April 12, 2017 Issue


Seth, you (and CityBeat) might have more success drumming up interest and caring and support (i.e. money) for the homeless if you (and other homeless advocates) didn’t sound so entitled. Read more

Letters to the Editor


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CityBeat readers should and must resist the idea of this wall in whatever way they can. Whether it’s a piece of art or a nuclear waste-filled trench, this particular “fence” is a waste of money, resources and time. Read more

From the Editor


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Three years and change into the job, Mayor Kevin Faulconer finds himself in that familiar position for most longtime politicians of dubious distinction: How the heck will I be remembered? Read more

Spin Cycle


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Look, I like kids. I really do. But Bread & Salt looked like Lord of the Flies this past Saturday. I saw kids touching and mishandling art that wasn’t meant to be touched. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

It seems strange to call May-ling Martinez a mid-career artist. However, given that term’s arbitrary parameters, I do feel comfortable saying that I at least consider the sculptor and paper artist to be hitting something of a creative plateau. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Torrey Bailey

For nearly 24 years, Azalea Park has successfully waged a war on urban decay by extending a welcome to LGBTQ homebuyers. Read more

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"In Tijuana, everyone is an assistant director without you asking. It’s great.” So says local artist and filmmaker Omar Lopex when asked what it’s been like to shoot and direct his new feature-length film—titled Ana, Who They Pulled Out of the River. Read more

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Photo by Daren Scott

Creating the illusion of a road trip is a formidable theatrical undertaking that seldom succeeds. It doesn’t with San Diego Repertory’s production of Into the Beautiful North, a play by Karen Zacarias based on a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea. Read more


Preoccupations, formerly Viet Cong, played a hell of a show the last time they were in San Diego. Their style of dark, arty post-punk is extra urgent and punchy in a live setting, so don’t miss out this time. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Analog modular synthesizers are pushing aside digital synthesizers, providing a tactile landscape for those uninspired by computerized presets, says John Noble. Read more

About Last Night

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Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel… These were the words used by New York Times reporter John Eligon 15 days after Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


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As a woman of color in an otherwise white-male-dominated industry, Mitski Miyawaki has always had to work a little harder to prove herself. Read more

Music Feature

There aren’t many bands in San Diego that are quite like Ash Williams. In their own words, via Bandcamp, they’re a “punk band that wishes it were a black metal band.” Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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On Saturday, April 22, Hubbard and Golia will perform a record release show at Bread and Salt for Hunter’s Moon. However, after that, Hubbard says he’ll be moving on to the next thing. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

There hasn’t been much local programming that has dealt with female experiences and representation on screen. This drought makes the Museum of Photographic Arts’ “Aging Women in Film” series a welcome addition to the pre-Summer arts calendar. Read more


If Colossal is ultimately about recognizing your demons and making a change, it can’t quite decide the best route to reach self-empowerment. Tonally, the film is as much a hot mess as Hathaway’s frazzled protagonist. Read more



Photo courtesy of San Diego Dance Theater

For many of us, dancing is anything but cerebral. It’s something we do to escape. Something we do to avoid having to think. Watching others dance, however, is another story. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Before entering the faux-castle walls of Medieval Times, I have a brief premonition that my life will change forever. For better or worse, it’s undecided. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

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Photo by Michael Gardiner

Tasty Pot describes itself as offering “Taiwanese-style hot pot” with the soups served in individual bowls instead of a communal pot and coming pre-loaded with various combinations of ingredients already simmering in the broth. Read more

The World Fare


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I love my boyfriend; however, I feel bad that he never buys me presents. He did when we were dating, and he buys himself extravagant stuff. Read more