People dressed up at Comic-Con this weekend? So what? Guys dressed up as beauty-pageant contestants in tourist-happy Old Town? Now, that's worth seeing, even if you've seen Pageant before. The musical spoof written by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly has been presented by Cygnet Theatre before, nine years ago, when it was still located in the Rolando space now occupied by Moxie Theatre, and in 2002 it was staged at the North Coast Rep up in Solana Beach. One of that production's actors, James Vasquez, is now directing this current presentation of Pageant.
Now that you've got all that straight, here's the setup: Six guys dressed as female beauty queens compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse (named for a cosmetics maker). They dance, sing, strut and parody traditional beauty pageants at the beck and call of emcee Frankie Cavalier (Phil Johnson, making Bert Parks look like a shrinking violet). There are no holds barred and virtually no surprises here, but Pageant, which is now a 23-year-old musical, still has a spring in its high-heeled step. Best among the contestants is David McBean as Miss Deep South, who does a ventriloquist act superior to Billy Flynn's in Chicago and who brings to mind a Scarlett O'Hara in drag.
Pageant runs through Aug. 31.
At Mission Beach, San Diegostucks sticks out, even from a distance.
Amid scattered groups of people barbecuing and soaking up the sun, there's a crowd of more than 30, costumed in everything from horns and gray paint to homemade tattoos. Someone runs by with an inflatable sword, pretending to murder others. An impromptu dance number breaks out around a speaker. It's a study in organized chaos; the everyday folks surrounding the group appear to be at a loss for how to handle them.
Identity is so often a question probed by the thoughtful productions at Moxie Theatre, and its ninth-season closer, Jade Heart, is no exception. Playwright Will Cooper's story of Jade (Dana Wing Lau), abandoned by her natural mother in a Chinese marketplace as an infant, then adopted and raised in the U.S. by Brenda McCullough (Julie Sachs) is straightforward in its primary questions: If your genetic roots are in one place but all you know is another place, what are you? Who are you?
It wasn't until I saw the film Saving Mr. Banks that I understood the depth of author P.L. Travers' disdain for the 1964 film adaptation of her famous character, Mary Poppins, to the silver screen. She especially loathed the idea of an animated sequence with dancing cartoon characters (which made it into the movie despite her objections).
A tour bus speeds along a curving highway leading to Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe—the wine country two hours south of the border—passing roadside stands selling birria de res, barbacoa, honey and coconuts.
Inside the bus, the conversation is all things food: preparation, politics and lifestyle.
“In the Bay Area, they dine. In San Diego, they eat.”
After posting what I gleaned from the San Diego Museum of Art's "Open Spaces" meeting in Lemon Grove last night, I got an email from Dana Springs, the interim executive director of the city's Commission for Arts and Culture, noting that there were some inaccuracies in what I had heard—or perhaps what I understood and then conveyed to readers.
Here's what stands: The Lincoln Park public-art proposal isn't going to be approved by the city.
Here's what I got wrong: The Arts and Culture Commission wasn't the city entity that rejected the proposal.
Springs says the commission didn't reject the proposal, a plan for a new light sculpture at the intersection of Euclid and Imperial avenues, because it never made it that far. Instead, she said the San Diego Museum of Art's Open Spaces team submitted a draft of the proposal to the city, which then, with commission staff helping to facilitate the process, provided feedback on its feasibility if the proposal were to be formally submitted.
"The feedback we gave the museum was that we did not think it would be successful," Springs wrote in an email.
For years, the building just across the parking lot from CityBeat’s office in North Park was home to a sleepy old Christian bookstore. Not anymore. Now it’s where Mike Hess Brewing has a tasting room, and it’s really activated the block. The block will really be bumpin’ from Mike Hess Brewing Anniversary Street Party. While the tasting room has been open for less than two years, the brewery’s been in business now for four years, and Hess will celebrate the milestone with a shindig featuring its own great beer plus beer from 11 other San Diego brewers; food from Coin-Op, Crazee Burger, O’Brien’s Pub, Sicilian Pizza Thing, Smoke House Kings, Toronado, URBN and Waypoint Public; and a couple of live bands. A $40 ticket gets unlimited beer samples and four food samples starting at A $55 ticket gets the same plus access to a VIP party inside the tasting room—where folks can taste Hess’ Grazias beer “dosed” 10 different ways by other local brewers—from, when the brewery takes over Grim Street—between University Avenue and North Park Way—for the
Details are slim, but I just got back from a meeting between the San Diego Museum of Art's "Open Spaces" team and residents of Lemon Grove. At the meeting, Open Spaces project coordinator Irma Esquivias mentioned that the city of San Diego's Commission for Arts and Culture recently shot down the Lincoln Park community's proposal for a public-art piece, a new light sculpture, at the intersection of Euclid and Imperial avenues.
Bar Pink (3829 30th St., North Park) is just around the corner from CityBeat, so it’s not uncommon to find us sneaking a Sneaky Tiki after work or taking shelter inside on a hot day. But time flies when you’re having fruity rum cocktails, and when we weren’t looking, the kitschy and comfy North Park lounge turned 7 years old. To mark the occasion, Bar Pink's throwing a party that promises “drinks, gifts, friends and fun,” with a live performance by reliably rockin’ local group The Schitzophonics (that's them in a photo by Michael Klayman). Folks with good taste in music say this is the band when it comes to awesome live shows. The seventh anniversary bash goes down at on .
Back in the day, San Diego’s notorious downtown red-light district, the Stingaree, was a bayside vice factory—home to opium dens, saloons, gambling houses, prostitutes and other immoral delights. From , a local historian will be at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park to discuss our fair city’s old seedy side while guests sip craft beer and cocktails, nibble on hors d’ouvres from MIHO food truck and listen to music by Bach Collegium. The Sins of the Stingaree soiree is part of the popular History Happy Hours series and includes a chance to see the center’s current Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice exhibition. There’ll also be a demo of how to make era-appropriate drinks by the experts at Please & Thank You. The night won’t be all about drinking and debauchery, though, as the topic of urban redevelopment and the story behind the current polished-up version of Downtown will also be broached. $25, or $20 for members.