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Weekend Preview: ‘Extraordinary Chambers,’ San Diego Oysterfest And The Big Bite Baconfest


David Coddon, theater critic, San Diego CityBeat.

Seth Combs, freelance arts writer & nightlife editor, Zagat


It's Father's Day this weekend and what dad doesn't love bacon and oysters? We've rounded up the best of this weekend's events, and we're sure dad would enjoy any one of them.

The San Diego Oysterfest is returning Saturday, June 15 for the fourth year to the Marina Embarcadero North. The event promises a full day of oyster shucking and slurping, plus cooking demos from celebrity chefs, an oyster expo, shuck and suck competitions, a craft beer section and live performances by bands like Mayer Hawthorne, Blood Diamond and Family Wagon.

At the San Diego County Fair, the Big Bite Baconfest celebrates all things bacon. Sunday, June 16, you'll spend the day sampling creative bacon dishes from breakfast to dessert, indulging in craft beer and bacon-inspired cocktails and even acting as a witness to a bacon lover's wedding ceremony.

Theater patrons will want to head to downtown's 10th Avenue Theater for Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company's latest production, "Extraordinary Chambers." The play tells the story of an American couple that travels to Cambodia for a routine business trip, but becomes personally involved with Khmer Rouge victims and survivors. The play exposes the true Cambodian experience and challenges the viewer to think about how far they'd be willing to go to survive. The play begins regular performances this Saturday and will run through June 30.

The Greyboy Allstars are a funk band that has been together nearly two decades, and they got their start right here in San Diego. Their success strategy is not the norm, and they've spent the last two decades honing their sound, not worrying about trends or getting signed to a major label. The band has just released its first new record in six years titled Inland Empire. To celebrate, they'll be playing not one but two shows at The Casbah this weekend on Friday and Saturday. They've been known to put on a terrific live show sure to get anyone in the mood for a little dancing.

David Lindley has played music since the '60s and isn't anywhere near stopping even though he's nearing his 70s. Through the years, he's defined his own style of music known for being highly eclectic and combining American folk, blues and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy and Turkish musical sources. He'll be at the Ramona Mainstage this Friday.

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