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Styx returns to rock opera

Plus Alan Parsons, Greensky Bluegrass, the Lil Smokies, and Ghost

A little over 20 years ago, when a bunch of Hit Parader contributors pooled writeups for a 20 Best Debut Albums of All Time feature, I took a lot of flack for doing mine on ...

Hair gone gray

Half a century ago, the very staging of Hair read like a political act

To paraphrase Abbie Hoffman, don’t trust any play over 30. The yippie author of Steal This Book popularized guerrilla theater more than half a century ago, staging performative countercultural protests to subvert the establishment, such ...

The Squirrels has the makings

But it plays more like notes for a second draft

The ancient philosopher Epicurus said, “Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” Scurius is the patriarch of the squirrels on his tree. He’s a Gray squirrel and lives square in ...

Romeo, Romeo, and Juliet, Legacy of John Muir, San Diego Historic Highways, Dirty Bags Cornhole, Six String Society

Events June 21-27, 2018

Thursday | 23 Romeo, Romeo, and Juliet “Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Romeo #1: “Here. beloved Juliet.” Romeo #2: “Nooo! Over here!” Romeo #1: “Call me but love and I’ll be new baptiz’d.” ...

A stroll through the City of Trails

Explore some of the lesser-known paths of Poway

Poway is a “city of trails” with some of the most popular hiking trails in coastal San Diego, especially those to Iron Mountain and Mt. Woodson. However, it has many other trails, mostly used by ...

Costume customers at Anime Conji

Japanese animation fans gather and play dress-up

Cosplay customers in Mission Valley

Sometimes you just gotta move to Austin

Matthew Logan Vasquez, Thrice, King Khan & The Shrines, Dawes, Dermot Kennedy

After a decade spent in the frontman slot of mainstream rock bands like the mostly-local Delta Spirit, as well as Middle Brother (featuring members of Dawes and Deer Tick), famous former neighbor Matthew Logan Vasquez ...

Embarrassed by tragedy

The actors indeed had to soldier on through the titters and giggles of the audience

“The most certain sign of decadence in a nation is the fact that it cannot witness the performance of tragedy but must ever be titillated by comic entertainments.” –St. John G. Ervine, author of John ...

A mind overthrown

You could almost call the play Inside of Our Heads

During its early scenes, a play makes a kind of pact with the audience: “Here is tonight’s theatrical world.” It could be cartoony absurd or Victorian Gingerbread Age ornate. But this is default mode, how ...

A wild but happening place

Annie's Canyon Trail takes you through a wide variety of habitats

Annie’s Canyon Trail goes through a variety of habitats, including riparian forest, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and salt water marsh. It also has an amazing slot canyon. There are outstanding views of the ocean, lagoon, ...

Skateboarding’s Finest, Har Mar Superstar, A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer, King Arthur Archery Tournament, James Hubbell Home and Studio Tour

Events June 14-20, 2018

Thursday | 14 Skateboarding's Finest J. Grant Brittain, a San Diego-based photographer who has captured some of skateboarding’s finest athletes since 1979, began his career at the Del Mar Skate Ranch, where he decided to ...

Guitars amble and shimmer, drum tracks roll out like bubbles

Covet, Patrick Sweany, Florence & the Machine, Troye Sivan, Clan of Xymox

Based around Oakland and San Jose, “adventure math rock” band Covet features Yvette Young and David Adamiak, who together make sounds best described as music to watch dragons and hobbits by while you test a ...

The tangled -isms of Native Gardens

Each year sees several plays about two couples who begin amicably and end up as flying body parts

Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" contains a character who repeats the line “good fences make good neighbors” like it's a kind of mantra. Karen Zacharias’ Native Gardens begs to differ. Most of the 90-minute comedy ...

Fight the empathy shortage

A Thousand Splendid Suns and the plight of The Afghan Girl

Afghanistan’s most famous face belongs to a name few have ever heard: Sharbat Gula. Mainly, she’s famous for enduring a very, very difficult life. As a child, she trekked fifty mountainous miles to escape the ...

Michael Franti, Once, San Diego Greek Festival, Julian Backcountry Dance, The Original Siamese Twins

Events June 7-13, 2018

Thursday | 7 MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD At some point, lyrics can become poetry, and that’s a goal that Michael Franti has achieved, writing songs with numerous ensembles, the most successful being his group Spearhead. ...

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