San Diego CityBeat - Arts & Culture feature <![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. ]]> <![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.]]>