On April 22, 1970, the residents of Barrio Logan began a 12-day occupation of a space that the City Council had designated for a park in their neighborhood-a space that a construction crew was about to turn into a parking lot. That 250-person group's grassroots community triumph against authority is being remembered this month as Chicano Park celebrates its 44th anniversary with the annual Chicano Park Day from . True to those who made the park a reality, this year's theme is "The Land Belong to Those Who Work It," and the celebration will feature traditional music and dance; live performances from Chocolate Revolution, Los Nativos, Sumatra and Big Quarters; a lowrider display organized by the Amigos Car Club; and food and arts and crafts vendors. The event is free and open to all ages. ---
Pairing wine with cheese is delicious, but it's been done. Two local authors and educators, Larry Zeiger and Jack Beddows, set out to find something new and different to consume alongside their bottles of reds and whites. Enter Nice Legs! A Pairing of Wine and Words, a book Zeigler and Beddows tout as being the first to attempt coupling bottles of vino with the written word. The collection of short stories, mostly true-ish accounts of the lives led by the two high-school teachers, are prefaced with brief setups that include wine recommendations from owners and staffers of local wine bars. The wine experts first listened to the duo's stories before conjuring up the perfect pairing to fit the mood. Chapter 9, for example, includes two wacky stories best read while sampling Marilyn Merlot and Basket Case Syrah, recommended by folks at Old Venice Restaurant in Point Loma. The authors will be returning to Old Venice (2910 Canon St.) to read and sign their book from Thursday, April 17.
For the last six years, Art of Élan has been putting on innovative classical-music performances with the goal expanding the notion of what classical music is and engaging folks who might not otherwise dig that genre. Now they're adding another layer to the experience by teaming up with Malashock Dance for Lifeblood Harmony. The performance explores the inner strength people seem to muster during bad times and features three diverse musical compositions-by Judd Greenstein ("At the End of a Really Great Day"), Osvaldo Golijov ("The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind") and David Bruce ("Gumboots")-that artistic director John Malashock will set to dance. Performances take place at Thursday, April 17, through , at Mandell Weiss Theatre on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. Tickets are $35-$45.
As part of its weekly "World According To..." night series, Finest City Improv invites a special guest, or guests, to tell real-life stories that FCI's best improvisers then use to create comedic sketches. At , the special guests are local hip-hop act Parker & the Numberman, a CityBeat fave. As Quan Vu put it in a 2012 piece on the trio, "In a time when hip-hop collaborations are often slapped together via email with little interaction between artists, chemistry has become rare. But Parker & The Numberman have it in spades, especially live." So true. These guys ooze charisma and weave together smart tales via rhyme. Finest City Improv is located at 4250 Louisiana St. in North Park (attached to the Lafayette Hotel) and tickets are $12.