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Calendar: May 22 – June 4

FEATURED EVENTS

Live Music – Luke Wade and Pawnshop Kings
Friday, May 22

Luke Wade, pop-soul singer and contestant from Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will headline with his band No Civilians. Wade combines bits of his Texas roots with his powerful vocals for an exceptional sound. Check out the video for his latest single “As Long As She Knows” for a taste of his emotive style. Opening the show will be Pawnshop Kings, a pair of Southern California brothers who also play a soul-inspired brand of music with a touch of folk. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $12. Visit TheMerrow.com for more information.

Operation Rebound Concert Marathon
Sunday, May 24

San Diego organist Carol Williams will play for 12 hours and 15 minutes (a world record) to raise funds for local wounded warriors. The event is free, but donations are encouraged for Operation Rebound, a program of Challenged Athletes Foundation. Ambassadors from the program will also appear throughout the day to share stories about Operation Rebound. Williams will perform from 8 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. and include songs from various genres including classical, jazz and Broadway show tunes. She hopes to raise $20,000 for Operation Rebound. The concert will be held at Spreckels Organ Pavilion (1549 El Prado, Balboa Park). Visit melcot.com for more information and to donate online.

Live Music- Pigpen Theatre Co., Pearl and The Beard, and Goodnight,Texas
Saturday, May 30

The musical lineup at Soda Bar (3614 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights) should be both entertaining and unique. Starting the night will be Goodnight, Texas, an Americana outfit that blends classic country and folk for a timeless sound. Their storytelling songs are accompanied by everything from banjo to mandolin. Also on the bill are Pearl and the Beard, a folk-pop trio featuring charming harmonies and toe-tapping rhythms. Headlining are Pigpen Theatre Co., who are both a theater company and a band, interestingly enough. They’re currently on tour as the latter and preparing to release their second full-length indie-folk album this summer. With seven members, the band creates a big sound with an expected cinematic element for soaring songs. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $14. For tickets and more information visit SodaBarMusic.com. 

Pints for Pups
Sunday, May 31

Thorn Street Brewery (3176 Thorn St., North Park) will host this fundraising event from 3 to 6 p.m. During those hours, 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to Baja Dog Rescue; an organization that rescues and rehabilitates abandon, abused and unwanted dogs. Ciro’s Pizza and Beerhouse will also be on hand with food items for sale, also donating 20 percent of proceeds to Baja Dog Rescue. Thorn Street Brewery is collecting donations of items for the organization now through May 31. Items needed include; dog food, old towels, sheets and blankets, old collars and leashes and more. Visit ThornStreetBrew.com for a full list of donation items and more information.

Old-fashioned Hymn Sing: ‘Our Song Shall Rise Thee’
Sunday, May 31

First Presbyterian Church (320 Date St., Bankers Hill) will hold this annual event marking the end of the church orchestra’s musical year. The event will feature the orchestra along with soloists, and a men’s quartet accompanied by piano and organ performing well-loved hymns. There will also be one orchestral piece accompanied by Highland dancing. The event starts at 6 p.m. with an ice cream social afterwards in the church’s courtyard. There is no charge for admission, just a free-will offering. For more information call 619-232-7513. 

RECURRING EVENTS

Daily:

Don’t Try This at Home!: Six varying times per day until September, a live science show is presented with demonstrations that are too messy, loud or shocking to try at home. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, free with admission. Visitrhfleet.org for more information.

Mondays: 

Singing Storytime: 1:30 p.m., learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org.

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.

Tuesdays:

Curbside Bites: 5 – 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: 6:30 p.m., Joyce Beers Community Center hosts these meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. New members wanted. 1220 Vermont Ave., Hillcrest. Uptowndemocrats.org.

Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 10 p.m. (except the third Tuesday), open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com.

Wednesdays: 

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.

Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., each week features a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, $5 cover. Crocesparkwest.com.

Storytelling: 7 – 8:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month featuring members of Storytellers of San Diego at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, donations welcome. Ages 12 and up. Storytellersofsandiego.org.

Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., North Park, free. Sevengrandbars.com.

Thursdays: 

Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. Sdurotary.org.

Gentle yoga for seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 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 Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., North Park, free. Northparkfarmersmarket.com.

Kornflower’s Open Mic: Sign-ups 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.

Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:15 p.m., chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3287 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, donation requested. Pilgrimageyoga.com.

Fridays:

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org.

Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., classic movie screenings at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Tickets start at $15. Topspresents.com.

Saturdays 

Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. 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.

Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org.

Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, free. Sdys.org.

Celebrity Book Readings: 2 p.m., local celebrities will visit the “Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss” at the San Diego History Center on the second Saturday of each month to read their favorite Seuss stories to those in attendance, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, free. Sandiegohistory.org.

Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free. Comedyheights.com.

Sundays

Free Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., every second Sunday this neighborhood breakfast precedes worship service and Sunday school at Normal Heights United Methodist Church, 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights. Email nancy@nhunited.org.

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free. Hillcrestfarmersmarket.com.  

—Email calendar items to ken@sdcnn.com.

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