December 30, 2015 Issue

CZAR YOU KIDDING? In [ìBaby, it's cold outside,î Dec. 16] your quote is: "If San Diego's mayor isn't going to personally champion a movement to eradicate homelessness then a czar w Read more

Letters to the Editor

The year 2015 in San Diego theater—one to remember—challenged the mind, the senses and the heart. Here are the best of the best. Read more


If you didn't hear champagne corks popping last week when the San Diego City Council adopted a nationally recognized, aggressive Climate Action Plan, you weren't alone. Read more

Spin Cycle


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This last Editor's Letter of 2015 focuses on helping local public figures look ahead to inspire better endings with New Year's resolutions. Read more

From the Editor

Kwaaymii Point is an ideal spot to get away and clear your mind. At an elevation of 6,000 feet, it offers one of the most stunning, if not the most stunning views in San Diego. Read more


I've been thinking about the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the allegations that have surfaced in recent years about it glorifying date rape. The more I think about it, the more I disagree.&nb Read more

Sordid Tales

In 2015 I read exactly 91 books: 45 were authored by women, 45 by men, and one was a collaboration. While I covered a great many in the pages of The Floating Library, here's a look at a few of my fav Read more

The Floating Library

While most of the world has Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the mind (and rightfully so, it's fun), I've been thinking back to the various forces inhabiting my favorite films of 2015. Some are thril Read more



Photo courtesy of Aren Skalman

Singing Machines by Aren SkalmanPhoto courtesy of Aren Skalman If one of your New Year's resolutions is to see more art exhibitions (it should be), there are already plenty of shows you can add Read more

Seen Local

I've seen Hot Chip perform live, and they know how to get a dance party going. Members of the band will be DJing at this show, instead of playing their own songs, but something tells me a dance party's going to happen one way or another. Read more

If I Were U

By the time you've read this article, chances are you've already made your way through quite a few year-end lists. But we can't put 2015 to bed without offering our own personal picks for the best album of the year. Read more

Music Feature

Supporting local arts should always be part of our New Year's resolutions, but many people don't know where to start. We asked more than 60 curators, artists, gallery owners and local players: in 16 words or less, what can patrons do to bet... Read more


The year's just about over and I listened to a lot of albums, one of my absolute favorites of which is included on this week's feature page. But I also listened to a lot of great local releases, as well. Here are seven of my favorites. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

My two cents in our year-end, resolutions-themed issue is a roundup of seven shows that are absolute must-sees in the new year. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Every brewery between Highway 78 and the border is trying its hand at newly popular wild ales like farmhouse saisons and sours. Vista’s three-year-old Belching Beaver Brewery (980 Park Center Drive) appears to have struck gold in tapping fo... Read more

The Beerdist

While the impending New Year’s Eve holiday puts sparkling wines on shopping lists everywhere, for me they’re an anytime staple of my wine rack. Bubbly is palatable on its own, pairs well with a variety of foods (try it with potato chips) an... Read more

Bottle Rocket

Watching someone do live art at a gallery opening can be a fantastic glimpse into the artistic process. But as any artist will tell you, most pieces of art take many hours and are obsessed over endlessly. Sleep is lost and food is often an ... Read more

Short List Event Picks

Lobster: luxury ingredient or prison food? Not so long ago it was primarily used as fish bait, fertilizer or prison food. Nowadays, $9 per pound at an Asian market is quite a deal. Read more

The World Fare