Thursday | 28
This “adult musical” is a look at life in New York featuring a cast of both people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the “triple crown” of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. While the show draws inspiration from a certain beloved children’s show, you’ll want to leave the kids at home for this one — there’s even “full puppet nudity.” The story is about a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and a purpose in life.
An after-hours party celebrating the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a tournament of summer games. Join a team and compete in Olympics-inspired events such as pool-noodle throwing, hobby horse racing, and blind beer tasting. You can meet San Diego Olympic athletes, chat with a health and fitness trainer, snack on Brazilian appetizers, and taste Brazil’s signature cocktail, the caipirinha. Rarely seen objects from the museum’s collections that exemplify sports and athletics will be on view. Come dressed as your favorite Olympian or the team you’re rooting for and participate in a festive closing ceremony after the summer games tournament has completed.
Friday | 29
The neo-soul group from L.A. this year released their third long-player to lukewarm reviews and an indifferent radio that gobbled up the charmed, soulful pop of 2010 debut Picking Up the Pieces and 2013’s More Than Just a Dream. This year’s self-titled effort may lack the punch of their previous releases, but you can be sure lead single “HandClap” and all the old hits will have the race place dancing in the paddock when Fitz takes the stage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds after Friday’s races. The concert is free with track admission.
Saturday | 30
Hundreds of tricked-out rides, including lifted 4x4 trucks and customized motorcycles plus a Lowrider Car Hop demonstration, motorcycle stunt showcase, car audio competition, Driftkhana event, and the HeyBaby California Bikini Contest. Xzibit headlines, with other performers throughout the day.
- Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Julian Town Hall,
2129 Main Street,
Julian is not just about apple pie. The region has growers and producers of wine, beer, hard cider, and mead, an ancient honey-based beverage. This second annual event features eight of Julian’s alcoholic beverage purveyors. Enjoy samples paired with small bites at each venue. Joining the Sip are Golden Coast Mead, Julian Ciderworks, Julian Hard Cider, Menghini Winery, Nickel Beer Company, Orfila Winery, Volcan Mountain Winery, and Witch Creek Winery. Get your map, logo glasses, and tote bag starting at 10 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce at Julian Town Hall.
At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, fearless dogs will jump on their boards and hang 20. Now in its 11th year. All of the proceeds benefit the San Diego Humane Society. With a dog-food garden (food and treat samples), beginners agility course, dog adoptions, vendor booths, off-leash play area, beer garden, and food trucks.
Sunday | 31
From the 1950s to the early ’80s, San Diego was a hotbed for motorcycle flat-track racing. Some of the most famous names in racing honed their skills on tracks in San Diego County. Demand for land and the rise in popularity of SuperCross eventually spelled the end for local tracks. California Vintage Motocross is trying to revive the sport with a newly constructed quarter-mile course in Campo. The club offers classes for riders of any age and ability using any kind of two-, three-, and four-wheeled machine. On Saturday you can race your two-wheeler. On Sunday, three-wheelers and quads. $10 to get in, with entry fee to race.
Tuesday | 2
- Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Park & Rec,
4612 Park Boulevard,
An eclectic wine tasting with pours throughout the evening, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, and a wine-bottle ring toss — bring five items to donate and get three rings to toss. Benefits Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit providing free meals throughout San Diego.
The Grammy-winning English new-wave group, once known as “the Fab Five” for their dandy look, MTV prowess, and numerous top-of-the-pops hits such as “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Rio,” and “The Reflex,” is back in business after a five-year hiatus with last year’s well-received dance-pop disc Paper Gods. Le Bon, Rhodes, and the Taylors are touring the U.S. and Canada this summer and play Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Tuesday with Chic and Nile Rodgers.
Wednesday | 3
Maybe not a true bluesman’s bluesman with his easy, radio-ready hooks, overdriven guitar, and affected singing, but Jr. wows ’em onstage. He will be performing his conceptual record The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, which reached number one on the Billboard blues charts last year, at Humphreys by the Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dave Good’s got more on “Sonny Boy” in this week’s Of Note.
The Mario Bros. mural finally pulls Matthew Suárez in, where he discovers vegan food, ocean views, and hookah.