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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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From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
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1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town
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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
Last Blog on Earth | News
Listen to Todd Bosnich's June interview with KFMB's Mike Slater
 
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.
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.
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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