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    Western-themed fair offers something for all, and also octopus on a stick
    by SAVANAH DUFFY
    May 27, 2017 | 6300 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The fair will run from 4 p.m. on June 2 through July 4, with countless entertainment options, delicious and unique food creations, engaging craft areas, contests and exhibits. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The fair will run from 4 p.m. on June 2 through July 4, with countless entertainment options, delicious and unique food creations, engaging craft areas, contests and exhibits. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Chicken Charlie's famous Krispy Kreme donut chicken sandwich with vanilla ice cream and Fruity Pebbles sprinkled on top. / Photo by Savanah Duffy
    Chicken Charlie's famous Krispy Kreme donut chicken sandwich with vanilla ice cream and Fruity Pebbles sprinkled on top. / Photo by Savanah Duffy
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    The burger is the Maui Cowboy from Tasti Burgers. / Photo by Savanah Duffy
    The burger is the Maui Cowboy from Tasti Burgers. / Photo by Savanah Duffy
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    A horse-shaped sculpture formed out of succulents, part of the Garden Show. / Photo by Savanah Duffy
    A horse-shaped sculpture formed out of succulents, part of the Garden Show. / Photo by Savanah Duffy
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    Whether you grew up on a farm and you can ride a horse like Hopalong Cassidy, or you don’t know the difference between a Clydesdale and a Shetland pony, San Diego County Fair’s “Where the West is Fun” promises a wide variety of fun and food that is guaranteed to appeal to all visitors. Presented by Albertsons and Vons, the fair will run from 4 p.m. on June 2 through July 4, with countless entertainment options, delicious and unique food creations, engaging craft areas, contests and exhibits. For a distinctly western feel, this year’s fair will include a speakeasy decorated as an opium den. To get in, hunt down a Jade Peacock card at one of the three bars on the fairgrounds and follow instructions from there, says the speakeasy bartender Tracy Brighouse. But anyone who has ever been to the San Diego County Fair knows that eating is just as important as drinking, if not more so. Tasti Burgers and Tasti Chips are back with their newest burger, the Maui Cowboy: A delicious combination of all-natural beef and spam (to add a Hawaiian flair, says owner Lori Southerlend), with veggies, jalapeños and chipotle mayo to add an extra kick to this cowboy burger. Reno’s Fish and Chips and Pignotti’s Pasta are trying out some new things this year as well. Both are family businesses owned by Ken McKnight, his wife Cathy and their son Taylor. Reno’s Fish and Chips will be featuring octopus on a stick, which McKnight assures customers has been gutted and cleaned. McKnight credits the idea of octopus on a stick to Cathy. According to McKnight, this latest seafood addition has been receiving positive feedback. “It looks kind of weird,” McKnight says, but adds, “It’s [about] how it tastes, and everyone seems to like it.” In addition to octopus on a stick, Reno’s will still be serving their classic fish and chips, shark tacos and shrimp tacos. The Pignotti’s Pasta stand is switching things up by adding fried ravioli to their menu, the first time the business has ever sold fried food. Customers can choose between cheese ravioli on a stick or buffalo chicken on a stick, with marinara, alfredo or ranch sauce. In addition to keeping visitors well-fed, the fair’s Whole Life Festival will occur on July 1 to promote healthy lifestyles and natural living. Included in this festival is The Expert in Life Program, which according to volunteer staff member Pam Reed, includes lessons on the art of deep meditation and self-empowerment, taught by Erhard Vogel, Ph.D., one of the most highly-acclaimed meditation teachers in the world, according to the Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center. Also included is the San Diego-based company Organifi, which is best known for selling their green juice made of 11 different gently dehydrated superfoods that supplies the body with a natural energy and contributes to good health all throughout the body, says Kori-ann Kobayashi, director of events and expo. As always, the fair welcomes everyone with open arms with various multicultural festivals. The Asian Festival will be composed of cultures from China, India, Hawaii and more. The new addition to the Asian Festival is an Asian art exhibit at 17 Hands Restaurant and Bar, along with Sake flights at the Paddock Tavern. The Mariachi Festival takes place on June 11, newly featuring tequila sampling and a piñata for the public to take a swing at. Another trek through the fair starts off with the Flower Show in O’Brien Hall, one of the fair’s most eye-catching exhibits. Here you’ll find yourself in Pauline’s Prairie Home, based on The “Little House on the Prairie” series, put together by Flower Show coordinator Betty Patterson-del Sol. The hall will exhibit flowers, floral arrangement and specimen contests. There will even be Ikebana floral design for the Asian Fair on June 3, and the master from Japan will be giving a demonstration on the outdoor stage on June 4 to instruct guests on the art of flower arrangements. A sensory garden is a new addition to the O’Brien flower exhibit this year, allowing guests a hands-on experience with the plants. “You can feel it, you can rub it, you can smash it, you can see how those flower act,” says Patterson-del Sol. If you’re in the VIP section on Father’s Day June 18, you can stop at the Charity Wings Art and Craft Center to make beer box visors and other beer bottle crafts with your son or daughter. If you’re not in the VIP section, check out some of the other crafts. Food, drink, music, exhibits, festivals and competitions are just the start of what this year’s San Diego Fair has to offer. For more information, visit sdfair.com. San Diego County Fair Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds. When: 4 p.m. on June 2 through July 4. Info: sdfair.com
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    National Burger Day is May 28 – We're binging on beef, bacon and buns
    by SAVANAH DUFFY and JONATHAN LO
    May 25, 2017 | 4708 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Savanah Duffy pauses briefly before devouring her hamburger at Rocky’s Crown Pub in Pacific Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Savanah Duffy pauses briefly before devouring her hamburger at Rocky’s Crown Pub in Pacific Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    The Draft burger had a juicy patty with the standard lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise, and because we ordered it Draft-style, with sunny-side egg, bacon, crispy onions, and beer cheese were added in. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    The Draft burger had a juicy patty with the standard lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise, and because we ordered it Draft-style, with sunny-side egg, bacon, crispy onions, and beer cheese were added in. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Jonathan Lo and Savanah Duffy chow down their burgers at Raglan Pubic House in Ocean Beach. /  PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Jonathan Lo and Savanah Duffy chow down their burgers at Raglan Pubic House in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    The BOOM burger at Stuffed! is topped with spicy mac ’n’ cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and sauce, and served with tater tots. / PHOTO BY SAVANAH DUFFY
    The BOOM burger at Stuffed! is topped with spicy mac ’n’ cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and sauce, and served with tater tots. / PHOTO BY SAVANAH DUFFY
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    Beaumont’s Burger is the main burger attraction on this menu. A half-pound, three meat blend of veal, pork and beef contributes to a thick, juicy patty with a more flavorful  taste than your average beef burger. / PHOTO BY SAVANAH DUFFY
    Beaumont’s Burger is the main burger attraction on this menu. A half-pound, three meat blend of veal, pork and beef contributes to a thick, juicy patty with a more flavorful taste than your average beef burger. / PHOTO BY SAVANAH DUFFY
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    Burgers are on the menu at every beach bar, and the coastal region offers plenty of popular burger joints. And since May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day, San Diego Community Newspaper Group decided to sample and highlight burgers in Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific and Mission beaches, and La Jolla. Ocean Beach - If you’ve ever been in Ocean Beach for more than five minutes, odds are you’ve heard about the burgers at Hodad’s – and for good reason. Hodad’s’ burgers are hearty and satisfying, and that unique OB-community atmosphere just adds to its appeal. Hodad’s menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon hamburgers, bacon cheeseburgers (each in a mini, single or double size), among other options, such as the chicken burger or veggie burger, for the non-red meat eaters. - Raglan Public House, on the corner of Niagara and Bacon, offers a variety of burgers that are sure to appeal to whatever mood your taste buds are in, whether you’re feeling tropical (Maui Waui – includes grilled pineapple and bacon), spicy (Kiwilango – includes sliced jalapeños, hot sauce) or classic (Average Joe – includes American cheese, ketchup, mayo and mustard). But if you want to experience the best of Raglan, try the Bare Lil Lamb. The mint dressing gives it a refreshing taste, while beetroot adds a burst of sweet flavor, complemented by tomato chutney and garlic aioli. Don’t forget to add a sunny-side egg. Vegetarian or not a red-meat lover? Try the Cluck & Squeal (chicken, bacon, avocado), the Chica Bunga (chicken, jalapeños, coconut raita, mango chutney, garlic aioli), the Wake & Bake (swordfish, coleslaw, avocado), or the Holy Roller (tofu, avocado, garlic aioli, coconut riatta, spicy peanut dressing). - The Tilted Stick on Voltaire Street promotes its drink menu of hard alcohol, mixed drinks and beers, but its food menu deserves a shout out as well. Along with tacos and wings, this bar and grill offers its Bac-N-Cheezeburger, a quarter-pound burger and the BBQ Stick (double-cheeseburger with BBQ). The casual pub atmosphere and pool tables makes this the perfect place to have a fun evening. Point Loma - Nestled neatly in Liberty Public Market and only offering outrageously overloaded options, Stuffed!, like the name suggests, will leave you full with their cheese-filled patties. In similar style to the name of the joint, Stuffed!’s burgers also have quirky names. Here, the management challenged us with the BANG and BOOM. The BANG offers a blue cheese-stuffed patty, peppered smoked bacon, fried onion straws, pickles, and BBQ sauce while the BOOM puts forward American cheese-stuffed patty, topped with spicy mac ’n’ cheese, peppered smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and Stuffed! sauce. And indeed, they left a BANG and a BOOM in our mouths. To say the least, we were completely stuffed after the meal. - Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern features a beautiful view of the marina as well as a cozy outdoor patio. Inside, they offer the ridiculously huge Cowboy Burger. The burger offers onion fritters, BBQ sauce, Anaheim chiles, bacon, cheddar, and a 100 percent New York sirloin patty stacked into a formidable beast of a burger. - When you talk about burgers in Point Loma, there is no way you can leave out Slater's 50/50. A classic, Slater’s regular burgers have patties made with a 50/50 blend of beef and bacon. The Original 50/50 has a standard 50/50 patty accompanied by bacon, pepper jack, a sunny-side-up egg, avocado mash, chipotle adobo mayo, and brioche. One word describes this burger: juicy, make sure you have plenty of napkins when you try to tackle the 50/50. Pacific Beach - Rocky’s Crown Pub at Ingraham and La Playa is home to some of the best burgers in San Diego, but don’t be fooled by the bar’s simple menu – hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and fries. There’s a reason why the place is always busy, and that is simply because these burgers require nothing outside of the basics to be phenomenal. Beef patties that are thick, juicy and perfectly seasoned are balanced out with just lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and mayonnaise. In this no-frills wood-paneled pub – with a no-nonsense attitude – don’t bother trying to order trendy sandwiches with avocado options, just belly-up to the bar with a beer and tasty burger. - Bare Back Grill on Mission Boulevard has just what you want if you’re looking for above-average bar food, particularly when it comes to their burgers. Burgers such as the Bare, Big & Dirty (includes two huge 100 percent organic beef patties, two fried eggs, bacon and more) are the perfect meal after a long walk on the boardwalk. Or, if you’ve had your fill from their drink menu, try the Lil Bitties (two “hobbit-sized” 100 percent organic beef burgers). Sit inside for their bar atmosphere or outside to enjoy their outdoor patio. - The Slider Brigade at Crushed on Garnet Avenue has a few different delicious slider options, including PB BBQ (three homemade beef and bacon burgers with red jalapeños, mozzarella, crispy onion rings and BBQ sauce), and the Bifteki (three lamb burgers with tomatoes, onions and romaine, cucumbers, tzatziki sauce and feta cheese), with a chicken parmesan slider option as well. If you showed up for the relaxed atmosphere and drinks, make sure you stay for the sliders. Mission Beach - Draft, on Ocean Front Walk in front of Belmont Park, allows patrons to enjoy their food on a boardwalk patio while basking in the sun and people-watching. The Draft burger had a juicy patty with the standard lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise, and because we ordered it Draft-style, with sunny-side egg, bacon, crispy onions, and beer cheese were added in. Right after the first bite, yolk and burger juices oozed out. The bison burger had a thick patty with poblano pepper, grilled onions, muenster cheese, and cumin mayonnaise. Surprisingly, with so many strong individual flavors, nothing in the bison burger overpowers the others; the flavors blend together perfectly and yet you can still distinctly taste each ingredient. For the vegetarians out there, the veggie burger has tofu bacon, fried green tomato, pickled pepper, chipotle mayo. - Guava Beach on Mission Boulevard is the epitome of a beach bar out of a brochure. Pool tables, sports on the TVs, beer on tap on full display, and wooden tables and counters. Their Diablo Burger, which has the Guava’s Famous Burger in it, is accompanied with pepper jack, serrano peppers, and Sriracha aioli drizzle for a delicious kick for those who like spicy food. - At Miss B’s Coconut Club on Mission Boulevard, there is only one burger on the menu, but there only needs to be one burger on that menu. The Coconut Club Burger sports an all-natural angus beef patty with the usual lettuce, tomato, red onions, mustard, and pickles, as well as roasted garlic, cilantro aioli, kolache roll, and your choice of cheese. It seems a little much, but they all combine into a nice blend of flavor. La Jolla - Beaumont’s might offer only two burgers, but it’s well worth your time and appetite. The Char-Burger is your basic burger, made with 100 percent angus beef, house aioli, lettuce, tomato and onion. But Beaumont’s Burger is the main burger attraction on this menu. A half-pound, three meat blend of veal, pork and beef contributes to a thick, juicy patty with a more flavorful taste than your average beef burger. The burger is topped off with sun dried tomatoes, feta, basil aioli, and balsamic glazed onions for a mildly sweet and tangy finish. Eat this Beaumont masterpiece inside at one of their high tables, or sit outside and enjoy people-watching while lounging on their plush sofa seats in the patio area. - Relax at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and enjoy The Grill’s famous Drugstore Hamburger, a classic burger with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. The outdoor patio area makes The Grill a nice seating area for the day, and the fire pits contribute to a cozy feeling in the evening. Don’t forget to order a local craft beer to add the finishing touch to your meal. - La Jolla Brewing Co. has more than just quality craft beers; they’ve got a great bar food menu as well. Try their Rogue Wave Burger (a classic burger with horseradish mayo), or their LJBC House Burger. The LJBC House Burger is made with premium beef, bleu cheese, Portobello mushrooms, buffalo wing sauce, tomato and green leaf lettuce on a pretzel bun. Have a happy and fulfilling National Hamburger Day everyone!
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    Coming together: Students and volunteers unite to clean Mission Beach
    May 19, 2017 | 20640 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Following the cleanup, students created a piece of living art – an aerial art image to spell out “Come Together” along South Mission Beach.
    Following the cleanup, students created a piece of living art – an aerial art image to spell out “Come Together” along South Mission Beach.
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    I Love A Clean San Diego engaged nearly 900 elementary school students and volunteers at Mission Beach for the 24th annual Kids’ Ocean Day on Thursday, May 18. Instead of turning a blind eye to the abundance of litter found across San Diego’s coastline and the Pacific Ocean, the students channeled their appreciation for the environment into action to protect it. During this four-hour event, the students and volunteers significantly improved the health and beauty of San Diego’s natural environment by removing litter and forming a stunning aerial art image of a snorkeler, jellyfish, sea star, garibaldi and the words “Come Together.” All the students who participated attend local Title I schools and otherwise may not have the means to go to the beach. For some students, this event was their first beach experience. The youth participants represented Central Elementary, Ericson Elementary, Fay Elementary, Joyner Elementary, Porter Elementary, Spreckels Elementary, and Whitman Elementary. Following the cleanup, students created a piece of living art – an aerial art image to spell out “Come Together” along South Mission Beach. This powerful image shows that each individual role plays a crucial part in accomplishing the larger goal of protecting the coastline, ocean, and marine wildlife friends. With more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, now is the time to make a difference. If the world continues as is, it is estimated that pieces of plastics will soon outnumber fish in the ocean. The good news is that everyone, including youth, can contribute to creating a cleaner future. Kids’ Ocean Day was made possible through the generous support of many sponsors, including California’s Coastal Commission’s Whale Tale grant program, Cox Communication, Sony, Qualcomm, Jack in the Box, Kohl’s, Einstein’s Bagels, Starbucks, Jimbo’s Natural Grocers, and Outside the Lens. Groups of volunteer teams were also in attendance representing Millennium Health, San Diego County Bar Association, HP Inc., Kohl’s, and Jack in the Box.  Kids’ Ocean Day is one of hundreds of cleanups hosted by ILACSD. In 2016, ILACSD mobilized over 33,000 volunteers who removed nearly half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County. ILACSD’s next cleanup, with Councilmember Lorie Zapf, will take place at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about how to get involved, visit CleanSD.org.
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    Ocean Beach serves up 25 years of flavors, flowers and fun at its farmers market
    by JONATHAN LO
    May 17, 2017 | 10455 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sampling sea urchin at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Troy Orem
    Sampling sea urchin at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Troy Orem
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    An eclectic mix of people and products at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    An eclectic mix of people and products at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Buskers usually line the sidewalk during the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Buskers usually line the sidewalk during the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The flower booths are popular at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The flower booths are popular at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    “Barney and Friends,” “Super Mario Kart,” “The Bodyguard,” Cartoon Network, and the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. What do all these have in common? All of them are turning 25 this year. The Ocean Beach Farmers Market traces its origins back to the late 1980s; Ocean Beach was struggling to revitalize its downtown area, which looked bleak because of loss of business and general community fervor. After numerous town hall meetings and workshops, residents put together a list of projects and events they wanted to enact or revive. One item on that list was a farmers market. Thus, in 1992 the first OB Farmers Market was funded and set up on Newport Avenue, two blocks from the beach. It was and still is managed by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA), a private non-profit merchants guild. Denny Knox is the executive director of the OBMA, and has overseen the running of Ocean Beach Farmers Market since its inception. Even with all the excitement surrounding the farmers market, it took five years for it to be able to sustain itself. Until then, the OBMA was pouring money into it to keep it afloat. To combat that issue, Knox said, “We made a concerted effort to bring visitors here and make this a destination for people who like an eclectic community. There’s not a lot of places like Ocean Beach.” Moreover, OBMA listened to community feedback on the farmers market. “People made suggestions all along. Having music, having crafters, and we have a number of local merchants who go out and go to the farmers market even though they have a nice shop,” said Knox. Now, the attraction has evolved into a unique mix of local music and booths. “We’ve had a good number of businesses start here at the farmers market,” she said. “There’s quite a few people who made a product and they’ve been able to branch out and get it in stores.” There are a myriad of reasons as to why the Ocean Beach Farmers Market has stayed so popular. “It’s fun. It’s just fun. It’s very different. OB is a very social place,” said Knox. “If you like people-watching you’ll love our farmers market.” Moreover, the farmers market is close and convenient to many. Not only is it just two blocks from the beach, but it is also nested in the downtown area, surrounded by numerous restaurants and bars. The market is also within walking distance for many, and for those further out, the 35 and 923 bus routes have a stop right next to one end of the market. On the longevity of the Ocean Beach Farmers Market, Knox beamed, “I’m surprised at how the farmers market has gone on for so long and how rock solid it has been over the years. I really appreciate it because we want it to be successful.” The loyalty of the Ocean Beach residents also greatly contributed to the success as well as the OBMA’s efforts to spread the word. Indeed, there are now around 100 booths, some three-quarters of whom have been around for a long time. OBMA has also found that about 45 percent of the farmers market visitors are not from the area. OBMA does not only work with the Ocean Beach Farmers Market, though. The market makes enough to sustain itself and then some. “The extra funds allow us to plow back into the community by doing projects and programs that are needed to make OB better,” Knox said. OBMA has a hand in various community events such as beautification and small fairs. When asked if there were any changes, reasonable or unreasonable, she wanted to enact on the OB Farmers Market, Knox mused, “I would expand the street by four feet. I would also like to string lights across the palm trees all the way down the street. So when it’s at night or at dusk, those lights would kick in and we don’t need to have our own lights.” Knox also expressed a desire to have an area devoted to cooking classes at the farmers market, but unfortunately there is no space for anything of the sort to be possible. The Ocean Beach Farmers Market is located at 4900 Newport Ave. It takes place every week on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is located at 1868 Bacon St. OBMA will also be having a giveaway of reusable produce bags on Wednesday, May 17.
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    Cinema under the stars at Liberty Station this summer
    by LUCIA VITI
    May 13, 2017 | 12001 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Guests at Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade during last year’s Second Saturday Cinema Series. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Guests at Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade during last year’s Second Saturday Cinema Series. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Grab your picnic blankets, beach chairs and comfy throws to relax beneath the stars at Liberty Station’s Second Saturday Summer Film Series on 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13. Screening at Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade, guests will enjoy a free, Academy Award-winning movie – “La La Land” – projected from a 12-foot-high, 20-foot-wide screen. Curated by Arts District residents, flicks will be shown from May to October. Produced in partnership with Pacific Arts Movement, six feature films will spotlight the Arts District theme, “Heroes of the Arts on Film.” “The Second Saturday Cinema Series will showcase films in dance, music, comedy and drama,” said Andrew Waltz, marketing and program manager of the NTC Foundation. “We collaborated with Liberty Station’s Arts District resident groups to select movies as creative outlets to highlight their unique and individual missions.” The films are curated by Liberty Station’s Arts District resident groups including Outside the Lens, San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy, San Diego Comic Art Gallery, Recreational Music Center, Guitars in theClassroom, Pacific Arts Movement, Comickaze Comics Books and More and San Diego Comic Art Gallery. “Each film reflects the art forms of Arts District resident groups, lending further voice to the diverse arts and culture community at Liberty Station,” continued Waltz. “Our first film, ‘La La Land’ – based onHollywood’s film and photography – is a perfect match for Outside the Lens. ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ a high-energy dance film was picked by our dance companies, San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, and Neisha's Dance & Music Academy.” Sporting a Comic-Con theme July’s screening of “Lego Batman,” will be curated by Comickaze Comics Books and More, followed by “Sing” in August, chosen by the Recreational Music Center, “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” in September, chosen by Pacific Arts Movement and “Ghostbusters” from San Diego Comic Book Art Gallery in October. Outside the Lens will also curate a short film series of independent, experimental, and documentary flicks prior to each feature presentation. Outside the Lens is a community program that “empowers” youth to create change through digital media. Writers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, artists and teachers encourage “disconnected” students to share their stories. Since 2001, Outside the Lens has worked with more than 13,000 “undeserved” or “at-risk” youth from kindergarten to high school. “’La La Land’ is the perfect reflection for Outside the Lens,” said Lucy Eagleson, Program Director for Outside the Lens. “’La La Land’ celebrates the art of making movies, and we teach young people the art of taking a story from stage to screen. We’re also excited to be curating short, independent film-festival films –– not always seen in the mainstream –– that will be screened before each feature film. We love cinema and story-telling and we’re excited to show the community who we are and what we do.” Second Saturday Cinema is one facet of The NTC Foundation’s year-long, Arts District’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Events will be conducted through its 100-acre campus exposing its140 galleries, museums, artists, nonprofits, boutique shops, restaurants and cafés, within the Station’s 45 newly-renovated buildings. According to Waltz, activities will honor past and present members who aided the Arts District achieve this milestone. “Celebrations include exciting community programming, public art installations and cultural activities,” he said. “Signature popular events will include Friday Night Liberty Art Walk, Salute the Season and our seasonal Block Parties. New anchor events will also include a free Summer Concert Series. “If you add up our Arts District programming, celebrations, art fairs and activities of our resident groups and venue users, there’s s always something new and exciting happening on our campus,” added Alan Ziter, the NTC Foundation’s Executive Director. “So, come early and enjoy music and performances that will highlight our Arts District groups in residence,” concluded Waltz. “Visit our art galleries, studios, and museums and our Liberty Public Market with more than 30 vendors hosting grab and go foods.” Cinema schedule May 13 – “La La Land” at 8 p.m. June 10 – “Strictly Ballroom” at 8 p.m. July 8 – “Lego Batman Movie” at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 – “Sing” at 5 at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 –  “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 – “Ghostbusters” at 7 p.m.
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    Published - Wednesday, May 24
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    Apple Tree Market opens on Newport Avenue
    After a nearly four-year wait, and a grueling remodel, the new Apple Tree Market is open for business in Ocean Beach in a downscaled space at 4978 Newport Ave. “It turned out to be very beautiful,”...
    Published - Tuesday, May 23
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    Pointers win Eastern League title, start playoffs this week
    After wrapping up the Eastern League title, the Pointer baseball team began play earlier this week in CIF Div. II playoffs. The Pointers (20-9-1 overall) were assigned the No. 5 seed in the playoff...
    Published - Monday, May 22
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    Former Midway post office sold, mixed-use project planned
    The 16-acre former post office distribution center in the Midway District has been resold for $40.05 million with plans for a $325 million, mixed-use project called The Point. The Point is planned ...
    Published - Monday, May 22
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