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Jim Winsor's Out & About: How to have a happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Today is Thanksgiving!

Most clubs are closed today, but if you're looking for something to do, one that's still operating tonight is Urban Mo's. The Hillcrest restaurant and bar will be open from 9 am to 11 pm with a full bar and food menu, including a turkey plate dinner special from noon until closing. And Kickers Country Dancing in the main bar will go from 9 pm to 2 am.

Also open today is The Range restaurant in Hillcrest, which will not only be serving up food and craft beers all day, but is a great place to watch all the Thanksgiving Day football games.

Later tonight, Numbers will have a Best ASSests Thankgiving Contest from 10 pm to 1 am, with $125 in cash and prizes.

Black Friday at Luigi Vera

This Friday, Hillcrest clothier Luigi Vera will host his annual Black Friday Party at his store on 5th Avenue in Hillcrest, from 9 am to 7 pm. In addition to appetizers and free beverages, there will be a 50% off blowout sale on Andrew Christian underwear, T-shirts, shoes, jeans and more.

If you've never been to Luigi's before, I highly recommend it! Prices there are outstanding; it's where I go to shop for most of my club wear these days.

Blackout Party at the Ruby Room

Thanksgiving Saturday will be a busy one for me, as I'm planning on hitting up two big events that night.

The first will be the Blackout Party, a brand new gay promotion at the Ruby Room from 9 pm to 2 am, by an intriguing new production company, Q Presents. The night will feature electro music by DJ Mark Nygard, Dancers of the Night Sean Fiori and Steven Elm, and some amazing pole dancing boys, including Dac Beauford and Kaydinn Lee:



Cover is only $10, and there'll be Stoli drink specials all night long.

Active Duty at Rich's

Later on Saturday, I will be off to Active Duty, the uber-popular quarterly military themed party at Rich's. Look for free Rich's dog tags, music by DJ Nikno, and hot military go go boys from 10 pm to 2 am. Military and/or camo attire is strongly encouraged!

There are two way to save: If you have a military ID, there's no cover before 11pm, and half-off after. And if you have a Pix VIP sticker, you get half-off cover and front of the line privileges before 11 pm.

Glitter Cub Disco Manic Monday at the Brass Rail

Manic Monday at the Brass Rail will be even more maniacal this Monday, as Glitter Cub Disco will be taking over the night. They will be bumping through the night with a meld of 1980s super electro pop, acid rock, dance remixes and party jams from the decks of DJ Dac. The atmosphere will be such as to make you want to strut, pose, and show off your 1980s gear (and hopefully some skin).

Some of your favorite GCD all stars will be in house such as their resident diva, Grace Towers, along with Disco Dollie, Glitz Glam, Naomi Fiercee Love, Lady O and Israel Ballesteros. The fun goes from 10 pm to 2 am, but be sure to get there by 11 pm to catch the spotlight shows, walk off bitches, and general madness.

Yours truly scores free Freebirds burritos for a year

Well, my nightlife last Wednesday was certainly out of the ordinary. Freebirds World Burrito opened a branch of its very popular chain here in Hillcrest (on 5th Avenue, in the old Kemo Sabe space) last Thursday, and one of its traditions upon a grand opening at a location is to give the first 25 customers free burritos for a year (one per week, so, 52 in total ... not bad).

The line for this began forming early. I got there at 3 pm Wednesday afternoon, and there were already three people in line! I thought to myself, "Eh, what the hell, sounds like an adventure!" and became fourth in line.

And an adventure it was.

By 10:30 pm that evening the line filled up, and there were 25 of us all camped out on the sidewalk there in front of Freebirds, with chairs, sleeping bags, tents and the like. I won't go into great detail on all the trials and tribulations of our overnight vigil, but I do want to thank the SDPD for not pepper spraying us when they came upon our encampment at 4 am ("... we're not Occupyers, officer, we're just in line for burritos!"), to apologize to Joshua Tucker for scaring the crap out of him at 5 am as he exited his car right next to us at on his way to 24 Hour Fitness across the street, and to express relief at the fact that the 7/39 camera crew managed not to film me when their news van came by on Thursday morning (my hair was an absolute mess).

But we made it through! I want to thank a whole bunch of people who came to my aid during this successful quest, including my roommate Michael Calles, who brought me a pillow and blankets from the house; Josh Weast for coming by and loaning me his portable iPhone charger (I doubt I would have made it without this), Eddie Reynoso for letting me visit his apartment above Freebirds to answer the call of nature, City Councilmember Todd Gloria for stopping by and visiting us, and fellow campers Dave Wong-Toi and Noah Ingram for sharing some of their libations with me. I owe all of you a burrito!

Last week's events

Check out SDPIX for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Eden, LL Bear at Rich's, #1 Fifth Ave., and the Redwing. Happy viewing!