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2015 Guide to San Diego Art

The really good stuff will invite you to investigate

Within every living art, there will always be a conversation among the artists who create it. The conversation is what makes it vital: a back-and-forth of reaction, adaptation, innovation, and yes, rejection. I recently saw, ...

Record-release roundup

This week, Dead Rock West’s 2011 album Bright Morning Stars is being re-released on 180-gram vinyl, which will be available at their Pappy and Harriet’s show on February 7, and Sledding with Tigers is reissuing ...

Last of the red hat ladies

Ex-UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox has resigned from the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc., an open-source software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. A member of Red Hat’s compensation committee and nominating and ...

Appellate court rebuffs wild-goose Chase

Poway couple loses case to J.P. Morgan Chase

On January 30, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, gave a pretty good spanking to a Poway couple who appealed when a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the big J.P. Morgan Chase ...

The case of the rotten gym rat

Suspect allegedly broke into lockers in the early morning

Deputies arrested a repeat felon who broke into lockers at a series of LA Fitness gyms around North County San Diego last spring, it was alleged in court on February 3. A woman named Meggan ...

Saxy Sammy

Rain or shine, summer or winter, Sam Schildkraut, or “Saxy Sammy,” as he likes to call himself, goes to work each night, busking on the sidewalk outside of the Skechers Shoe Store on Mission Boulevard ...

Kate Voegele, like a female Bon Jovi

Let us count the many ways that “Hallelujah” has been covered over the years. A throng of dissimilar artists have taken a shot at that magnum opus, including Tim Buckley, Il Divo, John Bon Jovi, ...

Fifteen seconds of politics

County supervisor Greg Cox, preparing for his 2016 reelection bid, has hired a familiar name to help out. Tom Shepard, one-time political wonder boy for former Republican supervisors Roger Hedgecock and Susan Golding, and later ...

Captain Beyond DNA

A critical mass of local bands is thriving, owing to the loud, expansive psych-metal of Earthless. “It’s all based around an underground, heavy psychedelic vibe,” says Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba, a former pro skater and ...

Swami’s new trip

John Reis waxes surf rock

“I think people make up their mind whether they’re going to like something before they even hear it.”

Upscale harem

Ed skips the hookah and inhales a panini

“Hookahs are definitely cheaper there,” she says. “But you get less of a head-rush from them.”

MLB: How they got there

You can’t just give away a baseball team, can you?

Okay, it’s over. New England won. Padres pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks. A year ago I wrote a column about NFL team owners and how they got their money. There ...

Two old Jews sitting around talking boogaloo and ninja

Interview with the Cannon Group’s Sam Firstenberg

Across the room at Cinema Society gansamacher Andy Friedenberg’s 60th birthday party stood Saundra Saperstein, Chair of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. When asked what celebrities would be attending SDJFF 23, she mentioned Theodore ...

Lightweight, miniature musical

Fluffy, undersized Murder For Two outruns the audience

Murder for Two, a musical/detective story, would be a lot more fun in an intimate, cabaret setting: clinking glasses, lubricated laughter, face-to-face interaction. But on the Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley mainstage, the two-hander ...

Change your mind

Beware, the negative bias

Post Title: Change your thoughts; change your life Post Date: September 5, 2014 Attitude and behaviors are two things that can determine success or failure, both are influenced by memories. According to Dr. Norman Doidge, ...

I think Garrison Keillor is a genius

You could learn a lot from a small-town guy.

Well, a secret genius, anyway. That might seem a funny sort of title for someone who’s written for The New Yorker, penned the screenplay for a Robert Altman film, published a slew of novels and ...

Meet Kleptomom

She’s strapped for cash and misses Mr. Moneybags.

"They never look at the bottom of my cart. But if they do, I'll just say, 'Oh my gosh. Sorry. Totally forgot."

Splash in the Devil's Punchbowl

Nobody’s allowed to jump in.

Be prepared for this challenging but rewarding hike to one of San Diego County’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Interview with National Gallery director (and master documentarian) Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman’s documentaries have titles such as High School, Hospital, Juvenile Court, Meat, Model, Racetrack, Deaf, Missile, Zoo, Domestic Violence, and Boxing Gym. That last, from 2010, was my first exposure, and I was immediately ...

Swallow what you mind

Trouble in Mind is fresh, funny, and urgent despite its age

Some background: Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind won an Obie Award for best off-Broadway show in 1955. It was scheduled to move to Broadway, which would make Childress the first African-American to have a play ...

Farm to drive-thru

Does the end of Modern Farmer signal the final stage of hipster-foodie culture?

Buy this mansion from Jenny Craig

Maybe the best house in the world!

Current Owner: Genevieve (Jenny) Craig Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 6.5 Price: $39,500,000 This week we visit an 8925-square-foot mansion sitting on a nearly three-quarter-acre lot on a small spit of sand lying just across the San ...

Midnight on the Coronado pier

A bucket — blood-stained rag hanging out — was making a racket as a ten-inch mackerel whacked the sides. It would be back in the water as soon as Cesar (not his real name) pinned ...

Cell-phone companies are stealing San Diego parkland

“City Charter says our parks are solely for recreation, not for rent.”

“In our city parks, the law says you’re not allowed to solicit funds,” says La Jolla resident Marc Kuritz. “You can’t sell merchandise. You can’t pass out advertising flyers. You’re not even allowed to pick flowers. But our mayor and city council hand over chunks of our park land to private corporations for cell phone towers. It’s not legal, it’s not right, and it makes no sense, unless you are the politician getting the revenue or the telecommunications giant making the profit.”

Extra, extra

A Viking with No Family I’ve been a frequent supporter of the Reader for many years, and just wanted to express my concern on the January 22 cover story, “One in the Gut. One in ...

Iman

(Iman was a Palestinian girl who was sprayed with bullets by Israeli soldiers as she walked to school. Rafah, 2004. Her name means “faith”) Come be spun in the nightly vortex where I am Sarai’s ...

Jet set ethics

Another aide to Republican House member Darrell Issa has jetted off for a quick junket to Las Vegas, thanks to special-interest money. Last year it was Veronica Wong, Issa’s deputy chief of staff in charge ...

February 3 dock totals

The Premier 1/2 Day AM run with 22 Anglers aboard pinned up and boated 218 Rockfish and 2 Lingcod for the freezer 48 Anglers aboard the New Seaforth 1/2 Day AM run found 11 Yellowtail ...

Yo soy el hombre de hierro...

Monk's crunks for Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 8Welsh indie-rock act Catfish & the Bottlemen split an FM 94/9 bill with Wild Party at the Merrow in Hillcrest. Catfish & the Bottlemen are out to tout their Island Records debut, The Balcony, ...

Retro L.A., New Orleans new wave, Vinyl Junkies and Earthless

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 5Hanni El Khatib is a SanFran-born, L.A.-based rocker whose mixed bag of talents is retro in essence (from his clothing lines to his rockabilly-based musical stew), and just plain weird over all. This year’s ...

And the arts cover contest winner is ... Sarah Stieber!

Sarah Stieber paints in what she calls “Electric Realism,” a style that projects the “amplification of real life,” and uses bright, vivid colors that suggest “wishful seeing.” Stieber created “Fierce” in 2014, originally intending the ...

My favorite San Diego theater

It’s just a room upstairs, in an old two-story house. They say when it opened, on December 1, 1868, 150 watched the Tanner Troupe perform a song and dance revue at the “Brick Building.” A ...

Dancing machines

Whether you think you can or you just want to watch

San Diego hosts a network of dance companies and studios filled with nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers adept in styles from tap to jazz, modern to contemporary, ballroom to ballet, hip-hop to Irish ...

The blood of a lamb

Walter Sutin baits people with what they don't understand.

Walter Sutin grew up in Pennsylvania and studied at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before moving to San Diego in 2008 and, three years later, enrolling in the master’s program at UCSD. He ...

Photography unique to the Casbah

Sean McMullen never intended to become a photographer. After testing out of high school in the mid-’80s to pursue a future in filmmaking, the Chula Vista native took a course in photography under the technical ...

Movement, memory, and sound

It’s only been about five months since Mexico City multimedia artist and musician Francisco Eme moved to San Diego, but he’s already integrated his work into multiple shows in California and Baja. Many of the ...

Theater, out of the theater

Site-specific productions

Picture this: you spend the evening climbing in and out of cars where you experience a series of five-to-ten-minute plays that take place inside the cars (The Car Plays, La Jolla Playhouse, 2013–2014). Or you ...

Art seen

Where to see (and buy) art in San Diego County

In a bid to rid themselves of the “starving artist” label, veteran San Diego artists came together to create the Studio Door, which is a business that allows them to produce their own work but ...

Exhibitionists

“No reading, no memorizing. It’s all oral,” described Storytellers of San Diego president Marilyn McPhie of the yarns these spinners create live for audiences. Join the performers for the Storytelling Festival on March 21 at ...

San Diego theater icons

The art of the play

MVP: Becky Biegelsen Every year the San Diego Performing Arts League honors volunteers for special recognition with a STAR award. These are the workers who devote hours and hours to keep an organization going. There ...

Tijuana to China and back

“No one is going to shut me up here.” That’s what artist Daniel Ruanova told Newsweek in a 2002 article that arrived at the zenith of media captivation with Tijuana art and music. The publication ...

What didn’t he do last year?

Eddie Yaroch earned a Craig Noel Award nomination — Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male — for his raptor-loving Andy Fastow in Moxie Theatre’s Enron. But that’s not all. In 2014 he also: — ...

Parks and art and recreation

Among the barrel cactus and desert agave of Borrego Springs you’ll find a peculiar site: a herd of Gomphotheres and a 350-foot sea serpent slithering out of the sand. These, and 138 other larger than ...

Art of Élan

“Have you been to an Art of Élan concert?” Whenever I get this question it is asked at a hundred miles an hour with the enthusiasm of true belief. What is Art of Élan? On ...

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