August 16, 2017 Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Jeffrey Trageser is the founder of Open Oscillator, a meetup of guys, gals and their gizmos that takes place at Whistle Stop every other month. Read more

About Last Night


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“We all have more than we can show,” says Cristina Scorza, director of education and engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. “That is a process that is embedded in the nature of collecting.” Read more

Seen Local


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On Friday, Aug. 11, Lissa Corona resigned her position as San Diego Art Institute interim director and left her keys on her desk at the Balboa Park arts space. Read more

Seen Local 3 Comments


Photo by Jamie Ballard

Ellis Rose, a local activist and one of San Diego’s 9,000-plus homeless people, jokingly refers to himself as the “poster child” for homelessness in San Diego. Read more

News 1 Comments

Local politicians who had, as of the time this issue went to press, said nothing: County Supervisor Greg Cox, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County Supervisor Kristen Gaspar, County Supervisor Ron Roberts... Read more

From the Editor

This week’s pothole comes from our own Senior Account Executive and bike lane enthusiast Jason Noble, who has to travel over this series of cracks and holes while riding his bike into work. Read more

Pothole of the Week


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

In this tensed-up world, it’s somewhat comforting to know that even white supremacists sometimes disagree on tactics. Read more

Spin Cycle 1 Comments

Despite having a presence that might throw off a more conventional rock audience, fivepaw’s music is rich, detailed and epic. Read more

Music Feature

Dead Cross features Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Retox’s Justin Pearson and Mike Crain, and they kick ass. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Jim Cox

The very language of Hamlet—transcendent in its exploration of human beings’ deepest and most fraught emotions—assures its resonance in any context and any iteration Read more



Claudette Barius

As a stand-alone studio film, Logan Lucky is one of the most joyously political in recent memory. Read more


Poets don’t explain themselves,” says the red-haired muse Stella (Pamela Flores) to naïve writer Alejandro (Adan Jodorowsky) toward the beginning of Endless Poetry. Read more


Zsa Zsa Gabor is dead. Not the actress—though that’s also true—but the experimental noise project by Stay Strange founder Sam Lopez, who recently performed his last show under the project’s name. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The 36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair has been announced for Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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The “grossly vanilla,” as one writer friend called it, San Diego Festival of Books is a Wonder Bread factory. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 2 Comments


Photos by Torrey Bailey

In a time where working in the circus is considered passé and once popular circuses like Ringling Bros have gone out of business due to animal rights protests, there’s still a small community that is passionate about the art form. Read more


Just FYI, many readers of SD CityBeat would take you much more seriously if you didn’t come across as such a guilt-ridden white liberal. Read more

Letters to the Editor

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While San Diego is not in the path of totality for the highly buzzed-about eclipse (we’ll see about 60 percent), there will still be plenty of people outdoors on Monday, Aug. 21 to see the moon pass completely into the path of the sun. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Before Aug. 1, I had maybe suspected that National Clown Week was a thing. What I mean by that is the human mind is capable of imagining infinite atrocities. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

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A stressed-out woman wants to talk about her feelings; a stressed-out man wants to gun down 87 slobbering zombies on his phone in hopes that his feelings get bored with him and go away. Read more