September 5, 2018 Issue


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Cannabis businesses often have a difficult time finding business insurance. California’s insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, is chairing a new working group established to address this issue. Read more



Photo courtesy of Ted Meyer

In a photograph by Los Angeles-based artist Ted Meyer, Joy Mincey Powell looks over her shoulder at the viewer in her wheelchair, her bare back exposed. Read more



Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Now, almost three months since the storage center opened to serve 500 homeless citizens, residents have witnessed that the facility is upholding its “good neighbor obligations,” however, some still do not support it. Read more


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It was more than a year and a half ago when San Diego State University published a rather damning study on whether or not the San Diego Police Department engaged in racial profiling. Read more

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In the hands of Boddie and director Rob Lutfy, Every Brilliant Thing transcends its British roots. Read more


Brackmann, who is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe series set in China, lives in San Diego and writes convincingly in the book about local news, craft beer and the San Diego Padres. There’s even a scene set at Comic Con. Read more

The Floating Library

Virgo (August 23 - September 22): Sincerity doesn’t mean indulging an immediate emotional response. You can take some time to gather your thoughts and then, after long reflection, scream at the top of your lungs. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


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Humans aren’t infallible. But when we mess up, as we all inevitably do, then what? Our response to messing up often dictates an important part of our character. Read more

There She Goz

Madeline’s Madeline begins with what feels like an out-of-body experience. During the woozy opening moments of the film, an unnamed nurse peers deeply into the camera as if conducting last rites on a patient. Read more


All monster movies are outcast stories on some level. Read more


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Photo by Jackie Lee Young

Cinematic Arts & Sound is holding a special event to celebrate the music and art of singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

GO FOR IT! essentially sounds live, all four musicians wailing away at their instruments and sounding like they’re having the time of their lives while doing it. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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The existential terror of staring headfirst into an oncoming apocalypse permeates the 12 tracks on Nearer My God. Read more

Music Feature


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By now, readers may have heard about the California State Assembly passing Senate Bill 905, a five-year pilot program allowing nightclubs in seven California cities to potentially stay open until 4 a.m. Read more

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Zombies, Frankenstein’s monster, vampires… hell, even Jesus dabbled in resurrection. I’m all about second chances at life. It’s just not often that it’s a brewery that rises from the dead. Read more

Final Draught


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High-end, creative sushi in Tijuana is not what anyone expects. Velardo almost seems surprised. Maybe he shouldn’t be. Maybe we shouldn’t be. Read more

The World Fare

As summer comes to a close, maintaining that beach bod doesn’t seem as important anymore. We’re not implying that readers should let themselves go or anything, but a little indulgence every now and then never hurt anyone. Read more

Short List Event Picks

“A Hard Look at Hunter” [Aug. 29] provides sage evaluation of conflicting policies in our local congressional elections. Read more

Letters to the Editor


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I get a little weary of the retro-soul thing when so many younger performers are doing it, but Lee Fields has been making great, funky R&B longer than most. Read more

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