June 27 2012 02:57 PM

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Red Fox Tails bring the surf jazz to Summer Fun on the 101.
Photo by Andrew Riley

Summer has its benefits. The rule requiring shirts and shoes becomes more lax, and people (not me, but others) leave the comfort of their couch and a Real Housewives marathon to actually go outside.

Luring folks out of their air-conditioned cages of laziness on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30 is Summer Fun on the 101. Since we no longer have one big, kickass summer music festival look forward to (RIP Street Scene), we have to make do with alternatives. This two-day fest brings 16 bands to several venues in North County. Among those hitting the stage are The Donkeys, Red Fox Tails and Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee. Organizers are asking for a $10 donation to support Paul Ecke Central School, but if you're a total jerk, you can forego paying.

One of the biggest debates in musical history (not really, but play along) is which decade produced better music—the '80s or the '90s. While each gave the world amazingly good and bad tunes, it's kind of like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. You can like both but only love one. Pick your side and head to Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St. in South Park) on Saturday, June 30, for '80s vs. '90s. DJ's Saul Q and Kid Wonder will play the best from each decade even though the Willenium is very much over and you stopped putting Aqua Net in your hair.

While I can't deny my love for Erasure, and I've put pretty much every R&B song that came out in the '90s in a knockin'-boots mixtape, the decade that really speaks to my heart is the '60s. For those who feel a tingle in the crotch every time Aretha or Otis hits a high note, there's A Night of Motown at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway, Downtown) on Wednesday, June 27. This night is also brought to you by Saul Q and Kid Wonder. Geez. Nostalgic much? It's only a matter of time before those two have a roaring '20s dance party at Voyeur.


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Calendar

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  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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