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Wacky Wonky Walk & Kids Festival Oct 25, 2014 A walk and festival featuring a Willy Wonka theme, games and activities everywhere. There will also be Phil's BBQ available for purchase and proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for Children. 88 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
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Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
 
Wednesday, January 15,2014
Film

‘The Great Beauty’ is a carnival of contradiction

Paolo Sorrentino’s gorgeous new film turns Rome on its head, Italian-style

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Paolo Sorrentino’s absurd and contradictory version of modern Rome, as envisioned in his pristine new film, The Great Beauty, is truly a topsy-turvy carnival.
Wednesday, January 15,2014
Film

Subtle gems below Oscar’s radar

An Academy Awards rebuttal and a rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the highfalutin Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences will announce the nominations for its 86th annual event.
Tuesday, January 7,2014
Film

Empathy is the future in ‘Her’

Spike Jonze’s new sci-fi romance gives Joaquin Phoenix a second chance at feeling

By Glenn Heath Jr.
What's more illuminating—and shocking—is how Her brilliantly suggests that technology is not some damnable plague segregating humanity into different virtual columns, just another platform for people to rediscover their own empathy.
Tuesday, January 7,2014
Film

A cascading wave of trauma washes over ‘The Past’

Asghar Farhadi’s melodrama leads our rundown of films screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Hardly a moment goes by in Asghar Farhadi's The Past when characters don't seem on the verge of collision. 
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.
Well, That Was Awkward

A nightmare on University Avenue

The Elfin Forest, Questhaven and satanic ritual spots are no match for terrors in North Park

Craig Oliver was the first person I approached to show me genuinely scary places in San Diego. I'm not talking about touristy haunts like The Whaley House or the Hotel Del, but places of legend that don't require an admission fee, places that people go out of their way to avoid.

By Ryan Bradford
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
Arts & Culture feature San Diego Police Museum seeks a new home OCT 14 | By Susan Myrland Its operators would love to end up in Balboa Park
Film ‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly OCT 14 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique
Urban Scout Newish places in San Diego to drop some cash OCT 13 | By Hannah More A survey of fresh independent shops in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Mission Hills
Seen Local San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams ready to launch OCT 14 | By Kinsee Morlan The Art of Science Learning initiative's culminating event happens Oct. 16 in Balboa Park
Seen Local Bob Matheny and Armando Muñoz Garcia's ‘Infamous Babes’ find a home OCT 13 | By Kinsee Morlan Artists' sculptures are on view inside the belly of a giant mermaid outside Puerto Nuevo
Film

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

As a black comedy about legacy, Birdman eventually turns more grueling than pertinent. While often impressive as a satire of our 21st-century obsession with self-importance, the film’s extreme stylistics turn redundant very quickly, no matter how impressive the technical feat.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

No Life Offline

About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts

Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?

Sarkeesian really shouldn't be so controversial. It's not as if she's a Holocaust revisionist or a government official who authorized torture. Sarkeesian isn't some ultra-radical abort-all-the-babies femi-eugenicist.

By Dave Maass


The Short List Storytellers 6.0, Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo, Guerilla Book Fair and Sally of the Sawdust Intimate, themed pop-up dinners are nothing new, but the concepts behind two upcoming foodie events are so deliciously original that they deserved some extra ink.
Theater Duel in the dark at North Coast Rep Freud’s Last Session succeeds not only in shining a light on two fascinating historical figures, but also in provoking critical thought about the most enigmatic complexities of life and afterlife.
Film Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’ Second chances are taken, not given, in John Wick, a formally audacious shoot-first thriller about a former hit man (Keanu Reeves) who exacts mass revenge against a Russian crime syndicate after three of their members kill his dog.
 

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A Night at the Besties, Urban Mavericks and more to check out this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

Only the bestCityBeat throws all kinds of parties throughout the year, but the celebration that goes hand-in-hand with our annual Best of San Diego issue is always—well, the best. This year’s party, A Night at the Besties, will be the first one thrown at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, the day after our Best of San Diego issue hits the street. There’ll be performances by Little Hurricane—the blues-rock duo whose record Gold Fever won the Album of the Year honor earlier this month at the San Diego Music Awards—and the Steph Johnson Band. The event also marks the triumphant return on the Fern Street Circus, which will perform throughout the evening. As usual, there’ll be lots of great food from local restaurants and an open bar, and this year’s visual-art component will feature the Dream Machine Arts Collective, Dave Ghilarducci and Miki Iwasaki and his Woodbury University architecture students. Coin-Op bar will host a mobile arcade, and you can peruse the Science Center’s current exhibitions. Tickets cost $25 ($30 the day of the event), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Center for Children. ...
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Batvisions Oct 22, 2014 Art Local artist David Russell Talbott will be displaying works from his new series; a look at familiar DC superheroes with a large helping of satire. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
RAW Artists San Diego Presents AXIS Oct 22, 2014 Art This multi-faceted artistic showcase features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. Some of the dozens of visual artists include Elena Lee, Benjamin Dodd, Lindsay Wynn and more. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
Material Splendor Oct 22, 2014 Art Italian-born artist Rita Miglioli is staging an art exhibit which take its theme from the classical elements of earth, air, fire and water. Read more 2 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
 
 
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