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Ephemeral Architecture Jul 29, 2015 Artist Philip M Soucy presents his first solo exhibition featuring new works in mixed media and oils as well as ceramic and installation pieces. 102 other events on Wednesday, July 29
 
News
City Councilmembers pen letters to SANDAG, Caltrans
Arts & Culture feature
Scalped in a freak accident, the glass artist isn’t letting fear crush her creativity
Arts & Culture feature
From SuicideGirls and Walking Dead haunted houses to superhero art shows and Nerdist carnivals, there’s plenty to do without a pass.
Theater
Top-notch Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre
All Things Tech
Legacy businesses, like MLB, can’t harness control forever

 

 
 
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

Inocente found

The star of an Oscar-winning documentary comes of age

By Kinsee Morlan

Inocente recently turned 21, but she's been doing adult-like things far longer. The intimate details of her difficult childhood are divulged in Inocente, a 40-minute documentary by filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine that aired on MTV in 2012 and won an Academy Award in 2013.

Arts & Culture feature

A renaissance on Logan Avenue

It’s taken a village to grow one block of this Barrio Logan thoroughfare into a thriving arts district

By Kinsee Morlan

Things have changed dramatically for this small block of Logan Avenue over the last few years. The arts spaces have attracted small businesses and, thanks largely to the ongoing Barrio Art Crawl events that invite outsiders in to explore art spaces throughout all of Barrio Logan, the block is slowly becoming recognized as one of San Diego's newest and most exciting emerging arts districts.

Arts & Culture feature

Transgender teen Ari Zelkind's happy boy-thday

Two months ago, San Diego native began his lifelong hormone therapy and is throwing a party to celebrate

By Jen Coburn

"Where's my penis?" That's the question three-year-old Arielle Zelkind kept asking while potty training. "I told her that she didn't have one because she's a girl," says mom, Edit Zelkind. "She told me I had it wrong, that she was actually a boy."

Arts & Culture feature

Patrick Yurick: Many-hat man

The San Diego artist on MakingComics.com, “Hipster Picnic” and the curse of his comic-strip arm tattoo

By Kinsee Morlan

Everyone should be able to pick up comic-book making by tomorrow. So says Patrick Yurick, the San Diego artist and educator behind MakingComics.com, a project that provides free comicbook-making materials to the masses.

Arts & Culture feature

We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

From SuicideGirls and Walking Dead haunted houses to superhero art shows and Nerdist carnivals, there’s plenty to do without a pass.

By Seth Combs

 Comic-Con is certainly great, but getting a badge for the annual nerd mecca has become somewhat of a “promise us your first born”-type undertaking. One thing that’s been great about Con becoming such a coveted destination is there are now plenty of geeky destinations and events that don’t require patrons to show their passes.

Arts & Culture feature

Kathleen Mitchell’s painful passion

Scalped in a freak accident, the glass artist isn’t letting fear crush her creativity

By Kinsee Morlan

Kathleen Mitchell pinned up her long hair, put on goggles and other protective gear and stepped up to her lathe, a beastly vintage German-made machine used for polishing, engraving and texturing. She leaned in slightly to inspect the glass vase she was shining and, in an instance, her hair fell from the clips...

Arts & Culture feature

TAGit lets you buy the clothes off their backs

App developed in San Diego gives users the opportunity to dress just like Sheldon Cooper

By Tiffany Fox

San Diegan Ana Bermudez has what she refers to as “a personal problem.” And she’s hoping her personal problem becomes your personal problem, too. 

Arts & Culture feature

Checking out, permanently

Cold, hard facts gleaned by networking with right-to-die activists

By Amy Wallen

Hemlock, a poisonous herb in the parsley family, is fatal. According to medical experts, the death is drawn out with painful convulsive gasping. Putting it in a tea probably won't do the job. 

Arts & Culture feature

San Diegans are heading to Tijuana to create new art, new spaces and new possibilities

The Peña brothers, PANCA, Dominic Paul Miller and Collective Magpie are invigorating the scene across the border

By Seth Combs

Daniel Peña was in a rut. The Chula Vista-raised photographer and video artist had moved to Tijuana a year and a half ago, but quickly became depressed.

Arts & Culture feature

Just the tip

Should we stick a fork in restaurant gratuities?

By Michael A. Gardiner

It's a ritual restaurant diners experience regularly: The bill arrives and it's time to calculate the tip. But how? Should it be 10, 15 or 20 percent? And a percentage on what: Before or after tax? What about wine? 

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

'The Look of Silence' and Indonesia’s history of violence

Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful documentary leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The Look of Silence functions more as an antidote to The Act of Killing than a sequel, a way for those left powerless by mass murder to find newfound strength.

Film

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' thrills, then disappoints

Tom Cruise returns for fifth installment of popular action franchise

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Early on in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a surly CIA director (Alec Baldwin) makes a convincing argument that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has gone insane. 

Film

Wasting away in 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'

Deadpan drama from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

With A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Swedish director Roy Andersson concludes his trilogy about "being a human being," which began with 2000's Songs From the Second and 2007's You, the Living.

Film

'Irrational Man' and the dark side of becoming yourself

Woody Allen’s latest is yet another meditation on fate, comeuppance, and murder

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Irrational Man is a tale of two corpses. Joaquin Phoenix, an incredibly enigmatic and fidgety actor who can speak volumes by simply furling his brow, embodies them both with unsettling dedication. As

Film

Ian McKellen shines in elegant, minor 'Mr. Holmes'

New spin on iconic detective from Bill Condon leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Once held in (somewhat) high acclaim for making Gods and Monsters and Kinsey, two subversive biopics with human sexuality on the mind, Bill Condon sold out to Hollywood in 2006.

Film

'Tangerine' is alive and kicking

Sean Baker’s propulsive new indie follows two indelible characters as they pound the L.A. pavement

By Glenn Heath Jr.

For 88 jet-fueled minutes, Sean Baker's Tangerine careens through the urban corridors of Los Angeles with the laser-targeted intensity of a woman scorned. 

Film

'A Murder in the Park' is paint-by-numbers filmmaking

Documentary about famous Chicago murder case leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Documentaries don't come more straightforward than A Murder in the Park. It's so stylistically rote one might confuse it for an extended episode of Nightline.

Film

'Cartel Land' and the desperation of citizen soldiers

Documentary explores grassroots resistance to Narco-violence on both sides of the border

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Cartel Land, the latest in a long line of recent films to address the impact of narco violence, has an eye for visual drama yet suffers from narrative imbalance. 

Film

'Terminator: Genisys' can’t spell, or do much of anything right

New action sequel starring Arnold Schwarzenegger leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

And just when sequels seemed enjoyable again. Fresh off of the pure joy and exhilaration that is Magic Mike XXL, now we must endure Terminator: Genisys

Film

'Magic Mike XXL' aims to please in more ways than one

Channing Tatum and his buff brothers return in a surprisingly smart and seamless sequel

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Magic Mike XXL hardly resembles its predecessor in tone. Replacing the somber "great recession" subtext is a classical and expressive spin on the road film. 

No Life Offline

Final contradictions

This is how we say goodbye on the Internet

By Dave Maass

I will however leave you with a series of probably unhelpful, but definitely contradictory, words of wisdom as you click your way toward whatever singularity or techpocalypse lies just over the horizon.

No Life Offline

The essential podcast collection

The best of the best voices to pound on your eardrums

By Dave Maass

Podcasts are undergoing a whole new phase of growth. For years, podcasts have largely been stand-alone shows, either recorded out of someone's garage or introduced as a peripheral product attached to another news magazine or TV show.

No Life Offline

Is it time to be ashamed for shaming?

Jon Ronson looks inward in 'So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed'

By Dave Maass

With his latest book, So, You've Been Publicly Shamed, Ronson examines how perpetrators of relatively minor errors of judgment become the victims of immense Internet pile-ons.

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. 

On the Cover

On the cover: Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan

Photographer stops traffic to shoot this week's cover

By CityBeat Staff

CityBeat had to stop traffic to get this week’s cover shot by Jeff “Turbo” CorriganAnd believe it or not, the artists and activists pictured on the cover aren’t the only folks behind the ongoing renaissance of one inspired block of Logan Avenue. 

On the Cover

On the cover: Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan

Photographer captured San Diego teen Ari Zelkind for this week's cover of CityBeat

By CityBeat Staff

Ari Zelkind (right, pictured with writer Jennifer Coburn and photographer Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan) displayed maturity beyond his 14 years of age during a photo shoot for our cover story on Zelkind’s transition from a girl to a boy.

On the Cover

On the Cover: Play Comic-Con photo bingo

Collect pictures from the convention for a chance to win $100

By CityBeat Staff

Upload the photos to either Instagram or Twitter with the #sdccbingo hashtag and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card from Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

On the Cover

On the cover: Carolyn Ramos

CityBeat's art director concocted The Usual Suspects homage for our Drink Issue

The Drinks Issue cover art was inspired by CityBeat art director Carolyn Ramos’ interpretation of the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects

On the Cover

On the cover: Brittany Maynard

Photo courtesy of Compassion and Choices

By CityBeat Staff

Brittany Maynard’s decision to move from California to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s Death with Dignity law sparked national interest and created political movement in California’s state Senate.

On the Cover

On the cover: Stacy Keck

Photographer captured the Peña brothers for this week's issue

By CityBeat Staff

Photographer Stacy Keck shot the Out Here brothers for this week’s cover feature on San Diegans who are doing exciting cultural things in Tijuana. Armed with her Canon 5D Mark II, the local shooter didn’t need much convincing when it came to the idea of a Mexico adventure.

On the Cover

On the cover: Carolyn Ramos

CityBeat's art director tips well for this week's cover

By CityBeat Staff

New CityBeat art director Carolyn Ramos gets kudos for the cover two weeks in a row. She read Michael Gardiner’s feature story about how local restaurants are considering using flat service charges instead of traditional tipping for servers.

On the Cover

On the cover: Carolyn Ramos

CityBeat's art director designed our Summer Guide

By CityBeat Staff

New CityBeat art director Carolyn Ramos created this week’s whimsical cover illustration.

On the Cover

On the cover: Jeff Corrigan

San Diego photographer shoots kickboxer Ashley Curry for this week's cover

By CityBeat Staff

Photographer Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan drew on his previous experience shooting sports to photograph this week’s cover of kickboxer Ashley Curry sparring at Undisputed North Park.

On the Cover

On the Cover: Merri Sutton

Washington photographer shot this week's cover, featuring The Sonics

By CityBeat Staff

This week’s cover design features a collage of photos of legendary Tacoma garage rock band The Sonics, who formed more than 50 years ago, and just released their first album since the 1960s, This Is the Sonics.

Seen Local

'Writing with Pictures' explores the art of picture books

Children’s books exhibition in Escondido is a page-turner

By Kinsee Morlan

Joy Chu's deep knowledge of illustrated children's books is palpable. She's worked in the industry for decades so she's seen all the trends and been through all the ups and downs.

Seen Local

Kristina Bell DiTullo selected for the Athenaeum's annual juried exhibition

San Diego newcomer is one of 41 San Diego artists picked for the prestigious show

By Kinsee Morlan

Artist Kristina Bell DiTullo is one of 41 San Diego artists selected for the 24th Annual Juried Exhibition, opening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1

Seen Local

History halted

Oceanside Museum of Art cancels an exhibition based on the writings of Robert L. Pincus

By Kinsee Morlan

An ambitious exhibition originally scheduled to open in November at the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) has been cancelled.

Seen Local

Home is where the art is

Steven Churchill and Doug Simay’s cozy new pop-up exhibitions featuring works from their private collections

By Kinsee Morlan

Standing inside his bathroom, Steven Churchill is showing me a few photos from his personal collection. "The work always has a story," he says of the limited-edition prints by artists like Mariela Sancari and Emma Hardy. "That's what interests me; to hear why people do what they do.

Seen Local

Interact at San Diego’s Art of Pride

Artist Carl Raymond Schmidt says it’s OK to play

By Kinsee Morlan

As a gay-rights activist for the last four decades, Carl Raymond Schmidt's artwork has explored all sorts of related themes.

Seen Local

Urbana’s urban art gallery

Real estate company carves out significant space for local art

By Kinsee Morlan

It's not totally earth shattering or even new or different, but incorporating original art in a building is a good idea and certainly one that not enough local real-estate companies are doing.

Seen Local

New Point Loma Gallery devoted to art of comic books

IDW Publishing opens Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibition

By Seth Combs

Ted Adams didn't sweat it when he was informed that, in order to move his comic book company into a large office inside NTC at Liberty Station's art district, the company would have to include an ar

Seen Local

Matthew Mahoney's wild worlds

See his and other artists' upcycled creations in SDAI's 'What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art'

By Kinsee Morlan

Matthew Mahoney's been putting in long hours as the San Diego Art Institute's artist-in-residence. The exotic fruits of his labor can be seen in two otherworldly sculptural installations on view in "What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art," a group exhibition showing through Sunday, July 12.

Seen Local

Rethinking the San Diego Art Prize

Organizers are proposing big changes set to take effect next year

By Kinsee Morlan

Most people who pay attention to the local art scene know about the San Diego Art Prize, but few truly understand it.

Seen Local

Don Porcella's collaborations with a dead oil painter

The outsider artist works with his studio's ghost for his first-ever solo show in San Diego

By Kinsee Morlan

Harry Mathews and Don Porcella are in sync. The former, an oil painter who died more than 15 years ago, occupied the same detached garage in Lemon Grove that Porcella currently uses as his studio.


The Short List

Summer Pops, Baja by the Sea and Suzie’s Farm

Our top three picks of things to do in San Diego this week

Ben Folds is just one of several upcoming Summer Pops concerts that speaks to a younger, more adventurous audience.

The Short List

San Diego International Fringe Festival, Cirko Teleskóptico and Carved and Whittled Sculpture

Our top three picks of things to do in San Diego this week

The cool—and simultaneously not so cool—thing about the San Diego International Fringe Festival is that anything goes. 

The Short List

San Diego Pride, Sun and Sea Festival and TNT

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

If ever there was a time for the LGBT community and their allies to celebrate big-time, this would be it. Love won.

The Short List

International Film Series, 'Sounds Like San Diego VII' & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Three of San Diego's film festivals have curated a collection of international movies, which'll be screened at the outdoor Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park at 8 p.m. every Thursday through July.

The Short List

Booked for the Evening, Chicano-Con & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Fourth of July might be the event highest on everyone's minds this week, but rather than hit you with a silly list of all-too-obvious places to watch the fireworks, we'll just ignore all the red, white and blue in favor of an under-the-radar soiree.

The Short List

Summer of Shakespeare, Taste of Adams Avenue & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

With all the hoopla surrounding the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and the seemingly endless amount of events in Balboa Park, it could be easy to forget that summer also means Shakespeare season at the Old Globe.

The Short List

Balboa Park 1915 Expo Centennial Festival, Make Music Day

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Golden Hill doesn’t get as much love as, say, North Park and Downtown, but that’ll change this weekend when Hill-dwellers will be out in full force on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Golden Hill Community – Balboa Park 1915 Expo Centennial Festival. 

The Short List

San Diego Oyster & Music Festival, Todd Stadtman & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

We can't think of two foods we'd rather eat in bulk than oysters and sausages. Ok, maybe pizza, but we've never heard of a festival devoted entirely to pizza. Wow, a pizza festival. Someone needs to make that happen.

The Short List

Art Around Adams, Crossfire & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

For 12 years, a two-mile stretch along Adams is turned into a hodgepodge of art openings, concerts, foodie happenings and cultural performances. 

The Short List

LGBT Film Festival, Arts & Amps & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

For nearly two decades, FilmOut San Diego has done a stellar job of spotlighting under-the-radar, LGBT-focused cinema that may have otherwise never been seen on the big screen.

Theater

'Dogfight' battles for hearts, minds

Rare stage musical is playing at Cygnet Theatre

By David L. Coddon

Cygnet Theatre’s new season is off to a promising start with a heartfelt production of the little-known musical Dogfight.

Theater

Time stands still for 'The Music Man'

Quaint, hearty Broadway musical plays at Moonlight Amphitheatre

By David L. Coddon

Now in its seventh decade of productions, The Music Man remains a quaint, hearty Broadway musical, as much a time warp as the Year 1912 in River City, Iowa, in which it is set.

Theater

'The Kiss' that keeps on giving

Broadway-style opulence now at Old Globe Theatre

By David L. Coddon

This will sound like heresy to devout Shakespeareans, but sorry, folks, Kiss Me, Kate has it all over The Taming of the Shrew.

Theater

Intrepid’s 'Life' a quality production

Playwright Jane Anderson addresses life and death

By David L. Coddon

Playwright Jane Anderson's The Quality of Life addresses life and death as well in a contemplative and gripping production from Intrepid Theatre Co. directed by Christy Yael-Cox. 

Theater

'Twelfth Night' like you’ve never seen it

Top-notch Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre

By David L. Coddon

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a production of Twelfth Night as beautifully conceived as the one that just opened the Old Globe Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare Festival.

Theater

'Lady' sings and speaks the blues

Ion Theatre shines with Billie Holiday production

By David L. Coddon

Ion Theatre’s transformation of its adjacent URBN CENTR 4THE ARTS into a faded South Philly bar in the late ’50s provides an intimate candlelit setting for the gifted Cashae Monya’s performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Theater

Unforgettable days in 'Come From Away'

La Jolla Playhouse productions recalls 9/11’s other heroes

By David L. Coddon

Thematically, Come From Away does not resort to flag-waving or double-park itself in melancholy. 

Theater

'Sylvia' is a doggone good time

Tongues are wagging over New Village Arts Theatre production

By David L. Coddon

The year is just halfway through, but the comic performance of 2015 so far has to go to Samantha Ginn, who stars as a dog—yep, a dog—in New Village Arts Theatre’s delightful production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. 

Theater

It’s love vs. money in 'Rich Girl' at The Old Globe

Drama surrounds a homely heiress

By David L. Coddon

Take Henry James’ short novel Washington Square, adapt it for the Lifetime (“Television For Women”) network, and you’d have something like Victoria Stewart’s play Rich Girl, now at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre under the direction of James Vasquez. 

Theater

Super-sized drama at Cygnet Theater

Samuel D. Hunter’s 'The Whale' is a big story about love and death

By David L. Coddon

Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale is an uneasy spectator experience: two hours without intermission in the presence of a 600-pound character, Charlie, who’s been eating himself to death in the aftermath of his lover, Alan, having starved himself to death.

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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