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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Matilda To Rapper Ric Scales To Drive-Through Art

July 9
By Julia Dixon Evans

Junior Theatre's Matilda, San Diego Writers Festival, Ric Scales and The Old Globe, an art auction through SDSU visual art department and Bread & Salt, and the IN Gallery's drive-through art show

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Rediscovering 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door'

July 9
By Beth Accomando

Today's Black Lives Matter protests are a manifestation of anger and frustration that has been brewing for centuries and those feelings were brilliantly conveyed in both the film "The Spook Who Sat By The Door," which was based on Sam Greenlee's book and was only briefly released in 1973.

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Oceanside Native Brit Bennett Discusses Her New Novel, 'The Vanishing Half'

July 8
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

The novel reveals the personal experience of what it’s like to be defined by the color of your skin.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 197: Black Films That Matter

July 3
By Beth Accomando

Comic book writer David F. Walker ("Shaft," "Luke Cage") recommends some films from Blaxploitation Cinema to the present day that help provide context and insight into current protests over police brutality and racism.

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New Work By Gill Sotu Explores Disparities In American Independence

July 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

"I Pledge Allegiance," is a new poem by San Diego poet and artist Gill Sotu, released for the Fourth of July holiday through a partnership with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.

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San Diego Black Panther Chairman Gives Context To Current Protests

June 30
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Black Panther Party chairman Henry Lee Wallace V looks to the 1960s to provide context for today's protests.

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Author Writes Memoir About Forgiving Her Parents Who Struggled With Addiction

June 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stephanie Danler, who came to fame several years ago with her novel, "Sweetbitter," has written a memoir about her parents struggle with addiction and her own struggle to overcome that legacy. It's called "Stray."

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6 Books By Black Authors To Put On Your Summer Reading List

June 18
Alexandra Bacaj

We're here to help you with your summer reading list by recommending novels by black authors, featuring Brit Bennett, Jesmyn Ward, Kwame Alexander, Esi Edugyan, Imbolo Mbue and Yaa Gyasi.

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When The Arts Go Dark Inside Correctional Facilities, Poetic Justice Goes Old School

April 15
By Julia Dixon Evans

For the incarcerated women at Las Colinas in Santee, 'lockdown' has a different meaning and one nonprofit aims to lessen the emotional impact through continued restorative writing practice

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 190: Using 'Contagion' And Pop Culture As Teaching Tools

March 25
By Beth Accomando

The film "Contagion" and the book "World War Z" are fictional accounts of global pandemics but can they teach us something about the real coronavirus pandemic that we are currently facing.

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San Diegans Getting Out In The World By Reading At Home

March 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Are you tired of binge-watching ‘“Call the Midwife” or “Peaky Blinders?” Are your kids bored with “SpongeBob?” A great antidote to television overload is that old standby, a good book. Whether physical or virtual, there are lots of choices in both content and access.

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UC San Diego Professor Uses 'Contagion' Film To Teach Epidemiology

March 23
By Beth Accomando

Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film "Contagion" was so accurate in depicting a pandemic that UC San Diego professor Joel Wertheim uses it to teach a class on epidemiology.

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Jac Jemc's Short Story Collection, 'False Bingo' Is Strangely Happy And Happily Strange

March 18
By Julia Dixon Evans

A new short story collection from new UC San Diego professor Jac Jemc showcases quiet, troubled relationships

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San Diego Arts And Artists Go Digital During Coronavirus Closures

March 18
By Brooke Ruth, Julia Dixon Evans, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego artists, art museums, galleries and performing arts groups are finding ways to still share their art while traditional spaces and gatherings are canceled.

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Coronavirus Forces Cancellation Of San Diego Film Festivals

March 16
By Beth Accomando

On March 12, what was to be the opening day of the 27th annual Latino Film Festival, organizers announced that the festival would not be taking place following Gov. Gavin Newsom placing a ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people.