Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Feb. 27
San Diego Event Picks, January 17-23
Thursday | 17
HOW TO CURE MEATS AT HOME
Chef Stein reveals the secrets to the art of meat curing. Learn how to transform the humble pig into sausages, salumi, bacon, pâtés, and more. As a bonus, each student will receive a copy of Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing, by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. Ages 18+. $125.
WHEN: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Alchemy of the Hearth, 960 Rancheros Drive, suite L, San Marcos, 760-233-2433; alchemyofthehearth.com
Friday | 18
ENVIROSCAPES: A JEN TRUTE RETROSPECTIVE
Approaching her subject matter with scientific detail, Trute’s dystopian narratives reference myriad interests, ranging from natural sciences, climate change, endangered animals, and art history to sociopolitical concerns. This retrospective exhibition features Trute’s work from 1998 to 2011, including paintings and preparatory drawings and early portrait paintings that show her focused evolution into environmentally conscious art. Enviroscapes is the first museum retrospective since the artist’s passing in 2011. $8.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760 435-3721; oma-online.org
Saturday | 19
COCKTAIL HAT/FASCINATOR WORKSHOP
Jill Courtemanche has made hats for celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Donatella Versace, and Princess Mary of Denmark, and now she is sharing the tips and tricks of her trade in this hands-on workshop at her new shop in Solana Beach. Make your own fabulous fascinator or charming cocktail hat, learning basic millinery techniques and the art of hand-stitching to craft your hat using felt, feathers, netting, ribbon, and more. No sewing experience is required. $85.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jill Courtemanche Millinery, 410 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach; 858-876-6353; jillcourtemanche.com
Sunday | 20
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY PARADE
Commemorate the life of the iconic Civil Rights activist at this 32nd annual parade, featuring floats, high school bands, drill teams, colleges, fraternities, churches, and peace and youth groups. Festivities coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest black fraternity in America.
WHEN: 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Harbor Drive Embarcadero, downtown. 619-264-0542.
Monday | 21
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur-killer in Earth’s past, will humankind suffer the same fate? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? “Great Balls of Fire” explores recent discoveries and cutting-edge science relating to these incredible objects. $9.75–$11.75.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233.
Tuesday | 22
WILDERNESS BASICS COURSE
Get a jump-start on your summer camping know-how with this course offered once a year by the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club. Class includes lectures, demonstrations, videos, and PowerPoint presentations on all aspects of wilderness travel: first aid, equipment, insects, navigation, food preparation, large animal encounters, water-filtering systems, staying warm, weather, and more. Also includes day-hikes up local trails on Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend after the course starts, as well as camping trips in local deserts and mountains. Ages 18+.
WHEN: 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9.
WHERE: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, 858-457-3030; lfjcc.org
Wednesday | 23
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art presents the work of local artist Doyle Reno, who creates reverse-sculpted cast acrylic works, a stubborn and unforgiving material. It can only be properly sculpted under strict conditions and is highly subject to heat and friction. In addition, the sculpting process itself is arduous — and hazardous, as most of the sculpting tools operate at speeds of up to 20,000 RPM.
WHEN: 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, 1990 Columbia Street, Little Italy, 619-546-5888; mcnabbmartincontemporaryart.com