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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.

Intrepid Opens ‘Perfect Arrangement’ at Horton Grand

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review In the world of Topher Payne’s “Perfect Arrangement,” it’s 1950. We’re at a cocktail party on one side of the Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) duplex supposedly inhabited by Bob and Millie Martindale (John DeCarlo and Laura Bohlin). Jim and Norma Baxter (Joshua Jones and Jennifer Paredes) supposedly live in the other […]

What most becomes a legend

By Charlene Baldridge

In 1985, a young writer named Patricia Ward went to the Smithsonian with a documentary film she’d written. It concerned author Herman Melville, in whom she had such an avid interest that it appeared the continued study of his life and works would be her future.

All that changed when Ward met her film’s host, a man who took over her life. He was kind and attractive and persuaded her to move to Los Angeles to help him write his memoirs. He happened to be the legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly.

Learning from the past

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By David Dixon Politics and sexuality are two timely subjects in 2017. That makes this an ideal year for Intrepid Theatre’s production of the 2016 comedy-drama, “Perfect Arrangement.” Taking place in 1950, the story follows two U.S. State Department employees, Bob Martindale (John DeCarlo) and Norma Baxter (Jennifer Paredes).

Downtown Calendar — January 2017

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’ FRIDAY, JAN. 6 It’s everyone’s favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story. Take a musical journey with San Diego Junior Theatre through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a […]