Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 14-Monday, August 21, 2018


We're in the middle of August which means Nova starts middle school today. I'm excited for her in many ways, but I've also probably been watching far too many teen dramas, including Eighth Grade, which was supposed to put me at ease but really is just a reminder that we might grow older without ever really "growing up". We had a good week--after doing two days of the Facebook seminars, we had school orientation, some school shopping, and the usual soccer practices to keep our days busy, all the while working, catching some shows, like Jesse Marchant (above) and Howard Ivans at Soda Bar and double dipping on Friday with Vinyl Williams and Winter at Blonde before catching Ben Nichols at Casbah. Of course, we didn't quite do some things we'd hoped, like catching Safari Park International Extravaganza or even get back to the beach, mostly because both were insanely hot. This is a good week of stuff, I'm not committed to much, but I'm definitely catching Brandi Carlile at Humphrey's and Snow Patrol at Harrah's. Full listings for the week are after the jump.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 7-Monday, August 13, 2018


Man, sometimes these listings feel like they're going to kill me. It was a great week...I got to shoot The Decemberists and Whitney on Monday at Humphrey's, and we spent Tuesday at La Jolla Cove.  That night, Darren and I had a blast at the Casbah celebrating the Loudspeaker 30th Anniversary. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling super great on Wednesday, sometimes paralyzing anxiety is a symptom of PMS for us ladies, so I interviewed Givers for NBC but didn't make it back for their actual show. Thursday was pretty low key, Nova had a sleepover so Darren and I went to see Eighth Grade. By Friday I got to shoot American Football and Phoebe Bridgers, then went to the Casbah for Rebecca Jade, and closed the night at Bar Pink with Jakey. On Saturday, we spent the day at Mission Bay for my niece's birthday then I took Nova to her end of season Derby Party. After all day out, I had planned on staying in, but Vacationer's tour manager asked if I was gonna be there and I couldn't say no, but fortunately we all got to sleep in on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon we had to do a store run for all the ice and water to sell at Hop Along, so we got to see their soundcheck then grabbed dinner to return and work the show, which was amazing, by the way. On Monday I made Nova spend the day with me at the free "Facebook Community Boost" marketing event and we actually ended up having a really fun time listening and learning, and we'll be back on Tuesday before her( sixth grade middle school orientation. (Lordy, help us.) I don't really have any shows locked in this week, but I'm hoping to see Jesse Marchant and Ben Nichols, and probably check out the Bay Sessions at Loew's on Sunday. Hoping to throw in another beach day and Safari Park, too. I hope everyone has a super awesome week. Listings are after the jump. FYI, Facebook doesn't autopost my listings link anymore, so if you don't mind liking and sharing the link, I'd super appreciate it.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

91X Brings the Return of Scallywag! to Waterfront Park


I know, I know, this was announced on Monday, but whatever. Stuff comes up sometimes.

Scallywag!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018
Waterfront Park, 1PM-9PM
SCALLYWAG! is a day-long music and craft beer festival. Over 150 craft beers, unlimited tastings until 4:00PM, and live music throughout the day featuring Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters, and Beach Goons.

Festival-goers show up early to receive their complimentary SCALLYWAG! tasting glass to enjoy unlimited complimentary tastings from 1pm-4pm {noon for early entry + VIP ticket purchasers}
Locally sourced food trucks and vendors will be on site to serve great nibbles all day long!

After 4pm, Scallywag will have several brewers and wineries on hand to serve you drinks to purchase.

The Festival Area boasts sprawling grassy areas that you can relax in and watch the bands.

Rancid
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Hepcat
Less Than Jake
The Interrupters
Beach Goons

Tickets are on sale Friday, August 3rd, but pre-sale is happening right *meow* if you use 91X as your pre-sale code. 


GA tickets with tastings are $45.50 + $10.17 fee. (All Ages & 21+ available)
VIP tickets are $129.50 + $18.98 fee. (21+)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 31-Monday, August 6, 2018




I have to say, we are feeling pretty smart for having purchased a couple air conditioners over the past couple years, because I am so over this heatwave. Without the a/c, our house is hotter inside than it is outside. Enough whining though, because Nova finished soccer camp, so we're hoping to get in some beach time, some snorkeling, and probably another grill out or two. But mostly this week, I'm excited about the music! Loudspeaker's 30th Anniversary is at the Casbah on Tuesday, I'm interviewing Givers on Wednesday, I get to shoot Phoebe Bridgers and American Football on Friday, and then we'll be working at Hop Along on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to a great week ahead. If anyone has a hookup for "On Your Feet" tickets, let me know. I listened to "Diva Deep Dive" about Gloria Estefan (a program on the EW network on SiriusXM) and now I'm obsessed. Full listings through Monday are after the jump.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Loudspeaker Celebrates 30 Years & Earns "Loudspeaker Day" from The City of San Diego

91X's Loudspeaker is celebrating 30 years on the radio. It all started back in 1988 with Marco Collins and has had several hosts over the years, but on Tuesday, the City of San Diego is proclaiming 91X Loudspeaker Day at Council Chambers, and when night falls, there's going to be a full celebration at the Casbah, with music by Low Volts, N-E-1, Rob Crow, Pall Jenkins, Chris Coté, Pony Death Ride, and local karoke hosted by Scotty Pants Karaoke.

I can't say I've been listening from the beginning (I just wasn't that cool as a tween), but I definitely started listening in the Lou Niles era and through high school I'd record the show on cassette and started to get my intro to music that I couldn't see in bars. All the hosts through the years have been amazing and I am so proud of Pyles to continue carrying the torch not just on-air but all over San Diego in celebrating local music. I've heard Marco Collins is making it down for this one, so it is going to be a super special night. I hope to see everyone there.

Here's the schedule:
Low Volts 1200am
N-E-1 1110pm to 1140pm
Rob Crow 1025pm to 1055pm
Pall Jenkins 940pm to 1010pm
Chris Cote 855pm to 925pm
Pony Death Ride - 820pm to 840pm

Scotty Pants All Local Karaoke in the Razzmatazz Lounge

800pm to 820pm
840pm to 855pm
925pm to 940pm
1010pm to 1025pm
1055pm to 1110pm
1140pm to 1200am
and after Low Volts if people are still interested...

The full press release is after the jump.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, July 27-Monday, July 30, 2018



I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things after Comic-Con and Nova's return and dealing with some neglected parts of my life that needed some attention. This week I got to check out Now, Now at the Casbah, went to Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise for a climate change movie screening with Nova, and caught Jenny and the Mexicats and Marujah with Darren. On Thursday we had a low key day but in the afternoon rode bikes to the Farmer's Market in North Park and then to Darren's indoor soccer game at the water tower. (It had been well over a year since I've been on my bike because the road rage had spooked me). I'm hoping I can get back into my photo posts, which no matter how hard I try, seem to always be about two months backlogged. Tonight is a SoundDiego Live party at A/C Lounge and I'll try to stop by after I get off work at the Irenic then hopefully catch Mrs. Magician at Soda Bar after that. I'm not really sure how the rest of the weekend will pan out, but I'm super excited that I get to shoot the Decemberists on Monday, since the last time they played I was selling their merch and didn't get a super great perspective of the show. Anyway, life is good, the heat wave seems to have broken, and this article helped me put a whole lot in perspective.

Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Friday: Free Happy Hour Aboard Greenpeace Vessel Arctic Sunrise




Greenpeace Vessel Arctic Sunrise is currently docked in San Diego, and in addition to free weekend tours, on Friday night they've joined forces with A Ship In the Woods for a family friendly happy hour (complimentary beer for 21+). If you're interested, you should pre-register/RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2Lcubob

I have to add that Nova and I were able to go on the ship on Wednesday night for a climate-focused film screening (which was depressing af about California's onshore drilling), but being on the boat was pretty cool. I've been on harbor cruises and navy ships, but I've never been on a NGO icebreaker and it's pretty cool. (Incidentally, Sea Shepherd is here, too, and also offering free tours this weekend.)








Friday, July 27, 2018 6:30 PM -  9:30 PM Pacific

B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, 1140 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

more info after the jump

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 24-Thursday, July 26, 2018


I survived Comic-Con. Barely. I made it the three days- preview night and Thursday and Friday and that was enough for me. On Wednesday night, I ended up at Whistle Stop for Holy Wave and stayed up way too late. Then on Thursday, Pyles and I did Con all day long, spent some time at the Wired Party, then I went to the Casbah for Brian Posehn and then met up with Darren for Foster The People and late drinks at the Ken Club. On Friday I mostly hung out at Wired, checked out Adult Swim, went back to Wired, then to the Taco Bell 2032 experience, then to the NerdNite Nat-Geo party at Solamar, then Stephen Malkmus at the Casbah, and then closed the night at the Ken Club. That last one was a super dumb choice and I had to rein it in the rest of the weekend. Nova is back, so after just chilling at home all day Saturday, we all went to Soma for Car Seat Headrest and Naked Giants. Nova's in a soccer camp this week, but we're otherwise laying low until this monster heat passes. My liver could use the break, too. There are some great shows this week, like Now, Now or Jenny and the Mexicats, and Mrs Magician, Trouble in the Wind, and Little Hurricane all have shows. Listings through Thursday are after the jump.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dockless Bike Share and Scooter Share Tips


I have an unpublished blog post that I've been stewing on for a couple months now, titled "Bikes & Scooters Aren't Assholes, People Are" where I've been aggregating a few dozen articles, links, rants, and screenshots of people bitching and complaining about Bike Share and Scooter Share. But the reality is that my opinions are vastly unpopular and I didn't want to thrust myself into that sort of shitstorm, where everyone yells at me IN ALL CAPS online and tells me to die and gets all mansplainy on me (for an example, look at my responses to my tweet about Bird scooters @sddialedin). So I thought I would just share this for now, and maybe when everyone's panties aren't all in a bunch and we can talk civilly about sharing the road with all users, even the asshole ones, then I'll get back to that other post. 
Since Comic-Con is here and everyone is using these things (today I used an OFO to get from one event to another), and since I met a Safety Ambassador from Bird who told me a ticket for riding on the sidewalk is $400 and $1000 for riding tandem, I wanted to at least finally share these informational digital leaflets that were distributed by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. 

Normally I love feedback, but in this case, I really do not give one shit about what you think about this issue, so save your comments for your own social media. 

Things To Do In San Diego- Comic-Con Edition: Thursday, July 19-Monday, July 23, 2018


My dogs are barking. We ran around so much yesterday that my legs are killing me. But carry on, we shall, because today is the first official day of Con and I've got lots of things to see and do before going to the Casbah for Brian Posehn and then trying my luck at Soda Bar for Foster the People. On Wednesday, Pyles and I did our typical runaround. Parked by Mission Brewery, had a beer, walked around Petco Park, perused 5th Avenue, the areas around Hard Rock, then went to the FutureTech event at the Omni, where we ran into Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead and top of Tim's Comic-Con Wish List, on our way in. The Futuretech thing is sponsored by 7-Eleven so we scored lots of free snacks, too. We finally hit the convention center, grabbed our badges with an hour to kill before Preview Night, so we hit the awesome Happy Hour at Joe's Crab Shack. (3-6pm, $4 Tower 10 IPAs) before finally making our way into Con. I wandered the entire floor about 3 times looking for So So Happy, but they're apparently not there this year. After Con, we hit the Casbah, then I went to Whistle Stop for Holy Wave, and closed my night down at Bar Pink with Darren. Long day, but I'm ready for round 2. All the listings are after the jump and I updated some stuff.




Thursday, July 19, 2018 (Comic-Con):
  • Sacred Hearts Club: Foster The People, Almost Monday, Ignant Benches @ Soda Bar (Free, 9pm)
  • Brian Posehn, Dan Telfer, Derek Sheen @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Rhye, Lawrence Rothman @ The Observatory
  • Toad The Wet Sprocket, Megan Slankard @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Paramore: The After Laughter Summer Tour feat. Paramore, Foster the People, Jay Som @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Boss Riot @ Panama 66
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink
  • Fantastic Roar: La Invasion feat. divaDanielle, Omega Squad, Fleetwood Smack, Pocket Underground, Sprankles @ Music Box
  • Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week Animal Trivia Night @ Space (3:30pm)
  • GLYPH |Comic Con| Foodman (Japan) + Meishi Smile + Stella Perish
  •  @ Space
  • FireTV Rock the Block VIP Party @ 517 7th Ave (Ace Parking Lot)
  • "Better Call Saul" Season 4 Premiere Party & Red Carpet @ UA Horton Plaza (Closed Event, 6:30-8:30pm)
  • After-Con 2018 with Kristian Nairn @ Omnia (9pm, Must RSVP)
  • 21st Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza @ Room 6A  (8pm-10:30pm)
  • Alpha Book Club Happy Hour @ Nerdist HQ, Sparks Gallery  (7pm to 8pm)
  • The Her Universe Fashion Show @ Manchester Grand Hyatt (6pm)
  • A Live Exploration of Sound in Space @ Room: 24ABC, Convention Center (6:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Nuclear Blast Comic-Con International After Party feat. Testament @ House of Blues San Diego
  • Nerdist Alpha After Dark Party with Kraken Rum @ FLUXX (Invite Only, 9pm-1am)
  • Hop-Con: The Hootstout Festival @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (7-11pm)
  • Den of Geek Happy Hour @ Horton Grand Hotel Courtyard (Invite Only, 311 Island Ave, 6-8pm) 
  • Fox's The Gifted Fandom Party feat DJ Mark Ronson @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (207 Fifth Ave. Invite Only, 7-11pm)
  • Scholastic Graphix Comic Con-Party @ Hotel Palomar (7-10pm, 1047 5th Ave.)
  • Penguin Random House Comic Con Party @ San Diego Central Library (7-11pm)
  • LINE Webtoon’s Green Room Party @ San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter’s Altitude Sky Lounge (660 K Street, 8:30pm)
  • The New Right Now- New Indie/Hip Hop/Electronica/R&B @ Whistle Stop
  • Turning Tydes Theatre Company presents "Wicked Wizards" @ The Lyceum
  • Chocolate: Deep Dark Afro-Tech and Techno @ Blonde
  • Shenandoah @ Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 
  • Nuclear Blast Comic-Con International After Party feat. Testament, Carnifex @ House of Blues
  • Waterseed @ Pour House  
  • New Alchemy Poetry Series Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Diamond Dogs Presents: Boylesque Cosplay Show @ The Merrow
  • Writers of the Conan O'Brien Show @ Mad House Comedy Club (8pm)
  • The Show Show Show feat. Gabby Lamb, Audrey Stewart, Nthenya Ndunda, Sims Holland, Vicki Barbolack @ Comedy Palace - Gold Room
  • Solace @ U-31
  • Summer Beach Party with The Mar Dels @ Bahia Hotel (6-9pm)
  • Rosy Dawn @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Branden & James in "You Had Me at Cello" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Hector Acosta El Torito @ Blue Agave Nightclub
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Comedy Night @ Midnight Jack
  • Eldren @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Withholder, Mr Atomic, Smarter Than Robots @ Bancroft Bar
  • Silent Vice, Authentic Sellout, Mezzoa @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • Livin' On A Prayer @ Moonshine Beach 
  • PB&J presents DJs B Rose & Kyle Hapgood @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Thursday Evening Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Archetype XII feat. Gyatso, D4C14, Teknozeug, Subnode @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Mellow Apocalypse @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Max Fite @ 710 Beach Club (7-9pm)
  • Invasion of the Superheroes: DJ Kaos @ Oxford Social Club, The Pendry
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub

Friday, July 20, 2018 (Comic-Con):
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Dommengang @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Wye Oak, Madeline Kenney @ Soda Bar (SOLD OUT)
  • Pinback, Shades McCool, Bit Maps @ Music Box
  • The Psychedelic Furs @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • Dennis Quaid & The Sharks, The Blitz Brothers @ Belly Up
  • The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live! @ The Observatory
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Billy Thompson @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Middleditch and Schwartz @ Balboa Theatre (7:30pm)
  • Last Podcast on the Left Live! @ Balboa Theatre (10:30pm)
  • Trick: Cozplayed Out feat Cazwell, DJ Eli Correa @ The Merrow
  • F#$ing in the Bushes: BritPop dance party with DJ Dan Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Tron-Themed Dance Party @ Blonde
  • National Geographic Nerd Nite Party Celebrating Mars Season 2 Premiere @ Solamar Terrace & Pool at Hotel Solamar (435 Sixth Ave, 8-11pm)
  • The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live! @ Observatory
  • Syfy Fan Party: Fan Creators/It's a Fan (Made) Thing @ The New Children's Museum (200 W. Island Ave., Free & Open to All, RSVP required, 9pm-1am) 
  • Robo Rhythm: An Intergalactic Dance Party hosted by Nerdist & Legendary Television @ Oxford Social Club (Invite-only)
  • BuzzFeed & The CW present Spells and Spirits @ Altitude Sky Lounge (660 K St. Invite Only, RSVP required, 5-8pm)
  • Warner Bros TV Media Mixer @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (207 Fifth Ave, Invite-only, RSVP required, 7-9pm)
  • IMDboat/Atom Tickets Party @ Fifth Avenue Landing (Behind the Convention Center, 7:30-10:30pm, Invite-only. RSVP required)
  • IGN party. Sponsored by Amazon Studios' Jack Ryan @ Andaz Rooftop (600 F St. Invite-only, RSVP required, 8pm)
  • Aspen Comics 15th Anniv Party @ Mission Brewery Cellar and Loft (1441 L St, Invite-only, RSVP required, 8-11pm)
  • Turning Tydes Theatre Company presents "Wicked Wizards" @ The Lyceum
  • The Rickmobile: Don't Even Trip Roadtrip @ Green Flash Brewing (6-9pm)
  • Fashion Jackson, Jara, Kid Cadaver, Pvke, Disco Shrine, Nikola, Wizrd @ Soma
  • Little River Band @ Viejas Casino Outlet Center Park
  • HEMLOCK presents: New Skeletal Faces with DJ Camila Robina & DJ Javi Nunez @ Bar Pink
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers| Art After Hours @ Panama 66
  • Geach Both 2: feat. Death Lens, Miles Bandit, Los Shadows @ Che Café Collective
  • KSON Presents Brad Paisley Tour 2018, Kane Brown, Tyminski @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Bloody F. Mess, Divine Dirt, Facelift, Krisben-Wah @ Tower Bar 
  • OK Shore, The Rinds, Steal Away @ Lestat's
  • The Kaeli Earle Trio, Evan Diamond & The Library, FFWW  @ The Salty Frog
  • Atomic Groove’s Summer Series Kickoff @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Zander Schloss, Andrew McKeag @ Black Cat Bar
  • Brick by Brick presents Galactic Empire, Super MadNES, Sight Unscene, Mandala @ Brick By Brick
  • Simpkin Project, New Leaf @ Winston's
  • Jet West @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Pure NoWhere and Penniback Presents @ Queen Bee's
  • Sara Petitie Band @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Writers of the Conan O'Brien Show @ Mad House Comedy Club (7:30pm & 9:45pm)
  • The Show Show Show feat. Gabby Lamb, Audrey Stewart, Nthenya Ndunda, Sims Holland, Vicki Barbolack @ Comedy Palace - Gold Room
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 
  • Puttin' Down Roots: Rosa's Cantina @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (5pm) 
  • Bumpasonic @ Pour House  (10pm)
  • Introspective Culture @ Goodbar
  • Vocalist Sacha Boutros @ Dizzy's
  • Two Reverends One Sinner, The Great Smoking Mirror, Nobody But You, Corre Diablo @ Bancroft Bar
  • Ballyhoo!, Bumpin Uglies, Tropidelic @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • After Hours with DJs EdROC & Ayla Simone @ The Office 
  • Worshipper, Old Man Wizard @ Til-Two Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • The NEw Normal @ Navajo Live 
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Now & Later with DJ Artistic & Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • Christian Smith, Wehbba @ Spin
  • SNBRN @ Bang Bang
  • 4B X Insomniac @ Bassmnt
  • Dynamiq @ FLUXX
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • The Great Escape II Comic Con Weekend! @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Gryffin (DJ Set) @ Omnia
Saturday, July 21, 2018 (Comic-Con):
  • Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants @ Soma 
  • Juliette & The Licks, The Schizophonics @ Music Box
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars, WALK THE MOON, K.Flay @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 
  • San Diego Freak Out - Wild Wild Wets, Well Well Well, Creepseed, Ethics (TJ), DJ Andrew McGranahan @ Casbah 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live Starring Rachel Bloom @ Balboa Theatre (7:30pm)
  • Surf Curse, LunchLady, P.H.F @ The Irenic
  • The Mittens, Powerballs @ Bird Park (Free, 3-7pm)
  • Shawn Rohlf & Friends perform The Replacements @ The Whistle Stop (5pm)
  • The Adicts, Leftover Crack, Slipping Into Darkness @ The Observatory North Park
  • Toonami Pre-flight feat. The Pillows @ Adult Swim State Park on the Green (7:15)
  • Club Sabbat - Cosplay X @ The Merrow
  • Sal Vulcano And Friends - with Roy Wood Jr. & Steve Byrne @ Balboa Theatre (10:30pm)
  • Cardiac Kidz, Social Spit, Ganjawitch @ Black Cat Bar
  • The Zeros, Flytraps, Bad Sex @ Pour House (9pm)
  • Iration @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • Covet, Vasudeva, The Illustrative Violet @ Soda Bar
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Chickenbone Slim and Comic-Con @ Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar (7pm)
  • Scary Pierre, Then In-Itself @ Bar Pink (8pm)
  • Neon Beat @ Bar Pink (10 pm)
  • The Broken Lizard Comedy Team Brings SUPER TROOPERS 2 @ Horton Grand Theatre, (1:30pm) 
  • The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut World Premiere @ Horton Grand Theatre (9:30pm)
  • The 200th Episode of Bizarre States Party, hosted by Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser @ Nerdist HQ (Sparks Gallery, Saturday, 7/21 from 8pm to midnight)
  • TruTV Impractical Jokers Block Party @ Petco Park at the Park (Free, Open to the Public, First Come First served, 1-9pm)
  • Talk Talk Show * Live * Comic-Con 2018 @ Luce Loft 
  • The Aquabats, Froggy Fresh  @ House of Blues (NOON!!)
  • 20th Century Fox TV, FX & Fox Cocktail Reception @ Craft + Commerce, (675 Beech St, Invite-only, RSVP required, 7pm)
  • Entertainment Weekly Closing Night VIP Celebration @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (Invite-only, RSVP required, 9pm)
  • Syfy fan party: Harry Potter/Wizarding Weekend @ The New Children's Museum (200 W. Island Ave, Free, Open to all, RSVP required, 9pm-1am) 
  • Bill Prady's League of Extraordinary Nerds @ Pool Club, Hilton Bayfront (RSVP required, 3-7pm)
  • NBC Party @ Gaslamp Square (Invite-only, Time undisclosed)
  • Turning Tydes Theatre Company presents "Wicked Wizards" @ The Lyceum
  • The Rickmobile: Don't Even Trip Roadtrip @ Yesteryear Comics (5-8pm)
  • Private Event @ Belly Up  
  • Ian Buss & His Quintet@ Dizzy's
  • Bump Presents: The Rocky Horror Disco Show @ Blonde
  • Death Eyes, Creepxotica @ Warshaw's Provisions (2209 30th, Free)
  • Michael Borowski @ Panama 66
  • Gone Blonde @ Pour House (5pm)  
  • Superstars on Stage @ Sycuan Casino (3pm & 8pm)
  • Arcata @ Lestat's
  • The Kaeli Earle Trio @  Goodbar
  • La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 
  • South Bay Salsa Festival Puerto Rico Llego with Spanish Harlem Orchestra feat Christian Pepin, John "Dandy" Rodriguez, Adalberto Santiago, Artie Webb, Bobby Escoto, Chevere All Stars, DJ Jojo, DJ Mambo @ J Street Marina Park 
  • The Aquabats, Froggy Fresh @ House of Blues (10:30am)
  • Comics Online After Party with Stan Bush, Random Gibberish, Wither, The Midas Touch @ Brick By Brick 
  • Digital LA Comic-Con Party @ Origin Code Academy (Free with RSVP, 6pm)
  • Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip Fan Party @ Werewolf
  • Hero-Within Second Annual Comic-Con After Party @ Volcano Rabbit (First come, First Serve, 9:30pm-1am)
  • Steampunk Comic-Con After Party @ San Diego Automotive Museum (First come, First Serve, 9:30pm-1am)
  • Easton Corbin @ House of Blues
  •  Janet Hammer @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Breakout, Slaughter Boys, Stokka, RAAG @ Tower Bar
  • Los Chido @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Art Show with Tony @ Bancroft Bar (6pm) 
  • Nightmare, Desolator, Solv, White Boy Scream @ Bancroft Bar (9pm)
  • Jerry Jacobs @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Jason Charles Miller @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Heatwave @ Winston's 
  • The Rock & Rollies , Reckless Disregard, Ritual Potion @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Dynohunter @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Shocktroopers!! System Restore! Curbside Funeral! The Writhers! @ Til-Two Club
  • Punchline Posse Comedy Show Live Recording @ Comedy Palace - Main Room (9:30pm)
  • Stan Bush, Random Gibberish, Wither, The Midas Touch @ Brick By Brick
  • The Show Show Show feat. Gabby Lamb, Audrey Stewart, Nthenya Ndunda, Sims Holland, Vicki Barbolack @ Comedy Palace - Gold Room
  • Year of the Dead, Que Oso, Half Eaten @ Midnight Jack
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • The Big Lewinsky, Soundwave @ 710 Beach Club
  • Camron Zibaie @ U-31
  • Bump City Brass @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Wildside @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • DJ Slowhand @ FLUXX
  • BK Lounge with DJs Billie Knight, Tone Capone, Dub-B @ El Dorado
  • aitherios vol 2 @ Spin (3pm)
  • DISTRIKT of San Diego :: BM 2018 Fundraiser @ Spin
  • The Farmers @ Navajo Live 
  • DIVINITY presents: Techno Sabbath 011 ft BAD BEAT [mntra, ttt] & Contessa @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
  • Kill The Noise x Bassrush with Madsonik @ Bassmnt 
  • Savi @ Omnia
  • Autograf @ Bang Bang 
  • Invasion of the Superheroes: Craig Smoove @ Oxford Social Club, The Pendry
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (Comic-Con):
  • X @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • “Stars Align Tour" with Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Slares, Bomb Squad, Chug Boat @ Casbah
  • Cicada Rhythm, The Whiskey Circle @ Soda Bar
  • Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact @ Liberty Station 
  • Cardiac Kidz, The Executives, My Revenge @ Tower Bar
  • Chloe and the Liddels, Farm Truck @ Bar Pink (8pm) 
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink (10 pm)
  • Besos Trio @ Panama 66
  • Coral Bells @ Beach House (1-4pm, Free)
  • Comic-Con Wind Down @ Whistle Stop
  • Pocari Sweat - Vaporwave, Future Funk, + Anime Groove @ Space
  • House of Blues Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues (11am)
  • Graham Guillot @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Summer Festival- Gustavo Romero Plays His Favorites @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Reckless Kelly, Nancarrow @ Music Box 
  • Stray Monroe, Street Surfers, Foxtide @ Lestat's
  • Lethal Injection @ Bancroft Bar
  • Anuhea @ Dive, Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • Turning Tydes Theatre Company presents "Wicked Wizards" @ The Lyceum
  • The Rickmobile: Don't Even Trip Roadtrip @ The Quartyard (5-8pm)
  • The Rickmobile: Don't Even Trip Roadtrip @ Comickaze Liberty Station (2-5pm)
  • Ria Carey and Don L. @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Shenanigans @ Winston's (2pm)
  • Kaeli Earle Trio @ Winston's (5pm)
  • The Playground - Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • Superstars on Stage @ Sycuan Casino (3pm & 8pm)
  • Stay Bad/H2O Party @ Blonde
  • The Nards @ Fast Times (3-6pm)
  • Whit Aadland @ Pour House (1pm)  
  • The Night Howls @ Pour House (9pm)  
  • Summer Pool Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Clubs, & Bungalows
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Coffee & Metal presents Graveyard Witch, Follow Coffins, BUTT CANDY, Vuture @ Brick By Brick
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Reggae Sunday feat SM Familia, Raiz Muzik, Lexy Love @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Virtual Image @ Navajo Live 
  • Southtown Generals @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Rooftop Roots with Lubelski & Kevin Anderson @ Spin (3pm)
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, July 23, 2018:
  • Fashion Jackson, MDRN HSTRY, Secret Lynx @ Casbah 
  • Con•tact, Other Ways, Asmodeus, Good Time Girl @ Soda Bar
  • George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Fresh Veggies @ Bar Pink
  • Cardiac Kidz, The Executives, My Revenge @ Til-Two Club
  • Lawn, Pope @ Title TK
  • Private Event @ Belly Up
  • Motown on Monday San Diego @ The Office
  • The Cadillac Three, 7horse @ House of Blues
  • Chad and Rosie @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Blue Monday- Dark New Wave @ Blonde
  • Tim Norton @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Strictly Acoustic @ Navajo Live
  • Live Prize Trivia @ Pour House  
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Trivia with Shantih @ Bancroft Bar
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How I Do Comic-Con: Tips, Tricks, Advice, and Photos

Darren and I were running around downtown on Monday and it occurred to me that I wrote my 'Surviving Comic-Con' post in 2010.
San Diego is very different. I am very different. Comic-Con is very different. SO I decided it was time to update.
I'll be running around with Pyles per usual, but apparently the Wired Party won't be quite our home base as it has been in the past so it will almost be like doing it for the first time for me all over again, but hopefully that just means I'll do more and see more than in the past couple years.

Hall H Line Tents Before the Con


The night before:
  • Charge cameras, backup batteries
  • Water bottle in the freezer
  • Get 777 Noodle House food so there are cold leftovers to eat throughout the week
  • Set Out of Office message on email
  • Pack my essentials bag 
Here's some stuff I always take with me:
  • A refillable water bottle
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Advil
  • Pepto
  • Baby Wipes
  • Camera
  • Phone charger/External chargers
  • Small portions of snacks (nuts, string cheese, granola/energy bars)
  • Cash, particularly singles for tipping
  • Lady products
  • Tablet
I used to also take my laptop, charger, a power strip, a hoodie, and a whole bunch of extra stuff, but it's just way too much. The weather here has been hot by day and cool by night, but I haven't worn a hoodie in nearly two months. If there's anything I need, there's a Ross on 4th & C, and home is a 12 minute Uber home.

Some little bits of advice:
  • You will be walking everywhere and should plan your clothing and footwear accordingly
  • There is a TON of construction all over downtown, especially on Tony Gwynn Parkway by the library and Petco Parking. Additionally, they've locked several of the access gates at that Petco Parking lot, so be sure you know you can get out on the other side if you pass through the lots
  • Harbor Drive is going to be closed to traffic. According to Comic-Con email, this includes ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, bikes and bike-shares like Lime, OFO, and Mobike, and scooters and scooter shares like Lime and Bird
  • Only badged attendees of Comic-Con 2018 will have access to the front drive, stairs, and surrounding sidewalks of the San Diego Convention Center
  • If you find yourself behind the Convention Center or need to get to the Embarcadero, there is a hidden walkway between The Marriott and the far end of the Convention Center where their executive offices are. Despite being required to include Coastal Access when the Convention Center was built, they will not let you pass through or over their access. 
  • If you choose to ride a share-scooter, the law says you must ride in the street, wear a helmet, and be 18+. 
  • If you call a ride-share, it would behoove you to walk a few blocks out of the Con chaos. You might be able to avoid surge pricing and you won't be a dick customer for your driver. 
Apps you should download:
  • Comic-Con Official App
  • Compass Cloud (allows you to buy an all-day MTS pass for $5 per day which works for the trolley and busses)
  • The Free Ride (FRED is a little golf-cart that gives free rides around downtonw)
  • Bike and Scooter Share: Lime, Mobike, Bird, OFO
The Free Ride

San Diego Trolley


Here's my updated map of downtown highlights:



More pictures after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego- Comic-Con Edition: Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last night, Darren and I wandered around downtown to scope out the staging for Comic-Con and the surrounding areas. I've been obsessively listening to EW Radio on SiriusXM and trying to get through my billion Comic-con emails. I still laugh that I'm press enough to get all of the emails but not press enough to get any real party invites. Or worse, being invited and then getting RSVPs declined. Hilarious. Anyhow, I promised listings including Comic-Con, however I didn't include multi-day events or activations. For those, you've got to go to my little header and select "Comic-Con 2018". Listings are after the jump.



Livenation Announces Dia De Los Deftones at Petco Park, November 3rd, 2018


Yesterday Livenation announced Dia De Los Deftones, taking place at Petco Park on November 3rd, 2018. The event features performances by Deftones, Future, Mike Shinoda, Rocket From The Crypt, Ho99o9, Doja Cat, Vein and Vowws. Tickets are $75 plus fees or $195 and up for VIP Packages. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am via Ticketmaster, but you might find yourself to be a particularly  strong interwebs investigator and find a presale code which started early Tuesday. Get tickets here.

Full press release after the jump.