July 18, 2018 Issue

A semi-regular feature where we review the latest strains, products and cannabis-related merch. Read more


Although it’s set in a brutal near-future, CALEXIT is a comic book struggling to outpace the vicious present. Read more


For as long as I can remember—or at least as long as I’ve lived in San Diego—I’ve been fascinated with Perry Vásquez’s fascination with comic books. Read more



Photo by Mitchell McPherson / Flickr

For non-badge holders, there are a ton of local breweries, art galleries, theaters, music venues and even libraries that have put together events for nerds of all stripes. Read more

, Features


Photo by John R. Lamb

Local Republican leaders froth at the mouth at the thought of a Fletcher victory come November. Read more

Spin Cycle

I would like to comment on Aaryn Belfer’s article published in CityBeat on July 4 [“Dirty money times 10”].  It was eye opening and excellent and I could not agree with her more. Read more

Letters to the Editor

On Monday, the San Diego City Council voted 6 to 3 to drastically overhaul the city’s laws on short-term vacation rentals. Read more

From the Editor 10 Comments

It’s something of an open secret that metalheads are also massive nerds. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Aaron Rumley

The cast of 13 is the largest ever for a show at North Coast Rep in artistic director David Ellenstein’s 16-year tenure. Read more



Scott Patrick Green

Van Sant recognizes that complexities about John’s relationship with disappointment and redemption can be revealed more thoroughly with such an approach, and his charming new film is all the better for it. Read more


Elvis Presley meant many things to many different people. White audiences enshrined him as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and he was arguably the first musician to really crossover into movies. Read more



Photo by Eric Howarth

The documentary film Records Collecting Dust debuted three years ago. In the film, a number of influential punk musicians discussed the records that influenced them and their music. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Once again, the ass-end of summer is upon us and, alongside it, movies that cater to an audience that has developed a tolerance to spectacle. Read more



Photos courtesy of Black Heroes Matter

Nerds of color aren’t unicorns by any means, but it’s entirely possible to spend SDCC without any real face time. Read more



Photo by Kristy Benjamin

There’s nobody making sexier music right now than Rhye, a duo that learned all the right lessons from Sade. Read more

If I Were U


White folks have a habit of making things about us. In fact, it is a typically white thing to step into spaces and take over. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 3 Comments


Image courtesy of Jennifer G. Spencer

When it comes to documentation of the local visual art scene, there isn’t much to go on aside from word-of-mouth stories of exhibitions from artists who’ve helped nurture that scene throughout the years. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Leo (July 23 - August 22): This week you walk through the world with the confidence of a person who has just been asked to see the manager, but you are the manager. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Charles + Dinorah (1410 Rosecrans St.) is, first and last, the revamped and reimagined restaurant at the iconic Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. “Icon” is a tough word. Read more

The World Fare

La Puerta is one of my two go-to spots in San Diego when I actually want a margarita. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene