Event Picks of the Week

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, April 17–April 23

An evening of artists’ talks presented in conjunction with the gallery’s exhibition Personal Narratives. You will have an opportunity to view the exhibition before the talks, present questions, and mingle afterward. Artists: Richard Burkett, Maryann ...

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, April 10–April 16

Book-signing and cupcake-decorating demonstration with Trophy Cupcakes founder Jennifer Shea. She will be signing copies of her new book, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties: Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle’s Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery. San ...

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, April 3–April 9

Featuring restaurants, craft brewers, and vintners with food, music, and poetry. Get a taste of 20 Leucadia restaurants plus Sip Stops, with ten beer or wine tastes served at retail shops. Event includes live poetry ...

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, March 27–April 2

A drop-in group for writers at the La Jolla Library. All you have to do is show up and write. Writing prompts are provided, and no preregistration is necessary. Held at The Abbey, one of ...

What to do in San Diego this week, March 20–March 26

Explore animal eggs, discover changes in the sea by designing your own plankton, create a shark-egg craft, and participate in an underwater egg hunt. Entry fee included with admission. Also on Friday. San Diego’s longest ...

What to do in San Diego this week, March 6–March 12

A fashion event to provide free prom dresses and accessories to San Diego high school girls who cannot afford them. With live entertainment, music by DJ JoeMama, local craft beer and wine, a gourmet food ...

What to do in San Diego this week, February 27–March 5

Share in the festive atmosphere and immerse yourself in the culture of San Diego’s Irish community. Enjoy performances of traditional music and dance, sample classic pub fare, and, of course, delight in a pint of ...

What to do in San Diego this week, February 20–February 26

Become part of the show when the comedic duo of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood host an interactive evening of entertainment and improvisation, driven by audience suggestions. Enjoy several new improv games and classics, including ...

What to do in San Diego this week, February 13–February 19

The cats perform remarkable feats of agility such as pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, and jumping through hoops. The all-cat band, the Rock Cat, has added ...

San Diego's best events January 30–February 5

Watch the film Frida, receive a voucher to view the complete Frida Kahlo exhibition (of replicas) and enjoy a Stone Brewing beer. The film, starring Salma Hayek, starts at 7:30 p.m. It is an outdoor ...

San Diego's best events for the week of January 16–January 22

Ancient cultures from around the world brewed many types of beer, and modern breweries have re-created those classics. Dogfish Head will be pouring tastings of brews from their Ancient Ales series. Fine jewelry, precious and ...

San Diego's best events for the week of January 9–January 15

Thursday | 9 Zohreh Ghahremani The award-winning author of Sky of Red Poppies (last year’s “One Book, One San Diego” selection) and the recently published The Moon Daughter will speak about her work. Friday | ...

Things to do during the first week of 2014

San Diego event picks for January 1-8

Wednesday | January 1 Polar Bear Plunge The La Jolla Cove Swim Club celebrates the new year with an annual dip into the Pacific Ocean for a two-mile swim. All are welcome. On the lawn ...

Best events in San Diego: December 19–December 25

Thursday | 19 Naca Tamales of Nicaragua The tamales of Nicaragua are more of a meal than just masa. Inside each banana-leaf-wrapped tamale you’ll find tender chunks of pork, potatoes, rice, onions, olives, and prunes. ...

Best events in San Diego: December 12–December 18

Thursday | 12 GET TO KNOW CHEESE A complete “cheese 101” course, including history, how it’s made, what to pair, ways to serve, and how to store. Friday | 13 TODDLER TIME: FIVE FEATHERED HENS ...

Your Week

Thursday | 21 THE REALLY HOT JUNGLE SHOW Puppet Express presents all sorts of animal tales during this puppet show by Enid Bartnicki, including Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse and the African tale ...

Your Week

Thursday | 14 H3 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 ...

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 ...

Not the Same Old Brunch for Mother’s Day!

Brunch is nothing more than breakfast with a markup. The mother in your life can get eggs and French toast any time she wants, so why not give her a fun new experience, one tailored ...

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 ...