adams ave unplugged

23 Apr

Adams Ave Unplugged, the former Roots Festival that moved mostly indoors this year, had a good turnout this weekend with sidewalks full of people checking out the performances and businesses along Adams. One highlight was actor John C Reilly’s Saturday afternoon set with former San Diegan Tom Brosseau at the Normal Heights Methodist Church, where they played country/folk/spiritual songs to an enthusiastic crowd. The overflowing audience wasn’t shy when Reilly suggested they come up and sit in the choir seats.

Check out a video of the performance on Tom’s site.

As a Kensingtonian it was gratifying to see live music throughout our neck of Adams for once, with stages at Kensington Cafe, Ken Club and outside the library. The stage on the west side of Ponces was a bit awkward though, with a parked van blocking it at one point.

While on Adams in Normal Heights we stopped into Bine and Vine, across from Lestat’s, where they’re putting together quite a craft beer collection; “500 different kinds for now, increasing to 700 shortly”, we overheard the owner telling a customer.

Just down 30th from Adams, Pour House Brewing Company and Supply is going into the location shown below, says San Diego Beer Blog:

Over in Mission Hills, Brooklyn Girl Eatery opens this Friday. There was a private event going on there when we walked by last Thursday, so I took a picture of the interior from outside. There’s a decent-sized bar with a common seating area in front of it, which reminded me a bit of the Searsucker setup downtown. Check out their Facebook for much better interior shots.

Finally, Imig’s Kitchen is open at the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard, serving breakfast and brunch on a patio overlooking the pool and its “hipster version of Intervention at Hard Rock” (as one Yelper puts it).

– Five years ago this month, KPBS reporter Tom Fudge was seriously injured riding his bike on Montezuma Rd. near SDSU. Last week a cyclist was killed in the same location when a road-raging driver, impatient with a slow transit bus, veered into the bike lane and rear-ended the cyclist. No charges have been filed. Protest San Diego’s bike-unfriendly roads and the city’s unwillingness to protect its cycling citizens by participating in Wednesday’s Chuck Gilbreth Memorial Ride from Balboa Park to the City Administration building.

Also upcoming: Dining Out For Life is this Thursday throughout San Diego, with restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds to The Center’s HIV/AIDS initiatives… Little Italy’s Art Walk is this weekend… The San Diego Leukemia and Lymphoma Society holds their Man and Woman of the Year Grand Finale at Anthology on Thursday 5/10 at 5:30 PM… Cruisin’ Califas – The Art of Lowriding exhibit opens at Oceanside Museum of Art on Saturday 5/12.



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Bankers Hill Community Group Meeting
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Celebrate El Cajon Boulevard
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: April 24, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the burgeoning culture of El Cajon Boulevard as the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association (ECB BIA) hosts its annual Celebrate the Boulevard! event. The festivities take place from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at The Lafayette Hotel’s Mississippi Ballroom, 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, and include a full, fun evening of food, drink, local merchants, raffle prizes, special musical guests and new Boulevard Banner unveilings. Tickets are $15 / $20 day of show, and are available at
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Ends: April 25, 2015 - 6:00 pm
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