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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: 2 am Sunday tow time set for Saturday night revelers in Hillcrest

This Sunday morning the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon is once again scheduled to be jogging through our gay nightlife district, down University Avenue in Hillcrest. And as in past years, this means that the street will be cleared of parked cars, by tow truck if necessary, after a set time, which this year has been fixed at 2 am (see photo on right).

This is a slight worsening of the situation over the last couple years, when the tow time was set at 2:30 am. However, for those who like to stay out clubbing until closing, I don’t think this will pose too much of a problem, for a couple of reasons. For one, the tow trucks probably won’t show up exactly at 2 am. And for another, the problem can easily be avoided by simply being aware of the issue, and leaving the club five minutes early, at 1:55 am or so.

In any case, the situation this year will be in no way as chaotic and nightmarish as it was a few years ago, when the tow time was arbitrarily set by the SDPD at midnight, right at the peak hour of our Saturday night gay and lesbian nightlife scene.

San Diego Pride Military Contingent Fundraiser at Harvey Milk’s American Diner

Tonight (Thursday) the San Diego Pride Military Contingent Committee is hosting its first ever fundraiser at Harvey Milk’s American Diner. The goal is to raise money for T shirts for those active duty service members and veterans who are going to be marching in the Pride Parade this year.

The event will be from 6:30-8:30 pm and will feature happy hour drinks, delicious food, a raffle, and an opportunity to meet veterans, service members, community activists, friends, and family. For more information contact SGT Erich Lenz at erich@sdpride.org or 619-822-4660.

"Why I Love Linda Ronstadt" at Martinis Above Fourth

Another big event tonight is BroadwayWorld winner Robyn Spangler making her debut at Martinis Above Fourth, at an 8 pm performance entitled Why I Love Linda Ronstadt. This one-performance-only show will be also be a benefit, with part of the proceeds going to support the MA4 AIDS Walk/San Diego team.

You can read more about Robyn and her upcoming show in a feature article here.

Performers at Rich’s this weekend

And that’s not the only gig in town this week; Rich’s will be hosting a pair of performers on back-to-back days this weekend:

On Friday at Electro Pop, Grammy Award winning producer Rob Fusari, aka 8-Bit, who wrote Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi, produced Gaga’s album The Fame, and wrote Destiny Child’s Bootylicious, will perform his debut single B Who U R from his new dance glam group Cary Monkey.

And on Saturday at Voltage, be sure to catch a live performance by sexy red hot rising star Rachele Royale, singing her new single Unscrew U.

Traci’s 23rd annual 29th Birthday Party at Redwing

Finally, on Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm popular Redwing bartender Traci will be celebrating another birthday! This will also be a fundraiser for PAWS, the organization dedicated to providing essential pet services and support to low-income seniors, chronically ill and disabled individuals. So, in lieu of gifts, please bring donations of pet supplies, food and/or toys.

Other fun stuff this week

Thursday, May 29

8 pm: Wet Your Whistle B4 Wet at Lei Lounge

9 pm: Club Flicker at Flicks

10 pm: #WET at Bourbon Street

Friday, May 30

7 pm: Finger Me Fridays at Gossip Grill

Saturday, May 31

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

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

Sunday, June 1

11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

3-7 pm: Sunday Fundays at Uptown Tavern

3-8 pm: Church at Babycakes

Monday, June 2

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

9 pm: Manic Mondays at the Brass Rail

Wednesday, June 4

7:30-10 pm: Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Lips, Rich’s Babycakes, Harvey Milk’s American Diner, the San Diego Women’s Chorus concert at the Balboa Theatre, Bourbon Street, the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Lei Lounge, and Michael Mack’s Memorial Day Weekend T-Dance on the Bay. Happy viewing!