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Stories by Nicholas McVicker

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival At 25

March 13
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off its 25th anniversary season on Thursday. Founder and executive director Ethan Van Thillo looks back on the festival's history.

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'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

Sept. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"Wild Goose Dreams" had its world premiere earlier this month at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. The play looks to a pair of displaced people looking to make connections.

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'Star Wars' Collector Shows Smaller Side Of Comic-Con

July 21, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez, Nicholas McVicker

While others look forward to the latest blockbuster trailers, some are on the hunt for Comic-Con's exclusive merchandise. Ramie Tateishi, who has been collecting R2-D2 robots for 40 years, explains why he attends the convention year after year.

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Bodhi Tree Concert Presents 'Brundibar,' A Children's Opera With A Devastating History

June 10, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Bodhi Tree Concerts is a nonprofit organization that performs “random acts of kindness” through music and art. It will be presenting "Brundibar," a charming children’s opera with a devastating history Saturday.

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LanDiego State 5 Expected To Bring Hundreds Of Gamers To SDSU For Tournament

April 29, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego State will play host Saturday to hundreds of gamers for LanDiego State 5. But San Diego is also host to a growing fighting game community.

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San Diego Museum Of Man Serves Up New Exhibit On Cannibals

March 15, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The San Diego Museum of Man hopes its new exhibit, Cannibals: Myth and Reality, will challenge visitors and maybe even push them out of their comfort zone in order to reconsider a taboo topic such as cannibalism from new angles.

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San Diego Opera Presents 'Tosca'

Feb. 16, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Love, villainy, murder — that's right, it’s opera season and passions are running high in San Diego Opera’s "Tosca." The opera has three remaining performances and will be broadcast on KPBS FM Saturday night.

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Mission Valley Gets A Fire Station

Nov. 2, 2015
By City News Service, Nicholas McVicker

After nine years of operating a temporary fire station in Mission Valley, the city of San Diego celebrated the grand opening of an $11.1 million permanent facility.

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Podcast Episode 33: SDFF Auteur Award Recipient Brit Marling

Sept. 30, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

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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Tiki Oasis Heads Into Space For 2015

Aug. 13, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Tiki Oasis boasts that it’s the biggest Tiki weekender on the planet — actually that’s been amended to “in the solar system” since this year’s theme is Yesterday’s Future Today.

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

June 29, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

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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'The Overnight' Is Like A Horror Film Where 'Sex Is The Monster'

June 26, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"The Overnight” (opening at AMC La Jolla 12 and Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas on June 26) has been stirring buzz since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. It's a raunchy comedy but with more than sex on its mind.

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Old Globe Presents Summer Shakespeare Films

June 25, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

It’s summer so that means Shakespeare takes the stage at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. But for its 80th anniversary, the Globe is adding a twist to the Summer Shakespeare season — films.

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San Diego Central Library Hosts 'The Art of Comic-Con'

June 19, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Comic-Con is only weeks away but to tide you over the San Diego Public Library will be partnering with Comic-Con International to present "The Art of Comic-Con," opening this Saturday.

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'Bright Star' Heads To Broadway

June 17, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

"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.

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Preview: '1913: Seeds of Conflict'

June 15, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

J Street, the self described political home for pro-Israeli, pro-peace Americans, is hosting a screening tonight of "1913: Seeds of Conflict," a documentary that explores how the seeds of today’s Middle East conflict were sown in Palestine during the Ottoman Empire.

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IDW Publishing Opens Doors To San Diego Comic Art Gallery

June 6, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Thursday night San Diego-based IDW Publishing opened the doors to the new San Diego Comic Art Gallery. The first exhibit is dedicated to Kevin Eastman, the comic book artist and writer who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984.

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'The White Snake' Conjures Up Some Magic At The Old Globe

April 10, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"The White Snake" (continuing through April 26 at the Old Globe Theatre) is an ancient tale about two snake spirits that learn how to transform into beautiful women and live on earth. It provides the perfect foundation for playwright and director Mary Zimmerman, who sees theater as a playground for the imagination.

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Audio Describers Bring San Diego Opera To Visually Impaired

March 6, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

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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World’s First Triathlon Commemorated In San Diego

Feb. 20, 2015
By Nicholas McVicker

Forty years ago last September, 46 track enthusiasts took to Fiesta Island one morning to bike, run and swim in Mission Bay.

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CoVen Lets Dancers Play With Fire

Jan. 21, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Christopher Maue, Nicholas McVicker

On Saturday, the Fire Garden in Bonsall hosts CoVen, a fire, circus, dance show featuring the multi-talented Anna Yanushkevich.

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Death Café: Tea And Cake Make Death More Palatable

Nov. 26, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego has more than a dozen Death Cafés where people get together to talk about death. If you think that sounds morbid, think again.

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Vista Embraces Craft Beer

Nov. 14, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego Beer Week draws to a close this weekend. The ten-day event is designed to showcase craft breweries including those in Vista where beer is booming.

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San Diego Craft and Home Brewers Collaborate To Promote Quality Beer

Nov. 13, 2014
By Nicholas McVicker

Local home brewers work along side craft brewers to push envelopes and improve local craft.

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San Diego Beer Week In Full Swing

Nov. 10, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego Beer Week kicked off over the weekend with multiple events including the sold-out Guild Fest on Saturday. Here's a taste of what's to come.

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Why Do We Love To Be Scared?

Oct. 30, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Halloween is big business. In addition to people spending millions on costumes, decorations and candy, 35 million people are estimated to attend some kind of haunted attraction. But if you think Disney Haunted Mansion is typical of what’s available, think again.

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San Diego's McKamey Manor Takes Haunting To Extremes

Oct. 24, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

A new trend in extreme haunts offers people the chance to have the “victim experience” and be made a participant in your own horror movie for up to eight hours. San Diego is home to McKamey Manor, one of the top-rated extreme haunts in the nation.

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Zombies Versus Real Science: Which Is Scarier?

Oct. 17, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Zombies are reanimated corpses that crave human flesh. But is that scarier than the real disorders that can affect the human brain?

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UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

Oct. 8, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh, Nicholas McVicker

There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in his new book.

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East County Filmmaker Makes Bid For Sundance

Oct. 6, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego filmmakers have a good track record being seen at the Sundance Festival. SDSU grad Destin Cretton scored with two of his films. Now East County resident Jesse Keller hopes his "Thane of East County" will also make the cut.

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'Bright Star' Premieres At Old Globe Theater

Sept. 15, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

The new musical "Bright Star" had its world premiere over the weekend at the Old Globe Theater.

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'Angels, Aliens And Drag Queens' At The Ocean Beach Playhouse

Aug. 7, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The Ocean Beach Playhouse has been enlivening the arts scene with theater, film and music for the past four years. Saturday they present their first standalone group art show "Angels, Aliens and Drag Queens."

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San Diego Leaders Want New System To Test Beaches' Water Quality

Aug. 1, 2014
By Nicholas McVicker and City News Service

A California bill would authorize local health officers to use what proponents say is a fast and inexpensive technique to test water quality.

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Rounding Up The Usual Suspects At 'Circustantial Evidence'

Aug. 1, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The Circus Collective of San Diego wants to expand awareness of the circus arts through the development and production of original shows such as "Circustantial Evidence: A Circus Noir Murder Mystery."

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Mayor Names New President To Head Civic San Diego

July 25, 2014
By City News Service, Nicholas McVicker

Reese Jarrett, former head of the defunct Southeastern Development Corp., was picked Friday to lead Civic San Diego, which oversees major development projects in the city.

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Comic-Con Begins!

July 23, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.

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Batman, Zombies And Whovians To Descend On Comic-Con

July 21, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Preview night for Comic-Con is Wednesday, but vendors are arriving already with the bigger, more elaborate booths beginning to be unloaded Monday at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Tony Gwynn Mural Rises Above San Diego's East Village

July 18, 2014
By Nicholas McVicker

The memory of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn endures in a painting being unveiled Saturday.

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Priceless Gems Make San Diego Stop

July 15, 2014
By Nicholas McVicker

The world's largest faceted sapphire rolled into San Diego on a tour of the West Coast.

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The Globe's 'Othello' Tackles Race, Gender, And The Mystery Of Iago

June 27, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Nicholas McVicker

With “Othello” (running through July 27), The Old Globe proves that Shakespeare’s 400-year-old plays are timeless because the themes he dealt with are human and universal.

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'El Henry' Gives Shakespeare A 'Mad Max' Spin

June 20, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Hilary Andrews, Nicholas McVicker

Shakespeare goes "Mad Max" as part of the La Jolla Playhouse/San Diego Rep Without Walls site-specific program. Go to the post-apocalyptic San Diego of “El Henry” (running through June 29 at SILO in Makers Quarter).

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AAAHHHRRRTTT!!!: A Star Wars Art Show

June 17, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

George Lucas' "Star Wars" films have inspired a diverse array of fan art and merchandise. Tuesday night Thumbprint Gallery serves up a one-night exhibit of 'Star Wars"-inspired works from San Diego artists.

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'Chasing The Song' Musical Goes 'Page To Stage' At Playhouse

May 23, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Christopher Maue, Nicholas McVicker

Last year La Jolla Playhouse debuted a play development program called DNA New Works Series. "Chasing the Song" was given a concert reading through that workshop and now it returns to the Playhouse for a Page-to-Stage production.

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Santee Brush Fire Flare-Up Fully Contained

April 30, 2014
By Claire Trageser, Nicholas McVicker, Susan Murphy, Tarryn Mento

The fire, which started Tuesday afternoon in the dry bed of the San Diego River on the east end of the Carlton Oaks Country Club, reignited Wednesday morning and threatened about a dozen homes.

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Museum Of Making Music: The Banjo

April 30, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad says its ultimate purpose is to make the world more musical. Visitors can get their hands on an electric banjo and make music as loud as they want at the museum’s new exhibit The Banjo; A New Day for an Old Instrument.

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San Diego Students Learn About Endangered Birds

April 29, 2014
By Brooke Binkowski, Nicholas McVicker

The "Share Our Shores" program is part of a pilot curriculum to help students learn about the environment

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Behind The Scenes: San Diego Opera's 'A Masked Ball'

March 7, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Verdi’s "A Masked Ball" is an opera famous for its finale and -- SPOILER ALERT -- I'm going to tell you how it ends.

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Behind The Scenes: DNA New Works Series

Feb. 20, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Developing new works is in the La Jolla Playhouse’s blood. Perhaps that’s why its DNA New Works Series is so appropriately named. Last year's inaugural series was a success and now begins the second season of this innovative play development program. 

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Behind The Scenes: The Globe's 'The Winter's Tale'

Feb. 7, 2014
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Barry Edelstein assumed the artistic directorship of the Old Globe at the end of 2012. But tonight marks the opening of the first play he has directed for The Globe, Shakespeare’s"'The Winter’s Tale."

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