September 28, 2016 Issue


Photo by Jim Cox

October Sky is emblematic of wholesome dreams and can-do spirit. Every turn in the story is one you see coming, as is each allusion to reaching for the stars, but this West Coast-premiere musical is sincere and beautifully mounted. Read more


Thank you, Aaryn Belfer, for your column of Sept. 14, “Keeping Kaepernick in the headlines.” Keep it up, sister. Don’t back down, don’t tone it down, don’t sugarcoat the truth. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Torrey Bailey

As the system works now, complaints are filed by citizens and then investigated by the San Diego Police Department’s Internal Affairs, which writes a report on the allegation, including whether the complaint was sustained and if an officer ... Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

The county Democratic Party has endorsed Measure D, which would raise the so-called transient occupancy tax to 15.5 percent from 10.5 percent and create pathways for future decisions about expanded convention-center space downtown as well a... Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Torrey Bailey

To be honest, I was beginning to think Rust Magic was never going to happen. In fact, it would have been a cruel twist of irony if local graffiti artist Saratoga Sake had never finished his new show at the Ice Gallery space (1955 Julian Ave... Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Eva De Leon used to pick flowers in Mexico City with her sister (hence the name of the store), but says she really got her start when she did the flower arranging at her own wedding. Read more

Seen Local

Demon , which opens Friday, Sept. 30, at Ken Cinema, evokes the great Luis Bunuel with its skewering dark humor. Read more


Thankfully, Burton has momentarily rediscovered such genuine feeling with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a spirited adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel. Read more



Photo by Jessica Bradford

"Now, here’s the morbid question,” says Kathy, the woman we’ve hired to watch our cats while we’re away on vacation for 10 days. “What’s the cap of how much you are you willing to spend if one of them needs emergency care?” Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

Access Hip Hop is getting ready to close its doors. The Pacific Beach-based record store, which has been in business since 2001, is staying open for a little over a month before a tentative permanent closure in November. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

It’s hard not to be impressed by Big Bad Buffalo. The indie rock trio comprises former students of School of Rock San Diego, and the lessons clearly paid off. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Echo and the Bunnymen are kind of a Plan A for life, seeing as how they’re responsible for some of the greatest post-punk albums of all time. Read more

If I Were U

The last week of September (Hunger Action Month) was quickly disappearing, and I’d yet to live up to a commitment to participate in the CalFresh Challenge. Read more

From the Editor

Turn on any commercial alternative rock station in America right now, and there's a good chance the DJ is going to play "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," the new single by synth-pop duo Phantogram. Read more

Music Feature

Photo via Shutterstock Thinking Outside The Boobs I'm a man who likes to girl-watch. I do this from behind very dark glasses, yet I still elicit scowls from women. Recently, I was Read more


"I'm not okay," says my friend Keith Wallace when I check in on him. Wallace, with the help of director Deborah Stein, is in the process of re-staging his hit one-man play, The Bitter Game , for the 2017 Without Walls (WoW) Festival. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo by Ursa Waz

The polls are looking a little bleak lately. Trump's numbers are rising in key swing states, and if you're a liberal, you've probably Googled "moving to Canada" once or twice over the last few weeks. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo courtesy of Anna Cofer / J Public Relations

Slater’s 50/50 (2750 Dewey Road #193) in Liberty Station can be a polarizing place. On one hand, the often-decadent burgers are designed for people who want to jump on Guy Fieri’s train to flavor town, a place where bigger is always better ... Read more

Dishing It Out


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

The food at Sanvil reflects the heritage of its executive chef, Surinder Veer Singh Ortega: half Indian, half Mexican. Read more

The World Fare


The author in a dirndl, traditional Oktoberfest garb

Despite the omnipresent and horribly kitschy seasonal pumpkin beer trend, autumn is without a doubt the single greatest season in which to imbibe craft beer. Read more

Final Draught