January 9, 2019 Issue

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): Cooperating with others is not about making them all bend to your will. It’s about only associating with people who already want to do what you want to do to begin with. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

What is post-punk music if not a bunch of musicians who are jaded, but just not that jaded? Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio 1 Comments


Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam / @letsfrolictogether

It just might be the most iconic local jingle in San Diego history and while it was created to sell cars, its hard to find a local who can’t recite or even sing it from memory. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo courtesy of national hispanic caucus of state legislators

Dozens of state legislators from all over the U.S. filled the conference rooms at the Kona Kai Resort in Shelter Island last month for the 16th National Summit of Hispanic State Legislators. Read more



Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

The five-year anniversary of La Bodega Gallery is a big deal and, when we ask co-owner Soni López-Chávez, it’s been quite the roller coaster ride. Read more

Seen Local

With the exception of symphony concerts, [crowds] can be very rude by talking constantly, holding up their cellphones and/or standing up so you can’t see the stage, etc. Read more

Letters to the Editor

I always wait for the inevitable “but” to drop when it comes to watching County Board of Supervisors meetings. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments


Photo via Wiki Commons / Robman94

After fronting Chicago’s seminal cult ska band Slapstick in the ’90s, Kelly moved on to sing and play bass in his best-known project, The Lawrence Arms. Read more

The Spotlight

On New Year’s Day, I went to lunch with a friend and jokingly asked what their goals were for the beginning of 2019. Their answer? They needed to identify all the stresses in their life. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity 1 Comments


Photo courtesy of CanPay

The lack of legal access to banking is one the biggest obstacles facing the cannabis industry. Read more


In a year of many great documentaries (Bisbee ’17, Minding the Gap, Did You Ever Wonder Who Fired the Gun?), Ross’ film stands out for its curiosity and questioning of stylistic norms. Read more


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a staunch defender of equal rights for women and men, has been fighting small-minded sexists for nearly six decades. Read more



Photo courtesy of Lamb’s Players Theatre

Theatergoers who’ve enjoyed musical productions at Lamb’s Players Theatre over the years are getting a month-long chance to relive some of those memories. Read more


Peluda, published by Button Poetry, explores identity and assimilation through the lens of body hair. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Sam Zauscher

Beachside music festivals probably bring to mind drum circles and musicians that look and sound like Ras Trent, but two weekend festivals are offering something a little different near the beach. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Jess Garten

Much like Samson, we think Melvins singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne garners all his energy from his amazing Sideshow Bob-like mane. Don’t @ us. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Adey attempts to explore the gray areas of the U.S.’s fascination with guns and does so in brilliantly subtle ways. Read more



Photo by Michael Schmelling

The record is McMahon’s complex attempt at finally letting go of his identity, relinquishing his past, forgiving his foes and finding humanity in himself through others. Read more

Music Feature


Photo via Wiki Commons

After a year of being subjected to an extraordinary amount of inane remarks from celebs, politicians and media types, 2018 closed with a tweet from rapper Talib Kweli that managed to outdo them all. Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo by Beth Demmon

Sometime in my early 30s, I realized that I’d evolved from someone who would always pound a shot at last call to someone who rarely made it past happy hour and was asleep by 10 p.m. (even on weekends!). Read more

Final Draught