North Park is a cyclist’s paradise, thanks to stretches like El Cajon Boulevard that are chock-full of spots to park it and conduct some business, whether it’s hitting up the Lafayette Hotel's swim club or grabbing a brew with some buds. You can expect something like that at the second anniversary of Bike the Boulevard on Saturday, Dec. 8. The first leg starts off at Live War (2103 El Cajon Blvd.), where from noon to 1:50 p.m. there will be happy-hour specials, balloon ornaments and a free bike-repair service for your ride. At the next stop, Media Arts Center, there’s a free backyard barbecue and homebrew demo happening from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Soda Bar is the next stop for a Street Fighter II tourney from 3 to 3:50 p.m. and the final stop is College Billiards, which is hosting a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors with a trick-shot demo from 4 to 4:50 p.m. Join the party for all or part of the afternoon.
We’ve seen tons of movies that revolve around the music scene in L.A., New York, London, even Ibiza. But San Diego’s music scene has been pretty much ignored on the silver screen. Until now, that is. Catch a free screening of the San Diego-centric independent film I Am Not a Hipster at Green Flash Brewing (6550 Mira Mesa Blvd. in Mira Mesa) on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The film follows an indie singer-songwriter whose apathetic life is changed by the arrival of his father and sisters who've come to town to spread his mother’s ashes. It’s all soundtracked by local musicians, including Joel P West, who created the band Canines just for the film, and electro-music scenester Jamuel Saxon. Following the screening will be a Q&A with producer Ron Najor. There will also be food for sale from SoulCal food truck. Rest assured—seeing this movie doesn’t mean you’re actually a hipster. But your thick-framed glasses and Toms do.
Almost every Friday, South Park clothing shop Graffiti Beach (2220 Fern St.) hosts an art showcase, featuring the work of an artist they think the public should get to know. And, on Saturday, Dec. 8, they'll be introducing folks to indie designers they're digging, like 8000 Nerves, Chime Designs, Beatrice Holiday and Paper Bird Creations. The Holiday Fashion Show and Magazine Release Party, happening from 7 to 10 p.m., includes a fashion show, complimentary beverages and snacks and the rollout of Grafitti Beach's latest magazine. It's also a great chance to get some holiday shopping done (we're digging the Rock Scissor Paper orange bike coasters, Rachel Klink's upcycled handbags and Sock it to Me's argyle moustache socks). RSVP here.
Here are the top three reasons one can watch David Lynch's Blue Velvet again and again: 1. Dennis Hopper’s line, “What kind of beer do you like? Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst! Blue! Ribbon!" 2. Dennis Hopper huffing gas and indulging his paraphilic infantilism (don’t Google it at work) and 3. Everything else in the surreal noir film, from Kyle MacLachlan’s youthful protagonist to Isabella Rossellini’s seminal femme fatale; from Lynch’s deranged writing to Frederick Elmes’ exquisite cinematography. The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park is screening the film at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, to support its exhibition of Ruud Van Empel’s unsettling photo montages, Strange Beauty. Admission is $8, with discounts for students and seniors.
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