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Get Going with VIDEOS: CityFest, dance, film and a big week for theater

It’s a big week for the theatre community, featuring 2011/2012 season openers, as well as one time performances by teens and stars like Jai Rodriguez, known best for his role in "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

Additionally, Hillcrest will welcome over 150,000 CityFest attendees, while LGBT comics will tickle your funny bone, giving you plenty of options to get going.

on stage

It’s another Foodie Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse on Aug. 12. At 6 pm, before the "Sleeping Beauty Wakes" performance, enjoy complimentary microbrew tastes from Stone Brewing Company, plus food from food trucks like Devilicious, Chop Sooey, and Corner Cupcakes. Cost: $59 - $69 – includes beer and show.

Diversionary Theatre has rented out space to the south of the border hotties from Chico’s Angels and their special guest star Jai Rodriguez for two weekends of crime-solving, featuring the beautiful Latino drag queens. The hilarious “Charlie’s Angels” spin-off will be on stage Aug. 12 – 14 and Aug. 19 – 21. Cost: $30.

The Community Actors Theatre will present William Inge’s most popular play. Come Back, Little Sheba is one of the first dramas to skillfully address topics such as alcoholism, failed marriages and broken dreams, and it will take to the stage Friday, Aug.12 through Aug.28. Cost: $12 - $14.

Based on the true story of Francis Biddle, former U. S. Attorney General and Chief Judge of the Nuremberg Trials, the off-Broadway hit Trying comes to the Lamb’s Players Theatre on Friday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 25. Cost: $26 - $60.

Support aspiring actors from the Summer Shakespeare Intensive program for teens on Monday, Aug.15 for a one time only performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost & The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in Balboa Park. Actors take the stage at 8 pm. Cost: $9 - $13.

The Old Globe is looking for flash mob participants for their Rocky Horror Time Warp dance performance during CityFest on Sunday, Aug. 14. Dancing will occur at 2:30 pm and again at 3:25 pm at the intersection of Fifth and Robinson avenues. Rocky Horror themed costumes are highly encouraged! If you wish to participate, here is a refresher on the "Time Warp" dance moves:


It’s time for another Laugh Out Proud comedy show at Martini’s Above Fourth featuring the self-proclaimed “Toe Hoe” star Amy Snowden. Get your funny bone twisted on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 8 pm. Cost: Two-item minimum purchase.

Producers of Brew Ha Ha Comedy Entertainment are putting together the rising stars of tomorrow with headliner Courtney Ca on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 4950 Park Blvd and Madison at 7 pm. Cost: No cover, no drink minimum.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Brew Ha Ha presents another opportunity to wine, dine, and laugh with funny lady Lisa Pedace. Laughter begins at 7 pm, but arrive early for seating. Cost: Donations accepted.

make it a movie night

FilmOUT San Diego’s 13th annual LGBT Film Festival is rapidly approaching. Scheduled to run over two weekends, Aug. 19-21 and Aug 26-28, at the Birch North Park Theatre, the festival features almost 60 films and shorts you don’t want to miss. Check out San Diego Gay & Lesbian News’ previews for "Going Down In La-La Land" and "Go-Go Reject" on Aug. 19 as well as the Aug. 20 line-up.

Tonight catch the 80’s classic Revenge of the Nerds poolside at The Pearl Hotel. The Dive-In movie experience is a great way to beat the summer heat. Cost: Free, but bring cash for food and drinks.

This week Mission Hills’ Cinema Under the Stars combines a modern love story with a classic romantic comedy. On Thursday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 12, relive the romantic odyssey of a rough mill worker (Ryan Gosling) and a pampered Southern debutante (Rachel McAdams) in "The Notebook." Then on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, Audrey Hepburn portrays a newly widowed woman stalked by the mourners at her husband’s funeral, with co-stars Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, and James Coburn in "Charade." All shows begin at 8:30 pm. Cost: $14 - $15.

The "Charade" preview:

special events

CityFest, one of the largest community celebrations of music, arts, crafts, and food, takes place in the heart of Hillcrest on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 12 pm to 8 pm. The 27th annual celebration includes games, a giant water slide, live music, Laura Jane as the day's EMCEE, over 250 vendors, a beer garden, and much more. Cost: Free.

The non-profit arts group, transcenDANCE invites you to experience teen and young adult performers in "dynamic intersection of hip-hop, modern dance, spoken word, and film" on Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-20 at UCSD. The Exit IN performance begins at 8 pm, except on Sunday, when it is scheduled for 2 pm. Cost: $10-$25.

The Center’s Latino Services has put together a great party for its first annual Multicultural Explosion: A Celebration of Diversity on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 am to 5 pm. The event features workshops, vendor booths, on-site health screening, a beer garden and live entertainment. Cost: free.

Mark your calendars now for one of the top "feel good" events of the year - Mama's Kitchen's 16th Annual Wine Tasting event at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill on Thursday, Aug.18. In addition to great wine, food, and company, event highlights include a "Lucky Ticket" Silent Auction, featuring indulgent gift packages from San Diego's premiere dining and entertainment venues, as well as a 1-in-52 chance to take home 17 bottles of premium wine and spirits. Cost: $55 - $65.

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.