Thursday, June 23, 2005 | FILM

Better than a drive-in. “Cinema Under the Stars” will screen Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic “Sunset Boulevard” this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Patrons can sit back and relax in recliner seats while watching classic American films digitally projected on its intimate, outdoor patio every week now through the end of the summer.

Ticket sales and seating assignments begin at 7:30 p.m.; film begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 or season passes can be purchased from $50.

“Cinema Under the Stars” is located at 4040 Goldfinch St. in Mission Hills. For more information and to see a listing of upcoming films, call (619) 295-4221 or visit


Artists’ marathon. Not quite improv and definitely not the Old Globe, “Instant Theatre” is a fast-paced opportunity for the creative juices of up to 64 randomly grouped writers, directors and performers to blend. At the end of a 24-hour collaboration period, the participants will have written and produced 12 five- to seven-minute original plays for an expectant audience. This first-time event is in its test-phase; results could be smooth or sticky.

Performances run Sunday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the corner of Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Hillcrest. To attend or participate, visit


Altruistic art. The La Jolla Festival of the Arts returns in its 19th year with two days of gourmet food, entertainment and artwork from than 190 artists from across the country. Sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis foundation and San Diego Volvo/Volvo Cars of North America, this is a family-friendly event for a feel-good cause. The art may not be edgy, but the $10 admission price will go towards supporting over 30 recreational programs for disabled San Diegans.

The event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival area is located at the corner of Genesee Avenue and Regents Road on the University of California, San Diego’s East Campus. For more information, visit


Musical oasis. Balboa Park offers two rare commodities in the city; fresh air and free music. Balmy summer evenings can be spent at the lovely outdoor Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park during the 25th annual “Twilight in the Park” series that kicked off Tuesday. Tonight’s concert features JCC Klezmer, playing Brooklyn-style music in the Jewish tradition.

Diverse music plays Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., now through Aug. 25. For a full schedule, visit

Not in the books. Contemporary poets, musicians, dancers and the occasional anarchist keep Tuesday nights lively at San Diego State University through its “Avant-Garde Summer Series.”

On June 28, SDSU will host the musical duo, Colin McAllister and Derek Keller, performing with classical, steel-string and electric guitars. Hybridized genres, unexpected sounds and quirky renditions of classical jazz and fusion pieces are signatures of a musical partnership that began seven years ago in the graduate music department at the University of California, San Diego. Performances start at 7 p.m. at SDSU’s Nasatir Hall, room 100. General Admission is $5

– JESSICA L. HORTON, Voice Contributing Writer and CLAIRE CARASKA, Voice Staff Writer

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