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‘Living With Animals’

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Humans and animals have co-existed since the dawn of mankind, a relationship as benign as cuddling on the couch with Fido, as creepy as sharing an old house with rodents and roaches, or as sacrificial as eating them as food on a plate.

“Living With Animals,” a fascinating new exhibit that opened March 11 at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park, explores those themes and more. Created in-house, the exhibit will be on view for the next three years.

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‘Shadowlands’ is a ‘must-see’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

The time is right for Lamb’s Players Theatre to produce the San Diego professional premiere of William Nicholson’s “Shadowlands.”

The production — directed by longtime Lamb’s associate artist Kerry Meads — is a must-see for lovers of C.S. Lewis with fine acting and meaningful, affecting work. It continues through April 9 at the Coronado theater.

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Tapping into her roots

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured | No Comments

Author, an appellate judge, writes short-story collection about Syrian immigrants By Jennifer Coburn If you ask most bestselling authors how they made it as novelists, you’ll hear about workshops, writers’ groups or backgrounds in journalism. Rarely will you hear a career trajectory like Patricia D. Benke’s. Benke was a San Diego appellate court judge who was being considered for the California Supreme Court when she told a newspaper reporter that she enjoyed writing fiction.

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From the heart

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” Oscar Wilde wrote long ago. But peer into Kelly Paige Standard’s artistic world and one may beg to differ.

Standard, a gifted oil painter from Talmadge, depicts life through her art. Narrative paintings and collectible portraits captivate life, love, grief and hope. Figures tell stories as faces, some hidden to be found “like an Easter egg hunt,” and tug at heartstrings. Portraits capture likenesses: “Spot on,” she said, “so my art imitates, even preserves, pieces of life.”

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Let the music play

By Ken Williams | Editor Community Profile Leah Rosenthal has her dream job with La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) and enjoys living in North Park with her husband, Matt, and their young daughter. When she is not in the office, Rosenthal can be found on the tennis court, or cheering for the Chicago Bears with her spouse, or walking her dog, Johann Sebastian Bark.

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Who’s conning whom?

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Here’s a fascinating and disconcerting play — “Sex With Strangers” — that explores love, sex, creativity and con-artistry.

Playwright Laura Eason, director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and two of San Diego’s most capable actors — Lisel Gorell-Getz and Connor Sullivan — illuminate the issues for playgoers who attend the San Diego Repertory Theatre production through March 19 in the Lyceum Space. The play originated at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2009.

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Inspired by nature and animals

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Monica Hui Hekman is an artist who successfully “dabbles” in a myriad of mediums. The painter, sculptor, seamstress, computer graphic artist, silver/metal-smith and poet manipulates everything art for the “challenge of learning what I’m good at.”

Touting a coffee-table book titled “Animals on Land: Portraits & Poetry,” Hui Hekman is on a mission to emulate joy through her artistic endeavors.

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Diversionary presents Kron in repertory

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

They call it the San Diego revival of Lisa Kron’s “2.5 Minute Ride.” Early in the script’s development, La Jolla Playhouse presented the monologue, featuring the playwright in the role of memoirist.

Diversionary Theatre in University Heights — which recently received the San Diego Critics Circle Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Small Theater — currently presents Kron’s one-woman “2.5 Minute Ride” and her six-actor “Well,” also autobiographically based, in rotating repertory through March 19.

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