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    Four days of Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Old Town
    May 04, 2016 | 5176 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
     The 33rd annual event will transform Old Town into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border.
    The 33rd annual event will transform Old Town into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border.
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    Grab your amigos and head over to historic Old Town Thursday through Sunday, May 5 through 8, to spice up your weekend with the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. Celebrating 33 years of fiery fun, Fiesta is sure to be muy caliente. The 33rd annual event will transform Old Town into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. For additional information, call (619) 291-4903 or visit CincoDeMayoOldTown.com. Cinco de Mayo - Thursday, May 5 Join Old Town's top bars and restaurants in celebrating Cinco de Mayo with festive drink and food specials, live entertainment and festivities sure to get you in the mood. Seis de Mayo - Friday, May 6 Keep the fiesta going from 4 to 10 p.m. in the streets of historic Old Town. San Diego Avenue transforms into a lively, bustling mercado, where you can purchase an array of delicious food and unique treasures. Tour down the iconic Lowrider Lane on Harney Street and take in the incredible spectacle of more than 20 beautifully crafted low-rider cars. This collection has become a crowd favorite. Be sure to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award as well. Everywhere you go, music will be playing, and you can salsa over to one of the three main stages to hear authentic mariachis, Latin rock ‘n’ roll, DJs and more. Siete de Mayo - Saturday, May 7 On Siete de Mayo, there is something to get the party started for everyone. Those of you who are looking for a cerveza-filled day will want to head over to the Cantina Garden for a refreshing ice-cold beer or margarita featuring Dos Equis, Cointreau, Frida Kahlo Tequila and Herradura. For the ninos and ninas, there will be a petting zoo and pony rides from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ballet Folklorico competitions will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saunter down El Mercado to bargain for sombreros, handmade leather pieces, beautiful jewelry and many more treasures that will line San Diego Avenue. Ocho de Mayo - Dia de las Madres - Sunday, May 8 Bring your Sunday to Old Town for the last day of Fiesta Cinco de Mayo, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be your final day to enjoy the festivities, entertainment, the petting zoo and Ballet Folklorico competition. Celebrate your madre for Dia de las Madres by taking her to a delicious Old Town brunch with extended restaurant and bar specials. There won't be any time for a siesta, what with so many specialty stores and museums to explore. You won't want to miss this opportunity to be surrounded by the history and culture of Mexico. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. For additional information, call (619) 291-4903 or visit CincoDeMayoOldTown.com. If you are interested in filming live or scheduling an interview or need logos or images, contact Camille Riley at McFarlane Promotions by calling (619) 233-5008.
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    From the Stranger Than Fiction Department: Mother's Day founder was once arrested for disturbing the peace
    by MARTIN JONES WESTLIN
    May 02, 2016 | 8845 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Anna Jarvis, acknowledged founder of Mother's Day, about flipped when she saw the post office's 1934 holiday tribute. She thought its carnations amounted to a shameless capitalist plug for the floral industry.
    Anna Jarvis, acknowledged founder of Mother's Day, about flipped when she saw the post office's 1934 holiday tribute. She thought its carnations amounted to a shameless capitalist plug for the floral industry.
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    The nation's heart was probably in the right place, but one interested party couldn't find a pulse. The year was 1934, and the U.S. Post Office had just issued a pretty carnation-laden stamp in honor of Mother's Day, 20 years after President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing the recognition of mothers and motherhood. So far, so good – but one person suspiciously close to the issue wasn't having it. Anna Jarvis, the holiday's acknowledged founder, let fly at the sight of the flowers, recalling her brushes with the law over the exact same subject: money. In New York in 1925, she'd crashed an American War Mothers gathering wherein white carnations – the flower most associated with Mother's Day – were being sold to raise funds. She was arrested for disturbing the peace, a hair's breadth away from jail. Florists were Beelzebub on wheels, she'd declare amid the capitalistic degradation of the sentiment behind her lifelong project. Card manufacturers and chocolatiers and vintners weren't any better, she'd sizz, sitting atop a mountain of process papers and lawsuit records in defiance of the enemy and its devotion to the evil behind the American dollar bill. The country's fabled vast right-wing conspiracy had come to call a few decades before its time, and it wasn't going away. Jarvis, who in 1948 died blind and penniless at 84 in a Philadelphia-area sanitarium, spent half her life fighting to abolish the holiday she'd started solely on the strength of her love for her mom. If she were alive today, she'd be cut to the quick to learn that Mother's Day commands around $22 billion in spending every year, the most of any nonwinter holiday. More than that, the day is celebrated in more than 60 countries, meaning that America by no means has a corner on the floral, card or chocolate markets. Nevertheless, Anna needed to get out more and kick up her heels. While Mother's Day price tags are clearly obscene, the thought behind them surely is not. To draw a parallel between the two is like saying the cashiers at the gas station are a bunch of greedy bozos because their prices are so high. For better or worse, there are innumerable forces at work inside the American economy, and there's plenty of blame to go around amid its pesky inertia and wholesale inequalities. Anna could have rested easy on her efforts at launching the holiday in 1908 and letting the chips fall the way they did. Thanks to her, we have a Mother's Day at all; anything less, even at sky-high prices, would have meant a serious blow to the cultural landscape. (Full disclosure: Anna's final sanitarium expenses were paid by a group of Philadelphia florists.)
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    Rhapsody on the Point showcases high school musicians
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Apr 30, 2016 | 1591 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Attendees listen to last year’s Rhapsody on the Point at Shelter Island's Humphreys concerts venue.   PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Attendees listen to last year’s Rhapsody on the Point at Shelter Island's Humphreys concerts venue. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    A celebration of student music will take place May 13 when the Instrumental Music Program people at Point Loma High School take over Shelter Island's Humphreys Concerts venue to showcase the excellence of young musicians in the program. This year marks the ninth annual Rhapsody on the Point at the stunning bayside location, an opportunity for the community to enjoy classical music in an intimate and elegant setting while sharing its pride in the astonishing talent and energy of PLHS musicians. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Performing will be the PLHS Instrumental Music Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra. The concert is the primary fundraiser for the popular program that now occupies the new Dr. Dan Nelson Music Center on campus. How badly is funding needed? "There are kids right now in band without an instrument to play," said PLHS Instrumental Music director James Sepulvado. "It's a wonderful problem to have!" The program flourishes not only from the dedication of students and staff but also from a collaboration with Dana and Correia middle schools, which annually send talented musicians. This year, 40 new students entered the program, stretching the marching band's inventory to the limit. Every last uniform and instrument is in use, and forecasts say more than $15,000 may be needed just to keep up with enrollment. Sepulvado's message to the Peninsula community is blunt: "We can't keep up with the skyrocketing enrollment, and we need help from the community." Tickets to the event at all levels are available, and donations can be made at rhapsodyonthepoint.com until May 10. General admission tickets only may be purchased at the door. General admission tickets are $45 each or $80 for a pair. Future Pointer tickets for those up to age 15 are $15. All include admission and an unreserved seat. Hosted dessert and coffee at intermission are also included in all tickets. Preferred seating closer to the stage is $100 per pair and includes an appetizer plate. Reserved and premium cabaret seating is available at $250 (table for two), $500 (table for four) and $1,000 (table for eight) and includes varying numbers of drink tickets, program listings or ads and event signage. The event is black tie optional and includes a cash bar. Event sponsorships are being accepted in the amounts of $250, $500 and $1,000. A silent auction featuring vacations and other luxury items will be held, with bids ending at intermission. This year's Rhapsody on the Point honoree is the Point Loma Summer Concert Series, which organizers emphasize has very generously supported all music programs in Point Loma and Ocean Beach.
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    Truck crashes in Point Loma, causes prodigious damage
    Apr 28, 2016 | 3692 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    No one was killed or seriously injured, according to witnesses, and the driver escaped the crash with a cut on his lip.  / PHOTO BY MATTHEW DeVOL
    No one was killed or seriously injured, according to witnesses, and the driver escaped the crash with a cut on his lip. / PHOTO BY MATTHEW DeVOL
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    In the early afternoon of April 23, an alleged drunk driver in a white pick-up truck traveled at a high rate of speed up Cañon Street in Point Loma, fish-tailed near Willow Street, sideswiped a car coming down Cañon Street, left the road and flipped. The truck then hit a tree, two concrete walls, two other vehicles parked in their driveways and a utility box, then landed upside down in the middle of Cañon Street. No one was killed or seriously injured, according to witnesses, and the driver escaped the crash with a cut on his lip.
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    THE LOT Liberty Station cinemas and restaurant to open on May 5
    Apr 28, 2016 | 1964 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    THE LOT, a luxury lifestyle entertainment company, announced its second location at Liberty Station in Point Loma will open to the public on Thursday, May 5, providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience.  
    THE LOT, a luxury lifestyle entertainment company, announced its second location at Liberty Station in Point Loma will open to the public on Thursday, May 5, providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience.  
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    THE LOT, a luxury lifestyle entertainment company, announced its second location at Liberty Station in Point Loma will open to the public on Thursday, May 5, providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience.   “THE LOT Liberty Station will provide guests with the utmost in service, high-quality dining and cinema experience, with our signature luxury leather theater recliners; a social cocktail scene and fantastic breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-theater dining options – all with unique elements that pay homage to the building’s original function as the Naval Training Center’s epicenter of military troop training and entertainment,” said Adolfo Fastlicht, chief executive officer at THE LOT. The new venture, located at 2620 Truxtun Road, occupies the former building No. 35, previously known as LUCE Auditorium, originally a 2,200-seat theater and equipped with CinemaScope (a lens series used from 1953 to 1967 for shooting widescreen movies; the creation of which marked the beginning of modern widescreen movie projection), a projector and screen where military training features and movies were shown. The cinema’s design preserves the building’s original oak stage and exposed concrete proscenium, where the curtains once hung. Created to honor the past, as well as current, leading-edge design, the cinema also features a completely glass-enclosed café, bar and restaurant space that lends itself to an eclectic balance of reinvented use in a rehabilitated historic building. The restaurant will feature standout breakfast entrée selections including an open-face sandwich with prosciutto and arugula and “killer” chilaquiles. Created by chef Matt Sramek, the lunch and dinner menus will focus on sharable plates, fresh salads and hearth oven-baked flatbreads with Mediterranean, Italian, French and Mexican influences; plus a wide and dynamic selection of European-influenced dishes that spotlight the finest offerings of both land and sea. The restaurant will also boast creative and intricate desserts by pastry chef Alejandra Pitashny. Full restaurant and café menus are available for enjoyment in the restaurant, café and outdoor patio.  The venue is set to open with a lineup of box-office hit movies, kicking off with the launch of Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Civil War.”  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thelotent.com/home or download the app. To make restaurant restaurant reservations go to OpenTable.
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