November 23, 2016 Issue


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In these disturbing times, in which so many of us are apprehensive about the now and the soon to come, the darknesses of our collective history may be obscured, especially those that did not spring purely from war, terrorism or politics. Th... Read more


Tower, which opens Friday, Nov. 25, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, is a strangely intoxicating deconstruction of the non-fiction form. Read more


Suffering from the post-election blues? John Carney’s Sing Street might be the perfect film to temporarily lift your spirits. Set in Dublin during the 1980s, this coming-of-age blast of nostalgia is obsessed with the future Read more



Photo by Seth Combs

As he prepares for his 11th Father Joe’s 5K, it’s genuinely shocking to learn that August Castille is 90 years old. Read more

From the Editor


Photo illustration John R. Lamb

At City Hall, December is inauguration month, when all the bright newly elected faces converge with the grizzled re-electeds to make bold, inspiring oratory with a stocking full of promises that very few believe will be fulfilled. (Side not... Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Torrey Bailey

While Californians age 21-and-up can now smoke in the privacy of their homes, grow six plants and possess up to an ounce, driving under the influence of marijuana remains against the law. Read more


San Diego's music scene lost one of its MVPs earlier this month when Jon Greene died unexpectedly on Nov. 8. He was 35 years old. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Heather Hunter

"I make more songs than I can remember." Kool Keith isn't lying. The prolific Bronx-based rapper born Keith Thornton has at least 26 albums to his name. Read more

Music Feature

The former Bauhaus frontman played many songs by his classic goth-rock band, as well as solo material from throughout his career. Read more

If I Were U

"This is my smallest truck," exclaims Jean Wells, referring to the giant, bright red Ford F-150 Raptor that's parked in front of her Miramar studio. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

Everyone should collect art, but for anyone who's thinking about collecting, there's something they should know: It's addictive. Read more

Seen Local

So. My last column was right-ish: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the most qualified person—woman or man—to ever run for the most important office in the world, won in a landslide. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Sorry, Michelle. I can't do that. The rest of y'all can attempt to understand Trump voters and bridge the divide that has separated this great nation, but I have no interest. Read more

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In visual art, the line is everything. It starts and completes the piece, and it intersects and interweaves all that is within. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

In Britain and many of its former colonies, pie brings to mind a world of robust, savory offerings. Pop Pie Co. (4404 Park Boulevard) in University Heights aims to get us in touch with our inner Brit. Read more

The World Fare

I’m terrified about our country’s future. But more immediately, I’m terrified at the prospect of this holiday season. How is anyone supposed to make it through Thanksgiving or any upcoming winter festivities without getting dragged into a h... Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Ron Donoho

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