January 18, 2017 Issue


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Al pastor, fish tacos and the best street cart on the rock are all the reasons we need to visit Ensenada Read more

Staycation Issue


Photo courtesy of The Irenic

The Irenic will resume live shows in February, and from that point won’t be staffed by Irenic employees. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo illustration by John Lamb

The first visible new approach Thursday was the mayor’s decision to stand alone on stage. Traditionally, San Diego City Council members and other city officials have been seated behind the mayor’s lectern. Read more

Spin Cycle 1 Comments

Please encourage Democrats to keep running for this district and Chula Vista which is 50 percent Democratic, and use their campaign money for an exit poll and recount. Read more

Herein lies the brilliance of Paterson as an elevated exploration of duality. Life can be one thing, or it can be another, malleable and volatile like crashing waterfalls, or simply sublime like water falling on hair. Read more


Sentimental on paper, 20th Century Women’s central conceit is executed with grace and wit. Read more



Photo by John R. Lamb

"San Diego didn’t lose the Chargers. The Chargers just lost San Diego.” And with that catchphrase at a hastily called City Hall press conference last Thursday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer defiantly accepted the divorce papers from the NFL team that had ca Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Andy Nystrom / Flickr

On the way into the State of the City this past Thursday, I made a $5 bet with a friend and local tourism official on whether or not Mayor Faulconer would mention the Chargers at all. Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Daren Scott

Among the many questions raised by Les Liaisons Dangereuses, set in the late 1780s in an opulent France, is how can people wearing so many clothes be so sexy? Read more



Photo by Darrell Alonzi

The Deep End held 20 events in 2016, 13 of which were warehouse parties that showcased primarily electronic music acts. Read more

About Last Night

Hanan Ali’s ambitious quest from her home in Mombasa, Kenya is not only a testimony to her devotion to family values, but also what she calls a generational “leap of faith.” Read more

Family Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

An Iraqi Chaldean (a sect of the Catholic Church), Ray originally moved to the U.S. in 1993 after fleeing Baghdad in 1991 during the Operation Desert Storm conflict. Read more

Family Issue

The Arab Spring held so much promise for Syrians like Ammar Kawkab, a Kurdish refugee from the northeastern city of Al-Qamishli who, along with his wife and four children, settled in City Heights on June 2, 2016. Read more

Family Issue 1 Comments


Photo courtesy of Lizz Huerta

There were times when people stayed with us, sometimes overnight, sometimes for months. We had a spare room in the back of the house, a thin-walled corner where a cot was set up. Read more

Family Issue


Photo by Ryan Bradford

For poet Jahleh Ghanbari, the first time she called her father “daddy” was a small act of defiance. Read more

Family Issue


Photo by Hannah Klein

Stephen Steinbrink's songs are strangely variegated little wonders that seem to exist in the cracks between classic pop, modern indie rock and standard singer-songwriter fare. Read more

Music Feature

Locally produced live-concert show Live at the Belly Up, recorded (as the title indicates) at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, has returned to KPBS TV after a two-year break. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Amber and Ashlie Chavez

American Wrestlers remind me of a lot of the bands that got me into indie rock, such as Pavement or Guided by Voices, with some of the jangle of Big Star or Teenage Fanclub. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Sara Wacker

The dirt is interesting—a fundamental ingredient for all sorts of American entertainment: demolition derbies, rodeos, monster truck rallies and other super classy events. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments


Photo courtesy of the San Diego Women’s March

By the time you read this, millions of women could be dealing with the reality that they will soon be without insurance. Read more

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