It's the year of the horse, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Folks born in this year-which includes 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954-are considered clever and kind to others (although they sometimes talk too much). To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Wang's North Park (3029 University Ave.) is throwing a three-day celebration, , to . The Asian-fusion restaurant starts off the weekend offering happy hour 'til , including appetizers and signature cocktails. Beginning at , the Southern Sea Lion Dancers will entertain patrons, Gekkeikan Sake will be doling out samples and the restaurant will be serving a traditional Chinese New Year dinner. Then, starting at , Wang's annual Super Bowl Party caps the weekend, offering specials on drinks, appetizers and entrees. ---
If you've ever browsed the travel section of a bookstore (or iTunes or Amazon e-books), you know the name Frommer. Arthur Frommer founded the eponymous guidebook company in 1957 (now approaching 85, he still blogs about travel). His daughter, Pauline Frommer, is keeping it in the family with her own series of guidebooks. She'll be at Warwick's in La Jolla (7812 Girard Ave.) at , to discuss topics like traveling on a budget, 2014's hot spots and her newEasyGuide to New York City 2014. She's known for writing guidebooks for folks who are looking to travel affordably, so we're sure she's got lots of tips to offer. Or, go simply to bask in the glow of someone who's got one of the most awesome gigs in the world.
The combination of art and activism can be either be a profound vessel for truth or an embarrassingly clunky mode of preaching-like that dude you knew in college who wore a Che Guevara shirt every day. The Prix Pictet photography prize highlights those who excel in accomplishing the former in the field of photography, every year honoring artists who highlight pressing social and environmental issues facing the world today ("Moments Before the Flood" by Carl De Keyzer shown here). Past themes have included water, earth and growth; this year, the theme is power. Starting , the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will be displaying 56 works from the 12 artists who made the prize's short list. See each artist's interpretation of the theme and come away with a new perspective. Prix Pictet: Power will be in display through .
Do you ever find yourself ogling the red-lipped '50s throwback divas and secretly wishing you could pull off those darling Bettie Page bangs and that sassy swing dress? Inspired by vintage Hollywood and rock 'n' roll, Temptress Fashion in Ocean Beach is the place to go if you ever get the guts to try out the classic look. Check out their clothing and accessories at the upcoming Paper Dolls: A Pinup Model Pageant & Show happening from , at Winstons (1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach). A lineup of entertainment, like crooner David Patrone and magician Matt Young, will keep things moving while local gals compete for the chance to be named the new "Face of Temptress." $25 and up.