December 7, 2016 Issue

12-7-2016 Issue

Photo courtesy of Adriana Zuniga-Williams Photography

There are spots on the sun and hysteria in the air at InnerMission Productions' tiny space above Diversionary Theatre in Hillcrest. Read more


Jessica Chastain stars as the all-knowing power broker who leaves her cushy job at a right wing firm to help pass a formidable lefty gun-control bill in the Senate that would require universal background checks on firearm purchases. Read more



Photo by Seth Combs

Then the presidential election happened, and suddenly the need for a place like the New Americans Museum seemed so much more profound. Read more

Seen Local


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Back in September, two San Diego ballot measures had the local politi-wonk world worked up into quite a lather. No, not Measures C and D, the hotel-tax-hike initiatives that went down in flames of animosity, distrust and confusion. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Jen Van Tieghem

With most bottles in the $18 to $36 range, the tasting works for bargain shoppers and with the pricier "featured" wine, one can also find something special. Read more

Bottle Rocket

Even if readers didn't participate in Small Business Saturday, there are still plenty of ways to support the local craft beer industry this holiday season. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

"Edible art" is an idea often attached to Japanese high cuisine like sushi or kaeseki. But the notion that Japanese food is inherently precious and high-end is exaggerated at best. Read more

The World Fare

Now more than ever, this space is extremely precious. As we Americans have taken a collective belly flop from the edge of a very big cliff, I feel a responsibility to say something meaningful, but I also need to be silly and ridiculous as means of re Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Mike Cernovich is a bro who really cares about masculinity, male dominance and old-school chivalry. Recently, he's has become a spokesperson for the alt-right movement Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

Tucked up above the San Diego International Airport, to the east of Old Town and on Hillcrest’s west, Mission Hills is an ivory tower overlooking its peripheral neighborhoods. Read more



Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

It's worth pointing this out in light of the recent release of a 140-page study from San Diego State University that concluded that blacks and Latinos were more likely to be searched and questioned by San Diego Police officers after a traffic stop. Read more

From the Editor

Things to Come unfolds through the eyes of Nathalie Chazeaux (Isabelle Huppert), a middle-aged Parisian teacher whose seemingly routine path in life suddenly shifts when her professor husband Heinz (André Marcon) finally admits to an act of infidelit Read more


Bands like Pere Ubu aren't supposed to last for 40 years. They're too weird. Too volatile. Too non-commercial. Read more

Music Feature


Image by Aaron Glasson

Mission Hills venue Blonde Bar (1808 W. Washington St.) is hosting a benefit show for the protesters and protectors of the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio