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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
Thursday | 31
CULTURE AND COCKTAILS
Come dressed in blue jeans, a poodle skirt, or your favorite vintage garb. Enjoy a twist on an American classic with a spiked root beer float. Sample a Cravory Cookie made from ingredients inspired by the exhibition of East Asian works from the permanent collection, or nosh on the country’s traditional favorites — sliders and hot dogs — for sale on the front steps. Presale tickets recommended. $15.
WHEN: 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park; sdmart.org
Friday | 1
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
Celebrate the love of art at Friday Night Liberty, a monthly open studio and gallery event. Performances from San Diego Ballet, San Diego Dance Theater, and Malashock Dance; art exhibitions at Pulse gallery, San Diego Watercolor Society, Visions Art Museum; and live music at the Recreational Music Center.
WHEN: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: NTC at Liberty Station Arts and Culture District, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma; libertystation.com
Saturday | 2
CHANGING OF THE BARRELS
Celebrate 24 years in beer at this annual event at the Main Brewery. The Karl Strauss Brewing Company will debut its 24th Anniversary Flanders Red Ale with a chance to taste its 25th Anniversary Doppelbock before it spends a year in American oak bourbon barrels. Entry includes 24th Anniversary souvenir tasting glass, food, beer tasting, and live music by Leanna May & the Matadors. Food provided by the MIHO Gastrotruck. Ages 21+. $50.
WHEN: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 5985 Santa Fe Street, Pacific Beach; karlstrauss.com
Sunday | 3
CARDIFF KOOK RUN
Honor the Magic Carpet Ride sculpture and its frequently costumed “Kook” during 10k (8:30 a.m.) and 5k (9 a.m.) runs. Check-in at 7:30 a.m. There’s a costume contest with prizes awarded to the top three athletes best displaying “the spirit of the Cardiff Kook.” $39–$49. WHEN: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Moonlight Beach, 200 B Street, Encinitas; 760-803-1797; [email protected]; cardiffkookrun.com
Monday | 4
MARDI GRAS MASK
Mardi Gras masks are “designed to show off your individuality and flare” while you indulge in pre-Lenten festivities. Create your own and embellish it with sequins, glitter, paint, beads, and feathers under the guidance of instructor Lauren Becker Downey. $54–$60.
WHEN: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bravo School of Art at NTC Promenade, 2690 Decatur Road, Studio 206, Point Loma; 619-223-0058; bravoschoolofart.com
Tuesday | 5
IN SEARCH OF SHADOWS: JAMES HUBBELL SCULPTURE
Featuring over 30 sculptures from the past 50 years of Hubbell’s career, In Search of Shadows explores the artist’s mastery of a diverse range of media, including bronze, wood, glass, and stone, highlighting the evolution of his nature-inspired sculptural style and the threads that connect the work across five decades. $10.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside; oma-online.org
Wednesday | 6
TASTE OF OPERA
Nicolas Reveles of San Diego Opera and Jeff Nevin, professor of Mariachi Studies at Southwestern College, lead this informal discussion of the mariachi style and the the significance of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna as the first opera written in that style. Cost includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Vegetarian options available. Reservations required. $55.
WHEN: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Romesco Baja Med Bistro, 4346 Bonita Road, Chula Vista; 619-533-7000; sdopera.com