July 6, 2016 Issue

I’m a 44-year-old woman who’s been dating a successful actor for a year. When we met, he told me he was 35. Well, in picking up a prescription for him, I discovered he’s actually 42! Read more


Three songs into White Lung's new album, Paradise , the Vancouver band sends an immediate signal that things are changing. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Darren Bradley

Frank Green, multi-instrumentalist, describes the album as being more aggressive than its predecessor, though he notes that the basic elements of their sound are still there. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Folks of a certain age may remember Adam Gnade as the editor of the short-lived indie weekly Fahrenheit. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Jennifer Lavine

On Thursday, June 30, a four-alarm fire engulfed the abandoned Talone Meat Market in Escondido. Jennifer LaVine, a manager at nearby Tri-City Car pet, saw a man outside her store watching smoke fill the sky. Read more

From the Editor

In particular, I’m giving this show my seal of approval for Soft Kill, a Portland band with a Cure and Chameleons streak, and whose new album is due out via Profound Lore later this year. Read more

If I Were U

It’s been a while since I’ve written but that doesn’t mean I’m not reading Ed Decker. His column [“Not singing along to that old time religion,” June 29] caught my attention because I’ve been studying this belief system for some years now a... Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Ladies and germs, we’ve jumped forward to the past, to a land once thought abandoned after the previous mayor, otherwise odoriferous, did one thing right and rid the Plaza de Panama of parking. Read more

Spin Cycle

Most people who know me don’t question whether this story is true. “Nice!” they say, not at all surprised. Most people who don’t know me also don’t question whether this story is true. “Were you at a Trump rally?” they ask, not at all surpr... Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

My interest in the Scottish Festival is distinctly American, i.e. whimsical and appropriating when it suits me best. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

There’s one word often used to describe Hillcrest: fabulous. It’s proudly flaunted by residents and written in rainbow across advertisements. This neighborhood is known for its personalities and pours, both of which are strong. Read more

Neighborhoods 1 Comments


Photo courtesy of The Great American Foodie Fest

A lot is made of getting our respective bodies toned, tight and selfie-worthy for the summer. Still, there’s something to be said for just letting go and shamelessly indulging. Sure, we’re the 10th fittest city in the U.S. according to Amer... Read more

Short List Event Picks

Lamb’s Players Theatre’s revival of its 2000 musical American Rhythm might as well have been titled “American Marathon.” Read more


What if I told you that the best of these new books chronicles the highs and lows of the band NOFX? Yes, NOFX. The band responsible for songs such as “My Vagina” and “Don’t Call Me White” and albums titled Heavy Petting Zoo and White Trash,... Read more

The Floating Library

A monthly feature where we track down the stories behind San Diego’s most colorful murals. Read more

Seen Local


Image courtesy of the artist

In the 10 years that Tractor Room has been open, David Russell Talbott reckons he’s had an art show at the Hillcrest restaurant and cocktail bar nearly every year. Read more

Seen Local

Carnage Park’s maniac sniper believes “the world is a funny place.” He calmly says so right before shooting an innocent bystander in the chest from an obscenely far distance. Read more


Most American indie films lack a sense of mystery. The Fits has it in spades. Anna Rose Holmer’s elliptical debut confronts our need to pigeonhole gender and identity through performance. Read more


Charles Kaufman started Bread & Cie in 1994 as a transition from a career in movies. He's best known as the writer, director and producer of cult classic slasher pic and Variety Top 100 grossing indie, Mother's Day . Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Beth Demmon

If you're asking yourself, "It's just beer—why do you have to make it gay?" you've probably never been harassed at a bar for your skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or even noticed any of the countless microaggressions against anyone t... Read more

Final Draught