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A week of Asian-inspired events

Plus a crawl for lots and lots of coffee

Thursday | 19 Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance Show The show returns to Escondido with an all-new program for 2017 consisting of 20 pieces for a journey through 5000 years of history with animated ...

This week, girls shred. And lots of other stuff.

For example, Lucinda Williams rolls in on Highway 20...

Thursday | 12 Garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt will be on display at the San Diego Botanical Garden, celebrating the flowers of the desert, the villages, and the Nile ...

Pacific PonyCon, just one of many things to do this week

Don’t miss the one-night-only tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Thursday | 5 The SoundON Modern Music Festival brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music with concerts, workshops, panel discussions, open rehearsals, and art. Featuring ...

New Year’s Eve events all over San Diego this weekend

...and the International Car Show rolls into town

Thursday | 29 Four hundred vehicles from 40 manufacturers will be on display, including 20 all-new debuts. This year’s show has 15,000 square feet dedicated to an Exotics Vault with vehicles from the likes of ...

Get out of the house over Christmas break

Run a 5K at the Holiday Bowl Parade or choose from several DJ events on Christmas Eve

Thursday | 22 Full-day winter camps for grades 1–3 at the science center with educational, hands-on activities incorporating the Fleet’s exhibit galleries. December 22, Maker Mania: create, craft, and tinker with your own devices. December ...

For three days this week: The Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet

Holiday and nonholiday events for mid-December

Thursday | 15 Nobody does fuzzy flower pop like the Dandys from Portlandia, and this year’s Distortland is no exception. As Dave Good puts it in this week’s Of Note, the new record’s full of ...

Run with Santas this week

And see Liza Shlesinger, Wrex the Halls, and Gals & Monsters

Thursday | 8 Certified cicerone Erik Fowler and Brothers’ Provisions cheesemonger Kate will walk you through the expansive world of infused cheese. Get tips on pairing cheese and learn how to serve and set up ...

What to do the first week of December

Seas ’n’ Greetings, Carols and Barrels, Rawhide Christmas, and trout fishing

Thursday | 1 Whether you like the Austin indie act’s ’60s girl-group side or the “macabre pop” their publicist digs, you can’t help but admire their dedication to form, releasing records on cassette and 45. ...

Skate by the sea (and other ways to work off Thanksgiving dinner)

The week's best events

Thursday | 24 Join more than 10,000 runners bright and early at Balboa Park for San Diego’s original and longest-running turkey trot. Participants will follow the route through Balboa Park to a family-friendly festival at ...

Catch Toruk, go skating, go fishing, go running, go drinking

Things to do before Thanksgiving hits

Thursday | 17 Fantasy on Ice The old Horton Plaza ice-skating rink has been permanently relocated to a new Liberty Station location. The venue has changed, but the event continues to benefit the Peckham Center ...

Ways to have fun and honor veterans this week

San Diego's best events: November 10-17

Thursday | 10 The Sklar Brothers The duo premiered a one-hour stand-up special on Netflix in 2014 called What Are We Talking About with material from their album Hendersons and Daughters, which the Onion A.V. ...

San Diego Beer Week kicks off

For a quieter time, the Asian Film Festival and Art San Diego

Thursday | 3 Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of ...

Lions and Tigers and Zombies

Halloween event picks, from Art after Dark to the Zombie Crawl

Friday | 28 A zombie pass gains you entry to 25 Gaslamp Halloween parties, all within crawling distance of each other, along with 15 welcome shots (bartender’s choice). Kickoff party at Fluxx Nightclub from 6 ...

Oktoberfest is upon us

Best events for early October in San Diego

Friday | 30 Nemr Lebanese/American comedian Nemr has pioneered stand-up comedy throughout the Middle East, where he performs in English. He grew up in San Diego and then moved back to Lebanon with his family. ...

Feed your need for speed this week

Or talk like a pirate, taste South Park, and love Spock

Thursday | 15 Hit restaurants, bistros, and take-outs on a tour of 40 esteemed eateries and new hot spots throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, and East Village. Free shuttle service. Will call at Rustic ...

How to spend Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Choose from stickball in Little Italy, Baconfest, beach polo, Horrible Imaginings, and more

Friday | 2 Master sculptors Benjamin Probanza from Mexico and Katsuhiko Chaen from Japan are joining other internationally renowned artists from Russia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, and Canada to battle the best from the ...

Drink beer and find Pokémon

Or party on Monster Island for something to do

Thursday | 18 “Eat food that has been grown from living soil less than 20 miles from Oceanside and picked within 48 hours,” says the restaurant. “It’s unique flavors that are learned from the land ...

Apple cider + full puppet nudity this week

And here’s a place to race your motorcycle

Thursday | 28 This “adult musical” is a look at life in New York featuring a cast of both people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the “triple crown” of Tony wins, ...

Event picks for the 4th of July weekend

Big boom on the bay; Ocean Beach pier gets a 50th birthday party

Thursday | 30 A discussion of artist Don Porcella’s debut in Shanghai, China, where he was commissioned by French couturier Hermès to design four windows for their new flagship store featuring his trademark pipe-cleaner creatures ...

The week's top events: Space Heroes, gladiators, and lots of yoga

Also, Taste of Adams Avenue

Thursday |23 Culinary creations and drinks from over 50 Del Mar restaurants, wineries, and breweries. With a front-row sunset view, ocean breezes, and live music. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is offering a ...

San Diego has super freaks, sumos, and shadowy men

Or taste Little Italy

Thursday | 9 The Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn provides the setting for this gathering of 30 chefs from San Diego and Mexico who will present signature hors d’oeuvres or desserts at individual stations. Judged ...

See sea dragons, teeny art, and sculptures by Dr. Seuss

Plenty to see in June

Friday | 3 As part of First Friday Art Walk, 4˝x6˝ pieces of art by artists, civic leaders, and local celebrities will be displayed and available for sale to benefit the education department at the ...

Hit the beach

Lots of ocean events this week

Thursday | 28 The Gaslamp Architectural Tour showcases the history of the Davis-Horton House (built in 1850) as well as the history of the Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes old City Hall (1874), the Romanesque-style ...

Earth Day and outdoor events dominate this week’s calendar

Spring has sprung

Thursday | 21 Judd ApatowHe wrote and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and Apatow’s producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. He’s also the executive producer of HBO’s ...

Taste Hillcrest, Point Loma, and Fallbrook

Or go to Coachella

Thursday | 14 This group of eleven performers from Colorado combines ballet and modern dance. The Boston Herald called them the “classically trained company of the future.” Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping...for everybody but ...

Two ways to drink beer and run

Plus a couple events on the water

Thursday | 31 Five decades of Star Trek come to the concert halls of the Civic Theatre for the first time. A live symphony orchestra performs while iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is ...

Busking, birding, Balanchine, and Best Coast

Here are some things to do in March

Thursday | 3 A demonstration of how to make three cocktails using various liquors. Guests will have the opportunity to create their own drink. The winning drink will be featured on the restaurant’s cocktail list ...

This week’s calendar: hot sauce, invasive beetles, and death

Or just walk your dog in the botanic garden

Thursday | 18 A discussion group explores questions around death and dying, life and living. It is not grief support or a counseling session. As the promoter puts it, “Chat over coffee, make new acquaintances, ...

Two giant pet events this week

And a comic fest that is not the Comic-Con

Thursday | 11 See aerialists, acrobats, and clowns under a music-filled, blue-and-yellow big top. The animal-free circus offers an interactive preshow 30 minutes before each performance where children can try their hand at juggling, hula-hooping, ...

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 ...

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).

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 ...

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, ...

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