September 26, 2018 Issue


Photo by Jackie Bryant

“Wine, Ibuprofen and water. That should be your regimen,” a friend of mine wrote, imparting her own advice for the same hike, which she completed last year. “Yes, wine, Ibuprofen and water... and edibles, a vape pen, oil and lotion,” I replied. Read more



Photo by Daren Scott

The “fun home” in Alison Bechdel’s childhood is what she and her siblings call their father’s funeral home—his side business when he wasn’t teaching English. Read more



Photo by Elena Marques

In fact, while Dream has been around for six years, it’s now one of many labels based in San Diego that regularly release cassettes. Read more

Music Feature


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Fuck. This. Shit. Fuck all this motherfucking bullshit. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 14 Comments


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

San Diego City Council members last week got a heaping earful from beach and downtown residents who’ve had enough of the ride-sharing electric scooter craze. Whether the city can come up with a solution is anybody’s guess. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Late night on July 14, Marcela Dominguez woke up in the backseat of a friend’s car only to find herself in Tijuana. She was scared, her palms were sweaty, and her heart raced as she found herself overwhelmed with panic. Read more


We can pat ourselves on the back in that we were the first local publication to write about Levin’s candidacy, but even we were surprised when he pulled off what many considered to be an upset victory in the primaries. Read more

From the Editor 2 Comments


Photo by Rebecca Antuña

Earlier this year, Warsaw’s Demetrius Antuña and writer Adam Gnade released a collaborative EP through Three One G titled Voicemails from the Great Satan. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Improvement Among Guests is the third Mr. Foxx release in 2018, and it’s an unconventional release in that it’s a single track that spans the length of an album. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Nicolas Cage has made a career of going nuts onscreen, but in the last decade he’s become far less discerning about which loony roles to accept. Read more


As CRSSD grows, so does the demand for alternatives. Read more

About Last Night

Films with titles that double as declarative statements are typically overt in nature. Not so in the case of I Am Not a Witch, Rungano Nyoni’s striking debut feature, which packs a subtle gut punch. Read more



Photo by Julia Dixon Evans

Brookes, a former Centers for Disease Control microbiologist, has been using his background in biological and empirical methodology in his art for years, creating molecular paintings and interpretations of chemistry. Read more



Photo by Tonje Thilesen

There’s only one festival in San Diego that’s free, all-ages and features two days worth of great music, including a long list of the best local bands Read more

If I Were U


Photo courtesy of The Haunted Hotel

Whether it’s a result of our puritanical history or just a general attraction to the occult, there’s no doubting that Americans love them some Halloween. Read more

Short List Event Picks

I just want to thank you and the professional staffers there at CityBeat for the piece on the Hepatitis A outbreak in our community [“Hepatitis A: One year later,” Aug. 22]. Read more

Letters to the Editor

Libra (September 23 - October 22): When someone tells you they have a cold it is just common courtesy to say, “yeah, it’s been going around,” even if no one knows if that’s true or not. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Image by Ryan Bradford

The promise of a helicopter ride does strange things to a person like me. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Ian Ward

The Woo Bob cocktail is a banger and a fine representation of what Siglin is known for. It’s balanced, nuanced, effervescent and refreshing. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


Photo by Beth Demmon

I will never understand why there are so many pumpkin beverage haters out there. As is the case with lattes, naysayers come out en masse every fall to whine about the atrocity that is, in their opinion, pumpkin beers. Read more

Final Draught