June 26, 2019 Issue

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Baron

Jessica “Jess” Baron can hardly contain her excitement when asked about the recent news that the nonprofit she founded in 1998 recently received a coveted grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

'Red Clocks' poses the question: What if abortion was once again illegal in the United States? Read more

The Floating Library

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Photos by Seth Combs

Nearly 54 years later, Paul McCartney, looking as svelte and sounding nearly as crisp as he did in the ’60s, opened his sold-out show at Petco Park with “A Hard Day’s Night." Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio 3 Comments


Photo by Jackie Bryant

While the selection at Alaska’s dispensaries is admittedly smaller than what one would find in California, it doesn’t matter. The quality is there. Read more


It infuriates me to hear politically powerful people such as Sen. Mitch McConnell speak pedantically about “America’s original sin.” Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity 1 Comments

The Zeros are also back for more than just a short reunion this time. They have a new single, “In The Spotlight,” set for release on Spanish label Munster Records. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Allison Davis

The San Diego chapter of the Resistance Revival Chorus uses singing as a form of political activism while maintaining, according to its leaders, the “spirit of joy and resistance.” Read more


I have long argued that consenting adults ought to be able to do what they want with their swampy parts so long as they’re not hurting others. Read more

Sordid Tales 2 Comments


Official White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

When all is said and done, I don’t think Kevin Faulconer will be hanging his Oval Office photo with President Trump over the mantle anytime soon. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments


Photo by Chris Matista

Wendy Wheatcroft knows full well that she has a tough road ahead of her. Read more

News 1 Comments


Photo by Ebru Yildiz

By all accounts, Charly Bliss should not be a good or cool band. Read more

The Spotlight

Shades McCool, however, strikes that near-impossible balance between rock and comedy on their first full-length album, 'Pretty Good Guy'. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

I often need a translator to read Ro Moo’s [sic] column [“In San Diego, we’d all rather pay than quit,” A Side-Eye of Sanity, May 29]. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Image courtesy of The Film Arcade

Being Frank lazily plays with the idea of Philip using Frank’s secret as leverage, but the characters aren’t mean-spirited enough to carry this thread through to its naturally destructive conclusion. Read more



Image courtesy of Janus Films

One of the seminal American documentaries on sexuality and race, Paris is Burning embeds itself in the world of competitive “balls,” elaborate drag competitions staged by Harlem’s LGBTQ community in the late 1980s. Read more



Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Forget everything you thought you knew about armadillos this week. Nothing against armadillos, it’s just probably not going to come up. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Jim Cox

I would imagine it’s easy for audiences to want to escape to the Forest of Arden, which is brought to life in the Old Globe’s new production of 'As You Like It.' Read more



Photo by Madeline Barr Photography

While tattoos and wine don’t have much in common, we do know that San Diego likes them both. Read more

Short List Event Picks

My Yard Live (288 Rancheros Drive) in San Marcos seeks to unite the relaxed atmosphere of home with the community feel of a brewpub. Read more

Final Draught

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Walking through the door at Old House Hot Pot (8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. S1) in the Convoy District feels like stepping into a Star Trek transporter and getting beamed to Chengdu. Read more

The World Fare 2 Comments