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The "A"-List September 2010


September 1 - Taste at the Cove

Food, fashion and professional athletes take over Scripps Park for this ninth annual fund-raiser for the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation, with more than 30 local restaurants participating, along with hosted bars, fashion shows, opportunity drawings, silent and live auctions, plus an appearance by former San Diego Charger Rodney Harrison. 5:30-9 p.m. 1100 Coast Blvd., La Jolla.

September 1 - Taste of Downtown

The 10th annual sampling spree spotlights dozens of eateries in the Gaslamp, East Village and Little Italy, all offering tastesof some of their most popular dishes. Tickets are $35, and complimentary shuttle service is provided to and from each neighborhood. 5-9 p.m.


September 3 - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

One of the original poster boys for ’90s indie rock, Leo’s undulating wail and catchy pop punk are still powered by the same contagious tenacity that first garnered him attention as a guitarist well over a decade ago. His hairline may have receded, but it’s clear his enthusiasm hasn’t. (Phans of the Pharmacists who can’t yet reach the counter can catch his all-ages show at Che Café the day prior.) At the Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd.

September 3-5 - Tchaikovsky Spectacular!

The San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops culminates with a roaring rendition of ­Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Seize the opportunity to enjoy your Mozart medley with a side of conversation, or lounge in the grass while 15-year-old prodigy Chad Hoopes performs Tchai­kovsky’s Violin Concerto. Casual classical music is hard to come by, after all; make the most of it.

September 3-5 - Awesome Fest 4

While the name of this volunteer-driven festival has changed over the years, the premise hasn’t: Every penny earned is given to the more than 80 punk and indie bands that play at six venues in and around North Park during Labor Day weekend. The tickets usually sell out, so buy them early and in bulk. Feed the musicians. And don’t miss The Soviettes.

September 4-5 - Stickball Showdown

Come to Little Italy armed with your finest heckles as the streets close for a true outer-boroughs tradition. The stickball tournament features round-robin games from 9 to 5. Bronx rules apply: No gloves allowed, and buildings, curbs, cars and parking meters are all in play. Careful where you park!

September 10 - San Diego Festival of Beer

Sip and savor San Diego suds in the shadow of the W Hotel downtown while enjoying live music and the glow of having helped out a worthy cause during the 16th annual run of this street fair/beerfest hybrid. Proceeds from the event benefit San Diego Professionals Agaist Cancer. Pre-event tickets are $30. 6-11 p.m.

September 12 - Mad About Art: Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival

Enjoy some of life’s best offerings — like wine, cheese and chocolate — at this event, presented by the San Diego Woman’s Club and St. Madeline Sophie’s Center. Proceeds benefit the center’s programs for adults with developmental disabilities. 2-5 p.m. 2557 Third Ave.

September 11 - Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival

It’s all about jazz at this neighborhood festival presented by Jazz 88, featuring 26 bands on seven stages, 60 fine-art displays and dozens of food and vendor booths along Newport Ave. 10 a.m. –  7:30 p.m.

September 15-19 - Spirits of Mexico Festival

The spirit and spirits of Mexico come alive at the USA’s largest festival celebrating tequila and mezcal. This five-day agave fiesta in Old Town includes a slew of events, such as a sangrita cocktail mixology competition at Café Coyote and a grand-scale tasting event at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant featuring more than 100 Mexican liquors. $25-$85.



September 18 - No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain

The culinary world’s enfant terrible, traveling gourmand and host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations drops into the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for an uncensored appearance in which Bourdain shares the fascinating, hilarious, shocking and always interesting stories behind his life. 8 p.m. $45-$95.

September 18-19 - Artwalk on the Bay

ArtWalk on the Bay takes on a new venue this year, as the Hilton San Diego Bayfront opens its 4.3-acre waterfront park to display more than 3,000 pieces of artwork from local artists, live musicians and a kids’ walk for the finger-painting crowd. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 Park Blvd.


September 19 - Last Comic Standing

The funny folks of the NBC hit reality contest take their show on the road, with a stop at Humphrey’s by the Bay, featuring the Season 7 finalists. 7:30 p.m. 2241 Shelter Island Dr.

September 4-5 - San Diego Restaurant Week

More than 180 eateries offer three-course prix-fixe menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person as Restaurant Week returns this month. Make your reservations for this popular event and prepare to feast on some of San Diego County’s finest food.

September 21- Phoenix

The suave, photogenic French rockers — whose song “1901” conquered the world in 2009-10, from movie soundtracks and mainstream radio to Madison Avenue — invade SDSU’s Open Air Theatre at 8 p.m. Buzz band Neon Indian, flag-bearers of the emerging glo-fi genre, open the show.


September 22 - Tab Benoit

While mainstream bands like the Black Keys have bred a charmingly mutated offspring of Cajun blues, there are natives of the Louisiana bayou who still embody the stripped-down soul of true old-time blues. Tab Benoit sings for himself, his roots, his region and the masters who came before him. And he does it impeccably. At Anthology in Little Italy.


September 23 - Loft off with Gaslamp Killer

Local deejay the Gaslamp Killer kicks off The Loft’s 2010-11 season with an action-packed night of electronica, improvisation, visuals, a new art exhibit and more. Always expect the unexpected from UCSD’s Art Power!


September 23 - The Art of Fashion

With names like Emilio Pucci, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, the roster of designers on display at the annual Art of Fashion event reads like a Who’s Who of high style. The Country Friends’ annual fund-raiser features boutique shopping and a luncheon, followed by a live runway fashion show at a private Rancho Santa Fe estate. Fearing buyer’s remorse after such a long day of shopping? The après-show wine tasting should calm any fashionista’s nerves. Tickets start at $125.

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