March 8, 2017 Issue


I’m a 27-year-old guy, and I’m not very funny. I know women like a guy with a sense of humor, so I was interested in these “Flirt Cards” with funny messages that I saw on Kickstarter. Read more


For local artist Shinpei Takeda, there are humbling experiences, and then there’s driving a rickshaw through the streets of downtown. Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Apparently the presidential rise of Donald J. Trump has been like a B-12 shot to the 74-year-old tush of local arch-conservative kingpin of the big-ass development world, Douglas Frederick “Papa Doug” Manchester. Read more

Spin Cycle

Bradford is the kind of writer who shits in the same bucket that he drinks from. Read more

Letters to the Editor

I think what struck me the most this past week in local politics was Cate’s letter to Gov. Jerry Brown concerning the recent parole approval of Jesus Cecena. Read more

From the Editor 2 Comments


Photo by Camilo Christen

On Near to the Wild Heart of Life, King and Prowse walk a tricky line by evolving Japandroids’ sound without rounding off the qualities that made their music appealing in the first place. Read more

Music Feature

Alluri’s strength as a writer shines in pieces like “A Declaration, Love” and “Mirage,” where he manages to give voice to the invisible people that we pass in everyday life. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Daren Scott

There’s a good deal to be said for the voyeuristic jollies one gets while watching, on stage, two attractive people flirt, fondle and get it on (the latter behind a closed door). It’s about what you’d expect from a play called Sex with Strangers, rig Read more


While the poems in Hodge's Dated Emcees aren’t as reactionary as her performance for Black Panthers at 50, there’s no armed resistance against those we let into out hearts. Read more

The Floating Library

Leticia Gomez Franco, who curated both exhibitions, says that while Shoulders attempted to look at the history and impact of the Chicana movement. Read more

Seen Local

South by Southwest (SXSW) has been making a lot of headlines in the past week for both positive and negative reasons. A positive would be the news that former Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking about efforts to fight cancer. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Chris Woo

Hot Snakes are recording a new album. Singing Serpent Studio revealed in a Facebook post that the band recorded some songs in February for what will be their first full-length album since 2004’s Audit in Progress. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

despite its tone deaf aggrandizing, Kong: Skull Island is not an insulting disaster. There are many affecting moments that deal with the lingering cost of war and the possibility of peace over profit. Read more


"People who can’t love animals can’t love people.” This quote comes early in Kedi, Ceyda Torun’s documentary about the nomadic street cats of Istanbul, and emphasizes the necessity of empathy in any community. Read more


Tommy Stinson started Bash & Pop after The Replacements broke up (the first time), but with that band’s reunion tour done, Stinson is reviving his ‘90s-era project of power pop anthems. Read more

If I Were U


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Over recent months and years it has been suggested—by a fair amount of friends, readers and editors—that I should refrain from mocking religion so much in my writing. Read more

Sordid Tales 1 Comments


Photo by San Diego Opera

Locals have always had a casual relationship with the San Diego Opera. While we love the idea that it’s there and often take it for granted, the reality is that far too many people still consider opera to be too inaccessible to really give it a break Read more

Short List Event Picks

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However, I do want to take a moment to think about the women who want to strike, but can’t. Whether it’s because they got mouths to feed, lives to save, their health won’t allow it, or a reason all their own. Read more

At the Intersection


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Every February since 2005 Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger has been poured at the brewery and a select few taprooms. Read more

The Beerdist 8 Comments


Photo by Cathlyn Choi

“Insects are served in bars and as street food all over Asia,” says local Cathlyn Choi, host of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen, which runs locally on Channel 4 on both Time Warner and Cox cable channels. Read more

Dishing It Out