July 19, 2017 Issue


Sure, there is a great roundup of Comic-Con-related events in these pages, but we here at CityBeat are entirely too busy being all [eye roll emoji] and throwing out sick burns like “that’s so 2000 and late” to get around to crafting listicles. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments

There are potholes and then there’s just gigantic death holes that may or may not be a portal to the Upside Down. It makes sense to us that such a parallel dimension may exist in the La Presa neighborhood of Spring Valley (after all, it’s Spring Vall Read more

Pothole of the Week

Hi Seth! I am the Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners PAC (SDCGO). Someone sent your article to me about the San Diego City Council’s proclamation making May 6th, 2017 San Diego County Gun Owners Day. Read more

Letters to the Editor

A couple years ago, I analyzed late-summer trailers and tried to determine the quality of the movies they were advertising. I'm doing it again. Read more



Photo by Todd Leykamp

From zombie plays to Star Wars spelling bees, we’ve rounded up some of the better events that will, hopefully, cheer up some of our badge-less readers. Read more

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In addition to traveling back and forth between San Diego and Tijuana for many years, Charles Glaubitz regularly crosses borders and pushes boundaries in his work. Read more



Photo by Gabbot / Flickr Commons

Men still feel very free to come up and “investigate” if I’m fit to rep a fandom. I’ve been asked what makes me think I can wear a hat, shirt or join a conversation about a comic, a book, a film or game. Read more



Photo courtesy of PB Shore Club

When it comes to blame, it’s easy to pass the buck. That’s what The Spectacular Now and Whiplash star Miles Teller tried to do following a drunken night in Pacific Beach last month. Read more

About Last Night 2 Comments


Photo by Jim Carmody

For all its angst emanating from central figure Angie, At the Old Place is at times frustratingly low-key. Read more



Photo illustration by John Lamb

As San Diego preps once again to become the center of the pop-culture universe and whisks its homeless off downtown sidewalks, Spin Cycle would like to turn readers’ attention to the “comic” portion of Comic-Con. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Hadas Di

Ho99o9 is far from the first group to blend hip-hop with more abrasive and aggressive musical styles, but theirs is particularly destructive. Read more

Music Feature

While I sympathize with the residents of North Park, it seems myopic to heap all of the blame for North Park’s woes on Observatory North Park. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The inaugural Be Well Fest has been announced for Saturday, July 29, at Rancho Valhalla Nursery. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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I wouldn’t be interested even if he were single, and I’ve been giving subtle hints, like “ha-ha…gotta go,” right after he says something provocative, but it isn’t working. Read more


Much of Dunkirk is unforgettable, a relentless ode to minor human victories in the face of colossal national disaster. Read more


Valerian, which opens Friday, July 21, has antiquated views on gender equality and race. Read more



Photo by Wendy Lynch Redfern

There aren’t many artists that combine standup comedy with R&B, but Reggie Watts is far from your average songwriter. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Richard Platt

When it comes to Henry David Thoreau, no one is as thorough as playwright Richard Platt. In fact, he’ll be the first one to point out that people have been saying Thoreau’s name wrong for decades (it’s actually pronounced like the word “thorough”). Read more

Short List Event Picks

Back in 1989, Garfield creator Jim Davis—not particularly known for his provocative imagination—published a series of uncharacteristically troubling comics leading up to Halloween. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 2 Comments

Last week marked the second anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland. Three days earlier, I arrived home from a week at the same Lake Tahoe mountain lodge where I was when, just last year, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were murdered. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels