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Chicano Park Day Apr 19, 2014 Celebrate the park's status as an internationally recognized art site with traditional dance performances, live bands, keynote speeches and a display of classic low-rider cars. 80 other events on Saturday, April 19
 
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Meet ‘Jackie,’ one of the many faces of sex-trafficking
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World According To... Parker & the Numberman Apr 18, 2014 A Friday night series where Finest City Improv invites a special guest, or guests, to tell real-life stories that FCI's best improvisers then use to create comedic sketches. This week's special guests are local hip-hop act Parker & the Numberman. 57 other events on Friday, April 18
 
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A tale of near-death, bloody steaks and unprecedented opulence
News
Why the city can’t maintain enough emergency trucks
Film
Documentary about ill-fated project leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Arts & Culture feature
What could’ve been, what could be and what’s actually happening with the embattled 2015 celebration
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San Diego artist’s site-specific installation explores conspiracy theories
 
Tuesday, December 31,2013
Film

Cinema without a safety net

The best films of 2013 were all daring in unique ways

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Long live the daring and dangerous films of 2013! Despite claims to the contrary, a whole lot of movies mattered this year.
Tuesday, December 31,2013
Film

A little terror

The latest ‘Paranormal Activity’ highlights a slow week in movie openings and screenings

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A young man (Andrew Jacobs) begins experiencing strange phenomenon before realizing he’s been marked by an evil spirit. It’s the latest entry in the popular found-footage horror series. 
Tuesday, December 24,2013
Film

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ gets down and dirty

The latest sprawling crime film by Martin Scorsese is an all-out riot

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A great alternate title for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street would have been "Despicable Me." The low-down, dirty story of Jordan Belfort (brilliantly played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a real-life stock trader who rose to infamy in the 1990s for his fast lifestyle and immoral business tactics, centers on the destructive American urge to embrace ugly behavior.
Tuesday, December 24,2013
Film

‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ gets a glossy, corporate revamp

Ben Stiller’s fantastical tale of reinvention leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
No matter how pure the intentions or sweet the end result, Ben Stiller's post-modern re-imagining of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the ultimate midlife-crisis movie.
Wednesday, December 18,2013
Film

‘American Hustle’ is a stylized and farcical mess

David O’Russell’s Abscam film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
David O'Russell's surefire Oscar nominee American Hustle is a bona fide mess, melding stylistic references and tones with reckless abandon.
Wednesday, December 18,2013
Film

Oscar Isaac can’t escape from tomorrow in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film harmonizes a talented artist’s fall from grace

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The human centerpiece of Joel and Ethan Coen’s wonderful Inside Llewyn Davis is indeed a man of melancholy.
Wednesday, December 11,2013
Film

Liven up your holidays at the movies

A seasonal film guide leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Gremlins is one of the great films about the Reagan era, but it's also one of the best subversions of the Christmas-film genre.
Wednesday, December 11,2013
Film

Paul Walker was one determined daddy in ‘Hours’

Hurricane Katrina drama showcases a performer of deceptive range

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Hours, which opens Friday, Dec. 13, at AMC Plaza Bonita, is set on the eve of Hurricane Katrina in a city hospital where multiple stories seem to be colliding at once.
Wednesday, December 4,2013
Film

Mexico at a moral crossroads in ‘Narco Cultura’

Documentary about narco corridos leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Late in Narco Cultura, yet another documentary about the various ways cartel trafficking impacts Mexican life, journalist Sandra Rodriguez makes a profound statement.
Wednesday, December 4,2013
Film

‘Out of the Furnace’ argues that we are all walking dead

Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson shine in flawed revenge thriller

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Bodies and carcasses: One can hardly tell them apart in Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace. Every male character in this brooding mountain noir is a human slab of meat, waiting to get punctured by a bullet or pummeled by a fist.
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Avenida Revolución’s renaissance

Revamped Mexicoach Station is part of a new generation’s battle to reclaim downtown Tijuana

Miguel Buenrostro, a passionate 30-year-old filmmaker and photographer, says he’s tired of the telling and retelling of Tijuana’s recent history regarding the drug war and the common perception that the city is still mostly seedy and filled with urban decay.

By Kinsee Morlan
Film Pacific Arts Movement’s Spring Showcase comes of age APR 15 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Festival’s fourth annual edition tackles themes ranging from separation to redemption
Cover artist Meet our cover artist, David B. Cuzick APR 14 | By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann San Diego screenprinter’s new work explores childhood themes
Seen Local Angella d’Avignon examines the meaning of stuff APR 14 | By Kinsee Morlan Exhibition at Spring Valley Swap Meet investigates the idea of objects and their value
Crossword Crossword: 'Odds and Evens' APR 16 | By Ben Tausig Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords
Arts & Culture feature The SongStream Project records music’s memories APR 09 | By Kinsee Morlan New arts group collects colorful stories of San Diegans and their connections to songs
Film ‘Under the Skin’ and around the bend of humanity APR 09 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi marvel explores identity from the inside out
No Life Offline

Before you start up in San Diego

Some unsolicited advice on building the next tech giant in our city

Here are a few tips for tech companies (whether you're a brand-new startup a migrating giant) to live in harmony with San Diego.

By Dave Maass

There She Goz

Gooping like Gwyneth

Consciously uncoupling and self-improving, Paltrow-style

Breakups blow, especially when there are hurt feelings and disappointment involved and that bitch Gwyneth Paltrow steals your breakup thunder.

By Alex Zaragoza


The Short List Spring Harp Fest, Live Arts Fest and Alfredo Jaar That brings us to Saturday, April 19, when, at the family-friendly Spring Harp Fest, a seemingly inexhaustible supply of harmonicas will be available.
Theater ‘Mandate Memories’ and mystery at North Coast Rep History, of both a textbook and a personal nature, define Lionel Goldstein’s new play, Mandate Memories, which is having its world premiere at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach under the direction of David Ellenstein.
Film ‘Finding Vivian Meier’ is an exercise in futility Finding Vivian Maier is Maloof's attempt at a biographical portrait, tracing Maier's strange and eccentric life as a nanny for households across the country.
 

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Landmark Theatres' Ken Cinema gives 30-day notice

Iconic theater will close its doors on April 27

Landmark Theatres' Ken Cinema is FIN. According to the owners of the property housing the iconic Ken Cinema, Landmark Theatres recently gave its 30-day notice and won't be renewing its lease. The last scheduled day of showings at the Ken are April 27, and neighboring businesses say tentative plans include letting staffers curate the last few weeks' worth of movies.Guy Hanford, who owns and operates Kensington Video, calls the closure a huge loss for San Diego. ...
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Art Collecting 101 Apr 17, 2014 Art Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while a panel (including Kathryn Kanjo and Mark Quint) discusses what to look for as you’re building an art collection. Stay for a complimentary screening of Herb and Dorothy, a doc about New York art collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. Read more 4 other events on Thursday, April 17
 
Graphic Scores: Drawing in Musical Practice Apr 17, 2014 Art The Experimental Drawing Studio features work exploring the idea of the graphic score from musicians Rachel Beetz, Dustin Donahue, Curt Miller and Todd Moellenberg, who are all looking at the ways drawing exists within their musical practice and what constitutes a graphic score. Read more 4 other events on Thursday, April 17
 
Intersections of Culture, Fusions of Form Apr 17, 2014 Art A “Meet the Artists” public event moderated by Robert Pincus that includes Wu Man, Jamex de la Torre, Whysidro and Miki Iwasaki talking about the hybrid nature of their projects. Read more 4 other events on Thursday, April 17
 
 
 
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