MANY A MOVIE NIGHT
Go out to watch a feature movie at a theater and you'll invest about two hours of screen-watching time in one story. Better yet, plan to attend the 3rd annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival. With festival shorts each clocking in at five minutes or less, you'll spend roughly the same amount of time soaking in 27 different plots. Doors open at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater inside the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. A short reception will include a meet-and-greet with the local filmmakers, light hors díoevres and a no-host bar, followed by the screenings of Life Without Mustard, The Che Café Take Away and dozens of other fun, factual and musically entertaining films. Tickets are $20 at the door. sdcitybeat.com
San Diegans are pretty lucky when it comes to the convenience and availability of great Mexican food—being right next to Mexico itself will do that. Still, a lot of the local Mexican cuisine tends to cater to carnivores, given the ubiquity of California burritos and fish tacos around town. Yet Love, Eco & Friends is bringing a celebration of the vegan lifestyle directly to Tijuana. The festival will feature vegan treats from California Cakes and Good Sorbo Yerba Mate, in addition to cruelty-free shoes and apparel, and other vegan-friendly wares. It's a family-friendly event, so all ages are welcome. Love, Eco & Friends takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Passage Rodriguez (Av. Revolucion, between 3rd and 4th streets) in Tijuana.