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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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1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town
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From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
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City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements

 

 
 
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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
 
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
Film
1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
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Listen to Todd Bosnich's June interview with KFMB's Mike Slater
 
Wednesday, October 9,2013
Film

‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ a little too much

Horror film starring Amber Heard leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a film that's been sitting in distribution limbo since its festival premiere in 2006, further deconstructs this premise in some interesting ways. It starts abruptly, with the titular object of affection, Mandy (Amber Heard), accepting an invitation to a house party held by a vacuous jock.
Wednesday, October 9,2013
Film

‘Captain Phillips’ finds humanity between the headlines

Tom Hanks gives an astounding turn in thrilling Somali-pirate saga

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Captain Phillips, the striking new docu-drama from director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), three groups of men with very different intentions end up on a collision course in the high seas off the coast of Somalia.
Wednesday, October 2,2013
Film

Historical hyperbole in ‘Parkland’

Plodding JFK drama starring Zac Efron leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Peter Landesman's Parkland, a meek helping of historical revisionism that zeroes in on the experiences of bit players during and after the JFK assassination, doesn't do much to dissuade this representation of the South as ideologically (and morally) inferior.
Wednesday, October 2,2013
Film

Spinning toward epiphany in ‘Gravity’

Alfonso Cuarón’s breathless space odyssey is a freefall toward grace

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Alfonso Cuarón’s death-defying Gravity examines such a volatile scenario, where storytelling and memory not only fail to provide the necessary context for survival but also force body and mind deeper into freefall by way of delusion.
Wednesday, September 25,2013
Film

‘Don Jon’ loses itself in lustful repetition

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s problematic directorial debut leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addiction comedy Don Jon suffers from an extreme bout of aesthetic repetition. Bits of smarmy dialogue, suggestive sound cues and off-kilter compositions repeat throughout.
Wednesday, September 25,2013
Film

It’s a man’s world in ‘Rush’

Ron Howard’s tiresome racecar drama is high on competition, masculine posturing

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Despite its horrendous views on gender, Rush deftly balances the madness and respect the two leads inspire in each other.
Wednesday, September 18,2013
Film

‘Museum Hours’ sees the world with open eyes

Jem Cohen’s meditative art film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Museum Hours—which opens Friday, Sept. 20, at the Ken Cinema—is a romance not between people, but ideas. The delightful way Johann and Anne and share stories calls to mind the best sort of artistic expression
Wednesday, September 18,2013
Film

‘A Single Shot’ goes off the grid

Our interview with Sam Rockwell, one of cinema’s great chameleons

By Glenn Heath Jr.
“It’s a mood piece,” Rockwell tells CityBeat over the phone while traversing the streets of New York City. “It’s like an Edgar Allen Poe story.”
Wednesday, September 11,2013
Film

‘Populaire’ is a flirty, weightless throwback

French romantic comedy starring Romain Duress leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Light on its feet and always flirty, Populaire—opening Friday, Sept. 13, at the Ken Cinema—harks back to the airy 1950s comedies one might associate with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
Wednesday, September 11,2013
Film

‘Short Term 12’ explores the art of listening without judging

SDSU alum Destin Cretton’s award-winning movie finally arrives in San Diego

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Cretton’s fictional surrogate is Grace (Brie Larson), a smart and caring veteran of the facility, called Short Term 12, who’s dedicated to perfecting her own ability to listen. 
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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