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Nite Owls: The Darkroom Apr 24, 2014 A fun music and art mixer for 21to 40-somethings. This one includes a discussion with photographer Omar Lopez, a DJ playing old jazz records, collaborative art projects and darkroom photography activities. 59 other events on Thursday, April 24
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Wednesday, April 23,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Gym Standard has a unique approach to showing and selling art

El Cajon Boulevard entrepreneur Edwin Negado thinks it’s time to reinvent the way work is marketed

By Kinsee Morlan
Edwin Negado doesn’t use Facebook to promote Gym Standard, and you won’t see an email signup on his website or much in the way of marketing outside of Instagram, but the focused, minimalistic tactic seems to be working.
Wednesday, April 16,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Avenida Revolución’s renaissance

Revamped Mexicoach Station is part of a new generation’s battle to reclaim downtown Tijuana

By Kinsee Morlan
Miguel Buenrostro, a passionate 30-year-old filmmaker and photographer, says he’s tired of the telling and retelling of Tijuana’s recent history regarding the drug war and the common perception that the city is still mostly seedy and filled with urban decay.
Wednesday, April 9,2014
Arts & Culture feature

The SongStream Project records music’s memories

New arts group collects colorful stories of San Diegans and their connections to songs

By Kinsee Morlan
On a recent Saturday morning, Castruita and her two kids were among a handful of people at the City Heights Library who were there to listen to The SongStream Project’s “A Landscape of Lullabies,” a collection of stories about songs San Diegans sing to their children.
Monday, March 24,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Balboa Park Centennial: Fest or fizzle?

What could’ve been, what could be and what’s actually happening with the embattled 2015 celebration

By Kinsee Morlan
When news broke early in March that Balboa Park Celebration Inc. (BPCI), the nonprofit group charged with organizing the centennial, was disbanding and handing the reins to the city, the typical reaction was that we'll ultimately get a watered-down even
Wednesday, March 19,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Mitchell Vassiliou: the man that time forgot

San Diegan makes a good living as one of the last typewriter repairmen

By Kinsee Morlan

Mitchell Vassiliou has gradually transformed his City Heights home into an eclectic enclave of vintage typewriters and electronic word processors.

Wednesday, March 12,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Voz Alta will not be silenced

Even without a home for the first time in six years, the roving arts collective will live on

By Seth Combs

Beltrán is quick to remind people that Voz Alta was never meant to end. Nor was it meant to be stationary. It started as a poetry space at 917 E St. until the construction of Petco Park all but forced it to move to another location in East Village

Wednesday, March 5,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Bhavna Mehta carves out cultural stories

Paper artist draws with a knife, intricately creating unique narrative tales

By Kinsee Morlan
Bhavna Mehta figured out that her No. 1 objective with her art is storytelling. With each piece, the India-born artist strives to share narratives about what it means to be an immigrant in the United States.
Tuesday, February 25,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Daniel Peña is in search of sight and sound

Tijuana-based photographer slows his roll and catches magical musical moments

By Kinsee Morlan
The fuzzy, gritty, raw quality of film serves Daniel Peña well, especially for his shots of Tijuana, which are increasing now that he lives there.
Wednesday, February 19,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Just another Slappy Sunday in San Diego

Some of the city's old-school skaters are crushing curbs on a weekly basis

By Kinsee Morlan
Slappy Sunday is a casual meet-up of skaters in their 30s and 40s who no longer feel comfortable at skate parks amid 10-year-olds on razor scooters.
Monday, February 3,2014
Arts & Culture feature

San Diego’s 3D-printing revolution

As the technology evolves, so do its many local practitioners

By Kinsee Morlan
In San Diego, several small startups have begun since the technology became more commercially available in 2010. And as personal 3-D printers have gotten cheaper and more accessible, more hobbyists and entrepreneurs have joined the ranks.