In this weekly column, our staff hand picks a selection of events from our curated calendar to fill your weekend and beyond, helping you decide what to do when the options are too plentiful to pick just one. Perhaps we’ll bump into you somewhere along the way.

A widely varied series of events unfolds this weekend, providing something for everyone: a food truck gathering, human rights film festival, scavenger hunt, and more!

San Diego Redord Show; Tearist; What the Truck; Xcerpts at MCASD; The Crystal Method, Reuben Wu


Hotel Palomar Scavenger Hunt
Starts Friday 1/20/2012 @ 8:00 PM, Gaslamp

Kimpton Hotels’ Palomar San Diego (the former Se San Diego) in the Gaslamp is launching a 72-hour, mobile scavenger hunt this Friday, January 20th at 8 pm, and the prizes are pretty grand. The winner will receive the “Ultimate San Diego Getaway” for four, which includes a two-night stay for four guests in the Palomar’s penthouse suite, dinner for four at their restaurant, Saltbox, four 60-minute spa treatments at their Se Spa, and an Apple iPad 2. Hotel Palomar is also hosting a victory toast at Saltbox upon completion of the hunt, offering a free appetizer to scavenger hunt participants who order two cocktails (which are very delicious). See link for details about how to join the hunt!
FREE; 18+
Human Rights Watch Film Festival @ MOPA
Friday 1/20/2012 – Monday 1/23/2012, Balboa Park

Declared the “cinematic conscience of the world” by the New York Times, MOPA is honored to host the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in San Diego for its second year. The HRW Film Festival is the world’s foremost showcase for films with a distinctive human rights theme and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.
Single film tickets for $8 ($4 for members); whole-festival pass for $35 ($15 for members).
All ages

San Diego Restaurant Week
Through Friday 1/20/2012, Everywhere

Restaurant week continues through Friday, don’t miss out! Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Held twice annually, this beloved culinary tradition features discounted prix fixe menus from more than 180 of San Diego’s best restaurants in 12 unique regions throughout San Diego County. No tickets or passes are required, but reservations are strongly recommended. Prix Fixe menus range from $10-40, depending on the restaurant. See link for participating restaurants and prices.

Bruce Nauman reading discussion @ MCASD La Jolla @ 4:00 PM
Free Third Thursday @ all MCASD locations @ 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Thursday 1/19/2012, Downtown & La Jolla

Xcerpts is a reading and discussion group that takes place in MCASD La Jolla’s thoughtLAB — a space for creativity and curiosity. For this discussion, Reading Selections will be taken from: “Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman’s Words: Writings and Interviews”. To obtain a copy of the excerpt, e-mail: PLUS on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, all visitors receive FREE admission to all MCASD locations, and free themed Gallery Guide-led tours beginning at 5 and 6 PM.
FREE; All ages

For The Sender concert @ La Paloma
Thursday 1/19/2012 @ 9:00 PM, Encinitas

One-night-only, all-ages special event on January 19th, 2012, when the voices of Switchfoot, Nickel Creek, Jack Tempchin, Molly Jenson, Nena Anderson, New Found Glory, and Alex Woodard will present the letters and perform the songs of ‘For the Sender.’ This project collected unsent letters and handed them over to local songwriters to turn into songs. They asked the senders of the letters to choose a favorite charity, and a portion of the proceeds from ticket and album sales will benefit those causes.
$20; All ages


Tearist @ Soda Bar
Friday 1/20/2012 @ 8:30 PM, Normal Heights

Over the last two years Tearist has become one of the most notorious and vital bands in the new underground pulsing through Los Angeles. Building on songs driven by intense vocals and synths, the duo’s performances are known for being deeply physical and direct events. Yasmine Kittles sings from the depths of her body/soul and moves in a near-transfixed state, using scrap metals to scrape rhythm from the ground beneath her. All the while, as if telepathically linked, William Strangeland uses sputtering, cracked synthesizers to create shimmering melodic lines along rumbling interlocked beats and rhythms. Their songs flow and surge, building thick layers of analog sound and noise, often leaving wrecked PAs in their wake. With Blouse, Divers, DJ Mario Orduno.
$7; 21+
Reuben Wu of Ladytron @ U31
Friday 1/20/2012 @ 9:00 PM

U31 Cocktail Lounge presents a DJ set by Reuben Wu of electropop band Ladytron, plus U31’s resident DJ Gabe Vega. “Feel the Noise,” held every Friday night at U31, is North Park’s longest-running indie dance party. Indie, Dance, Electro, and Disco!
Cover is $5-$7 and music starts at 9pm. Free before 10pm.

San Diego Record Show @ The Center
1/21/2012 @ 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, Hillcrest

Over 100,000 cool and collectable LP’s and 45’s for sale under one roof!  With a history of 15+ years, The San Diego Record Show is a quarterly event that brings more than 30 of the BEST vendors and first time sellers together in one place to buy, sell, and trade vinyl because YES, vinyl will always be cool! Immerse yourself in sweet soul, as well as rock, jazz, reggae, pop, indie, and every other musical genre under the sun!
$5 at 9am ($10 secret earlybird at 8am); All ages
“What the Truck” Food Truck Gathering @ Hillcrest DMV
Saturday 1/21/2012 @ 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, Hillcrest

The first of a new weekly food truck gathering, every Saturday afternoon in the Hillcrest DMV parking lot from 1-5 pm. The January 21st food truck line up includes SlowCal BBQ, Pierogi Truck, Operacaffe Mobile, Thai 1 On, Asian Persuasion, Two For The Road, Corner Cupcakes, New York on Rye, The Gooch and Curiocity.
FREE; All ages
The Crystal Method @ Voyeur
Saturday 1/21/2012 @ 10:00 PM

The Crystal Method is still going at it, and playing at Voyeur this Saturday. Formed in Las Vegas in 1993, the platinum-selling electronic duo has had a diverse career, with music appearing in numerous TV shows, films, videogames and advertisements, including the theme song to the TV series Bones.
$20; 21+


Commune Wednesday @ Whistlestop
Wednesday 1/25/2012 @ 9:00 PM, South Park

Commune is a movement of artists, designers, musicians and people that take a stand against tobacco corporations, their practices and their presence in the scene. The last Wednesday of every month, Commune supports the local, thriving talent in San Diego and teams up with a local band, DJ, designer, and artist.
FREE; 21+

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