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VAMP: Scared Sh*tless! Oct 30, 2014 Stories of thrill-seeking, mortal danger, adrenaline rushes, terror, pranks, and other varied and open interpretations of the theme by some of San Diego's best writers. 60 other events on Thursday, October 30
 
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
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A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
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Baja Culinary Fest Oct 29, 2014 Featuring special dinners, tastings, cooking classes, competitions and more, this culinary expo will highlight the region’s distinctive gourmet fare during 15-plus events in Tijuana, Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada. See website for full details and schedule. 52 other events on Wednesday, October 29
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
 
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Film

Moral sleaze defines ‘Nightcrawler’

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a magnetically creepy performance in Dan Gilroy’s debut media satire

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Nightcrawler—which, fittingly, opens on Friday, Oct. 31—is a story about the horrors of information overload.
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Film

Mother and daughter blur together in ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Gender roles in White Bird in a Blizzard are easily definable and damnable. Women cook and clean and grow tired, bored and resentful, then rebel against the expectations placed upon them by weak men who lash out when such conventions are challenged.
Wednesday, October 22,2014
Film

Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’

Bloody action film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Second chances are taken, not given, in John Wick, a formally audacious shoot-first thriller about a former hit man (Keanu Reeves) who exacts mass revenge against a Russian crime syndicate after three of their members kill his dog.
Wednesday, October 22,2014
Film

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As a black comedy about legacy, Birdman eventually turns more grueling than pertinent. While often impressive as a satire of our 21st-century obsession with self-importance, the film’s extreme stylistics turn redundant very quickly, no matter how impressive the technical feat.
Tuesday, October 14,2014
Film

‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly

Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Whiplash, Damien Chazelle's Sundance winner that proudly glamorizes horrendous teaching methods, educators are either brutal manipulators or spineless bystanders.
Tuesday, October 14,2014
Film

'Miele' is a standout at San Diego Italian Film Festival

Eighth annual event leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Miele represents a restrained yet luminous brand of human drama that's threatening to disappear stateside
Tuesday, October 7,2014
Film

Coming home to ‘The Guest’

Adam Wingard’s diabolical war film turns America into a killing field

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Guest often denies the importance of plot points, instead focusing on the gut-wrenching visceral imagery of a traumatic event rather than the explanation behind it.
Tuesday, October 7,2014
Film

London ‘Pride’ invades the Welsh hills

1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Unapologetically hopeful about progressive viewpoints, Matthew Warchus' Pride revolves around a grassroots LGBT group that raises funds for striking miners in the Welsh countryside.
Tuesday, September 30,2014
Film

‘Gone Girl’ and its deafening marital hiss

David Fincher creates a big-screen relationship nightmare for the social-media age

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Adapted from Gillian Flynn's mega-bestseller, Gone Girl centers on the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), whose smug husband Nick (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect after detectives begin to dismantle the couple's perfect façade.
Tuesday, September 30,2014
Film

Jealousy runs amok in ‘Two Faces of January’

Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
"There's a sucker born every minute." Chester McFarland (Viggo Mortensen) utters these fateful words to his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) as they saunter through the Parthenon in Athens. 
Arts & Culture feature

Streaming bloody murder: 24-hours of Netflix horror

This Halloween, navigate this scary-movie marathon using the language of fear

Who has the time or motivation to seek out those rare, esoteric or obscure picks? As a product of Internet culture, if a movie's not readily available with a click of a button (or a nesting in the trusty Redbox a block away), chances are I'm not going to go looking for it. 

By Ryan Bradford
Seen Local 'Sea Walls' street art comes to San Diego OCT 28 | By Kinsee Morlan Ocean-conservation nonprofit working with muralists to beautify and raise awareness
Seen Local New Americans Museum to reopen in Liberty Station OCT 27 | By Kinsee Morlan Nonprofit focused on the tangled topic of immigration will reactivate its space in coming months
Film ‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy OCT 22 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years
No Life Offline About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts OCT 20 | By Dave Maass Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?
Seen Local Santos Orellana takes over a Carlsbad warehouse OCT 20 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego artist has pieced together a massive exhibition and hopes people will show up
Seen Local The rise of billboard-style murals in San Diego OCT 20 | By Kinsee Morlan Artist Mario Torero is at the center of what he sees as an alarming trend leading to temporary, chintzy outdoor art
Well, That Was Awkward A nightmare on University Avenue OCT 20 | By Ryan Bradford The Elfin Forest, Questhaven and satanic ritual spots are no match for terrors in North Park
Film

Moral sleaze defines ‘Nightcrawler’

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a magnetically creepy performance in Dan Gilroy’s debut media satire

Nightcrawler—which, fittingly, opens on Friday, Oct. 31—is a story about the horrors of information overload.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The Floating Library

Exploring ‘Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America’

A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist

To say that Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is an inventive work of fiction is like calling the ocean a tad salty. 


By Jim Ruland


The Short List Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow, Halloween Silent Movie Night and Maker's Market At the Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow, guests will experience human portraits painted on humans, extraordinary contorting, fortune telling, circus performers, beauty-shop freak-overs and underground dead-thing mashups.
Theater New Fortune Theater debuts with ‘Henry V’ Henry V is a rambling historical vehicle rife with battlefield bloodshed and righteous orations from the English king who lusts to add France to his realm. 
Film Mother and daughter blur together in ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Gender roles in White Bird in a Blizzard are easily definable and damnable. Women cook and clean and grow tired, bored and resentful, then rebel against the expectations placed upon them by weak men who lash out when such conventions are challenged.
 

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Make Good's outdoor market, music with a side of science and more to check out this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

Shop localIt's been more than four years since Sophia Hall opened Make Good in South Park (2207 Fern St.), a shop stocked entirely with locally made goods. Since then, Make Good's been one of our go-to spots for holiday gift guide ideas, not to mention our own personal shopping. From 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, the boutique's hosting its first Meet Your Maker event in the grass lot just a bit north of the store. Hall says they'll have some of their fave artisans from both San Diego and Tijuana on hand, selling their goods and available to talk to buyers about their craft (Natalie Cervantes' "Frida twins" shown here). Given the event's proximity to Dia de los Muertos, there will also be calavera face painters, a shrine made by local artists and Mexican ice cream from Calexico Creamery....
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Kids Free in October Oct 30, 2014 Art The fourth annual promotion enables children to explore San Diego’s rich arts and cultural institutions with their families for free during October. Participants include Mingei, MCASD, SDMA, The New Children's Museum and dozens more. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, October 30
 
Reunifying Hideyoshi: A Photographic Essay Oct 30, 2014 Art Local photographer Felix Bonomo shares his narrative photos of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 14th Century Osaka and Fushimi Castles. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, October 30
 
Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Oct 31, 2014 Art From Post-Impressionism to Pop, this all-star exhibition (Gauguin, Andy Warhol, Kahlo, Pollock and dozens more) features some of the finest works from one of the world's best collections of Modern art. Read more 1 other events on Friday, October 31
 
 
 
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