A DAY IN THE PARK
It's hard to believe now just how controversial Chicano Park was at the time it was created. In 1970, when local residents held a 12-day occupation of the space—after hearing that the city was prepared to turn it into a parking lot—few expected it would become one of the most revered public spaces in the city and a landmark that remains emblematic of the power of a movement, a culture and, most of all, a community.
"From April 1970 through today, there are still ongoing struggles to preserve and enhance Chicano Park," says Annie Ross of the Chicano Park Steering Committee.
This is why Chicano Park Day on Saturday, April 23, is a Short List mainstay. The free annual celebration up and down National and Logan Avenues, now in its 46th year, features a family-friendly festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that includes traditional dance and musical performances from more than a dozen groups. There will also be the annual lowrider car show from the Amigos Car Club, children's art workshops led by muralist Victor Ochoa, and, of course, food and crafts vendors.
"When we celebrate the 46th anniversary, we honor the people, some of whom are no longer with us, who have cultivated and protected Chicano Park and we want to inspire and empower others, particularly the youth, to continue," says Ross, speaking on this year's theme of "Empowering Our Youth, Ensuring Our Traditions Live On."
In addition to the main event, there will be a series of events around Barrio Logan that will keep the celebration going. Chicana Art Gallery (2117 Logan Ave.) will have their Dia Del Parque Chicano group art show from 3 to 10 p.m., and if you caught Seen Local last week you already known to check out the thematic Bifocal: Bridging Perspectives art show at Gallery D (1878 Main St., Unit D) from 5 to 9 p.m. chicano-park.com
There are some special humans who can communicate with animals and then thereís Temple Grandin. The subject of a 2010 HBO biopic film (with Claire Danes playing the title character), Grandin has truly defied the odds of autism by becoming a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, as well as a world-renowned autism spokeswoman and livestock consultant. An Evening with Temple Grandin will highlight the bond between animals and the autistic community, with Grandin speaking on topics like algebra, social labels and life skills. The ticket price ranges from $30 for military and $45 for general admission. There's also a $150 VIP ticket which includes a signed copy of Grandin's book, hors d'oeuvres and live music. The reception begins at 5:30 on Wednesday, April 27, at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts (15498 Espola Road). powaycenter.com
If you're reading this, you obviously have the feels for CityBeat, and since you live in San Diego, chances are that beer has got you feeling some type of way, too. And so we present to you the ninth annual CityBeat Festival of Beers. On Saturday, April 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. in front of the Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd.), 61 different breweries will be at your disposal, including local favorites like Mission and Green Flash, as well as imports like Sierra Nevada and Kona. As always, CityBeat has teamed up with the San Diego Music Foundation so there will be live music from Hills Like Elephants, Mayfield and Oh, Spirit. Tickets run $45 for general admission and $55 for VIP tickets that allows patrons to get in an hour early. sandiegomusicfoundation.org