Picked up a copy of Sunset magazine lately? It's not your parents' Sunset. The publication's been around, like, forever, but several years ago made a serious (and successful) effort to appeal to the cool crowd. Sunset's new cookbook, The Great Outdoors, is just what you'd expect-lovely photos and an eclectic selection of recipes for a range of outdoor cooks (grilled French toast kebabs? Yes, please). On Summer BBQ Fest, part of the ongoing Good Earth, Great Chefs series of events. From , check out outdoor-cooking demos (solar, charcoal and wood-burning) featuring the cookbook's recipes, food tastings and a chance to shop the farm's amazing produce and pantry items.---, head to Chino Farm (6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe) for
Looking to cram in some outdoor-dining time before summer's over? Cruise over to Silo in Makers Quarter (753 15th St., East Village) for the second-to-last Food Truck Fridays of the summer. There will be a solid assemblage of music, craft beer and cocktails, as well as both food and fashion trucks. From to sunset , truck nuts can shop for vintage apparel from the likes of Stop, Shop & Roll, Steps to Steelo, ZB Savory and Cali Chique. Then eat some gourmet grub by Frida's Cocina, Stuffed and Simply Fresh and wash it down with cocktails featuring Henebery Whiskey or craft brews from St. Archer. All the while, The Pine-whose first full-length record, Awake Now, took home best local recording at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards-will play a set or two. This 21-and-over event is free.
Museums often take themselves too seriously. That's why the Nationwide Museum Mascot Project, founded by husband-and-wife team Brian Dick and Christen Sperry-Garcia, is such a clever initiative. Invited or not, the artists show up at museums across the globe and, dressed in handmade costumes made from locally sourced thrift-store stuff, they hype up museum attendees as well as folks just walking by. Find out more about the improvised intervention when Dick, a former CityBeat cover artist, and Sperry-Garcia stop by Disclosed unLocation Gallery (1925 30th St., South Park) from . They'll discuss their current"La-La Tour" that's taken them to spots like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru. There will also be a display of their mascot costumes and related swag.