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Wednesday, July 23,2014
Arts & Culture feature

On drawing women

Comic-book artists discuss perpetuating an anatomical archetype some consider offensive

By Seth Combs

 “The ’90s were definitely the era of women with broken backs,” says San Diego comic-book artist Alejandro “Alé” Garza, referring to the extremely exaggerated female caricatures of the era, with breasts so large that it seems inconceivable that they could also fight super-villains.

Wednesday, July 23,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Comic-Con vs. the Bechdel Test

Popular fiction has evolved, but big-time fails in female representation mean the challenge is still relevant

By Kinsee Morlan
The Bechdel Test is a simple thought experiment that requires works of fiction to feature at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a dude. It’s a ridiculously low bar that a surprising number of contemporary works fail to reach.
Wednesday, July 9,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Fern Street Circus is coming back

Original founders are resurrecting the popular grassroots organization

By Kinsee Morlan
For 20 years, Fern Street Circus put on popular performances and became well known for its after-school program, which offered free circus-arts education to kids in Golden Hill, with satellite locations throughout the region.
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.