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The Zombie Ball Oct 31, 2014 A benefit gala featuring live performances, costume contests, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, plus a zombie-themed dessert buffet. All proceeds go to Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. 79 other events on Friday, October 31
 
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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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1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town
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The Zombie Ball Oct 31, 2014 A benefit gala featuring live performances, costume contests, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, plus a zombie-themed dessert buffet. All proceeds go to Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. 79 other events on Friday, October 31
 
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
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
Seen Local
Artists' sculptures are on view inside the belly of a giant mermaid outside Puerto Nuevo
Last Blog on Earth | News
Listen to Todd Bosnich's June interview with KFMB's Mike Slater
 
Tuesday, July 15,2014
Film

The insane sincerity of ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff’s precious new dramedy leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
 Zach Braff means well. I truly believe that. How else can one rationalize the actor-turned-filmmaker’s insanely sincere view of the world. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. 
Tuesday, July 15,2014
Film

Richard Linklater and ‘Boyhood’

Writer and director of epic new movie talks family, parenting and coming-of-age

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Richard Linklater’s new film, Boyhood, captures the reverie and conflict of never-ending growth. It’s an epic coming-of-age film about family, parenting, longing, desire, confusion, joy and memory.
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. 
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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