GHOSTS OF THE PAST
Locals may remember Kristen Green's byline from when she was a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune in the mid-'00s. When she moved back to the East Coast, she found herself drawn to a story about her own hometown of Farmville, Virginia. More specifically, it dealt with her town's refusal to desegregate the schools after the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. For Green, not only was the story personal because she ended up attending the all-white school that resulted from that refusal, but also because she ended up meeting many of the thousands of black students who were denied an education because of the decision.
"Honestly, I would have loved to just ignored it, but it just kept bubbling up," says Green. "It demanded my attention. I'd find myself thinking about these children who were shut out of the schools. I couldn't get it out of my mind."
The resulting book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, combines excellent journalism and personal narrative to tell the story about this small town in Virginia. Green will be stopping by Warwick's in La Jolla (7812 Girard Ave.) on Monday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. to promote the paperback release of the book. What's most impressive is Green's ability to weave in her own family's troubled racial history in a way that is both shameful and cathartic.
"One of the threads within the book deals in my own personal journey to understand what happened in my hometown and my own family's role in that," says Green, who adds that her grandfather was one of the supporters of keeping the schools segregated. "Learning that my grandfather had made the decision to support the school closures and the opening of an all-white academy, I don't think he understood the effect that it would have on black children. I struggled with what to do with that information, but guilt and shame doesn't do anyone any good. It's important to acknowledge that past and move forward. I can still love my grandfather and still be disappointed in the decision he made."
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME
Who will win in the fight for the Quasar crystals? Can anyone put a stop to the devious plans of the digital god Polybius? Do you like wrestling? If any of these questions intrigue you then Super Awesome Showdown's Galacticadia 3 is for you. Taking place at the Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado), SAS puts the "show" in showdown by combining elements of sci-fi fantasy theater with professional wrestling. The intergalactic video game-themed show (dubbed "The Battle for Awesomeness") features names such as Vic Valentine and Captain Ultra Fist duking it out for the title of Galactic Champion and ownership of those elusive "Quasar crystals." The melee begins at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Tickets range from $5 for kids to $40 for ringside VIP seating.
YES TO HESS
Mike Hess Brewing (3812 Grim Ave.) sits on the opposite side of a parking lot from the North Park headquarters of CityBeat. You know you're getting close to our editorial offices when you start to inhale the earthy smells of the never-ending Hess brewing process. So naturally, we've teamed up with our industrious neighbor to back HessFest, their sixth anniversary celebration, which happens from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. More than 20 breweries (locals and some íZonies) will have offerings, and the festivities also include food vendors and live music from Miles Ahead and The Routine. It all goes down in and around the brewery on Grim Avenue and tickets range from $50 (general session) to $65 (VIP). Partial proceeds go to YMCA of San Diego.