July 25, 2018 Issue

San Diego Comic-Con [SDCC] has officially ended. My feet are so very over tennis shoes and my local bookstore, once again, exists solely as a brick and mortar. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity


Photo by Adriana Zuniga-Williams

The 1980 film Xanadu was flat-out bad. It even inspired the snarky Razzies Awards, an annual mock award for the year’s worst cinema. On the other hand, the 2007 Broadway musical version, a self-parodying 90 minutes of anything-goes silliness, is fun Read more


Back in the ’90s, Pinback’s Rob Crow (then of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) teamed up with Pea Hicks for a peculiar musical project. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Loudspeaker, 91X’s local music show, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special live show on Tuesday, July 31 at The Casbah. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Tigist Layne

Hough knows he still has an “uphill fight,” but he’s quick to point out that fighting is in his blood. Read more

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Short-term vacation rentals are partly a zoning issue, it’s one thing if you live near a commercial area, no biggie, and you expect some disturbance [“Short-term stupidity,” July 18]. Read more

Letters to the Editor

I’ve been beating the drum with readers on the importance of paying attention to the all white, all Republican Board of Supervisors. Read more

From the Editor

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Photo by Pamela Jackson

The Special Collections Department is making a big move to the first floor of the Love Library, a central and heavily trafficked space. Read more

Seen Local


Melissa Broder photo by Lord Byron / Chelsea Hodson photo by Ryan Lowry

In trying to understand why we want what we want, Broder and Hodson arrive at essential truths about the human condition—even if sometimes what we want is a merman with a penis. Read more



All photos by Ryan Bradford

Unngfff, Comic-Con. It’s a haven of sexiness, a mecca for lustfulness. How can anyone even walk around the convention center without their pants suddenly feeling weird? I don’t know! Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

While over-stylized at times, Eighth Grade (opening Friday, July 27, at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas) manages to reveal constant social frustrations young people experience during this potentially unnerving time in life. At Read more


Like any classic genre, the Film noir has gone through much iteration during the last century. Read more



Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

As if the name didn’t give it away, Ship has teamed up with the iconic environmental organization to throw a happy hour event on board, well, a Greenpeace icebreaker ship named the Arctic Sunrise. Read more

Short List Event Picks

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Image courtesy of the artist

All together, I’m at a loss as to think of a more moving installation that I’ve seen in San Diego in recent years. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Tim Reese

I haven’t really kept up with The Decemberists over the last seven or eight years, but I won’t lie to you and say that I never listened to them. Read more

If I Were U


Photo courtesy of Infinite Chemical Analysis

Some San Diego cannabis labs are slowly seeing the effects of Phase II regulations. Read more



Photos by Oscar Aranda

Shortly after Mannequin uploaded their first three songs to Bandcamp back in August of 2017, Brussels-based cassette label Sentimental expressed interest in releasing their music. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Sam Jones

It was inevitable. We hoped that it wouldn’t happen. Crossed our fingers. Prayed. But in our heart of hearts, we knew that it was bound to happen: The Offspring and 311 are touring together. Read more

The Spotlight

How to Be Safe explores the aftermath of a horrific school shooting. Anna Crawford is a teacher at the school who was suspended two weeks before the massacre. She is spared the actual tragedy, but is dragged into the drama by conspiracy theorists. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

The best dish at Oton is the ankimo, or monkfish liver. Often called the foie gras of the sea, Oton’s ankimo is served over ponzu sauce (citrus-soy) with finely chopped scallions, seaweed and daikon. Read more

The World Fare