Calendar: Aug. 26 – Sept. 8

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8th annual Make a Joyful Noise Family Fun and Fundraising Gala
Saturday, Aug. 27

This event is presented by Jamie’s Joy – a memorial fund set up in honor of Jamie Morgan Mychael Bratton-McNeeley who was killed in a car crash at the age of 5. The annual fundraising gala raises money for various charities with this year’s donations benefitting the Urban Street Angels. This program is dedicated to helping homeless transitional youth (ages 18 – 25) get off the street. The event will feature live music, dancing, artisanal goods, food, drinks, a silent auction and more. The suggested donation to attend is $35 ($45 at the door) with family packages available and discounts for children’s tickets. The event will be held starting at 6 p.m. at The Irenic (3090 Polk Ave., North Park). Visit for more information.

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Performance art intensive
Saturday, Aug. 27

Performance artist and teacher Jose Hugo Sanchez will guide this intensive program at the San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park). The event is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will start with an introductory lesson on the history of global performance art. Students will then practice technique and content before finishing with individual and group performances The intensive is $50 per student. Visit to register.

Casino Night to benefit The Center
Saturday, Aug. 27

The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host their second annual night of mock gaming with food, drinks, music and prizes. Entirety of the $125 ticket fee benefits The Center’s programs. Casino Night will be held from 7 – 11 p.m. at a private residence (address given with ticket confirmation). Visit for more information.

‘Genius in the House!’
Saturday, Aug. 27

“Genius in the House!” is an event that brings brainiacs from fields such as biology, art, engineering and mathematics to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) at least once a month to enhance the exhibit experience. This is a casual event in the exhibit galleries from noon – 3 p.m. where attendees will have the chance to chat with the genius and ask questions. This month’s visitors will be members of the San Diego Virtual Reality Meetup. The event is free with paid admission. Visit for more information.

Book groups at Mission Hills Library 
Thursday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 7

The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan on Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. The “Famous Book” club meets on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. to discuss “My Russian Summers” by Andrei Makine. New members are always welcome to both groups. Copies of the books are available at the library’s circulation desk while supplies last. The library is located at 925 West Washington St. Visit for more information.

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Thursday, Sept. 1

Before she was an actress, Molly Ringwald was a singer. She grew up performing with her dad’s jazz band and has returned to her roots in recent years. She’ll be performing jazz tunes along with hits from The Great American Songbook at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest). Tickets are $60 for reserved seating and there is a $15 food/drink minimum per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Visit for more info.

Undersea Bath (Courtesy of The Studio Door)

Undersea Bath (Courtesy of The Studio Door)

‘Galactic Pleasures, The Imagination of Art and Science’ exhibition reception
Saturday, Sept. 3

This exhibition at The Studio Door (3750 30th St., North Park ) runs through Sunday, Sept. 25. It features artwork “powered by the imagination of art and science.” The works included explore the future, science, science fiction, fantasy and steam punk. The opening reception will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Visit for more information.

Rose Kingsley in ‘Through the Years With Johnny Mercer’
Thursday, Sept. 8

Singer Rose Kingsley returns to Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest) to perform the works of Johnny Mercer. Song selections will include “Skylark,” “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and more. Tickets are $20 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 for tickets.


Select dates:

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

  • “Blazing Saddles” Friday, Aug. 26
  • “To Have And Have Not” Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28
  • “Roman Holiday” Thursday, Sept. 1 – Sunday, Sept. 4
  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Thursday, Sept. 8 – Saturday, Sept. 10

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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