August 9, 2017 Issue

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Photo by Anna Powell Teeter

Under normal circumstances, a band like Dasher should have already been touring behind their second album by now. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Seth Combs

Honestly, I’ve never understood the point of desserts. I’ve just eaten a large meal and now I’m doing what exactly? Rewarding myself for being a massive glutton? Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Jamie Ballard

Compared to other writers—who ate bugs, face meat and even jellyfish—my choices for this issue may seem dull. But I faced a different sort of challenge: to overcome my dislike of foods that I’ve had somewhat traumatic experiences with in the past. Read more

Food Issue

In my book, the five food groups may as well be: cheese, bread, charcuterie, apple fritters and raw fish. But as someone who mostly writes about beer, the occasional salad and fruit bowl works wonders for my poor, mistreated liver. Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Victoria Davis

When it comes to food, strange and uncomfortable textures have always been a bit of a deal-breaker for me. Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Ryan Bradford

I bit down. Ketchup, mustard and pickle filled my mouth. I stopped chewing. I held that piece of burger in the side of my mouth for nearly half an hour until finally choking it down. Since then, I’ve sworn off the big three condiments. Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Vitta Oliveri

If growing up in Tijuana has proven anything to me, it’s that Mexicans can be resourceful when it comes to cuisine. Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

I never wanted to meet an alligator in a dark alley, much less eat one. I’ve never really wanted to eat any predator, for that matter. Humans generally don’t. Read more

Food Issue


Photo by Candice Eley

I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater. If something ends up on a plate in front of me, I’ll most likely eat it or, at the very least, indulge in a taste test. Read more

Food Issue

I’ll never forget the day I became a cinephile. I was studying theater, thinking I wanted to direct plays, when my freshman year roommate told me I needed to come see her film professor lecture. Read more

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I’ll never forget the first time I met Doug Manchester. It was at some fancy societal gala (that was part of my beat in those days) sometime around 2007. Read more

From the Editor


Photo illustration by John Lamb

Behold, the public records request. Without it, San Diegans might still be in the dark about the San Diego Association of Government’s shenanigans, secret SoccerCity shindigs and city pension pooch-screwing. Read more

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This week’s pothole comes from David Blumberg, who had a lot to say on his find. “Let’s begin with the fact that the city simply striped right over the manhole. Work order closed. Check.” Read more

Pothole of the Week

I am a big believer that a lot of cops out there are genuine people trying to do good in our communities, but my time growing up in Atlanta, I saw a couple “good cops” that I knew very well treat the homeless terribly. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Jim Carmody

With an opening sequence that has the impact of a brick through a plate-glass window, Kill Local promises a journey into the mind of a remorseless killer who may also be a human being with deep-seated frailties. Read more



Photo by Anna Powell Teeter

Under normal circumstances, a band like Dasher should have already been touring behind their second album by now. Read more

Music Feature

Wind River is more spiritual revenge film than police procedural, one that relies upon certain thematic binaries to bluntly express itself. Read more

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Step, which opens Friday, Aug. 11, pays respect to the small decisions and conversations that help empower disenfranchised families to break free from crippling cycles of poverty and fear. Read more


Nite Jewel’s music is dreamy, danceable and, in some of her best moments, impossibly smooth. Read more

If I Were U

Last week, UC San Diego, as part of an agreement with student-run on-campus cooperatives, renewed the lease for long-running music venue and food co-op The Che Cafe, ending two years of negotiations over the space. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Megan Liscomb of Soft Lions has started a new solo project called p.j. sparkles. She’s continuing to make music with Soft Lions, and even plans to release new music with the band later this year. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio