"Sausage & Beer Extravaganza." In San Diego-or anywhere else, for that matter-those are the only words needed to sell an event, right? This city's beer and food peddlers know what we want. From , sausage-focused restaurant and bar, Salt & Cleaver, will join forces with Green Flash Brewing Company for a five-course dinner and beer-pairing event at Salt & Cleaver (3805 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest). S & C's executive chef Carlos Anthony will lead guests through the food courses while Dave Adams, Green Flash's director of beer education (how's that for a dream job?), will school attendees on the finer points of the five expertly paired seasonal beers. Tickets are $50.---
Ten years is either the tin or aluminum anniversary, at least according to Hallmark. But here's a more palatable alternative: chocolate. And it just so happens that this year marks the 10th anniversary of one of San Diego's sweetest confectioners, Eclipse Chocolate (2145 Fern St., South Park). To mark the occasion, the chocolatier is hosting a month of mouth-watering events. Things kick off from , with a build-your-own chocolate bar workshop and, at , a Chocolate Threeway (chocolate, cheese and beer pairings). There's a chocolate and wine tasting on , and two five-course anniversary dinners on . Cost per event varies; see the website for the full schedule.
ACD Gallery (2923 Upas St.) in North Park is celebrating an end and a beginning on . It's the shop's grand opening, which happens to coincide with the end o' the summer (though, the weather report might disagree). Stop by between to check out ACD's curated selection of cool-kid clothing, accessories and art from makers like Lexdray (totes and backpacks), Norse Projects (men's clothing), Medicom Toy (Japanese collectibles) and DSPTCH (camera accessories). ACD is tiny, but it reminds us of the kind of places you'd find walking down a side street in, say, Brooklyn or San Francisco. At , an after-party kicks off at Bluefoot Bar, just across the street, with DJ sets by Addison Groove, Question & Freddie Joachim and Blend*E.
Local artist Matt Dunn plays with words, weaving them into his paintings, drawings and sculptures in abstract, interesting ways. Using text is one way, Dunn says, to create an immediate entry point. "People come into my studio-often people who think they don't know how to look at art-and they read my work closely in spite of themselves," he said in a recent Q&A. "I make visual work people want to pronounce." Dunn's work doesn't often form a clear narrative; instead, it helps people recognize words' ability to communicate all sorts of feelings, thoughts, visuals, aesthetics and more. Dunn's solo show of text-based works, Anti-Analogy, opens at The Hill Street County Club Gallery (Artist Alley, 212 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside) from .