Around Town: Coastal North County events, November 2016

Through Nov. 13: Carlsbad’s New Village Theatre (2787 State St., #B) presents “God of Carnage,” a domestic comedy that takes you on an adventure into the darkest, most terrifying recesses of American life: parenthood. When two New York couples meet to discuss their sons’ playground tussle, a civilized evening of pleasantries and small talk erupts in a chaotic explosion of anarchy and vitriol. “God of Carnage” won the 2009 Tony Award for best play. Ticket prices vary. Shows occur every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit for tickets.

Nov. 5: The Grauer School, an independent college preparatory school for students in grades 7-12, will host an open house event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for prospective families to visit their Encinitas campus at 1500 S. El Camino Real. Interested families are encouraged to take a tour; meet with Grauer faculty, students and current families; and learn why authentic relationships are the backbone of The Grauer School. Advance registration is recommended. Visit to RSVP.

Nov. 5: Hosted by the city of Carlsbad, Epic Teen Nights: Movie in the Park will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Pine Avenue Community Park. Bring a chair or a blanket for a free viewing of the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on the giant inflatable screen. The movie (rated PG-13) will begin at dusk. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at this free event. No registration is required.

Nov. 7: The dark and seedy underbelly of Southern California in the 1940s and 1950s is the setting for “Film Noir UnScripted,” taking place at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach) from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inspired by such authors as James M. Cain, Dashiell Hammett and La Jolla’s own Raymond Chandler, Impro Theatre presents a completely improvised evening of seduction and murder. Tickets are $20-$25. Visit for more information.

Nov. 8: It’s voting day for local, state and national elections. See our local endorsements on page 5 of the paper and here.

Nov. 9: At 6:30 p.m. the Encinitas Fire Department and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will present the one-hour disaster preparedness program “Are You Ready” at the Encinitas Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Drive). The free program is tailored to address disasters that are likely to affect Encinitas and help citizens be more prepared.

Nov. 12: In what is expected to be a sold-out event, Jay Leno will come to Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort & Spa for Tri-City Hospital Foundation’s annual Diamond Ball from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The black-tie gala raises funds for Tri-City Medical Center, serving the communities of North San Diego County. Corporate sponsorship levels, underwriting opportunities and individual ticket sales can be reviewed and purchased online at

Nov. 14: In celebration of the centennial of the San Diego Zoo, Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer will offer “Zootopia: A Centennial Celebration” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach) from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. He will serve up a brief history of the zoo and a caravan of animals that run and swim and jump and fly and crawl through our beastly English language.

Nov. 18: The city of Carlsbad’s Foreign Film Fridays series screens “Mustang” (Turkey, PG-13, 2015), nominated for best foreign language film at the 2016 Academy Awards. Screenings take place at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium (1775 Dove Lane). Films are screened at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Admission is free.

Nov. 18: The Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Drive) hosts the Mühlfeld Trio (clarinet, cello and piano) at 7:30 p.m. for its Friday Music by the Sea Concert, presented by the city of Encinitas. The series features the winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions competition in nine different concerts, from September through June. For tickets ($14 individual, $115 season pass), visit For more information, call 760-633-2746 or visit

Nov. 20: The 26th annual Holiday Street Fair, presented by the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association and sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center, returns to downtown Encinitas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 450-plus booths for holiday shopping. As a way of honoring the city’s historical roots, the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association will recall the city’s rich farming history from 1920s Encinitas and the Ecke family by hosting the sale of poinsettias at its booth located at 181 S. Coast Highway 101. Fairgoers can enjoy live music and dance performances on three stages, including a local favorite 2 Tone Sounds on the Beer Garden Stage. Animal lovers of all kinds are welcome to bring their companions to receive a “Blessing of the Animals,” located in The Lumberyard. Cyclists can leave their bikes at either end of the festival, at D Street or J Street, thanks to the free bike valet service sponsored by Electra Bikes. Coast Highway will be closed from D Street to J Street, starting at 4 a.m. Parking will be available in the civic center lots on the east side of Vulcan, between E and F streets, and in the Moonlight Beach lot at 4th and C Street. For more information, visit

Nov. 24: The traditional Encinitas Turkey Trot race kicks off at 6:30 a.m. with the start and finish line under the Encinitas sign. There are 5K and 10K courses. The cost until Nov. 20 is $44 (5K) and $54 (10K). Prices are $10 more for each afterward. Participants can register at

Dec. 1: MiraCosta College’s International Languages and Film departments present “A Better Life” (USA, 2011), about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. It screens at 3 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Little Theatre (Room 3601) at 1 Barnard Drive in Oceanside. Admission is free.

Dec. 2: The city of Carlsbad’s Foreign Film Fridays series presents “The Twilight Samurai” (Japan, NR, 2002). Screenings take place at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium (1775 Dove Lane). Films are screened at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Admission is free.


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