DIGITAL GYM GEMS
‘The Ticket’ — A man who spontaneously recovers his sight is overwhelmed by the possibilities now open to him, but reevaluating his present circumstances tempts him to betray his loved ones. Unrated. Friday, April 7 to Thursday, April 13.
‘My Life As A Zucchini’ — In this whimsical Oscar-nominated animated film, a young boy who goes by the name Zucchini is sent to a live in a foster home after the death of his mother. After a series of adventures with his new friends, he begins to re-define what it means to have a family. Rated PG-13. Friday, April 14 to Thursday, April 20.
‘The Freedom To Marry’ — Director Eddie Rosenstein’s inside story of the same-sex marriage movement through the eyes of those who led the fight. Not rated. Friday, April 14 to Thursday, April 20.
Visit DigitalGym.org for show times, tickets and information on additional films.
‘Gay (as in happy) Songs & Dances’
Friday, April 7-Sunday, April 9
“Gay (as in happy) Songs & Dances” premieres at Diversionary Theater, 4545 Park Blvd., Unit 101 in University Heights. This interactive “cabaret” is a mashup of pop with theater songs.
The audience can sing and dance along to tunes such as Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Justin Timberlake’s “Dance, Dance, Dance.” The performances will feature three vocalists and four dancers. Performances: Friday, April 7, 8 p.m.; Saturday April 8, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m. Visit bit.ly/2nLthQj.
Massive Music concert
Friday, April 7
Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony joins Pro Arte Voices for a Massive Music concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave. in Bankers Hill. Featured piece will be J.S. Bach’s eight-voice motet, “Komm, Jesu, Komm.” $20 for adults; $5 for students at door or sdproartevoices.org.
‘Read Imagine Create’ ceremony
Monday, April 10
Write Out Loud will announce the finalists in the “Read Imagine Create” literature-inspired arts competition for San Diego middle and high schoolers, at 7 p.m. at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town.
All submissions were inspired by reading Emily Dickinson, and entered in Literary Art, Visual Art and Performance/Media Art categories. Professionals judged in each category. Free. Visit writeoutloudsd.com.
East Hillcrest MAD meeting
Tuesday, April 11
Property owners in east Hillcrest are urged to attend meeting at 5 p.m. at Joyce Beers Community Center in the HUB shopping center, 3900 Vermont St. Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) has been working to expand the boundaries of the East Hillcrest Maintenance Assessment District to pay for enhanced security, cleaning and gardening services.
Property owners will vote on a proposed special assessment to provide those services. HBA officials will explain the proposed levy. Public welcome. 619-299-3330 or hillcrestBia.org.
Hillcrest Town Council meets
Tuesday, April 11
State Sen. Toni G. Atkins will speak at the Hillcrest Town Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Joyce Beers Community Center in the HUB shopping center, 3900 Vermont St. The council will also present a panel to discuss hate crimes. Visit hillcresttowncouncil.org.
SUSTO at Soda Bar
Wednesday, April 12
From Charleston, South Carolina comes the five-piece indie rock band SUSTO, which will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. Cat Clyde will open. This is a 21-and-older show. Tickets $10 at fgtix.to/2iRm7tS.
North Park Main Street business mixer
Wednesday, April 12
In conjunction with The Safehouse North Park, the North Park Main Street will have a business mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Safehouse, 2930 University Ave. Participants will get free video games and small bites, along with happy hour drink specials. 619-294-2501.
North Park Community Association mixer
Thursday, April 13
Kicking off its annual membership drive, North Park Community Association will hold a mixer from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dexter’s Deli, 3773 30th St. Meet the folks from the pet store as well as the crew from Barons Market North Park. Visit northparksd.org or call 619-923-2979.
Sara Petite at Park and Rec
Friday, April 14
San Diego’s own Sara Petite will perform “a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll” at 10 p.m. at Park and Rec, 4612 Park Blvd. in University Heights. No cover. This is a 21-and-older show. 619-795-9700.
Shaed at Soda Bar
Friday, April 14
D.C.-based trio Shaed — featuring vocalist Chelsea Lee and twins Max and Spencer Ernst — will appear at 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. Manatee Commune will open. This is a 21-and-older show. Tickets $15 at ticketf.ly/2okq4aL.
Taste of Hillcrest
Saturday, April 15
More than 30 restaurants will participate in the annual Taste of Hillcrest, running from noon to 4 p.m. in Hillcrest. Sample bites of food from various cuisines. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. Visit bit.ly/2o8nffX.
Thursday, April 20
Celebrate National Poetry Month as some of area’s finest poets will read their works published in the San Diego Poetry Annual, 7 p.m. at Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St. Free. 619-692-4910. facebook.com/mhlibrary.
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater: Presenting “Goldilocks and The Three Little Bunnies” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. April 12-14; 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. April 15-16 at puppet theater in Balboa Park. Marionette performed by “Big Joe” Fitzpatrick. Jennifer Purviance provides Goldilocks’ voice. Tickets $5 at balboaparkpuppets.com or call 619-544-9203.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Liberty.toastmastersclub.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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