December 6, 2017 Issue


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Most of us probably have a beer geek on our lists, but before dropping hard-earned coin on the most expensive bottle in the beer aisle, consider these alternatives. Read more

The Beerdist


Photo courtesy of San Diego Repertory Theatre

There are many personal crises that are milked for pathos in San Diego Repertory’s Black Pearl Sings!, but all of them are secondary to the sheer emotive power of Minka Wiltz’s vocals. Read more



Photo by Kelly Clark Moncure

Over the next few columns I intend to look at how our vision for a more artistically engaged cityscape might take shape. Read more

Thank You For Staring 2 Comments


All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

Downtown Highway 101 remains abuzz today, but with grom culture overpowering glamour. Encinitas is home to one of the world’s most esteemed surfing spots, Swami’s, which attracts international wave riders. Read more


Last Wednesday, San Diego State University unveiled a $3 billion, 166 acre “SDSU Mission Valley” plan for the SDCCU Stadium site. Read more

, CityWeek

Ms. Zaragoza’s scathing essay about men seems to reflect something much deeper that remains unresolved in her personal experiences, as a female. Read more

Letters to the Editor 2 Comments

What’s especially sad about the LA Weekly situation is that this type of model—one where owners, investors and publishers dictate editorial policy—is increasingly becoming the norm. Read more

From the Editor 4 Comments


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

He possesses all the advantages of incumbency: a slew of high-powered establishment endorsements, piles of campaign dough and all the media-spotlight time he desires. Read more

Spin Cycle 1 Comments


Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Metz is the sound of a pounding headache; their music is assaulting. If that turns you off, then this Canadian three-piece is probably not for you, but if you’re into rocking and not being a wimp, then they’re perfect. Read more

The Spotlight

If you search for albums tagged “San Diego” on Bandcamp, you’ll find some interesting stuff. In this semi-regular report, we sift through recent postings and relay the findings. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Darci Fontenot

Ian Tordella and Ed Kornhauser are best known for being fixtures of San Diego’s jazz scene. But the two musicians also started a new project this year to help spread the word about jazz in San Diego, the San Diego Sessions podcast. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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Chicago R&B singer Jamila Woods also makes protest music, but her version takes on a different, often subtler sound. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Giulia McGauran

One of the great pleasures of my job is the privilege of being able to use my editorial authority to tell everybody to see a grindcore band called Pig Destroyer. Read more

If I Were U

Guillermo del Toro’s gothic fairy tales tend to examine memory and trauma through the lens of historical periods ripe with fascist threat. Read more



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Theatres are debuting new Christmas productions and holiday-themed music concerts are in full swing, so it can sometimes be difficult to get our artistic fix without being bombarded with the spirit of the season. Read more

Short List Event Picks

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I saw this gorgeous girl at the coffeehouse at the mall two months ago. It was totally love at first sight. I keep hanging out there hoping to see her again. Am I nuts, or does love at first sight really exist? Read more



Photo by Ruby Belfer

Our family dog is dying. As I type this, she’s on her bed sleeping. I don’t know if she’ll be here by the time this column comes out. My gut says no. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 2 Comments


Image by Ryan Bradford

I love my nephew, as well as my role as “cool uncle.” I also cherish the option to peace out whenever he requires actual maintenance. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Ian Ward

One of my biggest flaws is my savage sweet tooth. In my early years of cocktail creating, it was my biggest obstacle. I was constantly battling with balance, because my own palate was off-kilter. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Photo by Torry David Gaustad

According to a recent report published by Cal State University San Marcos and the San Diego Brewers Guild, San Diego breweries made philanthropic contributions worth $4.5 million in 2016 alone Read more

Final Draught