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Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony Oct 02, 2014 The San Diego Architectural Foundation presents this year's crop of design awards acknowledging the best and the "could be better" of San Diego's built environment.  54 other events on Thursday, October 2
 
Film
Errol Flynn biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Theater
A very loud Diversionary Theatre offering tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
Chamber of Commerce, led by the former mayor, launches all-out campaign to regain control of San Diego
Theater
One-woman San Diego Rep production tops our coverage of local plays

 

 
 
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

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.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego County's unusual approach to arts funding

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

By Kinsee Morlan

San Diego County’s approach to funding arts organizations is unusual, and some question whether it’s fair and yields the best results.

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.

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.

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

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.

Film

San Diego Film Festival brings the celebrities

Event featuring Richard Dreyfuss, Alan Arkin and Michelle Monaghan leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The San Diego Film Festival (SDFF), which runs Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 28, at multiple theater locations, occupies an interesting space on the local arts calendar.

Film

‘The Last Days of Vietnam’ traces a complicated exodus from war

Multiple stories of heroism, indecision and guilt converge in a riveting documentary

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The Last Days of Vietnam provides a certain level of context in the opening moments for those viewers not up on their Vietnam War history, specifically the enactment and failure of the 1973 Peace Accords spearheaded by President Richard Nixon in order to establish a détente between the warring parties.

Film

‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ reduces the melodrama

New romance with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

People grieve in vastly different ways. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them spins this idea into a sublime meditation on one couple's experiences grappling with the loss of a child.

Film

Love it or hate, you won’t forget ‘Tusk’

Kevin Smith’s new horror film merges folklore, allegory and online savagery

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Kevin Smith slams his point home with Tusk, a new horror film that destroys the virtual distance of online aggression by slowly transforming one of its seediest offenders into a primitive beast.

Film

What movies are screening in San Diego?

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ and ‘The Drop’ are among the openers this week.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

San Diego movies opening this week: A Five Star Life: A woman works as a luxury-hotel inspector and, despite her dream job, pines for a relationship of substance.

Film

A preview fall and winter movies

October will be a month of heavyweights, including ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Two Faces of January’

By Glenn Heath Jr.

A gravely disappointing summer at the box office has essentially ensured that 2014 will make considerably less money than any year in the past decade. This puts even more pressure on Hollywood juggernauts being released in the next four months to perform—and perform well.

Film

Dakota Fanning gets wasted in ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

Errol Flynn biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) always gets what he wants in The Last of Robin Hood, another drowsy biopic that treats history as if it were a clear, linear timeline.

Film

Baseball history comes alive in ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

Film about Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis examines a league under the influence of drugs

By Glenn Heath Jr.

No No: A Dockumentary—which opens Friday, Sept. 5, at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas—walks a fine line between portrait and historical record, leaving room for revisionism between the lines. 

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.

No Life Offline

Why take Buzzfeed’s quizzes...

… when you can just become a human guinea pig?

By Dave Maass

Buzzfeed's "Which [character / celebrity / inanimate object] Are You?" online quizzes—oh, these just suck. It used to be that with a quiz like this, there'd be some—well, not scientific, but at least logical reason why I'm Barf from Spaceballs.

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.

Seen Local

Barrio Logan art scene grows again

Organizers behind new grassroots community cultural center Acá want to think big but keep things casual

By Kinsee Morlan

Acá (1904 Ocean View Blvd.) looks more like a cozy living room than an art gallery, and that's by design.

Seen Local

Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Gallery opens Sept. 27

Rancho Santa Fe collector-turned-dealer Tom Sergott is transforming his house into a home for contemporary art

By Kinsee Morlan

"If you scratch an art collector, you know what you'll find?" asks Tom Sergott, a local retired plastic surgeon. "An art dealer."


Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Madeline Sherry

Abstract expressionist focuses on figurative work

By Kinsee Morlan

Sherry sometimes inserts modern-day objects and people into the paintings, a comment on how some things have drastically changed.

Seen Local

Raúl Guerrero’s bar paintings capture contemplation and inspiration

San Diegan heads to Paris for an exhibition featuring watering holes and the creative people who visit them

By Kinsee Morlan

"The bar... is an exercise in solitude. Above all else, it must be quiet, dark, very comfortable—and, contrary to modern mores, no music of any kind, no matter how faint. In sum, there should be no

Seen Local

Malcolm Leland's gates are put into use

Mounted on the bar at Panama 66 are works of art by the modernist sculptor

By Kinsee Morlan

Motch was doing research for a name and logo for the new spot and discovered that more of Leland's entryway gates, which have an organic design mimicking a twisting vine, were sitting unused in the museum's storage.

Seen Local

If you didn't know James Watts, now you do

Longtime San Diego artist is as busy as ever, taking part in two shows opening this week

By Kinsee Morlan

James Watts has been an important part of San Diego's art scene for decades, but he remains a bit of an enigma.

Seen Local

Contemporary photographers with an eye for the past

Central Library’s new art show links San Diego artists to global trends

By Susan Myrland

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography, opening Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Central Library Art Gallery in East Village, includes several oversized images—up to 3-by-4 feet. 

Seen Local

Jason Gould wants more art in North Park

Guerrilla-style Visual Public Art Project proves you can do a lot with very little

By Kinsee Morlan

Jason Gould, owner of Visual, the art-supply store and gallery in North Park, is constantly reminded of the relative lack of art and artistic opportunities in the neighborhood, which is considered one of the city’s cultural hubs.

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. 

The Short List

Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection, Ceviche Showdown and Cash'd Out

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection presents a side of the artist that the mainstream masses have likely never seen. 

The Short List

Checked Out, CityBeat 5-Minute Film Festival and Tiki Oasis

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

A public library seems an unlikely place for an experimental-music festival, but San Diego's new central library (330 Park Blvd. in East Village) isn't your normal library.

The Short List

Poetry & Art Series, Once and Politifest

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

On Friday, Aug. 8, a multimedia party promises to get its most creative guests into a no-holds-barred poetry contest.

The Short List

The 1to1 Movement's America's Finest Film Festival, Friday Night Liberty and San Diego Craft Beer + Cocktail Showcase

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The young folks who run The 1to1 Movement, a sustainability-education nonprofit, won't be hitting anyone over the head with hard-edged environmental and conservation themes at their upcoming, annual film festival.

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. 

Theater

Professor Higgins presides on Moonlight stage

A review of ‘My Fair Lady’ leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The greatest Broadway musical of all time? My Fair Lady. Hands down.

Theater

‘Les Miz’ gets rousing treatment at Lamb’s Players Theatre

Popular musical tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Spectacle that it is and audacious in its wringing of emotions, Les Miserables is not a Broadway show you’d ever call intimate.

Theater

‘Quartet’ lags when it should enliven

A review on the Old Globe production tops our coverage of local play

By David L. Coddon

Jean, the biggest opera star of the four, is feeling sorry for herself when she isn’t feeling hostile, and Reggie conceals his self-indulgence in brooding and ominous silences.

Theater

Much ado in North County theaters

Reviews of ‘The Full Monty” and the latest Intrepid Shakespeare Co. production top our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

It absolutely is in the hands of Intrepid Shakespeare Company, and Sean Yael-Cox and Shana Wride make a delightful Benedick and Beatrice.

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. 

Urban Scout

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.

Urban Scout

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.

Urban Scout

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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Where to find spring trends in San Diego

Natural fragrances, air plants and American Indian motifs are happening here

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Luckily for all of us (even for those of us who love the '80s), what's trending closer to home is far less—er, bright.

 
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