Calendar: Dec. 16, 2016 – Jan. 12, 2017

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‘Holiday Rhapsody’
Saturday, Dec. 17

 The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will present this concert with the music of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve. Homemade goodies and refreshments will be available during intermission. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event starts at 7 p.m. at San Diego Woman’s Club (2557 Third Ave., Bankers Hill). Visit for tickets.


Talmadge Art Show Pop-Up
Saturday, Dec. 17

This art show will feature 15 artists selling handmade craft including jewelry, clothing, mixed media and pottery. Plus there will be a food truck on hand. The event is from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in Talmadge (4514 Norma Drive). Visit

Mission Hills Branch Library book sale
Saturday, Dec. 17

Find some good reading at a reasonable price during the book sale held by the Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library (925 W. Washington St.) from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Visit

The Lulls hanging out in Big Sur (Photo by Brennen Cunningham)

The Lulls hanging out in Big Sur (Photo by Brennen Cunningham)

Live music: The Lulls, Gary Wilson and Well Well Well
Monday, Dec. 19

Local band The Lulls have been garnering lots of attention with the release of their album “Island of Daughters.” The band’s eclectic sound reveals shades of surf-pop and shoegaze with funky guitar interludes. They’ll be joined for this show at the Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy/Middletown) by experimental artist/musician Gary Wilson and alternative rockers Well Well Well. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6. Visit

Free holiday concert
Wednesday, Dec. 21

The Bayou Brothers will perform holiday songs with a zydeco/Cajun twist during a free holiday concert at the Mission Hills Library (925 W. Washington St.) at 6:30 p.m. Visit

‘On With The Show: Psychedelic Masquerade’
Saturday, Dec. 31

This New Year’s Eve extravaganza was inspired by the “Psychedelic ’60s” and features a huge lineup of local bands in three different “venues” within the hotel. Highlights of the bands and acts performing include the “California soul” stylings of Birdy Bardot, the final performance of garage rockers The New Kinetics, and the sultry and psychedelic sounds of The Verigolds. Also on the bill is a San Diego standout: Oh, Spirit. The group’s music has tight-knit structure, dance-worthy rhythms and dreamy harmonies– they are not to be missed. Ticket packages for this event range from general admission to dinner and drink inclusive options and cost from $60-$205. Visit for tickets.

‘In the Va Va Voom Room’
Thursday, Jan. 5– Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

Leave your inhibitions at home and try not to blush while viewing “In the Va Va Voom Room,” a contemporary all-male burlesque presented by Diversionary Theatre (4545 Park Blvd., # 101, University Heights). This eclectic one-hour dance concert features a variety of scintillating and dynamic dance styles. Contains adult content. Five performances only. Tickets at or by calling 619-220-0097.


Select dates:

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

  • “Love Actually” Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17

Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. 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. 619-694-9148.

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.


Ikebana International meeting: 10 a.m. in the 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

Storytellers of San Diego: 7–8:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, storytelling without notes for ages 12 and up at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park.

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.

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.

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

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