June 30 2010 11:18 AM

Fun things to do in San Diego this week include a show by Denise Donatelli, an art night in Hillcrest and more

"Our Lady of Ignorance" by Tocayo, part of Son of Enrique



Talented jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli melded her sensuous voice with pianist Geoffrey Keezer's eclectic, Latin-tinged compositions and arrangements to produce 2008's What Lies Within. Together, they guarantee a great night of music, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the Birch North Park Theater (2891 University Ave.) Jazz fans will get a taste of the fruits of Donatelli and Keezer's latest collaboration, scheduled to be released sometime this year. Part of the Jazz in North Park series presented by Holly Hofmann and Lyric Opera San Diego, Donatelli will take the stage with Keezer's quartet, which includes local guitarist Peter Sprague. $27, $15 for students (day of the show). birchnorthparktheatre.net

Declaration of independents: If you still appreciate independent record stores, then it's your patriotic duty to stop and shop at Independent Record Store Independence Day, a sidewalk sale and free daylong concert that M-Theory Music (915 W. Washington St. in Mission Hills) is holding from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Local bands slated to play include Jungle Fever (7:20 p.m.), Boyscout (6:20), Michael Rosas (5:20), So Many Wizards (4:20, dude), The Watusis (formerly ATOMS, 3:20), New Mexico (formerly Apes of Wrath, 2:20), Team Abraham (1:20) and The Preteens (12:30). M-Theory is a standard bearer for a dying breed and, therefore, an important cultural institution in San Diego. Show it some love and respect. mtheorymusic.com



When we originally told you about our irreverent columnist Enrique Limón's art show, Enrique…Experienced, back in May, we thought that was the one and only chance to have, well, an Enrique experience. Fortunately for you, we were wrong. Behold Son of Enrique…Experienced: Attack of the Art! where you can see the 12 pieces that were at the first show, plus three new works by James Ivey, Exist 1981 and Nick McPherson, all of which are based on past “The Enrique Experience” columns, which can be found on our “Nightgeist” page each week. To round out the evening—6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 2, at JETT Gallery (989 W. Kalmia St. in Little Italy)—there'll be a special live performance by musician Bill Wesley and beats from DJs Astronauta Jackson, Machino and more. Arrive before 7 p.m. and score some free wine. Search for the event page on Facebook.

Bloom with a view: We've been intrigued with what Symbolic Collection's got going on. The spacious Sorrento Valley gallery (11425 Sorrento Valley Road) opened only a few months ago but has since rolled out some cool exhibitions during its monthly “First Fridays” events. From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 2, Symbolic presents Jonathan Singer's Botanica Magnifica. Singer's work is featured in the Smithsonian, and he's been honored worldwide for his largescale botanical photography. We're not just talking macro shots of pretty posies; we're talking about a guy who turns flowers into objects of sublime, sometimes otherworldly beauty, made all the more stunning by the size of the prints. The evening includes catering by Ruth's Chris Steak House and drinks from Montesquieu Winery. Entry is free, but RSVP is requested to ryan@symboliccollection.com or 858-259-4411.



Sick of the summer movies already? We don't blame you. Try out the new Connoisseur Cinema series, then, which begins Thursday, July 1, with M*A*S*H* and runs every Thursday in July and August at the Studio Diner in Kearny Mesa (4701 Ruffin Road). Titles include classics like Five Easy Pieces and Melvin and Howard, and each screening is followed by a discussion led by either Scott Marks of KPBS's “Film Club of the Air,” longtime San Diego film writer David Elliott or Cinema Society honcho Andy Friedenberg. Showtime is 7:45 p.m. The diner is also offering a discount on bottles of wine made by Francis Ford Coppola. Tickets are $15 apiece, or you can subscribe to four different films for $50. See emulsioncompulsion.com for a complete schedule and more details.



Three words: White House Doctor. That's the title of Dr. Connie Mariano's memoir of the George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidential administrations. Let that sink in for a moment. (You're imagining naked presidents and, well, bodily fluids, including those found on an intern's dress. Grow up, will you? We're talking about a Filipino-American hero and Navy bad ass.) Mariano, literally and figuratively, held a finger to the pulse of history and politics, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Warwick's (7812 Girard Ave. in La Jolla), she'll discuss her truly remarkable life, then sign her book (with the same hand that, well, you know). warwicks.com



Those who have fond memories of the monthly Hillcrest Art Nite events from the last two years, rejoice. Art Nite is returning for a special block party and lighting celebration on Thursday, July 1, along University Avenue between 10th Avenue and Normal Street. Beginning at 6 p.m., you can explore art displays and sidewalk sales while enjoying live entertainment and various neighborhood eats. Seating will be provided for the weary. At 8:30 p.m., stroll over to the east end of Hillcrest where San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria will flip the switch to more than 50 color-changing median lights in the neighborhood, transforming University Avenue into a dazzling light show. fabuloushillcrest.com/events_artnite.php

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Bikes are the new black—meaning, they're pretty darn trendy and cool right now. If you're one of the many, many bike lovers living in San Diego, why not celebrate the Fourth of July by saluting the thing you're most proud of: your bike? Cover your ride in chic, patriotic or just-plain-crazy decorations and ride it to Alchemy (1503 30th St. in South Park), which will host a BBQ and Bicycle Bash from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4, and dole out prizes for the best-dressed bikes. On the menu are tasty-sounding things like ancho-chile barbecue chicken, Texas-style brisket, cucumber salad, German brats and more. $10 a plate. alchemysandiego.com


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