Arts & Entertainment

Sun God 2001

The Sun God is disappointed. If this majestic creature could shake its immobile head in frustration, it would. In order to please the Sun God, UCSD students must pull together and make the 2001 Sun God Festival one to measure the success of all other festivals to come. Otherwise, the Sun God will smite the entire campus of UCSD. The Sun God was fairly happy with the turnout at FallFest, especially since the weather forced the concert to move into the Price Center Ballroom. The Long Beach Dub Allstars, Mix Master Mike and Dial-7 put on a high-energy show that impressed the students. The Sun God was pleased for the moment. Then Winterfest fell short of expectations. The concert’s headliner, Juvenile, was stricken with an alleged ear infection. Lucy Pearl’s strong set was hampered by technical difficulties that cut out some of their speakers, F.o.N. stepped in to fill the shoes as the opening act, and Sprung Monkey rounded out the show. The Sun God watched on, disappointed. Now, the Sun God looks ahead to Sun God Festival 2001. It still remembers last year, when F.o.N., Rahzel from The Roots, The Aquabats and Dishwalla came to UCSD to perform. Local favorite F.o.N. came through with a solid set, and those goofy Aquabats were mildly entertaining. Although we only got one Root out of five, Rahzel stepped up quite nicely — but the one-hit wonder Dishwalla failed to carry the festival. And the low turnout showed it. The Sun God also remembers when Los Lobos entertained the masses in 1985. English chart-topper Blur was here in 1992. Although that was long before the “”woooo-hoo!”” era, Blur was on the wave of the Brit-pop invasion and was backed by its classics such as “”She’s So High”” and “”There’s No Other Way.”” No Doubt was at UCSD in 1994 and 311 rocked UCSD in 1995. Rocket From the Crypt performed Sun God 1996. The Sun God hopes these glory days can return. With the 2001 Sun God Festival looming ahead, let’s hope the students and the bands do not disappoint. Local band Ping Pong Mafia hopes to get things warmed up. Naughty by Nature will be down with O.P.P. and just the thought of hearing that song alone should be enough to keep the crowds down for it. So-Cal punk band Face to Face should give us rockin’ covers from their most recent albums, which feature their renditions of “”What Difference Does It Make”” by The Smiths, “”Don’t Change”” by INXS and “”That’s Entertainment”” by The Jam. Old favorites played a new way should set up the show for hip-hop act Xzibit, whose work is respected by underground rappers. Xzibit has gained more popularity through performances on the Up in Smoke Tour and collaborations with Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Eminem. In the tradition of more European-style festivals, a DJ tent will have DVC DJs spinning from 6:30 p.m. through the end of the event. The Sun God wants to get that sour taste out of its mouth. The Sun God wants to erase memories of Dishwalla trying to headline a festival. With a nod to dance music (DJ tent), a familiar name for casual fans (Naughty by Nature), a hard rocking punk group (Face to Face) and a well-respected and talented headliner (Xzibit), the Sun God finally sees some potential for an amazing time. Now it is up to us to sacrifice our livers for the almighty Sun God and all will be good. ...

Porter's Pub Lineup

For some spirited Sun God imbibery, visit Porter’s Pub in the Student Center for its laid-back atmosphere and extensive beer selection. Here are some of the lesser known beers that can be drafted at the pub: Shark Bite Red Brewed by Pizza Port, a Solana Beach brewery, Shark Bite Red is a is a typical red ale, bitter and strong. Arrogant Bastard Ale A San Marcos-based Stone Brewery creation, Arrogant Bastard Ale is a dark and very strong ale with a high alcohol content. Widmer Bros. Heffeweisen This is a light and wheaty domestic brew. It is unfiltered, therefore a little cloudy, and is served with a floating lemon slice. Ayinger Celebrator Brewed in Germany’s Bavaria region, this “”doppelbock,”” German for “”double bock,”” is dark and intense, but with a smooth finish characteristic of Bavarian brews. Lindeman’s Framboise This flavored beer is from Belgium, and is known as a raspberry lambic. It has a light, crisp and clean taste. Fresh raspberry juice is added just after fermentation to boost the flavor. Caffrey’s Irish Ale Well known in Irish pubs, Caffrey’s is a creamy brew. Its texture is virtually identical to that of Guinness, but it is bright yellow in color, lighter in taste and even creamier. Diebel’s Alt This ale is very popular in Germany, where it is brewed. It is a darker brew — brown in color — with a malty finish and a slight hint of creaminess. ...

Battle of the Beer

At the end of a long day at school or work, you realize that a refreshing beer would hit the spot. As you drive home, your mind wanders to the thought of the cold beer that will soothe the nerves and relax the soul. You can almost hear the delightful “”ssstt”” as the bottle cap flies off and tinkers around the counter. The slight scent of the precious yeast-based brew reaches your nose. You can almost imagine the cool feel of the bottle resting carefully in the palm of your hand while you kick off your shoes, sit in your favorite chair and just unwind. You finally reach your home and you dash inside, ignoring the pile of bills and leaping over the cat that decided it wants attention today. You reach the smooth handle of the refrigerator door. You fling it open and then just as you are about to reach inside for a beer, you face a moral decision. A dilemma. A quandary, if you will. Will it be the Lady or the Tiger? Definitely a predicament. What beer do you choose?! Now, if your home is anything like mine, there is usually a wide selection of beer to choose from and I am often left wondering whether I should reach for the Karl Strauss Amber Lager, the Newcastle or the Guinness. So many choices. But there’s not much time to decide as your mouth begins to dry out in anticipation of this cool beverage. You are thinking to yourself, what should I drink? Which one is better? Why? You might say to yourself, “”It’s just beer.”” But no, it’s not “”just beer.”” Every beer has its own unique style, texture and taste. And just in time for the Sun God Festival, where many revelers will partake in the mass consumption of alcoholic beverages, The Guardian staff members have taken the liberty of conducting painstaking research in judging the overall quality and taste of various beers. We matched up various beers and rated their quality against each other. The beers were then individually rated on a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being piss poor, 10 being the best of the best and 5 simply being an average beer that wouldn’t be too bad on any given night. The results are below — happy drinking! BEER VS. BEER Asahi vs. Sapporo Asahi: 8 Sapporo: 5 The two beer giants of Japan square off in an epic battle of taste and overall quality. But it appears that Sapporo falls short in this battle. Sapporo has a lighter texture and a slightly more watered-down taste. The bitterness of the initial flavor is much like the initial taste of Budweiser: It’s not that bad, but you kind of have to force it down. The Asahi, on the other hand, proves why it is touted as “”Japan’s No. 1 Beer.”” The overall taste is very dry and smooth. There is no bitter taste or aftertaste, and it is thicker overall. The darker quality of this beer gives it more flavor and character. This is truly “”the beer for all seasons,”” as it boldly states on the label. Both can go well with any meal, especially sushi. The Sapporo, although lacking in overall quality, can be a refreshing drink after a heavy meal, but the Asahi can fully compliment any dish at your local Japanese restaurant. — Joseph Lee Killarney’s Red vs. Foster’s Foster’s: 5 Killarney’s: 7 The duel between Killarney’s Red Lager and Foster’s Lager ended with the U.S. product thoroughly embarrasing the Aussie brew in the categories of presentation, smell and taste. While Foster’s does have the advantage of coming in a pint-sized can, the gaudy blue and gold behemoth doesn’t compare to the look of the Killarney’s bottle, nor to the way it comfortably fits in one’s hand. Smelling the Foster’s beer brings back unpleasant memories of cheap keg beer, while a whiff of the rich, deep aroma of the red lager resulted in a heightened anticipation of drinking the brew. The smooth taste of the Killarney’s lager hits at the back of the throat, where all good beers should register, and carries out the promise made by its smell. Foster’s, on the other hand, had a somewhat lighter taste, which becomes more apparant as the bottom of the can approaches. Foster’s receives a score of 5 out of 10 due to its lack of spectacularity, despite its advantage when drinking mass quantities. Killarney’s earns a score of 7, hurt by the fact that it’s an Anheuser-Busch product, but it has the benefit of being the perfect beer to enjoy with dinner or during a walk along the beach. Just make sure it’s not Mission Beach or Pacific Beach. — Isaac Pearlman Boddington’s Pub vs. Guiness Guiness: 9 Boddington’s: 8 In an age when Ireland and Britain seem to tip-toe around each other to create some semblance of peace, I have put a solid two-fingers up (the equivalent to the middle-finger here in the states) to any political repercussions. I have pitted Manchester’s Boddingtons Pub Ale against Dublin’s Guinness in a battle of beers. This is the next best thing to an England versus Ireland football match. Both drinks have a deep history spanning over 200 years. The construction of each can is impressive as they both contain a “”draught”” system that closely recreates the taste of a Boddingtons or a Guinness straight out of the tap. Shake the can around a little bit and you can hear the little widget click around. Guinness is a top notch beer with that thick, foamy taste that we have come to know and love. The creamy taste is surprisingly easy to drink and goes down smooth with little bitterness. But if you rarely drink beer or are used to lighter beers, you may want to stay away from this until you have developed your beer-drinking chops. Boddingtons Pub Ale has a similar creamy texture but the taste is slightly lighter. It is also a bit sweeter with a hint of banana to it. Much like Guinness, Boddingtons is not as bitter as some beers can be. However, the Irish comes out on top. Guinness packs a darker and thicker punch that is more satisfying in the end. Never experienced Guinness? Grab one and enjoy. Cheers! — Joseph Lee Miller Genuine Draft vs. Budweiser Budweiser: 4 Miller Genuine Draft: 5 Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft: One wonders why these relatively low-quality beers are worth bothering with. They don’t offer the rich taste and flavor of many other beers that can be found at a fairly comparable price. The taste of both of these beers is virtually indistinguishable because each has a thin flavor that is reminiscent of watered-down urine. Trust me. The redeeming factor of these two domestic beers is that they are inexpensive and better than Natural Ice, although I know that some may disagree. And of course, after you force down about four or five bottles of Budweiser and MGD, you stop caring what it tastes like. Still, the beer connoisseur should avoid these two brews at all costs. — Joseph Lee Dos Equis vs. Corona Dos Equis: 7 Corona: 5 In the battle of the cervezas from south of the border, Dos Equis went house on Corona and cruised to the easy victory. With its full, smooth taste, Dos Equis simply overpowered the lighter, weaker taste of Corona. Dos Equis is the most solid beer to come from our neighbor from the south. It is a darker lager that embodies a lot of strong qualities for a beer. It is definitely a beer that you can drink a lot of and not get completely sick of after only a few beers. Corona is simply the weaker beer. While it has become popular in the United States for its lightness and lack of a true beer taste, it remains a weak beer. It must be supplemented with salt and lime to get a desirable taste. Any beer that needs a supplement is simply not up to par. The limeless taste of the beer can get old after only a few. The scores indicate that it was a closer than it actually was. Dos Equis was the first beer out of the gate and jumped out to the early lead. It was cleaning house until a convoluted pallet and the effects of drinking the Dos Equis first contributed to Corona scoring as well as it did later. It was actually a solid knockout for Dos Equis, which should be considered by anybody who is looking for a solid import that they can enjoy for the entire day that is Sun God. — Josh Crouse Heineken Special Dark vs. Newcastle Heineken Special Dark: 7 Newcastle Brown Ale: 9 Most are familiar with the green bottle of Heineken, that popular beverage brewed in the Netherlands. However, most are not as familiar with Heineken Special Dark, which can be found in a dark brown bottle. Newcastle, on the other hand, is a beer that needs no introduction and has been a favorite for many across the Atlantic Ocean and here in the United States. The Special Dark and the “”Brown Ale”” seem to be a worthy matchup. One may be a bit wary of Heineken’s dark beer, but if you are a skeptic you will be in for a surprise. The Heineken Dark obviously offers a slightly darker taste but has a slightly bitter aftertaste. The quality of the beer is definitely thicker and more satisfying than the taste of the original Heineken. The Newcastle also provides a similar dark taste but the aftertaste is smoother than the Heineken Dark. Newcastle almost has a smoky taste to it and the entire experience of Newcastle is nearly perfect. The quality is not too dark, but it is by no means as thick as a pint of Guinness. The relative newcomer, Heineken Special Dark, is a quality opponent but it falls short behind the deep history of Newcastle that was originally established in 1770. Legend claims that it wasn’t tea the American rebels tossed into Boston Bay. — Joseph Lee Karl Strauss Amber Lager vs. Sam Adams Boston Lager Karl Strauss Amber Lager: 6 Sam Adams Boston Lager: 7 Karl Strauss brews an amber lager that is popular with many of the locals. With a strong taste, yet mild bitterness, this beer has a complex texture that appeals to many. The smoothness of the beer is average: not the best, but also not the worst on the market. The malt has a rich aroma, one that has a sweet, almost coffee-like flavor. However, the aftertaste is a little dry, not leaving much to savor. Opening a bottle of Samuel Adams Boston Lager brings a foamy head that is not only rich, but also thick. This ale has more malt and less hops, making it both sweeter and less bitter than most beers. Like Karl Strauss, Sam Adams has a strong flavor and ends on a dry note. Although the taste is stronger, the aftertaste is decent and the aroma is not as intense. In the battle between West vs. East Coast, the slight edge goes to Sam Adams. Although the delicious aroma of Karl Strauss can’t be denied, its taste comes up short by the narrowest of margins. Not only does Sam Adams have a sweeter taste, but it is also thicker and smoother. Both beers compliment almost every meal, making them a good choice for almost any occasion. — Charlie Tran ...

Film Review

Courtesy of Universal Pictures The sequel to 1999’s “”The Mummy”” finds an adventurous archeologist family in 1935 Egypt that uncovers the bracelet of the legendary Scorpion King. Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser), the brawny American hero, and his British wife Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), along with their 9-year-old son, discover this trinket and start off a chain of exciting though sometimes unrealistic and silly events. With action from beginning to end, this movie makes a good attempt to entertain viewers but is bereft of any real content. The actors play their roles to perfection but the plot and the special effects take away from the movie. At some points there was so much action that the film became stale and predictable. Throughout the entire movie there was beautifully realistic animation and depictions of ancient Egypt. These, however, were negated by the corny appearances of killer pygmy mummies and over-animation of evil enemies. The manner in which the original story was woven into the new one was very well done, yet the movie failed to follow the same ambitious path established in the beginning. The few redeeming aspects of the film must be respected, though, and these include the subtle comedic performance of John Hannah as the humorous troublemaker Jonathon, and the strength and seriousness of Oded Fehr as the leader of the Mejhi. Both actors added character and realism to an otherwise cheesy action movie. If you are in the mood to see an entertaining and exciting movie, “”The Mummy Returns”” would be it. — Anne Cong-Huyen ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497 or by going to http://www.ticketmaster.com, unless noted. 10 Thursday With the spirit of early British punk bands like The Clash, The Living End will rock `Canes Bar & Grill. With hits such as “”Prisoner of Society”” and “”Roll On,”” these Australian lads are sure to put on a great show. Tickets cost $10, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Latin jazz innovator Pancho Sanchez will perform at the Belly Up Tavern at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. The Paladins have toured with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lobos, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Their appeal captures people ranging from `50s blues fans to hard rock fans. The Paladins will perform at The Casbah. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Call (619) 232-4355 for ticket prices and information. 11 Friday Blues guitar veteran Tommy Castro will perform at 4th & B. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are listed at $10.21. DJ Andy Smith of the popular group Portishead will be on the decks at The Casbah. But don’t expect the dreamy sounds of Portishead, because Smith wants you to dance to his ecliptic selection of records. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Go to Ticketmaster for tickets and prices. Ocean Beach natives Convoy blend Rolling Stones-style guitar riffs, country music and a bit of a hippie flavor. They will be at the Belly Up Tavern as a part of their Southern California tour. Tickets are $7 and the performance starts at 9:15 p.m. 12 Saturday San Diego has suddenly become the center of electronic music with the Electric Music Festival coming to the San Diego Sports Arena. Paul Oakenfold, Dave Ralph, Donald Glaude, Jon Bishop and many others will round out a sound that includes trance, breaks, house and drum ‘n’ bass. The block-rocking beats start at 8 p.m. and they won’t stop until 4 a.m. Tickets are $40. Look to future hiatus issues for special coverage from the Electric Music Festival. 13 Sunday Country music favorite Brooks and Dunn will be at Coors Amphitheatre. They bring with them their Neon Circus & Wild West show. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets start at $32. The Geriatric Punk Rockers, along with One Foot in the Grave and Left for Dead, will be at The Casbah. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Call (619) 232-4355 for prices and ticket information. 15 Tuesday Jazz legend Chick Corea brings the Chick Corea New Trio to the Neurosciences Insitute Auditorium on John Jay Hopkins Drive. Corea has made his own unique mark on the Latin jazz scene and has also worked with Miles Davis’ band. Tickets are $23 and show times are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Call (858) 454-5872 for more information. 17 Thursday The B-52s are back and they have continued to perform after losing guitarist Ricky Wilson to AIDS in 1985 and the retirement of sister Cindy Wilson in 1990. But Cindy rejoined the band in 1998, and it will perform at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. But with tickets at $55, you have to really love their new wave sound. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Join The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Chencha Berrinches, Las 15 Letras, Earthquake Institute and more at the Aztlan Fest 2001 in Imperial Beach at Fiesta Hall on Palm Avenue. Purchase tickets by May 13, 2001 for $16 and $20 after. Call (619) 575-0937 or (619) 233-1129 for show times and ticket information. ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497 or by going to http://www.ticketmaster.com, unless otherwise noted. 3 Thursday Comedic singer-songwriter ANYA MARINA will perform at Java Joe’s. Call (619) 523-0356 for more information. She will perform again at Java Joe’s on May 10. EL VEZ, the Mexican Elvis, will be at the Price Center. Songs like “”You Ain’t Nothing but a Chihuahua,”” along with Tom Jones and James Brown covers, are sure to give this campus a bit of flair. Tickets are $17. The musical style of EVE SELIS has been compared to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. She will be at the Belly Up Tavern and the show starts are 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Funky Colorado sextet CHUPACABRA will perform at Winston’s Beach Club. Call (619) 222-6822 for more information. 4 Friday Popular San Diego rock group ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT is touring behind its new album “”Group Sounds.”” Their punk guitars with big riffs are complimented with jazzy horns and sing-along choruses. They will perform at ‘Canes Bar & Grill at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12. San Diego jam band CLYDES RIDE will perform at the Belly Up Tavern. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $6. The sound of MOTHER HIPS has gone from Grateful Dead jams to ’70s classic rock. They are now playing alternative country and will perform at The Casbah. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $9. New York City guitarist LENI STERN will perform at Dizzy’s in downtown San Diego. Sets start at 8:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. There is an $8 cover. Call Dizzy’s at (858) 270-7467 for more information. 5 Saturday Enjoy CINCO IN THE GASLAMP in downtown San Diego on Fifth Avenue and Island Street. The festival runs from 4 p.m. to midnight. The event features musical acts like Viva Santana, B-Side Players and Common Sense. There will be great Mexican food along with jalapeno eating contests. Over 20,000 are expected to attend. Proceeds from the event go to Christie’s Place. Call (619) 233-5008 for tickets. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. So-Cal band BUCK O NINE hit it big when ska was still alive and well. Although ska seems to be dead, this band still puts on a lively show. They will perform at the Belly Up Tavern. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. Contact Ticketmaster for ticket and show information. You might have seen SOULCRACKER on VH1’s “”Band’s on the Run.”” They will perform at the Belly Up Tavern in support of their five-song demo. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. and tickets are $7. The GILBERT CASTELLANO QUARTET will perform classic jazz at Dizzy’s. Shows start at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cover is $8. Call (858) 270-7467 for more information. 8 Tuesday ALIEN ANT FARM will perform at ‘Canes Bar & Grill at 8 p.m. For ticket information call (858) 270-7467. 9 Wednesday Jazz in the Park features YOUNG LIONS. This jazz concert at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park will be held in Sculpture Court. Tickets for museum members are $8, and $10 for nonmembers. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. The genre-defying band LIVING COLOUR was on the verge of never returning to the music scene after its break-up in 1995. But they are back and will perform at 4th & B. Tickets are $22.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m. THE BROTHERS CREEGGAN is the side project of the members of the Barenaked Ladies. Their music is trite and the sound is sugary pop, but they put on a highly energetic show. THE BROTHERS CREEGGAN will be at The Casbah and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $9. 10 Thursday Latin jazz legend PONCHO SANCHEZ will perform in the Belly Up Tavern. He is touring behind his current release, “”Soul of the Conga.”” Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. ...

A.S. Programming Releases 2001 Sun God Concert Line-up

* Ping Pong Mafia Xzibit (student band choice) * Face to Face * Naughty By Nature Face to Face * Xzibit (with djs from the DVC) The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 19 at RIMAC Field. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free to all “”card carrying”” UCSD students. Guest tickets will be sold for $20. ...

Film Review

Who would have thought that a period drama could be this BBC-esque, and still entertaining? At the center of events is a chess tournament, and circling around this fountain of passion and insanity is a love affair between an eccentric chess player (John Turturro) and a rebellious, upper-class woman (Emily Watson). The latter is reminiscent of what might have happened to the character Rose from “”Titanic,”” that is, of course, had she not been on the Titanic. Watson does a decent job of portraying the Russian Natalia, but the real treat is Turturro, who truly shines in his performance of Luzhin, a genius trapped in his own mind by circumstances and ruthless people who have exploited his talent. Filmed on location in Italy and Hungary, this film will make you long for Europe even if you’ve never been there. The dancing, sophisticated atmosphere pulls you in and helps you suspend your disbelief enough to ignore the well-known fact that Russian society does not really speak perfect English. A well-directed drama by heavily awarded Marleen Gorris unfolds around the two main characters. The fight for Luzhin’s mind and life heats up as he is about to become a chess champion. On one side is Natalia, who sets out to save his sanity. On the other side is Valentinov, the man who brought Luzhin to fame and then to ruin as a chess player. He is obsessed with keeping Luzhin from victory. The driving force of the story, however, is Luzhin’s own undying passion for chess, tangled up with his traumatic childhood, which he flashes back to on the screen of his mind. If you never thought you’d be excited about a romance again after your expectations were disastrously sunk with the aforementioned “”Titanic,”” and if you never really understood why people get into chess, this film might just change your mind. The patterns of rise to fall, attack to defense and black against white are repeated through the rich texture of the story, and you come out refreshed, wishing you were in Northern Italy sipping your drink at a holiday resort. — Liss Anda ...

Cafe on the Park Serves Satisfaction

For a food experience of a unique nature, venture to the edge of Hillcrest for the Cafe on Park. Parking is atrocious and seating space is limited, serving a maximum of 35 people, but it’s all worth the experience of eating there. Decorated in a simple art deco motif, the floor is unfurnished concrete (for now) and amenities are kept simple. Exemplary of its unique style, Cafe on Park uses mason jars as glasses. To add to the ambiance, there is always local art on exhibit, which owner Andy Haenfler doesn’t help choose. “”I know what I like, and if it was up to me, that’s all that would get put up,”” Haenfler said. “”So, some mornings I come and am completely shocked at what’s on my walls.”” The Cafe on Park has a different approach to decision making and what to serve. The decisions for menu items are completely democratic. Everyone from the busboys up get to have a say in what ends up on the menu. “”Everyone gets together at my house and we talk about what the customers have told us about the menu,”” Haenfler said. The outcome is a tasty and unique result that remains quite inexpensive. The food reflects what Haenfler calls “”typical hearty, down-home, Midwestern food.”” For example, the breakfast menu carries a “”large bowl of Captain Crunch”” ($3.50). That’s about as normal — or perhaps, as predicable — as most items get. Corresponding to the atmosphere of this quaint cafe, familiar menu items are often given an inspiring twist. Pancakes, for example, come in varieties including Banana-Chocolate and Blackberry-Cornmeal (both $3.25). One pancake literally covers the entire plate, and that’s without any side dishes. There is also the Mexican Hash ($6.95), which includes jalapenos, onions, tomatoes and potatoes, pan-fried with mozzarella. Served with black beans and tortillas, this is a filling and delicious meal. There are several other kinds of hash, omelets, pancakes and waffles, all of which sound delectable. Nothing on the breakfast menu is more than $8, and everything is in huge portions, promising a take-home box. The lunch menu is similar in price range, though the cap is about $10. The lunch selection is just as varied as breakfast, offering a lot of sandwiches, burgers, salads and pastas. The dinner menu is more expensive but still very reasonable, with the more extravagant items around $15. The appetizers and salads have flare and excitement. The entrees match the standard of excellence set up by the rest of the menu. The Turkey Pot Pie ($9.50) is as delicious as it is infamous — it has been noted in several other reviews. Those looking to go simple should try the Grilled Corn-o-Cob ($10.95). The Cafe on Park is strongly recommended. You just can’t go wrong with the food or the prices. Just make sure you come hungry, and you will be satisfied. Cafe on Park3831 Park Blvd.(619) 293-7275 ...

Sneak Preview: Radiohead

It took Radiohead three years to finally release last fall’s “”Kid A.”” Now, less than a year later, the band is poised to release its next amazing album, “”Amnesiac.”” They promised more radio-friendly tunes, and here they are. A sneak preview for “”Amnesiac”” was presented by SRTV and Capitol Records last Sunday. Here is a quick track by track preview: 1. “”Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box”” This is “”pop”” for Radiohead — a catchy breakbeat and a series of electronic noises. And is that someone hitting a can of water in the background? 2. “”Pyramid Song”” This song was introduced during Radiohead’s European tour last year. A soft piano opens the song with a bit of an “”Exit Music”” vibe to it. The drums kick in with a meandering jazz beat. 3. “”Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors”” Hard distorted drum samples, distorted vocals from Thom Yorke, and yet somehow they make it all work. This one could definitely have made it onto “”Kid A.”” 4. “”You and Whose Army?”” Guitars are finally featured on this song along with the mournful sound of Yorke’s voice, but the song builds into a wash of drums and piano. Even though it’s just over three minutes long, it could be one of the best tracks off the album. 5. “”I Might Be Wrong”” This could be dance music for Radiohead, featuring electronic drum beats under a bluesy guitar riff, and of course, Yorke’s floating vocals. 6. “”Knives Out”” Did you like Radiohead’s first album, “”Pablo Honey””? This song could fit on that one, but it’s definitely more polished than anything off “”Pablo Honey.”” This is the closest you’ll get to old Radiohead. 7. “”Amnesiac/Morning Bell”” This is basically “”Morning Bell”” from their last album, but without the drums. The result is a haunting lullaby — and you can actually hear what Yorke is saying. 8. “”Dollars & Cents”” The strings are definitely from the “”Kid A”” sessions and that wonderful jazz beat on the drums is back. 9. “”Hunting Bears”” There is a slightly delayed and distorted guitar riff that plods throughout the song. The keyboard slowly holds out notes … a good bear hunting song. 10. “”Like Spinning Plates”” Listen carefully: those are turntables at the beginning. The rest of the song is a wave of electronic soundscapes and virtually unrecognizable vocals from Yorke. The strings push it to almost a soundtrack-like quality before the song slowly fades out. 11. “”Life In A Glass House”” The jazz themes floating about the entire album come into full play here. Yorke is not a jazz singer, but once again, Radiohead makes the song work. There is a New Orleans-style jazz band that makes up the entire song with clarinets, pianos and horns building up to cacophony of beautiful noise by the end. “”Amnesiac”” is slated to be released June 5. Accompanying the album will be a 24-page booklet, 32 pages in the special-edition release. The songs from “”Amnesiac”” were spawned from the “”Kid A”” sessions. ...