Look for the curly mustache at the Food Truck Extravaganza. Crepes Bonaparte will be serving tasty French goodies.
photo credit - Crepes Bonaparte

The week is a lot like a mullet. It's all business from Monday through Thursday, but when the weekend rolls around, it's time for some fun. Here are a few happenings where you can explore the city during the day then back that thang up at night. ---

Thursday, May 17 (because it's an unspoken rule that you're allowed to be hungover on Friday)

Super Sooooul Night: For all you jive turkeys that like your music extra sexy and smooth, check out a live set from Pan Am and Slasher Mary, then groove to sticky icky soul, R&B and funk spun by DJ Jeff Graves. Nothing caps off a workday like cocktails and some loin-thumping soul. No cover. Starts at 9 p.m. at Lincoln Room (901 Fourth Ave., Downtown).

Friday, May 18

Food Truck Extravaganza: Grub out on everything from British fare and French crepes, to Louisiana cajun and all the pierogies you can stuff into your greedy mouth at this food-truck rally. There will be a dozen trucks serving food, so bring your appetite and wear your stretchiest pants. Starts at 5 p.m. at 57 Degrees Wine Bar (1735 Hancock St., Middletown).

F*ing in the Bushes: The monthly Britpop dance party has anglophiles doing the noodle-arm dance to The Smiths, Pulp, Oasis, The Charlatans and all your other British faves. No cover. DJ Rob Moran kicks things off at 10 p.m. at Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St., South Park).

Saturday, May 19

Bike the Boulevard: Hop on your bike and get to know all the cool places that line El Cajon Boulevard. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with free tune-ups at Pedal Pushing Bike Shop (4966 El Cajon Blvd.). Next stop is Til-Two (4746 El Cajon Blvd.) for free barbecue and bike-balloon-ornament making from noon to 2 p.m, followed by an hour-long kickball tournament at Wilson Middle School's field (3838 Orange Ave.). Afterward, the group pedals on over to Tiger! Tiger! (3025 El Cajon Blvd.) for a Bike to Work Day post party. The adventure ends at 4 p.m. with a party at the Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd.), where you can cool your sweaty dogs in the pool. Don't feel like hitting up every one of these places? No worries. You can join in and leave at any time, and it's all totally free.

Hickies and Dry Humps: Recall the days of middle school dance bump 'n' grinding at this '90s party featuring DJs Saul Q, Rage, Smally Biggs and Jason Waterfalls. Free before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP, $5 cover after. The sweatin' begins at 9 p.m. at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway, Downtown).

Sunday, May 20

Sicilian Festival: Walk and eat off your hangover at this street fest that celebrates Italian culture and food. There will be live entertainment, grape stomping, a pasta-eating contest and for those of you who need some hair of the dog, plenty of Peroni beer and Italian wines. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Little Italy, then get some rest. It's back to the grind on Monday.


  • 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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