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Weekend roundup

November 19-22


Corner Chicken Pint Night

Nov. 19-20. What pairs better with a fried chicken sandwich than a pint? But not just any pint … Corner Chicken has partnered with Nova Kombucha to offer $5.50 pints of hard kombucha all day Friday and Saturday. Guests can also enjoy happy hour food specials, including $2 off any combo plate. This includes the popular Nashville-style, hot Chicken Sando, with kale slaw and pickles on toasted brioche. San Diego-based Nova is known for its fun kombucha flavors, such as mint-watermelon and hibiscus-lavender. Open for patio dining beginning at 11:30 a.m. 721 Ninth Ave., Suite 1, East Village, 619.432.1171.

Flagship Dinner Cruises

Ongoing. Let the cares of the day slip away with dinner on the bay. Flagship Cruises & Events offers a variety of nightly dinner cruises—each of which includes a three-course meal, choice of indoor or outdoor seating, and a hosted glass of Champagne. Experiences include the original harbor dinner cruise on Thursday; “Hops on the Harbor” on Friday (featuring a new local brewery each month); the premium dinner cruise on Saturday; and the prime rib dinner cruise on Sunday. See website for pricing and boarding times, as well as comfort and safety protocols. 990 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.234.4111.

Food + Drink

Holiday Offerings at Slater’s 50/50

Through Nov. 30. Warning: Slater’s is offering two holiday-themed beasts this month, and they’re not for the faint of heart (or gut). Meet the Thanksgiving Burger—a massive turkey patty topped with brioche stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and garlic-sage aioli, all sandwiched into a honey-wheat bun. Or brave the new pumpkin-pie milkshake (pictured), with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree and graham cracker crumbles—topped with whipped cream, caramel, cinnamon and an entire slice of pumpkin pie on top. Whoa! Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 2750 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.398.2600.


Now Open. Find all things freshly baked and delicious at this new cafe, beginning with bagels—cinnamon-raisin, sesame, jalapeño and more. You can also build your own bagel, bialy, bowl or wrap; or choose from specialties such as Baked’s “bunz” sandwiches, pot pies, Turkish-style flatbreads and kolaches—central-European pastries filled with goodies such as eggs, cheese and spinach. To drink: house-brewed coffee and specialty teas. And be sure to ask about “The Chosen One.” Place orders to-go or dine outside on one of two patios. Open daily 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 1000 Island Ave., East Village.


Now Open. Feeling super sluggish? Try some superfood. Everbowl is here to help. The quick-serve cafe offers build-your-own superfood bowls and smoothies. Start with a superfood base—choices include acai, pitaya, chia pudding, matcha and coco—followed by blue majik (chlorophyll-rich freshwater algae); then add fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and bananas. The San Diego-based chain is also known for its craft superfood coffee, offering three specialty Guatemalan blends. Open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 5980 Villageway, Carmel Valley, 858.434.1575.

Teriyaki & Bao

Now Open. If you’re a fan of bao bun eatery Harumama, you’ll love this Asian-fusion spinoff. Feast on Harumama’s famous steamed “character buns” (you’ll even meet some new characters); plus specialties such as the Tornado Fried Rice; and Korean-style, almond-cauliflower bites. The best part: every diner is their own chef here. Choose your own meats, veggies, rice, noodles and curries; and then cook items (under the chef’s guidance) in your own cast-iron skillet, which stays warm the duration of your meal. Tu-Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 711 Grand Ave., Suite A, Carlsbad, 760.637.5737.

Arts + Culture

San Diego Dance Theater Series

Nov. 19-22. The beloved local dance troupe invites you to Fall in Love with Dance Again—the name of its series this weekend. According to artistic director Jean Isaacs, the company will perform new dances by associate artistic director Terry Wilson and guest choreographer Khamla Somphanh—premiering a solo for company dancer Lauren Christie. Issacs also will reprise her popular Cabaret dances from 2010. Watch in person at The LOT Liberty Station (the performance will be projected on a large wall screen on the open terrace); or watch via livestream from home Friday through Sunday. See website for full details. More Info

San Diego Symphony Concert

Nov. 20. The symphony’s latest virtual concert, Together Apart: Strings, Winds and Brass—presents works spanning the 16th to 20th centuries. Highlights include Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor, Op. 44; Venezuelan waltzes by Aldemaro Romero; and Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ elegant Symphony No. 1. (The son of a black woman and white general controller of the island of Guadeloupe in the West Indies, Saint-Georges barely escaped the French Revolution—leaving behind works that were discovered much later.) Rafael Payare conducts. See website for full lineup. 7 p.m. Free. More Info

City Ballet’s Moving Forward

Through Nov. 29. City Ballet of San Diego opens its 28th season with the virtual production, Moving Forward. Viewers can enjoy ballets by resident choreographers Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez. The program includes Gottschalk’s Tarantelle, an electric piece featuring four dancers, complete with tambourines; Holberg Pas de Deux, a romantic duet starring Gonzalez and his wife Ariana, both principal dancers; 123Brahms456+, a whimsical look at the 1960s; and The Fates, a love story that transcends past, present and future. The latter two ballets are world premieres. See website for details.

The Roustabouts Theatre Co.’s No Way Back

Through Dec. 13. The theater company presents its world premiere of No Way Back, written by Mahshid Fashandi Hager and directed by Fran Gercke. The riveting play is based on Hager’s own experience as a 10-year-old fleeing Iran with her family during the Islamic Revolution in 1979—touching on the larger issue of the world’s 26 million refugees (as of late 2019), half of whom are children. Jessica John (pictured) portrays Hager in the one-woman show. Filmed for streaming online, the production includes talkbacks with Hager and others living the refugee experience in the U.S.

Photo credits: San Diego Dance Theater by Manuel Rotenberg. The Roustabouts Theatre Co. by Daren Scott. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues featured.

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