‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
It’s everyone’s favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story. Take a musical journey with San Diego Junior Theatre through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II, after his coworker crush. This sci-fi musical plays Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 14 at Casa del Prado Theatre, 1800 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2iMZVyf.
‘MY LITTLE PONY’ FANS UNITE!
FRIDAY, JAN. 6–SUNDAY, JAN. 8
All “bronies” are invited to Pacific PonyCon 2017 at Wyndham San Diego Bayside, 1355 N. Harbor Drive, for a fun weekend full of ponies, good times and friendship. For those new to the movement, “bronies” are fans of the classic animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Pacific PonyCon brings special guests such as “Bronies React” YouTube series host ACRacebest, and cosplay guru Sarahndipity. Attendees can participate in My Little Pony Collectible Card Game demos and tournaments for prizes, get a sneak peek of the latest installment of the worldwide gaming phenomenon “Gardens of Equestria” (and meet some of its creators) and take a photo with the Selfie Pony. Starts at 10 a.m. each day. Visit pacificponycon.com.
SOUTHERN CA SCULPTURE/A GROUP SHOW
SATURDAY, JAN. 7
Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., is hosting an opening reception from 6–9 p.m. for an exhibition featuring a diverse selection of sculptors chosen by The National Sculpture Society. For more than 120 years, members of the society have created, exhibited, collected and supported the evolving tradition in American sculpture. This juried exhibition will feature 23 top sculptors from Southern California. Wine sales from the opening reception will benefit the San Diego Rotary Club. Guests who RSVP receive one free drink ticket. For more information and to RSVP, visit bit.ly/2iN39Se.
GHIBLI 3: A HAYAO MIYAZAKI FAN ART SHOW
TUESDAY, JAN. 10
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator and manga artist. This art exhibit tribute to Miyazaki is presented by Thumbprint Gallery and will be held from 7 p.m.–midnight at Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar, 410 10th Ave. It will feature many regional artists, jewelry designs by Sarah Barger Vixen, and music by Jon Quest and DJ Pokkey. Thumbprint Gallery curates monthly exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career and established artists with a focus on urban art and pop surrealism. The event is free and open to the public. All ages will be admitted before 9:30 p.m.; 21-plus after 9:30 p.m.
‘LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES’
TUESDAY, JAN. 10
New Fortune Theatre Company’s production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (“Dangerous Liaisons”) opens at the Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza. Set among the rich and cynical upper class of 18th-century France, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” seduces audiences with its lavish, indulgent characters and titillating drama. Scheming ex-lovers the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, bored with their lives, devise a complex plot for revenge that involves luring virtuous women into bed, but the plot goes awry. The play closes Jan. 28. Visit newfortunetheatre.com.
‘RENT: 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR’
TUESDAY, JAN. 10–SUNDAY, JAN. 15
This original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway in 1966. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” continues speaking to audiences across generations and continents. This Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” “RENT” follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. See “RENT” at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Not recommended for children younger than 13. Visit broadwaysd.com.
WIBSD FOOD BANK TOUR
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
A behind the scenes tour of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Ave., will highlight the monthly program for Women in Business San Diego (WIBSD). After the tour, participants will meet for dinner at Cape Town Grill, 7580 Miramar Road. The event will be from 5:30–8 p.m. Shoes with closed toes are required for the Food Bank tour. Cost is $45 for members and guests. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Use of the registration link is required: bit.ly/2hB8OfJ. Learn more about WIBSD at wibsd.org.
PATCHES AND PINS II
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
Join the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, for a fun evening of pinning and patching! Spruce up that denim jacket or beanie from 6–8 p.m. Bring your projects and enjoy live DJ sets and drinks while customizing your gear. View new embellishments being made live on site by local artists, or purchase goodies from some of the most popular pin makers from the region. Learn to make your own patches and pins in one of the workshop areas. Admission is $5 and includes a free button. Visit bit.ly/2hPidlM.
19TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
This free, family-friendly festival showcases San Diego’s cultural diversity and traditional heritage through live music, dance performances, storytelling and children’s activities. The event will be held from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane, at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, north of Seaport Village along the waterfront. The Multi-Cultural Festival is held in honor of its founder, Sheila Hardin, promotes cultural awareness, and provides a platform for local artisans and businesses to share their products, services and information. The festival also supports local youth programs and initiatives. Entertainment will include Danza Azteca; the Bayou Brothers; Japanese Taico; Curtis V and Walter Gentry; Cumbia Machin; African Drum Circle; and Imahen TaoTao Tano. The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. hosts the festival in partnership with the San Diego Port District, County of San Diego, World Beat Cultural Center, Pazazz and many other community groups. Educational and retail vendor spaces are available. To find out how you and your organization can participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit sdmulticultural.com.
CRY SAN DIEGO COLOR THE SKY KITE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Child Rights & You (CRY) presents San Diego Color the Sky Annual Kite Festival 2017. Kite flyers of all types are invited to fill the sky with kites at Coronado Tidelands Park, Mullinix at Glorietta Boulevard, from noon–5 p.m. Kites and string will be provided at registration while supplies last. DJ daNda will play the tunes. Lunch by Flavors of Mayura will be available for purchase. Tickets are $7 for kids, age 6-12 and $12 for those age 13 and older. All proceeds will go to CRY. Visit bit.ly/2iMncAu.
MEDITATION FLASH MOB
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Join a Meditation Flash Mob on Jan. 14 at 3:21 p.m. in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado. The exact location in the park will be given the day before the event. Expect a lightly guided meditation for 20 minutes to celebrate the benefits of disconnecting in order to connect. The meditation session will be led by Megan Leuchars of UC San Diego’s Center For Mindfulness. An after-party will follow. Participants will be invited to gather in a nearby venue to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the launch of the mindful tech start-up Ransomly, billed as “a bluetooth beacon that creates an app-free space in your home.” For more information, email email@example.com or visit bit.ly/2iMuioC.
2017 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Talented and fearless athletes on motorcycles race (and sometimes fly) over a dirt track as part of a grueling 17-race series held over just 18 weeks. This spectacle comes to Downtown San Diego, 7-10 p.m. in Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. Tickets and more information are available at supercrosslive.com.
‘THE DINNER DETECTIVE’
SATURDAY, JAN. 14 AND SATURDAY, JAN. 28
This tasty whodunit is served up along with a seated four-course dinner. Guests don’t ever know whether someone at their table is one of the talented cast. In fact, everyone’s a suspect. The event starts with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening. “The Dinner Detective: An Interactive Mystery Dinner Show” plays at the Courtyard Marriott, 530 Broadway. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Visit bit.ly/2iMHeuu.
SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
The 13th annual San Diego Restaurant Week runs Jan. 15 through Jan. 22 with more than 180 restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options. This year San Diego Restaurant Week partners with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies. To celebrate, chefs are getting creative with America’s favorite cookies with special offerings for Restaurant Week diners. Visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE
MONDAY, JAN. 16
San Diego leaders from diverse faiths will join hands in community service as part of the National Day of Service in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Members of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, LDS, Unitarian and Hindu congregations will help beautify Balboa Park from 9 a.m. until noon. The group will work near the corner of Juniper Road and Balboa Drive at the southwest end of the park. Activities may include clearing and hauling brush and trash, cleaning flowerbeds and planting. Volunteers are invited to stay for musical entertainment and a complimentary picnic of hot dogs and chips beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited and volunteers are encouraged to register at fumcsd.org/MLKDay.
FILMOUT PRESENTS ‘THE CRYING GAME’
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18
Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson star in “The Crying Game,” a haunting, humorous and shocking romantic thriller. Directed by Neil Jordan, the film received six Oscar nominations and won for Best Screenplay. Running Time: 112 minutes, Rated R. FilmOut presents this classic from 25 years ago from 7–10 p.m. at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. Visit filmoutsandiego.com.
BIG, BAD BARRIO BAZAAR
SATURDAY, JAN. 28
A pairing with great Border X beers and delicious products from Sabor de Antano will highlight Big Bad Barrio Bazaar, New Year edition, along with the great gifts for sale. The event includes hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind art and crafts, jewelry, cultural gifts, craft beers and tacos. It all takes place at Border X Brewing, 2181 Logan Ave. This year, Border X is partnering with Love Thy Neighbor to help provide supplies to Haitian refugees living in Tijuana. For more information about Love Thy Neighbor, visit bit.ly/2iMGzt2. To learn more about Big Bad Barrio Bazaar, visit bit.ly/2iMC5mg.
WINE & CANVAS AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ
SUNDAY, JAN. 29
Dive into your artistic side as you paint a masterpiece of Mission Beach at sunset while sipping beverages at Hard Rock Café, 801 Fourth Ave. The $35 admission includes everything needed to recreate the featured painting including aprons, easels, paints, brushes, step-by-step instruction from a local artist and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. No experience is necessary. Order from The Hard Rock Café’s full menu throughout the event. Enjoy appetizers to share with friends, burgers, salads, entrées and desserts along with craft beers, cocktails or wine. (Note: This event is located at the Hard Rock Café, not the Hard Rock Hotel.) Visit bit.ly/2iMIoq9.
ART OF ÉLAN: REACTIVE LISTENING
TUESDAY, JAN. 31
Art of Élan’s third concert from its 10th anniversary season at the San Diego Museum of Art — “A Place to Call Home” — explores the act of listening and its role in defining a sense of home. For the past nine years, Art of Élan has been pioneering unique chamber music events and bringing the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences. Art of Élan continually expands the scope of classical music in San Diego through innovative, one-hour programming in unique performance venues. Begins at 7 p.m. in Gallery 16, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit sdmart.org.
DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO PARTNERSHIP HOLDS COMMUNITY MIXERS
The Downtown San Diego Partnership is holding a series of community mixers for residents, business and property owners in each of its districts. The purpose of these annual mixers is to allow attendees a chance to learn about Clean & Safe’s scope of duties, current projects and provide input on the upcoming fiscal year budget. The Partnership serves as an advocate for the economic well-being and growth of Downtown San Diego. It is a member-based, nonprofit organization. Visit downtownsandiego.org.
MARINA COMMUNITY MIXER
MONDAY, JAN. 9
5:30–6:30 p.m. in the Topeka Room at Embassy Suites, 601 Pacific Highway.
EAST VILLAGE COMMUNITY MIXER
TUESDAY, JAN. 10
5:30–6:30 p.m. at Stella Public House, 1429 Island Ave.
CORE COMMUNITY MIXER
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
5:30–6:30 p.m. at the House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.
COLUMBIA COMMUNITY MIXER
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1100 Kettner Blvd.
CORTEZ COMMUNITY MIXER
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18
5:30–6:30 p.m. at the El Cortez, 702 Ash St.
GASLAMP COMMUNITY MIXER
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25
5–6 p.m. at the Marriot Gaslamp Quarter, Presidio C Room, 8th Floor at 660 K St.
Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays.
Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.
Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7–9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit 98bottlessd.com.
Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org or sign up for their newsletter.
Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego.com/index.php.
Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit littleitalysd.com/mercato.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.
Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegolibrary.org.