<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:07:36 -0700 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:07:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gov. Christie, Fallon Talk Republican Debates]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:36:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie.png Chris Christie explains to Jimmy Fallon why we didn't hear much from the New Jersey governor during the first Republican presidential primary debate.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Do+Not+Read1.png Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Hamburgers: Bad News for Cows."]]> <![CDATA[Christie May Go 'Nuclear' if Ignored Next Debate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:23:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie+Interview.png

It wasn't the "belt grabber" or "back it up" we hoped for, but Chris Christie did perform an encore snippet of "Dance You Do at a Springsteen Concert" from the infamous "The Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit.

The New Jersey governor and presidential candidate stopped by the "Tonight Show" Monday and challenged Jimmy Fallon to a lip syncing battle.

"When I say we are going to lip sync, we are going to lip sync," Christie asserted as he pulled a microphone from behind his chair and began rocking to Springsteen's hit "Born in the USA."

"You won! You're the lip sync winner," Fallon cut it, interrupting his performance as he handed Christie a championship medal.

The GOP nominee hopeful chatted about meeting Fallon's wife in New Hampshire and revealed his plans to take a more aggressive approach during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month.

"In the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," Fallon said referring to the first Republican primary debate on the Fox News Channel.

"Me, too," Christie quipped, noting at one point he went 20 questions without being called on. "But stay tuned on Sept. 16th, we may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row -— count 'em at home — if I get to 15 in a row, you're going to go 'Uh oh, he's going to go nuclear now.'"

"That's what I'm talking about!" Fallon cheered. "That's what we want to see!"

Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the famously brash governor, suggesting that he's been overshadowed by billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Christie had several notable clashes with his opponents during the Fox News debate and his performance was generally well-reviewed, but Trump nonetheless dominated coverage of the event.

"Donald Trump now is in the lead in all these polls. Is this a surprise to you?" Fallon asked Christie.

"I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie responded sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, amazing. It's the best."

Christie also talked during the interview about a sleepover he had with rival Marco Rubio at 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's home ahead of a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After dinner the night before the parade, he said, Romney invited the two competitors, along with their families and a handful of his grandkids on a boat ride that included an unexpected stop for ice cream.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,' " Christie recalled.

"First of all, you weren't like, 'All right,' Fallon chimed. "You were like, 'Yes!'"

Christie jokingly stormed off the stage. When he returned to his chair, he told Fallon, "If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me."

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<![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72812998+%281%29.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to hit Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

“The SpongeBob Musical” will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to originals songs from some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with a book coming from Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”).

The project co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who says she was attracted to the ensemble nature of the material.

“[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

Landau also said that their actors won’t be using prosthetics or costumes to bring the show’s characters to life. 

“The SpongeBob Musical” will have its world premiere in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning June 7, 2016, in a limited engagement through July 3. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart’s Philly 5K ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kevin-Hart-Run.jpg

Thousands of people joined superstar comedian Kevin Hart for a 5K run in Philadelphia Saturday morning.

Hart, a Philly native, teamed up with Nike+ Run Club to organize the race, which began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:04 a.m. and ended there. Prior to his hometown, the comedian held 5K runs in seven other cities, including New York and Houston.

Comedian J.B. Smoove and 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor were among the participants Saturday.

Hart claimed that nearly 4500 people came out for the event, which was open to runners of all speeds and paces.

“When I first started doing these spontaneous 5K runs it was just something I was doing authentically through social media,” Hart told NBC10’s Monique Braxton. “Nike got wind of it and Nike was like, ‘What you’re doing is amazing. You’re motivating people, you’re pushing people to do better, to simply be the best version of themselves that they possibly can.’”

Hart, who has over 21 million followers on Twitter, says the event is part of his goal of motivating his fans to get fit and healthy.

“When it comes to physical fitness and health I think that’s something that I’ve really adapted to and that’s something that I take serious now,” he said. “We’re simply in the business of making people understand and grasp the concept of taking care of yourself. “

Hart finished the race in a little under 22 minutes. He congratulated and high-fived runners as they finished at the Rocky steps.

Hart will perform Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field as part of his “What Now” comedy tour.

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<![CDATA[Win an Ariana Grande VIP Experience!]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:32:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/ariana-grande.jpg

Princess of pop Ariana Grande will roll into Sleep Train Amphitheatre next month, and to celebrate, SoundDiego is giving away a VIP experience!

That’s right, you and your three besties will rocking box seats after you park VIP style on Sept. 9, when the former Nickelodeon star drops “Bang Bang,” “The Way,” "Problem” and the rest of her hits.

Enter NOW to win an Ariana Grande VIP Experience!!!

Grande -- who’s known for her musical collaborations with everybody from the Weeknd to David Guetta to her ex, Big Sean -- hasn’t mentioned any famous guests yet, but, who knows? Maybe she’ll bring out Prince Royce, who’s providing musical support on the tour, for a duet.

To duplicate this experience would cost $800, so be sure to enter to win NOW!!

<![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.

Photo Credit: Adrian Finley
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<![CDATA[Somali Food in San Diego]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:44:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OTEP-Somali-Food-12.jpeg

Curry and cumin. Lamb and goat. Seasoned rice and spaghetti. Those are some of the flavors and foods of Somali cuisine found in San Diego's City Heights community.

Continuing our series celebrating San Diego’s rich cultural diversity and food scene, here are the places we visited and the dishes we tried (see our interactive map below to explore the locations):

Fatuma Restaurant (4869 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105):

  • Combo plate with grilled goat, fried tilapia, rice and vegetables
  • Soor, which is a style of corn grits, served under seasoned spinach
  • Mixed fruit drink (tastes like guava juice)

Faridas East African Cuisine (1754 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92105)

  • Chicken and beef sambusas (fried meat or vegetable pastries)
  • Combo chicken plate
  • Traditional Somali tea, which is fragrant milk tea

If you like spicy, make sure you ask for the green sauce – or as online reviewers like to refer to as “the green stuff.” The restaurant may give you a banana with your meal. If you can resist, don’t eat it right away. It isn’t an appetizer. Traditionally, the banana is eaten with the meal, like a condiment.

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In the '90s thousands of people escaped Somalia as a result of the Somali Civil War. Before then, imperial powers and civil unrest had already displaced many Somalis around Africa (notably North and South Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti) and the world.

There are between 10,000 and 20,000 Somalis residing in San Diego, making San Diego home to the second largest Somali population in the United States.

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Abdikidar Osman welcomed us into his business, Fatuma Restaurant, and explained customers can sit and eat at tables or take off their shoes and eat on the carpet on the ground. Traditionally, Somali food is eaten that way, using hands.

“One of the most important things people should know about Somali culture is we are very open-minded people. We like to talk, and Somalis are well known for sitting around having tea,” said Osman.

When asked what a first-timer should try at his restaurant, he recommended the lamb and goat with rice dishes.

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The goat is boiled for two to three hours to make it very tender. It’s then spiced with cumin, curry, pepper and Fatuma’s secret mix of other spices. Many people like the goat grilled after it’s boiled to give it a deliciously gristly crunch.

In 1990, Osman came to the U.S. by himself. He had two things – $19 in his pocket and a positive attitude. He named his restaurant Fatuma, after his wife who currently resides in Ethiopia. Together they have six children. Noticing the Somali community in San Diego didn’t have the best access to the food they needed, he opened a market in City Heights and then a restaurant.

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Somalis are Muslim. They eat Halal food, which means it’s prepared following Islamic principle.

“For the Somali community, going out and trying to eat that food, there was no accessibility there,” he explained. “For me it was a business opportunity and at the same time serving the community.”

Although Somalis are, geographically, a divided people, Osman says San Diego has united them.

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“The most amazing thing in San Diego, compared to other cities, and I can fully say this – the community, the elders in San Diego are very united elders,” he explained. “We were divided back in Somalia because of the civil war, but once we come over here it’s a completely different mentality.”

Elders are the most respected – the decision makers – in Somali communities.

NOTE: If you’ve been watching/reading this “Off the Eaten Path” series celebrating San Diego’s diversity through food, share your thoughts with reporter Candice Nguyen by emailing her at candice.nguyen@nbcuni.com or messaging her on her Facebook page.



Photo Credit: Candice Nguyen
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<![CDATA[Taylor Swift at Petco Park: Parking & Transit Tips]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:32:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_907327701687_edited-1.jpg

Mega pop star Taylor Swift will perform at Petco Park on Saturday and those heading to the sold out concert should have a game plan for parking and getting to the big show in busy downtown San Diego.

Petco Park officials encourage concert guests to arrive downtown early. Parking lots near the ballpark will open at 12 p.m. Gates to the stadium will open at 5 p.m., and opening acts – Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes – are set to perform at 7 p.m.

Besides ballpark-adjacent lots, more than 2,500 spaces will be available at the following parking lots and garages: 707 Broadway; Horton Plaza; San Diego Convention Center (Harbor Drive); and Hilton Bayfront (Harbor Drive). These lots can be accessed via the Front Street exit from southbound Interstate 5 or the Cesar Chavez Parkway exit from northbound I-5.

More downtown parking information can be seen here.

To avoid traffic and parking delays, concert guests should also consider using public transportation, including the trolley.

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), says it will run added special event trolley service on Saturday specifically for the Taylor Swift concert, scheduling extra trolleys to accommodate the large crowds.

Though park and ride lots with free parking are located along trolley lines, MTS says parking will be limited – especially because there’s also a San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks game at Qualcomm Stadium at 5 p.m., which will pack the park and ride lots and trolleys with even more passengers.

For this reason, MTS suggests concert guests catch their ride on public transit early. All three MTS trolley lines provide direct service downtown, stopping near Petco Park.

The Green Line will increase trolleys to a 7.5-minute service schedule from Qualcomm Stadium to downtown San Diego from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Green Line trolleys will depart from the 12th & Imperial Transit Center and Gaslamp Quarter Station every 15 minutes during and after the concert, headed to Santee, with the last one leaving at 12:51 a.m. The Green Line will offer additional late-night service from the Gaslamp Quarter Station to San Diego State University to accommodate students.

The concert is expected to end around 11:15 p.m. MTS says the last trains on the Blue and Orange Lines will depart one hour after the concert ends – both from the 12th & Imperial Transit Center (Blue Line at 12:15 a.m.; Orange Line at 12:18 a.m.).

The Blue and Orange Line trolleys will depart all stations every 15 minutes before and after the concert as well, MTS says.

Those heading to the concert can also avoid trolley ticket lines and speed up the boarding process by buying and storing trolley passes on their smartphone using MTS’s free mobile ticketing app, mTicket.

Additionally, North County Transit District (NCTD) Coaster trains with service to downtown will depart Oceanside at 1:50 p.m., 3:34 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. ahead of the concert. The Coaster will also offer a special return northbound train leaving from the Santa Fe Depot after the concert ends.

Petco Park officials say the venue’s new security screening process will be in effect during the Taylor Swift concert. All guests will be screened through metal detectors before entry and will be asked to divest themselves of cell phones, cameras and other metal objects before passing through the screening areas.

Petco Park officials say backpacks no larger than 16” x 16” x 8” will be permitted inside the stadium. All bag and purses will be inspected upon entry.

Though phones and small, non-professional cameras are allowed inside the venue, tripods are selfie sticks are banned. All banners, signs and flags brought in by fans must be smaller than 18” x 24”, according to Petco Park rules.

Petco Park officials say concert attendees with field seats should enter the ballpark through the Western Metal Breezeway on Tony Gwynn Drive or the Park Boulevard gate. Guests with tickets in all other seating areas should enter through the Gaslamp, East Village and Home Plate gates.

For more details on the Taylor Swift concert at Petco Park, click here.

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<![CDATA[Mission Valley Hotel Awaiting $80M Renovation]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:12:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Town_and_Country_Resort_t620.jpg

Destination Hotels & Resorts is finalizing plans for a previously announced $80 million renovation of the landmark Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley, now slated to begin in early 2016.

The Colorado-based hotel operator recently tapped Michael Slosser and Paul McCabe to oversee the project. A company statement said both previously led the $27 million renovation and repositioning of L’Auberge Del Mar, completed in 2009.

Operators said the Town and Country renovation is now expected to get underway in January 2016, with completion slated for early 2018. Renderings have not yet been released, but the project has been approved by San Diego officials.

The renovated hotel will have 688 rooms, nearly 200,000 square feet of meeting space, three new restaurants and a 10,000-square-foot food and beverage facility. There will also be a 5,000-square-foot spa and an 11,000-square-foot lobby with an arrival bar overlooking a new 2-acre water attraction.

Located at 500 Hotel Circle N., Town and Country was built in 1953 by Charles H. Brown and operated for the past six decades by the Brown family’s Atlas Hotels Inc. of San Diego. Last year Lowe Enterprises of Los Angeles and AECOM Capital formed a joint venture with Atlas Hotels to own, operate and reposition the 935-room property.

Destination Hotels is the hospitality management subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Back in Court]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:13:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_090813048528.jpg

Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children were due back in court Friday in the ongoing fight over the late actor's estate.

The two sides were scheduled to go before a San Francisco judge, as court documents indicate they remain at odds over the division of Williams' personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams.

Williams' children from previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams, say the estate's trustees have determined the division of all of Williams' personal property, and those decisions are final. They accuse Susan Williams of holding on to property that is theirs.

Susan Williams' attorney, James Wagstaffe, had said after a court hearing in June that Susan Williams wanted to keep items such as her husband's slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

The children also say the trustees have arrived at a figure for a reserve fund for Susan Williams to cover the costs of the Tiburon home, but she wants more.

Susan Williams says the trustees have refused to explain how they calculated the amounts for her reserve fund, which were different from figures she arrived at.

Robin Williams died in August 2014 at the Tiburon home. The coroner ruled his death a suicide. The actor's wife has said he struggled with depression, anxiety and a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

<![CDATA[Trump Has Attendee Pull at His Hair, Attacks Media]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:02:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_343928941003.jpg

Donald Trump forcefully defended his hair and attacked the New York Times for a front-page report on his adversarial relationship with Spanish-language media during a rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

The GOP presidential frontrunner took umbrage to the opening paragraph of the Times story that details how Hispanic radio host Ricardo Sánchez has nicknamed Trump "El hombre del peluquín," or "the man of the toupee."

"I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear," he said before inviting a woman in attendance to inspect his head. 

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<![CDATA[Broadway Hit “Pippin” at Civic Theatre]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:43:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GuestMid0827_1200x675_514413123584.jpg It was a huge hit when it first hit Broadway, and 40 years later, its revival is just as big. The Tony-winning musical, “Pippin,” is showing now through Aug. 30 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick speaks with the stars of the show, Gabrielle McClinton and Brian Flores. ]]> <![CDATA[Misty Copeland Debuts on Broadway]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:43:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485224106.jpg

After making history as the first black woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland conquered the Great White Way on Tuesday night, making her Broadway debut in the acclaimed revival of “On the Town.”

She’ll be with the show for just 12 performances, through its closing at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 6.

Copeland’s performance was met with thunderous applause from the enthusiastic audience, which included celebrities like Grammy-winner Josh Groban, Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad, NBC’s own Al Roker (“Today”) and Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: SVU”).

Also in the audience? Ninety-year-old dancer Billie Allen, the first black woman to perform in “On the Town” back in the show’s original 1944 production.

“As somebody with Broadway ambitions myself, to see Misty up there and making her Broadway debut was spectacular,” Groban told NBC New York. “Her dancing is transcendent, and to see her technique within a musical was a wonderful experience for everybody involved.”

Copeland plays Ivy Smith in the show, an inspiring performer and the current winner of the monthly “Miss Turnstile” competition. Smith becomes the object of affection for sailor Gabey (Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck), who, with the help of friends Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson) and Ozzie (Clyde Alves), sets out to find her while on 24-hour shore leave in New York City.

The musical, which features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on Jerome Robbin’s 1944 ballet “Fancy Free.” Many of the show’s biggest dance numbers — choreographed in this production by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse — feature Copeland’s character.

That includes the “Presentation of Miss Turnstiles,” in which we first meet Ivy. The dance paints the picture of a day in the life of Miss Turnstiles, and has Copeland pirouetting from photo shoots to night clubs to taking care of her fictional husband in her home.

You can watch Copeland perform the number here. As you’ll see, it’s a much more lighthearted dance than Copeland typically performs at the American Ballet Theatre. And yet she feels completely at home in it, punching up the humor of the piece and moving comfortably through the numbers more complicated movements.

Copeland is equally at home during the show’s book scenes. Her Ivy is more bubbly and bold than her predecessor Megan Fairchild’s, creating a sweet dynamic between Ivy and Gabey that puts their enthusiasm, nervousness and affection for one another on equal playing ground. 

We see a more traditional, romantic movement from Copeland during the show's stunning "The Real Coney Island" ballet. Copeland moves through the dance with poise and grace, leaving a trail of elegant lines and effortless flips behind her.

Her tenderness is perfectly matched with Yazbeck's rustic, masculine strength. The two are a dynamic pair, and when they hit that final pose at the piece's conclusion, you'll be left breathless.

“We really made that dance our own,” Yazbeck explained to NBC New York. “She was so collaborative and professional. We only rehearsed for a half hour one day, and then did two run-throughs the next day. And that was it. She’s the real deal.”

“I’m pretty much jealous of any other man who gets to partner with her in the future,” Yazbeck added. “Because she’s pretty incredible.”

Copeland's jeté into “On the Town” is the latest move in a history-making year for the 32-year-old. In addition to dancing leads in productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake,” she’s also been featured on TV’s “60 Minutes” and on the cover of Time Magazine as one of their “100 Most Influential People in 2015.”

In a lovely coincidence, her first performance also happened to land on the birthday of Leonard Bernstein, who composed “On the Town” when he was only 26. Act II opened with the cast and audience paying tribute to the late composer with a rendition of a song he didn’t write: “Happy Birthday.”

For tickets to “On the Town” more information, visit onthetownbroadway.com.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe’s to Open at SDSU]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:25:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trader-joes-722.jpg

A new Trader Joe’s location is set to open in San Diego – this time at a new, mixed-use plaza on the San Diego State University (SDSU) campus, the grocery company announced Wednesday.

Trader Joe’s confirmed it has signed a lease to open a 10,200-square-foot location at SDSU’s new South Campus Plaza, specifically at the northwest corner of College Avenue and Lindo Paseo.

According to SDSU, the South Campus Plaza – formerly known as Plaza Linda Verde – is a new, $143 million, mixed-use student housing and retail project on the college campus.

SDSU says South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students. The retail space also on site is designed to serve both the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, the university says, “creating a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living.”

The SDSU website says construction for South Campus Plaza began in November 2014, and an opening is slated for fall 2016.

Meanwhile, Trader Joe’s – and its Hawaiian shirt-clad crew – plans to open the new location at SDSU in early 2017.

The company says students and other residents in the area can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” publication in their mailboxes after the opens, which highlights Trader Joe’s products.

The location, like all other Trader Joe’s, will offer a wide array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including more than 3,000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label.

The company says that to keep things adventurous, Trader Joe’s introduces about a dozen new items every month.

The chain currently operates 12 locations throughout San Diego County, including stores in Hillcrest, Mission Valley, La Mesa and Pacific Beach, to name a few. Trader Joe’s was founded in 1958 in the Los Angeles area and runs more than 440 stores across 39 states.

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<![CDATA[Music, Dance at Downtown's "Night Plaza"]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:41:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Night-Plaza-Michael-Trimble.jpg

Live music – and a little dance lesson – will fill the air in downtown San Diego Friday night as the Gaslamp Quarter kicks off a series of free pop-up events known as “Night Plaza.”

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the space at 400 Island Ave., between 4th and 5th avenues, will transform into a mini, outdoor hangout featuring warm lantern lighting, café-style seating, board games and performances by musicians, buskers and artists.

Vehicular traffic will be blocked off during this time so the space can morph into the pop-up entertainment hub.

The event will include a performance by local artists Mariela and Jorge Camberos, as well as free dance lessons by downtown San Diego’s U Fancy Dance.

Organizers at the Gaslamp Quarter Association say the event will also offer guests an opportunity to take exclusive, free, night-time tours of the historic Davis-Horton House downtown, hosted by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation.

Additional Night Plaza gatherings will be held on Sept. 11 and Sept. 19. They too will be free, family-friendly, dog-friendly and open to the public.

Organizers say the events aim to provide an uncommon experience in a common space, “designed to captivate, stimulate and motivate visitors with intimate, unique performances win a pop-up public space.”

To learn more about Night Plaza, visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Jenner PCH Crash Presented to LA DA's Office]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/201*120/08-25-2015-caitlyn-jenner-leather-jacket-1.jpg

A fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway involving Caitlyn Jenner has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

The office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department presented the case in connection with the fatal February crash to the Major Crimes Division, responsible for handling high-profile cases. It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, Jenner might face.

Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind her Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of her on PCH in Malibu.

Jenner's SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing the Lexus into oncoming traffic and also hitting a Prius. The 69-year-old Lexus driver was killed when her car was struck head-on by a Hummer.

The Associated Press reported last week that the sheriff's report recommended a manslaughter charge, but a source familiar with the case told NBC News no recommendation was made. If prosecutors make a decision to charge Jenner, she will be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, at most, the source said.

A timetable for a decision from the district attorney's office also was not available Tuesday.

Jenner's attorney declined to comment, the AP reported.

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<![CDATA[Preview: San Diego Brew & Food Festival]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:59:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stone-Brewery-Craft-Beer-ge.jpg

San Diego’s rich food and craft beer scene will take the spotlight Saturday at Waterfront Park for the first-ever San Diego Brew & Food Festival (BFF).

The large-scale, inaugural culinary event at 1600 Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego will feature over 70 independent craft breweries pouring sudsy samples of more than 200 beers and more than 20 local chefs preparing unique, gastropub-style dishes.

The 21+ event is produced by big-time festival innovators, Motley Brews. Organizers say proceeds will benefit the San Diego Coastkeeper and its mission to protect waters in San Diego County.

According to organizers, participating craft breweries on deck for the BFF include local favorites like Stone Brewing Co.; Pizza Port Brewing Company; AleSmith Brewing Company; Modern Times Beer; The Lost Abbey; Coronado Brewing Company; Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits; and Green Flash, to name a few.

As for food, chefs will whip up items that pair perfectly with the craft brews on tap. Participating BFF eateries include Biergarden out of Encinitas and The Regal Seagull Alehouse and Sausage Grill.

Biergarden, for instance, plans to dish out Short Rib Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Mahi Ceviche, while The Regal Seagull plans to serve its Smoked Beer (Pork), Hungarian Kolbasz and Chicken Diablo specials.

Tickets into BFF fall under three categories: beer tasting tickets, early entry and “Mad Craft VIP” passes. Beer tasting tickets are valid from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and cost $45 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Early entry tickets get you in at 2 p.m. and cost $55 to $60 a pop.

The Mad Craft VIP pass gets you access to both beer and food samples from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and cost $105 in advance per person, and $110 at the door.

Four Mad Craft VIP chefs are slated to throw down their best recipes for patrons with these passes, including Chef Javier Plascencia, who’s preparing Carrot Agua Chile boasting local ghost peppers and fresh seafood, and a Summer Vegetable Tostada with local ingredients.

In addition to lots of food and beer, festival attendees will also be treated to live music throughout the day on the main stage. The "Silent Disco Dome" will feature DJs spinning and provide patrons with a place to boogie to the beat.

For more details on the Brew & Food Fest, visit the event website.

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<![CDATA[Images: Channing Tatum in San Diego]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:43:47 -0700 The Plank’s Facebook page , he stopped to pose for pictures with several bar patrons that night, too.]]> The Plank’s Facebook page , he stopped to pose for pictures with several bar patrons that night, too.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Channing-Tatum-at-Plank-1.jpg San Diego is only a two-hour drive south of Hollywood, so celebrities are bound make the trek for a quick getaway from time to time. Here are some photos of celebrity sightings in San Diego in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Oprah]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:39:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_546237465723-Oprah.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Costume Sparks Social Media Outrage]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480846712_caitlyn_jenner_homicidio.jpg

Halloween costumes and decorations seem to arrive in stores earlier and earlier every year.

October is more than two months away, yet one celebrity attire is already causing a social media firestorm.

The “Call Me Caitlyn” costume, reminiscent of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, consists of a corset-like top, shorts and a wig. 

Though Halloween costumes lampooning current events and celebrities are nothing new, Jenner's supporters condemn the attire as "transphobic" and "disgusting” and have launched a petition calling on one retailer to halt production.

“To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” the petition statement read. “In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”

Spirit Halloween, a company behind pop-up costume stores that appear nationwide during the fall season, defended the ensemble in a statement to CNBC.

"At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes," said Lisa Barr, senior director of marking at Spirit Halloween. "We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that."

Spirit isn’t new to controversy. Last year, the company was criticized for selling "Slenderman" costumes inspired by the fictional internet character who allegedly compelled two 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate 19 times in a wooded park earlier that year.

Despite the company’s stated intentions, the advertisement, which features a features a tattooed male donning the outfit, “mocks the validity of a transgender’s identity,” according to a petition signer.

But Spirit isn’t the only company carrying the “Call Me Caitlyn” this year. Several online retailers are selling the costume under the “humorous” category, which some say undermines the struggles transgender people like Jenner go through every day.  

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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Alison Brie, Dave Franco]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:36:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-160490541.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA[Brewery Fundraiser Debuts Rare Beer, Cask Creations]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:48:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg

This is worth a toast: a local craft brewery is rolling out some rare beers and unique cask creations at an upcoming fundraiser that will benefit a breast cancer charity.

On Aug. 29, from noon to 5 p.m., Green Flash Brewing Co. will host its 5th annual “Treasure Chest Fest” at its tasting room at 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.

The event will boast special, rare craft brews available exclusively at this festival, including the debut of the company’s “Treasure Chest 2015” brew: an exotic pink-hued IPA brewed with grapefruit, prickly pear juice and hibiscus flowers.

Green Flash describes the special release beer as, “Erupting with fruit-forward complexity, 100% Mosaic hops present aromas of heady citrus and refined stone fruit. The pleasantly bitter flavors of the hops are enhanced by the addition of fresh grapefruit juice. Offering balance to offset the bold citrus notes, prickly pear juice imparts a peppery-sweet kick in the finish. Tropical Hibiscus flowers give this beer a naturally pink hue, a nod to the official color of the Treasure Chest mission.”

The 21 and up brewery event will also feature a lineup of one-a-kind creations from a cask, including Barrel-Aged Ristretto with Bourbon Glazed Cherries, Natura Morta with Blood Orange and ESB with English Caramel.

All drinks will be on tap for one day only, just for the 2015 Treasure Chest Fest. The pink Treasure Chest 2015 beer will eventually go on sale in 22-ounce bottles at local stores.

Early bird tickets to the festival can be purchased in advance online and cost $40 per person. Each entry includes 10 beer tastings and 10 food pairings. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $15 for five more tastings.

Each rare beer will be paired with small plates from local restaurants. Green Flash says participating eateries include Brother Provisions, Carnitas Snack Shack, Nomad Donuts, The Local and Viva Pops, to name a few.

Other activities at the fest will include culinary and craft beer demos presented by the pros, a fun photo booth, appearances by pin-up girls and vendors selling unique goods.

This year’s party includes a tropical Hawaiian Luau theme, so attendees are encouraged to sport their best Tiki attire, including grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and any other kitschy island apparel.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego. The brewery’s goal is to raise $150,000 for the charity.

Treasure Chest Fest was first established in 2011 by Green Flash co-founder and breast cancer survivor Lisa Hinkley, who has now been cancer-free for five years.

Each year, the company’s master brewers debut a new, limited-release beer starring a new pin-up style icon just for the event.

<![CDATA[MTS Launches Free Video-on-Demand for Trolleys]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:42:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trolleygeneric_trolley_generic.jpg

The Metropolitan Transit System is set to launch its MTS-TV pilot program on Monday.

The program provides a free video-on-demand service to all Green Line Trolley passengers, accessible on mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Passengers can access movies, TV shows, cartoons, action sports, Hollywood updates and more through the service.

The technology was developed by FlashPoints Media Group, who will attend the launch event Monday along with author and cooking show star Sam Zien, from Sam the Cooking Guy.

The event will be at the 12th and Imperial Transit Center at noon Monday.

All Trolley lines will provide the free service by the end of August.

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<![CDATA[Man Found With Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Arrested: Sources]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:48:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rosie+odonnel+steven+sheerer.jpg

The 25-year-old man with whom Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter was staying earlier this week was arrested Friday night for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the teen, sources said.

Steven Sheerer was arrested at his New Jersey home on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and distribution of obscenity to a minor, according to police. His arrest stems from an investigation into a 17-year-old's cellphone calls that was initiated with the consent of the girl's mother. Sources said the mother is Rosie O'Donnell and the 17-year-old is her daughter, Chelsea O'Donnell.

Police said an examination of the phone showed evidence of inappropriate communications over the last several weeks between Sheerer and the 17-year-old. Investigators also executed a search warrant of Sheerer's home and seized a computer and other digital equipment, police said.

Sheerer is being held in Ocean City Jail on $40,000 cash bail. If convicted, each charge carries a penalty of five years in prison.

In 2012, Sheerer was in a car with another woman when they were stopped by police following a two-month narcotics investigation. The woman had heroin and drug paraphernalia on her while her 1-year-old and 3-year-old children were in the back seat of the car, police told NBC Philadelphia.

Police also searched Sheerer's home where they found heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

Sheerer was charged with third-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later convicted on those charges.

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