Michael Benninger

Writer

Recent Articles

  • Not-So-Skinny Dipping

    Having worked at venues around the city for the past decade, Chicago native Melissa Huegal is now flexing her bartending muscle at Club Flamingo. But for this recently converted gym rat, the real heavy lifting begins when the sun sets on the vintage-style swimfest, held Sundays this summer at LOUNGEsix...

  • Trending Water

    Photos by Kate and Michael Auda Just in time for summer comes a new drink that's ideal for quenching thirst. Born from the efforts of three San Diego entrepreneurs, Coconut Beach aims to disrupt the beverage industry by retailing bottles of coconut water for just 99 cents apiece - a fraction of...

  • June Movie Openings

    Me Before You Drama | Romance Director: Thea Sharrock Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman In theatres: June 3 This tearjerker adapted from a novel by the same name tells the tale of a quirky young girl who falls for a recently paralyzed man struggling to accept the truth about his...

  • Requiem for a Scream

    Photos by Kate and Michael Auda A Boston native with a deep passion for music, Jake Gomes is this Music Issue's official Bartender of the Month. He moved to San Diego two years ago and has since been pouring drinks and overseeing the rockin' scene at downtown's casual live music joint, Tin Roof....

  • May Movie Openings

    Captain America: Civil War United we stand. Divided we fall. Fantasy | Sci-Fi Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Starring: Chris Evans , Robert Downey Jr. , Scarlett Johansson In theatres: May 6 As the government attempts to impose regulations on when and how the Avengers can operate, the formerly...

  • Password-Protected

    Photos by Paul Body Nestled along North County's coastline, tucked away under one of downtown Carlsbad 's oldest buildings, rests a stylish speakeasy called The Charles Kenneth. Named after the owner's grandfather, and with a rich history dating back to the Prohibition Era, this hidden spot offers...

  • April Movie Openings

    Miles Ahead If you gonna tell a story, come with some attitude. Drama | Biography Director: Don Cheadle Starring: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor In theatres: April 15 When a writer for Rolling Stone shows up on the doorstep of aging jazz legend Miles Davis, the illustrious trumpeter...

  • You Ain't Scene Nothin' Yet

    With a collective budget in the billions, the sequels, reboots, adaptations and original features premiering over the next few months have the potential to make this Hollywood's hottest year yet. To help plan your cinematic schedule, here's a glimpse of some of the top films coming to theatres...

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