Early look at Wild Animal Park, troubled elephants come to the zoo, China’s panda hunter and pandas end up in San Diego, the morality of SeaWorld’s dolphins
Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
Thursday | 29
JINGLE BELL BACHELOR BASH AUCTION
Twelve men line up for the fifth annual dating event to benefit the Junior League of San Diego. “Each bachelor is carefully chosen and matched with a date package prior to the auction.” Enjoy music, food, drinks, raffles, and maybe even leave with a planned date to do something fun (such as dinner and whale-watching) with one of the bachelors. $15–$20.
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Fluxx, 500 Fourth Avenue, Downtown. 619-234-2253; jlsd.org
Friday | 30
CELEBRATE REPEAL DAY WITH BATCH 19 GRAYSCALERS
The Prohibition era ended with the repeal of the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933. “The Batch 29 recipe was discovered in the basement archives of a brewery dating back before Prohibition and is inspired by the last batches of beer brewed before 1919.” Taste Batch 19, revel, and pose with the painted grayscalers for a photo before an authentic background by a 1920s-inspired photographer. Free–$15.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Bootlegger, 804 Market Street, East Village. Batch19.com
Saturday | 1
SAN DIEGO CRAFT CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Twenty seasoned apprentices and craft trainees demonstrate their skills to win top honors in their craft fields during the 12th year of this competition that emphasizes “the important role craft skills training plays in construction.” Spectators welcome!
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training, 13185 Kirkham Way, Poway. 858-513-4700; abcsd.org
Sunday | 2
SONO PARK HOLIDAY FEST AND CHILIPALOOZA
Held “at the confluence of two neighborhoods battling for hipster bragging rights,” the 16th annual battle of chili (prepared by neighborhood restaurants) also features live music, food trucks, fun for kids, holiday shopping, a beer-and-wine garden, and more. Purchase a handmade ceramic bowl for chili-tasting and then take it home. Proceeds benefit McKinley Elementary School Foundation. $20.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Ceramic Connection, 3216 Thorn Street, North Park and South Park. Sdceramics.com
Monday | 3
SCIENCE AND PROPHECY OF THE ANCIENT MAYA + IMAX FILM
The Mayan calendar is coming to a close, and many are still trying to decipher these ancient prophecies. Mark Van Stone (professor of art history at Southwestern College and author of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya and Reading the Maya Glyphs) will address the misconceptions. A screening of the IMAX film Tales of the Maya Skies will follow the lecture. $7.
WHEN: noon to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org
Tuesday | 4
WRITING FOR COMICS
Become a comic-book writer! Patrick Yurick conducts this three-day class for kids 11+ that covers the specifics of scriptwriting and story creation for comics, with a focus on how to collaborate with other artists and writers. No experience necessary and materials provided. $112.
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (another three-day class begins December 6)
WHERE: Little Fish Comic Book Studio, 4831 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach. 619-356-1103 or [email protected]; lilfish.us
Wednesday | 5
WOMAN IN THE MIRROR, A DANCER’S JOURNEY
Devra Gregory performs her one-woman show about her life as a professional dancer: “from ballet to burlesque, exotic dancer to Michael Jackson impersonator.” Co-directed by Rhys Green and Andy Lowe. $25. WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. (through December 8, check for dates and times)
WHERE: Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. Lyceumevents.org