December 21, 2016 Issue

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Photo by Ken Jacques

If readers have family in town for the holiday season and are looking to get them, and possibly yourself, out of the house, think theater. A handful of holiday-theme productions are still running. Read more


When it comes to New Year's resolutions, getting out to see more art should not be one that goes by the wayside by the time February rolls around. Here are a few must-see exhibitions that we feel should be added to any art lover's 2017 calendar. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

Morgan Mandalay has a pretty good grasp on these pre-conceptualized notions. He's a San Diego native who went to art school in Chicago and returned a few years ago to get his MFA at UC San Diego Read more

Seen Local

The way 2016 played out, 2017 surely has to be better, right? Right. We won't judge readers if they just want to stay home, play Prince records and cry, but why not kick 2017 off in style? Read more

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Our annual collection of always humorous, often politically incorrect letters to St. Nick from the people, characters and, eh, animals that probably need a little more Christmas cheer this year. Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

I Want a Hip Acropolis for Christmas (sung to "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas") I want a hip Acropolis for Christmas Only a hip Acropolis downtown Don't want a mall, no Mission Valley ploy... Read more

Spin Cycle


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To paraphrase Rachel Maddow on Monday night, you don't have to be a journalist to be worried about the state of journalism. Read more

From the Editor

'Tis the season for "important" movies, at least according to the Hollywood machine desperately trying to get your attention (not to mention the Academy's attention) at the multiplex. Read more


Let's get something out of the way: Not everyone loves holiday music. In fact, quite the contrary—a lot of people absolutely can't stand holiday music. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Mike Patton has joined Dead Cross, the hardcore/metal supergroup featuring Justin Pearson of The Locust and Retox, Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Mike Crain of Retox. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Rollins does still take great interest in the democracy of America, and feels confident expounding on it each night, having experienced everything he talks about on stage first-hand. Read more

Music Feature

Thee Commons are a self-described "psychedelic cumbia punk" band, and that's a pretty phenomenal combination of sounds. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Ivan S Harris

While the San Diego hip-hop scene is decidedly under-the-radar both nationally and locally, Artistic has never stopped hustling to bring attention to local MCs, DJs and dancers. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Maybe the best, most therapeutic way to assess the past year is to step back from the big picture and focus on the smaller pictures—look at the trees instead of the forest, if you will. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


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Aleppo. Aleppo. Aleppo. Aleppo. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

The story of lunch at The Red Door Restaurant is a tale told by a persimmon. That persimmon wasn't supposed to be the star of the dish, mind you, but it went ahead and told the story anyway. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Beth Demmon

From Bowie to Brexit, 2016 has pretty much been a rancid pile of hot garbage. Personally, I seek refuge in our local craft beer scene, but alas, even #SDbeer couldn't escape some drama. Read more

Final Draught