December 13, 2017 Issue

The city council finally got around to voting on a plan to address the issue of short-term vacation rental (STVRs) units and services like AirBnB. Unfortunately, there were two proposals the council had to consider. Read more

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Thank you for news of the LA Weekly firings [“Blurred Lines,” Dec. 6]. I have written for them under an excellent editor, James Vowell, in the long-ago past. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Seth Combs

n this semi-regular department, Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition. Read more

Seen Local


Photo courtesy of Cura Caos

Feeling the scene was underappreciated, he set out to create a podcast called Cura Caos. Read more

Seen Local


Illustration by Andrew McGranahan

As is tradition, we’ve included local boutiques and stores instead of the corporate chain stores so that readers can rest easy knowing they’re supporting local businesses. Read more


Locally, there’s the case of Sacheen Silvercloud, who was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of first-degree felony burglary after she was reportedly discovered looting an evacuated home in Bonsall during the Lilac Fire. Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Daren Scott

Cabaret is the ultimate in ironical musical theater. In spite of what the title tune suggests, life is not a cabaret, old chum. Read more


What sustains a resistance? The Star Wars franchise has spent nearly four decades tip-toeing around the ideological complexities of this question. Read more


Oldman’s overly method performance oscillates between two stock positions: grumpy pragmatist and impassioned hard ass. Read more


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Knowing what we know about human nature, mob mentality, opportunism and the current culture of the chronically outraged—it is a virtual certainty that innocents will be sucked into the cyclone. Read more

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Whether or not it benefits you, it is important to recognize and acknowledge the hard work of others. So lets go ahead and give a round of applause to the termites out there eating our homes. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Henry Diltz

“I was not a tough kid. I was never really into tough music," Outlaw says. "I remember my dad had a copy of James Taylor’s Greatest Hits that really spoke to me." Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Nolan Knight

Julien Baker’s music is heartbreaking, to say the least. But it’s also beautiful, so maybe tonight’s the night to go have a good cry with some strangers. Read more

If I Were U

The Beldam and the Holy Sloth is, as a result, not the most diverse rock record, but that’s hardly the point. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Xavier Vasquez

Members of Hours and Bleak Skies have started up a new project titled Possible Man With a Possible Gun. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Eric Wong

Eric Wong points out that Hotels/Motels (Unofficial Art Fair 2017) is actually the third edition of the event, but to call it an annual occurrence is a bit of a misnomer. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Here’s hoping that 2018 is as unpredictable as 2017 was, but in a good way. A year where healthcare, human rights and basic human decency make a comeback. Read more

At the Intersection

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Photo by Michael Gardiner

However, if pork fat rules, then Filipino lechon is the king of kings and Porky’s Lechon (1430 East Plaza Blvd., Suite E12) in National City may be its palace. Read more

The World Fare

But Vampira endures. Her signature looks and mordant humor inspired pop culture icons like the character of Morticia of The Addams Family, Disney’s Maleficent and horror movie hostess Elvira. Read more

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