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‘Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!’ delights

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

It’s likely that Sherwood Forest and its inhabitants were never as frantic, nor as goofy, as it seems in “Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!” — now in its world premiere at The Old Globe.

But that’s OK, since the main character has never been conclusively traced to a real person anyway. And most importantly, Ludwig has preserved the devil-may-care swashbuckler’s change from hard-drinking youth to crusader for justice and compassion, giving the story some contemporary relevance.

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Anna Feil and her fabulous women

By Lucia Viti

Anna Feil, Uptown resident and artist, imagines a parlor brimming with eccentric and formidable women who refuse to be anything but fabulous. Feil’s future “Puppet Girl Parlor” will showcase her signature, textured paintings of all things imperfectly beautiful.

For those curious to peruse her artwork today, Feil will present her paintings at ArtWalk @ Liberty Station on Aug. 12 and 13.

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Welcome back to Generation X

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

By David Dixon Nostalgia is in at the moment. Films, theater, television series, and even certain YouTubers celebrate entertainment from the last few decades. One man who knows a great deal about retro pop culture is Bankers Hill resident Jon Lorenz. He co-created a hit 1980s musical revue, “miXtape,” with Colleen Kollar Smith for Lamb’s Players Theatre.

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An amazing ‘Guys and Dolls’

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

Touts, burlesque dancers and mission dolls meet in Frank Loesser’s classic musical “Guys and Dolls,” getting a spectacular production through Aug. 13 at The Old Globe in Balboa Park.

Certainly among the top five American musicals of all time, The Globe joins with Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida for a magnificently dance-heavy production based on Damon Runyon’s inimitable stories about life on the lower rungs of Manhattan society in the 1950s. “Guys and Dolls” opened on Broadway in 1950, won five Tony Awards, and has been a staple in the repertoire ever since.

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Artist activates North Park community

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Ask someone to draw something and chances are the person will break into a cold sweat and declare an inability to draw even a straight line. “I’m no artist” is the common refrain. This denial is one of the impulses underlying a new artist residency project at Art Produce in North Park.

Funded by a California Arts Council grant, resident artist Bhavna Mehta is conducting a series of free workshops and open studio sessions at Art Produce, intended to engage community members in the arts.

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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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