June 13, 2018 Issue


Photo by Crystal Turk

It only takes a pinch of activated charcoal to transform a mixed drink into a spooky delight. Any more than that and it runs the risk of ruining the delicate flavors cultivated with the other ingredients. Read more

Drink Issue


Photos by Davey Landeros

Maybe I’m biased, but I’ve found that most bartenders overlook beer as an ingredient because it is extremely volatile Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Justin McChesney-Wachs

There are two plant-based flavor agents that court the craft cocktail scene: bitters and shrubs. Most drinkers are familiar with bitters, a long-time staple of traditional cocktails such as Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules, Manhattans and Sazeracs. Read more

Drink Issue


Photos by Julia Dixon Evans

I’m a sucker for coffee and I’m a sucker for a good cocktail. Read more

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Photo by Lara McCaffrey

Usually added to gin cocktails, the cool, crisp cucumber makes any drink more refreshing. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo courtesy of The Smoking Gun

It has recently come to be that my once ubiquitous use of hot sauce has now been replaced with putting lime juice on just about everything. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo courtesy of The Blind Burro

As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing that can’t be improved by adding some heat, whether it’s adding a few slices of jalapeño to a burger or dumping a whole bunch of Sriracha (or ghost pepper paste) into ramen. Read more

Drink Issue


Photos by Ryan Bradford

Everyone and their mother has tried a Long Island Iced Tea or a Jack and Coke; I wanted to find drinks that were a little more complex. Good news, fellow Cokeheads, because I found some. Read more

Drink Issue

Since caravans of immigrants arrived at the San Diego-Tijuana border early last month, conditions have worsened both on the ground and in policy. Read more

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As I watched the results of the California primary trickle in last Tuesday night, the Festivus words of Frank Costanza echoed through my head, “I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” Read more

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The clinical trial, slated to begin in late 2018, will be led by Doris Trauner, M.D., a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Neurosciences at the UCSD School of Medicine. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Diversionary Theatre

The life of Anita Bryant was both destructive and self-destructive. It is one of the two narratives that entwine in Diversionary Theatre’s promising world-premiere musical, The Loneliest Girl in the World. Read more


I appreciate how you listed the choice for voters [“CityBeat’s Election Endorsements,” May 23]. It was helpful indeed. Read more

Letters to the Editor

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There are few artists whose works incorporate Afrofuturism as explicitly as Janelle Monáe. Read more

The Spotlight

As I Lay Dying

Photo by Matthias Bauer

In May of 2014, the band’s singer, Tim Lambesis, was sentenced to six years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. Read more

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Photo by Brandy Bell / Strangers in a Fire

The duo, comprising Mike Turi and Rory Truesdale, will make their debut at the San Diego Freak Out on June 22 at Helmuth Projects. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Shervin Lainez

I’ve never been sure if This Will Destroy You’s name was meant in terms of their sonic power or their emotional weight. Read more

If I Were U

On the whole, though, Incredibles 2 (opening wide Friday, June 15) celebrates parental flexibility—compromises made and pride swallowed—as an art form perfected over a life’s work. Read more


Most important of all, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (opening Friday, June 15) offers viewers respite from the Trumpian culture that’s taken root in this country. Read more



Photo by Victoria Kovios

Shabazz Palaces have been making music for nearly a decade, and yet that music still sounds as if it’s coming to us from some distant future. Read more

Music Feature