Meet the coolest wrestler in Southern California!

Ju Dizz becomes SoCal Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. (Photo courtesy @ju_dizz)
Ju Dizz becomes SoCal Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. (Photo courtesy @ju_dizz)

I happen to know the coolest wrestler in Southern California. Our paths usually cross several times a week. His name is Julius Coleman, and he wrestles with SoCal Pro under the name Ju Dizz.

Last weekend, at the completion of a hard fought cage match, fan favorite Ju Dizz lifted the championship belt as SoCal Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion! How cool is that?

Julius is not only a fierce fighter, but he’s a super positive guy and friend to many. As he rises to superstardom, he’ll be a many-time champion with an unstoppable, big heart. He’ll be an inspiring role model for all of his fans.

Ju Dizz is the Black Rose that blossoms through the rubble!

Check out his Instagram page here!

150 Favorite cool photos of Comic-Con cosplay!

Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock

I’ve covered San Diego Comic-Con for many years. Cool San Diego Sights now includes hundreds of cosplay photos that were taken around the Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter.

While we impatiently wait three months for 2019 Comic-Con, I thought I’d share 150 of my favorite photographs. These include some the weirdest, funniest, most jaw-dropping examples of cosplay that my roving camera has happily recorded.

Enjoy!

Adora Belle Dearheart and Moist von Lipwig
Adora Belle Dearheart and Moist von Lipwig
Ahmanet of The Mummy
Ahmanet of The Mummy
Alice and Mad Hatter
Alice and Mad Hatter
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Aquaman
Aquaman
Aquaman
Aquaman
Aquaman, Mera and cosplay friends
Aquaman, Mera and cosplay friends
Assassin's Creed
Assassin’s Creed
Azog and a Nazgûl
Azog and a Nazgûl
Azrael Batman
Azrael Batman
Batman and Bane
Batman and Bane
Batman looking grim
Batman looking grim
Batman, Robin and supervillains ready for the beach
Batman, Robin and evil supervillains ready for a pool party
Baymax
Baymax
Black Mage encircled by Supergirl and friends
Black Mage encircled by Supergirl and dancing friends
Black Widow and Ant-Man
Black Widow and Ant-Man
Black Widow, Captain America and friend
Black Widow, Captain America and smiling friend
Bombshell Batwoman
Bombshell Batwoman
Bumblebee and barbarian friend boarding a trolley in San Diego
Bumblebee and barbarian friend boarding a trolley in San Diego
Cable
Cable
Captain America
Captain America strikes a pose
Catwoman and Jane Doe of Blindspot
Catwoman and Jane Doe of Blindspot
Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife
Cobra Commander
Cobra Commander
Coneheads
Coneheads
Cyclops
Cyclops
Cylon from Battlestar Galactica
Cylon Centurion from Battlestar Galactica
Dark Angel Olivia
Dark Angel Olivia
Darth Maul
Darth Maul
Darth Vader in cool sunglasses
Darth Vader in cool sunglasses
Dayman
Dayman
Deadpool takes many forms, including a hot dog
Deadpool takes many forms, including a hot dog
Deathstroke and Batgirl
Deathstroke and Batgirl
Disco Darth Vader
Disco Darth Vader
Doc Brown
Doc Brown
Dragon Slayer Ornstein
Dragon Slayer Ornstein
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z
Electro
Electro
Elemental Hero Avian
Elemental Hero Avian
Fast food superheroes
Fast food superheroes
Ferengi from Star Trek
Ferengi from Star Trek
Fire Archangel Velajuel
Fire Archangel Velajuel
Frog Glenn with Batman and two Robins
Frog Glenn with Batman and two Robins
Frozone
Frozone
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Gamora
Gamora
Garden gnomes
Garden gnomes
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Goku
Goku
Green Arrow
Green Arrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gumby and Pokey
Gumby and Pokey
Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann
Harley Quinn and Deathstroke
Harley Quinn and Deathstroke
Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn
Haru of The Cat Returns
Haru of The Cat Returns
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Henchman 21
Henchman 21
Hermione Granger, Daredevil and American Maid
Hermione Granger, Daredevil and American Maid
Homestuck
Homestuck
Immortan Joe
Immortan Joe
Jawa from Star Wars
Jawa from Star Wars
Jay Garrick version of Flash
Jay Garrick version of Flash
Judge Dredd and Judge Death
Judge Dredd and Judge Death
Kevin Flynn from Tron
Kevin Flynn from Tron
Kevin from Up
Kevin from Up
Klingons
Klingons
Krieg the Psycho
Krieg the Psycho
Kuato from Total Recall
Kuato from Total Recall
Lady Sif
Lady Sif
LEGO Cyborg
LEGO Cyborg
Liliana Vess
Liliana Vess
Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid
Loki and Thor
Loki and Thor
Loki
Loki
Lord Hater
Lord Hater
Lovecraftian steampunk Cthulhu-like character
Lovecraftian steampunk Cthulhu-like character
Mad Hatters
Mad Hatters
Mad Max duo
Mad Max duo
Mad Max trio
Mad Max trio
Madame Vastra
Madame Vastra
Madder Red of Bedlam
Madder Red of Bedlam
Madoka Magica
Madoka Magica
Mercy and Reaper of Overwatch
Mercy and Reaper of Overwatch
Ming the Merciless
Ming the Merciless
MOBA Legends
MOBA Legends
Mouth of Sauron
Mouth of Sauron
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Nightmare Before Christmas
Nightmare Before Christmas
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Opera Bugs Bunny
Opera Bugs Bunny
Orange Vader and friends
Orange Vader and friends
Pac-Man
Pac-Man
Pepsiman
Pepsiman
Pikachu
Pikachu
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
Post-apocalyptic Super Mario Bros.
Post-apocalyptic Super Mario Bros.
Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore
Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore
Quidditch players for the Montrose Magpies
Quidditch players for the Montrose Magpies
R2-D2
R2-D2
Riddler
Riddler
Robin
Robin
Rocksteady and Bebop
Rocksteady and Bebop
Salsa Picante
Salsa Picante
Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack
Sans from Undertale
Sans from Undertale
Satsuki Kiryuin
Satsuki Kiryuin
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Sharknado victims
Sharknado victims
She-Hulk and Raven
She-Hulk and Raven
She-Ra has arrived to save the day. Her friend looks like a messed-up Phoenix, but I'm not sure.
She-Ra has arrived to save the day. Her friend looks like a messed-up Phoenix, but I’m not sure…
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes
Silk
Silk
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
Silverware
Silverware
Snow White
Snow White
Society For Creative Anachronism
Society For Creative Anachronism
Some sort of astronaut
Some sort of astronaut
Sora from Kingdom Hearts
Sora from Kingdom Hearts
Speed Racer and Mario characters
Speed Racer and Mario characters
Spiderman and Venom
Spiderman and Venom
Spiderman driving a pedicab outside San Diego Comic-Con
Spiderman driving a pedicab outside San Diego Comic-Con
Spock
Spock
Star Trek Barbee
Star Trek Barbee
Star Wars
Star Wars
Star-Lord and Thor
Star-Lord and Thor
Steampunk Ghostbuster with proton pack
Steampunk Ghostbuster with proton pack
Steampunk lady
Steampunk lady
Steampunk version of Batman
Steampunk version of Batman
Steven Universe
Steven Universe
Storm
Storm
Super Shredder
Super Shredder
TARDIS
TARDIS
The Addams Family
The Addams Family
The Venture Bros.
The Venture Bros.
The Witcher character
The Witcher character
Thor
Thor
Transformer in the Gaslamp
Transformer in the Gaslamp
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Undead running amok inside the San Diego Convention Center
Undead zombie running amok inside the San Diego Convention Center
Unknown
Unknown
Venom
Venom
WALL-E and Cruella de Vil
WALL-E and Cruella de Vil
Warlock from Destiny
Warlock from Destiny
Wolverine
Wolverine
Wonder Woman and a Golden Age enemy
Wonder Woman and a Golden Age enemy
Wonder Woman and Maleficent
Wonder Woman and Maleficent
Wonder Woman and Superman
Wonder Woman and Superman

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Swords of Chivalry knights battle in Balboa Park!

In my opinion, the most exciting part of the House of England’s lawn program in Balboa Park yesterday was the historical sword fighting. A local group called Swords of Chivalry provided a fine demonstration of realistic combat between armored knights during the Middle Ages.

According to their website, the Swords of Chivalry Program is one of only 16 schools in the world that have been selected to the Chivalric Fighting Arts Association. The program is led by “San Diego’s own Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) expert and medieval history guru, Scott Farrell.”

As knights and their squires performed heroic feats upon the green grass of the International Cottages, I and everyone watching were drawn back in time to the fantastic Age of Chivalry.

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English knights, cute Corgis, Harry Potter and more!

Knights in shining armor mock battle in Balboa Park during the House of England lawn program!
Knights in armor engage in mock battle during the House of England’s lawn program.

The House of England in Balboa Park hosted a really great lawn program today!

As I lingered on the grass at the center of the International Cottages, I saw historical costumes, several mock knight battles, a Beatles tribute band, and even a parade of Welsh Corgis! I also stepped into the House of England’s cottage to check out a bunch of cultural displays!

These photos show what I experienced…

The wonderful House of England lawn program drew a good crowd to the International Cottages in Balboa Park.
The annual House of England lawn program drew a good crowd to the International Cottages in Balboa Park.
A member of the group Swords of Chivalry removes her steel helmet after some mock medieval combat.
A member of the group Swords of Chivalry removes her steel helmet after some mock medieval combat.
Other members of Swords of Chivalry have donned historical armor during the lawn program.
Other members of Swords of Chivalry have donned historical armor during the House of England’s lawn program.
Kids had fun learning about the Age of Chivalry, a time long ago that seems like pure fantasy in our modern age.
Kids had fun learning about the Age of Chivalry, a time long ago that now seems like pure fantasy.
Ron, Hermione and Harry welcome visitors to the House of England's cottage. Join us for a cup of tea.
Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Harry Potter welcome visitors to the House of England’s cottage. Join us for a cup of tea.
The House of England's cottage is jam packed with all sorts of interesting photos, artwork and cultural displays.
The House of England’s small cottage is full of interesting photos, artwork and cultural displays.
One wall features the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. A nearby poster traces The Royal Lineage.
One wall features the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. A nearby poster traces The Royal Lineage.
A Briton's Creed, Big Ben,Winston Churchill and more!
A Briton’s Creed, Big Ben,Winston Churchill and more!
I soon spotted a bunch of Harry Potter stuff. It's the Sorting Hat from Hogwarts!
I soon spotted a bunch of Harry Potter stuff. It’s the Sorting Hat from Hogwarts!
One chart shows how the name Luna has become increasingly popular due to the Harry Potter books and films.
One chart shows how the name Luna has become increasingly popular due to the Harry Potter books and films.
It's all of the Doctors from the Doctor Who series!
It’s all of the Doctors from the popular Doctor Who series!
A large display in the cottage is devoted to the British royal family, and Princess Diana in particular.
A large display in the cottage is devoted to the British royal family, and Princess Diana in particular.
An article about keeping Diana's legacy alive by eliminating landmines around the world.
An article about striving to keep Diana’s legacy alive by eliminating landmines around the world. (Click image to enlarge for easy reading.)
Look at all the fun, unique teapots!
Look at all the fun, unique teapots!
Back outside, the House of England had a food tent up. Delectable treats for sale included Hagrid's Dragon Eggs!
Back outside, the House of England had a food tent up. Delectable treats for sale included Hagrid’s Dragon Eggs!
All sorts of tents on the lawn. Many contained displays concerning English culture and history.
All sorts of tents along the grass. Many contained information about English culture and history.
Some attending the cool event wore historical costumes.
Some attending the cool event wore historical costumes.
A parade featuring dozens of cute Corgis caught everyone's attention.
A parade featuring dozens of cute Corgis caught everyone’s attention.
Some guys rode penny-farthings to Balboa Park's fun House of England lawn program.
Some guys rode penny-farthings to Balboa Park’s wonderful House of England event.
Four gentlemen and their high wheels.
Four gentlemen and their high wheels.
This elegant lady had a table that concerned the show Victoria on PBS.
This elegant lady had a table that concerned the show Victoria on PBS.
Images from 19th century England.
Images from 19th century England.
Claudia Previn Stasny, daughter of André Previn, sings The Star Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen to begin the main program of entertainment.
Claudia Previn Stasny, daughter of André Previn, sang The Star Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen to begin the program of afternoon entertainment.
A happy group of Welsh Corgis hangs out by the stage.
A happy group of Welsh Corgis hangs out by the stage.
The Baja Bugs, a great Beatles tribute band, rocks the House of England's lawn program.
The Baja Bugs, a great Beatles tribute band, rocks the House of England’s lawn program.
I think I see Ringo at the drums!
I think I see Ringo at the drums!
Knights entertain an outdoor audience at the House of England's lawn program in Balboa Park.
Battling knights entertain an outdoor audience at the House of England’s lawn program in Balboa Park!

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Little Italy’s history, culture at Amici House.

Arriving at the historic Amici House, a cultural center in San Diego's downtown Little Italy neighborhood.
Approaching the historic Amici House, a cultural center in San Diego’s downtown Little Italy neighborhood.

In downtown San Diego’s beautiful Little Italy neighborhood, tucked among trees between Amici Park and the popular Little Italy Dog Park, one can find a small house that is named for friendship. It’s called Amici House.

A century ago the Amici House was home to the Giacalone family, who lived in Sicily before their arrival in San Diego in 1916. Antonio Giacalone and his wife, Josephine, became an integral part of the local Italian fishing community. Their modest Craftsman style house was originally located a few blocks to the west, near India Street. Last year the structure was moved to its present location at 250 W. Date Street, in order to make room for the new Piazza della Famiglia.

The historic home, now called the Amici House, has become a gathering place for the present-day community. Sheltered by graceful trees, its shady patio is the perfect place to relax, have a drink and chat with friends. Inside the house one can observe museum-like displays and learn about life in Little Italy, which was home to many immigrant fishermen back when San Diego was considered the tuna fishing capital of the world.

The Amici House is operated by The Convivio Society for Italian Humanities, a nonprofit organization that promotes Italian arts, culture and heritage in San Diego. The house with its intimate patio provides a unique venue for concerts and other entertainment. A variety of community activities such as outdoor movie screenings are often enjoyed in nearby Amici Park. The house can also be rented for private events.

I paid a visit on Saturday afternoon and took a few photos.

This grassy area in front of Amici House will soon be a venue for outdoor entertainment, with its own small stage.
This grassy area in front of Amici House will soon be a venue for outdoor entertainment, with its own small stage.
A group of people exits Amici House. I will be able to explore the place during a quiet moment on a Saturday afternoon.
A group of people exits Amici House. I will be able to explore the place during a quiet moment on a Saturday afternoon.
Steps lead up into the beautifully renovated Craftsman style Amici House.
Steps lead up into the small, renovated Craftsman style Amici House.
At the bottom of the front steps is a table with gifts. Caffè Convivio offers snacks and a few refreshing things to drink.
At the bottom of the front steps is a table with books and other gifts. Caffè Convivio offers snacks and a few refreshing things to drink.
Chairs and tables in front of Amici House provide a pleasant, shady place to relax on a sunny day.
Chairs and tables in front of Amici House provide a pleasant, shady place to relax on a sunny day.
This kinetic fish sculpture is popular with kids.
This kinetic fish sculpture is popular with kids.
After stepping into the small Amici House, I turned around and took a photo of old fishing artifacts above the door.
After stepping into the Amici House, I turned around and took a photo of old fishing artifacts above the door.
Photo into a large mirror on one wall provides a glimpse of the small museum-like interior.
Photo into a large mirror on one wall provides a glimpse of the small museum-like interior.
The walls inside the Amici House are full of historical photos and information concerning Little Italy, once center of a thriving tuna fishing industry.
The walls inside the Amici House are full of historical photos and information concerning Little Italy, once center of a thriving tuna fishing industry.
Posters, old photos and works of art with an Italian theme appear on all sides. I see Frank Sinatra.
Posters, old photos and works of art with an Italian theme appear on all sides. I see Frank Sinatra.
This small exhibition of art features work by sports fan and artist Christopher Paluso.
This small exhibition of art features work by sports fan and artist Christopher Paluso.
Examples of work by accomplished Italian American artist Christopher Paluso.
Examples of work by accomplished Italian American artist Christopher Paluso.
In a wooden cabinet I spied colorful gifts and crafts imported from Italy.
In a wooden cabinet I saw colorful glassware and crafts imported from Italy.
Painting of John D'Acquisto, Italian American baseball player who played four years with the San Diego Padres.
Painting of John D’Acquisto, Italian American baseball pitcher who played four years with the San Diego Padres.
Little Italy has a rich history, including many generations of families that still thrive in the community today.
Little Italy has a rich history, including many generations of families that still thrive in the community today.
I'm shown a rendering of a proposed, much larger cultural center that might be built by The Convivio Society elsewhere in Little Italy.
I’m shown a rendering of a proposed, much larger cultural center that might be built by The Convivio Society in the future.
Meanwhile, the Amici House is a repository of cherished memories for a lively and welcoming San Diego neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the Amici House holds (and produces) cherished memories for a lively San Diego neighborhood.

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Building a permanent concert stage at Petco Park!

A new, permanent concert stage is now being built at Petco Park!

I walked through the Park at the Park today and saw workers erecting the large stage behind the wall-like batter’s eye, where temporary stages have been set up for special events in past years.

A couple mornings ago I walked around Petco Park looking for new banners, graphics and cool stuff in anticipation of the 2019 Padres baseball season. I spoke to a Padres employee who was doing some maintenance, and he indicated that the new stage will be operated by Live Nation, and will be used as a venue for concerts and other fun events throughout the year!

Great idea!

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Photos of the colorful 2019 Mariachi Festival!

Ready for some super colorful photos?

In past years, the National City Chamber of Commerce’s amazing Annual International Mariachi Festival and Competition has been held in Pepper Park. You might remember my photographs in 2016 and 2017. For this year, 2019, the event was held in Chula Vista’s spacious Bayside Park!

I love the whirling colors of Mexican ballet folklórico dancing, and the soaring, unabashed joy of mariachi music, so today I had to go again!

I took photos of anything and everything!

Enjoy!

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