Category Archives: Special Events

Pagan Pride

In case you didn’t have a chance to stop in at Saturday’s ninth annual Pagan Pride celebration in Balboa Park, I did. It was too beautiful a day for me to dive too deeply into metaphysics, but I did come … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Comic Days

Among my few regrets in life is that I never went to any of the early Comic-Cons.  I couldn’t have attended the very first one — held in March of 1970 in the basement of the El Cortez Hotel — because it … Continue reading

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Amazing high heels

I’ve been a fan of reality TV’s The Amazing Race ever since its debut 10 years ago; I’ve even tried out for it twice (with no success).  So I’m a natural sucker for any local spin-off.  Still — if I’d never … Continue reading

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Guppy love

I was not among the thousands who flocked to Balboa Park yesterday for the annual Earth Day celebration. What drew me there was the Fancy Guppy Show being held in Room 104 of the Casa del Prado. I’d heard that … Continue reading

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December Madness

The first time I ventured into Balboa Park for “Christmas on the Prado” was maybe 10 years ago. At least one of my sons was a teenager at the time, and if his younger brother hadn’t yet reached that age … Continue reading

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Oh, Doctor!

Imagine you’re walking down the 1200 block of east University. It’s a late Saturday afternoon, and you’re feeling a bit peckish. You briefly consider popping into the Fat Cat’s Bar and Grill for some chicken chicharrones, but then you notice … Continue reading

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Idols Come to San Diego

  I don’t normally cover the San Diego music scene; I’m ill-equipped to do so. But last night was an exception. Along with assorted family members and friends, I headed for the Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State university. The attraction … Continue reading

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Happy Heathens

Proof that the coolest costumes in town were not only being worn at Comic Con last weekend can be found on the OB Rag blog, where Shane Finneran has posted about the 9th annual gathering of Ocean Beach’s Miscellaneous Heathens.  … Continue reading

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Parade Paradigm

Ask me what’s the best Independence Day Parade in San Diego County, and I’ll say without hesitation: the one in Coronado.  I’ll also admit to being prejudiced, as the Coronado parade is the only one I’ve experienced in recent years.  … Continue reading

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Down by the River

  I could hardly believe my eyes. There it was: the San Diego River, looking big enough to swim in. And close enough to Presidio Park so that the back of the Serra Museum was visible in the distance. How had I … Continue reading

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