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10 San Diego Uptown News | Apr. 1–14, 2011


Uptown Beer Fest likely to sell out

By Erin Coe SDUN Reporter I

n an effort to support San Diego’s thriving craft brewing and music scenes, the popular CityBeat Festival of Beers is hosting its fourth-annual event in University Heights. The event will showcase beers from about 40 breweries while several local bands strut their stuff on stage.

The festival, set to take place on Sat., April 9, in

front of the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard, has sold out for the last three years, and this year is expected to be no different.

The event can only admit 1,600 people, and more than half of the general admission tickets for unlim- ited 1-ounce beer tasters were sold as of March 9. All of the VIP tickets, which allow attendants to sample up to 10 special beers from local breweries, have also been snapped up. With 35 craft breweries, San Diego County is

at the forefront of the craft brewing industry, said Kevin Hellman, publisher of San Diego CityBeat and president of the San Diego Music Foundation, which is receiving the festival proceeds along with the San Diego Brewers Guild.

“People all over the world now know that San Diego beer is something special,” he said. “This event is a celebration of what craft brewers here in San Diego are all about.” Beers from Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Stone

Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co. and other local breweries will be on tap as well as suds from breweries well beyond the county’s borders, such as Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery and Nevada-based Knee Deep Brewing Co. Accompanying all that beer drinking will be live

music from local bands Tape Deck Mountain, Little Hurricane, Maren Parusel and Stevie & the Hi-Stax. Making beer is what San Diego is known for, but

that’s not what the city is all about, said Adam Car- bonell, president of the San Diego Brewers Guild. “There is good music in our backyard, and Kevin’s taking all that talent and putting it on the street for one day,” he said. “There’s also going to be great beer, and it’s going to be a showcase of what’s the best in San Diego.” Proceeds from the event will go toward a host of

programs run by the music foundation, including its Taylor Guitars for Schools initiative. The foundation has donated more than 1,600 gui-

Collage by Marilyn Mitchell displayed in Terminal 2 West baggage area at San Diego International Airport.


project was really important to me. It’s important to make art and fashion accessible and to let kids know that their imagination and creativity is valuable.” Marilyn Mitchell, artist for

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tars to county elementary schools over the past 13 years and is expanding the program to high schools, according to Hellman, who has been involved in the music business since 1979 as a DJ, promoter, book- ing agent and music writer.

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team Arts Collide, explained how her team’s theme was inspired by diatoms, microscopic organisms that live in the ocean and provide a large amount of its oxygen. “The reason we chose them is because they’re absolutely beauti- ful,” said Mitchell. “They’re almost iridescent, and each one is unique, so they’re similar to snowflakes. But [we also chose them] because we thought they would bring awareness to the idea of global climate change and things people can do to perhaps improve the environment.” Arts Collide will exhibit at the San Diego Art Department in North Park, which as Mitchell described it, is the ideal location to display the project because it has plenty of space. Her piece alone—a print-media inspired, drawn and painted collage depicting fashion, the environment and the ocean—is 22-feet long and will be set along- side the fashion pieces and a film by documenter Debb Solan. With Thomine Wilson of St. Madeline Sophie’s Center—a program for adults with develop- mental disabilities—as its educator, the team’s exhibit will also feature mosaic and glass tiles based on dia- toms done by the center’s students in Solan’s glass art studio. The collaboration allowed for the team members to move outside their normal artistic boundaries, “to push people further,” said Mitchell. She said her work, as well as the team’s fashion design- er’s pieces, became more colorful as a result of working together. Thanks to designer Jennafer Grace’s influence, Mitchell said

her project uses “a lot of glitter, sequins, iridescents—things that I don’t normally work with. As one of my friends put it, it has a lot of bling.”

Being that fashion is part of

everyone’s life, Mitchell stressed that she hoped the project would give a sense of validity and respect to fashion as an art form, chang- ing people’s views to allow them to think about it differently, and see it as a vital and beautiful part of life. The teams will display their fi- nal pieces in a series of exhibitions over the next couple of months. The first event opened on March 26 and will run until September at the San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2, west baggage claim. There will also be a VIP fashion show on April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., also in the terminal. On May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.,

there will be a public catwalk launch at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd.

Four of the teams will be on display at galleries in North Park: Team UME’s work will be on display at Cirello Gallery at 3803 Ray St. from April 16 to May 15, with an opening reception on April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., and a closing reception during Ray at Night May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Team Crossroads will be

featured at Mosaic Gallery at 3422 30th St. from April 2 to May 15, with a reception on April 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. Team N-GOM’s exhibit will be at Planet Rooth Design Haus at 3334 Fifth Ave. from April 16 to May 15, with a reception on May 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Team Arts Collide will show at the San Diego Art Department from April 16 to May 15, with an opening reception on April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a closing reception during Ray at Night May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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