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Wacky Wonky Walk & Kids Festival Oct 25, 2014 A walk and festival featuring a Willy Wonka theme, games and activities everywhere. There will also be Phil's BBQ available for purchase and proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for Children. 87 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
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Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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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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Wacky Wonky Walk & Kids Festival Oct 25, 2014 A walk and festival featuring a Willy Wonka theme, games and activities everywhere. There will also be Phil's BBQ available for purchase and proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for Children. 87 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
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
 
Tuesday, July 8,2014
Film

‘Coherence’ tackles the horror of not knowing oneself

James Ward Byrkit’s sci-fi movie is clever, tenacious and deeply unsettling

By Glenn Heath Jr.
It might not seem like it at first, but Coherence works deftly within the science-fiction genre where time remains a fluid concept.
Tuesday, July 8,2014
Film

‘Venus in Fur’ and the manipulative power of performance art

New Roman Polanski flick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) appears out of nowhere, born from thunder and lighting in the stormy opening moments of Venus in Fur.
Tuesday, July 1,2014
Film

‘Snowpiercer’ envisions a new ice age of revolt and redemption

Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut propels with reckless abandon

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Snowpiercer, a self-sustaining high-speed train carries what's left of the world's population on a track that spans the length of the globe.
Tuesday, July 1,2014
Film

‘Life Itself’: a superb portrait of Roger Ebert

Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Life Itself is about the man, not the legend. In 2006, Ebert lost the ability to speak after having surgery on his jaw to remove cancerous tissue.
Tuesday, June 24,2014
Film

‘Third Person’ mistakes cliché for profundity

Paul Haggis’ awful melodrama is unintentionally hilarious

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Paul Haggis' Third Person is the comedy of the year. There's only one problem: It's supposed to be a deathly serious tragedy that ponders the interconnectedness of memory and expression.
Tuesday, June 24,2014
Film

‘Korengal’ wages war with itself

Combat documentary set in Afghanistan tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Using first-person interviews and hours of footage shot amid firefights and boring downtime, the two filmmakers created a portrait of modern warfare sans flag-waving and political rhetoric.
Tuesday, June 17,2014
Film

‘The Rover’ hunts for purpose in an Earthly wasteland

David Michôd’s nomadic road film paints a dire picture of humanity post-collapse

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Set in the never-ending Australian outback 10 years after civilization went kaput, The Rover equates loneliness to godliness through the character of Eric (Guy Pearce), a bearded nomad with nothing more than a car to his name.
Tuesday, June 17,2014
Film

‘Obvious Child’ and the comedy of sadness

Brooklyn-set indie leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Obvious Child—which opens Friday, June 20, at Hillcrest Cinemas—never claims authority when it comes to the prickly war over abortion. 
Tuesday, June 10,2014
Film

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ wages aerial war against tyranny

Smart sequel to 2010 blockbuster is visually gorgeous and thematically weighty

By Glenn Heath Jr.
On paper, Dean DeBlois' How to Train Your Dragon 2 has all the makings of another family-friendly sequel constructed to divert the attention of screaming children for a few hours. Thankfully, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Tuesday, June 10,2014
Film

‘We Are the Best!’ believes in the power of punk

New film from Lukas Moodysson leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Not a second goes by in this vivacious coming-of-age story when the young characters aren't experiencing some kind of heightened emotion.
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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