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Weekend Preview: Aphrodisiac Dinner Parties To Titanic Museum Exhibits

Big Anniversaries To Pop-Up Dinner Parties For The Weekend

Above: "Bug Baby" with Mink Stole screens at Women in Horror Film Festival on Saturday.

Aired 2/9/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Barbarella Fokos, NBC Universal Correspondant and writer at the San Diego Reader

Maya Kroth, editor of "Where San Diego" and "Performance"


A spectrum of spectacles comes your way this weekend -- from Titanic 100-Year-Anniversaries at the Natural History Museum to pop-up dinner parties in Normal Heights, this weekend's events hold the big and the small for your enjoyment.

Looking for something big this weekend? “Titanic” in size? Or maybe something more intimate, smaller in scope? From wildlife art festivals and international films to the Titanic’s 100th Anniversary, this weekend holds a plethora of options that are sure to fill your weekend to its brim.

In 1912, the Titanic, the world’s largest ship in its time, struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean killing over 1,500 people and delivering a heavy blow to the ego of modern technologies. In honor of the 100th anniversary and the lives lost that day, San Diego’s Natural History Museum will be hosting “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition beginning Friday, February 10th.

Carved wooden wildfowl and other wildlife art will be shown Saturday at the California Open Wildlife Art Festival at the NTC Promenade in Liberty Station.

The First Grader”, a true story about an 84-year-old Kenyan villager fighting to get an education, makes it’s appearance at The Museum of Photographic Arts’ Coming of Age Film Festival. For more films and information, click here.

From Africa to America: A Journey in Music” plays this weekend at Landmark Ken Cinema as a fundraiser for the Lost Boys Tooth Project. For more information on The Lost Boys of Sudan, click here

The Cellar Door, a pop-up restaurant in Normal Heights specializing in themed dinner parties with food and drinks, delivers an intimate experience with creative cuisines. Check out their aphrodisiac dinner menu for Valentine’s Day.

The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will be celebrating Women in Horror Month with events Wednesday and Saturday night Downtown at the 10th Avenue Theater and Arts Center. Special guest and actress, Jessica Cameron, will host Saturday night’s event of international short films and dramatic monologues.

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Lori | February 9, 2012 at 7:59 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for talking about Horrible Imaginings! It sounds like a great, fun event!

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TheMikeD | February 9, 2012 at 8:04 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Lori, Horrible Imaginings sounds like a blast. I know Miguel (the festival runner) has put on several other of these events in the past to smashing success. This is a really unique opportunity to go out and support some of the unsung heroes in not only horror but in all genres and mediums. Don't miss this festival!

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vpolichar | February 9, 2012 at 8:05 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Great to see recognition of women in horror and the Horrible Imaginings event!

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Miguel Rodriguez | February 9, 2012 at 8:07 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I am very grateful that my Women in Horror event was included in this discussion! It is refreshing to know that KPBS recognizes events like this, which may seem strange upon first glance. A lot of hard work, ingenuity, and creativity goes into the genre work I chose to spotlight. I hope many people give it a chance.

By the way, there is NO ADMISSION COST for this event. The theater portion will begin promptly at 8pm. You can learn more at

Thank you again! I'm thrilled!

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 9, 2012 at 9:46 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I want to see the Mink Stole film! She is one of my favorite John Waters recurring characters, I especially liked her in *Serial Mom*!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | February 10, 2012 at 7:32 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

As a horror geek I can't tell you how excited I am about the Women in Horror Festival. Glad there are others out there that share that enthusiasm.

Thanks for the comments.

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Miguel Rodriguez | February 10, 2012 at 7:56 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Peking Duck SD--She is so great! She lights up that particular short :)

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Missionaccomplished | February 10, 2012 at 8:16 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

"Check out their aphrodisiac dinner menu for Valentine’s Day."

Is political power on that menu?

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