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International Mariachi Festival, The Redwoods Revue, Best Coast Beer Fest, Australian photography and more


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International Mariachi Festival

March 7

Food/Wine

Women in Wine Dinner

To celebrate International Women’s Month, Del Frisco’s is serving a special menu curated by wine director Faith Fulginiti and paired with selections by Pride Mountain Vineyards lead winemaker Sally Johnson.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, 6:30pm; $195

 

Arts

San Diego Comic Fest

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which is the theme of this year’s festival, featuring panels, artistry workshops and more.

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (through 3/10); $25-50.

 

Music

Vijay Ayer and Matt Haimovitz

The jazz pianist and famed cellist will perform a collaborative set of music ranging from original compositions to works by Bach, Ravi Shankar and John McLaughlin.

Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD, 8 p.m.; $9-59

 

Culture

Amazing Acro-Cats

It’s not just a clever name, this is an actual show featuring cats doing acrobatic feats and other assorted adorable-ness. Including almost-all-cat band The Rock Cats, whose tambourine player is a chicken.

Moxie Theater, 7 p.m.; $30 (through March 17).

 

Outdoors

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Before spring officially begins, experience a natural expanse of color with 55 acres of blooms on the Flower Fields’ opening day.

Carlsbad Ranch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Open through May 12); $9-18.

 

Education

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

There’s never a bad time to learn new skills and concepts, and this nine-day festival provides learning experiences for kids and adults, including chats with scientists, coding workshops and exploring robotics with Legos.

Petco Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 10); Free.

 

Arts:

Women of the Southwest

San Diego Museum of Art’s latest exhibition focuses on the women artists of the 20th century whose work reflects and was inspired by Southwestern landscapes and culture, including Georgia O’Keeffe.

San Diego Museum of Art (through August 25); $15.

 

Arts

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia

MOPA’s latest exhibition is a showcase of the works of 13 contemporary Australian photographers, including Aboriginal artists and art that explores the country’s relationship with indigenous peoples.

Museum of Photographic Arts (through 9/22).

 

Theatre

Angels In America

The Tony-award-winning saga of New York during the Reagan era, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, comes to San Diego.

Cygnet Theatre, 7 p.m. (through April 20); $25.

 

Arts

The Crow Show

The 5th annual installment of the annual showcase of art interpreting the imagery of crows, juried by Chris Redfern, executive director of the San Diego Audubon Society.

Studio Door (through March 30); Free

 

Arts

Artivismo Loko

Mesa College is giving a local arts history lesson while showcasing a selection of pieces by Mario Torero, muralist and co-founder of Chicano Park, Centro Cultural de la Raza and the Commission for Arts and Culture.

Mesa College Art Gallery (through March 21); Free

 

March 8

Music

The Redwoods Revue

The local Redwoods collective includes a number of excellent bands, including Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine, Dani Bell and the Tarantist and Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth, and this will be one dynamic set of rock, pop and folk right after another.

Music Box, 8pm; $12

 

Dance

In Creases

Renowned Chicago-based dance company The Joffrey Ballet create a geometrically-inclined performance, with a live score composed by Philip Glass.

Civic Theatre, 8 p.m.; $50

 

Opera

Three Decembers

The latest in San Diego Opera’s offsite Detours series is a look at family dynamics in an intimate chamber opera sung in English.  

Patrick Henry Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. (through March 10); $42-170.

 

Arts

Balanchine Masterpieces

City Ballet presents three works by one of the 20th century’s most renowned choreographers for three days of performances.

Spreckels Theatre, 8 p.m.; $45-89 (through March 10).

 

March 9

Beer

Best Coast Beer Fest

Sample from more than 100 local and California breweries and grab bites from food truck alley at this waterfront beer festival. Proceeds benefit Cuck Fancer.

Embarcadero Marina South, 1-4 p.m.; $30-115.

 

Music

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano conducts this performance of one of Beethoven’s earliest masterworks.

Copley Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. (through March 10); $20-100.

 

Music

The Irish Rovers

The iconic Celtic folk band bring their revelry to the Balboa Theatre ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.

Balboa Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; $34.

 

March 10

Culture

International Mariachi Festival

Mariachi groups from across the US and Mexico unite for a day of family-friendly performances, including student competition and Ballet Folklorico dancing.

Bayside Park, Chula Vista, 11 a.m.; $5

 

Food

Chimney Cakes collaboration

An’s Dry Cleaning and Mia Sorella come together for a special dessert collaboration. Traditional Hungarian chimney cakes will be paired with gelato flavors like goat cheese and honey; saffron, vanilla, and pistachio; maple syrup and pecan; and triple chocolate and cookie butter.  

An’s Dry Cleaning, 2 p.m.; menu prices vary.

 

Music

Julia Holter

The Los Angeles singer/songwriter brings the diverse and conceptual approach of her new album Aviary to the live stage with a six-piece band. Read more about Holter in our recent interview.

The Loft at UC San Diego, 8 p.m.; $12

 

Theater

The Fire In Me

Thelma Virata de Castro’s play about domestic violence in San Diego’s Filipino community will have a free matinee performance, including merienda (Filipino snacks).

San Diego Central Public Library, 2 p.m.; free (18-and-up)

 

March 11

Books

Don Winslow The Border signing

Author Don Winslow will be discussing and signing copies of his new novel The Border, the third installment of his Cartel trilogy. Read more in our Q&A with Winslow

Warwick’s, 7:30 p.m.; free (only books purchased at Warwick’s will be signed).

 

Music

Pete Yorn

Get up close and personal at this intimate solo acoustic show from the singer/songwriter.

Belly Up Tavern, 8:30 pm; $32

 

March 12

Food

Chef’s Catch Dinner w/ Giuseppe Tentori

Ironside’s ongoing Chef’s Catch series brings GT Fish & Oyster to their kitchen to serve up his own unique dishes featuring locally caught seafood.

Ironside Fish and Oyster; menu prices vary (through 3/13).

 

Music

Art of Élan: Fateful Encounters

The local chamber group presents a conceptual concert inspired by ideas of both fair and unfair circumstances, with works ranging from compositions by Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann to famed film composer Nino Rota.

San Diego Museum of Art, 7 p.m.; $40

 

March 13

Food/Beer

Bankers Hill/Abnormal Beer Dinner

Enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Jason Gethin, including dessert, complete with Abnormal Beer pairings, as well as a beer cocktail created by lead bartender Liz Farrell.

Bankers Hill, 6 p.m.; $78

 

Music

Gordon Lightfoot

The singer/songwriter, famous for songs like “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” brings his beloved folk-rock style to Balboa Theatre on his 80 Years Strong Tour.

Balboa Theatre, 8 p.m.; $51.

 

Music

Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez

The two Grammy-nominated Cuban jazz musicians combine more traditional Cuban sounds with those of contemporary Havana at this collaborative performance.

The Loft at UC San Diego, 8 p.m.; $9-35

 

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