October 4, 2017 Issue

On Sept. 19, the Lemon Grove City Council approved zoning for a third medical marijuana dispensary. Read more

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All photos by Torrey Bailey unless otherwise noted

Mission Valley is an island of big-box stores, outlined by swooping freeway overpasses. This is a far reach from the neighborhood’s beginnings, which relied heavily on sowing the land. Read more


I can’t think of a more apt and depressing way to describe what seems to be the all-too-familiar circumstance of mass shootings in this country. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments


Photo by Daren Scott

"Hero” is an intentionally conflicted name for the protagonist of Intrepid Theatre Company’s lyrical staging of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars. Read more


So while I like the idea of the fight to make art and that limited resources can inspire creativity and collectivity, at what point do we stand up and ask for more? Read more

Thank You For Staring 1 Comments

As a bookseller at Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest, I want to extend a welcome to Aaryn Belfer’s friends Seth Marko and Jen Powell as they embark on the adventure of opening The Book Catapult in South Park [“Cutting the Amazon cord,” Sept. 27]. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Gary Dorsey

I’m not optimistic about the possibility of ending or at least decreasing gun violence (or other acts of violence for that matter) in the U.S., and the invasion of a space that means so much to so many is beyond awful. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Villeneuve’s “epic” film may look and sound important, but that’s just the hubris talking. Read more


Harry Dean Stanton, who passed away on Sept. 15, 2017 at the tender age of 91, was an actor who embodied the endless process of aching reassessment. Read more


Even though Coldplay's music is essentially Chicken Soup for the White Person’s Soul, that doesn’t mean it’s completely void of innovation or joy. Read more

The Spotlight


Photo by Guy Lowndes

Father John Misty is a divisive figure, no doubt because of his penchant for trolling. But I fall clearly on the side that thinks he’s amazing, because motherfucker can write (and sing) a hell of a tune. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Graham Macindoe

“Bob [Weir] would say, ‘Why are you sweating the static?’” says The National’s frontman, Matt Berninger in a telephone interview. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of SDIFF

While the San Diego International Film Festival is still relatively young at 16 years, it does seem to get bigger and bigger every year while still managing to maintain that indie vibe. Read more

Short List Event Picks

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Here’s the thing though: What if someone isn’t exceptional? What if they’re ordinary and have made mistakes like any other teen or twenty-something? Read more

There She Goz 1 Comments

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It was two years ago when W., my ex, began the online proceedings for what is called a walkaway divorce. Read more

Sordid Tales 3 Comments


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Does a corporate storefront really equate to sub-par beer? Read more

The Beerdist

If the purpose of the Outspoken Authors series is to ensure that writers who work in marginalized genres aren’t overlooked, Hand is a fitting choice. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Michael Gardiner

Two of Bunz’s chef-driven burgers—often not my favorites—do sing. And they do so just when it seems they won’t. The Cowboy features smoked bacon, fried onion rings, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, roasted pickled jalapeño, creamy coleslaw, lettuce. Read more

The World Fare

Your lucky number this week is my ATM pin number, which, unfortunately, I cannot reveal to you for reasons of personal and financial security per the instructions of my financial advisor. Read more

Astrologically Unsound