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Culture Lust Weekend: Paula Poundstone, Children's Film Festival, and Ché Underground

Comedian Paula Poundstone.
Comedian Paula Poundstone.

PERFORMANCES [theater and other]

For an evening of high-energy elevator pitches, head over to Hive Coworking Space for Ignite San Diego 2. Ignite began as small gathering of ideas and beer, but now, with the passion and ambition to attempt to “raise the collective IQ,” Ignite has lit up in San Diego.

Paula Poundstone, our comedian crush from NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is at Anthology this Saturday!


Interesting in-laws? You’re not alone. Relate to - or revel in - the trilogy of comedies (Table Manners, Living together and Round and Round the Garden) that follow Norman and his relatives through the dining room, living room and garden. The trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn known as "The Norman Conquests" begin in rep tonight at Cygnet.

Follow the shifting morals, near death experiences and mid-marriage crisis of Richard Sherman as he navigates the uncharted territory of “The Seven Year Itch.” Opening tonight at the New Village Arts Theatre.

Get ready for an energetic evening of dancing, singing, teen-queens and hair-do’s because Hairspray is in town!! Watch the effervescent and ebullient Tracy Turnblad take on her dreams, the skinny socialite and racism (all in a days work of course) this week and next at the Lyceum. (And get ready to dance- we hear the ending routine rouses everyone to their feet!)

The 2008 Tony and Grammy award winning musical In The Heights is coming to San Diego! Join Usnavi, Nina, Vanessa and “Abuela” Claudia this weekend at San Diego Civic Theater as they sing and dance their way through New York.

Forget formality and watch literary-lines get crossed at Vermin on The Mount. Novelists, journalists, columnists and local San Diego talent will all convene and read on the same stage this Saturday at Sushi Performance & Visual Arts.



Scavenger for street-art atop your fixie this Saturday and Sunday in San Diego and Tijuana. As if biking around town searching for art isn’t reward enough on its own, The Tijuego Street-Art Scavenger Hunt selects two winners (one for best photos, one for most photos) and presents them with a membership to MCASD, a gift card to El Take It Easy and a beer from Turista Libre.


We’ve told you about Summer Salon Series before, but tonight is a must-go. Julie Lawrence is reading, "Jason and the Argonauts" will be screened and there will be an interactive drawing performance, brought to us by the Border Corps. And of course, with this much activity at The San Diego Museum of Art, Brian Dick and his museum mascot will materialize again. We’re still curious.

Celebrate the Mexican Bicentennial with the Oceanside Museum of Art! They are hosting Looking Back/Moving Forward: Contemporary Mexican-American Art (opening Saturday) which will feature the recent work of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, and Raul Guerrero.

San Diego sculptor Fred Briscoe (he started out as a mason… basically he “rocks” in more way than one), opens his exhibition “Ascent” tomorrow evening at Alexander Salazar Fine Art. The opening reception will take place August 6th.


In the 1980’s UCSD’s Ché Café was home to San Diego’s underground but burgeoning punk and progressive music scene. Thirty years later, at the intersection of historical and hip, the “Ché Underground” blog is attempting to chronicle the scene… and this weekend, at Lestats and Bar Pink they’re bringing the underground back to life with the likes of Jeffery Luck Lucas, The Comeuppance, Thomas E Ward, Wendy Bailey & True Stories, Bombast and a rock-photography show.

Grab your black eyeliner, leather, and lip-gloss (if you want to fit in with the swarms of pre-teen girls) because Adam Lambert is coming back to his hometown on his first solo tour! He is playing this Friday at Symphony Hall, but we suggest trying to get tickets now before you are trampled by the platform flip-flops you “didn’t” wear when you were in middle school.

This Tuesday at the Casbah, These United States is showcasing their new album "What Lasts." So join them and The Fruit Bats for some folksy rock.

If you’d like little less rock & roll and a little more classical, The San Diego Youth Symphony and Rotary International Youth exchange are presenting the International Youth Symphony, where young musicians from around the world have gathered for a vigorous summer music camp. You can watch the product of this program, and take part in their young musical passion Friday or Saturday.


We're sure that the children of Culture Lusters like yourself are very well versed in today’s music/theater/art scene, but if you want to add film to that list, you'd better go to the 7th Annual San Diego International Children’s Film Festival this weekend for at least one of the 107 animated/action/documentary films.