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In a coming-of-age theater town, it defined and shaped alternative performance

June 26, 2011

During its first 15 years, Sushi Performance and Visual Art served as ground zero for alternative performance in San Diego. Soon it became the local window on a society veering to the right, offering close-up views of the unfolding AIDS crisis and the political attacks on artists that stoked the nation?s culture wars. My first visit there was in 1983. The line to get in snaked down the staircase of director Lynn Schuette?s loft and half a block down Eighth Avenue. This, in a city just beginning to outgrow its reputation as a ?sleepy Navy town.?

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