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Venice Baroque Orchestra Feb 27, 2015 Founded in 1997, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is one of the world’s premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance, with a focus on bringing freshness and experimentation to early music. 62 other events on Friday, February 27
 
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Our preview of the 25th-annual edition leads our rundown of movies screening around town

 

 
 
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Joyce Carol Oates Feb 26, 2015 As part of the Point Loma Nazarene University Writer's Symposium by the Sea, the legendary poet and novelist will give an informal speech followed by a signing. 64 other events on Thursday, February 26
 
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Cygnet Theatre’s latest tops our coverage of local plays
 
Tuesday, November 11,2014
Film

‘Rosewater’ takes aim at blind fundamentalism

Jon Stewart’s directorial debut unsuccessfully blends comedy and drama in a story of imprisoned journalist

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Rosewater—which opens Friday, Nov. 14—attempts to blur the line between genres, impressions and versions of the truth.
Tuesday, November 11,2014
Film

‘The Theory of Everything’ amounts to very little

Stephen Hawking biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Theory of Everything is so stylistically safe and toothless that one must question why it exists at all, other than to provide a tasty opportunity for audiences to get hooked by Oscar bait.
Tuesday, November 4,2014
Film

‘Force Majeure’ tumbles down the mountain

Director Ruben Östlund’s icy comedy finds characters mired in an emotional snow pack

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Not just about the treacherous slopes of marriage, Force Majeure—which opens Friday, Nov. 7, at La Jolla Village Cinemas—grapples with the puncturing impact of compromise.
Tuesday, November 4,2014
Film

‘Interstellar’ makes profundity a suffocating experience

New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Co-starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in sideline roles, Interstellar—which opens Friday, Nov. 7—vocalizes every one of its themes about love, time and fate through stilted dialogue.
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Film

Moral sleaze defines ‘Nightcrawler’

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a magnetically creepy performance in Dan Gilroy’s debut media satire

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Nightcrawler—which, fittingly, opens on Friday, Oct. 31—is a story about the horrors of information overload.
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Film

Mother and daughter blur together in ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
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.
Wednesday, October 22,2014
Film

Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’

Bloody action film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
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.
Wednesday, October 22,2014
Film

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

By Glenn Heath Jr.
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.
Tuesday, October 14,2014
Film

‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly

Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Whiplash, Damien Chazelle's Sundance winner that proudly glamorizes horrendous teaching methods, educators are either brutal manipulators or spineless bystanders.
Tuesday, October 14,2014
Film

'Miele' is a standout at San Diego Italian Film Festival

Eighth annual event leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Miele represents a restrained yet luminous brand of human drama that's threatening to disappear stateside
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San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art lives on

Museum-without-walls rolls carefully into its second year of revival

Gaidi Finnie's the chief operating officer at Bayview Baptist Church, but he has a long background in the arts. He spent a few years at a fine-art gallery in La Jolla before moving to the Museum of Photographic Arts, where he eventually became the director. 

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Film ‘Focus’ on the grifters FEB 25 | By Glenn Heath Jr. New heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie deals in suave
Seen Local Sparks Gallery to inject art into the Gaslamp FEB 23 | By Kinsee Morlan Fine-art gallery opens March 1 with a big bill of San Diego artists
Seen Local Meet our cover artist, Aaron Glasson FEB 23 | By Kinsee Morlan Surrealist painter makes the natural environment and its inhabitants more interesting
Seen Local Giant robot finds a home in Logan Heights FEB 16 | By Kinsee Morlan Jamex and Einar de la Torre’s eighth public-art project soon to be unveiled
Crossword Crossword: 'Here's the kicker' FEB 25 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Arts & Culture feature Meet Hatsune Miku's makers FEB 17 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego filmmaker Tara Knight examines the virtual pop icon and the mass of fans and creators behind her
Seen Local Sam Ballard says he’s ready to give up on North Park FEB 17 | By Kinsee Morlan And he’ll be taking his artsy activism project with him
There She Goz

Partying with the artsy elite

The Foodie Soirée reminded me why I love living rooms

Sitting on the hardwood floor of a total stranger's house and watching a performance in full swing just three feet away is not totally new to me. I've spent many nights sitting cross-legged on dingy-carpeted floors of dilapidated houses that had earned nicknames like The Sandwich House or The Suicide House.

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The Short List MAS Attack 8, San Diego Vintage Flea Market, Barrio Seed Bank and more Max Presneill wanted to do something to help take some of the pressure and anxiety out of the art-exhibition process. The former gallerist and current museum curator also wanted to bring artists together in a fun atmosphere.
Theater Old Globe’s ‘The Twenty-seventh Man’ imparts critical history lesson Besides sharing an important, under-told story, The Old Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man showcases three veteran actors at the peak of their game. 
Film Revealing a Kangaroo court in ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’ Bunkered down in the cramped hallways and trial rooms of an Israeli Rabbinical court, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem unflinchingly traps the viewer within a physical manifestation of stagnant bureaucracy.
 

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"West Side Story" launches new era for San Diego Musical Theatre

The sound in Spreckels Theatre, however, is not up to par

What's most noteworthy about San Diego Musical Theatre's current production of West Side Story is where it's being produced: Downtown at the Spreckels Theatre. It's a new home for SDMT, which had been...
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Dine & Design Feb 25, 2015 Art Enjoy a community-style, three-course dinner, followed by a casual art lesson. Learn to paint a custom painting inspired by Dia De Los Muertos. Dinner and all art supplies included with ticket. Read more 0 other events on Wednesday, February 25
 
Field Trip: Explore Baja’s Art Scene Feb 27, 2015 Art Explore the art, food, and wine of El Valle de Guadalupe. Stops include the art space TJ in China Project Room, Encuentro Guadalupe and La Curva Studios. Tickets include lunch and round-trip border transportation. Read more 3 other events on Friday, February 27
 
Performances on Practical Surfaces: Angie Jennings Feb 27, 2015 Art The UCSD MFA candidate will present new work. Using yarn dipped in acrylic paint to render fluid contour lines, Jennings reconstructs from memory gestures and actions made during performances she enacted in 2014. Read more 3 other events on Friday, February 27
 
 
 
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