You've likely seen photos on Instagram or elsewhere of the cluster of table lamps hanging from the ceiling of the just-opened Modern Times Beer North Park Flavordome inside the big, bold North Parker building at the corner of 30th and Upas (it's a soft opening, so don't expect regular hours until the grand opening goes down). Soon, you'll be able to pair tacos with that fine local beer. Opening any day now on the ground floor of the North Parker is Tacos Perla, a new Mexican joint so authentic they've got crunchy crickets on the menu. For those lacking patience, head over to The Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma) between , to sample Tacos Perla grub. Every until further notice, the crew will be there serving up tacos poolside while The Pearl bar offers 10 taps of local craft beer and summery craft cocktails. Bring your swimsuit; The Pearl is one of the only hotels left that allows non-hotel guests to swim. ---
San Diego has been wanting for a great music festival since Street Scene went kaput, but in its wake, a whole bunch of cool, smaller fests have cropped up, like Tijuana Rumble Fest, which will hold its inaugural event on , at Pepe's Abandoned Factory in Flamingos(Transpeninsular Highway, Canon de La Pedrera). The fest will feature everything from punk to electronic experiments to traditional jazz, drawing more than two-dozen bands from L.A. to Ensenada. Admission is $5 or 50 pesos. Ages 18 and up. Leading up to the fest, organizers are throwing free parties at various locations throughout Tijuana. From , a pre-party is going down at La Casa del Túnel (Calle Chapo Márquez 133, Colonia Federal, Tijuana), a gallery just steps from the border crossing. Tijuana Rumble Fest has teamed up with Voz Alta for New World Border, featuring more than 30 artists who've made screenprints responding directly to the U.S./Mexico border. Artists include Chickle, Mark Vallen and Nancy Hom. There'll also be music by IOB (pictured)-an instrumental "chillgaze" band from Tijuana-Donkey Chow and Luke Redfield.
Anyone who's gotten their hands dirty planting stuff knows how therapeutic an activity it can be. For The Art of Survival: Personal Stories of Mental Illness, members of The Meeting Place Clubhouse, which offers community-based support services for folks with mental illness, took to planting symbolically resilient succulents in repurposed objects to create pieces of art. These living sculptures, along with an exhibition of photography exploring mental illness, will be on view (and auctioned off) from , at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center (3925 Ohio St., North Park). Learn each artist's personal story and perhaps put in a bid; proceeds from the auction will support The Meeting Place's programs.
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