‘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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Helping children overcome grief

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

By Ken Williams | Editor

Longtime North Park resident Cara Allen has been named clinical director of Experience Camps, a national nonprofit devoted to helping children who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Allen has more than 14 years of experience in bereavement, currently running a private psychotherapy practice in San Diego.

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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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Catapulted to France

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

There we were dining for the first time at Et Voila French Bistro just hours after friends touring Paris had taunted us on social media with magnificent pictures of the Eiffel Tower, as seen from their hotel balcony.

And earlier that day, my dining companion saw Disney’s adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” set within a fairytale French village and castle. We were in a Francophile state of mind.

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Read the writing on the wall

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, HouseCalls, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | HouseCalls

The ultimate of the antique world is the signed piece. This is an object whose provenance is beyond questioning, because the craftsman who made it has carved, branded, etched or scrawled his name into the surface.

Over the years, “signed” has come to mean “labeled by the factory.” And today hardly any furniture is worth signing, because it isn’t worth keeping more than a few years.

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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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A familiar address reinvented

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Prior to closing the cherished Tractor Room last year, restaurateur Johnny Rivera assured he would hold out for a buyer committed to “enhancing the neighborhood” before selling it.

He made good on his promise with Concept Two Seven Eight, which opened in early January with a concise menu of “new American” cuisine and a cocktail program that puts things like dragon fruit and pink guavas into your glass.

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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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Built by Trepte and built to last

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, News, PastMatters, Top Story | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

Trepte Construction Company has a long history in San Diego extending back more than 120 years.

The company built many San Diego landmarks, including the Park Manor Hotel (Inn at the Park) at 525 Spruce St. in 1927, Ryan Aeronautical’s plant building in 1939, Grossmont Hospital in 1960, and San Diego Sports Arena in 1966.

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