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King Hedley II graces the stage at Cygnet

Language matters

Theater critic Jeremy Gerard said August Wilson “writes plays not for Broadway, but which Broadway simply must have — even if it means getting them last.” Those expecting prepackaged emotions and a tidy take-home message ...

Rare oak dots the hike to Eagle Peak

This hike has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge

The Eagle Peak Preserve, located about 4.5 miles north of Eagle Peak, is a conservation area managed by the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) that has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge. ...

Children of the corn maze

Halloween can be more than candy and costumes

The largest corn maze in Southern California is in Temecula. The Big Horse Corn Maze (951-389-4621) covers a whopping 11 acres and takes one to two hours to navigate at an easy pace (45 minutes ...

Tasmanian devil

The surf at Pedra Branca has taken 22 lives

My first thought upon seeing the images of the wave at Pedra Branca (“White Rock” in Portuguese) was of a Hollywood tsunami. It had to be a certain death for any human other than Snake ...

Birch Aquarium is haunted this week

And TedX is in town

Thursday | 20 The Ferris wheel, carnival games, and cuddly farm animals have left the fair. The Scream Zone offers three attractions. The House of Horror features themed rooms filled with terrifying sights, sounds, and ...

Fearless, joyous, reptilian

Lizard Boy at Diversionary Theatre

Diversionary Theatre ushers in its 31st season with the San Diego premiere of Justin Huertas’s “comic book musical fantasy.” Mt. St. Helens erupts and drama ensues. A dragon emerged from the lava. Its blood spews ...

German Currents Film Festival returns on October 22

Scott Marks hosts post-show Q&A with director Wolfgang Becker

The sixth annual German Currents Film Festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend, and with it comes the usual fine array of five films you’re not likely to find anywhere else in town. The call ...

You can't really call The Lion a play

Benjamin Scheuer learns to play like himself

There have been many notable plays about fathers and sons. Strindberg’s Fathers and Sons and O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night come to mind. Yet none are quite as powerful as the one-man autobiographical musical, ...

Chinese flame trees in bloom under a fully lit moon

An excellent time for tidepooling

Chinese Flame Trees all over the San Diego region are displaying colorful dusters of orange, reddish, or salmon-pink seed pods. Good specimens line the south end of Balboa Drive in Balboa Park, and Lake Murray ...

My Acting Bucket List: Wendy Waddell

Imagine Glengarry Glen Ross with an all-female cast

I’m asking actors and designers to name their 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 ...

Shopping carts, bottles and cans, fish line, and netting

Clean up the bay with Power Scuba

My friend Joe and I used to have a running bet on the number of bass caught that morphed into who found and hauled the most trash from the water. Down between the riprap rocks ...

The Upper Santa Ysabel Truck Trail on foot

Explore a trail that has most of the diverse habitats found in the county

Santa Ysabel Creek is a major tributary of the San Dieguito River. As it flows near Ramona, it is separated into upper and lower branches by the Pamo Valley. The Upper Santa Ysabel Truck Trail ...

Taxi Driver is on the big screen October 16 and 19

And the Ken launches another stellar week of revivals

Listen, you screwheads, here’s a film that still can take it...a theatrical revival over 40 years after its initial release...a film that stood up...to the test of time...here is Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Nothing before ...

Biggest beach run in the country is this week

And Willie Nelson pulls up to Humphreys in his biodiesel bus

Thursday | 13 “Gangstabilly” singer/songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley tapped that Athens, Georgia source for authentic roots music with a modern-rock edge. And their relentless touring and “new-and-improved South” sloganeering have made them one ...

Pink Dots, Goblin Cock, Helado Negro, and Tobacco

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

Thursday 13When Syd Barret took to his garden shed and my Piper at Gates of Dawn and Madcap Laughs cassettes were played out, I deliriously drowned in the Legendary Pink Dots catalog, born again to ...

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