Saturday, June 11: Vango
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Thursday | 9

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Chef Throwdown

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6 p.m.
  • Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
  • $150 - $250

The Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn provides the setting for this gathering of 30 chefs from San Diego and Mexico who will present signature hors d’oeuvres or desserts at individual stations. Judged by the ever-growing Culinary Council that includes such names as Andre Zotoff, Brian Malarkey, Claudia Sandoval, Jack Ford, Michele Parente, Sam the Cooking Guy, and lead judge Richard Sandoval, chefs present their best bites with the goal of winning the Chef Flor Franco Award for Culinary Excellence. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Friday | 10

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Greek Festival

This annual gathering offers a variety of Greek cuisine, handmade pastries, and traditional Greek coffee. Bands will perform traditional and contemporary Greek music, and youth dance troupes wearing folk costumes will showcase their skills throughout the weekend. The Oracle Wine Lounge boasts the largest array of Greek wines in California, while the Opa beer garden offers both imported Greek and domestic brews. With a Greek foods market, shopping, a kids’ activity area, and frequent church tours led by Father Andrew Scordalakis.

Saturday | 11

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Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8 p.m.
  • Hideout, 3519 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+

Toronto’s Juno Award–winning instrumental rock trio is best known for their song “Having an Average Weekend,” aka the Kids in the Hall theme song. “We don’t even think of that song as being the Kids in the Hall song,” says the Shadowy Men in a preshow chat with the Reader’s Dryw Keltz. The 30-year-old Canada band hits the Hideout on Saturday.

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  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, noon to 6 p.m.
  • 1789 State Street, Little Italy
  • Free

Showcasing the accomplishments and talents of San Diego county STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) enthusiasts. This event features a “silly soap box race,” STEAM vendors with activities for children, live music, and a beer and wine garden. New this year is the “Anything Goes” race — adults will race in their own creative contraptions.

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Super Freaks

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego
  • Free

Larry Caveney will exhibit an array of abstracted superheroes and villains in his solo show. From the artist: “As males in the world of art, we have a tendency to maintain our own position of power or that persona of power or youth, where in reality it’s lost to time and gravity. The piece speaks to that false façade. That’s why I use the idea of ‘the artist as fool’ in most of my work. Basically, I poke fun at my own self and superheroes/cartoons that I studied in comic books. As a white male, in this state of culture, I think that’s all I have to work with...” The show runs June 11 to August 21.

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Sumo Sushi Show

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, noon to 2:30 p.m.
  • Fluxx, 500 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • 21+ / $79 - $99

Eat sushi, sip sake, and snap photos after the event with World Sumo Champions. This 90-minute sumo show features three-time World Sumo Champion Byambajav Ulambayar and highest-division Pro Sumo All-Star Yama, one of the heaviest Japanese humans ever. While a pro sumo emcee explains the rules, technique, and sumo culture, you can cheer on your favorite wrestler as these massive athletes smash together. U.S. Sumo Open is billed as “the largest annual sumo competition on Planet Earth (except for Japan).”

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San Diego Festival of the Arts

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
  • $12

The 29th La Jolla Festival of the Arts (renamed this year) gathers nearly 200 artists in a bay-view setting of original fine art, live music, and entertainment plus cuisine, fine wine, and craft beer. Kids can enjoy crafts, face-painting, and puppet shows, and dads get a complimentary pint glass on Father’s Day. This year Aaron Chang, world-renowned surf photographer, will exhibit gems from his 25 years of surf photography and Tim Bessell, surfboard shaper, will have Warhol boards onsite. Music on four stages with Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti, Jazz 88 All Stars, Nina Francis, and several others. Restaurants include Ohana Hawaiian Island BBQ, Divine Greek, Doggos Gus, Home Plate Sports Cafe, Bottaro Wood Fired Pizza, and more. Artists will present in ceramics, glass, photography, mixed media, fiber/textiles, sculpture, jewelry, and painting. $12; weekend pass $16.

Wednesday | 15

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Al Di Meola

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 9 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • $30 - $75

For more than 40 years, the Jersey-born jazz-fusion guitarist has been recording and touring his soft-rock heart out. Di Meola talks to Reader writer Andrew Hamlin about his underappreciated genre (except in Europe, apparently) and his new record, Elysium, which brings him to the Music Box on Wednesday night.

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Toots & the Maytals

Before there was reggae, there was reggay, and there was Toots Hibbert. Dave Good traces the history of Toots and his Maytals in this week’s Of Note. They play the Observatory North Park on Wednesday.

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Taste of Little Italy

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Along Kettner and India Street, throughout Little Italy
  • $36 - $43

Each year the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries open their doors for food lovers to sample appetizers, entrées, desserts, and beverages. Ticket holders go from restaurant to restaurant with a Taste Passport, which lists the participating restaurant and each location’s menu offering. It’s an easy walk, with no shuttles required. Two routes are available — a south route and a north route — each featuring over a dozen restaurants. $36 prior to the event; $43 at the door.

Bottlecraft North Park

3007 University Avenue, North Park

There’s a Venissimo Cheese counter in the back, and they serve gourmet grilled cheese. Sandwiches cost eight bucks if you go with the standard offerings. There’s brie with fig jam, cheddar with spicy apple jam, alpine cheese with onion confit...Ian Anderson goes with gouda and soppressata.

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