May 25, 2016 Issue


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

If San Diego wants weird, let’s go for it. Send Faulconer to a presidential general, where he’s never gone before. Get the city council to settle the tourist-tax conundrum, with or without him. Maybe real words will replace happy talk. Read more

Spin Cycle

It takes three U.S. Border Patrol agents to unlock the gate and pry open its salt-eroded door. Holding her 10-year-old daughter Yvette’s hand, Castañon walks nervously across the dirt and rocks leading up to the border fence, stumbling a bi... Read more


A pivotal two weeks in history are dramatized in Lawrence Wright’s one-act Camp David. Read more



Photo courtesy of San Diego Convention Center / Flickr

Assuming you registered (if you didn’t, apply the duct tape to your mouth immediately), the best way to approach the June 7 primary—or any election—is to request the mail-in ballot. Read more

From the Editor

Mr. Decker has written retrograde nonsense before (“The vindication of a lesbian porn connoisseur” comes to mind) but this really takes the cake. Read more

Letters to the Editor

On paper, The Lobster sounds a like a silly T wilight Zone episode: In the not-so-distant future, people who've failed at love are sent to a state-run "hotel" in the countryside where they are given the opportunity to find a mate. Read more


In more than 25 years of performing and writing music, North Carolina singer/songwriter Eric Bachmann has only released two albums under his own name. Read more

Music Feature

I was an early adopter of AlunaGeorge's bass-inspired R&B sound back when they released "You Know You Like It" about four years ago. Read more

If I Were U

This is a recurring feature in which we ask musicians to name a song they never want to hear again. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


All photos by Seth Combs unless otherwise noted

The decision to close the gallery came down on Friday, May 13, and the news quickly spread around campus. Read more

Seen Local

For a dynamic filmmaker like Rebecca Miller, whose output up to this point has been defined by a distinct impressionistic pulse (Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose), Maggie's Plan might seem pedestrian by comparison. Read more



Photo by Craig Schwartz

Memorial Day weekend in San Diego means a lot of things, but for whatever reason it also seems to be the weekend for new theater openings. Sure, there are some large-scale openings, but being an alt-weekly, we like to think our readers are ... Read more

Short List Event Picks

Of course, because your eyes go right to the empty cans and fast-food carcasses, you're thinking his must, too. Maybe—but maybe not. Read more



Photo by Jessica Bradford

When I was three years old, my parents took me on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. It's probably no surprise to anyone, but I was a frightened child, and even a slow-moving boat was too intense for my little brain. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo courtesy of PopTech / Flickr

With a murder rate 25 times that of other developed countries, America is definitely exceptional. We must be the best at everything, everywhere, and when it comes to gun violence, we've outdone ourselves. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

A video of CityBeat's summer kick-off party at Bali Hai restaurant on Friday, May 20th. Read more

Free Stuff

If you poked around San Diego raw bars over the last decade, you might have noticed a greater presence of poke, that wonderful raw salad consisting of cubed fish, sea salt, onions, shoyu, sesame oil and seaweed. Read more

Dishing It Out

Say the word "sandwich" and it seems to come with the notion of "serviceable" trailing close behind. Perhaps, as the legend goes, the "sandwich" was invented when the Fourth Earl of Sandwich in Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Carolyn Ramos

The Flycaster at ChuckAlek BiergartenPhoto by Carolyn Ramos I totally understand that people are pretty sick of hearing about how faaabulous North Park is for food and drink—especially cra Read more

Final Draught