June 8 2015 05:31 PM

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

San Diego Oyster & Music Festival


We can't think of two foods we'd rather eat in bulk than oysters and sausages. Ok, maybe pizza, but we've never heard of a festival devoted entirely to pizza. Wow, a pizza festival. Someone needs to make that happen.

In the meantime, oysters and sausages are covered. First up, on Saturday, June 13, from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park North (500 Kettner Blvd.), the sixth annual San Diego Oyster & Music Festival will feature dozens of varieties of the delicious mollusks prepared any number of ways—cooked, fried, or simply shucked and served raw. 

There'll be other kinds of food available if oysters aren't your thing, as well as beer and cocktail stands. The $36 ticket price seems worth it considering this year's music lineup. Veteran electro act Thievery Corporation will headline a day that will also feature sets from notable local acts like Rebecca Jade, Birdy Bardot and Little Hurricane. 

Seems likely we'll be ready to gorge again by Wednesday, June 17, when Sausage Fest San Diego kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Held at the Jsix's rooftop bar LOUNGEsix (616 J St.), the second annual event spotlights 11 local chefs' recipes, from chorizo to bratwursts, with the public ultimately voting to crown a new "Sausage King." Participants include Salt & Cleaver, Tiger! Tiger!, Cowboy Star and Jsix's own Christian Graves. There will also be live music from local soul-rockers The Tighten Ups. $10 tickets include samples of all the sausage entries (Abe Froman would be proud), or there's a $30 option where you can take home a one-liter stein of local beer. 

Todd Stadtman
Photo by Liza Sotelo


It's not that we don't love the never-ending stream of car racing and comic-book action flicks, but sometimes we want to watch something different. If only there was another film industry we could turn to. On Saturday, June 13, Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd.) will host author Todd Stadtman as the cult cinema critic screens clips from some of Bollywood's best and discusses his new book Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema. Stadtman has been blogging about obscure films for eight years and recently kicked his snarky prose into the print big leagues. Starting at 8 p.m., Stadtman will discuss his book and sign copies. Attendance is free, but getting a break from the endless summer blockbusters is priceless. digitalgym.org

Jonathan McMurtry


Comparing someone to a summer's day in San Diego doesn't carry much currency, seeing as how such a phenomenon is a year-round thing. But if you can do it in iambic pentameter, then that's a whole different story. The San Diego Shakespeare Society is honoring The Bard's poems with 2015 North County Celebrity Sonnets, which features a long list of notable locals reading Shakespeare's works. Hosted by writer and former A Way With Words Host Richard Lederer, the event will feature readings by actors Jonathan McMurtry and Austin Myers, musician Vanessa Dinning, and KUSI personality/jazz trombonist Dave Scott. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15, at the Dove Library in Carlsbad (1775 Dove Lane) and is open to all ages. It's free to the public, but donations are welcome.  

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