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.
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...
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
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
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...
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
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
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...
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...
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
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
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...
July 21 2015
I've never seen Space Jam. At the time of the film's release in 1996, I was probably too old to appreciate a film about intergalactic basketball games starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes...
July 8 2015
Comic-Con is certainly great, but getting a badge for the annual nerd mecca has become somewhat of a "promise us your first born"-type undertaking. One thing that's been great about Con becoming...
July 7 2015
Ted Adams didn't sweat it when he was informed that, in order to move his comic book company into a large office inside NTC at Liberty Station's art district, the company would have to include an ar
July 7 2015
What's most striking about the songs on Spellbreaker, and what makes the "post-riot grrrl" description so apt, is Liscomb's development as a frontwoman
June 24 2015
One could assume that every San Diegan has seen the work of Christopher Puzio at some point, even if they don't know his name
June 23 2015
Malahat is just one of the local distilleries that has taken advantage of the passage of AB 933. Almost half a dozen spirit companies, serving a wide variety of booze, have added tasting rooms to their...
June 16 2015
“I hate that shit,” says Pearson, over coffee in Mission Hills. “I like the concept and ethics of hardcore and punk. It's so important..."
June 16 2015
It's rare that one finds their artistic soul mate. Diego had Frida. Van Gogh had Gauguin. Hall had Oates. Kendricks and Pelayo also seem to have that ineffable chemistry.
June 10 2015
Peter Halasz paints richly detailed, oil-on-canvas portraits of the La Jolla coast, but his paintings are decidedly darker and more sinister


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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