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Mardi Gras hits the Gaslamp

Then there’s the Jewish Film Festival, Moscow Ballet, and Super Bowl 50

Thursday | 4 The 26th annual Jewish Film Festival comes to town February 4 through 14, bringing with it an assortment of shorts, features, documentaries, and Holocaust reminders. Over 60 international films will premiere in ...

Lots of sporting events for the end of January

The Gulls, golf, and outrigger canoes

Thursday | 28 Speech therapists have had success using the kazoo as a rehabilitation tool for adults and as an ice-breaker for young children who are too shy to engage in prescribed vocal exercise. Anthropologists ...

Super Cat Bowl, A Prairie Home Companion, and monster trucks

Your week — and welcome to it

Thursday | 21 The show expands this year with an in-water display of more than 150 new and pre-cruised sailboats and motor yachts from 25 to 95 feet long, many making their San Diego debut. ...

Things to do in the middle of January

Travel & Adventure, stuff you should know, and two film festivals

Thursday | 14 A showcase of narrative, documentary, animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, and every show is expected to sell out. Networking ...

Spend an evening with Kevin Smith, jailhouse cuisine, or Bronies

There are many ways to start the year

Thursday | 7 History Alive, the Lemon Grove Historical Society’s monthly lecture series, goes to the slammer with ace prison chef Louise Mathews and her book, Jailhouse Cuisine: From the Right Side of the Bars. ...

How to spend your last moments of 2015...

...and the first few days of 2016

Thursday | 31 Turquoise Speakeasy Chicago meets Prohibition and ragtime meets swing in Pacific Beach at the Turquoise Café-Bar Europa. New Year's Eve ticket includes all drinks, an extensive tapas selection, live Vaudeville burlesque show, ...

The best of 2015’s year-end events

Go out like a lion balloon in the Holiday Bowl parade

Friday | 25 Jungle Bells A chance to see exotic animals at night makes an evening visit worth a trip, and through January 3 the zoo is also decked out with holiday lights and special ...

The nights before Christmas

What to do leading up to the big day.

League of Legends, Cannon Battles, and Jingle Bell Kroc. Plus Michael McDonald (not the singer or the wrestler).

Pets parade around the Gaslamp

Plus Family ArtLAB, Rawhide Christmas, and Toast of Downtown

Friday | 11 As you enter the grand lobby of the historic Spreckels Theatre, you will be greeted by a chorus of carolers with joyful songs of the season. Then on to the show, Clara’s ...

The best holiday events this week

December Nights, Santa Paws, and Frosty Farm make the list

Thursday | 3 Australia’s platinum-selling rock stars of opera will perform traditional and contemporary favorites, with soaring renditions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Feliz Navidad.” Friday | 4 Balboa Park ...

Turkey Trot, Piff the Magic Dragon, and Breakfast with Tigers

San Diego's best Thanksgiving and end-of-November events

Thursday | 26 More than 10,000 runners and walkers of all ages are expected to “move their feet before they eat” at the tenth annual event. The 10K and 5K runs kick off at 6:45 ...

Beauty and the Beast, Mother Goose, and a ton of wine

The city's best events heading into Thanksgiving

Friday | 20 A basket-weaving demonstration and discussion with artist Jeremy Frey, a Passamaquoddy basket-weaver from Maine. His work is featured in many museum collections, including the Smithsonian’s, and is part of the Mingei’s Made ...

Music Thing, Gaslamp Rodeo, and Taco TKO

Thursday | 12 An annual music and media conference, now in its eighth year. Daytime activities include a trade show, happy-hour parties, listening stations, pop-up live performances, and a chance to meet and mingle with ...

Asian Film Fest, the Science of Magic, and Gourmet Mac ’n’ Cheese

Fall festivals and November event picks

Thursday | 5 Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, showcasing more than 130 films from 20 countries each year, with a ...

Astounding art, crawling zombies, and a titanic masquerade

Best bets for the end of October

Thursday | 29 Featuring Calvin Hanis from Carnitas Snack Shack, Accursio Lotà from Solare Ristorante, and Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove, two teams of five chefs and mixologists will compete using a featured ...

It’s all about Halloween this week

Glowing beasts, carvers, monsters, and zombies abound

Friday | 23 See a sea of glowing beasts both big and small, a wild assortment of unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Get up close with a huge Frankensquid (a Humboldt squid) ...

Wrapped with Care

“Every single gift must have its proper folds,” says Lisa Koide Halverson. “In America, on Christmas, you don’t wrap a present in black — usually red or green. On Easter it’s usually wrapped in pink ...

Judge for Yourself

“There’s no question that emotions play a big part in determining the outcome of a case,” says retired San Diego superior court judge Norbert Ehrenfreund. “The appearance of the defendant, for example, and the way ...

The Illegal Tunnel

“In July 2004, I was coming out of my house and discovered the whole Colonia Federal being invaded by police and soldiers,” says Border Council of Arts and Culture founder Luis Ituarte. “I found out ...

Laughing Matter

“If I were to build the perfect comedian, it would be Jerry Seinfeld crossed with Dave Chappelle,” says local comedian Mal Hall. “My comedy is observational. I wouldn’t do anything onstage that I think my ...

Life Drawing

“The vice squad contacted the Bluefoot Bar for our very first session because they saw an ad for it and were, like, ‘We’re going to be watching you,’” says Lily Jackson, emcee for Dr. Sketchy’s ...

Pug Gig

“We normally process and adopt out 45 to 50 dogs a year — this year we have taken in and processed 87 dogs,” says Barbara McNair, president of Pug Rescue of San Diego County. “Most ...

The Light Is Elusive

“Plein air,” says Daryl Millard, owner of the Daryl Millard Gallery Solana Beach, “means painting a scene outdoors in the elements” where one can see, smell, hear, and feel what one is painting. It is ...

Equal-Opportunity Offenders

“John McCain is such an easy target,” says Bill Hurd, press secretary for the political satire comedy troupe The Capitol Steps. “He’s the oldest candidate we’ve ever had — therefore you can make all the ...

Sync Those Lips

“Those who look like the artists they are portraying will probably go far,” says producer Randy Wood. “A Michael Jackson impersonator — with all the dancers and everything — went to Mexico last year and ...

Electroride

“One electric motorcycle, called the ‘Killacycle,’ goes from zero to sixty in one second,” says Paul Thomas, organizer of the Kick Gas Festival, an electric-car-racing and eco-fair event being held at the Barona Drag Strip ...

Total Kick

Inside Alliance Gym, near downtown Chula Vista, Eric Delfierro bustles from one end of the gym to the other, sweating almost as much as the 15 mixed-martial-arts fighters he is training. Of those 15 fighters, ...

Ivy and Concrete

“Squash is associated with Ivy League schools and expensive athletic clubs,” says Renato Paiva, executive director of Surf City Squash. “But that image is changing. Right now there are 55 colleges in the country [with ...

Popcorn, Pole Dance, Mosquito Net

“You should keep it to no more than six kinds of wine at a party,” says Christopher Silva, president and CEO of St. Francis Winery and Vineyards of Sonoma. “You don’t want your guests to ...

Longboards on Asphalt

“Anybody who is first learning how to ride should get a longboard,” says skateboarder Brad Harvey. “It’s definitely more stable, like a longer snowboard or surfboard would be. Bicyclists think we’re nuts when they realize ...

Help for the Kelp

“One of the most important predators in the kelp forest is the California sheephead, a fish that changes sex during its lifetime,” says marine ecologist Edward Parnell. All California sheephead begin life as females and ...

Can’t Get Enough

“I’m not sure if Animal House is as cult-y as Harold and Maude — it might be a little bit more mainstream,” says Lauren Turner, marketing and communications coordinator for the Museum of Photographic Arts. ...

Bellies and Hornpipes

“American Tribal Style is an inclusive belly-dance form,” says dancer Sandi Kay. “The dancer in the lead position can cue the dancers on what move they’re going to do next, so every dance ends up ...

Tiki Time

“A tiki party is different than a luau,” says Otto von Stroheim, publisher of Tiki News magazine. “Luaus have hula dancers and Hawaiian-style music and a roasted pig. At a tiki party there’s bongo music, ...

Charity Checkers

“Some people will flat out tell you, ‘I don’t want anything too hard,’” says Kathryn Smith. “With most people, you can just kind of tell what games they’d be good at. I had one crowd ...

Women in Summer

“In the past, if we had a French exhibition, we’d show French films,” says Golda Akhgarnia, public relations coordinator for the San Diego Museum of Art. “This year we’re celebrating a ‘summer of women’ theme ...

Thrashers

“I grew up on a farm in Cole Camp, Missouri. I enjoyed watching amateur rodeos, but my family wasn’t a rodeo family,” says professional bull rider Matt Bohon. “I’d see bareback riding, bucking horses, calf ...

Bugs in My Brew

“Before brewers became cognizant of microbiology and sanitation, I imagine there were a lot more sour beers,” says Mitch Steele, head brewer for Stone Brewing Co. “It’s not only bacteria but wild yeast as well ...

Peek at a Penguin

“For the full-moon paddle, sometimes there’s phosphorescence in the water,” says Julie Hocking, office manager of the education department for the San Diego Natural History Museum. “It’s like a neon green. When I paddle I ...

How Not to Hit Each Other

“There are a couple of shoals in the bay — one at the south end of Shelter Island — that people run aground on,” says Jim Holmberg, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Officer. A ...

Armadillo for Dinner

“Once I ran out of dry underwear I started hitchhiking, which is something you can do easily on a bike,” says author Jim Malusa. “A bike evokes a certain amount of sympathy. And everyone knows ...

Trail Doggies

“If your dog cannot be commanded with ‘come’ and ‘stay’ 100 percent of the time, you should probably not have your dog on a trail,” says Allen Riedel, author and hiking enthusiast. “Most places in ...

Dying Ocean, Dying Bay

“In the mid to late 1990s, we saw a lot of contamination — from places like the shipyards in particular — flowing freely off those sites, like Southwest Marine and NASSCO [National Steel and Shipyard ...

Local Films, Local Responsibility

“Cottonwood Creek is the watershed in Encinitas that flows out into Moonlight Beach,” says Carris Rhodes, program assistant for the Cottonwood Creek Environmental Film Festival. “It used to be really smelly and dirty. Then [approximately ...

America's Own Instrument

“On the banjo, as on a guitar, there are pieces of metal — on ours they’re made of nickel silver — called frets,” says Carolina Bridges, director of public relations for Deering banjos. “They have ...

Fallbrook, the Beautiful

“I believe that in the history of the Fallbrook Music Society you would find a group of people who moved here, who enjoyed music and arts, and thought, ‘Boy, it’s a pain to have to ...

True Lagoon

“In June 2000, the highly invasive Caulerpa taxifolia — the aggressive algae which has destroyed thousands of acres of the Mediterranean Sea — was discovered [in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon], most likely dumped into the ...

Zydeco Is Like Oysters

“The word ‘zydeco’ comes from the Cajun-French song ‘Les haricots san pa sale,’” says Peter Oliver, musician and co-promoter of the Gator by the Bay Festival. “In French that means ‘the snap beans aren’t salty,’ ...

Livable Landscapes

“This neighborhood [Olivenhain] is what we call an ‘urban-wildland interface,’” says Nan Sterman, author of California Gardener’s Guide. “You have to be careful that what you do in your garden does not have a negative ...

Intimate Opera

“Operetta is a lighter genre; it’s somewhat bubbly and occasionally frivolous and comedic in nature,” says Tom Oberjat, coordinator and tenor for the Solana Intimate Ensemble, an opera singing group. Eight members of the San ...

Fruit Rare and Tasty

“The jaboticaba comes from Brazil; in South America they call it the black cherry,” says José Gallego, San Diego chapter chair for the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. “They’re expensive because they can take several ...

Pre and Post Prom

PROM TIPS AS SEEN ON NBC'S STREETSIDE SAN DIEGO TRANSPORTATION: Warm up your dance moves on the way to the prom in a party bus! Top Dog Limo: $140 (plus 20% tip) for bus max ...

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