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Stories by Angela Carone

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San Diego Opera Board Off To Slow Start

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With only one month left to right the ship, sources tell KPBS the board needs to show more progress.

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San Diego Opera Extends Final Act

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Opera closure postponed by two weeks and board opts to salvage 2015 anniversary season.

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Drama At San Diego Opera Enters Second Act

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Directors of the San Diego Opera meet Monday to reexamine their vote to shutter the venerable arts institution. Some board members say they didn't have all the information they needed, including an internal investigation into management's tactics.

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Balboa Park Centennial Committee Members Apologize For Failure

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The committee in charge of planning a yearlong party in 2015 at Balboa Park spent $2.6 million that came from taxpayers, and now the group is out of business. KPBS interviewed committee members, museum leaders and community members to find out what went wrong.

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MCASD La Jolla Chooses Architect For Expansion

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MCASD has chosen New York-based Selldorf Architects to design an expansion planned for the La Jolla museum.

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Del Mar House Provides Artists Sanctuary, For Now

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In an enclave in Del Mar, a group of artists have transformed a dated, rundown home into an artist community and gallery space. But they don’t own the house, and the house has a date with the wrecking ball.

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UC San Diego Researchers Try To Quiet Noisy Hospitals

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Hospitals can be noisy places, which makes it tough for patients to sleep and heal. At a UCSD lab, researchers are using technology to cut through the clamor and create some peace and quiet in clinical settings.

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Ayad Akhtar's Muslim-American Culture Clash Comes To La Jolla Playhouse

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A play about clashing generations in a Muslim family opens at the La Jolla Playhouse. “The Who and the What” was written by Ayad Akhtar, who won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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Critics Honor Best In San Diego Theater

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A musical that premiered in San Diego and is now on Broadway took home top honors at the 2013 Craig Noel Awards, which celebrates the best in San Diego theater.

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Leonard Knight, Creator of Salvation Mountain, Dies At 82

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Leonard Knight devoted his life to painting a desert mountain that carried the message 'God is Love.' He died Monday in El Cajon.

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Art Rescued By 'Monuments Men' At San Diego Museum of Art

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"The Monuments Men," staring George Clooney, opens this weekend. The true story of how these men rescued artwork looted by the Nazis in World War II has a San Diego connection.

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Christo Talks About His Artwork, Jeanne-Claude And Garlic

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A conversation with the artist Christo, about his career, working without his longtime collaborator and wife, Jeanne-Claude, and the new exhibit at MCASD La Jolla.

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Christo Lectures At MCASD To Open Exhibit

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The artist Christo, known for large scale works like The Gates in Central Park, will lecture at MCASD in conjunction with a new exhibit of his work.

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Brother Artists Exhibit Craft And Memories At Mingei

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The work of two brothers who make obsessively detailed art is now on view at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The artists tap their shared family memories for inspiration.

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Homegrown Musician Performs With Daft Punk At Grammys

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A musician who grew up in San Diego will be on stage this weekend at the Grammy Awards. The bass guitarist had a role in one of the biggest hits of the year.

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Artist David Adey's Ambitious New Solo Exhibit At La Jolla Gallery

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If artist David Adey has an idea, he's going to figure out how to execute it; Adey’s new show at the Scott White Contemporary Art gallery in La Jolla offers more big ideas brought to life.

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Tim Mays Talks 25 Years Of Running The Casbah

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For fans of alternative rock music, The Casbah on Kettner Boulevard had been a promised land for 25 years. We talk to co-founder and owner Tim Mays about The Casbah's anniversary.

Year In Review 2013: Top San Diego Arts & Culture Stories

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KPBS arts and culture reporter Angela Carone looks back on one of the biggest stories of the year: The opening of the new central library in downtown San Diego.

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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.