January 16, 2019 Issue

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): Sometimes the most fun part of the rollercoaster is reading all the warning signs and getting so scared that you’re going to die that you don’t even go on it at all. And that’s fine. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

Recorded just before the death of drummer Tim Reece of a rare form of glandular cancer, the album could be seen as both a lamenting farewell and a eulogistic celebration of Reese, although it’s doubtful he’d want it to be seen as either. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

“Although I still consider myself a noise artist, I feel that The Sorcerer Family is folk music and music that speaks for the earth,” says Lopez. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Now faced with a City Council vowing bold progress in his last two years, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer seems intent on finding that last glimmering civic bauble that will cement his legacy as a can-doer Read more

Spin Cycle

Taking to the streets once a year to express outrage over injustice might feel less lonely, but without action, it’s a false sense of empowerment. Read more

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Let’s provide some historical context to the building of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent shooting of dozens attempting to flee East Berlin and the GDR by going over it [“Talib Kweli and the Berlin gall,” Sordid Tales, Jan. 9]. Read more

Letters to the Editor

There is more rain coming. And sure, that could be taken in a literal sense, given the forecast, but I’m more referring to the coming battles between our Republican mayor and the solidly Democratic, veto-proof city council. Read more

From the Editor


Photo by Jackie Bryant

San Diego is undeniably a tourist town and while that can sometimes be a headache for locals, it also means the city boasts some truly excellent hotels. Read more

Staycation Issue


Photo courtesy of Crave Imagery

Valle de Guadalupe has grown exponentially over the last decade and has developed an international reputation. Read more

Staycation Issue

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Photo by Ulizes Sanchez

Little did I know that Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s PR team would put me in touch with David Hasselhoff; actor, German icon and mayor of Funner, California, where Harrah’s Resort SoCal is located. Read more

Staycation Issue


Photo by Peter Holslin

Extreme Herman Melville voice: Call me Ryan. Read more

Staycation Issue


Photos by Julia Dixon Evans

Even in the summer, the approach to Mt. Laguna’s Garnet Peak is not crowded. But today, cold and wintry, it’s practically empty (maybe this should’ve been a sign). Read more

Staycation Issue


Photo by Christine Landor

Saying that local hip hop artist Miki Vale stumbled upon playwriting wouldn’t be completely accurate. Read more

Music Feature

I wondered how else cannabis could be incorporated into a wellness routine so I checked in with one of my favorite dispensaries, Torrey Holistics. Read more


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Image courtesy of the Old Globe Theatre

Playwright Anna Ziegler is no stranger to the Old Globe Theatre’s Powers New Voices Festival. Read more



Photo via iStock Photo

My grandpa dies a couple days before Christmas. He was 92 years old. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

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Photo courtesy of House of Blues

With a new restaurant or eatery seemingly opening up every week in San Diego, it can be tough for so-called foodies to keep up. Read more

Short List Event Picks

This safely entertaining film was made for the middlebrow crowd and not the hardcore cinephiles. Read more



Annapurna Pictures

Kidman goes all in on a grief-stricken, morally compromised cop character trying to make things right with her rebellious teenage daughter. Read more


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Photo by Dot Pierson

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that music doesn’t save lives. Read more

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