July 27, 2016 Issue


Photo by Ron Donoho

One aspect of the move that was brought to my attention was neither earthshaking nor insignificant—but the apparent dropping of Neil Good’s name from the title of the day center was somewhat puzzling. (Keep reading for the surprise ending t... Read more

From the Editor

The '90s were hard. I lost my religion, my virginity and my eyebrows. Read more


It was 2014, and my hairdresser’s scissors flitted about my head like steel fairy wings. Other hairdressers passed her, commenting how “brave” I was—I was having five inches of hair snipped off. Read more

At the Intersection


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

In California, vote swapping is a serious crime, punishable under the state Penal Code by a prison term of two to four years and fines of $2,000 to $10,000. Read more

Spin Cycle

And there’s nothing in the Citizens’ Plan that requires building a new football stadium downtown in conjunction with a convention center expansion. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Seth Combs

Erik Gronborg has been ahead of his time in many ways over the years. Visiting him at his immaculate home in Solana Beach, one could easily see him as an understated and underrated purveyor of the craft and DIY art movement that all the hip... Read more

Seen Local

Sledding With Tigers is moving to Los Angeles. Dan Faughnder, the singer/songwriter behind the folk/punk collective, cites both personal and professional reasons for the relocation. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Kneehighs' new album, We Put the Fun in Dysfunction, opens as many hip-hop records do, with an introductory skit. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Screening as part of the Ken Cinema Midnight Madness Series at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, The Fifth Element stands out from the current crop of modern Sci-fi extravaganzas. Read more


There are no superpowers in Phantom Boy , only out-of-body experiences. Leo (Gaspard Gagnol) has them regularly, secretly exiting his physical self to help others in need as an invisible entity with keen detective skills. Read more


I just want to put this out there—this may be the Plan A for the year. At least, the month. Savages are one of the best live bands going right now, and their dynamic post-punk sound will have you floored. Read more

If I Were U

Too bad there's not a better way to say "wise beyond her years." Lucy Dacus deserves more. But it almost seems impossible to imagine anyone coming to a different conclusion after listening to the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's stunning deb... Read more

Music Feature

STP returns after a long hiatus. We have a good excuse though. The studio in which we record the show, Berkley Sound, flooded out during the big El Niño storm we had over the winter. Tune in to hear Read more


The Mandela Effect is a term created in 2010, recently enough that it's not ingrained in the language and fascinating to explore because its sudden Snopes appearance shows there is a battle waging to define what it even really means. Read more

All Things Tech

With stronger-than-ever backing for recreational marijuana usage, Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use Marijuana Act, is expected to pass with relative ease. Read more

News & Opinion


Photo by Disney Television Group/Flickr

You have probably heard that parts of the speech delivered last week by Donald Trump's wife, Melania, at the 2016 Republican National Convention were plagiarized from a 2008 Michelle Obama DNC speech. Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo courtesy of HarperCollins

Short List Event Picks


Photo illustration by Andrew Dyer

Pokestops are where players load up on gear and gyms are where the characters do battle. But not all breweries have their Pokemon game on point. I went to find the ones that do. Read more

The Beerdist


Photo by Lyudmila Zotova

In a city with so many sunny days, the weather practically pre-ordains that morning or afternoon brunching is part of your weekend daily grind. Though a break from the oppressive heat (speaking with San Diego bias and perspective) would be ... Read more

Food & Drink


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

It is Peru's time to shine on the culinary stage. Three Lima restaurants—Central, Maido and Astrid y Gastón—are on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list (only five in the United States are there). Read more

The World Fare