January 30, 2019 Issue


Photo by Beth Demmon

Gravity Heights is a gigantic space profuse with pops of color and hanging ferns spilling from macrame planters. Read more

Final Draught

Two new documentaries set to premiere at the 2019 Human Rights Watch Film Festival examine these eerily similar struggles by showcasing the voices of social activists, politicians and community organizers. Read more


It’s been approximately 893 news cycles since the Covington Catholic High School boys were trending across every media platform. But I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them juxtaposed against what I see each week. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 17 Comments


Photo by John R. Lamb

When the news broke last week that Republican-lite state Assemblymember and former San Diego City Council member Brian Maienschein had jumped ship and joined the Democratic Party, the rumor mill lit up like a flare shot into the night sky. Read more

Spin Cycle

Ryan, great story [“No room for Jesus in death,” Jan. 16]. As a former Mormon from Utah, I just attended the last of my Mormon grandparents’ funerals. Read more

Letters to the Editor

I think that bears repeating: JFS will run the temporary migrant shelter at no cost to the county. How could anyone possibly object? Well, they found a way. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments

Coakley and his friends have no idea who Karp is, but for years they’ve been captivated by his image. A glossy, black-and-white headshot found in a dumpster in 1994 has been the engine behind what they call a “profoundly irrelevant” art movement. Read more

Features 6 Comments


Photo by Jaime Shaheen

Everyone in the Long Beach-based band—Daniel Michicoff on bass, Phil Shaheen on drums and Chad Wachtel on guitar—has been playing music in one form or another for half their lives, but the trio didn’t form Tijuana Panthers until the mid-2000s. Read more

Music Feature

Even though joints are less common in today’s cannabis culture, enthusiasts know they are the cornerstone to enjoying cannabis. Read more



Photo by Leo Cacket

Songs like “Damaged Goods” and “At Home He’s a Tourist” still pack a punch in a live setting and Sterry does sound a lot like original singer Jon King. Read more

The Spotlight

I dig for records. Not to romanticize it, but there are moments when I feel like an archeologist participating in the last gold rush on the frontiers of America. Read more

Black Gold 1 Comments

As much as we’d love to hate on Travis Scott for being with Kylie Jenner and being a Super Bowl sellout, it’s hard to deny bangers like “SICKO MODE” and “goosebumps.” Read more

If I Were U

Peter Jackson’s films initially present danger as a thrilling proposition. This especially holds true for young characters naïve to the world’s many horrors. Read more



Photo by Daren Scott

Avid readers may remember Herland, a 1915 novel by feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman about a utopian society populated and repopulated by women only. Read more



Photo courtesy of The Studio Door

Galleries come and go, but for The Studio Door, there seems to be a happy ending. They’ll be celebrating this fact with a grand opening that includes an open house and pop-up exhibition on Saturday, Feb. 2 from noon to 7 p.m. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18): You don’t owe anyone your attention, or your time, or your friendship, or your consideration. But if you’re my friend Martin, you still owe me $43. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

If there’s one constant on the internet, it’s this: whatever we think is fun, joyful, harmless, good or praiseworthy, give it enough time and it will become the exact opposite of that. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Ian Ward

Refreshing is a word I would also use to describe Realm of the 52 Remedies (4805 Convoy St.) and its Opium Den cocktail. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Street food has long been a part of the Tijuana scene, from the hipster vibe at the Telefonica Gastro Park to the more upscale feel of Foodgarden. Read more

The World Fare