Veterans have seen some things. They survive intense experiences, then return home to family and friends who may not fully understand what they’ve been through. That’s where “Incoming,” a new program on KPBS, hopes to come in.

Started by Justin Hudnall, who helms the literary nonprofit So Say We All, “Incoming” serves to give veterans a platform to talk about their experiences in an artistic way, and civilians a firsthand account of war from veterans’ own mouths.

“Civilians can have a hard time knowing how to talk to veterans about their experiences. They can feel awkward, maybe guilty for not serving, or not understand why it’s really offensive to ask if [a veteran] killed anyone, and veterans don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable by revealing the raw details of their experiences,” Hudnall said. “I do believe the desire is there on the part of civilians to understand what they’ve asked of this 1 percent that carries the entire military burden for us, but it doesn’t happen of its own accord. So a forum was obviously needed.”

The radio program has already struck a chord with the veteran community. Hudnall said he’d been told how happy they are to hear stories that reflect their lives while never talking down to them or offering unsolicited advice.

Hudnall feels “anyone who has been through an intense experience and then dropped into a community that can’t relate” can understand what these men and women are dealing with and find solace in their stories.

On June 17, So Say We All and the La Jolla Playhouse will present “Incoming” contributors for a live stage reading at the Whistle Stop in South Park.

You’re reading the Culture Report, Voice of San Diego’s weekly collection of the region’s cultural news.

SD Artists Venture to Tijuana, 100 Years of Art and More Visual Art Giblets

Local artists often lament the lack of opportunities available to them in San Diego. So what did a few of them do? They headed down to Tijuana. Read up on the exciting collaborative work being done south of the border by San Diego and Tijuana artmakers in CityBeat’s cover story.

CityBeat shines an extra spotlight on Tijuana artist Elsoldelrac.

Pacific magazine takes us on a photo journey of San Diego’s prettiest shores.

A look at Oceanside Museum of Art’s expansive new exhibition featuring 100 artists from the last 100 years. (Union-Tribune)

David Alvarez asked for a $1 million bump from the mayor’s budget proposal to go to arts programs. (KPBS)

Read the lifelong love story between one woman and the James Hubbell Santa Ysabel art compound. It’s like “The Notebook,” but artsy. (Union-Tribune)

 Comic-Con is year-round now that IDW Publishing and the Comic Arts Gallery has opened in Liberty Station. (KPBS)

 A reader clued me in on a, um, pissy joke in a Mission Valley mural. You see it? Naughty, naughty!

Mission Valley Mural

Well-Endowed Chairs, Dancer Undies and More Music and Performance Stuff

The UC San Diego music department has now got some very well-endowed chairs. That sounds dirtier than it is. (Union-Tribune)

The San Diego Symphony has named a new assistant conductor. (Union-Tribune)

How one dance company shows us London, France and dancers’ underpants. (San Diego Story)

A Stroll Through Stone’s Gardens, Donut-Wasted and More Culture Crumbs

Take a stroll through Stone Brewing Co.’s gardens, where they grow some of their organic ingredients. Points if you can do it sober. (CityBeat)

 In the wake of National Donut Day, still looking to get donut-wasted? Pacific has you covered.

 AleSmith Brewing Co. has developed a beer in honor of Mr. Padre. (San Diego Magazine)

 The mayor’s office is thirsty for those Hollywood dollars and has put together a plan to bring in more film and TV productions. Can’t wait to be a “background artist” in an amazingly garbage Bravo show. (KPBS)

• A guitar once belonging to John Lennon was discovered in San Diego and now it’s the hottest thing on the auction block since Dorothy’s ruby slippers. (Times of San Diego)

Alex Zaragoza

Alex Zaragoza is a freelance writer covering arts and culture in San Diego and Tijuana. She also writes the column "There...

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