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ON THE COVER: Photographer Mark Seliger with his photo of Kurt Cobain, from the new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends by Tim Mantoani (Copyright © 2011 Tim Mantoani; used by permission of the author). Recalls Seliger of his famous portrait of the Nirvana grunge-rock front man: “Originally an inside opener for a Rolling Stone cover story of Nirvana in conjunction with the release of In Utero [their third and final studio album, late 1993], my first Polaroid (with negative) was by far the most emotional and revealing of his spirit. Two months later, Kurt died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. This photograph became the memorial Rolling Stone cover.” COVER FOOTNOTE: Twenty years ago, in January 1992, Nirvana’s second studio album, Nevermind— powered by the hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit”—knocked Michael Jackson’s Dangerous from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard album charts and thrust alternative rock into the mainstream. It went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide.

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THIS PAGE: One of the rare, 235-pound, (circa late-1970s) 20x24” Polaroid cameras San Diego-based photographer Tim Mantoani used to capture the subjects for his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends (Copyright © 2011 Tim Mantoani; used by permission of the author).

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C U R R E N T S 23 Feel the Glove Beat it to Cirque du Soleil’s off-the-wall Michael Jackson tribute 24 Fore Sight Eye-opening social experiment unites company, community 26 Thrash Recycling Local filmmaker waxes ecological on toxic surfboards 28 Good to Glow Lighten up at MCASD’s luminous La Jolla exhibit 32

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Made in the Fade Sun-baked characters grit and bare it in an artist’s desert gaze

34 Occupied San Diego Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph is ready to start his own movement

38 82 You Go, Girl A Gaslamp nightlife darling makes her move 84

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36 Keepin’ it Wheel Mayoral candidate blazes along the campaign trail

68 You Must Be Yolking Eating for sport, just for the fork of it

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C A L E N D A R 94 ONE.TWELVE January event listings T H I N K 98 Picture This Photo Contest Winner An inspirational parting shot earns $500 cash

CLOCKWISE (from top left): San Diego Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher; SDSU diver Kristen Meier; Wailers bassist Aston Barrett (photo by William Richards); Wilco (photo by Zoran Orlic)

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Take a two-hour moonwalk through the Gloved One’s musical career when Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour arrives at Valley View Casino Center January 21-22. The surreal, multimedia spectacle features costumes inspired by M.J.’s iconic wardrobe, but “Michael’s voice is what drives the show,” says writerdirector Jamie King. If you’ve ever dreamed of being immersed in a real-life “Thriller” (with about 10,000 more lights, dancing mummies and trapeze-swinging winged creatures), this is it. valleyviewcasinocenter.com 

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In January, a San Diego man will spend a day legally blind, wearing a blindfold for 24 hours to show how most sighted people take for granted activities such as shaving, eating and playing golf. “We hope it’s a reminder that sight is a privilege,” says Jeff Katz, the subject of the filmed experiment, “Providing Perspective,” and a partner in its underwriter, Provider Design (which is collaborating with San Diego Center for the Blind). Katz will hit the greens with blind golf champ and San Diego State University student Jeremy Poincenot (pictured supporting Katz), who’s lost much of his vision to rapidly progressing Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. “This project will help the sighted better relate to the visually impaired,” says Poincenot. “And how can I pass up a round of golf?” providerdesign.com 24

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Given the closeness surfers enjoy with the sea, it’s unfortunate their boards are made from water-poisoning petroleum-based materials. “Big surfboard companies are scared to deviate from what they’re doing because they’re focused on the bottom line,” says La Jolla native Pierce Michael Kavanagh, who explores the problem in his documentary Manufacturing Stoke. Rather than condemn the $7.2 billion industry, the film (which began touring last spring and is screening at festivals in Hawaii and Australia in January) follows several California board-shapers who’ve begun to work with sustainable materials. “We’re at the beginning of a renaissance,” Kavanagh says. “Changes are coming from the little guys—the ground floor up.” thesurfnetwork.com

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GOOD TO GLOW

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The psychological and physiological influence of light energizes “Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface,” exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla through January 22. Some pieces (such as Doug Wheeler’s 1965 Untitled, pictured on page 28) use artificial illumination to play with perception, while others emphasize the illusive quality of natural light as they transform with the time of day. Several works invite close-up, even step-inside examination of the differences between transparency and translucence, as well as opaqueness and reflectivity—momentarily turning visitors into prism inmates. Says curator Robin Clark: “You have to put your body in the space to experience it.” mcasd.org

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German photographer Stefanie Schneider pursued the American Dream through 1970s road movies and Golden State roadmaps—finally gathering her camera, a bag of expired Polaroid film and some daring Los Angeles friends to seek splendid desolation in Southern California’s high desert. The resulting series of washed-out, offbeat images, 29 Palms, CA, forms the basis of her show “Stranger than Paradise,” opening January 14 at Scott White Contemporary Art in La Jolla. “I’ve always had an affinity for wide-open, slightly decaying spaces,” says Schneider, whose most striking frames set orange-wigged actress Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, The Crazies) adrift in an arid blandscape. “There’s so much space in the desert for people to lose or possibly fulfill their dreams, and there’s nobody to watch or judge.” scottwhiteart.com

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“Regulate me, THEN the banks! Regulate me, THEN the banks!” The difference between me screaming at someone locked inside a portable toilet and the protesters chanting on Wall Street is that the object of my scorn can actually hear me. In either case, we 99-percenters might be making it harder on ourselves. The guy in the outhouse is undoubtedly making me wait longer by clamping up tighter than a submarine hatch, while the corporate tycoon is raking in even more billions at the occupiers’ expense, relaxing on his gold-plated bidet as he doubles down on pepper-spray stock.

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Keepin’ it Wheel

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Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher isn’t just running for mayor of San Diego—he’s rolling. During his first term in the California State Legislature, he helped get 21 pieces of legislation signed into law (including bills relating to job creation, health care and public safety) and now aims to break local-government gridlock. And, having devoted a decade to U.S. Marine Corps service encompassing counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism in Iraq and the Horn of Africa, the 34-year-old decorated veteran believes he has the mettle to do it. “San Diego means everything to me,” says Fletcher, an avid mountain biker and surfer residing in University City with wife Mindy and sons Zach and Caleb. “It’s where I will live the rest of my life.” nathanfletcher.com 36

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Kristen Meier knew she had a higher calling at age 12, when, after swimming practice, she watched divers doing warm-ups. “I was curious to try it—and I did,” she says. Ten years later, the San Diego State University senior is studying economics and making a splash in the diving world. She was named 2011’s Mountain West Diver of the Year, has nabbed half a dozen Mountain West Athlete of the Week awards and hopes to place high enough in the 2012 USA Diving Winter National Championships to pursue the Olympics after she graduates. Says Meier: “This sport has made me strive to do better.” 38

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Steve McCurry: “Afghan Girl,” National Geographic cover, 1984

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“A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same.” —Albert Einstein (pictured with his photographer, Ozzie Sweet)

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Jim Marshall, a maverick in photography, walked into the studio, saw the camera and after asking me what it was for, said, “You’re f–––in’ nuts.”

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istory is both a record and a touchstone of our lives. And San Diego lensman Tim Mantoani has found his own artfully unique way to doubleexpose it in his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends (Channel Photographics; mantoani.com). A landmark not just of photography but of cultural iconography, the oversized volume showcases 158 well- and lesser-known photographers posing with their most famous or serendipitous images. Characterizing the book’s making as a “monstrous task,” Mantoani, a successful commercial photographer known especially for his portraits of professional athletes, conceived the project five years ago partly in response to the medium’s by-then entrenched digital revolution “At the end of 2006, I realized I had not shot a single piece of film that year,” says Mantoani, 43, a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Sana Barbara. “I was like, Wow, there’s something missing here.” Lamenting the loss of “magic” in photography, Mantoani did something impulsive that December when he visited his Bay Area childhood stomping grounds. “There were these rare Polaroid 20x24-inch large-format cameras available in New York and San Francisco, so I rented one before I even considered shooting something that would mean something to me.” At an added cost of $75 per print (the camera has a built-in

film processor that produces an instant poster-size print, accounting for part of its beastly bulk), using the equipment would be expensive. Mantoani called two local photographers, legendary music lensman Jim Marshall and sports shooter Michael Zagaris, and invited them to a studio with their most iconic photos in tow. “Jim, a fiery personality and a maverick in photography—he shot the famous Johnny Cash flipping-off-the-camera photo—walked in, saw the camera and said, ‘What’s this for?’ I said, ‘I want to do a portrait of you holding your best image.’ He said, ‘You’re f----n’ nuts.’” After photographing Marshall and Zagaris, Mantoani asked each of them to write a bit of back story about their featured photos at the bottom of their respective Polaroids. Seeing an “equal weight” between photographer and photograph within his images, he knew he was onto something. “All of these ideas just really came flooding in,” he recalls. “What if I could call Steve McCurry and photograph him with his shot of the ‘Afghan Girl’ that appeared on the cover of National Geographic? And what if I could call Nick Ut and get him with his [Associated Press] photo of the Vietnamese girl burned by a napalm drop?” Every photographer who responded positively to Mantoani’s emails and letters opened doors to others. By March 2007, when he traveled to New York for the first time to photograph several subjects, a network of referrals— including highly influential fashion eye Walter Chin and pioneering San Diego skateboard photographer J. Grant

Brittain—had given the project a life of its own. “I let the journey take me where it wanted to go,” he says. There was a bump in the road when Polaroid announced it would cease making film for the 20x24 camera, and the price of a single exposure shot up to $200. (Fortunately, a film stockpile remained available.) To cut down on costs and trips to San Francisco and New York, Mantoani spent $15,000 on a Wisner 20x24—an “ugly stepchild” of the original Polaroid camera that uses the same technology and, at about 100 pounds, is more portable. Mantoani also developed a comfortable working relationship with the device. “When you shoot with a large-format camera, you’re next to the lens engaging with your subject,” he explains. “The main difference is that you don’t have this barrier in front of your face like you do with a 35 millimeter camera. It allows you and your subject to converse. And when you decide, you push the plunger and—pop—the flash goes off.” Apart from the creative challenges, the photographer, who lives with his wife Lynn and son Lucas, 11, in Point Loma, had personal motivations for completing Behind Photographs. “When you realize life is short, you just go for it,” says Mantoani, a cancer survivor. “I learned from these photographers that the rewards of life are what you do every day. Long after I’m gone, somebody can go into a museum or an exhibit and walk up to these giant prints and not only see the photograph, but the faces that documented history in a way that will never be done again.”

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Bill Eppridge: assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

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Walter Chin: Gisele B端ndchen, 1998

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Lori Grinker: Mike Tyson at age 14, 1980

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steak, four giant bacon strips and three sunny-side-up eggs, all piled onto a pound of home fries. “Our focus has always been on big comfort food,” says owner Brian Epstein, who conceived the five-and-a-half-pound beast. “This dish takes it to the extreme.” So extreme, in fact, that the $25 entrée will be free for anyone who devours it in under an hour. (Are you listening, Food Network?)

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nside each of the six San Diego Broken Yolk Café locations, “walls of honor” reveal the names of customers who’ve shoveled down 12-egg omelets in under an hour. For these ravenous elites, breakfast was on the house—their names forever engraved on shiny metal plaques like so many benefactors of a gastro-bypass hospital wing. Among those who’ve burped victory is Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel’s hit TV show Man vs. Food, who, in 32 stomach-defying minutes, consumed not only the humongous, cheese-filled, chili-smothered omelet, but also the requisite heaps of home fries and biscuits. Can’t crack this many eggs in one sitting? Plan to shell out $25.99. thebrokenyolkcafe.com

Other Local Man vs. Food Stars Surfin’ California Burrito (stuffed with steak, shrimp and French fries) Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop 1810 W. Washington St., Mission Hills 619.296.8226, tacosmackdown.com El Toro Sandwich (sliced tri-tip and barbecue sauce inside a large Kaiser roll) Phil’s BBQ 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma, 619.226.6333 579 Grand Ave., San Marcos, 760.759.1400, philsbbq.net

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no Weigh Super Monster Burrito (a nearly seven-pounder with your choice of fillings) Freebirds World Burrito 3958 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest 619.299.5500, freebirds.com 3 Lb. Burger Challenge (six hamburger patties topped with 12 slices of cheese, two fried eggs and four bacon strips on a triple bun, served with cheesy tater tots) The Corner Restaurant & Bar 369 10th Ave., East Village 619.531.8804, thecornersd.com

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NOW YOU’RE CooKING Una Noche en España: Tapas (Jan. 6) and Mas Noches en España: Paella (Jan. 19) Hipcooks, North Park 619.269.8844 sandiego.hipcooks.com Hands-On Basic Sushi (Jan. 7) Great News! Cooking School, Pacific Beach 858.270.1582 great-news.com Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Basics Three-Part Series (Jan. 10, 17 and 24) Sur La Table, Carlsbad 760.635.1319, surlatable.com

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he difference between noncarbonated Blink and its competitors is clear: “Unlike most energy beverages, you can see what you are drinking,” says founder Howie Reed, a Dallas native living in La Jolla. Reed, who created Blink as an alternative to coffee and sugary wake-me-up potions, boasts that his proprietary blend (which includes natural caffeine and Vitamin B) not only reduces wasted calories, but also helps save the planet. “I saw people purchasing both an energy drink and a bottle of water in the same transaction,” he says. “Blink saves you money at the register and reduces your carbon footprint by combining two bottles into one.” blinkenergywater.com

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When Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and the Barrett brothers (bassist Aston and drummer Carlton) formed various incarnations of The Wailers in the 1960s-70s, they helped forge the roots reggae genre—at the same time creating an enduring band that has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. Today, although comprised mostly of newcomers, The Wailers continue their heartbeat-tempo tradition with original bandmate Aston Barrett (pictured, far left) and the late Marley’s able stand-in, Jamaican singer Koolant Brown (far right). Find your rhythm at House of Blues, mon. —Larry Jameson pacificsandiego.com

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Trippy and mellow, the indie rock group Nada Surf—a New York-based three-piece band that kills it when touring Europe—is playing 4th & B to promote their new studio album, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy. Also on the bill are San Diego’s own accessible garage punk rockers, The Soft Pack, and the super-tight pop-rock five-piece, Cuckoo Chaos (catch them live before their momentum forces them to fly the Finest City coop). —Ryan Hume 78

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The Family Stone Jan. 18 / Anthology, Little Italy / $27 / anthologysd.com

Fueled by saxophonist Jerry Martini, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson (pictured) and drummer Greg Errico—all founding members of the groundbreaking and interracial 1960s-born band, Sly and the Family Stone—The (now Sly-less) Family Stone rolls their classic raw funk groove into Anthology with vintage hits such as “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People” and “Dance to the Music.” If your taste in tunes falls between soul and psychedelic, this show will hit your nostalgic sweet spot. —Frieda Noone

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sk Joan Rivers— every girl needs to get a little work done sometimes. And Whiskey Girl is no exception. The popular, everyone’swelcome Gaslamp bar/ nightclub, which has been sitting pretty at 600 Fifth Avenue since it opened seven years ago, is moving to a new location a block away. Despite the facelift, this chick will remain recognizable. “I think it’s good to keep the same general concept,” says co-owner David Schiffman. “There’s no reason to change it, because it’s doing so well.” Say “hello” to Whiskey Girl at her new home on the former site of Trattoria La Strada when she opens her doors mid-January. Tell her she looks beautiful...but maybe don’t mention the makeover. Whiskey Girl 702 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.236.1616, whiskeygirl.com

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ERIC (from Massachusetts, lives in Mission Beach): I work for a medical device company, training breast surgeons— oncologists and radiologists, not plastic surgeons—how to use the medical equipment our company provides. I’m very spontaneous, always up for trying something new or exciting. I travel as much as I can. I just got back from Southeast Asia in August, and I’ll be leaving for Israel and Egypt in a couple days.

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WINGING IT How was it? JENNA: Amazing. It was beautiful. It was less scary than I thought it would be. It made you feel super powerful, like you could control the wind. It was so easy and peaceful and calm. What do you think of Eric? JENNA: He’s really nice. He’s fun to hang out with. One to 10 for looks? JENNA: I would say he’s very good-looking, but he’s not necessarily my type. So, one to 10 for looks, I would say, for most girls, he’s probably like a nine. For me, maybe like…seven. How about personality? JENNA: He’s very outgoing, he’s funny, so—eight. (Continued on page 90)

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in-flight entertainment How was paragliding? ERIC: It was good. It’s funny, I usually go on dates like that. The last date I went on, I took a girl machine-gun shooting. The one before that, indoor skydiving. What do you think of Jenna? ERIC: We’re having a great time. We have similar jobs and a lot of similar interests. One to 10 for looks? ERIC: I’d give her an eight and a half. Personality? ERIC: Nine.

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on common ground? Back on earth, Jenna and Eric head to Pacific Beach for an oceanfront dinner at World Famous. PacificSD calls the next morning to see what we missed.

ERIC: We had a great time—a lot of good food and good conversation. I had the steak and scallops, and it was amazing. The best dish we had was the nut-crusted brie appetizer.

How was World Famous? JENNA: I had actually been there two nights in a row just about a week prior to our date and wasn’t at all bummed to be going back for thirds. We shared the ahi and brie appetizers, and they were both delicious. I had the sea bass for my entrée, which was even better.

Will there be a second date? JENNA: No second date; we weren’t really compatible. Maybe we will hang out as friends. ERIC: There wasn’t a lot of romance, but we both had a great time.

The moral of the story—sometimes it’s easier to jump off a cliff than to find romance in this town. But although we had hoped for a more exciting conclusion (i.e., Jenna and Eric’s adrenaline-fueled, post-paragliding sex was caught on the limo’s hidden dashboard camera), we didn’t get one. At least the pictures are nice… another perfect photo finish for the Finest City record books.

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calendar 1/1: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SPRECKELS ORGAN Location: Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park Admission: $25-100 Celebrate the 97th birthday of Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ as 10 Scottish bagpipers and Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams perform. sosorgan.org

1/2-30: 30-DAY GET FIT CHALLENGE Location: Countywide Admission: Free registration The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to sign up (solo or with co-workers) to live healthier for a month—and by logging your daily progress online, you’ll get a shot at special recognition and prizes to diet for. sdgetfit.org

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1/7: JERRY SEINFELD Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, Downtown Admission: $45.50125.50 The erstwhile prime-time TV star plugs back into the standup circuit, delivering two consecutive shows filled with his laconic yuks and trademark “Yada, yada, yada.” www.sandiegotheatres.org

1/08: SAN DIEGO RESOLUTION RUN Location: De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Park Admission: $10-40 Resolve to start the New Year with a renewed commitment to fitness and eco-friendliness by running, walking or dancing ½K, 5K or 15K in support of the San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project. sandyfeetevents.com/ resolution-run-5k-15k

1/10-15: CATS (pictured) Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, Downtown Admission: $20-90 Meow’s your chance to catch this furmidable musical as it prowls the U.S. anew, 30 years after its Broadway debut. www.sandiegotheatres.org

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1/15-20: SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK Location: Participating eateries countywide Admission: Meals for $10-40 Wine and dine at a discount at any of the more than 180 San Diego restaurants offering two-course lunches for $10, $15 or $20; and three-course dinners for $20, $30 or $40. sandiegorestaurantweek.com 1/19-22: SHEN YUN Location: California Center for the Arts, Escondido Admission: $60-200 Watch a cast of 100 perform classical Chinese dance, accompanied by instrumentals celebrating the country’s 5,000 years of culture. shenyunperformingarts.org

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1/28-29: SAN DIEGO CHINESE NEW YEAR FOOD AND CULTURAL FAIR Location: Third and J Streets, Downtown Admission: Free Ring in the Chinese New Year with dragon dancers, martial arts demonstrations, traditional crafts and music, and rich culinary wonton-ness. sdcny.weebly.com 1/29: BRIDAL BAZAAR Location: San Diego Convention Center, Downtown Admission: $12 Impending nuptials tying your stomach in a knot? This daylong exposition lifts the veil on wedding planning to reveal the best designers, caterers, photographers and more. bridalbazaar.com

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1/28: STEPHEN STRASBURG 5K WALK & FUN RUN WITH TONY GWYNN Location: San Diego State University campus Admission: $20-45 Be one of the first 1,500 participants registered for this second annual 5K event benefiting SDSU’s baseball program to receive souvenir cards autographed by Strasburg and Gwynn. strasburg5k.com

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1/26-29: SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL Location: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, Downtown Admission: $25-100 See more than 100 films in one of the nation’s largest exhibitions of African-American filmmakers and themes, now in its 10th year. sdbff.com

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1/21: BIG BAY WHALE DAYS & WHALE FESTIVAL Location: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Embarcadero Admission: Free Give a spout-out to thousands of grey whales making their annual migration through San Diego Bay while enjoying discounted waterfront cruises and a familyfriendly festival. whaledays.com

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