December 20, 2017 Issue


Paramount Pictures

Downsizing (opening Dec. 22) is both ambitious and fundamentally problematic. Caricature of minority characters and low emotional stakes keep it from being a powerful apocalyptic allegory. Read more



Photo by Gabe Husain

Jakob McWhinney has clocked a lot of stage time playing in bands such as Spooky Cigarette, Space Heat, The Soaks, Trips and Kooties. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Ken Jacques

The message of forsaking greed and taking care of the less fortunate couldn’t be any more resonant than in is this season of GOP tax “reform.” And yet Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is relevant every year. Read more


Good art is a contagion. It grabs hold of the senses, latches on to the mind-body-spirit and travels along neural pathways and into the bones Read more

Thank You For Staring

Last year in this space we wrote “2017 surely has to be better, right?” Well, eh, so much for that sentiment. But hey, 2018 surely has to be better, right? Right? Read more

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Scott Peters is not a progressive. Never has been. By all accounts, he is as centrist as they come. Read more

From the Editor

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Melody Godinez became the fourth female activist within the local labor union community to sue Mickey Kasparian, the former president of San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council and UFCW Local 135. Read more

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Decent people of America: We have to take the wins where we can get them, no? Yes. We have to. We must. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments


Illustration by Carolyn Ramos

Anyway I know your busy, but it be hella chill if you hooked up some sweet vape. I like cherry or Dragon Blood flavor. Call of Duty would be dope to. God Blest america, Duncan Hunter Read more

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Yes, it’s that time of year, so get in good cheer, down a craft beer and belt out these twisted tunes to cast 2017 into the dustbin of history… Read more

Spin Cycle

Set in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983, the film embeds itself in the clammy villa property of Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg), his wife Annella (Amira Casar) and their 17-year-old son Elio (Timothée Chalamet). Read more



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In a study by personal finance website WalletHub, San Diego ranked 17th in the number of nightlife options per capita this year. Read more

About Last Night


Photo by Tonje Thilesen

A recurring feature in which we ask local musicians, promoters and others about the music they’ve been digging lately. This week we’re asking about their favorite music of 2017. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Marilen Tran

That’s why we’ve always liked A Culture Shock Nutcracker. Not only does Culture Shock San Diego dance company’s rendition of the classic pay tribute to both E.T. Hoffman’s story and Tchaikovsky’s score, but it adapts the storyline, music and fashion Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo courtesy of Epitaph Records

One of two “Bone”-artist options for the evening, Fishbone have been playing their unique style of funk rock for more almost 40 years. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Paul Koudounaris

These days, however, live tributes are more ubiquitous than ever, and if you missed the latest celebration of the music of Nirvana or Jimmy Eat World or whatever, don’t worry—there’s almost certainly going to be another one. Read more

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I’m a married lesbian in my 50s. I blew up my happy marriage by having an affair with somebody I didn’t love and wasn’t even that attracted to. Now my wife, whom I love very much, is divorcing me. Read more



Image by Ryan Bradford

But on a deeper level—we’re talking fundamental crust-level now—this pizza represents the compromises we’ve all endured over the past year. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Ian Ward

Created by Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville, the cocktail is served with housemade churros. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Photo courtesy of Bagby Beer Company

New Year’s Eve can be tough for someone like me. I’m obligated to stay up past 10 p.m., and I’ll definitely drink too much, so it’s not exactly an antisocial party pooper’s favorite holiday. Read more

Final Draught