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New arcade bar gives nostalgia an extra life By Kevin Smead SDUN Reporter

measures. “We had to have an emergency second throw-a-thon,” Shimazaki said. “This is the first in history that we had to have two throw-a-thons.” The second, emergency throwa-thon brought Shimazaki’s bowl count up to 1,700. He still expects to sell out, but it puts him at a comfortable level. This year’s chili fest invites 30 restaurants from the area to bring 10 gallons of the best chili they can muster, which will then be judged by a panel of San Diego celebrities such as Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Congressmember Susan Davis and representatives from San Diego breweries. For amateur chili enthusiasts, there’s also the community chili competition, where 30 to 50 community members will show up with a crockpot of their own concoction. These will also be available to the stomachs of the public. If chili-tasting for the cause

Growing up in the ‘90s, I experienced arcades in their waning years. By the time I hit my teens, arcades, much like VHS and cassette tapes, were pretty much history. Admittedly, there’s a large part of me that wishes I could have present in the heyday of the coin-op machine. This longing manifests itself every time I come across a great arcade cabinet at a bar. “Street Fighter II” at Bar Pink? Yes, please. Soda Bar’s double whammy of “Battletoads” and “NFL Blitz ’99”? There aren’t enough quarters in the world. So when I heard about the opening of a bar boasting a host of classic—and some semi-contemporary—arcade cabinets, my interest was very much piqued. That bar is Coin-Op Game Room, situated near the now booming intersection of 30th Street and University Avenue. A vibrant, lively destination, Coin-Op Game Room really does house some of the best classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines. It also wouldn’t be North Park if there wasn’t a full selection of craft beer, cocktails and fine foods to compliment the clicking of pinball flippers and clacking of joysticks. While the concept is novel, it’s not exactly revolutionary, and in the hyper-competitive San Diego restaurant scene, it takes quite a bit of ingenuity and business prowess to be successful. With that in mind, one must ask: Does Coin-Op Game Room’s appeal to childhood nostalgia translate into Friday night adult fun? The answer, for the most part, is yes. Coin-Op Game Room is not only designed to be a nostalgic playground, but a solid addition to

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iMayor's November Update

➤➤ FEATURE P. 9 San Diego ska band Unsteady at last year’s SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off. They play again this year at 3:30 p.m. on the North Park Stage. (Photo by Arlene Ibarra)

300 gallons of chili for the kids SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off predicts its biggest year yet as McKinley’s hit fundraiser Unfortunately, Shimazaki didn’t think that would be enough. They’re making bowls to sell for the SoNo Fest and Chili On a Friday evening every Cook-Off, an annual fundraiser autumn, master Japanese potter for McKinley Elementary School Kouta Shimazaki attracts a crowd that takes place Dec. 1st. The of friends, students and teachers to his ceramics studio and gallery, bowls are sold for $20 each and act as the ticket to try five differSan Diego Ceramic Connection, ent chilis made by North and for his yearly throw-a-thon. This South Park restaurants. All group will make as many bowls proceeds go to the McKinas they can for six hours straight. ley Foundation. Last year, This year they made 1,200. Shimazaki made 1,515 bowls. They were all gone in under two hours. Clearly, a measly 1,200 bowls wouldn’t suffice for this year’s fest, which he expected to far exceed all others in SoNo Fest chili in a San Diego terms of raw numbers Ceramic Connection Bowl and chili consumption. (Photo by Arlene Ibarra) He decided to take drastic By Hutton Marshall SDUN Editor

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The Talmadge Art Show is all about the backstory By Monica Medina SDUN Reporter

The 2013 Talmadge Art show will be held this Sunday with more than 70 artisans displaying their wares. Among them will be Adrian Arango, a longtime Hillcrest resident and jewelry artist who has been participating in the show since its beginning more than two decades ago. “It’s a really good art show, and has grown exponentially since the very first one,” Arango said. “I invite people by telling them they will see interesting craft, most likely locally made. When you live here and support locally made, your community thrives. But the works

speak for themselves.” The Talmadge Art Show was born out of a need. A need to help artists like Arango have a venue for selling and explaining their work, and for telling their story. A need to gather in one place original, quality art, and a need to connect art enthusiasts with some of the best artisans from within the region. Just ask the show’s founder, Sharon Gorevitz, who credits Arango with helping her develop the concept for the art show. “Adrian and I met at the Kobe Swap Meet and one day we were talking about art and selling art, and how artists didn’t really have a place to do that,” Gorevitz recalled. “Not all can work in galleries and

Artist and Hillcrest resident Adrian Arango, a longtime participant in the Talmadge Art Show (Photo by Monica Medina) there was no Etsy (the online marketplace website), or the abundance of farmers’ markets that we have today. Most of the time, you were seeing a craft but not a finer craft.” So Gorevitz decided to open up

her house and found five artists who were interested in coming in and selling their work. “They were friends who were

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Two years later, car2go heads the movement of alternative transportation in San Diego By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter and Hutton Marshall SDUN Editor

We have a right to compain about gas prices here in San Diego. Floating around $3.60 per gallon, San Diego drivers pay about 50 cents above the national average. This is a pesky expense considering one’s daily commute, nights out, and the hundred little times we find ourselves hopping in our car for some unforseen errand. San Diegans have been combating these soaring gas prices with emerging, tech-driven car and ride-sharing programs, which also serve as ways to avoid driving innebriated and the stressful quest to find parking on weekends. Car2Go has paved the way here in San Diego, both in terms of profitability and popularity, but the more grassroots ride-share companies have also found their way onto San Diego’s streets. Uber, Lyft and SideCar are three smartphone-reliant ridesharing programs gaining traction in San Diego by appealing to weekenders as a financially viable alternative to the often nauseatingly high taxi prices found in San Diego. The most visible of the three is Lyft, whose drivers you may recognize driving those cars with the pink mustaches on their grill. Recent legal crackdowns in California now ensure these companies, labeled “transporation network companies” or TNCs, and their drivers operate more like

Car2go’s fleet of Smart Fortwo cars (Courtesy car2go)

taxi services in terms of driver qualification and screening. Many wonder whether this will act as a major speedbump to the services or add needed validity and assurance in them. While they undeniably have continued to grow with youth in urban settings throughout the country, nowhere have they managed to garner the financial success and municipal support seen by car2go here in San Diego. Touted at the time as a forward-thinking transportation alternative, car2go entered the San Diego landscape two years ago with a large-scale media blitz and a bounty of applause. When German-based auto manufacturer Daimler announced

plans to bring its electric carsharing service to San Diego, it was notable. San Diego was the second U.S. city—only to Austin, Texas—to have a large footprint for electric cars. Today, car2go is available in nine cities. When car2go officially began operations in San Diego on Nov. 18, 2011, the company had a fleet of 300 of its so-called Smart Fortwo cars available throughout designated portions of the city. Today, the fleet has swelled to about 380 cars. From the beginning, car2go covered many Uptown neighborhoods, including Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, North Park and South Park. The company also blanketed most of the Downtown area, as well as other sections of the city. According to company executives, about 500 San Diegans became car2go members in car2go’s earliest days. In the first quarter of 2012, there were about 3,500 members. Today, the company has about 12,500 registrants using the service on a regular basis. “People are still interested in registering,” said Katie Stafford, communications manager of Daimler’s North American division. “We’ve heard from quite a few people who like our service because they see incredible value and view it as efficient.” As with any technology, there have been kinks that have needed to be worked out. Well before the launch, car2go executives worked with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to help develop the company’s footprint

within the city. The process included installing car-charging stations. “Early on, the infrastructure was not as robust as we would have liked,” Stafford said. “We had to do some things creatively to still offer riders an incredible experience.” But Stafford said car2go has increased its investment in the city, most notably with the recent development of a charging depot that allows for more of the Smart Fortwo cars to be charged at any one time. Throughout the past two years, a number of city organizations have put their support behind car2go and other services. One of them is Move San Diego, an advocacy group comprised of residents, environmentalists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transportation experts. Members routinely take up land-use policies pertaining to sustainable transportation. “I feel like car2go is filling a much-needed solution to a void that has been in San Diego when it comes to some of the mobility problems people have been experiencing,” said Elyse Lowe, executive director of Move San Diego. While the bus and trolley

services have served some San Diegans, Lowe said the limitations of both services have presented challenges to others. Car sharing, she said, offers a heightened degree of efficiency and flexibility. “A service like car2go has impacted so many people that I know,” Lowe said. “There have been people who have gotten rid of their cars because they find this more cost-effective. It’s been cool to see how it has impacted them.” In car2go’s first two years of operation in San Diego, the company held a sole-service contract with the city, meaning it was the official provider of electric vehicles. The city recently made the decision to renew its relationship with car2go for a third year. The city council, with input from the city attorney’s office, is determining how San Diego should proceed from November 2014 onward with the service contract arrangement, be it through a formal requests for proposals (RFP) process or other methods. In recent weeks, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria lauded car sharing in San Diego, proclaiming it “incredibly successful.”u


San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013




Beadwork by Hillcrest Artist Adrian Arango, who will be featured at this year’s Talmadge Art Show (Photo by Monica Medina)


TALMADGE making art and Adrian was one of them,” she explained. Gorevitz’ home, built in 1936, is located in Talmadge, which is how the art show got its name. During the second year, the show expanded into her yard, but as attendance grew, it became clear that the house wasn’t big enough anymore. It is no longer held in Talmadge, yet in homage to its roots, the art show has kept its original name. Among the crafts to be on display this weekend, visitors who attend the art show will discover an array of paintings, clothing, purses, pottery and glassware, and jewelry. Arango, who loves working with abalone shell, antique buttons and leather, finds his inspiration in nature and in other artists, though he’s quick to point out he never copies, he only captures the essence of their work. “My inspiration comes from the many years that I’ve been doing my craft,” he said. “From the colors of the season and fashion. I look at other artists in jewelry. Japanese artists influence a new line that I’m debuting this year at the Talmadge show—bracelets and earrings made with super duo beads.” “I do it because I love art,” noted Gorevitz, who produces the show with her husband, Alan Greenberg. “I have always found when I travel and when I go into stores, I find out about art objects by asking questions. I’ve always known people love to meet the artists and get the backstory. It means more when you pick up the necklace or the earrings and say, now I understand why they picked those or why this piece was made this way and it means so much more this way. “ Gorevitz encourages the artists to share their “backstory,” their vision for their craft. Arango agrees and sees the importance in telling his, as it is a way of helping him connect with his customers. “I studied graphic design at San Diego State,” Arango explained. “In one of the classes they asked us to use three different types of materials to make a piece of art. I picked leather, metal and paper and because of it, leather became the base of what I use now. You go through experimentation. You find things that’ll work and for me that was leather.” Arango is also keen on recycling antique buttons and his use of them in his jewelry is inventive. In search of the perfect button, he will scour antique shops, yard sales, swap meets and even button shows, and his vast collection is a treasure trove. Indeed, his workspace may seem cluttered but there’s a science to it, for Arango is highly organized and knowledgeable about each button he’s acquired,

and which era it is from, whether it be an art deco piece or something from the 19th century. And though he may not yet know how he’ll use it in his jewelry, he is confident he will, for his creative juices are constantly flowing. This year, there will be 78 artists at the Talmadge Art Show, and each of them has a backstory. “It’s what makes the art show special,” Gorevitz reflected. “Each artist is unique. You get to meet them. You get to ask questions about their pieces. To me, it’s really a learning experience.” The Talmadge Art Show will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NTC Promenade Events Center, Liberty Station. For more information visit or 619-559-9082.u

nightlife in North Park. Gone are El Take It Easy’s wooden exterior panels and dim lighting. CoinOp Game Room is mostly open air, with a front patio and rail seating facing the sidewalk. The renovation is a smart move on the owner’s part, as the openness creates an inviting atmosphere extremely enticing to those passing by on the street. If you can look in and see all those people having a blast, racking up high score after high score on the old arcade cabinets, why wouldn’t you want to join in? This highly social atmosphere is present throughout Coin-Op Game Room. Arcade games aren’t meant to be experienced alone, after all. There’s nothing like the thrill of achieving the high score with a group gathered around, watching and cheering you on. It’s a sensation that never gets old, whether you grew up with arcades or not. Even if you’re not playing games, it’s hard not to make an acquaintance or two. Except for the standard stools, the only seating inside the bar proper is a long, banquet style table that encourages patrons to get comfy with their neighbors, whether they know them or not. Other atmospheric touches round out the bar, such as game token

Located near University Avenue and 30th Street, Coin Op is filled with craft beer, food and vintage arcade games. (Photo by Hutton Marshall) themed tables on the patio and a practical—if not oddly nostalgic—change machine. The one area where Coin-Op Game Room is not particularly impressive, though by no means awful, is on the dining side of things. Drinks are pretty standard fare, with the bar serving up a variety of signature cocktails, which start at about $8. Pints generally hover in the $6-7 range, and this being San Diego, there’s always a great selection of craft beers on tap, mostly from local brewers. They even have their own interpretation of a spiked punch bowl, which will run groups upwards of $20. When it comes to food, the menu isn’t what earns the bar its extra life, despite its riffing on the 1Up. The menu is mostly comprised of bite-sized items at less-than-bite-sized prices. Snacks range from $3 to $5, while their selection of sliders and

other bar fare starts at around $9. I had pulled pork sliders, which were extremely tasty, but a little bit unsatisfying. Part of me wished I’d have converted that $10 to quarters and parked it all night on the “Joust” machine hiding by the restrooms. This is a minor quibble, however, as coming for the food is not really the end to anyone’s journey here. If it’s good, cheap bar fare you’re looking for, then sorry, but your princess is in another castle. When it comes down to it, though, Coin-Op Game Room impressively takes our fond memories of things past and materializes them into a physical space that is warm, accessible, and just plain fun. Whether you’re new to arcades or you feel at home with your fingers on the plastic buttons, it’s a solid addition to anybody’s North Park bar crawl that will eat your quarters for years to come.u

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San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013


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Todd Gloria November Update

Dear Friends, November is synonymous with Thanksgiving Day. I look forward to sharing a special holiday meal with family and friends and giving thanks for all my blessings. With Thanksgiving as November’s main event, it’s easy to lose sight of other things I’m thankful for besides food on the fourth Thursday of the month. Here are some other things for which I am truly grateful. Our veterans whose service and sacrifice is unparalleled. Pictured here is my great grandmother, Dolly Avery, standing between her sons, my great uncle Forest on the left and my grandfather Charles on the right. Both

men served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. My grandfather arrived in San Diego from Oklahoma in 1943. His move from the Midwest made me a native San Diegan. I owe them and all our acting and retired service men and women my thanks for their dedication to our country. So many service members are overseas this Thanksgiving and don’t get to pass the mashed potatoes or carve the turkey with their parents, spouses, children and siblings. Our first responders, trash collectors, street crews and others making up the City’s 10,000 person workforce who provide vital services we all rely on each day. Their efforts keep our City’s engine running. My Council colleagues who focus on improving their neighborhoods and look for ways to make San Diego’s economy more robust. They are dedicated public servants who strive every day to make San Diego an even better place to live. Those who are caregivers to our ill, our elderly and our homeless. By way of example, their service and big hearts remind us to practice patience and empathy toward all our neighbors. For being born and raised in a city that has such a varied and vibrant cultural identity. This is the town where a Native American, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Dutch son of a maid and a gardener became the Interim Mayor of San

Diego. This is the town where I have lumpia and tamales next to the turkey and stuffing on my Thanksgiving plate. Finally, I am thankful for the ability to serve. I ask for your continued patience and participation as we draw closer to electing a new mayor for San Diego. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Respectfully, Todd Gloria, Interim Mayoru

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the spring of 1947. He faced a nation beleaguered at the conclusion of a war, and one as yet unready to confront the deep racial injustice it lived by. Few people could have imagined that this unknown rookie would change history. Armed with only his character, integrity and talent, Robinson’s quiet leadership and extraordinary courage moved us forward, and made us a better nation. It is rare that a leader with these qualities emerges – and rarer still in the political arena. Today, we have such a leader in San Diego mayoral candidate David Alvarez. Like Jackie, David’s character was forged through adversity. Both are the youngest of large families that absorbed the bruising impact of working poverty. Jackie was raised by a single mother who cleaned houses for a living; David the son of a fast food worker and a janitor. Both broke the cycle of poverty through

education and achievement. Jackie narrowly missed graduation from UCLA, and went on to professional sports. David was the first in his family to graduate from high school and the first to earn a college degree. Their courage and talent enabled them to defy the odds. When Jackie donned his uniform and stepped onto Brooklyn’s baseball diamond, he was greeted with unrelenting verbal attacks and physical intimidation. Few people thought he would succeed, fewer still wanted him to. Yet he played, and played brilliantly - scoring 12 home runs, leading the league in stolen bases, helping his team win the National League pennant and winning Rookie of the Year. When David first ran for city council, he faced brother of the outgoing incumbent along with his familiar last name. He was up against a political alliance that invested over $100,000 to try to defeat him. Few thought he could win. Many didn’t want him to. Undeterred, David ran anyway – and his campaign was historic.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Sloan Gomez (619) 961-1954 Patrick Hammond (619) 691-1956 Jerry Kulpa (619) 691-1964 Yana Shayne (619) 961-1963 ART DIRECTOR Rebecah Corbin (619) 961-1961 PRODUCTION Vincent Meehan (619) 961-1961 ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962

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David Alvarez: San Diego’s Jackie Robinson By Laura Fink

DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958

His commitment to neighborhood investment, education and the environment attracted crowds of volunteers and resonated with voters. He won with 57% of the vote, and inspired the highest turnout ever for a council election in his district. As a Councilmember, David has also lived up to his promise, executing his inclusive vision for the city. He chairs the council’s committee on environmental issues – where he has taken action on climate change, industrial pollution, and renewable energy. He has fought to rebuild our city from the neighborhoods out - funding over 100 miles of road repair, increasing investment in police and fire protection and keeping libraries open longer. He was “the closer” in budget negotiations that eliminated a $47 million dollar budget gap, while still protecting vital city services. He did all this with full transparency – and engaged his constituents directly by sending his staff to get their input door to door. If there were a Rookie of the Year award – he’d have earned it.

When Brooklyn took a chance on Jackie Robinson, he took the team to a World Series victory. More importantly, his example had an impact far beyond his play. David Alvarez is San Diego’s Jackie Robinson – a paragon of character and integrity, whose quiet leadership of deeds rather than words seeks neither credit nor acclaim. He could be San Diego’s first Latino Mayor - a barrier long overdue to be broken. More than that, his talent and courage have the potential to make him a transcendent leader. San Diego, long weary of political scandal and impropriety needs a leader like David - and he needs your vote. Laura Fink is the founder of the San Diego-based consulting firm Fink & Hernandez Consulting, LLC, specializing in politics, civic engagement and public policy. She was the second woman to come forward in the scandal involving former Mayor Bob Filner. She is not employed by any mayoral candidate or independent expenditure committee.u

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UptownBriefs FAULCONER, ALVAREZ ADVANCE TO RUNOFF ELECTION On Tuesday, Nov. 19, San Diegans headed to the polls to vote for the replacement of disgraced Mayor Bob Filner. Since no candidate captured more than 50 percent of the vote, the first and second place finishers, Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez, will go head-tohead in a runoff election in early February. With 99 percent of precincts counted, Falconer secured 43 percent of the vote. Alvarez barely squeezed into the second place spot over early favorite and former Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher. The two captured 25.6 and 24.3 percent of the vote, respectively. While Faulconer’s strong first place finish gave the campaign a reason to celebrate Tuesday evening, the sizable victory over Alvarez is no guarantee of similar success in the runoff. Faulconer was the sole republican in the race, meaning the majority of the votes that went to democrats Fletcher and former City Attorney Mike Agguire (a total combined percentage of 28.8 percent) is expected to default to Alvarez. Additionally, the winner of the primary election hasn’t historically faired well in the runoff; Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio fell victim to this in his mayoral race against Filner last year. THE CENTER LAUNCHES #GIVINGTOGETHER CAMPAIGN In conjunction with its recent milestone anniversary, The San Diego LGBT Center has launched a new fundraising campaign. Called #GivingTogether, the campaign will use social media to garner support and encourage participation through tax-deductable donations. “For four decades, The Center has stood as a beacon of hope for LGBT San Diegans, and for others across the nation,” said CEO Dr. Delores A. Jacobs in a press release. “Today, we continue to fulfill our dual mission to serve those most vulnerable in our community and to fight for full equality. We remain grateful for the generous investments that have been made in The Center over the past 40 years that have made this work possible, and for those gifts that are being made now in honor of our 40th anniversary.” In order to participate, make a one-time or recurring monetary donation at events.thecentersd. org/GivingTogether, then make a sign that states your personal reason for making the donation, including the hashtag #GivingTogether on the sign. Then upload a photo of you holding the sign to social media. On Facebook, tag The San Diego LGBT Community Center and use #GivingTogether in your post. On Twitter use #GivingTogether and tag @LGBTCenter in your tweet. The Center’s development staff will then share your post on The Center’s Facebook page. For assistance regarding the #GivingTogether campaign, contact Rick Cervantes at GOLDEN HILL HAS A NEW PET HOSPITAL The new B Street Veterinary Hospital will hold an open house on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon, where residents will be able to tour the hospital as well as meet

the staff. Located in the heart of Golden Hill, this hospital will provide the community with medical care for a wide variety of pets. The facility welcomes appointments, but will also handle unscheduled (and often unfortunate) pet emergencies. Hospital features include dentistry, training, x-ray and a complete diagnostic laboratory. Other services offered are physical exams complete with a health and wellness consultation. The hospital is located at 2675 B Street, for more info go to:

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE MEMORANDUM SIGNED In a partnership which aims to improve access to technology, education, financing and training, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) district office in San Diego has renewed their pledge to work with the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA), the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in representing more than 800 area businesses. This alliance will enable the organizations to work together in improving access to technological information through educational opportunities and Small Business Administration resources. The document was signed in September by SBA District Director Ruben Garcia and GSDBA General Manager Michelle Burkart. It allows for maximum accessibility to financial and training options for entrepreneurs who are starting and growing their businesses. “The GSDBA members look forward to utilizing the resources available through SBA, said Burkart. “We plan to work closely with SBA and Mr. Garcia to ensure that our members are able to maximize financial and training opportunities. We will give as much feedback and statistics necessary to ensure that GSDBA’s small business owners have a voice and collectively make a difference.” For more information about the GSDBA and the memberships available, call 619-2964543 or visit TRANSFER OF OLD TOWN CALTRANS BUILDING FINALIZED The former Caltrans headquarters in Old Town in has been officially transferred to the state parks system. The transfer will ensure the preservation of historic structures and artifacts known to be below the building’s foundation. This marks the culmination of a process that began nearly seven years ago when Caltrans moved to a new headquarters across the street, and the state parks system expressed interest in acquiring the property.  The transaction was impeded by the high value of the property and state restrictions on making a gift of taxpayer-owned property, even to another state agency.  Earlier this year, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins persuaded the Legislative Joint Budget Committee to approve the transfer. “Today’s transaction begins the process of integrating the Caltrans site into Old Town San Diego and will create a fuller experience of our San Diego heritage,” Atkins said. “It is a win for San Diego, for state government and, most important, for future generations of residents and visitors who will have the opportunity to see how San Diego began.” The old Caltrans building sits on the location of the first permanent European settlement in California, as well as an ancient

Kumeyaay Native American village dating back to the year 500. Planning can now begin on a new display that ties together San Diego’s early history, the river, and the state park. The new exhibit will spotlight the history of the San Diego River, which originally ran past the site, and will include a representation of Kumeyaay life along the river.

FREE SHAVES AT MISTER BROWN’S Mister Brown’s says goodbye to no-shave November by offering free shaves at their grand opening celebration Sunday, Dec. 1. Located at 3064 University Ave., Mister Brown’s offers parlor-style barber services combined with a unique sophisticated and social experience. The shoppe features an elegant lounge complete with a pool table and televisions. Founder Lee Brown and his staff are committed to offering the luxury and superior service of a traditional gentlemen’s parlor” in a sophisticated and comfortable setting. The grand opening will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To reserve your spot at the grand opening shave-off, email:

(Courtesy Mister Brown's)

LOCAL GAMING COMPANY EXPANDS South Park residents Jean and Matthew Rivaldi are the husbandand-wife team behind Wiggity Bang Games, a local game development and manufacturing company based out of their home. Wiggity Bang Games has expanded its product line with Open Up, a game of awkward questions, embarrassing moments and inappropriate stories, designed for adults. Players draw a question, read it out loud, answer and then allow the rest of the group to answer as well. “It’s based on a game I spent a lot of time playing in college with my close friends; we all wrote ten questions on long stir sticks, placed them in a glass, drew a question and spent hours finding out a lot about our friends and classmates. There may have been wine involved,” said Rivaldi. Open Up is available at Barnes & Noble, and

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San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013


(l to r) Ken Men on a day of community service: Don Wall, David Bell, Doug Cooper, Shawn Murphy, Dave Ballou and Ken Marsh (Courtesy Doug Cooper)

For Men Only LarabeeLaments D a l e L a ra b e e

I spent my first week as a college freshman in “rush week.” This is a wine-and-dine affair when fraternities went looking for pledges to become “brothers” and sororities for “sisters.” It was a heady experience until you pledged and learned you were in for six months of serfdom. Kensington is like many communities in Uptown for we have a host of organizations looking for members. Ken-Tal, probably our oldest, for ser vice and education. Garden Club and Sidewalk Gardens (beautification), Litter Pickers (trash), Planning (development recommendations), KSAC (holiday weekend, wreaths and lights), Talmadge Sisters (all-women social, ser vice) plus others I will probably get in trouble for not mentioning.

The newest kid on the block is Ken Men, a men’s only group created by Doug Cooper in Februar y. Ken Men is a “buddy group” formed to make new friends and do ser vice projects when needed. Cooper told me his best friend lives in Chicago and, if lucky, they get together once a year. Cooper needed new male friends and figured his neighborhood was the best place to look. “I was just coming home from work, eating dinner, some wine with Lorraine, TV and bed. Then get up and do it again,” Cooper said. So he entered local chat rooms and put out a call for some guys. “We now are 20 strong,” Cooper continued. “And [we] meet once a month for a couple of hours at different member’s houses to share pizza and libations.” The group has no rules, no elections, no dues, no politics and no formal agenda. I asked Cooper what they did. “Our best outing so far was a pub crawl,” he said. “We started at The Vine wine bar and moved west. We hit the Village Vino and then the hard-core group ended up at the Ken Club. We started with 14 and dropped a few at each stop. Honey-dos, probably.” The men went to a Padres Game and a clean-up of the Route 15 entrance ramp. A core group meets ever y Saturday morning for breakfast. On the table are cooking demos, Ping-

Pong tournaments, other “guy things,” and a gun range visit to learn how to safely handle firearms. “I’ve never shot a gun,” Cooper confided. Ken Men will ser ve when called. Shawn Murphy, a newly promoted Navy Captain, told me he learned of two homes in need of makeovers. His recognizance showed a house of Sussex was the better candidate. “We like to put in 2 hours on a Saturday,” Murphy said. The elderly owner was told what the Ken Men planned to do and said, “I don’t want a bunch of men around here.” Guy Hanford of Kensington Video knew the owner; he and Murphy calmed her down. The group cleared an overgrown front yard and made progress on the back. “We’ll finish it,” Murphy told me. How long will the Ken Men be around? Anyone’s guess. The Talmadge Sisters, the womenonly group mentioned earlier, was Cooper’s inspiration for starting Ken Men, is eight years old and going strong. Cooper’s wife Lorraine is a card-carrying Sister and has made a ton of new friends. “We are all about friendship and having fun to keep the Ken Men alive and growing,” Cooper said. Anyone interested in attending a Ken Men meeting or with a makeover project can contact the group by calling Doug Cooper at 619-726-4444.u


San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013


New Open Aire Market seeks inclusiveness, eccentricity By Hutton Marshall SDUN Editor

If you were one of the motivated few who awoke before noon last weekend, and you happened to drive down Park Blvd. over to its clustered intersection with Normal St. and El Cajon Blvd, chances are you noticed a new gathering. On Saturday Nov. 15, in the lawn and parking lot of the old teacher’s annex, the inaugural University Heights Open Aire Market was held, adding yet another local farmers’ market to the Mid-City communities. Running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, the Olde English-titled Open Aire Market will host your typical farmers’ market, with a few oddities thrown in, such as a drum circle and yoga classes strewn throughout the morning. University Heights Community Development Corporation Executive Director Christopher Milnes said the idea of a farmers’ market has been floating around for upwards of 15 years, but finally reached fruition thanks to the proactive involvement of farmers’ market manager Lisa Hamel. “I was looking for something I could sink my teeth into really,” Hamel said. “And I knocked on their door and I said, ‘hey, what do you think?’” This is Hamel’s third farmers’ market. Most notably, she got Oceanside’s Sunset Market up and running, which she says vastly improved Oceanside’s once troubled downtown. “It helped clean up the community up there,” Hamel said. “They closed off the streets and brought in some electricity. Now it’s a lot of fun.” While University Heights isn’t in need of saving or revitalization, it’s got several other well-established markets nearby to compete

with. Little Italy, North Park, Hillcrest and several other communities already draw sizable crowds to their neighborhoods on a weekly basis. Giving the Open Aire Market a unique appeal will be the make-or-break challenge faced by Hamel and the University Heights CDC. (Photo by Lisa Hamel)


Nov. 23rd, Ken Dorr, Optimum Health Institute NEXT ART SHOW: Dec. 7 LOCATION: 4100 Normal St. TIME: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While the market has all the essentials— the local art, a few food trucks and local businesses setting up shop—they’ve added a few off-color ideas to the mix. A large drum circle with a few dancers certainly caught the eye on Saturday. Donation-only yoga classes run throughout the morning—also offered to kids granted getting a child to

A drum circle and dancers fill the lawn in front of the inaugural University Heights Open Aire Market. (Photo by Lisa Hamel)

attentively participate in a yoga class sounds like a daunting challenge. A featured teacher of the week will also host a class midway through each market, and once a month an art show will take place on the lawn. “We wanted it to be open enough where everyone could be included,” Hamel said. “There [are] so many choices, so many fabulous markets to go to, so we’re just trying to shine a little bit brighter.” While the crowd present on Saturday was light, businesses saw it as a catalyst for drawing a larger portion of the community to the market in coming weeks. Virginia Yousif, who works in Ms. Patty Melt, a food truck owned by the Cohn Restaurant Group, said these events are vital for food trucks during this period in which mobile vendors are stuck in a legal limbo. Interim Mayor Gloria revived neglected city laws that prevent food trucks from operating on private property—at least until new regulations are put into place— although enforcement of this policy has thus far been lax. “With our company we go only where we have a certain space,” Yousif said. “With the whole transition with the mayor and whatnot, we’ll see what happens, because right now it’s super strict.” Yousif said Ms. Patty Melt’s policy is to only go to scheduled events rather than going “rogue” and roaming populated street areas like many other vendors. Foot traffic is a big concern for all food trucks, and it’s an especially large factor in determining where Ms.

Patty Melt will set up shop. While foot traffic at the Open Aire Market’s first installation may have been lower than Yousif prefers, she anticipates the crowd to grow because of the good location and visibility of the market. “I think once they get the word out and people tell their neighbors and their friends, it’ll be a good turnout,” she said. Jensea Storie and Susan Heenan were two North County residents who traveled down to University Heights to get a glimpse at what its local businesses had to offer. Loaded with bags full of purchases from the market, they were two of the day’s more enthusiastic patrons. “I got some fresh beets, some freerange, no-hormones, no-antibiotics eggs. A fabulous loaf of walnut, date, sourdough, freshly baked bread,” Storie said emphatically, boasting about capitalizing on the organic produce stands. The two also commended Hamel, their friend, for organizing what they were confident would be a successful farmers’ market. “[Hamel] did a grand job,” Heenan said. “I think it’s going to be a monster.” Both Hamel and Milnes emphasized inclusiveness over all else at this weekly event, especially with University Heights businesses and residences, as shown through their motto, “I love local.” Anyone interested in participating, whether it be displaying, performing, selling, buying, hula hooping, cawing like a bird—any way you’d like to participate—should contact Hamel directly at or at 760-500-7583.u


San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013

Surf’s up in North Park Shaper Studios, San Diego’s first do-it-yourself surf shop, debuted Nov. 8 with live music, promotions and surfboard shaping at its new headquarters at 4225 30th St. in North Park. By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

The local surfboard shaping workshop, which instructs patrons on the art of hand-shaping and riding custom surf boards, has been entirely made over from its previous location near Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley. Innovative enhancements at Shaper’s new Uptown headquarters include three bays for simultaneous shaping lessons, in-house glassing, surf accessories and expanded merchandise from local brands Matuse, MOVMT, Raen Optics, Keep-A-Breast, Seea, Burkhart, Kid Creature and more. One of Shaper’s principals, Aaron Nester, said you don’t have to be a craftsman—or even experienced at all—to make your own surfboards. Shaper provides all the materials and expertise necessary for people to create their own custom boards and have fun doing it. “We’re building our own brand, what we’re doing is pretty unique,” Nester said, noting the company is re-launching in North Park because it’s “a better community for collaboration and retail in which to expand.” Co-owner and CEO Chris Clark agreed with Nester’s take on the location change.

“We want surfers of all ability levels to feel welcome and inspired to create,” Clark said. “Shaper Studios is all about experiencing surfing in a handson way. We are thrilled to be in North Park where community and creativity is a such a large part of the culture.” At Shaper’s grand opening, Nester gave a Surfboard Shaping 101 lesson. “Whether you’ve never surfed, or are a professional surfer, we teach how to make the surfboard, and you do your own design and logo and whatever you like, and then you’re out the door with it,” Nester said. After the initial how-to boardshaping lesson, Shaper sells memberships for $20 a month, allowing patrons access to their headquarters facility workshop to repeat the process as frequently as they like. “Once you’ve learned how to make a surfboard, you have access to our facilities, our tools, and the rest of your life your making surfboards at half the price,” Nester said, adding that makeyour-own surfboard shaping is a trend that’s cresting. “We do one-on-one classes with buddies, father-sons, 70- and 80-year-olds,” he said. “We’ve

NEWS gotten families in here. It’s a real cool bonding experience.” Nester noted Shaper offers group lessons as well as corporate event hosting. Walking into a work bay not unlike those used in auto refinishing, Nester approaches a shaping rack in the middle of the enclosed space. “The board starts out as foam and is shaped here on these racks,” he explained. Once the board is cut and shaped, it’s then taken upstairs and finished with a watertight plastic coating that also adds durability, a process that takes a couple of weeks. The core of a surfboard is Styrofoam, which is cut to shape using a jigsaw, then the raw board is meticulously shaped using a variety of sanding tools. “[At Shaper] we use environmentally safe foam and boxing materials which makes it safe to be in [the bays] and safe to be upstairs when you’re actually boxing the board,” Nester said. Neste says anyone can learn how to make their own surfboards. “We have people who come in who’ve never surfed before and this is their first lesson,” Nester said. “As long as you have an interest to learn, we can walk you through the entire process.” Exiting the work bay, Nester walks over to a rack of surf accessories. “We sell all the accessories that go along with your board,” he said. “You need fins. You need a leash. We sell those kind of things at a discount to our members.” Nester noted Shaper carries mostly local brands of surf accessories not carried in traditional surf shops.

Shaper Studios Principal Aaron Nester in one of the DIY surf shop’s work bays (Photo by Dave Schwab)

“That’s what we excel in,” he said. Spending the time and money to learn how to make your own surfboards is worth the effort, claimed Nester. “You’re investing in the experience, the education behind it,” he said. “And once you’ve done the lesson and you have the knowhow, you’re just paying the membership and renting the facility and making your boards for a fraction of the cost.”

The first public surfboard workshop and custom design center, Shaper Studios gives surfers a home on dry land. With a professional staff of friendly surfboard builders and a contagious passion for sharing the art of custom surfboard design, Shaper puts the art of surfboard creation in the hands of those that cherish it most: the surfers. For more information, or find them on Facebook.u


BRIEFS CALL FOR JEWISH TEEN AWARD APPLICANTS The Helen Diller Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, an awards program that recognizes neighborhood volunteer work by Jewish teens. Up to 10 teens will each be awarded $36,000 for their volunteer service. Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller began the Foundation in 2007 to support California Jewish teens that exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam; a central Jewish precept meaning “to repair the world.”  The awards program has since expanded nationally, recognizing 40 Jewish teens across the country with nearly $1.5 million dollars to support and further their volunteer service projects and education. Past recipients have been recognized by some of the world’s foremost institutions and leaders, including the United Nations Foundation, The White House and former president Bill Clinton. “Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. It is our hope that this award will recognize some outstanding young people who are already helping to repair the world,” said Diller, president of the foundation in a press release. Teens may be nominated by any community member, (excluding family) or the teens may nominate themselves. Each candidate must be a U.S. resident aged 13–19 years old at the time of nomination, and must self-identify as Jewish. Teens compensated for their services are not eligible. To nominate a teen, complete the online form at SOUTH PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTING CONTEST The South Park Business Group recently announced that their winter walkabout, this year scheduled for Dec. 7, would now be called Luminaria. In conjunction with this new theme they are launching a new holiday lighting contest for residents of the South

San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013


Park neighborhood who live along the business corridor, between Kalmia and Beech streets and 30th / Fir and 31st streets. Prizes will include gift certificates and merchandise from local businesses, in the amounts of $500 for best overall design, $200 for best door or porch, and $200 for most original design. Yard signs announcing award winners will also be provided. To be eligible, residential homes within the business district must have their lights installed and on by the evening of Nov. 29. Prizes will be awarded on Dec. 1, at the 6 p.m., tree lighting in the center of Grape Street Square. For more information, visit

KPBS LOCAL HEROES HONORED On Nov. 13, KPBS in association with Union Bank, celebrated 18 residents of San Diego County who were selected for their annual 2013 Local Heroes, a program that has been honoring diversity since 1998. The event started off with the San Diego Children’s Choir Neighborhood Choir. Elsa Sevilla, host of KPBS’ San Diego’s Historic Places show, emceed the event and catered a reception immediately followed. The 18 inspirational individuals recognized for 2013 included: Professor Chuck Ambers and Dr. Carrol Waymon (Black History Month); Candace Bahr, Ginita Wall and Amina Sheik Mohamed (Women’s History Month); Elmer Bisarra and Sophak Yem (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month); Sy Brenner and Yale Strom (Jewish American Heritage Month); Carolyn Bolton, Max Disposti and Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei (LGBT Pride Month); Fabiola A. Navarro and Andrea Skorepa (Hispanic Heritage Month); Linda Bounds and Al Kovach, Jr. (Disability Awareness Month); and Jane Dumas and Rose Margaret Orrantia (American Indian Heritage Month). KPBS produced a video profile summarizing the contributions of each honoree, which aired during the month they were selected and again at the Nov. 13 celebration. The videos can also be viewed online. To nominate a hero for 2014, visit

Entertainer and storyteller Mary Shelley crowned Dan Thomas, The Gathering owner and magician, to honor his 27 years of dedication to not only his restaurant, but also the Mission Hills Community. Due to health problems and a slowdown in revenue, Dan announced earlier this year that he will be selling the restaurant. (Photo by Patrick Hammond)

18 local heroes and management of both KPBS and Union Bank (Photo by Melissa Jacobs)

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50th Anniversary Toyland Parade Festival

10 am-4:30 pm, Located Directly Behind the North Park Theatre Each year, San Diegans from near and far gather to launch the winter holiday season with this festive event that celebrates our community. This year is extra special as North Park is celebrating the 50th Golden Anniversary of the Toyland Parade! Victoria House Corporation (VHC), the permanent host of the parade, invites all of San Diego to attend this year’s event and to spend the day in North Park by attending the Festival and enjoying all this nostalgic community has to offer. The theme, “Back to the Past, Celebrating 50 Golden Years,” inspires all parade entrants to choose a past era to honor this year’s theme. There will be floats, marching bands, classic cars, city officials, and much more! Our Grand Marshall Cindy Marten, Supervisor of San Diego Unified School District, is encouraging all families to participate and join in the festivities. We at VHC extend a special invitation to North Park families to dress-up

the kids and walk in the parade Free, with awards for “Cutest North Park Kids” at the Festival! And don’t forget to visit “Kiddie Lane,” where lots of fun is brewing for the young and the old alike ... not to mention Santa Clause himself! The VHC Parade Committee would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, local businesses, and organizations that support this historical event every year. Our sincere thanks are offered to the many sponsors listed below who have made this event possible. Please join us for a day of fun, laughter, smiles, and enjoyment. Start off your holiday shopping season right here in North Park! Let’s celebrate 50 Grand Years of the Toyland Parade! Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday!

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San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013

Performance Line-Up

Festival Features:

1:15pm: Opening Ceremony and Presentation of Miss Toyland Parade Queen 2013


Live Entertainment by Local


Youth Groups, Miss Toyland Parade Queen 2013, Lidia Marin, Ethnic Food Booths and Holiday Shopping Booths, Kiddie Lane with

1:30-2:30pm: Santana Brothers Youth Group Performs Hi Energy Christmas and Popular Music 2:30-3:30pm: Vernetta’s Dance Studio Performs Holiday Dance Routines 3:30-4pm: Hoover High School Jazz Ensemble Performs Holiday Jazz

lots of fun surprises for

4-4:30pm: Asian Music and Dance Performances

the children, and Santa Clause himself!

Photography Provided by Tony Carl


The Toyland Parade began in 1936. One hundred floats participated in its second year and by 1939, the merchant-sponsored event included 3 bands and lasted for over an hour. The 1941 parade was cancelled following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. North Park’s Toyland Parade was not held for five years during World War II. Following the war, the parade grew in size and established itself as a regional event. In 1949, 30 inflated balloon figures were part of the parade. Live reindeer pulled Santa’s sleigh in 1954, as an amazing 300,000 people watched. Kathy Huffman of El Cajon won the competition over 36 “final” contestants for Queen of the Toyland Parade in 1956. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce float won the grand prize in 1957. That year, the parade lasted two and a half hours and included 35 floats, 65 horsemen, 25 bands and 20 miscellaneous units. But as freeway-oriented shopping centers became established, the Toyland Parade was not held for over 20 years, its long hiatus starting in 1968. Community groups reactivated the Toyland Parade during the late 1980s. Most recently, the North Park Lion’s Club and North Park Main Street have served as host of the Toyland Parade until 2011. Victoria House Corporation, a local North Park non-profit organization, is now the host of the parade, effective February 2012.

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San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013



FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Live music and tapas are among the creature comforts in store at Croce’s Park West, which restaurateur Ingrid Croce plans to open in time for San Diego Restaurant Week (Jan. 19–24). Her landmark Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar in the

Gaslamp Quarter will close Dec. 31. The new venture in Bankers Hill will feature several popular carryovers such as baked brie with honey roasted garlic and grilled swordfish with olive tapenade. The restaurant moves into the former Avenue 5, with promises of several distinct seating areas, an outdoor patio and underground parking. 2760 Fifth Ave.

Flour tortillas are made to order from dough balls at Tommy’s TexMex in North Park (Photo by Frank Sabatin Jr.) The mother of all epicurean events in San Diego takes place during the 10th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival’s “grand tasting event,” from noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 23, at the Embarcadero Marina Park North behind Seaport Village. More than 70 restaurants and 170 wine and spirits purveyors will be on hand doling out samples. Leading up to the event is a series of daily cooking classes, tasting panels and chef dinners, beginning on Nov. 18. Tickets for the grand tasting are $165 or $200 for VIP status. The festival is produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions. 619-342-7337 or

The original founder of Tommy’s Tex-Mex has opened a taco shop in North Park after selling his first eater y on Voltaire Street in Point Loma which he founded 18 years ago. Famous for his hand-rolled flour tortillas cooked to order, Tommy Ramirez says his new location features a revival of traditional Tex-Mex favorites. Among them is carne guisada, a cubed beef dish popular in Texas that’s ser ved with brown gravy. The salsas are also scratch-made, along with queso that he says will appear on the menu in the coming month. 4506 30th St., 619-283-2627.

Gourmet food samples coming to San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

The defunct Freebirds World Burrito on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest will give way this spring to Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, founded by a couple of Northeast natives whose first shop was in The Bay Area. They’ve since expanded down the coast, including to La Jolla. Setting their pizzas apart from most others are the crusts, which turn out crispier and darker because they’re cooked directly on the brick floor of a high-heat oven. 3958 Fifth Ave., Classic arcade games from the ‘70s and ‘80s are sounding off at Coin-op Game Room, a full bar serving casual food that recently replaced Hubcap in North Park. In addition to games such as Ms. Pacman, Asteroids and Donkey Kong, the space accommodates pinball machines and taps for local craft beer. 3926 30th St., 619-255-8523.

The new San Diego Cellars is up and running after taking over a World War II era building in Middletown, which housed a company that made sails for the Star of India in its day. The space most recently served as a medical marijuana dispensary, although it’s now operating as a wine-making facility, kitchen and tasting room boasting a curvy wood bar made from wine barrels. Co-owner Richard Stern says he expects to produce nearly 1,200 cases of wine from California grapes, including some grown in from San Diego County. 2215 Kettner Blvd., 619-269-9463.

Roasted turducken (Photo courtesy of H2 Public Relations) Those three-bird roasts known as turduckens are available throughout the holiday season (until supplies last) at Iowa Meat Farms in Mission Gorge and Siesel’s Meats in Bay Park. The Cajun creation comprises a semi-boneless turkey wrapped around boneless duck that encases a chicken. Various dressings are layered throughout. Prices range from $60 to $125, depending on weight. To place an order, call 619-281-5766 or 619-275-1234.u

San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013



San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013


Pizza with San Daniele prosciutto (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


SDMA Sculpture Court Café 1450 El Prado (Balboa Park) 619-702-6373


culpture Court Café breaks the mold of other museum eateries in that it doesn’t bust your wallet after encountering the brilliance of Dali and Monet. The mostly Europeaninspired dishes are constructed with locally sourced ingredients along with olive and truffle oils imported from Italy. A canteen slinging overpriced Saran-wrapped sandwiches this isn’t. Located just outside the San Diego Museum of Art, the café was taken over several years ago by chef-caterer Giuseppe Ciuffa, a native Roman who cooked at resorts throughout Italy before emigrating here. Ample seating extends from an entrance patio that flows into a spacious dining area capped by a high canvas ceiling. Out back, the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden is kept in view. Abundant sunlight, gentle breezes and an occasional pigeon waddling past your ankles give the impression of dining al fresco no matter where you sit. The “Neiman-Marcus” of prosciutto, called San Daniele, appears on a tapas board with fig chutney and manchego cheese, as well as on a handcrafted pizza crowned also with wild arugula and truffle oil. The paper-thin ham isn’t as salty or fatty as regular prosciutto, thus the reason why it practically melts in your mouth before you can chew it.

We tried it on the pizza, which arrived with tepid mozzarella and didn’t seem to contain the Parmesan Reggiano listed in its description. But thanks to the prosciutto and a nice chewy crust, the pie nonetheless won us over. A bowl of hearty lentil soup and a generous serving of fingerling potatoes drizzled in garlic aioli barely preceded the pizza. Receiving salads and appetizers in conjunction with main courses is a persistent service flaw I keep encountering in San Diego restaurants, even nice ones such as this. To all of the servers and cooks out there guilty of this crime, please slow down! The potatoes delivered the goodness of the popular Spanish tapa known as “papas bravas,” which is exactly what they’re named on Ciuffa’s menu. The difference is that you get a double piling of them, cut into meaty barrel-shaped pieces and priced at only $4 a skillet. A threesome can easily feed from one order. Other starters include imported burrata cheese with tomato jam, fire roasted peppers with caper berries and a grilled Portobello mushroom accompanied with red pepper hummus. My companion’s main course was a thick slab of grilled ahi tuna tucked into a super-fresh ciabatta roll. Ciuffa gives the fish a refreshing Mediterranean spin by

Restaurant Review Prices: Salads and tapas, $4 to $16; pizzas, sandwiches and burgers, $10 to $16 inserting into the sandwich artichoke-olive tapenade and mild garlic aioli, the same used on the potatoes. It also features butter lettuce, a sensible choice of lettuce since it matches in texture the velvety, ruby-red tuna. In a previous visit, I tried the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich that used to contain a layer of the San Daniele prosciutto. I’m not sure why the chef removed it, but the foolproof combination of Swiss cheese, Vermont cheddar and basil pesto remain. Another noteworthy sandwich still on the menu is the Mary’s Farm chicken ciabatta, which paints a vivid masterpiece with roasted tri-colored and wild arugula poking out from its sides. There are also leafy salads, including one spotlighting Cabernet-poached pears, and a “bistro burger” using hormone-free beef. Ciuffa’s menu is generally light, but it provides substantial sustenance for refueling after wandering the gallery

Ahi tuna on ciabatta (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

halls or the pathways of Balboa Park. Cocktails, wine and draft beer are also available from a central bar inside the restaurant. And for those arriving before the lunch rush, tapas and drafts are half off their regular prices between 11 a.m. and noon.u

Fingerling potatoes with garlic aioli (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)



isn’t your idea of a good time, a bountiful beer garden full of donated local brews and wine will be on hand. The festival is located in T-32—that’s the nickname for the tight-knit group of businesses at the intersection of Thorn Street and 32nd avenue—and most of those businesses will be donating a quarter of their sales to McKinley as well. If chili and fine beverages still aren’t enticing enough, the music lineup should be. The two-stage affair will feature Gregory Page along with many local favorites, such as The Nards, The Creepy Creeps, and El Monte Slim running throughout the day. Last year’s installment attracted an estimated 10,000 people, which is a startling number considering this is a neighborhood school fundraiser. It serves as a testament of its necessity and the widespread enthusiasm surrounding it. The chili cook-off was started as a casual get-together at year’s end at Shimazaki’s SDCC, and stayed as simply an opportunity for friendly culinary competition rather than school fundraising for a number of years. Then, about eight years ago, Shimazaki’s son began kindergarten down the street at McKinley Elementary School. To a father involved in the arts, the lack of funding the school received for art programs was worrying. “I realized when he started going there that there was no arts in

the school … and I just didn’t want that to be the case,” he said. So Shimazaki started an afterschool ceramics program for his son’s kindergarten class. “Then word got out in the school, so people would approach me saying ‘I heard you’re doing that with Ms. Applebee’s class and do you think we could do that too?’” Shimazaki recalled. “So it got to be bigger and bigger, and then sure enough, in six months the whole school wanted to do it.” He and his studio were now volunteering a large amount of materials and time to this nowsizable program, and Shimazaki realized he needed a bit of help. After approving his idea to begin fundraising with Principal Julie Ashton-Gray, he began incorporating his handcrafted bowls into the cook-off, donating the proceeds to his after-school program. “It started out with just 40 bowls, then 100 bowls, then 200 bowls, then now sure enough last year we made an incredible number, 1,515 bowls in 6 hours,” Shimazaki said. About 5 years ago, after the first SoNo Fest—a craft and jewelry sale to fundraise for McKinley— the two events were combined to form the expansive event seen today. Now, the huge amount of funding the event generates—$34,000 last year—goes toward a lot more than the ceramics program. “It’s definitely grown far beyond a school fundraiser,” Event Chair Jen Byard said. “It’s now much more of a community event that raises money for a school.” Byard has three boys attend-

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Hipsters beware. Endzone Pub & Grill eschews all things trendy, except for giving patrons a steady diet of sports splashed across 11 flat screens accessible to every seat in the house. The beer selection during happy hour is pretty basic, meaning that pints and pitchers are refined to the usual domestic brands while the craft selection holds no surprises. We’re talking Stone, Sculpin, Shocktop and Stella, if you dare place the latter into that category. The refreshing thing about Endzone is that it makes no bones about being anti-hip. Aside from a couple of interior faux brick walls and sports décor, the L-shaped space looks like a page out of the 80s or 90s, before neighborhood bars started relying on themes and rustica to attract customers. Compared to when it was the beatnik-style Foundry, it’s brighter and considerably less snobby. Take a close look at the top of the food menu. It reads: “We are a Tater Tot free zone.” Finally, somebody has the wits to call out these munchies as hackneyed and overrated. Located in the heart of North Park, the exterior is unmistakable, given its big, bold yellow sign in front using a font that could easily lead you into thinking you’re entering an arcade. And in some ways you are if any sports leagues happen to be playing. Expect standing-room-only crowds at those times. Endzone’s growing popularity is mainly due to its fast and friendly service and down-to-earth atmosphere. The price breaks during happy hour are additional draws, considering that you can drink down pitchers of domestic beer for $5 and pints for $2.50. Or if you’ve graduated from Bud Light, the better stuff runs $10 a pitcher and $4 a pint. The nachos are ridiculously cheap, selling for $2

ing McKinley. Having worked her way up the ladder of parental involvement to SoNo Fest’s top organizational spot, she realizes how vital events like these are in counterbalancing public school underfunding. McKinley recently became a certified International Bachelorette school, which lets them offer this advanced educational program, but that comes along with some additional funding needs, like more language and arts staffing. “We got our designation three years ago,” Byard said. “It’s a long and arduous process, but once you get it, it’s really great for kids. They get a lot from going to an IB school.” The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, but both Shimazaki and Byard stressed that if you plan on trying the restaurant chili, you’ll need to get there early. Shimazaki sold all his bowls by 1 p.m. last year, and Byard expects all the restaurant chili to be gone by 1:30. Shimazaki also recommends showing up for the presale event on Friday, Oct. 29 at SDCC, where you can have first pick of the finer crafted bowls. Beer, a larger selection of ceramics and art pieces, and possibly live music will also be present. You can also stop by the studio the next day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to guarantee yourself a bowl. For more information, go to, follow @sonoparkfest on Twitter and Instagram @sonofest, or like their page age soNoFestandChiliCookOff.u

San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013




Answer key, page 19

Uptown Crossword

619-677-2928 Happy Hour: 2 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday

a basket. They’re nothing fancy, but you get a fair amount of chips piled alongside nacho cheese sauce, brined jalapenos and salsa. While drinking our Stellas and Shocktops, we also ordered a handful of wings, priced at 75 cents apiece. We requested half the amount Buffalo style and the other half teriyaki. Both were over-sauced, and the teriyaki sauce was exceedingly viscous and sticky. In addition, the wings weren’t crispy. Yet with enough cold beer and napkins on our table, we managed to wolf them down. Endzone also serves breakfast on weekends. And we’re told that on Sundays, the place starts springing to life around 10 a.m. with football enthusiasts gearing up for a day of beer and shouting.u

RATINGS: Drinks: The drink menu for happy hour comprises pints and pitchers of everyday domestic beers and a few familiar craft names such as Stone, Sculpin and Shocktop.

Food: Chicken wings were over-sauced and the ballpark nachos were basic but expectedly beer-friendly

Value: Prices on beer and food are among the cheapest in town, with domestic pitchers selling for $5, and a basket of nachos available for only $2.

Service: The bartender who doubled as our table waitress was efficient, informative and very down to earth.

Duration: Though weekends are excluded, the deals for happy hour on weekdays start in the afternoon and carry through until early evening.


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Mighty Aphrodite By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Venus and Aphrodite are one and the same. The first was a Roman goddess and the second, the Greek version of the same immortal. One who had no childhood, the mythological Venus rose full-blown from the sea, a product of the gisum left over when Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his genitals into the sea. Those Romans and Greeks were a rough lot. So are Thomas and Vanda, the two characters in David Ives’ popular comedy, “Venus in Fur,” playing through December 8 in an extraordinary production co-directed by Kim Rubinstein and Sam Woodhouse in the suitably reconfigured Lyceum Space at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Vanda, a struggling New York actor, arrives hours late for an audition. She is laden with a huge bag that contains costumes and props for her audition. Thomas, who wrote and is directing his

own play, is about to go home to his fiancée. Brash and unprepared, New Yorkese-spewing Vanda seems totally inappropriate for the leading role in Thomas’s classical play based on Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s incendiary 1870 novel, “Venus in Furs.” The male reader hired for the auditions has gone home, and against his good judgment and will, Thomas is persuaded to read a scene with Vanda. When she dresses in the grand lady’s lace, she is transformed. Everything changes, and Thomas is transfixed. Just so readers know what they’re in for, take note that Masoch’s name evoked the term masochism. The evolution of Aphrodite’s name is aphrodisiac. In a fascinating 100-minute whirlwind, each actor slips from his or her character in Thomas’s play to his or her persona in Ives’ play. The sexual tension is delicious, both in the play and in the play. Jeffrey Meek and Caroline Kinsolving turn in tours de force characterizations, providing some

(l to r) Jeffrey Meek, Caroline Kinsolving (Photo by Daren Scott) of the year’s top acting. With admirable chemistry, they are by turns reserved, enticing, erotic, athletic and—utterly without respite—as fascinating and watchable as Ives’ concept. Although both Meek and Kinsolving enjoy careers in film and television, each seems devoted to stage work as well. Meek’s memorable Rep roles include Jim Morrison in “Celebration of the Lizard,” Pale in “Burn This,” and Macheath in “The Threepenny Opera.” He has great range, sensitivity and sex appeal. His perfect foil, the utterly fearless and gorgeous Kinsolving makes her Rep debut as Vanda. She was seen locally as Jo in the North Coast Rep production of “Little Women.” Realizing that this piece requires both masculine and feminine input in to fully explore its far-ranging meanings, Woodhouse

wisely called in UCSD professor Kim Rubinstein to be his co-director. Surely a stroke of genius, and we loved the pole dance. Who’s on top? Patrons must see the play to find out. Even then, Ives masterful construct leaves some doubt as to exactly what one has just witnessed and what the implications might be in a Miley Cyrus, cyber-sexting world. Depending upon life experience, relationships and upbringing it’s likely that each of us sees a different play, in this case sublimely cast and directed, and enhanced by Robin Sanford Roberts’ imaginative scenic design, Jennifer Brawn Gittiings’ gorgeously appropriate costumes, Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz’s witty lighting, and George Yé’s sound. Typical of the detail lavished on the production, Yé’s play-out music is a section from Vivaldi “Gloria.” A hit off- and on Broadway in

Venus in Fur WHERE: The Lyceum Space, San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through December 8 INFO: or 619-544-1000 TICKETS: $31 – $47 2011–2012, “Venus in Fur” is the nation’s most-produced play this year, receiving an unprecedented 22 productions. The clever Ives, thoroughly grounded in the classics and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, is best known as author of “All in the Timing” and “Time Flies.”u


San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013


Jersey punk rockers Screaming Females play Soda Bar Nov. 23

Screaming Females (Photo by Christopher Patrick Ernst) By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

No band exemplifies the term “homegrown” better than Screaming Females. These three East Coast punks built their roots playing packed basement shows at the homes of strangers, gradually working their way up to sold out shows opening for groups such as Arctic Monkeys and Garbage. For nearly a decade, this New Jersey-based trio has been known for playing underground shows at obscure venues and keeping the spirit of punk rock alive. The group is fronted by Marissa Paternoster, with Jarrett Dougherty on the drums and Michael Abbate, aka King Mike, holding down the bass guitar. Paternoster, the group’s guitarist and singer, is known for wearing a signature collared black dress for all live performances, sporting short-cropped black bangs to match. The trio is known for putting on rowdy live shows laden with heavy guitar riffs. Paternoster has a deep brooding fire behind her voice and she’s no slouch on the guitar either, having been ranked as number 77 among Spin Magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time.” Paternoster and Abbate formed a band together during high school back home in New Brunswick, N.J. under an interesting and somewhat morbid name. “Mike and I were in a band when we were teenagers called Surgery On TV,” Paternoster noted. “I left home to go to college at Rutgers University and that’s where I met Jarrett who played drums. The three of us decided to start playing together and started doing shows in New Brunswick.” After multiple incarnations and lineup changes the group evolved

into Screaming Females in 2006. “Living and growing up in New Jersey, the state is essentially a suburb of two major cities—being New York and Philadelphia—so there aren’t as many art or cultural centers where people like us could play,” Paternoster explained. “There’s not much to do for people that are into the arts and playing punk rock like we are.” As a result, the three started playing shows together and getting into the local underground scene in New Jersey, a common place for basement shows, which were often in the homes of other local bands. This subculture created a web of low-budget, up-and-coming musicians that all helped support each other and provided opportunities to play their music in front of different audiences. “In New Brunswick there is a pretty vibrant community of basement shows to fill that void, and that’s how we learned to network with other bands across the country and do a lot of really good shows and get people talking,” Paternoster said. “I think a lot of our work draws from that experience and the way we view ourselves. Our band was born out of that culture.” Screaming Females have released five LPs and two EPs. Among their most popular work was their 2012 album “Ugly,” which the group self-produced and was engineered by the acclaimed Steve Albini, known for his work with heavy hitters such as Nirvana and the Pixies. In recent years, they have been building momentum and seeing their exposure level skyrocket. The three were guests on Last Call with Carson Daly and MTV, had a featured spot on NPR, and recently spent time in the studio with Garbage, the definitive female-led band

from the ‘90s. Their latest work is an EP called Chalk Tape, which is available on iTunes and was just recently released as a hard copy. “We had some down time between tours and we wanted to keep the wheels turning by having a little pet project, so Chalk Tape is essentially a home-recording project that we released earlier this year,” Paternoster said. “We just recorded them on a laptop and tried to not over-think them, we just played the songs down the way they were meant to be.” They have plans for a new album that will likely come out early 2014. Screaming Females played San Diego in the past at Che Café, Bar Pink, and Tower Bar but this upcoming stop on Nov. 23 will be their first time at Soda Bar in Normal Heights. For tickets or more info go to:

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San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013

CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, NOV. 22

Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., every Friday at the Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “We’re the Millers” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Health & Wellness Fair: 12 – 4 p.m. Free health screenings at Rite Aid, 535 Robinson Ave. in Hillcrest. Golden Hill Farmers' Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Old Town Artisan Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free. University Heights Open Aire Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every

Saturday, 4100 Normal St., free. Children’s Craft Time: 10 a.m., every Saturday at the Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St. Kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time. Free. UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “We’re the Millers” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Kensington Arts and Crafts Fair: 12 - 4 pm, at 5004 Marlborough Dr. in Kensington featuring ceramics, fine art photography, hand knits, jewelry, lampwork glass, lathe-turned wood, oil and acrylic paintings. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 a.m. Join us every Saturday morning at for a gentle bike ride through Balboa Park. Meet at the small parking lot on the left hand side as you enter the Park from 6th

CALENDAR and Upas. Hosted by the San Diego LGBT Community Center, it’s great exercise, great fun.


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


Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District: 6:30–8:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month at Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., ever y Tuesday night Smitty’s Ser vice station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, Smitty’s Ser vice, 3442 Adams Ave. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27

LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., every Weds., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m. Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session, with regular musicians and surprise guests. A true jazz jam session at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave.


North Park Farmers' Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Gentle Yoga: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) present Gentle Yoga for Seniors. SAYCO’s mission is to improve the health and overall well-being of all seniors, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status. Classes are free and all are welcome. Every Thursday at The Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest.


Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


[View Nov. 23 for reoccuring Saturday events] Contra Dancing: 7:30 – 11 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., San Diego, 92104. No partners or experience required, all ages.


Hillcrest Farmers' Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free. Organ Concert: Noon - 5 p.m., special extended performance by organist Carol Williams to benefit the San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. First Light Ceremony: 6 p.m., celebrate the start of the monthlong Luminaria festival and tree lighting ceremony at the Grape Street Square in South Park. SoNo Fest and Chili Cookoff: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at San Diego Ceramic Connections, 3216 Thorn St in North Park. Live music, food and crafts. San Diego Indie Craft Market: 2 – 6 p.m. at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center 3925 Ohio Street. Handmade arts & crafts


Bankers Hill Parking Committee: 5 – 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Mon. of the month at Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave. Signing Storytime: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Twice a month, babies, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to a fun storytime with sign language, singing and bubbles, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington Street. More information at


The Uptown Planners Board: meets on the first Tues. of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St., OR at the San Diego Unified School District Auditorium, 4100 Normal Street. Check for meeting details. Old Mission Rotary: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Normal Heights Community Planning Group: 6 p.m. monthly

meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at the Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Adams Avenue Business Association board: 8 a.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Tues. of the month at 4649 Hawley Blvd. Old Town Parking Committee: 10 a.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Tues. of the month at the Hacienda Hotel, 4041 Harney St. Hillcrest Business Association Beautification Committee: 2 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Tues. of the month at 1419 University Ave Suite D Pajama Storytime: 6:30–7 p.m. Mission Hills Branch Library 925 W. Washington St., free.


LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Mission Hills Parking Advisory: 5 p.m. Committee Meetings held 1st Wednesday of every month at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4054 Goldfinch St. University Heights Community Parking District : 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting, University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Blvd.4 Old Town Community Planning Group: 3:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Wed. of the month at the Whaley House, 2746 San Diego Ave. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m. Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session, with special guest musicians and surprise guests. A true jazz jam session at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., every Weds., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free.


North Park Farmers' Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. University Heights Parks & Recreation Council: 5:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Thurs. of the month at Alice Birney School library, 4345 Campus Ave. University Heights Community Association: 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Thurs. of the month, at Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Dr. Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Thurs. of the month at Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2150 Pan American Rd. Bazaar del Mundo Birthday Celebration: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Live music, food and shopping mark the birthday of Bazaar del Mundo at 4133 Taylor St. in Old Town. Mission Hills Book Group: 10 –11 a.m. The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago. New members are always welcome to attend and participate! Please read the book beforehand. Books are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. This month’s meeting will be at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles at 4054 Goldfinch St. Free Author Talk: Soul Provider by Jody Sims: 6:30 p. m. Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St. Gentle Yoga: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Every Thursday at The Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest, free.u

San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013



San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 22–Dec. 5, 2013

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