Aug. 18 2010 10:37 AM

Our favorite events this week include a new night at La Jolla Playhouse, a pop-art show and more

A Midsummer Night's Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse
Special Events


Been awhile since you went to the theater? Well, here's a good excuse to go: Love Struck, a “performance cocktails” event at the La Jolla Playhouse (2910 La Jolla Village Drive) from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Co-presented by the Playhouse and event promoter Jon Block, this cultural powerhouse combines theater with art and fashion. Start the night at a cocktail mixer and art exhibition on the Weiss Lawn, followed by a fashion show showcasing work by jewelry designer Anjela Piccard and local clothing designer Francisco Medavog. Then, check out a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's funniest fairytale. You can go for free and enjoy the art and fashion, but, if you really want to make a night of it, you can buy a $40 ticket to see the play. It's all-ages, but there will be a cash bar for those 21 and older.

The Twain shall meet: The thing about Mark Twain that California politics writers will always appreciate most was his quote “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” No matter what you like about Twain, you can celebrate his legacy at TwainFest, happening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at various locations in Old Town State Park. Costumed actors will read excerpts from Twain—2010 marks 100 years since his death—and other 19th-century authors; there will also be food, music, puppet shows, a séance, abridged outdoor performances of Shakespeare, games and other activities for kids and a day-long spelling bee, as well as the “Never Ending Story,” to which anyone can contribute.

All shiny and new: Built in the early 1800s, The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town has a back-story that could easily be turned into a History Channel special. The legendary building recently underwent a huge restoration and is looking perhaps the best it's ever looked. See its new facade on Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Restoration Celebration, hosted by the Save Our Heritage Organisation. Take a tour of the historic hotel (2660 Calhoun St. in Old Town) and check out all the improvements. Then, grab a drink in the 19th-century saloon and imagine what the west was like back in the day. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door (includes tours and appetizers).



The Bots & Babes group show at the San Diego Art Department (3830 Ray St. in North Park) is for art lovers who think landscapes and fruit bowls are boring. Three artists, Alex Chiu, Dan Bois and Billy Martinez, will show off their latest works, the subjects of which range from comic-book-inspired women to rocket ships, with a few robots thrown in for good measure. None of the artists thinks art needs to depict serious subjects, but that doesn't mean they don't take their art seriously. Martinez will show work from his Girls series, Chiu will share his dreamy robot worlds and Bois will exhibit his pop-culture imagery. The show opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, and will be up through Sept. 11.

Bankers' hours: According to Leland Fetzer's San Diego County Place Names A-Z, Bankers Hill never really had anything to do with bankers but everything to do with the wealth that went with the neighborhood 100 years ago. Spin forward a century: On Thursday, Aug. 19, the creative class that has taken over the area (also known as Park West) will begin its campaign to redefine the hill. The new Bankers Block Collective will showcase work at various venues on Fifth Avenue between Date and Elm streets, including Tin Can Alehouse, SRO Lounge and Broken Heart Tattoo. The centerpiece of the not-quite-ablock party will be Lovekill, the collaborative exhibition of work by fine artist Jen Guerin and stencil artist Charles Page, from 7 to 10 p.m. at JG Color Studio, 1843 Fifth Ave. Facebook: Bankersblock-Collctv



Summer's officially over in, like, two-and-a-half weeks, and we're guessing you've yet to partake in some favorite local summer events, like the San Diego Museum of Art's Screen on the Green summer film series. At 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, catch Moulin Rouge—the 1952 version—directed by John Huston and starring Zsa Zsa Gabor as Jane Avril, one of artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's muses. The film screens on the museum's east lawn (so bring blankets or chairs). And, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, the Summer Organ Festival will show The Yankee Clipper, the 1927 silent film about a speedy ship and a race from China to Boston. Dennis James, who's built a career around pairing silent films with live music, will provide accompaniment on the famed Spreckels organ. Both events are free.



Right before we went to print, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay to proponents of Prop. 8, which means gay marriages won't resume on Wednesday, as many anticipated. Have hope, gay San Diego: Equality will come. In the meantime, wipe those tears and dance it off at South Bay Pride, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Chula Vista Memorial Park, 373 Park Way. Put on by the South Bay Alliance, the celebration features performances from Rhythm and the Method, Tori Roze and the Hot Mess, The Tighten Ups, Sammy Allen, Billy Dortch and a whole court of drag royalty—plus a beer garden. Free.



If you run into Michael Schmitt in the next few weeks, he'll likely be wearing a Summer Fun on the 101 T-shirt and carrying a stack of fliers. Schmitt has been hard at work organizing a festival celebrating surf music. He's put together a lineup that includes Mattson 2, Duo-Tones, Seth Pettersen and more, and he's secured venues across Encinitas. His hope is to show off the diversity of surf music while hanging out in some of his favorite surf-bum-friendly venues. One of them, Ducky Waddle's Emporium, is struggling to keep its doors open, so he's hoping he can help with that, too. The Summer Fun on the 101 surf-music festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Lou's Records (434 N. Coast Hwy. 101) with a set by Mattson 2. For the full schedule, visit $10 suggested donation.


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