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D.A. Kolodenko was raised in the mean streets of South Chicago. Then he moved to California and became the lead singer of San Diego's youngest punk band in 1979. Then some other stuff happened, and now he lives with a parrot and writes.

June 17 2014
They took the real piano out of the Turf Club and replaced it with a cheesy Yamaha keyboard. "Yeah, but that piano was a dog," says Gilbert Castellanos, San Diego's brilliant jazz trumpeter
Oct. 15 2013
"The banh mi sandwich is really the only good argument for colonialism," wrote American humorist Calvin Trillin. He wasn't making light of colonialismhe was trying to express the sublimity of the sandwich
June 18 2013
The efforts of newer bars throughout San Diego to make every drink a spectacular event has led to a lot of sloppy cocktailing
Jan. 30 2013
But Chandler isnt the only legendary crime writer to have lived and written in San Diego. The other is Jim Thompson. Maybe youve never heard of him.
Jan. 15 2013
One weekend last fall, I took the woman for whom I'd fallen to visit two of my favorite places in San Diego, Kitchen Creek and The Whaling Bar: wilderness and civilization.
Nov. 20 2012
When she was 11, Marzenas 35-year-old father died of cancer. Four years later, her mother, at age 37, also died of cancer. Relatives decided that 15-year-old Marzena would leave Poland to live with her...
Oct. 22 2012
Life is fleeting. Its good. Its bad. Then we vanish. Its pointless one minute and precious the next. Who knows what its for?
Sept. 17 2012
Imagine youre inside a bar in San Diego. Lets say its in the attic of a shoe-repair shop in a part of town where you dont want to walk around at night. You can get the password only by sending a self-addressed,...
Aug. 22 2012
There may be more pressing misuses of our public and private spaces, like lack of adequate homeless shelters, but these are my 10 pet peeves of the last 10 years. The dominant theme: carelessness
July 18 2012
Last Friday was Friday the 13th! So what? You dont actually believe that bullshit, do you? Apparently, you do. Or at least a lot of you do
June 20 2012
I like endearing aspects of our culture that are fading away, and a main one is a bar without a television
May 23 2012
Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) ended its eight-month review of the massive power outage across San Diego, Imperial County, Yuma and Baja California on Sept. 8, 201
April 18 2012
The patrol car arrived and two officers stepped out and took a look at us teenage musicians with our weird clothes and knew all they needed to know
March 21 2012
There's a legend among grunion enthusiasts that catching a grunion, kissing it and releasing it back to the sea brings much better luck than killing and cooking it
March 12 2012
I'd heard buzz that the bar inside the new Prep Kitchen restaurant in Little Italy, open for less than a month now, was poised to give Craft & Commerce a run for its money. So I gave it a try
Feb. 22 2012
I half-expected to see bomb payloads raining down on the mundane suburban street. But it wasn't a large-scale war that had come to Clairemont that afternoon; it was one unemployed tweaker's war against...
Feb. 20 2012
On Feb. 14, to celebrate the pagan festival of Lupercalia, which has morphed over time into Singles Awareness Day, I went forth on foot seeking a martini
Feb. 7 2012
As a coastal city dweller, you might want to get in on the ground floor of helping document this eventuality for the amusement of the Last Generation, and now's your big chance
Jan. 30 2012
As Café La Maze celebrates its 71st anniversary this week, current owner Chris Kapetanios is upgrading the cocktail menu with classics, including the Sazerac, Mule and Trader Vic's famous Scorpion
Jan. 25 2012
How is it that the bottoms of pages containing often well-reported stories in major news outlets have come to resemble heavily trolled chat rooms?


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