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2012: Top Arts Stories


Photo by Angela Carone

Above: The "Kissing Statue" with the head removed.

KPBS takes a look at the year's top arts and culture stories in San Diego.


Angela Carone, KPBS Culture Lust Reporter

Beth Accomando, KPBS Cinema Junkie Reporter


There were several newsworthy events in San Diego's cultural community this year -- stories in the performing arts, visual arts and, of course, in pop culture.

Jung-Ho Pak resigned as Orchestra Nova’s conductor and artistic director, leading the company to cancel all remaining concerts. It then declared bankruptcy.

The venerable La Jolla Playhouse also found itself in the midst of a controversy this year over its casting for the musical "The Nightingale." Although set in ancient China, there were few Asians in the cast. La Jolla Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley apologized at a panel discussion held after one of the performances.

Another piece of art, the infamous "Kiss Statue," made waves in San Diego's art community this year. Formally known as "Unconditional Surrender," the giant sculpture of a sailor kissing a nurse was taken down this summer.

The USS Midway Museum then raised money for a permanent, bronze version of the statue. That plan for permanence led two members of the Port’s public art committee to resign in frustration.

As it does every year, Comic-Con came to town, and KPBS brought you an inside look.

The year also brought luxury movie theaters to town, which our Cinema Junkie reporter made good use of while viewing "The Hobbit."

And community theater Circle Circle dot dot provided a look at artists on the fringe with its "Street Art Prophets."

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