July 24 2013 12:38 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

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Bet on the ponies after guzzling beers at the Del Mar Beer Fest.
Photo by Dirk Hansen

1 BEER ME ANOTHER FESTIVAL


San Diego isn't at a loss for beer festivals. We seem to have one every weekend and, for the most part, they're pretty similar. So why make the Del Mar Racetrack Beer Fest our favorite event this week? We figure that after the insane nerd-nado of Comic-Con and its traffic-making ways, you could probably use a beer.

The festival, happening from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27, will feature 35 breweries, 16 of which are from right here in San Diego. The line-up includes AleSmith Brewing Company, Port Brewing, Monkey Paw, Societe, Lost Abbey (which received the "Champion Brewery" award at the 2013 San Diego International Beer Competition), Stone Brewing Co. and Green Flash Brewing. Bottom line: beer aficionados will have roughly 120 beers to choose from. In the words of Frank the Tank from the movie Old School, "Once it hits your lips, it's so good."

Event co-organizer Tom Nickel points out that since the fest is happening at the track (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar) during racing season, attendees get more bang for their buck.

"You can go to the beer festival, and then you can go back and watch the races and watch the ponies," Nickel says. There's also a free concert that night by Sammy Hagar and the Wabos. That's right: Van Halen's ex-replacement singer will be on-hand to get the ladies reminiscing about their days as hair-metal babes in skintight acid-wash jeans. There will even be some of Hagar's Cabo Wabo Tequila on hand if you want to go full-force on the nostalgia. 

"It's multiple experiences in one," Nickel says. "Definitely a unique experience in beer festing."

Entry to the beer festival, races and concert is only $6. However, to taste the beers, it's an additional $17, which gets you five tasting tickets, each one good for a 7-ounce pour. Go to the calendar section at dmtc.com for more info.


2 WHITE COOL

For its Jazz Residency Project, the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park picked three outstanding musicians to perform three Thursday evening shows each. First up in June was Danny Green and August's featured artist will be Mark Dresser (with performances on Aug. 15, 22 and 29). At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, the truly outstanding Joshua White—whose piano skills secured him a second-place finish in the 2011 Thelonius Monk International Piano Competition—and his quartet will perform two sets with special guest Hugh Ragin. Ragin, a trumpeter, has performed with greats like Dizzy Gillespie and poet Amiri Baraka. The performance is free with museum admission, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase and the galleries will be open for perusing until 9 p.m. sdmart.org


3 WITH FEELING!

The folks who organize the monthly "Visual Art Music Performance" showcase, better known as VAMP, choose performers from blind online submissions and then put them through a rigorous workshop process to flush out often powerful and onceprivate material. The final product is a live readings of stories, often accompanied by witty power-point style presentations, music and boisterous crowd reactions. This month's showcase, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 25, is themed "They Had It Coming" and the lineup features performances from nine writers, including Laura Condi, Jessica Hilt, Eddie Deull and Julia Evans. The monthly event's been packing the Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St. in South Park) since 2009, so get there early to grab a seat. There's a $5 suggested donation. sosaywecallonline.com


Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email our events editor, Alex Zaragoza. You can also bug her on Twitter.

Calendar

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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