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    Music, beer, brats and sausage tosses at Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
    Sep 27, 2016 | 750 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Ms. Oktoberfest contestants participate in the annual stein holding contest at last year's Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Ms. Oktoberfest contestants participate in the annual stein holding contest at last year's Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A group of friends have fun at last year's Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A group of friends have fun at last year's Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Break out the lederhosen, steins and oompah music as the 12th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is ready to roll Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8 in the coastal community. Southern California’s wildest and only Oktoberfest party at the beach will feature live music, a beer garden, contests, a beer tasting and a $1,000 Sausage Toss competition. Denise (Denny) Knox, executive director of Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA), the community's Business Improvement District (BID), said the annual fundraiser benefits many organizations. “All the people pouring beer are working for their own charities all geared towards youth sports,” said Knox adding, “The OB Community Foundation is raising funds for local youth sports with their OB Brat Trot. OB MainStreet is raising funds for beautification projects and maintenance projects in the commercial areas of Ocean Beach.” Noting the BID is looking forward to the fall classic just like everyone else, Knox added, “This event is very popular and brings a lot of shoppers downtown. It’s the kind of event where you can pop in the beer garden to hear your favorite band, and then meet friends up and down the street. “And, since we allow re-entry to the beer garden, people can come and go as they please. Lots of people enter the various contests and really enjoy being near the beach for all the activities.” Knox added Friday night's bands are on the main stage in the beer garden while Saturday, in addition to the main stage in the beer garden, “the Seaside Stage will be on the grassy area along with our all-ages area full of merchandise booths and food booths.” The two-day festival kicks off with live music in the beer garden at 4:20 p.m. Friday will also feature the festival debut of the OB Oktoberfest Band, a cross-pollination of musical cultures. Contests on Friday include stein holding, the balloon blow and the new “das booty flip” with a cash prize. Saturday’s festivities will include a drill instructor workout on the beach at 8 a.m., the annual Brat Trot, a 2k family beach run at 9 a.m. and a 5k at 10 a.m. that ends at the beer garden. Registration is available at www.OBBratTrot.org. Saturday’s fun also includes a free area with beachside food and craft vendors as well as an all-ages stage on the grassy area at the foot of Newport Avenue starting at 9 a.m. All-ages performances will include the traditional oompah band and local music artists. The Saturday beer garden schedule is highlighted by a German brewfest tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will feature unlimited tastings of 12 authentic Bavarian and homegrown Oktoberfest beers. The special tastings dubbed “Poured with Courage” tastings will be served by active and retired wounded service members on behalf of The Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which will share in the proceeds. Tasting tickets are $30 and will be sold online at www.OBOktoberfest.com prior to the event and at the gate as long as they last. Traditional bratwurst-eating, stein-holding contests and the outrageous balloon-blow, as well as the annual Ms. Oktoberfest competition, will also be held Saturday. Once again, participants will compete for cash prizes in the infamous, one-of-a kind Sausage Toss competition. A cash prize of $1,000 is guaranteed to the winner. The event ends each night at 11 p.m. Admission to the beer garden is $5 and supports the Ocean Beach community. Shuttles will run throughout both days from Pacific Beach and on Saturday from Pacific Beach and Normal Heights. The last shuttle will leave Ocean Beach at 11 p.m. OB Oktoberfest is presented by Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, Hoy Hoy Boys and the Ocean Beach Community Foundation. Within the past decade, the OB Oktoberfest has raised more than $200,000 for local nonprofit organizations. For tasting tickets and more information, visit OBOktoberfest.com. OB Oktoberfest When: 4:20 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 in the pier parking lot in Ocean Beach. What: 9 a.m. Brat Trot beach run; 3:45 p.m. Ms. Oktoberfest on Saturday. Info: OBOktoberfest.com
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    A Night on the Edge at Cabrillo National Monument
    by CYNTHIA ROBERTSON
    Sep 27, 2016 | 1213 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The full Harvest Moon rising above San Diego. / Photo by Cynthia Robertson
    The full Harvest Moon rising above San Diego. / Photo by Cynthia Robertson
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    The evening featured dance performances by Erika Malone and other dancers from around San Diego. / Photo by Cynthia Robertson
    The evening featured dance performances by Erika Malone and other dancers from around San Diego. / Photo by Cynthia Robertson
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    A Night on the Edge at Cabrillo National Monument on Sept. 16 featured dance performances by Erika Malone and other dancers from around San Diego. Joan Green, this year’s artist in residence, collaborated with the dancers and helped direct the choreography.  "Whenever I come out to Cabrillo, I feel the physical edge of this place. So almost immediately, my concept became The Edge of Cabrillo,” Green said. “This relates in many different ways to people. When we're standing on the edge, the energy is intense, exciting, fearful, an unknown." The main event was the full Harvest Moon rising above the city. Cabrillo National Monument, normally closed to the public after 5 p.m., offers special fundraising events after dark.
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    Annual Trolley Dances leap off the Blue Line
    Sep 23, 2016 | 3268 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    On Sept 2, San Diego Dance Theater presented a sneak peek performance of their Trolley Dances at Liberty Station. Dancers Wanda Tong, J.T. Magee, Minaqua McPherson and Trevor Polcyn performed their dance. / PHOTO BY MIKE McCARTHY
    On Sept 2, San Diego Dance Theater presented a sneak peek performance of their Trolley Dances at Liberty Station. Dancers Wanda Tong, J.T. Magee, Minaqua McPherson and Trevor Polcyn performed their dance. / PHOTO BY MIKE McCARTHY
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    The 18th annual presentation of the Trolley Dances takes to the rails the weekends of Sept. 24-25, and Oct. 1-2 along the MTA’s Blue Line. This year the taking off point will be the Continuing Education/César E. Chávez Campus at 1901 Main St. in Barrio Logan. The Trolley Dance guides will meet you there to guide you to the sites along the route of each new dance composition. Jean Isaacs, artistic director of the San Diego Dance Theater based in Liberty Station and founder of the Trolley Dances, has created two new dances for this season. Solo dancer Bill Shannon has a bilateral hip deformity and does contemporary performance art on crutches, sometimes adding skateboarding and breakdancing. He creates his own dance language. Monica Bill Barnes studied dance at UCSD and now is a fixture in the NYC dance scene. She returns often to choreograph for the Trolley Dances, and will work this year with the core dancers of The San Diego Dance Theater. Dance Magazine has noted her “playful slapstick charm” and she has also been called “the Tina Fey of Dance.” Jess Humphrey, who teaches dance at San Diego State University, is creating a multigenerational piece using young children, professional dancers, and seniors from the Aging Creatively program. Zaquia Mahler Salinas is a SDDT company dancer with a unique, youthful perspective who will create a new work, this time focusing on the culture of the Barrio and its importance to local Latino history. Ticketed guests may board the trolley at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., or 1:45 p.m. Ticket prices are $40 general, $27.50 seniors and military, and $15 for students with ID. The project has been underwritten this year by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America program, the City and County of San Diego, and by the California Arts Council. Your Trolley Dance ticket is an all-day MTA transit pass. For further information, go to www.sandiegodancetheater.
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    KAABOO delights festivalgoers with 3-day ‘mix-perience’
    by NICK SPENCE
    Sep 21, 2016 | 13763 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    KAABOO festivalgoers watch Lenny Kravitz at the Sunset Cliffs stage on Saturday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    KAABOO festivalgoers watch Lenny Kravitz at the Sunset Cliffs stage on Saturday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Ally and Tina from Pacific Beach have fun listening to Third Eye Blind on Saturday at KAABOO. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Ally and Tina from Pacific Beach have fun listening to Third Eye Blind on Saturday at KAABOO. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Lenny Kravitz performs 'Let Love Rule' during his set at KAABOO on Saturday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Lenny Kravitz performs 'Let Love Rule' during his set at KAABOO on Saturday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Fans start to gather around the Trestles stage in the paddock for the Goo Goo Dolls concert at KAABOO on Saturday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fans start to gather around the Trestles stage in the paddock for the Goo Goo Dolls concert at KAABOO on Saturday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Situated in the heart of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the second-coming of KAABOO came and went this past weekend, providing festivalgoers with a cornucopia of live music, interactive art, contemporary food, and comedy performances. This year’s KAABOO featured more than 100 musical and comedy acts during a three-day weekend, including Jimmy Buffet, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Goo Goo Dolls, Third-Eye Blind, Jack Johnson, Steel Pulse, The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki, as well as comedy acts such as Dana Carvey, Sarah Silverman, and Cheech and Chong. The massive music festival is quickly becoming a staple of the eclectic San Diego entertainment scene. “I came to the event because I wanted to see some great music and comedy,” said La Jolla resident Nicole Nestojko, who was taking a break from the music and enjoying a cold brew with her husband on Saturday. “And we are also sampling some great craft beer.” The festival, which seeks to redefine the music and arts festival experience, also served up an impressive lineup of nonmusical VIP amenities like swimming pools and viewing stands, as well as infusing a combination of San Diego traditions like local craft beer, upscale dining, and a beach-life atmosphere that KAABOO dubbed its “mix-perience.” The artwork experience showcased an array of contemporary art, including dozens of international, national and regional artists, with art installations and live mural paintings during the weekend. In terms of food, KAABOO offered a slew of local and regional dishes paired with drinks from wineries, craft distilleries and local craft breweries. “It gives you something to do in your downtime,” said San Diegan Dove Kirby. “Instead of just walking around you have somewhere to go.” Although KAABOO hasn’t released official attendee numbers, sources say that on Saturday the event hosted more people than the first KAABOO received during all three days last year. Tickets for KAABOO 2017 have already gone on sale, as event organizers look to take next year’s festivities to new heights.
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    Veterans take flight and get dunked in Mission Bay
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 20, 2016 | 2085 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    On Sept. 14, Warrior Passion teamed with Jetpack America to treat returned vets to their own customized flight lesson in Mission Bay. / Photo by Dave Schwab
    On Sept. 14, Warrior Passion teamed with Jetpack America to treat returned vets to their own customized flight lesson in Mission Bay. / Photo by Dave Schwab
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    Military support was the order of the day as returned veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan got a lesson in hydroflight recently on Mission Bay thanks to the nonprofit Warrior Passion. The so-called first “anti-gravity sport,” hydroflight involves pumping water from a hose channeled through a jet ski to propel a jetpack-clad user into the air. Warrior Passion is a nonprofit group devoted exclusively to helping returned veterans transitioning back to civilian life. On Sept. 14, Warrior Passion teamed with Jetpack America to treat returned vets to their own customized flight lesson. “Every day of the year we're here at Mission Bay Sportscenter doing our flights,” said Dean O'Malley, president of Jetpack, which has two other locations in Newport Beach and Las Vegas. “Warrior Passion is here with us today, and it is a giving-back-to-the-community day for us.” Of hydroflight, O'Malley noted, “This is a recreational, safe activity. You don't have to be any type of special athlete or risk-taker to take this out and do it.” “We want to be a part of starting to give these guys something to be more passionate about in life again, that camaraderie they had in the military,” said Joe (Chik) Porrazzo, Warrior Passion's founder/president, a veteran and pilot who served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.”It's a healing process. And we're part of that process.” Porrazzo added it “feels wonderful to put a smile on these guys faces.” He noted Warrior Passion is “100 percent veteran owned and operated,” adding, it's amazing to see how shared activities, like recreational sporting in this instance, can help bring vets together and give them a renewed sense of purpose. “We've brought down veterans from the Marines, Army infantry and sailors and, guess what? When they met, they all called each other brothers right from the get-go,” Porrazzo said. “That's what it's all about.” About noon on a late-summer sunny day out on Mission Bay, soldiers tried their luck at hydroflight. An experienced hand went first, climbing 10 to 20 feet into the air, swerving and performing deft movements as if it were second nature making it look easy. Uninitiated vets, some of whom came down for the day from as far aways as Temecula, then tried their luck with decidedly less-impressive results. One initiate struggled repeatedly to get six inches off the water before losing control and deep-sixing into the bay. But it was all part of the fun — and the cause. “A veteran coming back trying to get back to a normal life is trying to figure out what is a normal life,” noted Porrazzo. “It gives you a different perspective.” But Porrazzo added that with TLC and a little fun and camaraderie, the task of reintegrating returned vets back into society is doable. “It's going to take a full effort to really get these guys back on the road to recovery,” he said. “It's a puzzle that's going to take time. We're a piece of that puzzle.” For more information, visit www.warriorpassion.org.
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