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Review: Dead Kennedys’ punk style alive and relevant in 2015

The Dead Kennedys’ raucous show at the Belly Up on Jan. 15 in Solana Beach attracted viral attention online. (Photo by Jesus Ruiz)

Layla Marino

February 12, 2015

The Dead Kennedys are a punk band from the 1980s with near legendary status. From their iconic rune-inspired logo to the antics of frenetic frontman Jello Biafra, this loud, hardcore and marginally silly band represents the spirit of anarchy and rebellion that is endemic in the soul of every punk ro...

Cracker, Camper van Beethoven a perfect pairing at Belly Up

Cracker lead singer David Lowery performs with the band Dec. 30 at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Layla Marino

January 8, 2015

The Belly Up has done it again. You’d think this venue would be slowing down after having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, but December saw another fabulous lineup of shows, parties and charity events. Each month, the venue has at least one if not many huge headliners, and the last month in 2014 ...

Review: Coast a perfect place for album launch

Cleopatra Degher performs recently at Ducky Waddle’s Emporium in Leucadia. (Publicity photo by Jay Styron)

Layla Marino

September 30, 2014

Many residents of San Diego County, and even perhaps North County folks, may be surprised by the number of album launch parties that take place in the region. In fact, musical artists both local and outside of San Diego County often choose the intimate and fun venues on the coast of North County for su...

Review: Buzzcocks still rock at the Belly Up

Layla Marino

September 30, 2014

If the Buzzcocks show at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on Sept. 19 is anything to go by, punk rock is most certainly not dead. There is also, often, a worry with older bands on reunion tours as to whether they can still perform, whether they still have “it.” No worries with the Buzzcocks, however, a...

LeucadiART Walk draws diverse talent

Multimedia artist Michael Amorillo, known as “Monstrinho,” takes a break during the creation of his project at LeucadiART Walk on Aug. 24 in Leucadia. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Layla Marino

August 29, 2014

The NTC Mission Federal Artwalk in Point Loma (formerly Little Italy Artwalk) is a hotly anticipated event in San Diego County, but if you’re looking for great art right here in North County or just a fun Sunday event, you would have been well-advised to check out the Leucadia Artwalk (dubbed Leucadi...

Chicken ‘parade’ has San Marcos on the hunt

This chicken sculpture, pictured Aug. 15 at Old California Coffeehouse and Eatery in San Marcos, is part of the community’s Chicken Parade event running through Sept. 30. (North Coast Current photo)

Helen Hawes

August 15, 2014

Why do the chickens in North County cross the road? Because they’re in the San Marcos Chicken Parade. But these fowl don’t move, they actually get the residents in the area to crisscross the city’s streets in a scavenger hunt in an effort to build community, have fun and win prizes. It’s a...

Palomar College marks opening of arts complex

Palomar College Governing Board President Nancy Chadwick (left) and college President Robert Deegan celebrate the opening of the remodeled performing arts complex at the San Marcos campus Sept. 20. (Photo by Manny Lopez)

Manny Lopez

October 2, 2013

Palomar College celebrated the grand opening of its $24 million performing arts complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by tours and multidisciplinary performances featuring faculty members at the newly renovated Howard Brubeck Theatre on the main campus in San Marcos. Held on Sept. 20, the...

Oceanside film fest celebrates cinema

Guests talk in the Star Theatre lobby at the Oceanside Film Festival’s red-carpet opening Aug. 22. (Photo by Paige Nelson)

Paige Nelson

September 1, 2013

Unsigned filmmakers from around the world made their debut on the big screen Aug. 22-25 at the historic Star Theatre for Oceanside’s third annual International Film Festival. Fifty films from nearly every genre were shown at the four-day movie marathon, filling up as many as 22 total hours of screening...

Independents’ days: Oceanside fest celebrates art of film

Oceanside International Film Festival Chairman Dmitriy Demidov stands Aug. 4 outside the Star Theatre in downtown Oceanside, the venue for much of the festival's events. (Photo by Paige Nelson)

Paige Nelson

August 10, 2013

The Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for its third annual Oceanside International Film Festival later this month. The four-day event officially kicks off the film festival season in San Diego, starting Aug. 22. The festival showcases a juried selection...

Marquee family: Schulzes bring artistic energy to Oceanside

Mother-and-son theater team David and Ann Schulz, pictured June 4, run the Star Theatre in downtown Oceanside. (Photo by Paige Nelson)

Heather Randall

June 7, 2013

In just a short time, patrons of downtown Oceanside’s nightlife will notice a brighter sparkle emanating from the historic Star Theatre on Coast Highway when the restoration of the prominent marquee, originally built in 1956, is completed. The project is aimed to coincide with Oceanside’s 125th...

Artists pay homage to influential teacher

Esther Painter Hagstrom. (Courtesy photo)

Helen Hawes

March 25, 2013

John Minchin’s warm brown eyes light up when he talks about his career as an architect and illustrator. Petite and upbeat Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs is almost magical when she speaks of her work as a plein air painter. These two Encinitas artists hadn’t seen each other since they were children until...

Prettyman rebounds with inspired album

Solana Beach singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman is on tour following the October release of “Cedar + Gold,” her third album and first since 2008. The album was released by Capitol Records. (Courtesy photo by Lauren Ross)

Stephen Rubin

March 2, 2013

Polyps on the vocal cords. These blistery soft growths are presumably undesired by someone who banks on her voice. But Solana Beach resident Tristan Prettyman sees her two little buggers, since removed, as a “crazy, magical blessing.” “I basically was forcing myself to write and start playing music again, even though inside I was sup...

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