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The real Chiang Rai

Feeling like tourists in Thailand's north.

After easing through Phuket and bustling through Bangkok, the Northern mountainous jungle villages of Chiang Rai left the friendly smiles of the big cities behind. My first impression of Chiang Rai? Holy crap! Never before ...

Familiar sitcom feeling

Competence doesn't save Moxie Theatre's Lesson 443 from feeling like a repeat.

Tatiana Suarez-Pico’s new play is either a drama sabotaged by comedy, or vice versa. When the play builds to an emotional moment, a joke undercuts it. And when a scene starts out funny, things take ...

Couldn't afford Coachella? Check out Lupepalooza Chuckfest

Weekend Coachella tickets carried a face value of $375. Some resold on Craigslist for twice that amount. Then you have this weekend’s Lupepalooza Chuckfest on the grounds of a Calexico Swap Meet. It’s named after ...

San Diego Rep explores the Uncanny Valley between you and your replicant

Will you be you?

Robots became so human-like that thoughts of playing God plagued their creators.

Putting the Ultimate in Frisbee

Disc-throwing for fun and profit

There is a professional Frisbee league. In fact, there are two. But don’t say “Frisbee,” the proper word is “ultimate.” The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) says they are the first and largest professional ultimate ...

Find your way to the woodland

This popular hike leads to a pinyon forest and spectacular views.

One of the highest peaks in Anza-Borrego has fascinating plant life and gorgeous views.

Chinese paintings, American Indian art, and music at In-Ko-Pah

What to do as May rolls in

Thursday | 30 Dr. Stephen Little, curator of Chinese and Korean Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, evaluates the Chinese paintings in the San Diego museum’s permanent collection. Sponsored by the Asian ...

Austin gets Levitated, San Diego gets Kaboo'd

They Might Be Giants, Taurus Authority, Lightning Bolt, and Thee Oh Sees in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 3Johns Flansburgh and Linnell make up East Coast odd-rock act They Might Be Giants, this year celebrating 35 years in the music-making biz and a new record (their 17th!), Glean. Catch up with the ...

The Soft Moon at Casbah, the stars of In-Ko-Pah

Plus Bright Light Social Hour and Neil Hagerty find the Hideout this weekend

Thursday 30From Richmond, Virginia, heavy psychedelic experimenters Inter Arma explore The Cavern at Soda Bar Thursday night. The single, 45-minute take drags Floyd and Zeppelin through the sludge, with the occasional acoustic rinse à la ...

Right kind of mindless

The Silence of the Clams at Diversionary Theatre takes the low road, yet moments impress

Clarice Starling: “Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.” Hannibal Lecter: “I didn’t.” Clarice: “No. You ate yours.” Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs can be funny, in a ghoulish sort ...

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Freud's Last Session at Lamb's Players Theatre is a most civilized fracas.

In one corner of the ring, heavyweight atheist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. In the other, professor, author, and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis. These two heavy hitters of 20th century thought go toe-to-toe in a fictionalized ...

Good, whacko, slamming-doors sense

Unnecessary Farce at North Coast Rep is pointless, silly, and delightful

The North Coast Rep’s current show is a farce! But in the good, whacko, slamming-doors sense. Paul Slade Smith’s two-act script has absolutely no redeeming social value, and he goes for silliness where most comic ...

Ion goes all-out

Hillcrest-based company plans quadruple-header to select NYC-bound work — plus BBQ

The idea could cause vertigo: on Saturday, April 25, Ion Theatre will stage-read four new plays starting at 11:00 a.m. Each script has already been work-shopped with readings and feedback from preview audiences. And it’s ...

Photogenic fun at the Truckhaven Rocks outside Borrego Springs

Mountain range in miniature

These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.

After a year of Undercover at the Office, Zeppelin will bring it on home

Plus Waxahatchee, Buck 65, and Helmet does Betty in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 26The lovefest surrounding Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee would be concerning if she weren’t so rock solid, as far as human artstic types go. This year’s Ivy Tripp, like 2013’s Cerulean Salt, is a killer record, ...

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