By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review
On April 27, San Diego Repertory Theatre opened Gina Gionfriddo’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Directed by Rep Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, the attractive production plays in the round through May 15 in the Lyceum Space.
Disguised as a comedy, it has darker undertones, concerns four women of different ages and is truly a history of the Women’s Movement since the advent of the birth-control pill, Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique,” and the activism of Phyllis Schlafly, who was an anti-Equal Rights Amendment activist. Read More
By SDCNN Editorial Board
Voters in District 3 will be electing a new City Councilmember this year to replace the termed-out Todd Gloria, who is running for the California Assembly. Voting by mail begins May 9, and the primary election will take place on June 7. Read More
The future of football, and East Village, at stake in San Diego
By Dave Schwab
Opponents and proponents of the “Convadium,” a joint convention center-stadium proposal, are squabbling publicly with competing visions for redevelopment, which could redraw Downtown San Diego’s landscape for generations to come.
In one corner are the San Diego Chargers and their supporters. The team has now announced a preference for remaining in San Diego, but it wants to build a long-sought-after, state-of-the-art football stadium near Petco Park, rather than redevelop the existing Mission Valley Qualcomm site. Read More
By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks
This building, located on the corners of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is named after Ralph Granger, a native of Connecticut whose name is prominently featured on the main entrance.
Prior to coming to San Diego, Granger grubstaked for two German miners in Colorado. These miners would discover the Last Chance Silver Mine, making a fortune for all of them. The discovery allowed for Granger to dispose of his mining, lumber and cattle interests in Colorado. In 1892, he moved to San Diego, already a millionaire. Read More
Humphreys Concerts return with an expanded lineup
By Kai Oliver-Kurtin
Back for its 35th year, the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay series features more than 50 performances, with additional shows still being adding throughout a season that runs through October.
Singer Tori Kelly kicked off the concert season last month with a sold-out show and jazz artist Kamasi Washington was set close out the music series on Oct. 7, before Tracy Morgan was recently added Oct. 20. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
After a string of delays that prevented Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery from opening in the Gaslamp Quarter last year, the famous 24/7 diner is currently slated to open in mid-May. Founded in 1938 in Los Angeles, the company shuttered its Point Loma location in October in preparation for the move. Read More
By Andy Cohen
It’s been a rough month for Duncan Hunter (R-50). First there was the matter of some questionable charges made to his campaign credit card. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) had called to question some 68 charges made to the campaign account for video games, which were filed to his campaign disclosure statement with the notation “personal expense — to be paid back.” Read More
By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
Last month, some observers remarked that the new minimum wage in California went from idea to legislation to law with lightning-fast speed. But really, the wave that crested with the bill signing had been swelling for quite some time, as activists, union groups, and just plain regular working citizens up and down California and across the country agitated for higher minimum wages and protested against growing income inequality. Read More
By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News
[Editor’s Note: This month’s column — co-written by Kris Michell and Mary Walshok —previously ran as an opinion piece in the San Diego Union Tribune on April 22. Find it online at tinyurl.com/h384xwt.]
Innovation is all about blazing new trails and for the past 40 years, San Diego has been at the forefront of discovery, pioneering game-changing scientific research and technological advances. As the region looks to its future, there is little doubt that San Diego will continue to lead the way in a whole host of fields from life sciences to engineering to computer software. What will be different, however, is the map of where much of that innovation will occur. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro
When history and fashion collide
The Villa Montezuma is an incredible Queen Anne Victorian mansion located in the heart of Sherman Heights near Downtown.
This magnificent mansion, built in 1887, is also known as the Jesse Shepard House. For the last 10 years, this museum has been closed but recently reopened on April 16 for a special day of tours. Louise Torio, chair of the Friends of the Villa Montezuma (FOVM), Inc. was onhand to greet everyone who attended. Free tours were given every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. – noon. Read More
By Ana Gramling
Tacos … burritos … tortas … and more … Olé!
Just in time for baseball season, East Village is the newest location of Oscar’s Mexican Seafood restaurants. Located at 927 J Street, Oscar’s is open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy their daily happy hour, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. for 99-cent fish tacos … all you can eat. Also enjoy their street-side patio seating and enjoy some people watching. Read More
14th Street Promenade Update
The 14th Street Promenade will be an urban trail that accommodates a variety of activities through the East Village community of Downtown San Diego, helping meet the social and recreation needs of this growing community.
A comprehensive and sustainable streetscape design will include a range of activities and features including walking, children’s areas, local art displays, sensory play areas, historical artifacts, and other design elements. Read More
The ‘convadium’ conundrum
[Ref: “The ‘convadium’ tax hike option,” Vol. 17, Issue 4, or online at tinyurl.com/jvemogv]
What do you think about this scam billionaire team owners have done to millions of Americans? Billionaires set up an organization to make $100s of millions every year with their workers making millions. We, the public, spent many billions across America to help build their places of business and gave them free of charge many millions worth of prime public land. Read More
By Ann Jarmusch | Preservation Matters
May is special because it is National Historic Preservation Month. To celebrate, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) publicly recognizes outstanding achievement by remarkable preservationists countywide. While demolition battles abound, many San Diegans are doing right by our collective heritage.
This year, 13 preservation projects and achievements are receiving prestigious honors in the 34th annual People in Preservation Awards, presented by SOHO each May. Read More
By Charlene Baldridge
Anyone here not remember the plot of Richard O’Brien’s 1973 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”? Soon after the show’s London debut, it was adapted into what became a classic cult film musical devoted to B movies and science fiction of earlier decades. Read More
By David Dixon
Garnett Bruce — director of the famed Opera de Montreal — returns to Downtown San Diego later this month to present Giacomo Puccini’s Italian opera, “Madama Butterfly.”
This will be the fourth time Bruce has staged the tragic story for the San Diego Opera and its fans. Read More
Neighborhood organizers concerned about the Mobility Plan
By Dave Fidlin
It has been touted as the next step toward making Downtown San Diego a community that is truly friendly toward bicyclists and pedestrians. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro
Taking it to the sky
A fashion show and luncheon was held at the US Grant Hotel on March 2. The event began with a Champagne social hour and boutique shopping. Guests arrived in all shades of blue, in keeping with the theme, The Sky’s The Limit. Co-chairs were Kristi Pieper, Jacqueline Foster, Bib Herrmann, and the social chair was Margo Schwab and mistress of ceremonies Kelly Embry got the festivities started. One of the big moments of the afternoon was bringing the Spanos Family and San Diego Chargers to the stage for the Light of Hope Award. Read More
By Andy Cohen
In late February, the FBI sued Apple, Inc. to receive the company’s help in decrypting an iPhone 5c used by the couple who killed 14 people in a terror attack in San Bernardino last December. The FBI’s efforts to gain access to a password-protected and encrypted cell phone had utterly and completely failed to that point, and Apple has refused to cooperate. Read More
By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks
On Jan. 6, 1888, George J. Keating acquired the land that the future building that bears his name would eventually be built upon.
Keating, a successful partner in one of the world’s largest farm implement and equipment firms, Smith and Keating, came from Kansas City, Missouri, to San Diego with his wife Fannie in 1886. Read More
Chargers and mayor not on same page
By Scott Lewis
The Chargers asked Mayor Kevin Faulconer and hotel industry leaders over the past week to support a new ballot measure that would significantly raise the hotel-room tax and pave the way for a campus-style convention center and stadium in the East Village. Read More
By Ann Wilson | Growing Balboa Park
It’s spring! I do believe this is my favorite time of the year in Balboa Park. The gardens are at their colorful best, daylight lasts longer and the throngs of summer visitors have not yet arrived.
I urge you to take advantage of the season and take a stroll through our beautiful park. If you’re not sure where to go, take a tour. Park rangers lead tours of the park’s historical and botanical treasures every Tuesday and Saturday at 11 a.m., departing from the visitor’s center in the House of Hospitality on the Prado. Volunteers in the visitor’s center will also be happy to assist you and recommend things to do and places to see. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
The East Village welcomes its first fast-casual Mexican eatery with the arrival of Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, which has locations in Pacific Beach and Hillcrest. Owner Juan B. Montes De Oca seized the space that formerly housed Toast Enoteca. Read More