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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013

San Diego Night Market, Ella Quartet, Banned Book Night

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Three Treasures Kung Fu Lion Dance Three Treasured Kung Fu Lion Dance will perform at the San Diego Night Market.


You can’t get much more “central San Diego” than Kearny Mesa, and the heart of Kearny Mesa is an inverted triangle bounded by the 805, 163 and 52 highways called the Convoy District, named for the street that bisects the triangle. Convoy is a main hub of Asian cuisine, but Joseph Lee, spokesperson of the Convoy District business association, doesn’t think everyone knows that.

“We really believe that Convoy is one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets,” Lee says.

So, the volunteers who run Convoy District decided to hold the first-ever San Diego Night Market there, and that makes perfect sense, because night markets are an Asian cultural tradition.

“Night markets are all over urban centers in Asia, so anyone who’s been to Asia has probably, at some point, been to a night market,” Lee says. “And in the last few years, there have been a series of night markets that have kind of sprung up in urban centers on the West Coast, from Vancouver to the Bay Area, and, most recently, a little over a year ago, the 626 Market hit the Los Angeles area”—in Santa Anita Park—“and had great success.” 

From 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, more than 30 vendors—selling clothing and other products and lots and lots of food—will set up shop outdoors in the giant Zion Market parking lot (7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.). Sorry, but there won’t be any craft beer—no, just kidding! Of course there’ll be a craft-beer garden, stocked by Helm’s Brewery Co., Mission Brewery and Societe Brewing Co.

Entertainment of both the traditional and nontraditional sorts will be performed on a big stage all night long, and Drive-By Cinema, a milk truck that cruises San Diego and blasts films wherever it can find a good projection spot, will be doing its unique, somewhat subversive thing.

The event is free.


Great works of literature and classical music go together like smoking jackets and snifters of brandy, so it makes perfect sense that the new San Diego Central Library, which opens to the public on Sept. 28, is presenting its first classical music performance. Ella Quartet, comprising four musicians from the San Diego Symphony, will give a performance at the library that will include Joseph Haydn’s “String Quartet in G Major, Opp. 77, No. 1,” and “Sergey Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92.” Tux and tails are not required, just an ear for culture. Ella Quartet will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in the library’s auditorium (330 Park Blvd. in East Village).


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. The Anarchist Cookbook. What do these books have in common? They’ve all, at one point or another, been banned by governments. On Friday, Sept. 27, WriteOutLoud, a group of actors who perform short stories, will delve into these once-forbidden tomes during Banned Book Night. They’ll take excerpts from literary classics that rubbed conservatives the wrong way and share them from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Attendees can join in on the outlawed readings by bringing a copy of a banned book—a quick Google search shows you which have been blacklisted. It all goes down at The New Ink Spot (2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 202, in Point Loma’s Liberty Station).

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