Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
Through Sunday, Sept. 10
Experience art and film that explores the darker or more macabre sides of the human condition. The event features film discussions, question and answer sessions, panels and other presentations. Various times. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2gDJELO or bit.ly/2gDtGBB.
Monday, Sept. 11
Enjoy Write Out Loud’s first Story Concert of the season, which focuses on American stories by American authors. This reading features Tim West, Cynthia Gerber, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Walter Ritter. Pre-show reception at 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. curtain. $25. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. Visit writeoutloudsd.com.
Dry Jacket at Soda Bar
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Alternative/indie band Dry Jacket will perform with Sundressed and Lost Dakota at 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. 21-and-older show. $12. Visit bit.ly/2gDQ0ek.
Together with Texas: A Harvey Relief Benefit
Thursday, Sept. 14
Stop by The Merrow for a fun night to lend a hand to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The benefit features live music, a raffle and more. $10 at bit.ly/2gD06Me. All proceeds will be donated to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. 21-and-older event. 7 p.m. at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave. in Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2gDCTK0.
Mission Hills Zentangle Art workshop
Thursday, Sept. 14
Kids and families are invited to a free art class using the Zentangle Art Method. Space is limited to 25 participants. Call or sign up at the Circulation Desk in advance. 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St. Visit bit.ly/2s8dmxO.
Together Pangea at The Irenic
Thursday, Sept. 14
Rock band Together Pangea will perform with Tall Juan and Daddy Issues at 7 p.m. at The Irenic, 3090 Polk Ave. All ages. $12–$14. Visit bit.ly/2gD6NxQ.
‘The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease’
Friday, Sept. 15
Alzheimer’s Association presents the second free session in their education series. Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatments of Alzheimer’s disease. Refreshments provided. 3–4 p.m. at Kensington-Normal Heights Library, 4121 Adams Ave. RSVP at 800-272-3900.
BNA Block Party
Saturday, Sept. 16
Come join the fun and mingle with your neighbors. Burlingame Neighborhood Association invites neighbors to its annual block party. The fiesta features street tacos, snow cones, a potluck, a bounce house for kids and a drawing for adults. 3–7 p.m. at Palmo Ave. between Laurel and Maple streets. Visit bit.ly/2gE9eAa.
Mission Hills Book Sale
Saturday, Sept. 16
Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. 9:30 a.m.–noon at Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St. Visit bit.ly/2s8dmxO.
Sunday, Sept. 17
Learn recipes and tips for quick breakfasts, creative lunches and easy family meals that will ease back-to-school stress. Online registration required. Adults $20; children $10. All proceeds benefit The Sean O’Shea Foundation. 3–5 p.m. at Sojourn Healing Collective, 2870 Fifth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2eHTTSf.
Bruce Vilanch in ‘Uncensored’
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Comedian and six-time Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch will perform “Uncensored” at Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave. in Hillcrest. $30–$35 plus $15 per person food or drink minimum. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Visit bit.ly/2gDOOHI.
‘The Art of Ending Homelessness’
Wednesday, Sept. 20
As a part of Father Joe’s Good Neighbor Month, local artists will share how creativity can inspire action during a film and art showcase. The event features work by Steve Breen and Neil Shigley, as well as screenings of “Time Out of Mind” and “Shine.” $7.50–$11 at bit.ly/2gE4N8u. 6:30 p.m. at Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. Visit bit.ly/2gDwFJW.
‘Jack & the Beanstalk: The Puppet Musical’
Thursday, Sept. 21
Join a showing of the classic tale of friendship, forgiveness and following your dreams. The performance features original songs and handmade puppets. 10 a.m. at North Park Library, 3795 31st St. Visit bit.ly/2vMG6kx.
DIGITAL GYM GEMS
‘500 Years’ — The story of growing resistance in Guatemala’s recent history is examined through the standpoint and actions of the indigenous Mayan population. Unrated. Friday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Resistance Saga Triple Feature — This cinematic and artistic high-profile project is designed to galvanize audiences to fight back when society is faced with authoritarianism and demagogues. “When the Mountains Tremble,” “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” and “500 Years” will play consecutively as a triple feature. Saturday, Sept. 9.
Live From Lincoln Center: ‘Falsettos’ — Recorded live from the Lincoln Center, “Falsettos” is a hilarious and poignant look at middle-class family dynamics. Unrated. Friday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 14.
‘Paulina’ – This drama examines privilege, class and the power of the judicial system when a young teacher and activist is sexually assaulted by a gang but refuses to give up her ideals in the aftermath. Unrated. Friday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 21.
Visit DigitalGym.org for show times, tickets and information on additional films.
Cinema Under the Stars: Films presented at an outdoor viewing space on various nights of the week.
“The Big Lebowski” – Friday Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9
“Notorious” – Thursday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 16
“The Blues Brothers” – Thursday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 23
Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Visit topspresents.com or call 619-295-4221.
‘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.
‘BC to BC’ Art Exhibit
Saturday, Sept. 16 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.
‘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.
International Summer Organ Festival Finale: Stop by the Spreckels Organ Pavilion for the last free concert of the summer series. Carol Williams and Carol Williams Band will perform a combination of classic organ and a tribute to The Doors. 7:30 p.m. at 2125 Pan American Road in Balboa Park. bit.ly/2roypPD.
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.