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Noir at the Bar Mar 29, 2015 An evening of noir-ish readings featuring Thomas Perry, Jo Perry, Tim Hallinan, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Ruland and Maria Alexander. Author's books will be available for purchase and signing. 65 other events on Sunday, March 29
Bands coming to town and just-announced shows
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Rising stars of San Diego's architect-as-developer movement mind the little details


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Friday, March 27,2015
Cocktail Tales

The Balboa’s new cocktail menu has something for everyone

Jackson Milgaten incorporates classics and finds from his travels

By Kelly Davis
Last month, Tin Can reopened as The Balboa (1863 Fifth Ave.), with Tom Logsdon at the helm. Logsdon's burger-focused Dood's Foods moved into Tin Can in 2012—adding food service helped the club keep its liquor license—and, earlier this year, Logsdon was given the chance to take over the whole operation.
Monday, March 9,2015
Cocktail Tales

George’s Mark Broadfoot knows mezcal

Tips for where to find the smoky spirit and how to drink it

By Kelly Davis
The best part of writing this column isn't the occasional free drink; it's the people I get to meet. San Diego's craft-cocktail community is populated by some rad folks whose creativity and depth of knowledge never fail to wow me. 
Wednesday, March 4,2015

Making the best of less

How the San Diego Housing Commission has used a limited resource to tackle homelessness

By Kelly Davis
San Diego’s effort to end homelessness can be compared to one of those old-time locomotives. In the early 2000s, it started off at a slow chug, then began to pick up momentum at the beginning of this decade.
Wednesday, February 18,2015

Tier it up

California has the biggest sex-offender registry in the U.S.—for no good reason

By Kelly Davis
California is one of only four states that require adults convicted of certain sex crimes to register with local law enforcement each year for life. Crime-free for 50 years? Bedridden? It doesn’t matter.
Friday, February 13,2015
Cocktail Tales

Horton Grand’s Palace Bar gets a makeover

Medicine Show pop-up events will highlight diverse spirits selection

By Kelly Davis
The Palace Bar in the Horton Grand Hotel looks quite different than it did just a couple of years ago. 
Wednesday, February 4,2015

Legislation seeks to end isolation in juvenile facilities

Part of it comes down to the meaning of ‘confinement’

By Kelly Davis
Youth Law Center (YLC), the San Francisco legal-advocacy nonprofit that filed the complaint, initially set out to investigate the excessive use of pepper spray in San Diego County’s juvenile-detention facilities. But incident reports also revealed the routine use of solitary confinement— usually for two, three or four days.
Friday, January 23,2015
Cocktail Tales

In search of a great Manhattan

Seven Grand’s Meghan Balser talks about the classic drink

By Kelly Davis
As famed bartender Gary Regan wrote, “[A] truly great Manhattan can be made only by someone who truly understands the magnitude of what’s at hand.” And by that he means: If you’re a bartender who can’t make a great Manhattan, you’re screwed.
Wednesday, January 21,2015

Laura’s Law likely moving ahead in San Diego County

Board of Supervisors will consider preliminary approval

By Kelly Davis
It’s been more than four years since San Diego County first explored implementing a state law that’s divided the mental-health community over how to get seriously ill folks into treatment.
Saturday, January 3,2015
Cocktail Tales

Cheers to San Diego cocktails

Highlights from 2014 include smoke, shrubs and Jagermeister

By Kelly Davis
Let this 2014 retrospective serve as a glimpse of how far San Diego’s cocktail scene’s come in just a few years.
Monday, December 22,2014

San Diego County sets a dubious record for jail deaths

Will policy changes make a difference in 2015?

By Kelly Davis
It’s likely no one will ever know for sure what happened to Jerry Cochran the night before he died. On the evening of Sept. 15, 2014, his girlfriend, Vella Rhinehart, called an ambulance to take Cochran to the emergency room—she was concerned about some swollen spider bites on his neck.