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Take A Tour Of Hillcrest With Lambda Archives

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

Earlier this year I joined Walter Meyer of Lambda Archives for a walking tour of Hillcrest and its LGBTQ history. Here’s a video postcard I made with highlights of the tour.

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Chloe Sevigny Brings Lizzie Borden To Life

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

In 1892 Lizzie Borden gained notoriety when she was accused of hacking her parents to death. A new film entitled "Lizzie" looks to the infamous case.

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Celebrate Art House Theater Day This Sunday At Digital Gym Cinema

Sept. 20
By Beth Accomando

The Art House Convergence is holding its third annual Art House Theater Day on Sunday, Sept. 23 and Digital Gym Cinema is representing San Diego with the noir classic “Pitfall.”

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San Diego Museum Of Art Features Mexican Sculptor Javier Marin

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The Internet can provide a virtual gallery of almost anyone’s art. But seeing art such as Javier Marin’s striking sculptures up close is a completely different experience.

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Podcast Episode 151: Teaching Zombies

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando

The Doctor of the Dead, Arnold T. Blumberg, uses zombies to teach media literacy and critical thinking. He has also just written a geeky, well-researched history of the zombie, "Journey of the Living Dead."

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'White Boy Rick' Looks To True Story Of Michigan's Longest Serving Juvenile Drug Offender

Sept. 13
By Beth Accomando

The poster for the new film “White Boy Rick” proclaims: “In 1980s Detroit, Rick Wershe, Jr. was a street hustler, FBI informant and drug kingpin, all before he turned 16.” It's a compelling story but the question is, why this story now?

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InnerMission's 'Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.' Aims To Challenge Audiences

Sept. 6
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

If you want to sit passively in a theater and watch a play then InnerMission’s new production of "Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again." is not for you.

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¡Que Viva Cine Latino! Offers Outdoor Summer Films In September

Sept. 4
By Beth Accomando

Media Arts Center San Diego kicks off its ¡Que Viva Cine Latino! Outdoor Film Series at the Las Americas Premium Outlets on Wednesday. Here's a preview.

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Podcast Episode 150: Adapting Shakespeare

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando

William Shakespeare's plays are more than four centuries old yet they can still captivate an audience and deliver themes that resonate. On today's podcast, I speak with theater and film artists about how to bring the Bard to life for modern audiences. Plus a review at the top of "Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich."

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Pop Culture Convention Provides Backdrop For New Novel

Aug. 29
By Beth Accomando

A pop culture convention much like Comic-Con provides the backdrop for Richard Andreoli's new novel, "Battle at the Comic Expo." He will be at Mysterious Galaxy Saturday, Sept. 1, to sign books.

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'Operation Finale' Chronicles The Capture Of Adolf Eichmann

Aug. 28
By Beth Accomando

Director Chris Weitz talks about why a film about the capture of Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust, is timely today. "Operation Finale" opens on Aug. 29 throughout San Diego.

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Old Globe's Barry Edelstein Pays Tribute To Neil Simon

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon died on Sunday at the age of 91. The Old Globe Theatre is currently running a production of his 1963 play “Barefoot in the Park.”

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Filmmaker Jason Blackmore Presents His Documentary 'Records Collecting Dust 2'

Aug. 23
By Beth Accomando

The Locals is Digital Gym Cinema’s ongoing film series highlighting regional filmmakers. Thursday night through Saturday audiences can meet San Diego based director Jason Blackmore at screenings of his documentary "Records Collecting Dust 2."

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'Seize The King' Has World Premiere At La Jolla Playhouse

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

La Jolla Playhouse is hosting the world premiere of Will Power’s new play “Seize the King,” which reimagines Shakespeare’s “Richard III” for a modern audience.

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'Star Wars' Screens With Live Music

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando

For the second time this week, San Diego audiences will have a chance to watch a film with live music. This time it’s the San Diego Symphony presenting "Star Wars – A New Hope" in concert Wednesday night.

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Enjoy Harold Lloyd Silent Classic With Live Music Monday Night In Balboa Park

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando

Balboa Park and the Spreckels Organ Society host silent movie night this evening with a screening of Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last."

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Podcast 149: Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

Aug. 20 will mark the 128th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft’s birth. But how did this man who was born in Providence Rhode Island come to create a body of horror fiction that continues to influence the public consciousness and other artists? Explore that question with the latest podcast.

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Avoid 'Mile 22,' Seek Out 'Summer of 84'

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

This weekend choose the well-crafted indie film 'Summer of 84' (playing at Digital Gym Cinema) over the big budget Mark Wahlberg thriller "Mile 22."

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Old Globe Mounts Sparkling Production Of 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando

William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," now in performance at the Old Globe Theatre, gives us Benedick and Beatrice, a pair of witty, reluctant lovers who set the tone for screwball comedies and romantic comedies where the lovers just can't seem to realize they are perfect for each other.

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'BlacKkKlansman' Tops This Week's Movie Picks

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

It’s a wild weekend at the movies with a new Spike Lee film, a radically fun reimagining of Shakespeare, and Jason Statham facing off against a giant, prehistoric shark.

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Tiki Oasis 18 Sets South Seas Cinema As Its Theme

Aug. 7
By Beth Accomando

Tiki Oasis 18 has chosen South Seas Cinema as its theme and will host a number of symposiums on the topic during its five-day event that kicks off Wednesday.

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'The Other Side Of Everything' Offers Insight Into Modern Serbia

Aug. 3
By Beth Accomando

The new documentary “The Other Side of Everything” uses family history to shed light on recent events in Serbia.

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Podcast Episode 148: Remembering Tab Hunter

Aug. 3
By Beth Accomando

Last month actor and golden boy Tab Hunter died of cardiac arrest at the age of 86. I got to interview him in 2015. Here's a podcast dedicated to him.

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San Diego Noir At La Jolla Athenaeum

July 31
By Beth Accomando and D.A. Kolodenko

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and Noir Book of the Month Club blogger D.A. Kolodenko present San Diego Noir at the La Jolla Athenaeum on Thursdays in August. Here’s a preview.

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Classic Noir And A New 'Mission Impossible' This Weekend

July 27
By Beth Accomando

This weekend you can find something old and something new at the movies to escape the summer heat.

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Bidding Goodbye To Comic-Con 2018

July 16
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con concluded Sunday with what is traditionally known as kids day.

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Podcast Episode 147: Comic-Con Fans And Creators

July 20
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con, my home away from home, is this week and I wanted to provide a little insight into why it gives me such joy.

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Comic-Con's Chief Communications Officer Gives Panel Recommendations

July 18
By Beth Accomando

Meet David Glanzer, who is not only Comic-Con's chief communications and strategy officer but also a fan of pop culture.

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New 'Romeo And Juliet' Employs Gender-Blind Casting

July 17
By Beth Accomando

Tyler Hewes loves Shakespeare and wants to find new ways to make the plays accessible to contemporary audiences. For his production of "Romeo and Juliet" he decided to go with gender-blind casting.

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First Person: I Moved To San Diego To Be Closer To Comic-Con

July 16
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con seems like the perfect place for Nathan Donovan. So perfect that he decided to move to San Diego to be closer to the pop-culture convention.

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Boots Riley Moves From Music To Film With 'Sorry To Bother You'

July 12
By Beth Accomando

Boots Riley has had a long successful career as a rapper and music producer. Now he’s poised to conquer the film world with his directorial debut “Sorry to Bother You” (opening in select theaters on July 13).

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Cygnet Theatre Serves Up 'Spamalot,' There's Not Much Spam In That

July 6
By Beth Accomando

Monty Python won a cult following with its "Flying Circus" TV show and its films "The Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian." Then came the musical "Spamalot" created by troupe member Eric Idle. Sean Murray talks about staging the Broadway show for Cygnet Theatre.

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Podcast Episode 146: One Man Bond And Boots Riley

July 6
By Beth Accomando

Time to geek out about two very different things: James Bond and the directorial debut of rapper Boots Riley.

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San Diego Fringe 2018 Wraps Up With Awards Show

June 21
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe finished 11 days of "eyeball busting shows" last night with an awards ceremony at the Spreckels Theatre.

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Paul Rudd Goes Big And Small In Two New Films

June 29
By Beth Accomando

Paul Rudd can be seen in two movies opening Friday that prove size matters not: "Ant-Man and The Wasp" and "Ideal Home."

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San Diego Museum Of Art Hosts Indian Film Series

June 28
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibit called Epic Tales From Ancient India. It is also running an Indian film series to complement its collection of Indian paintings.

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Podcast Episode 145: Celebrating Master Showman William Castle

June 22
By Beth Accomando

If you do not know the name William Castle then it's time for you to discover the master showman who invented Illusion-O, Fright Break, Coward's Corner, Percepto, Emergo and much more. And if you already know this cinematic genius then come share some love with his daughter.

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'The Tempest's' Prospero Gets Gender Swapped At Globe

June 18
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Actress Kate Burton is probably best known for her film role in "Big Trouble in Little China" and her TV roles in "Scandal" and "Grey’s Anatomy." Currently she stars as Prospera in the Old Globe Theatre’s gender-swapped production of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest."

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'The Squirrels' Invade La Jolla Playhouse

June 15
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

La Jolla Playhouse just opened a new play by Robert Askins called "The Squirrels" and things have gotten a bit squirrelly.

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'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' Gives Alien Spin To Teen Coming Of Age Story

June 15
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell scored a cult hit with his first film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Now he's back with "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," playing at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Podcast Episode 144: TCM Mad About Musicals

June 8
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie Podcast goes Mad About Musicals as Turner Classic Movies launches new online film class.

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FilmOut, San Diego's LGBTQ Film Festival, Opens Thursday Night

June 7
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary Thursday evening. Look back to its roots as well as this year's films.

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San Diego Film Critics Give Summer Movie Recommendations

June 4
By Beth Accomando, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

From blockbuster action movies to indie horror films, the summer movie season has something for everyone.

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Podcast Episode 143: LGBTQ Cinema And FilmOut At 20

May 25
By Beth Accomando

Since San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival FilmOut celebrates its 20th anniversary this year I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the state of LGBTQ cinema and what a festival focusing on that community might need to look like moving forward.

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Proves Surprisingly Fun

May 24
By Beth Accomando

There has been a lot of drama for Star Wars fans and not all of it on screen. Here's a spoiler-free review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and a look at its troubled journey.

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'The Big Gundown' Kicks Off Spaghetti Western Film Series

May 23
By Beth Accomando

This Thursday, I get to co-present a spaghetti western film series entitled “They Call Me Sergio,” with Film Geeks SD and the San Diego Italian Film Festival. The first film is “The Big Gundown.”

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'Deadpool 2' Aims Low And Hits A Bullseye

May 17
By Beth Accomando

With "Infinity War" still in theaters, and "Deadpool 2" and "Han Solo" joining the ranks, pop culture geeks have a lot to choose from and argue over at the movies these days.

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San Diego Symphony Screens Silent Classic 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc'

May 17
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The San Diego Symphony will present Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent classic "The Passion of Joan of Arc" this Saturday as part of its Fox Theatre Film Series. The music collective Luscious Noise will perform live as the film plays at Copley Hall.

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Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre Artist In Residency Ends This Month At Airport

May 11
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla, Matthew Bowler

In December 2017, Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre was awarded an Artist in Residency at the San Diego International Airport. Here's a look at the work they have done.

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'RBG' Offers Profile Of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

May 11
By Beth Accomando

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the subject of the new documentary "RBG" that opens Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla and Angelika Film Center.

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