Jan. 22 2014 12:31 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Tim Mays
Photo by Stacy Keck


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


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.


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

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email Kinsee Morlan.


  • 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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