March 1, 2017 Issue


All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

While the area continues to change almost as much as the name of the Sports Arena, coastal preservation, top-notch seafood and all those adult stores are staying. Read more


Thanks for the nice recap and for keeping the discussion going [“Q: What Does San Diego’s Art Scene Need to Thrive?,” Feb. 17]. A few notes. I am, in fact, a publicist who specializes in Arts & Culture and there are a few more. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by John R. Lamb

One observer called it “the weirdest event,” given the lack of pronouncements amid the clamoring from City Hall when it comes to projects like these. Read more

Spin Cycle 2 Comments

Back in December, I used this space to admit my ignorance when it came to the journalistic acronym JDLR, which stands for “just doesn’t look right.” Read more

From the Editor


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Googling Lee K doesn’t go far. She’s not on Spotify, and her bio tab is blank on the electronic music website Resident Advisor. A 150-word description on her Insomniac page is the longest narrative around, and it’s scant on details. Read more

About Last Night


Photo by Daren Scott

Diversionary Theatre is presenting two well-known and compelling works by Lisa Kron in rotating repertory. Read more



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Having regular dinners with somebody doesn’t mean you’re dating. I have dinner with my TV several nights a week, but that doesn’t mean I should get “Samsung forever!” tattooed on my special place. Read more


Always a loose canon, Logan (Hugh Jackman) has been the closest thing to a cowboy the X-Men ever had. Read more


The sun always seems to be shining in My Life as a Zucchini, and yet darkness still very much exists. Claude Barras’ colorful stop-motion animation isn’t your typical children’s film. Read more


Living in Southern California, I’ve grown to reserve my hostility and loathing for the one band whose music seems to cause a visceral reaction of almost physical disgust: The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Read more

Music Feature 6 Comments

There’s arguably no beatmaker in San Diego making more abrasively peculiar sounds than Tenshun. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

OK, look, I really don’t feel like I have to explain why Stevie Nicks is my Plan A, but if you’re scratching your head, listen to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Tusk, then her solo album Bella Donna, and then you’ll be caught up. Read more

If I Were U

Art and music collectives come and go in this town and, to be honest, not all of them are good. But The Redwoods—a tight collective of local and like-minded musicians and artists—have become something of a local force since forming two years ago. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Julia Evans

Writers: we were mad before it was cool. And now that outrage is thrown around like currency, we're kings. If your writing isn't—in some small way—an act of revenge, then you're doing it wrong. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 6 Comments


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The day I began typing these words, devastating images of Standing Rock in flames flooded my social media feeds. My eyes flooded with tears and my heart broke yet again. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

23 weeks: Get into a conversation at Eppig Brewing with a man about how it’s OK to drink in moderation while pregnant. Thanks for the stamp of approval, man who will never carry a baby. Read more

Final Draught

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Photo by Michael Gardiner

There’s a perception that all Middle Eastern food is the same: it’s all hummus and shawarma, falafel and dolma. Like the slogan, this perception may be built on a grain of truth, but it ignores substantial differences between distinct Middle Eastern Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Jen Van Tiegham

I’m not sure how the presence of M Winehouse in Little Italy (1918 India St.) escaped me, but it seems that I’ve been missing out on this quaint spot for a couple of years now. Read more

Bottle Rocket


Photo by Mike Blabac

Hot Nerds are getting ready to release a new album. On March 10, the trio of Nathan Joyner, Alia Jyawook and Thomas O’Connell will release Tirades in a Mental Arcade, their follow-up to 2015’s Strategically Placed Bananas. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio