November 30, 2016 Issue

Writing a heartfelt or poignant tale in just 101 words is like painting an entire mural with just one can of spray paint. That is, it takes a lot of improvisation and creativity. Read more


Dear Minda Honey, I am a 65-year-old white guy born in San Diego and raised in East County, and I would just love to give you a hug. You wrote a wonderfully perceptive article that truly did evoke some sadness over what has happened politic... Read more

Letters to the Editor

The Lulls began life as Ed Ghost Tucker, one of the best new local bands in recent years, with a dreamy and diverse indie rock sound that recalled the likes of Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors while offering a versatile instrumental approa... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Seth Combs

While new galleries come and go and Barrio Logan itself continues to go through rapid changes, the fact that Castañeda is a local to the neighborhood has likely helped Chicano Art Gallery thrive in an already popular arts district. Read more

Seen Local

Being 17 Like a hormonal teenager, André Techiné's Being 17 fluctuates between elation and melancholy. Sometimes the camera races at a furious clip, as it does during the frantic opening credi Read more


Give them space. Respect their privacy. Let them mourn. Such common responses to tragedy are consistently challenged by Kenneth Lonergan's harrowing new drama Manchester by the Sea . Read more


"Punk's gonna get really good in the next four years." On the evening of Nov. 8, around 11 p.m., I saw about a half-dozen variations of this tweet. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by John R. Lamb

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has his town rolling in new revenue. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, not so much. Photo by John R. Lamb Envy is as persistent as memory, as intractable as a head Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo courtesy of Moxie Theatre

The Kid Thing asks all of us—no matter our sense of identity, our gender or our preference—what bringing a child into an uneasy world might mean. Read more



Photo by Linda Caballero Sotelo

The next few years are going to be hard on everyone, but readers can depend on us to be true to our roots. To be real. To be alternative. To be newsy. It's who we are. Read more

From the Editor

Canadian indie rock outfit The Besnard Lakes are a dense and heavy group that takes a little time to fully appreciate. Read more

If I Were U

Singer/songwriter Pall Jenkins, of Black Heart Procession and Three Mile Pilot, has launched a new non-profit campaign called Basic Rules. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

First of all, let's get something straight. Complaining that Hillary Clinton should be president because she won the popular vote is like saying George Foreman won the Rumble in the Jungle because he connected more blows before Ali knocked ... Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo courtesy of the artist

Women have made huge strides in what has historically been a male-dominated music scene. No matter the genre—from punk and country to rock and pop—females don't have much left to prove. Read more

Short List Event Picks

The latest installment of Black Candies , an annual anthology of literary horror and dark fiction published here in San Diego by the literary nonprofit So Say We All, is titled Gross and Unlikeable and features 28 stories written and illust... Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Alex Zaragoza

The nightmare has come true. America seems to be in full regression mode, electing a big-mouthed bigot, racist, misogynist and all-around terrible human being as President of the United States. Read more

There She Goz


Photo by James Vernette

I never thought I'd wish my 10-year-old son could drink wine until we ate at Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse (314 5th Ave.) in the Gaslamp. Read more

Dishing It Out


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Hot pot is having its moment. It's a moment that was, perhaps, crowned when Anthony Bourdain sang its praises and wielded it like a weapon in Eric Ripert's direction on the Sichuan episode of Bourdain's Parts Unknown CNN show. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Eppig Brewing is the first of three breweries to occupy the CRAFT by Brewery Igniter space in North Park (3052 El Cajon Blvd.), which has finally opened its doors to the public. Read more

The Beerdist