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#ArtYouEnjoy The Adelman sisters in their new gallery, with works by Sarah Streiber (left) and Irina Gretchanaia (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley); (right) “Jazz Jazz Jazz” by Ellen Dieter. (Courtesy Adelman Fine Art)

Two local women bring their mother’s passion to life in Little Italy Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

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There’s a new gallery in town and the women behind it are poised to become a force to be reckoned with. Three women — a mother and two of her daughters — have set up shop as Adelman Fine Art, representing 18 artists in

their nearly 1,000-square-foot space in the Broadstone building located on Kettner Boulevard just south of Grape Street in Little Italy. The brainchild of Marsha, Nicole and Phylicia Adelman, the gallery showcases the work of local, national and international artists in a wide variety of media.

“A lot of the artists believed in us before we were anything,” Nicole said. “We had barely branded our business, we didn’t have a gallery, we didn’t have a see Adelman, pg 11

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Working to make Balboa Park more sustainable By Delle Willett

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Since 1999, the Friends of Balboa Park have dedicated their time, talents and money to Balboa Park, initiating parkwide projects that transcend individual institutions and address human-scale needs. Their newest focus is making Balboa Park more sustainable by reclaiming water from building rooftops and providing water-wise irrigation to gardens adjacent to those buildings. The first building to implement the Smartscape approach is Casa de Balboa, which houses the San Diego History

Volunteers work to help sustain Zoro Garden. (Courtesy Friends of Balboa Park) Center, the Railway Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. The captured water will be used to irrigate the newly created Zoro Canyon, an area of approximately 15,800 square feet, just south of the historic Zoro Garden, between Casa de Balboa and the Reuben H.

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Fleet Science Center. On a section of Casa de Balboa’s slightly slanted, 60,000-square-foot roof; rain water, morning dew and the condensation from the HVAC systems will be captured at approximately 45,000 gallons a month, as estimated by engineering experts see Friends, pg 3

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At the end of the 2013 Mainly Mozart Festival, founding Music Director David Atherton retired from the organization, which he co-founded with executive director Nancy Latur Laturno (Bojanic) in 1988. At the 2014 festival, presented at the Balboa Theatre, San Diego music lovers had a chance to observe the four top candidates for Atherton’s long-held post. Among them was dynamic young British conductor Michael Francis, whose program, personalpersonal ity, acumen and enthusiasm proved a match. This month, Francis struts his stuff with what he calls “this fantastic orchestra.” “It’s going to be very much a joy joyous celebration of what is past and a joyous celebration of what’s to come,” Francis said. “For example, I’m in including pieces never played at Mainly Mozart before, amazingly enough, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony (June 6) and Mendelssohn’s 4th (June 10). Of course people would know them, but not by this orchestra, which is, after all, the only version one should ever hear. We also involve the choir, so we will be doing the Mozart Mass in C Minor (with San Diego Master Chorale June 13).” The 2015 Mainly Mozart Festival, to be held June 6 – 20 at the Balboa Theatre, features the 52-piece Festival Orchestra, gathered from top orchestras around the nation. Francis conducts four of the five programs and Concertmaster William Preucil leads a conductor-less evening June 17. Each concert features guest artists and presents music mainly by Mozart. Other composers are J.S. and J.C. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Celebrated soloists are pianist Jon Kimura Parker (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, June 6), violinist Benjamin Beilman (Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 — “Strassburg” — June 10), the San Diego Master Chorale (June 13), flutist Jeffrey Khaner (Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1, June 17) and violinist Simone Lamsma (Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, June 20). A chamber orchestra is about half to two-thirds the size of a regular symphony orchestra with much the same instrumental composition. The reduced number of players and the see Mozart, pg 18


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FRIENDS from San Diego State. Assisted by gravity, the water will run into a series of drains, travel down a drainpipe and be stored in a huge, welldisguised tank tucked into a corner of the building. “We are lucky because we are up high and most of the irrigation will happen from 10 to 40 feet below where the water is stored, so we can do all of the watering with gravity rather than having to pressurize the flow and pump the irrigation,” said Jim Hughes, project manager of the Friends of Balboa Park. The Friends hope to have the “Zoro Garden/Canyon Smartscape Project” in place by the end of 2015. The water-capture phase of the project will cost between $75,000 to $100,000 with most of that covering a re-plumbing of the building, manufacturing the water-storage unit, installation of drip irrigation and Smartscape planting. While Friends of Balboa Park has friended the Park, over the years many others have friended Friends of Balboa Park. Many of those showed up to prep the garden for the first of several planting phases, lending their professional expertise to the project, including landscape architects and contractors, engineers, horticulturists, educators, facilities managers and staff from the Park and Recreation

Pictures capturing Zoro Garden; (l to r) two ancient fig trees, a pedestrian walkway (Photos by Delle Willett); and various ferns. (Courtesy Friends of Balboa Park) Department. To date, 150–200 volunteers have worked in the garden and another 20-some volunteers are working on some dimension of the planning associated with the project. San Diego Parks and Recreation has provided labor, tools and equipment, and expertise throughout the process. Treetrimming professionals were hired and paid by Friends of Balboa Park. Utilizing a Smartscape approach, workers cut back the giant fig trees and also stripped additional trees and plants from the garden and the adjacent canyon. Drought-tolerant native plants and approximately 15 trees have been planted to date, with more trees, plants and bushes to be added in the second phase. Volunteers also helped install

a controlled drip-irrigation system under the guidance of representatives from Hunter Industries, which donated over 100 rotator spray head sprinklers, along with their expertise. Friends of Balboa Park donated all other irrigation materials. A planting plan for trees and bushes is currently being developed, which will determine the quantity of water needed for collection and irrigation. If calculations are off and more water is needed after collection, the system will have a water connection to make up for any periodic shortage. Garden visitors will be able to see the water in the holding tank, read interpretive signs that explain how the system works in the Park, and get ideas on how they can recreate a system like

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this in their own gardens. Estimated to be a two-year project through December 2015, the major donors to the Zoro Garden and Canyon project are SDG&E, ($10,000) and the San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF), ($40,000). SDG&E’s donation will cover the cost of engineering. Other partners include: Balboa Park, SDSU, Dottie Laub, Louise Hay, Favrot Family Trust and the Beyster Family Trust. SDWF officials hope the project can extend its reach to spread the water-wise message. Other buildings in Balboa Park that could also be retrofitted to reclaim water are the Hall of Champions and the Timken Museum, both of which have relatively flat, large roofs with a garden or two nearby where diverted water could be utilized.

The Friends of Balboa Park was born out of the same commitment to civic-minded philanthropy that motivated San Diego’s leaders in the early part of the last century. The Friends’ vision is measured in acres and decades, manifested in activities that honor Balboa Park’s celebrated past, enhance its current place in the life of San Diego, improve access and lay the groundwork for a secure future. For more information about the Friends of Balboa Park visit friendsofbalboapark.org. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at dellewillett@ gmail.com.v

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A ‘rebrand’ for Father Joe Local homeless provider looks to the future By Dave Schwab

Father Joe’s Villages, the “patron saint” of the downtrodden as San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, recently unveiled a new brand identity, logo and website. The move signals a new chapter for the 65-year-old organization in its quest to end homelessness “one life at a time.” The new brand formalizes the familiar “Father Joe’s Villages” as the name that now represents all of the nonprofit’s services and locations, including those available through its affordable housing developments — St. Vincent de Paul Village, Toussaint Academy school for homeless children and Josue Homes. Deacon Jim Vargas, president/CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, said it was time to revitalize the humanitarian organization’s mission, as well as end confusion over the name of the organization and all its distinctive parts. “We have a good history and a lot has been accomplished, but it was time to refresh,” Vargas said. “There’s been confusion out there about who we are. Are we Father Joe’s Villages, or St. Vincent de Paul or Toussaint Academy or Josue? We didn’t want to come up with a totally new name. So we decided to go with ‘Father Joe’s Villages’ as the umbrella name.” The rebranding is part of Father Joe’s renewed effort to get word out to the greater community about the growing need for homeless services. “We want people to get reenergized and re-interested in our brand, what we do in our mission,” Vargas said. “With this branding, you’ll be seeing a lot of new fresh media being put out there whether it be banners, print, radio spots, etc.” A big part of St. Joe’s rebranding is its new logo, created by long-time Father Joe’s supporter and local marketing leader, Mires Ball. “For almost 20 years, Mires Ball has volunteered with and supported Father Joe’s Villages in its mission to end homeless-

(l to r) President and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas looks on as Elisha Lutz, director of marketing for MiresBall, speaks to the media at the rebranding press conference. (Courtesy Father Joe’s Villages)

ness, so this task was close to our hearts,” said Scott Mires, partner and creative director at Mires Ball. “Ending homelessness is important to our community and our work led us to a brand that we feel perfectly captures the mission and passion of Father Joe’s in a new and forward-focused way.” The new logo, in the shape of an eight-pointed star on a yellow background with a cross at its center, was chosen for its rich symbolism and representation of the organization’s essence. “The star is a beacon of hope for those we serve,” Vargas said. “Its eight points each have a home which stands for our residences here. We want our residents to be able to take care of themselves and their families in their own homes. “Collectively, all of those eight homes stand for a village and a community,” he continued. “And eight is a Biblical term that represents wholeness. At the center, which is foundational for us, is a cross that symbolizes our faith and service.” To allow the new logo to shine, Father Joe’s Villages also recently launched its new website, neighbor.org, with easierto-use navigation, simplified language and updated website interactivity. Vargas said Father Joe’s message, that homelessness is out there and needs to be addressed, is the same. But, as the number of homeless and the problems associated with them continue to grow, getting word out about services that are avail-

able to help them becomes even more immediate. “On any given night, there are about 8,700 people in San Diego County who are homeless, and only about half of them are sheltered,” Vargas said. “About 1,000 of them are unaccompanied children. That’s a big number and especially heartbreaking. We need to make sure the public and government leaders are aware of the situation, as it takes a concerted effort to deal with it.” Father Joe’s Villages prepares up to 3,000 meals and works with more than 1,500 individuals daily, from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors. This includes 200-plus children and more than 200 military veterans. As an industry thought-leader, Father Joe’s offers solutions to address the complex needs of the homeless, regardless of age, race, culture or beliefs. The organization’s primary goal remains to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness. To this end they provide housing, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled “onestop-shop” approach. This mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers and generous public and private donors. For more information, visit neighbor.org. — Dave Schwab can be reached at dschwabie@journalist.com.v

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Six months ago, I adopted an adorable 6-year old Boxer mix named Lincoln — also known as “Linc” — from a rescue organization. Linc is my love and captured my heart for many reasons. He’s calm, affectionate, playful, nondestructive at home and if I’m running late, he’ll wait for up to 12 hours to be walked. However, he does present one large challenge: He is not friendly to other dogs. Knowing that dogs with his behaviors may face euthanasia unless a rescue picks him up or a patient dog owner comes through to adopt, I understand the enormity of the responsibility I take on daily to keep him and other animals safe. There are dogs everywhere in Downtown San Diego. This can make city life tough to navigate with him at my side, but with the help of two dog trainers, a muzzle, a prong collar and ensuring consistency with regards to his leash manners, I’m making it work. In time, I hope Linc’s sensitivity to other dogs will decrease and I’m slowly working Theresa Donnelly and Linc (Courtesy Theresa Donnelly) on that. Our three walks each day to and from the park across from the Convention Center has given me a first-hand look at that fails, call the police and make a report. dog walking etiquette across the pet comI have seen people with retractable munity spectrum. leashes not paying attention and letting I find the majority of dog owners polite their dogs wander across a busy sidewalk. and understanding when I hold Linc close I believe a little bit of vigilance and reto my side, veer around their dog, and even spect can go a long way ensuring everyone cross the street to avoid a dog-on-dog conhas a safe dog walking experience. flict. But occasionally, there are those pet A last point to consider is that if my dog owners completely oblivious to city laws and were to bite a dog that approached him, I’d my polite requests. be liable for the injuries, regardless. The San Diego city code states that, “If MacKinnon said that if a particular you walk or otherwise bring a dog to public or neighborhood is having a problem with other private property (where dogs are perthis issue [unleashed dogs] to please call mitted), you must restrain the dog by a hand the San Diego Humane Society and they held leash, not longer than 6 feet in length.” can do extra patrols and take measures to Yet, there are a number of owners educate that community. Downtown that fail to follow this law, putI’m very blessed to live in such a ting their dogs and other dogs at risk. dog-friendly community, but with that I recently spoke with Stephen MacKinprivilege there comes a responsibility to non, chief of humane law enforcement for ensure we can walk our pets and feel safe the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, while doing so. about his recommendations if pedestrians Taking a few simple precautionary spot an off-leash dog. measures can ensure our communities “I’d be concerned about anywhere are inviting places for our four-legged where there are dogs running and it’s a family members. busy street,” MacKinnon said. “Besides some people are very fearful, where they —Theresa Donnelly is an active duty absolutely freeze and run across the street. naval officer who in her off duty time volThat’s not fair to them. This is definitely a unteers as a district leader for the Humane safety concern.” Society, helping with animal protection He also said if someone feels in danger, policy issues on a national and statewide come to a full stop, use hand signals, and level. She recently adopted a rescue Boxer politely ask the person to leash their dog. If and lives Downtown.v

San Diego’s adult older population is a rapidly increasing percentage of the city’s residents. Recent professional studies at the city, county, state and national level duplicate the warnings of a looming national aging crisis that cannot be ignored. The older adult population is increasing fastest in the western U.S., and lacking proper planning, shortfalls in available, accessible and affordable housing, health care, transportation and underfunded social safety nets will soon negatively impact the quality of life in every age group and neighborhood. San Diego’s Paul Downey, a widely recognized authority on aging, reported that one out of four homeless San Diegans is aged 60 or greater and the number of San Diegans over the age of 60 will double by 2030 to one in four residents. The Elder Index also tells us that two out of five [40 percent] seniors lack enough money to meet their housing, food, health care and transportation needs. Other sources show one out of every four adult San Diegans is currently caring for one or more senior relatives and that one out of four homeless persons is a veteran. Our mayor and City Council are ultimately responsible for city policies, ordinances, laws, projects and budgets impacting all San Diegans. The City of San Diego Senior Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB) was given the responsibility of informing and advising them of the needs of older adults as they carry out that responsibility. Recognizing both the diversity and commonality of each City Council district, SAAB is visiting each district and conducting an anonymous 10-15 minute voluntary survey of adults aged 49 or greater. The geographic, economic, financial, cultural, social, physical and mental health, family and other factors of San Diego’s diverse population are what determines the priority levels of concern for each of us, younger and older alike. Accordingly, there are no one-size-fits-all strategies to address the challenges before us. The information being collected will underscore older adult priority concerns down to the neighborhood level. Mapping the results and overlaying that map with one of existing transportation, shopping, medical care facilities, services, programs, recreation/entertainment facilities, and housing inventory and costs will highlight deficiencies by neighborhood and district. As a result, your participation in the survey is critical to achieving viable San Diego solutions that identify and address the challenges. San Diego can and is attempting to head off a potential human disaster; but government, nonprofits, businesses, community organizations and SAAB member volunteers cannot do the job without the valuable information you provide by completing the see Senior, pg 8

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Notes from Toni: small biz wrap-up Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. There are more than 3.5 million of them in California, and they account for more than half the jobs in our state. It’s important to celebrate and recognize the successful stores, restaurants, offices, and family businesses that contribute to the character of our neighborhoods and add so much to our local economy. That’s why I’m happy to honor the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach as Assembly District 78’s Small Business of the Year. The Belly Up Tavern was selected from a pool of 23 great nominees. I am proud to honor all of these businesses. The Belly Up is one of our most popular local venues and has been repeatedly named the “Best Live Music Club” in San Diego County. It has featured acts as varied as the Neville Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and Mumford & Sons, and in its 41year history has maintained a connection with the community, hosting fundraisers that benefit a variety of causes, from ALS to Toys for Tots. May was Small Business Month, and we will continue the celebration in Sacramento on June 10 with the California Small Business Association lunch at the Sacramento Convention Center. I will co-host the event, where members of the state legislature will honor smallbusiness owners from around the state, including the Belly Up and co-owners Phil Berkovitz and Steve Goldberg. I also will host a reception in San Diego on June 26 to recognize my Small Business of the Year honorees and present an Assembly resolution to each business owner as a thank-you for their vision and dedication. There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S., according to the Small Business Administration, and the SBA’s Region 9, which includes California, has received significant support, attracting more than one-fifth of the agency’s loan activity in 2014. The SBA also provides outreach to veterans and women who already are small-business owners or thinking of launching a new venture. The state works to support small businesses, as well. A quarter of the awards in the California Competes tax-credit program are set aside for small businesses, and San Diego has performed exceptionally well. Thirty companies received more than $27 million in tax credits in the last year, and much of

that went to San Diego County small businesses. In addition, I am sponsoring AB 437 to enable small businesses in the tech sector to tap into tax credits to reinvest in research-and-development activities, and AB 226, to make it easier for local fishermen to organize and sell their catch directly to the public at community fish markets. I appreciate all the hard work of the tens of thousands of small-business owners in my community and will continue not just to advocate on their behalf, but also to encourage all San Diegans to support their local homegrown businesses. [Editor’s Note: see a full list of honorees in our “Downtown Briefs” section.]

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I’ve launched “Socks for Stand Down,” a sock drive through June 30 to support Stand Down, the annual event to assist struggling or homeless veterans. You may drop socks for our veterans in the box at my district office, located at 1350 Front St., Room 6054, at local community meetings, or at office hours where my staff appears. For a list of the office hours, please see the “Upcoming Events” on my website, asmdc. org/speaker. Stand Down takes place from July 17-19 this year … The Balboa Park “Garden Party of the Century” was a great celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition. Here I am with Rep. Susan Davis and Councilmember Todd Gloria. It was great to see the children in the Floral Wagon parade and the U.S. Marine Corps re-enactment of their longago march across the Cabrillo Bridge ... I was shocked to learn so many college students struggle with hunger and homelessness. San Diego State has established an Economic Crisis Response Team to help and UC San Diego opened the Triton Food Pantry in February. California State University launched a yearlong study into the problem and I’m eager to see the results. Making sure that students are fed and housed are basic necessities that we as legislators, along with campus administrators, need to ensure. —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker of the California State Assembly. For more information, please visit her website, asmdc.org/speaker/ where you can sign up for her e-newsletter or get the latest news on legislation and other activities. You also may follow her on Twitter, @toniatkins.v

In honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day on June 7, car2go has teamed with LIVESTRONG Foundation for a social media campaign to help raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention programs. Each time an active car2go member tweets using the hashtag #DRIVETHEFIGHT car2go will donate $1 per mile driven through June 7. @car2go and @livestrong handles can also be included in the tweets. LIVESTRONG and car2go have had a five-year relationship and this social media initiative is just one way the two organizations have worked to raise awareness and needed funds to help those affected by all stages of cancer, and support the nearly 32.5 million cancer survivors worldwide. “With great advances in cancer treatment options and medicines, more and more people are surviving the disease, thus increasing the need for post-treatment care,” said Chandini Portteus, LIVESTRONG Foundation

San Diego Downtown News | June 2015 president and CEO. “Cancer may leave your body, but it will forever remain in your life. We at the Foundation remain endlessly committed to meeting those needs and are thankful to have partners like car2go that understand what it means to be a survivor today.” With over 400,000 registered members in North America, including San Diego, car2go is the largest and fastest-growing carsharing program in the world. “Every day of a person’s life is precious — and that’s why we’ve teamed up with LIVESTRONG to not only celebrate the strength and courage of the survivors we all may know, but to see how we can support those who are still fighting cancer every single day,” said Paul DeLong, president and CEO of car2go North America. “Carsharing naturally encourages people to contribute to a greater good — from an economic to environmental and social perspective, and with this new initiative, in partnership with LIVESTRONG, our members and their communities, we know that car2go can make a difference.” For more information, visit car2go.com.

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ATKINS HONORS SMALL BUSINESSES OF YEAR

Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach has been named “Small Business of the Year” for 2015 in the 78th Assembly District, which runs along the coast from Imperial Beach to Solana Beach and reaches inland along Interstate 8 and into Downtown. Speaker Atkins will honor Belly Up June 10 in Sacramento and early twodozen other district businesses will also be honored at a local reception later in the month. Of those, five are located in Downtown, including Café 222 in the Gaslamp Quarter, Caffe Italia in Little Italy, Croce’s Park West in Bankers Hill, and MooTime Creamery in Coronado. “I appreciate the hard work of the tens of thousands of home-grown business owners in my district and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments. I will continue not only to advocate on their behalf, but also to encourage all San Diegans to support them,” Speaker Atkins said. For more info visit asmdc. org/speaker.v

Youth Symphony traveling to China By Johnny McDonald

After two years of planning, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) will celebrate its 70th anniversary with four concerts in China. They’ll perform in Beijing’s Forbidden City, Yantai — where they will perform twice — and Shanghai. The concerts take place between June 23 and July 5. The traveling group will consist of 108 musicians and 17 others, including staff and a video crew. The tour orchestra, made up of advanced high school-age students, will be accompanied by select SDYS alumni and current professional San Diego Symphony musicians. Dalouge Smith, SDYS president and CEO, said Qualcomm, Inc. is the presenting sponsor for the trip. “We had sent Dr. Sidney Yin, our artistic administrator, to China earlier to build a relationship with the different concert halls,” Smith said. “We had to have the cooperation from various entities there. “The Forbidden City concert hall comes under the government system,” he continued. “We also dealt with local officials in Yantai, while Shanghai was more independent.” Upon Dr. Yin’s return, he met with board chair June Shillman to put the tour pieces together. “This is a total education program for young kids,” said Shillman, who also is president of the San Diego — Yantai Friendship Society. “My goal is to create a positive relationship with another culture. This will be a large benefit for the students.”

In Yantai, San Diego’s sister city, they had extensive communication and support. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the history of our organizations,” said Music Director Jeff Edmons, who is also celebrating his 20th year with the symphony. “It provides a way for musicians to share talent with an insight and appreciation for the world of musicians and it creates a lifetime of memories,” Edmons continued. “This is a wonderful artistic project that celebrates each individual and also what can be achieved as a group. Collectively, we will share our music with new audiences.” Dr. Yin, a classical pianist, will play George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” as the soloist in Forbidden City. Piano solos also will also be played by staffers, Dr. Jessie Chang and Dr. Xun Pan.

There will be a variety of cultural activities on the trip, including visits to the Great Wall and Red Square. Smith pointed out that in addition to fundraising and the Qualcomm sponsorship, the students are also paying a portion of the costs. “China is at the early stages of developing youth symphonies and in September a delegation from Yantai will come to San Diego,” Smith said. A free Bon Voyage Concert in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on June 18, in partnership with the city of San Diego and the San Diego Museum of Art. For more information about SDYC’s Bon Voyage Concert or the China tour, visit sdys.org/ china-2015. —Johnny McDonald can be reached at johnny23@cox.net.v


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New local business offers brain-teasing entertainment By Alex Owens

Most of San Diego’s top tourist attractions revolve around being outdoors, but the newest one involves getting locked in a room for an hour. It’s the House of Hints, a brain-teasing, team building, puzzle-solving adventure where teams of three to six people pay $25 each to be locked into a room with only one hour to solve a mystery. The business, which opened in October in a Kearny Mesa industrial park, is the brainchild of Jill Lux, a La Jolla native who was trained to play with people’s minds from a young age. “My parents used to do harmless little pranks on me when I was growing up,” Lux said. “For example, I’d go out on a date and when I came home and sat on my bed, things would fall off the wall.” Nothing that extreme happens in the House of Hints, but clues can appear in the strangest places and things that don’t make sense for the first 55 minutes suddenly come together in the last five. Interactive mysteries such as House of Hints have been

popular in Europe for the last few years. Lux experienced one in London with her new husband, Steve Smith, and decided to bring the concept to her hometown. “We wanted to be the first in the U.S., but it took a long time to find the right location,” she said. “By the time we opened ours, there was one in New York, and there have been a couple of pop-ups in San Francisco that are only open for a weekend.” The concept is the same, but Lux stresses the mysteries at the House of Hints are all one of a kind. “They come from my demented brain,” she said, laughing. “I have all sorts of puzzles in my brain, but also want to provide enough clues so that people don’t feel bad that they can’t solve them.” SPOILER ALERT: Even if people don’t find the key that lets them out within the 60-minute time frame, they probably will be let out — eventually. Because the attraction revolves around a mystery, getting the word out about the attraction has been a bit of a challenge. “How do you market some-

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(l to r) House Of Hints co-owners Steve Smith and Jill Lux are stumping participants at their new venture. (Courtesy House of Hints) thing you can’t show?” she said. “You have to experience it.” Luckily for Lux, word-ofmouth has been very supportive, with happy customers giving an average of five stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor. “A group of homicide detectives tried it and had a blast,” she said. “They split up the younger ones against the older ones and the younger ones did better. Part of that was luck, but also because the older detectives were not used to a time constraint.” There are currently four rooms with three settings: A

detective’s office, a Black Ops safe house and a CSI lab. Lux hopes to add more if the demand increases. She is also discovering that customers are using the attraction for their own mysterious ways. “Employers are using this in job interviews,” Lux said. “It’s a great way to see how someone will interact with others. Are they organized? Do they think outside of the box? Do they get stressed? “Honestly, what we are seeing is that the best qualities of people come out when they do this,” she said.

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Lux said even parents who did this with teens have been happy. “Life experience is an advantage in the game and we’ve seen teens look at their parents with new eyes,” she said with a knowing laugh — she has two teens of her own. House of Hints is located at 5575 Magnatron Blvd., Ste. H in Kearny Mesa. For more information call 858-634-0125 or check out houseofhints.com. —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at alexowenssd@ gmail.com.v FROM PAGE 6

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Congressional Watch – June By Andy Cohen

We start the May edition with Congress’ passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the fiscal year 2016 budget to fund the military. The bill passed the House of Representatives on a 269 – 151 vote. Only eight Republicans voted against the military budget, while only 41 Democrats voted in favor, including two of San Diego’s Democratic members of Congress, Scott Peters and Susan Davis, joining Republicans Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter. Juan Vargas was the lone no vote from the region. Democrats by and large rejected the bill for its restrictions on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and for ignoring military spending caps established in 2011 by sequestration. Republicans, Democrats argue, are willing to ignore sequestration for programs they favor, but adhere to it in lock step for programs that are Democratic priorities, such as infrastructure and health care. “I remain opposed to the across-the-board cuts known as sequester that limit the ability of our military commanders to effectively plan for the future, and will continue pushing Congressional leaders to end this reckless policy,” Scott Peters (D-D52) said in a press release. “In the end, I supported this bill because we must give our military the resources it needs to keep our country safe, which continues to be the most important job for Congress.” Peters also noted the importance of the military budget’s role for the San Diego region. Additionally, Peters introduced seven amendments which were included in the defense bill, including one that required California’s continued access to military firefighting aircraft; reforms in the military’s acquisition process that allow smaller companies better opportunities to compete with large firms; and support for Department of Defense-sponsored camps for military children grieving the loss of a loved one. Both Peters and Davis are again expected to buck their party’s leadership when the bill to approve the Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track“ authority — giving the Obama Administration full authority to negotiate the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement and allowing Congress only to approve or deny any completed agreement without offering any amendments — comes to a vote. The actual contents of the TPP will not be made public until the agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations is finalized. Local proponents of the TPP insist it will be a boon to the San Diego economy by opening up new business opportunities. Darrell Issa (R-D49),

the richest member in all of Congress, came under fire for his insistence to “CNN Money” that America’s poor are the “envy of the world,” seemingly insisting that poverty and income inequality are not a big problem in the United States. “If you go to India or you go to any number of Third World countries, you have two problems: You have greater inequality of income and wealth. You also have less opportunity for people to rise from the have not to the have,” Issa told CNN. Issa, who has a net worth of nearly $450 million, took umbrage with “CNN Money” reporter Cristina Alesci when she suggested “we don’t want to compare ourselves to India, we want to set the bar pretty high.” “You’re wrong, we do have to compare ourselves to the rest of the world, we compete with the rest of the world,” replied Issa. “We’re in a global economy, and it’s extremely important that we be able to amass capital, have a trained workforce, and quite frankly, if we want to get paid more we have to be able to produce somehow better than many of those countries, including India.” Issa ignores the fact that the productivity of American workers has risen steadily,

making them among the most productive in the world, while wages remained stagnant. According to the International Business Times, the productivity of American workers rose 25 percent between 2000 and 2012, yet they saw no gains in wages. Duncan Hunter (R-D50) continued to advocate for greater U.S. military involvement in the Middle East, insisting that the only way to

drive out the ISIS forces that have taken over the Iraqi city of Ramadi is for the U.S. to take direct action. “Somehow we need to get involved in this fight. No one else can get involved in this fight the way we can,” Hunter told “Fox News.”

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San Diego Downtown News | June 2015 Hunter, himself an Iraq war veteran, continues to be one of the most hawkish members of Congress. In December 2013, Hunter suggested during an interview on CSPAN that American forces should attack Iran with nuclear weapons. Juan Vargas (D-D51) introduced the Stop Blood Tomatoes Act of 2015 in the House of Representatives. The bill calls for increased transparency on the part of corporations with revenues over $1 billion by requiring independent audits of their supply chains to ensure that they are not selling products made by child or forced labor. The bill would also mandate that companies publish the results of the audits on their websites and be reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Vargas also lamented the Republican led challenge to DAPA — the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans — an executive order issued by President Obama that would allow undocumented parents of citizens or legal residents who have been in the country for five years or more to remain in the country without fear of deportation. “These parents care for their children and relatives, serving as vital providers in their communities,” Vargas said in a statement. “The Executive Action would have offered relief

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to immigrants who currently live in the shadows, in constant fear of being separated from their families.” Susan Davis (D-D53) defended women’s access to abortion services in response to the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act along partisan lines in Congress. “I’m dismayed to see the majority bringing up yet another attack on women’s health,” Davis said in a statement. “It is not for the government to infringe on a deeply personal decision that belongs between women and their doctors.” —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@ sbcglobal.net.v


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Summer fun, Italian style Little Italy News Christopher Gomez The Little Italy neighborhood is kicking off the summer with a fun-filled June. If you’re looking for something to do, this community has plenty! Between our beloved Saturday Mercato (which is turning seven years old this month!) to the Washington Elementary S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) school’s fundraising event, the Taste of Little Italy and the Little Italy Summer Film Festival kick-off at the end of the month — there’s something for everyone. Starting things off is the first annual Van Go! Soap Box Racing event, Saturday, June 13, presented by the Washington Elementary S.T.E.A.M. Magnet School, from noon to 6 p.m. on

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the school grounds. The day will consist of a soapbox race, live musical and dance performances, food and merchandise. The students at Washington Elementary have been building and designing locally sponsored soapbox cars to race. Come out to see these works of art — designed in the image of the “Leaning Tower of Pisa,” a cannoli, mermaids and much more. The race will take place down State Street and the festivities will run simultaneously at the school. The event will bring students, children, parents, our community and businesses together by combining science and art. Next up is the Little Italy foodie event of the summer, Taste of Little Italy, on June 17, from 5 – 9 p.m. We invite visitors to stroll down the streets with their “Taste Passport” and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries. Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of some of their most popular dishes. Participants can walk an easy route to each restaurant and receive each eatery’s tasting in exchange for a stamp on their passport. There are over 35 restau-

Taste of Little Italy is this month. (Courtesy LIA)

rants participating, including Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Ballast Point, Craft and Commerce, Underbelly, Ironside and NaPizza — just to name a few. Then, starting June 27 and every Saturday night all summer long, everyone can head to Little Italy’s Amici Park Amphitheater for an outdoor movie night. The Little Italy Summer Film Festival will go through the beginning of September and feature popular Italian films with English subtitles. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and films begin at 8 p.m. The Little Italy Summer Film Festival is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. A $5 donation is requested. We want to welcome you, your friends and family to come to Little Italy and spend some time in our neighborhood to enjoy one or more of our events we have going on this month. For more information about Washington Elementary S.T.E.A.M. Magnet School’s Van Go! event please visit sdvango.org. For more details regarding Taste of Little Italy and the Little Italy Summer Film Festival, go to littleitalysd.com. To check out what’s going on in our neighborhood follow us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD or find the San Diego Little Italy page on Facebook. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager for the past 15 years. Reach him at chris@littleitalysd.com.v


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Inside the salon-style gallery, the Adelmans have moveable display walls to offer a changing dynamic. Works by local artists Streiber (left) and Stephanie Clair (lower middle and right) can be seen here. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) FROM PAGE 1

ADELMAN nice show under our belt yet, but they believed in us because of the way we presented ourselves and our vision to them.” The younger Adelmans spent part of their childhoods in San Diego before the family was relocated to the Midwest, where Marsha and their father still reside. Nicole returned after graduation and Phylicia eventually followed her sister — 10 years her senior — back to the region they both loved. The two sisters each worked in retail for a time — even together at one point — while Nicole started a family. Phylicia eventually moved on to the corporate world before their mother began painting their future. A longtime businesswoman and amateur artist herself, Marsha Adelman had spent several years collecting and working with the art of Iris Scott, a renowned fine art fingerprinting artist originally from Seattle. Representing Scott seemed to be the next logical step, and with her daughters living in the artist mecca of San Diego, hanging a shingle in that ideal climate seemed to be a splendid idea. “She’s really the brains behind it and has always had a passion for art,” Nicole said about her mother. “She wanted to marry her passion of business with her love of art.” Soon, Adelman Fine Art was born, and the Brooklyn, New York-based Scott, their first client, is now Adelman’s top selling artist.  “We’re a team,” Nicole said of the family business. “Phylicia and I do the day-to-day in the shop and are the faces in the gallery, but we have all settled into certain roles as you need to do.” “A lot of the administrative work that my mother was doing initially has passed down to me,” Phylicia said. “Nicole is a jack-of-all-trades but is primarily the face of Adelman.” “We rely on each other and our different talents are kind of dictating which one of us takes on the task at hand,” Nicole added. “It has all been very natural.” Choosing their artists seems to have come naturally, as well. Though Nicole said it was not a conscious decision, most of their artists are women, and the men

represented primarily choose women as their subjects. “It’s a very feminine collection,” Nicole said. There is also a great balance to their choices; they have oil, acrylic, mixed media, jewelry, glass art and sculpture. Some of the artists are so well established they take prints of their popular works and embellish them with additional paint, making each one unique. Each artist has between three to five pieces represented and may be on display for up to six months. Of the 18 artists they represent, five reside full or part-time in San Diego — Tesa Michaels, Stephanie Clair, Sarah Steiber, Zigaloe Wharton and Ellen Dieter — one is from Canada, another from South Africa and one is from Australia. The rest come from all across the country. “That’s really been the best part for Phylicia and I, meeting creative people; people following a passion, just driven, creative, motivated artists,” Nicole said.  Phylicia takes it a step further. “I feel like it’s filling in a part of me that I didn’t know was missing — the creative part,” she said, adding that she’s since begun to paint on her own. “This is the hardest thing we’ve probably ever done but it’s been so rewarding.” Their storefront — a «salonstyle» boutique gallery — is filled with to the brim with beautiful art. There is so much color in the art represented it literally leaps off the walls. Salon style means the art work is mounted close together — also called “double hung” — and though there aren’t long, open white spaces in between each work of art, instead of looking busy, the dynamic content and colors draw you in. To accommodate those who wish to focus on one piece, the gallery has three moveable walls that offer that flexibility and there is a “viewing room” in the back, where those interested can have a private viewing. “We want people to be able to see a piece separate from the collection, in different lighting without distraction,” Nicole said, adding that the space also offers the opportunity for negotiating. Having a private space to view individual pieces was

important to the Adelmans, as Marsha has always viewed and purchased the fine art in her personal collection in such a room. A walk around the gallery opens up a lot of conversation; the women know the nitty gritty details about each of their clients and the stories behind their work on display. They love to share the “behind the scenes” details with anyone who is interested. While they need to make a living, those wishing to just come by for a browse are welcomed and even encouraged. Little Italy has had a thriving art scene for years but it seems to have slowed its pace a bit lately with the end of the monthly and quarterly art events. The Adelman sisters hope to help reestablish something similar in the future and have plans for their own monthly themed events as well. The Adelmans not only hope to build a strong local following for their clients, but build a rapport with nearby restaurants and businesses and help bring people into the district to browse and appreciate all the fine art they have accumulated. “The neighborhood has been very welcoming,” Nicole said. “That’s one of the reasons we chose Little Italy, for that community and neighborhood feeling and [community events have] always been part of the plan. With our artists, we are finding what the community is liking.” At the end of June, they plan to launch their first exhibition, where seven or eight of their artists will be profiled, with some of them in attendance periodically.  Called “Every Summer has a Story,” the exhibition will be held from June 27 through July 19. The opening reception will be June 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. “In San Diego we enjoy this beautiful weather year-round but we still celebrate summer and a lot of our work fits in the theme,” Nicole said. Adelman Fine Art is located at 1980 Kettner Blvd., in Little Italy. Follow them on Facebook (AdelmanFineArt) or visit adelmanfineart.com. You can also follow their custom hashtag #ArtYouEnjoy on social media. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn.com.v


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East Village News Fault Line Park East Village’s new community park

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why is this new park called Fault Line Park?” This park is located on 14th Street, between Island Avenue and J Street and is 1.3 acres. It is above the Rose Canyon fault line, which precludes any development being built over the fault. Some of the design elements include a pedestrian walkway over the actual fault line and two spheres that serve as fault movement markers titled “Fault Whisper” created by Living Lenses. Our neighbors and visitors will enjoy a playground and tot lot, boulders and rolling topography, garden areas, shade trees and trellises, benches and seat walls. Leashed dogs are also welcomed! Visitors can also enjoy a meal at the café/restaurant overlooking the park at Halcyon and Stella Public House. The restaurants and the park have joint-use restrooms, which are

maintained by the restaurants. Fault Line Park is scheduled to open in August 2015 and will be open daily from 6 a.m. – midnight. Fault Line Park was designed by Spurlock & Poirier Landscape Architects, and the developer is Pinnacle, who will also maintain the park and provide security together with SDPD.

Countdown to Urban Discovery

Urban Discovery Academy (UDA) will soon be moving into its new location in East Village at 14th and F streets. Established in 2008 as a model charter school, UDA will be fully utilizing the vast resources of San Diego’s Downtown urban landscape. The K-8 school offers a highquality STEAM-infused curriculum with the benefits of proximity to the Downtown public library and the convenience of nearby trolley stops. The new campus is specially designed to advance the Academy’s three founding areas of

distinction: strengthening project-based education; returning arts education to the classroom; and encouraging families to live Downtown. The school’s 376 students and 30 teachers have been achieving academic excellence at UDA and student API test scores are in the high 800s. UDA’s educational experiences include an enriched visual and performing arts program and community service opportunities. “We make learning meaningful, hands-on, and exciting while maintaining our rigorous academics,” said UDA Director Jenni Taylor, ED.D. “We are passionate about students becoming life-long learners and taking ownership of their learning. We believe that students thrive when all of their talents are respected and valued.” Jeff Siberman pledged $125,000 to the school on behalf of Downtown business, Carleton Management, Inc. “UDA is an important community asset in the ongoing evolution of East Village and is so worthy of our community see East Village, pg 13

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EASTVILLAGE support,” Siberman said. “We look forward to a long-standing relationship with UDA and are excited to welcome them to the neighborhood.” Local residents can also support the school in many ways, including through the purchase of a personalized tile ($250 – $750) that will be permanently installed at the playground. “Our dream of an innovative charter school that flourishes in San Diego’s Downtown environment is coming true thanks to the support of our Downtown community,” Taylor said. For more information or to purchase a tile, visit heudafoundation.org.v

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Summer’s going to be extra cool Downtown Downtown Partnership News Kris Michell Every season offers its own charms and ways to enjoy Downtown living, but summertime is when the most exciting events bloom and prosper. Certainly, there’s Comic-Con — which begins the second week of July — one of the entertainment industry’s biggest events of the year. We’re also betting on our Padres to be an exciting presence all summer long. But that’s only the beginning! Downtown San Diego offers all kinds of one-shot and recurring events throughout the summer months with something for everyone. So let’s take a tour of our proverbial Downtown summer garden.

Healthy living in the city

Most immediately, next week is the second annual “Stretch Yourself with Scripps” yoga on the flight deck of the USS Midway. This free, family-friendly yoga session will be led by expert instructors from Yoga One, a popular Downtown studio. The hour-long class on June 20 starts promptly at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Last year’s downward dogging debut drew more than 400 participants — and it’s likely this year’s attendance will top it — so grab a friend and your yoga mat to take

opened in March along Harbor Drive, thanks in large part to a significant donation from the bank. Front Porch Pilates will be held once a month on Thursdays and taught by the experts at Broadway Athletic and Swim Club. The first class is scheduled for July 16 at U.S. Bank’s Downtown’s branch. Subsequent classes will be held outdoors at beautiful Lane Field.

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Participants enjoy yoga on the deck of the U.S.S. Midway Museum. (Courtesy Downtown Partnership) part in this unique experience. Yoga on the Midway is part of the “Scripps Healthy Living in the City” program, an initiative offering healthy lifestyle options Downtown by offering free cooking classes, guided neighborhood strolls and outdoor yoga classes all year long. For more information about Scripps Healthy Living in the City, visit: downtownsandiego. org/healthyscripps/.

on Friday afternoons. The concerts will “pop up” in a variety of locations around Downtown and feature popular local artists. The series is part of the Partnership’s broader program of enlivening spaces throughout Downtown with cool cultural happenings and activities and will also feature special guest appearances by elected officials and local business leaders.

Sounds of summer

Swing into summer and hit the front porch

We will also see the return of the Downtown Partnership’s “Sounds of Summer” pop-up concert series, beginning June 26 and continuing through the summer

If the pop-up concerts don’t get you dancing in the streets, two new programs sponsored by U.S. Bank just might.

Beginning in June, they’ll offer swing dance classes on Broadway Pier all summer long. The free, hour-long classes will be held once a month on Thursdays and taught by the experts at Swing Dancing San Diego. The first class will be held June 25 at 6 p.m. at U.S. Bank’s Downtown branch located at 1420 Kettner Blvd. Subsequent classes will be held on Broadway Pier. Check the schedule at downtownsandiego.org/downtown-overview/ us-bank-summer-series. U.S. Bank will also be sponsoring free “Front Porch Pilates” classes at Lane Field, the latest Downtown park which

This summer also sees the introduction of Gaslamp Night Plaza, which will feature uncommon experiences in a common space. Seven times throughout the summer, Island Avenue will be blocked off to vehicular traffic and replaced with tables and chairs from 6 – 10 p.m. for family- and dog-friendly events and performances. Gaslamp Night Plaza is a collaborative effort between the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Gaslamp Quarter Association, and the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. For more information, visit nightplaza.com. This is just a small sampling of what the summer in Downtown San Diego has to offer. We’re excited to share more as the season rolls on. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. To learn more about the Downtown Partnership, visit downtownsandiego.org.v


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Utopian urban living By Delle Willett

When Urbana opened in February 2015, it offered tenants more than just a place to live, it offered them the opportunity to be part of a community — the Urbana community and the East Village community With that goal, the developer, H.G. Fenton Company, included four areas for tenants to meet and gather 24 hours a day. Indoors, at the Linger Lounge and Play Room; and outdoors, at Vitamin D and Unwind. A co-work space, Linger Lounge has an espresso coffee maker where residents can make their own brew. The Play Room has games and four TVs, all set on sports stations. Outside, Unwind is a place to “zen out” or throw some shrimp on the “barbee.” Vitamin D, located up on the rooftop, has a view to the new San Diego Central Library, Petco Park, and the Coronado Bridge, even from the raised hot tub. With a variety of seating, a bar with beer taps, a professional kitchen with a barbeque, big screen HDTVs, fire pits, views of Friday night fireworks from Petco Park, and a gorgeous living wall, this space wins the prize for being the most popular from sunrise coffee to after-dark gatherings. All shared spaces have a quiet hour beginning at 10 p.m. Being a resident of Urbana has its privileges in the community of East Village as well. Each person has a special Urbana key-chain fob to identify them as a resident, which garners them special privileges such as VIP-line access at local bars and breweries, and discounts off the bill. Crystal Poggi, Community Director of Urbana, made a point of going out into the community to make these connections. Poggi oversees leasing activities and manages the property, including the members-only program, an initiative that arranges special outings for residents such as seats at the Padres opening day and guaranteed reservations at upscale restaurants. “We want our residents to meet each other and their neighbors,” Poggi said. “We want them to venture out in East Village to discover the special place it is. It’s like a small town inside a big city.” Poggi, who also lives on-site with her husband, works with a staff of three who provide 24-hour service to the residents. Staff can be found in the co-work space, which doubles as their office and makes them very accessible. “No matter what happens, someone from the staff is always available,” Poggi said. Urbana has 96 units, with 84 already rented. There are three different apartment types: studios and one- and two-bedroom flats. Studios come in four sizes and lease from $1,600 to $1975. One-bedrooms come in two sizes and lease from $1975 to $2,500. Two-bedrooms come in three sizes, leasing from $2,900 to $3,995.

Urbana offers a priority reservation program where residents can essentially get pre-qualified to live there for a future move-in date. Those prequalified residents are offered “first right of choice” to rental flats once notices are received. Located at 450 10th St. at J Street, Urbana is convenient to the trolley, the new Central Library, Petco Park, and the Gaslamp District, and there are four grocery stores within walking distance. A pet-friendly residence, Urbana welcomes cats of all sizes and dogs up to 100 pounds, with a maximum of two animals per residence. Dog owners have the option of taking their dog to the Quartyard — located just a few blocks away — to run free in the 5000-square-foot dog run, or on-leash to Park at the Park, or on a more ambitious walk to the Waterfront Park or other parks at Embarcadero Marina South and North. Robin Wilson Interior Design’s design of Urbana is, well, urban, with concrete floors in hallways and abundant use of reclaimed wood in the common areas. And in the residences, Wilson went with stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinets, white quartz countertops, industrial tile backsplashes, durable wood-style flooring, tiled floors and showers in bathrooms, stacking washer/dryers and lots of storage space. Some residences also have additional storage off their decks. Designed by Architects Orange, from Orange, California, and landscape architects Gillespie, Moody, Patterson of San Diego, this forward-thinking green building also exceeds California energy-efficiency standards with GE Energy Star appliances, central heating, solar energy-assisted water heating and toilets, high-efficiency laundries, air conditioning, dualglazed windows, ceiling fans, and smart NEST thermostats so residents can manage temperatures from their cell phone, a recycling program, and more. The landscaping incorporates drought-tolerant native California and Mediterranean plants and high-efficiency drip systems. Circling back to community connections and member perks — Urbana residents also have inside access to Anatomy, a boutique-style fitness center located in the same building at reduced rates. In addition, Urbana’s halls and common areas serve as a gallery called UrbanArtist, where Marc Sandoval, former owner of Molotov Gallery in the Gaslamp, showcases and is selling his own artwork and that of other East Village artists with artists receiving 100 percent of the proceeds. Urbana has a two-floor, underground secured-parking garage with charging stations for electric cars, storage lockers and a wheelhouse for bikes. Sandoval eventually plans on painting murals there. Poggi has been with Fenton

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— founded in 1906 by Henry G. Fenton — for more than nine years. She came over to the Urbana property after managing Fenton’s Evening Creek in Poway. “I’ve wanted to work at Urbana for over three years. Since I came here to help open it, I have put a lot of energy into building this community. Now I want to stay and be a part of it myself,” she said. Fenton’s next development will be in Little Italy, but for now, Poggi, 32, is staying put. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at dellewillett@ gmail.com.v

Crystal Poggi is the onsite community director for Urbana and has worked with Fenton properties for more than nine years. (Photo by Dellle Willett)


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The big oyster bar at Water’s Grill (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Seafood treasure chest Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Only the highfalutin restaurants of Las Vegas can match the opulent selection of oysters available at Water Grill’s raw bar. Yet even those might not carry up to 22 different varieties on any given day. Ditto for the Red King crabs weighing up to 10 pounds and served whole at a cost of about $400. If your next dinner outing isn’t wrapped around a special occasion, then an impromptu dip into this newest seafood haunt will turn it into one. Water Grill is owned by the long-established King’s Seafood Company, which operates about a dozen King’s Fish Houses throughout the West as well as Lou & Mickey’s in the Gaslamp District. In this latest venture, the company took over the two-level warehouse occupied previously by the Palm Restaurant and sunk a few million dollars into its warm-industrial redesign. The space is radically trans-

formed now that its towering, arched-wood ceiling is exposed amid an evenhanded mix of wood, steel and glass flowing throughout both floors. Several nautical touches are folded into the scheme, including a tasteful cluster of buoy-shaped glass lights dangling on thick ropes from high above. Equally luxurious is the raw bar displaying a cache of oysters culled from Pacific, Atlantic and Baja waters. They’re all available singly, or by the half or full dozen. From the six we chose, the beausoleil from Nova Scotia resulted in that magical “oyster moment” you experience when slurping down something this succulent and refreshing. The Rappahannock from Virginia was the briniest, while another from Washington State’s Totten Inlet finished with a desirable flavor of melon. As of matter of taste, we basically stuck to the cold-water varieties, which required little or no mignonette sauce or freshly grated horseradish served with them. We added to our ice platter a couple of freshly shucked Peruvian bay scallops resting

DINING in their beautiful purple shells with dribbles of citrus pesto. The sauce unfortunately overpowered the scallops’ prized, sweet flavor. It was too sharp. A drop of lemon juice in each would have been good enough. Alaskan-trawled Red King crab is available also as chilled “nuggets” instead of in their pricey, whole form. A halfpound afforded us eight leg pieces with their shells on. They were cleanly cut as to allow the meat inside to slide out easily with a little help from our seafood forks — pure deliciousness without the fuss. From the appetizer list, we were sold on the jumbo lump blue crab cake when learning that the meat is shelled to order. Our waiter also told us that nearly 25 different spices go into it. Much to our satisfaction, the crabmeat was indeed fresh and sweet and left unaffected by the promised panel of spices. The bonus with this sizable puck of crab was a tangle of perfectly sour pickled onions and celery root served alongside. Another starter, called uni toast, involved a trio of crispy brioche, each adorned with a teeny piece of the fish and each accented by different garnishments, such as wasabi-infused roe, daikon radishes and sweet soy sauce with green onions. I began and ended at the latter, feeling that the added flavor components jangled the intense oceanic flavor of the uni. My companion thought otherwise and gladly polished off the remainder of this petite-sized appetizer. The house bread laced with Asiago cheese that we noshed on between courses is difficult to push away. Served in heated loaf form and supplied by Etxea Bakery in Los Angeles, it’s one of those tangy double-yum breads where you don’t have to think too hard about the cheese in order to actually taste it. Prices begin dramatically climbing at the entrée list, and especially within the selection of whole fish sold by the pound, such as New Zealand pink bream, Brittany Dover sole, wild North American lobster

www.sdcnn.com and Santa Barbara spot prawns (brought in before the oil spill). There are also a few prime steaks in the offing, though appearing as footnotes on the largely pescatarian menu. My companion chose the Chilean sea bass sporting a delicate pan-sear and sitting in a puddle of browned-butter sauce. Flakey and tender, the filet was exquisitely prepared and complimented by pillowy ricotta gnudi, which really do melt in your mouth when

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615 J St. (East Village) 619-717-6992 Dinner prices: fresh oysters from $2.50 a piece and up to $35.40 per dozen; iced shellfish platters, $42 to $150; appetizers, salads and sandwiches, $6 to $27; entrees, $25 to $54; whole fish, $25 to $50 per pound.

Assorted shellfish on ice, including Red King crab “nuggets” (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

constructed this skillfully. From the “first of the season” category, I opted for wild Columbia King River salmon, served over a bed of English peas. The set also included leafy lemon grass used for amplifying the lemon nage sauce sitting underneath, which comprises broth, white wine and herbs tied together by a dab of butter. The medium-cooked salmon filet absorbed the aromas of every element on the plate, but without upstaging the superfresh flavor of fish. With roasted heirloom tomatoes in the mix, it was the earthiest-tasting preparation of salmon I’ve ever encountered. An a la carte side of mac n’ cheese was pleasant and creamy, but lacking the awe factor we expected when first learning that it’s made with aged white cheddar, fontina, manchego, and yes, Velveeta cheeses. An order of chary broccolini with Chinese sausage and balsamic drizzles was decidedly more engaging.

Our dessert was stronger in alcohol than a couple of red and white wines we tried from the 13-page vino list. Hiding beneath the chocolate-speckled rice pudding was a puddle of strong cherry liqueur harboring liquor-soaked cherries. Forget the raisins in other recipes. Boozy fruit works far better. Water Grill is equipped with two large bars, one on each floor, allowing you to lounge comfortably over drinks while grazing on casual fare such as salads, burgers and sandwiches. But if you’re dropping in for the full dinner experience, expect to shell out more dough while succumbing to a barrage of premium seafood choices matched, if not rivaling, only a couple other restaurants in San Diego County. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san. rr.com.v


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Due to open by mid-summer, the concept of “blush” cocktails was first introduced in San Jose by East Village residents Kim Fukushima and Taylor Kim. For their San Diego venture, they’re bringing onboard Chef Daniel Barron, formerly of La Valencia Hotel, who is still hammering out a number of crafty dishes that don’t exclude green tea noodles and local vegetables. 555 Market St. Soon to replace the long-running Royal Thai Cuisine in the Gaslamp District is the highly anticipated Sovereign Kitchen & Bar, a modern Vietnamese restaurant headed by Michelinstarred chef Michael Bao Huynh and San Diego-based restaurateur Alex Thao, who also owns Rama and Lucky Liu’s. Huynh, a native of Saigon, previously opened a series of restaurants in New York City that earned him glowing accolades by New York’s top food critics and celebrity chefs.

A tabletop grill at the new Shima Japanese Steakhouse (Courtesy Alternative Strategies) holic drinks such as smoothies and flavored lemonades. The establishment is located near the island’s ferry landing and replaces Firehouse Bar & Grill. 126 Orange Ave., 619-435-1775.

Chef Michael Bao Huynh with Martha Stewart (Courtesy Level One) Sovereign is due to launch in early June with a menu focusing on pho and other signature dishes. Until then, the restaurant has been giving consumers a casual primer via the adjacent Food Shop, which the team opened recently with a selection of banh mi sandwiches, noodle bowls and Vietnamese coffees. 467 Fifth Ave., 619-888-4829. Steaks and seafood cooked theatrically by master chefs on tabletop teppanyaki grills is the draw at the new Shima Japanese Steakhouse in Coronado. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant features everything from sashimi martinis and creative sushi rolls to wagyu steaks and whole red snapper. The restaurant was launched by Tim Aaron of nearby Nicky Rotten’s. Augmenting the wine, cocktail and craft beer lists are proprietary sakes as well as non-alco-

Goodbye Wet Willie’s and hello Blush Ice Bar + EastWest Kitchen, an upcoming replacement venture combining icy fruit-infused cocktails with a contemporary menu of dry-aged meats and locally sourced seafood.

The music-fueled San Diego Oysterfest is shucking its way back to the Marina Embarcadero North June 13, from noon to 7:30 p.m., when dozens of purveyors and restaurants show off a variety of species from Pacific, Atlantic and Baja waters. Nonoyster dishes will also be available for sale, along with beer, wine and spirits. The grounds will give way to non-stop live music by Little Hurricane, Birdy Bardot, The Young Wild plus several DJs. General admission is $32, which doesn’t include food and drinks. 500 Kettner Blvd., oysterfestsd.com. Nearly 30 restaurants located largely along India and Kettner streets will swing open their doors and offer samples of their latest and greatest dishes at this year’s Taste of Little Italy, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m., July 17. Foodies can choose from full or partial routes, with the north and south ends each priced at $30. Or for hearty grazers, the full shebang

San Diego Downtown News | June 2015 costs $45. Among the restaurants taking part are Davanti Enoteca, Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, M Winehouse, NaPizza, Queenstown Public House, the new Pan Bon and more. littleitalysd.com.

Tableside Caesar salad returns to the Westgate (Courtesy Chemistry PR) Step back in time at the Westgate Hotel’s Le Fontainebleau restaurant as it celebrates its 45th anniversary with throwback dinners for two that are now available through Dec. 30. The pre fixe menu starts with Caesar salad made tableside and then proceeds to chateaubriand with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts before finishing with flambéed cherries jubilee. The cost is $135 per couple, which includes a glass of wine for each person. 1055 Second Ave., 619-238-1818.

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The new Quad AleHouse perched on a third floor overlooking the Gaslamp District is up and running with a 30tap beer program conceived by consultant Beau Schmitt of The Brew Project. Leading the pack in the beer selection are full-strength Belgian quads and quadruple IPAs. The bill of fare includes a fitting variety of housesmoked meats available on sandwiches or plated. Cocktails and wine are also in the offing, along with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the booze and food drops in price by a few bucks. Schmitt is also launching The Brew Project House in Hillcrest in mid-July. 868 Fifth Ave., 619-239-3339. After a few postponements, Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy is now due to open in late June by whizchef Javier Plascencia, who owns the lauded Romesco’s in Bonita along with several restaurants in Tijuana. His latest venture in a two-level 4,500-square-foot structure promises authentic south-ofthe-border food involving spitroasted meats, house-made tortillas and Baja-inspired ceviches. The restaurant was originally slated to open in March. 1490 Kettner Blvd. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@san. rr.com.v


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Diversionary rediscovers its stride with ‘Brain’ Theater Review Charlene Baldridge

Conductor Michael Francis will lead this season’s Mainly Mozart festival. (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

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MOZART fine acoustics of the Balboa Theatre make attendance of and playing in such programs exceptional from many aspects, especially under the baton of Francis. Francis has led many of the world’s leading orchestras since coming to prominence in 2007 as an 11th-hour replacement for the ailing Valery Gergiev in concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. One month later, he was asked — with only two hours notice — to replace composer John Adams in performance of Adams’ own works. Soon after, Francis replaced André Previn on tour with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony. Currently he is chief conductor of Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Florida Orchestra. “Michael is so committed,” Bojanic said. “Prior to each orchestra concert, he will moderate a brief mini-concert available to ticketholders one hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. concert time.” Bojanic said Francis also plans to wear a microphone and open up the rehearsals to the public. That way, those uncer-

tain that chamber music is to their liking can try it on for size. And for free. Those five rehearsals will be performed at the Balboa Theatre June 6, 10, 17 and 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and June 12, from 7 – 10 p.m. In addition — and in celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial — Mainly Mozart invites all amateur and aspiring players to pick up their instruments and play alongside the nation’s top musicians. Open to the public, the free event, titled “San Diego Makes Music,” takes place at 3 p.m., June 14, at Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park. Up to 33 advanced amateurs will be paired up with concertmasters from various orchestras across the country. For more info visit mainlymozart. com/sandiegomakesmusic. The Mainly Mozart Festival will be held June 6 – 20 at the Balboa Theatre, located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Concert tickets range from $25 – $85. For more information and full program details, visit mainlymozart.org or phone 619466-8742. — Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenebaldridge.com or reach her at charb81@gmail.com.v

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In a city filled with musicals both new and old, occasionally a standout production emerges. The occasion is now and the musical is William Finn and James Lapine’s “A New Brain,” produced by Diversionary Theatre, directed by Kim Strassburger and featuring an outstanding ensemble of San Diego area actors, two of them actually married to one another — Anthony Methvin and Tom Zohar. Zohar and Methvin — too long absent from the Diversionary stage — portray Gordon Michael Schwinn and Roger Delli-Bovi, respectively. Schwinn is a neurotic songwriter who collapses into a plate of pasta, declaring, “Something just isn’t right.” Delli-Bovi, his devoted lover, hovers lovingly when Gordon is hospitalized. Other characters are Gordon’s agent and best friend, Rhoda, played by Megan Carmitchel; his mother, Mimi, played by Sandy Campbell; his boss, Mr. Bungee, gleefully played and sung by Jon Lorenz; a wily and wondrous Homeless Lady, portrayed by Tanika Baptiste; a Nice Nurse (Michael Parrott); a slightly spacy Doctor (Danny Campbell); the Hospital Minister (Stewart W. Calhoun); and in various roles, Katie Sapper. The ensemble singing is thrilling and Michael Mizerany’s choreography has just the right touch. The tango ensemble is to die for. Janie Prim is music director; Ron Logan, scenic designer; Beth Connelly, costume designer; Curtis Mueller, lighting designer; and Blair Nelson, sound designer. No microphones are needed and the sound is excellent, thanks. Director Strassburger displays assiduous judgment, blending the depth and the

“A New Brain” by William Finn and James Lapine Thursdays – Sundays through June 21 Diversionary Theatre 4545 Park Blvd. University Heights diversionary.org or 619-220-0097

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frivolity of the piece, sweeping us from tears to raucous laughter in a heartbeat. Mimi’s “The Music Still Plays On” (accompanied on “air piano” by Zohar, an accomplished pianist, as Gordon), Mr. Bungee’s froggy antics, and Gordon and Roger’s aching love song, “An Invitation to Sleep in My Arms” are but a few examples. And then there is Baptiste, who knocks it out of the ballpark with “The Homeless Lady’s Revenge.” The overriding sensibility is sincerity, the foundation of good musical comedy. The huge bonus is Strassburger’s talented company: Each has a moment in which to shine and display immense vocal beauty. Zohar, Methvin and Campbell create characters about whom we really care. The show is especially suitable for Diversionary, which here reassumes its stratospheric stride. When “A New Brain” premiered in New York in

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Tom Zohar (below and above, center) in the musical comedy, “A New Brain.”

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1998, New York Times critic Ben Brantley remarked on its “captivating eccentricity,” then decried it as a “private party.” Perhaps it is, a paean to creativity and also to the kind of love that does not conform to what the larger society deems normal. In that sense, historically, the time has come for “A New Brain.” Don’t even think of missing it. At the time he wrote the show, Finn had just recovered from a similar, life-threatening brain event. Since 1998, he has written “Little Miss Sunshine,” premiered at La Jolla Playhouse, and “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” all proof that the muse survives getting a new brain. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenebaldridge.com or reach her at charb81@gmail.com.v

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Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Twilight The traditional summer Twilight in the Park concerts will have a Centennial twist this year. “We’ll have special Centennial events planned around some of the concerts,” said Mike Waggener, who established the first Twilight shows 35 years ago. “They’ll begin an hour before the 6:30 p.m. concert each night. “We want people to come earlier to be entertained by roving barbershop quartets, dancers and even antique cars,” he said. “People can get into the atmosphere of 1915, even be taught dance steps of that period.” As for the concerts, he’s noticed a change in audiences over the past years. “More young families with children are filling the 2,500 seats,” he said. “Before, they were mostly senior citizens. “It’s one of the few places where the kids can hop around in the back or on the sides during these concerts,” he continued. “We have room up front so people can dance.” Appropriately, the San Diego Marine Corps Concert band will play on opening night, June 16. The shows are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights through Aug. 27. Historically, the Marines participated in the 1915 Fair and were headquartered in the Park’s buildings until MCRD opened in 1924. Bayou Brothers and Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will perform the next two nights. Waggener said the mid-week days were selected so as not to interfere with other events going on at the Park and these had “the least chance,” of doing so. He also said the volunteers are responsible for keeping the series alive for so long. “We don’t depend on grants and things like that,” he said. A few of the other musical performers will be Real Jazz Big Band, Grupo Relax TJ, Dixie Express, Coronado Big Band and The Legends. 

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During spring break in March, San Diego State students Derek Abbey. Jade Dadiz, Jacob Jiron and Olivia Chavez, joined LAWYER

the BentProp Project team in Palau to search for WWII remains and artifacts. Their findings will be exhibited at the Veterans Museum on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The BentProp Project, once featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” is a nonprofit group that conducts year-round research in support of the annual spring missions to Palau. In recent weeks, the Museum has received numerous WWII medals, books, uniforms, certificates, ship model, photographs and other artifacts from 12 donors ... The San Diego Zoo has more than 700,000 plants in its accredited botanical collection including over 900 different types of orchids. “There’s a lot of opportunity for guests to learn and gain knowledge they can put to use in their own backyard gardens,” said Dan Simpson, horticulture manager. “At various spots on Zoo grounds, guests can visit interesting booths and learn about things like what makes up good soil and compost at the ‘can you dig it’ booth” … San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Charlotte’s Web.” E. B. White’s story of a diverse group of farm animals on a dangerous and exciting adventure, June 26 – July 12 … San Diego Natural History Museum, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed,” June 12 – Jan. 3. The nation’s largest exhibit of its kind reveals the rise and decline of the Mayan civilization through never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, multimedia components and recreated environments … Spanish Village Art Center’s Painting Extravaganza, a creation of a mural depicting Balboa Park in 1915 by 12 artists painting in their styles on panels that are fitted together, June 20 – 21 … The Old Globe Summer Season will feature Shakespeare onstage and in film, including “Twelfth Night” and “The Comedy of Errors” at the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre; “Kiss Me, Kate” in the Old Globe Theatre; and Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, June 21 – Sept. 20. —After an award-winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. You can reach him at johnny23@cox.net.v ATTORNEYS

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Not a ‘fair’ organ Civic Organist News Dr. Carol Williams This year will be a first at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. The folks at the fair are going to celebrate the Centennial of Balboa Park and our great Spreckels Organ with a live organ performance. The garden area of the fair is being transformed to commemorate Balboa Park and will also have a mini Spreckels Pavilion built. Wow, how fun! As San Diego Civic Organist, I was approached to participate in the exhibit by performing mini organ concerts daily at 5 p.m. My husband-manager and I took a visit to the fairgrounds and it’s hard to imagine how the vast empty parking lots would be filled with such mirth and merriment. The excitement of the staff was contagious as they walked us around pointing out their plans and the placement of everything. It didn’t take long before we were totally motivated and eager to be involved. Throughout my career I have played in some remarkable places in the world, but this event may very well be one of the most amusing. So, now what about an organ? No way could the Spreckels pipe organ in Balboa Park take a road trip. Well, this fair opportunity just happened to present itself at the same time my manager was setting up an affiliation with Rodgers Instruments for me. (I love how positive things happen together when you keep a positive attitude in life.) Rodgers is a branch of Roland — the worldwide respected leader in hybrid installations. They have the technology to easily combine pipes with electronics, which makes upgrading, expanding or the replacement of pipe organs very economical. So we asked if they were interested in lending us an instrument for the fair, and not only did they say yes, they decided to sponsor the event with their largest instrument. A four manual of wow! Not just a classical organ, this instrument can do anything. I mean anything! The tonal resources of this organ are expanded with stereo-imaged pipe organ

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Dr. Carol Williams with the hybrid organ she is taking to the San Diego County Fair. (Courtesy Carol Williams)

sounds, full orchestrations and percussion. Just wait until you hear me play this mammoth instrument at the fair. Now I needed many days, even weeks to fully understand the intricacies of this powerful instrument, so Rodgers delivered the organ to our home for me. I own several of what I thought to be large instruments, including a 7-foot grand piano, but on delivery day, the crew stood in front of the house with a tape measure in hand, a really large crate — and a door too small. Almost with tears in my eyes, I exclaimed, “But it’s a regular entrance door size!” They all just stared at me. This was not a good situation, however I was totally determined to get this thing in my home. My husband — not wanting to face my wrath — with powersaw in hand and French doors at the ready, cut a large hole in the house. Oh my! In three hours we had two beautiful, 10-light french doors in place and a wonderful organ uncrated in my music room ready to play.

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Now for the last two months I have been making friends with that Rodgers Infinity 484 and we like each other! The music I can play is marvelous and fascinating. Along with the usual classical stuff, she and I will perform great jazz, blues, honky tonk and thousands of combinations of orchestrations. She, of course, goes traveling next week to her temporary new home in the Garden exhibit at the San Diego Fair and I will meet up with her and play a concert every day of the fair at 5 p.m. Come along if you can. —Civic Organist Carol Williams is proud to serve as an ambassador of San Diego’s arts and culture arena. Through her concert performances at home and abroad, Carol offers a fresh take on the classical organ concert. She is committed to illuminating San Diego’s colorful romance with the “King of Instruments,” always seeking to bring the organ to new audiences. For more information visit sosorgan.com.v

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‘Living Walls’ bring life to the city

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Art on the Land Delle Willett With more development in urban than suburban areas in 100 years, there is a clear need for more parks, gardens and plants, which could explain the popular new trend of living walls, also referred to as green walls, vertical gardens, or in French, mur végétal. French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc pioneered the first living wall over 30 years ago, using thousands of plants to cover the exteriors of museums, shopping malls, private homes, hotels and skyscrapers. Living walls are growing in popularity, especially in areas with limited space for traditional gardens. They can exist inside with proper lighting, or outside in almost any climate. They differ from green façades (e.g., ivy walls) in that the plants root in a structural support, which is usually fastened at various points to the

Living Walls on rooftops of Urbana, a new urban living complex Downtown (Photo by Delle Willett), and Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Courtesy Ground Level Architecture) wall itself, with no damage to the building. A frame, ridged waterproof panels, automatic irrigation system, and lights make the wall system. A lightweight porous material takes the place of soil, making the walls very light. The landscape architects who design the walls use hundreds of different types of plants with a multitude of colors, textures and sizes to create striking patterns and endless unique designs. A living wall can contain over a thousand plants, all of which absorb and clean pollutants from the air, and create energy-rich oxygen. The plants receive water and nutrients from within the

vertical support instead of from the ground; they are low maintenance because they use an automatic irrigation system, and are water-efficient, especially when compared to the irrigation that is used for gardens and urban parks. Downtown San Diego has some amazing living walls: Designed by GroundLevel Landscape Architecture’s Mike Szabo, the 85-foot-long living wall at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in the fifth floor student study area, shares space with cactus and succulent plantings cultivated by Armstrong Garden Centers, which showcase the beauty of low water-use planting through thoughtful design.

Completed in 2011, it is the largest green wall of its kind in San Diego and features a sunburst pattern with undulating bands of succulents behind the curved granite study counter. The wall is part of a larger landscaped student-study space. The system includes a series of troughs that hold a relatively small amount of soil media compared to traditional planting, a custom-crafted low-flow drip irrigation system, and a drainage channel specific to the site’s climatic conditions. With its creatively located outdoor and indoor gardens, the law school was successful in its goal of achieving LEED Gold certification, and the campus was awarded an

Orchid Award for Landscape Architecture in 2011, for being “a scintillating sanctuary in Downtown San Diego.” Another living wall can be found at the historic Westgate Hotel on Second Street and Broadway. “The scope of work for the Westgate’s living wall included an understanding of the structural conditions of the wind- and sun-exposed 5th floor deck, including weight, column spacing, drainage, electrical, and irrigation penetrations,” said Kurt Carlson, of KTU+A Landscape Architects and part of the Westgate’s design team. The planting selection of over 1,300 plants includes a sensitive palette of California grasses and succulents with four types of grasses, and seven types of succulents. Additionally, the vertical garden functions as a largescale green mural, becoming the focal point of the highend resort-style pool deck. Set high above Broadway in the midst of Downtown San Diego, the mural evokes the themes of sun, sky and landscape that make San Diego a significant destination. Along with the 22-by-11foot central green mural, KTU+A was responsible for other on-structure planting and irrigation work, integrated with the glass architectural features above the pool deck. The installation and size of such a large, environmentally challenged landscape art piece in Southern California is nearly unprecedented. Richard Cox, general manager of the Westgate Hotel, said their living wall attracts guests to the hotel’s rooftop oasis just to take their pictures in front of the wall. It is also used for professional photo shoots and as a reception-type setting “Just steps above the city streets you have this little oasis,” Cox said. “Beauty that see Living Wall, pg 23 PUZZLE SOLUTION FROM PG. 19


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Hotel Del celebrates Flag Day Beach concert for charity to feature Gary Sinise’s band By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

To celebrate the stars and stripes this Flag Day, Hotel del Coronado will host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for a rock ‘n’ roll concert, beach barbecue and paratrooper air show on June 14. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation to support servicemembers, veterans, first responders, and their families. More than a thousand guests are expected to join the festivities, while the 12-member Lt. Dan Band play hit cover songs from popular artists such as Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, and Zac Brown. “Performing for men and women who serve our country is great no matter where it is,” Sinise said. “But when we

do go to military communities like San Diego and Coronado, there’s so much military around there, you do feel a great sense of support and gratitude.” A talented musician, Sinise is an actor best known for his movie roles in “Apollo 13,” “Forrest Gump” — where he played a character called “Lt. Dan” — and “The Green Mile” among others, along with a reoccurring TV role on “CSI: NY.” His foundation’s programs are designed to help wounded servicemembers acclimate to new challenges, build a community for those in recovery, provide meals to those traveling (often before deployments), boost morale among military members, recount stories of service to inspire and educate others, provide financial support

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for first responders, bring free entertainment to veterans, host festivals at military hospitals, and more. Juan Dominguez, a triple amputee injured in Afghanistan while serving in the Marine Corps, is now an ambassador of the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation was able to construct a specially adapted home for Dominguez in Temecula, where he chose to live, and organized a fundraising concert there in his honor. “Obviously Dominguez has some special challenges going forward and we were privileged to provide a special home for him,” Sinise said. Candidates applying for foundation support are selected based on the severity of their injuries, their family and current living situation, and level of community support. “I’ve been coming to the see Flag Day, pg 23

Actor and musician Gary Sinise (center) and the Lt. Dan Band (Courtesy Hotel del Coronado)

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Friday Night Liberty: Large art walk on the first Friday of each month. Free open artist studios, galleries and performances. 5 – 8 p.m. NTC at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. Visit ntclibertystation.com. SATURDAY – JUNE 6

New Modern Muse preview: A preview of San Diego artist Concetta Antico’s latest oil painting collection; event will include live music and refreshments. Five percent of painting sales proceeds will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Free. 6 – 9 p.m. Concetta Antico’s Fine Art Gallery, 1920 Fort Stockton Drive, Suite A, Mission Hills. Visit concettaantico.com. SUNDAY – JUNE 7

San Diego Great Books: Free discussion group, open to the public. This month’s reading: “Where I Lived, What I Lived For” from the second chapter of “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau. 2 – 4 p.m. Room 221, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegogreatbooks.net. WordTasting Tour: This tour appearance includes special guests for an evening of readings, stories, live music, questions and answers and more. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Har-

bor Dr., Seaport Village. Free. Visit upstartcrowtrading.com or call 619-333-0141. MONDAY – JUNE 8

Film Forum: Free screening of “Selma” with a special pre-movie concert by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir. 6 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook.com/freelibrarymovies. TUESDAY – JUNE 9

‘Motown The Musical’: A Broadway musical about Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown record label. Additional performances June 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. 7 p.m. visit sandiegotheatres.org.

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 10

Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Hidden Waterfall” at 98 Bottles in Little Italy, 2400 Kettner Blvd. 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. Visit paintingandvino.com. THURSDAY – JUNE 11

Downtown San Diego Summer Series kick-off: The event will include hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a small business showcase. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. U.S. Bank, 1420 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit

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Wine and Canvas: Step-bystep instruction and materials included, create 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas painting. Tonight: “Beach Treasures.” No outside food or drinks — both available for purchase. $35 per person. 6 – 9 p.m. Fabrison’s French Creperie, 1425 India St., Little Italy. Visit wineandcanvas.com. SATURDAY – JUNE 13

Coronado Concert Series: Free concert with Breez’n, 2 – 5 p.m. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. Visit coronadoferrylandingshops.com. SUNDAY – JUNE 14

San Diego Startup Week: The SDSW kicks off today and includes various events and tracks to follow through June 20. Visit sandiegostartupweek.com. Sunday Supper at The Cheese Store: A Southerninspired dinner with guest chef Holly Haines including cheese in every course. $65. 6 – 8 p.m. The Cheese Store of San Diego, 1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit thecheesestoresd.com.

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Yoga on the USS Midway: A free family-friendly yoga class sponsored by Scripps Health and taught by Yoga One. Registration 7 a.m., class 8 a.m. Visit midway.org/yoga.

SUNDAY – JUNE 21 – FATHER’S DAY

Sushi with Friends of the Central Library: A special fundraising luncheon where guests learn to create their own sushi roll. $15 – $20. Noon – 2 p.m. The Parlour, 550 Park Blvd., Suite 2104, East Village. Visit eastvillagesandiego.com. ‘Twelfth Night’: Previews start tonight for the William Shakespeare comedy masterpiece. Opens June 27, closes July 26. 8 p.m. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $29. Visit theoldglobe. org or call 619-234-5623. MONDAY – JUNE 22

Film Forum: Free screening of “Seconds” starring Rock Hudson. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook. com/freelibrarymovies.

Spring wine and dinner series: This installment explores wines of Spain including Galicia, Rioja, Ribera del Duera and Andulsia. 6:30 p.m. Stake Chophouse, 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado. Visit stakechophouse.com. Film Forum: Free screening of “The One I Love” — a romantic comedy with a twist — starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook.com/ freelibrarymovies.

‘Twelfth Night’: An “Insights Seminar” precedes tonight’s performance of this Shakespeare masterpiece. Reception at 6 p.m., free seminar at 6:30 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. Sheryl and Harvey White Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $29. Visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623.

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WEDNESDAY – JUNE 24

Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show: Brit Floyd’s Space and Time World Tour launches in North America with over 100 concerts planned and a matching light show. 8 p.m. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. Visit sandiegotheatres.org.

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 17

‘Intro to Candy’ baking class: Hands-on class on beginning candy making including lessons on caramels, gelled candy, marshmallows and more. $75. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit bakesalesd.com. THURSDAY – JUNE 18

SDG&E 10th Annual Energy Expo: Free event showcasing money-saving products, services and more for energy efficiency. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown. Visit eastvillagesandiego.com. China Tour Bon Voyage Concert: A special free concert to mark the beginning of the San Diego Youth Symphony’s 70th season; it will feature the China Tour orchestra who will soon travel with the youth symphony to China. 7:30 p.m. Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park. Visit sdys.org. FRIDAY – JUNE 19

The Makers Quarter Invitational: Annual golf tournament to benefit the Downtown San Diego Partnership includes

TUESDAY – JUNE 23

Wine and Canvas: Step-bystep instruction and materials included, create 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas painting. Tonight: “Catalina Love.” No outside food or drinks — both available for purchase. $35 per person. 6 – 9 p.m. FiftySeven Degrees,1735 Hancock St., Mission Hills. Visit wineandcanvas.com. THURSDAY – JUNE 25

Live Comedy: From “The Daily Show,” “Will and Grace” and much more, comedian Laura Kightlinger will perform two shows tonight and tomorrow. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Tickets are $20. Visit madhousecomedyclub.com.

FRIDAY – JUNE 26

Wine, cheese and chocolate festival: The eighth annual festival to benefit the Women’s Museum will be held on the grass in front of the museum and feature live music by Sue Palmer. Tickets start at $30. 6 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit womensmuseumca.org. SATURDAY – JUNE 27

Twisted Manzanita Ales and Spirits Fifth anniversary: All-inclusive celebration with all proceeds benefitting the EOD Warrior Foundation; incudes local restaurant fare, beers and spirits, live music and more. 4 – 7 p.m. SILO in Makers Quarter,

753 15th St., East Village. Visit makersquarter.com. San Diego Padres: Come watch our Padres battle the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m., and get a Padres beach towel presented by National University. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at padres.com. Paranormal Investigation: Once a month, these investigations visit the “most haunted house in the Gaslamp.” The tour lasts two hours and guests can bring cameras and video and digital recorders but no professional media equipment. Limited to 20 people. 10 p.m. William Heath Davis House, 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampquarter.org. SUNDAY – JUNE 28

Sunday Salon Author Series: This month’s presentation in the series “From One Woman to Another: Sarah Kaufman and Me” with local historical mystery author, Ona Russell, Ph.D. Russell’s books will also be available. 4:30 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit womensmuseumca.org. MONDAY – JUNE 29

Film Forum: Free screening of “Handsome Harry” starring Jamey Sheridan and Steve Buscemi. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook. com/freelibrarymovies. ‘Henry V’: Part of The Old Globe’s special summer series featuring Shakespeare films. Free. 8:15 p.m. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623. TUESDAY – JUNE 30

‘Intro to Bread’ baking class: Hands-on lesson on the basics of home bread baking including lessons focaccia, flatbreads, pizza dough and more. $75. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit bakesalesd.com.

WEDNESDAY – JULY 1

Restaurant opening — The Front Porch Coronado: The popular Mission Hills store Front Porch is expanding to Coronado with a second retail shop and tasting room opening. 5 – 8 p.m. VIP ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m. Visit thefrontporchretail.com. ‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Previews start tonight for the romantic musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Opens July 9, closes Aug. 2. 8 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $39. Visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623. THURSDAY – JULY 2

OUT at the Globe: A preplay mixer for LGBT theater lovers featuring a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. $24 plus cost of a ticket to “Kiss Me, Kate” or “Twelfth Night”. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For more information visit theoldglobe. org or call 619-234-5623. —Please send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com. v


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LIVINGWALL is not seen. That’s why we do a summer jazz festival out here every Thursday with the wall as a backdrop, beautifully lit up at night.” All of these living walls were designed in collaboration with Jim Mumford, installed by his construction company, GreenScaped Buildings, and maintained by his crew at Good Earth Plant Company, which has more than 38 years of providing award-winning plantscaping service and design to the Southern California region and, in the past few years, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, New Jersey and New York. Landscape architects from Gillespie, Moody and Patterson (GMP) designed the living walls on the sixth floor deck (called “Vitamin D”) and the ground-floor courtyard (called “Unwind”) of the newly opened Urbana rental flats in East Village. Both locations presented a unique opportunity to introduce plant materials into areas that were limited in space for traditional planting methods. The living wall on the rooftop is intended to screen some of the mechanical equipment there, while the one at the courtyard is oriented to screen the blank façade of the adjacent building. GMP’s approach to the design of the living walls was to view each one as if it were a piece of sculptural art, knowing that it would lend itself to not only screen some unsightly views, but that it could also add interest, movement, color, form and texture to each space. Each location presented an opportunity to work with a different palette of plant materials: The rooftop being in full sun and south-facing enabled them to use a mix of succulents, while the shady courtyard allowed them to develop the living wall using a mix of shade-loving plants including ferns and bromeliads. “Personally, I find the design aspect very rewarding,” said Rob Streza, senior project manager of GMP. “I view the selection and placement of plants in the living wall as a composition not much different than when an artist puts his brush to a canvas, only different in that the living wall takes on a life of its own and continues to grow and evolve through time, which I feel brings a bit more satisfaction than a static design.” Living walls have many benefits; see the list in our sidebar and tell us about your own living walls and their benefits in Downtown. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and PR professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She is PR advisor to the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. She can be reached at dellewillett@ gmail.com.v

tives of Neiman Marcus were there to help everyone make their purchase. The Globe Guilders marked the 60th anniversary this year of providing fundraising and volunteering to benefit The Old Globe Theater. Proceeds benefitted The Old Globe’s artistic, education and community programs. For more information visit globeguilders.org

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Celebrating Couture 2015 Internationally acclaimed couture designer Naeem Khan brought his 2015 Fall Couture Collection to the Sapphire Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel on May 12. The Globe Guilders and Neiman Marcus presented this exciting luncheon and fashion show, marking its “Silver Anniversary” this year. Coinciding with this milestone was the 80th anniversary of The Old Globe Theatre. The afternoon began with a silent auction and Champagne reception and to set the stage the guests were surrounded by incredible costumes from Old Globe productions. Suzie Poet Turner was fashion show chair and Darlene Davies, the Old Globe Historian, was honorary chair. Naeem Khan is known for his luxurious fabrics, intricate beading, and hand-embroidered gowns. Growing up in India, he developed an appreciation for textiles from both his grandfather and father who designed intricate clothing for the royal families. Khan has a fan base of stars and socialites that have worn his creations: Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Noor

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Models at Globe Guilder’s silver anniversary show display (l to r) a latticework embroidered coat and a lace embroidered gown with cape. (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro) of Jordan. The audience was sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of his fall collection and they weren’t disappointed. A coral and black latticework embroidered coat with a fur hat was awe-inspiring. One group on the runway was designed with olive geometric sequins and a charmeuse pleated skirt. Tuxedo pants with a cropped sequin waistcoat and long tails were a winner on the runway in both black and white. Beaded jumpsuits were a hit, especially the one with a sheer lace embroidered cape. A beaded caftan

Gary Sinise and his band is coming to the Hotel Del. (Courtesy Hotel del Coronado) tion to kick off summer.” The hotel’s north beach area will open at 11 a.m., food will be served beginning at noon, a disc jockey will play music until Hotel Del for many years and the concert begins at 5 p.m., and bringing my family down from the Los Angeles area since they paratroopers will close out the concert with a sunset jump at were kids,” Sinise said. “At the approximately 7 p.m. Hotel Del, I can sit on the balFood stations will be on cony and watch the jets, helicophand during the event offering ters and military training that burgers, barbecue and seafood goes on right off the beach.” options, as well as gourmet Despite Sinise’s many persides and children’s selections. sonal visits, the concert will be the Lt. Dan Band’s first appear- A full bar including special Flag Day cocktails will also be availance at “The Del.” The stage able. Beach chair rentals can be will be set up to face the ocean reserved for $10. and wounded veterans will be Concert tickets are $75, or situated in the front row of the $35 for military members. For Flag Day concert. more information and to pur“We are delighted to have chase tickets, visit hoteldel.com/ Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform for our guests and events/flagday. even more excited to be able to —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a give back to the foundation,” said local freelance writer. She Andre Zotoff, The Del’s general enjoys covering events, restaumanager. “With our close-knit rant news, culture and enterCoronado community so deeply tainment. Contact her at kai. rooted in the armed forces, we sdnews@gmail.com.v couldn’t have a better celebra-

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with stripes jumped out at the crowd. The beaded organza dress was smashing with a matching jacket. The finale brought a gorgeous segment of elegant red gowns and then ended with a succession of one dazzling white gown after another. After the fashion show, the audience was invited to see “Couture Up Close.” They flocked behind the scenes where they could touch and feel Naeem Khan’s incredible creations. This year, Khan was unable to attend due to the sudden death of an immediate family member but representa-

June 19 | The Avant Garde Costume Gala — at the Mingei International Museum from 7 – 11 p.m. Fashion Show by Shawn Michael Style and performances by the California Ballet Company, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, and Priscilla the empress of Pop. For tickets visit eventbrite.com June 28 | Bikini Fashion Show — presented by Fashion Week San Diego. This noon event will be poolside at the Dive Day Club at Harrah’s Resort Southern California located at 777 Valley Center Road, Valley Center. For tickets dayclubtickets.com/affiliate/ website-dive/event/SundayJune28thwTBD. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.v


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