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The ‘Kershaw Curse,’ explained
SD Kershaw Curse GIF 2
We’re sorry, Kershaw. | GIF via Giphy +
Baseball has long been riddled with superstitions. Now, some San Diego Padres fans believe the team has been cursed, leading to their major slump in the MLB standings.

We’ve got goosebumps (and not the lucky Rally Goose kind, sadly) — is it real? What’s happening here?

🔮 The precursor

On May 5, the Padres faced the Dodgers at Petco Park — the first showdown between the SoCal rivals since SD’s historic win over LA in the National League Division Series last October.

After the Padres won 5-2, the crowd went wild and the Jumbotron did too — flashing a meme of beloved Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looking sad in the dugout, with superimposed tears running down his face. Some argue the joke pushed the envelope, and this is where things took a turn for the worse.

The Padres lost the two other home games in that series. The following weekend, the Dodgers swept the Padres in LA. Ouch.

SD Petco Park Padres May 2023

The Padres hosted the Red Sox at Petco Park earlier this month.


Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday

🪄 The “curse”

Cue the “Twilight Zone” theme, ‘cause things have gotten pretty weird since then — at least in the eyes of the Friar Faithful.

The Padres are now (gulp) No. 4 in the National League West standings, while the Dodgers are No. 1. Manny Machado fractured his left hand and is currently on the injured list, but may return to the field soon.

Many fans blame the Kershaw meme for the Padres’ ongoing lackluster performance. As one does in 2023, fans have taken to the internet to cope, even posting “respectful” photos of Kershaw on Reddit to “reverse the curse.”

And that’s the game, for now, folks.

Play ball

The Padres are currently on the road, with a series against the New York Yankees this weekend, May 26-May 29. Then, they’ll take on the Miami Marlins, May 30-June 1. They’ll face the Dodgers again at Petco Park on Aug. 4-Aug. 7.
Thursday, May 25
  • Good Faith Nite Market | Thursday, May 25 | 5-9 p.m. | Quartyard, 1301 Market St., San Diego | Free | A space where new and emerging local artists can sell their works.
  • Nat Geo Live: Coral Kingdoms & Empires of Ice | Thursday, May 25 | 7-9 p.m. | The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla | $35-$49 | Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes.
Friday, May 26
  • Acrylic Pour Workshop | Friday, May 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. | $20-$30 | Create a psychedelic, abstract masterpiece by letting pigment run amok.
  • Legacy Week | Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29 | Times vary | USS Midway Museum, 910 Harbor Dr., San Diego | Prices vary | The aircraft carrier-turned-museum presents its annual Legacy Week — a tribute to US military heroes — with a lineup of patriotic activities.
Saturday, May 27
  • Second Annual North Park Music Fest | Saturday, May 27 + Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | North Park Mini-Park, 3812 29th St., San Diego | $45-$60 | This community fest features live music, art, interactive experiences, craft beer, and cocktails — all in support of North Park Main Street.
  • R&B Block Party: All Black Attire | Saturday, May 27 | 5-9 p.m. | Quartyard, 1301 Market St., San Diego | $10-$25 | It’s time to boogie — come dressed in your finest black threads.
  • Karol G & Shakira Dance Night | Saturday, May 27 | 9 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $15 | Hips don’t lie — dance to the hits of two Colombian queens.
Sunday, May 28
  • Fermented Condiments Workshop | Sunday, May 28 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Maya Moon Collective, 3349 Adams Ave., San Diego | $64 | Learn to craft the perfect sidekick for your main course.
  • San Diego Legion vs. Rugby New York | Sunday, May 28 | 1 p.m. | Snapdragon Stadium, 2101 Stadium Way, San Diego | $20-$145 | It’s an East Coast vs. West Best Coast showdown.
  • House of USA Lawn Program: Memorial Day | Sunday, May 28 | 2-3 p.m. | International Cottages, 1439 El Prado, San Diego | Free | This Balboa Park program honors US veterans.
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News Notes
  • About 400,000 voters in District 4 will be mailed ballots in mid-July for the Aug. 15 special election to fill the supervisorial seat left vacant by Nathan Fletcher’s resignation. If there’s no majority vote, there’ll be a special general election on Nov. 7. The elected official will serve through January 2027.
  • Sweet newsSalt & Straw will debut its third San Diego location tomorrow, this time at Westfield UTC. The Portland-based scoop shop is known for its creative flavors and patrons will find a zinger at the grand opening: roasted beets and goat cheese ice cream, co-created by celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey. (Fox 5)
Coming Soon
  • Rescue Jr. — SeaWorld San Diego’s new, kid-friendly play zone — will open this Saturday, May 27. The play area focuses on animal rescue and features new rides, a splash pad, and climbing structures. The theme park is also gearing up to debut its newest roller coaster, Arctic Rescue, soon.
  • Balboa Park’s San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) and Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will merge on Saturday, July 1. MOPA’s collection of 9,000+ images will be added to SDMA’s archives, and visitors will “experience art through multiple lenses.” MOPA will remain in its Casa de Balboa space through 2024. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • The San Diego Black Artist Collective will present the Black Arts Festival at The Old Globe today through Sunday, May 28 — an event celebrating Black actors, playwrights, musicians, and visual artists. Check out productions like “Black Lady Showcase,” “Barbeque,” and “Black Voices Black Writers” at The Globe throughout the weekend.
  • The 2023 report from Center for World University Rankings named UC San Diego No. 7 among the best public universities in the US, No. 21 among all US universities, and No. 33 in the world. The university received high grades for its faculty and research. (UC San Diego Today)
  • San Diego-based littoral combat ship USS Canberra will be ceremonially commissioned in Australia on Saturday, July 22, where it’ll become the first American warship commissioned in an allied country. This is part of President Joe Biden’s pact announced in San Diego earlier this year to provide Australia with more submarines.
Feel Good
  • Wednesday — a stray kitten rescued after getting stuck in the metal frame of a truck in Escondido — has been adopted. The San Diego Humane Society says the black and white kitten was “a little spicy” at first and reminded staffers of Wednesday Addams. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
🎬 Lights. Camera. Action.
SD Summer Movies in the Park 2023
The seasonal outdoor movie event is back, San Diego. | Photo via Summer Movies in the Park
It’s written in the starsSummer Movies in the Park returns this weekend, bringing free, outdoor movie screenings to San Diego County parks through late October.

This year’s schedule features 150 movies, with showings on Fridays and Saturdays across all kinds of family-friendly genres.

Here’s a sizzle reel of what’s playing early this season:
  • “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” | Friday, May 26 | 6 p.m. | Waterfront Park (first flick of the season)
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” | Saturday, May 27 | 7 p.m. | Lincoln Acres County Park
  • “Lightyear” | Saturday, June 10 | 5:30 p.m. | Morley Field
  • “Soul” | Saturday, June 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Poway Community Park
  • “The Sandlot” | Saturday, July 1 | 7 p.m. | Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
Pro tips: Pack blankets, chairs, and a picnic. Also, County Parks and Recreation will post weekend screening roundups on this Facebook page; check out these FAQs before you go.
SD MLS San Diego

Snapdragon Stadium will be the home of San Diego’s new MLS team.


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

When Major League Soccer (MLS) announced its expansion to San Diego, we asked SDtoday readers — what should our city’s new MLS team be named and what should be their colors? Of course, you delivered. Here are some of your SD-themed ideas:
  • FC Sunrise; dark pink + light orange
  • FC Surf; turquoise + teal green
  • San Diego Cali Burritos; blue + yellow
  • The REchargers
  • The San Diego Chargers FC
  • San Diego Tiburons; grey, teal + blue
  • San Diego Surfers; gold + red — “reflecting our sunrise and sunset”
  • San Diego Sunset FC; “Their colors should accent or be inspired by San Diego Wave FC because it’ll unify our major soccer teams. Men can wear pink too.”
Keep the ideas coming — the team will play at Snapdragon Stadium starting in 2025.
The Wrap
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From the editor
I recently went to the opening of Oddish Wine, a new urban winery at The Gärten in Bay Park. The winery (from the owners of Lost Cause Meadery) specializes in minimal intervention wines made with SoCal grapes including a delicious red blend called Cosmic Dance, made with San Diego grapes.

The space is so cute — The Gärten has quickly become a go-to spot for my husband and I, especially when there’s live music.
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