How do you pack lectures about a cross-country scavenger hunt, the war on Japanese whalers, a Scandinavian festival in North Dakota and four other subjects into one evening? By forcing the presentation into 6-minutes-and-40-second segments. The San Diego Architectural Foundation is hosting its 14th PechaKucha Night on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. Started in Tokyo, PechaKucha's unique formula—20 slides, 20 seconds per slide—seeks to introduce creative people to the wide array of projects going on San Diego. This time, CityBeat staff writer Dave Maass will be presenting a mini-lecture on the Dustball Rally, a barely legal road rally he covered last summer. The night starts at 6 p.m. with drinks and snacks (from MIHO); presentations start at 8:20 p.m. (20:20, get it?). The event is asking for a $10 donation from attendees. Check out the full line-up here.
Little Italy's Craft & Commerce (675 W. Beech St.) has definitely made our list of cool-looking places to get a good dinner and a great drink. But what about the meat and craft-cocktail-loving restaurant's new brunch? Jalapeno-glazed biscuit sandwich? Or an updated take on fried chicken and waffles? Yum! And a proper brunch wouldn't be complete without a Bloody Mary or glass of champagne. Craft & Commerce takes it one step further with 11 brunch-appropriate cocktails like the Londan Chai (chai gin, lemon and egg white) and the Brass Monk (rum, beer, orange juice and lemon absinthe). The new brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. craft-commerce.com
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