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Adams Avenue Unplugged Two-day, free music festival features outdoor stages as well as intimate performances in local businesses

Mission Hills Council outlines future events Ashcan program and SANDAG bicycle project discussed at Town Council meeting By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Baile folklórico in Old Town

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El Indo is built to last

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The Brooklyn-based, gospel-inspired band Spirit Family Reunion is one of five headliners at this year’s Unplugged. (Photo by Michael D. Spencer)

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One of the largest free music festivals in San Diego returns to Uptown for its second year, with a lineup that will include more than 180 performances by 135 bands at 25 different venues. Formerly the Roots Festival, Adams Avenue Unplugged takes place Saturday, April 27 from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 12 to 7 p.m. Instead of taking over the entire street, the festival will feature performances staged in participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and galleries along a 2.5-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, spanning from University Heights into Kensington. “Adams Avenue Unplugged

basically takes the best of our Street Fair format and embellishes it with additional venues,” said Scott Kessler, executive director of the Adams Avenue Business Association. The business group organizes the music festival. “Instead of utilizing a block party format and closing off the street, it puts the music inside the local restaurants and bars lining the main avenue,” he said. Many of the Unplugged performers will play multiple sets to allow attendees to catch their favorite artists while enjoying the neighborhood’s distinctive shops along the business corridor. In addition to the multiple venues, Kessler said they will also have larger stages outside for some

of the bigger shows, similar to the Association’s annual Street Fair held each September. They will not, however, block off the entire street. “When people come to the Adams Avenue Street Fair that we also hold, we have 10 blocks closed down and vendors set up in the middle of the street,” he said. “With Adams Avenue Unplugged, this will be more like how the avenue exists on a normal day, but people will get that extra addition of free music when they walk into one of their favorite restaurants or coffee houses.” Four outdoor community stages will be set up along Adams Avenue for the event’s headliners, including local roots band Los Alacranes

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Taking the stage for 10 years Cygnet Theatre celebrates with anniversary gala, raising funds for upcoming 11th season Restoring your old home

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Cygnet Theatre celebrated its 10th anniversary with a sold-out gala Saturday, April 20 in Old Town. With dinner and a silent auction held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant followed by a one-night-only revue of highlights from the theater company’s decade, attendees were thrilled to support local theater. “I think we’re all lucky because we live in San Diego [and] we can all be proud we live in such a theater town,” said Tim Mulligan, co-chair of the gala. Mulligan, the chief human resources officer for San Diego Zoo Global, previously served on the Cygnet board and chaired the event with board member Doreen Black. “Thank you all for coming and celebrating Cygnet,” Mulligan said. “It has been my pleasure to support Cygnet as a board member for six

years.” Mulligan’s term on the board recently ended and he organized the gala each year of service. The evening started with a party and silent auction at 5 p.m., with the revue at 8 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre. Before the revue, organizers held a live auction, where attendees bid on items ranging from private dinners with Cygnet staff and guests, to vacation packages. Initial estimates show supporters that evening gave approximately $145,000, making this year’s gala the most successful in Cygnet’s history. Helming the theater company is Artistic Director Sean Matthew Tyler as Hedwig in Cygnet’s Murray and Executive Direc2009 production: Murray said the

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character launched the company. (Photo by Daren Scott)

The Mission Hills Town Council outlined a number of upcoming events and received a progress report on ongoing bicycle network improvements for Uptown at its April 11 meeting. From a spring cleanup and annual garden tour to the summer concert series and Fourth of July Festival, representatives from the Town Council said there were a lot of big events scheduled for the neighborhood. “The biggest highlight is our April 27 cleanup we’re doing in the neighborhood with I love a Clean San Diego at Meshuggah Shack,” said Town Council President Lara Gates. “The Mission Hills Garden Walk on May 11 is also a big deal, and then there’s the Concerts in the Park series starting the second to last Friday in June.” The concerts will be ever y Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. through August, and Gates also highlighted the Fourth of July Festival in Pioneer Park, which includes a parade and barbecue competition. Volunteers for the Saturday, April 27 cleanup will meet at 9 a.m. on the corner of Goldfinch Street and Fort Stockton Drive to clean streets, sidewalks and open spaces of trash including cigarette butts and single-use plastics like grocer y bags, bottle caps and Styrofoam cups. Natalie Roberts of I Love A Clean San Diego gave a brief presentation on the nonprofit’s Keep America Beautiful ashcan program, a joint effort with the Surfrider Foundation of San Diego to install public ashcans outside bars and restaurants to help mitigate cigarette-butt litter. Under the program, ashcans with hoods protecting them from rain are typically purchased by community groups or business improvement districts for $200. Areas with containers have experienced a 25 to 85 percent decrease in cigarette-butt litter on those streets, Roberts said. “A total of 158 ashcans have been installed throughout San Diego County,” she said, adding the goal is to have eight to 10 containers strategically located throughout communities near restaurants and other highuse areas for smoking to deter cigarette litter. “We are expanding them inland into areas like Hillcrest where there are a lot of restaurants, bars and street traffic.” In addition to the April 27

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50 years strong

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Local Planned Parenthood sees half century of service; leaders to be honored at annual gala By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

The local affiliate of Planned Parenthood is turning 50 this year and organizers hope the community will celebrate with them May 9 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Doubling as the annual fundraising dinner for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW), the celebratory occasion – titled “50 Years Strong” – will kick off with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. A dinner and program will follow at 6:30 p.m. and will include a brief “state of the agency” presentation by President and CEO Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, an appearance by attending dignitaries including Mayor Bob Filner, a video retrospective saluting the organization and an award ceremony. Retiring Medical Director Dr. Katharine Sheehan, a Del Mar, Calif. resident who first joined the local affiliate as medical director in 1981 when it was called Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside counties, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Sheehan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and held the title of medical director for her entire 32-year tenure. She has also been identified as a long-time leader in the national organization, with organizers

saying patients have “benefitted enormously” from her commitment to reproductive health. “It’s been the definition of my professional life,” Sheehan said of her lifelong focus on Planned Parenthood’s mission. Planned Parenthood’s website states the organization is “the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate … [working] to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.” Three special keynote speakers – Sarah Weddington, Cecile Richards and Jessica Valenti – will speak that evening. Weddington was the winning attorney in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that made abortion legal in all 50 states. Richards is the current President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Valenti writes for The Nation and is founder of feministing.com. “They represent the past, present and future of feminism,” said Jennifer Coburn, PPPSW director of communications and marketing. The organization’s development team, which supports San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, has been hard at work all year on the event, said Mary Veta, one of the event organizers and a 30-year employee of PPPSW.

(l-r) Members of PPPSW: Carolyn Pinces, Claudia Martinez, Jonathan Dale, Jennifer Fuentecilla, Cecile Richards, Vernita Gutierrez, Christopher Dale, Rafaela Frausto, Sharina Carbajal, and Jamie Schroer (Photo by Michael Tyler) Last year’s fundraising dinner, also at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, raised $1.2 million for the organization and, with an annual operating budget of $56 million, Coburn said they hope to top that fundraising number this year. “It’s been an honor to serve the San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties for 50 years and we’re looking forward to doing even more in the next 50,” Coburn said. “In the next few years we hope to have some help centers in Imperial Valley and expand our scope of services. We are really excited about the Affordable Health Care Act and so many people having access to health care next year.” Coburn said Planned Parenthood has also been a staunch political and social ally of the LGBT community. “I’m the chair of the LGBT Task Force here and we’re really working hard to promote the importance of having cervical cancer screenings for lesbian women, because so many women feel that they don’t need a pap smear because they’re not having sex with men,” she said. The organization has been

reaching out to the LGBT community to show why Planned Parenthood is important to the community, Coburn said. “We are one of the largest providers of testing and treatment for STDs in San Diego County. We do rapid HIV testing and anyone who needs a condom or a dental dam can come to Planned Parenthood and get these products at no cost,” she said. Event chairs of 50 Years Strong are Nora Taylor Jaffe and Kathleen L. Strauss, with honorary chairs K. Andrew Achterkirchen, Joan Jordan Bernstein, Susanna and Michael Flaster, PPPSW Board Chair R. Elaine Hanson and her husband Bruce Robbins, Rosanne and Joel Holliday, Nora

The 50th anniversary celebration is May 9. (Photo by Michael Tyler) Taylor Jaffe, and Christy Walton. The Strauss Family Foundation will be offering a $50,000 matching gift challenge at the event. Entertainment at the dinner will be provided by the Blue Breeze Band, a Motown-tribute band chosen to keep with the retro theme of the evening and a nod to the organization’s 1963 beginning, Veta said. Hilton San Diego Bayfront is located at 1 Park Blvd., Downtown. Individual tickets start at $150, with tables of 10 starting at $1,500. For more information about the anniversary dinner or to purchase tickets, visit planned.org/dinner. Those unable to attend are encouraged to make a donation at supportplannedparenthood.org.u


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The dance competition concludes May 4 during Old Town’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. (Courtesy Fiesta de Reyes)

Baile folklórico to heat up Old Town Fiesta de Reyes hosts traditional Mexican dance competition for 4th year By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

The colorful sights and sounds of “baile folklórico” arrive in Old Town Saturday, April 27. Hosted by Fiesta de Reyes, the fourth annual Folklórico Competition will draw traditional Mexican dance groups from throughout Southern California for three days of intense – and entertaining – competition. “This is one of our favorite events of the entire year to produce and sponsor,” said Fiesta de Reyes owner Chuck Ross in a press release. “The energy that the dancers bring to the stage will be sure to impress the entire family and will feature the vibrant color and culture of this traditional dance.” Approximately 16 dance groups will compete, with preliminary rounds held Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Six finalists will be asked to return the following week, May 4 from 9 a.m. – noon, to impress the judges once more for the Folklórico Competition title and cash prizes. The free event will take place in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, which organizers said is the perfect place for the repeat competition. “There isn’t a more appropriate place in all of San Diego for this event,” said Eric Minella, Fiesta de Reyes Historic Interpreter. Minella’s role at the Old Town staple – the business is home to 19 locally owned shops, three restaurants and a hotel – is to connect visitors to the history of the region. Born and raised in San Diego, Yolanda Chacon-Beniquez said the State Park has always been considered the heartbeat of the city. “The fiesta is a reunion of

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MISSIONHILLS cleanup, the Town Council also discussed plans for the 15th annual Mission Hills Garden Walk, to be held May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Something for Ever yone,” and the 2.5-mile walking tour starts at Mission Hills Nurser y and visits 10 gardens. Every summer, in one of the neighborhood’s most attended traditions, free concerts are offered in Pioneer Park at 1521 Washing-

sorts, as many return to experience the warmth of renewed acquaintances,” Chacon-Beniquez said. She is also the director of La Fiesta Danzantes de San Diego. Baile folklórico is a traditional Latin American dance that emphasizes local folk culture with ballet characteristics. The dance was popularized in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, specifically in Los Angeles and El Paso, Texas. The dance is used, in part, as a way to promote pride in traditional Mexican heritage, Minella said. “I assume that since San Diego is so close to Los Angeles, that folklórico was popularized here at approximately the same time,” he said. Amalia Hernandez formalized the dances in Mexico City in 1952. She adapted regional folk dances into dances for stage performance, and popularized and formalized dances that had been evolving for centuries. The dances are replete with history and tradition, and often need interpretation for the spectators to fully appreciate and understand their significance. Minella said he will tell the stories behind each dance, which some children start learning at a very young age. “I’ve seen 4 year olds on stage, and I imagine some start younger than that,” he said. During the preliminary weekend, both children and adult groups will have 25 minutes to perform. One finalist from the children’s groups and two finalists from the adult groups will be selected to advance to the finals. The final competition takes place during Old Town’s Cinco de Mayo celebration weekend, and Univision reporter Gabriel Sotelo will emcee the entire competition. For more information visit fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-3100.u

ton Pl. hosted by community organizations and businesses. “We’ve got an absolutely phenomenal lineup of bands this year,” Gates said, thanking County Supervisor Ron Roberts for “contributing the lion’s share of funding necessary to hold the concerts.” Following the discussion of upcoming events, Beth Robrahn of San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) updated the Town Council on the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor Project. SANDAG is working to create a bicycle network that links city neighborhoods and includes

on-street bike facilities from Old Town and Mission Valley through several other Uptown neighborhoods, City Heights and Downtown. “This is one of several projects that [was] adopted as part of the San Diego Bike Plan,” Robrahn said. “It’s a large project area, about 10 miles, within the Uptown District planning area. We’re in the planning and design phase of this project.” Robrahn said the objective of creating an interconnected regional bike network is to “make the streets safer for people to ride their bikes,” adding “that’s a huge opportunity to encourage people to bike.” Regional bike corridor projects like Uptown’s “can be transformative [and] actually improve the feel and vitality of neighborhoods by slowing down cars with traffic calming [measures], making streets safer and improving business,” she said. Calling Washington Street an important part of the Bike Corridor project area, Robrahn said regional cycling network improvements will “provide a tremendous opportunity to slow traffic down on Washington making it safer, not only for people biking, but for people walking.” She said details for plans along Washington Street will be available soon, and the project will hopefully be “on the ground” in two years.u


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Impromptu jazz The Pizarro Brothers stop foot traffic at the Lafayette

(l to r) Angelo and Dominic Pizarro at the Lafayette (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

On a recent Sunday afternoon at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park, two brothers – Dominic and Angelo Pizarro, ages 16 and 13 respectfully – livened up an otherwise quiet day. They played two keyboards and one baby grand piano in the hotel’s lobby, stopping everyone in their tracks. Initially, a small gathering of close friends had planned to come listen to the dynamic duo. That group mushroomed to more than 60 people, and the brothers dazzled everyone with their charm and wit. For the Pizarro Brothers, with their impeccable manners and snappy attire, attracting a crowd is nothing new. They’ve been doing so since Dominic was 7 years old. Infused with a love of music from their mother and grandfather, the Pizarro Brothers have mastered the art of classical, jazz and Broadway tunes. Dominic thanked everyone for coming. “You’ll have fun today. My brother and I kid around with each other. We both take our own lead in the improvisation, kind of like what we do when we talk to each other,” he said. “It’s a give-and-take, not one taking over the other,” Angelo said. Then the two took their places, Angelo standing at a keyboard and Dominic seated at the baby grand. They started out with a Gershwin tune good enough to beat the band. Each brother played, moving about in swift improvisation off the other. Sibling rivalry played out in fine comedy as the two boys used the instruments as a tool for conversation. Laughter rippled through the audience when the brothers played a comical round of “Cats” in a mock one-upmanship. Other highlights included a waltz they composed themselves, called “The Brothers’ Waltz.” A ver y special moment came for local musician Larr y Zeiger when the brothers performed Zeiger’s newly composed Latin tune “Meetzhu in Machu Picchu.” Zeiger was there and called the boys a “real gift” to San Diego. When the mini-concert was done, the audience erupted into applause. The brothers bowed graciously, grinning big, and the crowd stayed afterward to talk with them. “It’s like a piece of magic to watch the boys play,” said Linda Sheridan, who helped get the word out about the show. Sydney Herrera, a Lafayette employee, was just as transfixed as the audience.

When the brothers came to ask Herrera about playing the lobby piano, he said he wasn’t sure what they intended to do. “I never knew that the kids would play. All the people passing by in the hotel just stopped and watched,” Herrera said. “They can come play our piano anytime.” “Their talent is limitless,” said Nadine Elwers, who was at the show. “And yet the boys are not show-offs.” The boys’ mother Aileen Pizarro smiled when people remarked on their talent, saying they’ve always had music in them and commenting on how they enjoy interacting with the crowd. The Pizarro Brothers are on a mission now to record their first jazz album, tentatively called “Piano Jazz Café.” Their grandfather, Miguel Pizarro, organized an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help the boys raise the necessary funds. The recording is set to take place in June at Capital Records in Los Angeles. “They are very excited about this project. This is going to be a great opportunity for them,” Miguel Pizarro said. For more information visit thepizarrobrothers.com or indiegogo.com, keyword search: Pizarro Brothers.u

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CYGNET tor Bill Schmidt, and both said they were very thankful for the continuing support. The Company was founded in 2003 with the construction of the Rolando Theatre before moving to Old Town in 2009. “Ten years. It’s amazing,” Schmidt said before honoring the founding board members and patrons at the anniversary gala. Murray, who co-founded the company, said he was also touched by the evening’s support, and called the audience “dear friends.” Their response was loud and joyful. “Thank you for coming tonight, thank you for having come for 10 years and thank you for coming, hopefully, 10 more years,” he said. James Vasquez directed the revue, which included a medley of the company’s songs from shows past and a video montage spanning the theater’s first decade. Joining Murray on stage that night were Sandy Campbell, Manny and Melissa Fernandes, Phil Johnson, Tom Zohar and Braxton Molinaro. “I’ve been an actor, director and choreographer for Cygnet over the years,” Vasquez said, “but whether I’m involved in the productions or not, I remain one of their biggest fans.” Vasquez said it was difficult to choose one favorite memory from the company’s past and called opening night of “The Glass Menagerie” in 2011 particularly touching. “I wasn’t involved in the show, but it’s one of my favorites as an audience member,” he said. For Cygnet, Vasquez’s credits include associate director and choreographer for “A Little Night Music” and a starring role in “Pageant,” among others. He directed the 2009 production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” one of their last at the Rolando Theatre. “Hedwig” was also the company’s first production in 2003 and Murray said the show helped

(l to r, center) Joy Yandell and Karson St. John in 2011’s “Cabaret,” a crowd favorite (Photo by Daren Scott) launch Cygnet. “We were tucked in a corner of the Aztec Village Mall in Rolando, near SDSU. Who could find us?” Murray said in a release for the 2009 production. “But the power of Hedwig brought people to us and set us off on our journey.” Naturally, “Hedwig” was featured in Vasquez’s anniversary revue. Vasquez said putting together the show was “heartbreaking,” as they were limited by time in what they could include. “[We] had to eliminate a lot of great songs from the evening, but the ones that … made the cut truly are some of the greatest hits,” he said. “The performers are not only some of my favorites, but most definitely Cygnet audience favorites.” Near the end of the revue and before Murray took the stage to reprise his role from last year’s

“Man of La Mancha,” Molinaro sang one of his songs from the company’s current show, “Assassins.” The play runs through Sunday, April 28 and is one of the last in the anniversary season. “Shakespeare’s R&J” by Joe Calarco concludes the season May 22 – June 16. Money raised April 20 will go toward presenting the company’s 11th season, which opens with Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” July 5 – Aug. 18. Following “Company,” Cygnet’s 11th season includes “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Travesties” in repertory, “WCYG Playhouse of the Air Presents A Christmas Carol,” “Maple and Vine,” “Spring Awakening,” and “The Motherf**ker with the Hat.” Season 11 tickets are available at cygnettheatre.com or by calling 619-337-1525.u


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Letters ion theatre’s ‘Grey Gardens’ delights Saw the matinee show [of “Grey Gardens”] on Saturday, [April] 13th. And the performance and the cast were fabulous [see “Magical moments at ion,” online only April 12, 2013]. I love what was done with young Little Edie and the “Early Day” cast, and they came back in the fantastic musical acts. Edie/ Young Edie and Edith: fantastic, love it all. —Richard T. Reyes, via sduptownnews.comu

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Editorial 14th annual Lawnmower Exchange moves to Qualcomm Stadium Residents can trade in gasoline mowers for $400 models from Black & Decker By County Supervisor Ron Roberts For the 14th consecutive spring, San Diego’s backyard gardeners are invited to join me on May 11 in helping clean the air we breathe by exchanging old, gas-powered lawnmowers for brand new electric rechargeable models. For the cost of an old mower and $99.99 in cash or on a credit card, residents can take home a quality Black & Decker rechargeable mower that retails for $420. This year, the event has moved from the parking lot surrounding the County Administration Center to Qualcomm Stadium. Throughout my career I have been a staunch and relentless advocate for clean air. Sometimes it has made me friends, sometimes not. I serve on the County’s Air Pollution Control District and, for the last 18 years, as a member of the California Air Resources Board. As a county and a state, we are leading the world in cleaning up our air. And we are doing it in a way that is sensitive to the needs of business and the pocketbooks of our residents.

Which brings me back to the lawnmowers. It was 14 years ago that I got the idea to sponsor what has become our annual “Mowing Down Pollution” program. Since 2000, 6,457 zero-emission mowers have been distributed in San Diego County, removing more than 64,550 pounds of pollutants from our air. In one year, most conventional lawn mowers spew more pollution into our air than a car driven more than 20,000 miles. San Diego’s air is now the cleanest it has been in decades. Programs like this are improving the quality of life for our residents. We will have 650 mowers available at this year’s exchange. The machine is a Black & Decker CM1936 with 19-inch blades and a 36-volt battery-rechargeable power system, normally priced at $420. Very quiet, it also cuts down on noise pollution. In a new “cleaner air twist” for this year’s mower exchange, San Diego Gas & Electric will provide a collection of all-electric automobiles for the public to review while the California Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative will offer information on the many affordable

Summer time shouldn’t be hungry time Help feed hungry kids through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program By Kevin Concannon, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services under secretary In the midst of winter and spring, it can be easy to forget those long, hot days of June, July and August. Even so, now is the time to start applying and planning to feed hungry children when the school year ends. More than 21 million children in the country receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but when summer rolls around, only about one in 10 of those kids (3 million) get free meals through federal summer feeding programs. Clearly, there is a gap that needs filling. Enter USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Kids are at higher risk of going hungry during the summer months, and we are working to fill that void. USDA alone, however, cannot accomplish the important work of feeding our low-income kids. You and your organiza-

tions have an important role to play. Faith-based, community and private nonprofit organizations are pivotal in the lives of needy children. And schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, and camps are all eligible and encouraged to serve summer meals in neighborhoods with a high percentage of low-income families. These locations, by their very nature, offer safe and familiar environments and are places children gather when school is out. But feeding hungry young people requires commitment. Sponsors must provide a capable staff, managerial skills and food service capabilities. Sponsors may provide their own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor. If you don’t want to be a sponsor but still want to be involved, your organization can be a summer feeding site. There are sponsors in your area who can work with you to feed the

charging options for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Our 14th annual Lawnmower Exchange takes place May 1, at the Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd. in San Diego. The location offers ample space for people to line up with old mowers and later, with receipt in hand, cue up in their cars to have a new mower loaded. Folks always arrive early for this event, which begins at 8 a.m. Lineups can begin at 4 a.m. This offer is only available to residents of San Diego County. Please bring a valid identification, such as a driver’s license. Also, the mower must be in working condition with all of its parts: no missing wheels, broken blades or other obvious problems. Finally, I always make it a point to try and visit with as many people in line as possible each year. Please make sure to say hello. Thank you for helping clean up our air. —County Supervisor Ron Roberts represents the Fourth Supervisorial District. You can reach him at ron-roberts@sdcounty.ca.gov, follow him on Twitter @RonRobertsSD or find him on Facebook by searching Ron Roberts.u

children in your community. And don’t forget to register your summer feeding sites for the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE. The most successful summer programs offer activities for kids. Children are much more likely to come out for a meal when there is an activity to keep them there. It can include anything from sports, tutoring and arts & crafts, to other creative activities with community partners. Developing partnerships with other community organizations is often the key to being able to offer great activities. To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program or to participate in one of USDA’s free webinar sessions on opportunities to provide summer meals, please visit summerfood.usda.gov. These helpful webinars will highlight the program, offer an understanding of how SFSP works, detail sponsor and site roles and responsibilities, and provide outreach tips and other resources to get started. Together we can continue to tackle childhood hunger and ensure kids receive the nutritious meals they need in summer, and throughout the year. We look forward to working with you to meet that goal.u

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UptownBriefs FILNER RELEASES ALTERNATIVE BALBOA PARK PLAN Mayor Bob Filner released his proposal for traffic in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama at a Balboa Park Committee meeting Wednesday, April 24. The proposal would ban cars from the central plaza, making the area pedestrian only, and halt traffic across the Cabrillo Bridge completely on weekends. During the week, automobile traffic would be allowed across the bridge as a way to pass through the plaza and continue to current parking lots: the Organ Pavilion lot behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and the time-limited Alcazar lot. Automobiles would no longer be allowed to park in the central plaza near the entrance to the San Diego Art Museum. The plan is in part to replace the proposed Jacob’s Plan, which a court determined earlier this year had violated historic preservation ordinances established by the City. Major differences in Filner’s plan from the previous proposal include not building a bypass bridge from the Cabrillo Bridge to link automobile traffic through the park, and not constructing an underground parking facility beneath the Organ Pavilion lot. Filner said the cost of his proposal is approximately $500,000, and was seeking input from the Balboa Park Committee and community members to help solidify the plan’s logistics. “We want your input,” he said, adding that nothing is “cast in stone.” The temporary changes would go into effect Memorial Day weekend, May 25. UPTOWN YOUTH STAR IN LATEST JUNIOR THEATRE PRODUCTION Several students in Uptown are currently starring in the San Diego Junior Theatre production of “A Little Princess,” playing Friday, April 26 through May 12. Izzie Haberman and Natasha Partnov of Mission Hills; Bianca Alvarado, Gabriela Villafranca and Antonia Villafranca of Hillcrest; Isabelle Pickering of Burlingame; Ruby Ross of South Park; Maia Larom of Golden Hill; and Emery Campen and Lillian Shallow of Talmadge are all a part of

the production. “‘A Little Princess’ exhibits the talent and dedication of dozens of students, both onstage and behind the curtain. With guidance from adult professionals, the crew members prepare costumes, apply make-up, run the stage lights and sound systems, and carry out most all other fundamental theater responsibilities,” organizers said in a press release. Desha Crownover is directing the play, which is showing at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Stage Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 – $15 and can be purchased online at juniortheatre.com or by calling 619-239-8355.

NEW LOOK FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY RELEASED

San Diego Public Library (SDPL) announced April 15 the launch of a new logo and rebranding effort that is designed to better reflect the Library’s new direction, representatives said in the announcement. The launch coincided with National Library Week, and honors the Week’s theme: Communities Matter @ Your Library. “SDPL is at a pivotal point in its history. We are poised to open a new state-ofthe-art Central Library later this summer,” Library Director Deborah Barrow said in the announcement. The Library’s old logo – in use since the 1980s – has been retired, and the new logo was created to include an image reflective of the new Central Library’s dome. “The teal color reflects San Diego’s ocean waves and the orange reflects the area’s vivid sunsets and sun-drenched hills,” representatives said. “The logo suggests hands joining together, echoing the Library’s connection to the community and the branches and Center Library’s connection to each other.” Design of the new logo

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began over one year ago as a collaboration between San Diego Public Library and a graphics class at San Diego State University (SDSU). As part of the branding effort, five newly designed library cards are now available to current and new members, each with the new tagline “Discover Your Next Chapter.” Barrow said the announcement and Central Library represents a “rebirth” and “new mindset” for SDPL. “It has been exciting to witness the level of energy from staff regarding this creative process,” she said.

SCRIPPS RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT FOR BREAST HEALTH SERVICES The San Diego affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded a $40,000 grant to San Diego-based Scripps Health to help fund breast health education and services to South County’s underserved communities. The grant will support the Scripps Healthy Women Healthy Families program led by Chula Vista, Calif. resident Raquel Sandoval. In the program, peer educators teach Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander women 40 and older about breast cancer early detection and services. “Mammography screening is the single most effective method of early detection for breast cancer, but obstacles prevent some people from taking action,” said Scripps Health Director of Community Benefits Kendra Brandstein in a press release. “Our program educates these hard-to-reach women on their own terms so we can help remove roadblocks to screening and care.” Data supplied by the Komen foundation and Scripps Health show Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander women are less likely to be screened and receive follow-up services, “often due to cultural, language or financial barriers,” the release stated. u

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Message in a bottle Aura-Soma practitioner finds true colors

A Whim

& A Prayer Celene Adams The Japanese word “ma,” roughly translated, means empty, which was how Aura-Soma Color Care practitioner Kyoko Tanaka felt a few years ago after her only daughter graduated from high school and left home for college. Then approaching 50, the Japanese-born Tanaka was married, ran a graphic design business and had lived in the United States since she was 21. From the outside, her life looked full. Yet she felt a void. “Who am I? And what am I going to do with the rest of my life?” she wondered. Since immigrating to the United States, Tanaka had learned to speak English, drive a car and earn an income. On the outside, she appeared to be a modern Western woman. Yet on the inside, she was still trying to live up to traditional expectations of women in the East. “My [first] name, Kyoko, means ‘respect.’ I’m supposed to be nice, quiet, polite,” she said, recalling how, as a girl growing up in Tokyo, her mother had taught her to behave. When Tanaka herself had wanted to go to college, her mother had opposed it. “What are you going to do with a college degree?” Tanaka recalled

her saying. “You’re going to be a mother and serve your husband.” What Tanaka wore and how well she served tea had been more important than studying, so while now she was adept at acting “like an American,” she believed her value lay in taking care of others. Where did the roles she had learned to play stop and the real Tanaka start? Swirling in a sea of ma, Tanaka was soul searching. Then, one day, she happened upon a book that introduced her to the Aura-Soma Colour Care System, a method of healing and self-discovery that uses vibrantly colored plant oils combined with water at a point of equilibrium. Although separated by their molecular composition, the two substances are nevertheless poised in perfect harmony: just as Tanaka needed her Eastern past and Western present to be. At the time, though, Tanaka didn’t understand why she found the concept so appealing. Instead, she reasoned, immersing herself in the “deep meaning” of color and “how we are so connected [to it] as energy beings” might help her graphic design business. After all some of her clients were saying the Eastern influence in her designs, although lovely, wasn’t their “cup of tea.” Such remarks made Tanaka’s questions more pressing: Where did she belong? Some Western clients found her designs too simple,

FEATURE Business name:

Be Your Color

Business owner: Kyoko Tanaka

Business type: Color therapy / graphic design Years in business: 1.5 Services: Group and individual

consultations; business designs Market niche: Soul searchers; business owners

Business philosophy: Look within to find the answers

Website: beyourcolor.com yet when she visited Japan, she knew it was no longer home. It was then that a small advertisement in a community newspaper caught her eye: The author of the book that had so captivated her had moved to the U.S. from Japan and was teaching an Aura-Soma class in San Diego. Studying color was “like opening my eyes to my own soul,” Tanaka said. Yet the practice of Aura-Soma seemed so esoteric. How could she market such a seemingly foreign concept in the U.S.? Deciding to share her dilemma with a women’s business networking group, Tanaka stood before 100 entrepreneurs, her heart racing. “I’d been taught to blend in, not to stand out,” she said. “What would they think of my desire to embark on such a unique path?” But as she spoke, sharing her sense of feeling adrift and her

www.sdcnn.com al blue with turquoise, the bottles desire to find her way, it was “as are now just two of a brilliant array if they knew exactly what I was lining her windowsill at Hera Hub, talking about,” Tanaka said. And, the serene and supportive women’s afterwards, basking in the glow of workspace in Mission Valley, from the women’s standing ovation, she which she’s operated Be Your knew she had to go forward. Color since 2011. How to do so was, however, In the West, we associate one question Tanaka would not emptiness with absence, but ma have time to ponder. Overnight, a is a term that encompasses the tsunami hit Japan, submerging her potential inherent of absence. homeland. The devastating images Tanaka’s ma had felt black, but it of houses demolished and families had brought depth to the colors lost drowned out what remained of that lie within and illuminated her her deliberations. “If you survive, it’s only you that way to helping others find their own message in a bottle. you have,” she realized. “What we have inside is the most important —A Whim and a Prayer thing that we have to nurture and profiles the trials and triumphs of care for. I saw that home is inside, entrepreneurs whose businesses and I need to do what my soul have evolved out of their passions yearns for.” Tanaka yearned to find her true and life experience. If you are a local business owner and you would colors. like to be featured in this column, In an Aura-Soma consultation, contact Celene Adams at writeyourclients choose different bottles, businessstory@gmail.com or visit depending on which of the dazwriteyourbusinessstory.com.u zlingly brilliant hues they are most attracted to. The concept is that one’s choices reflect who we are. As Tanaka undertook to earn her Aura-Soma practitioner’s license, she learned that each bottle represents different qualities, challenges and life circumstances: potential and gifts; elements that need to be brought into balance; present situasitua tion in relation to future goals; and the quality of energy one attracts and creates, for instance. In her own consultation, Tanaka chose a bottle representing awakening. “The keynote is a new beginning for joy and self acceptance,” she said. She also picked the “dolphin bottle, [for] peace with a purpose … and communication from the heart, truly Kyoko Tanaka expressed.” (Courtesy Kyoko Tanaka) Pink with yellow, royroy


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Chicken Pie Shop still serving after 75 years By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

San Diego Chicken Pie shop is celebrating 75 years in business this month and customers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19 – 20 joined in the fun with a jumbosized cake and card to sign, as well as special offers. The iconic restaurant, with its large collection of paintings and antique ceramics depicting roosters and chickens adorning its walls and shelves, has had four homes in its 75 years. The first opened in 1938 at Fifth Avenue and B Street, Downtown. It later moved to Uptown, having a short stint at the southeast corner of Fifth and Robinson avenues, and then spent almost 25 years across the street at the northeast corner, where the Hillcrest Starbucks currently operates. In 1990, new partner-owner John Townsend moved the business to its current location on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, where the restaurant expanded in square footage and continued to thrive. After Townsend died in 2011, his wife Lynn took over, redecorating, painting, getting new lights for the parking lot, opening for breakfast and expanding the menu, which now includes a variety of pastas, steaks and salads. One menu item she has not changed is their “Famous Chicken Pie Dinner,” which, for $7.50, still comes with a hearty chicken and

Their “Famous Chicken Pie Dinner” sells for $7.50. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

turkey pot pie, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, the vegetable side of the day, coleslaw, a roll and one slice of eight different dessert pie options. Daily specials are also still in place, with their rolled chicken tacos on Wednesday nights and fish tacos on Fridays. Lynn Townsend said the employees are the heart and soul of the establishment, many having worked there for decades. Manager Linda Real, who started as a server in 1981, said the restaurant’s primary baker, Steve Mercado, is the longest-standing employee, having baked his first dessert pie in 1955. Shalia Costello has been serving the restaurant’s customers the longest; she started at age 18 in 1976.

Kelly's Pub

“Most of us have been here over 20 years,” Real said. “It’s a great place to work, we serve quality food and we’re serving the people we know.” Son Bob Townsend, a local golf professional who runs the San Diego Golf Institute at Mission Valley’s Riverwalk Golf Club, also helps out when he can. San Diego area customers have stayed loyal to the Pie Shop for decades, as indicated on the card made available over their anniversary weekend near the restaurant’s entrance, asking guests: “When was your first visit?” Lifelong friends Needa Cole, Diane Merrell and Ellen Reidel have been coming to the pie shop since 1947. “Our mothers were bus drivers during the war,” Cole said. “We’d all hop on the bus and take it to the Chicken Pie Shop.” Some wrote on the card that it was their very first time, including a couple that drove from Scripps Ranch after seeing a segment on the local news. Real said she was surprised by the number of “firsttimers” she spoke to during the three-day celebratory weekend. “The anniversary weekend was a lot of fun,” Real said. “It’s amazing we are still here after 75 years. It says a lot.” The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop is located at 2633 El Cajon Blvd., and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information visit sdpieshop.menutoeat.com or call 619-295-0156.u

2222 San Diego Ave. (Old Town) | 619-543-9767

Happy Hour: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily

Beer and billiards Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

Whether sober or tipsy, this booze doctor can’t shoot a serious game of pool for squat. When I do, it’s invariably within the company of only my inner circle, as I poorly demonstrated on a quiet Sunday afternoon at Kelly’s Pub. The two-room watering hole, located on San Diego Avenue outside the tourist pulse of Old Town, sees better crowds on Sundays during football season. Visiting as a foursome, we landed easy parking in the structure’s side lot and received immediate bar service from a wellstaffed workforce tending to five other customers. Daily happy hour is an eight-hour affair, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., when well drinks and beer are discounted by 50 cents. We came for the suds, with domestics like Budweiser selling for $3 and specialty labels such as Fat Tire from Colorado and Stella Artois from Belgium costing $4.25. There are 18 draft choices in all. Based on a phone call made previously to confirm if food is served, I was told the kitchen opens “everyday” at 6 p.m., and that the cook offers daily specials on various items. The pub’s menu, however, shows that the kitchen closes at 5 p.m. on Sundays. With naughty munchies like chicken wings and fried zucchini taunting our brains, we didn’t get lucky. A bartender told us shortly after we arrived in late afternoon that Sundays “weren’t working out for food” ever since football season ended. So we instead shifted into playful competitive mode, taking over an empty pool room stocked with two tables. The games were free because of a pool league that came before us that day. Otherwise they are only 50 cents a rack. With glasses of Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company and a Black and Tan floating around our table, I didn’t feel so embarrassed pocketing the cue ball a few times or accidentally jabbing a friend in the buttocks with the end of my stick. This is how I play. Our beers were served tall and cold, giving us the

Living it up at Kelly’s. (Photo by Dr. Ink) urge to sit under direct sunlight rather than within the pub’s dankly lit confines, which seem already decorated for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day with its shamrocks and green curtains. There is no patio, but you get the impression that there really should be one, given the ample lot space in front and alongside the building. The interior is otherwise worn, showing its age since it became Kelly’s in 1992. But a welcoming neighborhood vibe prevails, attracting mostly locals. The biggest flocks apparently show up between 6 and 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, and between noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, when you get a pint of Budweiser with an Angus burger and fries for only $7.50. Unfortunately, we missed the boat.u

RATINGS: Drinks:

The beer selection isn’t the biggest in town, but it folds in the Irish classics with a few local labels and commercial domestics.

although a much better deal is offered in varying time slots on Monday through Saturday, when a pint of beer, a burger and fries cost $7.50.

Service:

The bartenders are fast in taking drink orders and informative Food: N/A when it comes to figuring out The kitchen is closed on Sunwhat deals are available at days, the day we visited. But the certain times. menu obliges with wings, lamb tacos, burgers and deep-fried Duration: cheesecake. Price breaks are offered during a majority of the pub’s operatValue: ing hours, even on Sundays Daily happy hour provides a 50- when the kitchen is dark. cent discount on most drinks,

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R E S TAU R A N T R E V I E W

3695 India St. (Mission Hills) | 619-299-0333 Prices: A la carte items, 87 cents to $7.79; combination plates, $6.35 to $12.99 Thursdays in the former San Diego Tribune newsroom were a big deal. It was the day we got paid and when a designated staffer would fetch bags of food from El Indio Mexican Restaurant, sparing many of us nondescript lunches from the cafeteria. That was in the early 1990s. Today, the taquitos, mordiditas and machaca that dribbled onto our desks remain a mainstay at what is considered to be one of San Diego’s oldest taco shops. Founded in 1940, the family-owned eatery is credited with introducing the now-famous taquito, which translates to “little taco.” Unlike flautas made with flour tortillas, these long, tubular snacks encase strands of meat or potatoes with airy corn tortillas that bounce off a visible conveyor belt at 8 a.m. daily. A trio of the tortillas spritzed with melted butter still sells for under a dollar. Also wildly popular are mordiditas. At the newspaper we used to refer jokingly to them as “yesterday’s taquitos covered in Cheez Whiz,” but without complaint as we shoveled them down with wild abandon. The dish involves taquitos cut into bite-size pieces, filled with beef, chicken or potato, and covered in electric-yellow cheese sauce and jalapeno rings. Better than nachos and best with beef, they’re as sinful as ever. Only at El Indio will you find quesadillas forged into the shape of weighty burritos. The version with shredded beef and guacamole is still my favorite, featuring large rolled-up flour tortillas packing enough sweaty cheddar to stain your shirt with a few grease drippings if you’re not careful. In a recent visit with a long-time fan of El Indio’s chili relleno, he discovered that it pays to ask for it “well done.” Otherwise, he noted, the cheese inside the egg-battered Anaheim pepper isn’t fully melted, per the last several times he ordered it. Another in our group opted for a pair of fish tacos on a combination plate that included rice and beans. The tacos oblige with standard battered cod filets festooned in crispy cabbage and decent tartar sauce that is stained pink from juicy chopped tomatoes. Their standout

component, however, is the fresh corn tortillas. Garlic, diced peppers and perhaps a touch of cumin are the subtle accents in machaca, the moist slow-cooked beef of Northern Mexico that is typically dried with chilies before re-hydration. In one of El Indio’s top-selling breakfast burritos, it’s mixed with scrambled eggs and turns up less ropey and a little saltier than traditional shredded beef. Fans of refried beans will either celebrate or frown over the recipe, which no longer uses traditional pork fat. In fact, according to an employee, the frijoles don’t contain any oil, just chili pepper and a little garlic. Indeed, the beans taste pure and clean, although for this non-vegan palate they sing best with cheese melted into them. El Indio’s tortilla chips are distinguished by their unusual thickness and paprika dustings. They are a signature commodity that has reportedly been shipped to Washington politicians and overseas military personnel throughout the years, along with the eatery’s tomato-y salsa. Both items, available in packaged form, greet you along the order line, which concludes at a deli case filled with house-made masa and other items that can be cooked or heated at home. Most of the dishes at El Indio, which also includes carnitas, fajitas, tamales and carne asada, are gently spiced sans the fiery peppers you encounter at other taco shops. Dine-in seating is available in the adjoining space that was once occupied by a neighborhood store. When that fills up, customers can tote their food and ruby-red agua frescas to several tiled tables across the street. Given the daily bustle, El Indio is a gastronomic landmark that many San Diegans can’t live without.u

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MOXIE

Stages Rivera Poetic script transfixes with mystery and magic

(left photo, l to r) Jorge Rodriguez and Jacqueline Grace Lopez; (right photo, l to r) Anna Rebek and Steven Lone (Photos by Daren Scott) By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

What sound does the moon make and from whence does his light emanate? Find out as Moxie Theatre presents José Rivera’s evocatively titled “References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot.” The 2000 play is staged by Dana I. Harrell, producing director at La Jolla Playhouse, where, among others, Rivera’s “Marisol” and “Cloud Tectonics” were produced in 1992 and 1995 respectively. Playgoers familiar with Rivera’s style know to expect a mélange of magic realism and fact. Exactly which is which is up for grabs, but one need not seek definition; one need only sit back and bathe in the poetic imager y. Set in the desert near Barstow, Calif., the play begins with a dialogue between a sensuous woman named Cat (played by Anna Rebek) and her wouldbe seducer Coyote (Steven Lone). The

scene is obser ved by the full and sensuous Moon (John Padilla), whose phases are said to exert influence on female receptivity. As Gabriela (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) awaits the return of her husband Benito (Jorge Rodriguez) from the Persian Gulf, she is hounded by a 14-year-old neighbor boy named Martin (Apollo Blatchley), who seeks to have his first sexual encounter with her. Apparently ever yone in Barstow is hot. What is real and what is not is in the eye of the beholder as the poetr y, the imager y and the reality of return vis-a-vis the marital bond are explored. Who is sympathetic and who is not fluctuates with the phases of the moon. Is the Cat character Gabriela’s real roommate, or is she merely the household cat, lost in the desert and prey to the coyote? What a trip of a script Rivera writes, poetic and rife with humor. The mystery and the magic are trans-

fixing, especially as realized by these actors, both familiar and not. Lopez, who hails from Hollywood, Calif., is extraordinary and so is Rebek, also making her Moxie debut. Blatchley, a San Diegan and a veteran of ACT’s “Spring Awakening” and Lamb’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” is gauche and charming. Rodriguez, who works locally with D. Kandis Paule and was seen in ion theatre’s award-winning “Julia” is fascinatingly non-committal in the role of a plain guy caught between carnal desire and his love of what Moon describes as a body rich with dreams. Most surprising are new facets of familiar actors: Lone, seen for the first time in a sexy, brutal role, and Padilla, simply yummy as Moon. Moxie and Harrel and company deliver the “hot” experience, enhanced by Christopher Ward’s scenic design, Alina Bokovikova’s costumes, Luke Olson’s lighting, Matt LescaultWood’s sound and Derrick McGee’s choreography.u

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Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot” WHERE: Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. (Rolando) WHEN: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 5 INFO: 858-598-7620 WEB: moxietheatre.com


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Out of the ordinary Stopping in San Diego for 8 shows, ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ addresses universal themes in touching, inspirational production By Anthony King SDUN Editor

One of those children is actor Drew Minard, who rotates the title role with three other actors aged 12 to 15. Minard was in rehearsals for five weeks in New York City before starting on the tour. During any given week, Minard said he attends regular ballet classes, rehearsals and tutoring. Minard said the tour is “really fun” and he does not mind being busy. He gets along with the other actors playing Billy, though he did say it was sometimes dif-

“Billy Elliot the Musical” leaps into San Diego Tuesday, April 30 for a six-day, eight-show run and the show – adapted from the 2000 film “Billy Elliot” that dealt with, ultimately, being comfortable with being out of the ordinary – has a special place in the hearts of many. Patti Perkins, a veteran to both theater and the “Billy Elliot” musical, said touring was exciting yet grueling, with each day a complete focus on the show. Perkins has been with the company for three years, or nearly 700 productions, she said. “The first year, the tour was a little easier because we sat down in cities … for three to four weeks,” she (l to r) Daniel Russell and Patti Perkins said. Now, the as Billy’s Grandmother (Courtesy Billy Broadway LLC) company typically stays in cities for one ficult on days he does not have to week. “I’m getting tired,” she work because most of the cast is said, laughing. on stage. Perkins has a special connec“We’re like brothers. We all tion to San Diego, after coming have the same interests and we here in 2000 to perform in “The get along,” Minard said. His Full Monty” at The Old Globe Theatre. The show – and Perkins mother also travels with the company, giving Minard another – eventually moved to Broadway. outlet when not working. For this turn in San Diego, the A key point in the show’s actress plays Billy’s grandmotharc that Minard said he likes er, the silent but moving characperforming is the pas de deux, ter from the original movie. or ballet sequence between two “It’s very different,” Perkins characters: Billy as a boy and the said of the musical version of her character. Besides having spoken mature, adult Billy of the future. Christopher Howard, who is lines, the grandmother character the understudy for the adult Billy has her own side story that is developed on the stage, including role as well as in the ensemble, a disappearing youth and abusive spent seven months playing the adult character and said the husband. The story is played out piece between the two “Billys” primarily in the number “Grandwas pivotal for the show. ma’s Song.” “It is very climactic of Billy’s “I love my moments just story,” Howard said. “I think that’s singing the song to the child,” that switching over point where he she said. “It’s so fun to do and says, ‘Yes, this is what I want. This gratifying.”

is what I’m going to be.’” Perkins too said the moment was important, calling it a crowd pleaser and a good example of the imaginative side of the production. “That ballet is totally in [Billy’s] head,” Perkins said. “His young self is dancing with his old self. It’s gorgeous.” Another side story key for the recurring theme of acceptance is the relationship between Billy and his friend Michael. While hinted at in the movie, Michael’s sexuality and feelings for Billy are played out fully on the stage. “They have a number together in the show, in the first act, called ‘Expressing Yourself,’” Howard said. “Billy happens to walk in on Michael as he is trying on his sister’s dress.” Fast forward to act two, and Michael comes out to Billy. A romantic crush on Michael’s part is explored, and Billy, who is not gay, accepts his friend. “They are certainly not trying to hide who Michael is, and I think that message is important for audiences to see,” Howard said. “The message itself – saying there’s nothing wrong with being who you are and being what you want to be – is really important.” Working with young actors like Minard and the rest of the cast has been wonderful for both Perkins and Howard. “Not once anywhere has the audience not stood at the end,” Perkins said. “It just gets to people.” Tickets for the San Diego run of “Billy Elliot the Musical” start at $25. The production takes place at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located at 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. For complete show times and tickets visit broadwaysd.com.u


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Field Mouse comes to Soda Bar Walk the ArtWalk Brooklyn-based pop group makes their first San Diego appearance May 6 By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

San Diego is about to get its first taste of the indie-pop band Field Mouse, when the New York City-based group comes to the Soda Bar in North Park on May 6. The New Trust and Field Mouse both open for Laura Stevenson, and Field Mouse founding member Rachel Brown is excited to make their debut in San Diego. Brown, on vocals, and Andrew Futral met in music school and began playing together their senior year, eventually solidifying the new group’s music. Bassist Saysha Heinzman and drummer Geoff Lewit make up the rest of the quartet. “We played shows and recorded ideas for a while and eventually formed into a band with a cohesive sound,” Brown said, who plays guitar along with Futral. “It’s a lot of guitars and vocal harmonies, kind of poppy and pretty loud.” Field Mouse is based out of Brooklyn, with Futral and Lewit both New York City natives and Brown coming from Connecticut. “The entire life of the band has pretty much been in Brooklyn and it’s been great,” Brown said. “There are tons of amazing bands to be inspired by and there is a great sense of camaraderie between most of us.” The group has released a few songs and has an LP on the way. Near the end of March, they began working on putting out their first full-length album. “With any luck we will have bass, drums and most guitars done by the time our tour starts,” Brown said. “We wrote 20 potential songs for the record, including re-recordings of some of the songs we’ve already released.” Brown said they have remained true to their original sound, keeping the new tracks “in the same vein” as what they have been slowly releasing the

past year. They will showcase some tracks at the San Diego show. “There will be loud songs and quiet songs, lots of texture and lots of harmonies,” she said. For now, Field Mouse is focused on getting as much touring as possible under their belt. Their show at Soda Bar is one of 19 scheduled for May, including a trip up the West Coast that will include stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ore. and Seattle. They plan on being back in New York by May 24. “This will be our first time, musically, being in San Diego and we are super pumped for it,” Brown said. “In a year I hope we are getting ready to go on tour like we are now.” Soda Bar is located at 3615 El Cajon Blvd. The 21 and older May 6 show is $12 and starts at 8 p.m. For more information visit sodabarmusic.com.u

Previewing this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy

‘Hurricane Dame Edna’ by David Wiemers (Courtesy Mission Federal ArtWalk) By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

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Art lovers are invited to stroll the streets of one of San Diego’s most iconic neighborhoods and enjoy works from the more than 300 artists that will be showing at this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk, taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 27 – 28 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. The art on display will primarily be from Southern California-based artists, but there will be a strong presence from the international art world as well, with submissions from Mexico, South America and Europe. “People have come to expect high-quality art and we think it gets better every year,” said San-

di Cottrell, managing director of the ArtWalk. “We really work at the artist selection process to bring different and new artists, and the quality this year is going to be incredible.” Among the artists showing is Annie Goldgewicht, who Cottrell said showed how organizers were representing a wide variety of mediums and styles. Goldgewicht combines ceramic work with basketry. “She’s of Costa Rican descent and some of this relates back to artistry that’s done in her home country,” Cottrell said. This year’s 29th annual festival will fill 17 blocks of Little Italy, located just north of Downtown

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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Arbor Day in the park: 10:30 a.m., National Arbor Day celebration with Friends of Balboa Park including ceremonial tree planting and program with Council President Todd Gloria and Assemblymember Toni Atkins, Quince Street between Balboa Drive and Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Creek to bay cleanup: 9 a.m. – noon, 11th annual Mission Hills cleanup, meet at Meshuggah Shack on Goldfinch Street and Fort Stockton Drive to clean public streets, sidewalk and more Dr yden District tour: 9 – 10:30 a.m., North Park Historical Society-promoted event to explore the Dryden District in a walking tour, meet at the Pershing Portal, 2738 Upas St. 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 Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd Bike the Boulevard: 12 – 5 p.m., El Cajon Boulevard BIDsponsored bicycle event starts at Live Wire (1203 El Cajon Blvd.), moves to Garfield Elementary for kickball at 2 p.m., then Til-Two (4746 El Cajon Blvd.) for free barbeque at 3 p.m. and finally to Pedal Pushing Bike Shop (4966 El Cajon Blvd.) for a party with DJ and pizza at 4 p.m., free Old Town Academy fundraiser: 6 – 10 p.m., annual wine and dine fundraising event with dinner and auction for the Old Town Academy Foundation, 2120 San Diego Ave., registration available online at otafoundation.org SUNDAY, APRIL 28 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 Bark, free MONDAY, APRIL 29 HBA Beautification: 2 – 3:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Hill-

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30 30th on 30th: 5 – 7 p.m., restaurants and bars on and near 30th Street in North Park offer specials throughout the evening, participating restaurants and their specials announced at 30thstreet.org Our Downtown Vision: 5:30 – 7 p.m., neighborhood Town Hall meeting for Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Our Downtown Vision campaign, seeking input from the Hillcrest, Mission Hills and Old Town communities on future growth for Downtown, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Baby playgroup: 10 – 11:30 a.m., babies up to 18 months old are welcome, Normal Heights United Methodist Church, 4650 Mansfield St. The Boulevard board meeting: 4 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Association board, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. THURSDAY, MAY 2 Mission Hills Book Group: 10 – 11 a.m., discussing “Kim” by Rudyard Kipling, Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4045 Goldfinch St., free North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd Street and University Avenue, free Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2144 Pan American Rd. University Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting including an open community forum, San Diego Unified Board of Education building, 4100 Normal St. FRIDAY, MAY 3 Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Crooked, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $12 SATURDAY, MAY 4 Mission Hills garage sale: 8 a.m. – noon, Mission Hills Community Garage Sale, site to be determined, contact cbmissionhills@ gmail.com 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 San Diego Women’s Chorus: 7 p.m., spring concert “Still We Rise” with special guests the Black Storytellers of San Diego, University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave., $10 – $20 Normal Heights Family Movie Night: 7:30 – 9 p.m., summer series of outdoor films screened by the United Methodist Church at Adams Avenue Park, tonight’s film is “Wreck It Ralph,” 4650 Mansfield St.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free San Diego Women’s Chorus: 5 p.m., spring concert “Still We Rise” with special guests the Black Storytellers of San Diego, University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave., $10 – $20 MONDAY, MAY 6 Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee: 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the parking committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave. North Park Urban Design: 6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Committee’s Urban Design/Project Review subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. TUESDAY, MAY 7 Uptown Planners: 6 – 7:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave. Normal Heights Community Planning: 6 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 North Park Main Street: 7:30 – 9 a.m., regular monthly board meeting, 3076 University Ave., free Old Town Community Planning Group: 3:30 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Whaley House Museum, 2476 San Diego Ave. Ken-Tal Planning Group: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary School Auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave. THURSDAY, MAY 9 North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., freeu


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Iconic, eclectic and homegrown. The Crest Café celebrates its 30th Anniversary this September. Located in the heart of Hillcrest, the café is open from 7 a.m. to Midnight – 364 days a year. Whether you feel like burgers in the morning or eggs at night, they serve your mood.

Now, everything is homemade and completely local! Major changes have taken place at Pappalecco, your favorite neighborhood coffee shop: Our new kitchen just opened. From now on, following the old Tuscan tradition, our gelato, bread, biscotti, and pastries will be made daily, from scratch, by the loving hands of our chefs. The source of our ingredients is Mother Nature. A few simple ingredients (eggs, flower, butter, milk, etc.), variously mixed, will result in the most healthful foods. The tradition, the love, and the knowledge of our Italian grandparents will be bestowed on our genuine creations. Come visit our new kitchen to see our chefs in action, or try our creations in one of our three locations!

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Michael Good One hundred years ago, it took David Dr yden and a crew of about a dozen people with hand tools over a month or so to build a three-bedroom arts-and-crafts bungalow. Today, it takes a hostile guy in a loader an afternoon to turn a Dr yden house into a pile of splinters. In 1913, a bookcase and columns might have taken a couple days to build, and cost three dollars in materials. Today, a contractor with the idea to “open the place up” can tear out those bookcases in a couple hours. A china cabinet that was the centerpiece of a bungalow might have taken a week to build, stain and finish, and countless hours over the years to maintain with coat after coat of shellac. But it only takes half an hour and a bucket of paint to bury that piece of architectural history beneath a drippy layer of chartreuse, eco-friendly, low-odor, water-based paint. Doing the wrong thing is fast and easy. Undoing the wrong

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Shades of Poe

Produced by Write Out Loud April 28 (Saturday) Part of the Big Read Program, “Shades of Poe” will educate and entertain attendees about the works of Edgar Allan Poe and writers like him.

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Folklorico Competition April 27 and 28, May 4. To be held at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and sponsored by Old Town Chamber and Fiesta de Reyes. Folklorico schools from San Diego and Mexico will participate. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up.

MAY Misa Azteca Concert May 4 (Saturday) Misa Azteca (Aztec Mass) blends the traditions of a Roman Catholic mass with Aztec songs and poems that date back to the 16th Century.

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo May 4 and 5 (Saturday and Sunday) Multiple stages featuring live music, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Events and significant entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend.

A distressed, Spanish-style mantel (Photo by William Van Dusen)

thing is long, hard and expensive, and sometimes dangerous and smelly. That’s why the homeowner who decides to restore his or her house to original condition is relatively rare. And the person who knows how to restore it is rarer still. It takes a unique mix of skill, experience and temperament – on the part of the homeowner and the craftsman – to resurrect a damaged house. After a career of building stuff out of wood, including cabinets and millwork, trellises and garden gates for new construction, William Van Dusen thought he’d get back to his roots, which began with making replicas of historic furniture when he was 17. While still holding on to his day job, doing “real high end” commercial woodworking, Van Dusen started building a 1,000-square foot millwork shop on his property in Lakeside, Calif. He bought

equipment and tools: a shaper, joiner, drum sander, 100-year-old bandsaw and a veneer press. His plan was to replicate and install wood trim for historic houses, and he started out working for contractors. “But I had mixed results,” he said now, nearly five years later. “The economic downturn was hitting, and contractors were having a lot of problems with people not being solvent.” He laughed and added: “And with paying me.” So Van Dusen switched to plan B, saying, “I kind of decided homeownjust to work with homeown ers directly.” This soon led to a new, revised plan B, because not all homeowners wanted to replace ever y stick of missing millwork in their houses. Some just wanted to restore one item: a bookcase, for example. Others didn’t want their bookcase to be completely historic, because they wanted it to house a stereo or a DVD player. “A couple of years ago I would have just said no,” he said, because when he started his millwork business he was still a bit of a purist. He grew up in San Diego. His grandmother had shown him around San Diego’s streetcar suburbs in her ’62 Cor vair, teaching him an appreciation for histor y. His grandfather had in fact been a historical figure: a civil aviation pioneer who’d been the first to land a plane

www.sdcnn.com at Lindberg Field when it was established. And it was what he calls “the historic aspect” that drew him to carpentr y, making that early American furniture in the first place. But the realities of the recession and the needs of the homeowners changed Van Dusen’s perspective. “Now I seem to be concentrating on the one thing, the focal point, that can really transform a house. Old houses can be money pits. I want to give people something to feel good about, like a mantel or bookcase: sort of a focal point that ties things together and gives people a certain kind of feeling,” he said. Van Dusen is by temperament a woodworker and not a poet, but talk to him long enough and you’ll hear more about feelings than about wood grain. “It’s how you feel about things that matters,” he said. “Say you’ve got an old house, and you spent $100,000 on electrical and plumbing. Why not spend $10,000 instead on something that you can connect to, that makes you connect to your house? I’ve learned it over the years from seeing how people react to what I’ve made. They feel complete.” This isn’t Van Dusen’s first adventure in millwork. Back in the day, after he found out that he couldn’t make a living selling early American furniture at crafts fairs, he started Julian Millworking, making brackets and trim and gingerbread. Eventually, he realized there were only so many 19th centur y buildings in the backcountr y that needed car ved corbels, and he left the past behind, moved to the city and started working

for contracting firms on modern buildings, like the Getty Center in Los Angeles, where he built most of the garden structures. Now, 40 years later, Van Dusen has come full circle, again working with histor y. He even found himself back in the old neighborhood, so to speak, down the road from Julian in Santa Ysabel, Calif. Instead of replicating the gingerbread of old mining-era Julian houses, he built display shelves for the Santa Ysabel General Store, which Save Our Heritage Organisation had recently purchased and restored. “I don’t consider myself a preser vationist or a restoration person,” he said. “I tr y to keep things as correct as I can. I tr y to help people get their house back to what it could have been, what it should have been [and] what it was.” Van Dusen said he is self-educated and spends time researching with local builders in the neighborhoods and going on numerous home tours. His role is to help people, and he said the focus has changed from previous clients who would want to boast about how much money they spent on a project, or even a front door. “But that’s not how the clients I work with are now. It’s not like the money isn’t really important. It’s just that it isn’t a priority,” he said. “That’s not why they’re working on their houses. It’s not for impressing other people. It’s for themselves. That’s where I’m heading now with my business.” If you feel like something is missing in your old house, contact Van Dusen at 619-443-7689 or wvdmillwork.com.u


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Americana band Haunted Windchimes from Colorado (Courtesy Adams Avenue Business Association)

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UNPLUGGED with special guests; Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin; Reilly & Friends featuring Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly; Americana band Haunted Windchimes from Colorado; and the Brooklyn-based, gospel-inspired band Spirit Family Reunion. “Last year we didn’t have the time to procure the national talent, so we’re really proud of the five headliners that we have this year,” Kessler said. “They’re each playing two sets, which is pretty unusual.” The outdoor stages will be at Kensington Park, Adams Avenue Park near 35th Street and at the intersection of 30th Street and Adams Avenue. The fourth stage – named after Fallbrook, Calif. resident and musician Larry Robinson, who died March 23 – will also be at Adams Avenue Park, near the United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 4650 Mansfield St. While the re-imagined event encourages interaction between the Association, attendees and local businesses along Adams Avenue, Kessler said the focus is the music, calling the bands the “main attraction.”

He emphasized the event being free to attendees, saying, “This is one of the largest collections of free concerts that we’re aware of. … We have 180 one-hour sets scheduled. That’s a pretty good deal for people.” There will also be a food court and an arts and crafts area at Adams Avenue Park to further help make the two-day event a community affair. “We hope that this event builds on the reputation that Adams Avenue has for producing significant regional events that our community residents can take pride in,” Kessler said. “It’s all about building a sense of community and encouraging people to come out and mingle with each other.” Organizers said they are urging attendees to take alternative transportation as they anticipate large crowds. A free shuttle service will provide transportation along Adams Avenue during event hours. San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, MTS, bus routes 2 and 11 will provide regular service as well. Information on the 135 bands playing can be found at adamsavenueunplugged.com, including links to artist bios, music clips and the complete schedule. For more information call 619-282-7329.u

along the waterfront. The free outdoor festival will also include live music, dance performances and an entire section devoted to children. Cottrell said that they have used the work of Los Angeles-based contemporary metal sculptor James Hill in their ArtWalk magazines and on all of their marketing posters for years. Another ArtWalk ‘Life staple is multimedia artist on the Richard Curtner. Edge’ by “[He] creates all of his Norm Daniels artwork out of printed words (Courtesy Mission that he pulls from magazines Federal ArtWalk) and newspapers and uses those to outline very intricate scenes,” she said. This year’s ArtWalk will also feature some upand-coming young artists, including San Diego State University (SDSU) fine arts major and Business of Art Scholarship winner Jennifer Cerutti. The painter will have her work on display at booth 567. “It’s called the Business of Art Scholarship, so while they’re learning how to make art at SDSU this program teaches them how to make a living as artists,” Cottrell said. “We partnered with the San Diego Visual Arts Network, [that] offers them mentoring on all the things that it really takes to be in business as an artist.” Cottrell added that in addition to the opportunity

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to browse and shop for art, there are also several other components to the event. A new feature for 2013 is called Art Meets Design, a “virtual home” where people can get tips from inin terior designers on how they can design their homes and rooms around their personal art collection. “When people come to the event they often say they might find a piece of art that they really love but they have trouble envisioning it in their own home,” Cottrell said. Another new event will be an interactive encounter called “Grown Up Finger-painting.” ParticiPartici pants will be shown how to use paint and their fingers directly on the canvass to create unique art. “It’s not finger painting as you think of as what you may have done as a kid,” Cottrell said. “There’s actually ways of creating very intricate shadings and portraiture. The artist that we’re working with on that, Gabriela Alvarez, has a really unique take on how to paint with your hands and she’s going to be teaching that to the guests.” Attendees will be able to take home their creations. A map can be found on the event website that shows all parking lots in the area, and event organizers are recommend people walk or take public transportation, including the trolley. The Little Italy Association will also be offering a valet service at the corner of India and Juniper streets For more information, visit missionfederalartwalk.org.u

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April 26, 2013 edition. News for the neighborhoods in the north areas of the city of San Diego, CA

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