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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.25.2014 4 days ago

Not that kinky, but a kick

'Kinky Boots' sets down in San Diego

- By David Coddon

Just as the technicolor dreamcoat is the most amazing thing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the boots are the kinkiest thing about Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony winner that's initiating Broadway San Diego's 2014-15 season at the Downtown barn otherwise known as the Civic Theatre. Actually, the Civic's acoustics are just fine for this sentimental drag show written by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper (and based on the film of the same name).

Kinky Boots springs from a rather flimsy premise—a failing shoe-factory owner decides to save his business by manufacturing outrageous thigh-high boots for drag queens. That's basically it, with a late-developing romance between the shoe magnate (Steven Booth) and one of his employees (Lindsay Nicole Chambers) thrown in for subplot. The star of the shoe—er, show is Kyle Taylor Parker as the cross-dressing Lola. Parker deservedly earns most of the applause.

Lauper's songs aren't all that memorable, though the bawdy "Sex is in the Heel" and Chambers' comic lament "The History of Wrong Guys"—which come back to back—are a kick. Like a lot of big Broadway shows, the ballads in Kinky Boots are the least interesting in the score.

Kinky Boots runs through Sunday, Sept. 28.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.23.2014 6 days ago

Tour de Fat, rad modern homes, border art and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff

Digable bike event

When your company comes up with a marketing idea that’s this much fun, you know you have a win-win on your hands. Every year, all across the country, New Belgium Brewing holds Tour de Fat, an event built around two things that are wildly popular in San Diego: beer and bikes. It’s a way to spread the word about New Belgium beer and the gospel of bicycling as a viable alternative to the car. The tour begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, with a costumed bike parade (registration at 10 a.m.) that starts at Golden Hill Park and rolls through South Park before heading back to the starting point. That’s where the carnival-like party begins at noon. There’ll be awards for best costume, live bands, a dance contest and—naturally—plenty of beer. And, one attendee will be the star of the Car-for-Bike Trader program, in which that committed person hands over their car keys, says goodbye to their car and gets more than $2,000 to spend on a new commuter bike.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.19.2014 10 days ago

Trip to Mars has its ups and downs

Gravity wrestles with comedy in "Red Planet Respite"

- By David Coddon
I went to Mars last night, courtesy of the fledgling theater company Circle Circle Dot Dot. The troupe presided over by Katherine Harroff has launched its residency at La Jolla Playhouse with a production of Harroff's own Red Planet Respite. It's the tale of a crew (scientists and guests) that travels to Mars in 2044 to visit a corporate-sponsored, no-expenses-spared resort built on the planet. While there, the guests discover that luxury, Martian style, leaves a lot to be desired while the scientists discover that back on Earth, a cataclysmic event is making a return home look doubtful.

It all sounds pretty sobering, right? But the first act of the play tries really hard to be a comedy, and this becomes a problem by the time we're into Act 2. The tone of Red Planet Respite shifts to the extent that not even the play's funniest character, a robot deftly portrayed by Soroya Rowley, remains amusing. When a food-shortage crisis is tossed into the drama, the story becomes one of survival, and the robot's antics take on Jar Jar Binks-level tedium.

This play needs to decide what it it wants to be: a thoughtful, even philosophical treatise on humanity and its future, or sci-fi diversion. Remember, even the old sci-fi flicks of the '50s had their comic characters to lighten up the heavy stuff. The one cast member who transcends tone confusion is Jacque Wilke, who entertains mightily throughout.

Red Planet Respite runs through Sept. 28 in the Mandell Weiss Forum.
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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.16.2014 13 days ago

Free tater tots, pop-up parks in parking spaces, ambitious art and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff

Digable anniversary

Beer, bikes and kids. Those are three things that Station Tavern (2204 Fern St., South Park) is all about, and each will be honored during the restaurant and bar’s five-day, fifth-anniversary celebration. It starts Tuesday, Sept. 16, when riding the ol’ two-wheeler to Station gets you 20 percent off your meal. Before or after, check out a vintage bike show put on by nearby Thomas Bike Shop. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Station will tap the first-ever keg of a limited-run golden raspberry stout that two of its bartenders brewed jointly with Monkey Paw Brewing. Four bucks fetches any local draft and a custom glass to take home. Thursday, Sept. 18, is the big day, when the official anniversary party happens from 5 to 8 p.m., doubling as a fundraiser for the San Diego Architectural Foundation. South Park ice-cream shop The Daily Scoop will serve up root beer floats—or adults can plop that scoop into a stout float. On Friday, Sept. 19, Station will screen vintage cartoons and found Super 8 footage of the original San Diego No. 2 trolley line, and Viva Pops will hand out free organic popsicles. Lastly, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, kids (of all ages) can get balloon animals with a parental rating ranging from G to R. More importantly, free tater tots for everyone.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.11.2014 18 days ago

Swingin' '60s resurrected at Moonlight Amphitheatre

'Catch Me If You Can' channels TV of the past

- By David Coddon

Dean Martin would have loved Catch Me If You Can. It's brimming with tall, long-legged dancers reminiscent of his Golddiggers. Dressed variously as Pan Am flight attendants, nurses and showgirls, in each case they're wearing skirts so short they make Sharon Stone's in Basic Instinct's interrogation scene look like a maxi dress.

These eye-catchers are not incidental to this Broadway musical production based on the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The leggy legion is on stage much of the time at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, where Larry Raben directs the venue's last show of the summer. Written by Terrence McNally, with music by Marc Shaiman and book by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Catch Me If You Can is presented like a live TV show about Frank Abagnale Jr. (Jacob Haren), the young con man to end all con men. His foil, FBI wonk Carl Hanratty (Josh Adamson), is the one trying to catch Frank if he can. We don't really care if he does.

This is a show that is bursting with color—those Pan Am uni's, the neon motel signs, the NBC peacock!—and its story is diverting enough, but its emotional center is hollow. We're supposed to be invested in Frank Jr.'s relationship with mentor con man Frank Sr. (Robert Neary) and his golden-locked lady love Brenda (Heather Lundstedt), but Catch Me If You Can's strengths are its visuals, its dance numbers and the clever devices Frank Jr. employs to impersonate and con people. And regardless of all the short skirts, this is a squeaky-clean show that Dino might not have loved after all. Even so, credit Moonlight for ending its season with a musical unfamiliar to most. If you want to catch it, it runs through Sept. 27.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.09.2014 20 days ago

Introducing Basura Social

A new art collective opens their first group show Sept. 13

- By Kinsee Morlan

Some of San Diego's heaviest hitters in the underground art scene have band together to form Basura Social, a new art collective that's opening their first group exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at La Bodega in Logan Heights. 

Members Ricardo Islas, Optimus Volts, EZ Rock and Chikle will show new work in the show, La Segunda. Chikle sent us a bit more info about the new arts group: 

This collective is inspired by the "Basura Social," a mural by José Clemente Orozco painted in 1924. This mural put forward the idea of a world fetid and prostituted by the injustice of materialism, a dump accumulating useless symbols of vanity and power. We had been talking about forming a crew or collective for some time and this was a theme that brought us together. Our goal is to curate art shows that are an interactive experience and appeal to art lovers of all ages. The four of us, Ricardo Islas, Optimus Volts, Ezrock, and myself, each have very unique styles that come together very nicely. We are very excited to show together for the first time at La Bodega!  
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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.09.2014 20 days ago

Felliniesque photos, cool craftspeople, a Whole Beast Feast and more to check out this week

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- By Kinsee Morlan

Digable photography

Marjorie Salvaterra’s recent photos look like they could be screen stills from a Fellini film—if the weird and whimsical Italian film director had been a woman. Salvaterra's theatrically composed shots starring females in surreal settings are part of Her, a new series on view in a solo show opening at jdc Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 208) from to 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Salvaterra says the black-and-white photos explore the difficult, sometimes impossible, struggle many women deal with when trying to maintain a sense of self while juggling multiple roles. In many of the photos, the ladies look as if they’re on the brink of giving up or going nuts. The gallery is also trying something new with this exhibition: the chance to see a live performance by the photographer while enjoying a five-course dinner at Tidal (1404 Vacation Road, Paradise). That event happens at 5:30 p.m Thursday, Sept. 11, and tickets range from $45 to $200.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.04.2014 26 days ago

When painting becomes impossible

Health issues forced Ginger Louise to change her approach to making art

- By Kinsee Morlan
Back in the day, Ginger Louise appeared in CityBeat's pages on the regular. She was an active artist and arts organizer who threw art and fashion events at alternative venues around town. A few years ago, however, she dropped out of the scene and, until recently, remained relatively low-profile while she struggled with serious health issues. 

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, she'll make a grand re-entrance into the local art world with a solo show opening at A Ship in the Woods (2690 Via De La Valle in Del Mar). CityBeat sent her an email Q&A to find out more about how her struggles have affected and changed her art:

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Canvassed | Art & culture 09.02.2014 27 days ago

Sausage, beer, chocolate, text as art and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff

Digable eats

Sausage & Beer Extravaganza.” In San Diego—or anywhere else, for that matter—those are the only words needed to sell an event, right? This city’s beer and food peddlers know what we want. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, sausage-focused restaurant and bar, Salt & Cleaver, will join forces with Green Flash Brewing Company for a five-course dinner and beer-pairing event at Salt & Cleaver (3805 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest). S & C's executive chef Carlos Anthony will lead guests through the food courses while Dave Adams, Green Flash’s director of beer education (how’s that for a dream job?), will school attendees on the finer points of the five expertly paired seasonal beers. Tickets are $50.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 08.26.2014 34 days ago

Famed street musician Sam Schildkraut collects art

The homeless saxophone player is working on purchasing a piece by former CityBeat cover artist Michael Summers

- By Kinsee Morlan

Sam Schildkraut is the busker who's been playing music on the corner of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach seemingly nonstop for the past two years. Seriously, the saxophone player is prolific, putting in long hours in order to make enough money to feed himself and his dog, Gangsta.

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