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The "A"- List January 2011


January 1 - Resolution Day Party

For San Diego revelers who just can’t stop partying like it’s 2011, this New Year’s Day poolside fête offers nine hours of fun and frolicking, courtesy of Fortune Industries, on the Andaz rooftop downtown. Noon to 9 p.m. 

 January 4-9 - West Side Story

More than half a century since the Jets and the Sharks first battled it out on the stage and screen, this classic American musical hits the San Diego Civic Theatre with its memorable medley of song, dance, drama and romance.

January 1 - Resolution Run

After all the eating, drinking and merrymaking you did over the holiday season, it’s time to get your body back in gear for the new year. This 5K/15K run around Fiesta Island raises funds for eco-friendly charities. 7 a.m. at De Anza Cove. ­

January 15 - San Diego Multicultural Festival

After all the eating, drinking and merrymaking you did over the holiday season, it’s time to get your body back in gear for the new year. This 5K/15K run around Fiesta Island raises funds for eco-friendly charities. 7 a.m. at De Anza Cove. ­

January 12 - College Basketball: SDSU VS. UNLV

Under coach Steve Fisher, the Aztecs are nationally ranked and have already knocked off Gonzaga. Featuring star sophomore Kawahi Leonard (one of our 50 People to Watch), they entertain another ranked team, UNLV, at SDSU’s Viejas Arena. ­

 January 15 - San Diego Multicultural Festival

Cultures come together in celebration at this 13th annual free, family-friendly festival, featuring food, entertainment and an educational Global Village, along the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade across from the San Diego Convention Center. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

January 15 - San Diego Derby Dolls

Round and round they go: The lovely ladies of roller derby show off their strength, skill and sporty sense of humor on a banked track at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in this speedy, full-contact race on roller skates. 7 p.m. 


January 15 - Joan Rivers

 Love her or hate her, this queen of comedy (whose career recently began another chapter on E! channel’s Fashion Police) has a hilariously dirty and catty sense of humor. You can bet she won’t pull any punches in her Balboa Theatre appearance. ­

January 16 - Festa Italiana

Classical music lovers are invited to take a trip through Italy with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during this fund-raiser for Mainly Mozart. The evening at downtown’s Westgate Hotel depicts Mozart’s 18th-century journeys in Italy with music, auctions and a gourmet Italian feast in Le Fontainebleu ristorante. 3 to 7 p.m.

 January 16-21 - San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego foodies rejoice as Restaurant Week returns for its twice-yearly display of the county’s delicious culinary diversity at discount prices. With more than 180 local restaurants offering three-course meals for $20, $30 or $40 per person, there’s something on the menu for everyone. For participating eateries and menu selections, visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com.

January 19 - Lux @ Night

Lux Art Institute, the interactive museum in Encinitas, invites those 21 and over (the always-generous Stone Brewing Company is a sponsor) to view the sculpture work of artist-in-residence Alison Saar. 7 to 9 p.m. 

 January 21 - Chef's Market Dinner

 Mission Hills culinary hot spot The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar invites food-and-wine lovers to experience fine dining through a chef’s eyes during this intimate four-course dinner and market walk. Guests shop the Mission Hills farmers’ market with executive chef Brian Johnston and learn how to select — and then use — the season’s fresh ingredients. Reservations required. 5 p.m. 

 January 21 - Best Coast and Wavves

Los Angeles’ Best Coast and San Diego’s Wavves kick off a national tour at Soma. The lead singers of these sunny, fuzzy, lo-fi buzz-bands happen to be dating — and considering they recently recorded a song for a Target Christmas album together, don’t rule out a duet at some point. ­

January 22 - Whale Festival

The month-long Big Bay Whale Days culminate with a festival celebrating the gray whale migration along our coast. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier downtown, the third annual event features a walk-through whale, live sea creatures, face painting, art projects, music and free whale- and dolphin-watching cruises for kids 12 and under. Eve Selis’ Concert for Whales starts at 1:30.  ­

January 23 - Guster

Don’t be surprised if the guy next to you has a tape recorder around his neck when adult indie rockers Guster come by the House of Blues — the band has a very active bootlegging community. Live, Guster does plenty of humorous covers, and band members swap instruments. ­

January 27 - Carlsbad Thursdays on the Coast

Art lovers cruise the coastal streets of quaint Carlsbad Village on the fourth Thursday evening of every month during this free, self-guided art walk, featuring food, music, the works of local artists and the wares of local merchants. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

 January 27-30 - San Diego Sunroad Boat Show

The annual boat show moves to the Sunroad Marina on Harbor Island to display vessels from 8 to 90 feet, with free boat rides, exhibits, food, beer and music.

January 28 - Thank Globe It's Friday

The Old Globe invites theatergoers to mingle over hosted martinis, wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert at a pre-show party. This month’s events precede performances of Jane Austen’s Emma and Death of a Salesman. 6:30 p.m. 

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