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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Death Cafe: Tea And Cake Make Death More Palatable

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San Diego has more than a dozen Death Cafés where people get together to talk about death. If you think that sounds morbid, think again.

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Insects In Religion: Sacred Scarabs To Harbingers Of Doom

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TheNAT just opened their King Tut exhibit and curator of entomology Dr. Michael Wall says ancient Egypt isn't the only culture to incorporate bugs into religion. Dr. Wall presents a lecture Thursday night called Insects in Religion: From Sacred Scarabs to Manna from Heaven.

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Vista Embraces Craft Beer

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San Diego Beer Week draws to a close this weekend. The ten-day event is designed to showcase craft breweries including those in Vista where beer is booming.

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'The Theory Of Everything' Opts For Love Over Science

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It’s that time of year when Hollywood trots out its Oscar hopefuls, and Eddie Redmayne seems assured of a nomination for his portrait of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (opening in select San Diego theaters on Nov. 14).

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San Diego Beer Week In Full Swing

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San Diego Beer Week kicked off over the weekend with multiple events including the sold-out Guild Fest on Saturday. Here's a taste of what's to come.

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15th San Diego Asian Film Festival Challenges Stereotypes

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The 15th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last night with a full house at the Reading Gaslamp Theaters. Pac-Arts' Brian Hu offers this preview.

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Inaugural Point Music Film Festival Debuts Saturday

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This Saturday marks the debut of the Point Music Film Festival, which prides itself as being San Diego’s “first music only” film festival. Here's a preview.

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Why Do We Love To Be Scared?

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Halloween is big business. In addition to people spending millions on costumes, decorations and candy, 35 million people are estimated to attend some kind of haunted attraction. But if you think Disney Haunted Mansion is typical of what’s available, think again.

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San Diego's McKamey Manor Takes Haunting To Extremes

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A new trend in extreme haunts offers people the chance to have the “victim experience” and be made a participant in your own horror movie for up to eight hours. San Diego is home to McKamey Manor, one of the top-rated extreme haunts in the nation.

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Zombies Versus Real Science: Which Is Scarier?

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Zombies are reanimated corpses that crave human flesh. But is that scarier than the real disorders that can affect the human brain?

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UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

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There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in his new book.

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East County Filmmaker Makes Bid For Sundance

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San Diego filmmakers have a good track record being seen at the Sundance Festival. SDSU grad Destin Cretton scored with two of his films. Now East County resident Jesse Keller hopes his "Thane of East County" will also make the cut.

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'Gone Girl' Is Perfect First Date Movie — Well Sort Of

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“Gone Girl” (opening Oct. 3 throughout San Diego) was a New York Times bestseller before author Gillian Flynn adapted it to the screen. It examines long-term relationships but from a fresh perspective.

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San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 13th Year

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The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 13th year Wednesday night. The festival runs through Sunday.

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Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Is Half A Brilliant Film

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith is best known for comedies such as “Clerks,” but “Tusk” (opening Sept. 19 in select theaters) takes him out of his comfort zone and the surprise is he delivers — well almost.

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Son of Monsterpalooza: Paying Tribute To Movie Monsters

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With Halloween just around the corner, Son of Monsterpalooza — a convention celebrating movie monsters — was just what I needed last weekend.

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San Diego Opera: Looking Ahead With COO Keith Fisher

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San Diego Opera's COO Keith Fisher sees a sunny horizon as he looks ahead to the company's 2014-15 season.

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La Costa Film Festival Kicks Off

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The La Costa Film Festival drew 3,500 attendees in for its debut last year and it is already expanding in terms of both attendance and number of films showcased.

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'Bright Star' Premieres At Old Globe Theater

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The new musical "Bright Star" had its world premiere over the weekend at the Old Globe Theater.

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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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Silent Movie Night Features Old School Action At Spreckels Organ Pavillion

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If you love action films you need to check out the Monday night lineup at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

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Tiki Oasis Goes Beat, Can You Dig It?

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Tiki Oasis boasts that it is the biggest tiki weekender on the planet and will quell your wanderlust and quench your thirst.

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Robin Williams: Carpe Diem

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On Monday there was a little less laughter in the world. Actor and comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Tuesday, the Marin County Sheriff revealed Williams had died of hanging and suicide is suspected.

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One Word 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Review: Cowabungled

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Michael Bay seems to have it in for anyone who grew up in the 80s, first by ruining “Transformers” and now by laying siege on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (opening August 8 throughout San Diego).

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'Angels, Aliens And Drag Queens' At The Ocean Beach Playhouse

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The Ocean Beach Playhouse has been enlivening the arts scene with theater, film and music for the past four years. Saturday they present their first standalone group art show "Angels, Aliens and Drag Queens."

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Film Review: Documentary Introduces Audiences To The Amazing 'Pablo' Ferro

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The documentary "Pablo" introduces you to the "famously unknown" graphic designer and art director Pablo Ferro. It is opening August 9 at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Conquer The Summer Doldrums

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the perfect summer movie, delivering exactly what you want from a comic book adaptation.

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Rounding Up The Usual Suspects At 'Circustantial Evidence'

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The Circus Collective of San Diego wants to expand awareness of the circus arts through the development and production of original shows such as "Circustantial Evidence: A Circus Noir Murder Mystery."

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The Perfection Of 'I Origins'

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Indie film "I Origins" opened on Comic-Con weekend and was overshadowed by the massive pop culture convention, but this is one movie worth checking out.

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Rants And Raves: Comic-Con 2014

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The 45th Comic-Con International just ended (sob, sob) and it’s 342 days till the next one (yay!).

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Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Winners

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Sunday night the 45th annual Comic-Con International wrapped up but earlier the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival gave out its awards.

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Outdoor Fun at Comic-Con 2014

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Comic-Con's outdoor events help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.

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Comic-Con Begins!

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Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.

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Batman, Zombies And Whovians To Descend On Comic-Con

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Preview night for Comic-Con is Wednesday, but vendors are arriving already with the bigger, more elaborate booths beginning to be unloaded Monday at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Review: 'Video Games: The Movie' Offers A Feel-Good Look At Gaming

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Video games have become a $24 billion a year business, surpassing movies, but they still don’t get much respect and are often the object of criticism. But "Video Games: The Movie" (opening July 18 at the Digital Gym Cinema) serves up a celebration of gaming.

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Cinema Under The Stars Offers Perfect Setting For Outdoor Movies

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With summer in full swing you might not want to waste a balmy night inside a darkened theater. So how about spending an evening under the stars with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole?

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San Diego Fringe 2014 Awards

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San Diego International Fringe wrapped on Sunday. Here are the shows that took home the awards.

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Surf's Up At Mingei's New Exhibit

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The Mingei’s new exhibit, Surf Craft, challenges stereotypes with its look at the design and the culture of board riding.

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San Diego Fringe Final Day

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This is the last day of the second annual San Diego International Fringe and if you haven't gone there are final performances of some great, fun shows.

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Review: 'Le Chef' Serves Up French Confection

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Last month, Jon Favreau served up a comedy about an American chef pursuing his gastronomic passions. Now "Le Chef" (opening July 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) delivers food porn with a French twist.

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San Diego Fringe: 'Dr. Frankenstein' Delivers Best In Show

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Last night I saw not just the best play at San Diego Fringe 2014 but also one of the best theater experiences I’ve ever had in my life at Tin Shed Theatre Company’s “Dr. Frankenstein’s Travelling Freakshow.”

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