Plays & Laughs
Through Jan. 2: The New Century
At Diversionary Theatre, Paul Rudnick’s play promises gratuitous nudity and snappy one-liners. Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097, diversionary.org.
Through Jan. 3: A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Dickens comes to Escondido as the Welk Resort Theatre presents Scrooge’s redemption, with a few songs. 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.
Jan. 2 at 8: Lewis Black
The wry comedian appears at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, sandiegosymphony.com.
Jan. 3 at 8: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
The comics from Whose Line Is It Anyway? go for the laughs at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.
Jan. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8: The Living Newspaper: 2009 in Review
Black Kat Theatre’s sketch comedy show examines the headlines of 2009. Desi ’n’ Friends Bar & Grill, 2734 Lytton St., San Diego, 619-254-6207, BlackKatTheatre@aol.com.
Jan. 9–31: boom
Who knew the end of life as we knew it could be so funny? San Diego Repertory Theatre mounts Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s tale of a mad scientist determined to repopulate the planet. 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.
Jan. 9–Feb. 7: Expecting Isabel
Moxie Theatre gives birth to this comedy about a couple’s attempt to have a child. Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando, 858-598-7620, moxietheatre.com.
Jan. 13-24: Joyful Noise
Lamb’s Players Theatre hosts another two weeks of its hit musical about Handel. Wed.-Thur. at 7:30, Fri.-Sat. at 8, Sat. at 4, Sun at 2. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619-437-0600, lambsplayers.org.
Jan. 13–Feb. 21: Whisper House
Duncan Sheik’s haunting musical, set in World War II, premieres 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.
Jan. 14–Feb. 14: The House of Yes
Fiasco ensues when Marty brings a new fiancée home for dinner. At Compass Theatre Thur.-Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210, compasstheatre.com.
Jan. 15–Feb. 20: They’re Playing Our Song
Scripps Ranch Theatre produces Neil Simon’s romantic comedy about a well-known composer and aspiring lyricist. Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Legler Benbough Theatre, Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Rd., Scripps Ranch, 858-578-7728, scrippsranchtheatre.org.
Jan. 16–Feb. 7: Glorious!
Expect a few false notes in this story of the woman who earned the title of the Worst Singer in the World. At North Coast Repertory Theatre Sun. & Wed. at 7, Sat. & Sun. at 2, Thur.-Sat. at 8.987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org.
Jan. 21–Feb. 28: The Piano Lesson
August Wilson’s thought-provoking drama about heritage strikes a key at Cygnet Theatre. Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat at 8 and Sun at 2& 7. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619-337-1525, cygnettheatre.com.
Jan. 23–Feb. 28: Lost in Yonkers
A family tangles in Neil Simon’s comedy-drama, 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.
Jan. 28 at 7:30: An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin
The comedienne brings her cast of characters to Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, sandiegotheatres.org.
Jan. 28–Feb. 21: Swingtime Canteen
Moonlight Productions journeys to the 1940s with a memory-lane roster of tunes. At Avo Playhouse Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. & Sun. at 2 & 7:30. 303 East Vista Way, Vista, 760-724-2110, moonlightstage.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
Dec. 26 & 31, Jan. 9, 15 & 23: 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.
Dec. 26–Jan. 30: Belly Up Tavern
Cash’d Out, Dec. 26; Hepcat, Dec. 27 at 8; Cracker and Camper van Beethoven, Dec. 29 at 8; Del the Funky Homosapien, Jan. 1; Bayou Brothers, Jan 2 at 4:15; 40 Oz. to Freedom, Social Green and Project: Out of Bounds, Jan. 2 ; Robben Ford, Jan. 7; Pato Banton, Now Generation, Better Chemistry and Colin Giles, Jan. 8; Los Lobos, Jan. 9; Brazilian Pre-Carnival 2010, Jan. 10 at 8; Stan Ridgway, Jan. 13 at 8 (Sept. 22 tickets honored); Keb’ Mo’; Jan. 15; Dick Dale, Jan. 20 at 8; Ozomatli, Jan. 22 & 23; The Credentialed, Jan. 29 at 5:30; Stepping Feet, Jan. 29 at 9; Atomic Punks, I-90 and Generator, Jan. 30. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.
Dec. 26–Jan. 30: Anthology
Anthology House Band, Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 7; The Doors Tribute Band, Dec. 26; Squirrel Nut Zippers and Steve Soto & The Twisted Hearts, Jan. 2; Pete Escovedo Orchestra and Sheila E, Jan. 8 & 9; John Jorgenson Quartet, Jan. 14; Luscious Noise, Jan. 17; Thunder Road, Jan. 23; Janiva Magness, Jan. 28; Count Basie Orchestra, Jan. 29 & 30. Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.
Dec. 30–Jan. 29: Soma
Anthony Green, Dec. 30 at 7; Nations Afire, Murder Majesty and HighFiveDrive, Jan. 3 at 7; Anti-Flag, Jan. 23 at 6:30; Four Year Strong, Jan. 29 at 7. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662, somasd.com.
Dec. 31–Jan. 31: The Casbah
Sweet and Tender Hooligans, Dec. 31; Zeros and Guests, Jan. 2; The Long and Short of It, Spider Fever and Life Deposits, Jan 6; Drew Andrews & Boomsnake, Writer and Metrofique, Jan. 13; Black Lips, Jan. 24; Firethorn, Jan. 31. Doors open at 8:30 unless noted. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355, casbahmusic.com.
Jan. 1-31: San Diego Symphony
Salute to Vienna, Jan. 1 at 2:30; Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Jan. 7 at 7:30, Jan. 8 & 9 at 8, Jan. 10 at 2:30; Silent Film Night with The General, Jan. 15 & 16 at 8; A Night at the Academy Awards, Jan. 22 & 23 at 8; Itzhak Perlman, Jan. 24 at 7:30; Harry Connick Jr., Jan. 28 at 8; The Funny Side of Music, Jan. 31 at 2. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, sandiegosymphony.com.
Jan. 5-10: Riverdance
The Irish tap dancers are presented by Broadway/San Diego at the San Diego 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, riverdance.com.
JAN. 6 at 4 & 7: The Screamin’ Primas
The Louis Prima tribute band combines big band, rhythm and blues and Dixieland jazz. California Center for the Arts, Excondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.
Jan. 7-30: Acoustic Music San Diego
Al Kooper, Jan. 7; Tom Rush, Jan, 8; David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Jan. 14; Trace Bundy, Jan. 22; Barry McGuire and John York, Jan. 23; Tom Chapin, Jan. 29; California Guitar Trio and Tom Griesgraber, Jan. 30. All shows at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176, acousticmusicsandiego.com.
Jan. 7-31: House of Blues
Sonic Youth with Sic Alps, Jan. 7; Where’s the Band?, Jan. 8; State Radio and Aggrolites, Jan. 14; Umphrey’s McGee, Jan. 15; Between the Buried and Me with Cynic, Jan. 16; Tainted Love, Jan. 30; Nile, Immolation, Krisiun, Abigail Williams and Dreaming Dead, Jan. 31. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.
Jan. 9 at 7:30: John McCutcheon
The balladeer is presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040, sdfolkheritage.org.
Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 6 & 8:30: Cabaret Dances
When Strangers Meet makes its premiere alongside excerpts from Jean Isaacs’ Tales from a Marriage as San Diego Dance Theater presents its annual cabaret show. 2650 Truxton Rd., Point Loma, 619-225-1803, sandiegodancetheater.org.
Jan. 10 at 8: Papa Doo Run Run & Dean Torrence
Members of Sixties bands Jan & Dean, the Surf City All Stars and the Beach Boys reprise their hits in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.
Jan. 12 & 13 at 8: Tyler Perry
The Laugh to Keep from Crying tour plays at Spreckels Theater, 121 Broadway, downtown, 858-272-8663, ticketmaster.com.
Jan. 13 at 7: UCSD’s International Contemporary Ensemble
An all-Xenakis program features O-mega, Psappha, Palimpsest and other pieces. PMC Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, artpwr.com.
Jan. 15 at 8: Garrick Ohlsson
The pianist plays an all-Chopin program for the La Jolla Music Society in Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-459-3728, lajollamusicsociety.com.
Jan. 16 at 2 & 8: Momix
The dance group’s retrospective is presented by La Jolla Music Society in Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park, 858-459-3728, lajollamusicsociety.com.
Jan. 17 at 7: Kris Kristofferson
The singer, actor and musician performs at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.
Jan. 23 at 8: KaiBorg
CPMC Theatre, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, artpwr.com.
Jan. 23, 9-4: La Jolla Symphony’s Young Artists Competition
The competition is open to singers and instrumentalists living and/or receiving musical instruction in San Diego County or Baja California. Free. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, UCSD campus, 858-534-4637, lajollasymphony.com.
Jan. 24 at 7: 50th Anniversary Young Artists Celebration
Listen to past winners who have gone on to successful careers and hear top talent from the 2010 event. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, UCSD campus, 858-534-4637, lajollasymphony.com.
Jan. 25 at 8: Myriad Trio
CPMC Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, artpwr.com.
Jan. 27 at 7: Takae Ohnishi
The harpsichordist and UCSD faculty member plays a concert of early music at CPMC Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, artpwr.com.
Jan. 29 at 7:30: Orchestra Nova
All in the Family: Meet the Bachs at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., downtown, 858-350-0290, orchestranova.org.
Jan. 30 at 7: Gregory Page
The folk singer is presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040, sdfolkheritage.org.
Jan. 30 at 8: Orchestra Nova
All in the Family: Meet the Bachs at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 11772 Sorrento Valley Rd., Ste. 212, 858-350-0290, orchestranova.org.
Jan. 31 at 3: David Aaron Carpenter
The violist plays a program including Bach and Paganini in the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa, 858-459-3728, lajollamusicsociety.com.
Jan. 31 at 3: Lisztomania!
Pianist Cecil Lytle performs the music of Franz Liszt at CPMC Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, artpwr.com.
Jan. 31 at 7: The Pink Floyd Experience
The Pink Floyd band tribute plays at Pala Casino’s Pala Events Center, 11154 Hwy. 76 East, Pala, 619-220-8497, palacasino.com.
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 Jan. 3: Marionette and puppet shows
The Balboa Park Puppet Guild shows include “Merry Christmas Show,” Dec. 21-23, 26 & 28; “Jack and the Beanstalk,” Dec. 30–Jan. 3. 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.
Through Jan. 3: Holiday of Lights
The drive-through light show and exhibit at the Del Mar Fairgrounds offers more than 400 displays themed for the holiday season. Sun.-Thur. 5:30–10, Fri. & Sat. 5:30-11. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858-755-1161, holidayoflights.com.
Through feb. 28: Imax films at the Fleet
Under the Sea visits the ocean’s amazing, amusing denizens. Adventures in Wild California shows off the state’s wild side. Amazon travels the world’s mightiest river. Call for showtimes. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.
Dec. 30 at 5: Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium hosts the year-end bowl game. 9449 Friars Rd., Mission Valley, 619-285-5059, holidaybowl.com.
Jan. 2 & Jan. 16 at 6:15: San Diego Sockers
The professional indoor soccer team takes on the Stockton Cougars, Jan. 2; Texas Outlaws, Jan. 16. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 866-799-GOAL, sdsockers.com.
Jan. 2, 3, 15 & 16: Art Mart
Displays by local artists, including paintings, woodwork, jewelry and pottery, first and third Sat. & Sun. of the month, 9-4. Balboa Park, lawn area near Federal Bldg., 619-235-1105.
Jan. 3 at 1:15: Chargers football
The San Diego Chargers take on the Washington Redskins in Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., 619-280-2121, chargers.com.
Jan. 6: Stars in the Park
At dusk on the first Wed. of each month, the San Diego Astronomy Association hosts a public telescope viewing event outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.
Jan. 8-10: Gem Faire
Exhibits showcase myriad precious stones, gems, jewelry and more. Fri. noon-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun 10-5. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 503-252-8300, gemfaire.com.
Jan. 16, 11-5: Multicultural Festival
The 12th annual festival features events for the entire family that celebrate diversity, with food, music and storytelling to highlight and embrace different cultures. Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, downtown, 619-533-7145, cdcc.com.
Jan. 18, 5:30-8:30: Second Saturday Art Walk
The Downtown Business Association of Escondido sponsors a monthly art walk in downtown Escondido, centered around Grand Ave. 760-745-8877, downtownescondido.com.
Jan. 22-24: Antique Show & Sale
Hundreds of dealers offer original merchandise as well as an appraisal booth to find out if your antiques are trash or treasure. Fri. & Sat. 11-8, Sun 11-5. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 626-791-8310, delmarantiqueshow.com.
Jan. 27-31: Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy
Four Disney favorites (Cars, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Tinker Bell) skate into the San Diego Sports Arena. Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 11 & 7:30, Sat. & Sun. at 11, 3:39 & 7:30. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-224-4171, sandiegoarena.com.
January 31, 10-4: Bridal Bazaar
More than 300 local wedding professionals gather for one-stop special-day shopping. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., downtown, 760-334-5500, bridalbazaar.com.
Ongoing: Nature walk
Led by a trail guide first Sat. of each month at 9:30 a.m. Marian Bear Memorial Park, Hwy. 52 & Regents Rd., 858-581-9944.
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 Dec. 31: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Stephen Curry’s “Next to Nothing” and K.V. Tomney’s “Keeping in Form.” Tues.-Sat. 10-5:30 (Wed. till 8:30). 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872, ljathenaeum.org.
Through Dec. 31: California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
“Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art” surveys artists shown by Quint Contemporary Art, including Mel Bochner, Manny Farber, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness and Patricia Patterson. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-5. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760-839-4120, artcenter.org.
Through Jan. 3: San Diego Natural History Museum
“Baja California,” through Jan. 3 in the museum’s Ordover Gallery, displays imagery of the Baja peninsula by National Geographic photographer, author and expedition leader Ralph Lee Hopkins, along with images by American and Mexican photographers. 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 Jan. 9: Lux Art Institute
Artist Susan Hauptman’s works are on display. Thur.-Fri. 1-5. Sat. 11-5. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-436-6611, luxartinstitute.org.
Through Jan. 17: San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist
Brian Dombrowsky solo exhibition, through Jan. 17. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-236-0011, sandiego-art.org.
Through Jan. 17: Visions Art Quilt Gallery
“Interpretations” is a juried exhibition of art quilts by Visions members. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, San Diego, 619-546-4872, quiltvisions.org.
Through Feb. 6: Distinction Artist Studios & Gallery
“Sub 1K: California Style.” Thur.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 10-5 (second Sat. 11-1) & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.com.
Through Feb. 6: 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. The fourth annual youth exhibition, “Through the Lens,” includes photographs by young students from San Diego, through Jan. 24. “Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness,” through Feb. 6. Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9). 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559, mopa.org.
Through Feb. 14: Joseph Bellows Gallery
“On Ice: Photographs by Len Jenshel and Diane Cook” features Greenland’s exquisite glaciers and icebergs. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-5. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858-456-5620, josephbellows.com.
Through Feb. 14: Santa Ysabel Art Gallery
“Blue Yonder” features the work of landscape painter Joan Boyer. Thur.-Mon. 11-5. 30352 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel, 760-765-1676, santaysabelartgallery.com.
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. 2010. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). mcasd.org.
Through Feb. 28: 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 Feb. 25; “American Artists from the Russian Empire,” through Jan. 17; “Calder Jewelry,” through Jan. 3. “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. 28: Oceanside Museum of Art
“The Art of Les Perhacs,” through Jan. 8. “An American Dream” showcases Gregg Jabs’ ceramic works, through Jan. 10. “Industrial Alchemy” by John Zabrucky highlights his machine-like flat relief works, through Mar. 28. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, oma-online.org.
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 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. “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 Oct. 16: Mingei International Museum
“A Salute to James Hubbell,” through Dec 31. “Masters of Mid-Century California Modernism: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman” offers an overview of the pair’s 50-year collaborative partnership, through Jan. 10. “Fisch Out of Water” features colorful marine-inspired ceiling installations, through Mar. 30. “56 Chinese Hat Boxes—and One Hat!” through Mar 21. “Transformed by Fire,” June Schwarz’ enamel vessels, through Mar. 21. “Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing” features works from self-taught Indian artist Sonabai Rajawar, through Sept. 5. Tues.-Sun. 11-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-0003. 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. mingei.org.
Jan. 22–Feb. 21: San Diego Art Institute
Local painter Dan Adams’ “Love Is a Dog”(reception Jan. 29, 6-8). House of Charm, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-236-0011, sandiego-art.org.
Ongoing: Birch Aquarium
At 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: 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 Art 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 each 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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