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A soaring return

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Features, News, Special Events, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Abu Dhabi, Budapest … San Diego?

These global cities might appear an unlikely mix, but they share a common bond this year: Each is among eight select locales throughout the world hosting a Red Bull Air Race at some point in 2017.

Love your mother

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Features, Special Events, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Be a part of the solution, not the problem — and not the complaint.

The 28th annual EarthFair organizers are encouraging everyone to get involved and care for the earth they live on with the theme, “Be a Solution!” The fair will be held Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Balboa Park.

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.”

It’s opening weekend at Petco

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Features, Special Events, Top Story | No Comments

By Alex Owens

Baseball season officially begins April 7 in San Diego, when the Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. The first pitch is at 3:40 p.m. and is the first game in a three-game series.

Those in attendance at the Friday game will get an “opening day T-shirt,” courtesy of Sycuan Casino; Saturday attendees for the 5:40 p.m. game will experience a laser show, also presented by Sycuan Casino; and the Sunday, 1:40 p.m. game will focus on the kids, with a Compadres Kids Signing, KidsFest, and a postgame “kids run the bases.”

‘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.

Is change in the air?

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

When the wraps were taken off it in 1985, the open-air Horton Plaza mall was ballyhooed as a game-changer that was going to breathe new life into San Diego’s Downtown.

In the ensuing decades, the sprawling five-story complex, with its Italian-inspired design, has been a notable feature that brought San Diegans and tourists alike into the mall’s corridors.

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.