December 4, 2019 Issue

Here are our picks this week in the areas of comedy, film, food and drink, and more. Read more

Short List Event Picks

From The 1975 to Illenium, barbecue and craft beer, check out these 15 local events this week. Read more

Short List Event Picks


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“Marriage Story” is a gripping divorce drama with simple, clean visuals; a pleasant score from Randy Newman; great performances; and excellent writing that approaches its subject with a great deal of wit. Read more



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In “Frozen II”—directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee—Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven go on their biggest adventure yet. Read more


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Mariscos Rubén seems to be a place for gringos rather than locals. While the prices are well within the command of tourists, they’re distinctly higher than most south of the border. Read more

The World Fare


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The beer list is stellar. These guys know what they are doing. Read more

Wort Mentioning

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Photo by Jim Carmody

Gordon Hirabayashi’s remarkable story comes to life in the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s one-person staging of Jeanne Sakata’s “Hold These Truths.” Read more



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For 136 minutes, “Waves” tells us exactly how to feel at all times, shoving empty images and obvious moral lessons down the audience’s throat with reckless abandon. Read more


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Back home, there were some notable Santa queries. San Diego, as no one has ever said, never disappoints! Check out a sampling from this year’s crop of yuletide yearnings. Read more

Spin Cycle


Photo courtesy C. Fodoreanu

The black-and-white photographs of C. Fodoreanu’s exhibit, “street smart,” collectively filled the room with a powerful tone: the stories of seven children from Southern California’s suburban streets. Read more


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Photo by Stacy Keck

Yes, holiday shopping can truly be a nightmare, but why make it any more difficult than it needs to be? We say, skip all the above and make it simple this year by staying local. Read more



Photo by Clare Gillen and Alexandre Moors

German pop singer Kim Petras says fans should expect to hear plenty of cuts from “Turn Off the Light,” as well as others from “Clarity,” when she comes to the Observatory North Park for a sold-out show on Sunday, December 8. Read more

Music Feature


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Greyson Chance will return to San Diego to play the House of Blues on Thursday, December 5. Read more

Music Feature

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Photo by Grace Pickering

Neon Trees will perform as part of Alt 949’s “Not So Silent Night” on Sunday, December 8. Read more

Music Feature

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Photo courtesy Jason Scheff

The San Diego-born Jason Scheff has landed his “dream job, ”celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "The White Album" with the “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today Tour,” which comes to The Magnolia on Sunday, December 8. Read more

Music Feature

Here are the CannaBitch picks for this year’s best holiday gifts for cannabis lovers. Read more