Dec. 20 2011 12:00 AM

Our weekly Red List roundup is better than melted butter

 Digable drinks

Earlier this year, Pacifica Del Mar (1555 Camino Del Mar) underwent a major expansion; when the dust settled, there appeared a wall of 150 international vodkas, reaching to the ceiling of the restaurant's Ocean Bar. Offering strawberry balsamic martinis and the "Warsaw Mule" (like the ginger-beer "Moscow" cocktail, but with Polish vodka), Ocean Bar is especially worth the journey on Wednesdays, when all vodkas and gins are $6. That's also Oyster Night, with deals on Carlsbad "Luna" Oysters, served with cucumber mignonette and wasabi cocktail sauce.---


  Digable eats

There's something to be said about a restaurant that can cook up a tasty pork-three-ways sandwich, but also pull off a delicious vegan plate that even an ardent carnivore finds tasty. That spot would be Carnitas Snack Shack, which opened earlier this month at 2632 University Ave. in North Park. Named after co-owners Sara Stroud and Chef Hanis Cavin's adorable miniature (vegan) pig, Carnitas is open every day but Tuesday from noon until midnight and has a cozy covered patio where you can enjoy your meal.


Digable to-do

holidaylightsThe weather outside has actually been a bit frightful, at least by San Diego standards, making it feel like a real Christmas. So why not head over to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and get into the spirit by checking out the Holiday of Lights drive-thru animated light show. There are more than 400 sparkling light displays along Candy Cane Lane that totally kick your neighbor's lawn Santa's ass. Bring a hot cup of cocoa and let the Scrooge melt out of you. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed Mondays) through Sunday, Jan. 1. $14-$19 per car, depending on the number of passenders.

Digable art


Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols = Jolby, a kick-ass design team based in Portland. While you missed the official opening reception, you can still make an appointment at Subtext Gallery (2479 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy) to see Shapes & Smiles, their solo show featuring stuff that makes them happy. Simple enough, right? Expect bright, punchy designs that might make you grin ("A Shelf of Memories" is to the left). Uptight fine-art snobs aren't invited. The show's up through Jan. 16. Click here to watch a video preview. You can also scope out some of Jolby's cool prints on their Etsy site-as well as their illustrated kids book, The King's 6th Finger.


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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