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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.
Musical instruments. (FreeImages photo by Eduardo Guillen)

CARLSBAD: Local symphony players perform Jan. 22

January 10, 2017

CARLSBAD — The Chamber Music Players of the North Coast Symphony Orchestra present “Musical Mélange” at the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad Dove Library on Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The program will...

Encinitas Street Fair events included The Lumberyard shopping center as a venue April 24. (Photo by Michele Leivas)

Event Review: A family day at the Encinitas Street Fair

Michele Leivas May 3, 2016
Encinitas hosted its 33rd annual Spring Street Fair this weekend with sights and sounds for the entire family.

Remembrance: Local music scene honors Martin Grusin at Belly Up

Layla Marino March 27, 2016
Mid-November last year, Del Mar and the music world at large suffered a great loss. Martin Grusin, best-known along the North Coast as the best vocal coach in the area, sang his last notes. His true legacy was felt in the support rallied by local musicians, his students and The Belly Up Tavern as they all came together in tribute in early February.
The band Hum continues to be led by Matt Talbott. (Hum publicity photo)

Review: Hum’s sound draws dedicated crowd to The Belly Up

Layla Marino October 18, 2015

The grunge and metal scenes of the 1990s produced many bands that gained purchase in the pop charts in a way previously unseen in indie music. Many of these groups, such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and The Red...

Cast and crew members of “Things Happen” answer questions following the film’s premiere June 14 at the Horton Grand Theatre in downtown San Diego. Left to right: Cinematographer Bryan Davis, actor and writer Sebastien Cipolla, director and writer David S. Dawson and actor Merrick McCartha. Kristin Naomi Garcia (far right) moderated the session. (Photo by Carla Van Wagoner of intelleXual entertainment)

‘IntelleXual’ podcasters celebrate 100 episodes of stimulating conversation

Adam Burkhart June 17, 2015

On a recent Sunday, a couple of hours before the hosts and crew of “The IntelleXual Podcast” were to celebrate their 100th episode with a live taping at the Horton Grand Theatre in downtown San Diego,...

Helmet lead singer Page Hamilton performs with the band April 29 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Review: Helmet could’ve been more solid in Belly Up performance

Layla Marino May 18, 2015

The 1990s indie/grunge band Helmet burst onto the scene in 1990 with a sound that was completely different from most of the alternative rock bands of the time. With fast, driving guitars and heavy, intense...

The Juliana Hatfield Three perform to a modest but devoted crowd March 18 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Review: Juliana Hatfield Three prove they deserve brighter spotlight

Layla Marino April 20, 2015

Even in the 1990s, a period in indie music when there weren’t a lot of limits, Juliana Hatfield checked too many boxes to adhere to just one alt rock genre. Then again, she seemed like the Groucho Marx...

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