Aug. 17 2015 05:49 PM

Our top three picks of things to do in San Diego this week

Hanna Mae (left) and Yaya Han
Photo courtesy of Cosplay Dreams 3D


Ogling cosplayers during Comic-Con is usually the extent of contact most folks have with the eccentric costume-wearing hobbyists. Filmmaker Gulliver Parascandolo didn't know much about the captivating costumed sect either, until he decided to turn his fancy two-lens 3D camera their way.

"The cosplayers themselves are essentially 3D works of art," says Gulliver who, with his wife, film producer Christine Parascandolo, recently released Cosplayer Dreams 3D, a documentary that follows a handful of people who either cosplay as a hobby or have found dynamic ways to turn their hobby into full-time careers. "We thought this film would be an amazing way to show people what these costumes are capable of."

Gulliver, who directed the film, followed well-known cosplayers like Yaya Han, Traci Hines and Fanboy Brandon and used his independent production company's 3D technology to turn the traditional documentary into something a little different.

"We call it a pop-doc," he says. "Our film is a documentary, but when most people think of the genre they think they have to break out their pen and paper and take notes or they're going to be a vegetarian by the end of the movie. We definitely were inspired by the positive culture of cosplayers and this film is not only reflective of that, but you feel like you're having fun, it's an exciting experience."

The fact that it's all in 3D gives already surrealistic and colorful scenes an added punch. When the cameras enter The Labyrinth of Jareth masquerade ball, for instance, Gulliver says people have been floored by the three-dimensional imagery they captured.

"It's just something you have to see," he says. "There are thousands of people there and they're all required to wear costumes."

Cosplayer Dreams 3D screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Gaslamp Reading Cinema (701 Fifth Ave.) downtown. Show up at 6 p.m. for the red-carpet event and pop-culture art show. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Tickets are $16.

Photo by Steve Wood


When San Diego gets as hot as it has been in the last couple months, nothing sounds better than going outside, heading to the coast, drinking a few cold ones and having a few tacos to soak them up. But while a beer festival is not always a family-friendly option, Harborfest most certainly is. An all-day festival that combines food, music, drinks and even some BMX stunts, Harborfest pretty much has all the entertainment bases covered. Hear music by Los Hollywoods and AOK while tasting offerings by chefs competing in the Taco Chef Showdown and washing them down with craft beer and spirits. Harborfest takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Bayside Park in Chula Vista. Admission is free and the festival is open to all ages.

Water suspension
Photo courtesy of Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Would-be superheroes have to start somewhere. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center's Impossible Science Festival promises to teach you how to make objects invisible, walk on water and explores levitation. It's a hands-on, interactive event headed by Fleet curator of impossible science Jason Latimer, who says seemingly impossible activities can be made possible through science. You don't have to be Superman to use the refractive properties of Pyrex to make objects disappear in corn oil. And any Wonder Woman wannabe can create energy from pennies or walk on liquid Oobleck. The Balboa Park festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23. Admission is free for Fleet members, otherwise it's $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors and $18.95 for juniors. 

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