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Weekend Preview: Lebanese Festival, Pop Thursdays And Secrete Discoteque II

A photo from the Museum of Photographic Arts' original

Photo by David Covey

Above: A photo from the Museum of Photographic Arts' original "Push Pin Party," held in 1983. The museum will host the event again this Thursday, May 23, as part of their Pop Thursdays event and in celebration of their ten year anniversary.


Candice Woo, editor, Eater San Diego

Alex Zaragoza, staff writer, San Diego CityBeat


This weekend offers an eclectic selection of events to choose from, whether you're looking to attend an underground art and music series, a community festival, a museum party celebrating film, a chance to see a natural phenomenon take place right on our beaches or a laid-back beer event celebrating Star Wars.

For a chance to experience art, music and video that's of the experimental form, head to The Spot in Barrio Logan to check out the second installment of the Secrete Discoteque series. Happening this Friday, Secret Discoteque hosts a long list of local and international talent that will be performing experimental pieces.

If you're looking to immerse yourself in the cuisine and traditions of another culture, look no further than the Lebanese Festival that's happening this Friday through Sunday at the St. Ephrem Maronite Catholic Church in El Cajon. The three-day event is free to attend and offers something for the whole family, from a kids' carnival to live music and dancing and, of course, plenty of food.

This year, the Museum of Photographic Arts is celebrating its tenth anniversary, so this month's Pop Thursdays event deters a bit from its usual programming as part of the celebration. Guests of this month's event actually voted on which 1983 film would be screened and Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders was the winner. Along with the film screening, guests will enjoy food from Stand & Deliver, a MIHO experience, drinks from Alchemy Cultural Fare & Cocktails and music by DJ’s Daniel Sant and Mark Smith. The whole evening is '80s themed, so guests are encouraged to dress in their best '80s attire. In 1983, the year the museum opened, they had a "Push Pin Party" wherein members of the community were invited to hang their own work on the wall of the museum. Since it's now 2013 and technology has changed a bit, they're hosting a mobile photography challenge to determine whose work will go up on the wall.

Every spring, a natural phenomenon happens on local beaches that's a must for anyone and everyone to check out. The California Grunion are a species of marine fish found only along the coast of southern California and northern Baja California. Their spawning tradition is what has made them very famous. Every year, the grunion leave the ocean late at night and wiggle their way up the beach to lay their eggs. This scene is a true natural phenomenon, with hundreds of shimmering fish dancing along the beach. The grunion is so consistent that scientists can predict a year ahead of time when exactly they'll do their runs. Head to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for a detailed schedule of when the grunion runs take place. The Marine Room, located in the heart of La Jolla and right on the water, is hosting a special late night happy hour this Friday for those who want to grab a cocktail or a bite before or after their excursion.

Beer and sci-fi lovers will want to drop everything and head to Sessions Public in Point Loma this Saturday for their May the Force Be With You event. In celebration of Star Wars' 36th anniversary, the farm-to-table restaurant known for its huge selection of craft brew (20 on tap all day, every day), will screen Episode I at noon and continue on through the series for the rest of the day. Pizza Port's Star Wars-inspired brews, Nerf Herder and Red Leader, will be served as well as some special cantina cocktails.

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