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Digable fest

The word "busker" dates back to the middle of the 19th century, but the act of busking-street performing-goes back pretty much as far as history can take us; people have been performing on the street since before there were streets. In San Diego, the there's a whole two-day celebration dedicated to the art form, the Busker Festival, and this year, it'll be Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, at Seaport Village. There'll be family-friendly busking-jugglers, stilt walkers, contortionists, sword swallowers, dancers, stunt people, clowns, acrobats, etc.-from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. Performances suitable for folks 18 and older will be saved for Buskers After Dark, which happens from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and will be accompanied by DJ music. If you want to enjoy $1 beers, you'll need to RSVP on the event website, which also lays out the full performance schedule.



Digable films

Alfred Hitchcock is known in cinema as the Master of Suspense for his uncanny ability to freak the bejeesus out of his audiences with subtlety and precision. The Saw movies might be a lot more gruesome, but even 53 years later, that shower scene in Psycho has a way of making you flinch without the need for buckets of fake blood. FilmOut San Diego will honor the portly director with a daylong Hitchcock Marathon, highlighting some of his greatest films, on Saturday, March 23, at the Birch North Park Theater (2891 University Ave.). See a bunch of beautiful blonde starlets get the Hitchcock treatment, starting at 12:45 p.m. with Rear Window. After that, it's Vertigo (3:15 p.m.), The Birds (6 p.m.) and, of course, Psycho (8:30 p.m.). You can purchase an all-access pass for $20 or see each film individually for $8. 


Digable girls

The porn industry is full of misogynist values and totally unrealistic sexual feats, but it doesn't have to be that way. Just look at the Suicide Girls-for more than a decade, the alt-porn website has featured thousands of badass punk and Goth vixens, many of them sporting rad tattoos, wildly colored hair and other body modifications (and, typically, little else). And these are real women, not superhuman models, cultivating their personalities with profiles, journals and public events--which, of course, is so much hotter. You can meet some well-known Suicide Girls at Mysterious Galaxy (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in Kearny Mesa) at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, where they'll sign copies of a new book, Hard Girls, Soft Light. (The first 25 people who show up get a free one-year membership to the website.) Afterward, head to an after-party at Bar Pink (3829 30th St. in North Park) to sip a signature SG cocktail, mingle with local SG models and, perhaps, if you're an aspiring Suicide Girl yourself, meet model coordinator Rigel Suicide. 


Digable brews

Yeah, of course the 4th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival is mostly about the beer, but organizers are showing that they understand that good beer is only made better with good food. This year's event features chefs from 20 local eateries serving up grub to wash down with all that excellent craft brew, including food makers from Carnitas Snack Shack, Farmhouse Café, R Gang Eatery, Sea Rocket Bistro and Terra. They'll be interspersed with 30 craft brewers from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Handlery Hotel (950 Hotel Circle N.). The first hour is VIP time, when pop-rockers Danny and the Tramp will provide the tunes (VIPs get a T-shirt, too). So*Cal Vibes take the stage after that, followed by fest-closers Split Finger, both of which groove the reggae. An after-party goes down in the Handlery's Reef Lounge. Tickets range from $20-$50

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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