May 4 2015 04:47 PM

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Creative Block
Photo by Michael Raymond


A couple months ago we profiled Cohort Collective, a "Who's Who" of local artists and curators that includes Spenser Little, Exist 1981, NEKO, Carly Ealey and more. Cohort Collective could be content to simply show off its own works, but they've invited nearly 50 other local artists to participate in Creative Block, a semi-regular art party on Friday, May 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. at SILO at Makers Quarter (753 15th St., East Village).

Last year's open-air event was a huge success, attracting hundreds of culture vultures to the space for a much-needed alternative version of the typical white-wall art exhibition. 

"It's a unique venue and a unique event," says Cohort member Christopher Konecki, when asked what makes Creative Block stand out from other art shows. "It's the best parts of being at a gallery show and painting outside with a killer lineup and some of the best artists in San Diego." 

That killer lineup includes CityBeat favorites like Sergio Hernandez, Celeste Byers, Joshua Krause and Wendy Teague. There will also be live painting of large-scale murals by CatGods, Mike Maxwell and MR DVICE. Cohort member Carly Ealey will be spinning tunes under her DJ moniker Carly Asada (she promises "fresh" tracks that include "old, new, some soul, some rap and sexy music"). There will also be libations from Old Harbor Distilling, beer from Karl Strauss and tacos from °SALUD!. Get there early. Just because there's no Padres game that night doesn't mean Downtown won't still be bustling. 

Bacon & Barrels Festival
Photo by Jeremy Ball / BOTTLE Branding


Give your diet a day off and roll yourself to the Embarcadero Marina Park South for Bacon & Barrels on Saturday, May 9. Pig out on bacon-inspired foods and wash the pork off your palate at a plethora of libation booths. Celebrity judges will award the Jefe del Porko award to the top chef and mixologist. Bringin' the bacon are places like Slater's 50/50, Salt & Cleaver and other meat-centric eateries. Booze by Stone Brewing Co., Bakon Vodka (natch) and a strong lineup of beer and spirits producers. The porcine party runs from 1 to 5 p.m., but VIP ticket holders get a head start at noon. The event is 21 and up and tickers range from $20 (bacon lovers/designated drivers) to $50 for general admission and $90 for VIP.  


Generally speaking, when someone is reading a book at a bar, it means they don't really want to be bothered. On the other hand, a bar that hosts a book release party from two rising figures in the local alt-lit scene is exactly the kind of place where we'd want to hang. On Wednesday, May 13, the Whistle Stop is hosting a double book-release party for Drew Andrews, author of the dystopian The Shepherd's Journals, and CityBeat web editor Ryan Bradford, author of the extra-spooky Horror Business. Both books will be available to buy, and the authors will be giving readings, answering questions and sharing some insight behind what went into their writings. There's no cover charge, but the books are $15 each ($25 for both), and the event is open to ages 21 and up. Click here for the Facebook event.

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