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Stories by Scott Ellis

This week: cherry blossoms, daffodils, and lots of beer

Thursday | 8 Taste of Third Sample signature dishes from Chula Vista eateries on Third Avenue. New this year for the 21-and-up crowd, a ticket includes tasters at participating breweries, cocktail lounges, and bar-restaurants. Favorites ...

March 7, 2018
March comes in like an acro-cat

Thursday | 1 Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch For over 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into a spectacular display of natural color and beauty. The 50 ...

February 28, 2018
Top events this week: Black Violin, WWE, and badminton

Thursday | 22 #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough The Women’s Museum of California is hosting their second Women in Leadership Awards event, this time honoring women behind the #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough movements. California Senate president pro tem ...

February 21, 2018
Have fun in February

Thursday | 15 Black Panther Experience A private screening of Marvel’s new superhero film, Black Panther. This is a Black Carpet experience, so make sure you are picture-perfect in your African-inspired attire. Happy-hour gathering at ...

February 14, 2018
San Diego festivals abound

Thursday | 8 Jewish Film Festival This is billed as “the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego,” with 37 feature films and 21 short films screened in five locations across the county. The 28th ...

February 7, 2018
Things to do as we roll into February

Thursday | 1 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 ...

January 31, 2018
This week's primo events: Disney on Ice, Plays by Young Writers, and Tiger Woods

Thursday | 25 Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart New for 2018, stories and characters from the animated movies Finding Dory and Inside Out. “‘Just keep swimming’ with Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and new pal Hank ...

January 24, 2018
Beat the January slump with these events

Thursday | 18 Circus Vargas: Pirates Death-defying acrobats, daredevils, flying-trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, and motorcycles in a swashbuckling, pirate-themed circus spectacular. Arrive 30 minutes early for an interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can learn ...

January 17, 2018
San Diego likes festivals

Thursday | 11 Borrego Springs Film Festival A juried, five-day film festival of narrative, documentary, animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Networking events ...

January 10, 2018
A Culture Shock Nutcracker and Carnaval Fantastique are in town

Thursday | 4 SoundOn Festival of Modern Music: Voyages Now in its 11th year, the soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary ...

January 3, 2018
Best ways to spend the end of 2017

Thursday | 28 Holiday Bowl Parade 2017 The largest balloon parade in America starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 spectators will line Harbor ...

December 27, 2017
The fabled green flash

Cross-Country Skiers are in for a short-lived treat late this month through February if winter storms intense enough to drop several inches to two feet of snow hit San Diego County’s higher mountains. As the ...

December 23, 2017
San Diego’s onset of winter things to do

Thursday | 14 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Get in on a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But first, a party at the Fleet. Meet R2D2 and hang out with Stormtroopers from ...

December 13, 2017
Tons of Christmasy things to do

Thursday | 7 Prophets of Rage At first it may seem an unlikely pairing — players from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave teaming up with members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But Rage ...

December 6, 2017
Blood-red flowers, blood-red sunsets

Poinsettias, a favorite of backyard gardeners, are now exhibiting their scarlet, petal-like bracts, just in time for the holidays. The onset of 14-hour-long nights triggers their behavior: In San Diego this condition is met just ...

December 2, 2017
Bill Murray, Jewel, and those December Nights

Friday | 1 Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends: New Worlds It’s a safe bet that SNL original-cast-member-turned-movie-star Bill Murray has never bored anyone with a conversation, let alone a performance. His appearance at the ...

November 29, 2017
Ephemeral snow in Cuyamaca and on Palomar

Cross-Country Skiers are in for a short-lived treat this month through February if winter storms intense enough to drop several inches to two feet of snow hit San Diego County’s higher mountains. As the clouds ...

November 27, 2017
Trot like a turkey and learn about honey badgers

Thursday | 23 O’side Turkey Trot “Move your feet before you eat!” is the annual refrain at the O’side Turkey Trot 10K Run/5K/15K, kids run/walk, and Senior 1-Mile. Includes a costume contest with a $300 ...

November 22, 2017
Freemont cottonwoods and why rainbows come now

The Fremont Cottonwoods along the San Diego River in Mission Gorge are now showing their best tawny foliage. You can park at the Old Mission Dam historic site or the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor ...

November 18, 2017
Ice crystals, liquidambar, sycamores

Atmospheric Ice-Crystal Effects are often observed, starting about this time of year, because of the frequent appearance of high clouds made of tiny bits of ice. The most familiar of these optical effects is the ...

November 11, 2017
Marching bands in Liberty Station, BBQ at Port Pavilion, and a marathon on the Silver Strand

Thursday | 9 San Diego Asian Film Festival Pacific Arts Movement presents this 18th-annual event, which they say has grown to become “the largest showcase of Asian American and international films on the West Coast” ...

November 8, 2017
Fall back into the Gaslamp, go on the Color Run, judge vegan tacos

Thursday | 2 Charissa Noble: Music/Art Lectures This series of three lectures offers a look at controversial art and music in the 20th Century, “the intersecting lives and artistic ideologies of artists and composers, posing ...

November 1, 2017
Mean temperature on its way to 55 degrees

Acorn Dropping reaches a crescendo early this month in the Cuyamaca, Laguna, and Palomar mountains. Wiry scrub oaks, massive canyon live oaks, and the golden-leaved black oaks all contribute to the growing collection of acorns ...

October 29, 2017
Paint the town orange and black

Thursday | 26 Haunted Trail of Balboa Park The Haunted Trail is mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks of Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon — “IT” will lead you ...

October 25, 2017
Extreme sailing, street food cinema, and the world’s largest Australian Football tournament

Thursday | 19 Haunted Hotel The Haunted Hotel is the longest running haunted house in San Diego. HauntWorld Magazine named it one of the top 13 haunted houses in America, and the event was featured ...

October 18, 2017
Cuyamaca's poplars, Palomar's oaks, docile tarantulas

Autumn Color in San Diego County’s mountains reaches its greatest intensity in late October and early November. The forested heights of Palomar Mountain are especially colorful right now. Black oaks on Palomar’s rolling uplands will ...

October 14, 2017
Bike for boobs, drinks spirits by the bay, and get scared in Belmont Park

Friday | 13 Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show Billed as the “West Coast’s largest and most prestigious indoor showcase,” the Harvest Festival creates a mega shopping experience with 24,000 handmade originals from hundreds ...

October 11, 2017
Oaks bring fall to Cuyamaca, Laguna, and Palomar mountains

The Floss Silk Tree, a conspicuous “autumn bloomer” here and there around San Diego, has been showing off its pinkish or purplish, hibiscus-like flowers for a few weeks. The broad, heavy trunks of this South ...

October 7, 2017
Faires and festivals for foodies, film buffs, and do-it-yourselfers

Thursday | 5 San Diego Film Festival The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, offers over 100 films from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, and independent filmmaking ...

October 4, 2017
Deepest sand of the year

As the Beach-Going Season Winds Down, San Diego County’s coastline is padded by what is likely the deepest and widest accumulations of sand we’ll see this year. Many stretches of the coastline are vulnerable to ...

October 1, 2017
Best mid-September events

Thursday | 14 Taste of Downtown Discover new eateries as you nom nom nom your way through downtown with bites from more than 40 restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, the financial district, and East Village. ...

September 13, 2017
San Diego blues, beer, burgers, and Brazil (Day)

Friday | 8 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is a celebration and exploration of horror, sci-fi, and dark-fantasy cinema and literature. The eighth-annual event kicks off with a focus on local ...

September 6, 2017
San Diego sunsets 75 seconds earlier every day

The Time of Sunset changes most rapidly this time of the year. This is mainly because the sun is swinging rapidly south along the ecliptic (its apparent path through the background stars). From the latitude ...

September 3, 2017
Best events for Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Thursday | 31 Festival of Sail More than 20 tall ships and other vessels from around the world will be on display August 31 through September 4 in San Diego Bay. The Parade of Sail ...

August 30, 2017
Don’t give up on the beach

Warm Water Temperatures, into the ’70s Fahrenheit over the past several weeks, won’t last much longer. As fall approaches, shorter days and increasingly oblique solar radiation will mean that less and less energy will be ...

August 27, 2017
The action is at the parks this week

Thursday | 17 X: 40th Anniversary Tour Punk rock, once thought of as a disposable offshoot of rock and roll, has now been around long enough that L.A.’s X can say they’ve been rupturing eardrums ...

August 16, 2017
T-storms green up the desert

Thunderstorms have visited the Imperial Valley and parts of eastern San Diego County over the past several weeks. The seasonal arrival of moisture from the east and south, more or less typical for late summer, ...

August 12, 2017
Mid-summer treasures: orioles and true jasmine

Orioles, the bright-yellow or yellow-orange-and-black birds seen flitting among the palm trees, are summer residents of San Diego County’s coastal areas. A century ago the orioles preferred to nest in sycamore trees, which were then ...

August 6, 2017
Autofest gets extreme and Supergirls take on Surf Dogs

Thursday | 27 Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime Singer and songwriter Geoff Tate deserves a lot of credit for the success of Queensryche’s groundbreaking rock opera Operation: Mindcrime. However, the guy also gets the blame for ...

July 26, 2017
Comic-Con + Comic-Con adjacent

Thursday | 20 Jay and Silent Bob/Babble-On/Fatman on Batman Kevin Smith is in San Diego for Comic-Con, and as usual he has a lot to say. On Thursday it’s “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” ...

July 19, 2017
Thunderheads coming

Birdwatchers need not despair now that the winter migrants are gone. Plenty of shore birds can be found on summer evenings in the natural coastal wetland areas of San Diego County. From south to north ...

July 17, 2017
Festivals everywhere — OB, Adams Ave., Mission Valley, and Palomar Mountain

Thursday | 22 SOKO CANNABIS BALL Celebrating the launch of San Diego online vendor SoKo Cannabis Creations with a runway fashion show by Alexandra Marie, B.FFRENCH, and SoKo, a cannabis mixer with Southern California businesses, ...

June 21, 2017
Have fun on the waterfront

Thursday | 18 Burgers and Brews Try beer from Aztec Brewing, Border X, and Stone Brewing Company, sample burger sliders from Crazee Burger (your choice of buffalo, ostrich, wild boar, or wagyu beef), play giant ...

May 16, 2017
Enjoy the days of May with these events

Thursday | 4 Art of the Ancients In the first of the series “30,000 Years of Art History in Four Nights,” art professor Robin Douglas will cover the ritual, reverence, and relevance of prehistoric, Egyptian, ...

May 3, 2017
Celebrate Linda Vista, avocados, Asian film, and the whole gosh darn Earth

Thursday | 20 ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SHOWCASE Twenty-one films over eight days, from beauty-queen tales to political dramas to topsy-turvy comedies to musical celebrations. The 7th annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is the biggest yet. ...

April 19, 2017
Easter, San Diego style

Thursday | 13 ATHENAEUM ART HISTORY: FRANCIS BACON An Introduction to Francis Bacon is a series of two art history lectures presented by Hugh Davies, director emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. ...

April 12, 2017
Fun things to do at the end of March

Thursday | 23 Borrego Springs Adventure Take a one-day motor-coach “edventure” to Borrego Springs from SDSU. The first stop is the historic Santa Ysabel Store, an emporium dating back to 1884. Ten minutes down the ...

March 22, 2017
See Latino Film, hear Irish poetry, and run with the dogs

Thursday | 16 World Baseball Classic Every four years, the biggest stars in baseball from around the globe battle to be called the world’s greatest. San Diego hosts second-round action at Petco with All-Star-heavy teams ...

March 15, 2017
Spring has sprung! Butterflies, cherry blossoms, and kids at the river

Friday | 10 Cherry Blossom Festival This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration in hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. ...

March 8, 2017
Beads (Fat Tuesday), birds (raptors), birdies (Dave Freeman), and dogs (American Kennel Club)

Thursday | 23 Celebrating African-American Women in the Arts To commemorate Black History Month, the Women’s Museum of California celebrates African-American women in the arts by honoring jazz musician and composer Jeannie Cheatham, Moxie Theatre ...

February 22, 2017

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