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The Casbah’s 25th Anniversary Wrap Party Dec 21, 2014 The local music venue celebrates the end of its 25th year with live performances from The Burning of Rome, Barbarian and Low Volts. The outdoor rock show will also include food trucks and alcoholic beverages 62 other events on Sunday, December 21
 
Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
Seen Local
City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem
News
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
The World Fare
Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town

 

 
 
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Monday, December 15,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Do you even immersive puzzle-solve, bro?

Trying to escape San Diego's Puzzalarium with my dignity intact

By Ryan Bradford
Listen folks, you don't get your own hubris-infusing column by being book-smart. In this biz, quick-wittedness, perseverance, the ability to create emotionally driven headlines and—to a much lesser extent—the ability to write well are the keys to becoming a successful writer. 
Monday, November 17,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Adversity, identity and xistentialism with Mr. Xtreme

The differences between a 30-year-old writer and a real-life superhero are slim

By Ryan Bradford
Mr. Xtreme greets me with a firm handshake. He’s short but built like a football linebacker. He wears a green helmet and body armor accentuated by a yellow XJL flag that flows beautifully, majestically behind him. He looks like if a Ninja Turtle did it with a tank.
Monday, October 20,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

A nightmare on University Avenue

The Elfin Forest, Questhaven and satanic ritual spots are no match for terrors in North Park

By Ryan Bradford
Craig Oliver was the first person I approached to show me genuinely scary places in San Diego. I'm not talking about touristy haunts like The Whaley House or the Hotel Del, but places of legend that don't require an admission fee, places that people go out of their way to avoid.
Monday, September 22,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

What to expect on your 10-day vegan-juice cleanse

Pretension, alienation and isolation are just road bumps on the way to looking and feeling great!

By Ryan Bradford

Days 3 and 4: Everything sucks. Cranky. Tired. A constant need to urinate. Can't even muster the effort to use pronouns. 


Monday, August 25,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Live-blogging 47 minutes spent at Winkie Con

A recap of my experience at a convention dedicated to ‘The Wizard of Oz’

By Ryan Bradford
I pull over to check the confirmation email on my phone: Yes, Winkie Con—the annual convention dedicated to L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz—is being held here. I don't fault Town & Country for not wanting "Winkie Con" on its marquee.
Monday, July 28,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

A ‘real’ Mormon’s reaction to ‘The Book of Mormon’

Spooky hell, urine baptisms and other memories exorcised by the Broadway play

By Ryan Bradford
A real Mormon. The term seared in the part of my brain that hasn't been contaminated by vices, the section that will persevere no matter how much nudity, booze and horror I cram in there.
Monday, June 30,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Craft beer and loathing

Trying to prove my worth with the boozy elite at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

By Ryan Bradford
I like beer as much as the next functioning alcoholic, but sometimes San Diego's craft scene feels like the veiny blob at the end of Akira—encompassing and swallowing everything in its path.
Monday, June 2,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Job interviews with hideous men

Of all the times I tried to get hired, this was the worst

By Ryan Bradford
I'm going to tell you about the worst job interview I've ever had.
 
 
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