June 12, 2019 Issue

Karen Stefano’s debut memoir, What a Body Remembers (Rare Bird Books), is a study in contradictions. Read more

The Floating Library


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

"I feel the fire lit.” This is how Chief of Homelessness Strategies and Housing Liaison Keely Halsey put it three months ago at a San Diego Housing Authority meeting. Read more



Photo by Lorpic89 / Flickr Commons

But I’m not here to lament the repugnant idea of having bro-friendly skateparks and break areas among Horton Plaza’s iconic, postmodernist design. Rather, I just want to say that I will miss it. Read more

From the Editor 4 Comments


Photo by Ryan Bradford

To riff on the words of Walt Whitman, District 9 (which is represented by city councilmember Georgette Gomez) contains multitudes. Read more

Drink Issue


Photos by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

It’s easy to assume the best drinking spots in District 8 would be breweries in Barrio Logan, but I’d suggest not ignoring neighborhoods like Logan Heights and Otay Mesa. Read more

Drink Issue


Photos by Seth Combs

Everyone likes to think the dive bar they frequent is “authentic,” but I’d challenge them to hang at a dive in D-7. For example, Pal Joey’s (5147 Waring Road) in Allied Gardens is like a different world with a mature crowd. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo courtesy of Cutwater Spirits

Unlike its neighbors, Sorrento Valley is more tech-y than tasty, but Gravity Heights (9920 Pacific Heights Blvd.) gave a fresh jolt to the corporate-lunch-heavy area when it opened earlier this year. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Jackie Bryant

When it comes to drinking, District 3 is absolutely spoiled for options. Encompassing the downtown and mid-city neighborhoods, this district is the heart and soul of San Diego’s dining and drinking scenes. Read more

Drink Issue


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District 2 is usually the first stop for tourists who visit San Diego. As a result, the city’s beach communities and the people who live there are constantly fighting a battle between old and new. Read more

Drink Issue


Photo by Zack Benson

I’m here to say that District 1 is often the place that sets the trends for much of the city. And while it isn’t particularly well known for a bustling nightlife scene, there are some old-school gems to be found if one knows where to look. Read more

Drink Issue


Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): This week, remember to not talk unless you can back it up, or unless you can outrun anyone who might try to—let’s say—compel you to prove that you can. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by David McClister

But I’d like to make the argument for the follow-up to Car Wheels, 2001’s Essence. Not only was it the album that introduced me to her majesty, but it set the template for her music moving forward. Read more

The Spotlight

I’ve been listening to Talia Ceravolo’s debut album, 'Dirty Seeds,' for a few months now and I’m here to say it’s as beautiful, nuanced and dulcet as it was when I first heard it. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Photo by Camilla Saufley

San Diego is set to host another large-tier fest. The lineup for the inaugural Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival was announced last week and includes dozens of big-name acts. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

What distinguishes hair stylists (eligible for the permit) from nail technicians? It’s a mystery to me. Read more

Letters to the Editor

Typically, when brawling with men, certain unwritten rules apply: no weapons, no projectiles, no gonad-bashing, and no eye gouging, face-scratching or glass-stabbing. But with women? Read more

Sordid Tales

In Ma, Octavia Spencer’s character offers up her basement to teenagers for partying. The kids are clearly underage, but Ma is more than happy to supply the booze. I watched major parts of this film with ill-suppressed laughter. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity


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As I discussed in my last column, I’m quite new to dabbing, the method of consuming cannabis concentrates which often requires a blowtorch. Read more



Photo by Bradley Murray

RVG are one of those rare bands whose music transcends genres and can appeal to just about anyone. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Sean Mathis

Vasquez spent nearly the entire month of January 2018 alone, recording what would become the bulk of Light’n Up. Read more

Music Feature