August 30, 2017 Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

When passing from one watering hole to the next, original music is often hard to find and, until recently, PB Avenue (1060 Garnet Ave.) bumped the same kind of formulaic setlist on Thursday nights. Read more

About Last Night

I am writing to you in complaint of the foul language your columnist Edwin Decker habitually employs. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Jamie Ballard

As San Diego’s homelessness crisis continues, there’s one vulnerable group that’s often overlooked: college students. Read more


We’ll be having a proper celebration of our 15th anniversary in October with the release of our annual “Best Of” issue. Leading up to that and continuing into 2018, we will begin to unveil some new features and content. Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Jake Rose

It seems like everyone is an amateur “photographer” these days. With the ubiquity of camera phones—not to mention all the filters, apps and tools at our disposal—it can often be difficult to judge the hundreds of submissions we receive. Read more



Photo by Abigail Barnett

What mainly stands out is how Gossett manages to capture the essence of fandom without coming across as cheesy or as if he’s pandering to the Padres. Read more

Seen Local

For years, photographer Alanna Airitam was tired of not seeing people who looked like her in fine art. Read more

Seen Local

The beginning of It’s Always Never finds the band sounding a bit more atmospheric and melancholy, as if they underwent an identity transformation in the past few years. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Andrew McKeag

Dirty Sweet have announced their first new album in seven years. The hard-rock outfit has been mostly inactive since 2014, but plan to release Once More Unto the Breach in October, coinciding with a record-release show at The Casbah on Oct. 14. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Ashley Maile

As part of the iconic punk rock class of ’77, first-wavers Stiff Little Fingers didn’t emerge in a scene where bands were expected to last long. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of ion Theatre

Jason Wells’ The North Plan, making its San Diego debut courtesy of ion theatre, clearly aspires to pungent political satire. Read more



Photo by Jennifer Lothspeich

One of the oldest wineries in Temecula Valley now has one of the newest tasting rooms in San Diego. Read more

Bottle Rocket

Despite what most believe, the fall season can be bad for quality films. So the merit of these features boils down to the writer’s sensibility (it’s all about trust), and what CityBeat readers are looking for in the first place. Read more

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In writer/director Lake Bell’s latest comedy, a jaded filmmaker tries to convince three couples that marriage should be limited to a seven-year contract with the option to renew. Read more



Photo by Makaiyla Willis / Flickr

It was strange for me when, in the wake of the Charlottesville horror show, I found myself vaguely, if reluctantly, cheering Swift on. Read more

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Eddie Alcazar

First and foremost, Thundercat is a monstrous bass player, with the kind of technical skill and playful abilities that make all of his songs seem impossible to replicate. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Ian Ward

“We started using Dark Horse cold brew in our cocktails when I was at Sycamore Den, which we found the guests really loved, as we did, because it was a local substitute for vodka and Red Bulls,” says Eric Johnson. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Image courtesy of the artist

It’s not a new story by any means: Arts organizations move into an otherwise untapped and unimpressive neighborhood, build it up and then the people start flocking. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Image via Shutterstock

In looking for love, a number of people confuse “the chase” with something closer to criminal stalking. Read more



Image by Ryan Bradford

Let me tell you: enjoying a drink called an “Irish Car Bomb” with people who live close to the reality of that violence is definitely a little awkward. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward