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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: It’s Nicky time

The 39th annual Nicky Awards are this Sunday. Also known as the "gay Academy Awards of San Diego," the ceremony honors and recognizes outstanding achievement within our LGBT community.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: San Diego gay nightlife in coming weeks

This column will be on hiatus for a couple weeks, as today I am leaving on a trip to Europe for the Atlantis Mediterranean Cruise, followed by a visit to Spain for the Circuit Festival in Barcelona.

That being the case, here’s a few big events in San Diego to look out for in coming weeks while I’m away:

Friday, Aug. 8

Hillcrest's Blue Ribbon changes concept, name and menu

SAN DIEGO, California -- A year after first opening, the owners of Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, chef Wade Hageman and wife Kristi, have renamed their University Avenue restaurant and this week, unveiled a new menu format for the restaurant. The design is unchanged, save for a new living plant wall.

SDPIX celebrates 12 years, with party planned Saturday at Rich's

SAN DIEGO, California -- As the story goes, it all started with a man and his camera.

Johnathan Hale, publisher of Hale Media, started his company with San Diego Pix (SDPIX) 12 years ago - with just a digital camera and a big idea.

July birthday? Celebrate at Babycakes on Saturday night!

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego's Biggest Birthday Bash is back at Babycakes to celebrate July babies!

The monthly mass birthday celebration, presented by San Diego PIX magazine, will be held Saturday, July 26 from 8-10 pm.

This birthday party for adults includes a hosted vodka bar from 9-10 pm, free cupcakes, giveaways, party favors, drinks specials and free birthday "spankins" for anyone whose birthday falls in the month of July.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Nerd Pride (Comic-Con) celebrated in San Diego

Whew! San Diego Pride weekend has just come and gone, leaving most of us exhausted. But there’s no time for rest, as this coming weekend is … Nerd Pride!

Yes, Comic-Con is this weekend, and if you don't have a ticket already ... forget about it.

Yep, it's sold out. Tickets to this hugely popular convention typically sell out within days of going on sale the year before, thus you really need to plan ahead to be able to attend.

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The Taste Buds check out the remodeled Lotus Thai restaurant in Hillcrest

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News has a regular dining-out column written by The Taste Buds, SDGLN's resident foodies. Today's review is by Sweet and Umami, whose identities are the best-kept secrets in San Diego.

Lotus Thai, 3761 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

Call: 619-299-8272

$5 Happy Hour is 5-7 pm daily. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Catering services are also available for private or corporate events.

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Jim Winsor's Out & About: The definitive guide to San Diego Pride

As most of you all know, every year I gather and collect a list of all public events that I know of occurring during San Diego Pride weekend, and list them for you all in handy chronological order.

Here is this year’s list; just make sure this page is bookmarked on your smartphones, and you’ll always be in the know on what is happening at any given minute during this hectic Pride weekend:

Thursday, July 17

5-9 pm: Pride Kick-Off Party at Rufskin Boutique

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The Taste Buds: A renovated Roy's La Jolla showcases Pacific Rim cuisine

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News has a regular dining-out column written by The Taste Buds, SDGLN's resident foodies. Today's review is by Sweet, whose identity is one of the best-kept secrets in San Diego.

Roy’s La Jolla, 8670 Genesee Ave., San Diego, CA 92122

Call: 858-455-1616

Open for dinner 5 to 9:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday; 5 to 10 pm Friday and Saturday; 5 to 9 pm Sunday and Monday. Open for lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Fridays. Aloha Hour (happy hour) 4:30 to 7 pm daily.

Dirty Tony’s - drink & get dirty to open pop-up bar in old Gossip Grill space for Pride weekend

SAN DIEGO, California -- The vacant Hillcrest bar space that housed the original Gossip Grill will open for four days over San Diego Pride weekend to preview Dirty Tony’s - drink & get dirty™, a pop-up bar and nightlife destination.

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