Back in the day, San Diego’s notorious downtown red-light district, the Stingaree, was a bayside vice factory—home to opium dens, saloons, gambling houses, prostitutes and other immoral delights. From , a local historian will be at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park to discuss our fair city’s old seedy side while guests sip craft beer and cocktails, nibble on hors d’ouvres from MIHO food truck and listen to music by Bach Collegium. The Sins of the Stingaree soiree is part of the popular History Happy Hours series and includes a chance to see the center’s current Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice exhibition. There’ll also be a demo of how to make era-appropriate drinks by the experts at Please & Thank You. The night won’t be all about drinking and debauchery, though, as the topic of urban redevelopment and the story behind the current polished-up version of Downtown will also be broached. $25, or $20 for members.
When the wild, surrealistic movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is listed as a creative inspiration, the result is almost guaranteed to be weird (in a good way). Artists including The Hoop Unit, Tito Bonito and Adelaide Marcus of the Shimmy Sisters will be combining tribal dance with circus and burlesque in Seduced by the Imaginarium Circus, a night packed with live performances that strive to live up to the bizarre plotline in the epic movie. At and , a dizzying array of entertainers—snake charmers, jugglers, puppeteers, fire dancers and more—will take the stage at The Irenic (3090 Polk Ave., North Park). There’ll also be local artists and vendors onsite, including a visit from the frisky Bad Kitty Photography Photo Booth. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The wrestling matches regularly going down at Skybox Sports Grill (4809 Clairemont Drive) are the real deal—as real as theatrical wrestling gets, anyway. The Clairemont bar hosts top-notch shows filled with hilarious live commentary, ridiculous storylines, managers who get involved in the sagas and intense rivalries that end—and simultaneously begin again—with someone getting slapped down in the ring. If a folding chair slamming hard across someone’s back is what you’re after, that’s exactly what you’ll get when Fans United Wrestling brings Fandemomium to Skybox starting at . Wrestling pros from Tijuana to Los Angeles will enter the ring, ready to entertain guests in an up-close battle that will end in a lucha-libre-style tag-team match featuring wrestlers with names like"Kray Z Klown" and "Extreme Parka." $15.
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