December 12, 2018 Issue

I felt it was time to take a look at some of our city’s ongoing issues and offer a few predictions for 2019. Read more

From the Editor

Curses! Foiled again! All I wanted this year was to get that pesky gas tax repealed. And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling liberals! Read more

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Let’s face it, most holiday songs are trash. And while we’re sure many people look forward to hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” for the billionth time, we’d like to think our readers are a little more discerning. Read more

Music Feature

The time seems ripe for the music of Demasiado. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Photo by Camilla Saufley

Still, rather than rest on their laurels, the band has recently been playing shows with help from Mad Alchemy Light Show. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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Missing Persons are creepy and I love it. Now, they’re not creepy in any traditional sense, but in a Lynchian way. Read more

The Spotlight 1 Comments


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

This is Sanctuary Print Shop, artists Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari’s newest iteration of a decades-long project that documents the history of sanctuary cities in California, as well as nationwide immigration policies. Read more



Photo by Steve Steinmetz

San Diego-based graphic novelist Justin Eisinger noticed a lot of books on the market about growing cannabis, but nothing for the canna-curious newcomer interested in growing their own supply. Read more


Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): This week, expect the unexpected. Shit, now that I’ve said that and raised your expectations to the extraordinary, the unexpected would now just be regular stuff. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

Unlike Children of Men or Gravity, Roma (opening Friday, Dec. 14, at the Digital Gym Cinema) delicately juxtaposes two competing forces of history: erosion and endurance. Read more

Film 1 Comments

Brady Corbet sure has a thing for doomed child icons. Read more



Photo by Jim Carmody

The Year to Come features some exceptional performances. In addition to Kaczmarek’s loving and vulnerable Estelle, Peter Van Wagner as family patriarch Pop-Pop basks in two audience-pleasing sequences. Read more


Earlier this year, Anna Burns won the coveted Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman, marking the first time the award has gone to a writer from Northern Ireland. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Chris Travers

For Bob Matheny—who still lives and works in San Diego—it has never enough to just be an artist in San Diego. He had to be the artist, even if it was never fully intentional. Read more

Short List Event Picks


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The ability to play music in a nightclub is a privilege. And with that privilege comes a responsibility to other patrons, to the bartenders and to the owners who are trying to run a business. Read more

Sordid Tales 3 Comments

Recently, a radio station pulled “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from rotation because the lyrics upset a few listeners. Other stations followed suit and now the #MeToo campaign against sexual assault and rape is being blamed for the uproar. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity


Photo by Ellie Smith

Middle Kids might be the best thing to come out of Australia since Nick Cave and Vegemite (screw you, it’s delicious). Read more

If I Were U

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

It’s been said there are three parts to every taco: tortilla, filling and salsa. There’s a fourth, however, and it may be the most important one: balance. Read more

The World Fare

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Photo by Beth Demmon

Glasses clink, are you listening, in the beer, foam is glistening, a beautiful sight, we’re so buzzed tonight, drinking in a craft beer wonderland. Read more

Final Draught 1 Comments