July 5, 2017 Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Sizable chunks of amethyst are relatively unimpressive compared to other items within Gladys Collins’ museum-like shop, The Dinosaur Gallery (1327 Camino Del Mar). Read more

Seen Local


All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

In 1882, the seaside village of Del Mar caught the attention of a New Yorker who was plotting railroad tracks between San Diego and Los Angeles. His wife named the city after the poem “Fight of Paso Del Mar” by Bayard Taylor. Read more



Photo by John Howard

Everything about Big Fish is, well, big: The number of characters. The number of costume changes. The number of songs in the musical score. Read more



Photo by Torrey Bailey

Chorus Karaoke & Bar owner Scott Na opened Hive (4428 Convoy St.) in February, advertising its 13 private karaoke rooms, arcade space, craft cocktail menu and an anticipated nightclub area. Read more

About Last Night

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit which installs free solar panels for low-to-moderate-income houses, to provide sustainable energy and lower energy costs. Residents who qualify for the program don’t pay for the panels or for the installation cost. Read more


This week’s pothole comes from Erik Johnson, who sent us this rather clever picture of a toy cop car in a pothole near his home. “In Linda Vista, our potholes have potholes,” says Johnson. Read more

Pothole of the Week

Just because we are smart enough to know when we are getting ripped off (Spanos-Chargers and Spanos-lite Minor league soccer) does not mean we aren’t a sports town [“San Diego is not a sports town,” June 21]. Read more

Letters to the Editor

When America’s longest-serving defender of the Second Amendment comes out and calls for their members to “fight” kids in the streets protesting police violence, then, I’m sorry, they’ve lost me. Read more

From the Editor 2 Comments

Some of those films are unforgivably jingoistic (Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy’s Act of Valor), while others employ fascist aesthetic techniques to lionize white male saviors (Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot). Read more


A conversation with Mutoid Man guitarist/vocalist Stephen Brodsky and his bass-playing bandmate Nick Cageao is a bit like being dropped into the middle of an improv comedy routine. Read more

Music Feature

As horny nuns who are bored silly by convent rules and routines, Alessandra (Alison Brie), Genevra (Kate Micucci) and Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza) sigh and pout their way through The Little Hours with the skill of eye-rolling millennials. Read more


Dizzy Spells, a newly formed booking and design outfit, has just launched a new, 46-track compilation titled Dizzy Spells Vol. 1. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

A recurring feature in which we ask local musicians, promoters and others about the music they’ve been digging lately. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

I owe a lot of my interest in heavy music to Deftones. I saw them as a young lad of 15, and while I’ve grown and expanded my palate since then, I still have a soft spot for the group. Read more

If I Were U

I really don’t know what I’m doing. If it weren’t for Frances Jensen’s life-altering book The Teenage Brain, the wheels would be coming off. As hard as it seemed at the time, the toddler and grade-school years were so much easier. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo courtesy of San Diego Pride

Lucky for us and CityBeat readers, there’s a number of events on Saturday, July 8 that will get us all back in the spirit of standing up for women’s rights. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Kelly Davis

Rocks are dope. Crystals are dope! Who doesn’t want to see some dope crystals? Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

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Image via Shutterstock

My girlfriend and I broke up recently, so I’m back in the dating pool. Do you think online dating is a good way to meet people? If so, which are the best dating sites? Read more



Photo by Ian Ward

Honestly, as a person who has made his career as a somewhat forward-thinking bartender, I have to confess that I have never truly been sold on the idea that cocktails and food, in general, pair well together. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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Photo by Michael Gardiner

Carne asada tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are usually available, but why have that when there are tortas of beef short rib braised with guajillo chiles for the asking? Read more

The World Fare