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Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival Oct 26, 2014 The community event takes over the streets surrounding the Cali Comfort restaurant, where 30 teams vie for title of best BBQ. Event includes games, live music, street vendors and more. Proceed benefit after-school sports programs. 65 other events on Sunday, October 26
 
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Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
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City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
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Tuesday, June 4,2013
Film

So long, CityBeat

My farewell tops this week’s rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
Starting next week, this space will be covered by Glenn Heath Jr., a San Diego film writer and a friend, whose work is just terrific.
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.
Wednesday, May 29,2013
Film

Happy birthday, FilmOut!

The 15th anniversary of San Diego’s LGBT fest leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
What’s shocking isn’t how many film festivals San Diego hosts; what’s astonishing is how many of them have been around for so long. One of the oldest, FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT fest, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, a serious accomplishment considering how hard it is to get a festival off the ground.
Wednesday, May 29,2013
Film

Hawke and Delpy, together again in ‘Before Midnight’

Third film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy is perhaps the best

By Anders Wright
If there’s a real truth to be found in Before Midnight, it’s that the people we’re most capable of hurting are those we love the most.
Wednesday, May 22,2013
Film

‘The Outsiders,’ ‘Cleopatra’ and the Frequency Film Fest

These are the cinematic wonders that lead our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
Happy birthday, Ponyboy. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 adaptation of The Outsiders turns 30 this year. The cast is a veritable who’s-who of 1980s Tiger Beat pin-ups: Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon.
Wednesday, May 22,2013
Film

New doc about Ricky Jay plays its cards close to the vest

If you know who he is, you know how cool he is, and if you don’t know who he is, you should

By Anders Wright
There are two sorts of people in this world: those who are fully aware of Ricky Jay and his work and those who haven’t yet had the pleasure. Now, there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you aren’t familiar with him. 
Tuesday, May 14,2013
Film

Michael Shannon is cool as ice

Creepy actor’s comments about his new film, ‘The Iceman,’ lead our rundown of movies playing around town

By Anders Wright
Michael Shannon plays Richard Kuklinski, the East Coast contract killer who was arrested in 1986 after committing a long string of murders.
Tuesday, May 14,2013
Film

Simon Pegg goes where some have gone before in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Shaun of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ explains what it means to be on the Starship Enterprise

By Anders Wright
Star Trek Into Darkness is the latest movie to warp its way into the fray, and it's got big shoes to fill.
Wednesday, May 8,2013
Film

More horror in store

A new series is on the way—plus, all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
Horror fans will rejoice over this piece of news: A new late-night series is being put together at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park by Beth Accomondo of KPBS and Miguel Rodriguez of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.
Wednesday, May 8,2013
Film

Spanish-language ‘Aquí y Allá’ is an eye-opener

This small family drama about immigration speaks volumes

By Anders Wright
Director Esparza doesn’t have an axe to grind. His focus is telling a simple story, that of a family confronting unfortunate circumstances.
 
 
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