October 12, 2016 Issue

As the Nov. 8 election approaches, San Diego is engaged in a debate over whether to raise the hotel tax in order to pay for a new Chargers football stadium in downtown’s East Village. Read more


California’s K-12 schools and community colleges are in dire need of infrastructure improvements, but we don’t think this proposition adequately addresses the financial problem. The money would be delegated to schools on a first-come-first-... Read more

From the Editor

ART is smart. It’s also funny as hell, which makes braving the Gaslamp traffic to see this urbane one-act comedy well worth the effort. Read more


I’ll have to admit when I was a teenager, like most teenage boys, I was a titty aficionado in the ’50s and early ’60s [“Thinking outside the boobs,” Sept. 28]. Read more

Letters to the Editor

For years, Leaf has been using art to document the lives of Olango and others killed by San Diego police with various graphic designs, including a series of portraits he calls “San Diego Stolen Lives.” Read more

Features 2 Comments

My favorite hip-hop album this year is Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition , which is saying a lot considering Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples each released some amazing new records. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Cari Veach

Heavy post-punk outfit Hours are getting ready to release their debut single. The group—which features members of Hexa, Nylon Apartments and Bleak Skies—is preparing to release "Different Executions" and "See the Way." Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

A female friend of mine just broke up with her billionaire boyfriend. She told me she wasn't happy. Read more


It's less than 15 minutes into a conversation with Drew Andrews, frontman of Bit Maps, before the chat takes kind of a dark turn. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Walter Briski Jr.

Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld has had the cops called on her a number of times over the last few years. She all but admits to being a perpetual trespasser while working on her recently released book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remain... Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

With a name like On the Edge Art Collective, one might expect a posse of 20-something hipsters posted up in a Barrio Logan warehouse painting on discarded pieces of plywood. Read more

Seen Local

As a child, Oscar Madley (Connor Jessup) witnesses a brutal hate crime against a gay classmate and the breakdown of his parents' marriage. Read more


In a year that's seen so much nasty rhetoric and vitriol, Long Way North , opening Friday Oct. 14 at Digital Gym Cinema, feels like a wise palette cleanser from a bygone era that reminds us how to lead a fulfilling life. Read more


I watch horror movies in October 2013, the year I’m diagnosed with anxiety. I’ve watched them every year leading up, and will do every year following. It’s one of the few occasions where my anxiety feels natural. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

When Alfred Olango’s sister called 911 two weeks ago, she was seeking help for her brother, whom the media reported was mentally ill and the family has said was having an emotional crisis in reaction to the suicide of a friend. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photos by Emily Corkery

We’ve long been proponents and promoters of a simple philosophy: San Diegans need to buy more art from local artists. End of story. Mic drop. Read more

Short List Event Picks

The 30th Great American Beer Fest competition featured more than 7,000 beers from 1,752 breweries from across the U.S. By the time the lights went up at the end of Saturday’s ceremony, San Diego area brewers had collected more than their sh... Read more

The Beerdist


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Before I noticed the painted "wall" ringing the top of the dining room I thought it might just be a silly name. But was "Great Wow" really a politically incorrect pun on "Great Wall?" Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Beth Demmon

Variations of apple cider have existed for at least a millennium, making it one of the oldest types of fermented libation the world has ever seen. Read more

Final Draught


Photo courtesy of the City of San Diego

Her title is not homelessness czar, but Stacie Spector has been hired by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to act in that general capacity as his new senior advisor for housing solutions for the city of San Diego. Read more