Inside and out
We've already told you how awesome Lux Art Institute is time and time again, so we won't waste space here. All you need to know is this: The art-in-residency space and gallery is offering free admission through December, and the current artist-in-residence, Alison Moritsugu, makes the type of political-yet-pretty work that both the conceptual and aesthetic crowds can appreciate. Lux is closed Christmas Day, but is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27. www.luxartinstitute.org.
Yeah, yeah—so the big important holiday is happening the day before, but that's no excuse to miss Steve Kendrick, the founding father of the Ocean Beach Comedy night at Winston's (1921 Bacon St.), doing his stand-up shtick at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26. And before you roll your eyes, rub your holiday-fattened belly and think you're too good for amateur comedy, you should know that OBC is kind of a big deal. Some of the shows sell out. And Kendrick, by the way, isn't the type of organizer to give himself a vanity show just because he can. The guy's actually pretty damn funny. Check out the opening lines of a recent blog post on his MySpace page: “One of the coolest things about having your appendix burst and having gangrene glaze your organs is not just the sexy visuals. It is the morphine machine.” Now that's funny. $5. www.winstonsob.com or www.myspace.com/ocenabeachcomedy.
Save the center
Budget cuts. If we had a dollar for every time we heard those two words, we'd be richer than the city of San Diego. That isn't saying much, of course, considering the deep, dark hole the city finds itself in, but just when we thought we had it bad here in San Diego, the folks down in Chula Vista remind us that things could be a lot worse. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at Bayside Park (off Plover Way) in Chula Vista, community members will hold a fundraiser in hopes of keeping the Chula Vista Nature Center up and running. Grampadrew and others will be playing some live music, and there'll be food, vendors, activities for the kiddies and more. So bring money and remember it's in the name of nature. www.savethechulavistanaturecenter.com.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
The Catamaran Resort (3999 Mission Blvd. in Pacific Beach) is like a little tropical oasis smack dab in the middle of a sea of cement. The grounds are filled with jungle-like landscaping, a huge pool and hot tub, bay access and a nice big bar. Good thing the people at Vavi Sport & Social Club had the foresight to think to themselves, Hey, we should throw a big-ass New Year's Eve party here. Hence the partnership with Beach Party 2009 and the all-inclusive (drinks, food, champagne toast and party favors) event featuring five rooms of entertainment, including a performance by Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, DJs Fresh One and Chris Cutz, DJ Advice and more. Tickets range from $139 for normal folk to $174 for VIPs. Things kick off Wednesday, Dec. 31, around 8 p.m. and can last all night if you buy into the bed-and-breakfast deal. www.newyearsevesandiegoparty.com/beach.The hipster set: You know what the skinny-jeans-wearing masses say, right? It ain't a party unless DJs Saul Q and Gabe Vega are there. Starting when the pre-drinking ends, the New Year's Eve Prom Night party at Airport Lounge (2400 India St., Little Italy) will be a dancey, crazy fashionable free-for-all, thanks in part to the $35 champagne bottles, the encouraged tacky-prom attire and the makeshift prom photo booth. Your $20 buys you party favors, a video-sequenced NYE countdown and music from Vega and Saul, plus Erick Diaz and Adam Salter. Of course, it's going down Wednesday, Dec. 31, so don't overdo if you're one of those poor S.O.B.s who have to work the next day. www.myspace.com/theanalogshowsd or www.myspace.com/feelthenoise.And one for the tecktonik kids, too: In case you haven't been paying attention to what's going on in Mexico, Europe and small pockets in the U.S., here's the latest: Electro is more than just a type of hard-hitting electronic music; it's a way of life. That's what the kids who identify as “tecktonik” say, anyway, and if you show up at the MSTRKRFT New Year's Eve party at Spin (2028 Hancock St. in Old Town), starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, and going till 4 a.m., you'll see what they mean. Wear screen-printed neon, tight jeans, a small black hoodie, hot-pink plastic sunglasses and maybe a flat-billed baseball cap and be ready to try your hand at the official tecktonik dance style while opening DJs Felix Cartal, Loudnoises and Harvard Bass get the crowd prepped for Canadian electro-duo MSTRKRT's set. $55. www.spinnightclub.com.See more New Year's Eve on this page.
Musicals aren't just for old gay men anymore—they're for everyone. That's the message the Birch North Park Theatre and Hawthorn's Restaurant are sending out with their stellar Musical Sing-Along Movie Series happening now through Jan. 9 at the theater (2891 University Ave.). At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, bring Grandma, Grandpa, the kids and even Uncle Ted to the screening of Grease. Stop in at Hawthorn's next door, either before or after the show, and present your ticket stub for a half-priced drink (that could be a Shirley Temple for little Cindy-Lou). Aside from Rocky Horror, this is probably your one-and-only chance to attend a public screening of a musical in which you're actually encouraged to sing along—or even stand up and dance in the aisle if you feel so compelled. Take advantage. Oh, and old gay men are certainly invited, too. $7-$9. www.birchnorhtparktheatre.net, 619-239-8836.