Archive for July, 2012

My Picks: Things to do in San Diego, July 21-22

| July 20, 2012

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Saturday, July 21, 2012:

  • 11:00 a.m. It’s San Diego’s turn to show off its Pride. WOOT! the day away at the San Diego Pride Parade. The 1.5 mile parade route will begin at University Avenue and Normal Street, proceed west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turn south on 6th Avenue, and end at Balboa Drive and Upas Street. Got $20 to spare afterwards? Then buy a ticket to get into the Pride Festival taking place in Balboa Park a block down from Upas (at 6th Avenue and Laurel Street). Werk it like you know you’re fierce.
  • 7:00 p.m. Toys take center stage in Barrio Logan. If you ever had the urge to paint over action figures and dolls when you were a kid, then this art show is for you. The Spot Barrio Logan has joined forces with the Monsters & Robots Art Family to bring about “Drawing a Blank,” an art show featuring custom painted RoseArt Color Blanks from over 40 local artists. Admission to the all ages event, which takes place at The Spot Barrio Logan, is FREE. And if you’re hungry, Baja Doggz will be out front to sell Baja style hot dogs and tacos.

Sunday, July 22, 2012:

  • 10:30 a.m. The San Diego International Children’s Film Festival takes over MoPA. Over 80 short films, not all of them animated, will be screened until 5:00 p.m. during the 9th annual SDICFF. Admission to all screenings is FREE. For a detailed film schedule, visit the Events page of the SDICFF website.
  • 12:00 p.m. A fair of fun, art, and music returns to Golden Hill after eight years. The Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation and SEZIO have teamed up to revive the Golden Hill Street Fair. Taking place on 25th Street between B & C Streets until 6:00 p.m., the FREE fair will feature musical acts the likes of Cuckoo Chaos and The Donkeys, live screen printing with artist collective Yeller, beer from Stone Brewing Co., food from Alchemy, Giorgino’s, and MIHO Gastrotruck, and a pop-up park set up by NewGrass. Put another way: it’s an afternoon of fun minus the “We Are Young” earworm.

(Photo credits from left to right: Pride flag from CapitolPride.org; “Drawing a Blank” poster from The Spot Barrio Logan; image still of the animation short The Plant from the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival website; banner for the Golden Hill Street Fair from SEZIO.)

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Why I’ve been absent since June

| July 17, 2012

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It all boils down to one hyphenated brand: Comic-Con.

As the Office Manager for the organization’s Programming Department, I spent the six weeks leading up to the annual show emailing and collecting information from our 100+ department volunteers, coordinating schedules, communicating assignments, developing forms and helpful handouts, updating training documents, and supporting the Programming Director and his assistants.

When the show finally descended on the San Diego Convention Center this past week, I supported the Programming team as they made sure panelists started and ended their programs on time and attendees entered and exited panel rooms safely. It was a valiant and successful team effort. And though many may still write about the event as having fault, I continue to believe in its positive impact, particularly on those who would otherwise feel the outcast.

The picture above is the view from my hotel room, a view of a place where I put in an average 12-hour workday every day for seven days. Was it tiring? Of course. Despite working for Comic-Con, I am no superhero. I have trouble using a packing gun.

But was it worthwhile? Completely. I haven’t felt like I was part of a team since I played basketball in high school. There was a lot of laughing, moments of venting, and plenty of walking. I love that everyone I worked with understood that not one of us could achieve any success without cooperation, without pulling together. And I appreciate that the people who put their faith in me to do a good job gave me the room to do it.

During dinner Sunday night, a colleague mentioned how the week after the show can feel depressing. All the hustle and bustle is done. You go from heightened awareness to stillness. At the time, I couldn’t picture it. But, today, I understand what he means and I’m relieved. Feeling sad that it’s all over means I worked just as hard. It means that I was just as invested. It means that I tapped into the psyche of the team.

I can’t wait until 2013.

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