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Foodie Flashes – April 28, 2017

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Foodie Flashes The much-anticipated reopening of Olympic Café at its new North Park location will become a reality by mid-May, said Donna Kotselas, who founded the Greek restaurant with her husband, John, more than 30 years ago. The couple closed the business last year at its original location, at 2340 University Ave., due to landlord issues. In deciding to relocate, they acquired the lease to a structure one door west, where […]

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No always means no

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Back Out With Benny, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Ben Cartwright | Back Out With Benny A few weeks ago, I was out at a bar on a Sunday afternoon with friends and we were discussing some thoughts about this planned column. In the middle of the conversation, a man came up to us to say hello and during that interaction, he noticed that one of my friends was wearing a snap button-down shirt. The person who approached us thought it would be “fun” […]

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A timorous bit of travel

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review It’s not a long drive to North Coast Repertory Theatre where currently playing is a hilarious, tightly conceived trip around the world titled “Travels With My Aunt.” Aunt Augusta has “brilliant” red hair, according to her nephew, Henry. Audiences hear this description but never really “see” the flamboyant septuagenarian in Graham Greene’s “Travels With My Aunt.”

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Spring into action

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy Just yesterday, I got to go on my annual Dining Out For Life “date” with the inimitable Elaine Graybill, an event that always reminds me that it isn’t just what’s in our pockets that can help nonprofits move forward, but also what is in our hearts. The “ambassadors” at each participating DOFL business have an opportunity to really elevate the event and make patrons feel great about participating.

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Letters to the editor – April 28, 2017

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

Hillcrest woes Lately, we Hillcrest residents have been getting a pretty raw deal from the city and in general. Our rents climb ever higher as our neighborhood deteriorates into a filthy playground for ill-behaved street people. A simple walk to the store (which many will no longer do after dark) often involves dodging human feces and walking over the bodies of passed out homeless as we navigate through their fields of garbage.

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Let them eat soup (at Nordstrom)

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. It was one of those rare times that I took myself to lunch at a cost nearing what I’d pay for dinner in a moderately priced restaurant — $27 plus tip, to be exact. For at least two decades I’ve heard from shoppers with loose purse strings about Nordstrom’s lovely third-floor restaurant, Marketplace Cafe, and its renowned tomato-basil soup, in particular.

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Bringing Broadway talent to college

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

Diverse and with plenty of gay subtlety, it offers the full R-rated monty By David Dixon Since being a faculty member at San Diego State, Stephen Brotebeck has directed several acclaimed productions, including highly successful interpretations of “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert.” His next show will be the Broadway adaptation of “The Full Monty,” which he not only directs, but will also act as choreographer for the fun and salty play.

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Foodie Flashes – April 14, 2017

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Foodie Flashes The two-story building at the corner of Ninth and University avenues in Hillcrest that was rumored to become a Japanese restaurant has been fully leased instead to Better Buzz Coffee Roasters. The Vista-based company is currently working with designers and architects to transform the house-like structure into a full-production roasting facility and café that will feature a “ring of seating” for customers to view the roasting process, said […]

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Senior Matters: North Park senior housing applications

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | 1 Comment

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters The focus of this article is information regarding the application process and instructions for those interested in applying, qualifying and living in one of the 76 apartments currently under construction in the first LGBT-affirming senior housing project in North Park. But first, it is important to know a little about how this project came about, because more are needed and it is up to the community to advocate for […]

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Old on the outside

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Life Beyond Therapy | No Comments

By Michael Kimmel | Life Beyond Therapy Recently, a client told me: “I feel old on the outside, but so young on the inside. Why doesn’t anyone see this or understand? I am just learning (in my mid-60s) how to enjoy myself and not worry about what other people think of me. I’m finally learning how to have fun. “That is my inner experience. My outer experience is that I am treated like an unattractive, uninteresting […]

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Letters to the editor – April 14, 2017

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

Climate change for the people Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Current surveys show that more than 75 percent of the country believes climate change is not only real and that human activities are the cause behind it, but that it’s a serious hazard for the young generation and the coming generations.

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