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Wacky Wonky Walk & Kids Festival Oct 25, 2014 A walk and festival featuring a Willy Wonka theme, games and activities everywhere. There will also be Phil's BBQ available for purchase and proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for Children. 87 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered

 

 
 
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.

Retro Issue

Rockabilly raza

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

“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.

By Alex Zaragoza
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

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.

By Amy T. Granite

Retro Issue

Goodbye, Whaling Bar

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

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. 

By D.A. Kolodenko

Retro Issue

Need a fix?

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

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. 

By Kelly Davis

Cocktail Tales

Adventures in retro cocktailing

Lessons learned from an obscure 1941 recipe book called ‘Here’s How’

With this issue of CityBeat having a retro focus, I was at a loss as to what to write about. No, really. Retro cocktails are pretty much all I’ve been writing about in this space.

By Kelly Davis

Retro Issue

Stephen Rey is working-class cool

San Diego rocker is a badass with a heart of gold

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. 

By Peter Holslin

Retro Issue

Needles and Fred

Meet the no-nonsense man behind Classic Audio Repair

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.

By Dave Maass

Retro Issue

Barber Side: where everybody knows your mane

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

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. 

By Jim Ruland

 
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