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The Weekender

Things to do around San Diego this weekend

March 14


San Diego Latino Film Festival

More than 160 films from Latin America, the U.S. and Spain will be showcased over 10 days at AMC Fashion Valley and Digital Gym in North Park.

Various Venues and times; $12 per film, $120 for film pass.



Options For All 10th Annual Taste of Our Community

Indulge for good at this dinner fundraiser featuring 17 restaurants and breweries, and benefiting individuals with disabilities.

Brick, 6 p.m..



L'ordine delle cose (The Order of Things)

San Diego Italian Film Festival is screening Andrea Segra’s 2017 film about a dilemma over obeying the law vs. doing what’s right.

La Paloma Theatre, 7pm; $12.



Pi Day at Pop Pie Co.

Celebrate Pi Day (as in 3.14) with special collaboration pies, beer for $3.14 and lots and lots of puns.

All day, various prices.



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).



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.



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.



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 September 22).



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.



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



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 15


Masters of Hawaiian Music

Be transported to the islands for one night with a performance of slack key guitar and classic Hawaiian sounds.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, $35.



Dobel Tequila Happy Hour

Treat yourself to a selection of special cocktails made with Dobel, including palomas, margaritas and firing squads.

George’s Level 2, 3:30 pm; free, $9 per cocktail.




On the Steps—A Celebration of Asian Arts

Take a closer look at the art of Asia and take part in artmaking activities while watching live performances at this free On the Steps event.

San Diego Museum of Art, 5 p.m.; Free.



March 16


Rhett Miller

The Old 97’s frontman and singer/songwriter plays a set of earnest and enchanting songs from throughout his career.

Soda Bar, 9pm​; $20-22.




The Chicago singer/rapper will perform her topical, but warm neo-soul and hip-hop jam. Read more about why she’s one of the most vital artists in hip-hop today.

Observatory North Park, 8 p.m.; $25.



Mariachi Con Amor

See the local band of mariachi musicians of all ages at this local fundraiser.

St. Jude’s Parish Hall, 4:30 pm; $15.




San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

Don your best green outfit and bring the family to this celebration of all things Irish, with live music, dancers, craft beer and whiskey.

Balboa Park, 10 a.m.; free.




South Park Spring Walkabout

Spend an evening shopping and getting to know the businesses in this neighborhood event, complete with specials at various boutiques.

South Park, 6 p.m.; free.





It may be a day early, but Saturday is the perfect time to celebrate Party like the Irish at shamROCK, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration spanning six blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter.




Got Green?

Learn how to adopt a plant-based lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint, with vegan cooking and fermenting demonstrations.

San Diego Botanic Garden, 10 a.m.; free.



March 17



Diana Cast Meet and Greet Brunch

The La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere musical Diana continues through the end of the month, and this weekend fans get a chance to meet the cast at brunch. (Also: Read our review of the play.)

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 10am., $110; Diana plays at the La Jolla Playhouse through March 31.




Berry Good Food Academy’s Cooking With California Grains

Learn to make delicious dishes with grains that grow in our own backyard.

Studio Kitchen by Specialty Produce, 2 p.m.; $25.


March 18


Cherry Blossom Festival

See the beautiful natural blooms at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park as vendors serve up beer, sake and tea.

Japanese Friendship Garden (through March 24); $14.



Il Divo

Catch the multinational operatic vocalist group on their Timeless Tour.

Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; $35-125.


March 19


Cold Cave

Break out your dark sunglasses and black leather wardrobe for synth-pop group Cold Cave, whose sound resurrects the goth-pop of Depeche Mode and The Cure.

Belly Up, 7 p.m.; $20.


March 20


Venge + Croix Winemaker Dinner

The chefs at JRDN have created a special pairing menu to complement the wines of Napa winemakers Venge + Croix.

JRDN at Tower 23 Hotel, 6 p.m.; $125.



Dive-In Movies: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

It might still be a bit chilly to get in the water, but that’s no reason to miss this poolside screening of a cinema classic with cocktails that may or may not taste like snozberries.

The Pearl Hotel, 8 p.m.; reservations encouraged.

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