July 11, 2018 Issue

Blonde Bar was called out this week for a series of incidents involving sexual harassment and assault. T Read more

, Notes from the Smoking Patio 10 Comments

People don’t believe writers or other media anymore because of one-sided articles like this. My guess is that even if you believe you hold a minority opinion, you’d argue that you’re still correct and, in that case, majority shouldn’t dictate policy. Read more

Letters to the Editor


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This year’s San Diego Pride theme is “Persist with Pride” and I can’t think of a slogan more apt in the age of Trump. Read more

From the Editor


Image courtesy of 1805 Gallery and Holly Sutor / Sutography Photo + Video

There’s something immediately unnerving about the works of Corey Dunlap. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Tigist Layne

From its tees and dad-hats, to its fanny packs and bestselling kid’s collection, the Write Fit line boasts messages of female empowerment, Black empowerment, body positivity and an underlying tone of social equality. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Jenna Northum

Only a handful of do-it-yourself (DIY) venues are still operating in San Diego, with Helmuth joining King’s Music and The Treehouse on the list of silenced venues. Read more

Music Feature 1 Comments


Photo by Jim Carmody

Queens is the story of some remarkable women, though neither is of royal blood. Read more


The Mars Room is an important, devastating book that challenges our assumptions about prisons and their purpose by putting the reader on the other side of the bars. Read more

The Floating Library

Thankfully, nothing about Leave No Trace comes across as tragic. Granik only sees hope and endurance in her worn out characters. Read more



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To young ears infatuated with bubbly hits like “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “I Melt With You,” The Fixx presented something darker, something post-apocalyptic. Read more

The Spotlight


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Trans individuals face violence, abuse, death and extreme poverty because of their gender identity. Read more

There She Goz


Photo by Stefaan Temmerman

If summer hasn’t been goth enough for your tastes, one good way to remedy that is to spend Friday night with Hexa, whose gloomy pop music is among the best in town. Read more

If I Were U

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): You know that feeling when you forget your password and then, when you reset it, you enter a new password and it alerts you that “you can’t use your last password.” Imagine that, but for everything this week. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Alex Villafuerte / San Diego Pride

With Trump’s Supreme Court pick looming and a homophobic administration attempting to curtail the rights of LGBTQ citizens, this year’s San Diego LGBT Pride theme of “Persist with Pride” seems particularly measured. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Julia Dixon Evans

In its new incarnation, the Brown Building aims to relieve the minority stresses on the queer community as a first line of defense. Read more



Photo by Tim Webb / Flickr

As many may already know, last month The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the infamous Christian baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding on the grounds of his First Amendment right of free religious exercise. Read more

Sordid Tales