After awhile, all street fairs begin to look the same. How many times can you sidle up next to Bob from down the street, buy some Rasta paraphernalia, sample the latest in AstroTurf technology and get sick on borderline carny food while listening to a local acoustic / jam band?
But the real purpose of a street fair is to promote community and (if it's well-organized) project the unique personality of the neighborhood. To dismiss the experience by comparing it to others is missing the point entirely.
Musician Jackson Milgaten, curator of the Golden Hill Street Fair, has been an on-and-off resident of the east-of-Downtown neighborhood for the past seven years and views it as a bastion of arts and counterculture in San Diego—traits that he wants to share with a wider audience.
"I [help] run the Turf Club, and you'd be amazed at how many people come in, and they're, like, Where am I?' You've lived in Hillcrest for a decade and you've never heard of Golden Hill?
"We want to show people that we're there and it's a great place to live," Milgaten continues.
The free event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, on 25th Street between B and C streets, has grown significantly since last year's inaugural celebration.
"Last year, it was one stage, six bands, and it was a six-hour event," Milgaten says. This year, there are two stages, 11 musical acts, three times as many food and craft vendors. We blew through about 15 kegs last year. We have about double that this year."
The artists set to perform are San Diego favorites Rafter and Tropical Popsicle, plus Las Vegas' Twin Brother, which Milgaten hopes will appeal to the counter-culture nature of the neighborhood. Sorry, guys, no jam bands. Bounce houses and crafts will also be available for the little ones. goldenhillstreetfair.com
If you haven't seen the 1994 cult-classic film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, do it ASAP. In it, Terrence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are fantastic as a transsexual and two drag queens, respectively, who embark on a month-long journey across the Australian Outback in a tour bus dubbed "Priscilla." In 2006, the film was adapted into Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical, and it's coming to the Civic Theatre (1100 Third Ave., Downtown), opening Tuesday, Oct. 15, and running through Sunday, Oct. 20. If there were ever a movie destined to become a musical, this is it, with rousing disco songs like "I Will Survive," "It's Raining Men," "I Love the Nightlife," "Hot Stuff," "Boogie Wonderland" and more. $23.50-$104.50. broadwaysd.com
3 JAZZY MAVENS
There are so many great women in the world of jazz, like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. Lucky for us, San Diego has its share of fierce women making good jazz. The Museum of Making Music (5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad) will honor the ladies killing it in the local jazz scene and give a tip of the fedora to female composers from around the world during Women in Jazz, a concert starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Singer Allison Adams Tucker, flutist Lori Bell, pianist Melonie Grinnell, contrabassist Evona Wascinski, drummer Laurel Grinnell and percussionist Monette Marino will all hit the stage together and give the audience a live show to remember. $20. museumofmakingmusic.org