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Bitter split at San Diego Opera

Former president says she will neither donate nor attend

The arts section of today's (September 1) New York Times has a generally bullish story on the attempted turnaround of the San Diego Opera. The headline tells the story: "Amid Choruses of Despair, an Aria ...

Summer of Wagner

Bayreuth has been the big festival for decades.

July and August are Wagner months on account of the annual Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. The festival has been running since 1876, and has been impossible to attend for most of that time. However, ...

Early start for San Diego Opera

SDO usually starts the season at the end of January. This year it's September.

The beleaguered San Diego Opera officially starts its season way early this year with a September 5 recital concert by opera power-couple Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello at the Balboa Theatre. Both Costello and Perez ...

Fresh Sound September: Thollem McDonas & Alex Cline

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 2–7

Tuesday 2 Bassist Ben Wanicur and his trio featuring Ian Tordella on saxophone and Charles Weller on drums host the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 ...

Millsted's Harlem

After some bumps in the road, Millsted, a noise-punk band from Brooklyn, have hit their hardcore stride with this year’s Harlem. Vocalist Kevin Uffre is at full throttle here, and his manic shredding is matched ...

Grunge heaven, Chula Vista

I spent a small fortune on some good tickets to the Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails concert at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. And those pricey tickets were worth every penny! If only to hear Nine ...

Library book, book, book, book

A San Diego Opera preview concert with young singers.

The book, the book, the book, the book, the book.” Believe it or not, someone was singing about “the book” at the Central Library. That someone was Jennifer Wu, and it was awesome. The Central ...

Classical and grotesque

Ken Russell made some interesting movies about composers.

We’ve looked at the great, the okay, and now for the third and final segment on composer films — Ken Russell. Ken Russell defies any categories we might want to come up with. Great? Perhaps. ...

Reunite Like Jehu

It almost seemed like a prank, the Facebook announcement that Drive Like Jehu planned to reunite, at least long enough to play one free show on the big concrete stage at the Balboa Park Organ ...

Back to innocence

Javier Escovedo’s return to local music has been gradual. The guitarist/songwriter is an on-again, off-again San Diegan. He lived in Huntington Beach before moving to Chula Vista in his teens. In the mid ’70s, Escovedo’s ...

Record-release roundup

This week’s new releases include Kris McCoy’s Toes in the Sand CD, which he says was inspired by “summer, Ocean Beach, and meet-ups at Tower 2 for family beach days and surfing”; Reverend Stickman’s More ...

Shake Before Us blends the old

A contemporary rock-and-roll band using vintage gear from the 1960s — but not to make modern music so much as to keep that old party going. Shake Before Us are like the ’60s never ended. ...

Yoo-hoo, it's Jehu

...and more Labor Day weekend and back-to-school sets to see

Sunday 31So, this blew up local social media (and several national sites) last week: 20-years-gone post-punk locals Drive Like Jehu will reunite at the organ pavilion in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. ...

Safety dancers, crunk kickers

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

Thursday 28“You can dance if you want to” Thursday night, when Belly Up hosts an ’80s dance party, featuring new-wave acts Men Without Hats (“Safety Dance”) and Betamaxx, a seven-human jukebox of all things ’80s. ...

Hip-hop U

While much attention has been given to the plight of the Ché Café, the larger Porter’s Pub (550-person capacity) has been proceeding with little fanfare, presenting national artists, often to a packed house. In the ...

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