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64 Oz. of Creativity Jun 30, 2015 Dozens of local artists showcase painted beer growlers with the first place winner receiving the opportunity to design a future Culture Brewing Co. label. 72 other events on Tuesday, June 30
 
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Labor council adopts transit-first policy as pressure mounts to slow freeway expansion
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Drama surrounds a homely heiress
Arts & Culture feature
The Peña brothers, PANCA, Dominic Paul Miller and Collective Magpie are invigorating the scene across the border

 

 
 
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

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? 

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego kickboxer battling MS says sport liberated her

Determined to go pro, Ashley Curry hopes to inspire others struggling with the disease

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Curry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS, an unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information between the body and the brain.

Arts & Culture feature

Head Crammers

CityBeat staff dishes out our favorite books, apps and cultural tidbits

By CityBeat Staff

For voracious readers: It's been a turbulent time in the journalism business. Newspapers closing, or slashing staff, has been the norm for the last decade or so.

Arts & Culture feature

Drew Pollack's point of service

Acupuncturist donates time for the sick and injured in Mexico

By Tiffany Fox

Under a bridge near the Tijuana River, Carlos lay in a puddle of his own piss and shit. He was emaciated, too weak to sit up, and his friends said he'd been severely jaundiced in the days prior.

Arts & Culture feature

And then there was light

An abridged introduction to near-death experiences

By Amy Wallen

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

Arts & Culture feature

Helen Redman paints the other side

San Diego artist celebrates life, death and motherhood

By Seth Combs

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

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

Al Pacino experiences a renaissance in 'Manglehorn'

New indie drama from David Gordon Green leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Gruff and grumpy, Al Pacino stars as A.J. Manglehorn, a droopy locksmith living alone in a rural Texas town. He owns a quaint brick-and-mortar operation but spends much of his time making house calls to stranded motorists who’ve locked themselves out of their car.

Film

'The Overnight' gets hot and heavy after hours

New sex comedy starring Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, and Taylor Schilling is a raucous romp

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Some might argue that bad sex is better than no sex at all. The Overnight begs to differ, opening with a revealing scene that shows just how compromised the joys of intimacy can become after years of recycled habits.

Film

Living and watching in isolation with 'The Wolfpack'

New Sundance Award-winning documentary leads movie rundown

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Inside a cramped tenement apartment in the Lower East Side of New York City, the Angulo brothers recreate key scenes from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs

Film

Minds matter in 'Inside Out'

Newest Pixar wonder personifies memory and personality

By Glenn Heath Jr.

With Inside Out, a modest and tender exploration of memory, transition and personality, Pixar finally dives headfirst into the mind.

Film

'Films Al Fresco' brings Italian cinema to San Diego

Film series at The Lafayette Hotel leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Thanks to Convivo, a nonprofit seeking to be “San Diego’s premier Italian cultural organization,” locals will get a chance to see some of the best European imports of recent years. 

Film

'Results' tightens up the rom-com formula

Guy Pearce, Colbie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan shine in the new indie by Andrew Bujalski

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Being in shape doesn’t necessarily mean you’re better at being in love. If the new romantic comedy Results speaks any truth, having rock hard abs actually ensures a life of commitment issues and unfulfilled desires.

Film

'Aloft' lands with a thud

New drama starring Jennifer Connelly leads rundown of movies screening

By Glenn Heath Jr.

If you enjoy falcons, spirituality and serious performances from Jennifer Connolly, Aloft might seem—on paper—like the perfect film.

Film

'Love & Mercy' tells complicated, dark story of Brian Wilson

Beach Boys legend deals with torment, abuse, and creative doubt in decade-spanning rock biopic

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Young Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) doesn’t like the limelight. He’d rather be left alone to write music while his fellow Beach Boys tour the globe, party with groupies and claim the fame.

Film

'The Apu Trilogy' comes to San Diego

Satyajit Ray’s great series of dramas lead our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray began his career by making one of the great triptychs of all time: The Apu Trilogy, which consists of 1955’s Pather Panchali, 1957’s Aparajito and 1959’s The World of Apu.

Film

'The Seven Five' is an American tale of corruption

New documentary unravels history of malfeasance in the NYPD’s 75th precinct

By Glenn Heath Jr.

By exhibiting a heightened level of performance throughout The Seven Five, Dowd confirms his persona as an abrasive, stalwart, old-school vaudevillian who lived his professional life by a code of contradiction. 

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: 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.

On the Cover

On the cover: Jamie Dickerson

Photographer captured Drew Pollack for our cover

The cover photograph of Good Samaritan acupuncturist Drew Pollack was shot by University of San Diego grad Jamie Dickerson.

On the Cover

One the cover: Michael Rubenstein

NYC photographer captured Waxahatchee

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

On the Cover

On the cover: Jeff 'Turbo' Corrigan

Photographer captured Council Brewing Co. head brewer Liz Chism

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

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.


Seen Local

Christopher Puzio's work is popping up everywhere

The metal sculptor unveils new sculptures at the downtown Central Library

By Seth Combs

One could assume that every San Diegan has seen the work of Christopher Puzio at some point, even if they don’t know his name.

Seen Local

For two filmmaking BFFs, the sky’s not the limit

Neil Kendricks and Carlos Pelayo screen their collaborative video-art installation, 'Wounded Sky,' at Not an Exit Gallery.

By Seth Combs

It’s rare that one finds their artistic soul mate. Diego had Frida. Van Gogh had Gauguin. Hall had Oates. Kendricks and Pelayo also seem to have that ineffable chemistry. 

Seen Local

The bearable darkness of Peter Halasz

The La Jolla native showcases his bleak and shadowy seascapes at a solo show at Quint Gallery

By Seth Combs

Peter Halasz paints richly detailed, oil-on-canvas portraits of the La Jolla coast, but his paintings are decidedly darker and more sinister.

Seen Local

Lana Chromium’s art of war

The graphic designer turned body painter leverages an already successful career into an appearance on GSN’s 'Skin Wars'

By Seth Combs

At the moment, Lana Chromium is sworn to secrecy. When the body painter was asked about her recent participation as a contestant on the reality TV competition, Skin Wars, she could only say so much.

Seen Local

Elsoldelrac rises in the south

From Mexicali to L.A., the ascending Tijuana “TK” artist is popping up in galleries, on the streets and even in the desert

By Seth Combs

On a quaint, but otherwise gorgeous estate right off of Avenida Revolución in downtown Tijuana, Carlos Cisneros, who works under the name Elsoldelrac, spends most of his day in what appears to have o

Seen Local

A Ship in the Woods set to sail away to lands unknown

After four years, the Del Mar “culture capitalists” to focus on curating and finding a new home

By Seth Combs

Burning ships. A fitting description considering the show the brothers are participating in, Conquest, Control, Confinement, will be the second to last show at A Ship in the Woods house.

Seen Local

The Artist Odyssey is ready for their close-up

The 'artist documentary network' hopes viewers are willing to pay to watch expertly crafted art docs

By Seth Combs

The Artist Odyssey (TAO) founder Chris Fessenden is more than aware that, when it comes to video these days, a lot of people expect to get it for free.

Seen Local

Future uncertain for UCSD’s University Art Gallery

After nearly 50 years, faculty and staff fear next two shows will be the last for a while

By Seth Combs

Merete Kjaer received her notice on April 15. The assistant director at the UC San Diego University Art Gallery is being let go, because, as she tells it, the visual arts faculty and the new dean of Arts and Humanities couldn't agree on a way to keep funding for the gallery. 

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.

The Short List

A bunch of summer parties, Rosarito Art Fest & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

A three-day weekend is like a gift from the Gods. When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, it usually signifies summer is officially here and everybody and their mama will be having some kind of backyard BBQ or pool party.

The Short List

Snakeskin, Bike to Work Day 2015 & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Let's face it: Modern dance isn't for everyone. However, if there's one dance company in the local scene that's managed to bridge the gap between cerebral and accessible, it's John Malashock.

The Short List

Creative Block, Bacon & Barrels & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

A couple months ago we profiled Cohort Collective, a "Who's Who" of local artists and curators that includes Spenser Little, Exist 1981, NEKO, Carly Ealey and more. 

The Short List

Independent Bookstore Day, In Bloom Market & more

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Many of us have long since transitioned to reading books via Kindle or other tablet formats, but there's still nothing quite so satisfying as cracking open the spine of a book and flipping through the pages of a good story.

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.

Theater

'Arms and the Man' skewers love and war

George Bernard Shaw’s comedy delights at Old Globe

By David L. Coddon

With its sumptuous 19th-century costumes (designed by David Israel Reynoso) and applause-eliciting sets (scenic design by Ralph Funicello), the Old Globe’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man has pizzazz to spare.

Theater

'Cabaret' pulls no punches

Classic play elicits gasps at Welk Resort Theater In Escondido

By David L. Coddon

If you’ve never experienced Cabaret in person—in other words, your only reference point is the 1972 movie—then you really haven’t experienced Cabaret at all.

Theater

'Lesson 443' offers lessons in letting go

Tatiana Suarez-Pico's play premieres at Moxie Theatre in Rolando

By David L. Coddon

The evolution of theater in San Diego, and the burnishing of its reputation, depends on theaters—beyond just the Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse—presenting world-premiere works. 

Theater

Anxieties, insights reside in 'Uncanny Valley'

Artificial intelligence cleverly portrayed at San Diego Repertory Theatre

By David L. Coddon

If thinking about artificial intelligence or the idea of downloading human consciousness freaks you out, or, if you’re prone to free-floating anxiety, Uncanny Valley probably isn’t for you.

Theater

'Unnecessary Farce' is a raucous ride

North Coast Rep show lets cast go berserk

By David L. Coddon

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

Urban Scout

Makers Arcade highlights San Diego talent

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

By Hannah More

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

Urban Scout

Last-minute holiday gifts

A dozen ideas for the perfect present

By Hannah More

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

Urban Scout

Making San Diego museum stores part of your retail world

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

By Hannah More

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

Urban Scout

Newish places in San Diego to drop some cash

A survey of fresh independent shops in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Mission Hills

By Hannah More

Here are five cool shops, all in the Uptown-ish part of San Diego (we'll get to you, next, North County) that are worth some of your coin.

Urban Scout

San Diego County retailers to follow on Instagram

Four businesses that show their stuff with lovely images

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Instagram is a glorious tool for stalking other people's cute baby and cat pics, and it's also really addictive if you like food and food porn.

Urban Scout

Designer spotlight: Heather Barnes, Stoneywear Designs

One-time interior-design student’s become an accomplished silversmith and jewelry maker

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

I'm totally hooked on Stoneywear Designs, the handmade jewelry line by Heather Barnes, whose skills in silversmithing and spotting the next big trend make her a go-to for great jewelry. 

Urban Scout

Snackavore’s delight

Vegan cookies, addictive toffee and more treats by SoCal companies

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

I'm always advocating for buying goods and services from the people who live and work in your community. Food is no different. 

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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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