Trendy Trade Clothing Swap
Saturday, Sept. 23
Get some new clothes and clean out your closet for a good cause! Join Trendy Trade to swap clothing items with other local women. A minimum of five pieces is required to trade. All unclaimed items will be donated to homeless women. Tickets $15-$20. This a 21-and-older event. 2:30–4:30 p.m. at The Rose Wine Bar, 2219 30th St. in South Park. Visit bit.ly/2xdlYIA.
Camarada concert at Mission Hills Library
Saturday, Sept. 23
Enjoy live music performed by the musicians of the chamber ensemble Camarada at Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St. Visit bit.ly/2s8dmxO.
Disaster Preparedness Expo
Saturday, Sept. 23
In honor of Disaster Preparedness Month, get the tools and information you need to be ready. Attend Sharp’s sixth annual community event to learn what to do in case of an emergency. The expo features an earthquake simulator, CPR demonstrations, San Diego Blood Bank’s Bloodsmobile and more. Free. Registration is not required. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Ingram Plaza, Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road. Visit bit.ly/2xd88pG.
Impossible Science Festival
Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24
The third annual festival will be a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors can learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control and more. Tickets $20-$23. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on both days in the Fleet theater lobby, Fleet Science Center, 1874 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2xcOOIT.
Winter at Blonde Bar
Monday, Sept. 25
Dream-pop band Winter will perform with Minor Gems, White Guilt and DJ Mike Delgado at 9 p.m. at Blonde Bar, 1808 W. Washington St. 21-and-older show. $10. Visit bit.ly/2xvkglD or bit.ly/2xdwJuB.
40 NORTH Dance Film Festival
Wednesday, Sept. 27–Saturday, Sept. 30
Art Produce will host the third annual dance film festival. Enjoy screenings of “In Other Words, Other Worlds,” “the loneliest part of here is now” and “Shorts Program III.” This year also features a pre-festival VIP dinner and a panel about women effecting change through media and performing arts. Tickets $10-$30. Various times. Art Produce, 3139 University Ave. in North Park. Visit bit.ly/2xcCs3J or bit.ly/2xeb1qe.
Jay Som with Madeline Kenney at Soda Bar
Saturday, Sept. 30
Singer/songwriter Jay Som will perform with Madeline Kenney at 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. 21-and-older show. $12-$14. Visit bit.ly/2xdgzkx.
Wheelchair Dancers Fundraiser and Showcase
Saturday, Sept. 30
Fifth annual Wheelchair Dancers Fundraiser and Showcase: Enjoy performances by wheelchair dancers and their partners at Wheelchair Dancer Organization’s annual fundraiser and showcase. The event features food, vendors, raffle prizes, a silent auction and more. Free. Noon–4 p.m. at Balboa Park Club, 2150 Pan American Road West. Visit wheelchairdancers.org.
Asperger’s Are Us at Finest City Improv
Sunday, Oct. 1
Asperger’s Are Us, the first comedy troupe of openly autistic people, will stop by San Diego on their international tour to perform sketch comedy. Tickets $11. Doors 7 p.m. 8–9:30 p.m. at Finest City Improv, 4250 Louisiana St. in North Park. Visit bit.ly/2xd5AaM.
San Diego International Film Festival
Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 8
The San Diego International Film Festival is back. The annual event features film screenings, panels, celebrity guests and special events. Buy passes and tickets at bit.ly/2eU3l1q. Various times and locations. Visit sdfilmfest.com.
‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’
Friday, Oct. 6
The Trevor Project fundraiser will be a one-man show at The Old Globe. James Lecesne, co-founder of The Trevor Project, is the playwright and solo performer of the play. Tickets start at $100 and includes play admission, a donation to The Trevor Project, and a post-show reception with refreshments where you can meet Lecesne. 8–11 p.m. at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2xcRPsH.
Children’s art class at Kensington-Normal Heights Library
Saturday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14
Kids will be taught a variety of art projects emphasizing creativity as well as given lessons on the techniques used. Children age 7 and older are welcome. Free. Limited to 10 participants. 10–11 a.m. in the children’s area at Kensington-Normal Heights Library, 4121 Adams Ave. Register at 619-533-3974. Visit bit.ly/2v5WGLU.
‘The Road Ahead’ at Sophie’s Gallery
Saturday, Oct. 7–Saturday, Oct. 28
Sophie’s Gallery presents “The Road Ahead,” a collaborative art exhibition featuring artists with developmental disabilities from eight centers across the nation. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 5–8 p.m. Free. Sophie’s Kensington Gallery, 4186 Adams Ave. Visit stmsc.org.
Halloween events at Mission Hills Library
Thursday, Oct. 12
Mission Hills Library will host two holiday events on Oct. 12 at 925 W. Washington St. Visit bit.ly/2s8dmxO.
–Halloween-themed Baby Storytime at 10:30 a.m.: Enjoy a Halloween-themed storytime especially for babies and toddlers, followed by a playtime.
–Pumpkin Decorating at 3:30–4:30 p.m.: Kids are invited to decorate a free pumpkin and take it home with them. Space is limited to 20.
‘Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tops from the Latest Research’
Friday, Oct. 13
Alzheimer’s Association presents the third free session in their education series. Learn about the latest research on lifestyle choices and use hands-on tools to help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Refreshments provided. 3–4 p.m. at Kensington-Normal Heights Library, 4121 Adams Ave. RSVP at 800-272-3900. Register at 619-533-3974.
DIGITAL GYM GEMS
‘Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)’ – In the first Dominican film ever to premiere at Sundance, an inmate uses sign language to communicate with his imprisoned girlfriend at an adjacent institution. Unrated. Friday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 28.
‘The Last Dalai Lama?’ – A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, featuring interviews with his family and the people he has inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959. Unrated. Friday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 28.
‘The Unknown Girl’ – After a young doctor working after-hours ignores a woman ringing her clinic’s buzzer, a searing saga of guilt and redemption ensues. Unrated, Friday, Sept. 29 through Thursday, Oct. 5.
‘Ex Libris: The New York Public Library’ – Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of the New York Public Library. Unrated, Friday, Sept. 29 through Thursday, Oct. 5.
Cinema Under the Stars: Films presented at an outdoor viewing space on various nights of the week.
“The Blues Brothers” – Thursday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 23
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ – Thursday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 30
“North by Northwest’ – Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7
“Young Frankenstein” – Thursday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 14
Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.
‘BC to BC’ Art Exhibit
Through Friday, Oct. 20
San Diego Art Institute presents “BC to BC,” an art exhibit featuring ceramic sculptures by over 30 artists from Baja California to British Columbia. $5 admission. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2gDCZkD.
‘Monet’s Étretat: Destination and Motif’
Through Sunday, Dec. 31
View the work of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet at Timken Museum of Art. Centerpieces of the exhibition are two major oil paintings by Monet on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Free admission. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon–4:30 p.m. Sunday. Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2wvCR16.
‘Game Masters: The Exhibition’
Through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Fleet Science Center and Australian Centre for the Moving Image will showcase the work of over 30 video game designers. The exhibit also offers free, playable games. Admission $17-$20. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday–Sunday. 1875 El Prado, Fleet Science Center. Visit bit.ly/2sYkb5q.
‘Brenda Biondo: Play’
Through Sunday, March 11, 2018
Brenda Biondo’s photography will be on display at San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibit features 25 of her photographs from her two series: ‘Playground’ and ‘Paper Skies.’ 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2sY1uiA.
‘Arts of South and Southeast Asia’
Through Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
San Diego Museum of Art presents an exhibition displaying images of Hindu deities. View the exhibition on the first floor of Gallery 12 North: Barbara & Norton Walbridge Gallery. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2sXMd1b.
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/2vMOGje.
Open Mic Night: 6:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free. bit.ly/2vMqHR9.
Curbside Bites: 5–8 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. bit.ly/2vMQDw2.
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. bit.ly/2umVaVy.
Uptown Democratic Club Monthly Meeting: 7–9 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. $20 donation requested. bit.ly/2vMK5xl.
Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. bit.ly/2pezpnR.
North Park Thursday Market: 3–7:30 p.m., at 3000 North Park Way, between 30th Street and Granada Avenue, North Park, free. Northparkfarmersmarket.com.
Kornflower’s Open Mic: Sign up at 7 p.m., open mic (no poetry or comedy). 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/2vN6A5t.
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: 10–11:30 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. bit.ly/2vMSsZV.
Square Dancing Classes: 8–9:30 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.–4:30 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, University Ave, and Lincoln St., 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.