Monday, June 6: Taste of La Mesa
Friday | 3
As part of First Friday Art Walk, 4˝x6˝ pieces of art by artists, civic leaders, and local celebrities will be displayed and available for sale to benefit the education department at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The artist’s identity will not be revealed to the owner until after it has been purchased. Adult art will be sold for $20, with children’s art going for $10 each. Museum admission is free during the sale on Friday, June 3 and Sunday, June 5 (Family Art Day).
This 14th annual tasting event features over 100 varieties of sake, local craft beers, and appetizers from top chefs in the San Diego region. With a cosplayer competition, a taiko performance, and a tuna-cutting exhibition. Proceeds support the Japan Society’s educational programs and activities to build a bridge between the people of Japan and the San Diego/Tijuana region. Ticket includes a private seating area, exclusive foods, a festival T-shirt, and Harrah’s Resort SoCal gifts.
Saturday | 4
- Saturday, June 4, 2016, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
1600 Pacific Highway,
$20 - $80
Sample over 200 specialty and seasonal craft beers from more than 70 independent breweries, and taste gastropub-styled dishes from more than 20 of the region’s culinary tastemakers. Enjoy live music on the lawn, and boogie down in the “silent disco dome” (everyone wears headphones). Designated-driver ticket $20; general admission $40; VIP (includes access to private restrooms) $80.
- Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8 p.m.
Belly Up Tavern,
143 S. Cedros Avenue,
$25 - $44
San Diego’s acid-funk originals will get together for a night of their branded West Coast Boogaloo, a soul/funk/R&B vibe with a Latin twist. Bandleader Karl Denson’s enjoyed some high-road touring with the Rolling Stones and will surely bring that newfound showmanship back to the Allstars’ favored Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on Saturday night. Reader writer Dave Good breaks it down in this week’s Of Note.
- Saturday, June 4, 2016, noon to 10 p.m.
From Oregon Street in Normal Heights to Vista Street in Kensington
Stroll storefront art galleries and businesses and listen to lots of music on several stages. Take the free trolley if your feet get tired. Music acts appear on ten stages with acts including Hills Like Elephants, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters, Schizophonics, Skyler Lutes, Christopher Leyva & Cantu, Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Nina Francis, Gregory Page, and many more.
Sunday | 5
91X’s annual X-Fest rolls into Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Sunday. The event’s been a San Diego staple for more than 30 years, and this year delivers recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, who will “co-headline” the concert with the Offspring. Other acts include Wolfmother, Iration, Kongo, and local favorites the Frights, among others.
Monday | 6
Eighth annual event with food, desserts, and entertainment. Restaurants include Anthony’s Fish Grotto, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-Beau, Brigantine Restaurant of La Mesa, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Edible Arrangements, Hills Local Pub, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooleys Irish Pub and Grill, Luna Grill, Marie Callender’s, O’s American Kitchen, Riviera Supper Club, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages. Terra American Bistro, Tiramisu Trattoria, Valley Farm Market, and more. Tickets can be purchased at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, 8080 La Mesa Boulevard, and San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Boulevard. General admission $55; VIP (get in an hour earlier, plus preferred parking) $70.
- Monday, June 6, 2016, 8 p.m.
2501 Kettner Boulevard,
Diana Death has put the band back together. After several years fronting Johnny Thunders tribute Chinese Rocks and backing other artists and friends in their pursuits — including local notables El Vez and the Rosalyns — Death sees 6/6/16 as a great (if dark) date to get Gory again. She has a chat with Dave Good as to how she pulled off reuniting a band that scattered 17 years ago and where she sees it going. Gory Details play Monday at Casbah.
Tuesday | 7
A new species of aquatic life washed up on a Perth beach nearly a hundred years ago and had been stashed away in the Western Australia Museum’s collection — until recently, when scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography identified it as a third species of sea dragon. Since the discovery of the ruby sea dragon, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps has developed a sea dragon propagation program. On June 7, Scripps is hosting a symposium featuring presentations and discussions on sea dragon husbandry and research including acquisition, display, nutrition, and reproduction.
2419 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
Charlie Morgenstern negotiates Négociant and takes on a “complex red,” best paired with a substantial meal in Feast.
1980 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
Dr. Seuss’s artistic talent went beyond the printed page. To this day, his secret art collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel created paintings and sculptures that he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate. He wanted to be recognized as a serious artist, but publicly he was quick to describe his private works as “midnight paintings.” Geisel asked his wife, Audrey, to wait until he was gone before bringing these works to the public. At this exhibit, visitors will view works from his best-known children’s books and also get to explore the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss Collection, based on decades of artwork that the artist created for himself. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional Unorthodox Taxidermy sculptures with names such as the Carbonic Walrus, the Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast.
Idol <em>(Ya Tayr El Tayer)</em> **
For the first third of its running time, director Hany Abu-Assad (<em>Paradise Now, Rana’s Wedding</em>) stocks his latest (sorta’) “inspired by true events” stew with a highly affecting, lovingly detailed depiction of a young Palestinian boy wanting nothing more than to form a band in order to help pay for his sister’s operation. It’s right about the same time sis dies (no spoiler, it’s in the trailer) and we flash-forward to present-day Gaza that The Idol kicks into idle. In a world rife with drama, where “God is against singing,” Mohammad Assaf’s (Tawfeek Barhom) quest to become the next Arab Idol plays out much in the same manner as the routine biographical backstory segment one expects to find on the talent contest just prior to a contestant taking to the stage. What follows is seven weeks of Assaf’s performances, discarded in less than a minute and capped by an ending that redefines the term “anticlimactic.”
The Idol starts strong, but after the childhood backstory is dispensed and we’re brought up to date, this mostly true biopic of Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf plays like one of the show’s prerecorded background segments. At least that’s what Reader critic Scott Marks thinks. Opens Friday at the Angelika Film Center.