December 9, 2015 Issue

San Diego has traditionally added extra “inclement weather” shelter beds for the homeless during the winter. For decades that’s taken the shape of two massive temporary tents erected in Barrio Logan and Midway District. Read more

From the Editor

Ghostface Killah is the Wu-Tang Clan’s most prolific emcee. The Staten Island microphone killer (killah?) has released 14 studio albums since debuting with Ironman in 1996. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Jim Cox

There’s no need to recount the story. You’ve read it or seen it, onstage, on TV or on the big screen many times before. Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

While recently enjoying the view of shimmering, quilted cloud patterns rolling past lush Mission Valley hillsides as my trolley ride clattered toward downtown, my seatmate was visibly seething. Read more

Spin Cycle

Nice article by Ron Donoho on the homeless in San Diego [“Homeless stats get worse,” Dec. 2]. I volunteer at a couple of nonprofits that deal directly with the homeless: Uptown Community Service Center ( and Dreams for Change ... Read more

Letters to the Editor

Places of worship are also part of In Jackson Heights, which opens Friday, Dec. 11, at the Digital Gym in North Park, but usually double as meeting places for citizens of other faiths, sexual identities and political affiliations. Read more


This event was put together by a non-entity that goes by the name of Reclaiming the Community (RTC). Per the program notes, RTC is "a coalition of individuals, community leaders and organizations that embrace the historic, rich, and diverse... Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Like many buildings and warehouses in Barrio Logan, 1878 Main St., Unit D, is cavernous and awe-inspiring. The type of place you walk into and think to yourself, "Oh, the things I could do here." Read more

Seen Local

e live in a world where Eddie Redmayne has won an Academy Award. Let that sink in for a second. It's not fair, right? Well, Hollywood doesn't play fair. Given the choice between obnoxious method acting and subtlety they'll choose the former... Read more


The Bassics are getting ready to release their debut single on vinyl. The mod/garage rock group, which won Best New Artist at this year's San Diego Music Awards, are set to release the "Everyday Lif Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

This is a recurring feature in which we ask local musicians to name a song they never want to hear again. Erik Visnyak, Le Chateau: "The Space Between" by Dave Matthews Band. "Yes, we all hav Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

ick Lowe is a songwriting legend. He's had his share of new wave hits (and one song made famous by Elvis Costello), and he's bringing a special holiday-themed show complete with backing from surf-rock favorites Los Straitjackets. Read more

If I Were U

From beard oils and coloring books to naked pots and hipster frogs, we’d like to think our 2015 gift guide has something for everyone on your list. Read more


When I was in the Navy, I learned that if I were to get a sunburn so severe that it interfered with my ability to do my job, I could be prosecuted under the terms of the Uniform Code of Military Justice with "destruction of government prope... Read more

The Floating Library


Photo courtesy of The Old Globe

Local playwright and actor Mike Sears likes to tell people that When It Comes is based on events from his life. Then you read the synopsis of the play. Read more

Short List Event Picks

A week before my grandma's death, I talked to Sharon Ross, director of public relations & development for Lifesharing—a federally designated nonprofit committed to organ and tissue donation services in San Diego and Imperial Counties. "I'm... Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Beth Demmon

Lagers are to craft beer like jam bands are to rock and roll: enthusiastic but not hip, rarely good but weirdly mainstream and often ridiculed by industry elitists. Read more

Final Draught

Striders (100 Harbor Drive) is a hybrid eatery/gaming place unlike anything I've seen outside a casino. And most casino horse racing parlors aren't this posh. Read more

Urban Eats

If you build it, they will come . Build a business, build a restaurant, and if it is good enough the customers will show up. They'll find their way there. Read more

The World Fare