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Beth Accomando

Arts & Culture Reporter

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Beth Accomando covers arts and culture around San Diego for KPBS News. Beth studied film at UCSD and had her student film Writer’s Notebook screened as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s "Forty-Two Emerging Artists" showcase in 1981. She has edited the sequels to "The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and video documentaries on Billy Wilder and roller hockey.

Beth is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She is the festival director of Film School Confidential: A Showcase of San Diego Student Filmmaking. In the past she has served on the film selection committee for the San Diego State University Student Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival and San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 20 years and began at KPBS in 1987. Since 1997 she has been covering independent and international cinema as well as pop culture for National Public Radio and Public Radio International’s The World. She has received numerous Society of Professional Journalist Awards and San Diego Press Club Awards for her radio and web site work at KPBS. She has also received 11 southwestern area Emmy Awards in the categories of producing, writing, and sound design for promotional spots as well as national Pro Max and Telly Awards while working at Fox.

She has a passion for Hong Kong cinema, Japanese monster movies, horror, and film noir. She collects movie posters and toys, and loves putting on a haunted house every year.

Recent Stories

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Tom Hardy And A Puppy Make 'The Drop' Hard To Resist

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Audiences who loved actor Tom Hardy as the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" may be surprised by his quiet, low key performance in "The Drop." The film opens Friday in San Diego.

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'Bright Star' Reunites Steve Martin And Edie Brickell

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The Old Globe Theater has helped bring many new musicals to the stage. It continues this tradition with "Bright Star," which opens Friday.

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Small Venues Pay Off Big: A Roundup Of Local San Diego Theater

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What better way to escape the summer heat than with some local theater productions that might be flying under the radar.

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Recital To Kick Off San Diego Opera 2014-15 Season

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After a tumultuous year and almost closing its doors, the San Diego Opera is kicking off a new season with a recital at Balboa Theater Friday at 7 p.m.

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Review: 'The Congress' Stirs Animated Discussion About Ownership In The Digital Age

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"The Congress" had its premiere at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival earlier this year. Now it returns for a run at the Digital Gym Cinema (opening Sept. 5).

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The Unofficial Launch Of Halloween

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For most people, Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer. But for me, it’s the unofficial launch of the Halloween season.  

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'Luann' Comic Strip Creator Premieres New Musical In Vista

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Greg Evans is the creator of the comic strip 'Luann.' He's also a San Marcos resident who has written three musicals, including “A Boy and a Girl,” which premieres at the Vista Broadway Theater this weekend.

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Being Barbarella: Going Behind the Lipstick of 'Diary of a Diva'

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For the past decade, Barbarella Fokos has been writing her popular column Diary of a Diva for the San Diego Reader. Now she has released her first book, "Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick."

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'Sin City' Sequel Delivers Babes, Blood And Beatings

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Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller collaborate once again to bring the noir world of “Sin City” to the screen, this time for “A Dame to Kill For” (opening in select San Diego theaters on Aug. 22).

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'Sweat' — Hot Dances For The Hot Summer Nights

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The dog days of summer have not been conducive to dance in the past but San Diego Dance Theater wants to change that this year. So things are heating up at the White Box Theater this weekend.

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