Saturday, Feb. 22
Library NExT Presents: Biomimicry
Ever wonder why airplanes resemble birds? Why submarines are shaped like whales? It’s because of biomimicry, an approach to development that creates solutions to human challenges by imitating the designs of nature. In this class, we will explore the development of biomimicry and learn how fields like engineering, architecture and music intertwine with biology to influence the structures, technologies and sounds we see and hear every day. Students will create a prosthetic hand, biology-inspired structure or musical recording to take home. Registration is required. For more information, go to sandiego.librarymarket.com. 2-5 p.m. for kids in grades three through five at Mission Valley Library.
San Diego New Music Concert
San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library present The Visceral Infinities, curated by composer and sound artist Christopher Warren. Violin/dance duo Kristopher and Dina Apple and composer Joe Garrison join Warren in creating new works for the Feb. 22 program. 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Art Center located at Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will follow each program; stay and mingle with the artists. Tickets are $25 for general public, $20 for Athenaeum members and $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, sandiegonewmusic.com.
Queer Black History Month
Monica Roberts, known for the GLAAD-award nominated blog The TransGriot, will be speaking at the San Diego History Center about honoring and protecting the lives of black trans women. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Light refreshments will be served.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Boulevard Mardi Gras Crawl
Get ready to “Let the Good Times Roll,” as the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association hosts its third annual Boulevard Mardi Gras Crawl in North Park on Sunday, Feb. 23. The traveling party, led by a festive New Orleans-style brass band, will include stops at a diverse mix of local businesses, with drink and food specials and other fun activities along the way. Festivities will kick off at noon in the parking lot for The Beer Igniter (3052 El Cajon Blvd.) Guests will be able to purchase Boulevard tickets at this location to enjoy $2, $4 and $6 specials along the crawl route. At 1:30 p.m., the Euphoria Brass Band will begin leading party guests down El Cajon Boulevard, making stops to explore local businesses such as Collins & Coupe (cocktail provisions), Café Madeline (French café), Medina Kitchen (Moroccan Baja restaurant), The Barn (local brewery), Gilly’s Bar and Tacos La Mexcla (Mexican food truck). Around 3 p.m., revelers will arrive at the crawl’s final destination, the historic Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd.), where the party will continue with more live music, featuring Captain Morgan Lee, drinks and dancing until 5 p.m.
All Girls STEM Society presents Scratch!
In collaboration with All Girls STEM Society, Mission Valley Library presents a fun computer coding program for kids. Interested in designing your own computer game? We’ll introduce you to Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming language with conditionals, loops, and a cute cat! Learn about the history of computer science and answer some fun trivia for prizes. No programming experience needed. Recommended for girls in grades three through six (ages 8-12). All are welcome. Registration is required! For more information about how to register, go to SanDiego.LibraryMarket.com. 2-4:30 p.m.
‘The Long Dark Shadow’
A musical consideration of injustice through the music of the “Dean of Black Composers,” William Grant Still, including the San Diego premiere of the chilling yet gorgeous choral cantata “And They Lynched Him on a Tree.” This concert will also feature the one and only Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, conducted by Ken Anderson, and a special solo by Dale Fleming, singing Billie Holiday’s classic “Strange Fruit.” This event, in honor of Black History Month, features a double choir and chamber orchestra and is unlike any concert the group has presented in its nine-year history. 5 p.m. at Downtown Abbey, 1302 National City Blvd.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico
By the 1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe had fallen in love with the landscape of New Mexico and began spending her summers there. This lecture will examine O’Keeffe’s gradual move from New York to the West, her love affair with New Mexico and how it influenced her art. We will also discuss her popular landscapes and her abstract work and the influence of both of her homes, one in Abiquiu, the other at Ghost Ranch. It was in these years that she cultivated a distinct image of herself and emerged as a well-known female artist. This lecture is free and open to the public, and there is no need to pre-register. 12:30-2 p.m. at Mission Valley Library.
Mental Health 101
Mental health is essential to our well-being. At this free workshop, clinicians from Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital will discuss signs of mental illness and share strategies to help loved ones struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. To register, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) or visit sharp.com/citywellness.
Uptown Democratic Club meeting
A representative from the League of Women Voters will discuss the three ballot propositions. Representatives from Yes on C and homeless advocate Michael McConnell, who has funded an effort to oppose C will speak. Club members will vote on whether to endorse or reject Measure C. In addition, a representative from the census will speak. Open to the public. Social at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. program. Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont Ave.
African-American Women in Film
Join fellow cinephiles for a free Jacobs Presents: Black History Month Celebration event! To commemorate African-American women in film the evening will include screenings of Netflix’s “Never Heard” by local filmmaker Tamera Hill and “Together” by featuring Efé, winner of 2019 D.C. Black Film Festival Actress of the Year award. “Never Heard” tells the story of a father who is incarcerated for a crime he swears he did not commit, and his son who is lured into Los Angeles’ ruthless drug world and forced to choose between God or gangs. RSVP requested. 6:30 p.m. at 404 Euclid Ave.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
‘Where the Angels Lived’
Margaret McMullan will be at San Diego State University to talk about her memoir “Where the Angels Lived,” which delves into research she conducted in Hungary. She discovered her grandfather hid her Jewish ancestry after fleeing the Holocaust and the anti-Semitism that led up to that moment. 7 p.m. in Love Library 430.
Saturday, Feb. 29
Blindspot Collective is inviting the public to attend an upcoming production of “Safa’s Story,” which is usually reserved for schools. Designed to allow young people to consider the complexities of racism, difference, and prejudice, “Safa’s Story” initially ends in heartbreak before audiences embark on an empowering journey to alter the outcomes of the play itself. This piece of forum theater will be performed from 2-3:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. at the City Heights Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Ave. Tickets are free and available online. Walk-ins are welcome but preference will be given to those who RSVP.
Finest City Improv welcomes “Spanglish” to perform at 9 p.m. Fresh from an appearance at The Second City Hollywood for “Unidos,” a benefit for Puerto Rico, “Spanglish” is a high-energy bilingual improv, stand-up, and sketch team based out of Los Angeles. Tickets are $12 at the door. 3746 6th Ave.
Stars Wars Tabletop Gaming Tournament
Starting at 9 a.m., join the Comic-Con Museum for exciting tournament play featuring three popular games, “Star Wars Legion,” “Star Wars X-Wing,” and “Star Wars Armada”! To enter the tournament, it will be a $10 donation for each round of each game. Proceeds benefit the Rudy Diaz Memorial Charity.
Common Unity is a collaborative space and free event for the local San Diego community to hold conversations regarding Social Justice, learn about impactful community resources, and engage with empowering artists throughout San Diego. 6-9:30 p.m. at the Brown Building, 4133 Poplar St.
Tuesday, March 3
‘After the Fox’
The San Diego Italian Film Festival and Film Geeks SD presents a British-Italian heist comedy directed by Vittorio De Sica and starring Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, and Britt Ekland. The 1966 film will be shown at Digital Gym Cinema, Media Arts Center, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. 7:30 p.m.
Architects of Change with Alina Morse
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), the oldest all-girls’ high school in San Diego, will host its 8th Architects of Change (AOC) live speaking engagement. The event, which takes place at 11 a.m. at OLP, will feature child entrepreneur, Alina Morse. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive, facilitated conversation with Alina, who is the youngest person to ever grace the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine. The special event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. Please register for tickets at aolp.org/aocatschool.
Analog Game Night
Get your best game face on and join us at Analog Game Night! We will have many kid-friendly games available. This program will be staff-attended for the first hour and then patrons may wrap up any games themselves prior to closing. North Park Library at 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 7
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Come to North Park Library to purchase some used books in support of library programs. The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. This is also the last day the library will be open until April 6. The North Park Library will be closed for renovations until April 6.
OH! San Diego BBQ at Truax Lofts
The San Diego Architectural Foundation and Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc add to this year’s OH! San Diego events with a community BBQ at Truax Lofts in Bankers Hill. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the innovative architecture and design of this unique OH! tour site while enjoying DJ entertainment, complimentary food and drinks, games and more in the development’s courtyard. Tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Barbecue from 12-3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public. 2517 Union St.
Sunday, March 8
March for Black Womxn San Diego
M4BWSD, in solidarity with accomplices and allies, marches for a better San Diego for black womxn centering racial justice, economic power, health equity, and social sustainability to create a better San Diego for black womxn that will be a better San Diego for all. 10-10:45 a.m. rally at Euclid and Logan. 11 a.m.-noon march from Euclid and Logan to Kennedy Neighborhood Park. Noon-2 p.m. closing program artists and speakers at Kennedy Neighborhood Park, 4825 Ocean View Blvd.
Through May 10
Captivating Women from the Dijkstra Collection
This exhibition explores the variety of strategies used by artists in both Europe and the United States to depict women. Both mythological scenes and everyday life are depicted in these paintings all of which date from the late 19th- through the early 20th century. The collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra is known to connoisseurs for its quality and its strong focus on academic works from the fin de siècle. This project was conceived as part of a course taught at the University of San Diego by Timken’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Derrick R. Cartwright, Ph.D., during the fall of 2019 and includes the input and interpretations of young scholars as they approach the enduring qualities of these complex, compelling representations. Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park.
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.
Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation
Join an all-ages introductory class to learn the basic Buddhist concepts as well as participate in a discussion and silent meditation. Weekly event led by Jeff Zlotnik. Free. 7-8 p.m. at Dharma Bum Temple 4144 Campus Ave. Also held on Saturdays at 11 a.m.-noon
North Park Thursday Market
Shop at more than 90 tents for locally grown produce, seasonal grocery items, fresh food and hand-crafted arts and crafts. 3-7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st to Utah streets in North Park.
Thursdays at the Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night at the Kensington Club. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 4079 Adams Ave. bit.ly/ThursKen
Free Friend Friday
Looking for a co-working space with value-aligned social entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofit professionals and local startups? Collective Impact Center offers a complimentary day pass to use shared desks and office space. Bring your laptop and check in on social media with #cicfreefriendfriday for free Wi-Fi. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Collective Impact Center, 3295 Meade Ave.
Art after Hours
For only $5 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, experience exhibitions and the museum’s 20 galleries while live music plays at Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Free admission for members, youth 17 and under, and college students with ID. Tickets available and sold at the door. 5-8 p.m. at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Old Town Saturday Market
This street market features original works from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue in Old Town.
Tai Chi Beginner Classes
Tai Chi Beginner Classes start monthly on the first Saturday at Kensington Community Church from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Classes are taught by accredited volunteer instructors of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, the largest nonprofit, charitable organization in the world offering tai chi classes for health and wellness. After the first free class, a one-time registration fee of $20 and a monthly donation of $40 is requested, while taking classes. Senior, student and fixed income discounts are available. Email email@example.com, call 619-485-0939 or visit taoisttaichi.org for more information.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 venders offer a variety of locally grown produce, hand-made arts and crafts, and fresh-cut florals at one of the city’s largest open-air markets. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.