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The ‘wisdom and hilarity’ of ‘Beau Jest’

By Charlene Baldridge

It’s 1989 Chicago. Miriam and Abe, Sarah Goldman’s parents, are ecstatic. She tells them she’s no longer dating Chris the Gentile (not true) and moreover, she has a nice, new, Jewish boyfriend (not true, either), who’s a surgeon at one of Chicago’s best hospitals.

A successful businesswoman, Sarah’s been on her own for quite some time, and now it appears that Miriam and Abe’s fondest wish for her may come true. They do what all good parents do: They invite themselves to dinner to meet the prospective son-in-law and even take Sarah’s brother, a divorced therapist, with them.

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Yes, they can (and did)

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

Marriage equality was a mere pipe dream when Indigo Girls duo Emily Saliers and Amy Ray came out in 1988, coinciding with the release of their eponymous Epic Records debut. There was no groundbreaking television sitcom. Melissa Etheridge wasn’t formally out, and wouldn’t be until 1993, when she released “Yes I Am.”

With regard to popular entertainment, particularly within the music business, Saliers and Ray were at the forefront of the queer rights movement. They won a Grammy and released chart-toppers like “Closer to Fine.” And they refused to let their sexuality get in the way of their success, brazenly being themselves at a time when being a gay public figure was uncommon and even downright scary.

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A peaceful transition

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Gina Roberts is many things to many people.

She is a transgender woman; she is the parent of three adult children and a grandparent to one; she is founder and CEO of her own consultation company, Roberts & Roberts Engineering; she is an avid community and political volunteer; and she is an award-winning gun-enthusiast who teaches men and women how to properly handle firearms. Not surprisingly, she is also a proud, card-carrying Republican.

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You can do it!

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Whenever a new year rolls around, we all want some kind of change in our lives; a new job, a new place to live, new routines, but generally it means we want to look and feel better. This year there may be extra motivation to focus on something different after the hellacious election season of last year.

I personally just embarked on a journey to look and feel better myself and I wanted to share it with our readers. I am changing the way I treat my body in many ways, and though my physical goal is to lose 25 pounds, I hope to also lighten my mental and emotional load, as well.

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This little light

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“It was a lot,” Tarell Alvin McCraney said of his oddly coincidental evening recently, when the out playwright attended the premiere of “Moonlight” in Miami, the city where he grew up.

Family he hadn’t met before came out in droves; his brother showed up and longtime friends, too.

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A tribute to Kensington’s ‘play caves’

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The story behind The Haven Pizzeria’s name is a strange one.

For those unfamiliar with the existence of a maze of caves residing some 70 feet beneath a nearby home, a visit to the restaurant’s gender-neutral restroom provides a couple photos of the tunnels that once attracted neighborhood kids and their elders with ping pong tables, a slide connecting one cave room to another, and a refrigerator stocked with sodas.

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Fortune Theatre presents ‘Liaisons’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

As readers may know, British playwright Christopher Hampton is renowned for his translations of classic literature for the stage. A case in point is his 1985 translation of Pierre de Laclos’ 1782 epistolary novel, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons),” which is being produced in splendid style by New Fortune Theatre at the Lyceum Space through Jan. 28.

The most astonishing thing about New Fortune’s production, directed by Artistic Director Richard Baird and Kaitlin O’Neal, is its utter lack of mannerism: it is played without affectation in the vital modern English vernacular provided by Hampton.

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Freedom brings a night of hope

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Give more, reach farther and never quit. That’s the underlying theme of an event presented by Mental Health America of San Diego County (MHASD) billed as an evening of hope and encouragement for the LGBTQ community and its allies in “A Celebration of Resilience,” Thursday, Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m., at the Sunset Temple in North Park.

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Analysis: Surviving the storm

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.)

For decades, small-business owners — especially those who are deemed “socially and economically disadvantaged” (women, veterans, ethnic minorities and the disabled, for instance) — have been sheltered and supported by the Small Business Association, a government entity which was established in 1953.

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Arts scholarship opportunity

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | 3 Comments

SDCNN Staff

Are you an art student or an emerging artist with a body of work? Take a chance and throw your hat into the ring for an opportunity to win a scholarship that will surely take your artistry and career to the next level.

Patric Stillman, founder of The Studio Door, an art studio, incubator and arts community located at 3750 30th Street in North Park, has announced a “unique opportunity” for local artists to win a “Business of Art” scholarship.

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Big bowls of richness

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Winter is for ramen. Particularly tonkotsu-style ramen, which translates to a strikingly unctuous broth laced warmly with the marrow, collagen and fat of pork bones.

The craze for this creamy Japanese soup is best enjoyed at any of five locations bearing the name Tajima, which sprung onto the scene 16 years ago in Kearny Mesa before noodling through Hillcrest, the East Village, a second Kearny Mesa outlet, and most recently, North Park.

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