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MID CITY COUPLE TESTS TRAVEL IN CUBA
Vol. 26 No. 1 January 2017
For now traveling to Cuba is a lot easier, but all bets could be off after Inauguration Day. Actor David Duchovny Comes to The Music Box You thought actor David Duchovny only tracked aliens in the “X-Files”? Think again. The versatile star just released a debut album, “Hell or Highwater,” and will sing with his backup group Weather Feb. 12 at The Music Box. PG. 9
You think San Diego has had some bad storms lately. Sean Casey has seen far worse. In fact he’s known for chasing the worst kind of weather — hurricanes, firestorms, tornados. He’s the director of the IMAX film now playing at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. PG. 18
The Taxi Tom and Mike Shess took from the National Hotel to Sloppy Joe’s iconic bar and restaurant was in a vintage for Fairlane convertible. From the hotel they drove with the top down. Before reaching the café, the driver had to put the top up. That night (most of it while dining) seven inches of rain fell on Havana. Remarkably, the city never floods.
Visiting Cuba seemed such a far off and complicated adventure, but when North Park residents
Festival of Science & Engineering The ninth annual Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego, returns to San Diego this spring. It is one of the largest STEM festivals in the United States and is presented by the Illumina Foundation. Set your calendars for March 4-12. PG. 20
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For the First Time Ever: Lisa Kron in Repertory
Who: Diversionary Theatre will produce the San Diego Premiere of WELL and the San Diego Revival of 2.5 MINUTE RIDE, both by Tony Award-winner Lisa Kron, presented for the first time in repertory. What: 2.5 MINUTE RIDE, starring Shana Wride* and directed by Rosina Reynolds & WELL, starring Samantha Ginn and Annie Hinton* and directed by Kym Pappas. When: February 9th - March 19th. Performances run Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm & 7pm. There are two Monday performances: Monday, February 27th at 7pm & Monday, March 6th at 7pm. Where: The Diversionary Theatre Mainstage in University Heights at 4545 Park Boulevard, San Diego CA 92116. Tickets: Are available one month prior to performances and range from $15 - $45. Discounts are available for Seniors, Educators, Students, Groups, and Military.
This Spring, Diversionary continues its tradition of presenting innovative theatre. For the first time in history, two plays by Tony Award Winner Lisa Kron (Broadway’s FUN HOME) will play in rotating repertory. As female playwrights continue to fight for equal representation in the American theatre, THE KRON REP offers a heaping dose of gender parity. In both 2.5 MINUTE RIDE and WELL, the playwright's life gets catapulted onto the stage. These two autobiographical(ish) plays delightfully fracture theatrical structure, turning conventional notions of theatre on its head. Diversionary brings together Craig Noel Award winners Shana Wride and Rosina Reynolds for an artistic tour-de-force in the San Diego revival of 2.5 MINUTE RIDE. In this breakout hit first seen at La Jolla Playhouse in 1996, Shana Wride plays Lisa and takes her audience on a roller coaster ride to investigate her relationship with her father through three life events: a family outing to an Ohio amusement park, a wedding in a Brooklyn Jewish Community Center, and a searing trip to Auschwitz. Kron demonstrates remarkable skill in combining humor and pathos in this 75 minute portrait of a loving and complex man and father. Rosina Reynolds, last seen at Diversionary with THE MARRIAGE BED, directs. In WELL, Lisa (played by San Diego favorite Samantha Ginn, SCROOGE IN ROUGE) “comes
from a family where everyone is ill.” And now she wants to know why. Lisa tells the tale of her mother Ann, (played by Annie Hinton, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS) a champion of social justice. Ann works tirelessly to integrate her Midwestern town, despite her inability to cure her own chronic illness. Lisa’s struggle to create the play she wants is thwarted by both rebellious actors (gleefully played by Adam Cuppy, Cashae Monya, Durwood Murray, and Tiffany Tang) and her mother's desire to "help" tell the story. Lisa fights to define both the narrative and her relationship with her mother to hilarious and poignant consequences. Kym Pappas (Co-Artistic director of InnerMission Productions) directs. Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow says of this Repertory: “Lisa Kron made theatre history last year when she and her writing partner were the first female musical theatre writing team to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. I’m beyond thrilled to celebrate her playwriting genius by pairing these two remarkable pieces together for the first time.” Audiences are encouraged to experience The KRON REP in its entirety - special package pricing is available for guests who choose to see both WELL and 2.5 MINUTE RIDE - call the Box Office at 619220-0097 or visit www.diversionary.org for more information.
The cast of well : L-R, Tiffany Tang, Durwood Murray, Samantha Ginn, Annie Hinton, Cashae Monya and Adam Cuppy. Photo credit: Simpatika
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Finance for Thought with Elisabeth Dawson Centenarians are currently the fastest growing age group in the United States. And according to the United States Census Bureau, 2017 ushers in â€œthe first time there will be more people 65 and older than there will be kids younger than 5.â€? But age is not the only number rising when it comes to our senior population. Retirees are increasingly accumulating more and more credit card debt. What should be a time of joy and security is now too often regressing back to a times of financial worry and stress. Recognizing spending tendencies and revolving debt, while establishing a suitable and still enjoyable budget are essential to successful retirement years. Most often retirees have all the needed pieces to achieve their ideal living standard without stress, but fail to properly allocate funds where they are most beneficial. Experts like us restructure the fine print within your revolving debt, increasing liquidity and your financial security, during what should be your most enjoyable years. Elisabeth Dawson of Copia Wealth Management & Insurance Services CA License #0C72164, Corp License #0G81294 2333 Camino del Rio South, Suite 240, San Diego, CA 92108 Phone: 619.640.2622 Fax: 619.640.2600
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2016 In Beer-Review Living the
with Beau Schmitt We are truly blessed to live in the Craft Beer Capital of the World. Our little sunny corner dubbed “San Diego County” will confidently strut into 2017 with 131 licensed and operational breweries. In 2016, our San Diego brewing family experienced a 20% growth, adding 23 breweries. By state, California is currently ranked 1st with 518 breweries. For a fun, yet not largely relevant fact, this means San Diego County contains over 25% of California’s breweries while only taking up 2.7% of its land. Still, not too shabby. By state, craft beer in California is also ranked 1st in economic impact by bringing in over $6.8 Billion, and 2nd in production by making over 7.6 Million kegs (each is 15.5gal). In 2016, San Diego awards were aplenty, especially at Earth’s two largest beer competitions: World Beer Cup & Great American Beer Festival. There are honestly too many name, so I’ll showcase the GOLD Medal Winners (and there were even more Silvers & Bronzes).
Wheat Ales, Breakwater (O-side) Rye Dawn took GOLD for Rye Beers, Fall (NP) Bourbon Barrel Aged Jinx Remover took GOLD for Barrel-Aged Beers, Monkey Paw (EV) Ashes from the Grave took GOLD for Smoked Beers and Mike Hess’s (NP) Claritas took GOLD for German-Style Kolschs. On a personal note, Amplified Ale Works is one of my favorite places to drink & eat. If you haven’t had their Donor Fries paired with an Electrocution IPA while overlooking the ocean, you’re missing you. Go now. 2016 Gabf Golds
2016 World Beer Cup Golds
BNS Brewing (Santee) Ole Prospector took GOLD for American-style Red Ales, Culture (Solana Beach) Brown Ale took GOLD for American-style Brown Ales, Karl Strauss (Everywhere) Queen of Tarts took GOLD for Americanstyle Sour Ales, AleSmith (Beeramar) Old Numbskull took GOLD for Barley Wines, Rip Current (San Marcos) Breakline took GOLD for Bocks, Bagby (O-side) Sweet Ride took GOLD for Bohemian-style Pilsners, Second Chance (Poway) Tabula Rasa took GOLD for Robust Porters and Karl Strauss (yes, again) Windansea took GOLD for German-style Hefeweizens. And to top it off: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, which is San Diego’s oldest operational brewery (1989) took the highest accolade of “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.”
Angostura Amaro starts as a neutrAmplified Ale Works (PB) Whammy Bar took GOLD for American
In 2014, Coronado Brewing Company took the highest accolade of “World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a MidSized Brewing Company.” And in 2015, Rip Current (San Marcos) won “Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year” at the GABF. [golf clap] New Kids On The Block
There were 23 new breweries that opened in 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited (& thirsty). Before naming them, Mike & Ryan, founders of West Coaster Magazine deserve a special thanks. So, thank you. Their magazine’s information and literature has been a necessity for San Diego’s craft beer growth. The 23 New Brewing Companies & Facilities:
Amplified Ale Works (Miramar), Barn Brewery (North Park), Belching Beaver’s new HQ & Brewery (Oceanside), Belching Beaver’s Tavern & Pub (Vista), Bitter Brothers (Clairemont), Burgeon Beer (Carlsbad), Burning Beard (El Cajon), Culver Beer (Carlsbad), Eppig Brewing (North Park), Finest Made Ales (rebrand – Santee), KnB (Del Cerro), Knotty Brewing (Downtown), Little Miss Brewing (Miramar), Longship Brewery (Mira Mesa), Midnight Jack Brewing (Oceanside), Mikkeller (Miramar), North Park Beer (um…. duh…), OB Brewery (OB), Oceanside Brewing (um… duh… again), Prodigy Brewing (San Marcos), Pure Project (Miramar), Resident Brewing
(Downtown) & Thunderhawk Alements (Miramar). Hell yeah, Thunderhawk is finally open! The most important aspect of listing these breweries is that it helps you, the reader, discover them. Support local & drink local. Breweries are a reflection of sacrifice, creativity and passion. And they’re creating beers for you, so go visit them and enjoy them. My 7 New Beer Recommendations for 2017: :
1. Resident Brewing Co. (Downtown): Vacation Coconut IPA, 7% 2. Burning Beard (El Cajon): Holy the Voyd Coffee Stout on Nitro, 6% 3. Eppig Brewing Co. (North Park): Festbier German Lager, 6% 4. Knotty Brewing (Downtown): Turrets Irish Red Ale, 5.4% 5. Pure Project (Miramar): Evangeline Gose w/ Grapefruit, 5% 6. North Park (NP): Hop Fu! IPA, 7.5% 7. Mikkeller (Miramar): Berliner Weisse, 3.2% Unfortunately, there were four San Diego breweries that ceased brewing operations in 2016. Valley Center, Pacific, Twisted Manzanita
& Urbn Street closed their doors. The Brew Project | 2017 Mission Statement
The Brew Project is dedicated to creating more exposure and awareness for San Diego’s independently owned and operated breweries. Every ounce of beer that has ever poured from our taps has been brewed within San Diego County lines. No exceptions. We strive to be invoice #1 for the newest breweries because, as a small business, we understand how important exposure and cash flow is to sustainability. A rising tide does lift all boats. Looking forward into 2017, we’re excited to see San Diego’s other emerging markets take form. It’s going to be a big year for San Diego’s distilleries, coffee roasters, kombucha breweries, local farms and cannabis companies. We can’t wait to see how the emerging markets will complement and collaborate with our craft beer culture. Big things ahead. Cheers to a great 2017, Beau Beau@TheBrewProject.com
URBAN GARDENING JANUARY 2017 BY: NINA RUUD, ART & GARDEN ENTHUSIAST
If you did any shopping this holiday season, you certainly noticed the abundance of home décor items lining the shelves. High-end retailers and big-box-discounters offer aisles saturated with endless varieties of kitsch. We buy it for ourselves and for others, and each year it collects in the home. If you look around your home or office, how much of it is purely decorative? How we decorate our space can have a big impact on our life. Not enough décor can leave a space feeling empty, or unfinished. Too much of it can present challenges as well, making it hard to focus or relax. Some people spend lots of time and money creating an ambiance that expresses them. Others don’t think twice about what’s on the walls. Somewhere in the middle is where most of us are, wanting to have a nicely decorated space without spending too much time, or money. Minimalism is not a new concept, though it’s popularity is rising in the face of over consumption. Studies show people with “too much stuff” have behavior patterns that can lead to unhappiness. If your personal
space was crowded with knickknacks and kitsch, where will you find space for new treasures? How does any of this relate to urban gardening? To me, quite a bit. Urban life usually means smaller living spaces. There are more people per square mile in San Diego then in my entire hometown in Wisconsin! With smaller spaces come bigger decisions on what goes into them. We want an environment that expresses ourselves without being too cluttered. What better way to express your true nature, then to use nature as your expression? Replacing commercial décor with plants actually purifies the air you breathe. Indoor plants do not need much time or water and can fit with any schedule for basic care. You can use traditional ceramic pots, or get creative with baskets, jars, driftwood and vases. You don’t have to discard everything to make room for plants. Some plants, like air plants, don’t even require soil to thrive, and can be added to other arrangements and decorative items. The beautification that takes place when you do make room for plants will be noticed by all who enjoy your space!
A low maintenance air plant
For the next housewarming event thrown by someone you know, consider bringing them a plant! Their versatile style will be appreciated by the receiver. Include basic care instructions to ensure clarity, as most issues occur with over or under watering. Sunlight can also be an issue depending on the home or apartment. All plants need sunlight and with most, the more the merrier! With adequate sunlight and appropriate levels of water (not too much, or too little) your gift will last for years to come! An interesting attribute plants offer is the art of listening. They can actually hear sound and grow stronger when music and voices are present! A popular television show, Mythbusters, did a study using 3
greenhouses. The first greenhouse played happy, up-beat music on repeat, the second greenhouse played aggressive music. The third greenhouse played nothing, and left the seedlings in silence. After 60 days of uniform watering and exposure to the same amount of sunlight, they noticed something. The plants that were in silence grew much less in the same time then the plants exposed to music! Both happy and angry music equally inspired the plants to grow faster. Another benefit of having houseplants is they are known for lengthening your attention span and improving focus. In a world full of screens, televisions and tablets, our eyes often strain to collect data and process all the information. Having a plant on your desk is like giving your brain a walk in the park. By incorporating plants into both your home and office, you are intelligently designing your personal space and providing an optimal environment to operate. Let go of the unnecessary clutter in your personal space. Keep only what you need and what brings you joy. I still have my little collection of kitsch, I love maps and little
things that sparkle. Minimizing this doesn’t mean eliminating it entirely! But think twice before your next shopping spree. Everything that you purchase has an impact, not only on you but the environment. If we slowed down on our consumption of “things”, we would have more space, more money, and time to do what brings us joy.
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GLEASON – Athlete, husband, father and hero.
An emotional film everyone needs to see. The former New Orleans Saints defensive back who at the age of 34 was diagnosed with ALS. He was given two to five years to live. He also found out his wife was expecting their first child. Please take the time to see this film. Sad, yes, but please see and know what went on in this family. We, who are healthy, have so much to be thankful for.
War II. This is about Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in Oregon and the man whose actions brought them altogether 40 years after WWII. ANTHROPOID - If you like to learn more
son. Inspired by a true friendship, this is a little gem of a simple movie to see.
about the second world war, be sure to put this on your list. Two Czechoslovakian soldiers are sent to Prague to kill Reinhard Heydrich, second in command of the Nazis. Those people were so brave. So many gave their lives for their country. A film to add to your list to learn about history.
CAFE SOCIETY - Written and directed by
JASON BOURNE - Matt Damon. This 5th
Woody Allen. A story of falling in love and all the complications that come with it. Another interesting film by Woody.
Bourne movie is exciting and is as good as its predecessors. If you liked the others, this will be right up your alley.
ABDUCTION - Taylor Lautner, Sigourney
AUSCHWITZ - Inside the Nazi state. History
Weaver. Another action film which starts off with surprise scenes. This story is very interesting and keeps you watching. Just one of those little goodies we find along the way. Check it out!
of World War II. This video is the result of 3 years of research. Recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors. Many of these people are speaking for the first time. This documentary is one of the best to know what went on. Also, the horrible things that were done. I feel everyone should take time to view this video (please).
MR. CHURCH - Eddie Murphy, Britt Robert-
THE FIELD OF BLOOD Set 1 – Another
Acorn production 2 discs. Crime and newsroom politics. Acorn never lets us down when we want to see a good crime story. ON PAPER WINGS FILM BY ILANA SOL
- Someone loaned this film to me, so I do not have it to rent. If you can find it, try to see this to add to things that happened during World
Call Guy if you are looking for a particular film to buy. See you next month.
Restaurant Kitchen Scraps Can Help the Environment South Park’s Kevin Templeton makes the case for composting
Kevin Templeton BY KEVIN TEMPLETON, OWNER OF BARLEYMASH
As a chef, cooking is my passion. In pursuing that passion, I’ve learned that the waste our restaurant industry produces is both a major problem — and a significant opportunity. Without oxygen, unused food decomposing in landfills will release methane gas, which is harmful to the environment and exacerbates global warming. Its impact is 21 times that of carbon dioxide, ranking it as one of the worst greenhouse gases. But those scraps from our restaurant kitchens can become an important component of sustainable, local agriculture in San Diego and throughout the country, by helping to make compost. “Compost is an essential ingredient in sustainable gardening and farming,” says Claire Groebner of Olivewood Gardens, a historic center for environmental learning in National City. “Replete with nutrients necessary for healthy plant growth, compost is an alternative to synthetic fertilizers. Additionally, it improves the porosity and structure of the soil, helps to retain moisture, and attracts beneficial soil life that supports plant health.” Working with Olivewood Gardens, my restaurant barleymash is part of a movement in San Diego. We’ve created a way to collect food scraps, minimize waste and give back to the environment. Walking through the back of barleymash’s kitchen, buckets for scraps are visible throughout. At the end of each week, unused food is collected and packaged for delivery to the gardens. We move over 700 pounds a week. Aside from composting, we also try to reuse 100 percent of our proteins to reduce food waste. For instance, the main dish might be a beautiful pork belly but we aren’t able to use the ends. We’ll top our Iron Fries with the best pieces of pork and send out an awesome appetizer. We believe everything you take should be given back tenfold.
The team at barleymash purchases sustainable agricultural products and practices waste prevention. All of the seafood served at the establishment is fished properly to protect the ocean. The meat and chicken are ethically sourced from natural and cruelty-free producers. We might not be able to use all of the bones or parts of fish, but we work with our seafood company to freeze the wouldbe-waste and turn it into a nutrient-rich cat food. How cool is that? In addition to dropping off the composted scraps, my team and I lead classes for children from time-to-time regarding waste management, recycling and cooking. “At Olivewood Gardens, we teach children and adults about the importance of recycling and reusing our resources, and we love when Chef Kevin is leading the discussion,” says Groebner. “Composting allows us to take waste and turn it into a usable, sustainable product. Food scraps become compost, which grows more food. It is the ultimate closed loop system.” Composting is an easy way to grow beautiful produce without using a ton of fertilizer — and it is completely natural. There are other chefs out there who are as passionate as I am — if not more so. One of the pioneers in my book is my good friend and executive chef of Urban Solace Matt Gordon. He lives, eats and breaths for this. I’m hoping that San Diego will soon make it mandatory for restaurants to compost food scraps. One of my favorite days of the week is going out and visiting the farm to drop off our scraps. Walking around, breathing in the clean air and casting my eyes over the beautiful vegetation —appreciating where your food comes from is a big part of being a chef. Kevin Templeton, a South Park resident, is executive chef of barleymash restaurant in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
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FOOD PULSE pardon my FRENCH chef perfects his French Fusion dishes
Executive Chef Dariusz Szelag BY LEO CHRISTOPHER
In a lifetime quest to experience the best flavors this planet has to offer, I have eaten well. It is clear this spinning rock has no shortage of culinary genius. Our ability to manipulate ingredients, to shape them into a story, it is mind-blowing to consider the cuisines that have existed and evolved. Think back to your favorite meals. Think back to the tastes, the smells, the love all present in your experience and memory. Consider how it shaped you and the expectations you maintain when you arrive at a table. If it were up to me, I would spend my afternoons eating lunch while discussing what to have for dinner. These bites can level us, a complete engagement of all our five senses, and it is wonderful to welcome these moments.
Initially, living in San Diego proved to be an adjustment when compared to the culinary scenes of other cities. My experiences often failed to mirror the very reviews that had driven me to a restaurant in the first place. But eventually a pulse, previously hidden to me, began to expose itself. The revelation of what is actually going on in the San Diego food scene is, in truth, pretty awesome! This is a stage on which the yet to be discovered are drafting their own dialogue, uninterrupted and free to endeavor. The more I interweave myself into this fabric, the more I am blown away by the symphonic creations these young chefs are turning out. Most noticeably on this list is Executive Chef Dariusz Szelag. This 28-year- old gem has seized the kitchen and is perfecting his French
Fusion dishes with a savvy difficult to understand for his age. One look at his resume, however, and the source of his talent is quickly revealed. Dariusz has worked alongside some of the best, earning his stripes in what is the heart of modern gastronomy, London. Five-star restaurants and Michelin Star Chefs were the landscape in which he put his head down and gutted it out, mastering techniques and establishing the solidarity of skill capable of launching expansive feats under his own charge. Currently at pardon my FRENCH in Hillcrest, he carries an unassuming and almost zen-like composure. His ability to connect with his staff has elevated the restaurant’s cuisine to a level comparable with some of the finest kitchens in
the world. Unconcerned with recognition, he has used his talent to travel the world and worries himself only with the finished product that reaches your plate. Owners Eric and Lindsey Fillion have given him the room to make his mark, and he is doing just that. Long before I had the pleasure of meeting him, his dishes began to haunt me. I found myself rejoicing in the discovery of his menu and returning time and time again to sample more. Partner this with the boutique wine selection being offered and this restaurant might truly be the best reservation in San Diego. From the bar menu the Tarte Flambée or Beef Sliders with Bacon Jam will have you singing. The Salade Maison with Steak, as simple as it may sound, is phenomenal. For entrees try the Grilled Duroc Pork
Chop. It ranks among my lifetime top ten bites, and is certainly the best pork chop I have ever eaten. Chef also created an incredible brunch menu, on which the Chicken & Bacon Waffles might be the best in town. His Foie Gras made my knees buckle. Partner this with a bottle of Vivier Pinot Noir and you can convince any woman she loves you. When it comes to the delivery of taste, the accomplishment of flavor, Dariusz Szelag and pardon my FRENCH will quickly become the cover to get. His experience in some of the world’s toughest kitchens coupled with supportive and vibrant ownership is a sum others simply do not possess. There are no PR firms, no reality TV shows, no celebrity status. This is simply the transparent collision of technique, creativity, and freedom.
pardon my FRENCH owners Eric Fillion (left) and Lindsey Fillion (far right) at the restaurant with Executive Chef Dariusz Szelag, and state Sen. Toni Atkins, a guest at the restaurant. Eric Fillion is holding the 2016 Nicky Award for Best New Business.
JANUARY 2017 |
Craft Brewery Igniter Getting Cheers for its Beers BY JENNIFER COBURN
H.G. Fenton Co. offers 3 brewers under one roof Imagine going on a pub crawl to sample San Diego’s best beers and never having to call for an Uber. You and your beer buddies wouldn’t even have to stumble down the block to hit the next tap. You could sample suds from three San Diego brewers all under the same roof. This beer-lover’s dream became a reality in North Park when CRAFT by Brewery Igniter recently opened its doors on El Cajon Boulevard. Developed by H.G. Fenton Company, the concept is simple: support local brewers in their work by providing a turnkey operation where they can reduce business costs and focus on creating innovative craft beers for their customers. J&L Eppig Brewing, Pariah Brewing Company, and San Diego Brewing Company opened their doors at North Park’s new CRAFT Brewery Igniter late last year with each brewer having approximately 2,000 square feet of space, a tap room, and a 10-barrel brew. What few people outside the beer industry know is that launching a new microbrewery is expensive, often prohibitively so. The equipment alone can dampen the spirits of even the most ambitious entrepreneurs. The long waits for a liquor license and equipment installations can make it impossible for some to take the leap. “H.G. Fenton Company saw the intense financial pressure that small and new brewers were facing and developed Brewery Igniter as the solution,” said Jacqueline Olivier, the business manager for Brewery Igniter at H.G. Fenton Company. “A series of turnkey brewing facilities, each Brewery Igniter space features state of the art, fully functional brewing systems and tasting rooms that entrepreneur brewers can use to reduce their upfront capital investment and get their beers on the market and into glasses sooner. Through Brewery Igniter’s lower risk model, passionate brewers
are better positioned to turn their dreams into reality.” This is not H.G. Fenton Company’s first foray into the brewery business. It already has a similar site in Miramar where Pure Project Brewing and Amplified Ale Works are located. The company has plans to open a third site in North County late this year. Beer Connoisseur ranked San Diego the fifth best beer city in the world while CNN pegged us as No. 3 in the United States, behind Portland and San Francisco. So what are we hoping for? Even more craft brewers with the freedom to focus on the creative development of their beer instead of borrowing money and pushing paper? The growing popularity of a space like H.G. Fenton Company provides suggests that’s the case. Pariah’s brewmaster, Brian Mitchell, formerly of Stone Brewing, says he intends to break new ground by specializing in beers made with a variety of unique ingredients. He’s starting already with a recent batch he created using flowers from a tree in his own backyard. But Brewery Igniter is about more than making craft breweries more creative and efficient. Sometimes it’s about making them possible. Of the five Brewery Igniter tenants in both Miramar and and North Park, three of the breweries were launched through Brewery Igniter — Pure Project, J & L Eppig Brewing, and Pariah Brewing Company. The two breweries set to open in Carlsbad will also be new to the craft beer community. “It’s gratifying to see beer artisans succeed in creating their vision and we look forward to seeing their continued growth, whether they are a new brewer or an established brewer expanding their facilities,” says Oliver. The concept is getting cheers from both brewers and beer-lovers alike. The only ones who may have cause for complaint is Uber drivers.
Exterior of Eppig Brewing.
Exterior of Eppig Brewing.
Pariah Brewing’s Brian Mitchell. (Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing Co.)
San Diego Restaurant Week Celebrates A century of Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Cookies The 13th annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 22 for an edible extravaganza to ring in the New Year. With over 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving. San Diego Restaurant Week is proud to announce a very delicious partnership for January as many of the San Diego Restaurant Week restaurants team up with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th anniversary of delectable, scrumptious, delicious Girl Scout Cookies. To celebrate, chefs are getting creative with America’s favorite cookies to dish out special offerings for diners. Over 180 participating restaurants will offer threecourse prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. The participating restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the north.
Participating restaurants include Bleu Boheme and Cucina Sorella in Kensington; Farmers Bottega in Mission Hills; Cucina Urbana, Great Maple, Hash House a GoGo in Hillcrest; and The Prado in Balboa Park. Satisfy your cookie cravings early by dining out at participating restaurants offering sweet and savory menu items before Girl Scout Cookie Season begins. Enjoy dishes featuring Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Samoas, Tagalongs, and Savannah Smiles used in recipes that are sure to surprise you. Naturally, you can expect decadent desserts featuring these beloved cookies — but our restaurants are taking Girl Scout cookies to the next level with dishes like Samoas Crusted Fried Shrimp, Do-si-dos Peanut Thai Chicken, salads featuring toasted Trefoil croutons, and more. Tickets are not necessary for the week of discounted dining, but reservations are recommended. Visit SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com for more information, including a list of participating restaurants or to make reservations in advance.
Bleu Boheme’s menu for San Diego Restaurant Week will feature a pâté created by Chef de Cuisine Darren Debergh. Amelia Morris of Talmadge (left) and North Park resident Liesl Holford of Junior Troop 4152 recently visited Bleu Boheme for a taste-test of the dish, created with Girl Scout Trefoil shortbread cookies. (Photo: Paul Nestor)
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Craft Beer on Demand Crafthounds puts suds on your doorstep Craft beer enthusiasts in San Diego can now select from thousands of brews, and have them delivered to their doorstep with just the click of an icon. Crafthounds, a new and unique on-demand delivery business, has partnered with local alcohol vendors, bottle shops and breweries to create what a company representative described as the largest craft beer marketplace in the craft beer capital of the world. “There are other delivery services that do beer, wine and liquor, but we really wanted to focus and specialize,” said Adam Gendler, director of marketing services for Crafthounds. “There are so many different nuances to the craft beer culture that we can really customize our platform, and help users explore and discover new beers.” Gendler said that unlike other delivery services, Crafthounds customers aren’t limited to just their local grocery store. Users can input their address and see all the craft beer available within a five-mile radius. He added that the company currently works with 26 local retailers including Best Damn Beer Shop, Keg N Bottle, Best Quality Liquor Store, Craft City, The Craft Gurus and 32 North Brewing. CraftHounds is also offering its customers growlers on demand from a number of breweries and tasting rooms. The company is currently pursuing a number of options to expand its list of choices. Another advantage Gendler pointed out is that consumers can compare prices to find the best deals available, and purchase from the store of their choice within the network. “CraftHounds is hands-down the best way to shop for craft beer now,” said Normal Heights resident Mason Dufresne. “It’s like combining the best stores and breweries around me into a craft beer superstore and getting it all delivered in minutes.” Founded by a closeknit group of family and friends that wanted to start a microbrewery, Crafthounds was begun as a way to promote the idea of discovery. “At our root, we’re really not a delivery service,” Gendler said. “We’re in business to empower people to be adventurous, explore and try new things. There is nothing better than finding a new craft beer that you just love.” Every beer has a detailed summary, which includes a description, tasting notes and food pairings. The site also provides personalized recommendations based on customer taste preferences. According to Gendler, delivery fees run between $2 and $6. Delivery times vary between an hour or less and can be scheduled. Gendler said that with over 115 breweries, and 1,300 craft beer stores, San Diego was a fitting place to start their unique business. “We started here because the city is the craft beer capital,” he said. “San Diego was always at the top of our list because of the number of breweries, but the biggest thing for us was always the craft beer culture.” Restaurant entrepreneur Alex Carballo, owner of Moto Deli and Fresco Pizzeria & Grill said that having a unique delivery service such as Crafthounds in the craft Mecca of the United States is like having the gaps filled in with convenience and diversity. “Overall, delivery services have been lax and confined to a specific geographic area,” he said. “If a company can target the more festive selections and deliver a premium quality beer, that’s excellent.” Thomas Michalsky of Pacific Beach recalled having to call Uber for a ride to the liquor store when the beer ran out during his wife’s birthday party recently. “It would have been easier and cheaper had I known about this service before,” he said. “I could have ordered premium beer and not missed out on time with my guests.”
Delivery fees run between $2 and $6. Delivery times vary between an hour or less and can be scheduled.
Mason Dufresne of Normal Heights ordered this beer package from Crafthounds.
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By Bart Mendoza January 22 A Joyous Explosion of Sound and Motion
Though the first Ska revival is more than three decades behind us, there is no doubt that the music is just as popular today, with new bands emerging regularly and packing halls around the country. One of the longest running combos in the genre, The Toasters, appear at the Casbah on Jan. 22. Formed in 1981, the band was crucial in keeping ska alive over the years, through shows, tours and even a record label. The Toasters haven’t released a new album since 2007, but this is a group that has built its reputation on its live performances, which are a joyous explosion of sound and motion from the first note. www.musicboxsd.com
January 26 and January 20 Patric Petrie Fires Up the Proceedings Dublin Square will host a residency by Celtic fiddler Patric Petrie and guitarist Tim Foley, starting this month. The duo will perform the first and fourth Thursday (January 26), as well as third Friday (January 20) of each month. Foley is a virtuoso musician adept at uilleann pipes, fife and many other instruments, but it’s Petrie who really fires up the proceedings with manic performances that are second to none. Still part of the award-winning world music group, Skelpin, in recent months Petrie has been performing with her new group, Brogue Wave, but it’s in intimate performances like this where she is truly in the spotlight that her playing truly shines. www.dublinsquareirishpub.com Patric Petrie
February 12 Duchovny: From ‘X-Files’ to ‘Hell or Highwater’ Actor David Duchovny performs at The Music Box on Feb. 12. Best known for his work on iconic TV series, “The X-Files,” Duchovny has appeared in dozens of movies and TV programs, from “Frasier” to “The Simpsons,” and now turns his talents towards music. Currently on tour promoting his debut album, “Hell or Highwater,” Duchovny is backed by the group Weather for a dozen original songs that range from Americana-tinged ballads to indie rock, influenced by the likes of Dylan and R.E.M. While Duchovny’s film star power may be the initial draw, songs such as “Let It Rain,” show a promising artist well worth hearing. www.musicboxsd.com
January 28 ‘Art Meets Jazz’ by Gilbert Castellanos
Jazz continues to be one of the fastest growing music communities in San Diego, thanks in large part to the efforts of trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, who works with hitmakers, such as Diana Krall, and also mentors numerous young musicians. His latest project, in conjunction with promoter Arlene Damasco, is a new three-part music series, “Art Meets Jazz,” with the first event taking place at Bread & Salt on Jan. 28. The night will pair the works of photographer Robert Sanchez with Castellanos, who will be joined by legendary drummer Roy McCurdy for this gig. If you like jazz, this series offers a promising start to the new year. http://m.bpt.me/event/2724508
Dreamy Garage Rock from Birdy Bardot
A Multi-Media Mix of Songs and Storytelling
For those from outside of San Diego, the debut album from Birdy Bardot may seem to have emerged from nowhere, but the singer and guitarist has paid her dues, performing with two acclaimed acts, The New Kinetics and The Rosalyns. Performing at the Soda Bar on Feb. 3, Bardot is part of the influential local music label, the Redwoods Collective. Bardot is backed by an all-star band that includes guitarist Matthew Molarius (formerly of Transfer) and percussionist Al Howard. It all adds up to dreamy garage rock that updates the best of the late 1960’s—early 1970’s indie rock sounds. www.sodabarmusic.com Birdy Bardot
Fans of ’60s and ’70s rock won’t want to miss an appearance on Feb. 18 by Peter Asher at AMSD Concerts in National City. The show is a multi-media mix of songs and storytelling, opening with Asher’s days during the 1960s British Invasion as part of the duo, Peter & Gordon, when he scored hits with songs such as “Woman,” “Lady Godiva” and “World Without Love,” as well as spotlighting later exploits as head of A&R for Apple Records and as manager or producer for numerous artists including James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and 10,000 Maniacs. It all adds up to a fun, fascinating look at the career one of the lynchpins of the glory days of the music biz, sure to please fans of classic rock, Beatlemaniacs or anyone who enjoys great pop songs. www.amsdconcerts.com
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Skyline of 500-year-old Havana is seen from the equally ancient fortress Castillo del Morro. In between is the entrance to Havana Harbor. (Photo: Gary Payne)
on our own. What they showed us ative when it comes to dining. Zoning night home base. Using the modern Visiting Cuba seemed such a far off was remarkable, especially the art, culor sometimes the lack of it allows for Hotel Jagua as a three-night base day and complicated adventure, but when ture and the special concerts they private homes to double as fine trips to nearby Trinidad and Santa North Park residents Tom and Phyllis arranged on our behalf. And, we were restaurants. Tour guides picked the Clara. Shess learned of a legal tour to the shown shopping areas and folk art best ones, including Hostal Valencia From Cienfuegos the group bussed forbidden island, it was a travel opporgalleries. We were not deprived of near Plaza San Francisco and further it to Havana to stay at the famed Hotel tunity too good to pass up. places to spend our money.” West we dined at ArtChef and La Nacional. En route we stopped at “We chose a tour company that was Skyline of 500-year-old Havana is seen the equally fortress In between is the two entrance Havana Harbor. (Photo:ofGary Payne) Speaking money, the Cuban govMoraleja Restaurant, of thetomany Playa Giron, ancient a village notedCastillo for itsdel Morro. sanctioned by our government to from ernment has two currencies. Most splendid paladors (private home recreational diving. It was also the offer cultural and educational tours businesses won’t take US Dollars. To restaurants) near our hotel. landing beach, where the ill-fated Bay to Cuba,” said Phyllis, a retired deputy spend you must convert dollars to the “Of course, there was the famed of Pigs anti-Castro invasion took place district attorney. Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). For Restaurante Café de Oriente on Plaza in the early 1960s. “Visiting the invaThe couple liked what the tour that transaction Fidel takes 13 percent San Francisco, which is government sion museum was a must,” said Phyloffered: eight days in Cuba and escortoff the top. Covert $100 US and you run and world class. It’s a jewel worth lis, “But so was a fantastic lunch at ed by two Spanish/English speaking get back 87 CUC. The other currency dining at with prices that were pleasnearby Hostel Enrique, a local fishertour guides: one American and one is about 5:1 vs. US Dollar, but that is antly low given the classy service and man, who operates a family style Cuban. Plus, the group was limited reserved for Cubans only. menu offerings (filet mignon, lobster restaurant in his home during the day. to 20 persons, which meant lots of and salmon for example priced under Space does not allow a mention of all room on the 80-seat Chinese-made $25 U.S,” she added. the terrific meals enjoyed, she said, tour bus. CIGARS ALL AROUND. Tom offered, “On the one free but at Enrique’s casa the red snapper As everyone knows the U.S. has A really good soup to nuts web night (on our own) we visited all of was totally fresh from the Caribbean embargoed Cuba since the 1960s and article on how the average John and the cliché bars of Old Havana: La and served with rice, black beans, local only recently have both sides sat down Jane Doe can get to Cuba can be Floridita, La Bodeguita del Medio vegetables, home-baked bread. and agreed to relax certain embargoes. found at independenttraveler.com. (home of the Mojito), Sloppy Joe’s The Gate 1 trip wrapped up with Progress has been made regarding The info provided gives current airand the Hall of Heroes (Hotel four days in Havana, where the streets humanitarian aid, tourist spending, line, cruise and hotel info, plus visa Nacional). North Parkers, who might are filled with colorful vintage construction and travel to and from demands and money issues. want to try a craft beer Factoria Detroit-made cars. Chevy’s seem to the island nation. Of course, it all could change if one Cerveza on Plaza Vieja was first rate. the most popular. Those old cars are Tourism is still restricted once you believes the new president’s rhetoric And, we ended the evening with cigars everywhere but word has it only get there. So in that respect travel about rolling back many of President and a fine port in Bar Churchill locat60,000 still exist. And those colorful remains controlled. Feel free to buy Obama’s recent changes in regards to ed in a nook off the lobby of the Hotel albeit recycled beauties dominate more booze in Cuba but don’t drink Cuban-American relations. Nacional (a 1930s edifice akin to San Havana streets, especially on those it on the beach because tourism for But, until inauguration date here’s Diego’s La Valencia hotel).” plentiful sunny weekends in the troptourism’s sake is frowned upon. More what’s up. It may stay or it may go And, remember if you’re seeking a ics. on that later in this article. away. Sounds like a banana republic tour that gives you lots of free time to Havana’s 500-year old lineage has Setting officialdom aside, Tom and mentality, eh? go diving or renting a car to tour the made it a UNESCO world heritage Phyllis Shess went anyway. New since 2016, U.S. citizens who island, this current arrangement is not site. The tour walked over the cobWith passports in hand they flew travel to Cuba will no longer be limfor you. blestones of Old Havana to be amazed to Miami non-stop from Lindbergh ited to bringing back goods worth up The legal tours offered now (they’re at the disrepair of so many of the hisField on American Airlines. They to $400 — including $100 worth of the only ones from the US) are escorttorical buildings, but at the same time took a Gate1/Discovery Travel group tobacco and alcohol. So go crazy on ed and have an agenda. Tom added, in awe of the spirit of accomplishment tour. Tour leader Daniel Guzman put the cigars, posters of Che and that “for the most part what was on our by restoration architects, who have the group into a Miami hotel to orient rebuilt carburetor for a 1953 Buick. plate were places and people we would brought back historic structures from all with two lectures: one on trip logisThe new rules cover a wide range have missed if left on our own. And decay with tiny budgets, said Tom. tics and one on what to expect. Price of areas, from medical-related busithat would have been sad because we “Of course, we visited old Hispanic of the tour included the tour operator ness projects to a new provision that met some genuinely nice Cubans in forts guarding the entrance to taking care of visas, tips, transfers, will allow air cargo to transit Cuba. corners of the country that we would Havana’s port, but some of us escaped logistics, dining and insurances. They also widen the field of grants, have missed.” the tour to shop at the best cigar store The next day, aboard Sun Country, scholarships and awards that can be “Because the tour operators were in Havana (located in the Castillo del a USA charter 737, the couple landed provided to Cuba or to Cuban citiso organized,” said Phyllis, “we didn’t Morro),” said Tom. in Cienfuegos, Cuba. There the modzens, which will now include scientific mind the lack of freedom to explore Phyllis added, Cubans are very creern Hotel Jaqua was the group’s threeresearch and religious activities.
COVER STORY PSST. I AM NOT A TOURIST. Sadly, the rules on tourism have not changed. Simple tourism is a no-go. Americans must have a stated purpose for the visit that fall in the following categories. Here are the approved “reasons” to visit Cuba:
Insight Cuba www.insightcuba.com 800.450.2822
• Family visits • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations • Journalistic activity • Professional research and/or meetings • Educational activities • Religious activities • Public performances, clinics, workshops, or ath letic and other competitions • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes • Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials • Certain authorized export transactions • Support for the Cuban people • Humanitarian projects
Others: Globus, Cuba Explorer, Friendly Planet, smarTours, National Geographic, and Intrepid Travel.
Bottom line: Yes, you can go it alone, but why? With so much red tape still awash it’s easier— maybe not cheaper—to go with the approved travel tour companies. Here are three of the busiest:
Road Scholar www.roadscholar.org
FLYING IS GOOD. Yes, U.S. airlines are now approved: As of fall 2016, regular commercial flights are now available from various U.S. cities to Cuba. Airlines offering these flights include American, Delta, JetBlue, United and more. You can book these flights on airline websites and on Kayak.com. A couple of tips. Just like no bomb jokes are funny at airports anywhere, “good riddance” jokes about the late Fidel Castro will only prove you are genuinely stupid. And, if you are only going to tip one person on the island while you are there make sure it is your room maid. He or she is the one tasked with removing “used” toilet paper from your bathroom. Why you ask? No joke, fellow travelers as flushing toilet paper in even the finest hotels is not allowed. The TP Police cameras are lurking. Now, you’re good to go.
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This idyllic beach next to the aquamarine Caribbean Sea is the Normandy Beach of Cuba. It is here on this shore the Bay of Pigs Invasion began and ended. Anti-Castro forces were routed in 1961. (Photo: Tom Shess)
North Parkers Mike, Phyllis and Tom Shess in Cienfuegos.
NEWS FROM YOU SHOULD KNOW Thursday, Jan. 19, Free Immigration Consultations
Receive a free confidential consultation from a qualified immigration attorney. Immigration attorneys will offer free assessments for different forms of immigration relief, including: VAWA, U-Visa, DACA, citizenship and more. By appointment only. Call 619.363.3423 or email email@example.com. In the Know with Ian
In 42 days, hundreds will pack the Observatory North Park theatre to watch a FUNdraiser like no other. Hosted by the amazing Babette Tantrums 2017 Save dateSchwartz, Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens brings together six contestants from some of the community's most well-known local bars as they compete for the crown. Tantrums is a full scale stage production - it isn't just drag, it's campy hilarity. These characters are going to knock your socks off! Tickets went on sale last week and are selling quickly, so I encourage you to grab some friends and get yours soon. Buy tickets online at events.thecentersd.org/tantrums.
SPOTLIGHT EVENTS Tuesday, Jan. 10 & 24, 9:30-11:30am, Free Legal Clinic
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9:30am to 11am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is required. For more information, call 619.692.2077. Wednesday, Jan. 11 & 25, 12 noon, Diamonds in the Rough: Etiquette with Miss Pepper
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every other Wednesday for a fun and informative class on etiquette designed especially for trans women. The group meets from 12 noon-1:30 pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, Jan. 13, 6pm, Meet & Greet with Andrea Jenkins
Join us for a wonderful evening getting to know this amazing Trans Activist from Minnesota. Andrea has been an activist, a writer, an artist and so much more. Come and learn about her amazing life and contributions to our community. For more information, contact Connor at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x109. Friday, Jan. 20 & Feb. 17, 3-6pm, Free HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available everyday at The Center, once monthly we provide a tester at the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC)! Testing at the HYC is available for youth ages 14-18. The next testing dates are Friday, Jan. 20 from 3-6 pm and Friday, Feb. 17 from 3-6 pm. HIV testing is always free, and great incentives are given out to those who test! For more information contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Sunday, Jan. 29, 8:30am, The Recovery Ride
Don't miss the 2017 Recovery Ride, starting at Swiss Park in South Bay. Choose the 12, 25 or 40 mile route and ride for a cause. Beneficiaries of this year's ride are Stepping Stone and the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative. For more information and to register, visit http://therecoveryride.org/#recovery-ride. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Free Taxpayer Assistance
Logan Heights Branch Library, in partnership with the Computer and Communication Industry Association and Intuit Freedom Foundation is hosting this one-day free taxpayer assistance event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11am-7pm. You qualify to file your Federal and State income tax returns for FREE if you made $33,000 or less or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For more information, visit www.intuitempowers.org. For Non-English speakers language support, please call 866.577.1231 for an appointment. Report School Bullying!
San Diego Unified School District has a new online bullying reporting system. Search "bullying" on your school's website or visit the link at https://www.sandiegounified.org/ forms/online-bullying-reporting-form.
Port of San Diego Launches Oyster Nursery Research Project Catalyst for new business ventures The Port of San Diego has initiated an Oyster Nursery Research Project as part of efforts to explore new aquaculture and blue technology opportunities. As the steward of San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego has been a center for the Blue Economy in the San Diego region with its shipbuilding, commercial fishing, marine research and cruise and cargo business lines. Today, the Port is undertaking research to support and encourage investment in aquaculture projects. “There is incredible opportunity in the emerging field of aquaculture, and the Port of San Diego is seizing this opportunity to promote a core part of our mission — advance the Blue Economy,” said Chairman Marshall Merrifield of the Board of Port Commissioners. “We are growing oysters in the San Diego Bay as our first initiative, and exploring possibilities with the goal of serving as a champion and catalyst for new business ventures in this exciting field.” Aquaculture is an emerging business line that could help support the Port’s mission as a steward of fisheries, advance science and create jobs. The U.S. imports 91 percent of the seafood that is consumed, of which 50 percent is farmed, accord-
ing to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2012, National Marine Fisheries Service). The vast majority of farmed seafood comes from Asian countries. There is an opportunity for increased domestic supply. The Port has identified oyster nurseries as a potential aquaculture use in San Diego Bay and has initiated a project to grow small amounts of oysters in a controlled environment to test them against health standards. An oyster nursery would grow oysters from seeds the size of pepper flakes to juveniles the size of quarters. The juveniles would then be shipped to oyster farms elsewhere to be grown to market readiness. The Port has several competitive advantages with regard to oyster nursery projects including a warm climate that facilitates a shorter growth cycle, as well as proximity to West Coast hatcheries and oyster farms that could serve as a market for juvenile oysters. The first of six oyster test sites around San Diego Bay was established in December 2016. Each site will have oysters growing to the juvenile stage in enclosed molded plastic baskets. Next steps include testing of water quality and the health of both the
Chairman Marshall Merrifield of the Board of Port Commissioners and Paula Sylvia, program manager of the Aquaculture & Blue Tech Team, pull up a basket of juvenile oysters. (Courtesy San Diego Port District)
basket-raised oysters and wild oysters in the bay. This data will inform decisions about where oyster growing might be feasible in the future. The goal is to establish a health record that makes San Diego Bay permit-ready for future oyster nursery projects.
In the first quarter of 2017, Port staff will provide an update to the Board of Port Commissioners on preliminary findings and status of the oyster research.
A batch of juveniles. (Courtesy San Diego Port District)
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Water Bottle Piggy Bank Materials you have: Empty plastic beverage bottle (the wider the better) Craft knife Scissors Colored paper (1 sheet orange, 1 sheet blue) Pencil Craft glue Transparent tape Hole punch Paintbrush Materials you need: Ear templates (download at allyou.com/piggybank) 4 wood beads (3/4" diameter) from factorydirectcrafts.com Orange acrylic paint from Staples
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Select Porter Elementary students get new bikes thanks to San Diego Unified School Police Department program
Nearly 30 students at Porter Elementary gathered on the school’s blacktop waiting for members of the San Diego Unified School Police Department to finish “shining their shoes.” What these officers were really doing was grabbing a new bicycle that each of these students was receiving – and delivering it to them, helmet and all. The bicycle giveaway is part of True Blue Buddies, a year-long mentorship program involving members of the San Diego Unified School Police Department and select elementary students.
“Remember this day – you’re going to have a blast with your True Blue Buddy,” said Chief Rueben Littlejohn to the students before the big surprise. “Our officers stopped what they were doing today because they wanted to spend time with their buddies…but they wouldn’t tell me what they wanted to do. It’s a surprise, they told me.” Each of the students received a new bicycle and helmet, then participated in a bike rodeo put on by the San Diego Bike Coalition and enjoyed lunch with their buddy, courtesy of San Diego Unified’s Food and Nutrition Services.
“Our students were so excited to see their buddies bringing out bicycles. Many have never had their own bike before,” said Porter Elementary Principal Lillie McMillan. “But this program is about much more than bicycles. It’s an opportunity for our students to develop relationships with the officers and have someone they can look up to and receive mentoring from. It’s a special program with great possibilities.” The bikes and helmets were provided by members of San Diego Unified School Police, the San Diego Bike Coalition and a personal
donation on behalf of fallen San Diego Police Department officer Jonathan DeGuzman. The primary goal of the True Blue Buddies mentorship program is to provide support through small group mentoring, as well as to help facilitate and build positive relationships between police officers and students at an early age. In addition to mentoring, they hold 3-4 events throughout the year, including a shopping trip, Thanksgiving feast and an end-ofyear lunch. This is the second year of the program. Last year, select students from Walker Elementary in Mira Mesa participated.
SOCAL FUN WITH RHOADS Hey its Rhoads, thirteen year old So-Cal kid here. I love fun activities like skateboarding, hanging out with friends, and sometimes cooking and baking with my family. I've been cooking since I was four years old. Helping out in the kitchen has always been a fun activity for me. My family and I love cooking and baking and trying out new recipes. Trying new recipes helps to expand my kitchen skills, as well as, my taste. My favorite part about cooking and baking is when I see the smiles on everyones faces after I've made a great meal or treat. Someday I would love to incorporate my love of cooking and skateboarding into a profession. One of my favorite recipes is Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Its a great recipe for winter time. It is a fun treat to sit around the fire with, we like to get Vegan marshmallows and make Chocolate Chip Cookie Smores with them. I really enjoy this recipe and I hope you enjoy it too.
Rhoads' Favorite Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients: 2 '/4 cup of flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter ¾ Cup Cane Sugar ¾ Cup Brown Sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla 2 Ener G Egg Replacers ½ Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips Directions: Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla in a large bowl. Add egg replacer. Making a mound on top of wet ingredients add all dry ingredients. Fold in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips last, spoon cookies on to cookie sheet pressing down if necessary bake for 10 min or until lightly browned allow to cool and eat!
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| JANUARY 2017
Storm Chaser Stalks Extreme Weather
BY MANNY LOPEZ
Professional storm chaser Sean Casey delivers an introductory talk about the IMAX documentary film ‘Extreme Weather’ at a media and VIP opening. (Photo courtesy of the Fleet Science Center)
Director Sean Casey gives weather a starring role in film The new IMAX documentary film “Extreme Weather,” produced by National Geographic, is now playing in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center. Directed and filmed by professional storm chaser Sean Casey, star of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” director of “Tornado Alley” and cinematographer for “Forces of Nature,” Extreme Weather makes the case that weather is an interconnected system, where changes in one place create changes elsewhere. “No one weather event is isolated from another, and when you have melting snow packs, you get rising and warmer oceans, which means hurricanes have the potential to do more harm,” Casey said. “Drought has killed over 65 million trees in California alone, and all of that dead wood is fuel for fires. In turn, soot from those fires travels and covers ice, which leads to faster melting of snow packs.” More than two years in the making, the film helps audiences better understand the forces of nature, by taking them on a rare and up-close visual journey, tracking melting glaciers in Alaska, tornadoes in the Midwest and wildfires in
California. Casey and his crew followed Glaciologist Erin Pettit, and a brave team of researchers studying calving glaciers from a custom-designed armored boat originally built to film storm surges of hurricanes. The repurposed vessel was used to capture up-close images of falling blocks of ice that cause huge and treacherous waves when they crash into the water. Oklahoma meteorologist and tornado researcher Justin Walker is filmed traversing country roads in an armored tank like vehicle, specially designed by Casey to come face-to-face with twisters. Walker is seen confronting devastating winds to get in the direct path of an oncoming tornado to plant wind-sensing pods, which collect data to better understand the effects of tornados at ground level. To illustrate the consequence of severe draught, Casey focused his lens on the destruction and negative greenhouse effects caused by large-scale wildfires. The crew embedded themselves with teams of firefighters from Cal Fire to capture footage of roaring flames, and the heroic effort waged on the front lines to extinguish them.
“I was star-struck by the firefighters, because they are the real heroes,” Casey said, as he added that his next film project may be about fighting fires. “There were times when we were overrun by flames and the radiant heat and smoke was just incredible. I hadn’t been in that situation before, and I felt some real panic.” While he admitting that he loves the excitement of confronting dangerous situations, Casey added that he strives to reach new heights in cinematography by getting as near to the action as he can without going too far. “I don’t like shooting from long distances with telephoto lenses,” Casey said. “I want to get as close to the edge as I possibly can. I hope viewers will be able to really feel the power of nature and enjoy the visual intensity of this movie.” Casey said that he did not set out to make a political statement about manmade global warming with his film, but instead wanted to show the interconnectivity of weather-related occurrences, and let individuals make up their own minds about the subject.
Sean Casey with Fleet Science Center CEO Steve Snyder. (Photo courtesy of the Fleet Science Center)
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Ask The Travel Expert: Is it possible to acquire a Exploring the San Diego Coast by RV visa upon arrival when traveling to a foreign country? Tips for a camping adventure Not only is it possible, it comes with great savings. When considering doing so, the first question to ask is whether the country even requires a visa for travelers holding a valid U.S. passport. Many countries throughout the world allow a person planning a holiday in the country to stay without the need of a visa for a designated period of time. Should one intend to do business in the country, it changes the dynamic and a business visa will be required. Once it is determined that a visa is required, a traveler has a number of options ~ use a visa service, contact the consulate or embassy within the U.S.A. if the country has representation or simply acquire the visa upon arrival when allowed. Using Southeast Asia as an example, obtaining a visa for Cambodia through a reputable visa service would average $239 per person. This fee includes postage both to and from the agency with passports returned in about 10 days. Additional fees are added for rush service or using
express mail. Contacting the Royal Embassy of Cambodia online allows one to download the visa application and submit it to the embassy or its consulate directly. The cost would average $65 per person. This fee includes postage both to and from the agency with passports returned in about 10 days. Additional fees are added for rush service or using express mail. Acquiring a visa upon arrival in Cambodia will cost $30 per person. A traveler should have a passport photo to submit with the application. If convenience is a priority, the visa service, albeit higher priced is the best choice. There can be potential delays when acquiring a visa upon arrival. Should an aircraft or two arrive shortly beforehand laden with travelers seeking a visa or should the immigration counter be under-staffed the process will take longer, certainly more than one-hour. If, however, there is no rush to complete immigration, then visa upon arrival, when allowed, can be a great savings, particularly when traveling as family. Robert Kenyon, a Marine Corps veteran who first visited Southeast Asia in 1963, thereafter returned to San Diego to serve 7 years as a Deputy District Attorney. His passion for travel overcame his love of the law, which led to the start of First Cabin Travel in 1989, offering luxury-styled travel to destinations worldwide. For special offers on custom tours for San Diego residents contact Robert at www.firstcabin.com / CA Reg: 2016168-40
NewYear, Fresh Start Stop, drop your agenda, and breathe’ As 2016 was drawing to a close, I heard people all around me saying the same thing: “I am ready for this year to be over.” My friends and family, people out in the community, and even strangers in the grocery store have remarked to me that this has been a tough year. The election took a toll on all of us no matter our political views, there has been so much loss, and the world seems overwhelmed by tragedy in every corner of the globe. It has been an awful lot to take in. I do not blame anyone’s desire to just move on. I share in that sentiment. With a new year comes a fresh start and a chance to begin anew. We begin to consider our resolutions, and often hear variations of the usual: “I am going to start going to the gym and lose weight” or “I will quit smoking/drinking.” But when was the last time you heard a friend or family member say that their new year’s resolution is to improve their relationship with their child or focus more on their family? I have one resolution for 2017 and it is this: Connect more. Like many around me, it is easy for me to get caught up in the busyness of life. I love to learn and read so I want to take every parenting course I find and read all the parenting books on the shelf. I want to work with each family who contacts me and I want to teach a workshop every weekend so I can continue to help parents in San Diego become more peaceful. But to do all of this, I must continue to take a step back and repeat one of my favorite mantras: Stop, drop your agenda, and breathe. What kind of Peaceful Parenting Coach would I be if I did not walk the walk? So here is what I will do: I will remember that life is long and that all the books I want to read can wait. I will remember that the most important part of parenting is connection. I will do less and connect more. Connection is essential to all relationships and something we need to work on daily. If we are not present and available for our children because we are caught up in the day’s chaos, it is impossible to stay connected.
BY MANNY LOPEZ
A journey to explore the San Diego coast by RV begins with one question: “What would I like to do?” Besides the joys of RV camping, do you enjoy basking in the sun, hiking a trail, snorkeling, paddling or surfing? Are you hoping for full-hookup RV comfort, or does casual beach camping hold a certain appeal? Do you plan to find the best spots close to the beach to shop, dine and soak up local culture? The answers to these questions are the launching point for your RV journey along San Diego’s glorious coastline. Your adventure can be as unique and interesting as you are. Here are just a few of the coastal camping possibilities to help you plan your own version of a San Diego RV camping adventure.
BY LISA HOWE
In my workshop, Peaceful Parenting 101, I encourage parents to have daily special time with their children — 15 minutes of uninterrupted oneon-one time with each child, without distractions, and doing exactly what that child wants to do (except for screens or books). What would your child choose? And what if it is something you cannot stand to play? Well, that is when you fake it until you make it. Practice those acting skills; you can do anything for 15 minutes. Special time is a magical tool for building connection. What if making time for it was your resolution? In my workshop, Becoming Playful: Rough and Tumble Play, I invite parents to bring their children along to practice roughhousing games. Roughhousing is one of the very best ways to connect with your children. It is also supported by science as a way to increase emotional intelligence, develop social and problem-solving skills, and increase joy. In the workshop, I teach 13 roughhousing games that have a beginning, middle, and end to give roughhousing structure and boundaries that helps parents and children feel secure. What if your resolution was to roughhouse with your children? What if you went into 2017 with the resolution to improve your connection with your children? How would that change your family’s lives? Would you feel happier, more joyful, and less stressed? I suspect so. Would your children be grateful and feel more loved than before? Almost certainly. I can give you one guarantee: connection creates cooperation — and I have yet to meet a parent who does not want more cooperation from their child. Start the year off by attending one or more of my workshops this January and together we can resolve to improve our connections with our children. Check out Lisa's upcoming events at, becomingpeaceful.com/event_ calendar www.BecomingPeaceful.com Email, Lisa@BecomingPeaceful.com Phone, 619-665-0637
San Diego Coastal Camping Options
Start your journey 40 miles north of San Diego by setting up camp at San Elijo State Beach campground. The views of the ocean can’t be beat, and the campground offers standard water/electric sites as well as a few with full hookups. Hot water showers and a seasonal camp store round out the campground amenities. What to do on this leg of your San Diego coastal tour is wide open—this thin strip of sand is popular with surfers, snorkelers, beach joggers and folks who simply want to soak up the Southern California sun. If you’ve never experienced the wonder of the ocean in front of you with scenic cliffs rising behind, this is the perfect place to start. It’s also close enough for day trips into
sonal camp store add to the camping experience. Special note: maximum trailer/RV length is 35 feet. Take the stairway down to the beach and then go skin diving or windsurfing, fish the surf for croaker and corbina or comb the beach for treasures left by the tide. It’s a wondrous spot, and one RV travelers shouldn’t miss when they come to San Diego. If you want to fall in love with the rocky bluffs and endless sand beaches of Southern California, you owe yourself a trip 30 miles up the coastline from South Carlsbad SB to San Onofre State Beach. As you approach the campground by RV, you’ll probably be thinking, “How can a place so close to civilization be so beloved by beachgoers?” Once you’ve parked the RV atop the bluff that shields the beach from the highway, you’ll begin to understand. You won’t find hookups here, but once you’ve made your way down one of the trails to the beach, you will find a perfect place to go sea kayaking, bicycling, beach combing or birdwatching. Even if you don’t surf, you’ll also want to hike down the beach to the Trestles to watch surfers match their skills against the legendary breaks. One more idea for your San Diego coastal RV odyssey: a stop at Silver Strand State Beach on San Diego Bay near Coronado. Stretching across the Bay on a narrow spit of land, it’s the quintessential beach camping paradise. At the campground (for self-contained RVs only), you’ll find more than 100 electric and water campsites. Special note: The campground gates are locked each evening and the closure time varies by season. If you’re planning special outings beyond the campground, keep that in mind. As for the beach, both the Bay and the Pacific offer plenty of ways to play. Whether your passion is surf fishing, swimming, picnicking on the beach or following a trail on foot or bicycle, you’ve come to the right place. With convenient tunnels to hike or bike to the ocean side, this is
Storm clouds and sunset at Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado. (Source: Shutterstock.com)
Invitation sign on the road to Cardiff-by-the-Sea (Credit: Anton Dotsenko/Shutterstock.com)
Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Wind your way north up Coast Hwy 101 for 6 scenic miles to reach your next San Diego coastal RV destination: South Carlsbad State Beach. Famous for its bluff-top campground, this place defines ‘ocean views.’ Here’s what you need to know about the campground: There are more than 200 standard campsites, but make your reservations early, because it’s a popular place! The campsites are on the snug side, but token showers and a sea-
also a popular gathering place for surfers. Planning your unique San Diego coastal RV camping trip starts with a question and ends with incomparable vacation memories. Keep in mind that these four suggested stops are only the state beaches—there are plenty of first-class private camping venues to welcome San Diego visitors. Whether you choose a no-frills, beachside campground or a luxury RV resort, one thing’s for sure: Your coastal San Diego RV journey will be unforgettable. Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV,a nationwide RV rental company. Joe has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years and greatly enjoys exploring the outdoors.
| JANUARY 2017
Gearing Up for Festival of Science & Engineering Set your calendars for EXPO DAY March 4 and Festival Week March 5-12
The ninth annual Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego returns to San Diego this spring. As one of the largest STEM festivals in the U.S., EXPO DAY at Petco Park on March 4, and Festival Week March 5-12 will feature interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, adults and families in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. More than 70,000 are expected to participate. Presented by the Illumina Foundation, many events are free and open to the public. Visit www.lovestemsd.org for festival week details. A program of the Biocom Institute and pre-
sented by Illumina Foundation, the festival aims to encourage and engage kids in STEM, and to increase our region’s reputation of being a leader in the science industry. This festival also helps continue to increase our region’s reputation of being a leader in the science industry. By hosting events and activities throughout the region, the festival demonstrates how science and engineering opportunities are in our own “backyard,” and are for science lovers of all ages. In fact, the STEM in Your Backyard series will now expand to East County, including the communities of Alpine and Lakeside. The series will also return to Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, and Vista.
Additionally, festival organizers plan to expand the 21 and up series for adult science enthusiasts to continue and share their passion for STEM with others. STEM education never stops and adults have the same fascination with science, technology, engineering, and math as kids do. Festival organizers are putting the final touches on the series and more information will be announced in the New Year. “As STEM education continues to soar in San Diego, we feel it is important to continue our reach into the neighborhoods by providing family-friendly activities that not only excite the young learners, but also open their eyes to the possibilities right in their own backyards for schooling and career pathways in sci-
ence, technology, engineering, and math,” said Sara Pagano, festival managing director. “Additionally, we are excited to bring back the 21 and up series in partnership with Fleet Science Center as it was a huge success last year for our young professional crowd all the way through retired STEM enthusiasts, proving that the sparks of science fly at all ages.” Sponsorships are available for the 2017 EXPO DAY and Festival Week. For more details, visit https://www.lovestemsd.org/content/become-sponsor or contact Sara Pagano, managing director, at spagano@lovestemsd. org.
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Rappin’ for Science.
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The Studio Door places the creative visions of four local artists in The Studio Door the “4•UP” art show opens after the new year at The Studio Door at 3750 30th St. in North Park — in two distinct exhibitions. They run back-to-back for two weeks each. First, Sherry Krulle-Beaton and Jackson Thilenius will be featured from Jan. 6-15. Then, Nancy Plank and Patrick Brown are featured on Jan. 20-29 with a reception scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibits are open to the public for free during gallery hours and the artwork is for sale. Most often The Studio Door’s visual arts exhibitions explore a wide variety of views on a specific subject matter or themes. Yet at its core, the art gallery and studios builds its foundation on the adjacent possibilities of diverse creative expression. The gallery’s exhibitions are known to showcase emerging artists alongside established professionals; locally created art that is seen alongside of national and international art; and sellable works that speak as strongly as conceptional work within the gallery. The juxtaposition is never more apparent than within the January exhibition titled “4•UP.” “Last year, the “4•UP” exhibit explored established, traditional artists along of emerg-
ing artists using contemporary techniques to convey their creative messages,” said gallery owner and artist Patric Stillman. “This year, we are exploring how artists approach both the inner and outer environments. I think these the combination of these artists offer an exceptional mastery in thought and vision.” The participating artists are:
mal rights. Figurative narratives, not always easy to view, is at the heart of his art. Their visual stories provide a subversive edge, which one assumes balances his other meticulous profession as an architect. After receiving a degree in Atlanta, Jackson has settled in San Diego and his work has been exhibited extensively throughout Southern California. (jacksonthilenius.wordpress.com)
As a creative extension of her degree in environmental design, Sherry Krulle Beaton’s abstract paintings reflect the beauty of the natural world. She finds inspiration in San Diego’s backcountry of rolling hills, grasslands, mountains and desert. Her Jamul home, designed by San Diego artist James Hubbell, contains an impressive art studio that further encourages her to define the essence of the natural world. Krulle-Beaton is well established in San Diego’s art community. (beatonpaths.com) Jackson Thilenius:
Following whereever his creative muse takes him, Jackson Thilenius has no fear to explore diverse subject matter in his body of work that embraces local counterculture portraits to ani-
Realist oil painter, Nancy Plank shares her sublime visions on canvas that imply a spiritual connection to the floral world, most often her passion for the rose. Whether she is working in her Little Italy studio or volunteering in the rose garden at Balboa Park, Plank is drawn into this delicate world. She has an uncanny ability to reveal a visual truth within her that immediately connect the viewer with what she sees, feels and experiences. Nancy Plank has exhibited extensively in San Diego. (nancyplank.com) Patrick Brown:
Oil paintings of visceral emotions and complex rawness expose the inner world of artist
‘As Clouds and Earth Caress,’ by Sherry Krulle-Beaton.
‘Sleep Children’ by Patrick Brown.
Untitled Floral by Nancy Plank.
‘Half Life’ by Jackson Thilenius.
Patrick Brown. In doing so, they also reflect the confusion and reality of living in a time where our culture finds itself uncertain of the future and fear is exposed as hate crimes. Brown’s artwork has a universal appeal that has allowed it to be seen on several ABC Television Network programs, in B.B. King’s Blues Clubs, and at The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery. He currently resides in Escondido. (patricknbrown.net) The Studio Door is an arts incubator dedicated to the creative marketplace and the promotion of contemporary artists. The core of the activities is to assist artists with the business side of selling art as well as creating opportunities to bring greater attention to San Diego’s visual artists. The Studio Door showcases an art gallery, working artists studios, art instruction, and art-to-market services. Exhibitions include regional and national exhibitions, selfguided art tours and the biennial 50 To Watch national publication highlighting the best of San Diego’s visual artists. January will also see the return of professional development and creative classes for artists. For more details, visit the website at thestudiodoor.com or call (619) 255-4920.
Local arts organizations announce scholarship program for emerging artists The Business of Art scholarship provides help for artists to take the next step in their career Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door have announced a unique opportunity for local artists with this year’s The Business of Art scholarship in conjunction with the 33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy held on April 29 and 30. The Business of Art scholarship is awarded to one lucky art student or emerging artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork. The scholarship includes a booth at the prestigious art festival, professional development throughout 2017, and an impressive marketing package. The recipient will follow in the footsteps of local photography artist Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko, who was chosen for the scholarship last year. The Studio Door is new to the collaboration of arts organizations behind The Business of Art scholarship. The North Park art gallery and studios is a natural fit as it offers opportunities for artists to engage in professional development, exhibitions, and creative workshops. Owner Patric Stillman will provide the mentor-
ship for the scholarship. His own work has been exhibited at Musée du Louvre Paris, SCOPE Miami Beach, and across Southern California. In the April/May 2016 issue of Professional Artist magazine, Stillman was named US Mentor of the Year for his incubator lab workshops. “This is such a fantastic opportunity for artists who want to engage in creative commerce,” said Stillman. “The whole package that The Business of Art scholarship offers is the type of platform that can really help establish an exciting career path for an emerging artist. I only wish I had professionals to help guide me through the realities of the art world when I was starting.” Complete details for The Business of Art scholarship can be found online at thestudiodoor.com/ ?page_id=5506. Applications are being accepted though February 10, 2017. Interested artists are encouraged to apply and take the next step to navigate the complex art industry while participating in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk.
The Studio Door 2017 Schedule MAIN GALLERY 2017
JANUARY • 4-UP Invitational featuring local artists: Sherry Krulle-Beaton, Patrick Brown, Jackson Thilenius and Nancy Plank
FEBRUARY • THE CROW SHOW By popular demand, the third annual national exhibition celebrating the beauty and mystery of our black feathered neighbors. Juror: Kathy Kelsey Foley, Director of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum • organizer of 41st Annual Birds in Art exhibition • Wausau, WI Call for artist is open • Click here to read exhibit prospectus and enter this call
MARCH • To be announced APRIL • Through the Eyes of An Artist (pending final confirmation) Community exhibition of artists from both sides of the border
MAY • TAVERN National Exhibition celebrating the beer culture of the Tavern. Call for artist is open • Click here to read exhibit prospectus and enter this call
JUNE • PROUD Celebrating Pride Month with contemporary works of the nation's LGBTQ artists. Juror: Alex Fialho • Visual AIDS Programs Director / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Research and Curatorial Associate • New York City, NY Call for artist is open • Click here to read exhibit prospectus and enter this call
JULY • To be announced AUGUST • PERSON, PLACE OR THING Featuring the works of Patric Stillman
SEPTEMBER • Invitational OCTOBER • 3rd Annual OPEN STUDIOS SAN DIEGO NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER • HOLIDAY ART MARKET
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