January 20, 2016 Issue


Photo by Michael McConnell

At the beginning of 2017, Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared homelessness his “number one social service priority” at the annual State of the City address. A year later, however, the homeless situation is worse than ever. Read more

Opinion 1 Comments

The opening track on Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, the third album by All Them Witches, could sound like it was a carefully planned product of focused writing and collaboration. Read more

Music Feature

Jason Maddy and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper are capable in Holmes’ and Watson’s shoes, though they are saddled with all the usual Sherlockian tropes. Richard Baird is a terse, occasionally wry Earp, but a historical figure as large as life as... Read more


Ranging in age from 37 to 47, the Fab Five aren’t what you would expect of bidders for a button-down nonpartisan job—the top legal adviser in City Hall and prosecutor of misdemeanors. And note: A sex-harassment case is spicing things up in ... Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Spin Cycle


Photo by Ron Donoho

Inside a near-packed Balboa Theatre last week, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer aimed a hearty 750 words at homelessness during his annual State of the City address. Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Charlie Homo

Former SOR student getting the most out of his final examPhoto by Charlie Homo It's the music-loving parents' dream—your children decide they prefer the piano to PlayStation and Fenders to F Read more

Special Issues

Parenting skills are by no means exempt from the app pool overflowing from the iTunes database. Read more

Special Issues

War is hell. The innocent always suffer. Good people can't solve bad situations. Heavy-handed clichés are part and parcel to Fernando León de Aranoa's A Perfect Day , even when they are masked by the film's satirical leanings. Read more


The Treasure walks the razor's edge between tones, but never veers into the realm of dark comedy. Porumboiu values the playfulness of words over the visceral, the political and social subtext of contradictory statements and scenarios. Read more



Photo by Seth Combs

Graphic designer Andrew Gallagher wasn't inspired to create Yes, We're Open Minded—his own brand of custom business signs—because he saw a feel-good, fluffy story. Instead he found a way to channel his energy into a cause he cared deeply ab... Read more

Seen Local

In this semi-regular department, arts editor Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition. Go down an alley in Barrio Logan and you might encounter any number of adventures: a bark Read more

Seen Local

Back in December, clothing chain Old Navy found itself in hot water after releasing a toddler-sized line of shirts that read "Young Aspiring Artist." Read more

Special Issues

It is a borderline bitter irony of the life of a chef that they feed anyone and everyone every night except their loved ones. It's a part of the profession's dark side that isn't depicted on the Fo Read more

Special Issues

It's the night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ' premier, and I don't see how this night can end well for me. I'm going to fuck up, and the nerds are going to have a field day. I'll get my droids wrong, and they'll crucify me. I'll accident... Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

I'm at a cocktail party, having a conversation with a stranger who has taken a polite interest in my child. She is asking the typical questions: Where does your daughter attend school? Does she play sports? Does she play an instrument? Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Chuck Ragan is best known as the frontman for punk band Hot Water Music, but lately he's been playing an earthier, earnest rock 'n' roll sound reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen. Read more

If I Were U

Matthew Binder, former member of Hotel St. George, has announced the upcoming release of his debut novel. The book is titled High in the Streets, and it's being released on April 29 via Roundfire Boo Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

If you search for albums tagged "San Diego" on Bandcamp, you'll find some interesting stuff. In this semi-regular report, we sift through recent postings and relay the findings. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio