1. Stand proud and salute
A major event in the fight for gay rights happened during the past year, and its cause for celebration. With the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell (DADT), gays and lesbians in the military can now proudly and openly serve their country. For that reason, this years San Diego Pride Parade and Festival, happening Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, is themed Americas 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 years festivities, with 500 members of the military and their families scheduled to participate in the weekends events. For one, uniformed officers will march in Saturdays parade down University Avenue in Hillcrest, which starts at 11 a.m.
Theyll be wearing their uniforms, which has never happened before. Theyre allowed to now, MacDougall says. Its going to be awesome for San Diego as a community because it is such a big military town, and its the first event since DADT was repealed. Theres 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 Diegos first in a public space.
Along with the big parade and rally, there will be performances by Frankie Negron, Glees 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 hes 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 Kennas long exposures taken at dawn and dusk. Kennas 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