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Diversionary Theatre Creates Winter Wonderland For 'Santaland Diaries'

Dec. 4
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The forecast at Diversionary Theatre is for snow through Dec. 22. Find out how the creative team behind "Santaland Diaries" is creating a winter wonderland that goes beyond what's onstage.

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Vanguard Culture's Breakthrough: The Future Features Cutting Edge Science

Nov. 1
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

This weekend you don’t have to choose between events because Vanguard Culture brings together an eclectic mix of treats as it hosts Breakthrough: The Future.

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Let 'Toxic Avenger' Rip Your Heart Out At New Village Arts

Oct. 25
By Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, Roland Lizarondo

This weekend music lovers can choose between San Diego Opera’s "Aida" and New Village Arts’ "Toxic Avenger The Musical."

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OnStage Playhouse Brings 'Carrie: The Musical' Back To Life

Oct. 7
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

October is the month of Halloween and OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista has a production of "Carrie The Musical" to fit the season.

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Audrey II Comes To Carnivorous Life In 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

June 26
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Roger Corman's 1960 B-movie "Little Shop of Horrors" became a popular musical in the 1980s. Now it arrives at New Village Arts in Carlsbad with a slightly different look. The carnivorous plant Audrey II is usually a puppet voiced by a man but in this production African American actress and singer Eboni Muse takes on the role.

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San Diego Opera Presents 'Three Decembers' At Patrick Henry

March 7
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

San Diego Opera will be staging its dētour series chamber opera "Three Decembers" at Patrick Henry’s new PHAME auditorium.

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San Diego Opera's 'All Is Calm' Looks To Christmas Truce Of 1914

Dec. 6, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

In 1914, in the midst of a violent war, British, French and German soldiers engaged in an unofficial ceasefire to celebrate Christmas. San Diego Opera’s production of "All Is Calm" looks to the role song may have played in creating this moment of peace.

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Sculptor Tim Shaw Serves Up Immersive Installation 'Beyond Reason'

Oct. 26, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Northern Irish sculptor Tim Shaw has the first U.S. exhibit of his immersive installation "Beyond Reason" at San Diego Museum of Art. His psychologically charged environments raise questions about terrorism and abuse of power.

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San Diego Museum Of Art Features Mexican Sculptor Javier Marin

Sept. 14, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The Internet can provide a virtual gallery of almost anyone’s art. But seeing art such as Javier Marin’s striking sculptures up close is a completely different experience.

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San Diego Blues Man Tomcat Courtney Opens Up About His Life And Career

Oct. 10, 2013
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Roland Lizarondo

San Diego music legend, Tomcat Courtney stops by KPBS to tell stories and sing some songs.

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Behind The Scenes: 'Logan Heights'

Sept. 20, 2013
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Last weekend, playwright Josefina Lopez had two plays running in San Diego, the politically charged "Detained in the Desert" at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Shank Theater and the highly personal "Logan Heights" at Onstage Playhouse. The productions reveal the role community theater plays in telling these stories.

Bill Lee and the Swamp Critters

Gator By The Bay Celebrates Zydeco, Blues And Bayou Music

May 9, 2013
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Roland Lizarondo

A preview of San Diego's annual Cajun-fest, Gator by the Bay, with music from the band Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters.

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lê thi diem thúy decribes her novel, The Gangster We Are All Look For

Feb. 15, 2011
By Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego, Roland Lizarondo

The Gangster We Are All Looking For is the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection. Listen to a plot summary by the author, lê thi diem thúy, given during her visit to San Diego in February 2011.

Other stories featuring work by Roland Lizarondo

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Join KPBS For A Weeklong Look At San Diego's Climate Crisis

Sept. 16
By David Washburn

When many of us think of climate change, we still too often think of polar bears and the year 2100 — things far away and long into the future. But climate change is impacting us here and now.

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Study: California Could Lose Millions As Immigrants Begin Disenrolling From Healthcare Programs

Sept. 26
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

California could lose more than $500 million in federal funding if the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule goes into effect next month.

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Protesters Take Over San Diego Congressman Peters' Office

Sept. 26
By Erik Anderson

Environmental activists disrupted work at the San Diego office of Congressman Scott Peters on Friday to protest his refusal to back the Green New Deal.

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Pendleton Marines The Latest In A List Of Officials With Ties To Human Smuggling

Sept. 26
By Steve Walsh

The 13 Marines charged in military court are the most recent example of officials caught up in human smuggling. The Marines involvement dates back to at least the 1970s.

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San Diego's Military Hospitals Are Set To Combine With The Rest Of Military Medicine

Sept. 26
By Steve Walsh

The Defense Health Agency is taking over the administration of Army and Air Force medicine, combining it with Navy medicine, which includes the Marines , creating one command to serve all active duty military, retirees and their families.

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Free EV Rides For San Diego Drivers On Clean Air Day

Oct. 2
By Erik Anderson

Free rides in electric vehicles for San Diego drivers who might be considering making the switch from gas-powered vehicles.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Draws Big Crowd In First Campaign Visit To San Diego

Oct. 4
By Andrew Bowen

Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren told a captivated crowd of about 8,500 about her plans to tackle corruption and create big changes to the United States economy.

Abortion, Guns And Gay Rights On The Docket For Supreme Court's New Term

Oct. 7
Nina Totenberg / NPR

Separation of church and state, immigration and questions about impeachment could be on the table this term, which starts Monday and will almost surely be a march to the right on flashpoint issues.

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Police Video Shows One Officer Fatally Shooting El Cerrito Man While Partner Uses Taser

Oct. 9
By Claire Trageser

In late August, a 52-year-old man holding a shovel charged at officers. One of the officers shot and killed the man, while the other fired only his taser, according to a department spokesman.

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Newsom Visits San Diego And Takes Aim At California's Housing Crisis

Oct. 10
By Matt Hoffman

Gov. Gavin Newsom is touting a number of new laws that he hopes will slow rent increases and spur more affordable housing. In San Diego Wednesday, he highlighted a bill that provides more than $300 million to protect renters and homeowners.

San Diego City Council member Monica Montgomery...

San Diego Councilwoman Determined To Put More Teeth In Civilian Police Oversight

Oct. 10
By Andrew Bowen

Monica Montgomery is determined to avoid a repeat of the council's failure last year to place a measure on the ballot to strengthen civilian oversight of police officers.

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Losses Mount For East County Small Businesses After SDG&E Shuts Off Power

Oct. 11
By Matt Hoffman

KPBS spoke with two small business owners who said the food in their stores was going bad and they stood to lose thousands of dollars.

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Gun Show Promoters Vow To Challenge New Law Banning Gun, Ammo Sales At Fairgrounds

Oct. 15
By Matt Hoffman

Lawyers representing gun show promoters said they will expand an existing lawsuit to include their fight against a new state law that bans the sale of guns and ammo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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Average Test Scores Improve For San Diego Unified, But Some Achievement Gaps Widen

Oct. 16
By Joe Hong

San Diego Unified’s students beat out state and county averages on 2019’s state testing, raising math scores for the fifth year in a row.

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Without Walls Festival Showcases 22 Site-Specific Works

Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls, or WOW, Festival takes place at Arts District Liberty Station Thursday through Sunday. The site-specific performances are put on by both local and international companies.

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Violence In Mexico Driving Renewed Migration To The US

Oct. 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As violence reaches deeper into Mexican society, the number of Mexicans arrested at the U.S. southern border has steadily risen, bucking a yearslong decline.

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Local Athletic Directors Weigh-In On College 'Fair Pay For Play' Law

Oct. 29
By Matt Hoffman

While San Diego State is the only local university with a major football and basketball program, it's not the only school that could be impacted by the new state law allowing college athletes to profit from their images.

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San Diego Proposes Easing Church Parking Rules In Favor Of Housing

Oct. 30
By Andrew Bowen

City officials want to revamp parking regulations for houses of worship and other site geared toward public assembly to facilitate more home construction. The changes have been pushed by a group of housing activists calling themselves YIGBY, for "Yes in God's Backyard."

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Detentions At San Diego Border On the Rise

Nov. 1
By City News Service

The Border Patrol said it prevented 58,049 people from entering the United States without a visa between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.

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Trump Threatens To Cut Federal Fire Assistance To California, Local Fire Chief Says Aid Is Critical

Nov. 4
By Matt Hoffman

The Alpine Fire Protection District Chief said federal money is key for helping tackle wildfires and if it is lost, less crews will be fighting fires.

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Fourth Homeless Shelter To Open In San Diego

Nov. 5
By Matt Hoffman

The new shelter has 128 beds and is located in a section of the East Village with a large homeless population.

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SEAL Boat Operators Seek Their Own Independent History

Nov. 11
By Steve Walsh

Typically, linked to the Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crew are a separate unit with their own history, which is being told in a new book.

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Disembodied Brains Are Scary Or How Sci-Fi Influences Science

Nov. 22
By Beth Accomando

I wanted to visit a scientist in his lab in order to explore how science and science fiction inspire each other. The person I decided to visit was UCSD professor and neuroscientist Alysson Muotri who uses stem cells to study the brain.

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Hackers Welcome: Why Federal Regulators Are Welcoming Simulated Hacks In Hospital Settings

Nov. 26
By Shalina Chatlani

Hospitals are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. But some people are stepping up to spread awareness of the risks.

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New Homes Come Available As Baby Boomers Age Out Of Housing Market

Nov. 27
By Joe Hong

More than a quarter of homes in San Diego will change ownership in the next 20 years, thanks to the aging of baby boomers.

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City Heights Residents Using 'Get It Done' App To Clean Up Neighborhood

Nov. 27
By Ebone Monet

So far this year the city has received 21,538 reports from City Heights. That figure is second only to downtown.

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Diversionary Theatre Creates Winter Wonderland For 'Santaland Diaries'

Dec. 4
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The forecast at Diversionary Theatre is for snow through Dec. 22. Find out how the creative team behind "Santaland Diaries" is creating a winter wonderland that goes beyond what's onstage.

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How Will Hunter's Guilty Plea Affect The 50th District Race?

Dec. 4
By Priya Sridhar

Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter's resignation was not part of his plea deal on campaign finance crimes. But federal prosecutors believe it was understood by Hunter and his defense team.

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New City Heights Coffee Shop Owners Retain Commitment To Youth

Dec. 10
By Ebone Monet

City Heights Coffee House changes name and shifts focus from java to youth employment.

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MTS Leaders Discuss Possibilities For Transit Ballot Measure

Dec. 12
By Andrew Bowen

Metropolitan Transit System officials Thursday debated what public transit improvements should be in a potential tax measure for 2020 ballot. A key question is whether to fund a new trolley line or focus on improving the existing bus and trolley network.