The food-truck trend meets the reality-TV craze in The Great Food Truck Race, a Food Network series that kicks off its second season on Aug. 14. This time around, look for Devilicious cruising across your flat screen. The San Diego food truck is known for its serious love of dead pig and creative dishes like the butter-poached lobster and grilled-cheese sandwich, the blue-cheese-and-bacon-stuffed jalapenos and a PB&J with cream cheese and bacon. Click here to follow Devilicious in reality and on TV.
Thumpbrint Gallery continues its dedication to showing contemporary urban art with an exhibition of paintings by Miguel Angel Godoy, an artist who started out blending low-rider culture, the cholo lifestyle and hip-hop to come up with his artistic style. That style's grown and evolved and, for his solo show at Thumbprint, Godoy has focused on the art of the portrait. See his works at the show's closing reception from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at 2637 University Ave. in North Park. Click here to see more of Godoy's work.
The first guest at the Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park) was Bob Hope. Many Hollywood types followed and, back in its heyday, the hotel's pool and nightclub was the place to be. These days, the weekend pool parties can still get kinda wild, but there hasn't been steady live music outside the sounds coming from the Red Fox piano bar for quite some time. The new, hopefully annual, Rock the Boulevard series wants that to change. Stop by the hotel's Mississippi Ballroom at 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, for the last show in the series, a set by soulful rhythm-and-blues band, The Amandas. If you like what you hear, let the organizers know that you'd like to see Rock the Boulevard return in 2012. Click here for details. $10.
It's easy to write off Seaport Village as a place you go only when your midwest relatives come to town. But don't forget about gems like Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse (835C West Harbor Drive), which is cute, cozy and cool, hosting a live jazz series and interesting literary events like the ongoing San Diego Shakespeare Society readings. At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Upstart hosts French wine expert Oliver Magney and San Diego chefs Ron Oliver and Bernard Guillas, authors of Flying Pans, for a night they're calling "The Perfect Pairing." Join the discussion about food and wine and Magney's new book, Stuff Parisians Like. Click here for event details.
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