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A ‘spot-on cast’ explores silly

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

Gentlemen’s clubs, British imperialism and sexism are just some of the topics spoofed in Nell Benjamin’s “The Explorers Club,” making its San Diego premiere through Sept. 24 at Lamb’s Players Theatre.

Picture the first scene: 1879 in the bar of London’s Explorers Club, where a group of scientists gather periodically to schmooze, brag about their latest discoveries and — oh, yes — indulge in their favorite pastime; brandy and cigars.

Downtown nominees for Orchids and Onions

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, News | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

The deadline for 2017 Orchids and Onions nominations has now passed and Downtown San Diego has a record-breaking number of nominees in the running for an Orchid at the awards ceremony on Oct. 26, presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF).

The public’s interest in each of nominees determines which of them move forward to a final vote by a panel selected by SDAF.

Food and Drink Blotter: Sept. 2017

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Blotter | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Food and Drink Blotter

San Diego’s priciest taco has emerged at Puesto. Created by executive chef Kathy Smith, the luxury taco involves filet mignon folded into a plop of melted cheese on the griddle.

It’s then shaped into a donut and crowned with Maine lobster, avocado slices, and chipotle and cilantro crema. Smith serves it atop a bed of stone-ground blue tortillas.

Building more homes and jobs

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

As this column, derived from my newsletter “Toni Times,” was being prepared, my top-priority bill, SB 2, was still under consideration in the Assembly — the deadline for Senate bills to pass “the other house” is Sept. 15.

SB 2 — the Building Homes and Jobs Act — is part of a package of bills aimed at addressing California’s severe housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, all pledged to make the package a priority during this year’s session’s home stretch.

Countering the messages of hate

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

On Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12, a group of “white nationalists” (a watered-down term intended to normalize white supremacists) took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the campus of the University of Virginia, in what was billed as a “Unite the Right” rally, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Welcome our new executive director

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columnists, East Village News, Featured | No Comments

By Sunny Lee | East Village Biz News

The East Village Association, Inc. (EVA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that manages and promotes the East Village business improvement district, recently named Dora McCann Guerreiro as its executive director, effective July 10.

“Dora is exactly what the East Village Association needs,” said James Haug, EVA’s board president. “I am excited to have her join our team to help activate and advocate for our neighborhood.”