For the youth
Beautiful burlesque girls posing in togas, National Lampoon's Animal House on screen and DJ P. Prez spinning while cocktails are poured—is it just us, or did the Museum of Photographic Arts just get a whole lot cooler? This quarter's installation of MoPA's Pop Thursdays is looking good, almost as good as the A Bit O' Burlesque girls will look in those togas they're planning to wear while Dr. Sketchy's live-drawing class captures their curves on paper. If your can tear your eyes away from the lovely ladies long enough, you can enjoy the museum's current exhibitions: FLESH: Portraits by Gary Schneider, Picturing the Process: Landscape through Time and Space and Humanitas: Images of India by Fredric Roberts. And if you still haven't had your fill of arts, culture and coolness by the end of the event, keep your wristband on and head over to Airport (2400 India St. in Little Italy) for the official after party. Pop Thursdays happens from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. $6 general, members free. www.mopa.org. 619-238-7559.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, Dance San Diego magazine and Mina Communications keep up August Dance Awareness Month—their unofficial celebration of all things dance—with a screening of The Red Shoes, a 1947 classic film based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a girl whose cursed shoes nearly dance her to death. The screening will be held at the Garfield Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. Admission is $12. For details about the August Dance Awareness Month initiative, visit www.minacommunications.com or www.dance-sandiego.com.
Skate or die
While more and more people join the ranks of cyclists, there are the few and the brave who strap on inline skates when yearning for a car-less ride. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Velodrome in Balboa Park, San Diego Street Elite Inline Racing presents the Rockin' Summer Classic, an exciting race event for those who've not yet traded in their rollerblades for fixed-gear bikes. If you want to race, visit www.sk8.org for registration info and be ready to pay $32, which goes toward an event T-shirt and free entry to the barbeque afterward, but if you just want to watch the city's top inline skaters go neck-to-neck in exciting bout after bout, just bring sunscreen and enjoy the spectacle for free.
No cars allowed: For the mod set, scooters are more than just a way of getting around; they're a way of life. The Secret Society Scooter Club of San Diego will celebrate its quarter-century anniversary at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, with a party at The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd. in Midtown) featuring the bands Manual Scan, Amalgamated and Downs Family, plus food by Luche Libre Mexican Restaurant. If you have a scooter, meet up with the club at Gelato Vero (3753 India St. in Mission Hills) at 4 p.m. and ride through the city before rolling up to The Casbah. If you don't have a scooter, you're still invited to the party—sorta. www.secretsociety.org. 619-298-3532.
Beauty in trash
John Sheedy is a documentary filmmaker whose most recent film, Tijuana Project, had him knee-deep in garbage in a Tijuana landfill where hundreds of families live off the money they make from picking through the trash for recyclables. Sheedy tried to play the part of detached filmmaker, but he was so charmed by the children who lived in the dump that, before too long, they convinced him to give them his cameras so they could do some documenting themselves. At 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at La Galeria Sin Titulo (8112 10th St. between Revolucion and Constitucion in downtown Tijuana), some of the kids' photos will be on view and Sheedy will show a preview of his film. If Tijuana is too far for you, the show will travel to The Front Galeria y Centro Cultural, 147 W. San Ysidro Blvd. in San Ysidro at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. www.tijuanaproject.org. 664-685-0434.
We're big fans of alt.pictureshows, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's signature short-film exhibition. Different films are grouped by theme and screened in different rooms throughout the museum. Curator Neil Kendricks, the brains behind the six-year-long event, was kind enough to show us some of his picks and once again, he's captured a kicky, kinky cross-section of short shorts. We particularly dig the dark humor of Nash Edgerton's Spider and felt almost—ahem—familiar with Justin Nowell's Sick Sex. Hell, we almost shed a tear over I Love Sarah Jane, an emotionally unsettling zombie film from Spencer Susser. Oh, and don't miss the three early shorts—Six Men Getting Sick, The Alphabet and The Grandmother from the alt.master himself, David Lynch. Film rolls at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at MCASD's La Jolla locale, 700 Prospect St. It's only $5 to get in, and if you're a member, it's free. Get there early, because there are better than 20 films on display, and it's a one-night-a-year event. www.mcasd.org. 858-454-3541.
Helping, for real
When Phillip and Katy Leakey moved to Kenya, they saw an opportunity to help the Maasai people. They combined their backgrounds in the arts and interior design and came up with a product they dubbed “Zulugrass”—beaded jewelry strung on Kenyan grass, a material that's prevalent and sustainable in the country's Rift Valley. With the help of the Maasai women, Zulugrass has become a top seller of the Leaky Collection, providing jobs and income for impoverished families. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Warwick's Bookstore (7812 Girard Ave. in La Jolla), the Leakeys will share more of their experience in a lecture, “Women Helping Women Among the Trials of Rural Enterprise in Kenya.” 858-454-0347. warwicks.booksense.com.