Monday, February 20, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 20-Sunday, February 26, 2017

The really great thing is that if you bury your head (from politics) for a little while, you realize we have a pretty good thing going here in San Diego, for now, at least. I was brief on my Friday post, so I'll mention that I had a very full week of activity. We went back to Anza-Borrego on Monday, hiking and seeing stars and enjoying being offline. I have to admit the windy roads got to me a little, so I'll have to rethink my diet next time we go (which will be soon for the Big Bloom). On Wednesday night I went to see Esme Patterson (pictured here), and Lucero at the Belly Up, and couldn't help myself from closing down Emo night at the Office. I was also able to hit up the Crocodiles show on Friday at Hideout (finishing at the Ken, and running into a raccoon on my walk home). Nova was dying to hang with my nieces, and fortunately that happened Saturday, so Darren and I met up with Eric for Surfer Blood at Soda Bar then The Coathangers at Casbah. Sunday is my smut-TV-while-I-work day, and luckily my brother's kids turned up at my Mom's and all the kids wanted another night together. We dropped in, brought more food and clothes, and ended up at Pants Karaoke at Til-Two, and had a romantic (and also desperate to pee) walk home from Euclid to 33rd on El Cajon. If you can bury your head enough from politics for a minute, you should be sure to enjoy the lives we still have.

Monday, February 20, 2017:
  • L√ČON, Jacob Banks @ Casbah
  • AFI - The Blood Tour, Nothing & Souvenirs @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • MiNDRAY, Electric Enzymes, Weird Neighbors @ Soda Bar
  • Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin @ Belly Up 
  • San Diego Metal Swap Meet invades Metal Monday @ The Office
  • Body Void, Beira, Cryptic Languages @ Tower Bar 
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Planet B Night with RETOX, Death Eyes, Gloomsday @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Michelle Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Friday, February 17, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, February 17-Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's crazy outside tonight, but I thought I'd update the listings anyway since there's all kind of fun stuff happening if you're willing to brave the wind and the rain. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, February 17, 2017:
  • Crocodiles, AJ DAVILA, Keepers @ The Hideout 
  • Steve'n'Seagulls, Lexington Field, Grampadrew and the Gut Strings @ Casbah
  • The English Beat, Third Project @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Kevin Garrett, Arizona @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • No Mames Fest feat Vim Furor, Sisster, Hocus, Marujah, Carlos Se, Stars At Night @ Ken Club
  • Class Project presents....Studio 54 @ Bar Pink
  • Erykah Badu @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club, The Heart Beat Trail, Black Oak Hymnal @ Soda Bar
  • F#ing In The Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Ages and Ages @ Museum of Making Music
  • John Givez, zae.will, Rossi Rock, Chuuwee, Amon Raps, Kyng$, Lauren Torres @ Soma
  • Rayner, Sector 7G, Secondhand, Tarolas De Hueso @ Tower Bar
  • Parsonsfield @ Brick 15
  • Cut Chemist @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Latifahtron Funk Fest @ Black Cat Bar
  • Uli Jon Roth, Pet Shark, RDG, Taz Taylor @ Brick By Brick
  • Jonathan Lee Band, Dannie Marie @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Black Market Trust @ Dizzy's
  • MARBIN @ Lestat's
  • Fake Tides, Bad Kids, Death Lens, The Gnars, Thee Azmatics @ Che Cafe
  • Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Ballyhoo!, PKEW PKEW PKEW @ House of Blues
  • Screamin YeeHaws, Downs Family, From Chaos and Heaven @ The Bancroft
  • Inna Vision, Steppas, Animo Cruz @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Booze Bombs (Germany), Jesse & The Rock N Roll Three, DJ Dk Brown @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Chris Freeman @ U-31
  • The Reflectors @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Pop Vinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Bulervar, Descarga, Cumbia Machin, Melapelus, DJs Air Nandez and Viejo Lowbo @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • DJ Kaos @ Fluxx
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Klangkuenstler @ Bang Bang
  • Green Velvet @ Spin 
  • Yellow Claw @ Bassmnt 
  • Seven Lions @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Deep Elements @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Monday, February 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 13-Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's been a pretty good weekend, but since Nova has two three-day weekends in a row, I'm gonna enjoy the day off. Tuesday through Sunday listings are afte the jump.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's Pupping Season at Casa Beach!

It's pupping season at Casa Beach, aka Children's Pool! I got an email from Seal Conservancy over the weekend that said the first pups had been born at the La Jolla seal rookery. The first, born on Saturday (2/4), was feared abandoned but was later seen with her mom. Two more were born on Sunday (2/5). Naturally, we're always drawn to this time of year, and since the beach closure during pupping season has been upheld (for now), and it's been a little on the colder side, it's been pretty nice to spend some time on the sea wall and the new lifeguard tower watching them. Being on a tighter budget, this is one of the most amazing free things to do in San Diego, I guess all you really need is a tank of gas and the time to go by.

We stopped by Tuesday night before the Dashboard Confessional show at Che Cafe, and then made a point to go on Thursday after Nova was out of school. The fog was thick and heavy where it felt like a drizzle, so taking photos was reminiscent of shooting the XX through their fog machines, but I think you can get the idea even with my subpar skill.

I want to be very, very clear here. I respect these animals. I deeply love them and think they're an important part of what makes San Diego so amazing. So as much as I enjoy watching them, I also usually spend half the time cringing at how close people get to them, how they don't read the literal signs or the very obvious body language of the animals. I was on the open side of the beach as they swam in shallow pools created by low tide, but as the tide rose, it was clear Mama was ready to beach herself and her pup, and a clueless woman, with her toddlers, just wouldn't step away. I always wrestle with whether or not to *scream* at people, but eventually she'd taken her fill of selfies and moved along. Don't be one of those people. I know my zoom can be a little deceptive, but at no time was I imposing on their turf.

A final thought...the fight over the seals and sea lions isn't over. While the seals are protected for now, the La Jolla Town Council is fighting fiercely to force the sea lions (who generally hang out at La Jolla Cove) to move the colony. They're calling it "Crisis at the Cove" and are stopping at nothing to fight the City of San Diego. On top of that, the current federal administration is demonstrating a complete and utter lack of concern for animal welfare, habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and science in general, so it's up to us to protect and preserve this treasure, whether that's financially, offereing time, or just spreading the word and showing up when this inevitably goes back to the California Coastal Commission over and over and over again. Join the Seal Conservancy here.

More photos after the jump.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Interview & Photos: Dashboard Confessional at House of Blues (2.3.2017)

Let's start off with the big announcement...Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will be playing a solo set tonight at the Che Cafe. This is a Casbah presented show and tickets are on sale as of now until sell out. ($15 + service charge, will call only. No ticket transfers allowed.)

I keep mentioning my interview with Chris. The interview and performance will be edited down to about two minutes when it officially airs on NBC SoundDiego in the upcoming weeks, but I loved everything about this interview. I loved that Chris was totally open and we did it in the band's dressing room before the show. I loved that he expressed that he was nervous but then became more forgiving when I said I was nervous, too, that I hadn't done an interview in months. He said we could do a whole run-through and if we didn't like it we could do it all over again in a second take.
(Continued after the jump)

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 7-Sunday, February 12, 2017

It's time. Get your tickets now!!! Buy here. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 6, 2017

It was certainly a splendid weekend in my world. As I mentioned, I spent Friday afternoon interviewing Chris Carrabba at House of Blues and it was easily my favorite SoundDiego interview ever. I'll let you know when it airs. After that, I had a nice dinner with my family then went back to House of Blues for the show, which was pretty awesome, too. Then I caught some of Metalachi and then closed down the night at Ken Club. On Saturday I had full intentions of going to the political event at Casbah but family comes first, so instead we ended up going to the Tet Lunar New Year Festival at the stadium (which hilariously still has a Chargers billboard saying, "Keeping The Tradition In San Diego") and ended up staying until almost 10. I had promised we'd do a big family outing on Sunday (usually an all day workday), so I stayed up late working. By the time we were up and motivated and packed on Sunday, it was a bit later than planned, but we drove out to Anza-Borrego where we climbed rocks, hiked a little, explored the visitors center, and did a little bit of exploring of the Palm Canyon hike before it got too dark. We're hoping to head back in the next few weeks for sure, better prepared and earlier in the day. This week there are a ton of good shows but my formatting got a little screwed up again, so if you notice any glaring omissions, please let me know. Monday archives are after the jump.    

Friday, February 03, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, February 3-Sunday, February 5, 2017

I was looking through my listings earlier today and realized they were formatted super weird (long boring blog story that I'll spare you) so I wanted to repost the weekend. I just got ou of an interview with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional for SoundDiego and he was the nicest ever so I went from no plans tonight to going back to House of Blues for the show, where hopefully I get better photos than this older one from my point and shoot at Soda Bar a couple years back. I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend and taking advantage of the big dumb game to get out of town for a little daytrip. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 30-Thursday, February 3, 2017

I have to say, it has been a very challenging week. It's emotionally confusing, too, because the executive branch is systematically destroying everything with the full complicity of the legislative branch and it's just horrifying, but then we have to live our lives and it was actually a pretty great week. Darren and I did a nice rainy day hike at Mission Trails, I went to the Minor Threat night at the Office, on Thursday we drove out to Laguna and the snow was amazing and probably unlike I'll ever see again in this county for years, and Saturday Nova had her first derby exhibition and she killed it, scoring 29 points in her two turns as jammer and getting her team's MVP award, and then Darren and I got to see Hamilton Leithauser on Saturday night. So it was a lovely week on the homefront, horrifying on the national one. It's a new month this week, so Black Cat, El Dorado, Sycamore Den, and Tio Leo's haven't yet updated. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oppose the Demolition of the California Theatre!

It's no secret that I have a strong distaste for many in our local government of late. The same guys who think a tax-funded parking garage belongs in Balboa Park, the same people who basically offered Spanos a $1 lease for life on land most recently valuated at $180 million, and the same people who continually hire Ortiz to fix our roads and sewers (only for their streets to crack, sink, leak or otherwise fail, like clockwork, 2-3 years post construction). Needless to say, I don't have much faith in them doing right by the people and resources of this City. Maybe the Historic Resources Board will be our last hope, against City staff recommendations. This could be the last chance to stop the demolition of the California Theatre and the Caliente mural in one fell swoop.

More eloquent words from my friend, Jaye McCaskill, President of SOHO:

Please do whatever you can to support the preservation of San Diego's California Theater -- the city's only remaining grand theatre of the 1920s that has yet to be restored and brought back to life. Out-of-town millionaire developers are claiming "financial hardship" as their reason to demolish the theater, and are instead proposing to build a phony-baloney quasi-reconstruction of only some of the historic architectural elements (which we know from multiple past experiences is all talk and never comes close to looking like the original). To add insult to insult, once again the fix seems to be in at the City, with Historic Resources Staff supporting this horribly flawed development project. If you can make it to the Historic Resources Board hearing on Thursday morning, please let the members of the HRB board know that you expect them to adhere to higher ethical standards than City staff and to do whatever they can to protect this severely endangered historic resource. If you can't attend the meeting, there are other things you can still do. Please read below and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! (And also please note that the venue for the HRB meeting is not the usual place or at the usual time.)

You can read the full text of SOHO's e-mail here.

Most importantly, plan to attend the HRB meeting at 9:30am on Thursday, January 26, in the North Terrace Rooms, City Councourse, 202 C Street.

Please act now by contacting the HRB and other officials to oppose this unlawful demolition of a grand San Diego landmark. We also need you to attend this crucial HRB meeting. Your emails and your presence at the meeting matter! At the meeting, you also can either speak or cede time to SOHO.

Take Action Now. Write:

  • Historical Resources Board (

  • HRB Secretary Shannon Anthony (

  • Mayor Faulconer (

  • and your City Council member HERE.

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 23-Sunday, January 29, 2016

    I confess that I didn't drag my camera out much at all this past week, so this one is from the week before when we went in search of the Rancho Penasquitos waterfall. This was a very low key (somber) week, so besides working the Daniela Andrade show on Thursday (and an encounter with an asshole Vice cop) and the SoundDiego live show on Friday, I was very much a homebody this week. I didn't watch a single second of the inauguration, and while I was proud to see so many amazing people marching on Saturday, my late Friday left me zonked out for Saturday. It's a very southern California thing to freak out and stay in because of the weather, but seeing the streets of Talmadge and City Heights flood out the way they were on Friday, if I don't have to leave the house, sometimes I just won't. Maybe I'll pick up this week. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.