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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
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Wednesday, July 30,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Daniel Foster: the philosopher king

Oceanside Museum of Art director left, then came back and will keep pursuing his big ideas

By Kinsee Morlan
When Foster joined OMA in 2012, he laid out an ambitious plan for the museum’s future, which included taking a more scholarly approach to programming by putting together a topnotch curatorial team.
Wednesday, July 23,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Pitting summer blockbusters against the Bechdel Test

We ran summer-movie trailers against the seemingly easy-to-pass scrutiny, and the results weren’t pretty

By Ryan Bradford

Onward with another summer of movie trailers! Onward with another year of supporting the white / hetero / male-dominated pop-cultural infrastructure while we continue our slow trudge to the grave!

Wednesday, July 23,2014
Arts & Culture feature

No-badge-needed events for the Comic-Con crowd

Lots of stuff going, even if you’re not one of the lucky few

By Susan Myrland
As Comic-Con grows in popularity, so do the options for those who couldn’t score a badge. Each year brings more parties, pop-ups, zombie walks and just plain weirdness.
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.
 
 
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