Monster Drawing Rally
Photos by Emily Corkery


We’ve long been proponents and promoters of a simple philosophy: San Diegans need to buy more art from local artists. End of story. Mic drop.

OK, well, obviously we have more to say on the topic. We believe one of the best ways to get in the spirit of buying art is to start small. A $50 painting here, a $20 drawing there, and soon enough our homes start to look like modern art museums. It’s like a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Once you start, you can’t have just one.

That’s one of the reasons the third annual Monster Drawing Rally at the San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado) is so great. First off, it’s rare to see this many great local artists (more than 70!) in the same place at the same time. Second, they’ll all be diligently producing live art in a variety of mediums, all of which will be on sale for $60.

“It’s gotten so big that we have a waiting list of artists who want to participate,” says SDAI Executive Director Ginger Shulick Porcella. “The artists are making the work on-site so the people aren’t just getting an amazing and original piece of art, they’re getting to talk to the artist and seeing the work in progress. They’re getting to know these people so they’re so much more invested in that piece of art.”

Given the name of the event, it’s easy to assume that all of the art will be of spooky things, but the “monster” descriptor is much more representative of the pace and quantity of artists in attendance. The artists will work in four one-hour shifts with the results going up for sale after that shift ends. There will also be live music from bands, such as Mankinda, Big Bloom and HEXA. If we had to choose a few artists to look out for, some of our favorites include Addison Stonestreet, Bhavna Mehta, Eva Struble and CityBeat art director Carolyn Ramos.

It all goes down Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 and proceeds from the art go directly to the artists and to SDAI.

Bike For Boobs
Photo by John Callery


If there’s one thing San Diegans love more than craft beer, it’s boobs. So it makes sense that San Diegans would combine the two treasures for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. First up, pink pedalers can bike around Shelter Island at Bike for Boobs, the 4th annual ride supporting The Breast Cancer Fund. Meet at The Wine Pub at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, for the ride and after, the Pub will have live music, food and drinks. There’s a suggested donation of $25. If you’d rather skip the exercise and jump straight into drinking, check out the Brews and Food Save Boobs beer fest at Barons Market. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Barons’ three San Diego locations will provide snacks and brews from brewery The Lost Abbey, with proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen. $15.

Ranchos Cocina
Photo courtesy of North Park Main Street


Fall doesn’t initiate much seasonal change in San Diego considering the minimal deviation from the average 75 degrees. Nevertheless, autumn does promise the arrival of the much-anticipated Taste of North Park. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, more than 50 of the neighborhood’s most beloved restaurants will be dishing out bites of some of their signature dishes: from the delicacies of Heaven Sent Desserts and the scrumptious sandwiches of Pete’s Seafood, to the pan-French cuisine of The Smoking Goat and the, well, those delicious tacos at City Tacos. Along the way, 15 local breweries will be set up in participating galleries and boutiques to quench your thirst with crafty creations. The self-guided tour begins in the heart of North Park at 30th Street and University Avenue, and tickets can be purchased online for $35.


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