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11.20.2015 by Ian Anderson
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Juniper & Ivy’s highly anticipated fried chicken spinoff the Crack Shack opened last week, and sold so much food the first day it had to shut down the next. Apparently, the restaurant’s mission “to elevate the chicken and the eg ... [more]
Adams Ave Spirit Stroll @ Adams Avenue - 11/28/2015 Ring in the holiday season during the first annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll taking place from 2-5 pm on Small Business Saturday, November 28th, 2015. Sample holiday cocktails curated by 12 of Adams Avenue’s most talented bartenders from the area’s popular restaurants and bars. The holiday themed cocktails are offered inside 12 Adams Avenue retail locations, so you can sip while you shop the best of Adams Avenue. For an $18 ticket you get to sample 12 unique cocktails created by Adams Avenue’s best mix masters. IMPORTANT NOTE: After purchasing tickets online, print out the receipt or save it on your phone. On November 28th beginning at 12:30 pm, there will be a will call ticket booth located at Smitty’s Auto (3441 Adams Ave). Bring your receipt and/or a photo ID to claim your ticket. Your ticket will not be emailed to you. No sharing of tickets is allowed. Ages 21 and up only. See Terms & Conditions.[more]
December Nights @ Balboa Park - 12/04/2015 Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.” Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world. Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more. **NEW THIS YEAR!! Children’s Interactive Area including a dynamic Community Mural where families can creatively contribute to giant-sized coloring book page featuring Balboa Park. Following December Nights, the Community Mural will then be on display in the Park throughout the holiday season! The Children’s Interactive Area will also include hands-on crafts, games, and entertainment and will be located adjacent to the beautiful and historic Botanical Building.[more]
San Diego Premiere of The Glamour + The Squalor @ The Irenic - 12/05/2015 The Glamour & the Squalor, a documentary directed by Marq Evans centering on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame personality and former 91X radio DJ Marco Collins, will have its San Diego premiere and play one night only, Saturday, December 5 at the Irenic in North Park at 8 pm. There will be a discussion following the film with subject Marco Collins, San Diego-based director Marq Evans and producers Michelle Quisenberry, Andy Mininger and Matt Hoyt (also from San Diego). Also live music performances from Octagrape and Big Bad Buffalo. The Glamour & The Squalor won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Outfest in Los Angeles, the Tacoma Film Festival and the Seattle LGBT Film Festival. It also received the Programmer’s Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL and received special recognition at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Aruba International Film Festival and the Highland Park Film Festival in Los Angeles. Principal cast includes Marco Collins, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney/Portlandia), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Macklemore, Patty Schemel (Hole) and Kurt Cobain. Collins is credited with being key to breaking the alt-rock music of the early ‘90s and shaping today’s alternative music culture, pushing artists like Pearl Jam, Beck, Weezer, Garbage and Nirvana long before mainstream radio. Before the Internet made sourcing new music and rising bands a simple matter of keystrokes and RSS feeds, there was the radio DJ. No one epitomized this role like Marco Collins. He was the on and off switch for an artist's potential career and a powerful gatekeeper. Collins’ story extends far beyond music- battles with drug addiction and stints in rehab, as well as a life spent in the closet before becoming a champion for equal rights, combine to forge a riveting documentary about a man whose relentless passion created a musical revolution.[more]
Besides the Weather
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Sonya Sparks, Owner, Sparks Gallery
Where did you grow up? I grew up in San Carlos, a small residential community in San Diego. Nearby you can find Grossmont College, Lake Murray, Mission Trails, and La Mesa — all great places to be out and about. Locals know this area well. What brought you to San Diego? I came with my parents around […] [more]