DIGITAL GYM GEMS
‘Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge’ – Explore the fascinating life of physicist and chemist Marie Curie in this Polish documentary. Unrated. Friday, July 28 to Thursday, Aug. 3.
‘It Stains the Sands Red’ – A Las Vegas woman ends up stranded in the desert struggling to escape a lone zombie on her tail. Unrated. Friday, July 28 to Thursday, Aug. 3.
‘The Ornithologist’ – On a bird-surveying trip, a man ends up with a capsized boat and at the hands of unconventional rescuers. Unrated. Friday, Aug. 4 to Thursday, Aug. 10.
‘Footnotes’ – This French musical comedy follows a young woman trying to make ends meet after her job is in jeopardy. Unrated. Friday, Aug. 4 to Thursday, Aug. 10.
Visit DigitalGym.org for show times, tickets and information on additional films.
Kaaboo Discovery Tour at Music Box
Friday, July 28
Watch bands compete for a spot in the upcoming KAABOO music festival. Various artists will perform at 8 p.m. at Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. This is a 21-and-older show. Tickets are $12 (without fees) at fgtix.to/2vYB3tk. Visit bit.ly/2vYrV7T.
‘Songs From An Unmade Bed’
Friday, July 28-Sunday, July 30
Compulsion Dance and Theatre will perform its San Diego premiere of “Songs from an Unmade Bed,” a show that explores the journey of a gay man seeking the perfect mate in New York City. Tickets $20 for children and $25 for adults (without fees). 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Visit bit.ly/2uWO9Kg.
POP Factory Gala
Saturday, July 29
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s annual benefit features a dinner and an after party. Ticket prices vary. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at MCASD Jacobs Building, 1100 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit bit.ly/2v5yDfU.
Blaze of Jovi at Bird Park
Saturday, July 29
North Park Community Association presents its 15th annual Bird Park Summer Concert Series. This concert features Bon Jovi tribute band Blaze of Jovi. Free and family-friendly. No alcohol, glass, grills or unleashed dogs. 5-7 p.m. at Morley Field, 28th and Upas streets. Visit bit.ly/2t1EJxi.
‘Law Law Land and Order’
Saturday, July 29
Finest City Improv’s Student Sketch Team will perform a comedic show about the current and future state of America. Additional performances will be held in August and September. 9 p.m. at 4250 Louisana St., North Park. Visit finestcityimprov.com.
Shot@Life Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Aug. 1
UNA USA presents a free, expert discussion on local and global vaccination, featuring distinguished panelists. Free. 6-8 p.m. at Balboa Park Hall of Nations, 2191 Pan American Road West. Visit bit.ly/2v5KP0k.
Balboa Park Community Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Councilmember Chris Ward will lead a community conversation on Balboa Park’s needs and priorities. 5-7 p.m. at The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. RSVP to Brett Weise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 2
Join La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club at its monthly meeting. A panel of six local politicians will include U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher. 7 p.m. at La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive. Contact Yahariah Aristy at email@example.com or visit bit.ly/2v68U73.
‘Dance to Evoke’
Wednesday, Aug. 2
Bring your kids to the library for a creative movement and hip-hop dance class. The event will be held in the park adjacent to the library. 6-6:45 p.m. at Kensington-Normal Heights Library, 4121 Adams Ave. Visit bit.ly/2v5WGLU or call 619-533-3974.
‘Craig Newton: The Really Big Show’
Thursday, Aug. 3
Craig Newton’s will perform a multi-instrumental concert about following your dreams. Free and kid friendly. 10 a.m. at North Park Library, 3795 31st St. Visit facebook.com/northparklibrary or call 619-533-3972.
‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar’
Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 20
Fleet Science Center’s presents “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” a film about the species, their island home and scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright’s mission to help the endangered animals. Various times. Fleet Science Center, Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, 1875 El Prado. Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2vYzhZg.
‘Read to a Therapy Dog’
Saturday, August 4
Children invited to read aloud to therapy dogs. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St. Visit facebook.com/missionhillslibrary or call 619-692-4910.
SDCCU Stuff the Bus Campaign
Through Friday, Aug. 4
The third annual Stuff the Bus campaign is collecting school supplies for homeless children. Contribute pencils, pens, binders, backpacks and more to donation bins at all SDCCU branch locations and select SDCOE locations. Visit bit.ly/2t1oj8d.
‘Genii Loci’ Opening Reception
Saturday, Aug. 5
Art Produce will host artist Sara Parent-Ramos’ exhibit “Genii Loci: The Ecology of Relationships,” which focuses on the connection between people and places. The opening reception will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Art Produce, 3139 University Ave., North Park. The exhibit runs through Sept. 23. Visit artproduce.org.
Marston House Reopening
Sunday, Aug. 6
The historic Marston House in Balboa Park will reopen after a necessary months-long restoration project. Save Our Heritage Organisation will offer guided tours every half hour for $5 to celebrate completion of the construction. Light refreshments provided. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Marston House Museum, 3525 Seventh Ave. Visit bit.ly/2v5CppG.
Bent Knee at Soda Bar
Monday, Aug. 7
Bent Knee will perform with Heatwarmer and Big Bad Buffalo at 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., North Park.
This is a 21-and-older show. Tickets $10 at bit.ly/2v5D2zy.
Brick + Mortar at Soda Bar
Thursday, Aug. 10
Brick + Mortar will perform with Split Party and Small Culture at 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd.
This is a 21-and-older show. Tickets $10-12 at bit.ly/2v5wkt9.
Pacific Animal Productions: Animal Ecosystems
Thursday, Aug. 10
Want to learn more about the vital role that animals play in our ecosystem? Animal Ambassadors will speak about the topic in a light-hearted, interactive presentation.
Free and kid friendly. 10 a.m. at North Park Library, 3795 31st St. Visit facebook.com/northparklibrary or call 619-533-3972.
O-Town at Music Box
Thursday, Aug. 10
American boy band, formed on the MTV show “Making the Band,” returns to the stage. O-Town will perform at 8 p.m. at Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. This is an 18-and-older show. Tickets are $22-$42 (without fees) at fgtix.to/2vYmVjv. Visit bit.ly/2vYr6Mw.
Cinema Under the Stars: Films presented at an outdoor viewing space on various nights of the week. Upcoming films:
“Vertigo” Friday, July 28
“O’Brother, Where Art Thou?” Saturday, July 29-Sunday, July 30
“The Maltese Falcon” Thursday, Aug. 3-Friday, Aug. 4
“An Affair to Remember” Saturday, Aug. 5-Sunday, Aug. 6
“Raising Arizona” Thursday, Aug. 10-Friday, Aug. 11
Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Visit topspresents.com 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. bit.ly/2tKKk8o.
Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free. Lestats.com.
International Summer Organ Festival: Stop by the Spreckles Organ Pavilion for a free weekly concert. This month features Ken Cowan and Christian Lane. 7:30 p.m. at 2125 Pan American Road in Balboa Park. bit.ly/2roypPD.
Curbside Bites: 5:30–8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. Curbsidebites.com.
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. Sdfoodtrucks.com.
Uptown Democratic Club Monthly Meeting: 7 to 9 p.m. every fourth Tuesday, 3900 Vermont St. at Joyce Beers Community Center. bit.ly/2tL2tTw.
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. Universalspiritcenter.org.
Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. bit.ly/2pezpnR.
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. Thecentersd.org.
North Park Thursday Market: 3–7 p.m., at 3000 North Park Way, between 30th Street and Granada Avenue, North Park, free. Northparkfarmersmarket.com.
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. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com.
Liberty Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m., at Saint Paul’s Community Care Center, 328 Maple St., Bankers Hill. bit.ly/2tKKk8o.
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.
2017 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. Sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com.
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. Pilgrimageyoga.com.
First Thursday at The Lafayette: San Diego Made presents a new event the first Thursday of every month at the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. bit.ly/2qprnJd.
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. Memoryguides.org and Firstuusandiego.org.
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 circulators.sdsda.org.
Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Also held on Sundays. Oldtownsaturdaymarket.com.
Golden Hill Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free. Sdmarketmanager.com.
Ray At Night: 6-10 p.m., second Saturday. Free monthly art walk in North Park. Visit bit.ly/2qpDcyY.
Comedy Heights: 8–10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free. Comedyheights.com.
Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m.–2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free. Hillcrestfarmersmarket.com.
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 St., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2rkMr1u.
To view local community organization meeting information online, visit bit.ly/2esLpLR.
—Calendars compiled by Sara Butler. Email calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara is the editor of San Diego Uptown News.