Arts & Theater

  • See colors as you've never seen them

    See colors as you've never seen them

    Synesthesia: a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated. — Merriam-Webster Ever heard this fifty-cent word? I know it because I experience it often in my life. When I listen to music or when I meditate, I “hear” and “see” colors, whether...

  • Artists present impressive bodies of work at Sparks Gallery

    Artists present impressive bodies of work at Sparks Gallery

    Living in a coastal city, we are accustomed (some might say numb) to seeing bodies clad in bikinis and board shorts. “Physique,” a group show at Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp Quarter, pulls us out of our visual apathy and brings a mindful clarity to our most prized personal possession. The exhibition...

  • Border wines evolve with San Diegan’s help

    Border wines evolve with San Diegan’s help

    You might assume that holding the title of beverage director for an organization as large and powerful as Cohn Restaurant Group would give a person a demeanor of entitlement and ego. But Maurice DiMarino approaches with a warm smile and relaxed manner that instantly puts people at ease. His linen...

  • Oceans have artists climbing the walls

    Oceans have artists climbing the walls

    Art lovers — make that every San Diegan — prepare to be dazzled. PangeaSeed Foundation, the international nonprofit foundation, is hosting “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” right here in our SoCal paradise through today. PangeaSeed, which rallies to generate awareness and change regarding ocean environmental...

  • Slick art graces KAABOO fest

    Slick art graces KAABOO fest

    “One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small…” Grace Slick’s haunting voice on one of rock’s most famous and trance-inducing songs is embedded in the mind of every fan of psychedelia and epic outdoor music festivals on the planet. If you haven’t heard of Grace Slick, I won’t say you aren’t...

  • Lifelong quest reveals nature’s stunning beauty

    Lifelong quest reveals nature’s stunning beauty

    Renowned worldwide for his extraordinary landscape photography, Jeff Mitchum is often called the “Ansel Adams of color.” This award-winning triathlete dad has been featured in the Smithsonian Institution and the Getty Museum, and he has shot for National Geographic.Mitchum, who has galleries in...

  • Water, water everywhere in gallery show

    Water, water everywhere in gallery show

    When it’s scorching hot and my cheeks burn bright pink, I imagine one thing only: cold water. Down my throat, splashing around my ankles, or rushing over my head as I dive headlong into a cold swimming pool. Imagine my delight when I discovered that I could see my aquatic visions realized in Adelman...

  • San Diegans show off their tattoos: Keith Shaw

    San Diegans show off their tattoos: Keith Shaw

    KEITH SHAW Lead brewer at Modern Times Beer Q: First tattoo? A: Age 22. I was in the Marine Corps, all my friends had tattoos and I just got the “itch.” I originally wanted this elaborate Celtic armband ... but it is far from elaborate. I will be getting it covered up when I full sleeve my left...

  • San Diegans show off their tattoos: Daiju Yoshino

    San Diegans show off their tattoos: Daiju Yoshino

    DAIJU YOSHINO Owner, Farmers Insurance and Financial Services agency. Q: First tattoo? A: 2012, of Ryuotaro, an old Japanese folklore character with a depiction of a warrior or samurai controlling a dragon. I chose this to represent my firstborn son, who was born in the year of the dragon. Q: Favorite...

  • San Diegans show off their tattoos: Bahar Atilgan

    San Diegans show off their tattoos: Bahar Atilgan

    Bahar Atilgan, a bartender and an online boutique owner, has a unique perspective by admitting she wears her tattoos — her tattoos don’t wear her. — K.C. Alfred In San Diego, tattoos are almost as ubiquitous as craft beer. From bartenders to businessmen, you can spot inked bodies and tattoo parlors...

  • San Diegans show off their tattoos: Surge Hernandez

    San Diegans show off their tattoos: Surge Hernandez

    In San Diego, tattoos are almost as ubiquitous as craft beer. From bartenders to businessmen, you can spot inked bodies and tattoo parlors on nearly every corner. But as you might have noticed, not all tattoos are created equal. From the cringeworthy to the epically beautiful, tattoos can engage,...

  • Seth MacFarlane to perform with San Diego Symphony

    Seth MacFarlane to perform with San Diego Symphony

    You already know Seth MacFarlane is good with his voice — just watch “Family Guy” or “Ted.” But did you know he has a great voice? His baritone voice landed him a record deal in 2011, when he released his first studio album, “Music Is Better Than Words.” It showcased his fascination with the Great...

  • New hours for Queen Califia’s Circle

    New hours for Queen Califia’s Circle

    Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park is greatly expanding the hours it is open to the public. Beginning Aug. 9, the sculpture garden will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, weather permitting. It will also continue to be open from 9 a.m. to noon on the...

  • Artist thinks big by going small

    Artist thinks big by going small

    “They outnumber us, they predate us, and can have a large impact on our functioning.” — Sara Parent-Ramos A number of possibilities would fit as the subject of that statement, buy you might not guess something as strange and microscopic as gut bacteria. In a stunning new exhibition titled “A Tiny...

  • Oceanside International Film Festival returns

    Oceanside International Film Festival returns

    Billed as North County’s largest film festival, the annual Oceanside International Film Festival, which has taken place since 2009, has been a place for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged, with the hope of being picked up for wider distribution. The festival kicks off...

  • Design master returns to Barrio Logan

    Design master returns to Barrio Logan

    Prolific designer Paul Basile has transformed the San Diego restaurant scene with inventive spaces and a groundbreaking aesthetic. His innovative use of vintage objects and reclaimed wood, his juxtaposition of seemingly disparate items, and his use of postmodern repetition have captured the eyes...

  • Gallery is a year-round Comic-Con

    Gallery is a year-round Comic-Con

    If you have ever picked up a comic book or seen a movie or television show based on a comic book (and believe me, you have), then you absolutely must visit the San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station. I was blown away by the range of popular titles associated with the organization and its...

  • Petco Park images tell San Diego baseball history

    Petco Park images tell San Diego baseball history

    As you stroll into Petco Park, you can’t help but be struck by the massive images of Padres players looming above you. Curious minds have often inquired, how were these gigantic figures made? Are they painted or are they like Fathead decals? I decided to investigate and spoke to Katie Jackson,...

  • Artist’s second career is a stretch

    Artist’s second career is a stretch

    John Lidot finds his place behind the canvases of others

  • 'Friends' and photos surf back in time

    'Friends' and photos surf back in time

    In the 1970s and ’80s, La Jolla was an entirely different world than it is now. Sure the big homes and expensive cars were there, but so was a cast of characters at Windansea and the surrounding beaches who have since become local legends. Living by the beach was affordable then, and gentrification...

  • Quilt exhibit sews culture to cocktails

    Quilt exhibit sews culture to cocktails

    Who says a little dose of culture can’t be fun? At the revolving Culture & Cocktails, people get an inside look at featured art exhibitions, while enjoying delicious themed cocktails, beer and munchies, swaying to DJ’d music, and waxing philosophical on art. Held in the Rotunda of the San Diego...

  • Combat’s emotion spills onto city walls

    Combat’s emotion spills onto city walls

    “America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war; America is at the mall.” — handwritten note on a wall in Iraq There are times when art pleases, when art shocks and when art incites. And then ... there are times when art stops your heart in your throat, and you try to imagine what the artist...

  • 'Hamilton' is heading to San Diego

    'Hamilton' is heading to San Diego

    Tour of smash-hit Broadway musical will hit town in 2017-18 season

  • New digs, new name for art festival

    New digs, new name for art festival

    Longtime fans of the La Jolla Festival of the Arts can look forward this year to new digs with an exciting move to Waterfront Park and a new name with the more encompassing moniker of San Diego Festival of the Arts. Celebrating its 30th year, it will be the first art festival held at the downtown...

  • Second City hitting town again

    Second City hitting town again

    Improv company bringing politics-themed show to La Jolla Playhouse

  • Heroes in a Half Shell stars of gallery event

    Heroes in a Half Shell stars of gallery event

    Booyahkasha! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to celebrate the first anniversary of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station and to help comic creators in need. The Heroes in a Half Shell will be the stars of a one-night show at the gallery displaying 100 original comic book...

  • Around the world in 100 ways

    Around the world in 100 ways

    “The idea was not to become an artist, but to see what the artistry was in everyone around me.” — Ron Miriello Picture it. I’m speeding through the airport after a lengthy cross-country trek, when my 4-year-old son tugs on my shirt and exclaims, “Mommy, mommy! Look at all of the globes!” I was, as...

  • Repetition brings calm, beautiful artwork

    Repetition brings calm, beautiful artwork

    Every artist’s story hits me in a profound way, but sometimes the heartstrings get pulled in an astounding and unforgettable way. I recently became aware of an incredible 12-year-old named Nolan Cooley, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 2, and since age 6 has been creating beautiful...

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