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Furry friends

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Sara Butler

Walk into Mission Hills Library on a Saturday morning and among the rows of bookshelves, you may just find a fluffy friend or two.

The library boasts a calendar full of activities aimed to encourage reading, but “Read to a Therapy Dog” is not your average program. The monthly event invites children to interact with furry special guests: therapy dogs.

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‘Animal Crackers’ is bonkers!   

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

“The world would not be in such a snarl, had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl.”  —Irving Berlin

Leave your critical and logical faculties at home when you head for Cygnet Theatre’s wild and woolly staging of the classic goofball Marx Brothers musical “Animal Crackers.” 

Most people know the 1930 film “Animal Crackers,” a truncated version that cut most of the songs. Now, Cygnet Theatre recreates the era and brings back the brothers in Henry Wishcamper’s stage adaptation of the original 1928 Broadway musical.

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Crooning about the Seven Kingdoms

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

Musical based on popular HBO show to premier Comic-Con weekend By David Dixon George RR Martin fans can’t complain about a lack of fantasy experiences in July. Not only is season seven of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” starting July 16, but a panel on the show will be taking place at Comic-Con International on July 21. And as the annual comic festival gets underway Downtown, the comedy titled “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will be […]

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Got their game faces on

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

Video game exhibit debuts at Fleet Science Center By Jess Winans For one boy, who looked to be 7 or 8, something old was something new. He cozied up to a Pac-Man arcade game, studied it for a few moments, and then began playing the classic game trying to munch down on all the yellow dots while attempting to avoid the ghosts that were out to get him. Chances are high that the boy’s parents […]

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In Love With Art

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Stephanie Clair is an artist on a mission to “touch your soul with my brush.” Collections of delightfully bright and boldly picturesque acrylics, taken from “dreams and life experiences,” reflect her desire to incite contagiously happy energy.

Perusing through her collector series — Romance, Individuals, Places, Mosaics and Concrete — is like strolling through a patchwork of fanciful shapes and vibrant colors that promise to bring “a soulful human quality to fruition.”

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‘Big Fish’ and tall tales  

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

I can identify with Edward Bloom. When he sings “We were born to wake each morn/Someplace we’ve never been,” that wanderlust gets to me too.

The difference is that I’m single and unencumbered. Edward is married, and son Will wishes his traveling salesman dad were around more, like for his soccer games.

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Mixing the underworld with baseball

Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

By David Dixon No one said that being an athlete was easy. Athletes competing in big-league sports must make sacrifices to achieve success. Not all paths to glory start with moral choices, such as achieving fame after making a deal with the devil. This twist on the Faustian legend is the premise of “Damn Yankees,” set in the 1950s and inspired by the novel, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.” The Yankees were a […]

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Art by the bay is coming June 10-11

Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor After moving to Downtown last year, following two decades in La Jolla, the San Diego Festival of the Arts — formerly La Jolla Festival of the Arts — has found its home just steps from San Diego Bay. Still produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation in conjunction with San Diego Magazine, the 2017 festival will take place June 10–11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both […]

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