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Wednesday, July 2,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Graham Downes created waves that continue to ripple through San Diego

A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life

By Kinsee Morlan

A one-sided fight that lasted about 15 minutes—that’s how a neighbor described the attack he witnessed on Juniper Street in Bankers Hill during the early morning hours of April 19, 2013. By the time police arrived, the two men involved were laying on the street next to each other. Graham Downes, his face pale as he lay on the street in front of his home, didn’t move.

Wednesday, June 25,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Ilus Art taps into San Diego’s biotech community

New business is illuminating the imagery found in science

By Kinsee Morlan
Michael Zimber, who's won awards for his cellular art, uses an expensive, very sensitive black-and-white camera to capture his microscopic imagery.
Wednesday, June 4,2014
Arts & Culture feature

James Hubbell has a welcome home

Explore the San Diego artist's fantastical built environment, which will soon host a new public center for the arts

By Kinsee Morlan
James Hubbell is somewhere on his swath of land nestled in the rolling hills of Santa Ysabel. The trick is finding where, exactly, the artist is amid the 34 acres of rural property, home to 10 of his recognizable buildings.
Tuesday, May 27,2014
Arts & Culture feature

No wheelchairs allowed at Lakeside Skatepark

Robert Thompkins will continue to ride there despite a skateboards-only rule

By Kinsee Morlan
Thompkins plans to hold a chairskating-awareness event at the park, located on the southwestern edge of Lindo Lake County Park, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14.
Tuesday, May 13,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Ginger Shulick Porcella brings edgy energy to San Diego Art Institute

73-year-old arts organization’s hip new executive director is pushing for change

By Kinsee Morlan
Porcella was named the new executive director of the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) at the start of the year, taking the place of Timothy Field, who headed the organization for 16 years before departing the post suddenly last year under a cloud of secrecy.
Friday, May 2,2014
Arts & Culture feature

One reason to save the San Diego Opera

Chorister Anishka Lee-Skorepa hopes to carve out a career with her powerful voice

By Kinsee Morlan
Lee-Skorepa is one of 28 core San Diego Opera choristers, having performed with the embattled local opera for the past seven years.
Wednesday, April 30,2014
Arts & Culture feature

The push to get Arts-in-Corrections back behind bars

Advocates work to return creative arts programming to California prisons

By Kinsee Morlan
California’s Arts-in-Corrections program, especially during its peak in the ’80s and ’90s, was considered a model for other states and recognized internationally for producing results. 
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.