Calendar: Nov. 4 – 17

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Live music: Hands Like Houses
Friday, Nov. 4

Australian rock band Hands Like Houses is kicking off its North American tour in San Diego with this show at The Irenic (3090 Polk Ave., North Park). The band’s hard rock style is balanced by clear vocals and experimental elements. The show starts at 5 p.m. and will also feature Our Last Night, The Color Morale and Out Came The Wolves. There will be a free meet-and-greet with the bands before the show. Tickets are $17. Visit and


‘Heavy Grass’
Friday, Nov. 4

This new exhibit at Japanese Friendship Garden (2215 Pan American Road E, Balboa Park) will feature artist Eva Struble. Her work in painting and printmaking is influenced by “cultural, political and physical landscapes where she lives.” The exhibit “Heavy Grass” is an indoor painted installation with gleaned material from garden refuse. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. in Inamori Pavillion Hall. Attendance costs $5 and include entrance to the garden. The exhibit will run through Jan. 22, 2017. Visit

Artwork by Bonnie Rinier (Courtesy of UHCDC)

Artwork by Bonnie Rinier (Courtesy of UHCDC)

11th annual UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights
Sunday, Nov. 6

This combination of events will highlight some of the businesses of University Heights. The UH Arts open, held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., features open art studios and artist venues showcasing works in various mediums. An information booth will be set up at Buddha’s Light Bookstore (4538 Park Blvd.) where maps to the art locations will be available. The event is free, but they will also be selling raffle tickets for $1 each with a raffle to be held at 3:30 p.m. for prizes and gift certificates from UH restaurants and businesses (must be present to win). Visit From noon-3 p.m. the Taste of University Heights will be held. Tickets for this portion of the day are $20 in advance and $25 the day of — and include one raffle ticket. A free shuttle service will take guests around the various locations participating in the Taste of UH. Participants include: Madison on Park, Red House Pizza, Big Front Door, Plumeria Vegetarian and many more. Visit for tickets.

Live music: Hilary Scott and Amber Ikeman
Wednesday, Nov. 9

Songwriter and songstress Hilary Scott will perform at Lestat’s (3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights) at 9 p.m. The award winner incorporates a folky twang in her catchy pop tunes. Another singer with an Americana style, Amber Ikeman will also perform. Tickets are $7. Visit

San Diego Canyonlands Enhancement Planning Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 12

Canyonlands volunteers will continue a planning process for enhancement of Jupiter Canyon, including habitat restoration and potential trails. Meet at 9 a.m. at the corner of Juniper and Felton streets. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and bring water. Email Eric Bowlby, the executive director, at or call 619-284-9399.

‘Sex in Our City’
Monday, Nov. 14

Join Alvarado Hospital for the popular “Sex in Our City” event with renowned Dr. Irwin Goldstein. The evening includes dinner, discussion and decadent desserts. Dr. Goldstein and a panel of experts will discuss sexual health in adult women of all ages, pre- and post-menopause solutions, low libido, HRT, and how to spice things up in the bedroom. The dinner is free, but seating is very limited. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 10. Call 800-258-2723 or visit to pre-register.

‘The Swingin’ with Dean Show’
Wednesday, Nov. 16

This free concert at the Mission Hills Library (925 W. Washington St.) will start at 6:30 p.m. Ratzman performs swing, big band, jazz standards, blues, rock and soul hits by American artists from the 1940s-1970s. The multi-instrumentalist incorporates keyboard, trumpet, trombone and vocals in his show. Visit and


Select dates:

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

  • “Star Trek Beyond” Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday Nov. 5
  • “Café Society” Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12
  • “A Bigger Splash” Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19

Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, 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. 8469.

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.  (Tonight’s scheduled Unsung Genius has been moved to Thursday, 11/3. Include that if you want.)


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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