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S.D. Real Estate Update what gives, and how the other half lives Entrée New see what’s hot at 30 local restaurants TV Anchor Brad Perry puts his funny where his mouth is 10 COOL Gadgets to get your kitchen cooking Getting Sconed wake ‘n’ bake with a sweet, buttery bite

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od-fearing and nonbelieving zealots alike are using our Finest City highways and byways to spread their mental seeds. Case in point: this billboard, which went up along Martin Luther King Jr. freeway (Route 94) in Lemon Grove at the end of January, was paid for, in part, by the San Diego Coalition of Reason. As it states on the organization’s website, “We are committed to a more compassionate world; we are working for a more reasonable citizenry and a higher level of discourse…” Actual “more reasonable citizenry” would have posted a clearer message. The technicolor books on the billboard are lifting a shroud to reveal a similar scene in the background, only with more grass? Maybe it’s a weed ad. Or maybe some of the books are bibles? I’m confused. Also helping foot the $4,000 bill for the billboard is American Atheists, who are having their annual national convention in Austin, Texas, March 28-31. The slogan for the event: Celebrating 50 Years of Reason! I wonder if they’ll be praying for nice weather. You can bet the guys with the “Jesus Christ is Lord, not a swear word” trucks (parked adjacent to Interstate 8 between Ocean Beach and Old Town) will be doing a rain dance.

Perhaps we can all agree on this: whether or not there is a discernible higher power, we’re living in heaven on Earth. The skies are blue, the people are chill, and the grass is green (and mostly legal). And for less than five grand (way less if you buy a page in the city’s most popular magazine ;-), you can share your beliefs with the entire county and not be persecuted for it. Except maybe by me. There’s no place like home. David Perloff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF E I G H T

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FIRST THINGS 25 Ear! Ear! Cheers for Mike Tyson as he takes a swing at himself in a one-man show CITY 28 Mellow Yellow The mayor shutters the city’s red light cameras

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COOLTURE 48 I Screen, You Screen What’s new in theaters, and cheers to Irish-inspired movies 50 Opening Act Funny guy Brad Perry gets San Diego mornings moving STYLE 52 Tongue in Chic Sneakers and art (and art sneakers) take center stage at Rosewood 54 Selling Your Sole Local designer turns shoes into a booming business



DINING OUT 73 Entrée New As a restaurant revival flares up, check out what’s new and improved WHAT’S COOKING 86 A Cut Above The top 10 gadgets to get your kitchen cooking 90 It Ain’t Muffin, Honey Get sconed: wake ‘n’ bake with a sweet buttery bite 94 Ice Age Why cubes are key in creating cooler craft cocktails


30 Three.Thirteen March events calendar

97 Sound Decisions March concert calendar

SPORTS 32 Offensive Behavior The Padres swing for the fences at a revised PETCO Park

104 re: sounding success Music man works his magic BARTENDER 106 A Glass Act All pour one, and one pour all

34 We Have a Winner San Diego’s national sports champions


108 Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Two outta three ain’t bad

HEALTH 36 Strike App Pose Local yogi helps produce top-selling mobile application

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Larger-than-life retired heavyweight champ Mike Tyson showcases his softer side in the national tour of his hit Broadway show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.

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Tyson is known for his hard-hitting and intimidating persona, but on this stage the boxer comes clean about his tumultuous past. The 10-week, 36-city tour charges into downtown San Diego’s Balboa Theatre March 5. “I am a guy that has lived out his triumphs and failures on the public stage,” says Tyson. “Now, I’m revisiting everything and telling people about myself in my own words. Whether it’s for an audience of one or one thousand, I live for that moment.” Written by Tyson’s wife, Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer, and directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, Undisputed Truth jabs at Tyson’s financial woes, legal problems and, of course, the fight in which he bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear. The tour kicked off mid-February in Indianapolis, the city where Tyson was arrested in 1991 and accused of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington. You’ll have to buy a ticket to hear what Tyson has to say about that night.

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Mellow Yellow The city’s intersection cameras are shuttered By Hailey Persinger


ere’s a photo-op you won’t mind missing: San Diego’s red-light camera program is history. Mayor Bob Filner has already made good on his campaign promise to remove the 15 cameras from intersections across the city, opting not to renew a contract with the makers of the equipment. “Taking red light cameras down will…put officers whose job was to review the video back on the street,” says Filner. “That’s where I’d rather see them: educating people and ensuring laws are followed.” The controversial program, under which automated cameras snapped photos of vehicles as they rolled through intersections late, had been in place since 1998. Those caught red-lighted were mailed tickets for nearly $500. Violators captured on camera prior to February 1 still have to pay their tickets, but now drivers who run red lights might get a good old-fashioned meet-and-greet with a cop. “The Chief [William Lansdowne] feels that personal contact between an officer and a motorist offers additional benefits that a camera cannot,” says SDPD spokesperson Lt. Andra Brown. Smile!

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Mattress company gets in bed with Chula Vista concert venue If you’re still calling it “Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre,” you’re living in the past. Mattress retailer Sleep Train just inked a five-year deal with Live Nation Entertainment that changes the name of the 20,000-seat Chula Vista concert venue (born in 1998 as Coors Amphitheatre) to Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Sleep Train founder/CEO Dale Carlsen says the partnership “allows us to deepen our connection with the San Diego-area community and extend the reach of our award-winning Foster Kids Program with the addition of in-venue events.” —HP

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Big news from the 49th State

Time to pop some mini-bottles – Alaska Airlines is set to open a new flight attendant base in San Diego April 1. The move will spare roughly 200 employees the hassle of commuting to Los Angeles to team up with flight crews. It will also save the company about a million bucks a year in travel costs. The bonus for passengers: eliminating flights to L.A. means flight attendants – and the flights they staff – are more likely to be on time. The bonus for Sarah Palin: maybe now she’ll be able to see Russia from San Diego, too. —HP

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THREE.THIRTEEN 3/2: Ocean Beach Kite Festival Location: Dusty Rhodes Park, Ocean Beach Admission: Free Info: Go fly a kite! Or learn to make one during the festival’s 65th anniversary celebration in O.B.

3/23: South Park Spring Walkabout Location: Kalmia St. to Beech St., South Park Admission: Free Info: See what’s new in South Park as the neighborhood’s restaurants and retail merchants stay open late.

3/2: Urban Warrior Dash Location: Petco Park, Downtown Admission: $70-$85 Info: Complete five miles of ridiculous obstacle courses throughout downtown, and then drink beer (or the other way around). 3/2-5/12: The Flower Fields Location: Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad Admission: $11 Info: See millions of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom across a 50-acre Carlsbad hillside, now redesigned for the first time in 15 years. 3/10: Kiwanis Ugly Dog Contest Location: Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center Admission: $12 Info: Calling your pooch ugly is kinda ruff. To see some real dogs, check out the ones holding the leashes in the “Dog That Looks Like Its Owner” contest. 3/10: San Diego Half Marathon Location: Petco Park, Downtown Admission: $49-$109 Info: Run a scenic 13.1-mile run loop through Harbor Island, Liberty Station, Hillcrest and Balboa Park. 3/15-16: Epic Beer Festival Location: San Diego Convention Center, Downtown Admission: $40 Info: Taste two-ounce beer samples from more than 80 craft breweries from San Diego and across the country.

3/16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival Location: Balboa Park Admission: Free Info: Kilt fans, don’t forget to wear mirrors on the tops of your shoes as the marching bands and floats pass through Balboa Park and the surrounding streets. 3/17: ShamROCK Festival Location: Sixth Ave. & F St., Gaslamp Admission: $35-$45 for G.A., $55-$65 for VIP Info: Celtic rockers Young Dubliners headline this annual St. Patty’s day celebration that draws 20,000 greenbeer-drinking revelers to the streets of the Gaslamp with a three-stage line-up of live acts and DJs. 3/18-24: The Kia Classic Location: Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad Admission: $10-$80 Info: The world’s top female golfers compete for a $1.7 million purse. 3/23: Fight for Air Climb Location: One America Plaza, Downtown Admission: $25


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3/23-24: Spring Busker Festival Location: Seaport Village, Downtown Admission: Free Info: If you have coulrophobia (fear of clowns), stay away from these sword-swallowing, unicycle-juggling street performers, lest one gives you nightmares for life by honking its nose while making you a balloon animal. 3/24: San Diego Hot Chocolate 15/5K Location: Petco Park, Downtown Admission: $48-$68 Info: Don’t run for your health, do it for the Ghiradelli chocolates and hot cocoa afterwards. 3/30: Ironman 70.3 Location: Camp Pendleton, Oceanside Admission: $325 Info: The only time it’s permitted to swim in Oceanside Harbor is during this triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike course and 13.1-mile run.

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Off-season construction at PETCO Park brought the outfield fences closer to home plate to boost scoring and ticket sales.

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Petco Park modifications Right-centerfield fence: moves in from 402 feet to 390. Straightaway right-field fence: moves in from 375 feet to 364; wall lowered to 8-feet-high. Left-centerfield fence: moves in from 402 feet to 390. Out-of-town scoreboard: comes off rightfield wall and relocates to a new spot above right field. Visiting bullpen: moves from right-field foul territory to spot behind the home bullpen, outside left-centerfield fence.

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paltry offensive production, suggesting that higher-scoring games are more exciting to watch and can therefore help boost ticket sales. Garfinkel was hired by blink-and-you-missedhim Padres owner Jeff Moorad, whose layaway plan to buy the team was nixed by Major League Baseball. Moorad slunk out of town, but Garfinkel was retained when the O’Malley family became majority owners of the team. The name O’Malley ring a bell? Walter O’Malley moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957. His son, Peter O’Malley, ran the Dodgers for 50 years. Now, Peter’s sons, Kevin and Brian O’Malley, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler, are the primary Padres owners. San Diego businessman Ron Fowler is acting as the team’s executive chairman. Under the O’Malley reign, the Dodgers won 13 National League championships and six World Series. In comparison, the Padres have won more games than they lost in only 13 of the last 44 seasons. They’ve been to two World Series and lost both. With new ownership at the helm and shorter fences on the field, hopefully our home team will knock it out the park this season.

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Third baseman Chase Headley signed an $8.5-million contact for 2013.

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hen the Padres return to San Diego after finishing the March preseason in Peoria, Arizona, there’ll be something different about the dimensions of their ballpark: the outfield wall will be closer to home plate. That means more home runs. Will that be a good thing right off the bat? Consider that former Padres star first-baseman Adrian Gonzalez is now playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who the Pads face in their April 9 home opener. There’s a possibility the left-handed slugger from Eastlake will be the first player to smack one out over the shortened fence. “Yes, we’ve considered that,” says Padres senior vice president for public affairs Sarah Farnsworth. “Obviously, the shorter fences will go both ways.” The reconstruction of downtown’s PETCO Park has been ongoing all winter. Padres president/COO Tom Garfinkel proposed early last season that changes would help boost

Cactus League: Spring Training games in Peoria, Arizona, run from February 22 to March 30. Regular Season Begins: April 1 (at New York Mets). Home Opener: April 9 (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers). Player to Watch: Chase Headley. The 28-year-old third baseman won a 2012 Gold Glove and hit .308, with 23 homers and 73 RBI after the All-Star break. Others to Watch: shortstop Everth Cabrera; first-baseman Yonder Alonso; pitcher Luke Gregerson. Player You Can’t Watch: catcher Yasmani Grandal will serve a 50-game suspension for getting caught using a banned substance. Friday Nights: Park at the Park pre-game parties, featuring craft beer and wine. The New York Yankees: first-ever regular season series in San Diego for the Bronx Bombers is August 2-4.

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an Diego has never won a World Series or a Super Bowl, but three local teams that won national championships last year are polishing their rings and getting ready to defend their titles. Three cheers for the San Diego Sockers (Professional Arena Soccer League – PASL), the cops and fireman on the Enforcers (National Public Safety Football League) and The Surge (Women’s Football Alliance – WFA). Hosting the PASL playoffs at the Valley View Casino Center starting March 10, The Sockers ( are arguably one of the most dominant professional teams in any sport. They’ve won an amazing 14 indoor soccer titles, including the past three seasons. Their historic 48-game win streak was broken earlier this year by the Dallas Sidekicks, but the Sockers got their revenge the very next week with an exciting 5-4 victory over the Sidekicks, scoring two goals in the final 41 seconds. The Enforcers roster is comprised entirely of local law enforcement. They compete in a national league with 30 teams. “When people find out we’re cops and firefighters, that gives them more of a reason to watch,” says fullback and team vice president Jordan Mirakian.

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The Enforcers are entertaining. Safety and district attorney Shane Lynn leads a stout defense that tackles hard. The offense is capable of scoring on any play with quarterback J.J. Carrell throwing the deep ball. Carrell and fellow Border Patrol agent Art Velez took Second Place on The Amazing Race last year. “Carrell is fanatical about football,” says Mirakian. “I would have put my money on him coming back, even if he had won.” Get spring schedule updates and information about tickets (not moving violations, the good kind) at The undefeated Surge dominated the WFA last season, winning the national championship in a 60-team league. The team has an explosive aerial assault, whereas most offenses in the WFA rely on more of a running attack. “As the women’s game develops, you get better quarterbacks who are able to make those huge passes and spread the field with the football,” says general manager Knengi Martin, who plays linebacker and running back. “Our team has been very pass-friendly because we had an excellent quarterback in Melissa Gallegos. This year, we are definitely running a spread attack.” Pass it on: the season starts in April (




DITCH THE INCANDESCENT BULBS. If green is the new black (spoiler alert: it is), then ArtHaus2 is wearing an architectural tuxedo. The home on the cover of this magazine is an eco-friendly masterwork that reflects the collective efforts of some of San Diego’s most outstanding designers, artists and homebuilders. One of the county’s first (and still very few) Platinum LEED-certified homes, ArtHaus2 began as a forward-looking blueprint that manifested into a living, breathing work of residential modern art. The $2.7 million finished product would look great on any planet, but it was designed with Earth in mind: it sips resources through solar panels and smiles at the ocean, proud of its efficient use of power and water…and feeling pretty darn handsome. (Sexy design simplicity can go to your head, just ask ArtHaus2. He’s cute and sassy and about to be where the other half lives.)

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ooking to hone your downward-facing dog and other yoga moves? Now available (virtually) via iPhone and iPad, Amy Caldwell may be able to help. A musculoskeletal recreation of Caldwell’s body is the focal point of an app called iYoga Premium, which topped Apple’s Health and Wellness paid-app chart in January. “I think part of what makes this app special

is that you can see exactly how to get in and out of the poses,” says Caldwell, who founded downtown’s Yoga One studio and has twice appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal. In making the app, Caldwell spent three days performing nearly 200 yoga poses in a motion-capture suit covered with electrodes. Technicians at San Diego’s Pendulum Studios filmed the action in 360-degrees. Pendulum teamed up with Scotland-based tech company 3D4Medical to complete the program, which helps iPhone and iPad

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BigTime Artists prove size matters; plus pizza parties and other tasty shows B y Pat r i c i a B . D w y e r

These artful replicas of everyday objects – the cousins of pop art and photorealism – bring life’s mundane details into the spotlight.

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2001, stainless steel, composition wood, electric motor, electric light, electric bell, computer, 23 1/2 x 33 5/8 x 18 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

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A marble statue of a garbage bag, and an eight-and-ahalf-foot-tall milk carton made of enamel and bronze, beg the question: Is bigger really better?

3/1 - 5/27: “Lifelike” Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla

Jonathan Seliger, “Heartland,” 2010, enamel on bronze, 103 x 29 x 29 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

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3/5: “That’s No Moon” Bar Basic, East Village

The force is strong with North Park’s Thumbprint Gallery, which is presenting “That’s No Moon,” a one-night-only Star Wars art show/party at Bar Basic.

“Luke” by Rod Mojica

3/9 - 4/6: “One Plus Six Equals Seven” ArtHatch & Distinction Gallery, Escondido

“Rendering” is the act of painting images in which the artist’s hand (brushstrokes, globs of paint) is undetectable, creating graphic, realistic works. “One Plus Six Equals Seven” displays rendered paintings by students of master practitioner Chris Polentz, the local artist and art teacher who curates this showing.

“The Samaritan” by Joseph Gerges

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3/14 - 5/18: James Chronister, artist residency Lux Art Institute, Encinitas

James Chronister paints using a technique called “pointillism,” applying tiny white dots to a black surface to create images that look like soft, black-and-white photographs. Throughout March, the San Francisco artist will live and work at Lux Art Institute in conjunction with its artist residency program; his paintings will be displayed through mid-May. Drawing by Giambattista Piranesi (1720–1778). “Tripod” by Factum Arte, 2010, gilt bronze with silver coating and a top of alabaster

“Brighton” by James Chronister. Courtesy of the private collection of Paul Wattis.

3/30-7/7: “Piranesi, Rome and the Arts of Design” San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park

Giovanni Battista Piranesi is considered to be the Michelangelo of the 18th Century (Michelangelo’s heyday was in the 15th and 16th Centuries). This exhibition – the only U.S. showing of Piranesi’s work – will feature a sizable selection of the artist’s sketches, as well as 3D renderings of his designs brought to life through video, photography and digital modeling.

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i screen, you screen What’s new in theaters, and cheers

to Irish-inspired movies

By josh board


his is a perfect time to march into theaters, since spring brings flicks for everyone. For starters, Oz the Great and Powerful is going to be powerful at the box office. And you can’t have a month go by without a remake. That’s the scary Carrie. Hollywood always has a Jason Statham movie ready to kick some ass – the latest is Hummingbird. Tom Hanks is going to try and make us all forget about his Cloud Atlas debacle with Captain Phillips. A few other releases include Jack the Giant Slayer and The Croods, for the kids. There’s also GI Joe: Retaliation. The first one was horrible, but that doesn’t necessarily stop filmmakers when it comes to follow-ups. The writers of The Hangover are responsible for the upcoming comedy 21 And Over. Speaking of the drinking age, March brings us St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m toasting the holiday with three intoxicating lists: Best Drinking Movies, Best Irish Movies and Movies With “Green” in the Title: Best Drinking Movies • Leaving Las Vegas. Shot back when Nic Cage actually used to act.

• The Hangover. Wait, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay there. • Mickey Rourke pounds poignantly in The Wrestler and Barfly. • Arthur. The Dudley Moore original, not the Russell Brand redo. • The Big Lebowski. Another round of White Russians! • Swingers. When you get digits, definitely sleep on them for a couple days. • Sideways. San Diego writer Rex Pickett shows us how not to use a wine spit bucket.

Best Irish Movies • Waking Ned Devine. An Irishman dies holding a winning lottery ticket worth $500 million. Alanis Morissette would call that ironic. • My Left Foot, The Boxer and In the Name of the Father. All starring Daniel Day-Lewis, preAbe Lincoln accent. • Michael Collins. Irish history taught by Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts. • The Commitments and Once. The Irish don’t sing only when they’re drunk. • The Guard. Stereotype alert: a movie about

lights, camera, accíon!

Big news for the San Diego Latino Film Festival For two decades, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has attracted the likes of America “Ugly Betty” Ferrera, John Leguizamo, Edward James Olmos and other Spanish-speaking stars. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary, and organizers are promising mucho screenings and special events. “Every night, you’re looking at up to 12 feature programs on four different screens,” says festival founder and executive director Ethan van Thillo. “At any moment during the festival, you can see a different style of film or a

film from a different country, so it really celebrates the diversity of cultures.” More than 150 features, shorts and documentaries will be shown March 7 to 17 at DigiPlex Mission Valley (formerly UltraStar Cinemas). A special selection of 10 groundbreaking works spanning the festival’s colorful history includes: • El Mariachi. The directorial debut of Robert Rodriquez led to two more films (Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico), which are collectively known as the Mexican Trilogy.

• Central do Brazil. This FrenchBrazilian drama from director Walter Salles tells the story of a young boy who’s taken advantage of and then helped by and a woman who earns a living writing letters for illiterate people. • Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother). This Spanish-French comedy/drama (by director Pedro

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Almodóvar, starring Penélope Cruz) deals with issues including AIDS, homosexuality and faith, and won the 1999 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie Selena will be shown March 14 at Full Moon Drive-In in Pacific Beach. Jennifer Lopez stars


$3 Well Drinks EVERY THU, FRI, SAT (7 - 11 P.M.)

FROM LEFT: 21 & Over, Swingers, Green Hornet

Irish cops. • The Matchmaker. In Ireland, Janeane Garofalo passes for attractive. Movies With “Green” In The Title • Green Hornet and Green Lantern. Give yourself a hand if you’ve never been to Comic-Con and can explain the difference between the two. • The Green Mile. R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan. For reals. • The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Even Disney movies get rotten apples sometimes. • The Big Green. How many bad movies has Steve Guttenberg done? • Fried Green Tomatoes. Beware a woman who tells you “the secret’s in the sauce.” • Green Card. Before Gérard Depardieu started peeing in the aisle on airplanes.


Josh Board reviews movies for Fox 5 San Diego Morning News.


as the title character in the 1997 film about the late Tejano music star. The screening will be a tribute to late actress Guadalupe “Lupe” Ontiveros, who played the villain in Selena and attended the San Diego Latino Film Festival several times.

Note to gringos: all films will have English subtitles. —Catlin Dorset


San Diego Latino Film Festival March 7-17 DigiPlex Mission Valley

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Funny guy Brad Perry gets San Diego mornings moving By Ron Donoho / Photo by Kristina Yamamoto


rad Perry is the wise-cracking, guitar-strumming, beanie-knitting roving reporter on Good Morning San Diego (KUSITV). Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, he moved to Chicago to study at the prestigious Second City comedy school. Before arriving in San Diego, in 2009, to help wake up the local citizenry, he spent 10 years on the early shift at Good Morning Arizona. PacificSD: What was it like training with the Second City comedy troupe? Perry: Amazing. I worked with guys like Tim Meadows, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and the late Chris Farley. I got to watch how they did improv and worked on comic timing. I feel like more reporters should get improv training – you wouldn’t see so many robots on TV. What are the funniest skits you did at Second City? There was one where a guy went home to visit his girlfriend’s parents and had to explain what his profession was. Turns out he was a [porn] “fluffer.” Another time, we did a sketch about what it would be like if the characters of Disneyland – The Seven Dwarves, Snow White – had to go off to war. How did you get into music? My daughter, Olivia, was in a performing arts school and she took up the guitar. So we had it in the house,

and I just picked it up and gave it a try. How’s the music career going? I put out an eight-song EP called Brad Perry and the Acoustic Fingerprints. I call my music Americana and soul. I’m planning a coffeehouse tour for 2013 – it’s going to be covers, with my own flair. Why did you start knitting beanies? The last guy you expect to see making beanies is a 6-foot-2 black guy, right? I’m addicted to it. I’ve probably knitted more than 200 beanies in two years. I do it to kill time and relax, and to chill. I do it everywhere, and people are like, “Is he really knitting?” I’ll tell you this: chicks dig it. What are some of your favorite onair reporting moments? Everybody was nervous when we were doing a live spot at LIPS. It’s a dragqueen place. I have to tell you, those ladies-slash-gentlemen were fun. And very good at what they do. Yes, I dressed up. It’s theater. I really think if you can pull that off, you can pull off anything. What’s your funniest childhood moment? When I was a kid, my brother, Brent, and I opened our Christmas presents ahead of time. We got Battlestar Galactica ships. We played with them and played with them. And we broke them. We sloppily wrapped them back up. On Christmas, we opened them up and said, “Hey, Mom, they’re broken! We need to take them back.” But she knew.


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KUSI morning reporter Brad Perry has his yarn and eats it, too, at his favorite knitting hangout, Needcraft Cottage in Pacific Beach.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Brad Perry’s home invasions

KUSI-TV morning roving reporter Brad Perry has the monthly duty of showcasing the highend houses featured in San Diego Home/ Garden Lifestyles magazine. How does he like that task?

“As a guy who’s not a pro athlete or an actor, it’s great being in those big houses,” he says. Part of Perry’s shtick is asking homeowners if he can hang out in their homes for the rest of the day.

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“The funny thing is, I don’t think they know if I’m joking or not,” Perry says. “Then, I try and hang out after the morning show is over as long as possible. I’ve been known to go through people’s fridges.”


// S T YL E // Rosewood San Diego owner Dante Rowley sells limited-edition sneakers at his consignment store/art gallery in East Village.


n Dante Rowley’s world, works of art come in pairs. Rowley, 27, opened Rosewood San Diego, an art gallery and sneaker consignment shop in East Village, offering San Diegans a taste of footwear trends running rampant in Los Angeles and New York – think limited editions of Nike Air Jordans and other popular high-tops from the 1980s. Rosewood is high-end, with über-chic art. Minimally adorned with stark white couches and industrial-style piping, the shop offers the most sought-after kicks. “We’re talking like one out of a thousand pairs ever made,” Rowley says. “Our customers are looking for the unique; they care about what they wear.” Named after a side street in L.A.’s Fairfax district, Rosewood boasts rowupon-row of vacuum-sealed Nikes and Bapes (Bathing Ape, a Japanese clothing company) in all sizes and colors. Bright spotlights zero in on the rare collection, which is surrounded by oil-painted canvases from local and national artists. “It’s just what I’m into,” Rowley says. At home, his closets are filled with 1,000plus unworn shoes he’s collected over the past 15 years. Rosewood also houses a rack of designer clothes: Chanel, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. But Rowley says it’s all about nostalgia and uniqueness for most of his customers. “These are the shoes from their childhood that they couldn’t afford,” he says. “We let Sneaker Heads re-live their pasts. Our clientele wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same thing as someone else…and now they don’t have to.”

tongue in chic OLD-SCHOOL SNEAKERS take center stage at Rosewood

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Sole Searching TaylorSays founder Taylor Reeve shares her thoughts on…

Her first pair: I made them for myself. I spent hours on them. I painted the entire shoe – they were really bad-ass. Her clientele: There are the women who are ready to own the night, have all eyes on them and break some hearts. And then there are the women who need to keep it classy at the office but still show personality. If you’re a chick and you like having fun, these are the shoes for you. Her style: I love rocking unique things that stand out and get noticed. Taylor says to let your high heels do the talking. Her future: This is just the beginning. I want to do it all – clothes, accessories, handbags, swimwear. I’m ready to show the world what I’ve got.

selling your sole Local designer turns shoes into a booming business B y B r o o k e B u n ch Photos by Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan


an Diego native Taylor Reeve paints on an eclectic array of inanimate objects: skate decks, surfboards, motorcycles. It was only a matter of time before she turned her colorful attention to high heels. Reeve designs every shoe in her lineup of playful footwear dubbed TaylorSays – guaranteed to make any woman feel like a rock star. Her business launched after she posted a pair of her painted pumps on etsy.

com, summoning orders from stiletto-hungry fans from across the globe. “My heels are all about having fun, expressing yourself and really living it up,” Reeve says. The unique appeal of TaylorSays shoes are their eye-popping soles, decorated with everything from collar-studded bulldogs to the watermelon seeds adorning the bottom of “Melons,” a signature piece from the Spring 2013 collection that dazzles with brilliant colors and five-inch platforms. Reeve’s new lineup hits in May and will feature low-heel and flat-silhouette options. “I’m literally obsessing over every pair,” Reeve says. “I can’t wait to show them off.”

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by ron donoho / Photography by Jeff “turbo” Corrigan Styled by Amanda Thorne-Pritchard of Thorne Artistry / Hair by Maegan Cooper of A Robert Cromeans Salon Makeup by Sara Stewart / Stylist’s assistant: Erin Riley / Photographer’s assistant: Arlene Ibarra / Fashion assistant: Jessica Hoerth Models: Mabelynn Capeluj, Miss California USA 2013 / Cassidy Marie Wolf, Miss California Teen USA 2013

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Celebrities on the rise assume starring roles in one of the county’s greenest houses

our homes that are LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council line one block of Neptune Street in Leucadia. To call them “eco friendly” would be an understatement. As far as man-made structures go, they’re environmental BFFs. “I don’t think you could find this kind of green density anywhere else in the nation,” says real estate developer Rich Williams, founder of ArtHaus, LLC, in Encinitas. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” Williams’ residential project at 1491 Neptune Street stands as the county’s second home to earn the LEED Platinum certification. The 3,279-square-foot ArtHaus-2 has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. It’s on the market for $2.56 million, which feels like a bargain when admiring the panoramic ocean view.  Über-efficient inside and out (in terms of water and energy use), the never-before-lived-in residence has a solar-powered water heater and photovoltaic panels that produce electricity. “Smart skylights” feature thermostatic controls, low-flow bathroom and kitchen fixtures are as elegant as they are resourceful, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood comprises the cabinets and flooring. (continued on page 58) fifty – six

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Williams hired Bay Ho-based Room by Room, Inc. owner/designer Stephanie Malcolm to make “green” feel “beachy.” “It’s a modern home, and very green, but we gave it a softer look,” says Malcolm. Among other touches, she brought in vintage photos of surfers (including one of her father, as she likes to lend personal flair to each design project), added a signature Dalmatian sculpture and repurposed a bed headboard from an old saloon chalkboard. Chalked on the headboard: “Dream On Neptune.” Fittingly, two San Diego-born BFFs – Miss California USA 2013 Mabelynn Capeluj and Miss California Teen USA 2013 Cassidy Marie Wolf – are spending the day at ArtHaus-2, dreaming of their future beach homes while showing off the fashionable colors of spring… and feeling green with envy of whomever ends up owning Williams’ masterpiece.

Green House Effects leed certification categories

In assessing a construction project’s overall LEED score, the U.S. Green Building Council gives credits according to these and other criteria.*

Sustainable sites credits encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.

Materials and resources credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.

Water efficiency credits promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.

Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.

Energy and atmosphere credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies.

Smart location and linkage credits promote walkable neighborhoods with efficient transportation options and open space.

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Neighborhood pattern and design credits emphasize compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities. Green infrastructure and buildings credits reduce the environmental consequences of the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. *Source:

Green Light: (energy-efficient components): FSC-certified “Orosi” tropical hardwood flooring from Costa Rica; custom-made concrete treads on upper staircase section, with stringer and railing made from recycled-content steel; high-performance Loewen doors and windows provide energy efficiency with reduced heating and cooling losses.

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The last girl standing

She started her pageant journey as Miss Greater San Diego 2012. Now, 21-yearold Maybelynn Capeluj will represent California in the Miss USA competition this June in Las Vegas. Born in Rancho Penasquitos and raised in Temecula, she models, blogs and likes to chill with her cats, Felix and Lola. PacificSD: You nearly fell to the ground when you won the Miss California USA title. What was going through your mind? Capeluj: I heard them announce the other girl’s name, and my legs got weak when I realized I was the last girl standing. Did you practice how you would look if you won? No, that was a real moment. I made a crazy face. What will you do to prepare for the Miss USA pageant in June? A lot of fitness and healthy eating. And practice interviews. What do you think of Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump? I follow him on Twitter, and I like that he is very passionate about his ideas. How do you keep up on current events? I get most of my news on Twitter. What career are you hoping to pursue? Broadcast journalism. What’s Cassidy like? She’s funny, a little clumsy. She’s like my little pageant sister. Describe your dream home. A beach house in La Jolla.

ON MABELYNN: Dress by Sue Wong ($422.40), Bloomingdale’s, Shoes by Steve Madden ($79.95), Nordstrom, Ring ($18) and white bracelet ($62) by Erin Fader Jewelry Design, Green bracelet ($104), earrings ($68) and necklace ($90) by Mimi and Lu, fifty – nine

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Green Light:

Highly durable Ceasarstone engineered quartz countertops; cabinets constructed from FSC-certified solid maple boxes with Rift Cut oak facing, finished with premiumquality, Low-VOC FUHR Waterborne industrial urethane; FSC-certified “Orosi” tropical hardwood flooring from Costa Rica; high-efficacy LED lighting; Energy Star Miele refrigerator and appliances; high-performance Loewen doors and windows provide energy efficiency with reduced heating and cooling losses.

ON CASSIDY: Dress by Stacie May, staciemay. com. Bandeau by Aqua ($28), Bloomingdale’s, Belt ($28), Nordstrom, Headband by ($55), Tease Boutique, teaseboutique. com. Ring ($66), necklace ($57) and bracelets (price available upon request) by Mimi and Lu, Shoes by Andrea ($50), Tutto Cuore,

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he’s a dancer who was born in Escondido, grew up in Ramona and now lives in Temecula. Eighteen-year-old Cassidy Marie Wolf, who reigned as Miss Teen Greater San Diego 2012, is looking forward to competing for Miss Teen USA 2013 – not in the least because she’ll get to ride the waterslide at the Atlantis Hotel in The Bahamas this July. What went through your mind when you won the Miss California Teen USA title? Wolf: I was surprisingly relaxed. S I X T Y

Did you practice how you would look if you won? Some girls do. But in the moment, you forget. What’s Mabelynn like? She’s very responsible. Loud. Determined. She’s always looking out for me – like a big sister. How will you prepare for the Miss Teen USA pageant? I’ll get in A-game shape. And practice speaking on point. Will you try to win the Miss California USA title next? [MARCH 2013]

I’ll wait a couple years. In the meantime, I want to try out for the Laker Girls or the Charger Girls. And if you could choose between the two? Laker Girls. I’d like dancing in that enclosed environment. You’re 20 feet from the audience. Plus, Justin Bieber would probably sit courtside. Describe your dream home. It’d be one block from the water in Pacific Beach, and very cozy. And I’d have the master bedroom. I’ve never had the biggest room in the house.

ON MABELYNN: Romper by Alia Blue ($198), Vest by Absolutely ($34) and blue bracelets by Sequin ($25-$32), all available at Nordstrom, nordstrom. com. Shoes by Andrea ($59.99), Tutto Cuore, Cuff by Erin Fader Jewelry Designs ($228), Necklace by Mimi and Lu ($150),

Green Light:

Benjamin Moore “Aura” Low-VOC paints with photo-resistance and high durability; 100 percent high-efficacy lighting; FSCcertified “Orosi” tropical hardwood flooring from Costa Rica.

ON CASSIDY: Dress by For Love & Lemons ($202), Tease Boutique, Sheer cover-up by Sol & Mer ($42); yellow bracelet ($32), orange bracelet ($25) and pink/purple bracelet ($28) by Sequin; all available at Nordstrom, Earrings by Mimi and Lu ($145), Ring by Erin Fader Jewelry Design ($32), Shoes by Andrea ($52.99), Tutto Cuore, S I X T Y – O N e

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Benjamin Moore “Aura” Low-VOC paints with photo-resistance and high durability; FSCcertified “Orosi” tropical hardwood flooring from Costa Rica; 100 percent high-efficacy lighting.

ON MABELYNN: Skirt by Stacie May ($109), Top by Free People ($38), Tease Boutique, Jacket by Bettie Page Designs ($45), Earrings ($88) and ring ($66) by Mimi and Lu ($88), Necklace ($58) and headband ($28), Nordstrom, S I X T Y – T H R E E

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Keepin’ It

Real Estate

Sad Diego’s residential marketplace — what gives, and how the other half lives By Ron Donoho


here’s a $40-million mansion for sale in Rancho Santa Fe. The main house has eight bedrooms, and the 40-acre spread also comes with two guest cottages that add 10 more rooms where your friends can sleep it off after the housewarming blowout. On the flip side, there’s a 660-square-foot mobile home in El Cajon currently listed for $5,000 (note: it’s in a retirement community and anyone under 55 need not apply). Whether your dream home is high-rise condo downtown, an upscale tree house in Mission Hills or a land-locked Encinitas residence shaped like a pair of boats, experts say the San Diego real estate market is reentering prime time. The number of home sales and the average selling price of homes are up countywide. The most accurate way to measure the upswing is by price-per-square-foot, says Alan Nevin, a principal at The London Group, a downtown San Diego-based real estate advisory firm. He says the price-per-square-foot for homes and condos in San Diego was up 9.4 percent in 2012. The increase has been more evident among $350,000 homes in Chula Vista than in multi-million-dollar homes in La Jolla and other communities, says Nevin. To his point, San Diego Association of Realtors president Linda Lee reports there were 200 homes sold in the South Bay region in December 2012. “If you’re looking for homes under $400,000, with quality construction and affordability, that’s the place to go,” Lee says.

Nevin notes that the South Bay has lowerthan-usual for-sale inventory right now – a trend that’s mirrored around the county. Other observations by Nevin: Downtown. “There are 10,000 condos downtown, and, in January, there were just 150 listings. That’s going to force prices up.” East County. “East of the College Area – El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside – is always slower to recover. Prices there didn’t go up a lot, even in 2005, when things were wild.” North County Coastal. “Home prices here didn’t go down all that much. Carmel Valley and Torrey Pines, for example, are pretty much back to 2005 prices.” North County Inland. “Home values are very affected by SAT scores in the school districts. The Poway area prices are coming back; unfortunately that’s not the case in Escondido.” The recession caused six million people across the country to “double-up,” Nevin says, meaning they moved in with other people or moved back home with their parents to save money. He estimates there are 15,000 double-ups in San Diego. With prices climbing and mortgage rates still historically low, it may be time to move out of Mom and Dad’s basement. Potential first-time homebuyers should bone up on the benefits of home ownership in realtor Tony Napoli’s “Home $weet Home” story (page 57). If you are in the market to buy, check out the real estate update we’ve compiled and glimpse some of the eclectic homes we’ve scouted around the county. Your dream house is out there, and it’s probably listed at less than $40 million.

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House Calls

San Diego residential real estate overview H Average listing price: $589,670 H Median sale price: $367,500 H Homes for sale: 2,953 H Homes in foreclosure: 3,845 H Average home priceper-squarefoot in San Diego County: $280 SOURCE: TRULIA.COM

Wooden It Be Nice?

Mission Hills-based Safdie Rabines Architects built this “Tree House” in 2000. Suspended by stilts, the home lives among the trees above a Mission Hills canyon. It features four outdoor decks and disappearing pocket doors that bring the outside in and make turning over a new leaf a daily promise.

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Fantasy is reality at Ilan-Lael, the Santa Ysabel (near Julian) home/studio of late artist James Hubbell. The natural compound is comprised of eight structures – made with clay, glass and mosaic tile, and stained glass – that would make any Hobbit or Gnome feel right at home.

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Far Afield

San Diego’s most expensive residential listing is a Rancho Santa Fe estate with eight bedrooms and eight-and-a-half baths. It also has two guesthouses, a resort-style clubhouse and a free-standing gym, all surrounded by lush gardens. If its 16,000-square-feet of living space were spread out flat, it could cover the entire width of a football field from one end zone to about the 33-yardline. Assuming there were such thing as an interest-free mortgage, payments for this $40 million bad boy would be $111,111.11 per month for 30 years. The yard guy would be extra.

Home $weet Home

Why to say “bye” to renting and buy a place of your own By Anthony Napoli JEFF “TURBO” CORRIGAN


On a Roll

There’s a mobile home in El Cajon that’s yours for just $5,000. The 660-square-foot trailer is part of an age-55-plus community, and offers use of a clubhouse and pool. It’s an active community – if bingo, Bible study and pool exercise classes get you fired up.

Here We Grow

San Diego County’s Top 10 ZIP codes for detached home price-persquare-foot increase (October 2011 to October 2012)

Oceanside (92057): Central San Diego (92123): El Cajon (92020): Santee (92071): Oceanside (92056): El Cajon (92012): Chula Vista (91910): Mission Hills (92103): San Marcos (92078): Rancho Bernardo (92127):

27.2% 25.1% 25.1 % 25% 22% 18.7% 18.3% 18% 16.6% 15.8%

Home $622,000 Median detached home Sales/ price in May 2006 Month $326,000 2008: 2,200 Median detached home 2011: 2,450 2012: 2,750 SOURCE: SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

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he first of the month is approaching, and once again you’ll write a rent check to your landlord. Why? Because you don’t want to be burdened with a mortgage payment and all of the responsibility that goes with it? Wake up and smell your rent money being flushed down the toilet. If there were ever a time to purchase a personal residence for yourself, it’s now. In California, for the first time – maybe ever – it’s now cheaper to own a residence than to pay rent. That’s because of a couple of interesting and monumental factors. First, interest rates are at an alltime low – lower than when they started keeping track in the 1950s (before there was email). Second, home prices have plummeted over the last five years, with some properties losing 50 percent of their value. Pity the people who bought at the peak, thinking prices would continue upward. But they bought for the wrong reason (see “On the House,” page 58, for the reason). Add to this scenario the fact that demand for rental


properties has skyrocketed, because not a lot of folks were buying homes over the last few years. This has caused rents to increase upwards of five percent per year in some parts of San Diego. So, rising rents, lower purchase prices for property and historically low interest rates have created a wonderful buying opportunity for first-time homebuyers. We’ve already seen real estate values start to increase four to six percent per year, showing we have hit the price bottom and are starting to come back. Waiting for prices to drop again is now not a good strategy. There are some other reasons for owning instead of renting. One is that your mortgage payment plus real estate taxes may only be slightly more (or sometimes less) than your current rent payment. When you pay a mortgage, you are entitled to many tax advantages that don’t come with paying rent. Your landlord takes those advantages now. Call an accountant to confirm the benefits of owning instead of renting.

Miles Kellogg was a sailor at heart, although he never actually hit the high seas, says Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association (DEMA) executive director Dody Crawford. But the landlocked, side-by-side homes he built are indeed shaped like boats. DEMA rents out the two-deck, two-bed, two-bath structures. Built in the 1920s, they’re called the SS Encinitas and the SS Moonlight, and like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, they list a little.

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etween 2001 and 2005, the main reason people purchased real estate was to make money when they sold it. It got out of hand because of the availability of easy loans. Today, buyers want to own their homes to give themselves a feeling of stability and security, to be in control of their own destinies. No one is going to call and raise the rent or not renew your lease when you own your own property. And, hopefully, after seven to 10 years, you will have a little nest egg of equity in your home, giving you some financial security. Building home equity is like having a parttime job that you don’t have to show up to in order to make money. Anthony Napoli has been a realtor in San Diego County since 2001. His specialty has been the downtown condo market.

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The campus of University of California, San Diego is home to “Fallen Star,” a 70,000-pound, 15by-18-foot structure that was placed askance off the side of Jacobs Hall. A three-quarter-sized version of a Rhode Island-style home, it’s fully furnished but uninhabitable. “There’s running water outside, but no bathroom, and the couch is too small to sleep on,” says spokesperson Mary Beebe.


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Urban legend has it that a bunch of munchkins who acted in The Wizard of Oz moved from Hollywood to San Diego and took up residence in tiny houses built to their scale. Some point to a property on Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. Myth busted. This house on Hillside Drive, built by Cliff May in 1935, was never home to any members of the Lollipop Guild.


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Civita is a huge housing project currently under construction in Mission Valley. When complete, the 230-acre urban village will include 4,780 homes and apartments. Sustainability and energy efficiency are being built in to the tune of a 145-kilowatt solar component that will power 80 percent of common-area energy consumption.

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Hogg + Heifer sliders (aka Bailiwiches) at the new Bailiwick on Fifth Ave.

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Grand openings and rejuvenated efforts are widespread. From downtown to Del Mar, and South Bay to San Marcos, here’s a roundup of what’s new on menus all over town. Amaya La Jolla. The

Grand Del Mar is getting a sister restaurant in March. Chef Camron Woods will leave the opulent Del Mar hotel setting to run the kitchen in the new La Jolla location. 1205 Prospect Street, La Jolla 858.750.3695, AVANT. The classic El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn closed, giving way this spring to a rustic newcomer. After a $2.5 million renovation, AVANT, under chef Nicolas Bour, promises a charcuterie station, homemade mustards and menu items like Sonoma duck breast confit Shepherd’s Pie. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo 858.675.8550, Bar West. The popular Oscar’s

Mexican Seafood on Turquoise Street in North P.B. is now preparing their fresh favorites in a second location: the kitchen inside Bar West. Fast-casual Mexican fare in a high-energy, laidback nightclub by the beach means Taco Tuesday is sure to be bumping. Food specials will also be served up Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. 959 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach 858.273.WEST (9378), The Boardwalk. With a new stucco exterior and paint jobs

Bailiwick, formerly Tequila 100 and Alambres

inside and out, The Boardwalk is revitalized and ready for business. The new menu highlights local produce. The bar, now featuring a full liquor license, offers classic and contemporary cocktails. 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach 858.488.9484, Bailiwick. Taking over the spot

that was the previous home of

Tequila 100 and Mexican eatery Alambres, Bailiwick has stripped the interior down to brick walls. General manager Jason Fackler wants the space to feel like your home, “but with a much more pleasant staff.” An inventive ice program lends a higher level of coolness to the cocktails; grilled oysters and a pinch of Southern hospitality spice up the menu. 756 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.795.3036.

Bang Bang. The second-floor site at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Market Street (above SideBar; formerly the The Witherby, followed by Airr Supper Club) is the new playground for Mauricio Couturier (El Camino) and Johnny Shockey (Voyeur, LED Presents). Bang Bang will be an over-the-top Japanese Social House that should bow into business this spring. 526 Market St., Gaslamp (continued on page 76)

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CLOCKWISE (from top left): Blind Burro in East Village’s achiote-glazed dorado with green pipian sauce, fried plantains and avocado; the strawberry rhubarb cupcakes at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro are made of dark chocolate cake filled with strawberry rhubarb compote, and topped with dark chocolate ganache and dried strawberries; the Blind Burro has a serious mescal and tequila liquor selection to pair with its Mexican-inspired dishes.

Blind Burro. Good Time Design owner/operator Ty Hauter has a long list of downtown venues, including a stronghold at the corner of Seventh Avenue and J Street comprising Bub’s at the Ballparj, Lucky’s Lunch Counter and Block 16. The newest Good Timer to open at the intersection is Blind Burro (in the former FleetWood space), which emphasizes tequila, mescal and coastal Mexican fare. Next on tap is Hauter’s Cat Eye Club, set to open adjacent to Blind Burro any day now. 639 J St., East Village 619.795.7880, Brick+Mortar. Downtown’s

Keating Hotel revamped its street-level restaurant (formerly The Merc) just in time for Valentine’s Day. Managed by Broseph’s Restaurant Group (BRG), the eatery has a 45-foot central bar surrounded by vinyl booths and exposed brick walls. The adjoining pizza shop is now called Skinny’s, which will be open until 4 a.m. on weekends. 820 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.814.6357,

Chaplos. It’s the rare new restaurant that opens proximal to Cortez Hill. Chaplos snagged former El Vitral chef Norma Martinez, and both its menu and décor fuse traditional and contemporary Latin flavors. The long wooden bar in the main dining room was polished after being hauled over from China Camp at Fat City. 925 B St., #101, Cortez Hill 619.798.3888,

Christopher’s on Congress.

El Vitral. This Mexican

The Old Town Wine Cabana location gets an upgrade, with indoor/outdoor seating and Happy Hour prices: $3 for glasses of wine, $2 for craft beer. 2539 Congress St., Ste. A, Old Town 619.450.4154,

restaurant shot down to Otay Ranch Center in December. There are plenty of tequila choices, but the Otay location has more of a family vibe than the East Village El Vitral, which sits next to PETCO Park and was closed earlier this year for renovations. 2015 Birch Rd., #710, Otay Ranch 619.236.9420,

Coral. That’s the working title of a Mexican mecca slated for the spot on Harbor Island where the floating Ruben E. Lee restaurant/ paddleboat used to be. It’ll be landlocked and is on the drawing board for 2014. Owner David Cohn hopes to build an outdoor deck from Coral that will connect to his nearby Island Prime/C Level eateries. Harbor Island

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro. After five years in

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LEFT: The shiso julep at Gaijin Noodle & Sake House (now with a full bar) is made with Japanese whiskey, shiso (a Japanese herb), demerara sugar and crushed ice. BELOW: The newly remodeled Greystone Steakhouse now sports dramartitc lighting fixtures.

architect Graham Downes, this 5,000-square-foot Asian-themed concept is the brainchild of Jon Mangini (Basic Kitchen +Bar, URBN Coal Fired Pizza). 345 Sixth Ave., East Village 619.550.1600, Grapes & Hops. A Public

Notice of Application to Sell Alcoholic Beverages hangs in the window on a growing block of Market Street in East Village (across the street from Bootlegger and East Village Tavern + Bowl). A beer-and-wine “sidewalk café” project by Joseph Howard Halbo is expected to come to life later this year. 833 Market St., East Village Eureka!. American-made

Angus Chuck beef goes into the gourmet burgers at this new spot in UTC La Jolla. Into the beverage glasses go 50 craft whiskeys and 40 craft beers. 4353 La Jolla Village Dr., University City 858.210.3444,

Gaijin Noodle & Sake House. March marks the

one-year anniversary for this Asian-Italian fusion hotspot from chef Antonio Friscia. What’s new? The restaurant got its full liquor license in February and is planning a new cocktail menu from the fanciful playbook

Greystone The Steakhouse.

of mixologist Lucien Conner (formerly of Snake Oil Cocktail Company), who is a partner in Queen, Conner and Ward. 627 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp 619.238.0567, Gang Kitchen. A two-level warehouse biggie designed by

A remodel to modernize this Gaslamp steakhouse includes a new bar, hip lighting and a lounge where the vibe will include pumped-up music after 10 p.m. on weekends. 658 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.232.0225, (continued on page 80)

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Horton Plaza Park.

The corner of Fourth Avenue and Broadway will get an amazing makeover with a new, $8 million park that’s already under construction. When the project is complete (in 2014), eateries like the newish The Commons Bar (901 Fourth Ave., 619.696.8888, will benefit from greater foot traffic. On opposite ends of what will be the new park are now Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar (411 Broadway, 619.795.3800, and the remodeled, Italianinspired Pinzimini at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter (910 Broadway Cir., 619.272.5840, Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint. Kevin “The

Food Dude” Roberts has been a Reality TV competitor and was part of the group that brought Gaslamp Tavern, East Village Tavern + Bowl and North County Tavern + Bowl to life. His new Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint (featuring DJ beats, a full bar and flat screens playing Kill Bill, Godzilla and other such movies) is scheduled to open in March on the site of a former art gallery. 411 Market St. Gaslamp

Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar sits on the edge of what will soon be downtown’s new park.

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Lindbergh Field. Airport food is taking off in San Diego. New restaurants are coming on board this year, many with local ties. New eateries scattered through a variety of locations throughout the terminals include: Thai offerings from Saffron (saffronsandiego. com), 100 Wines (, Stone Brewing Co. (, Pannikin Coffee & Tea (pannikincoffeeandtea. com), Phil’s BBQ ( and Bankers Hill Restaurant and Bar ( Monello. In Italian, monello means “naughty little boy.” But how

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much trouble can you get in as the adjacent, sister restaurant to Little Italy hit Bencotto? The new space offers a Milanese twist (more rice than pasta; less tomato) on lunch and dinner dishes. 750 West Fir St., Little Italy 619.501.0030, The Patio on Lamont Street. The former site of the Lamont

Street Grill is now a farm-to-table neighborhood dining spot, with chef John Medall (formerly of Red Circle) in the kitchen. Medall’s menu emphasizes seafood; the cocktail menu is quite crafty. 4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach 858.412.4648, Penny Lane Pub & Grill. After a hard day’s night, new chef/

owner Rob Conaway took over this Beatles-themed location in San Marcos. There’s still a British theme, but with less Fab Four and a meatier menu. 1001 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos 760.744.8782, Queenstown. New Zealand’s namesake city will make itself at home as a restaurant in Little Italy at the end of March. It’s the latest organic/grass-fed beef project from Bare Back Grill co-owners PJ Lamont and Matt Baker, and no-holds-barred designer Michael Soriano (The Pearl, Vin De Syrah, Raglan Public House). 1557 Columbia St., Little Italy Royal India – Del Mar. The second venue for co-owners Sam


and Jag Kambo opened in Del Mar in January. The grand opening will take place in March for this 2,300-square-foot spot, and yes, the elaborate Indian décor includes a floor-to-ceiling waterfall. 3860 Valley Center Dr., Del Mar 858.792.1111,


RT’s Longboard Grill. The casual, 15-year-old Pacific Beach joint

is turning off the lights, and it’s likely the last “last call” will be in March. At press time, a sale of the liquor license to neighbor Cabo Cantina was still pending. 1466 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach 858.270.4030, Sea & Smoke, An American Brasserie. Chef/owner Matt

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Sherman’s Shack. The Urban Chicken in Sherman Heights recently gave way to Sherman’s Shack. This casual, street-side, openwindow eatery serves stuffed hamburgers, including the hearty Surf & Turf: two patties surrounding garlic shrimp and cream cheese. 549 25th St., Sherman Heights 619.795.7192, Stone Brewery Liberty Station. Stone founder Greg Koch reports the long-awaited Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: Liberty Station will open in early May. “The interior will be evocative of our Escondido location,” he says. “Occupying the historic Naval Training Center’s Mess Hall will also give it distinct characteristics.” 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, Wonderland Ocean Pub. San Diego’s first amusement park


opened on this Ocean Beach site 100 years ago. In June, the spot is slated to jump back to life, backed by Brendan Huffman (P.B. Shore Club, Bootlegger) and Mina Desiderio of downtown’s The Local. Plans are still being forged, but Huffman says to look for “a bluecollar design, open windows and a la carte seafood.” 5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach


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ver the many years I’ve experimented in the kitchen, I’ve tested a wide variety of cooking gadgets and equipment. Avocado Saver? Don’t even know why I purchased it. Banana Slicer? Utterly ridiculous. Whoopie Pie Pan? Tempting, but not needed. Here, though, are 10 practical and inexpensive items that will elevate your kitchen creations and make your cooking time more enjoyable.

Sharp Knife

Before you go out and purchase any other items on this list, get a quality sharp knife. Instead of purchasing the 40-piece knife block, invest in one good-quality blade. I prefer a chef’s knife. If you’re worried about cutting yourself, just know that more accidents happen with dull blades than sharp ones. You can find the Schmidt Brothers Chef’s Knife at West Elm.

Cast Iron Pot

Food Processor

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Heavy, sturdy and reliable, cast iron pots are a must-have when making soups, stews, sauces and syrups. Thick cast iron provides even heat distribution, and an enamel coating makes for easy clean up. Start with a 5-Court Dutch Oven, then buy additional pieces as needed. Versions available at WilliamsSonoma, Le Creuset and Staub are both beautiful and reliable. Macy’s also carries an affordable line of Martha Stewart cast iron cookware.

This versatile kitchen workhorse is perfect for pureeing fruits and vegetables, emulsifying vinaigrettes, grating cheese and even making pie dough. I purchased this Cuisinart Food Processor at Macy’s in 2007, and it’s been making my life in the kitchen easier ever since.

When I’m cooking my way through a new recipe, I always measure each ingredient exactly. Purchase measuring cups that are metal or ceramic, because the measurement markings can fade from plastic alternatives. My cups are from Anthropologie, but many other retailers like Target and Macy’s also carry suitable options.

Eyeballing a teaspoon of baking powder or a tablespoon of yeast can result in a disastrous finished product. Precision is needed when preparing baked goods at home, so get yourself a set of measuring spoons. Visit Crate & Barrel for a selection of classic and colorful variations.

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Celebrating 30 years of bringing New York Deli fare and comfort classics to San Diego. Melt-in-your-mouth corned beef and pastrami, lox, blintzes and cabbage rolls are amongst the favorites. Open late every night; ’til 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Breakfast anytime. Ample validated parking. Full bar / happy hour. 535 University Ave. (on the corner of 6th Ave.) in the heart of Hillcrest. 619.295.2747 |




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Microplane Zester

Aside from a chef ’s knife, the Microplane Zester is my most-used kitchen gadget. Hundreds of razor sharp edges easily shred through lemon rind, Parmesan cheese, garlic, ginger, chocolate and nutmeg. No other grater compares. You can find a number of Microplane products at Williams-Sonoma.

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A cup of flour can vary in weight based on how tightly you pack it into a measuring cup. For certain ingredients, it’s best to measure with a kitchen scale to ensure consistently delicious results. Digital kitchen scales can be found at many retailers, including Target and Sur La Table.

Pre-ground spices can lose most of their flavor after sitting in the cupboard for several months. To keep flavors fresh and bold, purchase whole spices and grind them as needed. The difference in flavor is quite remarkable. I purchased a coffee grinder at Target; however, I only use it for spices.

Medium-mesh strainers can be used to strain foods like pasta, beans, pickles, peppers and capers. Fine-mesh varieties are perfect for custards, citrus juice, stock and cocktails. I also like to use my strainers to rinse smaller quantities of ingredients like rice, quinoa and berries. I got my strainer at Target.

This geeky gadget eliminates the guesswork when it comes to the doneness of your food. If you’re notorious for cooking dry chicken or pork, then you need an instantread thermometer. Williams-Sonoma has a number of thermometers; however, I went with one on Amazon.

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n lazy Sunday mornings, when the sun is just starting to creep up, I love to sit in my kitchen with a hot cup of coffee and a plate of freshly baked scones. A searing sip of dark brew accompanies each buttery, crumbly bite. Made with bright orange zest and freshly ground cardamom, these scones are packed with flavor. The key to a perfect scone is the butter. Ice-cold butter is grated into the dough, allowing for even distribution. Once the dough comes together, you should see little flecks of butter throughout. When the scones cook, the butter melts and steams up. The steam creates tiny pockets of air, providing a light and flaky texture.

Orange Cardamom Scones Ingredients For the scones: 4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling 2 tablespoons baking powder 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground cardamom* 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter (preferably frozen solid) 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup cold heavy cream 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water (for the egg wash)

*Freshly ground cardamom has the best flavor. Place green cardamom pods into a mortar and pestle, and pound until the pods crack open and release the seeds within. Pick out pod shells, and then finely grind seeds. If you don’t want to go through the trouble, you can use pre-ground cardamom.

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For the glaze: 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice Process Prepare dry ingredients. Preheat  oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside. Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, ground cardamom and orange zest in a large bowl, whisking to combine and aerate. Using the large holes on a box grater, grate butter one stick at a time into the dry ingredients. Stir frequently to incorporate the butter shavings into the dry mixture. Add wet ingredients. Whisk together eggs and heavy cream, and then slowly pour into the bowl with the butter-flour mixture. Stir as you’re pouring, using a sturdy wooden spoon. Stir until blended. The dough will be sticky. Form scones. Turn dough out on to a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. Before kneading, lightly dust the top of the dough (and your hands) with flour to keep the dough from sticking. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to a 3/4-inch thickness.

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While rolling, turn the dough occasionally to keep it from sticking. Dip a 3-inch cookie cutter into flour and cut out circles of dough. Place scones on the prepared baking sheet (8-9 at a time). Reroll any scraps and cut as many circles as possible. Bake and Glaze. Brush the top of each scone with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake each batch of scones for 20-22 minutes, until the scones are golden on top. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before glazing. While the scones are cooling, prepare the glaze. Combine confectioners’ sugar, cardamom and orange juice in a medium bowl, whisking until smooth. Drizzle over scones. Later, Dude. Save some scones for later – they freeze very well. Simply place unbaked ones on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set in the freezer. Once they’re rock-hard, transfer them to a freezer bag. When you’re ready for another round, take a few scones from the freezer and bake according to the instructions above. (Add a few minutes to the baking time for frozen dough as compared to fresh.)


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Cusp’s Ron Burgundy cocktail, made with block ice, Famous Grouse Scotch, housemade brown sugar syrup, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, peach and orange bitters. OPPOSITE: Cusp’s cast of cool characters, each with a different purpose.

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ice age

Why cubes are key in creating cooler craft cocktails


B y J a s o n O ’ B r y a n / P h o t o s b y B r e v i n B l a ch

he secret ingredient in every cocktail: water. Dilution from ice becomes 25-40 percent of every drink. With that in mind, more San Diego mixologists are treating ice with the same maniacal obsession they treat everything else. It goes like this: the bigger the ice cube, the higher the ratio of volume-to-surface area, and the slower the dilution. In an Old Fashioned, for taste’s sake, slower is better. Other times, say with a Mint Julep, the drink is formulated to need a lot of dilution, so you want tiny pieces that melt faster. Downtown’s longstanding cocktail dive El

Dorado has two different ice machines for just this purpose. One is called Kold Draft, which makes perfect 1¼-inch cubes. Another, standard ice machine makes what is referred to (with mild condescension) as “hotel ice.” “Hotel ice is for vodka-sodas and things like that,” says El Dorado general manager Steven Tuttle. “We use Kold Draft for the craft cocktails, where low dilution levels are more important.” At Bailiwick, the new, plantation/minimalist mixology spot in the Gaslamp, they get their big ice by chiseling pieces off an enormous, 50-pound block that sits on the back bar. And if they need more dilution? General manager Jason Fackler chills his Bramble cocktail by taking one of the large pieces and hammering it to dust in a canvas bag. “Crushed ice is very summery,” he says.

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“It gives a drink the snow-cone effect.” He’ll frequently let the customers hammer the ice while he assembles the rest of the drink. “People like the show. If I make one, I know I’ll be making 10 more.” At Cusp, the aggressively modern oasis on the 11th floor of the Hotel La Jolla, mixologist Nate Howell has taken ice to the next level. In addition to Kold Draft, tiny pellet ice, three molds and long cubes designed to fit tall glasses, he utilizes a twoinch cube of oak-infused ice. “This barrel ice allows for more flavor to be extracted,” says Howell. “Vanilla and cinnamon flavors come out, instead of just regular water. The ice will dissolve slowly, but the drink will progressively get better.” And there you have it, the cold, hard facts.

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Groove CONCERT CALENDAR //// on the record //// RE: SOUNDING SUCCESS //// a glass act

KEYS TO SUCCESS (continued on page 98)

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M iche l ange l o Di B attista

Alicia Keys is more than hot. Proving she’s a Girl on Fire (which happens to be the title track of her fifth studio album, not to mention the music bed for Citibank’s incessant TV commercials), the 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter has been selling out arenas across the country. Hold your lighter in the air and sing along as Keys’ Set the World on Fire Tour stops at Valley View Casino Center March 13. 3/13: Alicia Keys Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma


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march concert calendar 3/1-2: Iration @ House of Blues, This Santa Barbara band shines with their brand of sunshine reggae. 3/1: Project 46 @ Voyeur, Progressive house music from a Canadian duo, eh.

3/1: Ryan Bingham @ Belly Up Tavern, Americana roots rocker who worked on the Crazy Heart (2009 movie starring Jeff Bridges) soundtrack. 3/2: Super Diamond @ Belly Up Tavern, The next best thing to seeing Mr. Diamond live is checking out this tribute band, fronted by “The Surreal Neil.” 3/2: Kishi Bashi @ Casbah, This multi-instrumental soloist plays violin and mixes vocal loops to create a one-of-a-kind indie-popelectronica show. 3/3: Marcus Schössow @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Russia’s most popular DJ in 2008 (who is actually Swedish) brings his progressive house and trance music to the U.S.

3/7: Johnny Gill @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, The former member of New Edition offers up R&B and New Jack Swing. 3/7: Flogging Molly @ House of Blues, Celtic punk band on its ninth annual Green 17 Tour celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a month of shows. 3/7: Toad The Wet Sprocket @ Belly Up Tavern, This 1990s alternative-rock band had hits with “Walk On The Ocean” and “All I Want.” 3/7: The Ghost Inside @ SOMA, Last year, this Los Angelesbased band (formerly known as A Dying Dream) headlined the Alternative Press Tour. 3/8: Stephen Lynch @ House of Blues, He’s a musician and comedian with two Comedy Central Presents specials under his belt. 3/9: Bad Religion and Against Me! @ SOMA, Here’s a twin bill with two punk rock bands that don’t pull any punches.

By Tim Pyles

3/1: Ryan Bingham

3/9: Feenixpawl @ Voyeur, This DJ-ing duo from Australia remixes and produces house music. 3/9: Soft White Sixties and Nervous Wreckords @ The Griffin, The opening act plays vintage R&B-tinged rock, followed by the latest effort from Brian Karscig, formerly of Louis XIV.

3/7: Johnny Gill

3/17: LA Riots @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, The electro house/indie dance producers (think hardcore remixers) bring their aggressive sound to Wintervention. 3/17: Kyau & Albert @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, These German trance DJs used to be known at Kyau vs. Albert, but have since got on the same team to make hits like “A Night Like This.” 3/17: Greensky Bluegrass @ Porter’s Pub (UCSD), Uncork a bottle of moonshine and get ready for a fivepiece bluegrass band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. 3/17: Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, The “Roots & Boots” tour features an acoustic night from three country favorites.

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3/9: Bad Religion

M y riam S antos

3/3: STRFKR @ Porter’s Pub (UCSD), Indie electronic band from Portland, Oregon.

3/6: Mickey Hart Band @ Belly Up Tavern, As one of the legendary percussionists for the Grateful Dead, he was nicknamed “The Rhythm Devil.”

3/9: Cradle of Filth @ House of Blues, This British black metal/ extreme metal band has been scaring parents since 1991.

A nna A x ster

3/1: As I Lay Dying @ SOMA, The name is from a William Faulkner novel; the San Diegobased, Grammy-nominated band plays metalcore.

3/4: Marcus Foster @ Casbah, Fans of Twilight will recognize his single “I Was Broken,” which features Kristen Stewart in the music video.


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3/18: Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius @ House of Blues, Both of these alternative rockers are currently all over the radio airwaves. 3/18: Josh Ritter @ Belly Up Tavern, Paste Magazine named him one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” in 2006. 3/19: The Joy Formidable @ Belly Up Tavern, Welsh alternative rock band that’s easy to find up and down the radio dial.

3/21: Felguk @ FLUXX, Felguk is the stage name of Brazilian DJs/ music producers Felipe Lozinsky and Gustavo Rozenthal, who are faves of Madonna. 3/21: Schematic and Asker @ The Griffin, Indie pop rock bands share the bill; the former is signed to the latter’s label. 3/22: Sex Panther @ Voyeur, Progressive house music DJs bring the show to the crowd, often feeding shots to the audience and interacting on the mic.

3/28: Tiger Army @ House of Blues, Psychobilly alternative rock band fronted by lead songwriter Nick 13.

3/22-23: Kenny G @ Copley Symphony Hall, Kenneth Bruce Gorelick is the king of smooth jazz saxophone.

3/28: Robbie Rivera @ FLUXX, Electro-house and tribal DJ who was born in Puerto Rico.

3/22-23: Pennywise and Anti-Flag @ House of Blues, Pennywise returns with all original members, celebrating 25 years as a band. 3/23-24: The Black Lips @ Casbah, casbahmusic. com The garage punk rockers are playing two nights at the Casbah. Last time in town, they played three songs before police shut down the rowdy show. 3/23: Gregor Salto @ Voyeur, House music DJ and producer leading the “Dutch Sound.” 3/24: Gordon Lightfoot @ Belly Up Tavern, This folk rock legend is the original trailblazer in the genre and helped define the sound in the 1960s and ’70s. 3/25: Anthrax and Exodus @ House of Blues, The Metal Alliance Tour is headlined by two iconic thrash metal bands. 3/27: Sevendust @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, This alt-metal band from Atlanta has released eight studio albums.

3/28: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ The Griffin, A Brooklyn-based eightpiece funk/soul band wings into town. 3/28: Brandy @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, Raise your glass for this R&B singer who’s also an actress (didja know she was the voice of Leah in Osmosis Jones?). 3/29: Living Colour @ Belly Up Tavern, A 25th Anniversary Tour celebrates the release of their seminal album Vivid.

3/27: Sevendust

3/3031: The Airborne Toxic Event

3/29: Tech N9ne @ House of Blues, Aaron Dontez Yates is a rapper straight out of Kansas City, Missouri. 3/30-31: The Airborne Toxic Event @ House of Blues, Alternative indie rock band from hipster central Los Feliz (in Los Angeles). 3/30: Veronica Falls @ Casbah, Indie Pop band from London, whose band members were formerly in The Royal We and Sexy Kids.



A utumn De W i l d e

3/21: Kenny Rogers @ Belly Up Tavern, As his classic lyrics go: “You got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away; and know when to run.” Run.

3/22: Enter Shikari @ SOMA, British alt-metal band that mixes in dubstep and electronica.

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3/28: Brandy


// cd re v ie w s //

on the record

The early word on albums due out in March

By Carlos Gomez Big names the likes of the The Strokes and Justin Timberlake will be back on the scene in March. Get ready for a wide range of musical premieres – from garage rock to club-thumping rap. Here’s what’s about to drop. Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse, March 5 Youth Lagoon (the stage name of San Diegan Trevor Powers) explores metaphysicality with a blend of experimental Americana and pop. “Dropla” provides a hazy, out-of-body experience. The song features steadily climbing atmospherics, as Powers refrains/assures, “You will never die,” in a style that feels like John Lennon on codeine. Devendra Banhart, Mala, March 12 The Bearded One of avant-freak-folk is back with his eighth studio album. In Mala (Spanish for “bad woman”), Banhart delivers his signature minimal guitar work and dreamy/watery wonderment on the track “Never Seen Such Good Things.” He butters you up then smacks you down with reality: “If we ever make sweet love again / I’m sure it would be quite dis-gus-tin’.” Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience, March 15 The guy who brought sexy back returns after a seven-year hiatus with 10 tracks of posh R&B. On “Suit and Tie,” Timberlake and pal Jay-Z reflect on the finer points of haberdashery over a floating, mid-tempo groove laced with horns and xylophone. With fuzzy electronic synths and scat beat boxing, tracks “Mirrors” and “That Girl” are sure to join the “baby-making” playlist. Wavves, Afraid of Heights, March 26 The local surf-rockers add a tinge of hip-hop to their fifth outing with tracks like “Sail To The Sun.” Opening with what appears to be Baptist sermon samplings, the track then explodes into frenzied drums, garage noise and vocals. Imagine the ideal fight song for kids too strung-out to actually fight. The Strokes, Comedown Machine, March 26 The New York City garage-rock revivalists stay true to form while venturing down new avenues in their follow-up to 2011’s Angles. On the 1980s video game-sounding “One Way Trigger,” Nick Valensi’s tension-building guitar sets the mood for singer Julian Casablancas’s higher-than-usual crooning: “You asked me to stay / but there’s a million reasons to leave.” Lil’ Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being II, March 26 The Cash Money alumnus drops his highly anticipated 10th album. Weezy keeps his penchant for making the absurd sound awesome with tracks like “Bitches Love Me” and “My Homies Still.” Over a tripped-out, frantic beat, Wayne proclaims, “Boy, yo’ girl a jump off / I hope she land feet first / She give me brain research / And I prefer reefer.”




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// inter v ie w s //

re: soundING success Music man with industry ties works his magic

By ron donoho


J eff “ turbo ” corrigan

ith the likes of Belly Up (established in 1974) and The Casbah (opened in 1989) long ruling the roost, it’s been tough for rookie venues to break into the local live music scene. But thanks to veteran talent booker Joe Rinaldi, the new kid on the 1300 block of Morena Boulevard is now playing with the big boys. “The Griffin has come out of nowhere and taken the city of San Diego by surprise,” Rinaldi says. Rinaldi was busy booking West Hollywood’s famed Viper Room when he got the call from San Diego-based West Group (Bar West in Pacific Beach, Gaijin Noodle + Sake House in the Gaslamp) to head-up the concert line-up at The Griffin (formerly an Irish dive bar called O’Connell’s), the nightlife group’s new project along the Morena shopping district. In L.A., Rinaldi booked a long list of top acts across a variety of genres: Prince, Katy Perry, Aretha Franklin, Panic at the Disco, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg. The list goes on. But to book acts of this caliber at The Griffin (of course, Prince will always be a longshot for the 241-person-capacity room), he realized changes would need to be made. “Everything was in place to make it a perfect small venue,” Rinaldi says. “Booths – check. Sound system, raising the speakers, curtaining the stage, leaving the sound-board in a dominant position – check, check, check. Not inhibiting sightlines from any part of the room – check.” The problem was, as Rinaldi saw it, that The Griffin was a neighborhood bar by day and had live music only on occasion. The formula wasn’t working. So, under his experienced eye, the brand-new venue transformed again. The new, new The Griffin now has a woodpaneled exterior and rougher interior wooden walls. The pool tables are still in place, but

karaoke is gone, and now the place is only open when a musical act is booked. “There aren’t that many people around town who can turn a venue into a pure music play,” says Rinaldi. “It requires a lot of preexisting relationships with bands, agents and managers, plus the musician community.” Rinaldi is a native who attended University of California, San Diego. He says he inherited a savvy staff and that a feeling of loyalty is mutual. And now The Griffin team is getting on the map by booking the likes of Band of Skulls, British alt. rockers who stopped in between Coachella weekends last year; Shwayze, who’s “Buzzin’” one



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collaboration with former Whitestarr frontman, Cisco, climbed the Billboard Hot 100 chart; and Augustana, a band from San Diego whose hit song “Boston” has garnered more than six million YouTube views. “In the small-club world, everybody’s talking about us positively,” says Rinaldi. “Bands know, if they’re coming to town, this is now a venue they have to consider.” Search upcoming shows at 1310 Morena Blvd., Morena Shopping District (by Tecolote Canyon) 619.684.1616,


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a glass act All pour one, and one pour all

By ron donoho / photo by brevin blach


he Beach Bar Guild launched a year ago and now has 300 members from the Pacific Beach bar industry. “It’s been a snowball effect,” says founder Ciara Guedesse. “More than 95 percent of bars in PB have active members. Everybody is catching on that it’s better to cooperate than to compete with each other.” The Guild meets monthly to discuss how to enrich the local serviceindustry community. In past meetings, San Diego Police Department representatives have addressed the importance of not over-serving customers, and members of the Discover Pacific Beach business improvement district have given updates regarding neighborhood activities.


One of the Guild’s primary goals is promoting safety. “It was great when security staff got on board,” Guedesse says. “Now, if somebody has been thrown out for fighting or drinking too much, security can text it around town.” The Guild also participates in charitable activities, like the Pacific Beach Christmas Parade and an upcoming boat cruise that will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Guedesse has been a bartender for all of her adult working life. Her father owned a bar where she grew up in Wyoming, and now she’s been at it for 10 years in San Diego, currently pouring at Cabo Cantina in Pacific Beach. “We all share customers in P.B.,” Guedesse says. “People bar-hop when they come out here. It just makes sense that we help promote each other.” E-mail Guidesse to get involved.



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Peer to Pier


n the Sunday afternoon of President’s Weekend, Beach Bar Guild members – many of whom had worked until 3 a.m. that morning and/or dashed out from behind the bar to be in this photo – gathered at Crystal Pier. After a couple stragglers arrived late (you know who you are), the camera flashed a final time, and the group scattered back to the bars from whence they came.

BACK ROW: Foster, The Australian Pub bartender; Walter Crawford, Shore Club manager; Ryan Fitzgerald, PB Pub security guard; Shawn Findley, Guava Beach general manager; Kevin Bass Pitcailthley, Johnny V bartender; Dane Souza, The Australian Pub partner and general manager; Devin Edington, Typhoon Saloon bartender. MIDDLE ROW: Matt Ayers, Pacific Beach Alehouse bar manager; Kimmy Woodring, Pacific Beach Alehouse bartender; Josh Gehlbach, Beach Bar Guild vice president and Miller’s Field manager; Marius Degarden, Cabo Cantina and Bar Key security guard and chef; Andre Morial, Cabo Cantina manager and bartender; Addison Brown, Typhoon Saloon bartender; Amanda Underholt, Typhoon Saloon bartender; Stacia May, Typhoon Saloon bartender; Julio Soto, Typhoon Saloon bartender; Bobby Klaisle, Typhoon Saloon assistant general manager. FRONT ROW: Eddie Domingez, Dirty Birds head of security; Adam Jacoby, Dirty Birds partner; Amy Ballaster, Bub’s Dive Bar assistant general manager; Ashton Perez, The Australian Pub bartender; Jimmy Garza, Typhoon Saloon bartender; Adrian Greyson, Typhooon Saloon bartender; Ciara Guedese, Beach Bar Guild president and Cabo Cantina bartender.




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Blind Date

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Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Two outta three ain’t bad B y D av i d P e r l o f f P h o t o s b y B r e v i n B l a ch


s the wind blows in from across Mission Bay, it’s so cold in Bay Park you can see your breath. But things should be heating up pretty quickly here. Carlos Santana’s son, Salvador Santana, is performing live in concert at The Griffin at about 11. Before the show, tonight’s blind daters will have dinner and drinks at the new Luce Bar + Kitchen (formerly DaNino’s pizza, which was gutted by fire, giving way to the slickest spot to pop up along Morena Boulevard in decades). Murphi and Liz met half an hour ago in the Epic Limo that’s about to drop them off at Luce. Before they arrive, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

Where are you from and where do you live now? LIZ: I was born in San Diego and currently live in Golden Hill, right next to Downtown. MURPHI: I’m from a small town called Los Angeles. You may have heard of it. Four years ago, I moved to San Diego, to Mission Valley, to pursue my acting career.

Someone who can hold a conversation, who isn’t judgmental, has ambition, loves to have fun. MURPHI: I’m pretty much drawn to an athletic build. Think dancer, volleyball, soccer player. Not pro wrestler. Aside from the physical stuff, I need, need, need a sense of humor and the ability to roll with my jokes. It’s my way of life. Jokes make things so much easier.

What do you do for a living? LIZ: I’m a coordinator for US Bank. MURPHI: I do odd jobs like act; model; DJ for kids, teens in the private and club scenes. And I own a small business called ALL N 1 Moving. What do you do for fun? LIZ: I love music and going to shows. I love to dance, shop and spend time with my family. MURPHI: Watch Star Trek, 90210 – the new version; paintball, snowboard, collect music, play with my grandparents, Facebook, follow Major League Baseball, try to cook.

What traits could your date exhibit that would be deal-breakers? LIZ: Too cocky, a know-it-all, judgy, wearing more jewelry than me. MURPHI: Farting, burping, asking for the time, talking about more than six exboyfriends, man-bashing, asking for sex, going to the bathroom more that twice in a 20-minute time period, eating with both hands, trying to get wasted. Asking, “Is this free?” Bringing a pet, talking 20 decibels louder than everyone else, acting paranoid, asking to use my cell phone, stealing from the restaurant...the list goes on.

What are you looking for in a date? LIZ: Tall and handsome is a good start.

Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.”

LIZ: Happy and rad. MURPHI: Calm and collected. What’s the best thing that could happen during the date? LIZ: Finding someone I could talk to beyond this date. MURPHI: She says, “I love you.” What’s the worst thing that could happen? LIZ: He could suck and totally ruin my time. MURPHI: She dies. Anything you’d like to add? LIZ: Let’s have a lovely time. MURPHI: Are you sure you still want me to go on this date? The daters arrive and take a seat in a corner booth. Everything’s on the house tonight, so they’re encouraged to sample anything and everything on Luce’s ever-changing menu. Thank you! Luce Bar + Kitchen 1959 Morena Blvd., Bay Park 619.275.0321, (Continued on page 110)




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(Continued from page 108)

READY TO ROCK It’s nearly show time


ith the final opening act now on-stage at The Griffin, Liz and Murphi are finishing dinner a few blocks down Morena Boulevard at Luce. They’re sitting closer to each other now than they were during appetizers and appear to be getting along well, laughing almost without a break. As they sip/chug cocktails, they’re split for mid-date debriefings.

How’s it going so far? LIZ: Fantastic. Having a really good time. We have a lot in common. He’s a DJ, and I like music. MURPHI: I think it’s going really well. For my first blind date, it’s more than I could’ve ever expected. What were your first impressions? LIZ: He’s handsome, which is good. And friendly. MURPHI: Very pretty girl. Wasn’t shy, really complemented my style, just kinda came out of the gate talking and wanting to get along and feeling everything out. It was a good rapport from the start. Is this the type of person you’d normally date? LIZ: Yes. I don’t really have a type. MURPHI: Yeah, I’d say it’s kinda right around my alley. What do you think of how your date is dressed? LIZ: Really good. He has a button-up shirt and a jacket on. It’s nice. Not too fancy, casual. MURPHI: It’s definitely appropriate and very non-slutty. I’m not saying I don’t like slutty, but I think she represented herself well. What have you had to eat and drink? LIZ: The pork wings – fantastic. And then the red snapper with the crusted pistachio

– delicious. And the mules; they have fancy mules that were really good. MURPHI: A lot of body parts. We’ve been eating pork forearm, we had bone marrow, we had fish. I think I had something from every food group so far, and it’s been delicious. It’s been top-notch, really good stuff I never thought I’d try. A-plus.

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks. LIZ: Nine. MURPHI: Eight.

Tell me about the ambience. LIZ: It’s really good. I like it here. It’s rad. MURPHI: The ambience is great, food’s great, service is great. It’s like something you’d see in a movie.

Do you want to kiss your date now? LIZ: No. MURPHI: No.

What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far? LIZ: Just his personality; he’s really nice. I get along with him really well. He’s not judgmental. He knows a lot about all the stuff I like, like EDM, electronic music. I go to festivals – it’s like, my life – and he knows about all the festivals I go to. MURPHI: Not burp and not fart. Not be rude. What would your parents say if you brought your date home? LIZ: That he’s very nice. I’m sure he’d open doors and be very gentlemanly. MURPHI: “Hi, we’re Murphi’s parents.” Well, my parents are divorced, so actually I’d take her home twice.




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And for personality? LIZ: Nine. MURPHI: Nine.

Does your date want to kiss you right now? LIZ: Maybe. MURPHI: No. Wait, yeah, of course she wants to kiss me. I think. If you could leave now with $100 cash or stay and make-out with your date at the booth, which would you choose? LIZ: I’d take the money. I hope he doesn’t say that. I guess I’ll read it in the magazine. MURPHI: I’d stay for sure. After the mid-date break, the daters jump back into the limo and head over to The Griffin. Thank you! Epic Limo 858.270.LIMO (5466), (Continued on page 112)




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Blind Date

// L O V E //

(Continued from page 110)

Rockin’a Hard Place As the lights come down, the crowd goes wild


iz and Murphi are seated in a booth by the stage at The Griffin when Salvador Santana takes the mic and starts playing keyboards, singing and blending spoken-word lyrics with synth effects and high-energy pop rock. After a few songs, seemingly out of nowhere, the daters appear in front of the stage, dancing, laughing, Salsa-ing. When they head back to their seats, the PacificSD crew leaves them to enjoy the rest of their evening away from the paparazzo. We call the next morning to see what we missed. How was The Griffin? LIZ: The Griffin was great. Everyone there was having fun. The music was really good. Nice to hear some live music and see Carlos Santana’s son play. MURPHI: We were immediately impressed by the rush of energy that the place gave off as soon as we stepped inside. You danced by the stage for a moment. Talk about that. LIZ: Murphi said he had some dance skills, so I challenged him. It was awesome. We got in the middle of the dance floor and broke it down. He definitely had some moves; he even dipped me. MURPHI: One word: amazing. Such a rush. I asked Liz if she was down to go dance in front of the stage, even though no one else had begun dancing yet, and she said yes. She had some pretty good moves – not as good as mine, but still pretty good. What happened after the magazine crew left? LIZ: We went into Hillcrest and saw another show at the Ruby Room. We danced and hung out some, then we had the limo take us both home.

MURPHI: We went to a Drum ‘n’ Bass show at the Ruby Room in Hillcrest, where we danced a little more and hung out with some mutual friends. How was the limo? LIZ: It was nice to be able to drink and not worry about having to drive. Plus, it looked really cool pulling up to all the places in a limo and having people looking at you, wondering what was going on. MURPHI: We felt like celebrities all night long. It really felt like we were in a private jet, flying around to different cities around the world, but we never left San Diego. What was the best part of the date? LIZ: The dinner was great. It was fun to try new foods and have conversation. MURPHI: The moment Liz stepped into the limo – once I saw that she was a beautiful, normal, fully functional girl, it really put me at ease. What was the worst part? LIZ: The hangover this morning – possibly six too many shots happened. MURPHI: When we had to say good-bye. I




enjoyed myself immensely and there was a bit of a sad face when the date was over. Was there a kiss or romantic exchange? LIZ: Bear hug. MURPHI: I couldn’t let Liz get away without giving her a sample. So, yes, we had a slight exchange of salivary fluids. Will there be a second date? LIZ: Maybe. Murphi is really cool, and I had fun hanging out with him. MURPHI: If she accepts my Facebook friend request, then yes. If not, then no. I need to stalk her profile first.   AFTERMATCH: Last night’s blind daters started out as strangers and ended up being the first ones dancing in front of the band. Like Gloria Estefan sings, “The rhythm is gonna get you.” It always does. As for Murphi’s lyric, “a slight exchange of salivary fluids,” that sounds a little more like Bret Michaels. Rock on! Thank you! The Griffin 1310 Morena Blvd., Bay Park 619.684.1816,

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“I’m sorry, lady, I don’t want to have sex with you, unless you want to have sex with me. In that case, yes, I’ll have sex with you.”

— Adam Devine as Adam DeMamp on Workaholics 2/28-3/2: Adam Devine @ The American Comedy Company, american

Currently starring as Adam on Comedy Central’s hit show Workaholics, Devine was the Treblemakers front man in movie Pitch Perfect.

“So, this priest walks up to a prostitute on the street corner, and he says, ‘Excuse me, young lady, what would your mother do if she saw you here?’ She said, ‘Oh, she’d kill me! This is her corner.’” — Anjelah Johnson

3/2: Anjelah Johnson @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, Why you no have boyfran? This SNL funny lady has more than 30 million views of her “Nail Salon” skit on YouTube.

“Big S/O to all the single people, we’ll be lonely tonight but not miserable tomorrow! :)”

—Michael Yo tweet on Valentine’s Day 3/13: Michael Yo @ The American Comedy Company, american The former E! News correspondent and Chelsea Lately regular is headlining the touring Hot Mess Comedy Show.


Never laugh at your significant other when they’re having an orgasm. That is their time to shine.

— Iliza Shlesinger 3/15-16: Iliza Shlesinger @ The Comedy Store, lajolla.thecomed If late-night MTV reruns are your thing, you’ll probably recognize this Excused host, who just finished filming the movie Paradise opposite Julianne Hough and Russell Brand.


“If you’re British and you don’t know a dude named Nigel – you’re not British or you’re Nigel. That’s how that goes.” — Chris D’Elia

3/21-23: Chris D’Elia @ The American Comedy Company, american Named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch” in 2011, Chris D’Elia currently co-stars on NBC’s Whitney every Wednesday night.


[MARCH 2013]

“William Shatner, I’ve seen less bloated men fished out of rivers. Does Priceline pay you in empanadas?”

— Amy Schumer, on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen 3/23: Amy Schumer @ Pala Casino Spa Resort, Her one-hour stand-up show, Mostly Sex Stuff, became Comedy Central’s second-highest rated special in 2012. This year, Schumer’s bringing Inside Amy to venues across the U.S.

“I’m not making fun of prayer, in case you think I am. I do plan on getting back in touch with God real soon. I just feel like God’s forgotten about me because I’ve moved around a lot and sometimes I wear a hat.”

— Jen Kirkman on The Craig Ferguson Show 3/28-30 Jen Kirkman @ The American Comedy Company, american This Chelsea Lately roundtable regular was the narrator of HBO’s “Drunk History.”


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Pacific San Diego Magazine, March 2013 issue  

Pacific San Diego Magazine, March 2013 issue