March 13, 2019 Issue


Image courtesy of Lowell Herb Co.

Directed by film festival darling Cutter Hodierne (Fishing Without Nets) and starring actress Bella Thorne, the Lowell ad focuses on the American craftsmanship angle a la craft bourbons or beer. Read more


The storage unit door opened and I immediately had that Christmas Morning pulse of a spoiled child. Read more

Black Gold


Photos courtesy of John Raymond Mireles

In the corner of 26th Street and Imperial Avenue, there’s a small storefront decorated with commercial decals of young Black men and women cheerfully holding “white privilege” identification cards. Read more

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott may have learned something important this week: Standing in the sun under an open-government magnifying glass can leave serious burn marks on a political legacy. Read more

Spin Cycle

While you are allowed to have your opinion on music, you cannot call us racist or imply that our songs are racist. Read more

Letters to the Editor

I’ve been walking to work a lot lately. This was inspired by a number of factors—the desire to live a healthier lifestyle and leave less of a carbon footprint being two reasons—but mainly I simply want to start getting used to driving less. Read more

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"Help me. I can’t breathe.” Those were the last words spoken by 24-year-old Aleah Jenkins, who died on Dec. 6, 2018 after being arrested during a traffic stop 10 days earlier. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels


Photo by Robbie Jeffers

When a proper funk album comes out in San Diego, that’s cause for celebration. And local saxophonist and singer Karl Denson’s new effort, Gnomes & Badgers, is damn funky. Read more

Music Feature

Whether exploring the Chicano-American experience or perspectives of female directors, this dynamic film program highlights the vast scope and ambition of modern Latinx cinema. Read more


Christian Petzold’s eerie, achingly beautiful new thriller, Transit, transplants wartime fears and desperation of its source material (Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa) to envision what our collective future may look like as new waves of fasci Read more



Photo by Dominic Nepomuceno

The rain storms seems to be unrelenting these days, but ask anyone who went to go check out the wildflowers this past weekend and they’ll say the rains have sprouted a colorful bloom the likes of which they’ve never seen before. Read more

Short List Event Picks


Photo by Little Fang

The “People’s Princess” might have very well appreciated the spirit of rebellious fun that envelops the world-premiere musical Diana, at the La Jolla Playhouse. Read more



Photo by Jonathan Kope

We’ve been fans of Berlin-based singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou since hearing her song “She” in Bombshell: The Heady Lamarr Story, but her new album, Paper Castles, seems destined to be her breakout. Read more

If I Were U

Pisces (February 19 - March 20): This week, remember that no matter how insignificant you think you are, you will always matter to the seagulls who see you eating a bag of Lays potato chips. Read more

Astrologically Unsound

Turns out my friend Taylor has been working on a parody of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” called “I Totally Shit When I Fart,” which makes me thankful that beauty can still exist in this rotten world. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Spicy Hut’s best dishes are its seafood offerings (its chef was in charge of Ba Ren’s fish). Take, for example, the “Spicy Boiled Fish,” an uninspiring name for a very inspired dish. Read more

The World Fare

As for the new Small Bar itself, it certainly is a noticeable change from the first iteration. I, for one, am truly fucking glad. Read more

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