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So You Think You Can Dance Tour Jan 26, 2015 The top dancers from the hit Fox competition TV show show off their moves in front of a live audience. 59 other events on Monday, January 26
 
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So You Think You Can Dance Tour Jan 26, 2015 The top dancers from the hit Fox competition TV show show off their moves in front of a live audience. 59 other events on Monday, January 26
 
Arts & Culture feature
Work that made a mark locally in the last year
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
Canvassed | Art & culture
Our weekly Red List round-up
 
Tuesday, October 7,2014
Film

Coming home to ‘The Guest’

Adam Wingard’s diabolical war film turns America into a killing field

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Guest often denies the importance of plot points, instead focusing on the gut-wrenching visceral imagery of a traumatic event rather than the explanation behind it.
Tuesday, October 7,2014
Film

London ‘Pride’ invades the Welsh hills

1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Unapologetically hopeful about progressive viewpoints, Matthew Warchus' Pride revolves around a grassroots LGBT group that raises funds for striking miners in the Welsh countryside.
Tuesday, September 30,2014
Film

‘Gone Girl’ and its deafening marital hiss

David Fincher creates a big-screen relationship nightmare for the social-media age

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Adapted from Gillian Flynn's mega-bestseller, Gone Girl centers on the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), whose smug husband Nick (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect after detectives begin to dismantle the couple's perfect façade.
Tuesday, September 30,2014
Film

Jealousy runs amok in ‘Two Faces of January’

Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
"There's a sucker born every minute." Chester McFarland (Viggo Mortensen) utters these fateful words to his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) as they saunter through the Parthenon in Athens. 
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.
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Future of the San Diego Foundation’s arts funding questioned

With expert Felicia Shaw gone, some wonder about the organization's ongoing support

There’s a shortage of arts-and-culture funding in San Diego. That’s why there’s been shock and concern in the arts community after the recent announcement that Felicia Shaw, longtime director of arts and the creative economy at The San Diego Foundation, had left her position.

By Kinsee Morlan
Seen Local Marina Abramović makes her mark on San Diego JAN 20 | By Kinsee Morlan Performance artist reminds locals of the importance of being present
Crossword Crossword: 'Manspreading' JAN 21 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Arts & Culture feature Rob Greenfield’s small house is packed with big ideas JAN 14 | By Kinsee Morlan Environmental activist adds living in a tiny home to his growing list of attention-grabbing, earth-saving stunts
Seen Local Paint Encinitas colors the city, one mural at a time JAN 12 | By Kinsee Morlan Jax Meyers and her volunteer-run organization want to fill blank walls with art
Well, That Was Awkward I went to a gun show on the second anniversary of Sandy Hook JAN 12 | By Ryan Bradford Crossroads of the West and Del Mar Fairgrounds commemorate massacre with discount firearms, whacky T-shirts and overpriced beer
No Life Offline High-resolution resolutions for 2015 JAN 12 | By Dave Maass What I’d like to change about my digital life this year
Film In ‘Zero Motivation,’ military women don’t know which way is up JAN 14 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Tayla Lavie’s scathing deadpan comedy takes down military patriarchy through absurdity and critique
Seen Local Meet our cover artist, PANCA JAN 13 | By Kinsee Morlan Tijuana’s Paola Villaseñor pictures the side of humanity most folks try to ignore
Film The sandy, sunny magnitude of ‘Inherent Vice’ JAN 06 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Paul Thomas Anderson’s fascinating adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is funny, whimsical and rewarding
The Floating Library

Strangeness in the stacks: 3 works of fiction set in Japan

Reviews of Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library,’ Yoko Ogawa’s ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ and Mary Yukari Waters ‘The Laws of Evening’

I’m not the biggest fan of Haruki Murakami’s fiction, but when I saw a copy of The Strange Library in the bookstore, I had to pick it up. The slender volume sealed in plastic and designed by rock-star book designer Chip Kidd made me intensely curious about what strange magic might be inside.

By Jim Ruland

Film

‘Two Days, One Night’ gives compassion a fighting chance

Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-nominated performance gives the new Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne film its powerful immediacy

Two Days, One Night, the great new film by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, surveys a dramatic scenario where one woman struggles to reconcile such realities after coworkers vote to receive a hefty bonus rather than retain her services.

By Glenn Heath Jr.


The Short List Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance; Cabaret au Balcon and 2015 Human Rights Watch Film Festival There are some comedians—like late greats Richard Pryor and Andy Kaufman—whose stand-up acts are so provocative and theatrical, they could easily be categorized as performance artists, especially if the gigs take place in an art museum rather than a comedy club.
Theater Reviews of Ion Theatre’s ‘’night Mother’ and ‘North Coast Rep’s ‘Gunmetal Blues’ Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ’night, Mother, onstage at Ion Theatre’s BLKBOX space in Hillcrest, is an anguished, penetrating battle of wills between two women.
Film Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain try to survive ‘A Most Violent Year’ A Most Violent Year stylizes the brooding working-class territory of director Sidney Lumet, where low-level players clash with those who have become politically savvy enough to rise up the ranks.
 

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Dynamic duoArsalun Tafazoli and Paul Basile make a great team. Tafazoli's the co-founder of CH Projects, the folks behind some of San Diego's best restaurants and bars—Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce, Ironside Fish & Oyster among them. Basile, through his BASILE Studio, has made those places—and a number of other San Diego eateries—look cool. From 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, the two will sit down to talk about their collaborative work at Polite Provisions (4696 30th St., North Park), which won a 2014 Orchid Award for interior design. The chat's part of Designing Minds, an ongoing series of events that highlight the people who make San Diego a more attractive place. Your $30 ticket gets you in and hooked up with one of the bar's delicious craft cocktails. Can't make it to this one? Tafazoli and Basile will bring the talk to Ironside in Little Italy on Feb. 26....
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Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance Jan 22, 2015 Art

Laugh-in explores the work of contemporary artists who engage the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy to reframe questions surrounding performativity, audience, and public speech.

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Contemporary Constructions and In The Studio Jan 22, 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.

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LOUD silence Jan 22, 2015 Art Curated by Ph.D. student Amanda Cachia, this art and sound exhibition offers the opportunity for viewers to consider the definition of sound, voice, and notions of silence at the intersection of both deaf and hearing cultures. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, January 22
 
 
 
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