Michael Benninger

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  • Meet your bartender: Kevin Ashe

    Meet your bartender: Kevin Ashe

    One of North County's most elegantly adorned restaurants is also one of its newest. Since throwing open Ponsaty's doors in Rancho Santa Fe last summer, French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty and his team have pleased a plethora of palates in their decadent dining room. But it's not only the decor or...

  • The reel deal: March movie releases

    The reel deal: March movie releases

    New movies being released in March 2017 include Beauty and the Beast, The Shack, Table 19 and Song to Song. THE SHACK You're never as alone as you think. Drama Director: Stuart Hazeldine Starring: Sam Worthington , Octavia Spencer , Tim McGraw In theaters: March 3 A religious man struggles to maintain...

  • Laughing stock: March stand-up comedy shows

    Laughing stock: March stand-up comedy shows

    Comedians performing at comedy venues around San Diego this month include Brian Posehn, Jacob Sirof and April Macie. 3.2 JACOB SIROF  "Anyone been to a NASCAR event? You won't see one black guy there, right? Not one. You're better off trying to find a Mexican in a Crate & Barrel. It's not gonna...

  • Pouring their hearts out: PB bartenders find true love at The Local

    Pouring their hearts out: PB bartenders find true love at The Local

    Kasi Klapakis, a bartender at Tavern at the Beach, and Scott Ennis, a bartender at The Local Pacific Beach , met at The Local PB and now are engaged to married. (Hayne Palmour IV/Union-Tribune)Finding a fling at a Pacific Beach bar isn't exactly unheard of, but when two neighborhood bartenders...

  • Reel cool: February movie releases

    Reel cool: February movie releases

    New movies being released in February 2017 include those starring Renée Zellweger, Matt Damon , Dakota Johnson , Keanu Reeves and Ice Cube . Same Kind Of Different As Me Drama Director: Michael Carney  Starring: Renée Zellweger, Greg Kinnear , Djimon Hounsou   In theaters: Feb. 3 In an effort to...

  • Laughing stock: February stand-up comedy shows

    Laughing stock: February stand-up comedy shows

    Comedians performing at comedy venues around San Diego this month include Colin Kane, Arsenio Hall and Whitney Cummings. 2.2-4 Colin Kane "You gotta talk dirty. And if you talk dirty, you gotta change it up. A lot of you white girls say the same thing. You'll be like, 'I want to taste you.' You...

  • Laughing stock: January stand-up comedy shows

    Laughing stock: January stand-up comedy shows

    Comedians performing at comedy venues around San Diego this month include Ben Gleib, Ali Wong, Cort McCown and Rex Navarrete.   1.5-7 Corey Holcomb "I knew my daughter was gonna be a freak when this b*tch was 3 months old. Listen, this little heifer, she never kept the bottle in her mouth. She...

  • True North rolls out S.D.'s first cannabis cocktail

    True North rolls out S.D.'s first cannabis cocktail

    On Nov. 8, as Californians sparked up to celebrate the Golden State's newfound freedom to consume cannabis legally, the minds behind True North Tavern decided it was high time to introduce San Diego to a brand-new type of beverage. Dan Sutherland, True North's in-house alchemist, recounts the hazy...

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