Valentine Date Night in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. there’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. Located right on the beach, romantics will enjoy meals suitable for royalty all the while partaking of waves crashing against the restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.

What to do in La Jolla on Rainy Days

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Photo: Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock

Every once in a blue moon it does rain in La Jolla. Whenever those rainy days arrive, we twiddle our thumbs and are at a loss sometimes as to what to do in the non-beach perfect weather. Well, twiddle those thumbs no more, as we’ve put together an itinerary for any rainy day in La Jolla and the vicinity. The next time those gray clouds unleash a torrent, or even enough rain to deter you from your other plans, you’ll surely be prepared.

Have fun and travel safely!

1. Grab something warm to drink:

Stay dry, warm up and relax with a piping hot beverage at one of La Jolla’s many comfy cafes. We highly recommend The Brick & Bell Cafe, Harry’s Coffee Shop & Gallery, Girard Gourmet, Gold Fish Pointe Cafe, or the Mission Coffee Cup. These are all fantastic spots to meet with friends, hold an impromptu meeting, or simply enjoy a book or meet new friends.

2. Go to a museum!:

Walking is good exercise (better than running some experts say). Why not expand your mind and enrich your knowledge in one of La Jolla’s museums? Individuals or groups may engage in sensibly crafted art exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (MCASD), the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, or even pop into the La Jolla Historical Society to increase your knowledge with respect to local history. For an extensive diversity of museums and genres, you may want to head slightly south to world famous San Diego’s Balboa Park. In this expansive district, there are 17 museums to choose from, and Balboa Park definitely has a bit of something for everyone!

3. Have a shopping spree:

Umbrellas in La Jolla and the greater San Diego are as rare as original movies coming out of Hollywood. Why not duck out of the rain and into one (or perhaps two, three or more) of La Jolla’s shops? There are a few shopping scenes in town to indulge yourself while remaining dry. You can opt to hit the downtown La Jolla village, or the UTC Mall for bigger department stores that offer considerably more cover (such as Nordstrom). Whether you’re looking for something distinct to wear, an art piece for décor, or even a distinctive antique, La Jolla literally has something for everyone. The seaside community of La Jolla also features several jewelry stores, furniture dealers, bedding stores, lighting shops, specialty shops, gift stores, bookstores, shoe stores and much, much more. Whatever you may be shopping for, as you take shelter from the downpour, we promise you can find it here in beautiful La Jolla. For a list of La Jolla’s shopping spots, kindly click HERE.

4. Warm up with a good meal:

What better time to eat a hot, delicious meal than when it’s raining? You may enjoy dinner at one of the many La Jolla restaurants you’ve always been talking about trying for ages. Have you ever experienced the scrumptious scallops at Nine-Ten, or the delectable, appetizing pizzas of Catania? If not, these are just a start. La Jolla restaurants run the foodie extent from simple and casual taco shops to exquisite dining of international cuisine from renowned top chefs. Picking one of La Jolla’s many restaurants is nearly as much fun as eating at one. The bottom line is this: no matter where you decide to dine or feast, you’re sure to appreciate the friendly service as well as a great ambiance. Check out our restaurants page HERE to help you decide where to eat when the rain replaces the heat!

Some of The Best Restaurants in La Jolla are Participating in San Diego Restaurant Week!

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The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 15th through Sunday, January 22nd for an edible extravaganza to ring in the New Year! With over 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving. There’s some fantastic La Jolla Restaurants participating, and we’ve added them to this list so you can map out your eatery destinations.

San Diego Restaurant Week is proud to announce a very delicious partnership for January 2017 as many of the San Diego Restaurant Week restaurants team up with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th anniversary of delectable, scrumptious, delicious Girl Scout Cookies! To celebrate, chefs are getting creative with America’s favorite cookies to dish out special offerings for SDRW diners.

Have a wonderful time at San Diego Restaurant week and bon appétit!

Apollonia Greek Bistro

Fine cuisine fashioned through simplicity and spawned by ingenuity.

For over 3,000 years, Greek gastronomy has been overwhelmingly influenced by world history. Pragmatic foods such as grains, meat and legumes are enhanced by pungent, down-to-earth flavors of garlic, onion, eggplant and artichoke, as well as by the essences of olive oil, lemons and raisins. At Apollonia Greek Bistro, they endeavor to serve quality food to accommodate both vegetarian and omnivorous clientele. The chefs create exceptional dishes that permit all natural flavors to arise and excite the palate and stir the senses. Aside from traditional favorites, they feature a selection of considerably lighter cuisine with reduced fat, all the while maintaining the passion, enthralling aromas and hearty flavors that are definitively Greek.

Timeless favorites such as Dolmathakia and Moussaka may be enjoyed along with other enticing, more adventurous dishes sure to arouse any diner’s inquisitiveness. Greeks are certain that even the most unassuming meals become ambrosia when a person is in an upbeat mood. Apollonia Greek Bistro’s hospitality strives to sustain a diner’s joyful temperament. At San Diego Restaurant Week this year, patrons will be glad to know they have an opportunity to rejoice in the ever alluring and full-bodied cuisine of Greece with a special three-course lunch and dinner menu for $20.

Beaumont’s Eatery

Established in the heart of La Jolla’s venerated Bird Rock seaside community, Beaumont’s is a traditional meet up eatery for locals to assemble together and enjoy extraordinary food, hand-fashioned cocktails, as well as appreciate top-notch entertainment set in a casual, yet fashionable environment. Beaumont’s came to Bird Rock back in 2005, when the locale was fraught with struggling commerce, numerous foreclosures, and a vanishing sense of community spirit. However, since its opening, Beaumont’s has continued to breathe new life into the Bird Rock community by augmenting the development of the locale, advancing local business, and furthermore depicting Bird Rock as an energetic and diverse neighborhood. Megan and David Heine, owners of Brockton Villa Restaurant in La Jolla, each contribute their collective and profound passion for sustaining the local community and mooring the vibrant life of Bird Rock in Beaumont’s, a veritable La Jolla treasure.

Bistro Du Marche

Christened after La Jolla’s well-accepted Open Aire Farmer’s Market, Bistro du Marché allows Chef Diot to work his labor of love in a close relationship with farmers in order to integrate the optimum in local flavors for the restaurant. Led by Chef Christophe Santos, Bistro du Marché incorporates quality ingredients and rigorous French technique into every delectable dish.

Bistro du Marché is founded on the culinary notion of “bistronomie” which developed in Paris, and which has been warmly embraced in the United States. Bistronomie, a veritable play on words on the concepts of “bistro” and “gastronomie”, is a style of French cuisine that places an emphasis on the fusion of haute gastronomic expertise, seasonality, and the traditional “cuisine de terroir” found in bistros all across France. The relative youthfulness of the bistronomie effort has succeeded in bolstering French cuisine, and Bistro du Marché, now an aspect of the wave called “gastro-bistro,” raises the proverbial bar among traditional French bistros.

For restaurant week, they will be featuring a three-course menu at a reasonable $50.

Brockton Villa

Brockton Villa Restaurant is pleasantly entrenched in one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages. Their location along the seaside offers diners an impressive and stunning view of world renowned La Jolla Cove. They serve quality breakfast through dinner food replete with seasonal changes on their enticing menu designed by Chef Mareyja Sisbarro. For San Diego Restaurant Week, they will be featuring lunch and dinner courses for $15 per person and $30 per person, respectively.

Chedi Thai Bistro

The menu at Chedi Thai’s was inspired by customary, quality cuisine from Thailand. From traditional favorites to exclusive creations specifically tailored for vegetarians, each and every dish is meticulously prepared with a healthy balance in mind at Chedi Thai. They only use produce and ingredients from specialty markets in order to serve patrons fresh foods and the highest in standards of excellence in all of their meals. The health-conscious-minded can be assured that all of Chedi Thai’s exceptional fare is prepared in healthy olive and canola oils.

Donovan’s Steakhouse

Donovan’s exemplifies the ultimate steakhouse dining experience, amazing in its veritable simplicity, flawless in execution. Patrons are able to sit back and relax with family and friends, relish in the rich, established atmosphere, and allow the staff to take care of the rest of their needs. Your time with Donovan’s will prove to be uncomplicated, and your dinner specifically personalized to your exacting taste. Your professional servers are inconspicuous in their presence and yet swiftly at your table when you require anything.

Built on the traditions of the ultimate in great steakhouses, Donovan’s selects their meats from the finest stockyards and hand cut steaks in house. In addition, fresh seafood is flown in on a daily basis. Executive chefs create excellent meals using respected and long-standing recipes and techniques for the ultimate dining experience. Donovan’s award-winning wine list features selections from the finest vineyards. From a relaxed setting to exquisite cuisine and exceptional service, perfection is Donovan’s objective. Donovan’s Steakhouse will be offering a Prix Fixe 3-Course Menu for $50.

Draft Republic

Draft Republic is all about delightful, scrumptious grub and entertaining games! The La Jolla/UTC hot spot will be offering a 2-course lunch menu and 3-course dinner menu featuring Draft favorites. These include the celebrated Draft Republic Burger and mouth-watering Baked Penne Pasta. Patrons are reminded to be sure to leave time for a game or three of Ping-Pong, too!

Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s La Jolla is named in honor of native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimming and water polo medallist, as well as the father of contemporary surfing. Overlooking spectacular and world renowned La Jolla Cove, Duke’s serves unpretentiously and with pleasant hospitality along with fashionable, present-day interpretations of traditional island plates. As a tribute to the beach lifestyles of Hawaii and Southern California, Duke’s rejoices in celebrating family, magnificent sights, and the true spirit of aloha. Duke’s welcomes all guests to become part of their ’ohana.

Duke’s La Jolla will be participating in Restaurant Week from January 15th though the 22nd, offering two-course lunches for a mere $20.

Galaxy Taco

Comer Awesome means the freshest of ingredients, boldly delectable flavors that please and tease the palate, and the fine craft of true Mexican cuisine. It also means being infatuated with the finer details of preparing delicious food and nailing it each and every time. This is because at Galaxy Taco they firmly believe every bite should be the best bite, and that each and every precious day deserves to be toasted with only the most enchanting and appealing cocktails. So bienvenido! Explore their menus, give a few things a go, but most importantly of all, be prepared to have an exceptionally awesome time. After all, you are what you eat. Comer Awesome.

George’s California Modern

Executive chef, partner, and chief storyteller Trey Foshee, along with his highly skilled team, source locally grown or harvested products whenever possible, using them in seasonally-driven, inventive preparations that are sure to amaze and delight the palate. Conveniently located on the lower level of George’s at the Cove, their ocean view dining room is contemporary and yet equally comfortable. In addition, their outgoing, gregarious, and otherwise knowledgeable staff serve as guides to the numerous and rousing choices available. If you’ve ever wondered what San Diego might taste like, George’s California Modern invites one and all to come have dinner with them.

During San Diego Restaurant Week, patrons can savor dishes including their appealing Snapper Crudo with coconut and cara cara orange, as well as Roasted Jidori Chicken with black trumpet mushroom bread pudding, all the while relishing in their award-winning service and their breath-taking ocean view. Feel free to add wine pairings to each course for a modest additional fee. Dinner is priced at $50 per person.

George’s Ocean Terrace

One of the better aspects about living in San Diego is that people are able to enjoy being outdoors year-round. It’s a wonderful gift for our amazing lifestyle. To make things even better, when you get that desire to eat outdoors, there is certainly no better place than the Ocean Terrace, rightfully commended as the region’s best rooftop dining experience. Why not join them at a table overlooking the expansive Pacific, or even snatch a seat at their recently expanded bar for a seamlessly relaxed Southern California lunch or dinner with a million dollar view.

For San Diego Week, their three course lunch menus are $20 and $30 per person.

Herringbone

Herringbone’s welcomes one and all to their delightfully ambient establishment, where lounge style tunes fill the relaxed air, and where the kitchen serves up exclusive takes on meat and delicious seafood. There’s truly a reason why Herringbone is rapidly assuming its rightful place among Southern California’s coastal towns.

At Herringbone, they take pleasure in pairing fresh seafood and quality meat choices along with seasonal produce to create delectable dishes that place a concerted emphasis on the collective flavors. With exciting twists on classic concepts, their farm fresh cuisine emanates from a kitchen steered by Chef Brian Malarkey.

Nine-Ten

NINE-TEN’s enduring commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes the restaurant a must visit for culinary aficionados. The intimate and ever-friendly restaurant, piloted by award-winning Chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the picture-perfect amalgamation of sophistication and casual stylishness, as well as an idyllic location along Prospect Street. Patrons are able to revel in the best of the local harvest from artisan farmers, where fresh produce is selected on a daily basis for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. Local fish selections from the abundance of the sea arrives daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature perfectly matching wines from the all-encompassing, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Patrons are able to avail of indoor dining, al fresco on the sidewalk patio, or delight in ocean-view terrace seating.

During San Diego Restaurant Week, Nine-Ten will be offering 3-courses, $50 per person, or $75 with matching wine pairings with each course.

Puesto La Jolla

Puesto is known for its ability to successfully combine a casual approach along with an original twist on Mexican street food, and furthermore knows the true meaning of fresh. Each and every made-to-order gourmet taco, bowl and salad is always freshly prepared for the finest Mexican food experience.

Puesto La Jolla is offering hungry patrons a variety of their delectably fresh dishes at can’t pass-it-up prices during San Diego Restaurant Week.

The Grill at Torrey Pines

Providing guests with an exclusive scenic view of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Grill is the quintessential popular dining destination located at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. A preferred place for gathering with friends and family, The Grill extends their invitation to locals and visitors alike to relax beside cozy fire pits, try tasty local craft beers beneath a clever and artfully designed trellis, and appreciate delicious meals from the restaurant’s custom-built wood-burning suite. The latter serves as the foundation for nationally celebrated Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s slow-cooked, farm fresh menu. Whether coming together for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Grill’s hospitable atmosphere and considerate team always assure a memorable experience for guests, as well as an enduring dedication to utilizing local ingredients, sound craftsmanship, and the creative spirit that California is known for throughout the world.

The Marine Room

Located in La Jolla at one of the more picturesque locales in the world, San Diegans have adored and honored the tradition of dining at The Marine Room in excess of 70 years. The La Jolla, San Diego landmark is indeed synonymous with fine dining and a sophisticated ambiance. While the Pacific Ocean waves surge against the floor-length windows, diners are pampered with award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere ever to be reminisced. The Marine Room, located in friendly La Jolla Shores, is the definitive preferred dining experience among San Diego visitors and residents, where every meal is indeed an exceptional occasion.

Come celebrate San Diego Restaurant Week at The Marine Room with a tempting three-course menu including main course options of Madeira Braised Berkshire Pork Cheeks, Lemongrass Sansho Spiced Diver Scallops, and Prawn Macadamia Dukkha Crusted Barramundi. For a mere additional $10, choose from Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon, Absinthe Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail, or Togarashi Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. *Kindly note the Lobster Night menu and Happy Hour menu will not be available during Restaurant Week.

The Melting Pot

Have you been thirsting lately for something completely different and certainly out of the conventional? The Melting Pot has just what you need. Come take your passionate taste buds on a particularly amazing and delicious journey with their signature fondue selections, including gorgonzola cheese, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, spinach and artichoke ravioli, and bananas foster fondue. Conveniently located in the Aventine La Jolla, right across from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the San Diego fondue restaurant proffers a distinctive, interactive, and definitive, memorable dining experience for any occasion.

Join them during San Diego Restaurant Week from January 15th to the 22nd for a 3-course dinner for a mere $30. Be sure to make your reservation today!

The Shores Restaurant

People looking for one of the best places to revel in a delightful Sunday brunch, along with a spectacular ocean view, will discover both at the Shores Restaurant. Suitably located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Menus feature Southern California fresh produce as well as specialty items from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Whether people have a preference for a family meal, or a delightfully romantic dinner for two, they are sure to take delight in the welcoming service along with the surf, or even the California sunset in the background.

An Interview with Lisa Jacobsen and Jonathan Gall of Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery

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CFA Gallery – Orlando & Richen

Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery isn’t just any art gallery. It’s a highly acclaimed spot for the passerby and irresistible for the art guru. They feature Paintings, Sculpture and Limited Edition works from Internationally acclaimed artists. Located in Downtown La Jolla, their locations provide unparalleled services in Fine Art Acquisitions and Consulting, Custom Framing, Art Installation, Corporate Collections and Award Design.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Jacobsen and Jonathan Gall of The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery.

How long has Contemporary Fine Arts been in La Jolla?

This will be the 25th year for Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in La Jolla.

For people who aren’t familiar with your gallery, what kind of artwork does CFASD showcase?

We feature contemporary art including abstract, figurative and landscapes. We showcase a wide variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media paintings, wood, glass, bronze and resin sculpture and also ceramics. We represent both local and internationally known artists. We tend to have long term relationships with our artists. Several have been with us over 20 years. Our sons who are now 23 and 25 have grown up knowing our artists. In fact our eldest son just flew down to Colombia last year to spend a week with the artist we originally opened the gallery to represent: Orlando Agudelo-Botero. Our younger son attends NYU but when he is home in the summers he hangs all of our art exhibits for us. We have also developed long relationships with many of our collectors who have become friends as well.

What is the best part of having a gallery in La Jolla?

We have a loyal following who attend all of our artist receptions and are very supportive of the gallery and any new artists we decide to exhibit. We get to meet a lot of interesting people who share our love for art.

In addition to your gallery, you offer framing. Can you tell us a little about that?

We have two picture framing businesses in the area. Our little design showroom: Art in Framing just moved after 25 years on Wall Street to The La Jolla Village Square on Fay Avenue across the street from “The Village Corner”. We are very happy in our new location. We actually do the framing in our large facility on Morena Blvd: JAG Art, 4390 Morena Blvd just one block before Costco.

We also feature an art showroom at that location. It is very enjoyable to get an opportunity to see the wide range of art and photography we get to frame for our clients. We frame work for many artists and interior designers and also for other galleries.

One of the most enjoyable aspects has been framing children’s art projects for many local schools who then auction off the art for their yearly fund raisers with great success.

Is there anything coming up at your gallery that you would like to mention?

If you have not yet visited the gallery check out our website contemporaryfineartsgallery.com where we always post our upcoming events and artist receptions. Or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We hope to see you soon!

For more information on Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, Click HERE

An Interview with Dennis Wills of D.G. Wills Books

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A veritable one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to see why D.G. Wills Books is a true charm in La Jolla. What is more, in our contemporary, progressively and increasingly impersonal, digital society, the attention paid to personalization and the sheer aesthetics of text is simply inspirational and stimulating.

Dennis began advertising with the La Jolla Blue Book back in 1979 when La Jolla was yet the budding seaside beauty of a community it has grown into. Wills has a complete understanding of what it means to construct a business from the ground up, which is precisely what he set out to do and achieve on La Jolla Boulevard the same year he began advertising. Moreover, his community roots in La Jolla complement the little store’s enduring allure and charisma

The diminutive edifice began on a shoestring budget and with an idea born of love. With a couple of borrowed hammers, a rusty old saw, a few friends that believed in his vision, and a smattering of lumber, work began in 1979. Wills began to craft bookshelves from scratch with painstaking dedication and attention to detail. And with his visualization entrenched in his mind for the La Jolla community, he began to stock the store with various books he located and or stumbled upon at area garage, yard and estate sales.

The dream grew quickly and the bookstore came to be a serene haven for lovers of books, intelligentsias and academics, and rankly, right down to the local who was merely seeking an unobtrusive place to sit and peruse a tome or novel away from the noise pollution life often brings.

Dennis’ undying devotion and commitment to knowledge has drawn various scholars, literary critics, myriad students, and professors from universities from around the contiguous United States. With authors such as Plato, Shakespeare, Darwin, and the Bronte sisters, Wills’ rests assured that he stocks a most inimitable selection of books in the literary world. Indeed, the old, antique and difficult to locate books one may find in his store are certainly not carried by the impersonal chain and corporate stores that pander to frivolity. Perhaps best of all is the place he maintains in the hearts of his clientele, those thousands upon thousands who have found this La Jolla niche and veritable treasure trove, and who have had occasion to interact with him on a personal and intellectual level.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Wills about his remarkable bookshop.

The genesis of D.G. Wills Books is really interesting. Did you ever imagine it would become what it is today?

Well, one is never sure when opening a business how long or to what extent it might last; but that said, I chose La Jolla specifically to be near UCSD and the Salk Institute on the premise that the educated community’s interest in scholarly books would make it more likely that we would survive for thirty-six years now;  and that good libraries from retired professors would emerge. We were lucky and honored, for example, to have acquired Nobel Laureate Francis Crick’s library.

Out of all of the literary celebrities who have spoken at D.G. Wills Books, do you have any personal favorites?

Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and Christopher Hitchens were clearly the most entertaining and witty. Francis Crick and Freeman Dyson were the most brilliant scientists here. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was the most entertaining poet, although Allen Ginsberg drew the largest and most chaotic crowd, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti was the funniest. Playwright Edward Albee’s appearance was like attending a graduate seminar on theater. Pulitzer Prize journalist Maureen Dowd and Jill Abramson, then Managing Editor of the “New York Times,” were a brilliant team when they appeared here together.

Some may argue that the printed word is dying due to all of these technology advancements. What keeps your passion alive for what you do?

While Kindle and other e-book options have their use, many also continue to prefer to handle the printed page. The passion ever remains as we continue to discover the wonders of knowledge and mystery contained within books.

For people who have never been to your store, what should people know before going to D.G. Wills Books?

We carry new, used and antiquarian books, mainly within academic categories, and “backlist titles” that have passed the test of time, like Shakespeare, Darwin or Isaac Newton.

Is there anything special coming up at D.G. Wills Books that you’d like to mention?

Our Thirty-Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose is coming up, on 17 March 2017, from 7 P.M. until it ends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring writers today?

My advice to aspiring writers is to read, read, and read; then practice, practice and practice with your revisions, constantly fine tuning.

D.G. Wills is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to drop in at D.G. Wills, give Dennis a whispered holler, and see for yourself why indeed you’ll want to come back time and again seeking those hard to find gems, as well as enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

For more information on D.G. Wills Books, Click HERE

The Magical History of Old Globe Theatre

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Long a tradition of San Diego’s finest in live theater, the Old Globe Theatre has a storied history replete with celebrated productions, actors and actresses, as well as various events that threatened its very existence. Originally constructed in 1935 and fashioned after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London, its premise was to perform condensed accounts of Shakespeare’s plays as an aspect of the California Pacific International Exposition. The San Diego Community Theatre leased the theatre subsequent to the exposition in 1937 as a non-profit corporation. In addition, it attained some of the nearby buildings from the city, remodeled the theatre, and this long-lasting relationship with the city continues to this day, bringing the finest in merriment to San Diegans and visitors to San Diego alike.

The remodeled Old Globe Theatre opened with its first production of John Van Druten’s The Distaff Side on December 2, 1937. A notable cast member was Craig Noel, whose impressive presence as an actor, director, and artistic leader steered the theatre’s development for some fifty plus continuous years of productions and festivities.

San Diego residents recall that the old Falstaff Tavern next to the Old Globe was subsequently refurbished in 1969 and became the 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage, a now cherished space dedicated to the production of new, exciting experimental theatre.

Disaster struck The Old Globe on March 8, 1978 when arson devastated the theatre. Only by good fortune and perhaps the watchful eye of Shakespeare himself, were the important administrative functions, rehearsal hall, dressing rooms, scenery and costume shops, as well as the Cassius Carter Centre Stage saved from the blaze that threatened the historic landmark. Undaunted, plans were soon underway to rebuild, and in the interim, that summer the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival was held at the award-winning outdoor theatre Festival Stage.

The years 1981 and 1982 witnessed significant changes for The Old Globe. In 1981, it became a year-round venue, and in 1982, a newly refurbished 580-seat capacity theatre opened with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. When arson reared its ugly head again in 1984, destroying the Festival Stage, undeterred, a new 620-seat Lowell Davies Festival Theatre was subsequently raised in 1985 to the delight of the San Diego arts community.

Now called The Old Globe, a publicly funded five-year, $75 million capital and endowment campaign to safeguard its long-term stability began. Consequently, the stage of the Old Globe Theatre was dubbed the Donald and Darlene Shiley stage to honor the family’s $20 million pledge. In 2009, the Globe made public its remodeled campus with the maiden Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, featuring the new Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, and Hattox Hall.

Historically, The Old Globe has been a veritable family of some of the more celebrated national artists, innovative designers, directors, and playwrights in the entire theatre business. Indeed, productions produced at The Old Globe have gone on to play on Broadway and Off Broadway, reaping an impressive 13 Tony Awards, as well as considerable nominations. Some of these include The Full Monty, Damn Yankees and Julius Caesar. These many awards and acknowledgments have brought world attention to San Diego as a result of its continuous artistic community and are a lasting testament to San Diego’s finest in the performing arts.

Today, The Old Globe produces 15 main stage productions each and every year ranging from all periods and styles, from Shakespearean masterpieces to an enduring emphasis with respect to the development and production of new and exciting works.

The current operating budget exceeds $20 million, thus making The Old Globe one of San Diego’s principal institutions regarding the performing arts, the leading employer of the arts, as well as one of the nation’s premiere theatres. As a testament to this fact, some 250,000 plus individuals of all ages attend Globe productions, as well as partake in the theatre’s arts engagement programs and outreach services. Truly, The Old Globe is San Diego’s finest of the performing arts.

For more information on Old Globe Theatre, Click HERE