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The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Frosty Farm, San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Events December 12-December 18, 2019

Friday | 13 The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Santa’s reindeer tell all in this exposé of the North Pole. Through each reindeer’s confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer, and seems to ...

Wonderspaces Virtual Reality, The Swingin’ with Dean Show

Events December 12-December 18, 2019

Thursday | 12 Wonderspaces Virtual Reality Visitors begin their experience by sitting down to Dinner Party, a film based on the accounts of Betty and Barney Hill, the couple who experienced America’s first nationally-reported UFO ...

The Imperiled Ocean, A Christmas Story, Tamalada Time, Beatles Fair, Kim Petras at Observatory North Park

Events December 5-December 11, 2019

Thursday | 5 The Imperiled Ocean Ocean journalist Laura Trethewey will discuss and sign her new book, The Imperiled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea. Her narrative journalism follows people as they head out ...

Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza, Hike The Ramona Grasslands, Skating, Santa, and S’mores, And Neither Have I Wings to Fly, Sono Fest Chili Cook-Off

Events November 28-December 5, 2019

Thursday | 28 Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza San Diego Jazz Fest runs over five days and includes more than two dozen traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly bands. Dancing and lessons take place ...

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine, Around the World in 80 Days, Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival, Local Holiday Market, Sumi-E: Asian Art Form Of Ink, Brush and Paper

Events November 21-November 27, 2019

Thursday | 21 Beaujolais Nouveau Wine tasting of fruity new wine, French buffet, and live music. All over France, the Beaujolais Nouveau event takes place on the third Thursday in November every year, marking the ...

Ring Around the Moon, Distiller’s Fest: Spirits And Jazz, City of East San Diego Police 1912-1923, Vision Quest Hike, The Black Keys and Modest Mouse

Events November 14-November 20, 2019

Thursday | 14 Ring Around the Moon Asked what he feared most, Truman Capote said, “Real toads in imaginary gardens.” That describes Jean Anouilh’s play. On the surface, the three-acter is a romantic fantasy. But ...

Long Story Short, Ride the Point, Forgotten Tragedy: The Sultana Disaster Of 1865, Cambodian Rock Band

Events November 7-November 13, 2019

Thursday | 7 Long Story Short Improvised storytelling show. Anyone who signs up may be randomly selected to tell a true, five-minute story related to the show’s theme, without notes. November’s theme is “Holidays, Schmolidays.” ...

Postcards from Mecca, Dia De Los Muertos in Old Town, Tamales, Chihuahuas and Low Riders, Twelfth Night, Chris Mann at Martinis Above Fourth

Events October 31-November 6, 2019

Friday | 1 Postcards From Mecca See rediscovered photographs of the Early Desert. When Susie Keef Smith died in Leucadia in 1988, her estate was handled by a county administrator who threw all her belongings ...

Latin American Art Fair, Zombie Crawl Meets Day of the Dead, Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King, Pumpkin Bash with Big Cats, Dream Theater

Events October 24-October 30, 2019

Thursday | 24 Latin American Art Fair See the work of Tijuana-based artists Cesar Vazquez and Maik Jimenez, winners of the Fair’s 2018 Best in Show and Honorable Mention. The installation includes paper-based flatwork and ...

Without Walls (Wow) Festival, Poe Fest, Brunch & Booze, Guided Hike of Homestead Trail, Kilikili

Events October 18-October 23, 2019

Thursday | 17 Without Walls (Wow) Festival The La Jolla Playhouse presents a site-based work at Liberty Station that showcases multiple performances by local, national and international artists (including a selection of family-friendly offerings), occurring ...

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The Importance of Being Earnest, Julian Autumn Jubilee, Serbian Crepes and Folklore Dancing, La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Events October 10-October 16, 2019

Thursday | 10 Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers Soft rock icon and occasional Grateful Dead member Bruce Hornsby is touring in support of his first full-length album in three years (and first true solo record ...

Bad Hombres/Good Wives, La Mesa Oktoberfest, Pan for gold and meet pioneers, Trolley Dances, Big Mountain

Events October 3-October 9, 2019

Thursday | 3 Bad Hombres/Good Wives Don Ernesto, macho cartel lord of Sinaloa, is used to getting exactly what he wants. In this case, he wants Eva — the young woman he sent to a ...

The Winter’s Tale, Twitchcon, Water Lantern Festival, Hillcrest Art Stumble, Peter Frampton & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

Events September 26-October 2, 2019

Thursday | 26 The Winter’s Tale Shakespeare’s tale of Leontes, a delusional and paranoid king, who goes berzerk and tears his family apart. He sends his wife to prison and banishes his daughter. Sixteen years ...

Yo La Tengo: The Love Song Of Buckminster Fuller, Speed The Plow, Log Toss, Norse Gods, And Mead, Artwalk Carlsbad, GI Film Festival

Events September 19-September 25, 2019

Thursday | 19 Yo La Tengo: The Love Song Of Buckminster Fuller Academy Award nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground), in collaboration with the band Yo La Tengo, presents a “live documentary” that explores ...

The Virgin Trial, Kaaboo Del Mar, Fiestas Patrias Celebration, Mind Travel: Silent Hike, Railroad music and rides

Events September 12-September 18, 2019

Thursday | 12 The Virgin Trial In this thriller, the young Elizabeth navigates political and sexual intrigue in the Tudor court that threatens her freedom, and even her life. After the death of both her ...

Adventure Hiking Scavenger Hunt, Foxfire, Burgers & Beer: The Search For The Best Burger, Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon, Carrie Underwood

Events September 5-September 11, 2019

Thursday | 5 Adventure Hiking Scavenger Hunt Join one of two scavenger hunts: “difficult” or “challenging,” depending upon your fitness and hiking skill level. Particpants will be together in one group. The object of the ...

Plumeria Festival, Nightime wildlife viewing walk, U.S. Sandsculpting Challenge, Wayward Sons, Amadeus

Events August 29-September 4, 2019

Saturday | 31 Plumeria Festival Plumeria species are indigenous to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. The festival features live entertainment, flower shows, plumeria-themed gifts, and ...

SDSU elite, not

Your movie reviews are terrible

Joke’s on State students Is this title a joke (“San Diego State – an elite school,” Cover Stories, August 14)? 69,000 apply for 5,400 spots but offers of admission go to about 24,000 to make ...

Cornhole Tournament, Shade along the trail, Barks & Brews Fest, Candy & Shelley Go to the Desert, Heart and Joan Jett

Events August 22-August 28, 2019

Saturday | 24 Cornhole Tournament Round one is “round robin,” where each team plays four games. The top two teams from each court play head to head in a single elimination match. The top eight ...

Movies by Moonlight, impossible railroad is 100 years old, Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Luchadors and Food Trucks, Frank Zappa Tribute

Events August 15-August 21, 2019

Thursday | 15 Movies By Moonlight Silent films curated by Scott Paulson with the UC San Diego Library, featuring live music from Scott and the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. August 15: Carmen (1915). In order to ...

A wall to take care of Tijuana sewage

America has always been great

Detouring Mexican Sewage How about we build a wall/island right on the Tijuana River, that goes 35 miles out to sea and build a military base there (“The sewage that Imperial Beach wants to put ...

Tiki Oasis 19, Oceanside International Film Festival, Eugene Ray, A Bright New Boise, San Diego Beer Choir

Events August 8-August 14, 2019

Thursday | 8 Tiki Oasis 19: Catch The New Wave Running over four days in Mission Valley (after an opening night at the Bali Hai), this year’s Tiki Oasis offers Hawaiian-themed décor, drinks, live music, ...

Bon Odori Festival, Hiking to Goat Canyon Trestle, Vegan night market, Songs for a New World, Weird Al Yankovic

Events August 1-August 7, 2019

Friday | 2 Bon Odori Festival Bon Odori, or “Gathering of Joy,” is a two-day festival with food, crafts, entertainment, community group booths. and dancing. On August 2, make your own toro nagashi to take ...

Super Girl Surf Pro, Soto Six: Joe Henderson/Wayne Shorter Tribute, San Diego Fruit Festival, Dogfight, Leopard shark snorkeling

Events July 26-July 31, 2019

Friday | 26 Super Girl Surf Pro The world’s largest female surfing event returns for its 13th year. Featuring more than 100 pros, it’s the only all-women’s World Surf League qualifying event in the US. ...

San Diego lifeguards to the rescue, Rock of Ages, Escape The Con: The Villain’s Tail, Over-The-Line Tournament, Ben Vereen

Events July 18-July 23, 2019

Thursday | 18 San Diego lifeguards to the rescue The Ocean Beach Historical Society and author Michael Martino take a look at the early years of lifesaving along San Diego’s beaches and the formation of ...

The Sunshine Boys, Paper Theatre, Vines & Vittles Festival, Full moon pier walk, Hugh Jackman

Events July 11-July 17, 2019

Friday | 12 The Sunshine Boys A young theatrical agent attempts to connect his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. But despite their celebrated reputation, the ...

4th of July in the 1800s, Avocado Pop-Up Museum, The Tale Of Despereaux, Lady Brain Fest

Events July 4-July 10, 2019

Thursday | 4 4th of July In The 1800s Recreate an Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. The day includes parades around the plaza, wagon rides, period clothing, brass bands, patriotic speeches, flag raising, square ...

The ups and downs of Oceanside

Has beer fest jumped the shark?

Mistold taco tale In the article “Every taco tells a tale” (Taco Town, May 16, 2018), writer Chad Deal has El Borrego Restaurant listed as Deleted (no longer in business) caption next to it. As ...

The future of San Diego bay, California tapestry at Mission Trails, Wild Walk: Carnivore Carnival, San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, The Luckiest

Events June 27-July 3, 2019

Thursday | 27 The future of san diego bay The Port of San Diego invites the public to community discussions regarding the future of San Diego Bay and the surrounding waterfront. Learn about the discussion ...

What You Are, Take a forest bath, OB chili cook-off, Italian Summer Film Festival, Cici Artemisia

Events June 20-June 26, 2019

Thursday | 20 What You Are Feeling adrift in a changing America he no longer recognizes, Don scrapes together a living and struggles to support his family through hard work and good intentions. But everything ...

The Weight Band, John Ferguson, River Trail Group ride, Archery, Renaissance costumes, and BBQ, Taste of Little Italy

Events June 13-June 19, 2019

Thursday | 13 The Weight Band Led by Jim Weider, a 15-year former member of The Band and Levon Helm’s group, The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the Woodstock barn where Levon Helm and ...

Lou De Beer’s aventurous life, St. Spyridon Greek festival, Nunsense, Jennifer Lopez, Dan Werb discusses City of Omens

Events June 6-June 12, 2019

Thursday | 6 One soldier's aventurous life This D-Day, listen to the life story of USMC veteran Lou De Beer, who survived the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands as a prisoner of war, then fought ...

Post-WWII art exhibit, Eagle Peak Preserve hike, Bird Club movie night, Pride and Prejudice, Toad the Wet Sprocket

Events May 30-June 5, 2019

Thursday | 30 Post-WWII art exhibit at Library Exhibit explores the artistic output that followed World War II. Come see Mid-Century ceramic works, furniture, fashion, fiber art, jewelry and metalwork. Many objects are on view ...

Lisa was not with the Xterminators

Bring back Duncan Shepherd

Rocker recall Hello this is D. T. Black of the Xterminators. I’m calling in regards to a column called Live Five by Jay Allen Sanford. It was in your May 16 issue on the Dinettes. ...

Gods of Comedy, San Salvador, Strawberry Festival, Lopez Canyon Plant Hike, Rock ‘n’ Soul Summit Festival

Events May 23-May 29, 2019

Thursday | 23 Gods of Comedy Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars. But when something goes wrong, Daphne cries out ...

Public defender Reichert challenges Eva Knott

The perfect Pete Rose rookie card

Mugglebee’s quest My name is Jack Mugglebee, I’m not sure if my last name is familiar or not, but I am writing you this letter because your article mentions a man named Nelson Katz who ...

Michael Wilken-Robertson’s Kumeyaay Ethnobotany, 100 years of the SD&A Railroad, Venus in Fur, Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships, Alicia Witt

Events May 16-May 22, 2019

Thursday | 16 Native people, native plants A presentation by Michael Wilken-Robertson, author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany. Wilken-Robertson’s research has explored the indigenous peoples of northern Baja California. He will discuss the interdependence between the native ...

Hates Hipster, hates fashion

The pedestrian always has the right of way

Fashionable junk I must say that I’m disappointed with the recent developments with the Reader paper. I always picked it up every week to find out about music events, restaurant and movie reviews, etc. But ...

Mountain Man Rendezvous, San Diego Murder & Mayhem, Balboa Park Pow Wow, Man of La Mancha, T.S.O.L.

Events May 9-May 15, 2019

Friday | 10 Mountain Man Rendezvous Visit a “mountain man” encampment to meet characters from the North American Fur Trade era (1815-1840). See demonstrations of flint and steel fire-starting, archery, tomahawk & knife throwing, blackpowder ...

Garden of the Dead reborn, Old Town Cinco De Mayo, San Diego Birds, Animales Nocturnos, Nocturnal, The Church

Events May 2-May 8, 2019

Thursday | 2 Garden of the Dead reborn Local “History Alive” series continues with historian Alexander Bevil on the importance of the “Garden of the Dead,” known as “The Franciscan Garden,” located at the foot ...

Why the Uber-Lyft confusion at airport

Santee lover, Chevy Cavalier lover, scooter hater

Spotty holiday FYI, The staff of [San Diego County Regional Airport Authority] were off in honor of Cesar Chavez holiday thus reason nobody answered the phone (“Message at airport on Uber-Lyft staging area a joke?” ...

Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Vernal pool walk on Lopez Bridge, Surfboard art, Little Saigon Stories, NWEAMO Electronic Music Festival

Events April 25-May 1, 2019

Thursday | 25 Geography of a Horse Dreamer Cody is chained to a bed, where he is being watched by gangsters. A radio announces action at local race track for horses. Cody keeps begging the ...

Nostalgic about Mexican radio, angry about Soapy Joe's

The truth about classical music, airport bureaucrats, and Imperial Beach

Commoners’ guide to classical music Please, please, please let the essay/article on classical music be some kind of twisted satire (“Classical music not for dummies”, Classical Music, April 2). You have to train to understand ...

In defense of Susan Davis, in praise of Bruce Henderson

Does it take a very white voice to get cops to show up?

Easy cop trick About a letter by Joseph Carmellino (“Backyard Intrusions”, Letters, March 27). In his letter he says that “on several occasions I have had to call the cops. They showed up in force ...

Boeing Boeing, San Diego Guitar Festival, Cowles Mountain hike, Earth Day at Torrey Pines, Lilac Festival

Events April 18-April 24, 2019

Thursday | 18 Boeing Boeing It’s the 1960s and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous flight attendants all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s ...

San Antonio and San Salvador ships, Peter J. Geise, Bullshot Crummond, Plants on Volcan Mountain, Scott Worthington

Events April 11-April 17, 2019

Thursday | 11 Peter J. Geise: Tijuana Art Series Peter J. Geise is a veteran of the San Diego art scene. His semi-abstract practice began at age of twelve, and is informed by modern art ...

Objections to socialist at University of San Diego

Rancho Guejito closer to Valley Center

Capitalism vs. Socialism, redux Prof. Chibber: According to Matthew Lickona, a reporter for the San Diego Reader, you participated in a debate (“Is it time for America to embrace socialism?) with Michael Munger on March ...

The Mattoon Act wreaks havoc, Kansas, SoCal’s elusive Mountain Lion, Julian Gold Rush Days, Mr. and Mrs. Finch

Events April 4-April 11, 2019

Thursday | 4 The Mattoon Act wreaks havoc Helen Ofield speaks on “The Dire Effects of the Mattoon Act 1925-1940.” Did your forebears lose home, land and money under the yoke of the Mattoon Act? ...

Economist challenges socialist who spoke at USD

Surveillance on every corner not OK

Capitalism vs. Socialism, redux Prof. Chibber: According to Matthew Lickona, a reporter for the San Diego Reader, you participated in a debate (“Is it time for America to embrace socialism?) with Michael Munger on March ...

Everyday guide to California Wines, Return Engagements, Water Lantern Festival, Belgian Fete, Michael Bublé

Events March 28-April 3, 2019

Thursday | 28 Everyday guide to California Wines What makes California unique among other wine-making regions of the world? How does French Chardonnay compare with its California counterpart? What’s the best way to read California ...