April 20, 2016 Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Opening a licensed dispensary in San Diego is a lengthy, complex process for everyone, including 41-year-old Ebon Johnson, the owner of Miramar’s Mankind Cooperative. Read more


Way Downriver could have been ponderous and biblically symbolic, in the way that so many scholars view Faulkner’s original story. Read more


When it comes to art-heady, psychedelic art, we like to think there's something for everyone. Whether you're a pale metalhead or a tanned surfer, a comic book geek or a steampunk burner, the artists below will speak to your proverbial spiri... Read more


Last month, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s re-election campaign guru took to the digital airwaves to proclaim the importance of incumbents defending their record against challengers in public debates. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Sebastian Montes

Celebration, solidarity and, yes, the chance to partake copiously, brought nearly 800 medical marijuana patients to the second iteration of Local Sesh, the newest effort to convene San Diego's cannabis community. Read more

News & Opinion

Characters in Karyn Kusama's The Invitation often confuse mercy with mercilessness. Killing a wounded animal may be acceptable, but finishing off a wounded madman that's made your life a living hell? Read more


In the trippy opening sequence of A Hologram for the King , Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) wakes up after having a surreal Talking Heads-infused dream about failure. Read more


Older, maybe, but Black Mountain hasn't softened a bit. Playing music in your 12th year as a band versus your second, however, requires thinking differently about your approach. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Thomas Demello

Bread & Salt is huge. Due to its size, one could easily miss the bustle going on inside the former Cramer's Bakery factory in Logan Heights (1955 Julian Ave.). Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Jolee Pink/

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

Seen Local

Swami Records is releasing a new compilation that brings together 22 local bands, with proceeds benefiting a San Diego school. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

It only makes sense to augment this week's Notes from the Smoking Patio—pun very much intended—with a playlist of weedian San Diego jams. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

I've seen Deafheaven play the last three times they've made their way to San Diego, and each time has been incredible. Read more

If I Were U

Full disclosure: I'm not much of a pot smoker. I don't even know if using the term "pot smoker" is so abominably lame that I just outed myself as the most embarrassing nana that ever lived. Read more

There She Goz


Photo courtesy of the Chicano Park Steering Committee

The free annual celebration up and down National and Logan Avenues, now in its 46th year, features a family-friendly festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that includes traditional dance and musical performances from more than a dozen groups. Read more

Short List Event Picks

So hey—for this special April 20 issue of CityBeat —can we agree on one thing? That all this 420 infatuation is kind of dopey. Read more

Sordid Tales

In our electronics-inspired ADD world, it's become increasingly tough for me to finish a book; I get distracted by a screen and it goes by the wayside after 150 (or 15) pages. But I tore through Disrupted in a day. Read more

All Things Tech

Some might argue San Diego’s a great taco town. After all, we’re on the border. Others believe most of our Mexican food is Californicated; at least taco-wise we’re on the wrong side of that border. Then there’s Tacos Perla (3000 Upas St.) i... Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Jen Van Tiegham

Damon Goldstein likes a challenge. The co-founder of Truly Fine Wine (4060 Morena Blvd.) wooed a woman who was half a world away—now his wife, Sabrina Bochen—for more than two years Read more

Bottle Rocket