Calendar: Aug. 12 – 25

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Featured events 

Through Sunday, Aug. 14

A few performances remain for this dance program by choreographer Michael Mizerany’s company Compulsion Dance & Theatre at Diversionary Theater (4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights).

DiversionarySkin6The piece was inspired by people watching in airports and features a new duet, two critically acclaimed works and a piece by guest artist Bradley R. Lundberg. Visit for tickets and showtimes.

Meeting of Balboa Park Rose Garden volunteers 
Tuesday, Aug. 16

A monthly meeting for volunteers of the Balboa Park Rose Garden (2125 Park Blvd.) to share information and direct work needed. Volunteers (novice or experienced) are needed to join the Rose Garden Corps. Volunteer days are Tuesday and Thursday preferably weekly for 2 – 3 hours. The meeting is at 9:15 a.m. Email for more information.

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 9.35.48 AM‘Bikes on Tap’
Thursday, Aug. 18

This monthly bike-in happy hour by the San Diego Bike Coalition features a different brewery or winery each month and showcases a different San Diego County neighborhood. This month riders will roll into Vinavanti Urban Winery (1477 University Ave., Hillcrest) at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the Uptown Bikeway project recently approved by SANDAG. Vinavanti will donate a percentage of sales to the San Diego County Bike Coalition as part of their own “Sip ‘N’ Support” monthly event. Visit for more information.

Betty Bryant in ‘Something Cool’
Thursday, Aug. 18

Blues, jazz and cabaret artist Betty Bryant returns to Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest). Known as Cool Miss B, she’ll be showcasing her piano and singing talents performing blues, jazz and original numbers. Doors open at 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating with $15 food/drink minimum. Visit

Fleetnight_0055Impossible Science Festival
Saturday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 21

This two-day festival at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) will be a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and other amazing feats of science. The festival will be hosted by Jason Latimer, the Fleet’s Curator of Impossible Science from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Fleet theater lobby. Visit for more information.

‘Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science’
Opens Saturday, Aug. 20

This new permanent exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park) opens today featuring rare books, art, photographs and historical documents from the library’s collection. The items pay homage to the “past, present and future of citizen science.” Visit for more information.

‘Go For Launch!’
Monday, Aug. 22 – Wednesday, Aug. 24

This space-inspired science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for three days at the San Diego Air and Space Museum (2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park). “Go For Launch” is presented by nonprofit Higher Orbits, which works to inspire kids using mankind’s journey into space. Over the course of the event, students will be immersed in “the wonder of spaceflight” with talks and hands-on activities. Former NASA astronaut Don Thomas and others will present during the event. Registration is $250 per student and includes all supplies and snacks and meals. Visit for more information.

MA4Something-Like-a-Dame-100-x-750-for-Martinis-2016Celebrity Impersonator Michael Walters as Dame Edna in ‘Something Like A Dame’
Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Thursday, Aug. 25

Celebrity impersonator Michael Walters returns to Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest) with a unique homage to Dame Edna featuring glittering gowns, outrageous comedy, musical numbers and more. Walters sold out two previous engagements at MA4. Doors open at 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating with $15 food/drink minimum. Visit 


Select dates:

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

  • “Notting Hill” Friday, Aug. 12
  • “Indiscreet” Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14
  • “Tootsie” Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19
  • “The African Queen” Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21
  • “Blazing Saddles” Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26

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


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

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

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.   


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

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.

Uptown Democratic Club: 6:30 p.m., Joyce Beers Community Center hosts these meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December). 3900 Vermont Ave., Hillcrest.


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.


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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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. 


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. and

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


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

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

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


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

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

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