September 23, 2015 Issue

Michael Benjamin Washington wrote and stars (as Rustin) in that story: La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, directed by Lucie Tiberghien. Read more


Across 1. Old boy king 4. Scratch 9. Utter nonsense 14. Dallas-to-Lubbock dir. 15. Caper in a screwball comedy <p... Read more


California's presidential primaries are blatantly unconstitutional—and neither party is going to do anything about it. Read more

News & Opinion

We received word a couple weeks ago that six of San Diego CityBeat's newspaper boxes in the Gaslamp Quarter were missing. This was perplexing. Read more

From the Editor

They look like long golf carts plastered with ads. Open to the city air, these electric vehicles carry as many as five passengers and go anywhere within downtown. Need to get from Little Italy to the Gaslamp Quarter? Text and a driver will ... Read more


What is being overlooked in all this discussion of the convention center [“Contiguously speaking,” Sept. 16] is the lack of fiscally sound management oversight, which has been missing since executive management... Read more

Letters to the Editor

Jello has an interesting way of lodging itself all the way up and into your butt crack. Getting it all the way out is not only difficult, it also allows you to reacquaint yourself with your own body. Read more

There She Goz

Whether you love her or hate her, it's hard to ignore Peaches. The Canadian singer and performance artist has engaged and polarized audiences for two decades with musical takes on recurring themes of gender, sexuality, politics and cultural... Read more

Music Feature

Titus Andronicus' new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy , is 90-plus minutes of conceptual punk that's highbrow, yet unbelievably catchy. Read more

If I Were U

It was the type of wipeout that retires a lot of surfers. Derek Dunfee is an experienced big-wave surfer (waves 20 feet or higher); if he wasn't, the wipeout could have been deadly. Read more

Seen Local


“Hunger for Sound” by Becky Guttin

In this semi-regular column, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new art shows or artists are worth checking out. Read more

Seen Local

Systems Officer has returned. The project, started by Zach Smith more than a decade ago, has been on hold while Smith was touring and performing with Pinback. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

As oversaturated and under-inspired as guitar-driven garage rock can be, particularly in an age when everybody's little brother has a cassette out on Burger Records, it's encouraging to know people are still inspired by loud, raucous rock ‘... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Discomfort in an Alex Ross Perry film differs from your usual onscreen suffering in that it feels organically connected to characters' insecurity. Read more


Humanity is struggling to breathe in Denis Villeneuve's Sicario , a brutal border thriller where violence and corruption are the languages of choice. Read more


Wikipedia can be a dubious source. With local writer Igor Goldkind, it's easy to be suspicious of the myriad accomplishments listed. But after reading his Wiki page, it's hard to believe you haven't heard of him before. Read more


Even those entrenched in the local arts scene are sometimes surprised to learn San Diego has some internationally respected modern dance companies. Read more

Short List Event Picks

"Dear future husband / Here's a few things you'll need to know," sings Meghan Trainor at the outset of her hit song, "Dear Future Husband," which—when I first heard that line—made me think, Oh boy I bet this is going to be wack. Read more

Sordid Tales

You can't utter the word "crazy" enough at the new bar/eatery that recently replaced downtown's Quality Social. The new Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge (789 Sixth Ave.) makes sure the crazy label is Read more

Urban Eats

The Santa Margarita River cuts through the preserve on its way from its Temecula source to the Pacific Ocean, and is home to a number of species of fish, including rainbow trout and striped mullet. Read more