March 30, 2016 Issue

When Junya Watanabe, chef-owner of Rakiraki Ramen and Tsukemen (4646 Convoy St.), talks with you, he looks through you. There's an air of the rock star about Watanabe. Part of it is his hair, another Read more

The World Fare

While waiting for the overdue official draft of a ballot initiative that’ll attempt to pave the way for a new NFL stadium, it was time to turn to the tourism industry Read more

From the Editor

Every Monday morning at the Norman Park senior center, I moderate a discussion group on world affairs. Starting in April, every Thursday evening I’ll run a discussion group on books. My featured selection each week will alternate between fi... Read more

Letters to the Editor

The scheduling requests to meet with state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez have grown considerably since her recent appointment as head of the Assembly’s mega-powerful Appropriations Committee. Read more

Spin Cycle

Punk supergroup Head Wound City, featuring members of The Locust, Blood Brothers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, reunited last year after more than a decade of inactivity. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Dan Allen

Despite a title that sounds like a college town reggae festival, Sweet Gongs Vibrating might be the San Diego Art Institute's most engaging exhibition since introducing its Curator-in-Residence program more than a year ago. Read more

Seen Local

Heather Rae Morton is as sociable and congenial as any South Park shopkeeper. The owner of Black Phoebe Ceramics doesn't automatically expect people (including this writer) to know just how long and arduous the process of making the items i... Read more

Seen Local

Buckfast Superbee are playing a reunion show after seven years apart. On April 30, the punk band will perform at The Casbah with Furious IV (who are also reuniting after more than seven years) and Diamond Lakes. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The more The Verigolds experiment with arrangement, the better the results. "Skypipe" finds an unusual mixture of acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and vibraphone, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Landmark's Ken Cinema has made it a recent tradition to spend an entire week showcasing classic films. From Friday, April 1 through Thursday, April 7, San Diego's favorite vintage theater offers an impressive program spanning from the silen... Read more


Pet Shop Boys' rousing anthem "Go West" plays over the beginning and ending sequences in Jia Zhang-ke's Mountains May Depart . It's a strangely perfect music choice for a beguiling decade-spanning drama infused with the contradiction inhere... Read more


A stereotype of rock 'n' roll that existed many years ago was that of a non-stop party. Playing music for a living meant being rewarded with backstage trysts with groupies and cocaine, and bran Read more

Music Feature

An artist, a writer and a branding expert walk into a bar... But seriously, it's no secret that beer is big business in San Diego and nothing can make or break that business more than the logo. Read more

Beer Issue


Photo by Ken Jacques

Twenty-five years after playing the inimitable Frank 'N' Furter in Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show at the San Diego Rep, Sean Murray is reprising the role—with a bang—at Old Town's Cygnet Theatre, of which he is also artistic direct... Read more


Asking millennials about "the election" unleashes either a full-fledged verbal assault on Donald "Small Hands" Trump or a fist pump with a side of "Berning up" puns. But, when interrupting them and clarifying that the question refers to the... Read more


The latest tally of brewhouses in San Diego County is 121, with another 26 planned or in the works. As with so many other industries that are prone to boom-and-bust cycles, it’s only natural to wonder if San Diego is entering a bubble. Read more

Beer Issue


Photo by Beth Demmon

Beer Issue

Agreeing to compile a roundup of just five San Diego dive beer bars is akin to asking to be crucified. Read more

Beer Issue

Maybe I'm being judgmental, as I've never really listened to Yanni, but who under 80 years old has? For me, at least, the musician has been the ubiquitous epitome for New Age (aka bad) music, a punchline, and cursed to the annals of awkward... Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments

Welcome to the bottomless hole of wrongheaded empathy—the daddy guilt version of that "bottomless cup of coffee" that (if you ask politely) the Denny's waitress will keep refilling until you finally die in the booth. Read more