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Art & Culture

Head Crammers

Bombard your brain with these bits of brilliance

By CityBeat Staff

CityBeat staff recommends their current favorite pieces of pop-culture.

Art & Culture

Five must-read fantasy comic books and graphic novels

San Diego experts give the recommendations

By Alex Zaragoza

For those who’ve devoured George R.R. Martin’s novels and the TV series they inspired and are thirsty for more fantasy reads, local experts recommend five fantasy comic books.

Art & Culture

Watch this space

19 locations we’re keeping an eye on this year

By CityBeat Staff

Bread & Salt: The building at 1955 Julian Ave. in Logan Heights is bar-none the space for art to watch in the coming year. Public Architecture and Planning bought the 40,000-square-foot former Weber Bakery 10 months ago with plans to turn it into a community-focused center for the arts, says Public's James Brown.

Art & Culture

Andrew Printer wants the gay population to stop settling down

San Diego photographer's exhibition challenges the gay community to fight for the right not to marry

By Seth Combs

Photographer Andrew Printer’s exhibition challenges the gay community to fight for the right not to marry

Art & Culture

The show goes on for these two old clowns, Jerry Hager and Larry Keough

An end of old-school entertainment won’t stop these old pals from entertaining

By Kinsee Morlan

An end of old-school entertainment won’t stop these old pals from entertaining

Art & Culture

Some of San Diego's top designers

Our city might not be a Mecca, but it’s certainly got its share of design devotees

By Kinsee Morlan, Justin Roberts, AnnaMaria Stephens

San Diego might not be a Mecca, but it’s certainly got its share of design devotees

Art & Culture

David Cuzick and Meegan Nolan Cuzick are free as birds

The couple behind Magpie Gallery & Boutique are spreading their wings, closing shop and moving on

By Kinsee Morlan

The couple behind Magpie Gallery & Boutique are spreading their wings, closing shop and moving on

Art & Culture

Petals on parade

San Diego photographer exposes 'taboo' subject matter

By Claire Caraska

Artists have long loved the female nude. The female genitalia, on the other hand is a different story. That “area” has been largely ignored in art, usually hidden or simply left bare and nondescript like a Barbie doll's crotch.

Art & Culture

What a beautiful cataract you have

Making the case for the historic Pernicano's

By Troy Johnson

It's considered a gangrenous, hairy mole on the face of an otherwise gorgeous neighborhood—a leafy, STD fungus on Hillcrest's engorged metaphorical phallus of civic revitalization.

Arts & Culture feature

Streaming bloody murder: 24-hours of Netflix horror

This Halloween, navigate this scary-movie marathon using the language of fear

By Ryan Bradford

Who has the time or motivation to seek out those rare, esoteric or obscure picks? As a product of Internet culture, if a movie's not readily available with a click of a button (or a nesting in the trusty Redbox a block away), chances are I'm not going to go looking for it. 

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego Police Museum seeks a new home

Its operators would love to end up in Balboa Park

By Susan Myrland

The Historical Association lives on, collecting, preserving and sharing more than 160 years of SDPD memorabilia through its museum and extensive website.

Arts & Culture feature

Oceanside Museum of Art series connects the public with the military

'Exploring Engagement' focuses attention on the community’s service members

By Kinsee Morlan

Geoffrey Cunningham saw the Oceanside Museum of Art’s “Exploring Engagement” artists-in-residence series as an opportunity to finally interact with the military men and women he sees every day.

Arts & Culture feature

Parklets and pop-ups

Tactical urbanism finally on the rise in historically slow San Diego

By Kinsee Morlan

Parklets are loosely defined as small, outdoor seating areas that often take over one or two existing parking spots, temporarily reclaiming the space for pedestrians and improving the aesthetics and streetscape of the urban environment.

Arts & Culture feature

Centro Cultural de la Raza’s constant struggle for survival

Volunteer-run nonprofit continues to hang on by threads despite persistent challenges

By Kinsee Morlan

One of the largest Chicano arts centers in the Southwest, the Centro Cultural de la Raza, housed in a former water tank in Balboa Park, once attracted international attention for its edgy programming and enjoyed financial support from heavy hitters like the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arts & Culture feature

Richard Allen Morris just wants to keep working

Despite the world’s brutal realities, the San Diego artist continues on his path of perpetual proliferation

By Kinsee Morlan

Richard Allen Morris’ art has always been partly influenced by the size of the studio space he could afford in and around downtown San Diego, which is where he’s lived and worked since being discharged from the Navy in 1956. 

Arts & Culture feature

Amy Wallen's death obsession uncovers weird, mysterious and fascinating life

San Diego author explores the tombs of unknown celebrities

By Amy Wallen

Turns out, reading tombstones is to obituaries what Twitter is to Facebook. What I found at the cemeteries is that many graves, like the obits, are not about death, but about life.

Arts & Culture feature

Will East County Performing Arts Center become a church?

Critics say El Cajon officials are going backwards by entering into negotiations with The Rock before securing a theater manager

By Kinsee Morlan

The Rock, an evangelical megachurch with locations across the county, wants to lease the ECPAC space for roughly 130 days a year—every Sunday and Tuesday and about 25 percent of Fridays and Saturdays—for an annual rent of $216,000.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’

Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller

By David L. Coddon

Jesse Keller, 36, a graduate of USC’s noted School of Cinematic Arts and whose first film, The Ritual, screened at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, calls Thane of East County an “ultra-low-budget thriller

Arts & Culture feature

‘What more would we gain with an arts council?’

Second in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations

By Kinsee Morlan

It’s been more than 20 years since the demise of the San Diego County Arts Advisory Council, an organization that promoted the arts countywide.

City Week

From CityFest to Nerdcore Night

Our picks of San Diego events this week

By CityBeat Staff

Opening with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, Subtext Gallery’s Release the Kraken asked 30 artists to paint over vintage aquatic-themed works—those idyllic scenes of lakes, rivers and oceans that are ubiquitous at garage and estate sales—adding all manner of monsters and mythical sea-creatures.

City Week

From TNT to REDception

Our picks of San Diego events this week include MCASD's art party, a Brothers Grimm-inspired exhibition and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include MCASD's art party, a Brothers Grimm-inspired exhibition and more

City Week

From The (In)Visible Project to GuyTunes

Our picks of San Diego events this week

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week's events includes a sensitive project that's giving faces and names to San Diego's homeless population and more

City Week

From 2011 Comic-Con events to a Vegan Beer Night

Our picks of San Diego events this week

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week

City Week

From San Diego LGBT Pride to the Truly Fabulous Hats Contest

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual pride parade and festival, opening day at Del Mar and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual pride parade and festival, opening day at Del Mar and more

City Week

From Over-the-Line to Lucid Dreams

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual OTL games, an interesting art show at Noel-Baza Fine Art and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual OTL games, an interesting art show at Noel-Baza Fine Art and more

City Week

From the Euphoria Brass Band to Tower After Hours

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a Nola-infused brass band, a Cuban-themed party and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a Nola-infused brass band, a Cuban-themed party and more

City Week

From Charles Glaubitz to a chili cook-off

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a mystical show at Subtext, the annual OB Street Fair and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a mystical show at Subtext, the annual OB Street Fair and more

City Week

From Power Animals at Voz Alta to World Refugee Day at MoPA

Our picks of this week's events include an art show in Barrio Logan and a new event celebrating refugees

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of this week's events include an art show in Barrio Logan and a new event celebrating refugees

City Week

From the Latino Music Festival to SlutWalk San Diego

Our picks of this week's events include a music fest in Sherman Heights, a feminist-led march and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of this week's events include a music fest in Sherman Heights, a feminist-led march and more

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Pablo Llana

Tijuana artist’s newest work looks at Mexico’s growing obesity problem

By Kinsee Morlan

"My goal with this exhibition is, by using these recycled wrappers, I wanted to show what people consume today thanks to marketing and advertising, which is constantly encouraging us to buy these artificial products," Pablo Llana says.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, David B. Cuzick

San Diego screenprinter’s new work explores childhood themes

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

As a child, David B. Cuzick dreamed of flying so often that he actually learned how to control his flight path. But since lucid dreaming isn't exactly a science, one night he found himself in uncharted territory.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Saratoga Sake

The winter deer on our front page is about as jolly as he gets

By Kinsee Morlan

CityBeat's long been a fan of Saratoga Sake. We first ran his work on our cover back in September of 2008. His was the second art-showcase cover we did, which shows how high up on our list he sits.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Ricardo Islas

The ‘closet comedian’ with cultural inspiration

By Kinsee Morlan

Ricardo Islas is an institution. The longtime San Diego artist is well-known for his paintings, which often feature icons and imagery from Mexican culture and his gritty sense of humor.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, GMONIK

He is not down with consumerism

By Alex Zaragoza

"I have a big problem with planned obsolescence of consumer goods,” says Karl Gindelberger, the 30- year-old Paradise Hills artist who goes by the name GMONIK. That’s evident in his piece “Used,” which is on CityBeat’s cover this week.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Brad Neal

Check out his two-handed Afro art

By Alex Zaragoza

This week's cover is somewhat of a self-portrait for artist Brad Neal. The 37-year-old recently moved to San Diego from Hawaii, where he walked around sporting a giant Afro not too different from the one by rocked by "Afrocat," the groovy feline featured on the cover.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Devon Browning

She paints naked ladies

By Alex Zaragoza

Browning will show and sell her sexy, lady-loving art at Art of Pride, an exhibition happening during the San Diego Pride Parade and Festival from Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14, on the festival grounds in Balboa Park. 

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Dan Adams

He surely does love doggies

By Alex Zaragoza

Dan Adams' "Back Rub" graces our cover this week. The French bulldog featured there is one of the many dogs Adams has painted over the years.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Bat-Brain

He actually is kind of batty

By Alex Zaragoza

 "Power," his bold piece on the cover of this week's issue of CityBeat, was done solely with Sharpie paint pens and markers, his implements of choice.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Nicole Waszak

Her daughter Nora is her muse

By Alex Zaragoza

Luckily for artist Nicole Waszak, whose piece “37 Months (Bubbles)” graces our cover this week, she’s far from dealing with any teen angst with her 4-year-old daughter, Nora.

Film

Mother and daughter blur together in ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Gender roles in White Bird in a Blizzard are easily definable and damnable. Women cook and clean and grow tired, bored and resentful, then rebel against the expectations placed upon them by weak men who lash out when such conventions are challenged.

Film

Moral sleaze defines ‘Nightcrawler’

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a magnetically creepy performance in Dan Gilroy’s debut media satire

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Nightcrawler—which, fittingly, opens on Friday, Oct. 31—is a story about the horrors of information overload.

Film

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

By Glenn Heath Jr.

As a black comedy about legacy, Birdman eventually turns more grueling than pertinent. While often impressive as a satire of our 21st-century obsession with self-importance, the film’s extreme stylistics turn redundant very quickly, no matter how impressive the technical feat.

Film

Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’

Bloody action film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Second chances are taken, not given, in John Wick, a formally audacious shoot-first thriller about a former hit man (Keanu Reeves) who exacts mass revenge against a Russian crime syndicate after three of their members kill his dog.

Film

'Miele' is a standout at San Diego Italian Film Festival

Eighth annual event leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Miele represents a restrained yet luminous brand of human drama that's threatening to disappear stateside

Film

‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly

Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.

In Whiplash, Damien Chazelle's Sundance winner that proudly glamorizes horrendous teaching methods, educators are either brutal manipulators or spineless bystanders.

Film

London ‘Pride’ invades the Welsh hills

1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Unapologetically hopeful about progressive viewpoints, Matthew Warchus' Pride revolves around a grassroots LGBT group that raises funds for striking miners in the Welsh countryside.

Film

Coming home to ‘The Guest’

Adam Wingard’s diabolical war film turns America into a killing field

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The Guest often denies the importance of plot points, instead focusing on the gut-wrenching visceral imagery of a traumatic event rather than the explanation behind it.

Film

Jealousy runs amok in ‘Two Faces of January’

Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

"There's a sucker born every minute." Chester McFarland (Viggo Mortensen) utters these fateful words to his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) as they saunter through the Parthenon in Athens. 

Film

‘Gone Girl’ and its deafening marital hiss

David Fincher creates a big-screen relationship nightmare for the social-media age

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Adapted from Gillian Flynn's mega-bestseller, Gone Girl centers on the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), whose smug husband Nick (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect after detectives begin to dismantle the couple's perfect façade.

No Life Offline

About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts

Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?

By Dave Maass

Sarkeesian really shouldn't be so controversial. It's not as if she's a Holocaust revisionist or a government official who authorized torture. Sarkeesian isn't some ultra-radical abort-all-the-babies femi-eugenicist.

No Life Offline

Wikipistemology in the 52nd District congressional race

The continuing adventures of Carl DeMaio’s Wikipedia page

By Dave Maass

If epistemology is the study and philosophy of knowledge, it's creation and quality, then I consider myself a lowly disciple of Wikipistemology, the contemplation and investigation of Wikipedia and other open community-edited resources.

No Life Offline

What was in my podcast queue, summer 2014 edition

Dispatches from the weirdest town in the Southwest, podcasts with that guard from ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘The Daily Show’ sans John Stewart

By Dave Maass

It's almost as if The Daily Show team is exacting revenge on John Oliver for leaving the cast: "You're getting an HBO show? Well, up yours, Brit-face, we're going to get our own podcast."

No Life Offline

Consulting Max from Netflix

This little asshole of an AI is actually pretty good at recommending stuff to watch

By Dave Maass

Last year, Netflix debuted Max, an AI feature for Playstation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your viewing habits and the star ratings you dish out.

No Life Offline

What I brought back from Comic-Con 2014

Frazier in ‘The Fantastic Four,’ all the dogs and a deeper suspicion of AIs

By Dave Maass

I know, I've talked about this a dozen times in this column, but for those of you just tuning in: Last year, I bought a Playstation 4 after Ubisoft entranced me with the preview of its hacker video game, Watch Dogs.

No Life Offline

The year in San Diego cybercrime (so far)

African witchcraft, a scary clown and board shorts that aren’t really board shorts: crimes on the Internet are weird

By Dave Maass

From Ghanaian witchcraft to scary clowns, cybercrime is as weird as anything in the real world.

No Life Offline

First impressions of ‘Watch Dogs’

Ubisoft’s game of hackers has some problems

By Dave Maass

Last summer, at San Diego Comic-Con, I was exposed to the preview of a video game called Watch Dogs, an open-world adventure where you play a gray-hat hacker with Chicago's entire technological infrastructure literally at his fingertips.

No Life Offline

Privacy, Bitcoin and Soundcloud’s role in the election

Looking at privacy, money and sound in politics

By Dave Maass

The impact of campaign donations remains a hot issue, but this cycle, two candidates are exploring novel ways of leveraging money in their favor.

No Life Offline

The four ways I deal with TV spoilers on the Internet

It all depends on the show

By Dave Maass

Spoiler alert: Do not read this if you haven't watched every television series since the 1939 New York World's Fair.  

No Life Offline

Before you start up in San Diego

Some unsolicited advice on building the next tech giant in our city

By Dave Maass

Here are a few tips for tech companies (whether you're a brand-new startup a migrating giant) to live in harmony with San Diego.

Seen Local

'Sea Walls' street art comes to San Diego

Ocean-conservation nonprofit working with muralists to beautify and raise awareness

By Kinsee Morlan

By Nov. 8, a bunch of new, ocean-themed murals will pop up in and around East Village. Hawaii-based conservation nonprofit PangeaSeed has partnered with artist Christopher Konecki to bring its international Sea Walls

Seen Local

New Americans Museum to reopen in Liberty Station

Nonprofit focused on the tangled topic of immigration will reactivate its space in coming months

By Kinsee Morlan

When the New Americans Museum opened in Liberty Station in 2008, it offered San Diegans a place to explore the politically charged topic of immigration.

Seen Local

The rise of billboard-style murals in San Diego

Artist Mario Torero is at the center of what he sees as an alarming trend leading to temporary, chintzy outdoor art

By Kinsee Morlan

Mario Torero has made his mark with large-scale, Chicano-style, outdoor murals coloring places like Chicano Park and Centro Cultural de la Raza.

Seen Local

Santos Orellana takes over a Carlsbad warehouse

San Diego artist has pieced together a massive exhibition and hopes people will show up

By Kinsee Morlan

"It's big," says Orellana, a North County artist who goes simply by Santos, as he strolls through the 20,000-square-foot distribution warehouse (2350 Camino Vida Roble), which has been transformed into a sprawling pop-up gallery featuring dozens of his paintings, sculptures and custom furniture.

Seen Local

San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams ready to launch

The Art of Science Learning initiative's culminating event happens Oct. 16 in Balboa Park

By Kinsee Morlan

The common thread running through all the projects created by the San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams, for The Art of Science Learning initiative, is an attempt to creatively solve one of the region's biggest problems: water shortage.

Seen Local

Bob Matheny and Armando Muñoz Garcia's ‘Infamous Babes’ find a home

Artists' sculptures are on view inside the belly of a giant mermaid outside Puerto Nuevo

By Kinsee Morlan

Aside from a few small exhibitions years ago, Bob Matheny and Armando Muñoz Garcia's quirky sculptures known as "Infamous Babes, Chicks, Dames, Dolls and/or Statues of Liberty and Freedom" have largely lived inside a dark, crammed storage room at Matheny's Point Loma home.

Seen Local

Open Walls Project replaces billboard ads with high-end art

Art San Diego’s Ann Berchtold wants more opportunities for artists, architects and designers to play on the ‘urban canvas’

By Kinsee Morlan

Ann Berchtold can't seem to sit back and relax until San Diego catches up with other cities when it comes to coolness and creativity.

Seen Local

Installation art sprouting at the Leichtag Foundation ranch

National sukkah design competition results in three temporary architectural structures in Encinitas

By Kinsee Morlan

When the folks at the Leichtag Foundation acquired a 67-acre ranch in Encinitas in 2012, they knew they wanted to use the land to engage the community in creative ways. Last year, they invited

Seen Local

Art Produce’s 'Fence / Barda' illustrates a divide

Binational exhibition in North Park demonstrates the difficulties of collaborating with a wall in the way

By Kinsee Morlan

When the folks at the Feminist Image Group (FIG) set out to organize an exhibition themed on the United States-Mexico border, they didn't know how big a role the notorious congestion at the crossing would end up playing.

Seen Local

San Diego Art Institute's ‘Beyond Limits’ goes global

Balboa Park institution’s new leader aims to connect artists across countries

By Susan Myrland

In a banner year for border-themed art shows, the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park (SDAI) is thinking worldwide.

The Short List

Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow, Halloween Silent Movie Night and Maker's Market

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

At the Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow, guests will experience human portraits painted on humans, extraordinary contorting, fortune telling, circus performers, beauty-shop freak-overs and underground dead-thing mashups.

The Short List

Storytellers 6.0, Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo, Guerilla Book Fair and Sally of the Sawdust

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Intimate, themed pop-up dinners are nothing new, but the concepts behind two upcoming foodie events are so deliciously original that they deserved some extra ink.

The Short List

The LMV Campaign Show, The BLVD Market and Science on the Rocks

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

One of the messages that the Voting Rights Project wants to get across, particularly to a young and racially diverse population, is that local elections can sometimes be swayed by a small number of votes.

The Short List

Parktoberfest, Thursday Night Thing and Creative Block

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

When you think about it, it's definitely one of those "Well, duh," or even a "Why didn't I think of that?" kind of ideas. An Oktoberfest in South Park.

The Short List

Archtoberfest, Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and San Diego Night Market

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Archtoberfest kicks off with the annual Orchids & Onions affair, happening from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.

The Short List

The Church, Adams Avenue Street Fair and Trolley Dances

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

When Platt College art instructors Frank Luna and Mark Escobar moved into 2151 Logan Ave. on Aug. 1, they decided to make the space a blank canvas—literally.

The Short List

David Mitchell, Carlsbad Music Festival and San Diego Sriracha Festival

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

David Mitchell is the type of internationally adored author whose obsessive fans wear T-shirts touting his books. He's written six novels so far, including number9dream and Cloud Atlas.

The Short List

Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule 2014 Tour and Booked for the Evening

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The show comes to the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave., Downtown) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Touring with them will be John C. Reilly performing as Dr. Steve Brule from the Tim and Eric spinoff show Check It Out!.

The Short List

Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello, Cardiff Greek Festival and Kustom Kulture

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, the young and lauded Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello will perform a recital at the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave, Downtown), launching the promotional tour for their new album, Love Duets.

The Short List

Grampadrew's Flim-Flam Revue, summer pop-up concerts and Jaimie Warren

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The Flim-Flam Revue is a rollicking, informal gathering of local musicians who get up on stage and play "old-time favorites and original compositions inspired by our musical heroes from the days of yore," Grampadrew says. 

Theater

New Fortune Theater debuts with ‘Henry V’

First production by the latest troupe to launch in San Diego leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Henry V is a rambling historical vehicle rife with battlefield bloodshed and righteous orations from the English king who lusts to add France to his realm. 

Theater

Duel in the dark at North Coast Rep

“Freud’s Last Session’ tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Freud’s Last Session succeeds not only in shining a light on two fascinating historical figures, but also in provoking critical thought about the most enigmatic complexities of life and afterlife.

Theater

Reviews of ‘The Royale’ and ‘The Clean House’

Current offerings at The Old Globe and New Village Arts top our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The configuration of The Old Globe’s Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre—a theater in the round—is ideal for a prizefight.

Theater

‘Fool for Love’ or foes in love

A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Those slamming doors you just heard are echoing from the direction of Old Town, where Cygnet Theatre is staging Sam Shepard’s 75 minutes of raw tension known as Fool for Love.

Theater

Old Globe’s ‘Bright Star’ merely flickers in the darkness

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Beware of works of art in which a star is a metaphor. As a matter of fact, beware of anything in which a star is a metaphor.

Theater

A not-quite-finished ‘Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World’

Moxie Theatre’s sequel (of sorts) to ‘The Crucible’ tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Enough already with The Crucible! Arthur Miller’s 1953 play about the Salem witch trials is as omnipresent in San Diego this fall as sticky weather. 

Theater

Reviews of ‘Kingdom City’ and ‘Fallen Angels’

Current offerings from La Jolla Playhouse and North Coast Rep top our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Sheri Wilner's Kingdom City is as much an homage to Arthur Miller's The Crucible as it is a penetrating comment on moral repression and censorship.

Theater

‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ sounds a note of poignancy and courage

One-woman San Diego Rep production tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

So intimate is Golabek’s telling of her mother’s courageous story that the Rep’s use of screen projections and taped orchestral accompaniment are really unnecessary.

Theater

‘Regrets Only’ makes a point and a ruckus

A very loud Diversionary Theatre offering tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Regrets Only looks like what they used to call an old-fashioned “drawing-room comedy.” The setting is actually a Park Avenue penthouse living room, but the actors moving about it are glib, sophisticated and well-attired, as befits the genre.

Theater

Globe’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ is beguiling fun

Final Summer Shakespeare Festival entry leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The Old Globe's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, capping off its 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, is a triumph of al fresco fun. 

Urban Scout

Newish places in San Diego to drop some cash

A survey of fresh independent shops in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Mission Hills

By Hannah More

Here are five cool shops, all in the Uptown-ish part of San Diego (we'll get to you, next, North County) that are worth some of your coin.

Urban Scout

San Diego County retailers to follow on Instagram

Four businesses that show their stuff with lovely images

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Instagram is a glorious tool for stalking other people's cute baby and cat pics, and it's also really addictive if you like food and food porn.

Urban Scout

Designer spotlight: Heather Barnes, Stoneywear Designs

One-time interior-design student’s become an accomplished silversmith and jewelry maker

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

I'm totally hooked on Stoneywear Designs, the handmade jewelry line by Heather Barnes, whose skills in silversmithing and spotting the next big trend make her a go-to for great jewelry. 

Urban Scout

Snackavore’s delight

Vegan cookies, addictive toffee and more treats by SoCal companies

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

I'm always advocating for buying goods and services from the people who live and work in your community. Food is no different. 

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Shopping in Carlsbad Village

An evening stroll yields some retail scores

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

I really enjoyed my early evening stroll down Carlsbad Village Drive and environs last week. OK, maybe that was the freedom talking.

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Found! pop-up shop's ‘miscellaneous whatchamacallits’

Barry Bell and Mark Quint peddle strange and wonderful stuff at their occasional sales

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

With real estate what it is these days, pop-up shops are becoming more and more attractive to small, local retailers.

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Blue Dot offers an eco-friendly way to get clean

Ocean Beach refill shop helps you keep plastics out of landfills

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Owner of Blue Dot Refill (4799 1/2 Voltaire St. in Ocean Beach)—a small, no-frills refill shop for all your laundry, bathing and general cleaning needs—has made it her mission to reduce plastics pollution, one bottle at a time.

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Enamelware, canvas day packs and gourmet jerky

Summer essentials for road trips, camping trips or trips to the beach

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Whether you're going camping or shipping off (or getting shipped off) to camp, summer's the time to sit back, relax and stop complaining about these things I keep hearing about called "May gray" and "June gloom." 

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Designer spotlight: Cat Ellis of Lucki Lime

Poway clothing maker specializes in fun running apparel

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

These days, Cat Ellis spends a lot of time cutting large quantities of tulle at her home office in Poway. She's perfectly content doing it, because after years of toiling away in the corporate world, Ellis is finally where she wants to be: in the tutu business.

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Strip-mall makeover

Row Collective brings artisan goods to Del Mar's Flower Hill Promenade

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

A Whole Foods on one end, a Chipotle on the other. But a strip mall (albeit high-end) this is not. Because right smack in the center is, as they say, where the magic happens. I'm talking about the Flower Hill Promenade, the open-air shopping center just off Interstate 5 in Del Mar.

 
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