July 14 2010 10:06 AM

The San Diego Pride Festival and Parade, Survey Select, Viva la Revolucion and the rest of our picks of San Diego events

"Shitpunx" by Matt Furie, part of Survey Select

Food & Drink


You can thank Ronald Reagan for this one. In 1984, our 40th president decided that July would henceforth be National Ice Cream Month. You, of course, had no clue, but now that you do, it's the perfect excuse to indulge, right? That's the idea behind Scoop for Success, during which you can not only indulge, but also give back. JSix restaurant, located in the swanky Hotel Solamar (435 Sixth Ave., Downtown), will host an ice-cream social from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, where they'll show off their latest homemade flavor, “Electric Raspberry.” Proceeds will go directly toward the local Dress for Success affiliate, which helps women reenter the workforce by providing them with the proper attire. Scoops range from $3 to $5. jsixrestaurant.com, hotelsolamar.com



The Andrews Gallery used to be our favorite North County spot to see bands play in a gallery setting. And when we say “used to be,” we don't mean we don't like it anymore— it's just that the gallery has moved south. But the change in location didn't change the fact that it's still a great setting to see up-and-coming bands. Andrews is now in Little Italy (2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 212), but owner Drew Snyder is still snagging awesome bands from both near and far to play intimate shows surrounded by art. Next up, the gallery will host Brooklynbased Big Tree, who play sweet little folk songs with titles like “Whole Wide World” and “Hear the Grass Grow.” They'll play at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15. theandrewsgallery.com, myspace.com/bigtreesings



How do urban areas influence artists? Is “urban art” even art? What is urban art anyhow? Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, which opens Sunday, July 18, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Downtown location (1100 Kettner Blvd.), explores these questions through works featured in the museum's galleries as well as public sites throughout Downtown San Diego, where participating artists have left their mark on various blank canvases. See work from the ever-elusive Banksy, Date Farmers, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinnis and a bunch of boundary-pushing international artists you might not have heard of but whom you'll definitely want to check out. mcasd.org

Behind the curtain: Mark Murphy's a busy man. A film director, author, publisher and designer, somehow he finds the time to curate the occasional art show. It looks like Survey Select, a narrative-art show opening to the public from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 16, may be Murphy's biggest, most timeconsuming project yet. More than 60 artists will be represented on the walls of the historic Wonder Bread Factory (1440 Imperial Ave.) in East Village, and that's just the beginning. With a goal of inspiring “new thinking in the world of contemporary art by introducing narrative art free of intellectual labeling,” Murphy plans to offer weekly community events—from film screenings and educational workshops to discussions and musical performances—through Sept. 5. RSVP requested. surveyselect.org

Special Events


OMG. Seriously, OMFG. Devo will be there. Eve will be there. The rally is back. San Diego Pride 2010 is shaping up to be a big deal. From the Pride Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, to the last Pride after-party on Sunday, July 17, this year's LGBT pride fest is guaranteed to be a good time. For $15 a day or $25 for a two-day pass, you and all your gay and straight friends can hang out at Marston Point in Balboa Park and see more than 80 performers, two-step on the country-western dance floor, drop by the “Get Tested Pavilion,” chill out in the “Queer Lounge” and chow down on food from one of the many, many vendors on site. Just about every Hillcrest bar and restaurant has something special going on, too, so put your party hat on and say, “Man, it's good to be gay.” Much more information is at sandiegopride.org.

Bettin' on the ponies: Del Mar kicks off its 71st racing season Wednesday, July 14 (gates open at 11:30 a.m.; first race at 2 p.m.). If your workaday life keeps you from opening day and the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest, there's lots more going on over the next couple of months. Here's a glimpse: Pinback kicks off the Summer Concert Series on July 23 (free with track admission) followed by Common Sense (July 30), The B-52s (Aug. 6), The Soft Pack (Aug. 13) Ozomatli (Aug. 20), Super Diamond (Aug. 27) and The English Beat (Sept. 3). Weezer's the featured band at the Del Mar Beer Fest (Aug. 21), held on the track's infield. And, of course, don't miss the crowning of Miss Cougar Del Mar on Friday, July 30. dmtc.com



In comic books, superheroes often take the law into their own hands. That doesn't work so much in the real world, especially not for comic-book artists trying keep villains from stealing their ideas. On the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the San Diego County Public Law Library (1105 Front St., Downtown) will hold a lunchtime discussion titled The Law & Comics. At noon on Wednesday, July 21, legal cartoonist and lawyer Stu Rees, USD law professor David McGowan and graphic novelist Jerrell Connor (also lead animator on the forthcoming Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie) will discuss intellectual property and contract law in the comic-book industry. Comic books that feature law prominently in their storylines will also be on display at the event and through the end of the month. sdcpll.org



This past spring, the performance group Collective Purpose presented a show of music, dance and spoken word called Hip-Hop Saved My Life! The group has updated the performance and will unveil its new show, Heroes: Hip-Hop Saved My Life!, this weekend in conjunction with the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) exhibit Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. How will they relate hip-hop culture to the mythology of ancient Greece? We're not sure, but they say a surprise, real-life hip-hop “hero” will help them do it. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, July 16, through Sunday, July 18, in the James S. Copley Auditorium at SDMA in Balboa Park. $15, $10 for students. sdmart.org, collectivepurpose.blogspot.com


See all events on Friday, Oct 21