December 28, 2016 Issue


Photo by Beth Demmon

For some, 2018 was the year of glitter beers and Brut IPAs. For others, it was the year of death knells signaling the closure of around a dozen different breweries around San Diego. Read more

Final Draught

Back in 2016, we wrote, “2017 surely has to be better, right?” Then, in our 2017 New Year’s Eve Guide, we wrote,“2018 surely has to be better, right? Right?” Eh, OK, well, 2019… yeah, OK, whatever… bring it on. Read more

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Many writers offer Top 10, best-of lists around this time, but not me. I am in a bad place, fighting the urge to stay in bed under layers of heavy blankets with the curtains drawn so no sunlight gets in. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Once again Ms. Belfer goes off on a rant and rave in, "Things look grim, but there's always dishwashing" [Dec. 7]. Pull it together! Read more

Letters to the Editor


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I'm a 32-year-old guy, and I want a real relationship. I am good-looking and charming and can get girls into bed pretty early on, but I'm beginning to wonder whether that's hurting me. Read more



Photo by Duncan Moore

Let's just start calling it what it is: San Diego's skid row. It's a rather ugly and outdated name for an impoverished area of town where, more often than not, a city's most impoverished population lives. Read more

From the Editor 3 Comments


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

For all the words uttered in 2016 by San Diego's illustrious, self-centric, tippy-toeing political posse, there sure was little tangible action that was visible without the assistance of an electron microscope. Read more

Spin Cycle


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When reflecting on the best art shows and exhibitions I’d seen this year, I found that it wasn’t so much individual art shows that moved me (although there were many), but rather the forces and feelings behind those shows. Read more

Features 1 Comments

This year's best films remind us of our capacity for curiosity, critical thinking, diversity, wonder, empathy, and compassion. Read more


Every year around this time, this page is filled with selections of CityBeat writers’ favorite music of the past year. This time around, however, I decided to claim the full page for myself. Read more

Music Feature


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For the last week of the year, I like to take the time to revisit some of the local releases that impressed me or left an impact on me in some way. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Kaytranada won this year's Polaris Prize, which honors the best album by a Canadian artist. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Daren Scott

The past year brought both fresh revivals of classics and bold new works to San Diego stages. Here is the best in local theater in 2016. Read more



Photo by Deborah Palter

For ten years, the SoundON Festival of Modern Music has been a go-to event for music lovers looking for something a little more experimental and edgy. Read more

Short List Event Picks

The Throwback Special, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is about a group of men who assemble each winter at a budget hotel to recreate a play that occurred in an NFL game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. Read more

The Floating Library


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Recently, the San Diego Union-Tribune published an opinion piece that originally ran in The Washington Post titled “How to make feminism great again.” Read more

There She Goz 1 Comments


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DECEMBER 7, 2017: I retrieve the newspaper from the front stoop and can't believe my eyes. The headline says, "WAR IS OVER!" Read more

Sordid Tales 1 Comments


Photo by Andrew Dyer

This was not that great a year for craft beer, although the numbers say otherwise. The Brewers Association reports more than 5,000 breweries now operating in the U.S. and more than 700 in California. Read more

The Beerdist 1 Comments


Photo by Jen Van Tieghem

Tis the season for resolutions and sparkling wine; and while I'm avoiding that first one, I'm all but surviving on the second as this vexing year comes to a close. Read more

Bottle Rocket


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

When I heard that Facing East Noodle & Bar (4647 Convoy St.) was doing black truffle and foie gras versions of xiao long bao, I was excited and dubious in equal parts. Read more

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