By Frank Sabatini Jr.
A trend is growing in which chefs run their restaurants for personal pleasure and the customer benefits. Such is the case with Chad White, who has carved a fast and playful identity at Comun Kitchen & Tavern after working behind the hype of popular, local establishments owned by others (Gabardine, Sea Rocket Bistro and Roseville, to name a few). Read More
By Delle Willett | Art on the Land
Around 1850, William Heath Davis, a founder of “New Town,” laid out the city and built a large warehouse and wharf to accommodate ships, hoping to draw people to his new San Diego settlement, which was situated on 160 acres of land and located just three miles south of Old Town. Read More
Hal Linden sparks up the Old Globe
By Alex Owens | Contributor
Every good play requires lots of rehearsal, but a few margaritas don’t hurt either.
So when Hal Linden started work a few weeks ago on the Old Globe Theater’s production of “The Twenty-seventh Man,” he made sure to take his fellow actors over to Barrio Star for some Mexican food. Read More
Advance tickets to go on sale this month
By Wendy Lemlin
With 10,000 pounds of crawfish ready to be devoured; dance floors filled with thousands of pairs of feet, twirling to Cajun waltzes and joyously two-stepping to a lively creole zydeco beat; the lilt of fiddles, the syncopation of rub-boards, the trill of accordions filling the balmy air … yes, you could be in the Cajun Country of Southwest Louisiana, but if it’s the second weekend in May, you can skip the heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast and head instead to Spanish Landing Park, across from the San Diego International Airport for the 14th annual Gator by the Bay Festival, held May 7 – 10. Money-saving advance tickets will be on sale soon!
By Johnny McDonald
Starlight continues to dim
Weather worn and aging, Starlight Bowl’s stage and orchestra pit will likely remain silent during Balboa Park’s yearlong Centennial. No need for those 3,575 seats … and yet this 80-year old amphitheater is still recognized as part of the park’s legacy. For now, its doors are padlocked. Read More
By Speaker Toni G. Atkins
One of my first experiences in local politics was volunteering for graffiti paint-outs. Our district had a graffiti problem, so we partnered with volunteers and recruited community members to clean up the neighborhood. The taggers tried to reclaim their territory, but we painted over it as soon as they did. Our hard work paid off and they soon left the neighborhood. Read More
Marvel Experience swings into San Diego
Alex Owens | Contributor
Waiting 51 weeks each year for Comic-Con can make a San Diego comic geek suffer withdrawal symptoms.
This year, there is help in the form of The Marvel Experience, a state-of-the-art touring show that will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting Feb. 7. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files
Blue jean and bikini weather
A new specialty store has come to the heart of the Gaslamp and it’s called Blue Jeans and Bikinis, located at 435 J St.
Rachel Wolfe, the store’s owner, said customers buy denim in the winter and swimwear in the summer, thus the name “Blue Jeans and Bikinis.” The inventory is unique and you will find items not available anywhere else. The boutique has a casual beach feel and carries swimwear all year around. The popular brands of jeans are Hudson, Joe’s Jeans and Miss Me. Although the price point is higher for the jeans, the tops and sportswear are mid-range. Read More
By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks
This 1913 building is also known as the “Workingman’s Hotel.” It was built by John C. Spreckels to house work crews for the Southern Pacific Railroad, while rail lines were being laid to connect Arizona with Southern California.
By Carol Williams | Civic Organist News
I adjusted my seat in the saddle and raised the stirrups a little with my feet as Gypsy’s sure-footed cantor took us across a deep stream. Great splashing in, and on we went, to the top of a bluff with glorious sights and smells. I gently asked her to halt and for a moment we both stood there looking out at the green rolling hills of the lake district in Cumbria, England. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Little Italy’s culinary explosion continues with the recent opening of Pan Bon (“good bread”) by sibling bakers Luciano and Giancarlo Anselmi. Read More
By Johnny McDonald
It’s 12 miles long and often filled with all sorts of ships, sailboats and excursion tours but for those fishermen who cast lines from a boat, pier and shore, San Diego Bay has been a winter wonderland. Read More
By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News
Want to know a quick way to gauge the economic health of our Downtown? Just look to the sky and count the cranes.
Not the birds, of course, but the construction cranes.
Downtown currently has more than a half dozen cranes dotting our skyline, with many more on the way. Read More
Coronado Playhouse: This Valentine’s Day package includes two tickets to “Avenue Q,” the adult-themed play starring humans and puppets, a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a picture after the show with your favorite puppet.
By Christopher Gomez | Little Italy News
The month of love, hearts and romance is around the corner. Plan your magical night in Little Italy San Diego. Spend the evening strolling twinkle lighted streets with a picturesque atmosphere while indulging in some of the best Italian food and wine in all of San Diego. Read More
By Scott Markey | Get Fit
Let’s face it: Being the fitness enthusiasts that we are — most people, when injured or have an illness, usually have the good sense to curtail activity that aggravates the injury or ailment. Whether you are working out for general overall fitness, on a serious basis, to become a fitness or physique competitor, or even a bodybuilder, you usually know when to listen to your body — especially when it’s telling you to slow down your weight training, running, cycling, cross fit, zumba, etc. — but that’s not always the case. Read More
A wrap of 2014’s stage performances
By Charlene Baldridge
You were sitting in a seat facing the stage, I hope, taking advantage of a San Diego production or even a Broadway tour. Read More
Abandoned hospital repurposed to accommodate education
By Dave Fidlin
For years, it sat empty and dormant in Grant Hill, situated atop a hill and overlooking the Downtown skyline.
But after a vision, an extensive fundraising campaign, and a heaping dose of creativity, a former convalescent hospital was transformed last fall into a middle school campus for Albert Einstein Academy, a growing San Diego charter school. Read More
A fresh sound bound for Downtown
By Will Bowen
Something is stirring down in Logan Heights and the big boys in the arts are all involved. The seedling activity centers on the old Weber’s Bread Factory at 1955 Julian Ave., just a couple of blocks north of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Chicano Park. Read More
By Delle Willett | Art on the Land
Continuing her award-winning landscape architecture, Patricia Trauth, principal landscape architect with URS Corp., is applying her expertise to San Diego International Airport’s development on the north side of the airfield, just south of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and adjacent to the intersection of Pacific Highway and Sassafras Street. Read More
Dr. Carol Williams | Civic Organist News
Editor’s Note: This is an introductory piece from Dr. Williams who, based on her advocacy as our Civic Organist, will be contributing a column on a rotational basis to San Diego Downtown News throughout 2015.
As my dad drove me home one rainy night from one of my hundreds of organ performances in the U.K., I looked out the car window at Stonehenge and wondered where I’d be in 20 years with my chosen career path. At the time, I was a teenage organ scholar who first began performing concerts at eight years old. Read More