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Dennis Wills, owner of DG Wills Books, and Sean Penn at Penn's April 7 reading of his novel, 'Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,' at the bookstore. PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
Dennis Wills, owner of DG Wills Books, and Sean Penn at Penn's April 7 reading of his novel, 'Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,' at the bookstore. PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
Junior League of San Diego Announces Kentucky Derby-themed Food and Wine Festival 

On May 5, Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) will welcome 1,200 guests to its 18th annual Food and Wine Festival at La Jolla Cove. Guests will enjoy San Diego’s best restaurants and beverage purveyors while cheering on their favorite horse during a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby. The event raises critical funds for programs that support transition-aged foster youth and train local women to become community leaders. 

“The Food and Wine Festival is one of the rare opportunities of the year to experience the beauty of La Jolla Cove at an event setting like this,” said Rachel Thompson, president of the Junior League of San Diego. “And what better way to give back to our community, than by sampling our region’s best food and cheering on your favorite horse?”

The ultimate outdoor foodie experience will feature more than 50 of San Diego’s finest vendors, including:

Farmer & the Seahorse; 

We Olive in La Jolla;

Viewpoint Brewing in Del Mar;

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House;

The Oceanaire Seafood Room;

Quady Winery;

True Food Kitchen;

Fallbrook Winery. 

With the Kentucky Derby theme, attendees are encouraged to don their favorite derby hat and dress to impress as they watch a live viewing of the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. Festivities commence at noon and continue until 5 p.m. at Ellen Scripps Browning Park at La Jolla Cove, with the chance to win great prizes through the silent auction and raffles. Later on, guests can join an exclusive after-party at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla (within walking distance of the Food and Wine Festival).    

Ticket prices start at $75, with a valet parking option available for purchase. Ticket cost includes unlimited tastings of exquisite bites, flavorful wines, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers. Exclusive VIP tickets will also include a VIP-only lounge, VIP gift bag and access to exclusive premier vendors. 

Junior League of San Diego thanks its sponsors, including media sponsor San Diego Magazine, for making this event possible. For a complete list of participating vendors and to purchase tickets, please visit Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, as well as donations if anyone is unable to attend this highly anticipated event. 

For more information on how to support this event, please contact

Westfield UTC announces new parking plan

Along with increased parking capacity, an all-new valet drive-up on La Jolla Village Drive and convenient “Park Assist” technology, UTC will implement a secured parking plan that keeps parking free for the first two hours, with an hourly fee afterward.

Beginning this Fall, Westfield UTC will introduce a secured parking plan that alleviates the growing problem of parking spot “poaching” by individuals who leave their vehicles on the property for several hours at a time (or even on a longer-term basis) only to make visits elsewhere in the local neighborhood.

For the approximately 85 percent of guests who complete their visits in under two hours, the parking experience at UTC will be as free as ever: the first two hours of parking at UTC will remain free of charge.

As UTC has emerged as one of the few remaining free parking locations in the increasingly dense Golden Triangle business district, individuals not actually visiting the shopping center have been taking advantage of the neighborhood’s extremely limited parking.

On a daily basis, hundreds of cars are parked on site for several hours – or even for the entire day, and UTC guests have reported being inconvenienced as a result.

This issue is expected to increase even further with the planned addition of a new regional transit center and trolley station alongside the property, resulting in an influx of daily commuters who could use UTC as a place to park before proceeding elsewhere.

As such, UTC’s new secured parking plan is Westfield’s decision to do right by its valued customers and guests, doing more to ensure they have access to the parking they deserve.

Meet the 'Bad Boy Painter'

Discover his newest “Daring Contemporary Works” on Saturday, April 21, at 1111 Prospect Street, La Jolla by the Sea

“Why are the figures faceless? It’s a universal language free of racial limitations, and a reflection of society’s fear of individuality.”-Mark Kostabi

Mark Kostabi-exclusively represented in the United States by Martin Lawrence Galleries-has long been admired for his spectacular fine art, accomplishments, provocative media persona, living a New York lifestyle to the fullest and telling his own unique story of the fine art scene. The figures that populate his paintings are fife with body language that clearly express basic human instincts. Kostabi’s faceless ones speak a universal language alluding to contemporary political, social and psychological issues, with stylistic roots in the work of Giorgio de Chirico and Fernand Léger.

Kostabi’s new works articulate an artistic sense of the moment that is captured in various iterations of his ‘Everyone’ romantic depictions, simply embracing couples, symmetrically posed hand-to-hand pairs, celebratory ‘toasters,’ as well as ‘sexters’ and other couples amusingly obsesses with their modern tech-all rendered with fuss but elevated with beautiful color and stencil elements.

“As an artist, for me, the people are the brushes, the people are the paint. I direct my laser pointer to a particular section of an idea projected before the Kostabi team and offer advice and suggestions, I am a painter at an easel, directing the zeitgeist towards the clarity and timelessness of art."-Mark Kostabi

Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants and raised in Whittier, California. He went on to study drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton, then moved to New York in the early 80’s. and soon emerged as a leading figure of the East Village art movement.

Kostabi has designed album covers-among them (Guns ‘N’ Roses use your Illusion, The Ramones ‘Adios Amigos and a number of numerous products.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, people, Vogue, Playboy, Forbes, New York Magazine, Art Forum and Art in America. Retrospective exhibitions of Kostabi’s paintings have been held at the Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo (1982), the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn (1998) and the Chiostro del Bramante in Room in 2206. Kostabi’s work is in over 50 permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and others. Kostabi has been profiled on 60 minutes, A Current Affair, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, CNN and MTV.

Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) is extremely proud to exclusively offer Kostabi’s originals and considers the artist as someone who continues to leave an indelible impression on the art world.

MLG offers the works of Mark Kostabi, along with other 20th and 21st century masters including Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Haring, Dalí at their fine art galleries located in 9 cities from New York to New Orleans, Maui to La Jolla.
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