Sepetember 20, 2017 Issue


Photo by Jim Cox

Benny & Joon, the 1993 cult film, was quirky and sweet. Benny & Joon, the world-premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre directed by Jack Cummings III, is also quirky and sweet. more



Photo by Kinsee Morlan

I’m going to use this first attempt, in what I hope will be an ongoing series of columns, to demystify funding processes. more

Thank You For Staring

Is graffiti removal an art form unto itself? Are the people tasked to “remove” the graffiti somehow channeling repressed creativity with each rectangular blotch of paint? more

Features 1 Comments


Photo by Luke Jones / Flickr

Local activist group Citizens Oversight recently reached a settlement agreement that requires Edison to attempt to relocate the approximately 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste stored next to the now-defunct power plant. more

News 2 Comments


Photo courtesy of Homeless News San Diego

While examining the dire state of the ongoing and seemingly never-ending homelessness crisis in our city, it’s important to remember the importance of marketing. more

From the Editor 5 Comments

Alex Zaragoza’s columns have been favorites of mine and my millennial daughter’s ever since she has written for SD CityBeat. Her latest column, “The audacity of nope” [Sept. 6], however, gave me a sober cause for concern. more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Jacqueline Verdugo

Swervedriver’s first two records, Raise and Mezcal Head, are two of the best shoegaze albums of all time. more

If I Were U

If you search for albums tagged “San Diego” on Bandcamp, you’ll find some interesting stuff. In this semi-regular report, we sift through recent postings and relay the findings. more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Jon Blaj

The first release on Sensitive is Awaken the Quietus, the second album by local shoegaze band Quali. more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Image by Ryan Bradford

Whenever I encounter people who think they know something about God’s intentions—I like to play a game I call the “If It Were True, Then What Does That Say About God?” Game. more

Sordid Tales 1 Comments

Stronger examines the emotional and psychological trauma of the Boston Marathon bombing through the experiences of survivor Jeff Bauman (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). more


Initially, Marjorie Prime confronts the fragility of memory from an academic perspective. more


Why do I even try with you people? I tell you to be careful, and you go right ahead and ignore me. more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Anton Corbijn

Don’t even get me started on Bono, a man who bathes in a pool of his own cult of personality. But. U2 also made The Joshua Tree, a rock album that reaches for sublime, shimmering and daunting heights and touches them. more

The Spotlight


Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Melina Duterte never assumed her music career would get as far it has today. more

Music Feature

Hughes was a gifted stylist who wrote poetry, novels, four decades of book reviews and a highly regarded biography of Erle Stanley Gardner. more

The Floating Library

A few years ago, one of my grad school professors asked me if I’d like to interview Issa Rae at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival for the Los Angeles Review of Books. more

At the Intersection


Photo by Andrew Dyer

Modern Times is not alone in fighting local resistance to further tasting room expansions. Little Miss Brewing has apparently reached the end of a long licensing process for its planned Ocean Beach tasting room. more

The Beerdist 2 Comments