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Calendar: July 29 – Aug. 11

Featured events

Super Awesome Showdown: Galacticadia 3
Saturday, July 30

This event is a live, action-packed sci-fi-themed video game pro-wrestling show to be held at the Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park). The show features combat paired with live music and a light show to entertain all ages. Show promoters say “if you love wrestling, super heroes or space” then you will love this event. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (VIP at 7 p.m.) and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids, $20 for general admission, $25 for VIP kids and $40 for VIP adults. Visit superawesomeshowdown.com for tickets.

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Summer camps at San Diego Art Institute
Monday, Aug. 1 – Friday, Aug. 5

San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park) has been hosting several summer camps with morning and afternoon sessions for kindergarten – third grade and fourth – eighth grade. SDAI has a couple summer camp sessions left to finish this program. The “Fiber Arts Camp” focuses on fiber as an art material utilizing different techniques to create various pieces. This camp is for all ages and will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday. “Street Art Camp” for fourth – eighth grade kids will be held from 1 – 4 p.m., also Monday – Friday. This camp teaches students to combine traditional street art-making forms such as stencils, airbrushing, wheat pasting and stickers. Visit sandiego-art.org/summercamps for full details and to register your children. 

coloringbookdayNational Coloring Book Day
Tuesday, Aug. 2

West Grove Collective (3010-B Juniper St., South Park) will be hosting an all-day event for the first National Coloring Book Day from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Attendees can stop in any time of day for adult coloring books and pencils; refreshments and snacks; and souvenirs and opportunity drawings. The event is free to attend and the store has a large inventory of art supplies, instruction books and kits for purchase. Visit westgrovesouthpark.com for more info.

Jason Graae in ‘Perfect Hermany’
Thursday, Aug. 4

jason-graae-to-perform-at-encompass-new-opera-theatres-2015-gala-629_1Broadway performer Jason Graae will hit the stage at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest) to pay homage to legendary, Tony Award-winning Broadway composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. Graae will share stories along with songs from Herman classics including “Hello, Dolly!,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and more. Tickets are $20-$25 for reserved seating with a $15 food/drink minimum per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Visit ma4sd.com for more information.

Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
Friday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 7

Latin American Festival_HR%5b2%5dBazaar del Mundo hosts this annual festival with folk art, food, entertainment and more. It will showcase San Diego’s largest collection of Mata Ortiz pottery plus artisan jewelry, Mexican clothing and colorful collectibles. Live demonstrations will be given featuring different forms of artwork including painting clay pots, weaving hand-pulled wool and carving animals from wooden stumps. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit bazaardelmundo.com for more information.

Opening reception for exhibit: ‘Endangered’
Saturday, Aug. 6

The exhibition “Endangered” will be on display at The Studio Door (3750 30th St., North Park) from Friday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 28. This opening reception for the exhibition is free and will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. “Endangered” is a celebration of artwork, which showcases the beauty of endangered and threatened species or habitats. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to a wildlife nonprofit. Visit thestudiodoor.com for more details

Live music: Doug Ellington and A New Urban Groove
Saturday, Aug. 6

Doug Ellington and A New Urban Groove will perform at the final installment of this summer’s Bird Park concert series presented by the North Park Community Association. Doug Ellington and A New Urban Groove takes traditional jazz and puts a contemporary twist on it with improvisation and elements of various styles including funk and rock. Bird Park is located at Upas and 28th streets in North Park. The concert is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Visit northparksd.org for more information.

RECURRING EVENTS

Select dates:

Cinema Under the Stars: Films presented at an outdoor viewing space on various nights of the week. Upcoming films:

  • “The Big Chill” Friday, July 29
  • “Arabesque” Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31
  • “The Man Who Knew Too Much” Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 5
  • “Jerry Maguire” Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7
  • “Notting Hill” Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12

Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221. 

Mondays: 

North Park Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 – 8 p.m., weekly meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3725 30th St., North Park. 8469. toastmastersclubs.org.

Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free. Lestats.com.

Unsung Genius: 6:30 p.m., bi-weekly trivia hosted by Rafael Gaitan starting at 7 p.m.; $2 to play; cash, bar tab and other prizes. Karaoke to follow at 9 p.m. on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Themerrow.com.   

Tuesdays:

Curbside Bites: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. Curbsidebites.com.

Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Sdfoodtrucks.com.

Uptown Democratic Club: 6:30 p.m., Joyce Beers Community Center hosts these meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. New members wanted. 1220 Vermont Ave., Hillcrest. Uptowndemocrats.org.

Wednesdays: 

Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest, love offering requested. Universalspiritcenter.org

Thursdays: 

Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. Sdurotary.org.

Gentle yoga for seniors: 2:30 – 4 p.m., presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest, free. Thecentersd.org.

North Park Thursday Market: 3 – 7 p.m., at 3000 North Park Way, between 30th Street and Granada Avenue, North Park free. Northparkfarmersmarket.com.

Kornflower’s Open Mic: Signups at 6:30 p.m., open mic (no poetry or comedy) 7 – 10 p.m. Family-friendly event at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com.

Liberty Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m., at Saint Paul’s Community Care Center, 328 Maple St., Bankers Hill. Libertytoastmasters.org.

Courage to Change – Al-Anon meetings: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., a weekly meeting for friends and relatives of alcoholics at Christ United Presbyterian Church (in the chapel), 3025 Fir St., South Park.

2016 San Diego Film Series: 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday view a film representative of Italian cinema at the Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. Sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com.

Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:30 p.m., chant and sing ancient and contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3301 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free – donations welcome. Pilgrimageyoga.com. 

Fridays:

Memory Café: 10 – 11 a.m., second and fourth Fridays. Gathering place for those with memory loss, caretakers and those worried about memory problems in the Common Room at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St., Hillcrest. At-will donation. Memoryguides.org and Firstuusandiego.org.

Square Dancing Classes: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., every Friday. No previous dance experience needed. Recital Hall, 2130 Pan American Plaza. $50 for 13 classes. 858-277-7499 or circulators.sdsda.org.

Saturdays 

Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Also held on Sundays. Oldtownsaturdaymarket.com.

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free. Sdmarketmanager.com.

Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free. Comedyheights.com.

Sundays

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free. Hillcrestfarmersmarket.com.

Karaoke: 8 p.m., your chance to shine on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Themerrow.com.  

To view local community organization meeting information online, visit: sduptownnews.com/community-organization-meetings.   

—Email calendar items to ken@sdcnn.com.

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