Thursday | 3
Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (U.S. premiere) to luminary independent work such as Patrick Wang’s In the Family (North American premiere). This year the 17th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 140 films from 15 countries at 6 venues in San Diego from November 3 to November 12.
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination invites you to a moderated conversation between Peter Diamandis (founder, XPRIZE Foundation), Julian Guthrie (author of How to Make a Spaceship), and Brian Binnie (the pilot of SpaceShipOne). When Diamandis realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time — if the government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private space-flight industry himself. The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne and the other teams in pursuit of outer space is a tale of making the impossible possible. Book-signing follows the discussion.
Friday | 4
Billed as the only contemporary fine-art show in San Diego, Art San Diego presents work from over 500 contemporary artists plus site-specific art projects, art labs, museum exhibitions, and art talks and panel discussions. Now in its seventh year, the three-day event attracts over 15,000 high-net-worth collectors.
This annual two-day event is the official kickoff of San Diego Beer Week. Enjoy samples from more than 60 San Diego County breweries. On Friday you can rub elbows with some of San Diego’s award-winning brewers showcasing San Diego’s finest, rare, and specialty beers, including offerings brewed for this event. Includes unlimited beer and food samples. On Saturday, more drinking and more food plus musical entertainment. Also on Saturday.
Saturday | 5
- Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8 a.m.
Mission Avenue and Pacific Street,
$40 - $100
Join riders of all kinds as you travel Southern California beaches and surf towns on routes of 25, 50, or 100 miles. There are also 7- or 15-mile paths along the San Luis River bike trail. Everything starts and finishes on the beach at the Taste the Coast at the Oceanside Pier with local cuisine, music, a beer garden, and a sports expo.
Stroll through the neighborhood sampling from University Heights restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts. Pick up your taste ticket at the information booth at Buddha’s Light Bookstore. Restaurants include Plumeria Vegetarian, Twiggs Bakery and Coffeehouse, Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano, Meraki Café, Red House Pizza, Muzita Abyssinian Bistro, Big Front Door, and others. Artists will open their studios to the public and businesses and restaurants will host artists. Return to Buddha’s at 3:30 p.m. for the big raffle. Free shuttle service throughout.
This children’s historical street fair is in the heart of the Gaslamp in front of the William Heath Davis House, spanning Fourth Avenue between Market Street and J Street and Island Avenue between Fourth and Fifth. Take a stroll down the historical streets and fall back into San Diego’s wild past of the 1880s. Kids can pan for gold with prospectors, observe a blacksmith plying his trade, saddle up for a pony ride, or learn to churn butter and dip their own candle. They can even find a sheriff and throw their parents in the town jail. Take a time-period portrait complete with traditional Wild West attire and props and visit one of the cultural booths to learn about different nationalities and how they have contributed to the fabric of San Diego society. Free snacks for the kids include quesadillas from Mr. Joey’s Taco Shop, popcorn, and cotton candy. Kids and adults can enter a spaghetti-, pie-, or ice cream–eating contest. Produced by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation.
Wednesday | 9
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and filmmaker/animator Brent Green, while not related, are both known for their performances combining cinema, musical accompaniment, and live narration. Brent will tell stories about his family, growing up in rural Pennsylvania, and the woman who sewed a spacesuit for the first dog sent into space. Sam will share tales about Louis Armstrong, the fog in San Francisco, and the last person listed in the San Francisco phone book. This collaborative appearance features live foley (sound effects) and soundtracks by musicians Brendan Canty (Fugazi), James Canty (Nation of Ulysses), Becky Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Kaye Ryan as accompaniment.
8401 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa
Sheldon’s Service Station. Patrick Henderson visits a new outdoor café in La Mesa built on the site of a former gas station. The owner is opening up three other restaurants in the area in the next 18 months. Is this La Mesa’s bid to become the next North Park?