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THROUGH FEB. 28:THE PIANO LESSON

August Wilson’s thought-provoking drama about heritage plays at Cygnet Theatre Wed & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat at 8, Sun at 2 & 7. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619-337-1525, cygnettheatre.com.

THROUGH FEB. 28: LOST IN YONKERS

A family tangles in Neil Simon’s comedy-drama, at the Old Globe Theatre Tues., Wed., Sun at 7, Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sat & Sun. at 2. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org.

JAN. 28–MAR. 14: 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.

JAN. 30–MAR. 8: THE WIZARD OF OZ

Skip down the yellow-brick road with Dorothy in this classic, at the Coronado Playhouse Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856, ­coronadoplayhouse.com.

FEB. 2-28: THE MAN WHO

The basis for strange behavior is explored in Peter Brook’s adaptation of Oliver Sacks’ book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, at New Village Arts Theatre Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State Street, Carlsbad, 760-433-3245, ­newvillagearts.org.

FEB. 3-28: AURÉLIA'S ORATORIO

Cirque returns to La Jolla Playhouse with Aurélia Thierrée’s dream come to life, Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., UCSD campus, 858-550-1010, ­lajollaplayhouse.org.

FEB. 4–MAR. 7: I DO! I DO!

Described as “a musical needlepoint sampler,” Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s creation pays tribute to the triumphs and tribulations of marriage. At the Welk Resort Theatre Tues., Thur. & Sat. at 1:45 & 8, Wed. at 1:45 & 7, Sun. at 1:45. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749-3448, ­welktheatre.com.

FEB. 5–MAR. 21: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.

FEB. 11-28: THE MARRIAGE BED

A same-sex couple faces complication and questions the significance of marriage. At Diversionary Theatre Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4545 Park Blvd., 619-220-0097, ­diversionary.org.

FEB. 20-28: STREET LIGHTS

The Old Globe Theatre’s hip-hop musical Street Lights starts at Lincoln High School’s Center for the Arts (4777 Imperial Ave., Feb. 20 at 8, Feb. 21 at 2 & 6), then moves to the Globe’s main stage, Feb. 25-28: Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, ­theoldglobe.org.

FEB. 20–MAR. 14: LITTLE WOMEN

A musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story adorns the North Coast Reportory stage, Sun. & Wed. at 7, Sat. & Sun. at 2, Thur.-Sat. at 8987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org.

FEB. 25–MAR. 28: KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil sweeps through San Diego with a new show combining acrobatics and a traditional circus performance with clown comedy. 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.

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: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UDDERLY RIDICULOUS

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

JAN. 26–FEB. 27: ANTHOLOGY

Anthology House Band, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 14 & 16 at 7; Janiva Magness, Jan. 28; Count Basie Orchestra, Jan. 29 & 30; Davie Davies, Feb. 4; Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Blowout with Kim Wilson and Rod Piazza; Meshell Ndegeocello, Feb. 10; Tommy Emmanuel, Feb. 11; Al Stewart, Feb. 12; Rosie Ledet, Feb. 17; Suzy Bogguss, Feb. 18; Jonathan Coulton, Feb. 19; Tony Lucca and Keaton Simons, Feb. 19 at 9:30; Luscious Noise, Feb. 21; Al Di Meola, Feb. 23 & 24; Dave Mason, Feb. 25 & 26; Acoustic Alchemy, Feb. 27. Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.

JAN. 29, FEB. 5, 19 & 27: 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.

JAN. 28–FEB. 27: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY

Harry Connick Jr., Jan. 28 at 8; The Funny Side of Music, Jan. 31 at 2; San Diego Youth Symphony’s Showcase and Ovation, Feb. 6 at 1 & 7; Garrick Ohlsson plays Chopin, Feb. 12 & 13 at 8, Feb. 14 at 2; Valentine’s Day at the Pops, Feb. 14 at 7:30; Tao: Taiko Drummers of Japan, Feb. 16 at 7:30; Joshua Bell, Feb. 19 at 8; Debussy’s La Mer, Feb. 25 at 7:30 & Feb. 27 at 8. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

JAN. 29–FEB. 27: BELLY UP TAVERN

The Credentialed, Jan. 29 at 5:30; Stepping Feet, Jan. 29 at 9; Atomic Punks, I-90 and Generator, Jan. 30; Rhett Miller and The Serial Lady Killers, Feb. 3 at 8; The English Beat, Feb. 5 & 6; The Thermals, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, Feb. 7; St. Vincent, Wildbirds and the Peacedrums, Feb. 10; ALO, Feb. 11; Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo and Carrie Rodriguez, Feb. 13; Henry Rollins, Feb. 17 at 8; Steve Poltz, Feb. 19; Willie K, Joe Cano and Avi Ronen, Feb. 25 at 8; The Mother Hips, Feb. 27. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.

JAN. 30–FEB. 28:  HOUSE OF BLUES

Tainted Love, Jan. 30; Nile, Immolation, Krisiun, Abigail Williams and Dreaming Dead, Jan. 31; The Anvil Experience, Feb. 3; Badfish, Feb. 5; Editors and The Antlers, Feb. 9 at 7:30; Sound Tribe Sector 9, Feb. 11; G. Love & Special Sauce, Feb. 12; Medeski Martin & Wood, Feb. 17 at 8:30; Lights; Winter Blackout 2010, Feb. 20 at 7; George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Feb. 28. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.

JAN. 31–FEB. 24:  THE CASBAH

Firethorn, Jan. 31; Supervillians and Mike Pinto, Feb. 1; Laura Marling, Feb. 3; Vivian Girls and Best Coast, Feb. 4; Yard Dogs Road Show, Feb. 12; Drag the River, Cheap Girls and Madison Bloodbath, Feb. 13; The Damned, Feb. 17 & 18; Matt Hires and Jason Castro, Feb. 19 at 6; Soundtrack of Our Lives and Nico Vega, Feb. 24. Doors open at 8:30 unless noted. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355, casbahmusic.com.

FEB. 1-28: THE LOFT

Bowerbirds, Feb. 1 at 9; Portland Cello Project, Feb. 4 at 8; Justin Townes Earle, Feb. 9 at 8; Umalali, Feb. 10 at 6:30; Brooklyn Rider, Feb. 11 at 8; Swarmius, Feb. 13 at 9; Suzanne Vega, Feb. 16 at 10; Mauger, Feb. 18 at 8; We Were Promised Jetpacks, Feb. 24 at 8:30; Zee Avi, Feb. 28 at 8:30. Price Center East, 9500 Gilman Dr., UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-246-0313, artpwr.com.

FEB. 20-28: NABUCCO

The San Diego Opera production of Verdi’s Nabucco plays Feb. 20 & 23 at 7, Feb. 26 at 8, Feb. 28 at 2. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-533-7000, ­sdopera.com.

FEB. 26 AT 11 A.M.: CLASSICS 4 KIDS

The Classics Philharmonic Orchestra performs children’s favorites at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

FEB. 27 AT 7:30: TOMMY SANDS

Singer-songwriter Tommy Sands celebrates his Irish roots, presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040, ­sdfolkheritage.org.

FEB. 27 AT 8: ARTURO SANDOVAL

La Jolla Music Society presents the Cuban-born jazz musician at the Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park, 858-459-3728, ­lajollamusicsociety.com.

FEB. 28 AT 4: CHOPIN FOR LOVERS

Celebrate the composer’s birthday with a special performance by Jeffery Siegel. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

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.

Odds & Ends

THROUGH FEB. 28: IMAX FILMS AT THE FLEET

Opening Feb. 1, The Greatest Places visits some of our planet’s more fascinating locales. Amazon travels the world’s mightiest river (through Feb. 28). Under the Sea visits the ocean’s amazing, amusing denizens (through Jan. 31). Call for showtimes. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

JAN. 27–MAR. 7: MARIONETTE AND PUPPET SHOWS

The Balboa Park Puppet Guild shows include “The Very Hungry Caterpillar", Jan. 27-31; “Chu Chu the Dragon,” Feb. 3-14; “The Three Wishes,” Feb. 17-21; “The Little Engine that Could,” Feb. 24–Mar. 7. 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.

FEB. 26 & 27 AT 6:15: SAN DIEGO SOCKERS

The professional indoor soccer team takes on Revolucion Tijuana on Fri. and the Edmonton Drillers on Sat. Del Mar Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 866-799-GOAL, sdsockers.com.

FEB. 27 AT 8 A.M.: WALK FOR WISHES

Individuals and teams walk through SeaWorld to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 500 Sea World Dr., Mission Bay, 858-707-9474, ­walkforwishessd.org

FEB. 28 AT 8:30 A.M.: STRIDE & RIDE

The Muscular Dystrophy Assn.’s 14th annual fund-raiser starts registering participants at 8:30, with the walk stepping off at 10 from Crown Point Park in Mission Bay. 858-492-9792, mda.org.

MAR. 6 AT 6 P.M.: 27TH ANNUAL AMERICAN IRELAND FUND GALA

Taking place at The Grand Del Mar, a new generation of leaders of the American Ireland Fund will be honored. Featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, songs by Annette Griffin from Ashford Castle in Ireland, a live auction, and an Irish sing-a-long. Proceeds benefit peace and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland, as well as Hogar Infantil, La Gloria, an orphanage in Tijuana and a residential facility in Ireland. 858-212-6080.

MAR. 7 at 11:15 A.M.: 15TH ANNUAL UGLY DOG SHOW

The Del Mar Kiwanis Club brings back the Ugly Dog Show for its 15th year, with contests featuring the ugliest dog, cutest dog, best trick, dog that looks most like its owner, best costume and more. Registration  is 10-11 a.m., show begins at 11:15. $8, kids $2, entry fee $6 per dog. At the Del Mar Fairgrounds Paddock area, benefiting the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Friends of Del Mar Parks. 858-755-5913, uglydogcontest.com.

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 FEB. 28: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

The downtown site (1001 & 1100 Kettner Blvd., 619-234-1001) features installations by Tara Donovan, through Feb. 28. At the La Jolla location (700 Prospect St., 858-454-3541), “Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art” and work from Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell in “Museums in Miniature,” through Jan. 31. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). mcasd.org.

THROUGH MAR. 7: SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

SDMA exhibitions include “Oceanic Art: A Celebration of Form,” through Feb. 28; “From Rembrandt’s Studio: The Prints of Ferdinand Bol,” through Mar. 7. “Tastes in Asian Art” and “A Portrait of America: Selections from SDMA’s Permanent Collection,” ongoing. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931, ­sdmart.org.

THROUGH MAR. 17: LUX ART INSTITUTE

Iva Gueorguieva’s abstract works are on display Thur.-Fri. 1-5, Sat. 11-5. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-436-6611, luxartinstitute.org.

THROUGH MAR. 20: UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

“M(other)land: Works by Lauren Woods” explores Americans’ perspectives on Africa. Tues.-Sat. 11-5. UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-0419, ­universityartgallery.ucsd.edu.

THROUGH MAR. 28: OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART

“Industrial Alchemy” by John Zabrucky highlights his machine-like flat relief works. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, oma-online.org.

THROUGH APR. 11: ORDOVER GALLERY

“Hope and Tragedy: Contemporary Paintings by Saphire,” abstract works bursting with color and motion. Also on display: paintings by Sunna Bohlen and Heidi Rufeh and photographs by Lisa Ross, Abe Ordover and Peter Fay. Tues.-Thur. 11-4:30, Fri. & Sun. noon-5 Sat. 10-5. 410 S. Cedros, Solana Beach, 858-720-1121, ­ordovergallery.com.

THROUGH APR. 30: GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA MUSEUM

“Best in Platinum” spotlights pieces from several jewelry collections. Free; arrange weekday tours at guestservices@gia.edu or 800-421-7250, ext. 4116. 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, gia.edu.

THROUGH APR. 30: MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC

“On! The Beginnings of the Electric Sound Generation” displays “firsts” in the era of electric instruments, through Mar. 31. “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 MAY 2: SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

“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.

THROUGH JUNE 6: REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

“Motion Mania” 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 JAN. 23, 2011: MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS

“Beloved Daughters,” photographs by Fazal Sheikh that focus on Indian women in an oppressive society and widows who have devoted their lives to the god Krishna, through Jan. 31. “Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness,” through Feb. 6. “State of Mind: A California Invitational,” Feb. 6–June 6, celebrates photography in the 21st century with works by 21 photographers. “Seeing Beauty,” Jan. 30, 2010–Jan. 23, 2011, uses the photographer’s lens to explore the aesthetics of beauty.Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9). 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559, mopa.org.

THROUGH JAN. 2, 2011: MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM

Opening Feb. 28, “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” features 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 Mar. 10. 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.

FEB. 5–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.

FEB. 13–MAR. 6:DISTINCTION ARTIST STUDIOS & GALLERY

Gabe Leonard’s work is featured in a solo show. Thur.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 10-5 (second Sat. 11-1) & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.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: HANDS ON CEDROS, THE GALLERY OF FUNCTIONAL ART

The gallery hosts Third Thursdays on Cedros every third Thur. of the month, with exhibit openings as well as meet-and-greets with current artists. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5. 342 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-847-9827, ­handsoncedros.com.

ONGOING: NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The recently opened “Animal Art” exhibit helps kids learn about our animal relatives, along with interactive exhibits, workshops and events designed to 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 da Vinci Experience” features replicas of mechanical devices envisioned by the artist. Ongoing exhibits: “Dawn of Powered Flight,” “World War I,” “The Golden Age of Flight,” “World War II” and “The Jet Age.” 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. Daily 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 MUSEUM OF MAN

“Skull Stories: The Art of Ancient Surgery” focuses on methods and tools of trephining (removing a piece of bone from the skull). Permanent exhibits include “Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution,” “Discover Egypt,” “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, 619-233-7963, whmec.org.

ONGOING: TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART

The Putnam Foundation Collection is on permanent display, 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.

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