Thursday | 14
Brazilian artistic director Bruno Beltrão investigates “intersections of hip-hop technique with contemporary dance.” In this performance, nine Grupo de Rua dancers tackle the limits of coordination and skill, blending elements of krumping, popping, and breakdancing into their duets.
Friday | 15
NEGOTIATIONS CENTRAL TO YOUR CAREER?
Joseph Dean Klatt and Michael M. Forbes discuss their new book, Deal Maker: Lessons from the Blind Master Negotiator, in which Klatt shares the method by which he sold “hundreds of millions of dollars’” worth of property “without ever laying sight upon one single inch of the property that he sold.”
THE HOUSE OF YES
The Compass Theatre stages Wendy MacLeod’s play on which the cult movie starring Parker Posey was based. Jay Mower directs this version of the black comedy about a hurricane, a neighbor of the Kennedys’, and a threat to Jackie O.
Saturday | 16
SNAP OUT OF IT — NOW!
Struggling with your resolutions? Psychotherapist Adrienne Ahern may be able to help with her four-step method for removing barriers to attaining goals. Learn to “respond positively and effectively to change, reduce the negative impacts of a stressful life,” and more.
2009 IN REVIEW: A LIVING NEWSPAPER
Black Kat Theatre Company presents 13 sketch-comedy scenes that dissect the “most entertaining, inspiring, and overlooked events from the past year,” including “what the Cookie Monster and Arlen Specter have in common” and “who’s visiting Bernie Madoff in his cell.”
Sunday | 17
ANIMALS — WILD AND TAME
Cynthia Royal and her Andalusian stallion Blanco (who played Shadowfax in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) visit Old Town to provide a “liberty performance,” meaning Royal will direct Blanco without the use of a saddle, halter, or lead. Meet rescued wild animals from Sky Hunters and Chula Vista Nature Center. Also, pet expo for both pets and owners and games for kids.
MAKE YOUR MARK: 19TH-CENTURY ART
Explore and learn about work hanging in the San Diego Museum of Art through child-friendly tours with storytelling and art-making. It’s all part of Family Drop-In Day, which is for those with children aged 6–12.
Monday | 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day promises music, food, and entertainment “from around the globe.” Create a cultural craft project and learn about the San Diego Museum of Man’s exhibits during a guided tour.
LIVING THE DREAM
It’s the theme for the 22nd annual All People’s Breakfast, hosted by YWCA of San Diego County. Celebrate gains of the Civil Rights Movement, the continued push for diversity and inclusion, equality, and peace. Performances by Gospel Singing Choir, Collective Purpose, and Eveoke Dance Theatre.
Tuesday | 19
Let them eat cake! And drink beer! Decadence is the dish du jour at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, where pastry chef Andrew Higgins presents a menu promising “wickedly delicious” desserts paired with beer.
Wednesday | 20
MORE THAN ESCAPIST FANTASY!
The Literature Talk community discussion series commences with Stephen Potts of UCSD’s literature department considering J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Focus will be on “its enduring themes of power and temptation, death and immortality, fate and free will, loss and farewell.”