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Best San Diego Event Picks: January 3-9
Thursday | 3
2013 DANCE PARTY
Kick off the new year with local dance-rock bands Gone Baby Gone, the Schitzophonics, Hocus, and the Touchies. Ages 21 and up. $6.
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy. 619-232-4355; casbahmusic.com
Friday | 4
DRAWING IN THE GALLERIES: COMPOSITION
Find inspiration at the museum and then brush up on your drawing skills. A drawing instructor guides participants to focus on organizing compositions inspired by Behold, America, art of the United States that includes works from the colonial period to the present. Class fee includes all supplies. $10–$15.
WHEN: 2:00–3:30 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931; sdmart.org
Saturday | 5
AN AMERICAN STORY
Hershey Felder’s world-premiere drama tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day and of Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, the 23-year-old Union Army medic who was the first to reach the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre. $58.
WHEN: 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Avenue, North Park. 619-239-8836; birchnorthparktheatre.net
Sunday | 6
BOLD: THE ART OF DNA BARCODING
Interactive exhibit of biodiversity art, science, and technology, featuring the works of tropical ecologist Dr. Dan Janzen and creative artist Joseph Rossano. Rossano’s multimedia art employs glass, wood, precious metals, composites, and plastics to create sculptures and displays. BOLD brings these environments together with depictions of DNA barcoding technology developed by Canada’s International Barcode of Life Project.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. 877-946-7797
Monday | 7
ISRAELI IDOL HAGIT YASO
Hagit Yaso’s parents emigrated from Ethiopia through the Sudan to Israel in the 1980s, and Yaso was born in Sderot, Israel. In 2011, Yaso participated in the Kokhav Nolad 9, Israel’s version of American Idol. She won and became Israel’s Cinderella story. Tickets free. RSVP to reserve seats.
WHEN: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. 619-362-1348; jnf.org/sdconcert
Tuesday | 8
MAKE CHEESE, NOT WAR
Chef Jack Fisher demonstrates the ease and joy of making fresh ricotta and mozzarella. You’ll learn all the secrets to make it work every time, plus the many ways to use these cheeses. Nibble on goodies and sip complimentary wine. $50.
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Venissimo Cheese, 871 G Street, East Village, 619-358-9081; venissimo.com
Wednesday | 9
SOUL FOOD JUNKIES
Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the upsides and downsides of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. Soul Food Junkies explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African-American health. Soul food will also be used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food-justice movement born in its wake. Refreshments, cooking demonstrations, and complimentary cookbooks after the film. Free.
WHEN: 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market Street, Valencia Park.