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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Events on November 20, 2014
San Diego River Foundation Happy Hour / Fundraiser
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Description: Join Us for A Happy Hour
November 20th: 5-9PM

Join us at Groundswell Brewing as we raise a glass in celebration of the San Diego River Park and raise funds for our Student Research Fund.

Suggested donation of $10 at the door. All proceeds go to providing student research stipends for our HRHC program. Plus you will have a chance to win awesome prizes just by being there: spa packages, art, SeaWorld tickets and more.

Groundswell Brewing
5PM - 9PM (open period)
6304 Riverdale Street
BikeSD 2nd Year Anniversary Party
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Description: 5:30 PM - Group Ride from Balboa Park's Bea Evenson Fountain (the big fountain). Group will make a pitstop at Old Town to pick up anyone arriving at Old Town en route to Modern Times. Led by John Anderson. Details:
6:15 PM - Arrive at Modern Times. Settle in, mingle, get dinner. Valet parking provided by Hub + Spoke Cycleworks
7:00 PM - Program begins. Featured Speaker is Dr. Sarah McCullough.
The theme for BikeSD's third year is: Culture, Community and Livability. What should we focus on year three? What have we learned after two years of advocacy? What would you like us to do more of, and do less of?

Our featured speaker, Dr. McCullough will be talking about the pleasure of riding and how we can use enjoyment as a powerful tool for bike advocacy.
Sarah McCullough is a humanities researcher who examines how bicycling can be a mechanism for cultural change. She’s studied the 1970s bike boom, the origins of mountain biking, DIY bike repair spaces, feminism, equity, and the pleasure of bicycling. She runs a research center at UC San Diego and received her PhD in Cultural Studies at UC Davis.

The rest of the evening will feature short films, music, inspiring speeches and more.
9:00 PM - Ride back to Balboa Park.
North Park Third Thursdays
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 20, 2014 - 10:00 pm
Events on November 21, 2014
Mission Valley Mall Food Truck Gathering
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 21, 2014 - 9:00 pm
57 Degrees 3rd Friday Food Truck Extravaganza
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 21, 2014 - 10:00 pm
BLVD Market
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: November 21, 2014 - 10:00 pm
Description: Monthly marketplace featuring upcoming chefs:
Events on November 22, 2014
Open air fish market
Starts: 8:00 am
Ends: November 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Makers Arcade Holiday Fair
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: November 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Description: A locally-curated arts and crafts fair:
Events on November 25, 2014
Tasty Truck Tuesdays
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: November 25, 2014 - 9:00 pm