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The Darrell Hammond Project Jan 31, 2015

Darrell Hammond, the longest-tenured cast member in the history of Saturday Night Live, tells his own life story in a one-man show.

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Cognitive Camouflage Jan 30, 2015 Artists like Stefani Byrd, Artemisa Clark, Brian Dick, Ash Eliza Smith and Perry Vasquez present works that delve into the many aspects of social anxiety in a post-modern era. 74 other events on Friday, January 30
 
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
News
Environmentalist Nicole Capretz takes on SDG&E with new watchdog group
Film
MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town
 
Tuesday, January 27,2015
Film

Irish folklore and childhood anxiety collide in ‘Song of the Sea’

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animated film is a lush, timely beauty

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Thematically, Song of the Sea couldn’t be more relevant for young siblings threatened by each other’s unique traits
Tuesday, January 27,2015
Film

Julianne Moore strives for Oscar in ‘Still Alice’

Alzheimer’s drama costarring Kristin Stewart leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Moore's award-season buzz should be of no surprise considering how strategically Still Alice plays the tearjerker game.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Film

‘Two Days, One Night’ gives compassion a fighting chance

Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-nominated performance gives the new Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne film its powerful immediacy

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Two Days, One Night, the great new film by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, surveys a dramatic scenario where one woman struggles to reconcile such realities after coworkers vote to receive a hefty bonus rather than retain her services.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Film

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain try to survive ‘A Most Violent Year’

New crime thriller from J.C. Chandor tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A Most Violent Year stylizes the brooding working-class territory of director Sidney Lumet, where low-level players clash with those who have become politically savvy enough to rise up the ranks.
Wednesday, January 14,2015
Film

In ‘Zero Motivation,’ military women don’t know which way is up

Tayla Lavie’s scathing deadpan comedy takes down military patriarchy through absurdity and critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As a piece of feminist protest art, Zero Motivation—which screens for one week at the Ken Cinema, starting Jan. 16—slyly pokes at the inadequacies of military life, but it also makes an effort to confront the way women attack each other in order to sustain a level of dominance in a primarily male-driven world. 
Wednesday, January 14,2015
Film

Jennifer Aniston shows her acting chops in ‘Cake’

New drama co-starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Jennifer Aniston does unflattering misery pretty well. Her underappreciated turn in Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl was a strong sign that the Friends star could play against type.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Film

The sandy, sunny magnitude of ‘Inherent Vice’

Paul Thomas Anderson’s fascinating adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is funny, whimsical and rewarding

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Inherent Vice doesn’t condone revenge or rebellion. It suggests, rather bravely, that redemption and friendship hold more weight than money and influence.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Film

‘Selma’ provides a window into the past and a mirror to our present

MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Of all the films vying for Oscars next month, Ava DuVernay's Selma remains the most important, and not simply because its subject matter reflects many of the incendiary debates about race still raging today.
Monday, December 29,2014
Film

The best films of 2014

Year’s great achievements in cinema reflect ongoing unrest, protest and emotional discontent

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Every December, I hear dismissive complaints from fellow writers that it was a bad year for movies. Nothing could have been further from the truth in 2014.
Monday, December 29,2014
Film

On screen this week

Here are the openings and other showings going on in San Diego

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Opening: Born to be Wild: Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary examines the amazing bond between humans and animals, including elephants and orangutans.

Arts & Culture feature

Death café: tea, cake and talk about the end

All over San Diego County and beyond, people are gathering to talk about what happens when we expire

Death café, according to deathcafe.com, is a “discussion group where the only topic is death; no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support or counseling session. At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.”

By Amy Wallen
Film Irish folklore and childhood anxiety collide in ‘Song of the Sea’ JAN 27 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animated film is a lush, timely beauty
Crossword Crossword: 'Weightlifters' JAN 28 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Seen Local The Studio Door’s search for a home JAN 26 | By Kinsee Morlan New arts venture tries unsuccessfully to keep programming in the former San Diego Art Department building on Ray Street
Seen Local A comeback for visual art at California Center for the Arts, Escondido JAN 27 | By Kinsee Morlan Curator Wendy Wilson walks us through her two must-see exhibitions on view through Feb. 22
Film ‘Two Days, One Night’ gives compassion a fighting chance JAN 21 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-nominated performance gives the new Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne film its powerful immediacy
Seen Local Future of the San Diego Foundation’s arts funding questioned JAN 20 | By Kinsee Morlan With expert Felicia Shaw gone, some wonder about the organization's ongoing support
The Floating Library Strangeness in the stacks: 3 works of fiction set in Japan JAN 19 | By Jim Ruland Reviews of Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library,’ Yoko Ogawa’s ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ and Mary Yukari Waters ‘The Laws of Evening’
There She Goz

In pursuit of useless information

Damn, it feels good to be a trivia geek

The pursuit of stockpiling completely useless information is an art. Don't let anyone tell you different. Like any muscle that takes years of hard training and meticulous cultivation to be in top shape, the nerd muscle requires that same serial-killer-esque attention to detail.

By Alex Zaragoza

Arts & Culture feature

An interview with Marina Abramović

Performance artist talks about navigating fame, selfies and shitting before sunrise

Last week, dozens of people lined up outside the University Art Gallery at UCSD. Some might’ve been there to experience Marina Abramović’s rough draft of an audio installation she created with science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson.

By Kinsee Morlan


The Short List Alex Prager, San Diego Fermentation Festival and Cognitive Camouflage When you look at Alex Prager's work, a handful of influences come to mind: Alfred Hitchcock, color-photography pioneer Williams Eggleston, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman.
Theater Tears and laughter mingle in ‘Sons of the Prophet’ Cygnet Theatre’s San Diego premiere of Sons of the Prophet could be regarded as two hours of schadenfreude, the enjoyment in the suffering of another.
Film Julianne Moore strives for Oscar in ‘Still Alice’ Moore's award-season buzz should be of no surprise considering how strategically Still Alice plays the tearjerker game.
 

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Our Silences Jan 29, 2015 Art The official unveiling of 11 monumental sculptures by Mexican artist Rivelino, one of which is designed to allow the blind to experience the piece. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, January 29
 
Contemporary Constructions and In The Studio Jan 29, 2015 Art

As a part of the California Center's 20th anniversary, there will be two new contemporary art shows. Contemporary Constructions highlights contemporary artists from around the world while In the Studio: Artist Dialogs is in-depth look into the life of studio artist assistants.

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Glyphics Live Art Throwdown Jan 29, 2015 Art A festive night of live art from some of San Diego's top live artists. There will also be bellydancing from Anna Yanushkevich and Avarra Merrow, as well as music from DJ BuzzKill. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, January 29
 
 
 
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