San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Comics, Racing And 'Rumours'
This is KPBS Midday Edition. I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. if you have your site set on costume superstars and superheroes then you know what you will be doing this weekend. For the non-Comic-con crowd there is some interesting stuff to check out and joining me is Nina Garin. Some of us may go out of our way to avoid downtown this weekend and we had north on five to Del Mar what will we find there. It is a return of the Del Mar racing season that opened earlier in the week and today would be the very first 4:00 Friday. What is that? It is an idea that they created for a younger audience. The first race begins at 4:00 and normally they started 2:00 and after the last race there is a free concert so this continues every week throughout the summer and they do it on some random weekends. So this concert series is quite popular. Who was in the lineup? It is a really popular event. Starts tonight with the reggae band and then continues with the violent femmes, ludicrous, and Eagles of death metal. You brought a clip . This is in LA. It is one of the banned and you can see them at the 4:00 Friday summer concert series of the Del Mar races. Explain how that works. You just have to make sure you get there before the last race is over. There is no real time. You can just get there early and watch races and get into it and then after everyone is shut off you have to be over 18. If you do show up after the race you can get in. You just have to pay $20 and you do have to pay to get into the races but there is several pricing points. The 4:00 Friday summer concert series begin today and continues through September. Closer to, can't there is a alternate one. It is cold Chicano-con. Is an event hosted by Border X Brewing . It is a weekend that will showcase art and music. Why are they having this alternatives to Comic Con? Comic Con has become so big that people get intimidated. So there is a lot of alternative events happening so if you are interested in Latin are or political cartoons, this gives you a safe and easy way to do Comic Con without having to go into the pit of downtown. What happens there? On Friday you can meet the cartoonist and writing -- rider. There's going to be a panel and music by been called -- Saturday is all arts and crafts and there will be kids in face painting and then from 5:00 to 10:00 they would do it again but with adults. And the music that night will be Carlos and Sunday a tribute to a cartoonist and he will be doing live portraits. There's going to be beer involved, is that right? Border X Brewing has been written up a lot and it's been getting a lot of national attention. There will be beer and if you have a badge, you get a 10% discount. Chicano-con happens Friday through Sunday and you can find more comic con related events in our website. You are here to tell us about a Fleetmac Wood dance party. This is a group of DJs called Fleetmac Wood. They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album rumors. The dance parties happening all over the world. Rumors and Fleetwood Mac remind us of what songs are on the album. I think every song is popular on the album test woman, the chain, don't stop and go your own way. What happens the DJs just play the songs? They do play some of the old songs but they are edits and they slow them down and add effects and if you are a fan of them it might not be easy to tell what you are listening to. So as an example you brought a clip . This is Silver Spring. It gives us an idea what the music sounds like. So who is this dance party for? It is for younger crowd that likes doing the night club circuit. I feel like it would still be welcoming to people who listen to it when it came out in the 70s and they do encourage 1977 tire -- attire. It happens tonight. Had been speaking with Nina Garin. Thank you.
This weekend is all about free concerts, Latino art and Fleetwood Mac.
Del Mar Summer Concert Series
Del Mar Racing is back in San Diego and that means the return of 4 O'Clock Fridays. These are afternoon horse races that conclude with a free concert after the day's final race. It begins tonight with the reggae band Tribal Seeds.
The series continues with Violent Femmes, Eagles of Death Metal, Lord Huron, Ludacris and Steve Aoki among others. The concerts are for ages 18 and over, and if you show up after the races, there will be a $20 entry fee.
Details: Around 8 p.m. Fridays. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Free with race admission or $20.
Visual arts, Music
Border X Brewing presents Chicano-Con, an alternative comics and music event that highlights the work of Latino artists.
Friday brings a meet and greet with artist and writer Lalo Alcaraz, with music by Santa Pa Ti; Saturday features arts, crafts and games for all ages; and Sunday will highlight the art of Barrio cartoonist Junco, where he will be doing live portrait sketches.
Comic-Con attendees will also get 10 percent off all drinks.
Details: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Border X Brewing, 2181 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan. Free.
Fleetmac Wood 'Rumours' Rave
Fleetmac Wood is a group of DJs that exclusively play the music of Fleetwood Mac, whether it's original songs, re-mixes or club edits.
The group will throw a dance party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album "Rumours," one of the best-selling albums of all time. Put on your '70s best and dance to "Gold Dust Woman," "The Chain," "Don't Stop" and, of course, "Go Your Own Way."
Details: 9:30 p.m. Friday. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. $7 to $25.