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A sassy, Seussical display

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

You may have watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” or read “The Cat in the Hat,” but have you gazed upon “The Rather Odd Myopic Woman”? Or how about, “The Cat that Changed the World”?

Those works are also part of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s — better known as “Dr. Seuss” — “Midnight Paintings” collection. Some of that art will be on display in a special upcoming exhibition, “The Art of Dr. Seuss — A Rare Editions Event” at the Chuck Jones Gallery Downtown, May 13–June 4.

The bird is (still) the word(nerd)

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House, a 25-plus-year fixture in San Diego’s Seaport Village, announced on Dec. 5 its planned closure by the end of that month. It was going the way of countless small independents before it, succumbing to the book sales behemoth, Amazon.com, and a national coffeehouse chain that had opened across the street two years before.

Upstart Crow store manager, Judith Calleros, captured the store’s situation in one sentence: “People would come in with Starbucks cups in their hands, look at our books and buy nothing.”

Airport ‘transcends’ race and age with dance

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

The San Diego International Airport’s Performing Arts Residency Program continues to thrive. Founded in 2016, goal of the program is to enrich the airport environment while helping to cultivate the performing arts community.

And while the inaugural year featured the acrobatic and theatrical skills of Fern Street Circus, the airport’s choice for year’s resident group, the transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project, hopes to bring an inspired, youthful kaleidoscope to the venue.

Ready, set, exchange

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, News | No Comments

A month of museum visits awaits By Gina McGalliard If you love museums, May is going to be your lucky month. The San Diego Museum Council is having their “Big Exchange” — an event that allows patrons the opportunity to visit a wide assortment of institutions, a number of other arts and cultural destinations and […]

From the bayou to the bay

By Wendy Lemlin Elected official from Louisiana to experience ‘Gator’ first hand How authentic is the Louisiana-themed joie de vivre evidenced at the annual Gator by the Bay Festival, happening May 11-14 at Spanish Landing Park? So authentic that it caught the attention of Louisiana’s Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who has cleared his very busy […]

Surreal reinterpretation

By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

Organizers of the 36th annual Art Alive exhibit at San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) expect to draw more than 13,000 people to experience the museum in full bloom April 27–30. About 100 local and regional floral designers will select artwork from the museum to serve as inspiration to create their own floral interpretation based on the chosen work of art.

“It’s a great way to experience the art in a different way,” said Sarah Grossman, manager of special events and corporate relations at SDMA. “We were one of the first museums to do floral exhibitions, but most haven’t taken it to the same level that we have.”

ArtWalk is an extravaganza of color in Little Italy

By Gina McGalliard Little Italy’s ArtWalk isn’t just your typical community street fair — it’s a 17-block two-day event that has the distinction of being San Diego’s foremost art festival, drawing vendors and visitors from around the country. Now in its 33rd year, Mission Federal ArtWalk showcases the work of more than 350 artists in […]

‘Red Velvet’ depicts forgotten part of theatrical history

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Theatergoers with knowledge of Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) looked forward eagerly to the March 30 Old Globe opening of Lolita Chakrabarti’s 2012 London play “Red Velvet.”

Aldridge, who has a San Diego theater company named for him, was a great African-American actor who in 1833 became the first to play Othello au naturel on the London Stage.