By Jackie Lam
San Diego is not only the venue for this year's ADA convention but also a city filled with culture, history, and, surprisingly, beer! We at The Hearing Journal have hand-picked a few seasonal and ongoing activities for those who will be in town for AuDacity 2016 to check out.
1. San Diego Beer Week
The San Diego Brewers Guild will host its 10-day annual event to promote local craft beer as well as the city's robust brewing community from Nov. 4 to 13. San Diego is home to not only over 120 breweries but also the long-standing San Diego International Beer Festival, which featured a public tasting event and competition with beers from 28 states and 14 countries this year. The city has a reputation for brewing award-winning beers around the world. At this year's Craft Brewers Conference, also known as the "World Beer Cup," San Diego won 14 medals compared with the seven claimed by the U.K. and the 17 by Germany.
Each day of the San Diego Beer Week features a different event, with the most noteworthy being "The IPA Lounge," "Battle of the Guilds," and "Barrel Aged Day." There are some repetitions on the schedule but not many. Definitely check out the sessions you are interested in and plan ahead!
The general admission tickets in advance are $40 and $50 if you purchase on the day of. You can find out more about the event at the event's website.
2. Opening Day of the Bing Crosby Season
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is opening its fall season on Nov. 11 with a special program that harkens back to the old-school Hollywood glamor embodied by the race track's iconic founder Bing Crosby. On that day, participants are invited to enter the Star & Stripes Fashion Contest by dressing up in patriotic colors, as classic American icons like Rosie the Riveter and Lady Liberty, or as past or modern-day celebrities to win up to $3,000 in prizes.
In honor of Veterans Day, the club is hosting the Veterans Day Salute party in collaboration with the American Legion, a national nonprofit dedicated to serving wartime veterans. The celebration will feature a concert by country musician Coffey Anderson to support veterans-owned businesses. Proceeds from the party will go to Save Our Legion, the Semper Fi Fund, and other local military charities.
General admission to the Veterans Day Salute is $25, which includes admission to the party, the racetrack, and a barbeque, and to go to the concert only is $10. More information on tickets to the party and opening day in general is available on Del Mar's website.
3. Art: "DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border"
The current presidential race's focus on U.S.-Mexico border relations makes this exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego especially timely. Artists David Taylor and Marcos Ramírez, who also goes by "ERRE," set out in 2014 to trace the original boundary between the two countries when Mexico first gained its independence from Spain in 1821, which, up to that point, existed only as a reference in historical documents. They installed 47 metal obelisk-shaped markers along the border and documented the whole journey from Brookings, OR, to Port Arthur, TX, in pictures and film, which is available for viewing at the exhibit.
Taylor told TIME that one of their goals for the project was to demonstrate the transitory and ephemeral nature of borders. Part of the exhibit is devoted to showcasing the changes brought about by historical events like the Mexican-American War and government treaties to the U.S.-Mexican frontiers. "We live with borders all the time and we depend on their permanence," Taylor said. "But in fact, history does not support them as static phenomena, they move around all the time."
DeLIMITations is on display until Nov. 27 at the downtown location of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Adults could enter at $10 and bring along those 25 or under for free. Other information about the museum can be found online.
4. Musical: "Miss You Like Hell"
Perhaps it's not surprising that Quiara Alegría Hudes, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her play "Water by the Spoonful" and co-wrote the Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights" with Lin-Manuel Miranda from the smash hit "Hamilton," chose San Diego for the world premiere of her latest work. "Miss You Like Hell" tells the story of a Latina mother struggling to connect with her estranged daughter during a seven-day road trip before her potential deportation.
Hudes said parts of this original musical were inspired by what she witnessed at San Diego's Friendship Park on the U.S.-Mexico border in an interview with San Diego Magazine. "It was moving to see people who have been separated reunite at that location," Hudes said. "After that, we rewrote a scene that takes place there. We found big-time inspiration."
You could sample a song from "Miss You Like Hell" through a video made by Daphne Rubin-Vega, who portrays the lead character in the musical, of "Over my Shoulder" for the New York Times. The show runs with almost daily performances until Dec. 4 at the La Jolla Playhouse and tickets range from $25 to $73.
5. Gaslamp Quarter Architecture and History Tour
Gaslamp Quarter, listed as an historic district in the National Register of Historic Places, houses more than 90 Victorian buildings that have been standing in San Diego since the 1800's. Part of this 16-and-a-half-block strip was once a red light district named the "Stingaree," because sailors believed it was easier to get "stung" (robbed or abducted) in the area than it was in the surrounding ocean full of stingrays. Many historical buildings like Hotel Lester and the Spencer-Ogden Building were once home to sites of debauchery, such as brothels and opium dens, and bear the seedy history that used to characterize this part of town.
Aside from the preserved and restored buildings, Gaslamp Quarter today bears almost no resemblance to the Gaslamp Quarter in 1850. The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation offers a glimpse into "the transformation of a desolate wasteland to the birth of 'New Town' that eventually merged with Old Town to become the city of San Diego" through 90-minute tours.
The groups depart on Thursdays and Saturdays from the Davis-Horton House — the organization's headquarters and the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego. Reservation is strongly recommended for these tours. For those who can't make it to the scheduled tours or prefer to travel at their own pace, a free self-guided audio tour of 30 major architectural landmarks in Gaslamp is available through the Geotourist app.
Photo credit: iStock/Ron Thomas