Walter Mencken 11:22 a.m., April 26
Best events in San Diego: May 16-23
Thursday | 16
DIANE WAKOSKI POETRY READING
Wakoski is the featured poet in this year’s San Diego Poetry Annual. Her reading will be followed by live music until midnight, featuring Franco Z and Z-BOP, with special guest stars. Ages 21+. $5–$15.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Star of the Sea Event Center, 1360 North Harbor Drive. 619-232-7408, sandiegopoetryannual.com.
Friday | 17
JULIAN WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Volcan Mountain Foundation presents a collection of 24 films that speak to environmental concerns and celebrate the beauty of nature. Friday night features A Fierce Green Fire, by Mark Kitchell, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning the past 50 years. Saturday and Sunday’s film screenings will include live music preceding each two-hour film session. A special screening of films by local filmmakers will be shown each day during the 90-minute lunch break. $5–$60.
WHEN: 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday: 8:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.)
WHERE: Julian High School, 1656 Highway 78, Julian. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and julianfilmfestival.com.
Saturday | 18
NORTH PARK FESTIVAL OF ARTS
This 17th annual event offers entertainment on five stages by bands, dance ensembles. More than 40 artists showcase work in a variety of media. Specialty and food vendors. Hands-on art area for kids. On “Craft Beer Block,” enjoy 12 four-ounce samples from San Diego breweries served in a commemorative glass. $0–$30.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: University and 30th, North Park. 619-294-2501, northparkfestivalofarts.com.
Sunday | 19
San Diego’s Sicilian-American community invites everyone to “Eat, Drink, and Be Sicilian” for a day at their 20th annual festival. Featuring grape-stomping, Sicilian treats, entertainment, cultural displays, kids’ zone, and the Bellissimo Car Show.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1600-1700 India Street, Little Italy. 619-469-2206, sicilianfesta.com.
Monday | 20
During this evening dedicated to donuts, participants learn the secrets to creating the delicious fried dough. Bring an apron, closed-toe shoes, two cookie sheets with sides, and containers to take creations home. Pre-registration required. Ages 18 and over. $65.
WHEN: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Alchemy of the Hearth, 960 Rancheros Drive, Suite L, San Marcos. 760-233-2433, alchemyofthehearth.com.
Tuesday | 21
PADRES VS CARDINALS
The San Diego Padres meet up with the St. Louis Cardinals. Games broadcast on radio station XX Sports Radio (1090 AM), XEMO (860 AM) in Spanish. $10–$85.
WHEN: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, East Village. 619-795-5000, sandiego.padres.mlb.com.
Wednesday | 22
BUZZ ALDRIN BOOK-SIGNING
This special after-hours event gives guests the opportunity to meet Buzz Aldrin, who, together with Neil Armstrong, became one of the first people to land on the moon on the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Aldrin and co-author Leonard David will be signing their new book Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration. Copies of Aldrin’s children’s book, Look to the Stars, is also available for purchase. Advance ticket purchase required. Only books purchased online through the museum will be signed. $29.
WHEN: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Air and Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. 619-234-8291 x140, sandiegoairandspace.org.