June 15, 2016 Issue

With a few exceptions, last week’s primary election was as thrilling as watching a frozen turkey thaw. Read more

, Spin Cycle

When listening to cellist Zoë Keating’s recordings, you could be forgiven for thinking you were hearing an entire orchestra. Read more

Music Feature

Just wanted to send you a note to let you know that your article “Trump has finally jumped the shark” [June 8] resonated with me. Read more

Letters to the Editor

The expository Golda's Balcony is an essential history lesson (with intermittent background projections by Victoria Petrovich) that besides the 1973 showdown with the Nixon Cabinet recalls Meir's personal journey from Kiev to (of all places... Read more



Photo by Arlene Ibarra

Tiki culture had its heyday in the '40s and '50s, when restaurants and clubs started using Polynesian design themes. For bars, there was an emphasis on sweet, rum-based cocktails that were often served in an elaborate mug or glass and garni... Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

The Third Commandment reminds us not to take the Lord's name lightly, and mixologists and brewers have not always listened diligently. While the alcohol content might be heavenly, the labeling calls for a direct drop-off to the underworld. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Candice Eley

KindredPhoto by Candice Eley And on the seventh day, the Lord rested. As do most of us after a long week of toil and tribulation. If we're being honest, it begins on the sixth day; if we're rea Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Ryan Bradford

One of the joys of growing up is drinking with your parents. There's nothing more humanizing than seeing your mom and dad tipsy, spill their guts and act silly, and realizing they're just stumbling through life like you. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Carolyn Ramos

The last time I had a hangover was last week. An impromptu, civilized cocktail with a friend turned into weirdo group dancing to Goth jams with CityBeat homies (says my iPhone camera roll). Read more

Drink Issue


Photo courtesy of The Butcher Shop

We'd never engage in a naughty affair, but if you do there's definitely an out-of-the-way bar for that. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo courtesy of The Hideout

It's one sentence on the stone tablets we never have trouble remembering: Thou shalt not steal. It's common sense, of course, but it's also so easy to break. Read more

Drink Issue

We're guessing God was running to fill word count when he came up with this wordy and cumbersome commandment, which is basically: "Don't lie." Read more

Drink Issue


Photo courtesy of Club M

The 10th Commandment is covered in greater detail in Exodus 20:17: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything ... Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Seth Combs

Working under the name Inca Colors, Gonzalez fashioned the knit to look like the yellow caution tape most often seen at places like crime scenes and construction areas. Read more

Seen Local


Courtesy of Wildwood Press, St. Louis

Context is important when viewing the work of Damon Davis. The St. Louis-based interdisciplinary artist has spent much of the past few years creating works that attempt to examine the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and t... Read more

Seen Local

Polish Members of Age of Collapse and Gloomsday have started up a new band called Polish. The group features Age of Collapse's Xavier Hernandez on guitar and vocals, Gloomsday's Lori Sokolowski Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Dabbers are another such band for whom keeping it simple is more of a strength than a liability. Indeed, there's something admirably straightforward about how Zack and Shelby Wentz tackle their noisy punk songs. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The rigorous formal techniques that mark the work of directors Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante provide a foundation for social outrage in A Monster With a Thousand Heads. Shot almost entirely in st Read more


Brian De Palma speaks his mind with the tenacity of a termed-out POTUS conducting a brazen farewell tour. He doesn't care about glamorizing the past, only reveling in its absurdity, beauty and horror. Read more


Punk's in a good place right now. The melodies are good, the energy's high, and everyone's apparently listening to a lot of Springsteen. Cheap Girls check off all these boxes with their tuneful rock jams that never lose their flavor. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by John Lamb

Hillcrest Pride FlagPhoto by John Lamb Chris Ward was the only non-incumbent, local San Diego politician to win office outright in the June 7 primary election. The District 3 city councilmember-e Read more

From the Editor