Patrick Henderson 1:30 p.m., Dec. 17
Best events in San Diego: April 12-17
Friday | 12
Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions, and bring a flashlight. Ages 6–13 must attend with a paid adult. Prepurchase required. $12–$14.
WHEN: 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
WHERE: Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. 858-534-7336; aquarium.ucsd.edu
Saturday | 13
KIRK AEDER: CHILD OF THE STORM
Kirk Aeder talks about his book, Child of the Storm: How an Angry Young Man Formed a Bond with the Sea and Changed Our Lives Forever, which took nine years to complete between Aeder’s assignments as an international photojournalist.
WHEN: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside. 760-721-6876; surfmuseum.org
Sunday | 14
HOLE DIGGING COMPETITION
Coronado company URT Clothing hosts the second annual URT DIG. Rules: bring your own shovel and take ten minutes to dig the deepest hole you can. Divisions: Plastic, ages 10 to 14; Metal, all ages (one shovel per person); Purist, all ages (hands only, no shovels allowed). Includes raffle prizes. $25–$30.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Coronado City Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Coronado. Urturt.com
Monday | 15
FILM FORUM: CORPO CELESTE
Religious angst mingles with adolescent angst in this gritty debut about a shy, newly relocated 13-year-old girl preparing for her confirmation.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Public Library, 820 E Street, East Village. Sandiego.gov/public-library
Tuesday | 16
A comedy/horror movie based on director Ellory Elkayem’s critically acclaimed short Larger Than Life. In the 2002 feature-length version, arachnids grow to horrific proportions after being exposed to toxic waste. They promptly proceed to devour people and pets in the formerly quiet mining town of Prosperity, Arizona. Starring David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scott Terra, and an early role by Scarlett Johanson. $9–$12.
WHEN: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-232-3821; sdnhm.org
Wednesday | 17
CHRISTOPHER MERRILL READING
Merrill is the author of four books of poetry, including Watch Fire and Brilliant Water, as well as numerous nonfiction books. He will discuss his work as part of the Spring 2013 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series.
WHEN: 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: SDSU Malcolm A. Love Library, 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. 619-594-4991; 619-594-6728; library.sdsu.edu