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Digable cult

Early-1970s Los Angeles wouldn’t be early-1970s Los Angeles without a kooky cult—er, commune—worshipping at the altar of free sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll and a charismatic, long-haired, bearded, Jesus-figure leader. The Source Family was that cult—er, commune—and, last year, filmmakers Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille made a documentary about it, simply called The Source Family. On Thursday, Aug. 8, in a special installment of its POP Thursdays series, the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will hold the exclusive local screening of the movie. But the flick is only part of the event. At 6 p.m., there’ll be an outdoor cocktail reception on the lawn at the nearby San Diego Botanical Building. Guests can bring their own picnic, or purchase food from Peace Pies, and enjoy cocktails by Alchemy and groovy live music. After the 8 p.m. screening, there’ll be a Q&A with director Wille and Andrea Previn, a member of the Source Family. You can get the whole shebang  for $10 (a pretty sweet deal). Advance tickets are recommended and available at mopa.org. ---

Digable hot rods

For the third year in a row, ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery will hold Immortalized: Together Forever: Hot Rods, Pinups, and Body Art, an art show and auction that pays homage to an iconic Southern California subculture. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the gallery (317 E. Grand Ave. in Escondido), and the exhibition will be on view through Sept. 7. Pieces by international artists will be auctioned off, starting at $100, and the Escondido hot-rod organization Cruisin’ Grand will show off a bunch of sweet rides. The opening event is free, but with a $25 VIP ticket you can mingle with artists and car owners and enjoy beer, wine and food from Vinz Wine Bar and EscoGelato.

Digable films

"Few film essayists are more mythological than Chris Marker." That's what Jonathan Rosenbaum said about the guy behind the 1983 film Sans Soleil. Part documentary, part essay, part travelogue, the film is based on fictional letters sent to a female narrator by a fictional cameraman. Considered to be one of Marker's best flims, Sans Soleil is a stream-of-consciousness feast of imagery that jumps from Iceland to Guinea-Bissau to Japan to San Francisco. The film screens at the Museum of Contemporay Arts' La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.) at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, as part of Shore Thing, MCASD's summer extended-hours event where you can check out the current exhibition Approximate Infinite Universe and enjoy food and drinks for no additional cost beyond regular museum admission ($10 general, $5 students and seniors).

Digable vintage

Summer's almost over. Bummer. But, if "improve wardrobe" was on your to-do list, it's not too late. Just hit up Frock You's weekend Frocking Sale, happening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 11. The late-summer installation of the popular uptown vintage-clothing boutique's semi-regular tent sale is particularly worthy of your attention: in addition to the usual selection of cool threads, Frock You's hosting seven vendors who'll be selling a range of upcycled items and vintage goods from the '40s, '50s and '60s. The sale takes place in the lot adjacent to Frock You (4121 Park Blvd. in North Park).


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