Mardi Gras: Not just for New Orleans. It hits the Gaslamp on Tuesday, February 28
Thursday | 23
Celebrating African-American Women in the Arts
To commemorate Black History Month, the Women’s Museum of California celebrates African-American women in the arts by honoring jazz musician and composer Jeannie Cheatham, Moxie Theatre artistic director Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg, and professor/artist/poet Starla Lewis. You will hear excerpts from Jeannie’s latest release, a poem from Starla, and a song from Nigerian refugee Buki Domingos.
Pinback plays two shows at two different venues in San Diego this week.
- Thursday, February 23, 2017, 8 p.m.
Belly Up Tavern,
143 S. Cedros Avenue,
$25 - $44
- Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
3090 Polk Avenue,
Local indie hits Rob Crow and Zach Smith will regroup to celebrate ten years since the release of their fourth album, Autumn of the Seraphs.
They play Belly Up on Thursday night with Sumatraban and Shades McCool, and then they’ll take the all-ages stage at the Irenic on Saturday after Big Bad Buffalo.
Friday | 24
Get perspectives from both genders: The Vagina (and MENding) Monologues
The Vagina (and MENding) Monologues
As part of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women, InnerMission Productions presents Eve Ensler’s Obie Award–winning collection of monologues. “A divergent gathering of female voices” tells of domestic and sexual abuse. MENding Monologues explores gender violence issues from a male perspective with sketch comedy and slam poetry.
Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m.; MENding Monologues at 9 p.m. Also on Saturday. Separate performances: $20 each show.
Gavin Turek had a Hollywood-ish childhood that included a lot of singing and dancing lessons.
- Friday, February 24, 2017, 8 p.m.
3615 El Cajon Boulevard,
The L.A. artist isn’t just reviving disco, she’s revitalizing it by updating its simple dance grooves with modern production and a soulful voice. Turek takes the stage at Soda Bar on Friday night. Dave Good breaks down the show in this week’s Of Note.
His birdie can sing.
Dave Freeman Badminton Open
This tournament has a longer history than the Super Bowl. And it’s not casual backyard play — the birdies get smashed at over 100 mph. About 300 players are expected to compete over the weekend, including some international superstars. The finals start on Sunday.
Dave Freeman was a world-class badminton player and worked as a neurosurgeon in San Diego after retiring from badminton, a career trajectory few can claim.
Also Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday | 25
You don’t wait until Fat Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras.
- Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Coyote Ugly Saloon,
820 Fifth Avenue,
$29 - $49
Gaslamp Mardi Gras Party Hop
You don’t wait until Fat Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras. At this club crawl you will receive no-cover admission to notable nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and music venues throughout the Gaslamp. The pre–Mardi Gras pass includes hosted welcome shots, drink specials, DJs, dancing, entertainment, discounted bull rides, $30 Uber credit, and other party perks. $29 advance; $49 day of.
Silver Bay Kennel Club: Only professional show dogs allowed.
- Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Del Mar Fairgrounds,
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard,
Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show
The Silver Bay Kennel Club hosts the longest running dog show in San Diego County. This is an American Kennel Club–sanctioned two-day all-breed dog show featuring 150 breeds and over 1800 dogs each day. Includes a dog-agility competition. Please do not bring your own dogs, even if you think they could win.
Warm up your vocal chords for the wild bird calling contest during Family Day
Sunday | 26
Family Day at the San Diego Bird Festival
Family Day takes place on the final day of the four-day San Diego Bird Festival, with presentations, guided field trips, hands-on activities, and up-close encounters with feathered, furry, scaly, and six- and eight-legged friends, including hawks, falcons, parrots, owls, reptiles, scorpions, and insects. Kids can build a birdhouse with Home Depot, make a birdbath for a fairy garden, and test their vocal cords in a wild-bird-calling contest with “the Bird Call Lady.” Attending organizations include the Raptor Institute, Zovargo, Living Coast Discovery Center, the San Diego River Park Foundation, Animal Behavior International, and Project Wildlife.
Fat Tuesday comes to San Diego
- Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6 p.m.
Fifth Avenue, between Broadway and Harbor Drive,
$35 - $90
Tuesday | 28
Masquerade Fat Tuesday Parade
San Diego’s nationally recognized Mardi Gras celebration brings over-the-top glitz, glam, floats, and beads to the Gaslamp. Celebrate with 20,000 other revelers, plus stilt-walkers, performers, and sexy samba dancers. For the evening’s finale, the final float of the parade parks and becomes a roaring centerpiece stage for the rest of the night. $35–$90.
Claim your seat among the 100 offered for this Art of Élan performance at MOCA
Art of Élan
Art of Élan has been pioneering unique chamber music events for nine years, bringing classical music to new audiences in unique venues. This performance is inside the exhibition Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie, an immersive video installation featuring the music of Toru Takemitsu, Peter Askim, and George Enescu’s epic “Octet for Strings.” Space is limited to 100 seats. $15.
1845 India Street, San Diego
To Eat This Week
Do Americans eat Italian food without mozzarella and Parmesan? Reader food critic Ian Anderson gives a few vegan options a whirl, starting with fettuccine served with slow-cooked seitan and vegan-sausage ragout. “A blast of oregano hits me on the first bite.” Is that good or bad? Find out in Feast.
UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance presents Streamers, the final play in David Rabe's Vietnam War trilogy
To See This Week
It’s 1965, and the soldiers just completed basic training. Now they’re headed to a country they’ve barely heard of, Vietnam, for something the press calls a “conflict.” Their sergeant’s already been there and is raring to return. Roger, Ritchie, Billy, and Carlyle are less eager. Through March 5 at Potiker Theatre, UCSD.
United Kingdom ****
Politics as reflected through the prism of a powerful love story between President of Botswana Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) and British-born Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). (His subjects referred to her as “the African Queen.”) Director Amma Asante skillfully blends color into her narrative, letting viewers know what part of the world they’re in at all times, thanks in large part to her deployment of light and saturation. We never lose sight of what the couple is standing up against; for a novel change, it’s the love story that drives the politics. Screenwriter Guy Hibbert and Asante pull off a precision balancing act, illuminating the intensity of the love the couple shared and never once allowing their romance to take a back seat to the issues. Had she chosen to take the opposite approach, Asante and company would no doubt be up to their eyeballs in Oscar nominations. As is, this stands taller than any of 2017’s best picture nominees.
A United Kingdom
This film brings to the screen the scandalous romance between Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana and his white bride, Ruth Williams. The time was the late ’40s, and if the story doesn’t ring a bell, you’re not alone. It didn’t cross director Amma Assante’s radar until lead actor David Oyelowo talked about it.