August 17, 2016 Issue

I dress like a tomboy: jeans, T-shirts, hoodies, and work boots. My boyfriend of a year wants me to wear skirts and dresses more often. Nothing trashy. Just not my usual tomboy wear. This weekend, I wore a sundress to brunch. It made him so... Read more


Of the hundreds of submissions we received this year, here are a few that we all agreed had something magical going on. Read more



Photo by Pat Edwards

The national press in recent weeks has heaped praise on a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, started by its Republican mayor a year ago, that gives homeless panhandlers day jobs to help beautify the city. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Chris Lee

As Digable Planets get ready for the next leg of their tour, however, Doodlebug says they’re also planning on doing something they haven’t done for a long time: Make new music. Read more

Music Feature


Homeless Lil Bill collects his thoughts.

Our homeless community is unquestionably the most vulnerable in the linked chain of human existence. And that’s a primary motivating force behind San Diego Homeless Awareness Day (Aug. 17). Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Jim Cox

Two married couples get together, with booze, and the outrageous happens. No, this isn’t Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? Read more


There's an unwritten rule about music that if an album exists, it will eventually be reissued. Too many albums to mention in the past 50 years or more have been reissued, reissued and repackaged, to paraphrase a famous song by The Smiths. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Guided by Voices aren't as famous as The Who or The Cars, but they've got just as many classic songs. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Stephen Wahl

The concept of something being "generational" is very important to Curtis Micklish. The owner of the namesake design and wood home-wares studio says he was taught to create things that would stand the test of time both stylistically and in ... Read more

Seen Local

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Amplified Ale Works have teamed up on a collaborative beer. The Amplified Soundcheck Sure Fire Rye IPA is now available for limited release on tap at its Miramar and Pacific Beach tap rooms. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Before his recent death on July 4, filmmaker, photographer and poet Abbas Kiarostami spent nearly five decades experimenting with the cinematic form. Read more



Photo by Dave Maass

I'd written a cover story for CityBeat on Nguyen's saga ["Tuan's Paradoxes," April 27, 2011]. He'd been a fixture in downtown San Diego; his giant signs railing against the CIA, which he equated to Satan, were taped all over his minivan, an... Read more



Photo by Duncan Moore

There are tents constructed by our homeless neighbors going up everywhere in downtown San Diego. Residents, business owners, police officers and elected officials are all frustrated and pulled in different directions trying to "solve" the ... Read more


Like all women, I've adapted for survival. For me, that means I pushed on and organized these experiences in such a way as to not feel it all on the surface. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo courtesy of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Jason Latimer isn't your average illusionist. Sure, the guy's a consummate showman, but not in that Gob from Arrested Development kinda way. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Where Sab-E-Lee is more of an all-around Thai restaurant, Thai Papaya is focused on the regional foods of Northern and Northeastern Thailand. Read more

The World Fare