Around the Land of OB

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Frequency Film Festival Returns – “Films From Around The World,” May 23-25, 27, 30-31 / June 1, 4-8, 2013 at The Ocean Beach Playhouse

Point Loma Sprouts fires longtime employee for alleged theft – Ian Rey fired. Rally in Support held Wed. 

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Interview with Lifeguard Historian Who Notes OB Drownings of 13 on May 5, 1918

Here’s an interesting interview at Coronado Patch with Mike Martino – a lifeguard – who wrote the book “Lifeguards of San Diego County“. Martino cites the “key tragedy in San Diego that caused a major perception in understanding the need for lifeguards,” and that was the drownings of 13 people off Ocean Beach on May 5, 1918:

The surf was running somewhere in the 8-10 foot range, and a massive rip current swept beach goers off their feet and out into the swirling currents and surf. When it was all over, 60 plus people had been rescued and 13 people had drowned.

The interview is by  Serge Dedina, executive director of Wildcoast – and a lifeguard himself. :

San Diego Bands Play for Benefit and Tribute to Creator of “Crawdaddy” at OB’s Winston’s on Sunday

An incredible plethora of soloists and bands from San Diego will play at OB’s Winstons on Sunday, May 12th, and pay tribute to Paul Williams, the creator, publisher, editor and sole writer of  “Crawdaddy” – which was the first US mag dedicated to “intelligent writing about pop music.”  Williams passed away on March 27 from complications from the early onset dementia he began suffering from after a 1995 bicycle accident. He was 64, and a resident of Encinitas. Proceeds will go to his widow and son.

Bands such as Garage Orchestra, Mojo Nixon, Jose Sinatra & Berkley Hart, Miff Laracy, Bart Mendoza’s True Stories, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Ric Kaestner, Jon Kanis & Listening to Rocks and Jive Bombers will perform during the six-hour benefit.  Benefit starts at 2pm Sunday, May 12th, at Winstons, 1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach, with $10 suggested donation at the door.  Phone: (619) 222-6872;  Online:  More info here thx to U-T’s George Varga.

Frequency Film Festival Returns to The Ocean Beach Playhouse

Ocean Beach California’s film festival is BACK!!!  There will be 29 narrative and documentary feature films/43 screenings at Frequency Film Festival,  May 23-25, 27, 30-31 / June 1, 4-8, 2013 at The Ocean Beach Playhouse, 4944 Newport Ave. San Diego, CA 92107.     Frequency Film Festival film screenings are $6.17 if you purchase them in advance and $10.00 at the door.

United In Anger: A History Of ACT UP, a documentary feature film will be screening twice at Frequency Film Festival on May 27, 2013 – 8:00pm and June 8, 2013 – 10:30am ; for more, go here.

Skateboard Park Designer Got His Start in OB and Point Loma

Kanten Russle grew up skating in Point Loma and Ocean Beach and was good enough to turn pro. During his 13-year career, he was best known for “going big” — flying through the air down staircases and across gaps in buildings, taking jumps nobody else would.   Now, at age 39, he’s made another leap, into designing skateparks for a living. He’s part of the sport’s ongoing transformation from outlaw status to mainstream, more popular worldwide than ever.  For more, go here.

Mayor Filner’s Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Okaying Ban Medical Herb Dispensaries

The following is a statement from Mayor Bob Filner on the California Supreme Court ruling today that upheld the right of a municipality to ban medical marijuana dispensaries:

“Although this ruling does a disservice to those who need compassionate care through the use of medical marijuana,” said Mayor Bob Filner, “it does not hinder our aim to provide regulated access to medical marijuana.”

History of Medical Marijuana Efforts in San Diego County

 7San Diego writer  R. Stickney has done an informative and enlighting timeline on “Medical Marijuana in San Diego” – a look at the 17 years in San Diego since Prop 215 was passed.

Summer of Love poster LibStaSummer of Love at Liberty Station – All hippies — and hipsters— are welcome!

It will be a shimmering “Summer of Love” for everyone at the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’s (SDGMC) annual Encore Gala at Point Loma’s Liberty Station on Saturday, June 15. Take a trip back to the psychedelic Sixties with your groovy hosts from SDGMC! The event will include live Sixties music from San Diego’s multi-award-winning band Rockola, themed food from John Little Catering and live and silent auctions.  The highlight of the evening will be the live auction of an incredible San Francisco Pride Weekend Package with exclusive tickets to the new “I Am Harvey Milk” world premiere.

All proceeds from the Encore Gala benefit the chorus and its mission of creating a positive musical experience through exciting performances that engage audiences, build community support and provide a dynamic force for social change. The SDGMC has entertained San Diego audiences for nearly 30 years. With more than 150 members, it is one of the largest choruses of its type in the world.  Tickets for the “Summer of Love” event are $75 for general admission at 7 pm. For more, go here.

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