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'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Hell or High Water" (opening Aug. 12 in select San Diego theaters) looks to a pair of Texas brothers on a crime spree. But it’s about a lot more than bank robbers on the run.

The Battle Over One Of The Most Studied Brains In Science

The Battle Over One Of The Most Studied Brains In Science

Aug. 9
By Michael Lipkin, David Wagner

Researchers interested in how the brain creates new memories studied Henry Molaison, or "patient H.M.," who became perhaps the most famous research subject in recent history. After Molaison died in 2008, his brain was moved to UC San Diego for further research. But it wouldn't stay there long.

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

Aug. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Cuban-born musician is in San Diego for a solo performance Sunday at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan.

Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Aug. 11
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Katie Schoolov

The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

The Preston Sturges classic screwball comedy "The Lady Eve" screens Friday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Special guest Jamy Ian Swiss will be on hand to offer close-up magic as well as to discuss the art of the con.

Wire Art Hangs Out In City Heights

Wire Art Hangs Out In City Heights

Aug. 10
By Ebone Monet

Spenser Little makes art from wire. Eight of his sculptures, inspired by the community, are now hanging above light poles around City Heights.

'The Descendants' Author Takes On The World Of Affluent Parenting

'The Descendants' Author Takes On The World Of Affluent Parenting

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Kaui Hart Hemmings discusses wealthy parents and their "organic, free-range babies," the subject of her latest novel, "How To Party With An Infant."

La Jolla Playhouse Explores Economic Excesses In 'Junk'

La Jolla Playhouse Explores Economic Excesses In 'Junk'

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play is about a team of lawyers in the mid-1980s using junk bonds, along with some illegal tricks, to wage a hostile takeover of a major manufacturing company. But playwright Ayad Akhtar said it isn't a period piece.

New Nonprofit Group Wants To Revitalize Starlight Bowl In Balboa Park

New Nonprofit Group Wants To Revitalize Starlight Bowl In Balboa Park

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

The Starlight Bowl was home for more than half a century to San Diego Civic Light Opera, later known as Starlight Musical Theatre. But in 2012 that organization folded and the venue fell into disrepair. Now there's a community initiative to bring back the Starlight Bowl.

San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature

San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature

Aug. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Stephen Metcalfe writes for film and stage. In his first novel for adults, the protagonist navigates his way through life with an autistic son, an absent wife and an ailing mother.