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San Diego Arts Round-Up: Bencotto, Diversionary Theatre, And Too Much Jazz?

Tons of interesting arts stories emerged over the last week. Culture Lust rounds 'em up so you don't have to. Read on...

U-T pop music critic George Varga has an inspiring story about a Del Mar-based musician with ALS who continues to make music with cutting edge technology, including mixing music using a reflective dot on his forehead instead of a computer mouse.

KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson reports on Tijuana's 28th annual book fair.


Mikel Toombs has a story about singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp, once a rising star in the Christian music scene, her trajectory stalled when she recently came out as a lesbian. Toombs says her new album is great.

SDSU's Musical Theatre program is still struggling for survival after state budget cuts.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego recently added new works to its collection.

Congrats to San Diego's Diversionary Theatre, which has been invited to the New York International Fringe Festival to perform Patricia Loughrey's tribute play "Dear Harvey."

SDNN's Pat Launer writes about a new play called "ReEntry." The development process for the play included multiple interviews with combat veterans at Camp Pendleton.


I'm anxious to try the new Italian restaurant in Little Italy, Bencotto. CityBeat says it's worth it.

Also in CityBeat, Todd Kroviak has a great piece on the shared experiences of music and sports fans.

It's "Memphis" vs. "Yank" in a San Diego showdown at next week's Drama Desk Awards, which honor the best in Broadway and off-Broadway theater.

Bob Pincus at the U-T has a profile of David Kahn, the director of the San Diego Historical Society and his big plans for the Society's collections and exhibition space at the San Diego History Center.

The Reader has an interview with the members of the band Steve Phillips and the Pescadero Pickers.

Voice of San Diego says it's a good time for San Diego restaurants to grow, despite the economic slump.

Are there too many jazz concerts in San Diego? George Varga ponders a could-be-worse musical dilemma.

Speaking of jazz concerts, learn more about jazz pianist Joshua White then go see him perform on the 27th at Dizzy's.

Check out these pics from the recent Los Campesinos! show at the San Diego Women's Club.

San Diegan Jeb P. Rebman, curator of botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum, found rare plants on Guadalupe Island.

Music blog Owl and Bear has an interview with the Shout Out Louds, who play the House of Blues on May 22nd.

The U-T has a fun story about a retired paleontologist who has a museum in his garage in Escondido.

Everyone is in love with Betty White right now, including SDNN.