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Nite Owls: The Darkroom Apr 24, 2014 A fun music and art mixer for 21to 40-somethings. This one includes a discussion with photographer Omar Lopez, a DJ playing old jazz records, collaborative art projects and darkroom photography activities. 59 other events on Thursday, April 24
 
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Documentary about ill-fated project leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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Ten bucks an hour just ain’t enough

 

 
 
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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.”
Wednesday, March 21,2012
Shot on Scene

The last Shot on Scene

By Seth Combs
It’s a bit annoying when your photographer’s trying to take a photo of the two of you for the last Shot on Scene and you’re photobombed by two hipster cuties making duckfaces. Thanks, l
Wednesday, March 14,2012
Soundwaves

Mrs. Magician drop a fantastic debut

Locals are more than just another garage-rock band

By Seth Combs
One could argue that every “garage rock” band throughout history was actually nothing but a wannabe pop band that didn’t have the pipes or   the chops to make something wholly original. They know how to craft a hook, and they can harmonize a little, but they sure as hell ain’t The Rolling Stones.
Wednesday, March 14,2012
Shot on Scene

Horsing around at Henry's Pub

By Seth Combs
You know what’s great about a place like Henry’s Pub that separates it from all the corporate-bullshit bars that come and go in the Gaslamp? The fact that you can show up on a Thursday night
Wednesday, March 7,2012
Shot on Scene

Up in the 'trub'

By Seth Combs
Touristy clubs—let’s call them “trubs”—are a dime a dozen in the Gaslamp, and the reigning trub queen is Whiskey Girl, which just reopened in a new location.
Wednesday, February 29,2012
Shot on Scene

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

By Seth Combs
Remember when Mardi Gras was just about a little indulgence before fasting for Lent and not about getting shit-faced, collecting worthless beads and showing your privates to strangers? Yeah, well, nob
Wednesday, February 22,2012
Shot on Scene

Mother's Ocean Beach

By Seth Combs
Remember Dreamstreet? It’s likely that every local-music fan saw a bad band or three at the Ocean Beach venue before it closed last May. It was replaced by a sports bar called Mother’s Ocean
 
 
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