Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Jan. 27
Your Week: August 2-8
Thursday | 2
The Red Spade Theater presents the magician Sebastian, who will showcase his own brand of close-up magic. “His amazing talent, uncanny sense of humor, and engaging personality create an unforgettable evening of magic and laughter” in San Diego’s only venue dedicated to the magical arts. $25.
WHEN: 7 p.m. (ongoing, check for dates and times)
WHERE: Red Spade Theater, 2539 Congress Street, suite B, Old Town. 619-865-2973; redspadetheater.com.
Saturday | 4
GLOW-IN-THE-PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
As the sun goes down, Grape Day Park will come alive with “illuminated and inflatable art.” You can participate in an art project, watch art films on an inflatable screen, and also check out a variety of art installations featuring “light, sound, film, fluorescence, and water.”
WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway, Escondido. Escondidoarts.org.
Sunday | 5
SPACE EXPO WEEKEND: MARS ROVER CURIOSITY LANDING
View “live NASA feed of Curiosity’s challenging landing” (10:31 p.m.). Planetarium presentation offers a “look at the landing site Gale Crater and other aspects of the red planet,” narrated by resident astronomer Lisa Will (8:30 p.m.). Ongoing NASA coverage includes interviews from Jet Propulsion Lab and NASA scientists about the Rover’s progress (9 p.m.). San Diego Astronomy Association will have telescopes set up for viewing (though Mars will be low in the sky with limited visibility).
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego. 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org.
Sunday | 5
LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
The annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market transforms Bazaar del Mundo into a vibrant marketplace, featuring folk artists (including tin-artist Arturo Sosa Perez, Oaxacan wood-carver Jocobo Angeles, and clay-crafter Gerardo Ortega Perez), textiles, jewelry, Mexican cuisine from Casa Guadalajara, and music by Latin-American folk band Tinku.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
WHERE: Bazaar del Mundo, 4133 Taylor Street, Old Town. Bazaardelmundo.com.
Monday | 6
PHIL’S BIG BALLPARK BBQ
Take part in the fourth annual benefit for Big Brother Big Sisters’ “Operation Bigs” military mentoring program in Petco’s Tailgate Park. The party includes a kids’ zone, music, beer garden, and, of course, barbecue. The $20–$25 fee includes a ticket to the Padres vs. Cubs game (7:05 p.m.)
WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, East Village. 858-536-4900; sdbigs.org.
Tuesday | 7
HOW-TO SUMMER SERIES
It’s not too late to make the most of summer! In this three-part series, learn about photography from Melissa Taylor, get the scoop on healthy lifestyles with Gina Maas of Stroller Strides, and gather cake-decorating tips from pastry chef Avivit Erlichman. Kids can use the play space while adults are “edumacated.” RSVP for a single session or all three, all for free.
WHEN: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Kidville, 6955 El Camino Real, suite 101, Carlsbad. 760-514-9144; kidville.com/Carlsbad.
Wednesday | 8
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (BIRD CAGE)
Broadway San Diego hosts a touring production of the Tony-winning musical about Georges and Albin (upon which the American version of the movie starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane was based). “Family bonds are put to the test as the feather boas fly.” Directed by Terry Johnson. $25 to $100.
WHEN: 7 p.m. (ongoing through August 12, check for dates and times)
WHERE: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Avenue, Downtown. 619-570-1100; sandiegotheatres.org.