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Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 - 80 days ago Canvassed | Art & culture

Fried fair food, a gritty desert music fest, films made in Taiwan and more stuff to do this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

By CityBeat Staff

Digable fried food

Known for doing crazy things with fried food, vendors at this year's San Diego County Fair didn't disappoint. One of them took a churro, wrapped it in smoked bacon and infused it with booze to come up with the most buzzed-about deep-fried food at the fair this year (look for the Bacon A-Fair booth for the artery-clogging treat). Other fair-food frontrunners include the triple-decker Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, a grilled cream-cheese hotdog, deep-fried chicken skins and boneless buffalo pig wings (we’re still not sure what those actually are). The fair opens Saturday, June 7, and continues through Sunday, July 6, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). This year’s theme,"The Fab Fair," is a nod to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first visit to the U.S., which means you can enjoy throwback things like a John F. Kennedy exhibit. $14, plus parking.


Digable flicks

touch_of_zen_1When you hear “made in Taiwan,” the first thing that pops into your head probably isn't a burgeoning film scene. King Hu is the most influential Taiwanese director you’ve never heard of, and thanks to a new partnership between the Taiwan Academy, the Pacific Arts Movement and the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diegans will get a chance to get to know Hu's work. The first-ever Taiwan Cinema Spotlight will showcase three of the director's martial arts films: Dragon Inn on Thursday, June 5A Touch of Zen on Friday, June 6; and The Valiant Ones, on Saturday, June 7. The films screen at 7 p.m. at MOPA’s intimate theater in Balboa Park, one of the few venues in San Diego that’s still 35mm-friendly. $10.


Digable music

 
burningofromeDesert music festivals are nothing new; sure, Coachella is the one that’s a household name, but bands like Kyuss and Masters of Reality were playing loud generator parties in Palm Desert well before Goldenvoice ever caught on. But the truly interesting desert music fests are the more intimate ones, and In Ko Pah just might be the coziest of the bunch. With participation limited to a select 150, In Ko Pah brings together a small group of folks to enjoy some hard-rocking sounds under the stars in Anza Borrego. Bring your own provisions, set up a tent to camp, and then soak in the blazing sounds of bands like The Burning of Rome, The Widows and Two Wolves. The fest starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7 (arrive between 5 and 8 p.m.) at The Desert View Tower in Anza Borrego. Tickets $30. Ages 21 and up.

Digable to-do

northparkhometour

Save for some hideous housing built during the '70s, San Diego is flush with gorgeous architecture and open space. North Park is no exception, with hundreds of Craftsman homes, many of which have been lovingly restored. This weekend, Save Our Heritage Organisation and the North Park Historic Society offer the Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend. On Saturday, June 7, three different 90-minute walking tours of the hipster 'hood will be offered at 9 a.m.11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each tour is $15 and you can join all three if you're up for it. On Sunday, June 8, there's a Historic Home Tour kicks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that takes visitors inside six historic houses in North Park. This self-driven tour includes architectural styles ranging from a 1916 prairie to a 1924 mission revival with rare brick exterior. $35.



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