San Diego CityBeat - Archives San Diego CityBeat - Archives http://sdcitybeat.com/articles.sec-17-1-Archives.html Sun, 14 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0800 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Staring into the abyss at the ‘America’s Got Talent’ tryouts - Self-reflection, inner demons and existential crises at the reality show's San Diego auditions]]> Staring into the abyss at the ‘America’s Got Talent’ tryouts - Self-reflection, inner demons and existential crises at the reality show's San Diego auditions
Now, it's difficult to write about the America's Got Talent holding area without plagiarizing the descriptions of Purgatory in classic literature...]]>
<![CDATA[Raising an artist - The benefits of encouraging kids to embrace artistic skills]]> Raising an artist - The benefits of encouraging kids to embrace artistic skills
Back in December, clothing chain Old Navy found itself in hot water after releasing a toddler-sized line of shirts that read "Young Aspiring Artist."...]]>
<![CDATA[Appy days - Technology comes to the aid of parents]]> Appy days - Technology comes to the aid of parents
Parenting skills are by no means exempt from the app pool overflowing from the iTunes database...]]>
<![CDATA[The kids are alright - San Diego’s young musical hearts run free in variety of ways]]> The kids are alright - San Diego’s young musical hearts run free in variety of ways
Former SOR student getting the most out of his final examPhoto by Charlie Homo It's the music-loving parents' dream—your children decide they prefer the piano to PlayStation and Fenders to F...]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Star Wars party, bro - Rediscovering fandom on the night of 'The Force Awakens' premier]]> Cool Star Wars party, bro - Rediscovering fandom on the night of 'The Force Awakens' premier
It's the night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premier, and I don't see how this night can end well for me. I'm going to fuck up, and the nerds are going to have a field day. I'll get my droids wrong, and they'll crucify me. I'll accidentally question whether Han shot first, and they'll "actually" me to death...]]>
<![CDATA[Feed thine own - Chefs’ kids eat differently than your kids]]> Feed thine own - Chefs’ kids eat differently than your kids
It is a borderline bitter irony of the life of a chef that they feed anyone and everyone every night except their loved ones. It's a part of the profession's dark side that isn't depicted on the Fo...]]>
<![CDATA[How to suck less in the new year - Resolutions to make 2016 better for you and me and everyone we know]]> How to suck less in the new year - Resolutions to make 2016 better for you and me and everyone we know
Man, 2015. Another year down the drain. Another year that everyone famous will be younger than me. Kids getting their driver's licenses this year will have not even been born to experience the terror of Y2K...]]>
<![CDATA[Eight awkward moments of 2015 - Tiny moments from the past year that proved the difficulty of everyday living]]> Eight awkward moments of 2015 - Tiny moments from the past year that proved the difficulty of everyday living
One of the fundamental aspects of a healthy mentality is the ability to let things go. I'm sure most therapists will tell you that dwelling on past misgivings will only lead to a downward spiral of further shame, anxiety and despair...]]>
<![CDATA[The human anatomy of melancholy and hope - Inspiring and heartbreaking lessons from the world of organ and tissue donation]]> The human anatomy of melancholy and hope - Inspiring and heartbreaking lessons from the world of organ and tissue donation
A week before my grandma's death, I talked to Sharon Ross, director of public relations & development for Lifesharing—a federally designated nonprofit committed to organ and tissue donation services in San Diego and Imperial Counties. "I'm curious. What's your fascination with tissue donation?" she asked...]]>
<![CDATA[Hoverboarding through your issues - Trying to feel young again through hoverboards or Segways or whatever the hell you call them]]> Hoverboarding through your issues - Trying to feel young again through hoverboards or Segways or whatever the hell you call them
Also, I know they're not actually hoverboards, but more like Segways with the handles removed. (None of this is helping my call for rebellion, is it?)...]]>
<![CDATA[Julian's Apple Days Festival is quaint AF - A romantic getaway succumbs to overwhelming charm]]> Julian's Apple Days Festival is quaint AF - A romantic getaway succumbs to overwhelming charm
Being at a festival solely devoted to apples, I undergo this remarkable transformation where I suddenly can’t care about anything besides apples...]]>
<![CDATA[Being a basic witch at the Pagan Pride Festival - Sweating through San Diego's gothiest event]]> Being a basic witch at the Pagan Pride Festival - Sweating through San Diego's gothiest event
There’s nothing goth about the Comic Sans font. I stare at the San Diego Pagan Pride Day’s website, not really knowing what I expected. Something eviler, no doubt...]]>
<![CDATA[Nothing I write would stop you from going to South Park's Target Express - A banal media preview exemplifies the futility of resisting the chain store]]> Nothing I write would stop you from going to South Park's Target Express - A banal media preview exemplifies the futility of resisting the chain store
Pretend you've never seen a Target before. Not just Targets, but department stores in general. Now go deeper into this fantasy and pretend the fundamental tenets of capitalism and consumerism have not been established...]]>
<![CDATA[A midnight screening of 'The Room' gets ugly - The queasy experience of watching Tommy Wiseau's cult classic for the first time]]> A midnight screening of 'The Room' gets ugly - The queasy experience of watching Tommy Wiseau's cult classic for the first time
We're all here to see The Room, a 2003 film that has quickly earned cult status, partly due to its rampant ineptness and partly due to the intrigue that surrounds its director/producer/star, Tommy Wiseau...]]>
<![CDATA[Slummy day real estate - A first-time home buyer's adventures in San Diego]]> Slummy day real estate - A first-time home buyer's adventures in San Diego
People often ask how we were able to afford a house. Yes, how indeed? When wages don't match the rising cost of standard of living; when the Union-Tribune calculates that it takes 18 years for a college-educated household to save enough for a 20-percent down payment in the San Diego housing market; when you work in media—media!— how can you afford a house?...]]>
<![CDATA[I've had it with these MF-ing snakes on my MF-ing brain - Escaping realty to attend San Diego's Reptile Super Show]]> I've had it with these MF-ing snakes on my MF-ing brain - Escaping realty to attend San Diego's Reptile Super Show
I do a lot of thinking in my car. I find there are few things more relaxing that being cocooned in a vehicle, away from computers or screens, drowning out the outside world with music. It's only...]]>
<![CDATA[Diary of a first-time, two-bit actor - Heckling the Fringe Festival's silliest, longest-titled play]]> Diary of a first-time, two-bit actor - Heckling the Fringe Festival's silliest, longest-titled play
Ehrig-Burgess, sitting in the highest row, announces my arrival: "Ryan Bradford from CityBeat. Heckler #2, everybody!"...]]>
<![CDATA[Exposing the mystery of Patrón's Secret Dining Society - Sweaty costumes, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and forced fun on a tequila train]]> Exposing the mystery of Patrón's Secret Dining Society - Sweaty costumes, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and forced fun on a tequila train
I thought we were encouraged to wear costumes! It's what I want to shout at everyone, standing on the corner of B Street and Kettner, giving me the side-eye. Everybody looks great: Ladies wear fancy cocktail dresses and heels; dudes wear button-ups. And here's me, wearing the scorpion jacket Ryan Gosling wears in the movie, Drive...]]>
<![CDATA[Getting high with the fam - Birds of a feather take advantage of Colorado's legalized marijuana together]]> Getting high with the fam - Birds of a feather take advantage of Colorado's legalized marijuana together
If you need an example of my inexperience with drugs, look no further than the image of me, sitting at a Café Rio in Grand Junction, Colorado, typing "weed" into Yelp. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Just two dudes watching 'Magic Mike XXL,' no big deal - Venturing boldly into the cougars' lair, understanding Channing Tatum and drowning in whoos]]> Just two dudes watching 'Magic Mike XXL,' no big deal - Venturing boldly into the cougars' lair, understanding Channing Tatum and drowning in whoos
Bodies glisten with sweat. They writhe together. You feel dirty looking, yet you can't look away. Nobody looks comfortable, but they're not not enjoying it. This is the line of people waiting to get into the advance screening of Magic Mike XXL on a hot Wednesday evening at the AMC in Mission Valley...]]>
<![CDATA[The unusual suspects - These off-the-menu bar drinks are secrets worth sharing ]]> The unusual suspects - These off-the-menu bar drinks are secrets worth sharing
Sometimes you don't want to walk into a bar and say, "I'll have what he's having." When the mood strikes, you want something different and unique...]]>
<![CDATA[The San Diego spirits and distillery scene gains steam - Micro-distilleries like Malahat, Old Harbor and Kill Devil want the artisanal liquor business to be just as booming as the beer]]> The San Diego spirits and distillery scene gains steam - Micro-distilleries like Malahat, Old Harbor and Kill Devil want the artisanal liquor business to be just as booming as the beer
Malahat is just one of the local distilleries that has taken advantage of the passage of AB 933. Almost half a dozen spirit companies, serving a wide variety of booze, have added tasting rooms to their existing facilities...]]>
<![CDATA[Novo Brazil: South Bay rising - Chula Vista gets a much-needed brewery]]> Novo Brazil: South Bay rising - Chula Vista gets a much-needed brewery
Open now one month, Novo Brazil (901 Lane Ave.) offers an expanding array of beers with bigger and better things on the horizon...]]>
<![CDATA[Go coconuts over new Monsters' Park - Modern Times beer will have you singing 'yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum-barrel-aged beer']]> Go coconuts over new Monsters' Park - Modern Times beer will have you singing 'yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum-barrel-aged beer'
Like anything worth enjoying, this version of Monsters' Park is worth getting warmed up to reach maximum climax...]]>
<![CDATA[A wife's absence makes the heart grow fonder, unhealthier and crazier - When the cat's away, the mice will become complete garbage heaps]]> A wife's absence makes the heart grow fonder, unhealthier and crazier - When the cat's away, the mice will become complete garbage heaps
The column you are about to read is the account of the moral, intellectual and hygienic disrepair that befell one Ryan Bradford when his wife left the country for 10 days, leaving him alone with their...]]>
<![CDATA[The night I crashed Neil Diamond - 'This is, like, the least punk thing ever.']]> The night I crashed Neil Diamond - 'This is, like, the least punk thing ever.'
The night I see Neil Diamond in concert is the first time I've ever wondered if I've inadvertently made a deal with the devil...]]>
<![CDATA[Singing the sorrow - All the times I've sung karaoke, ranked in terms of fear, shame and embarrassment]]> Singing the sorrow - All the times I've sung karaoke, ranked in terms of fear, shame and embarrassment
The thing is, I love karaoke. I spend ample amounts of time listening to songs that could be potential material, often while playing out theoretical scenarios in my head in which I whip a crowd into the same kind of Eminem-in-8 Mile exhalation...]]>
<![CDATA[All the negative feelings I had at the Mall of America - A nightmarish trip to the country's biggest mall is preceded by a night of free bourbon, drag queens and massive genitalia]]> All the negative feelings I had at the Mall of America - A nightmarish trip to the country's biggest mall is preceded by a night of free bourbon, drag queens and massive genitalia
The hangover should've been an omen. Or, perhaps it was the fact that the couple in the neighboring room was rehearsing a play at 9 a.m.-both seemed to be shouting their lines in a Mr. DNA-from-Jurassic Park dialect right into the wall next to my head. ...]]>
<![CDATA[Fur and loafing at The Cat Café - Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop ]]> Fur and loafing at The Cat Café - Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop
Last year, I became a cat dad. I'd be lying if that statement didn't spur some internal conflict. I used to roll my eyes at the cat images that littered my social-media feeds, or smugly expound on the effects of the cat-carrying parasite toxoplasmosis ("Excreted through their feces!"). ...]]>
<![CDATA[Reckoning your joy with sadness - An emotionally turbulent month is a reminder of the contradictory nature of life]]> Reckoning your joy with sadness - An emotionally turbulent month is a reminder of the contradictory nature of life
My grandma died the week before my debut novel, Horror Business, came out. ...]]>