Saturday, December 10: Santa Run
Thursday | 8
Certified cicerone Erik Fowler and Brothers’ Provisions cheesemonger Kate will walk you through the expansive world of infused cheese. Get tips on pairing cheese and learn how to serve and set up your own tasting. You’ll leave with samples of the cheese tasted during the class. Here’s one example: idiazábal, a hard cheese made from the raw milk of sheep in the Basque region of northern Spain, paired with Frankenstout Imperial Stout (“with 96 yeast strains”).
Friday | 9
She was the winner of Last Comic Standing in 2008, hosted the syndicated dating show Excused for a few years, and currently hosts the comedy/game show Separation Anxiety on TBS.
Saturday | 10
The neighborhood’s eateries and artist studios will keep their doors open late, art galleries will host pop-up shops with holiday gifts for purchase, and restaurants Solare, Fireside by the Patio, Liberty Public Market, and others will serve up complimentary bites. With carolers, bands, and an outdoor ice-skating rink.
- Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 a.m.
Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street, Pacific Beach
A series of runs on Garnet Avenue featuring a 5K fun run and one-mile waves that include a run with your dog, a kids’ run, and a competitive race. “San Diego Santa Run is the only event in the country that provides all 5K participants with a Sunny Santa Suit and sunglasses,” according to the promoters. Starts and finishes at the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street.
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
317 E. Grand Avenue,
An opening reception with artist Mike Bell, ArtHatch open studios, live music, and Stone Beer and BK Cellars wine. Bell’s art blends classic monsters, Japanese cartoons, vintage toys, punk rock, carnivalesque images, Big Daddy Roth, and MAD magazine. This exhibition will focus on some of his favorite subjects, including Frankenstein and his bride in a series of modern-day situations and pinups Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page in equally peculiar settings. Runs December 10 through January 7, 2017.
Whitney Street at Mankato, between First and Second Avenue (off H Street), Chula Vista
Between December 10 and 26, nearly 60 bedazzled homes will glow with lights galore. Among the candy canes, Nativity scenes, and blinking Rudolph noses, expect at least one old-fashioned Snoopy scene, one house bedecked in the Pixar character of the moment, and a couple of sneaky rooftop Santas. For the best views, and the fewest frustrated drivers behind you, park your car and walk the course.
“It’s, like, wow,” as Beck sings in his latest radio hit. There’re two nights of 91X’s Wrex the Halls this year. Saturday features alt-rock staples Beck and Band of Horses for the, um, more mature pop-rocker, while night two, Sunday, December 11, leans on the pop-punk pogo beat with Poway faves Blink-182 and emo act Jimmy Eat World. For full lineups and ticket prices, visit 91x.com/wrex-the-halls.
Sunday | 11
- Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Along the San Diego Bay
Participants in the 45th annual event will adorn their boats to fit this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar — San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.” The parade begins at Shelter Island and passes Harbor Island at 6 p.m., the Embarcadero at 6:30 p.m., Seaport Village at 7 p.m., and this year for the first time proceeds to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado. The parade takes about an hour to pass any point. For insight into the participating boats, viewers can watch from near the announcers’ areas at the Maritime Museum on the Embarcadero and at Coronado Ferry Landing. Awards are presented to the best-decorated boats and those that capture the event’s theme.
- Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
915 Camino Del Mar #100,
$18 - $20
Punks go bluegrass, “a contingent that is part of our American culture...an unhip but elegant music with its own set of rules,” according to Dave Good. And these four fellas from Virginia stretch those rules as far as their pipes and fiddles will fly. The Independent Music Award–winning indie folkies play Brick 15 in Del Mar on Sunday.
Monday | 12
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
Belly Up Tavern,
143 S. Cedros Avenue,
The former proto-punk Modern Lover, best known for his sing-song interludes in the hit comedy movie There’s Something About Mary, takes the stage at Solana Beach bar Belly Up on Monday with his cohort Tommy Larkins at the traps. The duo is touring in support of their first studio set in six years, Ishkode! Ishkode!, a beat-folk affair rife with Richman’s dry wit and engaging story songs.
3604 University Avenue, San Diego
Ian Anderson sits down at a good-quality budget-friendly burger place that’s been run by a Greek-American family for 30 years, a tiny place on University Avenue in City Heights. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Canada.