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Stories by Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival Continues To Grow

San Diego International Fringe Festival Continues To Grow

June 22
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival takes its cue from the 70-year-old Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The 11-day event, now in its fifth year, serves up a smorgasbord of entertainment ranging from dance and music to puppets and circus.

Shakespeare Film Series Returns To The Old Globe

Shakespeare Film Series Returns To The Old Globe

June 22
By Beth Accomando

Last year's free summer Shakespeare film series was such a hit that The Old Globe Theatre is bringing it back for round two.

Black Kat Theatre Presents 'Guide To The Bill Of Rights'

Black Kat Theatre Presents 'Guide To The Bill Of Rights'

June 19
By Beth Accomando

Black Kat Theatre uses humor to entertain and enlighten audiences about current events and politics. Its new show, "Guide to the Bill of Rights," provides a humorously informative journey through the first 10 amendments.

Podcast Episode 120: 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Revels In Real Foun...

Podcast Episode 120: 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Revels In Real Found Footage

June 16
By Beth Accomando

Found footage is a tired trope in horror but those films all manufacture their supposed found footage. That kind of fakery holds no interest for filmmaker Bill Morrison. He is interested in the real deal, genuine footage that has been unearthed, uncovered or just waiting to be found and brought to light. His latest film, "Dawson City: Frozen Time," finds treasures in the arctic ice.

'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Serves Up A Fever Dream Of Cinema History

'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Serves Up A Fever Dream Of Cinema History

June 15
By Beth Accomando

The horror genre has turned found footage films into a tired gimmick, but the documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time" (playing for one week at Digital Gym Cinema starting Friday) shows the breathtaking allure of a true found footage film.

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

June 14
By Beth Accomando, Marissa Cabrera

Christopher Ashley took home his first Tony Award Sunday for directing “Come From Away,” a musical about the small Canadian town of Gander, which sheltered thousands of airline passengers stranded after their planes were diverted on 9/11.

Don't Let Ads For 'It Comes At Night' Mislead You

Don't Let Ads For 'It Comes At Night' Mislead You

June 8
By Beth Accomando

There is a saying that you can not judge a book by its cover. You also can not judge a film by its ad campaign. So ignore the ads for "It Comes At Night" (opening Friday at select San Diego theaters) and go in with an open mind and appreciates this dark exploration of the darkness that lies within.

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

Podcast Episode 119: Queer Horror

Podcast Episode 119: Queer Horror

June 8
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut San Diego is hosting its first-ever block of gay horror shorts and it highlights how LGBT filmmakers are turning more and more to genre filmmaking. So I felt it was time to pay tribute to queer cinema and talk to some filmmakers about why they choose to work in the genre.

FilmOut Kicks Off 19th Year With Docs, Rom-Coms And A Block Of Horror

FilmOut Kicks Off 19th Year With Docs, Rom-Coms And A Block Of Horror

June 7
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT film festival, kicks off on Friday at the Observatory North Park. Here’s a preview.

'Shockheaded Peter' Serves Up Naughty Children And Their Misguided ...

'Shockheaded Peter' Serves Up Naughty Children And Their Misguided Parents

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Back in 1845, Heinrich Hoffman created a book of cautionary tales to teach his kids moral lessons. Those German stories, which often ended in the death of the misbehaving child, now provide the basis for the musical “Shockheaded Peter” at Cygnet Theatre.

Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Ga...

Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Gallery Friday

June 2
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Matthew Bowler

A samurai rabbit and ninja turtles will be meeting up yet again after decades apart for a new IDW comic book coming out in July. To celebrate the reunion, IDW is bringing “Usagi Yojimbo” creator Stan Sakai and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” co-creator Kevin Eastman together tonight at Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.

'Wonder Woman' Has Humor, Humanity And An Old School Sense Of Honor

'Wonder Woman' Has Humor, Humanity And An Old School Sense Of Honor

June 1
By Beth Accomando

Female superhero films are few and far between, and they usually bomb. But this week things may change as DC’s leading female superhero, Wonder Woman, gets a film of her own with a woman director.

Podcast Episode 118: David Lynch Revisited

Podcast Episode 118: David Lynch Revisited

May 26
By Beth Accomando

With the return of "Twin Peaks" and a revival screening of "Fire Walk With Me," I decided it was time to dig into the archives for an interview with David Lynch.

Weekly Roundup: Avoid ‘Pirates,’ Take A ‘Roman Holiday’ Instead

Weekly Roundup: Avoid ‘Pirates,’ Take A ‘Roman Holiday’ Instead

May 26
By Beth Accomando

It’s Memorial Day weekend and there’s the forgettable new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the memorable “Roman Holiday” screening outdoors, “Fire Walk With Me” at midnight, and the occult horror tale “A Dark Song.”

2017 Summer Movie Preview

2017 Summer Movie Preview

May 26
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer movie season and here is a preview of what is to come.

Write Out Loud Presents 'Fractured Fairy Tales'

Write Out Loud Presents 'Fractured Fairy Tales'

May 25
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Write Out Loud regularly performs at Cygnet Theatre but on Tuesday it will present “Fractured Fairy Tales,” a piece designed to compliment Cygnet’s current production “Shockheaded Peter,” which is a collection of stories about naughty children and misguided parents.

Davis, Crawford Back On The Silver Screen

Davis, Crawford Back On The Silver Screen

May 19
By Beth Accomando

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" That's right, because Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are back on the big screen at the Balboa Theater.

Find Out What It Takes To Make A Movie In A Single Weekend

Find Out What It Takes To Make A Movie In A Single Weekend

May 18
By Beth Accomando

It’s time for the annual San Diego 48HR Film Project, where teams of filmmakers have a single weekend to make a movie. I embedded myself with a filmmaking team last November for the sister competition Four Points Film Project to see what it’s like to create a movie under a rigid set of rules and time constraints.

High Tech High Media Arts Serves Up Interactive Art Experiences

High Tech High Media Arts Serves Up Interactive Art Experiences

May 16
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla

High Tech Media Arts graduating seniors will be holding an exhibition Tuesday night of interactive art projects connecting their lives to art movements of the past. It’s called Old School Vs. Now.

Podcast Episode 117: The Beauty And Danger Of Nitrate Film

Podcast Episode 117: The Beauty And Danger Of Nitrate Film

May 12
By Beth Accomando

For almost a century nitrate base film was the standard for motion pictures and for good reason. The image looked stunning on the huge screens of movie palaces. But now only a handful of theaters can project the film stock, which has a reputation for spontaneously combusting.

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Lost In Space

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Lost In Space

May 11
By Beth Accomando

“Alien Covenant,” how do I hate thee, let me count the ways …

'Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2' Scores Another Hit

'Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2' Scores Another Hit

May 3
By Beth Accomando

Three years ago James Gunn took one of Marvel’s lesser-known comic book titles, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and turned it into a blockbuster hit. Now those wacky space adventurers are back for “Volume 2” and it looks to be another chartbuster.

Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

May 2
By Beth Accomando

The Tony award nominations came out Tuesday morning, and La Jolla Playhouse saw two productions that had world premieres on its stages receive recognition.

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Showcased Young Talent Over ...

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Showcased Young Talent Over Weekend

May 1
By Beth Accomando

Over the weekend hundreds of students from kindergarten through high school performed scenes from Shakespeare in Balboa Park as part of the San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival.

Podcast Episode 116: 'Casablanca' Still Going Strong At 75

Podcast Episode 116: 'Casablanca' Still Going Strong At 75

April 28
By Beth Accomando

You must remember this … after 75 years, the film “Casablanca” still maintains an iconic place in pop culture. A new book explores the life, legend and afterlife of Hollywood’s most beloved film.

San Diego Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

San Diego Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

April 27
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Black Film Festival officially launches its 15th year Thursday night at the Reading Grossmont Cinemas.

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Kicks Off 7th Year Of Asian Cinema

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Kicks Off 7th Year Of Asian Cinema

April 20
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase kicks off its seventh year Thursday night at Ultrastar Mission Valley (formerly Ultrastar Hazard Center) with the New Zealand documentary "Poi E: The Story Of Our Song."

San Diego Opera Stages A Roaring '20s 'La Traviata'

San Diego Opera Stages A Roaring '20s 'La Traviata'

April 21
By Beth Accomando

"La Traviata" is an epic tale of love that is perfectly suited to the scale of opera, and San Diego Opera serves up a Roaring '20s version.

Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The Sirens Of...

Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The Sirens Of Titan

April 18
By Beth Accomando

Forty years ago, Stuart Gordon adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “The Sirens of Titan” to the stage. Now, Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles is reviving that adaptation and finding it surprisingly topical.

Monsters Invade Cinemas With 'The Void' And 'Colossal'

Monsters Invade Cinemas With 'The Void' And 'Colossal'

April 13
By Beth Accomando

Monster movies never go out of style, but keeping them interesting is the challenge. Two new creature features, “The Void” and “Colossal,” try to inject new blood into the familiar genre.

Podcast Episode 114: TCM Film Festival 2017 Focuses On Comedy

Podcast Episode 114: TCM Film Festival 2017 Focuses On Comedy

April 5
By Beth Accomando

It is that time of year for classic film zealots to make the pilgrimage to the mecca known as the TCM Film Festival, running April 6 through 9 in Los Angeles.

'Ghost In The Shell' Remake Is Visually Stunning But Dumbed Down

'Ghost In The Shell' Remake Is Visually Stunning But Dumbed Down

March 30
By Beth Accomando

The live action remake of the 1995 anime "Ghost in the Shell" stirred initial controversy for casting a white actress in the lead role. But Scarlett Johansson proves to be the least of the film's problems.

Podcast Episode 113: Gourmet Cannibal Films And Stuart Gordon's 'Ta...

Podcast Episode 113: Gourmet Cannibal Films And Stuart Gordon's 'Taste'

March 24
By Beth Accomando

Cannibal films — in which people mindlessly slaughter and eat others or where carnage soaks the screen — are a dime a dozen. But films in which great care is taken with both the filmmaking and the preparation of human flesh for consumption are more rare. And that's what we are going to be talking about on this gourmet cannibal podcast.

'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

March 24
By Beth Accomando

“Wilson” (opening March 24 in select San Diego theaters) is not the Oscar-winning film about our 28th president. But it is a portrait of a prickly character named Wilson played by Woody Harrelson.

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

March 23
By Beth Accomando

For the third year the Women’s Museum is hosting a film festival and this year it is expanding to a new location.

'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

March 23
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

The Old Globe Theatre's production of "Red Velvet" transports audiences to the world of London's Theatre Royal at the beginning of the 19th century to mark the historic moment when Ira Aldridge became the first African American actor to play Othello on the British stage.

New Fortune Theatre Company Stages Reading Of George Orwell's Class...

New Fortune Theatre Company Stages Reading Of George Orwell's Classic '1984'

March 17
By Beth Accomando

George Orwell wrote his novel "1984" more than six decades ago. But his cautionary tale about Big Brother, Newspeak and historical revisionism is striking a fresh chord today and will be performed this Monday.

Podcast Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cinema, So Goo...

Podcast Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cinema, So Good It's Scary

March 17
By Beth Accomando

This week, the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off, and that is a perfect excuse to look at Latin cinema — so good it’s scary.

City Opera Commissions Work On A Modern St. Francis

City Opera Commissions Work On A Modern St. Francis

March 16
By Beth Accomando

City Opera champions new and contemporary works in English and Spanish with an emphasis on community building. It just commissioned its first opera, "St. Francis de los Barrios."

San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Through Latin C...

San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Through Latin Cinema

March 15
By Beth Accomando

The 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival returns to Fashion Valley for a celebration of diversity through Latin cinema.

Podcast Episode 111: The Voice Behind 'Samurai Jack'

Podcast Episode 111: The Voice Behind 'Samurai Jack'

March 10
By Beth Accomando

The wait is finally over. After 13 years "Samurai Jack" is back for his fifth and final season and I speak with Phil LaMarr, the voice actor who has brought Jack to life since his debut in 2001.

Finally! 'Samurai Jack' Returns

Finally! 'Samurai Jack' Returns

March 10
By Beth Accomando

When “Samurai Jack” went off the air in 2004, it left fans hanging in regards to the fate of their time traveling hero. But Jack is back this Saturday, March 11, to launch a long-awaited season five on Adult Swim.

Carmen Gets A Modern Makeover At San Diego Opera

Carmen Gets A Modern Makeover At San Diego Opera

March 9
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera's Shiley dētour Series strives to present innovative opera in intimate spaces. This weekend it delivers a contemporary re-imagining of "The Tragedy of Carmen" at the Balboa Theater.

Kong Proves He Still Has The Star Power To Carry A Movie

Kong Proves He Still Has The Star Power To Carry A Movie

March 8
By Beth Accomando

King Kong made his screen debut back in 1933, and this week he is poised to make a comeback as “Kong: Skull Island” hits screens.

Finally, They Get A Wolverine Film Right

Finally, They Get A Wolverine Film Right

March 3
By Beth Accomando

“Logan,” the designated final chapter in the Wolverine film franchise, opens this weekend and seems poised to set some records for R-rated action films.

'My Life As A Zucchini' May Have Lost The Oscar But Will Win You Over

'My Life As A Zucchini' May Have Lost The Oscar But Will Win You Over

March 3
By Beth Accomando

The French-Swiss co-production “My Life as a Zucchini” lost Best Animated Film to "Zootopia" at this year’s Oscars. But it is a far more complex and rewarding film.

Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sylvia Soska

Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sylvia Soska

Feb. 28
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month and just before the month closes I want to pay tribute to some wickedly talented filmmakers, Jen and Sylvia Soska and their second feature, "American Mary."

Ultimate Dinosaurs Stomp Into theNAT

Ultimate Dinosaurs Stomp Into theNAT

Feb. 27
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Something big is coming to theNAT, it is Ultimate Dinosaurs, but you will not find the dinosaurs you learned about as a kid. Instead, it is a whole new crop of dinos from the Southern Hemisphere that you may not have seen before.

The 89th Annual Oscars End With More Drama Than A Hollywood Movie

The 89th Annual Oscars End With More Drama Than A Hollywood Movie

Feb. 27
By Beth Accomando

The 89th Academy Awards concluded last night with a dramatic mix-up that initially awarded the Best Picture Oscar to "La La Land" and moments later took it back to give it to "Moonlight."

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