1. Beer for boobs
If you're into local craft beer, by now you've heard the story behind the "Cancer Can't Kill Me" graffiti that appeared on a wall at the construction site of Bagby Beer Co., a brewery in Oceanside that'll hopefully open this summer. In short, the Bagby folks initially saw the graffiti as an act of vandalism. But once they uncovered the story behind the piece—an artist put it up to honor a friend who was battling the disease and eventually succumbed—the brewers embraced it.
"The mural is still up, and it will remain a part of Bagby Beer for as long as Bagby Beer is here," says owner and head brewer Jeff Bagby.
The anti-cancer graffiti will be part of the backdrop of the Brewbies Festival, which will be held in the Bagby Beer parking lot (601 S. Coast Hwy.) from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Melanie Pierce, the woman behind the breast-cancer-awareness event, says the artwork was coincidental, but she's happy it's there.
"The whole story is really inspiring," Pierce says. "It's a true testament to why we do this event."
The annual craft-beer festival will feature more than 50 breweries from around the country. Half of them have brewed specialty pink beers for the fest. Some brewers use strawberries, raspberries, rose petals or pomegranate juice to color their beer, while others, says Pierce, "sorta cheat" by simply using dyes. Pierce herself is working with a Los Angeles brewery to create an oatmeal stout with a foamy pink head.
A $35 ticket ($50 if you buy it at the door or $75 for VIP status) gets six tasters. Proceeds benefit The Keep A Breast Foundation. Food vendors will be onsite, as will Gladys, an adorable miniature-horse-turned-unicorn touring the country with event sponsor Spy Optic. brewbies.org
2. Were rolling
The 13th annual international Bicycle Film Fest will spin into North Park on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, with photo exhibits, rides, contests, parties and several films from around the world, all in celebration of one of the most elegant modes of transportation ever invented. Festivities start with happy hour at 5 p.m. Friday at Tiger!Tiger! (3025 El Cajon Blvd.), then continue down the street with Breakless: Photos by Matt Lingo at the Coffee & Tea Collective (2911 El Cajon Blvd.). On Saturday, there's more beer to be drunk starting at noon at Tiger!Tiger, and the main event—the film fest—starts at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The after-party rolls into Bar Pink at 10 p.m. with DJ Mike Delgado.
3. Party now, repent later
Will Hillcrest Fat Tuesday be packed with the same sort of flair and fun you'd expect from an event put on by the folks behind the annual Pride Festival? Hell, yeah! A masquerade parade, complete with floats and tossed beads, kicks things off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, free and open to the public. If you wish to stay for the 21-and-up portion, a $20 ticket ($30 day-of) gets you into a street party with stilt walkers, an outdoor nightclub, trapeze artists, fire dancers, a main stage hosted by Tootie from Lips (shame on you if you don't know Tootie), gourmet food vendors and two bars. We can't think of many better ways this side of NOLA to fit in some pre-Lent debauchery. Mardi Gras-appropriate attire is welcomed. hillcrestfattuesday.com
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