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

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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. ]]> <![CDATA[Amy Wallen’s death obsession uncovers weird, mysterious and fascinating life - San Diego author explores the tombs of unknown celebrities]]> Turns out, reading tombstones is to obituaries what Twitter is to Facebook. What I found at the cemeteries is that many graves, like the obits, are not about death, but about life.]]> <![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.

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<![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!

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<![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."]]>