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Sordid Tales
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
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Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town
One-man show about Truman Capote tops our coverage of loca plays


Arts & Culture feature

The business of being Mr. Claus

Santa Glen on real beards, hand sanitizer, minty-fresh breath and the realization that he isn’t completely nuts

Five men from the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas (FORBS) recently set out on an important mission: Find the best location in San Diego for hosting their trade association's 22nd Annual Santa Reunion.

By Kinsee Morlan
Seen Local A slow comeback for public art at the port DEC 22 | By Kinsee Morlan Spokesperson says, ‘We’re definitely in better shape’
Crossword Crossword: All the trimmings DEC 22 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Well, That Was Awkward Do you even immersive puzzle-solve, bro? DEC 15 | By Ryan Bradford Trying to escape San Diego's Puzzalarium with my dignity intact
New Year's Eve Guide New Year’s Eve 2015 DEC 17 | By CityBeat Staff Our picks for the best ways to celebrate the end of 2014
Film In a word, ‘The Babadook’ is terrifying DEC 16 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Jennifer Kent’s brilliant horror film will give you goose bumps
Seen Local Pennie Vollet hopes his masks inspire more art in public spaces DEC 15 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego artist’s project makes creative use of found palm fronds
Seen Local Adam Belt returns to his roots as a landscape painter DEC 17 | By Kinsee Morlan Experimental artist goes back to the beginning and inspires a new series of place-inspired pieces
Urban Scout Last-minute holiday gifts DEC 15 | By Hannah More A dozen ideas for the perfect present
No Life Offline

The worst online behavior of 2014

I could only count to three before running out of F-bombs

Sitting down to catalog all my complaints about the online world in 2014, I desperately wanted to orchestrate a way to put Taylor Swift at the top of the list.

By Dave Maass


’Tis the season for biopics

‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Big Eyes’ and ‘Unbroken’ all bring true stories to the big screen, with varying degrees of success

Those searching for a cinematic distraction this Christmas will have plenty of options, especially if you’re a fan of the well-meaning biopic.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The Short List Hannibal Buress, San Diego Ballet's Nutcracker and a classic rock-and-soul Christmas Eve show In search of some fresh material for his New Year’s Eve standup show in San Diego, comedian Hannibal Buress said he’ll be roaming around Downtown earlier that day.
Theater New Village Arts’ ‘Nutcracker’ isn’t what it seems If ballet bores you, then we've got something in common. But don't let the title of the year-end production at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre—The Nutcracker—throw you. This holiday show, d
Film Slim cinematic pickin’s Into the Woods: Beware the Wolf, Sondheim. Beware the Wolf. Plus the few movies that are screening around town


Movies by the pool, '80s art, and more to do and see this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

Poolside cinemaIf you don’t have kids, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen Frozen, the 2013 smash-hit animated Disney flick, and you wonder why some parents of young children are always threatening to set their faces on fire if they have to listen to the film’s soundtrack one more time. Your chance to finally see it while sipping cocktails has arrived, because it’s the next film in The Pearl Hotel’s Dive-In Theatre series, screening at 8 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 23, on the hotel’s poolside patio (1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma). The movie, about two sister princesses’ struggle to come to terms with the older sibling’s special powers and save their kingdom from evildoers at the same time, is the fifth-highest grossing film of all time and the highest-grossing animated film ever. The following week, at 8 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 30, Dive-In Theatre will screen Mrs. Doubtfire, the 1993 comedy that stars the late, great Robin Williams as a voice actor who disguises himself as an elderly British housekeeper and lands a job with his estranged wife just so he can see his kids more often....
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Awesome '80s Art Show Dec 30, 2014 Art Come dressed in your favorite '80s attire for this art show entirely devoted to the "me" decade. New works from John Freeman, Ricardo Ales, Ana Niebla and dozens more. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, December 30
Dog Beach Photography Exhibit Jan 01, 2015 Art Photographer Mark Mennie's heartwarming chronicles of man's best friend as seen on Del Mar's famous Dog Beach. Read more 0 other events on Thursday, January 1
Friday Night Liberty Jan 02, 2015 Art NTC at Liberty Station's popular First Friday gallery and studio walk featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC’s Arts & Culture District. Read more 1 other events on Friday, January 2