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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Hillcrest Taste ‘N’ Tinis is today

Hillcrest Taste ‘n’ Tinis is Hillcrest's annual neighborhood walking cocktail party
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Vanessa Dubois/SDPIX

Hillcrest Taste ‘N’ Tinis, our annual neighborhood walking cocktail party, is this afternoon from 4 pm to 9 pm. This year over 30 businesses are participating, including Cody’s Home + Gift, Mankind, Lemonade, Urban Mo’s, H2O Sushi, Baja Betty’s, Luna Grill, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Crest Café, and many more:

“Sample an assortment of signature dishes, specialty appetizers, and decadent desserts.

Take your mouth on a journey as you enjoy classic American, savory Italian, spicy Mexican, and other international dishes.

Along with your guided tour, you will have the opportunity to do some needed holiday shopping for yourself or your loved ones.

Find that special gift you want to give to someone.

This holiday season, Hillcrest is bringing you the ultimate experience with Taste ‘n’ Tinis. 

Tickets for this holiday event are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Participants in the cocktail portion of this event must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID to enter. To purchase tickets, visit: www.fabuloushillcrest.ticketleap.com/hillcrest-taste-ntinis-2016.

****The first 250 ticket purchasers will receive a collectible martini glass with our Taste N’ Tinis logo.”

The #1 Comedy Show at #1 Fifth Avenue

And after you’re all tasted and tini’ed up tonight, be sure to stop by this month’s edition of the #1 Comedy Show at #1 Fifth Avenue.

Returning to headline this month’s show is Comedy Centrals 'Roast Battle' Olivia Grace, where she’ll be joined by Jaleesa Johnson, Randy Villarba, Katie Hinckley, Jaime Gamblin, Russell Brock and Brandon Potter.

Divas at Rich’s

This Friday night at Divas at Rich’s will be a special one, and not just because of the fantastic scheduled cast (which this week will be RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Winner Chad Michaels, SONIQUE, Mr. Continental 2016 Mykul Valentine, Dolly Levi, Kickxy Vixen-Styles, Travis Ti, Gigi Masters, and Lala Too). On top of all that, it will also be Scott Parman’s 50th birthday celebration!

In lieu of gifts Scott is asking $10 Donation, or $3.00 Off with a blanket or new pair of socks to help the homeless, via a special program of the Imperial Court de San Diego.

Doors open at 6 pm, and birthday hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 7 pm. Show time will be at 8 pm sharp, as usual.

Ross Mathews at Urban Mo's and Gossip Grill

If you ever wanted to catch a live podcast of the Straight Talk with Ross Mathews show, you will have a golden opportunity this Saturday at Urban Mo’s. He’ll be doing his show there live beginning at noon, and both seating and standing room will be free for all. Plus, there will be $2 mimosa specials during the show, to keep the studio audience in a festive mood.

And Ross will also be hosting Bitchy Bingo at Gossip Grill on Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm, a charity benefit for Lucky Pup Dog Rescue. Boards will be $3 each, or 2 for $5.

Hillcrest SantaCon

It’s that time of the year again! Get ready for hordes of pleasantly buzzed Santas to roam the streets of Hillcrest, ho ho ho-ing as they go.

The annual Hillcrest SantaCon pub crawl will get underway from Flicks this Saturday starting at 1 pm, and they will be kicking things off by offering all Santas in attendance $4 Tito's Cocktails, and $3, $4, & $5 draft beers.

And yes, you MUST be dressed as a Santa to participate. Thems the rules!

A Gay Ol' Christmas at Uptown Tavern

And finally, this Wednesday get ready for A Gay Ol' Christmas at Uptown Tavern. This holiday themed event will feature a live DJ from 7 pm until closing, go go dancers, a candy table, photo booth and $3 u-call-its from 7 to 9 pm.

This is a charity event, so please bring either a retail gift card for the LGBT Community Center's card drive, or a canned food donation for the Aseltine School.

Other fun stuff this week


10 pm: SDPIX presents Outlaw at Uptown Tavern


6 pm to 10 pm: SDPIX presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel


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

11 am to 2 pm: Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

3 pm to 10 pm: Eden Winter White Party and Toy Drive at Gossip Grill

10 pm to 4 am: WTF XXXmas at Rich's


9:30 am: Football Sundays at Uptown Tavern

11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

1 pm to 6 pm: F-Monday It's Sunday Funday at Uptown Tavern

3 pm to 8 pm: Church at Babycakes


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


4 pm: $3 Wells and Free Pool at the San Diego Eagle

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Rich’s, Babycakes, the big annual Wreath Action at Martinis Above Fourth, and the launch of the all new reinvented Outlaw at Uptown Tavern. Happy viewing!