Dec. 11 2013 01:03 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Photo by Jim Baross


Kids both naughty and nice will be tricking out their bikes with seasonal flare and rolling to East Village for the Third Annual Holiday Joy Ride on Thursday, Dec. 12. The night begins around 5:30 p.m. with a festive “light your bike” ride through Downtown, starting and ending at SILO in Makers Quarter (753 15th St.).

“We’ll roll out for a three- to five-mile, slow-paced ride,” said Andy Hamshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. “It’s festive. There’s a lot of people with decorated and lighted bikes. We had a Santa and a Grinch last year. We highly encourage creativity.”

The after-party includes beer, gourmet food trucks, a DJ, a silent auction and a number of speakers. The 1,500-member coalition will also announce its annual Golden Gear Awards, given to those who helped make the San Diego region more bike-friendly.

Winners include Randy Van Vleck of the City Heights Community Development Corporation, as well as volunteers of the year Julie Hocking and Robert Leone.

“This is a chance for the coalition to talk about accomplishments for the year, the progress of bicycling in the region and recognize individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to advance bicycling,” Hamshaw said.

The keynote speaker this year is Charlie Gandy, a nationally recognized expert in bicycle planning. Gandy founded and served as the first executive director of the Texas Bicycle Coalition before moving on to national advocacy. Most recently, he worked as the coordinator for the Bike Long Beach campaign.

“Every year, we try to feature a speaker from somewhere else so they can share what’s happening in other parts of the country,” Hamshaw said. “It shows the developing bike culture that’s happening all over the country to accommodate bike transportation as a smart thing to do.”

The event is for those 21 and older. A $15 ticket includes a beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.


For the Fast Forward exhibition, curator Meegan Nolan didn’t want any con-ceptual or stylistic themes. Her objective was to simply pull together as many of the region’s best artists and pack them under one roof. She’s seemingly done just that—the roster is as long as it is impressive and diverse. See everything from urban-influenced art by UBE and Neko to oil paintings by Dan Adams and Richard Messenger. PJ Fidler, an L.A. artist whose narrative paintings are beautiful and captivating, will have a piece on view, as will Krissy Fernandez (aka Junk & PO), an emerging artist producing stunning work. All the art is small, which probably means it’s affordable. The show opens from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and will be on view through Jan. 14.


La Mesa is the new North Park. The burg to San Diego’s east is attracting young, hip families with its low(er) home prices and quaint downtown area. Check out the city’s vibe at Christmas in the Village, happening from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Sat urday, Dec. 13 and 14. There’ll be a parade down La Mesa Boulevard (at 5 p.m.), carolers, food and gift vendors, Santa, live music and ponies. Yes, ponies. If La Mesa’s too far east, stay within city limits and head to Holiday on Adams on Saturday, Dec. 14. Retailers will stay open late and offer in-store specials and, from 2 to 5 p.m. in both Kensington Park and Adams Park, you can visit with Santa, make arts and crafts and browse for gifts made by local artisans.,

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email Kinsee Morlan.