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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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City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Film
1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town

 

 
 
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Baja Culinary Fest Oct 29, 2014 Featuring special dinners, tastings, cooking classes, competitions and more, this culinary expo will highlight the region’s distinctive gourmet fare during 15-plus events in Tijuana, Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada. See website for full details and schedule. 52 other events on Wednesday, October 29
 
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
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
 
Wednesday, September 24,2014
Film

‘The Last Days of Vietnam’ traces a complicated exodus from war

Multiple stories of heroism, indecision and guilt converge in a riveting documentary

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Last Days of Vietnam provides a certain level of context in the opening moments for those viewers not up on their Vietnam War history, specifically the enactment and failure of the 1973 Peace Accords spearheaded by President Richard Nixon in order to establish a détente between the warring parties.
Wednesday, September 24,2014
Film

San Diego Film Festival brings the celebrities

Event featuring Richard Dreyfuss, Alan Arkin and Michelle Monaghan leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The San Diego Film Festival (SDFF), which runs Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 28, at multiple theater locations, occupies an interesting space on the local arts calendar.
Tuesday, September 16,2014
Film

Love it or hate, you won’t forget ‘Tusk’

Kevin Smith’s new horror film merges folklore, allegory and online savagery

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Kevin Smith slams his point home with Tusk, a new horror film that destroys the virtual distance of online aggression by slowly transforming one of its seediest offenders into a primitive beast.
Tuesday, September 16,2014
Film

‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ reduces the melodrama

New romance with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
People grieve in vastly different ways. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them spins this idea into a sublime meditation on one couple's experiences grappling with the loss of a child.
Tuesday, September 9,2014
Film

A preview fall and winter movies

October will be a month of heavyweights, including ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Two Faces of January’

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A gravely disappointing summer at the box office has essentially ensured that 2014 will make considerably less money than any year in the past decade. This puts even more pressure on Hollywood juggernauts being released in the next four months to perform—and perform well.
Tuesday, September 9,2014
Film

What movies are screening in San Diego?

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ and ‘The Drop’ are among the openers this week.

By Glenn Heath Jr.
San Diego movies opening this week: A Five Star Life: A woman works as a luxury-hotel inspector and, despite her dream job, pines for a relationship of substance.
Wednesday, September 3,2014
Film

Baseball history comes alive in ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

Film about Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis examines a league under the influence of drugs

By Glenn Heath Jr.
No No: A Dockumentary—which opens Friday, Sept. 5, at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas—walks a fine line between portrait and historical record, leaving room for revisionism between the lines. 
Wednesday, September 3,2014
Film

Dakota Fanning gets wasted in ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

Errol Flynn biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) always gets what he wants in The Last of Robin Hood, another drowsy biopic that treats history as if it were a clear, linear timeline.
Tuesday, August 26,2014
Film

‘Love is Strange’: a portrait of a marriage

Director Ira Sachs talks respect, time, friendship and his new film starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Ira Sachs' quiet and true drama Love is Strange, people from different generations coexist without melodrama.
Tuesday, August 26,2014
Film

With ‘Frank,’ aggressive eccentricity leads nowhere

New indie from Lenny Abrahamson tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Through this hodgepodge of warring personalities and dysfunction, Frank considers the complexity of mental illness, how it takes shape over time and contorts one's self from the inside out. 
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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