July 24, 2019 Issue

The EP is evidence that Warsaw is growing as a band and expanding their sound. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Local arts organization Art Unites has teamed up with three other organizations to host Records & Rhymes, a new hip-hop showcase that they hope will become a regular event. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Seth Combs

There’s something to be said for the value of simply staring at a piece of art and getting lost. Social media has fundamentally changed the way we view and experience art, with the actual viewing often playing second fiddle to the experience. Read more

Seen Local


Photo by Ariana Velazquez

The term “Mexican aliens” is often used with hateful intentions. Filmmakers Benjamin Huerta and Itamar Lilienthal are seeking to change that. Read more

Seen Local


Photos by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

It’s been more than a year since Morales-Luna was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in front of her three daughters on a street corner in National City Read more


I have enjoyed Al Howard’s Black Gold column in the past, and I found his recent column from July 17 [“Instant karma and the art of the steal”] to be, once again, very entertaining. Read more

Letters to the Editor

What if… San Diegans got just as upset about seeing homelessness as they did about scooters littering the sidewalks? Read more

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Photo by Eddie Martinez

The passion to produce a particular play can spark any number of artistic endeavors. And while it doesn’t happen often, it can sometimes even facilitate the formation of a new theater company. Such is the case with Loud Fridge Theatre Group. Read more


OK, sure, the Soledad cross is still towering atop that mountain, its outstretched limbs like Pink Floyd’s domineering mother trying to wrap us up in her arms and protect us from other religions. Read more

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I’ve been thinking about fear a lot lately. Fear isn’t always a bad thing. A healthy dose of fear can keep you from taking too many of the wrong kinds of risks. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity


Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Timing really is everything. And for better or worse, singer/actress Alison Sudol has always been someone on the early side of things. Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of Level

Chemically, Delta-8 is different from THC by only a few atomic bonds. It can produce a serious high of its own, but it exists in the cannabis plant at far lower levels. Read more


The right wing conspiracy theorists in Sword of Trust are so ridiculous that their mere existence would be questioned in any other time period. Read more


Leonard Cohen’s iconic deep voice cemented him as the masculine musical poet of the early 1970s. Read more



Photo by Julien Kelly Gross

Former local Sean Bowie, who performs under the name Yves Tumor, is something of an enigma; a beautiful, gender-blurring force that creates experimental electronic music that is often accompanied by disorienting visual elements. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Aaron Rumley

The classic musical Guys and Dolls was based on  “Blood Pressure” and “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown,” two of Damon Runyon’s cartoonish short stories about mugs and molls in 1930s New York. Read more



Photo by Jimi Giannatti

They’re both among some of the most emotionally honest bands to ever make it big. I’ll always stan for earnestness in rock music. Read more

The Spotlight


Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Leo (July 23 - August 22): Wisdom comes with age and babe, you’re an old hot dog that’s been rotating on the gas station warmer for three weeks. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

Cassie, the novel’s protagonist, was born with an unusual defect: The flesh of her stomach is twisted into a disfiguring knot. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo courtesy of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego

For young musicians, that first performance can make or break their desire to continue writing music. A good, supportive crowd is sometimes the difference between a kid continuing to be creative or giving up altogether. Read more

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