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The Casbah’s 25th Anniversary Wrap Party Dec 21, 2014 The local music venue celebrates the end of its 25th year with live performances from The Burning of Rome, Barbarian and Low Volts. The outdoor rock show will also include food trucks and alcoholic beverages 62 other events on Sunday, December 21
 
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How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
Seen Local
City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem
News
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
The World Fare
Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town

 

 
 
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Wednesday, December 26,2012
Film

The best movies of 2012

‘Argo,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ‘Take This Waltz’ are among the year’s greats

By Anders Wright
Another year, another top-10 list. I never know what form this list is going to take, and this year, the list is surprisingly mainstream.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
Film

Any Day Now, set in 1979, is still timely

Feature about same-sex parenthood leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
There’s very little one can do that’s more selfless than adopt a child who has a disability. It’s an enormous responsibility to take on, and we should collectively be supportive of people who are able to do it. That idea is at the heart of Any Day Now.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
Film

Judd Apatow returns to his comfort zone with ‘This is 40’

New movie is a sort-of sequel to ‘Knocked Up’

By Anders Wright
No matter what anyone tells you, getting older totally sucks. Your body slows down, you have greater responsibilities and you can no longer eat whatever you want without impunity.
Monday, December 17,2012
Bottle Rocket

Merry Italian Jewish Christmas

These red wines will go with any religious holiday

By Anders Wright
It took a moment, once my editor had jokingly spit-balled the idea of writing a Jew’s take on wines to drink at Christmas, to realize that he was, in fact, talking about me.
Wednesday, December 12,2012
Film

‘Hyde Park on Hudson’—the other president movie

New picture starring Bill Murray tops our rundown of all the films screening around town

By Anders Wright
When it comes to playing former presidents, the spotlight’s been on Daniel Day-Lewis for his turn as Abraham Lincoln.
Wednesday, December 12,2012
Film

Peter Jackson journeys back to Middle-earth

Director advances the technology with The Hobbit

By Anders Wright
It’s been 10 long years since Frodo plunged Gollum and the One Ring into the lake of fire and Viggo Mortensen sang that strange dirge as he was crowned king of all humans.
Wednesday, December 5,2012
Film

‘In the Family’ doesn’t preach

Patrick Wang’s debut tops our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
It would be very, very easy to write off Patrick Wang’s debut film as a Message Movie. After all, it’s about a gay man in the south trying to get custody of his son, and Wang wrote, directed and stars in it. 
Wednesday, December 5,2012
Film

‘Starlet’ isn’t what you expect

Premise of new film seems fit for Lifetime channel, but it’s not

By Anders Wright
.On paper, the central relationship at the heart of Sean Baker’s new film, Starlet—the life-changing one between a vibrant young woman and a cantankerous older lady—has the potential to be as sentimental and saccharine as any Lifetime movie.
Wednesday, November 28,2012
Film

Even the mob has it hard in ‘Killing Them Softly’

Brad Pitt is excellent in Andrew Dominik’s art-house gangster film

By Anders Wright
Brad Pitt starred as Jesse James, and he’s back to play another complicated bad guy in Killing Them Softly, the adaptation of George Higgins’ book about a professional enforcer whose services are required when business-as-usual goes awry.
Wednesday, November 28,2012
Film

Make sure you hear ‘Neighboring Sounds’

New film about Brazil tops our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
As far as movies go, most Americans think of Brazil in very strict terms—people there are either very rich or very poor, and there’s very little in between.
 
 
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