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Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony Oct 02, 2014 The San Diego Architectural Foundation presents this year's crop of design awards acknowledging the best and the "could be better" of San Diego's built environment.  54 other events on Thursday, October 2
 
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Errol Flynn biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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A very loud Diversionary Theatre offering tops our coverage of local plays
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Chamber of Commerce, led by the former mayor, launches all-out campaign to regain control of San Diego
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One-woman San Diego Rep production tops our coverage of local plays

 

 
 
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Mojalet Dance Collective and Rhythm Talk Oct 01, 2014 The contemporary dance company teams up with Swiss percussion band Rhythm Talk to present a collaborative piece that celebrates both music and movement. 55 other events on Wednesday, October 1
 
Film
Errol Flynn biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Theater
A very loud Diversionary Theatre offering tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
Chamber of Commerce, led by the former mayor, launches all-out campaign to regain control of San Diego
Theater
One-woman San Diego Rep production tops our coverage of local plays
 
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.
Tuesday, November 26,2013
Film

Fortitude is the American dream in ‘Nebraska’

Alexander Payne’s latest finds Bruce Dern and Will Forte searching for a foothold

By Glenn Heath Jr.
With so much subtext populating every scene, Nebraska—which opens Friday, Nov. 29, at Hillcrest Cinemas—is at its best during silent moments traversing the hypnotic and vast landscape of the region.
Tuesday, November 26,2013
Film

‘Go for Sisters’ is a story of old friends and new beginnings

New John Sayles film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
None of John Sayles' films feel quite like Go for Sisters, the director's new effort, which opens Friday, Nov. 29, at the Ken Cinema and screens for only one week.
Arts & Culture feature

Parklets and pop-ups

Tactical urbanism finally on the rise in historically slow San Diego

Parklets are loosely defined as small, outdoor seating areas that often take over one or two existing parking spots, temporarily reclaiming the space for pedestrians and improving the aesthetics and streetscape of the urban environment.

By Kinsee Morlan
Seen Local Art Produce’s 'Fence / Barda' illustrates a divide SEP 29 | By Kinsee Morlan Binational exhibition in North Park demonstrates the difficulties of collaborating with a wall in the way
Seen Local San Diego Art Institute's ‘Beyond Limits’ goes global SEP 29 | By Susan Myrland Balboa Park institution’s new leader aims to connect artists across countries
Fall Arts Richard Baird’s ready for take two SEP 23 | By David L. Coddon New Fortune Theatre Company set to launch in October
Fall Arts Chuck Palahniuk on sex toys and conspiracy SEP 23 | By Jim Ruland Lionized author comes to San Diego for a pajama party and a raucous reading of his new novel
Fall Arts Athenaeum’s jazz program lures the genre’s top players SEP 24 | By Seth Combs Little library in La Jolla celebrates 25 years of big shows
Fall Arts Rebecca Webb and the future of ArtPower! SEP 24 | By Glenn Heath Jr. UCSD arts group brings back the Filmatic Festival and other exciting selections hand-picked by its film curator
Fall Arts Big b-boy battle Freestyle Session comes home SEP 24 | By Kinsee Morlan Cros One returns his breakdance competition to San Diego
No Life Offline

Wikipistemology in the 52nd District congressional race

The continuing adventures of Carl DeMaio’s Wikipedia page

If epistemology is the study and philosophy of knowledge, it's creation and quality, then I consider myself a lowly disciple of Wikipistemology, the contemplation and investigation of Wikipedia and other open community-edited resources.

By Dave Maass

Film

‘Gone Girl’ and its deafening marital hiss

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

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.

By Glenn Heath Jr.


The Short List Archtoberfest, Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and San Diego Night Market Archtoberfest kicks off with the annual Orchids & Onions affair, happening from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.
Theater Old Globe’s ‘Bright Star’ merely flickers in the darkness Beware of works of art in which a star is a metaphor. As a matter of fact, beware of anything in which a star is a metaphor.
Film Jealousy runs amok in ‘Two Faces of January’ "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. 
 

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'King of Ragtime' recalled in minor key

One-man show re-creates Scott Joplin's life and times

Scott Joplin, the "King of Ragtime," led an all-too-short life—he died of complications resulting from syphillis when he was 49. His was not an easy life, either. Far from it, as we learn in Robert ...
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Art Happy Hour Oct 01, 2014 Art Take a guided tour through the visual arts spaces at UCSD starting with the Adam D. Kamil Gallery at the Mandeville Center and closing with a panel discussion at the Structural and Materials Engineering building. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, October 1
 
Kids Free in October Oct 01, 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 Wednesday, October 1
 
Kids Free in October Oct 02, 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 0 other events on Thursday, October 2
 
 
 
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