Candice

Top 5 Picks for the 2014 San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego is a melting pot of arts and culture, and we feel pretty lucky to be home to the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the largest exhibition of Asian cinema on the West Coast. The festival features 140 films and programs from 21 countries at nine different venues across San Diego County. With so many exciting film premieres and events for 10 days, you may not know where to start. Luckily, we have you covered with our top 5 programs to check out at the 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), November 6-15, 2014.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

San Diego Asian Film Festival

This year’s opening night film is the Martin Scorsese-produced “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” starring Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 and Over), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Sin City, Hannibal), and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee). This gritty action packed crime drama is not for the faint-hearted as it tells the true story of two brothers who are pulled into the world of organized crime with a New York Chinatown gang in the 1980s. Co-directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo and stars Leonard Wu, Harry Shum Jr., and Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2) will attend the premiere and post-film Q&A. Get your cameras ready!

Where: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp – 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Films for the Whole Family: Shorts for Shorties

Shorts for Shorties

Bring the whole family for SDAFF’s family friendly programming including “Shorts for Shorties,” animated and live-action short films for kids; “Reel Voices,” the film premieres for Pacific Arts Movement’s student documentary filmmaker program, and “Hello! Junichi,” the West Coast Premiere of a group of kids who start their own rock band in Japan.

Where: UltraStar Mission Valley – 7510 Hazard Center Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM

World Premiere: Pilot Episode of Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh off the Boat image

ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first Asian American sitcom on a major network in 20 years, and SDAFF has the world premiere. Based on the memoir of celebrity chef and TV personality Eddie Huang, “Fresh Off the Boat” is a fresh and quick-witted sitcom about an Asian American family from Washington, DC that relocates to Orlando, Florida in the 1990’s. The world premiere will have a special post-screening Q&A with executive producers, Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar.

Where: USD’s Shiley Theatre – Camino Hall 163 – 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM

MOVEfest

MoveFest

For the first time ever, SDAFF is hosting a contemporary dance event offering two shows of live, original hip hop and urban dance performances with dynamic video works by emerging dance filmmakers. Among the guest performers is Galen Hooks, who choreographed for Usher, Rihanna, Brittany Spears, and Justin Bieber. This year’s MOVEfest is dedicated to the resilient people of the Philippines on this one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan.

Where: San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts – 2425 Dusk Dr, San Diego, CA 92139
When: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM

The Historic La Paloma Theater

La Paloma Theater

San Diego Asian Film Festival will host screenings all day at the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. This beautiful movie theatre is a historical landmark that opened its doors for the first time in 1928. North County visitors can enjoy the beauty of the theatre along with contemporary Asian films, including “Yasmine,” the first feature film ever produced in the nation of Brunei.

Where: 471 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM

> Browse the full San Diego Asian Film Festival Program

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is presented by Pacific Arts Movement, of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema. Pac-Arts programs include the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, Spring Showcase, and Reel Voices.

Candice

5 Reasons Why the San Diego Film Festival 2013 Can’t Be Missed

San Diego Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival

See some of the best new movies at the San Diego Film Festival

For more than a decade, the San Diego Film Festival has brought award-winning, world-class movies to San Diego, offering both residents and visitors the chance to see unique, independent films. Whether you’ve been before or are thinking of attending the San Diego Film Festival for the first time, here are 5 reasons why the 2013 festival is a can’t miss event:

1. Celebrities

Gus Van Sant walks the red carpet at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival

Gus Van Sant walks the red carpet at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival

During the San Diego Film Festival, it might be easy to mistake San Diego for Hollywood thanks to all the celebrities that come to town. Legends like Gus Van Sant to William Shatner have made appearances in years past. This year, you’re guaranteed to see Judd Apatow hanging around when he’s honored with the Visionary Filmmaker award on October 3.

2. Parties

From the stylish Filmmaker Bash honoring the festival winners to the raucous Almost Famous party featuring burlesque performances by the San Diego Dolls, the San Diego Film Festival proves that celebrating film doesn’t have to only take place sitting in a theater.

3. Something for the Family

Families looking for a unique experience to share with their kids will find want to check out Grave Secrets, a feature film adaptation of Deadtime Stories, a children’s horror fiction series similar to the Goosebumps series.

4. Discounts

Pre-sale passes start at $60 and range up to $350 for VIP passes, but those in the know can snag some deep discounts: students can receive up to 50 percent off with a valid ID. Not a student? Be sure to follow @SDFilmFestival on Twitter for more ways to score 50 percent off.

5. Great Films and Lots of Them

100 films from 55 countries spanning genres like Native American Voices, Action Sports, Family Friendly, Music and Horror…do you really need any other reason to check out the San Diego Film Festival than that?

San Diego Film Festival Info

Where:
Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 – 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Museum of Contemporary Art – La Jolla – 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 2-6, 2013
Cost:
Individual Movies – $14
Day Passes and Special Event – $50-$300
> Find out more about the San Diego Film Festival

What do you love most about the San Diego Film Festival? What are you excited to see? Tell us in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 29 – June 2, 2013

Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Pack up the board shorts, bikinis and beach towels and head to San Diego because it’s time for an unofficial Summer weekend (real summer starts on June 21)! The warmer weather means plenty of outdoor activities, festivals, music, food and these top things to do:

Filmout San Diego

Filmout San Diego - LGBT Film Festival

Celebrating its 15th year, Filmout San Diego will be screening 35 LGBT films over 5 days. Don’t miss out on the opening night gala and film G.B.F. with a Q&A session afterward with the director and talent.

Where: Birch North Park Theatre – 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 29 – June 2, 2013
Cost: $10-$150
> Find out more about Filmout San Diego

Culture & Cocktails: Piranesi

Culture & Cocktails - San Diego Museum of Art

Enjoy art in a whole new way with Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Throughout the night, take a 3-D or holographic photo, have your portrait etched by the etch-a-sketch man, and watch an acrobatic performance by Cristin Sandu. This night features interactive visual elements, Italian soda cocktails, and classic Italian bites all inspired by Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Members – Free. Nonmembers – $15.
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails: Piranesi

San Gennaro Festival

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The Annual San Gennaro Feast is a yearly festival held in honor of the Saint Gennaro. The festival features a wide variety of ethnic food vendors, live national acts hourly on the main stage, amusement rides and game fun for the whole family.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: May 30 – June 2, 2013
Cost: $8-$9. Rides require additional tickets.
> Find out more about the San Gennaro Festival

Art Around Adams

Electric Giraffe at Art Around Adams

You never know what you are going to see at Art Around Adams

Over nine performance areas (including a new “Kids Zone”) will stretch along Adams Avenue and feature music, performance art, creation of large-scale murals, circus performers, dance, theatre, projection art, intergalactic superhero wrestling, comedians, a CD release party, and a free screening of the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc.

Where: Adams Avenue between Oregon Street and Vista Street, San Diego, CA 92116
When: June 1, 2013
Time: 2:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Art Around Adams

Wings Over Gillespie Air Show

Wings over Gillespie Air Show 2013 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Take to the skies! Wings over Gillespie is a family friendly event with amusements, rides, education displays, a variety of food and beverages, plus a beer garden. There will also be plenty of action in the sky with wing walking, military re-enactors, paratroopers, and a mock battle with “Pyro.” New this year includes a massive PBY Catalina, a Vultee BT-13 and more.

Where: Gillespie Field – 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020
When: June 1-2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $8
> Find out more about the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show

Julian Gold Rush Days

Miners in Julian

There’s gold in dem dar hills! Find some during Julian Gold Rush Days.

Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea what Julian was like in its early days. It’s entertainment for the whole family with Historical encampments (with a chance to meet miners, mountain men & cowboys!), gun fighting, reenactments and mock claim jumping, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, gold panning, and so much more!

Where: 4444 Hwy 78, Julian, CA 92036
When: June 1-2, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Julian Gold Rush Days

Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach

Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Concerts and more at the Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. Photo courtesy of Daniel Knighton

This annual family and community event in Solana Beach features stellar live music, an arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, an international food court, and a beer & wine garden.

Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park – 111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: June 1-2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Rock and Roll Marathon

Get out and cheer on the marathoners and half-marathoners

Come and support over 20,000 runners winding their way along a 26.2 or 13.1 mile courses through San Diego. There will be amazing local live bands along both courses and a free post-race concert.

Where: Download the Course Maps
When: June 2, 2013
Time: Race starts at 6:10 AM
> Find out more about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 5-10, 2013

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

This weekend is all about the theater, with Mike Tyson telling the truth and Sean Connery in an outfit that cannot be unseen! Here are the top things to do this weekend in San Diego.

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

Don’t miss this rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most complicated men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. This riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout!

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $25-$500
> Find out more about Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee

San Diego Latino Film Festival

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San Diego’s proximity to Mexico makes it a natural venue for this prestigious 11-day film festival, now celebrating its 20th year, focusing on works by Latinos or about the Latino experience. More than 160 films and videos from across Latin America and the United States will be screened with many of the directors and actors in attendance.

Where: UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center – 7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 7-17, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about the San Diego Latino Film Festival

TrashTalk Theater Cosmic Double Feature

Trash Talk Theater Cosmic Double Feature - Top Things to Do in San Diego

By blending the filmgoing experience and social media, TrashTalk Theater allows you to comment and critique films for all to see while not audibly disturbing the movie goers around you. This event marks TrashTalk Theater’s very first steps into documentary territory with a screening of Children of the Stars, a film by local San Diego filmmaker Bill Perrine, and John Boorman’s ZardozRemember to bring a laptop (recommended), tablet or smartphone to participate.

Where: Victory Theatre – 2558 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
When: March 7, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $7
> Find out more about TrashTalk Theater Cosmic Double Feature

8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Walk through the Cherry Grove at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Walk through the Cherry Grove at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Celebrate spring and the Japanese tradition of hanami (enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms). More than 150 cherry blossom trees will be blooming in the new 9 acre expansion of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. There will also be cultural performances, food, a Sapporo beer garden, family friendly activities and unique gifts from local vendors.

Where: 2215 Pan American Way, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: March 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free with admission
> Find out more about the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Board Shorts Surf Film Festival

Board Shorts Surf Film Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Board Shorts Film Festival is a festival of short surf films by international artists featuring women. Now in its 2nd year, the Board Shorts Film Festival is moving to a larger venue and will be an evening of live music, food, drink (beer provided by Green Flash Brewing) and great short films. Ashley Lloyd Thompson will be hosting and performing along with her band The Shapes.

Where: Bird’s Surf Shed – 1091 West Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
When: March 9, 2013
Time: Starts at 6:30 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about the Board Shorts Surf Film Festival

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 1-4, 2012

Day of the Dead Fiesta de Reyes Altar

Get ready to enjoy a fun and warm fall weekend in San Diego with these great things to do:

1. Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Fiesta de Reyes Altar

An impressive alter at Fiesta de Reyes

Colorful altars and other traditional celebrations of Day of the Dead, one of Mexico’s most revered and festive holidays, return to Old Town San Diego. This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and crafts, is free and designed for all ages.

Location: Old Town San Diego (map)
Dates: November 1-2, 2012
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

2. Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Head up to Carlsbad on Sunday, November 4 for the largest one day street fair in California. The Faire features over 800 exhibitors, international food and live entertainment.

Location: Grand Ave. from Carlsbad Blvd. to Jefferson St. (map)
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

3. Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical Street Faire

Fall Back Gaslamp Quarter Logo

The free Fall Back Festival brings the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter and Old San Diego alive for children and families. The event features entertainment such as a Wild West Shootout, hayrides, ice cream eating contest, clog dancing and food.

Location: 410 Island Avenue (map)
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fall Back Festival: the Children’s Historical Street Faire

4. 13th Annual Asian Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012 Logo

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America. Along with narrative features, the nine-day Festival also showcases documentaries, short films, and animation. Screenings take place at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinema with tickets starting at $11.50.

Location: Mission Valley UltraStar Cinema (map)
Dates: November 1-9, 2012
Cost: Tickets start at $11.50
> Find out more about the 13th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

5. San Diego Beer Week

Cheers during San Diego Beer Week

Say Cheers to another exciting San Diego Beer Week!

The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival kicks of San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) this Saturday. SDBW is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture. With over 317 events throughout the week, visitors are sure to get their share of San Diego’s best brews.

Locations: Varies by event
Dates: November 2-11, 2012
Cost: Varies by event
> Find out more about San Diego Beer Week

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego? Let us and other know about them in the comments below.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

The Mark of Zorro

Remember to “jump ahead” this weekend by setting your clock forward by one hour. Spend that extra hour of sunlight this weekend enjoying one of these great events in San Diego. Here are your Five to Try:

The Mark of Zorro

1. Silent Movie Night, The Mark of Zorro

Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery, The Mark of Zorro is a swashbuckling adventure from 1920, set right here in Southern California and accompanied by the mighty Fox Theater pipe organ. Movie starts at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 10th at the Copley Symphony Hall.

2. San Diego Latino Film Festival

Starting March 8 and running through March 18th is the 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center. There will be over 20,000 attendees and 150 entertaining and award-winning movies including a new sidebar dedicated to horror, sci-fi, and films that simply defy categories, labels and conventions.

Photo Courtesy of Paul Body

3. Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art

Fifteen extraordinary marine life sculptures with trashy origins will be displayed at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Tons of plastic pollution was used to create monumental sculptures that are awakening the curiosity and minds of citizens to the marine debris crisis. Exhibit runs through September 3, 2012.

4. A Room With a View

From the beloved novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning film comes an enchanting new musical. Comic, romantic, satirical and real, A Room with a View blends a gorgeous score with this timeless story that gives a new voice to these unforgettable characters. Playing at the Old Globe in Balboa Park March 2-April 8, 2012.

Christopher Titus at the American Comedy Co.

5. Christopher Titus

Spend the evening laughing with Christopher Todd Titus at the American Comedy Co. You may remember him from his hit show Titus. Shows are Friday-Saturday 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm; and Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Tell us in the comments below, what do you have planned for the weekend?

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend

San Diego Asian Film Festival

1. San Diego Asian Film Festival: From October 20-28, International film fanatics will have the opportunity to partake in one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America. Along with narrative features, the Festival also showcases documentaries, short films and animation.

Harvest Festival

2. Harvest Festival: The 39th Annual Harvest Festival is kicking off of at the Del Mar Fairgrounds October 21 and running through the 23rd. The festival features more than 300 artists and craftspeople showcasing unique American handmade works, including Halloween and Christmas decor, handmade wearable art, photography, garden decorations, hand-turned wood, ceramics, jewelry, children’s toys and more!

La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk and Taste

3. La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk and Taste: On Thursday, October 20th, experience an evening of breathtaking coastal views, exquisite art, fresh cuisine and savory wines as you stroll through the beautiful La Jolla Village and visit over 15 of La Jolla’s most prominent galleries showcasing internationally celebrated art, while enjoying various samples of crisp white and bold red wines at each gallery. As you stroll along the streets of downtown La Jolla you will satisfy your appetite with tastings of flavorful cuisine from over 20 of La Jolla Village’s finest restaurants. Tickets to the La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk & Taste are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the event.

Broadway San Diego: Hair

4. Hair: From October 18-23, Broadway San Diego brings the Tony-winning musical Hair to the Civic Theatre. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.”

Borrego Springs

5. Borrego Days Desert Festival: The 46th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival is a three-day local tradition that is just abounding with colorful attractions, family fun and exciting events. This free festival takes place on Friday, October 21 and continues through Sunday, October 22. Activities include a parade, local artists, food court, mini-carnival, games, rides and much more. A fun way to enjoy the picturesque desert landscape!

Suzzanne

Fashion Festival Dresses Up La Jolla

This weekend the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will host the first International Fashion Film Festival founded in North America.

The best of the international fashion film art movement brought to you in two completely different screening programs 7:30 – 9:30pm July 29 & 30 in the world class theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla. Each night consists of about 20 short films.

Films include productions from established designers like Karl Lagerfeld, as well as up-and-coming directors. Once you’ve got your fill of fashion, head over to Barfly La Jolla for exclusive after-parties.