August 21, 2019 Issue


Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Leo (July 23 - August 22): There will be no fortuitous moment in the future where the circumstances will be perfect for you to make all the changes you want, so you may as well never do it. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Akira Shabata

Even though the Japanese rock band has been together for nearly 40 years, it’s astonishing how fresh, positive and energized they sound. Read more

The Spotlight

A semi-regular feature where we listen to some new songs from notable local bands and report back. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by John Boydston

Jeff Walls wasn’t a local musician, but the guitarist of bands such as Guadalcanal Diary and The Woggles left an indelible mark on the San Diego scene. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Seth Combs

The last 20 years have been game-changers when it comes to politics and the 29-year-old Larios, a first-generation Mexican-American, could be seen as representative of this new era of political authenticity. Read more

News 1 Comments

We got plenty of comments and mail about “Claim jumper,” the Aug. 14 Spin Cycle column about Carl DeMaio’s decision to run for congress in the 50th District. Read more

Letters to the Editor

If I’m to believe those who know what they’re talking about, it’s not a matter of if the Supreme Court will take up a case that restricts or even bans certain kinds of abortions, it’s a matter of when. Read more

From the Editor 3 Comments


Photo by Em Dubin

Mal Blum was late to rock ‘n’ roll. Blum only recently discovered Bruce Springsteen and Pavement, the latter of which seems like a natural influence for an American indie musician born in the late ’80s. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of San Diego Repertory Theatre

The mission of San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Latinx New Play Festival never been more important: to connect with and understand each other, not only as a diverse community but as human beings. Read more


Black Card poses the question: What does one do when we’re caught between two cultures? In this case, the answer is to invent someone who understands. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Jim Cox

The Old Globe Theatre’s new production of Romeo and Juliet is a youthful and sometimes outrageous take on the immortal love story. Read more



Photo courtesy of the artist

The San Diego visual arts community is spread out geographically, but remains a tight-knit community. When something befalls one, it’s not uncommon to see the rest of the community step up to help. Read more

Short List Event Picks

In this current socio-political climate, it’s become increasingly difficult to have certain conversations without them devolving into arguments. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity

Those of us who heavily use any kind of substance are likely familiar with the concept of a “tolerance break.” As the name suggests, it’s a more formal way of describing the practice of abstaining from a substance for a particular length of time. Read more



Image courtesy of Paolo Zuñiga

'Lacustre,' which screens Sunday, Aug. 25, is most certainty a film at ease, but only tonally. Underneath the surface there’s a level of probing anxiety reacting against feelings of helplessness. Read more



Photo courtesy of Matador Records

Country superstar Kacey Musgraves can win all the Grammys and get popular with the Walmart crowd, but she still has mad indie cred with us. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Beth Demmon

When it opened in 2016, Little Miss Brewing wasn’t exactly at the forefront of the local brewery explosion. But they weren’t too late to the party, either. Read more

Final Draught 2 Comments


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

From the fish and chips of the UK (and former colonies such as South Africa and Australia) to Japanese Satsuma-age, fried fish is eaten on every continent in the world. Read more

The World Fare 1 Comments