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Weekend Preview: Food, Wine, And Music

November 17, 2011 1:17 p.m.

The coming week is filled with food, wine, and music, and here to tell us what's worth seeking out are Kinsee Morlan, arts and entertainment editor at CityBeat, and Peter Holslin, music editor at CityBeat.

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CAVANAUGH: This is KPBS Midday Edition. I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. Whether your tastes run to the tried and true like the San Diego wine and food festival, or to edgier events like art wars and big sweaty dance parties, we've got you covered here on the weekend preview. I'd like to introduce my guests, Kinsee Morlan is the arts and entertainment editor at San Diego City beat am hello.

MORLAN: Thanks for having me.

CAVANAUGH: And Peter Holslin is music editor at CityBeat. Welcome back.

HOLSLIN: Thank you, Maureen. Great to see you.

CAVANAUGH: Great to see you. Now, the San Diego wines food festival is under way. It's already begun, and continues through this weekend. Tell us a little about this tried and true event.

MORLAN: Right. It's eight years now. It's been eight years. When they first set out to put this thing together, they wanted to really make San Diego -- put it in the culinary spotlight. So your New Yorks or New Orleans, make San Diego known for something more than our nice weather. And I think they really succeeded in doing that. It's various event, cooking classes, they swoop up all the best and most talked about local chefs, and they get a lot of wineries and spirit companies on board. And it's just a weekend filled with food, fun, wine and booze am

CAVANAUGH: There's a mixologist afterparty on Saturday night. And you write a cocktail column. So I'm seeing a connection here.

MORLAN: It's hard working but somebody has to do it. I was out, actually Tuesday evening sampling cocktails, poor me. But it's cool. It's the first time they've ever had this event, and it was brought to the organizers by the local chapter of the United States bartender's guild. And cocktail culture in San Diego is absolutely growing. It's kind of phenomenal. I think you guys have talked a little bit about the cocktails that go on here. But there's going to be some of the top local mixologists. Don't call them bartenders, Maureen

CAVANAUGH: I said mixologists!

MORLAN: Or Peter, I see you wanting to call them bartenders. But, yeah, some of my favorite, some of them I've written about. Sarah Ellis of Jane's Gastropub will be there. Jeff Josenhans is actually bottling cocktails now. He'll be there. Levi walker and still Stevens of prohibition


MORLAN: Yeah, speak easy type joints. It'll be a night of great cocktails

CAVANAUGH: I'm trying to get my mind off bottled cocktails but tell us how much are the tickets for this event? And will it sellout, do you think, this weekend?

MORLAN: It is pricey for the grand tasting event, which is the big to-do on the embarcadero, where you have of a hundred 70 different wines and breweries, and over 70 local restaurants and gourmet food. That's $125. But I think you get your buck's worth

CAVANAUGH: The grand tasting event is on Saturday, the San Diego bay wine and food festival runs through Sunday, November 20th. Indie rock icon Bob Mould, former singer and guitarist of H¸sker D¸ is playing Thursday. What makes him an icon?

HOLSLIN: In the 80, Bob Mould played in H¸sker D¸, and that's the Us have umlockouts on those. And it's because they're from Minnesota, and they're a pioneering indie rock band. They were kind of one of the first generation of, like, indie rock bands in the '80s. And they basically brought together this really hard, loud, fuzzy chaotic sound with this wonderful, like, amazing pop song craft. And they were able to bring it together into these really catchy songs Tharp also, like, really intense and awesome. That's his big claim to fame.

CAVANAUGH: He's also going to be reading from his autobiography, "see a little light: The trail of rage and melody" which I've got to say is a pretty good title for a book. Tell us --

HOLSLIN: It's pretty gnarly. You know, I haven't read it myself. But I've read a lot of reviews. And it sounds really interesting. It has all the meticulous detail of horrible tours and band meltdowns and recording sessions, and concerts that you would expect from any biography of a famous musician.

CAVANAUGH: Behind the music

HOLSLIN: And it has that. But the interesting thing about Bob Mould is that he's openly gay. And he's struggled with that for a really long time. And I can imagine, like, being in this aggressive, you know, male-dominated scene, that it would be a really intense thing to go through. And so he talks about that a lot in the book. And that's kind of one of the, you know, more unique elements of the book.

CAVANAUGH: So you also wanted to mention another event related that's coming up at the casbah this is the big sweaty dance party

HOLSLIN: Yeah, yeah. Basically he -- so for the past several years, he's teamed up with dance music producer named Richard morel, and they do this thing called blowoff, and it's basically it's like a big gay club event. And they sort of identify with the bear community. This big, husky, gay men.

CAVANAUGH: This is at the Casbah?

HOLSLIN: Yeah, and it's at the casbah but there's also, like, a lot of hipsters go to it, and you know --

MORLAN: But the eagle crowd shows up

HOLSLIN: I think there will probably be some eagle crowd. But it's this big, sweaty, wild dance party they put on.

CAVANAUGH: Mold bob plays tomorrow night at the casbah and Friday, it's DJ Bob Mould at the casbah okay. Let's move on to get swabbed, be a match, save a life. This is like a charity event, isn't it, kinsee?

MORLAN: It's not a big gay dance party. It's a charity event for a friend of mine, and a former CityBeat contributor, kia boman can as they. And she used to write with arts culture in a little bit of news. She's this super healthy 20 something yoga practicing granola eating gal. So when she was dying in the cased with cancer a few months ago, it was out of the blue. It came out of nowhere. But being the healthy young girl she is Swe were, like, oh, she'll get through it. If anybody can beat this thing, it'll be her. Turns out to be a really aggressive form of cancer. Things didn't go as planned. The the cancer came back, and bone marrow was needed. So we went out on this campaign of finding matching marrow, and this is the extentuation of that.

CAVANAUGH: And this is also to raise awareness about the fact that different ethnicities finding a bone marrow match is really pretty tough.

MORLAN: It is. What we found out when we went on this campaign, kia boman is -- she's American, she's Persian American, Iranian American, and only about 3% of people in -- that's thousands of people in the bone marrow registry. And only about 3% are mixed race. So of that 3%, not many are Persian American. And it's not as simple as a blood match, if you think of it that way. It's a really complicated ten point match system. So ethnicity does help. So we're hoping to get the word out to mixed race people, get the word out to everybody about the importance of just getting on that registry. And of it's so simple. It's just literally --

HOLSLIN: They just swab your cheek. You don't have to do anything fancy or painful

CAVANAUGH: And it's also a party, right?

MORLAN: It's a party. We're going to be at tiger-tiger, which is this new craft beer and sandwich shop on El Cajon brought to you by the good end of behind lady. So it's their new restaurant venture. Lots of good craft beer. And this is a fundraiser. Part of the proceeds go to be the match, which is the national bone marrow registry. If you show up and just have a beer, you're essentially helping out, if. If you're wanting to learn more about getting in the registry, we will bring the swabs there and swab your cheek right there for you.


HOLSLIN: For a cause.

CAVANAUGH: Be the match takes place at tiger-tiger in Northpark on El Cajon boulevard from 6:00 to 10:00 tonight. Immortal technique, Peter. We have a clip from his song, Bin Laden. He's a radical norm rapper. He's been enthusiastic about occupy Wall Street, and he's also got this conspiracy thing going to him. This song is called Bin Laden and it's got a refrain that boasts "bush knocked down the towers."

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CAVANAUGH: That is from Immortal Technique who's going to be playing at porter's pub at UCSD. And this, boy, Peter, dovetails with occupy Wall Street movements all across the country

HOLSLIN: Oh, yeah. No, occupy Wall Street is really this guy's all about it. He's a rapper from New York City. He's of Afro perougian decent, and for ten years he's been making music that's wrangled with issues like class struggle and racism and global politics. And so lately, there's actually a lot of videos of him on YouTube talking about occupy Wall Street, and being at occupy Wall Street. And it's definitely -- he's very intelligent, and very articulate. But he's also got this, you know, totally conspiracy theorist thing going on too.

CAVANAUGH: So what do you expect, like a concert or a political rally? Or a little bit of both?

HOLSLIN: You know, I'm expecting a pretty straightforward concert. But I wouldn't put it past him to stop by occupy San Diego downtown. You know? Maybe --

MORLAN: He should.

HOLSLIN: When he gets here or something

CAVANAUGH: Immortal technique plays porter's pub at UCSD on Saturday night. Art of war sounds really interesting. It's kind of like a battle of the bands for installation artists?

MORLAN: It is. It's more like a a reality television show. You're seeing it in real-and seeing it unfold. It's a 12 by 12-foot room, and they bring in the materials, bring in some kind of a plan, then they're given two hours to make a creative piece of installation art. And --

CAVANAUGH: Do they get a theme or anything like that?

MORLAN: No, no theme. They get to completely use their own creativity. And they've brought in gadgets, and washer parts and plywood. It's not just graffiti on a wall or anything like that, are. Painting can be one element of your overall piece. But this is some fretty large scale intensive installation art that will probably take the full two hours. And -- you can't see what peach other's teams are doing. But there's a glass wall and you can see what each team is doing as you go.

CAVANAUGH: The national art league hosts the event of the tell us about them.

MORLAN: It's started by the two local artists who actually run a business called moniker, and they do this for a living. Installation art for mostly retailed spaces, nonprofits and -- yeah, some convention type thing where anybody wants to change the space esthetically a little bit. So the teams actually that are competing are a team from anthropology, a team from urban outfitters, and then there's twin brothers who are artists who do free-lance retail installation work around town. So they're pretty professional people who are behind this, other and who are competing in the event. It's going to be fascinating

CAVANAUGH: What do you win?

MORLAN: Well --

HOLSLIN: A bunch of plywood.

MORLAN: Well, you get the label! I don't know if they have any good prizes. But a lot of this is out of the just drive to want to create and be a part of something different and new. I'm sure they threw something in there for the the artists. But the real prize is showing up and watching. . Aye watched the videos. This is only the second 1 that's been held in San Diego. So this is a new, up coming event. But keep an eye out for it. If you can't make it Monday night, put these guys on your radar. I don't know the website off the top. Proart, I think. Keep them on your raid are because it sounds like a really interesting event to me.

CAVANAUGH: Where is the moniker warehouse?

MORLAN: It's in the east village. It's actually there where they work. So I don't have the address off the top of my head but --

CAVANAUGH: People can look it up. The art of war takes place this Monday, 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the moniker warehouse in east village. And Peter, we recently talked about San Diego and soul music. We had Stevie and the Hi-Staxx on earlier this week. Now, we are going to talk now about Sharon Jones and the dap kings at the house of blues. What is this music? Does this qualify?

HOLSLIN: Sharon Jones like -- you almost get the impression that Sharon Jones came over here on a time machine from Detroit in 1969. She is a proper soul singer. And they are a solid band. And she's just got this rich, powerful voice, and she has such control over it. And you can hear the feeling in her voice.

CAVANAUGH: I got to tell you, I've talked so much now that we've run out of time. But we're going to hear Sharon Jones and the dap kings as we go out, and I want to let everyone know that I have been speaking with Kinsee Morlan, and port Holslin, and Sharon Jones and the dap kings be at the house of blues on Monday. And I want to thank everybody for listening.