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Ken Cinema Closing As A Landmark Theatre

This is a very disturbing development. Just what does Torrey Pines Management plan to do with an empty theater anyway?

Like so many in San Diego - I cut my cinematic teeth at the Ken. While I was a Graduate student at SDSU, I once rented Walter Cotton's Kensington house for the summer just so I could watch films sat the Ken nightly. To many of us - this is far more difficult to accept than the loss of the San Diego Opera...

April 15, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How To Make An Orc Sword

Thank you Beth for spending time with us this year...

December 19, 2013 at 11:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Frida Kahlo Paintings In San Diego: Do Audiences Know They're Copies?

The fact remains - the paintings are fakes. This attempt to profit from copies is antithetical to everything Frida struggled against in her lifetime. I and many other arts educators have discussed this at length, and the consensus seems to be to discuss the issues and ethical problems here with our students - and then recommend that this type of exhibit not be patronized.

I appreciate Alessandra's honest assessment, as well as the other arts professionals in this article. Great reporting Angela!

November 25, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Joe Hill On His New Book 'NOS4A2'

Just listened to your Joe Hill NOS$A2 piece.

Brilliant interview Beth, and nice production too. KPBS is lucky to have you on staff.

In as far as not liking the content of a passage during one's lunch hour: I suppose it is asking too much to just reach over and change the station. I do it all the time because as a listener - I am in control of what I listen to...

May 21, 2013 at 7:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kiss Statue Leads To Resignations, Disappointment

Where else but at the SDUPD can you find boosters and supporters of a multi-millionaire hobbyist suggesting educated, working class advisors as elitist while dismissing their own experts as making "creative decisions"? The Port Commissioners have rejected art that they did not like (nor understand) by reputable artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Nancy Rubins, Vito Acconci, and many other artists while entertaining cheap copies and appropriated designs by non-artists, architects and developers. Who is elitist?

At the heart of this is a 20-year legacy of unelected (and thus unaccountable to the public) patronage appointees making decisions about public art while listening to neither art experts nor the public. If this unattributed copy of Alfred Eisenstaedt's V–J Day in Times Square is built - it is certain to be every bit as popular as the "Cardiff Kook" for many of the same reasons…

March 16, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Port Says Kissing Statue Can Stay If Money Is Raised

Seriously? Is this really the best we can do by our Veterans - a cheesy copy of an iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph? Everyone has seen the photograph – so why are we feeding people what they already know about a special moment in New York instead of telling visitors about San Diego’s great Military heritage?

The work looks a lot like a plastic statue from a 99 Cent store. If we are going spend a million dollars on a piece of off the self kitsch - why not just buy a giant statue of Elvis covered in sequined uniform? I am willing to bet that would be even more "popular" than this current pastiche - something that is far more appropriate as a midway attraction at the Del Mar Fair than the Midway Museum.

Why are we always settling for the cheap and the shoddy when it come to Public Art in the San Diego? Why not raise the money and solicit proposals to see what our options are? Let the Veterans choose how they wish to be honored from a range of great ideas. After all - they did a really good job of designing the Vietnam Memorial and the National WWII Memorial. By the way - only San Diego is going to settle for less - the other cities that hosted "Unconditional Surrender" did not want it.

This will not be the kind of icon proponents hope it will be - but it will brand us as a community who was unwilling to make a meaningful effort to honor our Vets with a monument unique and specific to their heritage here in San Diego.

March 7, 2012 at 8:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Curious Origins Of The Wings of Freedom Sculpture

Hi Angela: My history with SDUPD goes back more than 20 years when I was brought in to meetings and hearings as a Public Art peer advisor (I was the former Public Art Coordinator for the City of Carlsbad, and I teach sculpture and public art at Grossmont College. I also am a practicing public Artist). Even at that time, the Port Commissioners ignored the advice we offered on how to build and administrate a successful Public Art Program.

I have attended innumerable SDUPD meetings in the past, and frankly I feel I have done my part to promote and guide Culture and Public Art in San Diego (I co-authored the proposal and studies to convert the San Diego Navel Training Center into what has now become Liberty Station, as well as several other initiatives in the region).

My personal frustration with the Port District is that they never trust or listen to experts in our community, and they are dismissive of advice from Public Artists, Arts Administrators and Consultants they retained over the years. Instead Port Commissioners make decisions based upon non-existent criteria and often bypass the very processes they set up for Public Art projects. That micro-management is why the Port has experienced so many misfires and cancelled proposals over the years.

After all these years, I have not decided yet if I will become involved in this issue at this time. I will give it some thought, but my sense is that the culture of the board (who is unelected and therefore unaccountable to the voters) is entirely too enamored with the developers and firms they hire for voices like my own to make any difference.

If in fact the developer already has $35,000,000.00 donated to build this - these hearings probably are Pro-forma, and the decision has already been made at this point behind closed doors. That is business as usual in San Diego.

November 17, 2011 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Curious Origins Of The Wings of Freedom Sculpture

Great report Angela.

All I have to say is – seriously? Another sculpture as a signature "hood ornament" plopped down in front of a problematic redevelopment design? We have now suffered through proposals for 5 hideous whales ($50,000.000.00), a third rate plastic copy of an Alfred Eisenstaedt iconic photo, and now a huge ($35,000,000.00) meaningless abstraction called "Wings of Freedom”.

When will San Diego Unified Port District Commissioners, the pier redevelopment team, and the Midway Museum board ever learn that grand gestures make very poor public art? How do you explain that distorting and enlarging a questionable design out of context and behind closed doors, architects end up designing more architecture – not art? And don’t try to convince us that architects are public artists.

SDUPD seems to be aimless and clueless when it comes to Art in Public Places. For $35,000,000.00, SDUPD could commission and own one of the largest collections of Sculpture and Public art in the entire nation - if not the world, and put this city on the world's cultural map.

Limited vision and parochial imaginations continue to doom this city to perpetual mediocrity, and this is a prime example why public art is too complex to be hyped and promoted within an architectural/developer feedback loop system.

We have many great public artists here locally including Robert Irwin. We will never have decent Public Art in San Diego until we learn to trust and draw upon their expertise.

November 17, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Hi Beth:

I am a little late getting a comment posted here on this review.

At this point, the only way I could sit through this movie would be if someone decided to duct tape me to a theater seat against my will. I appreciate the fact that you are here to take on this obligatory task so people like myself can get a informed analysis of what this type of film might offer - if anything.

But then again, I need to be honest and state that I am more of an Ang Lee, Eat Drink Man Woman type of film buff then a Eat, Pray, Love movie type. From what I have heard and seen regarding this movie so far – your comment "Eat, Pray, Gag" is accurate.

One positive aspect of the film: at least it appears that they served bread sticks with lunch, and that should appeal to the Olive Garden crowd…

August 18, 2010 at 1:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )