Jeff Smith 8 p.m., Aug. 30
Your Week: August 30-September 5
Thursday | 30
A divisive election year is the perfect time to celebrate the anniversary of the day women were granted the right to vote. Celebrate with the Women’s Museum of California and dozens of other women’s organizations in a march from the Kate Sessions statue to a reception by the San Diego Women’s Drum Circle. Later, the Dixie Express Jazz Band performs for the final summer concert at the organ pavilion.
WHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sixth and Laurel to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. 858-245-1677; womensmuseumca.org
Friday | 31
U.S. SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE AND 3D ART EXPOSITION
Sculptors from Italy, Ireland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Quebec, and the U.S. compete “to create the most fantastic sand sculptures San Diegans have ever seen.” Sand artists will be joined by 3D artists working in media such as metal, glass, wood, ceramics, fabric, and gemstones. Also, sandboxes for kids, sandcastle-building lessons, pirates, stiltwalkers, big bands, dancers, and more! $5–$8. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day through Monday WHERE: Cruise Ship Terminal, 1140 North Harbor Drive, downtown. Ussandsculpting.com
Saturday | 1
FESTIVAL OF SAIL 2012
More than 20 tall ships and other vessels from around the world are in town for the weekend. Enjoy ship tours, live entertainment, restaurant booths, a petting zoo, and over 150 festival vendors. Free–$25.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (also Friday, Sunday, and Monday)
WHERE: San Diego Maritime Museum, 1492 North Harbor Drive, downtown. 619-234-9153; sdmaritime.org
Sunday | 2
SUMMERSPLASH REGGAE ON THE BAY
Presented by the WorldBeat Center, Reggae Summersplash features live performances by legendary reggae artists Barrington Levy, the Wailers, Midnite, Glen Washington, Pablo Moses, and more. Also, food, Stone beer garden, arts and crafts. $55–$100.
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
WHERE: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, downtown. 619-230-1190; worldbeatcenter.org
Monday | 3
LABOR DAY RALLY AND MARCH
Supporters of organized labor and working families gather at Escondido City Hall on Labor Day. Speakers include Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz and a representative of organized labor (aka “union”). Bring signs “celebrating the dignity of work, working families, and the contributions of organized labor.”
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Escondido City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido. 760-735-9802
Tuesday | 4
WORLD ADVENTURER AND AUTHOR
Chris Guillebeau, “writer, traveler, and fighter of the status quo,” has already visited more than 182 nations but has never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Guillebeau visits to share his secrets and sign his new book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Warwick’s Bookstore, 812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. 858-454-0347; warwicks.com
Wednesday | 5
BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACE WORKSHOP
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) help “people communicate via thought alone, without any movement whatsoever.” This workshop in Cognitive Science Building 003 includes “lectures from UCSD experts that will introduce BCI systems,” followed by a demonstration during which attendees may “don an electrode cap and spell just by thinking.”
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Gtec.at/news-events