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Weekend Preview: December Nights, 'Danny's Story,' Little Fish’s Comic Savvy Holiday Edition

Dec. 6
By Beth Accomando

This weekend, San Diegans can pick from a number of holiday and non-holiday themed events happening around the city from the 42nd annual December Nights at Balboa Park to Little Fish's Comic Savvy!

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'Waves' Uses Bold, Fresh Cinematic Language

Dec. 6
By Beth Accomando

This is the time of year when Hollywood studios serve up their Oscar hopefuls. But a small indie film called "Waves" outshines most of these bigger releases.

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Diversionary Theatre Creates Winter Wonderland For 'Santaland Diaries'

Dec. 4
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The forecast at Diversionary Theatre is for snow through Dec. 22. Find out how the creative team behind "Santaland Diaries" is creating a winter wonderland that goes beyond what's onstage.

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Choreographer Michael Mizerany Turns To Playwriting

Nov. 29
By Beth Accomando

Michael Mizerany is best known in San Diego as a choreographer but now he is staging a new play he has written called "Wally and His Lover Boys" at Diversionary's Black Box Theatre.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 183: Giving Thanks For Cinematic Memories

Nov. 27
By Beth Accomando

My dad died on Aug. 23 of this year and I miss him every day, so for my Thanksgiving Cinema Junkie podcast I am paying tribute to him by giving thanks for the films he introduced me to.

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Disembodied Brains Are Scary Or How Sci-Fi Influences Science

Nov. 22
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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'Cambodian Rock Band' Revisits A Country's Music And Political Past

Nov. 21
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse just opened the play "Cambodian Rock Band" by UC San Diego graduate Lauren Yee. The play serves up a redemptive tale of a father and daughter finding each other amidst decades-old secrets and against the backdrop of Cambodian rock 'n' roll.

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Cinema Junkie Separates The Good From The Bad At Cinemas

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

There are a number of new films besides Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman" in theaters and here's the best and the worst of them.

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Midday Movies: Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Thanksgiving is around the corner so Midday Movies turned to its film critics to ask what films they are thankful for.

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'The Irishman' Is A Return To Form For Martin Scorsese

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Netflix is once again setting its sights on an Oscar with the release of Martin Scorsese’s "The Irishman." The film was produced for the streaming service and begins a theatrical release before airing on Netflix. It continues at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and begins streaming on Netflix on Nov. 27.

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Bodhi Tree Concerts Brings 'All Is Calm' Back To Veterans Museum

Nov. 12
By Beth Accomando

Bodhi Tree Concerts has smartly placed its production of “All is Calm” between Veteran’s Day and Christmas since the choral opera touches on both themes.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 182: Ford, Ferrari And An Asian American Film Canon

Nov. 8
By Beth Accomando

Director James Mangold discusses making history as he looks to the story of "Ford v Ferrari;" while San Diego Asian Film Festival artistic director and programmer Brian Hu talks about the list he helped create for the L.A. Times of the 20 Best Asian American Films of the Past 20 Years.

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'Heaven Or Hell 3' Explores San Diego In 1971

Nov. 8
By Beth Accomando

This weekend you can find San Diego International Fringe performers squaring off with new versions of their shows. Tom Steward has shaken not stirred his “One Man Bond” into “James Bond in Space” while Kata Pierce-Morgan and Kate McGrew will be offering the third installment of “Heaven or Hell” at Les Girls, Part 2 debuted this past summer at Fringe.

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'Heathers: The Musical' Enters Final Weeks At OB Playhouse

Nov. 8
By Beth Accomando

If you missed catching OB Playhouse's "Heathers: The Musical" during the Halloween season, the good news is you have three more weekends to enjoy girls being deliciously mean.

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San Diego Asian Film Festival At 20

Nov. 7
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Asian Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary tonight with the opening night film "The Paradise We Are Looking For."

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Vanguard Culture's Breakthrough: The Future Features Cutting Edge Science

Nov. 1
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

This weekend you don’t have to choose between events because Vanguard Culture brings together an eclectic mix of treats as it hosts Breakthrough: The Future.

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Takia Waititi Plays Hitler In 'Jojo Rabbit'

Oct. 31
By Beth Accomando

Takia Waititi goes from the safety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the tricky and risky comic terrain of "Jojo Rabbit," which is being billed as an "anti-hate satire."

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Cinematic Treats From Around The Globe

Oct. 28
By Beth Accomando

It’s all treats and no tricks in theaters as we head toward Halloween. In addition to "The Lighthouse" you can also find Bong Joon Ho's latest film "Parasite" and a historical drama about Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla called "The Current War." Plus you can still catch Pedro Almodovar's "Pain and Glory."

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Cinema Junkie Episode 181: 'The Lighthouse' And 'Jojo Rabbit'

Oct. 25
By Beth Accomando

"The Lighthouse" and "Jojo Rabbit" are new releases that have generated a lot of buzz because of the talented people involved. I speak with director Robert Eggers about "The Lighthouse" and actor Stephen Merchant about Takia Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit."

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Let 'Toxic Avenger' Rip Your Heart Out At New Village Arts

Oct. 25
By Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, Roland Lizarondo

This weekend music lovers can choose between San Diego Opera’s "Aida" and New Village Arts’ "Toxic Avenger The Musical."

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Director Of 'The Witch' Delivers New Tale Of Dread With 'The Lighthouse'

Oct. 24
By Beth Accomando

Robert Eggers scored a hit with his debut film “The Witch” in 2015. He returns to his New England haunts for this year’s “The Lighthouse” and it’s every bit as good as his first film.

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Digital Gym Cinema Serves Up Indie Horror Trio For Halloween Week

Oct. 24
By Beth Accomando

Just in time for Halloween, Digital Gym Cinema is showcasing a trio of indie horror films, and we separate the tricks from the treats. Blood and bodily fluids flow freely in these films. You have been warned.

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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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'Joker' As Wannabe Scorsese Movie

Oct. 3
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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Herbert Sigüenza's 'Bad Hombres/Good Wives' Premiers At San Diego REP

Oct. 2
By Beth Accomando

What do you get when you mix "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The School for Wives," a narco telenovela and lots of banda songs to sing along to? "Bad Hombres/Good Wives" at San Diego REP.

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'Noura' Revisits 'A Doll's House' From A Modern, Multicultural Perspective

Sept. 30
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Master of Fine Arts Program graduate Heather Raffo is having the West Coast premiere of her play “Noura” at the Globe’s intimate theater in the round. She is the daughter of an Iraqi father an American mother, and her play is inspired by Ibsen's "A Doll House" and its earlier Nora.

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

Sept. 27
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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GI Film Festival Runs Through Sunday With Diverse Lineup

Sept. 24
By Beth Accomando

The fifth annual GI Film Festival San Diego opens Tuesday night and continues through Sunday.

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Brad Pitt Aims For The Stars And Falls Short In 'Ad Astra'

Sept. 20
By Beth Accomando

Brad Pitt's new film "Ad Astra" has him on a mission to the outer rim of the galaxy.

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

Sept. 13
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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USD Hoehn Gallery Opens 'Christ: Life, Death, And Resurrection'

Sept. 13
By Beth Accomando

The University of San Diego’s Hoehn Family Galleries opened an exhibit called "Christ: Life, Death, and Resurrection." It draws upon the works of the Italian Renaissance from The British Museum and includes a drawing from Michelangelo.

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Starship Congress 2019: Bend Metal

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando

Icarus Interstellar wants to see space travel become a reality. One way it works toward that goal is by engaging artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and the general public through a biennial event called Starship Congress that runs Sept. 13 through 15 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

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Diversionary Theatre Launches 34th Season

Artistic director Matt Morrow says the theme is 'we are'

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando

Artistic director Matt Morrow previews Diversionary Theatre's 34th season and explains its theme of "We Are."

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Midday Movies Kicks Off

Sept. 5
By Beth Accomando, Jade Hindmon

Midday Edition launches a new monthly segment, Midday Movies with Beth Accomando and Moviewallas' Yazdi Pithavala.

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San Diego REP And Amigos Del REP Host Third Latinx New Play Festival

Aug. 28
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

San Diego REP and Amigos del REP hold the Third Annual Latinx New Play Festival at the Lyceum Space Theatre this weekend.

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Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary This Weekend

Aug. 30
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival started in San Diego 10 years ago but moved to The Frida Cinema in Orange County last year. This year's festival runs Friday through Sunday.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 177: Talking Horror And HIFF

Aug. 23
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has been bringing genre films to the big screen for 10 years. To celebrate this anniversary festival founder and executive director Miguel Rodriguez looks to new trends in the horror genre and how horror addresses real social issues.

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San Diego Underground Film Festival Strives To 'Deviate From The Norm'

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Underground Film Festival celebrates its fifth year with continued expansion.

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Radio Silence Makes Some Noise With 'Ready Or Not'

Aug. 22
By Beth Accomando

Radio Silence, a creative collective that started on the web, is making some noise with its new feature film "Ready or Not."

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Moxie Theatre Celebrates 15th Season With 'Dance Nation'

Aug. 16
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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'The Nightingale' Explores Themes Of Violence And Revenge

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando

Five years ago Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent won acclaim for her first feature “The Babadook.” She now delivers her second film, “The Nightingale.”

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