1 EATING IN THE STREETS
Foodies often say that when it comes to tasting the best culinary offerings a culture has to offer, there's no better place to look than on the streets. Sure, a Michelin-level restaurant is undeniably delectable, but, let's be honest: A steamy taco assembled from a cart can be pretty delicious, too.
San Diego Public Market (1735 National Ave. in Barrio Logan), which sells fresh local produce, meats and more on Sundays and Wednesdays, will bring together street goodies from 42 of San Diego and Tijuana's best chefs and eateries for the First Annual Authentic Street Food Market, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
Market co-founder Catt White, along with event co-chairs Andrew Spurgin and Melissa Mayer, figured that a street-food smorgasbord would be a great way to raise money for their Market Kitchen programs, which provide community education on business and food.
Street food "fits with the market environment, and it's a core part of every culture, so the possibilities are endless," White tells CityBeat in an email. "It's really fresh food by definition, too. No big walk-in [refrigerators] on those little carts. San Diego will always have many places for foodies, but public markets all over the world are true gathering places for people who want to take advantage of the diversity of offerings."
The event attracted so many regional chefs hoping to participate that a few had to be turned away. Those who'll be serving include Hanis Cavin of Carnitas Snack Shack, Urban Solace's Matt Gordon, Snake Oil Cocktails and Tortas Washmobile. Plus, there'll be music from Todo Mundo and Bulevar Descarga.
"Expect all the action you'd see when people are gathering at a busy street market in an urban plaza, and a bit more," White says.
Admission is $65 and includes all tastes. For $85, you get early entry, food and alcohol. sandiegopublicmarket.com/street-food.html
2 PSYCHOTIC SIX-STRINGS
You never know what to expect at The San Diego Experimental Guitar Show. An annual celebration of the beloved six-string, it's played host to cosmic zone-out sessions, unholy noise experiments and even a gnarly take on "The Star-Spangled Banner." For this year's edition—at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Soda Bar (3615 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights)—organizer Sam Lopez will bring in six artists, including local songsmith Rafter Roberts, to get freaky with their axes. As part of the event, performer Wages will also host a free sound-art exhibit, Persono, at Space 4 Art (325 15th St. in East Village) at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The guitar show is $7. sdxgusa.com
3 BE A BEATNIK
Whether you're excited about next week's release of the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal novel On the Road, or you're cringing in anticipation because it stars Kristen Stewart, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has an event for you: Beatniks. It's the next edition of the Athenaeum's "A List" music-and-art social-mixer series, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, and it highlights the current exhibition of Ed Ruscha: On the Road, Ruscha's limited-edition artist-book interpretation of Kerouac's classic novel. Pages of Ruscha's book are being displayed at the library (1008 Wall St. in La Jolla) through March 23, and there will be music by local band Ed Ghost Tucker and poetry readings by Ccep J. Dew, El Ghazali and Rutger Rosenborg, plus food and drink. $12. ljathenaeum.org/alist