Michael Benninger

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  • How The West Was Fun

    Photos by Nancee E. Lewis Galloping into downtown's Grant Grill this month is a new gang of drinks straight out of the Old West, or at least as it has been portrayed on the silver screen. "Each drink is named after one of my favorite Westerns and inspired by that particular film, not only by the...

  • September Movie Openings

    DEEPWATER HORIZON When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic. Drama | Thriller Director: Peter Berg Starring: Mark Wahlberg , Gina Rodriguez , Kurt Russell In theatres: September 30 This film takes an inside look at the lives affected by the 2010 explosion of an offshore drilling rig...

  • September Comedy Shows

    9/1-3: Colin Kane @ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com "Why get married and ruin one person's life, when you could keep dating and ruin so many more?" - Colin Kane on Twitter   9/8-11: Pablo Francisco @ American Comedy Co.,americancomedyco.com "What's the job application at Hooters? They...

  • August Movie Openings

    Don't Think Twice The spotlight's not for everyone. Drama | Comedy Director: Mike Birbiglia Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia In theaters: now When a single member of a tight-knit improv troupe is plucked to appear on a popular sketch comedy show, the unchosen actors...

  • Moni Talks

    Photos by Kate and Michael Auda Seasonal craft cocktails, locally sourced cuisine and live music aren't the only attractions drawing throngs of people to Carmel Valley 's new Westroot Tavern. The already-popular upscale sports bar by Verant Group (the hospitality team behind Tavern at the Beach,...

  • Little Miss Moonshine

    Photo by Kate and Michael Auda It's against the law in the Golden State for a person to serve alcoholic beverages at a bar before the age 21. For California native Kelly Clancey, that milestone couldn't come soon enough. After growing up in the Central Valley, working for years in the service industry...

  • July Movie Openings

    The BFG The world is more giant than you can imagine. Fantasy | Family Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Mark Rylance , Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall In theaters: July 1 A young girl who stays up past her bedtime befriends a gentle giant alienated from his community for refusing to eat children....

  • Un-Con-Strained

    It's that time of year again, when hordes of hardcore geeks swarm the streets of the Gaslamp to celebrate countless shades of pop culture. But, seeing as tickets to this year's Comic-Con International sold out faster than the Flash can fire off knuckle-babies, throngs of wannabe conventioneers...

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