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My directing/choreographing bucket list: Javier Velasco

"I much prefer to just strip things down and find the humanity."

Says Javier Velasco: “Bucket list. Hmmm... At this point in my life, I would rather do new pieces I create with my collaborators, but there are some existing pieces I would love to explore.” Pajama ...

Coast to Cactus: The genesis of San Diego's definitive hiking guide

Not meant to compete with Trailmaster Schad’s

Since Afoot and Afield in San Diego County first appeared in 1986, Jerry Schad’s comprehensive guide to local hiking trails has been considered the definitive resource. But Schad’s death from liver cancer in 2011 sent ...

Plenty of options on the trail to Hellhole Canyon

Trail options offer elevation loss up to 4000 feet through various life zones

This 8-mile spur of the California Riding and Hiking Trail (CRHT) rewards hikers with a variety of desert habitats, providing exceptional views of the San Ysidro Mountains, Borrego Valley, Santa Rosa Mountains, and Salton Sea. ...

Children's Pool was just for kids

Seals' Occupy Children’s Pool movement holding strong

Ask an adult who grew up in the San Diego area about his hometown and he’ll say something akin to, “It’s a great place to be a kid.” Our weather, beaches, and the ocean provide ...

A week of Asian-inspired events

Plus a crawl for lots and lots of coffee

Thursday | 19 Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance Show The show returns to Escondido with an all-new program for 2017 consisting of 20 pieces for a journey through 5000 years of history with animated ...

Marjorie Prime at North Coast Rep

Mysteries of human identity explored

We try to remember…we imperceptibly edit, ruthlessly censor, select, and reshape until memories become more like myths. All of this plays in your mind and takes root during Marjorie Prime, Jordan Harrison’s quietly unsettling drama ...

Beau Jest at Lamb's Players Theatre

Comedy of manners

Bob Schroeder is an actor. Have we seen him in a movie? “That depends on where you sit.” Bob has done shows, even Fiddler. Plus, his new part-time job’s a bit like theater. He works ...

My acting bucket list: Ron Choularton

"Mix this in with race and professional ethics and the pot boils hot."

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

Soot on your pants, the price of entry to Oasis Spring

Indulge your inner botanist on a hike that wins the orchid and overlook award

Perennial water, even in the form of a seep, is a rarity in San Diego County in a biological zone generally adapted to drought. Add to this a steep east-west canyon in a north-south mountain ...

Artifacts of the cult

The Reformation was heaven for haters.

Tension between Death and the woman is as wiry and volatile as the religious tension of the times.

Day-Glo in a sea of black pea coats

Hipsters aren't afraid of threads that pop

Dear Hipster: Please explain why Californians fear bright colors in their clothing. In San Diego; on the trolley; in the long lines crossing the border; everywhere you go, 98 percent of people are wearing drab ...

Mid-January gut check

Work out, but not at the gym

“I feel like that Onion headline,” moaned Patrick. “Man who stopped dieting two weeks ago can already see results.” We were doing so well, and then the holidays came. Exercise time. “Fitness boot camps are ...

This week, girls shred. And lots of other stuff.

For example, Lucinda Williams rolls in on Highway 20...

Thursday | 12 Garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt will be on display at the San Diego Botanical Garden, celebrating the flowers of the desert, the villages, and the Nile ...

Costs and dangers of public art

More notable creations include giant chairs next to buildings

The City of San Diego has picked yet another controversy-prone artist from out of town to create a public work of art, this time for downtown’s forthcoming East Village Park. “I think that public art ...

Lucinda Williams takes Highway 20 to Solana Beach

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

Sunday 15Grammy-winning, gold-record-selling Americana artist Lucinda Williams is out to tout her 12th studio set, The Ghosts of Highway 20. Paste magazine calls Williams “the patron saint of busted love and broken dreams” and praises ...

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