Lifestyle Briefs

Musicians sing about autism

The nonprofit SingSOS! released an album of original songs about autism by a mix of established artists including Jackson Browne, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw and Jonathan Brooke. On the album and at the Web site, there is also information about autism in free downloadable form, including excerpts from books by leading experts.

The album can be downloaded at for a $15 donation or ordered as a CD for $20. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the Autism Society, Easter Seals, and the San Diego nonprofit, Banding Together, which provides music therapy scholarships and mentorships (

Restaurant week planned

Into the middle of winter to brighten things up comes San Diego Restaurant Week. From Sunday, Jan. 17 to Friday, Jan. 22 diners can sample the town’s exceptional restaurants for a three-course prix fixe menu — $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. All of San Diego’s neighborhoods are featuring their most-famous menu classics to woo new diners and reward the regulars.

Locally, participating restaurants include Amaya at The Grand Del Mar, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, Marine Room, George’s At The Cove, NINE-TEN Restaurant, The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla, Whisknladle, Roy’s La Jolla, Delicias Restaurant, Pacifica Del Mar, Pamplemousse Grille, Jake’s Del Mar, Zel’s Del Mar, Del Mar Rendezvous, The Fish Market and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. For an up-to-the-minute list of eateries, log on to www.sandiegorestaurant or call (619) 233-5008. Reservations are recommended.

Indian women topic of panel

Mingei International Museum (MIM) and the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will present a panel discussion, “Stories of Indian Women: Resistance, Resilience and Transcendence,” 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs theater at MoPA in Balboa Park.

The moderator will be Jenni Prisk from Voices for Women.

Curators Carol McCusker and Stephen Huyler will make a presentation about the related exhibits currently on display at the two museums.

Discussion panelists will include Parminder Randhawa, graduate student at University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Simarjeet Sahota, advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence, and Uma Laksman of San Diego Nari, a support group for local Indian women.

Tickets are $5-$10. More information at (619) 239-0003, ext. 405 and

New tool aids ‘green’ theater

Moolelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego’s community-focused, socially-conscious, Equity theater group, just completed a Green Theater Choices Toolkit. The series of scorecards rates the environmental impact of materials used in theater production. The 24-page kit can be downloaded from, by clicking on Green Moolelo.

The project was funded by an “A-ha! Think it, Do it” grant funded by MetLife which Mo`olelo received in 2008.

Holiday houses raise $5,000

The 2009 Gingerbread Collective hosted by the kitchen designer firm Arclinea San Diego at its downtown showroom, 2515 Fifth Ave., raised more than $5,000 to benefit Second Chance. The accompanying can-food drive resulted in shopping carts full of items also given to Second Chance. The event was a People’s Choice contest featuring architect-designed candy houses auctioned off at a holiday party. Simply Italian won for its “Dolce Natale a Venezia,” home.

Weight-loss challenge set

General Mills, The Biggest Loser, 24 Hour Fitness, and Subway have teamed up to deliver millions of pounds of groceries to local food banks across the United States and inspire thousands of Americans to lose weight through the Pound For Pound Challenge. San Diego County residents can participate by pledging to lose weight at For every pound pledged, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14-cents to Feeding America, enough to deliver one pound of groceries to the San Diego branch. Pledges must be made before June 30 at For more information, visit or call (858) 452-FOOD.