San Diego CityBeat - Arts & Culture feature http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-116-1-arts-culture-feature.html <![CDATA[Avenida Revolución’s renaissance - Revamped Mexicoach Station is part of a new generation’s battle to reclaim downtown Tijuana]]> Miguel Buenrostro, a passionate 30-year-old filmmaker and photographer, says he’s tired of the telling and retelling of Tijuana’s recent history regarding the drug war and the common perception that the city is still mostly seedy and filled with urban decay.]]> <![CDATA[The SongStream Project records music’s memories - New arts group collects colorful stories of San Diegans and their connections to songs]]> On a recent Saturday morning, Castruita and her two kids were among a handful of people at the City Heights Library who were there to listen to The SongStream Project’s “A Landscape of Lullabies,” a collection of stories about songs San Diegans sing to their children.]]> <![CDATA[Balboa Park Centennial: Fest or fizzle? - What could’ve been, what could be and what’s actually happening with the embattled 2015 celebration]]> When news broke early in March that Balboa Park Celebration Inc. (BPCI), the nonprofit group charged with organizing the centennial, was disbanding and handing the reins to the city, the typical reaction was that we’ll ultimately get a watered-down even]]> <![CDATA[Mitchell Vassiliou: the man that time forgot - San Diegan makes a good living as one of the last typewriter repairmen]]>

Mitchell Vassiliou has gradually transformed his City Heights home into an eclectic enclave of vintage typewriters and electronic word processors.

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<![CDATA[Voz Alta will not be silenced - Even without a home for the first time in six years, the roving arts collective will live on]]>

Beltrán is quick to remind people that Voz Alta was never meant to end. Nor was it meant to be stationary. It started as a poetry space at 917 E St. until the construction of Petco Park all but forced it to move to another location in East Village

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<![CDATA[Bhavna Mehta carves out cultural stories - Paper artist draws with a knife, intricately creating unique narrative tales]]> Bhavna Mehta figured out that her No. 1 objective with her art is storytelling. With each piece, the India-born artist strives to share narratives about what it means to be an immigrant in the United States.]]> <![CDATA[Daniel Peña is in search of sight and sound - Tijuana-based photographer slows his roll and catches magical musical moments]]> The fuzzy, gritty, raw quality of film serves Daniel Peña well, especially for his shots of Tijuana, which are increasing now that he lives there.]]> <![CDATA[Just another Slappy Sunday in San Diego - Some of the city’s old-school skaters are crushing curbs on a weekly basis]]> Slappy Sunday is a casual meet-up of skaters in their 30s and 40s who no longer feel comfortable at skate parks amid 10-year-olds on razor scooters.]]> <![CDATA[San Diego’s 3D-printing revolution - As the technology evolves, so do its many local practitioners]]> In San Diego, several small startups have begun since the technology became more commercially available in 2010. And as personal 3-D printers have gotten cheaper and more accessible, more hobbyists and entrepreneurs have joined the ranks.]]> <![CDATA[The Body Poets find freedom in anonymity - Omeed Simantob and his spandex-clad crew are changing the face of breakdancing]]>

Despite what the anonymity of their costumes might suggest, the members of the San Diego dance crew The Body Poets aren’t afraid to be themselves.

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<![CDATA[Azalea Park Arts District wills itself into reality - City Heights neighborhood takes early steps toward carving out a new home for creativity]]>

Residents have started envisioning Poplar as a perfect new home for the arts. In fact, the name Azalea Park Arts District has already started making the rounds. 

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<![CDATA[Cy Kuckenbaker documents San Diego with an innovative technique - Filmmaker is creating an homage to the city and grabbing millions of views in the process]]> Cy Kuckenbaker’s video of multiple planes simultaneously flying into San Diego International Airport elicits the thrill of a good magic trick. Four-and-a-half hours of plane landings cleanly distilled into 26 seconds—how on Earth did he do that?]]> <![CDATA[San Diego art that made an impact in 2013 - 13 artworks and exhibitions that made a mark locally]]> For this list, I asked artists, curators and arts advocates to either submit their own artwork and exhibitions or recommend others. I got such a huge response that I was ultimately forced to whittle things way down and only include bigger exhibitions and more public types of art.]]> <![CDATA[Sophie’s Gallery enables artistic ability - A new partnership for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center means artists with disabilities can keep up the good work]]> Tim Conaway is developmentally disabled, which qualifies him for the art-making services offered at Sophie’s Gallery & Gift Shop in El Cajon, an off-campus program of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) that houses large artist studios and a small gallery space.]]> <![CDATA[Collective Magpie awakens the audience - San Diego art collective’s participatory works creatively engage the public]]>

Barnadas and Tae Hwang consider themselves just two-thirds of Collective Magpie. The last third of the collaborative-art project is the participant.

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<![CDATA[Space 4 Art’s search for permanence - East Village nonprofit continues down the challenging path toward property ownership and lasting affordability]]>

Securing a permanent home for Space 4 Art will become even more pressing in coming months.

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<![CDATA[Public art in deserving places - Grant program serving low-income areas like Lincoln Park and Logan Heights]]>

Lincoln Park will be the first of four communities to receive a public-art piece under a two-year initiative funded with $530,000 from the philanthropic nonprofit James Irvine Foundation.

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<![CDATA[The seven-headed serpent monster - San Diego’s alternative art spaces rise, fall and rise again]]> However, these spaces often have a limited lifecycle. The last 12 months saw the closure of Double Break, Garage 4141, Habitat House, Periscope Project and Sala de Espera.]]> <![CDATA[Eight reasons to check out Art San Diego - Contemporary art fair opens in Balboa Park this week]]> Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair is back for its fifth year, and its second at the Balboa Park Activity Center. From Friday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 10, the 38,000-square-foot space will be filled with work by dozens of artists, from as near as here and as far away as Perth, Australia. is back for its fifth year, and its second at the Balboa Park Activity Center. From Friday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 10, the 38,000-square-foot space will be filled with work by dozens of artists, from as near as here and as far away as Perth, Australia.]]> <![CDATA[Pea Hix and the mystery of memory - San Diego artist gives new life to strangers’ discarded photographs]]> Pea Hix makes composite art from these found objects. For instance, he takes two old photo slides that complement each other and layers them to create interesting, often peculiar images—like a skier climbing a snowy mountain that’s inhabited by a gigantic lizard.]]>