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Plays & Laughs

THROUGH MAY 16

THE RIVALRY

The debates of Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas provide the fuel for Norman Corwin's drama, 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.

APR. 23–MAY 30

CINDERELLA

Pumpkins turn into coaches in the Rogers and Hammerstein tale, at Coronado Playhouse Thur.-Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856, ­coronadoplayhouse.com.

APR. 28–MAY 30

GOLDA’S BALCONY

Tovah Feldshuh stars in William Gibson’s one-woman show about Golda Meir. 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.

MAY 6-30

MOSCOW

Three gay men, stuck in limbo, stage a musical version of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters. At Diversionary Theatre Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7; also May 17 at 7:30. 4545 Park Blvd., 619-220-0097, diversionary.org.

MAY 8–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. 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.

MAY 26 AT 9:30 & 11:30 A.M.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

The School of Creative and Performing Arts presents Shakespeare’s beloved play about fairies, mischief and love. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

MAY 27– JULY 30

PRIVATE LIVES

A formerly married couple meets by chance in Noel Coward’s cynical comedy, 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.

MAY 28-30 

BRIGADOON

Lerner and Lowe’s music laces throughout the tale of a Scottish village that comes alive once a century. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Fri at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, ­artcenter.org.

MAY 28–JUNE 26

NOT NOW, DARLING

The tale 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 29–JUNE 20

VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE

Davey Quinn and his stories of boyhood adventures take over the North Coast Repertory stage Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org.

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., Kearny Mesa, 858-573-9067, thecomedypalace.com.

ONGOING

THE COMEDY STORE

Shows nightly 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

APR. 25–MAY 275

THE CASBAH

High on Fire, Apr. 25; The Antlers, Apr. 28; The Slackers, Apr. 29; Heartless Bastards, May 1; The Ponys, May 2; Eluvium, May 4; Mono, May 6; The Long and Short of It, May 8; Red Sparowes, May 9; The Besnard Lakes, May 12; The Ruse, May 13; Cash’d Out, May 14; Bob Log III, May 15; Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, May 17; Horse Feathers, May 18; Jonathon Richman, May 19; Caribou, May 20; John Meeks & The Donkeys, May 21; Frightened Rabbit, May 22; Patrick Watson, May 24; Frog Eyes, May 27. Doors open at 8:30 unless noted. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355, ­casbahmusic.com.

APR. 25–MAY 25

BELLY UP TAVERN

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Apr. 25; Rogue Wave, Apr. 27; John Mayall, Apr. 28 at 8; Dark Star Orchestra, Apr. 30 & May 1; Needtobreathe, May 2 at 8; Buick Wilson Band, May 2 at 4; The Hold Steady, May 4; Reggae de Mayo, May 5; Martin Sexton, May 6 at 8; Stanton Moore Trio, May 7; Marcia Ball, May 9 at 8; Club Kingston, May 10; Refugee All Stars, May 11 at 8; Groundation, May 13 & 14; Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, May 15; Midnite, May 17; Stepping Feet (Dave Matthews tribute), May 21; Kaki King; May 23; Nada Surf, May 24; Shelby Lynne, May 25 at 8. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.

APR. 29–MAY 23

SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY

Beethoven Festival, Apr. 29 at 7:30, Apr. 30 & May 1 at 8, May 2 at 2. Silent Film Night features Nosferatu, May 7 & 8 at 8. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, May 14 & 15 at 8, May 16 at 2. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, May 20 at 7:30. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, May 21 & 22 at 8, May 23 at 2. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

APR. 29–MAY 27

HOUSE OF BLUES

The Avett Brothers, Truth and Salvage Company, Apr. 29 at 8:30; Emily Osment, May 2 at 6; Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr, May 5 at 6:30; Drive-By Truckers, Henry Clay People, May 6; Kottonmouth Kings and (Hed)p.e., May 7 at 7; Lights (Journey tribute), May 8; Steel Pulse and Tribe of Kings, May 15 at 8:30; Rock to Stop Violence, Chris Slade, Steel Circle, Jaden and Full Revolution, May 19 at 7; John Butler Trio and State Radio, May 20; Jordin Sparks and Kate Voegele, May 21 at 7:30; OK GO and Shout Out Louds, May 22 at 2; Angels & Airwaves and Say Anything, May 27. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.

APR. 30–MAY 23

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY

Eddie Palmieri & His Latin Jazz Band, Apr. 30 at 8 in Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Avenue); Eroica Trio, May 1 at 8 in Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla); Paul Taylor Dance Company, May 8 at 2 in Birch North Park Theatre; Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, May 15 at 8 in Birch North Park Theatre; pianist Orion Weiss, May 21 at 8 in Sherwood Auditorium; pianist Haochen Zhang, May 23 at 3 in Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa). 858-459-3728, ­lajollamusicsociety.com.

APR. 30, MAY 8, 14, 22 & 28 AT 8

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.

APR. 30–MAY 30

ANTHOLOGY

Raul Midon, Apr. 30; Anthology House Band, Apr. 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 & May 25 at 7; Marc Antoine, Brian Simpson and Shilts May 6; KPRI Homegrown, Citizen Ban and the Riders, May 7 at 10; Strunz & Farah, May 8 at 7:30 & 9:30; Luscious Noise, May 9 at 6; Simone, May 13; Spyro Gyra, May 14 at 7:30 & 9:30; Richie Havens, May 15; Average White Band, May 28 at 7:30 & 9:30; Jane Monheit, May 29 & 30 at 7:30 & 9:30.  Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.

MAY 1-21

ACOUSTIC MUSIC SAN DIEGO

Rory Block, Apr. 26; Neil Innes, May 1; Bluegrass, Etc., May 2; Dave Alvin, May 8; Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber, May 9; Michael Chapdelaine, May 14; The Chapin Sisters, May 21. All shows at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176, acousticmusicsandiego.com.

MAY 1-30

SOMA

A Day To Remember, May 1 at 6:30; Brokencyde Jeffree Star, May 14 at 6:30; Bullet for My Valentine, May 15 at 7; As I Lay Dying, May 21 at 6:30; Minus the Bear, May 22 at 6:30; Cobra Starship, May 29 at 6; Cute Is What We Aim For, May 30 at 6. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662, somasd.com.

MAY 21 AT 8

SARAH GERONIMO

The pop star appears at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, ­sdbalboa.org.

MAY 22 AT 7

BODY ROCK

The hip-hop dance competition and showcase takes over the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, ­sdbalboa.org.

MAY 23 AT 6

STRAIGHT NO CHASER

The a capella group performs at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., 619-570-1170; sdbalboa.org.

MAY 23  AT 7

BILLY STAINES

San Diego Folk Heritage presents the performer in Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Rd., Poway). 858-566-4040, sdfolkheritage.org.

MAY 14-16

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

The lads from Liverpool are paid loving musical tribute, May 14 at 8, May 15 at 2 & 8, May 16 at 1 & 6 in the Civic Theatre. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, sdbalboa.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 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.

THROUGH JUNE 20

IMAX FILMS AT THE FLEET

Hubble takes a look into space courtesy of NASA’s famed telescope (open-ended run). Dolphins dives in for a glimpse at the ocean denizens. 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.

APR. 27–MAY 31

SEAWORLD

SeaWorld extends its hours for a nighttime show featuring fireworks in Shamu’s Skysplash, the comedy sketch Sea Lions Tonite and the killer-whale show Shamu Rocks. Call for showtimes. 500 SeaWorld Drive, 619-226-3900, seaworld.com.

APR. 28-MAY 23

MARIONETTE AND PUPPET SHOWS

Balboa Park Puppet Guild shows include “The Princess and the Pea,” Apr. 28–May 9, and “Rumpelstiltskin,” May 12-23. 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, balboparkpuppets.com.

APR. 29–MAY 31

SAN DIEGO PADRES

Home games against the Milwaukee Brewers, Apr. 29 & 30 at 7:05, May 1 at 5:35, May 2 at 1:05; Col­o­rado Rockies, May 3, 4 & 5 at 7:05; Los Angeles Dodg­ers, May 14 at 7:05, May 15 at 5:35, May 16 at 1:05; San Francisco Giants, May 17 & 18 at 7:05; 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 at 7:05. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village, 877-374-2784, sandiegopadres.com.

MAY 8, 9, 22, 23 & 24, 9-4

ART MART

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.

MAY 13 AT 7:30

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

The Oceanside Museum of Art screens Shanghai Ghetto, a story about the formation of a small Jewish community of exiles in the city of Shanghai. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-7320, oma-online.org.

MAY 14-16

AMERICAN INDIAN ART MARKET AND FILM FESTIVAL

This annual family-friendly event at the San Diego Museum of Man pays tribute to American Indian culture and offers artwork, films and hands-on craft activities. Fri. 6-9, Sat. & Sun 10-4:30. 1350 El Prado, Balbo Park, 619-239-2001, ­museumofman.org.

MAY 15 AT 2

WILD IN THE COUNTRY

The fund-raiser for nonprofit Lions, Tigers and Bears raises money for unwanted and abused exotic cats. 24402  Martin Way, Alpine, 619-659-8078, ­lionstigersandbears.org.

MAY 16, 12-7

WORLDBEAT CENTER CHARITY CONCERT

Groove to the sounds of Flaco Jimenez and other artists. Proceeds help chronicle and preserve world beat music. 2100 Park Blvd., 619-230-1190, ­worldbeatcenter.org.

MAY 19

GREEN FLASH CONCERT

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute hosts a 21+ concert. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858-534-7336, aquarium.ucsd.edu.

MAY 22 AT 9 A.M.

FIT FUN

This family fitness event offers up a variety of heart-healthy activities to encourage every family to play 60 minutes a day. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Valley Terrace Dr., Vista, 760-639-6151, ­vistarecreation.com.

MAY 22 AT 9 A.M.

GARDEN TOUR

The Fallbrook Garden Club highlights seven gardens that demonstrate creative landscaping. The main feature is a Mediterranean botanical garden designed by Tom Piergrossi, host of Down to Earth. 260 Rockycrest Rd., Fallbrook, 760-468-5842, fallbrookgardenclub.org.

MAY 23, 10-6

SICILIAN FESTIVAL

With food, music and films, this street festival celebrates the best of Sicily. Highlights include a rebroadcast of Italy’s World Cup win. Little Italy, 619-469-2206, ­sicilianfesta.com.

MAY 25 AT 11

HIV GOLF CLASSIC

Take to the greens for this charity that benefits the UCSD AIDS Research Institute and Christie’s Place. 17102 Bing Crosby Blvd., Del Mar, 858-534-5545.

MAY 29, 10-7

SANTEE STREET FAIR

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the festivities, featuring live music, entertainment, kids’ rides, beer and wine gardens and vendor booths. 280 River Pkwy., Santee, 619-449-6572, ­santeestreetfair.com.

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. 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 MAY 15

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

“Transurbaniac” showcases 19 installation-based works and sculptures from the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo’s permanent collection. Tues.-Sat. 11-5. UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-0419, ­universityartgallery.ucsd.edu.

THROUGH MAY 16

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

At the La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.), “Pleasure Point: Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Collections,” through May 16. The downtown site (1001 & 1100 Kettner Blvd.) displays the ongoing exhibit “Primary Forms: Featuring Annenberg Foundation Acquisitions,” with works from the 1960s and 1970s in sculptural form by Carl Andre, David Rabinowitch and two glass wall reliefs by Keith Sonnier. Other artists on display include Mary Corse, Doug Wheeler, Erwin Redl, Tara Donovan, Robert Irwin and Santiago Sierra. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). 700 Prospect Street,  858-454-3541, mcasd.org.

THROUGH MAY 22

LUX ART INSTITUTE

Robert Lobe’s sculptures are on display Thur.-Fri. 1-5, Sat. 11-5. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-436-6611, luxartinstitute.org.

THROUGH MAY 30

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

Art Alive, the San Diego Museum of Art’s annual floral extravaganza, Apr. 29–May 2, includes the Art Alive Gala, Apr. 29 at 7, and an All-Star Floral Challenge, Apr. 30, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The exhibit opens to the general public May 1 & 2, 9-5. SDMA exhibitions include “Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood,” through May 30. Also on display: “Modern Mexican Art,” “Collections in Context: New Acquisitions and Long-Held Strengths at SDMA,” “Old Masters in New Light” and “Tastes in Asian Art.” Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931, sdmart.org.

THROUGH JUNE 5

DISTINCTION GALLERY & ARTIST STUDIOS

“Andy Haynes & Jacub Gagnon,” through May 1. “Jana Brike: The Lost Children,” May 8–June 5 (reception May 8, 6-11). Thur-Sat noon-5, second Saturday noon-11 & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.com.

THROUGH JUNE 5

JOSEPH BELLOWS GALLERY (LJ)

“Charles Grogg: Reconstructions,” photographs of botanicals and other natural imagery. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-5. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858-456-5620, ­josephbellows.com.

THROUGH 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. “Look! Touch! Listen!” explores the senses. “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. “Do-Undo” records symmetry in time. “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. “Exploration Bar” offers an interactive demonstration area. Family Science Days are the third Sat. of the month, noon-3. Daily 9:30-5. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

THROUGH JUNE 19

JOSEPH BELLOWS GALLERY (RSF)

“Bill Rastetter: Nighttime Seascapes,” rare views in color of the ocean at night. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-5. 16904 Via de Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-1453, ­josephbellows.com.

THROUGH JUNE 20

OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART

“Honor: Marine Portraits by Stathis Orphanos” provides a glimpse inside the private lives of young Marines, through May 2. “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. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, oma-online.org.

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

ORDOVER GALLERY

“Haiku: Photographic Meditations by David Fokos.” Also on display: paintings by Sunna Bohlen and Mariana Sain-Morar 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 JULY 25

VISIONS ART QUILT GALLERY

“California Fibers: Liminal Spaces,” through Apr. 25. Quilts by Katherine K. Allen, Valerie Goodwin and Kent Williams, May 7–July 25. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, Point Loma, 619-546-4872, quiltvisions.org.

THROUGH JULY 31

GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA MUSEUM

“Best in Platinum” spotlights pieces from several jewelry collections, through Apr. 25. Also on display: “Facets of GIA,” an exhibit of jewelry, gems and minerals that illustrates the institute’s role in education and research, through Apr. 30; “The Balboa Park Carousel Egg,” an artistically intricate, bejeweled miniature replica of the Balboa Park carousel, through July 31. Free; arrange weekday tours at guestservices@gia.edu or 800-421-7250, ext. 4116. 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, gia.edu.

THROUGH SEPT. 1

MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC

“Waves of Inspi­ra­tion: The Legacy of Moog” explores the life and vision of inventor Robert Moog, through Apr. 30. “On! The Beginnings of the Electric Sound Gen­er­a­tion” displays firsts in the era of electric in­struments, through Sept. 1. Tues.-Sun. 10-5. 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 760-438-5996, ­museumofmakingmusic.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. “Fisch Out of Water: Sea Creatures of Arline Fisch,” colorful marine-inspired ceiling installations, through May 16. “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 30. 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. “Seeing Beauty” uses the photographer’s lens to explore the aesthetics of beauty and “In Light” shows off the museum’s permanent collection; both through Jan. 23, 2011. Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9). 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559, mopa.org.

THROUGH APRIL 2012

SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

“Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries,” through Sept. 6, reveals how research changes our knowledge of the prehistoric creatures. “Charles Cramer: Lyrical Landscapes,” in the museum’s Or­dover Gallery, is accompanied by images from Tom O. Scott, Olof Carmel, Peter Fay and Abe Ordover, through May 23. “All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals,” examining the history of gemstones and precious metals, opens May 15 and continues through April 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.

ONGOING

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.

ONGOING

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.

ONGOING

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.

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

“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.

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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.

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SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN

“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.

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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.

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