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Hillcrest Town Council (HTC); their monthly meetings run back to back at the Joyce Beers Community Center. Both organizations voted to urge SANDAG to consider adopting the alternative. While SANDAG has yet to release a preliminary visualization detailing what its bike corridor will look like, Frost’s plan will likely differ significantly from it. As shown in the rendering pictured above, Frost’s plan proposes closing off the north side of traffic through significant portions University Avenue between First Avenue and Normal Street, dedicating that space instead to parking and pedestrian space, which would supposedly differ

A prospective urban cable car may one day connect two of San Diego’s most important cultural hubs, Downtown and Balboa Park. The conceptualized aerial gondola route would likely begin at a Fifth Avenue station near Petco Park, stretching along Sixth Avenue and ending near the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The aerial gondola has been a vision of County Super visor Ron Roberts, who was inspired to pursue the plan after riding in a similar transit method while visiting Singapore. The two-mile stretch between the two entities has long posed a challenge for city planners struggling to connect two of San Diego’s most tourist-drawing locations without interrupting street traffic or taking away valuable parking. Within the past few years, proposals for extending a trolley line have been lost in the pipeline or shot down due to political gridlock and unpopularity among Downtown residents and businesses. At the Aug. 11 meeting of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, Roberts noted that aerial gondolas have long been prevalent in cityscapes, even within San Diego. “The technology is there, it’s proven.” Roberts said. “What’s new now is that you’re starting to see them in urban areas.” The San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld

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Architect pushes alternative to SANDAG bike plan Hutton Marshall Uptown Editor

There’s a new bike plan in town. On Aug. 12, Bankers Hill architect Jim Frost unveiled an alternative to the planned Uptown Bike Corridor Project of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The rough project outline, titled “Transforming Hillcrest” proposes an alternative to the bike corridor on University Avenue as it passes through Hillcrest. It was presented to the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) and the

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Vowing to “take back their streets,” North Park residents gathered on the evening of Aug. 9 in response to a recent spate of attacks on women. At the meeting, residents recommitted themselves to using any and all means available to protect their community. “Right now if you’re a single female in North Park, you’re vulnerable,” warned Kristin Erickson, a social worker who, along with regional director Kurt Wellman of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), hosted the two-hour town hall meeting held at Sunset Temple. Five women have been attacked in North Park in the past few months. The perpetrators remain at-large. A composite sketch of one of the assault suspects, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s who speaks with a Spanish accent, has been released. Wellman and Erickson of NASW said the purpose of the collaborative town hall was to “put together a concrete and sustainable action plan to protect the citizens of the community.” “We want to start brainstorming some communitybased solutions,” Erickson told the crowd of approximately 50 men and women who spoke freely about the North Park crime problem and what ought to be done about it. “You should be able to walk at night without feeling

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San Diegans enjoy University Heights’ Trolley Barn Concert Series on a Friday evening. (Photo by B.J. Coleman)

Trolley Barn Park hosts ‘Summer in the Park’ concert series to benefit community B.J. Coleman Uptown News

San Diego’s vibrant inland communities often face a summertime quandary — how to attract residents to stay closer to home rather than heading westward for an evening cool-down at the beaches. For years, University Heights has responded to this dilemma with an Uptown attitude that’s as cool as the drop in temperature. It’s about being local, connecting with

friends, getting acquainted with not-yet-met neighbors and extending mutual support among community groups and businesses. Now well into its second decade, this year’s “Summer in the Park” concert series invited locals to spend Friday nights chilling with family members and friends in Trolley Barn Park, located at Adams Avenue and Florida Street. These free summer concerts featured bands playing music with wide intergenerational appeal, including blues, folk, zydeco, boogie, swing, indie and old-school rock. The five-week concert series encourages attendees to bring picnic gear and

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Old Town artist recreates Father Serra’s baptismal font Historic recreation on display at Mission San Diego de Alcala Doug Curlee Uptown News

As you walk into the church at Mission San Diego de Alcala on San Diego Mission Road in Grantville, you might glance to your left just inside the door. In a small alcove behind a stand of votive candles, you’ll see what looks like a small birdbath, covered with a copper-colored lid that looks old. It’s so much more than a birdbath. Catholics will recognize it as a baptismal font, where infants are brought into the faith of their ancestors. But there is more than just decoration here — more than just a font made to look as though it belongs there. If you happened to be in the Iglesia de San Pedro in Petra, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, you’d see the original that the Mission de Alcala font was copied from. Millions of Catholics and others have seen that font, and even prayed at it, because it was in that Spanish baptismal font that the infant Junipero Serra was baptized in the year 1713. Who knew back then that Father Junipero Serra would become the father of the California mission system, beginning with ours here in 1769? The mission that stands today is actually the second one built in San Diego. The first, built along the San Diego River in 1775, was sacked and burned in a Native American uprising and eventually rebuilt where it stands now.

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most immediately, there became something of a problem. “I’m a blacksmith. I’m not a coppersmith,” Downing said. “I’d never really worked with many other metals before.” Downing got pictures and sketches of the original Spanish font cover and went to work. He decided that it should be done using the same processes the original coppersmith had used centuries before, and it was a long, slow process. Copper has to be annealed before being worked. That means it had to be heated to glowing, then allowed to cool to near room temperature before being carefully hammered into shape.

Old Town blacksmith Pat Downing spent countless hours working the copper into a baptismal font. (Photos courtesy Pat Downing) Fast forward to 2011. Thanks to a generous donation from Marion Kelley, widow of longtime mission patron Hank Kelley, it was decided to recreate, as much as possible, the original Father Serra baptismal font. Enter Pat Downing, one of the bestknown traditional blacksmiths in America, who agreed to take a commission to recreate the copper cover for the font. (You can see Downing every Tuesday and Thursday at the blacksmith shop at Old Town State Park, working in steel and iron, and showing how it’s supposed to be done.) But al-

The techniques, such as repoussé and chasing the designs into the copper, are almost lost arts today. “I’d guess a good estimate of the time it took would be around 100 hours, all done in my home workshop in what I used to think was spare time,” Downing said. “You can figure it took between eight and ten


thousand careful hammer strikes before it was finally done.” But the long hours and the care taken paid off. Today, the font and its copper cover are yet another memorial to the father of the California mission system. It’s not used for baptisms, since the basin is not lined with copper to hold water. It stands as a display and a focal point for Catholics and historians. It was a long trek for Pat Downing, and he still doesn’t consider himself a coppersmith. But he is someone who reveres the old ways of doing things. “Someone could have taken a 36-inch square sheet of copper, put it in a press, and gotten this done in a few minutes,” Downing said. “But it just wouldn’t have been the same.”u



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at-risk,” Erickson said. “I have several friends who live in the neighborhood, and we don’t let one another walk alone at night.” “You should go out only in groups — there’s safety in numbers,” cautioned Katherine Olive, a resident in attendance. Kyle Kresse said he was afraid to even let his girlfriend walk the dog at night. Sam Ballard, a local artist and North Park resident, said it’s time for the community to take a stand. He’s also involved with Project Lennon, which aims to create multiple Beatles-themed murals throughout North Park in order to promote peace and community awareness.

“We need to be strong and say, ‘We have crime — and address it,’” Ballard said. There was collective agreement on one point: Nighttime lighting is poor in North Park and needs to be improved. “It’s almost pitch black,” testified one woman who said she carried a flashlight with her at night for protection as well as illumination. One woman who was allegedly attacked from behind in May and choked by her assailant before he was frightened away, agreed that North Park’s dark alleyways create risk for locals. She added electrical devices like air-conditioners and stereos can often muffle crime victims’ cries. She added that police response times can also be slow on busy nights.

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Others in North Park have similar concerns about lighting. North Park Main Street, a non-profit business improvement organization, recently held a “Lighting Survey” on Aug. 5, where residents gathered to identify dangerously dark areas on the streets of North Park. Edwin Lohr, who runs the North Park Citizens Patrol, a core group of about a dozen community volunteers who patrol neighborhood streets, said his group is doing the best it can with very limited resources. “We’re grateful for this type of meeting, but right now we’re frustrated,” said a tearing-up Lohr. “We’ve asked for help — and gotten none. “This [meeting] is a huge step,” continued Lohr, who also serves as president of the North Park Community Association. “We just need more resources.” Lohr said new ideas are being explored to enhance and broaden community patrols including starting a “pooch patrol” enlisting the services of dogwalkers to be used as the community’s eyes and ears looking for criminals. One person suggested homeless people in the neighborhood could also be solicited to serve as lookouts, pointing out that they too are at-risk from criminal aggression. Lohr likened the problem of resolving criminal assaults to solving a puzzle. “We can put the puzzle together,” Lohr said. “North Park is a beautiful community, a walkable community. That’s why we live here. I love North Park and I want to keep it that way.” A contingent from a somewhat more colorful group of community “protectors,” The Midnight Highwaymen, who conceal their identities behind superhero masks and costumes, also attended the town hall and spoke out urging residents to be vigilant against crime. Several local residents at the Aug. 9 meeting stressed there are numerous concrete measures — adding or improving street lighting, beefing up police, creating citizen patrols, public education and self-defense training for women — that can be done immediately to combat violent crime. Others advocated taking a somewhat harder line. A man identifying himself only as “Len,” who lives near Lincoln Avenue where a couple of attacks against women have occurred, said he felt the solution was to get tougher on crime. He endorsed putting in street cameras as well as encouraging women to arm themselves with pepper spray or other weapons to protect themselves. Len said he favors strict death penalty and the “three strikes” law to deter violent crime. “No one should be afraid to walk alone in this neighborhood,” said Cecile Veillard on behalf of Take Back The Night, a nonprofit

whose mission is to end sexual violence. “I want to be safe in my neighborhood. “We need to take back the night,” continued Veillard, noting a rally against violent crime has been organized for Friday, Aug. 15 in North Park. “We’re going to meet at 30th Street and University Avenue at 7 p.m. and march to all the [crime] sites over the last several weeks,” Veillard said. Near the meeting’s end, the NASW took a vote among guests asking them to approve a brand for the neighborhood’s anticrime push, as well as a slogan to promote it. “Keep North Park Safe,” was chosen by the crowd for the group’s anti-crime campaign with “If you see something, say something,” as the promotional tag line. Following the meeting, Wellman distributed an email urging more volunteers to participate in weekwend community watches, or donate money or equipment. He said the group’s main focus would be “taking back Lincoln Avenue.” The ad hoc group vowed to begin convening regularly to counter violent crime, with the next meeting tentatively scheduled for Aug. 30. For more information visit, or email You may also join the Facebook group, “Keep North Park Safe- If you see something, say something.” Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-5808477 or the San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210.u


CONCERTS leashed dogs, while families were invited to entertain their children on the playground equipment near the band stage. Food trucks were commonly sighted as well. Vendors hosting tables along the Adams Avenue side of the park featured distinctive items and personal services appealing to Uptown tastes. Local community service groups, such as The American Legion’s San Diego Post 6, also hosted tables. The Mrs. Frostie truck had customers lined up for handdipped soft serve ice cream treats. Other businesses offering wares at the events have included the sensitive-skin-friendly, coldpressed luxury soaps of Vibrant Soap, Addison’s Candies (handing out single candy samples of brittles or caramels) and Organic Farm Boxes. Handcrafted steampunk-themed jewelry from Perpetual Motions Creations was also for sale. Primary sponsors of “Summer in the Park” were the University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC), the San Diego County Enhancement Program, the San Diego Park and Recreation Department and the University Heights Recreation Council. During its first three years, the summer event was organized as a street fair. The event was repurposed 18 years ago as a concert series in Trolley Barn Park, so as to yield greater benefits to local businesses and restaurants. Informal observations indicate success in that effort, with outside visitors coming into the community and area restaurants enjoying more diners before and after each concert. Moreover, organizers report that the crowd grows throughout the series and that exposure and word-of-mouth endorsements improve attendance yearly. Ernie Bonn is event coordinator for the UHCDC, and she has been a University Heights resident since 1974. “This is one of the best things we have done for this community,”

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she said. Each Friday concert cost about $2,000 to put on, and the UHCDC seeks more donors contributing to the annual series. Co-sponsors from the community included Tony Azar, Ross Lopez and Mark Ballam, Roxanne Govari and the Pemberley Realty team, Mary Anne Stevens and Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center. Trolley Barn Park has been a major historical site in University Heights. Prior to 1907, the trolley line ended where the park is now located. Extension of the trolley line along Adams Avenue after that led to expansion of University Heights and the Adams Avenue business corridor. The UHCDC, dating its inception to 1985, takes as its mission enhancing and promoting residential and commercial entities

within University Heights, which was officially recognized as an area within San Diego on Aug. 6, 1888. In partnership with the University Heights Community Association, the organization endeavors to preserve the integrity and history of immediate and adjacent neighborhoods within University Heights, with an eye toward future neighborhood planning, securing and providing safe, aesthetic environments for residents, and fostering business retention and community involvement in the area. The UHCDC holds monthly meetings open to the public. The group’s next big fundraising event will be October’s Taste of University Heights, featuring small-plate samplers from local eateries. For more information about the UHCDC, visit u

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HPV vaccine saves lives Share the Word during National Immunization Month By Kelly Culwell Every year around the world, more than 270,000 women die from cervical cancer. With more than 85 percent of these deaths in low- and middle-income countries, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. The “pap smear” has been one of the most amazing public health interventions over the past 50 years in the US and most developed countries, and its use has led to a steep decline in the incidence and deaths from cervical cancer. However, weak health systems and limited numbers of trained providers have made screening in low- and middle-income countries difficult. Even in the US, over 11,000 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2010. Following development of the pap smear, the discovery of the link between the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer has proven to be a major advancement in the prevention of this deadly disease. Almost all sexually active individuals will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives and some may be repeatedly infected. The peak time for infection is shortly after becoming sexually active. The majority of HPV infections resolve spontaneously and do not cause symptoms or disease. However, persistent infections with specific types of HPV (usually types 16 and 18) may lead to precancerous lesions. If untreated, these lesions may progress to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine was introduced eight years ago, and the

UptownBriefs ADAMS AVE STREET FAIR ANNOUNCES LINEUP Once again the Adams Avenue Street Fair will take over several blocks of Normal Heights for a weekend of live music, arts and craft booths, beer gardens, food vendors and more on Sept. 27 and 28. The 33rd annual event is hosted by the Adams Avenue Business Association and is free to attendees of all ages. The Adams Avenue Business Association, the event’s organizer, recently released the festival’s music lineup, which boasts over 100 bands on eight stages. Highlights include the Casbah Rock Stage at 33rd Street with The Burning of Rome headlining Saturday (8:30 p.m.) and The Album Leaf closing it out Sunday (5:45 p.m.). The Roots Rock Stage at

HPV rate among teenage girls in the U.S. has already dropped by 56 percent since then. There is, however, still a lot of work to be done. Nationwide, just 33 percent of girls ages 13 to 17 — and only 7 percent of boys in the same age group —have gotten all three doses of the vaccine. (In California, the odds are slightly better — 43 percent of girls and 13 percent of boys ages 13 to 17 have received all three doses). As a result, millions of people are still infected with HPV every year, and nearly all sexually active people will contract a form of HPV at some point in their lives. Key facts about HPV and the HPV vaccine: • Seventy percent of cervical cancers worldwide are caused by only two types of HPV (16 and 18). • Our affiliate offers Gardasil — one of two FDA-approved HPV vaccines — in all of our health center. • CDC recommends vaccination of girls and boys ages of 9 – 26. • Routine vaccination is a series of three shots over the course of six months. Other immunizations that are important for women of reproductive age — both for general health and prior to pregnancy — include Hepatitis B, influenza, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap), and Varicella for those who have not had chicken pox. This National Immunization Month, share this article with your friends and family, and spread the word about the importance of getting teens vaccinated against HPV! For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call 1-888-743-7526 (PLAN). —Kelly Culwell is the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the Southwest. For more information visit

34th Street will host Ohio garage rockers The Heartless Bastards on Sunday (4:15 p.m.), which is sure to attract a large crowd of music fans. The festival begins at 10 a.m. both weekend days closing at 10 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information.

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HILLCREST considerably from SANDAG’s plan that Frost sees as “a bit car-centric.” The south side of University would turn into one late in each direction. Frost said his plan uses the same bike-lane size as SANDAG: five feet wide with a three-foot buffer. Frost said he sent the presentation of the project outline to SANDAG, but hasn’t received a direct response from them. He plans to continue educating the community and gaining support from local organizations before presenting the project to the Uptown Planners, the city-recognized advisory board for land use and development in the area. Possibly the plan’s biggest strength is its proposed impact on parking. Frost said his plan will add over 40 spaces along University Avenue. A preliminar y number released by SANDAG months back said that the plan through Hillcrest could take as many as 91 spaces through the area, although SANDAG spokesperson David Hicks rejected that estimate. “At some point, someone from the project said look, ‘it’s possible under X circumstances, X number of parking spaces may be needed to build this project,’ but that was in a very, very, very hypothetical sense, and so that did not set the baseline in any way,” Frost said. “And all the details we’re going to work out over the next year – including working with the community on the issue of parking — will determine if and when and what will happen in terms of the parking issue.” Hicks said the two lead planners working on the Uptown Bike Corridor were unavailable prior to the publication of this article. Now that SANDAG has completed the “alignment” portion of the planning phase — determining the route of the bike path — the next phase will identify the details of the route’s implementation, to see what’s realistic and to hear the community’s input and concerns, Hicks said. “There’s a whole lot of ways to do it, and that’s what we’re going to look at over the next six months to a year,” Hicks said, also stating that preliminary visualizations would be developed during this period. The plan already has a number of supporters in

NEWS addition to the HBA and HTC, including the Uptown Community Parking District. The office of Council President Todd Gloria, whose council district encompasses Uptown, expressed a hesitant openness to Frost’s plan. Gloria chairs SANDAG’s transportation committee, which, according to SANDAG’s website, “provides oversight for … regional bikeway projects.” “I am grateful to Mr. Frost for putting his energy into this project and to the Hillcrest community members who have provided input on his proposal and throughout the process led by SANDAG on the Uptown Bike Corridor Project,” Gloria said in an emailed statement. “I have some initial concerns about bus operations, traffic flow, and traffic numbers, but will look at Mr. Frost’s proposal more carefully and discuss it with SANDAG to see what it would take for the community’s preferred elements to be included in the Uptown Bike Corridor project.” Frost began formulating this plan in June, well after SANDAG’s first round of community input. On whether changing gears to his plan would be realistic at this point in the project, Frost “certainly hoped it would be,” but could only speak to that to a limited degree. “If they are truly responsive to the community and to political commentary, and if they are really trying to develop a plan of, by and for the community I would certainly hope that [SANDAG considers the plan],” Frost said. “So far I haven’t heard anything positive, negative — anything.” Regardless of whether implementation of Frost’s plan is realistic at this stage of SANDAG’s project, several community members hoped that the quick acceptance of an alternative plan will encourage SANDAG to be more receptive to the community’s input. “SANDAG can pretty much do whatever it wants,” said Ben Nicholls, HBA’s interim executive director. “If they want to do the bare minimum, check the box and put a stripe down the street that gets rid of parking they can do that. If they want to meet the goals that they talked about at the beginning of the project … they need to do something like this. They need to think like this.” The HBA and the Uptown Parking District plan to hold a meeting in late August or early September to present Frost’s plan to anyone interested. Meeting details we be posted in this article online when they’re released. Frost’s presentation can also be viewed in its entirety in this article’s online version.u

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A dream has come true for Oz Blackaller, the chef-owner of Cueva Bar in University Heights. After the casting crew from Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen contacted him out of the blue, he was given an interview via Skype to compete on the show and then ended up making the cut. The episode was taped earlier this summer in Los Angeles and will air at 10 p.m., Sept. 28. “When I got the call, I was just getting out of the dentist and was so friggin happy that I was asked to compete,” said Blackaller, who had auditioned a couple years ago for ABC’s "The Taste," but wasn’t selected. Cutthroat Kitchen is hosted by Food Network’s fast-talking Alton Brown and spotlights four chefs engaged in threeround cooking matches. Blackaller can’t reveal what dishes he made for the show due to a strict non-disclosure agreement. But he plans on taping it when it runs and playing it for customers afterwards. 2123 Adams Ave., 619-269-6612.

Oz Blackaller has entered the national spotlight. (Courtesy Cueva Bar)

Artisan cheeses are now available at Bottlecraft. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Artisan curds from Venissimo Cheese have rolled into the rear retail section of Bottlecraft in North Park. With established cheese stores in Mission Hills, Downtown and Del Mar, this is Venissimo’s first “shop within a shop,” says Venissimo founder Gina Freize. The outlet offers cheese flights paired to beer, plus sandwiches and charcuterie. 3007 University Ave., 619-501-1177

Coming soon is the “1st Annual San Diego Ceviche Showdown & Tasting” presented and hosted by Fifty Seven Degrees wine and beer bar from 2 to 6 p.m., Aug. 24. The event will bring to the table more than 10 top-name restaurants such as Fish Public in Kensington, Wet Stone Wine Bar & Café in Mission Hills, George’s at the Cove in La Jolla, Puesto in The Headquarters, Duck Dive in Pacific Beach and more. Also taking part is the upcoming Allegro Bistro that adjoins Fifty Seven. Two awards will be given: the “best of San Diego” chosen by a panel of judges and the “people’s choice” determined by attendees. The event is for those 21 years of age and older. Tickets are $19 in advance and $24 at the door. Admission includes ceviche samples from each of the participating restaurants. 1735 Hancock St., 619234-5757,

A quick-service eatery specializing in smoked meats and fish from different American regions will open in late August at the triangular intersection of Park Boulevard at Robinson and Indiana Streets. The Whole Hog is an offshoot to the namesake catering business run by Chris McAfee and chef-business partner Graham Fleming. Their menu will include items such as Cuban pork and Reuben sandwiches, salmon BLTs, carnitas tacos, smoked turkey plates and more. Vegetarian items such as ratatouille wraps and caprese sandwiches are also in the works. “We’ll be doing everything from scratch,” said McAfee, who currently bartends at the Hard Rock Hotel. But don’t expect to see whole pigs hauled through the back door because the duo plans on sourcing only individual sections of the animal. The quaint space will offer a few tables, Chris McAfee is bringing a a “belly bar” and eventually an outdoor unique eatery to Hillcrest. patio. 3749 Park Blvd. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Restaurateur Daniel Bohlen says he recently closed East Village Asian Diner on University Avenue in Hillcrest because “business wasn’t as busy as we thought it would be.” The Korean-style restaurant had been open for about six months. Conversely, his Encinitas location “has been enjoying record sales.” Coming into the space under different ownership in September is The Buffalo Public House, a Brazilian restaurant that will spotlight South American food, wine and beer. 406 University Ave.u


(left) Chef-owner Fred Piehl; (right) Smoking Goat's pate and toast (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


ang an exclamation mark near the intersection of 30th and Upas streets, where a sure-footed restaurant continues swooning new customers with its culinary savoir-faire. The Smoking Goat has ascended steadily into prominence without relying on flaunty advertising or PR campaigns. While some locals still haven’t heard of the place, others know that making a reservation is a wise maneuver on most nights. Chef-owner Fred Piehl launched the restaurant in 2010 with only a handful of tables crammed into a tiny space. Since expanding two years ago into the adjoining storefront, there is now ample seating that extends to a sidewalk patio as well as a crafty down-to-earth interior created by Los Angeles-based Bells & Whistles design studio. And with the new, glassy North Parker complex sitting across the street, the Goat is about to trot out of the shadows. Piehl earned a grand diplome at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and his knack for balancing textures and flavors proves it. The menu isn’t entirely French, but if you arrive with a hankering for duck liver pate laced with butter and cognac and topped brilliantly with refreshing cucumber gelee, you’ll be sent over the moon by it. Escargot au gratin is also on the appetizer list, with the garlic factor well controlled as to allow the herbs, butter and the snails themselves to make a tasteful statement. Both dishes are served with flame-grilled ciabatta bread. Visiting with a longtime North Park resident, who said the restau somehow evaded him until last

week, we continued with Piehl’s famous duck-fat truffle fries. The recipe was by no means invented here, but Piehl was among the first to introduce them to the local dining scene. The spuds are fried in 25 percent duck fat mixed with rice bran oil, a relative newcomer to deep fryers that retains the crispiness of foods longer, even after they’ve cooled a bit. Piehl cranks up the golden sticks with a dusting of pecorino Romano and mustard aioli served on the side. Tartiflette is an appetizer resembling fondue. It’s where Italy meets France as distinct taleggio cheese mingles with creamy brie in a silky melt capturing lardons (crispy pork fat), sweet onions and potatoes. The

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dish is more fitting of winter rather than August, but we didn’t care. The Lyonnaise salad we shared was elegant except for the overuse of Dijon vinaigrette dominating such ingredients as chunks of pork belly, herby house-made croutons and a poached egg on top. Combined with the natural bitterness of frisee lettuce, the pucker factor was high. But it was the only blip in our meal. Despite the restaurant’s name, goat cheese appears in just a few dishes including cheesecake with vanilla-poached nectarines. Piehl took his cue from a late aunt who was a goat rancher, although he plans on introducing goat meatballs “as an experiment” in a couple of weeks. We were swayed by the menu’s two pork entrees: slow-cooked belly draped over smoked Gouda polenta and a brined pork chop crowned with lemon-chipotle butter. Both pieces of meat were astonishingly large. My companion’s pork belly featured the prized layers we hoped for — the rich fat, the tender meat and thin sheet of flavorful skin. Too often in other restaurants one of them goes missing. Equally marvelous was the veal reduction spiked with Belgian red ale beer, which seeped lovingly into the creamy polenta and braising greens on the plate. The chop was served over buttery, delicate green beans, tender fingerling potatoes and a smear of

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Prices: appetizers and salads, $8 to $15; entrees, $16 to $30 smoky tomato sauce that imparted an appealing sour tang. When first cutting into the meat, the texture was too firm for my liking, although it became exceedingly more succulent after moving past the end piece. Other entrees include a catch-ofthe-day fish with seasonal vegetables, a 10-ounce rib eye in red wine sauce and free-range lamb ragu with house-made gnocchi, which our astute waiter ranked as a top mover. Of the hardcore, classic French dishes such as beef bourguignon and cassoulet, Piehl usually unleashes them in fall.


Smoking Goat’s wine list is lengthy if ordering by the bottle, with prices averaging about $45 a pop. The glass program is much smaller, but with a strong focus on varietals from France and California. We stuck to beer with glowing orange-honey wheat ale by Hess Brewing and the robust “Beaver’s Milk” stout from Belching Beaver Brewery that offered the color and flavor of dark coffee. If you make it to the finishing line, the griddled banana bread served in a pond of foster-style liqueur sauce shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s rich, boozy and delightfully sticky. We also tried the peach-raspberry crisp, another winner that wasn’t overly sweet, but one that could disappear by the end of summer. The Smoking Goat is well staffed by a young and highly professional crew dressed in black T-shirts and jeans, which sets the stage for a casual vibe. The food, however, corresponds to pricier white-linen establishments, French or otherwise.u

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For every 10 craft cocktails I raise to my lips, only one or two typically pass muster. The problem I have with most of them is that their cloying syrups and flavored spirits oftentimes scream from the forefront. And where sugar rims come into play, count me out. But there’s a new cocktail menu in town that keeps the sweet factor at bay, or at least quells it with a few extra doses of citrus, bitters and spices in ways I rarely encounter. If saccharine drinks aren’t your thing either, say hello to Heat Bar & Kitchen. The cocktail list was recently created by nationally acclaimed mixologist Tricia Alley, who came down from Los Angeles to share her tricks of the trade with the bar staff. She left in her wake nearly a dozen concoctions that combine sparkling sake with hibiscus flowers (Blooming Heat), American Harvest Vodka with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (Harvest Greyhound) and Broker’s Gin with prosecco, peach puree, fresh lemon juice, bitters and a few other ingredients (Peaches and Bubbles). The drinks range from $8 to $12, although during happy hour they’re $2 off. A cohort

and I imbibed on four of them, including the lightly floral sake drink, with each seemingly topping the other in terms of flavor. Nutmeg added a novel and bewitching twist to the icy Blacklist Punch, made with white and dark rums, pomegranate, ruby grapefruit juice and bitters. Like with the others we tried, it went down dangerously fast. For those with an aversion to bourbon, the Sam’s Smash completely camouflages the peaty flavor of the whiskey with passion fruit puree, mint, lemon and a tincture of blackberry crème de mure. We found it remarkably bright and refreshing. Non-cloying ginger syrup and perhaps a touch of shaved ginger gave rise to the American Mule, made with a feisty pour of American Harvest Vodka and served in a silver mug. The drink is laced also with passion fruit puree, lime juice and Angostura bitters – an idyllic cool-down for the muggy days of August. Other drink specials include wines by the glass and select draft beers for $5 and regular cocktails for $4.

(l to r) The Harvest Mule, Blacklist Punch (Photo by Dr. Ink)

The food menu was recently revised by Chef Pasqual Courtin, who runs Heat with his partner Sam Khorish — socially adept guys that mingle cheerfully with their customers within a stylish, orange-lit environment offering ample seating on banquettes, communal high tops, a bar and outdoor patio. Items from the discounted snack menu average $6. The turmeric-marinated chicken skewers, served three to an order, were outstanding. Ditto for the stout-braised pork sliders topped with apple-horseradish coleslaw. We also nibbled on Heat’s signature potato chips, thin waffle cuts served with light aioli. With some of San Diego’s best cocktails sloshing in our stomachs, the good food became necessary for walking out the door in a straight line.u

The new cocktail list features standout recipes created by famous mixologist Tricia Alley. Every one we tried, such as the American Mule and Sam’s Smash, was love at first sip.

F OOD: The tender Persian-inspired chicken skewers and pork sliders are a must. All of the food is top-quality.

VA L UE : The specialty cocktails are $2 off their regular prices, bringing them to $10 or under. The food is even cheaper, with most plates priced at $6.

SE RV IC E : Our consummate waiter, “Goose,” was attentive, engaging and welleducated about the drinks and food.

DUR AT ION: Heat is closed on Mondays, but offers happy hour six days a week with an extra hour added onto the weekend schedule.

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A guide to Uptown’s dog-friendly restaurants and lobster rolls, and oyster tacos. Fish Public also caters to anyone who may prefer a land dish with mac-n-cheese, BLTs and burgers. The Nantucket-inspired restaurant has a sidewalk patio with plenty of seating and ser vers offer water bowls to their four-legged patrons.

A North Park local dines at Fish Public in Kensington with miniature pinscher-chihuahua, Chorizo. (Photos by Hoa Quách)

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We can take them to the parks, shopping centers and even dog-only spas. But it can sometimes be a challenge to find high-quality restaurants that are also dog friendly. Uptown News scoured the neighborhoods and picked three restaurants where your fur baby (or babies) will be happily welcomed. Even better, we guarantee you won’t be compromising your taste buds to cater to your pup. Fish Public in Kensington The restaurant opened a little over a year ago, one of four owned by the renowned Urban Kitchen Group. Diners can find fresh seafood including oysters, mussels, crab

Address: 4055 Adams Ave. Hours: 5 – 9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 5 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Tip: Oysters are $1 each on Sundays

Carnitas Snack Shack in North Park It’s hard to miss this North Park joint when there’s a milelong waiting line. But the wait is definitely worth ever y bite you’ll get at this pet-friendly establishment. Carnitas Snack Shack offers a fusion of Mexican and American dishes using farm fresh ingredients. The menu, which changes daily, includes pork belly, pulled pork and of course, carnitas. The casual yet comely dining area is all outdoors, making it pet-friendly. Even better, the Shack also has a patio bar. Address: 2632 University Ave. Hours: noon to midnight, daily Tip: Get the pork belly sauce on the side. It goes with everything.

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Buona Forchetta in South Park Buona Forchetta is the perfect eater y for diners looking for something a little more upscale that also welcomes their pups. Buona Forchetta offers ever ything an Italian restaurant should, including wood-fired pizza, gnocchi and calzones. The outdoor seating area is street-side and is complete with charming lighting. Address: 3001 Beech St. Hours: 5 – 10 p.m. Monday – Friday; 12 – 3 p.m. Wednesday – Friday; noon – 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon – 10 p.m. Sunday. Tip: Tr y the sangria.u


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Pageant of the masters Sand sculptors travel from around the world to San Diego for world-class event Morgan M. Hurley Uptown Contributing Editor

There are only about a dozen major sand-sculpting events in the entire world, and one of the best of those events is held every year right here in San Diego over Labor Day weekend. Held for many years in Imperial Beach on the sand, today’s U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge (USSSC) and 3D Art Exposition is held on the B Street Pier, located 1140 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. This is the third year at the new location, and despite a great deal

of construction last year along the Embarcadero, the event went off without a hitch. “I think the best thing about last year were the sculptures and the sculptors,” said Gordon Summer, co-director of the event with his wife Joyce. “The sculptures were amazing and the sculptors, it’s just a wonderful bunch of people. They’re from all over the world and it’s kind of like a little community. They all know each other.” Summer said though there will be a little construction still visible along Pacific Highway, officials have told him that the area from the B

“Dr. Suess” created by Cool Carvers competitors Team I. B. Posse, won People’s Choice award in 2013 (Photo by Greg LeBon)

Street Pier south to Broadway will be completely clear. New last year was the addition of the 3D Art Expo, which brought dozens of metal, wood, glass, clothing and fine jewelry artists together to sell their wares to attendees after they had meandered through the sand sculptures. This year the expo expects over 1,000 works of art and other media. Also returning are the popular food trucks, and the huge sandbox where younger kids can frolic to their heart’s content. New this year is a beer garden, the first introduction of alcohol vendors to the event since the move to B Street Pier. Run by the San Diego Athletic League, a 501(c)(3), it will be open all four days of the event and restricted to 21+. Gates open at 9 a.m. every day and the live entertainment found on both ends of the pier starts at 11 a.m., with a full lineup that changes every other hour. Some of the entertainment includes Rob Thorsen, Gilbert Castellanos, Ruby and the Red Hots, Bill Caballero, Jay and Janet and many more. For those who like to see the master sculptors in action, it is recommended to get there on Friday to see their masterpieces come to life. Artists start two days before and must complete them no later than 2 p.m. on Saturday. Friday is also Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by Stacy Werner of the Inslider Food Truck. Active military with identification and up to three family members are free. The rest of the weekend military will get $3 off tickets. Civilians will

Fergus Mulvaney at work on his sculpture “Can you hear me now?” (Photo by Jon Gebhart)

also see a discount on Friday, with adult and children’s tickets $5 & $4, respectively. Gordon Kohl will honor the military attendees on stage while performing military-inspired music from 2 – 4 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday nights, the event closes at 7 p.m. but on Saturday night, stick around until 10 p.m. to join in to celebrate the “world masters,” and the beer garden closes at 9 p.m. Organizers say the sculptures look “unbelievable” at night. On Saturday, the Cool Carvers — three sculptors to a team — will compete from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Also on Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. at the other end of the pier, Council President Todd Gloria will present the awards to the World Masters, where $60,000 is at stake this year. On Sunday the Cool Carvers will continue their team sculpting until 2 p.m., and then will be judged shortly thereafter. Monday is another fun-filled day of entertainment, 3D artists showing their wares, sand sculpture viewing, sculpting lessons

and more. The weekend wraps up at 7 p.m. All of the World Masters are returning from last year and but there are a couple new ones in the competition, since two of the masters that competed last year are now working to help manage the event. The “World Masters” competing in the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge are the best in the world and considered celebrities throughout the sand sculpting circuit. This year’s competitors are again from all over the world. Coming as far away as the Netherlands and Singapore, all but two of this year’s world masters have proven their skills in San Diego before. They include: Helena Bangert of the Netherlands, sculpting since 2000; Melineige Beuregard of Quebec, Canada, a sculptor since 2001; Michela Ciappini of Italy started sculpting in 2003; Rusty Croft of Carmel, California, San Diego’s grand prize winner in 2012; New Jersey Native John Gowdy now calls Italy home,

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GONDOLA feature two of San Diego’s wellknown aerial gondola routes, though both cover distances far smaller than the proposed two-mile route between Downtown and Balboa Park. The proposed aerial gondola would most likely mirror designs such as Portland’s aerial tram and a conceptual tramway in Kirkland, Washington in engineering and scope. ADVANTAGES TO AN AERIAL GONDOLA The proposed aerial gondola would take up far less surface area than a conventional trolley route, providing little negative impact on mobility and traffic. Roberts said engineers are also exploring a possible cantilever design for the gondola, which could conceivably remove the need for support beams in the middle of the street. Aerial gondolas would be a highly efficient method of transportation, arriving every 14 seconds at the station platform with each individual car capable of carrying between 10 to 15 people. The conceptual design would be highly adaptable, allowing operators of the line to add or remove cars in times of light or heavy use. And then there’s the view. It’s rare for San Diegans to get past the concept of the aerial gondola without remarking on the incredibly picturesque views that would be offered by the Downtown San Diego skyline. If built, the aerial



sculpting since 1990; Chris Guinto of Key West, Florida, sculpting since 2000, will make his first appearance in San Diego; Joris Kivits, also from the Netherlands, sculpting since 2006; Sandis Kondrats is from Latvia began sculpting in 2001; Sue McGrew is one of the youngest professional sculptors; Fergus Mulvaney of Dublin, Ireland, sculpting since 1993; Bruce Phillips has been sculpting with sand for over 20 years; Kirk Rademaker from Stinson Beach, California and has been a sand sculptor since 1997; and JOOheng Tan of Singapore, sculpting since 2000, makes his debut in San Diego. Organizers of the event are encouraging attendees to use public transportation. To facilitate this, MTS has partnered with the USSSC. “This is at least our third year supporting the event,” said Rob Schupp, MTS representative. “MTS gets involved in partnerships like this where it makes sense for riders to come to the events and to avoid parking and driving hassles. “What I look for in a partner is someone who is really wiling to push the transit alternative for people who are attending their event and [Joyce and Gordon] do an exceptional job of letting people know that riding the trolley or the buses to downtown to come to this event makes a lot of sense, and they provide our riders a $3 discount if they show their ticket at the window so it’s a really great partnership and they do all they can to support transit.” Back again from last year are the children’s rides, although there will be no zip line this year, but Bubble Fun and Euro Bungy are both back by popular demand.

gondola would almost certainly be a boon for tourism for the region, serving not just as a means for transportation but perhaps itself becoming an iconic part of the San Diegan horizon. Though the proposed route is only intended to ferry people between Balboa Park and Downtown, adjustments may be made in the future to extend the route in the future. “I can envision this going to Hillcrest. I can envision this going to Fashion Valley easily,” Roberts said. “You can design this so you can extend it.” GONDOLA TO NOWHERE? ISSUES, QUESTIONS & CONCERNS According to Roberts, the aerial gondola has generated interest among local leaders such as Council President Todd Gloria and Mayor Kevin Faulconer and has drawn significant support from businesses looking for a tourism boost. Though the plan has accumulated considerable appeal, there are multiple issues the aerial gondola would have to contend with before breaking ground. Residents living along Sixth Avenue have voiced concerns over privacy, noting that gondolas traveling several feet high in the air would have unhindered views inside residents’ homes. Other residents living alongside the proposed route are worried about decreasing property values caused by an intrusive mode of transportation blocking views of parks and other aesthetically pleasing sections of the route. Roberts said that opaquing the Out of towners or those making the trek from North County can stay at The Sofia Hotel, a boutique hotel located at 150 W. Broadway. The Sofia is offering special rates to sand sculpting attendees. Visit their website at or call them at 619-234-9200 and make sure you mention the sand sculpting event. Each year organizers take a portion of the proceeds and make a donation to several local young centered organizations: San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), the Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning; All About the Kids foundation; and the Maritime Museum’s children’s education programs. “People came up to us and told us how fantastic last year’s event was,” said Joyce Summer, co-director. “People are still talking about it. It’s a nice family event and a breath of fresh air for San Diego.”

windows of the gondolas through specific sections of the route is a possible method of maintaining privacy for local residents. Because of its close proximity to the San Diego International Airport, the proposed gondola would also have to abide by strict Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, creating a logistical challenge for the plan. Extending the route to the airport, a popular idea among trolley line enthusiasts, would be considerably more difficult to accomplish because of rigid guidelines governing air traffic. Roberts said cooperation with the FAA would be crucial for the gondola plan to succeed. Running an aerial gondola route through Balboa Park also presents a logistical concern for city planners and engineers, tasking them with providing transportation to the park while preserving the space’s historical integrity. Providing funding for the large cost of the project is a huge concern. Because the plan is in its earliest conceptual stages, cost estimation is difficult, though it is expected to run in the tens of millions. Whether the planned route will be strictly public or a public/private partnership also remains undecided, though Roberts said he has been approached by multiple private parties to see that the aerial gondola plan reaches completion. The plan does, however, have a prospective finish date. “Early 2019,” Roberts said with a coy smile. Perhaps not so coincidentally, early 2019 is when Roberts would be termed out as county supervisor.u

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No veneer on this old age (l to r) Roger Forbes as Wilfred Bond and Robert Foxworth as Reginald Paget in Ronald Harwood's Quartet (Photo by Jim Cox) Charlene Baldridge Uptown News


his writer went home from the Old Globe’s production of Sir Ronald Harwood’s “Quartet” wishing several things, among them that she were a just a “regular” theatregoer approximately 60 to 65 years of age; that she had never been upon a stage; that it did not pain her so to watch real actors whose median age is 70 perform in a play about old people who have trod the boards in grand opera and are now living in straitened circumstances in a Kent assisted living home for former musicians.

The pain is equal to that of watching younger actors act old. “Quartet” is 1999 play that became a 2012 film directed by Dustin Hoffman. Straitened as their circumstances may be, three once famous opera stars — baritone Wilfred Bond, tenor Reginald Paget and contralto Cecily Robson — have lavishly decorated the sitting room they claim as their own. Now they’re joined by soprano Jean Horton, who shared their glory days and who sang with them on a newly reissued recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday is just around the corner, and Harwood’s play consists of the three trying to

(l to r) Elizabeth Franz as Jean Horton and Jill Tanner as Cecily Robson (Photo by Jim Cox)

convince the one that they must perform the quartet from “Rigoletto” as the climax of the impending celebration. Many factors complicate the performance of this challenging quartet, including the fact that the pedantic Reggie (Robert Foxworth, the dastardly Duke of Mantua) and the downcast Jean (Elizabeth Franz, Gilda on the recording) were briefly married. She attempts to be civil, to apologize. “We were different people then,” she says of their ninehour, unconsummated marriage, which ended in divorce. Reggie, who never got over her, still loves her and so treats her

with immense disdain. Word has it that Wilfred (Roger Forbes, Rigoletto in the quartet) was unfaithful during his marriage of 34 years. He is an absolutely lecherous old coot and begins the play by telling Cecily (Jill Tanner, the slutty Maddelena of the quartet) how luscious her tits are. The truth is that Cecily was more disappointed than round-heeled in her search for love. Jean cannot believe that her grandiose and glamorous life, which she reportedly abdicated in favor of marriage and motherhood, is ending this way. “I was somebody once,” she says. “I thought I was

(l to r) Elizabeth Franz as Jean Horton and Robert Foxworth as Reginald Paget (Photo by Jim Cox)

somebody now,” says Cecily. Eventually, the original three, who have long outlawed what they call self-pity parties, bring Jean the love, acceptance and affection that she needs in order to move on. The treacherous script, written by Harwood, now nearing 80, who is responsible for the screenplays of “The Dresser” and “The Pianist” (for which he received an Oscar) among many others, could easily fall into a morass of treacle. Thanks to Old Globe director Richard Seer and the skills of his septuagenarian company, it does not. Some of the actors are more infirm than others physically and vocally. To them, medals of valor, and to the others, sincere affection for holding it all together moment by moment. Do the four actors truly sing the tricky quartet? Come to the Globe to find out. Old Globe Associate Artist Ralph Funicello creates the glorious salon; Charlotte Devaux, the costumes; York Kennedy, the lighting; and Christopher R. Walker, the Chopin-infused sound design.u




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and a whole lot of strings; banjo, mandolin, and bright bold guitar are prominent throughout the disc. The storytelling elements of the tracks, which draw inspiration from our country’s history, make for a cinematic musical journey.

Five local shows over the next two weeks

Champ and R.A. Rosenborg at Sycamore Den Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 p.m. Free

Jen Van Tieghem Goodnight Texas, The Bones of J.R. Jones, and The Whiskey Circle at Soda Bar Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 p.m. $10 Americana rockers Goodnight, Texas are on tour in support of their newly released album “Uncle John Farquhar” and San Diego is lucky enough to be a stop along the way. The band’s latest offering takes the classic folk-country sounds of earlier tunes amping up the style with upbeat rhythms

In recent months Sycamore Den has hosted many folk and country-tinged acts in their hunting lodge-like atmosphere. While I love that style as much as the next girl, it’s nice to see the venue venturing into other parts of the San Diego scene. Champ is a synthpop trio with vocalist Ferran Nicolls at the forefront. Nicolls’ voice is mesmerizing in its balance of powerful and angelic tones. Opening the show is R.A. Rosenborg, the solo project of Rutger Rosenborg of local indie-pop darlings Ed Ghost Tucker; his style follows suit with a psychedelic feel to his first single “Wagner (Gulls).” “Motown Under Cover” at The Office Monday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m. $5 On the last Monday of each month, musicians from some of San Diego’s top bands gather to perform covers by a pre-

determined artist. The events are organized by Lauren Scheff (Get Back Loretta/Kevin Martin) and Julie Mossa of The Office in the hopes of bringing the “musical community together” according to Scheff. Past Under Covers have included tributes to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and others. Tonight’s event has a broader theme featuring hits from Motown artists. Notable performers scheduled to appear include Stevie Harris (The Styletones), Steven Bradford (Get Back Loretta), Omar Lopez (Áfrojazziacs), Rebecca Jade, Whitney Shay and many others. “It is a very special night for not only the musicians and singers, but the people who watch,” Scheff described of the events. “It’s magical.” Two sets start promptly at 9 p.m. — don’t be late! Leopold and His Fiction, and The Nervous Wreckords at Casbah Tuesday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m. $8 Leopold and His Fiction is led by talented vocalist and guitarist Daniel James. With rock ‘n’ roll chops, he draws from blues, country and other genres for a unique and bold sound. The songs manage to capture the wild spirit of garage rock without spiraling completely out of control. Roaming guitar solos are a signature of the band and keep the energy at full throttle. SoundDiego Live featuring Barbarian and Buddy Banter at Bar Pink Friday, Aug. 29, 9 p.m. Free Each month SoundDiego hosts a live music event that shines a spotlight on local talents and draws in the who’s who of our music scene. This month Barbarian and Buddy Banter are set to play with an additional band to be announced. Both bands blend psychedelic and pop sounds for a melodic mixture that’s as warmly familiar as your favorite pair of fuzzy slippers; pair that with the free Jack Daniel’s cocktails and you’re in for a blissed out evening.u

Godnight, Texas (Photo by M. Washburn)

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BRIEFS days, as required by law, which may require the City Council to convene for an emergency session during their August legislative recess. “When 38 percent of San Diego workers don’t earn enough to make ends meet, something must be done,” Gloria stated in a press release. “That is why the mayor’s veto of this reasonable, common sense measure is disappointing. Thankfully the City Council understands that our working families are struggling and I believe will act to override this veto.” According to the left-leaning Center on Policy Initiatives, 279,000 San Diegans would earn paid sick leave because of the ordinance, and 172,000 would see an increase in pay.

DENNY’S FUNDRAISING TO HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER All 36 of the Denny’s restaurants in San Diego County, including Uptown’s location at 2445 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park, are participating in the fourth annual “No Kid Hungr y” campaign starting Friday, Aug. 15. The national initiative, which runs through Sept. 30, raised nearly $800,000 last year for Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America. Denny’s hopes their efforts will top $1 million in 2014. Patrons have four different ways to donate: in-store, online, via text or by purchasing Tshirts. Those visiting a Denny’s may sign a pledge to end hunger and a $3 donation will get them $9 worth of Denny’s coupons. Donations can also be made online at, where donors will receive a $5 coupon. Those who prefer texting may text ‘dennys’ to 877877 to get information on how to donate, and they will also receive a $5 coupon good at any Denny’s.

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T-shirts may be purchased at, where visitors will find three different T-shirt designs by Denny’s team members available for $10 each. Proceeds go directly to No Kid Hungry and the designer who sells the most T-shirts will get $300, a paid day off, and Denny’s CEO John Miller will work their shift.

LIBRARIES PARTNER WITH MUSEUM OF MAN The San Diego Public Library has joined forces with the San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM) to offer patrons more opportunities to enhance their cultural and historical education through its new “Check It Out” program. Check It Out allows members of any of San Diego’s 36 libraries to check out a free pass that will give them benefits similar to a regular museum membership for up to two weeks per check out. Four passes are available at each library, and each pass authorizes two adults and four children daily admission to the SDMoM, 15 percent discounts at the museum store and access to other museum events, except special exhibits that require additional fees. “The San Diego Museum of Man is all about inspiring human connections by exploring the human experience,” said Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library interim director. “Visitors can immerse themselves in the whole world in one place from mummies to Mayan monuments to four million years of evolution. We are thrilled to be partners in making it accessible to as many families as possible. San Diego Public Library’s mission, which is inspiring lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other, is so aligned with SDMoM’s mission.” The SDMoM is located in Balboa Park. For more information on the Check It Out program, or to find a library near you, visit


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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, AUG. 15

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., every Friday, Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., free. Fridays on Fifth: 4 – 9 p.m., every Friday restaurants and bars offer discounts and specials for a social hour in the heart of Hillcrest on Fifth Avenue between Washington Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Art Show: 5:30 – 9 p.m., official opening for “Look Closely: Subject, Technique, and Composition Examined,” Disclosed unLocation Gallery, 1925 30th St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Old Town Art Walk: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Saturday, Harney St., free. Book Sale: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library are holding a book sale. Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free.

Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., every Saturday, Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., free. Intention Setting Workshop: 10:30 – 12:30 a.m., hosted by the Eye of Buddha, 4247 Park Blvd. Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 8th Anniversary Party and Fundraiser: 3 – 7 p.m., happy hour drink specials and complimentary appetizers. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Sisters’ charities, Harvey Milk’s American Diner, 535 University Ave. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Sabrina” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Improv Show: 8 p.m., ongoing until Aug. 23, Finest City Improv, 4250 Louisiana Street, tickets $10. Comedy Heights Comedy Show: 8 – 10 p.m., every Saturday local comedians take the stage in University Heights next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., free.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday under

CALENDAR the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free. ’80s Night: 8:30 p.m., every Sunday until Oct. 26, take a trip to everyone’s favorite decade, The Kensington Club, 4079 Adams Ave., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Sabrina” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Old Town Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Saturday, Harney St., free. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Summer Reading Program: Pacific Animal Productions: 10:30 a.m., meet and learn about wild animals, Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., free. Singing Storytime: 1:30 p.m., every Monday learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together, Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., free. Spiritual and Wellness Meetup: 6:30 – 8 p.m., every other Monday at the Eye of Buddha, 4247 Park Blvd., free. Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., every Monday night the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., free. Motown Mondays: 9 p.m., DJ Artistic spins sweet tunes from Hitsville, USA, Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., no cover.


Kid’s Drumming Class: 2 – 4:15 p.m., children of all ages can learn the basic of West African drumming at WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., cost $9. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8:30 p.m., weekly Tuesday night gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Pajama Story Time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 10 p.m., open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., free. Rad Karaoke: 8 p.m., let loose and sing your favorite hits at U-31, 3112 University Ave., free. Friends Chill: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., board games and mellow grooves every Tuesday at Whistle Stop Bar, 2235 Fern St., South Park. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20

Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St. in Hillcrest, Love Offering requested. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos every Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., no cover charge. Live Music: 9 p.m., an eclectic night of music awaits with soulindie-rock group Stevie and the Hi-Staxx, Bar Pink, 3829 30th St., free. Boogie Nights: 9 p.m., get your underground dance music on every Wednesday at Bar Dynamite, 1808 W. Washington Street, free. Live Music: 9 p.m., local indie rock bands comprise this lineup including Inspired and the Sleep, Tiger and the Teller, and Wizard Woes. U-31, 3112 University Ave., $5.


Gentle Yoga for seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., every Thursday, presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., free. North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Live Music: 6 – 9 p.m., every Thursday singer/songwriter Nathan Welden performs at Fish Public in Kensington, which offers a dozen oysters and a 22-oz. beer for $22, 4055 Adams Ave., free. 19th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit Mama’s Kitchen: 6 – 9 p.m., tray passed hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, live music, a silent auction and more. Money raised provides nutritious meals to our neighbors affected by AIDS or cancer. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, 4612 Park Blvd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Shadow of a Doubt” at 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Live Music: 8:30 p.m., a lineup of rock and folk includes Quiet Morning & the Calamity, Roger!, and Second Cousins. The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., $6. Live Music: 9 p.m., Bands from San Diego and across the border bring garage and retro rock

to the stage- including Gloomsday, Some Kind of Lizard, and The Cardielles. Tin Can Alehouse, 1863 Fifth Ave., $5.


Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., every Friday, Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., free. Fridays on Fifth: 4 – 9 p.m., every Friday restaurants and bars offer discounts and specials for a social hour in Hillcrest on Fifth Avenue between Washington Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Barefoot Boogies: 8 p.m., contact dance improvisation classes on second and fourth Friday of ever y month, improvisational jams with live music on first and third Fridays, Eveoke Dance Theatre, 2811 University Avenue, $10 for class and jam, $5 for jam before 9:30 p.m., $7 after 9:30 p.m. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Shadow of a Doubt” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Live Music: 9 p.m., rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well with Midnight Rivals and Behind the Wagon. Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern St., free.


Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Old Town Art Walk: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Saturday, Harney St., free. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., every Saturday, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Sleepless in Seattle” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk St. and Normal St., free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. West African Dance: 2 – 3:30 p.m., every Sunday learn this high energy and rhythmic dance style, WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., free. Spoken Word: 7 p.m., don’t be shy to share a story or poem in this welcoming environment, Broke Girls Coffee Bar, 3562 Adams Ave., cost $5. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Sleepless in Seattle,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Live Music: 8:30 p.m., get a heavy dose of Americana with Mandolin Orange, The Americans, and Lexington Field at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, $8 advanced/ $10 day of show.


Hora de La Cuenta: 11 a.m., Spanish-language story time at North Park Library, 3795 31st St., free. Signs at Play: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., teach your baby to sign, first and third Mondays of the month, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free. Bear Den at the Pig Pen: 5 – 10 p.m., enjoy happy hour specials and local craft beers at Carnitas Snack Shack, 2632 University Ave. Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., every Monday night at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., free. Film in the Garden: 8 p.m., screening “Until the End of the World,” San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, free.


Children’s Drumming Class: 2 – 4:15 p.m., children of all ages can learn the basics of West African drumming, WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., $9. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8:30 p.m., weekly gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Pajama Story-time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Not Just Trivia: 7 – 9 p.m., a live hosted trivia show every Tuesday at The Air Conditioned Lounge, 4673 30th St., free. Friends Chill: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., board games and mellow grooves every Tuesday at Whistle Stop Bar, 2235 Fern St.


Mystery Book Discussion: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., The Mystery Book Group will discuss a mystery novel. Mission Hills Library, 925

CALENDAR W. Washington Street, free. Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at the Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St. in Hillcrest. Love of fering requested. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilber t Castellanos ever y Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilber t Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., no cover charge. Dynamic Night: 8 – 10 p.m., a weekly open mic night for musicians at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., free.


Nor th Park Far mers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., ever y Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Kir tan Musical Meditation: 8:15 p.m., ever y Thursday chant and sing contemporar y mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Hear t yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Big Lebowski” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Live Music: 9 p.m., Awesomefest pre-party featuring The Natives, Swift Beats, and Moonshine. The Hideout, 3519 El Cajon Blvd., Price TBD. u

Community organization meetings Bankers Hill Residents 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the third Monday San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Ad Hoc Bylaws Subcommittee 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday Adams Recreation Center, 3491 Adams Ave. Hillcrest Business Association Board of Directors 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association 9 – 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday 3727 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Historical Society 6:30 – 8 p.m. on third Thursday Grace Lutheran Church (second floor), 3967 Park Blvd. Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the third Thursday Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr. North Park Planning Committee 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way Talmadge Community Council 6:30 p.m. on third Thursday of odd numbered months 4760 Miracle Dr. (residential address) Mission Hills Heritage 7 p.m. on the third Thursday Call 619-497-1193 or email for meeting location. Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday Franklin Elementary Room #2, 4481 Copeland Ave. North Park Community Association 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Action Team 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday North Park Community Center, 2711 Howard Ave. Email for inclusion of your organization or committee meeting.

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