LOCAL CIRCUS PERFORMEER

Though the travelling circus has been a popular form of entertainment for centuries, rarely has it ever been considered a serious career. In a time where working in the circus is considered passé and once popular circuses like Ringling Bros have gone out of business due to animal rights protests, there’s still a small community that is passionate about the art form. These highly talented and highly trained individuals have chosen to devote their life to something that not only challenges them as artists, but serves to bring others joy...

SUMMER GUIDE 2019: ANOTHER GLASS?

While there’s no shame in purchasing an affordable box wine (well, maybe a little shame), summer is arguably one of the better times to make drinking a social affair. Or, at least, a classy one. I wouldn’t go so far as to liken Southern Californian spirits to those of, say, Southern Italy, but San Diego does have some wine experiences that’d be worth bragging about to a penpal...

FOOD ISSUE: CHEW BLUES

When it comes to food, strange and uncomfortable textures have always been a bit of a deal-breaker for me. No matter how great the actual flavor might be, I’ve always had a sensitive gag reflex and, for years, allowed that to dictate what food I would or would not try. Applesauce, sweet potatoes, clams and fatty ribs were just a few of the foods constantly put on the backburner in fear I might become red-faced and/or make rather unholy noises at the table. Still, I know this fear of textures has kept me from trying foods that I could potentially enjoy...

WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' BADGES!

We all cried a little when Zachary Levi made the announcement that NerdHQ wouldn’t be at this year’s Comic Con. The HQ was one of the more accessible events for non-badge holders, but there are still a ton of local breweries, art galleries, theaters and even museums that have put together events for nerds of all stripes. From zombie plays to Star Wars spelling bees, we’ve rounded up some of the better events that will, hopefully, cheer up some of our badge-less readers...

CLASSIC VS. CRAFT SANGRIA

“Se habla fresh,” is the slogan found on the hot pink take-out bags of the portside Mexican restaurant, Puesto (789 W Harbor Drive). While its commitment to speaking Spanish might not extend to the last word of a sentence, Puesto’s commitment to freshness is a staple...

COLORFUL CHARACTERS: PAT DOWNING - BLACKSMITH AT BLACKHAWK LIVERY STABLE

At the 1850s-style Blackhawk Livery Stable (4002 Wallace St.), Pat Downing only uses the basics—hammers and fire—to create candelabras, gun barrels and other items for the Historic Park. He’s dressed in period-correct attire, including a pink-hued shirt, dyed with the extract of cochineal bugs plucked from surrounding cacti...

BEST OF SAN DIEGO: COMIC-COVERED WALLS AND...FINGER PUPPETS?

I like to consider myself someone with original taste but, honestly, I’m just too easily amused. I’ve lived in San Diego for only two years, so I still consider myself a tourist at heart, which means I still find joy in nearly every little thing about this city. Don’t judge me...

SUMMER GUIDE 2018: TROLLEY GOOD, SIR!

I’ve meandered around this strange and beautiful city for over three years and still don’t know as many nooks and crannies as dear ol’ Scotty, the trolley bus driver for San Diego Trolley Tours (4010 Twiggs St.)...

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