Avenged girls get even for a good cause at the Masonic
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The cast of 'Revenge Girls of the West,' appearing at the Masonic Lodge in Ocean Beach on April 8-9. / Photo by Bill Aylward.
The cast of 'Revenge Girls of the West,' appearing at the Masonic Lodge in Ocean Beach on April 8-9. / Photo by Bill Aylward.
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The Old West will live again – at least for two nights – at the Masonic Lodge when "Revenge Girls of the West" returns to Ocean Beach on April 8-9. The locally produced and written dinner-theater show features a cast and crew made up of mostly Ocean Beach residents who have dedicated hours of work for the show's charity, Breast Cancer Angels. Unlike a typical performance where the audience is a passive observer, "Revenge Girls of the West" is an immersive experience where the story unfolds throughout the room, not just on the stage. "Every seat is a front-row seat, and the audience really gets to be in the thick of it," said Sooty Hetrick, who wrote the show with Tomas Navarro. Included in the ticket price is a three-course carnitas dinner and a full cash bar will be available, as well as bottle service. Since alcohol will be flowing and the dialog contains some R-rated language, the show is for ages 21 and up. This will be the second production of "Revenge Girls" at the Masonic, which features live music written and performed by Jonny Wagon. Production company Shetrick Entertainment is staging the show and has produced several immersive experiences at the Masonic in the last five years. Hetrick said these shows will probably be the last performances of "Revenge Girls." The performances are a benefit for Breast Cancer Angels, a charity whose mission is to provide financial and emotional assistance to breast cancer patients during their treatments. The Breast Cancer Angels' programs help pay for rent and mortgage payments, clothing, medical bills or any other needs that arise. Tickets and more information are available at www.shetrick.com. "Revenge Girls of the West" at the Masonic Lodge 1171 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Saturday, April 8 at 7:01 pm, Sunday, April 9 6:01 pm. Tickets including three-course carnitas dinner are $82.50. Available at www.shetrick.com.
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March 29, 2017
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La Jolla Playhouse announces cast for 'POP' tour La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its 2017 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour production, #SuperShinySara, by Wesley Middleton, and helmed by acclaimed San Diego director and Moxie Theatre Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Counterweight, Without Walls Festival 2013). The production will tour schools throughout San Diego County February 1 to March 31. Commissioned by the Playhouse, this world-premiere play for young audiences will also have four public performances on March 25 and 26 at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. The cast features Amanda Arbues as “Maya Blackwood”/“Bella Blackthorn,” Jyl Kaneshiro (Alice Chan, 2016 POP Tour) as “Francesca Ramirez”/“@ShoppyGoddess”, Shaun Tuazon as “Rez Darkwood”/“@PoshPrince,” and Rachael VanWormer, an alumna of the Playhouse’s Young Performers Summer Conservatory, as “Sara Lee Darkwood.” The creative team includes Wesley Middleton, playwright; Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, director; Sean Fanning, scenic designer; Desiree Hatfield-Buckley, costume designer; Melanie Chen, sound designer; Shirley Fishman, dramaturg; and Kendra Stockton, stage manager. "#SuperShinySara" centers on Sara, an excellent storyteller and a pretty decent older sister. Still, her life is nothing compared to the glamorous world of her idol, @ShoppyGoddess – a teenage fashion mogul and megastar on social media. Sara longs to escape into the fabulous online world of photos, fame and followers. But when a magical event transports her right into the social media feed itself, she discovers that having a super shiny life may not be so perfect after all. Exploring themes of authenticity, deceit, friendship and redemption, this imaginative new play reveals how empowering it can be to create your own story and take pride in who you are. “For thirty amazing years, the POP Tour has taken timely ideas and topics that resonate with young minds and activates them in ways that are accessible and often ingenious. This year’s POP Tour continues that great tradition by cleverly exploring the lessons to be learned when you rely on social media for a sense of identity and self-worth,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Introduced in 1987, the POP Tour travels throughout the county, touring schools, libraries and community centers. The set, costumes and props are designed to fit into a 16-foot truck and, in just 60 minutes, can be unloaded, placed in any space and be ready for children to experience. Prior to each performance, a Playhouse teaching artist visits each school to engage students in an interactive workshop to explore issues and themes at the core of the play. The Playhouse also provides schools with a standards-based engagement guide that enables educators to integrate the play into their existing curriculum. After each performance, the cast and crew conduct a question and answer session with the audience. La Jolla Playhouse offers the Adopt-A-School program which provides funding for POP Tour performances at schools that could not otherwise afford it. With the help of the theater’s Education Committee, Playhouse Board members Judy Smith and Barbara ZoBell created the Adopt-A-School program for those who love theater and feel no child should be without its transformative power. For more information, contact Samantha Wilson at swilson@ljp.org. Tickets cost $9 for children 12 and under and $12 for adults. Performances on March 25 26 are now on sale at LaJollaPlayhouse.org. For more information about booking the POP Tour for a school performance, please contact Paola Kubelis at pkubelis@ljp.org. UCSD’s Klie shines in Division II all-star game UC San Diego basketball standout Adam Klie scored 14 points and hauled in eight rebounds in Friday's NCAA Division II All-Star Game at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Playing for the East All-Stars, Klie netted six of his eight shot attempts, two of those being three-pointers. The Tritons' senior guard also dished out three assists and had a steal in 18 minutes of play. Klie's squad defeated the West All-Stars, 125-114, despite trailing 61-58 at halftime. The two teams combined for 222 shots, 98 of those coming from behind the three-point line. The teams were made up of two players from each of the eight NCAA regions plus five at-large selections. Joining Klie from the West Region was Taylor Stafford from Western Washington, who finished with 12 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals. The game was played in concert with the NCAA Division II Elite 8. Klie finished his illustrious career as UCSD's Division II-era (since 2000-01) leader in points, rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws attempted, minutes played, and games played. He was just the second Triton since 2000-01 to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Klie, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska, earned several major accolades this season including California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Year, All-West Region, and Academic All-America of the Year. Springfest kicks off with an evening of experimental sound featuring UC San Diego graduate student musicians  Each year, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and graduate students at UCSD’s Department of Music team up for Springfest, which encourages composers, performers, and sound producers to launch daring projects. Springest 2017 kicks off April 9 with the fifth annual “Immersion” event, where guests are invited to explore the aquarium’s galleries to enjoy musical experiences inspired by the sea and our rapidly changing planet. "Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ new direction includes exploring the exciting intersection between science, art, and technology,” said Harry Helling, the aquarium’s executive director. “With several exciting projects on the horizon, the ‘Immersion’ music event with UCSD’s Department of Music, opening of the new “Infinity Cube: Language of Light” installation, and Video Triptych in the ‘Expeditions at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery,’ we are engaging audiences in new ways and inspiring an appreciation of, and desire to protect, our ocean planet." Performances feature diverse genres of music and experimental sound and will be spaced throughout the aquarium. Guests will experience Birch Aquarium in new and engaging ways and are invited to wander from site to site, curating their own musical experiences while also enjoying exhibits, animals, and panoramic views.  "Immersion" performances will include:  - Voices of Our City Choir, which gained recognition for giving a voice to San Diego’s homeless, will perform in the Galleria. - Jacob Sundstrom will perform ambient electronic music and video that changes in harmony with the sunset on Tidepool Plaza. - Lyndsay Bloom's triptych film, "AXALAPAZCOS," features 16mm footage of rapidly evaporating volcanic crater lakes in Central Mexico in the "Expedition at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery." - Barbara Byers will lead a choir of Ukranian folk songs in the Galleria. - Double bassist and singer-songwriter Jordon Morton will sing folksy, resonant songs with her bass at the Giant Kelp Tank. - Daniel Fishkin and guest instrument-builder Pete Blasser will lead a choir of handheld tocante "touch-synthesizers.” - Madison Greenstone, Sean Dowgray, and James Beauton will play the ethereal music of Morton Feldman, ‪Jürg Frey, and Martin Rane Bauck creating a transcendent and meditative experience in front of a forest of swaying kelp at the Giant Kelp Tank. - Cellist Jen Bewerse will perform with a special curved bow in "Tide" by James Weeks. - Bassist Kyle Motl will improvise with jellies and wolf eels in the Hall of Fishes. - Michael Matsuno and Matt Kline host the "sea symphony" instrument building workshop and performance specifically for children. "Immersion" costs $12 for the public and $9 for Birch Aquarium members and UCSD students and faculty (with ID). Splash Café by The French Gourmet will be open and snacks or a light dinner will be available for purchase. More information and "Springfest: Immersion" tickets are available online at www.aquarium.ucsd.edu. Pre-purchase is recommended for this popular event. Congregational Church of La Jolla has gone solar Two years ago, in the midst of planning its centennial celebration, congregation members found themselves peering into the future, imagining a meaningful legacy they could impart to future generations. At that moment, a commitment to into tap into the energy of the sun, in order to power the church's present and future energy needs, took shape. The congregation will gather in the church sanctuary (1216 Cave Street, La Jolla) on Sunday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m., to celebrate the installation of the 34 solar panels that will fuel the church's energy footprint. The ceremony also will recognize the bighearted people whose vision and determination made the project possible, including installer Travis Nixon of Absolutely Electric. Pastor Bear Ride described how the ceremony will unfold. "We'll have an actual blessing of the solar panels - like a ship christening. We'll celebrate our continued good stewardship of the earth by being green and smart. My sermon will touch upon how the solar installation will benefit both the church and our planet, as a step of faithfulness, environmental stewardship and good common sense." A musical program, featuring the church choir's rousing rendition of the beloved Beatles classic, "Here Comes the Sun," and a post-service champagne reception in the adjacent fellowship hall will round out the festivities. "We'd love our neighbors to join in our celebration," said Pastor Ride. "It will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together in affirmation of our collective commitment to protecting our environment for generations to come." For more information, visit www.lajollaucc.org.
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Short-term rentals update: Committee endorses proposal to regulate home-sharing
by DAVE SCHWAB
Published - 03/29/17 - 06:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With proponents arguing they're an economic necessity and opponents countering they're an unwanted nuisance, a City Council committee failed to come to a consensus on three proposed alternatives for modifying rules pertaining to whole-home, short-term vacation rentals. The March 24 special meeting on short-term vacation rentals was conducted by the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee chaired by District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman. The other two committee members present were Chris Cate and Georgette Gomez. After the March 24 meeting, Save San Diego Neighborhoods, a grassroots group opposing short-term vacation rentals in residential areas, hailed as a “victory” Smart Growth and Land Use Committee's decision to only forward a proposal to regulate home-sharing to the full City Council for its recommendation. Save San Diego Neighborhoods draws a sharp distinction between owner-occupied home sharing rentals, and whole-house, absentee-owner rentals. District 9 Council person Georgette Gomez concurred with Save San Diego Neighborhoods' view. "I feel there's a big difference between owner-occupied home-sharing and whole-home rentals where the owner is not around when issues potentially arise, especially at night and on weekends," said Gomez. "Particularly, I feel there is a difference between investor-owned whole-home rentals and those simply trying to make ends meet. “It is primarily these properties that are not owner-occupied that seem to be contributing to negative impacts, whose effects are being felt throughout neighborhoods, primarily in single-family neighborhoods. For those reasons, I feel this issue should be addressed separately,” Gomez said. Commenting on the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee March 24 hearing, Airbnb press secretary Jasmine Mora said: "As we heard from the public, San Diegans deserve short-term rental regulations that are clear, fair and reasonable. The hearing was a productive discussion and a solid step toward rules that will preserve neighborhood quality, while allowing folks to continue to make ends meet through using our platform to share their home. We’ll continue to engage with our policymakers and community to ensure hosts, guests and our city can continue to benefit from the sharing economy." Previously, new City Attorney Mara Elliott took a completely different tack than her predecessor, Jan Goldsmith, with her March 15 issuance of a memorandum of law advising the City Council on short-term vacation rentals. "The city has a 'permissive zoning ordinance,' ” read Elliott's memorandum. “This means that any use that is not listed in the city's zoning ordinance is prohibited.” Elliott's memo subsequently pointed out, “Short-term vacation rentals are not specifically defined, expressly permitted, or listed in any of the zone use categories, including residential or commercial." Responding to Elliott's memo, Mora of Airbnb commented: "The portion of the (municipal) code referenced was not written with the sharing economy in mind and underscores why we need thoughtful, sensible short-term rental regulations. Thousands of San Diegans rely on home sharing to make ends meet and supplement their incomes. We want to continue working with city leaders to enact clear and common-sense regulations that ensure accountability and maintain neighborhood quality." At the March 24 short-term vacation rentals hearing, John Ambert, chair of Ocean Beach Planning Board, noted the beach community is “one of the most heavily impacted of the rental communities with about 400 short-term vacation rentals operating at any given time. “We need restrictions to short-term vacation rentals in commercial zones,” Ambert added. “This is the first time we've asked for this kind of dialogue,” said Smart Growth and Land Use Committee member Cate, pointing out his stance against doing away with short-term vacation rentals altogether in residential zones remained unchanged. “We've been down that road before,” Cate said. In November 2016, a motion by then-City Council President Sherri Lightner, which some feel would have largely banned short-term vacation rentals in single-family neighborhoods, was defeated by a 7-2 vote. Lightner’s proposal would have restricted a homeowner's ability to rent to transients for less than 30 days in most single-family zones, with renters or owners of single-family homes also not able to rent out a room or space for less than seven days without proper permitting. An alternative motion brought by then-Councilmember now-Assemblyman Todd Gloria was then passed by the same 7-2 margin. Gloria's counter motion requested city staff do a fiscal analysis to determine the cost of greater short-term vacation rentals enforcement citywide, and asked staff to draft and return with a comprehensive ordinance better defining and regulating short-term vacation rentals, as well as remanding the matter back to the Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee for further consideration.
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March 28, 2017
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