Thursday, March 23, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, March 23-Wednesday, March 29, 2023: Andy Frasco | Adi Oasis | Delta Rae | David Cross | Copeland | Mustache Bash | Beabadoobee | Daniel Rodriguez | Vanessa Carlton |

It's a big week with a ton of sold out and almost sold out shows, so my recommendation to you is to get used to buying your tickets in advance because our small venues are on fire right now. Casbah has continued to announce a bunch of new shows, including Bully, Manic Hispanic, and The Amalgamated but probably the biggest news this week is that The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, announced a San Diego show on December 2nd at Pechanga Arena, with tickets on sale Friday. I'll be working at the Delta Rae show on Saturday, going to beabadoobee on Monday, and might check out Vanessa Carlton on Wednesday since I haven't seen her since Sunset Sessions a million years ago. And Darren wants to go to Andy Frasco, but seeing as I'm finishing these listings at 5:45am, I'm going to try to get some real sleep. 

Stay safe out there. 
Thursday, March 23, 2023:
  • Andy Frasco & The U.N., Big Something @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Weedeater, High Tone Son of a Bitch, Adam Faucett @ Soda Bar
  • Max & Marco of Barbara Wire, Jesse LaMonaca & Some Dime Novels @ Hoppy Daze Tap House (7:30pm, 21+, No Cover)
  • zzzahara & shutups @ Whistle Stop 
  • The War and Treaty, Kat & Alex @ Belly Up
  • Nights Like Thieves, Taken Days, Lost Dakota @ Ken Club
  • Amalgamated, T. Irie Dread, Bovva Street Scorchas @ Pour House 
  • Son de San Diego—Son Jarocho—Traditional Music of Veracruz, Mexico @ La Jolla Athenaeum 
  • The Queen’s Cartoonists @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Spencer Sutherland - The In His Mania Tour, Dylan Conrique, Cloe Wilder @ House of Blues
  • Josh Urich @ The Holding Company
  • Victoria Robertson @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel
  • Eric Shechter Duo @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Jerry 'Hotrod' DeMink @ Salvation Stage, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Masters of Illusion @ Life And Up Close, Sycuan 
  • The Resinators, Indica Roots, Beech City @ Winston's 
  • Songbirds of Shelter Island @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • 80HD (NYC), G.U.N.N., XUI, Closedown, Blinding Glow @ Tower Bar
  • Aztec Open Mic @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  • The XIXth @ The Old Globe 
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • Art & Rec @ Park & Rec
  • Junkyard, Little Caesar, Faerie Qveene @ Brick by Brick
  • Hillblocksview, Thread The Lariat, Dresden's Burning, The All Star Lineup @ Til-Two Club
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley. Artist of the Week: Tonto @ Navajo Live
  • Purple Kief @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Good Faith Nite Market @ Quartyard 
  • Karaoke @ The Luau
  • Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
Friday, March 24, 2023:
  • Adi Oasis, Jehlad Akin @ Casbah
  • Free Throw, Can’t Swim, Heart to Gold, Early Humans @ Soda Bar (SOLD OUT)
  • Los Toxicos, Comedy Show with Jesus Sepulveda, Jerry Garcia, Concrete & J. Valentino @ Corazon Del Barrio (7pm - Sold Out, 10pm)
  • Red NOT Chili Peppers, Blink-180TRUE @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • San Diego Sockers vs. Empire Strykers @ Pechanga Arena
  • Nuovo Testamento & Trit 95 @ Whistle Stop (9pm)
  • Friday Happy Hour with DJ Shoeshine @ Whistle Stop (5-8pm)
  • An Evening with Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil @ Balboa Theatre
  • Vanessa Collier @ The Brooks Theatre, Oceanside
  • Guachinangos Live – Celebration with Cumbia and Son Jarocho @ WorldBeat Center (8-10pm)
  • Automelodi, Hallows, Armoire @ Ken Club
  • Stoicheía/Elements Curated by Sarah Skuster @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Saxophonist Brian Levy pays tribute to jazz innovator Wayne Shorter @ Dizzy's
  • Matt Smith Combo @ Panama 66
  • KBong and Johnny Cosmic, Dubbest, Raye Zaragoza @ Music Box
  • Sky Creature, Rosa Rossa, Nonexistent Night @ Black Cat Bar
  • Nebula, The Atomic Bitchwax, Mezzoa, Into the Fuzz @ Brick By Brick
  • Slack Key Ohana @ The Luau 
  • Tom Yankton @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Cassie B @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Eric Shechter Duo @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Meet Me @ the Alter, Young Culture, Daisy Grenade @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Aztec House Band, Kevin Artisan & April Lee @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  • Victor Santana @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Live Music @ Plaza Bar, Westgate Hotel 
  • The Johnny Deadly Trio @ Fast Times 
  • Parokya Ni Edgar @ House of Blues
  • Coral Bells, The Cedar Shakers @ The Holding Company
  • Midnight At The Masquerade: A Murder @ Moonlight Stage
  • The XIXth @ The Old Globe 
  • The Roommate @ New Village Arts
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • Sleeping Beauty @ Joan B. Kroc Theatre
  • Celebrating and Honoring the Rites of Passage In A Woman’s Life @ WorldBeat Center (6-8:30pm)
  • Rock of Ages @ Park & Rec
  • Official Mustache Bash Pre Party - "Come Together: 1960's Pre Bash w/ Russell Ramo + special guests" @ Winston's 
  • Pocket Candy @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Stung: Live Music Band Showcase with Jay Mysterio, Dino, 2Polar, My Fly, Jonah Verlice, Audrey & The Sound Gallery, Zinn, Nur, Turtle, Midfelt @ Queen Bee's
  • Glory Or Death Records showcase w/ Duel (TX), Bedlams Edge, Quicksands @ Pour House (9pm)
  • The Lucky Strikes @ Pour House (5pm)
  • Locker Room with DJ Eli @ The Merrow
  • Patrick Howard Trampus & Honky Tonk Nights @ Renegade Country 
  • 80HD (NYC), G.U.N.N., XUI, Closedown, Blinding Glow @ Tower Bar 
  • New Babes on the Block Burlesque by Demure Productions @ Til-Two Club
  • The Wild$ide Band @ Tio Leo's
  • The Edge @ Mr. Peabody's 
  • Flashback Fridays with Junior theDISCOpunk @ Mo's
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Groove Squad @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8pm)
  • Bastard Sons of The Serious Guise, Lester Leigh and the Torpedoes @ Navajo Live 
  • West of Five @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • Wotown - Vintage Market @ Quartyard
  • Craft Day/Karaoke @ Che Cafe
  • FNGRS CRSSD presents Indira Paganotto + KYRUH + Daiyah @ Spin 
  • Sake and Karaoke Fridays @ Mikami
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
Saturday, March 25, 2023:
  • Delta Rae: Retuen of the Witch Tour, Wyn Starks @ Casbah 
  • David Cross:- Worst Daddy In The World Tour, Sean Patton @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Copeland: Beneath Medicine Tree 20th Anniversary Tour, Kevin Garrett @ Quartyard (SOLD OUT)
  • .modbom. coffee bar, cocktails, & papalo kitchen Grand Opening with Vinyl Junkies DJs: Mr Mazee (7pm), DJ Bot (6pm), DJ Shoeshine (5pm), Mike Turi (4pm), Emmanuel (3pm), DJ Unite (1pm) @ Modbom & Acid Vault (14th & Island)
  • Mustache Bash with Lee Fields @ Broadway Pier
  • Shygirl, Angelita @ Music Box (SOLD OUT)
  • Take On Me: A Retro 80s Party @ Soda Bar
  • The Mother Hips, Little Wings @ Belly Up  
  • San Diego Seals vs Buffalo Bandits @ Pechanga Arena
  • San Diego Wave FC Home Opener vs Chicago Red Stars @ Snapdragon Stadium
  • KSON CountryFest feat Lee Brice, Parmalee, Easton Corbin, Hannah Ellis, Dillon Carmichael @ Gallagher Square Petco Park 
  • San Diego Opera: Tosca @ Civic Theatre
  • Music Connects @ The Front Arte & Cultura, Chula Vista (Free, 6pm)
  • The Kingdom Choir @ Balboa Theatre
  • Echinacea, Flower Animals, PVM, The Microblades @ Che Cafe 
  • Toothless George 20 Year Anniversary Show, Poison Hearts, Dead on the Wire, Grahzny @ Ken Club
  • Ascension: DJ Robin Roth, DJ Kaerie, DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow 
  • Louis Valenzuela @ Panama 66
  • Rockademy @ Music Box (10am)
  • The Poems and Friends @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom @ La Jolla Athenaeum 
  • Spring Break Sing-Along: Encanto @ Epstein Family Amphitheatre, UCSD 
  • Milky Wayne presents 60 East, MC Inka, Nemy, Elena MC, Zeus Rebel Waters, Tee Lacedup, Law Musiq @ Black Cat Bar
  • Bonneville 7 @ Pour House (5-8pm) 
  • Reagan "Guitar" Williams, Johnny Ramos @ Pour House (9pm) 
  • Larisa Martínez @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Easy Wind @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista (Outside Show, Weather Permitting) 
  • Rip Carson and The Carson-O-Genics @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Harry Mack: Odyssey Tour 2023 @ House of Blues
  • Crawlers - The Party In The USA Tour, Pollyanna, Doll Skin @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • K Brosas & Pokwang BFF 2023 @ Heritage Event Center, Sycuan Casino 
  • Jerry 'Hotrod' DeMink @ Salvation Stage, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Freddie Walton @ The Luau
  • Victor Baker Quartet - with Eric Shechter, Harley Magsino & Kevin Higuchi @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Change Today, Dark Alley Dogs, Hang Zeros, Running & Screaming @ The Holding Company (8pm)
  • Jaron Yancey @ The Holding Company (Brunch, 10am, All Ages)
  • Konrad Malinowski Quartet @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Donna Drive, The Renters, Tina Fake, The Moonjacks, The Lonely Backpacks @ SOMA
  • Cassie B @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Barbwire @ Renegade Country 
  • Tom Yankton @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Darker Places, Flaw Lust, Close To Modern, Dream 2 Dream @ Til-Two Club
  • The Mustache Bash Afterparty @ Spin
  • Sonic Nectar @ Mr. Peabody's
  • Morbid Angel: United States Tour of Terror, Revocation, Skeletal Remains, Crypta @ Brick By Brick (Sold Out)
  • California Flower Power Tour @ The Ritz Theater, Escondido
  • Midnight At The Masquerade: A Murder @ Moonlight Stage
  • Concert By Candlelight with Jeff Berkley, Roni Lee, Black Market III @ Hacienda On The Hill
  • The XIXth @ The Old Globe (2pm & 8pm)
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse (2pm & 8pm)
  • The Roommate @ New Village Arts
  • Sleeping Beauty @ Joan B. Kroc Theatre
  • Paint & Sip @ The Brooks Theatre, Oceanside
  • Kevi Kev & Pho King present the Hillcrest Variety Pack Cabaret and Drag Show @ The Merrow (6pm)
  • Bears San Diego Chili Cook-Off @ The Merrow (2pm)
  • Live Music @ Plaza Bar, Westgate Hotel 
  • Nebula Drag,-(16)-, Lord Howler @ Tower Bar 
  • Sea Monks Band @ 710 Beach Club
  • Universe Peoples @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • The Experiments, Frequency 1, The Plagues, Dying Species @ Winston's (4pm)
  • Local Band Showcase: VS Self, Containment, Knumears, So Concerned, Demandless, Boy Comma @ Queen Bee's (SOLD OUT)
  • Betamaxx @ Tio Leo's
  • Hickies & Dry Humps @ Park & Rec
  • Chicken Wire @ Fast Times 
  • Love is a Rose @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • The Groove Mercenaries @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • San Diego Funk @ Aquarius Bar & Grille (6-9pm) 
  • Crimson Coil & Novacaine @ Aquarius Bar & Grille (12-6pm)
  • Silent Vice, Revelation 69, Howler @ Navajo Live 
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
Sunday, March 26, 2023:
  • Mustache Bash Sunday Funkday with Tuxedo @ Beach House (2-6pm)
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Panama 66
  • Scary Pockets, David Ryan Harris @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Night Owls Single Release Party: City Soul Collective presents Dan Ubick and Roger Rivas @ Corazon Del Barrio 
  • Underøath: The Blind Obedience Tour, Periphery, Loathe @ SOMA
  • Soul Sunday @ Quartyard (5pm)
  • Music Connects @ Southwestern College (Free, 3pm)
  • Lil Maru: "From Me 2 You" Tour, GirlzLuhDev, 22 Gfay @ House of Blues
  • Caloncho, Gaby Aparicio @ Music Box (SOLD OUT)
  • Concert in the Park @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (2pm, Free)
  • Peter De Luke & The Mellotones @ Dizzy's
  • Tour Aguila: Club América vs Xolos de Tijuana @ Snapdragon Stadium (SOLD OUT)
  • San Diego Strike Force vs. Quad City Steamwheelers @ Pechanga Arena
  • Sunday Night Jazz with Vocalist Rose Mallett, pianist Ed Kornhauser, bassist Rob Thorsen, drummer Richard Sellers @ Tio Leo's
  • The XIXth @ The Old Globe (2pm & 7pm)
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse (2pm & 7pm)
  • Sewam American Indian Dance @ Poway Arts 
  • Rockademy @ Music Box (10am)
  • The Roommate @ New Village Arts
  • Tales of O'Side: Learning To Fly @ The Brooks Theatre, Oceanside
  • Local Band Showcase: Karate Baseball, RivetSkull, Band of Wolves, Breaking and Entering, Eulogy of the Lost, Sun Burnette @ The Holding Company
  • Disney Brunch with Taylor Busby @ The Holding Company (10am Brunch, All Ages)
  • Tuesday & The Gypsy @ Pour House  
  • The Hot Rod Trio @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • David Wilcox @ Christ Lutheran Church (Free)
  • Turnstyled, Junkpiles (Songwriters In The Round) @ Til-Two Club
  • The Sunday Wind Down w/Dj Spinnie Cooper and Cariposadar @ Park & Rec (3pm)
  • The Reflectors @ Fast Times 
  • High Noon Grateful Dead Party (12-4:20pm), AQUARIOKE (5-8pm) @ Aquarius Bar & Grille
  • Zach Brosi @ Salvation Stage, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Woman to Woman: Celebrating Self Love and Sisterhood @ WorldBeat Center (4pm)
  • Documentary Screening: Gana Tu Espacio @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Rob Thorsen @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel (11am-1pm)
  • Abundant artist of San Diego @ Navajo Live 
  • Marcus Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (6pm)
  • Sunday Night Jazz @ Mr. Peabody's (6pm)
  • Live Music @ Sycamore Den (6-8pm)
  • O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's (8pm)
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Yoga Sundays @ Quartyard
  • Brunch Bash 2023 @ Omni La Costa Resort
  • Trivia and Sake Nights @ Mikami
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
Monday, March 27, 2023:
  • beabadoobee, Moondaddy @ SOMA (SOLD OUT)
  • Daring Greatly, We The Commas @ Casbah 
  • Blak Emoji + Whitney Tai, Karolina Rose @ Soda Bar
  • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Tower Bar 
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's 
  • Blue Monday with DJ Camilla Robina, DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow
  • Monday Blues & Rock Jam @ Aztec Brewery, Vista
  • Lazy Dream, Fund For Jimmy, N.T.I.S., The Nobody's, 1 MTBA @ Queen Bee's (All Ages, 5pm)
  • Courtly Noyse @ La Jolla Athenaeum (Free, 12pm Mini-Concert)
  • The Reflectors @ Fast Times 
  • Billy Watson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trivia Night w/Kyle @ Pour House 
  • Open Mic with Jay Cain @ Mr. Peabody's
  • Monday Cabaret with Mercedes & Gino @ Tio Leo's
  • Karaoke @ The Holding Company
  • Metalfier, Black Star Sinners, Superweapon @ Navajo Live 
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
Tuesday, March 28, 2023:
  • Daniel Rodriguez, Reed Foehl @ Casbah
  • Rivalry, Blood Handsome, Mellow Code, Snapghost, Lowprah, D.Wrex @ Soda Bar
  • Drag Takeover Disney Edition @ Belly Up
  • San Diego Opera: Tosca @ Civic Theatre
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Joon @ Whistle Stop
  • Closed For Bloom Bash @ Panama 66
  • The Well, Firebreather, Formula 400 @ Til-Two Club
  • Reggae Tuesdaze: John E. Rockers backed by Roots Foundation of The Burn N' Sol Band @ The Holding Company
  • Stoney B @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Civic Youth Orchestra presents 2023 Invitational Orchestra Festival @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • The XIXth @ The Old Globe 
  • Something Funky: Funk, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Boogaloo @ Tower Bar (Always Free)
  • Careful Gaze, Dead Novas, Familiar Faces @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Terrible Tuesday All Vinyl DJ Night wtih DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House 
  • Karaoke @ Peabody's
  • Trivia Night @ Park & Rec
  • Trivia Night @ 710 Beach Club
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Karaoke @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
Wednesday, March 29, 2023:
  • Vanessa Carlton @ Casbah (Sold Out)
  • Girl God @ Soda Bar
  • San Diego Gulls vs Tucson Roadrunners @ Pechanga Arena
  • Locals Only! Somewhere Like Shoreview, Verado, Tamar Berk  @ Belly Up
  • Give Me Back My Wig @ Mr. Peabody's
  • SlawDawg  presents DJ no.Diskoda, Nick Gray, Ari, Fraktal, Trippy Jesus, Danoe, Filthy Blu @ The Holding Company
  • Hemlock, DeadRise, Parasitic Existence @ Brick by Brick
  • Jason Hanna and the Swingin' Bananas @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Examinate, Tardigrade, The Thrill Killers @ Til-Two Club
  • Club Culture w/ Bobby Hustle, DJ Unite and Non Profit @ Winston's 
  • Spring Break Sing-Along: Grease @ Epstein Family Amphitheatre, UCSD
  • The XIXth @ The Old Globe 
  • Present Laughter @ Cygnet Theatre (Student & Faculty Night)
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • PPJT presents Oliver! @ Joan B. Kroc Theatre
  • Karaoke @ Rosie O'Grady's 
  • Generation Hope Event @ Che Cafe 
  • The Wise Guys @ Navajo Live
  • Mercedes Moore Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Closed For Bloom Bash @ Panama 66
  • Open Mic with Whit @ Pour House
  • Trivia Wednesdays @ Quartyard
  • Open Mic @ 710 Beach Club
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)

CoViD-19: COVID-somnia Is A Thing | Crazy California Storms | Uvalde Interviews Released | Zoo Photos: Andean Bear Cubs

Andean Bear Cubs, Born December 10th, 2022 (Taken 3.21.23)

When I was young I always envisioned myself having some great outdoorsy lifestyle, but the reality is I think I like the idea more than the actual lifestyle. Like when I was a kid, I had a tackle box and was always organizing it and adding lures and bait, but in reality, I just liked the colors and collecting things. The only fishing I ever did was at a local campsite in a stocked lake (more like a pond) and never ever got a bite. I certainly wouldn't have known what to do if I'd caught anything. 

In my 20s, I was freshly single after my college boyfriend and I broke us, and had the great idea that I'd get a big dog. We'd go hiking and camping and to the beach and I had my car and I could live an active and outdoorsy life on a whim. Problem was I ended up adopting the neediest, most skittish dog ever (RIP Pascha) who certainly wasn't going on any hikes or anywhere other people existed, and I worked in the most corporate of corporate jobs, a nine-to-five that afforded me one week off a year but definitely not enough money to ever save to use the time off. So that whole plan was a big fail. 

Nowadays, I have the time and the resources to kinda do what I want and go where I want, but Darren and Nova do not have that flexibility, so going to the Zoo is my great compromise...I'm outside, I'm among beautiful plants and amazing animals and I have developed a relationship with so many of the animals - engaging with the gorillas and orangs, certain birds that communicate with me, even the mountain lions respond in their own way when they see me. This week I finally got to see the Andean bear cubs, and with the zoo open later, it's just been a pleasure to see the animals adapt as the seasons change. 

All that being said, this week has been low-key for me and I'm perfectly okay with that. I mentioned last week that my dad is back at home so I've gone to help out my parents a few times, I worked a couple merch gigs - MoonTricks at Music Box and Protomartyr at Casbah, I got a raise at my day job, and spent a ton of time at the zoo while Nova has been off living her teenage independence and Darren working all the time. This week was also the 8 year anniversary of Ficus' Adoption Gotcha Day, which maybe makes her 10 or 11, we can't really be sure.  

I've been stoked on the rain though haven't seen it that intense in a very long time, and I was glad to have the van all stocked up with my rain gear and I've been getting good use of my rain boots. When Darren did finally have a day off, we went to Balboa Park free Tuesdays which was the Mingei and Museum of Art this week, which turned out to be a great way to get dry before spending the rest of that afternoon at the zoo. Now I'm working on listings and I guess I've procrastinated enough, so hopefully you'll have your listings by morning. 

Stay safe out there.  

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, March 16-Wednesday, March 22, 2023: Vance Joy | KRS-One | Old 97's | St. Patrick's Day | Titus Andronicus | Jason Mraz | Damien Jurado | BAILEN | Algiers | Protomartyr |

Gotta keep it short this week because I have a meeting in a few hours and I'm up way later than intended. I don't have a big music roundup but I do wanna say that any attempt by the Port of San Diego to impede or restrict public access during events at the Shell are absolute bullshit. This is our embarcadero, no matter which philanthropists' names you throw on it and to me just reeks of some shady ass shit. If this is what public-private partnerships bring, we should all be very worried about the future of Balboa Park and all of our public spaces. My two cents. 

As SXSW goes on, lots of tours are being announced in our area, so sign up for all the newsletters you can to get that inside info. Casbah announced Matt & Kim, which you can buy via presale now. but I know all the venues keep rolling out great shows for the summer. 

Stay safe out there.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

COVID-19: 3 Years Later | $17 Humane Society Offers Adoptions | Biden Issues Gun Background Check EO | Bank Bailout | Another Atmospheric River Blasts California |

New Male Tiger Dumai at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 3.10.23)

It has been a mostly chill week for me and I'm loving this weather. I'm happy to report my dad is back home as of Sunday night, which I think most people in his circumstances would prefer, but it was also comforting to know he was under the care of medical professionals for a few nights and we were off the hook for driving to Chula Vista. Since he's been reclassified as hospice care, he will once again have more in-home assistance for my mom, and we'll go back to helping at night half the week. There's always an upside correlating with the downside and vice versa.  

Besides my usual zoo trips, on Thursday we went to Nova's Academic League competition and on Friday I went to Safari Park with Darren which was so nice. He recommended I take the Spanish tram and it was interesting to hear how some of the animals names and information translates...not exactly the conversational Spanish we learn in school and in my normal life I don't have much occasion for using Spanish so I would definitely do that again. On Saturday night we went to the EXTC show which was pretty fun to see Darren living in his 20-something dreams and it was nice to see so many old friends at the show. 

This week seems to already be spring break for a lot of people so the zoo has been packed which is why I kinda love when it definitely makes people change their plans, but when it is crowded, I can still duck away into an aviary or a quiet space when I need to. The next few weeks will probably be kinda crazy there, but I'll try and keep the habit - I feel healthier with it in my life than when I skip a day or two. 

This week is going to be a little busier with some work nights at the Casbah and Music Box but hopefully I can offset with the longer zoo and Seaworld hours and lots and lots of sleep. May you all find time for the things you love, too. If you're in the market for a new pet, all adoptions are $17 in honor of St. Patrick's Day for the whole weekend. 

Stay safe & healthy out there.  

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego:: Thursday, March 9-Wednesday, March 15, 2023: Choir Boy | Charlie Parr | Adam Melchor | PUP & Joyce Manor | Otoboke Beaver | EXTC | The Church | Marc Anthony | SZA | Forty Feet Tall |

It's been a busy week already, which I guess kinda always happens around SXSW as tours and festivals make all their big announcement for the year. This week alone, Casbah has announced shows with Bratty (4/16), Night Beats (4/19), Hammered Hulls (5/3), Skating Polly (5/12), Billie Marten (6/5), Joshua Ray Walker (6/15), Surfer Blood (6/17), Quintron & Miss Pussycat (6/28), The Tallest Man On Earth (9/30), and Nation of Language (10/29). Outside Lands announced their lineup, as has FIesta Del Sol, and North Park Music Festival sent out a 'save the date'. So yeah. A lot. 
We're looking forward to seeing EXTC on Saturday night and I'm waiting to hear if I'll be working a merch gig, but other than that, I've got to keep my schedule kinda open, though I know Otoboke Beaver and The Church and Lovejoy are all gonna be amazing. We'll see how things work out. 

Stay safe out there. The Casbah's show with Kevin Devine just got canceled because he tested positive for COVID, so it's still out there. 

News and listings after the jump.   

Music News:

  • Outside Lands 2023 Lineup was announced and 3-DAY GA, GA+, VIP, Payment Plan, and Golden Gate Passes are all on sale now.  
  • Fiesta Del Sol Lineup Announced
    • Saturday, May 20th - Sunday, May 21st, 2023
    • Hours | Saturday 9am - 10pm & Sunday 9am - 8pm
    • North County’s favorite annual free festival returns to Solana Beach May 20-21 with another incredible music lineup (past headliners include Lukas Nelson, Hirie, Matisyahu) for its 42nd year. 
    • This year’s headliners include ska legends The English Beat on Saturday, and roots reggae group Iya Terra on Sunday. Other acts on Saturday include: The Fabba Show, High Tide Society, Betamaxx, Atomic Groove, and Assisted Living. Sunday’s lineup includes Iya Terra, Ginger Roots and the Protectors, B-Side Players, Pine Mountain Logs,Twisted Gypsy and Jimmy Buffett tribute Jimmy's Buffet.
Thursday, March 9, 2023:
  • Choir Boy, ¿LA PREGUNTA?, DJ Estrella @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Adam Melchor @ Music Box
  • Charlie Parr, Marissa Anderson @ Whistle Stop 
  • Bad Bunny Birthday Bash @ Soda Bar
  • DakhaBrakha @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Mania- The Abba Tribute @ Balboa Theatre
  • Stealing Automatics, Morskie Oko, Moe N' the Failures @ Ken Club
  • Westerner (LA), Dream Phases (LA), Audrey & the Sound Gallery @ Pour House 
  • 9th Anniversary Party @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Geoffrey Keezer/Gillian Margot Duo @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • GAR GAR, Butt Candy, Blacks Beach @ Bancroft Bar 
  • Chopper Flynn, Topeka Clementine, Cope @ The Holding Company
  • Victoria Robertson @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel
  • 7 Seconds To Vegas @ Fast Times 
  • Mike & Delci @ Salvation Stage, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Thursday Night Jam Session @ Winston's 
  • Zeptune @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Thursday Social DJ Set @ Park & Rec
  • Aztec Open Mic @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Igor Levitt @ Baker-Baum Concert Hall, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
  • Under A Baseball Sky @ Old Globe
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
  • James Allen Country Band @ Mr. Peabody's 
  • Taking On Water, Corporate Citizen, Blue Elephant & The Seven Snakes, Dying Species @ Til-Two Club
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley; Artist of the Week: Paradise Drive @ Navajo Live
  • Nick & Jonsey @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • Karaoke @ Luau Bar 
  • Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
Friday, March 10, 2023:
  • The Legendary Shack Shakers, Hillbilly Casino @ Casbah
  • Joyce Manor & PUP, Pool Kids @ SOMA
  • Otoboke Beaver, Mo Dotti @ Music Box
  • Death Cab For Karaoke - live band karaoke! @ Soda Bar
  • Pine Mountain Logs @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Til-Two & The Firm Clothing Presents Doug & The Slugz, Dead 77, Authentic Sellout, Dogface Bastards, Broke Bastards @ Corazon del Barrio (7pm | $15 | All Ages)
  • Cherry Blossom Festival @ Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Holi-themed Open Studios: 7:10pm - Book Reading by Linda Litteral, 7:30pm - Indian Classical Fusion Dances by Kerani Performing Arts, 8pm - Musical Performances by Ariana & Chris Warren, Ciel Bracher, 8:30pm - Musical Performances by Nick Lesley, Jonathan Piper, 9pm - Drum Circle facilitated by Felix Diaz @ Space4Art (7-9:30pm)
  • Los Rehenes @ Live & Up Close, Sycuan Casino
  • Jazz guitarist Eric Weisling & his Trio @ Dizzy's
  • San Diego Gulls vs Henderson Silver Knights @ Pechanga Arena
  • DJ Shoeshine @ Whistle Stop (Happy Hour, 5-8pm)
  • Kate Clover, Jacob Turnbloom, Swami Sound System @ Whistle Stop
  • Masterworks Series: Adams, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff @ Civic Theatre
  • Razor Nights, Loudmouth, Sexworm, Homeless Sexuals @ Ken Club
  • Robin Henkel with Horns @ Panama 66
  • Club 80's @ Bancroft Bar 
  • Girls Night Out with Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Treachery of Sound, Cowboy TV, Cloud Clipper @ Black Cat Bar
  • Audrey & The Sound Gallery, Messy Hera, Bleacher Creatures, undead sunset, Soundtrain @ Queen Bee's 
  • Bleeding Through, Thrown Into Exile, Shawshank @ Brick By Brick
  • Kayln @ Moonshine Beach 
  • True Villains @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Laugh Outside with Jesse Egan, Remmi Perez, Nicki Fuchs @ Quartyard
  • Bill Caballero @ Riviera Supper Club
  • War Fever, Strychnine Ninety Nine, Carpit, Gentrocide, The Calvins @ Tower Bar 
  • Ocean Natives @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  • Spinnie Cooper @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Johnathan Ford @ The Luau 
  • Live Music @ Plaza Bar, Westgate Hotel 
  • Brian Jones Rock and Roll Revival (Rolling Stones Tribute), Gypsy Sally @ The Holding Company
  • Philipp Scholz Rittermann and OGHS Print and Graphics Department Opening Reception @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido (6-8pm)
  • Captain Morgan Lee @ Salvation Stage, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Albert Cummings @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Under A Baseball Sky @ Old Globe
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Broadway Musical @ Moonlight Youth Theatre
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
  • Lucky Stiff Preview & Opening Night @ Brooks Oceanside Theatre
  • Candlelight Concert @ Joan B. Kroc Theatre
  • Opening Reception | Andrew Alcasid: Turning Pages @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • GASOLINA! @ Park & Rec
  • Shwayze, Of Good Nature, Wide Eyed Kids @ Winston's 
  • Deadrise, Downsider, No Kings, Wookalars @ Pour House  
  • Whiskey Ridge @ Renegade Bar 
  • Joe Wood @ Pour House (5-8pm, Free)   
  • Leather Swap Meat - After Dark @ The Merrow (9pm)
  • Leather Swap Meat @ The Merrow (7:30pm)
  • Club 90s Present Taylor Swift Night @ House of Blues
  • Paradise Live @ Mr. Peabody's 
  • Coma Twins, Some Gifts, Still Missing, Night Swims @ Til-Two Club
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Flashback Fridays with Junior theDISCOpunk @ Mo's
  • Funk All-Stars @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8pm)
  • Mr. Crowley (Ozzie) @ Navajo Live 
  • Cappo Kelley @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • bo•lo presents Techno Tupac, Blue Jade, Soraya, Maslaf, Nilets, J.Orte @ SPIN
  • Teryn Ré @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Sake and Karaoke Fridays @ Mikami
Saturday, March 11, 2023:
  • EXTC, DJ Vaughn Avakian @ Casbah 
  • Ibeyi, Ojerime @ Music Box
  • Pete Holmes Live: Where Were We @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Berlin @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Dumbo Gets Mad, Sea Moya @ Soda Bar
  • Cherry Blossom Festival @ Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Booty Bassment with DJs Dimitri and Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • San Diego's Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Tequila @ Westfield Mission Valley Mall 
  • San Diego Gulls vs Henderson Silver Knights @ Pechanga Arena
  • Saint Luna, Blue Hour, Honeyboys, DSCO @ SOMA Sidestage
  • Masterworks Series: Adams, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff @ Civic Theatre
  • Date Night for a Cause with Atomic Groove @ Belly Up
  • Club Sabbat with DJ Robin Roth, DJ Diskdroid @ The Merrow
  • Ragheb Alama & Massari @ Heritage Event Center, Sycuan Casino 
  • Blue Largo @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Joshua White presents The Great American Songbook Composer Series @ Dizzy's
  • 16, Rival Squad, Candles, Angel Guts, Zaniak @ Ken Club
  • Praise, Glean, Stateside, Bent Blue, Human Resources @ Che Cafe 
  • Zzymzzy Quartet @ Panama 66
  • Pro Rugby: San Diego Legion vs Dallas Jackals @ Snapdragon Stadium (5pm)
  • Vanouhi, The Foleys @ Black Cat Bar
  • Dark Globe @ Bancroft Bar 
  • California Rangers Reunion feat. Tom Boren @ Pour House (5-8pm, Free) 
  • Good Gravy, Nathan James, Mercedes Moore @ Pour House (9pm) 
  • Diosa Art Show: Rest In Paint @ Corazon del Barrio (5pm | All Ages | Free)
  • Bondage and Brews Hoedown @ ReBru Spirits (5-10pm)
  • Custard Pie @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  •  Clinton Ross Davis@ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • DVSN - Working On My Karma Tour @ House of Blues
  • Quarters of Change, Late Night Drive Home @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Freddie Walton Live @ The Luau 
  • Gunnar Biggs & Zo Shah (Tribute to Ron Carter & Jim Hall) @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Wild$ide @ The Holding Company
  • Steve and Ginie Jackson @ The Holding Company (Brunch 10am)
  • Matt Caskitt & the Breaks, A Different Kind Of Giant, Deadbed, Omar Daze @ Tower Bar
  • Rivertucky @ Renegade Bar 
  • It's A Vibe with Hypha, Left/Right, Skandar B2B Puppykicker, Kimothy Leary, Badkat Sonics @ Quartyard (4-9pm)
  • Move & Groove Yoga @ Quartyard (10am)
  • True Villains @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Kayln @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Aethereus, Cave Bastard, The Last of Lucy, Paroxysmal Butchering @ Til-Two Club
  • West of 5 @ Mr. Peabody's
  • Death To All, Suffocation, Nukem @ Brick By Brick
  • Serious Guise @ Navajo Live
  • Patricia Jewel: Gems of Stage @ Moonlight Theatre 
  • Under A Baseball Sky @ Old Globe
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse (2pm & 8pm) 
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Broadway Musical @ Moonlight Youth Theatre (2pm & 7pm)
  • Lucky Stiff Preview & Opening Night @ Brooks Oceanside Theatre
  • Poway Youth Theater (MCT): “Rumpelstiltskin” @ Poway Arts (3pm & 7pm)
  • MLK Community Choir @ Joan B. Kroc Theatre
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
  • Community Arts Open House @ The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (1pm)
  • Holly Hofman @ Plaza Bar, Westgate Hotel 
  • 46 & Tool, Township @ 710 Beach Club
  • Wreckless Strangers, The Tecolote Canyon Band @ Winston's
  • Side Hustle  @ Winston's (4-7pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Smoking Guns @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Next Level @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8pm)
  • Sweet Juanita (6-9pm), Wise Monkey Orchestra (12-3pm) @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • Daisy Chain #9 with Ternion Sound @ SPIN
  • Hickies & Dry Humps @ Park & Rec 
Sunday, March 12, 2023:
  • The Church: The Hypnogogue Album Tour @ Belly Up (GA SOLD OUT, VIP available)  
  • Ebaugh, Pruitt Igoe w/spacewizardinspace, Haydee Jimenez, Batya MacAdam-Somer @ Casbah
  • Marc Anthony – VIVIENDO Tour @ Pechanga Arena
  • Kingston Trio @ Poway Arts 
  • Emily Wolfe, Big Mother Gig @ Soda Bar
  • TSOL, DI, DPI, Project Sell Out, Luciferigno, Running & Screaming @ The Holding Company
  • The Pettybreakers - Tribute to Tom Petty @ Music Box 
  • Drug Church + Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Anxious, Webbed Wing @ SOMA Sidestage
  • Camarada presents Bach & Brahms @ Baker-Baum Concert Hall, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
  • Easy Wind: A Tribute to Grateful Dead @ Quartyard (2:30-7pm)
  • Kevin Kaarl: Paris Texas Tour @ Balboa Theatre
  • Cherry Blossom Festival @ Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Panama 66
  • Mood Of A Sinner, The Junkys, The Overdrives @ Tower Bar 
  • Andi, Alexa Villa, HARIZ, Carrington Zane Sklar @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Rip Carson Acoustic @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Showdown at Sundown - The Sheriff's Mostly County Music Happy Hour @ Whistle Stop (5-8pm)
  • Nemophila @ House of Blues
  • Earl Thomas & Sister Leola Gospel Brunch @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (12:30pm)
  • Concert in the Park @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (2pm, Free)
  • Patrick Lamb @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (6pm)
  • Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr, Sonny Lim, Herb Ohta Jr @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Michael Barenboim & West Eastern-Divan Ensemble @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Nowhere Men @ Fast Times 
  • Sunday Night Jazz @ Mr. Peabody's (6pm)
  • Under A Baseball Sky @ Old Globe (2pm & 7pm)
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse (2pm & 7pm)
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Broadway Musical @ Moonlight Youth Theatre (2pm)
  • Lucky Stiff Preview & Opening Night @ Brooks Oceanside Theatre (2pm)
  • Scripps Ballet Theatre's Ballet in the Box @ Joan B. Kroc Theatre
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
  • Live Music @ Sycamore Den (6-8pm)
  • Taylor Busby @ The Holding Company (Brunch)
  • Sunday Night Jazz with Irving Flores and His Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet @ Tio Leo's 
  • Celebrate Femcore! All female-fronted bands: Doll Riot, Speed Of Light, Sands, Madam Bombs, Proctor Valley Monsters@ Pour House (5-9pm, $5. All Ages!) 
  • High Noon Grateful Dead Party (12-3pm), AQUARIOKE (5-8pm) @ Aquarius Bar & Grille
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Rob Thorsen @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel (11am-1pm)
  • Singer Songwriter Night @ Navajo Live 
  • O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's (8pm)
  • Karoake @ 710 Beach Club
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Yoga Sundays @ Quartyard (10am)
  • Trivia and Sake Nights @ Mikami
Monday, March 13, 2023:
  • SZA, Omar Apollo @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Island of Thieves, sugarpill, Coastal Wolves @ Casbah 
  • Taleen Kali, Night Swims, Hex @ Soda Bar
  • Tank and The Bangas, McKinley Dixon @ Belly Up
  • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Tower Bar
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's 
  • Parasitic Existence, Woods Witch, Gravity Grave @ Navajo Live 
  • Blue Monday with DJ Camilla Robina, DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow
  • Ines Irawati, solo piano @ La Jolla Athenaeum (12pm Mini-Concert)
  • Chris DeVito Band @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • Monday Blues & Rock Jam @ Aztec Brewery, Vista
  • Open Mic with Jay Cain @ Mr. Peabody's
  • Trivia Night w/Kyle @ Pour House 
  • Tio Leo's Monday Cabaret @ Tio Leo's
  • Karaoke @ The Holding Company
  • Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
Tuesday, March 14, 2023:
  • Forty Feet Tall, The Bots @ Soda Bar
  • An Evening With North Mississippi Allstars @ Belly Up
  • Canceled: Kevin Devine, Brother Bird @ Casbah
  • Bach Birthday Bash: Part II: The Baroque Partita | Victoria Martino, Baroque violin @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Big Time Operator @ Tio Leo's
  • Rick Lyon Piano Show @ Whistle Stop
  • Pearl & the Oysters, Tunewave @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Eric Spring and the Blues Collars, The Mediocre Revival @ Winston's
  • Reggae Tuesdaze Double Header with Sammy Ramone, Jahlos & The Rebels, DJ Marko @ The Holding Company
  • Kori Gillis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Alisa Weilerstein: Fragments I @ Baker-Baum Concert Hall, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (SOLD OUT)
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
  • Hällas, Danava @ Brick by Brick
  • Trivia Night @ 710 Beach Club
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Karaoke @ Aztec Brewing Company, Vista
  • Open Vinyl DJ Night @ Til-Two Club
  • Something Funky @ Tower Bar (Free) 
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Karaoke with VIcmeanguitarlicks @ Peabody's
  • Trivia Night @ Park & Rec
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023:
  • Hot Club of Cowtown and Tyler Hilton: Celebrating Elvis Presley's Records From Sun Studios @ Casbah
  • Death Valley Cheer Squad presents Pep Rally! with VIRR, SIDNE, Leavers @ Soda Bar
  • Max Cooper @ Music Box
  • Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Julia Pratt @ Belly Up
  • Julianna Zachariou @ Whistle Stop
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Copley Auditorium, Panama 66
  • Jeshua Marshall Trio, Farm Truck, Midway @ The Holding Company
  • 3 Way Street @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse & Obscura, Wolfheart, Thulcandra @ Brick by Brick
  • Jason Hanna and the Swingin' Bananas @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Utero, Jam Berries, Jaws, JAMM @ Navajo Live
  • Zavala Sol @ Tio Leo's
  • Dave Preston & The Grown ups @ Mr. Peabody's 
  • Sneaky Tiki Ukulele @ Fast Times 
  • Club Culture with Maestro & The Liberation Posse, DJ Unite & Non Profit @ Winston's 
  • Playtime with Matt and Leonard @ The Jazz Lounge
  • The Outsiders @ La Jolla Playhouse
  • Beyond King Tut @ Wyland Center, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Empire Strips Back @ Alderaan Memorial Theatre (1944 Commercial St.)
  • Jimmy Lewis @ Aquarius Bar & Grille 
  • Karaoke @ Rosie O'Grady's 
  • Open Mic with Whit @ Pour House
  • Trivia @ The Holding Company
  • Trivia Wednesdays @ Quartyard
  • Trivia @ Til-Two Club
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Mic @ 710 Beach Club

COVID-19: At Least 26% Of Parents Are Assholes | Spring Break Plans | Murdaugh Murders Fallout | SDG&E Wants More Of Your Money | My Daddy Update |

It's been a busy work week but I finished listings and did all the things I needed to and wanted to get this post up because my week could get a little tricky. Some weeks ago I mentioned that my dad's condition had been upgraded and he was no longer considered to be on hospice care. I said then that it felt like it was more of an insurance thing than a health thing and so we all had to step up and help my parents because he wasn't getting the same in-home care as before. But last week his health took a turn and they reclassified him back to hospice or palliative care and he hasn't been doing great, and yesterday I was supposed to go help in the day but instead, a couple doctors or nurses went to the house and decided he needed to be hospitalized immediately. Already low on sleep because my dog had been sick all night and needed to be let out repeatedly all night long, I was just having a day. I went to the zoo to clear my head and then came home and have been working ever since. At this moment, I don't know my dad's status; they took him to Sharp and then were going to move him to Kaiser but then I was working and my mom is with him wherever he may be and I guess I'll find more out in the morning. 

So yeah, I had been putting this post together for the week and had thoughts that I wanted to expunge from my system. Everything in this post was collected and written before this change of circumstances, and it all seems dumb now, but here it is anyway. I hope to get some zoo time in on Thursday because I have to say, walking around with my earbuds in and lost in my own thoughts for a couple hours in the sun felt nice, but I'll be at my parents' service as needed. Hopefully this is something he'll get some care for and be back home, but we've been living on this edge for a long time so I don't really know what to think or feel at the moment. I do know I'm pissed that California is removing mask requirements in health care environments because both of my parents have dodged COVID through the entire pandemic and hospitals are such a disaster that either of them could easily pick it up among the sick, but maybe the hospitals will individually maintain the requirement. I guess I'll find out. 

Stay safe out there. I'm going to try to finally get some sleep. 


Tuesday, March 07, 2023

COVID-19: Emergency Ends, Reporting Ends, COVID Carries On | California Tax Extension | Bird Flu | Murdaugh Murders: Guilty! 2 Consecutive Life Sentences |

Little Kaja at 14 months and 1 day old (Taken 3.5.23)

I had been really enjoying my laid back, low-pressure life lately, working remotely at the zoo and all that goodness, but then suddenly that isn't the case. In the past couple weeks, I worked for Almost Monday, King Tuff, Jawny, and Braxton Cook, as well as celebrating Darren's birthday, catching the SG Goodman show (with after-show cocktails at Ould Sod and we know how that goes), plus I was streaming the Murdaugh Trials, and even had jury duty tossed in there. And then there were van repairs and helping my dad and taking Nova and a friend to Sea World for a day and it's all kinda worn me out. And I know a lot of those, particularly hours of Murdaugh Trials were optional, but I couldn't resist the intrigue and anyway, I was only streaming while I did a million other things anyway. Darren has been working his ass off, too, so this week I would just like for everything to slow down, am politely declining invitations, and would like to just be able to get by with my laptop in my backpack at the zoo while I watch all the babies -- Kaja, of course, but there's a new golden takin born on Friday, there's Andean bear cubs who have finally been making appearances, there are amur leopard cubs recently born that haven't made their public debut but who we hear stirrings about not to even mention how much I would like a day at Safari Park since I took off the free seniors month. I've just got to get a handle on all these ding-dang emails and concert, my actual work. There are so many shows coming up, it's gonna be a busy spring and summer, I can tell you that right now. 

For now, I'm off to bed. I'll get listings up by Wednesday or Thursday. We'll see how punishing this week turns out. 

Love you. Stay safe out there. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, March 1-Wednesday, March 8, 2023: King Tuff | S.G. Goodman | Maggie Rogers | Pleasure Pill | JAWNY | English Beat | CRSSD Fest | Cass McCombs | Braxton Cook | Deslondes | The Flaming Lips | American Authors |

I never meant to switch my listings publish day to Thursdays, but it happened. But I'm gonna be working for King Tuff on Wednesday night and I don't think I'll be able to bust out the laptop because it might be a wet night at the Casbah, even if I'm in Bob's Lounge, so I had to bust them out on Tuesday night while I was awake and having some cocktails and bingeing on Murdaugh Murder trial stuff. So, you're welcome. Maybe I'm back to Wednesday publishing. Maybe not. Who cares? 

I don't have the tolerance to do music news this week, but you should definitely vote for San Diego Music Awards, you should know that Outside Lands "Eager Beaver" tickets go on sale today at 10am, and Violent Femmes are playing a show with the San Diego Symphony at the Shell on May 10th- performing their entire self-titled album - because we are so fucking old that a thing like that sounds like the coolest show ever. Tickets on sale Friday. 

And I always have to stick it in...stay safe out there. The COVID "emergency" is over (bye-bye funding for tests and vaccines) but COVID isn't over. In fact, we got another exposure warning from the kid's high school today. 


Stay safe out there. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

CoVid-19: Post COVID Damage | SDG&E Wants To Jack Your Rates | Super Storm Hits San Diego & Beyond | Insanity of Desantis | 4 Day Work Week Works |

Kaja at San Diego Zoo (2.22.23)

As a native San Diegan, I've always considered February & March to be spring. It was always my favorite time to do outside stuff like Sunset Cliffs or tidepools because of the absence of tourists and the typically moderate weather before the prolonged May Gray/June Gloom season. But this weather this week and this season has been so different and while I love it generally, I also heed the warnings...I'm not parking by any of the numerous Eucalyptus or Queen Palms in my neighborhood, with Nova older and in school we're not going to Laguna this round of snow even though we have chains, and I'm always a prepper...even for just short trips I always have a stash of backup clothes, umbrellas, shoes, jackets, snacks, and water in my van, ready for anything. But the biggest thing I can say is that these latests storms are hitting all across our state and whether connected or not, the midwest, too. As we've seen over and over again, whether real or exaggerated, this has already certainly lead to increases in gasoline and power prices and groceries. All that stuff doesn't go anywhere when trucks can't drive the 8 or the 5 or the 15 or way up on the Grapevine. California refineries certainly use any excuse to increase scarcity and thus drive prices, and naturally we're all at home with more heaters on to keep our frigid homes livable. Get your eggs, fill up your tank, hit the farmers markets for local produce and goods. It's not a full scale meltdown, but the corporations will treat any blip in the norm like it is and pass the costs to you to drive their profits. (internet time jump)

It's a week later. Maybe more rain on the way, snow in the mountains, nothing quite apocalyptic, but gas prices are still pushing up anyway. We're so fucked at the whim of all these gross assholes. Yay. 

It was Darren's birthday yesterday, I've had a really great week, and now I'm ready to go to bed after a margarita afternoon so I can sleep in and do my listings and be ready to work for King Tuff on Wednesday. And if you like any kind of country, don't miss S.G. Goodman at the Casbah on Thursday. It's gonna be an amazing show. I'll also be working at Jawny at Quartyard on Friday which is about a dozen tickets from sold out at this moment. 

Be good. 
Be safe. 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, February 23, 2023-March 1, 2023: RIP O | The Builders and The Butchers | Almost Monday | Steve Poltz | Sure Fire Soul Ensemble | August Burns Red | Dinosaur Jr. | Magical Animals | King Tuff |

O photo by Tim Fears Photography

Like everyone in the local music community...and far, far beyond San Diego, I was devastated by the news that O had died. It's very hard to hear news like that and not center yourself. Like everyone, I loved O. He was a legend. When I was in high school, I was a fan of Fluf and my bedroom wall had magazine photos from floor to ceiling of bands and people and places and I would cut out ads in Thrasher of O skating. Were those Foundation ads? I don't remember now. And even though I'd been a fan for ages, when we became friends I would always be in awe of him and his stories, always a little starstruck. When I started working at the Casbah 15 or so years ago, he was always around and when I'd sell merch, we'd shoot the shit. The first time I worked for the Melvins, I remember being in the office with Tim and O and Buzz and it stood out to me how O introduced Buzz to me, as if he was lucky to be meeting me, and he'd say something like "she runs a sick blog around here" and then just reminisced and told stories and I'd try to soak it all in, and also wonder how they remembered so much shit with such big lives. When I ran into him at NAMM in the Fender Guitar suite the first time I went, he was introducing me to legendary guitar players and guitar makers, again making it seem like they were the ones who should be honored to meet me. he would do this with lots of his music buddies, too many times to track, and I always tried to play it cool, but it was such a sweet little nod that made what I do feel worthy. 

I think after a week of reading so many amazing tributes, that was the common thread, that O was a fan of people, made you feel so fucking cool, no matter what level or depth of friendship you had with him. If you got O's seal of approval, you were doing something right. I can't begin to track how many people's lives were touched by O through all of his numerous endeavors, his ability to be everywhere all at once, but he will always be a legend. I'll miss him sidestage at the Casbah, but I'll especially miss all the times I was a lone photographer for a show with a four foot gap from the band to the rest of the crowd and he would come join me so I wouldn't feel so alone. We're all better for having known him. 91X put this week's Loudspeaker tribute online which I've linked below. I know that there will continue to be tributes and I know we'll all have a massive party at the Casbah when the time is right. It just won't be the same without him. "Rock N Roll has no Boundaries, it knows no ethnicities, it just barges on in constant change...Music is my innermost relief." Otis B.  

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Monday, February 20, 2023

COVID-19: Looking At Long COVID | Trainwreck Fallout | Bird-Flu Crossover | Biden Visits Ukraine | California To Host Hearing on Gas Gouging |

Sea Wolf at Soda Bar (Taken 2.18.2023)

Like everyone, I was stunned to hear about the sudden passing of O and every time I think about it or try to write something, I fail. So I have some thoughts, but this post isn't for that. This is just a typical COVID and newsy post, which will transform once again as the data stops coming in next month. It doesn't mean COVID is gone, but the data just isn't going to be collected in the same way moving forward. 

Things have been pretty low key for me. Darren has been working so much lately so I'm just doing my thing. I went to La Jolla Cove to check out the sea lions on Valentine's Day and then we had an amazing dinner at home, and besides my usual, I worked for Bass Drum of Death on Thursday. We had a really great night on Saturday checking out Sea Wolf at Soda Bar, and it was our first time out together in awhile. Those early shows fit great with our current lifestyle and Darren's work schedule so long as my sisters can cover helping out my parents on those nights. So we fit it in when we can. And the rest of the time we're just trying to find some joy and do what we gotta do. 

Stay safe out there.    

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, February 16--Wednesday, February 22, 2023: Bass Drum of Death | Kaki King | The Lone Bellow | Karl Denson | El Tri | Sea Wolf | Steve Lacy | White Reaper | Daring Greatly | Silent Comedy |

I certainly love a three-day weekend and all your favorite places are having fun little dance parties and whatnot, so if you're looking to shake your ass, there are plenty of opportunities to do that. I'll be working at Bass Drum of Death on Thursday night and am hoping to pop into the Sea Wolf show on Saturday night but no other major plans beyond that, though I got a cool invite to The Legion home opener but don't really have anyone to go with so I might have to table that for another time. There's also the world premiere of The Silent Comedy's documentary and a live performance up at the Brooks Theatre which I'm sure will be a super cool night. 

On Monday night, the San Diego Music Foundation announced the nominees for the San Diego Music Awards. Tickets are on sale for the event on April 25th, and voting for some reason is running through DoSD so you can do that here


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

COVID-19: The End of Data Is Nigh | The Kid Is COVID-Free (Finally) | Feinstein To Retire After Term (Finally) | Another Uni Shooting | UFOs |

Cormorant Mama & Chick Feeding at La Jolla Cove (Taken 2.14.23)

Hardly anybody is talking about COVID-19 anymore but I'm going to. Nova had successfully avoided catching COVID for the entire pandemic and then the school district stopped free weekly testing and between her extracurriculars with pep band (playing flute, deep sigh) at the home basketball games, the close proximity with her fellow students in Academic League, her time among her peers at The Center and it was bound to happen, even if she says she was still masking. 

And I'm sure there are people that don't care. There are people who never test, even when they're obviously sick. And there are people who still work or send their kids to school because they don't know better or they can't do otherwise, because they don't have sick time or daycare or whatever. This isn't about any of them or for any of them either.
This is about how much it SUCKS when someone in the household gets sick and you do everything you can not to spread it within the household. Not only was Nova sick and mostly isolated in her room for the last 12 days, but I felt obligated to make myself scarce so she could at least cook for herself, eat, watch TV and breathe maskless in the house and to just minimize our shared air. And that sucked. As much as I love going to the Zoo or Sea World or whatever, I felt like I haven't been home in a couple weeks. In the summer when I was sick, it was easy enough for me to stay in our studio, or for Darren to do the same part time when he was sick, but our studio is not really livable in the winter as it's currently configured, and it doesn't feel like kicking a 15 year old to her own apartment was the fair or right or just thing to do. 
So naturally when she tested super faint on Sunday and then finally negative on Monday, I was rejoicing when she finally went back to school today, Tuesday. I slept in. I lazed around in my pajamas and did my work on the couch while watching the Murdaugh Murder Trial on YouTube at 1.5x speed. I took care of my overgrown eyebrows that I can only take care of with the sunlight in a shared room. After doing some work, I went on a drive to La Jolla Cove and spent some time with the sea lions, the pelicans, and the cormorants. I popped by Children's Pool to see the 14 seal pups that have been born so far this season. I stopped to pick up creamed spinach at Boston Market because I had a craving. I went to the Zoo and caught Denny for a couple minutes before he went in, then spent some time at the orangs and some time in Parker Aviary. I picked up some rib roast on the way home. We cooked the meat and garlic bread and mashed potatoes and vegetables and we had a lovely Valentine's Dinner together at home. And I have a table full of flowers from Darren's new job. And the kid went to school and to The Center and came home beaming that she is once again part of the world. It felt nice to feel normal again.  

Happy Valentine's Day! Stay safe out there.  

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, February 9-Wednesday, February 15, 2023: Unsane | SUUNS | Whistle Stop Anniversary | The Stone Foxes | Jungle Brothers | The Detroit Cobras | "A Dolly Parton Valentine's Day" | Devotchka | Early James |

I feel like I'm so behind in life right now. I basically lost the whole weekend by being sick -- just a cold, not COVID -- and I haven't really caught back up, but I wanted to make sure listings were up for the week while I catch up on Murdaugh Murder trial coverage. I did handle some stuff this week -- like a big overdue Costco run on Monday, and finally dealing with my renewed license that never came in the mail back in September. After surviving the DMV, I rewarded myself with a full zoo day, and Wednesday I caught my niece's soccer game at Nova's high school (though Nova is still faintly C+, so she's still isolating.) Darren has been working a ton and with Valentine's Day coming up, he's gonna be super busy next week, too. I love his new job because he's always bringing home flowers and houseplants that need a little TLC. We had date night this week and caught the John Early comedy late show at the Casbah on Tuesday and that was a blast though made for a slightly painful Wednesday after a bit too much whiskey. 

Obviously Sunday is the big game, so I'm trying to decide if I should tag along with Darren to Safari Park, do maybe a combo day of the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, maybe do a hike or hang out at La Jolla Cove, or actually just veg on the couch and watch the game, which, in comparison to the other things, sounds like a dreadful idea. 

I hope everyone has a SUPER awesome week. Stay safe out there. 

COVID-19: Happy To Be Boosted | State of the Union | Devastating Earthquake in Turkiye, Syria | GRAMMY Winners | Fossil Fuel Record Profits |

Happy 3rd Birthday, Amahle!! (Taken 1.23.23)

I guess I should get a normal post out before the listings for the week publish, even though this has last week's COVID data and the new data will be out today anyway. I'm still completely consumed with the Murdaugh Murders trial, and I've been listening and/or watching on YouTube pretty constantly for the past couple weeks. It is obvious to me that Alex is guilty, but I don't know that the prosecution is doing a very good job presenting the information to the jury. It will be a goddamn shame if he walks on these charges, though he'll still be locked up for his financial crimes anyway. 

As for other news this week, I thought Joe did a great job with the State of the Union, at least the 75% or so that I watched before we went to the Casbah on Tuesday night, and the death toll of the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria and the region is now in excess of 15,000 which is absolutely devastating. 

You know I've been following the HPAI -- the bird flu -- and while there are some people freaking out on Twitter about it jumping species, at least locally it sounds like maybe things are getting better. The Safari Park has begun to put some of its birds back in their public accessible habitats, including Max, the talkative Salmon-Crested Cockatoo. I hope that means good news worldwide, but that remains to be seen. Just know when egg prices drop, I'm gonna be farty mcfartypants with all the eggs I'll be deviling and egg salads I'll be shoving down my gullet. 

Hope everyone is doing well. Stay safe out there. 

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, January 2-Wednesday, January 8, 2023: Deb Talan of The Weepies | Save Ferris | Dune Rats | RJD2 | Nick Hakim | Tiltwheel | Loudon Wainwright III | Margo Price | Matt Heckler | Ottmar Liebert |

Well, here are the listings. And these ones go through Wednesday since it feels a little easier to get them done on Wednesday nights when Darren has a work day than when he's off and we both want to run errands or do stuff or go to Nova's pep band basketball games and whatnot. 
There were some serious show announcements this week but I'm realizing that it is harder and harder to plan for shows too far in advance so I just go to what I can when I can. And I'm certainly not dropping three-hundo for my family to see boygenius and Clairo especially at a field/park when we've already had the privilege of seeing both in far more intimate settings. I'm sure we'll get over it. Maybe we'll hike the San Diego River Garden and listen from afar. 
What I really want to share is that our pal Cynthia from the Casbah has recently had surgery for cancer. She's been really private about it, but Casbah staff and friends are trying to get the word out to help her during her recovery. If you've been to the Casbah or Soda Bar in the past few years, you've probably been served by this amazing woman. If you can help in any small way, please donate here

Stay safe out there. 
  • February is MUSEUM MONTH (Get half price admission at select museums. Download a FREE Digital Pass HERE.)
  • February is FREE SENIORS ADMISSION at San Diego Zoo Safari Park:
    • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park invites guests ages 65 and older to visit for free throughout the entire month of February. During Seniors Free month, seniors may present their valid photo ID upon arrival and gain free admission to the Safari Park, where they can explore expansive habitats and connect with wildlife. The Safari Park’s 1,800 acres are home to vital conservation efforts—with more than 3,000 animals representing over 300 species, and a botanical collection of more than 1.75 million plants—offering remarkable educational opportunities and fun for the whole family. By visiting the Safari Park, guests help support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in its mission to save wildlife worldwide and help create a world where all life thrives. The Seniors Free offer is valid only at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and only for the month of February; parking not included.
  • AEG Announced the Re:SET Concert Series will be coming to Thrive Park at Snapdragon Stadium. You can register for presale tickets where you'll find that tickets START at $99.50. VIP starting at $275. 
    • Friday, June 2 with boygenius, Clairo, Dijon, Bartees Strange
    • Saturday, June 3 with LCD Soundsystem, Jamie XX, IDLES, Big Freedia and more
    • Sunday, June 4 with Steve Lacy, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Foushee 

CoViD-19: Annual Bivalent Boosters | Emergency Declarations Ending | More Talk No Walk On Guns | Murdaugh Murder Trial |

Sweet Kaja (Taken 1.29.23)

I'm not gonna lie, I've been obsessed with the Murdaugh Saga since I discovered Mandy Matney's podcast a while back and have been following the family drama since sometime in the late summer of 2021, before Alex allegedly murdered his wife and son, and now Alex Murdaugh is in the midst of his double homicide trial so now I'm watching far too much YouTube, including Emily D Baker's channel and this fun one Gossip, Rumor, and Innuendo. It's all very dark and morbid but it's infinitely fascinating. If you have good links, please let me know!! 

This is kind of an incomplete post, but since Thursdays are reporting days, I thought I should get last week's COVID numbers up, at least locally and statewide, before they all completely disappear on us, and at least there are some links of why most of these numbers don't really reflect reality anyway. We've been pretty good over here, testing when we need to and masking when appropriate and when I say I'm not feeling great, it's generally lady problems and I'm actually fine, I just get a little knocked down at that particular time of the month, every month, until one day I'll age out of the cycle and have all kinds of new stuff to complain about. 

The past week was a good one overall. I do the Zoo nearly daily, we went to Nova's high school's basketball game to hear her in pep band on Wednesday, I went to the media night of Beyond King Tut with my sister on Thursday, I got in a couple hours at the Zoo and then Sea World on Friday, a full day at Safari Park on Saturday where I got to ride two of Darren's guided tours back to back (you can watch one of them here), and then did a full Zoo day on Sunday, getting to watch the drama unfold as Adira, the red panda, climbed out of her habitat. I've mentioned my issues with a particular photographer psycho at the Zoo and after some security incidents last week, rumor has it that it won't be a problem anymore, though I shouldn't say anything more about that until the smoke has cleared, but at least I don't have to be afraid of that situation or person for now. And now I'm watching recaps of today's Murdaugh court proceedings and will still get to bed at a normal, functional, human hour so I can have a productive Thursday. We're taking the van in for service so fingers crossed that doesn't break the bank. And I did full listings those will post at 6am on Thursday.  

Stay safe out there.  

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, February 1, 2023: Black Joe Lewis | The Wood Brothers | King Pari |

Black Joe Lewis at the Casbah (Taken 8.28.2016)

Okay, okay. I know. I'm supposed to do listings by Wednesday mornings, but the weekend kinda backed me up with my actual work and then I wasn't feeling 100% on Monday, even skipping the Zoo, and then Tuesday our little Jacaranda maybe ate a bee or got stung by one or both, which left him sick all day barfing all over the house and when he finally rested, we cozied up into the bed and I didn't get around to my actual work until the evening and then the listings needed to be done and I decided I didn't want to be up until 4am to do them. So I'll get to them. But for now, I'm just posting Wednesday. Sorry.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, January 25-Tuesday, January 31: Will Sheff/Okkervil River | Windser | Frankie and the Witch Fingers | Inspector | Junior Boys | The Kabbs & The Havnauts | Dark Star Orchestra | Film School | The Wood Brothers |

I ran into an old music scene pal over the weekend who had some stuff to say about this site and wondered why I still do listings if all I ever do is complain about doing the listings and that there are automated ways I could and should be doing them and then they'd be less of a headache. But the truth is, my site, my right to whine, right? I wouldn't do them if I myself wasn't curious and after working for a brief time for a site that uses event scrapers (and having programmed about 90% of the ones that site still uses) when I do look over there and see the site promoting shows that have been canceled or incomplete listings because nobody took the time to edit over them. So I still do these manually and I think one of these days I'll get around to adding a bunch of the venues I include here that aren't currently on my music venues page, but I'm in no rush to do any of that. I like doing what I do and living this chill life and watching my Bravo trash shows while I do them while everyone else in my household is asleep. I won't do them forever, but 16 years in, I'm not stopping anytime soon. 

I haven't included big show announcements in awhile, but damn, Livenation announced a show with Beck, Phoenix, Japanese Breakfast, and Sir Chloe and I'd definitely be stoked to catch that one. Casbah keeps announcing a ton of shows, like Beabadoobee at SOMA which went on sale Friday and sold out in a matter or hours. Maybe less. Hopefully our show with 100 gecs does the same when it goes on sale. And I've heard there are fewer than 200 tickets left for Sylvan Esso in September, so don't sleep on those tickets if you want to go.

Stay safe out there. 

Monday, January 23, 2023

CoViD-19: Your Rapid Tests Still Work (Mostly) | Egg Producers Accused of Gouging | Klantee Teen Outs Herself As Bigot & Shill For Anti-Trans Groups |

Sweet Denny (Taken 1.23.23)

It's not even 10pm and everyone in my household is asleep, so I figured I'd catch up on my weekly COVID post so I don't have to worry about it tomorrow when I do the listings. 
Things have been pretty chill and also kinda crazy, if that makes any sense. I spent the weekend hopping between the zoo and Sea World, spending the chilly nights at home. Darren worked at Emo Nite at the Casbah on Friday and though it's always kinda insane, this time he actually got bit by a patron that they were trying to kick out for being out of control. Blame the king tides, the new moon, the Lunar new year, whatever, but it feels like the world is collectively losing their minds. Back to that in a second. 

After a brief zoo trip on Saturday when Denny was being especially playful, I worked for comedian Matt Braunger at Soda Bar, which was a great time. On Sunday it was more of the same, after the Zoo closed I went to check out Mardi Gras at Sea World, which has their hours extended until 7 on weekends for the next 5 weeks. 

Fast forward to Monday and Darren officially started his two-day a week part-time job delivering flowers. I dropped him off and decided to do a full day at the Zoo, lunch and laptop in tow in case any necessary work or email popped up. I've mentioned the crazy photographer bully before, but today she was on a tear. She cornered a woman who was  with her toddler, shooting with her magnum lens over the mom's shoulder. The mom was having none of it. When told to mind her boundaries and respect the mom's personal space, a whole screamfest ensued and the bully was eventually escorted out of the zoo. I don't know what will come of it, but I for one will not be heartbroken if I never have to see her again. She can find a new hobby somewhere else. Or maybe we should hire her for security at Emo Nite so she can go aggro there. Blame that new moon, I guess. 

There were two mass shootings within days in California and it is heartbreaking and scary thinking small incidents and sudden rage can have such deadly consequences. Be vigilant, be alert, pay attention to your surroundings, and sad to say, always assess escape routes in public spaces. The whole world has gone mad. 

I love you. 
Stay safe out there. 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

CoVid-19: Here Comes The Kraken | Are We Finally Taking Avian Flu Seriously? | What Exxon Knew About Climate Destruction | Silly New Yorker Visits San Diego | Gas Stove Gaslighting |

Downtown San Diego & Coronado Bridge As Seen From the Bayshore Bikeway
(Taken 1.18.2023)

It's been a minute since I've posted and there have been so many things I've meant to post about but life gets in the way sometimes. Like for one thing, all this storm coverage has been crazy. I know that there has been real destruction and loss, but when San Diego is featured on the YouTube channel "World Is Dangerous" and they show flooding in Mission Valley, I kinda have to laugh. My dad worked at the VA in the valley for over 30 years and there was a time he considered moving our family closer to his work, but he saw them building right in the flood plain and nixed that idea real quick. But it's also the media and the City and County's failure that warnings aren't more urgent: we build this whole section in a flood plain and sometimes it will rain. The Fashion Valley parking lots were built to flood in these circumstances. So, too, Mission Center Road and several of the other north/south crossings over the river. Avoid the area. If you live in the area, know that this is a known mitigation, seek higher ground, and FFS, don't try to drive through moving water. There needs to also be better outreach among the unhoused that this is not a safe place to be in such conditions. 
Another thing tripping me out is the egg 'crisis'. When the San Diego Zoo first took the flamingos off habitat, the news should've been warning about the issue much more fervently than they have, and now they're just talking about it like it's a gouging problem. It is not. As of today, 57,868,714 birds have been culled because of the avain flu, H5N1, or HPAI - highly pathogenic avian influenza. The penguins at the Zoo are in a covered area by the bears. My favorite parrots have been moved into a covered aviary. It is all connected. We can ignore it or realize we're creating these super-bugs and climate change is fucking with birds migratory patterns, spreading new diseases to new places. 
Last, of course, COVID is all but ignored these days. The County data is getting less and less specific, as is the State and the CDC. Numbers haven't been reliable for a while but every week they are less so. Still, you can get a general sense of the virus by the numbers still available so as long as they are, I'll keep posting what I can. We were happy that Nova was tested weekly at school, and now even that is being canceled
Finally, for a long time I was posting political stuff and White House briefings, but it's all such a shit show with this new Congress that I just can't even. It isn't worth my stress or space. 
I hope everyone is doing well. On the one hand I would like to be posting more than once a week, but on the other hand, I'm kinda living my best life these days and I just don't see a reason to stop. For fun, I posted this ridiculous article by a New Yorker who gives her experience of San Diego. It's so poorly written and absurd that I just laugh every time I think about it. 
Stay safe out there.