VOLUME 5 ISSUE 4
Feb. 15–28, 2013
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Hillcrest • University Heights • Normal Heights • North Park • South Park • Golden Hill • Kensington • Talmadge
‘Art of East Asia’
➤➤ NEWS P. 10
SDMA opens new, permanentcollection gallery, redesigned to make art more accessible By Anthony King SDUN Editor
A year in beer
➤➤ DINING P. 11 (back row, l to r) Honorees Michael A.V. Cruz, Larry T. Baza, Jill Borg Spitzer, Danny Gutierrez and JiAel Brownell; (middle row, l to r) honorees Michelle Houle and Mike Kawamura; KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo, Union Bank Executive VP George Ramirez, Union Bank Senior VP Lawrence Henry and honoree Jeri Dilno; (front row l to r) honorees Dennis-Michael Broussard, Louis Frick, Laurel Moorhead, Bishop Roy Dixon, Dr. Doris A. Howell and Leroy Elliott. Not pictured are honorees Patricia A. Dixon and Gussie Zaks. (Photo by Melissa Jacobs)
Nourishment from India
➤➤ WHAT'S UP! P. 13
KPBS and Union Bank hand out annual awards; new blog shines light on diversity By Anthony King with Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Editor & Assitant Editor
➤➤ MUSIC P. 16
Coheed and Cambria at HOB
Index Opinion…………………6 Briefs……………………7 Feature…………………8 Calendar………………17 Classifieds……………18 Parenting……………21
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At a ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 5, several Uptown residents were among 16 individuals celebrated as San Diego “local heroes.” Now in their 15th year, KPBS and Union Bank host the annual awards in part to signify both organizations’ commitment to diversity. “Diversity and inclusion are an important part of our Union Bank heritage, and we are proud of our Local Heroes program in partnership with KPBS that celebrates cultural diversity in our communities,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre Habis in a release. The private awards ceremony was held at the San Diego Natural History Museum, and was hosted by Kathi Diamant. In Uptown, honorees include Michelle Elise Houle of Golden Hill, Doris A. Howell of Hillcrest, Jill Spitzer of North Park, Jerry Dilno of Kensington, Larry Baza of North Park and Dennis-Michael Broussard of Normal Heights. Other honorees are JiAel Brownell, Bishop Roy Dixon, Mike Kawamura, Gussie Zaks, Michael Cruz, Danny Gutierrez, Louis Frick, Laurel Moorhead, Patricia Dixon and Leroy Elliott. “The program shines a spotlight on the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals, and we are
thrilled to honor them with the recognition they deserve,” Habis said. The 16 were acknowledged in eight categories throughout 2012: Native American Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Disability Awareness Month, LGBT Pride Month, Black History Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The ceremony and reception marked the end of the yearlong celebration. Dilno and Baza were honored for LGBT Pride Month, as both play an integral part in the LGBT community. Dilno, who was the first female executive director of The San Diego LGBT Community Center, is a current board emeritus for San Diego LGBT Pride. Baza, an arts administrator and advocate, has also served on several nonprofit boards, including the Centro Cultural de la Raza and the LGBT political organization, Democrats for Equality. He is also a member of The Center’s Latino services advisory council, among others. Houle, who began her education career as a substitute teacher at the Lindsay Community School for pregnant and parenting mothers, was honored for Women’s History Month with Howell. A medical doctor for over 50 years, Howell helped establish San
see Diversity, page 3
In the process of launching their latest exhibit, “Art of East Asia,” the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) unveiled a completely renovated gallery touted as one of the most sophisticated exhibition spaces in San Diego. At a special preview before the gallery’s official opening, Executive Director Roxana Velásquez joined Asian art curator Sonya Quintanilla and representatives from Staples & Charles, the museum and exhibition design firm that was hired for the project, for a ribbon cutting and tour of the new space. “This collection is a collection that grew up very organically,” said Quintanilla, who helped start the redesign and exhibit eight years ago. In 2012, she moved from her SDMA position to take a position as Cleveland Museum of Art’s Indian and Southeast Asian art curator, in Ohio. “Over the last 85 years, we have a collection of Asian art that amounts to about 45 percent … of the museum’s entire holdings,” she said. “It’s a … collection I was hoping would become more accessible and more human.” Quintanilla said she wanted to take the best pieces from the permanent collection and place them in “authentic contexts” to “give a textured experience as you go through the
see AsianArt, page 9
“Censer” by Eikon Kokawa is on display in “Art in East Asia.” (Courtesy San Diego Museum of Art)
The Garden Angels of Kensington Locals form group to care for tree plots; jump at news of upgrades along Adams Ave By Dale Larabee SDUN Guest Reporter
For a number of years, several thought Adams Avenue – as it meandered through Kensington – needed more color. Sixty-three pear trees in small plots lined both sides of the street from the Interstate 15 overpass to a stop sign, where Adams Avenue plunges down Aldine Drive to Fairmount Avenue. The trees were old and terminally diseased with fire blight, and the lifeless soil at the base of each tree was little more than a cigarette
urn and trash collector. Day lilies once planted around the tree trunks were long dead and removed. Local merchants tried to keep the areas clean and trees watered, with little success. The City annually trimmed the trees, yet that was all. In July 2012, plant lovers and Uptown residents Beth Guepin, Harriet Fukada and Diane Larabee decided that if they wanted anything done they had to do it themselves. They started with the small plots surrounding trees fronting Ken Cinema and Kensington Video,
(l to r) Beth Guepin, Harriet Fukada and Diane Larabee, with dog Kaiser Wilhelm, are true Garden Angels. (Courtesy Jim Kennedy) first cleaning, loosening and reenergizing the rock-hard soil, then circling the trees with droughttolerant succulents and brightening each plot with red, white, blue and purple perennials. Three women digging in street
gardens got noticed. Word spread. Buoyed by the interest, the women set their goals high: they decided to upgrade all 63 planters. Larabee presented this idea to
see Angels, page 22
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013
Urban Discovery Academy addresses mobile-phone safety
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Bankers Hill charter school joins AT&T to highlight dangers of texting while driving
Diego Hospice, and was honored by the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in 2006. Broussard, honored as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, is the founder of Silk Road Productions, a event management company responsible for organizing many fundraising events throughout the San Diego Asian community. He serves on the board of several organizations, including the Asian Journalists Association and the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. Now CEO, Spitzer began working at Jewish Family Service of San Diego in 1984. Under her leadership, the organization focused on domestic violence, youth mentoring, senior care and hunger issues, and has grown to serve more than 30,000 people annually. Spitzer was honored for Jewish American Heritage Month. Throughout the years, KPBS has honored people within each of these communities as “local heroes,” and recently, 18-year KPBS-veteran Monica Medina has taken that concept one step further. In November 2012, Media – director of diversity, engagement and grants at the media organization – lead a group that launched the blog “Hey Neighbor!” on the KPBS website. In her position Medina initiates and oversees outreach campaigns within the greater San Diego area that focus on community areas like the Local Heroes program, as well as military, mental health and aging. An avid blogger in her own right, Medina has taken to writing on the KPBS blog about outstanding people within the community who may not have been honored with a hero nomination or award. Hey Neighbor! is inspired by the universal appeal of Mister Rogers and his decades-long request for viewers to “be my neighbor.” It sheds a shining light on those who dedicate their lives to making the world better for other people. Since first launching in November, Medina has profiled several people, including former-KPBS General Manager Stephanie Bergsma, Tom K. Wong – whose childhood as an undocumented alien Medina details with great care – Urban League President Ray King and others who are adding to the list of local heroes.
By Anthony King SDUN Editor
Monica Medina of KPBS (Courtesy KPBS) “Basically I am hoping as word gets out as people become more aware of the blog, they’ll contact me if they know of a story, or if they have a story that’s pretty extraordinary: an ordinary person that has done something extraordinary, while giving back to the community,” Medina said. Medina’s Hey Neighbor! team consists of her staff, Ashley Rodriguez, Trisha Richter, Clare Pister and Leng Caloh, interactive strategies manager. KPBS President and CEO Tom Karlo, a 40-year veteran of the news organization, is a big supporter of Medina’s work and mission. “We celebrate diversity throughout the year and we tell the stories of those communities, and I want the website to reflect it more,” he said. “I want people of those different communities to come to our website and tell their stories.” To read the blog and to contribute story ideas to Medina, visit kpbs.org/news/blogs/hey-neighbor.u
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The Urban Discovery Academy in Bankers Hill hosted a “Phones and Fun Mobile Safety Night” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, highlighting the dangers of texting and driving as well as other safety concerns surrounding mobile phone use. Organized by AT&T as part of their Mobile Safety campaign and study, the event was open to both parents and children. Christine Moore, AT&T director of external affairs, talked with attendees who primarily came from the Urban Discovery Academy. Encouraging parents to start a dialog with their children regarding phone safety issues, Moore discussed statistics from the recently released AT&T Mobile Safety Study, which was commissioned by the phone company to “better understand the most prevalent wireless safety issues for families,” a press release stated. “Our goal is simple – we want to change behavior and save lives,” said Cathy Coughlin, AT&T senior executive vice president and global marketing officer in a separate release announcing the study. “That’s why we’re putting additional resources behind this effort and why we’re inviting everyone to join us in this cause. Working together, we can make a difference,” she said. The Feb. 5 event was designed
as a “school safety fair,” with stations hosted by parents and touching on topics regarding parental control, cyber-bullying and sending and receiving inappropriate messages and photos. The topics were presented through games, quizzes and interactive discussions. Additionally, organizers staged a virtual-reality simulasimula tor to show what could happen if drivers texted while operating a vehicle. Both parents and children were able to test the simulator, with organizers highlighting that more than 100,000 vehicle crashes happen each year from texting and driving. This year, AT&T expanded their It Can Wait campaign to increase awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. As part of the initial campaign, 165 organizations pledged to encourage people to not text and drive. For the campaign expansion, AT&T will be staging similar Safety Nights with the driving simulator across the nation. Located at 2850 Sixth Ave., the Urban Discovery Academy is a charter school founded by parents and teachers in 2008. The school’s current director is Cynthia Kelley, who is also one of the founding members. For more information about the Academy, visit urbansd.com or call 619-788-4668. To join the It Can Wait campaign or to try an online version of the driving simulator, visit itcanwait.com.u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013
Regional Bike Corridor Project under review at Uptown meeting Goals outlined & suggestions submitted; SANDAG to return in spring for 3rd workshop By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter
Community planning and transportation representatives, including many from Uptown, weighed in Wednesday, Feb. 6 on the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor Project, giving their suggestions on what could be done to create an interlocking network of citywide bike paths to help connect neighborhoods. It was the second in a series of community advisory meetings hosted by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the region’s primary public planning, transportation and research agency. The purpose of the bike corridor meetings is for city transportation planners to work with public groups to craft an updated regional bicycle-corridor transportation plan that accomplishes a number of goals. Among them: • Improving connectivity among the various communities. • Improving safety by finding ways to more efficiently share the roadway between pedestrians, bicycles and cars. • Coordinate and design a comprehensive regional bike plan that balances the needs of all user groups. • Support multi-modal efforts encouraging use of mass transit. • Enhance supportive amenities such as bike parking and corrals. • Encourage the pursuit of more holistic lifestyles, wean-
This map of North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge and City Heights was used at the meeting to solicit feedback. A second map showing routs from Mission Valley through Hillcrest and Bankers Hill was also used. (Courtesy SANDAG) ing people from dependence on automobiles by promoting cycling, walking and other alternative forms of transportation. SANDAG principal planner Coleen Clementson served as workshop facilitator at the Feb. 6 meeting. Clementson was joined by SANDAG transportation planners Beth Robrahn and Chris Kluth. Robrahn first gave an overview of the ongoing bike corridor project. Following, the approximately 40 community advisory-group
representatives broke into smallgroup discussions, accompanied by transportation facilitators helping to guide ideas on what factors should be considered in designing routes to accommodate cyclists. A key factor discussed was to connect the routes to neighborhoods and business districts while avoiding traffic problems. Led by Kluth, a senior active transportation planner at SANDAG, one discussion group brainstormed ideas on how best to
reconfigure the Uptown segment, from Mission Valley to Hillcrest and Bankers Hill. Community representatives in the discussion included Char Lou Benedict of the Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee, Walt Chambers of Great Streets San Diego, Harold Clayton of Centre City Advisory Committee and Andy Hanshaw, executive director of San Diego Bicycle Coalition. For the next 45 minutes, they examined a street corridor map
provided by SANDAG, discussing existing traffic conditions and kicking around ideas for what might be done to improve bike safety while linking the three neighborhoods in question, which includes neighboring Balboa Park. Chambers said the park is a key focal point along the traffic corridor because it is a “regional destination for residents and tourists.” Hanshaw said he suggested that Long Beach, Calif., which has bikefriendly paths separated from cars, should be looked at as one example of what can be accomplished. Benedict said Robinson Avenue, which parallels University Avenue – both major bike thoroughfares along this traffic corridor – are distinctly different, as Robinson Avenue is primarily residential while University Avenue is mostly commercial. Clayton said that whatever is done to improve this specific bike corridor, should be done with the idea of making it more friendly for people of all ages, especially making it more family-friendly. Other suggestions by group members included concentrating on University Avenue to improve it as a bike route, as doing so would promote business along the corridor while avoiding Robinson Avenue as a bike route because of its residential character. Additionally, the group consensus was that cutting the number of traffic lanes from three to two on Fourth and Fifth avenues in downtown would invite cyclists and offer more opportunities for improving bike safety by separating them from vehicles. Near the end of the meeting, Kluth led the group in drawing conclusions to be offered to the advisory group as a whole. Clayton was designated to speak for his particular discussion group, offering these talking points for further study and review: • Bike paths and related amenities should be made to coincide with businesses along the University Avenue commercial strip. • Any regional bike path should move through Balboa Park, as it is a focal point for culture and recreation. • Bike paths should favor commercial over residential areas. • Traffic-calming elements should be considered in any discussion of updating regional bike paths in order to make it safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. • Ways should be found to physically separate bike lanes from traffic lanes. SANDAG’s Robrahn said the next phase will be for traffic planners to discuss suggestions made by the advisory group over the next few weeks, and return in the spring for a third workshop to present design alternatives for preferred bike routes that may be designated for improvements. Representatives attending the Feb. 6 workshop at the Balboa Park Club spoke for several Uptown groups, including Adams Avenue, Hillcrest, North Park and Bankers Hill business associations, Hillcrest Town Council and North Park Community Association, and Uptown Community, Greater Mid-City and Old Town parking districts. Greater North Park, Uptown Centre City, Old Town and Balboa Park planning committees also took part as stakeholder groups. Regional transportation groups Walk San Diego, Bike San Diego, Move San Diego and Great Streets San Diego were also present, among others.u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013
Japanese American Historical Society moves to Balboa Park Partnering with other park institutions, open house scheduled for Feb. 18 By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter
Balboa Park is blessed with yet another jewel in its crown of historical gems, with the recent arrival of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD). The move from the organization’s former home in Kearny Mesa to within a shared space at the San Diego History Center was made possible in part by past president, Linda Canada. A historian of San Diego history with a particular interest in the early ethnic groups who settled in the city, Canada first met members of the JAHSSD in 1995, when they organized a special exhibition at the History Center, located at 1649 El Prado. “I have had a long association with the San Diego History Center and knew they had some unused space,” Canada said. It was a case of knowing the right people at the right time. Over the course of a year, Canada participated in discussions about possible ways that JAHSSD might share space at the History Center. Late last year, both organizations’ boards approved the space-sharing arrangement. “Over the next few months we painted, cleaned carpets and built a storage cage for our artifacts,” Canada said. These artifacts open a window on the little-known history of Japanese-Americans. The resources in the JAHSSD museum include 40 reel-to-reel tapes, 20 cassette tapes and three file drawers filled with transcripts. The transcripts are the result of a project from recorded interviews in the 1970s.
Other resources include documents, photographs, newsletters and activity records from many non-profit organizations in the San Diego Japanese-American community. The photography collection alone is sure to attract visitors to the JAHSSD’s new location, with many pictures spanning from 1890 through 2008 that depict JapaneseAmericans at work and showcasing the rich history in farming, fishing, commercial businesses and the military. The photograph collection also includes imagines that many have never seen before of the internment of Japanese following the Pearl Harbor bombing in World War II, some on display at a recent History Center exhibit. Representatives said more than 16,000 people visited the exhibition “Allegiance: A San Diego Perspective” that ran in conjunction with the seven-week run of The Old Globe Theatre’s production of “Allegiance – An American Musical.” The production and exhibit focused on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, when families were forced into one of five United States internment camps, a topic that hit close to home for the JAHSSD. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the all-volunteer, 700-member nonprofit was initially formed by Japanese-Americans who lived in San Diego and who had been forced into similar camps. In addition to the greater visibility for the organization at its new space, another significant benefit of the move to Balboa Park its proximity to other cultural organizations with whom it can partner, like
Photographs like this, shown at “Allegiance: A San Diego Perspective,” are housed in the Historical Society archives. (Courtesy JAHSSD) The Old Globe. “For example, we are already working with the Japanese Friendship Garden on an exhibition in March through May, and with the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center on an event acknowledging the role of Japanese-Americans in World War II and the Korean conflict,” Canada said. Canada said volunteers are welcome to get involved, as the organization also has an active speakers group that visit schools, churches and libraries. Mitsuko Kawamoto, whose family experienced first-hand the prejudice during World War II, spoke recently at a San Diego branch library. She explained that in 1942, a wave of suspicion rolled out from the U.S. government toward people of Japanese descent living in the U.S. At the time, President Franklin Roosevelt released Executive Order #9066, demanding encampment of the Japanese-Americans living in the U.S. “[All] because we looked like the enemy,” Kawamoto said. Kawamoto said she was 7 years old
when people showed up to order her family to leave all their things behind. She said she remembers that her mother had to put most of their belongings in a big barrel. Saying she is “delighted with the excitement and enthusiasm” of History Center staff in the move, Canada and the JAHSSD have additional plans to help spread the word of the new location. The organization will be hosting an open house on Monday, Feb. 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. Additionally, they will be branching out to Chula Vista, Calif. by opening an exhibit titled “This Land is Your Land, this Land is My Land: Japanese-Americans in Chula Vista” on June 7. The exhibit, which will run through May 31, 2013, will be on display at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum. For the open house event on Feb. 18, please RSVP by leaving a message with the number of people in your party at 619338-8181 or by email to jahssd@sbcglobal. net. For more information about the entire museum, including the Chula Vista exhibit, visit jahssd.org.u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013
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William Gustiller (Photo by Kaleb Scott Photographs)
In our Feb. 1 issue, we incorrectly stated stylist and businessowner Fred Núñez had recently become co-owner of Thick Salon in Hillcrest. Núñez is sole proprietor of the business, located at 3852 Third Ave. Additionally, in a story announcing Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro’s move to South Park, we incorrectly credited a picture of owner William Gustiller. Talmadge-based Kaleb Scott Photographs (kalebscottphotographs. com) took the photo. To see more of their work, visit page 23 of this issue for photographs from the Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro grand opening.u
Letters Parking is focus for Balboa Park The Judge tentatively ruled against the Plaza de Panama project on a technicality, finding that a parking lot in the middle of the plaza does have a “beneficial use” for the few people lucky enough to find a parking space there [see “SOHO suit against City tentatively wins in court,” Vol. 5 Issue 3]. Todd Gloria is right, there is a “… need to reclaim precious parkland from cars and give it back to the people for their enjoyment.” The best thing for visitors to Balboa Park would be a pedestrian-only Plaza de Panama, like the east end of the Prado. —Sharon Gehl, via sduptownnews.com As I suggested in a message to Todd Gloria, a better spot for a parking garage would be where the existing underutilized parking lot is located at the end of Eighth Drive. … A parking garage could be built on that site with sub levels that would allow entrances and exits from both Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue on the loop that turns into Date Street [see “SOHO suit against City tentatively wins in court,” Vol. 5 Issue 3]. Depending on how high they go with the garage it should provide ample parking. For those who do not want to walk to the plaza they can run shuttles, trolleys, a tram, a monorail, build a foot bridge with moving sidewalks or any combination of these things to transport people. Some like a tram could even attract people as a touristy thing to do. Unfortunately, my idea fell on deaf ears. The reply I got was full of excuses of why they couldn’t do it that really didn’t make sense to me. —G. McGinnis, via sduptownnews.com
Removing constraints for public schools Thanks for the article Andy. In my opinion, ironically, it is the very fact that parents do have choices now that is making it so difficult for neighborhood schools to excel – these choices are pulling away the parents most likely to contribute to their school (time and money) [see “Hidden in the heart of North Park: Thomas Jefferson Elementary,” Vol. 5, Issue 2]. I live in North Park, too and we probably know a lot of the same families – families who are dedicated and highly motivated to see their children’s schools succeed. If we all just went to the North Park neighborhood schools, those schools would undoubtedly improve, yet
it is hard to resist some of the charter school options that are already vastly superior. Perhaps we (as in society) should be asking why, given the same economic constraints, can the charter school a few miles away manage to keep class size at 20, but my neighborhood school is at 27? Why does the charter school have a professional art teacher, PE teacher, performing art teacher, and language program, but neighborhood schools have hardly any of those extras anymore? I’ve asked those questions, and the answer given is because charter schools aren’t held to the same regulations and constraints that regular public schools are. Well then, time to remove those constraints. But unfortunately that is a bigger can of worms that will take more than a group of parents to address. —Shula, via sduptownnews.com
Garcia captures Latino culture I am impressed with the creative artwork display of Juan Luis Garcia [see “Latino Film Festival 20th anniversary poster revealed,” Vol. 5, Issue 3]. Sometimes the best ideas come when we are in that moment of disappointment or despair. I feel the last inspiring Latin Film Festival movie poster was for the 15th annual (2008). This year, Mr. Garcia has truly captured the true Latino culture with the image of camera as a piñata. —Kalin, via sduptownnews.com
Asking questions on gun control The Black Panther party, Malcolm X and many other repressed groups and individuals represented the need of the right to bear arms as one of its core principles. Especially when the government passed the Mulford act to thwart the Black Panther’s neighborhood and policing the police program. Let’s answer the difficult question about guns: what problem regarding gun deaths are you trying to solve? Were you a person that advocated gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Virginia Tech, Columbine and Aurora or were you a person that wanted tighter gun restrictions due to the number of suicides or murders per year involving guns? According to the CDC, in 2011 there were 11,101 homicides from discharge of firearm and 19,766 suicides from discharge of firearm. Were you outraged about guns when that (insert minority here) was murdered on Tuesday? Or was it the suicide on Wednesday that aroused your inner gun control spirits?
Due to the current political conversation going on, it would seem plausible for one to assume that most Americans are concerned with mass shootings. In 1994, Bill Clinton signed the infamous assault rifle ban into law. The assault rifle is, after all, that big gun that allows murderers to kill innocent people by spraying multiple bullets in a crowd with one pull of the trigger. If you are familiar with guns, you might have been privy to my trickery. The assault rifle is a large gun, but all assault rifles do not allow a shooter to spray bullets with one pull of the trigger. Assault rifles are not synonymous with machine guns. The assault-rifle ban was largely based on having a similar appearance to a militarygrade, fully automatic weapon. Even though the federal ban on assault weapons flourished with symbolism, that is, misguided symbolism, it lacked meaningful substance. For example, a semiautomatic weapon was graduated to the illegal status of assault weapon if it had a detachable ammunition magazine and any combination of a pistol grip, a flash suppressor, telescoping stock, or bayonet mount. The problem is there isn’t anything in particular about the above features that make a gun unfathomably lethal. Equally, if not more important, than what type of gun is being fired is who is actually doing the shooting. In order to operate a machine capable of inflicting death, one should be thoroughly evaluated and able to distinguish which scenarios it would be necessary to inflict such a punishment. Since the shooters of 39 of the 62 mass shootings in America had previous signs of a possible mental illness, determining who is mentally fit to own a gun and how doctors communicate that information so it appears on background checks is worthy of discussion and a solution. In terms of the second amendment and its purpose, some of my privileged, misguided and white conservative friends seem to think they’ll actually need to use their guns to protect themselves from the American government. The irony is that they are citizens of a government that has historically and disproportionately tilted the American dream in their favor. I am curious to ask when was the last time government forces “randomly” pulled them over, denied them their right to vote, or met the side of a police baton from the hands of a police offer that did not view them as citizens. Blacks in America, especially during to the civil rights movement, needed guns to literally protect themselves and their communities from the government and not to mention the KKK, which is something that my liberal, rid-the-world of every gun friends should think about. —Anthony Conwright, via emailu
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UptownBriefs SAN DIEGO HOSPICE TO CEASE OPERATIONS While seeking court approval to transition patients and some staff to Scripps Health, San Diego Hospice announced Wednesday, Feb. 13 its decision to cease operations after years of serving the community. The organization stated plans to file for bankruptcy the previous week. Under the transition plan, Scripps Health, which acquired Horizon Hospice on Feb. 4, will take over patients currently managed by the nonprofit that decide to choose Scripps as their provider. The settlement will also include the San Diego Hospice buildings, their electronic medical record license, associated computer equipment, as well as enough employees to care for the patients that transfer their care. “This is obviously a difficult decision for all of us associated with San Diego Hospice. The plan we have put forward will allow us to take immediate steps to stop incurring debt, which increases every day we remain in operation,” said Kathleen Pacurar, CEO of San Diego Hospice in the announcement. “We are taking this course after many months of discussions to resolve our financial challenges, including talks with Scripps asking for their help. Our decision to file bankruptcy was based on our need to maintain continuity of patient care as we worked through the details of this plan. We believe this is the best course for our patients and their families, and for San Diego Hospice.” Proceeds from Scripps’ purchase of the building would assist San Diego Hospice with existing bills and allow it to eliminate increasing debt. If the court accepts the transition plan, the transition should be completed within 30 days. “San Diego Hospice has provided an important service to this community for many years and we are saddened that they are no longer able to continue their mission,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “In our talks with San Diego Hospice, we both agreed that we did not want to see patients fall through the cracks during this process, and we wanted to help as many hospice employees as we could. Our hope is that the court will accept the whole set of proposals so that there can be a smooth transition of care for these patients, and there are opportunities for San Diego Hospice staff to remain employed to continue providing that care.” ALBERT EINSTEIN ACADEMIES RECERTIFY STAFF FOR LOCK-DOWN & SAFETY SKILLS On Wednesday, Feb. 13, South Park-based Albert Einstein Academies, which include two schools – the Albert Einstein Academy Charter Middle School (AEACMS) and the Albert Einstein Academy Charter Elementary School (AEACES) – trained 80 staff members on school safety and lock down recertification. The training, called A.L.i.C.E. for Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter and Evacuate, is part of the Active Shooter Response Training provided by Response Options, a critical-incident response training company. A.L.i.C.E. has been implemented across 18 states and 330 educational institutions nationwide. “At the leadership level, we often discuss ways to better train our staff to handle
emergency situations that will likely be chaotic, involve fear or the threat of violence,” said David Sciarretta, principal at AEACMS in a press release. “Our objective with the A.L.i.C.E. training is to empower our personnel so we can be prepared, stay safe and not allow ourselves or the students in our care to become victims.” The local charter schools are tuition-free and AEACMS is the first of its kind in San Diego to offer International Baccalaureate continuum with an emphasis on German and Spanish languages. “In addition to maintaining our certification in A.L.i.C.E. training on an annual basis through a follow-up online module, we also plan to incorporate this program into all new staff member training at Albert Einstein Academies,” said Jeannette Vaughn, principal at the academy’s elementary school in the same release. For more information about the schools, visit aeaces.org or aeacms.org.
TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR LAUNCHES IN BANKERS HILL CyberHive San Diego is a new non-profit technology incubator that focuses on creating cyber security and analytics jobs in San Diego. The organization’s launch and ribbon cutting was held Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Manpower Building, located at 1855 First Ave. in Bankers Hill. Council President Todd Gloria, Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and other business and civic leaders were in attendance. “My hope is that CyberHive San Diego will help local startup companies succeed, grow and eventually become larger companies with thousands of employees,” Gloria said in a press release. CyberHive San Diego is based on the CyberHive Maryland program and has the capability to incubate as many as 20 applicants. The organization that is currently led by a board of advisors from other organizations including General Dynamics, Qualcomm, CyberHive/Cyber Maryland, NSA and SINET. “The threat of cyber attacks is real and so is the opportunity for San Diego to be at the forefront of this vital and growing industry,” Lightner said. “CyberHive is going to be instrumental in creating the companies and developing the workforce we need to effectively respond to the threat of cyber attacks.” Clients are treated as businesses from the start and will receive business plans, help identifying investors and help to prepare their products for the market. In return for these services, CyberHive requires clients to provide an equity position to ensure the program remains sustainable well into the future. For more information about CyberHive San Diego email apply@ cyberhivesandiego.org. SAN DIEGO MUSICAL THEATRE PRESENTS CHICAGO For their first production in their 2013 season, San Diego Musical Theatre announced that Kander and Ebb’s Chicago will
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open this Friday, Feb. 15 and continue through March 3 at the Birch North Park Theatre. Director Ron Kellum leads the cast with his 21-year career in the entertainment industry. The musical is based in the roaring 1920s Chicago, where Roxie Hart (played by Emma Radwick) murders her faithless lover and convinces her husband, Amos, to take the rap. Once Amos finds out that he has been duped, he turns on Hart and she is convicted and sent to death row. Hart and Velma Kelly (played by Kyra Da Costa) battle it out for the headlines and ultimately join forces for fame, fortune and acquittal. Audiences can expect choreographed works by Randy Slovacek and music from award-winning music director, Don LeMaster. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Single ticket rates start at $26. The Birch North Park Theatre is located at 2891 University Ave. For more information visit sdmt.org.
SANDAG APPOINTS TODD GLORIA AS CHAIR OF TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE Council President and District Three Representative Todd Gloria was appointed to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) chair, announced Jan. 29. “I am grateful to SANDAG Chair Jack Dale for selecting me for this position,” Gloria said in a press release, “and am excited about tackling this critical issue from a regional perspective.” SANDAG is the regional planning agency for transportation, and develops the Regional Transportation Plan to implement long-range vision for buses, trolleys, streetcars, rail, highways, major streets, bicycle travel, walking, goods movement and airport services. SANDAG has been pursuing other alternative-transportation and active-transportation projects, such as the Regional Bike Corridor projects in North Park–MidCity and Uptown. Gloria has been a member of the Transportation Committee for the past four years. “I am well aware of the transportation-related challenges that face our region: air quality, scarcity of available land, growing population, lack of infrastructure for active transportation, funding, and a public transportation system that is not seen as efficient, are just a few,” Gloria said. “I will proudly voice District Three’s and the City of San Diego’s priorities and concerns to my SANDAG Transportation Committee colleagues, and know we will make great progress as a region in the coming year.”
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SPECIAL DELIVERY RECEIVES WEINGART FOUNDATION GRANT Ruth Henricks, executive director of Special Delivery San Diego, announced in a press release the organization was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation. Special Delivery is a non-profit nutrition-services organization that serves people
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Melding art with historical insight Museum of Art’s Friday morning docent-led lectures, tours a longstanding tradition
AT A GLANCE WHAT: San Diego Museum of Art’s Friday morning docent lecture and tour series WHEN: third Friday of each month through May; lecture at 10 a.m., tour at 11:30 a.m. WHERE: James S. Copley Auditorium inside Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado COST: $8 for students, $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers INFORMATION: thesandiegomuseumofart.org 619-232-7931
“Landscape (with spring and autumn” by Sun Xie (Courtesy San Diego Museum of Art) By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter
A monthly event aimed at melding art with scholarly insight has been a longstanding tradition at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA). The program was born out of a desire to give attendees a close-up look at the museum’s collection. Since its inception in 1970, SDMA’s docent lecture and tour series has tapped the resources of art scholars throughout San Diego, as well as across the globe. While the topics vary widely from one program to the next, Ruth Broudy, manager of docent programs, said the overarching goal is the same: to provide greater insight into SDMA’s permanent collections. “Whatever the topic, [the lecture] is an opportunity to make art more visible and understandable
so there’s a greater appreciation,” Broudy said. “The more you know about it, the more you learn.” SDMA’s docent lecture and tour series is well under way for the 2012-13 season. In recent months, programs have focused on such topics as German expressionist art, the origins of modern American portraiture and the meaning behind art and relics from Buddhist traditions. “The idea is to enrich and enhance as lecturers give their presentations,” Broudy said. “It’s an opportunity for people to make a full connection with what’s on view in the museum.” Upcoming programs will feature guest lectures from staff at SDMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and touch topics including continuities in modern art and paintings from Spanish and Italian culture.
“Bernardita” by Robert Henri (Courtesy San Diego Museum of Art)
In March, SDMA will host a Toronto-based curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack, who works out of the Bata Shoe Museum in Canada’s largest city. Semmelhack will delve into gender fashions from 1550 to 1650. Over the years, Broudy said that the lecture and tour series has drawn on insight from docents from a wide variety of backgrounds. Case in point: she said lecturers have spoken seven different languages outside English, including American Sign Language, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. “The composition of the docent community is definitely very versatile and reflects all parts of the world,” Broudy said. The longevity of SDMA’s lecture and tour series could, perhaps, be traced to a historically large turnout. Broudy said it is not
uncommon for a Friday morning session to draw a large crowd that frequently includes people from disparate walks of life, including various arts groups and school teachers. “It is the most well attended of all our lecture series,” Broudy said. “There’s a desire for people to better understand the meaning behind a particular art exhibition.” Broudy said an extensive amount of planning goes into crafting each year’s docent lecture and tour series, including putting out feelers to art scholars and historians interested in speaking and ensuring prospective speakers are connected to a piece of SDMA’s vast collection. While the lecture and tour series has a long history, SMDA’s origins go back even further. The impetus for the organization began in 1915, during the PanamaCalifornia International Exhibition at Balboa Park. Planning for the museum itself began in earnest in 1922 with the financial backing of Appleton S. Bridges, a San Diego business and civic leader. Construction got under way in 1924 and was completed two years later as the then-known Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego officially opened its doors. In 1978, the operation’s name was changed to SDMA.u
Upcoming Friday docent lectures and tours Feb. 15 – “Behind the Picture: Looking in Depth at Paintings from the Spanish and Italian Collections of the San Diego Museum of Art” (with Nigel McGilchrist, art historian)
March 15 – “Renaissance Chopines and Baroque Heels: Fashion Gender from 1550-1650” (with Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto)
April 19 – “Purchasing Piranesi: Buying Art on the Grand Tour” (with John Marciari, curator of European art and head of provenance research at SDMA)
May 17 – “The More Things Change: Continuities in Modern Art” (with Kathryn Kanjo, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego)
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ASIANART space, and have it be a pleasure to come and spend time in these various environments.” In addition to numerous pieces of art in SDMA’s permanent collection that were taken into consideration for the exhibit – the final exhibit houses over 280 objects with more than 100 of them never before on display – Quintanilla worked closely with Staples & Charles on the design and layout of the new galleries, using each element to create the “authentic contexts.” The renovation cost neared $1 million, and was funded in part by San Diego County and City grants, The Leeds Funds and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Velásquez said. SDMA is located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. Barbara Charles of Staples & Charles spoke during the tour, giving insights into different design elements in the new space, including color and ceiling height – lowered from the last, two-room space many dubbed the “Asian Court” – as well as mounts, podiums and cases. “We’ve taken two galleries and split them into five. These are really like chapters of books,” she said. The Art of East Asia galleries are grouped by geographic region as much as philosophy, theme and time period. The first room, “Tombs: Art for the Dead in Ancient China,” includes pieces that date from 3,000 BCE to the eighth century. From here, the exhibit moves into the second room, highlighting Buddhist tradition and influence in art in both China and Japan.
Visitors then move into a longer hallway, where artifacts from Korea are displayed, providing several firsts for SDMA. “We’ve never in this museum before had the chance to feature the art of Korea in its own single section,” Quintanilla said, calling the area a “microcosm” of the East. The placement allows visitors to see subtle differences in art between the three nations, she said, including Korean and Chinese celadon, a type of ceramic. “We [also] have the only permanent installation dedicated to Korean domestic arts on the West Coast,” Quintanilla said. The installation, which was a major gift from a local collector, includes objects from traditional Korean kitchens, as well as carpentry tools and a wedding chest. Quintanilla said her experience in gallery research and observations in how people interact with art influenced the overall design of the new gallery. One aspect, which Charles called the “single biggest challenge,” were seating areas. “People love to sit in Asian galleries,” Quintanilla said. “There’s a contemplative and peaceful quality in them. I wanted to provide a comfortable place where people [could] come and sit as long as they would like.” Corner seating booths in the fourth room, which Charles said had to be designed for modern requirements and needs, are considered completely new. Quintanilla said there was no model for the work Staples & Charles put into the design. “I noticed how little people actually look at the objects,” she said. “If I could integrate casework with little objects in them, where
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Curator Sonya Quintanilla discusses the Art of Korea display in the Museum of Art, the first space devoted to art from the country. (Photo by Mac Witmer) people like to sit anyway, and give them something to look at, then perhaps the objects would actually be seen.” Another aspect that came to Quintanilla and Charles during the design was providing forgeries, or fakes, of the authentic art that visitors could feel and see up-close. These pieces are placed next to the authentic pieces housed within museum cases. “We thought it would be the perfect thing for people to be able to touch,” Quintanilla said of the forgeries. “They feel and look quite like the objects that we find behind the glass.” Velásquez was particularly excited about the hands-on aspect of the exhibit, which also includes an interactive station for learning calligraphy and upcoming virtual tours on portable devices. She said the education department worked together with the curators
throughout the entire process. “We work hard because we are devoted to our audiences. We know that … we need to be accessible to everybody,” Velásquez said. “We want to be close to our community.” Near the end of the tour, Charles reiterated the purpose of the redesign, saying the focus was always about the art. “Ideally, these architectural details we put throughout kind of give you some spirit of the space, of the place the objects are coming from [and] the environment they would have been in,” Charles said. “But in the end, the goal is that you’re really looking at the objects.” SDMA opened the gallery to visitors Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information, including gallery hours, special events and additional tours, visit sdmart.org or call 619-232-7931.u
“Standing Bodhisattva” circa 565 CE (Courtesy San Diego Museum of Art)
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Tapping into local craft-brew culture San Diego History Center kicks off ‘Year of Craft Beer’ with tastings, ‘Bottled & Kegged’ exhibition By Monica Garske SDUN Reporter
San Diego’s renowned craft beer scene may have boomed in recent years, but the histor y behind that local craft-brew culture is just as rich as its resurgence. To celebrate the past, present and future of San Diego’s beer culture, the San Diego Histor y Center (SDHC) located at 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park has declared 2013 the “Year of Craft Beer.” To that end, there are several beer-related happenings brewing at the museum, including the Taste of San Diego Craft Brews 2013 event on Saturday, Feb. 16 that features 11 San Diego brewers – including masters from Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point and North Park’s Ritual Tavern – discussing and pouring their craft concoctions. The tasting on Feb. 16 is in part to help launch SDHC’s main event: “Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture,” an exhibition dedicated entirely to the histor y and intricacies of the craft brewing culture, industr y and process. The exhibition officially opens April 5 and will run through Jan. 20, 2014. Matthew Schiff, curator of “Bottled & Kegged,” said the interactive exhibition is designed to appeal to both craft beer aficionados and novices alike.
“We’re looking to capture all types of audiences by telling the interesting stor y of craft brewing in San Diego,” Schiff said. “Our goal is to create an educational experience while exploring the past and present histor y of craft brewing, and what the future may hold.”
(l) The interior of Aztec Brewing Company’s production facility; (above) City Brewery was opened in 1870. (Courtesy San Diego History Center)
Schiff said the display will cover five main categories pertaining to craft beer. Visitors will learn the basics of what makes a craft beer, the histor y of craft brewing, steps of the brewing process, histor y of prohibition in San Diego, the role of Mexico in local craft culture and why San Diego has become a hotbed for craft beer. This stor y will be told through a number of hands-on, interactive elements, Schiff said, including a 500-gallon brew house, a hops smelling
and touching station, dozens of photographs and a carefully outlined brew histor y timeline. “We’ll also have a beer glass matching game … where visitors can try matching different types of craft beer to different glasses. By playing the game, they’ll learn why certain beers are served in certain glasses,” he said. “That should be a lot of fun.” While Schiff could not divulge every detail about the upcoming exhibition, he did reveal a few tidbits about San Diego’s craft brewing history that might surprise even the biggest beer lovers. For one, Schiff said the ver y first brewer ever to make beer
in San Diego was an Austrian named Conrad Doblier. His methods were comprised of ever ything craft brewing entails. “The definition of a craft brewer is someone who’s small, independent and traditional in their method. That’s exactly what Mr. Doblier did; he brewed independently and in small batches,” Schiff said. Another surprising fact is that after prohibition ended, San Diego was responsible for producing 25 percent of California’s beer supply until national conglomerates like Coors, Miller and Anheuser-Busch tapped into the market and edged out local brewers, Schiff said, adding that until then, the city’s proximity to
the United States-Mexico border made bootlegging a viable option for local brewers. In 1953, commercial brewing in San Diego seized entirely and stayed that way until the revival of homebrewing and craft brewing in 1987, Schiff said. “Current craft histor y really only dates back to 1987 but if we look further into the past, we begin to understand the rise, fall and revival of it all,” he said. Today, Schiff said, craft beer culture in San Diego is thriving and more robust than ever thanks to dozens of dedicated, passionate craft brewers. “San Diego brewers have created one big craft beer family,” he said. “They work together to enrich the culture. They see one another as compatriots, rather than competitors.” In addition to the displays in “Bottled & Kegged,” Schiff said the exhibition will also feature “Histor y Happy Hours,” a monthly beer-tasting event highlighting a local brewer. The tastings – which are slated to begin in June – will be included with admission into the exhibition, and will likely boast themes centered on different beer varietals. Schiff said they will be held on Fridays, as an end-of-the-week happy hour. In the end, Schiff said he hopes visitors to “Bottled & Kegged” walk away from the exhibition with a true appreciation for craft beer and excitement about where the local craft boom is headed. “Maybe it will spark interest in homebrewing for those who’ve always wanted to tr y it, or maybe it will spark new business ideas for craft beer lovers. Either way, we hope to show people the growing economic impact of the craft beer industr y for San Diego and how local beer tourism is becoming a real entity,” he said. Tickets for the Feb. 16 Taste of San Diego Craft Brews start at $45, and will benefit the educational programs at the museum. VIP ticket holders can attend a special pairings-workshop from 5 – 6 p.m. General admission begins at 6 p.m., and the event lasts until 9 p.m. For more information visit sandiegohistor y.org/ beer or call 619-232-6203.u
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Happy Hour: Noon to 4 p.m. for food specials; until 5 p.m. for drink specials on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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Gone are the bookies and horse racing enthusiasts that reportedly gathered here from the late 1940s through the 1960s. Fueled socially by the betting seasons of racetracks in Del Mar and Mexico, they left behind a bar and indoor grill that still defines the now-iconic Turf Club. The watering hole has since attracted a mixed patronage that prefers antiquity over high design. This is, after all, Golden Hill, where pre-20th Century homes dotting quiet streets sit in refreshing contrast to our city’s overdevelopment. Pass through Turf Club’s campy green façade and the vestiges of yesteryear slowly begin piercing through the dusky lighting inside. Opposite the bar are tufted Naugahyde booths that are either brown or faded red. It’s hard to tell. They sit beneath discolored wallpaper revealing cutesy horses dressed in various outfits. Lamps with antique shades dangle above the tables. In the middle of the room is a hot grill, where you cook your own sustenance while quenching your thirst with alcohol. All drinks are $1 off during happy hour, which translates to drafts for $4, wells for $5 and most specialty cocktails like side cars and watermelon coolers for $6. My cohort sprung for a “sneaky tiki” made with Malibu Rum, amaretto and orange and pineapple juices. The drink tasted pretty much like a frilly mai tai, complete with a paper umbrella. A Coronado Golden Pilsner put me in gear for the lean sirloin burgers we ordered, priced at $5 each, including a chubby bun, cheese, garnishments and a bag of Dirty All Natural Potato Chips. It’s a burger deal that is superior to most out there. “Make sure you remove the Saran Wrap before grilling,” our waitress advised when bringing
out the raw patties. “Some customers don’t know to do that.” Even my kitchen-challenged companion was stunned to hear of such mishaps as he successfully cooked his meat to mediumrare. The grill is about the size of a card table, though accommodating for several bodies to gather around while spying upon each other’s spatula skills. Single chicken breasts and duos of hot links are also in the offing for $5. Or if you arrive more ravenous, the sirloin steak and surf-n-turf during happy hour cost $6.75 and $10.25, respectively. The play list on the jukebox fits Turf Club’s ambiance like a glove. During our visit, we traveled back in time to tunes by The Yard Birds, Etta James and Bob Dylan. And with a lack of windows on this sunny afternoon, combined with drinks, the outing felt like a night on the town.u
Amid a limited beer selection are cocktails resurrected from the Frank Sinatra days, such as side cars, grasshoppers, Manhattans and a swooped-up version of the mai tai, called the sneaky tiki.
Customers cook their own burgers, chicken breasts and hot links, all of decent quality and size. Blame yourself if they’re overcooked.
Anything with alcohol in it is $1 off during happy hour, though you save a little more on burgers, chicken sandwiches and hot links, each priced at $5.
A spunky bartender who also worked the floor provided us with the happy-hour rundown minutes after we grabbed a booth. Conversely, the menu doesn’t explain it all.
Turf Club’s happy hour caters kindly to weekend revelers who like starting on early afternoons, on Friday through Sunday.
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619-295-8555 Marinated shrimp in flavorful saag
Prices: Sides, 95 cents to $3.50; entrees, $6 to $10
Chicken tikka masala
bewitching and complex when In a nod to one of the world’s they’re added earlier on. most ancient and spiritual cities, Chopra’s effort to make Indian restaurateur Harish Chopra gives food more accessible is evident in us the ABCs of northern Indian the low prices, not to mention a cuisine, but tailored to modern apcouple additional locations in Mispetites with recipes that are made sion Valley and Carlsbad. With only as lean and quickly as possible. 10 entrees available, customers can The casual eatery, named Kasi, order one of them in a bowl for $6 also marks the spot in India where or two as a combo plate for $8. The the mythological Hindu goddess, remaining option is the tandoori Mother Pavati, reappeared after chicken platter featuring a hefty leg a fit of anger to nourish citizens and thigh cooked in a traditional clay after she left them starving. Nearly 4,000 years later, Kasi (or Varanasi) oven for $10. Each option comes with a choice of salad or basmati rice has become a magnet for philosothat was cooked to featherweight phers, musicians and a kaleidoperfection in each visit. scope of street foods. Chicken tikka masala features At Kasi the restaurant, howclean-cut cubes of breast meat ever, the menu sticks to Indian cloaked in the only sauce at Kasi dishes that are top sellers on U.S. that uses a little cream. With soil, such as tikka masala, lentiltomato puree at its base, the flavors rich daal and spiced spinach puree of turmeric, ginger and ground known as saag. The recipes incorcoriander were pleasingly detectporate chicken, shrimp or paneer able. The shrimp saag is equally cheese as well as imported spices stimulating and a notch spicier that are pulverized in-house, thus compared to saag found at lunch defying criticisms by some who buffets where the primary flavor is have termed Kasi’s food as being cooked spinach. too Americanized. Whole cumin seeds surface in To them, I suggest ordering the raita (cucumber-yogurt dip), which dishes spicy. By default, they are demands an order of piping-hot much milder than their traditional naan bread on the side. I personcounterparts. But once the cooks fold in ground hot-red peppers, ally can’t eat one without the other. also imported from the mother motherland, the beauty of Indian cuisine comes rushing at you in full force. I’ve learned from a few visits that Kasi doesn’t use a heat scale per se. You simply ask for “spicy” or “a little spicy,” with the latter proving ferocious enough to blissfully inflame even the sturdiest of palates. Hot pepper spice is also kept on the tables, but as anyone familiar with Indian cuiAloo gobi in a light sauce over rice sine knows, the (Courtesy Kasi) sparks taste more
The raita also serves as an effective antidote for burning tongues, should you request the hot stuff in your meal. Conversely, the flakey house-made samosas filled with potatoes and peas were bland until dipping them into mint chutney, which alternated between meek and feisty on different visits. Aloo gobi is a traditional medley of potatoes and cauliflower that takes on a yellowish tint from turmeric and mild curry powder in their batter. Compared to versions I’ve had at upscale Indian restaurants, this was cleaner and lighter. “We have worked diligently to use the least amount of oils and grease in our food,” Chopra said, citing also Kasi’s recipe for daal, a stew of black lentils and kidney beans simmered in tomato-onion sauce. “Our daal and saag are less than 150 calories per serving.” Perhaps it is the absence of excess oil and butters common to Indian recipes that have left a few critics feeling deprived. But most of the dishes I tried closely resembled those made at dinner parties by Indian hosts, where piles of multi-colored spices stood in eyeshot on the kitchen counter. The only big difference was that they didn’t serve the food on heavy paper plates or punch down the heat levels for their unsuspecting guests.u
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Winning with Barry Edelstein New Old Globe artistic director sees theater as property of all By Anthony King SDUN Editor
The Old Globe Theatre’s new artistic director has quickly and quietly charmed San Diego, highlighted at this year’s San Diego Critics Craig Noel Awards. The company won 10 awards that night, but the entire audience was won over as well, when Barr y Edelstein, who took over at The Old Globe late last year, spoke. Edelstein, who moved to South Park with his wife and two children from New York City, brings a lot to the table of the Balboa Park theater company, one of the largest in the United States. Edelstein called it a “cultural institution with a civic mandate,” and has been taking his new position ver y seriously. “Part of the way that you make a gigantic institution like this thrive is by making it the first place where people ever have an experience of the theater,” Edelstein said. “It means getting families in here to see shows, because remember, nobody ever goes to the theater. They’re only ever taken to the theater for the first time.” Edelstein experienced that first-hand when he would take his daughter to shows on Broadway. His family moved to South Park from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, after an extensive and exhaustive search for a new artistic director. Announced October 2012, he took the position Nov. 1, 2012. Edelstein joins the The Old Globe family after several years with New York’s Public Theater. His most recent position in New York was director of the company’s Shakespeare Initiative, where he oversaw all the company’s Shakespearean productions. His career is based in part on Shakespeare’s work, as Edelstein is well known as a leader in staging the bard’s work, and is also the author of two books on the subject, both used in actor-training courses. “I had reached a point in my career where I thought I really wanted to tr y and run one of these big institutions,” Edelstein said. “I had no idea it would end up being one as august and spectacular as this one, but I knew that was the next logical step in my career.” Recognizing that he is the CEO of a large organiza-
tion, Edelstein said the simple answer to what he does on a typical day is to be the “custodian of the artistic life” of The Old Globe, including overseeing current productions, managing the organization with Managing Director Michael Murphy and keeping contact with artists, writers, donors and civic leaders. “There’re two ways to look at the job. One is I [have to] put on great shows done by great artists that a lot of people are going to want to see. That’s it,” he said. “I also run a cultural institution that sits on public land in one of the great parks in the United States, and there’s a community obligation to make sure I’m ser ving the entire City, and indeed County, of San Diego.” It is an obligation he discussed in depth, as earnestly as he sees how theater has ser ved the purpose of providing a forum for people to come together to discuss “great issues that are facing them,” he said. One of those issues is representation, a focus for Edelstein in his new position. “It’s no secret to say the audience does not represent the entire diverse spectrum of the community of San Diego,” he said, “so there’s work that has to be done to make sure that this institution becomes the property of ever ybody in San Diego in the same way that Balboa Park is the property of ever ybody in San Diego, not just the exclusive province of the educated, the wealthy [and] the white.” “Getting out there,” as Edelstein called it, is more than visiting the vast number of theater companies throughout San Diego County, which he said was one thing he wanted to do. “There are communities who don’t feel welcome in a big … formal institution like this,” he said. “We have to get out to them.” Edelstein has already started, saying he was currently working on a “Shakespeare project” that would get some The Old Globe’s productions out of Balboa Park, free of charge. “I think it’s important to see the whole thing as one,” he said. His family’s reception in all of San Diego, including South Park, has been overwhelmingly positive and humbling, and Edelstein said he is happy with his family’s new city.
South Park resident and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (Photo by Doug Gates)
“That’s the sort of bonus about this,” he said. “It’s one thing to be asked to run a great institution, it’s another thing that that great institution is located in one of the most liveable cities.” There is one more bonus, he said: seven minutes “door to door” from his office in Balboa Park to his home. “My kids are young,” he said, “so that means I can put in a full day at work, go home for dinner and come back for an eight o’clock curtain.”u
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Never let their stories go Meticulous, splendid production is best yet; to miss is to err By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic
Like most of August Wilson’s plays, “Gem of the Ocean” (playing at Cygnet Theatre Old Town through Feb. 24) leaves one awestruck over the late playwright’s abilities and suffering of extreme separation anxiety. How can one possibly re-enter the real world after living with Wilson’s vivid creatures for a while? How can one possibly hold forever the memory of the words, the extraordinary ensemble, the music, and debuting director Victor Mack’s meticulous staging upon Andrew Hull’s splendid set? This particular play – Wilson wrote one for each decade of the African-American experience in 20th-century America – is set in 1904 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The action revolves around a lost man named Citizen Barlow (Laurence Brown), who comes to see Aunt Ester after having been told that she can wash his soul. Aunt Ester (resplendent Brenda Phillips) is a legendary seer and healer whose presence,
seen or unseen, hovers over Wilson’s plays. Three hundred-some years old, Aunt Ester is attended by her longtime friend Eli (Grandison M. Phelps III) and a young woman called Black Mary (Melva Graham), who is the abused sister of Caesar Wilkes (Mujahid Abdul-Rashid), the district’s overzealous lawman. Mary always has something on the stove for residents and frequent visitors to the household, including Solly Two Kings (Antonio “TJ” Johnson) and Rutherford Selig (Ron Choularton), an itinerant household goods vendor. The plot points are simple: an employee accused of stealing a bag of nails from the local metal plant has walked into the river and drowned. Having been told he can’t see her until Tuesday, Citizen Barlow breaks into Aunt Ester’s house. She welcomes him, sensing his extreme need and takes him on a spiritual voyage to the City of Bones aboard the ship, Gem of the Ocean. Solly receives a letter from his sister, in straitened circumstances in Alabama, and, despite age and infirmity, resolves
to make the trek on foot to bring her north. The characters are so well written and so fully inhabited by this amazing ensemble that one is loath to let them and their stories go. Black History Month is rich this year, offering playgoers multiple, excellent choices. To miss “Gem of the Ocean” would be to err egregiously. It’s the best production seen hereabouts since The Globe’s “August: Osage County.” Leonard Patton’s vocal arrangements – there is a lot of singing – are mesmerizing. Kevin Anthenill’s original music and sound design are as if part of the play’s warp and woof. Hats are important in Shelly Williams’ period costume design. Chris Rynne’s lighting is impeccable, giving one a feel for locale and season. Whether Solly Two Kings’ staff, magnificently wrought by Angelica Ynfante, is weapon, walking stick or something more, is in the eye of the beholder. Peter Herman is wig and makeup designer, and fight choreography is in the capable hands of George Yé.u
(l to r) Laurence Brown (foreground), Antonio "TJ" Johnson, Melva Graham and Brenda Phillips
(Photo by Daren Scott)
‘Gem of the Ocean’ WHERE: Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. (Old Town) WHEN: Wed. – Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sun. at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Feb. 24 INFO: 619-337-1525 WEB: cygnettheatre.com
(l to r) Laurence Brown and Melva Graham (Photo by Daren Scott)
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013
(l to r) Joshua Elijah Reese, Okieriete Onaodowan and Antwayn Hopper in the Southern California premiere of “The Brothers Size” (Photo by Henry DiRocco)
Warming up to McCraney Extraordinary casting and heroic performances fascinate in ‘The Brothers Size’ By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic
Who are they, these people who speak in unfamiliar accents, seem so simple and rough, and yet have such profound emotions? Who is this playwright, who has actors speak their stage directions before they perform the movements? The answers explain in part the worldwide fascination with young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and his oeuvre, in particular the Yale graduate’s trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays,” which concerns the people who live in “the distant present” in the projects of fictional San Pere, La. It is near the bayou, and they are dirt poor. The patois they speak is influenced by the Cajun speech common in this part of the world. Directed by McCraney’s Yale classmate Tea Alagić, “The Brothers Size,” is the second play in the trilogy. It can be seen in its Southern California premiere at The Old Globe, through Feb. 24. The first play in the trilogy, “In the Red and Brown Water,” was produced recently by University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Though it is not necessar y to see all the plays to appreciate one (the third is titled “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet”), this viewer’s experience of UCSD’s “In the Red and Brown Water” brought depth of understanding to “The Brothers Size.” As they became accustomed to the odd cadence, the characters’ names – from African mythology – and the quirky stage directions, the opening night audience warmed to the work and laughed more and more. The effect was magical and cumulative due in part to the playwright’s natural and slow crescendo, the extraordinar y casting, and Alagić’s spare staging in the Sher yl and Har vey White Theatre. She directed the play’s world premiere at Yale and the Public Theatre, as well as subsequent productions at the Studio Theatre and The Abbey. “The Brothers Size” concerns Ogun Henri Size (a heroic performance by Joshua Elijah Reese), who is Oshoosi Size’s older, solid, hard-working brother. Just released from prison, the pleasure-bent and bone-wear y Oshoosi (appealing Okieriete Ona-odowan) takes a job in Ogun’s automotive shop. Ogun’s love for his brother Oshoosi is palpable and heartbreaking. He is such a good man and he is helpless. The third character is Elegba (Antwayn Hopper), a convict who protected Ogun in prison. He oozes sex appeal and menace. Percussionist Jonathan Melville Pratt, who wrote the original music, supports the three actors and punctuates the action. These characters are definitely a tribe apart and absolutely unique to the average playgoer’s experience. Peter Ksander’s scenic design consists of the bare stage floor, a pile of rocks (Ogun is building a driveway that he admits goes nowhere), and a circle of white particles released from Ogun’s bucket in the first scene. Pondering their mythic significance and composition is a fascination. Michelle Hunt Souza contributes the homely costumes that never saw an iron; no shirt for Elegba, and Hopper is, as he must be, wondrously built. Gina Scherr’s lighting and Paul Peterson’s sound make fine contributions to the potent effect.u
WHERE: The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way (Balboa Park) WHEN: Sun., Thurs. and Wed. at 7 p.m., Thurs. – Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. through Feb. 24 INFO: 619-234-5623 WEB: theoldglobe.org
Antwayn Hopper as Elegba (Photo by Henry DiRocco)
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Scratching the surface LA band Kiven brings their knack for improv to Bar Pink before taking on South By Southwest
Kiven (Photo by James Marcus Haney)
By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter
Life can be rough for a young band starting out; it takes years of dedication and hard work to get the sound of your music just right. Los Angles-based indie band Kiven – Entertainment Weekly said the band’s “musical chops exceed their years” – are just beginning to scratch the surface of their potential. The group is made up of lead singer Tyler Demorest, guitarist Danny Schnair and bassist Matt
Cohen. Their friend, Jake Reed, will be joining them on drums for the upcoming show at Bar Pink, Thursday, Feb. 21. Set to play at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas, the trio first met while studying music and marketing at the University of Southern California. “The band kind of started forming while we were still in school at USC,” Demorest said. “We released an EP and a single, and we really started putting some full-time effort into it once we
graduated.” Today they all work together in the music marketing industry, but as Schnair said, they are excited about the future. “A year from now our goal is to no longer have day jobs,” he said. Over the last year, Kiven has been focused on perfecting their sound and finding an identity that combines the modern music they listen to today, with what they listened to growing up. “You could say we’re a progressive rock band, taking rock sounds from the early 2000s and applying
new age sounds to it as well,” Cohn said. “We like to think that we are a collection of all the sounds that influenced us. There’s a mash up of a lot of different genres.” Calling the band a mix of Radiohead and Muse, Schnair said he agreed with Cohn’s sentiment. “I’d say it’s an amalgamation of everything that we’ve not only listened to recently but also things that we’ve grown up on throughout our careers as budding musicians,” Schnair said. Schnair comes from a background that is heavy on improvisation in music, having studied Jazz guitar in school. An emphasis on being creative in the moment, like improvisation, makes Kiven’s live shows special. “Music for us is all about not only creating something that we want to listen to, but creating an exchange between us and the audience members,” Schnair said. “We really pride ourselves on that in our live shows. Not only giving people what they want to hear from the record, but also something new and improvised that’s in the moment, and makes the show a unique memorable experience.” Though this will be their first show at Bar Pink in North Park, the band has played a few shows at other venues in the area. That is not the only San Diego connection,
however. Demorest lived in the city for 12 years, attending Francis Parker School in Mission Hills and Linda Vista before moving away. The upcoming show is part of a soft touring schedule for the band, as they gear up for their first appearance at SXSW in March. They are also promoting their recently released EP “1840,” which will be available at the show. “I think ‘1840’ was a big step for us to realize how we want to finish off our songs from the past, because we ended up re-recording a lot of them,” Schnair said. “We’ve really streamlined the process so that we aren’t just cranking out songs to put them out, we’re putting out songs that we really feel are finished quality products.” The EP isn’t the only release they’ll be putting out in 2013. Demorest said they are in the process of writing and recording their first full-length album, which they expect out sometime this summer. “We’re about halfway through. The three of us have been writing it together everyday after work,” he said. Kiven’s Feb. 21 Bar Pink show is at 9 p.m., where the band with play with Hargo. Bar Pink is located at 3829 30th St. For more information visit kivenmusic.com, barpink.com or call 619-564-7194.u
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COHEED AND CAMBRIA mythos
Progressive rock gods give the lowdown on the mythical story behind their latest album By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter
Most bands have trouble putting together even a single successful album with a set of songs that tie in with each other, which is what makes a band like Coheed and Cambria so unique and special. Since 2001 the band has been consistently keeping its fans entertained with more than just music. They’ve created their own fictional universe, where they are the heroes. The group just released its seventh album, “The Afterman: Descension,” which was out Feb. 5. The release is “part two” of a double album; the first installment, “The Afterman: Ascension,” was released in October 2012. What makes this double album so different from your standard rock fare that most bands push out, is it ties into their career-spanning Amory Wars saga, a mythical, science-fiction comic book written by
lead singer Claudio Sanchez. In part, the story is about an energy force leading to wars between a collection of fictional planets. Each album’s songs and lyrics tie in to this larger story, with “Descension” serving as a prequel of sorts that tells the back-story on this fictional war. “It’s actually an introduction to the whole mythos of Coheed and Cambria. In a way it’s outside of it, but it’s almost a prequel to this whole world that we have created,” said guitarist and backup singer Travis Stever. “You don’t have to know the whole back story of our albums to enjoy the music. I find that most people, when they become a fan of the band, they get into the concept eventually.” The band has undergone several name changes, and lost and added a few members along the way, but the constant remains with founding members Sanchez and Stever. Both take on guitar duties, and Sanchez serves as lead singer and songwriter.
Josh Eppard on drums and Zach Cooper on bass round out the band. “Claudio writes songs about actual real life experiences, so it goes beyond the concept to something that anyone can relate to, whether Coheed and Cambira play House of Blues Feb. 25. (Photo by Lindsey Byrnes) they know our music or not,” Stever our prior albums that are still there, It was during a 1998 trip to said. “This album deals with a lot of but it’s kind of like a brand new Paris that they decided to rename things that we deal with day to day, Coheed in the sense that we got to questioning religion, questioning the themselves Coheed and Cambria, move in a different direction,” Stever after two of the main characters in unknown.” said. “I feel like the band’s been Sanchez’s side project. The creation of Coheed and a rolling ball, collecting all these “We’re a multi-dimensional rock Cambria was a long and winding sounds over the years, and ‘Afterband,” Stever said. “I know that road. Stever and Sanchez played in man’ is the sum of all those parts.” people want to make it simple and a variety of bands during the 1990s, See Coheed and Cambria live at try to describe it as one thing, but and formed the group that would the House of Blues on Feb. 25, with we’re really a big mix.” become Coheed in 1995. opening sets by Russian Circles and “The Afterman: Descension” “We grew up around people that Between the Buried and Me. The is available in stores, including a really appreciated music. It’s very show is sponsored by the Casbah, special deluxe addition with a 64diverse living in the New York area, House of Blues and 91X. Doors page storybook that features lyrics so being around so many different open at 6 p.m., and the House of and art from both “Ascension” and types of music, and also all of us havBlues is located at 1055 Fifth Ave., “Descension,” and a deluxe addition ing parents that were musicians and Downtown. Tickets start at $29.50. available on iTunes that features music enthusiasts, gave us a great For more information visit coheedanthree unreleased tracks. blend of styles and a real hunger for “There are a lot of elements from dcambria.com or call 619-299-2583.u music,” Stever said.
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SUNDAY, FEB. 17 San Diego, I Love You: 1 p.m. start, site-specific theater performance by Circle Circle dot dot theater company, 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., today’s special guest is Chef Larry Malone from Empire
House, 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 Camarada at the Mingei: 5 p.m. door, 6 p.m. concert, Mingle @ Mingei with newly named artists in residence, Camarada, concert tonight is Tango Nuevo, with special viewing of “Make Your Own Kind of Music” exhibit at 5 p.m., Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, $25 – $30
MONDAY, FEB. 18 Bankers Hill Residents & Parking Committee: 6:30 – 8 p.m., residents meeting to seek input regarding parking for the 2014 budget, suggestions highly encouraged, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St., free TUESDAY, FEB. 19 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 Planning Committee: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting, North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way North Park Main Street Economic Restructuring: noon – 1 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Main Street committee, True North Tavern, 3825 30th St. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 Lion’s Club of North Park: noon – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 15–28, 2013 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 Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free North Park BID Collaborative: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., rescheduled meeting from Feb. 6, El Cajon Boulevard BID office, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. El Cajon Blvd BID Promotions: noon – 1:30 p.m., date change of regular promotions committee meeting, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Old Town Chamber board meeting: 8:30 a.m., regular monthly meeting, Padre Trail Inn, 4200 Taylor St. Boosters of Old Town: 1 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Café Coyote, 2461 San Diego Ave. Raptor education: 2 p.m., Nancy Conney of Sky Hunters Raptor Education and Rehabilitation will speak to the SD Floral Association, accompanied by two owls, Conney will discuss the importance of raptors in the environment, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
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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 619-955-5254 and by e-mail at email@example.com.
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ATKINS APPOINTED TO THREE KEY POSTS Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins was appointed to serve on three leadership positions by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. The three positions are the Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness, the Assembly on the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and one of two Assembly representatives on the California Historic and Cultural Endowment. “In order to preserve California’s unique quality of life, it is important that we look both forward to the future and back to the past. The Ocean Protection Council and the Historic and Cultural Endowment serve both of those goals,” Atkins said in a press release. “Many of our fellow Californians have no place to live but the streets and cannot share in the golden dream of California. That is why the work of the Select Committee on Homelessness is so important. I am honored and grateful to Speaker Pérez for appointing me to leadership positions on these critical bodies.” Atkins has served as the chair for the Committee on Homelessness for the past two years and was renewed as its chair for the current two-year legislative session. The OPC, which Atkins held a position on during the 2010-2012 legislative session, is a state body that focuses on protecting California’s ocean and coastal ecosystems. The California Historic and Cultural Endowment program is part of the California State Library that provides grants to preserve historic artifacts that are important to our state’s cultural legacy.u
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Andy Hinds Parenting My best childhood memories were created outdoors. Like a lot of people my age, I don’t recall spending many daylight hours in the house. We didn’t have a lot of structured activities or clubs to attend; we just got shooed out the back door and were told to return by supper. Likewise, most of the adventures my whole family did together involved hiking and camping. It was fun, wholesome and cheap. These days though, according to child advocacy expert and author Richard Louv, many children suffer from what he calls “nature deficit disorder,” a range of behavioral problems that could be mitigated by allowing children to develop their instinctive connection with nature. Louv said he believes that our society’s fear, litigiousness and infatuation with electronic screens has gotten between humans and the natural world, much to our detriment. My twin girls are now almost 4 years old and, although we limit screen time and try to make sure they get plenty of exercise and fresh air, I have to admit that they are a little pampered. They are far too infrequently covered in mud. Whenever we go to REI, they love to play in the tents that are on display, but when I ask if they
would like to go night-night in one out in the woods, they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. But it’s not too late for my kids to forge the connection with nature that Louv and others posit as an inoculation against the childhood maladies of modernity. In fact, according to my good friends Janice and Ron Swaisgood, my wife and I are on the right track toward getting our kids into the woods, even if we don’t go on big hikes regularly and have not yet taken them camping. Janice and Ron are lifelong outdoor enthusiasts who have not only made a point of raising their two boys with a respect and passion for nature, but have dedicated much of their time and expertise to getting other families outside as well. In 2009, inspired in part by reading Louv, they started a group in San Diego called Family Adventures in Nature to help educate and motivate parents to expose their kids to the great outdoors. About 20 people participated in their first group hike; now there are over 800 members in San Diego County, who go on hikes, campouts and activities at local parks. Although I sometimes feel negligent when I think of how much nature time a lot of these FAN kids have gotten, Janice and Ron assure me that you don’t need to trek out to the National Forest to provide youngsters with meaningful interactions with nature. In fact, it turns out that the typical unstructured activities – aka “playing” – that my kids and I do are just the kind of stepping stones to the bigger adventures that create lifelong relationships between kids and nature. One of the concepts that FAN promotes is “nearby nature.” Any park, outdoor space, or even back yard offers opportunities to explore the natural environment. In fact, FAN sponsors events called “Think out of the Park,” in which families start out in playgrounds
and gradually move out of the controlled, manicured areas and into the patches of wilderness that we have even the most urbanized parts of the city. It may sound silly to some parents that there’s a need for an organization to encourage kids to look under logs and jump in mud puddles, but look around next time you’re at the playground: chances are you’ll see grownups dragging kids back to the play structure the minute they start chasing a lizard into the shrubs. Despite the urban nature of our Uptown neighborhoods, there are plenty of great areas for outdoor exploration, including nature trails in Balboa Park and many of the local canyons. But you don’t even need to go that far to get started. My kids are at the age when they ask questions about everything. Constantly. On the walk from our house to Morley Field, they might ask me 27 questions about the rocks, plants, trees and bugs we encounter. I answer maybe five or six accurately, make something up for another 10, and table the rest of the questions for further research. Now that they’re starting to suspect that Daddy
Andy Hinds’ two girls take to the outdoors, right in Uptown’s backyard. (Courtesy Andy Hinds)
doesn’t know everything about the natural world, I’m planning on taking them on more outings. For more information about Family Adventures in Nature, visit familyadventuresinnature.org, look for them on Facebook, join their Meetup group at meetup. com/familyadventuresinnature or email Janice@FamilyAdventuresinNature.com.
—Andy Hinds is a stay-athome dad, blogger, freelance writer, carpenter and sometimes-adjunct writing professor. He is known on the internet as Beta Dad, but you might know him as that guy in North Park whose kids ride in a dog-drawn wagon. Read his personal blog at butterbeanandcobra.blogspot.com. Reach him at email@example.com or @betadad on Twitter.u
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8. Get a quality juicer. As a kitchen bonus, there is no better way to give your body what it needs than juicing. Your skin will look better, your body will feel better, your mindset will be more positive and you will have endless amounts of energy just by getting one big juice a day. 9. Nothing will ever take the place of resistance training to sustain weight loss. The underlying truth in all exercise fads is it takes resistance training to build lean body mass, burn excess body fat and to be optimally healthy. Yoga, Pilates and cardio exercise are certainly parts of a complete exercise program, but fat loss begins and ends with resistance training. Never go too long without resistance training. 10. Feel 10 years younger with a foam roller and a yoga routine. Yoga could be the single greatest thing you can do for your health in this day and age. It will reduce your stress levels, make you more aware of your body and increase your flexibility. A foam roller will help you work out trigger points, knots and areas of increased muscle density throughout your body. 11. Exercise for 30 minutes every single day. Whether it’s resistance training, cardio, yoga, meditation or foam rolling, set aside 30 minutes every day to do something healthy for your body. Your health is your life. Setting a goal of 30 minutes of exercise will make it more likely you don’t miss a workout because of time constraints and it will build the momentum needed to make it a lifestyle.
13. Keep it real. I have researched and experienced life-changing effects of eating real food with my family, my clients and myself. Real food is whole, unprocessed and unrefined, pasture raised or wild, local, seasonal and organic. Industrial food processing has, without a doubt, had the most detrimental affect on our health. The best rule of thumb should be, if it comes in a bag or a box or has a health claim written on it, don’t eat it. 14. You don’t need a product; you need a lifestyle change. People are too quick to turn to a product or a pill to fix a real or perceived problem with their health. Whether it is sleeping pills, diet pills, alcohol or a “shake weight” people are too quick to buy a product rather than take a real look at their lifestyle. You’ll add years to your life – and life to your years – if you put in the extra effort needed to change your lifestyle rather than look to the socalled “quick fix.” 15. Whatever your past, it’s gone now. Nothing you do today will change anything that’s happened, so focus on what’s happening right now. I used to let my past dictate my present and future. One of the most freeing things I have learned is the past is not today; it can’t be changed, forgotten or erased. It can only be accepted and learned from. The past does not define you: you are not your past and you have the power to shape your future exactly how you want. —Brian White owns BWF, San Diego’s Premier Training Service located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients in Diverge Gym. Go to youshouldbedoingit.com to read his blog, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his website.u
the Kensington Garden Club, and was blessed. Friends and some strangers volunteered. Business people and residents donated money to buy plants and topsoil, or agreed to adopt or maintain a garden or, sometimes, several gardens. Homeowners gifted plants underappreciated in their own gardens for the freedom of the sidewalk. Larabee created The Kensington Sidewalk Gardens, opened a checking account for the group and received her first tax id number. Soon the three founders had blossomed the group to 30 men and women. The two initial sidewalk gardens had spread to 60, and each garden gets the individual creativity of its own “Garden Angel,” a pet name for the person who brought the garden to life and others who volunteered to keep the garden healthy. As the Angels neared completion of their project, they wondered what was next. They talked of upgrading Kensington, Marlborough and Biona drives, or perhaps others that branched north and south off Adams Avenue, always dreaming of some day taking on the daunting task of replacing the doomed trees. In January, Larabee received a call from Scott Kessler, executive director of the Adams Avenue Business Association, and was told the news: starting March or April, his group would be replacing all the long-suffering trees along Adams Avenue, helped by some public money. This means the existing plants must be removed and stored, while the new trees are watered for two years to become established. The garden spaces will be widened, and then the existing plants can be replanted. Discouraged? No, the Angels jumped at the news. They will save their plants. They will be part of the tree project from day one. Their “what next?” question was answered, followed by more questions: what kind of trees will line Adams Avenue? Queen Palms, Aristocrat or Bradford Pears? What can the Angels plant during the years it takes for the trees to take root? How much money is “some public money,” and will there be any funds for the Kensington Gardens? On Feb. 8, a group of Angels met with Kessler to share their opinions. The Garden Angels “have trowels, will travel.” And also, they will be heard. —Dale Larabee is a 40-year resident of Kensington, who is an occasional writer for local newspapers. His wife Diane is a subject of this article.u
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4. Attack goals and build habits 21 days at a time. It can be overwhelming to undertake a health or fitness goal. When you are overwhelmed it is too easy to give up at the first sign of difficulty. Goals are achieved one day at a time, with persistence and dedication, and the best way to build the momentum that will carry you through is to set a 21-day goal.
7. Get a blender. This one little kitchen appliance has literally changed the way my family and I eat. Never could I have imagined that blending vegetables and fruit could be so incredibly tasty, give me crazy amounts of energy and make me feel superhuman. It does. If you are serious about living a healthy, long life there may not be a more vital tool to have in your kitchen.
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and mostly plants. I have seen my share of fad diets and I have even agreed with some of them, at certain times for certain people. The truth is, this is the only advice that has stood the test of time and I can get behind 100 percent. To add a few more details: meat won’t kill you (it’s actually healthy) but make sure it is grass-fed and hormone free. Whole, fresh foods are always better than processed foods. Drink water and avoid sugar as much as possible.
12. Cut out the white stuff. The negative health effects of eating sugar go way beyond just increasing the size pants you have to wear. It creates low-level inflammation in the body, raises your blood pressure, fools your metabolism into turning off your appetite control, increases insulin resistance and gives you that beer-belly look, too.
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