October 5, 2016 Issue

Some believe that in the East County city of La Mesa farmers wipe their brows in the inland heat, cows graze in the sprawling fields and the hills decline into Arizona. Not exactly. Read more



Photo courtesy of ion Theatre

You don’t come across a lot of relationship dramas centered on a grandson and his grandmother. But Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, onstage at ion theatre in Hillcrest, is just that. Read more


Stephen Keyes seems to be clueless as to what Kaepernick’s actions are for [Letters, Sept. 21]. Black people are not asking for a perfect society; just respect of life would be sufficient! As far as disrespecting the ideal of our society, t... Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

At Monday’s jam-packed No on Measure C press conference, barely a harsh word was uttered about the elephant not in the room. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Ferchil Ramos

Last week it hit home, hard. The list of locales where unnecessary killings have made national headlines has expanded to include our backyard, with El Cajon joining Ferguson, Tulsa, Charlotte and too many others cities where lives have been... Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Seth Combs

The work of local public artists Janne LaValle and Kathleen "Katy" Styzeleck is seemingly ubiquitous. The duo is responsible for at least four murals in East County, including the five-panel, eight-years-in-the-making "History of Lemon Grov... Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Julia Brokaw

La Sera's been going long enough that their track record is longer than Katy Goodman's previous band, Vivian Girls. Read more

If I Were U

Belching Beaver Brewery has teamed up with The Deftones on a new collaborative beer. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

One of the best shows I saw in 2015 was one of the most under the radar. During Make Music Day at Balboa Park, Esteban Flores, better known as Monochromacy, performed a set of abstract ambient guitar drones inside a small chapel adjacent to... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo courtesy of MK Envision Galleries

MK Envision Galleries grand opening show on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. will feature the work of three photographers. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Tom Sheehan

Music Feature

In lieu of a second review this week (the pickings were slim folks), I thought it might be good to note some worthy film-related news items happening around San Diego this week. Read more


The Birth of a Nation , which opens Friday, Oct. 7, then reincarnates man into legend with a simple plume of musket smoke. If only myth making were that simple. Read more



Photo by Andrew Dyer

If alcohol and politics don’t mix, why do so many of us have a hard time not getting political when the booze kicks in? Read more

The Beerdist

Image via Shutterstock I'm a woman who's on the feminist dating app Bumble, where women have to make the first move. Men can only write back to women who message them. I thought this would be e Read more


The tasting room features the wines of two San Diego County wineries: San Pasqual, which crafts wine just down the block, and Wyatt Oaks, which makes its wines in Escondido. Read more

Bottle Rocket

Did you hear Donald Trump repeatedly sniffling his nose during the last Presidential debate? If I were a lesser man, I would say dude was pretty coked up. Of course, it would be wrong to make such a comment without proof, which is why I wou... Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo courtesy of Society for Design Administration

The month-long Archtoberfest kicked off this past weekend with a cool party and a tour of the North Park business district. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Gina Frangello's new novel, Every Kind of Wanting , published last month by Counterpoint, is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Read more

The Floating Library