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Thursday, August 04, 2005 | FILM

At the sail-in. Set sail Friday and Saturday night aboard the Star of India for the 13th annual “Movies Before the Mast.” The ship will remain docked, but sailors with a love for all films nautical can gaze up from the deck at high-sea adventures projected on the ship’s sail. Friday’s “date night” feature is the 1951 Gregory Peck classic “Captain Horatio Hornblower” and Saturday’s family night screening is the 2003 adaptation of “Peter Pan.” For ultimate viewing comfort, blankets and sleeping bags are allowed on board.

Don’t be left ashore – early ticket purchase is encouraged as the movies tend to sell out. Tickets ($12 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under) can be purchased online, with a limited number available at the box office the night of the film. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the movie beginning shortly after the sun sets (around 8:30 p.m.). Note: Friday date nights are not intended for persons under age 18.

The Star of India is located at the Maritime Museum of San Diego on the North Embarcadero in downtown. For tickets and more information, visit www.sdmaritime.org or call (619) 234-9153.

Still making waves. The San Diego Women Film Foundation presents the documentary “Heart of the Sea” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Arts and Entertainment Center in North Park.

The film presents the life of professional surfer and Hawaiian legend Rell Sunn, who died of breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 47. Sunn, also known by her Hawaiian name “Kapolioka’ehukai,” which translates as “heart of the sea,” learned to surf by the age of 4 years old. In addition to playing a pioneering role in the male-dominated sport, she was also known for her leadership as a community organizer and activist for at-risk youth in her hometown of Makaha, on the island of Oahu.

Sunn spent the last 14 years of her life not only battling cancer, but actively raising awareness of both breast cancer and of the need for environmental protections from toxins she believed were responsible for her disease.

Admission is $10 and includes refreshments at the 6 p.m. reception prior to the 7 p.m. screening. A discussion will follow the event at 8 p.m. This event is for audiences 21 and older.

The Arts and Entertainment Center is located at 3026 University Ave., North Park. For more information, visit www.sdwff.org.

VISUAL ART/LECTURE

The man behind the canvas. Gain greater context at the San Diego Museum of Art at 6 p.m. Thursday during the lecture, “The Art of American Illustration,” which examines the work of Maxfield Parrish, currently on display in the museum.

Parrish, who is best known for his colorful and fantastical children’s book and calendar illustrations, forged his own visual style, uniting elements of both graphic and fine art. He is credited with pushing the boundaries of printing techniques available to him in the 1920s in order to transform his paintings into the nation’s first mass-produced art poster.

Maxine Gaiber, the museum’s director of education, will discuss Parrish’s work in the context of American illustrators of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The San Diego Museum of Art is located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. The lecture is free with museum admission and reservations are not required. For more information, visit www.sdmart.org

Introspective art. How do we come to know ourselves? How are memories formed from the chaos of sensory experience? Local artist Bridget Rountree explores the ways in which patterns of words, sights and feelings form understanding, in works going on display at BorelliSpace Gallery this Friday.

Works in charcoal, mono prints and installation reflect stimulus in the artist’s own environment, drawing influence from her residencies in Italy and South Africa. In addition to finished works on display at the gallery, her studio will be open for the public to view works in progress.

The opening reception takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the BorelliSpace Gallery, 4411 Park Blvd., on the second floor. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (619) 299-0754 or visit www.bridgetrountree.com.

EVENT

All ye revelers. Whips, corsets, knee-high boots and leather- is it Pride weekend all over again? Not quite- this weekend’s festival in Balboa Park will combine Old English with its colorful costumes, attesting to the timeless appeal of the Renaissance.

Visitors can sip ale over a tall tale while jousters, lasses and fools on seven nearby stages act out events and characters from the 16th century. The Center for Creative History promises the sights, sounds and tastes of the Renaissance- or at least, an entertaining modern interpretation.

The Renaissance Faire will take place in a recreated English village, directly north of Morley Field in Balboa Park, at the corner of Jacaranda Place and Jacaranda Drive. It runs 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, and a lesson in Old English, visit www.sdrf.com.

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

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