An eyewitness says at least three dozen people were turned away from The Real World San Diego house last weekend after someone circulated a flyer claiming the cast would be holding a public party to show "how much they appreciate the hospitality in San Diego."
A group called "The Real World San Diego Unwelcoming Committee" is claiming responsibility for the hoax. Not being one to screw with someone's manifesto and risk incurring the wrath of ambitious practical jokers, we present the statement in its entirety:
"It has been brought to our attention recently that MTV has brought their vapid cesspool of "reality' programming, The Real World, to San Diego. We have deemed this invasion totally unacceptable and an insult to the intelligence of all San Diegans, and therefore have assembled the Real World San Diego Unwelcoming Committee, a grass-roots organization dedicated to protect our city from the sullying of its name by association with this junk programming. SDRWUC will exhaust all resources within our grasp to ensure that The Real World cannot and will not use San Diego as a backdrop for their dumbing down of American viewers.
"Last Saturday, we waged a campaign against Real World San Diego, creating a minor irritation for Real World staff through the fabrication of a "Real World party' and the distribution of the address of the Real World house (4922 North Harbor Drive in Point Loma). Although this was little more than a ploy for our organization's making its presence known, we warn The Real World's cast and staff that this minor annoyance was intended to be simply that, and we are planning numerous future disturbances. These disturbances will go far beyond the scope of our initial offering, and will continue until The Real World has left San Diego. We take it unto ourselves to become assassins of crap culture; we are the monkey wrench that will soon be lodged firmly within the gears of the cogs of The Real World's idiot factory."
Thickening the plot, the eyewitness says he talked to a security guard at the house who claimed a cast member had sent out an e-mail about the party and was now facing the wrath of the producers. The guard also said security precautions will be taken-they're moving the "Private Property" sign up a few yards.
As long as no one gets hurt-and my source assures me "there will be no physical violence heavier than some cream pies tossed lightly into faces"-the group's heavy-on-hijinx brand of action should be lauded, even chuckled at. And the cast, being the paragons of young American virtue they undoubtedly are (one has already been arrested on an assault charge stemming from a Pacific Beach bar brawl), should take it in stride.
The envelope, please
Nominees for this year's San Diego Music Awards have been announced and online voting has begun. As a bona fide member of the SDMA Voting Academy, I'd be remiss to lend personal endorsements or direct snide comments towards any of the nominees (I have scrapped plans to launch an elaborate write-in campaign for Bumbklaatt-oops, there goes an endorsement).
Suffice it to say the list contains most local favorites and a few delightful surprises. Also in keeping with tradition, the vital underground is sadly underrepresented. But I guess if it were any different, they wouldn't really be underground.
Besides, in such a vital music scene, home to great bands spanning all genres, there are no losers-it's how you play, and we all win. The real treat comes during San Diego Music Week (Oct. 2-10). Proof-positive the scene is thriving: a week had to be extended to 10 days to accommodate all of it.
In this case, I will give a few of my choice picks: the Oct. 2 kick off at the Museum of Contemporary Art's "Thursday Night Thing," a monthly celebration of art and music, with two of San Diego's finest-The Album Leaf and Bartender's Bible. The next night, North Park's Claire de Lune hosts the KPRI acoustic showcase, always a hoot and a Music Week favorite in its fifth year. This is a night for decisions, though, with an excellent lineup at Tio Leo's as well, featuring a recently reformed Makeout Boys and the all-female Brag Doll. Finally, see your favorite bands square off against rock-writing dorks like myself and local music industry types for some no-holds barred Rock-n-f'n-Bowling on Oct. 12.
The week culminates with the Oct. 14 awards ceremony, with Mojo Nixon, The Troys, Steve Poltz, Accident Experiment, Ilya and Earl Thomas and the Jezebels. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and all proceeds go to local elementary school music programs. For more information and to rock the vote visit www.sdmusicawards.com.
Move your desk into the basement
More than 90 musical acts have been booked for this year's Adams Avenue Street Fair, but one band that won't be performing is local Irish-punk ensemble The Downs Family. The band has been effectively defunct for several years, but generally reunites twice annually-for a series of shows on St. Patrick's Day and for the Adams Avenue event, which they've played most of the past eight years and the last three straight.
The band was denied a place on the bill when Adams Avenue Business Association executive director Marco Anguiano, who also books talent for the Fair, demanded the group provide a press packet and CD.
The problem is the band has no press packets or copies of the CD to spare since a fire in their practice space last year destroyed the materials (as well as most of their equipment).
"It's the same CD we've given him three or four times before," says Family frontman Dave Dick. "He's booked us for years. I mean, there's no hard feelings or anything, we're just really disappointed."
Dick isn't the only one, as fans will now have to wait another six months to relive the Family's glory, all because of a silly technicality comparable to an employer demanding a resume after an employee has earned tenure.