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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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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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SD Fringe Preview: 'Space Force'

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Co-writer and actor Michael Shantz talks about Lonesome Whistle Productions' 2019 San Diego International Fringe entry "Space Force."

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SD Fringe Preview: 'Real[ise]'

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Tangata Circus Company performs "Real[ise]" at San Diego International Fringe as part of a cultural exchange program between Wellington and San Diego.

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'Non-Fiction' Serves Up Sex, Lies and Literature

June 6
By Beth Accomando

The French comedy “Non-Fiction” (opening at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) looks to the publishing world and a quartet of friends in the midst of change.

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San Diego Fringe Festival Hits Lucky No. 7

June 6
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival is in full swing and here are some recommendations.

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Globe Artistic Director Talks About Launch Of Summer Shakespeare Season

June 3
By Beth Accomando

Summer means Shakespeare in San Diego and artistic director Barry Edelstein previews the launch of the Old Globe's season of the Bard.

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More Than Godzilla At Cinemas This Weekend

May 31
By Beth Accomando

This weekend you have plenty of selections with Godzilla, an Elton John bio-pic and a new indie film with Tilda Swinton’s daughter to choose from.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast Episode 170: Summer Shakespeare

May 31
By Beth Accomando

William Shakespeare may be dead but he's still trending. This summer his life is the inspiration for the film "All is True" and his play "Hamlet" gets reimagined as "Ophelia." Plus the Old Globe Theatre is launching its summer Shakespeare season. So enjoy a Summer Shakespeare podcast that strays a little from being just about film.

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More Monsters Make A Better 'Godzilla' Sequel

May 30
By Beth Accomando

Godzilla is back for “King of the Monsters,” a follow up to his 2014 U.S. appearance, and now he’s joined by Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah.

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Meet 'The Gods Of Comedy'

May 29
By Beth Accomando

Two-time Olivier Award-winning comic playwright Ken Ludwig delighted Old Globe audiences with "Robin Hood!" and "Baskerville." Now he premieres "The Gods of Comedy." Actors Brad Oscar and Jessie Cannizzaro reveal the challenges and rewards of playing Greek gods.

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'Put Your House In Order' Delivers Rom-Com For The Apocalypse

May 24
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse is premiering Ike Holter’s new play "Put Your House In Order." It’s billed as a “rom-com meets apocalyptic thriller.”

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Actress Olivia Wilde Scores With Directorial Debut 'Booksmart'

May 23
By Beth Accomando

Actress Olivia Wilde makes her feature film directing debut with “Booksmart.” It’s a comedy about two overachieving high school girls who decide to close their books and party the night before graduation.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast Episode 169: Stuntman Turned Director Chad Stahelski On 'John Wick'

May 16
By Beth Accomando

"John Wick" arrived in 2014 and now makes his third appearance with "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum." Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski talks about the franchise and his approach to creating action for the screen.

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'John Wick 3' Is Exhausting, Exhilarating

May 16
By Beth Accomando

The third chapter in the John Wick saga arrives this week and ramps up the action to new heights.

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San Diego Women's Chorus Debuts 'Quiet No More'

May 16
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Nicholas McVicker

This weekend the San Diego Women’s Chorus, SDWC, presents "Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall." This San Diego premiere of the newly commissioned work will be presented at Lincoln High School Center for Performing Arts.

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FilmOut Presents Short Fest

May 14
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBTQ Film Festival, is taking a year off for some reorganization and to find a new venue. But in place of the annual film festival you can enjoy a night of LGBTQ short films this Wednesday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 168: All Things Tolkien

May 10
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Tolkien" looks to the life of the man who penned "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" books. Check out my review of the film and interview with its director Dome Karukoski.

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Film Classics Return To Ken Cinema

May 9
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema is treating cinephiles to another week of film classics starting this Friday with “Cabaret.” Here’s a rundown of what is screening.

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'Red Joan' Inspired By Real Life Spy Case

May 3
By Beth Accomando

The case of a Soviet agent known as the “granny spy” has become the inspiration for a new film called "Red Joan" starring Judi Dench.

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Podcast Episode 167: Reel Science 3.0

May 3
By Beth Accomando

Reel Science, a collaboration between the San Diego Natural History Museum and Digital Gym Cinema, concludes this Friday with "Damnation Alley." Get a preview of entomologist Michael Wall's talk.

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The Nat And Digital Gym Cinema Partner For Third Year Of Reel Science

April 30
By Beth Accomando

This Friday, the San Diego Natural History Museum and Digital Gym Cinema partner for the third year in a row to present Reel Science. The film series pairs sci-fi movies with local scientists who contextualize the science presented on screen.

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Celebrate Witches' Night At Comic-Con Museum

April 29
By Beth Accomando

The ancient European festival known as Walpurgis Night or Witches' Night takes place April 30 to May 1. Comic-Con Museum is hosting a two-night event to explore witches in history and pop culture.

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Podcast Episode 166: The Academy Film Archive

April 26
By Beth Accomando

On my last podcast I spoke with Fox archivist Schawn Belston about preserving a studio’s history. Now, I speak with Josef Lindner, the preservation officer at the Academy Film Archive, about preserving and restoring films like the 1932 pre-Code film "Cock of the Air."

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'Avengers: Endgame' Wraps Things Up With A Mix Of Humor, Emotion

April 24
By Beth Accomando

"Avengers: Endgame" finally arrives in theaters with early screenings starting Thursday night. Here's a spoiler-free review.

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Final Weekend For Art History Theater's 'Anne Frank'

April 24
By Beth Accomando

American History Theater has three final performances of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at White Box Theater this weekend. Actress Lolly Boroff plays the role her aunt Shelley Winters made famous.

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SDIFF Celebrates Italian Liberation Day With 'Rome Open City'

April 23
By Beth Accomando

This Thursday the San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) will showcase the neorealist classic, “Rome Open City” at the Museum of Photographic Arts in honor of Italian Liberation Day.

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Filmmaker Mike Leigh Revisits Peterloo Massacre In New Film

April 19
By Beth Accomando

British filmmaker Mike Leigh is best know for his contemporary dramas but he turns to a turbulent 19th century England for his new film “Peterloo.”

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Museum Of Beer Coming To East Village

April 18
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The Museum of Beer is not yet a reality but it has set its sights on a location in San Diego's East Village. Thursday evening people got a sneak peek of what's to come at the Museum's launch party at Quartyard.

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Third Annual San Diego Film Week Looks To Local Filmmakers

April 10
By Beth Accomando

The third annual San Diego Film Week wraps up on Saturday with its Film Awards and tonight filmmakers John Freeman and Karenssa Le Gear screen their short "Capture."

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Podcast Episode 165: TCM Film Festival 2019

April 11
By Beth Accomando

TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates its 10th year and opens with a 30th anniversary screening of "When Harry Met Sally."

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Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Serves Up Eight Days Of Asian Film

April 10
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts Spring Showcase kicks off its ninth year on April 11 with eight days of Asian cinema.

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Remake Of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary' Opens

April 5
By Beth Accomando

Earlier this week "The Twilight Zone" got a reboot on CBS All Access and now Stephen King’s "Pet Sematary" gets a remake.

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New 'Twilight Zone' Just One Of Streaming Options

April 4
By Beth Accomando

Streaming television has a lot to offer and three top choices are Jordan Peele's reboot of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" on CBS All Access, season two of the YouTube original series "Cobra Kai," and the debut of FX's "What we Do In The Shadows."

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Going 'Deep In Shepard Territory'

April 2
By Beth Accomando

The Casual Company presents Sam Shepard’s "Geography of a Horse Dreamer" at Tenth Avenue Arts Center as part of a month-long tribute to the late playwright called Deep in Shepard Territory.

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WonderCon Wraps Up And Comic-Con's Around The Corner

April 1
By Beth Accomando

WonderCon just wrapped up in Anaheim. Some people may not know that the pop culture convention is run by Comic-Con International, which takes place every summer in San Diego.

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Passions Run High In San Diego Opera's 'Carmen'

March 29
By Beth Accomando

Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" looks to a fiery gypsy woman and the men who fall under her spell. San Diego Opera’s production heightens the passions of the story with its fight choreography.

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Podcast Episode 164: Dissecting 'Us'

March 29
By Beth Accomando

This spoiler-filled episode examines the hidden meanings of Jordan Peele's latest box office hit with the help of a UC Riverside professor of media and cultural studies.

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