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  • Kitchen Shrink: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! It's the Year of the Rooster

    Kitchen Shrink: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! It's the Year of the Rooster

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Mr. Zodiac Rooster swoops down on Monkey's head and crows a cock-a-doodle-doo to herald the Chinese New Year — the new moon of the first day of the first lunar month that bears his name. The rooster, a polygamous male chicken, roosts over his many hens and their nests to guard against...

  • The play's the thing: San Diego's Old Globe Theatre to host award-winning 'Plays by Young Writers' festival

    The play's the thing: San Diego's Old Globe Theatre to host award-winning 'Plays by Young Writers' festival

    Seven aspiring playwrights will have their work shown as part of the 32nd annual Playwrights Project Festival of Plays by Young Writers, Jan. 19-29, at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Ranging in age from 12 to 18, they are the winners of the 2016 California Young Playwrights Contest, chosen...

  • 6 reasons San Diego Restaurant Week 2017 must be on your 'must do' list

    6 reasons San Diego Restaurant Week 2017 must be on your 'must do' list

    San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) is back to kick off 2017 with food, fun and memories, Jan. 15-22. This foodie-favorited event is celebrating its 13th year of bringing people together to dine out, reconnect and indulge. With more than 180 participating restaurants to choose from across every neighborhood...

  • Cafe presents work of two local artists

    Cafe presents work of two local artists

    Throughout the month of January, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is featuring the work of Andrew Najera and Mieko Anekawa at 5627 La Jolla Blvd. A Southern California native, Andrew Najera’s natural talent and passion for drawing was nurtured under accomplished, local artist Judy Nachazel. After high...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts Over Seeds — Part 2

    Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts Over Seeds — Part 2

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When I was growing up, chia pets were all the rage. As a gag for my Sweet 16 birthday, one of my friends gave me a kitschy chia dog that magically grew a luxurious "fur" coat after I placed hundreds of tiny chia seeds on the canine's bare body, and watered them religiously for several...

  • 'Two Guys' art show coming to the library: Public reception slated for Dec. 11

    'Two Guys' art show coming to the library: Public reception slated for Dec. 11

    These days, longtime friends and San Diego artists Joe Nyiri and Keith Stephens are simply, two guys who paint. With careers as art teachers and a bevy of individual exhibitions under their belts, the retirees have exhibited together over the years at San Diego libraries in installments of what...

  • Brockton Villa marks 25 years of sea-side dining in La Jolla

    Brockton Villa marks 25 years of sea-side dining in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Brockton Villa restaurant is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but the history of this picturesque property dates back to the turn of the century. The PREVIOUS century. It was in 1900 that Nellie Mills, one of La Jolla's first known real estate agents, rented out one...

  • 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...

  • Aboard the R/V Sally Ride: Adventure into the world of oceanic expeditions at Birch Aquarium exhibit

    Aboard the R/V Sally Ride: Adventure into the world of oceanic expeditions at Birch Aquarium exhibit

    A new Birch Aquarium exhibit, opening Friday, Oct. 28, will transport visitors to the inside of R/V Sally Ride, the latest research vessel Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) is launching into its fleet. Featuring a 33-foot projected tryptic, an augmented reality interactive sandbox, and...

  • Theater ace talks Broadway at Jewish Book Fair

    Theater ace talks Broadway at Jewish Book Fair

    Jack Viertel knows his way around the theater. He is senior vice president of Jujamcym Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. His body of work includes being a theater critic, an arts editor for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, a dramaturg for the Mark Taper Forum, and a decade...

  • 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...

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