July 18 2012 11:58 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

San Diego Pride Parade
Photo by San Diego Pride

1. Stand proud and salute

A major event in the fight for gay rights happened during the past year, and it's cause for celebration. With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), gays and lesbians in the military can now proudly and openly serve their country. For that reason, this year's San Diego Pride Parade and Festival, happening Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, is themed "America's Pride" to honor those who can now fight for the United States from outside the closet.

San Diego Pride spokesperson Laney MacDougall says the military contingent will be a big part of this year's festivities, with 500 members of the military and their families scheduled to participate in the weekend's events. For one, uniformed officers will march in Saturday's parade down University Avenue in Hillcrest, which starts at 11 a.m.

"They'll be wearing their uniforms, which has never happened before. They're allowed to now," MacDougall says. "It's going to be awesome for San Diego as a community because it is such a big military town, and it's the first event since DADT was repealed. There's going to be a lot of tears."

The troops will be joined by the usual parade of floats featuring booty-shorts-wearing babes, wild costumes and organizations showing their support for the gay community, including CityBeat.

Also on the schedule is a rally on Friday night on Harvey Milk and Normal streets, where the Hillcrest Business Association will raise a huge permanent rainbow flag to honor the LGBT community. It will be San Diego's first in a public space.

Along with the big parade and rally, there will be performances by Frankie Negron, Glee's Alex Newell, Natasha Bedingfield and comedienne and parade Grand Marshall Sandra Bernhard in the Balboa Park festival area. For all the details, visit sdpride.org.

2 Golden opportunity

The Golden Hill Street Fair has been dormant for the last eight years. But not any more. The Greater Golden Hill Economic Development Corporation enlisted the arts nonprofit Sezio to help resurrect the event, and its triumphant return will happen from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, on 25th Street, between B and C streets. Headliners The Donkeys (at 5 p.m.) will play their brand of California-country alt-rock, preceded on stage by Cuckoo Chaos (4 p.m.), The Tree Ring (3 p.m.), Little Deadman (2 p.m.), Jeans Wilder (1 p.m.) and Family Wagon (noon). Golden Hill-based art collective Yeller will conduct screen-printing activities, tasty grub will be dished up by local restaurants and Stone Brewing Co. will host the obligatory beer garden. Free. sezio.org 

3 Beautiful eeriness

Mark your calendars, you fans of blackand-white photography—Michael Kenna is coming to town. The British photographer who now resides in Seattle will show an array of the mystical landscape photos for which he's known at his solo exhibition, New and Classic Images, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Joseph Bellows Gallery (7661 Girard Ave. in La Jolla). The eerie, minimalist scenes achieve their uniquely ambient lighting effects by way of Kenna's long exposures taken at dawn and dusk. Kenna's been at it since 1976, and his new works are of Japanese landscapes, on display in the Atrium gallery space. The dramatic images, somehow rich and transporting without any color at all, will be on view through Sept. 8. josephbellows.com

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