For years, the building just across the parking lot from CityBeat's office in North Park was home to a sleepy old Christian bookstore. Not anymore. Now it's where Mike Hess Brewing has a tasting room, and it's really activated the block. The block will really be bumpin' from Mike Hess Brewing Anniversary Street Party. While the tasting room has been open for less than two years, the brewery's been in business now for four years, and Hess will celebrate the milestone with a shindig featuring its own great beer plus beer from 11 other San Diego brewers; food from Coin-Op, Crazee Burger, O'Brien's Pub, Sicilian Pizza Thing, Smoke House Kings, Toronado, URBN and Waypoint Public; and a couple of live bands. A $40 ticket gets unlimited beer samples and four food samples starting at A $55 ticket gets the same plus access to a VIP party inside the tasting room-where folks can taste Hess' Grazias beer "dosed" 10 different ways by other local brewers-from ---, when the brewery takes over Grim Street-between University Avenue and North Park Way-for the
Audience participation at the symphony tends to be kept to a minimum. The conductor isn't likely to take requests, the audience doesn't hoist iPhones in the air and the lead oboe player is probably not going to crowd surf. But with the new Your Song, Your Story initiative, the San Diego Symphony is engaging audiences in a new and unusual way. Participants were asked to submit videos of music, stories or choreographed dance, and of the more than 300 submissions, 18 were chosen to be performed by the symphony, led by Bill Conti, in a series of free concerts. The first took place on July 9, but there are three more scheduled, at which attendees can enjoy music as well as food and family activities. The next two concerts-both free admission-are Tuesday, July 15. There's one at at the Joan Kroc Theatre in Rolando (6611 University Ave.), and an evening concert a at Embarcadero Marina Park South.
The best museum exhibitions are the ones that include creative programming, bringing in speakers, films and events that help add meaning to the works on display. A great example of this sort of creative programming takes place at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park on Saturday and . As part of Empowering Women, on view through , Folk Art Market will feature goods for sale like silk and felt rugs made in Kyrgyzstan, traditional Oaxacan jewelry, linotype prints from Kung and Ju/'Oansi Bushmen and handwoven baskets, wall hangings and jewelry from Rwanda. In all, artisans from 10 countries will be represented at the market, which takes place from both days. Free with museum admission.