1 Will you be Experienced?
Until a few weeks ago, Brad Listi, founder of The Nervous Breakdown, the online culture and literary magazine, was set to headline TNB's Literary Experience, a live-reading event held in various cities that will be in San Diego for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 25. Listi had to pull out, but in his place, he booked someone who has the site's audience and contributors aflutter with anticipation.
That person is J. Angelus Dust, an advice columnist for The Nervous Breakdown. “People are kind of freaking out because a lot of people didn't think he was a real person,” says Joe Daly, an event organizer. “He's become a cult figure. Nobody has any idea who he is, if he's a well-known author or a nobody.
“He could be a 10-year-old kid, or he could be Thomas Pynchon,” Daly muses, adding that whatever Dust does on stage will be a surprise to everyone, which has the TNB folks a tad, well, nervous. “He really fires people up on both sides of whatever the argument is.”
Also reading will be San Diegans Daly and Matt Baldwin, Los Angeles author Duke Haney, Seattle author Sean Beaudoin and CityBeat arts editor Kinsee Morlan. A performance by longtime San Diego singer / songwriter Steve Poltz will follow the readings.
The event will go down from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sunset Temple (3911 Kansas St. in North Park), a performance space at Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge. Beer and wine will be served. Cover charge is $10. Leave the kids at home—these readings will be for the grownups.
“It's going to be a lot of creative people kind of shootin' from the hip,” Daly says. “The goal is to grab people and not let them go until we're done.” thenervousbreakdown.com
2 City celebration
How many people does it take to light 6,000 lanterns? We don't know, but the folks behind the 2011 San Diego lantern Festival will be able to say for sure this weekend. From 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Aug. 27 and 28, the annual street festival will blend tradition (nightly lantern parades, lion dances and martial-arts demos) with modern (break-dancing competitions, carnival rides, food trucks and a beer garden). Organized by City Heights' Little Saigon Foundation, the event seeks to highlight San Diego's vibrant Vietnamese community and help the neighborhood's revitalization. The festival happens at and around Hoover High School, 4447 El Cajon Blvd. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. sdlanternfestival.com
3 Good pickin's
The tomato is pretty controversial. Is it a vegetable? A fruit? Is it pronounced to-MAH-to? Whatever the case, eating them is lovely. From 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Suzie's Farm (1856 saturn Blvd.) in Imperial Beach, you can focus on the tomato's tastier, less existential side at Pedal, Pick & Grin. Guests will be serenaded by bluegrass band The Big Decisions while they pick organic tomatoes, which will be sold for $2 a pound. There will also be fresh-baked pizza and snacks to nibble on. The day caps off with a bike parade through the farm. Everyone is welcome to bring a bike and decorate it there for the parade. Free. suziesfarm.com