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Who’s to say British artist Richard Deacon wasn’t being ironic or even cheeky when he began referring to himself as a “fabricator” rather than a sculptor? more

Mar 20, 2017 4:25 PM Short List Event Picks

We received 102 demos this year, a dropoff in submissions that I’m going to go ahead and blame Donald Trump for but by no means a small number, and we reviewed all of them. more

Mar 14, 2017 7:00 PM Local Music Issue 3 Comments

“In light of the current political situation, it seems like the film festival is even more important,” says Ethan van Thillo, executive director of the Media Arts Center San Diego and founder of the festival. more

Mar 13, 2017 5:15 PM Short List Event Picks


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Locals have always had a casual relationship with the San Diego Opera. While we love the idea that it’s there and often take it for granted, the reality is that far too many people still consider opera to be too inaccessible to really give it a break more

Mar 6, 2017 4:56 PM Short List Event Picks

Art and music collectives come and go in this town and, to be honest, not all of them are good. But The Redwoods—a tight collective of local and like-minded musicians and artists—have become something of a local force since forming two years ago. more

Feb 27, 2017 4:53 PM Short List Event Picks

Twenty years is a lot of time to put into any musical project, but for Bonnie Wright, her love of experimental and under-the-radar music has proven to be a fruitful one. more

Feb 20, 2017 4:49 PM Short List Event Picks


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We’d like to think that the arts can be a great catalyst in helping to facilitate these kinds of discussions. The can certainly be said about Voyage: The Slave Journey, a new concert experience from local choral ensemble SACRA/PROFANA. more

Feb 13, 2017 5:48 PM Short List Event Picks


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It’s been a rough couple weeks. The inauguration. The executive orders. Tom Brady. If there’s been a silver lining at all, it’s certainly been the amount of grassroots activism and protests popping up all over the city. more

Feb 6, 2017 5:00 PM Short List Event Picks

Any event that attempts to incorporate cutting-edge technology and music could seem, on the surface, to be a little too fringe for your average culture vulture. But that’s certainly not the case with the inaugural AMT Festival. more

Jan 30, 2017 5:13 PM Short List Event Picks


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While the Bread & Salt space has since been cleared by the fire marshal, go-to art space La Bodega Gallery is still attempting to raise money to make the necessary renovations. more

Jan 23, 2017 4:37 PM Short List Event Picks


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By the time you read this, millions of women could be dealing with the reality that they will soon be without insurance. more

Jan 16, 2017 4:30 PM Short List Event Picks

Comic Lea DeLaria first made a name for herself as the first openly gay comedian to perform on late night, making an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1993. more

Jan 9, 2017 5:00 PM Short List Event Picks

Watching almost any film often requires the audience to take a leap of faith, but that doesn't mean we can't be skeptical. more

Jan 3, 2017 3:15 PM Short List Event Picks


Photo by Deborah Palter

For ten years, the SoundON Festival of Modern Music has been a go-to event for music lovers looking for something a little more experimental and edgy. more

Dec 27, 2016 1:10 PM Short List Event Picks


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While the San Diego hip-hop scene is decidedly under-the-radar both nationally and locally, Artistic has never stopped hustling to bring attention to local MCs, DJs and dancers. more

Dec 19, 2016 4:30 PM Short List Event Picks


Art by Andrew McGranahan

The dozen or so items in this guide are all available at local boutiques and stores, but even if readers don’t find a gift option here, we’re still of the opinion they’ll be able to find something unique and heartfelt in one of S.D.’s many indie stor more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Culture


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Women have made huge strides in what has historically been a male-dominated music scene. No matter the genre—from punk and country to rock and pop—females don't have much left to prove. more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM Short List Event Picks

Our favorite new books, apps, shows and other cultural tidbits to get you through the holiday. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Features


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In visual art, the line is everything. It starts and completes the piece, and it intersects and interweaves all that is within. more

Nov 21, 2016 12:00 AM Short List Event Picks