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 more

Apr 4, 2016 12:00 AM 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 more

Mar 30, 2016 12:00 AM 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... more

Mar 30, 2016 12:00 AM 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. more

Mar 30, 2016 12:00 AM 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. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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... more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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... more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM Film

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... more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM Film

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 more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM 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... more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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... more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM News

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. more

Mar 28, 2016 12:00 AM Beer Issue


Photo by Beth Demmon

Mar 28, 2016 12:00 AM Beer Issue

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

Mar 28, 2016 12:00 AM 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... more

Mar 28, 2016 12:00 AM Well, That Was Awkward

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. more

Mar 28, 2016 12:00 AM Culture

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