Calendar: July 27 – August 9, 2018

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‘Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax’
Through Aug. 12
Based on Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax,” this family-friendly show tells the story of the Truffula trees and their staunch protector, The Lorax. Children under 3 years old are not permitted. Tickets $30–$40. Times vary. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way. Visit

‘High-Key Color’
at San Diego Art Institute
Through Aug. 12
“High-Key Color in Southern California” is an art exhibit that showcases local artists who utilize vivid and colorful imagery in their work. Curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge, this exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists, including Michael James Armstrong, Jennifer Anne Bennett, Claudia Cano and Max Daily. Times vary. San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit

‘Epic Tales from Ancient India’ at SDMA
Through Aug. 31
The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park hosts “Epic Tales from Ancient India,” an exhibit with more than 90 Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. Spanning the 16th through 19th centuries, traditional stories showcased include the Bhagavata Purana, Ramayana, Ragamala and works of Persian literature. $8–$15; 17 and under free. Times vary. Closed on Wednesdays. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit

International Summer
Organ Festival
Through Sept. 3
Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park hosts a lineup of outdoor organ concerts every Monday this summer. Free. All ages. 7:30 p.m. at Pan American Road East. Visit

Food Truck Fridays
Through Sept. 28
Kick off your summer weekends every Friday evening at Balboa Park’s after-hours event. Visitors of all ages can enjoy live entertainment while eating dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks. Free. 4–8 p.m. at Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. Visit


Friday, July 27

Hillcrest Town Council
Summer Social
Celebrate summer with the Hillcrest Town Council for an evening filled with light appetizers, drinks, and conversation with neighbors and friends. $5 happy hour food and drink specials will be offered. 5:30–8 p.m. at Brick Bar, 1475 University Ave.

 Concert in the Park: Sue Palmer
Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra will perform in the annual Concerts in the Park summer series. Bring picnic baskets, catch up with neighbors, and sing and dance to the music. Free. 6–8 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 1521 Washington Place.


Mrs. Magician at Soda Bar
Surf rock/pop/punk band Mrs. Magician performs with openers Hideout, Sixes and Calcutta Kid. $12–$14. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd.

Saturday, July 28

Greenpeace Arctic
Sunrise Tours
The Arctic Sunrise will be visiting the San Diego coastline and offering tours of the vessel. Wear closed-toe shoes. Also on July 29. Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, 1140 North Harbor Drive.


The People’s Opera
House Project
The unofficial mayor of Normal Heights, Tony Allard, will uncork the “directed evolution” conversation and launch The People’s Opera House project, a social experiment in crowd-sourced creativity that engages audiences. 3–5 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.


‘Mapping Home’ Gallery Reception
Enjoy a community celebration and gallery reception for “Mapping Home: Land/Water/Place,” a collaborative art exhibit exploring personal and cultural stories of home and migration. Exhibit runs through Sept. 2. 4–6 p.m. at Art Produce Gallery, 3139 University Ave.

Sleeping with Sirens at Soda Bar
Alternative band Sleeping with Sirens performs with The Rocket Summer and Kulick. $25. 21 and up. 6:30 p.m. at The Irenic, 3090 Polk Ave.

Tuesday, July 31

City of San Diego
Community Forum
The city will host a community forum in City Heights for residents to share their thoughts and suggestions about the “Consolidated Plan,” which identifies community investment needs and priorities. 6–7:30 p.m. at City Heights/Weingart Library Performance Annex, 3795 Fairount Ave. Additional workshops will be held in neighboring communities of Linda Vista, Downtown, Barrio Logan, and more. For those who cannot attend, an online survey is also available.

‘The League of Extraordinary
 Scientists & Engineers’
Participants will learn how all life cycles are connected and how scientists explore, discover, journal and more. This interactive presentation is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Open to ages 7–25. Free. 6–7 p.m. at Kensington-Normal Heights Library, 4121 Adams Ave.

 Color til Monday at The Merrow
Color til Monday performs with After Hours and Jaw. $5. 21 and up. 8 p.m. at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave.

Dentist at Soda Bar
Indie rock/surf band Dentist performs with openers The Slashes and Mostly Sunny. $8. 21 and up. 9 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

‘Journey Through
America’s Music’
Clap, sing, and dance with musician Craig Newton, who will demonstrate how songs are put together with melodies, rhythms and words. Free. All ages. 4:30–5:30 p.m. at University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd.

Friday, Aug. 3

Concert in the Park: Pop Vinyl
Pop Vinyl will perform in the annual Concerts in the Park summer series. Bring picnic baskets, catch up with neighbors, and sing and dance to the music. Free. 6–8 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 1521 Washington Place.

Pathology at Brick by Brick
Death metal band Pathology performs with special guests Within Destruction and Parasitic Ejaculation. 8 p.m. at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave.

American Football at Observatory
Rock band American Football performs with opener Phoebe Bridgers. $35. All ages. 8 p.m. at The Observatory North Park, 2981 University Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Vinyl Junkies Record Swap
Vinyl Junkies, a South Park record store, will hold its well-known record swap, which is celebrating its five-year anniversary. Thousands of records will be sold at the event, featuring six live DJ performances. Free tote bags and pizza from Uptown-based restaurant Lefty’s. $5. 21 and up. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd.


 ‘An Artist’s Way: Life as a Disney Illustrator’
Artist and illustrator Terry Naughton — known for his work on “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin” — will share stories about his time on the Disney lot, talk about his creative processes, and perform live demonstrations of his techniques. 3 p.m. at Mission Hills Library, 925 West Washington St.

Bird Park Concert: Goldettes
The Goldettes will perform with Mostly Sunny at North Park Community Association’s third show of the annual series, “Bird Park Summer Concerts.” This week’s concert is presented by Bluefoot Bar. Free. 5 p.m. at Bird Park, at the intersection of Upas Street and Pershing Drive.

The San Diego Golden Girls
at The Merrow
The San Diego Golden Girls — comprised of Norma, Crystal, Cybil, Ajax, Candi and Jade — perform a special showcase. Special guests Kevi Kev and Iowna Mann also perform. 5:30–8 p.m. at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Hop Along at The Irenic
Indie-rock band Hop Along performs with Thin Lips. 21 and up. 8 p.m. at The Irenic, 3090 Polk Ave.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Brittney Lee Moffit at Lestat’s
Pop singer-songwriter Brittney Lee Moffit performs. All ages. 8–11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.

Thursday, Aug, 9

Kids’ Poetry Workshop
Kim Noriega teaches kids ages 6–12 years how to write a poem. All poems will be published in the “Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual” publication. Sign up in advance. 1–2 p.m. at Mission Hills Library, 925 West Washington St.

The Catapult Book Club
The inaugural meeting of The Catapult Book Club will discuss July’s selection, “Swimming Lessons” by Claire Fuller. Free. 7 p.m. at The Book Catapult, 3010-B Juniper St.

 The Ataris at Space Bar
The Ataris performs with special guests Fallen Monuments and The Rough. 8:30 p.m. at Space Bar, 3519 El Cajon Blvd.



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.


Trivia Night at Brew Project
Here’s Johnny! Answer five to seven rounds of questions and participate in team challenges for raffles and prizes. Weekly event hosted by Johnny Grant. 7 p.m. The Brew Project, 3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest.

Lestat’s West Comedy Night
Weekly comedy night event hosted by Dustin Nickerson every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.


North Park Thursday Market
Shop more than 90 tents of locally grown produce, artisan grocery items, prepared foods and hand-crafted goods. 3–7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st Street to Utah Street, North Park.

Thursdays at The Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.–1:30 a.m. at The Kensington Club, 4079 Adams Ave.


Golden Hill Farmers Market
Stop by the open community space to pick up California Certified Organic Produce from local farmers. 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill.

Old Town Saturday Market
The street market features work 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, Old Town.


Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 vendors offer a variety of locally grown fruit, produce, gifts, arts and crafts, flowers, and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.

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— Compiled by Sara Butler. Email calendar items to

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