August 14, 2019 Issue


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

In a scenic land ruled by the Hunter family for nearly four decades, Carl DeMaio apparently believes he can regain his footing on the nation’s political soapbox. Read more

Spin Cycle 4 Comments

The merging of smartphones, GPS and electric scooters by “entrepreneurs” who refuse to work with local governments for the common good (beyond PR platitudes about concern for safety and the environment) is an illustration of how tech goes wrong. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Seth Combs

For those of us who remember the days of the high school debate team, we might remember that debates are often judged by three criteria: delivery, structure and argumentation. Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Alberto H.

Along with another recently released song (“Chilango Blues”), I was immediately entranced with Laferte’s sultry and empowered take on a barroom ballad. Read more

The Spotlight

On this day, however, it wasn’t fatigue pushing me away from Qualcomm. It was the oppressive third-world heat on the black asphalt. Read more

Black Gold


Photo by David K. Cupp

The grass is always greener..., or so the saying goes. But that’s definitely not true of Vista’s long-running Summergrass Festival. It’s blue, baby. And it’s been that way from the beginning. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of Lowell Herb Co.

Like most trends in our social media-saturated world, it was only a matter of time before cannabis went fancy. Read more


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Image by Aldo Sandoval

'Chicano Park: From the Mind of a Conceptual Artist' captures the past, present and future of the park, through the eyes of muralist Salvador Torres. Read more


An ambitious and angry genre film, The Nightingale (opening Friday, Aug. 16) is awash in confrontational iconography that reveals the high crimes of colonialist histories traditionally written by white men. Read more


This quietly devastating document is so powerful precisely because it avoids being sensational or overtly critical. Read more



Photo by Ron Logan

For well over a decade, local org Write Out Loud has been staging unique and family-friendly events that celebrate literature without getting too fringe. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Karen Bradford

A misty plume rises from the bowl and I accidentally inhale a mouthful of Burt. He tastes like the desert. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Nicole Dollanganger

L.A. guitar-and-drum duo Big Business often get conveniently classified as metal, but their sound is so much more than that. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Vietnamese cuisine is more than the sum of its conquerors’ and colonial rulers’ foods. From a millennium of Chinese dominance to a century of French colonization, and then decades of American influence, they all left their mark. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Beth Demmon

Despite having more breweries than Vermont, Delaware, Arkansas and Washington, D.C. combined, there are still certain swaths of San Diego County that have few (if any) craft breweries. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Ian Ward

I can’t think of a cocktail I hold dearer than the mojito. It was a pivotal component in the development of my bartending career. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene