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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.

Hearts opening ‘just in time’

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Community Profile, Featured, Features | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Home is a place you belong, a place you can call your own. It should be a place of security and safety. And according to the nonprofit organization Just in Time (JIT), which works with foster youth aged 18 to 26, a consistent place to call home and a community of caring adults are essential steps toward creating a secure future.

Downtown resident and JIT mentor Diane Archambault saw this firsthand when she volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) through Voices for Children. Her niche was foster teenagers and while she really liked working with that group, after eight years she was frustrated by the results when they “aged out” of the system. That’s what it’s called when a foster teen turns 18 and is no longer considered a ward of the state.

An extreme makeover

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Featured, Features, News, Profiles | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of profiles on SOHO’s People in Preservation 2017 awards recipients.

When Hotel Churchill’s doors were closed in 2005, the longtime staple of San Diego’s Downtown landscape faced an uncertain future. Were its best days behind it?

As it turned out, the answer was, “no.”

Quartyard ground breaking

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, East Village News, Featured | No Comments

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the popular Quartyard project — which brought live music, food, craft beer, a dog run and neighborhood socializing to an unused open East Village lot in 2015 —has broken ground once again, merely 500 feet from its original space, at 1102 Market St.

Started as a thesis project for a group of NewSchool Art + Design students — who became its development team, RAD LAB — the space operated for two years before shuttering last June to make way for a high rise.

Amici House will soon open in Little Italy

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Tom Cesarini | Little Italy Heritage

Among the many contributions Italians have made in the areas of art, science, fashion, food, and a host of other categories, is also the vital emphasis placed on the sharing of bounty with the broader community.

In San Diego’s Italian community, we are witness to this through the many Italian community groups and the collective opportunities they provide. Yet the local Italians have lacked a significant home in which to break bread — a space to serve as common ground — and a place through which to celebrate all things Italian, promote the richness of the culture, and preserve the Italian historical narrative of San Diego.

Friends honor valuable volunteers

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Growing Balboa Park | No Comments

By Reema Makani Boccia

Friends of Balboa Park, a nonprofit that preserves the legacy and beauty of the park, celebrated the honorees of its 17th annual awards luncheon last month.

This year’s event, themed “Magical Menagerie,” commemorated the nonprofit’s recent acquisition of the historic Balboa Park Carousel. The luncheon also recognized institutions and organizations throughout the park that have enhanced it throughout the years.