Back To Cali OCT 2019

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“Back To Cali” Magazine celebrates the vibrant California lifestyle with local news
and features that honor our unique and multicultural community. The publication
is designed for everybody who enjoys living an active and positive lifestyle. We
include elements that awaken the mind, body and spirit to the tropical California
state of mind. We provide locals and visitors an experience of California’s culture
to take with them on their journey and a reminder of the gorgeous place we are so
blessed to share. We succeed in helping the world fall in love with California time
and time again.

ARTIST

SPOTLIGHT:

The Cali Life by

LOCAL PHOTOG GREG CALI

KAABOO

HIGHLIGHTS

Featured Musician

CHRIS SWANN

Wrench & Rodent

RESTAURANT REVIEW

October & November

EVENT CALENDAR

featuring Music Studios

Big Fish, Cinematics

& Studio West

FALL

October 2019

ALSO

INSIDE:

THE ART OF SOUND


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M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T

Back To Cali” Magazine celebrates the vibrant California lifestyle with local news

and features that honor our unique and multicultural community. The publication

is designed for everybody who enjoys living an active and positive lifestyle. We

include elements that awaken the mind, body and spirit to the tropical California

state of mind. We provide locals and visitors an experience of California’s culture

to take with them on their journey and a reminder of the gorgeous place we are so

blessed to share. We succeed in helping the world fall in love with California time

and time again.


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KAABOO Highlights | 8

MICHAEL DRENTEA

20 | Music Studio

STUDIO WEST

Restaurant Review | 10

WRENCH & RODENT

22 | Encinitas Cruise Night

TYSON THOMPSON

Local Art Gallery Spotlight | 13

THE CALI LIFE

24 | Musician Feature

CHRIS SWANN

The Cali Life Weddings | 14

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER GREG CALI

26 | Sweatiquette

ASK ELAINE

Music Studio | 16

BIG FISH

28 | Events

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

18 | Music Studio

CINEMATICS

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the center of Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

Virgin Fest, the musical festival face for Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, will include

both KAABOO Cayman and KAABOO Texas as well as the newly re-named

KAABOO San Diego and states it will not be rebranded, and is an expansion for

the KAABOO brand.

The KAABOO Del Mar edition closed-out its three-day festival with a full moon

rising, over a Friday the 13th weekend, with an all-star lineup which included

Mumford & Sons, Maren Morris, Kings of Leon, Silversun Pickups, Duran Duran,

Snoop Dogg and the Wu Tang Clan, Black Eyed Peas, Boys II Men, Dave

Matthews Band, Xavier Rudd, Colbie Caillat, as well as performances by Cash,

Cheat Codes, One Republic, Alec Benjamin, Sublime with Rome, and San Diego’s

own Switchfoot. A special live performance by actor Kevin Bacon and his

brothers’ new band, The Bacon Brothers and more!

Comedians Wayne Brady, Tom Green, Bob Saget, and Kevin Smith performed

for private viewings on the HUMOR ME stage. This marked the second consecutive

year that the event has been sold-out days in advance with over 35,000

patrons visiting each day.

D E L M A R

By: Michael Drentea

KAABOO Del Mar, the upscale Southern California music festival celebrated its

fifth and final year in Del Mar this past September 13 through Sept. 15. Days

later founders Bryan Gordon and Seth Wolkov announced they sold the music

festival and 100% of its assets to Virgin Fest, which was brokered by Latham &

Watkins, a Los Angeles-based law firm, through Virgin Fest CEO Jason Felts for

an undisclosed amount. As KAABOO enters a new multi-year partnership with

the San Diego Padres, and changes its name from KAABOO Del Mar to KAABOO

San Diego, it will take its venue in 2020 from North County to Petco Park and

Park Hill project representatives The Rza, The Gza, Method Man, Raekwon The

Chef, and the Ghostface Killah from the Grammy nominated New York based

rap group, the Wu Tang Clan is on tour celebrating their 25th commemorative

anniversary of their 1993 debut album “36 Chambers” bringing former Wu

Photo: Alive Coverage


BOO

Photo: Rocio Guzman

BLACK EYED PEAS

Photo: Michael Drentea

ZIMER

Photo: Michael Drentea

SNOOP DOGG

Photo: Michael Drentea

METHOD MAN

Tang Clan member the late, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s firstborn son, Young Dirty

Bastard on tour with the group for the first time. The group is also promoting

their new film, “Wu -Tang: An American Saga” in theaters September

2019 and shown on HULU.

Sublime performed with singer Rome Ramirez, who lived in San Diego

County for a moment in both the communities of Fallbrook and Oceanside

who had plenty of local support from both family and friends.

R&B band Boyz II Men performed for the first time ever in front of an audience

with live instruments, and both the Black Eyed Peas and Duran Duran

announced new female band members, making for some cool music history

at KAABOO Del Mar’s last year, with another sell-out performance, and an

incredible sunset backdrop and great energy!

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By: Lucia Viti

OCEANSIDE

Davin Waite is a foodie. But not just any foodie. The culinary talent

has been dubbed one of the “top five best chefs” by food critics

within America’s Finest City.

The owner of Oceanside’s Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub, and

self-described scrappy, irreverent, mad scientist “manipulates flavors”

of seafood, vegetables and plants in ways noted as “pretty

chef-centric.”

While sidestepping the norm by “learning the rules to break the

rules,” Waite’s Japanese-based cuisine is steeped in tradition. And

this he humbly admits, is the secret to his success.

“Honest” dishes, replete with local and sustainably sourced products,

showcase the “perfect balance” of nutritional delights. The

entire fish is used. Nothing is ever wasted.

“I didn’t invent zero waste, the peasants did,” said the Oceanside

resident. “Real food technique isn’t about taking credit for how nature

works. It’s about honesty and balance; the blending of ingredients

that enhance, not overshadow flavors. It’s my job to make food

taste good without hiding it behind multiple components.”

A diverse menu of 15 different fish along with veggies and plants

that are “good for people,” serve as Waite’s blueprint for the preservation

of the species and the humans consuming them.

S E A B A S S T R O P U B

“Eating the same fish threatens the species,” he said. “Yeah, we

slip in a little tuna, but we encourage eating fish that often gets

overlooked. And we add plants and vegetables to cut back on the

amount of fish consumed. We encourage eating everything we kill

– to enjoy the variety of new and different – so we can kill less.

“Bigger fast-food restaurants are killing customers with poisonous

food and killing customers makes no sense,” he continued. “Nutrition

that keeps customers alive is a much better business model.”

Relationships, “linked together by a chain of events with love attached

to every link,”

underscore the unusual, un-heard of and eccentric seafood and

vegan fare. Almost everything is sourced locally from the many

North County farms “hidden in plain sight.”

“You can’t beat knowing the farmers who grow our veggies and the

people who catch our fish,” he said. “Purchasing locally is more

expensive but it has many benefits, not the least of which is taste.”

While Waite’s “investment in food and cooking began when I could

reach the stove,” his arrival into the Japanese food culture was

“sheer dumb luck.”

“I applied at a Carlsbad sushi restaurant to be a server,” he said.

“I was told to go home, shower, shave, clip my nails and come back

to make sushi. I made 100 California rolls that night and fell in love

with the rush of restaurant life.

“But back then your average, middle-class kid didn’t tell his super-


educated English parents, including a physicist-scientist dad, ‘I

want to be a cook.’ So, I attended college in Santa Barbara fooling

myself into believing that I would become a psychologist. Halfway

through I admitted that I wanted to become a sushi chef.”

Culinary school was replaced by the university of hands-on, hard

knocks, “insane” learning as Waite trained at the Ichiban in Santa

Barbara under Chef Hiro.

San Diego’s Café Japango became Waite’s next goal. Described as

the place to be, the “roaring 20s of the sushi-era,” Waite pestered

Japengo’s boss, “walking a fine line between showing enthusiasm

and bugging the #$% out of him until he hired me.”

Hired “on the bottom as a rice boy,” days began at 6:30 AM, cooking

rice back-to-back, a feat that wasn’t taken lightly.

“If I screwed up a batch of rice, I didn’t just take crap from the

head chef, I also ruined the night for12 elite sushi chefs,” he said,

“Making good sushi rice takes practice. It’s a formula, not a secret

recipe.”

Waite riced his way to appetizers before settling into the sushi bar,

learning the “line between the kitchen and the sushi bar which

didn’t get crossed.” Following sage advice from a mentor, he

learned “how to cook” while observing the art of everything sushi.

rodent

“That’s the way it should be,” he said. “Food is food. A chef is a

chef. We all have specialties, but even a brain surgeon has to go to

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medical school first.”

The “gnarly, hardcore, tough-love,” Japengo nights became Waite’s study of

volume, repetition and flavor combinations.

The Fish Joint became Waite’s next “good run” followed by his own pop-up sushi

bar – the Wrench & Rodent Seasbasstropub – in a Bull Taco Shop in South

Oceanside.

“The Whet Noodle’s our grounder, our way of filling the spectrum of what the

neighborhood needed,” he said.

Quick to tip his hat to the North County’s culinary community for caring for each

other and not “treating the competition as competition,” Waite admits to growing

“so fast because everyone works together.”

The surfer dude who respects the ocean remains humbled by his kudos.

Here, he expanded his team to include his wife Jessica, a healthy vegetarian

since age seven, along with is brother Lauren as “partner and henchman.” The

younger sibling was forced to climb the ladder the “right” way, ascending from

dishwasher to “gifted” sushi chef.

The “silly gibberish” name, “that’s just about having a name,” and logo is

Waite’s nod to “never take ourselves too seriously,” while the décor displays his

admiration for Johnny Cash, retro grunge and North County decals.

“It’s crazy-cool and hard to believe it’s me,” he said. “I’m still the English kid in the

Japanese sushi bar striving to be better. But it’s not just about what people say,

it’s about what they don’t say; the absence of noise when eating something new;

the energy, the facial expressions and the smiles that surround people enjoying

their food. Now that’s rad.”

Days fueled by caffeine – “especially those that begin at 4 AM” – are run by a

“solid” crew of dedicated workers. Zero waste runs parallel to the perfect bite.

“With little to work with, we pieced everything together on a shoe string to reflect

our personalities, although the logo was my idea,” he said. “I put a fish’s head

on a woman’s body to sidestep the relationship between right and wrong and

make it fun. Who’s not to say I ruined a perfectly good fish head by placing it on

a woman’s body?”

“There are no short cuts, no cutting corners and profits never come before ethics,”

he said. “Everything’s affordable. We keep it simple. We care.”

And at the end of the day, when the lights go out, life is “really good” for the Waite

family.

The team experimented with “well-informed gambles” while giving plants and

vegetables the same “respect” as fish. The pop-up became a popular sushi

destination.

Within six years, they transformed the taco shop into the Whet Noodle, a ramen

noodle house that’s anything but “trendy.” The Japanese inspired, small-bite

menu “lends itself to cool hedgy specials that showcase local farms.”

“There’s something special about winding down the night,” Waite concluded. “The

lingering smells of cooling metal, fish, onions, even the cleaning fluid is well, cool.

Before closing the lights, I look around, take in a deep breath and say, ‘Yeah. We

survived another one.’ At home, we inhale three slices of pizza and drop.”

VISIT WRENCH & RODENT

www.seabasstropub.com

1815 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 92054


T H E

caliL I

g a l l e r y

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TheCaliLife started out as an online portfolio for my drawings and paintings I created while in college. After art school I quickly moved into photography

and transitioned my website from paintings to photos. I ran my production company out of my home up until October 2018 when a great opportunity

lingering in the distance was finally right in front of me. I was offered to take over an art gallery on the 101 in the heart of Leucadia. It was scary at

first but I knew I was ready, so I dove in headfirst. Now I work next door to a longtime friend of mine, and I’m stoked to be more involved in the funky

Leucadia culture.

TheCaliLife Gallery and Photography studio is where I’m able to showcase some of my favorite prints, provide services such as headshot and portrait

sessions, product photography and wedding consultations. The gallery is a place that allows me to express my creativity. I’m so proud of where I’ve

been able to take my company, and I have high expectations for the coming years.

With the welcoming environment that TheCaliLife Gallery and Photography Studio offers, I’ve been able to host many events here that bring locals and

travelers together for an enjoyable time. Being able to branch out from my solo act and become a bigger part of my hometown brings me a lot of

gratitude, and I plan on having many more events there in the future to further celebrate how art can bring our community together.

For photography services, photographic prints, original paintings and more, stop by TheCaliLife Gallery & Photography Studio. You can visit online

store at www.TheCaliLifeGallery.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As this issue of Back to Cali Magazine went to press on Sept. 30th, TheCaliLife Gallery burned down. Although there were no injuries, the community

is encouraged to help Greg Cali recover by supporting his photography business, or by donating to the GoFundMe campaign “Help Support TheCaliLife Gallery!” here:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-thecalilife-gallery-and-photography-studio.

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WEDDINGS

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Greg Cali, often referred to by his last name, Cali, grew up in Encinitas and went

on to live in charming beach towns scattered along the California coastlines. It was

clear from a very early age that he was an artist which lead to a study of fine art

at Cal State University Long Beach and a creative expression that’s inspired by the

true California lifestyle. Through his studies, he became captivated by the process

of making images, which guided him to master photography.

After completing his education, Cali felt drawn to translate the authenticity of his

story through his business in every way. A family man who connects with heritage

and the timelessness of the coastal California culture, there was a calling to keep

a connection to his roots leading to the birth of his career as a photographer and

the start of a name that is recognized and respected all along the coast. TheCaliLife

is a tribute to his Sicilian grandparents and a proclamation to the way that he

lives every single day, with or without a camera in hand.

Today, Cali is known for his unique style that infuses an artistic touch with photography.

His technique translates into final imagery that has such a precision that at

first glance, it may appear effortless. But when one takes time to study a bit deeper,

an artistic composition, calculated exposure, and considered choice of subject

are unveiled in a way that leaves the viewer longing for more. The consistency of

his work and dedication to capturing the “perfect shot” has made him arguably one

of the most sought after photographers in Southern California.

Those who know Cali would describe his warmth as “infectious.” He is one to treat

every encounter the same — as an opportunity to paint your storyline through

imagery that will take one’s breath away. From engagements to weddings, landscapes

and more, Cali has a quick eye and attention to detail that not only leaves

his clients to feel at ease, but translates his contagious spirit in a way that allows

each client to let down their walls in order to collaboratively create images that

brings smiles and reminders the fondest memories for years to come.

With over 150 weddings photographed, it is safe to say that TheCaliLife Weddings

have become a focal point of this multifaceted production company. No matter the

occasion, TheCaliLIfe’s mission is to capture life’s incredible moments that will be

cherished forever.

To view or purchase pieces from TheCaliLife’s current collection, check out the art

gallery and photography studio located at 694 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas,

CA 92024. For a free consultation, contact Greg Cali directly at greg@thecalilife.

com or by phone at (760) 525-5514 to begin planning how you will capture your

special day in an unforgettable way. To view information on pricing and packages,

please visit www.thecalilife.com/wedding-pricing.

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BIG FISH

studio

By: Tyson Thompson

A Look at North County’s

Premier Recording Studio

3540 Dove Hollow Rd.

Encinitas, CA 92024

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Big Fish is a local gem that has made its home in Encinitas since 1989. Founder Paul Waroff, a musician

in his own right, decided with the help of his parents to build and establish a 5,000-square-foot

recording studio as a passion project. Once he officially made the move back to San Diego’s North

County in 1999, there was no turning back. They had no idea of the magnitude of musical talent that

would pass through the doors, but it has been a journey well worth the investment.

From a very humble beginning, they have witnessed artists such as Pinback, Blink 182, Finch and

P.O.D. having their breakthrough albums recorded there as well as becoming a hot spot for the

alternative music scene in San Diego.

Older generation legends like Ravi Shankar and Burt Bacharach have also graced the music haven

tucked away in the Rancho Santa Fe Hills. Once a full-blown analog style set up, Waroff decided to

make the transition to digital in 2003, but still has the equipment and ability to switch back to analog

at any given time for a production.

When you take a quick glance from the outside it seems like a very unassuming place, but after

a walk-through of the studio one comes to appreciate the nostalgia that has been preserved by

someone who is clearly a music aficionado. The space is adorned with gold and platinum albums

and signed memorabilia. A part of that history includes one of Waroff’s own albums recorded in

the ‘70s hanging on the wall that was designed by the same artist who did the cover for The Eagles

“Hotel California” album.

As the wide world of music keeps changing, Waroff remains modest in his approach and is grateful

for all the engineers and music acquaintances that have made his dream a reality. Big Fish has

proven to be a perennial force in the industry that prides itself on quality and an open-minded

structure. “We have had some great memories shared here. I feel there will be another chapter or

resurgence in the studio with a new wave of artists. Maybe one last run.”

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In recent years, the city of Oceanside has gotten a little makeover in the downtown area that has

seen tourist numbers rise. Right in the heart of that development sits a newly established studio that

is making waves throughout the community. Cinematic Arts and Sound, envisioned and founded by

Jesse and Natalie Macdonald in 2017, specializes in basically everything from commercial shoots,

recording, live performance, TV shows, audio books, and even high-end camera rentals that they

ship out to other countries.

You get the sense that the passion for art runs deep in this creative space and sound engineer

Tommy Richardson makes sure that everything is running smooth as can be on the technical side of

things. Being an artist himself, his musical sensibilities make it easy for fellow artists to relate and get

in a groove while recording. “I love all genres of music, so it is always a blast for me to have different

musicians come in and spend time with them in a professional setting,” says Richardson.

This year there has been a steady influx of local and international artists coming in to work in this

cozy laidback environment that feels like home. Everything about this studio feels very official but

also maintains a grassroots vibe. To add to the cool factor, there is a movie screening room, sound

stage, record players, vinyl collection, vintage camera collection, and plenty of retro Mexican movie

posters to admire.

Also, in an effort to bring more likeminded creative types together, they pull out a stage and throw

the occasional party in their front parking lot. Bands, DJs and catered food keep everything lively, and

is a surefire way for people to network in the area. Cinematic is easily one of the most cutting-edge

studios not only in San Diego, but in all of California.

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CINeMATIC

art & sound

By: Tyson Thompson

302 Oceanside Blvd.

Oceanside, CA 92054

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studio

By: Tyson Thompson

WEST

11021 Via Frontera

San Diego, CA 92127

When English-born Peter Dyson started Studio West back in 2004, he wanted to get a solid crew

around him that would help bring his vision to life. The Escondido facility’s main goal has been to

provide an educational platform for the youth as well as cater to up and coming artists.

While music production always remains at the forefront, over the years they have branched out to

work with people in the film, television, radio, and video game industries. Film Posters such as “The

Usual Suspects” and “The Cable Guy” are on display to show the connection that Studio West has

made to the entertainment world beyond the confines of San Diego.

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Dyson, who is also a vintage drum collector, also uses the studio as a safe place to store and repair

his prized possessions. At any time, he would be more than honored to share the story and history

behind these unique drum kits with those who are curious.

Helping him run this expansive studio is fellow musician Peter Nagy, a San Diegan who has a great

knack for working with the younger students. This has become a big sense of pride for Dyson and his

team of facilitators. “We not only enjoy having the kids hang out here, but also get joy from teaching

them the process and teamwork required to produce quality music,” says Dyson.

Summer camps that Studio West offers keep these aspiring students motivated and give them the

resources to work with professional musicians on a regular basis. The 8,000-square-foot studio is

equipped with high caliber equipment and instruments, including a state-of-the-art SSL 4000 EG Plus

sound mixing board that was originally owned by British singer and musician Steve Winwood.

The bar for greatness has been set extremely high at this beautiful studio that is full of character

and life. At Studio West there seems to be no boundaries in place and no project too big for them to

handle.

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cruise

Encinitas

night

By: Tyson Thompson

Downtown Encinitas was alive with bright paint and loud engines as spectators

lined the streets for a glimpse of automobile heaven. Over the past 20 years local

resident and car enthusiast Doug Jones has seen the monthly event expand into a

large scale showcase with collectors coming in from different counties to show off

their prized possessions. As much as everyone enjoys to watch, those who have

invested in these lovely pieces of art also enjoy talking and sharing the unique

stories behind these cars. Froom woodies to muscle cars there is a little something

for everyone’s taste. Heels on Wheels is another addition to this spectacular

event that allows women collectors to bond in the experience and indulge in their

passion. There was also a nice dose of live music to get everyone moving and

dancing, along with plenty of happy hour specials at the local restaurants to make

this a memorable evening.

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F E A T U R E D M U S I C I A N :

chris swann

By: Gina Onori

Close your eyes and imagine a funk rock surfer who lives in Carlsbad, CA.

Let me guess… you envisioned a white dude with long blonde scraggly

hair. Try again.

Chris Swann is a dark-skinned 6’ 3” Washington D.C. Native who turned

a life long dream into a living reality.

Through hard work, perseverance and a serendipitous encounter.

Swann went from a cushy engineering job to surfing and playing music

on tour with surf legend Tom Curren.

Rewind Swann’s life tape years ago, and he was working for an electronics

firm driving a company car swapping out computer boards in Salisbury/Ocean

City Maryland. As a college graduate with an engineering

degree, this was a career path that he was not comfortable in. Having

played bass his entire life, music was a creative outlet for Chris, but never

a way to make a full time living.

Moments later, Swann’s fans grappled him onto the stage with Tom Curren’s

band, and before he knew it, Chris was jamming out with Tom Curren

Skipping Urchins.

The crew rocked the set and there was an instant bond and connection

that lead singer Tom Curren didn’t want to part ways with. After the show

ended, Curren asked Swann if he wanted to go on tour with the band.

As luck would have it, Swann’s dismal moment became a steppingstone

to success. With no hesitation, Chris immediately took a leap of faith and

went on tour.

“The energy was original, it was personal, and they all had passion. I was

excited to be a part of it,” said Swann.

While on tour, Curren taught Swann how to surf, and if there is anybody

One particular night Swann was at the company party, Swann took a look

around and said too himself, What’s going on with my life!

“I left the party disappointed, I felt like everyone was out in the big city

and was out here all by myself.”

Swann decided to go out to Scandals a local club where his band Mighty

Big Richard was frequent headliner. They had been previously banned

from the club for playing naked on-stage but this night since Swann was

fully clothed and coming from the company party the bouncer let him

in. The bar was packed with screaming fans, surfers, the street was

crammed with cars, and Chris noticed a marquee that read, “Tom Curren

and the Skipping Urchins”.

Unsure who the famous musicians were, Chris was engulfed in the musical

atmosphere of adorning fans, rocking guitars, heart pounding drums

and video footage of surfers on the big screen. As a musician himself,

Swann admired the bands talent.

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in the world one could be lucky enough to receive as a surf coach, a

three-time world champion would be the one.

Surfing and music play an integral role in Chris’s life as they guide him in

his creative outlets. Swann explains that working with Tom is unlike any

other bond in his life. Curren and Swann play on each other’s talents…

while Curren teaches Swann about the surfing world, Swann opens Curren’s

view to different musical elements. Yet at the same time, Swann

admits that Curren has an enormous amount of musical background he

continues to gain insight on.

Tom’s a genius when it comes to writing music,” said Swann. “His

music is so inspiring because he travels the world and experiments with

different sounds.”

When asked what advice he would give other aspiring musicians Swann

replied, “make sure music is a passion of yours because the music industry

is tough. It’s got its ups and its downs and you have to really work

hard. You’ll have breakthroughs, fall downs, and you’ll get bruises. But

if it’s part of your heart and passion it doesn’t matter because you’re

always gonna get up and start playing again. Oh yeah and always copyright

your music!”

Today, the band is currently known as Tom Curren Band. Swann plays

also a solo artist when he is not on tour with Tom. You can find him on

iTunes and Facebook.

“Music is what keeps me humble and happy,” said Swann. “I work so

hard at it that it’s really opened doors for me. You gotta turn stones over

if you don’t turn them over and you don’t try you’ll never know.”

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( SWEATIQUETTE )

Don’t interrupt people to ask them to film you. Don’t set up your phone

in a space that might be in the way of someone else. The key here is to

get the shot and be done with it.

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Think about how you smell. Even though you’re going to perspire when

working out, don’t use the same sweaty clothes over and over again.

Using deodorant and wearing laundered clothes will help prevent natural

body order from become so strong it offends the people around you.

ask

elaine

U S I N G P R O P E R E T I Q U E T T E

A T T H E G Y M

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Avoid overly loud grunting. Your loud noises, and over-zealous grunting, can

really be distracting to club members around you.

Wipe up your sweat from the exercise equipment. Research has shown that

people have contracted communicable diseases such as rashes and ring

worm from bacteria on exercise equipment. Be kind, and take a moment to

protect yourself, as well as others, by simply wiping the equipment.

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Avoid staring at people. Keep in mind that most individuals are at the

gym not only to maintain a healthy body, but to also work on problem

areas. This means people, women especially, may be feeling somewhat

uncomfortable just being there. Don’t make matters worse by staring.

Don’t hog the machines. It’s important that you pay attention to people

around you so that you are mindful of how long you are using each

machine. This includes the cardio machines as well. If you’ve signed up

to use specific equipment for a given time be sure you stick to it as a

courtesy to others.

Keep the gym and locker room clean. The staff at your gym is not there

to follow behind picking up after you. Take your water bottles, towels,

etc. with you when you leave the club. And don’t forget to clear the area

around your locker of your personal belongings.

Keep conversation brief or move to another area to talk. There are times

when you may find yourself in conversation with an acquaintance or

meet someone new. People are there to concentrate on their work out

and your voices may be a distraction. If you see your conversation is

going to be prolonged then step into another area, such as the lobby, so

you don’t disturb people nearby.

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Return equipment to its proper place and/or back to the low setting. Just take

a couple of extra steps to leave things organized for the next person. If you

take out free weights, just put them back. If there are various settings on the

equipment you’re using, be courteous and set it back to low.

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Follow the club rules. Rules may vary from club to club for different

reasons depending on the management. Don’t take them personally

because every member is expected to follow them. You’ll have a better

work out experience and make your life simple by following the posted

guidelines.

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Don’t overdo it with the camera. It’s not unusual to show the world what

we’re doing through our social media channels. It can be motivating and

Elaine Swann is the founder of the Swann School of Proto-

inspiring to others. However, don’t overdo it by turning your session into a

col and etiquette school located in Carlsbad. Follow her on

feature film set. Filming of your workout session should not be a distraction

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @elaineswann. Learn

to others. Nor should it physically get in the way of people trying to work out.

more by visiting her website www.swannschool.com


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W E D N E S D A Y S

Started in 1994, the State Street Farmers’ Market takes place in downtown Carlsbad

every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy fresh organic produce, locally prepared

foods, handmade crafts, and live entertainment in the heart of Carlsbad Village on

State St. between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand Ave. They offer approximately 18

produce vendors, 25 packaged specialty food vendors, six prepared/cooked food

vendors, and two to four crafters at every market.

d e l m a r

S A T U R D A Y S

The Del Mar Farmers Market is held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Del Mar Civic Center

at 1050 Camino del Mar between 10th and 11th streets. This is a certified and

nonprofit Farmers Market supporting California Farmers by providing opportunities

to sell directly to the public. The Market offers organic and pesticide-free seasonal

fruits and vegetables, potted herbs, orchids, international cuisine, eggs, seafood,

hummus, bread and baked goods, cheese, granola, almond butter, kettle corn,

honey, jam, fruit juice, kombucha, and arts & crafts. For more information, visit

www.delmarfarmersmarket.org

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S U N D A Y S

The Leucadia Certified Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

on the school grounds of Paul Ecke Central School located at 185 Union Street.

The Leucadia Certified Farmers Market has 75-plus vendors with amazing flowers,

plants and fresh produce including a large Certified Organic Section. In addition, you

will find specialty foods like bakeries, beef, seafood, marinades, pastas, sauces etc.

Come hungry as they also have a very nice food court serving breakfast and lunch.

Local artisans too! For more information, visit www.leucadiafarmersmarket.com.

O C T 2 0 t h

s o l a n a b e a c h

The Belly Up Tavern, located at 143 S. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, has plenty

of shows on tap for the months of September and October.

Oct. 11: Led Zepagain

Oct. 26: Dead Man’s Party

Nov. 7: Helmet 30th Anniversary

Nov. 9: Super Diamond

Nov. 23: Pinback

Nov. 29: The Greyboy Allstars

For tickets and more information as well as a full calendar, visit www.bellyup.com

Coastal and crafty, SaltDog Classic brings a wonderful lineup of musicians, artists,

and local businesses together for a day of community fun. SaltDog Classic is a day

of music, fun, craft beverage, and local businesses coming together to bring North

County San Diego to life. The event was founded with the intention of strengthening

our community through kindred connections and charitable giving. SaltDog Classic is

proud to raise both funds and awareness to animal friendly and community oriented

nonprofit Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The event will donate $1 for every ticket

and beer token purchased and host an amazing silent auction and live raffle with

premium packages and prizes. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.

20 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, visit

www.saltdogclassic.com

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Featuring up to 200 merchants and spanning four city blocks, MainStreet Oceanside’s

Sunset Market is San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street fair.

Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., thousands of residents and visitors alike gather here

to enjoy hot food from around the world, gourmet goodies and desserts, eclectic

shopping and live entertainment. Located on Pier View Way west of Coast Highway

in Downtown Oceanside since 2007, this free, family-friendly event also features

Dorothy’s KidZone with children’s activities.

OB Oktoberfest will take place Friday Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday

Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to midnight. The event will feature live music, a brew fest, a

cornhole tournament, Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest contests, a stein holding contest

and more. The Brew Fest will take place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. with unlimited

tastings from nine local brewers. For more information, visit oboktoberfest.com.


N O V E M B E R 2 n d

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O C T O B E R 1 2 - 1 3 t h

The free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns for its 11th year with even more prestigious

art, international wine, craft beer, and family fun on Saturday, Oct. 12 and

Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With a spectacular coastline, upscale village

atmosphere, and picturesque views, La Jolla is the perfect setting for the beloved

and widely recognized La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. There is truly something for

everyone to enjoy, including over 150 juried artists from around the globe, 3D chalk

art displays, interactive art murals, non-stop live music, family art center, roving

entertainment, gourmet food court, and a wine, craft beer, and spirits garden featuring

local brews, distilleries and global wineries. The event will take place at Girard

Avenue and Prospect Street in La Jolla. For more information, visit www.ljwaf.com.

O C T O B E R 2 0 t h

The Best Damn Car Show in Town, San Diego will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Pal Joey’s Cocktails, 5147 Waring Road. The show will feature hot rods,

customs, cars and trucks from all years. Free to view, $30 to enter. There will be

music, a raffle and trophies and the Pal Joey’s bartenders will be serving cocktails

all day long. For more information, call (619) 582-6699 or visit

www.paljoeysonline.com

N O V E M B E R 1 s t

A Viva Frida art show by June Rubin celebrating the life of artist Frida Kahlo will

take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the June Rubin Studio/Gallery at 2690 Historic

Decatur, Liberty Station, Suite 214, Barracks 19 in San Diego. The event is free. For

more information, visit junerubin.com

N O V E M B E R 1 - 4 t h

The San Diego Haunted Brewery will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at The

Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows at 2223 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego.

Dare to step inside and grab a beer at the San Diego Haunted Brewery pop up, only

for a limited time! The old brewery has been open for decades, but it seems that the

past patrons and bartenders won’t leave and their spirits remain. The bartenders’

spirits that lurk the brewery are so generous, that they offer unlimited beer samples

to guests who enter, enticing them to stay... forever! Guests are encouraged to wear

their best costumes. Tickets start at $35 & can be purchased from Eventbrite.com.

N O V E M B E R 2 n d

The fifth annual Escondido Tamale Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 2 at Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido. The event is a celebration of

tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s

culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have

influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of

appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido. The

festival will also feature craft beers and wine and is an official San Diego Beer Week

event. For more information, visit www.escondidotamalefestival.org

N O V E M B E R 7 t h

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless

music, celebrates its fifth year anniversary and hits the road to plat the Civic

Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

with Executive Producer, Eva Price, and co-commisioned by the United Palace of

Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker will feature MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s

founding fathers, opening the show with a short set before rapping the introduction.

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a

full-length production featuring a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an

electric violinist. The traditional Tchaikovsky score beautifully compliments the power

moves of these 12 dancers, with traditional and incidental music re-mixed and reimagined,

helping to bring a beautifully surprising and contemporary vibe to the

production. For tickets and more information,

visit www.sandiegotheatres.org/hip-hop-nutcracker

The 24th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival will take place Nov. 1 to Nov. 4 at the

California Center for the Arts, Escondido. On Nov. 1 attendees will be able to create

altars to remember lost loved ones. On Nov. 2 over 40 Latinx artists and vendors

will be on hand and the night will conclude with a special performance of Tributo a

la Reina, un Homenaje a Celia Cruz. On Nov. 4, Bill Toone, executive director and

founder of EcoLife Conservation will lead attendees through the migration of the

monarch butterfly. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit artcenter.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-festival

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N O V E M B E R 8 t h

Art After Hours will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the San Diego Museum of

Art, 1450 El Prado in San Diego. For only $5, experience exhibitions and the museum’s

20 galleries while live music plays. Admission is free for members, youth 17

and under and college students with ID. For more information, call (619) 232-7931.

N O V E M B E R 9 t h

The 17th annual East County Cruisers Holiday Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9

at Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road in Valley Center. The event is open to

all years, makes and models of cars and bikes. For more information or to register,

visit www.eastcountycruisers.com.

N O V E M B E R 1 6 t h

The sixth annual Bikes and Beers event will take place on Nov. 16 beginning at

Society Brewing, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego. Check in and registration

will take place at Societe Brewing and feature free High Brew coffee and

pastries. There will be 15- and 30-mile routes with pit stops along the way. At the

finish line riders will enjoy two well-deserved Society Brewing beers. Riders will also

get swag and a raffle ticket. Event proceeds will go to benefitting better area cycling

conditions. For more information and to register, visit bikesandbeers.com

N O V E M B E R 2 2 - 2 4 t h

The Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival will take place Nov. 22 to Nov. 24 at Seaport

Village on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Headliners include Miguel, Migos,

Ben Harper, MGMT, Slightly Stoopid, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Los Angeles Azules

and many more. Tony Hawk’s HuckJam will be featured on Saturday and Sunday.

For tickets and a full lineup, visit wonderfrontfestival.com.

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