Dec. 22 2010 10:34 AM

This week's music and nightlife news for locals only includes a call for local albums, a boost for Maren Parusel and more

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Attention musicians: CityBeat's Great Demo Review, our annual critique of local music, is set to hit the streets on March 2, 2011—that's right around the corner. Got a demo you've been passing around? A new album you've been hyping? A bedroom project nobody knows about?

Send us a recording and we'll review it. We accept CDs, DVDs and LPs. Please include your project's name, an e-mail address or phone number and your website, Bandcamp or MySpace page. You can mail submissions to CityBeat Demo Review, 3047 University Ave., Suite 202, San Diego, CA, 92104. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2010. Good luck!

Singer-songwriter Maren Parusel is about to see a major boost to her public profile. Her manager, Mario Escovedo, says a recording of her song “Days in Universe” will be used in Conception, a feature film starring David Arquette and Julie Bowen that's currently in post-production. Other than that, she's been keeping busy lately: She recently added drummer Eric Brozgold to her band, she's preparing for her third appearance at Austin music festival South by Southwest next March and she's set to release her latest album, Artificial Gardens,pro duced by Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins, early next year.

Hip-hopper Flow Dimaggio will perform at a benefit for Project: Donate, a Chula Vista-based nonprofit that donates stuffed animals to orphans in Tijuana, at Che Café on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Okay! Okay!, Parvulus, Pardon Moi, Francoise, Holytigress and Freely Omnes will also play.

Beatshop Allstars, Moment for Silence and two dozen other MCs and DJs will perform on Friday, Dec. 24, at the Pacific Beach Music Fest at 710 Beach Club, a day-long festival with donations going to the Salvation Army and other charities.

Afro-jazz group In Motion Trio 2 will celebrate the release of their new CD, The Barefoot Race,at Lestat's on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Calendar

  • 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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