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“I’m trying to make old music cool again,” Oceanside alt-country singer-songwriter Kimmi Bitter says of her music. (Publicity photo)

From Oceanside to the open road: Kimmi Bitter’s musical journey

Charlene Pulsonetti September 11, 2022
If you long for a fresh take on dreamy tunes reminiscent of the 1960s and ’70s, and female vocals that pull on the heartstrings, you don’t need Doc Brown’s time traveling DeLorean. Instead, look to Oceanside’s Kimmi Bitter.
A sign at La Costa Avenue and Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia directs drivers east to Interstate 5. (Photo by Doug Berry, iStock Getty Images)

LeucadiART Walk returns to Encinitas on Aug. 28

News Release August 18, 2022
Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association presents its 16th Annual LeucadiART Walk, Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Music. (Photo by Matt Botsford via Unsplash)

Summer Fun on the 101 promotes local music, helps fund scholarships

News Release July 7, 2022
Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association announces the return of its annual Summer Fun on the 101 music festival on July 9 at the Leucadia Roadside Park.
Top of the Hill Gang members (left to right) David Murray, Marc Tayer, Stephen Rollins, Trisha Chavarria, Julian Lewis, Lance Gomez. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Rollins)

New beginnings at the Encinitas School of Music

Charlene Pulsonetti May 27, 2022
For Trisha Chavarria, chief financial officer of The Encinitas School of Music, a lifelong passion for music and a background in elementary education has resulted in a fulfilling career as well as a source of personal strength.
Oceanside “BattleBots” team Gigabyte, led by John Mladenik (center right), started as a hobby project 20 years ago and has grown into a major contender in the televised sport on the Discovery Channel. (BattleBots photo)

Oceanside ‘BattleBots’ team taking a Gigabyte out of the competition

Clark Fahrenthold April 20, 2022
San Diego County, as we all know, is home to a multitude of sports teams. The Padres, the San Diego Loyal, San Diego Wave FC, the Soccers, the Seals. But perhaps the region’s most unique and thrilling resides in Oceanside in the professional “BattleBots” team Gigabyte.
Actors in the Star Theatre Coast Kids program perform in “Hairspray” in November 2017 at the theater, which is located in Oceanside. (Star Theatre photo)

Oceanside’s Star Theatre Company promotes arts-funding initiative

Charlene Pulsonetti March 11, 2022
California educators and celebrities have spoken up in support of a proposed ballot measure to more securely fund arts education, and now local arts organizations such as Star Theatre Company in Oceanside are getting involved to help.
Actors Richard Baird (left) and Brandon J. Pierce star in the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of “Ben Butler,” written by Richard Strand and directed by David Ellenstein. The Solana Beach theater has extended the show’s run through Nov. 21. (NCRT photo by Aaron Rumley)

Civil War play brings history and comedy to stage in Solana Beach

Roxana Becerril November 5, 2021
“If history was always taught this way in class, everyone would want to go,” award-winning actor Richard Baird said about “Ben Butler” by Richard Strand, the play now on stage at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach through Nov. 21.
Lux Art Institute in Encinitas is merging with the San Diego Art Institute this September to create The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego. (Lux Art Institute photo)

Lux merger with San Diego Art Institute creates broader forum

Anneliese Esparza March 30, 2021
When the Lux Art Institute and the San Diego Art Institute merge this September to become The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the two campuses will have over 15,000 square feet of indoor space for art galleries, classes, workshops and artist residencies.

Encinitas novelist is international award finalist

North Coast Current May 22, 2020
“Black Market News,” the debut novel by Encinitas-based journalist, filmmaker and educator Roman S. Koenig, is an official 2020 Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist.
Carlsbad artist N.C. Winters draws a sketch for fan Susie Lum of La Mirada at his Comic-Con booth. The convention ran July 18-21 in downtown San Diego. (Photo by Meghan Lanigan)

San Diego Comic-Con marks milestone for Carlsbad artist

Meghan Lanigan July 26, 2019
Carlsbad artist and designer N.C. Winters had shown his artwork at Comic-Con before, but 2019 marked a milestone. This year marked the 50th anniversary of Comic-Con and the first time Winters decided to have his own full booth at the event.
Encinitas artist Carla Funk sits among works in her studio July 2. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Encinitas artist guides young students through creativity at summer camp

Meghan Lanigan July 8, 2019
One Encinitas woman’s passion has been to keep children connected to art, and for the past 27 years, Carla Funk, artist and published poet, has merged art with learning at a camp she hosts for kids in her back yard every summer.
This architectural rendering shows how mosaics will be placed under the Interstate 5 undercrossing at Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas. (Courtesy photo)

Encinitas seeks high school, college artists for mosaic project

North Coast Current September 28, 2018
The city of Encinitas invites college and high school artists to participate in a permanent installation of mosaic panels at the Interstate 5 undercrossing at Santa Fe Drive, the city recently announced.
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