August 31, 2016 Issue


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

When it comes to big-ticket-item decision-making, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer rewrote the book on indecisiveness, decorating the practice with glittery baubles of alleged earnestness, attention to detail and midnight-oil-burning analys... Read more

Spin Cycle

Can you hear it? That's the sound of studio marketing machines revving up for the annual awards cycle. Around this time art house and multiplexes alike get log jammed with "serious" content. Read more


Alice Winocour's Disorder , a muscular and efficient thriller that sidesteps psychology for stylish impulse, clings to Vincent's perspective like a wet t-shirt. Read more



Photo by Andrew Norbeck

Hector Villegas is the first to admit that a school setting is a little foreign to him. We're in a downstairs classroom at King-Chávez Preparatory Academy in Grant Hill, just down the street from Barrio Logan, where Villegas' grew up and st... Read more


In Transitory , Tobias Carroll's stellar debut collection of stories from Civil Coping Mechanisms, art is the dark star around which its satellites of broken artists orbit. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo courtesy of Moonlight Stage Productions

Like James Cameron's Titanic movie, Peter Stone and Maury Yeston's Titanic the Musical relies on artificial drama—until the legendarily doomed ship hits that iceberg (the real star of the show). Read more



Photo by Torrey Bailey

There are two propositions regarding the death penalty on the November ballot. Proposition 62 would repeal capital punishment (retroactively, as well), and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read more


The Flamin' Groovies became cult power-pop legends in the 1970s, thanks to some pitch-perfect guitar jams like "Shake Some Action." Read more

If I Were U

The Midnight Pine is releasing a new album this fall. The self-titled album, which follows 2014's Buried , will officially be released through digital outlets on Oct. 7. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Adrià Serarols Llorens

Music Feature


Image via ESPN TV Show / cc by

Let's see, what exactly did Colin Kaepernick do to draw monumental scorn from maddened hordes with molten lava spewing from their ears? Read more

From the Editor

Over the course of three decades, Rosenthal has channeled this inspiration into masterfully assembled stone, glass and metal (but mostly stone) sculptures that range in size and scope. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

The exhibition at Madison Gallery, cleverly titled Light as Poetry , showcases many works that were once site-specific, including the haunting "All Palaces" and "Sentinels." Read more

Seen Local


Image courtesy of the artist

Even in the age of Instagram and ubiquitous sunset photos, great nature photography is still something to behold. Read more

Short List Event Picks

That photo of me up there on this page is a lie. Not the unintended smirk—that part is just my face and short of reconstructive surgery or shock therapy, there is nothing to be done about that. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

According to the description, Undie Bike Ride promotes a stronger bike community and positive self-body image, but scrolling through the pics of past rides, it looks like the only people who attend are hard-bodied people who don't have the ... Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo courtesy of Sahara Express

If you're one of those people who shudders at the thought of driving farther east than San Diego State University, you're probably missing out on one of San Diego's most tasty food trends. Read more

Dishing It Out


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Boiling Passion offers 10 internationally themed options: Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese and a few with less distinctly national flavors (satay, curry, milk and seafood). Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Rudy Lopez

Is it really so shocking to be told that minors are prohibited after a certain hour when you visit a pub/brewery? Apparently so. Read more

Final Draught