Digable pairingsFood and wine, beer or spirit pairings are nothing new —any foodie will tell you that your dining experience can be greatly enhanced with the proper beverage choice. But it's not every day that your seven-course dinner comes paired with a matching live setlist. This is the idea behind Storytellers, a pop-up dining series in which patrons are treated to live music intended to complement their dining experience. Chef Nick Brune of Eco Caterers and David Holtze of Green Truck are serving up seven courses of organic cuisine, while Tori Roze and The Hot Mess provide auditory stimulation. In addition, there will be craft cocktails and beer, plus diners get to take home a CD of Roze’s music. It’s truly a treat for all five senses. Storytellers takes place at , at Frauds & Swindlers (820 Fifth Ave., Downtown). $50. 21 and up.
The vigilant warriors at Fox News can rest easy—here’s one seasonal event that’s unabashed about which holiday it’s celebrating: The Modern Times Christmas Party happens from . The halls of the tasting room at Modern Times Beer’s brewery (3725 Greenwood St. in Midway) will be decked, a big ol’ Christmas tree will be ready for guests to decorate and the hop-infused air will be filled with Christmas music. Also, one talented artist will be named winner of the brewery’s watercolor-art contest, and it just so happens that the party coincides with Modern Times’ monthly homebrew competition, the winner of that contest getting her or his beer brewed onsite. But most importantly, there will be special beers on tap, including the Blazing World amber IPA and a cask of Black House oatmeal coffee stout.
It's been more than a decade since North Park's Ray Street launched Ray at Night, a monthly event that highlights Ray Streets art galleries and retail shops. Though Cirello Gallery (3803 Ray St.) hasn't been around that entire time, its presence on Ray Street has been such that one could hardly imagine the artsy drag without it. From Wednesday, Dec. 18, Cirello—known for its bold metalsmith jewelry—celebrates fives year in business with an open house. There'll be a VIP wine reception from (RSVP on Facebook required), and from , scope out the gallery's gorgeous jewelry (perhaps you'll find something for a special holiday gift), and watch while some of the artists featured at the gallery demonstrate their craft.
There are plenty of great local productions of The Nutcracker. San Diego’s top ballet companies, both adult and youth, put on superb versions of the must-see holiday classic. But the tale has Russian roots, which means that when the world-famous Moscow Ballet rolls into town to put on the Great Russian Nutcracker, people who’ve already seen the piece this season tend to want to see it again. The jaw-dropping leaps and twirls, the stunning costumes and the intricate set design make the Moscow Ballet’s version more like a multifaceted spectacle perfect for getting you hyped for the season. Catch one of two performances, both at and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17, at Copley Symphony Hall (750 B St., Downtown). $40 and up.
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