Into the Night


Union-Tribune Currents Weekend Editor David Coddon hosts Into the Night, a weekly trip into San Diego's after-dark haunts and hideaways, plus music, interviews and up-to-date information on the ever-evolving local nightlife scene.



Recent Shows


Astra Kelly returns - Download

Singer-songwriter Kelly, who's also host of KPRI's "Homegrown Hour," visits to preview a couple of upcoming gigs (including Musicpalooza at Anthology) and to perform two songs from a new EP she's recorded.


Published: May 22, 2009


Ramona D'Viola - Download

The noted San Diego-based photographer, also a fixture on the after-dark scene, discusses her craft and chats with the host about the evolving - and ever-more-sophisticated - local dining scene.


Published: May 15, 2009


Michael Franks - Download

The jazz singer, who performs tonight at Anthology in Little Italy, talks about his career, his influences (literary, artistically and musically) and his early days in San Diego - he's an alum of University of San Diego High School.


Published: April 24, 2009


Surveying the Gaslamp Quarter - Download

Bart Mendoza, night crawler and frontman for The Shambles, visits and talks with David Coddon about the Gaslamp: past, present and future, with particular attention on recent venues. Also, Chuck Perrin, owner of Dizzy's, talks about his club's 10 years in existence.


Published: April 17, 2009


Catching up with Anya Marina - Download

Anya Marina, formerly a fixture on the San Diego music scene and an on-air personality at 94.9 FM, is riding high. She has a critically lauded new album and a full-throttle touring schedule, both of which she talks about via phone from her L.A. digs.


Published: April 8, 2009


The Diva Speaks - Download

Barbarella, the columnist for The San Diego Reader who writes "Diary of a Diva," shares her thoughts about the future of media, the future of philanthropy and pop culture in general.


Published: April 3, 2009


Doings downtown - Download

Fox Sports Grill is opening in the East Village, and owner Bill Dallas has details and a preview. Next, Natalie Gomez, spokeswoman for the annual SHAMRock festival in the Gaslamp, chats about the upcoming St. Patrick's Day music- and beer-fest.


Published: March 13, 2009


The Dark Side - Download

True-crime author Caitlin Rother, a former investigative reporter for the Union-Tribune, visits and talks about her latest book, "Body Parts," the story of serial killer Wayne Adam Ford.


Published: March 6, 2009


A DJ's Life - Download

DJ Dex, a San Diego turntablist, promoter and pop culturist, shares what it's like to spin in the city's clubs and lounges, and offers up a couple of hot electronic tracks. He's also music and marketing consultant for www.groove247.com, an Internet radio station.


Published: February 27, 2009


Glossy glamour / Mardi Gras '09 - Download

Barbara Steinberg of Intimate Photography makes her woman clients look glamorous or sexy, as the case may be. She talks about how it works. Then, Heather Ashby of the Gaslamp Quarter Association previews next Tuesday's (Feb. 24) Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter.


Published: February 20, 2009


Valentine's Day Do's and Don'ts - Download

Deanna Lorraine, media dating doctor, offers tips for lovers on Valentine's Day (and Valentine's Night), on everything from restaurants to gift-giving to writing that special someone a meaningful card.


Published: February 13, 2009


Chris Klich and Ed Kornhauser - Download

The San Diego jazz players - saxman/flutist Klich and keyboardist Korhnauser - perform three songs live and talk about the local jazz scene. Also: Greg Strangman, owner of The Pearl Hotel, Thin and the Onyx Room, discusses his latest project: an urban living development.


Published: February 6, 2009


Taylor Marie Prendergast & The Beauty Bar Turns 3 - Download

Segment 1: Taylor Marie Prendergast
Description: Prendergast, an 18-year-old San Diego painter, is having her very first showing of her work, at Galeria Jan in La Jolla. She talks about her influences, her inspirations and her artistic need to "make people feel uncomfortable."
Segment 2: The Beauty Bar turns 3
Description: Sara Knook of the Beauty Bar in City Heights looks back on three years of live music, hip crowds and dance nights at the club, which will be celebrating its anniversary on Feb. 1.


Published: January 23, 2009


"Alien" turns 30 - Download

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the ground-breaking sci-fi film, "Alien." Neil Kendricks, curator of film at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, stops by to discuss the influence and appeal of this iconic movie.


Published: January 16, 2009


A family that plays together … - Download

The Weller Family, a jazz ensemble, will perform tonight at Dizzy's downtown. Ellen Weller, who's also a professor in the Performing Arts Department at Palomar College, talks about her family's heritage.


Published: January 16, 2009


On the Riviera - Download

Sam Chammas, one of the entrepreneurs behind the reinvented Turf Supper Club in Golden Hill, has opened another, similar venue: the Riviera Supper Club, in La Mesa. He visits to talk about his new venture.


Published: January 9, 2009


The Best Live Venues in Town - Download

Bart Mendoza, nightlife critic, working musician and local-music producer, shares his choices for the 10 Best Live Music Clubs in San Diego County. Among them: the Casbah, the Epicentre, Lestat's and SOMA.


Published: January 9, 2009


Carey Driscoll - Download

The man behind AcousticMusicSanDiego, a concert series held at a church in Normal Heights, talks about presenting music in that special venue and looks back on some of the memorable shows there.


Published: January 2, 2009


Affordability after dark - Download

Derrik Chinn, content manager for nightlife and music at signonsandiego, offers tips for nightclubbers who are watching their dollars in these tight economic times, and catches listeners up on hot spots in North Park, Hillcrest and Normal Heights.


Published: January 2, 2009


"Unsilent Night" - Download

Description: For the seventh year in a row, celebrants will pick up their boom boxes and travel the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on "Unsilent Night." Spokeswoman Ellen Weller explains.


Published: December 19, 2008


Party Planner Extraordinaire - Download

Description: Christine Stringer is the brains behind Background Productions, which throws theme parties that can get pretty elaborate and even a little crazy. But they're always done with style.


Published: December 19, 2008


Segment 1: Holiday do's and don'ts - Download

Guest Barbarella Fokos, who writes the "Diary of a Diva" column in the San Diego Reader, shares with listeners her special brand of caustic (and helpful) tips on parties, gift-giving, mistletoe and all things related to the holiday season.


Published: December 5, 2008


Segment 2: Holiday do's and don'ts - Download

Guest Barbarella Fokos, who writes the "Diary of a Diva" column in the San Diego Reader, shares with listeners her special brand of caustic (and helpful) tips on parties, gift-giving, mistletoe and all things related to the holiday season.


Published: December 5, 2008


Astra, 3 songs - Download

Astra plays three songs from her upcoming new album.


Published: October 31, 2008


The man behind Dizzy's - Download

Chuck Perrin is marking 10 years at the helm of his predominantly jazz nightclub, Dizzy's. He looks back on the past decade and ahead to the future.


Published: October 16, 2008


More with The Singing Chef - Download

The woman who bills herself as "The Singing Chef" multitasks, serving homemade apple pie, sharing recipes and performing live both an aria from the opera "Carmen" and a self-composed folk music tune.


Published: September 25, 2008


Barbarella returns - Download

The author of the popular "Diary of a Diva" blog/column in the San Diego Reader makes a return appearance on the show, touching on diverse pop-culture subjects ranging from Sarah Palin's family values, the ubiquity of awards shows and birthday-party etiquette.


Published: September 4, 2008


More with Barbarella - Download


Published: September 4, 2008


The Dating Coach - Download

Deanna Lorraine, a self-employed dating coach and host of the KCEO radio show "Dating Coach Confessional," offers tips for prospective daters, do's and don'ts and advice about finding that special someone.


Published: August 28, 2008


Stevie Q - Download

Local singer-songwriter Steve Quisenberry, who performs and records for children of all ages, talks about his music and shares a couple of tunes from his CD, "I Wonder Why."


Published: August 28, 2008


Night photography - Download

Howard Lipin, a San Diego Union-Tribune photojournalist, stops by and offers tips on how to take effective photographs (digital and/or film) after dark.


Published: August 21, 2008


The Spa Lounge - Download

New in Pacific Beach after-dark entertainment - a combination music lounge and spa, where you slip on bikinis or trunks, hop into a hot tub and chill, or groove on the dance floor. Or both. Owner Elise Johnson describes her Spa Lounge on Garnet Avenue.


Published: August 21, 2008


Sam Chammas - Download

The co-owner (with Joe Austin) of Live Wire, (with Austin and Tim Mays) of the Turf Supper Club and the sole owner of the Whistle Stop talks about the enduring popularity of his neighborhood bars, and previews two new venues he's opening: the Station Tavern in Golden Hill and a Turf Club-like supper club in La Mesa.


Published: August 14, 2008


Sarah's Smash Shack - Download

Sarah Lavely, founder of a new "entertainment" venue downtown that allows customers to break things to express their emotions and manage their anger, visits (though she doesn't break anything on the air).


Published: August 14, 2008


"Spring Awakening" - Download

Duncan Sheik, who wrote the lyrics for the Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening," talks about the ground-breaking showl, which will begin previews at San Diego's Balboa Theatre on Aug. 15 and will open on Aug. 20.


Published: August 7, 2008


The Agave Lounge - Download

The W Hotel converts its Magnet Lounge space into the tequila-oriented Agave Lounge for the month of August and first couple weeks of September. Leah Corradino of the W chats about the Agave and about the etiquette of drinking tequila.


Published: August 7, 2008


Eric Andersen - Download

The singer-songwriter, who's been touring in Europe and who will be at AcousticMusic San Diego in Normal Heights this fall, talks about his influences (both literary and musical) and his songwriting process.


Published: July 31, 2008


The Kin Lounge - Download

The Manchester Grand Hyatt downtown is getting into the rooftop-lounge derby. Hotel marketing manager Rachel Gianchini describes the new venue, which is opening this weekend.


Published: July 31, 2008


Barbarella - Download

San Diego Reader columnist Barbarella, author of the weekly "Diary of a Diva," plays Miss Manners (well, sort of), advising us on such sundry etiquette matters as weddings, dating and gift-giving.


Published: July 24, 2008


Ultimate Music Challenge - Download

Ed Decker, author of San Diego Citybeat's "Sordid Tales" column, fills listeners in on a battle of the bands event that is nearing its crescendo.


Published: July 24, 2008


Gaslamp guru - Download

Jimmy Parker, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, discusses the district's adaptation to the struggling economy, the foreseen impact of the return of Street Scene to downtown, and the future of the Quarter.


Published: July 17, 2008


Anna Troy redux - Download

Local singer-songwriter Anna Troy returns and performs live two songs from her next album, due out in October.


Published: July 17, 2008


Rollergirl - Download

Isabelle Ringer, aka Ringer, of the San Diego Derby Dolls talks about the life of a rollergirl and previews her team's upcoming contest at Skateworld in Linda Vista.


Published: July 10, 2008


Poolside vibes - Download

DJ Dex, who spins regularly poolside at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma, visits and spins three tunes that he deems ideal for lounging by the cement pond.


Published: July 10, 2008


After dark at the Fair - Download

Kina Paegert of the San Diego County Fair previews the final four nighttime shows this weekend (Boston, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Joan Osborne and War) and fills us in on July Fourth plans at the fairgrounds.


Published: July 3, 2008


Len Paul of SOMA - Download

It's been 22 years since Len Paul opened the first all-ages SOMA concert venue (downtown on Union Street). He reminisces about those 22 years and assesses the local music scene, including the changes in San Diego and globally in industry technology.


Published: July 3, 2008


Bart Mendoza - Download

The frontman for the band The Shambles updates listeners on the group's summer itinerary and raves about why San Diego is the top city in the country - no lie! - for live music.


Published: June 19, 2008


House of Blues Anniversary - Download

Brady Campbell, production manager at House of Blues San Diego since its opening, reminisces about HOB on the occasion of its third anniversary in town.


Published: June 19, 2008


"Night Driving Soundtrack" - Download

Host David Coddon and co-host/engineer "Big Lou" Montano spin tunes perfect for driving after dark during the summertime. Artists include Van Halen, Cracker, R.E.M., ZZ Top and the Offspring.


Published: June 12, 2008


"3 Women in One Night" - Download

Standup comics Laura Jane Willcock and Jennifer Coburn visit, sharing details about their upcoming comedy showcase, "3 Women in One Night" at the Tentth Avenue Theatre, downtown. It gets pretty outrageous.


Published: June 5, 2008


Molly Whittaker - Download

Whittaker, a local opera mezzo-soprano, rock singer (in the band Pruitt-Igoe) and performance artist, catches us up with her career and comments on the San Diego underground arts scene, such as it is.


Published: June 5, 2008


Filmmakers with a vision - Download

"The High Tower," a 30-minute film about Chinese gangsters in San Diego, is the work of director/screenwriter Rusty Trevino and producer Seher Basak. They recount their odyssey of making the film and preparing to "festival" it locally.


Published: May 29, 2008


Cleaned-up comedy - Download

Mark Anderson, formerly involved with The Improv comedy club in Pacific Beach, is now involved in "Cadillacs of Comedy," a show in Carlsbad that features three comics on stage doing funny but clean material.


Published: May 29, 2008


UCSD Up & Coming Student Film Fest - Download

Rebecca Webb, Art Power! Film Curator at UCSD, fills us in on the inaugural Up & Coming Student Film Fest, which will feature the work of 10 student filmmakers.


Published: May 22, 2008


The Keating Hotel - Download

Chad Harris, owner-partner in the Keating Hotel project downtown, is celebrating that boutique hotel's one-year anniversary. He explains the appeal of the venue's Italian design and its basement-level night spot, Minus-1.


Published: May 22, 2008


Busker Shayna Wiseman - Download

Shayna Wiseman is a musician - she plays an unusual percussion instrument called the hang - and a busker, who performs for spare change and applause at events like the North Park Arts Festival or in spots like Seaport Village. She talks about a busker's life and plays the hang for us.


Published: May 15, 2008


Changes at the W Hotel - Download

One of San Diego's signature nightspots and hospitality destinations, the downtown W Hotel, is undergoing renovation of its popular lounges: the Living Room, Magnet, Wet, the Veranda Bar and Beach. The W's Leah Corradino explains what's changing and what we can expect from the "new" W, unveiling its changes May 31.


Published: May 15, 2008


Sordid tales from Ed Decker - Download

Ed Decker, a local bartender with 24 years' experience and a columnist for San Diego CityBeat, talks about the life and travails of being behind the bar in America's Finest City.


Published: May 1, 2008


Caitlin Rother - Download

The author of "Poisoned Love" and the novel "Naked Addiction" discusses her new true-crime book, "Twisted Triangle," about FBI agent Margot Bennett and her affair with mystery writer Patricia Cornwell.


Published: May 1, 2008


Nina Garin - Download

The Union-Tribune arts/entertainment writer reminisces about her days as a musician herself - the band was called The Squirrels - and weighs in on San Diego nightlife and the music scene.


Published: April 24, 2008


DJ Dex - Download

The DJ/man about town shares some new music he's excited about and chats about the city's after-dark open air venues.


Published: April 24, 2008


Karen Rontowski - Download

The standup comedian, in Vegas for a weeklong gig at the Riviera Hotel, talks about her career, about the state of standup, and about riffing on relationships.


Published: April 17, 2008


Bart Mendoza - Download

Guest nightlife guru Mendoza catches us up with the hottest neighborhoods for after-dark activity, in this case North Park.


Published: April 17, 2008


Howard Berkson of Anthology - Download

Howard Berkson, the CEO and owner of Anthology, a fledgling music supper club in Little Italy, updates us on the progress of his lavish venue, which has been open just nine months, and talks about the future of live jazz in San Diego.


Published: April 10, 2008


Michael Tiernan - Download

Singer-songwriter Michael Tiernan of Del Mar, a cancer survivor, joins David Coddon in the studio and talks about his career; he brings his guitar along and plays a couple of tunes live, including one from his upcoming fourth album.


Published: April 10, 2008


Anna Troy - Download

Local blues guitarist/songwriter Anna Troy has survived a teen-pop-punkette experience to become one of the emerging musical stars on the San Diego scene. She talks about her new album and about the "Staring at the Sun" musical showcase, coming up on March 30.


Published: March 27, 2008


Patricia Rincon, The Tilted Kilt - Download

Choreographer Patricia Rincon previews "The Myth Project III," a collaborative multimedia presentation this weekend in Encinitas; then Bill Reynolds introduces us to The Tilted Kilt, a Celtic pub new to East Village that is sure to please Scottish or Irish Hooters fans.


Published: March 27, 2008


Jo Anne Glover - Download

Glover, who co-stars in Moxie Theatre's (in tandem with Diversionary Theater) production of "Bluebonnet Court," talks about the show, her role in it and the evolution of Moxie.


Published: March 20, 2008


Bart Mendoza - Download

Mendoza, frontman of the local band The Shambles, and a San Diego-based writer on nightlife and pop music, chats about the city's nightlife scene and where it's headed.


Published: March 20, 2008


Grace Slick - Download

The longtime frontwoman for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has spent the last 10 years painting. Her works, which range from "Alice in Wonderland" knockoffs to portraits of some of the rock stars with whom she was a contemporary (i.e. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix), are on display March 6-7 at Wentworth Gallery in downtown La Jolla.


Published: March 6, 2008


DJ Nikki / Latino Film Festival - Download

Nikki Salvo spins music at the Blue Lotus Lounge in Hillcrest. She talks about her favorite tunes and her turntable style. Then Ethan Van Thillo, director of the San Diego Latino Film Festival, previews this year's cinematic extravaganza, which opens today, March 6.


Published: March 6, 2008


MCASD Live! / "Voices" film series - Download

Claire Caraska of the Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown previews MCASD Live, the museum's annual fund-raiser, which on March 1 will emulate Andy Warhol's famous Factory environment with music, filmmaking, performance art and more. Then Catherine Kineavy, spokeswoman for Eveoke Theater's "Voices" women's human rights film series, talks about the four short films that will be screened in March.


Published: February 28, 2008


Nightlife entrepreneur James Brennan - Download

The man who brought San Diego Side Bar, Stingaree and Bar West talks about these successful clubs and his plans for the future, which include the opening of Universal, a new mega-club and restaurant in the Uptown/Hillcrest area.


Published: February 28, 2008


Chris Klich, Laura Preble and "Pop Thursdays" at MoPA - Download

Jazz sax, clarinet and flute player Chris Klich and his wife, blues and jazz singer Laura Preble, have been fixtures on the area music scene for over 20 years. They talk about their careers, their family and the music they make together and with their own separate bands

Also, Museum of Photographic Arts board member Chris Kozo talks about the Balboa Park museum's new "Pop Thursdays" event, which kicks off tonight with a screening of the cult classic "Harold & Maude."


Published: February 21, 2008


Does San Diego have a theater district? - Download

That's just one of the questions posed to Union-Tribune theater writer James Hebert


Published: February 21, 2008


Art After Dark - Download

Union-Tribune art critic Robert Pincus talks about the growing after-dark gallery and museum scene in San Diego, ignited by North Park's successful "Ray at Night" and the Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown's "Thursday Night Thing."


Published: February 14, 2008


Puppy Love Party and Valentine's Night - Download

Fund-raiser Diane Michael previews tonight's Puppy Love Party at the Witherby downtown, which benefits the Humane Society

Nightlife maven AnnaMaria Stephens offers listeners suggestions for things to do tonight - Valentine's Day night - and romantic options in San Diego in general.


Published: February 14, 2008


TNT explodes - Download

Michael Muehlhausen, program coordinator for the Museum of Contemporary Arts' "Thursday Night Thing" event, talks about bringing after-dark visitors to the museum.


Published: February 7, 2008


The Jade Theater is not a theater and dancing in the dark - Download

No, it's a restaurant/lounge, located north of Broadway, downtown. Chef James Montejano guests and talks about this new, hip venue and what it hopes to accomplish.

Dancer Melli Charmin, who does her thing at the Ivy Hotel and who also has danced at On Broadway, Belo and other downtown San Diego clubs and discos, visits and shares what it's like to be a "go-go dancer"/performer on the local night scene.


Published: February 7, 2008


MCA film curator Neil Kendricks - Download

Kendricks, who coordinates the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's film programs, talks about the latest spring series of movies, which range from Orson Welles' underrated "Touch of Evil" to the Mick Jagger vehicle "Performance."


Published: January 31, 2008


Rob Crow - Download

Local music luminary Rob Crow (Heavy Vegetable) catches us up with Pinback, his current outfit, which is about to perform at House of Blues downtown. He also talks about Pinback's musical evolution.


Published: January 31, 2008


Steve Poltz - Download

The former Rugburns frontman, now a successful solo performer, visits and discusses the two albums he's releasing simultaneously. We also hear a couple of tracks from one of the records, "Traveling."


Published: January 24, 2008


Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp - Download

It's that time of year again - Mardi Gras in San Diego's downtown hub. Dan Flores of the Gaslamp Quarter Association prepares us for the Tuesday night festival.


Published: January 24, 2008


EXY is sexy! - Download

A new Greek restaurant and lounge has opened downtown. It's called EXY. Owner George Katakalides, a former star on the San Diego Sockers, describes his new after-dark spot


Published: January 17, 2008


Lounge singer extraordinaire - Download

Waiter on weeknights, singer on weekends, Jonathan Currant does it all at downtown's Athens Market Taverna. He's got a loyal following of ladies who loves his renditions from the Great American Songbook.


Published: January 17, 2008


DJ Dex - Download

Local turntablist DJ Dex assesses the year ahead in electronic music, both on the club scene and in the record stores.


Published: January 10, 2008


Michael Kinsman - Download

The founder of the bygone San Diego Blues Festival, Kinsman enlightens us about the emotional power of the blues and evaluates the thirst for more blues music in San Diego.


Published: January 10, 2008


After dark at the Hard Rock - Download

The brand-new Hard Rock Hotel downtown offers several nightlife options, including a street-level bar and an outdoor rooftop lounge. Randy Gerber of the Hard Rock has details.


Published: December 6, 2007


Greg Strangman - Download

The owner of Thin, its downstairs Onyx Room, and the new Pearl Hotel in Point Loma lets us in on the challenges and secrets of being a successful nightlife entrepreneur.


Published: December 6, 2007


Ingrid Croce - Download

The widow of musician Jim Croce is an institution in the Gaslamp Quarter, having operated her restaurant and club almost from the very beginning of that neighborhood's rebirth. She looks back - and ahead.


Published: November 15, 2007


Suzanne Vega - Download

Vega talks about her latest album, "Beauty and Crime," and weighs in on New York City, her inspiration, post-9/11.


Published: November 15, 2007


Louise Kelly of the Ivy - Download

No downtown destination is hotter right now than the Ivy Hotel. Co-owner Louise Kelly visits with "Into the Night" and shares the charms of the Ivy's various venues, including the lounge Envy and its rooftop site, Eden.


Published: November 8, 2007


Caitlin Rother - Download

The author of "Poisoned Love," the true-crime account of San Diego's convicted murderess Kristin Rossum, Rother has now published her first novel: "Naked Addiction," which is set in Pacific Beach. We find out all about it.


Published: November 8, 2007


Bar Pink Elephant - Download

North Park is going off, and one of the reasons why is the new Bar Pink Elephant. Co-owner Dan Nguyen visits and talks about this retro-lounge, one that Dean Martin would love.


Published: November 1, 2007


Maria Hunt - Download

The Union-Tribune's restaurant critic catches us up with the hottest new spots to dine in town, including Tim Mays' (The Casbah) Starlight Lounge in Middletown


Published: November 1, 2007


The Pearl - Download

Point Loma, never known for its buzz after dark, could be getting a shot in the arm from the new Pearl Hotel. Gerald Poindexter, spokesman for the Pearl, describes this new venue.


Published: October 18, 2007


Anne Marie Welsh - Download

The theater critic for the Union-Tribune visits and talks about "Jersey Boy," which returns to town (at the Civic Theatre) for a national tour, having already conquered La Jolla Playhouse and Broadway audiences.


Published: October 18, 2007

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