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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Oct. 13 2015
What is the typical art museum experience if not just looking at a bunch of stuff owned by rich people? The writing is almost always (literally) written on the wall, usually in the form of the stock w
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Oct. 13 2015
"One of the dilemmas I've always been fascinated with is when art leaves the museum or gallery, then how does it function?" Joseph Huppert says. "How does it compete with advertisement and the real world?"
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Oct. 13 2015
Stepping into the place, it’s hard to get over how small the space is, but North Park real estate ain’t cheap these days. Still, the owner has packed in a nice amount of cool swag, including...
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Oct. 12 2015
The Department of Motor Vehicles: That soul-crushing, sigh-inducing exemplar of bureaucratic inefficiency. People hate the DMV so much they'll keep the same awful driver's license photo just to avoid going...
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Oct. 6 2015
"Yeah, they're kind of fucked up," Simone Grossman says. "My dad asked me, 'What if you have blood thrown on your window?'" adds business partner Katie Howard. Grossman and Howard admit t
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Oct. 6 2015
We're adding lasers to it,” says A Ship in the Woods curator Lianne Mueller. “They're going to be around your feet. It's going to be so cool. It feels like you're walking through a labyrinth,...
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Sept. 29 2015
It's fair to say Shane Wallin is a breast man. In the past, he's also been an everything-else man. Arms. Legs. Faces. Backs. Yeah, he's been a butt guy, too. At 41 years old and with more than 20 y
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Sept. 28 2015
CityBeat broke the story in 2010 of a quirky and quaint new art space that had just opened in South Park. Headed up by Jfre Coad and Jason Soares, Disclosed unLocation quickly became, as Coad promised...
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Sept. 28 2015
The title of a new Sparks Gallery exhibition, David Wing: A San Diego Retrospective, implies the work of Wing is the subject of the retrospective
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Sept. 22 2015
Wikipedia can be a dubious source. With local writer Igor Goldkind, it's easy to be suspicious of the myriad accomplishments listed. But after reading his Wiki page, it's hard to believe you haven't heard...
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Sept. 22 2015
In this semi-regular column, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new art shows or artists are worth checking out
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Sept. 22 2015
It was the type of wipeout that retires a lot of surfers. Derek Dunfee is an experienced big-wave surfer (waves 20 feet or higher); if he wasn't, the wipeout could have been deadly
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Sept. 16 2015
Instagram is one of the best marketing and branding tools visual artists have today. That's not a novel thesis, but some artists are better at Instagram than others. Some artists don't post enough. Some...
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Sept. 15 2015
Cathy BreslawPhoto by Seth Combs It's hard not to assume something when Cathy Breslaw says she's fascinated with "space." One could easily mistake her large-scale, mixed-media pieces as some
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Sept. 15 2015
Michael Field had a dream when he was a young boy. That dream, however, had nothing to do with being an artist
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Sept. 9 2015
The idea behind UC San Diego's Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) Performance Series seems simple enough: To encourage artists, musicians, engineers and even scientists to...
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Sept. 8 2015
The statement on Aren Skalman's bio on his web page says: "Art is made from the stuff of life." It's a broad statement, indeed, and one that could easily be applied to just about any artist's conceptualization...
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Sept. 8 2015
Near the corner of Eighth and Broadway (707 Broadway, to be exact), Konecki and Neko have been working on several murals on a seven-story parking structure
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Sept. 1 2015
Back in 2009, CityBeat bid farewell to arts editor Kinsee Morlan in these very pages. I was welcomed as her replacement, although only a paragraph or so of a 700-word piece talked about my resume
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Sept. 1 2015
There was a point a few years ago where Shelby Gubba's little monsters seemed to be popping up everywhere. They were on the posters of club shows around town. On the walls of local galleries (as well as...

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