Arts & Entertainment

Looking back at San Diego’s theater highlights of 2016

Posted: January 13th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Reviews | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge Theater critics are usually given complimentary tickets for a performance near the opening of each production. A ticket to see another performance is ordinarily at the critic’s expense. The Dec. 21 deluge did not matter. I had purchased a ticket to see ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart” again before it closed and nothing would dissuade me.

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Calendar — Jan. 13 – 26, 2017

Posted: January 13th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Calendar, Music, Opinion & News | No Comments

FEATURED EVENTS Neighborhood Forum Saturday, Jan. 14 The Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance is sponsoring a Neighborhood Forum from 1 to 3 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest, 4190 Front St. The objective is to select the first goal of the Alliance based on results of past workshops and the polling of neighborhood residents about their concerns. Contact Neighborhoods for Campaign Finance Reform coordinator John Hartley at 619-299-8870 or by email to

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It’s a ‘Miracle’

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

In anticipation of yet another Christmas musical in radio-show format, the spirit flagged. Nonetheless, the critic dutifully attended San Diego Musical Theatre’s (SDMT) first outing at the Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp District, to see “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play.” What a splendid surprise!

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Local pianist shares joy of the encore

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Music, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Imagine the intimacy of a performer, a solo piano, and a hushed audience. There is a heart-stopping beauty that comes with that connection and respect between the musician and their listeners. And when the show is over, the audience is often left wanting . . . 10 more minutes.

That’s the concept behind and the title of Hillcrest resident Dr. Jeeyoon Kim’s new album, coming out Dec. 11 and being celebrated with a special release concert the same day at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. It’s a collection of the pianist’s favorite encore pieces from her national and international tours.

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Cygnet’s ‘Christmas Carol’

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas” originally began as a novella published in 1843, and then, almost immediately, it was adapted for the theater.

The uplifting story recounts the redemption of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through the Christmas Eve visitations of his decidedly dead partner, Jacob Marley, and three Ghosts of Christmas — Past, Present and Yet to Come.

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For the love of words

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Balboa Park, Feature, Featured | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson Poets of all ages and skill levels gather once a month in Balboa Park to share their favorite works. The next meeting of the Poetry Party of San Diego will be on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Santa Fe Room at Balboa Park Club. Earlier this fall, the Poetry Party hosted its annual Wordstock Festival of Oral Glory on Oct. 7, which brought together poets of all ages for an open mic […]

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