Architecture & art

Passionate energy just this side of anarchy at San Diego Museum of Art

Coney Island was designed to overcome

Coney Island: Visions of the American Dreamland, 1861–2008 is a game, splashy exhibition.

Rocking with the Society in Liberty Station

Watermedia association's 50th celebrated by double-size crowd

If strolling around NTC/Liberty Station on Friday, August 7, you might have heard some '50s and '60s rock and roll music. Following the sound, you would have arrived at the San Diego Watercolor Society. This ...

Latest Panca mural in Tijuana defaced

Neighbor in Colonial Federal takes action

"There's a generational gap," explains David Peña, who moved south of the border about a year ago with his brother after graduating with a B.A. in art from CalState Long Beach. David teamed up with ...

Columbia, South Carolina: study in contrasts

The state's capital is steeped in Confederate history and contradiction.

South Carolina is a state of contradictions, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its capital. Last June, Kristin Morris, the Nickelodeon’s marketing manager, summed up contemporary South Carolina’s dichotomy, noting: “We’re a progressive ...

Sparky, hectic, unmediated inventiveness on display

This way to Radium Girl!

The Self-Taught Genius exhibit at the Mingei, artifacts from their conversation with the world

Stunning but remote physicality in Essaydi’s women

The poses matter.

Essaydi’s women don’t “present” to the viewer: each has an inner life made visible but unavailable to us.

Vamos a Baja Sur's Todos Santos

Make the hour drive from Cabo to see what this pueblo magico's all about.

“Be careful,” said the sixtyish snowy-haired gentleman with a matching white beard, weather-beaten face, gray twinkling eyes, and a wry smile hinting at some private little secret. “Before you know it, you’ll be looking to ...

Tour de Belgium: Sax and the saxophone

Music-themed explorations in Brussels, Dinant and beyond.

Last year, Belgium celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. His birthplace and important milestones occurred in the Wallonia (French-flavored) part of the country. It’s his inventions ...

Cheap fun in artsy L.A.

A weekend of free concerts and exploring the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

Zip, chug, or plod your way up the 405 for a long weekend clustered around LACMA, the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Friday Sneak out of work early on a Friday, or take the day ...

Daytrip to the Salton Sea

DIY tour of Salton wildlife refuge, Slab City, Salvation Mountain & more.

Crunching fish bones. Foul-smelling water. Skin-scorching sun. It may not sound like an enticing adventure, but in fact one of the most interesting and unexpected getaways to be found in Southern California is a day ...

Turner set free

Nature as roughhouse theater

JMW Turner: Painting Set Free at the Getty through May 24.

L.A. in a day (by train)

Make it a Metrolink day trip and see Olvera Street, MOCA, and more.

If you like variety, follow me to an L.A. experience that will challenge your senses – not your purse. The walking exercise on this day trip approximates six miles; I took all day, but you ...

Welcome to East Jesus, CA

Up the road from Salvation Mountain, miles from anywhere.

Overlooking the Salton Sea in the shadow of mature Ironwood trees rests a man still much loved. The former “mayor” of East Jesus, a fenced community of free-roaming, ever-rotating artists, musicians, scientists and builders located ...

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, ...

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 ...

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