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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 Online Film Critics Society, and is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She served as 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. Now she volunteers as part of The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema to bring independent and envelope-pushing genre filmmaking to the Media Arts Center San Diego's micro cinema.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 25 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 by Beth Accomando

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San Diego Opera General Director Previews 2019-2020 Season

Oct. 21
By Beth Accomando

The 2019-20 San Diego Opera season opened with "Aida" over the weekend. General Director David Bennett previews the upcoming season.

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San Diego Opera Opens New Season With 'Aida'

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Opera launches its 2019-2020 season with a well-proven grand opera from Verdi. But this production of "Aida" tries something different.

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Without Walls Festival Showcases 22 Site-Specific Works

Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls, or WOW, Festival takes place at Arts District Liberty Station Thursday through Sunday. The site-specific performances are put on by both local and international companies.

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Celebrates 13th Year And New Executive Director

Oct. 15
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off its 13th year at the Museum of Photographic Arts with a madcap murder mystery and new leadership. Here's a preview.

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Adobe Chapel Provides Perfect Setting For Poefest

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando

"Write Out Loud" is hosting another Poefest at the Adobe Chapel in Old Town on Fridays and Saturdays through October.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 180: Dolemite, Eddie Murphy, and Rudy Ray Moore

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando

Rudy Ray Moore may not be a household name but all that could change with the release of "Dolemite is My Name," Eddie Murphy’s passion project about singer, stand up comic, actor and film producer Rudy Ray Moore.

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Hola Mexico Film Festival Returns To Digital Gym Cinema

Oct. 10
By Beth Accomando

This year's Hola Mexico Film Festival Tour 2019 features nine of Mexico's popular films and art house releases.

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OnStage Playhouse Brings 'Carrie: The Musical' Back To Life

Oct. 7
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

October is the month of Halloween and OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista has a production of "Carrie The Musical" to fit the season.

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Celebrity Sonnets And Speeches Focus On Shakespeare's Women

Oct. 7
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Shakespeare Society holds its Celebrity Sonnets at 7:30 p.m., Monday at the Old Globe Theatre.

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Finding 'First Love' In The Midst Of A Violent World

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

"First Love" (ends tonight at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is a deliberately deceptive title for the latest film from Japan’s prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike.

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