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TikiBeat May 22, 2015 CityBeat's annual start of summer kick-off party featuring DJs spinning tiki tunes, Polynesian dancers, a fashion show, burlesque performances from Roots Covenants plus Desi Realtor and Old Man Johnson. 74 other events on Friday, May 22
 
From the Editor
The taxpaying citizens of San Diego should not pay for a new stadium
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Providence duo are busting eardrums for the long haul
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The media artist/designer wants women to challenge the idea of what’s expected of them
News
Lawsuit challenges city-funded nonprofit’s authority to make land-use decisions
Beer & Chees
The Lost Abbey opens a satellite tasting room in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

 

 
 
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Tuesday, May 19,2015
Summer guide

Where to take your grandparents this summer

Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Urban Safaris and Mission Bay are destinations the elder folks will enjoy

By Ryan Bradford
I've been told more than once that I'm a secret old person. This is not the same as being called an "old soul"—believe me, I could only be so lucky if anyone regarded me with the same esteem as a college-aged hippie regards anyone who can stumble through a Dylan cover on guitar.
Monday, May 18,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Singing the sorrow

All the times I've sung karaoke, ranked in terms of fear, shame and embarrassment

By Ryan Bradford
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.
Monday, May 4,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

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

By Ryan Bradford
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. 
Tuesday, April 7,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Fur and loafing at The Cat Café

Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop

By Ryan Bradford
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!"). 
Monday, March 9,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Reckoning your joy with sadness

An emotionally turbulent month is a reminder of the contradictory nature of life

By Ryan Bradford
My grandma died the week before my debut novel, Horror Business, came out. 
Tuesday, February 10,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Love in the age of dick pics

Mastering virtual flirtation with the help of Tinder, Craigslist and horny dead girls

By Ryan Bradford
I take smug pride in never having had to court someone through the annals of virtual existence, I also feel like I’ve missed out on something that will define relationships in the future. I have never sexted anyone before, and I was thrilled by the idea.
Monday, January 12,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

I went to a gun show on the second anniversary of Sandy Hook

Crossroads of the West and Del Mar Fairgrounds commemorate massacre with discount firearms, whacky T-shirts and overpriced beer

By Ryan Bradford
The date is Sunday, Dec. 14, marking the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Two years prior, we witnessed the greatest taboo that our collective conscious could imagine: Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six faculty members. 
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.
Wednesday, November 5,2014
A Trolley Show

Kim DiVine: A Trolley Show

L.A. artist performs 'Perfect Kind of Love' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford
In this episode of A Trolley Show, the L.A. singer-songwriter performs “Perfect Kind of Love,” a tiny song with a big message.
 
 
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