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Bike to Work Day May 29, 2015 Join thousands of bike riders throughout the region to bike to work and stop by one of an estimated 100 pit stop locations to pick up t-shirts, snacks and encouragement. Originally scheduled for May 15, but postponed due to rain.  71 other events on Friday, May 29
 
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The media artist/designer wants women to challenge the idea of what’s expected of them
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The third in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund
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After nearly 50 years, faculty and staff fear next two shows will be the last for a while
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Bertrand Bonello’s biopic fragments history to find the emotion of style
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New documentary about the famous painter and special effects guru

 

 
 
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Monday, May 18,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Singing the sorrow

All the times I've sung karaoke, ranked in terms of fear, shame and embarrassment

By Ryan Bradford
The thing is, I love karaoke. I spend ample amounts of time listening to songs that could be potential material, often while playing out theoretical scenarios in my head in which I whip a crowd into the same kind of Eminem-in-8 Mile exhalation.
Monday, May 4,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

All the negative feelings I had at the Mall of America

A nightmarish trip to the country's biggest mall is preceded by a night of free bourbon, drag queens and massive genitalia

By Ryan Bradford
The hangover should've been an omen. Or, perhaps it was the fact that the couple in the neighboring room was rehearsing a play at 9 a.m.—both seemed to be shouting their lines in a Mr. DNA-from-Jurassic Park dialect right into the wall next to my head. 
Tuesday, April 7,2015
Well, That Was Awkward

Fur and loafing at The Cat Café

Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop

By Ryan Bradford
Last year, I became a cat dad. I'd be lying if that statement didn't spur some internal conflict. I used to roll my eyes at the cat images that littered my social-media feeds, or smugly expound on the effects of the cat-carrying parasite toxoplasmosis ("Excreted through their feces!"). 
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. 


 
 
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