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47 things to do, eat and see in San Diego to level up your summer

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

From the San Diego County Fair to Comic-Con and restaurants you have to visit, here are activities and events to enjoy in San Diego this summer

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Beach: Coronado

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Whenever life gets too stressful, we point our cars westward — as in toward the ocean. And one of our favorite waterfront destinations is Coronado. Yes, it can be a bit touristy, especially during the day and at dusk as the sun sets. But the views and vibe just can’t be beat. Don’t forget that the other side of Coronado — the bay side — is quite picturesque, too. With regard to the beach, though: There’s a reason it always ends up on top beach lists, including Dr. Beach, who releases a “best” list every year. This year, Coronado Beach — surprise, surprise — once again is on the list, landing in the No. 7 spot. “Coronado Beach is the toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea that is hundreds of yards wide,” says Dr. Beach. We can’t argue with that. (Michael James Rocha)

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BOOKS: The Union-Tribune San Diego Festival of Books

Diana Drummey of La Mesa browses one of the books for sale in the Book Catapult booth during the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books in 2019.
(Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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The sixth annual festival for bibliophiles is back in person and in a new venue: the campus of the University of San Diego. Besides books galore, there’s live entertainment, workshops, activities for kids and special guests like television writer Rafael Agustin (“Jane the Virgin”), screenwriter-director Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”) and — brace yourself, “X-Files” fans — David Duchovny. Also new this year: a virtual component with authors such as Patrick Radden Keefe and Beth Macy. Aug. 20. University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego. sdfestivalofbooks.com (David L. Coddon)

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BOOKS: Geraldine Brooks: “Horse”

It would be thought-provoking to hear Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks discuss her new novel, “Horse,” which explores art, science and racism through the true story of a legendary horse. It will be even more intriguing to hear her discuss “Horse” with best-selling nonfiction writer Michael Lewis (“Money Ball”). 4 p.m. June 23. A free online ticketed event by independent booksellers throughout the country, including Warwick’s. warwicks.org(Beth Wood)

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BOOKS: Julie Clark: “The Lies I Tell”

San Diegans have two chances to see best-selling author Julie Clark talk about her new book, “The Lies I Tell,” a twisty thriller about two very different women. Noon June 23. $65 (lunch and book signing), Southwestern Yacht Club, Shelter Island. $65. (619) 300-2532. adventuresbythebook.com. 7:30 p.m. June 23. Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. $27.99 (reserved seat with copy of book). (858) 454-0347. warwick.org (Beth Wood)

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BOOKS: “Blade Runner” 40th anniversary celebration

Experience the subterranean apocalypse all over again with a 40th anniversary “Blade Runner” bash featuring a tribute to the classic sci-fi novel that inspired the film. The hosts of the “PKD Podcast” will lead the discussion of Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” and you can prep for the big day by reading (or re-reading) the book, perhaps while muttering to yourself in your best hardboiled Harrison Ford voice. In-person: 5 p.m. June 25. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 3555 Rosecrans St., Suite 107, San Diego. mystgalaxy.com (Karla Peterson)

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BOOKS: Bob Woodward: “How We Got Here”

In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo The Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward arrives at Trump Tower in New York.
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He has written books about the last 10 U.S. presidents, so journalist Bob Woodward knows a thing or two about power, politics and the often-perilous process of keeping democracy’s lights on. In this live event, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner shares some of what he has learned about governing and leadership from some of the world’s most powerful men. Best eavesdropping ever! In-person: 5 p.m. Aug. 14. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. Ticketed event. warwicks.com/event/woodward-2022 (Karla Peterson)

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BOOKS: “Entre Amigos (Between Friends)”

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Educator Juliana Anthony Hernández and former Union-Tribune reporter Elena Gaona have collaborated to produce a beautifully illustrated bilingual book about friendship for youngsters ages 3 to 9. “Entre Amigos (Between Friends)” is about children of different ethnicities and abilities becoming friends and understanding the ways in which kids are different and the same. The book launch today will celebrate with music by Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista. 2-4 p.m. today, June 19. Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. (858) 454-0347, warwicks.com (Marcia Luttrell)

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BOOKS: Lynne Cox: “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog”

Meet Lynne Cox, an internationally renowned, long-distance swimmer and best-selling author. She’ll sign her new release, “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog,” the story of a determined Newfoundland puppy who becomes one of Italy’s elite corps of water rescue dogs, trained to leap out of helicopters and speedboats to save lives. 2 p.m. Aug. 6. Carlsbad City Library, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. (442) 339-2049. library.carlsbadca.gov/ (Marcia Luttrell)

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BOOKS: “Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions”

Which American wahine is the first surfer in history to win Olympic and world titles in the same year? That’s a question for author Jim Kempton. He’s the president of the California Surf Museum and ready to discuss and sign copies of his inspirational and long-titled book. 7:30 p.m. July 7. Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Tickets: Reserved seating: $18.95 includes paperback. (858) 454-0347, warwicks.com (Marcia Luttrell)

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BOOKS: Eleanor Brown: “Weird Sisters”

If you loved Eleanor Brown’s “Weird Sisters,” you’ll want to read “Any Other Family,” released last week. Better yet, hear Brown discuss her novel — which explores themes of family and parenthood through the lives of three women — over tea and desserts. 2 p.m. July 17. The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown. $65. (619) 300-2532. adventuresbythebook.com (Beth Wood)

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COMEDY: Anjelah Johnson-Reyes

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Anjelah Johnson-Reyes has been bringing the funny since the early days of YouTube comedy and MadTV. She’s released multiple comedy specials and has more than 2 million followers on TikTok. Earlier this year, she cracked us up and warmed our hearts on FOX’s “The Real Dirty Dancing.” And though she will always find a way to make you laugh, she’ll also find a way to keep it real. Her recent memoir “Who Do I Think I Am?: Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar Dreams” went deep on her faith, childhood, racial identity and more. So you can expect her comedy tour, also titled “Who Do I Think I Am?,” to find comedy in the many highs and lows of life in a way that only Johnson-Reyes can. 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 21. Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. ticketmaster.com (Abby Hamblin)

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest

Miró Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall as part of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest season.
(Suntory Hall)

Many locals know this annual chamber-music festival is a feast of sublime sonic bliss. But did you know SummerFest also offers a lot of free events? Enjoy five public rehearsals and six afternoon “Encounters” (lectures, performances, etc.). Aspiring musicians and dancers can check out the free coaching workshops and master classes. July 29-Aug. 26, Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org (Beth Wood)

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Romero plays Beethoven

Pianist Gustavo Romero
(Courtesy of the Athenaeum)

Renowned pianist and San Diego native Gustavo Romero returns for his 23rd Athenaeum Summer Festival. This year, he’ll perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. Two concerts of the four-week series remain. 4 p.m. today and June 26. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla. $55, $175 (includes dinner). ljathenaeum.org (Beth Wood)

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CONCERT: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss, left, and Robert Plant
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Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss are now embarked on their first joint tour in 14 years. On paper, this unlikely vocal duo’s multiple Grammy Award-winning pairing wouldn’t seem to make much sense. In reality, their celebration of earthy Americana and Celtic music is welcome in any decade. Their Aug. 15 concert at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park should be doubly inviting. 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego. theshell.org (George Varga)

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CONCERT: Grupo Firme

Formed in 2013, Tijuana’s Grupo Firme is now embarked on a U.S. stadium tour that includes an Aug. 27 San Diego concert at Petco Park.
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History will be made when Grupo Firme performs this summer at Petco Park. The brassy banda group will become the first act from Tijuana — and the first regional Mexican music act of any kind — to ever headline at the massive stadium. The Petco date is part of a summer U.S. stadium tour by the two-dozen strong ensemble, whose concerts average three hours each and are sung entirely in Spanish. Clearly, Grupo Firme is living up to the title of its 2021 album, “Nos Divertimos Logrando Lo Imposible” (“We Have Fun Doing The Impossible”). 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. ticketmaster.com (George Varga)

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CONCERT: Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar performs at a Las Vegas festival in 2021.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The first — and, so far, only — hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, Kendrick Lamar is now on tour to promote his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.” As musically bold as it is personally revealing, with songs that chronicle his writer’s block and mental health struggles, “Mr. Morale” clocks in at 75 minutes and each of them is worth the time. Expect a deep dive at Lamar’s Sept. 6. concert at SDSU’s Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego. ticketmaster.com (George Varga)

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CONCERT: Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform their “Fandango at the Wall” concert in San Diego in September, four years after it debuted in Tijuana.
(Jack Vartoogian / Getty Images)

A double-album, a film documentary and a book and CD package, “Fandango at the Wall” was born in 2018 as a free outdoor concert on the Mexican side of the border wall that separates San Diego from Tijuana. Its subtitle, “Creating Harmony Between the United States and Mexico,” states its purpose well. “Fandango’s” latest iteration, as a Sept. 17 concert at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, promises a night of stirring music. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego. theshell.org (George Varga)

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DANCE: San Diego Dance Theater’s Live Arts Fest

The final two shows of San Diego Dance Theater’s 2022 Live Arts Fest happen tonight, with works that offer a personal perspective on expressing cultural identity. Choreography by Mitchum Todd and Ian Isles explores the different points of view about pronouns (it, they, he and she) at a 5 p.m. performance and at 8 p.m., bkSOUL gets its groove on with all things hip hop. Today, June 19. Light Box Theater, 2590 Truxtun Road, No. 205, ARTS district, Liberty Station. sandiegodancetheater.org (Marcia Luttrell)

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DANCE: Mojalet Dance Collective Summer Series

The summer dance series in North County is back, with Saturday and Sunday shows through September. The season opens with “Nostalgic Radio Hour,” a “super fun” montage of dance by artistic director Faith Jensen-Ismay that references old radio commercials. The lineup includes past favorites, such as mime artist Jerry Hagar, Collage Contemporary Dance, New West Ballet and more. July 16-Sept. 4. The Vine Arts Village, 12540 Oaks North Drive, Suite H, Rancho Bernardo. mojalet.com (Marcia Luttrell)

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DANCE: Queer MVMNT Festival

Dancers Desiree Cuizon and Trystan Merrick are the co-lead artists in this year’s Queer Mvmnt Fest, which is aimed at giving LGBTQ dancers and choreographers a safe space and showcase works by LGBTQ artists.
(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The goal, really, is pretty simple, but its impact can be life-changing: Give members of the LGBTQ dance community — especially BIPOC dancers — a place where they can express themselves through movement. “Authentically,” says Desiree Cuizon, who, with Trystan Merrick, is organizing the inaugural festival. There hasn’t been a queer-centric dance event in San Diego before, so organizers hope this festival — presented under the auspices of Disco Riot — will resonate with dancers and the community at large. June 24-27. Free, but registration required. discoriot.org/queermvmnt2022 (Michael James Rocha)

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DANCE: City Ballet’s On the Move 2022

Geoff Gonzalez
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City Ballet of San Diego’s resident choreographer Geoff Gonzalez has been captivated by the music of Mozart. He’s created a new, group work along with original versions of ballet’s most iconic moments. July 22-23. Torrey Pines High School Performing Arts Center, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego. cityballet.org (Marcia Luttrell)

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DANCE: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s Fairy Tales in the Park

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet celebrates its 14th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park with excerpts of timeless favorites such as “Rapunzel” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” along with family festivities in the surrounding courtyards. It’s the first production under the leadership of the new executive director, Kim Thomas. Aug. 20-21. Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Tickets: On sale July 1 at sdcyb.org (Marcia Luttrell)

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DINING: Dinner with a view at Coasterra

(Cohn Restaurant Group photo)

What better way to dine than with a view? There are literally dozens of restaurants in the county with spectacular views, but if you’re looking for unobstructed bay views of downtown San Diego and Coronado, Coasterra is the place. Situated on the southern tip of Harbor Island, the views alone are reason enough to eat here. Thankfully, though, the food’s spectacular, too — a modern Mexican menu by executive chef Deborah Scott. 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island. (619) 814-1300, cohnrestaurants.com/coasterra (Michael James Rocha)

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DINING: BBQ

Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ on Miramar Road was established in 1982 and has been run by the same family since.
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It feels a little bit like cheating, but now that we’ve tasted some cue from Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ, we can add the Miramar joint to our list of BBQ favorites in San Diego County — a long list that includes Grand Ole BBQ in Flinn Springs and Coop’s West Texas BBQ in Lemon Grove. When we compiled our list of best BBQ places back in 2018, our initial list didn’t include Abbey’s. We didn’t hear from readers, but owner Matt Shlemon did. Abbey’s has been part of San Diego’s BBQ scene for a long time, dating back to the 1980s. One day during a casual lunch visit, Matt, after loving the food at what was then called Real Texas BBQ, made an offer to buy the place, even though it wasn’t for sale. He scribbled an offer on a paper napkin — an offer that was later accepted. The restaurant was rebranded and named after one of the Shlemon kids, Abbey, who loved BBQ. The rest, as they say, is history. For years, Matt and his wife Athena were at the helm of the family business. Now, their sons Mark and Matt are running the business and continuing the tradition their parents started. When you swing by, check out the smoked-just-right brisket and the tender pork ribs — and for Pete’s sake, have the cornbread. You’ll thank me later. 6904 Miramar Road, San Diego. (858) 566-2333, abbeystexasbbq.com (Michael James Rocha)

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DRINK: Mostra’s Mint Mojito

(Courtesy of Mostra Coffee)

We’re a sucker for anything minty, so of course, the Mint Mojito at Mostra Coffee got our attention. We’ll leave it up to the folks at Mostra — a San Diego-based and Filipino American-owned coffee roaster — to best describe this delectable concoction: “Creamy, refreshing, and smooth, like melted mint ice cream. This drink combines the bold flavors of crisp mint with our Cool Beans coffee blend. Lightly aerated heavy cream joins the party to make it luscious and rich. Grab it while it’s hot? No, grab this ‘cause it’s cool.” Be right back: We’re off to Mostra. Locations in Carmel Mountain Ranch, 4S Ranch and Bankers Hill. mostracoffee.com (Michael James Rocha)

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EVENT: San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair returns this summer with a full calendar of entertainment options, ending with a fireworks display July 4.
(Adriana Heldiz/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Oh, Oreo, Oreo, wherefore art thou, Oreo? If it’s the deep-fried kind, find it at the San Diego County Fair, which has returned to its full glory this summer. After a two-year absence, the annual event returns to Del Mar with the theme of “Heroes Reunite,” a nod to the canceled 2020 fair, which was themed “Heroes Unite.” Expect food — much of it fried — and live music, including concerts by Sam Hunt, John Fogerty and Goo Goo Dolls. Through July 4. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. sdfair.com (Michael James Rocha)

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EVENT: San Diego Big Bay Boom

(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The West Coast’s largest fireworks show returns to the San Diego skies on the Fourth of July. Up to 500,000 people, both locals and tourists who come to town for the weekend, set up blankets and beach chairs around San Diego Bay to watch the 20-minute massive show. This year’s show is dedicated to military families. Best places to watch are Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North/South Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Landing, Point Loma homes, Liberty Station, Little Italy, Downtown hotels, port parks and boats. 9 p.m. July 4. san Diego bay and harbor areas. (Pam Kragen)

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EVENT: Comic-Con

Bryan Nguyen of Irvine dressed as Superman with his daughter Kara as Supergirl at Comic Con International in San Diego on July 20, 2019.
(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego’s annual comic and pop culture extravaganza returns in full form for the first time since 2019. Comic-Con brings together comic book creators, authors, filmmakers, animators, actors, special guests and more. The jam-packed weekend typically includes everything from interview panels and workshops to costume competitions and autograph sessions. Plus, you can expect the cosplayers to go big with their looks this year after two years of staying at home watching “[email protected]” Who will grace this year’s Hall H? We’ll find out soon enough. But for now, we are sure George R.R. Martin is a go. July 21-24. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. comic-con.org (Abby Hamblin)

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EVENT: Del Mar Races

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Grab your best hat and head to the race track for the return of horse racing in Del Mar. The season opens in late July and runs through early September with special events throughout the summer. You’ll be following in the foot steps of famous guests like Bing Crosby and Lucille Ball at a horse racing tradition that has been around since 1937. The famous thoroughbred Seabiscuit once raced there, too. Sip a signature drink while you try to scout out the next big thing or bet your money on your favorite horse. There’s plenty to see and do “where the turf meets the surf.” Opening Day on July 22. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. dmtc.com (Abby Hamblin)

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EVENT: Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival

(Scoop San Diego)

More than 25 San Diego ice cream, gelato and paleta companies will be serving up tastes of their products at the fourth annual tastings event in North Park. Among this year’s participating vendors are MooTime Creamery, Baked Bear, Holy Paleta and Gelati & Peccati. There will also be doggy ice cream for four-legged festivalgoers, and a VIP ice cream lounge where guests can relax, meet the chefs and taste exclusive products. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26. North Park Tickets are $35 to $75 at scoopsandiego.org (Pam Kragen)

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EVENT: Pride Parade

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Battalion Chief Grace Yamane carries a gay pride rainbow American flag while walking along the parade route during the annual San Diego Pride Parade in 2019.
(Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The theme of this year’s parade, the highlight of Pride Weekend, is “Justice with Joy!” It’s a mile and a half of floats, dancing and fun in honor of the LGBTQ community. The parade route begins at 10 a.m. at the Hillcrest Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street, winding up at Quince Street off of Balboa Drive. This year’s community grand marshal: transgender youth. 10 a.m. July 16, Hillcrest. sdpride.org (David L. Coddon)

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EVENT: Music en la Calle

Bodhi Tree’s free annual festival honors binational diversity and the City Heights neighborhood. Listen to Opera de Tijuana, drum troupe Naruwan Taiko, Ghanian-born singer Akayaa Atule, the Irving Flores Afro-Cuban Jazz Band, and more. Peruse children’s books, arts and crafts and carnival games. Except for food and craft vendors from both cities, most everything is free. Noon to 6 p.m. June 25. At the corner of 41st St. and University Ave., City Heights. bodhitreeconcerts.org (Beth Wood)

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MOVIES: “Thor: Love and Thunder”

Chris Hemsworth in a scene from 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World.”
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The sequel to “Thor: Ragnarok” has a new baddie (Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher), who we can only hope will be no match for our favorite hunk (Chris Hemsworth), two power women (Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman), and director Taika Waititi’s court-jester-on-acid sensibility. Oh yes, it’s Hammer Time. In theaters July 8 (Karla Peterson)

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MOVIES: “Bullet Train”

We deserve a Big Summer Movie, and who better to bring the thriller heat than Brad Pitt as an assassin sweating through a particularly rough day? The adrenalized David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde”) directs, with Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry and Zazie Beetz on hand to make Pitt’s life a beautiful misery. In theaters Aug. 5 (Karla Peterson)

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SONG: “About Damn Time”

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Lizzo knows just what to do when the nation is reeling from social and political turmoil, skyrocketing inflation and a pandemic unlikely to go away any time soon. “Turn up the music! Let’s celebrate!” she exults on “It’s About Damn Time,” her first song to spark its own TikTok dance craze. Anchored by a propulsive groove and a melody that evokes Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and George Benson’s “Give Me the Night” — with a big nod to Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” — “It’s About Damn Time” aims right for the dance floor. It’s a welcome invitation to forget our troubles, if only for a few minutes, and it couldn’t come at a better time. (George Varga)

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STREAMING: The return of “Only Murders in the Building”

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After their triumphant solving of the Tim Kono case, amateur NYC sleuths and podcasters Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver (Martin Short) ended the first season of “Only Murders in the Building” in the true-crime hot seat themselves. Now they’re back in their Upper West Side building with more campy high jinks, some meta moments about the price of sudden fame, and guest appearances by Shirley MacLaine and Amy Schumer. We’re going to need more hummus. June 28 on Hulu (Karla Peterson)

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THEATER: “Cabaret”

Karson McGinley will reprise her 2011 role as the Emcee in Cygnet Theatre’s remounted production of “Cabaret” this summer.
(Jay McNabb)

Cygnet Theatre presents the John Kander and Fred Ebb Tony Award-winning musical about the sleazy goings-on at the Kit Kat Klub in pre-World War II Berlin, when club performers and their guests were blind to the rising menace of the Nazi party. Reprising her gender-flipping role as the club Emcee in Cygnet’s 2011 production is Karson McGinley. July 13-Aug. 21. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St.
San Diego. cygnettheatre.com (Pam Kragen)

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THEATER: “Ragtime”

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Returning to the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage for the first time in 18 years, this Tony-winning musical by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally is based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow about the intertwining stories of wealthy, middle- and working-class White and Black Americans in the early 20th century. The epic musical will be directed and choreographed by James Vasquez.Aug. 17-Sept. 2. 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. moonlightstage.com (Pam Kragen)

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THEATER: “Freestyle Love Supreme” at the Globe

The Old Globe will host the national touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first big stage success “Freestyle Love Supreme” this month.
(The Old Globe)

Back in 2004, “Hamilton” writer Lin-Manuel Miranda co-created with his former Weslayan University classmates Anthony Veneziale and Thomas Kail this hip-hop musical improv show, where the performers take audience suggestions to create freestyle riffs, comedy and musical numbers. The Old Globe is a Southern California stop for a new touring production of the long-running New York show. Veneziale hosts the show on the road and will offer an improv workshop for the public on June 27. June 21-July 10. Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. theoldglobe.org (Pam Kragen)

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THINGS TO DO: Balboa Park

Timken Museum has reopened after a two-year closure.
(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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If two years of pandemic-induced closures wasn’t enough to make you leap for joy now that much of Balboa Park has reopened, then try this on for size: Two of the park’s esteemed museums went through massive renovations in the last few years, and now, they’re back better than ever. Both the Mingei International Museum and the Timken Museum of Art underwent renovations — physically and philosophically. Rediscover these two Balboa Park gems, and then revisit old favorites all over the park. Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. mingei.org. Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, timkenmuseum.org (Michael James Rocha)

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THINGS TO DO: Puppy picnics at Liberty Station

Looking for a unique San Diego summer experience to share with your four-legged friend? Puppy Picnic Co. at Liberty Station sells picnic blankets, baskets, tote bags, dog toys and accessories that can be filled with your own food items from nearby Liberty Public Market, or Puppy Picnic Co. can cater your “pupnic” onsite. Store hours, by appointment, are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 2850 Womble Road, Suite 100, Liberty Station, Point Loma. puppypicnicco.com/libertystation (Pam Kragen)

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THINGS TO DO: San Diego Wave FC games

San Diego Wave midfielder Kristen McNabb, left, vies for a header with OL Reign defender Sam Hiatt, right, during the first half of an NWSL soccer match Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Seattle.
(Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

That San Diego Wave FC is in its inaugural season in the National Women’s Soccer League should be enough of a reason to check out a game. But the team’s roster takes it to a whole other level of intrigue. There’s Alex Morgan, World Cup winner, Olympic gold medalist and global icon in the sport. Her U.S. Women’s National Team teammate Abby Dahlkemper is one of the most decorated defenders in the league. Add in international stars like Sofia Jakobsson and exciting young talent like Naomi Girma and Taylor Korniek and you’ve got a recipe for super super star soccer in San Diego. Regular season home matches take place from June to September. Torero Stadium, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego. sandiegowavefc.com/tickets (Abby Hamblin)

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THINGS TO DO: Rooftop Cinema Club - Embarcadero

Rooftop Cinema Club atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt presents afternoon and evening outdoor screenings of recent and classic films with a breathtaking cityscape view.
(Eric Scire)

Since 2011, Los Angeles-based Rooftop Cinema Club has opened eight outdoor movie-screening decks on urban high-rise buildings around the world. In 2018, San Diego got its own al fresco cinema atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt on San Diego Bay, launching with San Diego-tied films like “Some Like It Hot,” “Top Gun” and “Anchorman.” Recent and classic films are screened afternoons and evenings for the audience, who sit in deckchairs and wear audio headphones to screen out the street noise. Cocktails and snacks are available for sale. The June lineup includes “The Wizard of Oz” (June 22) and “Dirty Dancing” (June 27). Fourth of July weekend offerings include “The Notebook,” “The Lion King” and “Independence Day.” Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 4th Floor Sport Terrace, Harbor Tower, 1 Market Place, San Diego. rooftopcinemaclub.com/san-diego

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VISUAL ART: “Expressions of Pride”

The steps of the San Diego Museum of Art will become the stage for a celebration of Pride and of the life of the late Larry Baza, a longtime local champion of the arts. There’ll be music (jazzman Gilbert Castellanos), dance (Disco Riot), theater (San Diego Shakespeare Society), art-making and more on a Friday afternoon in the park. June 24. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. sdmart.org (David L. Coddon)

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VISUAL ART: “Beyond Amazing Spider-Man”

A scene from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
(Courtesy photo )

With great power comes great responsibility — and great artifacts. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swoops into the Comic-Con Museum in an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the character created by Stan Lee. Plenty of Spidey movie props, original comic artwork and costumes. Not only all that, but the show is interactive. Dare we say amazing? Opens July 1. Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park. comic-con.org/museum (David L. Coddon)

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VISUAL ART: “This Is Our Story — American Vernacular Art”

(Courtesy of the Mingei Museum)

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Simple acts of daily life that tell stories about who we are depicted in works from the collection of philanthropists Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan. This Mingei International Museum exhibition also features self-portraits by men and women of diverse backgrounds, people who made art for the pure elation and satisfaction of making it. Opens July 23. Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. mingei.org (David L. Coddon)

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VISUAL ART: “Gail Roberts: Color Field”

In case you missed her exhibition at Quint Gallery in La Jolla last fall, artist Gail Roberts’ “Color Field” has migrated north. These paintings reflect the beauty of flowers from around the world and the earth’s remarkable biodiversity. This series of more than 130 works is the result of a five-year project during which Roberts researched each flower’s history, habitat and cultivation. Opens July 30. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. oma-online.org(David L. Coddon)

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