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14 San Diego Uptown News | April 29–May 12, 2011


WHAT’S UP! BALBOA PARK NEWS NUGGETS


Mickey Rooney joins San Diego Air & Space Museum, May 7


Mickey Rooney, known for his roles in “National


Velvet” (1944) with Elizabeth Taylor, “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” (as a Navy fighter pilot) (1954), “Black Stal- lion” (1979) and, most recently, “Night at the Muse- um” (2006) is appearing at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s “Hollywood Studs & Starlets” fundraising event on May 7. All proceeds from the event benefit the Museum’s youth educational programs. Rooney’s appearances on film, stage and television span almost 90 years. He has won multiple awards, including an Honorary Academy Award, an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Working as a performer since childhood, he rose to stardom as a teenager, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor.


Get ready to plug in!


Charging stations for electric vehicles are coming to Balboa Park. Three charging stations are planned for Balboa Park, but as of yet the exact locations


are unknown. Part of the “EV Project,” a $230-million federal grant awarded to San Fran- cisco–based renewable energy firm ECOtality, the charging stations will gather information about electric vehicle use. 15,000 stations will be installed in 18 cities across the U.S, thousands of which will be in San Diego. The project is free to the city of San Diego and may even generate revenue if meters are installed to monitor use.u


(above) One of the markers that is part of the Giskin Anomaly park-wide cell phone adventure game. Free to play, the interactive game takes participants on an exciting journey to hidden parts of Balboa Park. The first marker is posted at The Old Globe and additional markers are located around the park. (Photo courtesy of BPOC.)


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Vietnamese silks, Indian Ikats, Irish & Italian linens, Rayon batiks


A bit of Amy Butler & Kaffe Fassett


Day of the Dead & Frida Kahlo cottons Hand-dyed silk ribbons & cording Japanese Chirimen trims & Private label patterns Unusual & vintage buttons Vintage kimono & haori Handmade one-of-a-kind scarves


2802 Juan St., #15 Old Town San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 295-2802 – Open Tue. to Sat. 10:30 am to 5:00 pm www.thespiritofcloth.commail@thespiritofcloth.com


(left) A photo from the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s online archive


Giskin Anomaly cell phone adventure Do you hear voices? The Giskin cell phone


adventure follows the journey of two characters, Drake and Pandora, as they discover and decode the thoughts of people from the past (World War II era). Visitors can participate by using a cell phone to dial into numbers posted on markers around Balboa Park. It’s free to play. The GISKIN ANOMALY game consists of a series of episodes, each of which start with a round window decal at a Balboa Park institution.


• Episode One starts at The Old Globe theatre’s box office.


• Episode Two starts at The San Diego Museum of Art’s front door.


• Episode Three starts at The San Diego Natural


The Hollywood Studs & Starlets Event takes place at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park 2001 Pan American Plaza San, Diego, CA 92101 , on Saturday May 7, at 5:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. The cost is $250-$300 . The evening will be a glamorous affair that includes dancing, special dance performances, live entertainment (The Jazz Project Big Band with special guest Dave Scott), red carpet and paparazzi, celebrity impersonators, silent and live auctions and much more. For more information, please visit: sandi- egoairandspace.org.u


History Museum’s south front door.


• Episode Four starts at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Look for the sign on the patio.


• Episode Five starts at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Front Door.


• Episode Six starts at Mingei International Mu- seum.


• Episode Seven starts at the Reuben H. Fleet Sci- ence Center.


The San Diego Union-Tribune has called the game, “A new way to see the park.” The game “takes one back in time while testing one’s detec- tive skills in a cell-phone adventure game that’s part scavenger hunt, part information, part half-hour easy walk and wholly entertaining.”u


Phone App helps visitors navigate Balboa Park July marks Balboa Park’s first anniversary of its


free phone app.


Initiated by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, the app helps visitors navigate around our city’s jewel. Available on iTunes, it offers users the ability


see App, page 21


Improvement Check out our


May 13 Home


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to find specific museums, hours of operation and current exhibits. A map also offers a where-you-are- now feature to orient yourself when you’re already


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