March 2, 2016 Issue

In one formidable corner: Mayor Kevin Faulconer, County Supervisor Ron Roberts and the hoteliers who want a contiguous, bayfront convention center expansion. And in the other corner: San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos and JMI Realty (unde... Read more

From the Editor

The long-winded title of Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight doesn’t tell you everything about this cerebral drama set in 18th century France. Read more


With Magma currently touring again in the U.S., the time felt right to revisit some of their greatest works, and to offer up a five-song introduction to their broad musical palette and vast array of sounds. Read more

Music Feature

South Park—or Golden Hill, depending on whom you ask—is the quaintly hip neighborhood nestled southeast of Balboa Park, as well as below North Park and the lesser-known, rectangular Burlingame neighborhood. Read more


In the 1982 movie My Favorite Year, the late Peter O’Toole— portraying the frequently soused, swashbuckling matinee idol Allan Swann—confides to an admirer, “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Read more

Spin Cycle

Regarding ["Giving the vote to 16-year-olds," Feb 24]: Why NOT?!?! Most 16-year-olds are more informed and have much more at stake than many of the candidates running. Read more

Letters to the Editor

"I mean, this is Barrio Logan, right?" exclaims Chris Martino as he gives CityBeat a tour of his new art space in Barrio Logan. "These old, cool warehouses with so much potential." Read more

Seen Local

Protomartyr released one of last year's best albums, The Agent Intellect , which was an abrasive and dark take on post-punk. Read more

If I Were U

Wild Wild Wets' music is going to make an appearance in a new cable drama. The band's song "UK Drugs," from their 14th Floor album, released last year, will appear in the new A&E show Damien , which is based on the character form the classi... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

This month, SXSW launches again, with two weeks of film, technology, music and debauchery in downtown Austin. It's always fun, no matter who's playing (and exhausting, so plan on sleeping a lot befo Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Kathy Nida says she's used to the haters. The El Cajon artist has been crafting her surrealist quilts for almost 30 years and regularly travels to quilt shows and conferences to showcase her work. Read more

Seen Local

London Has Fallen feels tailor-made for Donald Trump's American idiocracy. There's an army of vengeful gun-toting Islamist extremists who decimate London during a calculated operation to assassinate multiple leaders of state. Read more


The Boy and the Beast, always you wrestle inside me. No, that's not a direct line from a Terrence Malick film but an apt description of the strong pull between identity and purpose felt by two Read more


I just about flip a table when I first hear about adult coloring. Of all the darn-tootin', crack-pot, bitter-clinging, pussy-footing liberal/hippie/hipster/woo-woo ideas, this one seems the worst. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

Brian Evenson's astonishing new collection from Coffee House Press, A Collapse of Horses , coincides with the re-release of three previous works: the much heralded novels Father of Lies , Open Curtain and Last Days . Read more

The Floating Library

I'm fortunate I was able to get help from a professional who diagnosed me with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), an affliction that 6.8 million people—and twice as many women as men—suffer right alongside me, according to the National Ins... Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Lowrider culture and graffiti-inspired street art wasn't always something grandma could appreciate. Back in the day, it was even looked down on, but still greatly appreciated by members of the African-American and Latino communities. Read more

Short List Event Picks

A cold beer on a hot day is one of life's great pleasures, and charcuterie, a catch-all term for cured meats such as prosciutto, salami and chorizo sausage, is the perfect accompaniment: salty, fatty and full of flavor. Read more

Dishing It Out


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Not so long ago, Americans thought "tacos" were hard pre-formed "shells" filled with ground beef, day-glo "cheese," diced tomatoes, iceberg lettuce and an utterly impotent "taco sauce." Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Beth Demmon

Beer and liquor drinkers alike: If you find yourself on Fifth Avenue, stop by Quad and try these homages to brewing ingenuity. Read more

Final Draught