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The "A"- List November 2010


November 1 - Donavon Frankenreiter

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.

November 4 -Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack

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. ­

November 3 - Taste of Little Italy

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.

November 4 & 18 - Tequila 101

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.


November 5-14 - San Diego Beer Week

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.

November 6 - Over the Edge 2010

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. ­

November 7 - Fall Back Festival

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.

November 9 - Entertaining Entrées to Opera

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.

November 10 - Best Coast

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.

November 13 - The Soft Pack

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.

November 13 & 14 - Photo Expo West

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.

November 17 - Lux@Night

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.

November 17-21 - San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

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.

November 18 - Exit Through the Gift Shop

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.

November 18 - Culture & Cocktails

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.

November 22 - Chargers vs. Broncos

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.

 November 25 - Run for the Hungry

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.

November 27 - Zane Lamprey’s “Sing the Booze”

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.

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