Nov. 13 2013 11:52 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Jeff Berkley (left) and Calman Hart
Photo by Dennis Andersen


Some great ideas come from a night of drunkenness with friends. The challenge is to take one of those ideas and make it a reality—unless it involves kidnapping a llama from a circus. We’re looking at you, drunken French dudes.

Musicians Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart, members of the folk duo Berkley Hart, were drinking whiskey with their friend, songwriter Tim Flack, not too long ago. At one point, Flack blurted out that Berkley Hart should re-create The Last Waltz, The Band’s farewell concert, filmed by Martin Scorsese. The concert, coupled with the subsequent 1978 documentary that came from it, is considered an iconic piece of rock ’n’ roll history.

Berkeley Hart ran with the idea, calling it a “no-brainer,” and will perform The Last Waltz—Live! at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Poway Center for the Performing Arts (15498 Espola Road).

“Since I’ve been a kid, it’s been one of my favorite records and movies of all time,” Berkley says. “For everyone in the show, this goes back to when we were kids in our bedrooms playing guitar or drums or singing by ourselves, or learning about songwriting. This is what we used to picture ourselves doing, playing these songs. This is what the show’s been about, us getting to be our idols for a night.”

Berkley Hart will be joined on stage by classic-rock tribute band Back to the Garden, along with a huge lineup of special guests, including Marc Ford (The Black Crowes), Sue Palmer, Stevie Harris (The Styletones) and many others. Together, they’ll play the definitive songs from The Last Waltz, including “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and Berkley’s personal favorite, “Up on Cripple Creek.”

“We have a lot of folks in San Diego that have been really loyal to us,” Berkley says. “We feel like we want to give them a good show or something new and fun.”

Tickets are $22-$42 and can be purchased at


Ping pong, booze, live music and art. The Thursday Night Thing brings a night of high culture, San Diego-style, to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Downtown location (1001 Kettner Blvd.). From 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, the event will feature Mike Berg’s large, woven kilims rugs. Living in Turkey, Berg works with artisans to create textiles with abstract design. Brazilian conceptual artist Nelson Leirner will show work that uses pop-culture objects and found kitsch to create sculpture and collage that critique art and politics. As part of Leirner’s work, guests can sign up for a ping pong tournament, as well as feast on food from MIHO Gastrotruck, sip vodka cocktails and listen to live music, including locals Family Wagon. Admission is $10, $8 for 

Most of y’all are probably too young to remember the Egyptian Theatre on Park Boulevard in Hillcrest. Opened in 1926 as one of San Diego’s first “luxury” movie houses, the theater’s Egyptian-influenced art-deco architecture inspired other buildings on the block. In a nod to that history, the area’s recently been dubbed the Egyptian Quarter. To celebrate, on Thursday, Nov. 14, head to Park, between University and Robinson avenues, for Egyptian Ba- zaar & Movie Night. The bazaar, featuring vintage clothing, retro furniture and accessories and live art, kicks off at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., catch a showing of Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, which will be screened in the parking lot (bring your own chair or blanket) between Numbers and Heat Bar & Kitchen.

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email our events editor, Alex Zaragoza. You can also bug her on Twitter.