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Balboa Park Drum Circle

Every Sunday, in the Southwest section of Balboa Park, the Rainbow Drum circle takes place at 3:00 p.m. Bring a drum to participate, or a blanket and picnic lunch to watch and listen. It’s a family-friendly event. Directions: From the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street in Hillcrest, enter the park going east on Laurel (which becomes El Prado). Turn right on Balboa Drive, the last right before the Cabrillo Bridge. Follow Balboa Drive as it loops around and look for drummers near the Pine Grove Picnic Area and the restrooms. 619-677-0882; meetup.com/SanDiegoDrumCircle.

Free market

The Really, Really, Free Market takes place once every three months at local San Diego parks. It’s a giant garage sale, and there’s no entry fee. Bring your junk to swap, or donate, while picking up other people’s trashy treasures. You may find such oddities as a Dolly Parton Christmas cassette, or Cocktail on VHS. The market hosts free classes in politics, art, music, and crafts. On occasion, haircuts are offered. Anything left behind is donated to the Animal Protection and Rescue League. The next Really, Really, Free Market will be held on June 10, the location yet to be disclosed. Join their mailing list at sdrrfm.blogspot.com.

The Pearl

1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma

The Pearl

Every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m., sharp, the Pearl Hotel hosts a free “Dive-In Theatre” at their poolside lounge. Campy cult classics are projected on an outdoor 10-by-13-foot screen. The ’50s-inspired oyster-shaped pool is open to hotel guests or anyone that orders a cocktail. Food — their philosophy is “buy local, embrace sustainability, and let the food speak for itself” — is served until 10:00 p.m., with starters from $6–$16, mains $18–$25; the bar remains open until 11:00 p.m. All seating is first come, first served, priority given to parties over six. If you want to go all out, reserve a fancy poolside cabana (ten-person maximum).

Chorus Karaoke and Café

4428 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa

(No longer in business.)

Korean karaoke

If you are a fan of karaoke, head to Kearny Mesa: Convoy Street is home to numerous Korean karaoke bars. Order some Hello Kitty Wine and rent a private room at Chorus Karaoke and Café at 4428 Convoy Street. Choose from rock, pop, or anime songs, in English and Korean. Rooms range in price from $10–$20. If you’d rather bring your own food and alcohol, drive two blocks to J Music Studio, at 4620 Convoy. For $30 an hour you get a room complete with an oversized couch, disco ball, TV, and karaoke machine. Insert dollars into a machine and put on your own private smoke-and-light show.

Self-guided tour of Stuart Collection

The Stuart Collection is a series of outdoor art installations spread throughout UCSD’s campus. Download the free Stuart Collection app (for iPhones) for short videos about each piece; it’s meant to serve as a self-guided tour. The installations include vices and virtues flashing and overlapping in giant neon, a 560-foot-long tiled snake path wrapped around the spaceship-shaped library, and a 180-ton stone bear sculpture. The newest addition to the collection (completed after the app came out) is a crooked house dangling off the Jacobs School of Engineering building — as if it landed there after some disaster. Download the app from iTunes. 888-387-1470.

Wedding spotting

San Diego’s mild climate makes it the perfect location for outdoor weddings year round. Plan a patio lunch or dinner at the Prado in Balboa Park on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., or 6:00 p.m., and you’re likely to spy a wedding in the garden. Walk along Coast Boulevard in La Jolla on a Saturday from April to November, and you might catch a bridal party at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, especially on weekends during the summer months. Don’t forget the beach in Coronado: weekend afternoons are prime time for weddings in front of the Hotel del Coronado, especially in the fall.

Timken Museum of Art

1500 El Prado, Balboa Park

Timken Museum One-Day Art Workshops

On the second Wednesday of every month, from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., the Timken Museum in Balboa Park and the Losina Art Center come together for a series of workshops aimed at combining art viewing and art production. Each workshop begins inside the museum with a lecture by a docent on a chosen piece in the collection. Then artist Olya Losina guides participants through exercises in painting or drawing inspired by the piece. “Frustration is a productive state of mind,” Losina tells her students; beginners and seasoned artists alike will appreciate her “mistakes are helpful” philosophy. The $70 workshop fee includes all materials. Register ahead of time to reserve a spot. 619-239-5548; losinaartcenter.com.

San Diego Repertory Theatre

79 Horton Plaza, Downtown San Diego

Surround Events at the Rep

At the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the show on stage is but one part of an extensive and enriching experience. Listen and take part in panel discussions with members of the production, or, sometimes, experts from fields related to a show’s theme. Prices range from $20–$57. Enjoy art, food-tasting with local chefs, stand-up comedy, and poetry readings — the events change with each production. Turn what many view as a passive experience into an interactive, stimulating affair.


4048 30th Street, North Park

Get handy with a blade and play with fire

Hipsters learn to cook at Hipcooks

The San Diego branch of Hipcooks regularly runs cooking classes for wannabe chefs, foodies, hipsters, and enterprising singles looking for a de facto dinner date. The three-hour, $55 classes include instruction and materials and end with eating what you’ve created — dishes like caldeirada (Portuguese seafood stew), goat cheese tart with berry coulis, and wild salmon stuffed with oyster mushrooms. Topics covered range from knife skills to French sauces and are designed to be accessible to people without the skills and experience of professional cooks.

Lestat's on Park

4496 Park Avenue, University Heights

Brave performance anxiety at Dime Stories open mic

First Friday of the month, every month, at Lestat’s on Park, 7:00 p.m. Prepare a short story that takes three minutes to read (hint: that’s about 500 words) and throw your name in the box at the beginning of the show. Next thing you know, you’re reading. The three-minute rule is strictly enforced, so practice, practice, practice or risk being cut off mid-sentence. Any kind of story will do, fiction or non-, but it has to be prose, since there are plenty of other readings for aspiring poets. 4496 Park Boulevard. 619-501-6638; Dimestories.org has the basic information, but it’s easier to check Dime Stories on Facebook for updates. 619-501-6638; dimestories.org.

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okimble May 9, 2012 @ 7:40 p.m.

RE: The Really Really Free Market

Just to give you a little more info, our next free market will be on Sunday, June 10th in Teralta Park (City Heights).

Map here.



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