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Our Silences Jan 29, 2015 The official unveiling of 11 monumental sculptures by Mexican artist Rivelino, one of which is designed to allow the blind to experience the piece. 65 other events on Thursday, January 29
 
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
Film
MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town
News
Environmentalist Nicole Capretz takes on SDG&E with new watchdog group

 

 
 
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

Death café: tea, cake and talk about the end

All over San Diego County and beyond, people are gathering to talk about what happens when we expire

By Amy Wallen

Death café, according to deathcafe.com, is a “discussion group where the only topic is death; no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support or counseling session. At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.”

Arts & Culture feature

An interview with Marina Abramović

Performance artist talks about navigating fame, selfies and shitting before sunrise

By Kinsee Morlan

Last week, dozens of people lined up outside the University Art Gallery at UCSD. Some might’ve been there to experience Marina Abramović’s rough draft of an audio installation she created with science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson.

Arts & Culture feature

Rob Greenfield’s small house is packed with big ideas

Environmental activist adds living in a tiny home to his growing list of attention-grabbing, earth-saving stunts

By Kinsee Morlan

Greenfield hasn’t showered since April 20, 2013—he doesn’t want to waste water, so he swims in the ocean instead. He’s almost always barefoot and often clad in outdoor clothing by Patagonia, a company that’s considered a leader in the environmental movement.

Arts & Culture feature

A saved Balboa Park centennial?

The vision for the celebration is still evolving

By Kinsee Morlan

After the announcement last March that Balboa Park Celebration Inc. (BPCI), the nonprofit group charged with organizing the centennial, was disbanding and handing the reins to the city after burning through millions of dollars without producing tangible results, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Todd Gloria introduced plans for a scaled-down event.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego’s best art of 2014

Work that made a mark locally in the last year

By Kinsee Morlan and friends

For this look back at the most compelling art and exhibitions in San Diego during the last year, I asked a handful of artists, curators and critics to do most of the heavy lifting. But I couldn't help but jam in a few of my own shout-outs, too.

Arts & Culture feature

The business of being Mr. Claus

Santa Glen on real beards, hand sanitizer, minty-fresh breath and the realization that he isn’t completely nuts

By Kinsee Morlan

Five men from the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas (FORBS) recently set out on an important mission: Find the best location in San Diego for hosting their trade association's 22nd Annual Santa Reunion.

Arts & Culture feature

‘The Nigga Project Experience’ wants to have a talk

San Diego couple continue their modest war against the rise of the n-word

By Kinsee Morlan

Nianda and Boyer have been screening The Nigga Project Experience and hosting community discussions at barbecue restaurants, hair salons, libraries and community centers throughout southeastern San Diego since the beginning of 2014.

Arts & Culture feature

Dana Springs is listening

New Commission for Arts and Culture director says she’s ready to hear what San Diegans have to say

By Kinsee Morlan

Dana Springs, who twice in the past few years stepped out of her 12-year role as manager of the commission’s public-art program to serve as the commission’s interim director, was officially named the executive director in August.

Arts & Culture feature

Head Crammers

Crush these chunks of culture into your cranium

By CityBeat Staff

CityBeat staff recommends its current media obsessions, including pop culture, podcasts, books, web series, and apps.

Arts & Culture feature

For Diana Duval, art is anything but easy

Homelessness, cancer and loss of a leg haven’t stopped the struggling-but-skilled San Diego artist

By Kinsee Morlan

Diana Duval’s eccentricities abound. She embodies her art and wears only red and black—mostly clothes and quirky hats she designs and fabricates herself. 

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

Film

Julianne Moore strives for Oscar in ‘Still Alice’

Alzheimer’s drama costarring Kristin Stewart leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Moore's award-season buzz should be of no surprise considering how strategically Still Alice plays the tearjerker game.

Film

Irish folklore and childhood anxiety collide in ‘Song of the Sea’

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animated film is a lush, timely beauty

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Thematically, Song of the Sea couldn’t be more relevant for young siblings threatened by each other’s unique traits

Film

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain try to survive ‘A Most Violent Year’

New crime thriller from J.C. Chandor tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

A Most Violent Year stylizes the brooding working-class territory of director Sidney Lumet, where low-level players clash with those who have become politically savvy enough to rise up the ranks.

Film

‘Two Days, One Night’ gives compassion a fighting chance

Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-nominated performance gives the new Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne film its powerful immediacy

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Two Days, One Night, the great new film by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, surveys a dramatic scenario where one woman struggles to reconcile such realities after coworkers vote to receive a hefty bonus rather than retain her services.

Film

Jennifer Aniston shows her acting chops in ‘Cake’

New drama co-starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Jennifer Aniston does unflattering misery pretty well. Her underappreciated turn in Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl was a strong sign that the Friends star could play against type.

Film

In ‘Zero Motivation,’ military women don’t know which way is up

Tayla Lavie’s scathing deadpan comedy takes down military patriarchy through absurdity and critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.

As a piece of feminist protest art, Zero Motivation—which screens for one week at the Ken Cinema, starting Jan. 16—slyly pokes at the inadequacies of military life, but it also makes an effort to confront the way women attack each other in order to sustain a level of dominance in a primarily male-driven world. 

Film

‘Selma’ provides a window into the past and a mirror to our present

MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Of all the films vying for Oscars next month, Ava DuVernay's Selma remains the most important, and not simply because its subject matter reflects many of the incendiary debates about race still raging today.

Film

The sandy, sunny magnitude of ‘Inherent Vice’

Paul Thomas Anderson’s fascinating adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is funny, whimsical and rewarding

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Inherent Vice doesn’t condone revenge or rebellion. It suggests, rather bravely, that redemption and friendship hold more weight than money and influence.

Film

On screen this week

Here are the openings and other showings going on in San Diego

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Opening: Born to be Wild: Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary examines the amazing bond between humans and animals, including elephants and orangutans.

Film

The best films of 2014

Year’s great achievements in cinema reflect ongoing unrest, protest and emotional discontent

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Every December, I hear dismissive complaints from fellow writers that it was a bad year for movies. Nothing could have been further from the truth in 2014.

No Life Offline

High-resolution resolutions for 2015

What I’d like to change about my digital life this year

By Dave Maass

By now, we can all agree that New Year's resolutions are about as likely to come true as the wishes you make when you blow out your birthday candles.

No Life Offline

The worst online behavior of 2014

I could only count to three before running out of F-bombs

By Dave Maass

Sitting down to catalog all my complaints about the online world in 2014, I desperately wanted to orchestrate a way to put Taylor Swift at the top of the list.


No Life Offline

The year in San Diego cybercrime, part 2

Your semi-annual police-blotter round-up of digital-age malfeasance

By Dave Maass

There’s a whole class of invisible, digital crimes that aren’t going out over the emergency airwaves. No one’s dialing 911 for data breaches, and patrol officers aren’t calling for backup on scam emails. 

No Life Offline

If you were my sugar cyber-Santa

These are the top-dollar tech gifts (and a couple cheap ones) I want this December

By Dave Maass

I'm the elf who's making sure Santa doesn't leave you a snowflake sweater that might as well have been bedazzled with chunks of coal from a miner's black lungs. I recommend you either lay this issue of CityBeat folded open above the toilet or leave this column open on your web browser for your lover to see.

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.

Seen Local

A comeback for visual art at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Curator Wendy Wilson walks us through her two must-see exhibitions on view through Feb. 22

By Kinsee Morlan

Two must-see contemporary-art exhibitions at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido opened last week and will be on view in the center's museum (340 N. Escondido Blvd.) through Feb. 22.

Seen Local

The Studio Door’s search for a home

New arts venture tries unsuccessfully to keep programming in the former San Diego Art Department building on Ray Street

By Kinsee Morlan

For more than a year, Patric Stillman has been developing The Studio Door, a venture he says will assist artists with the business side of selling art while also creating opportunities.

Seen Local

Future of the San Diego Foundation’s arts funding questioned

With expert Felicia Shaw gone, some wonder about the organization's ongoing support

By Kinsee Morlan

There’s a shortage of arts-and-culture funding in San Diego. That’s why there’s been shock and concern in the arts community after the recent announcement that Felicia Shaw, longtime director of arts and the creative economy at The San Diego Foundation, had left her position.

Seen Local

Marina Abramović makes her mark on San Diego

Performance artist reminds locals of the importance of being present

By Kinsee Morlan

Excitement reverberated through the San Diego art scene when the UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination announced a visit by performance artist Marina Abramović and invited folks to apply

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, PANCA

Tijuana’s Paola Villaseñor pictures the side of humanity most folks try to ignore

By Kinsee Morlan

Street artist Paola Villaseñor, better known by her nickname, PANCA, shocked her Mexican-immigrant parents when, at age 18, she moved from her suburban home in Chula Vista to the urban center of Tijuana.

Seen Local

Paint Encinitas colors the city, one mural at a time

Jax Meyers and her volunteer-run organization want to fill blank walls with art

By Kinsee Morlan

The concept isn’t anything new or spectacular: Jax Meyers simply wanted to fill empty walls with art. The idea quickly turned into Paint Encinitas, Meyers’ now-year-old, volunteer-run organization that’s successfully overseen the addition of two large-scale, outdoor murals and is getting ready to unveil a third.

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Sarah Stieber

San Diegan cranks up ordinary life with color and positivity

By Kinsee Morlan

Sarah Stieber is unapologetically Southern Californian. The young artist looks and sounds like she’s from SoCal, and she’s been told many times that her paintings capture the particular air and feel of the region, too: bright, colorful, optimistic and a little wild and wacky.

Seen Local

Keep an eye on Bread & Salt in 2015

Logan Heights warehouse is a hotbed of original artistic activity

By Kinsee Morlan

The raw and gritty warehouse space inside Logan Heights' sprawling Bread & Salt building (1955 Julian Ave.) is the perfect setting for avant-garde artistic experimentation. 

Seen Local

A slow comeback for public art at the port

Spokesperson says, ‘We’re definitely in better shape’

By Kinsee Morlan

Last summer, the Unified Port of San Diego ruffled the local art world’s feathers when it announced cuts to its public-art program.

Seen Local

Adam Belt returns to his roots as a landscape painter

Experimental artist goes back to the beginning and inspires a new series of place-inspired pieces

By Kinsee Morlan

Adam Belt is an experimental, conceptual artist inspired by the Light and Space movement, but his newest body of work is an interesting return to his roots as a landscape painter.

The Short List

Alex Prager, San Diego Fermentation Festival and Cognitive Camouflage

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

When you look at Alex Prager's work, a handful of influences come to mind: Alfred Hitchcock, color-photography pioneer Williams Eggleston, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman.

The Short List

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance; Cabaret au Balcon and 2015 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

There are some comedians—like late greats Richard Pryor and Andy Kaufman—whose stand-up acts are so provocative and theatrical, they could easily be categorized as performance artists, especially if the gigs take place in an art museum rather than a comedy club.

The Short List

Coast to Cactus in Southern California, Narratives of Resilience: Reimagining Homeland and San Diego Comedy Festival

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Coast to Cactus will take folks on a hike that begins at Peñasquitos Lagoon, then heads to Torrey Pines, then to that North Clairemont backyard and adjacent canyon bottom.

The Short List

Jars, Records Collecting Dust and SoundON Festival

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

When artist and educator Terri Hughes-Oelrich was a kid, she was enchanted by the sight of dozens of jars filled with various colors and textures of food and ingredients lined up in her grandpa’s cupboards.

The Short List

Geezer's 10th Anniversary, A Culture Shock Nutcracker: A Holiday Hip Hop Dance Theatrical and Spreckels Organ Centennial

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

A decade ago, Adam Gimbel started Geezer, a Weezer cover band with a geriatric theme: They dress like Florida retirees, take the stage with the help of walkers and canes and have sexy nurses attend to them during the show.

The Short List

Hannibal Buress, San Diego Ballet's Nutcracker and a classic rock-and-soul Christmas Eve show

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

In search of some fresh material for his New Year’s Eve standup show in San Diego, comedian Hannibal Buress said he’ll be roaming around Downtown earlier that day.

The Short List

Orpheus & Eurydice, Hole in Your Stocking and A Christmas SpecTAPular

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

If you go to thetriptheater.net, you’ll be linked to a series of eight videos, each just a few minutes long, that chronicle the beginning of a young couple’s relationship, which plays out long-distance via phone, text, email and Facetime

The Short List

Full Disclosure; Old Main, A Holiday Horror and A Very Krampus Kristmas Puppet and Storytelling Event

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Artist Joe Sloan is filled with energy and excitement, qualities often missing from the San Diego art scene, which lacks opportunities for artists who make edgy work that’s not necessarily meant to sell.

The Short List

Mexican Film Noir, December Nights, SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Klowden’s showing two of his favorite Mexican noir films—Aventurera (1950) and Sensualidad (1951) at Mexican Film Noir at Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park).

The Short List

NoLI Nights Buon Natale, La Jolla Post-Modern Art Exhibit and Craft Beer & Cider Fest

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

On Saturday, Nov. 29, during NoLI Nights Buon Natale (North Little Italy Nights Merry Christmas), folks can stroll down the sidewalk and check out art performances and a number of live musical acts at local businesses. 

Theater

Tears and laughter mingle in ‘Sons of the Prophet’

Cygnet Theatre’s latest tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Cygnet Theatre’s San Diego premiere of Sons of the Prophet could be regarded as two hours of schadenfreude, the enjoyment in the suffering of another.

Theater

Reviews of Ion Theatre’s ‘’night Mother’ and ‘North Coast Rep’s ‘Gunmetal Blues’

Anguish, tired spoofery and a rundown of all the plays on local production

By David L. Coddon

Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ’night, Mother, onstage at Ion Theatre’s BLKBOX space in Hillcrest, is an anguished, penetrating battle of wills between two women.

Theater

In San Diego Rep’s ‘Steal Heaven,’ activists meet in a riotous afterlife

Herbert Siguenza’s latest at the Lyceum tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

As a work of theater, Steal Heaven, directed for San Diego Repertory Theatre by Siguenza and Todd Salovey, is rather contrived.

Theater

San Diego’s Circle Circle Dot Dot taps into community voices

Plus, a rundown of local plays in production

By David L. Coddon

In San Diego theater circles, the name is out there, due in large part to Circle Circle Dot Dot's two productions of the site-specific San Diego, I Love You, which took intrepid audiences on journeys first through Hillcrest and then University Heights.

Theater

The best San Diego theater in 2014

San Diego Rep and Intrepid Theatre had very good years

By David L. Coddon

Heart-rending family stories. Traditional and post-modern Shakespeare. Rousing musicals. The past year in San Diego theater was one to savor. Here are the best of the best.

Theater

New Village Arts’ ‘Nutcracker’ isn’t what it seems

It’s not a ballet that tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

If ballet bores you, then we've got something in common. But don't let the title of the year-end production at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre—The Nutcracker—throw you. This holiday show, d

Theater

Cygnet Theatre returns ‘A Christmas Carol’ to its Victorian roots

Holiday classic tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Whether it's on the screen or the stage, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the gift that keeps on giving. Year after year. Adaptation after adaptation. 

Theater

Naughty or nice, Circle Circle dot dot has something for you

A different kind of holiday show tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The truth is, the yuletide is the season for same old same old. But wait! The community-theater group Circle Circle dot dot really is doing something different.

Theater

Diversionary’s ‘Tru’ is a real alternative to usual holiday fare

One-man show about Truman Capote tops our coverage of loca plays

By David L. Coddon

Cole Porter’s glib “At Long Last Love” will never sound the same to you after seeing Jay Presson Allen’s Tru, a one-man show about a 51-year-old Truman Capote tormented by booze, the passing of time and loneliness.

Theater

San Diego Rep’s ‘Honky’ brims with uneasy laughter

A show that leaves political correctness at the door tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Greg Kalleres’ Honky is a biting satiric comedy of what-ifs. What if people, black or white, spoke with absolutely no filters about race?

Urban Scout

Last-minute holiday gifts

A dozen ideas for the perfect present

By Hannah More

As I'm writing this, there are 10 shopping days left before Dec. 25. And you're probably reading it with fewer than that. Stop panicking! That's tons of time, and here are a dozen ideas.

Urban Scout

Making San Diego museum stores part of your retail world

Design-minded goods from The Library Shop, Low Gallery, Mingei and MCASD's X Store

By Hannah More

When I travel, I make it a point to hit up museum gift shops—sometimes without visiting the museum itself. Am I missing out on a significant cultural experience and falling victim to consumerism?

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. 

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.

Urban Scout

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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