"Adventure and daring deeds! Romance and bold lovers! Beauty and pageantry!" All that in Technicolor was promised by MGM in the trailer for the 1957 medieval epic, Ivanhoe. This weekend, the San Diego Museum of Art is bringing the film to the outdoor screen as the first in its annual Screen on the Green series. The film is kind of the A Knight's Tale of its day, with Robert Taylor as the '50s Heath Ledger and a plot that involves jousting, storming castles and a Robin Hood appearance. The free screening will start at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, on the east lawn, but get there early to stake out your blanket space. You should also mark your calendar for the next two screenings: Beat the Devil on Saturday, July 28, and Love Aaj Kal on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Looking for a chance to connect with local artists, check out their new works and reap the benefits of a one-day-only sale? Mixture (2210 Kettner Blvd.) in Little Italy has no shortage of rad stuff for your home; it's the kind of place where you dream of going on an epic shopping spree for contemporary art pieces, furniture and crafty knick-knacks. So don't hesitate when 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, rolls around; the place will be offering a 20 percent discount on its influx of new goods by local artists, plus 10 percent off special orders and floor samples. The All Day Art event goes till 6 p.m. and there will be live music from 1 to 4 p.m., plus complimentary eats and beverages. The event goes until 6 p.m.
The human body is able to do some pretty amazing things. Contortionists bend and twist into pretzels and yogis stand on their head like it's no big deal. It's impressive stuff, especially if you're the kind of person who picks up dropped pens with your toes to avoid bending down. Be amazed by these insane abilities as the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops series welcomes China's Peking Acrobats to the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21. The troupe will perform feats of strength, gymnastics, balancing and heights while accompanied by the symphony. There will even be a human chair stack. Tickets range from $18 to $76, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, go to sandiegosymphony.org.
One of the worst things about becoming an adult is having to give up on toys. You're either branded a nerd for your collection of Star Wars action figures or a Peter Pan who refuses to grow up. Thanks to the designer toy industry, adults can continue their love affair with kiddie play things. See examples of cool custom vinyl toy art created by more than 40 local artists at Drawing a Blank, happening at The Spot in Barrio Logan (1835 Main St.) from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Artists-including Alex Avila, Rosa Jijon, Keemowerks, N.O.M.A.D., Linda Ivey and Sikstar-will take RoseArt Color Blanks (that's one above) and elevate them into great pieces for your shelf. In other words, you can still have your toys and play with them, too. There's no such thing as too old.