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Video Games Live Jul 24, 2014 Popular game music themes given the full symphonic treatment with synchronized lighting and even some real on-stage game-playing. Concert will feature music from Zelda, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock and more. 80 other events on Thursday, July 24
 
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New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
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Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
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Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
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San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
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Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope

 

 
 
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The Grand Budapest Hotel Jul 23, 2014 Wes Anderson’s latest takes place in an opulent hotel set in a fictional Eastern European country right before World War I. 72 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
Arts & Culture feature
New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
Theater
Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
Spin Cycle
Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
News
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Editorial
Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope
 
Wednesday, October 16,2013
Film

‘After Tiller’ eulogizes a controversial figure

Documentary about America’s late-term abortionists leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
More eulogy than documentary, After Tiller allows this group of doctors a platform to grieve, and it also examines the complexities of their professional calling.
Wednesday, October 16,2013
Film

Divorce, American-style, is a messy affair in ‘A.C.O.D.’

Adam Scott attempts to survive his parents’ awful behavior in new comedy

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Divorce has long been a serious cinematic subject in dramas, like Kramer vs. Kramer and Blue Valentine, for example. But it’s played up mostly for laughs in the new comedy A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce).
Wednesday, October 9,2013
Film

‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ a little too much

Horror film starring Amber Heard leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a film that's been sitting in distribution limbo since its festival premiere in 2006, further deconstructs this premise in some interesting ways. It starts abruptly, with the titular object of affection, Mandy (Amber Heard), accepting an invitation to a house party held by a vacuous jock.
Wednesday, October 9,2013
Film

‘Captain Phillips’ finds humanity between the headlines

Tom Hanks gives an astounding turn in thrilling Somali-pirate saga

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Captain Phillips, the striking new docu-drama from director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), three groups of men with very different intentions end up on a collision course in the high seas off the coast of Somalia.
Wednesday, October 2,2013
Film

Historical hyperbole in ‘Parkland’

Plodding JFK drama starring Zac Efron leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Peter Landesman's Parkland, a meek helping of historical revisionism that zeroes in on the experiences of bit players during and after the JFK assassination, doesn't do much to dissuade this representation of the South as ideologically (and morally) inferior.
Wednesday, October 2,2013
Film

Spinning toward epiphany in ‘Gravity’

Alfonso Cuarón’s breathless space odyssey is a freefall toward grace

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Alfonso Cuarón’s death-defying Gravity examines such a volatile scenario, where storytelling and memory not only fail to provide the necessary context for survival but also force body and mind deeper into freefall by way of delusion.
Wednesday, September 25,2013
Film

‘Don Jon’ loses itself in lustful repetition

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s problematic directorial debut leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addiction comedy Don Jon suffers from an extreme bout of aesthetic repetition. Bits of smarmy dialogue, suggestive sound cues and off-kilter compositions repeat throughout.
Wednesday, September 25,2013
Film

It’s a man’s world in ‘Rush’

Ron Howard’s tiresome racecar drama is high on competition, masculine posturing

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Despite its horrendous views on gender, Rush deftly balances the madness and respect the two leads inspire in each other.
Wednesday, September 18,2013
Film

‘Museum Hours’ sees the world with open eyes

Jem Cohen’s meditative art film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Museum Hours—which opens Friday, Sept. 20, at the Ken Cinema—is a romance not between people, but ideas. The delightful way Johann and Anne and share stories calls to mind the best sort of artistic expression
Wednesday, September 18,2013
Film

‘A Single Shot’ goes off the grid

Our interview with Sam Rockwell, one of cinema’s great chameleons

By Glenn Heath Jr.
“It’s a mood piece,” Rockwell tells CityBeat over the phone while traversing the streets of New York City. “It’s like an Edgar Allen Poe story.”
Arts & Culture feature

Comic-Con vs. the Bechdel Test

Popular fiction has evolved, but big-time fails in female representation mean the challenge is still relevant

The Bechdel Test is a simple thought experiment that requires works of fiction to feature at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a dude. It’s a ridiculously low bar that a surprising number of contemporary works fail to reach.

By Kinsee Morlan
Arts & Culture feature On drawing women JUL 23 | By Seth Combs Comic-book artists discuss perpetuating an anatomical archetype some consider offensive
Film Comic-con and box-office receipts are in a serious relationship JUL 22 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Annual mega-convention has us thinking about the summer of 2015, which may be the biggest ever
Urban Scout Shopping in Carlsbad Village JUL 21 | By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann An evening stroll yields some retail scores
Seen Local Stay strange, Comic-Con JUL 21 | By Kinsee Morlan Weird and sordid superheroes on parade at Space 4 Art
Seen Local A pop-up art exhibition for the Comic-Con crowd JUL 21 | By Susan Myrland ArtExpo features more than 100 artists, crafters and authors in an alternative fair, plus a lowbrow, graphic-narrative, outsider and comic-art exhibition
Film Richard Linklater and ‘Boyhood’ JUL 15 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Writer and director of epic new movie talks family, parenting and coming-of-age
Seen Local ‘Paranoia, Mind control, and the Art of Suggestion’ opens JUL 14 | By Kinsee Morlan Outsider-art exhibition kicks around weird possibilities and controversial themes
There She Goz Thirty, dirty and striving JUL 11 | By Alex Zaragoza Revisiting my teenage dreams upon hitting three decades
Arts & Culture feature

Pitting summer blockbusters against the Bechdel Test

We ran summer-movie trailers against the seemingly easy-to-pass scrutiny, and the results weren’t pretty

Onward with another summer of movie trailers! Onward with another year of supporting the white / hetero / male-dominated pop-cultural infrastructure while we continue our slow trudge to the grave!

By Ryan Bradford

Arts & Culture feature

No-badge-needed events for the Comic-Con crowd

Lots of stuff going, even if you’re not one of the lucky few

As Comic-Con grows in popularity, so do the options for those who couldn’t score a badge. Each year brings more parties, pop-ups, zombie walks and just plain weirdness.

By Susan Myrland


The Short List Judah Friedlander, Creative Nights and Horizon "I am a role model. I am the greatest martial artist on the planet," the actor and standup comic tells CityBeat with his trademark deadpan delivery. "But I'm also going to be the next president of the United States." 
Theater Out of anesthesia and into the—piano? San Diego’s big-name theaters have unveiled two very different productions: a harrowing history story at La Jolla Playhouse and, at The Old Globe, a reimagining of a musical that was born there.
Film Paul Eenhoorn on acting and ‘Land Ho!’ The film explores themes of transition, emotional release and friendship in a tender way. It hinges entirely on the chemistry of the actors. 
 

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Meet the San Diegostucks subculture

As the Comic-Con crowd rolls into town, we take a moment to hang out with local fans of the web comic, 'Homestuck'

It's pretty obvious which group at Mission Beach is the San Diegostucks, even from a distance. Scattered groups of families and friends are barbecuing and soaking up the sun. And then there's the crowd of more than 30 people, costumed in everything from horns and gray paint to homemade tattoos. Someone runs by with an inflatable sword, pretending to murder others. An impromptu dance number breaks out around a speaker. It's a study in organized chaos; the crowd of everyday folks surrounding the group appear to be at a loss for how to handle them....
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CRAFT/ART Jul 23, 2014 Art Live sketching by some of the top artists in the world of comics. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind themed sketches as well as to bid in a silent auction with proceeds benefitting Media Arts Center San Diego. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
EMPOWER Art + Music Show Jul 23, 2014 Art A one-night-only event featuring A Reason To Survive (ARTS) Empower students. Featuring artwork by Destinee I., Hannah B., Kelsey K. and Stephanie J. with a musical performance by Stephanie G. featuring Dr. Funk and the Quickhands. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
Pop! The Art of the Geek Jul 23, 2014 Art This group show highlights the artwork of a dozen established and emerging artists who have reimagined the icons of pop culture in new ways. Artists include Adam Lister, Don Morris, Blair Simmons and more. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, July 23
 
 
 
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