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George Clinton, Henry Rollins, OFF!

...plus Monk's Listless Christmas Listening List (say that five times fast)

Sunday 25Monk’s listless list: my annual Christmas insert where I admit what sucked up most of my time listening-wise this year. Yes, I use the very scientific method of naming my bests by what I ...

Last Call: The Normal Heart at Ion Theatre

Stage and house seats haunted

One of the best, most moving shows of 2016 must close this Sunday, December 23. In many ways, Ion Theatre’s intimate space is the perfect site for Larry Kramer’s bulging epic about the early years ...

My acting bucket list: Karole Foreman

"While I am still crawling around on the planet..."

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 ...

Miracle on 34th Street at San Diego Musical Theatre

Watch the sound effects in a live musical radio play

It is the holiday season and thus the fare has changed. Many theaters repeat old favorites to ring in the festive mood. Besides the obvious suspects, there are newer offerings. For the past five years, ...

The Wholehearted at La Jolla Playhouse

Today’s story packaged for superficial entertainment and exploitation

Christy Martin wore pink as a boxer and posing for the cover of Sports Illustrated. When her husband and trainer for 20 years thought she was having an affair, he stabbed her three times in ...

For three days this week: The Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet

Holiday and nonholiday events for mid-December

Thursday | 15 Nobody does fuzzy flower pop like the Dandys from Portlandia, and this year’s Distortland is no exception. As Dave Good puts it in this week’s Of Note, the new record’s full of ...

Juniper Canyon’s evidence of tectonic plate activity

Experience feeling alone with nature in the middle of the city

Juniper Canyon Open Space is mainly an urban remnant of the local native coastal sage scrub, with some intermingling of chaparral and some weedy growth along the trail. The trail itself varies from a narrow ...

Dandys, X, Blasters, and Bey

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

Thursday 15L.A. cow-punk originators X — about to turn 40 and featuring the original lineup of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebreak — will rock the Casbah for four nights, Thursday (with ...

Sunday's Giant Surprise, Anti-Monday bands, three guys called Mordecai, and Manual Scan

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

Sunday 18Giant surprise for all you area shoegazers, there’s a Grade A shoegaze group in our midst called Giant Surprise, and their debut’s got the goods, blamming blown-cone songs that are speak-sung in that ’gazer ...

1940s Radio Hour at New Village Arts

A more Hallmark card kind of an experience

Authenticity abounds in New Village Arts’ production of Walton Jones’s 1940s piece, and the audience becomes immersed in the music and ambience of the period. Under the nurturing care of director Dana Case, aboard for ...

The Mystery of Love and Sex at Diversionary Theatre

Go for a laugh

An exceptional cast, snappy writing, and polished production elements bring to life the complicated nature of interpersonal relationships between family and friends in Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love and Sex. The play follows four ...

Last call: Seven Spots on the Sun and The Kid Thing

War zones and living rooms set the stages

Not quite ready for the holiday barrage? Here are two provocative pieces that must close this weekend. Seven Spots on the Sun, InnerMission Productions An old saying goes, “out of the mud grows the lotus.” ...

Our beaches looked like the East Coast’s millions of years ago

Sandstone pinnacles and pockets guide your way to the crashing waves below

Established to protect the life forms found within it, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve became an official state park in 1956. Found within its borders is the Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana), the rarest pine ...

Run with Santas this week

And see Liza Shlesinger, Wrex the Halls, and Gals & Monsters

Thursday | 8 Certified cicerone Erik Fowler and Brothers’ Provisions cheesemonger Kate will walk you through the expansive world of infused cheese. Get tips on pairing cheese and learn how to serve and set up ...

Jonny Lang, Jonny Richman, Shelters, and Wild Child

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

Sunday 11Underground hip-hop hits Casbah Sunday night, when Doomtree’s Sims splits the spits with Chicago-based mash-up Air Credits (Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck)...Swedish new wavers the Sounds (think: Blondie) set up at House of Blues Sunday ...

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