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Wacky Wonky Walk & Kids Festival Oct 25, 2014 A walk and festival featuring a Willy Wonka theme, games and activities everywhere. There will also be Phil's BBQ available for purchase and proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for Children. 87 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
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
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Editorial
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, July 31,2013
Arts & Culture feature

Charles Bergquist’s work is ready for its close-up, even if he isn’t

San Diego visualist wants you to know his art, but not him

By Seth Combs
Charles Bergquist has built a solid résumé while working for the likes of Vice, Fuel TV, Pitchfork, Oakley and Bebe, as well as shooting music videos for acts like Matthew Dear and Tycho.
Tuesday, May 28,2013
Arts & Culture feature

App developer set to connect San Diegans with the arts

Looking for local culture? TART wants you to look no further than your phone

By Seth Combs
Nowadays, there really is a smartphone application for just about everything. Need a Zippo lighter to raise up at a concert? There's an app for that.
Wednesday, April 10,2013
Music feature

Dan Faughnder has the eye of the tiger

Sledding with Tigers frontman can write, record and release a perfect song in three hours

By Seth Combs
The frontman of the local folk-punk group Sledding with Tigers, Faughnder has nearly two hours of music available to download—mostly for free—on his band's website.
Tuesday, April 2,2013
Music feature

The gospel of Merle Haggard

If you don’t know what to ask a country-music god, start with his boots

By Seth Combs

"Hello," says a voice on the other line. "Is this, uh, Mr. Haggard?" "Why, yes it is." Holy shit! I think. What do I ask?! This is Merle. Fucking. Haggard! 

Wednesday, March 20,2013
Arts & Culture feature

Words on the street

Graffiti’s made it on gallery walls, but for artists Neko and Persue, nothing beats the real thing

By Seth Combs
Neko grew up around that scene and has been participating in it since 1991, after he was initially inspired by the Old English graffiti lettering he saw at Grant Hill Park. He points out the Golden Hill mural at the beginning of a nearly two-hour tour of some of his favorite street art around San Diego.
Tuesday, March 5,2013
Local Music Issue

Dustin Illingworth steps out of the wilderness

Scene vet channels his grief into a gorgeous folk-pop tribute

By Seth Combs
Dustin Illingworth has always been a scrupulous songwriter. He has an innate, some would say God-given talent for pop hooks and composition, but it doesn't always come easy to him.
Wednesday, February 20,2013
Arts & Culture feature

In painter Kelly Vivanco’s work, the eyes have it

The stories behind the artist’s characters can be found in their peepers

By Seth Combs

There’s just something about Kelly Vivanco’s eyes. Well, not so much her eyes, although they are a striking bluish-gray. Rather, it’s the eyes in her signature mix of pop-surrealism and Renaissance portraiture. 

Wednesday, August 22,2012
Music feature

Prime sounds

10 San Diego bands we love

By Seth Combs, Troy Johnson, Peter Holslin
In no particular order, we give you the artists we couldn’t stop listening to from 2002 to 2012.
Wednesday, August 22,2012
Music feature

Straight shooter or total jerk?

10 best (worst) local demo reviews

By Seth Combs
1. Mean Nothings, Dead TV News (2004): Described as a combination of “music, theatre and spoken-word,” this rough cut of an impending album is the musical equivalent of taint. 
Wednesday, March 28,2012
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Justin Pearson plunges into electro

Memoir finds hardcore-punk luminary in a strange new world

By Seth Combs
In 2010, The Locust and All Leather frontman Justin Pearson made his literary debut with autobiography From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry. Now, he’s back with another memoir, which can be summed up in one line: “I grabbed the mic just in time for me to lip sync in front of a bunch of fuck heads.”
 
 
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