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Red Poets Society Mar 04, 2015 A new weekly poetry, prose and spoken word open mic co-hosted by Tazha Williams and David Proulx. 52 other events on Wednesday, March 4
 
Editorial
Advisory group apparently can pay consultants to help strategize a Chargers fix
Film
Academy Award-nominated film re-imagines ‘The Book of Job’ with AK-47s and vodka
Film
Our preview of the 25th-annual edition leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Editorial
Why does everyone suddenly want to turn San Diego into an amusement park?
Seen Local
Long-running monthly art walk has someone new at the helm

 

 
 
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

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.”

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.

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

Revealing a Kangaroo court in ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

New divorce drama leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Bunkered down in the cramped hallways and trial rooms of an Israeli Rabbinical court, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem unflinchingly traps the viewer within a physical manifestation of stagnant bureaucracy.

Film

‘Focus’ on the grifters

New heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie deals in suave

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Focus begins with an amazingly convenient meet-cute: After a few drowsy helicopter shots of New York City’s skyline, angelically augmented by some fitting soul music, Ficarra and Requa let their stars collide.

Film

Life sucks in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Mockumentary about vampires leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Co-written and directed by Waititi and Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame), What We Do in the Shadows transplants classic horror tropes to the present day.

Film

Head over heart, a sad reality of Oscar

My painfully pragmatic look into the future at the 2015 Academy Awards

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Predicting the Academy Awards is a science that's been perfected by film bloggers who spend months tracking the nominated films like myth busters stalking Big Foot. Momentum, guild wins and industry

Film

Lonely and hungry, ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

Ana Lily Amirpour’s western vampire film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night gets right down to business. The world is fucked, especially for the citizens of Bad City, a town that may or may not be caught in the middle of a dystopic Iran.

Film

Love submits to desire in ‘The Duke of Burgundy’

Peter Strickland’s beguiling romance envisions a kinky relationship in which perceptions regarding love and sex are at war

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Viewers familiar with Strickland’s previous film, the Giallo-inspired horror oddity Berberian Sound Studio, will recognize the freeze frames, rapid-fire cutting and flashy stylistics at the forefront of The Duke of Burgundy’s opening sequence. 

Film

‘Life Sentences’ highlights this year’s San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Our preview of the 25th-annual edition leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Celebrating its 25th edition at multiple local venues from Feb. 5 through 15, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival remains an important forum to explore ongoing issues of identity in both the United States and abroad.

Film

Mother Russia is broken in Andrei Zvyagintsev’s ‘Leviathan’

Academy Award-nominated film re-imagines ‘The Book of Job’ with AK-47s and vodka

By Glenn Heath Jr.

As Leviathan turns increasingly oppressive and gloomy, the theme of erosion takes hold. Multiple structures stand blown-out, held up by three walls and resembling something like an open-faced cement sandwich.

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

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.

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.

Seen Local

Los Angeles street art is coming to Carlsbad

Bryan Snyder curates a rotating outdoor urban canvas featuring works by big-name muralists

By Kinsee Morlan

Bryan Snyder cut his teeth in the Los Angeles street-art scene, eventually working his way up to being dubbed the 2012 "Los Angeles Street Artist of the Year" by the formerly thriving, now-defunct urban-art website Melrose and Fairfax.

Seen Local

Wikipedia’s women problem

Organizers of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon in San Diego have a lot of work to do

By Kinsee Morlan

A 2011 survey looking at Wikipedia editors found that less than 13 percent of the online encyclopedia's contributors are women.

Seen Local

Sparks Gallery to inject art into the Gaslamp

Fine-art gallery opens March 1 with a big bill of San Diego artists

By Kinsee Morlan

After more than a year-and-a-half worth of construction and rehabilitation projects, Sparks Gallery is finally ready for its big reveal.

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Aaron Glasson

Surrealist painter makes the natural environment and its inhabitants more interesting

By Kinsee Morlan

Artist Aaron Glasson often reimagines the natural world as a neon-colored magical land where almost anything can happen. 

Seen Local

Sam Ballard says he’s ready to give up on North Park

And he’ll be taking his artsy activism project with him

By Kinsee Morlan

Last week, an outdoor art piece by Sam Ballard that's mounted in the parking lot behind Tobacco Rhoda's bar in North Park was vandalized.

Seen Local

Giant robot finds a home in Logan Heights

Jamex and Einar de la Torre’s eighth public-art project soon to be unveiled

By Kinsee Morlan

A big, retro-looking robot will soon find a home in Logan Heights. The new public-art project is by brother-artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre.

Seen Local

Low Gallery moves to Barrio Logan

Art space leaves North Park in search of cheaper rent and fewer football fans

By Kinsee Morlan

The contemporary-art space is setting up shop at 1878 Main St. inside an old building accessible through an alleyway off Cesar E. Chavez Parkway.

Seen Local

A revamp for North Park’s Ray at Night

Long-running monthly art walk has someone new at the helm

By Kinsee Morlan

As numerous art galleries have opened and closed on Ray Street over the years, Ray at Night, the art walk that launched in 2001, has remained constant. 

Seen Local

Lemon Grove residents get a large-scale mural

San Diego Museum of Art’s Open Spaces produces another significant public-art project

By Kinsee Morlan

A dark and intimidating underpass on Buena Vista Avenue in Lemon Grove will soon be colored with a large-scale mural.

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Terri Beth Mitchell

San Diego pop-surrealism painter pokes fun at pretty much anything

By Kinsee Morlan

Terri Beth Mitchell is a pop-surrealism painter who likes poking fun at the excesses of American culture. She’s a bit of an undercover feminist, too, often using bright pinks, glitter and an otherwise stereotypically girly palette to make fun of the ways women are often represented.

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.

The Short List

What Was Is, Ramona and Tantrums & Tiaras

Plus all our other favorite things to do this week in San Diego

Architect and artist Roy McMakin designed the theme of the show and will display his work along with local artists Mathieu Gregoire, David Jurist, Jean Lowe and Roman de Salvo. Also participating are architects Jennifer Luce, James Enos and James Brown, as well as writers Emily Hicks and Bruna Mori.

The Short List

The Marvel Experience, Culture & Cocktails and Vermin on the Mount

Plus all our other favorite things to do this week

Marvel at it It's official: Comic characters are mainstream. Thanks to the recent wave of blockbuster movies, even non-geeks who've never touched a comic book recognize the likes of Wolverine,

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.

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. 

Theater

Darrell Hammond wrestles with demons

‘Saturday Night Live’ alum’s show at La Jolla Playhouse tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Technically, Darrell Hammond’s world-premiere stage production at La Jolla Playhouse is a one-man show. But he’s not alone out there. The specter of Bill Clinton, Hammond’s most famous impression, lurks over one shoulder.

Theater

Moxie Theatre’s ‘Trouble in Mind’ stands the test of time

Reviews of that play and The Old Globe’s ‘Murder for Two’ top our coverage of local productions

By David L. Coddon

You must have patience with Moxie Theatre’s production of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. If you do, you’ll be rewarded.

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

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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