February 1, 2017 Issue


Photo bu Torrey Bailey

After shootings scathed Orlando’s Pulse in June, Istanbul’s Reina on New Year’s Eve and Playa Del Carmen’s Blue Parrot earlier this month, discussions about armed security have been stirring in the nightlife industry. Read more

About Last Night

Thank you for putting women’s issues front and center, literally [“The Women’s March,” Jan. 25]. I am not one to normally write letters to the editor, but considering we have a pedophile running the country, we are living in extraordinary times. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Daren Scott

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s life in all its triumph and all its torture exemplifies the longstanding notion that an artist must suffer. Read more



All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

Fifteen miles inland, El Cajon isn’t one of those up-and-coming hotspots that remains undiscovered. Its appeal lies in its gritty suburbia feel that relies more on hole-in-the-wall restaurants and corporate chains, with a little in between. Read more



Photo by John R. Lamb

Now that barware has entered the lexicon of San Diego’s long-festering housing-affordability crisis, can a solution be far behind? Read more

Spin Cycle

For those unfamiliar with the ongoing saga, Kasparian is legally accused of quid pro quo sexual harassment, gender discrimination, physical disability discrimination and wrongful termination of a former employee. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments

When Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres stepped in as executive director of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum  in August, one of her first orders of business was to find out what people really wanted from the 21-year-old institution. Read more

Seen Local

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


Image courtesy of Shutterstock

So, you just want the security of marriage with all the excitement of dating somebody new—which is kind of like wanting a latex hood and ball gag that are also a comfy old pair of slippers. Read more


Freshly nominated for the “Best Documentary” Oscar, Fire at Sea tackles hot button community issues through a restrained, almost maudlin approach. Read more


Gorgeously rendered in sharp primary colors, The Red Turtle doesn’t overcomplicate its simple setup. Read more



Photo courtesy of ART=OPPORTUNITY

There are plenty of studies that say teaching kids art—and teaching other subjects using art—can have a measurable and lasting impact that follows kids their entire lives. Read more

Seen Local

I once saw Lilys at a far-too-empty Casbah in the early ‘00s, so San Diego, make me proud and don’t let that happen again. Read more

If I Were U

Any event that attempts to incorporate cutting-edge technology and music could seem, on the surface, to be a little too fringe for your average culture vulture. But that’s certainly not the case with the inaugural AMT Festival. Read more

Short List Event Picks

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Photo by Gabe Gussin

It’s a weird thing for a young band to discover fans they didn’t even know they had. Or, weirder yet, to have no idea how they even found their music. That very thing happened for San Diego quintet Spooky Cigarette just weeks ago. Read more

Music Feature


Image by Ryan Bradford

Since Unarius is not a religion (well, sort of), it’s not really accurate to call it a cult. As noted in this column before, I was raised in the Mormon Church, so I know about cults. Diet cult might be a better description for Unarius. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Stacy Keck

Let’s be real about who gets to protest peacefully. To all m’ladies of the Caucasian persuasion: Can we talk for just a sec about peaceful protests like we didn’t invent them? Because we did not. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments


Photo by Beth Demmon

At $64.50 a pop, it sounds like an upscale way to spend an evening, but beneath the brass trappings and white tablecloths, it’s mostly couples huddled in various corners scrolling through Facebook to avoid any potential social interactions with stran Read more

Final Draught


Photo courtesy of Revolt Wine Co.

This unique dual focus of Revolt means its wines pop up in unexpected settings. It has participated in 91X’s Ye Scallywag festival, poured at Warped Tour Ventura and Hard Rock Las Vegas. Read more

Bottle Rocket