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Stories by Angela Carone

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The 'Nutcracker' Meets The Streets

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'Tis the season for "Nutcracker" productions, but there's a fresh take on the classic with a hip-hop twist.

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San Diego Catholics Weigh In On Pope Francis

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Pope Francis is one of the most talked about religious leaders in the world today. We spoke with local Catholics to see how they feel about the pope and how he's led the Catholic church so far.

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San Diego Symphony CEO To Step Down Next Year

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San Diego Symphony CEO Edward "Ward" Gill will step down when his contract ends in September 2014.

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San Diego Symphony Composing Music Inspired By Crowdsourcing

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The San Diego Symphony asked everyday San Diegans to send in videos of their music to help inspire an original orchestral composition about San Diego.

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Mall-Based Artwork To Reopen To Public After Controversy

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An art installation in a mall in Carlsbad was closed for a week due to concerns about its content. Mall management has agreed to let the artwork reopen to the public.

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Artwork In Carlsbad Mall Temporarily Halted By Management

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An art installation inside the Westfield mall in Carlsbad has been temporarily closed. Mall management is concerned about the content of the artwork titled "Winter Wonderland."

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Explore Many Of Balboa Park's Museums On Just One Pass

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A new pass provides year-round access to the museums and attractions in Balboa Park.

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Frida Kahlo Exhibit Organizers Respond To Criticism

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Exhibit organizers respond to criticism by adding more copy clarifying that the paintings are copies.

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Frida Kahlo Paintings In San Diego: Do Audiences Know They're Copies?

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"The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings, Her Life, Her Story" is a new art exhibit in Point Loma that features Frida Kahlo's paintings, though none on display actually were painted by the famous Mexican artist.

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Imagining Art At San Diego Intersection Known For Death

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Since the 1980s, an intersection in Southeast San Diego ‘s Lincoln Park has been the scene of drugs and gang violence. It’s the "Four Corners of Death." But now there’s hope a new pubic artwork will transform the intersection.

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Creation Museum Denied Membership By San Diego Museum Council

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The San Diego Museum Council has voted to reject the membership application of the Museum of Creation and Earth, located in Santee.

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A Feast For Young Tastes At New Children's Museum

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The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego changes exhibits every couple of years. The museum’s newest show is called "Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food." Here's a taste of what families can expect.

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San Diego Symphony Steps Onto Bigger Stages

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The San Diego Symphony heads to Carnegie Hall and an overseas tour for the first time. Both trips are important milestones in the orchestra's growth.

Photos: KPBS Co-Hosts Debate Between Top Mayoral Candidates

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Just five weeks before the election, the top four San Diego mayoral candidates debated in front of a live audience at KPBS studios.

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San Diego Symphony Space Gets New Name

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The San Diego Symphony has a new home. It’s the same building, but it’s now called the Jacobs Music Center, in honor of an historic gift of support.

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Play Puts County Of San Diego On The Stage

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One hundred San Diegans who've never acted before will take the La Jolla Playhouse stage to provide a theatrical portrait of our region. "100% San Diego" is part of the Playhouse's "Without Walls" festival, which takes place this weekend.

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Documentary About Pacific Beach Rollerblader Screens At Festival

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One of the films screening at the San Diego Film Festival features Slomo, a colorful skating enthusiast who spends his days rollerblading along Pacific Beach.

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Deaf Dancer Performs In Trolley Dances

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Local woman Zahna Moss has been deaf since birth, but she still accomplished her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

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Amish School Shooting Subject Of Local Play

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After a mass shooting, there’s the struggle to make sense of tragedy. Sometimes art can help. At a downtown San Diego theater, cast and crew rehearse for "The Amish Project," a play based on a shooting in an Amish community.

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Adventurous Music At Carlsbad Music Festival

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Getting top-notch musicians to San Diego is a little easier when you can offer a beachside perch. For 10 years, the Carlsbad Music Festival has featured cutting-edge composers and musicians from Southern California and around the country.

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The Best Elevator Ride In San Diego

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The opening of the new central library is just a few weeks away. As the books are unpacked, artwork is being installed. That includes an eye-popping work in the library’s main elevator shaft by the de la Torre brothers. It will be, hands down, the best elevator ride in San Diego.

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Casting Grows Difficult For Play About San Diego, Starring San Diegans

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The La Jolla Playhouse has been working all summer to cast a play about San Diego featuring 100 San Diegans. The cast of non-actors will represent the demographic makeup of the city. Now it's down to the wire and casting the last 25 is getting difficult.

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Female Mariachi Musicians In Male-Dominated Artform

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A new exhibit shows women have been participating in mariachi music for over 100 years with little recognition.

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Mo'olelo Founding Director Leaving For Pasadena

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The San Diego theater community is losing one of its innovative leaders. Seema Sueko will leave Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company at the end of the year.

Working Hard To Keep Cool During Heat Wave

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We’ve been experiencing a heat wave in San Diego, which means air-conditioner repairman Mike Eckhart has been busy. A portrait of one laborer who works hard to keep everyone cool when it’s hot.

Mexico House In Shape Of Naked Woman

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When it comes to large, inhabitable statues of naked women, one man in Mexico has the market cornered. We'll take you on a tour.

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Local Saxophonist Dubbed Living Legend

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Saxophonist Daniel Jackson is set to receive lifetime achievement awards from two organizations.

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Improv Comedy Troupe 'Second City' Roasts San Diego

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What's so funny about San Diego? A lot, according to Chicago’s famed improv comedy troupe "The Second City," performing their show "The Good, The Bad, and the I-5" at the La Jolla Playhouse.

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Airport Expansion Includes New Artwork

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The $1 billion expansion of the San Diego International Airport opens in just a few weeks. The largest construction effort in the airport’s history will include new artwork for the expanded gates and food court.

Leader Of City's Arts Commission Resigns

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Denise Montgomery, executive director of the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, has resigned her post in Mayor Bob Filner's administration.

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Comic-Con 2013 Sounds: An Introduction

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San Diegans are used to seeing superheroes and vampires take over downtown every summer for Comic-Con, which draws 130,000 attendees. But for those, who've never been, here's an introduction.

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Observant Gay Muslim Balances Faith And Sexuality

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For Muslims who are also gay, it’s almost impossible to fully engage in the Islamic faith community. But they find ways to worship. We meet an observant gay Muslim who’s faith is part of what bonds him to his partner.

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Gay And Muslim: Living Between Worlds

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In San Diego’s Muslim community, being openly gay is rare. Meet a young woman who refuses to give up her culture or her identity.

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Printing Art At Home With A 3D Printer

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A Vista resident is using his own 3D Printer to create famous works of art in his home. His copies are made out of plastic, but can look eerily like the original. Increased consumer access to 3D printers is raising questions for museums.

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Old School Pitchman's 11th Year At San Diego Fair

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The salesmen and women hawking their wares at the San Diego County Fair are trying to close the deal as the fair comes to a close. For an old school pitchman from New Jersey, selling is a way of life.

Creating A Portrait Of San Diego For The Stage

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The La Jolla Playhouse is planning to put a portrait of San Diego on stage, using living, breathing San Diegans. The production will feature 100 non-actors who reflect the city’s demographic makeup.

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La Jolla Sidesteps Public Art Hurdles By Going Private

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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.

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Commissioners Make Major Cuts To Public Art Program

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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.

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Donald Lipski Artwork Installed At New Central Library

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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.

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Get Buzzed When You're Blissed Out

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A computer engineer at UCSD is using the latest technology to help combat stress and encourage bliss.

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The New Children's Museum Increases Summer Hours

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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.

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Leonard Knight Makes A Visit To Salvation Mountain

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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.

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UCSD Grad Creates Language For HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

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When the creators of the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones” needed a made-up language, they hired a UCSD grad David Peterson.

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Prominent Local Architect Dies From Assault Injuries

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Many in the design and sports communities are mourning the loss of local architect and rugby player Graham Downes. He died Sunday from injuries suffered during an alleged assault at his home.

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The Ozzie And Harriet Of Arm Wrestling

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San Diegans Allen and Carolyn Fisher have been called the "Ozzie and Harriet of arm wrestling." They’re both world champions and have been married for 28 years. We visit their La Mesa home to learn more about the sport.

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The Case Of The Stolen Bonsai Trees

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Thieves recently broke into the Japanese Friendship Garden in the middle of the night and stole six bonsai trees. They were not the most valuable in the collection, but to those who practice the art of bonsai, such a loss represents years of meticulous work wasted.

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Music Made Miles Apart

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Some UCSD musicians will perform a concert this weekend with musicians from Massachusetts. Not that unusual — except that the concert will be on two stages: one here in San Diego, and the other in Massachusetts.

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Local Pioneering Music Journalist Dead At 64

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Pioneering music critic Paul Williams died Thursday at his home in Encinitas. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone says Williams was the founder of an influential music magazine called Crawdaddy!.

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Young Quintet Honors Parents Memory Through Music

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A San Diego string quintet has just returned from Washington D.C. where they played for members of the armed services. But it was more than a concert tour for the young quintet. It was a family trip.

An Old Globe Musical Puts An Aristocratic Spin On Murder

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"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" is musical-comedy about deadly intentions and unfortunate relatives.