The 12th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last week and runs through Oct. 28. Screening as part of the festival, and presented in partnership with the tastemaking ArtPower at UCSD, is Oxhide II, the follow-up to Liu Jiayin's first film, shot in CinemaScope in her parents' tiny apartment. The sequel is described as "dryly humorous, intelligent, and insightful, deconstructing the dynamics of a family in crisis." During the screening, Del Mar Rendezvous restaurant will provide free dumplings for the audience (yum!). Oxhide II screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at The Loft at UCSD (Price Center East, second floor). $8. Click here for more info.---
Did you nominate, vote or at least comment on one of the dozens of projects up for awards (or disses) in this year's Orchids & Onions awards? Presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, Orchids & Onions give the public a chance to weigh in on San Diego's architecture hits and misses—which projects set examples to be followed and which should never, ever again be replicated? Pojects up for awards this year include Sherman Elementary (up for an Onion) and Saint Bartholomew's Chapel (up for an Orchid). Find out who won at the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Balboa Theatre Downtown. $50 presale, $55 at the door. Click here for more info.
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus kicks off its 57th season Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30, with Stravinsky Circus!, a program of music focusing largely on the experimental, Russian-born composer's time in Paris, a city he dug so much, he later became a French citizen. The evening includes Symphonies of Wind Instruments (for which Stravinsky was almost laughed off the stage at its 1921 London debut), works from his pals Debussy (Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane) and Ravel (Mother Goose Suite) and, of course, Stravinsky's big-time hit, The Rite of Spring. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD. $29. Get more info on the performance.
The North Park Playwright Festival continues through the end of the month with 25 new short plays from playwrights around the country. Now in its seventh year, the event happens at the intimate, ever-so-cool North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe (2031 El Cajon Blvd.) and is one of few festivals to give new, untested plays a chance on stage. If you like contemporary, experimental stuff, check this out. You might be one of the first to witness the next Sam Shepard. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. $14. Click here for more info.
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