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'June gloom' has finally come to an end, though it did not go without a fight. / PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
'June gloom' has finally come to an end, though it did not go without a fight. / PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
Osher Lifelong learning

Since June 19, the summer quarter registration has been open at The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego. The Institute offers stimulating daily lectures and seminars for individuals 50-plus years of age who become members.

The first lecture begins on Wednesday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Class offerings include presentations from scholars and experts in the fields of art and music, law and society, science and engineering, among many other subjects. All lectures are held on the extension campus located at 9600 North Torrey Pines Road.

Summer quarter lecture subjects include Igor Stravinsky, art history of the United States, the Supreme Court, changing oceans ecosystems and new planets. 

For information on membership, visit  or call 858-534-3409.

Marine Room chef named ‘Chef of the Year’ by California Restaurant Association

The Marine Room recently announced its chef de cuisine, Ron Oliver, was named “Chef of the Year” by the San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association (CRA).

The CRA held its 33rd annual Gold Medallion Awards on June 13 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley, where the restaurant industry’s most prestigious honors were bestowed upon San Diego eateries and industry leaders.  

For more than 18 years, chef Oliver has been instrumental in upholding the rich traditions of The Marine Room as a San Diego landmark while introducing exciting new programs and events, including the popular high tide dinners and annual cooking class series – which Oliver co-hosts with executive chef Bernard Guillas. His partnership with Guillas has also led to the publication of two highly acclaimed cookbooks and countless awards for the world-renowned restaurant.

The Marine Room is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla and is owned and operated by the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. For more information and reservations, call 858-459-7222, or visit

LJ Playhouse recently announced Without Walls (WoW) festival dates

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for its commitment to the development of new work and new theatrical forms, is pleased to announced the dates and selected projects and collaborators for its third Without Walls (WoW) Festival of immersive and site-based work. 

The 2017 WoW Festival will take place Oct. 19 to22 in downtown San Diego and surrounding areas, in collaboration with several major partners, including Horton Plaza Park, Westfield Corp.; The New Children’s Museum; the San Diego Public Library; Bread & Salt and Border X Brewing; as well as ArtPower. Also new to this year’s event is the appointment of Meiyin Wang as festival director.

“Building on the success of our previous Without Walls Festivals, our 2017 outing will showcase works that redefine our conception of theatre, as well as the customary relationship between audience and art. In a new twist, we’re bringing this year’s festival to downtown San Diego and environs, giving the Playhouse an opportunity to expand our reach, develop new community partnerships and offer audiences even more innovative sites and experiences,” said La Jolla Playhouse artistic director and 2017 Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley.

MCASD mourns the loss of devotedarts patron, Danah Fayman

A dedicated philanthropist and cultural leader, Danah Fayman's involvement with the Museum of Contemporary Art began 60 years ago. After earning her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University in 1957, she immediately came to work at what was then called the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.

At the museum, she established and held the position of public relations director for three years. Both she and her late husband, Lynn, were consistent members of the museum's Collectors Circle group and each served tenures on the museum's board of trustees. Danah joined the board of trustees in 1970, and served as board president from 1976-1984. In the decades since, she remained active with the Collectors Circle and was named an honorary trustee in 2012.

"Danah Fayman truly believed in the power of art," said Kathryn Kanjo, The David C. Copley director and CEO. "Through her conviction and generosity, her name became synonymous with the adventurous spirit of MCASD's program. Indeed, a gallery in La Jolla and a space downtown are named in her honor. Likewise she, often with Lynn, helped the museum acquire nearly two dozen works of art, including pieces by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Manny Farber, Faiya Fredman, Donald Judd, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and others. We are honored to hold this legacy." 

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters excel in recent review of women-produced coffees

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters recently announced that they received a 94 point score on their Colombia La Palma Y El Tucan, a lactic processed Gesha, which also received the second spot in a review this month for the best women-produced coffees in

Like the majority of coffees sold at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (BRCR), the Gesha was sourced directly at origin from the La Palma Y El Tucan farm by co-owner of BRCR and PT's Coffee Roasting Co. (PT's Coffee), Jeff Taylor, on a trip to Colombia last year.

In the same review, PT's Coffee received 95 points on their El Salvador Finca Kilimanjaro, a cascara-fermentation processed coffee by Aida Batlle, which secured the top spot in the U.S. review of women-produced coffees in

“There is so much to celebrate in these outstanding reviews,” said Taylor. “Not only did both our companies excel in this review, but since women-produced coffee is rare in the coffee business, we are thrilled to support those producers who are exceeding in the face of varied pressures, including the multiple roles these women play as heads of their family and their businesses.”

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Tony Ciani
July 18, 2017
In 1957, the SDMCA was known as "The La Jolla Art Center"
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