1 TALKING THE CASBAH
San Diego's not great at keeping things around. Longtime residents can rattle off the names of cool bars, clubs and restaurants that've been wiped from the map.
Praise Jebus we've still got The Casbah. The iconic music venue is celebrating its 25th year this month, making it practically historic by San Diego standards. During the last few weeks, it's hosted some fab reunion shows, like No Knife and Three Mile Pilot, and, from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, you can hear from Mr. Casbah himself at An Evening with Tim Mays and Friends at the Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Ave.). Mays, who, along with two business partners, opened The Casbah in 1989, has more than two decades' worth of stories to tell (trust us—there are some good ones). The evening will also feature performances by some local-music legends like Pinback's Rob Crow, Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot), Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman from The Silent Comedy, The Dragons' Mario Escovedo and Rocket from the Crypt's John Reis, among several others.
Mays, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday, was a music promoter long before he opened The Casbah— and that raises a question: Does it ever get old?
"I'm still surprised and amazed by so many bands," he says. "Just seeing The Dragons, The Paladins, No Knife, Three Mile Pilot, The Rugburns play so far this month was amazing. They're all friends, and they don't play that often anymore, but they all put on absolutely amazing performances."
Any new bands that have wowed him? "Schitzophonics and Reignwolf," he says.
Mays says he has no plans to do any major overhauls to the club—maybe some minor changes to the front of the building, "but other than that, our plans are to just keep booking the best acts we can and making our patrons feel great to be there."
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 if you'd like to attend a pre-show cocktail party. casbah25.com
2 RE-PURPOSEFUL PARTY
The 1:1 Movement is a San Diego-based organization that's fighting for a more environmentally sustainable community. As a fundraiser for its efforts, it'll throw its second-annual P(ART) Y—part party, part art—from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3rdSpace (4610 Park Blvd. in University Heights). The group handed over blank, white-vinyl tote bags, made from waste vinyl (sustainability!), to 30 local artists and asked them to adorn them with awesome designs. The results will be on display and up for auction at the event. There's no charge to get in, but a $25 VIP ticket includes two drinks and one chance to outbid the highest bidder for a tote bag. Search for 2nd Annual 1:1 "P(ART)Y"on Facebook.
3 TRIANGLES OF LOVE
Opera is expensive, but the epic tales that unfold often make for some of the best, most dramatic storytelling. You'd have to be dead inside not to be moved by soul-stirring arias being belted out on stage. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; Tuesday Jan. 28; and Friday, Jazan. 31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, San Diego Opera opens its 2014 season with the gutwrenching love saga Pagliacci. A story within a story, the opera follows a traveling troupe of actors whose real-life love triangle is mirrored in one of their performances. When a homely hunchback is rejected by the leading lady, he seeks and finds revenge. Let's just say things don't end well for the gal or her true love. $45 and up. sdopera.com
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