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Weekend Preview: Dirty Blondes, Custom Car Art, And Craft Brews

Food And Event Pairings For The Weekend

Old House Fair in South Park.

Credit: Old House Fair

Above: Old House Fair in South Park.


Barbarella Fokos, Author of the Diary of a Diva column and Your Week page at the San Diego Reader

Amy T. Granite, Arts and culture editor, and food writer at CityBeat


Good eats, good drinks, good fun with a Dirty Blonde, craft brews, and flying pigs!

The Oceanside Museum of Art has a “creative happy hour” Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. This “innovative” event is part of their Artists@Work program. On the second Thursday of most months, they will showcase a different artist or artist collaborative by commissioning them to produce an original artwork live in front of guests. Thursday’s featured artist this month is Manuel Cisneros, who will be doing a live demonstration of the art of pin striping. Pin striping is the artwork seen on cars associated with the custom car culture of lowriding. Cisneros’ art demonstration ties nicely into the museum’s exhibit of “Cruisin’ Califas: The Art of Lowriding." Participants can view all the exhibits, engage with the artist and get an intimate look at his creative process, while enjoying complimentary appetizers and an open beer and wine bar.

If you want to incorporate a great meal into your Artists@Work experience, check out the Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen. This Oceanside restaurant offers farm-to-table artisanal cuisine, hand made pasta, carefully paired wines and craft beers. According to its website, the Flying Pig is a member of the “Slow Food Movement," which they describe as a way of living and eating; a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. The “Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen” is located at 626 South Tremont St. in Oceanside, and opens at 5 p.m.

“Dirty Blonde," a play at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, finishes up its run this weekend. The “dirty blonde” refers to the legend Mae West who said, "I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde." The tagline on the Cygnet Theatre website says “Before Gaga... Before Madonna... There was Mae West!” Director Sean Murray and his well-received cast, made up of Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson and David McBean put on a great performance. The show can be seen Thursday through Sunday night, with matinees also available on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

If you want to have a tasty and affordable meal after the show, visit Rose Donuts. This eatery is right off of Morena, in Linda Vista, about a mile from Old Town. They serve great sandwiches, milkshakes and incredible donuts, with equally great prices. They’re located at 5201 Linda Vista Rd., Ste. 100, and are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The Old House Fair in historic South Park takes place this Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has lots to do for all ages. One of the highlights of the fair is a paid tour of some of the historic homes in the neighborhood. The fair offers lots of fun activities, arts and crafts for kids. Adults will also find lots to catch their interest, with all the great music, food and ideas for homes and gardens. Check out this charming and historic neighborhood while you take in the fair. The main site of the “Old House Fair” is at 30th and Beech streets in the South Park area of San Diego.

Another wonderful aspect of the South Park neighborhood and the Old House Fair is the great food that can be found. Not only can you wander through the fair enjoying all the exhibits and activities, but you can also munch your way through some fantastic food and drinks. Some of our recommendations include the South Park Abbey restaurant, which has tasty chicken wings and even tastier craft beers, Marisco’s German Food Truck for some awesomely-priced fish tacos and for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, The Daily Scoop offers Niederfrank’s ice cream. Enjoy!

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