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The "A"- List October 2010


October 1 - Spoon

Though they’ve flown slightly under the radar for 16 years and seven albums, this Portland-by-way-of-Austin quartet’s blues, soul and R&B-infected rock is not to be missed whenever they pass through town — even if you have to see them at Soma (like this time). 619-226-7662.

 October 2 - Del Mar Taste and Art Stroll

Sip, nibble and stroll along Camino del Mar at this annual event. Festivities include a free art walk, ticketed food-and-drink sampling from local restaurants, wineries and breweries, plus live music. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Taste of Del Mar, 1 to 4 p.m. 858-755-1179.

October 2 - Family Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp

Roll up your pants and prepare to stomp as you enjoy a gourmet dinner, live music, wine competitions, a silent auction and more at Temecula’s Callaway Winery. Partial proceeds benefit the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, which ­raises funds to help severely wounded soldiers and their families. Family-friendly events, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; adults-only, 5 to 9 p.m. 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, 951-676-4001.

October 2 - January 30 - “Reflections” at MoPA

MoPA plays host to the fifth annual youth exhibition, “Reflections: Exploring Cultural Identity,” providing the opportunity to see through the lenses of more than 40 young San Diegans. Collections and displays include stills, film and collages. 619-238-7559.



October 2 & 3 - Trolley Dances

Public transit and interpretive dance go together like .  .  . well, just trust us on this one. Jean Isaacs’ acclaimed production has entertained many a skeptic in its 12-year existence. Six tours are offered each day from 10 to 3 at downtown MTS trolley stops, starting at the County Administration Building on San Diego Bay. 619-225-1803.

October 8-9 - 30 for 30 Carousel Challenge

Seaport Village celebrates three decades among San Diego’s top tourist destinations with this festive all-nighter, featuring live music, buskers, food and drink specials. The pièce de résistance? The first-ever 30-hour challenge on the historic carousel, testing 30 riders’ staying power, as well as their trivia knowledge. 10 a.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday. West Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, 619-235-4014.

October 6 - Van Morrison

The temperamental Northern Irish legend plays San Diego for the first time in 37 years, at downtown’s Civic Theatre. His shows can be a mixed bag — sometimes with none of his most famous material — but whether crooning or brooding, Morrison’s always entertaining. 619-570-1100.

October 7 - Matt Costa

Skateboarder turned folkster Matt Costa drops by the Casbah, guitar and harmonica in tow, in support of his new album, Mobile Chateau. The Huntington Beach native might be labeled a singer-songwriter, but his music is all Southern California cool, with mercifully little of the genre’s self-involvement and introspection. 619-232-4355.



October 9 - Steve Martin

Before the hit comedies and superstardom, Steve Martin had a silly arrow through his head, a banjo over his shoulder and an ar­senal of screwy one-liners. At the very least, Martin will have his banjo and his one-liners along this time, backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers, at downtown’s Balboa Theatre in support of his Grammy-winning album. 619-570-1100.


 October 9 & 10 - The Gourmet Experience

This two-day eating extravaganza at the Del Mar Fairgrounds features gourmet food tastings, daily cooking demonstrations from top San Diego chefs, including Brian Malarkey and Bernard Guillas, kitchen product and gadget testing, gourmet travel deals and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, 858-578-9463.




October 9 & 10 - La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Partake in local art, live performances and a beer garden — all in the name of charity. Proceeds from the two-day street fair benefit underfunded programs in local public schools, so it’s an excellent chance to eat, drink and donate. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ­858-454-1699.


October 10 - Little Italy Festa


It’s cheese, glorious cheese — as well as music, art, culture, even more Italian food and some stickball, bocce ball and chalk art thrown in for good measure — at this festive event along the streets of Little Italy. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. India Street north of Ash, 619-233-3898. 


October 16 & 17 - Del Mar Concours d’Elegance

Raise awareness for the cure for breast cancer on Saturday, and revel in classic cars on Sunday. At the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Concours opens with a charity gala and finishes with a high-octane fashion show of some of the area’s finest antique automobiles. ­

October 16 - Performance and Cocktails

La Jolla Playhouse invites hip theater lovers to sip cocktails with Charlie Chaplin at this month’s social mixer prior to a per­form­ance of Limelight, a world-premiere closeup on the man behind the movie magic. 6 p.m. Peter Lik Gallery, 1205 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-550-1010.

October 21 - Next: A Primer on Urban Painting

In conjunction with the popular “Viva la Revolución” street-art exhibition at the downtown Museum of Contemporary Art, the La Jolla location is screening related films. Next is a documentary exploration of graffiti-based visual art and its global influences on urban culture. 7 p.m. $7 (free to members). 858-454-3541.



October 21-28 - San Diego Asian Film Festival

The 11th annual film festival features screenings, panel discussions with actors and moviemakers, a gala dinner, receptions and more. 858-565-1264.


October 24 - San Diego Triathlon Challenge

The Challenged Athletes Foundation hosts a fund-raising triathlon at La Jolla Cove for challenged athletes, celebrities and other able-bodied participants. Not up to so much swiming, cycling and running? The Tour de Cove spins for four and a half hours, in relays or individually. There’s also a silent auction and activities for kids. 858-866-0959.

October 31 - Celebrate the Craft

At the eighth annual festival, top chefs from up and down California gather at The Lodge at Torrey Pines to celebrate and showcase their culinary craft to locavores. At this picnic-perfect event, vintners, farmers, bakers and confectioners chat and share alongside San Diego chefs who’ve prepared demonstrations, 11:30-3. 858-777-6635.

October 31 - DÍa de los Muertos

Mission San Luis Rey celebrates a decade of honoring the dead at this 10th annual event. The traditional celebration features a chalk cemetery and flowered altars, a mercado, food, music, children’s activities and more. 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-757-3651.

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