A video of CityBeat's summer kick-off party at Bali Hai restaurant on Friday, May 20th. Read more

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Free Stuff

CityBeat boldly showcases the best chicken wings in San Diego. Read more

Free Stuff

Nothing gets a populist's blood boiling like stories of political favors being doled out to people with money and power. And Mayor Bob Filner told a good one at a Hillcrest Town Council meeting on Jan. 8.  Read more


The alt-coun-try icon himself is still kickin', putting on stellar live shows with the help of a ridiculously good backing band. Read more

If I Were U

At 57, Straczynski is a figure for whom the nerd classes are already polishing a boulder on the Mount Rushmore of science-fiction history, somewhere near Gene Roddenberry and Rod Serling.  Read more


Bob Medina and his wife Ana are former art teachers from San Diego who now live as ex-pats in Alexandria, Egypt. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Voz Alta gallery, they'll let San Diegans experience what their new home is like-from its popula... Read more

Short List Event Picks

Growing up, drawing on the pages of library books landed you in detention, which makes Robert Kushner's exhibit Scriptorium: Devout Exercises of the Heart at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library all the more enticing. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Japandroids play the kind of fist-pumping, beer-swilling, life-changing indie-rock that makes it seem like nothing else in the whole world matters. Don't be surprised if the Vancouver duo's awesome new album, Celebration Rock, ends up on mo... Read more

If I Were U

The San Diego Visual Arts Network (SDVAN) announced in late May the four teams of artists and scientists who'll receive a total of $30,000 in grant money to begin working on cross-disciplinary projects as part of the DNA of Creativity Progr... Read more

Seen Local

The San Diego Art Prize is an award given to emerging artists for creating work that sparks awe and excitement and thus brings the city recognition for its collective creativity. At the New Contemporaries V exhibition, which will open with ... Read more

Short List Event Picks

These days, it seems like every neck in the San DiegoCounty woods is adding a pizza place that could be called “legit.” Youcan't turn the corner without tripping over someone's artisanal sausageor in-house mozzarella. Read more

The North Fork

In an interview, the U-T essentially informed Fletcher that the paper can't endorse him because he'd been bad-mouthing the Republican Party amid his high-profile decision to leave the GOP and become independent. Read more

News & Opinion

It's cliché, but whatever: Good art's always a reaction to something. Three San Diego art exhibitions-two current and one opening May 19-prove this. Read more

Summer Guide

Juvenile detention records obtained by CityBeat reveal some of the highest levels of pepper-spray usage in the country. In 2011, the East Mesa facility averaged more than five sprayings per week. Read more


Welcome to the state of political discourse in the 21st century. A rumor pops, sending political junkies scrambling to determine if this is a game-changer, or the game changer. Read more

Spin Cycle

Punk rock and hip-hop have their differences. While punk fuels anti-establishment furor with sloppy, fist-pumping riffs, rap is usually way more stylish, focusing on clever rhymes, distinct flows and mid-tempo beats. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

It's not like you ever see anything but an A in a restaurant's window, anyway. Read more