Barrio Logan's increasingly becoming a go-to spot for art (see: the monthly, always awesome Barrio Art Crawl—next one's !), and, now, well-curated afternoon outdoor concerts.Concerts in the Barrio kicks off , with a performance by Quinteto Caballero, headed up by Latin-jazz trumpeter Bill Caballero and featuring piano, bass, congas and timbale. The band takes the stage from at Mercado del Barrio Plaza (corner of Cesar Chavez Parkway and Newton Avenue), giving you a chance to dance off those Thanksgiving calories. From there, concerts take place on the last Sunday of each month, with all-female mariachi band Mariachi Divinas scheduled to perform .
North Park can seem like two different neighborhoods, transforming from a blue-collar family district—complete with a local hardware store—during the day to urban hotspot at night. And a number of small businesses are attempting to cater to both locals and the Uber crowd. Exhibit A: North Park After Dark, which gives folks the best of both worlds. From , after the sun goes down and the bars start to buzz, more than three dozen businesses will offer refreshments, special deals and holiday-themed entertainment. Visit at least 10 participating spots and be entered into a raffle featuring more than $800 in prizes. Use the parking structure at 30th Street and North Park Way, and show' em that your locally made, hand-crafted boots were made for walking.
San Diego Beer Week's actually 10 days long. But "10 Days of Beer in San Diego" just doesn't have the same ring. That said, there are still several days of SDBW left. Here are four recommendations for folks who've been waiting on the sidelines: From , Tacos Perla (3000 Upas St., North Park) is the site of No Border: A Night of Craft Beer and Tacos, featuring brewers from Tijuana's Cerveceria Insurgente. After you hit up Tacos Perla, head over to Seven Grand (3054 University Ave.) for Barrel Aged Beer Tap Takeover, where from , you can taste pairings of five beers and the whiskey from the barrels it was aged in. From , OB Warehouse (4839 Newport Ave.) hosts the History of Craft Beer tasting and class ($30 per person), where you'll get to try 10 beers that helped define the craft movement. And, to round out your weekend, head over to Donuts, Coffee and Stout at Benchmark Brewing Co. (6190 Fairmount Ave., Grantville) happening from . See the SDBW website for all the details.
Artist Rita McBride’s sleek “Arena” installation is only partly complete. The intended finishing touch is when groups of people actually fill the intimate, stadium-like space, activating it through performances, readings and other public events. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will do just that with the upcoming Blind Date series, which kicks off at , at the museum's downtown location (1100 Kettner Blvd.). The interactive event features readings by members of the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State that will bring the unique program (only six students a year are accepted) to life. The audience will get to be part of the performance by participating in an assignment from the program's "workbook," an ever-evolving text that explores how art can engage the public.
It's been more than four years since Sophia Hall opened Make Good in South Park (2207 Fern St.), a shop stocked entirely with locally made goods. Since then, Make Good's been one of our go-to spots for holiday gift guide ideas, not to mention our own personal shopping. From , the boutique's hosting its first Meet Your Maker event in the grass lot just a bit north of the store. Hall says they'll have some of their fave artisans from both San Diego and Tijuana on hand, selling their goods and available to talk to buyers about their craft (Natalie Cervantes' "Frida twins" shown here). Given the event's proximity to Dia de los Muertos, there will also be calavera face painters, a shrine made by local artists and Mexican ice cream from Calexico Creamery.
Move over Bertrand at Mr. A's. The iconic California Tower in Balboa Park is about to once again offer the best 360-degree view in San Diego.
With city permits finally in their pocket, Balboa Park's Museum of Man has started a fast-paced renovation and upgrade of the tower, which has been closed to the public for 80 years. The museum expects to have things ready to go as soon as January, just in time for the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.
Aside from the stellar views, here are 10 fun things you should know before climbing up the belly of that gorgeous, soaring beast:
The cool thing about Ramona's growing winery scene is the diversity. While many of the region's grape growers are posted up in cozy, rustic mom-and-pop shops, others are much more sophisticated, polished and refined.
After a new partnership and expansion, Salerno Winery sits comfortably in both camps. Herman and Rose Salerno, the couple who've run the place for years, recently struck a deal with Jaime Chaljon, and the vineyard has since been spruced up and filled with more than 30 sculptures from his personal art collection.
Chaljon is a wealthy Mexican businessman with an obvious addiction to large-scale, high-end sculptures, mostly by Mexican and other Latin American artists. The collection includes pieces by brothers Jorge and Javier Marín, a life-size chess board by Fernando Pereznieto and works by Tang Da Wu, Julián Bravo, Pedro Cervantes and others.
Here's a small sampling of the works that wine-sippers can see on a visit to the new, improved Salerno:
CityBeat throws all kinds of parties throughout the year, but the celebration that goes hand-in-hand with our annual Best of San Diego issue is always—well, the best. This year’s party, A Night at the Besties, will be the first one thrown at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, from , the day after our Best of San Diego issue hits the street. There’ll be performances by Little Hurricane—the blues-rock duo whose record Gold Fever won the Album of the Year honor earlier this month at the San Diego Music Awards—and the Steph Johnson Band. The event also marks the triumphant return on the Fern Street Circus, which will perform throughout the evening. As usual, there’ll be lots of great food from local restaurants and an open bar, and this year’s visual-art component will feature the Dream Machine Arts Collective, Dave Ghilarducci and Miki Iwasaki and his Woodbury University architecture students. Coin-Op bar will host a mobile arcade, and you can peruse the Science Center’s current exhibitions. Tickets cost $25 ($30 the day of the event), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Center for Children.
Neil Young plucked out the score for Jim Jarmusch’s cinematic classic Dead Man while he was watching the film, resulting in a spontaneous, magical score. Here in San Diego, Blind:Deaf II brings that same inspired formula to a live venue with a lineup of San Diego musicians performing over silent, short videos produced by local artists. The musician-filmmaker duos include experimental keyboardist Michael Zimmerman (pictured, photo by Xavier Vasquez) live-scoring Ash Eliza Smith’s haunting images of the Jonas Salk Institute in La Jolla, minimalist guitar player Steve Flato pairs creating music for Nathan Hubbard’s slow-moving imagery, and noise guitarist A Eugene LeGrow providing the soundtrack for Marcelo Radulovich’s surreal collages of the grotesque and bizarre. The show’s from , at Moxie Theatre (6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando). At $6 a person, it's way cheaper than the mind-numbing Hollywood blockbuster you were considering.
If you want to see two actors working their butts off, look no further than the Old Town Theatre, where Francis Gercke and Manny Fernandes are co-starring in Sam Shepard's brutish drama True West. It's the grittier, more physical of the two plays comprising Cygnet Theatre's "Shep Rep," which presents Shepard's Fool for Love and True West on alternating nights. Gercke and Fernandes attack each other, virtually destroy every prop on the stage and writhe on debris-strewn floor throughout Shepard's unrelenting story about two brothers at odds, the mythology of Hollywood and toast. Yes, toast. It plays a supporting role in True West. As for the play itself, Shepard's been overpraised for this one, which props up two completely unsympathetic characters and asks us to give a damn. Truth is, we don't.
True West and Fool for Love run through Nov. 2.