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Theater Review: “All in the Timing”

“All in the Timing” plays through May 5, 2019 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.

Playwright David Ives is fascinated by words, and in “All in the Timing” he gives us six short plays demonstrating how they can be used, abused and misused. The intent here is strictly amusement.

Dishes at the Crest Café are always Instagram-ready

Great food caught on camera.

No doubt you have a friend on social media who loves to take pictures of their restaurant food.

That can either make you jealous because they are eating out yet again, or make you hungry depending on what they show. 

Harry's Shave Co. advert is trans-inclusive

Harry's Shave Co.features a trans man.

Harry’s Shave Company has joined the upswing of companies who include LGBT people in their commercials. AT&T has a current one in which a married male couple is going out on date night, but the babysitter can't even remember their kid's names. 

Harry's has a subtler approach in their commercial. In it, several men, some hirsute, some not, are given the choice to shave. 

Converse laces up for Pride

Another Pride season is gearing up to overtake city streets around the world, and Converse wants to make sure your feet are strapped to represent your tribe but also endure the pavement. 

Their new Pride line of footwear is now available, including, for the first time, a special trans flag color edition. 

Charlize Theron says her oldest daughter is transgender

Charlize Theron says that her oldest daughter is transgender.

Actress Charlize Theron says that her oldest daughter is transgender. In an interview for The Daily Mail the Oscar winner says her 7-year-old daughter Jackson was assigned male at birth. 

“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron, 43, said in the interview. “Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!'”

Theater Review: “The Servant of Two Masters”

“The Servant of Two Masters” plays through May 5, 2019 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street in Carlsbad.

Carlo Goldoni’s mid-18th-century “The Servant of Two Masters” is a piece of commedia dell’arte comedy, which in its original form was mostly improvised.

Theater Review: “Almost, Maine”

Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

Men and women may not be different species, but sometimes it seems they live on different planets, as John Cariani’s fanciful “Almost, Maine” demonstrates in a lively production playing through April 27 at Vista’s Broadway Theater.

Theater Review: “Poor Yella Rednecks”

When I first saw “Vietgone” three years ago, I (like many others) thought Qui Nguyen an important new voice in theater, with a knack for saying something important with wit, humor and grace.

That show was so wildly successful that newcomer Nguyen took the opportunity to expand his writing horizons into film and TV as well.

Top 5 pop culture news items from 1999, when "Trick" was released

It's hard to believe that Jim Fall's movie "Trick" has been around for two decades. It was released on January 27, 1999: Cher's "Believe" was auto-tuning our souls, "She's All That" defined the teen rom-com, and plastic chokers were a fashion fad. 

Theater Review: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” plays through May 5, 2019 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights

In these times of growing fear of the “other,” it’s nice to be reminded of the unafraid, those who embrace who they really are.

The Greeks (notably Plato) posited that humans once came in twos, attached (with two heads, four arms, etc), but that the gods were angered one day and split early humans in two, leaving each to wander around in search of its other half.