January 2, 2019 Issue

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): After Wolfgang Beltracchi was jailed for using a modern paint on a forged piece that predated it, he was asked what he’d do differently. He replied, “I’d use a different white.” Read more

Astrologically Unsound

I’ve stopped using the word marijuana. Readers of this column might have noticed that it has never appeared until now. Read more



Photo by Cheryl Iliria

Emo might be the hot throwback genre at the moment, but yacht rock is a close second. Read more

If I Were U

This quarter of the year has been unfairly labeled a dumping ground for bad movies. Look a little closer, however, and the release schedule often yields plenty of B-movie gems and foreign treasures. Read more



Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

The inaugural 32-page magazine publishes this week and although it’s no bigger than a junior sized legal pad, its significance in the community looms large for those who created it. Read more



Photo by Ryan Bradford

A google search of Pitbull (aka Mr. Worldwide [or as my editor mistakenly referred to him: “Mr. Everywhere”]) reveals he’s either a really big rapper or an adorable hound. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments

As 2018 began to wind down within a torrent of bad news that left me feeling emotionally bludgeoned and a little bit sad about humanity, I received a DM from a stranger. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo by Seth Combs

Over the past month, a few things have happened that have brought the issue of public transit back to the forefront. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments


Photo by John R. Lamb

So what’s it gonna be, Kevin Faulconer? More of the same flacked-up fizzle that highlighted your first four years as mayor? Or maybe, just maybe, here’s a thought: Do the opposite. Read more

Spin Cycle

I read [Ryan Bradford’s] column in the San Diego CityBeat and wanted to thank you for writing about an online scam [“I Got Got!,” Well, That Was Awkward, Dec. 19]. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Pooneh Ghana

When an actor tries to spread their musical wings, it sounds like an early midlife crisis. Luckily, Finn Wolfhard—known for playing Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things—is nowhere near the appropriate age for such a breakdown. Read more

The Spotlight


Photo courtesy of Welk Resorts Theatre

The new year marks exactly two decades since Mamma Mia!—the stage musical featuring the sugary pop songs of the Swedish group ABBA—debuted in London’s West End. Read more



Image courtesy of the artist

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for everyone: We should all buy more original art. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

In the back office, surrounded by music paraphernalia and setlists from the past, Casbah co-founder Tim Mays stumbles when asked what he would have done had he bought the venue back in the early ’90s. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of Crosby Hop Farm

Drier conditions and increased water demand inevitably leads to agricultural strain. In less abstract terms, climate change equals more expensive beer. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

There was, indeed, a time when China Max offered dim sum and Cantonese cuisine as good as any in San Diego. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Ian Ward

I ordered the Espresso Martini and well, now I’m not going to say anything mean… how about this weather we’ve had lately? Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene