Ah, September in San Diego. The weather is just the right temperature; the leaves become a beautiful tapestry of autumnal hues and the smell of apple pie is ubiquitous. Oh, and you can totally still go the beach. Between fall concerts and inexpensive day trips, September is shaping up to be the perfect introduction to the imminent fall season.
Brooke Schyler, Staff Writer
September marks the beginning of fall and the end of summer’s beach season for many San Die- gans, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do outside. Take an hour drive through East County, and visit the historical gold mining town of Julian in the Cuyamaca Mountains. This town is famous for its fall festivi- ties, including apple picking, art shows and homemade apple pie and cider. Visitors can also ex- plore Julian’s past by touring old gold mines or panning for gold. This day trip presents a perfect opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy the crisp fall weather. For more information on Julian, visit the city’s website at julian- ca.com.
David Dixon, Staff Writer
One of the most ambitious origi- nal pieces of theater to premiere in San Diego is finally coming to The Old Globe. “Allegiance – A New American Musical” alternates be- tween the past and 2001 and tells the story of a Japanese World War II veteran.
Decades after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Sam Kimura (George Takei) reflects on his tragic child- hood. Young Sam (Telly Leung) and his family were forced to leave their home in California for the Heart Mountain Japanese intern- ment camp. The performance then goes on to depict how Young Sam and his older sister Keiko (Lea Sa- longa), were impacted by their ex- periences in the camp.
Aside from the gutsy concept, the major selling point of “Alle- giance” is the cast, which features three well-known leads.
Leung has displayed singing and dancing skills as Dalton Academy Warbler, Wes, in “Glee.” He is a young rising actor whose career will only progress with the success of the program.
Disney and stage fans are fa- miliar with Salonga, whose re- markable voice has been featured in films such as “Aladdin” and
“Mulan.” She is also known for her memorable Broadway performanc- es in “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon.” Salonga will likely get some of the more beautiful num- bers in “Allegiance.”
“Allegiance” wouldn’t be pos- sible if not for Takei who is leg- endary for playing Hikaru Sulu in
“Star Trek,” and has made frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show.” The plot was inspired by his own experiences living in an interment camp.
With a talented cast and a bold story, “Allegiance” can be a poten- tially extraordinary theatrical event.
Tickets and information about “Allegiance – A New American Musical” can be found on the- oldglobe.org.
Samantha Hirsch, Staff Writer
What a better way to spend the day than listening to live music, sipping on a refreshing brew or two and consuming delicious food from a variety of San Diego’s best eateries? On Friday, Sept. 21, from 6 – 11 p.m, 100.7 Jack FM is presenting the 18th annual San Diego Festival of Beer, where pa- trons (ages 21 and up) can choose to drink from a variety exceed- ing 60 breweries featuring 120 of the nation’s best craft beers. The best part? All of the money raised will be donated to local cancer charities.
The San Diego Festival of Beer began in 1994, when a group of friends united to raise money for the battle against cancer. With help from some passionate profes- sionals, the event’s setting evolved from a small gathering at a park into a large street festival within just two years. In addition, a non- profit organization was produced and a group was created to be in charge of the festival, aptly named San Diego Professionals Against Cancer. Each year, the number of attendees increased and the mon- ey raised was donated to local San Diego cancer research organizations, patient treatment centers and charities.
To support an important cause and drink a delicious brewski, be one of the 5,000 guests that will attend this year’s 18th annual San Diego Festival of Beer on Colum- bia and B in downtown San Di- ego. For more information and to buy a ticket, visit sdbeerfest.org.
Kevin Smead, Entertainment Editor
As a media consumer, I’ve come to love terrible things and appreci- ate them in all of their awful glory. Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” for example, is a post-modern char- acter study about family tensions and the healing power of alleyway football. The critically acclaimed rock band Creed’s album “Human Clay” is definitely in my top five of all-time list. In this editor’s opinion, its “Greatest Hits” album art really takes the cake. Never has there been an album graced with such beautiful tribal designs in recent memory.
All obvious sarcasm aside, I am getting behind the new Judge Dredd movie, “Dredd 3D.”
For the uninitiated, “Dredd 3D” is loosely based on the 1995 action flick “Judge Dredd,” in which the role of judge, jury and executioner is taken on by so-called “judges.” Judge Dredd gets into a sticky situ- ation, things gets weird and then everything blows up and people getshot. The original film was based on a surprisingly good comic character, who was eventually portrayed with a noticeable lack of much-needed irony by Sylvester Stallone.
Sure, there are plenty of great movies coming out this fall that will challenge your perceptions of the world and make you think about boring stuff like existence and mo- rality. I already get enough of that here at school, thank you. I’m go- ing to spend my time at the movies watching a dumb, action-packed ex- plosion fest.
Sure, it’s in 3-D, which is arguably the worst thing to happen to cinema this century (not counting “Gigli,” I guess), but it still should be enter- taining. Isn’t that what going to the movies is all about? Karl Urban, one of the kings of cheesy, awfully-awe- some cinema is taking over the role of Judge Dredd.
Also, the movie is 95 minutes long. If you’re keeping track, that’s just enough time to down a Big Gulp of Dr. Pepper Ten for men while munching on a XXL popcorn. Dredd himself will provide the ad- ditional shot of testosterone. I’ll put aside my healthy eating habits for a day.
I can enjoy “The Tree of Life” and other intellectual works of cinema as much as the next guy, but this fall, I’ll be spending judgment day with Judge Dredd. “Dredd 3D” releases Sept. 21.