Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Best events in San Diego: July 11-17
Thursday | 11
BEST OF THE DECADES: MILLENNIUM COMFORT FOOD
Chef Katherine Emmenegger instructs. Recipes: roasted cauliflower soup; chipotle grilled chicken Cobb salad; BLT; mac-n-cheese; savory smoked salmon bread pudding; blackberry crème brûlée. $36.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Great News!, 1788 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach. 888-478-2433; great-news.com
Friday | 12
Poet Efraín Bartolomé, a licensed psychotherapist from Mexico City, will read from and sign his published books of poetry and prose, including Jaguar Eye and Ocosingo War Diary: Voices from Chiapas. Event will be held in the Centro Cultural, on the second floor of the library.
WHEN: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th Street, Logan Heights. 619-533-3968; sandiego.gov/public-library
Saturday | 13
ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP
Local photojournalist Sam Hodgson leads a hands-on workshop inspired by the current photojournalism exhibition, Pictures of the Year International. In this four-hour course, participants will discuss the elements of a storytelling portrait, how to approach subjects, how to deal with natural light under difficult conditions, and how to make a subject comfortable in front of the camera through both gallery and classroom instruction. Please bring a digital camera and USB thumb drive. $50–$60.
WHEN: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-7559 x235; mopa.org
Sunday | 14
DOWNHILL SLALOM SKATEBOARD RACING
The 2013 U.S. National Championship features top racers from around the world competing in three slalom skateboard racing events: head-to-head hybrid and a highly technical tight slalom on Saturday, and finishing with the 40 mph giant slalom event on Sunday. Racers will compete in Pro, Am/Open, Masters, and Junior divisions each day. Current and former champions are expected to attend.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (July 13 and 14)
WHERE: North Loretta Street and Santa Anita Street, Oceanside. Lacostaboysracing.com
Monday | 15
KIDS’ CHEESE PARTY
From fresh curds to ten-year-old cheddar, kids will taste and discover there is more to cheese than what’s on pizza. Price includes participation for one child, one adult, plus a copy of the classic book The Stinky Cheese Man. $45.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Half-day option ends at 12:00)
WHERE: Venissimo Cheese Del Mar, 2650 Via de la Valle #C140, Del Mar. 858-847-9616; venissimo.com
Tuesday | 16
POV DOCUMENTARY: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE
Film follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters, bloggers who are fighting censorship to document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. Watch this documentary on the P.B. Library’s big screen before it airs on KPBS.
WHEN: 6:00 to 7:45 p.m
WHERE: Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass Street, Pacific Beach. 858-581-9934; pblibraryfriends.org
Wednesday | 17
HOP-CON: THE WooTSTOUT FESTIVAL
Hop-Con brings regular geeks together with beer geeks. Craft brewer and actor Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will be on hand to meet fans and share his collaboration with Stone Brewery to produce the Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, along with some other rarer Stone beers. Dramatic boulders. Live music by Paul and Storm. Ages 21+. $49.
WHEN: 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Stone Brewing Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road #116, Point Loma. 619-269-2100; stonelibertystation.com