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A spoken-word look at African-American artists

Five great sultanates ruled central India at the same time as the Mughal Empire, producing wonderful paintings, textiles, and metalwork. Marika Sardar, associate curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art, will introduce the art from ...

Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai leaps into San Diego

The event includes a lion dance, lamp offerings, first incense offering for the new year, homage to thousand Buddhas service, and you can make a wish for the new year. Enjoy craft beverages from California ...

Fungi wanted for fungal library

To contribute specimens to the herbarium isn’t all fun and foraging

San Diego is so arid, it can leave mushroom hunters foraging for irrigation. Try parks and cemeteries, some suggest. Or go see local species on display at the annual Fungus Fair in Balboa Park on ...

Mardi Gras, the Lunar New Year, Brewbies, and Dawdling Doodles

Take an exclusive after-hours tour of the exhibition American Visions and then let your creativity flow as you create a work inspired by Asher B. Durand’s The Catskills. Local artist Jessica Oh will guide you ...

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 ...

Balboa Park: The Magic City

Your San Diego Week: January 28-February 4

Patricia J. Graham, Ph.D., will discuss the themes of her new book, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, & Culture, exploring the characteristics of Japanese design and the religious and cultural factors that contributed to its creation, ...

Stop and see the flowers

Nick Thune’s last solo show before his “Very Tour! Much Comedy!” tour with Kate Berlant and Ben Kronberg hits up 13 cities on the East Coast over two weeks. Thune has recently performed on The ...

Prairie Style architecture in Mission Hills

First, a private tour of the exhibition China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui, with rare objects from one of the greatest archaeological sites ever unearthed in China. Next, view Heavenly Horses: Two Thousand Years ...

Classical California gold

Notable classical music events in San Diego, January 15-16

Here’s a quick rundown of some upcoming classical music events of note. The San Diego Museum of Art is holding the first a monthly series of concerts on Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m. The ...

Happy 100th "beer"thday, Balboa Park

Local brewers celebrate iconic centennial with 100-IBU IPA

The 100th anniversary of Balboa Park is a pretty cool thing. You know what would make it even cooler? A beer brewed to commemorate that milestone. But not just any beer. How about a San ...

Peking acrobats in Escondido

The 1915 Exposition spotlighted San Diego on a global scale for the first time in its history, and the Museum of Man is commemorating the occasion with beer tastings from craft breweries, food from local ...

The Last Unicorn daintily gallops in to San Diego

Over 80 sailboats of all shapes and styles will compete — kiteboards chase catamarans and schooners sail with sleds. Great views along the parkways of Shelter Island and Harbor Island. A drawing workshop with objects ...

Centennial stroll

A deliberate trek through Balboa Park, 100 years later

Visit Balboa Park during the 100-year celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Your Week: Christmas Eve on the Bay

Top events and things to do in San Diego December 18-December 24

U.S. Army veteran Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog “Tuesday” will discuss their memoir Until Tuesday, which portrays the bond between a man and his dog during desperate times. From 1500 to 1800, ...

Local gift guide: Lady edition

San Diego spots provide great options when shopping for her.

Christmas shopping can be such a hassle. I have the tendency to avoid malls during the entire month of December. Parking is a nightmare and sales people are overworked and grumpy. Luckily for San Diegans ...

Balboa Park will stay up late December 5 and 6

Top events and things to do in San Diego December 4-December 10

Foreign correspondent Evan Osnos will discuss his 2014 National Book Award winner Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China — based on eight years of living in Beijing — and ...

Food Waste Fiasco

"We could be feeding another 10,000 people."

Rob Greenfield returned to his home in Ocean Beach about three weeks ago. He’d been on a five-month tour of the country, by bicycle, raising awareness of food waste in many grocery stores along the ...

March of time

20th Century icons from an old art museum in Buffalo are at the Museum of Art.

“I have always liked hot music. There’s something wrong with an American who doesn’t.”

Give the camels pomegranates, get camel milk chocolate

Top events and things to do in San Diego November 20-November 26

Insects and their kin are regularly featured in religious writing and iconography. While plagues of locusts might spring to mind, not all representations of insects in religion are so negative. Join Dr. Michael Wall as ...

Del Mar’s Bing Crosby season opener

Top events and things to do in San Diego November 6-November 12

Taste cuisine from Royal India, drink Indian beer and IPAs, watch performances of Bollywood-style dancing, and get some henna body art. Featuring the House of India, Royal India, Sharavati Sathe’s Kathak Troupe, and Shalini’s Folk ...

Old Hollywood Style in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 30-November 5

In 1986, Chinese archaeologists working at Sanxingdui in Sichuan province excavated two large pits that contained monumental bronze figures of humans and imaginary creatures, throwing the narrative of Chinese history into confusion. This lecture explores ...

Last Call: Black Sunday

Some fine productions, including one of the city's all-time best, must close November 2.

These shows must close this Sunday, November 2 — aka “Black Sunday,” given their high quality. The Royale, Old Globe Theatre One of the year’s best directed shows is so well done you’d think Marco ...

Ritualized conjuration

Knockout theatricality saves Old Globe's The Royale.

Take away the spectacular theatricality and Marco Ramirez’s The Royale would be a thin-ish script that makes some important points. The characters stand as much for a position in a debate as for themselves. But ...

German Currents flow back to Balboa Park

The German Currents Film Festival returns this weekend to Balboa Park for its fourth annual two-day, four-film celebration. This year, the festival doubled its venues by holding its opening-night gala at the Natural History Museum, ...

Southern woe

Bright Star may be too sweeping for its own good.

Billy Cane is home from World War II. He wants to follow his “bright star” and write for the prestigious Asheville Southern Journal. The editor, Alice Murphy, works with the Southern Renaissance headliners: Faulkner, Eudora ...

King Tut Arrives in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 9-October 15

Join the International Bipolar Foundation for a luncheon with Joe Pantoliano, Emmy award–winning actor. After his role in Canvas, Pantoliano was inspired to create a nonprofit dedicated to removing stigma associated with mental illness. The ...

Children, children everywhere

October's Kids Free family deals

For the fourth year in a row, the San Diego Museum Council and Time Warner Cable present “Kids Free in October,” which means kids under 12 have a free pass (more specifically, two kids per ...

Nothing stank with Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.

Some contracts awarded sloppily, but audit found little fault

City auditor Eduardo Luna's report of what went wrong at the fizzling of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., points few fingers According to a report released today, October 1, the committee got $3.08 million in funding, ...

Early October's best

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 2-October 8

The Taste of Downtown is back and healthier than ever, with over 50 eateries throughout the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. Enjoy restaurants, bistros, and take-outs with a new focus on health and wellness. For ...

The Two Gents Template

If you didn’t know who wrote it, you’d swear the author of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, currently at the Old Globe, stole every Shakespearean device he could find. Two Gents is “early” Shakespeare. The ...

My fantasy food day

My day always starts with coffee from Cafe Moto (2619 National Avenue), whether it ends up being a dream day or not. It’s usually in my own kitchen, but my fantasy morning would have me ...

Odd lover out

For once, the young characters do an adult thing: they pause and reflect, as if weighing alternatives.

Might have felt like a good news/bad news situation. Renowned director Mark Lamos gets to do Shakespeare at the Old Globe. The bad news? It’s “Two Gents.” The Two Gentlemen of Verona was a popular ...

Relative harmony

Old Globe Theater stages retiring Quartet

“It must be dreadful to be famous and applauded and acclaimed and not be able to practice your art.”

Panama 66 "mushy" opens at Museum of Art

Already offers some difficult beer decisions in advance of its proper unveiling

It wasn't long ago that I heard the proprietors of Tiger! Tiger! and Blind Lady Ale House had won the contract to open an eatery in the Sculpture Garden Court outside the Museum of Art ...

The Old Globe ventures back Into the Woods

The Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods world-premiered at the Old Globe in 1986. The set had three structures, fixed, and a “woods” behind. Along with fairy tale characters — Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk ...

From blushing bridegroom back to cold-blooded killer

Iago plays on Othello’s fears like a maestro on a Stradivarius.

Iago: “Men should be what they seem. Or those that be not, would they might seem none.” Othello: “Certain, men should be what they seem.” I was re-reading Shakespeare’s Othello recently, and the obvious poked ...

Sharp minors are the key

Slow start, fab finish in world premiere Dog and Pony at the Old Globe

Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker are the multi-talented, mega-award-winning creators of Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Altar Boyz. Their world premiere musical isn’t a dog. But, even with a top flight cast, ...

Chekhoviana hodgepodge

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Old Globe is much more comedy than tragedy

The first three names come from Anton Chekhov: Vanya and niece Sonia from Uncle Vanya; Masha from Three Sisters. And Spike? From the imagination of Christopher Durang which, he says, tossed the Chekhovian trio “into ...

Grunge in the Park

There are a couple of different San Diego spots I head to anytime I am suffering from a particularly awful day — the La Mesa Library, Mission Trails, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, the AmVets off ...

Fevered, emotionally reportorial realism

Art for life's sake

“The stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it.” Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, on view at the San Diego Museum of Art until September 9.

Found: another proposal from the now-disbanded Balboa Park Centennial Group

San Diego, then and now

From the minutes of the December 2013 meeting of the Balboa Park Centennial Group, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and a fifth of Glenlivet: Mr. [REDACTED] noted that, during the 1935 Expo, ...

Dance on a minefield

The Old Globe serves Water by the Spoonful.

He’s so addicted to alienation, he wouldn’t march in his “own parade.”

Time and the Conways at the Old Globe

J.B. Priestley’s 1937 drama is not a great play. But it’s a haunter. The Old Globe’s excellent cast probably won’t have too many standing ovations because the spell doesn’t break until long after the curtain ...

Atheists, Evangelists, and Prophets take over Balboa Park

Walk in the park of shame.

Billy Stewart wants to know if I am ready to accept Jesus Christ into my heart. He stands under a cluster of palm trees along the Prado in Balboa Park. A navy-blue ball cap with ...

Hipsters or nerds?

Judging youthful style on grown men

My friend Natalie recently broke up with her boyfriend. In an effort to get her to move on, I attempted to set her up with a good guy friend of mine. They have a lot ...

Dazzling musical feats

“For me, this concert began about four years ago, when I was wondering to myself if it might be possible to gain access and play artistically with the Giant Dome Theater at Reuben H. Fleet ...

Gender-blending Sisters

“Most of the songs on this album were written while I was recovering from a major injury,” says singer/songwriter Sherri-Anne of Sister Speak’s upcoming debut full-length Rise Up for Love. “I broke my pelvis and ...

Plan presented for more Balboa Park cottages

"It is incomprehensible that there is no House of Mexico now."

A plan that would add five permanent cottages for ten countries to Balboa Park's House of Pacific Relations was sent back for revision Thursday, March 6, after a packed meeting that pitted a room full ...

Technology meets art at the park

Balboa Park partners with Maker Faire for first STEAM Day

This marks the first year that Balboa Park includes “A” for Art in their annual event to highlight the education movement traditionally known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). On March 16, from 11 ...

Pet almost abducted from Grape Street Dog Park

Dog-napper or aggressively altruistic dog-owner?

On Wednesday, February 19, what seemed to be an attempted dog-napping at Grape Street Dog Park was thwarted by park regulars, who stopped the would-be perpetrator in the parking lot. More than one eyewitness claimed ...

Forgiveness reigns

Time is a destroyer that will “come and take my love away.”

Why does Leontes go stark raving mad in The Winter’s Tale? The King of Sicilia looks to have it all. His beautiful wife, Hermione, is pregnant with their second child. His son, Mamillius, is a ...

Balboa Golf Course clubhouse to expand?

Expansion contingent on pedestrian pathway

On February 12, the Golden Hill Planning Committee unanimously voted to deny support of a proposed extension of the Balboa Golf Course clubhouse. All present members of the community advisory group took issue with the ...

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