December 16, 2015 Issue

A new West Coast Alliance of Mayors was announced Dec. 11 with an agenda of uniting cities in addressing the growing crisis of homelessness. Read more

From the Editor

Easier access to the voting booth, Voter ID and race-based voter discrimination are all very important issues. It’s highly unlikely, however, that you’ll hear incumbent politicians discussing root causes of the voter apathy sweeping the nat... Read more

News & Opinion


Danielle Levas, Marlene Montes and Kelly Derouin in The 1940s Radio Hour

One takeaway from New Village Arts’ production of Walton Jones’ The 1940s Radio Hour; once you hear radio ensemble player Ginger Brooks’ (Marlene Montes) orgasmic commercial, you’ll never think of Eskimo Pies in the same way again. Read more


There will be blowouts galore on Dec. 31 as San Diego bids farewell to the year that was 2015. No two people want to spend New Year’s Eve the same way, so we’ve panned for gold and mined a dozen ways you can celebrate. Read more


Retired Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s recent return to the limelight in hopes of shaming Congress into extending healthcare benefits for 9/11 first responders hit home with former San Diego City Councilmember Ed Harris. Read more

Spin Cycle

I just read [“Homeless stats get worse,” Dec. 2] about the issue of homelessness in San Diego. I, too, have personally seen the overwhelming amount of homeless individuals scattered throughout the city, continuously walked over, walked arou... Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Pink El Bon

Leading up to the holidays, we'll use this space to profile local crafters whose wares we think would make excellent gifts. Danielle Quigley and Sue Fan's business plan for their handcrafted h Read more

Seen Local

Last week I sought wisdom from Ghostface Killah's surrealist lyrics on the music feature page (go back and read it if you missed it). The Wu-Tang MVP is a master wordsmith and one of the best emcees in the game. Read more

If I Were U

The Shady Francos frontman Joshua Kmak has just announced a new project called Creepseed. Kmak, who also plays guitar in The New Kinetics, launched a Facebook page for the new musical venture on Sunday night, with the message that it's his ... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

There's a good chance you're already beyond tired of hearing Christmas music. It's pretty much everywhere right now—in stores, restaurants, bars and in commercials (with key lyrics changed to be about smartphones or discounts at Big Lots). Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition. In a way, the work of Shinpei Takeda has always come back to the theme of "home," even if the ar Read more

Seen Local

Critics not working at a daily outlets inevitably miss out on reviewing a lot of interesting films throughout the year. But rarely do we give ourselves the chance to look back and make amends and go on record. Read more


Opening Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip: The squeakquel none of you have been waiting for. Everything Will Be Fine: James Franco stars as a struggling novelist whose life is tur Read more


Vince Staples is more candid than most people. The 22-year-old Long Beach rapper doesn't mince words. He doesn't bullshit or talk in euphemisms. "I'm just trying to be honest," he says. Read more

Music Feature

Being single and childless has advantages but there is certainly a tradeoff. One of those times when it sucks to be a middle-aged man with no wife or kids is, of course, Christmas. Read more

Sordid Tales

Singer-songwriter Alex Woodard says a few years ago his life had become "like a bad country song." His dog had died and he'd lost his record deal, but luckily for Woodard, inspiration returned in the form of a letter written to him from a f... Read more

Short List Event Picks

In a classic episode titled "The Strike" on the seminal sitcom Seinfeld , which aired from July 1989 to May of 1998 (Thanks, Internet!) on NBC, a holiday known as "Festivus" became part of popular culture. Read more

There She Goz

Lots of people go all out with their lights and decorations for Christmas. They put them up, in part, so you can go see 'em. Here's a listing of the highlights from all over the area. Read more


Rooftop bars are like urban tree houses. When I was a kid I used to go up into the branches of trees in the woods near my house and build little forts. Read more

Urban Eats


Photo by Andrew Dyer

On Black Friday Goose Island released Bourbon County Brand Stout, an anticipated annual ritual from the AB/Inbev-owned brewery. Read more

The Beerdist