100 plus temps don’t faze Cruisin’ Grand midsummer night revelers

A 3-digit temperature didn’t stop hundreds, possibly thousands, of folks from coming out to be a part of the excitement of Cruisin’ Grand, an idea of Escondido’s business owner, Steve Waldron, that has become the number one car cruise in the nation. Tom Frank of Escondido was one such person in attendance and he brought along the car he learned […]

Sip, Wine & Beer, a nice place to get educated about wine

Don’t be intimidated by wine; learn about it

It’s always exciting and frighten­ing to start a new business; just like it’s both exciting and frightening to learn about something you don’t know much about. Like wine. Are you an oenophile? That’s a fancy word for a connoisseur of wines. It’s one of those pompous words you will encounter if you enter the world of wines, a world where […]

Luminary Arts Presents “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” beginning Aug. 5

Not your English teacher’s Shakespeare staged

Three Guys, 37 plays in 97 minutes, that’s the gist of “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [re­vised].” “Can three guys really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours? This fast-firing comedy, presented by Luminary Arts, parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only three performers in two acts. This play is full of energy […]

Patio Playhouse Theater will present Disney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at Kit Carson Park in August

Everyone knows the story of “Beau­ty and the Beast” and is likely to have been acquainted with the 1991 Disney animated version of the French folktale that has been retold by various cultures around the globe since the 1700s. The smash hit was made into a Broad­way musical in 1994 with seven songs added to the original version to accom­modate […]

For police chief, maintaining peace and unity with Escondido’s various “communities” means keeping an open door

When parts of the rest of the country were exploding with racial fury over the killings, first of blacks in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, and then the backlash that resulted when five po­lice officers were murdered in Dallas, Texas, Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter felt the need to take action. He called his opposite numbers, Sheriff Bill Gore and San […]

Moonlight’s ‘Peter Pan’ is a kid and adult pleaser

Moonlight Stage Productions has produced a lavish and well-staged version of the timeless musical “Peter Pan” as part of its 36th Summer Season. As always, Moonlight’s production is topnotch with a splendid orchestra and well- tuned cast, directed by Steven Glaudini. The songs, dance and production values will make you smile throughout. The show’s energy flags a few times, but […]

Council studies new site for water treatment plant

At its July 20 meeting the Escondido City Council voted to study a new site for a multi-million-dollar water recycling plant whose first proposed site turned out to be quite controversial. This is a different location from the controversial site that the planning commission rejected in April and which residents of that area turned out to give a Bronx cheer […]

Clue Avenue’s Lair of Doom Makes for a Fun Afternoon

It’s not every day that you get to work your way out of the lair of a comic-book loving, nefarious scien­tist bent on destroying San Diego. It certainly makes for an interesting af­ternoon at Clue Avenue, a new venue located right off of Grand Avenue on Kalmia Street. The lair in question is an escape room, or what is essen­tially […]

Now’s the time to run for city elections

Escondido’s next General Municipal Election will be consolidated with the statewide general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The election is for the pur­pose of selecting two City Council members: one to rep­resent District Three and one to represent District Four; as well as the election of one City Treasurer. The nomination period for the elec­tion is now until 5 […]

‘Star Trek Beyond’: Not a must see unless you are a Trekkie

The “Star Trek” franchise turns 50 this year and is celebrating with a new film. “Star Trek Beyond” is a mediocre outing that is memorable for two reasons: it says a heartfelt goodbye to the iconic character of Spock following the 2015 death of Leonard Nimoy; and it is the final “Trek” film to feature Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov […]