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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.
Tuesday, October 15,2013
Best of 2013

Pass the mic

The Lamplighter and Chorus Karaoke & Café battle for best karaoke

By Seth Combs
I got my singing voice from my mom. When I was young, she used to wake me up by singing New Kids on the Block songs. I'd scream at her to stop her torturous pterodactyl screeching of "Hangin' Tough."
Wednesday, August 7,2013
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Junk & Po takes on isolation

San Diego artist isn’t such a goth

By Seth Combs
“In my paintings, I like to explore themes of isolation, disconnection and hypocrisy, all within grander themes of love, religion and society,” says Krissy Fernandez, who grew up in the Philippines and Guam before moving to San Diego.
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. 

 
 
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