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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
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From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered

 

 
 
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Wednesday, December 19,2012
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Anselmo Garcia's ‘Paradox of Portals’

Artist says goodbye to the past

By Amy T. Granite
It’s easy to follow Anselmo Garcia through the alleys of his memory, as a graffiti artist in Tijuana since the early 1990s and part of the Barrio Logan art movement that’s changing the perception of the neighborhood today.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
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Celeste Byers' art sale

From sculpture to screen prints for the holiday season

By Amy T. Granite
CityBeat caught up with Celeste Byers this past summer when she and artist pal Jonny Alexander created an extra-planetary landscape on the side of M-Theory Music in Mission Hills.
Monday, December 17,2012
Grubby Bitch

Oscar’s tacos are a big deal

Pacific Beach Mexican joint doesn't skimp on shrimp

By Amy T. Granite
Expect a tad more convenience from Oscar’s Mexican Seafood than you would from a mariscos truck: There’s a small patio out front with stools lining a counter and enough room inside by the cashier to seat a few more
Wednesday, December 12,2012
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Images of Mexico from MCASD’s vault

Photography exhibit opens this week in La Jolla

By Amy T. Granite
When the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego received a donation from photography collectors Dan Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser about a month ago, it struck a chord with the museum’s education curator, Cris Scorza. 
Wednesday, December 12,2012
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Visual Art Supply transforms

Jason Gould’s urban-lifestyle shop is now just Visual

By Amy T. Granite
It’s taken three years, but Visual (formerly Visual Art Supply) in Normal Heights is getting into the groove that owner Jason Gould envisioned from the get-go.
Wednesday, December 5,2012
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Bret Barrett's twisted imagination

Transforming trash into electronic sculptures is only part of artist’s repertoire

By Amy T. Granite
“The hardest part was getting the fur off,” Bret Barrett says, reaching for a cord attached to the electronic toy horse on top of his workbench.
Friday, November 30,2012
Grubby Bitch

Don’t Su-mei, Plumeria is delicious

New healthy Thai joint in University Heights is up against a longtime favorite

By Amy T. Granite
More often than not, dishes with meat at Thai joints sound better on the menu than they actually are. One time, I wanted to impress a friend with what I thought at the time was the best hole-in-the-wall Thai food in town.
Tuesday, November 27,2012
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Ice Gallery melts away

One more show before artists behind North Park venue move on to the next thing

By Amy T. Granite
After six exhibitions, Ice Gallery is finished. On Monday, CityBeat was forwarded an email, dated Nov. 21 and sent to undisclosed recipients, with the subject line, “ICE Gallery is Dead. You get your money back! :)”
Tuesday, November 27,2012
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Get lost in Jimmy Ovadia’s surreal paintings

This week’s cover artist is driven by music

By Amy T. Granite
Music is a driving force for Jimmy Ovadia, whose painting “Guilt by Association” appears on the cover of CityBeat this week. Not many artists can say that their first big break came from one their favorite bands, but that’s what happened when Ovadia pitched an album cover idea to Louis XIV via MySpace in 2005.
Wednesday, November 21,2012
Cover artist

John Antoski’s 3-D art with a story

Meet this week’s cover artist

By Amy T. Granite
John Antoski says that the three-dimensional artwork on the cover of this week’s CityBeat was inspired by the daredevils of Niagara Falls—you know, those crazy people who attempt to survive the great plunge in a wooden barrel.
 
 
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