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Imax films at the Fleet: Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure looks at long-ago underwater critters. Dinosaurs Alive! roars onto the dome screen with a combination of computer animation and live action. The Living Sea explores the oceans. Fridays at the Fleet offers a four-movie feature, starting at 6. Call for showtimes. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents Last Tango in Paris, Feb. 14 at 7; Banished, Feb. 28 at 7. 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-454-3541; mcasd.org.
The 18th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival runs Feb. 7-17 (show times and locations vary). Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, 858-457-3030; lfjcc.org.
San Diego Natural History Museum’s widescreen theater shows Ocean Oasis, spotlighting the rich seas of Baja. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-255-0203; sdnhm.org.
SPORTS, RUNS & WALKS
Super Run 10K & 5K, Feb. 2 at 7:30 a.m. at San Diego's South Shores Park, benefits SDSU athletic teams. 619-298-7400; kathyloperevents.com.
XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run in Santee offers a challenging 15K race and less competitive 5K trail run, Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. 310-260-7898; trailrace.com.
The San Dieguito Half-Marathon & 5K Run/Walk takes participants through Rancho Santa Fe, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. 619-298-7400; kathyloperevents.com.
Max & Jake's Big Race, a 5K and 1-mile trail run/walk through Mission Trails Regional Park, benefits Rady Children's Hospital Heart Institute, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. 619-640-2331; maxandjakesbigrace.org.
San Diego Sports Arena hosts Smucker’s Stars on Ice, Feb. 9 at 7:30. Harlem Globetrotters show off their basketball-handling skills Feb. 15 & 17 at 7. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.
Marionette and puppet shows put on by the Balboa Park Puppet Guild include “Classic Chinese Fairy Tale,” Jan. 30–Feb. 3. “That Valentine’s Show,” Feb. 6-10; “Maxfield Rubbish and His Traveling Flea Circus,“ Feb. 13-17; “The Little Engine That Could,” Feb. 20-24; “Rumplestiltskin,” Feb. 27–Mar. 2. Unless noted, shows are Wed.-Fri. at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1, Sat. & Sun. at 11 a.m., 1 & 2:30. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre (near the Air & Space Museum), Balboa Park, 619-544-9203; balboaparkpuppets.com.
“Wonders of Water” exhibit lets patrons of all ages explore the wet stuff with three outdoor water-play stations. “Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge” educates about global warming. “The Art of Deception” exposes the secrets of camouflage. Family Days features Totally Tide Pools, Feb. 16, 11-3. Open daily 9-5. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858-534-FISH (3474); aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Lyric Opera San Diego helps Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore introduce children to musical theater, Feb. 8-24: Thur.-Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2:30. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., 858-459-3728; lyricoperasandiego.org.
At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Opening Feb. 9, “Strange Matter” delves into materials science. “Listen Here! Making Sense of Sound” speaks to the science behind sound, thru June 1. “So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy” takes a peek at power. “Origins in Space” demonstrates the role scientific discoveries play in everyday lives. “Gallery of Illusions and Perceptions” demonstrates how your mind and body work together——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 working world. “The Sky Tonight” planetarium show is the first Wed. of the month at 7. Family Science Days are the third Sat. of the month at noon. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org.
At the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park, Family Day events take place the second Sat. of the month at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30. Feb. 10, learn the art of constructing paper airplanes. 2001 Pan American Plaza, 619-234-8291; sandiegoairandspace.org.
Family fun at the San Diego Natural History Museum: Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus, at 12:15 & 2:15, explore wild and wacky mysterious creatures and hands-on science. 619-232-3821, ext. 8; sdnhm.org/frizzle. Nature, Mommy and Me, a story time for budding naturalists, tells tales every second Thur. of the month at 11. San Diego Plant Family Forum offers classes about local flora and fauna found in San Diego County, every Wed. (beginning again in Feb.), 6:30-8:30. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-255-0203; sdnhm.org.
Disney on Ice’s Princess Wishes skates into the San Diego Sports Arena, Jan. 30–Feb. 3: Wed & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sun. at 11 & 7:30 (Sun. at 3:30 in Spanish), Sat. at 11, 3:30 & 7:30. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.
The World’s a Stage
With the promise of jungle animals, singing dogs, puppet shows and face painting, SDSU’s 11th annual Theater of the World Festival, Feb. 8-9, is a fun-filled weekend of innovative theater for all ages. Among the local and national shows are The Jungle Book, an imaginative adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic about Mowgli and his friends, and Cloud Gatherer, a new play from renowned youth playwright José Cruz Gonzalez. Other performances include Daddy Machine, Diversionary Theatre’s entertaining musical in which two kids find themselves in the comical dilemma of having two moms and 62 dads, and the touring production of El Tigre. In addition to theater workshops, there are performances by local children’s bands and hands-on art activities for the whole family, centered around the SDSU Performing Arts Plaza. 5500 Campanile Dr., SDSU campus, 619-594-6884; theatre.sdsu.edu.
Coronado Museum of History & Art celebrates “The Joy of Toys: Playthings from Another Era” thru Feb. 3. Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Fri. & Sat. 10-5. 1100 Orange Ave., 619-522-8754; coronadohistory.org.
At Mingei International Museum: “The Beauty of Use” marks three decades of the museum’s dedication to the beauty inherent in the ordinary, thru May 11. “American Viewing Stones——Natural Art in the Asian Tradition” and “Chinese Woodblock Prints——The Ten Bamboo School,” ongoing. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-0003; mingei.org. Mingei’s North County satellite offers “Paper Transformed,” featuring “Crowning Glory——Paper Bag Hats by Moses” and “Origami——The Art of Paper Folding,” thru Mar. 2. The new exhibit of toys and kites, “Art of Play,” continues thru June 29. Tues.-Sat. 1-4. 155 W. Grand Ave., Escondido.
At the downtown site of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (1001 Kettner Blvd., 619- 234-1001): “Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries” is on view thru Apr. 13. Sat.-Tues. 11-6 (Thur. & Fri. till 9). At the La Jolla location (700 Prospect St., 858-454-3541): “Erwin Redl: Matrix II” is the premiere showing of the artist’s theatrical-scale light-emitting diode artwork. Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (Thur. till 7). mcasd.org.
At The Museum of Making Music: “The Violin in America: Old World Tradition, New World Sound” opens Feb. 23. Tues.-Sun. 10-5. 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 877-551-9976; museumofmakingmusic.org.
At Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Art: “The Photographer’s Eye: Ways of Seeing from the Permanent Collection,” thru April 27. “Picturing the Process,” thru June 29. “Measured Time: MoPA at 25,” thru June 19. Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9). 1649 El Prado, 619-238-7559; mopa.org.
The San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist presents Victoria Polyak’s solo show, thru Feb. 17 (reception Jan. 25, 6-8); Diane Huttula’s “On a Wing and a Prayer” and Paul Strahm’s “Outdoors in San Diego” open Feb. 21 (reception Feb. 29, 6-8). Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-4. Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-236-0011; sandiego-art.org.
San Diego Historical Society (619-232-6203; sandiegohistory.org) attractions: “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” takes a tour of San Diego’s longtime hometown store, with fashions and accessories. Daily 10-5. 1649 El Prado, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park. The Serra Museum show cases an exhibit “Commemorating 75 Years.” See how native peoples used the area above Old Town, long before the Spanish and the Mexicans came, in “Life on Presidio Hill.” Daily 10-4:30. 2727 Presidio Dr., Presidio Park. Historic Marston House is open Fri.-Sun. 10-4:30. 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park.
At the San Diego Museum of Art: “Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape” begins Feb. 2. “Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose” opens Feb. 23. “Everett Gee Jackson/San Diego Modern, 1925-1955” features approximately 50 works by San Diego’s most important modernist painter, thru Feb. 10. Tues.-Sun. 10-6 (Thur. till 9). 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931; sdmart.org.
At the San Diego Museum of Man: “Journey to the Copper Age: Archaeology in the Holy Land,” thru Feb. 4, features 6,000-year-old artifacts from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and photos by Kenneth Garrett of the National Geographic Society. “Artists Speak: Contemporary Art from Ghana and Zimbabwe,” thru Feb. 29. Daily 10-4:30. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-2001; museumofman.org.
At the San Diego Natural History Museum: “A Day in Pompeii,” featuring excavated art and artifacts, runs Feb. 15–June 15. “Photography at the Poles,” featuring works by Ralph Lee Hopkins, Frans Lanting, Abe Ordover and others, is on display thru May 5. “Fossil Mysteries,” exploring the fossil history of our region, uses interactive displays that let visitors play paleontologist. Daily 10-5. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-255- 0205; sdnhm.org.
Art Expressions Gallery includes exhibits by Ted Goerschner, Ros Hill, Daniel Gerhartz, Henri Plisson, Sharon Burkett Kaiser, Blossom Sanger, Bill Mosley, Hajime Namiki and Joanne Crosby. Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5. 2645 Financial Ct., Ste. C, 858-270-7577; artexpressionsgallery.com.
At the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: The Main Gallery displays Doris Bittar’s “Coffee,” Feb. 16–Mar. 22 (reception Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30). The Rotunda Gallery features Nilly Gill’s “Being Here,” Feb. 16–Mar. 22 (reception Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30). Tues.-Sat. 10-5:30 (Wed. till 8:30). 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.
Celebrations Fine Arts Gallery, newly opened at the U.S. Grant Hotel, offers contemporary works by more than 90 artists. 326 Broadway, downtown, 619-232-3121.
At Distinction Artist Studios & Gallery: “Sub 1K” features 20-plus artists and 50-plus artworks, all priced under $1,000, thru Feb. 2. Solo show by Josh Taylor, Feb. 6–March 1. Wed.-Fri. noon-5, Sat. 10-5 (second Sat. till 8) & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779; distinctionart.com.
“Mechanical Bride,” from mixed-media artist Lenore Simon, is on view at the Four Walls Gallery thru Mar. 5. Thur.-Sat. 11-6. 3813 Ray St., North Park, 619-501-0879; 4wallsgallery.com.
At Gotthelf Art Gallery: “Jewish/Polish Posters” from the post-war Communist era, thru Feb. 22. Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, 858-362-1154; sdcjc.lfjcc.org.
At Ordover Gallery: Exhibitions by Blake Shaw and Lew Abulafia, thru Feb. 24. Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. 444 S. Cedros Ave., Studio 172, Solana Beach, 858-720-1121; ordoverproject.com.
At Sharp Gallery: James Watt and Pablo Mason, thru Mar. 6. Thur. 4-7, Fri. & Sat. 2-6. 3807 Ray St., North Park, 619-546-9546; sharpgallery.net.
“California Fibers: Natural Forces” covers a range of fiber art, Feb. 1–Mar. 23, at Visions Art Quilt Gallery. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. NTC Promenade, 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, 619-546-4872; quiltvisions.org.
Approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their annual, 10,000-mile roundtrip journey from the Bering Sea to Baja California lagoons. Daily whale-watching cruises with Birch Aquarium at Scripps and San Diego Harbor Excursion, thru Mar. 31, 9:45 a.m.-1:15 or 1:30-5. 1050 N. Harbor Dr., 619-234-4111; sdhe.com.
Jewelry designer Ricardo Basta displays a collection of jeweled brooches at the Gemological Institute of America, thru Mar. 31. Mon.-Fri. 8-5. 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 760-603-4000; gia.edu.
Comedian Lewis Black performs at Copley Symphony Hall, Feb. 1 at 8. 750 B St., downtown, 619- 235-0804.
The 13th annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, Feb. 4-8 at Point Loma Nazarene University, includes workshops, author interviews and evenings with local and national writers. Events at Crill Performance Hall, PLNU campus, 619-849-2297; pointloma.edu/Events/Home/writers.htm.
Comedian Paula Poundstone performs at 4th and B, Feb. 8 at 9:30. D.L. Hughley takes the stage Feb. 23 at 8. 345 B St., downtown, 619-299-2583; 4thandb.com.
New Shanghai Circus performs Feb. 17 at 3 in Balboa Theatre. 868 Fourth Ave., 619-570–1100; sdcivic.org.
The Museum of Photographic Arts’ annual Oscar Night America celebrates the movie awards with its own gala, Feb. 24 at 5. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559; mopa.org.
The Spring Home/Garden Show puts down roots at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Feb. 29–Mar. 2. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 415-447-3205; sdfair.com.