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Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments


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Melissa Dueñas realizes she's a little obsessive. The local DJ and self-proclaimed "vinyl junkie" becomes visibly emphatic when she starts to talk about her love of "lowrider oldies more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Día de los Muertos is a stunning celebration of life and death. The altars are resplendent with color; bright marigolds, sugar skulls, pan de muerto. And white people love that shit. more

Oct 28, 2016 12:00 AM Features 5 Comments

For years, Leaf has been using art to document the lives of Olango and others killed by San Diego police with various graphic designs, including a series of portraits he calls “San Diego Stolen Lives.” more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

One reason women are moving from the backseat to the forefront of motorcycle society may be that feminist-forward movements that strive to equalize men and women are gaining traction, and women are more comfortable than ever challenging the... more

Sep 27, 2016 12:00 AM Features


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I met Luis in November 1993. I’d organized a poetry reading three blocks up the street at Café Chabalaba on 10th Avenue and C Street. The coffee house was another bright light in the downtown art scene. It hosted bands with big amps and lou... more

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 AM Features


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Hector Villegas is the first to admit that a school setting is a little foreign to him. We're in a downstairs classroom at King-Chávez Preparatory Academy in Grant Hill, just down the street from Barrio Logan, where Villegas' grew up and st... more

Aug 30, 2016 12:00 AM Features

“The Internet was a wonderful invention. It was a wonderful network which people used to remind other people that they were awful pieces of shit.” It’s a hell of a way to start a novel, and Jarett Kobek’s I Hate The Internet has enough bril... more

Aug 24, 2016 12:00 AM Features

The '90s were hard. I lost my religion, my virginity and my eyebrows. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 AM Features


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It’s possible that Sketch Party is the most happening Tuesday night scene in town. The bi-monthly art event—where right-brained patrons come to draw, color and sometimes simply doodle on paper-covered tables—has seen a steady uptick in atte... more

Jul 20, 2016 12:00 AM Features

It’s this facet that makes Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum one of the best-kept secrets in San Diego. Spread out over 55 acres in the heart of Vista, the museum recently celebrated its 40th year and just wrapped up its annual Antique Engi... more

Jun 29, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Poetry often goes by the wayside when it comes to local arts. Don't get us wrong; there's a thriving and active spoken word scene in San Diego, with weekly readings and open-mics in coffeehouses, restaurants and bars all over the county. more

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 AM Features

My dad, who lives on the East Coast, joined a Sherlock Holmes fan club after retiring and never misses a monthly meeting. He doesn’t care for the modern movies with Robert Downey Jr.; dad is old-school Holmes. That’s why the podcast series ... more

Jun 8, 2016 12:00 AM Features

It takes three U.S. Border Patrol agents to unlock the gate and pry open its salt-eroded door. Holding her 10-year-old daughter Yvette’s hand, Castañon walks nervously across the dirt and rocks leading up to the border fence, stumbling a bi... more

May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Lynn Susholtz proudly looks around the garden and communal area of Art Produce, an art gallery and multi-use building in North Park. more

May 10, 2016 12:00 AM Features

It's surprising, at first, to hear Amanda Cachia emphasize she's part of a disabled class. Sure, she's a little person, but by no means does this seem to disable her. She has a brilliant mind, functioning limbs and a discerning pair of eyes... more

Apr 26, 2016 12:00 AM Features

When it comes to art-heady, psychedelic art, we like to think there's something for everyone. Whether you're a pale metalhead or a tanned surfer, a comic book geek or a steampunk burner, the artists below will speak to your proverbial spiri... more

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM Features

San Diego native Lalo Alcaraz has always had a tendency to cross the line. Early on he drew political cartoons at The Daily Aztec. His recent foray into animation is as a cowriter on the Fox animated series, Bordertown, about a border patro... more

Apr 13, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Everybody’s angry. I’m angry, you’re angry, your dog’s angry—angry, angry, angry. The media pundits cite this rage for the popularity of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, two politicians who appeal to emotions with lofty, idealistic pro... more

Mar 23, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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