August 28, 2019 Issue


Photo by Spencer Kilgore

It’s hard to believe there’s an entire generation of kids who probably know The Roots primarily as the band from The Tonight Show. Read more

If I Were U


Image courtesy of Kaneh CO.

When it comes to edibles, gone are the days of suspicious, dank-tasting brownies that grandma might accidentally eat. Read more



Photo by John R. Lamb

In a state dominated by left-wing thinking, Brady said, “Tony put together a website that is basically an online newsletter disseminating news items with a fully disclosed center-right bias..." Read more

Spin Cycle 1 Comments

I have given you shit in the past when I think your colum [sic] sucks, so let me be the first to say your column on TTAPS [“Some thoughts on thoughts and prayers,” Sordid Tales, Aug. 21] was stellar. Read more

Letters to the Editor

Politics are funny. If someone had told me a year ago that Rep. Mike Levin would be the gold standard of progressivism in the House, I would have scoffed. Read more

From the Editor

Every now and again, we see something that’s worth way more than a double-tap. A moment in time and something that could not be easily replicated; photos that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but speak to us on an internal level. Read more


As someone who grew up in the ’90s, I can’t help but wonder what it would have been like if I had something like Twitter to express myself in those days. Hmmm… Read more

The Spotlight

Before I write another word, let me just say that in no way do I want any harm to ever come to Stevie Wonder. Read more

Black Gold


Photo by Jim Carmody

For the most part, the characters in Keith Bunin’s play The Coast Starlight don’t talk to each other much either. Read more



Photo courtesy Tom and Ethel Bradley Center, CSUN

Black Life will showcase the work of three photographers—Harry Adams, Charles Williams and Guy Crowder—who worked in Southern California during the second half of the 20th century. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Nicky Giraffe

'Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?' is bouncier, funkier and even post-punkier than its predecessors. “Somebody Dial 911” is a beautiful guitar-pop song that recalls The Cure. “I Get What I Need” moves with the syncopated swagger of  The Clash. Read more

Music Feature

The elemental disasters associated with climate change are usually discussed in theoretical terms. Every few weeks there’s a new worst-case scenario backed up by alarming scientific data that gets ample attention in the press. Read more



Image courtesy of Kino Lorber

With his second directorial feature, actor and French cinema royalty Louis Garrel delivers a decidedly benign spin on the relationship film that his father, Philippe, has been perfecting for decades. Read more



Photo by Ryan Bradford

When I first see the ad for San Diego Margarita Fest, I imagine hell. Modern hell will not be all fire and brimstone—it’ll look like heaven. It will be sweet drinks, with drunk, sunburned white men and Jimmy Buffet. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Beth Demmon

Walking into the Pure Project tasting room in Bankers Hill (2865 Fifth Ave.), it’s easy to mistake it for for an ultra-luxurious spa. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

To be honest, I was prepared to dislike HiroNori (3803 5th Ave.). After all, it wasn’t so long ago that I proclaimed that San Diego’s ramen scene had jumped the shark. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Ian Ward

One of the best non-alcoholic cocktails I’ve came across recently is the Jamaica el Jardin at Vistal Bar inside the Intercontinental Hotel (901 Bayfront Court). Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene