Aug. 15 2016 03:35 PM

Our picks for cool things to do this week

Impossible Science Festival
Photo courtesy of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Jason Latimer isn't your average illusionist. Sure, the guy's a consummate showman, but not in that Gob from Arrested Development kinda way. What separates him from the pack is his passion for science and engineering, and he prides himself on having physically built much of the things he uses to create the illusions.

In some ways, that's the idea surrounding the Impossible Science Festival, which is being held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on both Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21. Now in its second year, Latimer says the festival isn't simply about learning how to do cool tricks, but how they apply to everyday life. Did you know you can make a piece of Pyrex bakeware disappear using a common cooking product? Did you also know that experiment teaches us about space satellites?

"There are no tricks, there's no strings," says Latimer, who created the festival after the success of his own science-based illusion show that ran at the Fleet for over a year. "The fest uses impossible topics to get a conversation going about what we do know. So if you want to move something without touching it, then let's find out about sound waves and harmonics. You can turn invisible with stuff you can easily find in the kitchen."

Wait...say what? OK, so if that's not intriguing enough, there more than 20 hands-on, "what is possible"-type experiment stations to choose from. Admission is $19.95 for kids and $22.95 for adults at Oh, and speaking of adults, Latimer says they shouldn't be afraid to come sans child.

"People hit me up on social media and ask, 'Do I have to borrow my friend's kid so that I can come,' and the answer is definitely no."

Latimer laughs before adding, "A lot of times we have parents pushing their kids aside to get a better look and want to learn how to do it."

“Expedition Unaware” by Ken Ruzic
Photo courtesy of the artist


For the past eight years, the Tiki Oasis island lifestyle festival has been at the forefront of the faux-Polynesian tiki culture trend rebirth. Tickets to the annual party are sold out, but donít pour out your Mai Tai just yet. On Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, tiki-philes can still stop by the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2270 Hotel Circle North) for the Tiki Oasis marketplace, a Polynesian emporium full of vintage finds and limited edition items (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days). Outside in the parking lot listen to surf rock jams from the Primitive Finks while checking out classic automobiles at the car show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be an art show featuring some the country's top tiki artists.

Twain Fest
Photo courtesy of Write Out Loud


If junior high summer reading did not kill the magic of Mark Twain novels for you, then congratulations and you are in luck. Twain's novels and works from other 19th century iconic authors will be brought to life at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (4002 Wallace St.) for TwainFest. At this free celebration, guests can hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allan Poe and others, which will be read aloud by San Diego actors. Guests can also make the 1800s their reality for the day by participating in sack races, ring toss, marbles and a 19th century Community Spelling Bee. There also will be food, vendors and craft activities throughout the event. The fun is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20.


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