Archive for December, 2010

Moses supposes his toeses are roses

| December 29, 2010

It’s raining outside, which always makes me think of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Conner, and Jean Hagen. So, here’s a link to one of my favorite dance numbers in “Singin’ In The Rain,” where Gene and Donald turn a speech lesson into something a lot more palatable. Just click on the pic!

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Shot of Donald O’Conner in “Singin’ In The Rain” captured by Spitball Army.

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The ‘burb is the word

| December 28, 2010

When someone wonders, “Are there any artists born, raised, or living in the suburbs?” just point them to Proxart with an emphatic “hell yes!” What started in 2007 with open mics and art shows in Santa Clarita, California, has since blossomed to include a community website and a print magazine that is published quarterly (via MagCloud).

The magazine features interviews with artists in and beyond California, like San Diego’s Kelli Murray, who grew up in the San Diego ‘burb of El Cajon, and Austin-based Daniel Hipolito, who grew up in Missouri City, Texas. It also features photography, poetry, and art. In fact, there are several ways to get involved with Proxart if you’re so inclined.

For me, Proxart is and will be to art news what GOOD is to social news. To help them stick around, feel free to donate whatever you can. After all, they are a non-profit, so you’ll be able to write off whatever amount you donate.

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Issue 4 is available for free download. A print copy can be purchased for $14. Cover image from MagCloud.

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My Picks: Things to do in San Diego, Dec 25th & 26th

| December 24, 2010

Although pickings were slim for this weekend, there were pickings. Granted, it’s a list of ideas dominated by taking in an independent movie but, hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Saturday, December 25th:

  • 10:50 a.m. Colin Firth never lost it. Catch his latest film, “King’s Speech,” at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas. Since this is the day’s first show time for this film, it’ll only cost $8. Oh, Mr. Darcy. It’s about time you get to act the king. The speech impediment is simply a lure.
  • 7:30 p.m. Laugh your holiday tire off. San Diego’s National Comedy Theatre hosts it’s weekly Improv show. Run in a way similar to “Who’s Line Is It Anyway,” the show promises to be fast-paced, interactive, and funny. This isn’t some amateur workshop; they’re professionals. It’s been in San Diego for a while now, so if you don’t already have plans on what’s otherwise regarded as Christmas day, quit procrastinating and check this show out. General admission is $15; students, seniors, and military can get in for $12.

Sunday, December 26th:

NOTE: The Chargers play the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m.

  • 11:10 a.m. Watch a ballerina go ballistic. If you weren’t able to catch “Black Swan” at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas when it opened there two weeks ago, don’t worry: It’s still playing. Like Saturday’s “King’s Speech” idea, this showtime will only set you back $8 per ticket.
  • 7:30 p.m. No cover means reserves for cocktails at El Dorado. Don’t Turn It Off’s Le Chien, Pavlick and Quark spin beats that connect disco, house, dub, balearic, and techno together like popcorn on a string. El Dorado just released their Winter Cocktail menu this past Wednesday, so try to get there before 9:00 p.m. to try a few at the $5 happy hour pricing. If you need a jumping off point, I’d recommend the Poinsettia, Vancouver, and Mistletoe.

(Photo caption, clockwise from top left: Photo of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” as aken by The Weinstein Co.; photo of Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” from The Huffington Post; the National Comedy Theatre’s official logo; flyer from Don’t Turn It Off’s Yelp event listing.

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Friday Night Value: El Camino in Little Italy

| December 23, 2010

Looking for a place to chill at on Christmas Eve? Then, consider El Camino: the super cocina Mexicana that started in South Park and became a local chain with the opening of it’s Little Italy spot one year ago this month.

Los horas feliz go on Monday through Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and feature 1/2 off their Nachos El Camino and all of their quesadillas, plus $3 Coronas, $3 glasses of sangria, $3 glasses of house margarita, $15 sangria pitchers, and $20 house margarita pitchers.

Here are the happy hour prices for the nachos and quesadillas, both of which easily serve between 3-4 people depending on how voracious the people are:

  • $4, Nachos El Camino.
  • $5.50, Nachos El Camino con carne asada.
  • $5.50, Nachos El Camino con pollo.
  • $5.50, Nachos El Camino con camarĂ³n (i.e. shrimp).
  • $3.50, queso quesadilla.
  • $4.50, black bean quesadilla.
  • $4.50, Mexican street corn (aka esquite) quesadilla.
  • $5, carne asada quesadilla.
  • $5, chicken quesadilla.
  • $5.50, chicken quesadilla.

Why focus on the Little Italy location? Because size matters. The happy hour specials run at both locations, but if it’s more than just you and a buddy, you’re much better off at the Little Italy location since its large booths, outdoor patio picnic tables, and two bars scream, “We like groups!”

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The indoor bar in Little Italy’s El Camino. Photo from Yelper Colin W.

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Print on demand in your hands

| December 22, 2010

MagCloud puts the power of publishing in the hands of the content creators, not the stakeholders. How? Well, if you can create content in a program that puts out a letter-sized, multi-page PDF and raise the funds that will cover the ‘20 cents per page’ printing charge, you’re good to go.

I’ve found it to be a good resource for stumbling on young, up-and-coming magazines, like Proxart, Snapixel, and a literary magazine that is actually called Stumble. Also available in MagCloud’s inventory are self-published works of photography, poetry, short stories, and the like.

Meaning, with MagCloud, there are no locked doors when it comes to seeing your work in print – all that’s required is the courage to turn the knob.

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From left to right: Cover image of Issue 9 of Snapixel and Issue 5 of Stumble. Images from MagCloud

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