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Culture Lust Weekend: A ‘Grease’ Sing-A-Long, Craft Mafia, And Charlie Brown

FESTIVALS

The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is this Saturday and Sunday.
Above: Oil painting by Luis Fuentes
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Above: The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is this Saturday and Sunday. Above: Oil painting by Luis Fuentes

There is a little something for everyone this weekend at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts. Take your child (or find your inner hopscotch lover) to see street artists creating chalk masterpieces, wander to Warwick’s for book signings, and groove to local music. Whatever event(s) you go for, be sure bring your appetite!! Restaurant Row will be vending eclectic tastes.

If you prefer cook-offs and beer gardens to chalk art and book signings, take your Saturday to the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. The OB streets will be lined with rides, vendors, artists, musicians and of course chili. We are especially excited for The Styletones, the local three horn funk and soul band that's caught our eye (and ears!).

MUSIC

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are playing this Sunday at Belly Up.

Above: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are playing this Sunday at Belly Up.

This Sunday Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are playing at Belly Up and we could not be more excited.

Southern California summers mean scorching days and cool nights, but this Friday, the heat goes long into the night with Ruby and the Red Hots. They will be playing their jazzy ballads and bluesy numbers at Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz concert.

ART

Space 4 Art opens this Saturday.
Above: Art by Chris Warr

Above: Space 4 Art opens this Saturday. Above: Art by Chris Warr

This Saturday, Space 4 Art is opening. While we doubt your weekend plans included viewing "an army of giant puppets,” we're here to let you know they can. Art, music, and of course, puppets, will all be present at the Space 4 Art opening, as well as an awesome shop for vintage bikes.

Replace ruthless, sneaky and murderous (think Tony Soprano), with artsy, crafty and creative (think Velvet Klaw) and we have San Diego North Park Craft Mafia. So go on and get crafty tonight at Queen Bee's Art & Culture Center where the Craft Mafia is putting on a free fashion show.

If you don’t have $1,200 to spend on an actual trip to India, head over to San Diego’s Museum of Man tonight for their Tower After Hours program. This evening, their 100-foot rotunda will be transformed into a cultural commune, where guests can enjoy the food, drink and dance of India.

Help The Athenaeum celebrate 20 years and over 200 exhibitions all during this upcoming month! “It All Adds Up: Celebrating Twenty Years of Exhibitions” opens this Friday evening with never before seen portraits, photos, reviews and a secret sale. We’re thinking that this definitely tops our 20th birthday party.

Fly on over to the San Diego Air Space Museum for the 24th Annual International Aerospace Art Exhibition where seventy of the best aviation artworks are on display. And if your interests extend beyond the sky and into the “extra terrestrial,” SDASM has“The Science of… Aliens,” which explores the possibility of actual alien life.

Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash has curated a selection of photographs currently on view at MoPA. “Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash” chronicles 50 years of music through the lenses of 40 iconic photographers.

We all claim to love long moonlight walks along the beach, but realistically, when was the last time we said no to Netflix and found ourselves outside after hours? With Scripps Institution of Oceanography offering a full-moon walk on Scripps Pier this Friday (usually blocked off to the public) there is no excuse not to make the most of the moonlight.

FILM

GREASE: SING-A-LONG is coming to San Diego this Saturday!
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Above: GREASE: SING-A-LONG is coming to San Diego this Saturday!

Head over to the San Diego County Fair with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies! “Tell me more, tell me more,” you say? This Saturday the Fair is hosting a special screening of GREASE: SING-A-LONG so be sure to grab your poodle skirts (and pink slips) and Grease Lightening your way over!

Forgo a traditional evening at the movies this Friday for a screening of the 1920’s silent movie “Feel My Pulse.” Philip Carli, renowned silent film accompanist, will be providing both education and entertainment (in the form of engaging piano accompaniment) during the screening, making the event a “must go” for movie and music lovers alike. It’s at 7:30 p.m. at MiraCoasta College and it's free!!

BOOKS

Children's Book Presentation happens every fourth Sunday at the El Cajon Borders.

Above: Children's Book Presentation happens every fourth Sunday at the El Cajon Borders.

Picky eaters and picky pandas will bond over Ruth Todd Evans’ colorful children's book “The Panda Who Would Not Eat.” Evans, who based her story on one of San Diego’s own pandas, will be reading the book out loud during Children’s Book Presentation this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the El Cajon Borders.

THEATER

Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Pig-Pen and Charlie Brown have all grown up. The security blanket has been burned, and sex, drugs and cursing are left in its wake. See the gang – in their teenage years-- this weekend during InterMission's production of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.”

In the mood for some live comedy? Comedy Nights at the Del Mar Fair runs throughout the summer - Mal Hall (a San Diegan) and Mark Christopher Lawrence perform on Friday.

DESIGN

Dwell on Design is happening this weekend in Los Angeles. 
Above: The Skywave house in Venice, part of Dwell on Design's Home Tours.

Above: Dwell on Design is happening this weekend in Los Angeles. Above: The Skywave house in Venice, part of Dwell on Design's Home Tours.

The bible for contemporary architecture and design is Dwell Magazine and if you're a fan, we have an event for you (as long as you don’t mind the drive). LA is hosting Dwell on Design this weekend at the convention center. House tours and exhibits are combined with conferences on sustainability and innovation to create the west coast’s largest design event.

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