Stories by 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival will hand out its tribute awards on Saturday, with Brit Marling receiving its Auteur Award.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
The San Diego Opera provides an underutilized service called audio description. It allows the visually impaired to enjoy an opera performance more fully.
- 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.
On Saturday, the Fire Garden in Bonsall hosts CoVen, a fire, circus, dance show featuring the multi-talented Anna Yanushkevich.
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.
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.
- Nov. 13, 2014
- By Nicholas McVicker
Local home brewers work along side craft brewers to push envelopes and improve local craft.
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.
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.
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.
Zombies are reanimated corpses that crave human flesh. But is that scarier than the real disorders that can affect the human brain?
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.
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.
The new musical "Bright Star" had its world premiere over the weekend at the Old Globe Theater.
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."
- 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
- July 18, 2014
- By Nicholas McVicker
The memory of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn endures in a painting being unveiled Saturday.
- July 15, 2014
- By Nicholas McVicker
The world's largest faceted sapphire rolled into San Diego on a tour of the West Coast.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The "Share Our Shores" program is part of a pilot curriculum to help students learn about the environment
Verdi’s "A Masked Ball" is an opera famous for its finale and -- SPOILER ALERT -- I'm going to tell you how it ends.
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.
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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