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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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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Feb. 2 2016
Curator Maria Nicola Mathioudakis has been getting a lot of questions lately about the name of her new series of art shows at Bankers Hill space Helmuth Projects. Lovingly dubbed IUD: A Place You Think...
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Jan. 26 2016
"What are we even waiting for?" a 20-something hipster asked his friends. He'd likely never seen a line this long for an art show, much less a line that curved around the block. I counted 60 or more people
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Jan. 26 2016
Ernesto Neto, Mother body emotional densities, for alive temple time baby son Photo by Pablo Mason In this semi-regular department, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new
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Jan. 26 2016
You'd think Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs would be sick of each other by now. For more than nine months, the couple has been traveling in a small RV as the "Greetings Tour" and creating city-specific murals...
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Jan. 19 2016
In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition. Go down an alley in Barrio Logan and you might encounter any number of adventures: a bark
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Jan. 19 2016
Graphic designer Andrew Gallagher wasn't inspired to create Yes, We're Open Minded—his own brand of custom business signs—because he saw a feel-good, fluffy story. Instead he found a way to...
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Jan. 19 2016
Back in December, clothing chain Old Navy found itself in hot water after releasing a toddler-sized line of shirts that read "Young Aspiring Artist."
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Jan. 13 2016
For those unfamiliar with what a zine is, here’s a quick primer: Short for fanzines, most people agree zines began as self-published compilations of science-fiction writing. It was around the late...
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Jan. 12 2016
To look at the website, it's almost as if the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History is real. There's a tab showcasing the museum's current exhibitions, hours of operation and even a link to help potential...
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Jan. 12 2016
"It's OK, we have the insurance on it," yells Phil Rowland, as he runs out to the moving truck he and his fellow San Diego State University grad students have rented to haul their "Expanding Gallery" piece...
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Jan. 5 2016
For a collage artist, Andrew McGranahan has a surprisingly tidy North Park apartment. There are no bits of paper on the floor or glue stains on the desk. The only giveaways that an artist lives here i
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Jan. 5 2016
Tim Mantoani's studio in a rather industrial area of Linda Vista is covered with proof of his impressive resume. Over his decades-long career, he has shot images for Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, as...
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Dec. 29 2015
Singing Machines by Aren SkalmanPhoto courtesy of Aren Skalman If one of your New Year's resolutions is to see more art exhibitions (it should be), there are already plenty of shows you can add
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Dec. 21 2015
Inside his Mira Mesa studio, Herschel Arcelao, who goes by the name Ethos One, is quick to point out he isnít quite sure heís an artist
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Dec. 21 2015
More than five years ago, Debee Ruiz was working as a freelance graphic designer but was having a hard time finding work. She'd always had a longing to make tangible things with her hands and had a passion...
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Dec. 15 2015
In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition. In a way, the work of Shinpei Takeda has always come back to the theme of "home," even if the ar
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Dec. 15 2015
Leading up to the holidays, we'll use this space to profile local crafters whose wares we think would make excellent gifts. Danielle Quigley and Sue Fan's business plan for their handcrafted h
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Dec. 8 2015
These days, artist Brandon Hubbard could beat just about anyone in a geography quiz. He knows off the top of his head, for example, that Texas has 254 counties and Delaware only has three

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