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Sustaining South Park

➤➤ dININg p. 11 A portion of the large mural in University Heights is pictured here, showing the artists’ inspiration. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

Bringing ‘good, positive energy’ to Uptown Dining at 57 Degrees

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New University Heights mural features collective work of five local artists; work done over two days in February By Stacy Brandt SDUN Reporter

Five local artists recently transformed a large blank wall at a grocery store in University Heights into a psychedelic landscape replete with a pixie butterfly, banjo-playing frog, garden gnome and grimacing trees. The work on the side of Park Boulevard Foods, located at 4504 Park Blvd., was meant to spruce up and add some color to the neighborhood, said Alvin Habib, the store’s owner. “It just brings out good, positive energy,” he said. “It’s a nice addition to this community.” It took five artists two days and $300 worth of spray paint to complete the mural early last month. They go by the names Dexr, Eye max, Persue, Kuya and Fizsix. Habib gave them free rein to paint whatever they wanted.

The crew did the work from scratch, without much planning or forethought, said Eye max, who asked that his real name not be used. He said he used to live nearby and wanted to include butterflies because he remembers them coming around from time to time. At first, they were only joking about painting butterflies and rainbows on the wall, but the idea ended up sticking, Eye max said. “It’s just freedom and love,” he said. “That’s all it represents to me: love to the neighborhood and love for those butterflies that used to come around.” The mural features a rainbow of strong, vivid colors, mostly deep purples and greens in a fantasy scene with mythical creatures and various other designs. The artists started with the butterfly in the center and worked their way around the wall, each adding their own touches.

The art is particularly appropriate considering how many artists and students there are in University Heights, said Eli Freebairn, who lives a couple of blocks from the store. “It just adds so much life to the place,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything but good for the neighborhood.” A few customers have said they thought it was overwhelming, but overall the response has been very positive, Habib said. It has helped draw more attention to the market, which Habib bought two years ago. “Obviously, it’s very eye-catching,” he said. “It’s not like you can miss it.” Nicholas Garland, manager at Lestat’s on Park, which is across the street from the grocery store, said art such as the mural helps

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A North Park Eco District

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NP Main Street launches next phase of sustainability initiative By Anthony King SDUN Editor

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“It’s a reflection of how passionate San Diegans are about their park and what can be accomplished when that passion is translated into the act of giving,” Gloria said. “The lily pond is restored because of the collective improvement of the greater community.” The pond was damaged Aug. 12, 2012 after a group estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000 people met in the park at night for a water-gun fight. What was scheduled as a fun event turned into one that caused extensive damage to the lily pond, after several people got into the pond and surrounding flowerbeds.

North Park Main Street hosted a launch party and information session Feb. 20 regarding their multi-year Sustainable North Park initiative, outlining plans and asking for feedback on the project that will help change the face – and the footprint – of one of Uptown’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Held at Casa de Luz at 2920 University Ave., over 100 local business owners and community stakeholders listened to presentations and discussed environmental changes in North Park. “What we’re doing with this initiative is immensely important,” said Angela Landsberg, North Park Main Street executive director. “I see this as an opportunity to create something that’s going to supply resources, as well as information, that will empower businesses.” Branded North Park EcoDistrict, the

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Mayor Bob Filner addresses the crowd at the lily pond opening. (Photo by SDUN)

Lily pond restoration highlights community coming together Repairs totaling $50,000 leave Balboa Park pond ‘better than before’

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By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Elected officials and civic leaders joined the public in celebrating the completion of repairs, restoration and renovation to Balboa Park’s lily pond on Monday, Feb. 25, highlighting the city’s ability to collaborate and unite over a common cause. “The real story here is not necessarily the upgrade of the lily pond, but how San Diegans came together to pitch in for a beloved community asset that was threatened,” Council President Todd Gloria said at the 9:30 a.m. event. Balboa Park is in the City’s third district, which Gloria represents.


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From wastewater to gardens

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South Park resident Candace Vanderhoff installs intricate greywater systems to support sustainability By Bonnie Nicholls SDUN Reporter

When Candace Vanderhoff discovered in 2008 that San Diego imports 90 percent of its water and no one had a water conservation business in the region, she thought, “I have to figure this out, and I have to start a business. It’s too common sense.” As the owner of Rain Thanks & Greywater, Vanderhoff, who has a master’s in architecture, installs systems that divert domestic greywater — untreated wastewater from showers, washing machines and bathroom sinks — to gardens. She also designs rainwater-harvesting systems, which capture rainwater in tanks, cisterns and underground storage containers. Vanderhoff said the average American uses 150 gallons of water a day. In Southern California, half the water used by residents goes to irrigate landscapes. “We have an insane lifestyle consuming the planet,” she said. “It seems crazy and irresponsible for us to think the planet was made just for us.” When Vanderhoff installs a greywater system, she first assesses the property to check the plumbing, the slope of the property and where to route the irrigation. California code does not require a construction permit to install a laundry greywater system, although the system must follow regulatory design standards. All other greywater system installations require a permit. Once Vanderhoff completes an assessment and gets signoff from the homeowner, she works with a plumber to divert the wastewater to outside of the

Vanderhoff’s backyard is irrigated with her home’s greywater. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

Candace Vanderhoff at her home in South Park (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat) home. She then sets up the PVC piping that routes the greywater to a “bioswale” or trench, a mulch basin or drip irrigation that waters the garden. For some properties, she will also install a filtration system that has a series of filters that remove lint, hair and other impurities from the greywater. Homeowners can use greywater to irrigate their fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs and lawns, but not their vegetable gardens that have root vegetables or vegetables that touch the ground. Women make up the majority of Vanderhoff’s customers, because “they have a holistic view of their households,” she said. “They can see that it’s wasteful to take a shower and let the greywater go to the ocean. Often they’re gardeners. Gardeners are a big part of it.” Not surprisingly, Vanderhoff practices what she preaches. At her own house, which sits on a large property with land reaching down to a canyon in South Park, she installed one greywater system to irrigate her fruit trees, berr y bushes and

perennial herbs, and another system that goes to a constructed wetland. She also collects rainwater in six tanks. The two largest hold 400 and 300 gallons each, while two others hold 75 each, and two smaller ones hold 50 each. Vanderhoff learned her trade from Greywater Action, an organization started by a group of women in Oakland, Calif. who became “the leaders in the greywater movement,” she said, and she got her Green Plumbers Training for water professionals. Since then, she has installed systems in San Diego County on properties ranging from 1,100-square-foot houses to $3 million estates,


including several in Uptown. The biggest challenge to starting her own business was that she had never done it before. “But I had read Entrepreneur Magazine for 30 years, so was I super excited,” Vanderhoff said. “I love it.” The road leading to sustainable living started long before Vanderhoff settled in California. She once worked as a research fellow studying indigenous architecture in Australia and New Zealand, and as a volunteer teacher at the Pohnpei Agriculture & Trade School and the Community College of Micronesia. Her first job after receiving her master’s in architecture was researching green building materials for an architect in San Diego, and she then managed an Urban Youth Corps program with local artist James Hubbell, building projects in nature reserves. After Hurricane

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make the neighborhood more interesting. “If everything was plain, white stucco, it would be dull,” he said. For years, the wall on the corner of Park Boulevard and Monroe Avenue was adorned simply with painted pictures of different foods. When Habib took over the store, he said people in the neighborhood told him that they did not like the old mural. He decided to cover it up two months ago, when he had the rest of the building painted. Initially, he was not sure whether he was going to put another mural up, but the artists approached him last month after noticing the freshly painted blank wall. They agreed to do the work for only the cost of the aerosol paint, which was just over $300, Habib said. He also threw in an extra $300 because he was so pleased with the work. “I love it,” he said. “I think it’s beautiful.” The artists have created other murals throughout Uptown, some as a team and some individually. These include one at Filter Coffee House and another at Undisputed Fitness and Training Center, both in North Park. They have several more planned throughout San Diego, Eye max said. “We’re doing murals all over town,” he said. “We’re just trying to show that you can do more with a spray can than just destroy stuff.”u


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Dance for thought


Malashock Dance Company to host 25th anniversary benefit concert in North Park By Monica Garske SDUN Reporter

For the past 25 years, the Malashock Dance Company has been bringing modern and contemporar y dance to San Diego. Now the dance company, which also doubles as a non-profit organization focusing on dance education, is celebrating its milestone anniversar y by doing what it does best: putting on a show. Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, Malashock Dance will take over the Birch North Park Theatre at 2891 University Ave. for a two-night show dubbed the “Malashock Dance 25th Season Celebration Benefit Concert.” John Malashock, founder and artistic director of Malashock Dance now located at Liberty Station, said the show at the Birch benefits his nonprofit as a whole, especially its educational outreach programs that help children from lower-income schools, as well as teens with special needs. Some of those include “Dance with thisABILITY!,” a program that benefits young adults from St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, and the “Academics in Motion” program at Freese Elementar y School, where students spend an hour a week enjoying a dance lesson linked to their current academic curricula, whether it

be math, reading comprehension, histor y or geography. For instance, first-grade students learn reading comprehension skills by exploring the concepts of character, plot and setting through dance movement, while third-graders choreograph dances based on haiku in order to explore Japanese culture and histor y. Fifth-graders study histor y and geography through dances that reflect landscapes, tools and communities of settlements in the Americas. Meanwhile, the Malashock Dance “Math in Motion” program ser ves local sixth-grade students with cross-curricular classes that integrate dance, physical education and mathematical concepts. “We run our outreach programs all year long. We like programs that tie dance to academics because they offer different, unique ways for kids to learn,” Malashock said. “The retention on these programs is great too, because the kids really remember the lessons through dance.” For Malashock, who began his San Diego-based dance company in 1988 after performing with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York City, these community outreach programs are forever a part of his company’s work. “They allow us to have a

Emiko Hihara in “Fathom” (Courtesy Malashock Dance)

broader reach into our community and spread dance education,” said Malashock, who grew up in La Jolla but now lives in Mission Hills. Malashock believes reaching out to youth through dance is particularly important. “Dance provides opportunities for self-expression in a way that can’t happen in other ways. Not ever yone is good at verbal expression. Dance can unlock something in people, in kids in particular,” he said. It is that kind of deep expression Malashock hopes to convey to the audience through his special 25th anniversar y benefit concert in North Park. Malashock said the show will be divided into two distinct halves. The first part of the concert is called “A Man Found Waiting,” which features live music from renowned pianist Gustavo Romero. “This half will feature short stories and character studies told through dance, accompanied by this

(l to r) Molly Klaphroth, Greg Lane, Allison Mixon and Julie Shulman (Courtesy Malashock Dance)

amazing music,” Malashock said. The second part of the program will feature a re-staging of “Fathom: The Body as Universe,” Malashock’s collaboration with Japanese artist Junko Chodos. “I’m really liking the balance between the two halves. It’s a visual and auditor y treat for both the senses and emotions,” Malashock said. The concert will boast 15 dancers from his company with varied backgrounds. In the end, Malashock said he hopes the show resonates

with the audience and that attendees walk away with a deeper appreciation for dance. “I want them to leave with a lasting image of the work they’re seeing on that stage, so that they’re still thinking about it a day, a week or a month later. I want people to understand that dance is not a foreign language. It’s accessible; you can feel so much through dance,” he said. Malashock said the show is designed to stimulate anyone who enjoys dance, music and visual arts, so an extensive knowledge of dance is not required to enjoy and understand the performance. After the North Park show wraps, Malashock said his dance company will continue their anniversary celebration with other special events, including a dance musical he is developing for the La Jolla Playhouse. Those workshop performances are slated to begin in June. The Birch North Park concert begins at 8 p.m. on both nights. Ticket prices range from $27 to $47 and can be purchased through the Birch box office by calling 619-239-8836 or visiting VIP tickets, which include a preconcert reception at West Coast Tavern and post-performance party, are available for $250. To learn more about Malashock Dance and the company’s extensive youth outreach programs, visit malashockdance. org or call 619-260-1622.u


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C2 Lofts in Uptown highlight customizable, flex design Condo development scheduled for completion this spring in Marston Hills By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Unconventional is the new conventional. That is how InDev, LLC is characterizing their jointventure project C2 Lofts, a splitlevel, two-unit condominium now under construction at 3535 Crestwood Place, which they are building along with Canter Companies. Bordering North Park and Hillcrest, the property sits in the Marston Hills subneighborhood. “We had a small footprint so we had to build up,” said Zac Stover who, along with InDev business partner Matt Mellos, is recreating living space for the urban-infill C2 Lofts redevelopment. Stover and Mellos are in on the new wave of urban design, which eschews standardization in favor of customization. They said they are searching for “diamonds in the rough,” or overlooked infill properties to develop. “We’re looking for places to create our own architecture,” Mellos said. Stover agreed: “We’re looking for buildings we can change to something unique,” he said. Located on an overlooked site, the two developers are working within the Mid-Cities PDO (Planned District Ordi-

nance), a public blueprint for commercial and residential uses. Their modern-design building’s form, which arose from an infill model that provides maximum efficiency of the project site, provides all the features of a singlefamily home in a more affordable townhouse style. Construction on the C2 Lofts, which began October 2012, is expected to be completed this spring. Walking through the unfinished project recently, Stover and Mellos showed off its novel features, which include layered, multi-use spaces with rooftop views they hope will be the envy of Uptown. “We like the crisp, stark look,” Stover said. “We wanted to take a conventional space and make it unconventional for potential homeowners to make a place they want to call home.” Scrolling on an electronic tablet, Mellos thumbed through numerous computer-generated images of the finished redevelopment project depicting materials like stucco, cypress and other hardwoods creating a warm, lived-in feel showcasing open floor plans and high ceilings. Mellos said InDev is pioneering flex design, where the objective is to create multi-purpose, customizable room spaces. Showcasing the uncompleted C2 Lofts, Mellos pointed to an

This rendering shows the loft’s multi-level design. (Courtesy InDev, LLC)

Construction is underway on the C2 Lofts. (Photo by Dave Schwab) empty room, noting that the way it has been designed allows it to be used for practically any purpose: living room, dining room, game room or office space. “The idea behind the flex process is to have the homeowner or tenant define the space as they see fit,” Mellos said. Urban infill is becoming a more common practice of development in cities nationwide as it reduces sprawl and promotes a more vibrant city core. Canter Companies CEO Andrew Canter stressed his focus on urban infill projects. “The ability to play a part in changing a neighborhood is something our company takes ver y seriously,” Canter said. A private investment firm, his company is involved with the development of the C2 Lofts. “We strive to not just simply make a profit on our investments, but also to raise the bar of development in the area. We love the idea of being a part of a project like the C2 Lofts that we are able to offer not only our

An rendering of the interior, once complete (Courtesy InDev, LLC) capital to, but also our unique perspective on design,” he said. Whitney Jack, a real estate agent at The Canter Group, expects the two C2 Lofts condominium units to sell quickly. Each, she said, offers the potential for two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. “They’re ver y modern,” she said, calling the master shower “ver y different.” Each home in the development will be approximately 1,450 square feet, and include three balconies laid out over the second and third floors, two parking spaces, as well as private, outdoor fire pit and kitchenette areas. The interior of each unit will provide the homeowner with a flexible living space, allowing the option to be configured as a two or three bedroom space, in ad-

dition to office lofts, full modern kitchens and laundr y rooms. Mellos said he expects both units to market in the $590,000 to $619,000 range, though he anticipates the final sale price could be even higher. “We’ve been showing four to eight people through here a day,” he said. “There’s been so much activity that we expect to sell above list price.” InDev – “invest + develop” – is a private San Diego-based acquisition, development, and general contracting firm that draws its resources from founding members, along with a wide array of financial backers and industr y leading professionals. For more information about InDev or the C2 Lofts, visit, canterbrokerage. com or call 619.654.0174.u



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Congressional update By Scott Peters It is my distinct honor to serve California’s 52nd Congressional District as a member of the 113th Congress. I thank you for this humbling opportunity, and thought I would give you an update after the first few weeks. Many of you have asked what it’s like to be in Congress. Is it cool, or fun, or overwhelming? Is it intense and busy? Well, yes. It’s been all of those. We have had orientation sessions where we have met our new colleagues, learned about Congressional process; received briefings about policy issues from both partisans and from academics. We have been assigned our offices in DC. We have begun to assemble our staffs in Washington and in our districts. I have been assigned to two committees of particular importance to San Diego: Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology. And I have taken the cross-country flight a number of times, still trying to figure out the best way to deal with the time zone change. There are a lot of us new faces – 85 first year members out of 435. Of these, 49 are

Scott Peters Democrats – that means that one quarter of all Democrats in the House are brand new. By our sheer numbers, our class is positioned to have an impact in Congress on both sides of the aisle. I’m also encouraged that my colleagues from both parties are so thoughtful and accomplished. We bring a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to Congress, and we have a wide range of views. However, there is one experience we all share. Every one of us heard the

same thing last fall from the voters who hired us: stop the political games in Congress and start the problem solving. If we can all remember and follow those marching orders – and given how many of us received them – we can help make change. Already, we have seen signs of bipartisan cooperation. To avert another “fiscal cliff,” I joined members of both parties in delaying a fight over the debt ceiling and adopting “No Budget/No Pay.” This is the concept I supported in my campaign last fall, that if Congress can’t adopt a budget, they shouldn’t be paid. This week, we have also seen encouraging announcements about bipartisan immigration reform from the Senate and President Obama. I think those proposals emerged only because Washington received a loud and clear message about cooperation in November, here and across the country. We are far from declaring victory in our effort to make a broken Congress work, and we have a lot of hard problems ahead of us. I can only promise what I did in the campaign – I will work hard every day with everybody to make Congress work again to support opportunity, prosperity, health and a bright future for San Diego, Coronado, Poway and the United States.u

Letters Planter boxes along Adams Avenue add beauty yet negatively impact access This group had good intentions when they decided to upgrade the areas under the 63 trees planted along Adams Avenue from the I-15 overpass to Aldine Drive [see “The Garden Angels of Kensington,” Vol. 5, Issue 4]. Unfortunately no one gave a thought as to the ramifications of this project. It was bad enough to have dozens of ugly utility boxes, transformers, cable boxes and pedestals, protected by even uglier pipe barriers, in the parking strip next to the curb. With the addition of these in-ground planter boxes, 63 additional, valuable, curbside parking spaces were lost. It is impossible to open a car door on the passenger side

to load or off-load passengers where these units are located. It means passengers must exit and enter vehicles from the street side exposing older people and especially young children to the danger of being hit by vehicles and bicycles. It also precludes the entry and exit of wheelchairs from vehicles parked at the curb. My wife is no longer able to walk and has to use a wheelchair. Most any time of the day there are very few curbside-parking places where one can exit a vehicle from the passenger side and transfer a person from the car to a wheelchair. If you don’t believe me, just try it sometime. Many times we have had to give up trying to find a place to park to go to various businesses along Adams and just returned home. I imagine the small business owners along the avenue would like to have that missed revenue. The placement of these enclo-

sures, trees and planter borders on the parking strips most likely are in violation of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). —Richard Bruce, Kensington, via email Good work, Diane. Good luck to all who participate. This will surely add to the beauty of Kensington [see “The Garden Angels of Kensington,” Vol. 5, Issue 4]. —Mary Conkwright, via

Historical groups forge ‘perfect partnership’ What great news! This is a perfect partnership for the Historical Society and the new JAHSSD [see “Japanese American Historical Society moves to Balboa Park,” Vol. 5, Issue 4]. Even better, there already

is an additional exhibit to be on display in Chula Vista. I look forward to visiting. —Judy Swink, via

Cygnet’s ‘Gem of the Ocean’ an outstanding show Truly moving and outstandingly acted. I saw it last week and was so moved, that I sent my daughter and son-in-law yesterday. [They couldn’t stop talking about it either see “Never let their stories go,” Vol. 5, Issue 4]. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. … —Roseann, via Editor’s note: “Gem of the Ocean” ended Feb. 24. Their next production, “Assassins,” runs March 14 – April 28.u

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UptownBriefs Hillcrest Farmers market seeks volunteers The Hillcrest Business Association, organizers of the regular Sunday Hillcrest Farmers Market, is seeking community volunteers to assist with weekly special events and the information booth at the neighborhood market. Volunteers will answer questions, sell merchandise and will become acquainted with the workings of the market, which will be expanding in early April. The market, which started in 1997, features a wide variety of locally grown produce, arts and crafts, and prepared food venders, with more than 125 total vendors each week. A time commitment of six hours on Sundays and 10 markets per year is required, and volunteers will be compensated with merchandise and “market bucks” for their help. The market is located on Normal Street and Lincoln Avenue, near the Hillcrest Department of Motor Vehicles at 3960 Normal St. Those interested are asked to contact Volunteer Coordinator Cassandra Ramhap at 619-299-3330 or For more information on the market visit international Women’s Day celebrations set Two local events are scheduled to celebrate International Women’s Day, traditionally marked March 8. One event, March 9, is being held at Unity San Diego, 3770 Altadena Ave. and features an afternoon and evening of musical activities, as well as workshops and a potluck dinner. Singer-songwriter Judy Fjell and author Carolle Jean-Murat will host the festivities. Musicians Lisa Sanders, Peggy Watson and The Trouble Clefs will also perform. The Wild Jammin’ Women through Music Empowerment, Inc. event starts at 2 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 760-310-7417. At a second event, the nonprofit Women’s Empowerment International (WE) will host a large-scale community event in celebration of International Women’s Day and to acknowledge the achievement of first-generation women entrepreneurs in San Diego. The event will be March 10 at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, located at 404 Euclid Ave., from 1 – 3 p.m. NBC-San Diego journalist Brandi Powell will serve as host, and recipients of several microfinance loans from WE, the International Rescue Committee, Accion San Diego, ErasePoverty and PCI Global will show how the loans have helped them reach financial self-sufficiency. Council President Todd Gloria and Mayor Bob Filner are expected to participate. Attendees for the free event are asked to register at online Hillcrest parking tool to go live marcH 14 A project spearheaded in part by the Uptown Parking District, will officially launch March 14 as a web- and mobile-based tool to help visitors and residents find parking in Hillcrest. For the initiative, the Uptown Parking District partnered with the Hillcrest Business Association and Hillcrest Town Council to survey the neighborhood in order to catalog every available parking location in Hillcrest, which was then loaded into a parking-finder tool online. The website and mobile application will contain an interactive map, up-to-date information and search features allowing users to find parking

locations including stalls, garages and lots. Additionally, Park Hillcrest is also introducing a new shuttle program that will transport individuals on a designated route through Hillcrest. The Old Town Trolley shuttles will run from 6 – 11 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Over 35 restaurants and retailers in Hillcrest will be offering parking credits to participants. For more information visit starting March 14 or call 619-233-5008.

cinema unDer tHe stars opens 20tH season WitH neW amenities A staple of Mission Hills, Cinema Under the Stars begins its 20th anniversary season on Friday, March 1. Owners said they increased the comfort level by weatherproofing the theater, adding a new heating system and re-cushioning several seats. The film line up also includes changes, offering contemporary films in addition to classic Hollywood films later in the season, which runs through November. The first film of the anniversary season is “Argo,” the Academy Award-winning film directed by Ben Affleck. “Argo” screens at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. Additional films in March include “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” March 8 – 9; “Hitchcock” March 15 – 16; “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” March 22 – 23; and “This is 40,” March 29 – 30. Cinema Under the Stars is located at 4040 Goldfinch St. For more information visit topspresents. com or call 619-295-4221. mission HealtHcare begins Hospice care in san Diego In the wake of San Diego Hospice closing, Mission Healthcare announced they would begin hospice service in San Diego, including all areas in Uptown. Headquartered in Mission Valley, Mission Healthcare has three units – Mission Home Health, Mission Home Care and Mission Hospice – servicing San Diego, Temecula, Calif., Riverside, Calif., San Bernardino, Calif. and Palm Springs, Calif. “Mission Hospice has hired 45 staff members and is ready to start admitting patients,” said co-founder Amy Nelson in a press statement. “Mission Hospice is committed to serving anyone in need, wherever they are.” Layoffs from San Diego Hospice, which was partially purchased by Scripps Health in the Feb. 13 bankruptcy filing, continue. Mission Healthcare and Mission Hospice is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), and has been ranked number one on nation-wide CHAP surveys. “Voluntarily selecting to achieve CHAP accreditation and meeting our high standards … demonstrates Mission Hospice’s commitment to quality,” CHAP President and CEO Terry Duncombe said in the same release. stuDents given opportunity to stuDy at tHe olD globe San Diego County high school students will have the opportunity to audition for The Old Globe’s 2013 Summer Shakespeare Intensive program March 9 and 10. The fourweek program will take place this summer on the first two Saturdays in July and on weekdays from July 15 through Aug. 12, which culminates with a final performance at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only and the program cost is $650. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available. Students will refine their skills with the help of theater professionals in areas of classical theater technique, voice, movement and stage combat. They

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will also have access to the productions of the Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe’s annual program that runs concurrently with the student’s Intensive program. On Monday, March 4, registration will also begin for the Middle School Summer Conservatory, a similar three-week program, taking place on weekdays from July 15 through Aug. 2. The Old Globe is located at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. For more information, visit, email or call 619-234-5623.

Woman practicing meDicine WitHout a license sentenceD Kathleen Ann Helms was convicted of practicing medicine without a license and committing grand theft, and sentenced to three years in jail on Feb. 25. Helms claimed to be a medical doctor and promised people she could cure them of Lyme disease. “By posing as doctor, diagnosing people and then charging thousands of dollars for what amounted to a dangerous cure, this defendant showed a callous disregard for her victims,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a release. Helms would tell patients they had Lyme disease and then charge them thousands of dollars to inject them with a non-FDA approved chemical solvent. One of Helms’ victims became seriously ill, was treated for organ failure and has not fully recovered from her injuries. “This case is a reminder that consumers need to verify the credentials of health care providers, particularly when seeking alternative medical therapies,” said Deputy District Attorney Gina Darvas in the same release. Helms was sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring.




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glbt Historic task Force requests scHool be nameD aFter senator keHoe City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, Chair of the GLBT Historic Task Force of San Diego County, sent a letter on Feb. 11 to the San Diego Unified School District board officially requesting that a school be named or renamed after former State Senator Christine Kehoe. The letter cited Kehoe as a historic figure in San Diego, being the first LGBT elected official in the City and referred to her as the “Harvey Milk of San Diego.” “As a Latino, I can proudly point to schools named after my community’s heroes and role models,” Ramirez stated in the letter. “But as a gay man [there] are no schools named after GLBT citizens of distinction that GLBT students can look up to as role models.” A decision is expected soon. broaDWay/san Diego announces 2013-14 season Broadway/San Diego – a Nederlander Presentation launched their 2013-2014 season lineup at a hosted reception Feb. 15. The new season opens Oct. 15 with “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and features “The Book of Mormon,” “Evita,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” The 2012 Tony Award-winner “Once” closes the season, beginning Aug. 12, 2014. “We are very pleased with the productions that comprise our 2013-14 season. Audiences of all types will be thrilled with this current award-winning lineup. In addition, we hope to be able to build new and emerging audiences with the broad range of programming,” said Carl Thompson, Broadway/San Diego’s marketing director, in a press release.

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Moving in the right direction Fitness trainer helps clients progress at personal pace a Whim

& A Prayer Celene adams Success, some say, isn’t about how far or fast we go; it’s about the distance we progress from where we started, and North Park weight-loss and nutrition specialist Karen Rapien has come a long way from the obese, sedentary woman she used to be. “My highest [weight] that I know of was 260 pounds, but at some point you stop weighing yourself,” said Rapien, who’s now 100 pounds lighter, exercises regularly, and teaches others how to achieve their own health and fitness goals. Rapien didn’t stride toward success, however, so much as sidle up to it. And the process of turning her liabilities into her livelihood evolved one step at a time. Growing up in the Midwest, “I wasn’t encouraged to be active,” she said, explaining how her weight problem began. She was, however, encouraged to clean her plate – that is, until her girth grew – and then those Midwestern mores mingled with mixed messages. She began attending weekly weight-loss meetings with her mother, and said she remembers her father saying once, out of the blue, “Hey Karen, let me see you run up to the mailbox.’” Her parents were trying to help, but Rapien felt confused, hurt and humiliated. “The driveways in the Midwest are kind of long,” she said, her voice trailing off. “That is such a big memory for me as a child, to have my dad say that.” Then came the dieting: the soup diet, the cabbage diet and the salad-only diet. “[It was] really unhealthy eating, that no human being could stick to.

The worst part was that I would lose the weight Business Name: but … gain it back,” she said. “I would lose 40 and gain back 70.” It wasn’t until she was in her early 30s that Rapien stopped chasBusiness owner: Karen Rapien ing a fast fix and faced facts. Her “aha” moment came shortly after her Business type: Weight-loss and fiancé proposed to her, nutrition coaching coincidentally perhaps, as she was once again Years in business: Two (has been en route to the mailbox. a trainer for eight years) “I realized how big I was, and how lucky I was – that I didn’t Services: In-home fitness and have diabetes, or high health training; group, solo, and blood pressure, or high couples sessions; online training; cholesterol – and [then mommy-and-me; indoor/outdoor I] realized that it was just a matter of time,” workouts; grocery-shopping she said. “It was not expeditions; body composition going to be long before testing; balance/flexibility training I would have any one of those, if not all of them.” Market niche: Men and women over This time however, instead of feeling humili40; seniors; people with balance/ ated Rapien felt fearful flexibility/weight-loss issues – “terrified,” she said – that, because she’d lost Business philosophy: Fitness and weight so many times weight-loss programs need to and gained it back, she’d balloon to more than 300 be individualized and focus on pounds. That’s when she health, not dieting realized a sustainable solution would require Website: scrapping the scale. “It has to be my way,” she recalled thinking. “I said, recalling how the trainer’s have to do it in a way that’s livable respect for her fears as much as for me.” her physical prowess was a crucial The self-described “fat outcast” component of their relationship. who’d grown up feeling she didn’t “Especially in the beginning, measure up, now decided to take I didn’t want to lose so much to her own measure: to factor her have it be so devastating if I went emotions into the equation and back. It’s humiliating,” she said. focus on health rather than appearSo each time the scale got ance. So she started swimming scary, she’d tell her trainer she at the local pool, cut her pizza wanted to stop for a while. It was consumption in half and hired a a slow, steady slog, but it was personal trainer for support. sure and sound, and it enabled “She really listened,” Rapien

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Weight-loss and nutrition coach Karen Rapien (Courtesy Karen Rapien)

Rapien to pick her own pace as the pounds disappeared. A year and a half later, she’d lost 100 of them. But being slimmer could not spare her from life’s curve balls. Two years into her marriage, her husband died. Six months after that, she lost her job of 13 years. Both were setbacks that could have stopped her in her tracks. Yet, instead of running to the fridge, she laced up her trainers. “[E]xercise … saved my life. It gave me an out,” she said. “When I would feel like my head was going to explode with all the things I was dealing with, I would go for a run, or go for a walk or lift some weights: something to spend that energy.” Rapien didn’t know where she was headed, but she had the gumption to keep going. And fortune, as they say, favors the brave. “[My trainer had often] joked about me getting into the health and fitness industry, because I was her big success story,” she said. Since it was now clear her star student was a winner, not only at weight loss but in life too, the trainer issued an official invitation for her to join her team. Rapien was ready. “I wanted to motivate people, because I was like, ‘I get it. I’ve been there, done that.’ And I know how hard it is. I know the struggles,” she said. “I don’t forget that stuff. And I

understand that life doesn’t stop.” So Rapien started shadowing her trainer, learning the ropes while simultaneously earning her certification, both as a nutrition specialist via The American Academy of Sports Dieticians and Nutritionists and as a personal trainer from the American Council of Exercise. “[Now] I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s just such a part of my life,” she said, remarking that the rewards of her work reach beyond helping clients develop healthy habits. Rapien takes detailed notes to remind clients of how far they’ve come. “I’ll even write down a specific quote … or a fear that they might have,” she said. “A month or two months down the road, we can look back and I can say, ‘Oh do you remember?’ Because we forget that. When something becomes really comfortable and easy to you, you forget how hard it was when you first started.” —A Whim and a Prayer profiles the trials and triumphs of entrepreneurs intrepid enough to put their fanciful ideas and unique talents to the test in today’s volatile marketplace. If you are a local business owner and you would like to be featured in this column, contact Celene Adams at or visit

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Plants inside the pond’s lily boxes were damaged, as was the structure’s draining system, causing significant water loss. A second structure – the main fountain in the center of the Plaza de Panama – was also broken. Initial estimates reported approximately $10,000 in damage to park facilities. While there are no arrests or charges filed from the Aug. 12 night, Mayor Bob Filner told attendees at the Feb. 25 celebration he hopes those at fault can still be brought to justice, adding he would like to “get them to actually do some work for the community, and not just destroy it.” The San Diego Police Department completed their initial investigation and submitted it to the City Attorney’s Office, where it is currently under review. Saying he was thankful for the community effort, Filner acknowledged Friends of Balboa Park founder Betty Peabody for her organization’s part in helping with the repairs. The Friends of Balboa Park became stewards of the funds raised following the damage. Peabody said the pond offers visitors a place of “peaceful tranquility” and “quiet reflection.” She also said the Aug. 12 damage was “probably not deliberate.” “Public reaction was swift and intense,” she said, adding that after the Park and Recreation Department’s initial assessment, “deeper damage” was discovered in the pond. The majority of repairs occurred throughout the winter, with the living plants relocated to temporary homes in order to complete the work. The pond was drained, and repairs continued.

Twenty-seven new plant boxes were then placed in the empty pond, which now house both existing and new varieties of lily and lotus plants. The repairs, which lasted three weeks, cost approximately $50,000. “I’m so happy to see all the work that has been done, not only to repair the damage from that incident but to maintain and upgrade the elements of the lily pond,” Gloria said. “The lily pond is in better shape than it was before the damage occurred.” A major donar to the lily pond repairs and restoration, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was also represented at the opening celebration. Frank Urtasun, SDG&E regional vice president of external affairs, complimented the groups who came together to raise the needed funds. “We can all be proud that we worked together to repair this landmark,” Urtasun said. “We can also be thankful that we live in a community that unites to promote the common good through civic cooperation and shared responsibility.” Much of the talk at the celebration was focused on the future, where Filner said the repairs and restoration are indicative of what the city has planned for the upcoming Balboa Park centennial celebration. “We are preparing the way for an even greater event, and that is the 2015 centennial,” Filner said. “It is going to be an incredible celebration.” To commemorate of the 100year anniversary of the Balboa Park expedition of 1915, the centennial celebration is being touted as a yearlong, anniversary event that will focus on what many call the City’s “crown jewel.” “Coming together is what this is all about,” Filner said. “That’s what Balboa Park represents to our city. It’s where everybody comes together.”u

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grEYWatEr Katrina hit, she worked with a contractor who made modular green homes for victims displaced by the natural disaster. “My career has always been related to building, and when I found green building, it gave me a responsible way to think of building on our finite planet,” she said. It is something she still uses, not only in greywater systems, but also in construction on her own property. A longtime advocate of simple, green living, she has a tiny house in her backyard that she built for an exhibition at the Del Mar Fair. Measuring 8 feet by 8 feet, it’s a prefab modular house powered by solar energy and resistant to insects and rot. It’s been featured on TV, and she recently got a call from someone interested in seeing the house as a possible solution for homelessness. She is also building a small structure on the canyon portion of her property, using earth and a small amount of cement, to show alternative construction methods. And Vanderhoff also holds two certificates in permaculture, a system that mimics the natural environment to ensure human activity, whether it’s construction or agriculture, is sustainable and eco-friendly. “I guess I have the responsibility chip,” she said. “Is it a blessing or a curse? I’m not sure. But it is my path.” For more information about Rain Thanks or to contact Candace Vanderhoff, visit rainthanks. com or call 619-807-9193.u

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Currently being built on Vanderhoff’s property, this structure uses alternative construction methods. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)


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Richie Vought of Iowa Meat Farms tends to beef “corning” in barrels. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Planning an authentic St. Patty’s Day dinner 3rd annual festival to highlight barrel-aged corned beef By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

Just like the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line turns hot in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the butchers at two leading meat markets in San Diego will soon find themselves playing the role of corned beef counselors to San Diegans planning their St. Patrick’s Day dinners. But the advice they provide is best absorbed in person, when mouthfuls of the brined beef are dispensed to consumers in cooked form during the March 9 Corned Beef Festival, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event, now in its third year, takes place concurrently at Iowa Meat Farms in Mission Gorge and Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats in Bay Park. About 50 pounds of the redtinted meat have been earmarked for sampling at each store, said Iowa’s master butcher Richie Vought, who has helped oversee a lengthy barrel-aging process for nearly 8,000 pounds of brisket and rounds that began in late January. The uncooked meat is available for sale beginning the day of the festival, though pre-orders are currently being accepted at both stores. “We developed our own cure

about 17 years ago, and it’s darn good,” Vought said, revealing that the water-based recipe includes garlic, sugar, cloves, turmeric and sodium nitrate, which gives the meat its reddish color. “The sodium nitrate is saltier than salt, so it preser ves the meat longer,” he said while giving the raw cuts a gentle swish in one of their large plastic barrels. As for the mysterious notion of “corn” in corned beef, the term dates back a few hundred years to when Europeans cured pork with salt cr ystals the size of corn kernels. “It wasn’t until you got over to America that beef became more desirable. Corning it really wasn’t an Irish thing,” he said. The beef, however, is corn-fed and sourced from the Midwest, mostly Nebraska. With brisket, culled from a cow’s front upper-leg section, Vought said it is a little fattier and takes slightly longer to cook compared to the rounds, which come from the hind legs and slice more evenly. Once fully brined, the cuts are sealed in airtight bags and sell in varying weights for $4.99 per pound. Vought will be joined by other meat masters at the festival in providing cooking tips and recipe ideas that embody a host of veg-

etables and zippy condiments. For those missing the event, he offers some pearls of wisdom for turning your corned beef into a “pot o’ gold.” • Always cook the meat covered in water, simmering it until thoroughly done and tender. For additional flavor, add a few cups of beer or apple cider to the water from the start. • Do not add citrus to the liquid. “It doesn’t work well,” he said. • When using a Crock Pot, set it on high for the first hour. • Use the oven only if adding a glaze to the corned beef after it’s cooked. Vought prefers equal parts of horseradish, mustard and honey. He covers the cooked beef with the mixture and bakes it at 450-degrees for about 20 minutes. • Corned beef is juicier after letting it rest for 15 minutes before slicing. • Cut the meat against the grain to avoid a stringy mess. • Add vegetables such as cabbage, potatoes and carrots into the braising liquid after the corned beef is cooked. For more information, contact Iowa Meat Farms, located at 6041 Mission Gorge Rd., by calling 619-281-5766, or Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats, 4131 Ashton St., by calling 619-275-1234.u


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n less than a decade, local entrepreneur Russ Kindom went from operating a small, remote wine bar in East Village to what is probably the largest of its kind in California. In doing so, he moved the business several miles into a massive space left behind by Pier I Imports on Hancock Street, a stone’s throw from the foot of Washington Street. Much like what a design-savvy college graduate might do after busting out of a tiny dorm room and landing a good job, Kindom turned his larger digs into a place filled with stylish creature comforts. Keeping the name 57 Degrees (the ideal temperature for storing red wine), he stocked the rink with eye-catching art, a formidable wine selection and an open cooking station that sends out dressed-toimpress fare. More recently, he added additional

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Though warmly appointed with white sheer curtains and an interior brick wall, you might think upon entering Splash Wine Lounge that you’ve walked into some high-tech manufacturing plant. In the middle of the room are three circular islands of shiny Enomatic machines, an Italian-made system devised for preser ving and dispensing wine. Head toward the elongated communal table in the back, and you’ll see another row of them showing off their illuminated digital display windows. Splash was the first wine bar in metro San Diego to install the technology when it opened four years ago. The only other place I know that has since introduced

it is Toast Enoteca & Cucina in the East Village. The equipment allows you to purchase one-ounce pours from nearly 70 different wines with prepaid cards that you slide in as though you’re playing modern-day slots. The difference is that you always end up with a liquid win. Depending on which wine you choose, the pours range from 89 cents to $10 apiece. There are two different price deals offered at Splash. On Tuesdays (all day), you get two machine pours for the price of one. Another set of discounts applies to daily happy hour (11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.), when select wines from bottles are

Sangria and the bar’s popular “splackers.” (Photo by Dr. Ink)

available at $5 a glass, such as the lush, plum-tasting Che Gaucho Malbec from Argentina. House-made Sangria using a Cote de Rhone rose fetches the same price. The bottle pours from human hands are obviously less regulated, totaling at least three ounces we surmised after ordering them. Daily happy hour also includes $3 bottled beer, with about four in the offing that includes Dixie Jazz, Moretti and Newcastle Ale. In addition, various noshes such as spinachartichoke dip, half flatbreads and veggie plates are kept at $6 and under. A friend and I were enticed by the “splackers,” the most popular-selling munchie in the house, we were told. The plate sells for $4 and features a bunch of commercial crackers, Saltines perhaps, that are jazzed up with herbs and chili oil. They’re ser ved with chipotle-raspberr y cream cheese. “Whoever came up with this is a genius,” my companion said as we washed down the salt, spice and sweetness with our wines. The toasty caprese flatbread was also flavor-packed, fueling our carb overload with even more bread that accompanied our warm spinach-artichoke dip. But given Splash’s comfortable seating and a suspended movie screen projecting blackand-white movies and television shows, it’s easy to lose track of your intake. u

Wine Splash is located in North Park (Photo by Dr. Ink)

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of high school ion theatre’s latest is a meticulous, timely & suspenseful production By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Staged by ion theatre founding producing artistic director Glenn Paris, British playwright Simon Stephens’ 2009 work titled “Punk Rock” is so outrageously suspenseful that at its conclusion one realizes one has breathed only by gasps for nearly two hours. The play bears a surface resemblance to “The History Boys” and most especially to the musical “Spring Awakening” in that the actors – portraying students in a British public school sixth form, equivalent in parts to our high school – are of the same age. At ion four actors are bona fide teenagers, ranging from 15 to 18 years old. Four others are college age. In between scenes they leap onto chairs in the school librar y and dance to release their pubescent angst. The librar y is the meeting place for these kids between, before and after classes. At 17, they are under considerable pressure to do well in exams that will qualify them for study at schools such as Eton or Cambridge. The students are, by turns, enigmatic, sometimes appallingly hateful, and at other times utterly beguiling, vulnerable and innocent. Lilly and William are perhaps the most mercurial. In wooing Lilly, William tells whopper lies, which are later revealed. Lizzie Morse portrays Lilly, an extremely intelligent girl who has just transferred into the school located near Manchester. Her initial introduction to the others gives those seated in the dark a chance to meet the kids gradually. William (masterful J. Tyler Jones), who’s never had a girlfriend, falls hard for Lilly, who

later enters into a sexual relationship with Nicholas (Ryan Casselman). Though she would like you to believe she is free-spirited, Cissy (Samantha Littleford) is involved in an abusive relationship with the volatile Bennett (incendiary Benjamin Cole), who verbally abuses all his classmates. The others include Tanya (Samantha Vesco), easily the best adjusted of the group even though she is incessantly teased about her weight, and David Ahmadian as the stillwaters-run-deep Chadwick. Emma Rasse appears briefly as Lucy, Bennett’s younger sister. In the play’s final scene, Charles Maze portrays Dr. Harvey, who seeks causes for the catastrophic event toward which the story’s unfolding propelled us so inexorably. One might carp about the necessity of this macabre, delusional

‘Punk Rock’ The cast of ‘Punk Rock,’ playing through March 9 (Courtesy ion theatre) scene, but because we the people seek answers for incomprehensible events, it seems requisite. Paris’s tautly staged and timely production is played upon a beautifully appointed set by lobby raider Claudio Raygoza and is me-

ticulously costumed by Courtney Fox Smith. It is further supported by Melanie Chen’s sound and Karin Filijan’s lighting. Not for the faint of heart: high school is hell. This is the good and the gruesome of it.u

WHERE: ion theatre company, 3704 Sixth Ave. (Hillcrest) WHEN: Thurs. – Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sat. at 4 p.m. through March 9 INFO: 619-600-5020 WEB:


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Media Arts Center celebrates 20 years of Latino film

North Park nonprofit looks to entire region for this year’s Latino Film Festival By Anthony King SDUN Editor

The North Park-based nonprofit Media Arts Center San Diego crosses a milestone this year, with their 20th anniversary celebration of the San Diego Latino Film Festival March 7 – 17. What started as a small student film collective has grown into one of the leading festivals focusing on work by and about the Latino experience. To help promote this year’s festival, Media Arts Center organizers held an official launch party Feb. 21 at Gang Kitchen restaurant in Downtown. Media Arts Center founder and Executive Director Ethan van Thillo, along with other staff, offered information on the festival and received a proclamation from Mayor Bob Filner’s office declaring the date Latino Film Festival Day in San Diego. “Twenty years ago we started as a small student film festival, and now we’re expecting over 20,000 [attendees],” van Thillo said of this year’s anniversary. “We’re really excited.” In honor of the festival’s 20 years, Media Arts Center will be screening their “top 10 groundbreaking and influential” Latino films from the past 20 years. “The selected films blur the line between reality and fantasy, explore ideas of love and friendship and delve into pertinent social and political topics such as poverty, memory and state violence,” organizers said. The 10 films are “Nostalgia de la Luz” from Chile; “Cronos,” “Desperado,” “Amores Perros,” and “Y Tú Mamá También” from Mexico; “Fresa y Chocolate” from Cuba; “Abres los Ojos” and “Todo Sobre Mi Madre” from Spain; and “Central do Brasil” and “Ciudade de Deus” from Brazil. Organizers are also screening another classic, “Selena,” in partnership with Full Moon Drive-In in Pacific Beach. The movie will show March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the authentic drive-in, located at 1500 Felspar St. The movie’s director, Gregor y Nava, will be in attendance. “Looking back at our 20 year history, San Diego-born filmmaker Gregory Nava and acting legend, Lupe Ontiveros, have both attended numerous times and have been so important to the film festival,” van Thillo said. “So, in celebration of our 20th Anniversary and in tribute to the late Lupe Ontiveros, [we are] honored to present this audience favorite in a great new and exciting outdoor venue.” Festival Special Events Producer Yolanda Walther-Meade hosted the event at Gang Kitchen, and helped introduce guest dignitaries including the Mexican Conusl General in San Diego and the mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, Carlos Bustamante. Recognizing San Diego as part of a complex border region, Media Arts Center is looking to reach a wider audience. They will be screening a selection of films in Tijuana for this year’s festival, and will once again offer the Borders on Film program, featuring films

(l to r) Media Arts Center San Diego founder and Executive Director Ethan van Thillo and Tijuana, Mexico Mayor Carlos Bustamante at Gang Kitchen Feb. 21. (Photo by Ana Pines)

(l to r) Abbie Cornish and Maritza Santiago Hernandez from “The Girl,” screening as part of the Borders on Film series (Courtesy La Niña LLC)

“You are the

reason that we at Media arts Center San Diego and the San Diego Latino Film Festival are able to celebrate 20 healthy, vigorous, vibrant years.” — Yolanda Walther-Meade that explore concepts of how borders affect a region. “This year to commemorate our 20th anniversary, in an act which really highlights the importance of our cross-border region, we are exemplifying our spirit of regional unity,” Walther-Meade said. In conjunction with the festival, the Media Arts Center is also accepting entries for “storefront video installations” at their North Park location, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. Selected rotating street-side videos will be shown in the windows of the Center, in part to offer yet another outlet for new work. “We are excited to offer our storefront as a new venue for the voice of Latinos in and around San Diego, as well as bring a sense of place and awareness of new media formats to San Diego citizens”

organizers said. For full submission guidelines, email Media Arts instructor Evan Apodaca at Co-presented by the San Ysidro Health Center, the SDLFF will one again be screening a collection of feature and short films in its Cine Gay showcase, highlighting recent films about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Latino culture. This is the eighth year of the LGBT-focused showcase. “Challenging the historical exclusion of underrepresented communities in the media, the festival takes advantage of the opportunity of this showcase to highlight experiences of gay life in different corners of the world, underlining the universal experience as well as the unique expressions of the Latin LGBT community,” organizers said. “It’s really all about you, our community here and on the other side of the border,” Walther-Meade said. “You are the reason that we at Media Arts Center San Diego and the San Diego Latino Film Festival are able to celebrate 20 healthy, vigorous, vibrant years.” Most films screen at the Digiplex Mission Valley, formerly the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, located at 7510 Hazard Center Drive. General admission tickets are $10.50 per film, with discounts for students, seniors, military and Media Arts Center members. There are also special prices on passes and family tickets. For the complete schedule and movie information – including the opening party, closing weekend party and centerpiece showcase – as well as to purchase tickets, visit or call 619-230-1938.u


Tribe of Kings (Courtesy Tribe of Kings / Bob Lajes)

The Uptown Top Ranking Tribe of Kings collective celebrates 15 years of bringing reggae to san Diego’s sunday nights By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

The venues may have changed over the years, but the one constant in San Diego’s music scene for the last decade and a half has been the reggae collective known as Tribe of Kings. Tribe of Kings is a group of five DJs and reggae lovers that formed in 1997 and have been hosting shows at various venues around town for years, from the Dog in Pacific Beach and Bar Dynamite in Mission Hills, to the grand opening of U-31 in North Park. They currently have a Sunday residency at The Office, also in North Park, that started February 2012 and where they play the best in reggae. Called Uptown Top Ranking, the weekly event is a Jamaican dancehall-style night of great beats and good vibes. Additionally, founding member DJ Rashi also hosts his own show called Dub Dynamite on Monday nights at The Office, and the entire group has been making regular appearances at a special night known as Riddim’ Role, held at Harney Sushi in Old Town, for the last six years. “We just celebrated our 15-year anniversary of playing Sunday nights,” Rashi said. “It’s been an ongoing thing, we haven’t missed one despite changing locations several times. It’s been kind of a staple on Sunday nights in San Diego.” After years of working at a record store and building up a sizeable collection of old reggae and dancehall records, Rashi said he was ready to spread his love for the genre with others. It turned out he wasn’t the only one with this goal. Tribe of Kings was formed after the group met through “mutual friends and a shared love of the reggae culture” Rashi said. The other members of the group include DJ’s Unite, Peril, Jester and Dash Eye. “We were all collectors and connoisseurs of reggae music,” Rashi said. “Just through collecting music and wanting to share it with people, and being involved in the local San Diego community, we started bringing music to the people.” The band started out with “two turn tables and a mixer,” he said, and has grown enough that they can now provide a broad variety of music.

Tribe of Kings has become a staple in the San Diego reggae scene. (Courtesy Tribe of Kings / Bob Lajes)

“People can expect to hear a full spectrum of reggae music, from roots reggae to culture, dancehall, remixes and just an all-out positive reggae vibe. It’s a full representation of the reggae music culture,” Rashi said. Their popularity has caught the attention of many in the reggaemusic world, including Eek-AMouse, Johnny Osborne, Don Carlos and the late Mikey Dredd, all who have performed with the band over the years. Tribe of Kings’ successful residencies throughout town helps them increase their reach, always playing for new crowds. “A need for change is one of the key things moving forward,” Rashi said. “We started at the Dog in PB, and from there we moved on to Bar Dynamite in Mission Hills where we really gained our name, but we’ve been to a lot of places in between Bar Dynamite and The Office.”

After Bar Dynamite, the group went to the now-closed Martini Ranch in the Gaslamp Quarter and, after a successful turn there, moved to U-31. “That was great because U-31 really played a role in the North Park resurgence about four years ago,” Rashi said. “We really love that whole area.” Fortunately the group has found yet another home in North Park, and the last year at The Office has been a great experience for them thanks to a lot of creative control and a great atmosphere. “I enjoy that it’s an intimate environment with a great sound system, great people [and] great staff.” Rashi said. “People from all walks of life and ages come through and bring good vibes.” The band’s Sunday night residency at The Office, located at 3936 30th St., starts each week at 9 p.m. For more information, visit or call 619-450-6632.u

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CalendarofEvents FriDay, marcH 1 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Mission Hills World Day of Prayer: 2 – 3:30 p.m., collaborative effort of Mission Hills United Methodist Church and Mission Hills Community Christian Church, Green Manor residence, 4041 Ibis St., 13th floor Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Tectonic Shakedown, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $12 saturDay, marcH 2 Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free SciTech Girls Asteroid Challenge: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., local schools participating in Reuben H> Fleet Science Center’s SciTech program, an after-school program, 1875 El Prado, regular admission Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. David Mosby: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., smooth-as-silk voice of David Mosby as guest for regular jazz night, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, 2660 Calhoun St., $5 sunDay, marcH 3 Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) 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 monDay, marcH 4 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Old Town Chamber Design: 3 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Old Town Chamber Design Committee, Casa Guadalajara, 4105 Taylor St. Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee: 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the parking committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave. North Park Urban Design:

6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Committee’s Urban Design/Project Review subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave.

tuesDay, marcH 5 Adams Avenue board meeting: 8:00 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association board, 4649 Hawley Blvd. North Park design committee: 5:30 p.m., regular monthly North Park Main Street design committee meeting, 3076 University Ave., free Normal Heights Community Planning: 6 p.m., regular meeting of the NH Community Planning Group, tonight board elections will be held, Normal Heights Community Center hall, 4649 Hawley Blvd. 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 Uptown Planners: 6 – 7:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave. WeDnesDay, marcH 6 North Park BID Collective: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., regular meeting of the area business districts, The El Cajon Boulevard BID office, 3737 El Cajon Blvd. The Boulevard board meeting: 4 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Association board, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Amy Finley at UH Library: 6 p.m., author Amy Finley joins Susan McBeth of Adventures By the Book to discuss Finley’s “How to Eat a Small Country,” University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. SANDAG Bike Corridor meeting: 6 – 8:30 p.m., second public meeting to solicit input on the North Park/Mid-City Bike Corridor project, Sunset Temple, 3911 Kansas St. tHursDay, marcH 7 Mission Hills book group: 10 – 11 a.m., book group to discuss “Memento Mori” by Muriel Spark, note new March location at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4045 Goldfinch St., free North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2144 Pan American Rd.

University Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting including an open community forum, San Diego Unified Board of Education building, 4100 Normal St.

FriDay, marcH 8 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Pacific Children’s Theater: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 17, Pacific Children’s Theater production of “Once on this Island Junior,” Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw St., $7 – $10 saturDay, marcH 9 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free SD Women’s Club: 10 a.m. with concert at 2:30 p.m., Kelly Moore in “Give My Regards to Broadway” concert as fundraiser for San Diego Women’s Club, lunch served at noon, 2557 Third Ave., $20 for concert UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Zumbathon: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Juan Carlos Organization’s first Zumbathon, providing Zumbainspired dance classes, Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park, $20 Bullying panel discussion: 2 – 3 p.m., discussion about teen bullying lead by Walter Meyer and in conjunction with ion theatre’s “Punk Rock,” discussion is followed by 4 p.m. show, ion BLKBOX, 3704 Sixth Ave., free with Textscapes closing reception: 5:30 – 8 p.m., closing reception for artist Joyce Dallal’s “Textscapes,” with poetry reading by Diane Gage and discussion with Nina Karavasiles, Protea Gallery, 3780 30th St., free Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., monthly art walk featuring over 25 galleries and businesses, Ray Street in North Park, free Camarada in Little Italy: 6:30 reception, 7 p.m. concert, ensemble group Camarada presenting “Celtic Groove,” Meyer Fine Art, 2400 Kettner Blvd., $40 – $50 Pacific Children’s Theater: 7

San diego Uptown News | march 1–14, 2013 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 17, Pacific Children’s Theater production of “Once on this Island Junior,” Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw St., $7 – $10 Jimmy Bolden: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., big sweet voice of Jimmy Bolden as guest for regular jazz night, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, 2660 Calhoun St., $5

sunDay, marcH 10 Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) 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 Pacific Children’s Theater: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 17, Pacific Children’s Theater production of “Once on this Island Junior,” Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw St., $7 – $10


tions: 2 p.m., regular monthly meeting of Chamber committee, Café Coyote, 2461 San Diego Ave. HBA board meeting: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association board, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama story time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave., free Ken-Tal Planning Group elections: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., annual meeting of the KensingtonTalmadge Planning Group where board elections are held, Franklin Elementary School Auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave.

monDay, marcH 11 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Uptown Community Parking District: 5 – 7 p.m., monthly board meeting, Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Rd. North Park Maintenance Assessment District: 6 – 8 p.m., regular meeting, North Park Adult Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave.

WeDnesDay, marcH 13 North Park Main Street: 7:30 – 9 a.m., regular monthly board meeting, 3076 University Ave., free Lion’s Club of North Park: noon – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly lunch of the North Park Lion’s Club, 3927 Utah St. Old Town Community Planning Group: 3:30 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Whaley House Museum, 2476 San Diego Ave. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free North Park Public Facilities: 6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Committee’s Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks & Public Art subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. UH Library talk: 6 p.m., author Kitty Morse will discuss her cookbook “Mint Tea and Minarets: A Banquet of Moroccan Memories,” 4193 Park Blvd.

tuesDay, marcH 12 Texas Street ribbon cutting: 9:45 a.m., celebration event of the Texas Street pedestrian bridge with Council President Todd Gloria, near Texas Street and Madison Avenue, free Old Town Chamber Promo-

tHursDay, marcH 14 North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Mission Hills Town Council: 6 – 8 p.m., regular trustees meeting, 4010 Goldfinch St., 2nd flooru


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San Diego Uptown News | March 1–14, 2013

Imago: the idealized version of one’s self, the final state of metamorphosis, and the newest salon to hit Adams Avenue. House of Imago was created by a collection of beauty experts passionate about fashion, hair, skincare, polish, and helping clients find their ideal self, in a warm and inviting environment. Their team of salon professionals is highly trained and uses only the best tools and products in the beauty industry – ensuring their clients’ look is realized from head to toe! Come in and discover your inner imago this month: #1 the “ooh la la” special $49 includes a bikini wax, manicure, and bombshell blowout ($95 value) through the month of February. #2 Baubles and Botox event on the 27th – a totally free, totally indulgent evening of cocktails, massage, nail art, make-up tips and door prizes for all!

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Ozone is also a powerful antioxidant, so it can be used to kill germs and bacteria to purify water. One of its three atoms has a weaker hold on the other two, and that atom transfers electrons with other organic substances, such as bacteria and viruses, thereby sanitizing both your clothes and other articles, as well as sanitizing the washing machine, itself. At The Laundry Room, ozone is created inside our ozone generator and is sent through a line into a diffuser, which creates ozone-saturated bubbles. Water is then drawn into the mix with the bubbles, and fed into the water purification tank. The weak oxygen molecule in the ozone attaches to the other organic molecules in the water, oxidizing them. In effect – the ozone “eats them up” – and the result is clean, fresh, purified water.

San Diego Dance Now!

Laura Hodge the artistic director of San Diego Dance Now! (SDDN!) has owned award-winning companies back east, and performed and choreographed in musical theatre, film, television, and also done voiceovers. She has taught at Point Park University, JCC, Millenium in L.A., Malashock Dance, SD Junior Theatre, SDCYB, Garfield Elementary, and is directing “CATS” at The Salvation Army Kroc Center this spring. SDDN! is invested in planting seeds of creativity, forging community partnerships, outreach programs for schools, and providing an innovative opportunity to get in shape, in touch with your creativity, body and mind. SDDN! is committed to high training standards for students from beginner to professional in a structured and inspiring environment. Classes focus on proper technique and self-expression. Kid’s classes: musical theatre, ballet, and jazz/tap. Adult classes: ballet, barre and jazz/tap. Private coaching and choreography for events or plays is also available. Two Uptown Locations: Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom in Hillcrest and Vernetta’s in North Park. Contact us at | 619-501-4821 |

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San Diego Uptown News | March 1–14, 2013

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ecoDiStrict goal of the community-based initiative is to “foster a sustainable green economy” that is grounded in keeping the historical and cultural integrity of the area. Many of the North Park plans were modeled after a similar EcoDistrict in Portland, Ore. Funding for the initiative comes in part from a second “Historic Communities are Green Communities” grant, administered by the California State Parks Office of Historic Preser vation. The $22,500 grant is to continue the work North Park Main Street has already overseen, and includes educating the public about their preser vation and sustainability goals, establishing carbon and water footprint baselines, and inventor ying greenhouse gas emissions. The baseline energy usage tool will be launched soon, Landsberg said, where business owners can calculate how many kilowatts they are using and then go to North Park Main Street for guidance on how to decrease usage. “Once we have a baseline for

either our greenhouse gas output [or] energy usage, that will allow us to then target certain areas,” Landsberg said. “If we’re high in certain areas and want to work on those, then we’ll know where to go. We first have to have that baseline.” While acknowledging terms and implementation can get both technical and difficult for some to comprehend, Landsberg said her main goal was to make the process – which is already happening – as user friendly as possible.

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NewS “We wanted to make people aware of the fact that they’re already participating in a lot of the things that will constitute an EcoDistrict,” she said. The recently complete bike corral at 30th Street and North Park Way, as well as the upcoming “parklet” planned in front of Caffé Calabria at 3933 30th St. are two projects that fall into their overall sustainability goals. “Ever ything that promotes a pedestrian-friendly environment is going to be a part of it,” she said. The parklet will be installed in late spring or early summer. The project originated in 2009 when California Historic Preser vation Officer Wayne Donaldson challenged the business district to implement the state’s first Sustainable Main Street program. The response, Landsberg said, was overwhelming. “One of the great things about this community is so many people have been on board with creating a green business district for quite a while,” she said. “There’s an awareness there. The people who live and work in this community have a certain consciousness that I think makes an EcoDistrict a perfect thing.” The San Diego Green Building Council, another stakeholder in the initiative, helped organize the Feb. 20 outreach event. Doug Kot, executive director, said North Park was a leader in change. “One of the great things about North Park Main Street and the work that’s been done over the years is they have a really deep understanding of where they started from,” he said. Kot outlined the basic characteristics his organization sees as important for neighborhoods, one that looks at where a community is, where it would like to be, and how to measure the successes or failures in achieving those goals. Saying we have “far more choice” in how neighborhoods are shaped, Kot explained he wanted to help communities not only discover those choices, but help implement them. “In the instance of North Park Main Street, they are already out of the gate. They’ve done a lot of this work on their own, so we’re here to celebrate that stor y,” he said. In addition to the Office of Historical Preser vation and Green Building Council, the North Park EcoDistrict is funded by San Diego Gas & Electric, and Landsberg said she is already hearing from other organizations interested in supporting the project. “I’m hoping that through this process we will gain attention from other funding sources that will allow us to expand on what we’re currently doing,” she said. To help with continual efforts in getting the word out, Landsberg said the North Park EcoDistrict would be scheduling future meetings where people could brainstorm, a process she said was where a lot of innovative ideas are first explored. The meet-ups will be promoted on the new North Park EcoDistrict website – – as well as the organization’s Facebook page. For more information call 619-403-9208.u

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BrieFS “The Book of Mormon,” from the creators of “South Park,” will play a limited two-week engagement from May 27 to June 8, 2014 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. “Our new 2013-2014 Season includes Tony Award-winning shows, as well as timeless classics, lively 1970s disco hits and 1950s rock and roll,” said Nederlander Vice President Joe Kobryner in the release. “Plus, we are presenting one of Disney’s all-time family favorites, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” which returns after its last sold-out engagement.” Remaining in the 2012-13 season are “Billy Elliot” playing April 30 – May 5, “American Idiot” playing May 28 – June 2 and “Sister Act” playing June 30 – Aug. 4.

San Diego LgBT PriDe reLeaSeS 2013 PriDe Theme North Park-based San Diego LGBT Pride (SD Pride) announced the theme “Freedom to Love and Marry” for its 39th annual Pride celebration, scheduled to take place July 12 – 14 in Uptown with a large community rally, Friday evening block party, parade and two-day festival in Balboa Park. SD Pride made history and worldwide news with the first active-duty uniformed military contingent in a Pride parade with approval from the Department of Defense in 2012. The organization said it looks to continue its push forward on issues of equality with this year’s theme. “Our community, our country and our courts are all coming to the consensus that our freedom to love and marry is a basic human right. San Diego Pride stands to honor our history, celebrate the advances we’ve made and confront the issues we still face as a community,” said Public Affairs Director Fernando Lopez in a press release. “If justice prevails in the historic court cases now before the Supreme Court, San Diego Pride will be a huge victory party; if not, Pride will serve as reminder and rally cry that our work is not done.”u


San diego Uptown News | march 1–14, 2013


Stepfather of the Ranch san Diego’s Cliff may might not have been the pioneer of the classic California house style, but he certainly acted like it


Michael good Few American cities can claim even one major architect. San Diego can legitimately claim two: Irving Gill and Cliff May. Gill, who arrived here in 1893, set out to build something entirely new and ended up laying the groundwork for modern architecture. May sought to revive the Mexican Hacienda of the imagined past, and ended up creating America’s most popular house type, the California Ranch. He portrayed himself as the reluctant hero, a musician who just wanted to play the saxophone with his dance band. According to May, he turned to furniture making and home building when his music career stalled. Next thing he knew, he had transformed the landscape of suburbia. “I never ever thought of building houses,” he said in 1984 to Marlene Laskey, who interviewed him for UCLA’s Oral History Program. “Never. Even when I was in college it never occurred to me.” The story, as he told it then, was that he and his fiancée Jean Lichty went furniture shopping, saw some nice Monterrey-style furniture at Barker Brothers that they couldn’t afford, and – while

Lichty distracted the salesman – May measured the furniture and then went home to built the stuff. He had learned furniture making from a neighbor, Kole Styris, who had been a carpenter for Irving Gill. Soon May had a whole house full of furniture with no house, so he “stored” it in the model home of a friend, who was a builder in Talmadge. The house sold, along with the furniture. The friend, O.U. Miracle, partnered with May to build a home based on the houses of May’s ancestral childhood: The Estudillo House in Old Town (he was a descendant); and the Las Flores Adobe on Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores (where his aunt grew beans). The house sold, and with the profits he built another, on speculation. By the time May moved to Los Angeles in 1938, he’d built some 50 houses in San Diego and was well on his way to designing 1,000 more custom homes. Over the next four decades, about 18,000 tract homes were built based on his designs. Or so the story goes. After May’s death in 1989, a few holes began to appear in the myth. Mary van Balgooy, in the Fall 2011 Journal of San Diego History, pointed out that May’s friend Miracle was 60 years old at the time he entered into a partnership with May, who was then 23.

Cliff May inspired a world of imitators, like this homage in Talmadge. (Courtesy Michael Good) Furthermore, Miracle was the grading contractor for May’s future father-in-law Roy Lichty, who was the manager of Talmadge Park, where the house was built. As for his architectural inspiration, the 1827 Estudillo house in Old Town was in ruins by the time May was born. It was restored by Hazel Waterman, an Irving Gill protégé, but the result, in the Spanish Revival style, would not have been recognizable to its original owner, Jose Antonio Estudillo. By the time May saw it, van Balgooy wrote, the Estudillo house had been filled with “Native American handicrafts, wagon wheels and other Spanish-era curios,” and was being promoted as “Ramona’s Marriage Place” by a minstrel performer named Tommy Getz.

“He said he was a furniture maker, but that’s not really who Cliff May was,” said historian Ron May (no relation). “He was a saxophone player. He was dating Jean Lichty, whose father Roy Lichty was manager and co-owner of the Talmadge Park development. May took his furniture sketches to a carpenter, Wilburn Hale, and Hale and his family of carpenters would set up shop at the end of the work day, put out lights in the front yard, and make furniture. They made it, and Cliff marketed it, and Roy Lichty put it in model homes in Talmadge Park. One of the wives even painted the little flowers on it.” Ron May was interviewing Wilburn Hale’s granddaughter when he discovered the proverbial smoking gun – more of a dusty

basket, as it turns out – filled with Cliff May Hacienda house plans, all drawn not by Cliff May, but by Wilburn Hale. “May learned how to build and how to draw from Hale,” Ron May said. “That’s how he built his career.” Why didn’t May just come clean, instead of pretending he was some kind of untrained genius, descended from the Spanish Dons? “The truth probably didn’t fit his marketing plan for how he wanted to be perceived as father of the Ranch House,” Ron May said. “His strength was more marketing than architecture, or maybe a little of both.” Of course architects are

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San diego Uptown News | march 1–14, 2013


Five reasons to love the Turks and Caicos

Global Gumshoe ron Stern This string of about 40 islands and cays is located around 575 miles southeast of Miami and is officially classified as a British Overseas Territor y. For travelers, the island of Providenciales – Provo as it is known to locals – is the one that is most frequented by visitors, and their slogan “Beautiful by Nature” is well deser ved. This island has grown quite a bit since my last visit 10 years ago, and has become an idyllic

Provo beaches – and drinks – are “Beautiful by Nature” (Photos by Ron Stern) vacation destination for anyone who loves the sun, sea and spas. For newcomers, here are my top five things to see and do: Beaches There are eight beaches on Provo, many of which are, not surprisingly, situated at the rear of hotels and resorts. I stayed at the Regent Palms located on Grace Bay with stunning views of the ocean. The waters here

are vibrant hues of aqua, turquoise, cobalt blue and green. You can indulge in any number of water sports including kite boarding, tubing, sailing and parasailing, or you can sit on the beach with a cool drink and do absolutely nothing. Day cruising The concierge at most of the hotel properties has good suggestions for things to do and

see. Our little group of writers took a boating trip around some of the smaller islands north of Provo. The island itself covers an area of 38 miles, and depending on the time of year, you can see dolphins and whales as well as several species of birds, including egrets, herons and flamingos. The small cruising vessels are quite fun and there are spots to snorkel or just frolic in the surf. Lunch is usually part of the equation, and in our case, the staff brought a gourmet picnic

complete with champagne and dessert. I couldn’t help but think of friends back home stressing out at work, stuck in traffic or suffering through a cold winter. Shopping and dining The downtown area of Provo is lined with shops offering designer goods as well as a nice mix of retail shops. One of the more unusual of these is Potcake Place. No, this isn’t an island baker y, but rather a sanctuar y for local feral dogs, known as potcakes. The name comes from feeding the dogs what was left over from the evening’s cooking pot the next morning. These cute little puppies are cared for by volunteers with the goal of finding them homes, and you can even take one back to the U.S. in special travel containers that fit, believe it or not, under your airplane seat. There is also an assortment of restaurants offering cuisine ranging from casual to fine dining. We did a little dining around the area and sampled cocktails at the Somewhere Bar, appetizers at Coco Bistro and dinner at the Caicos Café. Typical island cuisine includes dishes made with fresh fish and the other local delicacy, conch. Island tour You can either rent a car or hire a taxi to explore the island. The cost for a two-hour tour by taxi is approximately $130 for two people. Some of the most popular attractions are the conch farm; the ruins of the 18th centur y cotton plantation Cheshire Hall; Sapodilla Hill, where

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Tourists on the beach (Photo by Ron Stern)

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gUMShoE gravestones mark the resting spots of shipwrecked sailors; and a natural phenomenon simply known as the Hole. To find it, just look for the rock with the hand painted sign reading, “The Hole.” Here, you can stand on a ledge and look down 80 feet into a sinkhole that someone found on his property. You can’t buy memories like this. Spas The first thing people learn when coming to the islands is to slow down and relax. One of the best ways to do this is to spend some time at one of the local spas, exactly what I did at the Regent Spa at the Regent Palms on Grace Bay. The World Travel Awards recently honored this location, which beat out 20 other spas around the globe for the title “World’s Leading Spa Resort.” With treatments like the mother of pearl polish and Zareeba – a herbal steam detox and cleansing – the words “pamper me” take on new meaning. The staff also goes to the extra effort of employing technicians from all over the world, including places like Bali and Jamaica, for an authentic experience. Whether you love to soak up the sun, swim or snorkel along glorious coral reefs or simply enjoy spending time in a worldclass spa, the Turks and Caicos will deliver again and again. —Ron Stern can be contacted at or by visiting and All accommodations, airfare, attractions and food were sponsored by the providers mentioned in this article.u

The ocean provides stunning views. (Photo by Ron Stern)

always being accused of taking credit for others’ work, and if you look hard enough, you can find plenty of Ranch-like house designs prior to 1932. But to get hung up on whether the beehive fireplaces, the corredors, the brightly painted wooden window grills, the painted flowers and faux-painted doors and beams were genuine Old California or just part of some crazy promotional scheme is beside the point. It was 1934. If you wanted to sell a house in San Diego you needed a crazy promotional scheme. Cliff May’s main contribution to American architecture was turning the entire nation around. He took the traditional 1920s bungalow and he turned it inside out. He took away the porch, put it in the backyard and called it a corredor, put up a wall, tossed the garage in the front yard, hid the front door behind a heavy gate, and turned the windows, the house’s gaze, inward. It was the Great Depression. The economy was tanking, the Wobblies were marching, the Oakies were at the borders, the Russians were ever ywhere, and Hitler was giving a speech. It was time to get the wagons in a circle.

“The early Californians had the right idea,” Cliff May said in 1938. “They built for the seclusion and comfort of their families, for the enjoyment of relaxation in their homes. We want to perpetuate these ideas of home building.” To that end, he pioneered the family room, with a kitchen island, stools and a counter, so mothers could be in the middle of family life, and keep an eye on the kids through the kitchen window as they played in the fully enclosed backyard. Every house had a patio, and when that new spaceage technology, the sliding glass door, arrived, he put one of those in every house as well. By 1950, when the federal government made lowcost home loans available to almost everyone, most of the hand-wrought details of his early houses had disappeared as they were too expensive for the middle class. There was no longer a place for Mrs. Hale’s flowers and Ramona could have never figured out how to operate the sliding glass door, but the 1950s Ranch House was still quintessential California. I asked Ron May if he thought Cliff May really was the father of the Ranch House. “Well, he liked to think he was,” Ron May said. And in this place called California, land of the Dons and home of the dream, sometimes believing is enough.u

Pampering continues into the night. (Photo by Ron Stern)

WHere to stay During my trip, I stayed at the five star Regent Palms located on Grace Bay. My ocean view suite came with a full kitchen, top of the line furnishings and a large balcony. The views are stunning with a palm-tree lined pool and multi-hued green and aqua ocean. There are several restaurants on site, including the award winning Parallel 23 featuring international cuisine. Their executive chef has been with some of the world’s top hotels and can create a special in-suite meal for you and your party, with advance reservations. I spent a lot of time at the infinity pool relaxing while watching the beach and water scene. Fortunately, you don’t have to leave at mealtime as their Plunge swim-up bar will serve you from the full menu. For more information visit


Where it all started: Cliff May’s first house. (Courtesy Michael Good)


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