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Barrio Art Crawl Aug 30, 2014 A free self guided tour consisting of murals, open studios, galleries, and local businesses throughout the Barrio Logan Arts District at places like La Bodega Gallery, Roots Factory, Union Barrio Logan, Glashaus, and more. 73 other events on Saturday, August 30
 
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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.

Arts & Culture feature

Will East County Performing Arts Center become a church?

Critics say El Cajon officials are going backwards by entering into negotiations with The Rock before securing a theater manager

By Kinsee Morlan

The Rock, an evangelical megachurch with locations across the county, wants to lease the ECPAC space for roughly 130 days a year—every Sunday and Tuesday and about 25 percent of Fridays and Saturdays—for an annual rent of $216,000.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’

Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller

By David L. Coddon

Jesse Keller, 36, a graduate of USC’s noted School of Cinematic Arts and whose first film, The Ritual, screened at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, calls Thane of East County an “ultra-low-budget thriller

Arts & Culture feature

‘What more would we gain with an arts council?’

Second in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations

By Kinsee Morlan

It’s been more than 20 years since the demise of the San Diego County Arts Advisory Council, an organization that promoted the arts countywide.

Arts & Culture feature

San Diego County's unusual approach to arts funding

First in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations

By Kinsee Morlan

San Diego County’s approach to funding arts organizations is unusual, and some question whether it’s fair and yields the best results.

Arts & Culture feature

Daniel Foster: the philosopher king

Oceanside Museum of Art director left, then came back and will keep pursuing his big ideas

By Kinsee Morlan

When Foster joined OMA in 2012, he laid out an ambitious plan for the museum’s future, which included taking a more scholarly approach to programming by putting together a topnotch curatorial team.

Arts & Culture feature

On drawing women

Comic-book artists discuss perpetuating an anatomical archetype some consider offensive

By Seth Combs

 “The ’90s were definitely the era of women with broken backs,” says San Diego comic-book artist Alejandro “Alé” Garza, referring to the extremely exaggerated female caricatures of the era, with breasts so large that it seems inconceivable that they could also fight super-villains.

Arts & Culture feature

Comic-Con vs. the Bechdel Test

Popular fiction has evolved, but big-time fails in female representation mean the challenge is still relevant

By Kinsee Morlan

The Bechdel Test is a simple thought experiment that requires works of fiction to feature at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a dude. It’s a ridiculously low bar that a surprising number of contemporary works fail to reach.

Arts & Culture feature

No-badge-needed events for the Comic-Con crowd

Lots of stuff going, even if you’re not one of the lucky few

By Susan Myrland

As Comic-Con grows in popularity, so do the options for those who couldn’t score a badge. Each year brings more parties, pop-ups, zombie walks and just plain weirdness.

Arts & Culture feature

Pitting summer blockbusters against the Bechdel Test

We ran summer-movie trailers against the seemingly easy-to-pass scrutiny, and the results weren’t pretty

By Ryan Bradford

Onward with another summer of movie trailers! Onward with another year of supporting the white / hetero / male-dominated pop-cultural infrastructure while we continue our slow trudge to the grave!

Arts & Culture feature

Fern Street Circus is coming back

Original founders are resurrecting the popular grassroots organization

By Kinsee Morlan

For 20 years, Fern Street Circus put on popular performances and became well known for its after-school program, which offered free circus-arts education to kids in Golden Hill, with satellite locations throughout the region.

City Week

From CityFest to Nerdcore Night

Our picks of San Diego events this week

By CityBeat Staff

Opening with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, Subtext Gallery’s Release the Kraken asked 30 artists to paint over vintage aquatic-themed works—those idyllic scenes of lakes, rivers and oceans that are ubiquitous at garage and estate sales—adding all manner of monsters and mythical sea-creatures.

City Week

From TNT to REDception

Our picks of San Diego events this week include MCASD's art party, a Brothers Grimm-inspired exhibition and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include MCASD's art party, a Brothers Grimm-inspired exhibition and more

City Week

From The (In)Visible Project to GuyTunes

Our picks of San Diego events this week

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week's events includes a sensitive project that's giving faces and names to San Diego's homeless population and more

City Week

From 2011 Comic-Con events to a Vegan Beer Night

Our picks of San Diego events this week

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week

City Week

From San Diego LGBT Pride to the Truly Fabulous Hats Contest

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual pride parade and festival, opening day at Del Mar and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual pride parade and festival, opening day at Del Mar and more

City Week

From Over-the-Line to Lucid Dreams

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual OTL games, an interesting art show at Noel-Baza Fine Art and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include the annual OTL games, an interesting art show at Noel-Baza Fine Art and more

City Week

From the Euphoria Brass Band to Tower After Hours

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a Nola-infused brass band, a Cuban-themed party and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a Nola-infused brass band, a Cuban-themed party and more

City Week

From Charles Glaubitz to a chili cook-off

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a mystical show at Subtext, the annual OB Street Fair and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a mystical show at Subtext, the annual OB Street Fair and more

City Week

From Power Animals at Voz Alta to World Refugee Day at MoPA

Our picks of this week's events include an art show in Barrio Logan and a new event celebrating refugees

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of this week's events include an art show in Barrio Logan and a new event celebrating refugees

City Week

From the Latino Music Festival to SlutWalk San Diego

Our picks of this week's events include a music fest in Sherman Heights, a feminist-led march and more

By CityBeat Staff

Our picks of this week's events include a music fest in Sherman Heights, a feminist-led march and more

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Pablo Llana

Tijuana artist’s newest work looks at Mexico’s growing obesity problem

By Kinsee Morlan

"My goal with this exhibition is, by using these recycled wrappers, I wanted to show what people consume today thanks to marketing and advertising, which is constantly encouraging us to buy these artificial products," Pablo Llana says.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, David B. Cuzick

San Diego screenprinter’s new work explores childhood themes

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

As a child, David B. Cuzick dreamed of flying so often that he actually learned how to control his flight path. But since lucid dreaming isn't exactly a science, one night he found himself in uncharted territory.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Saratoga Sake

The winter deer on our front page is about as jolly as he gets

By Kinsee Morlan

CityBeat's long been a fan of Saratoga Sake. We first ran his work on our cover back in September of 2008. His was the second art-showcase cover we did, which shows how high up on our list he sits.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Ricardo Islas

The ‘closet comedian’ with cultural inspiration

By Kinsee Morlan

Ricardo Islas is an institution. The longtime San Diego artist is well-known for his paintings, which often feature icons and imagery from Mexican culture and his gritty sense of humor.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, GMONIK

He is not down with consumerism

By Alex Zaragoza

"I have a big problem with planned obsolescence of consumer goods,” says Karl Gindelberger, the 30- year-old Paradise Hills artist who goes by the name GMONIK. That’s evident in his piece “Used,” which is on CityBeat’s cover this week.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Brad Neal

Check out his two-handed Afro art

By Alex Zaragoza

This week's cover is somewhat of a self-portrait for artist Brad Neal. The 37-year-old recently moved to San Diego from Hawaii, where he walked around sporting a giant Afro not too different from the one by rocked by "Afrocat," the groovy feline featured on the cover.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Devon Browning

She paints naked ladies

By Alex Zaragoza

Browning will show and sell her sexy, lady-loving art at Art of Pride, an exhibition happening during the San Diego Pride Parade and Festival from Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14, on the festival grounds in Balboa Park. 

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Dan Adams

He surely does love doggies

By Alex Zaragoza

Dan Adams' "Back Rub" graces our cover this week. The French bulldog featured there is one of the many dogs Adams has painted over the years.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Bat-Brain

He actually is kind of batty

By Alex Zaragoza

 "Power," his bold piece on the cover of this week's issue of CityBeat, was done solely with Sharpie paint pens and markers, his implements of choice.

Cover artist

Meet our cover artist, Nicole Waszak

Her daughter Nora is her muse

By Alex Zaragoza

Luckily for artist Nicole Waszak, whose piece “37 Months (Bubbles)” graces our cover this week, she’s far from dealing with any teen angst with her 4-year-old daughter, Nora.

Film

With ‘Frank,’ aggressive eccentricity leads nowhere

New indie from Lenny Abrahamson tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Through this hodgepodge of warring personalities and dysfunction, Frank considers the complexity of mental illness, how it takes shape over time and contorts one's self from the inside out. 

Film

‘Love is Strange’: a portrait of a marriage

Director Ira Sachs talks respect, time, friendship and his new film starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina

By Glenn Heath Jr.

In Ira Sachs' quiet and true drama Love is Strange, people from different generations coexist without melodrama.

Film

‘Rich Hill’ personalizes poverty in a small Missouri town

Documentary about three young men struggling to survive tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Rich Hill very often feels like a classic observational documentary in the vein of Frederick Wiseman's films. 

Film

The Ken Cinema’s crash course in film history

Classics from the 1960s and ’70s screen for a week

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Curated by theater manager Sophia Verbiscar, the series (find details at landmarktheatres.com) consists of nine trendsetting works from two pivotal decades in filmmaking that reflect the political, social and ideological malaise of the times

Film

‘Finding Fela’ uncovers a lost musical legend

Documentary about Nigerian activist and composer leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

A force for social change, Fela challenged the oppressive government with his politicized art and strange lifestyle.

Film

‘Calvary’ meshes a peculiar worldview with bleak dark comedy

John Michael McDonagh crafts another rural western that grapples with questions of faith

By Glenn Heath Jr.

John Michael McDonagh's Calvary shoves these sins out into the open in a darkly comic way, addressing the human contradictions and consequences wrought by such damning ideological policies.

Film

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ reminds us how quickly times can change

Classic musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

"Dignity, always dignity." The character Don Lockwood's trademark saying carries an ironic twinge in the early parts of Singin' in the Rain

Film

‘Alive Inside’ resuscitates the soul with music

New documentary challenges old models for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s

By Glenn Heath Jr.

"I've forgotten so much," says an elderly female patient in the early moments of Alive Inside. Social-worker-turned-activist Dan Cohen, the documentary's primary subject, has heard these words before.

Film

‘Happy Christmas’: nothing more than a yuletide doodle

Joe Swanberg’s new independent film starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Happy Christmas—opens Friday, Aug. 1, and screens through Aug. 7 at the Ken Cinema—finds the filmmaker once again dabbling in millennial malaise. 

Film

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ rejuvenates the Marvel universe

James Gunn’s fresh and quirky space opera showcases a riotous band of outsiders

By Glenn Heath Jr.

What makes Guardians of the Galaxy so moving is its ability to meld rage with tenderness and heartache in a mainstream, entertaining package.

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.

No Life Offline

The four ways I deal with TV spoilers on the Internet

It all depends on the show

By Dave Maass

Spoiler alert: Do not read this if you haven't watched every television series since the 1939 New York World's Fair.  

No Life Offline

Before you start up in San Diego

Some unsolicited advice on building the next tech giant in our city

By Dave Maass

Here are a few tips for tech companies (whether you're a brand-new startup a migrating giant) to live in harmony with San Diego.

No Life Offline

Why take Buzzfeed’s quizzes...

… when you can just become a human guinea pig?

By Dave Maass

Buzzfeed's "Which [character / celebrity / inanimate object] Are You?" online quizzes—oh, these just suck. It used to be that with a quiz like this, there'd be some—well, not scientific, but at least logical reason why I'm Barf from Spaceballs.

No Life Offline

Trolling on autopilot

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

By Dave Maass

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

No Life Offline

I <3 spam

Answering the sexy emails I found in my junk box

By Dave Maass

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

Seen Local

City College opens new art space

There's no money yet to run City Gallery, but the faculty’s staging exhibitions there anyway

By Kinsee Morlan

Longtime San Diego City College arts professor YC Kim remembers talking to school administrators almost two decades ago about the need for an art gallery.

Seen Local

Low Gallery at-large

Meegan Nolan’s getting ready to expand her reach beyond her gallery’s walls

By Kinsee Morlan

North Park's Low Gallery is small, but Meegan Nolan, the artist and curator who runs the creative side of the business, isn't letting size matter. She's gearing up for a jam-packed next few weeks a

Seen Local

The Hub Hillcrest Market revamp will include up to 10 new murals

This week's cover artist, Skye Walker, is the first to complete a piece in the new series

By Kinsee Morlan

Artist Skye Walker recently finished a new, large-scale mural covering the front of the California Coast Credit Union at the corner of University Avenue and Vermont Street in Hillcrest. 

Seen Local

North Park’s Positive Space looking for creatives to take it over

Matthew Cirello hopes to sublet the gallery and keep the art vibe alive in the neighborhood

By Kinsee Morlan

Cirello says that he and Lee will still move their headquarters to Jamul to meet increasing demand for their jewelry, but they're going to take time to find the right renters.

Seen Local

Meet our cover artist, Gregory Bada

Printmaker's process and the resulting images are a beautiful anachronism

By Kinsee Morlan

Gregory Bada was born a few centuries too late. On the outside, he looks like a straightforward, contemporary Californian—tattooed arms, sunglasses and all. But his artwork—mostly intaglio prints

Seen Local

Optimus Volts' cut-can sculptures demand attention

Artist's solo show is at Thumbprint Gallery through Sept. 7

By Kinsee Morlan

Instagram started looking like King's Landing last Saturday, as dozens of people took photos of themselves sitting on the Game of Thrones-inspired sculpture hand-built by Optimus Volts for his solo show at Thumbprint Gallery.

Seen Local

Public art in Carlsbad on the rise

Village Mural Tour will showcase new work coloring outdoor walls in the North County city

By Kinsee Morlan

Carlsbad Village is known for its cutesy boutiques and mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Recently, though, the walkable area along and around Grand Avenue, Carlsbad Village Drive and State and Washington streets is becoming a breeding ground for public art.

Seen Local

Scott White Contemporary Art goes private

Art dealer says the public-gallery model is changing

By Kinsee Morlan

Longtime art dealer and gallerist Scott White has shuttered his La Jolla gallery and will move his operation to the former Jett Gallery location in Little Italy (989 W. Kalmia St.) and make the majority of his business private.

Seen Local

Constance White is disembarking from the San Diego airport

Longtime art-program manager accepts a new position in North Carolina

By Kinsee Morlan

Constance White, art program manager for the San Diego International Airport (SDIA) has helped transform the busy local terminals into unexpected places for really cool art.

Seen Local

A pop-up art exhibition for the Comic-Con crowd

ArtExpo features more than 100 artists, crafters and authors in an alternative fair, plus a lowbrow, graphic-narrative, outsider and comic-art exhibition

By Susan Myrland

Comic-Con is a deep dive into obsession, and Mark Murphy's obsessed with connecting artists to audiences.

The Short List

Grampadrew's Flim-Flam Revue, summer pop-up concerts and Jaimie Warren

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The Flim-Flam Revue is a rollicking, informal gathering of local musicians who get up on stage and play "old-time favorites and original compositions inspired by our musical heroes from the days of yore," Grampadrew says. 

The Short List

Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection, Ceviche Showdown and Cash'd Out

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection presents a side of the artist that the mainstream masses have likely never seen. 

The Short List

Checked Out, CityBeat 5-Minute Film Festival and Tiki Oasis

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

A public library seems an unlikely place for an experimental-music festival, but San Diego's new central library (330 Park Blvd. in East Village) isn't your normal library.

The Short List

Poetry & Art Series, Once and Politifest

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

On Friday, Aug. 8, a multimedia party promises to get its most creative guests into a no-holds-barred poetry contest.

The Short List

The 1to1 Movement's America's Finest Film Festival, Friday Night Liberty and San Diego Craft Beer + Cocktail Showcase

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The young folks who run The 1to1 Movement, a sustainability-education nonprofit, won't be hitting anyone over the head with hard-edged environmental and conservation themes at their upcoming, annual film festival.

The Short List

Judah Friedlander, Creative Nights and Horizon

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

"I am a role model. I am the greatest martial artist on the planet," the actor and standup comic tells CityBeat with his trademark deadpan delivery. "But I'm also going to be the next president of the United States." 

The Short List

San Diego Pride, Sun & Sea Festival and Craft / Art

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Forty years ago, San Diego Pride was a small-but-fierce protest. Fernando Lopez, the organization's spokesperson, says that only a few dozen people marched through downtown San Diego in the city's first Pride event.

The Short List

TNT, Ether Dome and Performance Series

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

The latest in the museum's quarterly series TNT (Thursday Night Thing) happens from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 10, and kicks off the exhibition Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash).

The Short List

2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival, Geeks! The Musical and Shore Thing

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Begun in Scotland in the 1940s, fringe festivals showcase unique, multidisciplinary, outside-the-box performances that you wouldn't likely see at established venues.

The Short List

Figment San Diego, Meow or Never and The Red See Scrolls

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

For its second installment, Figment will take over Chicano Park in Barrio Logan from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

Theater

Globe’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ is beguiling fun

Final Summer Shakespeare Festival entry leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The Old Globe's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, capping off its 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, is a triumph of al fresco fun. 

Theater

Professor Higgins presides on Moonlight stage

A review of ‘My Fair Lady’ leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

The greatest Broadway musical of all time? My Fair Lady. Hands down.

Theater

‘Les Miz’ gets rousing treatment at Lamb’s Players Theatre

Popular musical tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Spectacle that it is and audacious in its wringing of emotions, Les Miserables is not a Broadway show you’d ever call intimate.

Theater

‘Quartet’ lags when it should enliven

A review on the Old Globe production tops our coverage of local play

By David L. Coddon

Jean, the biggest opera star of the four, is feeling sorry for herself when she isn’t feeling hostile, and Reggie conceals his self-indulgence in brooding and ominous silences.

Theater

Much ado in North County theaters

Reviews of ‘The Full Monty” and the latest Intrepid Shakespeare Co. production top our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

It absolutely is in the hands of Intrepid Shakespeare Company, and Sean Yael-Cox and Shana Wride make a delightful Benedick and Beatrice.

Theater

Out of anesthesia and into the—piano?

Reviews of La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Ether Dome’ and Old Globe’s ‘Into the Woods’ lead our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

San Diego’s big-name theaters have unveiled two very different productions: a harrowing history story at La Jolla Playhouse and, at The Old Globe, a reimagining of a musical that was born there.

Theater

‘The Orphan of Zhao’ finds a home in La Jolla

An epic tale of revenge tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Luminous and artfully staged, La Jolla Playhouse’s The Orphan of Zhao, presented in association with American Conservatory Theater, is an epic story of sacrifice, revenge and self-reclamation.

Theater

Intrepid Shakespeare’s ‘I Hate Hamlet’ gives us more Barrymore

Encinitas troupe’s latest production tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

John Barrymore, legend of stage and screen, may have died in 1942, but he’s been making a comeback, at least in North County theaters.

Theater

In Old Globe’s ‘Othello,’ it’s bad to be good

Launch of the summer Shakespeare fest tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon

There’s almost a court-jester-like giddiness to the infernal scheming of Iago in The Old Globe’s Othello, being staged at the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. 

Theater

‘El Henry’ is live theater at its most alive

Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays

By David L. Coddon

Bravo to San Diego Rep artist-in-residence Hebert Siguenza’s dystopian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One.

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." 

Urban Scout

Designer spotlight: Cat Ellis of Lucki Lime

Poway clothing maker specializes in fun running apparel

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

These days, Cat Ellis spends a lot of time cutting large quantities of tulle at her home office in Poway. She's perfectly content doing it, because after years of toiling away in the corporate world, Ellis is finally where she wants to be: in the tutu business.

Urban Scout

Strip-mall makeover

Row Collective brings artisan goods to Del Mar's Flower Hill Promenade

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

A Whole Foods on one end, a Chipotle on the other. But a strip mall (albeit high-end) this is not. Because right smack in the center is, as they say, where the magic happens. I'm talking about the Flower Hill Promenade, the open-air shopping center just off Interstate 5 in Del Mar.

Urban Scout

Where to find spring trends in San Diego

Natural fragrances, air plants and American Indian motifs are happening here

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

Luckily for all of us (even for those of us who love the '80s), what's trending closer to home is far less—er, bright.

Urban Scout

Taking inventory at Simply Local

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

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

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

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Meet Kristen Saylor of Boho Baby Boutique

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

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann

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

 
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