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  • 6th-grader loves her role in 'Miracle on 34th Street'

    6th-grader loves her role in 'Miracle on 34th Street'

    For many people, the 1947 film “Miracle on 34th Street,” has maintained its popularity throughout the decades. Luckily for those who remember it (and those who have never seen it), the San Diego Musical Theatre’s version is onstage through Dec. 24 at the Horton Grand Theatre. Julia Van Skike, a...

  • La Jollan adds role in 'White Christmas' to her list of performances

    La Jollan adds role in 'White Christmas' to her list of performances

    Claire Scheper said she began taking voice lessons about five years ago because she loved to sing, but never dreamed that would lead to performing on stage. “I never expected to be in musical theater,” she said. “As soon as my voice teacher, Karyn Overstreet, sent me to my first audition, I fell...

  • 2 Greens, 7 Films + 1 Rock Band kick off ArtPower’s Filmatic Series

    2 Greens, 7 Films + 1 Rock Band kick off ArtPower’s Filmatic Series

    Sam Green and Brent Green are not related, but they’re both filmmakers, each known for creating multimedia performances that combine inventive cinema with storytelling and music. And both were onstage for “Live Cinema” Nov. 9 at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute, narrating their films while a band provided...

  • Joyce Cutler Shaw: 'Fierce' La Jolla artist shines in documentary

    Joyce Cutler Shaw: 'Fierce' La Jolla artist shines in documentary

    For over 40 years, multimedia artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw, who has called La Jolla home since 1959, has been exhibiting her drawings, artist’s books and installations at museums and libraries around the world. She is now the subject of “She is Fierce,” a new 30-minute documentary that was screened...

  • La Jolla High School welcomes drama teacher Stacey Allen

    La Jolla High School welcomes drama teacher Stacey Allen

    Under the leadership of new drama teacher Stacey Allen, plays at La Jolla High School this year will be a little more intimate. That’s not to say there won’t be a big musical (it’s “Little Shop of Horrors” this year), but to get into the raw nature of acting, several productions will be pared down....

  • Stravinsky's 'Psalms,' headline December Symphony & Chorus concert

    Stravinsky's 'Psalms,' headline December Symphony & Chorus concert

    The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the second concert of its 62nd season, Dec. 3-4, showcasing two very different approaches to the symphony. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and chorus in Igor Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and orchestra in Beethoven’s 6th Symphony....

  • Master’s students stage a stylish ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at The Old Globe

    Master’s students stage a stylish ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at The Old Globe

    The Old Globe Theatre continues to captivate audiences with its brilliant executions of Shakespeare’s classics, bringing in top talent to star and direct. Now through Nov. 20, you can see another fine example in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” directed by Richard Seer with first- and second-year...

  • Let’s Review: ‘Arrival’ premiere wows UCSD sci-fi fans

    Let’s Review: ‘Arrival’ premiere wows UCSD sci-fi fans

    There was excitement in the air on Nov. 7 at Atkinson Auditorium in the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego for the world premiere of the science fiction film, “Arrival,” released in theaters Nov. 11. The sold-out crowd was anxious to find their seats. Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to...

  • La Jolla artist’s retrospective provides quiet moments at Halloween Bash

    La Jolla artist’s retrospective provides quiet moments at Halloween Bash

    The pre-Halloween “Art After Dark” event at Oceanside Museum of Art on Oct. 28 was full of eye-popping surprises. For starters, there was a 30-foot airplane parked outside, courtesy of artist Dustin Otterbach. Inside, mixing with hundreds of costumed guests and nonstop DJ music, there were burlesque...

  • How to Weave a Painting: The Loft to showcase La Jolla artist's work

    How to Weave a Painting: The Loft to showcase La Jolla artist's work

    If you look at the recent series of paintings by La Jolla artist Mohan Sundaresan collectively titled “Woven Paintings,” from afar, they seem like regular geometrically-oriented works made with a brush and deep rich colors. However, if you get real close and examine each carefully, you realize...

  • Christmas in Whoville: Old Globe skillfully stages annual classic

    Christmas in Whoville: Old Globe skillfully stages annual classic

    The Conrad Prebys Theatre Center Plaza in front of The Old Globe in Balboa Park is a beautiful, fun reminder of the upcoming holiday season. The lights, and especially the very tall Grinch Tree, is a delight for all ages. Watching families take pictures in front of it and seeing children’s smiles...

  • Old Globe Theater takes Shakespeare on the road again with 'Measure For Measure'

    Old Globe Theater takes Shakespeare on the road again with 'Measure For Measure'

    After two successful years with the traveling Globe For All performances, the program returns for a third year with Shakespeare’s “Measure For Measure,” on tour around San Diego County with free performances through Nov. 20. Directing this year is Patricia McGregor making her Globe debut. “I am...

  • Strong voices carry new Playhouse musical 'Miss You Like Hell'

    Strong voices carry new Playhouse musical 'Miss You Like Hell'

    It’s always exciting when a world-premiere arrives in San Diego. Music fans will be even more excited as the world-premiere of “Miss You Like Hell” at La Jolla Playhouse through Dec. 4, features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (“In the Heights,” “Water by the Spoonful”),...

  • Sherpa's smile steals the photo show at café

    Sherpa's smile steals the photo show at café

    Images from travel photographer Briana Gallo’s recent trek to the base of Mt. Everest are on display through November at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Art & Music Collective, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. The La Jollan’s travel blog was published in the Huffington Post and highlights the photos on display. Many...

  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus hires new choral director

    La Jolla Symphony & Chorus hires new choral director

    The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) has hired Patrick Walders as its next choral director after a search that included local and out-of-state candidates. Walders is an Associate Professor of Music at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he conducts the Aztec Concert Choir, SDSU Chamber Choir and...

  • IDEAS performance blends dance, dreams, technology at UCSD

    IDEAS performance blends dance, dreams, technology at UCSD

    Everyone knows: good ideas can make great things happen. In 2013, UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute initiated the IDEAS program to encourage faculty and students in visual arts, music, theater and dance to take advantage of the Institute’s advanced audio-visual capabilities in staging their works....

  • A Look at Louis Kahn: SDMA retrospective celebrates famed Modernist architect

    A Look at Louis Kahn: SDMA retrospective celebrates famed Modernist architect

    Louis Kahn, a name most of us know as the designer of the Salk Institute, is considered one of the major forces in 20th-century architecture. A new exhibition coming to San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park, Saturday, Nov. 5 will show the evolution of his work, including models, sketches and photos...

  • Nasser Pirasteh sculpture to come down this week

    Nasser Pirasteh sculpture to come down this week

    After an unsuccessful attempt on Oct. 29 to move the 10-foot, multi-ton installation in his yard at 6706 Avenida Mañana out of the front setback, artist Nasser Pirasteh announced the piece will have to be professionally dismantled sometime this week.  His work, titled “In-Out,” was ruled an “unpermitted...

  • University Art Gallery re-opens with photography show

    University Art Gallery re-opens with photography show

    After facing the threat of closure most of last year, and a brief period when it was officially closed, the UC San Diego Art Gallery (UAG) in Mandeville Center has re-opened its doors on campus. A warm and appreciative crowd gathered at the gallery Oct. 7, for a photography show of past and present...

  • Let's Review: Neil Simon writes what he knows and he knows comedy writers

    Let's Review: Neil Simon writes what he knows and he knows comedy writers

    The North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach has graced its stage with many hilarious comedies. Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” directed by Tom Markus, may just be the best ever.  The story takes place in the writers’ room of television’s “Your Show Of Shows” (with homage to Sid...

  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus opens 62nd season Oct. 29

    La Jolla Symphony & Chorus opens 62nd season Oct. 29

    “Music from the Middle of Life” is the theme of the new La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) season, which runs Oct. 29-June 11, 2017. Music Director Steven Schick said he built the concerts around music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted...

  • Artist seeks new home for controversial piece

    Artist seeks new home for controversial piece

    As the deadline approaches for the removal of the installation at 6706 Avenida Mañana, which the City has ruled to be a code violation, artists Nasser Pirasteh and wife Zahra are hard at work finding a new home for the piece and hoping for an eleventh hour miracle. “We’ve been in contact with area...

  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) marks its 75th year with a new director, Kathryn Kanjo

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) marks its 75th year with a new director, Kathryn Kanjo

    On Oct. 18, 2016 — the 75th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), Kathryn Kanjo will officially become the museum's new Director/CEO, taking over from Hugh Davies, who has held the position for a record 33 years. In a recent interview, Kanjo talked candidly about her...

  • 'The Lion' offers paws for musical reflection at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

    'The Lion' offers paws for musical reflection at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

    THEATER REVIEW: It may sound a little different — an entire play about a guy singing and playing, not one, but six guitars. Still, the rousing applause at the end of "The Lion" on opening night at The Old Globe, conveyed that not only is this an exciting show, but that Benjamin Scheuer's real life...

  • ArtPower to bring three nights of hot sounds to UCSD

    ArtPower to bring three nights of hot sounds to UCSD

    Love music, especially when it’s close to home? October is a great time to discover ArtPower (AP), UC San Diego’s fine purveyor of music, dance and movies from around the world. This season, AP is introducing “American Routes,” a series of concerts featuring the diverse traditions that have shaped...

  • Art & Wine Festival draws visitors to the Village

    Art & Wine Festival draws visitors to the Village

    The eighth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival played out down Girard Avenue in the Village, Oct. 8-9, with proceeds from the fundraiser going to supplement school programs in La Jolla. In addition to booths featuring the work of 150 artists for show and sale, there were wine and beer-tasting gardens...

  • Welcome Aboard! Navy and Marine Corps veteran creates nautical universe

    Welcome Aboard! Navy and Marine Corps veteran creates nautical universe

    “Ding, ding … ding, ding,” chimes the nautical clock every half hour inside the Nautical History Gallery & Museum at 1012 Pearl St. More than 10 model ships and hundreds of antique nautical artifacts from different eras in American history decorate the small room and workshop of Marine Corps and...

  • Film Festival brings a bit of Hollywood to La Jolla

    Film Festival brings a bit of Hollywood to La Jolla

    The 15th annual San Diego International Film Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, brought stars to La Jolla, along with producers, writers and directors of award-winning independent films. The weekend featured screenings of 95 narrative, documentary and short movies, both in and out of competition, vying...

  • It'll be a Bash! Music school marks first year with record label launch

    It'll be a Bash! Music school marks first year with record label launch

    To celebrate the first anniversary of the Kalabash School of Music and the Arts’ opening in Bird Rock, the music-makers will present a day of live performances, family art projects and the launch of its record label for teens, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5725 La Jolla Blvd. Kalabash co-founder...

  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents a Wabi-Sabi experience

    Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents a Wabi-Sabi experience

    Are you wise to the ways of Wabi-Sabi? It’s a Japanese concept of finding beauty in imperfection and appreciating all phases of the natural cycle — from growth to decay — in nature and art. A pair of new exhibits at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library may well expand your aesthetic awareness, and...

  • So much to see and do! La Jolla Art and Wine Fest adds celebs, family events, speakers to 2016 lineup

    So much to see and do! La Jolla Art and Wine Fest adds celebs, family events, speakers to 2016 lineup

    The eighth annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival is stepping up its entertainment game this year so those who stroll the streets looking at world-class art have something to see and do at every corner.  The two-day juried art show — to be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6...

  • Beach Boys’ Mike Love signs new book at Warwick’s

    Beach Boys’ Mike Love signs new book at Warwick’s

    A line of rock ‘n’ roll fans waited outside Warwick’s bookstore Friday, Sept. 23 to meet musician Mike Love and have him sign copies of his new book, “Good Vibrations, My Life as a Beach Boy.” Before the event, La Jolla Light got the chance to spend a few minutes with the singer/songwriter to see...

  • Review: 'October Sky' is a sensational production

    Review: 'October Sky' is a sensational production

    A 1950s mining town comes to the stage in The Old Globe Theatre’s West Coast premiere of the musical “October Sky,” inspired by the 1999 Universal Pictures film based on a true story. Rachel Rockwell, director and choreographer, worked with composer/lyricist Michael Mahler to create this absorbing...

  • 'Peerless' production shines at Moxie Theatre

    'Peerless' production shines at Moxie Theatre

    Once again, for Moxie Theatre, less is more. Last month, Moxie closed its 11th season with a super-successful run of “Ruthless,” a campy musical about a grade-school girl who will stop at nothing to get the lead in her school play. Now Moxie starts its 12th season with the aptly-named “peerless,”...

  • San Diego Int'l Film Fest marks Gregory Peck centennial with cinema excellence award Sept. 29 in La Jolla

    San Diego Int'l Film Fest marks Gregory Peck centennial with cinema excellence award Sept. 29 in La Jolla

    The late La Jolla-born actor Gregory Peck once compared his favorite film “To Kill a Mockingbird” (directed by Robert Mulligan in 1962, in which Peck played attorney Atticus Finch) with the village of his childhood. “In the 1920s, La Jolla was a magical little resort community. … There was even...

  • La Jolla Playhouse dedicates ‘Molli and Arthur Wagner Walk’

    La Jolla Playhouse dedicates ‘Molli and Arthur Wagner Walk’

    In a ceremony held Monday, Sept. 26, a newly-designated walkway was unveiled in honor of Arthur Wagner, founding chair of the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, and his wife, Molli. About 50 people witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place adjacent to the walk, which runs...

  • Playwright Mike Lew speaks to budding dramatists at La Jolla High

    Playwright Mike Lew speaks to budding dramatists at La Jolla High

    In a rare opportunity to pull back the curtain on theater production in an intimate setting, La Jolla High School graduate and playwright Mike Lew stopped by his Alma Mater to talk to English and drama students Sept. 12. His production “Tiger Style” is playing at La Jolla Playhouse through Oct....

  • Theater Review: Cultures clash and results are laughs in 'Tiger Style' at La Jolla Playhouse

    Theater Review: Cultures clash and results are laughs in 'Tiger Style' at La Jolla Playhouse

    Mike Lew must have had a grand plan for his future after he graduated from La Jolla High School to start a career in the theater. He went to Julliard to earn an artist diploma in playwriting, and at Yale, he earned a B.A. with a double major in directing and writing. His work has appeared in theaters...

  • Gill's Village: Multi institution exhibit pays homage to architect Irving Gill

    Gill's Village: Multi institution exhibit pays homage to architect Irving Gill

    When it comes to La Jolla’s history and architecture, there are few more significant players than architect Irving Gill (1870-1936). When it came to giving La Jolla’s early civic, educational and scientific institutions a home, it was Gill who built them.  La Jolla Historical Society executive...

  • New art lines the walls of café gallery in Bird Rock

    New art lines the walls of café gallery in Bird Rock

    Through the month of September, internationally acclaimed artist Peggy Hinaekian is exhibiting her abstract work on canvas, along with signed and numbered prints, at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. Also on exhibit are the photographs of La Jolla High School sophomores Mack Bonebrake...

  • Exhibit showcases groundbreaking local photographers

    Exhibit showcases groundbreaking local photographers

    Starting Friday, Sept. 23, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) galleries in La Jolla will offer a 10-week look at "The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium." The exhibition highlights a network of artists connected with UCSD's Visual Art Department who, from...

  • Fred Lonidier

    Fred Lonidier

    Image of a protest from ‘29 Arrests’ by Fred Lonidier (1972), on view in ‘The Uses of Photography’ exhibit, opening at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location Sept. 23.

  • The Go-Go’s end farewell tour with rockin’ homecoming concert in Los Angeles

    The Go-Go’s end farewell tour with rockin’ homecoming concert in Los Angeles

    — CONCERT REVIEW: With a signature blend of catchy pop hooks, California surf-rock guitar riffs, punk-attitude lyrics and girl-group harmonies, The Go-Go’s have made a lasting impression in the music world. Thirty-eight years after forming in 1978, the all-female pop/rock band bid adieu to the...

  • Photos: American Patriot Award Gala held aboard USS Midway in San Diego

    Photos: American Patriot Award Gala held aboard USS Midway in San Diego

    The 10th annual Midway American Patriot Award Gala was hosted aboard the USS Midway Museum, Sept. 1, 2016 in downtown San Diego. The Midway American Patriot Award honors extraordinary individuals who exemplify the finest of American ideals, recognizing individual acts as well as cumulative lifetime...

  • Prestigious watch brand, Patek Philippe, now at CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla

    Prestigious watch brand, Patek Philippe, now at CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla

    — BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: As of September 2016, CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla is an official retailer for the Swiss watch brand, Patek Philippe, which is renowned for innovation, quality and heritage. Established in Geneva in 1839, Patek Phillipe is the last independently family-owned watch manufacturer....

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