North County has its share of dive bars that are usually filled with a random mix of people—loudmouth bros, military men, surfers and others stand around, knocking back beers while Sublime plays on the sound system. There's not a lot of pretense up there, evident in the fact that 95 percent of the crowd is in flip-flops.

Adding a bit of pretentious Downtown vibe to Encinitas is Vicious Thursdays, a night of electronic dance stompers at Daley Double Saloon (546 S. Coast Hwy. 101), or just The Saloon, as many refer to it. DJs Gabe Vega and Fishfonics lead the dance party each week, bringing something new to the area. As far as I know, no hard house remixes of "Santeria" are played. But I can't be sure.

If you're thinking, Hey now! Pretentiousness keeps things interesting. I like partying like a cokehead with abandonment issues, then head to El Dorado (1030 Broadway, Downtown) on Saturday, Oct. 20. French DJ and producer Fred Falke will be doing a special DJ set featuring his brand of pop-disco-house tunes set to thumping beats. It's the sort of thing that movie directors would use to soundtrack a scene in which a girl dies at a discotheque. That means it's going to be packed. Joining Falke are the renowned DJ Perseus and local party-maker Adam Salter.

The party bus continues to roll on Saturday at The Flame (3780 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest) for the Diamond Dust Pre-Halloween Costume Party, hosted by the queen of the scene, MayStar, and someone who goes by the name Love Doctor Trevorkian. Check out hungry girls modeling fashion from Brit Boy, Cat Lewis, Redux by Peach O., Miss Nazz and Paul Rico as DJs pump out electro beats. Once the dance floor starts going, there'll be an unplanned poseoff. Mark my words.


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  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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