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The strange case of Glen Meadmore

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

By Pat Sherman

Guitarist/vocalist Glen Meadmore — a staple of the Los Angeles punk/avant-garde scene of the 1980s and 1990s and an early collaborator of drag megastar RuPaul —will bring his act back to San Diego for a performance at the Tower Bar in City Heights Sept. 22.  

Long before the native San Diegan built his media empire, RuPaul performed backing vocals for Meadmore onstage in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, and on Meadmore’s mid-’80s country-techno LP, “Squaw Bread.”

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‘Notes on a Banana,’ a rich, enlightening memoir

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Prepare one large stack of index cards, each containing the memory of a significant life event, its date and the author’s age at the time in one corner. Arrange the cards in chronological order. Mix in three themes — food, love and bipolar disorder — and stir gently. Skim off those cards that don’t blend well, and serve with humor, courage and poignant epiphany.

This is the recipe for “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression” (Dey Street Books, 2017), by cookbook author David Leite, creator of the website Leite’s Culinaria, and a three-time James Beard Award winner.

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Burger mania on Friars Road 

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Whether it’s fish tacos, fried chicken or some special sauce that becomes the signature item in certain restaurants, I always try cracking into their guarded recipe secrets through various means. Sometimes I luck out. But more often I hit a wall, especially in franchises protected by scripted personnel.

At Mr. Peabody’s Burgers & Ale, I more or less discovered the elusive ingredient that goes into their top-selling burgers.

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Foodie Flashes – Sept. 15, 2017

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Foodie Flashes

North Park will see its first hard-cider bar arriving in early October under the name Bivouac Ciderworks, which will also feature a full-service restaurant component. The project was conceived by Missouri transplant Matt Austin, an avid homebrewer with an architectural background, and San Diego native Lara Worm, who helped her parents run Bekker’s Catering.

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Politics: DACA reactions

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

San Diego area lawmakers reacted to the Trump administration’s announcement on Sept. 5 that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) but would give Congress six months to possibly do something.

Here are their statements.

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A plan for diversity and inclusion

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s Municipal Equality Index:

“As of January 28, 2017, at least 225 cities and counties prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment ordinances that governed all public and private employers in those jurisdictions. This list does not include those cities and counties that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity for city and county employees — such policies do not affect private employers in those jurisdictions.”

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Whose life are you living?

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Life Beyond Therapy | No Comments

By Michael Kimmel | Life Beyond Therapy

The longer I work as a psychotherapist, the more amazed I am at how we all — myself included — keep doing things that make us unhappy. Call it a pattern or a habit, whatever you wish; we keep repeating behaviors and thoughts that we don’t want to repeat, but feel powerless to change.

Why do we do this? Why can’t we easily break free and change our lives by doing new things, thinking new thoughts and behaving in new ways?

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Design stage for AIDS memorial

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Cover stories, Featured, News | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The San Diego AIDS Memorial, meant as a “lasting tribute” to the 8,000 San Diegans who have been lost to AIDS, just got a lot closer to reality.

On Monday, Aug. 28, the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force committee, co-chaired by City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez and Katherine Faulconer, had a community meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Bankers Hill.

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Kicking and dodging in San Diego

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Since the 1950s, gay bars have been not only a haven of safety and security for LGBT persons, but also a destination in every city where people within the LGBT community could meet other like-minded people, socialize with friends and maybe even find a life partner.

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Foodie Flashes – Sept. 1, 2017

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Foodie Flashes

Café Bleu recently transformed into Jo’s Mission Hills Diner with a brightly colored makeover and a menu that covers numerous breakfast dishes, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees such as meatloaf and smoked mac n’ cheese.

“We wanted to be a little more approachable,” said Ric Libiran, who owned Café Bleu and kept its chef for the new venture.

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Remembering Mel

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Walter Meyer | Out of the Archives

I told many people, including Mel Merrill himself, that I wanted to download Mel’s brain. He knew so much about so much. He was a nuclear engineer in his working life, but he also knew about music, food, and literature, in addition to science. For many of us in San Diego’s LGBTQ community, he was a walking archive.

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The new PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Life Beyond Therapy | No Comments

By Michael Kimmel | Life Beyond Therapy

Traditionally, PTSD has stood for “post traumatic stress disorder.” It describes how we may have to tough it out to get through something traumatic (war, rape, bodily harm) and then, when it’s over, we typically “collapse” into a big, ole mess. In this after-the-trauma-is-over phase, we let ourselves feel all the feelings that we held inside to just get through the awful experience(s) and survive.

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A farewell to Numb3rs

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Featured | 1 Comment

By Ben Cartwright | Back Out With Benny

In the May edition of this column, I wrote about the importance of “our bars, connecting and community.” I discussed why LGBT bars continue to be very important spaces for the community; as safe places to gather, socialize, connect, and raise funds and support for important issues. And every time we lose one of these spaces, it feels like a piece of our community is lost.

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