Oct. 19 2011 02:01 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Everest headlines Rocktoberfest
1 German excuses

Is “Blank-toberfest” the new “Blanka-palooza?” Or is it closer to Cinco de Mayo, a foreign holiday integrated into American pop culture as an excuse to get hammered? Perhaps, as a theme, it’s simply the best possible option for an October party that doesn’t require the organization of a costume contest.

We’re not complaining, especially not about San Diego Rocktoberfest, the mini-fest in North Park organized by West Coast tavern, FM 94/9 and The Casbah. Check out this lineup:

The Los Angeles alt-country band Everest is returning to San Diego after a month-long residency at The Casbah in February. We’ve profiled this band twice in the last few years, delving into its big-brother / little brother relationship with folk-rock master Neil Young. They’re supported by local heroes The Soft Pack (they were The Muslims before they were famous), whose music CityBeat writer AnnaMaria Stephens described as “punky garage rock… stripped-down songs with tight riffs, raw edges and post-adolescent angst.” Also on the schedule are The Creepy Creeps, Dead Feather Moon, The Styletones, Low Volts and The Heavy Guilt.

The show runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, out back of Birth North Park Theatre (2895 University Ave.). Tickets are $15 in advance, with no dayof price listed, probably because it’s expected to sell out like the FM 94/9 Independence Jam in Oceanside, where Everest and The Soft Pack played in June.

2 Shocking dance

Malashock Dance Company has been pushing the boundaries of movement since 1988, when John Malashock founded his company in San Diego. Malashock’s latest concert, Malashock/RAW 2, is a sequel of sorts featuring new, exciting dance pieces choreographed by Michael Mizerany, Tijuana’s Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea and Malashock himself. Malashock’s “Piece of World,” according to the company, is an “edgy character study” featuring solos, duets and trios, while Mizerany’s “Desperate Love” explores the gel Arambula will debut “Harem,” which explores the struggle for control and success. The show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Oct. 22, at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre (2910 La Jolla Village Drive). 

3 Knights who say ‘ni’ 

If you’re growing weary of the usual list of entertainment options in San Diego, how about a jousting tournament? The Tournament of the Phoenix is coming to Poway Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct 23. It’s a two-day (Friday is a preview day only) competition and festival featuring competitors from the United States, England and Poland jousting for your enjoyment, plus bagpipes, food and Medieval-themed activities for all ages, happening at Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. We recommend imagining you’re part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and shouting comments about “mere flesh wounds.” Advance tickets are $8 for Friday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), $15 for Saturday or Sunday, $25 for a weekend pass ($10, $18 and $30 at the gate).

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