Sound-effects expert Scott Paulson brings the Turkey Calling Show to UCSD's Geisel Library every year; this time around, the one-hour, free event happens the day before Thanksgiving, at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Paulson, who's the leader of the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra and outreach coordinator at UCSD's Arts Library, will perform the show-presented as an old-timey radio broadcast-using his many instruments, along with the hallmark gobble, cluck and cackling noises that a hunter uses to lure a wild turkey out of hiding and into gun range. By the time the show is over, audience members will know how to use turkey calls, why West Coast turkeys reign supreme and how the American turkey became so popular in European art. The action-packed show is a favorite among students; don't miss Paulson along with several special guests for the holiday tradition. ---
For the last week or so, Taluna, a quartet of Italian gypsy musicians, have been kicking around San Diego County, playing their unique brand of "spacefolk" in clubs and restaurants. They're a psychedelic, ethno-hipster mélange of accordion, violin, guitar, tambourine, lira, mandolin and drums, similar in vein to Balkan Beat Box, but a notch or two more chill. The group plays its last gig in town on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Voz Alta (1754 National Ave. in Barrio Logan) at the peak of the first night of the 2012 Barrio Film Fest. The fest itself, with $5 per screening, is a bargain, but the free show at Voz Alta is worth sticking around after the project winds down.
It's not surprising that Anthony Schmidt (left), head cocktail-creator for cocktail mecca Noble Experiment, has prevailed in the last two Bartender Challenges. Held annually at El Dorado (1030 Broadway in East Village), the event pits top San Diego bartenders against each other in an Iron Chef-style challenge, where contestants have a set amount of time (in this case, four minutes) to whip up something using pre-determined ingredients. This year's line-up includes Schmidt, Tim Stevens (Seven Grand), Tyler French (Prohibition), Ryan Kuntz (El Dorado), Christian Siglin (Craft & Commerce), Hass Mahmood (Lion's Share), Pedro Melgar (Saltbox) and Jacqueline Coulon (Starlite). UT-TV's Chris Cantore will emcee the event; judges include Jayson Wylde from San Francisco's Bourbon and Branch and CityBeat's own Grubby Bitch, Amy Granite. The boozy battle happens on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Doors open at 6 p.m. and proceeds from the evening's bar sales will go to On-Life Suicide Prevention.
The Twilight saga is finally coming to an end. This may be a massive hurrah for some, but for the legions of sobbing, sweaty twihards out there, it's absolute heartbreak. Maybe a play about two lesbian vampires will help ease the pain of the end of the Edward, Bella and Jacob lust triangle? On Saturday, Nov. 24, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom hits the stage at Swedenborg Hall (1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights). Written by Charles Busch, the satire tells the tale of lesbian bloodsuckers who survive the fall of Sodom, a creature known as The Succubus and massive infighting over the centuries to end up becoming silent-film stars and eventually friends. The curtain goes up at 9 p.m. The play may not contain glittering undead hunks, but there should be a few laughs. Tickets are $15, or $7.50 if you purchase 'em here.