Thursday | 27
A Way with Words
Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, hosts of KPBS’s A Way with Words, take the stage for a live adaptation of their nationally syndicated show. The duo will take questions from the audience and share the meaning and history behind cultural quips, bizarre banter, and silly sayings.
Friday | 28
The 36th annual Art Alive brings the museum’s permanent collection to life with more than 100 floral interpretations of famous works of art. This year marks the return of three-time rotunda designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals, who will transform the two-story central rotunda into a vibrant installation called FloraMorphic: Sky of Colors. The exhibition is accompanied by three full days of events. Also on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday | 29
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, noon to 10 p.m.
Adams Avenue, University Heights to Kensington
Adams Avenue Unplugged
The free musical walkabout runs along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue from University Heights through Normal Heights and into parts of Kensington with over 100 artists on multiple outside stages and inside 30 restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, and galleries. Performers include Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin, John York (the Byrds 1968–1970), Bay Area indie-folk artists Vetiver, former San Diegan crooner Tom Brosseau, klezmer violinist and composer Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, Finnegan Blue, Tomcat Courtney, Bossa Lounge Project, Euphoria Brass Band, Marie Haddad, Gypsy Groove, Joey Harris, Sven-Erik Seaholm, Sara Petite Band, Trails and Rails, Robin Henkel, and Peggy Watson.
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3700 Crown Point Drive,
San Diego Shaka Fest
The San Diego Shaka Fest is the fusion of Hawaiian culture, arts, and athletics, filled with events such as a youth-only canoe regatta, SUP race for adults and keikis, stages with Hawaiian and Tahitian entertainment, boutique vendors, and island-inspired food vendors. Hosted by nonprofit charity and youth-only program Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club.
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:45 a.m.
970 N. Harbor Drive,
Pet Day on the Bay
For this 17th annual event, Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. Guests are encouraged to donate a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Onboard guests include Jagger & Kristi from Magic 92.5 and Chopper the Biker Dog.
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Encinitas, S. Coast Hwy 101 (D St. to J St.)
Encinitas Spring Street Fair
The Encinitas Street Fair runs down the center of six blocks of S. Coast Highway 101, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean, with 450 arts & crafts and food vendors, children’s rides, four live music stages, and a beer garden. The emphasis is on arts, handmade crafts, antiques, and ethnic imports. Two bike-valet stations are open both days to store your bicycles.
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ash and Grape Street, Little Italy
The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk offers 17 blocks filled with artwork from 350 local, national, and international artists in a showcase of painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, and fine jewelry. New this year is live mural work with local muralists Mario Torero and Maxx Moses. Attendees can participate in mural-making alongside the artists. With live musical performances, street food, interactive art activities, and a KidsWalk with creative projects. Also on Sunday.
Barefoot Hockey Goalie
With only two members still living in San Diego, Barefoot Hockey Goalie plays a rare local gig at Blackthorn Pub on April 29. “The band is scattered around at the moment,” says Pacifica-based guitarist Tony Acquarelli, who says his group has been rehearsing their most ambitious long-form works. “We’ll be performing Darius: A Hockey Rock Opera and Kid Champion, our boxing opera,” says Acquarelli.
Shaper Studios, a DIY surfboard workshop, hosts the fourth-annual Self Shape Surf Festival at Seaside Reef in Solana Beach on Saturday. This is the world’s only surf contest where every competitor rides his or her own handmade surfboard. Includes a Backyard Beer Garden with Fall Brewing and Duckfoot Brewing and food by Fish 101. Local bands the Pesos, the Gloomies, and the Verigolds perform. Professional surfers Cam Richards, Andrew Doheny, Nathan Strom, Leah Dawson, and others will be competing on their self-made boards.
Sunday | 30
Edo Marionettes from Japan
The Edo Marionettes Troupe is on tour from Tokyo and will perform with ayatsuri ningyo (string-controlled puppets), a puppet tradition that came to Japan from China around 360 years ago. This program includes four vignettes: Kappore, a solo male marionette performing an energetic dance; Yoidore, a stumbling drunkard; Kurokami, the story of a beautiful young woman in love; and Shishimai, the wild lion dance. English translation is provided. Master folk musician Grego will give a puppet-powered musical introduction. Tickets include full admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden. Not recommended for under eight years old. This cross-cultural event is made possible by the San Diego Guild of Puppetry and the Japanese Friendship Garden.