Michael Benninger

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  • Splash down: San Diego's hottest pool parties

    Splash down: San Diego's hottest pool parties

    Last summer brought record-shattering, triple-degree temps to America's Finest City. Despite the fact that the term "climate change" no longer appears on the White House's website, however, the next few months aren't likely to cool down. To help beat the heat (and the depressing news cycle), here's...

  • To brighten your spirits, just add Cutwater

    To brighten your spirits, just add Cutwater

    Back in 2008, when Ballast Point was a big favorite among local beer aficionados, but still far from the billion-dollar brewer it is today, a few of the brand's employees began dabbling in distilling. Fast-forward to the present, and these aleumni from the now-international brewing outfit have...

  • Blind Date: Looking for love on the back of a horse

    Blind Date: Looking for love on the back of a horse

    Blind daters Jessica and Ian met for the first time about an hour ago in an Epic Limo bound for the Tijuana River Valley Nature Preserve, where they'll mount up for a romantic ride along America's Finest coastline. As the couple gets acquainted during the drive south, let's review their pre-date...

  • The reel deal: June movie releases

    The reel deal: June movie releases

    New movies being released in June 2017 include The House, Despicable Me 3 and Wonder Woman. WONDER WOMAN Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder. Fantasy | Action Director: Patty Jenkins Starring: Gal Gadot , Chris Pine , Robin Wright In theaters: June 2 After growing up in a hidden island oasis, the princess...

  • Meet your bartender: Luis Garcia

    Meet your bartender: Luis Garcia

    Luis Garcia grew up on the drinking-and-dining scene. "I've truly been in or around hospitality my whole life," he says. "My mom worked in the heart of the house for about 30 years, and my dad was front-of-the-house, serving. I've been exposed to it forever, which is one of the reasons why it's...

  • Things to do in June

    Things to do in June

    June is filled with cool events including the 19th LGBT Film Festival, San Diego County Fair, Taste of Liberty Station and the Marine Corps Mud Run. 6.2-7.4: San Diego County Fair Learn to saddle up like a pro, then go panning for gold at the county's signature summertime event, now themed as the...

  • Laughing stock: June stand-up comedy shows

    Laughing stock: June stand-up comedy shows

    Comedians performing at comedy venues around San Diego this month include Dana Carvey, Adele Givens and Brad Garrett.    6/2-3 JUSTIN MARTINDALE "'Thoughts and Prayers' is my new healthcare plan." - Justin Martindale on Twitter @ The Comedy Store, lajolla.comedystore.com   6/2 DANA CARVEY "I stopped...

  • Fantasy draft

    Fantasy draft

    Get ready to feel a draft as the country's bestselling imported beer breaks free of the bottle and arrives on tap after nearly 40 years. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1979, Corona Extra has established itself as the Mexican beer of choice for millions of Americans, and the brand's iconic clear-glass...

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