December 19, 2018 Issue

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): I once read that successful trees have to have roots as deep as their branches. But I read a lot of things. Once I read that Batboy was seen in a jacuzzi with Hillary Clinton. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


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New Year’s Eve is the worst holiday for nightlife. It’s overpriced, overhyped, overdressed and underwhelming. New Year’s Day, however, is a considerable upgrade. Read more

About Last Night


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Below is a list of resolutions for local concertgoers. Please note that the list is merely suggestive. However, if it touches a nerve, it might be because it’s hitting too close to home. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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Beneath the sentiment of his A Christmas Carol was Charles Dickens’ commentary about the responsibility of taking care of each other, including the poor and destitute. Read more



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So, your stocks took it in the shorts and you’re not-so-hot on the cranky orange guy tweeting from the White House. Cheer up, holidaysters! It’s time to torque some tunes and kick 2018 to the curb… Read more

Spin Cycle

The comments we received on social media and our website in response to “It’s OK to root for the Chargers” [Dec. 5] were about as passionate as they come. Read more

Letters to the Editor

Last week, I used this space to discuss some of the more high-profile battles that were likely to be waged between the mayor and the newly sworn-in city council in the coming year. Read more

From the Editor

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I had been waiting for the right time to try Foria Pleasure, a THC-infused lube that can be found at Apothekary, Urbn Leaf and Torrey Holistics. Read more



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Luckily, there’s a few more events left that are in the spirit of the season, whether readers are looking for a festively themed performance or a place to purchase last-minute gifts. Read more

Short List Event Picks

With Vice, McKay thoroughly deconstructs biopic storytelling techniques to examine Cheney’s personal life and ideological awakening. Read more

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The surrogate family at the center of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters live in a constant state of financial insecurity. Read more


I admit right here and now that until N and K came into my life this year, I did not understand homelessness. Not a bit. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


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When I was recently scammed out of $30 from an internet con artist named “Amanda Cesario,” I wanted blood. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


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PLAN A: ‘Exile on Kettner Blvd’ @ The Casbah. Another Casbah tradition, this Rolling Stones tribute night on Christmas Eve was started more than 20 years ago for all the local rockers who didn’t go home for the holidays. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Kristin Cofer

In Call of the Void, the third full-length album from Lumerians, the band doesn’t completely distance themselves from who they were. Read more

Music Feature


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Hidden Fish (4764 Convoy St.) describes itself as “San Diego’s first omakase-only sushi restaurant.” Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Ian Ward

Big, bold displays make me happy. Then again, big bold displays make most people happy. It’s not just the large red feather garnish or the tri-colored ice or the cerebral name, Le Coq. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Photo by Beth Demmon

As the senior editor of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine and the former editor of All About Beer Magazine, John Holl covers much more than diversity in the craft beer scene in his latest book Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint Read more

Final Draught