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Reading of Terror! Apr 25, 2015 An evening of readings from States of Terror Vol. 1 featuring Ryan Bradford, Hanna Tawater, Rachel Taylor, Jim Ruland, Julia Evans, and more. 103 other events on Saturday, April 25
 
Cocktail Tales
Jackson Milgaten incorporates classics and finds from his travels
Seen Local
The second in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund
Nibbles | Food & drink
MEAT San Diego event with Dona Esthela and Javier Plascencia
North Fork
Popular Carlsbad spot has its own farm
Well, That Was Awkward
Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop

 

 
 
Art & Culture

City Ballet's live-music programming on hiatus

The company's orchestra hits a 'bump in the road'

By Kinsee Morlan

 Just two weeks prior to City Ballet of San Diego's upcoming "Balanchine Spectacular," members of the City Ballet Orchestra were told that the company would have to cut the popular live-music component at this year's performances. 

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

And then there was light

An abridged introduction to near-death experiences

By Amy Wallen

The International Society of Near Death Studies meets across the parking lot from the County Psychiatric Hospital, inside the Health and Human Services building.

Arts & Culture feature

Helen Redman paints the other side

San Diego artist celebrates life, death and motherhood

By Seth Combs

There are layers upon layers when it comes to the figurative works of Helen Redman. So many stories, so many voices. 

Arts & Culture feature

Head Crammers: Our favorite podcasts, TV shows, etc.

Bust your brain with this bunch of cultural baubles

By CityBeat Staff

There's an A&E show that's been on for a couple of weeks called The Returned. Skip it. Instead, watch Les Revenants, the French TV show it's based on.

Arts & Culture feature

Sara Solaimani wants local artists to cross boundaries, both internally and internationally

How a first-generation Iranian-American became a champion for the border arts scene

By Seth Combs

Sara Solaimani isn't Mexican. Not even close. That might be racially insensitive to point out within certain contexts, but in the case of Solaimani, it's understandable that some might mistake her for being a Chicana.

Arts & Culture feature

Change in the golden age of podcasting

KPBS Explore project reflects the evolving art of public media

By Kinsee Morlan

As the director of programming for both KPBS radio and television, John Decker is the guy to either blame or thank for switching up your local public-media-consumption routine.

Arts & Culture feature

FoundationForForm’s hands-on urban infill

Rising stars of San Diego's architect-as-developer movement mind the little details

By Kinsee Morlan

Standing in the central courtyard of the new North Park Post Office Lofts mixed-use development, the scene is reminiscent of M.C. Escher's famed "Relativity" print depicting several zigzagging sets of gravity-defying staircases.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art lives on

Museum-without-walls rolls carefully into its second year of revival

By Kinsee Morlan

Gaidi Finnie's the chief operating officer at Bayview Baptist Church, but he has a long background in the arts. He spent a few years at a fine-art gallery in La Jolla before moving to the Museum of Photographic Arts, where he eventually became the director. 

Arts & Culture feature

Meet Hatsune Miku's makers

San Diego filmmaker Tara Knight examines the virtual pop icon and the mass of fans and creators behind her

By Kinsee Morlan

Hatsune Miku, a so-called "vocaloid"—a character that personifies vocal-singing synthesizer software—isn't just a representation of one person or even the company, Crypton Future Media, that created her. She's a product of the many people—artists, musicians and other creative fans—who've given her a persona.

Arts & Culture feature

The standup-comedy renaissance in San Diego

Local jokesters say the scene is bigger than ever, but can it take them only so far?

By Seth Combs

It seems to be an exciting time for the San Diego standup and improv scene. Egan points out that when he first started, there was only one major comedy club and maybe a few coffeehouse open-mics that welcomed comedians.

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.”

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

'Clouds of Sils Maria' and the imitation of life

New meta-drama starring Juliette Binoche and Kristin Stewart blurs the lines between performance and personality

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Clouds of Sils Maria, which opens Friday, April 24, uses words to deflect our attention from the deep absence felt by its characters.

Film

'Man From Reno' presents a curious case of Bay Area intrigue

Dave Boyle’s neo-noir leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Don’t get stuck in the spider’s web of curiosity. Or perhaps such a fate is inevitable in Man From Reno, Dave Boyle’s slippery neo-noir.

Film

‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ is lost in the search

New indie starring Rinko Kikuchi leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Draped in an eye-gouging hotel blanket and a bright red hoodie, Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) stands out amid the snow-packed Minnesota landscape. 

Film

‘Ex Machina’ is all about Ava

Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson are seduced by A.I. in Alex Garland’s new sci-fi film

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The complicated relationship between humans and artificial intelligence has been of special interest to filmmakers as far back as the silent days.

Film

'The Salt of the Earth' draws with light

Documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado leads rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Famed photographer Sebastião Salgado surveys the many stages of his multi-decade career in The Salt of the Earth. Co-directed by Wim Wenders and Julian Ribeiro Salgado (Sebastião's son), the film juxtaposes Salgado's work with his memories in beguiling ways.

Film

A prodigal son returns in 'Ned Rifle'

Hal Hartley talks irony, performance and the devil

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Hal Hartley makes films about the absurd pervasiveness of contradiction. In his comedies, high art lives alongside low art, chaste and sex are mentioned in the same breath, and peaceful souls ponder desperate acts of violence.

Film

'Welcome to New York' is defanged

Abel Ferrara’s altered film tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

This is not a review. Abel Ferrara’s brilliant Welcome to New York, a salacious and grotesque fictionalization of the Dominic Strauss-Kahn criminal case, is being released stateside in a compromised version.

Film

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts experience a mid-life crisis in 'While We Were Young'

Noah Baumbach's film is essentially a fictional comedy about non-fiction artists who tell themselves fiction on a daily basis

By Glenn Heath Jr.

What’s old is new. Or so believes the wild hipster couple Jaime and Darby (played to narcissistic perfection by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfriend), who live by this adage almost preternaturally in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young.

Film

From amateur to master

Seymour: An Introduction suggests the importance of craft

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Not only a tale of one man’s love affair with music, Seymour: An Introduction also passionately argues the importance of craft in an artist’s progression from amateur to master.

Film

Serena falls flat

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper can’t scale mountain

By Glenn Heath Jr.

In the end, Serena, which opens Friday, March 27, tries to be too many genres at once without understanding why or how they could potentially work in tandem.

No Life Offline

Out-of-body experiences

Have fun with inexpensive virtual reality apps

By Dave Maass

While Oculus Rift may ultimately be a more sophisticated device, this cheaper solution provides a window into, not only new environments, but the very future.

No Life Offline

WWWedding planning

Three sites my fiancée and I are using to plan this union

By Dave Maass

This summer, I'm getting married to the woman I was looking for all my life. It's true: Nothing so far that I've encountered on the Internet has been as bewildering and exhausting as wedding planning. Invitations? Registries? Our own wedding URL? 

No Life Offline

Computers at the California Capitol

How state legislators hope to regulate the Internet this session

By Dave Maass

Each session, lawmakers also attempt to quite literally change how computers work in California, with bills on everything from online commerce to state-funded pilot projects.

No Life Offline

Video games you should’ve gotten for the holidays

Four awesome products for your console and smartphone

By Dave Maass

That's why I love video games: All the stimuli are there in one medium that keeps my brain and fingers busy. Here are four games that came out late last year that kept my hands from idling

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.

On the Cover

One the cover: Michael Rubenstein

NYC photographer captured Waxahatchee

Michael Rubenstein photographed this week’s cover subject, Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee. Based in New York City, Rubenstein has taken photographs for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! and Nike.

On the Cover

On the cover: Jeff 'Turbo' Corrigan

Photographer captured Council Brewing Co. head brewer Liz Chism

Veteran San Diego photographer Jeff "Turbo" Corrigan captured the essence of the industry for our special Beer Issue, including the cover shot of Council Brewing Co. head brewer Liz Chism.

On the Cover

On the cover: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Meet the photographer who shot Father John Misty

Emma Elizabeth Tillman, pictured here with her husband, John Tillman (Father John Misty), photographed this week's cover shot of the musical artist. 

On the Cover

On the cover: Joshua Emerson Smith

CityBeat staff writer uses Nikon D200

San Diego CityBeat staff writer Joshua Emerson Smith photographed Bill Powers at his home in University Heights for this week's cover news feature, which looks at the electrical engineer's quest to create an affordable, off-the-grid solar-energy system

Seen Local

Andrea Chung pays homage to working class heroes

The mixed-media artist addresses the political, historical and controversial in her subtly broad works

By Seth Combs

Andrea Chung is used to the misconceptions by now. Take her name, for example. She admits that when people first meet her, they often think they'll be meeting someone who looks, well, more Asian. 

Seen Local

'La Mona' shows her true colors

The iconic Tijuana statue gets a colorful makeover, but not for long.

By Seth Combs

Armando Muñoz Garcia has always had a reputation for doing what he wants. Back in 1987, Garcia, then an eager art student, approached the city of Tijuana about building a statue of a giant nude woman to commemorate the city's centenary. 

Seen Local

Keiko Tanabe’s plein air paintings are anything but plain

The painter garners worldwide attention and endorsements for her vivid watercolors of the great outdoors

By Seth Combs

One particular standout of Art of the Park: 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park, and exhibition opening Friday, April 17, at the Marston House Museum & Gardens is a watercolor of the Marston House itself.

Seen Local

Brittany Segal wants everyone to know her name

The “emotional-abstract” artist’s work has a language all its own. Literally.

By Seth Combs

From a distance, it almost looks like Arabic or, perhaps, a unique style of calligraphy. Hieroglyphics? Wingdings? Artist Brittany Segal says there's little point in busting out Google Translate when it comes to making sense of her pen-on-canvas, black-and-white pieces.

Seen Local

Art on 30th rocks

Kate Ashton’s new studio and gallery space has been a labor of love

By Seth Combs

Walking through the front door, one immediately gets a sense of the historic nature of the Art on 30th building. 

Seen Local

Brian Goeltzenleuchter turns scent into an art form

The second in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund

By Seth Combs

When the San Diego Foundation announced the winners of its Creative Catalyst grants program this past January, Brian Goeltzenleuchter's project certainly looked and sounded interesting.

Seen Local

Jacklyn Rose’s embroidery would shock your grandma

Normal Heights artist finds market for snarky wares

By Seth Combs

When most folks think of embroidery, they likely envision those kitschy pieces one might see in someone's grandparent's house. The kind that say "Home is Where the Heart Is" or "Life is Beautiful" with cutesy little hearts or the like. 

Seen Local

Tom Driscoll is a conehead

Artist’s sculpture show at Ice Gallery has been almost 20 years in the making

By Seth Combs

One could easily feel intimidated looking at Tom Driscoll's eerily misleading cones. Whether they're placed tidily on the floor or hung carefully on the wall—as they will be when his new solo show opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Ice Gallery in Bread & Salt. 

Seen Local

Cohort Collective gets crafty

New group of artists rotates work at Bottlecraft and has big plans beyond that

By Seth Combs

Folks who've wandered into Bottlecraft's Little Italy location at 2252 India St. may have noticed Dolan Stearns' peculiar "Ghost Painting" hanging above the myriad beer bottles on the shelves. An

Seen Local

San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund winners are hard at work

The first in our series on the visual artists awarded grants through the program

By Kinsee Morlan

The San Diego Foundation in January announced this year's batch of Creative Catalyst Fund winners. The program granted 10 local creatives $20,000 to pair up with local nonprofits and execute an original project.

The Short List

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, Adams Avenue Unplugged & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Themes of redemption, transformation and hope abound in Paul Flores’ haunting new play, PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo.

The Short List

A bunch of food events, Self-Taught Genius & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

It's a good week to be a foodie. Not one, not two, not three, but four separate edible events have us salivating on our keyboards.

The Short List

Monster Drawing Rally, Live Arts Fest 2015 & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

We had a blast at the last Monster Drawing Rally back in September, but the name is a bit of a misnomer. Inspired by the Southern Exposure event in San Francisco, one could easily get the impression that people were just drawing monsters.

The Short List

Faust Fest 2015, Springfest & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

It's been a decade since a San Diego police officer shot and killed Jacob Faust, believing the 25-year-old musician and puppeteer was reaching for a gun in the back of his car.

The Short List

Authorized Mythologies, Bikes & Beers SD & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Take a journey into the mind of the pickup artist, the player. Is womanizing a learned behavior or a proclivity some guys are just born with?

The Short List

Happy Hour, Latin American Art Festival & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Monica Bill Barnes describes her new production, Happy Hour, as a "cocktail party dance show," but it's worth pointing out that it also marks a bit of a homecoming for the acclaimed New York choreographer.

The Short List

36th Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Poetry, La Jolla Art Night & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

The Short List

Quartyard Grand Opening Party, El Anatsui and more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

It's been more than a year-and-a-half since the guys behind Rad Lab first got San Diegans excited about the idea of building a big pop-up park on a vacant lot at 1102 Market St. in East Village. 

The Short List

MAS Attack 8, San Diego Vintage Flea Market, Barrio Seed Bank and more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Max Presneill wanted to do something to help take some of the pressure and anxiety out of the art-exhibition process. The former gallerist and current museum curator also wanted to bring artists together in a fun atmosphere.

The Short List

San Diego Improv Festival, How Long Is the Present: Selected Talk Poems of David Antin & 7 Billion Others

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

San Diego's comedy scene is blowing up. We detailed the renaissance in our Feb. 4 issue, concluding that those annoying road trips to Los Angeles to perform or see quality comedy are things of the past.

Theater

'Unnecessary Farce' is a raucous ride

North Coast Rep show lets cast go berserk

By David L. Coddon

Playwright Paul Slade Smith’s Unnecessary Farce is a comedy about... forget it, details of the plot are unnecessary. 

Theater

Surviving 'Lord of the Flies'

Stage adaption of classic novel gains late speed

By David L. Coddon

Like William Golding’s 1954 novel, obligatory reading for every high school English student, Nigel Williams’ 1991 stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies founders a bit until the young boys stranded on an island turn savage.

Theater

Family ties strained in 'Sunset Park'

Comedy wrangles over caring for elderly parents

By David L. Coddon

Sunset Park is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, but it also sounds like the name of a nursing home, doesn't it? A place to spend the sunset years of one's evaporating life. This analogy doesn't come out of a clear blue sky. 

Theater

Style trumps story in 'The White Snake'

Old Globe production is fairytale and visual feast

By David L. Coddon

Charming and resplendent, The White Snake is both fairytale and visual feast. If you’re interested in greater substance than that, you’ll have to wait until the very end of the 100-minute-long, one-act production.

Theater

My Fair Lady a loverly night at the theater

Cygnet Theatre stages adventurous rendition of the venerable Lerner & Loewe show

By David L. Coddon

You can’t do justice to a production of My Fair Lady, the Broadway classic that doesn’t have a dud song in its entire musical score, without a full orchestra, right?

Theater

San Diego Rep’s ‘Oedipus El Rey’ is not for Mother’s Day

Reimagined ancient Greek tragedy tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey takes the Greek tragedian Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (also known as Oedipus Rex) and reimagines it as a modern-day story in a Los Angeles barrio.

Theater

Diversionary’s ‘Baby with the Bathwater’ tries too hard

Comedy about bad parenting tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

If you’re in a generous mood, you can appreciate the absurdity of Christopher Durang’s Baby with the Bathwatera wicked indictment of incompetent parenting swaddled in broad comic wrapping.

Theater

North Coast Rep’s ‘Chapter Two’ turns page back to the ’70s

Also, a review of Lamb’s Players’ ‘You Can’t Take it with You’ and a rundown of all the other plays in local production

By David L. Coddon

Written in 1977 and set in 1979, Neil Simon’s Chapter Two unfolds in a world with landlines, typewriters and still-fresh references to Watergate. 

Theater

Old Globe’s ‘The Twenty-seventh Man’ imparts critical history lesson

Plus, Intrepid Shakespeare’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and all the other plays in local production

By David L. Coddon

Besides sharing an important, under-told story, The Old Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man showcases three veteran actors at the peak of their game. 

Theater

Love runs rampant in New Village Arts’ ‘Stage Kiss’

Rom-com in Carlsbad tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

In New Village Arts’ Stage Kiss, actors Amanda Morrow and John DeCarlo spend more time making out than a couple of horny teenagers behind the high-school gym. 

Urban Scout

Makers Arcade highlights San Diego talent

Nine vendors who caught our eye at the recent indie craft fest

By Hannah More

To describe Makers Arcade as a "craft fair" would be an undersell.

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.

 
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