1. Beer Week for dummies
With more than 500 events happening from Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 16, San Diego Beer Week can seem like anything from a little intimidating to downright insane and unapproachable.
"Literally, though, you throw a stick and you're going to find a great beer event," says Kevin Hopkins, vice president of the San Diego Brewers Guild. "You really can't go wrong with any one of them."
While random stick throwing does sound fun, we prodded Hopkins and got him to give us more of the inside scoop on a few of Beer Week's happenings.
One of the most ambitious, new endeavors is the World's Biggest Bottle Share on 30th Street, happening from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. The event, which will try to earn its name by setting a Guinness world record, invites people to bring beer from their personal stashes to 30th Street and share it with friends and strangers. Bars and restaurants from Beech Street to Adams Avenue will participate (craft-beer spots like Hamilton's Tavern, Waypoint Public and Polite Provisions), and, for $20, beer lovers can simply drop their bottle off at any of the locations and then sample the beer other people brought by riding up and down 30th on a free shuttle. Get details at SDBottleShare.com.
Also new this year is Meeting of the Guilds, happening at North Park's Toronado (4026 30th St.) from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. The San Diego Brewers Guild will be joined by members of the Los Angeles and San Francisco brewers guilds, and each organization will take over 15 taps with craft beer from their regions. Featured breweries include Golden Road, El Segundo Brewing, King Harbor Brewing, Absolution Brewing, Headlands Brewing, Mother Earth Brew Co. and Booze Brothers Brewery. Information on all Beer Week events can be found at sdbw.org.
2. Lens flare
Each year, the San Diego Asian Film Festival reminds us how diverse the world of Asian cinema really is. We're not talking just Godzilla movies, Bollywood musicals and Kurosawa knock-offs. The festival, happening Thursday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 15, includes more than 140 films from Hawaii to the Philippines to Hong Kong and a half-dozen countries in between. This year, the films are broken down into five categories, including Asia Pop! (martial arts, gangster, romance), Masters (works by legends like Tsai Ming-Liang and Lav Diaz) and Remembering Queer Korea (no explanation needed). Also new this year is partner event MOVEFest, a series of dance performances highlighting the work of Asian Pacific Islander choreographers. Tickets for individual screenings are $12, four-packs are $44 and an all-fest pass is $250. festival.sdaff.org
3. Two wheels good
Unless you're the type who likes to get high on exhaust fumes, you probably don't need convincing that riding bikes is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. And, hey, if you're able to ride bikes without disgruntled motorists getting in your way, even better! That's the concept behind the San Diego Bike Coalition's CicloSDias, an event that allows cyclists to enjoy open streets without the obstacles that come with the usual bike-ride commute. So, far CicloSDias has taken over South Park / North Park and Pacific Beach; this time, it moves to Hillcrest / Bankers Hill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Find a map of the closed-off area at ciclosdias.com.
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