When the power went out shortly before Chef Chad White's Sept. 8 Ballast Point Beer dinner at Sea Rocket Bistro (3382 30th St., North Park), White and his crew opted to cook by candlelight rather than cancel the event. The place was packed and the meal was a hit. So, White's gonna do it again. Happening from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, and called the "Blackout Dinner," the only thing different this time is that the kitchen will have light, but the dining room will be dark, save for candles (oh, and there's no beer pairing). The three-course menu looks mighty good, though: spicy shrimp, black cod and a dark-chocolate bread pudding. $35. RSVP here if you'd like to attend.---
At the recent South Park Walkabout, Mercado Golondrina-local artists and entrepreneurs Enrique Lugo, Selina Calvo and Nuvia Crisol Guerra and some talented collaborators-set up a makeshift market in an alley off Fern Street, selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods ranging from jewelry to stunning metalwork masks, all-natural lip balms and pieces of decorative art. They've got a few events coming up, one of which takes place at Queen Bee's (3925 Ohio St., North Park) from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Oct. 6. Israel Maldonado and DJs Buddha and AxL will provide the music and the event also serves as the opening for Trick or Treat, a group art exhibition that'll be on display at Queen Bee's through October. Find out more about Mercado Golondrina.
From hair salons to wine bars, there's no venue too challenging for choreographer Peter Kalivas and his dance company, The PGK Project. San Diego Dances, Kalivas' roving performance series, invites dancers from various local companies to put together site-specific work to be performed in an intimate, casual setting. It's part of Kalivas' ongoing effort to make dance more accessible to the general public. The next San Diego Dances takes place at the Alexander Salazar Fine Art gallery (1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8. There'll be choreography by Michael Mizerany, associate artistic director of Malashock Dance, Amanda Dal
We try out best to cover the local music scene but, obviously, we can't cover everything. That's why we're glad that, for the last 10 years, we've shared many a coffee-shop newsstand with the Troubadour, which has dutifully covered San Diego's roots and folk scene, from open mics to the rising stars. To celebrate its decade anniversary, the publication is throwing a bash and fundraiser at Sunset Temple (3911 Kansas St., North Park) Sunday, Oct. 9. The show starts at 6 p.m. and includes open-mic sessions and short sets from musicians Berkley Hart, A.J. Croce, Robin Henkel and Steve Poltz. There will also be a drawing for a sweet guitar and an even sweeter banjo. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 and a compilation of local artists will also be for sale. sandiegotroubadour.com