April 13, 2016 Issue


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San Diegans became incensed all over again when Esteban Nuñez was released this week after spending less than six years in prison for participating in the stabbing death of Mesa College student Luis Santos. Read more

From the Editor

San Diego native Lalo Alcaraz has always had a tendency to cross the line. Early on he drew political cartoons at The Daily Aztec. His recent foray into animation is as a cowriter on the Fox animated series, Bordertown, about a border patro... Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

As Spin Cycle types away Tuesday morning, activist attorney and Citizens Plan author Cory Briggs is holding court with reporters to detail the latest municipal slam into an immovable object, which he has attributed to a “vacuum of political... Read more

Spin Cycle

The first-ever cover image showcasing the contents of a Well, That Was Awkward column was taken by Jessica Bradford (pictured), wife of CityBeat columnist and web editor Ryan Bradford. Read more


The Gloomies started off 2016 with the kind of momentum that most young bands would envy. Their debut single "LSD" received high praise from British music magazine NME, thus winning over inter Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Spooky Cigarette is about to release their debut EP. The band, fronted by Frank Mindingall (also of Trips), is releasing As Loud As I Can in May, with a release show scheduled for May 19 at Soda Bar. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

ay Electronica's "Exhibit C" is, without question, one of the best rap tracks of the last decade. Now, since then he's been less than prolific, and to date he hasn't released a proper album but that doesn't mean he won't serve up some top n... Read more

If I Were U

Now San Diego audiences have the chance to see Farhadi's impressive 2006 drama Fireworks Wednesday . A multi-character potboiler set primarily in a buzzing Tehran apartment complex, it foreshadows many of the striking themes that he would l... Read more


Jazz is a dirty word in the rule-breaking head-trip Miles Ahead. Early on, wacked out music legend Miles Davis (Don Cheadle), currently mired in a drug-induced multi-year retirement, chastises a smarm Read more


The more famous Bombino becomes, the more sharply that fame contrasts the modest personality of Nigerien guitarist Omara Moctar. But that's working within the premise that Moctar and Bombino are one Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Shaun Hagen

With its infectious music and heapin' helpin' of comedy, Big River is a broader, somewhat sunnier take on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn penned by the great Mark Twain. Read more


One could easily get the impression that Sonia Weksler never intended to follow in her father's footsteps. The self-described "eco-thug" was raised in Texas by her mother and would visit her father during her summer vacations, spending much... Read more

Seen Local

It's important to remember that the seven-acre Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, which includes the country's largest collection of outdoor murals, could have been a parking lot. Read more

Seen Local

Photo by sea turtle/Flickr I'm a woman in my 20s, and female friends and I find that, generally speaking, once a guy gets into a relationship, his texting dwindles into brief news bites, like " Read more


"There's a sucker born every minute." It's a quote that seeps into my thoughts during the opening night performance of The Acro-Cats at Diversionary Theater in University Heights. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

SPIN ROOMSCityBeat has always been a champion of local businesses, especially record stores. And while sales of vinyl records were up 30 percent in 2015, according to a recent Forbes article, a number Read more

Short List Event Picks

Photo by Malingering/Flickr I'm a sports fan. Football. Soccer. Basketball (college and pro). Tennistennistennis of any kind. But there are few things I like less than baseball. It seems complet Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo courtesy of Awesome Hot Sauce

Awesome Hot Sauce owners Rebecca and Daniel UrbaetisPhoto courtesy of Awesome Hot Sauce Considering how popular hot sauce is in San Diego, it's amazing that the city hasn't developed a signatu Read more

Dishing It Out