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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Jul 25, 2014 New mixed-media works from local artists Jaclyn Rose and Carly Ealey, which explores the trials and tribulations of womanhood in this strange new world. 83 other events on Friday, July 25
 
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Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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Barry Bell and Mark Quint peddle strange and wonderful stuff at their occasional sales
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Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
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Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead

 

 
 
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Video Games Live Jul 24, 2014 Popular game music themes given the full symphonic treatment with synchronized lighting and even some real on-stage game-playing. Concert will feature music from Zelda, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock and more. 80 other events on Thursday, July 24
 
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New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
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Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
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Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
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San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
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Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope
 
Wednesday, July 10,2013
Film

‘Pacific Rim’ specializes in monster-vs.-machine fisticuffs

Guillermo del Toro’s movie scores with impressive scale but fails to translate human conflict

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Pacific Rim is a beautiful exercise in scale. From its man-made war titans—“Jaegers”—to the reptilian “Kaiju” that ascend from the ocean floor to wreak havoc, everything about Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-vs.- machines throwback feels wonderfully massive.
Tuesday, July 2,2013
Film

‘I’m So Excited!’ is a racy roller-coaster of mile-high shenanigans

Almodóvar’s comedy ridicules sexual labels while celebrating sexuality

By Glenn Heath Jr.
After spending nearly a decade exploring the darker impulses of revenge (The Skin I Live InBad Education) and heartache (VolverBroken Embraces), it's good to see Pedro Almodóvar having fun again.
Tuesday, July 2,2013
Film

‘Hannah Arendt’ explores evil in the everyday

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of the famed scholar leads our rundown of all the movies screening around San Diego

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Hannah Arendt is a stout biopic set in the early 1960s about the famed academic who rose to notoriety after writing Origins of Totalitarianism and infamy for her thoughts on the "banality of evil."
Wednesday, June 26,2013
Film

‘Augustine’ is an evocative tale of repression, desire and class division

French period piece tops our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Scientific examination takes on a strange, sensual quality in Augustine, a daring French drama about the rocky clinical relationship between 19th-century neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon) and his star teenage patient.
Wednesday, June 26,2013
Film

‘Byzantium’ revitalizes the lethal elegance of being a vampire

Neil Jordan’s film is a fine throwback to the age of graceful bloodsuckers and exquisite craftsmanship

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Vampires used to be elegant. Think of the classic caped figure gliding through smoky corridors paralyzing victims with only a glance. 
Wednesday, June 19,2013
Film

‘Dirty Wars’ shines a light on U.S. deception abroad

Documentary co-written by journalist Jeremy Scahill leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
By taking a baseball bat to Obama-era foreign policy instead of using a scalpel, Scahill sensationalizes the government's lies regarding secret night raids that have left hundreds of civilians dead.
Wednesday, June 19,2013
Film

‘The Bling Ring’ examines America’s currency of glam

Sofia Coppola’s latest is a sobering but ultimately thin satire of our pop-culture times

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspect Wore Louboutins,” The Bling Ring—opening on Friday, June 21—dramatizes the actual events surrounding a string of Beverly Hills home invasions in 2008 and 2009. 
Wednesday, June 12,2013
Film

Zach Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ is lifeless and inane

Superman reboot is thin on character, heavy on destruction

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Man of Steel only becomes more inane as it progresses, ditching coherence completely in favor of a second-hour onslaught of violence and crushing special effects.
Wednesday, June 12,2013
Film

‘Shadow Dancer’ is an Irish stew

James Marsh’s political drama, starring the great Andrea Riseborough, leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As Colette, a dedicated mother and conflicted IRA operative forced to turn informant on her plotting brothers, Andrea Riseborough gives an astoundingly detailed performance of a woman forced to constantly adapt within a perpetual state of distress.
Tuesday, June 4,2013
Film

Joel Edgerton goes on a bad trip in ‘Wish You Were Here’

Well-told Aussie drama is complemented by solid acting

By Anders Wright
There's nothing worse than a vacation gone bad, and few vacations go quite as badly as the one in Wish You Were Here, the tense Australian drama that opens Friday, June 7, at the Ken Cinema and runs for one week only.
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Comic-Con vs. the Bechdel Test

Popular fiction has evolved, but big-time fails in female representation mean the challenge is still relevant

The Bechdel Test is a simple thought experiment that requires works of fiction to feature at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a dude. It’s a ridiculously low bar that a surprising number of contemporary works fail to reach.

By Kinsee Morlan
Arts & Culture feature On drawing women JUL 23 | By Seth Combs Comic-book artists discuss perpetuating an anatomical archetype some consider offensive
Film Comic-con and box-office receipts are in a serious relationship JUL 22 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Annual mega-convention has us thinking about the summer of 2015, which may be the biggest ever
Urban Scout Shopping in Carlsbad Village JUL 21 | By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann An evening stroll yields some retail scores
Seen Local Stay strange, Comic-Con JUL 21 | By Kinsee Morlan Weird and sordid superheroes on parade at Space 4 Art
Seen Local A pop-up art exhibition for the Comic-Con crowd JUL 21 | By Susan Myrland ArtExpo features more than 100 artists, crafters and authors in an alternative fair, plus a lowbrow, graphic-narrative, outsider and comic-art exhibition
Film Richard Linklater and ‘Boyhood’ JUL 15 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Writer and director of epic new movie talks family, parenting and coming-of-age
Seen Local ‘Paranoia, Mind control, and the Art of Suggestion’ opens JUL 14 | By Kinsee Morlan Outsider-art exhibition kicks around weird possibilities and controversial themes
There She Goz Thirty, dirty and striving JUL 11 | By Alex Zaragoza Revisiting my teenage dreams upon hitting three decades
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Pitting summer blockbusters against the Bechdel Test

We ran summer-movie trailers against the seemingly easy-to-pass scrutiny, and the results weren’t pretty

Onward with another summer of movie trailers! Onward with another year of supporting the white / hetero / male-dominated pop-cultural infrastructure while we continue our slow trudge to the grave!

By Ryan Bradford

Arts & Culture feature

No-badge-needed events for the Comic-Con crowd

Lots of stuff going, even if you’re not one of the lucky few

As Comic-Con grows in popularity, so do the options for those who couldn’t score a badge. Each year brings more parties, pop-ups, zombie walks and just plain weirdness.

By Susan Myrland


The Short List Judah Friedlander, Creative Nights and Horizon "I am a role model. I am the greatest martial artist on the planet," the actor and standup comic tells CityBeat with his trademark deadpan delivery. "But I'm also going to be the next president of the United States." 
Theater Out of anesthesia and into the—piano? San Diego’s big-name theaters have unveiled two very different productions: a harrowing history story at La Jolla Playhouse and, at The Old Globe, a reimagining of a musical that was born there.
Film Paul Eenhoorn on acting and ‘Land Ho!’ The film explores themes of transition, emotional release and friendship in a tender way. It hinges entirely on the chemistry of the actors. 
 

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Meet the San Diegostucks subculture

As the Comic-Con crowd rolls into town, we take a moment to hang out with local fans of the web comic, 'Homestuck'

It's pretty obvious which group at Mission Beach is the San Diegostucks, even from a distance. Scattered groups of families and friends are barbecuing and soaking up the sun. And then there's the crowd of more than 30 people, costumed in everything from horns and gray paint to homemade tattoos. Someone runs by with an inflatable sword, pretending to murder others. An impromptu dance number breaks out around a speaker. It's a study in organized chaos; the crowd of everyday folks surrounding the group appear to be at a loss for how to handle them....
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CRAFT/ART Jul 23, 2014 Art Live sketching by some of the top artists in the world of comics. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind themed sketches as well as to bid in a silent auction with proceeds benefitting Media Arts Center San Diego. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
EMPOWER Art + Music Show Jul 23, 2014 Art A one-night-only event featuring A Reason To Survive (ARTS) Empower students. Featuring artwork by Destinee I., Hannah B., Kelsey K. and Stephanie J. with a musical performance by Stephanie G. featuring Dr. Funk and the Quickhands. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
Pop! The Art of the Geek Jul 23, 2014 Art This group show highlights the artwork of a dozen established and emerging artists who have reimagined the icons of pop culture in new ways. Artists include Adam Lister, Don Morris, Blair Simmons and more. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
 
 
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