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Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

This past spring-like Sunday a friend dropped a free ticket to the Chargers-Titans game in my lap. So I attended an NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium for the first time in about three years. more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor


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Last week it hit home, hard. The list of locales where unnecessary killings have made national headlines has expanded to include our backyard, with El Cajon joining Ferguson, Tulsa, Charlotte and too many others cities where lives have been... more

Oct 5, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor


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"Now, here’s the morbid question,” says Kathy, the woman we’ve hired to watch our cats while we’re away on vacation for 10 days. “What’s the cap of how much you are you willing to spend if one of them needs emergency care?” more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Well, That Was Awkward


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To be honest, I was beginning to think Rust Magic was never going to happen. In fact, it would have been a cruel twist of irony if local graffiti artist Saratoga Sake had never finished his new show at the Ice Gallery space (1955 Julian Ave... more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local

It’s hard not to be impressed by Big Bad Buffalo. The indie rock trio comprises former students of School of Rock San Diego, and the lessons clearly paid off. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Regarding kneeling during the National Anthem [Keeping Kaepernick in the headlines, Sept. 14]: The American flag and the National Anthem don’t represent perfection in our society—that’s an impossibility—only the agreedupon desire that we al... more

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 AM Letters to the Editor

San Diego live music picks for the week of September 7. more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM If I Were U

I dress like a tomboy: jeans, T-shirts, hoodies, and work boots. My boyfriend of a year wants me to wear skirts and dresses more often. Nothing trashy. Just not my usual tomboy wear. This weekend, I wore a sundress to brunch. It made him so... more

Aug 17, 2016 12:00 AM Culture


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It’s possible that Sketch Party is the most happening Tuesday night scene in town. The bi-monthly art event—where right-brained patrons come to draw, color and sometimes simply doodle on paper-covered tables—has seen a steady uptick in atte... more

Jul 20, 2016 12:00 AM Features

It’s been a while since I’ve written but that doesn’t mean I’m not reading Ed Decker. His column [“Not singing along to that old time religion,” June 29] caught my attention because I’ve been studying this belief system for some years now a... more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Letters to the Editor


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Frank Green, multi-instrumentalist, describes the album as being more aggressive than its predecessor, though he notes that the basic elements of their sound are still there. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Three songs into White Lung's new album, Paradise , the Vancouver band sends an immediate signal that things are changing. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

In particular, I’m giving this show my seal of approval for Soft Kill, a Portland band with a Cure and Chameleons streak, and whose new album is due out via Profound Lore later this year. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM If I Were U

Poetry often goes by the wayside when it comes to local arts. Don't get us wrong; there's a thriving and active spoken word scene in San Diego, with weekly readings and open-mics in coffeehouses, restaurants and bars all over the county. more

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 AM Features

My dad, who lives on the East Coast, joined a Sherlock Holmes fan club after retiring and never misses a monthly meeting. He doesn’t care for the modern movies with Robert Downey Jr.; dad is old-school Holmes. That’s why the podcast series ... more

Jun 8, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Mosquito. That’s the name Chicago post-rock pioneers Tortoise went by at the beginning of their career. Not exactly an image that conjures the longevity and sturdiness that’s been synonymous with the genre-defying instrumental quintet for n... more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

When it comes to art-heady, psychedelic art, we like to think there's something for everyone. Whether you're a pale metalhead or a tanned surfer, a comic book geek or a steampunk burner, the artists below will speak to your proverbial spiri... more

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM Features

My boyfriend mistakenly sent me a text meant for somebody else—a real estate agent with my same first name who’s showing him apartments. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 AM Culture

"Restorative justice” is a practice that aims to foster dialogue between victims of crime and criminal offenders. It’s the opposite of punitive justice—find somebody guilty, lock ’em up, end of story. more

Mar 16, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor

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