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UP FRONT | BEER
Thanksgiving Beers to Share
Lots of great, local brews around to pair with holiday meals Russian River Intinction works beautifully here as well. A pilsner base aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels, this beer almost drinks like a gueuze (Belgian lambic) and is perfect if your plate also includes cranberry sauce.
By Karen Barnett
hanksgiving is the perfect time of year to discover the beauty of pairing food with beer. The cooler weather lends the opportunity to embrace the flavors of brown ales and barrel-aged beer that we don’t tend to reach for in the warmer seasons. Bonus: Those boozier styles are absolutely perfect for sharing, making them a great conversation starter for new friends or a way to avoid having to talk to your family about why you still don’t have a job. They may even help lower your blood pressure during political chats. There are so many different flavors served on Thanksgiving, and all that translates to a wider array of beer pairing. From appetizers, salads and sides to the main protein and desserts, there are a plethora of fantastic and local(!) options to share. Pick up a bold pairing for each course or maybe a specialty to accentuate your favorite part of the big meal. Pairing with food doesn’t have to be a complex task. The easiest route is to choose
Resident Golden Kiss is a perfect pairing for fruit-forward, pastry desserts, while Resident’s saison goes well with apple pie that has a little gouda or sharp cheddar cheese added in. (Photo courtesy Resident)
complementary flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, use a more complex beer to bring out subtle flavors in the food (which sometimes works vice versa with the food bringing out flavor in the beer). Acidic beers cut through rich and fatty foods, maltier beers can bring out sweetness and caramelization, and hoppier beers pair well with spicy foods (both types of spicy—hot/warm and also well-seasoned salty or sweet).
APPETIZERS: Sierra Nevada Celebration, released annually, is a fresh hop IPA that goes well with just about any flavor profile. It can cut through the fattiness of charcuterie, pair with both the nuttiness or creaminess of a great cheese board, complement
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the sweetness in a French onion dip, and cleanse your palate between bites of a crab or shrimp cocktail. If you’re looking for something local, Burgeon Canopy Tour (pale ale) is a great opener with any hors d’oeuvres spread.
SALADS & SIDE DISHES:
Second Chance Tabula Rasa, a toasted porter, is medium bodied while refreshing and dry, and does not overpower most foods. The flavor is light enough to cut through the richness of mashed potatoes and gravy, but it also won’t ruin your palate next to a fresh green salad. It’s also a complement to any roasted or charred vegetable like Brussels sprouts or carrots, and can also bring out the sweetness in their toppings like toasted pine nuts or pancetta. My family’s spread isn’t complete without the
addition of my dad’s famous oyster stuffing, and Tabula Rasa shines alongside a flavorful dish like this as well. Is your plate incomplete without a glop of green bean casserole or sweet potatoes with roasted marshmallows? This works so well with those, too.
TURKEY: Perfectly roasted, smoked, fried, or cooked all to hell because this was your first attempt at cooking anything other than a frozen pizza in your oven and you completely blew it, Burning Beard Banksy should be your go-to. My favorite ESB (extra special bitter) is going to bring out all the sweetness in your bird—dark and white meat alike. If Tofurkey is your preference, Banksy is going to cut through that little vegan salt bomb for you like a champ. A diverse style of beer that will truly complement everything on your plate, allowing you to enjoy every bite. In a completely different direction,
PIES: There is obviously an abundance of holiday desserts and flavors of pie to choose from to cap off your meal, so one suggestion just isn’t enough here. For lighter desserts, such as fruit cobblers or lemon meringue pie, Avery White Rascal is your beer. For pumpkin and pecan pies, go bold with a bourbon barrel-aged beer like Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout. The big notes of oak and vanilla complement the creamy spice of pumpkin, while the roasty, brown sugar/maple flavors bring out the sweet nuttiness in pecan pie. Rhubarb and apple pies will dance in your mouth with the fruity esters of a French saison. Locally, Resident Golden Kiss is a perfect pairing for these fruit-forward, pastry desserts. Moreover, if you’re like me and enjoy the addition of a little gouda or sharp cheddar cheese melted onto your apple pie, then Resident’s saison is a clear winner. One thing I’ve learned in pairing food with beer is the rules are not all hard and fast. Get creative and enjoy the moment. You’ve got a few days to procure your bottles and growler fills for the big dinner. Good luck and have a safe holiday. Cheers! @SDCITYBEAT
UP FRONT | FOOD & DRINK
Regaining Lost Luster The nondumpling dishes are the best dim sum choices at Emerald By Michael A. Gardiner
ou can still get a good dumpling at Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant (3709 Convoy Street, Suite 101), but your chances aren’t as good as they once were. One remodel and one ownership change down the line, gone is the romance of the rolling carts and some of the precision of what for a very long time made Emerald a local legend. But for those willing to dine beyond the dumpling, there’s still some good food at the restaurant. For a generation, Emerald and Jasmine Seafood Restaurant (a mile up Convoy Street) were more than just the pinnacle of San Diego dim sum. They helped teach many San Diegans that Chinese food went far beyond mu shu, moo goo gai pan and the other familiar offerings of Americanized Chinese fare (I’m looking at you, General Tso). Diners learned by picking “little bites from the heart” (one of several translations of “dim sum”) off of rolling carts tantalized by the promise that the perfect dish was coming on the cart just around the corner. Then, in 2015 Emerald remodeled and the carts were gone. The remodeled version never quite got its footings and new owners took over within two and a half years.
One of the most basic dim sum offerings is siu mai, pork and shrimp dumplings garnished with orange fish roe. They came out of the kitchen looking absolutely gorgeous: plump and glistening. But the promise of the look did not carry through in the eating. Instead of being light and airy and tasting intensely of pork and shrimp the texture was heavy and the flavors dull. There was, frankly, a sameness to many of the dumplings that spoke of one thing: MSG (and I’m not an MSG-phobe). The story was much the
The best dim sum dishes at Emerald aren’t the dumplings. The chicken bean curd roll tasted like chicken, not MSG. (Photos by Michael A. Gardiner)
same with the chive dumplings (called “leek” dumplings on the menu). They came out looking gorgeous, with an intriguing yellow color (albeit perhaps under caramelized). But the base of the filling could have been chicken, pork or even shrimp because all I could taste was MSG and chives. The har gow, ordinarily one of the most elegant of dim sum steamed
dumplings, came out heavy and inconsistently wrapped. Emerald’s nondumpling offerings were better. The chicken bean curd roll tasted, first and foremost, of chicken (not MSG). The light, filament yuba skin offered textural interest and the meaty, stew-like sauce brought it all together. But perhaps the best dish at Emerald was the stewed beef tripe. It is everything one might not expect in a tripe dish and not a lot of what one might expect. There’s not a bit of minerally flavor but, instead, a deep savory quality studded
Stewed beef tripe at Emerald is savory.
by a few slices of green onion. It’s the variety of textures from the different pieces of tripe that really make the dish. The food at Emerald is not what it once was. The romance of dim sum at Emerald is not what it once was. But the simple fact is that we don’t have great dim sum in San Diego. Emerald, in truth, has struggled to regain its former status. But order well and you can still enjoy some good dim sum.
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OUR PICKS FOR COOL THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK By Taylor O’Connor
1 Pinot+Petals: A Night of Wine and Floral Design
Sniff, swirl and sip with AHR Florals as it celebrates the event’s two-year anniversary. On November 27, Pinot+Petals will teach guests how to create the perfect centerpiece for their Thanksgiving dinner. Tickets include flowers, supplies and the vase. Food and beverages are not included. Vin de Syrah, 901 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp District, 619-363-1496, ahrflorals.com, 7 to 10 p.m., $49.37.
2 Comedy Night at Tiger! Tiger!
Thunderbar Comedy presents the first weekly comedy show at Tiger! Tiger! The shows will feature nationally touring headliners as well as up-and-coming comics from across the country. Thunderbar Comedy is an organization all about bringing laughs to the San Diego area as well as Los Angeles and Boston. Come early and enjoy food and craft brews in the historic North Park. Bring your friends and hopefully have a few laughs, otherwise it’s awkward. Tiger! Tiger!, 3025 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park, 619-487-0401, tigertigertavern.com, 7 to 10 p.m., free admission.
3 American Junkie House Party
NOVEMBER 28 Head to the American Junkie this Thursday to enjoy $1 pizza before 10 p.m. and $1 drafts from 9 to 11 p.m. Not only are we blessed with pizza, but there will be a dance floor and games like beer pong and ping pong throughout the night. Rotating guest DJs will provide the jams. Guests are advised to come before 11 p.m. due to crowds and long lines. American Junkie, 628 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp District, 619-255-1981, americanjunkiesd.com, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., free admission.
4 The Maine
Arizona-based rockers The Maine come to San Diego to promote the latest album “Are You OK?” This time around the band promises an extravagant light show and stage setup. We’ll all be fine. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Avenue, North Park, 619-2398836, observatorysd. com, 7 p.m., $25.
5 San Diego Club Crawl
Crawl around the Gaslamp District, starting with American Junkie. Guests receive a free welcome shot, exclusive drink specials, no cover fees at any of the scheduled clubs, and VIP express entry at each club. The average size of the crawls are 50 to 100 or more guests. All of the venues are usually one to three blocks apart from each other, and the lineups are posted on the website. American Junkie, 628 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp District, 619-718-0996, sandiegoclubcrawl.com,
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9:30 p.m., $30.
6 Turn Glow Party
Discover a new San Diego music event launching at Queen Bee’s, Glow, a night with music, dancing and vendors. Two DJs will perform—DJ Exclusive for house music and DJ Robbie Nielson with highenergy circuit music. Dress to be illuminated, as there will be a body painting station. There will be a full bar, and 30% of sales go to the charity Work Play Love. Queen Bee’s, 3925 Ohio Street, North Park, 619255-5147, eventbrite.com, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $17.55 to $44.06.
7 Silent Party: Hip-Hop Wars Time to party in silence! Plug in headphones and listen to three DJs playing hip-hop hits. Guests who don’t like the songs can simply switch to another DJ. Now, guests don’t have to scream to talk to one another; just take the headphones off and have a conversation or put the headphones on and dance! This event is 21 and up. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp District, hardrockhotelsd.com, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., tickets start at $12.
Andrew Moore is a Miami-based electronic dance music DJ and is best known for the development and use of his 10-foot-tall robot suits. Originally from London, Moore came to Miami and developed his now-beloved robot suits that have high-
powered lights, smoke guns, HD LED mapping, and pyrotechnic special effects systems. Guests must arrive by 11:30 for guaranteed entry. Parq Restaurant and Nightclub, 615 Broadway, Gaslamp District, 619727-6789, parqsd.com, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., tickets start at $11.
9 Vegan Harvest Fest
Join the Dojo Cafe for its vegan harvest fest with more than 15 vegan food vendors, music, forums and a pumpkin patch. Join Dojo’s mission by bringing the community together through its events. The Dojo Cafe, 4350 El Cajon Boulevard, City Heights, 619-494-1584, eventbrite.com, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission.
10 CBD Farmers Market
San Diego’s first CBD farmers market is all about providing information to the public. Visit this free event to learn about local, reliable CBD brands. The brands participating include Zirie CBD, CannaPride, Elysian Valley Co., Honey Flower, Harbor Collective and Boochcraft, the latter of which will host tastings for the public. This event is 21 and older and will have free alcoholic beverages. Two DJs will perform throughout the day for all dancing and fitness purposes. Hillcrest Athletic Club,1243 University Avenue, Hillcrest, eventbrite.com, 2 to 6 p.m., free admission.
11 Free Yoga in the Park
San Diego Food Markets is hosting free yoga in the park. This 45-minute session overlooks the bay, creating the perfect environment to calm the mind and ease the heart. The session will take place in the far north section of the park, behind the craft stalls. Before beginning, attendees are welcome to enjoy boutique coffee and street food from more
than 30 vendors, browse through local crafts, listen to live music, play lawn games and relax on picnic rugs. Attendees are asked to bring their own yoga mat, rug or towel and meet at 2:50 for a 3 p.m. start. Spaces are limited; guests are asked to sign up as soon as possible. Lane Field Park, 1009 North Harbor Drive, Downtown, 616-202-5244, sandiegofoodmarkets. com, 3 to 4 p.m., free admission.
12 Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Balboa Park is turned into a giant game board with this scavenger hunt. It’s a combination of the “Amazing Race” with a three-hour city tour. The pressure is on; select your teams with up to five members and be the first to find gems of this city. Teams receive clues and compete in challenges while learning local history. Teams can start whenever they’d like and play at their pace. Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, 2115 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, 415-734-9330, eventbrite.com, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., tickets start at $38.
13 Old Town Tequila Social Tour
Take taco Tuesdays to a new level with Tequila Tuesdays. Join this guided tour through cantinas, tequila factories and a tortilleria for tequila tastings. The first stop is Baja Rockin’ Lobster Cantina where guests can get a tequila shot while enjoying chips and salsa. Next, Old Town Tequila Factory with another tequila shot on the rooftop patio overlooking the San Diego Harbor. After that, a stop at Cafe Coyote with a traditional tortilleria where guests are provided with two handmade tortillas with complimentary homemade salsa. Finally, guests are taken to El Agave restaurant, bar and tequila museum. Guests can taste the best of their 2,000 tequilas. Guests
are encouraged to order extra drinks and food during this tour. Gratuity is not included in the ticket purchase. Old Town San Diego, 3890 Twiggs Street, eventbrite.com, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., $129.
14 How Bad are E-Cigarettes?
The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is hosting a series of speakers about e-cigarettes. These devices have become widely popular and used so fast that safety testing is minimal. The discussion relates to the safety of e-cigarettes, their rapid growth in popularity, and a debate about the varieties of vape flavoring and their levels of chemicals. This debate will also revolve around the differences between smoking cigarettes versus e-cigarettes in levels of health and safety. This event’s guest speaker is associate professor of medicine at the University of San Diego, Dr. Laura E. Crotty Alexander, a pulmonary critical care specialist. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, ethicscenter.net, 5 to 7 p.m., free admission.
15 “Friends” Trivia
How well do you know “Friends?” Do you know Joey’s favorite food or Chandler’s middle name? Do you know what happens in London? If you consider yourself a “Friends” expert, this may be the night for you. The TapRoom will be hosting this trivia night for a chance to win prizes and show off your TV knowledge. All teams must purchase a ticket to join the trivia night; teams can have a maximum of six people, and only one ticket is needed per team. The night is 21 and older. There are limited spots, so the event will sell out. SD TapRoom, 1269 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, 619-500-2001, sunsettrivia. com, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., tickets start at $17. @SDCITYBEAT
UP FRONT | VOICES
Straight Up With a Twist
How to handle these five types of racists at Thanksgiving By Edwin Decker
ear SUWT: I’m worried about Thanksgiving coming up at my parents’ house. My sister’s husband is racist and says things I find very problematic. I feel like merely being in his presence is condoning his beliefs yet nobody in my family is talking about it or seems bothered by his comments. Should I tell my parents I will not attend if he is going to be present? Sincerely, Jan Without a Plan Thanks for the letter, Planless Jan. I was dismayed that you didn’t respond to my follow-up question asking for examples of the kinds of things he says. I mean, is he a genocidally belligerent, goose-stepping, armband-wearing, oi oi skinhead? Or just a run-of-the-mill racist without the totalitarian inclination? It’s difficult to answer your question without knowing his category. Below are five common types of racists and what should be done about them for Thanksgiving. 1. Belligerent, “Oi oi”-shouting, goose-stepping, racial exceptionalist and armband-wearing, totalitarian, radical supremacist (BOOGREATRS): My intuition tells me that your brotherin-law ain’t that. For one reason, BOOGREATRS are rare and typically do not marry or do Thanksgiving with normies. They marry and do Thanksgiving with each other, in
events BOOKS Literary Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover at Clairemont Library, 2920 Burgener Boulevard. This group of friendly readers enjoy discussing some of the latest books. The group has chosen a one book per month to read and talk about. For this meeting, the Book Club will be discussing “Educated” by Tara Westover. 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 4. Free. 858-581-9935. sandiego.gov.
EVENTS San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley. Discerning jazz fans call this “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend and is a favorite of festivalgoers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. Times vary. Wednesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 1. $20+. 619-297-5277. sdjazzfest.org.
backwoods compounds, surrounded by barbed wire and guard dogs. Secondly, if he really is this far gone, I doubt your question would have been, “Should I confront him?” but rather, “What is the best poison to slip into his can of Schlitz?” On the off chance he is a BOOGREATR, the answer is simple: arsenic. It is tasteless, odorless and difficult to detect in autopsy. (Editor’s Note: We think Decker is kidding here. In any case, attempting to cause injury by poisoning is a felony and CityBeat does not condone it.) 2. Run-of-the-mill racist: These are the every-day racists we all encounter who espouse disparaging opinions about people of different ethnicities. Tough to call though because it’s still your parents’ home and I do not favor ultimatums. However, conveying your concerns to them would be the best first move. If he’s as bad as you say, they will likely admit that it bothers them too but, understandably, do not want to alienate your sister by banning him. Fine. Rather than issuing ultimatums, I would call him out on his shenanigans. Not only will you no longer feel like you’re condoning his remarks, but it’s also kind of fun. Debunk his views with relevant stats and facts like, “Nine out of 10 racists were dropped on their heads as an infant,” or “Every time you say the N-word, Baby Jesus throws up in his mouth.” The important thing to remember is not to let yourself become emotionally invested. Think of him the way the Road Runner thinks of Wile E. Coyote—an amusing nuisance—and SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off at 32nd and Thorn Streets in North Park. SoNo Fest is an all-volunteer run, locally focused street festival featuring a 40-restaurant chili cook-off; 24 craft beer, wine and spirits makers in a huge beer garden; 30 local handmade vendors; a food truck court; live music on three stages and a kid’s fest. Tasting options start at $15. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 1. Free to attend. 619-916-7247. sonofestchilicookoff.com. Unidos por Valle at Kettner Exchange, 2001 Kettner Boulevard. This fundraiser benefits the victims of the recent Mexico wildfires. It features the top 15 wineries from Valle de Guadalupe and cuisine from Baja chefs Drew Deckman, Benito Molina and Solange Muris, Sheyla Alvarado, Adria Marina and Ruffo Ibarra, and San Diego chefs Brian Redzikowski, Brad Wise, Claudette Zepeda and John Bautista. Tickets are $150. 6:30 p.m. (VIP), 7 to 10:30 p.m. (GA) Tuesday, December 3. venno.com/event/unidos-por-valle.
FOOD AND DRINK
White Wine and Crab Cakes on Black Friday at Gianni Buonomo Vintners, 4836 Newport Avenue, Point Loma. Crabby’s Crab Cakes is back at Gianni Buonomo Vintners for a special happy hour. Come as you are—no reservations or
blurt, “Meep-meep!” every time you shoot down one of his asinine theories. 3. Boomer racist: A boomer racist is someone who grew up at a time when the races were more commonly segregated and thus did not feel comfortable in each other’s company. It went in all directions of course (think the awkward and hilarious relationship between Archie Bunker and George Jefferson). However, in my experience—and my childhood was littered with these types—they are not hateful folk. Yes, it is an unenlightened, archaic worldview, but they don’t mean any harm. If it still really bothers you, it might be time to go into acceptance mode. Forgive me for referencing a concept that I have been repeating ad nauseum since SUWT’s inception, but please refer to the “The Serenity Prayer.” “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept and the wisdom to not put arsenic in my brotherin-law’s drink because forensic science has come a long way and poisoners never fare well in gen-pop.” 4. Reverse racist: A lot of people define “reverse racism” as prejudice by people of color against white people. To me (and the dictionary) that’s just regular racism. The real definition of “reverse racism” (that I just made up) is when a person asserts positive stereotypes about various minority groups. For instance, saying that Mexicans are “hard-working” is as prejudiced as claiming they are lazy. It may be long wait times. Selections include crab cakes, crab melts, crab cocktail salad, crab quesadilla, lobster rolls, and seared yellowtail. Wear your fedora and your first glass of wine is only $5. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 29. Event is free. Prices vary for food and drink. Food additional. 619-991-9911. gbvinters.com. Pure Project Beer Release: Gallagher’s Best at Pure Project, 2865 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill. Pure Project has teamed up with Admiral Maltings to bring you a special Pub Ale. Named after the professor at UC Davis who bred the barley in this brew to be dry farmed in California, this creation highlights Admiral Maltings organic malt varietal called Butta12, along with a Crystal malt called Kilnsmith. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 30. Event is free. Prices vary for food and drink. 619-323-2000. purebrewing.org. Little Italy Wednesday Market on West Date between Kettner and State in Little Italy. The market offers farm fresh produce, pastured eggs, poultry, meat, fish, bread, sauces, dog food, hummus, olive oil and more, brought to the neighborhood by California farmers, fisherman and artisan foodmakers. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4. Free. 619-233-3901. littleitalysd.com.
affirmational, but it is still otherizing. I doubt that your brother-in-law falls into this category, but if he does, let it go. It’s not a particularly malevolent form of sectarianism and not, in my opinion, enough reason to cause a family rift. 5. Nonracist racist. Are you even sure he’s a racist? I ask because you wrote that nobody else seems offended by his comments. I can’t help but wonder, are you judging him because he is—perhaps—a Trump supporter? Or maybe he espouses the virtues of a border wall? Neither of which is necessarily bigoted. I mean, sure, if he’s running around the house making drive-by comments like, “All Luxembourgers have halitosis” then OK, refer to number two above. But if you want to quit family gatherings simply because he supports the president, well then, you’re going to have to quit a lot of other social gatherings as well because— news flash—about half the country supports the president. And they go to social gatherings, too. Again, not knowing more about the situation, I can only speculate. But one thing is certain: Whichever kind of racist he is, you must not quit Thanksgiving. Life is short, your parents won’t be around forever and your sister is blood. Don’t let this one person— however despicable—diminish even a moment of your precious family time. If you do, the domestic terrorists win— meep, meep! Edwin Decker is not a licensed therapist. Frankly you’d have to be nuts to take his advice. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS Downtown Chess at Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, Downtown East Village. Are you the next Judith Polgar? Do you have what it takes to dethrone Magnus Carlsen? Every Friday be a part of the biggest casual chess club in San Diego. All skill levels and age groups welcome. 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 29. Free. 619-238-6694. sandiego.gov. Jewels of the Season Workshop 2019 at Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park. Guests will create heirloomquality treasures in the style of the original artists, Florence Hord and Elizabeth Schlappi, and guided by Timken teaching artist Elizabeth Washburn. Cost includes materials for two ornaments and holiday refreshments. 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 30. $55-$85. 619-239-5548. timkenmuseum.org. Common Thread: Sewing Basics at Central Library, 300 Park Boulevard, Downtown East Village. Learn entry level operating instructions for computerized sewing machines and beginning techniques. Participants will practice basic stitches and complete an easy drawstring bag! All materials provided. Advanced registration required. 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 3. Free. 619-236-5800. sandiego.gov.
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ARTS | MUSIC
The Maine goes high-tech for its new tour By Brandie Bosworth
rizona rockers The Maine have long been known for their live shows, festivals and relentlessly catchy songs. But this fall, they are breaking out of their comfort zones for “The Mirror Tour.” “If people have been to any of our concerts, this one will be unlike the other ones we’ve done or will probably do,” says Pat Kirch, The Maine’s drummer. The shows—including Friday, November 29, at The Observatory North Park—will feature new visuals, audio components and fan experiences. The Maine posts info about each show on Facebook pages with meetups for fans—and the band—at local bars. Bassist Garrett Nickelsen says the meetups
this tour have a “gold” theme. The tour’s website recommends fans wear mustard-colored clothing and bring fake yellow flowers to the venues. The Maine’s musicians are avid baseball fans, and that played Kirch dea role in the act’s formation. (Photo courtesy The Maine) scribes “The Mirror Tour” serve as alternatives for fans who has a more “cohesive show” with don’t want to risk their health or top-notch production. well-being in long lines waiting The audio-visual elements for doors to open at clubs. tie into the entire set, a result Nickelsen says fans won’t of the musicians spending have to fret about losing their hours researching those effects. spot in line, as wristbands disNew equipment will provide a seminated at the meetups will 360-degree sound experience hold their place in line. to the crowd. Kirch enjoys the Keep in mind: The shows on
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DIY approach to the show. “We have a specific way that we want things done,” Kirch says. “We can hire somebody else to do it, but it’s going to take probably longer to explain it and go back and forth to get it right than to just do it ourselves.” To continue that DIY vibe, The Maine is building its own merchandise display and is “super involved” in photo booths for the tour, Nickelsen says. The Maine—which also includes singer/rhythm guitarist John O’Callaghan, guitarist Jared Monaco and lead guitarist Kennedy Brock—is proud of its home state. O’Callaghan is a big baseball fan, and that was a catalyst in starting the band. When Nickelsen met O’Callaghan in San Diego, the bassist referred to his future singer as “the baseball guy.”
“This is John? The baseball guy?” Nickelsen says. The band formed in 2007 and took off from there. Their seventh studio album, “You Are OK,” debuted in March. On “The Mirror Tour,” fans can expect songs from each era of The Maine. “This time I really feel like every era gets its due in the set,” Kirch says. “There’s at least a song from every album.”
The Maine w/WhoHurtYou and Twin XL
Friday, November 29 The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Avenue, North Park $25 observatorysd.com
No Tragedy Here
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are coming to Balboa Theatre By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
hen Jason Mewes brings his costar Kevin Smith to the Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, December 4 for the “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow,” he hopes for one thing—to be entertaining. “We’re going to give them stories, a Q&A, and it really depends on how much time the venues give us,” Mewes says. “I’m hoping fans can expect entertainment, though. That’s what I hope I can give.” The “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow” has been entertaining—and, at times, touching—to them. Mewes is moved by the stories his fans tell him. “A girl came up to me last night and said she and her friend had a relationship like Jay and Bob had,” Mewes says. “Her friend passed away two years ago, but she bought a ticket for her friend. “Another fan was telling me how, when he was 12, he was in the foster system. He thought he was a weird-looking kid, and nobody would adopt him. A guy chose him, and it was really awkward. They had nothing to talk about. He was 12 and the guy was 30. The guy suggested they watch ‘Clerks.’ The second time, they watched ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.’” The man ended up adopting the boy, thanks to their mutual love of the Jay and Silent Bob movies. Mewes admits Smith cried when he heard the story. Other fans are inspired by Mewes’ efforts to get sober and Smith’s weight-loss journey. “That type of stuff is really awesome and what, I feel, touches my heart,” Mewes says. “I can’t believe these movies reach so many different people in different ways.” Mewes and Smith are considered cinema icons, Mewes @SDCITYBEAT
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are bringing their “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow” to the Balboa Theatre. (Courtesy San Diego Theatres)
being the potty-mouthed half of the two. They first debuted in Smith’s 1994 indie film, “Clerks,” a black-and-white buddy film co-produced by Smith. He reprised his role in “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” The Balboa Theatre appearance is in support of “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” a film that tells a story about the two characters trying to stop the reboot of “Bluntman and Chronic” from getting made. It’s the award-winning podcast, “Jay & Silent Bob Get Old,” where Mewes shines. For over eight years, they have completed more than 235 episodes. Outside of his work with Smith, Mewes has appeared in films and uses his Facebook page (@JayMewes) to livestream himself playing sponsored video games like “Fort-
nite” a few times a week. Mewes is also obsessed with Lego, which he showcases on Twitch, a life-streaming platform for gamers. “I thought nobody would want to watch me build Lego,” he says. “But I did it three or four times and I get about 100 people watching me. I chat with them.” He and his wife are cleaning his “man cave” and he’s selling Lego he’s not necessarily attached to. Mewes is going to donate the money to charity, although he’s not sure which one. “Me and my wife have to discuss that,” Mewes says. “We love animals, but my mom passed away from AIDS. We have a 4 1/2-year-old now. There are so many to give money to. It’s a tough decision.” On the opposite end, his favorite Lego is from “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”—the
apocalyptic Statue of Liberty. Modular builds and Ninjago City are fun, too. “I have a restaurant and a bank,” Mewes says. “When you build them, they attach to each other. I have the whole block and it goes in a big rectangle on tables. They look cool. One has this little working ATM. You pull the lever and Lego money comes out of the ATM.” Fans can expect to see more of Mewes and Smith soon. “Kevin is determined to make
‘Clerks 3,’” he says. “Nothing is set in stone. We have a good story to tell.”
“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow” with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, Gaslamp District Tickets start at $37 sandiegotheatres.org
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ARTS | CULTURE
“Cambodian Rock Band” features the fictitious band Cyclo. (Photo courtesy La Jolla Playhouse)
‘Cambodian Rock Band’ echoes with power, urgency By David L. Coddon
ambodian Rock Band” is a stirring work of theater that comes along not nearly enough. Its intuition for creating moments on the stage is keen, its comingling of insight and emotion rare. What Lauren Yee’s play may accomplish most artfully, however, is juxtaposing tragedy on both
a mass and an intimate scale with a celebration of music at its most cathartic and redemptive. Yee is a 2012 MFA graduate of UCSD’s Department of Theatre and Dance and one of the hottest playwrights in the country. It’s fitting that her “Cambodian Rock Band,” which she says was inspired by first hearing the Cambodian and American band Dengue Fever during her student years,
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is onstage at La Jolla Playhouse on the UCSD campus. The play-with-music was commissioned by the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange County, where it opened to raves last year. The Playhouse staging, directed by Chay Yew, is a co-production with Portland Center Stage at the Armory. Songs by the L.A.-based Dengue Fever are featured in “Cambodian Rock Band”
and are performed by the cast members. Jangly and propulsive, the music is an urgent and atmospheric amalgam of ’60s surf rock, garage rock and psychedelia. As immersive as the live music is, the story of “Cambodian Rock Band”—a young woman (Brooke Ishibashi) named Neary in Phnom Penh working to bring to justice a Khmer Rouge war criminal (Daisuke Tsuji)—is taut with human drama. Neary’s father Chum (Joe Ngo) surprises her at her hotel, and soon a long-kept secret about his past in his native Cambodia comes to the fore. He tells his story in Act 2, when the
full depth of the Khmer Rouge brutality is laid bare. Ngo’s performance, both with and without an electric guitar, is an unforgettable one. The brilliance of “Cambodian Rock Band” is its facility for shifting but also sustaining mood while never straying from its conscience and soul or from the cautionary messages it imparts. The potency of Cambodia’s music is an affirmation of a people’s survival and courage in the face of humanity at its worst. So too is the love between a parent and child demonstrated as transcendent and unbreakable.
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“Cambodian Rock Band”
runs through December 15 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre Theatre, UCSD. $25-$81; lajollaplayhouse.org
Reflections with Angel Olsen
The singer discusses ‘All Mirrors,’ self-care and confidence as a female artist By Mary Pat Abruzzo
ngel Olsen’s voice pushes through the telephone with a warm hello. Catching her at her tour stop in Madison, Wisconsin, in the midst of harsh winter weather, she comments on the universal struggle of looking cute but also layering on jackets to stay warm. She recently released her fourth album, “All Mirrors,” and is now touring throughout the United States and Europe. “All Mirrors” is a personal album, diving deep into selfreflection. However, Olsen doesn’t believe the meaning of the album title is all that deep. “It wasn’t really meant to be this thing that was super intellectual,” she says with a laugh. Out of all the songs on the album, the title track seemed the most encompassing and powerful.
Ben Babbitt. “It was like learning a new language,” Olsen explains. Humming or playing something on a keyboard to communicate what she wanted, she attempted To keep touring fun, Angel Olsen and her crew watch scary to create the movies or throw pizza parties. (Photo courtesy Angel Olsen) sounds she “The record is about selfenvisioned in reflection, change and identifying her mind. She wanted the space with yourself in a different way.” to take total creative control. It’s also different from An acoustic version of her her previous work, as she album is set for release. Olsen usually creates albums with recorded the acoustic version of a backing band. This album “All Mirrors” first, and originally was more difficult. She worked planned to release the albums with collaborators like John together. Congleton, Jherek Bischoff and “I thought it would be more
interesting for people to look back at where the song started,” Olsen explains. “It allowed me to have a version of everything in the rawest form, the way I intended it.” Releasing an acoustic version would also give her a chance to perform her songs solo again. She believes a lot of her career has been focused on getting bigger and making bigger sounds, possibly neglecting her solo work. “With solo performing, I get to relax more into my singing,” Olsen explains. She can create something bigger with her band. “It feels really good to be connected to a group of people, find a rhythm with them, and create something big with them and epic with them,” she adds. From the start, Olsen has connected with fans in a deep and emotional way. “I think all music can be
healing for anyone with mental illness,” she says. Her lyrics and sounds evoke feelings in people, so they can connect. “They’re not feeling isolated and I’m not feeling isolated,” she explains. To female artists trying to make it in the music industry, Olsen gives simple words of wisdom: “You have to walk in there like you own the place,” she says with a laugh. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. She does.
Angel Olsen w/Vagabon
8 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Avenue, North Park $30 observatorysd.com
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Plain White T’s looks to technology to set up new jaunt’s set list By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
om Higgenson is freezing. The Plain White T’s singer stepped out of a St. Louis concert hall to talk on the phone, and it’s evident in his voice that there’s a chill in the air there. “I can barely walk outside without getting frostbite,” he says, half joking. Plain White T’s is looking forward to coming to the warmer weather of San Diego, when it hits House of Blues with The Mowgli’s and New Politics on “The 3-Dimensional Tour” on Saturday, November 30. “We just started last night in Chicago, which is our hometown,” Higgenson says. “The show was at The Metro, which is one of our favorite
as well as the hits like “Hey There Delilah,” “Rhythm of Love” and “1, 2, 3, 4.” But the band did something innovative in planning this jaunt. The musicians visited their band’s Spotify page to see what songs fans are into. They took the top 12 songs and made that the foundation of their set list. “We threw in a couple new songs to hype up the new album and Plain White T’s are hoping to record a new album next year, as well as host a “Storytellers” type of tour. (Photo courtesy Plain White T’s) that’s about it,” he says. “The Spotify many people are posting videos spots ever to play. It was the favorites weren’t too far off of on Instagram.” perfect kickoff to the tour. what we thought. The biggest When Plain White T’s plays “Everybody seemed to be surprise song was a song off House of Blues, fans can expect lovin’ it. I can always tell it’s a our first album called ‘A Lonely to hear songs from its latest good show depending on how September. ’ album, “Parallel Universe,”
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“I knew it was one of our bigger songs on that album, but the fact that it’s still on the top 10 on Spotify, none of us knew that. We thought we better start playing that one.” The move to use the Spotify list just shows technology’s hand in the industry. “Back in the day, we had to play what we thought people wanted,” he says. “Now I have all the data to know what people are looking to.”
The Mowgli’s, New Politics and Plain White T’s 7 p.m. Saturday, November 30 House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue, Downtown Tickets start at $30 livenation.com
CONCERTS HOT! NEW! FRESH!
Space Yacht (Music Box, 12/13), Kool Keith (Music Box, 12/14), Exile on Kettner Blvd. (Casbah, 12/24), Art Unites (Casbah, 12/29), The Cavemen (Soda Bar, 12/29), Barnacles (Soda Bar, 1/2), Godhammered (Brick by Brick, 1/4), Just What I Needed (BUT, 1/5), Dude York (Soda Bar, 1/23), Mattiel (Soda Bar, 1/28), Melvins (Casbah, 2/5), Hembree (Soda Bar, 2/6), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (BUT, 2/6), The Classic Crime (Brick by Brick, 2/7), Jauz (Observatory, 2/8), Maoli (Music Box, 2/19), Vale of Pnath (Brick by Brick, 2/20), Bay Faction (Soda Bar, 2/20), The Frogs (Soda Bar, 2/21), Hippie Sabotage (Observatory, 2/27), The Illusionists (San Diego Civic Theatre, 2/28), Olivia O’Brien (Observatory, 2/29), The Wonder Years (Observatory, 3/4), G. Love (BUT, 3/11), AJJ (SOMA, 3/19), Junkies Pop-Up Shop (Casbah, 3/21), Pine Mountain Logs (BUT, 4/17), Super Diamond (BUT, 4/18), Grieves (Music Box, 4/23), Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (San Diego Civic Theatre, 5/13), The Flatliners (Brick by Brick, 5/22), AJR (Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU, 6/11), The Airborne Toxic Event (Observatory, 7/1), KISS (North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, 9/27).
ALL SOLD OUT
Adam Carolla (BUT, 12/1), Kim Petras (Observatory, 12/8), Thievery Corporation (BUT, 12/12), Bayside (Casbah, 12/12), Silversun Pickups (Observatory, 12/17), Chris Isaak (BUT, 12/17), Thursday (Brick by Brick, 12/18), Stick Figure (BUT, 12/27-28), Trey Anastasio Band (Observatory, 1/16), Michael Kiwanuka (Observatory, 1/22), Marcus King Band (BUT, 1/27), King Princess (Observatory, 1/28), Horrorpops (Brick by
Brick, 1/31), Atmosphere (Observatory, 2/5), Sinead O’Connor (BUT, 2/11), Dashboard Confessional (Observatory, 2/11-12), A Bowie Celebration (BUT, 3/7).
Wednesday, December 4 From Indian Lakes at Soda Bar. Moon Hooch at The Casbah. Jonny Lang at Belly Up Tavern.
Thursday, December 5 Black Flag at House Of Blues. DIIV at Belly Up Tavern. Judge & Cro-Mags at The Irenic. Marco Benevento at The Casbah. Reagan Youth at Soda Bar. The Slackers at Music Box. Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Observatory North Park. Catfish & the Bottlemen at Pechanga. Shawn Colvin at California Center for the Arts. Judge at SOMA. Kill Devil Hill at Brick by Brick.
Lebanon Hanover (Brick by Brick, 12/13), Dick Dale’s Misirlou (BUT, 12/19), KT Tunstall (Music Box, 1/9), Christian Death (Soda Bar, 11/6), Jacky Vincent (Brick by Brick, 11/12), Goblin (Brick by Brick, 11/14).
Wednesday, November 27 Nile at Brick By Brick. Yachtley Crew at Music Box. Jim Breuer at Observatory North Park. Fortunate Youth at Belly Up Tavern. Cryptic Wisdom at Soda Bar. Booty Bassment at The Casbah. Friday, November 29 Buku at Music Box. Morbid Angel at Brick by Brick. The Maine at Observatory North Park. The Greyboy Allstars. The Rosalyns at The Casbah. The Bandulus at Soda Bar. Saturday, November 30 Wayward Sons at Belly Up Tavern. Ten Bulls at Soda Bar. Ensiferum at Brick by Brick. Lane 8 at Petco Park. Sunday, December 1 Mikal Cronin at The Casbah. The Old Firm Casuals at Brick by Brick. A$AP Ferg at House Of Blues. Elton John at Pechanga. The Skatalites at Soda Bar. Monday, December 2 So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019 at Balboa Theatre. Jesse Egan at Soda Bar. Tuesday, December 3 Angel Olsen at Observatory North Park. The Make-Up at The Casbah. The Black Market Brigade at Soda Bar.
Friday, December 6 Lee Fields & the Expressions at The Music Box. Magic Sword at The Casbah. Daughters, HEALTH at SOMA. Exhumed at Brick by Brick. Illenium at Pechanga. Griffin House at Soda Bar. Lisa Prank at Ché Café Collective. Saturday, December 7 John Waters at Observatory North Park. Tow’rs at Soda Bar. Gryffin at SOMA. Authority Zero at Brick by Brick. Louis Futon at Music Box. The Bronx at The Casbah. Sunday, December 8 Andrea Bocelli at Pechanga Arena. Aly & AJ at Belly Up Tavern. Kim Petras at Observatory North Park. Pink Froyd at Music Box. Death Eyes at The Casbah. Valley Queen at Soda Bar.
Wednesday, December 11 Son Little at Soda Bar. Kolars at The Casbah. Defeater at Ché Café Collective. JD McPherson at Belly Up Tavern. The Shelters at Music Box. Unearth at Brick by Brick. Thursday, December 12 La Dispute at House of Blues. Khemmis at Brick by Brick. Ariel View at Soda Bar. Friday, December 13 Allah-Las at Observatory North Park. Lebanon Hanover at Brick by Brick. Tragedy at The Merrow. Rorre at Soda Bar. Choir Boy at The Casbah. Space Yacht at Music Box. Saturday, December 14 Chon at Observatory North Park. Nick Offerman at Balboa Theatre. As I Lay Dying at SOMA. Blockhead at The Casbah. Randy at Ché Café Collective. Motel Radio at Soda Bar. Jonah Matranga at Brick by Brick. Kool Keith at Music Box. Sunday, December 15 The Blind Boys of Alabama at Belly Up Tavern. Omni at Soda Bar. Easy Wind at Music Box. The Fall of Troy at Brick by Brick. Monday, December 16 Kiefer Sutherland at Belly Up Tavern. Tuesday, December 17 Mark Diamond at Soda Bar. Body Salt at The Casbah.
Monday, December 9 With Confidence at House of Blues. With Confidence at House Of Blues. Mega Bog at Soda Bar.
Wednesday, December 18 The Venice at Belly Up Tavern. Brokeback at Soda Bar.
Tuesday, December 10 The Charlie Daniels Band at California Center for the Arts. Pete Yorn at Belly Up Tavern. Eyedress at Soda Bar. Electric Mud at The Casbah.
Thursday, December 19 Mariachi Sol de Mexico at Balboa Theatre. The Tubes at Belly Up Tavern. 13 Bats at The Casbah. Jade Jackson at Soda Bar. Berkley Hart at Music Box.
Friday, December 20 Cash’d Out Christmas at Belly Up Tavern. Infected Mushroom at Music Box. Matt Embree at Soda Bar. Saturday, December 21 Damage Inc. at Brick by Brick. Phantom Planet at House Of Blues. The Heavy Guilt at Soda Bar. Andrew McMahon at Music Box. Sunday, December 22 Cattle Decapitation at Brick by Brick. Eric Rachmany at Observatory North Park. Mud Slide Slim at Music Box. Late Night Radio at Soda Bar. Groundation at Belly Up Tavern. El Vez at The Casbah. Monday, December 23 Glass Spells at The Casbah. Nite Lapse at Soda Bar. Tuesday, December 24 Exile on Kettner Blvd. at The Casbah. Friday, December 27 The Major Minus at Soda Bar. Saturday, December 28 The Crystal Method at Music Box. Jim Brickman at Balboa Theatre. Ignite at Brick by Brick. Poolside at Observatory North Park. Twin Ritual at Soda Bar. Big Sandy at The Casbah. Sunday, December 29 Donavon Frankenreiter at Belly Up Tavern. Art Unites at The Casbah. The Cavemen at Soda Bar. Monday, December 30 Donavon Frankenreiter at Belly Up Tavern. Ten Bulls at The Casbah. Tuesday, December 31 Steel Pulse at Belly Up Tavern. The Floozies at Music Box. Elektric Voodoo at Soda Bar.
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CLUBS 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach. Wednesday: Open Mic. Thursday: Slic Entertainment. Friday: Dragontree. Saturday: Band Overboard. Air Conditioned Lounge, 4673 30th Street, Normal Heights. Wednesday: #HipHopWeds. Friday: House Music Fridays. Saturday: DJ Fingaz. Sunday: DJ Elevate. Monday: Organized Grime. Tuesday: Ginger Lou. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Avenue, Downtown. Friday: Colin Kane. Saturday: Colin Kane. Sunday: Colin Kane. Tuesday: Open Mic. The Bancroft, 9143 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Wednesday: Karaoke. Sunday: Scarlett O’Hara, Sleep Walker, Somewhere to Call Home, Our Second Home, Zero South. Monday: Trivia. Tuesday: Karaoke. Bang Bang, 526 Market Street, Downtown. Wednesday: Pig&Dan, Christian Smith. Friday: Zimmer. Bar Pink, 3829 30th Street, North Park. Wednesday: DJ Chief Sweat. Friday: Leftovers, Husky Boy All-Star DJ. Saturday: Icy Ice, J-Solo, Grimm. Beaumont’s, 5665 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla. Friday: Red Headed Strangers. Saturday: Dark Dazey.
Heights. Saturday: Graveyard Witch, Mezzoa, Grail. Blonde, 1808 W. Washington Street, Mission Hills. Wednesday: Dance Klassique. Friday: Cake. Tuesday: Kombat, Pro-k. Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue, Bay Park. Wednesday: Nile, Terrorizer, Defixion, Corpsemaker, Encoffinized. Friday: Morbid Angel, Watain, Incantation. Saturday: Ensiferum, Kalmah, Abigail Williams, Aenimus, Helsott. Sunday: The Old Firm Casuals, Charger, The Vulturas. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, Midtown. Wednesday: Booty Bassment. Friday: The Rosalyns, The Sound Reasons, Alvino & the Dwells, DJ Tony the Tyger. Saturday: Club Sabbat. Sunday: Mikal Cronin, Shannon Lay. Monday: X-Mas, Los Straitjackets. Tuesday: The Make-Up. Che Cafe, 1000 Scholars Drive S, La Jolla. Friday: Quali, Vacancy, Memory Leak, Purple Dynamine. Saturday: The Industry, Lost Dakota, Chorduroy. Sunday: Sweet Soul. F6ix, 526 F Street, Downtown. Wednesday: Drinks Giving. Friday: Beatnick. Saturday: DJ Heart Attack. Fluxx, 500 Fourth Avenue, Downtown. Friday: Dynamiq. The Holding Company, 5046 Newport Avenue. Wednesday: Kick-Stomp Ensemble. Friday: Wise Monkey Orchestra, DJ Omz, DJ Lyla. Saturday: Robot Rock, DJ ManCat, DJ Miss Dust. Sunday: Psychadelic Sundays. Monday: Karaoke. Tuesday: Reggae Tuesdaze.
Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach. Wednesday: Fortunate Youth, Mike Love, Kash’d Out. Friday: The Greyboy Allstars, DJ Greyboy. Saturday: Wayward Sons, Paging the ‘90s. Sunday: Adam Carolla, Adam Ray (sold out).
House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue, Downtown. Wednesday: Dax. Friday: Emo Night Brooklyn. Saturday: The Mowgli’s, New Politics, Plain White T’s. Sunday: A$AP Ferg. Monday: Crucial Star. Tuesday: Myles Parrish.
Black Cat Bar, 4246 University Avenue, City
Humphreys Backstage, 2241 Shelter Island
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Drive, Shelter Island. Wednesday: Clapton Hook. Thursday: Jason Brown. Friday: Viva Santana. Saturday: Funks Most Wanted. Sunday: Young Dubliners. Monday: Michele Lundeen. Tuesday: Billy Watson. Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights. Friday: T. Rexico, Melt Mars, The Shed. Saturday: Subspecies, Rain of Fridays, Saving the State. Sunday: Carlie Autumn, Shyah, Travis Mason. Monday: Open Mic. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Mc P’s Irish Pub, 1107 Orange Avenue, Coronado. Wednesday: Jackson & Billy. Friday: Mystique. Saturday: Street Heart. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Avenue, Hillcrest. Wednesday: No Cover Entertainment. Friday: No Cover Entertainment. Saturday: No Cover Entertainment. Sunday: No Cover Entertainment. Monday: No Cover Entertainment. Tuesday: No Cover Entertainment. The Merrow, 1271 University Avenue, Hillcrest. Wednesday: Karaoke. Saturday: Kirby’s Dream Band, Vetivs, FamilyJules. Sunday: Showstoppers Talent Contest. Mother’s Saloon, 2228 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach. Tuesday: Trivia. Mr. Peabody’s, 136 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas. Friday: Bonneville 7. Saturday: Too Rude for Sunday. Sunday: Jazz Jam. Monday: Open Mic. Tuesday: Karaoke. Music Box, 1337 India Street, Little Italy. Wednesday: Yachtley Crew, Synchronicity. Friday: Buku, Zeke Beats, Esseks, Secret Recipe, Malicious. Saturday: Fortunate Youth, Nattali Rize, Kash’d Out. The Office, 3936 30th Street, North Park. Tuesday: Night Shift.
OMNIA Nightclub, 454 Sixth Avenue, Downtown. Wednesday: Slushii. Friday: Coast Club. Saturday: Eric Dlux. Panama 66, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Wednesday: The Wednesday Jam Session. Friday: Alexis Joi. Saturday: The Cardinal Moon. Sunday: Uptown Rhythm Makers. Parq, 615 Broadway, Downtown. Wednesday: DJ Mustard. Saturday: Kryoman. Pour House, 1903 South Coast Highway, Oceanside. Wednesday: Open Mic. Proud Mary’s, 5550 Kearny Mesa Road, Kearny Mesa. Friday: Scott Mathiansen. Saturday: Jason Harmon, Nathan James. The Rail, 3796 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest. Wednesday: Noche Romantica. Saturday: Sabados en Fuego. Rich’s, 1051 University Avenue, Hillcrest. Wednesday: Gobble Gobble Party. Friday: Electro-Pop. Saturday: Voltage. Riviera Supper Club, 7777 University Avenue, La Mesa. Wednesday: Boss Jazz. Friday: Upshots. Saturday: Dave Gleason Trio. Rosie O’Gradys, 3402 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights. Saturday: Bonneville 7. Monday: Jazz Jam. Tuesday: Adams Gone Funky. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, City Heights. Wednesday: Cryptic Wisdom, Jack the Ripper, T. Ka$h. Friday: The Bandulus, Lexicons, The Amalgamated. Saturday: Ten Bulls, Drug Hunt, Downers. Sunday: The Skatalites, Unsteady. Monday: Michael Blaustein, Jesse Egan, Nate Tatum, Steve Schusteck, Joshua Krepps, Alan Henderson. Tuesday: The Black Market Brigade, The Golden Siddhi, The Paradigm Shift, Service Interruption. SOMA, 3350 Sports Arena Boulevard, Midway.
Saturday: Blackcast, Screams of Syrens, The Rookies, Pissed Regardless, Hollow Stage. SPACE, 3519 El Cajon Boulevard, City Heights. Friday: Space Dilla. Spin, 2028 Hancock Street, Midtown. Wednesday: Cut Snake, Yolanda be Cool. Friday: Dr. Fresch, 13, Ship Wreck. Sycamore Den, 3391 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights. Wednesday: Paul Gregg. Thursday: Burlesque Boogie Nights. Tuesday: Trivia. Til-Two Club, 4746 El Cajon Boulevard, City Heights. Friday: DJ Boogieman. Saturday: Dead 77, Sector 7-G, Dead on the Wire, Rival Squad. Tin Roof, 401 G Street Downtown. Wednesday: Friendsgiving. Thursday: Chad & Rosie. Friday: Michael Rotundo. Saturday: Michael Rotundo. Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa Street, Bay Park. Wednesday: Salsa. Friday: SantanaWays. Saturday: All Star Review. Sunday: Colour. Monday: Sexy Salsa & Sensual Bachata. Tower Bar, 4757 University Avenue, City Heights. Friday: Radkey, Good Time Girl. Saturday: Strangely Strange, Hellfire Blackout, Dark Alley Dogs, Cunt Punch. U-31, 3112 University Avenue, North Park. Wednesday: DJ Mo Lyon. Thursday: BoomBox Thursday. Friday: DJ Grimm. Saturday: DJ Nvious. Monday: #31 Flavors. Whistle Stop, 2236 Fern Street, South Park. Wednesday: Dance Party. Winstons, 1921 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach. Wednesday: Club Kingston. Friday: Kyle Smith, No Kings, The Good Tones. Saturday: Cappo Kelley, Finnegan Blue. Sunday: Karaoke. Monday: Electric Waste Band.
IN THE BACK
Proposed decriminalization law set to go in front of House By Jackie Bryant
n Wednesday, November 20, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would federally decriminalize cannabis. Called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 (M.O.R.E. Act), it passed 24-10 after a lively two-hour debate. Most importantly, the bill would remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances. It would also require federal courts to expunge prior convictions for cannabis expenses, prevent cannabis convictions from affecting immigration status
and allow states to set their own cannabis policies. The bill also proposes levying a 5% tax on cannabis products, which is intended to establish a trust fund for programs that will help people disproportionately affected by the “war on drugs.” “With today’s mark-up of the M.O.R.E. Act, the United
States is coming one step closer to ending the devastating harms of marijuana prohibition, which have fallen so heavily on black and brown people,” says Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno in a statement. “This legislation won’t make up for the full scale of harm that prohibition has caused to its victims. It’s not going to return anyone their lost dreams, time lost at the mercy of the criminal justice system or the years spent away from their families. But this legislation is the closest we’ve come yet to not only ending those harms at the federal level, but also beginning to repair them.”
Representatives from all segments of the industry are delighted by the news, as well, all of whom applaud the efforts the bill makes to tackle some of the serious social justice issues that plague the cannabis industry. “Today’s vote marks a turning point for federal cannabis policy, and is truly a sign that prohibition’s days are numbered,” says Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) in a statement. “Thanks to the diligent efforts of advocates and lawmakers from across the political spectrum, we’ve seen more progress in this Congress than ever before. Supermajority public support for legalization, increasing recognition of
the devastating impacts of prohibition on marginalized communities and people of color, and the undeniable success of state cannabis programs throughout the country are all helping to build momentum for comprehensive change in the foreseeable future.” McFarland SanchezMoreno sums it up thusly. “The M.O.R.E. Act recognizes that marijuana reform is fundamentally a matter of justice,” she says, adding, “I’m so pleased that it is now coming up for a mark-up, and I encourage all members of Congress to support it.” Next up for the M.O.R.E. Act? A vote in front of the full House of Representatives.
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