A good spine is needed to carry a great book, and a writer too. For the Tijuana Book Fair, the only thing suggested is an ample satchel as a myriad of authors visit Baja’s cultural gem, CECUT, for its 35th chapter. Last year, 100K-plus lectors took in book presentations, engaging conferences, music showcases, film and cuisine - and there is much more in store waiting to unfold on every page turned in 2017. Carrying the theme, “Imaginario Mexicano” and highlighting the strides of Carrington, Rulfo, Infante, and El Santo, surely, it will be a no-hold-barred match-up to the fair’s volumes of visiting book-grapplers.
May 19th – 28th
Crafting the ideal Spring Saturday can either be planned or spontaneous. Whichever the pace chosen, the Festival of the Arts In North Park is best taken in with a hip strut. Meander around 30th and University popping in and out of galleries, check out artists creating live, little ones take over a block creating masterpieces, music, of course, and to chill your buds, suds and a splendid fare await. Take a bike, bus, or skate over – it’s hipper and cooler, ya dig?!
Foods. Rock. Reggae. A pre-summer sizzle is heating up Solana Beach for the annual Fiesta Del Sol, and the mix is looking bright. Fletcher Cove sparks up the festival including a spectrum of musicians from across the globe and around the block. Kids can get down with hands-on arts while mom and dad take in a bite and some sips. Plenty for all to soak in under the sun’s rays for this party’s 38th!
May 20th & 21st
It’s a farewell with a historic San Diego touch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ masterpiece, Pet Sounds, and bid it adieu. On the album’s cover, a playful Brian with his family and friend Al, just a normal day at the San Diego Zoo petting paddock feeding goats. Inside Wilson’s mind, a kaleidoscope of music notes cascading down like a magnificent deluge soundscape. Joining him will be his pals Al and Blondie Chaplin along with Brian’s superb band before their Europe trek. It’s a long-play concert and can only be played once every fifty years – this is it.
Over 60 paintings and drawings of Columbia’s master modern artist Fernando Botero have made their trek to the land where he found his style and color, Mexico, and are being displayed in Tijuana. His signature exaltation of form and volume of his figures takes viewers on a XXIst Century march-through with Jesus on his way to his crucifixion. The complete collection is an epistle for audiences to conjure and interpret Botero’s discourse and reflect deeply, and with the lightest of hearts. The spiritual alignment with Holy Week is perfectly timed, all beliefs welcome.
Now - June 25th
A coastal cruise to meet the likes of Bugatti, Ferrari, Shelby, and others is revving up to be a gem for their 13th encounter. Bringing together Europe’s and America’s most prestigious names in automobiles, and motorcycles, La Jolla Concours D’Elegance will be teeming with exotic sights. Set above the seaside bluffs, attendees can soak in a myriad of car makes and models, vintage bikes, and enthralling VIP engagements around the town. The edge of the sea awaits with champagne and cuisine to start up the weekend for a promenade with an haute vehicular rendezvous.
April 7th – 9th
Beautiful. Exotic. Dazzling. It is the nation’s ultimate horticultural pageantry under one tent and what better place for it all than the island across the bay. The Coronado Flower Show has been growing since 1922 and every year the sights get ever more tantalizing. Beyond stems strutting their blossoming buds for the floral competition, folks can get down and dirty with cultivation professionals’ lectures, landscape displays, and a garden of earthly delights offering food, wine and beer. Spring is in full floral scent, and it is a family affair perfect for awakening the green thumb in everyone.
April 8th & 9th
A family concert carefully curated is getting a sprucing for kindred kids of all ages. With a unique twist to this musical treat, Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches will take on a whole new storybook feat. Pre-concert activities from meet and greets with symphony members to the young musicians’ corner and hands-on instrument fiddling to the night’s unique score paired to Seuss’ narrative is a show like no other. You are invited to this musical suite of compromise, tolerance, and diversity – a perfect mix of morality.
One needs not know any of the eight languages Vieux Farka Touré speaks to understand the language of the blues. With its African roots firmly pulsing through Mali’s virtuoso guitarist, Vieux blends his father Ali’s influences but also Latin music that has propelled him into a true world music star. West Africa meets the West Coast during Vieux’s visit to the States sharing his new album Samba along with songs from his repertoire, and maybe one or two of his father’s legendary songs that are sure to mesmerize.
The 33rd edition of Little Italy’s Artwalk is once again closing off streets for the cultural arts to take over! Three packed weekend days will enthrall art connoisseurs of all levels and ages showcasing a spectrum of painters, chiseling sculptors, snapping photographers, jewel crafters, and more. With interactive active arts engagements and fantastic food pairing music and dance performances, there will be expressions for everyone to dabble in.
April 29th – 30th