Feb. 1 2012 04:09 PM

Looking back on the wonderful life and work of former CityBeat writer Kia Bowman Momtazi

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Photo by David Rolland
This week was a sad one for the CityBeat family. Kia Bowman Momtazi lost her battle against cancer on Saturday afternoon. She was 29.

Kia started with us as an intern in January 2005 and later joined our writing staff; it didn't take us long to see her abundant natural talent for storytelling. She wrote about visual artists, nudists, cabbies, female bikers and even a man who lived in a Tijuana bathroom, as well as topics like sex and sexuality, food and energy efficiency. Probably her best and most memorable story was an in-depth piece about the psychoactive drug ibogaine and its use in Mexico to treat addiction (“Ibogaine: The new frontier of psychedelic addition therapy,” March 1, 2006). Three years after she stepped foot in our office, she was off on an adventure that took her to Central Mexico, Central California and Massachusetts, where she met Annie Clarke, whom she married last fall.

Kia documented her 10-month experience with lymphoma in a blog, californicancercation.blogspot.com, an inspiring diary filled with humor, insight and character, recommended especially for folks dealing with sudden serious illness. She was a special sort of person—fearless, smart, funny, warm and sweet, a genuine free spirit. We'll miss her more than words can express.

To honor her, we ask you to consider joining the National Bone Marrow Registry, if you haven't done so already. Become a potential donor at marrow.org.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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