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.

The lineup for this weekend demonstrates that San Diego is in full swing again after the requisite holiday recovery period. Our calendar is overflowing with stuff to do, so if you’re not enticed by any of these selections, check there for a plethora of art shows, concerts, lectures, dance parties, and more!

Cirque Rave; Bird on Fire; Dissecting Nature; Roller Disco; Public Enemy

ALL WEEK LONG, starting Sunday

Sunday 1/15/2012-Friday 1/20/2012, Everywhere
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.


Thursday 1/12/2012 @ 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Linda Vista
MayStar’s ROLLER DISCO skate party and Canned Food/Blanket/Clothing Drive! The party will end at 10pm SHARP, so BE ON TIME. Nobody wants to miss any skate time. FREE skate rental with paid admission! (blades are $4 extra). Collecting donations of new blankets, new socks, and new underwear; freshly laundered used blankets and clothing; canned and boxed foods that are not expired. 
$10; All ages

Thursday 1/12/2012 @ 9:00 PM, Gaslamp
The first Dub Dorado of 2012! Featuring SPL aka Sam Pool – a party sound informed by rock and combining elements of dubstep, neurocrunk, psychedelic, progressive, hip hop, house, techno and drum and bass. With COREY BIGGS. 
Free before 10:30 with RSVP; 21+


Friday 1/13/2012 @ 8:00 PM, Gaslamp
Join 4th&B for an amazing night filled with a cultural dance experience set to the music of electronic, dub step, house, and trance. Seasoned performers will captivate and mesmerize you with Lion/Fan Dancing, a Diablo YoYo Artist, Sword Juggling, a Hoop Charmer, Stilt Walkers, Slack lining, Aerialist, dancing and much more.
$20 GA / $35 reserved seating; 21+
Friday 1/13/2012 @ 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, East Village
The Periscope Project will host a presentation by Andrew Ross in context of his new book “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City”. Andrew Ross is a writer and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at the New York University (NYU). In this lecture, drawing on his own research in the metro Phoenix area, Andrew Ross shows that the key solutions are more social than technical in nature. Marketing a green lifestyle to affluent residents will create showpiece sustainable enclaves, but will not alter the patterns of “eco-apartheid” that afflicts most large U.S. cities.
FREE; All ages

Friday 1/13/2012 @ 8:00 PM, Mission Hills
Everest – a band that hits the sweet spot between stratospheric, stadium size rock and gorgeous, emotionally charged pop craftsmanship. With Midnight Rivals and The Whiskey Saints.
$13 advance / $15 at door; 21+


Saturday 1/14/2012 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Balboa Park
Was there a soundtrack to San Diego’s Craft Revolution? Join San Diego State University ethnomusicologist Kevin Delgado for a presentation on contemporary music in San Diego, 1940s 1970s, and a look at select leading figures. Following the presentation exhibition Mingei curator David Hampton and San Diego State University musicologist Eric Smigel will join Delgado to discuss the themes and connections found between music, art, history, and San Diego’s lifestyle.
$10 members / $14 non-members; All ages

Saturday 1/14/2012 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM, La Jolla
Dissecting Nature is an exhibition of artwork that uses man-made materials to emulate nature or natural materials to create artistic constructions. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, video and mixed media works by artists Birgir Andrésson, Adam Belt, Stephen Curry, Roman de Salvo, Andy Diaz Hope, Iran do Espírito Santo, Vernon Fisher, Maiko Haruki, Anya Gallaccio, Andy Goldsworthy, Roy McMakin, Lincoln Schatz and James Turrell. Show runs January 14, 2012 – February 25, 2012. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10AM – 5:30PM.
FREE; All ages


Sunday 1/15/2012 @ 8:00 PM, Solana Beach
Dubbed a “manic electro party band” by The New York Times, Handsome Furs is an indie rock duo (and married couple) from Montreal. Enjoy a mix of electronic beats courtesy of Alexei Perry and jagged guitar sounds from Dan Boeckner. With D/Wolves and Snakesuit. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.
$13 advance / $15 at door; 21+

Sunday 1/15/2012 @ 9:00 PM, Gaslamp
Formed in Long Island, New York, Public Enemy is known for politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Acclaimed Music ranks them the 29th most recommended musical act of all time and the highest hip-hop group. Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Also known for hype man Flavor Flav, the large-clock-wearing realtiy TV star who often shouts his signature phrase “Yeah Boy!” during performances. 
$25 GA / $35 reserved seats; 21+


Wednesday 1/18/2012 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM, North & South Park, Normal & University Heights
The 3rd Wednesday of every month, enjoy a 4-hour tour of up to 10 craft beer bars and restaurants (there isn’t time hit them all). Hop on and off the Brewery Tours buses FOR FREE at Blind Lady, Small Bar, Live Wire, Toronado, Ritual Tavern, Tiger!Tiger!, Bar Eleven, Sea Rocket, The Station & Hamilton’s. 
FREE; 21+

Wednesday 1/18/2012 @ 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, Mission Hills
Starlite is is the only bar and restaurant in San Diego taking part in Buffalo Trace’s “Single Oak Project”, a whiskey experiment ten years in the making. Flights of the Single Oak Project include a scorecard for you to rate each bottle, and forming a sort of “Bourbon Club” for whiskey enthusiasts. The first meeting will be on January 18th, with future meetings providing guests the first crack at each flight. $34 for a flight of 4 different Single Oak tastes. RSVP required to with “Single Oak” in the subject line (seating will be limited).
$34; 21+

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