July 4, 2018 Issue

Aries (March 21 - April 19):  All beings on the planet are bonded in our collective confusion by what it means that we are here in the first place. However, that still doesn’t mean anyone wants to be drunkenly asked about it on some patio. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

We expect our governor, as well as our assemblymembers and senators in the State Legislature, to be consistently pushing back against the overreaches of the Trump administration. But just because we expect it, it doesn’t mean they actually deliver Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Every couple of years, a citizens committee known as the Salary Setting Commission calls forth from the mountaintop its recommendations to hike the salaries of San Diego’s mayor and councilmembers. Read more

Spin Cycle

'The Tempest'

Courtesy of the Old Globe

A wonderfully imaginative realization of 'The Tempest,' the last play in Shakespeare’s canon, launches the Old Globe Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare Festival with a flourish. Read more



Courtesy of Therapy Tonics & Provisions

Dispensaries across California were having fire sales to move products that didn’t conform to new regulations set into place July 1. Read more



Aaryn Belfer

When Juan Vargas, Representative of the 51st Congressional District, took to the mic at the Families Belong Together march on June 23, I thought I might have a coronary. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments


Stacy Keck

Jean Guerrero is surrounded by demons. In the busy dining room of Kindred, a massive mural of a beast protrudes from the wall behind her, framing her as she recites the final utterance of a spell in Spanish: “Hecho está en el aquí y en el ahora." Read more



Courtesy of the artist

As we celebrate America and also gear up for Pride, it’s so very important to remember the role women have played in both the formation of the country, as well as their continuing struggle for full equality. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Two wildly different documentaries opening on Friday, July 6, grapple with the troubling correlation between childhood trauma and adult culpability. Read more


UNITE! Music Festival

Courtesy of UNITE! Music Festival

From Friday through Sunday, there will be plenty of late-night Pride parties for revelers of all stripes. Read more

About Last Night

The romantic comedy and superhero saga doesn’t always nicely cohere, but at least the resulting standalone had heart. Read more



Jeff Wenzel

Mastodon, Uada, Dead Meadow and other shows we’re stoked about this week Read more

If I Were U

I’m as much of a fan of a good pop summer jam as anyone else, but then again, I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to crank up some harrowing industrial music on a drive to the beach. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Katie Krulock

The album is a massive step forward from Petal’s 2015 debut Shame, not so much sonically—though Lotz’s Broadway-quality voice and sweet ‘n’ sour guitar crunch both sound stronger than ever—but lyrically and thematically. Read more

Music Feature


Jeff Morris

It’s not hard to find a goth night in San Diego, but it’s been more difficult to find a club night specifically devoted to death rock, its campier, more horror-influenced subculture. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Courtesy of Adrenaline PR

I pull into the SDCCU stadium’s parking lot a little after 1 p.m. and the thermostat in my car says 80-something. One thing I do remember about Warped Tour: it’s always hot, like it brings its own climate. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments


Michael A. Gardiner

Call them “taquitos,” “rolled tacos,” “tacos dorado” or even “flautas,” they’re pretty much all variations on the same thing. Read more

The World Fare


Courtesy of Rawley Macias

Though the fundamentals of brewing remain the same, things such as physical space, budget, equipment, and utility infrastructure all impact the unique flow of each brewery. Read more

Revenge of the Beer Nerd