November 8, 2017 Issue

Within the last several decades, the neighborhood revitalized as a safe space for refugees. The first wave arrived after the Vietnam War, followed by Somali immigrants in the ‘90s and, most recently, people fleeing war-torn Syria. Read more

Neighborhoods 2 Comments


Photo by Jossette Michelle Aesthetic Arts

The past year has been a big one for Michelle Schonberg, otherwise known as Michi. The UC San Diego graduate entered college with plans to be a doctor, but took a chance on music technology. Read more

About Last Night


Photo courtesy of Lamb's Players Theatre

Connie Ray’s Smoke on the Mountain is one of the most widely produced shows out there, especially in rural American towns. Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

However, if we’re to judge by past election results, one thing we can all agree on is the desire to be fully informed when elected officials make critical decisions. Seems logical, right? Read more

Spin Cycle

The issue: The San Diego Housing Commission voted unanimously to use $6.5 million from its permanent housing fund to staff three temporary tent shelters for seven months. Read more

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The news turned “fake” the day editors, publishers and producers stopped giving consumers the information they needed and decided they could make more money giving people what they want. Read more

From the Editor 3 Comments

Much like I felt upon reading the initial comments on Jenny Niezgoda’s original Kickstarter campaign, I was taken aback at the blatantly personal attacks that showed up in Alex Zaragoza’s article. Read more

Letters to the Editor

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

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Photo by Grant Reinero

Vinyl Junkies founder Eric Howarth and The Casbah owner Tim Mays are opening up a new record store in South Park. The Vinyl Junkies Record Shack (2235 Fern St.) will have its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 24. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio



Without depicting combat, Last Flag Flying, which opens Friday, Nov. 10, examines the immeasurable personal cost of war at the human level. Read more


The Square, which opens Friday, Nov. 17, is often humorless and just as arrogant as its lead character. Read more



Photo by Neva Wireko

Fool’s Paradise, released in September via Arts & Crafts, is an album that reflects Hussein’s own period of self-discovery and expression after a long period of putting up barriers around her identity. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Colin May

Cloakroom’s Time Well is one of my favorite albums of the year, an epic blend of post-hardcore, shoegaze and sludge that’s simultaneously melodic and massive. Read more

If I Were U

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I’m an attractive woman, but I often photograph terribly, and I’m thinking of spending some money and having a professional photographer shoot some pics in a studio. Read more



Image courtesy of SDAFF

For nearly two decades, the San Diego Asian Film Festival has taken a seemingly specific theme and expanded it to include selections that viewers might not automatically expect. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Aaryn Belfer

I don’t know who she is, but she is out there. Perhaps she is reading this column right now, this woman whom I met once for a brief moment. She’s like me. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo by Ryan Bradford

Just when I feel like maybe I’m doing life correctly, I do something like sign up for a timeshare presentation. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 5 Comments

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Photo courtesy of Colby Chandler

Colby Chandler, Vice President and Specialty Brewer at Ballast Point and the Brewers Guild president from 2004 to 2010, reminisces about the era. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Ian Ward

It was Halloween night and I was sitting at his bar about to drink one of his cocktails, the We All Float. It seemed appropriate for the evening. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Photo by Michael Gardiner

A-Chau (4644 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 111) in Little Saigon proves there definitely is such a thing as good, cheap Vietnamese fare. Read more

The World Fare