Seth Combs has covered the San Diego arts and music scene for over a decade. He's also written for Spin, Zagat and The Hollywood Reporter. He likes dogs and comic books, but is pretty iffy on your band.
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March 29 2016
Despite a title that sounds like a college town reggae festival, Sweet Gongs Vibrating might be the San Diego Art Institute's most engaging exhibition since introducing its Curator-in-Residence program...
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March 22 2016
Jonathan Allen is still learning as he goes when it comes to woodworking. Since starting his company Brave Aesthetics in 2014, he's been specializing in installation art and furniture with an emphasis...
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March 22 2016
The art of Dave "PERSUE" Ross can be seen all over San Diego. From North and South Park to the alleyways and walls of Barrio Logan and the East Village, the local native's most iconic street a
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March 15 2016
In this semi-regular department, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new shows or artists are worth checking out
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March 15 2016
"When the sun sets, it's like bird city, because all these flocks of birds migrate back to the lake," says RJ Brooks, executive director and co-founder of local arts organization A Ship in the Wood
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March 14 2016
The album title says it all: You're Doomed. Be Nice. In fact, it's hard to think of a more appropriate, career-encapsulating mantra when it comes to Rob Crow. In a career that's well into its third
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March 8 2016
Every year, UC San Diego grad-student artists open up their studios to show off what they've been working on for the past year. The Open Studios 2016 showcase has consistently been a unique oppo
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March 7 2016
There's a story behind each and every one of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of pieces of art Walter Pomeroy has hanging in his house
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March 1 2016
Kathy Nida says she's used to the haters. The El Cajon artist has been crafting her surrealist quilts for almost 30 years and regularly travels to quilt shows and conferences to showcase her work
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March 1 2016
"I mean, this is Barrio Logan, right?" exclaims Chris Martino as he gives CityBeat a tour of his new art space in Barrio Logan. "These old, cool warehouses with so much potential."
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Feb. 24 2016
The art of video is alive and well. The culture of social media and online interactivity has already moved well beyond the still image and into the instantly shared, often live-streamed video
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Feb. 23 2016
The Parallel art event held in the Community@ Mi Apartamento apartment complex in Barrio Logan was the subject of an arts-and-culture editorial ["Down in the Barrio"] published last month in CityBeat
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Feb. 17 2016
Looking back on the life of William Newport Goodell, one could get a sense that he gave up. I mean, who could blame him? What artist hasn’t thought about hanging it up at some point?
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Feb. 16 2016
There's a funny meme from a few years ago that went like this: The Internet is a lot like ancient Egypt. People write on walls and worship cats
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Feb. 16 2016
When BASIC approached Johnny Tran almost 10 years ago about doing a weekly art event at the East Village bar and pizza joint, he was a little tentative
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Feb. 9 2016
In this semi-regular column, we profile local crafters whose wares we love. Haydee Yanez is well aware that most people discovering Mexicons automatically think they're inspired by emojis
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Feb. 9 2016
A first glance at Carlitos Galvan's work might give the impression of being created by several different photographers. For the nine years he's been taking pictures, the 25-year-old Galvan has mastered...
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Feb. 9 2016
The story of Aaron Thompson's career in pornographic films is actually quite a romantic one. It's the kind of story that might make for an excellent rom-com one day, albeit a decidedly R-rated one
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Feb. 2 2016
Voice Actor isn't doing anything particularly novel or groundbreaking on Runaway, but what they are doing is good enough to overlook any blatant derivativeness
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Feb. 2 2016
There are myriad things to notice within the new Verbatim Books storefront in North Park, not least of which are the rows upon rows of new and used books spanning every conceivable genre. Still, it's not...

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