February 24, 2016 Issue

She’s pushing to allow state 16- and 17-year-olds to vote—but only in selected local races. The idea isn’t exactly new, but it is part of an active and ongoing campaign by Gonzalez to lower voting barriers and encourage more people to get t... Read more

From the Editor

Redoubtable performances by Robert Smyth and Deborah Gilmour Smyth, and the keen, inspired direction of Christy Yael-Cox make Intrepid Theatre Company’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? the first truly must-see show of the year... Read more


The art of video is alive and well. The culture of social media and online interactivity has already moved well beyond the still image and into the instantly shared, often live-streamed video. Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Spin Cycle recently sought refuge from the political chicanery of our time by soaking in the regular humanity that converges daily in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama. Read more

Spin Cycle

A story is circulating that Ricardo Flores, chief of staff to retiring City Councilmember Marti Emerald and the hand-picked successor in District 9, is the payoff in a deal with Latino leaders that had Emerald serving just one term in this ... Read more


Isao Takahata only provides a few shots of modern Tokyo in his 1991 animated film Only Yesterday , now being re-released in a restored version by GKIDS. Read more


Local soul diva Andra Day has become something of an R&B sensation, earning herself a Grammy nomination this year. Read more

If I Were U

Mrs. Magician is finally releasing their second album. On May 20, the band will release Bermuda, their follow-up to 2012's Strange Heaven , via Swami Records. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place is a fully fleshed out band rather than simply a clever name for a solo project, and sounds bigger and beefier than anything Crow's done in years. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Pragmatism and survival go hand in hand for Tobias Lindholm, the Danish director of R , A Hijacking and A War . Read more


Julien Baker, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Memphis whose debut solo album Sprained Ankle , released last year by 6131 Records, is as deeply engaging as it is devastatingly sad. Read more

Music Feature

The Parallel art event held in the Community@ Mi Apartamento apartment complex in Barrio Logan was the subject of an arts-and-culture editorial ["Down in the Barrio"] published last month in CityBeat . Read more

Seen Local

So where do you come down on Apple giving away the keys to its kingdom (and your smartphone) to the FBI, in order crack a terrorist's iPhone? Read more

All Things Tech

Have you heard about the movie Free the Nipple and the activist organization of the same name? Free the Nipple is a docudrama about a group of feminists striving for topfreedom—the righ Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo by Elazar C. Harel

Even for the most ardent supporter of the arts, attending modern dance performances are the cultural equivalent of flossing your teeth; something that we should really do more often, but just can't seem to find the time. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Michael A. Gardiner

Havana was known for its casinos (before Fidel Castro and before the Miami exodus). Perhaps there’s a whiff of this at Embargo Grill (3960 West Point Loma Blvd.). The décor says Cuba. The menu says Miami. The execution is a roll of the dice... Read more

The World Fare

Small-production wines from France’s Loire Valley may be crafted half a world away, but entrepreneur Luc Bonhomme makes them accessible stateside. Read more

Bottle Rocket


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Rudy Pollorena Jr. is a recognizable figure on the beer-festival circuit. The bearded, bespectacled artist and designer is the entrepreneur behind Craft Beerd (no relation to the Beerdist column). Read more

The Beerdist