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Jim Winsor's Out & About: Community celebrates multiple victories this week

What a week it's been!

First, there was the end of midnight marathon towing, a story reported by SDGLN on Monday. Just goes to show what can be accomplished if you simply ignore the bitter naysayers, and press on until victory is obtained.

A couple of additional notes: First, the new pushed-back 2:30 am no parking time is good on University Avenue only. This is important, as the eastbound marathon will take a right turn on Park Boulevard, then run past Numbers and The Flame. Technically, this stretch of Park will still be subject to midnight towing, although as a practical matter I'm not sure they'll bother ... still, to be on the safe side, avoid parking on Park that night.

Second, a community victory party to celebrate the end of midnight towing is being tentatively planned for that night (Saturday, June 2) at one of the clubs along University; I'll have more details on that as the date approaches.

I must say, it's great that the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will now be in harmony with our nightlife community. And it all goes for a great cause too; if you are interested in participating you can sign up on their web site here.

The flag is going up!

The other big victory this week was Tuesday's City Council vote approving the Hillcrest Pride Flag, and we should be seeing some changes in the local nightlife patterns as a result.

Right now, Hillcrest nightlife has what I call two "core areas," which are zones where there is a lot of on-foot traffic between adjacent clubs, making those areas extra festive. There's the western core (which includes Mo's - Fiesta Cantina, plus nearby Brass Rail, Babycakes and #1 Fifth Avenue) and the central core (Flicks - Rich's - Eden).

When the new Hillcrest Brewing Company gets up and running in June, we'll see a third core area develop (Baja Betty's - Gossip Grill - Hillcrest Brewing Company - Bamboo Lounge), all clustered around the rainbow flag (the flag being a bit of an extra psychological enticement to us gays). This new eastern core might provide a boost to nearby clubs on Park Boulevard (Numbers, Flame) as well.

The second annual Amazing High Heel Race

What better way to celebrate our huge new rainbow flag is there than to help raise money for it? This year's Amazing High Heel Race is set for Saturday, June 16, and just like last year, each team will be required to complete (mostly PG-13 rated) tasks that will take them to various points in the gayborhood, based on clues left at various participating businesses.

After clomping through Hillcrest all afternoon in heels, teams are invited Gossip Grill for a huge Heel Race awards celebration, and a chance to rest and massage their worn out ankles.

"The event is part celebration of diversity, part display of unity, and total investment in enhancing the quality of life in San Diego's most vibrant neighborhood. All funds raised from this event will go towards raising the Hillcrest Pride Flag!"

Events this week

As you can tell by the weather we've had lately, summer is right around the corner. As such we have a TON of fun events this weekend, including the first major pool party of the year. Consider this all preparation for Memorial Day weekend, which is shaping up to be even bigger ... but more on that next week:

Thursday May 17:

Fiesta Cantina 3rd Anniversary Party | 5 pm to 2 am
Juicy Fruit at Brass Rail | 9 pm to 2 am
Varsity Long Beach Pride Kick Off Party at Numbers | 10 pm to 2 am
LB Pride Kick Off Party at Tagged at Numbers | 10 pm to 2 am
SDPIX presents WET at Bourbon Street | 10 pm to 2 am

Friday May 18

Cocktail Party at The Range | 4 to 10 pm
Luigi Vera One of a Kind Clothing 2nd Anniversary | 7 to 11 pm
The Milk Olympics at Rich's | 7 to 10 pm

Saturday May 19

Donny's 1920's Pool Party at the Lafayette Hotel | 11 am to 6 pm
Industry Pre-Workout (IPWO) at Brass Rail | 2 to 8 pm
San Diego Pride Out at the Park: Padres vs Angels | 7 to 10 pm
LL Bear 10 Year Anniversary at Rich's | 10 pm to 2 am
Blackout Party at Numbers | 10 pm to 2 am

Sunday May 20

Sunday Skool at Eden | 10 am to 7 pm
United Fundraiser at Numbers | 4 to 8 pm
Hitmen Fundraiser at #1 Fifth Avenue | 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Dark Fantasy at Numbers | 6 to 10 pm

Last week.s events

Check out SDPIX for all the fun from last week, including new albums from Bourbon Street, Brass Rail, Baja Betty's, Martinis Above Fourth, Redwing, The Range and Lips. Happy viewing!