Waking up after a night of raging, one often feels a tad unfulfilled. Other than a hangover and a stranger snoring next to you in bed, what was the point of all that? These moments of self-reflection can be complete buzzkills, but they bring up an interesting idea: If your nights out offered some intellectual stimulation, maybe you'd feel a bit better about dancing on a table. Here are some events where you can learn as hard as you party.

Engage your brain at Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St. in South Park) for Makeout Weird on Thursday, Feb. 21. This mind-melter will bring together visual art and music that straddle the line between strange and striking. Check out a live set from Tijuana's Dancing Strangers, whose new-wave sounds take inspiration from Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain. There'll also be tunes from O.P.P., a new project from Ale Mania's Jeremy Rojas and Ash Smith. Between sets, take a gander at a video project by Trish Stone, mixed media by Alex Arped and handcrafted jewelry by Jess Lambard.

For more visually stimulating raging, check out RAW: Natural Born Artists, an ongoing series highlighting creative expression, also happening on Thursday. Block No. 16 (344 Seventh Ave., Downtown) will be the scene of interesting pieces by 24 emerging artists. There'll also be a dance performance by KO Dance Co., a runway show featuring locally designed clothing and music by Curt Quinn, The Hollerin, Ed Ghost Tucker and Almost Classy. It's a night of experiencing cool, creative, local endeavors.

Finally, make your way to The Propagandist (835 Fifth Ave., Downtown) on Friday, Feb. 22, as the underground club merges art and independent music for Cobra HeArt. Large pieces of wheat-pasted plywood will be suspended from the ceiling, serving as canvases for live art by Adam Kyron Murillo, Blake Byers, Amy Baca Lopez and others. DJs will spin some funky tunes while you experience original art being formed. Your mind grapes will thank you later.

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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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