December 23, 2015 Issue

HIDDEN HOMELESS Regarding "A homeless shelter shell game' from the Dec. 9 issue, we do have less than half the shelter beds of any of the past five years, 250 beds instead of 350 kknd Read more

Letters to the Editor

Asking Santa Claus for gifts and presents for Christmas is a time-honored, commercial tradition. As one presidential candidate would note, "It's huge!" Around the holidays, however, the U.S. Postal Service gets overwhelmed and sometimes San... Read more


Funny, sometimes inert, but always heartfelt, Joy , which opens Friday, Dec. 25, balances tones without tumbling into sentimental waters Read more


Time and again, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight contemplates the definition of surrender and the humiliation of defeat. Read more


Christmas Eve in 1864 is the setting for Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas , onstage at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights through Jan. 3. Read more


There generally aren't that many live shows happening on Christmas Eve, but you can always count on this Casbah tradition, in which local musicians play covers of Rolling Stones songs. It's a rockin' good time, and it's only $5. Read more

If I Were U

I was reacquainted with the agony and the ecstasy of print publishing when I became editor of San Diego CityBeat nearly nine months ago. Now as my first calendar year here winds up Read more

From the Editor

President Eisenhower came and went too soon. His 1950s campaign slogan would have been perfect for Facebook: "I Like Ike." Read more


The premise is simple. As you read the following contorted Christmas carols, hum the originals. Do it internally, or belt it out loud. Sing these to your fellow transit travelers or regale your lunch Read more

Spin Cycle

Luna play the type of dreamy, albeit catchy songs that music snobs pride themselves on having discovered before anyone else did. So it's a wonder that the New York indie-rockers—more than two decad Read more

Music Feature

Oakland-based band Disappearing People is making a move down to San Diego. The duo, which formed in 2011, shares members with another band, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, which is based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

More than five years ago, Debee Ruiz was working as a freelance graphic designer but was having a hard time finding work. She'd always had a longing to make tangible things with her hands and had a passion for crafting activities such as sc... Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Zealot Incognito / @zealotincognito

Inside his Mira Mesa studio, Herschel Arcelao, who goes by the name Ethos One, is quick to point out he isnít quite sure heís an artist. Read more

Seen Local

The year's just about over, and even if there's about a week left, it's not like there's much happening before the ball drops. Now seems like the perfect time to survey San Diego's new release landscape in 2016. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

One of the fundamental aspects of a healthy mentality is the ability to let things go. I'm sure most therapists will tell you that dwelling on past misgivings will only lead to a downward spiral of further shame, anxiety and despair. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

In a way, the holiday spirit has always been behind Exile on Kettner Blvd., The Casbah's (2501 Kettner Blvd.) yearly holiday show featuring a host of notable local musicians covering Rolling Stones songs. Read more

Short List Event Picks

On the morning after I stayed at my then-boyfriend-now-husband's house for the first time, he made me breakfast. Dexter Gordon's "I'm a Fool to Want You" was playing. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

When I need a ride-share service, I've been loath to use Uber since November of last year, when one of its senior executives arrogantly told a few journalists the company was considering hiring opposition researches to dig up dirt on its me... Read more

All Things Tech

In my house, one of our annual Christmas traditions is watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. And as I'm writing this, Clark Griswold is looking out the window, fantasizing about the swimmi Read more

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