Calendar: Oct. 7 – 20

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San Diego Contra Dances
Ongoing dances on Friday and Saturday dates

San Diego Contra dance is an offshoot of San Diego Folk Heritage – a nonprofit made up of volunteers dedicated to preserving and promoting the folk arts. Their dances are held each week and feature live music, a dance caller and more. These dances require no partner. The next dances will be held on Friday, Oct. 7; Saturday, Oct. 15; Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 28. Admission is $10-$15. Visit


South Park Fall Walkabout
Saturday, Oct. 8

This free quarterly festival by the South Park Business Group invites guests to visit the unique businesses of the area. Various locations will offer specials, live entertainment, raffles and more. The event takes place throughout South Park from Kalmia to Beech streets along 30th and Fern streets from 6–10 p.m. Mark your calendars for the South Park Holiday Walkabout on Saturday, Dec. 3.

‘Fall Classics’
Saturday, Oct. 8

This concert by the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will feature light classical pieces interspersed with premiere performances of three winning contemporary pieces from this year’s national composition contest. The concert will be held at First Unitarian Universalist Church (4190 Front St., Hillcrest) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. and

Art Glass Guild’s 2016 Spring Patio Show and Sale
Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct 9

This event is the largest art glass show in Southern California and showcases art created by San Diego glass artists. Thirty juried artists will exhibit their work on the patio of Spanish Village (1770 Village Place, Balboa Park) with pieces done in techniques ranging from stained to etched to mosaic and more. There will also be live music, demonstrations of torch work and glass cutting, and an area for children and adults to create their own mosaic piece to take home. This event is free and open to the public. The show and sale will be open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. both days.

‘Opera on Track’
Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9

San Diego Opera will present free, abbreviated performances of “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) using singers from the company’s Opera Exposed program. This unique program is designed as an outreach effort to attract new and returning audience members to the Opera. Discounted tickets and other incentives will be offered at these performances to encourage ticket sales for “La Cenerentola” which opens Oct. 22. The performance on Saturday will be at Convention Center Station (200 W. Island, Downtown) at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday’s will be at the Old Town Trolley Station (4009 Taylor St.).

Fifth annual Taste of Mission Hills 
Tuesday, Oct. 11

Over 20 local establishments will participate in this year’s Taste of Mission Hills. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of. Ticket holders can ride a free Old Town Trolley between venues throughout Mission Hills. Participating venues include: Café Bleu, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, The Patio on Goldfinch, Rubicon Deli, Starlite, Venissimo Cheese and more. Visit for tickets and participating venues.

Photo by Sara Mellencamp, AV Club

Photo by Sara Mellencamp, AV Club

Live music – Lenguas Largas, The Resonars, Octagrape and Red Pony Clock 
Friday, Oct. 14 

This eclectic night of music at the Kensington Club (4079 Adams Ave.) will feature two rock bands from Tucson, Arizona: Lenguas Largas and The Resonars. Lenguas Largas craft a psychedelic sound laced with punk influences. The Resonars also have a psychedelic leaning combined with classic ’60s mod/pop elements. Local bands Octagrape (experimental rock) and Red Pony Clock (indie pop) will also perform. Tickets are $8 and the show starts at 9 p.m.

4th annual San Diego Modern Architecture + Design Society Home Tour
Saturday, Oct. 15

This tour gives attendees the chance to explore a selection of examples of modern architecture. The tour is self-guided with a map to guide you to each destination. It can be completed at your own pace and in any order from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of and can be purchased at any of the tour stops starting at 11 a.m. Visit for tickets and the tour map.

Compulsion Dance & Theatre presents “Bedrooms and Boyfriends” 
Thursday Oct. 20–Sunday, Oct. 23

This production was a hit at the 2016 Fringe Festival winning the San Diego Fringe Award for “Outstanding Writing.” It is back for a limited run at Ion’s BLKBOX Theater (3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest). “Bedrooms and Boyfriends” features three short plays staged on the same bedroom set exploring themes of love, lust, sex and romance. Tickets are $20.


Select dates:

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

  • “Spellbound” Friday, Oct. 7–Saturday, Oct. 8
  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Thursday, Oct. 13–Saturday, Oct. 15
  • “Young Frankenstein” Thursday, Oct. 20–Saturday, Oct. 22

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.   


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

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.

Karaoke: 8 p.m., your chance to shine on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. 

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