February 20, 2019 Issue

Vice once called Mexicali band Silent the city’s “great goth hope” and I won’t dispute that distinction. Read more

The Spotlight

There’s this proffered belief that heterosexual, cis-gendered and white folks are the real marginalized people in modern America. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity 1 Comments

As a child of the ’80s, I can testify to the fact that there used to be a time when saying that a band sounded like Santana was a huge compliment. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Corey Howard Power

Back in the 1980s, hardcore punks gave San Diego the nickname “Slow Death” because it was the scariest place you could go to see a show. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

If San Diego artists received the same amount of national attention as places like L.A. and San Francisco, local Karla Cordero would surely be in the discussion as being one of the best Chicanx poets working today. Read more

Seen Local


Photo courtesy of CREATE

That science and more will be explored at the first annual Barrio Logan Science and Art Expo on March 16, at the Mercado del Barrio (1101 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy.). Read more

Seen Local

“For a city the size of San Diego and a city that counts itself as America’s finest city, the commitment to arts and culture and the citizens is not up to par,” says Baza. Read more



Photo by Maura Fox

Conde has diabetes, and has struggled to come by medication at the migrant camp. He needed health insurance to access medication but, at the time, he wasn’t sure if that was an option for him. Read more


I beg to differ with you [“Words mean something,” From the Editor, Feb. 13]. If “is my President” means nothing more than “is President of the US,” then it is a redundant, unnecessary, and obscure expression of fact. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Andy Nystrom / Flickr

When readers think of San Diego design and architecture, what comes to mind? Go ahead. I’ll wait. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments

She was a Tab Pirate—someone who puts drinks on other people’s tabs without their knowledge. Read more

Sordid Tales

Pisces (February 19 - March 20): The phases of your life can only be viewed in retrospect like the layers of colored sand in a sand art bottle. And just like a sand art bottle, your life sort of sucks. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Jen Schwenk

Allison Ray Benavides uses an oil derived from the high CBD cannabis strain, Charlotte’s Web, to treat her 9-year-old son’s epilepsy. T Read more



Photo by Lauren Perry

Full disclosure: I’ve known Ryan Seaman, the drummer for iDKHOW (stylistic shorthand for I Don’t Know How But They Found Me) for a long time. Read more

The Spotlight


Photo courtesy of Onstage Playhouse

For anyone who’s ever stayed up all night in the company of someone very special, there’s Terrence Mc-Nally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Read more


When I heard that Sam Lipsyte had a new novel out called Hark, which is a synonym for “listen,” that’s exactly what I did. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Mark Seliger

How’s your Black History Month going? Read more

Short List Event Picks

High Flying Bird (which is currently streaming on Netflix) makes the case that without passionate stakeholders invested in both the past and present of basketball, the game’s future identity will be forever at risk. Read more


Iranian dramatist Asghar Farhadi makes films about secrets; the unforgivable kind that tears families apart, dissolves marriages and rattles entire communities. Read more



Photo by Tessa Angus

In May 2015, Transfer played a final show at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival. Then they quietly took a hiatus to focus on other things like raising kids, jobs and other music projects. Read more

Music Feature