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A smaller, faster, cheaper Comic-Con

Also: Cheech Marin wants you to drink mezcal

Friday | 26 Do you think Comic-Con has gotten too big? Check out this smaller and much more affordable celebration of nerdy culture and exploration of fandom with cosplay, gaming, comics, panels, workshops, unique vendors, ...

Gonjasufi and the Zeros

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

Thursday 25Burger Records band Levitation Room takes the paisley sounds of their new platter, Ethos, on tour. The Highland Park quartet’s full-length debut doesn’t leave a psychedelic nugget unturned in its “minor-key ballads (‘Reasons Why,’ ...

Atomic Bitchwax, Jagwar Ma, Pinkish Black

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

Sunday 28“Super Stoner Rock” Jersey boys Atomic Bitchwax shine the Soda Bar stage with their “gargantuan riffs and jaw-dropping psych sonics.” The trio is touring in support of last year’s Gravitron, which according to music ...

Musicalization of one of the biggest disasters of all time

Titanic at Moonlight Stage

Moonlight Amphitheatre’s latest effort, Titanic, the Musical, boasts a book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The script attempts to move expertly between three classes of passengers, officers, and serving staff, ...

More about surfaces than depths

Gutenberg! The Musical at Backyard Renaissance

With their new musical, Doug and Bud can’t see the forest or the trees. They only see a long Broadway run, a sweep of all the awards, eternal fame, the usual... Somehow they’ve arranged a ...

At first gentlemanly

The Taming of the Shrew at InnerMission Productions

What can someone do in times of war when captured and tortured by an enemy? How long before you crack? Or before you experience Stockholm syndrome — trust and affection for your captor? Earlier in ...

End of the road, which began in California

Airline Highway at Ion Theatre

Miss Ruby, erstwhile burlesque diva and longtime resident of the Hummingbird Hotel, is dying. Instead of friends paying tribute to her coffin, Ruby wants her funeral now, while she can still appreciate them. In Lisa ...

From start to finish and backward

The Last Five Years at Ion Theatre

Like relationships in general, Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years is about expectations — met and unmet. Jamie’s a successful Jewish writer. Wife Cathy’s a struggling actress. They describe the evolution of their ...

Last Call: Junk: The Golden Age of Debt and Free Speech (While Supplies Last)

Two performances indicating the cause and effect of where we are today

Two shows at La Jolla Playhouse must close this Sunday. Taken together, they’re practically a cause and effect of where we are today. Junk: The Golden Age of Debt. It's 1985, and Robert Merkin’s on ...

The surrealist did it

Foray into a suburban jubilee of vanilla expressions

One does not simply accompany their mother to an arts festival in Orange County without reverting to a cynical state of adolescence, while at the same time joining in the postmodern chuckle of it all. ...

Drink beer and find Pokémon

Or party on Monster Island for something to do

Thursday | 18 “Eat food that has been grown from living soil less than 20 miles from Oceanside and picked within 48 hours,” says the restaurant. “It’s unique flavors that are learned from the land ...

Dempsey Holder, now he was a waterman

Why I.B.?

By 1910, Imperial Beach had its first sidewalks, a general store, post office, library, a dance pavilion, and houses. A pier was constructed to provide electricity utilizing the Edwards Wave Motor. The machine never worked ...

Meteor Shower — this is a play by Steve Martin, after all

One night in Ojai...

Laura suffers from “Exploding Head Syndrome.” A mere soupçon of stress and — ka-bloooey!

The price of making history

Sail the San Salvador — only 995 bucks

Just as in 1542, when Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sailed the first European-type vessel up the California coast, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is getting ready to sail its full-scale replica of Cabrillo’s ...

Walker Preserve segment opens on the San Diego River Trail

Santee preserve features a 1.3-mile trail along the San Diego River

This trail adds another segment to the San Diego River Trail, which will eventually stretch 52 miles from the river headwaters in the Cuyamaca Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The property that makes up the ...

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