Feb. 15 2016 02:45 PM

Our top picks for things to do this week

Channel Parkeology
Photo by Ren Ebel


After all the hoopla leading up to last year's Balboa Park Centennial, some of the results were a little anticlimactic. That's why the new Parkeology series has us excited. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 20, at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum (1649 El Prado) and held in a new museum or space every month thereafter, It's the kind of event that is both unique and accessible.

"I feel like Balboa Park is one of the few places in San Diego that has a wide cross section of people that could become active participants in a more impromptu, surreal and exploratory event," says local artist and Parkeology organizer Kate Clark. "Something that would interest Aunt Sally as well as in-the-know people."

The Untracked: Behind the Scenes at the Miniature Model Railroad Museum event (update: reservations for this event are now full), which takes place from noon to 3 p.m., gives patrons a glimpse into the often painstakingly complex process that goes into the construction of model railroads. The four-person tour will be run like a train schedule with volunteers dressed as train station employees complete with flags and whistles.

Future Parkeology tours include stops at the San Diego Museum of Man (March 27), Marston Point (April 30), Zoro Gardens (May 22) and the Spreckels Organ (June 10), and include such things as plaster face casting, a history of gay cruising culture and plays about nudist colonies. All of the events are free, but reservations are required at parkeology.org.

Clark is also launching a podcast called ParkCast and a web TV series called Channel Parkeology on the website that will debut two weeks after each event. The latter will feature Clark and Park Ranger Kim Duclo recapping the day's events and showing clips of what transpired. There's just one catch.

"When I asked Kim if he'd be interested in hosting this series with me, he told me he was very camera shy so I just said, 'well, let's just host it as marionettes," says Clark, who has a background in sculpture and made the puppets of her and Kim.

So, yeah, the show is hosted by marionettes.

DNA New Works Series
Photo by Nancy Showers


For the past four years, La Jolla Playhouse (2910 La Jolla Village Drive) has offered audiences a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the best new plays. Its DNA New Works Series is a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a work successful. This period of readings with minimal staging and props shows how players work with directors and playwrights to develop scripts. From Thursday, Feb. 18 to Monday, Feb 29, you'll have the chance to take a look at scripts like mother/daughter musical, Miss You Like Hell, the baseball-driven Safe At Home and modern day Tempest, El Huracán in their earliest stages of development. All of the seven readings are free, but reservations are required at lajollaplayhouse.org/dna-2016.

Ganja and Hess
Courtesy of Image Entertainment/Kino International


No, the chosen white girl in a blood drenched, not-much-left-to-the-imagination outfit is not the only female role in horror films. In recognizing the genre often overlooks women and minorities, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is playing a double feature for a "Women and Black History In Horror Month Celebration" on Saturday, Feb. 20. Paying homage to Black History Month, first catch Marlene Clark in the full-length version of Ganja and Hess in all its glory (or gory). Next, American Psycho will take over the silver screen in its original 35mm film version, highlighting director Mary Harron. The horror show starts at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado). Watch one for $8 or buy a twofer for $14. Admission also includes access to short films and a word from the Women In Horror Month founder. hifilmfest.com


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