It used to be that tattoos were less about art and more about showing membership in a group or subculture—a gang, the military. These days, tattoos have been elevated to artform and you'll easily find folks who are as skilled with a tattoo gun as a traditional artist is with a paintbrush. Find some examples of exceptional local talent (like John Sabin, whose work is shown here) at Toe the Line Two, an exhibition of the work of 19 San Diego tattoo artists at Jett Gallery (989 West Kalmia St., Little Italy). A reception, happening from , includes a live music by Grampadrew, beer from Green Flash and a raffle featuring prints from the show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Fund. The website sd-too.com has the full line-up and examples of each artist's work.
Ten local brewers pair up with 10 local chefs for the second Craft Beer + Bites happening , from at the outdoor event space SILO in Makers Quarter (753 15th St., East Village). Bring your favorite suds-sipping pals—so far Green Flash Brewing, Lost Abbey, Societe Brewing, Urbn Street and Alchemy Cultural Fare are confirmed—and indulge your taste buds while playing ping pong, bocce ball, giant Jenga or bean-bag toss. What the heck, bring Spot, too. The event is dog friendly and will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild and The Front Burner Fund. San Diego State University will also be on hand sharing information about their Business of Craft Beer program and local artisans will be on-hand displaying murals, silk-screening and more. Tickets are available online for $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. 21 and up only.
San Diego’s arts community was given an unexpected jolt earlier this month with the announcement that San Diego Opera will be shutting down after its current season. But there’s one last opportunity for patrons to soak in an opera performance before the institution closes its doors for good. The Opera’s final production is Don Quixote, the tale of a Spanish knight who tilts at windmills, with bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role and fellow bass Eduardo Chama as his sidekick, Sancho Panza. The show will be staged only four more times, so if you want to bid farewell to the Opera, the opportunities are limited. Performances of Don Quixote will be held at the Civic Theatre (1100 Third Ave., Downtown) on , , and , at and on , at Tickets range from $45 to $220.
As if Alice in Wonderland isn’t entertaining enough as a wacky, nonsensical novel, the crew behind Bellydance Evolution has decided to reinterpret the classic tale as an epic world-fusion dance performance set to a theatrical original score. Two of Tijuana’s award-winning bellydancers (yes, bellydancing is big in TJ) are among the cast who’ll be bringing their various styles of dance to the stage at , at Spreckels Theatre (121 Broadway, Downtown). The all-ages show includes a bad-ass breakdancing White Rabbit and a Queen of Hearts (played by Bellydance Evolution’s founder and executive and artistic director, Jillina Carlano) who seamlessly blends Middle Eastern, folklore, jazz, ballet and hip-hip as she screams, “Off with their heads!” $29-$39.