California knows how to party, and this weekend, the Museum of Making Music (5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad) is celebrating the sounds and flavors of the region with its California Cool Benefit, with proceeds going to the museum's outreach programs. The San Francisco electro-pop band, Loquat, takes the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29; admission is $50 ($45 for museum members) and includes food and drink from Harney Sushi, known for its environmentally conscious seafood, and Stone Brewing Co.'s World Bistro and Gardens which, earlier this month, was certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative for its eco-friendly design and landscaping. Both will be on hand with grub and grog that's available throughout the night. ---
Maybe you revel in appreciation of the art of scary cinema. Maybe you simply enjoy getting so frightened that you have to wear diapers, just in case. Either way, get thee to UCSD's Price Center Theater on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, because ArtPower! Film and Horrible Imaginings will present Two Nights of Horror. The first night is a tour through the first half of the 20th century, with three shorts (1908's The Haunted House, 1929's Un Chien Andalou and 1937's Skeleton Frolic) and the 1956 original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The second night is dedicated to experimental horror, with the 1998 Japanese short Katasumi, the 2008 short Treevenge and the 1976 feature film Martin (that's him to the left) by the legendary George A. Romero. Both nights start at 8 p.m. Each night costs $10.
Every neighborhood has a street festival these days, but the Adams Avenue Street Fair remains one of the best. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, there'll be tons of food, craft vendors and live music along seven blocks in Normal Heights. Bands range from classics (Strawberry Alarm Clock) to local institutions (Mojo Nixon, pictured left) to hipster faves (Cuckoo Chaos), with more than 90 live-music acts in all performing on seven stages. In conjunction with the Street Fair is Adams Avenue Beer Taste (yours truly is a sponsor), happening from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and featuring beers from Coronado Brewery, Manzanita Brewery, Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing, Monkey Paw Brewery, Automatic Brewing Co. and a bunch of others. Advance tickets are $25, and they're going fast. If tickets remain on Saturday, they'll be sold at the door for $30.
Feeling blue doesn't always have to be a bad thing, and Balboa Park's Mingei International Museum (1439 El Prado) and San Diego Writers, Ink is proving it with Blueprint, an evening of food, drink, music, short stories and poetry all inspired by the color blue. If a beautiful azure sky or maybe even a particularly crisp can of Pepsi recently sparked in you a desire for prose, here's the place to share. The event will be hosted by public radio's Grant Barrett (that's him to the left), who talks language on the program A Way with Words, will feature jazz fusion from SoleMar, a bookmaking activities with artist Lisa Alvarez and delicious sustenance from Candelas chef Martin San Roman. It all goes down from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $15 for Mingei or Writers, Ink members; $20 for everyone else.