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VAMP: Neighborhood Watch Aug 28, 2014 So Say We All's monthly live storytelling show featuring stories about the Neighborhood Watch, whether its literal tales about the self-appointed protectors of the block, run-ins with wannabe cops or any other take on the theme. 62 other events on Thursday, August 28
 
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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
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
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What inspired me as I wrote my first novel

 

 
 
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Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra Aug 27, 2014 Liebert has sold millions of records across the globe and is known as a skilled practitioner of contemporary flamenco guitar with lots of textures, contrasting traditional and electric instruments. 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
 
Wednesday, August 14,2013
Film

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ recognizes the two faces of race

American history unfolds up close in this drama starring Forest Whitaker

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Throughout Lee Daniels’ The Butler, an expansive and elegant biopic based on real-life White House butler Eugene Allen (who Cecil stands in for as a fictional representation), we see how professional servitude and emotional invisibility stand in stark contrast to a man’s personal life.
Tuesday, August 6,2013
Film

‘Prince Avalanche’ feels bewitched by a ghostly spell

David Gordon Green’s new film finds Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch bound by longing

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Despite Green's shift to the mainstream, he's remained a director who revisits themes over and over again. His latest film, Prince Avalanche—opening Friday, Aug. 9, at Hillcrest Cinemas—is most definitely a return to early obsessions.
Tuesday, August 6,2013
Film

‘The Canyons’: moral deceit and the death knell of film

Video-on-demand thriller by director Paul Schrader stars Lindsay Lohan—plus, our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Saturated pictures of decrepit theater lobbies, tattered marquees and deteriorating exhibition halls frame the opening credits of Paul Schrader's The Canyons.
Wednesday, July 31,2013
Film

’80s nerd culture gets revived in ‘Computer Chess’

Andrew Buljalski’s low-fi oddity leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Writer and director Andrew Bujalski's insanely strange Computer Chess feels beamed down from an alien race that recently discovered analog video cameras.
Wednesday, July 31,2013
Film

Cate Blanchett is a devastating force of nature in ‘Blue Jasmine’

Woody Allen’s new film depicts the tragedy of blatant self-deception

By Glenn Heath Jr.
If Blue Jasmine—which opens Friday, Aug. 2, at Hillcrest Cinemas—were simply a study of an entitled socialite getting her comeuppance, it would be quite a dull bird. The film’s real genius stems from its ability to survey different stages in Jasmine’s descent toward madness.
Wednesday, July 24,2013
Film

‘Blackfish’ investigates cost of animal captivity

Doc about orcas and SeaWorld leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Blackfish starts like so many documentaries do these days: with shock and awe. A 911 emergency call made on Feb. 23, 2010, from SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., informs the viewer of a trainer not just being brutally killed, but "eaten" by a killer whale.
Wednesday, July 24,2013
Film

‘Crystal Fairy’ is one odd, rambling acid trip

Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffman find fear and loathing in Chilean road film

By Glenn Heath Jr.
If Crystal Fairy captures one unnerving aspect of a vacation gone sideways, it’s how some people pretend to want collective improvisation when, in reality, they just desire structure and personal control.
Wednesday, July 17,2013
Film

‘The Conjuring’ explores bone-chilling ripples of generational trauma

Horror film from ‘Saw’ director James Wan leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A little silence goes a long way in a horror film. Those disquieting minutes right before terror strikes can provide an agonizing prelude to the awful events that follow. This is director James Wan's sweet spot. 
Wednesday, July 17,2013
Film

‘Le Petit Soldat’ and ‘Un Flic’ arrive in San Diego

Work by Godard and Melville arrives on glorious 35mm

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Each year, Comic-Con invades San Diego with such relentless force that the rest of the local arts community tends to get overshadowed. Don’t let that happen to Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Petit Soldat and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic.
Wednesday, July 10,2013
Film

‘The Way, Way Back’ overcomes cliché with sincerity and charm

Indie dramedy starring Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Way, Way Back treats its main character's repressed anger with such sincerity that his internal turmoil feels natural instead of convoluted. This makes all the difference for a film traversing the incredibly familiar territory of a teenage awakening set during a life-changing summer. 
Arts & Culture feature

Will East County Performing Arts Center become a church?

Critics say El Cajon officials are going backwards by entering into negotiations with The Rock before securing a theater manager

The Rock, an evangelical megachurch with locations across the county, wants to lease the ECPAC space for roughly 130 days a year—every Sunday and Tuesday and about 25 percent of Fridays and Saturdays—for an annual rent of $216,000.

By Kinsee Morlan
Film ‘Love is Strange’: a portrait of a marriage AUG 26 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Director Ira Sachs talks respect, time, friendship and his new film starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina
Seen Local Low Gallery at-large AUG 25 | By Kinsee Morlan Meegan Nolan’s getting ready to expand her reach beyond her gallery’s walls
Seen Local City College opens new art space AUG 25 | By Kinsee Morlan There's no money yet to run City Gallery, but the faculty’s staging exhibitions there anyway
Crossword Crossword: 'BBs' AUG 27 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Arts & Culture feature San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’ AUG 20 | By David L. Coddon Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller
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
Well, That Was Awkward

Live-blogging 47 minutes spent at Winkie Con

A recap of my experience at a convention dedicated to ‘The Wizard of Oz’

I pull over to check the confirmation email on my phone: Yes, Winkie Con—the annual convention dedicated to L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz—is being held here. I don't fault Town & Country for not wanting "Winkie Con" on its marquee.

By Ryan Bradford

The Floating Library

Two new novels with very different takes on procreation

Reviews of ‘The Shimmering Go-Between’ by Lee Klein and ‘Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend’ by Erika T. Wurth

Klein's mastery over these two narratives makes The Shimmering Go-Between a shocking and delightful debut that will beguile you at every turn.

By Jim Ruland


The Short List Grampadrew's Flim-Flam Revue, summer pop-up concerts and Jaimie Warren The Flim-Flam Revue is a rollicking, informal gathering of local musicians who get up on stage and play "old-time favorites and original compositions inspired by our musical heroes from the days of yore," Grampadrew says. 
Theater Globe’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ is beguiling fun The Old Globe's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, capping off its 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, is a triumph of al fresco fun. 
Film With ‘Frank,’ aggressive eccentricity leads nowhere Through this hodgepodge of warring personalities and dysfunction, Frank considers the complexity of mental illness, how it takes shape over time and contorts one's self from the inside out. 
 

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Famed street musician Sam Schildkraut collects art

The homeless saxophone player is working on purchasing a piece by former CityBeat cover artist Michael Summers

Sam Schildkraut is the busker who's been playing music on the corner of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach seemingly nonstop for the past two years. Seriously, the saxophone player is prolific, putting in long hours in order to make enough money to feed himself and his dog, Gangsta. ...
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Murals of La Jolla Walking Tour Aug 27, 2014 Art The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host walking tours of the Murals on the last Wednesday of every month led by project curator Lynda Forsha. Artists include Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Kelsey Brookes and more. Read more 0 other events on Wednesday, August 27
 
James Sullivan Aug 28, 2014 Art The local painter will show off his mix of surrealism and abstraction at the new, garage-like space next door to Haute Bridal in La Jolla. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, August 28
 
Shore Thing Aug 28, 2014 Art Back for a second year, the MCASD galleries will be open late every Thursday where guests can enjoy cocktails on the terrace, live music, tours of current exhibitions, and much more. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, August 28
 
 
 
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