August 10, 2016 Issue


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

We, in San Diego, are blessed with a wealth of ethnic options, many of the best of which fly under the radar. There is, of course, a part of me that really wants to keep them to myself, but such is public service. Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Jim Carmody

You need not comprehend high finance or know what buying and selling “junk” is to be pretty much blown away by La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Junk: The Golden Age of Debt. Read more



Photo by Otis Caldwell

For as much press has been given to a supposed resurgence of vinyl, the increase in demand (and by extension, supply) has only added to the hurdles that record stores face. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Day Donaldson/Flickr

Last month, San Diego became the 150th city in the state to ban single-use plastic bags. Passage of a bag ban by the city council was viewed as a long overdue achievement; Solana Beach was the first in the county to pick up the trend back i... Read more


My love of The B-52s is one that isn't shared by too many of my friends, but frankly, it doesn't temper my enthusiasm. Read more

If I Were U


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Gauging by coverage from local mainstream media, it appeared that local law enforcement last week ripped back the curtain of uncertainty by vowing to make public the footage from body cameras captured during officer-involved shootings. Read more

Spin Cycle


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Shaking your head while listening to a Donald Trump campaign speech is the new national pastime. And after the Republican presidential candidate's verbal meltdown over the past two weeks, jumping off the GOP bandwagon has become the latest ... Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Michael Gardiner

Carrot aguachile of callo de hacha, ahi and smoked trout roePhoto by Michael Gardiner My parents always suspected it might come to this. It just didn't happen the way they thought. I mean, I've Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Ryan Bradford

No doubt, Luigi's Pizza (1137 25th St.) is the best in San Diego. Its thin crust is conducive to rolling like a taco—a mark of a great slice. Read more

Food Issue


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Food Issue


Photo courtesy of Davanti Enoteca

I'd start with my favorite bar drink from recent years of tippling—the off-menu Bee's Knees at Bankers Hill Bar kknd Restaurant (2202 Fourth Ave.) Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Kim Marcelo

I'm gonna die anyway so yeah, I'm gonna eat a whole pizza. Regional pie places such as Luigi's (New York-style) and Lucky's (Chicago-style) deservedly get a lot of love, but Napoleone's Pizza House (619 National Ave.) in National City has ... Read more

Food Issue

Stay Strange is returning. The experimental concert series, curated by Stay Strange founder Sam Lopez, has lined up events in August and October. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

At first glance, John Meeks' name might remind listeners with a background in '60s psychedelia of another name: Joe Meek, space-age pop artist and producer behind The Tornados' surf-rock hit, "Telstar." Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

During many improv performances, the comedians in Don't Think Twice feed off each other's words, facial expressions and tone. Read more


Hell or High Water begins with an impressive long take depicting the tense moments before Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) rob the first of multiple West Texas banks. Read more


There's a reason that when shilling for Weight Watchers on television Oprah feels the need declare, in big, bold Oprah fashion, "I love bread! You can eat bread!" As if admitting that you enj Read more

There She Goz


Photo by Sebastian Montes

Consider the hemp store owner who was told she had weeks to live after suffering massive liver failure. Or the cannabis chef plunged into a miasma of pain-killing narcotics after his car careened off an I-805 overpass. Read more

News & Opinion

When Walt Whitman famously wrote, "I contain multitudes" in Song of Myself , he was speaking metaphorically. But Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon's everyman, truly did contain a multitude of personas, and you don't have to go all the way to Portugal... Read more

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