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Paddle for Clean Water Sep 21, 2014 Hundreds of surfers and ocean enthusiasts paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier in an effort to raise awareness about the need for clean water and healthy coastlines. There will be yoga classes, free breakfast for all paddlers, guest speakers, live music and more. 68 other events on Sunday, September 21
 
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Wednesday, September 17,2014
A Trolley Show

Sister Speak: A Trolley Show

San Diego duo performs 'Lady Love' on the Hillcrest Trolley

By Ryan Bradford
As much as we dig the indie and blues rock that are often featured on this show, the lack of ladies represented in those genres is always a bummer. Besides the obvious misrepresentation and cliched exclusivity, the lack of diversity can create a homogenized music scene, which is why Sister Speak’s performance feels revelatory.
Wednesday, September 10,2014
A Trolley Show

The Short Eyes: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Buddy Holly, We Hardly Knew Ye'

By Ryan Bradford
The Short Eyes aren’t a band anymore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t preserve their memory by taking a trip to the ol’ Trolley Show archives. It’s a bittersweet reminder that musicians in any local scene burn bright and fast. 
Wednesday, August 27,2014
A Trolley Show

The Plastic Revolution: A Trolley Show

San Diego pop-punks perform 'Since You Left' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford
As our music editor, Jeff Terich, can tell you, I’m an unapologetic fan of pop-punk. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of—and I’ve tried to deny it during certain periods of my life—but I’ve come to terms with it.
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.
Wednesday, August 20,2014
A Trolley Show

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers: A Trolley Show

San Francisco band performs 'Till I'm Blue' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers’ folk music has perennial appeal—it’s not breaking any molds, but it’s timeless and completely appropriate for a rolling train ride. 
Wednesday, August 13,2014
A Trolley Show

Magic Man: A Trolley Show

Rhode Island band performs 'Texas' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford
In this episode of A Trolley Show, the Rhode Island band performs “Texas,” a bouncy, anthemic song with just enough urgency to give it a disarming punch.
Wednesday, August 6,2014
A Trolley Show

The Sheepdogs: A Trolley Show

Canadians perform 'Alright OK' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford
It makes sense that The Sheepdogs would hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Simultaneously rugged and earnest, they'd be right at home in a group of lumberjacks.
Wednesday, July 30,2014
A Trolley Show

Oliver Trolley: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Moment Goes' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford
In this episode of A Trolley Show, the San Diego band performs a frills-free version of a song that loses no potency in its unplugged form.
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.
Wednesday, July 23,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Pitting summer blockbusters against the Bechdel Test

We ran summer-movie trailers against the seemingly easy-to-pass scrutiny, and the results weren’t pretty

By Ryan Bradford

Onward with another summer of movie trailers! Onward with another year of supporting the white / hetero / male-dominated pop-cultural infrastructure while we continue our slow trudge to the grave!

 
 
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