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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
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered


Well, That Was Awkward

A nightmare on University Avenue

The Elfin Forest, Questhaven and satanic ritual spots are no match for terrors in North Park

Craig Oliver was the first person I approached to show me genuinely scary places in San Diego. I'm not talking about touristy haunts like The Whaley House or the Hotel Del, but places of legend that don't require an admission fee, places that people go out of their way to avoid.

By Ryan Bradford
Seen Local Santos Orellana takes over a Carlsbad warehouse OCT 20 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego artist has pieced together a massive exhibition and hopes people will show up
Seen Local The rise of billboard-style murals in San Diego OCT 20 | By Kinsee Morlan Artist Mario Torero is at the center of what he sees as an alarming trend leading to temporary, chintzy outdoor art
Arts & Culture feature San Diego Police Museum seeks a new home OCT 14 | By Susan Myrland Its operators would love to end up in Balboa Park
Film ‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly OCT 14 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique
Urban Scout Newish places in San Diego to drop some cash OCT 13 | By Hannah More A survey of fresh independent shops in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Mission Hills
Seen Local San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams ready to launch OCT 14 | By Kinsee Morlan The Art of Science Learning initiative's culminating event happens Oct. 16 in Balboa Park
Seen Local Bob Matheny and Armando Muñoz Garcia's ‘Infamous Babes’ find a home OCT 13 | By Kinsee Morlan Artists' sculptures are on view inside the belly of a giant mermaid outside Puerto Nuevo

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

As a black comedy about legacy, Birdman eventually turns more grueling than pertinent. While often impressive as a satire of our 21st-century obsession with self-importance, the film’s extreme stylistics turn redundant very quickly, no matter how impressive the technical feat.

By Glenn Heath Jr.

No Life Offline

About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts

Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?

Sarkeesian really shouldn't be so controversial. It's not as if she's a Holocaust revisionist or a government official who authorized torture. Sarkeesian isn't some ultra-radical abort-all-the-babies femi-eugenicist.

By Dave Maass

The Short List Storytellers 6.0, Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo, Guerilla Book Fair and Sally of the Sawdust Intimate, themed pop-up dinners are nothing new, but the concepts behind two upcoming foodie events are so deliciously original that they deserved some extra ink.
Theater Duel in the dark at North Coast Rep Freud’s Last Session succeeds not only in shining a light on two fascinating historical figures, but also in provoking critical thought about the most enigmatic complexities of life and afterlife.
Film Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’ Second chances are taken, not given, in John Wick, a formally audacious shoot-first thriller about a former hit man (Keanu Reeves) who exacts mass revenge against a Russian crime syndicate after three of their members kill his dog.


The Museum of Man will reopen the California Tower

10 bloggable facts about the iconic Balboa Park spire

Move over Bertrand at Mr. A's. The iconic California Tower in Balboa Park is about to once again become the best 360-degree view in San Diego. With city permits finally in their pocket, Balboa Park's Museum of Man has started a fast-paced renovation and upgrade of the tower, which has been closed to the public for 80 years. The museum expects to have things ready to go as soon as January, just in time for the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Aside from the stellar views, here are 10 fun things you should know before climbing up that gorgeous, soaring beast: ...
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Family Drop-In Day: Exploring Abstract Art Oct 26, 2014 Art Family Drop-In Days feature family friendly, docent-led tours, gallery games, and art projects for families to complete together. Activities are suitable for all ages and skill levels, and center around a specific theme. Read more 2 other events on Sunday, October 26
Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Oct 26, 2014 Art From Post-Impressionism to Pop, this all-star exhibition (Gauguin, Andy Warhol, Kahlo, Pollock and dozens more) features some of the finest works from one of the world's best collections of Modern art. Read more 2 other events on Sunday, October 26
Medium Festival of Photography Oct 26, 2014 Art The third annual, four-day photography event features an engaging line up of workshops, portfolio reviews and artist lectures on photography. See website for full details and schedule. Read more 2 other events on Sunday, October 26