With all the hoopla surrounding the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and the seemingly endless amount of events in Balboa Park, it could be easy to forget that summer also means Shakespeare season at the Old Globe. The legendary theater is also celebrating a milestone birthday (80-years-young) and its annual celebration of The Bard is in full swing with Twelfth Night already playing, and Kiss Me, Kate opening July 1.
To celebrate the centennial and the Globe's birthday, this year's Summer of Shakespeare will include four free movie screenings on select Monday nights. It kicks off with Laurence Olivier's masterful Henry V on Monday, June 29, at 8:15 p.m. in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The whole affair is a bit meta—you're watching a movie based on a play inside a playhouse and, what's more, the movie itself begins with Olivier recreating the stage production of Henry V at the O.G. Globe Theatre in London.
"Henry V is a very classical adaptation of Shakespeare and it's really interesting because it was made and released during World War II so it was a very overtly patriotic work," says Beth Accomando, who is the author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie and will be hosting the Henry V premiere. "Of all the Laurence Olivier films, it's the most cinematic. It's the best for the screen and has some real spectacle to it."
Accomando will be alternating hosting duties with Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein throughout the summer film series, which continues with Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight (1965) on July 13, Joss Whedon's modern-day Much Ado About Nothing (2012) on Aug. 3, and concludes with Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' lavish film adaptation of West Side Story on Aug. 24.
"If this does well, they're thinking about doing this again or making this a continuing series," says Accomando. "There are so many great Shakespeare movies out there. There's a great diversity of films and not just classic adaptations. They could show 30 films and not have to repeat one."
If you were to eat your way across San Diego, you could go all year without going to the same restaurant twice, or resorting to subpar eateries. But if you're going to do it, it's best to go neighborhood by neighborhood. Lucky for you, then, that this weekend is Taste of Adams Avenue, which gives hungry locals the chance to sample 30 restaurants, including Blind Lady Ale House, Ponce's, Soda & Swine, Viva Pops and many others. A Taste of Adams takes place on Sunday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, and the will call office is at Smitty's Service (3441 Adams Ave.). Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 the day of the event.
DAY OF PLAY
It's finally summer, and that means it's time to unleash the inner child and play in the sunshine. On Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Figment San Diego will host a day devoted entirely to playing, creating and all-around summering in Chicano Park. How you spend the day is up to you: Bring art supplies, a ball to toss with friends, a picnic and plenty of sunscreen, but don't bring any money. Figment is a commercialism-free zone, so pack wisely and don't expect to purchase supplies there (this includes food and water). If you're not sure what to bring, remember that Figment's theme is interactive art: Find something you and others will enjoy, and as long as it doesn't break the few rules listed on the nonprofit's website, chances are good it'll add to the fun.
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