Michael Benninger

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  • Meet your bartender: Chelcie Lopez

    Meet your bartender: Chelcie Lopez

      Known as North Bay, Sports Arena, the Midway District and Loma Portal, one thing the patch of land between Point Loma and Interstate 5 isn't known for is electrifying nightlife. But with the arrival of the new Banzai Cocktails and Food, not to mention the DJs it's bringing to this stretch of...

  • Reel cool: January movie openings

    Reel cool: January movie openings

    Movies being released to start the New Year include "Bastards," "Underworld: Blood Wars," "Patriots Day," and "Split." Underworld: Blood Wars Every bloodline must end. Action | Horror Director: Anna Foerster  Starring: Kate Beckinsale , Theo James , Tobias Menzies In theaters: Jan. 6 A vampiric...

  • Living proof: 101 reasons to visit O'side's new speakeasy

    Living proof: 101 reasons to visit O'side's new speakeasy

    Just in time for Santa's arrival, Oceanside 's Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank has unwrapped its latest addition: a 35-seat, Prohibition-inspired speakeasy dubbed 101 Proof. Occupying a cozy 600-square-foot room, this jazzy joint has a menu of more than 300 whiskeys - and a set of house rules including...

  • Reel cool: December movie openings

    Reel cool: December movie openings

    Movies coming out around the holidays include "Office Christmas Party," "Collateral Beauty," "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," and "Passengers." Manchester by the Sea Drama Director: Kenneth Lonergan Starring: Casey Affleck , Michelle Williams , Kyle Chandler In theaters: December 2 When a childless...

  • Laughing stock: December stand-up comedy shows

    Laughing stock: December stand-up comedy shows

    Comedians performing at comedy venues around San Diego this month include Amy Schumer, Bobby Lee and Chris D'Elia. 12.1 Al Madrigal "I'm actually half-Mexican. Get used to it, 'cause in about five to 10 years, you're all gonna be related to one. I guarantee you that whether you like it or not....

  • November stand-up comedy shows

    November stand-up comedy shows

    11/3-5: Craig Robinson "Ain't no party like a no-panty party, cause a no-panty party don't stop!" - Craig Robinson in This Is the End @ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com 11/4-5: Alycia Cooper "Everything gets on my nerves. Especially when people ask if I have kids. Hell no, I ain't...

  • Beyond the Pale

    Beyond the Pale

    Photos by Howard Lipin Having served craft beers alongside locally sourced entrees for the past five years, the folks behind East Village 's British-style gastropub, Knotty Barrel, are unveiling a newly constructed brewery to call their own. When the taqueria next door to the Market Street bar...

  • Reel cool: November movie openings

    Reel cool: November movie openings

    TROLLS Find your happy place. Fantasy | Adventure Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn Starring: Anna Kendrick , Justin Timberlake , Russell Brand In theaters: Nov. 4 An idealistic dwarf and her cantankerous counterpart team up on an unlikely adventure to save their fuzzy friends and family from...

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