Drag racing history, The Melvins, Rocky Horror, yucca, and the Moon

Events April 26-May 2, 2018

Joaquin Arnett

Thursday | 26


Past Event

Hops & History: Drag Racing in San Diego

Emmanuel Burgin, an author and former sports editor for El Sol de San Diego, shares exploits of Joaquin Arnett. Arnett led the Bean Bandits racing club in the early 1950s and went on to set land speed records in races across the country — including Bonneville Salt Flats. Arnett got his start with neighborhood kids (the Bean Bandits) who started driving when they were only eight or nine years old at an abandoned airstrip in Paradise Mesa. According to a 1999 Reader interview with Arnett, “When I was about 14, my mother forged my birth certificate to make me older so I could get a license. I used to have to take her and some neighbors to work at the cannery. I could hear the whistle from my house, so when I heard that whistle, I used to go pick them up. But she always said, ‘When you hear the whistle on Friday, wait two hours, ’cause we’ll cash our pay-checks and have a beer at Chuey’s first.’”


The Melvins — The first grunge band?

The Melvins — The first grunge band?

Past Event

The Melvins

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+

Virtually every major grunge band of the ‘90s has said the same thing at one time or another — they all took their first cues from the Melvins. Founders Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover launched the band in 1983 in Montesano, Washington, and dropped a new album this week, Pinkus Abortion Technician, backed by dual bassists Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross).

Friday | 27


Let's do the Time Warp again!

Let's do the Time Warp again!

The Rocky Horror Show

Wholesome, naive Brad Majors and Janet Weiss (who’d better “wise up”) find themselves stranded, on a dark and stormy night. But wait — there’s a castle up ahead: home, they soon learn, to Dr. Frank N. Furter, a transvestite and “wild, untamed thing,” who is creating Rocky Horror, a sexy Frankenstein, and who may be from outer space.

Saturday | 28


Hooray, yucca!

Hooray, yucca!


Past Event

Celebrate the Yucca

With flowers that resemble a shower of fireworks atop its pole-like white stalk, the “Spanish Bayonet” is among the unique and historically important plants of chaparral viewed on a nature walk with your Mission Trails trail guide. Meet inside the Visitor Center.

Sunday | 29


The Moon

The Moon

Daniel V. Fung/iStock/Thinkstock

Past Event

Full Moon Hike

Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for a full-moon hike on the Dust Devil Nature Trail. This 1.7-mile loop trial is short and flat.

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