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Arting by the bay

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

After moving to Downtown last year, following two decades in La Jolla, the San Diego Festival of the Arts — formerly the La Jolla Festival of the Arts — has found its home on the steps of the San Diego Bay.

Still produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation in conjunction with San Diego Magazine, the 2017 festival will take place June 10–11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Building empathy through film

Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film, Top Story | No Comments

By Terri Stanley

When the San Diego Film Foundation (SDFF) partnered recently with actress/producer/documentarian Susan Sarandon and directors Thomas Morgan and Jack Henry Robbins to bring the award-winning documentary “Storied Streets” to San Diego high school students, the collaboration brought an immediate response and level of engagement that surpassed expectations.

Fermentations in Ocean Beach

Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Not long ago, Newport Avenue was the last place on earth where oenophiles flocked to assess the bouquets and flavors of wine varietals and their blends. Other than scoring a cheap glass of oxidized merlot at some bar slinging Coronas and Fireball, the pickings for wine drinkers were abysmal.

But with Ocean Beach’s craft beer and food renaissance of late came Gianni Buonomo Vintners, a 3,000-square-foot winemaking facility and tasting room that opened last year in what used to be an antiques store.

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 | 1 Comment

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.

A force for good

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

Downtown residents Arlene and Richard Esgate understand the importance of giving back and strive to make a difference in San Diego and beyond.

Whether advocating for Balboa Park or serving on the board of the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Esgates put their wallets where their hearts lie. They are major donors to Childhelp, a national child-abuse prevention and treatment organization. In 2012, Childhelp gave the couple the “Founders for the Love of a Child” award for their dedication and support. Giving is what the Esgates do.

Swift boats and firefights

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By John Gregory

American sailors faced incredible danger while patrolling coastal and inland waterways during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. One such sailor is Bob Bolger, a Vietnam veteran who has accrued more than 2,700 hours as a volunteer at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Bolger can tell visitors every detail about PCF 816, a swift boat on display at the museum.

Swift boats are 50-foot-long, aluminum-hulled sea craft commonly used during Vietnam to stop enemy supplies from being transported south. A tour of PCF 816 is impressive, especially when viewing its menacing 50 caliber machine guns. It’s even more impressive when accompanied by Bolger describing his combat experiences.