April 5, 2017 Issue


All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

Today, Barrio Logan holds tight to its foundations and wards off gentrification by prioritizing small, independently owned businesses that cater to the residents. Read more

Neighborhoods 3 Comments


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

In a city where the word “bold” rarely materializes except for during spectacular sunsets, the folks at Father Joe’s Villages went for the gusto last week when they announced an initiative to boost its permanent housing for the homeless. Read more

Spin Cycle 2 Comments


Photo by Jamie Ballard

It seems that Faulconer just wants voters to forget all that and focus solely on the fact that they’re not the ones being taxed. Read more

From the Editor 3 Comments

The ad for WonderCon, billed as a “pop culture event” clues me about ComicCon International’s (CCI) plans [“Comic-Con’s ticket to Balboa Park,” March 22]. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Jim Cox

Red Velvet unfolds slowly and at times wavers in tone. It opens with a methodically paced encounter between a grim, aging Aldridge and a sincere but irritating Polish reporter (Halina Wozniak). Read more


Your Name is mixed bag of bravura style and exhausting storytelling that ultimately cascades toward a familiar conclusion. Read more


Mine eventually gets overtly political, connecting Mike’s mental instability and ideological fatigue with the philosophical ramblings of a traumatized local. Read more



Photo by Alex Kershaw

Whether it’s a matter of trendiness or simply to show solidarity, Solaimani believes it’s cultural capitalization either way. Read more

Seen Local 2 Comments


Photo by Allyson Foster

There’s no getting around the fact that A Crow Looked at Me is a sad and deeply personal album. But for how much the album is about traumatic loss, it also harbors intricate details that speak to something more mysterious and profound. Read more

Music Feature

Perry Vasquez has announced a new concept album inspired by Dante Aligheri’s 14th century epic poem, Inferno. It’s titled The Gates of Heck, and it’s being released on Good Friday, April 14. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Dod Morrison

The Damned released their debut album, Damned Damned Damned, 40 years ago, which was just reissued for the notable anniversary. Read more

If I Were U

It’s all about the context. Context is also a requirement for unpacking the contradictions that abound in Layli Long Soldier’s new collection of poems, WHEREAS, released last month by Graywolf Press. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo courtesy of the UCSD Department of Music

Springfest—the nine-day, multi-venue showcase—started as a way to showcase UCSD’s Department of Music programs, but has since expanded to include experimental musicians. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo illustration by Ryan Bradford

Even after Shaquille O’Neal claimed he was joking, the former NBA center got a lot of grief for saying the Earth is flat. Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo by Andrew Dyer

When Iron Fist Brewing co-owner Eve Siemenski told me the Barrio Logan tasting room was approaching its second anniversary this July, I was taken aback. Read more

The Beerdist 2 Comments


Photo courtesy of Single Fin

A “ghost restaurant” is not a place where the food is served by apparitions (though that would certainly cut down on the payroll), but rather an eatery with no storefront that exists solely for food delivery services such as UberEats, Eat24, DoorDash Read more

Dishing It Out

Purchasing wine through takes time to get used to, and more time to actually receive. Read more

Bottle Rocket


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When I read those #blackwomenatwork Tweets, I wondered how Black women haven’t collectively just given up on society and forged our own brand new world elsewhere. Read more

At the Intersection 2 Comments

I’m a woman in my 30s. I was married for five years, but now, thank God, I’m divorced and about two years into a wonderful new relationship. Read more