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An evening at Villa Montezuma; Coda

sandiegoreader.com — (The second in a two-part series. Part one was published March 18.) It's after midnight, February 15, 1888. The last of the guests are finally leaving Jesse Shepard's musicale at the Villa Montezuma. One- and two-horse carriages clop in the darkness.

Leave Tiger alone!

sandiegoreader.com — The "story" at this week's Masters is Tiger Woods. Can he make the cut? Can he win? Vegas now says 40-1. In the age of "right this minute" media mania, golf pundits question his "chipping yips," his physical drainage, even if he can still "fire up his glutes."

Brian Mackey’s acting bucket list

sandiegoreader.com — Brian Mackey as Hovstad in An Enemy of the People. I'm asking veteran local actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers - even choices that may seem outside the box.

Not for all their wealth

sandiegoreader.com — I found this in the San Diego Union, July 8, 1887, a reprint from the New York Mail and Daily Express. The best dressed character in the show spoke only ten lines. "Her costume was a perfect fit, and of rich material, and she wore superb jewelry."

An evening at Villa Montezuma

sandiegoreader.com — Between 1887 and 1889, Jesse Shepard gave musicales at his Villa Montezuma. He had an international reputation as a singer/pianist. Others called him a charlatan. To bring instant culture to the pioneer town, San Diegans built Shepard a gaudy Victorian mansion at 20th and K Streets.

Lasting impermanence

sandiegoreader.com — The set, Full Circle Tattoo at 2312 30th Street in South Park, couldn't be more authentic. Maybe 100 pictorial choices are framed on the walls, along with rows of knickknacks suggesting other possible "skin illustrations." When the audience of 20 or so, seated in wooden chairs, grows quiet, first sounds we hear are the real deal as well.

It has been considered a poor week for killing

sandiegoreader.com — ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT. John Phoenix, San Diego Herald: "Very little news will be found in the San Diego Herald this week. The fact is there never is much news in it and it is well that it is so.

No one else on Earth

sandiegoreader.com — Darrell Hammond in The Darrell Hammond Project at La Jolla Playhouse. The night I saw his one-person show, Darrell Hammond had a cold. He'd squelch a cough and sniffle enough to warrant a night off. Bundle up, maybe a toddy or twain, and give the understudy a chance to shine.

2015 Guide to San Diego Art

When the wires show

sandiegoreader.com — Julie Sachs, Robert May in Tribute at Scripps Ranch Theatre For all of his 51 years, Scotty Templeton has been allergic to reality. He can't take anything seriously. Since he could never become an actual performer (because he'd have to take it seriously), he makes the world his straight man.
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Apr 26, 2015

@bryanbriggs6 No, but there will be be a couple of showers beginning around midday

Apr 26, 2015

RT @ABC7NY: The news is on! Hope you can join us on air or online: 7ny.tv/RTWXtv #abc7ny

Apr 26, 2015

Good to see Central Park finally looking green! I'll have the Accuweather Forecast on #abc7ny after… instagram.com/p/19E3YakFpN/

Apr 26, 2015

RT @ABC7NY: PROGRAMMING NOTE: Eyewitness News will be on after #SAvsLAC - hope you can join us!

Apr 25, 2015

@Swohtz For meteorology, I think they give a pretty good approximation in the short-range. All bets are off for "Random Walk" finance!

Apr 25, 2015

Frosty in some of the suburbs tonight, followed by a decent Sunday. #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/gsyM3IsLYm

Apr 25, 2015

@Swohtz Although I probably wouldn't show up to work since I'd be playing 36 holes of golf per day

Apr 25, 2015

Frost Advisory N&W (also eastern LI) overnight. Otherwise, Sunday is a touch warmer and less windy.… instagram.com/p/16ipcIkFn5/

Apr 22, 2015

@nannie_6 Might be a few more showers, but the worst is over

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