June 5, 2019 Issue


Photos by Xavier Ascanio / istockphoto • Joel Carillet / istockphoto

Long before the passage of Alabama’s near-total abortion ban, Indiana was getting into the act with some guy named Mike Pence right in the middle of things. Read more



Photo by Andrew Bisdale

Not to say that Worriers are snotty, young punks. Rather, they’re working within the confines of pop-punk—a genre that generally appeals to “the kids”—to shine a light on sexism and gender in thoughtful, nonreductive ways. Read more

The Spotlight

A few years ago, I was one of the Black folks in Utah. I was passing through the town of Moab for a gig. I had arrived early and my favorite way to pass the hours has always been to dive headfirst into nature. Read more

Black Gold 1 Comments


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

As far as Cory Briggs is concerned, it’s mission accomplished when it comes to the 2020 San Diego mayoral race. Read more

Spin Cycle 2 Comments

This was pretty damn funny, well done Read more

Letters to the Editor

AB-5 is intended as a means to codify a Supreme Court ruling that employers must hire freelancers and independent contractors if their businesses depend on said freelancers. Read more

From the Editor 1 Comments


Photo by Alexa Viscius

“I don’t know if there’s a separation between personal and professional when it comes to being an artist these days. I feel like I’m on all the time but I’m not on nearly as much as I should be.” Read more

Music Feature


Photo courtesy of Jay Frentsos

Up until recently, I’ve been something of a purist when it comes to ingesting cannabis. For me, a large part of the romanticism of enjoying weed has to do with the fact that I’m smoking an actual plant. Read more


Domino (now screening on video on demand) might be the epitome of a mixed bag, something plucked from the archives of Cinemax circa 1992. But the moments that sting with uneasy truth remind us why De Palma remains such a potent artist. Read more



Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): This week builds like an exponentially growing snowball rolling down the face of a mountain. Where are you in this metaphor? Thanks for asking. I have no idea. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Country singer Jason Isbell’s plaintive, self-reflective songs should balance perfectly with Father John Misty’s self-aggrandizing torch songs. Read more

If I Were U

The sunny, hopeful final scene would suggest that only new life could jar someone like Léonard out of such a self-imposed funk. Read more



Photo by Aaron Rumley

In its sedate but steely reflection on nuclear disarmament, Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods manages to be idealistic and cynical at the same time. Read more


Eat, sleep, jerk off. Eat, sleep, jerk off. That is the middle school mantra. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo courtesy of San Diego Fringe Festival

Held in dozens of cities all over the world, Fringe festivals offer patrons everything from puppetry to poetry, cabaret to comedy. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Now, I’ve written about guns before. Personally, I wish Obama had fulfilled the right-wing fear fantasy of literally walking into everyone’s homes and taking their guns away. I also know that we’re not going to get rid of guns. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward 3 Comments


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Until about a year ago, Caffè’s owners—Alice (pronounced “Al-ee-che”) Olivetti and her husband Stefano Revaglia—lived in Bologna, Italy. Read more

The World Fare


Image courtesy of the Museum of Beer

Tapping into San Diego’s already robust tourism industry, the MoB plans to put down roots in the rapidly developing East Village neighborhood. Read more

Final Draught


Photo by James Tran

The lemon juice also compliments the pair with sourness while the brandy brings in bold wood notes. The result is a delightful cocktail with perfect equilibrium. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene