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A hand-clappin’ hootenanny

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

By Jean Lowerison

“God scratches where the world itches,” says nervous Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe (Brian Mackey) of North Carolina’s Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

That’s by way of a vamp, since the stars of the church’s first-ever Saturday night sing-a-log are late. Unfortunately, vamping isn’t the good pastor’s long suit, so he spends considerable energy looking out the window, hoping to see the Sanders family.

‘Shining’ light on homeless

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Film, Special Events | No Comments

By Dave Schwab

An animated film without words being used to promote Father Joe’s Village and highlighting the plight – and potential – of San Diego’s growing homeless population will leave you speechless.

“Shine” takes place in a world of minerals and gems. It portrays a lump of coal, Nicoal, left alone in the cold and rain. Just when all hope seems lost, compassionate neighbors from Father Joe’s Villages welcome and embrace Nicoal, compressing her with respect and kindness.

Woman empowering women

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

At the start of her career, Coronado resident Sarah Sternberg never imagined she’d wind up co-founding a company that would help her lift up and empower women, but a pink slip changed the trajectory of her life.

“It all started from the 2008 financial crisis,” Sternberg said, adding that when she realized her time at the real estate investment company she’d been working for was coming to an end, she found herself at a crossroads.

‘Benny & Joon’ – from movie to musical

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By Joan Lowerison | Theater Review

Three unique people — a guy who owns a garage, the schizophrenic sister he’s been looking out for since their parents died in a car crash years ago, and a guy named Sam (as in “play it again”) who clutches a book about Buster Keaton and dresses like he’s in a ’20s Chaplin movie — are the main characters in “Benny & Joon,” playing through Oct. 22 at The Old Globe.

Monster technology

By Dave Schwab

San Diego Monster Bash will rampage through the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village Saturday, Oct. 28, as Downtown San Diego morphs into one of Southern California’s largest outdoor Halloween block parties.

The annual fall scarefest, which draws more than 15,000 partygoers annually from every state in the nation, offers an evening of nightmarish delight, stacked music lineups, five hellishly themed stages, and epic partying. It usually sells out.

Exploring Italian heritage

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Tom Cesarini

The Convivio Society is a nonprofit organization that strives to advance San Diego’s Italian cultural identity.

The Little Italy Heritage Commission, a committee of Convivio, is dedicated to preserving the historical narrative of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood through images, documents, oral histories, exhibits, and events in partnership with other organizations.

Fashion Files – Oct. 2017

By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files

“Muses of the Old Globe” is an exciting new exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California.

There have been many women who have played a major role in the Globe’s history, beginning with the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition up to the present, including actors, stage directors, playwrights, craftspeople, and business leaders. This exhibit is about these exceptional women who have made a difference.

A ‘spot-on cast’ explores silly

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

Gentlemen’s clubs, British imperialism and sexism are just some of the topics spoofed in Nell Benjamin’s “The Explorers Club,” making its San Diego premiere through Sept. 24 at Lamb’s Players Theatre.

Picture the first scene: 1879 in the bar of London’s Explorers Club, where a group of scientists gather periodically to schmooze, brag about their latest discoveries and — oh, yes — indulge in their favorite pastime; brandy and cigars.

Downtown nominees for Orchids and Onions

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, News | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

The deadline for 2017 Orchids and Onions nominations has now passed and Downtown San Diego has a record-breaking number of nominees in the running for an Orchid at the awards ceremony on Oct. 26, presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF).

The public’s interest in each of nominees determines which of them move forward to a final vote by a panel selected by SDAF.