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Centennial Celebration co-chair addresses Bankers Hill residents By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

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(above) Garcia working with the camera piñata prop for the photo shoot, (right, insert) his winning poster (Courtesy Juan Luis Garcia) Plumeria’s flower power

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Latino Film Festival 20th anniversary poster revealed Contest brings in over 120 entries; winner announced at pre-festival party By Anthony King SDUN Editor

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Little Italy’s Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery at 2165 India St. played host to the unveiling of the official 20th anniversary Latino Film Festival poster at a pre-festival reception held Jan. 9. Organized by the Media Arts Center in North Park, the Festival is scheduled to take place March 7 – 17. Festival Director and Media Arts Founder Ethan van Thillo held a contest for this year’s poster, which will be used in all

promotional material for the twoweek, annual event. Los Angeles-based photographer and graphic designer Juan Luis Garcia was announced as this year’s poster-design winner, after an extensive process headed by the festival’s 2013 selection committee. The competition received over 120 entries, and the committee chose 10 finalists to compete for a $1,000 cash prize. Garcia’s winning work – a colorful, classic movie camera dressed up as a piñata – was chosen among work by artists Alejandro

Franseschini, Juan Luis Garcia, Diana Mota, Hugo Espinosa, Lupe Duarte, Sami Kähkönen, Tu Anh and Ricardo Vallejo. “This being the 20th year, I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate this milestone as well as all of Latino filmmaking,” Garcia said in his artist statement. “What better way to do that than by combining the quintessential image of a piñata with that of the most important tool in filmmaking.” The contest ended Oct. 31, 2012,

see Poster, page 23

New parking initiatives coming to Hillcrest

A poster from the 1915 exposition (Courtesy The Committee of One Hundred)

Uptown Community Parking District seeks feedback at HBA open house By Anthony King SDUN Editor

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Several new parking and driving-alternative initiatives were the main topics of discussion at the most recent Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) member open house, held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at d Bar Restaurant. Uptown Community Parking District Operations Manager Ben Verdugo was on hand with HBA Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls to solicit feedback on and give a taste of several up-and-coming projects, including a website and smartphone application that visitors and residents of the neighborhood can use to find parking in real time.

Ben Clay, co-chair of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration host committee, told Bankers Hill business owners and residents the 2015 event will involve them – not just impact them – and will be as big or small as fundraising allows. “The City Council said they don’t just want a celebration with a sheet cake,” Clay said at the Jan. 21 Bankers Hill Residents meeting. The regular monthly meetings are held at the Inn at the Park, located at 525 Spruce St. “We understand the relationship of this community being next door to the park,” he said. “We’ve got to be sensitive, not only to our neighbors, but to the park itself.”

Old Town Trolley shuttle service will begin in April. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

The initiatives, Nicholls said, were a result of a collaborative effort by the HBA, Parking District and the Hillcrest Town Council. Luke Terpstra, Town Council president, was also in attendance. “It’s so great to see all the wonderful energy that’s going on in this neighborhood,” Council

see Parking, page 4

Though the scope of the yearlong celebration in 2015 is yet to be determined, it is being planned as a milestone in the City’s histor y, replete with food, entertainment, parades, exhibit booths and a host of other activities focusing the world’s eyes once again on San Diego. The Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration website outlines the goals for the host committee, offering a histor y of the park as well. A centur y ago, the 1915 PanamaCalifornia exposition, considered a “world’s fair,” the site states, was held in Balboa Park. The event celebrated “progress, prosperity and opportunity,” and marked the opening of the Panama Canal as well as San Diego’s role as the first

see Centennial, page 5


San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013

Timeless tunes Historic Old Town establishment hosts new Saturday night jazz series each week By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

Since joining forces more than three years ago, a trio of jazz musicians is showcasing their talents at a variety of venues throughout San Diego. Recently, they have perched at one of the city’s oldest establishments. In December 2012, members of jazz ensemble The Full House Band began performing Saturday nights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town, for a regular event aptly titled Cosmo Jazz Showcase. Each week, the trio – Bruce Cameron on trumpet, Ted Williams on bass and Mark Augustin on guitar – perform with a select, local vocalist. The maneuver, the trio said, freshens up each week’s set and assures audiences a performance will not be replicated from one week to the next. Recent guest vocalists include Jimmer Bolden, Sacha Boutros, Janet Hammer and Andrea Sperling. In the past, The Full House Band frequently performed outdoors, but a number of attributes at the historic Cosmopolitan facility piqued Cameron’s curiosity. Performing indoors, he said, has benefits, particularly during the rainy winter months.

At the moment, the weekly jazz show is held in the historic Grand Sala. But in the months ahead, plans call for the series to move outdoors to the orchard patio, where musicians will play beneath the stars amid warmer temperatures. The relationship between The Full House Band and the Cosmopolitan began with a mutual love of jazz. Catherine Miller, who runs the establishment with fellow proprietor Tom Withers, were attending a similar event at Spaghetteria in Little Italy, called Sunday Night Jazz Jam. There, they had the chance to get to know the trio. “We got to talking, and when the idea was presented I thought to myself, ‘this could work,’” Cameron said about staging their own jazz night. “Once we got everything going, I realized what a great opportunity this could be. It’s gone very well so far.” Attendance during the first few weeks of the jazz showcase was a trickle, but with each ensuing week, Cameron said a growing number of people have been stopping in. “All we needed was a little patience,” he said. “It’s been picking up quite a bit.” Miller and Withers opened the Cosmopolitan in July 2010


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AT A GLANCE WHO: The Full House Band with rotating local vocalists each week


WHAT: Cosmo Jazz Showcase WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays WHERE: Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, 2660 Calhoun St. (Old Town) ADMISSION: $5 at the door INFORMATION: 619-297-1874,

The Full House Band plays the Cosmo Jazz Showcase each Saturday. (Courtesy Delle Willett)

after an extensive remodeling projected that spanned three-anda-half years. Miller said careful attention was put into maintaining the original character of the facility, which dates to 1827. Since its reincarnation, Miller said music has been an important focal point at the Cosmopolitan, alongside the variety of entrees, appetizers and desserts that are ser ved. In addition to the Cosmo Jazz Showcase, the establishment will also host three other performers in February: vocalist David Mosby on Saturday, Feb. 2, saxophonist Kyle Myers on Feb. 9, and vocalist Michela Dalla Pozza on Feb. 16 and 23. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Miller said the timeless tunes are one way of keeping in touch with the Cosmopolitan’s deep roots. When the facility was

founded 186 years ago, owners touted it as a high-end stop for travelers, and music was offered in abundance as a form of entertainment. “We brought music back, and it’s gone quite well,” Miller said. “We’ve had artists with a wide repertoire.” Cameron said he has enjoyed performing regularly in a venue with immense history, but he also

is quick to point out he enjoys performing anywhere. “I enjoy the camaraderie of performing with other people,” he said. “I really appreciate being around creative people. When you have the kind of team work situation we have [with The Full House Band], you learn to rely on one another and support one another with the performances.”u


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Jennifer Gonzalez joined Fiesta Cantina manager Cyril Soubiran, waiter Jessy Liller and Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) Marketing and Communications Director Lisa Weir on Jan. 23 for a short celebration announcing Gonzalez the winner of over $2,000 in gift certificates from several Hillcrest businesses. Gonzalez, who is a resident of University Heights, bought the winning raffle ticket at Fiesta Cantina in early December 2012, during the HBA’s SHOP Hillcrest for the Holidays campaign. She said she could not believe her luck. “About five weeks ago, I went to Fiesta Cantina with a few friends to celebrate,” she said. “I ordered one of those awesome margaritas, and the waiter told me to fill out the raffle ticket for a shopping spree. I’m so glad I did.” Liller, who lives in Mission Hills, has been working at the restaurant and bar for almost a year. He was on shift the night Gonzalez came in with a large group of friends, and said he remembered her filling out the ticket. “It was a way to promote the sales for the event,” he said. “We had fliers for the prize and it came with a purchase of one of the margaritas. … The drinks that we offered for the tickets were really good.” The SHOP Hillcrest raffle contest is used as a way to promote and support local business over the busy holiday season, Weir said. Businesses who offered raffle tickets to their patrons provided gift certificates to the HBA, who then bundled them together and to present to


PARKING President Todd Gloria said. “I’m glad you are all really setting the pace for the neighborhoods in San Diego.” Temporary workstations were set up around the restaurant, allowing HBA members and guests to view material on each initiative. There was a place to offer general suggestions, and Nicholls said he urged everyone to be as inquisitive as possible. “There’s a lot of us around and we can answer your questions,” he said. “Ask us about parking.” Adding additional parking in Hillcrest was one of the projects undertaken by the Parking District, who did an initial survey of the neighborhood and identified 150 potential locations to increase parking. Making recommendations to the city on changing the layout of parking – from parallel to angle parking, for instance – has already begun, with a location on Vermont Street complete. The City will change the configuration of two other sections of parking this month, including Centre Street north of University Avenue, and near the intersection of Montecito Way and First Avenue. Addressing concerns bicyclists have regarding a change to angle parking, Verdugo said the Parking District kept the bicyclists’ safety in mind as part of the overall discussion. “What we want to do actually,

(l to r) Fiesta Cantina employees Jessy Liller and Cyril Soubiran, winner Jennifer Gonzalez, and Lisa Weir of the HBA (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat) one grand-prize winner. “We collected over 2,000 raffle [tickets] all holiday season long, generating $2,000 worth of gift certificates,” she said. “Fiesta was great. When we picked up the raffle tickets, they had a huge stack.” Participating locations spanned the breadth of Hillcrest, and the prize includes gift certificates to restaurants, as well as boutique stores and services. Last year’s winner Kelly Horrell bought her ticket at Mint Shoes on University Avenue. The retailer participated again this year. Gonzalez said she was particularly happy about the gift certificate to Mint, as well as Baja Betty’s. “I go to Baja Betty’s all the time for brunch,” she said. “I’m actually going there on Sunday.” Weir then went through the selection of gift certificates, telling Gonzalez little tidbits about each business and recommending favorites. Now in its third year, prizes

in the 2012 SHOP Hillcrest promotion included gifts from 45 businesses, marking a significant increase over the previous year, which had just over 25 retailers participating. In all, Gonzalez won gift certificates to Akinori, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Babette Schwartz, Baja Betty’s, Bamboo Lounge and T-Deli, Bodhi Massage Center, Buffalo Exchange, Cathedral, Circulation Music & Movies, City Delicatessen, Cody’s Home + Gifts, Cohabitat, Column One, Crest Cafe, d bar, Fido & Co., Fiesta Cantina, Flashbacks, Fiji Yogurt, Gossip Grill, Green Fresh Florals, Haircrest, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest Shell, House Boi, Jersey Mike’s, KASI Restaurant, Lalo’s Mexican Grill, Luna Grill, Mankind, Mint Shoes, Nutrimart, Ortega’s Mexican Bistro, Pinkberry, Pure Boutique, Revivals, The Range and 1202, The Ruby Room, Snooze, The Tractor Room, Twirl, Urban Mo’s, Urban Optiks Optometry, Village Hat Shop and The Wine Lover.u

which is good for bicyclists, is … to have reverse-angle parking,” he said. The City’s first reverse-angle parking configuration was created last year in Golden Hill, in part to address safety for bicyclists. “You have a lot more visibility,” Verdugo said. “We’re going to try to get some in Hillcrest as well.” Other initiatives not directly related to parking were presented, including several bicycle infrastructure projects. Hillcrest currently has one bicycle corral that accommodates 12 bicycles, with a LGBT Pride-themed corral scheduled for installation on Richmond Avenue in February. “It goes way beyond parking,” Verdugo said, adding that the Parking District is a stakeholder in the SANDAG-led Uptown Regional Bicycle Corridor Project. Two other initiatives at the HBA open house received a lot of attention, with a computer station set up to highlight the Parking District’s upcoming website and phone application. Set to launch in early April, programmers were on hand to walk HBA members through the new web-based search program, which is organized to provide real-time parking information, like lot locations, available hours and cost. “The idea behind it was to give the user the ability to search and find things that are relevant,” said Adam Harris, who presented the web tools. “When you come to the website for the first time, you’re going to see everything

that exists in Hillcrest with regards to available parking.” Saying the plan is to “broaden the awareness of parking lots” overall in the neighborhood, Harris added the official launch would happen with the start of a new Hillcrest shuttle. Verdugo discussed the shuttle as well, which will be operated by Old Town Trolley and offer pick-up and drop-off service at seven potential stops throughout Hillcrest. “This is a good opportunity for people to tell us what they like [and] what they don’t like about it, so we can refine it in the next couple of months,” Verdugo said. Using Parking District funds to help finance the shuttle, Verdugo said it would run as part of a six-month pilot program. “It’s a novel concept, especially if we can do the loop in 15 minutes.” The free shuttle will operate 6 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with main stops at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Hillcrest branch. It will run along University Avenue to First Avenue, then return to the DMV via Washington Street. “We’ve tested the trolley about three or four times now,” Verdugo said, adding that the shuttle is for visitors who choose to park in the DMV lot as well as residents. “Some people don’t like to drive,” he said. “That’s our big selling point. You leave your house, you walk to one of the stops, and you can be there within 15 minutes.”u


SOHO suit against City tentatively wins in court Current Plaza de Panama parking confounds nonprofit; final ruling expected Feb. 1 By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Due to a tentative ruling handed out Friday, Jan. 25, the court case brought by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) against the City could end the $45 million, Council-approved Plaza de Panama Project. In the tentative ruling, Judge Timothy Taylor said the city violated their own municipal code regarding property deemed historic. Initially, the City said it would suffer “economic hardship” if the Plaza de Panama project were not approved, and that there was currently “no reasonable beneficial use” of the Balboa Park plaza, which ser ves as parking as well as a throughway for automobiles. In this instance, Judge Taylor disagreed. “The code does not say there ‘will in the future be no reasonable beneficial use of a property.’ It says ‘there is no reasonable beneficial use of a property’ – denoting today, right now, based on present facts, not future facts,” Taylor wrote. The case involves three counts, two of which Taylor tentatively ruled in favor of the City. The third, regarding “beneficial use of property,” could be decided in SOHO’s favor once the final ruling is announced, potentially as soon as Friday, Feb. 1. In similar cases, the judge releases a tentative ruling to help attorney’s focus their arguments come final deliberation. Following the Jan. 25 announcement, both SOHO and Council President Todd Gloria released statements. “We are thrilled with the court’s strong tentative ruling regarding the City’s abuse of discretion in violating its municipal code, and we look forward to the final ruling on Feb. 1,” SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons said in a statement. Gloria, however, was not as pleased. “The judge’s ruling is a blow to the people’s dream of polishing our City’s crown jewel in time for the 2015 centennial celebration,” he said in a separate

“We thank the tens of thousands of San Diegans who agreed that the historic integrity and character of Balboa Park’s landmarked structures, gardens and open space must be preserved. This important victory is yours.” – Bruce Coons statement. “This is a sad day for those of us who understand the need to reclaim precious parkland from cars and give it back to the people for their enjoyment.” Judge Taylor came to a similar conclusion in his tentative ruling regarding beneficial use, saying, “The fact that the Plaza de Panama is now used (and, if SOHO has its way, will continue to be used) as a parking lot perforce establishes that is has a reasonable beneficial use.” While the centerpiece to the conclusion is false – SOHO has repeatedly stated they in no way support the continuation of parking in the center of Balboa Park – the fact of present parking on the current Plaza de Panama seems to have helped

their case. SOHO representatives said they did not agree with the parking comments nor the perpetuation of the idea that they desire parking to remain in Balboa Park as it is today. In his same initial statement, Coons said the tentative ruling will allow the nonprofit to work with others “to achieve the longheld goal of eliminating parking in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama in a non-destructive and un-intrusive way.” Additionally, SOHO representatives said the proposed project would actually increase cars in Balboa Park. “This project in no way whatsoever reclaims the park from cars,” they said. “It, in proven fact, does exactly the opposite. One small area is freed up while the rest of the park is awashed in a sea of automobile traffic, new buildings and acres of concrete, and turns once tranquil park areas, such as the Alcazar Gardens, into an automobile, bus and semi-truck deliver y zone.” Construction on the project was to formally begin October 2012, and was halted to hear and decide the SOHO suit. Supporters have said they wanted construction to be complete by the Balboa Park centennial celebration in 2015, however in Taylor’s tentative ruling, he brings the feasibility of this into question. “Not lost on the court is the ver y real possibility that this decision will cause [the Plaza de Panama committee] to abandon its efforts to raise money for a long-desired project in Balboa Park, and at the minimum render ver y difficult a centennial celebration along the lines hoped for by so many,” he wrote. In response, SOHO called any plans to “destroy our crown jewel” for the centennial “ludicrous.” “The work of the community and the people that are represented by more than 30 organizations, including elected planning groups, neighborhood, environmental and civic groups, along with historic organizations and tens of thousands of citizens, is the people’s dream that should be the concern of our elected officials, not the dream of a select few,” SOHO representatives said. “We thank the tens of thousands of San Diegans who agreed that the historic integrity and character of Balboa Park’s landmarked structures, gardens and open space must be preser ved,” Coons said. “This important victor y is yours.”u

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Overview from California Tower, 1915 (Courtesy The Committee of One Hundred)


CENTENNIAL United States “port-of-call for northbound maritime trade.” Clay characterized the task ahead in planning for the celebration as “enormous” and described the undertaking’s scale as “unbelievable.” “Showcasing this park; that’s a challenge,” he said, noting a core celebration program will involve park museums that “set a high bar” for the host committee. “We’ll work hand-in-glove with them to provide programs.” As an international event, Clay said he hoped Balboa Park’s exposition centennial would also include participation by Mexico and Panama. Clay and Council President Todd Gloria led a group of organizers to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to gage their involvement, as well. Saying the Washington museum considered Balboa Park a “Smithsonian for the West,” Clay added they talked with Smithsonian staff about which travel expositions they would be supporting during 2015. “We were graciously received,” Clay told the Bankers Hill residents. The host committee is also involved in negotiations with the Seuss Foundation to stage Seuss-oriented events for the celebration, honoring famed children’s book author and cartoonist Theodor Geisel. Considering infrastructure, Clay said the city has engaged a traffic consultant to study parking and traffic in and around Uptown. The goal, he said, will be to figure out the best way to park guests and transport them into and out of Balboa Park, using the park’s December Nights event as a reference. “Nothing that we do for the 2015 celebration in the park can be permanent,” Clay said. “We’re looking at tents, temporar y facilities, et cetera.”

A Santa Fe Railway exposition ad (Courtesy The Committee of One Hundred)

But in the end, fundraising will be key to what can – and can’t – be accomplished by the host committee and City. “If fundraising goes right and we get $50 million to $70 million, we’ll put [the opening ceremony] on national TV,” Clay said. “If we don’t get that, we’ll scale it back. We need philanthropic and charitable giving. We need corporate sponsors.” Clay fielded some tough questions from Bankers Hill residents following his presentation, several of whom questioned the impacts to their neighborhood presented by the special events. Merchants also suggested, since Bankers Hill is potentially going to be affected by traffic and other issues, that local businesses should benefit tangibly from centennial-related activities in Balboa Park. “You’re going to need to sit down with your community and tell us things like that,” Clay responded. “That will all go in the report we will present to the City Council.” For more information, visit the host committee website at For more information about the Bankers Hill Residents, visit



San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013

Editorial Helping chronic heart disease patients stay healthy at home By Jennifer Robinson, PT


Construction at 301 University stirs community emotion Editor’s note: while the City ultimately declared the building at 301 University Ave. in Hillcrest “not historic,” our Jan. 15 story “Walgreens construction halted” led to a lively – and sometimes tense – discussion on our website. Construction has resumed, with plans to open a full-size Walgreens drug store tentatively set for later this year. Below are several comments; follow the entire conversation on The architecture that was hidden under the ugly blue facade looks amazing. I was saddened to learn the plans for yet another drug store to be added to the already saturated market in this area, but if they could re-imagine their design to incorporate this timeless architecture (that is already featured just blocks away at Crest Cafe, and would add a welcome consistency), I could actually get behind their plans then. I hope we are lucky enough to see pictures of what used to be, and hope that any new plans will incorporate the “Streamline Moderne” architecture. And shame on Walgreens Corp. for designating 1972 as the date the building was originally built, when I’m sure a quick fact check would have revealed otherwise. It seems like they actively tried to deceive the community, and if so, they deserve any headaches that come with this stop work order. —Eric, via Historical significance is a wonderful thing to preserve, but even more so are private property rights. I think it is completely inappropriate for any group to try to tell an owner what they can, should or must do with their private property. How pervasive this arrogant and un-American practice has become. No one other than the property owner should interfere with a lawful development of private property. Community planning groups have gone from being advocates of community cooperation to being pirates of real and personal property. Talk about big brother!!! It disgusts me to think that intelligent and “civic minded” people don’t see the destructive role they play in undermining our constitutional rights. —Nancy, via It is the wrong place for a parking lot, and we really don’t need another drug store right there. Where is their parking going to be? If it is not underground it is not a good use of land in that location. What does the community “need” there? … I miss the office supply, the variety store, the sewing store [and] the little produce shop, all lost over the last two decades or so. What do we need to make this a walkable, livable neighborhood for the residents in contrast to the population that comes to dine and party? —Deidre, via It is unfortunate that a few individuals have caused community development progress to be halted once again. This corner has been in need of redevelopment for years. To suppress the efforts

made to turn this into a new building that will house a new business and create new jobs, seems counter productive. —Emily, via For years the building has been a view of urban blight. Anything done with that site would be an improvement. SOHO has done a lot of good things for preservation but sometimes they really do go overboard. Just because something is old does not make it historically significant. Just like the cable channel AMC stands for American Movie Classics; but most of what they show aren’t classics, they’re just old movies. —G. McGinn, via This eyesore nightmare of a building is now mostly demolished, and an even uglier, bigger nightmare than before. We don’t really need another drugstore at this site when CVS is a block away, and Rite-Aid is two blocks, but many of us in the community were happy to see something happen here. I really wish Mr. May and friends would mind their own and let the property owner do whatever it wants with this monster. —Joseph, via

Public schools critical; active involvement necessary First, full disclosure: I’m a friend of Andy [Hinds, SDUN Parenting columnist], living in Fairfax County, Virginia, so he’s heard a bit of our experience. But let me share it here, to boost what he and others are doing in San Diego [see “Hidden in the heart of North Park: Thomas Jefferson Elementary,” Vol. 5, Issue 2]. Although Fairfax is one of the wealthiest counties in Virginia, we happened (without realizing it – we didn’t even check!) to move into the economically poorest elementary school district in the county, a Title I school where 83 percent qualify for federal free and reduced meals. The majority of children are from immigrant families, with 54 percent receiving additional English-language help. Two-thirds of students are Hispanic, with the rest evenly split between Asian, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic African-American. Unlike the school in Andy’s neighborhood, apparently, our school did have a reputation, an unfortunate one (this was eight years ago). We heard that test scores were terrible, that the school focused mainly on teaching English to immigrants, that there was extremely high student turnover, and that white kids felt “uncomfortable” there (my spouse and our kids are Chinese, by the way; I am white). None of what we heard was true. All of this information came from well-meaning and otherwise liberal-minded people who had never set foot in the school, who had never sent their children there. So we checked the stats: test scores were

see Letters, page 7

According to John Hopkins Medicine, there are 82 million people in this country suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease who are in need of support and education. At Mission Healthcare we’d like to use this American Heart Awareness Month as an opportunity to educate patients, family members and hospitals on what they can do to slow the progression of the disease and increase one’s quality of life. Individuals with congestive heart failure most importantly need to understand how to live healthy, even when suffering from chronic diseases by making a variety of lifestyle modifications. These may include: using less salt, cutting out fried foods, quitting smoking or increasing physical activity. If a person picks just one thing they want to work on per month, all of a sudden they have changed 12 bad habits over the course of a year. If performed together, all of these may feel overwhelming. However, each addressed separately may not feel difficult at all. The tough part is when patients are dealing with an acute exacerbation of their disease, these simple adjustments may feel impossible to accomplish. Some of the challenges lie with the amount of medication one may have to take. Lifestyle changes coupled with multiple medications can prove to be daunting and difficult to tackle on their own. Often times, patients do not take the correct doses of medication, don’t know what signs to look for if medications are not working, or may not be on the correct medication schedule. This confusion results in more hospital visits, more calls to physician offices, and puts an increased stress on the caregiver. It also decreases the quality of life for the patient. This is where home health care can help. Having a registered nurse visit the home to sort out the medication madness can oftentimes prevent the aforementioned events from occurring. Having a professional in the home for even just an hour a few times a week to educate and provide guidance can ease this process for the individual and their caregiver. This ultimately prevents unnecessary spending of healthcare dollars on higher levels of care, such as emergency room visits. Home health care also ensures that patients, their family members and their health care providers work as a team in managing heart conditions. By working as a team patients can live longer and improve their overall wellbeing. When you have someone to help you recognize the early symptoms of your condition, helping you keep your doctors and loved ones updated and receive appropriate and timely treatment to help prevent serious complications, it leads to reduced hospital costs, caregiver stress and increased quality of life. The more you know about your disease or your loved ones’ condition, the more you can be involved in the preventative care and treatment. Take time this February to stick to healthy living goals and educate yourself about home health. We know home is where you want to be and it is our goal to keep you there. Happy Heart Awareness Month. —Director Jennifer Robinson is cofounder of Mission Healthcare, and brings an unparalleled devotion for superior care and employee excellence. Drawing on over 20 years of healthcare experience, Robinson oversees recruitment and human resources, with a focus on increasing customer satisfaction and ensuring comprehensive training for all new and existing staff. For more information visit homewithmission. com or call 888-871-0766.u

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low for Fairfax, but not without promise, especially given the English-language handicap. Student turnover was just above the county average; no big deal. We talked to white parents whose kids did attend, and they praised their teachers’ care and their kids’ positive experience with the school’s diversity. We visited the school ourselves and found it to be a wonderfully comfortable and welcoming place: artwork decorating the halls, smiling kids happily going to class – seriously, this was a comfortable place to be. We also had heard that parent involvement was low. True, PTA meetings were sparsely attended and fundraising was weak. But parents were involved in all sorts of other ways: walking their kids to and from school, sitting down to breakfast with them at the school, and attending parent-teacher meetings, family resources workshops, parent-child reading events, and large-scale events like International Night. Finally, a new principal brought in a new, collaborative teaching model that focused attention not only on what each class needed as a whole, but also what each individual student did well and needed more help with, so that test scores (to the extent that these mean something) rose dramatically. Graham Road Elementary School has been in the top 10 percent of Virginia elementary schools for several years now. And all this while maintaining a strong art and music program, despite budget cuts. We have excellent visual arts, band, orchestra, chorus and an awardwinning percussion ensemble. And, yes, we have also increased fundraising, though we realize this will never be the most important part of parent involvement. The lesson here for all parents facing the Kindergarten jitters: visit your local public schools. Ask for a tour from the principal and a meeting with some of the teachers. Seek out parents whose children attend. Ask about the many ways parents can be involved in education, not just PTA [and] fundraising. Look for attributes in children other than test scores. Ask about enrichment, music, arts. And finally, assume that diversity is good for your children, no matter what their background. Public schools have played a critical role in the development of American democratic society, one we all need to sustain by our active involvement and engagement.

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM COUNCIL PRESENTS MUSEUM MONTH Now in its 24th year, the San Diego Museum brings half-off admission to 42 San Diegoarea museums for February’s Museum Month. The promotion is presented by Macy’s, where participants must pick up a free Museum Month Pass to receive the discounts the entire month. “Museum Month will serve as an ideal platform for cultureseekers to discover new inspirations in 2013,” Jessica Crawford, council board president, said in a release. Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote awareness of area museums and cultural sites. Last year, over 35,000 visitors used the special passes. Participating museums, which are all listed on the pass, include the Japanese Friendship Garden, Marston House & Gardens, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, Whaley House Museum and Women’s Museum of California.

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BRITANY STATT NAMED BICYCLE COALITION MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition announced Britany Statt as the organization’s new membership development coordinator, in an announcement released Jan. 17. The position’s responsibilities include “growing and strengthening the Coalition’s fund development” and membership. “I’m thrilled to bring Britany on board to help with the growth we saw last year and continued momentum we’ll see in 2013,” said Executive Director Andy Hanshaw in the release. “Opportunities are flourishing to make San Diego a better place for bikes and bicyclists. She’s bringing an extensive background and passion to grab hold of as many as possible.” Statt’s nonprofit experience includes time as a development and marketing coordinator for the United Food Bank in Arizona, and received

Congratulations to Crest Cafe’s 30th Great article. I’ve lived in San Diego for 25 years (originally from Philly) and sorry to say I’ve never been in the Crest Cafe though I’ve been by it many times [see “Crest Cafe turns 30,” Vol. 5, Issue 2]. This article has convinced me that I need to pay a visit in the very near future. The Crest Cafe sounds like a very charming restaurant. I’ll be looking forward to stopping by. Congratulations on such a long success!! —John Slotter, via sduptownnews. com Thanks Cecelia, Luis and Ruben for decades of great food! —Nancy Moors, via sduptownnews.comu

BEING ALIVE SOCIAL SERVES AS MUCH-NEEDED FUNDRAISER Being Alive San Diego is hosting a fundraiser called “A Sweet Affair: A Dessert & Wine Social” on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Mezzanine Art Gallery, 2525 University Ave in North Park. Ten bakeries will provide desserts throughout the evening, with opportunities for attendees to vote on “best dessert of the evening.” Participating restaurants include Babycakes, San Diego Desserts, Opera Desserts, Vons, Heaven Sent Desserts, Swoon Dessert Bar, Triple Cream Bakery, Nunzi’s Café, Nothing Bundt Cakes and City Deli. The Caliph and Starbucks will be providing drinks. Organizers are anticipating more as the event approaches. Being Alive was founded in 1989 by volunteer HIV-positive individuals looking to fill the void in support services for the HIV/AIDS community. Now one of the longest, continually operating support organizations, the nonprofit serves more than 8,000 San Diegans. The event will be from 7 – 9 p.m., and the cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For presale tickets call 619-291-1400.

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national certification in nonprofit management and leadership from the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance. The Bicycle Coalition is a nonprofit advocating for and protecting the rights of bicyclists.

‘PYGMALION’ DIRECTOR NEW ASSOCIATE ARTIST The Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein announced Nicholas Martin as the newest associate artist of the theater company. Martin, who is directing the Globe’s current production of “Pygmalion,” is the 56th artist to receive the honor. “I, along with the entire Globe community, are truly honored to express our gratitude to the multi-talented Nicholas Martin for his contributions to The Old Globe,” Edelstein said in the announcement. “Nicky is one of our country’s finest stage directors. … His generous wit and warmth bring out the best from the artists in his charge, and he is an enthusiastic mentor to the next generation of theater makers. We adore him, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Globe again and again.” Recipient of the Norton Award for Sustained Achievement, Martin directed “Present Laughter,” “Butley,” “Match,” “Hedda Gabler, “The Rehearsal” and “You Never Can Tell” on Broadway, as well as numerous regional and off-Broadway productions. He served as artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Huntington Theatre Company.



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SOHO CALLS FOR RESOURCE DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) is “revising, updating and republishing” their Old House Resource Directory, and is looking to the community for input and recommendations on the listings. The listings have not been updated for six years, and SOHO representatives said they do not plan to update again for another five years. Providers of services for old home owners who wish to be listed are asked to send their business name, phone number, website, contractor license and references of work to, with the subject “Resource.” Additionally, homeowners, contractors and architects who would like to refer a similar company are asked to contact them as well. Categories include, but are not limited to, archeology, bathrooms and kitchens, contractors and construction, education, landscape and garden, painters, preservation architects, publications, and tile. HILLCREST DOGHOUSE BAR AND GRILL HAS FULL FEBRUARY SCHEDULE Marc Bragg, co-owner of Sally and Henry’s Doghouse Bar and Grill, announced a full offering of pet-friendly events in February, including a Dog TV-sponsored Chihuahua rescue event on Thursday, Feb. 7. “We embrace Dog TV’s mission in our goal to provide a relaxing and stimulating venue for dog and puppies, as well as to enhance adoption opportunities,” Bragg said in a release. Those interested in adopting a Chihuahua, as well as all dog lovers, can visit the restaurant at 3515 Fifth Ave. on Feb. 7 between 6 and 8 p.m. Other February events

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Pursuing passion in the present:

Life coach helps turn daily grind to gold A Whim

& A Prayer Celene Adams To live fully,“[o]ne must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower,” wrote Danish author Hans Christian Anderson – a list to which Mission Hills life coach Sabine Starr might add an Italian Racing Red Alfa Romeo. Starr, a former psychologist, owns just such a colorful indulgence, which, to her, represents the vitality she’s finally found in life. Sabine Starr, Mission Hills-based life coach, says ‘willingness’ is all it takes to Six years ago, “I worked live a ‘fabulous’ life. (Courtesy Sabine Starr) 80-plus hours a week,” she culture, her life might easily have explained. “I loved helping After completing a one-week, lost its nascent luster. people, but it was really draining. in-person training, followed by “Then I heard about life … Psychological work is very several months of tele-classes coaching,” she said. problem-oriented. It’s focused on and working with a personal life The International Coach the problem and the symptom, coach herself, Starr developed Federation, a non-profit credenand people are usually really sufthe philosophy that now informs tialing association, defines life fering. So pain is the motivation.” her approach with clients. coaching as “partnering with cliAlthough she’d studied and “The moment I was willing to ents in a thought-provoking and trained for years to earn her do something for my life, for me, credentials – first completing a de- creative process that inspires … I was highly rewarded. Willthem to maximize their pergree at the University of Vienna, ingness is all it takes. The only sonal and professional potential.” thing clients need is to be willing followed by hundreds of internRather than revisiting clients’ ship hours, co-editorship of the to look [inside] and to show up “Journal of Psychology of the Aus- past traumas, as psychologists for their own life,” she said. trian Association of Psychologists” do, life coaches are proactive The concept was new for the and action oriented. and a roster of patients in Vienna self-described “peace keeper.” – Starr knew “something “We all have certain was missing.” roles in our family,” she Business name: Sabine Starr Coaching So she made what was explained, reflecting upon for her an uncharacteristic why it first felt so unBusiness owner: Sabine Starr decision – to take some natural to pay attention to time for herself. Then herself. “[Growing up,] I Business type: Life Coaching she hiked the Camino de got really good at sensing Santiago, a route that runs people’s moods. My mom Years in business: Six from France to northwas … depressed for a western Spain through long time … so I always Services: Coaching for fitness, health, the Pyrenees mountains. tried [to cheer her up].” weight loss; changing habits; copIt’s a sojourn thousands Starr had long felt have undertaken since responsible for tending ing with stress surrounding major life the beginning of the 10th her mother’s feelings at events such as marriage, job change, century, some for relithe expense of her own, divorce, empty nest gious reasons and others and she’d perpetuated just to clear their heads. such caretaking in her Market niche: Often works with clients And after the five-week, work as a psychologist. 500-mile trek, Starr found But, ultimately, doing so experiencing life transitions or who herself looking at life with had depleted her energy, want to learn to practice authenticity new perspective. and she had never learned and pursue passions “Everything I thought to give herself the same was important before I left consideration – a habit Business philosophy: Willingness to just kind of fell away,” she that required practice to said. “I had new prioribegin to change. listen to one’s self and take action is all ties.” “It took me over a we need to lead a fabulous life. The first was to take year before I could meet better care of herself. my own commitments to Website: “I knew I couldn’t conmy own life coach,” she tinue working as I was,” recalled. “So I don’t judge Starr said. my clients.” The process is less about The second was to focus on Instead, she said she encourassessment and analysis than the present. Instead of trying ages listening to our “inner muabout learning practical tools to resolve clients’ problems sic,” “getting rid of all the musts for progress. Consequently, life by analyzing their history, as and shoulds,” and “approaching coaching is “for fully functioning her training in psychology had what we want courageously.” people, never for people dealing oriented her to do, she would Then, “one’s whole life philosophy help people pursue their passions with psychological disorders,” is different, and different things Starr said. in the present: turning the daily happen.” The profession isn’t regulated, grind to gold. Indeed, different things have but Starr wanted to become Such alchemical transformabeen happening for Starr ever since certified so she investigated tion was, in fact, occurring in she began coaching. Today she several training institutes and Starr’s own life. Because as she offers not only one-on-one coachfound herself drawn to one that traversed the Camino, not only ing but also group sessions, public uses a “life-fulfillment model,” was she finding new direction, speaking engagements, a radio she was also finding love. show, a blog, a newspaper column an approach that emphasizes It’s said that love conquers all, and, as of next year, her first book, cultivating empowerment over but after moving to San Diego to “A Better Childhood at 40.” treating pain. marry her new paramour, Starr Yet she said since launching her “It was what I’d been misslearned her Austrian credentials coaching career she doesn’t feel like ing,” she said. “Fixing problems didn’t qualify her to practice in the she’s worked a single moment. is one thing, but life is meant to U.S. Unable to envision going back “That’s one thing I really be more than [a lack of] probto school and re-doing thousands advocate. Often people’s goals lems. … How to create a really of internship hours, she began to are very chore-oriented. And we fabulous life, how to feel alive, grieve the loss of her profession can achieve a lot. But the point is, how to show up for life and be and, coupled with the challenge of present and be inspired, that’s adjusting to marriage and a foreign [living].” see Whim&Prayer, page 9


Making the cut

Hillcrest hairstylist branches out as salon co-owner By Monica Garske SDUN Reporter

For the past 10 years, Fred Núñez has been styling, taming, coloring and cutting coifs at Hairspray, the popular Hillcrest salon located at 141 University Ave. In recent weeks, however, the hairstylist made a little move: just around the corner, to his own salon. After a decade at Hairspray, Núñez – who has amassed hundreds of local, Uptown clients over the years – has branched out as the co-owner of Thick Salon, located at 3852 Third Ave. Núñez is one of three full-time hairstylists at Thick. While the boutique salon may be small, Núñez said it is constantly buzzing with clients and good, steady conversation – one of his specialties, besides hair. “You have to get a little bit personal with clients; you have to build a relationship,” Núñez said. “That’s part of being a stylist. It’s more like a friendship than anything else.” Although it was difficult to leave his home at Hairspray, Núñez said it has always been his dream to own a salon. When a friend told him about the business opportunity at Thick, he was sold. Over the past month, Núñez has been busy making the space his own, decorating, stocking and rearranging to his liking. The salon is set up with individual, private rooms so each stylist and client can have their own space. Núñez’s station, which includes soothing colors and a sleek, modern design, is truly a reflection of his personality. Núñez said his vision was to create a “Zen-like” space where clients – both old and new – could feel right at home. “I want people to know that everybody is welcome here,” he said. “We’re waiting for you.”


WHIM&PRAYER I don’t want it to be a drag. Everything goes so much more easily if we’re inspired and in charge, and OK with who we are.” Arriving at this point can be complex or simple, time consuming or brief, depending on the individual, Starr said. But, regardless, there is always a “magical moment” when the answer reveals itself, and the client “can’t be the same anymore.” “The paradox,” she said, “is that [the answer is] inside ourselves, but we have to go on a journey to find it.” Luckily, hiking 500 miles through the mountains and moving across the world isn’t always necessary. Starr employs a variety of techniques, both from her training as a psychologist and as a life coach, to empower people. Among others, these include how to recognize “energy drains,” be they situations, places, or people; stop downward spirals of emotion and thought; free and redirect preoccupation with the past; establish habits that culminate in reaching goals; learn to listen and hear one’s self; examine recurring unease and underlying dissatisfaction; and relinquish perfectionism for progress.

Fred Núñez moved into his new space at Thick. (Photo by Monica Garske) Núñez said his current clientele includes a lot of families, couples and friends that know each other. Many visit the salon together and that is when Núñez said he does some of his best work, both professionally and personally. “I get to know their inner circle and that’s always really fun for me. We have great conversation and I can give an outsider's perspective on the things they might be going through. The secret is to listen,” he said. “I call it ‘hair-epy,’ a little bit of hair, a little bit of therapy.” Of course, this hair-epy service is open to new clients as well. Núñez said one of his goals at Thick is to welcome a steady stream of first-time clients who might be looking for a reliable salon to call home. “We’re always accepting new clients. It’s good to call ahead, but walk-ins are welcome too.” In addition to coloring, cutting and styling services, Núñez also specializes in makeup. He's

available for special events and weddings by appointment. Besides welcoming new clients and growing his salon, Núñez said future plans also include becoming more involved in the Hillcrest community. As he settles into his role as an Uptown business owner, Núñez said he plans to actively participate in local events, including the San Diego LGBT Pride festival this summer. “My plan is to walk this year for Pride,” he said. “That’s one of my biggest dreams I want to do as a local business owner. Walk, or have a float and participate in a big way.” Little by little, Núñez said he hopes to solidify his place as a Hillcrest business owner who is devoted to the community, his craft and, of course, his beloved clients. For more information about Thick Salon, visit To book an appointment with Núñez, call 619-260-0094.u

“One of my favorite suggestions is to ask people to commit to making one mistake a day,” Starr said. “Many people are such perfectionists, and the price is ver y high. … I take living a fabulous life ver y seriously, but it doesn’t have to be a drag.” As Anderson opined, “Just living is not enough.” We also need sunshine, freedom, flowers, a sporty set of wheels – and perhaps a little Starr.

—A Whim and a Prayer profiles the trials and triumphs of entrepreneurs intrepid enough to put their fanciful ideas and unique talents to the test in today’s volatile marketplace. If you are a local business owner and you would like to be featured in this column, contact Celene Adams at writeyourbusinessstory@ or visit

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Café Barbera serves up the magic of Old Italy By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

The bluster y winter weather calls for some TLC from a new local café in Hillcrest, Café Barbera. Known for its “Mago” blend of seven beans from around the world, owners Hilde Barbera and Philip Arcidiacono ser ve up luscious coffee drinks and delicious lunch items. Located at 3614 5th Ave., Café Barbera has enjoyed a warm reception by the neighbors and locals since its movein to the space this past July. “It’s been a success. You know it is, when people come in for a first time, and then come back again,” Barbera said, whose great grandfather is the original “Mago Barbera,” roasting coffee right on the street in old Italy. The five-generation tradition began in 1870 when Dominico Barbera founded the Barbera Caffè Company in Messina, Italy. “My great grandfather would have people gathering around to watch and smell the roasting,” Barbera said. The word and aroma of the family’s coffee roasting tradition in Sicily spread throughout the world to 30 countries, and Arcidiacono and Barbera brought that tradition right into San Diego, the first American market for Café Barbera. The move to San Diego was one that Barbera and her husband chanced upon when they came for a vacation in 2011. “I fell in love with San

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro owner William Gustiller (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Relaxed at Café Barbera (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

Diego. I mean, who wouldn’t?” she said, with a smile. The same could be said for the café and its city-chic interior. A pastr y case filled with treats sits next to an Ariete The Café Napoletano espresso maker where (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) barista Ryan Jones creFor Italians, dining with ates masterpiece coffee drinks. friends and family is meant to Soft strains of Italian opera, the be a time to slow down and sparkling, clean windows and enjoy each other, the food and cushioned red and gold chairs the environment. “It’s the way put the customers at ease as they peruse menu items for breakfast or lunch. see Barbera, page 12

A Willy Wonka opening By Anthony King SDUN Editor

After five years on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro is moving to a newly renovated location in the heart of South Park. Part restaurant, part chocolate factor y, Eclipse owner William Gustwiller said his team is looking for ward to having a bit more room. Located at 2145 Fern St., the South Park building is four times

larger than the previous, giving Gustwiller the opportunity to expand offerings that include a larger retail area and a space for private events and functions that seats 45. Additionally, the bistro will offer brunch seven days a week starting March 1, as well as a selection of craft beer on tap, ser ved at their 30-seat craftbeer bar. “South Park is the perfect neighborhood to host the new bistro,” Gustwiller said in a release announcing the move. “We’ve been planning this for two years.” The new space is 4,000 square feet and designed by architects at Point of Departure and Blue Print Contracting. The remodel was designed to adhere to Gustwiller’s mission for Eclipse, which is to provide “premium artisan foods” while supporting the community through “sustainable and ethical operations.” To help launch the move, Eclipse will be hosing a “Wonka-wor thy grand opening” on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. In the tradition of the famed Willy Wonka from book and films, Gustwiller hid eight “platinum tickets” in limited edition chocolate bars four months ago. Two tickets remain to be found. As part of a series of planned events throughout the day, the eight platinum ticket holders will compete for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Organizers said the grand prize is equivalent to a one-ounce bar ever y day. “A lot of excitement has been building over the past few months with our Platinum Ticket competition,” Gustwiller said. Those not holding the Wonka-inspired tickets will also have a chance to win prizes, including three winners selected to win a one-year supply of the artisan chocolates. Eclipse is giving out more than $25,000 in prizes at the Feb. 2 opening, as well as hosting a build-a-bar workshop from noon – 4 p.m. and a “Charlie & The Chocolate Factor y” costume contest at 4 p.m. The platinum ticket holders compete from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 619578-2984.u


Flower power

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Their fragrance excites pollinating moths at night. By day, people gather monthly in Balboa Park to celebrate their exotic beauty. Lately, however, plumeria flowers have become the beguiling symbol for a vegetarian Thai restaurant in University Heights, where the mock chicken satay tastes real even without peanut sauce. Plumeria is a small restaurant that feels exceptionally comfortable. Booths and banquettes are embellished with colorful throw pillows. Tables are spaced reasonably apart. And a jumbo mural of the tropical blooms set against soft-purple walls soothes the psyche like a cup of hot taro tea. Vegetarian versions of duck, beef, chicken, pork and shrimp comprise the protein list, along with non-GMO tofu (steamed or fried) as plainer options. The duck and chicken rank as the most convincing in terms of flavor, although if the faux shrimp I chose for a zesty preparation of spicy noodles were a notch sweeter, I might have been fooled into thinking they were actual Baja white shrimp. Most dishes are accompanied by a heart-shaped mold of brown and Jasmine rice, with both steamed to a semi-sticky fluff. Equally charming is the house pineapple sauce. Fruity, yes, but tasting a little more sour than sweet. It comes with crunchy Thai rolls filled with dried mushrooms, cabbage and carrots. It was love at first swipe, proving more refreshing than cloying plum sauces served elsewhere. For an order of crispy tofu that my vegetarian companion ordered, the pineapple


sauce appeared again, though as a necessary flavor enhancer. Rich peanut sauce is also served with these spongy cubes of soy, which this carnivore typically can’t eat without boldly flavored condiments. A majority of the menu caters to vegans with the exception of cream cheese adding velvety texture to an appetizer of wontons stuffed with water chestnuts, and eggs serving as an option in various stir fry. The egg I requested in the aforementioned spicy noodle dish imparted mere scatterings of extra protein that were largely camouflaged by the deep-red hue of the garlic-chili sauce. Combined with fresh basil, onions, bell peppers and the mock shrimp, the dish was as lively and aromatic as any you’d find in the top Thai restaurants along Larkin Street in San Francisco. The ever-growing popularity of pumpkin curry shows up at Plumeria

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4661 Park Blvd. (University Heights) | (619) 269-9989 Prices: Starters and salads, $3.95 to $5.95; entrees, $7.95 to $10.95

in a vivid sauce cloaking eggplant, peppers and bamboo shoots. At the urging of our waiter, my companion opted for the mock duck as his protein, steering him justly to a credible meat flavor that wasn’t as gamy as it was beefy. Of everything we ate, it carried the classic long-lasting flavor known as umami, the Japanese term describing foods that fall outside the categories of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Soups and entrees are made to order on a heat scale of one to 10. When we initially chose “five” for the entrees with a little fear in our voices, our waiter talked us down a point, warning us “five is pretty hot.” He advised us well, as both the noodle dish and pumpkin curry fell a hair short of causing a forehead sweat. Oddly, the somtom green papaya salad we started out with, also at level four, tasted much hotter, although the

cool juices of the papaya, tomatoes and lime juice joining forces with plum sugar made it masochistically pleasant. Even if you drop into Plumeria for only a bowl of Tom Kah soup, which brings together broccoli and cabbage in its base of coconut milk, and pair it with charry chicken satay that resembles moist thigh meat, you’ll soon forget the days when vegetar vegetarian food tasted like antimatter.u

Vegetarian chicken satay

Juicy papaya salad with Thai chili

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


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Multiples of six Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

Tailored after the six-sided polygon that defines the outline of France, happy hour at Hexagone affords customers a repertoire of cocktails and Frenchinspired dishes priced mostly at – you guessed it – $6 per item. The daily deals are offered in the small bar area, which means you could end up competing over only 10 bar stools and two high tops before raising a martini to your lips. Our trio got lucky as a table cleared about five minutes after checking in at the host station, which kept us in eyeshot of the white-linen dining room that we wished was partly designated for the budget-conscious. Once seated, the aroma of clams and mussels filled the air, consumed by respectably dressed patrons that would

suddenly vanish at 7 p.m., when happy hour ended. The waiter who initially took our drink orders disappeared much sooner, passing the buck onto the bartender, who cheerfully ran drinks and food for the remainder of our visit. A round of drinks featured a kicky bourbon-drenched Manhattan ser ved in a large martini glass instead of an oldfashioned rocks glass. My companion who ordered it wasn’t complaining because the break

from tradition likely resulted in an extra ounce of alcohol. We also ordered a mojito that wasn’t as sweet as some, but minty and refreshing in the classic sense. Veering off the $6 cocktail menu, I chose a Stone Cellars Cabernet for a buck less. The wine could have used a chill-down and I suspected it was oxidized, given that the fruit element was muted. Other options include well drinks for $4 and commercial brands of beer for

Classic French onion soup is served at a reduced price. (Photo by Dr. Ink)

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$3.50. In addition, premium liquors such as Grey Goose, Belvedere and Patron Tequila cost $9, should you decide to upgrade your cocktails. A lengthy list of $6 appetizers proved to be the best deals. A deep urn of French onion soup au gratin sent us into happy land. Sealed with a thick layer of toasted cheese, the broth is made from a base of veal stock and Port. “This is why I came here,” said a member in our group as we moved onto creamy Caesar salad and “jumbo” shrimp cocktail that contained only three crustaceans, albeit large ones. Skipping over frog legs Provencal and the shellfish, we rounded out our quasi dinner with a crab cake draped in silky French sauce and a purely Italian-style caprese salad. For an upscale French restaurant

The bourbon-based Manhattan was fairly brawny; a mojito was minty and perfectly sweetened, but the Stone Cellars Cabernet tasted flat.


The French onion soup is among the best in town, offering a sweet, rich aftertaste. The shrimp cocktail, served three to an order, calls for a few extra pieces. But the Caesar and caprese salads are tastefully substantial.


Drinks and appetizers priced at $6 amount to a few dollars less compared to their regular menu prices.


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Not to be missed, ‘Clybourne Park’ is emblematic of the REP’s fine work of late By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Continuing through Feb. 10 at San Diego Repertor y Theatre, Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning “Clybourne Park” is excellent, masterfully staged by Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, and sports an acting ensemble that is absolutely divine. Despite its serious subject matter, the play is a raging comedy. Near the end of Lorraine Hansberr y’s 1959 “A Raisin in the Sun,” a Clybourne Park homeowner’s association member named Karl visits the matriarchal Lena and her family on Chicago’s South Side to persuade them not to move into the white suburb. In Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park,” set in 1959 and 2009 in the home Lena purchased, the playwright explores Karl’s there-goes-the-neighborhood attitude, and posits that the Caucasian homeowner in “Raisin” acted on his own. In Act One scenes involving other Clybourne Park homeowners, the audience also learns why Russ

(Mark Pinter) and his wife Bev (Sandy Campbell) priced their home so inexpensively that Lena could afford to buy it. Seated amid their packing boxes, the inert and argumentative Russ eats Neapolitan ice cream, which precipitates a discussion of the word Neapolitan. Russ is still tortured by the death of his and Bev’s son, over two years ago. She is at wit’s end. Enter the inept, terrified Rev. Jim (Jason Maddy), who has come to of fer counsel. Enter Karl and his deaf, immensely pregnant wife, Betsy (Amanda Leigh Cobb), whom he wants to protect from the incursion of “colored people.” Already present is Bev’s African-American maid, Francine (Monique Gaf fney), who is soon joined by her husband, Alber t (Matt Orduña). What begins calmly enough, hilariously evolves into fisticuffs by the end of the first act. We are in the presence of a masterful, amazingly tight ensemble. In Act Two, set in Lena’s now derelict home 50 years later, the same actors take on an entirely different set of multifaceted

‘CLYBOURNE PARK’ WHERE: San Diego REP, 79 Horton Plaza (Downtown) WHEN: Sun., Tues. and Wed. 7 p.m., Thurs. – Sat. 8 p.m. through Feb. 10 INFO: 619-544-1000 WEB:

(l to r) Sandy Campbell, Mark Pinter and Monique Gaffney (Photo by Daren Scott)

characters, some related by blood to previous generations. The underlying theme is still racism. Purchasers Steve and Lindsey (Heil and Cobb) hope to modify the house by building up. Their plans are under scrutiny of the homeowner’s association members, played by Campbell, Gaffney, Maddy and Orduña. Pinter portrays a workman, digging under the crepe myrtle in the backyard. His character could be straight out of Shakespeare, and so could all these rich and multi-layered characters.u

(l to r) Matt Orduna and Monique Gaffney (Photo by Daren Scott)


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Deliciously cunning ‘Pygmalion’ Superbly cast production based on Old Globe glory By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

The Old Globe takes a giant step back to former glor y with its luscious and lavish production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” the stage play upon which Lerner and Lowe’s 1956 Broadway musical, “My Fair Lady,” is based. Not only is “Pygmalion” a feast for the eyes, the production, staged by newly named Associate Artist Nicholas Martin, is superbly cast and, as a bonus, replete with four associate artist actors from heavenly days in the mid-‘80s. Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O’Brien staged “Pygmalion” in 1986, featuring Associate Artist Ellis Rabb as Prof. Henr y Higgins. The main draw to Shaw in 2013 may be film and television actor Sean Robert Leonard, who portrays Higgins. Leonard recently wrapped eight seasons as psychiatrist Dr. James Wilson in the hit TV show “House,” and is remembered by longtime Globe audiences as Edgar in O’Brien’s 1993 “King Lear” and perhaps for O’Brien’s 2001 Broadway production of “The Invention of Love,” for which Associate Artist Richard Easton and Leonard received Tony Awards for their portrayal of A.E. Houseman at different ages. Other associate artists involved in the Globe’s current “Pygmalion” are Kandis Chappell as Mrs. Higgins, Don Sparks as Mr. Doolittle,

Deborah Taylor as Mrs. Pearce, the housekeeper, and Paxton Whitehead as Col Pickering. Associate Artist Robert Morgan provides period costumes. Others in the company are Maggie Carney as Mrs. Eynsford Hill and Danielle O’Farrell as her daughter Clara. Old Globe-USD MFA students Jeremy Fisher, Erin Elizabeth Adams, Adam Gerber and Allison Layman complete the company. Most ever yone knows Shaw’s plot from the 1913 play, his 1938 British film adaption, or the 1956 Broadway stage musical “My Fair Lady,” made after the playwright’s death and the 1964 film. These var y in scenic content and the degree of embellishment on the original script to the point that the onlooker can’t help but feel something is missing. The stor y concerns a common Covent Garden flower seller, Eliza Doolittle (magnificently played by Charlotte Parr y), who attracts the attention of linguists Higgins and Pickering with her horrid Cockney vowel sounds. Believing they can turn Eliza into a lady by remediating her speech, they move her into their shared home on Wimpole Street and in six months’ time pass her off as a duchess. Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Pearce, Col. Pickering and Eliza are concerned over Eliza’s future. Treated cavalierly by the emotionally remote Higgins, and encouraged by Mrs. Higgins, Eliza determines her own future

(left, insert) Robert Sean Leonard and Charlotte Parry, (above) Parry takes center stage in The Old Globe’s “Pygmalion.’ (Photos by Henry DiRocco)

– “If I can’t have kindness, I’ll have independence” – leaving Higgins convulsed in laughter over the prospect of her marr ying the impecunious nobleman Freddy Eynsford Hill (Robbie Simpson). At curtain fall, director Martin provides a tacit vision of the future according to Shaw. It is amusing, apropos and thoroughly satisfying. A certain suspension of disbelief is needed to fully

accept the London setting, 1912. Much as one admires Leonard’s acting, one finds him quite American in speech and body language, especially when he flops around in little fits of pique. No wonder his mother so disapproves of him. The women are formidably talented, and one enjoys the return of the inimitable Whitehead, who presents an interestingly confused Pickering. As Doolittle, Sparks supplies delicious cunning and wet-hen anger over his metamorphosis to middle-class morality. On opening night, Jan. 17, Alexander Dodge’s revolving set briefly threatened rebellion as it morphed from Covent Garden to Higgins’ laborator y. The other side shows Mrs. Hig-

‘PYGMALION’ WHERE: Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way (Balboa Park)

WHEN: Tues. – Sun. through Feb. 17 INFO: 619-234-5623 WEB: gins’ drawing room in Chelsea. Morgan’s gowns, morning coats and evening attire are glorious. Philip S. Rosenberg is lighting designer, Drew Levy the sound designer, and Mark Bennett provides original music. u


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Jewish Film Festival returns for 23rd year Over 16,000 attendees expected for 11-day cultural extravaganza By Anthony King SDUN Editor

‘Melting Away’ (Courtesy LFJCC) Film is an “encore screening” of “Stories from an Undeclared War.” First shown at the LFJCC’s Underwriter Kick-off in 2011, the film documenting 150 at-risk teens from Long Beach, Calif. – called the Freedom Writers – inspired the full-length drama “Freedom Writers” starring Hillary Swank. It is professor Erin Gruwell’s story, and Gruwell, along with several Freedom Writers, will be in attendance at this year’s festival. There are two screenings of “Stories from an Undeclared War.” Additionally, this year brings back the family-day event, “Shalom Sesame,” featuring 12 episodes from the creators of “Sesame Street” that

‘Melting Away’ centers on a family coming to terms with their transgender son. (Courtesy LFJCC) highlight Jewish holidays, traditions and culture. The event is on Feb. 17, and last year’s “Shalom Sesame” sold out. Organizers are recommending early reservations. Sponsored by the LFJCC, the festival is produced by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, whose mission is to “expand and enrich cultural life” by presenting “the finest in Jewish artistic expression, encouraging the preservation of Jewish culture and heritage, and nurturing new creativity in the arts.”

The 11th annual Joyce Forum, celebrating “rising stars and seasoned filmmakers,” organizers said, will be presented for one night only at this year’s festival. Named in honor of Festival founder Joyce Axelrod, the forum supports upcoming filmmakers by bringing them together with established artists and industry professionals. On Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., the Joyce Forum will present seven short films, followed by two longer films





The 23rd season of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival returns Thursday, Feb. 7 for an 11-day, 47-film extravaganza, dubbed the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego. Organizers expect over 16,000 attendees to the festival, which ends Feb. 17. “This year’s festival line up is extraordinary in its depth and quality,” Festival Chair Saundra Saperstein said in a release. “You will find these films enticing, exciting, heart-felt and provocative.” Opening the festival is “Under African Skies,” documenting singersongwriter Paul Simon’s return to South Africa 25 years after his album “Graceland” was released. “The film may have you seeing the artist in an entirely new light,” organizers said. The closing night film is “Hava Nagila: The Movie,” which explores the touching, up-and-down path of the movie’s title song. The filmmaker interviewed Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, The Klezmatics and Glen Campbell, among others, to show how the song “rose above boundaries of time, space and culture” to unite a world. Partnering with North Park based-FilmOut San Diego, festival organizers are also screening “Melting Away,” a drama centering on a family coming to terms with their transgender son. Anna – formerly Assaf – was kicked out of her home as a teenager, and, by chance, is reunited with her family several years later. Organizers said there is a “surprise introduction” scheduled for the screening. “Melting Away” is being shown with “Flamingo Pride,” a humorous, animated short that tells the story of the only heterosexual flamingo in a “flock of gay flamingos.” Most films screen several times, at four different locations spanning from Reading Cinemas 14 in North Clairemont and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s (LFJCC) Jacobs Family Campus in La Jolla, to the Dove Library in Carlsbad, Calif. and San Marcos Stadium in San Marcos, Calif. “These films may not be seen in San Diego again, so now is the time to catch them,” Saperstein said. By popular demand, organizers said this year’s Centerpiece

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at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., three films – “Life in Stills,” “Matkot” and “Audition” – will close the forum. Single ticket prices for most films range from $10.75 to $13.75, with discounts for JCC members and seniors. The Joyce Forum is $7.50 for the 2 p.m. showing, and festival passes are available. For complete information about the festival – including the Flix Mix young-adult mixer and the Teen Screen Night – visit or call 858-362-1348.u


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‘Birds of a Feather’

Lola. We get to see each actor take on a really masculine role and then an equally strong, yet feminine character,” Vásquez said. When “Room With a View” played at the Old Globe, Acito met with Vásquez, who had been recommended as a potential director for “Birds of a Feather.” Vásquez cause I’d thought about it so long, I said he had read and loved the By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Reporter play, as well as Acito’s writing, wrote the first draft in 11 days. I’ve which he finds poetic and lyrical. never written anything so fast.” Of That is no surprise. Acito is a course there were rewrites before During the early part of 21st former opera singer. the piece premiered at The Hub century, citizens of New York City “And not a very good one,” Theatre in Fairfax, Va. in 2011. as well as avid avian admirers he said. “I came to opera from Director James Vásquez will nationwide were thoroughly captithe theater and played characmount the second production and vated by two nesting couples. One West Coast premiere of “Birds of ter roles: the mad scientist, the pair, red-tailed hawks named Pale a Feather” at Diversionary Thehunchback, the dwarf and the Male and Lola incubated, hatched atre. At the time of this interview, drunk. Opera spans 400 years of and fed chicks in a nest precariVásquez was recovering from Western culture, not to mention a ously perched on a window ledge real understanding of comedy and near the top of a posh Fifth Avenue his own flu. His particular fever dream involved Acito’s play, its comedic roles, which I was playco-op. Residents of the building two mating pairs, and four actors ing. Ultimately, I became more were not amused, and Pale Male interested in creating and Lola were evicted. my own work than in The other pair, interpreting someone Chinstrap male penelse’s.” guins named Roy and In throes of what Silo, lived in Central he describes as a Park Zoo, where they midlife crisis, Acito incubated a fertile egg moved to New York to slipped to them by the become a playwright. zookeeper, who took “Allegiance” will pity on them when move to Broadway they tried to hatch a sometime this season, rock. The same-sex pair successfully hatched and and “Room With a raised a daughter named View” is scheduled for Tango. The resulting another production, somewhere Acito said book, Peter Parnell and he cannot reveal. “And Justin Richardson’s “And then we’ll see,” he said. Tango Makes Three,” has The openly gay been on the banned-book Acito has been in a list ever since it was long-term relationship published in 2005. since he was 20, which Enter novelist Marc heavily influenced Acito, who has had a “Birds of a Feather.” lot of San Diego expo(l to r) Mike Sears, Steve Gunderson, Kevin Koppman-Gue, “It’s now 26 years,” sure on a grand scale. Rachael VanWormer and James Vásquez (Photo by Ken Jacques) he said. “I don’t know He recently wrote the – Mike Sears, Steve Gunderson, a lot, but I know about marriage book and additional lyrics for the Kevin Koppman-Gue and Rachael from first-hand experience. Our musicals “Allegiance” and “Room VanWormer – who play 27 characmarriage is all over this play, With a View” at the Old Globe. ters in scenes set in six locations, kaleidoscopically. There are pieces Acito now makes further inroads, including a zoo and a window of us in snippets of conversation this time at Diversionary Theatre ledge, of course. throughout. Relationships require with his 2012 Helen Hayes Award“I’m spoiled rotten with this an immense amount of work [and] winning play, “Birds of a Feather,” cast,” Vásquez said. “The show to find them and to sustain them which intertwines the stories of sounds so simple at the heart of it, is difficult. A line in the play sticks the two bird pairs: Lola and Pale and it is, really. It’s about love and out to me: ‘Love is indeed a rare Male and Roy and Silo. it’s about family and what defines bird.’ It is, indeed, an illusive, deli“The play came to me litera family. It’s about self worth and cate thing that has to be cared for.” ally in a dream,” Acito said, who the struggles we have to accept “Birds of a Feather” plays at 8 was walking his dog in Central who we are. It’s fascinating to p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Park when reached by phone. “I’d watch these characters living and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March read about both situations when these human emotions.” 3. The official opening night is Feb. I came down with a really bad Gunderson plays the more 9. Diversionary Theatre is located flu, the kind where you can’t get flamboyant penguin; in Vásquez’s at 4545 Park Blvd. in University your head off the pillow; the kind words: “out loud and proud and Heights. Tickets range from $25 where you say, ‘Oh, I’m sure I can comfortable with himself.” Sears to $45, with discounts for groups, get up now,’ and when you sit up plays his same-sex partner, who seniors and military. Student rush you lie right back down again.” struggles a bit with his sexuality. tickets are $12 and available one The two stories began orbiting “Then, before our eyes in the hour prior to curtain, with proper around one another in what Acito middle of a scene, they become the identification. For complete show said was a fever dream. “As soon hawks. Steve plays Pale Male, and times and tickets, visit diversionary. as I could sit up, I grabbed my Mike [plays] Pale Male’s girlfriend, org or call 619-220-0097.u computer and started writing. Be-

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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, FEB. 1 Joyce Dallal art reception: 5 -6 p.m., Los Angeles-based Jewish Iraqi artist Joyce Dallal presents “TEXTSCAPES” with tonight’s reception and talkback discussion, Protea Gallery, 3780 30th St., free Camarada: 7:30 p.m., chamber group Camarada welcomes Mexican composer Juan R. RamirezHernandez for “Latin Postcards,” St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., $20 - $25 at Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Dance Jam Revival: 7:45 – 8:45 p.m. class, 9 – 11 p.m. Dance Jam, presented by Akasha Project to explore movement and music, EVOKE Dance Theatre, 2811 University Ave., $10 - $20 sliding scale Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Avant Gardeners, 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, FEB. 2 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Wildfire Dance: 6 -10 p.m., Wildfire Hot Flash ladies dance event with Lady Jane DJ and ice breakers singles mingle by Pauline Miriam at 6:15 p.m., Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave., $8 - $10 cover SUNDAY, FEB 3 Chinese Lunar New Year: 2 p.m., traditional folk dance, music and martial art performances, HsiFang Temple, 4536 Park Blvd. Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Prayers for World Peace: 10:30 a.m. to noon, guided meditation drop-in class, Vajrarupini Buddhist Center, 3344 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, $10 donation Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Bark, free Super Bowl party at Wang’s: 3 p.m., in Wang’s Tree House with full bar, large screen TVs and drink specials, Wang’s North Park, 3029 University Ave. MONDAY, FEB. 4 North Park Urban Design: 6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Commit-

tee’s Urban Design/Project Review subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee: 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the parking committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave.

TUESDAY, FEB. 5 Pajama story time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free North Park design committee: 5:30 p.m., regular monthly North Park Main Street design committee meeting, 3076 University Ave., free Uptown Planners: 6 – 7:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting, with tonight’s agenda including the Hillcrest Fire Station, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave. Adams Avenue board meeting: 8:00 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association board, 4649 Hawley Blvd. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 Lion’s Club of North Park: noon – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly lunch of the North Park Lion’s Club, 3927 Utah St. Classical music concert: 6:30 p.m., chamber music from the San Diego Symphony featuring ChiaLing Chien, Mei-Ching Huang and Chi-Yuan Chen, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Uptown Bike Corridor Project meeting: 6 – 8:30 p.m., second meeting of new SANDAGled bicycle corridor project, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2144 Pan American Rd. The Boulevard board meeting: 4 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Association board, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Robin Henkel Band: 8 – 10 p.m., Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay and Billy Watson, ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., donation accepted THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2144 Pan American Rd. University Heights Community Association and Crime Watch meeting: 6:30 – 8 p.m., Birney Elementary School, 4143 Campus Ave., free North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free GSDBA Mardi Gras Mixer: 6 – 8 p.m., Greater San Diego Business Association member and guest mixer with food provided by Lei Lounge, Bourbon Street Bar & Grill, 4612 Park Blvd., $10 members and $25 guests Mission Hills book group: 10 – 11 a.m., discussing “The

Mayor of Casterbridge” by Thomas Hardy, new location for this month: Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4045 Goldfinch St., free Story of Chocolate lecture: 7-8:15 p.m., hosted by the Friends of Mission Hills-Hillcrest Branch Library and presented by OASIS, instructor Rose Stanfill Thomas will discuss “The Story of Chocolate: Food of the Gods,” Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free National Comedy Theatre: 7 p.m., annual “House of Cards” performance in honor of Valentines Day, National Comedy Theatre, 3717 India St., $10

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 Bach Collegium: 7:30 p.m., “When Cupid Strikes!” love-song inspired performance with wine and chocolate reception, San Diego History Center, Balboa Park, tickets $20 – 40 available at Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Dance Jam Revival: 7:45 – 8:45 p.m. class, 9 – 11 p.m. Dance Jam, presented by Akasha Project to explore movement and music, EVOKE Dance Theatre, 2811 University Ave., $10 - $20 sliding scale SATURDAY, FEB. 9 UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free San Diego, I Love You: 1 pm., site-specific theater performance by Circle Circle dot dot theater company, performances continue Feb. 10, 16 and 17, starts at Jakes on 6th wine bar, 3755 Sixth Ave., tickets required Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by 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., $10, Valentines cleanup: 9 a.m. – noon, Hillcrest Town Council’s Clean T.E.A.M. “I Love Hillcrest Valentines Cleanup” event, meet at University Avenue and Park Boulevard, free Vegi potluck dinner: 6 p.m., in honor of Chinese Lunar New Year, members of Buddha’s Light International Association will provide a vegi potluck followed by a chanting service and offering at 8:30 p.m., Hsi-Fang Temple, 4536 Park Blvd. Planteer Pack’s neighbor-

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San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013

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Louie at Salon Antoine My name is Louie Main and I recently relocated from HAIRCREST to Salon Antoine. I have been in the beauty industry for more than thirty years, specializing in hair cutting and styling and makeup application. I work with many of the major make up lines, Chanel, Mac, and Bobbie Brown. Call Louie for an appointment today at 661-317-2524. Salon Antoine is located at 3917 Normal Street in Hillcrest San Diego Dance Now! Laura Hodge the artistic director of San Diego Dance Now! (SDDN!) has owned award-winning companies back east, and performed and choreographed in musical theatre, film, television, and also done voiceovers. She has taught at Point Park University, JCC, Millenium in L.A., Malashock Dance, SD Junior Theatre, SDCYB, Garfield Elementary, and is directing “CATS” at The Salvation Army Kroc Center this spring. SDDN! is invested in planting seeds of creativity, forging community partnerships, outreach programs for schools, and providing an innovative opportunity to get in shape, in touch with your creativity, body and mind. SDDN! is committed to high training standards for students from beginner to professional in a structured and inspiring environment. Classes focus on proper technique and self-expression. Kid’s classes: musical theatre, ballet, and jazz/tap. Adult classes: ballet, barre and jazz/tap. Private coaching and choreography for events or plays is also available. Two Uptown Locations: Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom in Hillcrest and Vernetta’s in North Park. Contact us at | 619-501-4821 | Sleeping Giant Tattoo 3741 5th Avenue Hillcrest | 619-497-0902 Sleeping Giant Tattoo parlor was built in 2010 by a true visionary artist and dreamer, Eric Blose. It is quite simply an awe-inspiring, extraordinary environment. As soon as you walk through the door you feel like you’ve been here before in some distant memory or dream, it’s like a temple or an art gallery filled to the brim with original artwork. We do custom tattoos, big or small. At Sleeping Giant Tattoo we aim to inspire and are committed to giving everyone a great tattoo experience. We prefer appointments but also accept walk-ins. Just good folks doin’ good tattoos! Artists: Chris Primm, Brian Walker, and Eric Sparrowolf. Sparacino Law : A San Diego Tax, Estates and Civil Law Firm Demetrios A. Sparacino, Esq., is a tax, business and estate-planning attorney who recently moved his law office from Downtown San Diego to Adams Avenue in Kensington. A San Diego native, Demetrios understands the value that the businesses along Adams Avenue have to offer, and vice versa. He also believes that legal assistance should not be pre-packaged, but should adapt to the needs of the people it serves. That is, Demetrios focuses on individuals, small businesses, and client-centered advocacy. His range of practice includes tax litigation and planning, business litigation and planning, and estate planning. Demetrios also routinely serves as general counsel to families and small businesses and he enjoys the lasting relationships he has developed with his clients. His business is located at 2700 Adams Ave., Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92116. Demetrios Sparacino can be reached by telephone at 619955-5254 and by e-mail at Wax Haus and Skin 3740 5th Ave Hillcrest Wax Haus and Skin. Urban Dictionary: Haus (house) 1. (noun) A person who is amazing in all aspects of life. 2. (adj.) To be ridiculously good at what you do. Dee Perivolaris has over nine years experience as a licensed esthetician. She graduated from Elizabeth Grady in Boston and has since obtained advanced certifications from many skin lines and waxing companies. She loves her career and enjoys sharing her knowledge of skin and hair with her clients! Dee specializes in Brazilian wax, brows, back wax and acne facials. She uses a high-quality hard wax for face and body, a unique peel-off, strip-less product. It is gentle on skin and hair and works for clients with Rosacea, sensitivities and acneic skin. This special wax also prevents ingrown hairs and breakage while minimizing redness and irritation. Customized facials and peels are available on each visit. We all want to put our best face forward and Dee can help! Whether your concern is acne, signs of aging, or dry skin, there is a facial service for you at Wax Haus. Hydrating, revitalizing, and fighting breakouts are all ways these treatments can help you and your unique skin. Dee will evaluate your skin, listen to your concerns and come up with the best plan for beautiful skin. Your experience at Wax Haus will exceed expectations with a comforting environment, and a careful, considerate professional esthetician at your service with results you can see. Visit or call 619-929-0461 | 3740 5th Ave Hillcrest Free parking!


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CALENDAR hood trash clean up: noon – 2 p.m., one year anniversary of neighborhood pick up starting in University Heights and ending in North Park, 4628 Park Blvd. Local Habit Crawfish Boil: 11 a.m. – midnight, second year of New Orleans-native Chef Nick Brune’s Crawfish Boil in honor of Mardi Gras with traditional Louisiana food specials all day and Euphoria Brass Band playing from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., Local Habit, 3827 Fifth Ave. Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., monthly art walk featuring over 25 galleries and businesses, Ray Street in North Park, free Brazilian Carnival Mardi Gras: 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., new location for 21st annual San Diego Brazil Carnival featuring music, dancers, food and drink, San Diego Museum of Art Sculpture Court, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, tickets start at $25 at

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 San Diego, I Love You: 1 pm., site-specific theater performance by Circle Circle dot dot theater company, performances continue Feb. 16 and 17, starts at Jakes on 6th wine bar, 3755 Sixth Ave., tickets required Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Prayers for World Peace: 10:30 a.m. to noon, guided meditation drop-in class, Vajrarupini Buddhist Center, 3344 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, $10 donation Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Bark, free Local Habit Crawfish Boil: 11 a.m. – midnight, second year of New Orleans-native Chef Nick Brune’s Crawfish Boil in honor of Mardi Gras with traditional Louisiana food specials all day, Local Habit, 3827 Fifth Ave. MONDAY, FEB. 11 North Park Maintenance Assessment District: 6 – 7 p.m., regular monthly meeting, North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Uptown Community Parking District: 5 – 7 p.m., regular monthly board meeting, Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Rd.

TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave., free Adams Avenue Promotions Committee: 8:30 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association Promotions Committee, 4649 Hawley Blvd. HBA board meeting: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association board, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama story time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 Lion’s Club of North Park: noon – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly lunch of the North Park Lion’s Club, 3927 Utah St. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free North Park Main Street: 7:30 – 9 a.m., regular monthly board meeting, 3076 University Ave., free North Park Public Facilities: 6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Committee’s Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks & Public Art subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Ken-Tal Planning Group: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary School Auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave. Old Town Community Planning Group: 3:30 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Whaley House Museum, 2476 San Diego Ave. Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Golden Hill Planning Committee, Balboa Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 2600 Golf Course Dr. THURSDAY, FEB. 14 National Comedy Theatre: 7:30 p.m., annual “House of Cards” per formance in honor of Valentines Day, National Comedy Theatre, 3717 India St., $10 North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. ever y Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., freeu


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DA OFFICE RELEASES PODCASTS TO INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY The office of San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has started to release a series of short podcast recordings highlighting topics that appear in their Truancy Court, Prisoner Realignment and Domestic Violence High Risk Assessment teams. The purpose of the podcasts is to educate the public on the work the DA’s office does on a daily basis related to public safety and their mission. “Our office is made up of an extremely talented team of some 1,000 employees,” Dumanis said in the announcement. “The public may not realize the variety of issues we deal with and myriad of initiatives that have been put in place the past several years. With the click of the mouse, the public can hear about some of what we do.” Three, five-minute podcasts were uploaded in Januar y, and listeners can listen to them at under the “Newsroom & Videos” tab. DAVIS RE-INTRODUCES BILL TO END ABSENTEE BALLOT RESTRICTIONS District 53rd District Rep. Susan Davis, representing much of Uptown, reintroduced a federal bill that would end restrictions many states impose on absentee ballot voters. Called the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act, the bill would prohibit states from limiting absentee voting to only certain voters. California is one of a handful of states that offer “noexcuse absentee voting,” which does not include such restrictions. “There’s really no excuse for the government to demand the private details of a person’s life just so they can vote,” Davis said in a released statement. “Voters should not have to put their life on display or jump through hoops just to participate in one of the most hallowed acts of a democracy – voting. And no one should be denied the chance to vote because they don’t have the proper excuse.” Davis called the bill a matter of “privacy” and “fairness,” calling on Congress to level the voting rights across each state. Previously, the bill has twice passed the House Administration Committee and Davis said she would continue to move it through Congress.

TALMADGE JUNIOR THEATRE STUDENT CAST IN NEW PRODUCTION Mark Barahura of Talmadge is one of 10 San Diego Junior Theatre students cast in their latest production, “The Borrowers.” Directed by Michael Schwartz, the production will run Feb. 8 – 17 at Roosevelt Middle School, located at 3366 Park Blvd. Committed to encouraging the creative development of San Diego youth through the arts, the Junior Theatre company serves students of all abilities from 3 to 18 years old. “The Borrowers” is being presented through a special arrangement with The deFaria Company and Roosevelt Middle School International Baccalaureate Magnet. Tickets for the shows, which run Fridays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m., start at $12 and can be purchased by calling 619-239-8355 or visiting MAMA’S KITCHEN SEEKING FOOD DRIVE HOSTS FOR PANTRY SERVICE In an effort to collect over 100 barrels of food for Mama’s Pantr y, a ser vice of Mama’s Kitchen, the nonprofit is seeking the public’s help throughout Februar y by asking interested individuals and businesses to host a food drive. Mama’s Kitchen staff and volunteers will drop off an empty barrel to your location with a wish list of the non-perishable food items that are needed for their ser vices. The Pantr y provides a nutritional food at no cost to men, women and children in San Diego County affected by HIV or AIDS. “Hunger is a year-round issue and especially critical during the winter months,” Executive Director Alberto Cortés said in a release. “We look to the generosity of our community to collect much-needed food for San Diegans in need.” Once a month, Pantr y clients can visit the location to select items including cereal, pasta and canned goods to supplement their nutritional intake and maintain health. “We’d like to involve local businesses, school and places of worship in sponsoring one or more of our barrels,” Cortés

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CLEAN WATER ACTION CALIFORNIA RECOGNIZES TONI ATKINS Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins was honored as a Clean Water Champion by Clean Water Action California. “Majority Leader Atkins has shown leadership on issues our members care about,” said Director Miriam Gordon in a press release. “We commend our Clean Water Champions for recognizing that protecting the environment moves California not only toward a more sustainable environment, but also toward greater economic sustainability.” Atkins was one of 13 legislators to receive an “A” on the organization’s scorecard, which tallied votes on 16 bills during the 2011-12 legislative session related to water, environmental justice and pollution prevention, among others. “I am very proud of having been recognized for my commitment to our environment with this award,” Atkins said in the release. “Protecting the water we drink and swim in, the air we breathe, and the health and diversity of our environment are critical to the outstanding way of life we enjoy here in California.” EMPIRE HOUSE CELEBRATING TWO YEARS IN HILLCREST LOCATION Empire House urban palate owners Larry Malone and Susie Baggs are celebrating their restaurant’s two-year anniversary by offering five days of specials on food and drinks. Located at 127 University Ave., the restaurant and bar’s official opening day was Feb. 4, 2001, and Malone and Baggs have created a “countdown” flier leading up to the big day. On Thursday, Jan. 31, the restaurant offered $5 drink and food specials; on Friday, Feb. 1 they will offer $4 specials, followed by $3 specials on Saturday, Feb. 2 and $2 specials on Sunday, Feb. 3. On their official anniversary, all five days of specials will apply and Malone and Baggs will offer the first drink free to patrons who make a donation to Washington Elementary. ATKINS INTRODUCES AB 154, EXPANDING SAFE ACCESS TO ABORTION Introduced Jan. 22 by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, AB 154 would broaden the types of health professionals permitted to provide abortion services in the first trimester of pregnancy. Responding to a shortage of health care professionals providing this procedure, a press release stated, the bill includes nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physicians’ assistants. “As a former health care administrator in women’s clinics, I know from first-hand experience that safe and ready access to abortion procedures makes all the difference in the world in women’s lives,” Atkins said in the release. Barriers to safe care in rural areas in particular have been created by a lack of professionals who are able to perform abortions, and expanding this number will reduce the pressure on the health care system, resulting in “improved heath and well-being for women” and families, the release stated. AB 154 is sponsored by the California Women’s Health Alliance.u

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San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013

Architect Allen H. Hilton brought a bit of Hollywood to San Diego, then rode off into the sunset


Michael Good They called it the Movie Girl Subdivision. Never mind that the namesake movie stars – Norma, Natalie and Constance – never actually lived there. Actors Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle were investors, but did any real movie people do any real work on Talmadge Park? As it turns out, the Movie Girl Subdivision did have its movie-boy architect. His name was Allen H. Hilton, and while he wasn’t a star, he did direct at least one movie, work on at least one big-budget studio film and build at least one house in Talmadge. But first, a little back story. Our movie begins in New Jersey in 1914, when Jesse Lansky, a former San Francisco newspaperman, decided the Western he was making needed to go on location. He headed west and didn’t stop until he reached Hollywoodland, a real estate development in the bucolic hills north of Los Angeles. Lansky turned an old barn into a film studio and there he finished “The Squaw Man,” the first Hollywood movie. At about the same time, a little to the south, a battle was waging between two competing visions for the World’s Fair that was rising on a barren mesa a mile north of downtown San Diego. When the dust had settled, the City’s fathers had chosen fantasy and escapism over truth and beauty, the grand vision of Bertram Goodhue over the stark reality of Irving Gill. Gill thought architecture should make the world a better place. Goodhue thought it should entertain a boatload of people. Goodhue won. Like a movie set, Goodhue’s fantasia was never meant to last. It was going to be a shining city on a hill, and then it was going to be torn

down. It looked solid, like stone, brick and adobe, but it was made of stucco and tarpaper, held together with hide glue and a prayer. Of course, people loved it. They didn’t want it torn down. They wanted to live there. They took the fair home with them in their imaginations, where it incubated like a scary virus in a B movie. The next few years were rough for the United States, with the war and the pandemic, but when we got back to building again, those dreams of the fair – combined with the dreams of a hundred Hollywood movies – created a new style of residential architecture. It was all about the romance. Whimsy and artifice reigned. If you’d worked in the theater, at the Panama Exposition or in Hollywood, you had the training and experience for this new kind of home building. Consider Allen H. Hilton. He dropped out of school in the seventh grade to help out in the family construction business. He joined the railroad, lost an eye, turned to managing and then buying movie theaters in and around the boomtown of Lewiston, Idaho. He played drums in a dance band. He saw a lot of movies and probably helped build a lot of sets for the theater companies and vaudeville acts that performed in his theaters. He bought a camera and became an ethnographic filmmaker, shooting stills and movies of the nearby Nez Perce. He convinced a Paramount location scout to accompany him on a boat ride down the Snake River gorge, with Hilton’s waterproofed movie camera strapped to the bow. Whether impressed or just plain terrified, the location scout convinced Jesse Lansky, the same guy who founded Hollywood, to shoot “Told in the Hills” on the Snake in 1919. Hilton acted as a casting agent for the Nez Perce who appeared in the film. In 1922, he directed a short dramatic film of his own,

For its day, Alta Canada was thoroughly modern with garages for motorcars. (Photo by Michael Good)

“Miss Lewiston.” In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, Hilton went bankrupt and lost his theaters. So he moved to Hollywood, in 1923, and became a studio publicist. While in Hollywood he no doubt noticed a lot of make-believe architecture: the storybook-style Spadena House (which was a studio office), the Tam O’ Shanter (which was a restaurant that inspired Walt Disney’s theme park designs) and the faux vernacular European villages built on the studio lots of Charlie Chaplin and others. Within a year, Hilton moved to San Diego, got his contractor and architect licenses and started building fantastic-looking romantic revival apartment buildings and at least one house, a Mission Revival in Talmadge that unfolds, from one narrow, arched portal to another expansive high-ceilinged room, like a scene in a movie. When the San Diego real estate market crashed, Hilton returned to Hollywood. With his brother Frank, he got involved in a real-estate venture in the movie colony of Lake Arrowhead. The project went sour; Hilton took the rap and lost both his licenses. He never built a house again, except for a ranch on the orange grove he bought in Porterville, Calif. Living there from 1942 until his death in 1986, he involved

himself in civic life and continued his photography career, publishing in magazines, showing internationally and winning awards. It would be a mistake to think that because Hilton didn’t practice architecture until the age of retirement, he was any less of an architect. Irving Gill and Frank Lloyd Wright also had a hard time during the Great Depression. Jesse Lasky, Mr. Hollywood, lost everything in the market crash and never quite recovered. But not Hilton. After each setback, he just reinvented himself. And then there’s his buildings, which can’t be denied. On a recent stormy Sunday I sat across the street from one of Hilton’s apartment buildings, the Alta Canada at 2448 Adams Ave., and just marveled at his sense of proportion, scale and massing. Rising like a modern Andalusian village, it’s filled


with the hustle and bustle of young people on the go. Residents bounded down the broad steps, arm in arm. A young women dashed up the stairs, carrying a package, disappeared into the courtyard, then reappeared several stories up on an outdoor staircase. She paused before an arched doorway, disappeared inside, then reappeared on a balcony around the corner. The package was now gone. What happened to it? What was in it? Who was it for? She looked around, seemed to be making a decision, and then went back inside. It reminded me of something. The clouds moved, the light shifted, and then I had it: a movie set. And the scene unfolding before me was something I had seen before and would see again. It was being written, and being rewritten every day, for a movie that is still in production. It is the quintessential story of Southern California. I’d like to think it’s a romance. Historians Linda Canada and Ron May provided information about Allen H. Hilton for this article. —Michael Good is a contractor and freelance writer. His business, Craftsman Wood Refinishing, restores architectural millwork in historic houses in San Diego. He is a fourthgeneration San Diegan and lives in North Park. You can reach him at


San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013


Seven reasons to love Alberta in the winter Festival City. During various times of the year, you can find such diverse festivals as those for accordion players, fringe film buffs and street performers.

Global Gumshoe Ron Stern Canada in the winter? Who knew? While most people cozy up in front of their fireplaces, that’s the time the fun is just starting for many Canadians. I had the opportunity to see for myself, and while I was only able to visit Edmonton and Jasper in Alberta, both offer diversions galore that will have travelers from the United States booking flights to their northern neighbor. I found there are so many things to see and do that it was hard to include all of them. To make things simple, here are my favorites: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton This magnificent hotel opened in 1915 and overlooks the expansive North Saskatchewan River Valley. You can hike, walk or bike in what is North America’s longest, most continuous urban park system, even larger than Central Park in New York City. This is a lovely property with great views and a good base from which to explore Edmonton, dubbed the

Edmonton Mall, Edmonton The Edmonton Mall is the largest indoor mall in North America. In addition to retail shops, restaurants and kiosks, you will also find a sea lion park, roller coasters and a huge water park. When temps dip outside, you can learn how to train sea lions, pull five G’s on the Mindbender or shoot through colorful tubes for a watery splashdown. When done, check into the Fantasyland Hotel, also on site, and relax in one of their 140 themed rooms, with everything from a Roman emperor’s digs to a Polynesian paradise. My Hollywood suite came with colorful LED lighting, a huge bed, an oversized wall-mounted television and even a jetted hot tub that could seat four or just me. Zinc, Edmonton Located inside the Art Gallery of Alberta, this restaurant derives its name from the fact that most of the interior structural beams are made from this expensive metal. There is an unusual painting of somebody named Otto behind the bar – ask about this, for an interesting story – and the food is worth the visit. Chef Dave Omar is truly passionate about what he calls open concept cuisine. His small plates of scallops, orzo and salmon were fabulous. Afterwards, step into the gallery for some of the best art in the province. VIA Rail, Nationwide This is a grand way to see all the country, or just part of it. My trip took me from Edmonton to

Jasper, about a five and a half hour ride. Along the way, I was treated to some of the most spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies, all from the comfy confines of my sleeper unit, which I would highly recommend as it is well worth the extra cost. These units come with a seating area that converts to a bed as well as a sink and bathroom. There is even a shower down the hall. Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper This iconic hotel is situated on the shores of Lake Beauvert and has hosted many VIP’s over the years, including the Queen Mother. Guests stay in individual log cabins that made me feel as if I was living in a cozy home rather than a hotel. With several restaurants on site as well as a spa, you can have all the creature comforts without ever having to leave the property. My massage session at their spa was just the thing to finish off any lingering stress or muscle tension I brought with me. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, Jasper For something completely different, you have to try this at least once. Guides take you into a frozen wonderland along ice-covered riverbeds and towering, translucent ice falls. During the day, the sunlight glistens off the ice crystals providing stunning visuals. You can also do this at night where the landscape dramatically changes and the only light and shadows are created by your headlamps. Marmot Basin, Jasper Located smack dab in the Canadian Rockies, this is the place to go for skiing, snowboarding or just people watching with a cup of hot chocolate. Chairlifts will take you to four mountain faces, each of

Edmonton, Alberta has much to offer in the winter. (Photo by Ron Stern)

Jasper, Alberta is a short trip by rail. (Photo by Ron Stern) which has enough powdery snow to keep you happy and giggly. The prices are affordable, the slopes are less crowded than many others in the U.S. and there is a terrain to match every skill level. —Ron Stern can be contacted at or by visiting and All accommodations, airfare, attractions and food were sponsored by the providers mentioned in this article, as well as Tourism Alberta, Tourism Edmonton and Tourism Jasper.u

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POSTER and Garcia said the idea came to him almost at the last moment. “With only a couple of weeks left in the poster contest, I drove to San Diego in search of inspiration,” he said in a release. “I went looking to photograph local landmarks like the Gaslamp district, Balboa Park, the kissing sailor statue, the ‘family crossing’ signs on the freeway and the lighthouse.” Not finding inspiration and discovering the sailor statue, officially called “Unconditional Surrender,” removed from its Downtown location for restoration, Garcia said he returned to L.A. after a disappointing day.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: MARCH Classic Golf Tournament Guest: GPA Golf Hall of Famer Billy Caspar Monday March 18, 2013 Salt Creek Golf Club 525 Hunte Parkway Chula Vista, CA, 91914 $500 per 4 person team (includes dinner)

APRIL 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. Southern California

Folklorico Competition

April 28 and 29 Finale: May 6 The annual competition between local San Diego-area dance schools. Fiesta de Reyes stage.

‘Hecho in Mexico’ will screen at the 2013 Latino Film Festival. (Courtesy Media Arts Center)

“It was on my drive home that I began daydreaming of my childhood birthday parties and all the fun I had dancing, eating ‘tres leches’ cake and, of course, trying to sneak a peek through my

blindfold to hit the piñata,” he said. “And that’s when it hit me. What a better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film festival than with a camera piñata.” With little time remaining

San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013 before the contest closed, Garcia said he went to Amazing Piñatas Inc., a company specializing in custom-made piñatas, to create the camera piñata. The prop, he said, could also be displayed at the festival itself. “They were able to turn it around with just enough time for me to photograph it and design the poster,” he said. “I wanted the poster to celebrate the festival, as well as Latino filmmaking.” Garcia’s debut photo exhibition book, “Cuba Y Cubans,” received international acclaim after its 2011 release, and the artist is currently working on his second book, titled “Face Value: Mirror Portraits.” Including his work for the San Diego festival, he also designed movie posters for the


upcoming release of “The Great Gatsby” as well as last fall’s “Lincoln” and “Django Unchained.” In addition to screening over 160 films from Latin America and the United States and to celebrate the festival’s anniversary, the Media Arts Center will be showcasing their “top 10 groundbreaking and influential Latino films” from the past 20 years. Highlights include “Amores Perros,” “Y Tú Mamá También” and “Desperado” from Mexico, “Todo Sobre Mi Madre” from Spain, and “Ciudade de Deus,” or “City of God,” from Brazil, among others. For more information about the upcoming festival, or to purchase pre-sale tickets, visit sdlatinofilm. com or call 619-230-1938. To see a collection of Garcia’s work, visit


San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 1–14, 2013

San Diego Uptown News  

February 1, 2013 edition. News for the neighborhoods in the north areas of the city of San Diego, CA

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