the after party – a $10 admission – is held at Fiesta de Reyes, 2754 Calhoun St. For complete information and tickets, visit thespiritsofmexico. com or call 619-709-0555.u FROM PAGE 1

PLANNERS the community as a whole, as well as ongoing and future growth and construction projects: most notably, a proposed Portland, Ore.-style streetcar linking Downtown and Hillcrest, through Bankers Hill. “This is the first time we’ve seen this plan and we’re up here representing businesses and everybody else, and it seems like a lot of bicyclists wanted us to move forward; too fast in our opinion,” said Leo Wilson, Uptown Planners board chair. “Let’s have more of a dialogue because we’re basically planning with plans falling on top of each other. That’s not good planning and we have to look at the big picture.” Citing state law, Wilson said city planners must include and integrate all elements together, and they must be consistent when formulating a community plan, which serves as a blueprint for development. The board voted and approved a motion to integrate the Uptown Bicycle Corridors Project into the currently ongoing Community Plan Update process. Any approval of the Bicycle Corridors Project must come as part of that overall community plan. Samantha Ollinger, executive director of BikeSD, a non-profit bicycle infrastructure advocacy group, said the Community Plan Update takes “forever” to complete, and this high-priority bike infrastructure project is one SANDAG has fast tracked for immediate implementation. “I was very disappointed to hear the board talking about rolling the bicycle plan into the Community Plan Update,” she said. “It looked like they put this project into a holding pattern. They really didn’t want to make a decision on this project tonight.” Additionally, representatives from BikeSD took to their website to discuss the meeting, chastising Uptown Planners for their action Sept. 3. “Despite testimonies from the assembled participants that went on for over an hour with the majority supporting SANDAG’s project, which included business representatives, Uptown residents and non-Uptown residents who regularly travel through and stop in Uptown, the Uptown Planners decided to vote on creating a subcommittee to study the project instead of being the representative group they’ve been charged with

being,” BikeSD representatives said on the website. “Rather than listening to the community and participating in the process that has been underway since late last year, Uptown Planners chose to ignore the process and their community’s needs,” they said. Mat Wahlstrom of Hillcrest said he feels bicycling is being used as a way to control traffic and calm streets. He said bicycling does not benefit the whole community, just a narrow segment of the population. “They’re putting up this whole idea of that if we increase the opportunities for bicycling, the people won’t need to drive their cars so much,” Wahlstrom said. “It’s moving essential traffic to make room for incidental traffic and making regular traffic pay the price for what is essentially a hobby.” After a brief recess, Linda Marabian, deputy director of the City’s Transportation Engineering Operations Division, gave details of the second agenda item, a proposal to remove traffic lanes on Fourth and Fifth avenues from the Interstate 5 freeway to Laurel Street and replacing them with dedicated, buffered bike lanes. The route is part of the Downtown component of the upcoming bikeshare program, and is intended to connect Downtown with Balboa Park. Marabian said the plan is ready to be implemented before the end of the year. While many in attendance said they supported building bicycle infrastructure, concerns such as using major streets for bicycles, accommodating pedestrian traffic and the loss of parking and its affects on businesses were acknowledged. “The biggest challenge is implementing,” Marabian said. “To implement a policy, most of the time something has to give so we have to find the balance. … But something has to give, so we lose something to gain something else.” Approved earlier this year by the City Council and operated by the private company DecoBike, the bike-share system is being developed to provide bicycles for short city trips and promote an affordable and healthy transportation alternative for residents and visitors. Under the program, bikes are secured at kiosks and can be rented using a credit or debit card. This second agenda item was presented as informational only, meaning the Uptown Planners board did not vote on approval or action.u

7 Things You Must Know Before Putting Your Downtown Home Up for Sale Downtown - A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money. This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in today’s market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of home-sellers don’t get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and worse - financially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market. As this report uncovers,

most home-sellers make 7 deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled “The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar”. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free (800) 474-3292 and enter 8000. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to find out how you can get the most money for your home.

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San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 13–26, 2013 NEWS 5 Mission Hills Alamo Bungalow renovations complete

Renovation Realty hired to upgrade homes before market, increasing property values By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Renovations on a classic Mission Hills home owned by renowned local architect Mildred Love are near completion, with plans to place the milliondollar home on the market immediately following. Dubbed the “Alamo Bungalow,” the home was once featured in San Diego Home/Garden magazine as a “historical gem.” San Diego-based Renovation Realty is overseeing the renovations, with in-house designer Michelle Sanchez taking the lead to “capture the home’s 1913 essence,” a press release said. “When Renovation Realty was contacted to renovate and sell the original Klauber House, ‘Alamo Bungalow’ at 931 Hunter St. in Mission Hills, the team knew that it was imperative to restore the home to its original 1913 time period, while adding a modernday twist that would appeal to buyers,” Renovation Realty representatives said in the release. At 2,313 square feet, the property touts four bedrooms and three baths, and Sanchez and her team remained focus on making sure the character and architectural aspects were well maintained, they said. Using detailed research, the company worked on the exterior, master and main bathrooms, bedrooms, and main living area. They also paid particular attention to the kitchen. “The kitchen and existing cabinets have been painted white, and new, polished silver knobs have been installed, along with all new stainless steel appliances, except for the original 1913 stove,” they said. Love’s Alamo Bungalow is not the first home in Mission Hills the residential contractor and real estate brokerage company has renovated, nor the first in Uptown. Focusing on older properties to help homeowners sell at a higher price, Renovation Realty uses its own capital to renovate properties before placing them on the market. With no out-of-pocket construction costs, owners pay for the work after the home’s sale, via escrow. In April, the company completed renovations at a four-unit building on Reynard Way in Mission Hills before putting it on the market. Before renovations, the property’s sale price was estimated to be between $665,000 and $685,000. After approximately $123,000 in renovations, the property was listed at $959,000 and has already sold. “Originally built in 1986, the four-unit property on Reynard Way needed cosmetic upgrades before going on the market,” a separate release said. “Renovation Realty completely renovated the four units to feature new dualpane vinyl windows and sliders, upgraded kitchens and appliances, new fixtures and fresh interior [and] exterior paint.” A home on Whitman Street in Mission Hills went through kitchen and master-bathroom upgrades in early May. With views of both Mission and San Diego bays, renovations took approximately 25 days to complete and the home sold shortly after construction was complete. “Mission Hills homeowners are turning to a new solution

The Klauber House exterior after renovations (Courtesy GablePR) to increase the value of their homes before selling, to make a larger profit,” representatives said. “During 2012, sellers who worked with Renovation Realty had an average net gain of 25 percent on the sale of their homes.” Additional Uptown properties have been sold in University Heights, Golden Hill and Normal Heights, as well as throughout San Diego County. The company has been renovating homes in San Diego since

2008, and President Cannon Christian found partnering with homeowners to help increase property values before going on the market a help in selling the homes for maximum value. Among other accolades, Renovation Realty was honored as a 2013 “Most Admired Company” by San Diego Metropolitan magazine. For more information visit or call 619741-3936.u


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Letters Parklet sets example for new ideas We love the parklet idea [see “Creating an urban village,” Vol. 5, Issue 18] and A&E on the Ave has created a very similar idea called a “stagelet” that has a performance space for acoustic performances to happen. This is what Adams Avenue needs – “The whole vibe for me just changed” – so let’s all work together to make positive change to our communities. —David Rodger of A&E on the Ave, via sduptownnews.comu


In the Aug. 30 issue of San Diego Uptown News, we incorrectly identified a classic Ford for the story “Classic cars & camaraderie,” previewing the Sept. 7 North Park Historical Society Car Show. The photo that accompanied the story was a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe. Thank you to our readers for noticing the error.u


Sequestration, furloughs & Head Start cuts By Congressmember Susan Davis Here we are: Six months into sequestration. It was supposed to be so painful that it wasn’t supposed to happen. But the pain is here and the American people are feeling it. Despite the efforts of many in Washington, and after nearly 18 months of believing it wouldn’t actually happen, sequestration is now the reality. The government has had to deal with automatic, across-the-board cuts to almost every federal department. But “cuts” is probably the wrong term, unless you’re accustomed to cutting with a bulldozer instead of a knife. Americans were warned about how sequestration would have an immediate and significant impact on their daily lives, from the quality of their food to the safety of their transportation systems. But Congress acted, permitting limited exceptions in some areas that might affect Americans the most. Yet there are many more ways, countless in fact, that sequestration hurts all of us. Many of these impacts just happen to be a bit harder for most people to see. The involuntary furloughing of federal employees is a prime example. In July, over 650,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense began taking unpaid days off, typically one day each week. Over 25,000 of these employees reside in San Diego.

This de-facto 20 percent pay reduction is not the first time the government has forced federal employees to make difficult sacrifices. In fact, these public servants have not received their standard salary adjustments for the past three years. Sequestration and furloughs create uncertainty for these workers and send the message that they and the work that they do are not valued. Without significant change, these issues will only get worse. In a recent hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, the Deputy Secretary of Defense told me that unless we get rid of sequestration, not only will we have to worry about furloughs again next year, but that the Department of Defense may also be forced to start letting civilian employees go. Our economy is dependent on the success of a strong middle class. So it’s important to remember that for the most part, these are middle-class workers with middle-class families who make government function for the middle class and everyone else. Aside from the immediate and sometimes debilitating impact the furloughs have had on federal employees, there are also secondary effects on our future and on the community at large. For instance, by some estimates the defense furloughs are estimated to impact the San Diego region to a tune of $130 million. Further, treating our civilian workers this way will affect the recruitment and retention of the federal workforce. If the government can-

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

severe psoriasis flare. Recovery was slow, but thanks to heavy-duty medication, my disease is under control. I am actively involved with the National Psoriasis Foundation. Most people don’t understand this disease, the toll it takes on you. It’s not just the physical manifestation on your skin, but what’s going on under the skin, the very deep psychological and emotional tolls you deal with everyday. I’ve been volunteering for five years. I want to find a cure. That’s my main motivation for volunteering with the foundation and the annual San Diego Walk to Cure Psoriasis. I also want to help raise awareness about the disease, to let people know it is not just a skin disease and it is not contagious. Fortunately people are hearing more about psoriasis now that celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Phil Mickelson are discussing their psoriasis publicly. There are

not remain competitive with the private sector in employing the best talent available, we all suffer in the end. Of course, sequestration threatens more than just the Department of Defense. Several weeks ago, The Administration for Children and Families reported that 51,299 fewer children will begin Head Start preschool programs and 5,966 fewer toddlers will enter Early Head Start programs due to the billions of dollars arbitrarily cut. Head Start funding is a critical investment in our children and the future of our nation. Who knows what these children may accomplish and contribute to America if we were only willing to give them a chance? As our region is a key recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, these random cuts will hurt our local economy and affect critical health and science research that saves lives. In 2013, the NIH must cut $1.7 billion from its budget. The bulldozer of sequestration hurts everyone, whether or not they are federal employees or have pre-school aged children. Congress must solve this problem and to do that, we need your help. The first step is to use your voice and urge the House leadership to appoint budget conferees immediately. This will force everyone to come to the table and hopefully lead to appropriation measures for Fiscal Year 2014 that avoid a government shutdown or holding our economy hostage over the debt ceiling. Let’s not let sequestration become the new normal.u

pharmaceutical companies now advertising drugs used to help manage the disease and they use celebrity spokespeople. Kardashian has plaque psoriasis on her skin while pro golfer Mickelson has psoriatic arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints that impacts about 30 percent of those who have psoriasis. In late July, the Psoriasis Foundation held its leadership conference at a downtown Chicago hotel. The conference presented forums and workshops where participants could learn more about psoriasis. Among the workshops was an informative presentation from psoriasis researchers on the latest accomplishments toward finding a cure, a panel discussion on the opportunities and barriers for those with psoriasis and an advocacy and networking forum. There also was a chance to walk through the exhibit hall and visit with pharmaceutical company representatives and vendors who were present at the conference. And, at a volunteer luncheon, the

volunteers were thanked for their many contributions to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Awareness is the key to understanding our disease, and that’s why August’s National Psoriasis Awareness Month was so important. I look forward to the day that a cure is found and no awareness month is needed. I urge everyone to join the seventh annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis on Oct. 12 in Old Town San Diego. There was also an informative workshop held where individuals learned more about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This annual, no-cost event – More than Skin Deep – was Sept. 7 in San Diego. Sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation, it included presentations by local dermatologists and rheumatologists. —More information about San Diego events is available at or on Facebook at Walk to Cure Psoriasis SD.u

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UptownBriefs CITY COUNCIL PURSUES PLASTIC-BAG BAN The City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee discussed a citywide ban on plastic bags at the committee’s regular meeting, held Wednesday, Sept. 11. Chaired by Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, the committee helped craft a “plastic bag reduction ordinance” to reduce plastic carryout bags at supermarkets and large retail outlets, a press release from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said. In 2013, Senate Bill 405, proposing a similar ban for the entire state, failed by three votes. Currently, Solana Beach, Calif. is the only San Diego County city that enforces a plastic-bag ban. “In [Fiscal Year 2013], the Environmental Services Department spent approximately $160,000 on the abatement of plastic bag litter, including controlling wind-blown plastic bags at the Miramar Landfill and abating plastic bags in rights of way and on city property throughout the city,” the committee report states. Gloria will seek further input from the city’s Environmental Services Department and the City Attorney’s office before the ordinance is presented to the full council. “A plastic bag reduction ordinance simply makes sense,” Gloria said in the release. “Our neighborhoods, our beaches, our waterways, our landfills and our overall environment will benefit from fewer plastic bags.” Lightner’s committee will see a progress report at its Oct. 23 meeting. OLD TOWN TO HOST ‘FIESTAS PATRIAS’ Sponsored by California State Parks, Boosters of Old Town and local businesses, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host a “traditional Mexican Independence celebration,” organizers said, on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12 – 5 p.m. Called Fiestas Patrias, the free festival commemorates the date when Mexico gained

independence from Spain in 1821. At that time, “Alta California” was still part of Mexico. The festival kicks off with a bell ringing at Casa de Estudillo, followed by an “El Grito” contest, parade and an address from the Mexican Consulate. The parade, scheduled for 12:30 p.m., is welcome to all. A stage will be placed in the State Park plaza, with free, traditional entertainment and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. “Doin’ the Grito, San Diego Style” – showing the origin and meaning of Fiestas Patrias – will be performed at 12:10 and 4 p.m., and the female equestrian group Escaramuzas Golondrinas, and Luis Max & Blue Moon will also perform. The Historic Park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in Old Town. For more information visit parks. or call 619-220-5422.

UPTOWN INCLUDED IN ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY In honor of the 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day – a initiative that sees over 60,000 volunteers throughout California taking to waterways, canyons and streets in a communal effort to pick up trash, clean graffiti and remove invasive plants – I Love a Clean San Diego is once again organizing groups to target local sites in San Diego County. Last year over 9,000 volunteers in the greater San Diego region removed approximately 167,000 pounds of trash and recyclables, a release from the nonprofit said. Of the 90 total county locations, five sites in Uptown are targeted for this year’s cleanup, to be held Sept. 21: Juniper Canyon in Golden Hill, Maple Canyon in Park West, Marston Canyon in Hillcrest, Switzer Canyon in South Park and a neighborhood cleanup in Mission Hills. The cleanup is from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and organizers recommend bringing a bucket, work gloves and a reusable water container. There will be captains at each site, and interested volunteers can register for any



One mammogram away from your own cure By Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego When caught in its earliest stages – usually by a mammogram – breast cancer has a survival rate of 98 percent. But according to the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Facts and Figures of 2012, nearly half of all eligible women in San Diego County (49.2 percent) aren’t taking that life-saving step. I was one of them. At 42, I was working at Sempra Energy and had great health insurance. I believed I had everything but the time it took to get a mammogram. Then, I found a golf-ball sized lump in my left breast. Quickly, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, had a mastectomy, followed by eight chemotherapy treatments and three months of radiation. I am lucky. I’m here to warn others. Whatever your reason might be for not getting a mammogram, I am pleading with you to think of the alternative. All women are at risk for breast cancer. It knows no boundaries, whether it be age, gender, socioeconomic status or geographic location. Surprisingly and contrary to what I believed to be true, most women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States have no family history of the disease. And unfortunately, we still do not know what exactly causes breast cancer to develop in a certain person at a certain time.

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MUSEUM DOCENT COUNCIL FALL LECTURES, TOURS BEGIN The San Diego Museum of Art Executive Director Roxana Velásquez will lead the opening lecture in the Museum Docent Council’s 2013-14 lecture and tour series on Friday, Sept. 20. Museum lectures will take place every third Friday of the month at 10 a.m., followed by a docentled tour at 11:30 a.m. Velásquez will discuss “The Lure of the Orient: Orientalism in the 19th Century.” In October, Ive Covaci, adjunct professor of art history at Fairfield University, will lead the discussion “Images for Personal Devotion in Japanese Buddhist Art.” Art historian John Marciari will discuss European paintings in the museum’s permanent collection Nov. 15; UC San Diego faculty director Matthew T. Herbst will discuss Ottoman Istanbul Dec. 20. The series continues through May 16, 2014, ending with University of San Diego art professor and former museum Director Derrick Cartwright discussing “Robert Henri’s California Realism.” Individual tickets are $13 for members ($16 guests) and series tickets are $99 for members ($126 guests). Discounts are available for seniors, students and military, and all lectures take place in the museum’s James S. Copley Auditorium, located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. Additionally, the Docent Council has organized a series of daylong Docent Bus Tours to venues outside San Diego. Velásquez will attend the Oct. 10 tour to museums in Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Two tours are scheduled for 2014 – Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif. – and the bus leaves the Old Naval Hospital in Balboa Park at 8 a.m., with various return times. Cost is $120 for members ($135 guests). For more information visit thesandiegomuseumofart. org or call 619-232-7931.



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Research estimates that regular screenings with mammography have resulted in 30 percent fewer deaths from breast cancer. However, mammography is not perfect. It can sometimes miss tumors or identify tumors that are not cancerous, particularly in women with dense breasts or who are at high risk for developing breast cancer. Komen is committed to finding better, more sensitive methods for detecting and identifying breast cancer earlier. While they are not perfect, right now mammography is the most effective way to catch breast cancer early. The reason doctors recommend getting a yearly mammogram once you are over 40 is so they are able to see even the smallest changes that may be hard to see, but the images can be compared from year to year to see if there have been any changes. Yes, mammograms are very accurate, but they are not perfect. Sometimes, they can miss cancer. That is why you also receive a clinical breast exam (CBE) before you receive a mammogram. A CBE is a physical exam done by a health care provider to check the look and feel of the breasts and underarms for any changes, such as lumps. Women should get a CBE at least every three years starting at age 20 and every year starting at age 40. It is also important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any change, see your doctor. In the U.S., one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. With $1.4 million at work locally, Komen San Diego continues to be the county’s only breast cancer organization committed to providing services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including providing mammograms and breast screenings to the women of San Diego. We are here to help the women and even men get the help they need, whether they have health insurance or not. For more information, visit

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Previous attendees hold signs to raise awareness. (Courtesy SD Rescue)


from the Rescue Mission’s house band, Dr. Seahorse, in addition to gospel choirs and a dance group. Other festivities include an art gallery and an opportunity to create care packages for ing Sleepless San Diego back Sept. 21, and people in need. Additionally, several experts organizers say a number of new features are will be on hand to discuss homelessness and planned for this year’s event. how San Diegans can pitch in and assist. “There’s something special about being “What’s great about something like Sleeppart of something like this because you’re goless San Diego is all of the interactive parts,” ing above and beyond,” said Juliette Sherry, Sherry said. “People can actively get involved events manager with the Rescue Mission. and learn more about homelessness.” “Being together as a city is what we need to This year, Johnson said he anticipates have happen. If we don’t come together as a people will be especially riveted by a series city, how are we ever going to end this?” of videos the Rescue Mission will be showWith nearly 10,000 individuals who are homeless across the county, San Diego ranks ing throughout the evening, chronicling the plight of homelessness. third in the United States for homelessness, “These videos are trailing New York City extremely moving,” he and Los Angeles. Herb said. “I think they will get Johnson, Rescue Mission people thinking differently president and CEO, said WHAT: San Diego Rescue about the homeless. These startling statistics like Mission’s seventh annual are not people who are just these are one of many Sleepless San Diego standing on a street corner reasons behind Sleepless with a cardboard sign.” San Diego. WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Sept. Proceeds from Sleep“We’re America’s 21 – 7 a.m. Sept. 22 less San Diego will go Finest City, and yet we directly toward Rescue have this tragedy,” JohnWHERE: 2455 Cushing Mission initiatives, includson said. “Some of the Rd., Liberty Station ing their Residential misconceptions about the COST: $30 fundraising Recovery Programs. homeless population are Since its inception in minimum requested also a tragedy.” 1955, the Christian-based Since the awareness INFORMATION: San Diego Rescue Mission campaign launched in, has taken a long-term view 2007, thousands of people, 619-687-3720 in caring for people in have withheld the comneed throughout the city. forts of sleeping in their Their Residential Recovery own homes for one night. Programs, including a men’s center, women’s With sleeping bags and other makeshift and children’s center, and emergency shelter devices, they sleep outside, making a visfor women and children, houses upwards ible reminder of what San Diegans who are of 400 people at any given time, and most homeless contend with on a nightly basis. residents stay from 12 to 16 months through While the outdoor sleeping experience is an intensive rehabilitation program. optional, Johnson said those who do decide The Rescue Mission, an affiliate of the to take part in the powerful exercise can be World Gospel Mission, accepts people of all assured of safety. Security and Rescue Misreligious affiliations – including individuals sion staff will be on hand to look after people who are not religious – but Johnson said during the overnight hours. long-term residents are asked to attend a As has been the case with previous regular Bible study and participate in church. Sleepless San Diego events, attendees this “Our mission statement is to change year will have an opportunity to partake in lives,” he said.u a number of activities, including live music



NORTH PARK RESIDENT NAMED HONORED HERO FOR ANNUAL WALK Tanaja Potts, a North Park resident and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, was named an Honored Hero for this year’s annual Light The Night Walk, a fundraising and awareness-building event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Potts, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer when she was 17 years old, will be honored at the Nov. 8 Light The Night Walk held in Petco Park. Now 25, she has been in remission since 2006. “In high school, I had so many aspirations and my whole life ahead of me. The last thing on my mind was cancer,” Potts said in a press release. “It was extremely difficult for me to understand what was going on at the time and battling cancer has forever changed my life.” This will be Potts’ second time participating in the walk, and Senior Campaign Manager Joanna Winsborough said Potts is “without a doubt” an Honored Hero. “She was put in a very difficult situation and not only beat it, but she received her high school diploma concurrently. That’s remarkable and we hope others will get involved and join her team,” Winsborough said in the release. For more information and to help with fundraising goals, visit lightthenight. org/sd/ or call 858-277-1800. WATER POLLUTION, COASTAL PROTECTION BILLS MOVE FORWARD During a busy State Assembly session, two separate bills by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins that focus on environmental protections and combatting water pollution will now move to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for his signature. Assembly Bill (AB) 425 would require the state to address water pollution caused by copper-based, antifouling hull paint, a press release said. If signed by Gov. Brown, the Department of Pesticide Regulation would be instructed to evaluate whether the paint – which is currently used to keep boat hulls free from barnacles and algae – is harmful to other marine animals and plants. Atkins said Shelter Island Yacht Basin in San Diego Bay has been ordered to reduce its copper pollution by 76 percent by 2022. The separate bill, AB 976, would enable the California Coastal Commission to levy penalties against individuals and companies that disregard orders to stop violating the 1976 voter-approved California Coastal Act, a second release said. “As a former Coastal Commissioner, I can testify that the Commission urgently needs the penalty authority provided by this measure to deter Coastal Act violations and help protect coastal access to all Californians,” Assemblymember Mark Stone said in the release. Gov. Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto the measures.

‘SAN DIEGO, I LOVE YOU’ RETURNS IN 2013-14 LINEUP The Circle Circle dot dot theater company announced their 2013-14 season lineup, including a new edition of this year’s “San Diego, I Love You.” Called “San Diego, I Love You 2.0,” the production, written by Samantha Ginn and Julio Jacobo, returns February 2014 and this time, the site-specific play takes over University Heights. The new season opens with the single evening fundraiser “Morp 2013: A Dead Man’s Party,” on Oct. 26. Held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park, the night will feature a premiere performance of “A Haunting in San Diego,” in association with So Say We All. From Dec. 5 – 21, playwright Katherine Harroff returns with “Bearded,” a “true-life tale” of San Diego mall Santas, a press release said. The show will be performed at the 10th Ave. Theatre in Downtown. After “San Diego, I Love You 2.0,” the Circle Circle dot dot season closes with “There’s No Place Like Home,” also at the 10th Ave. Theatre. Written by Soroya Rowley and presented in April 2014, the play allows the audience to “discover the un-observed lives of San Diego’s homeless population through poetry, music and movement,” the release stated. Tickets are currently on sale for “Morp 2013” and “Bearded,” and the nonprofit theater group’s final production of the 2012-13 ended with an encore performance of “The Warriors’ Duet,” which was sold out at this year’s San Diego Fringe Festival. For more information visit RAINBOW CROSSWALKS COULD BECOME REALITY IN HILLCREST As reported in San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN), several community members have begun a campaign to install rainbow crosswalks in Hillcrest, similar to those approved for West Hollywood, Calif. The Los Angeles-based artist who came up with the concept, Martin Duvander, told SDGLN that the L.A. crosswalks were in part a symbol of LGBT rights. Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls is credited with organizing the Hillcrest campaign, saying the HBA would take the lead, SDGLN said. In an interview for ABC 10 News, Nicholls said the rainbow crosswalks were a way to both improve and brand the neighborhood. A potential location discussed for the crosswalk is the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue, leading to the Hillcrest Pride Flag Monument. The HBA spearheaded the monument as well. “It’ll bring color and energy, but it’ll also speak to the diversity and welcoming nature of Hillcrest,” Nicholls said to 10 News. If the HBA board votes to approve the project, it would then be considered by the city.u


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Hipsters in the kitchen North Park’s Hipcooks San Diego makes cooking easy & fun sounded interesting,” Jessica Miles said. “We learned that you don’t need a big paella pan to make it.” Rob Miles said it had been a fun experiThe Hipcooks San Diego in North Park ence to get everyone together, and they is indeed the hip place in the neighborhood plan on taking another soon. “We all made for anyone who wants to venture into the different variations of paella. Then we all world of cooking. For its open house event got to eat it, too,” he said. “Next time we’ll on Aug. 30, the wonderful smells emanattake the tapas class.” ing from the small school had passersby Espinosa’s assistant Robin Ross recontinually dropping in. moved a large cooking sheet of treats from Manager Christina Espinosa, petite and the oven. “These are prosciutto-wrapped, all smiles, stood behind the giant kidneygoat cheese-stuffed dates, unlike anything bean shaped cooking island. She whipped you’ve ever tasted,” Ross said. up creations including an endive stuffed The evening was indeed a party for with Gorgonzola cheese and caramelized pears. Hipcooks friends. “It’s a party,” Espinosa said. “Help “Hipcooks is all about having yourself to some spicy candied nuts.” fun in the kitchen and having fun The cooking school, located at making great food,” Espinosa 4048 30th St., offers several threesaid. hour classes for $55 per person. Open for two years, Espinosa said she believes North Park is Pre-registration is required, and class Hipsizes are limited, based on topic. Some the perfect fit for Hip upcoming classes are “The Thrill of cooks. The North Park the Grill” on Sunday, Sept. 15, school is the fourth “Dim Sum and then Some” on for the company in Sept. 22 and “OMG-Cooking California, and the for a Crowd” on Sept. 24. first in San Diego. New classes are posted They also run Hipcooks schools each month. in Portland, Ore. Jessica and Rob Miles walked in for the open and Seattle. “It’s a house, and went straight up to Espinosa. Naturally, great foodie they wanted to know neighborhood what was cooking, as with lots of great foot traffic, the couple had taken and it just a previous class at really suits Hipcooks. our person“We decided to person ality as a learn how to cook Robin Ross, Hipcooks assistant, with a plate of stuffed company. paella because it dates (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

Open house Aug. 30 was a party. (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) It’s hip, inviting, has really developed over the last few years and continues to grow,” she said. All of the classes are hands-on with the students cooking each of the dishes together at the island. In each class, Espinosa said, the teachers bring out the “inner chef” of each student to help everyone feel more comfortable in the kitchen, and to empower them to go home and create delicious food. Christina Leeper, who dropped in to sample the black bean hummus and stuffed endive, had taken a previous class, called “Thai One On,” with a friend. “It’s a nice communal atmosphere to learn in. Christina [Espinoza] is a great instructor,” Leeper said. “In ‘Thai One On,’ we used all of the tastes found in food: spicy, sweet, salty, bitter and sour.” What Leeper particularly enjoyed about the Thai class was the way Espinosa had organized the dinner, starting with spring rolls and a shrimp and rice appetizer. Next were pad Thai and a papaya salad. After that, the cooking students prepared two curry dishes. “We got to sit down and enjoy it course by course,” Leeper said. “Christina [Espinosa] had prepared the dessert beforehand, so as we sat eating that, she explained more about Thai cooking.” Leeper said that after she had completed the class, she and her friend planned when they would try to cook that meal at home

for their husbands. Hipcooks San Diego offers instruction appropriate for anyone with a desire to learn. A class on proper knife skills, a new technique or the use of an unfamiliar ingredient may be just the secret to a rediscovered joy in cooking. Still, not everyone who walks in the door thinks of themself as a cook, much less a gourmet chef. Espinosa remembered one young woman who had come to take a cooking class only to appease a friend. “She said she did not like to cook. I asked her ‘why not,’ and she said she had thought it was always time consuming,” Espinosa said. “Well, she took our class and she totally changed her mind. She never thought cooking could be so easy and fun.” Thom Nickelson, who prefers to eat vegetarian meals, appreciated the variety of appetizers Espinosa had set out for the open house. He particularly enjoyed the roasted tomato salsa. “I’m looking at the menu created in the ‘Game Day’ cooking class. Looks good,” he said. “I’ll wait to see what my friends decide what they want to try.” Espinosa smiled at Nickelson, saying, “I love that Hipcooks is in North Park. We try to become part of the neighborhood and help build community.” For more information about Hipcooks San Diego in North Park, visit sandiego. or call 619-269-8844.u


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In contributing to the feelgood revival of Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, it has been Nick Zanoni’s goal to capture a slice of bar life that his father knew during the 1970s, when working-class Americans took solace in neighborhood watering holes from the era’s tumultuous politics and rocky economy. With a few exceptions, one can easily argue that we’ve come full circle. At the new Sycamore Den, several vintage design elements are in check. Swag pendant lights like those seen in homes when fauxMediterranean décor was in vogue 40 years ago hang over a sunken lounge dominated by a fireplace, a wall of banjos and upholstered vinyl seating. Near the entrance, an old player piano named Ruth kicks into gear while a classic popcorn machine at the far end of the bar affords patrons free bowls of sustenance. These days the popped kernels are sprinkled with various gourmet spices, per the bartenders’ whims. And the piano is driven by an iPod, which played nostalgic tunes by Billy Joel throughout most of our visit. But despite Sycamore’s astute physical trappings and a world outside that seems no less topsy-turvy than it did in the 70s, the bar culture of 2013 persists. Cocktails today are more intricately constructed, as demonstrated by Sycamore’s veteran mixologist Eric Johnson. With an arsenal of assorted bitters, extracts, liquors and liqueurs, he’s introduced more than a dozen different concoctions that

surely weren’t around during the Watergate scandal. The cocktails sell normally for $9. But during happy hour six of them are reduced to $6 each, including the Hardly Wallbanger, which represents an enormous improvement to classic Harvey Wallbangers when they were consumed prolifically amid clouds of cigarette smoke. For better or worse, and with no outdoor patio, tobacco use is an aspect missing from Sycamore’s travel back in time. Johnson’s modern-day wallbanger receives the additions of vanilla extract, lemon and soda. They’re combined with the standard ingredients of vodka, Galliano and orange juice, resulting in a creamier mouth feel and a flavor resembling those bygone 50-50 ice cream bars. Other discounted cocktails include a peachy whiskey drink with Angustura Bitters and lemon zest called Wolf

Ticket and a most intriguing blend of gin, concentrated quinine, celery bitters, soda and lime, named Garden & Gun. Frothy egg whites, gin and the herby Italian aperitif aperol converge shrewdly in the Livewrong. Beer taps are aplenty, but only the domestics come down in price to $3. In addition to free popcorn everyday, complimentary Mexican food is provided by nearby Ponce’s during Friday happy hour. By all accounts, bar owners of the 70s customarily fed their happy hour patrons all sorts of nibbles. It’s an amenity that has sadly waned in many establishments, but one that Sycamore Den has accurately resurrected.u



The cocktails are crafted with a variety of extracts and bitters, resultresult ing in newfangled flavors ranging from sweet and fruity to herby and complex.

Food: Warm, buttery popcorn is seasoned differently each day with spices such as chili powder and celery salt. Mexican food including fresh guagua camole, chips and juicy carnitas is available during Friday happy hour.

Value: Six dollars for strong, well-conwell-con ceived cocktails is a super bargain co in today’s economy. The addition of complimentary popcorn seven days a week plus free Mexican food on Fridays sweetens the deal.

Service: Since most of the cocktails call for multiple multiple ingredients in careful meamea sures, a second bartender is needed when the place fills up.

A soothing Hardly Wallbanger (Photo by Dr. Ink)

Duration: Happy hour is held daily, with extended extended deal opportunities on the weekend.

The working player-piano named Ruth gets her tunes from a modern touch. (Photo by Dr. Ink)


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(l to r) Shrimp radiatori; bacon-wrapped dates with bleu cheese; and warm bean & arugula salad (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)



here is something about dining above street level that instills such an air of exclusivity to a meal that even a simple burger can taste golden. All the better if the food shines brightly no matter where it’s consumed. Such was the case at Prepkitchen Little Italy, where quaint views of bustling India Street extend all the way to the restroom sinks and nearly everything we ate smacked of homemade excellence. Situated a floor above Yogurtland, a stylish staircase leads into a modernly designed dining room and bar lounge that are separated by old wooden banisters. In the main room, parota wood panels resembling bacon slices hover artistically above the tables. Potted herbs are placed elegantly along the windowsills, while at night the warm glow of an eye-level streetlight casts an accidental romantic flair into the space. Little Italy marks the third location for Prepkitchen, a sequel to Whisknladle in La Jolla that continues the tradition of house-cured meats along with clean and simple cooking. Since first launching Prepkitchens in La Jolla and Del Mar, founders Arturo Kassel and his chef Ryan Johnston have taken on additional partners for what has become a wildly successful operation rooted squarely in, dare I say, the farm-to-table concept. Though ubiquitous, these guys were slightly ahead of the wave when

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opening Whisknladle in 2008. The menu leans heavily toward European-inspired dishes, encompassing a little of Spain, France and Italy. The latter is evident in a Tuscan-style white bean and arugula salad, which I regretted having to share with my companion. The interplay of fresh arugula, warm beans and wide shavings of Parmesan Reggiano, all dressed in a thickened red wine and Dijon vinaigrette, was downright appetite inducing. After strolling hungrily past several hardcore Italian restaurants to get here, we were happy that the flatbread of the day involved red sauce made with vivid San Marzano tomatoes and house-made mozzarella. The crust was lusciously thin and the spicy salami on top added traditional spark. Switching gears into something sweeter, we proceeded to plump, piping-hot dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with ultracreamy blue cheese. “These taste almost like dessert,” said my companion as we ignored their heaviness until the bowl was empty. I’d venture to guess it’s the most filling appetizer on the menu outside of the “cutting board” of house-cured meats and artisan cheeses, which appeared substantial when making a flyby past our table. Our waitress paced the courses perfectly, allowing us a breather to further savor berry-

1660 India St. (Little Italy) • 619-398-8383 Dinner prices: Appetizers and salads, $5.75 to $17; entrees, $16 to $25.50

forward Sangria made with zinfandel and brandy, and a spin-off of a Hemingway Daiquiri that replaces the customary grapefruit juice with tarragon water. The rum, lime juice and maraschino liqueur remain, resulting in a bewitching drink that isn’t plagued by excessive sweetness. My companion chose Niman Ranch pork porterhouse for his entrée, which didn’t take either of us long to figure out that the meat was brined, given its splendid juiciness. The cut combines the chop and the tenderloin and offers a precious jus that the kitchen enhances with rosemary. Creamed corn, revealing summer freshness and peach salsa were served alongside. When learning that the kitchen makes its own radiatori pasta, which are shaped like little radiators and usually found only in dried form, I couldn’t resist. Here, the pasta is tossed with sweet

Baja shrimp, local tomatoes and Fresno chilies that I could taste but couldn’t see. Breadcrumbs toasted in olive oil are sprinkled on top while a puddle of zippy basil pesto remains hidden at the bottom of the bowl until you start pitching your fork around. At this point, my craving for Italian food that evening was joyfully and unexpectedly fulfilled. The only dish we didn’t care for was a pair of whoopie pies for dessert, due to the cloying and

abundant butter cream bursting out from between the encasing chocolate cakes. I’d rather the traditional marshmallow filling than this deluxe version. Conversely, the plum upside down cake with ginger gelato ranked among one of the best confections I’ve had in a while. Magic occurred on the tongue when the ginger’s sharpness fused with the caramelized fruit and the buttery cake. Prepkitchen Little Italy also serves weekday lunch, weekend brunch and a late-night bar menu. Its popularity and big windows make it easy to find without using an address. Just look for a cluster of heads and shoulders perched comfortably above the heart of India Street.u


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He’s cooked for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bill Gates, President George Bush and other luminaries, and is now helming the kitchen at Martinis Above Fourth in Hillcrest. Since coming on board recently as its new executive chef, Rodney Robinson has overhauled the menu by about 75 percent. In doing so, he’s given new twists to signature items such as the blue-cheese stuffed filet mignon, ser ved now with two crab-stuffed shrimp. Robinson hails from Detroit and climbed the ranks in major hotel kitchens. Since his arrival, Martinis has extended its dinner hours to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, “prime rib night” has been reinstated on Wednesdays. The meal costs $20 and includes potatoes, vegetables and bread. 3940 Four th Ave., 619-400-4500.

FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

San Diego Author Maria Desiderata Montana spares us the hassle of begging restaurants for the recipes of their signature dishes, the ones that we love of course. In her newly released book, “San Diego Chef’s Table” (Globe Pequot Press), she snags the precise specs for spiced Szechuan duck from Jonathan Hale of The Prado at Balboa Park; homemade pretzels with beer mustard from Riccardo Heredia of Alchemy;; and the famous pork burger with candied bacon by Hanis Cavin at Carnitas Snack Shack. Recipes from numerous other restaurants throughout San Diego County are featured. The 207-page book is also loaded with chef-restaurant profiles and luscious photography by John Dole. The cost is $24.95. The iconic Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in Harbor Island, built in 1971, has reopened after a $3.5 million renovation that showcases the early-California design of the restaurant. Its newest features include a bay-facing upstairs bar, a keg room and a bayside wedding site marked with an eye-popping arch containing 2,000 aluminum rings (yes, the restaurant has been catering to same-sex weddings since the days of non-official commitment ceremonies). The menu has also been modernized with dishes like pomegranate-glazed pork belly, lobster bouillabaisse and crab BLTs. As for those piles of lobster claws and crab legs that create frenzies during Sunday brunch, they still remain. 2150 Harbor Island Drive, 619-291-9110.

Abe Botello (Courtesy Alternative Strategies) Armed with plenty of garlic, vanilla beans and chipotle peppers as some of his favorite cooking ingredients, Chef Abe Botello has been hired to elevate the menu at West Coast Tavern in North Park. The locally based toque grew up in a restaurant family and attended the Art Institute of San Diego’s culinary program before working at Urban Solace, True North Tavern and Station Tavern. His menu includes roasted bone marrow with apple-rhubarb chutney; an eight-ounce Duroc pork chop in brandied cherry gastrique; and coriander-crusted halibut with garlic butter sauce. 2895 University Ave., 619-295-1688.

The California Restaurant Association’s semi-annual Restaurant Week returns to San Diego County Sunday, Sept. 15 – Friday, Sept. 20, with over 180 San Diego establishments participating. “There are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry and no cards to punch,” organizers said in a press release. Instead, show up to a participating restaurant and purchase a prix-fixe lunch or a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Lunch menus are $10, $15 or $20 per person, depending on location and dinner prices are $20, $30 or $40 per person. There are over 25 restaurants participating in Uptown – hint: search under “Uptown,” “Central SD Neighborhoods” and “Old Town” on the Restaurant Week website for complete options – and “reservations are strongly suggested,” as organizers said over 140,000 people participated in the January Restaurant Week. As a bonus, the Cohn Restaurant Group’s Uptown establishments, 100 Wines Hillcrest and The Prado at Balboa Park, will extend the special for an extra week. The complete list of participating restaurants, organized by course, price, cuisine or the all-important neighborhood, are on the website., 619-233-5008. Note: San Diego Uptown News Editor Anthony King contributed to this story.u

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Pg. 15 Volume 5, Issue 19 • Sept. 13–26, 2013 • San Diego Uptown News

Making us human

ion starts 10th anniversary season with a contemporary gem By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Irish playwright Conor McPherson (b. Dublin, 1971) has written other plays seen in San Diego, specifically “The Weir” at The Old Globe Theatre and “The Seafarer” seen at San Diego Repertory Theatre. McPherson’s latest play is “The Night Alive,” seen very recently at London’s Donmar Warehouse. To start off its 10th anniversary season, ion theatre could not have picked a better work than McPherson’s 2008 “Shining City.” And Glenn Paris could not have picked a better actor in the crucial role than his spouse and theater partner, Claudio Raygoza. In “The Shining City,” McPherson presents a small gathering of losers in modern day Dublin. The setting is a rundown building where Ian (played by Frances Gercke), a former priest and now a trained therapist, has hung his shingle. Even the doorbell doesn’t work, a fact that lends the bleak comedy moments of humor. A despairing client named John (Raygoza) arrives. John’s been seeing the ghost of his wife, who died in an accident for which John holds himself accountable. Apparently Ian’s departure from the priesthood was caused by his attraction to Neasa (Jessica John), a rather slatternly parishioner who became the mother of

(l to r) Jessica John and Francis Gercke (Courtesy ion theatre)

his child. Also apparently, the troubled Ian has run away from them both, telling Neasa, “It’s not about the baby. I just can’t continue with you.” Totally at sea without Ian, Neasa pleads, “Can’t you see what this is doing to me?” Impressive newcomer Zach Bonin portrays Laurence, brought to Ian’s office in the hope that the young man might help the struggling therapist to discover who he is in a world without God and without ghosts. Bonin plays the stranger so understatedly that we know exactly who he is: a good man caught in rough And director Paris puts his finger on times, and aren’t they all? the pulse of what makes us human McPherson’s characters are and what makes McPherson playbereft, blaming themselves such an important play for their own inability to find wright. what they lack, whether some Design elements one or some thing, to make – the work of sound themselves whole. All have designer James Dirks, treated others – important visiting artist Neville Engelbrecht, lighting others – so shabbily. designer Karin Filijan, Raygoza said he did not costume designer pick “Shining City” as a Jessica John, scenic vehicle for himself. Nonethedesigner and dialect less, the role of John proves coach Raygoza, and backan incandescent, vulnerable, back drop artist Ron Logan – fathoms-deep portrayal that will come together to enhance not be forgotten. You are urged to this gem that does indeed see this production not just for that, Francis Gercke shine. The final image, however. (Courtesy ion theatre) courtesy of the playEach role is played impeccably. play

wright, will rock you. I Promise. Played without an interval, the 96-minute production continues Thursdays through Saturdays at ion’s Elaine Lipinsky Stage, closing Sept. 28.u

“Shining City” WHERE: ion theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. (Hillcrest) WHEN: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. through Sept. 28

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San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 13–26, 2013


Electronic rockers The Octopus Project bring their Austin influence to Soda Bar Sept 22 By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

With a name like The Octopus Project, you can’t expect your average run-of the-mill band. Or your average show. For the better part of the last decade and a half, this rockelectronica group has pioneered a unique style that is all their own. Their music blends together aspects of pop and indie music, making a sound that is often described by the band and its fans as “joyous party music.” Or as band member Toto Miranda puts it, their music is “a crazy, noisy, party, fun-time, loud experience.”

No one in the four-member group plays a set instrument; instead they all take turns switching between drums, guitars, bass, samplers, keyboards, synthesizers and an occasional glockenspiel, for good measure. And that doesn’t even mention the theremin, a 1920s electronic instrument that uses antennas – and no physical contact – to produce a sometimes eerie, but always entertaining, sound. Ryan Figg and Josh Lambert join Miranda, while Yvonne Lam-bert provides additional vocals, which rarely involve her actually singing. Instead, her voice is most often used as one more

The Octopus Project, hidden by hair (Photo by Courtney Chavanell)

(l to r) Ryan Figg, Yvonne Lambert, Toto Miranda and Josh Lambert (Photo by Courtney Chavanell)

sound in a wild cornucopia. “I think we’re more focused on sounds than genres or tr ying to sound like particular artists,” Miranda said. “The way a lot of electronic instruments and music-making techniques tend to work is that you can go in with an idea and if you’re openminded with the feedback that you’re getting, your idea can mutate into something completely unexpected but still feel like it has a piece of you inside it. That element of surprise is always the

most satisfying to me.” Hailing from Texas, The Octopus Project first got together back in 1999. “Josh, Ryan and I have all known each other since we were in high school. We grew up together in Houston,” Miranda said. “We all ended up in Austin around ‘97. Josh and I were in film school at UT [the University of Texas] and this band ended up getting started a little bit after that, in ‘99.” The Octopus Project will be returning to Soda Bar on Sept. 22 – they played a set at the Uptown club in November 2012 – with Canadian indie-rock band Paper Lions and Rubedo opening. The show will be stop number 11 in a 25-show tour to help promote The Octopus Project’s latest album, “Fever Forms,” which dropped in July as their fifth release with Peek-A-Boo Records.

While the live shows are an experience like none other, the group’s music hasn’t always translated as well from the stage onto recorded albums. By all accounts this latest release has successfully captured the live experience. “The reaction’s been great. We’re happy that people seem to like it as much as we do,” Miranda said. “It’s different than the last one because it’s more focused and tends to sound more like how we sound when we play live.” At its core, the album has a steady dose of rock with dual guitars playing on most tracks, but just enough synthesizers and additional random sounds to give it a cosmic, trance-like feel. But what about those shows? “Our shows tend to be a little bit more on the bombastic side I guess, Miranda said. “We try to keep things really big and add a little momentum into it.” Miranda said the strong musical influence that Austin gives the band comes from a supportive community, or a “natural” artistic feeling in the city. “Everybody is involved in some kind of a creative enterprise in Austin, especially music,” he said. “There’s so much of that going on but there isn’t really a specific sound. Things aren’t focused around one particular style. “The fact that so many people go to shows and play in bands, it really keeps the whole thing exciting and healthy and alive and it kind of pushes you to do your own thing.” Presented by The Casbah, The Octopus Project’s return show at Soda Bar, located at 3615 El Cajon Blvd., is Sept. 22. Paper Lions and Rubedo open, with doors at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information visit


San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 13–26, 2013


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If Herbert Siguenza’s mother had not made sure her little boy got regular dental checkups we may not have “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” Siguenza’s oneman play staged Sept. 7 – Oct. 6 at San Diego Repertory Theatre. It’s also a good thing little Herb and his mother had to wait for the dentist because in the reception room the boy found a copy of David Douglas Duncan’s 1958 book “The Private World of Pablo Picasso.” “I’ve wanted to write a play based off those photos since I was a kid,” Siguenza said. “At the time Picasso was already a legend. He was already famous and wealthy. The whole premise of the play is how does an artist keep hungry? How does he remain creative after having done everything?” Originated with a three-week workshop production at San Diego REP in 2010, director Todd Salovey, the REP’s associate artistic director, and Siguenza took the show on the road, playing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Houston, and garnering some fine critical notices. Salovey terms it “an inspiring story about Picasso’s passion to create and his talent for being an artist who remained forever young. Herb paints, writes and channels Picasso.” Like Duncan’s book, Siguenza’s play is set in Picasso’s studio on the coast of France in 1957. Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline Roque and two of his children are in Paris. “He’s 76, really calmed down by then and not the man that many people know as a philanderer,” Siguenza said. “By that time, he was pretty content as a family man. In the photographs you see him down on his knees with his kids. He was good to Jacqueline. He’s not going through that turbulence, but he talks about it: ‘the thing I used to do.’” Art came first to Siguenza, who drew from early childhood. He went to the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Calif. where he earned a bachelor’s of

fine arts in printmaking. When he was in college, he discovered theater and was one of the founders of Culture Clash, the renowned Latino comedy group. “When Culture Clash started going on the road, I neglected my art for 20 years. Now I do art a lot – on stage as well as off – and I’m exhibiting again. I actually have more confidence in my art than in my acting,” he said. “Picasso had that confidence when he approached a canvas or a piece of paper. He was very direct.” Recipient of a Theatre Communications New Generations Grant, Siguenza is an artist in residence and mentee at the REP until the end of 2013. This means he shadows mentor Sam Woodhouse, the REP’s artistic director, learning how to run a regional theater. The final three performances Oct. 5 and 6 of “Picasso” are performed in Spanish. Siguenza calls it a challenge, but it is also meant to demonstrate to the REP and San Diego audiences that “if you build it they will come.” “I feel that Spanish-speaking audiences are under served in our community, and I wanted to see if they would come out and support a play entirely in Spanish,” he said. Siguenza has lived in Normal Heights for 18 months. He plans to make San Diego his theatrical home. La Jolla Playhouse is producing his adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1” outdoors in Barrio Logan as part of their With Out Walls initiative. At the REP, he is developing a play titled “Steal Heaven” concerning Abbie Hoffman, the 1960s radical. It was work-shopped at this year’s Jewish Arts Festival. Performances of “A Weekend With Pablo Picasso” continue 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 6. Additionally, there are several night-specific events throughout the run, including a Surrealist poetry reading Wednesday, Sept. 18 and a Spanish-language led discussion on artists as social historians Oct. 5. Siguenza will participate in a post-show


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San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 13–26, 2013

CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, SEPT. 13

Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Notorious” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon 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 Children’s craft time: 10 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. Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Uncle Farmer, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from More the Merrier 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $10, workshop $5


Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free


Crosswalk unveiling: 6 p.m., Interim Mayor Todd Gloria joins the Bankers Hill Residents Group in unveiling the first solar-powered, pedestrian-activated crosswalk flasher, Sixth Avenue at Spruce Street, free

Bankers Hill Residents: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Bankers Hill Residents with special guest Sen. Marty Block, and representatives from SANDAG to present final choices for new bicycle routes, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St.


Economic Restructuring: 12 p.m., monthly meeting of the North Park Main Street restructuring committee, 3076 University Ave. Hillcrest Sustainability: 2:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association Sustainability Committee, 3737 Fifth Ave., Suite 202 North Park Planning Committee: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Planning Committee, North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way Pajama story time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Talmadge Community Council: 6:30 – 8 p.m., bi-monthly meeting of the Talmadge Community Council, held at a neighbor’s residence, 4760 Miracle Dr.


Old Town Chamber: 8:30 a.m., regular monthly board meeting of the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Mormon Battalion Historic Site, 2510 Juan St. Mission Hills BID: 3:15 – 5:15 p.m., regular board meeting of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4054 Goldfinch St. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washing-

CALENDAR ton St., free Robin Henkel: 8 – 10 p.m., Robin Henkel Band with Horns and guest Whitney Shay, ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., all ages


The Boulevard board: 9 – 10:30 a.m., monthly board meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Flowers & Art: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., San Diego Floral group’s Flowers & Art for Your Home and Beyond class, 104 Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, pre-register at, $15 ($10 for members) Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free 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. North Park Historical Society: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly board meeting, Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Roman Holiday,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


AABA Finance: 8 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association Finance committee, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Santa Fe Market: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., day one of annual Santa Fe Market Old Town, featuring Southwestern-inspired art, jewelry and crafts, Bazaar del Mundo, 4133 Taylor St. Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Li- brary, 925 W. Washington St., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Uncle Farmer, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from Crooked 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $8


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free UH Library book sale: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Umbrella Friends of University Heights Library book sale, 4193 Park Blvd. Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Mission Hills book sale: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friends of Mission Hills Branch Library book sale, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St. Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Santa Fe Market: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., day two of annual Santa Fe Market Old Town, featuring Southwestern-inspired art, jewelry and crafts, Bazaar del Mundo, 4133 Taylor St. UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Burlingame centennial: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., centennial brunch of the Burlingame Club, Saint Augustine High School, 3266 Nutmeg St. T-32, 3rd Saturday Stroll About: 4 – 8 p.m., stroll the businesses of Thorn & 32nd streets, with new events monthly, North Park Casino night: 6:30 – 10 p.m., third annual Casino Night and

Texas Hold ‘em Tournament fundraiser for Saint Vincent’s Church, initial buy in $50, 4061 Ibis St., RSVP to hamigable296@sbcglobal. net


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


Ken-Tal planning group: 6 p.m., first day of subcommittee meetings of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave. North Park Recreation Council: 6 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Recreation Council, NP Recreation Center, 4044 Idaho St.


Pajama story time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Talmadge MAD: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District, Franklin Elementary, 4481 Copeland Ave.


Mid-City parking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., regular meeting of the Mid City Community Parking District, El Cajon Boulevard Business Association offices, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Uptown Parking: 4 – 5 p.m., executive meeting of the Uptown Parking board, Hillcrest Business Association, 3737 Fifth Ave. #202 LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch, 925 W. Washington St., free Hillcrest Parking: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Hillcrest Parking committee, Hillcrest Business Association, 3737 Fifth Ave. #202 Ken-Tal planning group: 6 p.m., second day of subcommittee meetings of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave. Bankers Hill-Park West: 6 – 7:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Bankers Hill-Park West Community Association, First Century Plaza penthouse, 3535 First Ave. North Park Community Association: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Community Association, all are welcome, Lafayette Hotel’s La Salle Room, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. UH Library Book club and salon: 6:30 p.m., discussing “A Bright House on a Dark Street” with special guest, author Jonnie Wilson. University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Mystery book group: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., discussing the selection of the month, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St.


North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free NP Action Team: 6 – 7:30 p.m., meeting of the grassroots community group North Park Action Team, North Park Community Center, 2711 Howard Ave., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “The Maltese Falcon,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14u


San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 13–26, 2013


(l to r) Fresh Squeezed, driven by nutrition; A special “squeeze pouch”; The system is sold by Infantino. (Courtesy J. Walcher Communications) By Jessica Dearborn SDUN Reporter with Anthony King SDUN Editor

Normal Heights resident Colette Cosky is both a fulltime mother and an entrepreneur. As marketing director of San Diego-based Infantino – a big, national player in the children’s toys and products market, selling specialized kid-centered merchandise to stores like Target and Babies-R-Us – Cosky used a personal experience to develop a new, creative way to manage the dietary needs of all children: the Fresh Squeezed baby food system. “Fresh Squeezed encourages people to make their own food – knowing what’s in the food, how it’s made – and not constricted to what is on the shelf. Families can make food according to what their family needs are,” Cosky said. The product line includes materials for making baby food at home – a puree, steamer, food press – as well as what to do next, once all that food is made. The innovation comes in the form of “squeeze pouches,” as they are called. The pouches are individualsized storage units that can be taken with families when on the go. Of course they can be used right at home, too. While ease was certainly a driving factor in creating Fresh

Uptown parent uses personal touch in national product line Squeezed, it was not the main focus. For Cosky, the idea came to her when trying to navigate the various – and sometimes questionable – food available to her for her growing children. Cosky has two children, ages 2 and 5, and one has specific dietary restrictions. She said she decided that what she was buying off the shelves at grocery stores was not meeting their nutritional needs, and she wanted to take advantage of fresh foods that her children could enjoy in their purest form. “Looking at what’s in a baby jar of food versus looking at your real food, the colors are different,” she said. “I wanted real tasting vegetables and fruit, making [children] open to eating better food as they grow up.” At first Cosky bought premade food, but said she was not happy with the product so she decided it would be a better idea to create her own, freeze it and access it when she needed. She

wanted to make the process more convenient for all parents, so increasingly more people could also share in that convenience. “This idea has been in the making since the end of 2010,” she said. “My first inspiration was being at the tail end of my daughter eating food and snacks, and I noticed the really expensive pre-filled pouches, but didn’t like the idea of ingredients that weren’t fresh.” Being that she works in a profession where she has her hands busy in baby products all day long and her job is to be looking out

for the unmet needs in the market place, she is constantly asking what can make parenting easier. Infantino is her outlet. “I get to work with incredible designers,” Cosky said. “They are product designers and engineers and they have to consider what’s best for the parent and the family’s environment. … Having such a creative team to work with, they are able to take my idea and bring it to fruition – without missing a beat – and all the while, keeping the consumer in mind.” Fresh Squeezed is marketed as a fully functional product with

a slick design, that carries and transports homemade baby food, “making it simple to feed any child, even those with food allergies or dietary limitations,” a press release said. And once children have matured in their eating habits, Cosky said the pouches have an afterlife. “People have come up with their own creative ways to keep the product relevant after their children are no longer needing this type of feeding, by using it as storage for sauces,” Cosky said. Infantino said food items store in the freezer for up to two months. But for now, Cosky said the benefits to her family are numerous. “[It is] so simple to pull out the pouches from the freezer, pack them in my diaper bag, and feed my children,” she said. For more information on Infantino LLC, a Step 2 Family company, as well as the Fresh Squeezed line, visit or call 800-840-4916.u


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CRUISING RESOURCES European Waterways:, 877-879-8808 The price for a six-night cruise aboard the 12-passenger Panache is $5,090 per person in a twin/double suite cabin. (Paris airport shuttle services) This is a nice alternative to taking the Metro or RER trains to your hotel after a long flight. For as low as $23.95, you can book passage to your Paris destination. For the private service, a Viator representative will meet you with a sign as soon as you exit Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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There’s a reason why people who have taken canal cruises are often repeat customers. Pastoral landscapes serenely pass by at 4 miles per hour, allowing you to take in all that your senses intended. Add to this gourmet food, personalized service and daily excursions, and you have the perfect relaxing vacation. My wife and I booked a trip with European Waterways through Alsace-Lorraine, a region of France created by the German Empire in 1871 and encompassing parts of the Rhine, Moselle valley and Vosges

Mountains. We decided to arrive a few days early to explore Paris and rid ourselves of jetlag. Prior to our cruise, we boarded a TGV (high speed train) to the Strasbourg train station, where we were met by Alan, our tour guide for the week, and transported to our barge, the Panache. Actually, the term barge is something of a misnomer. These retrofitted boats serve as upscale floating hotels on the water complete with comfy rooms, beds and showers as well as a lounge area, bar, dining room and all the amenities you can imagine. Our vessel accommodated 12 passengers and our cabin was spacious and comfortable, and even had a double-sink bathroom with full shower. The crew, who may outnumber the passengers, are well trained to provide a high level of service. Aboard

European Waterways, the price includes fine regional wines, an open bar and daily room service as well as a tour guide who manages interesting side excursions during the trip. Essentially, you are treated like a VIP on your own private yacht, and it is not uncommon for locals to queue up along the banks to watch these large vessels navigate the sometimes-narrow canals and locks. Our first stop was the small town of Lutzelbourg, where we docked for the night and enjoyed a regional dinner prepared by our onboard chef, Christophe. This included a mixed salad with smoked duck, filet of pork with wholegrain mustard sauce, a selection of cheeses and dessert. Of course, wine pairing is all part of the fun and each selecselec tion is presented with a little bit of history, charm and humor. Each day begins with a casual buffet breakfast followed either by an off-boat excurexcur sion or cruising down the canal through various locks to the next mooring destinadestina tion. On our second day, we took a side trip to the town of Sarrebourg and the Chapelle des CordeCorde liers. You might not think

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Body contouring freezes away fat at a Hillcrest dermatology office Liposculpture. Body Contouring. CoolSculpting. What do those terms mean? They are the processes of removing fat to help the body look its best. The safe and effective CoolSculpting method is available at Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology by San Diego dermatologist Dr. William Heimer. “CoolSculpting is recommended for people that are generally in good physical condition but want to remove the stubborn tummy bulge or ‘love handle’ fat deposits that do not respond to their eating and exercise routines,” Dr. Heimer said. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells without harming skin, nerves or surrounding tissue. Though related to liposuction, it is a much less invasive process with a quick recovery. “It fits with people’s busy lifestyles, takes very little time and does not interrupt daily activities. The body heals quickly,” said dermatologist Heimer. With CoolSculpting the procedure is short and relaxing; a number of areas of the body can be worked on in

one session. It is done in the doctor’s office and no anesthesia or incisions are involved. Patients are awake and comfortable during the process. HOW IT WORKS AND THE PROCEDURE Fat is sensitive to cold. The CoolSculpting equipment freezes excess fat that is then reabsorbed by the body.The CoolSculpting device is applied to the skin with an easy vacuum process. The skin and fat in the area are sucked into the instrument that is equipped with cool plates. Patients first feel intense cold and then the area becomes numb. The device is left on the body and the treatment takes about one hour. Two or three different areas can be treated in one session. Patients can comfortably lie down, nap, or even read during a treatment. When the device is removed, the previously fatty area will feel like cold butter under the skin. The fat will be absorbed back into the body. Treatments can be repeated to remove additional fat.

RECOVERY, HEALING AND RESULTS The healing process is short and not uncomfortable, although the area may tingle a bit. There may be a small amount of swelling right after the procedure and the area may be sensitive to touch for about a week. FDA-approved studies on the CoolSculpting process show that 20 percent of fat can be removed from an area in one treatment. Reduction of fat was successful for 9 out of 10 people after just one treatment. CANDIDATES FOR THE PROCEDURE “Anybody can be a candidate for CoolSculpting, it’s not an age-related procedure,” Dr. Hiemer said. “I have treated patients in their early 20s and a woman in her 80s. Medically, it is rarely contra indicated.” A consultation and medical workup is required and candidates must be at their ideal body weight. It is not considered part of a weight-loss program. RISKS AND COST “The biggest risk of CoolSculpting is that patients may have unrealistic

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HOUSECALLS them with a sledgehammer. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to trace a career and the development of a design esthetic, from arts and crafts bungalow to sleek, 20th century suburban family home, when Mission Hills Heritage presents their ninth annual Mission Hills Historic Home Tour Sept. 21, aptly titled: “The Legacy of Master Builder Nathan Rigdon.” Why does Rigdon matter? For one thing, he invented what we now think of as an iconic San Diego architectural style: The Mission Hills Box. Today, historians make much of the Midwest origins of that style as some of his houses borrow directly from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and other Prairie architects. But Rigdon took those influences, combined them with an impressive, apparently selftaught, understanding of classical architecture, and made something entirely his own. He also created one of the neighborhood’s defining features – the river rock retaining wall capped with concrete – that line some of Mission Hills’ most-prominent thoroughfares. Although Rigdon built most of his latter houses of hollow clay tile skimmed with stucco, the overall impression one gets once inside is of wood. Lots of wood. “The through-line that connects all the houses, particularly the houses he built himself without a partner, is the amazing interior woodwork,” Hager said. “He really put an emphasis on high-quality detail and hand-crafted woodwork.” Rigdon also had the confidence to sign his work, frequently using the same recognizable elements: octagonal pillars that support countertops and mantels, front porch roofs that also serve as upstairs balconies, and thick, boxy, hollow wooden shelves and counters for bookcases, mantels and china cabinets. There is often a horizontal emphasis to his millwork and, in many cases, to the houses. The tour demonstrates how those elements developed over time, as Rigdon experimented with details and refined them from one house to the next. While his houses make a statement, Rigdon himself left a pretty light footprint. We know he served on the board of the local Methodist church, but beyond that, it’s difficult to identify any personal interests or passions. For the historian, Rigdon isn’t an easy guy to get to know.

A docent-led tour of Rigdon-inspired homes is slated for Sept. 21. (Courtesy Mission Hills Heritage)

He left little behind: no personal papers, no published writing, not even a portrait. He had but one descendant, a son, who died in 1984 and who lived at home until he was in his 40s and apparently didn’t marry until he was 71. Through public records we know where Rigdon lived, where he worked and where he went to school. But as for who he was, we can only make an educated guess. Rigdon was born on a farm in Harford County Maryland in 1867, the eighth of 10 children. He likely learned how to build structures – barns and fences – and how to repair and maintain houses during the 20 years he lived there. By the age of 22 he was living in Denver with two brothers and working as a clerk. In 1892, he went back east again, and enrolled in the William Dickinson Seminary where he was in the class of 1897. He was an editor of two campus publications: The Dickinson Liberal and the Dickinson Union. He posed for photographs with both groups. The photos show a raffish fellow, with an extravagant mustache. He looks neither like a minister nor a builder. In the 1900 census, Rigdon declared his occupation as “Minister of Gospel,” while his mother and brother’s jobs are listed as “farmer.” But he was a minister without a congregation. That year he went back to Denver and enrolled in an oratory program, perhaps to improve his sermons. In 1903 he was living in Baltimore, Md. with another brother, still listed as a minister. Three years later he returned to Colorado, as the minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in Las Animas, Colo., population 1,192. Apparently, it wasn’t a full-time job. In directories in 1906, 1908 and 1909 he’s listed as a real estate agent. His business: Las Animas Realty Co., Nathan Rigdon Proprietor. In 1909 he bought some land in San Diego and began building a house at the northeast corner of Lewis and Jackdaw streets. In the

1910 census, he is listed as living there with his wife, the former Hattie Newell, and their son, the 2-year-old Warren Rigdon. Apparently marriage and fatherhood changed Rigdon. He stayed in that one place in Mission Hills for 10 years, then moved just once more, to Glendale, Calif. where he continued to build houses (reportedly in the Spanish style) for at least another decade, and where he died in 1939 at the age of 72. For a builder, Rigdon had a good run of it in San Diego: 10 years through a tumultuous decade with nary a slip up, scandal, lawsuit or nervous breakdown. Once he stopped dashing back and forth across the country, he settled down and began to resemble his houses: sturdy, reliable, well planned and stylish, without being too extravagant (well, there was the mustache). As Rigdon might have put it in one of his sermons: you will know a man by the fruits of his labor. Hager agreed. “He was a civic leader [and] a high-profile person in the community. He served on the board of trustees for the local Methodist church. There was even a street named for him in Mission Hills, Rigdon Way. Unfortunately, it’s since been changed. I think he was highly respected and involved as a civic leader,” Hager said. “If you want to know him as a person, look at the homes he built. I think he had a lot of integrity and wanted to leave our community with beautiful, functional homes. He took a lot of care with the little touches, like the cobblestone walls. Just the fact that so many of his houses are still standing is a testament to his character.” The Mission Hills Historic Home Tour is Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available the day of the event for $30, or $25 for Mission Hills Heritage members, at the corner of West Lewis Street and Palmetto Way. For more information visit missionhillsheritage. org or call 619-497-1193.u

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twice about this non-descript little chapel, except for the fact that it houses the largest stained-glass window in the world by artist Marc Chagall. The “Tree of Life” is based on biblical themes but experts still guess as to some of its deeper, hidden symbols and meanings. Our next stop, the Cristallerie Lehrer, is home to third-generation crystal makers and here you can view master craftsman creating beautiful glassware in the form of vases, stemware and cute little animals. You also have the option of purchasing some of these to take home with you, carefully packaged, of course. Many of the postcard-perfect towns along the Canal de la Marne Au Rhin can be explored on foot or by bike, the

latter of which are carried on board. This is one of the best ways to see the small villages that line the canals. If you happen to get tired, no problem: just catch up to the boat at the next lock, in time for a sumptuous lunch. Nighttime is for relaxing and after-dinner conversation with your fellow passengers. One

evening, we were unexpectedly treated to a local entertainer who came aboard to sing, play the piano and encourage us to participate. It was quite a sight to see baby boomers trying to sing a karaoke rendition of Hotel California. Our itinerary also included a visit to the Lalique crystal

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS: SEPTEMBER Fiestas Patrias Celebration

SEPT. 14 A Mexican Independence Day festival held to commemorate the rich and diverse Mexican culture that was vital in the development of San Diego and California. With music, dancing, games and other activities for the entire family.

Spirits of Mexico Festival

SEPT. 17 Festival is held two weeks in September. It’s the oldest and most comprehensive agave spirits festival in the United States, this year’s Spirits of Mexico will be held during the 202nd anniversary of Mexico’s independence at the location of California’s birthplace. Celebrating the spirits and the spirit of Mexico.

Tequilla Trail

SEPT. 19 Samples of traditional Mexican dishes from Old Town’s best restaurants will be available throughout town. Participants can also taste selections of tequila, Mezcal and Bacanora, all brands provide samples of their spirits. For more info visit



and jewelry museum in Saverne, tasting tarte flambée in Altenheim-sur-Zorn and seeing gorgeous Hansel-and-Gretel-style villages along the Alsatian wine trail. For us, the highlight was the city of Strasbourg, selected as a UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity Site. With winding cobblestone streets, flower-laden bridges, half-timbered houses, and plenty of shops

Sante Fe Market

SEPT. 20–22 The Bazaar del Mundo’s yearly Santa Fe Market brings the best of the Southwest to San Diego, featuring Southwesterninspired art, jewelry and crafts, with artists traveling from as far as New Mexico and Arizona to demonstrate their wares.

OCTOBER Old Town Arts Festival

OCT. 5-6 Enjoy museum-quality art and sculpture as you stroll through Old Town with all of its history and charm. The Old Town San Diego Arts Festival features contemporary artists, fine crafts, fashion, and home décor artisans. Running along San Diego Avenue from Conde Street into the State Historic Park, this event brings together the essence of Southern California, beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international foods, a winetasting pavilion and continuous live entertainment. Admission is free.

Old Town Fall Festival

OCT. 28 Fall crafts and children’s activities – a la San Diego in the 1870s – will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the central plaza at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Many merchants surrounding the park will have activities as well.

Trick or Treat

OCT. 31 Free goodies courtesy of the merchants at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park with ghosts and goblins out in full force. Enjoy special holiday treats, activities, and extended shopping hours at all the stores within the State Park.


and restaurants, Strasbourg is an amazing place to visit. The pièce de résistance, however, would have to be the Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Construction of this gothic work of art started in 1015 and the spire was finally placed in 1439. Today, this magnificent cathedral is undergoing renovation, but you can still tour the inside and see the massive astronomical clock dating from 1843. It seemed our cruise went all too fast, and back on board, we said our farewells at

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