FRIDAY, NOV. 25
‘The Mystery of Love and Sex’: Diversionary Theatre presents the San Diego premiere of this Southern Gothic romantic comedy exploring themes of race, sexuality and secrets of the heart. As part of the theater’s First Fridays program, complimentary tickets for active duty military, veterans and their families will be offered. 8 p.m. 4545 Park Blvd., #1, University Heights. Visit diversionary.org and bit.ly/2eP7HJx.
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
2nd annual Holiday ART Market: For Small Business Saturday, the Studio Door is hosting this event featuring small works under $500 by local artists who have exhibited at the gallery throughout 2016. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 3750 30th St., North Park. Visit bit.ly/2fpr88f.
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’: A midnight screening of Guillermo del Toro’s gothic fairy tale set against the post-war repression of Franco’s Spain. Additional screening on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Ave., Kensington. Visit bit.ly/2fpA6lO.
SUNDAY, NOV. 27
Football Sundays: There are plenty of fun places around the gayborhood to enjoy NFL games on Sunday. Here are a few spots with specials to consider:
Flicks: Drink specials include $3-$5 draft beers, $5 Crown Royal and Captain Morgan drinks and $6 Ketel One drinks. BBQ on the patio and happy hour prices all day also offered. Join the “U-Pick-Em” contest to win a prize each week. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. All NFL games shown. 1017 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit sdflicks.com.
Hillcrest Brewing Company: Every Sunday, HBC hosts “Kegs with Eggs” from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. with $8 breakfast pizzas, $5 beer-mosas and bloody beers, $6 Soju Bloody Marys and $10.50 bottomless mimosas while games are shown on their TVs. 1458 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit hillcrestbrewingcompany.com.
Uptown Tavern: Games shown with full sound and DJs perform during commercials. Drink specials available. Open at 9:30 a.m. for brunch. 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit uptowntavernsd.com.
MONDAY, NOV. 28
Log Cabin Republicans monthly meeting: This monthly meeting held at Uptown Tavern will feature guest speaker Brian Brady, founder of the San Diego County Republican Liberty Caucus, a past member of the Central Committee and longtime activist. 6:30–8 p.m. 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2fj4ltJ.
TUESDAY, NOV. 29
Chris Hassett in ‘December: My Favorite Time of Year’: The vocalist, who returns to MA4 with Drew Massicot on piano, will perform ballads, standards, carols and original tunes to weave a holiday story full of fun and humor. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. $20–$25 with $15 food/drink minimum. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit ma4sd.com
A Drag Queen Christmas: Contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will perform in this holiday spectacular. Performers include: Thorgy Thor, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Alyssa Edwards, Roxxxy Andrews and Pearl. Tickets start at $22.50 with VIP and “Super Fan” VIP tickets available. 8–11 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit bit.ly/2fpHXjd.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
‘Ménage à Trois’ tasting: Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen is hosting their second “Ménage à Trois” event after selling out the first tasting. A guest sommelier will give a talk on pairing food with wine. The all-inclusive event includes six wine pairings, imported cheese and cured meats. $40. 6–7:30 p.m. 3797 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2fpzvk8.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1
Bar AIDS San Diego 2016: On World AIDS Day, bars, coffee houses, nightclubs and other shops will support HIV services in San Diego by donating 25 percent (or more) of the day’s beverage sales to the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative. Visit baraidssd.org.
28th Annual Dr. A. Brad Truax Award Ceremony and Reception: Honoring the memory of Dr. Truax and his contributions to HIV/AIDS efforts in San Diego. Awards are given in three categories: HIV Education, Prevention and/or Counseling and Testing; HIV Care, Treatment and/or Support Services; and HIV Planning, Advocacy and/or Policy Development. Light refreshments, displayed arts, and Spanish interpretation provided. Attendees are invited to walk to Village Hillcrest for the 23rd annual Mama’s Kitchen Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony following the awards ceremony and reception. 3:30–5 p.m., San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2fpDAVA.
Mama’s Kitchen’s 25th annual Tree of Life tree lighting ceremony: Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, this annual event commemorates World AIDS Day and recognizes the ongoing efforts to end the epidemic. Several trees will be decorated with personalized ornaments in honor of those affected by HIV/AIDS. They can be purchased for $15 each or two for $25. The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform holiday tunes. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Delana Bennett of the “Jesse Lozano in the Morning” show on Star 94.1 will be the emcee. Free to attend. 6 p.m. Village Hillcrest, 3965 Fifth Ave. Visit mamaskitchen.org.
KPBS 2016 Local Heroes Celebration: This year’s honorees include LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes Mattheus Stephens and Jonathan Bailey along with many others recognized as heroes in San Diego diverse communities. The event will include a ceremony followed by a dessert reception. 7–9:30 p.m. Kitchens for Good at the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave., City Heights. Visit kpbs.org/heroes.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
Opening ceremonies for December Nights with SDGMC: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform on the Organ Pavilion stage just after the tree lighting and dignitaries speak at the opening ceremonies. Those in attendance will be treated to a sneak preview of the chorus’ Jingle concert (Dec. 10 and 11 at the Balboa Theatre). 7:30 p.m. December Nights continues on Saturday, Dec. 3. and SDGMC will perform again in the Organ Pavilion. Visit balboapark.org/decembernights.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
Spaghetti dinner holiday party: Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat will celebrate its 25th anniversary with this annual party. There will be photos with Santa, carolers, dessert, wreath auctions and live entertainment. 6–9 p.m. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit gmsr.org.
SDAFFL Gay Bowl reunion party: The four San Diego American Flag Football League teams that participated in this year’s Gay Bowl will be welcomed back at this reunion party. Attendees are invited to celebrate the San Diego Bolts sixth national title. There will also be an award ceremony. 2–6 p.m. Urban Mo’s, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2f0vxT0.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
Red Dress Ride and Picnic in the Park: This event by the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will start with a meeting in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama at 11 a.m.; there will be a safety talk at 11:45 a.m. followed by the 10-mile bike ride leaving at noon. The route will go from Balboa Park through South Park, North Park, Kensington, Normal Heights, University Heights and Hillcrest, finishing back in Balboa Park. A picnic will be held after the event on the lawn in front of the Balboa Park Botanical Gardens. Proceeds benefit The Cretins and the Sisters’ AIDS/LifeCycle participants. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit reddressride.org.
We Care 8th annual Holiday Mixer: Several local LGBT sports leagues come together each year to hold this event. There will be a large benefit with proceeds benefitting youth programs at The Center and students of Fay Elementary in City Heights. The event is free but guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Imperial Court’s Toys for Kids drive. Ages 21 and up only. 6–9 p.m. Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2eZuKSh.
MONDAY, DEC. 5
Annual Charity Wreath Auction: There will be over 40 handmade wreaths for sale at this year’s auction. There will also be an opportunity drawing and, of course, MA4’s hot wreath boys. The wreath preview and registration starts at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund, which provides assistance to San Diego youth for education-related expenses, housing, booking, supplies, clothing and more. $10 donation requested at the door. 6–10 p.m. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit bit.ly/2eZyYZP.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6
The Kinsey Sicks in ‘Oy Vey in a Manger’: Diversionary Theatre and MA4 present three nights of performances by The Kinsey Sicks. ‘Oy Vey in a Manger’ pays homage to the December holidays with a show about the group selling off their manger — “yes, that manger” — before it’s foreclosed on. The group reimagines holiday classics performing tunes like “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas” and “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians.” Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Additional shows on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 8. $25–$40 with $15 food/drink minimum. Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Tickets visit ma4sd.com
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
Sparkling wine and Champagne tasting: Just in time for the holidays and New Year’s celebrations, Vom Fass is hosting a tasting of sparkling wines and Champagne. $10. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Vom Fass, 1050 University Ave., E-103, Hillcrest. Visit hillcrest.vomfassusa.com.
THURSDAY, DEC. 8
Taste ‘n’ Tinis: A festive way to get holiday shopping done — this self-guided walking tour will include stops for food tastings, retail shopping and, of course, cocktails. $25 in advance; $30 day of the event. 4–9 p.m. Will call located at 535 Robinson Ave. Visit bit.ly/2eZyQtB.
Stepping Stone Winter Tea and Open House: Stepping Stone will unveil some new 40th anniversary commemorative tiles and honor volunteers and staff at this event. The free event will include tea, scones and finger sandwiches. 4:30–6:30 p.m. 3767 Central Ave., City Heights. Visit bit.ly/2eZE6x3.
Dignity Delivery’s annual holiday sock and glove drive: Donations of new socks and gloves are being collected at this event to be distributed to San Diego’s homeless. Collection will take place at Splash Wine Lounge, which is donating 10 percent of all food and alcohol sales for the night to Dignity Delivery. 5–9 p.m. 3043 University Ave., North Park. Visit bit.ly/2eZxO0M.
—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Email calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.