Drama, bonsai and foot dance classes on the calendar this week

There’s so much going on this week that we’re skipping our usual preamble. Dive in and plan these fun activities:

‘Annabella in July’ premiering at North Coast Rep

The world premiere of “Annabella in July” takes center stage at the North Coast Repertory Theater through October 2, kicking off the theater’s 41st season.

A comedic fantasy written by Richard Strand, who also wrote the theatre’s latest play, “Ben Butler”, the new show transforms an off-season ski resort into a strangely magical environment of self-discovery.

“Annabella in July” is directed by the theater’s artistic director, David Ellenstein, and stars actors Louis Lotorto, Jacquelyn Ritz, Leilani Smith, Bruce Turk and Catalina Zelles.

For tickets, call (858) 481-1055 or visit www.northcoastrep.org.

Big screenings wrap up LGBTQ film festival

FimOut’s closing day takes place today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Diego Museum of Natural History and the Balboa Park Museum of Photographic Arts.

The LGBTQ Film Festival features award-winning films from the Sundance, SXSW and Berlin festivals, as well as independent features and shorts followed by Q&A panels with filmmakers and actors.

Tickets for individual screenings are $12. Visit filmoutsandiego.com.

Casino di Piazza is an evening of fun and elegance in Little Italy

The Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy will transform into an Italian garden casino from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday for the inaugural Casino di Piazza event, organized by the Little Italy Association.

Proceeds will benefit the group’s ongoing beautification and upkeep of the plaza.

The evening includes craft cocktails, appetizers, live music, blackjack, craps and roulette under the stars. Cocktail attire is encouraged.

General admission for the 21+ event is $65 and VIP tickets are $125. Both options come with casino chips, cocktails, and light appetizers.
Guests will be able to use their “earnings” on raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes.

Visit littleitalysd.com for more information.

DogFest causes a stir at Waterfront Park

DogFest San Diego will return to San Diego’s Waterfront Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for a day of free festivities, music, food, and other fun activities to benefit canine companions.

Fundraising, sponsorship, volunteer and vendor opportunities are always available for the family and family event celebrating Canine Companions and its mission to connect service dogs to people with disabilities for free.


57th Autumn Bonsai Exhibition and Sale at Balba Park

The San Diego Bonsai Club will hold its annual Fall Bonsai Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 18 at Casa del Prado, Room 101, in Balboa Park.

The free event will celebrate the ancient art of bonsai with over 50 eye-catching bonsai trees of all sizes and species, plus demonstrations and a sale with hundreds of options for trees, plants, pots and other items of bonsai.

With over 500 members, the San Diego Bonsai Club (SDBC) is the largest bonsai club in the United States, providing its members with information, lectures, classes, workshops, scholarships and excursions for the enthusiast bonsai of all levels.

The club curates and maintains the award-winning bonsai collections on display at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Bonsai Pavilion and Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden.

Visit sandiegobonsaiclub.com.

Learn to square dance with easy lessons at local clubs

Looking for something to do that’s fun, easy, and open to everyone? Try square dancing. It’s easy to learn, requires no special costumes or equipment, and once you get the basics down you can dance at any square dance club in San Diego or around the world.

  • The Valley Twirlers Square Dance Club at El Cajon offers classes for new dancers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting September 20 at the air-conditioned Bostonia Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia Street. The cost is $5 per class. Visit dancerdigest.blogspot.com or call (619) 499-5379.
  • Wranglers Square Dance Club at Rancho Bernardo is offering two free introductory square dance classes at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday and September 22 at the Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Visit thewranglers.org.

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