By Jean Lowerison
“God scratches where the world itches,” says nervous Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe (Brian Mackey) of North Carolina’s Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
That’s by way of a vamp, since the stars of the church’s first-ever Saturday night sing-a-log are late. Unfortunately, vamping isn’t the good pastor’s long suit, so he spends considerable energy looking out the window, hoping to see the Sanders family. Read More
By Delle Willett
As a kid, Nate Magnusson always wanted to be an architect.
Growing up in Tempe, Arizona, Magnusson was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and had opportunities to explore several of his commercial, institutional and residential projects.
“Those early experiences helped sharpen my vision for design,” he said. Read More
Downtown resident uses holiday-themed mini drives to help foster youth
By Joyell Nevins
Home is a place you belong, a place you can call your own. It should be a place of security and safety. And according to the nonprofit organization Just in Time (JIT), which works with foster youth aged 18 to 26, a consistent place to call home and a community of caring adults are essential steps toward creating a secure future. Read More
SDHC recognized for breathing new life into Hotel Churchill, assisting homeless
By Dave Fidlin
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of profiles on SOHO’s People in Preservation 2017 awards recipients.
When Hotel Churchill’s doors were closed in 2005, the longtime staple of San Diego’s Downtown landscape faced an uncertain future. Were its best days behind it?
As it turned out, the answer was, “no.” Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Whiskey Girl recently added to its blueprint a game room replete with a separate bar, flat screen TVs and digital arcade games dating back to the 1980s such as Pac Man, Photo Booth and Big Buck Hunter. 702 Fifth Ave., 619-236-1616, whiskeygirl.com. Read More
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the popular Quartyard project — which brought live music, food, craft beer, a dog run and neighborhood socializing to an unused open East Village lot in 2015 —has broken ground once again, merely 500 feet from its original space, at 1102 Market St.
Started as a thesis project for a group of NewSchool Art + Design students — who became its development team, RAD LAB — the space operated for two years before shuttering last June to make way for a high rise. Read More
By Andy Cohen
2016 gave Darrell Issa (R-49) quite a scare. For the first time in his congressional career, he knew what it was like to win by the narrowest, most harrowing of margins — only 1,621 votes out of more than 310,000 cast — over Democratic challenger Doug Applegate. Read More
By Tom Cesarini | Little Italy Heritage
Among the many contributions Italians have made in the areas of art, science, fashion, food, and a host of other categories, is also the vital emphasis placed on the sharing of bounty with the broader community.
In San Diego’s Italian community, we are witness to this through the many Italian community groups and the collective opportunities they provide. Yet the local Italians have lacked a significant home in which to break bread — a space to serve as common ground — and a place through which to celebrate all things Italian, promote the richness of the culture, and preserve the Italian historical narrative of San Diego. Read More
By Reema Makani Boccia
Friends of Balboa Park, a nonprofit that preserves the legacy and beauty of the park, celebrated the honorees of its 17th annual awards luncheon last month.
This year’s event, themed “Magical Menagerie,” commemorated the nonprofit’s recent acquisition of the historic Balboa Park Carousel. The luncheon also recognized institutions and organizations throughout the park that have enhanced it throughout the years. Read More
By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
Our San Diego River is a jewel — a 52-mile rural and urban waterway running from Julian to Ocean Beach — and for many local residents, it remains undiscovered. I want to do everything I can to help enhance access to the river and continue to protect its entire 440-square-mile watershed. Read More
Come shop, see Santa and watch us light the 25-foot tree
By Christopher Gomez | Little Italy News
Come one, come all to celebrate the holiday season at the Little Italy Association’s 19th annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. There is something for everyone at this magical yuletide extravaganza.
For nearly two decades, the Little Italy Association has brought the magic of Christmas to the heart of San Diego — each year adding more magic to the event for all to enjoy. The annual event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4–8 p.m. Read More
By Sandee Wilhoit
The early history of Lot A/Block 082/95, where the Sun Cafe currently sits, is a most circuitous one. On March 18, 1869, Alonzo Horton sold the property to Mary C. Smith, who promptly sold it to E.P. Figg, who then returned it to Mrs. Smith, who resold it to Mr. Horton.
Mr. Horton then relinquished his interest in the property to William S. McNealy and James McCoy on Nov. 11, 1872, for $1,000 in gold coin. Both of these gentlemen were very active in early San Diego civic and business affairs. Read More
By Taylor Schulte
We’ve all heard some version of the joke that goes, “no, money can’t buy happiness … but it can buy ___, and that’s kind of the same thing.”
It’s amusing, because it hits on an important truth that can help set you up for financial success — if you fully understand it and use it to your advantage. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files
Fashion Week San Diego
Fashion Week San Diego celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Oct. 6 and 7, at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, Downtown.
There were two pre-events leading up to the fashion shows. One was a VIP party with a fashion film screening on Oct. 4 at the LOT in La Jolla and the next evening was Art & Beauty Behind Fashion at the Andaz Hotel. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
The scent of suntan lotions wafted through the air under a midmorning sun as lean-bodied twenty-somethings lazed on chaise lounges scattered around the pool deck. Some of the patrons sipped on boozy coffee drinks and micheladas. Others noshed on eggs and guacamole after playing a few quiet rounds of cornhole in an area flaunting canvas cabanas.
“This isn’t your typical brunch setting,” I explained to my aunt, who was visiting from Buffalo, New York, as we settled into sturdy wicker stools at a high-top table. Read More
By Ken Williams | Editor
With 16 local people dead this year from hepatitis A and more than 400 infected by the virus, San Diego city and county officials are warning the public that those numbers are expected to rise before the crisis comes under control. In addition, health officials on Sept. 19 launched a “Vaccination, Sanitation & Education” campaign to urge residents to take up the challenge of helping to stop the spread of the virus. Read More
Family and friends to celebrate life of longtime theater critic and poet, Charlene Baldridge
By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
“She’s gone. Mother left this world on Saturday evening. Always knew just how to pick an exit. … ”
That’s how Chuck Ortego, Charlene Baldridge’s only surviving adult child, began his post sharing the news of his mother’s passing with the San Diego Theater Critic’s Circle. Read More
SD Int’l Film Fest comes to town with films from 68 countries and one from East Village
By Dave Schwab
An animated film without words being used to promote Father Joe’s Village and highlighting the plight – and potential – of San Diego’s growing homeless population will leave you speechless.
“Shine” takes place in a world of minerals and gems. It portrays a lump of coal, Nicoal, left alone in the cold and rain. Just when all hope seems lost, compassionate neighbors from Father Joe’s Villages welcome and embrace Nicoal, compressing her with respect and kindness. Read More
By Joan Lowerison | Theater Review
Three unique people — a guy who owns a garage, the schizophrenic sister he’s been looking out for since their parents died in a car crash years ago, and a guy named Sam (as in “play it again”) who clutches a book about Buster Keaton and dresses like he’s in a ’20s Chaplin movie — are the main characters in “Benny & Joon,” playing through Oct. 22 at The Old Globe. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Food and Drink Blotter
Café 222 continues celebrating its 25th anniversary with an October spotlight on pumpkin waffles, an original year-round menu item that has garnered praise by Gourmet Magazine, Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and other national media. Read More
By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News
As a native San Diegan, I am certainly partial to our city. How could I possibly be unbiased? With miles and miles of beaches and bays, nearly 300 days of sunshine each year and an unparalleled quality of life, San Diego is objectively amazing.
So, when world-renowned placemaking expert Fred Kent came to visit, I couldn’t wait to show him around the place I am proud to call home. Within an hour of meeting with Fred and his team from NYC-based Project for Public Spaces, I swallowed a dose of reality: San Diego needs work. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50) made the news again this month, and once again, not in a good way. Hunter has been no stranger to controversies. Just in the last year he has been caught using campaign funds for personal expenditures; including vacations, private school tuition and school meals for his children, oral surgery, and air travel for his pet bunny, among other things. He also just recently discontinued $3,000 monthly payments to his wife, Margaret, for “consulting work.” Despite having supposedly paid back $62,000 in personal expenditures, Hunter and his campaign are currently under federal investigation for violating campaign finance laws. Read More
By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News
Little Italy is plentiful of annual traditions. The urban neighborhood is constantly evolving — always creating new ways for the community and its visitors to make lasting memories.
The 48 square blocks that make up Little Italy are known for a busy October calendar and this year, guests and community members can expect the return of Little Italy’s Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy, as well as a neighborhood favorite, “Trick-or-Treat on India Street.” Read More