November 14, 2018 Issue

The version of freethinking West subscribes to is rooted in willful ignorance and a disdain toward the educated. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity

It’s an old refrain. People have been saying it since the ’60s, but apparently now it’s real: Rock ‘n’ roll is dead. And electric guitars aren’t feeling too well either. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of Beto Soto

The 24-year-old photographer interviewed seven individuals for his Undocuqueer project and photographed them at home with their families. Read more


Of course, it’s not just Ingraham. There are many examples of celebrities being told to shut up about politics, mostly by conservatives, and often on Fox News. Read more

Sordid Tales 1 Comments

I wanted to let you know, rather belatedly, how helpful I found your Voter Guides [Oct. 10], both for the primaries and the midterms. Read more

Letters to the Editor

We should be worried. And, yet, here we are, satiated by the fact that Democrats won the House. Read more

From the Editor 3 Comments

Anka is one of those guys whose voice has been so er... instrumental in music, that even if you don’t know him, you know him. Read more

The Spotlight


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Since that show in 1990, Brady has seen hundreds of shows in Tijuana venues, most of which have since been shut down. At the age of 19, he began playing in Tijuana venues himself with his band Swing Kids Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): Narcissus looked into the world and didn’t see himself reflected; which is sorta the opposite of you wondering how migratory animals travel long distances unaided by GPS devices. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo courtesy of Therapy Tonics & Provisions

Those CBD products might be illegal, according to some San Diego legal experts. Read more



Photo courtesy of Mo’s Universe

"What’s more glamorous than a queen?” If longstanding Balboa Park institutions were to ask themselves that question, it’s still unlikely the answers would result in an after-hours drag show at the museum. Read more

Seen Local

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Photo by Kelsey Hart

In so many ways, Yndi Halda’s cinematic post-rock is the perfect Sunday night soundtrack. Read more

If I Were U


Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth

Possibly sensing his own self-serious track record, the British auteur goes into full sleaze mode with Widows, a trashy and slick collaboration with Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn. Read more


Universal themes of loneliness and isolation define this portrait of a tormented artist who became so obsessed with work that she missed out on many of life’s simple joys. Read more


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Photo by Jim Carmody

There are those who find extremely sad people to be a turn-on, whether it’s out of a desire to nurture or out of just plain desire. Read more

Theater 1 Comments

There are no happy endings in the slums and shacks of Tsuge’s post-war Japan. The violence never stops. Slum Wolf serves as a reminder that no matter where our wars are fought their casualties are always with us. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo courtesy of Encinitas 101

Black Friday is trash. Think about it: the gifts that have meant the most to you over the years—were they some discounted piece of electronics from WalMart or were they something that someone gave you that was personal? Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

What Tufnel was doing with Spinal Tap’s sound, BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar (1288 Market St.) in the East Village appears to have achieved with the flavors of their soup. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Beth Demmon

But even 1,800 miles away, with only a tiny fraction of the amount of breweries compared to here, I somehow managed to find plenty of local craft beer that rivaled San Diego in quality (if not quantity). Read more

Final Draught