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    Mayor plans to reopen Ocean Beach Pier on May 23
    May 20, 2019 | 5461 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Ocean Beach Pier has been closed since January. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Ocean Beach Pier has been closed since January. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mayor Kevin Faulconer is scheduled to reopen the Ocean Beach Pier during a ceremony starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, weather permitting. “Repairs are on schedule to have the pier opened by Memorial Day,” said City spokesman Alec Phillip. “City crews did the railing, water and sewer work. SDG&E crews did the work on the electric line.” Repairs estimated at a cost of $430,000 by City officials were made to the iconic OB Pier, which has been closed since mid-January when strong winter storms and king tides damaged the structure. City staff determined more than 2,200 feet of guard rail, electric, water and sewer lines needed serious repair or replacement. At more than 1,970 feet, the Ocean Beach Pier is the second longest on the West Coast, and the longest concrete pier in the world. The pier opened in 1966 and more than 500,000 people visit it every year.
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    Stone Brewing reworks its menu – adds nachos, tacos, wings and burgers
    May 15, 2019 | 6725 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Jidori Chicken Wings
    Jidori Chicken Wings
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    The new burgers feature certified organic, 100 percent grass-fed, and dry-aged beef directly from Belcampo's regenerative California farm and certified humane USDA processing facility.
    The new burgers feature certified organic, 100 percent grass-fed, and dry-aged beef directly from Belcampo's regenerative California farm and certified humane USDA processing facility.
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    Yellowfin Ahi Poke Nachos
    Yellowfin Ahi Poke Nachos
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    The street tacos include the Ensenada Fish Taco, Yucatan Pork Taco, the Carne Asada Taco and the Taco De Calabacitas.
    The street tacos include the Ensenada Fish Taco, Yucatan Pork Taco, the Carne Asada Taco and the Taco De Calabacitas.
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    A group of San Diego foodies had the chance to taste Stone's new menu at Liberty Station on May 9. / All photos by Thomas Melville.
    A group of San Diego foodies had the chance to taste Stone's new menu at Liberty Station on May 9. / All photos by Thomas Melville.
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    Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens has launched a completely new menu to pair with the company’s acclaimed beers. The menu emphasizes quality, sustainability, approachability and … a burger, which guests can indulge now at Stone’s Liberty Station location. While planning the menu changes, Stone identified local purveyors and producers of fresh ingredients to create menu items that deliver a better value. Menu items now include $12-14 shareable plates and entrees between $13 and $28.  They added a sizable selection of shareable plates including Sausage Wellington, Yellowfin Ahi Poke “Nachos” and Jidori Chicken Wings. A selection of street tacos includes the Ensenada Fish Taco, Yucatan Pork Taco, the Carne Asada Taco and the Taco De Calabacitas. For years, Stone took hits from fans, who detested that a brewery would exist without its fabled counterpart – the burger. Now, two burgers grace the menu. Both feature certified organic, 100 percent grass-fed, and dry-aged beef directly from Belcampo's regenerative California farm and certified humane USDA processing facility.   So why now? A company has arrived that is equally dedicated to the brewery’s values of a more sustainable, ethical future for food – Belcampo meats. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is the first to offer Belcampo meats in San Diego. “The ambiance in our bistros and gardens is unmatched and our menu items are paired with beers that, given their excellence, have helped to define craft beer on an international scale,” said Gregg Frazer, Stone Brewing vice president of hospitality. “By reimagining our menu, we’ve further elevated the overall experience at our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens so that the food, beer and environment are equally exemplary and everything you’d expect of a brewery so acclaimed for its accomplishments in beer.” While change abounds, some things remain the same. Stone’s menu maintains its global inspiration with menu items including Chicken Schnitzel, Bangers & Mash, The Angry Chicken (Korean Fried Chicken breast with Gochujang glaze and kewpie aioli) and Stone Brewing Medianoche – Stone’s version of the late-night Cuban sandwich. Batch craft sodas are locally produced in California, gluten free and made with pure cane sugar. Recommended pairings of Stone’s bold, independent, award-winning craft beers complement every menu item and flights and tasters are available. Also new, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido and Liberty Station announce a partnership with DoorDash. Select menu items can be delivered straight to your home, alongside fresh bottles, cans and crowlers of Stone beer. If sprawling gardens, bocce ball courts and brewery sights and smells aren’t your thing, that’s A-OK. You can have your hops in the comfort of your own home. With a burger none-the-less!
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    It’s official, City’s new scooter regulations to start July 1
    May 14, 2019 | 28480 views | 3 3 comments | 22 22 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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    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.
    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 | 13286 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 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. Combined, those two productions have been seen by over 6,500 students in the 2018-19 academic year. Inmigrantes Teatro is an independent group of experienced creatives in the Mexican theatre field. Based in Baja, California. Their goal is to create productions geared to audiences on both sides of the Mexico-United States border. Founded in 2005 by Raymundo Garduño, the company debuted with the play Naufragios (Shipwreck). The improv show Los Improductivos (The Improductives) followed in 2007. Inmolación (Immolation) opened in the summer of 2010, with book by Enrique Olmos and directed by Raymundo Garduño. The piece was selected by CECUT (Centro Cultural Tijuana) as part of their Education Series Program and it represented Baja California in the International Borders Theatre Festival (2012) and FESARES Baja California State Theatre Festival (2013). Kikiricaja debuted in 2011 and ran at La Jolla Playhouse in 2015. 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. Third Rail Projects has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards; a Chita Rivera Award for Choreography; two CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residencies (Russia); a Theater Fellowship from the Bogliaco Foundation (Italy); an IllumiNation Award from the Ford Foundation and National Museum of the American Indian; and more. Third Rail Projects’ artistic directors were recently named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. Visit thirdrailprojects.com to learn more.
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    Group seeks to stop City from using chemical herbicides, change to organic products
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    May 08, 2019 | 10090 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Amy Ryan asking what they are spraying and then asking them to stop spraying until they left the area.
    Amy Ryan asking what they are spraying and then asking them to stop spraying until they left the area.
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    Spraying at Shelter Island.
    Spraying at Shelter Island.
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    It all began this February when Anne Jackson Hefti and friend Amy Ryan were walking their dogs in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and claim they were exposed to wind-drift toxic herbicide sprayed by workers there. “They were spraying in front of us and behind us and there were ‘No’ signs posted, and the area was not taped off to keep us off the trail,” said Jackson Hefti, adding Ryan “asked the contractors to stop spraying until we left the area.”  They did not. The incident motivated them to set out on a quest, which they’re calling “Campaign Non Toxic San Diego.” The pair are now lobbying the City and County of San Diego to adapt an integrative pest management strategy, similar to one in Irvine, Calif., which replaces commonly used herbicides and pesticides containing cancer-linked glyphosate with other, safer organic products. Discovered in 1970 by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz, glyphosate is an herbicide used to kill weeds that inhibits plant enzymes. Monsanto brought it to market for agricultural use in 1974 under the trade name Roundup. Noting her 10-year-old dog is now ill with a tumor, Jackson Hefti acknowledged it’s uncertain whether her pet’s illness is connected or not with the alleged herbicide contamination. Nonetheless, she added her research has shown, “There is a lot nastier stuff then glyphosate out there.”  Hence, her campaign has morphed into “Campaign Non Toxic San Diego,” embracing the policies Irvine has already enacted dealing with potentially dangerous herbicide chemicals.  “I created a new petition change.org/p/kevinfaulconer-sandiego-gov-non-toxic-san-diego-campaign," said Jackson Hefti. As of May 6, more than 240 people had signed the non-toxic petition, whose goal is to secure 500 signatures. Habitat West is the licensed pest control operator contracting with the City to do work in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The scope of work, at an estimated $1.7 million cost during 260 working days, is to include: improvements to 1.82 miles of pedestrian trails and observation points; installation of a pedestrian bridge;  recontouring of an existing baseball field: and removal of nonnative plants and trees in implementing a 51-acre park revegetation program. “The project has a biologist specifically overseeing this work and the application of the herbicide to ensure that it’s being applied per the contract requirements,” said City spokesperson Alec Phillipp. “As part of these requirements, crews have maintained storm water pollution measures that prevent water runoff and spray drift from leaving the site. “All of the work is being done in accordance with, and guided by, the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Master Plan, which does not specify that herbicides should not be used in the removal of invasive species throughout the park,” Phillipp said. Phillipp said herbicide use is expected to decrease throughout the five-year maintenance and monitoring period as the native plants are able to grow and naturally compete on their own.  “It appears that the initial herbicide application at the site has been successful in controlling this winter’s crop of annual weeds and therefore subsequent applications in this phase will be substantially reduced and limited to spot treatments,” added Phillipp.  Jackson Hefti noted their anti-toxicity campaign originally started out just to “ban glyphosate from Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.” She has shared that on social media sites, as well as passing out flyers at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, OB Dog beach and in local surf and coffee shops. She’s also gone viral with video footage she and Ryan took that day of herbicide spraying going on at Sunset Cliffs. “What started as a small grassroots team of people in District 2 has expanded to include people from all over Southern California,” added Jackson Hefti, noting their cause enjoys support from Sierra Clubs, a Salk Institute professor, The Xerces Society, local beekeepers and the Surfrider Foundation. Jackson Hefti has also provided Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council with five integrated pest management policies from other cities including cost analysis. “So much of what we do in San Diego is outdoors with our children, grandchildren and fur babies,” said Jackson Hefti. “We want green natural fields to recreate and play on with our families, not toxic fields.”
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    Robert Burns
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    May 09, 2019
    Anne Jackson Hefti and Amy Ryan are my heroes! I've long been upset with the City's despicable pollution practices. The City killed all the burrowing owls in North O.B. Herbicide is still frivolously applied at Robb Field. Someone should investigate the training and BigChem ties to everyone at the City responsible for this travesty.
    JUDITH CROSS
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    May 10, 2019
    I live in La Mesa and have been a Californian for years.

    I am behind Anne Jackson Hefts and Amy Ryan in their quest to stop poison and toxic herbicides everywhere in San Diego County.

    I will gladly sign any petition relating to despicable pollution practices.

    Thank you for caring about our air!!

    Judith
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    Congratulations to False Idol, the elaborately decorated Tiki bar hidden within Little Italy’s Craft and Commerce. The establishment recently made Food Network’s list of top 10 Tiki bars in America...
    Published - Thursday, May 02
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    Joy of art fills the heart of Downtown's Little Italy at weekend ArtWalk
    Mission Federal ArtWalk returned to Downtown’s Little Italy for a 35th year in a weekend celebration of beautiful artworks and live entertainment from performing artists. The arts festival was stag...
    Published - Thursday, May 02
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    Terror, lunch and a crazy milkshake at Sugar Factory American Brasserie
    The last thing that would ever lure me into the globally popular Sugar Factory American Brasserie would be the celebrities who lucratively lend their names to the place. Though for many, all it tak...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    Body of woman found in Ocean Beach home; police searching for 'person of interest'
    The body of an apparent homicide victim was found in the garage of an Ocean Beach home early morning on May 1, prompting SWAT officers to surround the residence, and another one less than a half-mi...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    Caufield continues to ace success with Mission Bay volleyball
    Mission Bay volleyball player Zander Caufield is ending his athletic and academic careers on high notes, respectively. Caufield, a four-year varsity player and team captain the last two years, lead...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    Mission Bay spring sports updates
    Girls sand volleyball The Bucs sported a 7-1 record heading into the playoffs. According to head coach Brittany Johnson, senior Brooklyn Grooms and sophomore Maya Jesse really dominated in the last...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    University City news and updates
    UCHS student on ‘American Idol’ University City High School student Mica Giaconi took her musical aspirations up to a new level when she auditioned for TV show “American Idol.” Mica was selected to...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    New businesses opening in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Round Table Pizza A grand opening was held April 25 for Mission Beach’s latest addition to the local pizza market, Round Table Pizza at 3146 Mission Blvd. In 1959, Bill Larson opened the first Roun...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    County to spend $25 million more on affordable housing
    The County Board of Supervisors on April 30 voted to spend an additional $25 million to build more affordable housing units in the region. The recommendations include revisions to the Innovative Ho...
    Published - Wednesday, May 01
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    Sister Speak to play at Herringbone and other upcoming La Jolla shows
    Sister Speak, A.K.A. singer-songwriter Sherri Anne, stops in at Herringbone on May 5. Performing in advance of a four-month tour that will see her play across the country and her native Canada, Ann...
    Published - Tuesday, April 30
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    Letter to the Editor: The Rotary Club of La Jolla thanks you
    On behalf of the Rotary Club of La Jolla, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all the community partners who pulled together to make our club's April 27th Rotary at Work Day a r...
    Published - Tuesday, April 30
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    Jewish Federation honors Holocaust Remembrance Day with notable Righteous Among the Nations award at LFJCC
    This year, the San Diego Jewish Federation commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, on April 28 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla with a once in a lifetime o...
    Published - Tuesday, April 30
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    Dino Coin Laundromat in Pacific Beach offers new drop-off services
    Named by a child, Dino Coin Laundromat in Pacific Beach has a new drop-off, fluff-and-fold system, as well as being committed to offering customers quality service.  The corner laundromat at 4977 C...
    Published - Tuesday, April 30
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    Judge denies mental health diversion for La Jolla teacher accused of having sex with student
    A judge has denied a mental health diversion for a former teacher at La Jolla Country Day School, who is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student. Attorney Eugene Iredale presented testimon...
    Published - Tuesday, April 30
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