In this 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.

December is upon us, and the month is full of great music, art, parties, local shopping, and other events to keep you busy (in case the holidays weren’t enough).

December Nights; Scout Niblett; Cave; Fashion Whore; She Wants Revenge


Thursday 12/1/2011 @ 8:00 PM, Banker’s Hill
The new CAVE is drag-city, roller-rinkin’, instrumental, surf post-rock. More at
$5; 21+


Friday 12/2/2011 @ 5:00 PM-10:00 PM & Saturday 12/3/2011 @ 12:00 NOON-10:00 PM
Museums more packed than the malls on Black Friday! If you’ve never been, brave the crowds and check it out. This San Diego tradition will blow your mind. Plan to arrive early and be sure to check out parking instructions on the website.
FREE; All ages

Friday 12/2/2011 @ 8:30 PM, Mission Hills/Little Italy
A very black, holiday-inspired show by The Black Heart Procession, the darker and more subdued band formed by singer/guitarist Pall Jenkins and multi-instrumentalist Tobias Nathaniel, formerly of Three Mile Pilot. With Chelsea Wolf & Ana. $12 advance / $14 at door.
$12; 21+

Friday 12/2/2011 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 MIDNIGHT, Gaslamp
Opening reception for Something’s Afoot: a group show featuring artwork no bigger than a square foot. Presented by Sudden Art Gallery & Thumbprint Gallery. Exhibition runs December 2-January 3, 2012. 
FREE; All ages


Saturday 12/3/2011 @ 9:00 PM-1:30 AM, Hillcrest
MayStar presents Club FashionWhore 6 Year Anniversary Party! Venetian masquerade ball (be sure to wear a mask!), fashion show and dance party.
$5; 21+

Saturday 12/3/2011 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM, South Park
Traditionally dressed carolers will be roaming the streets, lights and decorations everywhere, for the December installment of this recurring neighborhood event. Shops and businesses stay open late to welcome visitors, and provide live music and lots of nibbles and beverages for you to enjoy.
FREE; All ages


Sunday 12/4/2011 @ 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, North Park
2nd Annual SoNo Park Holiday Fest and 15th Annual San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Cook-Off. Featuring shopping, beer, chili, and a full line-up of bands on two stages, including Creepy Creeps, Grand Tarantula, & The Beautiful View.
FREE; All ages


Monday 12/5/2011 @ 8:30 PM, North Park
Scout Niblett reduces audiences around the world to jibbering wrecks with the sheer force of her performances. A pretty girl in a wig, playing the drums and singing so loudly and gleefully it sounds like her lungs might burst.
$7.00; 21+

Tuesday 12/6/2011 @ 8:00 PM, Solana Beach
The pairing of Peter Murphy, Godfather of Goth and former lead for English rock band Bauhaus, and California-based duo She Wants Revenge, seems like a match made in 80’s dark-dance heaven. $25 advance / $27 at door. Doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.
$25; 21+

Tuesday 12/6/2011 @ 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Gaslamp
Taste Cheese and The Wine Smarties will be taking your palates through 4 different pairings focusing on holiday-worthy styles that will knock your socks (and your guests’ socks) off!
$35; 21+

Wednesday 12/7/2011 @ 8:30 PM, Mission Hills/Little Italy
The Sea and Cake is an indie rock band with a pronounced jazz influence, which formed in the mid-1990s in Chicago out of the ashes of local bands The Coctails and Shrimp Boat.
$15; 21+

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