Nightlife & Dining

Gossip Grill gets "Crazy" tonight with drag spectacular

Your friends are in town and you want to take them to something other than Sea World, Balboa Park or San Diego Zoo. Then why not a spectacular drag show?

Tonight, Aug. 22 at 7:30 pm, Gossip Grill hosts “Spotlight,” which showcases the best in drag talent, as Davina Kostiana Love brings to the stage several drag stars and starlets performing their favorite Britney Spears numbers.

Music, dance and laughs are all on the schedule, and there is even an audience participation segment.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Jungle Party comes to Rich’s this Saturday

Get your leopard-print booty shorts ready, boys!

This Saturday, SDPIX will bring back the The Jungle party to Rich’s, with amazing decorations, tropical themed performances, hot tribal go-go boys, and amazing dance tribal music by DJ Taj and DJ Roland Belmares until 4 am.

Tropical attire is encouraged, and there will be free body painting on site to bring out your wild look.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Get ready to Flaunt into Overdrive this Saturday

We have another big summer party weekend in San Diego coming up, with the August editions of the Flaunt Pool Party and Overdrive happening in conjunction with each other this Saturday, August 15.

The Flaunt Pool Party will be at the Lafayette Hotel from noon to 5pm:

“Bust out the sunscreen and the sexy pool gear cause we are ready to FLAUNT once again! This time we are bringing one of LA's finest to the main stage alongside an SD-based DJ duo who are ready to dish some beats!

Celebrate August birthdays at Babycakes on Saturday!

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego's Biggest Birthday Bash is back at Babycakes to celebrate August babies!

The monthly mass birthday celebration, presented by San Diego Pix, will be held Saturday, August 15 from 8-10 pm.

This birthday party for adults includes a hosted vodka bar from 9-10 pm, free cupcakes, giveaways, party favors, drinks specials and free birthday "spankins" for anyone whose birthday falls in the month of August.

THEATER REVIEW: "Return to the Forbidden Planet"

“Two beeps, or not two beeps. That is the question.”

Well, maybe it is if you’re in outer space and trying to avoid a ghastly space monster that threatens to invade the spaceship and make life difficult.

But if you’re at New Village Arts Theatre, watching Bob Carlton’s goofy jukebox musical take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (and hearing mangled quotes like the one above from other famous works by the Bard), it’s just part of the evening’s entertainment.

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"Lemonade" Hillcrest is now open; here is what to expect once inside

Last night was the Grand Opening of “Lemonade” in Hillcrest. This unique restaurant offers a cafeteria-style setting which may get novices a little confused when they enter for the first time.

I had to watch from a distance at first to see how the whole thing actually works. And yes, there are cafeteria trays involved, but the process is quite simple once you get used to it, and the food is delicious.

As you enter from the patio on Fifth Avenue, you will notice that the entire space is decorated with clean and bright colors.

New urban winery seeks community funding for Hillcrest location

SAN DIEGO, California -- Vinavanti, a new urban winery that plans to move into the old V-Outlet in Hillcrest on University Avenue near the Pride Flag, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the local community involved in its effort to bring a “craft beer style” winery to the neighborhood.

Identified as the “only certified organic winery in San Diego County,” Vinavanti launched in San Marcos in 2007 and opened their current Sorrento Valley location in 2012.

Jim Winsor’s Out & About: CityFest is this Sunday

The annual Hillcrest CityFest street festival is this Sunday!

Considered by many to be a “lite” version of San Diego Pride, it's another opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate on a warm and sunny Hillcrest summer day.

In other words, expect to see a lot of cute boys walking around shirtless!

Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Matinee San Diego prices increase this Friday

Here’s some important news for those of you out there who have yet to purchase your Matinee San Diego​ tickets: The prices will be going UP by as much as $150 this Friday.

Which means Thursday is the last day to get your passes at the current posted rates, namely: $169 for a 5-party Weekend Pass, $219 for a 5-party VIP Pass, and $269 for the Ultra VIP 7-Party Weekend Pass.

Not a bad deal for what is shaping up to be the most eagerly awaited and talked about San Diego party promotion of the year.

Tiger's Pictionary at #1 Fifth Avenue celebrates 4-years

SAN DIEGO, California -- Tiger's Pictionary night at #1 Fifth Avenue has become a popular Wednesday tradition, raising thousands of dollars for local charities. The fun, charitable game night will celebrate its 4-year anniversary this Wednesday, July 29.

According to organizers, the event's current fundraising total is $29,119, benefiting 29 charities (listed below).

Tiger and team posted the following on the Facebook invite to Wednesday night's event.