Arts & Entertainment

Run to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

Owning a flower shop on Skid Row is probably not high on anyone’s list of get-rich-quick schemes, and Mr. Mushnik, after enough years of near-starvation, is announcing the closure of his Skid Row Florists.

But Mushnik’s two employees have another idea. Nerdy clerk Seymour and pretty salesgirl Audrey suggest that putting a new, interesting plant in the front window might bring in potential customers. And it so happens that amateur botanist Seymour picked up a most intriguing variation of a Venus flytrap during a solar eclipse. He’s named it Audrey II.

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Calendar: Sept. 22–Oct. 5, 2017

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments


Trendy Trade Clothing Swap
Saturday, Sept. 23

Get some new clothes and clean out your closet for a good cause! Join Trendy Trade to swap clothing items with other local women. A minimum of five pieces is required to trade. All unclaimed items will be donated to homeless women. Tickets $15-$20. This a 21-and-older event. 2:30–4:30 p.m. at The Rose Wine Bar, 2219 30th St. in South Park. Visit

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Calendar: Sept. 8–21, 2017

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments


Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Through Sunday, Sept. 10

Experience art and film that explores the darker or more macabre sides of the human condition. The event features film discussions, question and answer sessions, panels and other presentations. Various times. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit or

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‘Deaf Eyes’

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Lucia Viti

The Studio Door will celebrate National Deaf Awareness Month with its exhibition “Artistry Through Deaf Eyes,” an eclectic collection of iconic art created by 18 Deaf and hard-of-hearing artists from around the U.S.

The mixed media art show will kick off its three-week stint with a welcome reception on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 3750 30th St. in North Park. It will close on Sept. 24.

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Experiencing a living nightmare

By David Dixon

Not all relationships between parents and children are the same. Some parents are kind and generous to their children. Others can be cruel and vicious on a daily basis.

One of the central characters in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds,” Beatrice (Hillcrest resident DeAnna Driscoll) never acts like a suburban parent.

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‘Sunset Boulevard,’ the musical

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

Sunset Boulevard — that storied street of heightened dreams and dashed hopes — is still home to Norma Desmond, a faded Hollywood goddess of the silent screen era who refuses to recognize that the industry has changed and she is not what she once was.

Desmond, first seen in Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 noir film “Sunset Boulevard,” became a Broadway musical heroine in 1994 in a show with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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CityFest street fair and music festival returns, bigger than ever

By HBA Staff

With nearly 100 years of history, the Hillcrest Business Association continues to help shape the story of our neighborhood. And since 1984 — that story, along with the story of the Hillcrest sign — is celebrated with CityFest, an annual street fair and music festival that draws over 150,000 people to the heart of the community every August.

This year’s event, the Hillcrest CityFest Street & Music Festival, takes place Sunday, Aug. 13, from noon until 8 p.m., when CityFest At Night takes over the Grand Stage at the intersection of Fifth and University avenues, and runs until 11 p.m.

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