March 2 2011 10:30 AM

This week's news for locals only includes the return of a legendary hip-hop night, another Myspace music competitor and more

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For the second time in a row, Robert Pouder, Amy Johnson, Travis Brady and Tyler Hanel, aka Dick Out Contest, won the title of “Smartest Peeps in San Diego” after rocking CityBeat’s trivia night at El Take It Easy. The quartet took home
Photo by Kelly Davis
After a three year break, The Bus Stop is back. A hip-hop showcase that ran for six-and-a-half years starting in 2001 at now-defunct Downtown club Martini Ranch, The Bus Stop featured big names like DJ Rhettmatic and J.Rocc of the Beat Junkies DJ crew. Eventually, Martini Ranch dropped the weekly showcase and the event bounced around to different venues before fizzling out. “It was kind of losing its flavor a little bit,” says DJ Charlie Rock, one of the organizers.

Now, Rock and Cros1 are reviving the event at El Dorado, where they'll host hip-hop DJs once a month. “Right now, it's the most ideal spot to do it at. It has the right size, it has the right crowd, it has the right vibe and it has the right support,” Rock says. “We wanna break the six-year mark. I think we can do it.” Ikah Love and Matta will be The Bus Stop's resident DJs. Wu-Tang Clan affiliates J-Live and hip-hop producer DJ Truemaster will kick off the showcase on Wednesday, March 2.

Sleeping Giant Music, the local DJ talent agency, has developed a new competitor to MySpace: Simply Gigantic, a website that lets paid subscribers build a profile with a music player, a calendar, e-mail and other features. The site is currently in beta. “The site will first be opened as a trial version to limited users,” says Sleeping Giant's Brittany Harb, “then the waiting list will take over and it will slowly extend to the public.” To sign up, head over to simplygigantic.com.

Reggae artists Subliminal Trip will celebrate the release of their new CD at Sound Wave on Saturday, March 5. Reason to Rebel and Mean Dinosaur also play.

Punk outfits Spider Fever and Jungle Fever will mark the release of their debut 7-inches at Tower Bar on Saturday, March 5. The Lumps also perform.

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
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28