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VAMP: Scared Sh*tless! Oct 30, 2014 Stories of thrill-seeking, mortal danger, adrenaline rushes, terror, pranks, and other varied and open interpretations of the theme by some of San Diego's best writers. 60 other events on Thursday, October 30
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.28.2014 47 hours ago

Make Good's outdoor market, music with a side of science and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff

Shop local

It's been more than four years since Sophia Hall opened Make Good in South Park (2207 Fern St.), a shop stocked entirely with locally made goods. Since then, Make Good's been one of our go-to spots for holiday gift guide ideas, not to mention our own personal shopping. From 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, the boutique's hosting its first Meet Your Maker event in the grass lot just a bit north of the store. Hall says they'll have some of their fave artisans from both San Diego and Tijuana on hand, selling their goods and available to talk to buyers about their craft (Natalie Cervantes' "Frida twins" shown here). Given the event's proximity to Dia de los Muertos, there will also be calavera face painters, a shrine made by local artists and Mexican ice cream from Calexico Creamery.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.23.2014 6 days ago

The Museum of Man will reopen the California Tower

10 bloggable facts about the iconic Balboa Park spire

- By Kinsee Morlan

Move over Bertrand at Mr. A's. The iconic California Tower in Balboa Park is about to once again offer the best 360-degree view in San Diego. 

With city permits finally in their pocket, Balboa Park's Museum of Man has started a fast-paced renovation and upgrade of the tower, which has been closed to the public for 80 years. The museum expects to have things ready to go as soon as January, just in time for the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration

Aside from the stellar views, here are 10 fun things you should know before climbing up the belly of that gorgeous, soaring beast:

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.22.2014 29 days ago

Sculptural art abounds at Ramona's Salerno Winery

Recently revamped vineyard is now home to more than 30 sculptures from the collection of Jaime Chaljon

- By Kinsee Morlan

The cool thing about Ramona's growing winery scene is the diversity. While many of the region's grape growers are posted up in cozy, rustic mom-and-pop shops, others are much more sophisticated, polished and refined.

After a new partnership and expansion, Salerno Winery sits comfortably in both camps. Herman and Rose Salerno, the couple who've run the place for years, recently struck a deal with Jaime Chaljon, and the vineyard has since been spruced up and filled with more than 30 sculptures from his personal art collection.

Chaljon is a wealthy Mexican businessman with an obvious addiction to large-scale, high-end sculptures, mostly by Mexican and other Latin American artists. The collection includes pieces by brothers Jorge and Javier Marín, a life-size chess board by Fernando Pereznieto and works by Tang Da Wu, Julián Bravo, Pedro Cervantes and others.

Here's a small sampling of the works that wine-sippers can see on a visit to the new, improved Salerno: 












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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.21.2014 8 days ago

A Night at the Besties, Urban Mavericks and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff
Only the best

CityBeat throws all kinds of parties throughout the year, but the celebration that goes hand-in-hand with our annual Best of San Diego issue is always—well, the best. This year’s party, A Night at the Besties, will be the first one thrown at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, the day after our Best of San Diego issue hits the street. There’ll be performances by Little Hurricane—the blues-rock duo whose record Gold Fever won the Album of the Year honor earlier this month at the San Diego Music Awards—and the Steph Johnson Band. The event also marks the triumphant return on the Fern Street Circus, which will perform throughout the evening. As usual, there’ll be lots of great food from local restaurants and an open bar, and this year’s visual-art component will feature the Dream Machine Arts Collective, Dave Ghilarducci and Miki Iwasaki and his Woodbury University architecture students. Coin-Op bar will host a mobile arcade, and you can peruse the Science Center’s current exhibitions. Tickets cost $25 ($30 the day of the event), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Center for Children.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.14.2014 15 days ago

Live scoring to experimental video, dirty pictures and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff

Live scoring

Neil Young plucked out the score for Jim Jarmusch’s cinematic classic Dead Man while he was watching the film, resulting in a spontaneous, magical score. Here in San Diego, Blind:Deaf II brings that same inspired formula to a live venue with a lineup of San Diego musicians performing over silent, short videos produced by local artists. The musician-filmmaker duos include experimental keyboardist Michael Zimmerman (pictured, photo by Xavier Vasquez) live-scoring Ash Eliza Smith’s haunting images of the Jonas Salk Institute in La Jolla, minimalist guitar player Steve Flato pairs creating music for Nathan Hubbard’s slow-moving imagery, and noise guitarist A Eugene LeGrow providing the soundtrack for Marcelo Radulovich’s surreal collages of the grotesque and bizarre. The show’s from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday Oct. 18, at Moxie Theatre (6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando). At $6 a person, it's way cheaper than the mind-numbing Hollywood blockbuster you were considering.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.14.2014 15 days ago

Brotherly love is MIA in 'True West'

Other half of Cygnet Theatre's 'Shep Rep' packs punches

- By David Coddon

If you want to see two actors working their butts off, look no further than the Old Town Theatre, where Francis Gercke and Manny Fernandes are co-starring in Sam Shepard's brutish drama True West. It's the grittier, more physical of the two plays comprising Cygnet Theatre's "Shep Rep," which presents Shepard's Fool for Love and True West on alternating nights. Gercke and Fernandes attack each other, virtually destroy every prop on the stage and writhe on debris-strewn floor throughout Shepard's unrelenting story about two brothers at odds, the mythology of Hollywood and toast. Yes, toast. It plays a supporting role in True West. As for the play itself, Shepard's been overpraised for this one, which props up two completely unsympathetic characters and asks us to give a damn. Truth is, we don't.

True West and Fool for Love run through Nov. 2.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.07.2014 22 days ago

Art, wine and beer, a San Diego rock doc and more to check out this week

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- By CityBeat Staff

Outdoor art, wine and beer

More than 150 artists, including paper sculptor Sue Britt, photographer John Maher and pop painter Sarah Stieber, will be showing their work at this year’s La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. Happening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, along Girard Avenue between Prospect Avenue and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, the fest's artists were selected via a jury process, which means most of the work is better than you might expect from an outdoor festival. There’ll also be plenty of craft beer and fine wine from the likes of Rancho Santa Fe’s Gen 7 and other vineyards from grape-growing hotspots like Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe. Entertainment includes live music and the quirky San Diego Circus Center. New to the free fest, which is bigger by an entire city block this year, is the Bravecort Brew Fest, a 21-and-up beer-tasting party from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.04.2014 25 days ago

Meet this year's crop of architectural 'Orchids'

The annual awards honoring the best and worst of San Diego's built environment

- By Kinsee Morlan

The San Diego Architectural Foundation's annual Orchids & Onions awards were announced Thursday. "Orchids," of course, indicate accolades for eye-catching architecture, planning and urban design in San Diego County. Onions, on the other hand, are meant to bring attention to opportunities lost and projects gone wrong. 

Folks familiar with the program will also notice a new (or old, depending on how long they've been following the awards) category called "Planted Bulb."

"We pulled this out of the O&O history books as an option for the jury to consider during their deliberations," writes Craig Howard, one of the volunteers who help organize the event and a designer at De BARTOLO + RIMANIC DESIGN STUDIO. "A Planted Bulb defines a project as something that can be truly great with time or something that is a great first step towards a larger scope. The Parklet, for example. The jury awarded it a Planted Bulb instead of a regular Orchid award, because the city needs more Parklets, more of these urban interventions, and the jury wanted to let the city and future restaurant developers know that these parklets are public gathering spaces and we want more of them in the city."

In case you missed the awards or the smattering of media coverage that followed, here’s the final list of award winners:

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.03.2014 27 days ago

"Next to Normal" is anything but

Talented cast embodies darkness of subject matter

- By David Coddon

That the elderly couple seated in front of me walked out 10 minutes into the show tells you that Next to Normal is not your normal San Diego Musical Theatre offering. Those unfamiliar with Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's award-winning musical about mental illness in the suburbs may have bought tickets expecting lighter fare more customary to SDMT, like, say, Annie Get Your Gun.

Next to Normal is Diana Get Your Pills. I wouldn't call Next to Normal a "rock musical." It doesn't rock that hard, but it's not a stagey, ballad-heavy "Broadway musical" of the type San Diegans eat up like chocolate truffles. Excepting the anthemic song of hope at the finale, Next to Normal is a brave, occasionally upsetting story of a woman's terrible battle with bipolar disorder and how profoundly it impacts her family.

Bets Malone is outstanding in the lead role, underplaying when a lot of actors wouldn't resist the opposite. Just as impressive is 16-year-old Lindsay Joan, singing and acting way beyond her years in the part of Diana's understandably messed-up daughter, Natalie.

Anyone who suffers from bipolar disorder, or who loves someone who does, should see Next to Normal. You'll know that answers aren't easy and that life can feel unfair, but also that you're not alone.

Next to Normal runs through Oct. 12 at the North Park Theatre.

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Canvassed | Art & culture 10.03.2014 27 days ago

Last chance to see the 2014 Trolley Dances

A few frozen moments from the annual event featuring original, site-specific contemporary choreography in urban spaces

- By Kinsee Morlan

Refreshing is one way to put it. The annual Trolley Dances event rips contemporary dance from the stage, plopping it smack-dab in the center of San Diego's urban core. The unexpected settings seem to inspire choreographers to come up with particularly good and mesmerizing site-specific original works that help prove that more art should be happening in unusual places.

This year's Trolley Dances, which happens again this weekend, Oct. 4-5, includes pieces by choreographers Terry Wilson, Blythe Barton, Michael Mizerany, Grace Shinhae Jun and Jean Isaacs, the founder of Trolley Dances whose sultry duet in the stairwell of the spiffy new Arts & Humanities building on the City College campus was so steamy I had to cover my toddler's innocent little eyes at a few points.

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