San Diego CityBeat - Arts & Culture feature <![CDATA[San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art lives on - Museum-without-walls rolls carefully into its second year of revival]]> Gaidi Finnie’s the chief operating officer at Bayview Baptist Church, but he has a long background in the arts. He spent a few years at a fine-art gallery in La Jolla before moving to the Museum of Photographic Arts, where he eventually became the director. ]]> <![CDATA[Meet Hatsune Miku’s makers - San Diego filmmaker Tara Knight examines the virtual pop icon and the mass of fans and creators behind her]]> Hatsune Miku, a so-called "vocaloid"—a character that personifies vocal-singing synthesizer software—isn’t just a representation of one person or even the company, Crypton Future Media, that created her. She’s a product of the many people—artists, musicians and other creative fans—who’ve given her a persona.]]> <![CDATA[The standup-comedy renaissance in San Diego - Local jokesters say the scene is bigger than ever, but can it take them only so far?]]> It seems to be an exciting time for the San Diego standup and improv scene. Egan points out that when he first started, there was only one major comedy club and maybe a few coffeehouse open-mics that welcomed comedians.]]> <![CDATA[Death café: tea, cake and talk about the end - All over San Diego County and beyond, people are gathering to talk about what happens when we expire]]> Death café, according to, is a “discussion group where the only topic is death; no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support or counseling session. At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.”]]> <![CDATA[An interview with Marina Abramović - Performance artist talks about navigating fame, selfies and shitting before sunrise]]> Last week, dozens of people lined up outside the University Art Gallery at UCSD. Some might’ve been there to experience Marina Abramović’s rough draft of an audio installation she created with science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson.]]> <![CDATA[Rob Greenfield’s small house is packed with big ideas - Environmental activist adds living in a tiny home to his growing list of attention-grabbing, earth-saving stunts]]> Greenfield hasn’t showered since April 20, 2013—he doesn’t want to waste water, so he swims in the ocean instead. He’s almost always barefoot and often clad in outdoor clothing by Patagonia, a company that’s considered a leader in the environmental movement.]]> <![CDATA[A saved Balboa Park centennial? - The vision for the celebration is still evolving]]> After the announcement last March that Balboa Park Celebration Inc. (BPCI), the nonprofit group charged with organizing the centennial, was disbanding and handing the reins to the city after burning through millions of dollars without producing tangible results, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Todd Gloria introduced plans for a scaled-down event.]]> <![CDATA[San Diego’s best art of 2014 - Work that made a mark locally in the last year]]> For this look back at the most compelling art and exhibitions in San Diego during the last year, I asked a handful of artists, curators and critics to do most of the heavy lifting. But I couldn’t help but jam in a few of my own shout-outs, too.]]> <![CDATA[The business of being Mr. Claus - Santa Glen on real beards, hand sanitizer, minty-fresh breath and the realization that he isn’t completely nuts]]> Five men from the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas (FORBS) recently set out on an important mission: Find the best location in San Diego for hosting their trade association’s 22nd Annual Santa Reunion.]]> <![CDATA[‘The Nigga Project Experience’ wants to have a talk - San Diego couple continue their modest war against the rise of the n-word]]> Nianda and Boyer have been screening The Nigga Project Experience and hosting community discussions at barbecue restaurants, hair salons, libraries and community centers throughout southeastern San Diego since the beginning of 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Dana Springs is listening - New Commission for Arts and Culture director says she’s ready to hear what San Diegans have to say ]]> Dana Springs, who twice in the past few years stepped out of her 12-year role as manager of the commission’s public-art program to serve as the commission’s interim director, was officially named the executive director in August.]]> <![CDATA[Head Crammers - Crush these chunks of culture into your cranium ]]> CityBeat staff recommends its current media obsessions, including pop culture, podcasts, books, web series, and apps.]]> <![CDATA[For Diana Duval, art is anything but easy - Homelessness, cancer and loss of a leg haven’t stopped the struggling-but-skilled San Diego artist]]> Diana Duval’s eccentricities abound. She embodies her art and wears only red and black—mostly clothes and quirky hats she designs and fabricates herself. ]]> <![CDATA[Nodo Galeria brings intricate conceptual work to Art San Diego - Tijuana gallery’s interesting booth and installation, plus more must-see exhibitions at this year’s contemporary art fair ]]>

In the basement of a former maternity hospital that’s now a spacious live/ work studio situated in a Tijuana hillside neighborhood, artists César Vázquez and Claudia Ramírez Martínez carefully scrape away excess clay.

<![CDATA[Streaming bloody murder: 24-hours of Netflix horror - This Halloween, navigate this scary-movie marathon using the language of fear]]> Who has the time or motivation to seek out those rare, esoteric or obscure picks? As a product of Internet culture, if a movie’s not readily available with a click of a button (or a nesting in the trusty Redbox a block away), chances are I’m not going to go looking for it. ]]> <![CDATA[San Diego Police Museum seeks a new home - Its operators would love to end up in Balboa Park]]> The Historical Association lives on, collecting, preserving and sharing more than 160 years of SDPD memorabilia through its museum and extensive website.]]> <![CDATA[Oceanside Museum of Art series connects the public with the military - ’Exploring Engagement’ focuses attention on the community’s service members]]>

Geoffrey Cunningham saw the Oceanside Museum of Art’s “Exploring Engagement” artists-in-residence series as an opportunity to finally interact with the military men and women he sees every day.

<![CDATA[Parklets and pop-ups - Tactical urbanism finally on the rise in historically slow San Diego]]> Parklets are loosely defined as small, outdoor seating areas that often take over one or two existing parking spots, temporarily reclaiming the space for pedestrians and improving the aesthetics and streetscape of the urban environment.]]> <![CDATA[Centro Cultural de la Raza’s constant struggle for survival - Volunteer-run nonprofit continues to hang on by threads despite persistent challenges]]>

One of the largest Chicano arts centers in the Southwest, the Centro Cultural de la Raza, housed in a former water tank in Balboa Park, once attracted international attention for its edgy programming and enjoyed financial support from heavy hitters like the National Endowment for the Arts.

<![CDATA[Richard Allen Morris just wants to keep working - Despite the world’s brutal realities, the San Diego artist continues on his path of perpetual proliferation]]> Richard Allen Morris’ art has always been partly influenced by the size of the studio space he could afford in and around downtown San Diego, which is where he’s lived and worked since being discharged from the Navy in 1956. ]]>