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The "A" List March 2011

21 Events Not to Miss This Month

March 3: John Popper

His mad harmonica skills and recognizable singing style make this lead vocalist for Blues Traveler a successful solo act, sure to shine at acoustics-friendly Anthology. 7 p.m. www.anthologysd.com.

March 5: QUASH

Charitable San Diegans with a competitive streak compete in this citywide “Quest to Unravel Alzheimer’s Scavenger Hunt,” which pits trivia-loving teams against each other in a race to solve clues and complete challenges until they reach the finish line and post-race festivities. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.sanalz.org.  

March 5: San Diego Brazil Carnival

It’s feathers and festivities at their finest at this 19th annual cultural fiesta that brings all the fun of Rio – caipirinhas, capoiera and more – to 4th and B in downtown San Diego. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 345 B Street, 619-224-4684, www.brazilcarnival.com.

March 5-6: World of Wine Barrel Tasting Weekend

Oenophiles take their wine-tasting buds up to Temecula for a weekend full of food and wine at more than 30 Temecula Valley wineries during this self-guided tour of the region’s top spots, all doling out samplings of new or unreleased wines from the barrel or tank. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.temeculawines.org.

March 5: Women, Wine and Fashion

The female golf enthusiasts of Women on Course take their fun off the green and invite interested new members to this afternoon of socializing, networking, food and wine at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 8970 University Center Lane, 703-268-5078, www.womenoncourse.com.

March 8: Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

Break out the beads and get ready to party New Orleans style at this Fat Tuesday bash in downtown San Diego, where the streets are filled with raucous revelers enjoying parades, live music and food and drink specials. 6 p.m. to midnight. www.gaslamp.org.

March 8: Ocean Beach Kite Parade & Festival

Spend a day with the family making your own kite and then flying it at the 62nd annual kite festival in the heart of Ocean Beach. Festivities include live music, carnival rides, arts-and-crafts booths and food. Kite making is from 9 a.m. to noon; the parade to the beach for kite flying starts at 2 p.m. Newport and Santa Monica Avenues. sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/oceanb.shtml.

March 8: Morcheeba

The super-talented British trio Morcheeba takes its diverse, seductive sound of trip-hop, blues and soul to the House of Blues. San Jose’s Mumlers open. Doors open at 7 p.m. houseofblues.com/sandiego.

March 10: TNT

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s downtown location stimulates the senses with “Sensory Overload,” its next Thursday Night Thing cultural mixer highlighting video installations from current exhibiting artists Jennifer Steinkamp and Joan Jonas, and featuring live music, cash-bar cocktails and tastes from the MiHo Gastrotruck. 7 to 10 p.m. www.mcasd.org.

March 10-20: San Diego Latino Film Festival

Movie lovers stream to the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center for screenings of the best in films by Latinos or about the Latino experience at this 18th annual film festival, featuring more than 160 films, celebrity appearances, panel discussions, social events and more. www.sdlatinofilm.com.

March 11: Kettner Nights

Little Italy has proven itself to be much more than delicious – it’s also artistic, as demonstrated by this Friday-evening art walk, which invites creative culture lovers to peruse the galleries, boutiques and studios of the Art and Design District. 6 to 9 p.m. Kettner and India Streets between Grape and Laurel Streets, 619-358-9512, www.littleitalysd.com.

March 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

The luck of the Irish is with all San Diegans the weekend before St. Paddy’s Day each year, as festival-goers dressed in green flock to Balboa Park for this popular 31st annual parade and festival, featuring a variety of family-friendly vendors and food stands and a rollicking beer tent, alive with Irish music and ever-flowing brews on tap. Remember, “Guinness is Good for You!” 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. www.stpatsparade.org.

March 12: ST. BALDRICK’S Foundation Shave-a-thon

More than 100 brave heads are about to lose their hair for St. Baldrick’s San Diego chapter, via a shaving soirée at Quality Social to help fund research for childhood cancer while also raising awareness. The third annual shave-a-thon at the Gaslamp pub includes live music, a silent auction and more razor action than most barbershops. Noon-4. ­stbaldricks.org.

March 12: Fashion Plates

The San Diego Food Bank takes to the runway with this inaugural fashion show and luncheon fundraiser. Produced by KUSI “Style Guy” Leonard Simpson and chaired by Sally B. Thornton, the event at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina features food and fashion, live and silent auctions, all to fight child hunger in San Diego. Noon. 1380 Harbor Island Drive, 858-863-5129, www.sandiegofoodbank.org. 

March 12: An Evening with Dana Carvey  

The master of impersonation and comedic characters takes the stage at the Grand Del Mar to “Stand Up for Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders” at this 15th annual fundraising gala, featuring cocktails, food stations, live and silent auctions, and an hour-long stand-up performance. 5:30 p.m. to midnight. www.rcha-rsf.org.

March 12: Zane Patrick’s Day

Raise a pint or 10 with Zane Lamprey, comedian and host of SpikeTV’s “Three Sheets,” at this pre-St. Patrick’s Day open bar bacchanal at the Belly Up Tavern, featuring the antics of Lamprey and his entertaining sidekicks, live Irish music and bar games. 1 p.m. 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, www.bellyup.com. 

March 12-13: Concerto for Florist and Orchestra

It may seem odd to combine classical music with floral design, but that’s just what’s most intriguing about this world-premiere La Jolla Symphony and Chorus performance, conducted by Steven Schick and featuring ornamental horticulturist James DelPrince as soloist. 8 p.m. Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, 858-534-4637, www.lajollasymphony.com.

March 13: Tasting 2011

Family Winemakers of California entices wine lovers with this third annual trade and consumer tasting, bringing the products of more than 300 wineries to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. 1 to 3 p.m., trade; 3 to 6 p.m., public. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 866-465-3995, www.familywinemakers.org.

March 13: Ugly Dog Contest

Calling all wire-haired canines and smash-faced four-legged friends: It’s your time to shine! This 16th annual contest, presented by Del Mar Kiwanis, proves that beauty is in the eye of the pet owner and presents awards in 14 categories, from Most Handsome Male to Dog Who Looks Most Like Its Owner. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 858-755-5913, www.uglydogcontest.com.

March 17: shamROCK

The Gaslamp Quarter invites spirited San Diegans to “Go Green or Go Home,” as it rolls out the green carpet for another year of Irish food, music and emerald entertainment. 4 p.m. to midnight. 5th Avenue and G Street. 619-233-5008, www.sandiegoshamrock.com.

March 18: Art and Elegance

The Westgate Hotel’s Versailles ballroom lives up to its opulent name as it transforms into a gallery for an evening of “Art and Elegance,” showcasing works from Alexander Salazar Fine Art, Exclusive Collections, Noel Baza Fine Art and the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art. The evening, which benefits the visual arts education programs of ArtReach, also includes hors de oeuvres, wine and beer, music and a silent auction. 6 to 8 p.m. 1055 Second Avenue, 619-615-1090, www.artreachsandiego.org.

March 18-20: Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival

If your weekend plans include a wine-sipping trip to Temecula, swing through the historic Old Town for three days’ worth of foot-stomping tunes and fun at this annual music festival, held at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater and on two stages along Main Street. www.temeculacalifornia.com/Bluegrass_Festival/bluegrass_festival.html.

March 19: Cherry Blossom Festival

During the early spring months, the cherry trees are in full bloom, and a marvel to walk through and smell. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, visitors can enjoy Japanese food, cultural demonstrations, arts and crafts and the crowning of a new Little Miss Sakura. niwa.org/cherry-­blossom-festival.

March 19-26: San Diego Science Festival

With its eclectic offering of events, ranging from a Science Family Day at Balboa Park to a “Science of Brewing” event at Ballast Point Brewery and culminating with EXPO DAY at Petco Park, this weeklong festival at venues throughout San Diego sets out to prove that science is fun, indeed. Visit www.sdsciencefestival.com for a full calendar of events.

March 25: Rick Stich at Lux Art Institute

This unique California painter and surfer’s colorful, water-inspired pieces are on display at the Encinitas museum through April 24. Visitors can also see a live art show as Stich works on pieces in the studio. luxartinstitute.org.

March 25-26: Silent Film Night with the San Diego Symphony

Experience the classic 1924 version of Peter Pan like never before at this Winter Pops screening of the silent film powerfully accompanied by the live San Diego Symphony orchestra. 8 p.m. www.sandiegosymphony.org.

March 26: San Diego Derby Dolls

For an intense and seat-clenching evening of entertainment, the roller-derby bout between the San Diego Derby Dolls and the Rocky Mountain team is where it’s at. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ banked track. Get ready for a feisty competition! ­derbydolls.com/sd.

March 26-27: SOHO Historic Home Tour

Explore the history of San Diego architecture at this annual offering from the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO). The weekend’s events include a tour of Cliff May’s First Houses from 1932-1936, a cocktail party and Marston House and Whaley Museum Shop Spanish Revival Sale. 619-297-9327, www.sohosandiego.org.

March 27: Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival

Beer lovers enjoy pints with a purpose at this second annual craft beer festival, held at the Handlery Hotel and Resort. The “Suds for Surgeries” event features 30 local craft brewing companies – including Stone, Ballast Point, Firehouse and more – and food samples from 15 local chefs – all benefiting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a nonprofit organization that provides reconstructive plastic surgery to children and young adults with physical deformities. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/142599.

March 29: Lady Gaga

As famous for her meat dress and gravity-defying footwear as she is for her catchy dance hits and radio-friendly ear candy, the pop songstress brings her high-energy entertainment to the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. 8 p.m. 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, 619-594-6947, www.as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena/index.html.

March 30 – April 2: San Diego Women’s Week

Women leaders look to empower and inspire their sisters in this symposium at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, packed with forums, exhibits and hundreds of mentors, speakers and experts, including Tina Mickelson, Susie Walton and Sam Zien. Topics run the gamut from health to business to technology to fashion. www.sdwomensweek.com

 March 30-April 3: Cirque du Soleil Quidam 

Cirque du Soleil returns to San Diego with its latest installment of creativity, acrobatics, athleticism and illusion, as Quidam takes to the stage at Valley View Casino Center for eight performances. Various times. 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, 619-220-8497, www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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