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    Mesa College's Golden Scissors Fashion & Awards Show
    by DIANA CAVAGNARO
    May 19, 2019 | 13515 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sarah Wilcox won the Best Collection. / DIANA CAVAGNARO / VILLAGE NEWS
    Sarah Wilcox won the Best Collection. / DIANA CAVAGNARO / VILLAGE NEWS
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    Model wears first place in the Upcycle Category, won by Susan Martin. / DIANA CAVAGNARO / VILLAGE NEWS
    Model wears first place in the Upcycle Category, won by Susan Martin. / DIANA CAVAGNARO / VILLAGE NEWS
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    San Diego Mesa College presented the 38th annual Golden Scissors Fashion & Awards Show at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina on May 3. The show featured runway creations by Mesa College Fashion Design students. The event is a group effort produced by the Mesa College Fashion Promotion students, hair and makeup by the San Diego City College Cosmetology Department, entertainment by Mesa students and dancers of the San Diego Mesa Dance Company. A select few students from Continuing Education from the San Diego Community College District were invited to walk the runway. A silent auction began the event with donations from local businesses and a special VIP reception. The theme for the evening was “Forces of Fashion.” Program directors Meegan Feori, Susan Lazear, and Jordyn Smiley welcomed the crowd and got this anticipated fashion show started. The students had worked all year for this moment. Juliet Sailo took home a first place award for Career Wear, and the Clubwear category. Jenneva Borboa was awarded a first place ribbon for Costume-Influenced and for the Evening Section. Madison Gooden had the privilege of winning for the Weekend Wear segment and was given the Best of Show for Workmanship. The president of Mesa College, the deans, and administrators modeled the hats in the Millinery section. Every year, the students can’t wait so see which hat Dr. Pamela T. Luster will pick to walk down the runway. This year the honor went to Anne Wickizer. Eduardo Torres took home the first place award for the Millinery section and Guadalupe Saucedo for Millinery Continuing Education. Additional first place awards were given to: Suzan Peterson for the Forces of Fashion, Paula Buendia for Sustainability, and Haja Hidra for Gender Neutral. One of the most delightful sections was the Children’s Dresses. Alice Chao took the first place award for this crowd pleaser. The evening continued with a first place ribbon to Susan Martin for the Upcycle division and Sarah Wilcox for the Best Collection. Mike McKinney was recognized with an Ambassador award and Trang Mai was given the Rising Star award. Marine Weiss received the first place award for the Technology segment and also received Best of Show for Creativity. The fashion program at Mesa College is a two-year college degree that prepares the students for a career in the fashion industry. There are three areas to specialize in: fashion merchandising, fashion design or fashion consulting. The proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for fashion students. For more information about this program, visit sdmesa.edu or email professor Jordyn Smiley at jsmiley@sdccd.edu. Upcoming events - Friday, May 24 – Cocktails & Couture featuring a fashion show with Lizz Russell designs at the Westgate Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to GBS/CIDP San Diego Chapter Awareness Fundraiser. For more information, visit westgatehotel.com. - Friday, May 31 – Luncheon and fashion show fundraiser “America’s Finest Fashion Show: A Salute to San Diego’s 250th Anniversary” to benefit the Vista Hill Foundation, presented by Gretchen Productions at the Town & Country Hotel. For info: 858-449-8060. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com.
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    This National Burger Month — take a bite of the beach’s best and most bodacious burgers
    by DAKOTA CAMPAGNA 
    May 18, 2019 | 3578 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Grass Run Farms Beef Burger from George’s at the Cove.
    The Grass Run Farms Beef Burger from George’s at the Cove.
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    The Cali Beach Burger from Beach Burger.
    The Cali Beach Burger from Beach Burger.
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    The Nacho Hangover Burger from Hennessey’s Tavern.
    The Nacho Hangover Burger from Hennessey’s Tavern.
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    One of the ultimate “American foods” is the hamburger. Almost every restaurant menu includes some kind of burger made of beef, bison or beans, and topped with everything from bacon and eggs to avocado and aïoli, while served on a variety of brioche, buttermilk or ciabatta buns. But no matter what kind of burger hits the spot for you, while visiting the beach communities in May, celebrate National Burger Month by sampling some of the best in San Diego. To help you out, the San Diego Community Newspaper Group offers some savory suggestions: LA JOLLA BEACH BURGER — One of the most popular is the Cali Beach Burger, which includes Monterey Jack cheese, fresh avocado, Thousand Island dressing, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, on a toasted bun. This eatery is just the spot you need to grab a quick, delightful burger before heading to La Jolla Shores. 2152 Avenida De La Playa 858-352-6248 beachburgersd.com HENNESSEY’S TAVERN – You know this restaurant specializes in burgers when instead of “employee of the month,” it has “burger of the month.” This month’s winner is the Nacho Hangover Burger, which includes a traditional patty, bacon, nacho cheese, fried onions, tater tots, fried egg, and jalapeño slices. This neighborhood restaurant has an old-school feel with second-floor deck. 7811 Herschel Ave. 858-551-8772  hennesseystavern.com GEORGE’S AT THE COVE — One of their best is the Grass Run Farms Beef Burger. This burger includes house spread, lettuce, tomato, pickles, caramelized onions, and comes with a side of fries. There is also the option to add cheddar or blue cheese, bacon, or avocado to go with the spectacular views. 1250 Prospect St.  858-454-4244 georgesatthecove.com SMASHBURGER — This well-known burger joint is a popular spot for all the burger lovers. There are so many to try, but one that should be on your list is the Spicy Baja with Guac made with fresh sliced jalapeños, guacamole, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, onion, and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun. You also have the option to order this burger as a single or double. 1000 Prospect St.  858-900-3355 smashburger.com HARRY’S COFFEE SHOP — This might just seem like a breakfast place by name, but it’s much more. They serve both breakfast and lunch items, and one of the “local’s favorites” you might want to try is their old school Patty Melt – a hamburger patty with cheddar cheese served on grilled rye bread with hash-browns (make sure to ask for grilled onions). 7545 Girard Ave. 858-454-7381 harryscoffeshop.com DUKE’S LA JOLLA — With one of the most stunning views in San Diego, this restaurant has many options for outside seating; as well as delectable burgers. Absolutely try the Chef’s Cheeseburger that includes a half-pound Angus chuck, brisket, and hanger grind, smoked cheddar, bacon jam, pickled Maui onions, arugula, and a ciabatta bun with fries. 1216 Prospect St. 858-454-5888 dukeslajolla.com PACIFIC BEACH ROCKY’S CROWN PUB — The go-to must-have burger in San Diego is the half-pound cheeseburger with a combination of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions (gilled or raw), pickles and mayonnaise. It’s simple, yet delicious. Constantly rated as one of the best burgers in America’s Finest City, after one bite, you’ll understand why. Rocky’s is a cash-only restaurant with a menu of only burgers and fries – so don’t try to order chicken or salad – and don’t come in with attitude. Just sit back and enjoy a burger, beer and the Padres on TV. 3786 Ingraham St.  858-273-9140  rockyburgers.com BARE BACK GRILL — This New Zealand-themed eatery serves many spectacular burgers, but the one that stands out is the Hogs and Heffers Burger. Loaded with 100 percent organic beef, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, sweet tomato chutney, aioli, and cheese, your tastebuds will thank you. Hang out at the bar or engulf your burger and beer outside on their patio that has a view of the boardwalk. 4640 Mission Blvd.  858-274-7117  barebackgrill.com THE PATIO ON LAMONT STREET — One of their most popular burgers is the turkey burger, which comes with Swiss cheese, roasted tomato, red onion, arugula, and garlic aïoli with the sesame bun. As the name suggests, this dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed patio atmosphere, where you can soak in the sun while eating with friends and family. 4445 Lamont St.  858-412-4648  thepatioonlamont.com SECOND NATURE — This north PB restaurant has an extensive brunch menu, but also offers burgers and truffle fries for lunch and dinner. For non-meat eaters, check out their Plant-Based Burger, which is a 20-gram protein burger with butter lettuce, vine-ripe tomatoes, onions, and roasted garlic aïoli. Second Nature has an open feel with plenty of outside sitting. 5026 Cass St.  858-247-5236 secondnaturepb.com MISSION BEACH DRAFT MISSION BEACH — This Mission Beach staple serves extraordinary burgers, but one stand-out is the Bison Burger. With poblano pepper, grilled onions, Muenster cheese, and cumin mayonnaise, you will be recommending this burger to everyone. Located right on the Boardwalk for fun people-watching and ocean views. 3105 Ocean Front Walk 858-228-9305 draftsandiego.com SAND BAR SPORTS BAR AND GRILL — If you’re a big sports fan, this is definitely a good burger spot to check out. While you gather here to watch the game, try out the Diablo Burger. Made with chipotle aïoli, habanero jelly, fresh jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, crispy onion seeds, and spicy guacamole, your tastebuds are in for a treat. 718 Ventura Place 858-488-1274 sandbarsportsgill.com POINT LOMA BANZAI BAR — This spot near Pechanga Arena has plenty of burger options. However, one of the burgers to check out is the Brussel Burger, which comes with crispy Brussel sprouts, parm, house sauce, balsamic glaze, and bacon to go with the one-third pound patty. This bar supports the Gulls, Seals, Sockers, and Flight (basically, teams that play in Pechanga Arena) so be prepared to root for the local athletes. 3048 Midway Drive 619-501-5458 banzaibar.com SLATERS 50/50 — The slogan for this restaurant is “Burgers. Bacon. Beer,” so this is a good place to be for National Hamburger Month. One of the burgers that stands out among the rest is the B’B’B’ Bacon Burger, made of 50/50 beef and bacon blend, bacon, bacon American cheese, thick-cut bacon, sunny-side up egg, and bacon island dressing on a brioche bun. Slaters 50/50 even has a big burger statue outside of it, so you can’t miss it. 750 Dewey Road, Ste. 193 619-398-2600 slaters5050.com HARBOR TOWN PUB — This neighborhood pub has an extensive list of burgers to try, but one that you should definitely order is the Steakhouse Burger. In it, is a half-pound beef patty, grilled onions, crispy onions, blue cheese, blue cheese mayo, all served on a brioche bun. The burgers also come with fries. After eating tasty burgers, play some of the old-school arcade games they have in the back. 1125 Rosecrans St.  619-224-1321 harbortownpub.com OCEAN BEACH HODAD’S — This joint has become iconic – and not just because it has been featured by Guy Fieri on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Their almost cult-like following is well earned with amazing burgers, a beach-grunge vibe, and craft beers from Hodad’s Brewing Co. The line out the door is there for a reason. For something different, try the Guido Burger, which happens to be inspired by Fieri, who has visited several times. The burger includes Pastrami, ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and spicy brown mustard. 5010 Newport Ave.  619-224-4623 hodadies.com RAGLAN PUBLIC HOUSE — This New Zealand-inspired restaurant has several different burgers to choose from here, but one burger that is a must-try among the many is the Kiwilango Burger. This burger is a 100 percent organic grass-fed beef patty, with sliced jalapeños, bleu cheese, hot sauce, and tortilla chips. Go get a taste of these Kiwi-inspired burgers in San Diego. 1851 Bacon St.  619-794-2304 raglanpublichouse.com ROYALE — If you’re hungry for dinner, or a late-night burger, then Royale is the place for you. During the week, they open at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. on the weekends) and stay open late so that late-night burger craving could be solved by the Royale with Cheese. This burger, inspired by “Pulp Fiction,” is a one-third pound beef patty, with bacon, gruyere cheese, caramelized onion, special sauce, mustard, pickles, and served on a buttermilk bun. 4204 Voltaire St.  619-431-5653 royalesd.com MOTHER’S SALOON — Not only is this a great place to watch sports – especially the Oregon Ducks, seeing as how Mother’s is the team’s official home – but it’s also a great place for burgers. The Big Philly Burger is topped with Philly-style meat, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of cheese along with a side of fries or tots. Sports, burgers and beers are always a good combination, and Mother’s Saloon has plenty of that. 2228 Bacon St. 619-221-8100 motherssaloon.com.
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    It’s official, City’s new scooter regulations to start July 1
    May 14, 2019 | 28821 views | 5 5 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Electric scooter riders head north up the boardwalk near Thomas Avenue in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Electric scooter riders head north up the boardwalk near Thomas Avenue in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    On May 14, the City Council unanimously approved the new electric scooter regulations, which will go into effect July 1. The new rules will decrease the allowable speed of electric scooters from 15 to 8 mph on the boardwalk, and to 3 mph in high-traffic areas with the use of geofencing technology. Scooters are to be banned from parking near hospitals, schools, near Petco Park, and on the boardwalk. Electric scooters and bikes are prohibited from riding on city sidewalks. Key components of the regulations include: ·Speed limits: In specific geofenced areas, operators will slow scooters to 8 mph. Three of the geofenced areas are pedestrian-only and operators will slow scooters to 3 mph with a push message notifying riders to leave that area. ·Geofencing will be in effect for beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and the pedestrian-only locations, including North/South Embarcadero, MLK Jr. Promenade, and La Piazza della Famiglia. ·Staging: Operators will no longer be able to stage scooters and e-bikes on sidewalks in downtown. The City has identified – and is currently installing – 330 on-street dockless parking corrals throughout downtown where staging is allowed. ·In the beach areas, operators are only permitted to stage in groups of up to four, with 40 feet in between each group. The City will identify corral locations in the beach areas and, once installed, will require their use.The City also will conduct an evaluation of locations throughout San Diego where designated parking corrals would be beneficial and, working with the City Council and communities, install more. ·Rider parking: Operators will prohibit riders from ending a ride in specific geofenced areas, including beach area boardwalks. ·Education: Consistent messages about local and state laws in smartphone applications will be required. As will on-device labeling about age requirements and how riding on the sidewalk is illegal. ·Per device fee: A per device fee of $150 annually will be assessed. A reduction of $15 per device will be offered for operators offering a qualified equity program. ·Equity programs may include discounts, equitable distribution, credit-card free unlock or mobile-device free unlock. ·Data sharing: A variety of data will be shared about ridership, parking, paths of travel and more to assist the City in transportation planning, Climate Action Plan reporting and enforcement. ·Indemnification/insurance: Operators will be required to indemnify the City from liability and to hold a $2 million per occurrence, $4 million aggregate and $4 million umbrella insurance policy. ·Performance bond: Each operator will be required to pay a “Safety Deposit” – $65 for each device in fleet – to be held in the event the company leaves the market without its devices.  The ordinance will charge dockless companies an annual $150 per-device fee. The City noted that should act as a de facto cap on scooter numbers. “If we could do a rewind, I would have banned this entire thing from the city from the start without regulation,” District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell said previously. District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry said she plans to propose an ordinance to ban electric scooters from the boardwalk.
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    George Wrentmore
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    May 21, 2019
    The final analysis.....HOW MUCH REVENUE CAN THE GOVT SQUEEZE OUT? . I'VE NEVER USED A SCOOTER..DON'T KNOW HOW ! But it seems that taxi's etc would be deprived. Personally..if I knew how to use one of these...I'd sure do it

    BOTTOM LINE...$$$ ! FOR "THE'.. OUR ?? GOVT.

    THE HEAD DIRTBAG IN SACTO NOW !! WANTS TO TAX WATER.

    ...WHAT'S NEXT ...AN AIR TAX ?THE ILLITERATE VOTERS HERE VOTED TO RETAIN THE ALREADY ABUSIVE GAS TAX..for all intents and purposes......that sent a message to Gov Dirt..."the people voting here are 10 degrees South of stupid..you can do ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE"..stick it to them
    SDDTres
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    May 15, 2019
    Will this be enforced? I’m doubtful.

    Riding escooters on the sidewalk and multiple riders on a single escooter are already illegal, yet I’ve never seen law enforcement react to these common occurrences.
    Legal Genius 1965
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    May 21, 2019
    No, nothing will be enforced. Police have already said they don't have the manpower to enforce the new regulations and that they have been told by their higher ups that ticketing these infractions is very low priority.
    Craig in PB
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    May 14, 2019
    Typical SD City politics - Ready, Shoot, Aim. I think that this is a start - of course, all of the policing seems to be done via the operators via their technology. What recourse are we going to have if they aren't following the speed limits? As a parent to an 8 year old - I would love them being banned on the boardwalk - it is so unsafe with all the joy riders now - we watched 2 kids aged 10 zooming in and around walkers, cyclists, strollers, seniors etc.
    Beteur Dawler
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    May 15, 2019
    Why they would allow motorized devices on something called a board WALK?

    La Jolla Playhouse announces WOW Festival line-up
    May 11, 2019 | 13322 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Senior Prom by San Diego Dance Theater. / Photo by Manuel Rotenberg
    Senior Prom by San Diego Dance Theater. / Photo by Manuel Rotenberg
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    La Jolla Playhouse recently announced initial programming for its acclaimed biennial Without Walls (WOW) Festival, a four-day explosion of site-based and immersive performances, taking place Oct. 17-20 at Arts District Liberty Station, in partnership with the NTC Foundation. The WOW Festival line-up will feature three Playhouse-commissioned projects: Ikaros, by the internationally-renowned, New York-based Third Rail Projects (Then She Fell); Las Quinceañeras, by acclaimed local designer and Arts District Liberty Station resident artist David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna (2017 WOW Festival’s Waking La Llorona, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More); and Written in Stone, a series of five 10-minute, site-specific plays, produced by the Playhouse’s 2019 Resident Theatre Backyard Renaissance.   The WOW Festival will also include pieces by preeminent international companies: Boats by Australia’s Polyglot Theatre (2013 WOW Festival’s We Built This City); ¡Vuela!, by Mexico’s Inmigrantes Teatro (Playhouse’s Kikiricaja); Hidden Stories by France’s Begat Theatre; and Peregrinus, by Poland’s Teatr KTO; as well as works by acclaimed local artists, including Senior Prom, by the Arts District-based San Diego Dance Theater (2015 WOW Festival’s Dances With Walls) and Hall Pass, by Blindspot Collective. Additional projects, including many family-friendly offerings, will be announced at a later date. Tickets for WOW Festival performances, ranging from free to $35, will go on sale this summer. For more information, visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.   “This initial WOW Festival line-up showcases a myriad of extraordinary artists from around the globe who will offer audiences a series of intriguing and transformative experiences that place the audience right in the center of the action,” said Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley. “And I couldn’t be happier that these experiences will all take place at Arts District Liberty Station – an iconic San Diego gathering place and an ideal location for this community-wide celebration of immersive and site-inspired work.” The 2019 WOW Festival will be curated and produced by Playhouse associate producer Teresa Sapien. Similar to past festivals, this exciting event will serve as a cultural and artistic hub, centered around the Show Imaging Festival Stage, where patrons can gather to experience WOW performances, hear live music, engage in lively discussions about the work, and enjoy the many food and drink options on offer at Liberty Station. “The Arts District is looking forward to hosting all these creative artists from around the world at our beautiful campus in Point Loma,” said Alan Ziter, executive director of the NTC Foundation. “Programs like La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW Festival are what the community envisioned for the former Navy base’s new mission as a vibrant new San Diego center for arts, culture and creativity. We’re excited about our partnership with La Jolla Playhouse and for what the community will see at the Festival.” Since its inception in 2011, Without Walls (WOW) has become one of San Diego’s most popular and acclaimed performance programs. This signature Playhouse initiative is designed to break the barriers of traditional theatre, offering immersive and site-inspired works that venture beyond the physical confines of the Playhouse facilities. Over the last nine years, the Playhouse has been commissioning and presenting a series of immersive and site-specific productions at locations throughout the San Diego community, including Susurrus (2011), The Car Plays: San Diego(2012), Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (2012), Accomplice: San Diego (2013), El Henry (2014), The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel (2015), The Bitter Game (2016), What Happens Next (2018), as well as the 2013, 2015 and 2017 WOW Festivals. The WOW Festival is made possible in part through the generous support of the Wallace Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Show Imaging, the FACE Foundation and Delta Airlines.  For more information, visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org. WOW Festival Projects Boats By Polyglot Theatre (Australia) At a central mooring place, large lightweight boats wait patiently for children’s imagination and energy. Once aboard, the boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with kids working as a crew for their own voyage across the high seas. As the boats journey, Polyglot artists float as castaways to be rescued or as mysterious elements of the urban ocean. Together artists and children guide their boats to safe harbor, ready for new crew and the next adventure! Hall Pass By Blindspot Collective (San Diego) Hall Pass is a collection of short plays and musicals by rising talents, including Emily Kaczmarek (2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient), Trevor Bachman (2019 Joe's Pub Residency Artist) and Elizabeth Irwin (My Mañana Comes at San Diego Rep). Set and performed throughout a high school, the show offers a glimpse of the world young people navigate every day. Brimming with moments any former teenager will recognize and relish – as well as those they might rather forget – audiences choose their own adventure as they experience the trials and triumphs of the class of 2022. Hidden Stories By Begat Theater (France) Hidden Stories is an invisible performance, a site-specific event that blends itself into the urban landscape. Supplied with headphones, the audience is temporarily endowed with the power to hear the thoughts of certain passers-by and to follow them into the unknown. The city is transformed into a sound stage, the audience’s eye is the lens of a camera, and the spectator is the editor, choosing which images to synchronize to the sound track being played in their ears. A single rule of thumb: follow an ordinary object (an orange, a newspaper, a box of matches, a pen) as it makes its way through the streets of the city.  Ikaros La Jolla Playhouse Commission By Third Rail Projects (New York) Commissioned by the Playhouse, Ikaros is an experiential collection of dreams, myth, film, poetry, dance and performance – an audience-centered narrative framed as an audio “walking tour” though a desert path, on the grounds of a former naval base – which sits across from, and shares the sky with, an active international airport. All of these layers fold into one another to create a series of vignettes and rites of passage that follow a cartography of flight and failure, and an odyssey of transformation. Peregrinus By Teatr KTO (Poland) A 45-minute roaming spectacle, inspired by the poetic universe of T.S. Eliot, Peregrinus depicts a single day in the lives of people whose existence is summed up by the journey between home and work. A mischievous and wildly kinetic examination of 21st century office-workers that illuminates the unpredictability of the mundane.   Las Quinceañeras La Jolla Playhouse Commission By David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna (San Diego – Liberty Station) From the creators of the groundbreaking Waking La Llorona, Las Quinceañeras offers a surreal, immersive, multisensory exploration of the famed rite of passage undertaken by many Latinas on their 15th birthday. The mysterious OPTIKA MODERNA opens its doors once again after years of secrecy and seclusion, inviting participants to undergo their latest procedure “Proyecto (15).” Those interested can book an appointment to meet with OPTIKA MODERNA’s staff of trained paranormal opticians. Within the lab, patients will experience a hallucinogenic journey into the early 1990s as they relive the fateful events surrounding the celebrations of multiple Quinceañeras. Senior Prom San Diego Dance Theater (San Diego – Liberty Station) Senior Prom is a production of San Diego Dance Theater’s (SDDT) Aging Creatively senior dance program. SDDT Artistic Director Jean Isaacs has created a fun evening to highlight this innately humorous, immersive, inter-generational event. Forty dancers perform in a wide variety of prom-like activities, including line dancing, spiking the punch bowl, and crowning the King & Queen. In addition to Isaacs, choreographers include SDDT founder George Willis with Andromeda Bradley, John Diaz, Yvonne Gagliardo, Betzi Roe and Mitchum Todd. The evening is hosted by Ms. Tendu (played by Patti Coburn) and Wolfman Jack (played by Steve Baker). Take a walk down memory lane and join the party! Prom attire encouraged!  ¡Vuela! By Inmigrantes Teatro (Mexico) ¡Vuela! The title alone is a nod to the seemingly impossible. Four battered and crippled birds desperately beat their wings in an attempt to return to flight alongside their flock as they flee the arrival of a hurricane. Not able to lift themselves more than a palm’s length, they helplessly contemplate their luck at being abandoned by the rest, the model birds, the healthy and strong. Instantly, the most basic questions arise: How will they fetch water? Or food? Will they really be able to survive without the help of their tribe? This is a play about solidarity, teamwork and the ability to adapt and put on a brave face despite life’s difficulties. Written in Stone La Jolla Playhouse Commission By Backyard Renaissance Theatre (San Diego) Hidden corners of Stone Brewing’s Liberty Station Bistro & Gardens serve as the setting for five new site-specific 10-minute plays. Audiences will travel to five locations and witness stories that were inspired there and penned by La Jolla Playhouse- commissioned playwrights Mashuq Deen, Shairi Engle, Frank Katasse (They Don’t Talk Back, presented by Native Voices during their Playhouse residency), Daria Miyeko Marinelli and Marisela Orta.  WOW Festival Biographies Backyard Renaissance presents theatre with an “art to the gut” sensibility and believes that exceptional storytelling is rooted in a sense of joyful play, human connection, and gutsy intensity. The company was founded in 2015 by artistic director Francis Gercke and executive director Jessica John Gercke.  With the addition of producing director Anthony Methvin, the company has produced nine productions including the San Diego Premiere of Parlour Song by Jezz Butterworth, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, the San Diego Premiere of Gutenberg: The Musical by Scott Brown and Anthony King, Abundance by Beth Henley, the San Diego Premiere of Bachelorette by Leslye Headland, The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch by Douglas Carter Beane and the world premiere of Tarrytown by Adam Wachter, which was named Best Original Musical by the San Diego Critics Circle in 2017.  Backyard Renaissance also presented the San Diego premiere of Noah Haidle’s Smokefall while in Residence at La Jolla Playhouse and is proud to present Shelagh Stephenson’s An Experiment with an Air Pump as its next La Jolla Playhouse Production in Residence this August. Founded in 1992, Begat Theater uses public space as a venue to explore private and subjective experiences. Recognized for its innovative and contemporary performances, the company has been touring for 25 years in France and abroad. Recent works include Les Demeurees, a theatrical installation; Hidden Stories, an invisible performance; and La Disparition, which places portable media devices in the hands of an active audience. Askip*, an immersive show is currently touring French middle schools allowing students and adults to follow and hear the thoughts of an 8th grader, her teacher, and a janitor on one particular day. The company develops its work and operates a Residency Center for the Arts in Gréoux-les-Bains in the south of France. Hidden Stories is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Blindspot Collective develops radically inclusive programming that cultivates new work, emerging artists, and diverse audiences. The company has collaborated with The Old Globe, Diversionary Theatre, UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, and other community partners since being founded in 2017. Their inaugural projects were two site-specific and immersive musicals: Last Night in Town, based on the songs of Ben Folds; and Hall Pass, commissioned by New York University and produced in partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theatre School as part of the Future of Storytelling Festival. The company has received acclaim for its original work, including Untold, a verbatim play about mental illness that won the Dunn-Rankin Award for New Work at the 2017 San Diego Fringe Festival; The Magic in this Soul, another verbatim play about discrimination and resilience that won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2018 San Diego Fringe Festival; and Qulili, a documentary play based on the stories of local refugees supported by the Critical Refugee Studies Collective. The company also develops Forum Theatre for youth audiences, including Safa’s Story and Danny’s Story, which allow young people to consider the complexities of difference and prejudice. 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With a state government grant called PECDA, Inmigrantes Teatro was able to put together No Tocar(Do Not Touch) by Enrique Olmos in 2013. In 2014 they premiered two plays also by Enrique Olmos, Hazme un hijo (Make Me a Child), and their latest play Dios es un bicho (God Is a Bug) which had its world premiere at the Children’s Theatre festival. Optika Moderna is a ground-breaking, immersive company led by San Diego's David Israel Reynoso, the Obie Award-winning costume designer for the Off-Broadway runaway hit Sleep No More (Punchdrunk/Emursive). At La Jolla Playhouse, he designed Queens, Tiger Style!, Waking La Llorona (2017 WOW Festival), Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars (2015 WOW Festival) 2015 and The Darrell Hammond Project. His other regional scenic and costume design credits include The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage and Gloucester Stage, among many others. He is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award in Costume Design and a multiple nominee for the IRNE and BroadwayWorld awards. Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of interactive and participatory theatre for children and families. Their distinctive artistic philosophy has placed them at the international forefront of contemporary arts experiences for babies and children up to 12 years of age. Inspired by artwork, play and ideas of children, Polyglot Theatre creates imagined worlds where audiences actively participate in performance through touch, play and encounter. Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne. San Diego Dance Theater is led by artistic director Jean Isaacs, an award-winning choreographer whose work has been presented in Switzerland, Germany, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Poland, as well as on both coasts of the US. She is the originator of the annual site-specific project Trolley Dances and co-founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Three's Company and Dancers, and Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers. Her work has been commissioned by the San Diego Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Goodman Theatre, San Diego Rep, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and for Brooklyn Academy of Music. She collaborates frequently with numerous cross-border partners, creating the Festival of Mexican Contemporary Dance at San Diego State University. Recent awards include the San Diego Critics Circle Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, two California Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego and the California Dance Educators Associate Artistic Award. Isaacs taught technique, choreography, and improvisation at UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance for 25 years. San Diego Dance Theater is in residence at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.  Teatr KTO was established in 1977. In the company's 42nd year of operation, over 30 productions have been performed indoors and outdoors in Poland and around the world, which have been seen by more than three million people. The group has visited nearly 250 cities in over 40 countries on five continents. Since January 2005, the Teatr KTO has had the status of a municipal theatre in Krakow. For 42 years now the company has been managed by its current director Jerzy Zon. Third Rail Projects has been hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential performance. The company is led by artistic directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett, and is dedicated to re-envisioning ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. The company’s currently running, award-winning immersive hit, Then She Fell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times.  They have made work in New York and nationally since 2000, with projects including Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater, the immersive theater hit The Grand Paradise in Brooklyn, Sweet & Lucky with Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Learning Curve in Chicago with Albany Park Theater Project, as well as internationally through the Global Performance Studio (GPS), which combines the company’s creative and educational offerings through a program of cultural listening and exchange. 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    La Jolla wildlife drone photographer captures breaching humpback whale
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
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    Domenic Biagini captured this photo of a lone humpback whale breaching off La Jolla Shores on April 25.

Photo courtesy of Domenic Biagini
    Domenic Biagini captured this photo of a lone humpback whale breaching off La Jolla Shores on April 25. Photo courtesy of Domenic Biagini
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    While Domenic Biagini is used to being in the company of whales, a lone humpback he photographed on April 25 was one of the greatest things he’s ever captured on film.

    Biagini, a La Jolla resident and marine wildlife drone photographer for San Diego Whale Watch, filmed a young humpback whale breaching off of La Jolla Shores. What was unusual about this whale’s display was not only that he was alone, but that he continued to jump and frolic throughout the entire day.

    “We had a report of a whale near La Jolla Shores and we found this little humpback just breaching its heart out,” Biagini told FTW Outdoors. “It had to have breached at least 100 times. From 11:30 to 12 it breached 20 times. When we got back out [on our second trip] at about 2 it was still breaching – and in between I was getting reports from lifeguards that it was still breaching.”

    Since early 2017, Biagini has been using his drone to take photos that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Images of gray whales gliding alongside rainbow reflections and videos of orca pods breaching next to a boat of whale-watchers are just a few of the marine life snippets that he shares on his Instagram account @dolphindronedom

    While some critics have accused him of harassing the whales with his remote-controlled camera, Biagini said that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    “I would say 85% of media coverage of hobby drones is negative, so people are naturally wary of them,” he said. “But the great thing about the drone is I don't have to get that close. I can pull up half a mile short and fly my drone over to [the whales] and observe whatever behavior is going on.”

    “So as any negative impact, there just isn't any. It's really the most non-invasive way to get this kind of photography.”

    And the positive impacts, Biagini hopes, will be greater than the sum of his almost 12,000 Instagram followers. In addition to all the gray whales, killer whales, pilot whales, fin whales, humpback whales, blue whales, Brutus whales, and dolphins he sees out on his excursions, Biagini also finds a lot of trash. Plastic, fishing gear, and Mylar balloons are the three most common offenders.

    “It's pretty disheartening,” he said. “On any given trip out there we'll see 10 to 15 Mylar balloons floating around. And the reason that's so bad is because Mylar does not biodegrade, so when the paint on the balloons chips away, what's left looks like jellyfish to animals that eat jellyfish.”

    While Biagini credits places like SeaWorld for initially making whales more accessible to the public, he believes drone photography and social media could be the next push to get people to care about the environments that inhabit their favorite underwater mammals. 

    By sharing photos and videos of these sea creatures, he hopes that more people think twice about releasing a balloon into the air or leaving a plastic bottle of soda on the beach.

    “Now we don't have to put them in tanks; the internet is our global tank,” he said. “And just like anything, the more people see it, the more people care, and the more they're going to demand change.”

    For more information about Biagini’s work, you can follow him on Instagram or visit sdwhalewatch.com to book a whale watching tour.

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