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Rocks of ages

Posted: January 19th, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

When Dr. Patrick L. Abbott hikes in Mission Trails Regional Park, he is reading between the lines — of the rocks, that is. A Professor Emeritus of Geology at SDSU, Abbott’s passion for the language of rocks compelled him to write a book about this favorite park of his.

Kris Kringle’s moment

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison

What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus?

We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre.

Highway stories

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Appel-Lennon

San Carlos resident Don Harrison believes there are Jewish stories everywhere.

To prove his point, Harrison recently wrote a book that recounts 70 Jewish stories culled from all 35 exits along Interstate 8 between Mission Bay and the Imperial County line, titled “77 Miles of Jewish Stories: History, Anecdotes, and Tales of Travel Along I-8”

Multicultural holiday festival arrives in Mission Valley

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Lulu Huang traveled to the United States from China for a visit in 1994 – and she’s still here today. Instead of returning to her homeland, she started a computer company, had two kids and became inspired.

“[I] wanted to do something for children,” Huang said. She decided to start a cultural experience that was fun and educational.

Local talent at a patriotic event

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Film, Top Stories | No Comments

By David Dixon

Various film festivals in San Diego have been growing over the last few years. The San Diego Film Festival and the Coronado Island Film Festival are small sample of local cinematic events drawing plenty of attention in 2017.

Another fairly new celebration of movies is the GI Film Festival San Diego, which started in 2015. Selections focus on stories about the military, or feature people behind the scenes with ties to the military.

By music lovers, for music lovers

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Love live music, but can’t stand those bar crowds or coffeehouse clatter? Then check out the Folkey Monkey, a singer-songwriter showcase in Grantville.

“I know there are folks out there who hate paying good money to hear live music only to find, when they get to the venue, a lot of talkative and usually drunk people who have no real interest in listening. These music lovers are who I’ve tried to bring into the Folkey Monkey, and once they’ve experienced it, they really appreciate it,” said Joe Rathburn, the original Monkey.

Shaped from clay

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

A truly unique children’s book, “Lily Pond,” was launched on Kickstarter by Patrick Henry High School alumni Shelley Daniels Lekven.

Shortly before graduating with a degree in psychology from UCLA, Lekven was inspired to write a poem that follows the vivid imagination of a little frog, Lily Pond, as she daydreams about her future.