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Pop Culture And Climate Change

April 23
By Beth Accomando

Max Brooks' "World War Z" book and Steven Soderbergh's film "Contagion" accurately predicted many aspects of today's current pandemic and even suggested ways to better prepare for such global catastrophes. But since they were works of fiction most people dismissed them as mere entertainment. Here's how pop culture has been considering the notion of climate change for more than a century.

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Streaming Options: The Good, The Bad, And The Undead

April 17
By Beth Accomando

With cinemas closed, online streaming is the main source for new entertainment. This weekend you can choose among Asian gangsters, trolls and New York vampires.

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San Diego Comic Fest Returns For 8th Year

March 5
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Comic Fest bills itself as the "friendly, intimate comic convention experience." The convention kicks off its 8th year Thursday night with a reception party at the Four Points By Sheraton on Aero Drive and then runs through Sunday.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 188: Celebrating Women In Horror Month With Jen And Sylvia Soska

Feb. 21
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month and Canadian filmmaking twins Jen and Sylvia Soska are the perfect ambassadors.

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Picking The Brain Of IDW's New President, Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando

IDW Publishing just celebrated its 20th year in San Diego and is known for such comics as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "My Little Pony," "V Wars," and "Locke and Key," which debuts as a streaming series on Netflix this Friday.

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Spoiler-Free Review Of 'Rise Of Skywalker'

Dec. 18, 2019
By Beth Accomando

As a card-carrying member of the original "Star Wars" fan club, KPBS' Beth Accomando knows what it means to give a spoiler-free review of the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

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Disembodied Brains Are Scary Or How Sci-Fi Influences Science

Nov. 22, 2019
By Beth Accomando

I wanted to visit a scientist in his lab in order to explore how science and science fiction inspire each other. The person I decided to visit was UCSD professor and neuroscientist Alysson Muotri who uses stem cells to study the brain.

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'Joker' As Wannabe Scorsese Movie

Oct. 3, 2019
By Beth Accomando

"Joker" hit theaters last week after nabbing the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. This standalone DC origin film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic villain.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 179: Author Joe Hill On 'NOS4A2' And Horror

Sept. 27, 2019
By Beth Accomando

This past June AMC launched an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel "NOS4A2" starring Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx and Asleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen. At Comic-Con, AMC announced that the series would be renewed for a second season. So Cinema Junkie digs into the archives for a 2013 interview when Hill stopped by the KPBS studios.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 178: 'Steam Room Stories: The Movie'

Sept. 13, 2019
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut San Diego hosted a screening of "Steam Room Stories: The Movie" as part of its ongoing film series. JC Calciano came to San Diego and talked about turning a YouTube series into a feature film.

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Moxie Theatre Celebrates 15th Season With 'Dance Nation'

Aug. 16, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Moxie Theatre is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and this weekend it is opening a new play by Clare Barron called “Dance Nation.”

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Comic-Con 50: Pop Culture Convention Is Ever Changing But Still A Blast

July 22, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con wrapped up its 50th show Sunday night and KPBS Arts and Culture Reporter Beth Accomando has the highlights.

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Comic-Con 50 Begins — A Suggested Guide Of Interesting Panels At The Con

July 17, 2019
By Beth Accomando

So it begins! Comic-Con kicks off its 50th convention Wednesday night.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Jane Austen To 'Game of Thrones'

May 24, 2019
By Nina Garin

This long weekend is all about skewing your expectations, whether it’s a new take on Jane Austen, or listening to the music of "Game of Thrones" translated through the organ. Plus, the San Diego Jewish Arts Festival begins, and local high school students try their shot at Broadway.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: 'Cats' And Comics

April 19, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

Two modern comedy greats visit San Diego this weekend: Ali Wong and Marc Maron. Plus the musical "Cats" is back with new staging and costumes.