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Vol. 25 No. 9 September 2016
Celebrating 30 years of giving voice to LGBT culture
San Diego Chamber Awards Reality Changers, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income, lowperforming high school students achieve successful college educations, took top honors along with five local small businesses at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business Awards reception.. PG. 4
The Acoustic Troubador Legendary acoustic troubadour Peter Case performs at the Whistle Stop on Sept. 23. He’s of the greatest musicians to emerge from the late 1970s California punk rock/powerpop scene. San Diego Music Scene. PG. 9
‘Hidden’ Treasures on Display A collection of rare books, art, photographs and historical docu- ments that the San Diego Natural History Museum has kept “hidden” from the general public have now been put on display for everyone to see in a new permanent exhibition.PG. 16
Scene from ‘Lizard Boy,’ the opening production of Diversionary Theatre’s upcoming season. (Alabaster Photography)
Most theater companies today feature productions about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life — which couldn’t be said some 30 years ago, when Diversionary Theatre first opened its doors in North Park. “It’s great that LGBT issues are more accepted in the mainstream community and that our voices are being heard,” says Matt Morrow, executive artistic director of the theater. Read Jennifer Coburn’s theater article on Page PAGE 10
‘We have a culture all to ourselves, we’ve been outsiders and change-makers, and we’ve been able to find the beauty and poetry and craft great stories about that individuality,’ says Diversionary Theatre Executive Artistic Director Matt Morrow.
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NEWS FROM Thursday, Sept. 8, 12 noon, Senior Housing Informational Session
Looking for more info about the new senior housing development? Be sure to attend one of the upcoming information sessions at The Center on Sept. 8 and Oct. 5. For more information contact LaRue Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x205, Visit the FAQ page at chworks.org/real-estate-development/current-projects/northpark-seniors. Tell Us What You Think!
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This past Saturday evening, more than 200 #CenterSupporters came out for the 2nd Annual Casino Night at a beautiful estate in Rancho Santa Fe. A very big thank you to our hosts, Joyce Rowland and Pamela Morgan. It was such a fun event and helped raise much needed funds for our many programs. Thank you to all in attendance and to our main sponsors Joyce, Pamela and Harrahâ€™s Southern California, as well as Doug McPherson â€“ Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, Robert Gleason and Marc Matys. It was a great event! AIDS Walk is coming (Saturday, September 24)! Have you registered?
AIDS Walk & Run is only 26 days away. 26 days! Have you registered? Teams make up 70% of all funds raised for the multiple organizations that receive funds from AIDS Walk & Run San Diego - and over 100 teams have signed up and are ready to go! This yearâ€™s funding recipients are: Being Alive, Christie's Place, Family Health Centers, Fraternity House, Mama's Kitchen, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, Pozabilities, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, San Diego Youth Services, San Ysidro Health Center, Stepping Stone, Strength for the Journey, The arcHIVe Project, Townspeople, UCSD and Vista Community Clinic. Support them by registering today at www.aidswalksd.org! Thursday, Sept. 1, 1:30pm, Music Wellness
This is a 4 week program for seniors that's designed to implement music therapy and/or music-centered wellness groups. Join music therapist Emily as she guides the group in using music to work towards various personal goals. The group will meet on Thursdays at 1:302:30pm from September 1 through September 22. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x205. Fridays, 3pm, Free HIV Testing at Hillcrest Youth Center
Free HIV testing is available for youth 14-18 at the Hillcrest Youth Center on Fridays from 3-5pm, before we open the youth center for the night. For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at 619.497.2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. PEP - (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! If you think you've been exposed, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for PEP within 3 days! PEP prevents HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours. Free Testing at The Center
First time? Nervous? Scared? Join us at The Center for a new HIV and HCV (Hepatitis C) testing experience. Free HIV and HCV testing is available Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm (last test at 1pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.
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5th Annual Taste of Mission Hills Discriminating Palates Unite Please join us in experiencing an evening of delectable "tastes" in one of San Diego's premiere dining neighborhoods Mission Hills. Let preparations representing recipes from around the globe captivate your taste buds. From worldly to local, twenty one (21) participating purveyors of yummalish tastes, including long established and very new places in Mission Hills, will be featured at the 5th Annual Taste of Mission Hills happening on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. And, again this year, ticket holders to this event will be transported within steps of each venue by Old Town Trolley, at no extra cost. Taste of Mission Hills is hosted by the Mission Hills Business Improvement District and it is the annual fundraiser for this non-profit organization. Please visit MissionHillsBID.com/ Taste for more information.
Realty, 928 Ft. Stockton Drive, Suite 217, and at Luxury Farms, 928 Ft. 2016 TASTE OF MISSION Stockton Drive, Suite 101. Only 600 HILLS VENUES INCLUDE: Café Bleu tickets will be sold. Purchasing in Cake -Your Local Bakery advance at one of the above locations El Indio will allow ticket holders to avoid the Farmer's Bottega need of going to WILL CALL on the Gelato Vero Caffé date of the event. Haloa Beverage Company WILL CALL: Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar Tasters who purchase online tickKettle and Stone Coffee and Tea ets MUST present proof of purchase Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria at WILL CALL on the date of the event, Luxury Farms between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Meshuggah Shack pick up a physical ticket. WILL CALL The Patio on Goldfinch will be located atLuxury Farms, 928 Ft. PIZZA E BIRRA Stockton, Suite 101. The Red Door Rita's of Mission Hills The Rubicon Deli Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe Shakespeare's Pub & Grille Starlite Toma Sol Venissimo Cheese
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Advance ticket purchases are $25, while day-of ticket purchases are $30. Tickets are available online atBROWN PAPER TICKETS where you may use your credit card. Tickets purchase through Brown Paper Tickets will need to be picked up at WILL CALL on event day. You may purchase tickets in Mission Hills (CASH ONLY) at One Mission
Tickets to the 5th Annual Taste of Mission Hills include FREE Old Town Trolley shuttle transportation within steps of all participating taste venues on India Street, West Washington Street, Goldfinch Street, Ft. Stockton Drive, and West Lewis Street. The trolley will provide a continuous loop beginning at 5:00 p.m.and running until 9:30 p.m.
Mission Hills is located 6 minutes north of downtown San Diego between Hillcrest and Old Town. Getting to the "5th Annual Taste of Mission Hills" is easy: Exit Sassafras or Washington Street from the I-5 freeway, and go east. Exit Washington from 163, and go west. Join us on Tuesday, October 11and find out what all the talk is about!
MAXX MOSES BOOK LAUNCH Local artist unveils ‘Say Word, Art & Affirmations’ Local muralist Daniel Hopkins, aka Mr. Maxx Moses, will hold a book launch for his latest release, “Say Word, Art & Affirmations,” on Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. “Say Word” is the latest effort for Hopkins to bring positivity and creativity into our communities. The book of affirmations sends a message that words and images can propel lives towards goodness. It’s a natural extension of the message that comes through the artist’s murals, workshops and activism, which can be reviewed at posetwo.com, the artist’s website. “Affirmations are here as reminders, for we are forgetful. We’ve forgotten the beauty from which we’ve been created. We need constant reminders of our oneness with everything in creation to alleviate the pain of loneliness,” said Hopkins. “I hope that people will use ‘Say Word’ to help visualize and affirm their inner strength and mental magnetism.” Remaining uncomfortable is a life practice for the artist. His formal edu-
cation and “exile” from his beloved New York was at SUNY Brockport College, where he fused subway art with surrealism, creating his own artistic identities. Creating large-scale spraypainted murals across the globe and forging deep connections with communities is how he examines the depth of his learning and the quality of his art. Hopkins currently resides in Rosarito, Mexico and many of his local murals can be seen throughout the border region. His most current persona, Mr. Maxx Moses, is a “Concrete Alchemist” whose mission is to transform blank walls into contrasting ideas of beauty, ultimately encouraging the viewer to look at death as inspiration. In October 2012, he organized some of the region’s best muralists to participate in “The Alliance Project,” painting murals on the building that The Studio Door now operates. Recently, Maxx, along with Gloria Muriel, aka Glow, and Monty Montgomery, have returned to the building to repair, revise and reimagine their murals.
“Creativity takes many forms. Part of The Studio Door philosophy is to create an accepting atmosphere where artistic expression is encouraged to be expressed on its own terms,” said Patric Stillman, director of The Studio Door. “This is a place of possibilities where street art is exhibited alongside of fine art, where emerging artists work alongside of master artists, and where local artists can hang with national artists. Maxx understands this idea at its core. His own work across the globe has been inclusive and inspirational.” Teaming up a second time in October, Daniel and The Studio Door will be presenting a one-shot workshop, Making a Mural with Maxx, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maxx will lead a team of artists to create a collaborative mural at The Studio Door. Teens and adults are encourage to participate. For more details, visit The Studio Door’s website at www.thestudiodoor.com or stop by during gallery hours (Tuesday-Saturday noon to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m.) While there you can see the diverse works of Galactic Pleasures, a national exhibition exploring the imagination of art and science featuring local collage artist Roman Szczerba. The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. (619) 255-4920.
Maxx Moses mural
Maxx Moses original Mural at The Studio Door
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SAN DIEGO CHAMBER AWARDS 5 small businesses and 1 nonprofit are honored at annual awards Reality Changers, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income, low-performing high school students achieve successful college educations, took top honors along with five local small businesses at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business Awards reception Tuesday night. Presented annually, the awards honor local small businesses with fewer than 50 employees for their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth throughout the region. Reality Changers was the only nonprofit selected for an award. “Small businesses are really a driving force of our region’s economy and the role they play is truly anything but small,” said Jerry Sanders, chamber president and CEO. “In fact, here in San Diego, half of our region’s workforce is employed by companies with fewer than 50 employees. The 2016 Small Business Awards winners are:
GroundMetrics Inc. because their proprietary electromagnetic sensor has become a world leader in the oil and gas technology market, helping its customers to use less fracking and drill fewer bad wells. Only in San Diego:
Moniker Group for the owner’s ability to think beyond the “beaches and sunshine” and harness San Diego’s cooperative entrepreneurial spirit to provide a community where designers, makers, artists and tech professionals can thrive. Cinderella Story:
San Diego Sports Entertainment Center for the owner’s ability to revitalize the business into a thriving company — with plans to expand nationwide — after losing everything during the 2008 financial crisis. Customer Service Star:
Reality Changers for their incredible success in helping low-income students — many of whom joined the program with less than a 2.0 high school GPA — graduate college at an 86 percent success rate. Since its founding, Reality Changers has recorded a total of over $100 million in earned scholarships.
Innovative Employee Solutions for delivering on their motto that “excellent service isn’t something you should do, but something you want to do.” Best For Vets:
Miramar Federal Credit Union because their team has demonstrated that — to best serve the military community and fulfill their motto, “Where Military Matters!” —they need
John Griffith is a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass Family Law in San Diego.
veterans on staff who will connect with their customers on a level most civilians cannot. All award nominations were evaluated by a panel of four judges who reviewed applications based on criteria for each award category. After rating each submission, the small business with the highest score in each category was selected as the winner.
pany and a 2015 Small Business Awards Winner. Dale Ganzow, sales manager at the San Diego Business Journal. Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub: Collaborative Workspace for Women. Greg Kassardjian, senior marketing manager at Confirm BioSciences and a 2015 Small Business Awards Winner.
Judges for the awards competition were:
Jim Berdeguez, owner of James Gang Com-
URBAN GARDENING Successful gardening techniques for all who choose to inquire Gardening is something we can all benefit from, but even I admit, it can seem complicated your first time around. I began to farm and garden 12 years ago. My learning to grow food and flowers has taken me to cities and small villages all around the world. From running an urban nursery in Minneapolis to working on farms in Central America and Southeast Asia, and, even owning an organic garden supply in Houston, I’ve tried it all! This column is here for simple and successful gardening methods to share with you so that you can join me on the journey of eating fresh! You don’t have to have a “green thumb” to harvest the benefits of having fresh produce grown outside your window sill. In fact, you might even forget a tomato was growing over there until one day when a cherry sized fruit catches your eye. Smallscale gardening can take place in nearly all outdoor situations, and for the lucky ones with a yard in San Diego, the possibilities indeed are endless! Urban living can be tricky when it comes to sharing your outdoor spaces. It might be an exciting adventure, or it can feel like a game of Tetris! With a little knowledge, creativity, and patience, you can grow many different crops in quantities suitable to your family, and to your neighbors! Growing not only food, but also flowers and foliage are great for attracting birds and improving air
quality. Plants add value to properties, and when planted smartly, can save on monthly bills. If your outdoor space is blessed with having shade, but too much of it, consider growing leafy greens like spinach, kale and lettuce, or try foliage like hostas and ivy. Mint can grow abundantly in both sunny and shade conditions, and with container gardens it won’t be invasive like when it’s planted in the ground. It’s best to identify the amount of time your space gets direct sunlight, and research applicable plant species. Seed packets always have planting suggestions and information, as well as plant starts from the nursery. Did you know many varieties of produce can be re-grown from scraps or seeds collected right in your own refrigerator? Growing your own is not an expensive hobby! In a future edition we will discuss examples of how to grow with what you already have. In last month’s “Urban Gardens” article, we learned the process of making
healthy soil and finding suitable growing containers. I suggest visiting your local nursery to purchase equal parts organic soil, peat moss, vermiculite and clean sand, and an arable clean container, to ensure the health and vitality of your plants. If playing with soil doesn’t suit your fancy, you might consider a Hydroponic or Aeroponic system for less mess and time-saving technology. Using clay beads, timers, pumps and liquid nutrients, you can grow various delicious crops right in your sunlit kitchen! By growing even just one kind of herb, you are able to enhance staple foods, which when purchased in bulk, will save you money at the grocery store. Pastas, beans, salads, soups, nachos, tacos, all taste better with fresh herbs. Salad dressings, meat marinades, dips, and cocktails can be made using basic ingredients with fresh and simple flavors. Reduce your processed ingredients intake, and savor the taste of fresh!
My favorite summer cocktail involves a mortar and pestle, basil leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and whatever fresh berries are left from the farmer’s market. I muddle them and mix with vodka or gin. It’s almost worth having a party for! For the kids, try lavender lemonade, or basil mac n’ cheese. I mix fresh marjoram with red wine vinegar and broth for a beef, tofu, or veggie marinade. It’s these simple additions that keep our meals fun, and offer less sugar and salt filled additives. For homesteaders and conscientious renters who desire to improve your outdoor environment and the time spent using it, and would like some common sense guidance from an experienced farmer, stay tuned for this article in future publications! No matter how big or small your space may be, you just have to start to know the sincere benefits! From a small south-facing balcony to a concrete slab, to a wooden porch or walkway, let your home’s outdoor environment reflect the beauty you have within. Your days will start and end with thoughtful abundance and nourishment!
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ACCION ACADEMY IGNITES SMALL BUSINESSES Giving entrepreneurs a boost up the success ladder
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Manuel Basabe, owner of boutique Mesheeka, completed the Accion Academy for Entrepreneurial Success, an eightt-week crash course in business management.
Manuel Basabe begins his work day like many small shop owners — he places a hand-chalked sign on the sidewalk outside his storefront, carries out racks of clothes for passersby to peruse and sits down at his laptop inside his small boutique Mesheeka on Logan Avenue. Vibrant paintings adorn the walls, their motifs reproduced on some of the t-shirts for sale. Basabe began his clothing line in 2009 and settled into his brick-and-mortar location in November 2015. A few doors south on Logan Avenue, sisters Elizabeth Rodriguez and Danielle Cisneros also operate a small sidewalk business, the Chicanista Boutique. The sisters have sold their hand-made and repurposed items throughout San Diego at farmer’s markets and festivals, but only opened their Logan Heights sidewalk stall in the summer of 2016. Both business owners credit their recent expansions to their involvement with Accion San Diego, a nonprofit micro-lender. Accion serves San Diego, Imperial, San Bernadino and Riverside counties. Accion’s goal, said CEO Elizabeth Schott, is to provide resources for businesses and start-ups that do not qualify for capital loans from traditional banks. Borrowers can qualify for up to a $75,000 loan. “Our goal is to work with
entrepreneurs that have some type of barrier with accessing financing,” Schott said. “We also offer different types of workshops and training.” Basabe and Rodriguez both completed the Accion Academy for Entrepreneurial Success, an eighttweek crash course in business management. “It’s basically from A-Z everything you need to know to start a business,” Schott said. “From (creating) a business plan, financial projections, permitting and licensing issues to digital and social marketing.” Graduates also have access to up to a $5,000 loan to start their businesses. Schott said Accion clients were 65 to 70 percent low to moderate income and 50 percent women, and ran the gamut in ages, from college graduates to retirees. The academy is not just for traditional brick-and-mortar shops. Chrisi Hard said she has always loved baking. When a divorce and a daughter with special needs kept her at home, she began taking orders from friends. “Daycare was not an option and I needed to be with her,” she said. “Friends just started calling and ordering baked goods. I know how to bake, but did not know the business side so well.” It was about 15 years later Hard found out about the academy at
The Mesheeka boutique operated by Manual Basabe.
Accion, and she credits the course with changing the way she approaches her business. “I am more efficient,” she said. “I have mentors I can call when I have questions about things.” Hard said the loan from Accion has also been helpful. “It helped me buy supplies in bulk and upgrade my brochures and business cards. My website is also getting upgraded right now,” she said. “I can’t say enough good about my experience with (Accion).” People with poor to no credit can be susceptible to predatory lending practices, and Schott said Accion is aware of the issue.
“We helped spearhead the borrower’s bill of rights (to) make sure that pricing, fees and interest rates are transparent,” she said. “We’re always educating our clients that sometimes the quickest loans are not the best structured loans.” Schott said some clients come to Accion already paying off bad loans. “In some cases we’ve been able to refinance them out with our loan program,” she said. Accion is funded by a menagerie of government and private entities, including federal and local grants as well as banking partnerships. A grant from Wells Fargo launched the entrepreneur’s academy three years
ago and continues to fund it today. “Small businesses in San Diego comprise over 90 percent of all businesses so they’re powerful in our local economy, creating jobs and contributing to our tax base,” Schott said. “We see a lot of people looking to donate to our organization because of the impact we’re making on the economy.” Basabe said the academy changed his approach to business, especially his bookkeeping. “I would just throw it in a box,” he said. “I had a bookkeeping box. Now I have a ledger, a file and everything is super organized.” As an artist, he said he struggled at first with the numbers part of the business. “That’s not the fun part of having a business,” Basabe said. “The fun part is making money, meeting people and talking and laughing. That’s the fun part.” He also took out a loan upon graduation in order to fund the next phase of Mesheeka: ice cream. “In five years we’re going to be the ice cream king of San Diego,” he said. “It’s going to be culturally inspired flavors, stuff that’s normally seen in Mexico. Horchata, abuelita’s chocolate and spicy flavors like jalapeno and habanero.” He said he was not going to give up on his fashion line, however.
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Sisters Elizabeth Rodriguez, left, and Danielle Cisneros operate Chicanista Boutique in Logan Heights.
Chicanista Boutique is the sidewalk business of sisters Elizabeth Rodriguez and Danielle Cisneros.
“There’s going to be an ice cream shop but with a gift shop,” Basabe said. “We’re going to keep everything but it’s going to be a different look, the focus is going to be on the ice cream.” Rodriguez and Cisneros have similar goals for growth for Chicanista Boutique, now located in front of ThChrch on Logan Avenue. “We’d like to have multiple locations with carts,” Cisneros said. “We want to have different workshops, like sewing and piñata-making classes.” Chicanista’s first piñata-making class is scheduled for Oct. 15. “We learned to sew from our aunts and our mom,” Rodriguez said. “These are things close to our culture, and we want to continue these traditions.” Rodriguez, who graduated from Accion’s Entrepenuer’s Academy one year ago, said the course has helped her hone in and focus on her busi-
ness. “Having a business counselor available who has real world experience who is not disrespectful, but honest and straightforward really changed the game,” she said. “They teach you how to succeed using skills and techniques that might push you out of your comfort zone, but that’s where you learn the most, and that’s where you become successful.” Making the leap into entrepreneurship can be intimidating. Schott said fear and lack of preparation are common roadblocks for aspiring entrepreneurs. She said education and being familiar with one’s credit were key in launching a business. “Surround yourself with experts and find a trusted accountant,” she said. Basabe, Rodriguez and Hard all said they would recommend the Accion
Women’s products display at Chicanista Boutique.
academy to anyone planning on starting a business. “I think anyone who is just starting or considering starting a business should consider participating,” Rodriguez said. “The loan (from Accion) has helped me grow and improve my business,” Basabe said. “Big banks are kind of heartless, and Accion is for the people. I’m really blessed.” ‘Small businesses in San Diego comprise over 90 percent of all businesses so they’re powerful in our local economy, creating jobs and contributing to our tax base,” says Accion CEO Elizabeth Schott. ‘We see a lot of people looking to donate to our organization because of the impact we’re making on the economy.
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JPMorgan Chase Awards $600,000 Grant To San Diego-Based Accion Accion, the San Diego-based microlender, has been awarded a $600,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to support the continued expansion of the agency’s program providing capital to entrepreneurs in Southern California. The grant will be awarded in two $300,000 installments in 2016 and 2017 and will be used to increase lending activities to grow the loan portfolio across the organization’s four-county territory, as well as help
ident of corporate responsibility for JPMorgan Chase in Southern California. “Microlenders, like Accion, provide small businesses with the consulting and financing they need to grow their operations. We’re very proud to partner with Accion and enhance their efforts to provide access to the capital and assistance that Southern California entrepreneurs need most." “This grant comes at a time of expansion for our organization and
This grant will be instrumental in supporting the expansion of our microlending program to the new counties we serve. ELIZABETH SCHOTT, CEO OF ACCION. to raise additional loan capital for Accion to serve more entrepreneurs. Accion has been serving entrepreneurs in San Diego County since 1994, before expanding into Imperial County in July 2015 and Riverside and San Bernardino counties in January 2016. “Small business owners have identified flexible capital as a critical resource for growth, but they face a shortage of this kind of support,” said Myeisha Peguero Gamino, vice pres-
will support us in boosting organizational capacity,” said Accion CEO Elizabeth Schott. “We look forward to empowering even more entrepreneurs with these funds, and we are thrilled that JPMorgan Chase recognizes our work in the community to help small business owners achieve their dreams, while creating true economic impact. “This grant will be instrumental in supporting the expansion of our microlending program to the new
counties we serve. With these funds, we will be able to build new strategic partnerships, diversify revenue streams, hire new staff and invest in new technology and systems, so that our organization can increase the dollars we loan into the community to the entrepreneurs that need it the most.” Accion enables clients to increase their inventory, buy equipment or raw materials, and pursue new business opportunities. Accion creates access to jobs for local business owners by providing support and access to capital. On average, three jobs are created for every business funded by Accion. The organization also helps entrepreneurs build favorable credit histories and improve their business skills through resource events, such as the Small Business Boot Camp in San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 1. All of Accion’s events are specially tailored toward the needs and questions of small business owners. Accion works strategically with local partners, such as banking institutions, and nonprofit organizations, like JPMorgan Chase, to support main street businesses, from restaurants and retail shops to home-based daycares and web-based businesses.
Elizabeth Schott, CEO of Accion.
SBA Launches New Website for America’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Certify.sba.gov will assist small firms doing business with federal government The Small Business Administration has launched certify.sba.gov — a new website to further streamline and improve the application processes for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to do business with the federal government. “SBA is committed to being as nimble and agile as the small businesses we serve. In addition to LINC, our Start Up in a Day Initiative, and Small Business Tech Coali-
With this website, SBA’s contracting application and certification process for women-owned small businesses is now completely accessible online and easier than ever to complete. Women contractors can now easily manage the certification process, including Third Party Certifications as part of the WOSB Federal Contract Program. The new website will eventually serve additional SBA contracting
Small businesses often get too little credit for their work as our nation’s leading job-creators, generating nearly two out of three net new jobs in our economy. SBA ADMINISTRATOR MARIA CONTRERAS-SWEET tion, the aunch of certify.sba.gov is another way SBA is leveraging the power of technology for Americans,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “This new website first focuses on closing market gaps for women entrepreneurs in the federal marketplace by featuring the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program as we work toward breaking federal contracting goals for a second year in fiscal year 2016.”
programs, including the 8(a) Business Development Program, the HUBZone Program, and others. The site will allow several forms to be filled out electronically, reducing the burden of printing, scanning, and uploading. As additional certifications like the 8(a) Business Development Program are moved into the new system, documents uploaded for one program may be reused for another. The site also has a tool called “Am
I Eligible?” which allows a small business to answer approximately 15 questions and to determine if the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, the HUBZone Program, and/or the 8(a) Business Development Program are a good fit for their business. “Small businesses often get too little credit for their work as our nation’s leading job-creators, generating nearly two out of three net new jobs in our economy,” Contreras-Sweet added. “Last fiscal year the federal government awarded its highest percentage of contracting dollars to small businesses in the history of the United States, totaling more than $90 billion. Those resources supported more than half a million jobs in communities across this country. When these federal dollars churn in local communities, they create a multiplier effect that strengthens the local tax base and leads to better government services and better schools. That’s the promise of our work.” SBA is coordinating additional public announcements to amplify the system’s launch. Questions about the WOSB Federal Contract Program should be directed to email@example.com. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet
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By Bart Mendoza September 23 The Acoustic Troubador
Legendary acoustic troubadour Peter Case performs at the Whistle Stop on Sept. 23. One of the greatest musicians to emerge from the late 1970s California punk rock/powerpop scene, Case has been a part of such iconic bands as The Nerves and The Plimsouls, giving the world such radio staples as “Now” and “A Million Miles Away.” These days, he is in solo mode, playing an incredible mix of blues and folk, as heard on his latest album, “Highway 62,” but the music is no less vital and inspiring. If you haven’t seen Case before, this intimate show will have you searching his back catalog for the many gems in his repertoire. www.whistlestopbar.com
September 29 The Return of Camille Bloom
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Camille Bloom returns to San Diego with a show at Lestats on September 29. Currently touring behind her new album, “Pieces of Me,” Bloom will be performing in solo acoustic mode. In many cases, stripping away the backing band as heard on an album is a negative, but not so much here. Bloom is a wonderful live performer, with a knack for songs that hold up, whatever the format, full of melody and wordplay. Make sure to get to the show early — the whole evening is a particularly strong bill that also includes dynamic guitar and cajon duo, Sister Speak. www.lestats.com
October 13 Passion that will Inspire a Packed Dance Floor Anyone who enjoys ska won’t want to miss ’80s hitmakers The Selecter at the Casbah on October 13. Though the band never had much commercial impact in the U.S., they are one of the most influential bands of the era, alongside such like-minded compatriots as Madness and the Specials, spearheading a ska revival that is still thriving today. The Selecter will be playing it’s classic “Too Much Pressure” album in its entirety, but this is no mere nostalgia fest — they will also be playing material from their excellent new disc, “Subculture.” The band currently only incudes singers Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson from their heyday, but the new lineup plays with passion that will inspire a packed dance floor. www.casbahmusic.com
October 1 Violin and Trumpet Love Story Broadway and jazz comes together at Dizzy’s on October 1 with the all-star concert “Westside Story Goes Latin Jazz.” The classic love story is now set between the violin and trumpet in a Latin-jazz setting, with a band that includes violinist Jamie Shadowlight, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich and percussionist Monette Marino. One of Leonard Bernstein’s finest works, the show will feature the entire soundtrack including such classics as “America,” and “I Feel Pretty.” Special guests are promised, but any would be mere icing on the cake, as the four virtuosos in the core group are among the finest musicians to ever call San Diego home. . www.dizzysjazz.com Jet West
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Jazz fans will want to check out Nina Francis’s monthly showcase at Java Joe’s on October 9. Dubbed “Jazz Singers in the Round,” the night will feature Francis alongside guitarist Peter Sprague, singer-songwriter Gregory Page and vocalist Leonard Patton — all three headliners in their own right. Francis is a wonderful musician with an engaging performing style and plaintive voice, topped by a vocal range that can cover Stevie Nicks or more modern pop such as the Cardigans. However, what will make the night truly special is it’s collaborative nature, with highlights likely to include new pairings, such as Sprague backing Francis and Patton. www.javajoessd.com
On Oct. 14, Brick by Brick will host a special fundraiser for Carly’s Cause, who are dedicated to providing technology, therapeutic services and financial assistance to children with physical disabilities and neurological disorders. Opening up the night will be cover band Get Groovin with appearances from guitarist Fred Barchetta in a Rush tribute with rock trio Points North, Black Sabbath impersonators, Lords Of Sabbath and Iron Maiden doppelgangers, Up The Irons. Anyone who enjoys classic hard rock will love every second of this show, but it’s also a chance to help out a great cause. Funds raised from the event will go towards an after school program launching this school semester at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary in Clairemont. www.brickbybrick.com
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When Diversionary Theatre first opened its doors 30 years ago, the idea of an LGBT theatre was a radical idea. But today most theater companies feature productions about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life. It’s also quite common to see shows with LGBT characters and/or penned by LGBT playwrights. So does San Diego still need a theatre company focused on this community? “Absolutely,” according to Matt Morrow, executive artistic director at Diversionary. “It’s great that LGBT issues are more accepted in the mainstream community and that our voices are being heard,” said Morrow, who was auditioning actors in New York for an upcoming production. “For a long time, it was about gaining acceptance, but now it’s time to honor our differences too. We have a culture all to ourselves, we’ve been outsiders and change-makers, and we’ve been able to find the beauty and poetry and craft great stories about that individuality.” The Diversionary five-show season will kick off in late September with “Lizard Boy,” which Morrow calls a “fusion of different genres.” Part comic book, part musical horror tale, the show
is making its second-ever run, and will feature the original Seattle cast and director. “It’s radically original and funny, but also completely earnest, thrilling, and shocking,” said Morrow. “It’s a wild ride and a very explosive way to start the season.” Morrow said he is looking forward to the entire season which, in addition to “Lizard Boy,” will include “The Mystery of Love and Sex,” a romantic comedy, and “Ballast,” a transgender drama. But he is especially excited about bringing two plays by Fun Home playwright Lisa Kron to the Diversionary stage. Performed on alternating days of the week, the “Kron Rep” includes “2.5 Minute Ride” and “Well,” both of which take a humorous and poignant look at parental relationships. Morrow is a fan of Kron’s work, but also said this issue is close to his heart lately. “My parents are getting older and my mother had a debilitating stroke so the idea of my parents’ mortality has been prevalent in my life,” Morrow said. “I think a lot of people face this and theatre can be incredibly healing…the stories we tell are mostly about LGBT characters, but they reflect the human condition across the spectrum and
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Diversionary offers an intimate setting where people can feel connected to these universal experiences.” As committed as Morrow is to telling LGBT stories, he is equally dedicated to showcasing female playwrights. In fact, four of the shows in the upcoming season were written by women. “That’s really cool when you consider that only 22 percent of plays in the last three years of American theater were written by women,” said Cara Hanhurst, Diversionary connectivity manager. “Matt is very conscious of the lack of parity in theater and he took it upon himself as a challenge to make sure we had work on stage that was representative of the community.” This is an ideal Diversionary has adhered to throughout its 30-year history — and plans to embrace into its next 30..
Kristen deLohr Helland portrays Siren.
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Matt Morrow, executive artistic director.
Brandon Ivie originally staged the show at Seattle Repertory and will return to stage it fresh for Diversionary Theatre
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THE PRODUCTION “Lizard Boy” follows an unlikely hero in Trevor (Huertas), who hasn’t left his house in a year. After being disfigured in a freak accident as a child (A playground, kids, dragon blood… it was messy) he’s too uncomfortable with the way he looks to go out in public. But the night we meet Trevor he is motivated to take a chance: using Grindr as a lifeline he ends up meeting a cute stranger named Cary (William A. Williams) who does his best to get the shy guy to open up. Weird doesn’t begin to describe the kind of night Trevor embarks upon, where he must confront a stranger from his dreams (Siren, played by Kirsten deLohr Helland) and is challenged to transform from Freak to Hero. The show illuminates a fantastical comic book world where individuality is celebrated to the tune of a wild assortment of instruments from kazoos to cellos and guitars to ukuleles. Although Huertas is solely credited with the book and lyrics for ‘Lizard Boy,” the entire team insists this is a collaborative piece. “We’re best friends,” says Huertas. Kirsten deLohr Helland agrees: “All we ever want to talk about is ‘Lizard Boy’ and what’s next or what we could try the next time around. We all spend way too much time together. Justin and I have a band together and we perform often in Seattle.
When Bill is in town he absolutely joins us. The three of us call ourselves The Lizards. Our happiest place is playing music together.” When asked why audiences should choose “Lizard Boy’ over another San Diego show, the team all insist on the show’s funky uniqueness. “You’ve literally never seen anything like it,” says Director Brandon Ivie – “…it’s very hard to classify.” Huertas describes the show as “A coming of age quirky romantic comedy comic book superhero adventure folk rock concert with sick vocal harmonies,” and deLohr Helland is confident that audiences will fall for this unique show – “You will laugh, cry, hum along, and gasp. I guarantee you will have a fantastic time.” ‘Lizard Boy plays Sept. 29 through Oct. 30 on the Diversionary Theatre Mainstage, 4545 Park Blvd. Performances run Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. More information is available at diversionary.org/lizardboy Performances run approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for audiences 16 and older.
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Cali Life Co. Kids is an art project inspiring local youth to develop their creative skills, building confidence and experience within and beyond their communities. Have FUN coloring! Share your work with us on facebook, twitter or instagram and be entered to WIN prizes for the new school year!
HEY KIDS, YOU CAN GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES! Did you know that you can grow you very own organic tomatoes even if you live in an apartment? Cherry tomatoes are very easy to grow. They will grow in the ground or in a pot. Cherry tomatoes can also grow from a seed or plant. They also need little attention to grow. Plus, you may have supplies such as a bucket that you a recycle as a planter for your tomato plant.
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Step 3: Water well and watch for your tomato plant to grow.
• Pot or bucket for the plant or seed At least 3 gallons or bigger for a larger yield. • Organic potting soil. • Organic plant food (optional) • Seeds or plant That’s right. That is all you need. Step 1: Grab your planter. If you are recycling a container, make sure you make holes every few
Step 2: Fill your container with the organic soil. For a seed simply poke a small hole about 1⁄2inch deep, drop seed in and lightly cover with soil. For a plant, dig a hole deep enough to plant your plant up to the first set of leaves from the roots. Place plant in hole and fill with soil.
You should see your tomato plant in 7-10 days from seed. Place in full sun. Water as needed and enjoy your delicious tomatoes.
Fun Fact: You can grow your next cherry tomato plant from seeds from your current cherry tomatoes plant. They are from the heirloom family. The heirloom family is an open-pollinated variety.
What’s Happening, Shelby? BY SHELBY NIXON | EDITED BY SHELBY NIXON AND MAMA
Have you started your new school, K12, yet?
No. I start September 7th. Are you excited?
Yes I am because I get to take my classes on the computer at home. What have you been reading?
I love to read Dr. Seuss. I read Wacky Wednesday, Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog, Go Dog Go, I Want o Be Somebody New!, Stop That Ball!, all the Frozen books I can find and more. What are some exciting things have you done since last month’s Kid Korner?
I took swim lessons at the YMCA with my friend Anastasia. Anastasia and I also went to Urban Jungle. It was so much fun that I wished that I never had to leave. They have an obstacle course that you can easily get lost in, but once you get use to it, you are good. I also went to Ceramic Heights. I made a clay bat with Amanda. It was so much fun because you can carve and use the spinning wheel. What do you have planned for this month?
In September I am throwing a kids art event at Ceramic Heights with Amanda.
I will be going to some famers markets. I hope to make plans with some of my friends to hangout. (See the details for this event under Shelby’s Gardens’ schedule.) What have you been growing for the farmers market?
I have been growing peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, and zucchini. Which is your favorite vegetable?
My favorite vegetables are carrots. Do you grow carrots?
Yes, I do. I grow them in a big, big purple pot. What are your other favorite activities?
Well, gymnastics is one of my other favorite things to do. I take classes at the YMCA. My favorite move is Skin the Cat. I love to hangout with my family also. We garden together all the time. My mom and I cook the vegetables we grow. They are yummy.
Shelby’s Gardens’ Events and Farmers Market Schedule La Mesa Certified Farmers Market 4901 Spring Street La Mesa, CA 91941 Every Friday 2pm – 6pm Come hangout with Shelby. She would love to give you a sample of her delicious veggies.
Clay Play with Shelby at Ceramic Heights
Tell us about your KK art this month?
4105 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92105 Tuesday, September 27th 4pm – 6pm Join Shelby and friends to create your very own clay masterpiece for only $10. There will be healthy snacks and refreshment provided by Shelby’s Gardens and Cali Life Co.
This is the firework from my aunt’s, Auntie, old house in Little Italy. Have fun coloring it.
*Additional farmers markets are being added to Shelby’s Gardens’ schedule. Please find them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date for your fresh veggie needs.
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Locals Recognizing Locals – strengthening friendships and connections Ruth Bible and, co-owner of Nickelodeon Records, a 30 year old landmark business in Normal Heights, was surprised one June morning when she was recognized on the street by a gentleman who had seen her photo on the cover of the June 2016 issue of the Adams Avenue News. The gentlemen informed Bible that he had received the local paper in his mailbox and had read the article just as he had a significant amount of his old vinyl records and he had been planning to donate his collection. He immediately packed them into his car and drove to Nickelodeon. He told Ruth “here, these are yours”. Ruth went through the collection and insisted on paying him for the records. “The man gave us a LOT of records so we had to pay him something even though he wanted to donate them to us” exclaimed Bible. Other people started telling told Ruth that too had received a copy in the mail or picked one at a local business and had read the article. “I was shocked” added Bible “and so was Betsy (co-owner Betsy Scarborough)! I hadn’t even been home to get my mail so I wasn’t even aware of the article. We had honestly sort of forgotten about being interviewed because it was done quite a while prior to its being published”. Shortly thereafter, “A whole lot of other people started coming into the store and calling us about the article. It looked like a Seniors Woodstock in here!” added Bible. Ruth said the calls and visits continued to snowball the next day and thereafter. When she and Scarborough went to their regular haunts
around Adams Avenue like Ponce’s and Vons, people of all ages were coming up to them that recognized them from their photograph in the article. “We we were frankly amazed, and amused, as many people asked us to sign a copy of the newspaper” laughed Bible, “They were treating us like we were The Beatles!” Nickelodeon is no stranger to the local spotlight. On November 15, 2013 she was featured on the CBS 8 nightly news show, San Diego at Large, hosted by the late and iconic Larry Himmel. When Larry Himmel visited Nickelodeon Records to film the show, he described their shop as a being a “blast from the
Being featured in our local newspaper has let people know that they can trust us, and they are more likely to come in and do business with us. RUTH BIBLE past”. That description was prompted not only for their selling of vinyl records but because the walls are covered with vintage photographs of San Diego as well a treasure trove of local memorabilia from the past. Ruth added that the couple has even been approached to do a reality television series but insisted “nothing
has come even close to the response we got from that newspaper article!” Bible added that since the article, their sales have really increased, and they are seeing new customers who continue to drop in and say that they never knew Nickelodeon Records was even here until they read the article.
“There is just something about a community newspaper that makes people feel with their hearts, and that’s something that Adams Avenue hasn’t had in years” added Bible. “Being featured in our local newspaper has let people know that they can trust us, and they are more likely to come in and do business with us”. Ruthie and Betsy both say they are spreading the word to people, “We tell them “If you want attention, get in that local newspaper” said Bible, “the calls and new customers continue coming into to this day, months later, thanks to the exposure from the paper – it was simply overwhelming!”
2017 Normal Heights community calendars slated to be mailed free to local residents Thousands on Normal Heights residents are in for another pleasant surprise in the form of a free 2017 community wall calendar, which will arrive in mail boxes later this year. The large, full-color glossy 2017 Normal Heights calendar that features neighborhood scenes, data on area businesses, images of community landmarks, advertisements and artwork created by local watercolor artist Blair Thornley, was made possible through sponsorship of area businesses led by local Realtors Joanie and John Selby of Selby & Associates. The firm spearheaded a similar gift in earlier this year by mailing over 5,000 free copies to area homes. "I live and work in Normal Heights and want to really be a part of the community," John Selby said, "and the calendars seem... like a great way to give the community something special. It’s also a great way for us to brand Selby & Associates as the
neighborhood experts we are." "I love Blair’s artwork," added Joanie Selby, "and I think she depicted the area very well. We have received lots of great feedback from area residents who received the  calendars in the mail, and we... plan to add several things next year that we weren’t able to this year. I think it’s only going to get better!" "I’m getting coupons from the calendars," said Dan Haddad, of San Diego Auto Star on Adams Avenue, "and they are new customers. We have the calendar hanging on our wall, too!" Robert Kenyon, of calendar cosponsor First Cabin Travel, added: "Local residents really seem to love the calendars. I have definitely seen results with my insertions on the calendars and plan to continue with the marketing program in sponsorship of the Normal Heights calendars, as well as other San Diego community calendars, in 2017."
The Normal Heights calendars were produced by My Town Community Calendars, which has helped produce and distribute calendars across the country for more than 13 years. The company is reserving space for the 2017 items in several other area communities, including Kensington, Talmadge, the College Area, University Heights, North Park, South Park, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Serra Mesa, and Bay Park. If you are a local business wishing to inquire about sponsorship, please contact the company at ReachLocals@MyTownCalendars.com . Sponsorship opportunities are limited, and space reservations are accepted on a first-come, firstserved basis. Wall Calendars Remain Popular Facts And Figures
The more things change, the more they stay the same -- sometimes right before your eyes. The
wall calendar, alive with the scrawls and doodles by which its users live and die, has been around at least since ancient Rome, with its 10 months and 304 days; it's not lost a step in usefulness and popularity even as its 365-day Gregorian successor and its Internet applications hold sway in our world. Surveys show that 85 percent of families and 64 percent of offices use the wall calendar to check school and sports schedules -meanwhile, according to Pew Research, 92 percent of the country's population owns at least one cell phone while fewer than 1 percent call on an electronic calendar app more than once a day. A glance at the wall gives you everything you need to know as your smartphone wastes precious seconds booting up. According to a Forrester Research report, 80 percent of smartphone users spend time on just five apps every 24 hours, none of which is
calendar-specific. Meanwhile, the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents reports that people who use a wall calendar are 49 percent more likely to refer the advertiser who gave them the calendar to a friend or an associate -that translates to roughly one lead for every two calendars. And several studies show that the potential for advertising is already in place. For the advertising community, then, the wall calendar is king. It offers a quick, attractive look at goods and services without the digital glut that can often surround the exchange of ideas and commerce. "Shouldn't our calendar," the World Calendar Association asks in agreement, "be as simple as our clock?"
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SDSU DOWNTOWN GALLERY PRESENTS
‘With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011-2016 The SDSU Downtown Gallery presents “With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011-2016” — five years of work from alumni of the SDSU School of Art + Design. The exhibit runs from Thursday, Sept.15 through Sunday, Nov. 6. With representation from vast areas of study and approaches, the exhibition highlights the programs within the SDSU School of Art + Design, while conveying the individual voice of each artist. “With Abandon” is guest-curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella, executive director of the San Diego Art Institute. “With Abandon” provides an overview of the tangible aesthetic being fostered within the SDSU School of Art + Design, one that celebrates the hand-made and high level craftsmanship, focusing on the tool and process, while simultaneously being grounded in conceptualism. Through the selection of work created by artists who graduated between 2011 and 2016, the exhibition presents multiple approaches, from incorporating fabrication and craft, to the repurposing of found objects. As a whole, viewers can almost feel the strain to break away from
the object, a desire to abandon technique altogether for something perhaps more heartfelt and earnest. “There is a clear aesthetic that distinguishes the SDSU Art + Design program from area schools, both in craftsmanship and conceptualism,” said curator Porcella. “It was exciting for me to see the work created by the graduates. I look forward to seeing how these artists’ careers progress in the future.” The affinity for industrial materials, such as wood and concrete aligns with the school’s deeply embedded technical background and foundation. Many of the alumni pay homage to the influence of their mentors in a multidisciplinary application. Throughout the exhibition there is an underlying interest in decay and decomposition, as well as a deliberate collaboration with both natural and constructed environments. In addition, there is a level of solemnity and sorrow seen in much of the work, perhaps at the confrontation of moving on from student life to that of a working, professional artist. Alumna Kaiya Rainbolt’s work activates this solemnity, as form becomes the intermediary
between the viewer, and the language required for meaningful and productive dialogue about the social issue of sexual abuse. “My current work represents emotions and outcomes of sexual abuse that endure long after the physical and mental trauma of abuse has ended,” she says. “By bringing the emotions of this particular human struggle into the realm of the tangible, I hope to create an occasion for dialogue and empathy, and a forum for understanding the fact that our becoming silent in the face of challenging social issues actually allows them to continue.” Lee M. Lavy’s Outposts is an ongoing collection of posts that uses satellite mapping for an installation layout. According to Lavy, “the posts’ placement references the points of origin in which they were discovered. The scale and orientation of the installation will change as the collection grows, dependent on the size of the room or location in which the work is placed. Acting as markers, the posts are left to inform / misinform a landscape that no longer offers a context for understanding due to the inevitable passage of time, language, and evolution of the beings sharing space with the markers.”
‘Aposiopesis #3 Confusion.” Artist: Kaiya Rainbolt
‘Coffee Shop’ by Marisa Scheinfeld.
Map Layout. Artist: Lee Lavy.
Work by artist John Manley.
The alumni brought together in this exhibition continue the legacy of technique and design. Artists include Adam John Manley, Lee M. Lavy, Kaiya Rainbolt, and Marisa Scheinfeld, among others. Support for the exhibition and events are sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the fund for Instructionally Related Activities, and Arts Alive SDSU. Downtown Gallery is located at 725 West Broadway. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. Special Public Events
Thursday, Sept. 15: Opening Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20: Downtown at Sundown, 5 to 8 p.m., an afterhours offering activating the Core-Columbia neighborhood with a host of perks to pique your interest on the third Thursday of every month.
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LIFE with Beau Schmitt In the growing competitive beer market, large commercial brewers like Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev) and MillerCoors are either absorbing or muscling out locally owned, independent brewers. While overall national beer sales declined by .2% in 2015, craft beer sales were up 12.8%. So guess who's been losing sales? The issue is that San Diego still falls short for supporting local breweries on tap. And, unfortunately, many local establishments are grossly misinformed with who actually owns the sub-companies they're putting on tap. This references the “craft” vs “crafty” phenomenon. “Craft” refers to honest, locally owned and independently operated breweries. There are over 125 craft breweries in San Diego. “Crafty” refers to companies like 10 Barrel Brewing Company that are manipulatively marketed and branded as “craft”. 10 Barrel is currently building an establishment in San Diego under their crafty disguise. The issue is that 10 Barrel is actually owned by AB-InBev while none of their cans show the parent logo or
San Diego Needs More Craft Lagers Why Breakwater Brewing Company Bandidos Yanquis Lager is so important to the San Diego craft beer industry name. The impact is easy to see. 10 Barrel Brewing’s cans have been bumping honest, San Diego craft breweries off grocery store and bottle shop shelves since they were acquired in 2014. It’s simply not good for the local economy. Another Crafty Example: When Elysian is put on tap as a craft brewery, those keg proceeds actually end up in Europe under Belgian-owned Anheuser Busch-InBev. And when Elysian is put on tap, it takes away draft space from San Diego breweries that employ your friends, neighbors and fellow San Diegans. So we, as an industry, need to be proactive. One of the most important aspects of increasing local draft presence is having craft "gateway beers" that can replace mass produced beers. A bar won't take Guinness off tap unless they have a local Dry Stout to replace it. Right? In our local portfolio, San Diego has a handful of "gateway" beers, which we actually enjoy calling "commercial killers." Here are some of our top suggestion: - Instead of buying Newcastle Brown
Ale (Heineken), San Diego establishments should support AleSmith Brewing Company Nut Brown or New English Brewing Brewers Special Brown. - Instead of Blue Moon (MillerCoors) and Shock Top (AB-InBev), locals should support Thorn St. Brewery Hipster's Wit or Mike Hess Brewing 8 West Orange Honey Wheat. - Instead of Guinness (Diageo), San Diego bars should serve Societe Brewing Company The Pugilist Dry Stout or Bagby Beer Asphalt Jungle Dry Stout. - Instead of Bud Light (AB-InBev), Coors Light (MillerCoors) and Miller Light (MillerCoors), local establishments should serve Barrel Harbor Brewing Sun Dog Lager or Coronado Brewing Company Seacoast Pilsner. - Instead of Goose Island, 10 Barrel or Elysian IPAs (all AB-InBev brands), local establishments should serve IPAs like Rip Current Brewing Impact Zone IPA and Alpine Beer Company Duet IPA. - Instead of Stella (AB-InBev), local
establishments should serve Pilsners like Green Flash Brewing Co. East Village Pilsner and Fall Brewing Company Plenty For All Pilsner.
BUT for so long, San Diego has been short on Mexican Lagers. Every once in a while a San Diego brewery would make a specialty lager, but never as a core beer. In San Diego, Corona and Pacifico (both ABInBev) dominate the Mexican Lager market. And for a long time there has been no local "gateway beer" or "commercial killer." Until now. Breakwater Brewing Company Bandidos Yanquis Mexican Lager w/ Key Limes is the answer we've been looking for. And at ~$158/keg, retail accounts will be more than satisfied w/ the price. Ban-
didos is an important infusion into the San Diego craft beer portfolio. A locally produced Mexican-style Lager will help support local jobs and income. Plus, it tastes better. At The Brew Project, we’ve been looking for this beer for over 3 years now and are thrilled to have it on tap. Bandidos comes in at 5.5% with a light body, crisp finish and slight notes of citrus bitterness on the palate. We understand Breakwater won't be able to support and supply all San Diego draft accounts (or even a fraction). But this is a step in the right direction. Drink Local & Enjoy, Beau About The Brew Project:
The Brew Project, located on 5th Ave in Hillcrest, is a restaurant that specializes in San Diego craft beer and upscal bar food. If you're not into beer, we've got liquor. If you're not into kids, we're dog friendly. If you're not into dogs, we're kid friendly. We hope you'll come by for an IPA or Mac-N0-Cheese Bacon Burger soon! Contact: Beau@TheBrewProject.com"
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“HIDDEN’ TREASURES PUT ON DISPLAY For the first time, the Natural History Museum shares vault items with the general public
Mallard duck print
Colorful bird exhibit
Old book volumes
A collection of rare books, art, photographs and historical documents that the San Diego Natural History Museum has kept “hidden” from the general public have now been put on display for everyone to see in a new permanent exhibition. Those items will be displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through multimedia interactives abd touchable models. Titled “Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science,” the exhibit is in the new Eleanor and Jerome Navarra Special Collections Gallery. The exhibition uses 3,100 square feet of the 7,300-square-foot Research Library, which was previously accessible by appointment only. The museum converted space that was once back-of-house into an exhibition open to all. It will be included with general admission and is free for members. “After decades of working with the library’s treasures behind closed doors, it’s a great honor to be able to share these historic artifacts with the public,” said Margaret “Margi” Dykens, curator of Extraordinary
Ideas and director of the Research Library. “The objects on display convey the impact citizen science has had not only on our organization, but the world at large. I think visitors will be impressed by how well some of these rare books have been preserved — some of them date back to the 1500s and are in great condition.” The NAT was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History by a small group of citizen scientists who had a passion for the natural world. They dedicated their life’s work to documenting their observations on an array of species in San Diego County. Laurence Klauber, Joe Sefton, Charles Orcutt, Laurence Huey, and Ethel Bailey Higgins are some of the locally-known naturalists featured in the exhibition. The upper mezzanine of the newly renovated space will feature two smaller galleries, one that showcases original watercolors of California wildflowers by A.R. Valentien and one housing a children’s book nook, comfortable seating, and rare books depicting dragons and other mythical creatures. The
A.R. Valentien gallery will display approximately 10 paintings at one time from the 1,094 pieces the museum has in its collection. These works were painted from 1908 to 1918, but until about 15 years ago, they had been languishing in improper storage due to a lack of funds. In 1999, local philanthropist Eleanor Navarra first learned of the art collection. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband Jerome “Jerry” Navarra committed to long-term financial support, which allowed the museum to photograph, conserve, re-house, curate, appraise, and exhibit these works of art. To protect the integrity of the featured objects, each gallery will be climate- and light-controlled. In an effort to keep the exhibition fresh and preserve the pieces on display, the pages of the rare books will be turned and artworks will be rotated periodically, making it a new experience each time visitors come to enjoy the space. The rest of the collection in the Research Library will be closed to the public; however, the books and resources will still be available by
appointment for research purposes. For more information, visit theNAT’s website or call (877) 946-7797. As visitors approach, they will notice larger-than-life natural history books, replicas of 10 books in the museum’s collection. Once visitors enter the space, they are greeted by wallpaper murals of marbled end papers, a design detail included in many of the museum’s rare books. Visitors will encounter many other impressive exhibition highlights, including: • An extremely rare copy of the gigantic Double Elephant Folio of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.” The folio, one of only a few copies in existence, depicts lifesize renditions of a wide variety of North America’s birds. • Gorgeous, oversized murals featuring illustrations from rare books, including a Reddish Egret from the aforementioned “Birds of America” as well as a stunning mural from Historia Naturalis Ranarum, a book from 1758 about the natural history of frogs. • Exhibits on naturalists — both past and present — featuring rare books alongside specimens from the
museum’s research collections, touchable objects, and multimedia experiences that allow deeper access to the works on display. • The top of the Foucault pendulum, which was installed in the 1950s and has been restored and adorned with a new, modern casing. • Exposed skylights and other architectural elements from the original 1930s building. “It’s important to make the connection between the fact that the museum was founded by citizen scientists in 1874 and the subject matter in this gallery,” said Dr. Michael “Mick” Hager, president and CEO at the San Diego Natural History Museum. “The goal of the exhibition is twofold: to share our Research Library special collections with the public and to inform our visitors that they do not need to be a scientist to participate in science. We hope each guest walks away feeling empowered to observe and document the natural world on their own accord.” (All photos provided by the San Diego Natural History Museum)
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Flexible Wearable Electronic Skin Patch Offers New Way to Monitor Alcohol Levels BY LIEZEL LABIOS | UC SAN DIEGO
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and realtime monitoring of blood alcohol content. The device consists of a temporary tattoo— which sticks to the skin, induces sweat and electrochemically detects the alcohol level—and a portable flexible electronic circuit board, which is connected to the tattoo by a magnet and can communicate the information to a mobile device via Bluetooth. The work, led by nanoengineering professor Joseph Wang and electrical engineering professor Patrick Mercier, both at UC San Diego, was published recently in the journal ACS Sensors. “Lots of accidents on the road are caused by drunk driving. This technology provides an accurate, convenient and quick way to monitor alcohol consumption to help prevent people from driving while intoxicated,” Wang said. The device could be integrated with a car’s alcohol ignition interlocks, or friends could use it to check up on each other before handing over the car keys, he added. “When you’re out at a party or at a bar, this sensor could send alerts to your phone to let you know how much you’ve been drinking,” said Jayoung Kim, a materials science and engineering PhD student in Wang’s group and one of the paper’s co-first authors.
Blood alcohol concentration is the most accurate indicator of a person’s alcohol level, but measuring it requires pricking a finger. Breathalyzers, which are the most commonly used devices to indirectly estimate blood alcohol concentration, are noninvasive, but they can give false readouts. For example, the alcohol level detected in a person’s breath right after taking a drink would typically appear higher than that person’s actual blood alcohol concentration. A person could also fool a breathalyzer into detecting a lower alcohol level by using mouthwash. Recent research has shown that blood alcohol concentration can also be estimated by measuring alcohol levels in what’s called insensible sweat—perspiration that happens before it’s perceived as moisture on the skin. But this measurement can be up to two hours behind the actual blood alcohol reading. On the other hand, the
alcohol level in sensible sweat—the sweat that’s typically seen—is a better real-time indicator of the blood alcohol concentration, but so far the systems that can measure this are neither portable nor fit for wearing on the body. Now, UC San Diego researchers have developed an alcohol sensor that’s wearable, portable and could accurately monitor alcohol level in sweat within 15 minutes. “What’s also innovative about this technology is that the wearer doesn’t need to be exercising or sweating already. The user can put on the patch and within a few minutes get a reading that’s well correlated to his or her blood alcohol concentration. Such a device hasn’t been available until now,” Mercier said. How It Works Wang and Mercier, the director and co-director, respectively, of the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors, collaborated to develop the device. Wang’s group fabricated the tattoo, equipped with screen-printed electrodes and a small hydrogel patch containing pilocarpine, a drug that passes through the skin and induces sweat. Mercier’s group developed the printed flexible electronic circuit board that powers the tattoo and can communicate wirelessly with a mobile
device. His team also developed the magnetic connector that attaches the electronic circuit board to the tattoo, as well as the device’s phone app. “This device can use a Bluetooth connection, which is something a breathalyzer can’t do. We’ve found a way to make the electronics portable and wireless, which are important for practical, real-life use,” said Somayeh Imani, an electrical engineering PhD student in Mercier’s lab and a co-first author on the paper. The tattoo works first by releasing pilocarpine to induce sweat. Then, the sweat comes into contact with an electrode coated with alcohol oxidase, an enzyme that selectively reacts with alcohol to generate hydrogen peroxide, which is electrochemically detected. That information is sent to the electronic circuit board as electrical signals. The data are communicated wirelessly to a mobile device. Putting the Tatoo to the Test
Researchers tested the alcohol sensor on 9 healthy volunteers who wore the tattoo on their arms before and after consuming an alcoholic beverage (either a bottle of beer or glass of red wine). The readouts accurately reflected the wearers’ blood alcohol concentrations. The device also gave accurate readouts even after repeated bending and shaking. This shows that the sensor won’t be affected by the wearer’s movements, researchers said. As a next step, the team is developing a device that could continuously monitor alcohol levels for 24 hours.
Flexible wearable sensor for detecting alcohol level can be worn on the arm. (UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering)
The alcohol sensor consists of a temporary tattoo (left) developed by the Wang lab and a flexible printed electronic circuit board (right) developed by the Mercier lab. (UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering)
Food Pulse: The energy circulating behind the food It might be arguable, buzz words and hype have replaced the pulse and rhythm of what historically makes dining, the act of sharing food and drink with others, the cultural anchor we once so easily recognized. Sharing a table illuminates the fabric of a community, and the fabric is always beautiful. So welcome to a new column, in which we will tap into the heartbeat and energy circulating below the surface and headlines of Southern Californiaâ€™s great eats. You will never read a criticizing post about a bad meal or experience. The purpose of these words is to bring to life the story behind great food. Our first stop, pardon my FRENCH Bar & Kitchen (619) 546-4328 3797 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92103 Executive Chef, Dariusz Szelag
pardon my FRENCH is now a consistent favorite. Each time we walk through the door, we are greeted with smiles, hugs, and a beautiful pour of red wine. The brainchildren behind the restaurant now occupying 3797 Park Blvd, Eric and Lindsey Fillion. The story goesâ€Ś In the winter of 2008, while stomping the cement and tiled floor of the Casbah, a rock promoter clad in red high heals crossed paths with a French Canadian who, had for that night, found his way to a different kind of dance floor. I say this because, Eric spent the majority of his life as a top ranked, professional ballroom & latin dancer. While he might have made pilgrimages to Burning Man and identified with that once free energy, he was also expertly versed in the wining and dining of the uber rich and heads of state. His job, to teach them the perfect steps to the Waltz and Mambo. As Lindsey made her exit onto Kettner Blvd. that evening, she yelled out her phone number.
â€œIf he remembers, he remembers,â€? she thought to herself. Eric immediately turned to his friends. â€œYou remember the first part, you have the middle,â€? he pointed as he spoke. The next day tallying their notes, Eric had a full number. Three weeks later he proposed to Lindsey. He even asked her father for permission. Following 25 years in a career built on continuous hosting, some might consider taking a step back. But since the time he was 11 years old, Eric always had in his head to own a bar or restaurant. And as he says, â€œBefore, I was hosting for other people.â€? Eric wanted the freedom to construct his own experience for others to enjoy. For Lindsey, it was the same. The element she loved most while promoting for Rockit Entertainment was hosintg. The social and outgoing moments with new and old friends made her happy. A third generation San Diego native, Lindseyâ€™s mother grew up on
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Robinson, just down the street from pardon my FRENCH. Her uncle, in his time, used to frequent the Flame. In 1974 her father incorporated, pro bono, San Diegoâ€™s own LGBT Center. Her grandparents owned a house on the boardwalk in Mission Beach. This is how she grew up. â€œThey told my great grandmother it was swampland when she tried to buy it (the two lots on the Mission Beach boardwalk), but she was a stubborn lady. She said, â€˜no I like it,â€™ and she bought the lots.â€? Lindsey balanced her beach youth with east county adventures, often disappearing for lengths of time on a shetland pony only accompanied by the familyâ€™s German Shepard. It is safe to say, San Diego is in Lindseyâ€™s Blood. And since Lindsey will always be in San Diego, so you will always find Eric. Inseparable and seemingly always happy, almost every sentence this couple employs begins with, â€œOur friend.â€? It is the only way they see others, as people to learn and grow with, all to be treated with love and respect. Combine all of these elements and you have the equation for a couple determined to find their own stage to perform their choreography. So together they began pardon my French Art events, a series of exhibits raising money for A Reason To Survive. A nonprofit dedicated to providing art and music supplies plus education to children in our community, who would otherwise be unable to explore and nurture their creative talents. http://areasontosurvive.org/. The tagline for this venture together, â€œEmerging art, fine champagne, and sexy music - welcome to the good life.â€? While the exhibits hosted by Eric and Lindsey were rumored to be spectacular, the couple was losing money. Donations were less than the costs, and they were personally floating the difference to insure the nonprofit benefited. The exhibits had to be put on the back burner. Lindsey, â€œWe knew we had a great
idea, but needed to put the plan to bed and re-think our model. They began searching for properties, and at one point must have known every restaurant and bar for sale in San Diego. It was not until they entered HEAT on Park Blvd. that they knew they had found their spot. In their minds two things made 3797 Park Blvd. the only acceptable choice. Firstly, Eric states the previous owners â€œwere fastidious about cleaning the place, and we have kept it up. Even at the end of the week after we have served 800 covers, it is still the cleanest kitchen in San Diego.â€? Secondly, they both felt at home. They were sharing the dinner with Lindseyâ€™s family, when they first came to the restaurant. Four people of all different ages, and each one of them agreed. So while the space was more than the budget, Eric and Lindsey rolled the dice and went in both feet. â€œThisâ€?, Eric gestures with his hands as to signal the whole of the restaurant we are in, " all that happened to me in my past, and all that happened to her and her past, it all amalgamated and we ended up here. Even though we are from such different backgrounds, we have so many things in common. Spending my entire adult life, 25 years on the SEE FRENCH, Page 23
ballroom dance floor, everything CONTINUED FROM Page 22 was host driven. We are doing the same thing now, just with a restaurant.” Lindsey, “People always say this is the hardest job. Well it’s a lot of hours. It’s a lot of work. But we have fun while we’re here, so it doesn’t seem like work. We’re having fun. We drink good wine and are fed by a Michelin trained chef " I have overheard Eric say many times, “You don’t need to wear multiple hats. Just be a good person.” The support and love they demonstrate to their staff and Executive Chef, Dariusz Szelag, only further displays the genuine nature of their efforts.
There is an energy to this space. Fueled by a farm boy from Montreal Canada, who taught himself to dance in his mother’s basement, and a San Diego native, who knew she wanted to live a life more fun than most. Stop by on a Tuesday evening for all night happy hour. Weekend brunches honor the Hillcrest vibe featuring live DJ's, and check the calendar for their regular events and live entertainment. every Friday. Some Personal Favorites 2012 Chateau Leoville Poyferre ‘Pavillon de Poyferre’, Saint-Julien, France Bar Menu, TARTE FLAMBÉE (FLAMMEKUECHE) $14
French ham, caramelized onions, emmental cheese on a crispy flatbread SLIDERS $11 GRASS-FED ANGUS BEEF - bacon jam, pickled shallots SALMON - summer salad PORK BELLY - apple salad HORS D'OEUVRES BEEF CARPACCIO $13 balsamic jelly, horseradish cream Salads, SALADE MAISON $11 Mixed greens, seasonal berries, goat cheese, candied pecans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, sweet onion, champagne vinaigrette Highly recommend adding the steak $7
Entrees, GRILLED DUROC PORK CHOP $27 smoked potato purée, grilled peaches, summer squash, truffle red wine sauce Brunch, CROQUE MONSIEUR $13 the classic homemade ham & cheese sandwich made with emmental cheese and French Ham with a choice of breakfast potatoes, mixed fruit or seasonal salad with champagne vinaigrette TARTE TATIN $10 calvados ice cream, smoked sea salt caramel And Always, ASK ABOUT THE SPECIAL
AIDS WALK & RUN 2016 On Saturday, September 24, 2016 individuals, teams, social clubs, local businesses, schools, universities, and faith organizations from all over San Diego will come together for AIDS Walk/Run. We gather to remember the many who were lost to AIDS and to raise vital funds to support all of the San Diegans living today with HIV disease. Please join us for San Diegoâ€™s largest fundraising event for HIV disease and be part of this incredible community experience! Today we know the best weapons to fight back against HIV and prevent its spread are - getting tested at least annually, knowing your HIV status and that of your partner, using prevention tools like condoms, PrEP and PEP, staying connected to medical care & medication and getting to undetectable viral loads. Join us and #bethegeneration that helps eliminate new cases of HIV!! 5K Route
Support AIDS Walk San Diego by participating in our all new 5K Run! This 5K Run is for all skill levels. A waiver and paid registration fee are required. Overall winner and age group awards will be presented during the post-run/walk celebration at the AIDS Walk Site. 5K Run begins at 7:30 am. Participants will run about 4 miles through the streets of Hillcrest. This is the perfect way to give back while having fun. New for 2016 All Run participants will receive a souvenir race medal. Runners will receive a race bib and timing chip. Compete against yourself or each other. Awards will be given out to to the top three runners in each division. If you are a competitive runner have no fear. Casual runners, scooters, skaters, etc., will start directly after you. Due to the increased cost of road closures and equipment, the registration fee for all runners will be $45.00. Thank you for your understanding. Dates and Times to Know
Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 PM: Registration will increase to $50. Friday, September 23, 2:00 â€“ 7:00 PM: Run bib pick up will be available at The Center, 3909 Centre St, 92103. Saturday, September 24 Run day 6:00 am Run Registration at the San Diego LGBT Center o Walk-up registration will be available for $50.00. o Run Registration will close 30 minutes before race start. 7:30 am Run starts at University Ave and Normal St. Additional Details
All Run participants will recieve a souvenir race medal. Runners will have access to free bag check. Runners can participate as fundraising members of teams. Funds raised by runners can be turned in at Run Registration the morning of the event. Race timing will be provided by Infinity Timing. Shuttles are provided for those unable to complete the run. Due to safety concerns, walkers, strollers, in line skaters, skateboards and scooters can participate in the 5k Run, but will start directly after competitive runners. Runners raising $100 or more in addition to registration fees will receive the official AIDS Walk and Run t-shirt.
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