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.
Dec. 1 2015
Just before my interview with local party promoter MayStar, she texts to ask me if she should wear makeup. It strikes me as an odd question even from someone like her. That is, someone who has spent m
Dec. 1 2015
Leading up to the holidays this space will include profiles of local crafters whose wares would make excellent gifts. Gini Mann-Deibert has always been the life of the party
Dec. 1 2015
To call Matthew Hebert an installation artist is sells him short. He’s as much a woodworker and designer as he is a fine artist. And as diverse as his work has been over the years, if there’s...
Nov. 27 2015
The legendary director and provocateur talks to CityBeat about surviving Christmas, his humble beginnings and what books to give for the holidays
Nov. 24 2015
In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews notable new art shows or exhibitions. There are plenty of stories out there about local installation artist Robert Irwin. One of
Nov. 24 2015
Leading up to the holidays, we'll use this space to profile five local crafters whose wares we think would make excellent gifts
Nov. 18 2015
"Beliz! Beliz!" They love Beliz Iristay at the Rancho el Faro Orphanage in Baja California. She's in the cafeteria being bombarded from all directions
Nov. 17 2015
In this semi-regular department we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new shows or artists are worth checking out
Nov. 17 2015
Aldryn Estacio’s obsession with aerial drone photography has spread to his three-year-old son who’s starting to get in on the action. Don’t rush to judgment or duck-and-cover just yet....
Nov. 17 2015
You have to hand it to the guys from The Locust. They could have just stuck to their punk-rock guns and played their costumed spaz-core the rest of their lives. Whether it's Justin Pearson's brief f
Nov. 10 2015
Back in 2002, the Museum of Contemporary Art was looking for a way to get new visitors out to the museum's downtown location while also appealing to its regular patrons. The first Thursday Night Thin
Nov. 10 2015
A few years ago, Eloise Duff's son began insisting she document her life. He had a sense his mother kept notes and journals of her very eventful life, but Duff says he probably didn't have any idea what...
Nov. 2 2015
There’s been no shortage of hype surrounding the recent opening of Bracero Cocina de Raíz. Chef Javier Plascencia’s Baja-Med menu deservedly gets most of the attention, but another standout...
Nov. 2 2015
To hear local painter Peter Halasz describe the work of friend and photographer Ame Curtiss, it’s almost as if she were still alive. The photographer died in 2012 of breast cancer a year after receiving...
Oct. 27 2015
"It's so creepy," exclaims a little girl barely out of toddlerhood as she walks by the recently opened Teros Gallery. Gallery owner Alejandra Frank laughs heartily upon hearing such an unfiltered assessment...
Oct. 27 2015
Photo by Michael James Armstrong“Three Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Threads” The masterfulness of Michael James Armstrong's aptly titled "Three Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Threads" co
Oct. 20 2015
Julian Duval isn’t your typical president and CEO. During an interview at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, he wasn’t sitting behind a desk or mulling over finance reports. Rather,...
Oct. 20 2015
In this semi-regular column, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new shows or artists are worth checking out
Oct. 20 2015
"I thought to myself, 'Oh, my God, is this really going to be my big break? Being in the video about Percocet and strippers?'"
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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