There’s certainly no shortage of nightlife options, but they’re often filled with folks who’d much rather post stunting, FOMO-type stories than actually enjoying the moment. 

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Unlike summer movie releases—which often means big-budget, mainstream blockbusters and mindless fare—the stage can be a destination for thoughtful entertainment and some of the best productions from San Diego theaters. Here are a half-dozen to keep in mind this eventful summer:

The dumpster fire that is America rages on and it’s clear that those elected to represent us aren’t all that interested in breaking the glass to break out the extinguishers. With friends like these, I tell ya. And those who want to see us go the way of The Handmaid’s Tale (here’s looking at …

Our lives seem more and more defined by the screens in front of us. It’s how we read, consume media and learn. For many, daily life consists of eight hours a day in front of a big screen, only to retire in the evening to a tinier, handheld screen. 

We may not have much of a winter in San Diego but two months of gray skies make summer’s arrival special. As May Gray descends on San Diego, now is a good time to figure out what’s on the docket after June Gloom leaves and summer actually does arrive. For many foodies, that means figuring ou…

Finding a legal way to experience cannabis in public is difficult per Prop. 64, which has strict rules about how and where people can consume products. Thanks to vague language and creative cannabis professionals, however, local businesses are getting in on the game as best they can. For rea…

Summer movie cycles typically resemble one long wave of momentum, hype and fandom that continuously crests for three months straight. The monetary success of each mega-tent pole feeds into the next, and in turn, molds the identity of an entire quarter’s worth of cinema through the lens of ma…

I’ve been writing about craft beer for a long time. Believe me when I say that the Instagramification of the industry can really beat a girl down after a while. (How can so many waifish and hip beer influencers haunt my feed so thoroughly?) So when my CityBeat editor announced the Summer Gui…

While there’s no shame in purchasing an affordable box wine (well, maybe a little shame), summer is arguably one of the better times to make drinking a social affair. Or, at least, a classy one. I wouldn’t go so far as to liken Southern Californian spirits to those of, say, Southern Italy, b…

Videos of raccoons acting like humans. Pics of cute dogs. Cats with their own Instagram profiles.

There’s nothing I love more than coming home, slathering on a facemask, cuddling with my miniature schnauzer and binge watching whatever trash Netflix show I’m obsessed with at the moment. But every so often, I get this urge to get out of the house and actually explore the diverse and beauti…

Let’s just go ahead and admit it: We’ve all been at a concert, living in the moment and enjoying one of our favorite songs when someone pushes us aside so that they can record the scene on their phone. It just takes something out of the whole experience, right? What’s more, we’re probably al…

On the surface, it might seem gratuitous to include a section about going to the movies. After all, if the underlying theme of this issue is to get out and get away from our screens, then going to the movies seems rather counterintuitive especially considering we’re essentially in front of a…

Instead of a smelly, overpriced gym, readers should head to one of the many free public “fitness parcourses” peppered throughout the city. My favorites include the 18-station Morley Field course in North Park (2221 Morley Field Drive); the breezy Embarcadero Marina Park South parcourse (200 …

While CityBeat isn’t a particularly fancy publication, I often like to occasionally get out and pretend like I am [drinks mug of Keurig coffee, pinky up]. But because I work at a newsweekly, taking a few weeks off, much less a few days, can prove to be very difficult. 

Over the years—and with the addition of an Amazon Prime membership—I’ve gotten in the habit of shopping online for everything and anything. I mean, it’s convenient. I can’t help but acknowledge, however, that my best shopping experiences still happen in person and typically from in-person in…

Is there a better time than summer to bond with our pups? I loved all the rain we had this past winter, but if I had to clean up one more mud-splattered mess in my home, I might have had to put my dog (his name is KEVIN!!!) out for good. Now, however, he and I are getting out and about on th…

Let’s face it: The million different remakes of Candy Crush flooding the App Store got stale years ago, and dropping $60 for a game we’re never going to have the time to finish just isn’t worth it. It’s time to venture out and find some new ways to game that don’t require a screen.