Archive for March, 2010

The YBP trifecta: Do good, look good, feel good.

| March 27, 2010

Whenever I’ve got an itch for a new t-shirt, I turn to Yellow Bird Project first.

Yellow Bird Project (aka YBP) is a Montreal-based non-profit with a mission to raise money for and awareness of charities, and to raise awareness of indie artists (who also happen to believe in doing good).

How they achieve this mission is pretty straightforward: They collaborate with indie rock musicians to design one-of-a-kind t-shirts that are sold to raise money for the musician’s charity of choice.

I’ve bought 3 tees from YBP to date: The tee designed by The Dears that benefits The Pablove Foundation ($25), the tee designed by Bon Iver that benefits the Interval House ($25), and the official YBP tee ($30) to help them continue to do what they do. I think the next tee I buy will be the one designed by Metric that benefits MusiCounts.

When you browse the online aisles of YBP’s website, you’ll notice that they’ve got kid’s tees, women’s tees, men’s tees, and for good measure, unisex tees. For each tee, they offer a description of the design, the band, and the charity. And, if you’re compelled to buy (which I hope you will), check out their size chart for guidance on the right size to buy. In my experience, the size chart is pretty accurate.

By the way: Do you like compliments? Good. Because you’ll get them when you wear YBP tees.

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They gave us Amy Poehler and Ed Helms. Really.

| March 26, 2010

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company descends upon The Loft at UCSD on Monday, March 29th. The performance, which begins at 9PM, is one candy corn in the bag of sweetness that is USCD’S 2010 ArtPower! events schedule. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $12 at the door. No joke.


(Video from UndergroundComedyDC)

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Tired of sitting around? Then walkabout. In South Park.

| March 25, 2010

The first of this year’s four South Park Walkabouts takes place on Saturday night, March 27th.

What is the South Park Walkabout? Well, it’s simple addition: Nighttime walk in South Park + live music + shopping in local boutiques + food.

If you can’t find parking in the neighborhood, there’s free parking at Christ United Presbyterian Church on 30th between Elm and Fir, and Gala Foods located on the corner of Grape & Fern.

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(Picture from thegrovesandiego.com)

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When AMC and Edwards just don’t cut it.

| March 24, 2010

CINEMA_UNDER_THE_STARS San Diego’s Cinema Under the Stars starts off their movie season this Friday, March 26th and, HOT DAMN, do they have a head-turning line-up this year. For me, the hotness truly starts with the month of May. I’ve got my eye on Sabrina (the Audrey Hepburn version), The Thomas Crown Affair (the Steve McQueen version), An American in Paris, and To Have and Have Not, just to name a few.

True, you’re asked to pay $13.50 to watch classics you could order via Netflix, but there’s something special about the experience of seeing these films on the big screen and the fact that the old way of watching films (cartoon reel + film) is transposed outdoors. The zero-gravity reclining seats are quite comfortable, too.

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MANGIA! MANGIA!

| March 23, 2010

TASTE_OF_HILCRESTTaste of Hillcrest is coming up on Saturday, April 17th. Hands down, this is my favorite foodie event of the year.

Tickets for this year’s event are $30 presale and $35 the day of the event. I strongly recommend buying tickets in advance since the event has a tendency to sell out. The most convenient way to buy tickets is, of course, online, but doing so comes with a $2.50 service charge per ticket purchased. The alternative is to buy a ticket at any of the following restaurants: Bamboo Lounge & Ami Sushi, Brians’ American Eatery, Huapangos Mexican Cuisine, Terra Restaurant, Urban Mo’s, or Wine Steals. Though, if you do buy tickets in person, it’s best to bring cash just in case the restaurant can’t process the ticket purchase by credit card.

Some additional pearls:

  • If you’re going with your partner or a friend, splurge on 2 tickets. I’ve seen some couples buy one ticket and split whatever they get from a restaurant between the two of them. While I might recommend that strategy for something like the Taste of Downtown where most of the restaurants serve up one dish that’s some version of carbohydrate, I wouldn’t recommend this strategy for Taste of Hillcrest. In my experience, most Hillcrest restaurants serve up great flavors and serve up at least two dish options. This often means that you can only choose one dish to taste, which is an issue if you and your partner are sharing one ticket between the two of you. Now, if you each had a ticket, you can arrange to choose one dish while your partner chooses the other dish and voilĂ  — you both get to taste both dishes offered up by a restaurant.
  • Avoid the pastas and rice. They will just take up precious room in your stomach. And, really, you could probably make those kinds of dishes at home.
  • Take the taste from one restaurant into the tasting line of the next restaurant. There’s no rule that says you need to finish what you get from one restaurant before you jump in line for the taste of another restaurant. This is especially useful to remember once you get to the longer lines in front of the restaurants on 5th and University.
  • Wear a dress. Yes, boys: I’m looking at you, too. Don’t cinch the mid-section if you can help it. To wear jeans is to ask to fill up your already half-filled water glass.
  • Get your toes did. There is literally a lot of ground to cover, so my foot apparel of choice are cute reef flip flops. If you opt for this, too, please do us all a favor and clean up those toenails. We’re eating here.

(Picture from the Behance Network gallery. If I can figure out how to buy a print, I’ll let you know.)

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