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Family dramedy at sitcom speed

Scripps Ranch Theatre's Sunset Park a bit too slick but brings big laughs

Evelyn, 75, lives in the same Brooklyn apartment where she raised her children. Her best friend of over 30 years, Rose, lives across the hall. Their children care about their widowed mothers, but Evelyn’s son ...

Brian Mackey’s acting bucket list

Self-discovery, transformation, and charismatic villainy are all enticing to the Craig Noel Award-winner.

I’m asking veteran local actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices ...

Last call: Oedipus El Rey, You Can't Take It with You, Baby with the Bathwater

Three very different, beautifully performed shows must end their runs this Sunday.

Oedipus El Rey, San Diego Rep. This isn’t Sophocles’ Oedipus, its playwright Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus Gomez. He rises from prison to become a Scarface-like, L.A. drug lord who has faith only in himself (“God’s ego’s ...

Geology in motion

A good place to peer into Hellhole Canyon

Church Spur provides overviews of Borrego Valley and the work of profound geological forces.

What’s in a team name?

Lions and Tigers and Bears...but why?

There are very few cool team names. Which is curious, since there are mucho thousands of teams requiring names. Consider the needs of elementary schools, junior high schools, senior highs, colleges, company teams, adult league ...

Indie city

After taking 2014 off, the music and arts street fair IndieFest returns in a new location, City Heights Urban Village (3795 Fairmount Avenue), on March 28. The event started in 2004 as San Diego Indie ...

Pile into Soda Bar

Plus Hinds, Soko, Schlomo, and Nirvana Undercover!

Sunday 29Spanish band Hinds hits the Soda Bar Sunday night after our own Muscle Beech and Geyser House. Hinds is from Madrid and is formerly known as the Deers, which NME had hailed as “Europe’s ...

Double Burgerama!

...with a side of South by Southwesters

Thursday 26South by Southwest has let out and it looks like everyone’s heading west. So, put your head on a swivel, Crawler follower, here they come... Nashville’s “modern classic rock” duo Jeff the Brotherhood got ...

Growler art, shred talks, and asteroids

Thursday | 26 Stories about riding the bus, reading a map, dealing with helmet hair, and whatever else can happen when people move en masse. The VAMP (Visual/Audio Monologue Performance) reading series is an evening ...

Infectious exuberance

Wonderful My Fair Lady enthralls at Cygnet

“I could’ve donced all night, I could’ve donced all night” — at least half the audience at intermission, it seemed, bounced up the aisles at Cygnet Theatre singing this song, including the accent! And when ...

Divided, disconnected

Made and missed connections in story and on stage in Kin at Ion Theatre

Anna didn’t get her wish. She wanted to write her doctoral dissertation on punctuation in Emily Dickenson’s poems but couldn’t. So she wrote on how John Keats punctuated his. Bathsheba Doran’s Kin begins with Anna’s ...

Not for all their wealth

Pay-to-play stage roles for rich women — but would the manager ever let one play a lead?

I found this in the San Diego Union, July 8, 1887, a reprint from the New York Mail and Daily Express. The best dressed character in the show spoke only ten lines. “Her costume was ...

Sneak peek for the Week

So Cal creators share their spring/summer designs in advance of fall venue change

Fashion Week San Diego hosted its spring showcase at Harrah’s Casino on Saturday, March 14. Attendees were given a sneak peek of styles from 25 different designers whose designs will walk the runway next fall ...

Rock out in Rattlesnake Canyon

Geology is the highlight of this Anza-Borrego hike

Look for cheese bush.

NCAA Tournament preview

There are three interesting things about the Ivy League: money, money, and money.

Before we get to the column, the Box would like to offer helpful relationship advice. If you live with someone who loves college basketball and you don’t care for it, that person owes you one ...

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