Feb. 9 2011
Habitat House, a music venue in Golden Hill, isn’t a nightclub or a bar. It’s a three-bedroom, craftsman-style house where bands perform in the spacious living room—or, sometimes, the...
Feb. 9 2011
Abby Schwartz, a rapper who performs under the name MC Flow,is expecting a child—she’s been pregnant for 27 weeks. She’ll raise the baby girl with her domestic partner, Kelly Dorsey....
Feb. 2 2011
I’m captivated by the divey wonders that lie in La Mesa. If Willy Wonka were Chinese, Wong’s Golden Palace Cocktails (7126 University Ave.) would surely be the East County branch of his chocolate...
Feb. 2 2011
The man: Chris Wright, better known as CROS or CROS1 The scene: CROS1 can be seen spinning records at the Generations Party every Thursday night at U-31 with DJ Artistic. He’s at Tall Can Tuesdays...
Feb. 2 2011
Urban Underground Weekly, a hiphop series held at the Airliner Club in Los Angeles, is coming back to San Diego after a nearly three-year break. JiJi Strong and DJ Leviathan say they’re expanding...
Jan. 26 2011
Words fail when describing the all-around badassness that is Padre Gold (7245 Linda Vista Road), otherwise known as the American Legion’s Post No. 371. Congressionally chartered since 1919, the Legion...
Jan. 26 2011
There aren’t many places in San Diego, or planet Earth for that matter, where one can witness Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump having a wheelchair-dance battle with Stephen Hawking. Or Aunt Jemima...
Jan. 26 2011
Correction: Last week, I reported that Jamuel Saxon’s new Time is Money EP features MC Scarub and The Album Leaf’s Jimmy LaValle on the title track. In fact, LaValle is featured on a different...
Jan. 19 2011
“Pirate-themed bar” isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about East County, but La Mesa’s Chico Club (7366 El Cajon Blvd.) is out to change that. Sometimes,...
Jan. 19 2011
Experimental-music guru Bonnie Wright is ending her partnership with Sushi Performance & Visual Art, the East Village performance space, taking her music series “Fresh Sound” to The Loft,...
Jan. 12 2011
In 2008, CityBeat talked to EnDev CEO James Brennan about rumors of the potential closing of one of his nightclubs, Universal. We also brought up complaints from neighbors about noise and other code-compliance...
Jan. 12 2011
With all this talk about cupcakes, I was forced to check my calendar and make sure it wasn’t 2006. Though most modern gay men will shriek at the sight of a sugar-and-lard-topped lump of carbs, the...
Jan. 12 2011
Justin Jay, who played drums in Boyscout, Hialeah and Japanese Sunday, died last week. He was 33. Mario Quintero, Jay’s friend and bandmate, says Jay complained last week of excruciating headaches;...
Jan. 5 2011
A lover of all things shady, the San Diego Central Library is by far my favorite. I once walked in on a homeless guy giving himself a sponge bath in the men’s room, and, unfazed, he just nodded and...
Jan. 5 2011
Just as 2010 was coming to an end, the music scene got some sad news: Michael Steinman, aka Stimy, a popular musician who played in Inch and Congress of the Cow (among others), died at his home in Reno,...
Dec. 29 2010
Nestled at the south end of Chula Vista’s Third Avenue, Mr. D’s Cocktail Lounge (1322 Third Ave.) is the dive-bar equivalent of Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree. Equal parts charreada...
Dec. 29 2010
Singer-songwriter Josh Damigo hasn’t had a very happy Christmas season. In early December, thieves broke into his University Heights apartment and stole his laptop and iPod. Then, days before Christmas,...
Dec. 22 2010
’Twas the column before Christmas, when all through the land, dive bars were closing at a pace too quick to withstand. So long Captains’ Quarters and Rhythm Lounge, too. Thanks for the memories,...
Dec. 22 2010
Attention musicians: CityBeat’s Great Demo Review, our annual critique of local music, is set to hit the streets on March 2, 2011—that’s right around the corner. Got a demo you’ve...
Dec. 15 2010
The man: Mark Cruz (formerly DJ Style; currently known as Question) The music: A conversation with Question will inevitably bring up “The Golden Era of Hip-Hop”—a period from the ’80s...

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