Have you found yourself craving a giant plate of piping-hot goat meat? Or perhaps some tasty, spice-laden lentils? We're going to go ahead and assume you have. You can appease those cravings for ethnic goodness at African Restaurant Week, happening Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27, with a special opening party going down from 6 to 10 p.m.Friday Oct. 18, at Media Arts Center (2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park). The party ($10) will feature food from local African restaurants, drum calls, live music from Akayaa and Bolga Zahdoomah and more. The festivities continue all week with more film screenings at the Media Arts Center, free cooking classes at various African restaurants and a closing event at the World Beat Center on Oct. 27. See the event's website for the full lineup.
Every year since 2003, CityBeat's published a Best of San Diego issue, highlighting all that’s cool in the San Diego region, and we celebrate the release of the issue with a party. This year, we’re calling our party A Night at the Besties. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Space 4 Art (325 15th Ave. in East Village). The evening will include live music by energetic rockers The Burning of Rome (shown here), local jazz legend Gilbert Castellanos and his Hammond B3 Trio and Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio. There’ll also be an art show featuring more than 20 local artists, including Jimmy Ovadia, Matthew Land, Alli Bautista, John Purlia, Brian Hebets, Jack Stricker and Carrie Anne Hudson. The party’s first two hours will have a beer tasting courtesy of Green Flash, Ballast Point, Manzanita and Stone breweries, as well as cocktail samples by barkeeps from Sycamore Den and The Office. (A cash bar will dispense full pours all evening.) Food, too? Yes. Restaurants such as Great Maple, Wang’s, Rancho’s, Ponce’s, Urban Solace and Evolution will be on hand with samples. You have to be 21 or older to get in and tickets are $20, with proceeds benefiting ArtReach, which brings pro artists into local elementary schools.
Summer may technically be over, but sipping a fine wine or craft beer by the sea is something San Diegans enjoy year round. And when doing so benefits the Surfrider Foundation, there’s all the more motivation to partake in some seaside libations. Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar (875 Prospect St. in La Jolla) will host just such an event, called Samples for the Sea, at which guests will have the opportunity to blind-taste 10 wines and 10 beers, and guess which beer or wine they’re tasting. Guests who offer the most accurate guesses will win prizes, and everyone will receive a collectible tasting glass. The event will also feature live entertainment, appetizers from Roppongi and dessert provided by Extraordinary Desserts and Sprinkles Cupcakes. Samples for the Sea takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in advance.
Nothing like an evening of twisted, freaky music to get you in the mood for Halloween. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Stay Strange, purveyors of experimental / outside-the-box music brings two acts to Space 4 Art (325 15th Ave. in East Village). Eliot Alan Walnut will present his dark video / music performance called Image Mysticism: The Curse of Watching, which explores connections between the Manson Family and cult snuff films. Also taking the stage is The Theatre of Opposition, a guerilla performance-art collective helmed by experimental-music veteran Meyer Hirsch (pictured here). Stay Strange describes Hirsch's shows as"like watching a car bomb go off in slow motion." Provocative? Awesome? Painful? Admission is a mere $5, a small price to pay for what'll probably be a singular experience.