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Calendar: March 10 – 23, 2017

DIGITAL GYM GEMS

“Wolves” depicts a star player on his high school basketball team whose dreams of playing college ball are jeopardized by his volatile father with a gambling problem that threatens to derail their lives. Rated R. 110 minutes. Friday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 15.

“Lovesong” is a tender drama about two friends who develop a romantic bond that threatens to destabilize their lives when Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her daughter and best friend. Rated R. 85 minutes. Friday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 15.

“Catfight” portrays two former college friends who now find themselves in very different walks of life. As the two reconnect, long-buried hostilities explode into a vicious fight that leaves both battered and bruised. Unrated. 96 minutes. Friday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 15.

Visit DigitalGym.org for show times, tickets and information on additional films.

FEATURED EVENTS

Art reception for ‘Otherwise’

Friday, March 10

An opening reception will be held for “Otherwise,” an exhibit by artist Leslie Nemour, 6 to 9 p.m. at Art Produce, 3139 University Ave. in North Park.

Description: “‘Otherwise’ depicts disassociated narratives from cinematic sources to indict a world of perceptual confusions that battle inner beliefs and external realities. Reflective of personal disenchantments, the blurs, overlays and ghost images metaphorically parallel a current political energy, mercurial and capricious in behavior.” Through April 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visit artproduce.org.

Hillcrest Ghost Tour

Friday, March 10

San Diego’s only lantern-led neighborhood walking tour will take you on a spirited 2½-hour adventure to explore the most haunted and historic buildings in Hillcrest.

Departs at 6:30 p.m. from the fountains in front of Scripps Mercy Hospital, 4077 Fifth Ave., and ends at the Hillcrest Pride Flag. Benefits Hillcrest Town Council and the San Diego LGBT Visitors Center. Call 619-432-LGBT (5428) to reserve your lantern and visit tinyurl.com/h5l5sbx for details. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

Saturday, March 11

Enjoy food, performances and a beer garden at this family-friendly event. Entertainment includes The Shamrockers and Clan Rince Irish School of Dance.

Parade theme is “Mná an Domhain — Celebrating Women of the World.” Festival runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth and Laurel streets. Visit stpatsparade.org.

San Diego PoetrySLAM

Monday, March 13

San Diego PoetrySLAM is a poetry competition on the second Monday of every month starting at 8 p.m. at Queen Bee’s Arts & Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St. in North Park. Cost is $5. Poets read or recite original work. Performances are judged by selected audience members.

The slam is open to anyone and the poems must be written by the performer. All participants should have three poems prepared. Signups begin at 7:15 p.m. and close at 7:45 p.m. 13 slots available weekly. The first 10 to sign up are automatically in. The final two slots and sacrificial poet will be chosen by random draw.

When all monthly qualifying slams are over, the top ranking poets will compete in the San Diego Grand Slam Finals for the opportunity to represent San Diego at the National Poetry Slam. Visit queenbeessd.com.

Book reading at Verbatim Books

Tuesday, March 14

Authors Abeer Hoque and Stephen Beechy will read from their works from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Verbatim Books, 3793 30th St. in North Park. Hook will read from her memoir “Olive Witch” and Beechy from his new novel “Zeke Yoder vs. the Singularity.” Visit bit.ly/2lPlQFn or verbatim-books.com.

HTC annual meeting

Tuesday, March 14

Hillcrest Town Council invites all Hillcrest residents to its annual community meeting where elections and amendments to bylaws will take place.

The meeting will also include updates from local elected officials and representatives, community organizations and public comment. 6:30-8 p.m. Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Contact info@hillcresttowncouncil.com or visit hillcresttowncouncil.org.

FilmOut presents ‘Making Love’

Wednesday, March 15

It’s the 35th anniversary of this groundbreaking film, which stars Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson and Harry Hamlin in a film about the disintegration of a marriage when the husband decides to explore a relationship with a man.

It is a compelling film about love, honesty and courage, and one of the very first full-length feature films from a major studio to deal with homosexuality. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R. The nonprofit FilmOut San Diego presents this seminal gay film from 7 to 10 p.m. at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. For tickets, visit filmoutsandiego.com.

Homebrew Fest & Competition

Saturday, March 18

Friends of Jefferson will present the San Diego Homebrew Festival and Competition from noon to 4 p.m. in the North Park mini park lot behind the Observatory North Park Theatre, 2896 North Park Way. Enjoy unlimited tastes of beer from San Diego homebrewers as well as some local breweries.

All proceeds will help fund enrichment programs, scholarships and other necessities at North Park’s Jefferson Elementary IB STEAM Magnet School. Certified judges will sample and considering each beer a week prior to the event. There will also be a people’s choice award the day of the festival. Buy tickets at bit.ly/2lPjtlK or visit sdhomebrewfest.com.

South Park Spring Walkabout

Saturday, March 18

South Park’s Spring Walkabout in the South Park business district is set for 6 to 10 p.m. This is a quarterly, free, fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers.

The information booth is located at the north end of South Park in the California Liquor lot on Juniper and 30th Street. The booth has complimentary walking guides with information about what each business is offering, free South Park maps, and you can enter to win prizes from a free drawing. Visit southparksd.com.

Rock Star Beer Festival

Saturday, March 18

Toast to the best of California’s craft beer and live music as San Diego’s Rock Star Beer Festival showcases local and regional breweries and features live music and DJ performances throughout the Lafayette Hotel, 7-10 p.m. at 2223 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. The pool deck and veranda will host the majority of the tasting stations and a live DJ.

The conservatory of the hotel will host a lounge-style beer experience with more beer tasting stations and an area of couches and luxury chairs for lounging. Includes unlimited samples, live entertainment and access to the after party. VIP tickets include an extra hour of imbibing (starting at 6 p.m.) and access to 10 limited release beers. Visit sandiegoville.com.

RECURRING EVENTS

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

“The Edge of Seventeen” 8 p.m. Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11

“Collateral Beauty” 8 p.m. Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18

Admission: members — $16; box office — $17; online reservations — $19. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. 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. 619-694-9148. 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.

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.

Wednesdays:

Ikebana International meeting: 10 a.m. in Casa Del Prado, Room 101. The San Diego chapter of this Japanese floral arrangement organization meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Email Yuko Burkett with questions at yukosan@san.rr.com.

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. uptownrotary.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. bit.ly/2m7MbzB.

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.

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.

West African dance class: 5:30–7 p.m., Master dancer Djibril Camara from Guinea teaches these classes that are also a great workout for all ages and skill levels at La Vie Dance Studio, 325 W. Washington, Hillcrest. Lavie.dance.

To view local community organization meeting information online, visit: bit.ly/2esLpLR.

—Email calendar items to ken@sdcnn.com.

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