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Get Going with VIDEOS: LGBT Film Festival, gourmet food trucks, big name entertainers, and much more!

As if an entire weekend of great films were not enough, San Diegans also have a chance to sample delicious gourmet treats at the largest Food Truck Festival held so far (featuring over 40 trucks), or catch a musical concert from classical chamber music to DEVO, and there are plenty of great comedy options too! Staying home, is definitely not an option this weekend.

Make it a movie weekend

Take a break from the sun and make it a movie weekend at the historic Birch North Park Theatre. Skip the blockbusters and reruns and support independent movies brought to you by FilmOut San Diego’s 13th annual LGBT Film Festival.

The action starts Friday, Aug. 19 with "Go-Go Reject" a 20-minute short at 7:30 pm, followed by feature film "Going Down In La-La Land."

Follow the link above and every link below, for individual video previews and be sure to check out SDGLN Editor in Chief Ken Williams’ Q&A with Casper Andreas, red-hot director of opening night’s feature presentation.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug 21, the film festival begins at noon, and the last film screens at 10:15 pm.

Check out the SDGLN Exclusive Q&A with JC Calciano, filmmaker behind "eCupid" and "Is It Just Me?"

With more than 60 films this weekend and next, plan ahead with video sneak peeks and film details for Friday, Aug. 26, Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28. Cost: $10 per movie or $150 for an all-access festival pass.

Here is a preview of FilmOUT's Saturday, 8:15 pm screening:

Special Events

Not a big movie fanatic? You can still be a part of the action with FilmOut’s Opening Night Gala on Aug. 19, at the Top of the Park in Hillcrest, from 10 pm to midnight. Cost of admission includes opening night film, Q&A with filmmakers/talent, catered food from 12 local restaurants, and vodka, beer, wine and soda. Cost: $30.

Start saving your appetite now, because the biggest Gourmet Food Truck Festival to take place in San Diego to date brings together over 40 gourmet trucks at the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to 6 pm. Cost: Racetrack admission, $3 and up.

Also, on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Del Mar Racetrack, stick around after the last race to enjoy a musical performance featuring 80's icons DEVO! Cost: Free with racetrack admission.

The La Jolla Music Society continues to present world-class artists and ensembles during its SummerFest chamber music festival. Unless otherwise noted below, all performances take place at the Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art and begin at 7:30 pm. Cost: $45 - $75.

  • Wed, Aug. 17: An Evening with Marc-André Hamelin and Alisa Weilerstein
  • Fri, Aug. 19: Commissions and Premières
  • Sat, Aug. 20: Baroque Masters at the St. James by-the-Sea auditorium
  • Sun, Aug. 21: Tokyo String Quartet at 3 pm
  • Tue, Aug. 23: Mozart III: Quintet Masterpieces

Every Thursday the Art Produce Gallery in North Park hosts a food exchange and gives locals a chance to exchange their homegrown produce, fruits, eggs, or honey with other gardeners. This will also feature a class on rain harvesting. Cost: Free.

On Stage

Last chance to catch the hilarious crime solving antics of Chico’s Angels at Diversionary Theatre. The Latino parody of the 70’s hit show, “Charlie’s Angels” stars Jai Rodriguez, known for his role in “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The four remaining performances take place Aug. 19 – 21. Cost:$30.

Cygnet Theatre has extended its “Little Shop of Horrors” performance through Oct. 2. If you have not see this yet, consider attending on Thursday, Aug. 18 for Wine Tasting Night with Hacienda de las Rosas Winery. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting at 6:30 pm, followed by a 7:30 pm performance. Cost: $26 - $56.

Relive some Disney magic with your favorite nanny when Mary Poppins the Musical takes the stage at the Civic Theatre, now through Aug. 21. Cost: $20-$86. Here is a sneak peek:


Back by popular demand, the Brew Ha Ha Comedy Entertainment producers host Lisa Pedace on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 4950 Park Blvd and Madison at 7 pm. Cost: No cover, no drink minimum.

Check out stand-up comic and host of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.O” on Saturday, Aug. 20 when Daniel Tosh takes the stage at Copley Symphony Hall at 7 and 10 pm. Cost: $59 - $70.

Enjoy a stress-free Tuesday on Aug. 23 at U-31 Cocktail Lounge when they host comedians Rob O’Reilly, Amir Kamyab, and Byron Bowers. Laughter begins at 7:30 pm. Cost: Free before 7 pm, $5 after.

GET GOING is a weekly feature highlighting San Diego’s best events with an emphasis on, but not limited to, theater, dance, music, comedy, politics, films and museums. Submit notices by e-mail prior to our Wednesday publication date to Staff Writer Esther Rubio-Sheffrey at esther@sdgln.com.