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There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
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Art & Culture

Head Crammers

Bombard your brain with these bits of brilliance

By CityBeat Staff

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

Art & Culture

Five must-read fantasy comic books and graphic novels

San Diego experts give the recommendations

By Alex Zaragoza

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

Art & Culture

Watch this space

19 locations we’re keeping an eye on this year

By CityBeat Staff

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

Art & Culture

Andrew Printer wants the gay population to stop settling down

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

By Seth Combs

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

Art & Culture

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

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

By Kinsee Morlan

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

Art & Culture

Some of San Diego's top designers

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

By Kinsee Morlan, Justin Roberts, AnnaMaria Stephens

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

Art & Culture

David Cuzick and Meegan Nolan Cuzick are free as birds

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

By Kinsee Morlan

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

Art & Culture

Petals on parade

San Diego photographer exposes 'taboo' subject matter

By Claire Caraska

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

‘The Nigga Project Experience’ wants to have a talk

San Diego couple continue their modest war against the rise of the n-word

By Kinsee Morlan

Nianda and Boyer have been screening The Nigga Project Experience and hosting community discussions at barbecue restaurants, hair salons, libraries and community centers throughout southeastern San Diego since the beginning of 2014.

Arts & Culture feature

Dana Springs is listening

New Commission for Arts and Culture director says she’s ready to hear what San Diegans have to say

By Kinsee Morlan

Dana Springs, who twice in the past few years stepped out of her 12-year role as manager of the commission’s public-art program to serve as the commission’s interim director, was officially named the executive director in August.

Arts & Culture feature

Head Crammers

Crush these chunks of culture into your cranium

By CityBeat Staff

CityBeat staff recommends its current media obsessions, including pop culture, podcasts, books, web series, and apps.

Arts & Culture feature

For Diana Duval, art is anything but easy

Homelessness, cancer and loss of a leg haven’t stopped the struggling-but-skilled San Diego artist

By Kinsee Morlan

Diana Duval’s eccentricities abound. She embodies her art and wears only red and black—mostly clothes and quirky hats she designs and fabricates herself. 

Arts & Culture feature

Nodo Galeria brings intricate conceptual work to Art San Diego

Tijuana gallery’s interesting booth and installation, plus more must-see exhibitions at this year’s contemporary art fair

By Kinsee Morlan

In the basement of a former maternity hospital that’s now a spacious live/ work studio situated in a Tijuana hillside neighborhood, artists César Vázquez and Claudia Ramírez Martínez carefully scrape away excess clay.

Arts & Culture feature

Streaming bloody murder: 24-hours of Netflix horror

This Halloween, navigate this scary-movie marathon using the language of fear

By Ryan Bradford

Who has the time or motivation to seek out those rare, esoteric or obscure picks? As a product of Internet culture, if a movie's not readily available with a click of a button (or a nesting in the trusty Redbox a block away), chances are I'm not going to go looking for it. 

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego Police Museum seeks a new home

Its operators would love to end up in Balboa Park

By Susan Myrland

The Historical Association lives on, collecting, preserving and sharing more than 160 years of SDPD memorabilia through its museum and extensive website.

Arts & Culture feature

Oceanside Museum of Art series connects the public with the military

'Exploring Engagement' focuses attention on the community’s service members

By Kinsee Morlan

Geoffrey Cunningham saw the Oceanside Museum of Art’s “Exploring Engagement” artists-in-residence series as an opportunity to finally interact with the military men and women he sees every day.

Arts & Culture feature

Parklets and pop-ups

Tactical urbanism finally on the rise in historically slow San Diego

By Kinsee Morlan

Parklets are loosely defined as small, outdoor seating areas that often take over one or two existing parking spots, temporarily reclaiming the space for pedestrians and improving the aesthetics and streetscape of the urban environment.

Arts & Culture feature

Centro Cultural de la Raza’s constant struggle for survival

Volunteer-run nonprofit continues to hang on by threads despite persistent challenges

By Kinsee Morlan

One of the largest Chicano arts centers in the Southwest, the Centro Cultural de la Raza, housed in a former water tank in Balboa Park, once attracted international attention for its edgy programming and enjoyed financial support from heavy hitters like the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 Hobbit’ trilogy ends in a blaze of glory

Peter Jackson’s final Middle Earth chapter leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The clash between mythology and identity defines both Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his (some say unnecessary) trifecta of Hobbit films

Film

In a word, ‘The Babadook’ is terrifying

Jennifer Kent’s brilliant horror film will give you goose bumps

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The Babadook is a brilliant Australian horror film that marks the staggeringly assured debut of Jennifer Kent, a writer and director keenly interested in how themes of trauma and loneliness fester within the daily routines of parenting.

Film

‘Exodus: Gods and Men’ super sizes the story of Moses

Ridley Scott epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Lumbering and garish, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings amps up the eye shadow and tones down the subtly to super-size the story of Moses.

Film

‘Wild’ takes Reese Witherspoon into the woods

New biopic about Cheryl Strayed is a melancholy, thorny look at isolation and redemption

By Glenn Heath Jr.

If you’ve spent any prolonged time outdoors, sequestered from the incessant buzzing of man-made noise, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild offers a lovely reminder of nature’s remedying effect. Based on th

Film

Collection of war films redefines the home front

San Diego Public Library series leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

As the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq evolves in complexity, it's important to remember how the consequences of war ripple beyond the front lines and define the personal legacies of those involved.

Film

‘Diplomacy’ goes behind the scenes of a major historical moment

Drama by Volker Schlöndorff stars two acting titans squaring off with words of war

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Much of Diplomacy tensely traverses the slippery slope dividing rationality and manipulation. 

Film

Matthew VanDyke searches for purpose in “Point and Shoot”

New documentary about masculinity and war leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Marshall Curry's Point and Shoot tells the complex and serpentine story of Matthew VanDyke, an American filmmaker-turned-revolutionary who spent more than five months in a Libyan jail.

Film

‘The Homesman’ gives the reins to complex female characters

Tommy Lee Jones’ striking western is visually lush, melodic and thematically relevant

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman stands out as a strange and eccentric western that merits viewing on the biggest screen possible. 

Film

‘The Better Angels’ is a Colonial Calvin Klein ad

Arty Abraham Lincoln biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Having worked as an editor on To the Wonder, director A.J. Edwards seemingly adopted (or perhaps stole) the Terrence Malick touch for The Better Angels.

Film

‘Foxcatcher’ tells an icy, brooding true-crime story

Mark Ruffalo is astonishing in Bennett Miller’s humorless sports film

By Glenn Heath Jr.

There’s nothing warm about Foxcatcher. Bennett Miller’s humorless true-crime story exists solely in a frigid state where brooding male characters crave justification from the world around them.

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.

No Life Offline

What I brought back from Comic-Con 2014

Frazier in ‘The Fantastic Four,’ all the dogs and a deeper suspicion of AIs

By Dave Maass

I know, I've talked about this a dozen times in this column, but for those of you just tuning in: Last year, I bought a Playstation 4 after Ubisoft entranced me with the preview of its hacker video game, Watch Dogs.

No Life Offline

The year in San Diego cybercrime (so far)

African witchcraft, a scary clown and board shorts that aren’t really board shorts: crimes on the Internet are weird

By Dave Maass

From Ghanaian witchcraft to scary clowns, cybercrime is as weird as anything in the real world.

No Life Offline

First impressions of ‘Watch Dogs’

Ubisoft’s game of hackers has some problems

By Dave Maass

Last summer, at San Diego Comic-Con, I was exposed to the preview of a video game called Watch Dogs, an open-world adventure where you play a gray-hat hacker with Chicago's entire technological infrastructure literally at his fingertips.

No Life Offline

Privacy, Bitcoin and Soundcloud’s role in the election

Looking at privacy, money and sound in politics

By Dave Maass

The impact of campaign donations remains a hot issue, but this cycle, two candidates are exploring novel ways of leveraging money in their favor.

Seen Local

Adam Belt returns to his roots as a landscape painter

Experimental artist goes back to the beginning and inspires a new series of place-inspired pieces

By Kinsee Morlan

Adam Belt is an experimental, conceptual artist inspired by the Light and Space movement, but his newest body of work is an interesting return to his roots as a landscape painter.

Seen Local

Pennie Vollet hopes his masks inspire more art in public spaces

San Diego artist’s project makes creative use of found palm fronds

By Kinsee Morlan

Large, exotic-looking masks made from painted and pieced-together palm fronds have been popping up on street poles in North Park, Hillcrest and East Village. The “BOBHA Masks” are the creation of

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Virginie Mazureau

French artist creates her fantastical worlds while surrounded by the comforts of Carlsbad

By Kinsee Morlan

Virginie Mazureau's studio, in a way, is like her paintings, which are fantastical scenes often depicting children surrounded by peculiar animals and an assortment of other unexpected and whimsical things.

Seen Local

Escondido cautiously reopens ‘Queen Califia’s Magical Circle’

City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem

By Kinsee Morlan

Since September, the city has been cautiously reopening “Queen Califia” to supervised public access

Seen Local

Emily Grenader’s ‘Crowd Painting’ series strives to connect

San Diego artist brings strangers together by putting faces on real-world and virtual communities

By Kinsee Morlan

In 2009, soon after Kickstarter first launched, artist Emily Grenader wanted to find out if the crowd-funding website could help artists. Back then, it had yet to become a bastion for creative types that it is today.

Seen Local

Neil Shigley keeps making the invisible visible

His series of prints and drawings of homeless people continues to cast light on the issue

By Kinsee Morlan

A few years ago, when CityBeat wrote about Neil Shigley and his Invisible People series of large-scale prints and drawings of local homeless folks, the artist and professor told us that the seven-year-long project would continue.

Seen Local

Small works in ‘Object Object!!’ pack a collective punch

Group exhibition at Helmuth Projects shows how constraints can spur imagination

By Andy Horwitz

Anyone who’s spent an evening flipping through thousands of cable TV channels looking for a single decent show can tell you that sometimes more is just more. Fortunately, the 86 small works that comprise the exhibition Object Object!! at Helmuth Projects are consistently compelling.

Seen Local

Gary Cohen invites the public to tour Glass Ranch

San Diego artist’s annual event features hundreds of handmade glassworks

By Kinsee Morlan

Gary Cohen’s been blowing glass for almost 30 years. He’s seen the popularity of the craft ebb and flow during the decades he’s been making both sculptural and functional glasswork.

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Natalie Bessell

Find the funky, lighthearted artwork of the young La Jolla native at casual café shows for now

By Kinsee Morlan

Natalie Bessell operates out of a small studio made from reclaimed wood that sits on the ridge of a canyon outside her home in La Jolla, where she was born and raised.

Seen Local

Innovators behind Domestic Stencilworks turn food into design

Alex White and John Mohr use natural dyes in their printing work and launch Kickstarter to expand

By Kinsee Morlan

Alex White has turned his tiny North Park garage into a print shop and laboratory where he turns food into dyes. 

The Short List

Orpheus & Eurydice, Hole in Your Stocking and A Christmas SpecTAPular

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

If you go to thetriptheater.net, you’ll be linked to a series of eight videos, each just a few minutes long, that chronicle the beginning of a young couple’s relationship, which plays out long-distance via phone, text, email and Facetime

The Short List

Full Disclosure; Old Main, A Holiday Horror and A Very Krampus Kristmas Puppet and Storytelling Event

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Artist Joe Sloan is filled with energy and excitement, qualities often missing from the San Diego art scene, which lacks opportunities for artists who make edgy work that’s not necessarily meant to sell.

The Short List

Mexican Film Noir, December Nights, SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Klowden’s showing two of his favorite Mexican noir films—Aventurera (1950) and Sensualidad (1951) at Mexican Film Noir at Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park).

The Short List

NoLI Nights Buon Natale, La Jolla Post-Modern Art Exhibit and Craft Beer & Cider Fest

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

On Saturday, Nov. 29, during NoLI Nights Buon Natale (North Little Italy Nights Merry Christmas), folks can stroll down the sidewalk and check out art performances and a number of live musical acts at local businesses. 

The Short List

Owl in the Daylight: A Tribute to Phillip K. Dick, Makers Arcade and Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

There’s a lot to like about Philip K. Dick. Even those who haven’t read the author’s inventive, reality-altering, science-fiction novels have likely encountered and enjoyed his work.

The Short List

John Cleese, Pilobolus Dance Theater and Historic La Jolla Cultural Zone

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

How does one become a comic legend? Fans of the now-iconic sketch-comedy troupe Monty Python have celebrated its co-creator and star John Cleese for decades.

The Short List

San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Asian Film Festival and CicloSDias

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

With more than 500 events happening from Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 16San Diego Beer Week can seem like anything from a little intimidating to downright insane and unapproachable.

The Short List

Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow, Halloween Silent Movie Night and Maker's Market

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

At the Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow, guests will experience human portraits painted on humans, extraordinary contorting, fortune telling, circus performers, beauty-shop freak-overs and underground dead-thing mashups.

The Short List

Storytellers 6.0, Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo, Guerilla Book Fair and Sally of the Sawdust

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Intimate, themed pop-up dinners are nothing new, but the concepts behind two upcoming foodie events are so deliciously original that they deserved some extra ink.

The Short List

The LMV Campaign Show, The BLVD Market and Science on the Rocks

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

One of the messages that the Voting Rights Project wants to get across, particularly to a young and racially diverse population, is that local elections can sometimes be swayed by a small number of votes.

Theater

Cygnet Theatre returns ‘A Christmas Carol’ to its Victorian roots

Holiday classic tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Whether it's on the screen or the stage, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the gift that keeps on giving. Year after year. Adaptation after adaptation. 

Theater

Naughty or nice, Circle Circle dot dot has something for you

A different kind of holiday show tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The truth is, the yuletide is the season for same old same old. But wait! The community-theater group Circle Circle dot dot really is doing something different.

Theater

Diversionary’s ‘Tru’ is a real alternative to usual holiday fare

One-man show about Truman Capote tops our coverage of loca plays

By David L. Coddon

Cole Porter’s glib “At Long Last Love” will never sound the same to you after seeing Jay Presson Allen’s Tru, a one-man show about a 51-year-old Truman Capote tormented by booze, the passing of time and loneliness.

Theater

San Diego Rep’s ‘Honky’ brims with uneasy laughter

A show that leaves political correctness at the door tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Greg Kalleres’ Honky is a biting satiric comedy of what-ifs. What if people, black or white, spoke with absolutely no filters about race?

Theater

Enron relived at Moxie Theatre

An odd retelling of a tale of scandal tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Try this just for fun: Ask the next 10 people you meet to explain the 2001 Enron scandal to you. Odds are, most of them will say they’ve heard of Enron and they knew there was some scandal involving it, but that’d be it.

Theater

La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Hunchback’ may be too sweet

Disney-fied production tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

As pure spectacle, La Jolla Playhouse’s American premiere of the stage musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an unqualified success. 

Theater

Oklahoma! struts its stuff at Welk Resorts Theatre

71-year-old Americana staple tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Welk Resorts' barn-like theater is an apt setting for this famed musical, and its relative intimacy brings the singing and dancing close to the audience. 

Theater

New Fortune Theater debuts with ‘Henry V’

First production by the latest troupe to launch in San Diego leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Henry V is a rambling historical vehicle rife with battlefield bloodshed and righteous orations from the English king who lusts to add France to his realm. 

Theater

Duel in the dark at North Coast Rep

“Freud’s Last Session’ tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Freud’s Last Session succeeds not only in shining a light on two fascinating historical figures, but also in provoking critical thought about the most enigmatic complexities of life and afterlife.

Theater

Reviews of ‘The Royale’ and ‘The Clean House’

Current offerings at The Old Globe and New Village Arts top our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The configuration of The Old Globe’s Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre—a theater in the round—is ideal for a prizefight.

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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