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Tuesday, Oct 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Film & Discussion: Puzzle
6:00 PM Coco: Sugar Skull Paint Night
7:00 PM Opera: Aida
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Come un Gatto in Tangenzial + Short: The Loony Boxer
7:30 PM Book Signing: Kate Quinn
Wednesday, Oct 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Wine Tasting: Northern Italy
6:00 PM French Film: Moka
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Euforia + Short: Postcard
Thursday, Oct 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Talk: Racism in German and American Cinema of the Twenties
6:00 PM UNA Discussion: Our Planet, Our Future
7:00 PM Book Signing: Rut Sepetys
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: A Casa Tutti Bene + Short: The Place of Happiness
8:00 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Friday, Oct 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Talk with Potter Shumpei Yamaki
2:00 PM Book Signing: J. Elke Ertle
6:00 PM Film & Discussion About Race, Mental Health & Community
7:00 PM Music: Clave Dura
7:00 PM Opera: Aida
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Selfie + Shorts: Shine, Beauty
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
7:30 PM Stage: Foxfire
8:00 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Saturday, Oct 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
11:00 AM City Heights El Dia de los Muertos
12:00 PM Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration
2:00 PM Black Life: A Conversation
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
2:00 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
2:00 PM San Diego Symphony Plays Music from Coco
5:30 PM SDIFF Gala & Italy Exported Awards
7:30 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
7:30 PM Stage: Foxfire
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
9:30 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Sunday, Oct 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Kimchi Workshop
2:00 PM Opera: Aida
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
2:00 PM Stage: Foxfire
7:00 PM Keali'i Reichel
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: L’uomo Che Comprò la Luna
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
Monday, Oct 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Population Aging and Korea’s Economy
Tuesday, Oct 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM In Celebration of Toni Morrison: Reflecting on a Legend
6:00 PM Coco: Sugar Skull Paint Night
Wednesday, Oct 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Oct 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, Nov 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Music: La Santa Cecilia
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
Saturday, Nov 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
Sunday, Nov 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
Monday, Nov 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events

< Saturday, September 7, 2019 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


One Book - One San Diego Events


Intimate Apparel
Until October 20, 2019

Until October 20, 2019

Man of La Mancha
Until October 27, 2019

Bad Hombres/Good Wives
Until October 27, 2019

* Note: newest and shorter run productions can be found in our regular calendar listings.

Exhibitions and Art

Hanjialin Bao - Between Black and White
Until January 26 2020

39th Annual International Art Exhibition
Until October 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month


Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Walking Tour of Asian Pacific Historic District
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Chicano Park Tour
Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturdays

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays
10:00 AM Cardiff Greek Festival Your weekend in Greece -- no airplane required! Join us Sept. 7th and Sept. 8th for your weekend stay-cay as we transform our church grounds in Cardiff/Encinitas into a Greek village. You'll find lots of family friendly activities to get you started. We have kids' games with prizes, performances by folk dancers in traditional costumes, church tours, free music on multiple stages, plenty of food for purchase (including vegetarian options), our Greek Deli, and of course, our delicious pastries (pre-purchase now available on

Admission/Cost: Free - $3

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
3459 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

Dates and times:
Saturday, September 7 - 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 8 - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
11:00 AM Sycuan Pow-Wow The Sycuan Pow-Wow is a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones, and a time for young people to meet and court.

What is a Pow-Wow? Originally a Pow-Wow or "celebration" as it was once called, was held in the spring to welcome the beginnings of life. It was a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones, and a time for young people to meet and court.

The Pow-Wow had religious significance as well; it was a time for families to hold naming and honoring ceremonies. The celebration was also a prayer to the one called Wakan Tanka - the Great Mystery or Great Spirit in Lakota. Some trace the word "Pow-Wow" to the Algonquin language and say that the Europeans adopted it to refer to a council or meeting.

The circle is an important symbol to Indian cultures. At a Pow-Wow, the dancers are in the center of the circle and the audience forms a larger circle around them. The Pow-Wow brings the circle of the people closer together to their community and their culture. Pow-Wows today are still very much apart of the lives of modern Indian people.

Most religious ceremonies are no longer a central part of the Pow-Wow and often are conducted in the privacy of a family gathering. However, blessing ceremonies, honoring ceremonies and ceremonies for dropped eagle feathers remain today. Competitive singing and dancing for prize money is a fairly recent change in the traditional Pow-Wow celebration. Only registered contestants can participate in the dancing contests, but everyone can take part when an "intertribal" dance is announced - visitors included, as each of us shares a place in the circle. There are no spectators at a Pow-Wow, everyone is a participant!

Admission/Cost: FREE

Sycuan Casino and Resort
5577 Dehesa Road
El Cajon, CA 92019

Dates and times:
Friday, September 6 - 5:25 PM
Saturday, September 7 - 11:00 AM
Sunday, September 8 - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM City Heights Lantern Festival  We welcome you to the Inaugural City Heights Lantern Festival! 

We are excited to be celebrating City Heights and all of its diversity.

Hosted by Vien Dong IV Supermarket, celebrating its 35th anniversary, and its sister supermarket World Foods, celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Lantern Festival celebrates the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival (Tet Trung Thu) as well as the diversity of our neighborhood.

The festival will feature music, foods, vendors, children's lanterns and more!

We would love to have you as a participant of the festival.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Vien Dong IV Supermarket Parking Lot
5382 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92105 

Saturday, September 7 - 11:30 AM
12:55 PM Documenary: Placido Domingo Gala Half a century ago, Plácido Domingo made his debut at the Arena di Verona: on 16 July 1969 he sang the role of Calaf in Puccini's "Turandot"; in August followed the title role in Verdi's "Don Carlo". Since then, the world-famous singer has appeared in numerous acclaimed performances in the city of Romeo and Juliet. From the Arena di Verona comes an operatic gala concert event, captured live on August 4, 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of the debut of one of the greatest singers the world has ever known. The program features excerpts from three famous operas by Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco, Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra.

Admission/Cost: $18

AMC Mission Valley
1640 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, 92108

Saturday, September 7 - 12:55 PM
1:00 PM Coronado Libary Book Club: The Girl from Kathmandu Join us in reading and discussing this powerful work of non-fiction. Twelve men left Nepal in search of a better life by working in a luxury hotel in Amman, Jordan. In fact, these men were sent to Iraq, kidnapped, and murdered by a terrorist group. Through inner strength, hope and determination a young woman, Kamala Magar, stands up to the men that ultimately led to her husband's death. No sign up is required, simply stop by to discuss the book. Books are available for check out at the library and through Overdrive.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, 92118

Saturday, September 7 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
5:00 PM Singaporian and Malaysian Night Market Our annual fundraiser this year bringing together a collection of stalls selling delicious snacks and authentic homecooked Singapore-Malaysian food, unique knick-knacks and childhood games to recreate the character and flavor of the pasar malam ("Night Market") for the community.

Vendor list

• Aishah Wellington Satay Catering
• Seasons Kitchen USA
• Lim Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
• The Eurasian Place
• Yulis Indo Kitchen
• De Panthera Jewelry
• Ho Jiak's Chilli Crab Bun
• Make & Makan

Admission/Cost: FREE

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
4321 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121

Saturday, September 7 - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
6:30 PM Film: Black Panther After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king and as Black Panther gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

To RSVP, please register to receive a free ticket. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Note: The movie venue is outdoors. Feel free to bring beach chairs and blankets since it might get cool at night.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joe and Vi Jacobs Center
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater
404 Euclid Avenue 
San Diego, CA 92114

September 7 - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
8:00 PM Film: Roman Holiday Scoot through the Eternal City with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in this timeless tonic about a princess who escapes her entourage to play hooky from her royal duties for 24 hours. Cinema Under The Stars is an intimate, outdoor movie theater, located directly behind Tops Salon in Mission Hills. Admission is $17 for members, $18 at the box office, or $20 online (Pay With Cash or Check Only). Online reservations begin on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. The box office opens at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Popcorn, candy and assorted hot and cold drinks sell for $2 each and a classic cartoon is screened before most films. Heaters and blankets are provided to keep you warm. For more information, call (619) 295-4221, or visit the website.

Admission/Cost: $17 - $20

Cinema Under the Stars
4040 Goldfinch Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Dates and times:
Friday, September 6 - 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Saturday, September 7 - 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Sunday, September 8 - 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
9:00 PM Music: Mariachi El Bronx With Tropa Magica The punk mariachi band, Mariachi El Bronx, are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album with a re-release party here!

Admission/Cost: $25 - $27

Belly Up Tavern,
143 S Cedros Ave
Solana Beach, CA

Saturday, September 7 - 9:00 PM
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