John Brandi 9 p.m., Sept. 17
Best events in San Diego: May 30-June 5
Thursday | 30
CULTURE AND COCKTAILS: PIRANESI
Take a 3-D or holographic photo, have your portrait etched by the etch-a-sketch man, and watch an acrobatic performance by Cristin Sandu. This night features interactive visual elements, Italian soda cocktails, and classic Italian bites all inspired by Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design. The architect-designed exhibition features video projections, a virtual reality 3-D installation, and maze-like spaces based on and inspired by the artist Giambattista Piranesi’s designs. Ages 21+. $0–$15.
WHEN: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-232-7931; sdmart.org
Friday | 31
A celebration of cultural diversity with international food, cultural performances, and heritage booths.
WHEN: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Doyle Elementary School, 3950 Berino Court, University City. 858-455-6230.
Saturday | 1
TEMECULA VALLEY BALLOON AND WINE FESTIVAL
Event “lifts spirits and spectators” with hot-air-balloon flights, dining, wine tasting, and entertainment. Hundreds of booths, concerts on two stages, over 20 wineries, freestyle motocross show, arts-and-crafts fair, kids’ fair, and over 40 hot-air balloons. $5–$50.
WHEN: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Additional dates: May 31 and June 2)
WHERE: Lake Skinner, 701 Warren Road, Winchester. 951-676-6713; tvbwf.com
Sunday | 2
SAN GENNARO FEAST
The annual festival held in honor of Saint Gennaro features Italian food vendors, live national acts hourly on the main stage, amusement rides, and games. $7–$9.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Additional dates: May 30, 31, and June 1)
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. 702-286-4944; sangennarofeast.com
Monday | 3
COMING-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE
Local aspiring “up and comers” and experienced comics co-mingle and offer a range of styles and performances. Ages 21+. $5–$8.
WHEN: 7:45 to 9:45 p.m.
WHERE: Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, downtown. 619-702-6666; madhousecomedyclub.com
Tuesday | 4 MONDOMANILA, OR: HOW I FIXED MY HAIR AFTER A RATHER LONG JOURNEY
A hymn to life in the slum. A merry carnival of outcasts. A shameless plug for sex, drugs, and punk rock. Not for the fainthearted or those who believe that the misery in the Third World could only be met with well-meaning social dramas. The Filipino musician and filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz (33 feature films, more than 100 short films) plunges headlong into the fray of the slums of his native city of Manila. Part of the Frequency Film Festival. $6–$10.
WHEN: 6:45 p.m.
WHERE: Ocean Beach Playhouse, 4944 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach. 800-838-3006; frequencyfilmfestival.com
Wednesday | 5
Taste samples of Spain’s cheese and sip complementary wine.
Ages 21+. $50.
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Venissimo Cheese, 871 G Street, East Village. 619-358-9081; venissimo.com