San Diego CityBeat - Arts & Culture feature http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-116-1-arts-culture-feature.html <![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.]]> <![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.

]]>
<![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

]]>
<![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.]]>