Punk and rap music may not have a lot in common, other than being two of my favorite genres. But if there's one thing you'll definitely find in both scenes, it's an abundance of tattoos. Lil Wayne is nothing without his epically tattooed face, and I know at least five dudes with Black Flag tattoos on their aging bodies. This week, you, too, can enjoy some killer rap and punk—and watch people stain their skin with questionable tats.

First, The Void (3519 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights) introduces a new hardcore-rap night to the mix. B.Y.S., which I can only assume stands for "Butt-shaking? Yes, Sir!," kicks off Thursday, Oct. 3, and will return every first Thursday of the month. Brought to you by Booty Bassment's resident DJ, Dimitri Dickinson, the night will feature tunes by the likes of Gang Starr, EPMD, Geto Boys and Action Bronson. It's worth checking out, especially if you haven't been able to get into Booty Bassment for months. Stupid long line!

Hip-Hop vs. Punk Rock, the monthly night pitting top musicians from both genres against each other via live sets, is back at Tower Bar (4757 University Ave. in City Heights) on Friday Oct. 4. This time, local punks Bat Lords take on rhymemaker iD the Poet, and Final Boss will flow down against Mexican hardcore outfit Calafia Puta. DJs Unite, Mr. Henshaw, Sesh and Pelengue will be on the 1s and 2s between sets.

Now, for those questionable tattoos. Fernet-Branca, the brand of aromatic Italian spirit popular with craft-cocktail scenesters, has a not-so-secret society of bartenders and drinkers who each possess a coin to denote their membership. I wrote about the group in our June Drink Issue, and I also happen to be a member. No big deal. Every year, coin holders nominate members to receive a Fernet-Branca tattoo. On Monday, Oct. 7, at Seven Grand (3054 University Ave. in North Park), you can drink fine whiskey and watch the chosen winners get inked.

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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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