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Through 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. 25–Mar. 21: Self (the remix)

Accompanied by deejay D Double, Robert Farid Karimi explores life as a child of Iranian and Guatemalan immigrants in this Mo‘olelo Performing Arts Company production. Thur.-Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2; high-school matinees Wed. at 10 a.m. 10th Avenue Theater, 930 10th Ave., downtown, 619-342-7395, ­moolelo.net.

Feb. 25–Mar. 28: KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil brings San Diego a new show combining acrobatics and a traditional circus performance with clowning. 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.

Mar. 4-21:  Ring Round the Moon

Jean Anouilh’s high-society farce is mounted by Moonlight Productions Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. & Sun. at 2 & 7:30. Avo Playhouse, 303 E. Vista Way, Vista, 760-724-2110, ­moonlightstage.com.

Mar 13–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.

Mar. 18–Apr. 25: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Dip 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.

Mar. 20–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.

Mar. 21–Apr. 21: 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.

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.

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

Feb. 25–Mar. 27: Anthology

Dave Mason, Feb. 25 & 26; Acoustic Alchemy, Feb. 27; Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers, Feb. 28; Anthology House Band, Mar. 2, 9, 23 & 30 at 7; Mike Doughty, Mar. 3; Trevor Davis and Dr. Seahorse, Mar. 4; Christopher Dale Trio and Superunloader, Mar. 5 at 10:30; Diane Schuur, Mar. 6; Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mar. 10 at 7:30 & 9:30; Andrew Strong, Mar. 12; Mexican Institute of Sound, Mar. 12 at 9:30; Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mar. 13; Luscious Noise, Mar. 14; John Scofield, Mar. 16 at 7:30 & 9:30; Steve Tyrell, Mar. 19 at 7:30, Mar. 20 at 7:30 & 9:30 ; Sons of Champlin, Mar. 27 at 7:30 & 9:30. Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.

Feb. 25–Mar. 28: San Diego Symphony

Debussy’s La Mer, Feb. 25 at 7:30, Feb. 27 at 8; Kevin Cole plays Gershwin, Mar. 3 at 7:30 in Qualcomm Hall (5775 Morehouse Dr., Sorrento Valley), Mar. 5 & 6 at 8 in Copley Symphony Hall; Philip Mann conducts music inspired by  Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham in a Family Festival Concert, Mar. 7 at 2; Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra performs music of Tchaikovsky, Mar. 14 at 2; Winter Pops goes green for a St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Celebration, Mar. 17 at 7:30; the symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, Mar. 20 at 8; 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. Unless specified, concerts are in Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Feb. 27–Mar. 26: Belly Up Tavern

Willie K, Joe Cano and Avi Ronen, Feb. 25 at 8; The Mother Hips, Feb. 27; Midlake with Mat­thew and the Arrogant Sea, Mar. 2; Galactic, Mar. 3; Atomic Groove, Mar. 5 at 5:30; Common Sense with Good Intentions, Mar. 5 at 9; Pine Mountain Logs, Mar. 6; “Laugh for Recovery” comedy show, Mar. 7 at 2; The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mar. 7 at 8; Stockholm Syndrome and These United States, Mar. 9; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The New Mastersounds and Salvador Santana, Mar. 10 at 8; Candye Kane, Mar. 12 at 5:30; One Drop, Mar. 12 at 9; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Mar. 13; Lexington Field and Geezer, Mar. 17 at 8; Boogie Nights, Mar. 26. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.

Feb. 27, Mar. 5, 13, 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.

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.

Feb. 28–Mar. 28: House of Blues

George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Feb. 28; Rebelution, Soja and Zion-I, Mar. 4 at 6:30, Mar. 5 at 8; El Chapo de Sinaloa and Valentina, Mar. 6; Manchester Orchestra, The Features, Biffy Clyro and Oh! Brother!, Mar. 7 at 7; Brandi Carlile and Gill Landry, Mar. 11; Melissa Ferrick, Mar. 12; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Whigs, Mar. 13; Bad Religion, Mar. 19-21; Kreator, Kataklysm and Lazarus A.D., Mar. 24; Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, The Cab, Every Avenue and The Summer Set, Mar. 26 at 6; Hammerfall and Echoes of Eternity, Mar. 28. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.

Mar. 2-26: The Casbah

Shrinebuilder and A Storm of Light, Mar. 2; The Appleseed Cast, Mar. 3; The Clientele and Wooden Birds, Mar. 4; Leslie & the Lys, Christopher the Conquered and Lion Cut, Mar. 5; Mike Watt & the Missingmen, Mar. 6; Rocky Votolato, Mar. 7; Hall of Flames, Old Believers and Cataldo, Mar. 8; Cave Singers, The Dutchess & the Duke and The Moondoggies, Mar. 12; Little Boots, Dragonette and Fandeath, Mar. 13; Quasi and Explode into Colors, Mar. 14; Matthew Good, Mar. 15; Xiu Xiu, Tune Yards and Noveller, Mar. 17; West Indian Girl and I Will Never Be the Same, Mar. 20; Acid Mothers Temple, Mar. 22; Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bear in Heaven and Freelance Whales, Mar. 23; Tobacco (Black Moth Super Rainbow), The Hood Internet and Nice Nice, Mar. 24; The Paper Chase and Kiss Kiss, Mar. 25; The Morning Benders and Miniature Tigers, Mar. 26. Doors open at 8:30 unless noted. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355, ­casbahmusic.com.

Mar. 13 & 16 at 7, Mar. 19 at 8, Mar. 21 at 2: Romeo and Juliet

Husband-and-wife Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez appear in Gounod’s version of the Shakespeare tragedy for the San Diego Opera. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-533-7000, ­sdopera.com.

Mar. 17 at 7:30: The Irish Sopranos

The classically trained songbirds appear at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

Mar. 19 at 8: Marinsky Orchestra

La Jolla Music Society presents the former Kirov orchestra in Copley Symphony Hall (1245 Seventh Ave., downtown). 858-459-3728, lajollamusicsociety.com.

Mar. 20 at 2 & 8, Mar. 21 at 2: Peter Pan

City Ballet of San Diego dances around the tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Spreckels Theater, 121 Broadway, downtown, 858-272-8663; cityballet.org.

Mar. 20 at 7:30: Small Potatoes

San Diego Folk Heritage presents the “Celtic to cowboy” duo at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040, ­sdfolkheritage.org.

Mar. 21 at 3: Civic Youth Orchestra

Talented young musicians present the orchestra’s Spring Showcase at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

Mar. 21 at 7:30: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

The dance troupe enlivens Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Mar. 21 at 7:30: Cappella Gloriana

“Sacred Images” illustrates in song the paintings of internationally exhibited Carlsbad artist Gerrit Greve, in St. Andrew the Apostle Episcopal Church (890 Balour Dr., Encinitas). 619-291-3055, cappella-gloriana.org.

Mar. 26 at 8: Richard Goode

The pianist is presented by La Jolla Music Society in Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla). 858-459-3728, ­lajollamusicsociety.com.

Mar. 27 at 8: Best of Doo Wop

Revisit hits from the ’50s and ’60s at this doo wop revival visiting the 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 Mar. 20: The New Generation of Animation

The Spike & Mike team returns to Sherwood Auditorium with another collection of animated short films, Feb. 27, Mar. 5, 13 & 20 at 7:15 (Mar. 5 at 7:30 instead) & 9:30. 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-459-8707, ­spikeandmike.com.

Through June 20: IMAX Films at the Fleet

Hubble, opening Mar. 19, takes a look into space courtesy of NASA’s famed telescope. The Greatest Places visits some of our planet’s more fascinating locales (through June 20). Amazon travels the world’s mightiest river (through Feb. 28). Under the Sea visits the ocean’s amazing, amusing denizens (through Feb. 28). Call for showtimes. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

Mar. 1-22: Circus Vargas

An updated version of the classic childhood tradition travels San Diego County, with shows in El Cajon (365 Parkway Dr.) Mar. 1 at 7, Mar. 3-5 at 7:30, Mar. 6 & 7 at 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30, Mar. 8 at 7; Vista (Hwy. 87 at Vista Village Dr.) Mar. 11 at 7:30, Mar. 12 at 4:30 & 7:30, Mar. 13 & 14 at 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30, Mar. 15 at 7; Mira Mesa (8575 New Salem St.) Mar. 18 at 7:30, Mar. 19 at 4:30 & 7:30, Mar. 20 & 21 at 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30, Mar. 22 at 7. 877-GOTFUN1, circusvargas.org.

Mar. 1–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.

Mar. 6, 7, 20 & 21: 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 the Federal Bldg., 619-235-1105.

Mar. 11 at 6: National Conflict Resolution Center’s Peacemaker Awards

Peaceful solutions are celebrated at the 22nd annual event, held in the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (1380 Harbor Island Dr.). 619-238-2400, ­ncrconline.com.

Mar. 11-21: San Diego Latino Film Festival

The UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas host screenings of 40-plus movies in this annual showcase of Latino cinema. 7510 Hazard Dr., San Diego, 619-230-1938; sdlatinofilm.com.

Mar. 12 & 13 at 7:30: Nuclear cowboyz freestyle motorcross

Freestyle motorcross riders come together for an all-out rodeo. San Diego Sports Arena, 2500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-224-4171, sandiegoarena.com.

Mar. 13 at 5:30:  Art Walk

The Downtown Business Association of Escondido sponsors a monthly Second Saturday Art Walk. Downtown Escondido centered on Grand Ave. 760-745-8877, ­downtownescondido.com.

Mar. 22-28: LPGA Classic

The Ladies Professional Golf Association tour­na­ment heads for the tee at La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa del Mar Rd., La Costa, 760-579-7365, lpgalacosta.com.

Mar. 24-28: Fred Hall’s fishing tackle, boat & travel show

A showcase with everything for boating and fish­ing fans. Wed.-Fri. 1-9, Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-6. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 800-999-5400, ­fredhall.com.

Mar. 24-27: Writer’s Symposium by the Sea

The 15th annual gathering, themed “Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination,” features writers, scientists and environmentalists discussing the process of bringing change to the world. Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Dr., Point Loma, 619-849-2297, ­pointloma.edu/writers.

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 Mar. 6 : Distinction Artist Studios & Gallery

“On The Right Side of the Dirt,” works by painter Gabe Leonard. Wed.-Fri. noon-4, Sat. 10-5 & by appt. Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.com.

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. Mar. 12 at 7, “Art After Dark” offers a mystical black-light room with avant-garde dance, acro-yoga performers in UV-reactive costumes and body models airbrushed in glow-in-the-dark designs. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, oma-online.org.

Through Apr. 3: Joseph Bellows Gallery

“Almost Alice ... and More,” works by Maggie Taylor. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-5. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858-456-5620, ­josephbellows.com.

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. 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. 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 May 9: “Prints in the Artist’s Studio: Rubens’ Print Collection Reconstructed”

A look at how old master prints were used in a 17th-century European artist’s studio. Tues.-Sun. noon-4 (Thur. till 6). Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall, USD, 5998 Alcalá Park, 619-260-4261, sandiego.edu.

Through May 16: 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), “Pleasure Point: Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Collections,” through May 16; “Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends” and works by Erik Levine, both through Mar. 21. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). mcasd.org.

Through May 20: 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; “Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood,” through May 20. “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.

Tthrough 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 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,” through 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: 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.

Mar. 25: SDSU Downtown Gallery

“Divergence: The Work of John Baldessari, Deborah Butterfield and Andrea Zittel” opens SDSU’s downtown gallery. Mon.-Thur., noon-4. 700 W. E St., Townhome 105, 619-594-6120, artgallery.sdsu.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 each 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 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, Golden Hill, 619-233-7963, whmec.org.

Onging: 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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