Thursday, October 31, 2019

Friday, November 1: Free Bike Lights at San Diego Central Library

*Light Me Up Safety Lights in photo do not represent what will be provided at this event

November 1: San Diego Cyclists Get Road-Ready with Free Bike Lights at Central Library

Bike light installation prepares bike riders for the end of Daylight Saving Time
Bike Coalition to make night time riding safer for commuters

As the majority of the country transitions from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, the San Diego County Bike Coalition and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) are partnering to invite all bike commuters to receive free front bike lights. All riders on bikes can head to the San Diego Central Library where Bike Coalition staff and police officers will encourage safe, nighttime commuting with free bike light installation, helpful tips and important safety information about riding in the dark.

With nightfall arriving almost 60 minutes earlier after Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3, the Bike Coalition wants to ensure all people in San Diego have access to what they need to be visible on busy streets and get home safely. People who commute on bikes and pedal home in the dark during the Standard Time months will be safer on our shared roads. California state law requires cyclists to use front and rear lights when commuting at night.

San Diego Bike Coalition
San Diego Police Department
San Diego Central Library


Location: San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)
Date and Time: Friday, November 1 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Source: GoMixte

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wonderfront Set Times Released

This week, the organizers of Wonderfront released set times. Bookmark this page and hold on to it. If you still haven't picked up your tickets, you can still buy them and get all the information you need for the festival at Full schedules are after the jump.

Things I'm Reading & Watching: BRDGS | Lefsetz | AB5 | The Laundromat | Any One of Us and more

"If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t fight so hard to block it" -SPLC

BRDGS is an artist from Toronto, but he wrote a song called "San Diego," and I kinda love it.

So another couple weeks have passed and I've made more notes on things I read in my daily perusal of the interwebs and daily influx of countless emails. These are things that I find interesting, infuriating, entertaining, or educational. Full clips/list/links are after the jump.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 29-Thursday, October 31, 2019

I think I've been really over-committing to things lately and it's totally caught up with me in that besides some work and meetings, I intend to leave my house as little as possible this week. Last week started with Jeff taking me to see "Almost Famous: The Musical" at the Old Globe and it was phenomenal, but it closed out this week with complete sell outs, so I didn't feel any urgency to review it at the end of the run. On Wednesday Darren and I went to the Observatory for Caravan Palace and had a chill time since my photo pass had fallen through. I didn't get any magical responses to Lizzo on Thursday either, which was fine by me, but I got called to work at Music Box on Friday for Queen Nation and worked on Saturday for Har Mar Superstar's new project, Heart Bones. But the whole week I've had that tickle in my throat and lungs and besides a couple hours at the Zoo on Sunday night, I'm down for the count, trying to rest, drink all the fluids, and rest some more. There are shows I'd love to see this week, but besides working at the Casbah on Wednesday, don't expect to see me anywhere. It's almost as my subconscious knows how much I despise Halloween. But if you're not scrooge mcscroogey like me, I hope everyone has a fun and safe week. Full listings after the jump.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Sunday October 27: CiclosDias Takes Over Streets of Normal Heights, North Park, and City Heights

I super love CiclosDias events, which is why I'm so disappointed in myself for not getting this up sooner, but Sunday, October 27th is CiclosDias!!

(source: GoMixte)
October 27: Mid City to Become Car-Free Playground for CicloSDias
San Diego Bike Coalition invites the public to support local shops at open streets celebration

On October 27, streets like Adams Avenue in Normal Heights and El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights will close completely to cars, creating a cyclist’s paradise and encouraging residents and tourists to bike, walk, skate or stroll through neighborhood streets. CicloSDias brings people of all ages together in new areas of San Diego each time to support local businesses and enjoy time outdoors.

Live entertainment, activities for kids and food vendors will line the streets instead of the usual motorized vehicle traffic. The event encompasses close to four miles of car-free exploration: click here for the map.

Drawing inspiration from Los Angeles’s CicLAvia and Bogotá’s weekly CiclovĂ­a, CicloSDias brings the public out to open streets to enjoy connecting with communities and local businesses while catching a glimpse of what streets would be like without car traffic. CicloSDias participants will get to rediscover their neighborhood in a more intimate and unique way.

Hundreds of community members walking, biking, skating through Adams Avenue and other Mid City streets
Live music from five bands spread along Adams Avenue
Bike maintenance workshops with Bikes del Pueblo
Shopping at local shops and food vendors
Fair at 44 party with live music and Zumba class led by the YMCA
CicloSDias first rolled through San Diego in 2013 in North Park. Since then, the Bike Coalition has engaged community partners, city officials, local businesses and neighbors to host six additional open-streets celebrations in beach and inland communities across San Diego County.

This year, CicloSDias is a partnership between the Bike Coalition and:
The City of San Diego
County of San Diego
The California Office of Traffic Safety
San Diego Police Department
Adams Avenue Business Association
City Heights Community Development Corporation
Fair at 44
Metropolitan Transit System
Blind Lady Ale House

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

This Thursday: Ken Stringfellow of The Posies To Perform At Vinyl Junkies Record Shack

In high school, I fell in love with The Posies. I had a chance to catch their Soda Bar show at Soda Bar in 2018 and it flooded back tons of memories. So imagine my surprise when I got an email from Ken Stringfellow himself:

Ken from the Posies (and many other things) here
I'm coming to town (October 24th) to play at Vinyl Junkies, in their tiki patio, a rather whimsical location for a performance that normally has decent gravitas... on this tour I'm playing my album "Touched" in its entirety, plus songs & stories from my 30 year career in music...
The show is me, solo, alternating between guitar and piano. Shelbi from the Midnight Pine will join me for a few duets as well.

Get tickets to this special intimate performance below:
An Evening with Ken Stringfellow
Vinyl Junkies Tiki Patio
Oct 24 7pm

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 22-Monday, October 28, 2019

Ride at House of Blues
Last week didn't exactly go according to plan. I did, in fact, get to shoot Ride at the House of Blues on Tuesday and went out after and made quite a night of it, but by Wednesday I was feeling rundown...sure, I had a bit of an h.o., but my sleep schedule was more jacked than usual, work has been intense, the weird weather had my allergies in overdrive resulting in a migraine and knowing I'd be working on Thursday night, I had to bow out of Surf Curse on Wednesday and Darren kindly relieved me of soccer duty or having to go out of the house at all. By Thursday, my generic allergy pills and advil seemed to help, but then I got called off from having to work (which I kind of expected), so decided another day of not leaving the house would suit me just fine as I had to sort out MailChimp and a whole bunch of other work. By Friday, I was back to myself, and after getting my work done in the morning, blasted out to the Zoo for the afternoon, before going to the Clairo show at the House of Blues. It was great, though there was a contingency of parents in the side room who we fit in with more than the Clairo-loving tweens, but it's not our fault SiriusXMU made us love her. On Saturday, Nova had a SkateWorld birthday party, so I spent the afternoon with my dog at Fiesta Island until it was pickup time and Sunday me and the kid went shopping and then I was up all night doing listings. I guess I don't do so well as seasons change, and the 90+ degree weather this week with Santa Ana winds and such aren't helping, but I'm trying to get it all together because I've got lots of fun stuff this week, like finally seeing Almost Famous tonight at the Old Globe, shooting Caravan Palace on Wednesday, and I'm still trying to work my way into Lizzo on Thursday. I haven't quite decided on my move for Friday, but Saturday I'll be working for my pal Sean, aka Har Mar Superstar at the Merrow, and if all goes according to plan, going to the Belly Up on both Sunday for Ra Ra Riot and Monday for Lucy Dacus. Yikes. We'll see what I actually pull off, but I'm looking forward to the week.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

BAHIA Fest Set Times

BAHIA Fest is taking place this Saturday, October 19th, at Embarcadero Marina Park North. Click here for Festival Information and Tickets. This is a 21+ only event.  

Things I'm Reading & Watching: Offspring | The Keepers | The Great Depresh | Bad Blood | Mrs. Everything | The Kettering Incident | The Widow

Elephant at San Diego Zoo During HalGLOWeen
I've once again been stockpiling links because, as I mentioned, I'm trying to wean myself off of Facebook, or at least commenting on news items there. And not that it's any better, but sometimes I can't stop scrolling through Twitter, which brings me to my first link. (after the jump)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 15-Monday, October 21, 2019

Last week was great but exhausting. Nova had a full week of minimum days so we did our best to balance work and life and entertaining her, but some days I feel like I'm answering emails around the clock. Wednesday was a soccer day so I had soccer duty and went to La Jolla Cove, but worked super hard to get my shit together so we could spend Thursday at Safari Park. Of course, when it came to it, we still didn't get out of the house on time, but we did make it to Safari Park for at least a couple hours, but I was so tired after that, sadly I didn't make it to Swervedriver. On Friday I ended up going to Music Box to catch Little Hurricane, Dead Feather Moon, and Low Volts, then caught the bus to close the night at the Ken Club. On Saturday, Darren, Nova and I ate our brains out at the Taste of North Park, then Nova had a late soccer game in La Jolla then I got called in to work for El Ten Eleven which was a phenomenal show. On Sunday night, Darren and I went to Bastille and Joywave at OAT, and Monday I just tried to recover from the week and got these here listings done. I feel lame always recapping like this, but I'm trying to break my FB dependency because fuck Zuck. This week is gonna be nuts...I'm shooting Ride tonight, Surf Curse on Wednesday, and selling merch for Joseph Arthur and Jesse Malin on Thursday, then Friday I'm shooting Clairo at House of Blues. If after all that I still have anything left, I'll try for Lucero on Saturday. Gah! Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Wonderfront Single Day Tickets On Sale Now

Single Day tickets to Wonderfront are on sale now!! Get them here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Artist Daily Lineup has changed a bit:

  • STS9 and Alice Merton are now on Friday
  • Big Gigantic is on Saturday
  • Donavon Frankenreiter is on Sunday

San Diego Zoo Presents HalGLOWeen: Extended Weekend Hours & Halloween Activities

It's no secret that almost all of my free time is spread almost evenly among live music and concerts and time at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. You give me a day off, chances are that's where you'll find me. Today kicks off HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo, and while I'm not in love with the branding, I love any opportunity to hang out at the Zoo into the nighttime. For the next three weekends, the Zoo has extended hours from 9am to 9pm with a ton of activities for the kiddos. I will say that while the whole zoo is open at night, a lot of animals go into their "condos" in the afternoon (like the orangs, gorillas, baboons, tortoises and more), and all the aviaries get locked up relatively early, so plan your visit around Elephant Odyssey, and anywhere you can find large cats if you wanna still see animals. Sometimes it's just fun to Skyfari and check out the lights of the City as you hear the nighttime calls of the animals below. HalGLOWeeen runs October 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27th.

The San Diego Zoo will glow brightly this fall with creepy, crawly fun for the whole family during HalGLOWeen—the Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration. This year, the colorful, glowing extravaganza has been expanded to three weekends—Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 11–27, 2019. Guests can enjoy a multitude of seasonal activities and entertainment, including the Skeleton Band, “Boolahoops,” acrobats, the Spooky Revue and the DJ Bubble Dance Party—a rousing bash where participants are invited to dance to spooktacular Halloween and pop tunes among bursts of bubbles and black light.

Think spiders and snakes are creepy? You just might change your mind after seeing what the amusing and amazing Dr. Zoolittle has up his sleeve.
Don’t forget to say hi to our Zoo Characters Boo Crew as they get into the spirit by donning their own unique Halloween costumes. Guests can also stop by participating Zoo shops and restaurants to pick up HalGLOWeen supplies and treats.

Kids 11 and younger get free Zoo admission throughout October during "Kids Free presented by Mission Fed," and they may wear costumes during HalGLOWeen. Costume guidelines are available online at Additional special activities are scheduled every weekend during Kids Free. All guests younger than 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult during their visits to the Zoo or the Safari Park.
More pics from one of my recent visits after the jump.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 8-Monday, October 14, 2019

It was such a great but busy week that I'd really appreciate another weekend ASAP. Work has been totally whacko and I feel like I'm on a laptop 14 hours a day. On Tuesday, Darren and I caught the Mercury Rev + Beth Orton show at Soda Bar, on Wednesday I just worked and did my evening at the Cove while Nova was at soccer. Thursday night, I went to Vampire Weekend and Soccer Mommy with Jeff and to The Office after with my pal Xavie. Friday night was Calexico & Iron and Wine at Humphrey's and then I just called it a night because I was beat. Saturday was my niece Nadia's birthday at Mission Bay and then I got to shoot Cigarettes After Sex at the Observatory. Nova had a sleepover, so Darren met me at Pink and we enjoyed the jams Mike Delgado was playing until we left to catch my James interview on SoundDiego. On Sunday I made a decision to not leave the house, but it meant that this is the first year I missed Oktoberfest in El Cajon. But I got work done and binged "The Keepers" on Netflix. Wrapped it all up with some Cove time on Monday and Son Volt at the Belly Up. Lots of good stuff this week. Full listings are after the jump.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Desert Daze Reveals Set Times

Desert Daze is going down next weekend, October 10-13th in Lake Perris, California and today, the festival announced set times for the event. See the daily schedules after the jump.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 1-Monday, October 7, 2019

I have to say I had a pretty exceptional birthday week. On Tuesday, I caught Blanco White and Dan Owen at the House of Blues. On Wednesday I did my usual soccer dropoff and went to take more pics at the Cove. On Thursday, Nova's great-aunt was in town while on a bus tour of California, so we had a nice dinner at Fish Market and walked around Seaport Village, catching the end of Seaport Sessions and catching some tourist sights before walking her back to the hotel. That night I went to The Office for a little pre-birthday celebrating. On Friday, I worked at the Casbah for the Half Moon Run show and Darrren surprised me by showing up just before midnight to hang out with me as it tuned into my birthday. On Saturday we had no soccer and no plans, so my sister and my niece came over and we all went to the Safari Park for the late afternoon, then decided on dinner at Ponce's Del Sur, after which we all had a big slumber party at my house. Sunday was a low-key chill day and I finished reading a book that I'd checked out on a library app that was set to expire, so it was nice enjoying the quiet of an ebook and being home. Monday was the last day of Ticketfly before full migration to Eventbrite so in reality I spend almost all day doing this week's listings. Hopefully I'll find a better way and can work with EB to get our site to be more functional, but in the meantime, lots of work, and being the first week of the month, lots of calendars haven't quite been updated yet. Tons of stuff going on this week, full listings are after the jump. If anyone wants free guestlist to Mercury Rev & Beth Orton tonight, please let me know via Facebook and I'll get you on the list.