Cover Stories

This Year's Soundcheck

San Diego Music Issue 2014

"Your favorite band sucks" — T-shirt Oh, Lord, has it come to this? We’re quoting T-shirts now? Well, yes — if only to illustrate a point about how good things can come from anywhere. Which ...

Naked and alone in the ocean at night

The death of Michelle Von Emster is adrift in mystery.

Something you don’t see every day: seagulls standing on the ocean. A 20-year-old surfer named David Corriea would tell this to investigators and reporters later. It was a couple hours ahead of sunset and there ...

Noah Homes, an upside to Down syndrome

We should all live so well

The residents deserve to live as well as anyone else, not better.

Atheists, Evangelists, and Prophets take over Balboa Park

Walk in the park of shame.

Billy Stewart wants to know if I am ready to accept Jesus Christ into my heart. He stands under a cluster of palm trees along the Prado in Balboa Park. A navy-blue ball cap with ...

Nobody listens at open mics

“Check, check...reality check”

It’s an addiction — no, more like a hobby.

It's all free

An education. 100 percent off.

A couple of years ago, my friend Tina Frantz began taking a San Diego Continuing Education course to help develop her handbag business. All I knew for sure was that Tina was suddenly unavailable by ...

Happy Hour Guide 2014

Clock out and belly up, San Diego!

Reader writers chase cheap chomps and chugs in SD: Nobody knows Happy Hour in San Diego like Ed Bedford — The man has been chasing cheap chomps and chugs around San Diego (and telling you ...

Laughing my way out of the gutter

Money became the most important thing in life and the love for bathrooms second.

My family taught me that the world was cruel, cold, heartless.

No rules for pop-ups

Business for gypsies.

I stand on Kettner Boulevard experiencing a tinge of regret that I’m already married. Not because my eyes feast on some hunk of fine-ass man but because I’m witnessing the wedding I kinda wish I’d ...

2014 Guide to the Arts in San Diego

A palette of possibilities

Our affinity for artistic expression sets us humans apart from all other animals. We continue to find innovative ways to communicate our complex emotions and philosophical reflections. Though it is inarguably enriching to appreciate works ...

Richard and Tim

Richard "The Ambassador" with his friend Tim

Noah Homes dance party

Residents of Noah Homes get their groove on.

Atheists, Evangelists, and Prophets take over Balboa Park

A short tour of the selection of evangelists who congregate on El Prado, in Balboa Park, San Diego to engage with passers-by.

Sydney Blake Schumsky performs "After Hours"

Sydney Blake Schumsky performing Velvet Underground's "After Hours," accompanied by Danny Ellis on guitar at the Valhalla High School 2009 Pops Concert.

Ashley Juavinett performs "Lights"

Ashley Juavinett, frequent open mic performer in San Diego, performs "Lights" by Ellie Goulding.

Dave Sheldon performs "Wagon Wheel"

Dave Sheldon performs Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel" on the Walkway of Stars in La Mesa.

Tina and her handbag projects

Tina talks about her handbag projects, work that she has learned to do as a result of free classes from San Diego Continuing Education.

Molly's furniture projects

Molly discusses restoring vintage furniture and upholstery, work that she has learned to do as a result of free classes from San Diego Continuing Education.

Mid-City English class

Beginning English speakers at the Mid-City campus of San Diego Continuing Education.

Living out of her car in San Diego

Nica Taylor talks about her experience living out of her car in San Diego.