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Chicano Park Day Apr 19, 2014 Celebrate the park's status as an internationally recognized art site with traditional dance performances, live bands, keynote speeches and a display of classic low-rider cars. 80 other events on Saturday, April 19
 
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Art & Culture

Head Crammers

Bombard your brain with these bits of brilliance

By CityBeat Staff

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

Art & Culture

Five must-read fantasy comic books and graphic novels

San Diego experts give the recommendations

By Alex Zaragoza

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

Art & Culture

Watch this space

19 locations we’re keeping an eye on this year

By CityBeat Staff

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

Art & Culture

Andrew Printer wants the gay population to stop settling down

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

By Seth Combs

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

Art & Culture

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

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

By Kinsee Morlan

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

Art & Culture

Some of San Diego's top designers

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

By Kinsee Morlan, Justin Roberts, AnnaMaria Stephens

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

Art & Culture

David Cuzick and Meegan Nolan Cuzick are free as birds

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

By Kinsee Morlan

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

Art & Culture

Petals on parade

San Diego photographer exposes 'taboo' subject matter

By Claire Caraska

San Diego photographer exposes ”˜taboo' subject matter

Arts & Culture feature

Avenida Revolución’s renaissance

Revamped Mexicoach Station is part of a new generation’s battle to reclaim downtown Tijuana

By Kinsee Morlan

Miguel Buenrostro, a passionate 30-year-old filmmaker and photographer, says he’s tired of the telling and retelling of Tijuana’s recent history regarding the drug war and the common perception that the city is still mostly seedy and filled with urban decay.

Arts & Culture feature

The SongStream Project records music’s memories

New arts group collects colorful stories of San Diegans and their connections to songs

By Kinsee Morlan

On a recent Saturday morning, Castruita and her two kids were among a handful of people at the City Heights Library who were there to listen to The SongStream Project’s “A Landscape of Lullabies,” a collection of stories about songs San Diegans sing to their children.

Arts & Culture feature

Balboa Park Centennial: Fest or fizzle?

What could’ve been, what could be and what’s actually happening with the embattled 2015 celebration

By Kinsee Morlan

When news broke early in March that Balboa Park Celebration Inc. (BPCI), the nonprofit group charged with organizing the centennial, was disbanding and handing the reins to the city, the typical reaction was that we'll ultimately get a watered-down even

Arts & Culture feature

Mitchell Vassiliou: the man that time forgot

San Diegan makes a good living as one of the last typewriter repairmen

By Kinsee Morlan

Mitchell Vassiliou has gradually transformed his City Heights home into an eclectic enclave of vintage typewriters and electronic word processors.

Arts & Culture feature

Voz Alta will not be silenced

Even without a home for the first time in six years, the roving arts collective will live on

By Seth Combs

Beltrán is quick to remind people that Voz Alta was never meant to end. Nor was it meant to be stationary. It started as a poetry space at 917 E St. until the construction of Petco Park all but forced it to move to another location in East Village

Arts & Culture feature

Bhavna Mehta carves out cultural stories

Paper artist draws with a knife, intricately creating unique narrative tales

By Kinsee Morlan

Bhavna Mehta figured out that her No. 1 objective with her art is storytelling. With each piece, the India-born artist strives to share narratives about what it means to be an immigrant in the United States.

Arts & Culture feature

Daniel Peña is in search of sight and sound

Tijuana-based photographer slows his roll and catches magical musical moments

By Kinsee Morlan

The fuzzy, gritty, raw quality of film serves Daniel Peña well, especially for his shots of Tijuana, which are increasing now that he lives there.

Arts & Culture feature

Just another Slappy Sunday in San Diego

Some of the city's old-school skaters are crushing curbs on a weekly basis

By Kinsee Morlan

Slappy Sunday is a casual meet-up of skaters in their 30s and 40s who no longer feel comfortable at skate parks amid 10-year-olds on razor scooters.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego’s 3D-printing revolution

As the technology evolves, so do its many local practitioners

By Kinsee Morlan

In San Diego, several small startups have begun since the technology became more commercially available in 2010. And as personal 3-D printers have gotten cheaper and more accessible, more hobbyists and entrepreneurs have joined the ranks.

Arts & Culture feature

The Body Poets find freedom in anonymity

Omeed Simantob and his spandex-clad crew are changing the face of breakdancing

By Kinsee Morlan

Despite what the anonymity of their costumes might suggest, the members of the San Diego dance crew The Body Poets aren’t afraid to be themselves.

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, 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.

Cover artist

Meet cover artist Carrie Anne Hudson

She has a dark, fluffy side

By Alex Zaragoza

The dark side of cat behavior, and other things that seem perfectly innocent, is explored in North Park artist Carrie Anne Hudson's "Prey," which is on the cover of this week's CityBeat.

Film

‘Finding Vivian Meier’ is an exercise in futility

Documentary about eccentric street photographer leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Finding Vivian Maier is Maloof's attempt at a biographical portrait, tracing Maier's strange and eccentric life as a nanny for households across the country.

Film

Pacific Arts Movement’s Spring Showcase comes of age

Festival’s fourth annual edition tackles themes ranging from separation to redemption

By Glenn Heath Jr.

For me, April's arrival instantly conjures up excitement for baseball, Easter dinner and Pacific Arts Movement's Spring Showcase.

Film

Fathers and sons collide in David Gordon Green’s killer ‘Joe’

New Nicolas Cage flick tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Themes of revenge and redemption ultimately take root, revealing themselves in the physical conflicts between Joe and the human threats knocking at his door.

Film

‘Under the Skin’ and around the bend of humanity

Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi marvel explores identity from the inside out

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Scarlett Johansson is an alien that dresses itself in a human cloak during a surreal sequence early in Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi marvel Under the Skin.

Film

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ glamorizes a film that never was

Documentary about ill-fated project leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The epic back-story behind Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune in 1975 is one of madness and creativity crashing together.

Film

‘Nymphomaniac: Volume II’ gets violent

Will Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Joe survive her desire in the second part of Lars von Trier’s epic?

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Not surprisingly, Nymphomaniac: Volume II—which opens Friday, April 4, at Hillcrest Cinemas—devours any such romanticism almost immediately.

Film

‘Ernest and Celestine’: a dangerous pair

Animated film from France leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

"A bear and a mouse can't be together," screams the rodent mistress of an orphanage for mice in the opening sequence of Ernest and Celestine.

Film

Denis Villeanueve’s ‘Enemy’ is a tangled web

Mysterious new thriller stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal

By Glenn Heath Jr.

With only a torn picture of a woman for a reference point, the audience struggles to fill in the context of Adam’s deep malaise. As a result, Enemy is consistently baffling, favoring surrealism and mood over a traditional plot.

Film

Traversing Paris and marriage in ‘Le Week-End’

Roger Mitchell’s new one leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The jazzy score that lingers over the opening images of Roger Mitchell's lovely Le Week-End is the first sign that it will embrace an improvisational narrative style. 

Film

‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1’ and the origin of a conflicted species

Lars von Trier’s epic sex odyssey opens with a tender and (dare I say) romantic beginning

By Glenn Heath Jr.

When news broke that Danish auteur Lars von Trier would follow up his apocalyptic Melancholia with a massive, two-part epic titled Nymphomaniac containing explicit sex scenes, many film pundits predicted a controversial and gut-wrenching experience.

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.

No Life Offline

Trolling on autopilot

An interview with the 'coward' who built all those fake San Diego GOP Twitter accounts

By Dave Maass

Last October, Fox 5 San Diego began covering the "Twitter War," as they dubbed the slapstick back-and-forth between supporters of the various candidates for mayor. 

No Life Offline

I <3 spam

Answering the sexy emails I found in my junk box

By Dave Maass

These days, the XXX spam has dropped off significantly, and I can't tell whether that's because of the chilling effect of powerful email filters or if their big-data analytic systems have somehow discovered I'm off the market.

No Life Offline

Me, my GF and Capt. Kenway

Whoever said video games were bad for relationships hasn’t seen our ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ stats

By Dave Maass

Set in the West Indies during the first quarter of the 18th century, Black Flag is hooks-down one of the most exciting works in the history of the age-of-pirates genre, up there with Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean.

No Life Offline

Top Internet fails of 2013

The list of what went wrong online this year is highlighted by Kathleen Sebelius, Reddit, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and more

By Dave Maass

These are what I noted as the biggest fails on the Internet this year, defined as major backfires or anything just totally lame that primarily occurred online.

No Life Offline

Geek gifts

What to buy for the technophile in your life

By Dave Maass

I have a horrible habit of waiting until the last minute to order gifts online and, as a result, I have to chunk out more change for quick shipping. Unsurprisingly, the same goes for this column, which I cobbled together the night before it was due.

No Life Offline

The tangled web of campaign tracking

I applied Mozilla’s Lightbeam to San Diego mayor candidate websites

By Dave Maass

Under California's Online Privacy Protection Act, a commercial website that collects identifiable personal data from California residents must publish a privacy policy addressing the types of information it collects from consumers and the third parties with whom it may share the information.

No Life Offline

The PS4 blues

What’s a consumer to do when the game you pre-ordered is pushed back?

By Dave Maass

I pre-ordered a PS4 in early September. To be more specific, I ordered a Sony Playstation 4 bundle, with two controllers, a camera and a particular game—Watch_Dogs.

No Life Offline

What was in my podcast queue this summer

Recommendations for news and politics, geekery, storytelling and British fare

By Dave Maass

Today, I can barely make it through a dog-walk without something in my iPhone podcast queue. 

Seen Local

Angella d’Avignon examines the meaning of stuff

Exhibition at Spring Valley Swap Meet investigates the idea of objects and their value

By Kinsee Morlan

Just a Little Bit Longer, an exhibition and ongoing project featuring works by d'Avignon, Farrah Emami, Jessica Sledge, Mindy Solis and Chantal Wnuk, will be on view from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Spring Valley Swap Meet (6377 Quarry Road).

Seen Local

Bridget Rountree examines the hierarchy of help

San Diego artist uses Creative Catalyst grant to juxtapose ideologies in her April 12 solo show

By Kinsee Morlan

"The Creative Catalyst is a huge, huge, huge help," says Bridget Rountree, who'd been spending most of her time on the couple's experimental-puppetry project, Animal Cracker Conspiracy.

Seen Local

DNA of Creativity grant fuses arts with science

Results of the 'Urban Succession' project and other funding recipients are on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art

By Kinsee Morlan

Jason Rogalski wanted to help his neighbors and other urbanites embrace, rather than constantly battle, skunks and other creatures simply trying to find a home. His concept was intriguing enough to win a modest grant from the DNA of Creativity project.

Seen Local

Modmatter opens in Little Italy

Louise Girling dedicates her new space to showing art and design

By Kinsee Morlan

Louise Girling will celebrate the official opening of her new space, which is dedicated to showing art and design, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, with an exhibition featuring furniture by the architectural firm Manada and works by ceramist Lilith Rockett.

Seen Local

StarFeather Studios celebrates its grand opening

Glass artists Nic McGuire and John Gibbons open their Barrio Logan shop and showroom with an exhibition of new sculptures

By Kinsee Morlan

Watching artists Nic McGuire and John Gibbons work on a new sculpture in their Barrio Logan glass-art "hot shop" is like witnessing a well-rehearsed dance.

Seen Local

Eye on Public Art: COMM22

New recurring feature looks at a mixed-use development in Logan Heights

By Kinsee Morlan

COMM22, a new mixed-use development, is taking root at 2225 Commercial St. in Logan Heights.

Seen Local

A room of Matthew Bradley’s own

San Diego artist’s site-specific installation explores conspiracy theories

By Kinsee Morlan

For two years, San Diego artist Matthew Bradley researched conspiracy theories, mainly those swirling around the so-called Illuminati and alternate versions of history, which some folks believe explain today's corporate and political power structures.

Seen Local

James Luna contemporizes American Indian art

Artist’s new photographic works are whimsical but pack a political punch

By Kinsee Morlan

Much of James Luna's work is distinctly Native American, but the contemporary artist isn't churning out traditional pottery or Kachina dolls. 

Seen Local

‘Transannual’ will fill Adams Avenue with sidewalk sideshows

New avant-garde arts event invites the public to experience experimental art in Normal Heights

By Kinsee Morlan

Transannual, the artists explain, is a response to consumer-focused art fairs. Nothing at the event will be for sale.

Seen Local

Cog•nate Collective’s border broadcast

Arts group presents a mobile conference exploring NAFTA and other U.S.-Mexico policies

By Kinsee Morlan

"We've got quite a caravan going," Sanchez says of the "mobile conference" that'll be broadcast live on 87.9-FM at noon on Saturday, March 15, as a line of participating cars slowly moves amid the traffic at the border.

The Short List

Spring Harp Fest, Live Arts Fest and Alfredo Jaar

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

That brings us to Saturday, April 19, when, at the family-friendly Spring Harp Fest, a seemingly inexhaustible supply of harmonicas will be available.

The Short List

SpringFest: Experiments in Music, Art Alive and Giving the Finger: Risking it All to Fish the World's Deadliest Sea

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

"We put the noise music by the sharks," says lead curator Adam Tinkle. "The aquarium concert is probably the best way to get the greatest aesthetic diversity in the smallest amount of time.

The Short List

Banner Unveiling Showcase, The Human Scale, San Diego Art Prize

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The Boulevard's indeed experienced a resurgence—from the makeover of The Lafayette Hotel to pedestrian-friendly stretches like the area around 30th Street. 

The Short List

The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church; Spring Busker Festival; The Rattling Wall

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

One of John Thavis' first assignments as a young reporter in Rome, Italy, was to interview a Colombian cardinal about the drug wars in his country.

The Short List

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar, New West Electronic Arts & Music Organization and Karla Mi Lugo

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

To be sure, the scientists are ready for wacky, drunken questions, so let them fly. But what about the guy who won't go away, who dominates a scientist's time for, like, 45 minutes or more? 

The Short List

San Diego Latino Film Festival, Arts and Trees and Mariachi Festival and Competition

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The San Diego Latino Film Festival is back from Thursday, March 13, through March 23 with dozens of screenings, parties, star appearances and speakers at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center.

The Short List

Crispin Hellion Glover Live Performance, Film Screening and Big Slide Show; Risk!; Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Go ahead and re-watch the infamous clip of Crispin Glover's 1987 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Now, ask yourself if you want to sit in a small theater with this strange man.

The Short List

Brewbies Festival, Bicycle Film Fest and Hillcrest Fat Tuesday

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The annual craft-beer festival will feature more than 50 breweries from around the country. Half of them have brewed specialty pink beers for the fest.

The Short List

Alice Bag, Warehouse Takeover, REFLECTIONS: On Loss

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Bag, born Alicia Velasquez, was the lead singer of The Bags, a band that was on the vanguard of the Los Angeles punk scene in 1977.

The Short List

Stein 2.0, Brian Regan and Byron Kim

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Classical music can intimidate. At concerts, most people feel the need to sit down, shut up and pay rapt attention. And silencing one’s cell phone is, of course, an absolute must.

Theater

‘Mandate Memories’ and mystery at North Coast Rep

A review of a heart-wrenching world premiere in Solana Beach tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

History, of both a textbook and a personal nature, define Lionel Goldstein’s new play, Mandate Memories, which is having its world premiere at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach under the direction of David Ellenstein.

Theater

The clock ticks in an emotive Old Globe production

‘Time and the Conways’ leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Time and the Conways, now on stage at The Old Globe Theatre, was one of Priestly’s “Time Plays” written during the 1930s and ’40s.

Theater

Intrepid Shakespeare Co.’s season begins with powerful ‘All My Sons’

Arthur Miller classic tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Intrepid Shakespeare Company has launched its fifth season in impressive fashion, staging a faultless production of Arthur Miller’s fiercely intense family drama All My Sons.

Theater

The songs remain the same—irresistibly Kander & Ebb

Moonlight Stage Productions’ ‘The World Goes ’Round’ tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The World Goes ‘Round, a two-act musical revue at Avo Playhouse in Vista, is really one extended session of “Kander and Ebb Karaoke.”

Theater

Springtime in Old Town

Cygnet Theatre’s latest production tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The awakening of the young to the lure of their sexuality can be an uneasy one, especially if you happen to be young and awakening in 1891.

Theater

Ion Theatre’s double-header ramps up the fear

Two one-act plays in Hillcrest top our coverage of local productions

By David L. Coddon

An inscrutable sense of dread ties together Ion Theater’s two one-act plays now on stage in Hillcrest: Sam Holcroft’s Edgar & Annabel and Caryl Churchill’s Far Away.

Theater

Mismatched neighbors cook up trouble in Detroit

San Diego Rep’s latest tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

You think things got out of control when Nick and Honey came to visit George and Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Try Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit on for size.

Theater

‘The Who & The What’ deconstructs and delights

La Jolla Playhouse production tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The Who & The What began in development as part of La Jolla Playhouse’s inaugural DNA New Works Series last year.

Theater

Contrasts prevail in The Old Globe’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’

One of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Rarely produced, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a schizophrenic entity—half tortured tragedy, half buoyant, fanciful comedy.

Theater

Drama class is in session in ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

A review of New Village Arts’ latest leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Watching other people having all the fun is the dilemma with New Village Arts’ Circle Mirror Transformation.


Urban Scout

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.

Urban Scout

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.

Urban Scout

Taking inventory at Simply Local

Tens of thousands of San Diego-made products await in Seaport Village

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

It's really that easy to fall in love with everything at Simply Local, where about 85 percent of the products are locally made and represent the best and brightest of San Diego's creative workforce.

Urban Scout

Meet Kristen Saylor of Boho Baby Boutique

San Diego designer upcycles bandanas and western shirts for the little tykes

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Somewhere in a North Park studio, Kristen Saylor is sewing together random pieces of bandanas and cutting up vintage Western shirts she's found along her travels through San Diego's second-hand stores.

Urban Scout

A trio of local product designers

Where to find goods by Alpaca India, David Atchison and Sweet Paper

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

In the spirit of buying, being and living local, and with this being our Design Issue, here are a few locally made items you'll never, ever find at Target. We should all be happy about that.

Urban Scout

Where to get affordable craft champagne in San Diego

Hit up Village Vino, Jaynes Gastropub and The Wine Bank for New Year’s Eve

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Not all bubbles are overly sweet and headache-inducing—and they're also not as expensive as you might think.

Urban Scout

Making your holiday spending count

Three worthy places to gift some cash and help folks in need

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

It doesn't matter if you feed a child, help someone to learn how to read or provide comfort to a struggling military family. It doesn't matter what the dollar amount is. What matters is that we find causes that are important to us.

Urban Scout

How to get started in homebrewing

Home Brew Mart and The Homebrewer make it a little easier

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

With more than 20 years in the business, Home Brew Mart (5401 Linda Vista Road) is a go-to store for supplies, books, merchandise, advice—and delicious Ballast Point beer.

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Treasures amid the ruins

The Egyptian Theatre may be gone, but retro retail lives on Park Boulevard

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

San Diego's block of Park and University is full of locally owned businesses that serve as a haven for those desperately seeking mid-century (as in the 20th) vintage furniture, clothing and more.

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How to make your container garden grow

Six spots to hit up for pots, plants and more

By Katrina Dodson

This year, I've had success growing tomatoes in containers on my patio. Now that those plants look like skeletons, it's time to dig them up and replace them with new greens. I went on a hunt to fill four containers with plants I might enjoy this fall and winter.

 
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