Arts & Entertainment

Making his mark

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 2 Comments

By Delle Willett

When he was growing up, future landscape visionary Michael Brennan viewed his Nana as his inspiration.

“She set an example of unconditional love and respect for all people,” Brennan said. “She was a master gardener in her own right and helped me learn the names of all the plants in her backyard, which was like a botanical garden.”

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A year in review — what the celebs said in 2017

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Featured, Q Syndicate | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

Before we forever move on from the rankling crap-stain known as 2017, let’s revisit some memorable words of encouragement said to me this past year, from a heap of A-listers who used their platforms for the greater good as they discussed important LGBTQ issues, their own sexuality, and more.

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Deep Inside Hollywood: The best of 2017

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Featured, Q Syndicate | No Comments

By Romeo San Vicente | Q Syndicate

The past 12 months have seen us finding refuge in our own queer selves. The sheer volume of LGBT-themed cultural content allowed a lot of us to see taking the occasional break from the harsh political and social climate of this year as a form of self-care, even if it was just to swoon to the “TRL”-endorsed, girl-loves-girl pop of upstart singer Hayley Kiyoko. Her summer single “Feelings” was the bounce we needed and we want 2018 to make her a household name.

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Joely Fisher invites us in

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley

What was it like to grow up the child of celebrity parents? In addition to the usual drama and non-stop media attention, the gene pool alone can certainly offer up a whole lot of talent.

That talent is what San Diego will experience when Joely Fisher — daughter of ’50s film and recording artist heartthrob Eddie Fisher and singer/actress Connie Stevens — comes to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage on Dec. 11. Fisher will perform a stage adaptation of her recent best-selling memoir, “Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures.”

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Welk presents a holiday classic

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Reviews | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” may be the most adapted piece of literature around. A Wikipedia search lists 53 versions.

I’ve seen it countless times, but I’d never seen the 1994 musical version now on the boards at Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido. This one boasts music by multiple Oscar-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Fred Ebb (“Cabaret”).

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Chasing Mimi

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

When Mission Valley-based singer-songwriter DC James decided to debut his music, he knew he’d have to go big or stay home.

His newly released song, “Christmas on our Own,” not only flips the script of traditional holiday music — it also gives the catchiness of Mariah Carey’s popular hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” a solid run for its money.

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Bringing back a holiday classic

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater | No Comments

By David Dixon

Various Christmas-themed shows and musicals are returning to San Diego County this year. The Old Globe Theatre’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Cygnet Theatre’s version of “A Christmas Carol” and Lamb’s Players Theatre’s presentation of “An American Christmas” will continue to provide annual holiday entertainment.

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NYC’s ‘Day With(out) Art’ comes to San Diego

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Community Profile, Featured | 5 Comments

By Joyell Nevins

In 1989, the artistic movement Visual AIDS organized the very first Day With(out) Art, a day of “mourning and action,” in response to the AIDS crisis in New York City.

The event, which is held every year on Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day), has since spread to more than 100 different venues around the world. And on Dec. 2, San Diego will host its own inaugural Day With(out) Art at the Media Arts Center in North Park.

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A feast for the eyes and ears

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison

Hold onto your hat — La Jolla Playhouse has a wild ride for you. “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” is both visual feast and musical extravaganza — and a show that could only have been directed by Des McAnuff.

The disco queen of the world’s story is told in a nearly two-hour one-act song and talk fest that is clearly aimed at a Broadway audience. It will be a shock if this show doesn’t end up there.

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