Plays & Laughs
THROUGH JUNE 13
THE WHIPPING MAN
After the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier finds his home in ruins and occupied by his former slaves, who are preparing for a Seder. 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 JUNE 27
A young man revitalizes the spirit of repressed teens in a small town via song and dance. At 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.
MAY 27 – JUNE 20
SUMMER AND SMOKE
Tennessee Williams’ tale of seduction plays at New Village Arts Theatre Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State St., Carlsbad, 760-433-3245, newvillagearts.org.
MAY 27– JULY 30
SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
The Sanders Family Singers are back on the road again, performing 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.
MAY 28 – JUNE 26
NOT NOW, DARLING
The story of two unlikely partners plays 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.
MAY 30 – JUNE 21
JEWISH ARTS FESTIVAL
At the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the 17th annual Jewish Arts Festival takes over, with performing and visual arts events aplenty (see Web site for schedule). Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000, sdrep.org.
JUNE 4 – JULY 3
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Onstage Playhouse presents Harper Lee’s classic tale of injustice and childhood innocence. Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 619-422-7787, onstageplayhouse.org.
JUNE 4 – JULY 18
Elwood P. Dowd just can’t help the fact that his best friend happens to be a 6-foot-tall invisible white rabbit. Lamb’s Players Theatre essays Mary Chase’s script 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.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
San Diego Repertory Theatre hosts the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s comedic condensation of all of the Bard’s plays. Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2. 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000, sdrep.org.
Moxie Theatre undertakes the Greek myth about love and death. Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 4 & 7. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., 858-598-7620, moxietheatre.com.
JUNE 12 –SEPT. 26
The Old Globe’s annual Shakespeare Festival puts the Bard’s King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew into repertory with Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III. Tues-Sun. at 8. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org.
JUNE 15 – JULY 11
La Jolla Playhouse opens its new season with Annie Weisman’s story of a family drawn back together by crisis. Mandell Weiss Forum, 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.
JUNE 17 – JULY 4 AT 8
The laundry-centered musical celebrating the music of the 1960s cleans up at Starlight Theatre’s amphitheater, Thur.-Sun. at 8. 2005 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619-544-7827, starlighttheatre.org.
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., Kearny Mesa, 858-573-9067, thecomedypalace.com.
THE COMEDY STORE
Shows nightly at 916 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858-454-9176, thecomedystore.com.
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.
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
MAY 23 – JUNE 17
CRICKET WIRELESS AMPITHEATRE
Eagles, May 23 at 8; Southern Voice Tour featuring Tim McGraw, June 4 at 7:30; The Bamboozle Roadshow, June 6 at 1; Sting, June 13 at 8; Country Throwdown Tour featuring Montgomery Gentry, June 17 at 1. 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, 619-671-3520, livenation.com.
MAY 24 –JUNE 25
Patrick Watson, May 24; Frog Eyes, May 27; Get Back Loretta, May 29; The Melvins, June 1; Neon Inida, June 2; Inspired Flight, June 5; The Good Life, June 7; Lou Barlow, June 10; The Sadies, June 11; Tortoise, June 13; Local H, June 17; Athlete, June 19; G.B.H., June 23; Dave Gonzalez and Stone River Boys, June 25. Doors open at 8:30. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355, casbahmusic.com.
MAY 24 – JUNE 27
BELLY UP TAVERN
Nada Surf, May 24; Shelby Lynne, May 25 at 8; The Expendables, May 28; Stripes & Lines and Dynamite Walls, May 29; Cash’d Out, May 30; Miike Snow, June 2; Fiesta del Sol, June 4; English Beat, June 5; Mumford & Sons, June 6 at 8; Li(f)e on the Road Tour, June 7; Delta Spirit, June 8; Common Sense, June 11; Skatalites, June 12; Playing for Change, June 16 at 8; The Wings, June 17; The Young Dubliners, June 18; Crash Test Dummies, June 19 at 6; Candye Kane and Stone River Boys, June 20 at 8; Josh Ritter, June 22 at 8; The Psychedelic Furs and She Wants Revenge, June 23; Switchfoot Bro-Am After Party, June 26; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, June 27. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.
MAY 25 – JUNE 19
HOUSE OF BLUES
Revolutions per Minute, May 25; Angels & Airwaves and Say Anything, May 27; Block Party Memorial Day Weekend, May 30 at 9; Strange Days Tour, May 31; Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, June 2; Buzzcocks, Dollyrots and Images, June 7; Cage the Elephant, 22-20’s and Autovaughn, June 9; Miyavi, June 10; T.J. MacFarland, June 11 at 7; Diplo, June 11 at 8; Fischerspooner, June 13 at 7:30; Steel Panther, June 16; Brendan James & Chase Coy, June 18 at 7; Led Zepagain and Fan Halen, June 18 at 8:30; The Original Wailers and Psydecar, June 19; Steel Panther and 6one9, June 30. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.
MAY 25 – JUNE 26
HUMPHREY’S CONCERTS BY THE BAY
Crosby, Stills & Nash, May 25 & 26; Boz Scaggs, June 2; Jonny Lang and the Robert Cray Band, June 3 at 7; Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara, June 8 at 8; Basia, June 10 at 8; Diana Ross, June 11 at 8; Los Van Van, June 13; Comedians of Chelsea, June 18 at 8; Imogen Heap, June 20; Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae, June 22; Jesse Cook, June 26 at 8. Shows at 7:30 except where noted. 2241 Shelter Island Dr., 619-523-1010, humphreysconcerts.com.
MAY 25 – JUNE 27
Anthology House Band, May 25, June 1, 8, 15 & 29 at 7; Average White Band, May 28 at 7:30 & 9:30; Jane Monheit, May 29 & 30 at 7:30 & 9:30; iL CiRCo, June 2 at 7:30, June 3 at 7:30 & 9:30, June 4 at 7:30 & 9:30, June 5 at 1, 6 & 8, June 6 at 1; Javon Jackson and Les McCann, June 11; Greg Laswell and Brian Wright, June 11 at 9:30; Andy McKee, June 13; Manhattan Transfer, June 15 at 7:30 & 9:30; Tommy Emmanuel, June 16; Wang Chung, June 17; Wild Child, June 19 at 7:30 & 9:30; Keiko Matsui, June 23 & 24; Oleta Adams, June 25 at 7:30 & 9:30; Thunder Road, June 26 at 7:30 & 9:30; Four80East, June 27. Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.
MAY 28, JUNE 4, 12, 18 & 26 AT 8
San Diego Folk Heritage pre¬sents 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.
MAY 29 – JUNE 22
Cobra Starship, May 29 at 6; Cute Is What We Aim For, May 30 at 6; Good Old War, June 9 at 6:30; Tribal Seeds, june 12 at 7; A City Serene, June 19 at 7; American Me, Salt and Swine and The Oppressor, June 22 at 7. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662, somasd.com.
JUNE 1 & 17 AT 7:30
ACOUSTIC MUSIC SAN DIEGO
Crooked Still, June 1; John Keawe, June 17. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176, acousticmusicsandiego.com.
MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Concerts include performances by violin virtuoso Sarah Chang, June 11; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, June 18; and Dennis James, June 17. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-239-0100, mainlymozart.org.
JUNE 12 AT 7:30
San Diego Folk Heritage presents the cowboy-western music performer at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040, sdfolkheritage.org.
JUNE 12 AT 8
NANAHUATZIN FOLKLORICO DANCE COMPANY
The company celebrates a decade of presenting traditional dance and music from the different states of Mexico. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.
JUNE 18 AT 8
SAN DIEGO MASTER CHORALE
Guitarists Lito and Celino Romero, tenor En rique Toral, soprano Monica Abrego, San Diego Children’s Choir, Tijuana Children’s Choir and Mariachi Garibaldi appear in the San Diego Master Chorale’s “Amigos en Concierto” fund-raiser. Proceeds go to SDMC’s Education Outreach Program. Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., downtown, 619-235-0804, sdmasterchorale.org.
This musical journey, presented by the Christian Community Theatre, visits the high school reunion of yesteryear. Thur. & Fri. at 7, Sat. at 2 & 7, Sun. at 2 & 6. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., 619-570-1170, sdbalboa.org.
JUNE 26 AT 7:30
TUX & TENNIES SUMMER BASH WITH TONI BRAXTON
The San Diego Symphony kicks off its pops season—and its 100th year—with a gala featuring Toni Braxton. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown, 619-231-3848, sandiegosymphony.com.
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.
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.
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.netmovingarts.net.
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 AUG. 31
IMAX FILMS AT THE FLEET
Hubble takes a look into space courtesy of NASA’s famed telescope (through Aug. 31). Dolphins dives in for a glimpse at the ocean denizens (through June 20). 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.
MAY 25 – JUNE 30
SAN DIEGO PADRES
Home games against the St. Louis Cardinals, May 25 & 26 at 7:05, May 27 at 3:35; Washington Nationals, May 28 at 7:05, May 29 at 5:35, May 30 at 1:05; New York Mets, May 31 & June 1 at 7:05, June 2 at 3:35; Seattle Mariners, June 11 at 7:05, June 12 at 5:35, June 13 at 1:05; Toronto Blue Jays, June 14 & 15 at 7:05, June 16 at 3:35; Baltimore Orioles, June 18 at 7:05, June 19 at 5:35, June 20 at 1:05; Colorado Rockies, June 28 & 29 at 7:05, June 30 at 12:35. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village, 877-374-2784, sandiegopadres.com.
MAY 25 – JUNE 30
SeaWorld extends its hours for a nighttime show featuring fireworks in Shamu’s Skysplash, the musical Mistify and the killer-whale show Shamu Rocks. Call for showtimes. 500 SeaWorld Drive, 619-226-3900, seaworld.com.
MAY 26 – JUNE 30
MARIONETTE AND PUPPET SHOWS
Balboa Park Puppet Guild shows include “The Tortoise and the Hare,” May 26-30; “Maxfield’s Traveling Time Circus,” June 2-6; “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” June 9-20; “Puppet Circo,” June 23-30. 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.
JUNE 11 – JULY 5
SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR
This year’s theme, “Taste the Fun,” puts the emphasis on food, but there’s also music, rides, agricultural displays and contests. Mon.-Fri. 11-11 (closed June 14, 21 & 28), Sat. & Sun. (and closing day) 10-midnight. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 858-755-1161 (24-hour information: 858-793-5555), sdfair.com.
JUNE 12 AT NOON
WEST MARINE AND CHALLENGED AMERICA CHARITY BOAT RACE
The nonprofit Challenged America holds a regatta at San Diego Bay to benefit disabled individuals and promote sailing as a therapeutic activity. 2240 Shelter Island Dr., 619-523-9318, challengedamerica.org.
JUNE 12 AT 5:30
SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK
The Downtown Business Association of Escondido sponsors a monthly art walk, centered on Grand Ave. 760-745-8877, downtownescondido.com.
JUNE 12 AT 5:30
CULINARY CINEMA SERIES
The Oceanside Museum of Art screens the Japanese film Tampopo and adds a helping of Japanese food. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-7320, oma-online.org.
JUNE 12 & 13, 9-4
SAN DIEGO POTTERS GUILD SPRING SALE
The array of ceramics features thousands of handmade pieces. Spanish Village Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619-239-0507, sandiegopottersguild.org.
JUNE 12, 13, 26 & 27, 9-4
Displays by local artists, including paintings, woodwork, jewelry and pottery, second and fourth Sat. & Sun. of the month. Balboa Park, lawn area near the Federal Bldg., 619-235-1105, balboapark.org.
JUNE 16, 6-9
GREEN FLASH CONCERT
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute hosts a 21+ concert. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858-534-7336, aquarium.ucsd.edu.
JUNE 17, 5-8
DEL MAR SUMMER SOLSTICE
Rhythmic salsa music and an ocean view usher in summer a bit early, along with food and drink from local restaurants and California breweries and wineries. Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858-755-1179, delmarmainstreet.com.
JUNE 19 AT 6
ARTISTS & AUTHORS FUND-RAISER
Rolling Readers, a nonprofit that puts books in the hands of those who need them, brings writers and authors together to celebrate their work, sip wine and taste delicacies. Arthel Neville from Fox 5 emcees. New Children’s Museum, 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619-233-8792, thinkplaycreate.org.
JUNE 26 & 27, 9-5
LA JOLLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Nearly 200 artists display their works, accompanied by live entertainment, food, chalk art demonstrations and a children’s area. UCSD East Campus parking lots at Genesee Ave. & Regents Rd.. 858-456-1268, lajollaartfestival.org.
JUNE 26 & 27, 1-4
TASTE OF THE GASLAMP
Participants take a self-guided tour of more than 25 Gaslamp Quarter restaurants and sample specialties at each. 619-233-5227, gaslamp.org.
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.
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.
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.
SDNH WIDE-SCREEN FILMS
San Diego Natural History Museum’s wide-screen theater shows Ocean Oasis, spotlighting the rich seas of Baja, Sun.-Thur. Human Body: Pushing The Limits—Brain Power screens Sun.-Thur. The new 3D movie theater spotlights Dinosaurs Alive! Call for showtimes. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-3821, sdnhm.org.
Halls & Walls
THROUGH JUNE 20
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
The downtown site (1001 & 1100 Kettner Blvd.) displays the ongoing exhibit “Primary Forms: Featuring Annenberg Foundation Acquisitions,” with works from Carl Andre, David Rabinowitch and Keith Sonnier. Other artists with pieces on display include Lael Corbin, Mara De Luca, Lærke Lauta and Ruben Ochoa, through June 20. At the La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.), “Here Not There: San Diego Art Now” offers a look into the work being produced by contemporary artists living in San Diego County. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). 700 Prospect Street, 858-454-3541, mcasd.org.
THROUGH JUNE 30
JOSEPH BELLOWS GALLERY (RSF)
“Bill Rastetter: Nighttime Seascapes,” rare views in color of the ocean at night. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. by appt. 16904 Via de Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-1453, josephbellows.com.
THROUGH JULY 3
DISTINCTION GALLERY & ARTIST STUDIOS
“Jana Brike: The Lost Children,” through June 5; studio artists’ show, June 12–July 3. Thur-Sat noon-5, second Saturday noon-11 & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.com.
THROUGH JULY 4
CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO MUSEUM
Seth Augustine’s “Chimerica Dreality” is a complex hybrid of China and the United States. “Material Matters” showcases work by 23 members of Allied Craftsmen. “Chance and Circumstance” displays hanging and wall-oriented structures by Anne Mudge. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-5. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760-839-4120, artcenter.org.
THROUGH JULY 11
“Haiku: Photographic Meditations by David Fokos.” Also on display: paintings by Sunna Bohlen and Mariana Sain-Morar and photos 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 JULY 25
VISIONS ART QUILT GALLERY
Quilts by Katherine K. Allen, Valerie Goodwin and Kent Williams, through July 25. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, Point Loma, 619-546-4872, quiltvisions.org.
THROUGH SEPT. 5
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART
“Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood,” through May 30; “Old Masters in New Light” and “Mannered Bodies: European Prints of the Later Renaissance,” through June 27; “Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece,” through Sept. 5. Ongoing: “Temple Palace Mosque: Southern Asian and Persian Art,” “Collections in Context: New Acquisitions and Long-Held Strengths at SDMA” and “Tastes in Asian Art.” Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931, sdmart.org.
THROUGH SEPT. 30
MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC
“On! The Beginnings of the Electric Sound Generation” displays firsts in the era of electric instruments, through Sept. 1. “The Art of the Stompbox” highlights the development and use of effects pedals in American roots music and the experimental music scene, June 1–Sept. 30. Tues.-Sun. 10-5. 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 760-438-5996, museumofmakingmusic.org.
THROUGH DEC. 12
OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART
“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, through June 20. “Painting World War II: The California Watercolor Artist” depicts images of California mobilizing for war, as well as war overseas, through Oct. 3. “Impressions of Southern California: Robin Hall and Jeff Yeomans” presents views ranging from the coastline to dense urban landscapes, May 25–July 11. “Intimate Views: West Coast Drawing” displays styles ranging from photorealism to expressionism, June 12–Aug. 13. “Defying Expectations: Contemporary Native American Art from San Diego County” examines the work of four contemporary Native American artists, July 11–Dec. 12. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, oma-online.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. “Transformed by Fire,” June Schwarcz’ enamel vessels, through July 3, and “56 Chinese Hat Boxes—and One Hat!” through July 4. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-0003, mingei.org. Mingei’s North County satellite offers “Rite and Ritual—Ceremonial Art Across Cultures,” through June 26. 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. “Taking Aim” chronicles the history of rock ’n’ roll, with still photographs selected by Graham Nash, June 12–Sept. 26. “Seeing Beauty” uses the camera lens to explore the aesthetics of beauty; “In Light” shows off the museum’s permanent collection, both through Jan. 23. Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9). 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559, mopa.org.
THROUGH MAR. 3, 2011
GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA MUSEUM
A 14K white and yellow golden chess set is on display, hand-crafted with costumes and armament from the 13th and 14th centuries and weighing almost 12 pounds. Free; arrange weekday tours at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-421-7250, ext. 4116. 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, gia.edu.
THROUGH APR. 2012
SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
“Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries,” through Sept. 6, reveals how research changes our knowledge of the prehistoric creatures. “All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals” examines the history of gemstones and precious metals, through Apr. 2012. Ongoing exhibits: “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; “Water: A California Story” teaches about current, local issues on land and in the ocean; “Aerial Portraits of the American West: Photographs by John Shelton” reveals geologic features and processes. Daily 10-5. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-3821, sdnhm.org, ordovergallery.com.
JUNE 4 – JULY 2
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
“MFA 2010” features 19 graduate visual arts candidates whose work ranges from performance art to film and represents the culmination of three years of intensive studio practice and research. Reception June 3 at 5:30. Tues.-Sat. 11-5. UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-0419, universityartgallery.ucsd.edu.
JUNE 5 – JULY 31
LUX ART INSTITUTE
Sati Zech’s paintings are on display. Thur.-Fri. 1-5, Sat. 11-5. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-436-6611, luxartinstitute.org.
CELEBRATION FINE ARTS GALLERY
The gallery at the U.S. Grant Hotel offers contemporary works by more than 90 artists. Mon.-Thur. 11-6, Fri. & Sat. 11-9. 326 Broadway, downtown, 619-238-9111, celebrationfineart.com.
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. Mon., Tues., Fri. & Sat. 10-4, Thur. 10-6, Sun. noon-4. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619-233-8792, thinkplaycreate.org.
SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
The most recent addition to the permanent collection is a Lockheed Vega 5B from the movie Amelia. “The Science of Aliens” journeys through the real science of alien life and into the furthest reaches of the imagination. Ongoing exhibits explore the history 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.
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.
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
“Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits of the American West, 1845-1924,” features more than 100 portraits of those who explored, fought over and developed the West. “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.
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.
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN
“Counter Cultures: The Secret Lives of Games,” opening June 11, explores the reasons we play. “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,” “Children’s Discovery Center,” “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.
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.
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.