January 23, 2019 Issue


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There’s a thin line between gospel music and rock ‘n’ roll. That’s one of two resounding statements made in George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta. Read more


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Billed as the “Ruby Celebration” tour, Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy and bassist David J have reunited for the beloved goth-rock band’s 40th anniversary. Read more

If I Were U


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Walter, who used to work at NASA before devoting herself full-time to art, says her initial ideas often “defy physics.” Read more

Seen Local

There’s been a lot of attention paid over the last few weeks about who will be running against Donald Trump in 2020, which may have drowned out the news that San Diego has a few declared candidates running for mayor that year. Read more


There’s a certain amount of cognitive dissonance when it comes to the overall tenets of YIMBYism. Do we do it at the cost of the environment? What about parking spaces? Public transit? Rent control? Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments

Dear KonMari Method Bandwagoners, keep away from my book stacks. Anyone quoting “30 books” at me as the magic number to literary happiness is asking to be stabbed. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity 1 Comments

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18): You might think you’re doing something sort of illegal but it will turn out to be extremely illegal. Like when Hobby Lobby tried to buy trafficked artifacts…. from ISIS. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Beth Ross-Buckley

For over two decades, Bonnie Wright has been curating the Fresh Sound concert series, but even she’ll admit that devoting all of her free time to showcasing experimental musical artists can sometimes be a thankless affair. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Just as is the nature of pop-surrealism and lowbrow art, Tran’s music is a statement on the zeitgeist, as well as a tribute to it of sorts. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that third-wave ska (or ska-punk) was huge in Utah from the mid-’90s through the early 2000s. Read more

The Spotlight


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To the delight of many in the hemp industry, the 2018 farm bill (aka the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) descheduled hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Read more


The note at the beginning of Patrick Coleman’s outstanding new poetry collection Fire Season reveals that the poems were originally composed on a digital recorder during Coleman’s commute to work from Ramona to the San Diego Museum of Art. Read more

The Floating Library

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Photo by Holly Sutor

In the last month, Kasem has spent almost every day tearing, weaving and dying cotton strands into Islamic prayer rugs for her upcoming exhibition Every Fragment - A Prayer: Yasmine Kasem at 1805 Gallery in Little Italy (1805 Columbia St.). Read more



Photo by Kristy Walker

Of all the words that could be used to describe San Diego-based musician Dani Bell, prolific is probably the most fitting. Read more

Music Feature

Pawel Pawlikowski’s two most recent films feature lead characters stricken with doubt, in both themselves and the oppressive governmental ideologies that control their lives. Read more


The list of screenings includes Ernst Lubitsch’s saucy Design For Living (March 3). The film, about a constantly oscillating love triangle, works as a wonderful introduction to the director’s seamlessly sexy style. Read more



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Naturally, there are many in The Church who think Francis flubbed it. For good reason. Given what Catholics believe about hell, wouldn’t it be dangerous to give children bad information about how to avoid it? Read more

Sordid Tales 4 Comments

Could it be that all this time we’ve lived in San Diego, we never noticed that the beginning of the year seems to be prime time for carnivals and circuses? Read more

Short List Event Picks

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Bane Phonkeo’s is, frankly, exactly the type of place I want to support: a little mom-and-pop shop cooking up dishes as if they were making them for someone just returning home from work in the old country. Read more

The World Fare


Photo courtesy of GT Wharton / The Full Pint

At Horus’ Oceanside facility (4040 Calle Platino, Ste. 120), there’s no tap list. There’s no stainless steel brew system behind the bar. Read more

Final Draught