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San Diego Fermentation Festival Feb 01, 2015 This fest features artisanal foodmakers and brewers, keynote speaker Sandor Ellix Katz, workshops and presentations from fermentation experts, do-it-yourself stations, and a fermented beverages garden. 65 other events on Sunday, February 1
 
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MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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Cognitive Camouflage Jan 30, 2015 Artists like Stefani Byrd, Artemisa Clark, Brian Dick, Ash Eliza Smith and Perry Vasquez present works that delve into the many aspects of social anxiety in a post-modern era. 74 other events on Friday, January 30
 
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
News
Environmentalist Nicole Capretz takes on SDG&E with new watchdog group
Film
MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town
 
Monday, December 22,2014
Film

’Tis the season for biopics

‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Big Eyes’ and ‘Unbroken’ all bring true stories to the big screen, with varying degrees of success

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Those searching for a cinematic distraction this Christmas will have plenty of options, especially if you’re a fan of the well-meaning biopic.
Monday, December 22,2014
Film

Slim cinematic pickin’s

Here are the few movies that are screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Into the Woods: Beware the Wolf, Sondheim. Beware the Wolf. Plus the few movies that are screening around town
Tuesday, December 16,2014
Film

In a word, ‘The Babadook’ is terrifying

Jennifer Kent’s brilliant horror film will give you goose bumps

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Babadook is a brilliant Australian horror film that marks the staggeringly assured debut of Jennifer Kent, a writer and director keenly interested in how themes of trauma and loneliness fester within the daily routines of parenting.
Tuesday, December 16,2014
Film

‘The Hobbit’ trilogy ends in a blaze of glory

Peter Jackson’s final Middle Earth chapter leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The clash between mythology and identity defines both Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his (some say unnecessary) trifecta of Hobbit films
Tuesday, December 9,2014
Film

‘Wild’ takes Reese Witherspoon into the woods

New biopic about Cheryl Strayed is a melancholy, thorny look at isolation and redemption

By Glenn Heath Jr.
If you’ve spent any prolonged time outdoors, sequestered from the incessant buzzing of man-made noise, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild offers a lovely reminder of nature’s remedying effect. Based on th
Tuesday, December 9,2014
Film

‘Exodus: Gods and Men’ super sizes the story of Moses

Ridley Scott epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Lumbering and garish, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings amps up the eye shadow and tones down the subtly to super-size the story of Moses.
Tuesday, December 2,2014
Film

‘Diplomacy’ goes behind the scenes of a major historical moment

Drama by Volker Schlöndorff stars two acting titans squaring off with words of war

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Much of Diplomacy tensely traverses the slippery slope dividing rationality and manipulation. 
Tuesday, December 2,2014
Film

Collection of war films redefines the home front

San Diego Public Library series leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq evolves in complexity, it's important to remember how the consequences of war ripple beyond the front lines and define the personal legacies of those involved.
Tuesday, November 25,2014
Film

‘The Homesman’ gives the reins to complex female characters

Tommy Lee Jones’ striking western is visually lush, melodic and thematically relevant

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman stands out as a strange and eccentric western that merits viewing on the biggest screen possible. 
Tuesday, November 25,2014
Film

Matthew VanDyke searches for purpose in “Point and Shoot”

New documentary about masculinity and war leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Marshall Curry's Point and Shoot tells the complex and serpentine story of Matthew VanDyke, an American filmmaker-turned-revolutionary who spent more than five months in a Libyan jail.
Arts & Culture feature

Death café: tea, cake and talk about the end

All over San Diego County and beyond, people are gathering to talk about what happens when we expire

Death café, according to deathcafe.com, is a “discussion group where the only topic is death; no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support or counseling session. At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.”

By Amy Wallen
Film Irish folklore and childhood anxiety collide in ‘Song of the Sea’ JAN 27 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animated film is a lush, timely beauty
Crossword Crossword: 'Weightlifters' JAN 28 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Seen Local The Studio Door’s search for a home JAN 26 | By Kinsee Morlan New arts venture tries unsuccessfully to keep programming in the former San Diego Art Department building on Ray Street
Seen Local A comeback for visual art at California Center for the Arts, Escondido JAN 27 | By Kinsee Morlan Curator Wendy Wilson walks us through her two must-see exhibitions on view through Feb. 22
Film ‘Two Days, One Night’ gives compassion a fighting chance JAN 21 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-nominated performance gives the new Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne film its powerful immediacy
Seen Local Future of the San Diego Foundation’s arts funding questioned JAN 20 | By Kinsee Morlan With expert Felicia Shaw gone, some wonder about the organization's ongoing support
The Floating Library Strangeness in the stacks: 3 works of fiction set in Japan JAN 19 | By Jim Ruland Reviews of Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library,’ Yoko Ogawa’s ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ and Mary Yukari Waters ‘The Laws of Evening’
There She Goz

In pursuit of useless information

Damn, it feels good to be a trivia geek

The pursuit of stockpiling completely useless information is an art. Don't let anyone tell you different. Like any muscle that takes years of hard training and meticulous cultivation to be in top shape, the nerd muscle requires that same serial-killer-esque attention to detail.

By Alex Zaragoza

Arts & Culture feature

An interview with Marina Abramović

Performance artist talks about navigating fame, selfies and shitting before sunrise

Last week, dozens of people lined up outside the University Art Gallery at UCSD. Some might’ve been there to experience Marina Abramović’s rough draft of an audio installation she created with science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson.

By Kinsee Morlan


The Short List Alex Prager, San Diego Fermentation Festival and Cognitive Camouflage When you look at Alex Prager's work, a handful of influences come to mind: Alfred Hitchcock, color-photography pioneer Williams Eggleston, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman.
Theater Tears and laughter mingle in ‘Sons of the Prophet’ Cygnet Theatre’s San Diego premiere of Sons of the Prophet could be regarded as two hours of schadenfreude, the enjoyment in the suffering of another.
Film Julianne Moore strives for Oscar in ‘Still Alice’ Moore's award-season buzz should be of no surprise considering how strategically Still Alice plays the tearjerker game.
 

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Our Silences Jan 29, 2015 Art The official unveiling of 11 monumental sculptures by Mexican artist Rivelino, one of which is designed to allow the blind to experience the piece. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, January 29
 
Contemporary Constructions and In The Studio Jan 29, 2015 Art

As a part of the California Center's 20th anniversary, there will be two new contemporary art shows. Contemporary Constructions highlights contemporary artists from around the world while In the Studio: Artist Dialogs is in-depth look into the life of studio artist assistants.

Read more 2 other events on Thursday, January 29
 
Glyphics Live Art Throwdown Jan 29, 2015 Art A festive night of live art from some of San Diego's top live artists. There will also be bellydancing from Anna Yanushkevich and Avarra Merrow, as well as music from DJ BuzzKill. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, January 29
 
 
 
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