January 4, 2017 Issue


All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

Despite the views of San Diego Bay, downtown high rises and, on a clear day, a mountain-framed Tijuana, Golden Hill has sidestepped the lightning-speed gentrification many other areas have undergone. Read more


You know it's going to be a weird year when one of the first reasonable voices of 2017 is none other than Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump. Read more

From the Editor

Readers likely know Gene Loves Jezebel based on the strength of their '80s new wave hits like "Desire," though the band's been active for decades. Read more

If I Were U


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Ah, the one-two punch in the nether regions that is the holiday season—the rabid consumerism/sugar-high buzz of Christmas morphing briskly into the rabid consumption of fermented sugar products to welcome in the New Year Read more

Spin Cycle

The original members of Dogwood—whose lineup changed a lot during their decade-long career—bonded in their Escondido high school photography class over their mutual love of music and extreme sports videos. Read more

Music Feature


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My girlfriend found a certain little blue pill in my jeans pocket, and her feelings were hurt. I explained that I'm as into her as ever; I just need a little extra help because I'm getting older. Read more



Photo courtesy of Old Globe Theatre

For the fourth consecutive year, San Diego theatergoers will have the opportunity to hear works still in their important gestation stages crafted by talented emerging playwrights from around the country. Read more


Watching almost any film often requires the audience to take a leap of faith, but that doesn't mean we can't be skeptical. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Close the book on 2016. Slam that door shut. Good riddance. This has been a tumultuous and trying year by any standard, leaving an abundance of uncertainty in its wake Read more


Yet good can always be better, and there are always areas in which I feel San Diego can grow and expand upon what has long been an interesting and intimate music scene. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Jake Najor, drummer for The Redwoods Revue, Natural Sounds Trio and seemingly countless other bands and projects, is releasing a new album in 2017. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

I earned a standing ovation from my 11-year-old by doing a simple thing just before New Year's Eve: I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 2 Comments

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Image by Ryan Bradford

This getting high thing is new and different for me. But then again, everything feels different since election night. Everyday life feels different. When friends greet each other with "how's it going?", there's now a qualifier after every answer. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Beth Demmon

There are plenty of places within walking distance or a short Uber/Lyft ride away where sports fans can remain loyal to local craft beer. Read more

Final Draught 1 Comments


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Perhaps the best dishes at La Querencia are the carpaccios. In addition to beef, Guerrero offers scallop, salmon, squash and beet versions. Read more

The World Fare