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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
 
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Wednesday, August 8,2012
Urban Scout

DIY and couture nail art

Everything from where to buy fancy polish to a shop doing 3-D designs

By Amy T. Granite
When it comes to women’s bods, au naturel is a thing of the past. Between tattoos, rainbow-colored hair, and now nail art, ladies are taking advantage of their visible real estate by marking it up to make a statement, if only in the most shallow form: “Look at me!” 
Wednesday, August 8,2012
Seen Local

Jen Jansen goes back in time

Photographer's tintype craft is true to its 19th-century origins

By Amy T. Granite
A look around Jen Jansen’s studio gives the impression that she’s a magician, not a craft photographer.
Monday, August 6,2012
Grubby Bitch

Mustard and relish is for hot dogs

The tuna-salad-condiment police has arrived

By Amy T. Granite
Under no circumstances do mustard and pickle relish belong in tuna salad.
Wednesday, August 1,2012
Seen Local

Mission Hills is making public art a priority

Mural at M-Theory Music is a prime example

By Amy T. Granite
It costs residents $25 for a Mission Hills Town Council membership, and that’s a total bargain, considering the power it buys.
Wednesday, July 25,2012
Seen Local

Self-publishers aren’t fazed by fading print

Here are four San Diegans who believe that DIY is the way to go

By Amy T. Granite
The absence of a book deal isn’t stopping writers, illustrators and artists from getting their work out there. 
Wednesday, July 25,2012
Seen Local

O.B.'s artsy-fartsy 'comfort station'

Architect Kevin deFreitas and artist Shinpei Takeda make a meaningful contribution

By Amy T. Granite
Facing the Pacific Ocean at night, the new structure at the end of Brighton Street in Ocean Beach looks more like a community shrine than a public restroom; its under-lit, v-shaped roof forms the definitive seagull wings found on various insignia throughout the coastal enclave.
Wednesday, July 25,2012
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Kristina Micotti’s sharp skills

Meet this week's cover artist

By Amy T. Granite
This week’s cover art, “Captain Hook,” is an illustration by Kristina Micotti, who graduated earlier this month from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in graphic design. 
Tuesday, July 24,2012
Grubby Bitch

A mixed bag of sugar at Cafe Zucchero

Early takeout is a good thing; dining-in later proves soggy

By Amy T. Granite
Like a Gremlin, food tempts me the most after midnight. I’m a slave to nocturnal feasting—meaning that during the day, I tend to nosh on this or that, reserving my stomach’s capacity for the main act.
Wednesday, July 18,2012
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Greg and Christina Strangman’s urban art movement

San Diego couple sees public art as a means for community change

By Amy T. Granite
Greg Strangman can’t stand blank spaces. Inside his 1962 wood-and-lava-rock, waterfront home in Ocean Beach that he’s named Cape May Modern, there’s nary a wall without a piece of mid-century art on it.
Wednesday, July 18,2012
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‘Pulpcore’ according to David Russell Talbott

Artist’s social commentary comes through dark humor and vivid work

By Amy T. Granite
David Russell Talbott refers to his artwork as “pulpcore.” It’s a term that speaks to his fixation on the low-brow magazines from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.
 
 
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