May 29, 2019 Issue


Image courtesy of Cannabis Nurses Network

As consumers become increasingly interested in using medicinal cannabis, the medical world is also increasingly more curious about the plants’ benefits. Read more


Basically, every song feels demonic invocation, but there’s a pitch-black vein of humor that runs through the album and keeps it from feeling pretentious. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Jeff Terich

In the bar industry, the only constant is change. So it is with City Height’s Til-Two Club (4746 El Cajon Blvd.), which just changed hands again after coming under new ownership in August 2018. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo courtesy of Aubrhe Yruretagoyena and Viktor De La Fuente

The idea is to have performance artists sign up on the spot to perform work they are developing or simply want to try out in an intimate space with a small audience. Read more

Seen Local


Photo courtesy of Animal Cracker Conspiracy

Animal Cracker Conspiracy first began working on Paper Cities in 2014 after receiving a Jim Henson Foundation Grant, as well as a Creative Catalyst Grant with the La Jolla Playhouse. Read more

Seen Local

Welcome to San Diego in 2049, as imagined by students and affiliates of UC San Diego. Read more


This is why I am proposing today, May 29, as National Barback Appreciation Day. After all, we have a Bartender Appreciation Day, why not barbacks? Read more

Sordid Tales


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

This leaves occupations such as freelance writers, strippers, rideshare drivers and anyone else working as an independent contractor to wonder what happens next. Read more


Kudos to CityBeat for printing all those wacko comments from the right-wing conservatives in “Letters.” Good to hear from that side of the spectrum, from time to time. Read more

Letters to the Editor

There was a time, not so long ago, when a member of Congress admitting to posing for a selfie with the dead body of someone he’d killed in combat would have been a national scandal. Read more

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Photo by Emma Tillman

It seems Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) has an uncanny ability to release a new record just as something monumental or cathartic is occurring in my own life. Read more

The Spotlight


Photo by Andrew Paynter

Jared and Jonathan Mattson of the San Diego-based psych-jazz band The Mattson 2 are almost as skilled at talking about their brand new album Paradise as they are at playing guitar and drums, respectively. Read more

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Living in Point Loma often means dealing with rent hikes and property management companies not particularly interested in managing anything. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity

Many of the stories read like indictments of the kind of lifestyle that Highsmith, who was notoriously mean-spirited and difficult to be around, found dreary if not outright contemptible. Read more

The Floating Library

The Silence of Others (opening Friday, May 31, at the Digital Gym Cinema) brings the complexity of history and humanity back into the equation. Read more


Sauvage / Wild presents competing physical juxtapositions in very direct ways, and accentuates their grittiness with shaky handheld visuals. Read more



Photo by Karli Cadel Photography

Sorry, Jane Austen lovers, but Pride and Prejudice is just such a bore. But thank you to playwright Kate Hamill for putting some much-needed pizazz in the too-oft-told story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Read more



Photo by Andrew Boyle

With her visceral lyrics and an effortless flow, Brooklyn’s Young M.A might be one of the best, and most underrated MCs in the game. Read more

If I Were U


Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Being curious is neutral but how you satisfy these curiosities is not necessarily neutral to others. After all, sharks examine the world around them by using their razor sharp teeth. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo courtesy of San Diego County Fair

There are just some traditions in San Diego that we can’t help but want to be part of. Such is the case with the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Read more

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