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Downtown gets sandy

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Features, Special Events, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Jess Winans

Imagine 300 tons of sand being dumped on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego. That’s exactly what’s going to happen this Labor Day weekend.

As part of the sixth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition, 11 World Master Sand Sculptors and 21 Cool California Carvers in seven groups of three will each be given 15 tons of sand to mold.

Accolades for ‘Trouble in the Wind’

By Jen Lothspeich | Tunes About Town

As many times as I’ve imagined myself in the lead role of Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical rock odyssey film, “Almost Famous,” it’s doubtful I’ll ever get flown out by Rolling Stone magazine to interview a band on tour.

But I still get to explore some compelling subjects here in San Diego — sometimes under interesting circumstances.

Celebrating the days of ‘Rabbitville’

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

As the story goes, William Heath Horton failed to develop what is now known as Downtown when he had the opportunity. But when Alonzo Horton later sailed into San Diego Bay, stepped foot onto the “New Town” area and decided to develop it himself, the place was crawling with rabbits.

“Everyone said, ‘You’re crazy, you’re never going to be able to build a city in Rabbitville,’” said Michael Trimble, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA). “Because that’s all that was here, a few shanties and a ton of rabbits. So historically they call Downtown ‘Rabbitville.’”

A welcome ‘Atmosphere’

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Schwab

The recent opening of Atmosphere, a 12-story, 205-unit affordable housing project in Downtown, was a small step for San Diego. Hopefully, it will turn out to be a giant leap for the homeless — and the city — with regard to helping alleviate its affordable-housing crunch.

The new high-rise, located in the Cortez Hill neighborhood, is making affordable rent a reality for hundreds of San Diegans in need – including those who’ve experienced homelessness.

The mayor of San Diego music

By Jen Lothspeich

He can be heard on local radio airwaves, he can be seen Saturday nights on television, and he can be encountered at rock venues nearly every night of the week; and he is arguably, the most interesting man in San Diego.

Local music guru Tim Pyles is essentially a native, having lived in San Diego since age 4 and growing up as what he calls a “Mod Ska kid” of the ’80s and a raver in the ’90s. He said his love of live music reignited in the late ’90s while his radio career began in 1997.

Crooning about the Seven Kingdoms

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By David Dixon

George RR Martin fans can’t complain about a lack of fantasy experiences in July. Not only is season seven of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” starting July 16, but a panel on the show will be taking place at Comic-Con International on July 21.

And as the annual comic festival gets underway Downtown, the comedy titled “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will be playing at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center.