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Blazing Saddles Aug 27, 2014 Mel Brooks skewers the western in hilarious fashion, upending racial and social stereotypes through comedy. 62 other events on Wednesday, August 27
 
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How one case study could potentially transform City Heights
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Former customs agent got more than seven years for smuggling drugs and people into the U.S., but mysterious events are raising questions about the government’s prosecution
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Joe Swanberg’s new independent film starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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Formal complaint against the Probation Department shows how far local juvenile-detention practices are out of the mainstream
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What inspired me as I wrote my first novel

 

 
 
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Blazing Saddles Aug 27, 2014 Mel Brooks skewers the western in hilarious fashion, upending racial and social stereotypes through comedy. 62 other events on Wednesday, August 27
 
News
How one case study could potentially transform City Heights
News
Former customs agent got more than seven years for smuggling drugs and people into the U.S., but mysterious events are raising questions about the government’s prosecution
Film
Joe Swanberg’s new independent film starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Editorial
Formal complaint against the Probation Department shows how far local juvenile-detention practices are out of the mainstream
The Floating Library
What inspired me as I wrote my first novel
 
Tuesday, August 19,2014
Film

The Ken Cinema’s crash course in film history

Classics from the 1960s and ’70s screen for a week

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Curated by theater manager Sophia Verbiscar, the series (find details at landmarktheatres.com) consists of nine trendsetting works from two pivotal decades in filmmaking that reflect the political, social and ideological malaise of the times
Tuesday, August 19,2014
Film

‘Rich Hill’ personalizes poverty in a small Missouri town

Documentary about three young men struggling to survive tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Rich Hill very often feels like a classic observational documentary in the vein of Frederick Wiseman's films. 
Tuesday, August 12,2014
Film

‘Calvary’ meshes a peculiar worldview with bleak dark comedy

John Michael McDonagh crafts another rural western that grapples with questions of faith

By Glenn Heath Jr.
John Michael McDonagh's Calvary shoves these sins out into the open in a darkly comic way, addressing the human contradictions and consequences wrought by such damning ideological policies.
Tuesday, August 12,2014
Film

‘Finding Fela’ uncovers a lost musical legend

Documentary about Nigerian activist and composer leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A force for social change, Fela challenged the oppressive government with his politicized art and strange lifestyle.
Tuesday, August 5,2014
Film

‘Alive Inside’ resuscitates the soul with music

New documentary challenges old models for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s

By Glenn Heath Jr.
"I've forgotten so much," says an elderly female patient in the early moments of Alive Inside. Social-worker-turned-activist Dan Cohen, the documentary's primary subject, has heard these words before.
Tuesday, August 5,2014
Film

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ reminds us how quickly times can change

Classic musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
"Dignity, always dignity." The character Don Lockwood's trademark saying carries an ironic twinge in the early parts of Singin' in the Rain
Wednesday, July 30,2014
Film

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ rejuvenates the Marvel universe

James Gunn’s fresh and quirky space opera showcases a riotous band of outsiders

By Glenn Heath Jr.
What makes Guardians of the Galaxy so moving is its ability to meld rage with tenderness and heartache in a mainstream, entertaining package.
Wednesday, July 30,2014
Film

‘Happy Christmas’: nothing more than a yuletide doodle

Joe Swanberg’s new independent film starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Happy Christmas—opens Friday, Aug. 1, and screens through Aug. 7 at the Ken Cinema—finds the filmmaker once again dabbling in millennial malaise. 
Tuesday, July 22,2014
Film

Comic-con and box-office receipts are in a serious relationship

Annual mega-convention has us thinking about the summer of 2015, which may be the biggest ever

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The summer of 2015 looks like a safe bet to reinstall all the confidence Hollywood needs to keep churning out sequels, reboots and remakes at an alarming clip.
Tuesday, July 22,2014
Film

Paul Eenhoorn on acting and ‘Land Ho!’

New dramedy from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The film explores themes of transition, emotional release and friendship in a tender way. It hinges entirely on the chemistry of the actors. 
Arts & Culture feature

San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’

Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller

Jesse Keller, 36, a graduate of USC’s noted School of Cinematic Arts and whose first film, The Ritual, screened at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, calls Thane of East County an “ultra-low-budget thriller

By David L. Coddon
Seen Local The Hub Hillcrest Market revamp will include up to 10 new murals AUG 19 | By Kinsee Morlan This week's cover artist, Skye Walker, is the first to complete a piece in the new series
Seen Local North Park’s Positive Space looking for creatives to take it over AUG 18 | By Kinsee Morlan Matthew Cirello hopes to sublet the gallery and keep the art vibe alive in the neighborhood
Arts & Culture feature ‘What more would we gain with an arts council?’ AUG 13 | By Kinsee Morlan Second in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations
There She Goz I broke up like this AUG 11 | By Alex Zaragoza Ending a marriage and seeking realness the non-Beyoncé and Jay Z way
Urban Scout Snackavore’s delight AUG 11 | By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann Vegan cookies, addictive toffee and more treats by SoCal companies
Film ‘Calvary’ meshes a peculiar worldview with bleak dark comedy AUG 12 | By Glenn Heath Jr. John Michael McDonagh crafts another rural western that grapples with questions of faith
Seen Local Optimus Volts' cut-can sculptures demand attention AUG 11 | By Kinsee Morlan Artist's solo show is at Thumbprint Gallery through Sept. 7
No Life Offline

Consulting Max from Netflix

This little asshole of an AI is actually pretty good at recommending stuff to watch

Last year, Netflix debuted Max, an AI feature for Playstation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your viewing habits and the star ratings you dish out.

By Dave Maass

Film

The Ken Cinema’s crash course in film history

Classics from the 1960s and ’70s screen for a week

Curated by theater manager Sophia Verbiscar, the series (find details at landmarktheatres.com) consists of nine trendsetting works from two pivotal decades in filmmaking that reflect the political, social and ideological malaise of the times

By Glenn Heath Jr.


The Short List Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection, Ceviche Showdown and Cash'd Out Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection presents a side of the artist that the mainstream masses have likely never seen. 
Theater Professor Higgins presides on Moonlight stage The greatest Broadway musical of all time? My Fair Lady. Hands down.
Film ‘Rich Hill’ personalizes poverty in a small Missouri town Rich Hill very often feels like a classic observational documentary in the vein of Frederick Wiseman's films. 
 

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Outdoor eating, a wine walk, museum mascots and more to check out this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

Digable cookingPicked up a copy of Sunset magazine lately? It's not your parents' Sunset. The publication's been around, like, forever, but several years ago made a serious (and successful) effort to appeal to the cool crowd. Sunset's new cookbook, The Great Outdoors, is just what you'd expect—lovely photos and an eclectic selection of recipes for a range of outdoor cooks (grilled French toast kebabs? Yes, please). On Saturday, Aug. 23, head to Chino Farm (6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe) for Summer BBQ Fest, part of the ongoing Good Earth, Great Chefs series of events. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., check out outdoor-cooking demos (solar, charcoal and wood-burning) featuring the cookbook's recipes, food tastings and a chance to shop the farm's amazing produce and pantry items....
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MOPA Remix Nights Aug 21, 2014 Art Each Thursday (with a few exceptions), MOPA will stay open late and feature a mix of entertainment. This week, it's a "Print Photos with Light" night featuring Lumi Inkodye stations and a hosted bar. Read more 4 other events on Thursday, August 21
 
Oblique Intentions Aug 21, 2014 Art The Boehm Gallery teams up with Alexander Salazar Fine Art to present two new shows: Alexis Callender's Everything Has Its Nature and Greg Holden Regan's Seeing Thought Bubbles with Peripheral Vision. There will also be a gallery talk with the artists from 2 to 3 p.m. Read more 4 other events on Thursday, August 21
 
RAW: Allure Aug 21, 2014 Art An arts showcase that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography and performance. Highlights include fashion from Mint by Noel, film from Ryan Rivera and music from The Verigolds. Read more 4 other events on Thursday, August 21
 
 
 
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