From 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, CityBeat will take over The New Children's Museum, 200 West Island Ave., Downtown for our Best of San Diego Party Extravaganza. In celebration of our Best Of issue, our biggest issue of the year that's filled with both readers and writers' picks of the best of the best in the city, we've invited our friends from Zirk Ubu circus to wander through the museum stunning guests with their fire-eating, stilt-walking and other strange skills; we've asked local restaurants like the Sea Rocket Bistro to set up free tasting stations; we've gathered local breweries to participate in a mini microbrew festival; we've booked our favorite soul band, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, to perform; and there'll be a live art show by Schugariver and a craft show by North Park Craft Mafia. Your $15 ticket will help benefit the Children's Museum. We hope to see you there. www.sdcitybeat.com, 619-281-7526.
Back from ashes
Just one year after the devastating Harris Fire, the village of Jamul has decided to reintroduce itself to the broader San Diego County region with the Painted Pony Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, outside Jamul Intermediate School, 14545 Lyons Valley Road. With the help of a Community Enhancement Grant from the county, the Jamul Arts and Music Council has put together quite the day. From real-live painted horses to live painting of life-sized horse statues and music by Trails and Rails (cowboy and folk songs), a set by The Burnsville Band and more, the Painted Pony Arts Festival will give you that old-timey, small-town country-type feeling you can't find in San Diego proper. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Expressive art: From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, the Expressive Arts Institute (2820 Roosevelt Road, Suite 204, in Point Loma) will show works by recent graduates and current students. The institute uses the art-making experience to enhance personal and professional growth and help its students deal with life in general. The work ranges from paintings and sculpture to masks, body paintings, wood angels and more. www.arts4change.com, 619-925-3794.
The small-business owners in North Park are homies—just ask the women who run the boutiques Kate Ross and Mimi + Red. The ladies are putting together a Holiday Fashion Show for the grand-opening party of North Park's newest addition, The Lab, a salon and gallery at 3034 University Ave. (next to Mimi + Red). Kate Ross will be handling the menswear, and Mimi + Red will take on the rest. The Lab, of course, will show off its scissor skills in the show, and Ikah Love, a local DJ who's a favorite in North Park, will provide the sounds. It's all happening at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Sweetwater Saloon in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207 Fifth Ave., Downtown. www.mimiandred.com.
Refugees in the forefront
Doctors Without Borders is bringing its worldwide work to California in an eight-city tour that turns a public space into a refugee camp. The international medical humanitarian organization will be at the Presidents Way lawn in Balboa Park from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from Thursday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 9. Its presentation, A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City, incorporates the actual materials Doctors Without Borders uses in its work around the world. Guests will walk through a cholera-treatment center, a health clinic and emergency refugee housing and have the opportunity to talk to aid workers who've been in places like Afghanistan and The Republic of Congo, where they've faced the challenges of building shelter, finding food and clean water and handling waste disposal before they can even begin to think about providing the greatly needed basic medical care. www.doctorswithoutborders.org/refugeecamp.
FOOD & WINE
Maynard makes vino
A few interesting facts about Maynard James Keenan, frontman for the bands Tool and Puscifer: Keenan once worked as an interior designer for pet stores, loves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a vintner who owns Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards. From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, the reclusive rock star and antihero will sign bottles of some of his recent products at Whole Foods Market, 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive in La Jolla, along with fellow vintner Eric Glomski of Page Springs Cellars. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
The first-ever California Surf Film Festival, happening in Oceanside from Nov. 7 through 9, has a pretty impressive guest appearance lined up. Filmmaker Bruce Brown, the guy behind surf films including Slippery When Wet, Surf Crazy, Endless Summer and Endless Summer II, will be on hand to discuss his films and even do live narration during one of the screenings. Other surf films will be screened and more guest appearances have yet to be announced. The VIP pre-screening reception with Brown is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, and costs $50. The live narration with Brown is later at 8 p.m. and is just $35. General admission to the other movies is $10 each. Proceeds benefit the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. Check www.califroniasurffestival.com for the location, to buy tickets and for the complete schedule.