May 31, 2017 Issue


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Started 10 months ago, the band of more than 200 local independent businesses is part of a larger, nationwide network of groups that are learning that there is strength in numbers. Read more

From the Editor


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

So while you’re missing out on the self-congratulatory coziness of the Goldens—with its feel-good blend of alcohol, rubber chicken and cut-glass trophies—keep in mind attending the Spinnies costs you nothing. Read more

Spin Cycle

This week’s pothole comes from Barbara Beaumont and it’s in our neck of the woods. Judging by the pic, we initially thought this one wasn’t much to complain about compared to some of the other craters in North Park Read more

Pothole of the Week

A few years back, I worked at Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) and, because I was over 21, I could work in the kiosks selling draft beer, a favorite of European visitors [“2017 Summer Guide: Surviving the apocalypse,” May 17]. Read more

Letters to the Editor

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Image courtesy of Wonderspaces

While many of the major museums have already opened their ongoing summer exhibitions, there are some fantastic gallery shows and under-the-radar exhibitions that we should all put on our respective calendars now. Read more

Seen Local

Carrington’s stories are part fairy tale, part nightmare. They are packed with forests full of strange creatures and castles populated by the rich and well to do. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Matthew Murphy

The charm of Escape to Margaritaville, directed by Christopher Ashley, is the ingenuity in which Buffett’s songs, especially the title tune, are woven into the story and the characters’ fates. Read more


It’s been a few years since Wavves first rode the surf-punk hype, um, wave, but they’re still a fun band to see live, with lots of loud, fast and catchy punk tunes. Read more

If I Were U

On Transmissions, Age of Collapse prove just as adept at slower, sludgier, more epic compositions. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Marujah is getting ready to release a new album. The local rock/Latin fusion band, which blends styles such as punk, cumbia and reggae, have announced they will release Marujah Rising on June 30. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, an award-winning new feature by director Juho Kuosmanen, condenses this timeline down to a matter of weeks yet is equally affecting. Read more


Director Kitty Green’s strange and darkly funny doc/fiction hybrid revisits the famous murder of JonBenet Ramsey through a collage of candid interviews. Read more



Photo by Celeste Byers

For The Verigolds, getting a little wild on stage is all in the spirit of the band. Read more

Music Feature


Photos by Matt Baldwin

Parkeology’s mission statement involves digging up the hidden history of Balboa Park, including the histories that have been the subject of deliberate erasure. Read more


Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): This week you will buy a scratcher and win $100. If you don’t win, then I was only joking. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Image via Shutterstock

Racism is not fertile breeding ground for creativity, so racists have been recycling the same weak-ass slights for generations. Read more

At the Intersection

Technically, the first day of summer is June 21, but everyone in the CityBeat office is well aware that, when it comes to events, the first day of summer is June 1. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Andrew Dyer

While hazy IPAs still dominate conversations in the beer community, San Diego remains at the top of the heap when it comes to the more traditional West Coast style. Read more

The Beerdist


Photo by James Vernette

A few months ago, Farmer’s Table (8141 La Mesa Blvd.) opened up in the La Mesa Village in what was formerly the location of Sanfilippo’s Pizza, the type of Italian restaurant you go to before high school football games. Read more

Dishing It Out


Photo by Michael Gardiner

I was excited when I got word that a place describing itself as a “Chinese tapas bar” would be opening in Point Loma. I love tapas, I love dim sum and I loved the idea of the intersection of the two. Read more

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