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Ken Classics Week Takes Us Around The Globe

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando

A week of classics at Landmark’s Ken Cinema is always something to celebrate and a new one is here.

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New 'Rocky Horror' Trades Glam For Leather

Jan. 21
By Beth Accomando

Before "Rocky Horror" was a picture show it was a stage musical in 1973 that paid homage to sci-fi and horror films with its sexy reimagining of the Frankenstein story. OB Playhouse is remounting its sold-out production of "The Rocky Horror Show" with a slightly different twist.

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Nostalgia, Creativity Fuel 'Batteries Not Included: A Custom Toy Show'

Jan. 21
By Beth Accomando

If you ever collected action figures or Japanese toys then here's the perfect art show for you: Batteries Not Included: A Custom Toy Show Tuesday night at Basic Bar/Pizza.

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'Harriet' Back At Digital Gym Cinema

Jan. 20
By Beth Accomando

"Harriet" slipped into theaters over the holidays and got lost amidst bigger releases. But the biopic of Harriet Tubman is back at Digital Gym Cinema after it won two Oscar nominations.

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Geeking Out At 'Rise Of The Resistance'

Jan. 16
By Beth Accomando

KPBS arts reporter and Star Wars fan Beth Accomando went to Disneyland on Wednesday to check out the "Rise of the Resistance" ride that opens Jan. 17 at Galaxy’s Edge.

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Oscars So Bland Should Be New Hashtag

Jan. 14
By Beth Accomando

The 92nd annual Academy Award nominations were announced Monday morning and KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando has this recap and reaction.

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SDSU Grad Destin Cretton Serves Up Social Justice With 'Just Mercy' Film

Jan. 13
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Destin Cretton went to SDSU and was recently tapped to direct the upcoming Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Currently his film “Just Mercy” is in theaters. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando showed Cretton's student films a decade ago and has been following his career. He spoke with her by phone last week from Sydney, Australia.

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Nervous Theatre Stages Genet's 'The Maids'

Jan. 10
By Beth Accomando

Nervous Theatre describes itself as a nomadic company. That means no venue to call home. But the company is in town this weekend to perform Jean Genet’s "The Maids" at Tenth Ave Arts Center.

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How Godzilla Changed Italian Cinema

Jan. 8
By Beth Accomando

In addition to being the KPBS arts reporter, Beth Accomando also volunteers as a film programmer through Film Geeks SD and co-hosts a pair of annual film series at Digital Gym Cinema. This Sunday marks the launch of a monthly series on Italian Genre Cinema and Monday night is the start of Gearhead Cinema.

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Flesh-Eating Bugs At The Nat's New Living Lab Exhibit

Dec. 30, 2019
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Have you ever wanted to see flesh-eating beetles at work? You now have your chance as the San Diego Natural History Museum serves up the Living Lab where the public can meet the creepy and the crawly, the slimy and slithery up close.

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Greta Gerwig Brings 'Little Women' To The Screen

Dec. 26, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Louisa May Alcott’s novel "Little Women" has been adapted to the screen many times and it gets a new one this year from Greta Gerwig.

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'Uncut Gems' Is The Perfect Antidote For Holiday Cheer

Dec. 24, 2019
By Beth Accomando

For the holidays you can choose between the beloved classic "Little Women" or the edgy indie film "Uncut Gems." Guess which one Beth Accomando is recommending?

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More Than 'Star Wars' At Cinemas

Dec. 20, 2019
By Beth Accomando

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" has opened in theaters but that's not all you can find on the big screen. Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life" and Jay Roach's "Bombshell" also hit cinemas.

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Midday Movies: Bringing The Skywalker Saga To An End

Dec. 20, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Jade Hindmon hosts a "Star Wars" edition of Midday Movies as KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and Moviewallas' Yazdi Pithavala recall how they got introduced to George Lucas' franchise and how they think "The Rise of Skywalker" wraps it all up.

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Derby United Builds Its Own Home In Encanto

Dec. 20, 2019
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Roller derby is coming to Encanto thanks to the determination and passion of the women behind Derby United.

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Spoiler-Free Review Of 'Rise Of Skywalker'

Dec. 18, 2019
By Beth Accomando

As a card-carrying member of the original "Star Wars" fan club, KPBS' Beth Accomando knows what it means to give a spoiler-free review of the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 184: Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults

Dec. 13, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Trey Edward Shults has a new film in theaters, "Waves," but I became aware of him in 2017 when he released "It Comes at Night." So from the archives, here is my interview with Shults from 2017.

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Weekend Preview: La Posada, Vend Arts, theNAT's Living Lab

Dec. 13, 2019
By Beth Accomando

This weekend try a little cultural and bio diversity by sampling events from Centro Cultural De La Raza, Little Italy and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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Comickaze's Robert Scott Had Passion For Pop Culture

Dec. 11, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Robert Scott, owner of the two Comickaze Comics, Books And More stores in San Diego, died suddenly last Tuesday from health related issues at the age of 57.

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

Dec. 6, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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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