March 16, 2016 Issue

"Restorative justice” is a practice that aims to foster dialogue between victims of crime and criminal offenders. It’s the opposite of punitive justice—find somebody guilty, lock ’em up, end of story. Read more

From the Editor

Aspiring serious novelists Kate (Samantha Ginn), Martin (Alex Guzman), Douglas (Robert Malave) and Izzy (Dana Wing Lau) each pay self-proclaimed writing genius Leonard (Jonathan Sachs) $5,000 to teach, critique and mold them in Theresa Rebe... Read more


Interesting six-degrees-of-separation factoid about late-entry San Diego mayoral candidate Ed Harris and his Oscar-nominated namesake: Harris, the actor, portrayed Virgil “Bud” Brigman in the James Cameron-directed 1989 underwater sci-fi ep... Read more

Spin Cycle

In this semi-regular department, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new shows or artists are worth checking out. Read more

Seen Local

Bassist and singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding has made an interesting transition into Prince-inspired psychedelic funk on new album Emily's DkkndEvolution. Read more

If I Were U

"When the sun sets, it's like bird city, because all these flocks of birds migrate back to the lake," says RJ Brooks, executive director and co-founder of local arts organization A Ship in the Wood Read more

Seen Local

Dark comedy demands a tricky balancing act between diametrically opposed tones. This is why films such as Election and Dick are rarities. Read more


Now celebrating its 23rd year, SDLFF runs through Sunday, March 20, at the AMC Fashion Valley Cinemas and the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. Read more


There’s no better way to get to know the pulse of a music scene than to listen to dozens and dozens of demos from local bands. For CityBeat, the Great Demo Review is an annual institution—a regularly scheduled physical to gauge the health o... Read more

Music Feature

The album title says it all: You're Doomed. Be Nice. In fact, it's hard to think of a more appropriate, career-encapsulating mantra when it comes to Rob Crow. In a career that's well into its third Read more

Music Feature

Performing and creating original theater is tough, but ask anyone who does it and you'll often get the same response: They do it for the love, despite the risks that come with it. Read more

Short List Event Picks

There isn't much that Brian Ellis won't do, musically, simply because there aren't many styles of music that don't capture his interest. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Beth Demmon

Final Draught


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

A tapas crawl in San Diego is hard to come by. A taco crawl in Tijuana a much easier find and a better bet. There may be no better place to do one than on Calle Francisco Javier Mina outside Tijuana's Mercado Hidalgo in the Zona Rio. Read more

The World Fare