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With what seems like a never-ending barrage of political missteps and gaffes, it can be hard to keep focused on the issues that matter. more

May 22, 2017 4:30 PM Short List Event Picks


Illustration by Carolyn Ramos

From learning to garden and riding a motorcycle to becoming a knight and climbing rocks, this guide is just as much about learning to survive and be more independent as it is about summer fun more

May 17, 2017 11:45 AM Summer Guide


Photo by Maria Wiles

North Park has changed a lot over the last two decades, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the neighborhood’s reputation as an arts destination. more

May 15, 2017 5:16 PM Short List Event Picks


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Let’s keep it real; mom deserves much more than a yearly brunch where she doesn’t have to pick up the tab. So this Mother’s Day, we’d like to encourage readers to try something a little different. more

May 8, 2017 3:18 PM Short List Event Picks


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We look at our readers as an enlightened group of individuals, but we’d like to break something down once and for all: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. In fact, it’s not even close. Día de la Independencia is in September. more

May 1, 2017 4:27 PM Short List Event Picks

We’d like to think that the majority of CityBeat readers remember how it felt to wake up the morning of November 9th. more

Apr 24, 2017 5:23 PM Short List Event Picks 1 Comments

Magazine writer and novelist Mike Sager has smoked weed in a staggering, strange variety of places: at 14,000 feet in the Nepalese Himalayas and on the beach of Marlon Brando’s private island with a topless Tahitian translator. more

Apr 18, 2017 6:30 PM Features


Photo courtesy of Chicano Park Steering Committee

The last year has been monumental but nonetheless tough for Chicano Park and the residents of Barrio Logan. more

Apr 17, 2017 5:52 PM Short List Event Picks


Photo courtesy of San Diego Dance Theater

For many of us, dancing is anything but cerebral. It’s something we do to escape. Something we do to avoid having to think. Watching others dance, however, is another story. more

Apr 10, 2017 4:30 PM Short List Event Picks


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Springfest—the nine-day, multi-venue showcase—started as a way to showcase UCSD’s Department of Music programs, but has since expanded to include experimental musicians. more

Apr 3, 2017 5:31 PM Short List Event Picks


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While some San Diegans may not think to extend their appreciation for Latin culture further than half-priced margaritas, there’s an abundance of art, music and culture that awaits us south of the border. more

Mar 27, 2017 5:40 PM Short List Event Picks


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Who’s to say British artist Richard Deacon wasn’t being ironic or even cheeky when he began referring to himself as a “fabricator” rather than a sculptor? more

Mar 20, 2017 4:25 PM Short List Event Picks

We received 102 demos this year, a dropoff in submissions that I’m going to go ahead and blame Donald Trump for but by no means a small number, and we reviewed all of them. more

Mar 14, 2017 7:00 PM Local Music Issue 7 Comments

“In light of the current political situation, it seems like the film festival is even more important,” says Ethan van Thillo, executive director of the Media Arts Center San Diego and founder of the festival. more

Mar 13, 2017 5:15 PM Short List Event Picks


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Locals have always had a casual relationship with the San Diego Opera. While we love the idea that it’s there and often take it for granted, the reality is that far too many people still consider opera to be too inaccessible to really give it a break more

Mar 6, 2017 4:56 PM Short List Event Picks

Art and music collectives come and go in this town and, to be honest, not all of them are good. But The Redwoods—a tight collective of local and like-minded musicians and artists—have become something of a local force since forming two years ago. more

Feb 27, 2017 4:53 PM Short List Event Picks

Twenty years is a lot of time to put into any musical project, but for Bonnie Wright, her love of experimental and under-the-radar music has proven to be a fruitful one. more

Feb 20, 2017 4:49 PM Short List Event Picks


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We’d like to think that the arts can be a great catalyst in helping to facilitate these kinds of discussions. The can certainly be said about Voyage: The Slave Journey, a new concert experience from local choral ensemble SACRA/PROFANA. more

Feb 13, 2017 5:48 PM Short List Event Picks


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It’s been a rough couple weeks. The inauguration. The executive orders. Tom Brady. If there’s been a silver lining at all, it’s certainly been the amount of grassroots activism and protests popping up all over the city. more

Feb 6, 2017 5:00 PM Short List Event Picks

Any event that attempts to incorporate cutting-edge technology and music could seem, on the surface, to be a little too fringe for your average culture vulture. But that’s certainly not the case with the inaugural AMT Festival. more

Jan 30, 2017 5:13 PM Short List Event Picks