Saturday, February 3: Chinese New Year in Balboa Park
Thursday | 1
Documentaries highlight human-rights issues
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
The festival offers a program of six films that address a range of human-rights issues around the world. Filmmakers and Human Rights Watch experts will be present at each screening to discuss the issues raised in each film. Documentaries highlight the morality of capital punishment, social media as a tool for activism, environmental activism, domestic violence, workers’ rights, and police violence. $10 per movie; $35 festival pass. The opening-night screening is Lindy Lou: Juror Number Two: “20 years ago, Lindy Lou sat on a jury that sentenced a man convicted in a double homicide to death…Lindy decides to cross political and religious divides in the rural South to explore the impact this decision had on her fellow jurors.” Q&A follows with Lindy Lou Isonhood.
Friday | 2
The stories of women who made a contribution to Jewish life in San Diego
Remarkable Jewish Women of San Diego
Research into the archives of the Jewish Historical Society at SDSU has revealed the largely untold stories of several women who made a significant contribution to Jewish life in San Diego from the 1800s to the present. They include Rose Neumann, who published the first Jewish newspaper in San Diego, and Deborah Szekely, named the “Godmother of Wellness” by the Huffington Post. The lecture is by Dr. Gloria Harris, who has devoted over 30 years to studying and documenting women’s experiences. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington and was inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Unlimited single-malt whiskey from Macallan and barrel-aged beer from Ballast Point
By the Barrel: Scotch and Beer
This is the kickoff to the 2018 “By the Barrel” series at Estancia La Jolla. Sample unlimited single-malt whiskey from Macallan and barrel-aged beer from Ballast Point and speak with chief ambassadors during the welcome reception: James Murray, Ballast Point VP of brewing, Steve Anderson, Ballast Point director of barrel-aging, and Kieron Elliot of Macallan. A multi-course meal is paired with the scotch and beer, which includes coffee-chipotle seared buffalo carpaccio, juniper berry-crusted venison loin, smoke-roasted Muscovy duck breast, and wild boar shoulder & three-bean casserole. Music by Highland Way.
Saturday | 3
Chinese New Year at the International Cottages
Chinese New Year Festival in Balboa Park
A celebration of the Chinese New Year at the International Cottages in Balboa Park with kung-fu performances, a Lion Dance, a youth fashion show, calligraphy demos, and dumplings, milk tea, and steamed buns. Be sure to get a red envelope (a symbol of good luck). Also on Sunday.
Music and dances of the late 19th Century
Viennese Nights: A Grand Victorian Ball
Celebrate the music, dances, and romance of the Strauss era. The Grand Pacific Waltz Orchestra will play authentic period music for waltzes, polkas, set dances, and mazurkas. “Dance mistress” Joan Walton of San Jose will preside. Joe Dyke will direct the orchestra. The historic Balboa Park Club has a 12,000-square-foot dance floor, one of the largest in California. Elegant evening wear required; vintage-style mid- to late-19th Century encouraged. If you need to work on your skills, there’s a two-hour “survival waltz” class at 11:30 a.m.
The author of Amilah will discuss her first book
Author of the Month: Halima Hagi-Mohamed
Halima Hagi-Mohamed was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to Somali parents. She was raised in Fresno and is the second youngest of nine children. Hagi-Mohamed has been writing since the age of 12 and got her start on the story-sharing website Wattpad, later venturing into writing fictional stories about life in the Somali diaspora. Amilah is her first book. In Arabic, amilah means finding hope in dark times. The author will discuss her book.
Sunday | 4
The last-remaining kegs + noshing
- Sunday, February 4, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stone Brewing Co.,
1999 Citracado Parkway,
$30 - $55
Stone Super Sunday Cellarbration
Stone says they sent their “global beer curator” Padraic Lenehan to the depths of their cellar to pull out some of their oldest, rarest, last-remaining kegs to pair with dishes by executive chef Tausha Lopez. Ticket includes 15 tasters of craft-beer pours (additional tasters available for purchase), 5 paired dishes, one 32-oz. can growler of Stone IPA of Passion Fruit & Bullet Hops, and “noshing stations with unlimited bites.” Designated driver tickets $30; with beer, $55.