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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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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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Thumbprint Presents Hitchcock Group Art Show

Aug. 14
By Beth Accomando

Director Alfred Hitchcock is known as the Master of Suspense and his films still inspire artists today, decades after his death. This weekend Thumbprint Gallery presents the Hitchcock Group Art Show at Subterranean Coffee Boutique.

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'All Shook Up' Mixes Elvis And Shakespeare

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Musical Theatre just opened the jukebox musical "All Shook Up" that pays tribute to Elvis Presley.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 176: Radio Silence's 'Ready Or Not'

Aug. 9
By Beth Accomando

Radio Silence’s "Ready or Not" opens in theaters on Aug. 21. But, KPBS reporter Beth Accomando got to speak with the trio of filmmakers and pranksters about their new film.

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Catch The New Wave With Tiki Oasis 19

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Tiki Oasis 19 kicked off last night at the Bali Hai and runs tonight through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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'Scary Stories' Aims For Young Audiences

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell struck delicious terror in the hearts and minds of young readers in the 1980s and 1990s. Now it arrives on the screen under the guidance of Guillermo Del Toro.

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Globe's 'Romeo And Juliet' Is Not Just About Star-Crossed Lovers

Aug. 7
By Beth Accomando

The Globe's artistic director Barry Edelstein has decided to tackle Shakespeare's ever-popular "Romeo and Juliet" for the first time and he has found some new shadings.

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Oceanside Film Festival Runs Wednesday Through Sunday

Aug. 1
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Since 2009 the Oceanside International Film Festival has been bringing unique screening experiences to North County. The festival runs Aug. 7 through 11 at the Sunshine Brooks Theater.

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'Hobbs And Shaw' Coasts On Charisma Of Its Stars

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando

"Fast and the Furious" is expanding its movie franchise by presenting a new film spinning off some supporting characters in lead roles. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham star in "Hobbs and Shaw."

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Midsummer Scream Ushers In Halloween Season

July 31
By Beth Accomando

It is 92 days until Halloween. I know this because I am eagerly counting the days. One sign that Halloween season is in full swing is the arrival of Midsummer Scream, a Halloween and haunt convention in Long Beach.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 175: Celebrate National Whistleblowers Day With 'Official Secrets'

July 30
By Beth Accomando

Tuesday is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day and there will be a special screening of the new film "Official Secrets," which opens nationwide next month. Cinema Junkie celebrates with an interview with the film’s director Gavin Hood.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 174: Reflecting On Comic-Con 50

July 26
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con celebrated its 50th show and I celebrated my 41st. I have collected some old archive interviews, plus spoke with longtime attendees and newbies at this year's convention to create a portrait of the pop culture convention over the decades.

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'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Is Great But Not What You Might Expect From Tarantino

July 26
By Beth Accomando

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” is in some ways his most conventionally structured film. Its title references the epic spaghetti western of Sergio Leone as it looks to a year of upheaval and change in Hollywood, 1969.

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Loud Fridge Theatre Group Makes Debut With 'Straight'

July 25
By Beth Accomando

There’s a new theater company in town and it's bringing the San Diego premiere of the play "Straight" to Tenth Avenue Arts Center’s Forum Stage.

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PigPen Theater Uses Cardboard Puppets, Imagination To Bring Heroic Mouse To Life

July 12
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Kate DiCamillo’s book “The Tale of Despereaux” won the Newberry Medal in 2004 before becoming an animated film from Universal. Now the Old Globe is partnering with PigPen Theater Co. to bring DiCamillo’s book to the stage with the help of cardboard puppets and flashlights.

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Lulu Wang's 'The Farewell' Is Based On An Actual Lie

July 15
By Beth Accomando

“The Farewell” was a hit at Sundance earlier this year. The film's director, Lulu Wang, stopped by the KPBS studios to explain how a lie is the basis for a true story.

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

July 22
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 50th: Dragpool

July 20
By Beth Accomando

Attendees at Comic-Con bring cosplaying to an art. Here's one cosplayer who has created the persona of Dragpool.

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Comic-Con 50: A Look At Toho's Godzilla Booth

July 19
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Toho, the Japanese company that gave us Godzilla, made its Comic-Con exhibitor debut with its first booth in the dealers’ room. Here's what the booth had to offer and how fans reacted.

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Comic-Con 50: Longtime Attendees Explain Why It's So Special

July 18
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con celebrates its 50th show this week and has evolved into an event that sprawls out from the convention center and attracts upwards of 130,000 attendees. But it wasn't always that big. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with some long-time attendees, including a pair who have been to every single show.

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Comic-Con 50: Godzilla Is Coming!

July 17
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con celebrates its 50th show Wednesday night and I am very excited about one particular booth and guest.

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

July 17
By Beth Accomando

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

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Comic-Con 50th Memories: Jackie Estrada

July 16
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con has grown from 300 people in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel to an event that sprawls across downtown San Diego drawing upwards of 130,000 attendees. Jackie Estrada talked about her favorite memories of attending all 50 conventions.

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Comic-Con 50th Memories: David Glanzer

July 16
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con holds its 50th convention this week and there will be a number of panels focusing on that five-decade history of celebrating pop culture. All week long I will be speaking with people about their Comic-Con memories. Spokesperson David Glanzer talked about his first Con experience.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast Episode 173: Lulu Wang's 'The Farewell'

July 12
By Beth Accomando

Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" was a hit at Sundance earlier this year and now opens in theaters. It draws on the director's own life for inspiration.

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'Be Natural' Celebrates Pioneering Filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché

July 10
By Beth Accomando

A new documentary (opening July 19 at Digital Gym Cinema) called “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” introduces audiences to the first woman filmmaker.

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Using Art To Define Home And Shelter

July 9
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes similar themes pop up across media in interesting ways. Take the new film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and Renee Westbrook’s San Diego International Fringe show “Shelter.” Both explore how we define home and shelter.

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'Ophelia' Reimagines Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' From A Female Perspective

July 5
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Ophelia" looks to Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" from the perspective of its supporting female character.

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Film Critics Pick Best Climate Change Movies

July 3
By Beth Accomando

Genre filmmaking can tackle serious issues in unexpected ways. Here are some films outside of documentaries that explore climate change.

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Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' Will Delight And Disturb

July 3
By Beth Accomando

Last year Ari Aster’s "Hereditary" made my top 10 and his new film "Midsommar" will be getting a slot on my 2019 list.

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Examining The Racial Stereotypes Of 1932's 'The Mask Of Fu Manchu'

July 2
By Beth Accomando

"The Mask of Fu Manchu" screens as part of the Breaking the Commandments: Pre-Code Hollywood film series at Digital Gym Cinema. It stars Boris Karloff as the evil Asian title character and that raises issues of racial stereotypes that need to be considered in a broader context.

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Audrey II Comes To Carnivorous Life In 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

June 26
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Roger Corman's 1960 B-movie "Little Shop of Horrors" became a popular musical in the 1980s. Now it arrives at New Village Arts in Carlsbad with a slightly different look. The carnivorous plant Audrey II is usually a puppet voiced by a man but in this production African American actress and singer Eboni Muse takes on the role.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 172: The Female Perspective

June 28
By Beth Accomando

A two-part Cinema Junkie podcast focuses on the female perspective in film by speaking with the director of programming at Etheria Film Night as well as the director of the new film "Ophelia" and the author who created the young adult book about seeing Shakespeare's "Hamlet" through the eyes of a young woman.

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'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Spins Fun Entertainment

June 27
By Beth Accomando

Spidey is leaving his neighborhood to travel abroad for "Spider-Man: Far From Home" but he seems to find the same superhero problems in Europe.

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'Paris Is Burning' Returns In New Digital Restoration

June 27
By Beth Accomando

The digital restoration of "Paris is Burning" (opening at Digital Gym Cinema) offers a perfect companion to the Legendary Drag Queens exhibit at the San Diego History Center and a great way to get ready for Pride.

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Not-So-Silent Short Film Festival Celebrates Women Pioneer Filmmakers

June 21
By Beth Accomando

Vanguard Culture hosts the first of its three Not-So-Silent Short Film Festival on Saturday, June 22, and the focus is on women film pioneers.

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'Last Black Man In San Francisco' Is Cinematic Poetry

June 20
By Beth Accomando

"The Last Black Man in San Francisco" won accolades at Sundance earlier this year. Now it opens in select San Diego theaters and you need to see it.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 171: Hollywood Black

June 14
By Beth Accomando

African Americans and Hollywood have a long, troubled, and complicated past. I am going to explore that history with Donald Bogle author of the new book "Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers" from Turner Classic Movies.

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San Diego Fringe Top Pick: 'An Even Sweeter Pang'

June 14
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe wraps up this weekend but there is one show debuting Friday night at Les Girls and it features Irish singer, dancer and sex worker Kate McGrew.

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Samuel L. Jackson Returns as 'Shaft'

June 13
By Beth Accomando

In 1971 “Shaft” announced a new kind of black screen icon. Hollywood tried to build on the Shaft name in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson playing Shaft’s nephew. Now Jackson is back with another incarnation of the New York private detective in yet another film simply named “Shaft.”

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SD Fringe Dance Shows: 'Mesa Moves' And 'Get Free'

June 11
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival highlights all kinds of performance. Here are two dance shows worth checking out: "Mesa Moves: Dance Spectrum" and "Get Free."

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SD Fringe Artist Highlight: Ciarlene Coleman, 'Your Best American Girl'

June 11
By Beth Accomando

MaArte Theatre Collective was founded to create space for the Filipino-American experience in the diverse and dynamic culture of San Diego. Its San Diego International Fringe show features Ciarlene Coleman in the one-woman show, "Your Best American Girl."

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SD Fringe Top Pick: 'Shelter'

June 11
By Beth Accomando

We are hitting the halfway point of the seventh annual San Diego International Fringe Festival and some shows are rising to the top like Tangata Circus Company's "Real[ise]" and Renee Westbrook's "Shelter."

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SD Fringe Artist Highlight: Iceland's Huldufugl

June 10
By Beth Accomando

The seventh annual San Diego International Fringe Festival is in full swing with a diverse array of shows available at the festival's new home base of Balboa Park. One unique show, "A Box in the Desert," comes from Iceland and involves virtual reality.

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SD Fringe Preview: 'PIG Talk'

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Asian Story Theater stages "PIG Talk" at the 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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SD Fringe Preview: 'CRAPSHOOT!'

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Todd Blakesley presents "CRAPSHOOT! or Why I Voted for Trump: A love story" at the 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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SD Fringe Preview: '420 Highku: The Circular Swirls'

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Steven Peter Sanders mixes poetry and music for his 2019 San Diego International Fringe show "420 Highku: The Circular Swirls."

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SD Fringe Preview: 'Things That Go Bump in the Night'

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Jacqueline Witt of Circus Collective of San Diego talks about the company's new San Diego International Fringe show "Things That Go Bump in the Night."

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