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La Jolla Sidesteps Public Art Hurdles By Going Private

June 21
By Angela Carone
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When it comes to public art, there’s always controversy. The Port just had their public art budget cut in half. A group in La Jolla is using a different approach to public art. It seems to be working.

Artist In Residence: Robert Brill

June 20
Evening Edition
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From hunting Moby Dick on the high seas to battling Pink Robots, designer Robert Brill has been creating breathtaking work for San Diego audiences for decades. Now he’s the La Jolla Playhouse’s new Artist in Residence.

Commissioners Make Major Cuts To Public Art Program

June 12
By Angela Carone
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San Diego's Port commissioners voted Tuesday to adopt a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that includes extensive cuts to the Port's public art program.

Donald Lipski Artwork Installed At New Central Library

June 11
By Angela Carone
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There won’t be just books under the dome in the new Central Library in downtown San Diego. There will also be art. The first of four large pieces has just been installed.

The New Children's Museum Increases Summer Hours

June 4
By Angela Carone
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The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego is ready for summer. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone says as the days get longer, so will the museum’s hours.

Leonard Knight Makes A Visit To Salvation Mountain

May 31
By Angela Carone
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Leonard Knight began building Salvation Mountain in the early 80s and never stopped. Just more than a year ago, Knight entered a nursing home, raising questions as to what would happen to his creation. We join Knight on a rare visit to his mountain, which has been called a national treasure.

Warehouse 1425 Serves Up One-Night-Only Art Party

May 16
Evening Edition
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If you’re a street artist and you’re handed a 6000 square foot warehouse, you don’t ask any questions, you just start painting. Warehouse 1425 (Friday, May 17 at 1425 E Street, 6:00 to 10:00pm) is a one-night-only art party.

Review: 'The Great Gatsby'

May 10
By Nathan John
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Guest critic Nate John says Hollywood's latest version of "The Great Gatsby" is a spectacle that merits the illustrious title. Catch the classic in theaters May 10.

Fanfare For Maksymowicz: A Campus Legend in the Shadow of 'Fallen Star'

May 9
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The story behind an unmarked, mysterious art installation at UCSD and its rumored connection to a tragic moment in campus history.

Innovative Venue, Space 4 Art, Provides More Than Just Gallery Space

May 3
By Beth Accomando
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In an international group exhibition, Space 4 Art will present contemporary artwork that addresses themes concerning the unknown, the occult, and the metaphysical.

Review: 'Bert Stern: Original Madman'

May 3
By Beth Accomando
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"Bert Stern: Original Madman" (opening May 2 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) had its San Diego debut at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. It's a fascinating portrait of the photographer who helped make Smirnoff popular and shot Marilyn Monroe's last sitting.

Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

April 5
By Nathan John
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'The Place Beyond the Pines" opens April 5. Guest blogger Nate John says, "It's rated R. It's long. I'll save you the time. (Warning: I will spoil things -- for your own good.)"

'Rites of Passage' Exhibit Celebrates Cultures Of Southeast San Diego

April 4
Midday Edition
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A new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man presents the various ways that 'Rites of Passage' are celebrated, with an emphasis on the different customs and ceremonies observed by cultural communities living in Southeast San Diego.

Visiting Lux Artist Paints In The Dark

March 22
By Angela Carone
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It’s hard to imagine that an artist visiting San Diego would forgo the beaches and sunshine to spend most of his time in a small dark room. But that’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist James Chronister will be doing for the next month. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone visits the artist at the Lux Art Institute.

Review: 'Stoker'

March 15
By Nathan John
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Guest blogger Nathan John says director Park Chan Wook wows with unconventional style in his first American film, "Stoker" (opens March 15). It is not to be missed!