May 21 2014 09:30 AM

Death for Food invites you to kill your own dinner—plus two-dozen other fun things to do in San Diego

Death for Food

Eating organic is just the tip of the iceberg lettuce. These days, a truly conscious foodie is one who knows exactly where every morsel originated. Death for Food is a hybrid event that stirs together food-advocacy photography by Jaime Fritsch, an immersive architectural installation by Manuel Martinez, craft beer by Monkey Paw Brewing Company, farm-to-table dining and the actual slaughter of an animal. The jam-packed event goes down Sunday, July 13, at Finca Altozano (Km. 83 Carretera Tecate), famed Tijuana chef Javier Plascencia’s restaurant and farm in Valle de Guadalupe, the wine-rich stretch of land in the outskirts of Ensenada, Mexico. Guests with guts will be given the chance to kill part of their own dinner. The ultimate goal is to encourage eaters to take ownership of their food by looking their dinner in the eye before putting it in their mouths. Tickets, which include a bus ride to the restaurant, will be available in June. The price has yet to be determined. 

The summer months will bring even more fun stuff to do in San Diego. What follows is a curated list of events, including a few featured happenings that gave us a chance to tie in our summer-camp theme, just for kicks.

Summer Remix Thursdays at Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park. Not content to just throw the occasional Thursday-night party every month or quarter, the folks at MOPA are staying open ’til 9 p.m. every Thursday—and not just so patrons can view the new After Ansel Adams and Aperture Remix in a dimmer light. A mix of entertainment will be provided weekly, from lectures and movie screenings to musicians and DJs. There’ll also be wineand-cheese pairings on select nights and dinner packages from the neighboring Prado restaurant. Runs May 29 through Aug. 28.

Egyptian Bazaar & Movie Night
on Park Boulevard, between University and Robinson avenues, Hillcrest. Catch a screening of Finding Nemo and a pop-up sidewalk sale in what’s been dubbed Hillcrest’s Egyptian Quarter for its architectural style. Bring your own chair or blanket; hot cocoa, popcorn and food will be available for purchase. At 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

Hotel Poolside Jazz Series
at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. No doubt countless San Diegans will be making an effort to beat the heat this summer by taking a dip in the pool, but why not chill out with some cool jazz as well? The Westgate is hosting a weekly poolside jazz series featuring performances by artists including Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White and Steph Johnson. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 5 through July 31.

Arts n' crafts
Mass Creativity at the New Children's Museum, 200 W. Island Ave., Downtown. Free food- and art-themed workshops led by San Diego artists like Marisol Rendon and Perry Vasquez are currently being held at locations throughout San Diego. The workshop series, which seeks to bring art-making to communities that don't often experience it, will culminate in an all-day, outdoor celebration at the museum that includes hands-on arts and crafts, music, food trucks and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28. 

Art Around Adams
on two miles of Adams Avenue in Normal Heights and Kensington. This annual event, in its 11th year, is that rare community gathering that seemingly has it all. There are nine stages packed with live entertainment, family-friendly arts and crafts, 75-plus participating businesses and, if you don’t feel like walking, a “comedy trolley” that will shuttle you back and forth. Oh, and it’s all free. From 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7.

El Henry at SILO at Makers Quarter, 753 15th St., Downtown. San Diego Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse team up for a Without Walls production written and starring Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza, who plays the title character, a futuristic version of the lead from Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays, set in 2045 in the corrupt Aztlan City (formerly San Diego). Runs Saturday, June 14, through Sunday, June 29. $10- $25. 

That Mean I Won’t:
Spenser Little solo show
at Thumbprint Gallery, 920 Kline St., La Jolla. If you’ve seen one of Spenser Little’s wire-art sculptures hanging on street signs or other random places around town, you know the artist is a local gem. His work is whimsical, filled with dark and light humor and, when hung in the right light, casts shadows as interesting as the pieces themselves. Opening from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Twilight in the Park
at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. The series kicks off with the Japanese Navy Band, continuing more than three decades of free, live outdoor performances in the park. This year’s lineup includes a wide variety of genres, like traditional country, Chicago-style blues, Cajun Zydeco and Motown, as well as an Elvis Presley tribute band. From 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, June 17, through Aug. 28.

Surf Craft
at Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park. From what we can tell, this is the first exhibition devoted entirely to the craft and design elements that go into making surfboards. And (surprise!) it opens on the first day of summer. Focusing on designs from the late ’40s to the present day, there’ll be a range of board designs represented, from the alaia boards of ancient Hawaii (super thin and square-tailed) to obscure surf bathing boards of England, Japan and Africa. There’ll also be special lunchtime lecture on June 27 by exhibition curator and surf historian Richard Kenvin. Opens Saturday, June 21.

Weenie roast
Sausage Fest at LOUNGEsix, 616 J St., Downtown. Part outdoor community cook-off, part chef competition, 10 local chefs will, ahem, show off their sausages and let the public decide the tastiest one. For $10, you can sample their goods and wash it down with brews from Lost Abbey, which will be unveiling its new The Road to Helles golden lager at the event. There'll also be music from local soul band The Tighten Ups, followed by a vote to see who'll be declared the Abe Froman of San Diego. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16.

Paper Cities at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Iain Gunn, co-founder of the alternative puppet-theater troupe Animal Cracker Conspiracy, will spearhead a collaborative workshop performance that uses puppetry and other media to explore the growth of urban development. Performances start at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21. Free.

Old House Fair
in South Park. This annual event highlights the historic architecture found in the hip ’hood. Take guided home tours (tickets are $25 and include a shuttle), a trolley tour of South Park, Golden Hill and Burlingame ($10) or check out the free street fair featuring live entertainment and vendor booths of antiques, artwork, home-restoration services and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Saturday, June 21.

Mexican Seas
| Mares Mexicanos
at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. This exhibition features Scripps scientist Octavio Aburto’s underwater photographs that explore four biodiversity “hot spots” in the waters off Mexico. Free with aquarium admission. Opens Saturday, June 28.

Singin' in the Rain

Movie night
Flicks on the Bricks at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Grab a seat on the Athenaeum's patio for the film series that runs for four Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m., in August. First up is Hitchcockís North by Northwest (Aug. 7), followed by To Kill a Mockingbird (Aug. 14) and Singiní in the Rain (Aug. 14). The series wraps up Aug. 28 with The Thomas Crown Affair. Tickets are $22 for each or $80 for all four.

TNT & Shore Thing
at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown and La Jolla. The museum’s reliably cool Thursday Night Thing is back at the Downtown location this summer. The event will celebrate the upcoming, massive James Drake installation, and you can expect the usual booze, bites, live music and art activities. TNT will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Shore Thing, the La Jolla location’s TNT equivalent, will happen from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in July and August. Free with $10 museum cover.

Culture & Cocktails
at San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. It’ll be the “Summer of Sorolla” at SDMA during the next few months. Programming will focus on Sorolla and America, an exhibition opening May 31 that showcases the paintings of Spanish great Joaquín Sorolla. This nighttime, DJfueled soirée will include Spanish-themed cocktails, music and more. From 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 10. $20.

Jade Heart
at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando. Will Cooper’s play explores the mother-daughter relationship by focusing on a Chinese girl who was adopted as an infant by an American woman, jumping backward and forward to different points in the child’s life. Lower-price previews start Friday, July 11, and performances run through Aug. 10.

Heroes Brew Fest
at Embarcadero Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd., Downtown. A Summer Guide event roundup wouldn’t be complete without at least one craftbeer festival. This one’s particularly cool, because beer geeks and Comic-Con geeks will sip brews side-by-side. As the name suggests, people are encouraged to show up in costume. There’ll be costume contests and prizes. From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16. $45 general admission, $55 VIP.

Bayou Brothers

Campfire songs
Bayou Brothers and Robin Henkel at Bird Park, where Pershing Drive meets Upas and 28th streets in North Park. Gather 'round, campers, for a good old-fashioned outdoor sing-along, with nature as your backing band. Local zydeco favorites Bayou Brothers and blues guitarist Robin Henkel will perform a free show as part of the Bird Park concert series. Bring the family, a picnic and some sunscreen. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. 

Rita Rudner
at North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park. There’s a reason why Rudner, a glass-ceiling shattering stand-up comedian and actor for more than four decades, has the longest running, one-woman show in Las Vegas. Hilarious, humble and filled with nuggets of wisdom, she brings to the stage the same kind of self-effacing sass and charisma that she brought to her non-fiction bestsellers Naked Beneath My Clothes and Rita Rudner’s Guide to Men. At 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

The Nerdist Live
at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Über-hipster-comedian Chris Hardwick brings his shtick to San Diego and the Comic-Con crowd for two nights during one of the city’s busiest weekends. A live version of Hardwick’s Comedy Central show @midnight comes to the theater at 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 25. Then The Nerdist Podcast Live hits the venue at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. $37.50.

Summer of Bacon
Everyone’s favorite salted and cured pork product is seemingly everywhere this summer. First up is the Bacon & Barrels Food Festival at Embarcadero Marina Park South (1 Marina Park Way, Downtown) on Saturday, May 31. The allday, outdoor festival challenges local chefs to create imaginative dishes using bacon, while the drink selection will focus almost exclusively on craft barrel beverages such as wine, bourbon, beer and Scotch ( Save room for the Big Bite Bacon Fest at the San Diego County Fair (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar) on Saturday, July 5. The event features a range of bacon dishes from SoCal chefs, plus there will be more than 40 local craft beers to help wash down that second helping of bacon cupcakes ( And as odd as it might sound, there’s also the second annual Inter national 
Bacon Film Festival at the U.S.S. Midway (910 N. Harbor Drive, Downtown) on Friday, Aug. 29—part of San Diego Bacon Fest’s Bacon Week. On the flight deck of the Midway will be screenings of short films inspired by the porky strips, along with bacon and bacon-inspired bites and an open bar (

Stage Coach Days: A Taste of the Past
at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. The self-guided tour celebrates the meals of bygone days with exhibitions of historical food preparation from the mid-1800s, including canning and a Dutch-oven cook-off. Folks will also have the opportunity to taste the dishes that sustained early San Diegans. $15. From noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.