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Legend among us

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Mario Torero is a legend. The artist, teacher, cultural historian and community activist has made a name for himself far beyond the streets of San Diego’s Chicano Park and Barrio Logan.

An international superstar determined to foster a global understanding of the artistic culture of the Latino/Chicano community, Torero travels the world painting larger-than-life murals. His vibrant, flamboyant and culturally expressive work can be found in Peru, Japan, Costa Rica, Spain and the Czech Republic. And in the Library of Congress.

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Meal discoveries inside a liquor store

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Other than ducking into Fiori’s Pizza & Deli for an occasional Lotto ticket and a fast slice of pizza, I never focused much on the menu board hanging over the food counter until recently.

To my surprise, the nearly 40-year-old liquor store conceals a grill and deep-fryer in a room behind the pizza ovens, which means items such as burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, Buffalo chicken wings, fried shrimp and veal-lamb gyros are sold here.

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‘Skeleton Crew’ shines

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

In association with Moxie Theatre, The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s suspenseful coffee/locker room play, “Skeleton Crew,” through May 7 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

The work features a tight ensemble of four actors, possibly the best in regards to chemistry and balance that the Globe has assembled in many years.

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Springtime for the Craftsman

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Columns, Feature, HouseCalls, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | HouseCalls

As historian and preservationist Robert Winter, author of “Craftsman Style,” likes to say, the Craftsman Revival has lasted longer than the original Craftsman movement.

The first Craftsman bungalows began appearing in San Diego around 1905. By the time the United States entered World War I, in 1917, the heyday of the Craftsman was over.

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Portraits of the homeless

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Neil Shigley is more than an artist. The painter, printmaker and educator is an advocate for what he calls the “invisible people” and what society labels the “homeless.”

Incredibly moving, at times haunting, large-scale print images capture his vision of the homeless “human figure.” Shigley shares the plight of the homeless through an artistry that exhibits its face.

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Chasing solar eclipses

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Feature, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

When photographers Les and Mary Anderson watched their first solar eclipse together, it was a life-changing event for them. Their goal is to help people to have a memorable, safe experience when watching and photographing an eclipse.

The Andersons recently gave a presentation at the Photographic Arts Building in Balboa Park to members of the Meetup group, “Best Places to Photograph in San Diego,” on how to view and photograph the eclipse occurring on Aug. 21.

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Raise Progress

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

The 2016 presidential election results shook up a whole lot of Californians who believe in progressive politics, and has sparked grass-roots efforts designed to make a difference in future campaigns.

A group of parents and friends, most of whom live in the Uptown and Mid-City communities, have come together to form a nonprofit called Raise Progress with the slogan: “Advancing Change. Uplifting Communities. Promoting Hope.”

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Wharf food on Adams Avenue

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Take away the nearby palm trees and toss in a view of Casco Bay, and Beerfish would resemble any number of seafood eateries dotting the banks of Portland, Maine.

Or maybe not once you experience the California spins on clam toast accented with salsa verde or a lobster roll dressed in brown butter sauce instead of mayo and assembled with thick, buttery slices of toasted bread rather than the usual hot dog roll.

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Love your mother

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Feature, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Be a part of the solution, not the problem — and not the complaint.

The 28th annual EarthFair organizers are encouraging everyone to get involved and care for the earth they live on with the theme, “Be a Solution!” The fair will be held Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Balboa Park.

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