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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Jul 29, 2014 Who needs school when you can spend your time dancing in downtown parades, driving fast cars and dining at posh restaurants? 64 other events on Tuesday, July 29
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
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Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
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A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life


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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
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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. 


The wrath of Con

I was pummeled into submission by Comic-Con, and all I got was this dumb mustache

Comic-Con happened last weekend, did you hear? Comic-Con is a beast. Sweaty, smelly and final. It's insurmountable and unbeatable. It's the monster that never dies, and the sequels ...
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Open Spaces: Lemon Grove Meeting #2 Jul 29, 2014 Art As part of Open Spaces, a project of the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum will be hosting a meeting of Lemon Grove residents to learn about the opportunity to help create a public art piece that helps celebrate the unique diversity of the neighborhood. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, July 29
Yarn Bombing! Jul 30, 2014 Art Decorate the PB Library's Cass Street Plaza with knit & crochet pieces. Crafters may pick up instructions at the PB Library or visit “Get Cozy with a Good Book at Your Library” on Facebook. Read more 0 other events on Wednesday, July 30
Glyphics Jul 31, 2014 Art A night of live art from spray paint artists to portraiture. There will also be live music, fashion shows and drink deals. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, July 31