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Art of Elan Entracte Nov 25, 2014 This evening of chamber music will feature interludes and intermezzos and marks the return of The Myriad Trio performing with 2013 Pulitzer Prize- winner Caroline Shaw. 48 other events on Tuesday, November 25
 
Backwards & in High Heels
Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?
The Floating Library
A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist
Film
New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Film
New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Theater
First production by the latest troupe to launch in San Diego leads our rundown of local plays

 

 
 
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Wednesday, January 16,2013
Retro Issue

The Retro Issue

Our special section celebrates the past

Of course, many of us are also nostalgic because we romanticize times gone by; we’re drawn, perhaps, to what we perceive as a more innocent and simpler era.
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Stardust Donut Shop is a way of life

There’s a hole at the Imperial Beach institution, but the fryer’s still on

By Amy T. Granite
There isn't anywhere to sit at Stardust Donut Shop in Imperial Beach. From inside, 69-year-old Cliff Arnold waits on customers as they walk up to the little stand's window and choose what they want from the modest selection of cult favorites like cinnamon rolls topped with peanuts.
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Goodbye, Whaling Bar

La Jolla watering hole is gone, but three other mainstays persist in dodging time’s harpoon

By D.A. Kolodenko
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. 
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Need a fix?

Where to go in San Diego to get your vintage goods repaired

By Kelly Davis
Living in Boston for three years, I learned about "spring coats"—those that are perfect for temperatures in the 50s and 60s. In other words, Boston's spring coats are San Diego's winter coats. 
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Needles and Fred

Meet the no-nonsense man behind Classic Audio Repair

By Dave Maass
Traversing the doorway of Fred Longworth's Classic Audio Repair is like entering the Lost World. A Balinese mask hangs on the wall next to a display case where two dead lizards—one fully skeletal—are displayed beside an assortment of turntable cartridges.
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Stephen Rey is working-class cool

San Diego rocker is a badass with a heart of gold

By Peter Holslin
Stephen Rey's house looks like something out of a Wild West movie. Fronted by a bulky wooden gate, it's 102 years old and designed like an old saloon, with sun-bleached blue paint on the exterior and hand-crafted woodwork inside. 
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Rockabilly raza

Mexican-tinged American culture thrives in San Diego’s Latino community

By Alex Zaragoza
“I look like this every single day. It’s mostly about feeling classy and good about yourself,” says Mia Alvarado-Ruffier, a 32-year-old Chicana sitting at South Park’s Whistle Stop Bar for “Sleepwalking,” a lowrider oldies night.
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Barber Side: where everybody knows your mane

Normal Heights shop is a return to an old-school social club

By Jim Ruland
Imagine it’s 1899 and you want to know what’s going on in the world. You really only have two options: buy a newspaper or head to the barber shop. 
 
 
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