La Jolla's Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) is giving us the perfect excuse to use the saying "hit the bricks." That's because they're kicking off their annual summer film series, Flicks on the Bricks, on Thursday, Aug. 2; if you're a movie buff, it's definitely something to check out. Every Thursday in August, watch a classic film on the Athenaeum's patio while sipping wine selected by wine expert Barbara Baxter that pairs perfectly with the movie being screened. Things kick off on with the Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis classic Some Like It Hot paired with California champagnes. In the following weeks, Under the Tuscan Sun, Murder on the Orient Express and Sabrina will be screened. Films start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $22 ($17 for members) for individual showings (popcorn included). Feel like checking out every flick? Buy tickets to the four-film series for $80 ($60 for members).
If you're into craft cocktails, then you won't want to miss the San Diego Craft Beer & Cocktail Showcase happening at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (both indoors and outside) from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. In addition to cocktails being poured by some of the city's top bartenders—including North Park newbies Seven Grand—out of town guests from San Francisco bars Bourbon and Branch and Heaven's Dog will be showing how they do it in Nor-Cal. The event features live music from the Euphoria Brass Band; DJs including Adam Salter and Saul Q; food trucks; pop-up shops by folks from 5 & A Dime, Dirty Sugar and Blends; and, as the event name implies, craft beer, too. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $25 at the door, and get you 10 cocktail or beer tastes. The event is co-sponsored by CityBeat and benefits On-Life Suicide Prevention Organization. Click here to get your tix.
Escondido's "Glow-in-the-Park" family event is a misnomer. Not only does the summer event involve night-bright awesomeness at Grape Day Park (321 N. Broadway, Escondido), it's just as much about inflatable stuff. Yes, you read that right—glow-in-the-dark and inflatables. We're talking about a Georges Méliès-inspired carnival tent installation devised by L.A.-based artist Anne Herlihy, where you can sing karaoke while your face is projected on a helium balloon; a 35-foot-long inflatable tunnel of light and sound by Jon Loren Bazan and Benjamin E. Nelson; and a giant steel-and-LED light sculpture you can interact with using your iPhone by Rebecca Goodman and Christina Bullard. There will also be a dance performance from the Mid-Air Trio and screenings of works by local filmmakers. The free event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
While we try to spread the love in Red List and offer a diversity of recommendations, we couldn't help put pick two events happening this week at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. (See above for deets about Flicks on the Bricks.) The Athenaeum's 21st Annual Juried Exhibition is wildly popular, showcasing work by some of San Diego's best artists. This year's group of nearly 50 artists (whose work was selected from more than 200 submissions) includes some folks we dig a bunch, like Larry Caveny, Andrew Printer, Brad Maxey (his piece, "Retirement," is to the left) and Joshua Jon Miller. Quint Gallery's Ben Strauss-Malcolm and Jill Dawsey, associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, selected the works, so you know the show will be something special. Check out the opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 1.