San Diego: This Weekend (Jan. 17-20)


Big events going down this weekend include Women’s March San Diego, Monster Jam, comedian Iliza Shlesinger and BagbyFest 3.

1.17: Special Viewing of A Star Is Born with producer Q&A

The Golden Globe-nominated film is getting a special viewing at the new Galamp hotspot Theatre Box and will include a Q&A with producer Bill Gerber, plus get pre-film hosted beverages and a hosted dessert at Sugar Factory American Brasserie after the film.

Theatre Box, 701 Fifth Ave., downtown,

1.17: Lost Kings

The L.A.-based DJ duo of Nick Shanholtz and Robert Abisi has remixed the likes of Halsey, Diplo, Rihanna, and Imagine Dragons. The pair released a trio of singles last year — Drunk As Hell (feat. Jesper Jenset), When We Were Young (feat. Norma Jean Martine), and Stuck (feat. Tove Stryke). — Scott McDonald

Music Box, Little Italy,

1.17: Domaine Chandon and Newton Wine Dinner

Two of Napa Valley’s most revered vineyards join forces to host a five-course dinner paired with impeccable wines during this unique tasting held in Pala Casino’s subterranean cave. —Michael Benninger

Pala Casino, Spa & Resort, Pala,

1.17: Sinbad

“Even if you look good, ’ cause women at 40, 50, and 60, y’all workin’ out and lookin’ good, but you can’t wear them pants that say ‘Juicy.’ Stop that. You 60 years old. Take them pants off and give ’ em back to your grandchild.” — Sinbad on Where U Been

Sycuan Casino, El Cajon,



(Adam Bettcher / Getty Images for Starkey Hearin)

1.17: RAW San Diego presents Reflect

Visual artists, photographers, designers, performers and musicians alike gather for a one-night event showing off their wares and artistry.

House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown,

1.17-19: Pablo Francisco

“The reason they call it ‘soft porn’ is because it doesn’t get you hard. They’re straining so much from the waist down, it doesn’t even look like they’re having sex. It looks like they’re moving furniture.” — Pablo Francisco on Bits & Pieces

The American Comedy Co., downtown,

2.17-20: Kindred Three Year Anniversary Rampage

We couldn’t describe it as well as their event page, which states: “a four-day, maddening stretch of revelry and ritual, in a series of thrilling events celebrating us (the KINDRED Kult), you (our distinguished guests), and a select few of our most inspiring friends. Behold the triumphant spread of electrifying happenings.” Check their Facebook event page for more specifics.

Kindred, 1503 30th St., South Park,


Last in San Diego for a November show at the Observatory, Connecticut-born/L.A.-based producer Tyler Marenyi returns for this highly anticipated club date. Marenyi had a huge 2018, collaborating on a slew of tracks with artists like Big Gigantic, Kill The Noise, The Chainsmokers, Wavedash, and Pell. — Scott McDonald

OMNIA, downtown,

1.18: Iliza Shlesinger

“Push-up bra. That’s what we do for you gentlemen. You have no idea of the sacrifices. Push-up bra. Not a woman in here wears a push-up bra when she’s at home with the flu. No one walking around, like, ‘I just like it when my nipples are near my tongue. It’s just safer that way.’” — Iliza Shlesinger on Elder Millennial

The Balboa Theatre, Gaslamp Quarter,

Iliza Shlesinger.

Iliza Shlesinger.

(Mike Windle / Getty Images for ELLE)

1.18: Rob Garza

One-half of frequent local visitors Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza is no stranger to San Diego. He returns alone for a special DJ set after releasing his 4-track Dissolve EP last August. — Scott McDonald

Music Box, Little Italy,

1.18: Laugh Outside: Live Comedy

Four rising standup comedians are taking to the stage for a night of laughs hosted by Sara Lee Steiner — a woman who calls herself a retired teenage magician on her Insta page (so it’s bound to be an entertaining night).

Quartyard, 1301 Market St., East Village,

1.19: BagbyFest 3

Inspired by the atmosphere of Europe’s winter markets, this food and beverage festival centers around several cultural and historical experiences unique to the continent. —Michael Benninger

Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside,

1.19: Habstrakt

French DJ Habstrakt (aka Adam Jouneau) was last in San Diego for May’s MY LED USA blowout and returns to the cozier confines of OMNIA for this special show. Jouneau has remixed the likes of DJ Snake, Die Antwoord, and Zeds Dead, and dropped three new singles in 2018 — Movie, About You and Vibin. — Scott McDonald

OMNIA, downtown,

1.19: Louie Anderson

“I just got back from Vermont. It’s beautiful there, huh? It’s nice to stay in a hotel where you can hunt from the window.” — Louis Anderson on Late Night with Seth Meyers

The Balboa Theatre, Gaslamp Quarter,

Comedian/actor Louie Anderson.

Comedian/actor Louie Anderson.

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

1.19: Brendan Schaub

(live filming of Showtime comedy special)

“God, I’m a f**kboy. I own it though, man. So weird. The thing is, it wasn’t like, one day I was like, oh, f**king, let me just wake up, dress like an asshole and get this f**ckin’ Hitler haircut. I would never do that.” — Brendan Schaub on Getting Down with Big Brown

Spreckels Theatre, downtown,

Mixed Martial Artist Brendan Schaub.

Mixed Martial Artist Brendan Schaub.

(Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

1.19: Margarita Madness 5K

It’s less about time and more lime at this unique fun run where everyone scores a free margarita at the finish line. — Michael Benninger

East Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay Park,

1.19: Third annual Women’s March San Diego

Join a grassroots group of volunteers and carry on the mission of the marches in support of women’s rights, human rights, access to healthcare and the end of social and environmental injustice. — Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

At the Women’s March San Diego, Jennifer Moreno from San Diego said, "I'm here for our future."

At the Women’s March San Diego, Jennifer Moreno from San Diego said, “I’m here for our future.”

(Howard Lipin / The San Diego-Union-Tribune)

1.19: Monster Jam

Grave Digger, Max D and El Toro Loco among other famous monster trucks race around a dirt-filled Petco Park in this annual, action-packed auto event. — Michael Benninger

Petco Park, East Village,

1.19-20: San Diego Travel and Adventure Show 2019

Discover more than 200 vacation destinations during two days of travel-centric seminars featuring hands-on demonstrations, a global beats stage and exclusive deals on epic experiences. — Michael Benninger

San Diego Convention Center, downtown,

1.20: What So Not

Once a duo with EDM superstar Flume, What So Not is now the solo project of Australian producer Emoh Instead (aka Chris Emerson). What So Not released his 12-song, full-length debut, Not All The Beautiful Things, last March. Featuring collaborations with Skrillex, Toto, San Holo, SLUMBERJACK, a companion remix LP was released in November. Party Pupils, Pat Lok, and Erick Diaz open the show. — Scott McDonald

Hard Rock, downtown,

1.20: Rev Run & DJ Ruckus

Rev Run (aka Joseph Simmons of pioneering hip hop trio Run-D.M.C.) has teamed with celebrity DJ Ruckus (aka Gregory Andrews) for nearly a decade. And Andrews has been part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group’s live shows since 2012. This time, they’ll hit OMNIA as a duo. — Scott McDonald

OMNIA, downtown,

1.20: Carlsbad Full- and Half-Marathon

Choose the full marathon, half marathon or Surf Sun Run 5K, each of which offers breathtaking views, outstanding support stations and live entertainment at every mile. — Michael Benninger

Three courses along coastal Carlsbad,

1.20: 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Drill teams, dazzling floats and high school bands among other organizations celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at one of the nation’s largest events held in the civil rights leader’s name. — Michael Benninger

Harbor Drive, Embarcadero,

1.20-27: San Diego Restaurant Week

Don’t wait to make reservations as more than 180 restaurants around the county offer limited-time prix fixe menus during this eight-day celebration of San Diego’s culinary scene.

Restaurants throughout the county,

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