November 18, 2015 Issue

What a devilish contest. The annual Fiction 101 Challenge asks entrants to paint a scene or tell a story using no more than 101 words (title not included). Read more


In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews notable new art shows or exhibitions. There are plenty of stories out there about local installation artist Robert Irwin. One of Read more

Seen Local

Alex Capella performs and records under the name Bakkuda. She also stands apart from much of the music that characterizes San Diego. In a scene heavy on guitar-based indie rock, Capella is a performer who specializes in an ethereal, albeit ... Read more

Music Feature

I remember first hearing The Bird and The Bee after several glasses of champagne on a New Year's Eve. Read more

If I Were U

If you search for albums tagged "San Diego" on Bandcamp, you'll find some interesting stuff. In this semi-regular report, we sift through recent postings and relay the findings. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Members of The Locust and Retox have started a new band with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. The band is called Dead Cross, and their first show is lined up for Tuesday, Dec. 1. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Greg Gorman

John WatersPhoto by Greg Gorman WATERS RUNS DEEPJohn Waters loves to take the piss out of things. Even himself. When asked about a popular meme that features a picture and quote from the Read more

Short List Event Picks

Also, I know they're not actually hoverboards, but more like Segways with the handles removed. (None of this is helping my call for rebellion, is it?) Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

While wandering through the Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery in Vista, one could easily imagine being someplace besides Vista. Hawaii, for instance. Or, some other lush tropical paradise where you might exp Read more


Just one day after San Diego City Councilmembers donned their selective-thinking caps and voted 7 to 2 in favor of jacking up water rates for residents, a headline in The San Diego Union-Tribune told the part of the story our electeds aren'... Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo by Beth Demmon

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. For starters, I'm pretty thankful my liver hasn't given out on me yet—a very real occupational hazard in my line of work. Read more

Final Draught

There are plenty of good restaurants and there are a smaller number of great restaurants, but only a few manage to combine exceptional food with a sprinkling of something magical. Casa del Q'ero (815 Birmingham Drive) in Cardiff is one of t... Read more

The North Fork

It's tough to lose a legend. Lubach's and its mock turtle soup is gone. So is Piret's, its pâtés and t ourte au chou . Star of the Sea Room closed years ago and Anthony's is following suit. Hillcrest's Pernicano's: gone. Soon, we'll say goo... Read more

The World Fare

"Beliz! Beliz!" They love Beliz Iristay at the Rancho el Faro Orphanage in Baja California. She's in the cafeteria being bombarded from all directions. Read more


The death toll in Paris kept rising on Friday. There was a momentary sadness and a grim reality in the air that day inside The Lafayette Hotel. Read more

From the Editor

Back around the turn of the century, flying to space was a rare human privilege, a dream come true, the stuff of movies (look it up) and an almost impossible ambition for children the world around. Read more


Some cans are a lot heavier than others,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said back in September when he joined a city waste pickup crew for an early-morning photo op. Read more

Spin Cycle

When it came time to start writing songs for their third album, the members of Seattle-based punk/metal band Black Breath ran into some trouble: their own ambition and artistic restlessness. Read more

Music Feature

Time travel propels Moxie Theatre’s production of Madeleine George’s The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence . Read more