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Stories by Katie Schoolov

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Larger Than Life 'Falstaff' Takes Center Stage At San Diego Opera

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William Shakespeare's character of Sir John Falstaff had a larger than life presence in the "Henry IV" historical plays and in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Those plays provide the inspiration for Verdi's opera "Falstaff" that San Diego Opera premieres Feb. 18 at the Civic Theatre.

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UCSD Lays Off 21 People From Department of Theater, Dance

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UCSD informed 21 members of the Department of Theater and Dance on Nov. 9 that their jobs would end in January.

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Celebrate Veterans Day With San Diego Opera's 'Soldier Songs'

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San Diego Opera kicks off its new Shiley dētour Series with David T. Little's contemporary "Soldier Songs."

Protests Continue In San Diego: 'I Woke Up ... And I Just Panicked'

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About 200 students protested Donald Trump's election as U.S. president at San Diego State Thursday. Wednesday night hundreds flooded the streets of downtown San Diego to denounce the election outcome.

On Final Day To Register, UC San Diego Leads In Voter Sign-Ups

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A student leading the effort says that for the first time UC San Diego is leading other University of California schools in the number of students registered to vote.

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San Diego Opera's 'Cinderella' Is Darker But Still Charming

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If you think of the Disney animated film any time someone mentions "Cinderella" then think again. The new San Diego Opera production of Rossini’s "Cinderella" is darker and more complex but just as charming.

Skyline Celebrates Opening Of New $13 Million Library

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A much larger Skyline Hills Library opened to the public Friday in southeastern San Diego.

Casino Traffic Eases Up In Jamul

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Concerns about persistent and widespread traffic tie-ups around a newly opened East County casino appeared to be unfounded Tuesday on its second day of operations.

A Circus At The Airport: San Diego's Artist Residency Entertains Travelers

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Three years ago, the San Diego International Airport underwent a $1 billion expansion and dedicated $6 million of that to adding artwork as a “calming distraction.” Now, they’ve added another form of artwork: the circus.

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Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

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The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

Podcast Episode 85: Mike Birbiglia On Comedy, Improv And Trust

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Mike Birbiglia's new film "Don't Think Twice" (expanding to more cities on Aug. 12) looks to an improv group experiencing some growing pains.

Makeup Artists Bring Characters To Life At San Diego Comic-Con

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Artists at the Cinema Makeup School booth at San Diego’s Comic-Con give fans a little taste of how they pull characters from comic book pages.

Residents Propose Alternatives To Sharp Rocks On Imperial Avenue

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Back in April, the city of San Diego placed rocks along Imperial Avenue to deter homeless people from setting up camp. Unhappy with the installation, some residents proposed alternative solutions to Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

'Bigoted Messages' Found In SDSU Campus Restroom

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SDSU President Elliot Hirshman sent out an email Tuesday morning in response to "hateful and bigoted messages" found in an Adams Humanities building restroom.

Terminally Ill San Diego Woman Plans To Take Advantage Of Aid-In-Dying Law

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For most people, death is an unplanned event. But not for San Diegan Eurika Strotto, who plans to take her own life just after California's End of Life Option Act takes effect in June.

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The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes To San Diego

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Without the First Folio, "Macbeth," "Antony and Cleopatra" and other Shakespearean plays might not exist today.

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'Great Scott' Gets West Coast Premiere At San Diego Opera

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Jake Heggie's new work explores what goes into producing an opera, poking fun at the genre with a wink at technical challenges and backstage melodrama.

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San Diego Opera Makes 'Madama Butterfly' Fresh

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Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" is one of the most popular and most often performed operas. San Diego Opera's production promises to bring something new to the classic.

San Diego's Baby Southern White Rhino Could Mean Scientific Breakthrough

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A baby southern white rhino born Saturday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may represent success for zoo researchers who have been working for eight years to solve the reproductive problems among the captive-born population.

Padres Face Dodgers In Opening Day Game At Petco Park

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Hundreds of fans gathered at an East Village block party celebrating the opening game.

Mama's Kitchen Delivers 8 Millionth Meal In San Diego County

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For the last quarter century, volunteers for the nonprofit has been bringing meals to people who are too sick to cook on their own.

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Get A Full-Body Workout And Defy Gravity At Tempest Freerunning Academy

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Tired of boring workouts? Then try Tempest Freerunning Academy in Vista for a full body workout that includes parkour, free running and defying gravity.

70 Years After Plane Crash, Pilot Finds Wreckage In San Diego Mountains

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Seventy years ago, the deadliest plane crash at the time happened in the mountains of eastern San Diego County. The wreck was lost for decades, until a Poway man unearthed it last year.

Windy Storm Pummeled San Diego County

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Cold weather is expected to persist Monday night after a storm brought violent winds leading to widespread power outages, toppled trees and one person's death when a tree crushed four cars in Pacific Beach.

San Diego Classes Revive Dying Art Of Tall Ship Sailing

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Now that the Maritime Museum's newest ship, the San Salvador, has been christened, San Diego boasts a fleet of four tall ships from four different centuries. Starting Wednesday, you can learn to sail them.

Aid-In-Dying Law Comes To California

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Beginning next year, terminally ill Californians will be allowed to request a lethal dose of drugs from a physician.

San Diego Loses Albie's Beef Inn And Its Nude Portraits

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There's no place like Albie's Beef Inn in San Diego. The old-school steakhouse and piano bar will shut down for good at the end of December after being in operation for more than 50 years.

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Preview: GI Film Festival Provides Context For Films

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San Diego Film Consortium and KPBS, in conjunction with The GI Film Group, are bringing the GI Film Festival to San Diego. It runs Tuesday through Sunday at multiple venues.

Renovation Of San Diego Homeless Veteran Shelter Celebrated

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The completion of a 15-year renovation project for homeless veterans at Veterans Village in the Midway District was celebrated Friday.

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Podcast Episode 33: SDFF Auteur Award Recipient Brit Marling

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The 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival will hand out its tribute awards on Saturday, with Brit Marling receiving its Auteur Award.

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Controversial German Director Leni Riefenstahl Inspires 'Amazons And Their Men'

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Diversionary Theatre has a new artistic director who wants to showcase new works. But "Amazons and Their Men," the first play of the 30th anniversary season, looks to the past to find insights into the future.

San Salvador Replica Debuts At Parade Of Sail

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The 200-ton full-scale replica of the first ship to sail into San Diego Bay in 1542 made its public debut as it voyaged across San Diego Bay Friday under engine power - something that explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's ship didn't have.

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Checking In On The California Center For The Arts In Escondido

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The California Center for the Arts in Escondido has faced some economic challenges in recent years, but it is now rebounding and about to launch its 2015-16 season.

Balboa Park Pool Closed Months Longer Than Expected

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The Bud Kearns Pool in Balboa Park was originally supposed to be closed from February until the end of April for repairs. Four months later, it’s still closed.

San Salvador Replica Christened Following 4 Years Of Construction

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The original San Salvador came to San Diego as the leader of three ships, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was looking for new trade routes from Mexico to Asia and Europe.

San Salvador Replica Floats To South Bay Shipyard

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San Diego Maritime Museum workers and volunteers have been working since 2011 to build the replica of the 500-year-old Spanish galleon ship that will make its formal debut in September.

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Globe's 'Twelfth Night:' The Bard, Caitlyn Jenner And Gender Fluidity

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What do Caitlyn Jenner and William Shakespeare have in common? Quite a bit, according to The Old Globe’s artistic director. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (running through July 26) takes on gender issues in a surprisingly resonant manner amidst the current media buzz of Bruce Jenner making the transition to Caitlyn Jenner.

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'Bright Star' Heads To Broadway

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"Bright Star," a musical created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is on its way to Broadway after premiering in San Diego. The play was developed and had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre last year.

San Diego Fast Food Workers Rally In 'Fight For 15'

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A group of fast food workers gathered in front of a Tierrasanta McDonald's asking for a higher minimum wage.

Replica San Salvador Ship Nears Completion

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Four years into the monumental task, reconstruction of the San Salvador is almost complete. The 200-ton Spanish Galleon brought the first European, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, to San Diego Bay nearly 500 years ago. Now, despite delays, it's expected to launch by the end of May.

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San Diego Opera Stages A New Mariachi Opera

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Once again San Diego Opera challenges preconceived notions about what opera is and expands the horizons about what it can be with the new mariachi opera "El Pasado Nunca se Termina" that has two performances this Saturday at the Civic Theater.

Remembering The Oklahoma City Bombing 20 Years Later

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Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. A memorial now stands where Timothy McVeigh's truck bomb exploded, killing 168 people.

Slab City's East Jesus Not Waiting For Bulldozers To Arrive

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An artists' collective in Slab City called East Jesus is fighting to keep its land — and the art its residents have created. The collective and Slab City are on state-owned land in Imperial County.

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'Selma '65' Looks At The Voting Rights Act And Famous Civil Rights March

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Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the last leg of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. To celebrate that historic event, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice will present a performance of Catherine Filloux's play, "Selma '65."

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'Nixon In China' And Why Modern Opera Can Be Scary And Exciting

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Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 changed international relations forever. You’d expect to find it in the history books but you might be surprised to see it as the inspiration for a modern opera. "Nixon in China's" director and soprano explain why a modern opera can be a scary and exciting thing.

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Audio Describers Bring San Diego Opera To Visually Impaired

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The San Diego Opera provides an underutilized service called audio description. It allows the visually impaired to enjoy an opera performance more fully.  

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Globe's 'The Twenty-Seventh Man' Finds Inspiration In Soviet History

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For the Globe’s new production of "The Twenty-Seventh Man" (running through March 22), playwright Nathan Englander found inspiration in an incident known as the Night of the Murdered Poets that took place under Stalin’s regime.

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Framing 'Don Giovanni' At The San Diego Opera

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San Diego Opera opened "Don Giovanni" over the weekend. Mozart's classic is performed often but this production aims for something both modern and rooted in the 18th century.

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Warning: 'Avenue Q' Contains Full Puppet Nudity

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Coronado Playhouse just extended its run of the musical "Avenue Q" through March 7. But don't be fooled by the cute puppets, this show is not for kids.

2,600 Visitors Climb California Tower Since Reopening

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Balboa Park's California Tower, which has been closed for 80 years, has attracted people from 20 different states since it reopened.

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