January 3, 2018 Issue


Photo by Rachel Michelle Fernandes

Accompanied by a thriving local economy, this interconnection of neighborhoods can also lend a sense of living in a real city, rather than a collection of suburbs and shopping malls linked by freeways. Read more

Thank You For Staring


Photo by Alfonso de Alba

A month after Veronica May began the process of making her new album Awakened, she was hit with a setback. Read more

Music Feature

The fact is that the conch shell was extremely important in Aztec culture. The shell itself was called the Quiquiztl and those who played notes or calls on it were known as the “quiquizoani.” Read more

Letters to the Editor 1 Comments


Photo illustration by John Lamb

Congrats, fellow survivors! We’ve shed the weathered epidermis of 2017 and emerged baby fresh in a New Year of uncharted recreational-weed usage. Read more

Spin Cycle 2 Comments

While I’d love to believe that the Virginia and Alabama elections are a sign of things to come, I don’t share the same enthusiasm when it comes to local races and elections. Read more

From the Editor 17 Comments


Photo by Hugo Olvera

Last year I made a set of New Year’s resolutions for the local music scene, some of which never really came to pass (see: cover bands) Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Erin Stevenson O’Connor

The transfer of ownership came about when the previous owners had negotiated an early end of their lease, which opened up an opportunity for the new buyers. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio 1 Comments


Photo by GL Askew II

It’s taken a few decades for people to recognize that DJ Quik has one of the strongest discographies in hip-hop, but at least word finally got around. Read more

If I Were U


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I want this year to be different. I’ve had enough of waking up everyday to a headache induced by teeth grinding; of having “motherfucker” and “Trump” be the first words that pop into my head. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments


Photo by Torrey Bailey

“It’s kind of a social thing to have a drink in your hand,” says Jacob Fisher, bar manager at The Bar at Moniker General (2860 Sims Road), which also recently revealed a mocktail menu. Read more

About Last Night


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However, though evolutionary psychologist David Buss, among others, finds that both men and women are deeply upset by infidelity—or the mere prospect of it—there seems to be a sex difference in who is more likely to go absolutely berserko over it. Read more


Before you get too cozy with your fresh new outlook in the year 2018, join me on the downward spiral by revisiting some of the tiny awkward moments of the previous year. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments

Looking ahead through April, there are more than a few upcoming film releases worthy of your attention and consideration Read more



Photo by Sam Zauscher

If we know CityBeat readers, the New Year begins with a resolution to get out more and to get more culture in our lives. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Ian Ward

Created by bar manager Ben Marquart, the One More Stop is a refreshing, eye-opening blend of mezcal, lime, orange juice, falernum and Galliano. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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There aren’t many beer historians in the country, but California State University San Marcos’ Judith Downie is one of them. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Red Cate (3860 Convoy St.), the Convoy’s newest hot pot destination, provides “warming” services in more ways than one. Read more

The World Fare