Calendar: April 6 – 19, 2018


Spring Media & Tech Camp
From storytelling, to character design, to acting, Digital Gym Cinema offers filmmaking camps to provide young filmmakers with all the tools to show off their creativity and imagination. Ages 6 to 12 years old. Two camps: April 9–13; April 16­–20. 8:30 a.m.­–3 p.m. at Digital Gym Cinema. 2921 El Cajon Blvd. Visit

 ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’
Experience the West Coast premiere of the drama production, “The Happiest Place on Earth,” written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Jonathan L. Green. $15–$50. Runs through Thursday, April 15. Various times. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. Visit

‘A Little Night Music’
Cygnet Theater presents the romantic and comedic musical “A Little Night Music,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. $46. 8 p.m. at The Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. Show runs through April 22. Visit

‘Expressions of Wabi-Sabi: Embracing Impermanence’
View the mixed-media paintings of artist Dana Mano-Flank, who incorporates the traditional wabi-sabi Japanese aesthetic to capture the beauty of nature. Free with Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) admission. Runs through Sunday, April 29. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily at JFG Exhibition Hall, 2215 Pan American Road East. Visit


Friday, April 6

‘Art Journaling: Living Beside the Night’
Express yourself at Art on 30th’s April workshop. This month focuses on life reflection and reframing “opposing” as “complementary.” Bring supplies; full list online. $65. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Art on 30th, 4434 30th St. Visit

Live music at The Whistle Stop
Underpass, The Victoriana and Deaf Dance will perform. $5 after 9 p.m. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Whistle Stop Bar. 2236 Fern St. Visit

Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock at Tower Bar
Sailor Poon and resident DJs — Mr. Henshaw and Sesh — unite. $4. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at 4757 University Ave. Visit

Saturday, April 7

Old Town Saturday Market
The street market features work from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and on Sunday. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town. Visit

What So Not at Observatory
Electronic music project performs with Duckwrth and James Earl. $25. All ages. 8 p.m. at The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave. Visit

Matamoska at The Tower Bar
Ska-punk band Matamoska perform with The Amalgamated and N-E-1. Free. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at 4757 University Ave. Visit

Jose Gonzalez at Finest City Improv
Found Family invites improv teacher, director and performer Jose Gonzalez to the stage. 8 p.m. at Finest City Improv, 4250 Louisiana St. Visit

Small Town Murder at The Irenic
Comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman look at a small town, what makes it tick, and a murder that took place there. $25–$30. All ages. 7:30 p.m. at The Irenic, 3090 Polk Ave. Visit

Babes Who Sweat event
Thread + Seed and Babes Who Sweat team up to get your body and skin ready for summer. Event includes a 30-minute HIIT session, a skincare Trunk Show, one-on-one beauty consultations, and complimentary goodies. $10. 10 a.m.–noon at Thread + Seed, 2870 Fourth Ave. Visit

Caturday Saturday
Dance to the top 40 and dance hits with DJ Dida. $5 cover after 10 p.m. 21 and up. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. at Gossip Grill. 1220 University Ave. Visit

Yoga 101
Explore basic postures, breathing and meditation techniques that make up the practice of yoga. $25–$30; free for members. 1:30–3:30 p.m. at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3287 Adams Ave. Visit


Sunday, April 8

A group of women will perform original, personal pieces about their politics, thoughts, dreams, anger, and other subjects. This is the second annual installation of The Conversation, a SWAN Day event. $20. All proceeds benefit nonprofit El Nido. 7:30–9 p.m. at Finest City Improv, 4250 Louisiana St. Visit

‘Step by Step 5K’
The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego will hold its annual “Step by Step 5K” fundraiser. The dog-friendly, walking event will feature live music, a beer garden and an expo. $50. All proceeds will benefit the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. 9 a.m. at Liberty Station, Historic Decatur Road. Visit

The Undead at The Tower Bar
Horror punk band The Undead, featuring ex-Misfits guitarist Bobby Steele, perform with The Spooky and The Writhers. $10. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at 4757 University Ave. Visit

Monday, April 9

SOULful Monday
DJ Rebekah Hardt spins Deep House beats on the patio every second and fourth Monday. Enjoy all you can eat spaghetti, alcohol specials and more. 21 and up. 8 p.m. at Gossip Grill. 1220 University Ave. Visit

Lestat’s West Open Mic
Weekly open mic event hosted by Robby Robertson every Monday. 6:30–11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave. Visit

Soccer Mommy at Soda Bar
Soccer Mommy, the solo indie-rock project of Sophie Allison, performs with WINE and Nicely. $8–$10. 21 and up. 8 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit

Tuesday, April 10

Live show with Trailer Park Boys
Experience an intimate evening with the Trailer Park Boys — Ricky, Julian, Bubbles and Randy — the stars of the documentary-style comedy TV show. $37–$57. All ages; recommended for mature adults. 7:30 p.m. at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit


Showtunes Spaghetti Tuesdays
Sing your heart out with a drink, all-you-can-eat spaghetti and show tunes. Watch musical clips from your past and present TV, movie and stage productions. $6 per person, eat in only. 5 p.m. at Urban MO’s Bar & Grill, 308 University Ave. Visit

Wordplay Tuesdays
Writers select a 10-minute segment of their evolving play for a cold reading from an actor for the audience to watch in a relaxed setting. Free. 8 p.m. at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. Visit or call 619-220-0097.

Frankie Cosmos at Queen Bee’s
Indie-rock singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos performs with IAN SWEET and Lomelda. $15–$18. All ages. 7:30 p.m. at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St. Visit

Lestat’s West Comedy Night
Weekly comedy night event hosted by Dustin Nickerson every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave. Visit

Wednesday, April 11

Shock! A Night of 80’s New-Wave
Old Man Johnson and DJ Flanderz will spin synth-pop, new-ro, electro, whiny art rock, ska, goth, agit-pop and more tunes. Free. 9:30 p.m. at Bar Pink, 3829 30th St. Visit

BLINK-FEST at Soda Bar
Enjoy a night of tribute bands, featuring BLINK-FEST (Blink-182 tribute), Bleed American (Jimmy Eat World tribute) and Dead On Arrival (Fall Out Boy tribute). $8. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit

Thursday, April 12

Matt and Kim at Observatory
Electronic duo Matt and Kim perform with CRUISR and TWINKIDS. $35. All ages. 8 p.m. at The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave. Visit

Community conversation at MOPA
Engage in a community conversation about otherness, cultural identity and the body. 6–8 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado. Visit

Senate President Pro Tempore Celebration
The Center invites you to a celebration of the historic election of Toni G. Atkins as the California Senate president pro tempore. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. RSVP required. 4:30–6 p.m. at The Center, 3909 Centre St. Visit

Thursdays at The Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.–1:30 a.m. at The Kensington Club, 4079 Adams Ave. Visit

Friday, April 13

Oceanside Sound System at The Tower Bar
Alternative/indie band Oceanside Sound System performs with Privileged The Band, Codename: Rocky and The Big News. $5. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at 4757 University Ave. Visit

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at Soda Bar
Rock band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan performs. $12–$15. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit

Saturday, April 14

Taste of Hillcrest
Embark on San Diego’s largest self-guided culinary tour in Fabulous Hillcrest. Over 35 restaurants and 12 beer tastings will be featured. $30–$35. Noon at multiple locations in Hillcrest. Visit

Kensington Spring Walkabout
Kensington Talmadge Business Association invites you to a community-focused event that showcases Kensington and Talmadge businesses, both brick & mortar and home-based. Free. 2–5 p.m. on Adams Avenue. Visit

Gems of South Mission Hills
Mission Hills Heritage (MHH) will host its annual walking event featuring architecture tours and seminars. Snacks provided. $17–$22. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph St. Visit

Sunday, April 15

Psychotica at Soda Bar
Industrial band Psychotica perform with DRÆMINGS. $13–$15. 21 and up. 8 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit

Wimpy Rutherford at The Tower Bar
Wimpy Rutherford, original singer for The Queers, performs with The Cryptics and Dum Cumpsters. $10–$12. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at 4757 University Ave. Visit

Monday, April 16

Ryley Walker at Soda Bar
Singer-songwriter Ryley Walker performs. $13–$15. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit


Tuesday, April 17

Hey Ocean! at Soda Bar
Indie band Hey Ocean! perform with Coral Bells. $10–$12. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit

Wednesday, April 18

Moonwalks at Soda Bar
Psychedelic space-rock band Moonwalks perform with Acid Tongue and Former. $8. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. Visit




North Park Farmers Market
Shop more than 90 tents of locally grown produce, artisan grocery items, prepared foods and hand-crafted goods. 3–7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31th Street to Utah Street, North Park. Visit


Golden Hill Farmers Market
Stop by the open community space to pick up California Certified Organic Produce from local farmers. 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill. Visit

City Heights Farmers Market
Stock up on local groceries, produce, bakery items, prepared foods, and imported items from Latin America, East Africa and Southwest Asia. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Wightman Street between Fairmount and 43rd streets, City Heights. Visit


Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 vendors offer a variety of locally grown fruit, produce, gifts, arts and crafts, flowers, and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues. Visit

To view local community organization meeting information online, visit

—Compiled by Sara Butler. Email calendar items to with the subject line: “UTN Calendar Request.”

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