January 27, 2016 Issue

Is it local media, which depicts the District 1 race for San Diego City Council as pivotal—a battle for one political party to hold a 5-4 majority? Or do you believe the two candidates are really “independent” and “nonpartisan?” One is a De... Read more



Photo by Chuck Kennedy / Wiki commons

First Lady Michelle Obama called veteran homelessness “an absolute outrage” last week in an address during the winter meetings of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Read more

From the Editor

I applaud your articles on homelessness and the effort being made to reduce the death rate here and elsewhere. But I want to interject one very sad reality. I was as close to homeless in 2008 that I ever came to and the night before we were... Read more

Letters to the Editor

Disgraced former mayor Bob Filner’s mug gets Joker makeup treatment on the cover of a forthcoming book about the sexual harassment buffoonery that got him booted from office. Read more

From the Editor

Cygnet Theatre is staging the San Diego premiere of Bovell’s 2010 play, directed in Old Town by Rob Lutfy and featuring a seven-person ensemble (all but one playing either dual roles or younger/ older versions of their characters) that has ... Read more


"Do your job." These three words summarize the fundamental theme running through The Finest Hours , a modestly old-fashioned disaster film about a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Cape Cod in 1951. Survival can only be achieved by... Read more


"What are we even waiting for?" a 20-something hipster asked his friends. He'd likely never seen a line this long for an art show, much less a line that curved around the block. I counted 60 or more people. Read more


Julia Holter readily admits she isn't a huge fan of touring. Perhaps she's only saying that because the L.A. singer/songwriter is currently enjoying the waning days of a six-week break between exten Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Pablo Mason

Ernesto Neto, Mother body emotional densities, for alive temple time baby son Photo by Pablo Mason In this semi-regular department, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new Read more

Seen Local

It's not often I get to say this, so soak it in: Go see some ska! Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up! Read more

If I Were U

Local artists are the focus of the next School of Rock show. On February 5 at The Irenic, students of the local music school will be performing selections from bands such as The Donkeys, Barbarian, Wild Wild Wets, Weatherbox, Hideout, Mrs. ... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Coachella is taking over the desert for two weekends in April, and if you missed the window to buy tickets they're long sold out now. But on the plus side, many artists playing the festival are also touching down in our fair city. Here's a ... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Seth Combs

You'd think Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs would be sick of each other by now. For more than nine months, the couple has been traveling in a small RV as the "Greetings Tour" and creating city-specific murals inspired by the "Greetings From..." ... Read more

Seen Local

Similar to the selections of vanilla nominees in virtually every other category at this year's Academy Awards, the sheared list of Best Animated and Live Action Shorts is a decidedly mixed bag. Read more


Giants Stadium, December 23, 1995: It was the last game of the season and the 5-10 Giants were eliminated from playoff contention while the 8-7 Chargers needed a win to advance. On the night before the game, there was a snowstorm, and the s... Read more

Sordid Tales

In Elizabeth Marro's tremendous debut novel Casualties, San Diego becomes a battleground fought by the men and women behind the scenes of America's military efforts in the Middle East. Ruth No Read more

The Floating Library

One of the things we love about the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center—aside from it being one of the most fun places for kids to cut loose while also participating in some hands-on learning—is that they always seem to debut new exhibitions in ... Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Baguette Brothers ventures into cross-cultural, Asian-fusion land with the “Gangnam Style” banh mi. The filling is basically Korean BBQ-style bulgogi ribeye beef with lightly caramelized onions, a bit of kimchi and a swipe of deeply umami a... Read more

The World Fare

When imagining a place that specializes in wines from the Pacific Time Zone you may think of California Chardonnay or Oregon Pinot Noir. While the aptly named Pacific Time (5277 Linda Vista Rd.) does Read more

Bottle Rocket