North Coast Current

Comic Fest goes back to basics

Ken Pagano

August 18, 2012


Filed under Arts, NORTH COAST BEAT, Region, San Diego County

It’s been dubbed “Comic-Con unplugged.” A smaller, more intimate convention where attendees and professionals can mingle, swap stories and share the same patio table for a bite without Bruiser the bodyguard cracking his knuckles and staring down fans to stay in line. Likened to watching a...

Comic-Con local snapshot: All in a week’s work

Comic-Con local snapshot: All in a week’s work

Roman S. Koenig

July 16, 2012


Filed under Arts, Cardiff by the Sea, Comic-Con, Encinitas, NORTH COAST BEAT

Given San Diego Comic-Con International’s status as a major pop-culture hub for movies, television and comics, it might be easy to overlook the numbers of independent artists and entrepreneurs who count the annual event as part their bread and butter. Among those this year was Cardiff-by-the-Sea...

Artist pins hopes on expanding work

Artist pins hopes on expanding work

Ernesto Lopez

June 25, 2012


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, NORTH COAST BEAT, Uncategorized

Cardiff-by-Sea artist Scott Saw, 41, is taking a leap of faith. For the first time in nearly 15 years of creating art by night, he has gone full-time. “It’s a very tricky time to go full-time with the addition of my second son, but I am very passionate about what I am doing,” Saw said. The San D...

The courtship of ‘Father Eddie’: Local film producers seek sponsors for project

The courtship of ‘Father Eddie’: Local film producers seek sponsors for project

Lauren Ciallella

May 31, 2012


Filed under Arts, Carlsbad, Film, NORTH COAST BEAT

There’s no question that the priesthood could use some positive press nowadays, and that’s why Father Eddie is counting on San Diego’s tight-knit community to help bring this story to light. “Father Eddie,” a feature film about an unemployed telemarketer who pretends to be a priest for a...

CROLOS colored by artist’s life experiences

CROLOS colored by artist’s life experiences

Ernesto Lopez

April 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, NORTH COAST BEAT

His first full art collection has been a long time coming for San Diego artist Isaias Crow. He is showing 17 large pieces at Santos Fine Art Galleries in Encinitas. He created the show over the last two months out of his home studio. He named it CROLOS, a graffiti-style collection with positive affirmati...

Diversity marks Street Fair music scene

David McAtee

April 9, 2009


Filed under Encinitas, Music, NORTH COAST BEAT

The Encinitas Street Fair is upon us again this spring, bringing with it a tight cross section of local music — from ambient-based indie rock to bluegrass and world music. The fair takes place the weekend of April 25 and 26, and brings not only great local music, but impressive local beer as well. According...

Music muse: Meeting Mraz

Music muse: Meeting Mraz

Tawny Maya McCray

February 15, 2009


Filed under Music, NORTH COAST BEAT, Oceanside, Region

Five months, ago I was grooving to his CD on a car trip to Palm Springs and now here I was sitting in his home studio sharing some “superfood” with Jason Mraz.“If you’ve never had a golden berry, I recommend you reach your hand in here and take one,” Mraz said, offering up a handful of berri...

Dylan among Howls’ influences

Dylan among Howls’ influences

Scott Landheer

February 15, 2009


Filed under Music, NORTH COAST BEAT, Region, Solana Beach

Since their first public performance less than a year ago, local band The Howls have been making a name for themselves playing venues throughout North County and San Diego. Made up of John Cooper, 23, on vocals, guitar and the occasional harmonica, Dave Gargula, 20, on drums and Caleb Chial, 20, on bas...

Musician’s journey ‘complete inspiration’

Musician’s journey ‘complete inspiration’

Scott Landheer

November 25, 2008


Filed under Arts, Music, NORTH COAST BEAT

Joseph Angelastro started playing viola when he was in the fourth grade, but only because the lessons got him out of class. That first step into music would eventually lead him to North County with a personal quest to keep jazz alive. At the age of 11, Angelastro picked up the guitar. Even then, it...

Zen Boy & Karma Girl make the best of life on Earth

Zen Boy & Karma Girl make the best of life on Earth

Fred Castano

August 7, 2007


Filed under Encinitas, Music, NORTH COAST BEAT

Musical duo Zen Boy & Karma Girl are not your ordinary acoustic male-female close harmony folk singers. To say that they are out of the ordinary is an understatement.  The story is that they are superheroes from another planet who crash-landed here on Earth and became folk singers.  They have...

Java Depot — the cup stops here

Java Depot — the cup stops here

Lauren Ciallella

April 26, 2007


Filed under NORTH COAST BEAT, Real Beans, Solana Beach

(Java Depot closed in 2017) Across from the Solana Beach train station, Bryan Fuller and his wife, Krista, opened the Java Depot 16 years ago with no restaurant experience. Standing on the innovative, coffeehouse platform, they arrived ahead of schedule on a brewing market that would soon have ...

Filmmaker translates ‘spoken word’ to video

Judy Sarup

April 26, 2007


Filed under Arts, Encinitas, Film, NORTH COAST BEAT, Region, San Diego County

Mark Freeman is an active Encinitas-based filmmaker, but you won’t find his screenings at your local movie theater. Freeman, a San Diego State film professor, is an independent documentary filmmaker specializing in political or cultural issues, or community portraits. Each film or video he makes is d...

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