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David Dixon, Staff Writer

Since, 2005, when he became a writer for the now defunct Rated G column at the San Diego Union Tribune, David Dixon has been writing theatre and film reviews, interviews, covering Comic-Con, and other entertainment related stories, for numerous papers and websites. In addition to his experience as the Entertainment Editor of San Diego State University's The Daily Aztec, in 2014 he won First and Second Place in College Print: Reviews from the San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, and in 2013 he was awarded First and Third Place. Currently, David is a staff writer for TDA, a contributor for sandiegostory.com and a freelance writer for the San Diego Community News Network.

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Senior Farewell: David Dixon

Senior Farewell: David Dixon

May 7, 2015

Well, this is it. I have been at San Diego State for five years, and I am officially going to graduate from college. You know what I did during all that...

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Avengers battle Ultron

Whedon wins over audiences with sequel

April 30, 2015

Writer and director Joss Whedon sure had a lot on his plate when filming “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Whedon had to figure out how to make a sequel to...

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Shyamalan returns with Fox drama Wayward Pines

Shyamalan returns with Fox drama Wayward Pines

April 23, 2015

Some people are not going to give the Fox event series “Wayward Pines” a chance because M. Night Shyamalan is an executive producer of the program...

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Cygnet cast revamps My Fair Lady

Cygnet cast revamps ‘My Fair Lady’

March 23, 2015

Cygnet Theatre is known for staging gritty and often dark shows that deal with heavy subject matter. However, occasionally it produces an all-ages production...

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My Fair Lady, Cygnet Theatre

Former Aztecs star at Cygnet

March 19, 2015

One of the most beloved musicals ever written is playing at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. “My Fair Lady” combines classic show tunes with quick-witted...

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Theatre professor leads alumni cast in new comedy

Theatre professor leads alumni cast in new comedy

March 6, 2015

The majority of students and staff involved in the performing arts at San Diego State probably know of Dr. Terry O’Donnell. He is a founding faculty...

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Review: Disney wins big with Into the Woods

Review: Disney wins big with ‘Into the Woods’

December 17, 2014

Walt Disney Studios has produced many animated and live action musicals over the years. Oddly even however, the company has never adapted a Broadway masterpiece...

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LGBT-loyal theatre shows range

December 1, 2014

The Diversionary Theatre is notable for being a major playhouse in San Diego targeted towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. While...

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Winter theatre falls into season

Winter theatre falls into season

November 13, 2014

Many theatre companies in San Diego will be producing shows in celebration of Christmas. Stories range from adaptations of classic tales to musical revues....

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Gyllenhaal shows versatility in spooky thriller

October 31, 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal has proven to be an extremely versatile actor who can portray a variety of roles. However, rarely has Gyllenhaal played a character that...

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Pulitzer winning play hits town

Pulitzer winning play hits town

October 2, 2014

A rock musical about a woman with mental illness sounds like a risky idea on paper. However, “Next to Normal” won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama...

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Dramedy fights family dysfunction

Dramedy fights family dysfunction

September 18, 2014

Director Shawn Levy is known for broad, mainstream comedies such as “Date Night” and the “Night at the Museum” series. His latest comedy-drama,...

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Local theaters perfect for any occasion

September 4, 2014

Though there are first-rate theatrical productions presented on campus at the Don Powell and the Experimental Theatres, those new to San Diego should also...

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James Herbert

Daily Aztec discusses theatre criticism with alumnus

August 31, 2014

Readers of the U-T San Diego probably know that James Hebert is the publication's main theater critic. The accomplished writer is also an alumnus of...

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Pageant cast

Satirical Pageant show hits Cygnet Theatre

August 21, 2014

“Pageant” could be considered a hard musical comedy to pull off. The story needs a director who can handle camp and satire, as well as an ensemble...

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SDSU student shares experiences on recent trip to Israel

SDSU student shares experiences on recent trip to Israel

July 24, 2014

Editor's Note: Entertainment writer David Dixon shares his first-person account on his recent trip to Israel.  For months I was looking forward...

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Shakespeares classic tragedy Othello hits Old Globe

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy ‘Othello’ hits Old Globe

July 22, 2014

Barry Edelstein’s interpretation of the popular tragedy “Othello” is a major summer event for The Old Globe. The production features several recognizable...

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Jennifer Connolly

Netflix actor performs at The Old Globe

July 7, 2014

Kristen Connolly’s career has significantly grown during the last couple of years. She had a breakout leading role in the acclaimed horror film “The...

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Shakespearean classic gets south-of-the border flavor

June 27, 2014

For the last several years the La Jolla Playhouse has produced some of its shows under the site-specific theatre program Without Walls. These performances...

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Ryan Williams performs

Doo-wopping pharaoh sits down with the DA

June 27, 2014

Ryan Williams has been featured in several big musicals in the past, including the original Off-Broadway cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical” and a touring...

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Dog and pony cast members

Witty musical opens at the Old Globe

June 23, 2014

The world premiere musical comedy playing at The Old Globe, “Dog and Pony,”is the exact opposite of a dog and pony show. Instead of being a satire...

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Aztec alums star in summer theater shows

Aztec alums star in summer theater shows

May 5, 2014

There is a lot of promising theater that will be running in San Diego throughout the next few months. Lucky for Aztecs, a good amount of these shows will...

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Water by the Spoonful at the Old Globe

‘Spoonful’ explores addictions and demons

April 28, 2014

I was fortunate enough to read the Pulitzer Prize-winning script to “Water by the Spoonful,” written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, before catching it at...

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Aztecs Music Choice Awards

Aztecs’ Music Choice Awards

April 25, 2014

As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic. Eight of the entertainment section’s staff writers compiled their top 10 favorite songs since 2013. Surprisingly,...

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Enjoying all aspects of pop culture in Anaheim

Enjoying all aspects of pop culture in Anaheim

April 22, 2014

People who religiously attend Comic-Con in San Diego as I do are probably familiar with WonderCon in Anaheim. While I’ve known about it for years, I...

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Learning about The Fifth Beatle

Learning about ‘The Fifth Beatle’

April 22, 2014

Vivek J. Tiwary is the writer of the graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle,” and a producer of many successful plays and musicals including “American...

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Weekend Picks: Theater and Record Store Day

Weekend Picks: Theater and Record Store Day

April 17, 2014

David’s Picks: “The Foreigner” “The Foreigner” is a popular farce produced by Lamb’s Players Theatre and is now in the middle of an extended...

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Laughs and tears in fresh show

Laughs and tears in fresh show

April 17, 2014

After watching “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” presented by the Skull & Dagger Dramatic Society at San Diego State’s Experimental Theatre,...

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Alum artist knows how to write a victory song

Alum artist knows how to write a ‘vict’ory song’

April 10, 2014

Fans of the band the Eagles, might not realize that Jack Tempchin, a writer of several of their hit songs is a San Diego State alumnus. The most famous...

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Artistic director finds job rewarding

Artistic director finds job rewarding

April 6, 2014

David Ellenstein is a director, actor, teacher and the Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. The next two productions...

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Actor shows his range at the Cygnet Theatre

Actor shows his range at the Cygnet Theatre

March 27, 2014

Actor Jacob Caltrider has worked with the Cygnet Theatre’s artistic director and San Diego State alumnus Sean Murray several times throughout the last...

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Talking theater with musical lead

Talking theater with musical lead

March 24, 2014

Dave Thomas Brown stars in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening,” directed by San Diego State alumnus Sean Murray. Brown plays Melchior,...

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Sex, class exams and rock n roll

Sex, class exams and rock ‘n’ roll

March 20, 2014

Rock ‘n’ roll in the 1800s Germany? Sounds like a campy idea. Despite that fact, the musical “Spring Awakening” was a Broadway phenomenon with...

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Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Unions Union Theatre

Now playing: Nooner concerts and a theater at the student union

March 7, 2014

Part of the vision for the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union was to bring scholars, faculty, staff and administration together to enjoy the performing...

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Dark 1940s musical still shocks

Dark 1940’s musical still shocks

March 5, 2014

Actor Cody Walker has turned to the dark side. After playing likable characters in “A Little Night Music” and “Little by Little,” the triple-threat...

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Revisiting a surreal problem play

Revisiting a surreal ‘problem play’

February 24, 2014

The following is a review of a new production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” at The Old Globe Theatre, not the critically panned...

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A few ‘Crumbs’ satisfy audiences

A few ‘Crumbs’ satisfy audiences

February 17, 2014

The Moxie Theatre’s production of “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” makes it seem as though the audience is watching a coming of age novel brought to...

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A fresh and honest cautionary tale

A fresh and honest cautionary tale

February 13, 2014

In the spirit of the show must go on, I saw “Bethany” at The Old Globe Theatre the evening that prop master Seamus O’Bryan died in a hit-and-run...

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Heart-to-heart with Aztec star

Heart-to-heart with Aztec star

February 10, 2014

The latest drama to open at the Moxie Theatre on El Cajon Boulevard is “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” a coming-of-age story about a young African...

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Inside the mind of Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

Inside the mind of Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

February 3, 2014

In the fall of 2012, Barry Edelstein was named the Artistic Director of Balboa Park’s acclaimed theatre, The Old Globe. The first show he’s directing...

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Timely drama star shares acting insights

Timely drama star shares acting insights

February 3, 2014

Carlo Alban is the male lead actor in a new production of “Bethany” at The Old Globe. The play follows Crystal (played by Jennifer Ferrin), a woman...

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Alumna finds theatrical success

Alumna finds theatrical success

January 27, 2014

Michelle Caron is the lighting designer of a play now showing at the Cygnet Theatre, “Maple and Vine.” She’s a San Diego State alumna and has worked...

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Aztec designs a dream career

Aztec designs a dream career

January 27, 2014

Sean Fanning is the scenic designer of “Maple and Vine.” He is a San Diego State alumnus and has worked on shows all around San Diego, including The...

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Catch up on The Daily Aztec’s favorite films of 2013

Catch up on The Daily Aztec’s favorite films of 2013

January 27, 2014

With last year being such a strong one for cinema, the entertainment writers have decided to share their favorite films of 2013. The majority of these...

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Plenty of exciting adventures left for The Simpsons

Plenty of exciting adventures left for ‘The Simpsons’

December 12, 2013

It’s amazing to find out that the longest-running American sitcom, “The Simpsons,” has a connection to San Diego State. Julie Kavner, the voice of...

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Professor loves legendary auteurs

Professor loves legendary auteurs

December 2, 2013

Stuart Voytilla has taught many classes in the School of Theatre, Television & Film; such as TFM 310; “Film, TV & New Media Criticism;” TFM...

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Movie producer has advice for SDSU students

Movie producer has advice for SDSU students

December 1, 2013

Three-time National Student Emmy Award winner Ron Najor, a down-to-earth, yet highly intelligent, San Diego State alumnus, produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s...

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Come on down to Belly Up Tavern

November 21, 2013

The Belly Up Tavern has been entertaining San Diegans for years with acts that range from famous music stars to rising talents. It’s more than a bar...

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Heartwarming musical about friendship and love

November 5, 2013

San Diego State’s Experimental Theatre is now presenting a wonderfully lighthearted sung-through musical about friendship and romance. These are topics...

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Frightening holiday journeys

Frightening holiday journeys

October 31, 2013

Ah, Halloween. The time for trick or treat, parties and plenty of mischief. It’s also a good time to go with friends to see the many different creepy...

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Roger Eberts legacy remains strong

Roger Ebert’s legacy remains strong

October 24, 2013

It’s been more than half a year since Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert died of thyroid cancer at the age of 70. His death was a shock—he seemed...

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Small musical just might be a hidden gem

Small musical just might be a hidden gem

October 24, 2013

“Little by Little” is a musical coming to San Diego State that is not technically part of the School of Theatre, Television & Film’s fall season....

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Musical comedy celebrates empowerment

Musical comedy celebrates empowerment

October 24, 2013

In the last couple of years, the School of Theatre, Television & Film at San Diego State has produced musical revues that have paid tribute to some...

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Comedy music festival brings the laughs

Comedy music festival brings the laughs

October 23, 2013

There have been many comedy music festivals in the past, yet nothing has been quite as ambitious as Festival Supreme. Tenacious D came up with the idea...

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Say a big hello to The Last Goodbye

Say a big hello to ‘The Last Goodbye’

October 17, 2013

“The Last Goodbye” is not the first musical to be based on “Romeo and Juliet.” Shows including “West Side Story” and even the Disney Channel...

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Travesties baffles and delights

‘Travesties’ baffles and delights

October 8, 2013

There are two things that you need to know before watching “Travesties” at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. The first is that it's hard to appreciate...

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Earnest isnt a cookie-cutter play

‘Earnest’ isn’t a cookie-cutter play

October 3, 2013

Sean Murray’s, Cygnet Theatre’s co-founder, extreme versatility has been on display this year. He directed a production of two Stephen Sondheim musicals,...

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Common Chords performance will be quite the show

Common Chords performance will be quite the show

September 27, 2013

Common Chords, a group that celebrates Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Hindu music, will perform on Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., in the Smith Recital Hall. SDSU’s...

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Dark stories by master of drama come to SDSU

Dark stories by master of drama come to SDSU

September 26, 2013

Writer and actor Sam Shepard is known for his offbeat and highly acclaimed plays. It then makes sense that the gutsy and edgy director, Peter James Cirino,...

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Venue features unforgettable acts

Venue features unforgettable acts

September 23, 2013

Some of the best concert experiences are at outdoor venues where attendees can enjoy great music with friends and family under the stars. The Sleep Train...

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Professor and director dares to be unique

Professor and director dares to be unique

September 19, 2013

Associate Professor Peter James Cirino is directing the first big play of the School of Theatre, Television and Film’s fall semester at San Diego State....

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Bill Eadie. Elizabeth Santo, staff photographer.

San Diego State’s Renaissance man

September 16, 2013

Bill Eadie appears to be something of a Renaissance man. He has directed several stagings of plays, is a critic for a couple of websites including sandiegostory.com;...

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John Gallagher Jr. and Brie Larson. Courtesy of cinedigm.com.

‘Short Term 12’ lives up to honors

September 10, 2013

Watching “Short Term 12” is similar to finding out that a first-rate indie music band is starting to become famous. Aztecs who have taken classes,...

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Aztecs talk new film and education

Aztecs talk new film and education

September 5, 2013

Filmmaker and San Diego State alumnus Destin Cretton is getting a lot of attention for his new award-winning movie, “Short Term 12.” Cretton, in...

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Talented directors tackle ambitious subject matter

September 4, 2013

The School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State is presenting a selection of thought-provoking and complex shows that will take audiences...

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Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever in Short Term 12. Courtesy of cinedigm.com.

Filmmaker Destin Cretton displays emotional power

September 2, 2013

“Short Term 12” is one of the most buzzed about dramas of the fall with highly regarded critics praising the authentic depiction of working at a foster...

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The grossest show on Earth returns to San Diego

The grossest show on Earth returns to San Diego

September 1, 2013

Oh boy! The festival is back. Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation features many edgy shorts from well-respected and talented...

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Aaron Mento dares to try new things

Aaron Mento dares to try new things

August 29, 2013

Aaron Mento is the writer and director of “Standards of Living,” the first ever full-length feature filmed on an iPad. The former San Diego State student...

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John Lavelle and Jay Whittaker. Courtesy of Michael Lamont.

Shakespeare’s characters revived for laughs

August 22, 2013

Although not written by William Shakespeare, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is a perfect addition to The Old Globe’s 2013 Festival. Tom...

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Classic comedy delivers grand enchantment

August 22, 2013

Is it too soon to reprise “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the 2013 Shakespeare Festival? It’s been seven years since The Old Globe produced a well-received...

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Comedic drama mixes grimness with humor

August 22, 2013

William Shakespeare’s controversial play “The Merchant of Venice,” tackles issues such as anti-Semitism, greed, resentment and revenge. Did I...

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Marla Caceres, Andel Sudik and Kevin Sciretta. Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg.

The Second City pays tribute to San Diego

August 17, 2013

It's always surreal seeing my hometown, San Diego, referenced in pop culture. Many films, television series and even songs have paid tribute to the beloved...

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Adviser is loyal to student success

August 12, 2013

Carolyn “C.J.” Keith has an extremely busy schedule. She is the undergraduate adviser for the San Diego State School of Theatre, Television and Film,...

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It’s back to basics with theater star

August 12, 2013

Musical theatre graduate student Roxane Carrasco made quite an impression last year at San Diego State. The Broadway actress, known for starring in “Chicago,”...

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Mike Sears, Patrick Breen and Sean Allan Krill. Courtesy of Kevin Berne.

“Sideways” is irreverent and clever

July 24, 2013

Stage adaptations of popular stories such as movies and novels are a tricky business. While there have been many unique interpretations that retain the...

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Comic-Con remains an essential event for fanboys

July 22, 2013

Wednesday Night: My walk to the San Diego Convention Center on Comic-Con International Preview Night was full of anticipation. I looked forward to seeing...

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Ending with a bang

July 21, 2013

Best Comic-Con Sunday ever! At least that’s what I thought throughout the day where many calories were burned from heavy-duty walking. It began with...

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“Oh, What a Day”

July 20, 2013

Saturday was extremely busy and for many it was the most overwhelming because of the large crowds and long lines. However, that doesn’t bother me and...

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Geek paradise

July 19, 2013

Friday to me was the day of the underdog. This was clear from the very beginning when those “under the radar” dominated the “Stan Lee’s Web of...

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Thursday at Comic-Con exceeded expectations

July 18, 2013

I arrived at Comic-Con about an hour early and the day quickly picked up. I first went to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriott Hotel and took a press...

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Preview night sets the bar high

July 17, 2013

Preview Night   My walk to the San Diego Convention Center was full of anticipation. I was looking forward to seeing many visually incredible...

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What I’m looking forward to at Comic-Con

July 17, 2013

Greetings, I am David Dixon, the Entertainment Editor of The Daily Aztec and an avid Comic-Con fan. I’ve been going to the Con for a decade. When...

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Faxon and Rash bring humble wit to the big screen

July 7, 2013

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash visited the W San Diego Hotel to promote the hilarious and poignant comedy, “The Way Way Back.” Rash is best known for playing...

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Summer flick brings laughs, emotion way way back

July 7, 2013

Charlie Chaplin’s legendary silent film “The Kid” began with the opening words, “A comedy with a smile – and perhaps a tear.” That classic...

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Energetic play has romance and fast paced satire

June 25, 2013

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! There’s only one week left to see the West Coast premiere of the extremely entertaining comedy, “His Girl...

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Eco-terrorist thriller is surreal and smartly written

April 30, 2013

Director and screenwriter Zal Batmanglij, and actress and screenwriter, Brit Marling collaborated on the very small psychological thriller, “Sound of...

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Brit Marling and Zal Btmanglij are talents on the rise

April 30, 2013

Screenwriter and actress, Brit Marling, and screenwriter and director Zal Batmanglij, stopped by KPBS to promote their new thriller, “The East.” They...

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Cygnet’s ‘Assassins’ is a delightfully dark production

Cygnet’s ‘Assassins’ is a delightfully dark production

April 10, 2013

It’s ironic how many recent musicals in San Diego have been about murder. The satirical “Chicago” was at the Birch North Park Theatre and the...

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Henrick Ibsen’s classic play is thought-provoking

Henrick Ibsen’s classic play is thought-provoking

April 8, 2013

Fans of theatre may know of the naturalistic drama, “A Doll’s House,” because of its famous ending, which was considered controversial in the...

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‘Oz’ disappoints with weak acting and slow story

March 12, 2013

There are many reasons why “Oz the Great and Powerful” could have been an extraordinary fantasy adventure. Not only is it a prequel to the classic...

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‘Crimes of the Heart’ crosses genres and blows minds

February 27, 2013

San Diego State’s production of “Crimes of the Heart” is another one of those shows that is hard to categorize. It combines elements of drama, wit...

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The Daily Aztec’s 2013 Oscar Ballot and Predictions

February 21, 2013

\Think you know who will win big at the Oscars this year? Fill out our handy ballot and tune in this Sunday to see if you’re correct. In the meantime,...

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‘The Brothers Size’ is a powerfully written drama

February 12, 2013

Avid fans of current dramatists have probably heard of Tarell Alvin McCraney. Many critics claim he’s one of the most talented playwrights in recent...

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Mumford & Sons, fun. win big at this year’s Grammys

Mumford & Sons, fun. win big at this year’s Grammys

February 12, 2013

It was an unpredictable Sunday night full of talented musicians, awards and style at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 10 at the Staples...

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Ken Cinema serves up this year’s excellent Oscar shorts

February 4, 2013

  Typically when you go to a film festival, chances are the quality varies from movie to movie. However, when all of the silver screen productions...

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“Pygmalion” revival still prevails after 100 years

“Pygmalion” revival still prevails after 100 years

January 22, 2013

  Who would have guessed that after a century, “Pygmalion” would still be produced by respected theater companies? Even after 100 years, Professor...

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Yoshimi battles robots, goofy plot in new play

December 2, 2012

It is hard not to go into “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” without high expectations. The musical is directed by Des McAnuff, the man responsible...

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Peter Pan is a delight

November 19, 2012

It’s been more than 100 years since the first appearance of Peter Pan, yet children and their parents are still familiar with the tale about Neverland....

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There’s quite a bit to love about SDSU’s ‘Piano’

October 24, 2012

Seeing “I Love a Piano” is the equivalent of watching a show successfully top itself every few minutes. San Diego State’s production of the Irving...

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Globe’s latest production full of ‘Good People’

October 11, 2012

The current show at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre is called “Good People,” but the title “Complicated People” would make...

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