The "A"- List November 2010
Surfers love him, and it’s easy to see why. Frankenreiter’s jammy, laid-back acoustic guitar conjures easy times and good vibes. It doesn’t hurt that the singer-songwriter is a longtime professional surfer himself. Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern at 9 p.m.
Two titans of downtempo and trip-hop grooves invade UCSD’s RIMAC Arena. Both groups’ live shows incorporate numerous instruments and vocalists. The exoticism and sexiness associated with these genres contradict the cavernous venue, which should make for an interesting show. 6 p.m.
Eat, drink and be merry at this semiannual walk through the delicious eateries of Little Italy. Always a sellout, the gluttonous event includes samples from dozens of restaurants featuring varied fare, as well as beverages from neighborhood wine bars and Karl Strauss Brewing Company. 5 to 9 p.m. India Street and environs.
On the first and third Thursdays of every month, El Vitral restaurant shows it has more to offer than a pretty interior and a prime location on the edge of Petco Park. Its tequila-tasting and food-pairing event offers a history lesson on the potent potable, tasting instructions, a Q&A with the restaurant’s beverage director, a three-course paired dinner and — to prove your newly acquired agave knowledge — a certificate of completion. 6 to 8 p.m. 815 J Street.
This 10-day brew extravaganza allows our fair city to strut its stuff as one of the nation’s top beer cities, showcasing San Diego’s breweries, restaurants, pubs and attractions through a list of thirst-quenching events. Highlights range from a beer and chocolate tasting at Stone Brewing Company to a battle of barrel-aged beers at O’Brien’s. For a full schedule, visit sdbw.org.
San Diego’s highly adventurous philanthropists take to the 33rd story of the West Coast’s tallest waterfront building, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, and scale down the side. This annual fund-raising event challenges thrill-seekers to test their height tolerance to raise funds for Kids Included Together, a nonprofit organization that strives for inclusion for children with disabilities.
As you turn back the clocks, the Gaslamp Quarter turns back time and takes visitors to the 1880s. The free children’s cultural and historic street fair features old-fashioned entertainment and historical demonstrations for families. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifth and Island Avenues.
San Diego Opera leads up to its 2011 season with an appetizing combination of culture and cuisine. This month’s Taste of Opera offering pairs tidbits from Puccini’s Turandot with a three-course menu of Italian fare at Vigilucci’s in Coronado, as SDO’s Nicholas Reveles guides guests on a journey through The Forbidden City alongside licensed acupuncturist Adrian Bean. 6:30 p.m. 1300 Orange Avenue.
One of 2010’s “it” boy-girl groups stops by the Casbah. Garnering indie praise from coast to coast, these Angelenos and their sunny, distorted surf pop are worth checking out. 8 p.m.
They may have decamped north to L.A., but these San Diego natives return to the Casbah for a homecoming of sorts. Their first full-length album, eponymously named, was released earlier this year. 8:30 p.m.
Experience life through the lens at this sixth annual photography expo, the largest of its kind on the West Coast, featuring professional photographers from across the world. The two-day event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds features seminars from leading experts, live interactive photography demos, vendor sales, a photo contest and prizes. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar.
Encinitas’ Lux Art Institute exhibits the darkly humorous paintings of artist David Humphrey before his residency begins the following day. $5 suggested donation. 7 p.m.
The seventh annual festival features five days of events, including tastings, 170 wine and spirits purveyors, 70 top chefs, cooking and wine-tasting classes, chef competitions and celebrity chef appearances, crowned by the Grand Tasting, held at Embarcadero Marina Park North. For a full schedule, visit worldofwineevents.com.
As part of the film series accompanying the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Viva la Revolución” exhibition, MCASD La Jolla screens Exit, “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” chronicling the attempts to follow world-famous British guerilla artist Banksy. Also featuring artists Shepard Fairey, Invader, Swoon and others. 7 p.m.
San Diego Museum of Art’s social series continues, with music, mixed drinks and access to all the galleries. This installment focuses on new exhibition “Dreams & Diversions,” showcasing 250 years of Japanese woodblock prints. $15. 6-9 p.m.
Qualcomm Stadium returns to primetime as the Chargers take on their longtime AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos, on Monday Night Football. Though the Bolts lost this contest last year, their overall record against Denver in the past several years (6-2 since 2006) gives fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
Work off those calories before turkey time at this fund-raising 5K and 10K run/walk from Petco Park through downtown. Runners, walkers and canine pals of all ages are invited to pound the pavement in support of the San Diego Food Bank and Foodmobile’s efforts to help those who might otherwise go hungry this holiday season. 7:10 (10K) and 8:15 a.m. (5K). 13th and Imperial Avenues.
On television, this amiable travel-show host is always at least “Three Sheets” to the wind. He brings his comedic antics to the Belly Up stage for a performance filled with drinking songs and musical fun. 10 p.m. 858-481-8140.