Best Bets for interesting things to do in and around La Jolla, June 16-23
The 21st San Diego Wooden Boat Festival, featuring 70 classic crafts, seminars on traditional maritime skills, and kids “pirate” activities, runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19 at the Koehler Kraft boatyard on Shelter Island. The festival offers the chance to view rowboats, sailing vessels, powerboats, regal schooners and rugged workboats.
There will also be steamboat rides, custom-made small boats, vendor booths, music by Dennis Howard and Brandon Cesmat, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner for a fee. Saturday spaghetti dinner and screenings of classic sailing movies, schedule at (619) 222-9051. Admission $5-$2 with proceeds to Challenged America, a recreational rehabilitation, adaptive-sailing program launched by disabled veterans in 1978.
Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap
This one-person tour de force performance encompasses the life of one of baseball’s legendary greats: The Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams (1918-2002) who was born and raised in San Diego. Written and directed by North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Matt Thompson, and starring Johnny Clark, it follows Ted’s life from his humble beginnings to his shinning accomplishments on the diamond. Through performance and visual imagery, The Splendid Splinter recalls his life on and off the field; his failed marriages, his distant sense of family, his scoffs with the media, his heroics in The Korean War, his near impossible accomplishment of hitting .406, and finally his entrance into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, 21. Tickets $15-$20 at NCRT Box Office (noon to 4 p.m. daily) 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach and northcoastrep.org.
The La Jolla Photo Travelers Club will present Faye Girsh’s photographic odyssey of her three months in the Middle East at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Wesley Palms Auditorium, 2404 Loring St. in Pacific Beach, east of Soledad Mountain Road. She traveled solo in 2009 to Alexandria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. The public is welcome to attend the free presentation. Refreshments will follow.
Concerts in the Park
Balboa Park’s free summer twilight concert series is under way 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. June 21-Stars on the Water (tropical rock ‘n’ roll). June 22-U.S. Navy Band Southwest (wind ensemble). June 23-The Coolrays (California rock). June 28-Graceland (Elvis Presley tribute). June 29-300th U.S. Army Band. June 30-145th Street (contemporary blues). July 5-The Legends (oldies show band). July 6-Rick Robledo & The Working Cowboy Band. July 7- Dixie Express Jazz Band. July 12-The Klezmeds. July 13-Cool Fever (R&B, Motown). July 14-San Diego Six (Dixieland Jazz).
San Diego New Music’s chamber ensemble-in-residence, NOISE, hosts the 5th annual new music festival June 16–18 at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. It’s an exploration of contemporary chamber music with world-class musicians presenting the most innovative tunes being written by young composers today. 3-Day Pass $40-$50. 1-Day Pass $15-$20. (858) 454-5872. Schedule at http://www.ljathenaeum.org/new_music.html
Last Call for Zombies!
Grab a zombie buddy and join dancer Christopher Estrella of CStarproductionz in performing the second annual tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the San Diego County Fair 1:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Estrella hopes to have 1,000 brightly costumed and masked zombies behind him. As an incentive, each performer gets free entrance into the fair. “Everybody and anybody can do it,” said Estrella. “It doesn’t matter what age or dance experience.” Learn all the right moves online at www.cstarproductionz.com
25th La Jolla Festival of the Arts
The works of some 200 artists will fill the Warren Field on the east campus of USCD from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-19 at the art festival that doubles as a benefit for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and its work on behalf of San Diegans living with disabilities. New this year: craft beers and fine wines. Also on tap, art demonstrations, book signings, a car show, musical entertainment and international foods, kids zone, silent auction and raffles. Admission $10, free to ages 10 and younger. Parking free at Genesee Avenue and Campus Point Drive. (858) 683-3700. lajollaartfestival.org.
Race to the Fair!
Center stage 2011 at the fairgrounds in Del Mar: Exotic cars, luxury cars, star cars, muscle cars, low riders and more as the fair pays tribute to local clubs and collectors. Also music, carnival games, midway rides, arts and crafts, agricultural events and food from more than 100 vendors to July 4. (Closed June 20 and 27.). Gates open 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, July 4. Admission $13 adults, $7 ages 6-12, 62 and older. Schedule: sdfair.com/entertainment This week: Randy Travis, Paul Reeve & the Raiders, Switchfoot, Melissa Etheridge, Wild Child (Doors Tribute), Larry Hernandez, Doobie Brothers, Sister Sledge, Willy Nelson’s Country Throwdown.
Fun with Fairies
Wear a fairy costume or come as you are to the Hamilton Children’s Garden Fairy Festival 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Create a fairy house, make a treasure, leave a message in the wishing bush, and bring a camera for a photo with the Fairy Queen. Music and dancing, too. Free with admission, $12-$6, small fee for some crafts. 230 Quail Gardens Drive (760) 436-3036 Sdbgarden.org
At the Library
The Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories,” is under way to Aug. 15, but there is still time to register. Also: Andy Strasberg will discuss his book, “My Roger Maris Story,” 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 in the Community Room. Soprano Kathrin Keune and pianist Mark Polesky will perform “Musical Vignettes for Every Mood,” 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Yoga class for moms and babes 10:30-11 a.m. (moms and tots 11-11:25 a.m.) Friday, June 24. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.
The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park will host two events in connection with its current exhibit “George Inness in Italy.”
Museum director John Wilson will discuss the Inness paintings at an “Art in the Afternoon Gallery Talk,” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 with free admission.
An “Art in the Evening Lecture and Reception,” will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30 with Mark D. Mitchell, Associate Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art discussing “Italy as Inspiration: George Inness and the Tradition of Landscape.”
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