San Diego: This Weekend (Jan. 4-7)

Events in San Diego to start the new year include EPIC Series Obstacle Challenge, Carnaval Fantastique and DJ Jack Novak.

1.4-6: Drew Michael

“I was home in Chicago for the holidays. It was good — I got to see people I don’t normally see. I got to see my therapist. That’s always fun. She sat me down and she’s like, ‘You know what your problem is, Drew? You’re a devaluing narcissist.’ F**k. I didn’t know that was a thing someone could be. Ouch! That’s tough to hear from a worthless piece of s**t who’s obviously jealous of me.” — Drew Michael at The Meltdown 

American Comedy Co., downtown, americancomedyco.com

1.5: Jack Novak

Chicago-born/L.A.-based producer and former model Jack (Jacqueline) Novak has opened for Calvin Harris and served as Pharrell Williams’ touring DJ. Novak recently cracked iTunes’ Top 10 with her remix of Jane Zhang’s “808” and has promised new original music this month. — Scott McDonald

OMNIA, downtown, omnianightclub.com

1.5: Ardalan B2B Worthy

Iran-born/San Francisco-based Dirtybird DJ Ardalan released the 2-song Fantastic Planet EP with Christian Martin last month. He plays back-to-back with fellow Dirtybirder Worthy. — Scott McDonald

Bang Bang, downtown, bangbangsd.com

1.5-7: Bret Ernst 

“I’m Sicilian, which... that’s the bad one. That’s the one where your mind automatically just goes to bad places. Like, I walked into a 99-cent store, and my first thought was, I’d have to steal over 500 items in order to get charged with grand larceny.” — Bret Ernst on Just for Laughs

The Comedy Store, La Jolla, lajolla.thecomedystore.com

1.6: EPIC Series Obstacle Challenge

Combining elements of cross-training, Strongman contests and traditional obstacle courses — though minus the mud and long distances — this challenge offers tiers for novice, intermediate and advanced athletes, along with a separate elite.

Elite Athlete Training Center, Chula Vista, epicseriesocr.com

1.6: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

Roll into Fashion Valley Mall to find the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck offering limited-edition treats, keychains and water bottles.

7007 Friars Rd., Fashion Valley, facebook.com/Hellokittycafetruck

1.7: San Diego Vintage Flea Market

Shop till you drop while browsing through wares from more than 100 merchants at this free, rain-or-shine market bringing together clothing, furniture and vintage gifts of all shapes and sizes. — Michael Benninger

The Observatory, North Park, sdvintagefleamarket.com 

1.7: San Diego Resolution Run

Work off some of that holiday weight with a scenic 5K, 15K or half-marathon along a flat and scenic waterfront course. — Michael Benninger

Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay, sandiegoresolutionrun.com

1.7: Carnaval Fantastique

Agility, strength and insane acrobatics converge in this thrilling musical experience that includes comedy, laser effects and Vegas-style dancers. — Michael Benninger

Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, sycuan.com

Gulls Home Games

1.5-6 vs San Jose Barracuda

Sockers Home Games

1.7 vs Turlock Express

Movie release

1.5: Insidious: The Last Key

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