San Diego CityBeat - Arts & Culture feature <![CDATA[Will East County Performing Arts Center become a church? - Critics say El Cajon officials are going backwards by entering into negotiations with The Rock before securing a theater manager]]> The Rock, an evangelical megachurch with locations across the county, wants to lease the ECPAC space for roughly 130 days a year—every Sunday and Tuesday and about 25 percent of Fridays and Saturdays—for an annual rent of $216,000.]]> <![CDATA[San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’ - Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller]]> Jesse Keller, 36, a graduate of USC’s noted School of Cinematic Arts and whose first film, The Ritual, screened at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, calls Thane of East County an “ultra-low-budget thriller]]> <![CDATA[‘What more would we gain with an arts council?’ - Second in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations]]> It’s been more than 20 years since the demise of the San Diego County Arts Advisory Council, an organization that promoted the arts countywide.]]> <![CDATA[San Diego County’s unusual approach to arts funding - First in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations]]> San Diego County’s approach to funding arts organizations is unusual, and some question whether it’s fair and yields the best results.]]> <![CDATA[Daniel Foster: the philosopher king - Oceanside Museum of Art director left, then came back and will keep pursuing his big ideas]]> When Foster joined OMA in 2012, he laid out an ambitious plan for the museum’s future, which included taking a more scholarly approach to programming by putting together a topnotch curatorial team.]]> <![CDATA[On drawing women - Comic-book artists discuss perpetuating an anatomical archetype some consider offensive]]>

 “The ’90s were definitely the era of women with broken backs,” says San Diego comic-book artist Alejandro “Alé” Garza, referring to the extremely exaggerated female caricatures of the era, with breasts so large that it seems inconceivable that they could also fight super-villains.

<![CDATA[Comic-Con vs. the Bechdel Test - Popular fiction has evolved, but big-time fails in female representation mean the challenge is still relevant]]> The Bechdel Test is a simple thought experiment that requires works of fiction to feature at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a dude. It’s a ridiculously low bar that a surprising number of contemporary works fail to reach.]]> <![CDATA[No-badge-needed events for the Comic-Con crowd - Lots of stuff going, even if you’re not one of the lucky few]]> As Comic-Con grows in popularity, so do the options for those who couldn’t score a badge. Each year brings more parties, pop-ups, zombie walks and just plain weirdness.]]> <![CDATA[Pitting summer blockbusters against the Bechdel Test - We ran summer-movie trailers against the seemingly easy-to-pass scrutiny, and the results weren’t pretty]]>

Onward with another summer of movie trailers! Onward with another year of supporting the white / hetero / male-dominated pop-cultural infrastructure while we continue our slow trudge to the grave!

<![CDATA[‘Damaged Goods’: When opposites impact - Collaboration between So Say We All and San Diego Dance Theater puts trauma on stage, bringing together words and movement]]> "Why don’t we just challenge ourselves and make an entire show based around stuff you’re not supposed to say in public?" Justin Hudnall says. "STDs, PTSD, foster care."]]> <![CDATA[Fern Street Circus is coming back - Original founders are resurrecting the popular grassroots organization ]]> For 20 years, Fern Street Circus put on popular performances and became well known for its after-school program, which offered free circus-arts education to kids in Golden Hill, with satellite locations throughout the region.]]> <![CDATA[Graham Downes created waves that continue to ripple through San Diego - A look at the late architect’s lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life ]]>

A one-sided fight that lasted about 15 minutes—that’s how a neighbor described the attack he witnessed on Juniper Street in Bankers Hill during the early morning hours of April 19, 2013. By the time police arrived, the two men involved were laying on the street next to each other. Graham Downes, his face pale as he lay on the street in front of his home, didn’t move.

<![CDATA[Ilus Art taps into San Diego’s biotech community - New business is illuminating the imagery found in science]]> Michael Zimber, who’s won awards for his cellular art, uses an expensive, very sensitive black-and-white camera to capture his microscopic imagery.]]> <![CDATA[James Hubbell has a welcome home - Explore the San Diego artist’s fantastical built environment, which will soon host a new public center for the arts]]> James Hubbell is somewhere on his swath of land nestled in the rolling hills of Santa Ysabel. The trick is finding where, exactly, the artist is amid the 34 acres of rural property, home to 10 of his recognizable buildings.]]> <![CDATA[No wheelchairs allowed at Lakeside Skatepark - Robert Thompkins will continue to ride there despite a skateboards-only rule]]> Thompkins plans to hold a chairskating-awareness event at the park, located on the southwestern edge of Lindo Lake County Park, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14.]]> <![CDATA[Ginger Shulick Porcella brings edgy energy to San Diego Art Institute - 73-year-old arts organization’s hip new executive director is pushing for change]]> Porcella was named the new executive director of the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) at the start of the year, taking the place of Timothy Field, who headed the organization for 16 years before departing the post suddenly last year under a cloud of secrecy.]]> <![CDATA[One reason to save the San Diego Opera - Chorister Anishka Lee-Skorepa hopes to carve out a career with her powerful voice]]> Lee-Skorepa is one of 28 core San Diego Opera choristers, having performed with the embattled local opera for the past seven years.]]> <![CDATA[The push to get Arts-in-Corrections back behind bars - Advocates work to return creative arts programming to California prisons]]> California’s Arts-in-Corrections program, especially during its peak in the ’80s and ’90s, was considered a model for other states and recognized internationally for producing results. ]]> <![CDATA[Gym Standard has a unique approach to showing and selling art - El Cajon Boulevard entrepreneur Edwin Negado thinks it’s time to reinvent the way work is marketed]]> Edwin Negado doesn’t use Facebook to promote Gym Standard, and you won’t see an email signup on his website or much in the way of marketing outside of Instagram, but the focused, minimalistic tactic seems to be working.]]> <![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.]]>