June 15 2015 02:41 PM

Our top picks of San Diego events this week



Golden Hill doesn't get as much love as, say, North Park and Downtown, but that'll change this weekend when Hill-dwellers will be out in full force on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Golden Hill Community Balboa Park 1915 Expo Centennial Festival. Yeah, that's a mouthful, but it's also representative of the historical vibe the event is trying to emphasize. 

"There are historical exhibits that really set this apart from other types of street festivals," says Jacquelynne Lê, the historic exhibit curator for the festival. "There are a lot of things that get overlooked within the context of 1915. The treatment of the Kumeyaay Native American tribe and the women's suffrage movement; these were things that were happening in this era so we're really trying to bring some people together to touch on that." 

Kumeyaay artisans will be on hand throughout the event (which takes place at Golden Hill Park at the end of 25th St.) to showcase and demonstrate traditional crafts. Historians from the Peace & Dignity Project will discuss Kumeyaay relations during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Other activities include a self-guided native plant tour that includes some indigenous "seedbombs" to take home. There will also be a fine art show called Lost Buildings of Balboa Park, themed around the buildings that were demolished after 1915. Even the more standard festival requisites keep with the theme. There will be a "Historic Beer Garden," a mustache contest (the facial-hair fashion choice in 1915) and a vintage car show. There will also be tons of food, scavenger hunts, live music, a youth village and (bonus) it's all free. 

It's also worth mentioning that the festival has teamed up with the 17th Annual Old House Fair for a Historic Home Tour and Trolley Tours to see landmark locations throughout Golden Hill and South Park (see theoldhousefair.com for details). Deco Bikes will also be offering bike-driven historic home tours for $3 (or free if you're already a Deco member). 


The venerable Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla will host a double presen - tation of authors that'll include one name that should be familiar to CityBeat readers. "Floating Library" book reviewer Jim Ruland will be at Warwick's (7812 Girard Ave.) to talk about his own new offering, Forest of Fortune (Tyrus Books). Ruland's novel focuses on the lives of three characters working and playing at Thun - derclap Casino, located on an Indian reservation with a terrifying secret history. Ruland shares the billing on Thursday, June 18, starting at 7:30 p.m., with author Matt Coyle, who will present the latest installation of his Rick Cahill mystery series, Night Tremors. Admission is free, but if you want Ruland or Coyle to sign something, it's got to be a book purchased at Warwick's. 


Balboa Park will transform into a music free-for-all this weekend, with musicians of all styles and acuities joining forces. "The whole park will be alive with music," says Andrew Horwitz, organizer for San Diego's edition of the internationally celebrated Make Music Day. With more than 60 local musicians slotted to perform, and a groundswell of day-of performers expected to participate, Horwitz sees potential for the free event—which takes place on Sunday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.—to become an annual affair. Featuring both instrument-making workshops and live solo and group performances, patrons can participate, whether they play or not. "It encompasses all cultures and outlooks," Horwitz says. "People can explore new music and explore the park. It's as much what you make of it as what we put together."

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