February 20

San Diego Magazine

Behind the Brands 

Hear from four of the most successful local companies during San Diego Magazine’s event, including bites, sips, and live entertainment.

Music Box, 6 p.m.; $55.

 

Books

Deirdre Bair 

The National Book Award–winning biographer discusses her time in Paris with literary giants Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir.

The Loft at UCSD, 7:30 p.m.; $10.

 

Art

Opening Reception: Chicano/a/x Printmaking

See the opening of the latest exhibit at the SDSU downtown gallery, highlighting 50 years of art activism in the Chicano/a/x community.

SDSU Downtown Gallery, 5 p.m.; Free.

 

Food

Steaks & Grapes Dinner Series

Enjoy a special collaboration dinner featuring libations from Wild Turkey and Anderson Valley Brewing Company.

Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse, 6:30 p.m.; $65-75.

 

Film

California American Indian & Indigenous Film Fest

Three days of films, shorts and documentaries by California American Indian and indigenous filmmakers.

Pechanga Resort & Casino; Free-$10 (through February 22).

 

Theater

The Outsider

The Paul Slade Smith play offers nonpartisan political humor and biting satire.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m.; $41-46 (through March 15).

 

Art

Illumination

Sixteen local artists team up with scientists and technologists from major research institutions for an experimental, innovative art show.

San Diego Art Institute, noon; $5 (through May 3).

 

Theater

Hurricane Diane 

This new comedy at The Old Globe follows the Greek god Dionysus disguised as a modern-day gardener, on a secret quest to seduce some New Jersey housewives.

The Old Globe, 8 p.m.; $66-78 (through March 8).

 

Theater

August Wilson’s Jitney 

A story of unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh who fight to save their business in a gentrifying neighborhood. The show’s run kicks off with In Conversation with actor/director Ruben-Santiago Hudson.

The Old Globe; $30-94 (through February 23).

 

Art

México Quiero Conocerte

The work of two celebrated Latin American photographers appears in this new exhibit.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (through March 15).

 

Art

Illusion: The Magic of Motion

MoPA’s newest exhibit is all about crystallizing the moments within movement.

Museum of Photographic Arts (through January 2021).

 

Art

Hunt Slonem: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Admire paintings of bunnies, butterflies, and tropical birds.

Madison Gallery, Free (through March 20).

 

February 21

Music

Miranda Lambert 

The country superstar promises to bring down the house.

Viejas Arena, 7 p.m.; $25-100.

 

Comedy

Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival 

Comedian Mike Epps headlines this showcase, along with Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford, and Mark Curry.

Pechanga Arena, 8 p.m.; $64-130.

 

Comedy

David Spade

The comic and star of classic comedies like Tommy Boy returns to San Diego. Read our interview with the former SNL star.

Balboa Theatre, 8 p.m.; $36-77.

 

Art

Where the Light Travels: Portraits of San Diego Refugee Students

An art exhibit presented in partnership with the San Diego Refugee Tutoring Program, spotlighting refugee students in San Diego.

You Belong Here, 6 p.m.; Free.

 

February 22

Mardi Gras

Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras 

Flash your beads at the downtown block party, with food and drink stations at each stop. 

Sign of the Whale, 1 p.m.; $15-25.

 

Music

The Mad Hatter’s Ball

Circus performers, live DJ, dancing, drinks and more at this Alice in Wonderland-themed variety show.

Observatory North Park, 7 p.m.; $35-75.

 

Cannabis

Hempanna

Peruse this marketplace of hemp and CBD wellness products, featuring vendors hand-selected by female focused cannabis and hemp education platform, Svn Space.

One Paseo, 10 a.m.; Free.

 

Food

Crack Shack Encinitas Three-Year Anniversary

Enjoy birthday shakes, dirrty fries, a meet-and-greet with chef Richard Blais, furry friends from Rancho Coastal Humane Society and, of course, fried chicken.

Crack Shack Encinitas, 11 a.m.; Free.

 

February 23

Comedy

F.A.Q.: Funny and Queer Comedy Night

A night of queer comedy including stand-up, improv, readings and more.

Finest City Improv, 7 p.m.; $12.

 

Music

Yola

Singer/songwriter Yola has a mesmerizing voice that brings both ache and sweetness to her blend of country and blues music.

Music Box, 7 p.m.; $22-54.

 

February 24

Music

Songs for S.O.N.G.S.

Live music and activism come together at this show to rally against the storage of nuclear waste near San Onofre State Beach.

Belly Up, 6 p.m.; Free.

 

February 25

Mardi Gras

Hillcrest Mardi Gras 

Celebrate Fat Tuesday at this bar crawl, complete with party buses for festive transport.

Hillcrest (various venues), 6 p.m.; $10-15.

  

Food/Election

Let’s Taco Bout It Ballot Party

Tacos and ballot talk ahead of the California Primary.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.; Free.

 

February 26

Poetry

Poetry For the People

An ongoing poetry discussion series that spotlights African-American poets.

Coronado Public Library, 11 a.m.; Free.

 

Past Events

February 13

Film

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

Over 30 dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more, held at various venues over 11 days.

Various venues, ticket prices vary per event (through February 23).

 

Valentine’s Day

Gondola Ride

What’s more romantic than a gondola ride with your sweetheart? If you’re curious, find out more in our On the Job feature with a Gondolier from 2019.

The Gondola Company, noon; $165-295 (through February 16).

 

Music

Murder by Death

The gothic country band celebrates their 20th anniversary on tour.

Belly Up Tavern, 8 p.m.; $25.

 

Music

Changing Tides II: A Telematic Translocational Concert

Musicians in San Diego and South Korea perform a special concert together, with an overall theme addressing climate change. Read more about the show in this week’s The Setlist.

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, 7:30 p.m.; Free.

 

Sports/Beer

Inaugural Kit Reveal Party

See the SD Loyal season kits, get to know the Team 1 roster, and of course enjoy some Stone beers.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Beer Gardens – Liberty Station, 6:45 p.m.; Free.

 

February 14

Sports

The Harlem Globetrotters 

I dunno, guys, this might be the Washington Generals’ night.

Pechanga Arena, 7 p.m.; $25-131 (also February 23).

 

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Jazz

Take your date out for some champagne, bites and jazz. Find more ideas in our Valentine’s Day guide.

The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, 8 p.m.; $130 per couple.

 

Art

Pop-Up Workshop: We Heart Art

Join a special Valentine’s Day art workshop and learn to make a Mexican folk art-inspired and heart-shaped tin milagro pin.

New Children’s Museum, 11 a.m.; Free-$15.50.

 

Opera

Hansel and Gretel

The Brothers Grimm fairy tale is given a new interpretation in this English-sung opera, featuring giant puppets. Find out more about those puppets in our recent article.

Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; $25-225 (through February 16).

 

February 15

Art

Opening: Fear No Art

The latest exhibit at the Central Public Library debuts, featuring works on San Diego’s Civic Art Collection in dialogue with those of contemporary artists.

San Diego Central Public Library, noon; Free.

 

Sports

Monster Jam

A second weekend of monster truck mania.

PETCO Park, 7 p.m.; $15-100.

 

February 16

Animals

Valentine’s Day Doggie Brunch

OK, it’s technically not Valentine’s Day, but you just might fall in love with a doggo up for adoption at this Second Chance Dog Rescue benefit party.

Bub’s at the Ballpark, 10 a.m.; Free.

 

February 17

Books

Non-Standard Lit Reading Series

The ongoing literature series showcases readings from Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi and Mimi Lok.

Verbatim Books, 8 p.m.; Free.

 

February 18

Music

An Evening With Sarah McLachlan

The Canadian singer/songwriter is back and town for a special evening of music.

Civic Theatre, 8 p.m.; $36-116.

 

Crafts

Sip ‘n’ Bloom

Take part in a floral design workshop—with cocktails!

Fairweather, 5 p.m.; Free.

 

Theater

Fly

A modern-day Peter Pan story, this new musical promises to dazzle with dynamic choreography and aerial acrobatics.

La Jolla Playhouse, 7:30 p.m.; $25-97 (through March 29).

 

February 19

Music

Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group

The country/Americana singer/songwriter comes to San Diego County with his acoustic band.

California Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.; $50-79.