From Vanderpump book signing to Wolf Parade, here are the weekend events you can’t miss out on


This weekend’s top events include Fistfights With Wolves, “A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham,” San Diego Black Film Festival, and more.


1.30: Fistfights With Wolves

Get ready for a night packed with San Diego musical prowess. Headliner Fistfights With Wolves, a progressive rock eight-piece band based in Mira Mesa, will hit the stage with three other local talents: Belladon, Le Ra and Moans.

@ Music Box, Little Italy,

MOANS, seen here performing in a rehearsal space at Magnatron Studios, will play at Music Box alongside three other San Diego bands.
(Lauren Wilson)

From funk band MOANS at Music Box on Thursday to jazzy pop artist Salami Rose Joe Louis at The Che Cafe Collective on Saturday, I’m stoked to hear some of my favorite San Diego musicians this weekend.

— Sara Butler, staff writer


1.30: “A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham”

The rising and wide-ranging young choreographer Abraham draws on his background in music and visual arts as well as dance for this set of works performed by his New York-based troupe.

@ ArtPower at the Balboa Theatre, Gaslamp Quarter.


1.30-2.2: San Diego Black Film Festival

Over 100 independent black films will be screened, with a focus on comedy, drama, documentaries and animation. The five-day festival also features panel discussions, an awards dinner and a variety of mixers and industry parties.

@ Theatre Box San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter,

Pink Opaque, playing at San Diego Black Film Festival
(Courtesy photo)


1.31: Book signing with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix from Vanderpump Rules

Mix it up with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, stars of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, at this book signing party for their new cocktail recipe book, Fancy AF: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers.

@ Side Bar, Gaslamp,

(AOL Build)

I’m a reality TV junkie who loves a good cocktail, so I’ll be at Side Bar on Friday night celebrating the launch of “Fancy AF: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers,” the new cocktail book from Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix from “Vanderpump Rules.”

— Jennifer Ianni, managing editor


1.31: Wolf Parade

After a five-year hiatus, the Canadian indie rockers reunited in 2016 and released their fourth full-length album on Sub Pop Records, Cry Cry Cry, a year later. Their fifth, the upcoming Thin Mind, is set for release later this month.

@ Belly Up, Solana Beach

Wolf Parade is back as a trio ... puppies not included
(Pamela Evelyn and Joseph Yarmush)


2.1: Fresh Pots! Music Festival

Fresh Pots, a music discovery community, has teamed up with The Che Cafe Collective to host its debut festival. Enjoy tunes from nine San Diego-based artists — including headliner Warish, an Oceanside-based rock band whose frontman is Riley Hawk, son of legendary skater Tony Hawk’s son.

@ The Che Cafe Collective, La Jolla (UCSD),

Jazzy pop artist Salami Rose Joe Louis, who performs at Fresh Pots! Music Festival on Feb. 1, plays keys and sings vocals.
(Courtesy photo)


2.1: Monster Jam

Expect to see stunts and tricks featuring the legendary Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Obsessed and more. Behind the wheel of these 12,000-pound machines are trained, world-class drivers who will test the limits of these machines capable of doing doughnuts, backflips, wheelies, high-jumps and crashes. Four trucks will make their San Diego debut, including the first-ever diesel-powered truck — BroDozer. Meet your favorite drivers, get autographs, take pictures and see the trucks up close at the Monster Jam Pit Party.

@ Petco Park, East Village,

El Toro Loco at Monster Jam at Petco Park.
(Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment)

On Saturday I’m meeting with my Grandpa, Sonny Vaccaro, who had a close relationship with Kobe Byrant and family and who introduced Kobe to me at a younger age. We are going to spend time honoring my biggest role model and idol, Kobe, in L.A. around the Staples Center area.

— John Vaccaro, Multimedia Account Executive


2.1, 2.2: “Nature or Nurture”

With new sculptures by artists Joanne Hayakawa and Jeff Irwin, this exhibition features ceramic work that includes sound and moving parts from the former and the manipulation of nature by humanity from the latter. Exhibit runs through Feb. 29.

@ R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla,


2.1, 2.2: San Diego Museum Month

Fans of art, history, science and nature can score half-price admission to more than 40 local museums during this month-long celebration of San Diego’s diverse culture. Happening through Feb. 29.

@ Museums throughout the county.

San Diego Museum Month
(Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune)


2.2: Super Bowl LIV

Ready for Super Bowl Sunday?! If you’re looking for a place to celebrate, check out all the spots in San Diego to watch the big game.

Catch Super Bowl LIV at Moonshine Beach, the official home of San Francisco 49ers football.
(Moonshine Beach)

Weekend plans: Friday night girls dinner at Fort Oak, Saturday beach day with friends, and Sunday Super Bowl house party with lots of buffalo chicken dip.

— Mindy Anderson, Multimedia Account Executive