Friday, Nov. 15
Gather in OLP’s outdoor amphitheater for an evening of Shakespeare in the Park! Please join us this November as The Academy of Our Lady of Peace presents William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Due to construction, this performance will be held outdoors in our amphitheater. In an effort to provide more comfortable seating, stadium chairs and cushions will be sold at the event. Supplies are limited, so they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to bring blankets and sweaters to stay warm and comfortable during the show. Tickets are $8-$12. Academy of Our Lady of Peace, 4860 Oregon St. Nov. 15-16 at 6 p.m.
Four fabulous female-fronted bands!
Julia Sage & The Bad Hombres at 8 p.m. Sometimes Julie at 9 p.m. Donna Larson & The Messengers at 10 p.m. Alicia Previn Band at 11 p.m. Come out for a night of music at Queen Bee’s, 3925 Ohio St. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, Nov. 16
C-Note Pop-Up Art Sale
The event hosted at San Diego Art Institute connects budding art collectors with local artists selling their pieces for just $100, $200, or $300. More than 300 works from nearly 100 artists will be available for sale. General admission to the C-Note is $5 and free for youth 18 and under, students, and military. Doors open at noon on Nov. 16 and 17, and collectors are encouraged to arrive early to beat the crowd.
‘Awkward but Graceful’
A one-woman show written and performed by Nataša Warasch and directed by Grant Gelvin. Nataša is from Slovenia. She came to the United States with a one-way ticket, $200 in traveler’s checks and a dream. 8 p.m. at the North Park Vaudeville Theatre, 2031 El Cajon Blvd. Admission is $18 at the door.
‘Wake Up, Brother Bear!’
Junior Theatre is debuting its first Theatre for the Very Young performance this weekend. “Wake up, Brother Bear!” is a “Mommy and Me,” experiential format geared specifically toward kids age 3-7. Brother and Sister Bear take your little one on a journey of a glorious year of seasons. They see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. “Wake Up, Brother Bear!” is performed in an intimate and immersive setting designed especially for little kids. The audience is invited to join the action using a small bag of props that help create the magical moments. Tickets are $14-$16. For tickets and more information, visit juniortheatre.com, or call the box office at 619-239-8355. Performances will be held on Nov. 16 and 17 at 10 a.m. and noon at the Casa del Prado Theatre.
In collaboration with All Girls STEM Society, Mission Valley Library presents a fun and accessible robotics program featuring Lego Mindstorms! Get ready to build and program autonomous robots while studying the basics of mechanics, electronic design, sensors, and programming! This workshop is recommended for girls in third through eighth grades. Registration is required. Sign up online at allgirlsstemsociety.org/san-diego.html or contact Marika Jeffery at 858-573-5007. For more information about the All Girls STEM Society, go to allgirlsstemsociety.org. 1:45-4:30 p.m.
Walk for Apraxia
The Walk for Apraxia celebrates children with apraxia of speech and recognizes them for their hard work. Families, professionals, students, and other supporters join together to lift up children with apraxia of speech, because they believe every child deserves a voice. The 2019 San Diego Walk for Apraxia event will be held on Nov. 16, at the University of San Diego to benefit children with apraxia of speech. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Military Home Buying Forum
A free workshop for military personal to help active duty, reservists, and veterans put their VA home loan benefits to use. Four experts will help attendees understand the benefits of homeownership and to help them navigate the home-buying process. They will receive advice to determine how much they can afford, what special military products and grants are available to them, and expert answers to any home-buying questions. 8:30 a.m.-noon at 2-1-1 San
Diego, 3860 Calle Fortunada.
Live theater at OnStage Playhouse will bring together classic and new science fiction storytelling designed to delight science fiction lovers of all ages. Look to the future of science fiction theater, with an encore performance of San Diego Union-Tribune Critics’ Fringe Pick science fiction comedy “Space Force!” The program also features readings of new science fiction plays from the writers of “Space Force!” Starring Julia Giolzetti, Omar Ramos, Jeff Hillman, Michael Shantz, and Floyd Strayer as The Captain. Written and directed by Michael Shantz with Tom Steward. 8 p.m. at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. Tickets are $10.
Sunday, Nov. 17
Uptown Rhythm Makers
at Panama 66
Uptown Rhythm Makers has been known in the San Diego music scene for live New Orleans-style jazz and swing performances since 2003. The band will be playing at Balboa Park’s Panama 66 from 6-8 p.m.
‘XY’ Staged Reading
Live theater at OnStage Playhouse will bring together classic and new science fiction storytelling designed to delight science fiction lovers of all ages. The Poolhouse Project presents the first-ever staged reading of a brand new science fiction play “XY.” The program also features readings of short new science fiction plays from the writers of “Space Force!” Written by Michael Shantz. Directed by Kristen Fogle. 2 p.m. at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. Tickets are $10.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
WITI Tech Talk Series
WITI (Women in Technology International) San Diego Tech Talks is excited to present an evening with Mary Ann McGarry and Linda Scott of Guild Mortgage, one of the largest and most experienced independent mortgage lenders in the country. McGarry will be speaking about her experiences at Guild and how the company was an early adopter of technology to drive business growth and improve productivity. She will provide insights into the strategic plans she initiated with her senior management teams to implement financial, operational and technology changes that have resulted in Guild growing to become a top-10 national mortgage lender. The event is hosted by WITI San Diego and WeWork Aventine. 5:30-8 p.m. WeWork Aventine, 8910 University Center Lane, Suite 400.
Crafts for Grown-Ups
Learn how to make a macrame wall hanging at the North Park Branch Library. Sign-ups required. 6:30 p.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a solemn day to honor and remember the lives of people who have died as a result of transphobia and hate. We invite you to take a moment the morning of TDOR to join together at the Hillcrest Pride Flag to raise the Transgender Flag and then lower it to half-mast in honor of the solemn day. Join us as we remember those we lost due to anti-transgender hate and violence. Together we will mourn, honor and celebrate their authentic lives. All are welcome. 6 p.m.vigil march. 7 p.m. program at The Center, 3909 Centre St.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Golden Hill Board Meeting
Get involved with your neighborhood organization at a board meeting held at the Golden Hill Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22
Going Wilde with
R. Zamora Linmark
Join the San Diego Queer APIMEDA Coalition for an artist book talk! Linmark is a queer Honolulu and Baguio-based author who also wrote “Rolling the R’s” (1995) and “Leche” (2011). 6:30-8 p.m. at Subterranean Coffee Boutique, 3764 30th St.
George Lopez at
Renowned comedian George Lopez will perform two shows at Balboa Theatre Downtown as part of his current comedy tour. Tickets are available from $41 on Ticketmaster and most secondary ticket markets. 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Bird Park Cleanup
Come join your friends and neighbors, along with the NPCA and the Friends of Balboa Park, on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8:30-11 a.m. at Bird Park. We will spend the morning keeping our park beautiful. Light refreshments and supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Email email@example.com to join.
Dance. Design. Go!
Join The PGK Dance Project on the night of Nov. 23 for unforgettable performances. The event will feature a “Chopped”-style competition between four distinguished choreographers with a $1,000 dollar prize on the line. On top of that, there will be an amazing fashion show with PGK-inspired choreography! Audience members are welcome to participate and be fully engaged in the night’s goings on. Don’t miss out on an inspiring display of choreography in competition, a dynamic fashion show, amazing live music, delicious food, drinks, and phenomenal performances! The event will take place in the beautiful San Diego Art Institute Balboa Park. 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Whistle Stop Bar returns with a night of fantastic standup comedy. Headlining is Ahamed Weinberg from Comedy Central. Featuring Craig Phillip Conant, Monarey Elaine Martinez, Daunté Cordova, Myles Magallanes, Daniel Delgado, and Beau Hufford. Show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s only a $5 cover. 2236 Fern St.
Thursday, Nov. 28
On Thanksgiving morning, more than 6,500 people will participate in Father Joe’s Villages’ Thanksgiving Day 5K, one of San Diego’s longest-standing holiday traditions. After families and pets in costume make their way through the loop around the iconic Balboa Park, they will cross the finish line to a holiday festival, complete with a pancake breakfast, children’s activities, characters like Santa Claus and cartoon favorites, a beer garden and live music. Meet at Balboa Park – Spreckles Organ Pavilion and Plaza de Panama, 1549 El Prado. $30 to $50, visit thanksgivingrun.org to sign up. 6:30-11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll
The fifth annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll will take place from 2-5 p.m., as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday. Attendees will be served holiday-themed cocktail tastes and sweet treats at 20-plus independently owned retail stops along Adams Avenue, from University Heights through Normal Heights and into Kensington. Cocktail tastes will be created and served by 12 of Adams Avenue’s most talented bartenders from the area’s top bars and restaurants. This extraordinary small business celebration is limited to adults 21 and up (ID required). Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll tickets are $20.
North Park Live
We’re kicking off the holidays with a free community event in North Park! Join us for North Park Live from noon-4 p.m., where we will be showcasing 50-plus musicians. There will also be a live art demo, with raffled prizes. Celebrate the holidays with the North Park community all day long! We look forward to seeing everyone come out for a fun day of live music and live art! 3000 University Ave.
Craft Works North Park
San Diego City College visual art students, faculty, alumni and friends are creating a crafts holiday shop in the Art Produce Gallery space. Hand-made ceramics, glass, and fiber works, jewelry, and more will be featured as holiday gifts. Works sold support the student entrepreneurs and community projects at Art Produce Gallery, a nonprofit organization. The Arts Entrepreneurship certificate program was recently created at San Diego City College to support students and artists. The exhibit is curated by San Diego City College art professors Terri Hughes-Oelrich and Anna Delgado. The shop will be open from Nov. 29-Jan. 4, 2020. A gallery reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3139 University Ave.
Sunday, Dec. 8
A tradition unlike any other, the Toyland Parade will be celebrating its 56th year in North Park. Join us Dec. 8, to unwrap some holiday joy as the community comes together to put on a magical display of festive cheer! Come bright and early to warmly welcome local schools, joyful marching bands, historic vintage cars, creative floats made by groups all within San Diego, and last but not least, Santa in a fire truck! Witness this cheerful parade marching down University Avenue, and making stops between Utah and Iowa Street. Fun for the whole family, this event is absolutely free, rain or shine and for all ages! North Park Main Street is also looking for people to join the parade or volunteer. Sign up at explorenarthpark.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.