May 18, 2016 Issue

There's a tired bit of conventional wisdom about how The Cure’s music resonates most strongly with teenagers. Read more

Music Feature

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

Seen Local


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These days, Michael James Armstrong spends a lot of time just looking. That’s not to imply he has too much time on his hands. Quite the opposite. In addition to installing a show from Spring Valley-based graffiti artist Saratoga Sake at Ice... Read more

Seen Local

Why have neighborhoods like Golden Hill flourished while hers languishes, the 42-year-old mother of three mused on a recent afternoon at the decades-old Sherman Heights Community Center, where she was waiting for two of her children to fini... Read more


It’s down-the-stretch time for local political candidates, and you know what that means: overstuffed postal repositories with a side order of broadcast blather, please! Read more

Spin Cycle

Diversionary Theatre is winding up its 30th season with the most impressive production the University Heights company has offered in recent memory. It’s a world premiere musical (book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, music by Tim Rosser) called... Read more


Suddenly, four dispensaries were up and running on the same block of his home near Bankers Hill. Noah (not his real name) was a dealer who had been raking in more than $3,000 per month in 2012 selling pot to a circle of friends and acquaint... Read more

News & Opinion


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When San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer made that proclamation in his January 14 State of the City address, a homelessness advocate sitting near me in the balcony of the Balboa Theatre gasped. Read more

From the Editor

Does it make you uncomfortable to take shits in public? Well, most homeless people would like to do private things in private, too, but they don’t get that choice. Either give people a place to shit— public dedicated or mobile restrooms—or ... Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Derrik Chinn

When is the last time you went down a huge waterslide slightly buzzed on beers rimmed with chamoy and Tajin? The answer might be years, yesterday or never. Read more

Summer Guide

I've seen Titus Andronicus a few times, and without fail they always provide one hell of a punk rock show. Read more

If I Were U

Phil Sgrosso of Wovenwar and As I Lay Dying has announced the formation of a new hardcore-influenced band called Poison Headache. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

A New Wave of Violence sounds essentially exactly like what you'd probably expect from a band featuring members of The Locust, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blood Brothers. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

A Bigger Splash There's so much past history bubbling under the surface of Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash that it's hard for the characters to breathe. Which makes the film's central image Read more


"Facts are horrid things," snipes Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) during a pivotal moment late in Love & Friendship , Whit Stillman's brisk romantic comedy about the art of long-game manipulation. Read more



Photo by Ron Donoho

You know those friends who "love" camping, but when you've found your plot, they don't know how to construct a tent? And then, they wonder where the bathrooms are. Read more

Summer Guide


Photo by Ryan Bradford

By the time you read this, you'll have just barely missed the Ocean Beach Kite Festival, San Diego's premier gathering of people with serious Ben Franklin envy. Still, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some kite-flying action this summer. Read more

Summer Guide

Its name translates as "The Railroad" though there's no rail line in the vicinity and likely never was. Googling the place is futile, so you wonder whether it really exists. Read more

The World Fare

It has become something of an obsession. I don't know exactly when it started, perhaps 10 years ago, when I noticed increasingly more bartenders were not showing gratitude for the tips they were give Read more

Sordid Tales