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Thursday | 10
This festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. Food and cocktails will be served. Age 21+. $20.
WHEN: 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: Co-Merge, 330 A Street, downtown. 619-255-9040; [email protected]

Friday | 11
Distinction Gallery and ArtHatch present 25 local artists creating for 24 hours straight, a marathon of creation to benefit the nonprofit art center’s teen program. Painting, drawing, collage, print, and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals. As works are finished, they will be added to the ArtHatch gallery space and auctioned off for a one-month period following the event. The reception for the exhibition will be held at the end of the event on January 12, with live music and beer, compliments of Stone Brewery. WHEN: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: ArtHatch, 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido. 619-781-5779; distinctionart.com; arthatch.org

Saturday | 12
Ogawashi and Brews Up have created a menu to showcase some of the best craft beers from Japan with the best sushi in San Diego. From first-timers to connoisseurs, all are welcome to meet a few new people, try a few new brews, and learn how to pair them with food. Seating is limited to 50, and all attendees will receive a commemorative Ogawashi/Brews Up glass. Ages 21+. $40.
WHEN: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ogawashi, 1100 Fifth Avenue, downtown. 619-696-3333; ogawashi.com

Sunday | 13
Conceived and directed by Michael Mizerany, who is one of the choreographers, along with Keith Johnson, Khamla Somphanh, Blythe Barton, Anjanette Maraya-Ramey, and Spencer Powell. And the “hot guys dancing”: Jacinto Delgado, Marty Anthony Dorado, Arthur Huang, Rogelio Lopez, Bradley R. Lundberg, Andrew Merrell, Ramon Montes, Edrian Pangilinan, Shannon Snyder, Nicholas Strasburg, Justin Viernes, and David Wornovitzky. Ages 18+. $25–$39.
WHEN: 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights. 619-220-0097; diversionary.org

Monday | 14
Birch Aquarium hosts twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their round-trip migration from their Alaska feeding grounds to Baja California. Search for seals, sea lions, dolphins, migrating birds, and more. $37–$42.
WHEN: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. 619-234-4111; aquarium.ucsd.edu

Tuesday | 15
Free your inner artist. This 12-week course by instructor Jill Hall is for novices and working artists of all types, including writers, visual artists, actors, dancers, and musicians. Weekly readings, exercises, and discussions will tap your imagination and increase productivity. Bring a copy of The Artist’s Way (by Julia Cameron) and an 8.5-by-11-inch unlined sketch diary. No arts experience required. $268–$312.
WHEN: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9.
WHERE: Bravo School of Art at NTC Promenade, 2690 Decatur Road, Studio 206, Point Loma. 619-223-0058; bravoschoolofart.com

Wednesday | 16
Tom’s Big Fat Trivia Party promises pop-culture trivia, games, and laughs. Happy-hour specials until 1:30 a.m. include $4 draft beers and 25-cent wings with spicy buffalo sauce or sweet-and-spicy chili sauce.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: U-31, 3112 University Avenue, North Park. 619-584-4188; u31bar.com

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