December 5, 2018 Issue


Photo courtesy of Goldleaf

O, hark! The first season of legal cannabis gift giving is here and, boy, is it a doozy, thanks to the sheer diversity of products released in the past year. Read more


One tradition we haven’t changed is that we always include items that can be found at local boutiques and stores instead of the corporate chain stores. Read more



Photo by John R. Lamb

San Diego’s political universe, poised for a tectonic shift to the left, will have to do so without the keen eyes of two of its most astute and well-regarded watchdogs. And Spin is not happy about it. Read more

Spin Cycle

Looking at the sports page of the Union-Tribune, one could easily assume that the Chargers never moved away. Read more

From the Editor 8 Comments

This “temporary shelter” is now larger than all but one of the 204 federal prisons in America. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 2 Comments

Local indie-rock bands Daytrip and Pocket Hole encompass the "California sound" in beautiful ways. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

The holiday season is filled with indie shopping events showcasing any number of local artisans and crafters, but for Charlie Garia, there was a market that he felt just wasn’t being tapped into. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Arlene Ibarra

"I think El Dorado is just one of those places that you want to go to, even if you don’t necessarily want to drink. You just want to be around other people that you know,” says Reese Honse, general manager of El Dorado (1030 Broadway). Read more

About Last Night

Gift option #5: An offer to be confrontational on the phone Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 2 Comments

In The Favourite, Greek provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos revels in the madness and absurdity that comes with such a vacuum of leadership. Read more


Long before Trump, Fox News and the #MeToo Movement, Roger Ailes was an upstart producer on The Mike Douglas Show, one of the most popular daytime talk programs of the 1960s and ’70s. Read more


Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): There is no secret formula for success. There is only the sacrificial dark rites and accompanying ceremonial chants, which are widely available in many disreputable bookstores. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

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Photo by Melissa Wax

Neko Case is a goddess and her new album, Hell-On is packed with empowered, but nonetheless heart-wrenching, indie-rock that moves the soul. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Jim Carmody

From the instant that Sofia Jean Gomez appears—as if transported to the stage from the canvas of some magnificent painting—the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of A Doll’s House, Part 2 bursts into life. Read more



Photo courtesy of the San Diego Opera

With so many performances of holiday classics all playing at the same time, it can be hard to find something truly unique, much less something that isn’t telling the same story we’ve heard over and over again (seriously? Another Christmas Carol?). Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by James Rexroad

For the past decade, Tristan Shone's been creating the soundtrack to a long industrial nightmare under the moniker Author & Punisher. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Tacos El Chino isn’t some high-end restaurant. It’s one of innumerable taco joints on a touristy stretch in one of Baja’s most touristy towns. But it also just happens to be a step above the others. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Ian Ward

The Christmas in Thailand is a tropical, refreshing cocktail with notes of spice and deceiving aromatics. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Photo by Beth Demmon

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I am guilty of drunkenness at Hodad’s Brewing. To be fair, it was only a slight buzz, but I’ll admit there was a worshipful edge to the sacrament. Read more

Final Draught 1 Comments