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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: New Gossip Grill opening delayed

Breaking news for Gossip Grill fans: The eagerly awaited opening of their new location down the street at 1220 University has been delayed for “weeks.” This message explaining the situation was posted on Tuesday from Gossip’s Moe Girton:

Well, we had a great day moving yesterday. Everything is up and running and looking beautiful. We unfortunately received a punch in the gut yesterday when we found out that the liquor license is being held up for reasons beyond our control. We should have it in a few weeks or so. As frustrating as it is, we needed to figure out a plan. So .... We have decided to move back into the old location until the license arrives. We will have a special food menu with a few of our new items on it (since all the food was prepped) and will keep the drink prices at $5 U CALL IT'S, $4 DRAFTS, and $3 BOTTLE BEERS. I want to thank you for all the support you have shown us and hope that you will continue to support us during this transition time. See you tomorrow for HUMP DAY HAPPY HOUR. XOXO-GG”

As soon as I get latest information on the new opening date, I will let you all know. In the meantime, however, the event this Saturday with comedienne Vicki Wagner will still go on, and at the new place. Gossip did manage to snag a special one day pass from the city to hold this previously scheduled event as planned at 1220 University, which means ticket holders will be able to get a special “sneek peek” at the new club in action before everyone else does.

By the way, I took a tour of the place yesterday with local media, and it looks fabulous. The new main dance floor area is particularly impressive (see photo above), and should make its mark on the nightlife scene here for years to come.

SDAFFL Rookie Party at Rich's this Saturday

The San Diego American Flag Football League will be holding its annual Rookie Party this Saturday afternoon at Rich’s, starting at 3 pm. Highlights will include blackout bingo and a scavenger hunt. Since this year over 35% of the league is composed of rookies, this should be a big event.

Birthday Night at Babycakes

San Diego's Biggest Birthday Bash is back at Babycakes to celebrate February babies.

The monthly mass birthday celebration, presented by SDPIX, will be held Saturday night from 8-10 pm. This adult birthday party includes a hosted vodka bar from 9-10 pm, free cupcakes, giveaways, party favors, drinks specials and free birthday "spankins."

To attend, RSVP HERE and indicate the number of guests in your party.

Overdrive at Spin

Another not-to-miss event this Saturday is Overdrive at Spin, this month with DJ Taj and Tel Aviv DJ/Producer Guy Scheiman. This will be a great opportunity for us here in San Diego to preview Scheiman, as he will also be spinning at White Party Palm Springs this coming April.

Tantrums and Tiaras

On Sunday, we have the big event of the weekend: Tantrums and Tiaras at the North Park Theatre (they've dropped Birch from the name). For those of you not familiar with the event, here is a bit of history from their website:

“Started in 2009, this event is a spoof on the Miss America Pageant, with many of the community’s bars sending a contestant from their staff – with little or no drag experience – to compete for the crown. The first Tantrums and Tiaras event was sold out, with community members coming together to see their favorite bar staff compete, and the 2014 event is expected to be the same.”

I also predict this will be a sellout in 2014, so get those tickets fast, if you have not done so already! They can be purchased online HERE.

Other fun stuff this week

Thursday, Feb. 13

9 pm: Club Flicker at Flicks

10 pm: WET at Bourbon Street

Friday, Feb. 14

6:30 pm: Valentines Day at Lips

10 pm: Alex's BDay Masquerade Party at Numbers

Saturday, Feb. 15

10 am to 2 pm: Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

8 pm: Brazilian Night at #1 Fifth Avenue

8-9:30 pm: Kickers Country Western Line Dancing at Urban Mo's

Sunday, Feb. 16

11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

3-7 pm: Sunday Fundays at Uptown Tavern

Monday, Feb. 17

6-11 pm: 50₵ Wing Night at Hillcrest Brewing Company

9 pm: Manic Mondays at the Brass Rail

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Lips, and the first Stripper Circus at Rich’s. Happy viewing!