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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
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Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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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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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
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
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
 
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.
Tuesday, June 4,2013
Film

So long, CityBeat

My farewell tops this week’s rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
Starting next week, this space will be covered by Glenn Heath Jr., a San Diego film writer and a friend, whose work is just terrific.
Wednesday, May 29,2013
Film

Hawke and Delpy, together again in ‘Before Midnight’

Third film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy is perhaps the best

By Anders Wright
If there’s a real truth to be found in Before Midnight, it’s that the people we’re most capable of hurting are those we love the most.
Wednesday, May 29,2013
Film

Happy birthday, FilmOut!

The 15th anniversary of San Diego’s LGBT fest leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
What’s shocking isn’t how many film festivals San Diego hosts; what’s astonishing is how many of them have been around for so long. One of the oldest, FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT fest, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, a serious accomplishment considering how hard it is to get a festival off the ground.
Wednesday, May 22,2013
Film

New doc about Ricky Jay plays its cards close to the vest

If you know who he is, you know how cool he is, and if you don’t know who he is, you should

By Anders Wright
There are two sorts of people in this world: those who are fully aware of Ricky Jay and his work and those who haven’t yet had the pleasure. Now, there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you aren’t familiar with him. 
Well, That Was Awkward

A nightmare on University Avenue

The Elfin Forest, Questhaven and satanic ritual spots are no match for terrors in North Park

Craig Oliver was the first person I approached to show me genuinely scary places in San Diego. I'm not talking about touristy haunts like The Whaley House or the Hotel Del, but places of legend that don't require an admission fee, places that people go out of their way to avoid.

By Ryan Bradford
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
Arts & Culture feature San Diego Police Museum seeks a new home OCT 14 | By Susan Myrland Its operators would love to end up in Balboa Park
Film ‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly OCT 14 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique
Urban Scout Newish places in San Diego to drop some cash OCT 13 | By Hannah More A survey of fresh independent shops in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Mission Hills
Seen Local San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams ready to launch OCT 14 | By Kinsee Morlan The Art of Science Learning initiative's culminating event happens Oct. 16 in Balboa Park
Seen Local Bob Matheny and Armando Muñoz Garcia's ‘Infamous Babes’ find a home OCT 13 | By Kinsee Morlan Artists' sculptures are on view inside the belly of a giant mermaid outside Puerto Nuevo
Film

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

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.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

No Life Offline

About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts

Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?

Sarkeesian really shouldn't be so controversial. It's not as if she's a Holocaust revisionist or a government official who authorized torture. Sarkeesian isn't some ultra-radical abort-all-the-babies femi-eugenicist.

By Dave Maass


The Short List Storytellers 6.0, Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo, Guerilla Book Fair and Sally of the Sawdust Intimate, themed pop-up dinners are nothing new, but the concepts behind two upcoming foodie events are so deliciously original that they deserved some extra ink.
Theater Duel in the dark at North Coast Rep Freud’s Last Session succeeds not only in shining a light on two fascinating historical figures, but also in provoking critical thought about the most enigmatic complexities of life and afterlife.
Film Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’ 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.
 

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A Night at the Besties, Urban Mavericks and more to check out this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

Only the bestCityBeat throws all kinds of parties throughout the year, but the celebration that goes hand-in-hand with our annual Best of San Diego issue is always—well, the best. This year’s party, A Night at the Besties, will be the first one thrown at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, the day after our Best of San Diego issue hits the street. There’ll be performances by Little Hurricane—the blues-rock duo whose record Gold Fever won the Album of the Year honor earlier this month at the San Diego Music Awards—and the Steph Johnson Band. The event also marks the triumphant return on the Fern Street Circus, which will perform throughout the evening. As usual, there’ll be lots of great food from local restaurants and an open bar, and this year’s visual-art component will feature the Dream Machine Arts Collective, Dave Ghilarducci and Miki Iwasaki and his Woodbury University architecture students. Coin-Op bar will host a mobile arcade, and you can peruse the Science Center’s current exhibitions. Tickets cost $25 ($30 the day of the event), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Center for Children. ...
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Batvisions Oct 22, 2014 Art Local artist David Russell Talbott will be displaying works from his new series; a look at familiar DC superheroes with a large helping of satire. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
RAW Artists San Diego Presents AXIS Oct 22, 2014 Art This multi-faceted artistic showcase features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. Some of the dozens of visual artists include Elena Lee, Benjamin Dodd, Lindsay Wynn and more. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
Material Splendor Oct 22, 2014 Art Italian-born artist Rita Miglioli is staging an art exhibit which take its theme from the classical elements of earth, air, fire and water. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
 
 
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