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SEPT. 21, 2012

Bone up before heading out to local Oktoberfest The library is holding the Oktoberfest lecture in conjunction with introducing its world language collection that boasts books in 10 different languages including German. Oksana Radomyshelsky, adult and outreach services librarian, said the books will be of high interest to German speakers and students learning the language. The lecture and activities will be held in the library Community Rooms at 1 p.m.

By Promise Yee

The cover for a new line of Popeye comics published by IDW Comics is Mary Fleener’s latest illustration project. The book includes all new material by current comic artists. Image courtesy of Mary Fleener.

Fleener draws the line KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art These days many North County residents are turning eagerly to Page Four of The Coast News to check out Mary Fleener’s latest “The Less You Know The Better You Feel” weekly political cartoon. The edgy commentary on local politics is growing an ever-increasing fan base. Active in community issues since 1989, Fleener states, “Now I’m on the sidelines, as an observer and critic with my weekly cartoon.” She admits, “Since I’m dealing with local issues, I enjoy being provocative and the idea that I may be getting under someone’s skin … but only if they deserve it!” Influenced by living in Canada during childhood, Fleener surmises, “I think moving to a foreign country… was critical in the way I look at the world. It was positive trauma.” Fleener, who is nationally recognized for her Lowbrow art, explains, “I am all about contrast and clarity. I like to use a design element I call ‘Cubismo,’ which is a kinetic, graphic type of abstraction which is very effective to show intense emotions.” Cubismo grew out of her 1991 decision to reflect her comic style in her paintings. Since that time her paintings have been shown in venues including The Oceanside Museum of Art, La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles and Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum. Also a performing bass guitarist, Fleener inherited “good art genes” from her mother who was a Disney studios artist in the 1940s. Beginning college as an art major, Fleener left during her senior year and asserts, “It was the smartest thing I ever did. I’m proud to say I

am a college dropout, and the work I do today is selftaught.” Soon after moving to Encinitas in 1981, Fleener was inspired by an article about the “new underground comics.” She reveals, “I had always harbored a secret desire to do cartoons … and was particularly fascinated by early underground comics from the late ‘60s … ZAP Comix and the work of Robert Crumb ... ” In the mid-1980s Fleener sold her own “mini comics,” which she Xerox printed and assembled by hand. She reflects, “That’s how I met most of the comic pals that I know today.“ Over the last 20 years, Fleener’s artwork has appeared in hundreds of anthologies, comic books and magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Guitar Player, The Reader, Musician, Spin, Rolling Stone, Village Voice and Hustler, and has been featured in an Art Forum Magazine article. Working concurrently on a 20-piece large scale “Scary Goddessess” painting series, as well as on a 300-page graphic novel which she estimates will take two years to complete, Fleener notes that the novel is based on her “initial foray into Encinitas local politics.” She continues, “Naturally, I am changing names and appearances, to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.” No stranger to controversy, Fleener affirms, “I’m into telling the truth, and being honest, and if you find that disturbing, then good! I’m doing my job.” Fleener’s work can be seen during the month of October at The Pannikin and at Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at

OCEANSIDE — Before heading out to a local Oktoberfest this fall you may want to bone up on your knowledge of the event at the Oktoberfest lecture at Civic Center Library Sept. 22. German-born Monika Wetter-Parme will share history and traditions of the event and teach attendees how to do the Chicken Dance. Wetter-Parme and fellow members of the German American Society of San Diego will don traditional costumes and share personal photos of Oktoberfest celebrations in Germany. Wetter-Parme said the tradition started in Germany more than 200 years ago as a wedding celebration to commemoration the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of SaxeHildburghausen. The whole town of Munich was invited to attend. “It was a 17-day-long folk festival,” Wetter-Parme said. The celebration continued in Munich every year,

Join the guitar orchestra ENCINITAS — Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to be part of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s upcoming session, “A Christmas String Dance.” The orchestra’s 25 to 30 amateur guitarists will spend the fall practicing holiday-themed music that will culminate in a performance Dec. 7 in a community concert. The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is comprised of local musicians from beginner through advanced levels who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Peter Pupping and William Wilson, two accomplished Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Pupping has organized and conducted a guitar orchestra since 1999 and performs with the Peter Pupping Trio. Rehearsals are underway on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Road. Participating in the session costs $300. This session’s music is sure to please those who love classical music, guitar music or holiday songs. Pieces include “Noel,” “Spanish Carol,” “Lo How Ere Rose is Blooming,” “Oh Tanenbaum,” “English Dance,” “Mistle Toads” and “Bell Fantasy,” a variation of “Carol of the Bells,” among others. Pupping has been teaching and performing in Southern California for more than 30 years. For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 943-0755 or

The Oceanside Library is hosting a lecture on the history and traditions of Oktoberfest Sept. 22. Courtesy photo

but is not celebrated in all parts of Germany. More than 6 million people now attend the celebration that is widely noted for its Belgium beer. There will not be Belgium beer at the lecture, but there will be recorded German music and fresh apple strudel. Traditional German recipes will also be shared. The German American Society of San Diego will hold an Oktoberfest at its clubhouse at 1017 S.

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Mollison Avenue in El Cajon from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 and Oct. 5 through Oct. 7. The event will include a beer garden, traditional German food, music and dancing. The club has 300 members. Membership is open to everyone. It is not a requirement to be of German heritage.

The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  
The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  

The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.