Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Your Week: September 27-October 3
Thursday | 27 WRITER AND POET
Amy Gerstler visits from Los Angeles to read from and sign her work, comprising eight books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Dearest Creature. Gerstler’s poetry is “known for its wit and complexity” and “deals with themes such as redemption, suffering, and survival.”
WHEN: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, room 220, El Cajon. 619-644-7523; grossmont.edu/English
Friday | 28 FINGER PAINTING FRIDAY: RAINBOW SHOW
What colors are in a rainbow? Kids (recommended ages three and under) experiment with watercolor washes to find out how many colors they can make, while “offering parents the opportunity to foster color recognition, application techniques, and even a bit of performance art.” Free–$10.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon
WHERE: The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Avenue, East Village. 619-233-8792; thinkplaycreate.org
Saturday | 29 TOUCH A TRUCK
Kids of all ages get a chance to climb on, climb in, and honk the horns of all their favorite vehicles from Harleys to Humvees, big rigs to low riders, monster trucks to Mini Coopers, rat rods to hot rods, stagecoaches to boats, and every emergency vehicle you can think of. Also, 20 gourmet food trucks, two live music stages, roving entertainers, kid-friendly activity booths, and more! $5.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 858-621-3473; touchatrucksd.com
Sunday | 30 DISCOVER SAN DIEGO MAP ADVENTURE
Teams “visit hidden treasures, historical landmarks, and a few quirky oddities,” with checkpoints scattered from Gaslamp Quarter to Old Town and from Coronado Island to Balboa Park. Travel on foot or on bike; with the map’s clear trails, paths, and elevation contours, you can plan a two-, four-, or six-hour adventure (3 to 40 miles) to suit your interests. $10–$60.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Amici Park, State Street and West Date Street, Little Italy. 510-681-6181 or email@example.com
Monday | 1 SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
The seventh annual celebration of books starts with a reading and book signing by Reyna Grande. The award-winning novelist’s latest book, The Distance Between Us, is a memoir that “reveals her own troubled and triumphant story as an undocumented immigrant.”
WHEN: 12:45 to 2 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego City College, 1313 Park Boulevard, room 121A/B faculty lounge, Downtown. 619-388-3596; sdcitybookfair.com
Tuesday | 2 JEKYLL & HYDE (THE MUSICAL)
Broadway San Diego hosts a touring production of the four-time Tony Award–nominated musical about a man of two minds — and bodies. Starring Constantine Maroulis in the dual title role and Deborah Cox as Lucy. Recommended for ages 13 and older. $45.50 to $90.50.
WHEN: 7 p.m. (ongoing through October 7, check for dates and times)
WHERE: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Avenue, 1100 Third Avenue, Downtown. 619-570-1100; sandiegotheatres.org
Wednesday | 3 THE CITY DARK: A SEARCH FOR NIGHT ON A PLANET THAT NEVER SLEEPS
SD’s International Dark Sky Association hosts this educational forum and documentary screening. Stick around for the post-film presentations on “Good Neighbor Lighting,” then star gazing hosted by the San Diego Astronomy Association.
WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org