Digable bike event
When your company comes up with a marketing idea that’s this much fun, you know you have a win-win on your hands. Every year, all across the country, New Belgium Brewing holds Tour de Fat, an event built around two things that are wildly popular in San Diego: beer and bikes. It’s a way to spread the word about New Belgium beer and the gospel of bicycling as a viable alternative to the car. The tour begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, with a costumed bike parade (registration at ) that starts at Golden Hill Park and rolls through South Park before heading back to the starting point. That’s where the carnival-like party begins at . There’ll be awards for best costume, live bands, a dance contest and—naturally—plenty of beer. And, one attendee will be the star of the Car-for-Bike Trader program, in which that committed person hands over their car keys, says goodbye to their car and gets more than $2,000 to spend on a new commuter bike.
Beer, bikes and kids. Those are three things that Station Tavern (2204 Fern St., South Park) is all about, and each will be honored during the restaurant and bar’s five-day, fifth-anniversary celebration. It starts Tuesday, Sept. 16, when riding the ol’ two-wheeler to Station gets you 20 percent off your meal. Before or after, check out a vintage bike show put on by nearby Thomas Bike Shop. On , Station will tap the first-ever keg of a limited-run golden raspberry stout that two of its bartenders brewed jointly with Monkey Paw Brewing. Four bucks fetches any local draft and a custom glass to take home. , is the big day, when the official anniversary party happens from , doubling as a fundraiser for the San Diego Architectural Foundation. South Park ice-cream shop The Daily Scoop will serve up root beer floats—or adults can plop that scoop into a stout float. On , Station will screen vintage cartoons and found Super 8 footage of the original San Diego No. 2 trolley line, and Viva Pops will hand out free organic popsicles. Lastly, from , kids (of all ages) can get balloon animals with a parental rating ranging from G to R. More importantly, free tater tots for everyone.
Dean Martin would have loved Catch Me If You Can. It's brimming with tall, long-legged dancers reminiscent of his Golddiggers. Dressed variously as Pan Am flight attendants, nurses and showgirls, in each case they're wearing skirts so short they make Sharon Stone's in Basic Instinct's interrogation scene look like a maxi dress.
These eye-catchers are not incidental to this Broadway musical production based on the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The leggy legion is on stage much of the time at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, where Larry Raben directs the venue's last show of the summer. Written by Terrence McNally, with music by Marc Shaiman and book by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Catch Me If You Can is presented like a live TV show about Frank Abagnale Jr. (Jacob Haren), the young con man to end all con men. His foil, FBI wonk Carl Hanratty (Josh Adamson), is the one trying to catch Frank if he can. We don't really care if he does.
This is a show that is bursting with color—those Pan Am uni's, the neon motel signs, the NBC peacock!—and its story is diverting enough, but its emotional center is hollow. We're supposed to be invested in Frank Jr.'s relationship with mentor con man Frank Sr. (Robert Neary) and his golden-locked lady love Brenda (Heather Lundstedt), but Catch Me If You Can's strengths are its visuals, its dance numbers and the clever devices Frank Jr. employs to impersonate and con people. And regardless of all the short skirts, this is a squeaky-clean show that Dino might not have loved after all. Even so, credit Moonlight for ending its season with a musical unfamiliar to most. If you want to catch it, it runs through Sept. 27.
Some of San Diego's heaviest hitters in the underground art scene have band together to form Basura Social, a new art collective that's opening their first group exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at La Bodega in Logan Heights.
This collective is inspired by the "Basura Social," a mural by José Clemente Orozco painted in 1924. This mural put forward the idea of a world fetid and prostituted by the injustice of materialism, a dump accumulating useless symbols of vanity and power. We had been talking about forming a crew or collective for some time and this was a theme that brought us together. Our goal is to curate art shows that are an interactive experience and appeal to art lovers of all ages. The four of us, Ricardo Islas, Optimus Volts, Ezrock, and myself, each have very unique styles that come together very nicely. We are very excited to show together for the first time at La Bodega!
Marjorie Salvaterra’s recent photos look like they could be screen stills from a Fellini film—if the weird and whimsical Italian film director had been a woman. Salvaterra's theatrically composed shots starring females in surreal settings are part of Her, a new series on view in a solo show opening at jdc Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 208) from to . Salvaterra says the black-and-white photos explore the difficult, sometimes impossible, struggle many women deal with when trying to maintain a sense of self while juggling multiple roles. In many of the photos, the ladies look as if they’re on the brink of giving up or going nuts. The gallery is also trying something new with this exhibition: the chance to see a live performance by the photographer while enjoying a five-course dinner at Tidal (1404 Vacation Road, Paradise). That event happens at , and tickets range from $45 to $200.
“Sausage & Beer Extravaganza.” In San Diego—or anywhere else, for that matter—those are the only words needed to sell an event, right? This city’s beer and food peddlers know what we want. From , sausage-focused restaurant and bar, Salt & Cleaver, will join forces with Green Flash Brewing Company for a five-course dinner and beer-pairing event at Salt & Cleaver (3805 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest). S & C's executive chef Carlos Anthony will lead guests through the food courses while Dave Adams, Green Flash’s director of beer education (how’s that for a dream job?), will school attendees on the finer points of the five expertly paired seasonal beers. Tickets are $50.
Sam Schildkraut is the busker who's been playing music on the corner of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach seemingly nonstop for the past two years. Seriously, the saxophone player is prolific, putting in long hours in order to make enough money to feed himself and his dog, Gangsta.
Digable art walk
The Barrio Art Crawl event just keeps getting bigger and better. This month’s stroll through the ever-growing Barrio Arts District includes open doors at La Esquina (2222 Logan Ave.), a cool little urban infill project we wrote about in our Design Issue earlier this year. The inhabitants of La Esquina are mostly artists, designers, students and professors from nearby architecture schools. You can get to know them and invited artists and musicians at an open house, which includes artwork by David White and Patrick Shield, live music by Bulletproof Tiger and Tijuana’s IOB, $1 tacos by Taco Victor and more. The art- and design-inspired shenanigans go down from , .