December 2, 2015 Issue

Just before my interview with local party promoter MayStar, she texts to ask me if she should wear makeup. It strikes me as an odd question even from someone like her. That is, someone who has spent m Read more


If David Lynch and Wim Wenders had a demented movie love child, it would look like Rick Alverson’s Entertainment . Read more


Spike Lee’s Chi-raq oozes with the kind of mad urgency most American films lack these days. Its wild panic is understandable considering the epidemic of gun violence to have hit the South Side of Ch Read more


Before you let holiday shopping get the better of you, consider catching Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy, which winds up its run at the San Diego Repertory Theatre on Dec. 6. A heady, expressive perform Read more


About 20 minutes into our conversation, Birdy Bardot starts talking about going record shopping at swap meets. Read more

Music Feature

There comes a time in every politician’s shelf life when it’s a good idea to check the expiration date. Or at least the “sell by” numbers. In the case of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, this appears to be happening now. Read more

Spin Cycle

The polarity of perception that individuals have of street people is astounding. That’s a problem that leaks into the way we legislate, administer and act on the overall problem. Sadly, San Die Read more

From the Editor


Seth Combs

To call Matthew Hebert an installation artist is sells him short. He’s as much a woodworker and designer as he is a fine artist. And as diverse as his work has been over the years, if there’s a simple categorization for the bulk of it, it’s... Read more

Seen Local

Leading up to the holidays this space will include profiles of local crafters whose wares would make excellent gifts. Gini Mann-Deibert has always been the life of the party. Read more

Seen Local

A group of San Diego music scene vets are starring in a new short film called Deadline . Directed by Grant Reinero, who also performs in the band Stewardess, Deadline debuts on December 9 as part of the Four Points Film Project screening at... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Six months after the release of that excellent short-player, Harris unleashed another outstanding set of music bearing the Mystery Cave name, the 10-track Ausarian Comforts . Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Snoop Dogg might be some distance from his heyday, but the dude’s still entertaining as hell. Read more

If I Were U

In the same way video killed the radio star and digital cameras punk'd Polaroid and Kodak, technology and societal trends are well into the process of making Black Friday their latest blood red victim, a CTRL Delete on the keyboard of retai... Read more

All Things Tech

After enjoying a most excellent breakfast in a Sacramento restaurant called The Tower, I headed to the restrooms only to discover about eight people—oh, be still my beating bladder—waiting in line! Read more

Sordid Tales

Your editorial this week ["Playing politics with Syrian refugees," Nov. 25] is disappointing for it flies in the face of known facts—that 80 percent of the Syrian "refugees" are young men, not women and children. Read more

Letters to the Editor

ALL'S FAIRWouldn't it be great if you could find the best local artisans and crafters in one place? That way, you wouldn't have to go from store to store to find all your holiday gifts. Luc Read more

Short List Event Picks

The legendary director and provocateur talks to CityBeat about surviving Christmas, his humble beginnings and what books to give for the holidays Read more


Now that the temperature has dipped (below 80 degrees) it’s time once again to drink red wines. I was sharing a red blend with a friend recently and she asked me why blends weren’t more popular. Read more

Bottle Rocket

I can’t blame Ballast Point’s Jack White and Yuseff Cherney for selling their brewery to Constellation Brands. One billion dollars goes a long way toward convincing anybody to do anything. Read more

The Beerdist

The food at Muelle 3 (Blvd. Teniente Azueta 187, Malecon, Ensenada) isn’t traditional Mexican mariscos or modern BajaMed. But it’s exactly what you want in a dockside restaurant at a working Baja Mexico fishing port. Read more

The World Fare