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Meet the Curator: Tears of War: The Many Faces of Refugee Women Mar 31, 2015 Curator Anne Hoiberg and two of the refugee women featured in the current exhibition will discuss their contributions to efforts to end war through exhibitions, storytelling, activism, and resilience. 42 other events on Tuesday, March 31
 
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Monday, March 9,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Reckoning your joy with sadness

An emotionally turbulent month is a reminder of the contradictory nature of life

By Ryan Bradford
My grandma died the week before my debut novel, Horror Business, came out. 
Tuesday, February 10,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Love in the age of dick pics

Mastering virtual flirtation with the help of Tinder, Craigslist and horny dead girls

By Ryan Bradford
I take smug pride in never having had to court someone through the annals of virtual existence, I also feel like I’ve missed out on something that will define relationships in the future. I have never sexted anyone before, and I was thrilled by the idea.
Monday, January 12,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

I went to a gun show on the second anniversary of Sandy Hook

Crossroads of the West and Del Mar Fairgrounds commemorate massacre with discount firearms, whacky T-shirts and overpriced beer

By Ryan Bradford
The date is Sunday, Dec. 14, marking the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Two years prior, we witnessed the greatest taboo that our collective conscious could imagine: Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six faculty members. 
Monday, December 15,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Do you even immersive puzzle-solve, bro?

Trying to escape San Diego's Puzzalarium with my dignity intact

By Ryan Bradford
Listen folks, you don't get your own hubris-infusing column by being book-smart. In this biz, quick-wittedness, perseverance, the ability to create emotionally driven headlines and—to a much lesser extent—the ability to write well are the keys to becoming a successful writer. 
Monday, November 17,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Adversity, identity and xistentialism with Mr. Xtreme

The differences between a 30-year-old writer and a real-life superhero are slim

By Ryan Bradford
Mr. Xtreme greets me with a firm handshake. He’s short but built like a football linebacker. He wears a green helmet and body armor accentuated by a yellow XJL flag that flows beautifully, majestically behind him. He looks like if a Ninja Turtle did it with a tank.
Monday, October 20,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

A nightmare on University Avenue

The Elfin Forest, Questhaven and satanic ritual spots are no match for terrors in North Park

By Ryan Bradford
Craig Oliver was the first person I approached to show me genuinely scary places in San Diego. I'm not talking about touristy haunts like The Whaley House or the Hotel Del, but places of legend that don't require an admission fee, places that people go out of their way to avoid.
Monday, September 22,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

What to expect on your 10-day vegan-juice cleanse

Pretension, alienation and isolation are just road bumps on the way to looking and feeling great!

By Ryan Bradford

Days 3 and 4: Everything sucks. Cranky. Tired. A constant need to urinate. Can't even muster the effort to use pronouns. 


Monday, August 25,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Live-blogging 47 minutes spent at Winkie Con

A recap of my experience at a convention dedicated to ‘The Wizard of Oz’

By Ryan Bradford
I pull over to check the confirmation email on my phone: Yes, Winkie Con—the annual convention dedicated to L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz—is being held here. I don't fault Town & Country for not wanting "Winkie Con" on its marquee.
Monday, July 28,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

A ‘real’ Mormon’s reaction to ‘The Book of Mormon’

Spooky hell, urine baptisms and other memories exorcised by the Broadway play

By Ryan Bradford
A real Mormon. The term seared in the part of my brain that hasn't been contaminated by vices, the section that will persevere no matter how much nudity, booze and horror I cram in there.
Monday, June 30,2014
Well, That Was Awkward

Craft beer and loathing

Trying to prove my worth with the boozy elite at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

By Ryan Bradford
I like beer as much as the next functioning alcoholic, but sometimes San Diego's craft scene feels like the veiny blob at the end of Akira—encompassing and swallowing everything in its path.
 
 
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