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Ephemeral Architecture Jul 29, 2015 Artist Philip M Soucy presents his first solo exhibition featuring new works in mixed media and oils as well as ceramic and installation pieces. 102 other events on Wednesday, July 29
 
News
City Councilmembers pen letters to SANDAG, Caltrans
Arts & Culture feature
Scalped in a freak accident, the glass artist isn’t letting fear crush her creativity
Arts & Culture feature
From SuicideGirls and Walking Dead haunted houses to superhero art shows and Nerdist carnivals, there’s plenty to do without a pass.
Theater
Top-notch Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre
All Things Tech
Legacy businesses, like MLB, can’t harness control forever

 

 
 
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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.”
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
 
 
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