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Soweto Gospel Choir Apr 16, 2014 Singing in English as well as a number of South African languages, the two-time Grammy Award-winning choir fuses traditional African gospel music—complete with occasional clicks and bird songs—with Western songs of celebration. 55 other events on Wednesday, April 16
 
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I don’t really go for the caged-wildlife thing to begin with

 

 
 
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Lisa Hilton Apr 15, 2014 The jazz pianist/composer Lisa Hilton blends modern and traditional jazz and is on tour promoting her 16th release to date, Kaleidoscope. 48 other events on Tuesday, April 15
 
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New avant-garde arts event invites the public to experience experimental art in Normal Heights
 
Wednesday, July 10,2013
Film

‘Pacific Rim’ specializes in monster-vs.-machine fisticuffs

Guillermo del Toro’s movie scores with impressive scale but fails to translate human conflict

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Pacific Rim is a beautiful exercise in scale. From its man-made war titans—“Jaegers”—to the reptilian “Kaiju” that ascend from the ocean floor to wreak havoc, everything about Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-vs.- machines throwback feels wonderfully massive.
Tuesday, July 2,2013
Film

‘I’m So Excited!’ is a racy roller-coaster of mile-high shenanigans

Almodóvar’s comedy ridicules sexual labels while celebrating sexuality

By Glenn Heath Jr.
After spending nearly a decade exploring the darker impulses of revenge (The Skin I Live InBad Education) and heartache (VolverBroken Embraces), it's good to see Pedro Almodóvar having fun again.
Tuesday, July 2,2013
Film

‘Hannah Arendt’ explores evil in the everyday

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of the famed scholar leads our rundown of all the movies screening around San Diego

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Hannah Arendt is a stout biopic set in the early 1960s about the famed academic who rose to notoriety after writing Origins of Totalitarianism and infamy for her thoughts on the "banality of evil."
Wednesday, June 26,2013
Film

‘Augustine’ is an evocative tale of repression, desire and class division

French period piece tops our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Scientific examination takes on a strange, sensual quality in Augustine, a daring French drama about the rocky clinical relationship between 19th-century neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon) and his star teenage patient.
Wednesday, June 26,2013
Film

‘Byzantium’ revitalizes the lethal elegance of being a vampire

Neil Jordan’s film is a fine throwback to the age of graceful bloodsuckers and exquisite craftsmanship

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Vampires used to be elegant. Think of the classic caped figure gliding through smoky corridors paralyzing victims with only a glance. 
Wednesday, June 19,2013
Film

‘Dirty Wars’ shines a light on U.S. deception abroad

Documentary co-written by journalist Jeremy Scahill leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
By taking a baseball bat to Obama-era foreign policy instead of using a scalpel, Scahill sensationalizes the government's lies regarding secret night raids that have left hundreds of civilians dead.
Wednesday, June 19,2013
Film

‘The Bling Ring’ examines America’s currency of glam

Sofia Coppola’s latest is a sobering but ultimately thin satire of our pop-culture times

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspect Wore Louboutins,” The Bling Ring—opening on Friday, June 21—dramatizes the actual events surrounding a string of Beverly Hills home invasions in 2008 and 2009. 
Wednesday, June 12,2013
Film

Zach Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ is lifeless and inane

Superman reboot is thin on character, heavy on destruction

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Man of Steel only becomes more inane as it progresses, ditching coherence completely in favor of a second-hour onslaught of violence and crushing special effects.
Wednesday, June 12,2013
Film

‘Shadow Dancer’ is an Irish stew

James Marsh’s political drama, starring the great Andrea Riseborough, leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As Colette, a dedicated mother and conflicted IRA operative forced to turn informant on her plotting brothers, Andrea Riseborough gives an astoundingly detailed performance of a woman forced to constantly adapt within a perpetual state of distress.
Tuesday, June 4,2013
Film

Joel Edgerton goes on a bad trip in ‘Wish You Were Here’

Well-told Aussie drama is complemented by solid acting

By Anders Wright
There's nothing worse than a vacation gone bad, and few vacations go quite as badly as the one in Wish You Were Here, the tense Australian drama that opens Friday, June 7, at the Ken Cinema and runs for one week only.
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The SongStream Project records music’s memories

New arts group collects colorful stories of San Diegans and their connections to songs

On a recent Saturday morning, Castruita and her two kids were among a handful of people at the City Heights Library who were there to listen to The SongStream Project’s “A Landscape of Lullabies,” a collection of stories about songs San Diegans sing to their children.

By Kinsee Morlan
Seen Local Bridget Rountree examines the hierarchy of help APR 08 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego artist uses Creative Catalyst grant to juxtapose ideologies in her April 12 solo show
Seen Local DNA of Creativity grant fuses arts with science APR 07 | By Kinsee Morlan Results of the 'Urban Succession' project and other funding recipients are on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art
Urban Scout Strip-mall makeover APR 07 | By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann Row Collective brings artisan goods to Del Mar's Flower Hill Promenade
Seen Local StarFeather Studios celebrates its grand opening MAR 31 | By Kinsee Morlan Glass artists Nic McGuire and John Gibbons open their Barrio Logan shop and showroom with an exhibition of new sculptures
Crossword Crossword: 'Square Meal' APR 09 | By Ben Tausig Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords
Seen Local Modmatter opens in Little Italy MAR 31 | By Kinsee Morlan Louise Girling dedicates her new space to showing art and design
The Floating Library Dark tales from two San Diego-area short-story writers MAR 31 | By Jim Ruland Reviews of ‘Black Cloud’ by Juliet Escoria and ‘What Happened Here’ by Bonnie ZoBell
Film ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume II’ gets violent APR 02 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Will Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Joe survive her desire in the second part of Lars von Trier’s epic?
Film

‘Under the Skin’ and around the bend of humanity

Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi marvel explores identity from the inside out

Scarlett Johansson is an alien that dresses itself in a human cloak during a surreal sequence early in Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi marvel Under the Skin.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

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DNA of Creativity grant fuses arts with science

Results of the 'Urban Succession' project and other funding recipients are on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art

Jason Rogalski wanted to help his neighbors and other urbanites embrace, rather than constantly battle, skunks and other creatures simply trying to find a home. His concept was intriguing enough to win a modest grant from the DNA of Creativity project.

By Kinsee Morlan


The Short List SpringFest: Experiments in Music, Art Alive and Giving the Finger: Risking it All to Fish the World's Deadliest Sea "We put the noise music by the sharks," says lead curator Adam Tinkle. "The aquarium concert is probably the best way to get the greatest aesthetic diversity in the smallest amount of time.
Theater The clock ticks in an emotive Old Globe production Time and the Conways, now on stage at The Old Globe Theatre, was one of Priestly’s “Time Plays” written during the 1930s and ’40s.
Film Fathers and sons collide in David Gordon Green’s killer ‘Joe’ Themes of revenge and redemption ultimately take root, revealing themselves in the physical conflicts between Joe and the human threats knocking at his door.
 

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Jazz covers of Stereolab, Digital Gym's birthday, a pig roast and more to do this week

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Digable MusicAll the cool kids are, apparently, heading to Coachella this weekend to catch acts like Future Islands, Goat and Neutral Milk Hotel. But the truly cool kids are saving their dough and hitting up Seven Grand (3054 University Ave., North Park) on Thursday, April 10, where Small Disaster, a quartet headed up by one of San Diego's hardest-working young jazz musicians, Ian Tordella (sax), and featuring Julien Cantelm on drums, Jason Shatli on keyboards and Harley Magsino on bass, will be performing covers of the Beatles, Radiohead, Bjork and Stereolab. Yep—that's right '90s alt-music fans: they'll be translating tunes by the lounge-y, post-rock electro-pop band into jazz. Tordella recorded a couple Stereolab covers for his 2012 album Tragic Comedy and they're mighty fine listening. The show begins at 9 p.m. and there's no cover....
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Drawing in the Air: Sound and its Representation Apr 09, 2014 Art Charles Curtis (a cellist and professor of music at UC San Diego) and Liz Kotz (professor of modern and contemporary art history at UC Riverside) will draw on on a wide range of approaches to musical notation to probe the complex relationship between sound and its visual or graphic representation. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, April 9
 
State of the Arts Apr 09, 2014 Art Art show and extended happy hour on the W's rooftop lounge featuring art from Mike Sumoto. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, April 9
 
Graphic Score: Performance and Discussion Apr 10, 2014 Art The musicians and artists (Rachel Beetz, Dustin Donahue, Curt Miller, and Todd Moellenberg) in this exhibition dealing with graphic representations of music will discuss their work and perform a special concert. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, April 10
 
 
 
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