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Kanye or Nay As I put the finishing touches on my Trump jack-o’-lantern — if Trumpkin.com is still available on GoDaddy, I’m gonna be rich — I can’t figure out which is scarier: The Donald as Commander in Chief, or Kanye in the West Wing (Of course, Kimye would rename it North West Wing in honor of their first-born.) But what if these two candidates ran against each other? Using statements they’ve actually made in public, let’s imagine their first Presidential debate...

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ON EDUCATION “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.” —Kanye West “Twenty-five countries are better than us at education. And some of them are like third world countries. But we’re becoming a third world country.” —Donald Trump ON NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION “I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.” —West “I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.” —Trump ON RACE RELATIONS “No flip flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at.” —West “I’ve always had a great relationship with the Blacks. —Trump

ON RELIGION “I’m the closest that hip-hop is getting to God. In some situations, I’m like a ghetto Pope.”—West “When I drink my little wine, which is about the only wine I drink, and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness.” —Trump ON BEING A FATHER “I never understood planned parenthood, ’cause I never met nobody plan to be a parent in the hood.” —West “I’ve said, if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” —Trump CLOSING STATEMENTS “I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.” —West “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” —Trump

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CONTENTS october 2015


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Know Guts, Know Gory It’s about bloody time to be scared What Moves You Navigating America’s Finest highways and byways

ON THE COVER: Illustration by R. Black. THIS PAGE: Get around America’s Finest City on a Boosted electric skateboard. (See “What Moves You,” page 72.)


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D E P A RT M E NTS CURRENTS 32 Ten.Fifteen Event calendar 42 Laughing Stock October stand-up roundup PULSE 46 Art Beat October gallery and exhibition openings 54 Curtain Calls Performing arts preview 56 Face Time A first look at a new public art exhibit 60 The Reel World October motion picture preview

Heavy metal band Ghost performs October 30 at the Observatory North Park. (See story, page 104.)



TASTE 80 Lettuce Celebrate Don’t be chicken — skip the meat 90 Wok on the Wild Side A Chinese chef experiments with new ingredients 96

Knead to Know A must-have pizza recipe for the ultimate housewarming (literally)

98 Take it from the Tap A monthly taste of beer from here

102 Sunday, Bloody Funday Kill two birds with one skewer at Sandbar GROOVE 104 Sounds Like A Plan October concert calendar 114 Take a Spin Upcoming EDM and DJ performances LOVE 120 Speed Dating Two strangers come together for a racy night on the town


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The Only Thing to Fear (is actually pretty scary)

By Craig Sewing (San Diego Radio and TV Host)


hat used to be a night to dress-up seems to have changed a bit. These days, Halloween has become more of an excuse to dress down — or dress not at all, as is the case with many women’s clever costumes. I haven’t quite understood how a nurse in a bikini makes sense… but I’m not complaining, either. I’ll take that over the knuckleheads who think being Caitlyn Jenner is original this year. So what will people dress up as this Halloween? Obama costumes are played out by now, but I imagine we’re in store for a bunch of over-intoxicated, loudmouth Trumps strolling around. Perhaps some Hillary Clinton’s searching their smartphones for her deleted Benghazi emails. Maybe we’ll even be blessed with some Shamus being fished from a tank by PETA protestors — this is San Diego, after all. Whatever the gag of the year may be, the real scare these days is our stock market’s triple-digit swings, which happen every day now. The Fed’s rate stimulus, mixed with news from China, must have traders spooked. When markets freak out, as we saw in 2007, it can be detrimental to the national economy — and damaging to each citizen’s personal economy. Haunted houses can be fun, but foreclosed ones ain’t. Before things get downright terrifying (it’s Fourth Quarter in more ways than one), get a review of your financial plan. In a market this scary, sometimes the best defense can be a great offense. (Remember the NFL’s 1985 Bears?) What’s the best way to reinvest a 401(k) from a previous job? Is this a good time to buy a house in San Diego County? What tax code laws can be taken advantage of to pay less in taxes in each decade of life? The region’s business and financial leaders, who have the answers to these and other crucial questions, discuss current events, politics and the economy — and their direct impact on citizens of San Diego — on my TV and radio programs. You can reach out for your own, no-strings-attached advice at craigsewing.com if you’d like. My Halloween costumes tend to be pretty weak. I’m the guy who does the half-Clark Kent, halfSuperman outfit. I’m not very creative when it comes to being someone else. But in real life, I’m a consumer activist. I make things happen for San Diego consumers by involving them in conversations with the city’s elite players in the business world. The trick is to join the conversation. The treat is free expert advice that can change your life. Tune-in to the American Dream and my radio show on 1170-AM at 6 p.m. Don’t forget to follow us on social media as well, we appreciate all the support we can get! Happy Halloween!

Craig Sewing is a television and radio personality and consumer activist who confronts polarizing issues head-on. Forever focused on cutting through the media clutter, he states his views bluntly, making friends and enemies along the way. Tune-in to Sewing’s intriguing and sometimes controversial broadcasts on The American Dream every Saturday at 10 a.m. on Cox or Time Warner Channel 4, and on The Craig Sewing Show weekdays at 6 p.m. on KCBQ 1170-AM to hear his engaging and enlightening conversations with the region’s political, business and finance luminaries.

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Feature Market:

Kensington 92116

Market Update (August 2015 data)

Exceptionally appointed Spanish-style 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2331 sq. ft home located on the exclusive north side of the Kensington Village! This charming and elegant home radiates character and style. Price: $1,150,000 - $1,199,000

Number of homes for sale: 27 Number of homes sold: 13 Highest price: $1,199,000 Lowest price: $545,000 Median home price: $835,144

Business Spotlight Bleu Bohème is a neighborhood restaurant that serves accessible, inviting and comforting French Cuisine. 4090 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92116, Kensington, 619.255.4167 info@bleuboheme.com

Market Expert Melissa Tucci is the Official Real Estate Agent of the San Diego Padres. #1 ranked Century 21 agent in the nation, Tucci is a top producing professional and an experienced San Diego Realtor and Broker providing a superior level of informed, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers in San Diego County. She was also recently named Spotlight Agent in Zillow Nationwide and the Front Cover Winner of Top Agent Magazine’s November issue.

Melissa Goldstein Tucci Century 21 All Service 1820 Monroe Ave., San Diego, CA 92116, 619.787.6852, MelissaTucci.com, Sold@MelissaTucci.com

BRE # 01380034

Feature Market:

Point Loma 92106

Market Update (August 2015 data)

Peaceful, modern living in the heart of Point Loma. Enjoy all this beautiful community has to offer at the community pool, playground and BBQ area. Come see what you’ve been waiting for!

Number of homes for sale: 57 Number of homes sold: 22 Highest price: $2,950,000 Lowest price: $260,000 Median home price: $872,500

Business Spotlight It started with a passion for good food and craft beer. For the best burger experience, stop by Slater’s 50/50 Burgers by Design in Liberty Station. You’ll find a menu of over-the-top favorites and an extensive selection of local and regional craft beers. They take bacon, burgers and beer very seriously. slaters5050.com

Market Experts Glen Henderson and Shannon Keatley are the brokers and owners of Alliance Group Real Estate. They go beyond the scope of traditional real estate services by providing turnkey financial solutions through their network of professional partners. They are a valuable resource for buyers and sellers throughout San Diego.

BRE # 01870483

Glen Henderson & Shannon Keatley Alliance Group Real Estate Services 3131 Camino Del Rio North, Ste. 1420, San Diego, CA 92108, 619.500.3222, AllianceGroupRE.com, info@alliancegroupre.com


Feature Market:

Downtown 92101

Market Update Beautiful top floor loft with 15’ ceilings, floor to ceiling windows & multiple skylights. Life at the top is fantastic in this light & bright Fahrenheit condo. Features include large master suite with walk-in closet, 2nd bedroom/den, oversized deck area with dazzling city & corridor bay views.

(August 2015 data) Number of homes for sale: 236 Number of homes sold: 89 Highest price: $1,650,000 Lowest price: $230,000 Median home price: $510,000

Business Spotlight Rustic Root is a modern rooftop destination featuring local, seasonal cuisine & craft cocktails in stylish surrounds. Dine at the only rooftop restaurant in the Gaslamp! 535 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Market Expert Chad Dannecker is broker and owner of Welcome to San Diego Real Estate. He runs a team that has proven time and time again that they are the go-to professionals for downtown real estate. If you do any research on downtown, you’ll quickly find welcometosandiego. com, Chad and his team’s website, and their five-star client reviews on Yelp, Google and Zillow.

Market Info

The downtown real estate market continues to flourish with the addition of new apartment buildings & a new luxury condo tower under construction. For the first time in decades, both millennials & baby boomers are looking for the same thing - dense urban cores near restaurants, shops, entertainment and public transportation. WelcomeToSanDiego.com

Chad Dannecker Welcome to San Diego Real Estate - Dannecker & Associates 875 G. St., Ste. 108, San Diego, CA 92101, 619.356.3099, WelcomeToSanDiego.com, chad@welcometosandiego.com


What is a Rent vs. Own Analysis? Have you heard the term rent versus own before? It shows you the benefit of owning a home compared to renting. Below is a real life scenario of someone paying $1,495 a month in rent and how it compares to them buying a $400,000 home, it includes an overview of what this investment looks like over time. Can you imagine a $933,000 gain on a $38,000 investment? This real life breakdown explains why home buying is more sensible than renting. Take a look below and call today for you FREE rent vs. own analysis!


Monthly Rent $1,495.00 Expected Annual Increase 3% Monthly Renter’s Insurance $25.00 Home Purchase Price $400,000 Down Payment $20,000.00 (5%) Loan Amount $380,000.00 Term 360 Months Mortgage Interest Rate 4.25% Estimated Closing Costs $8,000 Property Tax $416.67 Monthly Homeowner’s Insurance $90.00 Annual Home Maintenance $3,000 (0.75%) How Many Years for this Comparison 30 Annual Appreciation on Home 3% Interest Earned on Down Payment 1% Income Tax Rate 24.4%

Results Favorable Option Buying

Average Monthly Savings (Renting vs. Buying) $-70.04 Total Gain Over 30 Years $958,327.10

Payment Considerations Rent Own

Initial Rent / Mortgage Payment $1,495.00 $1,869.37 Renter’s/Homeowner’s Insurance $25.00 $90.00 Property Taxes $416.67 Before Tax Monthly Payment $1,520.00 $2,376.04 Annual Home Maintenance $3,000.00 Total Payment Over 30 Years $862,502.96 $945,374.40 Total Tax Savings Over 30 Years $108,086.03 Average After Tax Monthly Payment $2,395.84 $2,325.80

Investment Considerations

Home Selling Price After 30 Years $970,904.99 Minus Loan Balance $1.15 Minus Down Payment & Initial Closing Costs w/Unearned Interest $37,791.33 Investment Gain of Buying vs Renting $933,112.51 Total Payment Savings (Renting vs Buying) $-25,214.59 Combined Gain of Buying vs. Renting $958,327.10


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october event calendar


ten.fifteen event calendar

10.2-4 MCAS Miramar Air Show MCAS Miramar, miramarairshow.com

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Three days of overhead and on-deck entertainment (including the Blue Angels’ formation flying, a firebreathing Robosaurus, aerial acrobatics and more) draws a crowd of 700,000 to Miramar each year.



C U R R E N T S {calendar} (cont. from page 32)

10/2-3: La Mesa Oktoberfest Spring St., La Mesa lmvma.com Stuff yourself into lederhosen before stuffing yourself with beers, brats and live entertainment alongside more than 100,000 honorary Germans flocking to East County for this annual two-day festival.

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10/2-4 & 10/9-11: El Cajon Oktoberfest German American Societies of San Diego, El Cajon oktoberfestelcajon.com Enjoy traditional folk music and dance while washing down potato pancakes, ox-on-the-spit and other German nosh with abundant ales and other alcohols in the beer garden.

10/1-4: Fashion Week San Diego Wall St., La Jolla fashionweeksd.com This annual affair spotlights next year’s fashion and styling trends via four nights of runway shows and other stylish happenings, highlighting twodozen fashion designers, models, and hair and makeup artists.

10/3: Pacific Beachfest Diamond St. to Thomas St., Pacific Beach Boardwalk pacificbeachfest.org Register to participate in the volleyball and surfing competitions coinciding with this free annual event, or stick to the boardwalk for a Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest, live jams, a craft beer garden and more.

10/3: Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley wwnraces.com More than 300 four-legged weenies will sprint for the chance to finish in the top 16 and compete in the championship race to be held before the Big Bay Balloon Parade on December 26.

CHARGER HOME GAMES 10/4: vs. Cleveland Browns 10/12: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 10/25: vs. Oakland Raiders


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10/3-4: San Diego Maker Faire Balboa Park sdmakerfaire.org Techies, tinkerers and other doit-yourselfers bring drones, robots and other homemade creations to Balboa Park for what’s billed as “the greatest show-and-tell on Earth.”

(cont. on page 36)

C U R R E N T S {calendar} 10/5: San Diego Music Awards Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, Shelter Island sandiegomusicawards.com See local bands perform live and receive awards in 27 nomination categories while helping to raise money for the San Diego Music Foundation.

(cont. from page 34)

10/4: Del Mar Village Taste & Art Stroll Camino Del Mar, Del Mar taste.delmarmainstreet.com Sample dishes from nearly 20 restaurants along this selfguided, Fido-friendly walking tour of Del Mar punctuated by live entertainment, local arts and Sip Stops offering beer and wine. T r o y O r em P h o t o g r aph y

10/7: Dine out for the Cure Restaurants throughout San Diego County komensandiego.org Help fight breast cancer by eating breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants that have pledged to donate 10 to 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to Komen San Diego. 10/9: The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista oddballfest.com Comedian and Parks and Recreation actor Aziz Ansari stars in this third annual traveling comedy carnival, bringing Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Rachel Feinstein, T.J. Miller and other funny people on a tour of 18 North American cities.

10/9-10: OB Oktoberfest Newport Ave., Ocean Beach oboktoberfest.com Enter the stein-holding, bratwurst-eating, balloon-blowing and sausage-tossing competitions to round out this seaside Oktoberfest experience.

10/10-11: La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Girard Ave., La Jolla ljawf.com Drink beer and wine, peruse/ purchase works from more than 150 artists and enjoy street performances to help raise money for La Jolla’s school programs.

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C U R R E N T S {calendar} (cont. from page 36)

10/11: Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase Fifth Ave., Gaslamp gaslamp.org See high-performance hot rods, All-American autos, classic coupes and everything in between in the streets of the Gaslamp at this free annual event. Ga slamp Q ua rte r Assoc iation

10/11: Little Italy FESTA! India St. and W. Grape St., Little Italy littleitalysd.com Say Ciao! to the 120,000 folks headed to Little Italy for a slice of Italian culture in the form of bocce ball tournaments, live chalk-art drawings, cooking demonstrations and more.

10/13-18: GI Film Festival Several San Diego locations gifilmfestivalsd.org Dubbed the “Sundance for the Troops,” this Washington D.C.-based event makes its San Diego debut, screening more than 20 films, shorts and documentaries honoring and featuring servicemen and servicewomen.

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10/14: A Taste of Coronado Several Coronado restaurants atasteofcoronado.com Take a self-guided stroll or ride the complimentary trolley to visit two dozen Coronado restaurants offering food and drink samples.

10/15: Le Diner En Blanc Undisclosed until immediately preceding event sandiego.dinerenblanc.info Get on the waiting list to be one of the 2,000 people invited to this top-secret soiree, where guests dressed entirely in white bring their own table, chairs and picnic basket for a unique dining experience. 10/17: Taste of North Park Several North Park restaurants tastenorthpark.com Sip, savor and shop as a few dozen North Park restaurants, breweries and boutiques open their doors for this seventh annual hipster tasting tour.

10/17: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma valleyviewcasinocenter.com Named the most valuable team in the NBA by Forbes magazine, the Los Angeles Lakers (worth a cool $2.6 billion) take on Oakland’s Golden State Warriors (ranked No. 7 on that same list, with a $1.3 billion value) at the sports arena. (cont. on page 40)


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C U R R E N T S {calendar} (cont. from page 38)

10/16-17: Over the Edge for Brain Cancer Manchester Grand Hyatt, Downtown otesandiego.org Rappel 365 feet down the side of the West Coast’s tallest waterfront building to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research. 10/26: WWE Monday Night Raw Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma valleyviewcasinocenter. com WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and others faux face-off during this live televised professional wrestling event.

10/29: Chef Showdown Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Downtown ccssd.org Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien hosts 10 of San Diego’s leading chefs and mixologists as they compete for Best Of accolades and other bragging rights at this 11th annual event benefiting domestic violence prevention initiatives.


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10/18: Bike For Boobs The Wine Pub, Shelter Island bike4boobs.eventbrite.com Join the owner of Point Loma’s The Wine Pub — who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago — for a leisurely ride around Shelter Island, a post-cycle glass of wine and a chance to win a new pink bike. Proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund.

10/25: Celebrate the Craft The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla celebratethecraft.com Southern California’s top chefs, farms, wineries, breweries and culinary artisans present a glorious, flavorful, high-end smorgasbord overlooking Torrey Pines golf course and the ocean.

10/31: San Diego Monster Bash Several downtown blocks sandiegomonsterbash.com EDM duo the Stafford Brothers headline this All Hallows’ Eve party in the streets of downtown, where 15,000 undead boys and ghouls will haunt five frightful party zones and vie for the $5,000 cash prize for best costume.

C urrents {COMEDY}

“People tell everyone when they have a gluten allergy. It’s the opposite of herpes.” —Jim Jefferies on Twitter 10/2: Jim Jefferies @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org

laughing stock october stand-up roundup Comedy curator: Catlin Dorset

“You ever see a white kid trying to hit on a black woman? ‘Hey, baby. Hey, I know they say once you go black, you never go back. But you should try white, that sh*t don’t bite.’”

“If my kids turn out good, I was a good dad. If they turn out bad, they took after my wife’s side of the family.” —Jeff Foxworthy on Twitter 10/2: Jeff Foxworthy @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com

—Jamie Kennedy on Premium Blend 10/1-3: Jamie Kennedy @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

“I’m a big boy, but I can get jiggy with it. Trust me, ladies, I will go to dance clubs and I will tear it up hardcore. That’s right... for a good 30 seconds.” —Gabriel Iglesias on Premium Blend 10/9: Gabriel Iglesias @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com

“Sometimes there’s another reason that people take so long to text you back: They aren’t playing mind games or busy. They’re just GOOGLING THE F*** OUT OF YOU!” —Aziz Ansari in Modern Romance 10/9: Aziz Ansari @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, oddballfest.com (cont. on page 44)


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“The easiest way to get on a billboard in Los Angeles is to become a DJ in Las Vegas.” —Grant Cotter on Twitter 10/9-10: Grant Cotter @ The Comedy Palace, thecomedypalace.com


C urrents {COMEDY} (cont. from page 42)

“Hoping to find a real relationship on Tinder is like shopping for Brussels sprouts at a butcher shop.”

“Listen up, fellas: if you got so much body hair that, when you get into the hot tub, it looks like you’re being dipped in seaweed… that ain’t for you, man.”

“[My ex and I] lived together, and when you live together, sex takes on a whole new dimension. I feel like a prostitute that works for really low rates. ‘I’ll do oral and anal… if you take out the garbage.’” —Margaret Cho on Revolution 10/22: Margaret Cho @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org

—Jon Reep on Metro Jethro 10/15-17: Jon Reep @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

—Brad Sherwood on Twitter 10/10: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com

J ame s Law

“Here’s the big one that vegans love to say: ‘Do you know that humans are the only animal to drink the milk of other animals?’ Like, woah, that’s so crazy! You know what else only people do? Fly planes, make movies, call each other on the phone to tell each other how awesome milk is.” –Joe Rogan on Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High 10/16: Joe Rogan @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org

“It’s funny, ’cause just the other day, me and my boy, we was wonderin’ why they even call ’em roofies. Ya’ know what I’m talkin’ ’bout? Why not floories, right? ’Cause when you take ’em, you’re more likely to end up on the floor than the roof.”


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—Mike Epps as Black Doug in The Hangover 10/17: Mike Epps @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com

“I love to eat. That’s why I got so fat; I love to eat. If I don’t walk away from a meal hurting, I didn’t do it right. If I don’t walk away from Thanksgiving dinner feeling like I’ve been turkey-f***ed in a gingerbread prison, I didn’t do it right.’” —Greg Behrendt on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show 10/18: Greg Behrendt @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

“My solution to gun control: have a Rubik’s Cube on it, that way you have to be smart enough to shoot it. See, you wouldn’t be able to shoot somebody unless you figured it out.” —Carrot Top on The Arsenio Hall Show 10/22: Carrot Top @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com

“I like dark-ass women. I want a girl so dark, when I turn the lights off, I don’t know where the hell she at. She just run past and do freaky stuff to me.” —DeRay Davis on Comedy Central Presents 10/22-25: DeRay Davis @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

“I’m 28; it’s a weird age. It’s the age, as a woman, when your body just starts to tell you to have a baby. My body’s just like, ‘Have a baby.’ My bank account’s like, ‘Don’t you even f***ing think about it.’” A nna Ka lf us

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october gallery and exhibition openings

By Sarah Pfledderer


10.3-1.24 “Self/Reflection”

Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.238.7559, mopa.org Amateur grade-school photographers (K-12 students from San Diego and Tijuana) turn their lenses toward themselves to reveal their identities in this 10th annual juried exhibition. (cont. on page 48)

“Window to the Soul” by Khadijah Amatur-Raheem


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10/2-24: Open Studios San Diego The Studio Door 3750 30th St., North Park 619.255.4920, openstudiossandiego.com Local painters, woodworkers, photographers and other artists collaborate on a three-week group show during which the public is invited to tour their individual workspaces for a weekend (October 10-11). “Terra Incognita” by Christina Thomas


“Eat A D*ck” by Carly Ealey

10/3: “A Dirty Filthy Show” La Bodega Gallery & Studios 2196 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan 619.255.7036, instagram.com/labodegagallery For adult eyes only, this annual erotic art showcase returns to Barrio Logan.

“Totoro and Friends” by Cora Crimson

10/3-11/1: “Ghibli” TPG2 1475 University Ave., Hillcrest 858.354.6294, tpg2.net Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki presents stills from anime feature films produced by Tokyo’s Studio Ghibli. (cont. on page 50)


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“One Gun” by Gabe Leonard

10/10-11/7: “No More Bullshit” by Gabe Leonard ArtHatch 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido 760.781.5779, arthatch.org Artist Gabe Leonard pours his cinematic style into paintings of outlaws as part of his new “Desperado” series.

10/10-11/22: “Re-membering our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves” California Center for the Arts 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 800.988.4253, artcenter.org In celebration of Día de los Muertos, artists present their farranging artworks that invoke rituals and memories of those who have passed. “El Musico Traditional” By Daniel F. Martinez

10/13: “My Eyes! The Goggles Do Nothing!” Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar 410 10th Ave., East Village 619.531.8869, thumbprintgallery.com Nearly 20 artists put their The Simpsons fan art in the spotlight for this exhibit named after a line from “Radioactive Man,” a 1995 episode of the wildly (cont. on page 52) popular animated sitcom. “For Her” by Jon Molina


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10/17-1/3: “Interpretations: Celebrating 30 Years” Visions Art Museum 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, Liberty Station 619.546.4872, visionsartmuseum.org See the 32 contemporary quilts an international panel of jurors selected from nearly 250 submissions to commemorate the textile museum’s founding three decades ago. Also opening 10/17 are three other textile exhibits including “Hearing the Quiet: Walking the Creeks,” in which artist Linda Colsh presents six new nature quilts that incorporate traces of creek stones she collected during walks. Untitled, by Linda Colsh

10/24-12/31: “Vasana” by James Verbicky Madison Art Gallery 1020 Prospect St., Ste. 130, La Jolla 858.459.0836, madisongalleries.com Artist James Verbicky presents a Sanskrit-inspired collection of large-scale, mixed-media collages.


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“Era 3” by James Verbicky

10/20-1/31: “The Time Between: The Sequences of Minor White” Museum of Photographic Arts 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.238.7559, mopa.org This display of photographer Minor White’s compelling images focuses on the famed artist’s celebrated sequences, which depict the passage of time.

“Windowsill Daydreaming” by Minor White

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the Stars present a fusion of choreography set to a mashup of musical styles.

curtain calls october performing arts preview By Sarah Pfledderer

Da re n Sc ott

10/1-25: My Mañana Comes San Diego Repertory Theatre 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown 619.544.1000, sdrep.org A quartet of busboys in New York face a conundrum that could stifle their hopes of achieving the American Dream. 10/7-18: The Phantom of the Opera San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave., Downtown

619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org Dwelling in the cellars of the Paris Opera House is a mysterious, masked man whose desperation for love drives him to abduct a rising-star singer.

10/9-11/15: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado 619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org Dorothy’s not in Kansas anymore — now she’s in Coronado. 10/10-11/1: The Weir New Village Arts Theatre 2787 State St., Carlsbad 760.433.3245, newvillagearts.org Regulars at a rural Irish pub share mysterious tales of yore to impress a pretty woman who recently moved to the neighborhood from Dublin.

10/21-11/15: Chapatti North Coast Repertory Theatre 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach 858.481.1055, northcoastrep.org Two lonely animal lovers in Dublin, Ireland, rediscover that companionship can be shared with beings who don’t have tails and four legs in this west coast premiere of a Chicago-born production.

10/22: Shaping Sound California Center for the Arts 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 800.988.4253, artcenter.org Dancers from TV’s So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with

10/24: Momix: Alchemia

California Center for the Arts 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 800.988.4253, artcenter.org The Momix company of dancer-illusionists performs theatrical manipulations of earth, air, fire and water.


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10/23-25: The Great Gatsby San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave., Downtown 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org Adopted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s novel, this jazzy performance follows a mysterious and frivolous young millionaire’s obsession with a former lover and her adulterous attraction to him.

10/23-11/8: Mary Poppins Casa del Prado Theatre 1600 Village Pl., Balboa Park 619.239.8355, juniortheatre.com A magical nanny brings lighthearted winds of change to a family with an uptight father and kids in need of guidance in this kickoff to San Diego Junior Theatre’s 68th season.

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FACE TIME A first look at a new public art exhibit

Photos and story by J. Raymond Mireles

Having lived in the Logan Heights area of San Diego for the past couple of years, I’ve come to know firsthand the friendly, colorful and racially diverse mix of people and culture that resides here. Despite the fact that it’s located just a few blocks up from the ever-expanding East Village and adjacent to trendy Golden Hill, this hidden gem of a neighborhood is completely overlooked by people outside the area. (cont. on pagE 58)


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o remedy this situation, I decided to share the area with the world through my project “Neighbors,” a series of portraits of people who live, work and regularly visit the area around my home. As with much of my personal work, my goal with this series is to honor my subjects and bring out that spark of underlying humanity to which we all can relate and connect. The photos, which I printed in large-scale (nearly four feet by five feet), now hang as an exhibit on the outside of my centrally located property so that my subjects, their friends and other inhabitants of the neighborhood can see themselves presented larger than life. Instead of showing the prints in some far off gallery where they’d never be witnessed by locals, many of whom never set foot in galleries or museums, these photos are on display where they can be seen on a daily basis. It’s art documenting life and becoming a part of it. My other goal in exhibiting this work is to bring people from outside the neighborhood into the area. Eventually, I intend to have my work displayed on multiple buildings so that viewers can walk or bike along the Imperial Avenue corridor to enjoy the images. This project is just the start. I recently traveled across much of the country with CULTURUNNERS (culturunners.com), an arts group from the UK, in an RV with other artists from Europe and the Middle East. During the trip, I photographed people in communities from Brooklyn to Ohio to the inner city of Detroit. I’ll combine these images and other images from my future U.S. travels with images from an upcoming trip to the Middle East. “Neighbors” is on public display at 2741 Imperial Avenue, in Logan Heights. The public is invited to attend the opening event (Saturday, October 10, beginning at 4:00 p.m.) to see the images, mingle with the subjects portrayed in them, and meet San Diego neighbors of different social backgrounds and ethnicities.


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Opening Event Saturday, October 10 (beginning at 4:00 p.m.) 2741 Imperial Ave., Logan Heights jraymondmireles.com, RSVP to jray@jraymondmireles.com

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THE REEL WORLD october motion picture preview By Michael Benninger

Steve Jobs Biography | Drama Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen In theatres: October 9 Kicking off with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998 and culminating with the computer creator’s death from pancreatic cancer, this portrayal of the life of Steve Jobs exposes more details about the professional predicaments and familial failures the genius faced while pioneering products and shaping the world to his whim.


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The Martian Bring him home. Adventure | Sci-Fi Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig In theatres: October 2 When a disastrous storm strikes Mars, an astronaut abandoned on the red planet must use minimal supplies and his mad science skills to stay alive, contact NASA and find his way home.

Pan Every legend has a beginning. Adventure | Fantasy Starring: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara In theatres: October 9 Long before Peter Pan spent his weekends getting high on pixie dust, he was an English orphan who found himself transported to a fantastic realm of weird and wonderful friends who help him defeat the pitiless pirate Blackbeard.

Freeheld All love is equal. Drama | Romance Starring: Steve Carell, Ellen Page, Julianne Moore In theatres: October 9 In this dramatization of a 2007 documentary, a distinguished police detective with latestage cancer battles the government for the right to bequeath her pension to her samesex domestic partner upon her passing. (cont. on page 62)

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The Walk Every dream begins with a single step. Adventure | Drama Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon In theatres: October 9 Featuring bleeding-edge innovations in 3-D and IMAX technologies, this movie reenacts the true story of the Frenchman who, with help from his band of accomplices, climbed atop the World Trade Center in 1974 and spent 45 minutes tightrope-walking between the Twin Towers while the world below watched in wonderment.

Bridge of Spies In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for. Drama | Thriller Starring: Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan In theatres: October 16 After defending a Russian spy in court during the height of the Cold War, an American lawyer is tasked by the CIA to travel to Berlin and negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot who was captured when the Soviets targeted his spy plane.


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Jem and the Holograms Every generation needs a voice. Fantasy | Comedy Starring: Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko In theatres: October 23 It’s girl-power galore in this liveaction adaptation of a classic ’80s cartoon wherein a group of young women who become an overnight musical sensation soon discover that their lead singer’s departed dad left behind secrets that will transform their lives and alter the trajectory of their musical careers.

Rock the Kasbah Opportunity rocks where you least expect it. Comedy | Music Starring: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson In theatres: October 23 When an unlucky, over-the-hill band manager finds himself alone in Afghanistan, he stumbles upon a young girl with staggering talent and becomes determined to take her to Kabul to compete in the country’s televised singing competition.

Burnt Never underestimate a man with everything to lose. Comedy | Drama Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy In theatres: October 23 An American chef who achieved international praise at a young age commits career suicide when his ego and drug-use reach epic heights. But as his problems compound and relationships fail, the crushed cook endeavors to earn a third Michelin star and get his life back on track.



It’s about bloody time to be scared

Hoping for a harrowing Halloween? Be scareful what you wish for. Here’s a glimpse of the season’s most terrifying sites, frights and other haunting delights.

Mike R ol le rso n

Haunted Hotel

Selected nights through November 1 424 Market St., Gaslamp hauntedhotel.com San Diego’s longest-standing scarefest invites thrillseekers to test their threshold for terror in the most menacing manifestation yet of Downtown’s insanely scary inn. This year, try to keep cool while crossing the dreadful Doll Island, then try to keep a clean pair of pants while passing through the super-scary Clown Subway. 64

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Past & Presence Ghost Tour

October 2, 3, 23, 24 Whaley House 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town whaleyhouse.org Take an after-hours tour of the world-famous Whaley House, widely regarded as the most haunted home in the country, then learn the history and see firsthand many of San Diego’s other eerily inhabited environs including the Adobe Chapel and El Campo Santo Cemetery.

Bone-chilling, blood-curdling Halloween haunts and other nasty nightmares By Michael Benninger

Silent Screams

Wednesday Nights in October Whaley House 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town whaleyhouse.org Sin-loving cinephiles are invited to sit back and enjoy a series of shriek-worthy silent films in San Diego’s first public theater, founded in 1868. The movies, all of which were produced between 1922 and 1926, include Waxworks, The Bat, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror and The Phantom of the Opera, with a different flick shown each Wednesday in October.

Monster Manor

October 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31 8235 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa monstermanor.org Though the Ghastley family burned to a crisp years ago, their tortured spirits still haunt the 13 rooms of their 4,000-square-foot home. Among the grievous ghosts to encounter inside are a bloodthirsty vampire, a berserk butcher and a cackling clown, all of whom are out to scare the dickens out of those who dare set foot inside. A word to the wise before entering the Manor: say “Trick or Treat” when knocking on the door, or face blood-curdling consequences.

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Haunted Trail of Balboa Park Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31 Copley Symphony Hall, Downtown sandiegosymphony.org As the stop-motion film unfolds on the big screen, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform the spellbinding score to Tim Burton’s ghoulish 1993 movie about a Pumpkin King who, tired of scaring his town on Halloween, decides to seize Santa Claus and deliver the Christmas gifts himself.

Selected nights through November 1 Sixth Ave. and Juniper St., Balboa Park hauntedtrail.net A mile of contorted conifers and distressed deciduous trees line the trail in this ominous outdoor experience that’s not recommended for the easily spooked. This year’s themed settings include a perilous plantation, a bloody Bourbon Street and spinetingling scenes from American Horror Story. Also be on the lookout for a cabal of crazed clowns. And if that’s not freaky enough for you, take your chances in a 3,500 square-foot labyrinth where the unnerving undead are on the offensive.

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Scream Zone

Most days in October Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar thescreamzone.com San Diego County’s largest haunted experience is back and more bone-rattling than ever with four fear-inducing haunts among many other aberrant amusements. Put your clown-killing skills to the test in Paintball Apocalypse: A Nightmare on Clown Street, then enter the heinous House of Horror, in which 13 threatening ghosts inhabit a dozen themed dens. If you survive that eye-popping ordeal, take a load off at the KarnEvil freakshow or ride the Haunted Hayride through an abundance of undead environments.

BOOmont Park

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October Belmont Park, Mission Beach belmontpark.com/boomontpark Returning for a third sinister season, this inhuman incarnation of Mission Beach’s crown jewel dares you to step inside BOOmont Manor, a macabre maze from the twisted minds behind Balboa Park’s Haunted Trail and Downtown’s Haunted Hotel. Other abnormal attractions include a three-story zombie laser tag experience, a demonically decorated Giant Dipper rollercoaster, plus costume contests, a pumpkin patch with a painting station and free trick-ortreating for the little monsters in your life.


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Ghost Hunting Tours

October 9, 10, 16 and 17 Whaley House, Old Town whaleyhouse.org Join San Diego’s Ghost Hunters and the Whaley House’s spirited staff on an eerie, spectersleuthing excursion to some of the most cursed corners in the city. Learn how to find phantasms using state-of-the-art equipment and try out some time-tested techniques for approaching apparitions. Spots on these shadowy tours fill up quickly, so score your tickets early or risk missing your chance to see some famous phantoms.

Savage House

Most days in October Westfield Mission Valley, Mission Valley savageproductions.org When police raid a local farmhouse and find the remains of more than 70 tortured individuals, the nefarious family who occupied the home eludes capture. Now, in this incredibly immersive adventure, it’s your turn to tour the property — but, with the former occupants still on the loose, the home may not be as secure as it appears.

Rise of the Jack-OLanterns

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido therise.org Behold the awe-inspiring sight of 5,000 jack-o’-lanterns (hand-carved and painted by professionals) lit up along a one-third-mile stretch of the Safari Park’s parking lot. Among the many pumpkin sculptures are an assortment of animals, a 50-foot dragon, classic cars and unforgettable movie stars.


Tears and fears mark the passing of a horrorful mind By Michael Benninger

HauntFest on Main

Friday, October 31 200 East Main St., El Cajon hauntfest.org

This fourth annual familyfriendly event offers three stages of live music, a classic car show, carnival rides and costume contests — plus a pumpkin patch, plenty of inflatables and many other frightfully fun activities for all.

Terror at the Tenth

Selected dates from October 1 - November 14 930 Tenth Ave., East Village tenthavenuearts.com The Tenth Avenue Arts center welcomes warped and wicked minds to attend two paranormal productions this month. Mona & Cinnamon’s Spooky Spectacle is an uproarious, interactive show featuring Please Excuse My Zombies, a one-act play about a family’s struggle to stay together during the zombie apocalypse. And the maniacal musical Head spoofs a cult horror flick about a doctor who keeps his girlfriend’s head alive after a car crash separates it from her body.


fter scaring moviegoers sh*tless over a career spanning nearly 40 years, Wes Craven succumbed to a battle with brain cancer on August 30. The acclaimed filmmaker, who died at age 76 at his home in Los Angeles, leaves behind an unparalleled legacy that includes some of the most memorable films in the slasher genre. After graduating from college with degrees in English, philosophy, psychology and writing, Craven entered academia, teaching at a series of universities in the Northeast. It was during this chapter of his life that he purchased a used 16mm video camera and began exploring his interest in film. Soon after, the aspiring moviemaker abandoned his life as an educator and, having learned the essentials of film editing, landed a gig in the hardcore porn industry. Under various pseudonyms, Craven worked on many X-rated skin flicks including the legendary 1972 Linda Lovelace film, Deep Throat. It was in that same year that he wrote and directed his first horror movie, The Last House on the Left. In the decades that followed, the ambitious auteur continued to write and direct an extensive catalog of horror movies, many of which transcended the typical bounds of the genre by invoking existential topics. His best-known work, 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, not only launched the career of a then-unknown Johnny Depp, but also spawned the knife-clawed Freddy Krueger, one of the most iconic characters in the history of horror. Beginning in the ’90s, the Sultan of Slash released his New Nightmare and the semi-self-aware Scream quadrilogy. It’s hard to undervalue the influence that this gifted and gruesome mind had on Hollywood, but one thing’s for sure. We’re not likely to see another artist who so masterfully manipulated the macabre anytime soon. Thanks for all the thrills, Wes. R.I.P.


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RINGER How to look like a zombie

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aunted Hotel and Haunted Trail makeup manager Nicole Weaver transformed a mere mortal (Haunted Trail beauty Annette Cerdas) into an undead abomination, the likes of which will terrify and entertain thousands of America’s Finest fright fans at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Market Street in the Gaslamp throughout October. Nearly 24 haunters/actors will be on-site to bring the fright each night, and each character takes about two hours to bring to life. Make that “death.” The Haunted Hotel, Haunted Trail, Scream Zone September 25 – November 1 424 Market St., Gaslamp 619.696.SCARE (7227), hauntedhotel.com

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tactics Ja i m i e T r u ebl o o d

Halloween horrors and other Hollywood tricks and treats By Michael Benninger

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Always bring protection. Comedy | Horror Starring: Halston Sage, Tye Sheridan, Patrick Schwarzenegger In theatres: October 30 When a trio of horny boy scouts enters an unguarded strip club, they soon learn that a zombie epidemic is erupting, and that it’s up to them and the bar’s badass cocktail waitress to prevent the undead from wiping out their small town. Goosebumps The stories are alive. Action | Adventure Starring: Jack Black, Halston Sage, Ken Marino In theatres: October 16 Ghosts, ghouls and gnomes attack a Maryland town in this fun and frightening film that features a mashup of memorable stories by R.L. Stine, the bestselling author of the Goosebumps children’s book series.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension For the first time, you will see the activity. Horror Starring: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George In theatres: October 23 In the sixth and final chapter of this scaretastic saga, a family of four moves into a Palo Alto home where they discover an unsettling set of videotapes and an oldschool camcorder, which they soon learn opens a portal to a ghastly new dimension.


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The Last Witch Hunter Hunt forever. Live forever. Adventure | Fantasy Starring: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood In theatres: October 23 Humanity hangs in the balance as a resurrected witch wages war against the reluctantly immortal hero, the last of his kind, who defeated her and her army hundreds of years earlier.

Crimson Peak Beware. Drama | Fantasy Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston In theatres: October 16 In an effort to break loose from her tragic past, a young writer marries an English nobleman and moves into the decaying castle he shares with his sister. But the aspiring scribe soon finds out her new home holds more secrets, and more spirits, than she had bargained for.



Houses of ill repute in America’s Finest back yard By Stacie Daigle


an Diego offers arguably the most adrenalinepumping, nail-biting, pants-soiling experience on the planet — and we’re not talking about surfing after it rains. For 14 years, McKamey Manor has been creating recurring nightmares for thousands of people from around the world, horrifying customers with interactive house-of-sheer-terror experiences that last up to eight hours. “Our waitlist has over 27,000 people on it, and I am flooded with requests everyday,” says Russ McKamey, the project’s deranged mastermind. Every weekend, McKamey invites guests (age 21 and older) to one of his five top-secret locations. Inside, psycho killers put their heads in vices, douse them with blood and lock them inside coffins. “We have things that will make you lose your mind,” says McKamey, whose blood-curdling repertoire includes restraining guests in straightjackets before hanging them upside down in a Chinese water-torture chamber full of live moray eels. This place is not for the faint of heart. Entering requires signing waivers. “It’s just a big show,” says McKamey. “People come to us wanting to be the stars of their own movie, and we deliver.” The craziest part: it’s free. All they ask is that guests bring dog food to be donated to Operation Greyhound Rescue. And maybe bring along an extra pair of pants (for your friend) for the ride home – in case you make it out alive. McKamey Manor mckameymanor.com

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What Moves You

Navigating America’s Finest highways and byways By Chris Cantore When I first pulled into San Diego for college, my primary mode of transportation was a 1967 Volkswagen Bug. My first car, it was red but fading and had that omnipresent VW smell — a combination of burning oil and moldy, rotting seats. Thankfully, for ventilation purposes, the driver’s side floorboard came equipped with a huge rust hole in the floor. Yabba-dabba-doo. Embarrassed by its hooptiness, my younger, SDSU self was actually relieved when it got stolen off of Montezuma Road. From there, I graduated to owning a variety of newer vehicles while



exploring San Diego via various modes of transportation — from boats to beach cruisers, trolleys to skateboards, air-balloons to (shhhh) rollerblades. However, nothing, and I mean nothing, ever compared to putting around town in that $600 beater of a V-dub. As it is with a first love, you never forget your first car. So much so, I recently picked up a 1970 VW bus. Painted in gray primer, it has the aforementioned VW smell and rust holes in the floor. It’s perfect. Some call it a midlife crisis. I call it destiny. Here are a few options I’m considering for when the wheels fall off.

Jaguar XE Priced around 40K, this new Jag is poised to compete with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Combining its sleek and sexy style with its impeccable driving behavior and British prestige, this luxury sports sedan is set to pounce — and pull hipper, younger drivers away from its German competitors. Base price: $35,895 Available at: Jaguar San Diego 4525 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa 858.362.6001, jaguarsandiego.com

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The Flying Cloud

MonoRover R2

One of Airstream’s most popular trailers, The Flying Cloud is perfect for a weekend of glamping at San Elijo State Beach, long-term adventures or housing Cousin Eddie in your driveway. With more floor plans and decor options than IKEA, this amazing vessel (ranging from 19 to 30 feet in length) includes a queen bed, dinette, galley, bathroom (with shower) and MAJOR cool points. Base price: $60,000 airstream.com Rent: Starting at $195/day, Tinno’s RV Rental, tinnosrvrental.com

Made famous by Wiz Khalifa at LAX, the MonoRover is one of a growing number of personal transportation devices aka autobalancing scooters. It’s capable of cruising for six hours between charges, just long enough for someone to video you crashing on it. Base price: $300 monorover.com

HARLEY DAVIDSON Softail Slim Sporting a classic WWII-inspired design — complete with military olive color, clipped rear fender and Hollywood handlebars — this bobber motorcycle comes loaded with a Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine. In other words, it delivers the same amount of power and performance as it does badassery. See you at Waterfront. Base price: $15,899 Available at: San Diego Harley-Davidson 5600 Kearny Mesa Rd., Kearny Mesa, 858.810.1919 4645 Morena Blvd., Bay Ho, 858.616.6999 sandiegoharley.com



The Commuter Age Getting to work, version 2.0 Now that earth’s socially aware citizens have begun considering the negative impact fuel-consumption has on the planet, commuting solo is about as hip as not eating kale. Jumping on the bandwagon to promote greener living, reduce freeway congestion and participate in National Rideshare Month, SANDAG iCommute is revving up to remind San Diegans about the benefits of carpooling, vanpooling and pedaling to work. The numbers don’t lie (the SANDAG 2014 stats are shown throughout this feature; find more at 511sd.com/iCommute), and sharing driving responsibilities not only saves time and money, but also gives the passenger a chance to post more pics to Instagram. #canichangethestation #backseatdriver #pulloverihavetopee

Vespa LXV150 IE Grab yourself one of these #TBT scooters and you’ll be the king or queen of North Park. A nod to Vespas of the 1960s, the LXV is built around a 150cc four-stroke engine, capable of hitting the freeways with the same level of ease as 30th Street. Base price: $5,699 Available at: Vespa Motorsport 3955 Pacific Hwy., Mission Hills 619.280.1718, vespamotorsport.com Vespa North San Diego County 572 N. Tulip St., Escondido 760.746.6001, moto-forza.com

24.6 miles

Average round-trip distance of the typical San Diegan’s daily commute

6,174.6 miles

Average round-trip distance the typical San Diegan commutes in a year

Boosted Billed as the world’s lightest electric vehicle, this super skateboard comes equipped with two electric motors, precision brakes and a wireless remote. With a top speed of 20 mph, Boosted gives its rider the sensation of surfing and snowboarding through the streets. But remember, pavement tends to be less forgiving than snow and water. Base price: $1,199 bootsedboards.com

251 hours Average time the typical San Diegan spends commuting each year — equivalent to more than six 40-hour workweeks

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Toyota Mirai Toyota’s state-of-the-art hydrogen-powered car is called Mirai, which is Japanese for “future.” The word now also means “hideous.” Aesthetics aside, the vehicle is packed with cuttingedge technology and with a range of 300 miles — compared to about 75 miles with most electric cars, which means you can round trip from San Diego to L.A. on one charge. Suddenly, the future’s getting less smoggy. (Still ugly, though.) Base price: $58,395 Available: Winter 2015/2016 toyota.com/mirai 76


Lexus Slide The good news: this board is real. The bad: it’s not for sale. Developed by Lexus for marketing purposes, the Slide uses the same technology as the Hendo Hoverboard, which is available for purchase but requires a magnetic surface on which to operate — something you’re not gonna find at OB Skate Park. Base price: $10,000 lexus-int.com/slide

Seabreacher Available in Shark (X model), Killer Whale (Y model), and Dolphin (Z model), the Seabreacher operates more like an aircraft than the mechanical Jaws at Universal Studios. Giving its pilot and copilot the ability to dive under and over waves, the 2016 Killer Whale model can even do a barrel roll — and, it’s approved by PETA! Base price: $80,000 seabreacher.com

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Average annual cost of commuting in San Diego


Average annual savings carpoolers enjoy (vs. singlecar commuters)

2,956 lbs.

A carpool-commute’s reduction of CO2 emissions in a single month (vs. single-car commute)

16,580 calories

Amount of energy (equivalent to about 5 lbs. of body fat) the average San Diegan would burn each month by commuting to work on a bicycle

33,000 gallons

Volume of gasoline saved as a direct result of the SANDAG iCommute Rideshare Month Challenge 2014, enough to fill a 20’x50’ swimming pool to 4.5’ deep

Gibbs Quadski XL Something Batman would cruise around on with Robin, the Quadski XL is the best amphibious vehicle available to the public. With a top speed of 45 mph (on land and water), it’s capable of switching between “quad” and “ski” faster than Ben Affleck transitions into the Dark Knight. Base price: $40,000 Available at: Bert’s Mega Mall 1151 N Azusa Ave., Covina (L.A. County) 626.974.6600, gibbssports.com



ICON A5 Billed as an amphibious light-sport aircraft, the ICON A5 — which takes off and lands in water — is the sexiest thing to fly through the air since Henry Cavill. So advanced a (rich) kid could fly it, the folding personal plane weighs about 1,000 pounds and can be towed by your Range Rover. With a range of 450 miles and maximum speed of 110 mph, the A5 gets a serious high five. Base Price: $189,000 iconaircraft.com

TESLA Model X Tesla’s new all-wheel drive Model X is the fastest SUV on the planet. Powered by two digitally controlled engines, Model X-celerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Oh, yeah, and it’s electric, capable of driving to the Nevada border on a single charge. Base price: $140,000 Available at: Tesla Motors Westfield UTC 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. Ste. D17, University City 858.558.1555, teslamotors.com

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Lettuce Celebrate

Don’t be chicken, skip the meat By Erin Jackson


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Loaded sweet potato at SOL CAL Café.

Sa ra No rr is


rom stylish new restaurants with elevated menus to indie joints slinging budget-friendly fare, San Diego’s vegan dining scene is growing faster than Jack’s beanstalk. If you don’t know jack about veganism, then you may be surprised to learn that some of these veggie-forward eateries serve loaded nachos, glazed doughnuts and biscuits slathered in gravy — all vegan and all able to tempt ardent meat-lovers to temper their palates with tempeh (an Indonesian soy product). Just in time for National Vegetarian Day (October 1) and National Vegan Day (November 1), here’s a bumper crop of the plant-based offerings that have been (cont. on page 82) sprouting up around the city.

Get Whet Amuse your bouche and whet your appetite with PacificSD’s 10th annual Dining Iissue, coming in November

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Photo: Chef Bernard Guillas’ nectarine-soyglazed cobia at The Marine Room in La Jolla, pictured on the cover of of PacificSD’s 2014 Dining Issue

You are what you eat. You are also where you eat. Eat somewhere awesome.

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“...the most refined vegan dining option in the city.”

C afé G r at i t u de p h o t o s b y K at e a n d M i c h ael A u da

Anthem Vegan

Score vegan sandwiches, tacos and breakfast favorites like “F*@kin Yum” biscuits and gravy at this budget-friendly food cart that recently celebrated its second anniversary. Regular stops include the OB Farmers Market and SPCA (Wednesdays), SDSU Market (Thursdays), 30th Street (just north of Lincoln Avenue on Fridays and Saturdays) and Hillcrest Farmers Market (Sundays). 619.268.4367, anthemvegan.com

Café Gratitude

This Bay Area import offers the most refined vegan dining option in the city. Chef Dreux Ellis’ menu features plant-based plates named after life-affirming descriptors including Dynamic (yam and cauliflower samosas), Transformed (pinto beans and blackened tempeh tacos) and Liberated (kelp noodles in a creamy pesto sauce). 1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy 619.736.5077, cafegratitude.com

Donut Panic

Eschewing eggs and dairy can make a vegan’s dessert prospects downright dull. Never fear, Donut Panic is here. This Grantville sweet spot stocks limited quantities of vegan (and non-vegan) doughnuts, deep-fried delights made with soymilk and potato flakes. Arrive early to get your hands on some of the shop’s tastiest creations, which include rose cardamom doughnuts, apple fritters and cinnamon rolls. 6171 Mission Gorge Rd., Ste. 113, Grantville 619.280.1894, facebook.com/DonutPanicSD

Evolution Fast Food

Three varieties of veggie burgers, fried fauxchicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries make this “feel good fast food” eatery ideal for an introductory vegan meal. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly and fun, and neighboring Balboa Park is perfect for an impromptu picnic. 2965 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill 619.550.1818, evolutionfastfood.com

FROM TOP: Café Gratitude’s “Abundant” Sicilian antipasto plate; inside Little Italy’s Café Gratitude.

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M o n cai Veg a n p h o t o s b y K at e a n d M i c h ael A u da

Gelato Vero Upstairs

The casual, all-vegetarian café atop Gelato Vero serves a handful of vegan dishes. The inside scoop: try the Vegan Florentine, an open-faced sandwich with tomato, spinach, avocado, chickpea patties and cashew hollandaise. Or sweeten the deal with a vegan waffle with coconut whip. 3753 India St., Mission Hills 619.269.1178, gelatoverocaffe.com


Shareable small plates and legit cocktails are planned for this all-vegan eatery, opening this fall at the former site of Alchemy. Considering the talent involved (Kory Stetina of vegan pop-up LOVELIKEBEER, and Arsalun Tafazoli and Paul Basile of CH Projects) it’s safe to get excited in advance. 1503 30th St., South Park barkindred.com


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Moncai Vegan

After two years in North Park, this family-owned vegan eatery relocated to new digs in Normal Heights. The short but sweet menu remains the same, with fan favorites like Chick’n & Dumplings, pancakes and a bevvy of sweets — muffins, doughnuts and cinnamon rolls the size of your head. Bring paper money; it’s cash-only. 3531 Adams Ave., Normal Heights 619.228.9881, moncai-vegan.com

Native Foods Café

With more than two dozen locations, this thriving chain lacks the appeal of a locally born one-off, but its comprehensive menu, big portions and seasonal specials boost its popularity, even among meat lovers. Menu items modeled after comfort food — like chili cheese fries, chicken wings and nachos — are a good place to start. Be sure to save room for the peanut butter parfait. 5604 Balboa Ave., Clairemont 3369 Rosecrans St., Point Loma 127 North El Camino Real, Encinitas nativefoods.com

FROM TOP: Avocado Bruschetta at Moncai Vegan; inside Moncai’s new Normal Heights location.

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Peace Pies

There’s no gluten, dairy or soy in any of the raw, vegan fare at Peace Pies, but that doesn’t hinder the flavor factor. The Magical Mango Curry Wrap, kale chips and Cosmic Coconut Cream Pie are enduring favorites for good reason, but the shop also rolls out new creations to keep things fresh. Get your fix at brick-andmortar locations in Ocean Beach and Encinitas, or find them at the Hillcrest, Leucadia, Ocean Beach and Little Italy farmers markets. 4230 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach 133 Daphne St., Encinitas peacepies.com

Plumeria Thai

From the mock chicken sauté appetizer to the ice cream dessert, the vast majority of the menu at this cozy Thai restaurant is vegan. Entrées come with a choice of veggies or mock meat, and the organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, locally produced tofu is particularly delicious. 4661 Park Blvd., University Heights 619.269.9989, myplumeria.com


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Familiar flavors and ingredients make eating a meal at Pokez like dipping a toe in the vegan dining pool (as opposed to diving in head-first in a hemp bikini). Tofu can be swapped for meat in most dishes, and, because the kitchen uses vegetable oil (versus lard), the beans and rice are both vegetarian. Flaky, deep-fried flour tortillas make the potato flautas a great option, day or night. 947 E St., East Village 619.702.7160, pokezrestaurant.com


Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnameseinspired dishes appear on the faux-meat-heavy menu at Sipz, where entrées are served with a choice of mock chicken, beef, duck or fish (or tofu or vegetables). Although the restaurant is technically vegetarian, most of its Asian-fusion offerings are vegan. 3914 30th St., North Park 5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa sipz.com

FROM TOP: Tofu fajitas at Pokez Mexican Restaurant; Pokez in East Village.

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T r i l o g y San c t u a ry p h o t o s b y K at e a n d M i c h ael A u da

Trilogy Sanctuary


CLOCKWISE (from top left): Spinach and pesto raw pizza at Trilogy Sanctuary; Trilogy’s rooftop lounge; raw key lime cheesecake at Trilogy; the juice bar inside SOL CAL Café; Vega-Nachos at Trilogy.


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Cold-pressed organic juices are a major focus of this vegan market cafe with a built-in naturopathic doctor’s office. Fruit-forward dishes like the Epic Açai Bowl with gluten-free granola, fruit and coconut milk yogurt make a great midday pick-me-up. For something more substantial, try the built-to-order veggie burger on a bun or wrapped in cabbage. 910 J St., East Village 619.255.2927, solcal.com

Sar a N orr i s

Aerial yoga, spiritual-development classes and a plant-based vegan café create good vibrations at this airy and chill ocean-view rooftop in La Jolla. Tasty options like açai and pitaya (dragonfruit) bowls; raw vegan cheesecake; and nachos loaded with “cheezy” sauce, quinoa chorizo and chili up the allure. 7650 Girard Ave., Ste. 400, La Jolla 858.633.3893, trilogysanctuary.com






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Wok on the Wild Side A Chinese chef experiments with new ingredients By David Nelson Photos by Kate and Michael Auda

In 1991, long before Dubai morphed into its urbane role as the combined New York, Paris and Shanghai of the Middle East, Peter Shu Fong Cheung was there, steadfastly preparing epicure-quality Chinese cuisine at the InterContinental Hotel. (cont. on page 92)


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Emerald Chinese Cuisine executive chef Peter Shu Fong Cheung.



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t the time, the chef focused on preparing haute versions of classic Chinese dishes, the recipes for which are mostly engraved in stone — sometimes since centuries ago. Now that he’s running the kitchen at Convoy Street’s recently and sumptuously remade Emerald Chinese Cuisine, he adds flair to his menu by using microgreens and other boutique-farm produce he never knew existed when living in China. “I no longer use just traditional Chinese vegetables,” says Cheung, who rose quickly through InterContinental Hotels Group, working in Dubai, Honolulu and Los Angeles before landing at Emerald in 2009. (As the Cantonese-speaking chef speaks little English, restaurant owner Susan Lew and her friend Euphemia Ng assisted with the interview.) Since Emerald generally is regarded as top among the city’s Chinese eateries, the job of chef is a plum role. But, says Cheung, there are challenges to cooking for San Diegans. “I’m trained in traditional Cantonese cuisine, and here in San Diego there’s this ‘fusion, East-West’ cooking, with ingredients that are new to me,” he says. “Also, customers are requesting healthier food and less salt, which is a change from what I’m used to.” A native of Hong Kong, Cheung entered one of the city’s top kitchens in 1968 as an apprentice cook. He was 12, a typical age to begin this profession revered in China. Starting in Hong Kong gave him a considerable advantage, since it shares the style of neighboring (cont. on page 94)


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FROM TOP: Appetizer sampler and a glass of Cline 2013 chardonnay at Emerald; Emerald co-owner Susan Lew.

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Guangzhou (Canton) province. “My cooking is Hong Kong-style, a form of Cantonese, which is the best regional cuisine,” says the chef. “Because of Hong Kong’s exposure to the international community, it has crossover to the great cuisines of the world.” That crossover granted him the license to create new dishes within the strictures of traditional Cantonese cuisine, in which, for example, there are exactly 20 ways of cooking lobster. “I’ve learned new ways here,” says Cheung. “I’m stimulated by the fusion cuisine.” At Emerald, some of the stylish plates Cheung has designed for the new menu revel in textures and flavors that delight the tongue. One example is the Silken Fried Shrimp on Sticky Rice Cake, which gives the mouth a real workout. Another is Shredded Chicken in Spicy Citron Sauce. Vegetables and vegetarians also get plenty of respect from the chef, whose creations in this department extend to Sweet and Sour Mock Chicken. It’s a bird of another feather, and delicious. “I get the most pleasure when customers say they enjoy the food,” says Cheung, who likes to roam the dining room and greet guests. “Pleasing every customer is what counts, so it doesn’t matter if we have one guest in the dining room, or 100. We cook from the heart.” Emerald Chinese Cuisine 3709 Convoy St., Ste. 101, Kearny Mesa 858.565.6888, sdchinesecuisine.com


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FROM TOP: Pan-fried crispy pork buns; honey walnut shrimp with a basil gimlet; inside the newly remodeled Emerald Chinese Cuisine.






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A must-have pizza recipe for the ultimate housewarming (literally) Recipe and photos by Brandon Matzek


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ike the sun setting on a crisp October evening, this golden-hued Butternut Squash Pizza is pure autumn. To begin, cubes of butternut squash are roasted in the oven until tender, and then split between two different preparations — a portion is tossed with crushed red pepper flakes; the remainder gets puréed with maple syrup and lemon juice. In addition to the squash, the pizza also gets topped with mozzarella and Gorgonzola cheeses, sliced red onion and chopped fresh sage before being cooked in a screaming hot oven until the cheese bubbles, and the crust turns glossy and golden. Each bite of this pizza varies in sweet and heat with contrasting pops of onion, sage and rich blue cheese. To make the pizza-making process much easier, I recommend purchasing pizza dough from a local pizzeria. There’s no need to make homemade dough when so much love is going into the toppings. Both Bronx Pizza and Pizzeria Luigi sell amazing dough in limited quantities per customer.

Butternut Squash Pizza Ingredients 2 lbs. peeled and cubed butternut squash (from a 2 1/2 lbs. squash) 3 tbsp. olive oil plus more for drizzling Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 2 tbsp. maple syrup 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice Nonstick cooking spray 1 ball of dough 6 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated 3 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 1/4 of a red onion, peel removed and sliced thin 1 heaping tbsp. chopped fresh sage

Process Squash Two Ways. Preheat an oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place butternut squash on the baking sheet and toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Seasonal well with kosher salt and black pepper. Bake squash

until tender and just starting to turn golden in a few spots (35 – 40 minutes). Measure out 1 1/2 cups of cooked butternut squash and place in a small bowl. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, toss to combine and set aside. Place remaining cooked butternut squash in food processor and process until smooth. Add maple syrup and lemon juice, and then pulse a few more times to combine. Season to taste with additional kosher salt. Assembly Required. Increase oven temperature to 500°F and set an oven rack in the lowest possible position. Lightly cover the inside of a pizza pan or baking sheet with nonstick spray. Stretch pizza dough into a large circle to fit the pizza pan. Lightly drizzle the dough with olive oil, then use your hands to spread the oil around

evenly. Sprinkle dough with a small pinch of kosher salt. Top pizza with grated mozzarella cheese and crumbled Gorgonzola. Using a spoon, drop large dollops of butternut squash puree around the pizza (you may choose not to use all of the puree). Scatter cooked butternut squash cubes, red onion slices and chopped sage on top.

Finish with a small sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper. Bake and serve. Transfer the pizza pan to the oven on the lowest rack and cook until the crust is golden brown (be sure to check the bottom of the crust, too) and the cheese is nice and bubbly.

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Take it from the Tap A monthly taste of beer from here By Brandon Hernández

DO ME A FLAVOR New beers to cheers and brews to peruse

Deep Crimson Red Rye Imperial IPA: Although theirs is a commercial brewery, the founders of Rip Current Brewing Co. approach their craft with the wonder and bravado of recreational homebrewers, tackling a wealth of interesting styles including this crimson-hued double India pale ale. A motherlode of hops brings in brilliant botanical aromas and sturdy bitterness while a touch of rye in the malt bill introduces a zing of peppery spice to drive all that hoppiness home. Rip Current Brewing Co., 1325 Grand Ave., Ste. 100, San Marcos; 4101 30th St., North Park, ripcurrentbrewing.com

Stone Enjoy 11.27.15 Black IPA: Brewed to hammer home the importance of drinking as-fresh-as-possible hoppy beers, Stone Brewing Co.’s “Enjoy By” IPA was a game-changer for the beer industry that educated the public while invigorating the manner and speed by which distributors get hop-driven ales to market. Brewed with dark-roasted malts to provide a dark yin to the hoppy Enjoy By yang, this brand new offering reinforces that message while offering something a little more robust and dark yet enlightening. Stone Brewing Co., multiple locations., enjoyby.stonebrewing.com

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What’s new in brew or coming soon

Helix Brewing Company: A year ago, there were no breweries in La Mesa, but the City deemed it legal to brew last year, and, just like that, the East County berg now sports a pair of suds factories. Run by a lifelong La Mesan, Helix is the new kid on the block (literally, they are right down the street from the city’s other brewery, Bolt), paying homage to its stomping grounds with a variety of smallbatch creations of the hoppy and low-alcohol ilks, all of which can be enjoyed indoors with a view of the brewery (and soon an outdoor beer garden). 8101 Commercial St., La Mesa, drinkhelix.com

Guadalupe Brewery: After three years of driving from San

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Diego to Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe nearly every weekend to brew beer, a former brewer without borders has built his own facility within his mom-and-pop North County homebrew supply store. Proving you can take the brewer out of Baja but you can’t take Baja out of the brewer, he’s using Mexican chocolate, honey and vanilla to craft a variety of beers that go beyond standard blonde, golden, red and brown, in an effort to both sate visitors’ thirsts and spark their interest in the brewing arts. 5674 El Camino Real (at Carlsbad Brew Supply), Carlsbad, guadalupebrewery.com


Pour it Black: When people think dark beer, they think stouts, but

there is so much more at the ebony end of the ale-and-lager spectrum, namely sour beers, IPAs, saisons, porters and barrel-aged beauties, more than 100 of which will be on-tap at this annual outdoor festival. Oct. 18, 10 a.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido, stoneworldbistro.com

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Woodship 10: A long-standing annual tradition will celebrate a decade of fine beer sampling via an expertly procured tap list, cask beer and a massive bottle share when Downtown Johnny Brown’s closes to the public for one enchanted evening of craft beer debauchery. Oct. 3, 10 a.m., Downtown Johnny Brown’s, 1220 Third Ave., Downtown, downtownjohnnybrowns.com

meet your maker Brewmaster Q&A adam jester

o single brewery has developed such a vast lineage of standout brewers as Pizza Port’s Solana Beach brewpub. That spot recently bid adieu to head brewer Devon Randall (see “Take it from the Tap,” in PacificSD’s August 2014 issue), who left to open a new brewery in Los Angeles’ Arts District, leaving a spot open for new blood. Ever the internal promoters, the powers that be at the Port tapped Adam Jester, a hop-obsessed, light-hearted beer guy determined to live up to a self-imposed play on his name: A dam(n) jester.

Adam Jester: I was an early beer nerd who’d been frequenting Pizza Port since 1992. When I learned there was a brewery in Solana Beach, I had to try their beers. Lucky for me, Pizza Port soon opened a brewpub in my hometown of Carlsbad. Years later, I met brewers Ignacio “Nacho” Cervantes and Mike Aubuchon. We would talk about beer, and sometimes I’d bring in some of my homebrew for them to try. I told them to let me know if they ever needed a hand. Mike called me one time when he was short-staffed, and I helped. Three weeks later, he called again, this time to ask me if I wanted a job. I said yes and started out as a driver, delivering supplies to the other Pizza Port locations and delivering beer to accounts around San Diego while also helping in the brewery.

Brandon Hernández: How did you become part of the Pizza Port family?

Did you feel pressure when stepping into a position vacated


Head Brewer, Pizza Port Solana Beach by a brewer who is locally well known and respected? AJ: I don’t really feel pressured; I feel honored. This location has produced some of the best brewers in the business. Tomme Arthur [Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey], Jeff Bagby [Bagby Beer Co.], Yiga Miyashiro [Saint Archer Brewery], Devon Randall [Arts District Brewing] and Nacho [Pizza Port Ocean Beach] all started here. How will you infuse your personal brewing style at the brewpub? AJ: I’m a bit of a hophead, so I think, first and foremost, I will experiment with some hoppy beers. Honestly, though, I think that my style has yet to be fully honed. That is something that will come with more time in this brewery. What is the most challenging aspect of your new position? AJ: Solana Beach is the oldest

location in the Pizza Port family, so there are inherent challenges that come with that. The brewery can be temperamental at times. Other than that, I would say that scheduling and logistics are some of my personal challenges, as I didn’t have a lot of prior experience with that part of the brewing process. But it is going pretty smooth so far, knock on wood. Right now, one of the biggest challenges is keeping beer on tap, but that’s a good problem to have. Cite a special Pizza Port memory. AJ: I can remember sitting in Pizza Port Carlsbad with my wife when a stranger bought each of us a pint of Poor Man’s IPA. He said, “You guys like IPAs? Try this. My son brewed it, and it won a Great American Beer Festival medal last week.” That stranger was Jeff Bagby’s dad, and the beer blew us away.

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, Senior Communications Specialist for Stone 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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Sandbar Sportsbar & Grill 718 Ventura Pl., Mission Beach 858.488.1274, sandbarsportsgrill.com

egend has it that repeatedly saying the words “Bloody Mary” in front of a mirror will invoke an ominous entity with untold powers. The same holds true when uttering the phrase in front of a server at Mission Beach’s Sandbar, who will then appear with a behemoth beverage big enough to call breakfast. “Our Big-Ass Bloody Mary is 22 ounces of what dreams are made of,” says Christina Briggs, Sandbartender extraordinaire and the venue’s effervescent event coordinator. “We proudly serve Ballast Point’s original bloody Mary recipe, combined with Skyy vodka and a secret Sandbar twist.” Atop the colossal, crimson concoction is a seriously stacked skewer that’s speared through fresh salami, crisp veggies, Applewood bacon, three kinds of cheese and a bite of brioche French toast dipped in warm maple syrup. The result is an enormous and enticing amalgamation that stands out as the brunch menu’s signature gawktail. “As I walk across the bar with these Big-Ass Bloodys,” says Briggs, “customers’ eyes grow large, and I hear them say to each other, ‘I want one of those.’ That’s why, when I make one, I always prepare to serve a few more.” As if anyone needed another reason to try one of these devilish drinks, October is National Tomato Month, and National Vodka Day falls on October 4 — which happens to be a Sunday. And whether that’s a coincidence or a sign of something supernatural, Mission Beach’s long-standing watering hole invites you to celebrate with their sizable sanguine libation. “Come taste the hype for yourself,” says Briggs. “We’ll blow you out of the bloody water!”



Madonna @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com


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Since her self-tilted album debuted in 1983, Madonna has sold more than 300 million albums. This feat earned the original Queen of Pop (some argue Taylor Swift now wears this crown) a 2014 entry in the Guinness World Records as the “Best-Selling Female Recording Artist.” From her 1984 mega-hits “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” to starring in the 1996 film Evita to a 2003 tongue tango with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during an MTV Video Music Awards performance, Madge has been trending since before trending was a thing. In March, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/actress/director/author released her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, and kicked off a five-month worldwide tour by the same name on September 9. (cont. on page 106)

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

Alt. rock foursome that rose to fame in the mid-to-late-’90s with hits “Only Happy When it Rains” (1995) and “Stupid Girl” (1996).

Sounds Like a Plan OCTOBER concert calendar By Catlin Dorset

10/1: Aterciopelados @ House of Blues, hob.com This Latin pop/rock band from Bogotá, Colombia, performs en español. 10/2: Pepper @ Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 91x.com Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and 311 are among the bigname acts with whom this Hawaiian reggae rock trio has toured. 10/2: David Cook @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com American Idol Season Seven winner and pop rocker David Cook tours the U.S. through November in support of his album Digital Vein, which dropped September 18. 10/3: Marty Friedman @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com After leaving his lead guitarist gig with Megadeth in 1999, this rocker moved to Tokyo and became the “Ryan Seacrest of Japan” (according to Billboard) after hosting many TV shows.

10/3: Musiq Soulchild @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com Films Daddy’s Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married? and Meet the Browns feature tracks by this R&B artist.

10/4: Citizen Cope @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com One Tree Hill, Entourage, CSI: Miami and many other TV shows have featured songs by this alt. rock singer-songwriter.

10/3: Gordon Lightfoot @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com Folk rocker best known for his ’70s hits “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970), “Sundown” (1974) and “Rainy Day People” (1975).

10/6: Paul Weller @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Rock music singer and guitarist traveling the globe in support of his recent album, Saturns Pattern, which dropped in May.

10/3: Florida Georgia Line @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com Brian Kelley (from Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Georgia) compose this über successful country duo.

10/6-7: Gregg Allman @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com Rolling Stone ranks this Southern rocker at No. 70 on its “100 Greatest Singers” list. (cont. ON page 108)

10.2 Ratatat

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com In July, these electronica rockers released Magnifique, their fifth studio album.

10/3: New Years Day @ SOMA, somasandiego.com These alt. rockers will drop their new album, Malevolence, on October 2.


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groove {sound decisions} (cont. from page 106)

10/7: MAX @ House of Blues, hob.com Pop artist Maxwell Schneider, aka MAX, opened for Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on the Boys of Zummer tour this summer. 10/8: Riff Raff @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com Justin Bieber, Drake and Lil Wayne are a few of the big names rumored to be on this hip-hopper’s upcoming album; release date TBA. 10/9: The Amity Affliction @ SOMA, somasandiego.com Metalcore band headlining the Seems Like Forever U.S. tour with support from Chelsea Grin, Secrets, Cruel Hand and The Plot in You. 10/9: Joe Nichols @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com Country music Arkansan best known for hits “Sunny and 75” (2013), “Gimmie That Girl” (2009), “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” (2005) and many others. 10/9: Jamey Johnson @ House of Blues, hob.com This country singer-songwriter co-wrote Trace Adkins’ 2005 hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”


10/11: UB40 @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com Reggae Brits best known for their 1993 cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” 10/11: Jedi Mind Tricks @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com In June, this hip-hop twosome released its latest album, The Thief and the Fallen. 10/11: Buckcherry @ House of Blues, hob.com This hard rock quintet’s 2006 single “Crazy Bitch” earned the band a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.

10/12: Kodaline @ House of Blues, hob.com Indie rockers out of Dublin, Ireland.

@ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu In April, indie rock lead singer Florence Welch broke her foot while jumping off the stage at Coachella.

10/12: Trivium @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com This Floridian foursome will release its seventh studio album, Silence in the Snow, on October 2. 10/13: Alt-J @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu The 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, featured this indie rock group’s song “Buffalo.” (cont. ON page 110)

FLAMING 10.10-11 LIPS @ CRSSD Festival, crssdfest.com

Miley Cyrus collaborated with this alt. rock band on its recent album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, which dropped August 30.

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10/9: Cody Simpson @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com In 2014, the then 17-year-old pop musician competed on Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. He was eliminated in the fifth week.

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@ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu Blues rocker Andrew Hozier-Byrne rose to fame in 2014 when his single “Take Me to Church” climbed the Billboard charts.

@ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu

The pop icon and youngest sibling of the Jackson family will release Unbreakable, her first studio album since brother Michael’s death in 2009, on October 2. Alex Lake

10/14: Young Thug @ House of Blues, hob.com In a recent interview with Clique magazine, rapper Young Thug said of Donald Trump’s bid for president: “They ain’t gonna ever let a punk win no motherf***in’ election.”

10/19: My Morning Jacket @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu In May, these rockers headlined the second night of the Boston Calling Music Festival. Beck had closed out the night prior.

10/16: Luke Bryan @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com Country megastar known for a slew of hits, including “Rain Is a Good Thing” (2010), “Crash My Party” (2013) and “Play it Again” (2014).

10/21: Seether @ House of Blues, hob.com Evanescence, Nickelback and 3 Doors Down are among the acts with whom this alt. rock group has toured.

10/16: Twenty One Pilots @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu Alt. pop duo on its Blurryface tour with Echosmith and Finish Ticket. 10/16: America @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com Classic rock outfit known for many ’70s and ’80s hits, including “A Horse with No Name” (1972), “Sister Golden Hair” (1975) and “You Can Do Magic” (1982). 10/17: Of Monsters and Men @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu In June, these indie folk Icelanders released their sophomore album, Beneath the Skin.

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10/17: Social Distortion @ House of Blues, hob.com Punk rockers touring to commemorate the 25 years since the release of their 1990 self-titled album. 110


10/21: All Time Low @ SOMA, somasandiego.com In April, this pop punk foursome released its new Future Hearts album. 10/22: D.R.I. @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) is a hardcore metal/thrash band out of Houston. 10/22: Insane Clown Posse @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Rapping duo headlining The Marvelous Missing Link tour with P.O.D., Stitches, Dope D.O.D. and Young Wicked. 10/23: Stoney LaRue @ Moonshine Flats, moonshineflats.com This country artist sang background vocals on Miranda Lambert’s 2013 single “All Kinds of Kinds.” 10/23: Meat Loaf @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com Rocker Michael Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, played the part of Eddie (exdelivery-boy-turned-dinner) in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (cont. ON page 112)












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coheed & 10.29 cambria Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Four-piece progressive rock band out of New York.

10/24: Gerard Way @ House of Blues, hob.com The co-founder and former lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance now performs as a solo alt. rock act. 10/24: Slash @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Adam Levine and others collaborated with this rock and roller on his 2010 eponymous album. 10/25: Owl City @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com This indie electronica singersongwriter’s 2009 debut single “Fireflies” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s “The Hot 100” chart. 10/25: J Balvin @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com Latin reggaeton artist J Balvin wraps his U.S. La Familia tour with Becky G on this night in America’s Finest. 10/27-28: The Neighbourhood @ House of Blues, hob.com Indie rockers with a new album, Wiped Out!, set to release October 30. 10/29: Fear Factory @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com Metalers touring worldwide through December to promote their Genexus album, which dropped in August.

10/29: Parkway Drive @ House of Blues, hob.com Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and The Word Alive open for these metalcore Aussies on their self-titled tour. 10/30: Ghost @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com These Swedish heavy metalers wear masks and heavy face paint to keep their identities anonymous. 10/30: Matt Nathanson @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com Folk rock singer and guitarist best known for his 2008 single “Come On Get Higher.” 10/31: Too $hort @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg are among the superstar acts with whom this rapper has collaborated. 10/31: For Today @ SOMA, somasandiego.com Metalcore quintet on its month-long Wake tour in support of its album by the same name, which drops October 2. 10/31: Nas @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, rmdhalloween.com This rapper from New York has been nominated for a Grammy Award 13 times.

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In 2014, this rocker played the part of white supremacist Ron Tully in the final season of Sons of Anarchy.


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take a spin

Upcoming EDM and DJ performances

By Catlin Dorset



10/8: Nervo @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com In 2014, these pop dance Aussie twins made DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs” list at No. 21.

@ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com After creating and popularizing the #ChipotleGang hashtag, this house music DJ received a card from his beloved burrito chain, granting him free Chipotle for life.

10/9: TJR @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com Pitbull’s 2012 single “Don’t Stop the Party” features this bounce music producer.



10/9: Cedric Gervais @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com According to his Facebook page, this Floridian beatmaker makes “sexy, f*@kable house music.”

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com

On September 25, this progressive house DJ released his new album, Automatic. M a r k Owe n s

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10/11: Borgeous @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com House music DJ best known for his 2013 single “Tsunami,” featuring DVBBS. 10/15: ATB @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com Armin van Buuren, Moby and Dash Berlin are among the artists with whom this German EDMer has collaborated.

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com

Electronic twosome out of Washington, D.C.

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10.30 bassjackers @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal, hauntedharrahs.com

High-school buds Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst compose this house music duo.

10/17: Chris Lake @ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com Tech house remixer touring North America through December. 10/22: 3LAU @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com In July, this progressive house artist released his new single “Alive Again,” featuring Emma Hewitt.

10.29 steve aoki @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com

In 2014, DJ Mag ranked this electronic musician No. 10 on its “Top 100 DJs” list.

10/26: W&W @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com This Dutch trance duo has remixed tracks for Hardwell, Nico & Vinz, Zedd and many others. 10/30: Showtek @ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com In 2013, these progressive house DJs co-produced Chris Brown’s “Nobody’s Perfect” single. 10/31: Stafford Brothers @ San Diego Monster Bash, sandiegomonsterbash.com Rick Ross and Jay Sean collaborated with this electro house twosome on the recent single “When You Feel This,” which dropped in July.

@ OMNIA San Diego, omnianightclub.com

“He is mixing the hip-hop vibe with house music like no one else,” says David Guetta of this electro house turntablist.


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speed dating

Two strangers come together for a racy night on the town


By David Perloff / Photos by Brevin Blach / Matchmaker/reporter: Jessica Pelligra

ot since Danica Patrick broke into the IndyCar Series has auto racing been this hot, and that’s not just because it’s 94 degrees outside downtown’s K1 Speed kart racing center. Before blind daters Stacey and Tim arrive in the Epic Limo that’s about to drop them off for a thrill ride around the indoor track, let’s review their pre-date interviews.


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PacificSD: Where are you from and where do you live now? STACEY: I’m originally from a town in the Bay Area called Pleasanton and I currently live in PB. TIM: From a small town in Northern California called Modesto. I now own a home in South Mission Beach. What do you do for a living? STACEY: I’m a Project Manager at a branding and technology agency downtown. TIM: A lot. I started out training about six years ago, launched a fitness company a year and a half ago, train clients in-person and online around the world, teach classes at Barry’s Bootcamp Monday through Friday and

Sunday, am launching a fitness app in late September, and I manage and broker out property. What kind of car do you drive? STACEY: 2009 Nissan Sentra. TIM: 2009 Audi A4, supercharged. What is your dream car? STACEY: A matte-white Bentley Continental GT — a girl can dream. TIM: Well, funny you ask. It’s actually the next car I’m getting: Range Rover Sport supercharged, Eddie Bauer edition, with all the bells and whistles. What do you do for fun? STACEY: Spontaneous trips. I’m somewhat notorious for making

decisions on a whim. I’m also a sucker for anything involving animals, kids, the outdoors, football and beer — strong emphasis on animals. TIM: Anything active. Play football; basketball; snowboard; body surf; longboard on the boardwalk with my dog, Tiger Lilly; cook; travel; read; et cetera. What are you best at? STACEY: Being honest and making things happen. TIM: I would say I am best at helping others. What do you suck at? STACEY: Choosing men, math and saying no to Netflix. TIM: Probably not getting my way with things that I know I am

definitely right about. What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise? STACEY: Someone with a sense of humor and who can hold a conversation. It helps if there is depth to the conversation, and they show a genuine interest in getting to know me. Tall, dark and handsome never hurts, either. TIM: Must be healthy, happy, hard-working and have good morals. Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less. STACEY: Sugar and spice, mostly spice. TIM: Confident, passionate, healthy, happy, loving.

What do you like least about yourself? STACEY: I’m incredibly impulsive. My bank account and liver hate me for it. TIM: My lack of patience with technology. Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for looks. STACEY: Depends on how many drinks he’s had. TIM: Nine. Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for personality. STACEY: Depends on how many drinks I’ve had. TIM: Nine-point-five. What’s your biggest fear? STACEY: Snails and wrists.

Don’t ask. TIM: Failure. What’s the most important thing in the world? STACEY: Relationships. My family and friends mean the world to me, and I’d be entirely lost without them. TIM: Health and happiness. What traits could your date exhibit that would be complete deal-breakers? STACEY: Arrogant, rude, negative or lacking ambition. TIM: Not workout, not have a job, smoke. Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.”

STACEY: Funny and easy on the eyes. TIM: Fit and confident. Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less? STACEY: Time will tell. TIM: Depends if she plays her cards right. THANK YOU! Epic Limo 858.270.LIMO (5466) epiclimo.com K1 Speed San Diego 1709 Main St., Downtown 619.241.4740, k1speed.com

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Things are moving pretty fast


tacey and Tim arrive at K1 and appear to be getting along famously as they try on helmets and buckle up for safety. Then, it’s three… two… one… green flag! Go! Go! Go! Ryan takes an early lead and never lets it go, nearly lapping Stacey during their five-lap race. As he approaches the finish line on the final lap, he slams on the brakes and lets her take the checkered flag. For a victory lap, the couple jumps back into the limo and heads to dinner at Mezè, the hot Greek fusion restaurant and lounge in East Village. Once they’ve had a chance to talk over drinks and enjoy their appetizers, they’re split for mid-date debriefings. PacificSD: How’s it going so far? STACEY: It’s going great. The food is great, the atmosphere is great, and he’s great. I have no complaints. TIM: It’s going awesome. She’s a really nice girl.

body. You work hard for it; you might as well show it off. How was K1 Speed? STACEY: We had a blast, and I can’t wait to go back. TIM: It was awesome. It was really fun to take it to the speedway. Describe the experience in the limo. STACEY: A tequila shot chased with Redd’s Apple Ale made for an interesting time. TIM: It was awesome — great air conditioning on a super hot day and really nice driver. What kind of car does your date remind you of? STACEY: Some kind of sexy muscle car. TIM: She would be a Pinto, because they’re understated and they don’t give a f***. What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far?

STACEY: He’s really passionate, especially when he talks about his dog. It’s really cute. TIM: I think, when we first got into the car, and I asked her what she liked to do for fun, all of her answers were what I liked to do for fun, too. We really hit it off. What’s the least attractive thing your date has done so far? STACEY: He’s doing well. TIM: Hmmm… I think she’s wearing too much make up. She’s really attractive and doesn’t need it. What would your parents say if you brought her home? STACEY: Good job. TIM: She’s a nice girl. How would you rate your date on a scale of 1 to 10 for looks? STACEY: I’d say he’s a 10 for looks. TIM: Let’s get a couple of drinks in me before I can answer this one.

And for personality? STACEY: Nine so far. TIM: She’s awesome. I give her a nine-point-five for personality. Do you want to kiss your date right now? STACEY: Maybe after I get a few more hibiscus mojitos. TIM: Now? No. Does your date want to kiss you? STACEY: You would have to ask him. TIM: Probably. Anything else you want to say? STACEY: This was a great time. I’m having a lot of fun. TIM: I’m having a blast so far. She’s an awesome girl, and I think we would have a little more fun without the camera here. THANK YOU! Mezé Greek Fusion 345 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp 619.550.1600, gaslampmeze.com (cont. ON page 128)

What were your first impressions? STACEY: He’s a babe. TIM: She was brunette, which I like. She was cool, and we hit it off right in the beginning. Is this the type of person you would normally date? STACEY: I don’t know enough about him yet to make that call. TIM: Sure, yeah. What do you think of the way your date is dressed? STACEY: I think he should go without a shirt. I think everyone would approve of that. TIM: She looks nice. I like the tight dress that shows off her

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L O V E {BLIND DATE} (cont. from page 125)

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lthough the evening might be “a little more fun without the camera here,” there’s smooching at Mezè after Stacey and Tim relocate to a secluded (not counting the cameraman) area of the three-level restaurant. Looks like the flaming shrimp skillet isn’t the hottest dish in the house tonight. Opa! After dinner, the daters jump back into the limo for the short ride to Half-Door Brewing


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Co. Inside, they tour the on-site brewery before ordering drinks and cuddling on the couch. Then, Tim finally gets his wish as the magazine crew leaves him and Stacey to enjoy the rest of their evening away from prying eyes (and digital proof ). The next morning, we call to see what we missed. PacificSD: How was Mezè? STACEY: I loved it. I’m a huge fan of Greek food, and it was my first time, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We ended up having the

upstairs to ourselves, which was really nice. TIM: It was really cool. Great vibe, food and atmosphere. What did you eat and drink there? STACEY: The hibiscus mojito and pomegranate margarita were both amazing. We ate dolma and chicken. He somehow talked me into trying the Manouri and beet. I usually don’t like beets, but it was actually really good. TIM: Pomegranate margarita, hibiscus mojito, dolma, great

Mediterranean chicken and beet salad. How was Half Door Brewing Co.? STACEY: The vibe and décor were different than any of the other breweries I have been to, but definitely in a good way. It was unique and had a great atmosphere. TIM: It was cool; it felt like we were in an old house. We went downstairs and saw where the beer was made. (cont. ON page 130)





L O V E {BLIND DATE} (cont. from page 128)

Where did you go and what did you do for the rest of the evening after Half Door? STACEY: We ended up at OMNIA for a little, and then we gave into some late-night Mexican food. TIM: We went to OMNIA, then late-night Mexican food. When did you get home? STACEY: Sometime after that. TIM: After that. Was there a kiss or romantic exchange? STACEY: He earned it. TIM: There was a quick peck. What was the best part of the date?


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STACEY: Probably dinner. It didn’t feel like a blind date from that point on, aside from the mid-date questions and paparazzi. TIM: The racing. Will there be a second date? STACEY: I hope so. I had a great time with him. He seems like he has a lot going on though, so we will see. TIM: You never know. AFTERMATCH: Even before last night’s adrenaline-pumping kart action began, the daters’ hearts seem already to be racing. As the night sped on, Stacey said Tim was like “some kind of sexy muscle car.” He said, “We really hit it

off.” He also said, “She would be a Pinto, because they’re understated and they don’t give a f***,” which he must have meant in a good way, because he let her finish first… at K1, that is — PacificSD makes no representation for any finishing that may have transpired after OMNIA, but we’re also not buying the couple’s seemingly

rehearsed and too-similar “latenight Mexican food” endings to this otherwise fast-moving blind date. Vroom! THANK YOU! Half Door Brewing Co. 903 Island Ave., East Village 619.232.9845, halfdoorbrewing.com

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