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Joyce Carol Oates Feb 26, 2015 As part of the Point Loma Nazarene University Writer's Symposium by the Sea, the legendary poet and novelist will give an informal speech followed by a signing. 64 other events on Thursday, February 26
 
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Tuesday, February 10,2015
Sex Issue

Eyes of the tiger

Hypnotist, seducer, vagina mechanic—a crash course from a self-proclaimed master of the female orgasm

By Seth Combs
He wants to teach women how to move on from what he calls “adolescent orgasms” (aka clitoral) that last two to eight seconds to orgasms that last 30 seconds, one minute, even 30 minutes if they keep at it.
Tuesday, February 3,2015
Arts & Culture feature

The standup-comedy renaissance in San Diego

Local jokesters say the scene is bigger than ever, but can it take them only so far?

By Seth Combs
It seems to be an exciting time for the San Diego standup and improv scene. Egan points out that when he first started, there was only one major comedy club and maybe a few coffeehouse open-mics that welcomed comedians.
Wednesday, September 24,2014
Fall Arts

Athenaeum’s jazz program lures the genre’s top players

Little library in La Jolla celebrates 25 years of big shows

By Seth Combs
It seems fitting that this year’s jazz series, staged at The Auditorium at TSRI (The Scripps Ranch Institute), is a multigenerational showcase of talent, with a group of hard-bop legends opening the series, followed by a quintet led by two established players and concluding with a more contemporary, younger sax man.
Tuesday, September 23,2014
If I Were U

King Tuff, The Album Leaf and more San Diego concerts

Temples, Orenda Fink, Felice Brothers and all the other shows we're stoked about this week

By Seth Combs
Wednesday, Sept. 24 PLAN A: LP, Zella Day, Island Boy @ The Casbah. Despite her highly ungoogleable moniker, LP (Laura Pergolizzi) has developed a devoted following thanks to a soaring vocal r
Tuesday, September 23,2014
Notes from the Smoking Patio

SDSU professor Michael James Roberts tackles labor and the music business

He’ll discuss his book ‘Tell Tchaikovsky the News’ at D.G. Wills on Sept. 27

By Seth Combs
Musicians should be paid fairly for their work. It's this struggle that's at the center of SDSU professor Michael James Roberts' new book, Tell Tchaikovsky the News: Rock 'n' Roll, the Labor Question and the Musicians Union, 1942-1968.
Tuesday, September 16,2014
Notes from the Smoking Patio

San Diego’s Jason Blackmore makes a documentary

Plans are for ‘Records Collecting Dust’ to hit the festival circuit

By Seth Combs
Records Collecting Dust centers on the vast vinyl collections of big-name indie musicians and features interviews with people like Jello Biafra, Mike Watt and Keith Morris, as well as locals like Justin Pearson, John Reis and Mario Rubalcaba.
Tuesday, September 16,2014
Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Tree Ring’s ‘Ten Rivers’ is so good, it’s awful

‘Awful’ because it’s the band’s last

By Seth Combs
I don't hate The Tree Ring's Ten Rivers for the music it contains; I hate it because it marks the formal end to what's been one of San Diego's most understated, underrated and sonically rich bands.
Wednesday, July 23,2014
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.

Wednesday, March 12,2014
Arts & Culture feature

Voz Alta will not be silenced

Even without a home for the first time in six years, the roving arts collective will live on

By Seth Combs

Beltrán is quick to remind people that Voz Alta was never meant to end. Nor was it meant to be stationary. It started as a poetry space at 917 E St. until the construction of Petco Park all but forced it to move to another location in East Village

Tuesday, October 15,2013
Best of 2013

Southern smackdown

Bonnie Jean’s and Red Rooster battle for best soul food

By Seth Combs
I love authentic soul food. When I first moved here from Atlanta more than 10 years ago, I had a pretty rigid idea of how soul food should taste.
 
 
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