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Plays & Laughs

THROUGH MAR. 28

KOOZA

Clowns wander all through Cirque du Soleil’s new show combining acrobatics and more-traditional circus acts. Tues.-Thur. at 8, Fri. & Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 1 & 5. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 800-450-1480, cirquedusoleil.com.

THROUGH MAR. 28

AN INSPECTOR CALLS

A family’s evening is disrupted when a police inspector questions them. J.B. Priestley’s mystery unfolds at Lamb’s Players’ Theatre Tues., Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600, lambsplayers.org.

THROUGH MAR. 28

FIGHTING WORDS

Moxie Theatre dives into a play-reading festival of five works showcasing local artists. Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 4 & 7. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., 858-598-7620, moxietheatre.com.

THROUGH APR. 10

AN AMERICAN DUET

Ion Theatre inaugurates its new space with repertory productions of Elliot and Back of the Throat, Wed.-Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-600-5020, iontheatre.com.

THROUGH APR. 11

A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO

The famed artist’s studio is explored in Herbert Siguenza’s one-man show, at the San Diego Repertory Theatre Wed. at 7, Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7, plus some shows Tues. at 7 & Sat. at 2. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000, sdrep.org.

THROUGH APR. 18

BOEING-BOEING

How many flight-attendant fiancées can one man handle? The jet-propelled comedy lands on the Old Globe Theatre’s main stage Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org.

THROUGH APR. 25

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Step into a twisted, bloody world of revenge in this darkly comedic musical, presented by Cygnet Theatre Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619-337-1525, cygnettheatre.com.

THROUGH APR. 25

PUMP BOYS & DINETTES

The hash is slung and the songs are sung in this celebration of blue-highways life, at Lamb’s Players’ Horton Grand Theatre venue Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2. 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-437-0600, lambsplayers.org.

THROUGH APR. 25

ALIVE AND WELL

Exasperation leads inexorably to love in Kenny Finkle’s romantic comedy, at the Old Globe’s Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, ­theoldglobe.org.

THROUGH MAY 2

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Gilbert & Sullivan’s swash-buckling good time sails into the Welk Resort Theatre Wed. at 1, Thur. & Sat. at 1 & 8, Sun. at 1. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749-3448, ­welktheatre.com.

MAR. 25–APR. 11

SPEECH AND DEBATE

Three teenage misfits discover they’re linked by a sex scandal. At Diversionary Theatre Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4545 Park Blvd., 619-220-0097, ­diversionary.org.

MAR. 26–APR. 11

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Ahoy! Lyric Opera San Diego pays tribute to the modern major-general Mar. 26, Apr. 1, 3, 4, 9 & 10 at 7:30, Mar. 28, Apr. 4 & 11 at 2:30. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park, 619-239-8836; ­lyricoperasandiego.org.

MAR. 26–APR. 24

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

Grandparents play matchmaker in this family-centered romance at Scripps Ranch Theatre, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Legler Benbough Theatre, Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Rd., Scripps Ranch, 858-578-7728, scrippsranchtheatre.org.

MAR. 27 AT 8

THE MALE INTELLECT: THE SECOND COMING

Robert Dubac’s sequel to The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? plays for laughs in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 858-748-0505; powayarts.org.

MAR. 30–APR. 4

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL

The hit musical comedy about law school and a sorority sister is presented by Broadway/San Diego at the Civic Theatre Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 1 & 6. Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-570-1100, ­broadwaysd.com.

APR. 1-25

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES

An art historian tries to keep her bearings through the 1960s, ’70 and ’80s. At New Village Arts Theatre Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sat. at 3, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State Street, Carlsbad, 760-433-3245, ­newvillagearts.org.

APR. 2-18

FAITH COUNTY II: AN EVENING OF CULTURE

It’s a play within a play when a small town produces Romeo and Juliet.  Sunshine Brooks Theatre, Fri. & Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2. 217 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760-529-9140, ­sunshinebrookstheatre.org.

APR. 2–MAY 16

THE RIVALRY

The debates of Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas provide the fuel for Norman Corwin's drama, at Lamb’s Players Theatre Tues., Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600, ­lambsplayers.org.

APR. 7–MAY 2

GHOSTS

Henrik Ibsen’s classic tale of duty and desire occupies the North Coast Repertory stage Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org.

APR. 13-18

CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION

Acrobatics turn ordinary city life into a playground in this Broadway/San Diego presentation at Balboa Theatre. Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur.-Sat. at 7:30, Sat. at 2, Sun. at 1 & 6:30. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-564-3000, broadwaysd.com.

APR. 14 AT 7:30

LET IT BE ART! HAROLD CLURMAN'S LIFE OF PASSION

Ronald Rand portrays the cofounder of the Group Theatre in a one-man show at North Coast Repertory Theatre. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, ­northcoastrep.org.

APR. 22-25

1-2-3 IMAGINE!

Sesame Street Live brings Elmo and friends to the San Diego Sports Arena, Apr. 22 at 7, Apr. 23 at 10:30 a.m., Apr. 24 at 10:30, 2 & 5, Apr. 25 at 1 & 4:30. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-224-4171, sesamestreetlive.com.

APR. 23–MAY 30

CINDERELLA

Pumpkins turn into coaches in the Rogers and Hammerstein tale, at Coronado Playhouse Thur.-Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856, ­coronadoplayhouse.com.

APR. 28–MAY 30

GOLDA’S BALCONY

Tovah Feldshuh stars in William Gibson’s one-woman show about Golda Meir. At the Old Globe Theatre Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org.

MAY 8–JUNE 13

THE WHIPPING MAN

After the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his childhood home and finds it in ruins and occupied by his former slaves, who are preparing for a Seder. Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org.

ONGOING

THE COMEDY PALACE

A Greek buffet is offered at 6 before the show, Thur. at 8, Fri. & Sat at 8 & 10. 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-573-9067, thecomedypalace.com.

ONGOING

THE COMEDY STORE

Nightly shows at 916 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858-454-9176, ­thecomedystore.com.

ONGOING

NIGHT OF THE LAUGHING DEAD

Mystery Café’s interactive show takes place during dinner, Fri. & Sat. at 8 at Imperial House Restaurant (505 Kalmia St., downtown). 619-544-1600, mysterycafe.net.

ONGOING

NATIONAL COMEDY THEATRE

Competitive improvisational humor, played like a sport, Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 & 9:45. 3717 India St., 619-295-4999, ­nationalcomedy.com.

Songs & Dances

MAR. 25–APR. 30

BELLY UP TAVERN

Devendra Banhart & the Grogs, Mar 25; Boogie Nights, Mar. 26 & Apr. 24; Tainted Love, Mar. 27; The Smokin' Knights, Mar. 28 at 4:15; Salsa Sunday, Mar. 28 at 8:30 & Apr. 4 at 8; Neal Schon Band, Mar. 30 at 8; The Howls, The Heavy Guilt and Heavy Glow, Apr. 1; Dead Man’s Party, Apr. 3; Gator by the Bay, Apr. 4 at 4:15; Club Kingston, Apr. 5 & 12; Riddle the Roar, Greg Friedman and Nate Donnis, Apr. 6 at 8; Mad House, Apr. 7; 40 Oz. to Freedom, Apr. 9; Super Diamond, Apr. 10; Patty Griffin, Apr. 11 at 8; Cheap Trick, Apr. 14 at 8:30; The Temper Trap, Apr. 19 at 8; BFD, Apr. 20; John Brown’s Body, Apr. 21; Nanci Griffith, Apr. 22 at 8; Stepping Feet (Dave Matthews tribute), Apr. 23; Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Apr. 25; Rogue Wave, Apr. 27; John Mayall, Apr. 28 at 8; Dark Star Orchestra, Apr. 30. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.

MAR. 25–APR. 30

SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY

Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Mar. 25 at 7:30; “Gershwin to Bernstein—All Americans,” Mar. 26 & 27 at 8, Mar. 28 at 2; “Marvin’s Manhattan” with the New York Voices, Apr. 9 & 10 at 8; Beethoven Festival Special Concert, Apr.  22 & 29 at 7:30, Apr. 24 & 30 at 8. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

MAR. 26–APR. 17

SOMA

Jonny Craig, Mar. 26 at 7; Mike Pinto, Mar. 27 at 7; This Providence, Mar. 30 at 6:30; Pierce the Veil, Apr. 2 & 3 at 6:30; Owl City, Apr. 8 at 6; Bleeding Through, Apr. 9 at 6:30; Deadbeat Nightlife, Apr. 10 at 6:30; Strung Out, Apr. 16 at 7; Authority Zero and Voodoo Glow Skulls, Apr. 17 at 6:30. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662, somasd.com.

MAR. 26–APR. 24

HOUSE OF BLUES

Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, The Cab, Every Avenue and The Summer Set, Mar. 26 at 6:30; Hammerfall and Havok, Mar. 28 at 6:30; Steel Panther, Mar. 31; Akaline Trio, Cursive and The Dear & Departed, Apr. 1 at 7:30; Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Apr. 3 at 7; The Best of Tributes, Apr. 3; Panda, Apr. 4 at 7:30; Five for Fighting and Matt Wertz, Apr. 7; Rolling the Stones and Don’t Stop Believin’ Apr. 9; Fear Factor, Winds of Plague and Dirge Within, Apr. 11 at 7:30; VNV Nation and Aerodrone, Apr. 14 at 7:30; Ramon Ayala, Apr. 15; Sia and Body Language, Apr. 19; Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile and Woe of Tyrants, Apr. 21 at 7:30; Him, Apr. 22 at 7; Bloody Beetroots, Apr. 23 at 9; Iration, Through the Roots and Pacific Dub, Apr. 24. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.

MAR. 26–APR. 29

THE CASBAH

The Morning Benders and Miniature Tigers, Mar. 26; The Wedding Present, Apr. 1; Gram Rabbit, Apr. 3; The Dabbers, Apr. 4; RJD2, Apr. 5; Bostich and Fussible, Apr. 8; Blowoff, Apr. 9; Adam Green, Apr. 9; Big Sandy & His Flywrite Boys, Apr. 10; Murder by Death, Apr. 11; Serena Ryder, Apr. 12; Holly Golightly & the Broke-Offs, Apr. 13; Retribution Gospel Choir, Apr. 14; The Big Pink, Apr. 15, Get Back Loretta, Apr. 16, Love Is All, Apr. 17; Bonobo, Apr. 20; Japandriods, Apr. 21; Bostich and Fussible, Apr. 22; U.S. Air Guitar Championships, Apr. 23; High on Fire, Apr. 25; The Antlers, Apr. 28; The Slackers, Apr. 29. Doors open at 8:30 unless noted. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355, casbahmusic.com.

MAR. 27, APR. 2, 10, 16, 24 & 30

CONTRA DANCES

San Diego Folk Heritage pre­sents contra dances taught and called to live music at 8, with free dance lessons 7:30-8. Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., North Park, 619-283-8550, sdfolkheritage.org.

MAR. 27–APR. 30

ANTHOLOGY

Sons of Champlin, Mar. 27 at 7:30 & 9:30; Anthology House Band, Mar. 30, Apr. 13, Apr. 20 & Apr. 27 at 7; 52nd Street Band, Mar. 31; BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet, Apr. 1; Tizer, Apr. 2; Sheila Sondergard, Apr. 2 at 10; The Perfect Age of Rock ’n’ Roll Blues Band, Apr. 3; The Church, Apr. 4; Tomasz Stanko, Apr. 6; Colin Hay, Apr. 9; Kofi Baker (tribute to Cream), Apr. 9 at 9:30; Bill Frisell, Apr. 14; Floyd FX, Apr. 16 at 7:30 & 9:30; Earl Thomas, Apr. 22; Benny Gol­son, Apr. 23; Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Band, Apr. 24; Raul Midon, Apr. 30. Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.

APR. 10-26

ACOUSTIC MUSIC SAN DIEGO

Jimmy Webb, Apr. 10; Houston Jones, Apr. 17; Rory Block, Apr. 26; All shows at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176, acousticmusicsandiego.com.

APR. 16 & 18

“ALICE: REIMAGINING WONDERLAND THROUGH MUSIC, DANCE AND SPOKEN WORD”

Art of Élan chamber music ensemble puts Lewis Carroll masterpiece to music with the world premiere, Fri. at 8, Sun. at 2. Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 619-692-2081, artofelan.org.

APR. 17 AT 7:30

TRACY GRAMMER

Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at San Dieguito United Methodist Church (170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas). 858-566-4040, sdfolkheritage.org.

APR. 17 AT 8

SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

La Jolla Music Society presents the orchestra in Copley Symphony Hall (750 B St., downtown). 858-459-3728, ­lajollamusicsociety.com.

APR. 17 AT 8

SOIRÉE FOR MUSIC LOVERS

The mix of avant-garde and classical can be heard at CPMC Concert Hall, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-4574, theatre.ucsd.edu.

APR. 17-25

LA TRAVIATA

The Verdi opera closes the season for the San Diego Opera, Apr. 17 & 20 at 7, Apr. 23 at 8 & Apr. 25 at 2. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-533-7000, ­sdopera.com.

APR. 18 AT 3

A TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER AND THE VOCAL GROUPS

The Tex Beneke Orchestra, Peter Marshall, The Four Lads, The Ink Spots, The DeMarche Sisters and String of Pearls participate, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

APR. 18 AT 7:30

TONY BENNETT

Pala Casino hosts the singer at the Pala Events Center, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, 877-946-7252, palacasino.com.

APR. 21 AT 7:30

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR

The 53rd anniversary of the festival is celebrated with the tour at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, sdbalboa.org, montereyjazzfestival.org.

APR. 24 AT 2

CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Audiences go on a choreographic journey, presented by La Jolla Music Society at the North Park Theatre (2891 University Ave, North Park). 858-459-3728, lajollamusicsociety.com.

APR. 24 AT 4

“MARTINIS AND TIKIS: COOL MUSIC AND HOT NIGHTS”

Orchestra Nova is featured at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

APR. 24 AT 8

LEON REDBONE

The multi-genre performer appears at the Poway Center for the Per­form­ing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 858-748-0505. powayarts.org.

MAY 5 AT 7

JAZZ IN NORTH PARK

Graham Dechter Quartet featuring Tamir Hendleman, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, May 5. 2891 University Ave., Ste. 1, 619-239-8836, birchnorthparktheatre.net.

ONGOING

FREE ORGAN CONCERTS IN THE PARK

The Spreckels Organ Society hosts free concerts every Sun. at 2 showcasing a variety of organists and civic organist Carol Williams. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, 619-702-8138, ­sosorgan.com.

ONGOING

DANCE SHOWS AT BLUEFOOT

Bluefoot Bar & Lounge hosts live dance performances on the second Tues. of every month at 8. 3404 30th St., North Park, 619-756-7891, bluefootsd.com.

ONGOING

DANCE JAM

Open to all, the free-form barefoot boogie is every Fri., 9-midnight. Eveoke Dance Theatre, 2811 University Ave., North Park, 619-298-2687, movingarts.net.

ONGOING

SOCIAL DANCE PARTIES

USA Dance, San Diego chapter, holds social dance parties the first and fourth Sat. of each month. Lessons at 7, dancing 8-11. First Sat. at Dance North County (535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 100, Encinitas); fourth Sat. at Synergy Dance Zone (7480 Miramar Rd.) 760-525-5124, usabda.org.

THROUGH MAY 15

THE FLOWER FIELDS IN CARLSBAD

Besides flowers, the 50-acre fields offer a floral maze, sluice mining and a flag made of flowers, plus kids’ events and master gardener visits. Daily 9-6. 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760-431-0352, theflowerfields.com.

THROUGH JUNE 20

IMAX FILMS AT THE FLEET

Hubble takes a look into space courtesy of NASA’s famed telescope (open-ended run). Dolphins dives in for a glimpse at the ocean denizens. The Greatest Places visits some of our planet’s more fascinating locales (through June 20). Call for showtimes. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

MAR. 24–MAY 9

MARIONETTE AND PUPPET SHOWS

Balboa Park Puppet Guild shows include “Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt,” Mar. 24–Apr. 4; “Sleeping Beauty,” Apr. 7-18; “A Flower Fantasy,” Apr. 21-25; “The Princess and the Pea,” Apr. 28–May 9. Performances Wed.-Fri. at 10 & 11:30, Sat. & Sun. at 11, 1 & 2:30. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre (near the Air & Space Museum), Balboa Park, 619-544-9203, ­balboaparkpuppets.com.

APR. 10, 11, 24 & 25

ART MART

Displays by local artists, including paintings, woodwork, jewelry and pottery, second and fourth Sat. & Sun. of the month, 9-4. Balboa Park, lawn area near the Federal Bldg., 619-235-1105, balboapark.org.

APR. 12-16

THAI NEW YEAR

Saffron celebrates Songkran, the Thai New Year, with a special New Year’s menu and traditional Thai festivities. The Mission Hills restaurant offers daily specials and concludes with a three-day street market. 3731 India St., 619-574-0177, saffronsandiego.com.

APR. 12-30

SAN DIEGO PADRES

Home games against the Atlanta Braves, Apr. 12 at 4:35, Apr. 14 at 7:05, Apr. 15 at 3:35; Arizona Diamondbacks, Apr. 16 at 7:05, Apr. 17 at 5:35 & Apr. 18 at 1:05; San Francisco Giants, Apr. 19 & 20 at 7:05, Apr. 21 at 3:35; Milwaukee Brewers, Apr. 29 & 30 at 7:05. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village, 877-374-2784, sandiegopadres.com.

APR. 16-18

HEAD TO TOE WOMEN’S EXPO

“The ultimate day out for women” returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for three days of shopping, pampering, makeovers, inspirational speakers and more. More than 200 vendors and exhibitors present their goods and services and provide “inspiration, education and entertainment” for women of all ages. Fri. & Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-6. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 619-491-0677, sdfair.com.

APR. 16-18

DEL MAR ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE

Sales, appraisals, reparations and restorations of fabulous finds in glass and crystal, pottery, jewelry, furniture and more. Fri. & Sat. 11-7, Sun. 11-5. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 800-943-7501, calendarshows.com.

APR. 17 AT 10 A.M.

BRIDE-TO-BE TEA

Brides, grooms and their wedding parties brainstorm with wedding professionals about their special day while enjoying refreshments from local caterers. 640 Alta Vista Dr., Vista, 760-726-1340, ext. 1149, cityofvista.com.

APR. 17, 10-5

ENCINITAS GARDEN FESTIVAL & TOUR

The festival’s fifth year includes a Gardeners’ Marketplace and self-guided walking tour of 20 private gardens, private greenhouses, the school garden at Paul Ecke Central, a drought-resistant garden at the local firehouse and butterfly gardening at the Monarch Program. 2240 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. D, 760-753-8615, ­encinitasgardenfestival.org.

APR. 17, NOON-4

TASTE OF HILLCREST

This walking tour of Hillcrest restaurants celebrates its 10th year with more than 50 restaurants participating. 619-233-5008, mcfarlaneproductions.com.

APR. 17 AT 5

HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR BALL

The San Diego Fine Arts Society hosts a Hollywood-theme party featuring artist Ansley Pye. Proceeds support art in San Diego. 1337 India St., downtown, 805-205-4354, sdfas.org.

APR. 17 AT 6

RHYTHM & VINE

The annual wine and music festival benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. In Westfield North County Mall (272 E. Via Rancho Pkwy., Escondido). 760-746-3315, ext. 211, ­rhythmandvine.org.

APR. 17 & 18, 10-5

OCEANSIDE DAYS OF ART

The Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop for works of art displayed by more than 100 artists at this two-day seaside show, with live art demonstrations, food and entertainment. Pier View Way between N. Coast Hwy. & Ditmar, Oceanside, 760-433-3632, oceanside-days-of-art.org.

APR. 18, 9-5

PORT OF SAN DIEGO’S DAY AT THE DOCKS

This free waterfront festival celebrates the beginning of San Diego’s spring saltwater sportfishing season. Highlights include fishing seminars, cooking demonstrations, a fishing area for children and live music. 2171 India St., Ste. E, Point Loma, 619-234-8793, ­sportfishing.org.

APR. 18 AT 9 A.M.

WALK FOR LIFE 5K

The Cardiovascular Disease Foundation’s fun walk starts at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. Funds raised help educate how to prevent, treat and diagnose heart disease. 200 N. Strand, Oceanside, 760-730-1471, cvdf.org.

APR. 18, 10-5

EARTHFAIR

Balboa Park is greener than ever with the 20th celebration of all things ecological—the world’s largest free annual environmental fair. 858-272-7370, earthdayweb.org.

APR. 20 AT 6

POKE FESTIVAL

A tribute to Hawaiian culture, featuring 25 kinds of poke, an auction, fashion show and live art demo. 2230 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, 760-207-8212, ilovemusubi.com.

APR. 20-22

KYOTO PRIZE SYMPOSIUM

A three-day celebration of the lives and works of those receiving the Kyoto Prize, a lifetime-achievement award honoring those committed to bettering society. Winners speak at local college campuses and at a gala (Apr. 20) at the San Diego Hotel & Marina. kyotoprize.com.

APR. 22, 6-10

FASHION TAKES FLIGHT

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s fund-raiser features more than 100 new styles in men’s and women’s fashions produced by local designers, as well as food, a signature cocktail, silent auction and entertainment. 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619-234-8291, sandiegoairandspace.org.

APR. 22–MAY 9

DEL MAR HORSE SHOW

Western Week (Apr. 22-25) leads off the 65th annual Del Mar Horse Show, followed by Dressage Week, Apr. 29–May 2. Hunt­er/Jump­ers show off their stuff May 4-9. Weekday admission is free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 858-792-4252, delmarnational.com.

APR. 24 & 25, 9-5

ENCINITAS STREET FAIRE

The 27th annual event features 450 arts and crafts vendors, four live stages with a variety of musical acts, children’s rides and a beer garden. Hwy. 101 between D & J Sts., 760-943-1950, encinitas101.com.

APR. 24 & 25

ROOTS FEST

The Normal Heights neighborhood rocks, grooves and jams to the beat of more than 40 local and national musical acts playing a variety of musical genres at this 37th annual free music fest. Arts and crafts vendors, a Healing Arts Fest, two beer gardens, carnival rides and food stands round out the popular, family-friendly event. Sat. 10-9 p.m., Sun. 10-6. Adams Ave. & 34th St., adamsaveonline.com.

APR. 24 & 25, 11-6

MISSION FEDERAL ARTWALK

Little Italy hosts more than 300 artists, live entertainment and activities at the 26th annual free festival. Kettner Blvd. & India St. between Ash St. & Grape St., 619-615-1090, ­missionfederalartwalk.org.

APR. 25 AT 11:30

TABLETOPS AND TEA

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary rolls out the red carpet to benefit the Asthma & Allergy Clinic. 17500 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, 858-312-6605, kintera.org.

APR. 26

CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC

The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo (12280 Greens East Rd.) hosts the 25th annual tourney for the Brain Injury Foundation. 619-294-6541, sdbif.org.

MAY 8, 10-4

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Indulge in sugar, spice and everything nice at San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Chocolate Festival, with cooking demonstrations, children's activities and chocolate tastings. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, 760-436-3036, ext. 206, sdbgarden.org.

ONGOING

BIRCH AQUARIUM

In the “Wonders of Water” exhibit, patrons of all ages explore the wet stuff with three outdoor water-play stations. “Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge” educates about global warming. Open daily 9-5. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858-534-FISH, ­aquarium.ucsd.edu.

ONGOING

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE

Tours are available by appt. for the unique mosaic sculpture garden by Niki de St. Phalle, open Tues.-Sun. 8:30 to dusk. Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido, 760-839-4331, queencalifia.org.

ONGOING

RIP SQUEAK STORY TIMES

The Rip Squeak & Friends Gallery at Seaport Village invites the young and young at heart to experience magic and make-believe at the story times, Sat. at 11 & 1. 849 W. Harbor Dr., Ste. B, 619-531-1127, ripsqueak.com.

ONGOING

SDNH WIDE-SCREEN FILMS

San Diego Natural History Museum’s wide-screen theater shows Ocean Oasis, spotlighting the rich seas of Baja, Sun.-Thur. at noon & 4, Fri. & Sat. at 2 & 4. Human Body: Pushing The Limits—Brain Power screens Sun.-Thur. at 11, 1, 2, 3 & 5, Fri. & Sat. at 11, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7:30. The new 3D movie theater spotlights Dinosaurs Alive! 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-3821, sdnhm.org.

Halls & Walls

THROUGH APR. 25

VISIONS ART QUILT GALLERY

“California Fibers: Liminal Spaces.” Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, Point Loma, 619-546-4872, quiltvisions.org.

THROUGH APR. 30

GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA MUSEUM

“Best in Platinum” spotlights pieces from several jewelry collections. Also on display: “Facets of GIA,” an exhibit of jewelry, gems and minerals that illustrates the institute’s role in education and research. Free; arrange weekday tours at guestservices@gia.edu or 800-421-7250, ext. 4116. 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, gia.edu.

THROUGH MAY 1

DISTINCTION GALLERY & ARTIST STUDIOS

“Curious Reminiscence,” illustrations by Aaron Jasinski and Josh Taylor, through Apr. 3. “Andy Haynes & Jacub Gagnon,” Apr. 10–May 1 (reception Apr. 10, 6-11). Thur -Sat noon-5 & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.com.

THROUGH MAY 2

TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART

“Rembrandt’s Recession: Passion and Prints in the Dutch Golden Age” showcases some of Rembrandt van Rijn’s New Testament prints from the 17th century, through May 2. On permanent display: the Putnam Foundation Collection, with European old-master paintings, Russian icons and American art as the primary focus. Tues.-Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. 1:30-4:30. 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-5548, timkenmuseum.org.

THROUGH MAY 15

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

“Transurbaniac” showcases 19 installation-based works and sculptures from the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo’s permanent collection. Tues.-Sat. 11-5. UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-0419, ­universityartgallery.ucsd.edu.

THROUGH MAY 16

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

At the La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.), “Pleasure Point: Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Collections,” through May 16. The downtown site (1001 & 1100 Kettner Blvd.) displays the ongoing exhibit “Primary Forms: Featuring Annenberg Foundation Acquisitions,” with works from the 1960s and 1970s in sculptural form by Carl Andre, David Rabinowitch and two glass wall reliefs by Keith Sonnier. Other artists on display include Mary Corse, Doug Wheeler, Erwin Redl, Tara Donovan, Robert Irwin and Santiago Sierra. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). 858-454-3541, mcasd.org.

THROUGH MAY 16

USD GALLERIES

“Francisco Goya: Disasters of War,” through Apr. 1,” displays graphic images of war, from the Spanish insurrection of 1808 to the resulting Peninsular War and following famine. IPJ Galleries, Wed. & Thur. noon-6, Fri. & Sat. noon-4. “Prints in the Artist’s Studio: Rubens’ Print Collection Reconstructed” looks at how old-master prints were used in a 17th-century European artist’s studio, through May 9; “Resources,” prints from the Hoehn Print Study Room, through May 16. Hoehn Family Galleries, Tues.-Sun. noon-4 (Thur. till 6).  Founders Hall, USD, 5998 Alcalá Park, 619-260-4261, sandiego.edu.

THROUGH MAY 22

LUX ART INSTITUTE

Robert Lobe’s sculptures are on display Thur.-Fri. 1-5, Sat. 11-5. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-436-6611, luxartinstitute.org.

THROUGH MAY 30

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

Art Alive, the San Diego Museum of Art’s annual floral extravaganza, Apr. 29–May 2, includes the Art Alive Gala, Apr. 29 at 7, and an All-Star Floral Challenge, Apr. 30, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The exhibit opens to the general public May 1 & 2, 9-5. SDMA exhibitions include “Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood,” through May 30. Also on display: “Collections in Context: New Acquisitions and Long-Held Strengths at SDMA,” “Old Masters in New Light” and “Tastes in Asian Art.” Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931, sdmart.org.

THROUGH JUNE 6

REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

“Motion Mania: Move Your Mind!” is all about the ways things move, through June 6. “Block Busters!” offers the chance to play architect as well as builder. “So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy” peeks at power. “San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap” looks at the area’s water use. “Origins in Space,” a photographic display, demonstrates the role scientific discoveries play in our ev­ery­day lives. “Gallery of Illu­sions and ­Per­cep­tions” shows how your mind and body work together—and sometimes against each other—to make sense of the world around you. “Aging for All Ages” discusses the process of aging. “Kid City” lets youngsters 6 and under experience the wonders of the everyday working world. Family Science Days are the third Sat. of the month, noon-3. Daily 9:30-6.1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

THROUGH JUNE 20

OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART

John Zabrucky’s “Industrial Alchemy” highlights his machine-like flat-relief works, through Mar. 28. Through June 20, “Plastic Fantastic: Allison Renshaw” explores the contrast between McMansions, plastic surgery and the artificiality of high-end living with San Diego’s gorgeous seaside weather and natural beauty. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, oma-online.org.

THROUGH SEPT. 1

MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC

“On! The Beginnings of the Electric Sound Gen­er­a­tion” displays firsts in the era of electric in­struments, through Sept. 1. “Waves of Inspi­ra­tion: The Legacy of Moog” explores the life and vision of inventor Robert Moog, through Apr. 30. Tues.-Sun. 10-5. 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 877-551-9976, ­museumofmakingmusic.org.

THROUGH JAN. 2, 2011

MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM

“Viva México!” celebrates 200 years of Mexican independence—and folk art—through Jan. 2, 2011. “Sonabai—Another Way of Seeing” features works from self-taught Indian artist Sonabai Rajawar, through Sept. 5. “Fisch Out of Water: Sea Creatures of Arline Fisch,” colorful marine-inspired ceiling installations, through May 16. “Transformed by Fire,” June Schwarcz’ enamel vessels, and “56 Chinese Hat Boxes—and One Hat!” both through July 3. Tues.-Sun. 11-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-0003, mingei.org. Mingei’s North County satellite offers “Rite and Ritual—Ceremonial Art Across Cultures,” through Oct. 16. Thur.-Sat. 11-4 (second Sat. 11-8). 155 W. Grand Ave., Escondido.

THROUGH JAN. 23, 2011

MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS

“State of Mind: A California Invitational,” through June 6, celebrates photography in the 21st century with works by 21 photographers. “Seeing Beauty” uses the photographer’s lens to explore the aesthetics of beauty and “In Light” shows off the museum’s permanent collection; both through Jan. 23, 2011. Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9, Summer hours). 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559, mopa.org.

MAR. 27–MAY 2

SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Opening Mar. 27, “Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries” reveals how research changes our knowledge of the prehistoric creatures. “Charles Cramer: Lyrical Landscapes,” through May 2 in the museum’s Ordover Gallery, is accompanied by images from Tom O. Scott, Olof Carmel, Peter Fay and Abe Ordover. Ongoing exhibit “Fossil Mysteries,” exploring the fossil history of our region, looks at the development of life today using the window of the past, with interactive displays that let visitors play paleontologist. Daily 10-5. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-255-0205, sdnhm.org, ordovergallery.com.

ONGOING

CELEBRATION FINE ARTS GALLERY

The gallery at the U.S. Grant Hotel offers contemporary works by more than 90 artists, as well as sculptures by legendary French artist Renoir. Sun.-Thur. 11-7, Fri. & Sat. 11-9. 326 Broadway, downtown, 619-232-3121, ­celebrationfineart.com.

ONGOING

NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

“Animal Art” helps kids learn about our animal relatives; the musum’s other interactive exhibits, workshops and events send imaginations soaring. Tues., Fri. & Sat. 10-4, Thur. & Sun. noon-4. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619-233-8792, ­thinkplaycreate.org.

ONGOING

SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

The most recent addition to the permanent collection is a Lockheed Vega 5B from the movie Amelia. Ongoing exhibits explore the rhistory of aviation. Family Day events illustrating basics of flight-related lessons take place the second Sat. of the month at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30. Daily 10-4:30. 2001 Pan ­American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619-234-8291, ­sandiegoairandspace.org.

ONGOING

SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Exhibits on surfing, baseball-card art, Thoroughbred horse racing, Tony Hawk and locals who’ve achieved national fame, as well as displays about other sports. Daily 10-4:30. 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619-234-2544, ­sdhoc.com.

ONGOING

SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

“San Diego Style” features 20th-century fashions. “A Different Life: Finding Our Place in San Diego” is co-curated by a group of teenage refugees from Somalia. “Building an Early Identity: One Place, Many Cultures” is the second phase of a developing core exhibition, “Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego.” “Dressing a City: Selected Styles from Marston’s Department Store, 1878-1961” tours San Diego’s longtime hometown store, with fashions and accessories. A century of local artists’ work is showcased in “100 Years of Art in San Diego: A Retrospective.” “Changing Times for San Diego Women” displays 1950s photographs. Tues.-Sun. 10-5. 1649 El Prado, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park. Historic Marston House is open Fri.-Sun. 10-5. at 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park. 619-232-6203; sandiegohistory.org.

ONGOING

SAN DIEGO MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM

Spanning more than 27,000 square feet, it’s the largest permanent operating model railroad and toy train exhibition in North America, with a toy train gallery and interactive playroom, four scale model railroads of the Southwest and an operating railroad semaphore signal. Tues.-Fri. 11-4, Sat. & Sun. 11-5. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-696-0199, sdmodelrailroadm.com.

ONGOING

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN

“The Art of Andean Retablos: Religion, Tradition  and Social Commentary” explores the art of retablo, which first came to Peru in the 16th century. Also on display: “The Genographic Project” discusses the origins of humans; “Gods & Gold” delves into the past of Latin America. Permanent exhibits include “Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution,” “Ancient Egypt,” “Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth” and “Kumeyaay: Native Californians.” “Tower After Hours” programs celebrate a different heritage every other month, last Thur., 6-8. Daily 10-4:30. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-2001, ­museumofman.org.

ONGOING

SAN DIEGO WOMEN’S HISTORY & MUSEUM EDUCATIONAL CENTER

“All Our Grandmothers” journeys through the lives of women who lived in the San Diego region 100 years ago. “85 Years of Women’s Suffrage” features artifacts from past women’s rights movements. 2323 Broadway, Golden Hill, 619-233-7963, whmec.org.

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