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Prince walks the red carpet at an event in London in April 1999.

Before it seemed like the world would end in Y2K, Prince Rogers Nelson helped millions of fans worldwide see the light – and the bright side of 1999. The recording-world Renaissance Man’s 1983 chart-topper by the same name, from the album 1999, offered an optimistic view of life and is just one of countless Prince hits that influenced a generation. That same year (’83, unfortunately, not ’99), I became a man, and a DJ played “1999” at my Bar Mitzvah after-party in my dad’s basement. In case you haven’t been been to one, Bar Mitzvahs are where matchmaking grandmothers nudge pubescent kids to dance with future lawyers and doctors. And it’s where sixth and seventh graders slow-dance and ignore what the yentas (Yiddish word for “gossip,” usually referring to aunts and their mothers) are talking about. But when Prince came on, oy vey! The crowd, including Aunt Norma, went wild. Mom did the Jitterbug. My brother did the funky robot, and Grandmom Ida slipped on some icing and nearly broke a hip. The point is, when the DJ spun Prince, the whole tribe hit the dance floor and partied like it was 1999 (in a basement). Prince’s music helped craft the memory, among others, which I recall every time that song plays on the radio. This Music Issue of PacificSD is dedicated to the music and memories of Prince, a rock star in every sense of the word. Rest in peace, sweet Prince. You brought the world diamonds and pearls… and left it way too early. Sincerely,

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CARLSBAD VILLAGE

FAIRE GRAND AVE., CARLSBAD carlsbad.org

International cuisines, a beerand-wine garden, entertainment and nearly 1,000 vendors draw upward of 100,000 visitors to this annual event, making it the largest one-day street fair in the U.S.

5.1

BRIDAL BAZAAR

DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS

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Meet hundreds of nuptial knowit-alls, experts in everything from hairstyling and cakes to dresses and photography, to plan your dream wedding.

MIRACLE BABIES 5K NTC PARK AT LIBERTY STATION, POINT LOMA

miraclebabies.org Walk or run this 5K dressed as your favorite superhero to fight for families with little ones in the NICU.

5.1

SPRING SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON SOUTH SHORES PARK, MISSION BAY kozevents.com Think of the continental breakfast, beer garden and live entertainment waiting at the finish line when completing this triathlon’s quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3-mile run.

PADRES HOME GAMES 5/2-4: VS. COLORADO ROCKIES

(promotions: French Heritage Night 5/2; Taco Tuesday and Biotech All-Stars 5/3)

5/5-8: VS. NEW YORK METS (promotions: College Night and Cinco de Mayo in the Park at the Park 5/5; WineFest, University of San Diego Night, Teacher Appreciation Night and Nurses Night 5/6; Boy Scout Night, Faith and Family Night, and Padres Hoodie 5/7; Domingos Padres, Mother’s Day and Military Appreciation Day 5/8) 34

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5/17-19: VS. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (promotions: Taco Tuesday and Biotech All-Stars 5/17; Class of 2016 Night and College Night 5/19)

5/20-22: VS. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (promotions: CocktailFest 5/20; Pride Night, Postgame Fireworks and Play Ball Weekend 5/21; Reusable Bag Giveaway, Play Ball Weekend, and U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard Appreciation Day 5/22)

5.4

HORTON PLAZA PARK GRAND REOPENING HORTON PLAZA PARK, GASLAMP

hortonplazapark.com Following a nearly $20 million makeover, the Gaslamp’s Horton Plaza Park at Fourth Avenue and Broadway will reopen May 4. The renovated 1.9-acre event space will now feature an amphitheater, a color-changing fountain, three food pavilions, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.

5.5

LUCHA LIBRE FLUXX NIGHTCLUB, GASLAMP

fluxxsd.com Enjoy margaritas, Mexican-inspired appetizers and masked fighters wrestling in a ring in the middle of the dance floor at FLUXX’s Cinco de Mayo extravaganza in the Gaslamp. CONT. ON PAGE

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5.5

TASTE OF CARDIFF RESTAURANTS THROUGHOUT CARDIFF tasteofcardiff.com Take a culinary walking tour of Cardiff, sampling foods, beers and wines from the neighborhood’s varied eateries at this seventh annual event, then check out the live local music and classic hot rods at the accompanying car show.

5.6

LA JOLLA

MAMA’S DAY HYATT REGENCY

mamaskitchen.org

5.6-8

FIESTA OLD TOWN CINCO DE MAYO OLD TOWN

JOE MCDONALD

Taste culinary delights created by nearly 60 local chefs while helping to raise funds for Mama’s Kitchen, which delivers free meals to local families affected by AIDS and cancer.

5.5-8

GATOR BY THE BAY SPANISH LANDING PARK, MIDWAY DISTRICT

gatorbythebay.com

cincodemayooldtown.com

Gator gumbo, hush puppies, jambalaya, 10,000 pounds of crawfish and other down-home Southern dishes feed the masses at this four-day, Louisiana-style event, featuring seven stages of live bands, cooking demos and Mardi Gras parades.

Mariachis, margaritas, Mexican cuisine y muchas cervezas transform Old Town into what’s dubbed the largest Cinco De Mayo celebración north of the border.

5.7

PUG PARTY DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS pugsandiego.com SCOTT JARVIES

More than 500 pugs and their human companions are expected to waddle into this 25th annual bash for pug massages, pawdicures, costume contests and more to benefit Pug Rescue of San Diego County.

5.14

FESTIVAL OF COLORS OCEANSIDE PIER AMPHITHEATER

festivalofcolorsusa.com Celebrate winter’s passing and the arrival of spring by throwing neonhued powders at friends and strangers while singing, dancing and doing yoga to live entertainment in this homage to ancient Indian tradition. CONT. ON PAGE 38

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5.14

HILLCREST CRAFT BEER CRAWL SEVERAL HILLCREST LOCATIONS hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com Partake in a self-guided stroll along University Avenue to sample selected craft brews from several neighborhood breweries and restaurants.

5.15

BAY BRIDGE RUN STARTING LINE AT PARK BOULEVARD AND HARBOR DRIVE, DOWNTOWN

navylifesw.com Run this panoramic four-mile course from downtown San Diego, across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and into Coronado’s Tidelands Park for the post-race party.

5.19-22

CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP MORGAN RUN CLUB & RESORT, RANCHO SANTA FE celebritychampionship.com

SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL MULTIPLE VENUES IN SAN DIEGO

JOHNAKIN RANDOLPH

5.18-28

sandiegosurffilmfestival.com Get stoked on more than 30 international surf-themed films, a surf art gallery, board-shaping demos, beach cleanups, live music and other rad things, brah.

5.20

BIKE TO WORK DAY THROUGHOUT SAN DIEGO COUNTY icommutesd.com Ditch the whip for a day — or all month long in conjunction with National Bike Month — to support this greener, cost-saving and lower-body-toning alternative to car commuting. Nearly 100 pit stops throughout S.D. will offer free snacks and encouragement.

NFL Hall of Famer and former SDSU Aztec football running back Marshall Faulk hosts this year’s celeb-only golf tournament, where big names in the sports and entertainment industry compete for cash and trophies to raise money for local charities.

5.21

BACON & BARRELS EMBARCADERO MARINA PARK SOUTH, DOWNTOWN baconandbarrels.com Feast on unlimited samples of baconladen dishes, drinks and desserts at this hog heaven for pork enthusiasts, and wash it all down with barreled beverages — bourbon, beer, wine and scotch. CONT. ON PAGE 40

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foodiefestencinitas.com Eat and drink (well) for a good cause as North County’s finest chefs and restaurants dish out samples of their cuisine to compete for the “Best of the Foodie Fest” nod and to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

5.21

NORTH PARK FESTIVAL OF ARTS UNIVERSITY AVENUE AND 30TH STREET, NORTH PARK northparkfestivalofarts.com Extended hours and two Craft Beer Blocks make the local arts, live entertainment and dance performances at this free annual event even awesome-er.

5.28

ALL WHITE BOAT PARTY INSPIRATION YACHT, SAN DIEGO BAY saboronthebay.com One thousand Finest City folks dressed entirely in white will dance the night away on this annual three-hour cruise, which floats people’s boats with five bars, three floors of live bands and a hookah lounge.

5.21-22

FIESTA DEL SOL FLETCHER COVE PARK, SOLANA BEACH

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Ozomatli (Latin/funk) and Pato Banton (reggae) headline these two fun-, sun- and music-filled days at the beach, featuring scores of seaside artists, artisans and other merchants.

5.29

PIER PRESSURE YACHT PARTY INSPIRATION YACHT, SAN DIEGO BAY

5.29

ournightlife.com

Enjoy five stages of live bands and chilled selections from the beer garden before checking out live chalk-art displays and entering the strawberry pie-eating contest.

Embark upon a nightclub-esque cruise around San Diego Bay while raging to the beats of six DJs, including house remixer Donald Glaude (pictured).

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VISTA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL MAIN STREET, VISTA vistastrawberryfest.com



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COMEDY

5.5-7 KEVIN NEALON

D A N A P AT R I C K

MAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWS Comedy curator: Catlin Dorset

G R E G O RY P A L L A N T E

LAUGHING STOCK

“I’m on a strict running program. I started yesterday. I’ve only missed one day so far.” —Kevin Nealon on Comedy Central Presents @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

5.6 JIM BREUER

NBC

“The best thing you can do as a father is make sure your wife, the mother of your children, gets as much as rest as possible, because sleep deprivation in a mother leads to murder.” —Jim Breuer on Jim Breuer: Let’s Clear the Air @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

5.1 MARLON WAYANS “I got papers, blunts, bongs — all the ingredients to make a high-nigga pie.” —Marlon Wayans as Shorty Meeks in Scary Movie @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org

5.6-7 GABRIEL IGLESIAS

5.6-7 MICHAEL KOSTA “Subway’s new colors, motto and commercials all scream PLEASE FORGET JARED PLEASE FORGET JARED PLEASE FORGET JARED.” —Michael Kosta on Twitter @ The Comedy Store, thecomedystore.com

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“Every time you see a pay phone, you’re like, ‘Oh, my god, take a picture, they’re about to take it down.’ [My son’s] never gonna know about being out late at night and having to pick up that nasty receiver that has gum and gonorrhea on it.” —Gabriel Iglesias on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com


5.12-14 LONI LOVE “The ’80s is my time, y’all. I loved the ’80s, ’cause I was in school in the ’80s, I had good credit in the ’80s, and Michael Jackson was black in the ’80s, y’all.” —Loni Love on Comedy Central Presents @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

5.13-14 TONY BAKER

ERICA PARISE

“I’m 25-percent white, and occasionally that 25 stands out in stuff I’m into. I just gotta blame it on the 25; it don’t really match up with a black guy. I like to go to the movie theater and shut the hell up. That’s the 25.” —Tony Baker on Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution @ The Comedy Store, thecomedystore.com

5.20-21 TOM RHODES

ASHNA RODJAN

“In America, all you ever get is the negative side of drinking: ‘He got drunk and killed a busload of children.’ Come on, man. It’s time someone pointed out the good in alcohol. Drinking creates conversation, right? You gotta call people the next day and apologize to ’em.” —Tom Rhodes on Comedy Central Presents @ The Comedy Store, thecomedystore.com

5.26-28 BROOKS WHEELAN

CYNTHIA SMALLEY

5.27-28 CHRISTINA PAZSITZKY “I think it’s neat that guys still check out my tits when I’m 7 months pregnant.” —Christina Pazsitzky on Twitter @ The Comedy Store, thecomedystore.com

“Don’t call your potential employer and go, ‘Hey, did you guys get my drug test results in? Because I am sweatin’ bullets.’” —Brooks Wheelan at New York Comedy Festival @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

5.13-14 ERIC SCHWARTZ “I figured out how Trump will get Mexico to pay for the wall. #IfTrumpWins, it’s in their best interest to keep the fleeing Americans out.” —Eric Schwartz on Twitter @ The Comedy Palace, thecomedypalace.com

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PULSE

“Saccharine Perch” by Tom Chambers

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ANIMAL IN PHOTOGRAPHY” MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS (MOPA) 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.238.7559, mopa.org As part of the San Diego Zoo’s centennial celebration, MOPA presents this showcase of animal portraitures and other creature/critter photography. CONT. ON PAGE 46

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ART BEAT 44 PERFORMING ARTS 52 MOVIES 54

MAY GALLERY & EXHIBITION OPENINGS

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R AY FA K E T T Y

5.7-6.11: 2015 SAN DIEGO ART PRIZE ATHENAEUM MUSIC & ARTS LIBRARY 1008 Wall St., La Jolla 858.454.5872, ljathenaeum.org Established artists Wendy Maruyama and Roy McMakin display their awardwinning works alongside those of Peter Scheidt and Kevin Inman, winners in the 2015 San Diego Art Prize’s “Emerging Artists” category.

5.4-29: “PARADE OF COLORS” SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 105, Liberty Station 619.876.4550, sdws.org Award-winning San Diego watermedia artist Ken Goldman juries this procession of watercolor works in sweeping hues.

“Dumpsters” by Kevin Inman ABOVE: “Fruit Medley” by Ken Goldman BELOW: “Lincoln” by Hunt Slonem

5.7-6.11: “WHEN ART MEETS DESIGN” BY HUNT SLONEM MADISON ART GALLERY 1055 Wall St., Ste. 100, La Jolla 858.459.0836, madisongalleries.com Enter the freewheeling world of Hunt Slonem, a New York-based artist who’s had more than 300 solo shows internationally and is most renowned for his neo-expressionist paintings of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds.

“The Law of Offense” by Andrew McNamara

5.14-6.5: “EXTANT” BY ANDREW MCNAMARA AND RICARDO ALES THUMBPRINT GALLERY 920 Kline St., La Jolla 858.354.6294, thumbprintgallerysd.com Local artists Andrew McNamara and Ricardo Ales return to Thumbprint to present their latest drawings in a beautifully bizarre tag-teamed show. CONT. ON PAGE 48

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PUL S E OPPOSITE PAGE (clockwise from top left:) “Tim Drake” by Simon Monk; “Nonstop Beautiful Ladies, El Paso” by Rémi Noël; “Captain America” by Cheong-ah Hwang; “Catvengers” by Jenny Parks; “Skull 9” by Jannis Markopoulos; “The Holy Batman” by Robert Xavier-Burden; “Self-made” by Mark Newport; “Playing Cards” by Jason Yarmosky; “Spider Man” by Mike Alcantara; “Spastic Heroes” by Laurina Paperina.

ART BEAT CONT. FROM PAGE 46

5.14-6.4: “SEASONS OF CHANGE” BY AMANDALYNN DISTINCTION GALLERY 317 E Grand Ave., Escondido 760.707.2770, distinctionart.com Fine artist Amandalynn, whose newest series captures the beauty of cyclical changes within nature and human nature, will paint a mural on the ArtHatch building May 4 to 14.

FROM TOP: “Summer Light” by Amanda Lynn; “Architects by Force” by Maria Teresa Fernandez.

5.14-7.3: “LOOKING BACK/FORWARD” ART PRODUCE GALLERY 3139 University Ave., North Park 619.584.4448, artproduce.org Rooted in retrospect, this rotating exhibit celebrates the past 15 years and what’s to come at Art Produce, inviting back 25 local artists who’ve exhibited at the gallery previously. CONT. ON PAGE 50

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5.21-8.14: “MY HERO” CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 800.988.4253, artcenter.org It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s all your favorite superheroes in one exhibit, wherein more than 40 artists reinterpret universal superheroes and other idols in humorous, dark and familiar ways.

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5.28-9.4: “QUILTS AND COLOR” THE SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

“Log Cabin, Barn Raising” by Florence Mae Hart Diehl

1450 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.232.7931, sdmart.org Get wrapped up in a display of nearly 50 quilts whose designs echo 19thand early 20th-century color theories and optical illusions in this exhibit on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

5.21-8.14: “UNLOCKING WONDERLAND” CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

“The Hatter” by Michelle Agin

340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 800.988.4253, artcenter.org Tumble down the rabbit hole into this homage to the fantastical, century-old tale of Alice in Wonderland, brought to life by local talent and Hollywood creature/stage designers.

5.22: “THE NAKED TRUTH” SAN DIEGO ART INSTITUTE 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.236.0011, sandiego-art.org This show bares all that’s known of America’s only public nudist colony, which, from 1935 to 1936, allegedly convened in the Zoro Garden, used today as Balboa Park’s butterfly sanctuary.

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PERFORMING ARTS

5.1-29 OUR LADY OF KIBEHO MOXIE THEATRE 6663 El Cajon Blvd., College Area 858.598.7620, moxietheatre.com A Rwandan girl’s claims to have seen Virgin Mary stir skepticism, fear and ultimately faith within the community.

5.5-6.12 THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR DIVERSIONARY THEATRE 4545 Park Blvd., Ste. 101, University Heights 619.220.0097, diversionary.org Confined by an Afghan tradition that makes them a wealthy man’s private property, two boys find their spirits tested further when they fall in love with each other.

5.6-8 ROMEO AND JULIET SPRECKELS THEATRE

C H E L S E A P E N YA K

CURTAIN CALLS MAY PERFORMING ARTS PREVIEW By Sarah Pfledderer

5.19-6.19 STUPID F**KING BIRD CYGNET THEATRE 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town 619.337.1525, cygnettheatre.com A hat tip to Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Cygnet’s performance juxtaposes young and old characters with past and present problems, proving that growing up is for the birds.

in 1978, when, for 13 days, Israeli, Egyptian and U.S. leaders smoothed out an agreement for the far-flung concept of peace in Middle East.

121 Broadway, Downtown 619.235.9500, spreckels.net City Ballet of San Diego graces the stage, amping up elegant dance with sword-fighting to tell Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and tragedy.

5.20-8.7 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR WELK THEATRE SAN DIEGO 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido 888.802.7469, welkresorts.com This 40-year-old rock opera tells the story of Jesus Christ’s final days before his crucifixion as seen through the eyes of disciple Judas Iscariot.

5.27-6.12 42ND STREET SPRECKELS THEATRE 121 Broadway, Downtown 619.235.9500, sdmt.org Cheer for the underdog in this production that revolves around dancer Peggy Sawyer and her dreams to go from chorus girl to Broadway star.

5.7-15 GREAT SCOTT SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATRE

5.28-6.26 TOKYO FISH STORY THE OLD GLOBE

1100 Third Ave., Downtown 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org International opera diva Arden Scott returns to her roots to save her hometown opera house, but there’s a catch: The Super Bowl is the same evening as her pivotal premiere.

5.10-6.12 HOLLYWOOD LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park 619.234.5623, theoldglobe.org Sushi, anyone? Master chef Koji’s acclaimed restaurant in Tokyo is in dire need of a generational facelift, and his protégé has to break it to him.

2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla 858.550.1010, lajollaplayhouse.org Honing in on director William Desmond Taylor’s unsolved murder in 1922, this world-premiere thriller trails attempts to silence the scandal amid reports of love triangles, hush money and deception.

5.13-6.19 CAMP DAVID THE OLD GLOBE 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park 619.234.5623, theoldglobe.org Pop by the president’s retreat 52

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5.31-6.5 NEWSIES SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATRE 1100 Third Ave., Downtown 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org Before they made headlines, they delivered papers. This Tony Awardwinning Disney musical rehashes The Newsboys Strike of 1899, when New York paperboys put their foot down for better wages.



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MOVIES

CHUCK ZLOTNICK

LISA PETZ

THE REEL DEAL MAY’S MOTION PICTURE PREVIEW

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THE TRUST

By Michael Benninger CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR United we stand. Divided we fall.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson In theatres: May 6 As the government attempts to impose regulations on when and how the Avengers can operate, the formerly united team of heroes splits in two, with Iron Man fighting for the Feds, and Captain America insistent on independence.

THE DARKNESS Evil comes home.

Horror | Thriller Director: Greg McLean Starring: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz In theatres: May 13

Bad cops make the best criminals.

Crime | Thriller Directors: Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer Starring: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira In theatres: May 13

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

A couple of quirky and corrupt Vegas cops chance upon a cash-filled safe during an investigation, leading them on a reckless quest to open the vault and make off with the money.

NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING Parenthood vs. sisterhood.

Comedy Director: Nicholas Stoller Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne In theatres: May 20 When a hard-partying sorority moves in next door, an expecting couple recruits their former fraternity foe to sabotage the sisterhood and restore peace to the neighborhood.

Inspired by actual events, this chilling flick recounts the tale of two families who, upon returning home from the Grand Canyon, discover that a supernatural spirit had tagged along for the ride and is beginning to feast upon their fears.

THE NICE GUYS Nice pair.

Mystery | Crime Director: Shane Black Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer

MONEY MONSTER

In theatres: May 20

Not every conspiracy is a theory.

In this offbeat buddy movie set in 1970s Los Angeles, a ruthless enforcer and an underemployed investigator team up to solve the seemingly separate mysteries of a young girl gone missing and a porn star’s suspicious suicide.

Crime | Thriller Director: Jodie Foster Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell In theatres: May 13

and her shutterbug boyfriend are vacationing on a secluded Italian island, an unannounced acquaintance and his intriguing daughter arrive on the scene, stirring up scandal for the celebrated couple.

A BIGGER SPLASH Crime | Drama Director: Luca Guadagnino Starring: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson

A devastated investor infiltrates the set of a financial television show and holds the horrified host hostage while broadcasting the sinister situation to millions of viewers at home.

In theatres: May 20 When a legendary rock star

Why so angry?

Action | Comedy Directors: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader In theatres: May 20 Based on creatures from the hit mobile app, a furious group of avian allies declares war on a gang of green pigs who suddenly appear on the flightless birds’ beloved isle.

BACK IN THE DAY The real fight was outside the ring.

Drama Director: Paul Borghese Starring: William DeMeo, Michael Madsen, Alec Baldwin In theatres: May 20 With a narrative that oscillates between the late 1980s and present day, this spirited story tells the tale of a once-fledgling boxer, who now finds himself in the fight of his life after an influential gangster gets involved with his career.

MAGGIE’S PLAN Comedy Director: Rebecca Miller Starring: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader In theatres: May 27 After a young woman comes between a married man and his ingenious, but insufferable wife, the husband betrays his vows and starts a family with his newfound lover, who quickly becomes disenchanted by the once-steamy affair and tries to bring the fractured couple back together.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Only the strong will survive.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender In theatres: May 27 Upon awaking from a millennialong hibernation, Apocalypse, the world’s oldest and most omnipotent mutant, recruits a jaded Magneto and other sinful superhumans to annihilate mankind and usher in a new era.

THE LOBSTER An unconventional love story.

Comedy | Romance Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden In theatres: May 27 A middle-aged man navigates through life in the no-too-distant future, a time when unmarried individuals are required either to find love or face transformation into an animal of their choosing.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS It’s time for a little madness.

Fantasy | Adventure Director: James Bobin Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman In theatres: May 27 In this psychedelic sequel to Alice’s initial adventures in Wonderland, the perky protagonist must travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter while also exposing a malevolent scheme to return the Queen of Hearts to power.

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ORDER. ORDER. HASHTAG. HASHTAG. WIN WIN $1,500!* $1,500!* Who makes San Diego’s best margarita? Don’t take it with a grain of salt. Sip, hashtag and cast your vote. (The more hashtags you post, the better your chances to win $1,500 in the form of gift certificates from every participating venue.)

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Because Cinco de Mayo lasts only one day, PacificSD presents

MAY 1 - MAY 31 Bars and restaurants across the city are teaming up to celebrate the second annual Margarita Month, offering their signature and supreme versions of San Diego’s original craft cocktail at a discount for the entire month of May. One margarita will be crowned the city’s best, and one margarita drinker will win $1,500 in the form of gift certificates from every venue showcased on the following eight pages. Try as many margaritas as you can throughout May, hashtagging #margaritamonth and your favorite venues along the way. Then join 1,000 people at the Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, June 11, at Horton Grand Hotel, where you can try all the margaritas in one place, meet and mingle with dozens of San Diego’s top bartenders, savor a smattering of tacos magnificos and take a swing at a piñata while rockin’ out to Mariachi mayhem.

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THE SPICY TEQUILA

THE BEST MARGARITA IN SAN DIEGO FOR ONLY 6 BUCKS

We start with reposado tequila, add Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur, a splash of fresh lime and agave syrup, then shake vigorously and strain over ice with a chipotle salt rim.

A true classic margarita with blanco tequila, Cointreau, housemade sweet-and-sour and agave nectar.

1919, 560 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.501.1919, 1919SanDiego.com

Barra Barra Saloon, 4016 Wallace St., Old Town 619.291.3200, barrabarrasaloon.com

#bootleggersd

EL CHAPO’S HAWAIIAN GETAWAY

Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, grilled balsamic-vinegar-glazed-pineapple puree mixed with sea salt and cayenne pepper.

#bubspb

EL FUEGO MARGARITA

Some things are better spicy, and this one brings the heat! We use Milagro Silver Tequila with our housemade jalapeño pineapple syrup; garnished with sliced jalapeños and a Tajin Rim.

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Bub’s at the Beach, 1030 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach 619.847.2434, bubspb.com

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BUB’S SPICY PALOMA MARGARITA

BAJA EXPEDITION MARGARITA FOR TWO

Bub’s at the Ballpark, 715 J St., East Village 619.546.0815, bubssandiego.com

Cat Eye Club, 370 Seventh Ave., East Village 619.330.9509, cateyeclubsd.com

Milagro Silver Tequila with grapefruit, lime, Grand Marnier, five dashes of Tapatio and a Tajín rim.

Milagro Silver Tequila with triple sec, guava puree and fresh lime juice; served in a clam bowl.

#cervezajacks

BLUEBERRY LAVENDER MARGARITA

#coasterra

DEB’S COCONUT MARGARITA

Milagro Silver Tequila with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sweet-and-sour, lavender syrup and blueberries.

Milagro Reposado Tequila, coconut cream, lime juice, toasted coconut flakes and salted rim.

Cerveza Jack’s, 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach 858.999.0158, cervezajacks.com

Coasterra, 880 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island 619.814.1300, coasterra.com

#MARGARITAMONTH


#donchidosd

JALAPEÑO CUCUMBER-RITA

#firehousepb

WATERMELON BASILRITA

Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh muddled cucumber and jalapeños, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and Mezcal float.

Basil-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh-pressed lime juice, housemade fresh-watermelon simple syrup; refreshing and perfect to enjoy at the beach.

Don Chido, 527 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.232.8226, donchido.com

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge, 722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach 858.274.3100, firehousepb.com

#florentsd

CANELA ALVAREZ

#galaxytacosd

PIÑA SANTA

Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, cucumber, Cointreau and egg white, hand-shaken and poured over ice into lime-salt-rimmed tulip glass; complemented with a dash of cinnamon and a cucumber wheel.

Hoja Santa-infused (aromatic herb) Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh pineapple juice, Mandarine Napoléon, lime and agave syrup; garnished with a grilled pineapple spear, pineapple leaf and salt rim.

Florent Restaurant & Lounge, 672 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.595.0123, florentsd.com

Galaxy Taco, 2259 Avenida de la Playa., La Jolla 858.228.5655, galaxytaco.com

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#hellobetty

#indigogrill

Milagro Silver Tequila, Sugar Island coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange liqueur, lime, garnished with charred pineapple and pineapple palm frond, served on the rocks.

Milagro Silver Tequila, jalapeテアo slices, housemade pomegranate syrup, agave nectar, lime juice, triple sec, shaken and poured into a salt-rimmed glass garnished with a lime wedge.

Hello Betty Fish House, 211 Mission Ave., Oceanside 760.722.1008, hellobettyoceanside.com

Indigo Grill, 1536 India St., Little Italy 619.234.6802, indigogrill.com

EDDIE WOULD GO

POMEGRANATE JALAPEテ前 MARGARITA

#georgeslevel2

MES DE VERDE

#oceanacoastal

PASSION FRUIT MARGARITA

A slightly spicy, tangy mix of Milagro Silver Tequila, el Silencio mezcal, lime, agave, tomatillo, cilantro bitters and Serrano peppers.

Blanco tequila, passion fruit puree, fresh lime juice, Sugar in the Raw syrup, Cointreau.

Level2 at Georges at the Cove, 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.454.4244, georgesatthecove.com

Oceana Coastal Kitchen, 3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay 858.777.6711, oceanacoastalkitchen.com

#MARGARITAMONTH


#parkandrecsd

THE CALEXICO

#eatpuesto

JACOTE MARGARITA

Reposado Tequila, St. George Green Chili Vodka, housemade curacao, fresh lime juice and pineapple juice, all shaken vigorously and dumped into a rocks glass with a spiced rim.

Jacote is a delicious red fruit found all over Mexico; it’s flavor is akin to the sweet tart flavors of a plum. This juicy margarita draws out the tropical and citrus notes of Milagro Silver Tequila.

Park & Rec, 4612 Park Blvd., University Heights 619.795.9700, parkandrecsd.com

Puesto, 789 W. Harbor Dr., Marina District, 858.233.8880 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260, eatpuesto.com

#sandbar718

JALÉ-BERRY

#tavernpb

EL CHONCHO

This spin on a classic margarita with a kick features cilantro and blackberry with a jalapeño-spice finish.

Fresh jalapeño and pineapple slices are muddled with reposado tequila, agave and fresh lime juice, then strained into a Tajínrimmed Old Fashioned glass with a large ice-roc (cube).

Sandbar Sports Grill, 718 Ventura Pl., Mission Beach 858.488.1274, sandbarsportsgrill.com

Tavern, 1200 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach 858.272.6066, tavernatthebeach.com

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#theblindburro

SAFFRON MARGARITA

#deckpic

JAMAICA-RITA

Milagro Silver Tequila with triple sec, lime juice, agave and a couple sprigs of Saffron; garnished with a candied lime.

A Caribbean-influenced treat! Milagro Silver Tequila, triple sec, Blue Curaçao, mint, sour mix and a hint of natural coconut extract; garnished with smoked-bacon-wrapped pineapple and melon.

The Blind Burro, 639 J St., East Village 619.795.7880, theblindburro.com

The Deck at Moonshine Flats, 335 Sixth Ave., East Village 619.255.7625, moonshineflats.com/thedeck

#theduckdive

THE YELLOW CHELLO MARGARITA

#localsandiego

THE KONICHIWA

This margarita was created by The Duck Dive’s Ryan Honeycutt. It includes 100-percent agave silver tequila, housemade strawberry puree, housemade Limoncello, Cointreau and a pinch of black pepper.

Nori-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower Liquer, Cointreau, agave nectar, lemon and lime juices; muddled cucumber, salt, Nori and sesame seed rim.

The Duck Dive, 4650 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach 858.273.3825, theduckdive.com

The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole, 1065 Fourth Ave., Downtown 619.231.4447, thelocalsandiego.com

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#thelocalpb

SPICY MARG

#pradoatbalboapark

MUY PICOSO

Milagro Silver Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime mixed with housemade candied-jalape単o simple syrup.

Milagro Silver Tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave, watermelon and cucumber chunks, shaken.

The Local Pacific Beach, 809 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach 858.263.7475, thelocalpb.com

The Prado at Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado., Balboa Park 619.557.9441, dinecrg.com

#rabbitholesd

#tinroofsd

This margarita is made with sage-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh carrot juice, Gran Marnier, coconut syrup and lemon juice; rimmed with a blend of lemon-flake salt, mace and celery salt.

Milagro Silver Tequila, triple sec, lime juice, carmelized pineapple puree, squeeze of agave nectar, jalape単o and cucumber slices.

The Rabbit Hole, 3377 Adams Ave., Normal Heights 619.255.4653, rabbitholesd.com

Tin Roof, 401 G. St., Gaslamp 619.230.8606, tinroofsandiego.com

THE GARDEN VARIETY

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#truenorthtavern

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EL GUAPO

ASIAN 5-SPICE MEZCAL MARGARITA

True North Tavern, 3815 30th St., North Park 619.291.3815, truenorthtavern.com

Uptown Tavern, 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest 619.241.2710, uptowntavernsd.com

Reposado Tequila, muddled fresh pineapple and jalapeño, agavenectar syrup, fresh lime juice, served with a Tajín chili rim.

Smokey mezcal margarita built from the roots of Uptown Tavern’s famous 5-Spice Chicken Wings.

#wonderlandoceanbeach

TASTE ALL THE MARGARITAS IN ONE PLACE,

BESOS CALIENTE

Habanero-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, Chamoy, mango juice, fresh lime, agave nectar.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, AT THE GRAND TASTING EVENT AT HORTON GRAND HOTEL.

¡MARIACHIS, MEXICAN MUNCHIES Y MUCHO MAS (LIKE DJS + LIVE MUSIC)! Wonderland Ocean Pub, 5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ste. 2C, Ocean Beach, 619.255.3358, wonderlandob.com

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HENDRICK’S GIN, 44% ALC./VOL. ©2015 IMPORTED BY WILLIAM GRANT & SONS, INC. NEW YORK, NY.


P R O M O T IO N Hendrick’s Gin’s enormous cucumber flies over the Big Apple on Cucumber Day 2015.

COOL AS A CUCUMBER HOW TO BE THE TALK OF THE TOWN WHILE FLYING ABOVE IT

BY IDA ROSENBERG

When a 130-foot cucumber flies over America’s Finest coastline, local folks with their feet on the ground will know it’s not a bird or a plane. But it is super, man — you could score a ride in this thing. What a trip. Hendrick’s Gin’s domestic dirigible is embarking upon a 13-city tour culminating at New York City’s Cucumber Festival on June 14, which Hendrick’s has dubbed National Cucumber Day. This curious cruise in a cucumber (the preferred garnish for Hendrick’s Gin cocktails), begins May 2 in San Diego. Take a photo of the flying fruit soaring above the city that day and post it to Instagram (same day) with hashtag #hendricksairship to win a ride for two on May 3 – talk about slice of life. Just don’t look down… hendricksgin.com

Win a flig ht for two aboard

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OFF THE DURAN DURAN PHOTO BY S T E P H A N I E P I S T E L ; D E M I L O VAT O PHOTO BY YU TSAI; RIHANNA PHOTO BY PAOLO REVERSI.

From Beyoncé to Billy Joel, Gwen Stefani to Guns N’ Roses, and Dave Matthews Band to Duran Duran, the 2016 concert season is bringing music industry A-listers to America’s Finest on a grand scale. These chart-topping megastars — some in their “hey,” others from back in the day — are coming to town to perform their smash-hit singles, timeless tracks and Billboard-busting beats. Not sure which sold-out shows to pay extra for on Stub Hub? Turn up the Today’s Top Hits playlist on Spotify and turn the page.

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CHARTS…

…AND INTO THE SAN DIEGO MUSIC SCENE

ROYAL TREATMENT

RIHANNA, QUEEN BEY AND OTHER MUSICAL MAJESTIES MAKING THEIR WAY TO S.D. RIHANNA 5/9 @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena as.sdsu.edu Age: 28 D.O.B.: February 20, 1988 Genre: R&B Albums: Music of the Sun (2005), A Girl Like Me (2006), Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), Unapologetic (2012), Anti (2016) Facebook: /rihanna, 81.6 million likes Twitter: @rihanna, 58.3 million followers Instagram: @badgalriri, 36.5 million followers Website: rihannanow.com Tweet: “@MTV Yikes.... @rihanna ran out of fucks to give” (April 19, 2012)

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In April, Robyn Rihanna Fenty (Rihanna, for short) reached a musical milestone when her new single “Work,” featuring Drake, topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart for the eighth consecutive week. Her stint at the top leaves the R&B star tied with The Beatles for spending the second-most amount of weeks (59 in a row as of April 11) at No. 1. Mariah Carey stills holds the record with 79 weeks. In support of her latest album, Anti, which dropped in January, RiRi is traveling worldwide through August on a tour by the same name.

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BEYONCÉ 5/12 @ Qualcomm Stadium livenation.com Age: 34 D.O.B.: September 4, 1981 Genre: R&B Albums: Dangerously in Love (2003), B’Day (2006), I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011), Beyoncé (2013), Lemonade (2016) Facebook: /beyonce, 64.3 million likes Twitter: @beyonce, 14.2 million followers Instagram: @beyonce, 66.2 million followers Website: beyonce.com Tweet: “Today is World Humanitarian Day. Another Day to #Beygood #TheWorldNeedsMore” (August 19, 2013) Beyoncé Knowles, aka Queen Bey, had the Internet abuzz in early April when she announced that her new, 200-piece activewear line called IVY PARK would be available in-store at Nordstrom and Topshop, and online at net-a-porter. com beginning April 14. Her fans, known collectively as the “Beyhive,” enjoyed another surprise from the mother of 4-yearold Blue Ivy Carter and wife of Jay Z when, on April 23, she dropped her sixth studio album, Lemonade. (Read more, page 106.)

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BILLY JOEL 5/14 @ Petco Park livenation.com Age: 66 D.O.B.: May 9, 1949 Genre: Rock Albums: Cold Spring Harbor (1971), Piano Man (1973), Streetlife Serenade (1974), Turnstiles (1976), The Stranger (1977), 52nd Street (1978), Glass Houses (1980), The Nylon Curtain (1982), An Innocent Man (1983), The Bridge (1986), Storm Front (1989), River of Dreams (1993), Fantasies & Delusions (2001) Facebook: /billyjoel, 3.5 million likes Twitter: @billyjoel, 178,000 followers Instagram: @billyjoel, 2,600 followers Website: billyjoel.com Newlywed Billy Joel and his fourth wife, Alexis Roderick (33), married July 4 and welcomed their first daughter (his second) one month later. Joel’s May 14 return to San Diego marks the iconic rocker’s first local concert appearance in 15 years and is his only California stop scheduled for 2016. Known for his hits “Piano Man” (1973), “Only the Good Die Young” (1978) and “We Didn’t Start The Fire” (1989), among many others, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of the nation’s bestselling artists, with more than 100 million records sold. In March, Joel sold out his 36th consecutive show, to be held December 17, 2016, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he’s maintained a once-permonth residency since January 2014.

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GUNS N’ ROSES 8/22 @ Qualcomm Stadium livenation.com Members: William “Axl” Rose (54), Saul “Slash” Hudson (50), Michael “Duff” McKagan (52), Darren “Dizzy” Reed (52), Richard Fortus (49) and Frank Ferrer (50). Genre: Rock Albums: Appetite for Destruction (1987), G N’ R Lies (1988), Use Your Illusion I (1991), Use Your Illusion II (1991), “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993), Chinese Democracy (2008) Facebook: /gunsnroses, 30.1 million likes Twitter: @gunsnroses, 2.1 million followers Instagram: @gunsnroses, 759,000 followers Website: gunsnroses.com Tweet: “You F’n ready for the ‘Not in this Lifetime Tour’, North America? RSVP: http:// livemu.sc/GNR_Tour #GnFnR” (April 1, 2016)

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In 2012, when a TMZ reporter asked him if there were a chance the band would reunite for a tour, Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose responded, “Not in this lifetime.” Four years later, GNR’s North American Not in This Lifetime tour was born, with all of the group’s original members coming along for the ride. San Diego will be the 20-city tour’s final stop, making it the last chance in this lifetime (for now) to catch live performances — by the group’s founding (grand) fathers — of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1988), “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987) and other hard-rockin’ hits from the ’80s and ’90s.

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POP, ROCK AND OTHER STARS PUMP UP THE VOLUME IN CHULA VISTA BY C AT L I N D O R S E T In the nearly 20 years since Sleep Train Amphitheatre’s inception (the venue formerly known as Coors Amphitheatre and Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre opened in 1998), the Live Nation-ownedand-operated outdoor arena with a seating capacity of 20,000 has hosted some of the biggest names in music. In recent years, the likes of KISS (2012), One Direction (2013), Blake Shelton (2014) and Nicki Minaj (2015) have graced the Chula Vista stage. From Slipknot to Dixie Chicks, Snoop Dogg to Journey, Jason Aldean to Demi Lovato and a few dozen more big-name acts in between, Sleep Train’s 2016 schedule promises to keep the rock (among other genres) rolling.

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GET CLOSE TO THE BORDERLINE WITH SAN DIEGO’S HITMUSIC RADIO STATION BY TO N Y LOV I T T Triskaidekaphobia? Nope. Music fans in San Diego will, no doubt, feel quite lucky come Friday the thirteenth of May, when Gwen Stefani headlines the Channel 933 Summer Kickoff Concert. The Chainsmokers were recently added to this year’s impressive lineup, which also includes Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea, Mike Posner, Alessia Cara and Melanie Martinez, with special guest hosts Jack & Jack. “It’s the signature event to kick off the summer in San Diego. I think this is the best lineup to date,” says Joe Haze, Channel 933 program director. “You have superstars on there; Gwen Stefani coming off The Voice — people want to see her on stage.”

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When it launched in 1880, the San Diego County Fair was more of a touring farmer’s market. Today, the familyfriendly festival, which has called Del Mar home since 1936 and has occurred annually since 1946, entertains an average of 60,000 visitors per day for four weeks each summer. In 2015, more than 1.5 million merrymakers made their way to where the turf meets the surf, marking the second-highest attendance in the fair’s history; 2012 holds the record with 1,517,508 visitors. While fried foods, carnival rides and livestock are enough to draw throngs of people to the fairgrounds each year, it’s the nightly live performances by music-biz giants and up-and-comers that really make the crowds go wild. This year’s headliners (listed below) include big-name bands, DJs and comedians performing on multiple stages throughout the immense venue.

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91X MARKS THE SPOT A TREASURE TROVE OF ALTERNATIVE ROCK RIDES THE AIRWAVES TO SLEEP TRAIN BY TO N Y LOV I T T It’s only fitting for a rock group with a song called “Dream Police” to play at a venue called Sleep Train Amphitheatre. But with 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick co-headlining with The Offspring, 91X’s X-Fest will be anything but a snooze-fest. “[This year’s lineup is] massively diverse, from the new bands like locals The Frights to Cheap Trick,” says Michael Halloran, radio station 91X’s program director. “We always have some surprise San Diego celebrities that show up.” Completing the bill are Iration, Kongos, Wolfmother, Chevy Metal, The Shelters, SWMRS, Grace Mitchell and The Young Wild. 6/5: X-FEST Sleep Train Amphitheatre 91x.com

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Slather on the sun block and get ready to rock out (side) in Oceanside when FM94/9 (KBZT-FM) presents SPF/949, a two-stage, seven-band concert event featuring AWOLNATION, The Heavy, Finish Ticket, Jake Bugg, The Wombats, Lucius and The Strumbellas. “I think it’s a very strong lineup, and to be able to see them all for twenty-five dollars is quite a deal. There’s a lot of buzz about the show,” says Chris Turner, FM94/9 marketing and promotions director. “With the Pacific Ocean and the sand as a backdrop, there’s not a more beautiful spot in the world than that venue as the sun’s going down and you’re listening to live music.”

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The former lead vocalist for Sugarland, country music superstar Jennifer Nettles headlines CountryFest, radio station KSON-FM’s annual kick-up-your-heels concert event, which this year moves from the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds to Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre. “It’s just sort of a natural for us to be up there,” says Chris Turner, KSON director of marketing and promotions. “Our North County listeners don’t have to drive as far, and our men and women of the military [at Camp Pendleton]

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The antithesis of a Woodstock-style, ’60s-era outdoor music festival, KAABOO is “uniquely curated to appeal to all five senses,” according to its promoters. “Our goal is to reach 24-to-55-plus [adults] who love the concept of live music, good cuisine and beverages, incredible art exhibitions and the enjoyment that comes with a ‘festival,’ but desire more comfort and luxuries in their average daily life,” says Emily Nugent of New York’s Behrman Communications, KAABOO’s public relations agency. Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and OneRepublic are part of KAABOO’s jaw-dropping lineup of 39 musical acts announced to-date. Dana Carvey, Janeane Garofalo and Darrell Hammond are among the stand-ups slated for Humor Me, the three-day event’s indoor, air-conditioned comedy club.

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If you don’t want none unless you got buns, hun, then it’s time to grab some culinary booty. May is National Hamburger Month — as if we needed another reason to wrap our fingers around some of America’s Finest burgers.

barleymash: All American Fans of classic burgers will appreciate the simplicity of this patriotic option served on a soft and spongy barleybeer bun (made in-house). A smear of ale-aioli adds a touch of intrigue to the otherwise straightforward presentation, made complete by melted American cheese draped over a perfectly grilled beef patty. 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.255.7373, barleymash.com CONT. ON PAGE 84

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Wonderland Ocean Pub: Ground Short Rib Burger Chuck is the go-to meat for most burgers, but this Asian-meets-Mexican selection served on a Telera roll goes one step further with the addition of short rib, a fattier cut that delivers on flavor. Spicy hoisin BBQ sauce adds a touch of sweetness that balances nicely with the pepper jack cheese and caramelized onions. 5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach 619.255.3358, wonderlandob.com CONT. ON PAGE 86

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TRUST: Wood Grill Burger With toppings including sharp Asiago cheese, smoky bacon-tomato jam, peppery arugula and pickled onions, TRUST’s Wood Grill Burger is calibrated for maximum flavor performance. Its liberally seasoned patty is mostly ground chuck, rounded out with about 10-percent skirt steak trimmings. Try it the “TRUST way,” with housecured braised bacon and a sunny-side egg. 3752 Park Blvd., Hillcrest 619.795.6901, trustrestaurantsd.com

Waypoint Public: Waypoint Burger Chef Rich Sweeney recently made a few tweaks to his topselling Waypoint Burger, which now tempts and satisfies with tender, salsa-verde-marinated pulled pork; spicy pickled veggies; and a sunny-sideup egg. He also swapped mozzarella for white cheddar cheese and toned down the acidity of the salsa, making a great burger better than ever. 3794 30th St., North Park 619.255.8778, waypointpublic.com CONT. ON PAGE 88

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Duke’s La Jolla: Classic Burger If you’ve never tried a three-way, it’s a great time fall in lust with this sexy number from Duke’s. Featuring a trio of cuts of beef (chuck, brisket and hanger), it’s served with yellow mustard aioli and a bourbon pickle spear. For a little something on the side, the masterfully executed Kennebec (low-water-content potatoes perfect for frying) fries can’t be beat. 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.454.5888, dukeslajolla.com

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Royale with Cheese: Choriqueso Burger Smoky, salty flavors dominate this dynamo from Royale With Cheese (located inside Park & Rec). Featuring a 1/3-pound Angus patty topped with chorizo, the double-meat delight makes mouths water with rajas (poblano pepper), pickled red onion, smoked cheddar and a dash of chipotle mayo. 4612 Park Blvd., University Heights 619.913.8641, royalewithcheesesd.com CONT. ON PAGE 90

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MishMash: MishMash Burger This hefty, half-pound patty of all-natural Brandt beef is topped with a thick slab of melted mozzarella and a pile of crispy onions. A generous application of garlic aioli on the bun brings everything together. For an extra buck, they’ll even stuff the thing with goat cheese. 1985 National Ave., Ste. 1133, Barrio Logan 619.955.8544 mishmashsd.com

Plant Power Fast Food: The Holy Guacamole For vegetarians and vegans needing burger fixes, O.B.’s new Plant Power Fast Food offers a heaven-sent solution: The Holy Guacamole. Made with a savory black-bean patty topped with guacamole, chipotle aioli, salsa, jalapeños and the standard veggies, it tastes great alongside one of the joint’s mean milkshakes. 2204 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach 619.450.6845, plantpowerfastfood.com CONT. ON PAGE 92

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Madison: Buffalo Burger Smoked mozzarella and tangy yogurt sauce (which introduces a rich, creamy texture) rounds out the lean patty in Madison’s Buffalo Burger. The shiny brioche bun and crisp waffle fries add a touch of sophistication without alienating burger purists. 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights 619.269.6566, madisononpark.com

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oring says two principles drive the brand. “One is to do a common thing uncommonly well,” he says. “[The second is] to offer simplicity to people living complicated lives.” Supported by house-baked buns and freshly cut fries and onion rings, grass-fed beef takes centerstage on the Burger Lounge menu. Other burger innovations include patties made with free-range turkey and “lots of fresh basil,” and an organic quinoa and vegetables version – available with organic cheese, of course. Loring’s success, it seems, stems from his having an eye and taste for simplicity. Plus, the guy never gives up. “I’m an S.O.B. – a son of a butcher,” he says. “And, on my maternal side, I’m a G.S.O.B., a grandson of a butcher.” Given the rate by which his family of restaurants has been expanding, it’s a safe bet Loring already has another bun in the oven. burgerlounge.com

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he company goes by a silly name, but beer is serious business at Belching Beaver Brewery. What started in North County as a small, industrial-park brewery three years ago has grown into a four-part empire with a North Park tasting room, large Oceanside production brewery and a new brewery-equipped restaurant in Vista’s downtown village area. Yes, Ward, the Beav’ sure is growing up fast, so we took a second to catch up with one of the guys behind this rapid expansion and well-diversified venue portfolio.

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MEET MEET YOUR YOUR MAKER MAKER for dining, and a very large one in the back with five fire-pits. It feels like you are at a beach bonfire. We did the same setup at our original location and we absolutely love it. There’s also a 30-foot fireplace, a 17-foot-by-17-foot walk-in vault — the building used to be a bank — that will become a temperaturecontrolled wine and barrelaged beer tasting room. There’s a 40-foot bar with 70 unique taps inside, as well as a separate bar outside, wine on-tap and the contents of all our taps displayed on 11 TV screens. Do you think Vista Village, which has three breweries in a single block, is oversaturated? Not at all. If you look at our [original brewery] in Vista, new breweries came in right after us — Indian Joe, Booze Brothers, Barrel Harbor — yet we just get busier. In North Park, some really great breweries came in after us, too — Rip Current, Fall, Modern Times — and we keep getting busier. Also, Belching Beaver Tavern and Grill is unique for downtown Vista. We are a different animal… craft beer, wine, drinks and dining. During [the restaurant’s] buildout, we have been hanging out at Mother Earth Brew Co. and Wavelength Brewing. [Wavelength owner] Hans Haas is also helping us with some buildout items. I think we came in at just the right time, and I believe more breweries are coming. It will be a destination. belchingbeaver.com 102

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PRIVATE STOCK ALE: It’s a brand-new old ale. English “old ales” are malty, richly flavored, highly alcoholic brews built to be matured over a long period of time. AleSmith Brewing Co. has won a slew of awards for its take on this British staple, which can be aged for 20 years or more, making it the perfect inaugural offering in AleSmith’s new Vintage Series of cellar-able beers. AleSmith Brewing Co., 9990 AleSmith Ct., Miramar, alesmith.com

VACATION IPA Thanks to the arrival of The Local’s on-site fermentation operation, Resident Brewing Co., the spirit of the beach and the flavors of the islands now exist in the heart of downtown. Brewed with coconut and loaded with aromatic hops conveying the scents and flavors of papaya, mango and pineapple, this aptly named India pale offers a break from the everyday. Resident Brewing Co. (at The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole), 1065 Fourth Ave., Downtown, residentbrewing.com CONT. ON PAGE 104



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CALIFORNIA WILD ALES Not so long ago, the thought of beers left in barrels to be soured by bacteria often evoked a bitter-beer-face. Nowadays, however, tart, bug-laden beers matured in wine and spirit barrels are all the rage. Numerous local companies specialize in this type of beer, and this new startup will be the latest entrant into the barrelaged sour subculture, using beers produced by nearby New English Brewing Co. and oak vessels procured from a wide array of wineries. 4202 Sorrento Valley Blvd., Sorrento Valley, californiawildales.com

PRODIGY BREWING COMPANY Though less than a year old, this business has already been through a lot, opening in Grantville only to have to pack its fermenters and move all the way up to San Marcos. Now settled in North County, Prodigy’s founders (who include longtime San Diego Brewing Co. head brewer Dean Rouleau) are looking into opening a tasting room or two as far away as Solana Beach to help get their hoppy and exotic beers into the hands of as many people throughout the county as possible. Stay tuned. San Marcos, prodigybrewingcompany.com

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MAY BEER EVENTS

MAY 1, CHEF CELEBRATION FESTIVAL Taste what happens when great chefs come together for a great cause and great beer. The spacious outdoor garden at Stone Brewing’s restaurant in Liberty Station is the site of this beer-and-food fête, which helps raise money for culinary scholarships. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma, chefcelebration.org

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MAY 26, TOOLBOX BEER DINNER Few chefs are pushing beer-dinner fare into modern-day as well as Churchill’s Pub’s A.G. Warfield, who’s pairing multiple courses with beers soured in the kettle (using wild yeast and bacteria) to create some seriously unique and delectable dishes. Churchill’s Pub & Grille, 887 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, toolboxbrewing.com

Brandon Hernández is a native San Diegan with a fervent passion for craft beer and the talented individuals who produce it. He is the author of Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries, Marketing Manager for AleSmith Brewing Co. and contributes beer-centric content to national and San Diego-based publications. The first publication for which he ever wrote about beer was PacificSD. Follow him on Twitter: @ sdbeernews and @offdutyfoodie.



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ll hail Queen Bey, aka 34-year-old Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, who first rose to stardom in the late 1990s as one-third of the R&B trio Destiny’s Child and, in 2015, was No. 21 on Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” The 20-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress known for her feel-good, empowering singles “Run the World (Girls), “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Irreplaceable” (among countless other hits)

travels internationally this summer while on The Formation World Tour, following the February release of her single “Formation.” Lemonade, the sixth studio album from Jay Z’s baby mama, dropped April 23. It’s a safe bet this new release will top Billboard’s charts, as her last five solo albums have done, and that this long-awaited show at Qualcomm Stadium is one not to miss.

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BECKY FLUKE

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN

5.1 CHRIS STAPLETON

MAY CONCERT CALENDAR

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

In November, Justin Timberlake joined this country artist onstage at the Country Music Awards to perform Stapleton’s hit “Tennessee Whiskey.”

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5/1: PUSCIFER @ Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org Alt. rockers on the road to promote their recent album, Money Shot, which dropped in October.

5/2: THE SUBWAYS

Good Wife and Pretty Little Liars have featured songs by this folk rock Kiwi.

5/3: MONSIEUR PERINÉ @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com This Colombian jazz pop band performs en español.

@ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com

5/3-4: EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY

Pop rock trio out of England.

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

5/3: PENTATONIX @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu This Grammy Award-winning pop a cappella group had a cameo in Pitch Perfect 2.

5/3: GIN WIGMORE @ House of Blues, hob.com TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, The

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These instrumental rock Texans dropped their new album, The Wilderness, on April 1 — no foolin’.

5/4: CRYSTAL BOWERSOX

5/5: FEAR FACTORY @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com Heavy metal foursome on the Demanufacture 20-year anniversary tour with Soilwork.

5/5: APOCALYPTICA @ House of Blues, hob.com

their first album in 16 years.

5/8: ELI YOUNG BAND @ House of Blues, hob.com Country quartet best known for its hits “Crazy Girl” (2011), “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (2012) and “Drunk Last Night” (2013).

This Finnish metal band is composed of four classically trained cellists.

5/9: RIHANNA

5/6: ROBERTO TAPIA @ Casino Pauma, casinopauma.com

Due to production delays, RiRi rescheduled her February 26 show to this Monday night date.

San Diego-born Norteño musician.

5/11: ANDY MCKEE

@ House of Blues, hob.com

5/6: VIOLENT FEMMES

Folk rock singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox finished as a runner-up to Lee DeWyze on Season Nine of American Idol.

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com In March, these punk rockers dropped We Can Do Anything,

@ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com This folk guitarist’s strummings are featured on Josh Groban’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” (2007). CONT. ON PAGE 110


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5/13: STEEL PANTHER

5/14: KRIS ALLEN

@ House of Blues, hob.com

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com

Glam metalers known for their over-the-top personas and lyrical parodies.

This pop rock artist and American Idol Season Eight alum is expecting the birth of his second child in June.

5/13: MOONSHINE BANDITS @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com Dusty “Tex” Dahlgren and Brett “Bird” Brooks compose this country rap duo.

5/13: THE ROCKET SUMMER @ Quartyard, quartyardsd.com OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls and Paramore are a few of the bands with which this alt. rock group has toured.

5/13: LOVE AND THEFT @ Moonshine Flats, moonshineflats.com Country duo most recognized by its 2009 single, “Runaway.”

5/13: ANDREW BIRD @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Indie rock instrumentalist Andrew Bird composed the opening song for FX’s Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis.

5/13-15: PENNYWISE @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

5/14: MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK @ House of Blues, hob.com These alt. rockers plan to disband after the last date of their So Long, Farewell tour this summer.

5/15: SNOOP DOGG @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com In February, D-O-DoubleGizzle said via Instagram that he’d rather smoke weed at home than attend the Grammy Awards — the rapper has yet to take home a golden trophy, despite 17 nominations.

5/17: TECH N9NE @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Hip-hopper Tech N9ne plans to drop his seventeenth album, The Storm, this fall.

5/17: HILLSONG UNITED @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu This 10-piece Christian rock band hails from down unda.

Good Riddance, T.S.O.L. and Youth Brigade, respectively, open for punk outfit Pennywise at these three performances in North Park.

5/18: YUNA

5/14: BILLY JOEL

5/18: JOE WALSH

@ Petco Park, padres.com

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com

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Alt. pop artist Yunalis Mat Zara’ai (Yuna, for short) will release her Chapters album on May 20.

No. 54 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, Joe Walsh co-headlines the One Hell of a Night U.S. tour with Bad Company.

JAMIE NELSON

The “Piano Man” (Billy Joel’s nickname and title of his 1973 hit) returns to San Diego for the first time in 15 years to play his only California show scheduled for 2016.

@ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com

5/19: FILTER @ House of Blues, hob.com Industrial rockers on the road with with Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High in support of their new album, Crazy Eyes, which dropped in April. CONT. ON PAGE 112

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5.13 GWEN STEFANI

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, channel933.com Top 40 artists Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea and others perform at this annual summertime music fest in Chula Vista.



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5/20: THE CURE

5/24: GONDWANA

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com

Rocking quintet best known for its hits “Just Like Heaven” (1987), “Lovesong” (1989) and “Friday I’m in Love” (1992).

5.20

J. BOOG

5/20: THE CULT @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

In February, these British rockers dropped their new album, Hidden City.

In November, this reggae artist will join Damian and Stephen Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse and many others on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise.

M AT T H E W R O L S T O N

In 1998, this folk pop singersongwriter performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXII, held at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Spanish rocker Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Izarduy, aka Enrique Bunbury, performs en español.

5/26: WALK THE MOON @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu

5/21: BRAD PAISLEY

5/27: THE WHO

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com

@ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com

This country star is married to Kimberly Williams, aka the bride in the 1991 flick Father of the Bride, starring Steve Martin.

The five-decadespanning rock band wraps its two-year The Who Hits 50! Tour on June 18 at the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain.

5/21: SOULFLY

5/27: THE LUMINEERS

@ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com

@ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu

Heavy metal act out of Phoenix, Arizona.

Following the April 8 release of their new album, Cleopatra, these indie folk artists kicked off a supporting worldwide tour.

5/22: JANIS IAN

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

@ House of Blues, hob.com

(See 5/20 listing.)

@ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com

JEWEL

5/25-26: ENRIQUE BUNBURY

This alt. rock foursome rose to fame in 2015, when its “Shut Up and Dance” single topped several Billboard charts.

5/21: THE CULT

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Reggae group touring North America through June.

@ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org The Grammy Awardwinning musician performs locally to raise money for the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.

5/23-24: KATCHAFIRE @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com Mystic Roots opens for this reggae band while on the two-month Burn It Down tour.

5/28: THE IRON MAIDENS @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com All-female tribute band to heavy metalers Iron Maiden.

5/31: LEON RUSSELL @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com In 2011, Elton John inducted this country rocker into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



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5/1: BRODINSKI

5/8: FOUR TET

@ Quartyard, quartyardsd.com

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com

Techno turntablist Brodinski headlines the Bromance Tour (featuring Louisahhh, Gener8ion and Virgil Abloh), which wraps after this show in East Village.

In August, this electro artist will perform at the UK’s four-day Creamfields dance festival, at which Avicii, Above & Beyond, Laidback Luke and many other DJs will spin.

5.6

Sander van Doorn

5.12

@ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com

Martin Garrix and DVBBS collaborated with this electro house Netherlander on his 2014 single “Gold Skies.”

NGHTMRE

@ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com

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5/7: OOKAY @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com Diplo, Tiësto and David Guetta are among the big names who have supported this San Diego-based trap music maker.

5.6

Dirtyphonics + FuntCase @ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com

House music trio Dirtyphonics (below) and dubstep DJ FuntCase (above) headline the North American Neckbreaker Tour.

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5/12: THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS @ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com Brothers Steven and Christian Martinez compose this house duo. CONT. ON PAGE 116


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5.20

Tiësto @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com

In 2014, progressive house producer Tijs Michiel Verwest, aka Tiësto, won a Grammy Award for his remix of John Legend’s “All of Me.”

5.22

5/13: SHOWTEK @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com

5.19

Marshmello @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com This electro producer keeps his identity a secret by spinning in all white attire and wearing a giant, marshmallow-esque mask.

David Guetta and this Dutch EDM twosome collaborated on the tracks “No Money No Love,” “Sun Goes Down” and “Bad” on Guetta’s 2014 Listen album.

5/24: KAYTRANADA @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Canadian DJ Kaytranada drops his seventh studio album, 99.9%, on May 6.

5/27: MODERAT @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com This electronic trio tours internationally in support of its new album, III, which dropped in April.

5/27: BREAKBOT @ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com In February, this French house music producer released Still Waters, his sophomore album.

5/27: MARTIN GARRIX @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com DJ Mag ranks this progressive house 19-year-old (who turns 20 on May 14) No. 3 on its 2015 “Top 100 DJs” list.

5/28-5/29: MY LIFE EVERY DAY USA @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com EDMers Dillon Francis and Zeds Dead headline this annual Memorial Day rager in Point Loma with support from Bassjackers, Cash Cash, Tritonal and many others.

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Rudimental + Gorgon City

@ Quartyard, quartyardsd.com

Rudimental (pictured; best known for the 2012 single “Feel the Love”) and Gorgon City (best known for the 2014 single “Ready For Your Love”) co-headline this stop along their Live U.S.A. Tour.

5.14

Getter

@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com In March, this dubstep DJ dropped his Radical Dude! EP.



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REQUIEM FOR A SCREAM WHY A HARDCORE BAR MANAGER YEARNED TO YELL By Michael Benninger | Photos by Kate and Michael Auda

A Boston native with a deep passion for music, Jake Gomes is this Music Issue’s official Bartender of the Month. He moved to San Diego two years ago and has since been pouring drinks and overseeing the rockin’ scene at downtown’s casual live music joint, Tin Roof. In short, dude’s in-tune with his job. PacificSD: What’s your musical history? JAKE GOMES: I’ve been in multiple bands before. I began screaming in post hardcore bands, then began singing. Then I picked up bass and keys, but I’m not in a band currently. What’s your favorite genre of music? My favorite genre is post hardcore or any emotionally

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driven songs or artists that combine singing and screaming. As a musician, what would be your dream come true? To go on a world tour. What Tin Roof concert has been your favorite so far? We had Story of the Year. My old teenage angst was going through the roof. What big-name group or artist would you love to see perform at the Tin Roof? I would kill to see Pierce The Veil at Tin Roof. Favorite three albums of all time? Plagues by The Devil Wears Prada; Rise or Die Trying by Four Year Strong; 21 by Adele.

To what musician, living or dead, do you feel the strongest connection? Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive. He’s a rad dude who loves going absolutely bananas during his sets. Have you always wanted to be a bartender? My career path went from bounty hunter to physical therapist to public health professional before I ended up in the hospitality industry. How do you spend your time when you’re not working? I’m an avid hiker, I work out quite a bit and I practice singing and keys. Got any hidden talents? I can spit gum really far in the air and catch it back in my mouth.

Weird, I know. Who’s your celebrity crush? Oprah’s pretty dope. What’s something about you that surprises people? I played rugby for two years in college. And my age; people always assume I’m way older. I look old as dirt. What’s the best time to come visit you at Tin Roof? Come see me Thursday through Monday. We’ve got five-dollar Jameson and Fireball, and live music every night. TIN ROOF 401 G St., Gaslamp 619.230.8606, tinroofsandiego.com



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UNSUNG HEROES VOCAL LOCALS GO COASTAL By David Perloff | Photos by Brevin Blach Matchmaker: Jessica Pelligra

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hat happens when a house music DJ/ producer and a Christian-music hip-hopper sing karaoke together? Stay tuned for the answer as DJ Lanna B (lannabmusic. com) and emcee Graham Saber (grahamsaber.com) continue their rockin’ blind date, which began half an hour ago in the Epic Limo that’s about to drop them off for a sunset toast in Ocean Beach. Before they arrive, let’s review the pre-date interviews. PacificSD: Where are you from and where do you live now? LANNA: From Chicago. Live in downtown San Diego now. GRAHAM: I was born in Atlanta; super brief stay there. Lived in Albuquerque for a while. One year in Chicago, then

my family moved to North County San Diego in eighth grade, which is where I currently live. What do you do for a living? LANNA: DJ and music producer. GRAHAM: I am a musician or, I suppose, an artist — so I produce and write songs and have gotten a lot of cool opportunities to perform them all over the country. My music can be found under my real name, Graham Saber. Check it out! I also work for our family business — helping to manage and train associates in our Panera Bread Bakery-Cafes. The latter is a bit more stable. What do you do for fun? LANNA: Make people dance. GRAHAM: Well, I make music;

that’s fun. I played water polo in college, so now I go back and play for fun. I also like to play different sports and work out. Also, just cruising around Encinitas, going to the beach and spending time

with friends and family. What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise? LANNA: Style is on-point, CONT. ON PAGE 122

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music appreciation and preferably a fox. GRAHAM: A girl who is attractive, confident and has a fun personality. What do you like least about yourself? LANNA: How much money I spend on unnecessary toys for my cat, Pitchouli.” [sic] GRAHAM: I guess maybe that sometimes I can be somewhat indecisive? I’m not really sure. Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten for looks. LANNA: I feel like pink hair doesn’t go on a one-to-ten scale; it’s more of a unicorn scale. GRAHAM: My grandma says I am cuter than a Pokemon, so... Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten for personality. LANNA: Midwest nice. GRAHAM: People usually say

I have a pretty good personality, and I “change a room” or something. So I’ll go with a ninepoint-nine?

believe it or not. Not perfect by any means, but chose to wait.

What’s your biggest fear? LANNA: Country music and Justin Bieber fans. GRAHAM: Losing my dad, mom or sister unexpectedly and prematurely.

Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.” LANNA: A conversationalist and an alcohol consumer. GRAHAM: Attractive and comfortable with who she is.

What traits could your date exhibit that would be dealbreakers? LANNA: Shows up in Crocs – see ya. GRAHAM: I mean, I would prefer she didn’t get hammered. Or have a sailor’s mouth. How many people have you slept with? LANNA: Fun fact – I have my law degree. Going to utilize it now and plead the fifth. GRAHAM: Actually, zero,

Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less? LANNA: An after-party… that I will most likely DJ. GRAHAM: Who knows? I guess a kiss could happen, if we vibe well and are attracted to one another. What’s the most important thing in the world? LANNA: Love and house music, of course.

GRAHAM: My dad, mom, sister and my friends; and my relationship with God. As the daters arrive at Wonderland, they head inside and grab a table. Moments later, the bartender rings a bell and buys everyone in the place a round of drinks to say Cheers! to the sunset, a daily occurrence at this popular beach-front destination where green flashes are a dime a dozen. THANK YOU! Epic Limo, epiclimo.com 858.270.LIMO (5466) Wonderland Ocean Pub 5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.255.3358, wonderlandob.com CONT. ON PAGE 124

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fter getting acquainted over food and drinks at Wonderland for about an hour, Lanna and Graham jump back into the limo for the brief ride to O.B. Warehouse, where the food is out of this world (and from all the way around it). The couple appears to be getting along well, talking and laughing as they look over the menu. Once they’ve had a chance to enjoy their drinks and appetizers, they’re split for mid-date debriefings. PacificSD: How’s it going so far? LANNA: It’s going well; we’re having a lot of fun. The food’s

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super good, the conversation is awesome, and we’re both obviously really into music, so tons to talk about. GRAHAM: It’s good; she’s really cool. Had a lot of really good conversations over music, so that’s cool.

normally date? LANNA: Yeah, of course, yeah. GRAHAM: No, probably not, but it’s been really epic. We’ve had a really good conversation, but I think we’re very different. But we connect on music, so it’s cool.

What were your first impressions? LANNA: He was super nice, he was way chill, which was awesome. GRAHAM: All I saw was her pink hair, so that was my first thought. It looks good on her; she rocks it.

What do you think of the way your date is dressed? LANNA: He has style; I like it. GRAHAM: She looks nice; I like the outfit.

Is this the type of person you’d

How was Wonderland? LANNA: It was good. The calamari was super good, and I liked the ahi poke we had, too. GRAHAM: Good, great view of

the sunset, pretty epic. What did you eat and drink there? LANNA: I had a Corona, and it was nice, because I was drinking a beer watching the sunset. GRAHAM: We had a couple appetizers, the calamari and the poke. It was super bomb. The poke was really good and super fresh. I don’t drink. I just never have and never had a desire to. My parents didn’t really drink as I grew up. We never had alcohol in the house. My dad doesn’t drink and my dad’s, like, my best friend, so I just never really had a desire to drink. CONT. ON PAGE 126


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How have you been enjoying O.B. Warehouse? LANNA: This place is awesome. I’ve never been here before and I’m way impressed. GRAHAM: So epic. The vibe is so cool here. What have you had to eat and drink? LANNA: We had the artichoke appetizer, and then we had a flatbread and scallops. It was amazing. I’m drinking a glass of Cab. GRAHAM: We had the artichoke hearts appetizer and then the pear-and-fig flatbread,

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and we’re waiting on the scallops. What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far? LANNA: His music knowledge, just how he talks about music. I’m really impressed. GRAHAM: I think it was cute when she ate out of my hand. Even though we were joking, it was actually kinda cute. What’s the least attractive thing? LANNA: There’s no least attractive thing. He’s been great. GRAHAM: She hasn’t really done anything that’s noticeably unattractive. I mean, I typically

don’t like girls that cuss, and she said a bad word one time, but that’s not a big deal at all. Rate your date on a scale from one to ten for looks. LANNA: Ten. GRAHAM: She’s a really pretty girl. How about for personality? LANNA: Ten. GRAHAM: She’s got a really good personality — nine, ten. Do you want to kiss your date now? LANNA: I’m not commenting

on that. GRAHAM: I don’t know. I feel like we’d both rather make music in the limo together. Does your date want to kiss you? LANNA: Not commenting on that. GRAHAM: I don’t know. I feel like she’d rather sit in the limo and make music together, too. THANK YOU! O.B. Warehouse 4839 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.222.1700, cohnrestaurants.com CONT. ON PAGE 128


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fter the mid-date break, Lanna and Graham share dessert at O.B. Warehouse before returning to the limo for the ride to The Lamplighter. Once inside the famed Mission Hills karaoke bar, they grab a booth, and Lanna has a beer. A few songs later, the daters groove on the dance floor for a moment, but neither makes a move for the microphone. Seeing that the couple won’t be making sweet music together, at least not of the karaoke variety, the magazine crew finally leaves them alone to enjoy the rest of their evening away from the camera. The next morning, we call to see what we missed. PacificSD: Describe the experience in the limo.

LANNA: Really fun. I’m a DJ, and he is a rapper — we had an auxiliary cord, we were set. And the booze was a nice touch. GRAHAM: The limo was cool; it was cool to be driven around my neighborhood in a limo. The water was cold and refreshing. How was The Lamplighter? LANNA: Was very cool and super casual, which was a nice change, since I’m used to spending my nights in pretty high-energy venues. GRAHAM: Cool place for people that would be into a cool karaoke bar. The laser lights on the dance floor made for a good vibe. What did you do there? LANNA: I drank Corona and listened to some ’90s R&B karaoke.

GRAHAM: Sat in a booth, listened to a singer or two, danced for a second, jokingly, and then we left. Why didn’t you sing karaoke? LANNA: The karaoke regulars were on fire. I never stop another performer when they are in their groove. GRAHAM: Because I’ve never done karaoke. I think the assumption is, “Oh, a musician would be into it, because it’s music and fun.” But, in reality, that’s like what we actually do, so it just seems uncomfortable to participate or steal the mic from people who are there to get their love for music on and don’t normally get to. Why didn’t your date sing? LANNA: See above.

GRAHAM: Same reason. She’s actually kind of shy, I think, and was really not into the idea of it. We were probably more nervous to karaoke than we would be for our own shows/performances. Where did you go and what did you do for the rest of the evening after The Lamplighter? LANNA: We continued our disco in the limo, of course. GRAHAM: We drove around for a little bit and listened to some of her mixes and some of my songs on my album I just began to release. [Editor’s note: check soundcloud.com/grahamsaber] Was there a kiss or romantic exchange? LANNA: Swapped numbers. And Instagram. GRAHAM: No, there was not. CONT. ON PAGE 130

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What’s the funniest thing that happened during the date? LANNA: Our dance at Lamplighter. GRAHAM: Having to pretend like we were about to karaoke, when we knew we were not going to.

the date was O.B. Warehouse and all our conversation. O.B. Warehouse had an awesome server and epic food. Plus the vibe of the place was awesome. And, in general, our conversation was really great, because we connected a lot on music.

What was the best part of the date? LANNA: Loved trying all of the food and awesome drinks at Wonderland, O.B. Warehouse and Lamplighter. I hadn’t been to any of those places before, so it was fun trying them all out while being with someone I didn’t know. GRAHAM: The best part of

What song best sums up your personality? LANNA: “Bigger than Prince” by Hot Since 82. [Editor’s note: Lanna provided this answer April 19, two days before Prince died.] GRAHAM: I mean, listen to my songs; you will get my personality.

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What song sums up your date’s

personality? LANNA: “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top. GRAHAM: “Get the Party Started” by P!nk. Will there be a second date? LANNA: We both definitely want to check out a show or two of each other’s, so it’s looking like we will see each other again soon. GRAHAM: We definitely will hang out again, but I’m thinking it will be more centered on making music together or attending each other’s shows. AFTERMATCH: At last night’s mid-date break, it sounded as though Lanna and Graham were

in-tune with each other, on-track to finding common ground in music. She said he’s a “Sharp Dressed Man.” He said she’s ready to “Get the Party Started.” But in the end, their would-be smash-hit seems to have ended up on dating’s flip side — the friend zone. While these two may not be producing charttopping singles together, at least they’ll remain singles, and the beat goes on… THANK YOU! The Lamplighter 817 W. Washington St., Mission Hills 619.298.3624, thelamplighterbar.com