June 19, 2019 Issue


Photos by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Founded in 2001 by Matt D’Arrigo, ARTS’s mission was simple: help underprivileged youth deal with the adversity in their lives by providing arts-based education and programs. Read more

Features 2 Comments

'When They See Us' is as pertinent to right now as is 'Roots'. And like 'Roots', 'When They See Us' is an emotional wrecking ball. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments

In an article that appears to be about parenting and being their kids’ friends and drinking, a racist non-sequitur slam on whites about “white-people-speak” comes up (“... do it where they would be ‘safe.’ Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by John R. Lamb

But are we not all Eggburts? Don’t we all dream of flying first class gratis? Aren’t some of today’s woes tempered by a good chomp on a proverbial carrot? Read more

Spin Cycle

Duncan Hunter Jr. needs to resign. Of course, that’s not going to happen. Read more

From the Editor 2 Comments

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): They say no good deed goes unpunished. Why don’t you try doing a good deed for once and find out if that’s true or not? Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Michael Lavine

'This Mess is a Place' has mostly silenced anyone who questioned Tacocat’s credibility. Produced by Erik Blood, the record is a solid evolution of their rising talent and proof that faking it until making it totally works. Read more

Music Feature

According to the limited number of studies conducted on the interactions between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, of which Lexapro is one) and cannabinoids, the jury is still out on whether or not this is a good idea. Read more



Photo courtesy of MPL Communications LTD

For a while now, I’ve had a theory about the great, longstanding debate about who was, in fact, the best Beatle. Read more

The Spotlight

I threw it on the turntable and discovered a hidden gem. It’s a cover of the Sonny Henry song, which was made popular by Santana. It was pretty standard until the instrumental break where the percussion and piano lift off with frenetic energy. Read more

Black Gold

Taking a page from early Ministry and Echo and the Bunnymen, L.A.’s No Exits craft highly addictive darkwave grooves anchored by the frontman’s forlorn pleas. Read more

If I Were U


Photo by Ken Jacques

Only a Mel Brooks show can still get laughs with the “walk this way” sight gag. Read more


Thematic correlations between property and dignity are also highly relevant to The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a lovely, if not precious, indie where housing inequality and gentrification have pushed out communities of color. Read more


Known for highbrow art films like The Decline of the American Empire, Jesus of Montreal, and The Barbarian Invasions, Arcand deserves some credit for going outside of his comfort zone. Read more



Photos by Julia Dixon Evans

The reign (or... rein?) of the large horse has gone on for far too long. It’s not that I hate them (in fact, I pray for the day that the Del Mar Racetrack gets 'Blackfish’d), I just think they all want to kick me in the face. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Image courtesy of the artist

We’d like to pose a question to readers: When it comes to having art in your house, is it better to have something everybody knows was bought from one of those big-box stores, a reproduction guests won’t look at twice? Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

One of the surest ways to assess a chef’s skill in the kitchen is their vegetable cookery. Read more

The World Fare


Photo by Ian Ward

The Electric Rosé has no true inclinations of sweetness, but has lasting notes of lush, ripe peaches and orange marmalade. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene 1 Comments


Photo by Beth Demmon

There’s a need for anyone interested in craft beer to keep paying attention to San Diego’s pioneer companies. They provide the context of how we arrived at where we are today. Read more

Final Draught