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    Romeo and Juliet are getting married
    by LAINIE FRASER
    May 23, 2016 | 3353 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Romeo, played by Stéphano Candreva, proposes to Juliet, Erica Alvarado, on stage after the show's last performance.
    Romeo, played by Stéphano Candreva, proposes to Juliet, Erica Alvarado, on stage after the show's last performance.
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    In 2012 City Ballet of San Diego received standing ovations and endless praise for its performance of “Romeo and Juliet.” This year, the Pacific Beach-based ballet company’s final show ended with a surprise that shocked the audience and changed two performers' lives. Throughout the performance it was the intricate costumes, set designs and acrobatics, along with the timeless love story that amazed audience members. When the show came to an end, it was an act by Romeo, played by Stéphano Candreva, that stole the show and the hearts of everyone in the room. At the end of the performance, while the performers lined up to take their final bows, Candreva ran to take a prop off stage, or so everyone thought. In reality, Candreva had left to retrieve an engagement ring for his on and off stage Juliet. Seconds later, Candreva returned and on one knee, in front of a full house, proposed to his girlfriend and dance partner of six years Erica Alvarado. According to Candreva, it was the only way he ever imagined it happening. “Romeo and Juliet is extra special to me,” Candreva said. “It is such a passionate and romantic ballet, and everything from the chemistry we share in our relationship to dancing the steps together felt so natural with Erica, the proposal too felt natural.” Alvarado said that Candreva has always been theatrical and romantic but that she did not see this coming. She said she had been engulfed in becoming Juliet for the last two hours and had not thought once that night about a proposal. “The whole company knew about the proposal the day before I popped the question,” Candreva said. “I had put that off because I didn't want word getting out to Erica, the surprise factor mattered to me.” Members of the dance company who witnessed the romantic event said his timing was thoughtful and heart warming. Managing director Jo Anne Emery said the entire dance company was impressed with how well Candreva kept his secret and how beautifully it all came together. Candreva and Alvarado met six years ago as members of the Milwaukee Ballet and a year later both coincidentally received contracts with City Ballet of San Diego. Candreva said he has always known she was the one he would marry and had planned to propose last season but chose to wait for the “Romeo and Juliet” performance. “Ballet drives both of our lives,” Candreva said. “Ballet is what brought us together and really what better play is there to propose after than ‘Romeo and Juliet’ where you two danced the roles of Romeo and Juliet?”
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    Deep-fried pizza, steampunkers and an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme at this year’s fair
    by LAINIE FRASER
    May 23, 2016 | 2006 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Deep-fried pizza, deep-fried lemonade and just about anything that can fit in the fryer, plus steampunkers and an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme, should keep fairgoers Mad About the Fair, which starts June 3 in Del Mar. PHOTO BY LAINIE FRASER
    Deep-fried pizza, deep-fried lemonade and just about anything that can fit in the fryer, plus steampunkers and an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme, should keep fairgoers Mad About the Fair, which starts June 3 in Del Mar. PHOTO BY LAINIE FRASER
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    As the largest fair in California, attracting more than 1.5 million people last year alone, the San Diego County Fair hopes to break the attendance record with this year's theme, “Mad About the Fair,” running June 3 through July 4. Fusing the inventive and artistic movement of steampunk with the magical world of Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” the Del Mar Fairgrounds have been transformed into Alice's world of wonder and amazement. Events like Tea Time in Wonderland and the Mad Hatters Dance Party are designed to transport those in attendance to a world full of characters in eclectic costumes and a variety of fried foods to go along. “We had this retro-futuristic vision for this year's fair,” Frederick Schenk, Agricultural Association Board member said. “We are grateful for how it has come together and for the outreach by the San Diego Steampunk Society.” Members of the San Diego Steampunk Society have worked diligently for months to create handcrafted costumes that are both Alice in Wonderland and steampunk inspired. Their work and adaptation of the storybook characters has been deemed a success by Schenk. According to Linda Zweig, director of media relations for the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the fair should feel like a wild tea party with food and people to match. “If you invite the steampunk community, they will make it a show,” Zweig said. With 10 festivals, daily contests, events and nightly entertainment, all 26 days of this year's fair are planned to impress from open until close. “There are magical manifestations and outlandish landscapes to highlight every single day of this fair,” Schenk said. Of the festivals planned for this year's fair, the San Diego International Beer Festival is scheduled for June 17 to 19 and is projected to attract a large crowd for the third year in a row. “Unlimited beer sampling from your backyard and around the world will make you grin like a Cheshire cat,” Schenk said. There are nine stages at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and each is scheduled to host musical, comedic and theatrical performances all day. Acts are family friendly, and many are free with an admission ticket. Headliners include Lady Antebellum, Grand Funk Railroad and Kenny Rogers, to name a few. “We want everyone to go completely bonkers,” said Tim Fennell, CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “What matters this year is food, fun and frolic, so please sip, savor and sample.” The newest feature to the fair this year is the California Grown Exhibit. It is an attempt to honor the agricultural history of the state and recognize California as the number one farming state in the nation. The exhibit is equip with farm animals and machinery and is intended to educate people about the past- and present-day farmer as well as the impact agriculture has across the state and nation. The exhibit will have three parts depicting farming yesterday, today and tomorrow. Food that is locally sourced and served farm to table will be available at the fair. “We want everyone to travel around this wonderful state through food and drink,” Schenk said. Planning for the 2016 fair began the day the 2015 fair ended, and, according to Zweig, it has been the board's intention from the start to make it the best one yet. “We are absolutely mad about the fair, and we want to open San Diego's mind to the eclectic world of steampunk,” Schenk said. Adult tickets for the fair are $16, and group promotions and passes are available online and at the fairgrounds. For more information about this year's fair and a chance to win merchandise as well as discounted admission tickets, the San Diego County Fair Street Team will be at the Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach, the D6 Night Market and the Balboa Park Garden Party in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, see sdfair.com for more.
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    Bill Walton sculpture as large as his life
    May 19, 2016 | 19304 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A life-size bronze sculpture of legendary San Diego athlete Bill Walton was unveiled Saturday, May 14 at Ski Beach Park in Mission Bay. / PHOTO BY JIM GRANT
    A life-size bronze sculpture of legendary San Diego athlete Bill Walton was unveiled Saturday, May 14 at Ski Beach Park in Mission Bay. / PHOTO BY JIM GRANT
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    A life-size bronze sculpture of legendary San Diego athlete Bill Walton was unveiled Saturday, May 14 at Ski Beach Park in Mission Bay. Walton, a lifelong cycling enthusiast, is commemorated in bronze with his bicycle. The statue stands 6 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 1,200 pounds. Alison Brown, the bronze sculptor who created the monument, took exact measurements of Walton’s bicycle, his shoes and other personal items. These were carefully replicated in the finished work, a life-size, highly detailed replica of the man himself. ‘In clay, every fingerprint, every detail created in the sculpture is transferred into bronze. When the sculpture is ultimately cast, the finished monument reflects every tiny detail in bronze,’ said Brown. Walton led the UCLA Bruins to national championships in the early 1970s before joining the NBA and playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, San Diego Clippers, and Boston Celtics. Walton won two NBA championships and was named the NBA’s most valuable player. He was eventually inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and named as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all time.
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    Sagan wins Stage 1 in sprint finish as Amgen Tour of California races through San Diego
    May 15, 2016 | 14483 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Peter Sagan, of team Tinkoff (in white jersey, black helmet, on right), won Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California with a come-from-behind sprint down Quivira Way to nip second place finisher Wouter Wippert, of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (in green jersey, green helmet), and Dylan Groenewegen, of Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (left, in yellow and black helmet) at the finish line in Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Peter Sagan, of team Tinkoff (in white jersey, black helmet, on right), won Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California with a come-from-behind sprint down Quivira Way to nip second place finisher Wouter Wippert, of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (in green jersey, green helmet), and Dylan Groenewegen, of Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (left, in yellow and black helmet) at the finish line in Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Peter Sagan, of team Tinkoff (in white jersey, black helmet, on right), won Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California with a come-from-behind sprint down Quivira Way to nip second place finisher Wouter Wippert, of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (in green jersey, green helmet), and Dylan Groenewegen, of Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (left, in yellow and black helmet) at the finish line in Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Peter Sagan, of team Tinkoff (in white jersey, black helmet, on right), won Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California with a come-from-behind sprint down Quivira Way to nip second place finisher Wouter Wippert, of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (in green jersey, green helmet), and Dylan Groenewegen, of Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (left, in yellow and black helmet) at the finish line in Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Peter Sagan, of team Tinkoff, receives his yellow jersey as the winner of Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 15 at the finish line in Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Peter Sagan, of team Tinkoff, receives his yellow jersey as the winner of Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 15 at the finish line in Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Reigning world champion and UCI’s top-ranked rider Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California with a come-from-behind sprint down Quivira Way to nip second place finisher Wouter Wippert (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) and Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) at the finish in Mission Bay. Sagan also earned the Visit California Sprint Jersey. Stage 1 kicked off the 11th annual eight-day stage race, which features some of the most accomplished riders in the sport competing across 782 miles before concluding in Sacramento on May 22. “I’m very happy to be here again, to catch a first victory here, in the first stage. Thank you to all my teammates. Today was a good day,” said Sagan of his 14th Amgen Tour of California career victory (the race’s all-time record holder for stage wins). “I came here the first time in 2010… it was a very nice race, very good organization, very nice hotels, food… Also, the level of the race is very good, and it’s also very good for preparation because it’s good weather. Now it’s the Giro and Tour of California. And I prefer to come here to train and prepare. And also I like California for the fans, and I’ve won a lot of stages here, and I’m very happy always to return here.” The picturesque 108-mile ride began with a breakaway group of seven riders who sprang out to take a 4-plus minute lead over the peloton, which they held for much of the stage. Team Katusha rode at the front of the peloton for much of the stage, with Team Sky, Tinkoff and BMC Racing Team lending a hand to chase down the leaders in the final miles. For his part in the breakaway, Jacob Rathe (USA) of San Diego-based Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, the 24 year-old rider who is coming back from artery surgery last season, was awarded the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey. With about two miles left in the stage, Team Lotto NL – Jumbo leapt to the front of the pack with Tinkoff jockeying for position to bring Sagan to the front. The last mile and a half saw a chaotic peloton fighting for control, with Lotto NL – Jumbo seeming to take over but Tinkoff still in the mix. Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Tom Boonen (BEL) made a move toward the final meters, which did not prove strong enough for the win, turning in an eighth place finish. Nothing could hold back the explosive world champion, with Sagan claiming the coveted Amgen Race Leader Jersey as well as the prize for Sprint points. “The fans are very nice. Every year it’s more and more fans for me, and I’m very happy for that,” said Sagan, who spoke of his love for California in the days leading to the race. The fans loved him right back, erupting into roars when he catapulted over the finish first by the length of his handlebars. American rider Oscar Clark (USA) of Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sportswear will ride tomorrow in the Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) jersey, which he earned in the one KOM climb today during his time in the breakaway. Speaking of the level of competition at the Amgen Tour of California, Clark said: “It’s great for us. It’s the biggest race we do all year, so to have the world champion and past world champions, and all the big name riders, it’s awesome for what we do.” Alexander Kristoff’s (NOR) Team Katusha rode hard for him all day with the famed sprinter getting swallowed by the other teams and coming in 16th for the day. Stage 1 Podium 1. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff (RUS) 2. Wouter Wippert (NED), Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (USA) 3. Dylan Groenewegen (NED), Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (NED) Stage 1 Jersey Winners 1. Amgen Leader Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff (RUS) 2. Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Oscar Clark (USA), Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sportswear (USA) 3. Visit California Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff (RUS) (jersey will be worn tomorrow by Wouter Wippert (NED), Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (USA) 4. SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Dylan Groenewegen (NED), Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (NED) 5. Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Jacob Rathe (USA), Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA) Celebrating its 11th year, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S. Amgen has been the title sponsor of the race since its first year. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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    Where to watch the Amgen Tour of California as it rolls through San Diego
    by JENNY WERTH
    May 11, 2016 | 16059 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    At least 16 teams of eight riders will begin the trek through 106 miles of San Diego’s diverse terrain with thousands of spectators vying for the ideal place to watch them start the race.
    At least 16 teams of eight riders will begin the trek through 106 miles of San Diego’s diverse terrain with thousands of spectators vying for the ideal place to watch them start the race.
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    Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and other pros will kick off the Amgen Tour of California race in Mission Bay’s Ski Beach at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15. At least 16 teams of eight riders will begin the trek through 106 miles of San Diego’s diverse terrain with thousands of spectators vying for the ideal place to watch them start the race. This is North America’s largest cycling event. Stage 1 begins at Mission Bay and goes through Balboa Park, downtown, Imperial Beach and other San Diego neighborhoods before returning west on Garnet Avenue to finish in Mission Bay about 3:40 p.m. Last year, the tour was broadcast in more than 200 countries as world-class riders cruised through the course. Here are some of the best spots to watch the cyclists spin by as they begin the weeklong 800-mile race. Mission Bay This free lifestyle festival is open to the public and will be staged at the race's finish line at 1500 Quivira Way, near Marina Village from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This daylong viewing spot will host entertainment and fun for the whole family with more than 40 exhibitors, various local bands providing music, booths for cancer and cardiovascular awareness education, cycling-themed products and demos, family activities and a Michelob Ultra beer garden with outdoor video screens. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend. Plan on arriving by 12:30 p.m. Veteran’s Corner This special spot, at Civita Life Mission Valley from 1 to 4 p.m., was created for military families; however it’s also free and open to the public. In fact, it’s San Diego’s version of the Tour de France Dutch Corner. “For us to replicate the feeling of international racing, we have the Veteran’s Corner. (Riders) go right down Friars Road in front of the property,” said Ed Clancy, chairman of the Amgen Tour of California – San Diego Local Organizing Committee. There will be live music, food trucks and children’s games including a bounce house along with TVs streaming the race. Plus, this location is on the actual race course – you can watch the riders breeze by live. The Lot La Jolla The Lot in La Jolla will have a free block-party type atmosphere for watching the race from 1 to 4 p.m. There will even be a spin class while the race is under way so one can feel motivated. Expect food and drink specials along with some Amgen Tour of California swag-bag giveaways. There are other viewing locations throughout the city as well, such as along Garnet Avenue and Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach. Visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com for more viewing spots and information. It was a priority for Clancy to bring the race spotlight to San Diego. “We were looking for something better and bolder… it’s important to bridge the gap between international teams and our community,” he said. “Knowing we have such a strong and healthy living community, we wanted to engage communities both on the race route and off the route with viewing locations,” he said. If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the sport of cycling, Clancy suggests you visit velonews.competitor.com. “If we can (influence) a family member to ride a bike, we’re succeeding.”
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