Entries for December 2011

  • Consulting the Oracle

    In ancient Greece, a priestess, or oracle, would dispense prophesies, wisdom, and answers to the most vexing of questions. This is of course after first inhaling vapors from a mountain fissure. Just sayin’. Regardless, the idea that the answer to virtually any question could reside in one place truly is an astonishing concept. Even more […]

  • CHRIS HASSETT: December

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    This Christmas there’ll be chestnuts roasting on open fires, and we will hear the holiday chestnuts as well, the Christmas songs and carols that have, throughout our lives, reminded us of Santa, mangers, angels, baby Jesus, and the presents under the tree. On our mp3 players, at the shopping malls, and streaming over Pandora we […]

  • A Look Back at the Year That Wasn’t

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    In my past two January columns, I made bold predictions about the coming years. Some of my prognostications were uncanny; like in 2010, when I predicted the Padres would go 92-70. They finished 90-72, which was pretty damn close. Now that it’s December, it’s again time to compare my precognitive skills with what passes for […]

  • Barney Kessel: A Jazz Guitar Legend in His Own Right

    The greatest guitar player ever? There may have been flashier performers, but it’s unlikely that anyone will ever match the accomplishments of Barney Kessel. A resident of the University Heights neighborhood of San Diego from 1991 until his death on May 6, 2004, beyond his role as musician on countless hit recordings, television and movie […]

  • Ladies of Jazz Holiday Concert at Vision

    Three of California’s most accomplished vocalists will pay tribute to three enduring legends:  SARAH VAUGHAN, ELLA FITZGERALD AND NANCY WILSON.  The concert which has received rave reviews throughout California and had a sold out performance at VISION in July. It will be hosted by a legend in her own right, Etta Mae Mumphries ( played […]

  • VARIOUS ARTISTS: Power Chords, Harmonies and Mistletoe

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    A 21-song collection of seasonal good cheer, this CD’s most significant achievement is the number of San Diego-based artists who have teamed up with musicians from such diverse locations as Australia and Guernsey. There are five tracks featuring local independent talent. No surprise finding local musical veterans the Shambles in the mix. David Bash, International […]

  • December 2011 Calendar

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  • One Man’s Journey to Find His Tribe

    Way back when I was maybe eight years old, living in lower rural Michigan, and my 18-year-old brother brought home a 12-string guitar (“The only one in Flint.” he proudly told me.) I had an inkling of what I wanted to do with my life and that was to play guitar. But not rock and […]

  • The Baja Bugs: A New Twist (and Shout) on Something Fab

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    As a founding member of the Zeros, San Diego’s punk rock pioneers, Hector Penalosa got an early taste of success while still in high school. Zeros members Robert Lopez, Baba Chenelle, Javier Escovedo, and Penalosa had a short, but spectacular run in the late ’70s where they obtained a recording contract and shared prominent stages […]