Few local public schools come up with hip, creative fundraising events like the Museum School. Of course, it helps to have a principal-Phil Beaumont-who's in one of San Diego's coolest indie bands, Little White Teeth (pictured left). On Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m., catch Little White Teeth, plus acoustic sets from The Silent Comedy and Pinback's Rob Crow (who'll be performing "40 songs in 30 minutes") at The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd.). Tickets are $12 at the door, and even though the show benefits kids, admission 21 and up. Also to benefit the school, JETT Gallery (989 West Kalmia St. in Little Italy) is hosting an art auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 7 (with a preview from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 6). The list of participating artists is long and impressive; here are just a few: Tim McCormick, Joe Yorty, Lindy Ivey, Sean Brannan, Otis B., Matt Stallings, Wendell Kling, Allison Wiese, Terryl Gavre, Paul Basile and Perry Vasquez. Money raised at both events will go to support the Museum School's music and arts programs. Get more info about the fundraisers.
America is turning 236 years old, but the bitch doesn't look a day over 150. Celebrate our country's birth by listening to one of the best things it's produced: jazz music. Dizzy's and The Cosmopolitan Hotel (2660 Calhoun St. in Old Town) are doing Independence Day with a special $5 Family Jazz Barbecue on, you guessed it, Wednesday, July 4. Euphoria Brass Band, an eight-piece New Orleans street-jazz ensemble, will be making sweet sounds in the hotel's outdoor area. For an extra $5, you can get your face all messy with a big plate of barbecued goodness, like hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, BBQ pork sandwiches and tasty sides. Eating barbecue really is the American way. Add another five clams to that and get beer or a glass of wine. Scratch the previous statement. That is the American way.
The awesomeness of "Killing Me Softly With His Song" is best captured in the Nick Hornby novel-turned-film About a Boy, in which awkward 12-year-old Marcus convinces himself that the only way to cheer up his depressed mom is to perform the Roberta Flack tune at his school talent show. It's a meta moment in which Marcus makes himself utterly (and ridiculously) vulnerable by singing a about a woman feeling utter (almost ridiculous) vulnerability. The song, of course, in Flack's hands, is heartbreaking, one of Rolling Stone's top 500 tunes of all time. The sultry songstress will sing her hit, and a bunch of others ("Where is the Love," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Feel Like Making Love") with the San Diego Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Tickets are $18 to $76 and can be purchased here. If you've not done a summertime Embarcadero show, add it to your San Diego bucket list.