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Stories by Angela Carone

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'Zoot Suit' Returns To SD Rep Stage

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A modern classic, and the first Chicano play to be presented on Broadway, gets a fresh staging.

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Old Globe Offers Autism Friendly Grinch

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The Old Globe’s annual production of "Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a tradition for many San Diego families. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says this year, the Globe will make it easier for children with autism to enjoy the holiday musical.

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Playhouse Apology At Casting-Controversy Forum

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A healthy and important discussion about the casting controversy at the La Jolla Playhouse unfolded after yesterday's matinee performance of "The Nightingale." KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone was there and brings us this recap.

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Local Director Wins National Theater Grant

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One of San Diego’s local theater directors won a national grant and is heading to Washington DC. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says the grant comes with $75,000 and the chance to learn from a theater veteran.

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Casting Controversy Shadows La Jolla Playhouse's 'Nightingale'

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A new play at the La Jolla Playhouse is set in China but there are few Asians in the cast. The creators say the multi-racial cast compliments the fairy tale structure. Critics say it's another example of racial insensitivity in an industry with few opportunities for Asian actors.

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Moonlight Stage Productions: Building A Lasting Theater Community In Vista

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After 32 years as artistic director, Moonlight Stage Productions founder Kathy Brombacher is retiring. But the shows will go on in Vista's beloved outdoor amphitheater and indoor playhouse.

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Finding Humor In Uncharted Territory

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Two San Diegans take to Comic-Con to find new fans for their own creation—a comedy series for web about an unlikely topic: Antarctica.

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Leonardo da Vinci vs. Michelangelo, The Painting Wars

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If a UCSD professor is right, a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci may be hidden behind a wall in Florence. While his search continues, a play at the Old Globe explores the painting’s origins. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says those origins involve a duel, not of swords, but of paint brushes.

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Weekend Preview: 'Divine Rivalry,' The Silent Comedy And Walking Urban Food Tours

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From new theater productions to live music to walking food tours, there's no excuse to get out and play this weekend.

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Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles

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Grammy-winning artist Roberta Flack has a new album out, and is playing two shows with the San Diego Symphony this weekend.

Fire Up The Grill This Summer

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Grilling is an American pastime - on the 4th of July and all summer long. We'll get grilling tips from Sam the Cooking Guy, author of the cookbook "Just Grill This."

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Art In An Unlikely Place: An Ocean Beach Public Bathroom

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A long-awaited public restroom opens on Ocean Beach, complete with a ceiling of art.

Study Reveals Arts Impact In City And County

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A national study reveals the impact of arts spending in San Diego city and county. The national study also provides comparisons to cities and counties of comparable size.

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Weekend Preview: 'Blood and Gifts,' Encinitas Foodie Fest And Kevin Nealon

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Comedy, drama, gluttony and fairies: this weekend has it all.

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Airport's Lindbergh Mural Coming Down

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For 15 years, travelers to and from the airport have been greeted by a prominent mural of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s reign on the side of the airport’s commuter terminal is coming to an end.

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From Local Stage To Broadway: 'Hands On A Hardbody'

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San Diego theaters have a great track record of sending plays to Broadway. We look at the latest export, the La Jolla Playhouse's "Hands on a Hardbody," and follow the path from regional stage to the Great White Way.

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California's Foie Gras Food Fight

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On July 1st , California will be the first state in the nation to ban foie gras, which is the fatty liver of a duck or goose. It’s being banned because of the way it’s harvested, which some say is cruel to the animals. Here in San Diego, animal rights activists are declaring victory while chefs and foodies cringe in horror.

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La Jolla Playhouse-Launched 'Peter And The Starcatcher' Wins Big At Tonys

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The inventive "Peter and the Starcatcher" won five Tony awards at last night's ceremony. The story with origins in Peter Pan - but for adults! - got an early start at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009 as part of the Page to Stage program.

San Diego Spends More On Arts Than Cities Of Same Size

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A new study reveals the impact of arts spending in San Diego city and county. The national study also provides comparisons to cities and counties of comparable size.

'Hoodoo Love' Brings The Blues To Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company

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A new play about a young woman who dreams of being a blues singer opens this month at Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.

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Editorial Cartoonist Takes On Kiss Statue

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U-T editorial cartoonist Steve Breen provides his commentary on the now departed "Unconditional Surrender," also know as the "Kiss Statue."

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Kiss Statue Taken Down, Replacement Scheduled By End Of Year

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Workers today began removing the statue of a sailor kissing a nurse near the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San Diego's downtown waterfront.

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'Hands On A Hardbody' Heads To Broadway

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The musical about an endurance competition to win a truck is headed to Broadway. "Hands on a Hardbody" is currently having its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse.

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Designing A Hit Restaurant

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Today’s foodie culture has everyone talking about food and where it comes from. But it’s not just the food that makes the dining experience special. It’s also the ambiance and design of a restaurant.

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'Ramp It Up' Brings Skateboarding To The Museum Of Man

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A new exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man celebrates the vibrancy of Native American skateboarding culture.

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Controversial 'Scottsboro Boys' At Old Globe

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"The Scottsboro Boys" may be the most controversial musical you'll see in San Diego all year.

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Trey Anastasio Talks Musicals And Hardbodies

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A real-life contest where contestants compete in a "hands-on" endurance test to win a brand-new hard body truck is the inspiration for the La Jolla Playhouse's new musical.

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Unearthing Barrio Logan's Hidden Artistic Past

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KPBS Midday Edition speaks with reporters Kelly Bennett and Angela Carone about the city's plans to restore and re-install the historic murals once housed in Barrio Logan's Aztec Brewing Co. in the '30s and '40s.

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Let's Talk Tupac: Creepy, Amazing, Or Both?

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The video of slain rapper Tupac Shakur as a hologram has gone viral since his (its) performance at Coachella Sunday night. Let's discuss - is it creepy, amazing, or both?

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Long-Hidden Brewery Art to Emerge

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After languishing in storage for a quarter-century, colorful artwork from a historic Barrio Logan brewery will soon be uncrated and seen again. This is the second in a two-part series reported together with Voice of San Diego.

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A Brewery's Vivid Artwork, Mothballed for Years

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A brewery built in Barrio Logan after Prohibition contained bright murals and colorful windows, furniture and even ceiling beams. The property is now a parking lot, and the art's been sitting in storage for more than two decades. This is the first of a two-part series reported together with Voice of San Diego.

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Conversation Swirls Around Permanent Kiss Statue

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As news spread that over half the funds have been raised for a permanent, bronze version of "Unconditional Surrender," comments on the web and social media reflect a divided public.

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$600,000 Already Raised For Permanent Kiss Statue

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Officials from the USS Midway Museum have raised over half the funds necessary to build a permanent version of "Unconditional Surrender," aka the "kiss statue," in the same spot along the Embarcadero where the current version stands.

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Weekend Preview: Taste Of Julian, Taj Mahal And 'Ripples From Walden Pond'

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Theatergoers, foodies and music lovers can all rejoice this weekend, and enjoy a variety of events and activities.

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Coachella Comes To San Diego

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The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend. But if you don't have tickets to the sold-out event, don't despair. Several of the bands are playing smaller venues here in San Diego.

Roundtable: Health Care Reform, Mayor's Race, Padres Sale

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Today on the Roundtable, reporters discuss health care reform in the Supreme Court, the San Diego mayor's race and the troubled Padres sale.

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Weekend Preview: Art After Dark, The Nervous Wreckords And New Comedy Club

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Whether you're looking for outdoor daytime adventures or you prefer indoor nighttime art, music and comedy events, we've got you covered. Here are some of this weekend’s highlights.

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SACRA / PROFANA And Choral Music For The iPod Generation

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A local choral ensemble will perform "The Little Match Girl Passion”, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition by David Lang, which fuses Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion” with the Hans Christian Andersen short story “The Little Match Girl”.

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Kiss Statue Leads To Resignations, Disappointment

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The 25-foot sculpture of a sailor kissing a nurse may be popular with tourists on San Diego’s waterfront, but not with members of the Port’s public art committee. Today two of its members resigned in frustration.

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Weekend Preview: Nortec Collective, Paper Airplane Fest And Surf-Inspired Art

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Drama, music, anime, surf-inspired art AND paper airplanes? Start planning your weekend now.

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The 'Unconditional Surrender' Saga Continues

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The controversial statue of a sailor kissing a nurse could become a permanent fixture on San Diego’s waterfront. Last week the Port of San Diego’s Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a bronze version of the statue. The move has angered members of the Port’s new public art committee.

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New Findings In Search For Lost da Vinci

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New evidence suggests UC San Diego researchers are on the right track in their search for a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting they believe is hidden behind another mural in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

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Local Photographer Goes Behind Famous Photographs

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San Diego photographer Tim Mantoani has been on a labor of love, making portraits of great photographers and their iconic images for the last six years.

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A Robot Star Is Born At Ion Theatre

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San Diego’s Ion Theatre in Hillcrest may be small, but they work big and bravely. This is especially true of their current production. It calls for a 10 member cast, a child actor, video and sound projections, and the biggest challenge of all – five robots.

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What's New In Local Music

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San Diego CityBeat's annual "Local Music Issue" is out today. From experimental electronica to hip-hop, music editor Peter Holslin and writer Quan Vu give us the lowdown on what's new and exciting in San Diego's music scene.

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The Car's The Thing In 'The Car Plays'

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Here in Southern California, it may seem like we spend half our lives driving. Now a local theater is asking us to spend even MORE time in our cars...watching plays.

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New Video From The Tree Ring

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Local indie darlings The Tree Ring have a new music video that's chock full of pastoral loveliness. Take a gander.

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High Tech High Students Learn Art Of Storytelling With Sound

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Seniors at High Tech High tell engaging stories using only sounds. Led by teacher and sound artist Margaret Noble, we find out what the students have to say about the experience.

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A Rap Song About Downton Abbey

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A rap song about sipping tea, property law, and all things Downton Abbey by my hero for the day, Adam WarRock.

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'Parade' At Cygnet Exposes Dark Chapter In U.S. History

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The controversial 1913 trial and conviction of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory worker accused of raping and murdering a thirteen-year-old girl in Atlanta, Georgia, provides the backdrop for a new production at Cygnet Theatre.